Don't you love those days when you get to scratch stuff off your to-do list? When everything you had planned actually gets done? Those are satisfying days. Today was one of those days for me.
I got up early but decided there was no need to rush. The room felt chilly - it was 55 degrees and the breezes were keeping the house nice and cool, even with the windows closed. I got up and started in the kitchen by taking some pork chops out, then making breakfast. My son left for work before I got to the kitchen, and my daughter got home from dog-sitting shortly thereafter. Once breakfast was done I called my youngest son, E. Today was gonna be the day he finished the semester. We had reviewed his science notes the day before, checked and double-checked, so I knew he was ready. He wasn't so sure; just the thought of taking a test that was 1 1/2 - 2 hours long was enough to get his head spinning. I encouraged him and reminded him he wasn't being timed, he didn't need to rush, and we had reviewed so he should be okay. It took an hour and a half, just as the teacher said, and so far he has an 85%. There are 3 essay questions that the teacher has to grade, but I think he did well. Finally, he has turned in all his semester work and we can both enjoy the rest of this three day weekend. Hallelujah!
Once he'd finished I started vacuuming the floors. Two girls from church were coming over to practice for tomorrow's youth group worship, and once again my floors looked like they were growing fur. I got the floors cleaned, then changed the bedding on all the beds. With my son R having had pink eye, it was imperative that his bedding be washed, so I went ahead and did all the bedding. Then I made pork chops, sauteed in tomato sauce with mixed veggies, along with white rice, black beans, and fries. After having eaten pizza or Tyson chicken for the past couple of days, I was looking forward to real food :-). My kids even complimented the meal. I haven't made pork chops this way in a long time, and they were happy to have it again.
After lunch it was time to color my hair. My roots were starting to take over. Every time I look at my roots I'm astounded at how many grays I have towards the crown of my head. I bought the same hair colorant I'd purchased last time, Clairol Age Defy, because I did notice that it covered my grays really well, and the color lasted for over a month without looking dull. I think it also has to do with the fact that I'm using a shampoo that has no sulfates, but I still loved the way the color turned out the last time. I'd been using 6R which is a medium auburn, recommended by my hair stylist, but when I bought my hair color the last time they only had 5R which is dark auburn. Now when I went to Walmart to pick up my hair color, I noticed they had the 6R, but I chose to stick with the darker shade of auburn. I love the way it looks, the way it covers my grays, and how it works with my skin tone. From the moment I start mixing the color till it's time to wash it out takes just over an hour. The box says to leave the hair color on for 35 minutes: 30 for the roots and 5 for the rest of the hair. My stylist recommended I leave it on for 45-50 minutes on my roots and another 10-15 minutes on the rest of my hair. This is because my grays weren't being completely covered when I left the color on for less time. So for me, it's a mission getting my hair colored, washed, and styled, but I was determined to do it today and not go to church looking like a skunk head. It turned out beautiful, and it was another item taken care of.
I decided to play with my makeup a little, too. I have lots of eye shadows, and I wanted to try using a couple of them to see how they worked together. The first combo I didn't like; there was too much shimmer going on and it was overwhelming. The second one looked much nicer. I used lavender with shimmer on my lid up to the crease, then a matte brown shade above the crease. I lined my lash line with a purple liner, and it looked soft and pretty. I didn't have anywhere to go, but I still enjoyed being able to do something just for myself.
We had dinner, then I decided I wanted to watch a movie. I'd gotten three DVD's over Christmas and my birthday, but I'd only gotten to see one because, now that both my sons have Wii U's, they are on them every chance they get. Tonight, it was my turn. My daughter was on her Wii in the living room, and E was on his computer playing a game with his friend. R wasn't home yet, so the family room television was free :D. I grabbed the movie Mom's Night Out, a hilarious comedy, and proceeded to laugh my little heart out. That felt so good! I'd been wanting to sit down and watch this movie for a while, and I'm glad I finally got that done.
I couldn't believe the time when I finished watching the movie: it was just 7:30! It was so dark outside I was sure it was after 9:00. That's the problem with wintertime: short days. I went ahead and cleaned up the kitchen. My son went out with his friends, so the food I'd saved for him got put away in the fridge. I'm sure he'll appreciate the leftovers for work tomorrow.
On a very positive note: I've been drinking lots more water everyday for just over a week, and I have to say I'm noticing a difference in my skin. It's not as dry as it was before. It's not greasy either, but it is glowy. I'm sure my skin regiment is helping as well, but I changed my skin care regiment back in November. Yes, I've seen improvement, but since drinking more water it's like my skin was bumped up a notch. I'm liking this quite a bit! I plan to continue with this little experiment and see how my skin looks at the end of the month.
I have to go do my microdermabrasion now, so I think I'll say goodnight, sleep tight, and don't let the bed bugs bite. God bless.
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