Hello! Hope you've all been well! I've had an interesting past week or so; nothing too bad, but it's kind of had a general feel of "blah". The two biggest low lights are a bad haircut/dye job and my office fish, Tym passing away.
I took Tym's death pretty hard; he was sometimes my only companion at work (I had seen him more often than my husband!) and he always seemed so happy to see me (well, me being food, but I can pretend it was me). He always made lush bubble nests and would sometimes even "clack" at me. He'd do something with his gills and it would make a noise that sounded like someone was tapping on his tank. I was really surprised the first time I heard it since I hadn't heard a fish physically make a noise before. I feel a little silly being so upset over the death of a fish, but I really did like Tym and I really miss him. He had fallen ill about mid last week with what we think is a disease called "Velvet" (everyone comments on how that's such a "sexy" or "cuddly" name for a disease, but it's actually pretty gross). He was covered with a rusty brown fuzz, wouldn't eat, and was very listless. I wasn't able to get any medicine for him until Friday afternoon and after I gave him the first dose, he seemed to be feeling better. He was swimming around more and seemed to be more interested in his food. When I came back on Saturday to give him his second dose, he was dead. I've decided to not get another fish for the time being; I'm not sure I could deal with another one getting sick and dying. I might get another fish later on, but it probably won't be another betta. You were a good fish, Tym, and I hope you didn't suffer too much before you died.
The other bad part of the last week or so has been my less than satisfactory hair cut and coloring. Luckily, the color is only demi-permanent, so it will wash out eventually (well, at least I hope so. They had to use a different type of dye on my roots and I'm worried they used to more permanent kind) but I feel lame living with it right now. I could probably go back and have them fix it, but I'm more worried that it will just make it worse. I have to really baby my hair or it will get super damaged and since I'm trying to grow it out, I'm trying to avoid as much damage as possible (which is one of the reasons I wanted a demi-permanent dye over a full on one). I think the girl who did my hair didn't really know what she was doing since she seemed really young and when she cut my hair, she kept pulling it with the scissors. She also had a super shaky hand and it's REALLY hard to tell if you're cutting my hair evenly since its so curly. I really need to find someone who has experience with curly hair and who doesn't charge a ridiculous amount for a haircut. The bad dye job is partly my fault since I'm not very good at describing what I want. I actually found a really great way to describe exactly what I want earlier today, which is unfortunate (well, fortunate for next time). Since they had to use two different types of dye, the colors don't match up exactly and it really bugs me. They looked good when my hair was wet, but after drying, the color on my roots has red in it and looks orangey while the color on my ends has no red and is much more golden. I can tell the difference right away, but I'm also really sensitive to color differences. My husband says he likes it, but I think he's just being kind. With my skin tone, I look really weird with any kind of reddish hair so it looks super off to me. Next time I go in, I have to make absolutely sure I tell them no red whatsoever. What I'm really looking for is a super ashy, almost grey, dark blonde. That's actually what my natural hair color is, I just want to make it more...even looking. ...and I want to cover some grey hair. Going grey early unfortunately runs in my family. So, hopefully, after about a month, most of the color will have washed out and I'll be able to go back in and get it redyed the way I want it. I'm even going to bring in a picture (which is really what I should have done this time) and hope that it will work out.
Now that I have all the depressing things out of the way, it's time for a small clothing haul! I was able to go shopping with my husband and we went to the mall. Luckily, H&M was having a half-off sale on their sale clothes; which means $5 shirts and pants! I didn't get as much as I probably should have, but I've been buying so much clothing lately that I tried to keep it to things I really, really wanted.
I also was able to go to Forever 21! The Forever 21 here is HUGE; it's two stories and is basically the size of a department store. I went in with the intention of getting a belt and a jewelry bowl (I saw a really cute one at a different, smaller Forever 21 but I didn't buy it), but I walked out with more!
Finally, the purchase I was most happy about...
So that's my small clothing haul! Hmm, I wonder if you can even technically call that a haul.
And now to be a little random, I recently bought a cross stitching kit! I actually used to cross stitch a LOT; I have a plastic tub filled with cross stitching supplies and half finished kits as well as a whole bunch of embroidery floss. I told myself I couldn't buy any more kits until I finished all the ones I already had. I like cross stitching, but after I learned to crochet, it kind of felt like a waste of time. At least with crochet, you can make useful things like hats and scarves (and even amigurumi can arguably be useful), but with cross stitch, all you can really do is frame it and hang it up. Cross stitching is such a huge time suck and has such little return, that it started to feel like it wasn't worth it. I've made a few necklaces here and there, and I like to make those little kits they come out with around Christmas time as homemade ornaments, but this is the first actual kit I've bought and worked on in a long, long time.
One more random jump! For St. Paddy's Day (which I sadly did not get to do anything for) I painted my nails green and gold to feel festive!
And that's it for this post! Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post!
On a quick side note, I'm trying to still figure out the best way to tag posts. Things like how to tag "H&M" (since I don't think the tags can do the ampersand) and how detailed I should be tagging...if you have any suggestions, let me know!