So what about this: IF YOU WANT TO, when you receive your giftie and take a photo of it and post your own Pay it Forward contest, email the link of that contest to swistle at gmail dot com. I won't make a big tiresome deal of out every single contest (I'd do one single big-deal post, but all the contests will be starting/ending at different times so that won't work), but I'll tack them on to the ends of posts for awhile. Just until the post-holiday blues fade.
And remember, tomorrow is the day you should email me if you haven't been able to contact your contest-winner.
Well. Last night I colored my hair an ill-advised color, and are you noticing what an excellent term "ill-advised" is? It implies that it was not MY independent decision to use a color called "Tempted Peach" when I know perfectly well that anything in the apricot/peach range clashes with my skin tone, which is "Rosy Non-Peach." No, it was my well-paid ADVISERS who screwed up.
And sure enough, thanks to those idiots my hair is now the exact color that too-dark-for-blonde hair turns when you try to dye it blonde: a golden orangey-yellowy color, the kind that looks damaged even when it isn't. The word
It is a senseless waste of time to post a hair report without including a photo. I know whenever I see anyone trying to pull that crap, I immediately start the whining and nagging, and I keep it up until I get to see a photo. So I tried to get a good picture of my golden orangey-yellow hair, but the pictures kept coming out too forgiving. "Gee, maybe it's not as bad as I think," I'd say to myself, looking as the photos downloaded from the camera. Then I'd look in the mirror again.
This is the best I could get: the foreground of the photo, where you can see the back of my head, gives a moderately accurate idea of the color; and then you can also see a sample of the "too forgiving" effect on the me in the mirror. Also: rueful expression.