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White Christmas

My all-time favorite Christmas movie would have to be White Christmas.  By the time the season is done, I will have watched it at least a dozen times. The music and dancing make me smile every time. Continue reading

Sports, An Acquired Taste

sportsI grew up in the day when sports were not a big part of a girl’s interest package. I was rather ambivalent about sports on TV like football and basketball. My dad enjoyed watching and I enjoyed spending time with him, so I watched some too. Continue reading

I Just Don’t Get It!

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Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m not a fan of sports.  I grew up in a household of 3 girls and dad was not a big sports fan either.  I actually try to avoid sports if I can.  I know that’s not a popular opinion in today’s society, but that’s just who I am.   Continue reading

Thank You Title IX

Today girls can be both a girly girl and a chef, a ballerina and an artist, a princess, and an athlete. Life was a bit more lopsided when I was a child, although I didn’t realize at the time how much things WERE changing. 

I have always been open to liking and participating in sports. It’s just that I’m not that good. Continue reading

Sports on a Limited Basis

sportsTo say I am not actually a sports fan is an understatement.  I think this happened when I was very young.  My Dad was an avid sports fan and on his off time from working, he enjoyed watching them on tv or listening to them on the radio.  He was not a physical participant, but a chair-side enthusiast.  He would actually sit in his recliner watching some type of sport on tv and have another sport plugged into his ear from the radio.  I hated Sundays because that was when sports were constantly on our tv.  My friends would be going to picnics, to their family cabins, visiting friends and relatives, and just enjoying life.  We, on the other hand, were sitting at home because dad had to watch his sporting event.  He even had to watch sports when we would visit relatives.  I suppose visiting friends was limited to when there were no sports on tv. Like that ever happened!  As an adult when I hear the usual sounds of sports on tv I just cringe.  I try to share what event is on, but if the sun is shining I am out of there.   Continue reading

Still Searching

hairstylesI am 78 years old and to this day, I have not found the hairstyle that I really like.  Sad, isn’t it?  I have probably run out of time, but I keep going forward trying new styles and for some reason, I end up with pretty much the same one.  It might be a bit shorter, or longer, but it generally always seems to end up looking pretty much the same. Continue reading

No Turning Back

No Turning Back

First Grade

It was the summer before Second Grade that I got my hair cut short. I remember loving momo’s new short pixie/shag. Mom warned me that there was no going back when you make a decision to go short. 

So go short I did.

Mom actually still has the thick blondish ponytail that her friend Tom cut off (he was a barber) before beginning my transformation.

I quickly realized that I preferred long hair. But as mom warned, “There is no turning back!” Continue reading

Short and Sassy

When I was a little girl, my mom would cut my hair. I basically had a short bob with a curl on each side and straight across my forehead bangs. Whenever a special occasion came up, like school pictures or a holiday, mom would trim my hair. If the sides weren’t even, she’d trim a bit off the long side and so on and so on until finally my hair on the side went halfway up my ears. My bangs suffered the same fate. This went on until they were very short and sort of straight across. A disaster to say the least. Continue reading

Hair is an Accessory

I kept my hair long up until I went to college.  You may think that it was by choice, but actually, it was Mom’s choice.  I was forbidden from cutting my hair, probably because Lisa had cut hers, and mom was traumatized from that point on.  Even though I couldn’t cut my hair, I did on occasion get a perm in my hair to try to combat the stick-straight quality of it.  The perms didn’t hold for very long and I even went to a beauty salon a time or two to get a spiral perm. Those perms worked better than the at-home perms but still weren’t a long-term solution.  Continue reading

Makeup is Optional

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‘Chelle in 9th grade

I didn’t start wearing makeup until I was in 9th grade.  I never went out to buy my own, but simply acquired it from either Lisa or Mom.  I only wore concealer, mascara, a little blush, and eyeliner.  At one point, I tried wearing white concealer as an eye shadow, but I quickly stopped that practice because we were at a high school football game and Lisa screeched above the din of the crowd “Why do you have white creases on your eyelids? What did you do?”  I was horrified. Continue reading