Archive | March 2012

What KINDS of Facials are there?


There are several types of facials you can pamper yourself with these days… they will all depend on your time availability, how much you would like to spend, and what your local spas offer.  Below are a few of the more common facials you will find at just about any kind of spa or medical spa in your neck of the woods… Please keep in mind that there are variations, different training methods (some spas are chains and offer in-house specific training for further education on product specific techniques), and you might have one facial every week for an entire year under the “Basic Facial” name and them ALL be entirely different… it really does depend upon your Esthetician and Spa and how they define their facials.

BASIC or EUROPEAN

simple cleansing, steam and massage. They are typically least expensive, they are also the best option for normal skin, which isn’t prone to acne. Difference between these facials and cleansing is that the skin is massaged for a longer period of time or they might add a hand to elbow/arm massage as well or a foot massage.

SPECIALIZED 

are a step-up from the previous facial. usually formulated creams and moisturizers are used for the skin. Face packs applied dependent on the different skin types and special cleansing and rejuvenation techniques are also part of this process. These are beneficial for clients with sensitive skin types or aging skin.

ACNE

Treatment for both teen and adults who are suffering from skin issues related with acne. Usually after cleansing, this treatment includes enzyme or glycollic acid exfoliation and a warm steam, this can also follow-up by a manual deep pore extraction, electric disencrustation and a skin-calming antibacterial mask. Typically these facials should be performed regularly, usually 2-4 week intervals to assist with clearing acne.

COLLAGEN


includes the use of a multi-phase technique of exfoliation, warm steam deep pore cleansing, lymphatic drainage (this should only be done by someone with special training) massage, and self-healing mineral or a paraffin masque over a freeze dry collagen sheet to ensure the ideal rehydrating effect. Typically in this kind of facial, liquid nutrients (serums) in the form of vials or ampoules are used and for quick absorption of liquid nutrients in the skin, laser of galvanic treatment is done. This can be an effective preventative treatment against harmful environmental damages, wrinkles and dark circles. Recommended for all skin types.

BIO-LIFT


in addition to the cleansing, massage and rejuvenation techniques, these facials include treatment that targets dark circles under the eye. The characteristic of this facial is the bio-mask, which tones and tightens the skin on the face, making it appear younger.

PARAFFIN

Involved the application of a special paraffin mask on the face over layers of gauze, which helps seal in the special anti-aging and rejuvenating creams applied to the skin. Aids better absorption and brings back the radiance of skin.

ANTI-OXIDANT & POLLUTION FIGHTING

This uses creams and masks enriched with free-radical fighting agents like Vitamin A, Beta-Carotene and Vitamin E. Pollutants are first removed and the skin is then, deep cleansed in this procedure. Recommended for people working outdoors.

GALVANIC

a steady, direct galvanic current is utilized to introduce water-soluble substances through the skin. Heightens the skins capacity to absorb and improves the penetration of the products. Treatment of special problems becomes easier. Benefits dry, dehydrated skins, improving moisture retention. Also help remove congestion. (See Galvanic Skin Therapy or Treatments for further details)

GOLD

Make use of creams containing 24-carat pur gold, which penetrates the skin easily. It is a powerful rejuvenating treatment. Gold has a powerful effect on the lymphatic drainage, facilitating the removal of toxins and wastes. Accelerates the regeneration of new cells. Masks containing gold, are also applied. These facials help restore youthful qualities: softness, smoothness, elasticity, resilience and radiance.

AROMATHERAPY 

Essential oils are used, which have potent and specific properties that are particular benefit to the skin. They are effective for relation of the body and mind. They can help clean skin congestion and improve the normal functions of the skin. The mask, which is applied at the end of the massage, also contains essential oils. Elimination of toxins, the improvement in the skins normal functions, including cell regeneration and the uplifting effect, all combine to these facials revitalizing and rejuvenating.

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Happy GIRL…. giving back some shout outs!


Dribble-Drabble for March 16, 2012

First, I want to give a shout out: Today, 9 years ago I gave birth to my amazing, beautiful, miracle… my daughter Sierra Rose…  I love you so very much and I am so extremely happy and proud to be your mommy!!

Okay… today was a great day and I am giving shout outs… I was busy in the middle of my day at work… in the mall threading eyebrows and facial hairs on a LOT of people today… was a very busy – steady day, which I LOVE! Makes my days quick and that is something that definitely makes a happy Jamie! 🙂

A client, new came to me today, she sat in my chair.  We started with the introductions, finding out this was indeed her first time threading, she explained she was new to the area and had a recent bad experience with someone that waxed her badly.  She had been told about threading and was curious, so she went to her computer and did some research.  Saying she “Google’d” threading and found a web site, which gave her details.  She went on to explain that she found that the blog she was using, in fact said that she could get threading done at this mall, and the girl that created said blog worked at this location and also had a shop in Woodland.  My heart leapt with happiness and excitement!!! I was BEYOND THRILLED!!! I smiled so happily and introduced myself as “the girl that was the creator of said blog”. I was so excited and happy that someone really utilized the blog and found it useful and I actually met someone that found it online!!  I told her so and I hope she does realize this fact! I truly wanted and hoped I could meet someone that would find it useful and then follow through with finding me or someone that they could trust and enjoy a new technique as she did.

Of course I was excited and beyond speechless… but I had a job to do… and I was a tiny bit freaked out that with my luck… (LOL) I would muck something up! But, with the gracefulness I had in me I managed to do a great job for her… and she seemed quite pleased and happy with the experience with the finished results!

So I am not publishing her name… Privacy reasons.  BUT, if you happen to stumble upon this post in my blog… thank you from the bottom of my heart!  You are exactly why I wanted and felt passionate about creating this blog/web site.  I wanted and had hoped it would follow through and have a chain effect so to speak… and it did.  I am thrilled!!!

The rest of my day was also amazing… I had so many happy clients.  In fact one lady… I felt considerable compassion for and a little upset that she was lied to… she had visited us prior and apparently at this visit the person that did the threading job on her cut/ripped her eyelid areas badly.  In stead of apologizing and explaining why this could have happened… she was lied to and told it was the threads fault.  Let me tell you this up front… regardless of said thread… if you are aware of a few small things you can prevent what happened this this client.  We were a bit slower, I had her hold her skin a bit tighter and we moved a bit more along the brow line with her hands/fingers to make sure and prevent her skin from being damaged.  Even if your skin is lacking elasticity (and sadly, this will happen to ALL of us as we age, just depends on how well we take care of our skin… depends on how much strength your skin maintains) she was surprised how easy we managed to get through this task and she also commented that she was extremely pleased, happy with the fact that I was honest and explained why this could have happened to her.  She walked away with freshly threaded, clean and injury free when all was said and done.

Then towards the end of my shift… I was inundated with people that only wanted me… in fact I had a small waiting list for people just wanting me… what an EGO boost to my head!!! LOL!!! I does a girl happy to know I can make so many people happy and that they want to work with me… and feel confident and trust in my abilities.  I want to always give 110% to every single person that sits in my chair and I hope I continue to always make happy clients/customers!

Thank you to everyone that made my Friday so special… all my clients that came back just for me… and even the ones that refused to remain for the other lady (which is also VERY good)…

YOU ALL MADE ME A VERY VERY VERY HAPPY GIRL TODAY!!!

THANK YOU each and every person that takes the time to ready my blog… I truly appreciate every one of you… and I hope I can continue to aspire to do better and keep making you all happy with my abilities and my blog as well!!

Happy Friday!!

Work tomorrow until 2:30, then to my daughters big 9th birthday bash!!!

Waxing “Down Under” Part II of Waxing 101…


I recently posted a detailed page regarding Waxing 101… things that are, in my opinion, important to know and be educated on with regards to the essentials with regards to being waxed and having a waxing treatment or service.

This page/post is going into further detail on the region of the body that most people frequently cringe when they consider having such this waxing service or if they overhear someone talking about it they become uncomfortable or even sometimes embarrassed about the thought of having your genital areas waxed.  I hope this post will help break down that fear (whatever it might or could be) and help you understand what’s important to know and be aware of.  And potentially my post will also answer things that you are just too uncomfortable to ask someone about this area of our bodies.

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BIKINI WAXING

The term bikini line is the imaginary line in a woman’s pubic region that delineates that part which would normally be covered by the bottom part of a swimsuit. In the context of waxing, it is generally understood to describe any pubic hair visible beyond the boundaries of a swimsuit.  Waxing is usually also performed on the upper leg, this will depend on your needs and how much hair you actually have in this area of your body, if you are getting a bikini wax or even a Brazilian you might also want to consider getting your upper legs or full legs waxed so the look is uniform.

waxing styles:

  • American waxing is the removal of only the pubic hair that is exposed by a swimsuit, depending on the style of the swimsuit. For a bikini, it would be hair at the top of the thighs and under the navel. It is also known as a basic bikini wax, or a bikini line wax.
  • French waxing leaves a vertical strip in front (sometimes called a landing strip), two to three finger-widths long just above the vulva, and 1.5 inches or 4 cm wide. It is also known as a partial Brazilian wax.   Hair of the peri-anal area and labia may be removed. Removal of hair from these areas is also known as the Playboy wax or G-waxing. The landing strip wax has become popular with models who must wear garments of an extreme narrowness in the crotch region.
  • The Bikini Line: This is the least extreme form. All pubic hair covered by the bikini is left in place. Only straggling hairs on either side are removed, so that none is visible when a bikini with high-cut sides is being worn.
  • The Full Bikini: Only a small amount of hair is left, on the Mound of Venus (the mons pubis)
  • The European: All pubic hair is removed “except for a small patch on the mound”.
  • The Triangle: All pubic hair is removed except for a sharply trimmed triangle with the central, lower point aimed at the top of the genitals. It has been described as “an arrowhead pointing the way to pleasure”.
  • The Moustache: Everything is removed except for a wide, rectangular patch just above the hood at the top of the genital slit. This is sometimes called “The Hitler’s Moustache“, sometimes “Chaplin’s Moustache“.
  • The Heart: The main pubic tuft is shaped into a heart symbol and may be dyed pink. This is a popular style for St. Valentine’s Day, presented as an erotic surprise to a sexual partner.
  • The Landing Strip: A cultivated pubic hair pattern in which the hair is trimmed to a narrow vertical strip or rectangle, and all other pubic hair is removed. The landing strip starts from anywhere between the natural pubic hairline to within two inches from the top of the vulva, and ends just above the clitoris.
  • The Playboy Strip: Everything is removed except for a long, narrow rectangle of hair, 4 cm (1½ inches) wide.

You might find when you go to your local Spa, or Esthetician to have any of the above done that they might use a soft wax verses hard wax.  I realize there might be exceptions to the rule, but, in my opinion due to the sensitivities of the genital region Hard Wax should be used in this area.  Sometimes the basic Bikini can be performed using soft wax because it’s more close to the skin on the inner part of your legs.  Once the wax is on the pubic area, you should only be using Hard Wax.  You will not have the tearing or ripping or damage that soft wax may entail in this area.

BRAZILIAN WAX

Some claim the origin of the concept Brazilian hairless privates date back to a letter written by Pêro Vaz de Caminha documenting Pedro Álvares Cabral‘s voyage to Brazil in 1500 AD, which says: “…suas vergonhas tão altas e tão çarradinhas e tão limpas das cabeleiras que de as nós muito bem olharmos não tínhamos nenhuma vergonha” (English translation: “their private parts were so exposed, so healthy and so hairless, that looking upon them we felt no shame”).

The Brazilian wax was first so named in modern times by the J. Sisters salon in Manhattan, founded in 1987 by seven sisters from Brazil named Padilha.

The Brazilian is the removal of all hair in the pelvic area, front and back, while sometimes leaving a thin strip of hair on the pubis.   It can be used by those who wear thong bikinis.   It is a form of bikini waxing, and involves the complete removal of hair from the buttocks and adjacent to the anus, perineum and vulva (labia majora and mons pubis).  If a thin vertical strip of hair is left, it may be called a landing strip.

Brazilian waxing is also known as a full Brazilian waxfull Bikini waxHollywood wax or the Sphinx.   The Sphinx variety involves the complete removal of all hair in the pelvic region. The name is derived from that of a naked breed of cat from Canada. The smooth-skinned, hairless Sphynx cat was a genetic oddity discovered in Toronto in 1966. Some salons refer to the Sphynx as the Hollywood.  Some women trim, but keep hair on their labia, while removing the pubic hair on the mons pubis.

Brazilian waxing is more controversial than other types of waxing.  The look has also been called perverted, as well as suggested to be unnatural by some.  There is also a health risk involved if it is not done properly, as well as a risk of infection if done on a person with a weakened immune system.

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PRECAUTIONS FOR WAXING THE PUBIC AREA:

The pubic area is one of the most sensitive areas in the body, and special attention must be paid to avoid irritation. Over time hair becomes weaker and grows more slowly leading to less frequent waxing.  If the client has never been waxed before, or has not been waxed for a long time, it may be necessary to trim the hair down first using scissors or an electric razor (this is something you should be aware of, if you have a larger or thicker amount of hair in your pubic region or it’s very long you might want to check with your Spa or Esthetician to see if they charge extra for trimming, most will, and if you are budget minded you might want to do your own trimming to save time and money).

A patch test is necessary, usually at the uppermost part of the thigh, to test that the client is not allergic to wax or the skin doesn’t overreact. Since the mucous membrane of the vulva is the most sensitive of the bikini area, it is usually better left to the last part of the process.

Oil based lotions or creams are always to be avoided, while oatmeal based powders are best for soothing the skin after waxing.  Sometimes bumps or in-grown hair can result. Isolated hairs can be removed by using tweezers or by electrolysis.

The pain involved with this procedure can be slight or severe and can continue from several seconds to several minutes. Some people experience less pain during subsequent treatments. It can be helpful for a bikini wax recipient to take a mild anti-inflammatory medication (like Ibuprofen) an hour or so before waxing to reduce potential pain from the waxing.

The medical community has also seen a recent increase in folliculits, or infection around the hair follicle, in women who wax or shave their bikini areas.  Some of these infections can develop into more serious abscesses that require incision with a scalpel, drainage of the abscess, and antibiotics. Staphylococcus aureus is the most common cause of folliculitis.

**Again this is another perfect example as to why “Double-Dipping” should never be done EVER!

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

  • being a diabetic
  • varicose veins or poor circulation
  • any medications you are taking or took up to a year prior that was for treating acne
  • blood thinners
  • any medications you are taking that recommend you avoid direct sunlight due to being easily burnt
  • taking any steroidal medications (or recently stopped taking them)
  • if you currently have an outbreak of herpes, or another STD that can spread if procedure was given
  • you should try to avoid having this procedure near or during your period (try going at least 2 days prior to starting or 2 days after last day)

Your professional will always be wearing gloves when performing this kind of waxing service, it is to protect them as well as for your safety and preventing any spread of anything.

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THINGS TO BE AWARE OF AFTER: 

  • it’s recommended to wear loser fitting clothing items in the first 24 hours after being waxed
  • you shouldn’t expose this area or your skin to any tanning (naturally or tanning beds) for at least 48 hours
  • do not have a hot shower or bath for the first 24 hours afterwards
  • do not use any kind of loofah or shower scrubby to bath with afterwards; it can cause infection and is abrasive to skin
  • NO swimming in chlorine, any kind of pools, rivers or the ocean for at least 24 hours after
  • no steam rooms or saunas
  • sexual contact for at lest the first 24-48 hours should be limited or avoided due to the irritation it can cause
  • limit your exercise routine for the first 24 hours after
  • avoid applying any lotions or oils for the first 24 hours afterwards, unless recommended by professional performing procedure
  • NO tights, leggings, nylons/hose for the first 24 hours after
  • If you are prone to ingrown hairs (and this will typically happen after your first couple of experiences before this changes) it is recommended that you use something that has a mild exfoliate in said product or your favorite cleanser and adding a teaspoon to a tablespoon of sugar to said cleanser as you are about to apply to this area of your body to scrub/wash it.
  • you can also apply a product that will help prevent ingrown hairs such as “No Bump Rx” or “Tend Skin” (as examples) about 2 days after waxing treatment. You can then apply it 2 to 3 more times a week to help prevent any further ingrown hairs.

WAXING 101….


Welcome to “WAXING 101” 🙂

Waxing is a method of semi-permanent hair removal which removes the hair from the root. New hair generally grows back from waxed areas generally between 2 to 8 weeks, depending upon the clients/your growth cycle and how fast your hair grows naturally.  Occasionally some people will start to see regrowth in only a week. Almost any area of the body can be waxed, including eyebrows, face, bikini areas, legs, arms, back, abdomen and even feet. There are many types of waxing products suitable for removing unwanted hair.  There are generally 2 kinds of waxes that are widely used in the industry today (there is also something called Sugaring, which I will create a post just about that subject at a later time).  Soft wax or sometimes called “Strip wax” what most are accustomed to seeing and Hard wax.

                 

SOFT WAX (strip wax)

Strip waxing is accomplished by spreading a wax combination or product thinly over the skin. A cloth or paper strip, thought it’s typically a “Muslin” or basic natural cotton fabric that is used.  The strip of muslin is then pressed on the top and ripped off with a quick movement against the direction of hair growth.  This removes the wax along with the hair.  Strip wax can and often times can pull at least a small top layer of you skin, it is not recommended if you have skin sensitivities or other health risks (please see below for warnings).

Generally Soft Wax (Strip Wax) is used for the following body areas:

  • brows
  • upper lips
  • forehead
  • chin
  • chest
  • back
  • buttocks
  • legs
  • arms
**Soft wax is used in larger spots of the body and where the skin can be manipulated and pulled tight enough to lesson the tearing effect and damage to your skin itself.

HARD WAX 

With Hard Wax you are only pulling said wax that is applied, no strip/muslin over the top of wax.  In this case, the wax is applied somewhat thickly. The wax hardens when it cools (much to the consistency of silly puddy, sounds silly yes, but, if you have ever handled this toy resin, you will understand), thus allowing the easy removal by a therapist without the aid of cloths. This waxing method is very beneficial to people who have skin sensitivities.  Hard Wax generally won’t pull your skin, it only adheres to your hair, thus why you have to make the hard wax a bit thicker when applied to your skin.

Hard Wax is for more sensitive skin areas such as:

  • brows
  • cheeks
  • upper lips
  • chin & lower lip area
  • foreheads
  • nose hairs
  • ear hairs
  • under arms
  • pubic hair area (generally Hard Wax is the safest wax to use in this area)
**Any area on your body that you feel is more tender, skin that has less elasticity, if you have sensitivities to soft/strip wax.

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Waxing has been used safely and successfully for centuries and if it’s done right, the majority of people can find long lasting results from waxing to remove all unwanted hair on your body/face.

This post is more about the professional techniques and methods; there are however, many DIY waxing kits you can buy for home usage.  I will not recommend anything in this post for your home usage, please see “DIY” category, I will attempt to place details there for your DIY usage and potentially good products.  Please understand I am not against you doing things yourself and there are some DIY waxing kits that will be efficient for your hair removal needs, however, I also DO NOT recommend you buying a kit and not knowing the consequences.  Educate! Educate! Educate! I cannot say this enough. If you attempt a home DIY kit for waxing and you feel comfortable with said product, great.  But, I don’t want you to create a situation that will cause more harm then good.  Please read below and gather knowledge so you are aware.

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The waxing technique generally in my opinion should be left up to the professional.  Obviously there are exceptions.

Generally, in most states you are required to have either an Esthetician license or Cosmetologists license in the state you are planning to practice any wax removal process or treatments.  This is to ensure the person that is giving you said service is knowledgeable of how to apply, pull and handle skin care related issues that can and might arise during your simple hair removal procedure.

There are only two areas on the body that should NEVER be waxed, they will and can cause severe damage and scarring if done these areas are the eyelids and your eye lashes.  Even when you are having your brows waxed and your professional goes lower then necessary on your lid it can cause damage to your eyelid.  This skin is extremely fragile and it only gets more fragile as we age. So it is never recommended that you ever remove hair using wax in these two areas.  If you have hair there and want it removed, I recommend either your tweezers or threading only.

Other then the above areas mentioned, you can remove any other body hair using a wax product.  Weather you would want to is all up to your personal preferences.

ADVANTAGES AND DRAWBACKS

Advantage:   It is an effective method to remove large amounts of hair at one time.  It’s typically a long-lasting method. Hair in waxed areas will not grow back for two to eight weeks. When hair is shaved or removed by depilatory creams (Nair, for example) the hair is removed at the surface rather than the root. Within a few days, the hair can be seen at the surface. With these methods, hair tends to grow back in a rough stubble. Areas that are repeatedly waxed over long periods of time often exhibit regrowth that is softer and it will slow growth and appear more sparse, if you are able to maintain said waxing treatments over a long period of time.

Drawbacks:   Waxing can be painful when the strip/wax is removed from your skin. Although the pain is not long-lasting, it can be intense, particularly in more sensitive areas.  The expense of having larger areas of your hair removed, it can be costly, however, it lasts a longer time and cuts down on the time you have to devote daily, weekly, monthly, and  if figuring out that time over a year, it might be beneficial to budget waxing for your hair removing needs, depending upon how you feel about unwanted hair on your body.  Hair removal is not permanent. When removed against the direction of hair growth, the wax strip may disturb hair follicles, causing hair to begin to grow in different directions. This may cause hair growth to be more noticeable and make other methods of hair removal more difficult. Fortunately, this risk is negligible if the waxing is performed properly.  Some people experience ingrown hairs, red bumps, and minor bleeding. This is more likely to occur when waxing areas with thick hair, especially the first few times when follicles are strongest (this changes over time, if you keep up the wax treatments/services, said hair follicles soften and the chance of this side effect lessons) . While usually impossible to eliminate, ingrown hairs can be reduced by regularly exfoliating (please see below for further details), and applying an astringent or a solution of both astringent and oil – typically baby or azulene (calming to the skin)oil, or Aloe Vera cream or gel.

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Things to know before you go get your next waxing service at your local                                         salon, spa or Esthetician:

KNOW YOUR SKIN & BE READY TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT SAID SKIN TO YOUR PROFESSIONAL BEFORE BEING TREATED

  • are you sensitive to the sun (do you burn easily? do you burn then tan or just burn again?)
  • what medications are you taking?
  • are you diabetic?
  • do you have any kind of skin related diagnosed problem? (example: rosacea)
  • do you easily get cold sores or fever blisters?
  • have you been diagnosed with phlebitis or do you have varicose veins?
  • did you exfoliate or have a recent chemical peel or microderm?
  • recent injections? (example: Botox)
  • any kind of skin lightening procedures?
  • taking anything or using anything for your acne?

KNOW YOUR PROFESSIONAL

pay attention to how your professional is handing the wax that they plan to spread onto your skin, if you have been going to them for sometime, then you might already be able to answer this:

Is your Esthetician or Professional giving you the service using safe, health conscience methods?

Are they “Double-Dipping”?   If you are not aware of this nasty habit, it’s not safe and you should question if your professional is doing this and why they choose to double-dip rather then just dispose of the sticks and use a new one each time they dip back into the pot of wax.  Waxing pots do not and should NEVER get warm/hot enough to kill bacteria, if it did, you would be burned severely by said wax.  However, the waxing pot can be a breeding ground for unnecessary bacteria when your professional chooses to be lazy and not use a new clean stick or applicator stick each time they dip into said waxing pot.  It’s extremely hazardous to your health and can create infections such as staph or any number of fungal infections.  Try to imagine it this way: your professionals prior client could have just been in that room for a full Brazilian, although it’s a clean room and the linens have been changed and it “appears” clean and safe, if they are double-dipping into the same wax that was used for the previous client…. the client that just visited and had a Brazilian wax.  Think about that for a few seconds.  Then imagine that said client had a yeast infection, or some other fungal infection or even an STD; if your professional is being lazy and not changing said sticks your chances of getting an infection from said wax is high.

I only tell you this hazard as a true regard to your health and well-being.  It’s something that very few people ever think about unless you are a professional and are trained during your education process that you should never double-dip.  However, in some states you are not required to change sticks, it’s a nasty “gray area”.  In fact the state I practice in doesn’t have this as a law… therefore there are some that will double-dip.  I hate the thought, habit and find it gross.  The sticks are not expensive and it’s a small thing to have peace of mind.

You are the person in control of your service.  You have the right to ask and protect yourself.  If you are reading this, you are educating yourself and protecting your health.

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CONTRAINDICATIONS (you should not have any waxing service done-or consult your physician first and have a note showing your doctor says it’s okay)

  • If you’re diabetic
  • blood thinning medications
  • if you have had recent Chemical Peels using: glycolic, salicylic, or other acid based products
  • recent microderms
  • recent injectables (like Botox)
  • recent cosmetic or reconstructive surgeries
  • rosacea or very sensitive skins
  • recently sunburned
  • presence open pustules or papules on any area you want waxed
  • exfoliated topically with medication including: Retin-A, Renova, Tazorac, Differin, Azelex, or other peeling agents or vitamin A topical products. (Realizing some of the acne meds are changing I chose to leave the older names, due to more understanding)
  • Hydroquinone for skin lightening
  • Accutane or other acne medications
  • any medications that advise you to stay out of the direct ray of the sunlight, these meds are generally temporary, however, you might have to wait to get your next waxing procedure; these medications will make your skin more fragile
  • Any form or Steroids (topical or taking orally)

**If you have a tendency to get cold sores or fever blisters please make your professional aware, Generally this isn’t something that will automatically prevent you from getting your service.  However, if you have any breakouts it’s never advised to have a treatment due to spreading dangers over the face.  If you have the tendency to get them, you should however know that if getting your upper lip waxed you could cause a breakout of one.

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I plan to make a future post regarding bikini and Brazilian waxes and what you should know about this area of our bodies when getting waxed.  This post was just essential or basic knowledge for you to have when you are thinking about getting waxed.

I hope you have found this easy to read and not too dry.

let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the above post.

Thanks for taking the time to read!!

Beautifying our bodies… with art: Piercing Anyone?


Curiosity brought on by my daughters recent birthday gift of getting (wanting) her ears pierced again… she initially had them both pierced, however, the person that did it the first time, sadly made the 2nd ear all wonky and we allowed it to grow back… she was ready for it to be re-pierced.

So yesterday she got her 9th birthday gift from her mommy a few days early and was re-pierced.   Today while we were talking she made me curious… she asked me about the history of piercing… and it got me wondering myself… so this is for myself, my daughter and anyone else… 🙂

**This post ended up being much longer then anticipated… my apologies for the details, but, I found that since piercing is so related to skin and skin care I wanted to go ahead and share the details I found about the history and the processes and the things to be aware of before and after having your desired body art done… hopefully it’s not to dry/dull and it helps you or someone with the information they never knew they wanted to know about piercing!

ENJOY!

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So let’s start with the easier part…

EARS

Ear piercing has been practiced all over the world since ancient times. There is considerable written and archaeological evidence of the practice. Mummified bodies with pierced ears have been discovered, including the oldest mummified body discovered to date, the 5,300 year-old  Ötzi the Iceman, which was found in a Valentina Trujillon glacier in Austria.  This mummy had an ear piercing 7–11 mm (1 to 000 gauge in American wire gauge) diameter.

The oldest earrings found in a grave date to 2500 BCE (25th Century BC). These were located in the Sumerian city of Ur, home of the Biblical patriarch Abraham.  Earrings are even mentioned in the Bible. In Genesis 35:4, Jacob buries the earrings worn by members of his household along with their idols. In Exodus 32, Aaron makes the golden calf from melted earrings. Deuteronomy 15:12–17 dictates ear piercing for a slave who chooses not to be freed.  Earrings are also referenced in connection to the Hindu goddess Lakshmi in the Vedas.  Earrings for pierced ears were found in a grave in the  Ukok region between Russia and China dated between 400 and 300 BCE.

Earrings were common in the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt (1550–1292 BCE), generally taking the form of a dangling, gold hoop.  Gem-studded, golden earrings shaped like asps seem to have been reserved for nobility.  The ancient Greeks wore paste pendant earrings shaped like sacred birds or demigods, while the women of ancient Rome wore precious gemstones in their ears.  Among the Tlingit of the Pacific Northwest of America, earrings were a sign of nobility and wealth, as the placement of each earring on a child had to be purchased at an expensive potlatch.

According to The Anatomie of Abuses by Philip Stubbs, earrings were even more common among men of the 16th century than women, while Raphael Holinshed in 1577 confirms the practice among “lusty courtiers” and “gentlemen of courage“.  Apparently originating in Spain, the practice of ear piercing among European men spread to the court of Henry III of France and then to Elizabethan era England, where earrings (typically worn in one ear only) were sported by such notables as Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Somerset, Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh and Charles I of England. Males commoners were also known in this era to sport an earring as well.

From the European Middle Ages, a superstitious belief that piercing one ear improved long-distance vision led to the practice among sailors and explorers.  Sailors also pierced their ears in the belief that their earrings could pay for a Christian burial if their bodies washed up on shore. (this explains the old saying that men wore them as proof of sailing the “seven seas”)

In Europe, earrings for women fell from fashion generally between the 4th and 16th centuries, as styles in clothing and hair tended to obscure the ears, but they gradually thereafter came back into vogue in Italy, Spain, England and France—spreading as well to North America—until after World War I when piercing fell from favor and the newly invented Clip-on earring became fashionable.

As you can see piercing of our ears has been around a VERY long time… and it does explain why sometimes in history that women were looked upon (depending on the era they were within) as “loose” or “harlot’s” if they were wearing earrings.  I do know that often times if you were married in the early years of America it was more acceptable then if you were unmarried.  I think it was more fear for some possibly, women pushing the envelope of independence and someone that wasn’t happy with said envelope being pushed chose to insult by pointing fingers towards another female to make them appear badly.

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As I was reading and finding history on ear piercing… I was surprised to learn how old body art/piercing was.  It’s been around nearly as long as ear piercing.

Nose Piercing

Nose piercing also has a long history. Ca. 1500 BCE, the Vedas refer to Lakshmi’s nose piercings, but modern practice in India is believed to have spread from the Middle Eastern nomadic tribes by route of the Mughal emperors in the 16th century.  It remains customary for Indian Hindu women of childbearing age to wear a nose stud, usually in the left nostril, due to the nostril’s association with the female reproductive organs in Ayurvedic medicine.   This piercing is sometimes done the night before the woman marries.

In Genesis 24:22, Abraham’s servant gave Rebecca a nose ring. Nose piercing has been practiced by the Bedouin tribes of the Middle East and the Berber and Beja peoples of Africa, as well as Australian Aborigines.  Many Native American and Alaskan tribes practiced septum piercing. It was popular among the Aztecs, the Mayans and the tribes of New Guinea, who adorned their pierced noses with bones and feathers to symbolize wealth and (among men) virility.  The name of the Nez Perce tribe was derived from the practice, though nose piercing was not common within the tribe.  The Aztecs, Mayans and Incas wore gold septum rings for adornment, with the practice continued to this day by the Kuna of Panama.  Nose piercing also remains popular in Pakistan and Bangladesh and is practiced in a number of Middle Eastern and Arabic countries.

Lip and Tongue

Lip piercing and lip stretching were historically found in African and American tribal cultures. Pierced adornments of the lip, or labrets, were sported by the Tlingit as well as peoples of Papua New Guinea and Amazonia Aztecs and Mayans also wore labrets, while the Dogon people of Mali and the Nuba of Ethiopia wore rings. The practice of stretching the lips by piercing them and inserting plates or plugs were found throughout Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and South America as well as among some of the tribes of the Pacific Northwest and Africa.  In some parts of Malawi, it was quite common for women to adorn their lips with a lip disc called a “pelele” that by means of gradual enlargement from childhood could reach several inches of diameter and would eventually alter the occlusion of the jaw.  Such lip stretching is still practiced in some places. Women of the Mursi of Ethiopia wear lip rings on occasion that may reach 15 centimetres (5.9 in) in diameter.

In some Pre-Columbian and North American cultures, labrets were seen as a status symbol.  They were the oldest form of high status symbol among the Haida women, though the practice of wearing them died out due to Western influence.

Nipple, Navel and Genital

Records exist that refer to practices of nipple and genital piercing in various cultures prior to the 20th century. Kama Sutra, dated to the Gupta Empire of Ancient India, describes genital piercing to permit sexual enhancement by inserting pins and other objects into the foreskin of the penis.  The Dayak tribesmen of Borneo passed a shard of bone through their glans for the opposite reason, to diminish their sexual activity.  In the Talmud (Tractate Shabbat 24a), there may be mention of a genital piercing in the probition against the kumaz, which medieval French Talmudic commentary (Rashi) interpreted as a chastity piercing for women.  Other interpreters have, however, suggested that the kumazwas rather a pendant shaped like a vulva or a girdle.

Nipple piercing may have been a sign of masculinity for the soldiers of Rome.  Nipple piercing has also been connected to rites of passage for both British and American sailors who had traveled beyond a significant latitude and longitude.  Western women of the 14th century sometimes sported nipple piercings as well as rouged nipples (Historically, it was assocatied with sex workers. Normally, you’d apply a thin lipstick or liquid rouge and rub it in). left visible by the low-cut dresses fashionable in the day.  It is widely reported that in the 1890s, nipple rings called “bosom rings” resurfaced as a fashion statement among women of the West, who would wear them on one or both sides, but if such a trend existed, it was short-lived

Tongue piercing was practiced by the Aztec, Olmec and Mayan cultures as a ritual symbol. Wall paintings highlight a ritual of the Mayans during which nobility would pierce their tongues with thorns, collecting the blood on bark which would be burned in honor of the Mayan gods.  It was also practiced by the Haida, Kwakiutl and Tlingit, as well as the Fakirs and Sufis of the Middle East.

The history of nipple, navel and genital piercing has been particularly misrepresented as many of the myths promulgated by Malloy in the pamphlet Body & Genital Piercing in Brief continue to be reprinted.  For instance, according to Malloy’s colleague Jim Ward, Malloy claimed navel piercing was popular among ancient Egyptian aristocrats and was depicted in Egyptian statuary, a claim that is widely repeated. Other sources say there are no records to support a historical practice for navel piercing. 20th century inventions of piercing enthusiast Doug Malloy (Richard Simonton 1915–1979, also known under the pseudonym Doug Malloy). In the 1960s and 1970s, Malloy marketed contemporary body piercing by giving it the patina of history.  His pamphlet Body & Genital Piercing in Brief included such commonly reproduced urban legends as the notion that Prince Albert invented the piercing that shares his name in order to tame the appearance of his large penis in tight trousers and that Roman centurions attached their capes to nipple piercings. Some of Malloy’s myths are reprinted as fact in subsequently published histories of piercing.

Body piercing was also heavily popularized in the United States by a group of Californians including Malloy and Ward, who is regarded as “the founding father of modern body piercing”.  In 1975, Ward opened a home-based piercing business in West Hollywood, which was followed in 1978 by the opening of Gauntlet Enterprises, “the first professional body piercing specialty studio in America.”

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Piercing in general has saw a great resurgence within the past 20 years, the generation “X” leading the way with following generations passing the torch and the desire to decorate permanently to ones body doesn’t seem to be changing anytime in the near future, in fact it seems we are only getting more creative on said piercings and how they are being done and placed in order to make even more creative art.

While the majority of people that choose this type of body art have their own reasons “why” they did it, most will concede it was “to express their individuality” among others.

As the art grows laws have been set in place and states continue to regulate how you can get pierced and by whom.  More states are requiring not only an OSHA (Occupational, Safety and Health Administration), but also certain amount of hours worth of training and guidance under someone else that has done body art/piercing before you can be certified or licensed to practice on your own.

Being licensed and certified should cut down on the downside of what potentially can and will go wrong with any kind of piercing to ones body.

There are several items that are used for the different above mentioned piercings that you can get and that are available.  Please read on if you are interested in what and how they are all used.

Piercing tools

Permanent body piercings are performed by creating an opening in the body using a sharp object through the area to be pierced. This can either be done by puncturing an opening using a needle (usually a hollow medical needle) or scalpel or by removing tissue, either with a dermal punch or through scalpelling.

Tools used in body piercing include:

  • The piercing needle:

        

The standard method in the United States involves making an opening using a beveled-tip hollow medical needle, which is available in different lengths, gauges and even shapes. while straight needles are useful for many body parts, curved needles are manufactured for areas where straight needles are not ideal. The needle selected is typically the same gauge (or sometimes larger as with cartilage piercings) as the initial jewelry to be worn, with higher gauges indicating thinner needles.

  • The indwelling cannula:

Outside of the United States, many piercers use a needle containing a cannula (or catheter) , a hollow plastic tube placed at the end of the needle. In some countries, the piercing needle favored in the United States is regarded as a medical device and is illegal for body piercers. 

  • The dermal punch:

A dermal punch is used to remove a circular area of tissue, into which jewelry is placed, and may be useful for larger cartilage piercings.   These are not professionally favored or recommended, even for ears.

  • The piercing gun:

Piercing guns, which were originally developed for tagging livestock, are typically used for ear piercing, but may be used for other body parts as well.  Piercing guns are generally not favored by professional body piercers. Guns use relatively blunt, solid studs that punch through tissue; thus they cause more trauma to tissue than proper piercing needles, which are sharp and hollow. They are also considered unsuitable for hygienic reasons.

  • Cork:

may be placed on the opposite side of the body part being pierced to receive the needle.

  • Forceps:

Or clamps, may be used to hold and stabilize the tissue to be pierced.  Most piercings that are stabilized with forceps use the triangular-headed “Pennington” forceps, while tongues are usually stabilized with an oval-headed forceps. Most forceps have large enough openings in their jaws to permit the needle and jewellery to pass directly through, though some slotted forceps are designed with a removable segment instead for removal after the piercing.

  • Needle receiving tubes:

A hollow tube made of metal, shatter-resistant glass or plastic, needle receiving tubes, like forceps, are used to support the tissue at the piercing site and are common in septum and some cartilage piercings.  Not only are these tubes intended to support the tissue, but they also receive the needle once it has passed through the tissue, offering protection from the sharp point.

  • Anesthesia:

Is supplied by some piercers, particularly in the United Kingdom and Europe. The anaesthesia may be topical or injected. Piercers and other non-medical personnel are not legally permitted to administer anaesthetics in the United States.

Risks associated with any body piercing

Body piercing is invasive and comes with risks.  Even if you are properly caring for your recent piercing, you still could have complications that could result in a visit to your local doctor or even the hospital.

Some risks of note include:

  • Allergic reaction to the metal in the piercing jewellery, particularly nickel. This risk can be minimized by using high quality jewellery manufactured from Titanium or Niobium or similar inert metals (Do not corrode when in contact with oxygenated water).
  • Infection, bacterial or viral can be a hazard of your next body decoration.  Risk of infection is greatest among those with:  Congenital Heart Disease, those taking Corticosteroids, diabetics.
  • Excess scar tissue, including hypertrophic scar and keloid formations. While piercings can be removed, they may leave a hole, mark or scar.
  • Physical trauma including tearing, friction or bumping of the piercing site, which may cause edema and could delay healing.
  • Oral trauma, including recession of gingival tissue and dental fracture and wear. Recession of gingival tissue affects 19% to 68% of subjects with lip and/or intra-oral ornaments. In some cases, the alveolar tooth-bearing bone is also involved, jeopardizing the stability and durability of the teeth in place and requiring a periodontal regeneration surgery.

The healing process and body piercing aftercare

The aftercare process for body piercing has evolved gradually through practice,and many myths and harmful recommendations persist.  A reputable piercing studio should provide clients with written and verbal aftercare instructions, as is in some areas mandated by law.

The healing process of piercings is broken down into three stages:

  • The inflammatory phase: during which the wound is open and bleeding, inflammation and tenderness are all to be expected;
  • The growth or proliferative phase: during which the body produces cells and protein to heal the puncture and the edges contract around the piercing, forming a tunnel of scar tissue called a fistula. This phase may last weeks, months, or longer than a year.
  • The maturation or remodeling phase: as the cells lining the piercing strengthen and stabilize. This stage takes months or years to complete.

It is normal for a white or slightly yellow discharge to be noticeable on the jewelry, as the sebaceous glands produce an oily substance meant to protect and moisturize the wound.  While these sebum deposits may be expected for some time, only a small amount of pus, which is a sign of inflammation or infection, should be expected, and only within the initial phase.  While sometimes difficult to distinguish, sebum is “more solid and cheeselike and has a distinctive rotten odor”, according to The Piercing Bible.

The amount of time it typically takes a piercing to heal varies widely according to the placement of the piercing. Genital piercings can be among the quicker to heal, with piercings of the clitoral hood and Prince Albert piercings healing in as little as a month, though some may take longer. Navel piercings can be the slowest to heal, with one source reporting a range of six months to two full years.  The prolonged healing of navel piercings may be connected to clothing friction.

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Soooo… way more then you or I expected to find or even want to know… but, since I know how related skin care and piercing can be… I figured this was a great potential post for anyone that was looking for great details about the what-knots regarding any kind of body piercing/art.

After recently and finally getting my “Monroe” piercing I have on my upper lip (between my lip and nasal areas) named I assumed after Marilyn Monroe due to the popularity of her beauty mark she had that so many attempted to recreate.  Mine’s on the wrong side, and in a different location… but, it’s still considered this “Monroe” style.  I have personally wanted/desired this for many years and finally got it.  I am happy with my choice, and I educated myself fully before going into the procedure.  I had this done at a local licensed and trained professional within the same mall I work at (for threading).

Their sanitation process is hospital grade, two step sterilization process of all implement, which includes ultrasonic & autoclave machine. The autoclave machine is tested monthly by OHSU to insure effective sterilization.

Euphoria Body Piercing & Tattoo
8700 NE Vancouver Mall Drive suite #165
Vancouver, WA 98662
360-977-7747

http://Euphoria-piercing-tattoo.com

http://www.facebook.com/people/Euphoria-Piercing-Tattoo/100000980080805?sk=wall

**If you have anyone you would like to recommend, I would be happy to list them and give them a shout out as well. Please let me know! Safety above all else is #1 priority in my mind… we want to beautify our bodies and show off our personalities in such different ways… we should know where to go to get safe procedures!

(not to mention great skilled professionals too!)

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**Some of the above details on history and related information I found throughout the web, however, the historical details mainly from Wikipedia.com

Birthdays… growing older… gracefully or fighting all the way?


This mornings Dribble… March 7, 2012

So… my daughter’s 9th birthday is upon us in just a couple weeks and as I was working on her invitations I was sending out this morning for her party it got me thinking about Birthdays… growing older… and the health of our skin as we age….

Do you plan to grow older gracefully… appreciate every scar, wrinkle, liver spot, sagging or drooping point on your body as they come and appear… knowing they are just a fact of growing old… or will you fight the entire way… kicking screaming, clawing, middle finger up at that damn wrinkle or two that shows it’s ugly face every once in a while just to remind you that you ARE in fact nearly 40 and not 20 anymore?!!

There are someday’s I think I am the first person… I want to believe I am the growing old gracefully sort of chick… buuuuuuuut then… well then I have those days when the mirror is crucifying me showing me everything I NEVER wanted to know or see about my freaking skin… every blemish, ever bump that wasn’t there yesterday and somehow grew overnight and brought along a few friends too… and then I squint a little bit and see those HAIRS! WTF?! Seriously… where the heck did that hair come from… and are you kidding me… ohhh the joys of growing old!!!

I have to be honest, I don’t think I mind the idea of turning 40; it’s just the other stuff that seems to come with turning 40… like the wrinkles, the fear of menopause (I am already crazy enough w/o that crap), just the fear of the unknown… these are such uncharted territories for me… at this time when I look at my mothers “40” I am definitely NOT my mother’s “40” – and I am not insulting my mother… in fact I truly know she wouldn’t want me to be “her 40” — nope, she’d be the first person to cheer me on to create my own path and destiny in my 40’s.  I keep telling myself it’s only a number… but… in reality it’s a big number.

I recall as a child… we were learning a math problem… the teacher showed us if we took the year we were born in, and then a year in the future we could see how old we were just by subtracting it from the year we were born… I hated math typically, but, anything to see into my future… heck yah! I was all over that!!! I also remember figuring out when I’d be 32, and thinking… “32!” I’m going to be sooo oooooooold! HEY I was only in like 3rd grade for crying out loud! That DID seem and sound old to me!!! Like a world away… I imagined being old at 32 and what that meant… and I frankly don’t recall thinking much more about it… I just know I remembered the part that I suppose insulted my well being…

I am trying to change my frame of mind… it’s a new world about to start for me… a fresh new change… I feel it in my bones… speaking of bones… did you know all those stupid “tomboy” injuries as a kid will come back and haunt you in spade?!  Seriously… I remember my father telling me… when I was showing off my newly acquired “owie” of the day, or trying to walk in a straight line while still wearing a walking cast due to my stupid injury to my knee, or ankles or my cast on my hand… he’d say “Laugh now… but when you’re 40, you’ll be feeling all that pain you’ve put your body through now” I’d naturally just roll my eyes and giggle and go on… but… as often as we ignored as kids… we now are saying “Point Taken” dad… I get what you were saying to me!  Would I have change things… probably not.

So… now I am nearly 40 years old… I look at my body… and I know I have put it through a lot!  Will I grow old gracefully… like I said above… I like to think I will… buuuuuut I am also a realist… and to be honest… I think there’s a happy medium, if I have the money, and the ability… why not do something that will make ME happier about myself and how I see me in that mirror?  I think if I might go under the knife… but… then again… I also know I am not going to be 20 again… regardless of what I can do on the outside of my body… and we all need to realize this one fact.  We can definitely (thanks to great minds and professionals) slow down our aging process… and we can definitely “appear” younger… but… how far is too far?

Do we want to still be ourselves just refreshed or do you want to be entirely different? Do you want to take a chance in the hazards of surgery? What about injections? would you consider having someone inject you with Botulism (Botox)? How about some of the other products like “Jvederm” (http://www.juvederm.com/Views/) which is: injectable gel made from hyaluronic acid (people place it in lips and other areas as a “filler” as our lips and skin droop)… is the price, pain and being the best you can be regardless of what you place inside your body less important then how you appear to the world?

How far is TOO far? I think we all have our own levels of what we will consider… for me… I think I could consider someone taking some of my excess skin (I use to weigh over 400 lbs, I have some extra fluff) and having them maybe make other ‘areas’ perkier… but to place things of foreign substance… inside my body regardless of the long evidence of safety reports… it still scares me. Would I still do it… who’s to say… for me it’s more hypothetical then real at this point.

I would however, do the things I do now… I do things that are easy to do… things that I can handle… things I know make my skin and me feel and appear less “40ish” – I wear sunscreen (I am not perfect, but, I try to do it every day), I moisturize, I attempt to clean my face twice a day, but always once, I throw away make up after a few months due to bacteria that grows, I exfoliate a few times a week, I drink LOTS of water, I limit my caffeine intake (or try to), I try to remember to take my vitamins and eat properly (not always an easy task), I try not to get too stressed, worries or anxious and for the people that know me, KNOW this isn’t as easy as it sounds for me at least, I try to be happy when I can, I am leaning to take time for me, I do try to get a chemical peel or microderm when I can afford it, I use lotion a few times a day on my skin in order to prevent dry or cracking and propagate healing (our skin is not only a barrier-it’s one of the biggest organs for us, taking care of it should be a major priority!), and I am trying to get more exercise… not always easy to do… I like being lazy (I’m honest).

So maybe I liken to be somewhere in the middle… I will attempt to grow older gracefully… but… I am always at guard and attempting to fight or ward off evil things that can create problems for my skin and health.

Hopefully I can live a ripe old age… I had a great grandmother (Illeen Vogel) she lived to be into her ’90’s and nobody believed she was as old as she was… she was a super star with regards to taking good care of herself… but she lived a life too… she farmed, gardened, baked from scratch, designed and managed her HUGE yard and landscaped it… to see it you’d understand! she was VERY much a true Scandinavian with the fairest of skin and took very good care of said skin even wearing sun screen when it wasn’t popular to do so, she bowled, and during WWII she was a Rosie Riveter too! She could dance with the best of them… she drank coffee, had a drink occasionally, enjoyed having fun and was ideally what I look at as being an all around healthy person… her only drawback was she refused to wear her hearing aides… she got a pair when they were difficult to use and she hated them and refused them after that… (lol) she had a stubborn streak I suppose… so we had to practically yell when she was in her later life and half the time I wasn’t sure she knew it was me on the telephone… unless she called me that is… 🙂 Rest is Peace Grandma… I hope I live as happy and long as you… and someone can carry on my legacy and I will make an influence just as you did on my life.

Maybe it’s just that… finding a “Happy Medium Ground”?

let me know your thoughts… curious to hear them.

 

Defining a day off?


My Drabble for today… March 6, 2012

So… I have had a few days recently that I had off… today was a good day off.  I was able to “breath” and consciously acknowledge “It’s my day off”.  But, do you ever stop and think… what the hell am I suppose to do on my day off? I mean… yeah I know what I SHOULD be doing… and for the most part I get that “stuff” done. My laundry is folded and nearly put away, my trash is taken out, my place is picked up… it’s not perfection, but, it’s decent.

I guess what I am saying is when you get into a routine of working and a mindset of working… I often find myself having an issue… maybe that’s not the right way of describing it… it’s not a BAD problem… it’s just this thing inside me that I need to remind myself “HEY YOU! it’s your day off… do something for YOU!” Decompress, find some peace and sanctuary for a few moments… take a nap… which is always on my list “to do” yet, I never seem to have that one checked off.  I wake up on my days off with this grandiose list in my head and by mid-day I am rethinking half of what I aspired to do that morning… UGH!

By the time 5 p.m. rolls around I am defeated… and wishing I still had that damn nap! Why can’t I wake without said list and just go with the flow… follow the day and see where it takes me… like a huge sail, letting the wind hit me and push me where I should go?! OH wait! I know… because I’m not a beautiful poem and this is REALITY! DUH!

I woke this morning… thinking I am going to go to the grocery store, but, then decided we had enough groceries to start the week… need to use up that stuff first… hate wasting food. Then I stopped in the laundry room and got my one load of BLACK clothing for my work week started… ran my daughter to school, stopped at the dollar store… that place… geez! I know… it’s a $1 store… and it feels like I am saving tons… but… NOT when I walk out of there spending $10! I have 10 items and then I find myself questioning why the hell did I buy what I purchased?! UGH… buyers remorse for the dollar store… really?

Before my day off started, last night, in fact, I purchased my weekly Washington State Lotto ticket and my one Power Ball ticket… I take $3 a week and buy these tickets… HEY! I girl can dream!!! then I spend the next hour… thinking about all the things I would do if I won the BIG jackpot… all the people I’d help… all the “pay it forwards” I would make… all the waitresses and bartenders I’d give HUGE fat tips to… just to give them a good night… all the homeless I’d feed… (and yes, I know, the cynical people would argue I am buying them another drink… but… honestly… if it gets them through another night, warm and toasty… then so be it, why shouldn’t they be happy too?!), my family I’d love to help and all the people I would just help… just because. I think about this… I think how fun it would be to be standing in the line to get my coffee in the morning and then giving the cashier enough money to cover several peoples orders behind me… just cause.  Pay for the peoples meals that came after me at dinner time.

Then of course I dream bigger… I think about all the places I’d want to visit… the things I want in my life… the love of my life that I miss daily… The VERY first thing I’d do is fly him home first class all the way… and then he and I would vanish for like a month… be hold up on some amazing warm tropical island with hardly anyone around… very little technology… just him and I and just time…

I have dreams beyond that… but that usually makes me giggle a bit and makes me feel good… for a little while.

Then I tune into Hulu TV, since I have NO T.V. reception at all… none… zip… nodda! I catch up on the shows I haven’t been able to watch for a few days… I am addicted to a few shows out there right now… Smash, Once upon a Time, Pan Am, Law & Order SVU, Revenge, Ringer, Hart of Dixie, Grimm, Whitney, Top Chef, Kitchen Nightmares, Anything Project Runway, Hot in Cleveland, and a few others… So after I watch a few too many and get bored with that… I blog a bit… read up and catch up on a few I follow… try to comment on the things I like or think I might know a little about… I try not to get into the “Facebook” trap and spend a few hours there… I only allow myself a small amount at a time… too easy to fall into that! Then… I sit…

Then I get the happy Skype or Yahoo video call from my man! Happiness! That makes my entire day!!! when the internet is working in our favor and we can spend a few hours catching up and just seeing one another… he is my calm and my comfort.  I always find myself at such peace and happiness when we have this time… and then I become this blubbering water works chick when it’s time to say goodbye! I swear… I am not the cry-baby girl… but… apparently of late… I am! LOL… I have my good short cry and then I can think again…I start to think about tomorrow… work! Then the strangest thought comes into play (I read this very interesting blog on Sunday, it was an amazing photographer, he posted a blog regarding numbers and them being a beautiful thing ((http://sorinphotography.com/2012/03/05/challenging-your-imagination-numbers/))… and then I started to think…) “I wonder how many eyebrow hairs I thread or pull in one shift?” hmmm… that will keep me ‘going’ for a while…

and now… now it’s 7:47 p.m. Monday night… My daughter has finished her homework… it’s the calm before the storm… tomorrow begins early… getting her up and ready for school, me up and ready for work at the mall… I am still wondering how many hairs I thread in one single day?  I know odd thought… but… still kind of interesting nonetheless…

and I still didn’t get that nap! lol!!!