I dreamed last night I was at a big blogging conference, and someone next to me said, indicating a popular blogger, "She's popular---but no one actually likes her, and I think she thinks she's proud of that." I was like, "Come. sit. next. to. me."---but then I had to rush back to my own seat because I was taking care of two babies for someone else. And, once back to my seat, I fretted that the blogger who'd made the clever and insightful remark would think I meant that I wanted to hear endless snark and mean mocking, when actually all I want is the occasional Highly Insightful well-placed remark TINGED with snark/mocking, and I spent the rest of the dream mentally composing ways to indicate that. So...basically exactly how I think a blogging conference would go for me.
Yesterday I gave a ride home to a 16-year-old girl. She very kindly explained blogs and feed readers to me, using the kind of language I would use if talking to someone quite elderly who didn't even have a computer. I kept trying to interject little comments that indicated that I was up to speed on that, but it was not working. So instead I asked her to explain Tumblr to me, because that's an area where I really could use a little education. It sounds like it's like blogs, except instead of writing posts, you mostly post what other people have written. She says it started as a way to share other people's writing while still making that writing traceable all the way back to the person who wrote it, and also it's a way to read a selection of posts by various writers but on the same topic. So Tumblr is basically Pinterest for blogging. I get it now.
I would like to grow my hair long, but I would like to wear it up not down. In another time period, this would not have been weird, and I would have had about 50 new style choices every season, plus perhaps a young girl from a local farm to put it up for me before she got on with the household chores. In this time period, most of the updos are:
1) fancy-event fancy
2) better suited to someone in college ("Just twist here and braid there and put a feather here and some insouciance there for that 'I'm effortlessly and carelessly beautiful' look!")
3) so old-fashioned looking, I'd increase the "she probably belongs to a peculiar religious sect" look I've already got going on with the long hair and the glasses and all those children
4) too difficult and frustrating, so that I can't even figure out how to PRACTICE doing it
5) too Pinteresty (see #2 and #4, and also see "I am not going to blow-dry, tease, and style my hair BEFORE putting into 'an easy updo'")
My favorite way to wear it is to put it in a fountainy French twist: twist it from the bottom up, then put a clip right at the top and let the ends splay out cheerfully. I think it looks casual but still pretty. But my hair is now too long for that: there is no fountain, there is more like a long flop of hair. Normally at this point I would switch to a bun---but the last time I was in that hair stage, I caught sight of myself unexpectedly in a store mirror and realized it was looking more matronly than ballerina on me.
This morning what I did was loosely French braid it starting on one side, down and around like I was going to make a ring around my head; and when I would have had to switch hands to keep going, I instead ended it in the usual French twist. The braid used up some of the extra hair, so that was good---but the resulting style is college on one side and sect on the other.
I think it might help to add some hair in front. In those period movies, the women always have all these bunches of curls right in the bangs area; the modern equivalent would probably be one long-bangs piece that keeps getting into my eyes and is allllmost long enough to tuck behind one ear.
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