Updates and stuff

Happy Friday!

My car is getting fixed! For freeeeeee! They finally called yesterday and said “Well we just had a big meeting about your car and here is what we’ve decided – we can pull the valve covers off and if the engine is sludge-y, it won’t be covered under the warranty and you’ll have to pay for us taking off the valve covers before we can go any further. If the engine is clean, we’ll order you a new engine and repair the car, which will all be covered under the warranty”. I told him (with a wee bit of false bravado) “Well then you go ahead and take off those valve covers because you aren’t going to find a sludge-y engine – we have kept up with the oil changes and done everything we were supposed to do.” A couple of hours later, guess what!! Clean engine and a new one ordered! I was really nervous even though I KNEW there was nothing I had done to cause such a catastrophic failure, but sometimes you just don’t know how dealerships are going to play the game. My husband had the phone number of a good lawyer handy juuuuuust in case. My mantras for the last couple of weeks have been “I did nothing to cause this” and “Be anxious for nothing”. I’ve probably said those phrases to myself a hundred times since all of this started because I don’t know about you, but I don’t have an extra $5000 sitting around for a new engine. I’m really just so relieved that it’s going to be repaired and covered under the warranty.  And they gave me a loaner car so I don’t have to drive my husband’s work truck or borrow my son’s car anymore – which is a relief because I do not like not having my own wheels. 

Curly Girl Experiment – I’m one month in. If you don’t know what the Curly Girl Method is, it’s a technique of enhancing your natural curls by using sulfate-free, paraben-free, and silicone-free hair products. It’s a process, y’all. I mean you have be committed to it because it takes a bit o’ time and a lot of trial and error, but if you can reach curl nirvana, it will be worth it. Now, there are some people out there who are almost militant about livin’ that CGM lifestyle (CGM = Curly Girl Method) and there are those of us who are rebels because we do what we want! I mean I guess so far I’m following it pretty closely but because I have fine, thin, wavy hair there are some things I have to do differently than the original method, and I’m completely fine with that. Just like in health, there is no one-size-fits-all and you have to do what works for you (and your hair). Here are pics of Day 1 vs. Today (One month in):

 

Honorable mention goes to these two days which were somewhere in the last couple of weeks:

Yes, I take pictures of my hair when it is behaving nicely because it is such a rarity and I want to document it for posterity. You can see how much my curls have perked up already. This is a really fun experiment and I think that once I get a little more length, I’ll really love wearing my hair curly all the time.

Well, I’ve rambled on about those two topics that are probably of no interest to anyone except myself longer than I intended. My plans for this weekend are to just relax, get caught up on my handlettering course that I am 3 weeks behind in, and maybe declutter some areas that are driving me bonkers. What are your plans for the weekend? Whatever they are – I hope they are enjoyable!

 

  One thought on “Updates and stuff

  1. July 19, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Yay for warranty-covered car repairs! What a relief!

    Your hair looks AMAZING. I also have very fine hair that is just a tiny bit wavy, so maybe I will embark on a journey like this and see if I can bring out the natural curl in it!

    • July 19, 2019 at 2:37 pm

      If nothing else, I will probably keep using sulfate-free shampoo and a metric butt-ton (scientific measurement) of conditioner because my hair just feels so much healthier, which is probably helping to bring out the curl. I can hook you up with a helpful Facebook group if you’re on FB if you want to know more. 🙂

      • July 19, 2019 at 5:42 pm

        That would be awesome! I’m on Facebook, I’ll message you on IG and we can figure out the fb stuff. 🙂

  2. July 19, 2019 at 10:44 am

    I’m so happy and relieved for you about the car…I hate that kind of stress because you know how expensive it can be. So nice that it’s covered!!!

    OK, your hair looks so freaking good!! I’m super impressed not only at how beautiful the curls are, but also how soft and shiny your hair looks. What a fun experiment!

    • July 19, 2019 at 2:38 pm

      It has really been fun to see what my hair can do! I’m just so tired of trying to make it behave by blow drying and straightening it – I’m just trying to embrace my waves!!

  3. Paula C
    July 21, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    So great to hear about a car dealer honoring a warranty & providing a loaner. I need to learn more about that hair care method. Maybe it would make my hair livable. My hair has been so frizzy and wavy lately.

    • July 23, 2019 at 8:50 am

      I would start with using a sulfate-free shampoo, and making sure your hair is moisturized. I think this alone has helped my hair tremendously. My hair was really dry and heat damaged – I think just taking better care of it is what has helped the most. 🙂

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