We passed this year's Thanksgiving in Budapest. This year we kinda, sorta ignored the holiday.
I did no cooking. At all.
Instead we were invited to a small dinner party at which a chef prepared an authentic Thanksgiving holiday dinner. How authentic? The sweet potatoes had a bit of orange, ginger, whiskey and were topped with toasted marshmallows. The only thing that could have made it more authentic would have been if the marshmallows would have been ever so slightly singed.
It was a grown-ups only dinner party. No cooking. No kids. No Thanksgiving according to my accounting.
The pumpkin pie, however, was a delight. (But there is no comparison to my my brother's!)
Months ago I read an article posted on Facebook about using baking soda and apple cider vinegar to wash and condition hair. Right away this appealed to me. I like the idea of DIY. I like the idea of thumbing my nose at the chemical beauty industry. I have had a series of ah-ha moments about things I have been sold. Boxed macaroni and cheese. Peanut butter in a jar. This is one more in that batch.
I mixed 1 tablespoon of baking soda with enough water to make it liquid. Then I dumped it on my scalp and gave myself a first-rate massage. Very granular. Bubbles are overrated. Then rinsed. Then I poured a apple cider vinegar mix on my scalp and ran my fingers through my hair from roots to tips--tangles melted away. I used 1 tablespoon vinegar and three tablespoons water. Done.
Number of compliments on my hair from people who did not know about my my lack of poo: 2.
Someone do the math: number of shampoo and conditioner bottles made and put into landfills. Not to mention the chemicals produced and rubbed into your scalp. Not to mention the cost to transport all the raw materials to the poo factories and then transport them to the store and then transport them to the landfill.
I love DIY. That doesn't mean I embrace the lifestyle. I admit that I have colored my hair for around 15 years now. The baking soda seemed to strip the color from my grey roots. The vinegar rinse, on the other hand, seemed to brighten my colored hair. So. This experience has convinced me that it is time to ditch the dye and embrace the natural color of my hair, whatever that may be.
I have been instructed by our nursery school teacher that my 3.5 year-old child, who has boy parts, should wear boy clothes and not come in dresses. I am pretty sure one teacher told me that it would cause "problems" for him later in life. (Perhaps I didn't understand the Hungarian. I could swear that she said it might even cause dyslexia!!??) The other teacher said it would cause confusion in the classroom for the other boys. Thoughts? I have LOTS of thoughts about this issue, but don't want to color your responses. I would love to hear your responses, experiences, etc.