Monday, April 26, 2010

A Cut Above

For some reason, I love changing my hair's cut or color when I feel like my life is also changing. Sometimes this leads to my having the same haircut for months on end, and other times this means that my hair color changes weekly. (It's highly likely that in five or ten years some extremely brilliant psychologist will name this behavior as a disorder and name it after himself, but remember: I said it first.)

Anyway, my multiple hair-sonality syndrome compelled me to cut my hair today. Not too much--just needed to add a few layers in honor of being 2 1/2 weeks away from the end of my 2nd year of dental school (and thus the halfway point of my post-graduate education). I decided to go to a different location than I usually go to, but still the same chain. Bad decision.

I walked in and was greeted by nothing. Literally nothing. One woman looked up from the head of hair she was cutting and then immediately looked back down. The woman at the front desk couldn't manage a greeting because she had just taken a lion-sized bite of a sandwich. We played an awkward version of Pictionary/Gestures as she motioned for me to sign in. Against my better judgement, I decided to stay.

After the front desk lady swallowed her massive chunk of food, she led me over to the chair. As she leaned over the sink to turn on the water and begin washing my hair, she burped, then said, "Sorry, but you'll probably hear lots more of those today. I just had a 5 minute lunch." I could hardly contain my excitement.

When we headed back to the chair to get my hair cut, she asked me how I wanted it done. I told her that I would like some long layers and tapering around my face. She looked at me incredulously and said with disdain, "You want it tapered in the front or face-framed? Because tapered (she said 'tapered' with the same disapproval as some people say 'rat' or 'snake') means shaved all the way up to the skin."

I explained to her that no, I did not want my hair shaved to the skin in the front right by my face and apologized for my word choice. She said, "It's a good thing for you that I've been doing this for 30 years. Some younger employee might have just done it." I hope for everyone's sake that this is not the method being taught in beauty schools across the country.

Believe it or not, she actually did give me a cute hair cut after all that fumbling. But I think from now on I might go back to the old location.

In other news, I read a story online today about a man who went to England to have surgery because it was much cheaper than having the surgery done in the US. I have many opinions about the phenomenon of "medical shopping" that is becoming more and more common, but I'll just say this one: You get what you pay for. (Sorry, Mom, I don't know how to say that sentence without ending it in a preposition. You get for what you pay? For what you pay you get? Pay for get what you you?)

I always read the comments that people write below the stories because I find them very amusing. Usually the people who post on those message boards are borderline crazy, and I might be crazy for enjoying their prose, but I am who I am, and I love reading those comments. Among the spam messages, generally racist comments, and snarky political remarks, a person had written something like, "I hear you can get surgerys [sic] really cheap in Cuba."

The next person who posted replied, "Yeah, I've heard that, too. That's why tons of people are jumping into tires and swimming across the waters to get to Cuba to access great medical care. Oh, wait..."

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Welcome to our house

Knock, knock...

Who's there?

Our new house!

This is a very interesting only get to see the rooms that are clean right now!

Here's the kitchen...

And the half bath downstairs...

And here's where you can stay when you come and visit us!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Funny Bunny

I promise that I will soon post some pictures of our new house. I'm afraid that my in-laws are going to disown me if I don't! To help pacify the desire for pictures, today I will provide you with these pictures from a website called The website is dedicated to publishing pictures of creepy, strange, and/or scary bunnies from the holiday mall photo booths at Easter. If this doesn't make you laugh, I don't know what will.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Nuts and Bolts

This post will be a "backwards," meaning that it looks back a little on past events. When we named this blog "Backwards, forwards, and Edwards" we thought that we would include stories from our past and present and thoughts on our future. It has turned out to be more like a journal of the ridiculous happenings of every day...but no matter.

A few days ago I found myself singing a little song to myself in my head. The little ditty was a chant made up by some students in my high school (has it really been SIX YEARS since high school?!?). The chant goes a little something like this:

"Nuts and bolts, nuts and bolts, we GOT SCREWED!" (And like all good chants and shampoo, it could be repeated if necessary.)

The chant was used often after bad calls were made by the referees during football and basketball games. Most notably, it was chanted in one of my brother's Varsity basketball games during a timeout, that is, until my brother's coach completely lost his mind and yelled at his own crowd. The story goes that he didn't want his young daughter hearing such a chant and that's why he got so angry, but it was quite a sight to see a grown man yelling red-faced at an unruly sea of teenagers who were chanting words from the inventory at Home Depot. I don't know that I've ever heard of another coach yelling at his own fans for cheering on behalf of his own team.

Anyway, that little chant was circling around in my mind because I had decided to hang some curtains. When we moved out of our apartment I took down all the nails, screws, pieces of curtain hardware, nuts and bolts (nuts and bolts, we got screwed) from the walls and put them into a gallon sized zip lock baggie for safe keeping. I wanted to keep them all together so that I wouldn't lose them. As I began to get the curtains and curtain rods together, though, I realized that I hadn't seen the zip lock bag since we moved. I'm ashamed to say that there were (and still are) some unpacked boxes upstairs at our house, so I went up to look through those. No baggie.

(This is the point where I started chanting.)

I set up a massive manhunt (nailhunt?) for the baggie and attempted to enlist the help of Jeffrey and the National Guard, but Jeffrey plead "March Madness" and the National Guard just ignored me, so I was on my own.

I looked in suitcases and piles of clothes, in the garage and in the pantry, under chairs and beneath beds, and finally--

I found it!

It was right where it should have the bag that holds all of my gift bags and wrapping paper.

Nuts and bolts, nuts and bolts....are you chanting yet?