my hair through the ages

I spent three and a half hours at the beauty salon today getting my hair cut and highlighted. I have a lot of difficulty sitting still for more than an hour at a time (or perhaps it’s a slight case of ADD) but thanks to wine and The Rosie Project, I managed to get through the day without losing my sanity and, more importantly, a stylist. Saki has been doing my hair for over a decade and it’s been about a decade since my hair started looking good. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

While I was sitting in the chair, I reflected on my hair styles of years gone by and I thought it might be fun (and a little bit humiliating) to share some of them with you.  At the outset, I confess that with a few exceptions, I have not been all that adventurous with my hair. Once I was old enough to demand that my mother stop whispering, “cut it short” in the stylist’s ear without my knowledge, I always kept my hair long. The most common variant was “bangs” or “no bangs.”

Classic "Pebbles" - cute, right?

Classic “Pebbles” – cute, right?

Long and tangled...

Long and tangled…

"The little boy" cut Short hair cut after my mom lost patience combing through my knots

“The little boy” Short hair cut after my mom lost patience combing through my knots

Dorothy Hamill

Dorothy Hamill

Farah Fawcett feathers (attempted but did not quite succeed)

Farah Fawcett feathers (attempted but did not quite succeed)

High School – I became a teenager in the mid 1980s, but unlike most of my peers, I never had big hair

High School – I became a teenager in the mid 1980s, but unlike most of my peers, I never had big hair

 

college: bangs

college: bangs

college: no bangs

college: no bangs

early twenties

early twenties

Mid twenties - the "blonde" year... I didn't have more fun,

Mid twenties – the “blonde” year… I didn’t have more fun,

late twenties. Between the tiny bangs and the blonde thing, the twenties were my worst hair decade (so far).

late twenties. Between the tiny bangs and the blonde thing, the twenties were my worst hair decade (so far).

 

my 30th birthday party - still with the tiny bangs...

my 30th birthday party – still with the tiny bangs…

 

Enter good hair (thanks to Saki)...

Enter good hair (thanks to Saki)…

Blow-out for first BookBuzz.

Blow-out for first BookBuzz.

Selfie taken today after hair cut. A bit short but healthy.

Selfie taken today after hair cut. A bit short but healthy.

 

Thanks for taking a walk down memory lane with me. I think I’m proof that the twenties are not necessarily the best decade - at least in terms of appearance :).

For Better or Worse

A common characteristic supposedly shared by those born under the Capricorn astrological sign is that they do not like change. While I do not necessarily believe that everyone born within the same horoscope has the same general personality traits, I am a Capricorn and I abide by the cliche, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

For example, I don’t like when a colleague I like and am used to working with resigns from my company to be employed elsewhere, leaving me to forge a fresh relationship with someone else. I don’t like when a close friend moves across the country, thereby changing the dynamic of our relationship. I don’t like when my law firm changes health insurance, when a favorite author changes her writing style, when a television show breaks up my favorite couple to hook them up with other people, when my publisher makes me change the title of my book, when an appliance breaks and I need to get used to a new one. In a nutshell, if I’m in my groove, I do not see the need to shake things up.

That’s not to say that I do not like spontaneity. If a friend asks me for last-minute drinks, I’m cool with it. I’ve swiftly booked vacations based on a friend’s recommendation with little or no research of my own. I can (and do) make impulse purchases of expensive handbags and shoes. It’s not the introduction of new things that I shy away from; it’s the fear that the new won’t be as good as the old. Each time I finish a novel and it gets positive feedback, I worry that my readers won’t like my next book as much. I worry that a new man in my life won’t be as good to me as the one before. I worry that I won’t be able to figure out how to use my new laptop to do the things it took me ages to figure out on the old one.

The good news is that despite my stubborn fear and avoidance of change, I somehow always manage to assimilate, usually quickly. I often sell myself short in terms of what I can/cannot accomplish and I don’t always give others the credit they deserve for knowing when change is actually a good thing.

It was recently brought to my attention that a change had taken place with respect to my publisher— a shift in my team that will affect my individual writing/marketing/publishing process from what it has been for almost a year. Funny, because I had just been thanking my lucky stars that my team was so in sync and I predicted how smoothly the production of my fourth novel would be. Perhaps I should have knocked wood or something. I was upset about the change but before I had barely 24 hours to wallow, my publisher got in touch with me and made it clear that they want me to be happy and will be working with me to ensure that all of my needs are met. I was grateful for the swift reassurance and personal attention, and I am going to trust that they know what they are doing. I will also keep the faith that I can embrace these changes like the professional I am. Change can be scary and admittedly,  I still don’t like it very much when I’m happy with the status quo. But “change” doesn’t have to mean better or worse—it could just mean “different.”

Just between us, I’m hoping for better :).

 

Finishing

I’ve always had a bittersweet reaction to finishing something. On the one hand, I am proud of completing a project I started, but on the flip side, I am often sad at the prospect of moving on to something new. I own a Roku device for my television set and with it, I am able […]

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Throwback Thursday Blog – I Choose Happiness!

I’ve been crazy busy and unfortunately, did not have time to write a blog post this week. (In all honesty, I am so inspired by my fourth novel right now that I didn’t make the time to write a blog post this week.) So, I decided to re-post a blog I wrote several years ago […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Post and Excerpt

Mid twenties - the "blonde" year... I didn't have more fun,

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Almost every year since my freshmen year in college, I have adopted an “Irish for One Day” existence. I have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with gusto—from “Kegs and Eggs” parties with the boys from Tau Kappa Epsilon in college, to post-college and way post-college afternoons spent drinking pints of Guinness and doing […]

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my trip to Seattle Part Two

nobody does vanilla latte like Seattle does Vanilla latte.

Welcome to part two of my trip to Seattle. In part one, I blogged about the professional aspect of my trip—attending the AWP Writers Conference and Bookfair, and meeting other members of my publishing family. Today, I am blogging about the pleasure portion of my trip. Two of my favorite people reside in Seattle and […]

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My trip to Seattle Part One

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Happy March! The feet-numbing cold has made it clear that I’ve left Seattle and returned to my hometown of New York City. My weekend in Seattle might be over, but the memories remain. I had a fabulous time! I almost didn’t get there as I was flying standby with a buddy pass thanks to the […]

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writing, colds, and Seattle Oh My

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a more personal blog, so today is your lucky day! I’m writing this from a writer’s group I connected with through Meetup. I’m in a few of them. It’s nice to interact with other writers and it’s also a great motivator to get out there and put […]

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Valentine’s Day ebook Super Sale!

We’re spreading the love this Valentine’s day. Ten fabulous (and mostly chick-lit) authors have teamed up to offer you an amazing ebook promo. See below to download FREE or hugely discounted bestselling books. Valentine’s Day only. It’s Got to Be Perfect- FREE – today only! #1 Amazon Bestseller (Humour) #1 Amazon Hot New Releases ‘A […]

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Valentine’s Day Celebration – fun, flirty facts about Nicholas Strong

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The Valentine’s Day Celebration continues with my interview of Nicholas Strong, leading man of Blogger Girl.                 Meredith: Who is the celebrity you’ve been told you look like?                 Nicholas: *laughs* Most recently, I am being told I resemble Peeta from The Hunger Games but it’s only because no one would call either of us […]

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