National Ballet Day

Happy National Ballet Day!

National Ballet DayHello!

I know that I must have told my ballet failure story about a million times by now, but since I lack any imaginable skill as a ballerina, this is kind of all that I have to offer today! As a child, my mom signed me up for ballet lessons and I distinctly remember going to Payless Shoes with her to pick out my first pair of overpriced, soft pink ballet flats. That might have actually been my first attempt at entering the sports world. Spoiler alert: all other attempts ended in a similar downward spiral. I thought that I was doing decently well in the pre-K ballet class, but I was exceptionally bored. I didn’t want to learn the foot positions or how to count out the number of steps to walk across the room and hand off a flower with a curtsy. Instead, I did things my own way and added plenty of twirls, twists, jumps, and gestures to infuse my own style. I didn’t even make it to our first performance before my membership in the class was politely declined and I was asked not to come back. I think that even worse than being a bad dancer is not realizing the unfortunate truth. Even to this day, I have to remind myself that the beautiful shapes and smooth body lines that I imagine I am creating are not transferring successfully into the real world. Sometimes I still think that I have the super skinny, bony body from my childhood and also have to suffer shocking shift of reality when I pass a mirror. I want to be ballerina or gymnast so badly. I want to have grace, stamina, balance, and elegance in my movements! I suppose I have pretty decent balance, but one basic skill a dancer does not make. Break out your ballet shoes, or scarring memories, and celebrate happy holidays!

Carrie

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National Barber Day

Happy National Barber Day!

National Barber DayHello!

No one ever looks cute halfway through a haircut with wet hair plastered to their face, but I simply had to get a matching before and after selfie with Beth! Beth has cut my mom’s hair literally forever so it’s only natural that I would do the same. I’m not fussy and I don’t come in to get my hair cut nearly as often as I should, but it’s so nice to get a great haircut and chat with her in the meantime. I know I’m probably far less chatty than the average lady to sit down in her chair, but I do enjoy the conversation. I’m convinced that barbers, hair stylists, and nail techs are the most ‘in the know’ people in town. What else are you going to do while you sit and get your hair cut except talk? Dentists would have the same scuttlebutt advantage if they didn’t insist on putting their hands in your mouth the whole time! I enjoyed a nice walk down to her shop under super cloudy skies that threatened to rain, but never did and walked back out with a fresh new bob! If it wasn’t for the holiday reminder to schedule an appointment to see her, I would probably still be complaining about split ends and thinking that my hair was getting a little longer than I really want it to be. I think that she should send out appointment reminder texts like my dentist because I never remember to go in for my hair check up on time! Go see your barber or hair stylist today for a fresh new look and enjoy happy holidays.

Carrie

National Handwriting Day

Happy National Handwriting Day!

National Handwriting DayHello!

Despite my work as a writer, I find that I hardly ever write by hand anymore. They really should call us typers instead of writers because no one is going to find original handwritten manuscripts in my attic if I ever get famous. Although my handwriting has passed through periods of intentional style changes, some things have always been the same. Growing up, I would see someone’s handwriting that I really liked and would try to adjust mine to match. Instead of my natural loopy y’s and g’s, I would carefully mark the tail as a straight line or a perfect curve just to see how it looked different. Of course, that only works when you have the time and daily homework practice to perfect a new craft. As soon as it came time to jot down notes while an eager speaker was talking or write a quick list, my handwriting morphed back into the most natural form. Unfortunately, I think that my handwriting has deteriorated since I graduated. It’s actually a little embarrassing! In any case, I found a handwriting analysis quiz that revealed some truths about my personality just from what I do with the pen. It says that I like to concentrate my attention to focus on things and that I like exactness in details. I’m observant, always have a plan, and know what I want ahead of time. According to my writing, I’m not very generous, but have a good sense of humor, sharp intellect, and a preference to associate with intellectual people. I can also be egotistical and unsociable. My super subtle letter slant to the left and preference for uprightness reveals that I’m reserved, I weigh decisions carefully, and have leadership qualities. I was a little unsure about the validity of a few simple handwriting questions, but this seriously defined me to a tee. What does your handwriting say about you? Happy holidays!

Carrie

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National Bootlegger Day

Happy National Bootlegger Day!

National Bootlegger DayHello!

I’m not sure what you were expecting of me, but I really don’t know much of anything about carrying contraband. Well, except that you probably shouldn’t! There were several gangs of wild bootleggers during the prohibition era of the 1920’s. The term ‘rum runners’ transformed into ‘bootlegger,’ which we still use today. Al Capone was one of the most iconic criminals at the time, due in part to his obsession for publicity, so it’s only fitting that the national holiday falls on his birthday. For some reason, I don’t think that’s a coincidence… I’m such a fan of history and I love learning new, interesting facts, even if I know that I’ll forget it later. I watched this short video on Al Capone to celebrate the holiday because I don’t imagine I’ll be doing any bootlegging or serious drinking today. I knew that he was caught for tax evasion, but I always imagined that it was a super easy way to grab him – like, well we can’t prove that he’s actually bootlegging, so let’s just get him for taxes instead! I had no idea that it took two years to build a case against him just for taxes in addition to all of the effort and struggle that they had in trying to prove his criminal activity. Eric and I planned a spontaneous vacation to San Francisco in just a few weeks and we plan on visiting Alcatraz to see his cell. Maybe we’ll go out for happy hour when we get back to shore? Happy holidays!

Carrie

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National Button Day

Happy National Button Day!

National Button DayHello!

I have discovered a new obsession that is completely changing my wardrobe. My cardigans and jeans were button-happy, but now I have to try to find one. My daily uniform used to be a scarf, sweater or tee shirt, jeans, and sneakers, but I’m transforming into what Eric calls ‘mom clothes.’ Don’t get me wrong, we’re planning parenthood far off in the distance, but the mom clothes uniform is pretty fantastic. I don’t even remember how I got plugged into a LuLaRoe Facebook group, but it happened and my life has changed. I was really skeptical because I hadn’t ever found a pair of leggings that fit right, stretched enough, and were more comfortable than other options in my wardrobe. Plus, the whole ‘leggings as pants’ debate was in full swing up until a year ago. I think it has died down a little bit now. The clothes are seriously comfortable and I am finally embracing how cozy it is to just layer yourself in soft, stretchy fabric. No rough denim, no tight seams, no buttons and zippers to stuff yourself in. It’s freedom! Plus, when I teach elementary music, I’m literally crawling, criss-cross-apple-saucing, and scooting across the floor trying to chase kids back to their spots while simultaneously singing, clapping, and sneaking a moment to breathe. The last thing I want to worry about is the belt that’s digging into my hip and having to fidget with a short sweater.

Carrie

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National Red Lipstick Day

Happy National Red Lipstick Day!

National Red Lipstick DayHello!

After an hour of window shopping online and crafting a Christmas wishlist, I wondered how I ended up here. Then, I saw this open blog post tab in the corner of my browser. Oh yeah, I was just starting to write my blog about red lipstick when I got a little distracted, which quickly turned into a complete redirect. I have been eyeing two Kylie lipkits for quite some time, but I still haven’t pulled the trigger on buying one. Part of me doesn’t want to support Kylie Jenner’s business, but mostly I just don’t want to pay that much for a lipstick. Not to mention, I’m not going to play along with the frenzy of trying to be fast enough to snag one during a restock before they sell out in 3 minutes. In any case, I opened a new tab and meandered over to find that the red lipstick color that I am in love with is actually in stock. I still haven’t worked up enough desire to shell out $30 for a kit, though, so I put it on the empty Christmas list that has been collecting cobwebs in my notes. Now that my Christmas list was started, I simply had to online shop for sweaters, boots, candles, perfume, and trendy succulent planters. Vanity and selfishness ran amuck for far too long, but at least my Christmas list is full. Adding in the fact that I spent 30 minutes trying to perfect my makeup and snap the most flattering pictures, I’m not super proud of my the work that I have accomplished today. I need to go volunteer or read something to make up for it. Indulge in a moment of vanity with a bold swipe of red lipstick, then get back to business. Happy holidays!

Carrie

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National Love Your Red Hair Day

Happy National Love Your Red Hair Day!

National Love Your Red Hair Day

Hello!

As much as I complain about my lack of hair volume and having to style it the same way every day, I am super blessed by my tresses. The color is exactly on the strawberry blonde line so there are moments, seasons, and periods of my life when it looks more red and other times when it has a caramel blonde color. This holiday comes at exactly the right time because my hair is starting to get a little bit darker and redder in the fall. I spend hours looking at gorgeous ombre dye jobs and am slightly obsessed with galaxy hair trends, but I wouldn’t ever want to go away from what’s so perfectly and naturally mine. Do you remember the dip dye trend that took over about 5 years ago, right around the time of tinsel and clip in feathers? It was essentially a precursor to the more sophisticated ombre styles that are so common right now. I was so obsessed with it that I took the super scary plunge and had the ends of my hair dyed a burnt red color. It was the first, and only time, that I dyed my hair and my immediate adoration turned into despair when it started to fade and turn into a dark brown within a week. I got a hair cut to chop off the dyed section shortly thereafter and have not dabbled in the dark art of hair dye since. I love my strawberry blonde hair and the exclusive perk of celebrating this holiday! Happy holidays!

Carrie

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