Tuesday, January 22, 2008

bye bye curls For those of you who didn't know, my tight little curls are all natural. I've been a curly girl my whole life. Once I understood some of the keys of taking care of curly hair--keeping them well conditioned, no touching after they are dry, and so on--I've learned to love them. But, after nearly 30 years of basically the same hairstyle I decided it was time for a change. I've been thinking about it for a long time, but last week I took the plunge and permed my hair straight. It took four hours for them to relax and then straighten and then smooth and then set my very curly hair. And straight it is! Wow. It feels so different. Here is what my hair looked like before: And here it is now: One of the main differences between permanently straightening it and ironing it straight like I did a few times last year (my Christmas pictures) is that my hair still wanted to be curly--so it kinda formed some waves and had body and bounce. Right now it just hangs there--so board straight!! I washed straight hair for the first time in my life this weekend. It feels SO DIFFERENT to wash straight hair. And, I had to go out and buy a hair dryer--and blew my hair dry for the first time in my life too. Crazy I tell you. Crazy. I don't know how long it will be till I miss my curls and want them back. But, for now I am enjoying the change. The other thing I worry (not real worry, just ponder occasionally) about is what to do when I have very curly roots and really straight hair. If you have any ideas or have dealt with that problem before, I'd be happy to hear your suggestions!
reading scripture by genre Usually I enjoy structure and much order. I don't like it when someone changes the song in the middle--I need completion, please let the song finish and then change it. I don't like flipping the channel during commercials; mute is just fine, thank you. All that jumping around annoys me. I can't start one novel without finishing another one first. If the novel is bad, it hangs around for awhile unread and keeping me from reading other novels, till finally I get smart enough to just throw it away and move on. So, why am I telling you all about my completion-complex? I'm trying something new this year--reading the Bible by genre, reading a different genre each day. So far, I'm enjoying it despite my completion-complex. Let me explain. Each day of the week I read a different genre (literary type)--so on Sundays it's the Gospels, Monday it's law, Tuesday it's narrative/history, Wednesday it's the Psalms, Thursday it's poetry, Friday it's prophecy, and Saturday it's the epistles. Kinda interesting, huh? I don't recall at all how I surfed upon this plan, but I do know that the genre based Bible reading plan that I am using is from this site. At first I thought it might get confusing or I might not like all the jumping around. I thought I might lose focus or concentration. Nope. Not at all. One thing I have noticed different with this reading plan is that since each genre is not equal in length, but they still divided each genre into fifty-two selections, some days the section is only two chapters while other days it might be six. Nevertheless, I am actually quite enjoying having each day specialize on a certain type of writing. Hmmm . . . wonder if I'd enjoy the Literary Study Bible. Do you use a reading plan to guide your daily study of Scripture? If so, what kind of plan are you using? Are you enjoying it?

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