Sunday, July 18, 2010

effortless entertaining

japanese straightening PR
i was pretty thrilled to get out of the salon in under 3 hours -- definitely a straightening PR! the difference was that the salon i have been going to has downsized and the owner just runs his own studio and takes one customer at a time -- so no waiting and no extra time spent between steps.

done at 2:52 pm (the appointment started at noon)

for anyone curious, the steps are as follows:

initial wash (which is really wash #2 for the day)
painting on of chemical-smelling stuff, mostly to roots
sitting with chemical stuff ~25 minutes
combing out hair a little with chemical stuff
sitting 5-10 more minutes
washing out chemical stuff (wash #3)
meticulously drying and flat-ironing hair
putting less-bad-smelling neutralizer onto hair
sitting another 10-15 minutes
washing that out (wash #4)
cut (i got rid of ~ 3 inches and got some subtle layers)
drying, straightening again

yes, it's a process . . . but one that works! after whipping out my camera to gleefully capture the time (i don't even know what moved me to do that, but whatever), i saw the oddest license plate:

can anyone think of anything this could mean other than meningitis? an infectious disease doctor, researcher, or perhaps just a really scary person must drive this car.

easiest dinner party ever
when i invite people over, i tend to get elaborate: lists of recipes, a long shopping list, and a detailed game plan. however, this sometimes backfires when i end up spending more time in the kitchen finishing things than hanging out with my guests! i invited some friends (all from my residency class) over for pizza on saturday night to celebrate our new roles. and i decided that for once, i was going to just make things as easy as possible . . .



homemade roasted eggplant dip, pita chips, multigrain chips, salsa, and vegetables to dip. i also added a plate of grilled local squash + zucchini.

this little cutie was all over the eggplant dip! talk about non-picky toddlers . . .

pizza was ordered while the adults snacked and sipped -- and little t ran laps, worked on his soccer skills, and did tennis drills. seriously, the little guy was a blur:

we enjoyed a trio of medium pizzas from the loop (which josh was nice enough to pick up), and had some pretty (and um . . . store-bought) cupcakes and watermelon for dessert.

no, the meal was not a culinary masterpiece. but it was still delicious and was quite relaxing -- not to mention super easy to clean up! i'm not about to declare that take-out dinners and bakery desserts are going to substitute for a homemade feast, but last night it was the perfect compromise.

now to spend the next couple of hours focused on my research project! here goes nothing . . .



workout: 9 sultry miles in chapel hill. i stopped at home midway for some water and a few honey stingers. average pace 9:09/mi -- i'm surprised, as it felt way slower!


  1. Nothing wrong with restaurant pizza!

  2. Have you heard anything about the Brazilian hair straightening treatment? I'm curious how the process and results compare to the Japanese process.

  3. You'll have to post the results of your pretty, straight hair! My hair always looks its best after leaving the salon until I wash it and then it goes back to its unruly self. :)

  4. I love the bought or not! :)

  5. atilla2:51 PM

    cup cakes look great! Perhaps the license was that of a museum curator crazy over chinese dynasties. B says hi

  6. atilla, that is QUITE the stretch . . . but i like it!

    danielle: my stylist is always trying to get me to try brazilian (cheaper, faster) but i'm so happy with the japanese i'm afraid to switch! that's pretty much all i know about it.

    carrie: it's straight all right, but i actually prefer it in a few weeks when it's a little less flat! i'll post a pic soon though.

  7. I'm seriously considering the Brazilian blowout but the 3 hours it takes will be hard to come by! No hair dryer for 3 months sounds so heavenly though! Do you blow dry your hair at all with the japanese straightening?

  8. denise: i think the brazilian is faster - maybe 1-2 hours? but it is not supposed to be as permanent.

    i do dry it most days (just the top layers really) but i don't have to. a FAR CRY from my 'real hair' that has to be ironed into submission!