Archives for January 2015
It’s Friday folks, and while this has been a tough week (my family lost a good man this week. My cousin David passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday. He was only 59 and leaves of lot of folks grieving and in disbelief behind. The Hubbs and I will be traveling to his funeral in Central Virginia this weekend. Yup. Heading back up north, but much sooner than I thought I’d be), it’s also had some high points in it.
One of those high points happened this afternoon. I got a phone call. A really great phone call. I got a call from my new boss. I work for an international IT company by day (no, sadly there is no cape, but there should be). And about four months ago, I suggested that my role should be transitioned to another team, while I had my eye on a new roll that was being developed. About three months ago, my current boss called me up and said that yes, they were going to transition my role over to the other team, but sadly, the role I wanted hadn’t received funding. They left me looking for a job. Which, let me tell you, can be a bit nerve wracking.
I was glad I still had a “job” as I worked to get the new team up to speed on the program that I’d designed and launched a year and a half ago but not knowing what was next was a bit scary. The Hubbs and I were just about ready to break ground on a new house (more on that in some other post, as we’re still “just about to break ground” four months later) and I’m an almost equal breadwinner in the house. I very much wanted to stay within my current company (they’re very good to us – we work hard, but they treat us well) and working for the same group of upper management. Today, I found out that all of that will come true.
I’m totally stoked about this new role (it’s a sales role on a larger team, servicing one of our biggest accounts – which means lots of visibility and I’ll get to be a part of lots of cool stuff). Beyond stoked (and not just because there will be a little more green stuff involved). It will get me back on the road (I’ve been traveling for work about 50% of the time for years, up until November 2013). And that’s a big plus. I’m not a sit at home kind of gal and the UPS man is probably pretty relieved he won’t see my nose pressed against the glass with the pups’ two noses every time he delivers something to our house (his deliveries were sometimes the highlight of my day. Sad but true).
What does that mean for our relationship? Yours and mine? I’m not sure yet. We’ll have to wait and see. It may mean fewer posts a week. It may mean format changes. But I was getting ready to shake things up a bit anyway. I’m on some new meds (I keep promising to talk about my thyroid/adrenal/peri-menopausal stuff and one of these days, I promise I’ll write that post) and with the new meds, I can’t drink alcohol. At all. So I feel like a bit of a hypocrite writing the Thirsty Thursday posts. Those will go away and in their place, I’m going to give you a glimpse into some of the chapters I’ve been writing for this book that’s been rumbling around in my head for years. Yup. You guys will get the first look-see and will get to weigh in and help me form these thoughts into a real live book. We’ll do it together.
So, next week look for changes on Thursday. I haven’t even named the theme yet, so that’s our first task. What should we call Thursdays around here now? Leave me your ideas in the comments below. And have a great weekend! Rod Gardner – thank you for making my year! And the rest of you? You’re welcome.
You know what I don’t like? Wasting time. I hate it. I was born to try and find efficiencies. In everything. I will load myself down with grocery bags so I don’t have to go back out to the car to make a second trip. I will look at my schedule for the day and work out my route to get kids, get to the gym, get anywhere, using the most efficient route. I do it when cooking. I do it when cleaning. I do it with just about everything.
So when there are things that I feel are a waste of time that get in the way, it honks me off. And one of the biggest time wasters in my life is drying my hair. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I wish I could just wash it and let it go. And I could. If I wanted to look like a zulu (that’s a phrase my mom used to use – I’m still not sure what a zulu is, but I’m guessing they have some crazy fun hair).
Remember those big hair dryers you would sit on a table and then sit under them? Like at a salon? My mom had one of those. And while that would be lovely to use when I’m trying to get all gussied up for a big night out (hey, Mom, do you still have that thing? If so, UPS that baby my way.). But who has time to sit under something like that each day. Which is why the hand held dryer was invented, I’m guessing. And for YEARS folks like Conair ruled the hair dryer market. C’mon – you had one in high school. I had one in high school (along with a butane fueled curing iron, that I carried in my Liz Claiborne purse, just in case my gigantic bangs needed a touch up at lunch).
But we’ve come a long way from those Conair hair dryers of the ’80s, baby! Thank goodness. Because it used to take me 15 minutes to dry my hair. My fine hair. Which made me tear up just thinking about my thick haired friends and how long it must have taken them (Jody, I’m lookin’ at you). Did it take hours? Days? What time did you have to get up in the morning to get ready for school? 4am?
Even knowing my thick haired friends must have killer arms from holding up that hair dryer for hours at a time and I only needed 15 minutes, it still didn’t make those 15 minutes seem like a good use of time. I could have been doing lots of other things. Like alphabetizing my cassette collection to make finding Foreigner’s Inside Information album easier. Unfortunately, there was no better answer in 1988. But today, we have lots of options. There are ionic dryers, tourmaline dryers, ceramic dryers, high heat dryers, dryers with a ‘cool shot’ button. It’s almost overwhelming how many choices there are. Never fear, I’m here to help you narrow the field.
A couple of years ago, I was frustrated with how quickly I was going through hair dryers. I’d buy one and spend $80 or so on it and by month 13 it would die. A month after the warranty had expired. It happened over and over again. So I took to the interwebs to see who might have a dryer with a longer warranty and better track record. And one name kept coming up on website after website and blog post after blog post: The T3 Tourmaline line of dryers.
Sephora and Amazon both carry them (and you can get 4% cash back on your purchase at Sephora if you use Ebates like me – here’s the link to sign up again, because you’re crazy if you don’t) and T3 also sells them on their own website. Now, if you just went to look at them and saw the price tag, you might be asking why the heck you’d want to spend that kind of dough on a hair dryer just so you can dry your hair quickly. I’ll tell ya’.
It’s beyond fast. My hair is dry in five minutes. Not kidding. Five minutes. And that’s if I take time to use my round brush and make my bangs behave. Otherwise it would be four minutes.
It’s really light. Which may not seem like a big deal, but remember when I was talking about the man arms my thick haired friends have from holding hair dryers for hours on end. They’ll actually have to go to the gym to get those arms now. This dryer is crazy lightweight, so no tired arms and it makes it feel easier to navigate around your head.
It will keep your hair from making you look like you put your finger in an electrical outlet. The tourmaline helps keep static down to almost nil and also makes your hair shiny. Like really shiny.
It does less damage to your hair than other dryers. We all now that heat is a frenamy when it comes to our hair. We need it to make our hair do what we want. But it’s also damaging. The tourmaline helps here too, but the mere fact that it takes less time to dry your hair is the big win. Less time drying = less time your hair is exposed to high heat. And the healthier it stays.
This thing is a workhorse. I’ve been using mine for three years. So spending the $80/yr on a new one? I’m already ahead on my hair dryer spend here. And they have a TWO YEAR warranty, which is unheard of when it comes to hair dryers. I’ve never had a problem with mine, but I read on several blogs that folks that did had no problem getting theirs fixed by T3 and often they were just sent a new hair dryer. For reals? Who does that? Not Conair.
What kind of dryer do you use today? Do you like it? Do you have the same “dead dryer” issues I used to? Let me know in the comments. And you see? I’m here to solve your problems. Well, at least those having to do with your hair. Unless you want to look like a zulu. I know nothing about that, so you’re on your own there. But if you want a great hair dyer you’ll love and use for years to come, go buy the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i or the Featherweight 2. Your hair will thank me. And you will thank me. And you’re welcome.