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Friday, February 22, 2008

i have bangs

i mean. new bangs. non-elective, involuntary, new bangs. this seems like something i have to confess. but don't worry. they're not the kind of bangs that you carefully make a neat curling iron roll in and then spray. and they're definitely not the spray spray tease tease bangs of yester-year. these are wispy swoopy bangs. trendy wispy swoopy bangness (made that up). think reese witherspoon or selma blair. and then vanish those two hotties from your cerebral vision because that's not at all what i actually look like. even if my bangs are similar. which they're not. although people magazine did inquire if they could list me on their "style watch poll: what's her best look?" (http://tinyurl.com/2fqq5t) but i declined (also made up). back to the bangs. the bangs that my hairdresser decided "in the moment" that i needed. "do you mind if i just?" snip. snip. "you're a hot mom, you should have trendy bangs." snip. snip. um, okay. but we should have discussed this. and don't think calling me hot is going to make up for it. ok, it makes up for it a little. what are we talking, though, for bang-maintenance? i don't know how to maintain high-maintenance hair. did he just give me high-maintenance hair? trendy bangs. which are greeted by my spouse's reaction of "do you really have a lifestyle for those?" oh no... he didn't just... yep. he did. that, my friend, is a challenge. now i must maintain my high-maintenance trendy bangs. i can take care of two toddlers and a dog on a daily basis. i can take care of some freaking bangs. it's on. it's the kind of challenge that makes me want to go out and get some mousse to make sure i do this right. do people still use mousse? or is it of the "rouge" era of long ago? with other retired beauty products like seabreeze. you know you used some seabreeze. that stuff was like straight rubbing alcohol. of course it removed your make-up. it removed your actual skin too.

not me

not me either

part of actual me

10 comments:

Dawn said...

I came to your blog from a comment on the "How do you do it?" site. First I must admit to being a seabreeze teenager. Like Aqua Net, there was no other option. Next, I have to say I love your writing style and am enjoying reading your posts.

But really I must confess that I came to ask questions and get advice. You mentioned traveling alone with your twins. We flew 3 times last year but I always had help. This year I will probably be on my own for 2 flights. How did you do it?! What advice can you offer regarding entertaining them at the gate, getting settled onto the plane, etc.

Smooch said...

my cute, sideswept wispy "bangs, are now down to the end of my nose. My normal hairstyle is a little skanky bun/pontail, with my bangs pushed over. I think they are starting to look trumpish.

Austin Aunt said...

Did you have these bangs on Thursday? Oh my, I think you did. I was so focused on Cole's little feet and his gorgeous eyelashes and Reese doing her yoga moves and testing how close she could come to taking things out of the dirty clothes hamper. Plus, there is the adorable moves that C and R make when they raise their hands so high! Then I had to listen to their animal noises and talk to them about going on safari in Africa when we were playing with the animal puzzle. So did you have the bangs then? I promise to notice you first before moving on to C, R, and G. Since you asked me to talk to Reese about keeping her barrettes in so her bangs don't get in her eyes, do you need me to talk to you about this.....Nice bangs....

betty said...

dawn: when i traveled alone with mine, they were 6 months old. purchased one "seat" for a carseat to occupy (and one kiddo) and i held the other one. they flipped around depending on who was sleepy. at one point i held one sleeping while the other was sleeping in the carseat. we flew SW and i don't know if other airlines do it, but someone can get a "guest" pass to help you get through security and to the gate. couldn't have done it without a helper. we also flew direct, which i recommend. i gave them pacifiers for lift off and landing and fed them bottles mid-flight. they ate. they slept. they pooped. and they cried (very little). all the major activities ;). how old will your twins be when you fly? for our next trip i know i will need many more distractions for them. bringing the portable dvd. and someone recommended nabbing random airport goodies once past the gate (cups, spoons, lids, etc.).

betty said...

austin aunt: r's bangs in her face are still cuter than my bangs so i don't blame you for not noticing.

Dawn said...

We've flown with the boys at 4 months, 7 months and 11 months. This next time I will be alone for one leg of a trip at 17 months and one leg of a trip at 19 months. I'm really thinking that I may need to make sure that they each have their own seat and both car seats on board. I mean what if I have to use the restroom? I was thinking about flying sw as well if possible because they've been the kindest and most considerate. American let us down several times last year with their "whatever" attitude. Did you get help loading the babies onto the plane from an airline person or just do the twin momma juggle on your own? I'm thinking that with two car seats there is no way I can load them alone.

betty said...

dawn: last time i kept them in the double stroller all the way up to the plane. if i remember correctly, which is hard at this very moment, they let my sister help me load them with her "guest" thingy. of course getting off, i won't have that. i'll have to rely upon the airline folks. it's not even an option for me to have to go to the bathroom mid-flight. i may be like that crazy astronaut lady and wear a diaper myself ;)

Dawn said...

I like your adult diaper idea, under the circumstances (a 3 hour flight) it has a lot of merit!

CeCe said...

First, I get to talk about your bangs because my twins are 6 and I have blocked out all airport transports that have involved my children for the first 3 years. You need to wear a pink, spongy roller in the bangs at all times, and then whip it out suddenly and whoosh your head around like Farah Fawcett.
Second, moms traveling alone with twins are all rockstars. Period. Don't let the strangers staring at you be the focal point, hand the one with the lingering gaze a blanket and a plush toy. If you get stressed on the plane by the people around you, it makes it worse, then the kids get stressed out. Remember to breathe, get the guest pass, put all you need as accessible in the bag as possible. I put a package of items on one side of the bag (bottles, wipes, cheerios etc) and the same package on the other side. You never know how that bag is going to get shoved under the seat as you're trying to get those kids in. Put the items that you need in an accessible place (license, a few dollars, phone). Too bad fanny packs are out.

betty said...

cece: i miss my pink spongy rollers! way back once upon a time i even slept in them. now that's serious!