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29 August 2005 @ 11:42 pm
Food and shitty weather  
The hurricane really freaked me out last night and this morning...not only due to the awful feeling of helplessly watching an impending disaster but because an aunt of Randy's lives in New Orleans. However, she's not hospital or emergency personnel, so she's probably long since evacuated and safe somewhere. I'm not all ZIP A DEE DOO DAH OMFG WEEEEEEEEEE NORMAL now that it's hit and it's time for damage control (and the Superdome stayed together), but I don't want to sit around feeling like a helpless lump, so it's update time.

Isn't it smurfy when you have to get 4" off your hair because it's been too long since the last trim and you still have over two feet of it left? I'm not done growing it, though. Nosirree. My hair has annoyed me exactly once in the past several years, and that was when we had to stuff it under a wig. People are surprised when I tell them that it's well-behaved and easy to care for. I just wash it, condition it, comb it out with a seamless comb (which takes all of a minute or two because it doesn't tangle), part it, and there you go. It gets ponytailed when I work out and brushed with a boar bristle brush at night. I seriously want to see how long it will get, and to accomplish this, I have to continue to keep it healthy and learn to trim my own ends. This doesn't look too difficult, and I love the results. The bottom of the hair looks blunt and maintained, but it doesn't have that super perfect freshly cut appearance. I always liked my hair best when it was grown out a bit from a trim but not wispy. Not only that, I don't have to worry about making appointments and arguing with hairdressers who want to lop off way more than is necessary. I think I ranted a while back about how I went in for about a 2-inch trim and they wanted to take off 8. No shit. The last time I actually needed that much of a trim was nine years ago when I had gone over a year between cuts and my ends really were a mess. Seriously, if you want to grow uberlong hair with blunt ends, you need to regularly trim small fractions of an inch. Thanks to all the hemming and topstitching I've been doing, I have a much better handle on what 1/4" looks like. I love it when costume experience randomly transfers to other aspects of life.

I'm trying to do more with cottage cheese because I'm getting bored with food, which leads to eating too much junky junk when it's available, which is not a good thing if you eventually want to see how lean you can get without going nutzoid. Based on an idea from a recipe page...

Uncle G-funk's Beany Cottage Cheese Crack

16 ounces of lowfat cottage cheese
16 ounces of canned chili beans

(I just used Bush's red beans with chili sauce because I wondered how they tasted and I was feeling extra lazy. For custom seasoning, I would suggest something tomato-based with some combination of hot peppers and spices.)

Mix. Heat up. (I nuked it in a covered Pyrex at 60% for 5 minutes.) If you like, put some green onions on top. Eat right out of the dish or use as a tortilla dip. It looks nasty but it tastes very good, and it's full of protein and fiber. The only problem is that it produces noxious burps, but that can be considered A Good Thing (tm) if one of your friends ate a fuckton of garlic and you wish to declare war.
Current Mood: okayokay
Current Music: Hair stuck in my head
hat_kun on August 30th, 2005 08:58 am (UTC)
I don't know how you can say it never irritates you. My hair gets in the way pretty much any time I'm doing anything that involves moving my head. Not really that irritating, especially since I have a bungee-thing to tie my hair back with me half the time, but still...

Anyway, I have a recipe similar to that. Chop up an onion, pepper (Green is preferable for colour, but it doesn't really matter) and clove of garlic and heat them up in a big pot with some butter. Once they've started to go brown, add a tin of baked beans and kidney beans. Keep stirring for a while (Maybe ten minutes at most) then add in some sliced up cheese, some chilli powder (How much depends on how strong it is - I trust you have common sense here. ^,~ ) and plenty of ketchup. Once the cheese has melted spoon your mixture out on top of some toast.

It'll feed about 3-4 people, although if you add two tins each of kidney beans and baked beans it'll serve more. I don't have any specific measurements because honestly you don't need any. Just throw in however much you think would do, and if the result looks edible that's an added bonus.

P.S. - You don't know me. But I exist, none the less.
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on August 30th, 2005 01:14 pm (UTC)
I think it's because I've had hair below shoulder length for as long as I can remember, so I'm very well used to the sensations of it falling around my face, and I really don't mind it. I usually tuck it behind my ears and it stays pretty well (one of the few advantages of having ears that poke out =P).

Thanks for the recipe! Mmm...beeeeeans... *Homer drool*
Randy Wardfndragon on August 30th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
I can vouch for the power of the burps.
Sparrow Rose Jonessparrowrose on September 13th, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
I've used Feye's method on my hair for years now and love it. Go for it! It's not difficult when your hair is long enough (it sounds like yours is) and you are flexible enough to pull the scrunchie down evenly (with your athletic focus, you probably are) or have someone to help you with that bit.

I've used Feye's method in all but the first photo on this page:

The one that looks very blocky (the third photo) is what it looks like right after a large trim (it looks uneven in the photo because the hair is crimped from having been in a braid, but it's actually very even.) and the rest show various amounts of growing-out from the last trim (I do a major trim (about an inch) once or twice a year and dust split ends the rest of the time.)

It's *much* better than going in to a salon and losing half a foot of hair or more! Good luck to you!