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Hair today. Gone tomorrow.

I’ll admit it, I get bored easily.  Especially when it comes to my hair.  I go from long to short to shorter to long again.  I go bangs, no bangs, swoopy bangs, blunt bangs.  I know I am in the minority here.  Most people dread making drastic changes. I have the philosophy, eh, it will grow back!

Every five years or so I actually let it grow out pretty long.  Currently it’s not as long as it has been in the past, but it is getting there.  Every time it gets long enough, I donate it. I thought for sure this trip to the stylist it would still be too short.  It actually wasn’t!  So time to chop chop chop and send it off to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

Previously I had only donated to Locks of Love.  Mostly because I didn’t think there were any other options out there.  Since the last time I donated I never received a confirmation that they had received it, plus some controversy in the news, I decided this time I was going to try Pantene’s program.

I turned 38.  What better way to start my new year than with a clean slate, a new attitude, and a fresh new look!  So I went in to my friend and hair stylist and said “Let’s do this again, shall we?!” And so we did.  We prepped, we chopped, we bagged.  And after all was said and done, I had a fabulous new hair do and got to feel all warm and fuzzy in the (donation) process.

Before

Before

During

During

After

After

Bye-Bye Hair

Bye-Bye Hair

Letter

Lovely thank you letter I received after sending my donation.

Thank you for being a friend!

We’ve all heard the theme song from Golden Girls a million times over.  Or is that just me because I’m destined to be a crazy cat lady and watch it every night before going to bed??  Ohhhhh but I digress….

Today I read two very poignant messages about friends.  One was a text message I received that said “As I get older, I appreciate my true friends more.  Thank you for just being you. I don’t know what I’d do without you in my life.”  The other was in a blog post I read from Eclectikramblings that said “And once again, especially now, there is nothing there to even go back to. I have one friend left there, the rest dropped me the second I left. None of them have checked in on me to see how I’m doing or anything, just one – and we’ve been friends since college. Life is funny that way.”

It seems so strange that while polar opposite, I can relate to both messages so clearly.

Why is it that some people you call friends would drop you in a heartbeat if they had something to gain from it?  Why is it that some friends never ever make the first move, be it a phone call, a text, a plan to meet up?  Why do others drop EVERYTHING for you no matter what, without hesitation?  Are these qualities in a person’s true character?  Or is it related to the friendship itself?

I feel like I have so many questions and no answers.

I feel heartbroken that I never got an explanation from a “friend” who RSVP’d to my birthday party, yet never responded to the texts I sent that day explaining details, and never bothered to showed up.  Not even sending a text with a lame excuse as to why they couldn’t make it last minute.  And never bothered with a call or text on my actual birthday.

But then I also feel overwhelmed with love and joy when I realize who my friends are and who would never leave my side. The ones we laugh til we cry with, drink til we cry with, or fight til we cry with.

I am going to do a social experiment starting in January.  I am going to stop making all of the effort, all of the plans, all of the phone calls.  And see who is really with me when push comes to shove.  Because those people are going to get the card that says, “Thank you for being a friend.”

Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true your a pal and a confidant. And if you through a party
Invited everyone you ever knew
You would see the biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say thank you for being a friend.

Birthday Freebie Challenge Complete!

I briefly mentioned a while back that I had been given a challenge by a friend to see how many freebies I could possibly get for my birthday.

In case you don’t want to read that post here, this is a quick summary:

  • I love love love deals and coupons
  • I love food, but don’t like dessert
  • I love a good challenge

Over the years I have scored some pretty good birthday freebies, but when put up for the challenge, I even signed up for places I rarely go to, just in hopes for a good deal to add to my experiment.  You’ll figure that out when you read some of the offers I received, but never cashed in.

Some are from my favorites of all time and I look forward to my freebies every year, like Starbucks and Red Robin. Yum.  Then sadly, some places that used to send you goodies, no longer do.  I’m looking at you Noah’s Bagels.

Birthday Coupon Challenge

I ended up receiving a total of 45 emails.  FORTY-FIVE! Of which I ended up cashing in on $125.87 in free food (having to spend $53.16 in the process, mostly tips).  I also ended up scoring $42.13 in free goods (spending $29.50).  Not bad if I do say so myself!  You can click the spreadsheet above for more details. ((Yes, I am an anal dork who took this challenge waaaaay too seriously, and even created a spread sheet.))

The added bonus, is most of these sites will send you deals and freebies all year long, not just for your birthday! Of course next year I’ll go back to just redeeming the ones I really love.  This year’s pig out, errrrrr enjoyment of food, was for scientific purposes of course. 😉

Happy Birthday to Me!

Over the years I have signed up for many a websites, email list, etc that offer birthday surprises.  You don’t know me all that well yet, but I *love* coupons.  I am not as savvy as those soccer moms that can find double coupon days, and stock up on 100 boxes of Cheerios, but I do fairly well.

With my birthday just over two weeks away, I decided to scour the interwebs for the possibility to add to my birthday bounty.  I *love* the birthday freebies that so many restaurants and retailers provide.  In order to plump up my booty (literally, since so many are food related) I enlisted the help of my Facebook friends to see what other places I may have missed.

In the conversation, one friend of mine said she would like to see someone actually blog about all of the offers they received, how many they actually claimed, and what was involved.  I have decided to accept this challenge!  So please, raise a fork, and follow me on my journey over the next few weeks*!

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* DISCLAIMER:  I am not a big sweet tooth.  Like at all.  I’d rather drink my dessert in the form of alcohol 😉  So any offers I get for “free dessert with purchase” I usually either don’t even bother signing up for, or won’t redeem.  Now if it is a free dessert just on it’s own merit, then we’ll talk 😉