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On What I've Learned From Three Years Without Shampoo

I had a weird hair issue about a year ago and considered the no-poo thing, but instead found something else: tea tree shampoo! I wash every other day, to prevent my hair from drying out too much, but the tea tree oil stops the gross build up I was getting, my hair is soft (and not from baking soda/vinegar breaking it), and smells neutral-to-good.

If you want to ditch the sulfate shampoos/conditioners but aren't ready to go full no-poo yet, I can't say enough good things about tea tree shampoo/conditioner.

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm 0

On Americans Have Either Stopped Reading Books or Stopped Lying About It

@ru_ri I am reading Born to Run about the Tarahumara and ultra runners and it's quite enjoyable.

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 12:32 pm 0

On Americans Have Either Stopped Reading Books or Stopped Lying About It

@peculiarity Definitely! I like having time to volunteer, and swimming half an hour away a couple nights a week, and to sit on the couch aimlessly on Saturdays reading.

I sometimes convince myself that's "working" - "working to keep my sanity" - and then I'm good on the "Should I get a second job?" guilt for awhile!

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 12:31 pm 0

On 18 Brides in a Year

@shantasybaby @bowtiesarecool I like drinking and dancing but not so much that I want to spend $20,000 on it. My favorite idea right now is brunch, with the ceremony and the food in the same place, and lots of hanging around my city with my friends (who, as a commenter said above, I'm very excited to have travel to see me instead of the other way around for once!) in a low-key weekend.

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 11:45 am 0

On 18 Brides in a Year

I want to be married to my partner so much, but there is so little about weddings I want to participate in/care about, it's hard for me to get excited about anything besides, well, the food and the vows, if we're being honest.

This is awesome Jia.

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 5:47 pm 1

On Friday Open Thread

@adorable-eggplant I'm about to! Although via google docs, because YNAB costs money which I am trying not to spend/don't have. I also plan on tracking my money not just like "$10 at Target" but "$4 on Hershey's kisses, $6 on what I actually needed at Target" - I got myself into this mess because I didn't hold myself as accountable for money as I should have.

2014 is probably also going to be the year of feeling bad about myself but it's necessary!

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

'Pinners I just did a combination of "How many months will it take to pay off my debt" and "Wait a minute what are the dues for my national professional organization that I should probably join since I'm on my local board, again?" ($300!!!) and I am in a sad state of money affairs.

2014 is the year of spending no money ever while I am not excited about it...it will be good for me.

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm 1

On On Homelessness and How to Help

@mangosara

I just found this site: http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/

There's also http://www.womenshelters.org/

Also Volunteers of America does a lot of homeless work: http://www.voa.org/

HUD supposedly has lists of homeless shelters, but for my city it just says "Call 2-1-1" - maybe yours will be better:
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/states

I second searching "shelter [your city]," that usually brings up good lists.

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm 0

On Today's Best Tab Is "Invisible Child"

@H.E. Ladypants I volunteered at a warming center for the homeless over the weekend, and yesterday after work I recognized a guy who came in both nights. I realized I pass him almost every day.

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 11:52 am 0

On "Smile, Girl"

@hallelujah Yeah, I would never respond "Tell me about your dick!" because they'd probably take it as an opportunity to...tell me about their dick.

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm 2