Friday, July 4, 2008

This week alone

I have cut four locks, each one excruciatingly thin at the root. I have determined not to cut this set of locks but I am facing the possibility that like in previous go-rounds, I will end up with only a handful of locks. So I'm going to follow this set of locks to it's natural end and then I will probably start working seriously on reversing some of the traction alopecia I'm experiencing at my edges and growing out my loose hair.

I'd be lying to say this doesn't bother me. But surprisingly, I'm okay. It's kind of like the allergies and the myopia--two challenges I'm dealing with in this lifetime. I've accepted them and now the challenge is to not let these things conquer or discourage me. These things are not what make me Chi-Chi. They don't define I.

On another note . . .
I used to shop at Whole Foods (Whole Paycheck) which is 20 minutes away by car for our organic produce and groceries usually racking up a $250 bill each time. I have since stopped doing that and now purchase most of fruits and veggies at the local Korean owned fruit and vegetable store. So, the produce is not organic or even locally grown. I'm trying to sort out in my mind whether it is better to buy this produce that is close to me, i.e. I can walk to get it or should I be making the efforts to drive (which ya'll know I hate) to farmer's markets to get locally grown. The question is: burn gas to buy locally grown food or walk to buy food that's been grown all over the world and shipped in? In my ideal world, my town or even the town next door would have great farmer's markets, great options. But that's not the case. One things for sure, buying fruits and veggies from a store close-by encourages us to eat more varieties of fruits and vegetables and keeps things from spoiling since I don't feel the need/pressure to try to buy a weeks worth of fruits and vegetables at once.

Update on Z1's potty learning . . . he's doing fabulously. He misses number 1's here and there but everything goes in the toilet now. Everything. And he generally wakes up dry in morning. As soon as Z2 is sitting up on his own, it's his turn.

Z1 also is developing a strong affinity for doing puzzles. Coloring and painting, not so much. I'm trying my best to not run out and buy him a whole slew of puzzles. I have a couple of notebooks around here--I'm going to draw the lines for beginning hand-writers so that we can begin writing letters. People are already starting to ask when he's going to preschool. I'm currently hemming and hawing about it. I know I'm going to homeschool him. I don't want to answer too many questions though.


80sBaby70sSoul said...

Boo to the loss of locks! We really need to figure out what is going on that you hair is having this issue. Do you have nail and skin (all over) problems as well? My hair has always been thin and soft, and now that my locks are longer, I am having SEVERE breakage problems. Every time I put on a headband, headwrap, or even while washing and twisting, all I hear is snap, crackle, pop! I think I may be using too much oil when I twist. Also, its possible that I am not washing and twisting often enough (probably should be doing that every week instead of every 3-4 weeks). Another thing is maybe I am using the wrong products. I use catile soap (which really dries my hair out), no conditioner, and natural hair oil (african pride magical gro, shea mosture herbal pomade, etc.). Now, I am not a fan of spending a lot on hair care but I also feel like I/we need to take care of ourselves. So, I have made it my business to buy small travel/sample sized products and start to experiment. The best places to get hair products are target and sephora because you can ALWAYS take them back and get a refund if you don't like them (half used and all)! Some really good products (so I hear) are Beauty 4 Ashes, Ojon, Aubrey Organics, Carol's Daughter (in order from most expensive to cheapest). Right now I am trying the Ojon Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner, and Carol's Daughter Tui Hair Oil and Kizzi "Stay Put" Hair Pomade. I will let you know how it goes!

Chi-Chi said...

You know, I had completely switched up my hair care routine. I stopped using Dr. Bronner's and switched to using Aubrey Organics shampoo and conditioner. I switched my oil from Nature's Blessing and tried coconut oil, jojoba, shea butter and all kinds of combinations. I also started doing apple cider vinegar and herbal rinses. Nothing has stemmed the hair breakage and now I realize that's what it is. My hair grows and continues to grow. But it breaks, I suppose, from the weight of the locks. I'm trying to think of herbs, vitamins and methods I can use to strengthen the hair but honestly and truly, your girl is tired as heck. I'm started to just accept the locks are probably not for me, probably won't work and I'm starting to look into how to grow my hair loose.

Miss you girl!!

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