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Currently out of work, fandom- and wedding-obsessed 23 year old woman. Expect to see lots of posts about wedding, job-hunting, moving across the country (MI to NY) and fandom!

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June 24th, 2009

OMG SO SCARY

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You know your evening is going to go to hell in a handbasket when you turn onto your street and see no fewer than three firetrucks parked in front of your apartment building.

When I got to the front door, there were two firemen there talking with a guy from the gas company. I asked if we were allowed to go inside and the gas guy said sure, sure - wait, what apartment did I live in? I told him and he was like "Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner" and got on his walkie talkie to tell someone that the "occupant was on her way up to the unit."

So...I pretty much ran up the stairs (my grocery bag of milk, bread and ice cream banging against my knees) to find half a dozen fire fighters crammed into my hallway, standing with the door to my apartment wide open.

Turns out there was a gas leak in my apartment. Not the building, my apartment. When the super took apart the gas hose that connects the stove to the gas pipe in the wall, we found a giant hole in the hose. As he told Billy later last night, it's a wonder we're still alive, what with the size of that hole.

I spent a good part of the evening freaking out because I couldn't find any of the cats (I think I was looking for something to focus on rather than the fact that I could have died from the gas). The firefighters all said none of them had run out into the hall, but they had also opened the window screen so one of them could come in that way (...but they did that after busting down my front door. So now I have a sticky lock and a giant dent in the door that is a little disconcerting). So I was freaking out that a cat or three had decided to make a run for the fire escape.

Coyote turned out to be hiding behind the refrigerator. Gopher...I have no idea where he was hiding. I looked into all of the usual hiding places before coaxing Coyote out, not finding him, but after I shut Coyote up in the bathroom (with the window wide open, of course - I had to leave the door to the apartment open for awhile and didn't want to risk anyone running away after the gaggle of firefighters left) I came back out into the living area and Gopher was walking across the rug.

Cricket I didn't find until everyone had left and I'd turned on the light - it was only then that I could see a faint bit of light reflecting from her eyes from underneath the far corner of the bed. She didn't come out until after we came back from dinner that night.

So at the moment we have no gas. The gas company is going to come between noon and six today, but Billy has to leave for rehearsal by 3, so who knows if anything's going to get done. He's also in class all day tomorrow, so if they don't show up by three then we're not gonna have gas again until Friday. Balogna sandwiches and hot dogs for dinner, I guess.

Oh, and ice cream. I did pick that up yesterday, after all.

June 13th, 2009

I saw a man with a cat on his head today

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Subject = totally true. Was walking down Fifth Avenue with Diana, and we walked past a guy with a real live cat on his head. In the rain. It was the world's most chill cat.

Day started at the Big Apple Con which was...kind of underwhelming. A packed room full of comic book sellers, and then another room that was the artists' alley/autograph area...with 99% of the autographers being scantily clad Playboy models. Yeah. So Diana and I and another friend of hers hung around for a little while, said hi to the people she knew, and then Diana and I took off to...wander.

We ended up at the Fashion Institute and since it was starting to rain we went inside their free museum to see the exhibit on "Seduction" which was really interesting. The idea of a museum exhibit about fashion and its role in seduction/sexuality is awesome. It was a rather limited exhibit in some ways (only covered from the 1750s-present) but man oh man were some of the shoes sexy. And FIERCE.

Then lunch at Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, wandered through Madison Square Park and the BBQ Block Party, before heading down to the Union Square area where we stumbled upon an awesome bar. Lillie's is an Irish-Victorian bar that we stumbled upon because they had a cool little band playing early in the evening - fiddle and banjo and flute and probably another instrument or two. We shopped around Union Square a little bit before heading back to Lillie's for a drink. Excellent bar menu with really reasonable prices for imported beers and ciders. I had an amazing Swedish pear cider. So fun.

Probably could have been improved by seeing that cat on the guy's head again. 'Cause that was really freaking cool.

Now going to watch Season 3 of Voyager with Billy. Very nice end to the day :-)

June 12th, 2009

Really, it's June and I still have to show you my thoughts on Sarah Palin?

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So the governor of Alaska is back in the news again (really, has she left since November?), this time because David Letterman made some off-color jokes about her and her family. Palin is demanding an apology on behalf of the women of America (oh, so now you care about us, Governor Palin? /snark).

A friend of mine on Facebook posted a long note that basically said "I expect Letterman to apologize when you apologize for being an idiot and letting your idiot daughter talk about stupid abstinence."

I may or may not be exaggerating the number of times "idiot" was used in his note.

A bunch of people agreed with said friend, but it really didn't sit well with me because...and this is hard for me...I think Sarah Palin is right.

Because my computer is buggy I haven't been able to actually watch Letterman's clip, but from the bits I've been able to read online, there are two jokes that were objectionable: a comment that one of Palin's daughters got pregnant by A-Rod during a Yankee's game, and Palin took time while in New York to buy new clothes to update her "slutty flight attendant" look. Palin's demands for an apology focus on the former joke (Letterman claims the daughter he was joking about was 18 year old Bristol, while it was Palin's 14 year old daughter that actually attended the game, meaning that the joke definitely has icky statutory rape undertones), but really it's the second joke that I have a problem with. Calling a woman a "slut" is about the lowest form of discourse we have in this country and one of those insults that has become so normalized that too many people (including pretty much everyone commenting on my friend's Facebook note) fail to recognize that it is even a disgusting, misogynist insult.

I actually had a rather stimulating debate in the comment thread with another woman about whether it was "worth" getting riled up over the slut remark - we had to agree to disagree because she absolutely thought there was nothing wrong with the joke (and also kept coming back to an argument about how we have to hold female, gay, and non-white comedians to the same standard of discourse we were holding a white guy...I'm not sure where exactly that tangent came from).

But the sort of comment that inspired me to come on here to rant (because I promised that I would stop hijacking the comment thread over there), is repeated calls for Palin to apologize for various remarks she made about Barack Obama during the campaign before it would be appropriate for Letterman to apologize. Like when she said being a small town mayor was like being a community organizer, except for having actual responsibilities.

Okay, I'm in agreement that I thought that was something really dumb to say because clearly I don't think being a community organizer is a bad or worthless thing. But it is on a totally different level of discourse than jokes about her sexuality or her daughters' sexuality because, faulty though Palin's reasoning may have been back during the campaign, it was an attack on Obama's record and past employment. It's the duty of politicians to analyze each other's records and keep each other as honest as they can - no the McCain/Palin camp didn't do a good job of that (in this democrats opinion), but things like the community organizer thread to their attacks was based in some sort of policy. Calling Sarah Palin a slut and talking about her family has absolutely nothing to do with her politics (and there are oh so many political ways to attack Governor Palin).

Basically what my feelings boil down to are 1) Palin doesn't owe anybody an apology for reasonable political beliefs and actions and 2) Even if she did owe an apology for her actions, that doesn't mean Letterman doesn't owe her (and/or all of America's women) an apology.

...And I think I'm done. Good night.

Happy happy day

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I officially gave my notice at Banana last night! July 4th is my last day of working there (for now - I'm leaving open the possibility of working there during the holidays ~sigh~)

But anyway! Three more weeks! And then I'll finally start having time for myself (and Billy) again!

June 9th, 2009

How I know I'm a grownup

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I got an invitation today to the (high school) graduation party of my middle school librarian's daughter.

Mrs. Dobrez Cindy knows I can't go, of course, and even noted that this isn't a gift grab, she just thought I'd like to see how the senior pictures turned out (I saw a preview of them back in January when I dropped in to the library) - but I'm sure that if I were closer, or planning a random trip to Michigan, I would be welcome at the tiki bar.

Oh, man, I want a tiki bar so badly. /random

May 30th, 2009

~hyperventilates~

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Just finished reading Catching Fire, sequel to Hunger Games. Holy crap, it was amazing.

Currently debating whether I should just turn around and read it again (I'm sure I missed about a bazillion things, especially since I read the first part of it in the middle of Times Square!), or move on to Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan. Decisions, decisions....

Oy...

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So I've had a post percolating in the back of my head for a week or more now about the discussions about Hunger Games going on at Goodreads. Something about a few of the topics just rub me the wrong way and I really want to know why the hell people are obsessing over them.

But this morning there was one that took the prize for inanity.

Quick review of Hunger Games: government chooses 24 kids every year to fight each other to the death. The whole point of the Hunger Games is that there can be only one survivor - and since the book is told in the first person we have a pretty good idea from the outset that the survivor this time around is going to be Katniss.

But there are people in the forums asking why Rue had to die.

~headdesk headdesk headdesk~

Okay, now getting ready to party on at Book Expo!

May 29th, 2009

I hate the motherfucking post office

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So I recounted my ordeal last Saturday with getting shit delivered, ie that shit was NOT getting to my apartment, like the wedding photos that they conveniently tried to deliver while I was out picking up my other shit from the post office.

There was (apparently) no attempt at re-delivering on Tuesday or Wednesday. So Wednesday evening I go through the online shenanigans to request it to be delivered today, since yesterday Billy was (supposed to be) at school (he ended up getting sick, poor thing), and clearly they aren't willing to leave shit at my door anymore.

But guess what? THEY DIDN'T FUCKING DELIVER TODAY, EITHER.

So my options are now either go to the post office first thing tomorrow, or do another fucking redelivery request for sometime next week. Normally this would be a no brainer - just go to the post office and pick up the damn wedding pictures. But I managed to score a pass to Book Expo tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I am terrified that if I don't get there first thing my chances at getting a Catching Fire (sequel to Hunger Games!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) galley will be lost (of course, this could all be for naught anyway if they ran out of galleys today, but I figure I have a better chance of getting it at nine tomorrow than at eleven or twelve).

One should never have to choose between wedding pictures and books.

Meep

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My husband's parents are on facebook. I am terrified they are going to try to add me as friends. They're good people but I DO NOT WANT them involved in my intertube life in any way, shape, or form.

So far they haven't added me, so this is probably a baseless worry, but still.

May 23rd, 2009

I CAN'T WIN

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So...I kind of hate the post office here. Never before have I had so many freakin' problems just getting stuff through the mail. Wedding invitations and RSVPs were lost, and getting anything larger than an envelope delivered is a herculean task. When we first moved here, they would just leave shit at our door without so much as a knock to inform us something was at the door. I wasn't entirely comfortable with that because who knows how honest our neighbors are, but at least I was getting my stuff (and to my knowledge, nothing was stolen - my neighbors all seem to keep to themselves but are nice on the occasions we do interact, so I have nothing against them now). NOW I have to obsessively watch the USPS track and confirm page to try to figure out when my stuff will be arriving and if the post office has allegedly tried to deliver it, because the last few times they've neglected to leave their little redelivery notices.

So last week I bought some stuff on ebay and it was mailed out on Monday. Yay! Track it all week and yesterday at 6:00 am it arrived at my local post office. I checked the track and confirm page periodically throughout the morning, but it (allegedly) never left the post office. And then I stayed at home for the whole rest of the day (since I left work early and got home around 1), but nothing ever arrived.

Wake up early this morning, since Billy had to get up early for class (and may or may not have SAT on my BROKEN TOE while he was getting ready), and the first thing I did was check the status of my eBay package. Nothing had changed, which I found very weird. Sat around on the computer all morning (thanks to the injured toe I'm not doing much else right now) and finally at 12:30 I decide to call the post office to see if I can get a confirmation that it will be delivered (I was contemplating going out to grab lunch and some tape for my poor injured toe).

Well, according to the post office's records, THEY DID try to deliver it yesterday. I about blew up on the phone, but either this was the same woman I talked to last time I had issues getting a package delivered, or there's an epidemic of "lost" redelivery slips because she immediately said she was going to notify the manager of the post office, and she would either schedule my package for redelivery on Tuesday or I could come down to get it.

Since I wanted my stuff, I pulled myself together, popped some ibuprofen, and started hobbling down to the post office. Got down there, stood in line for awhile, picked up my package with no problem, and hopped on a bus to get back (for some reason there's no convenient bus stop between my apartment and the post office, but going in the opposite direction there's a bust stop right outside the post office's door). Stopped at the bank to get some cash and then picked up food and medical tape at Rite Aid. All in all, trip took about an hour.

Come home, hobble up the stairs because the damn elevator isn't working AGAIN, and when I get to my door, I see a little orange slip poking out.

While I was out, the post office had tried to deliver my proofs from the photographer.

~headdesk headdesk headdesk~

May 22nd, 2009

omg, in pain...

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Soooooooooooo...Book Expo is next week. Since I work for people who sell books, this means we have to get the showroom looking all nice and spiffy since we'll be having dozens of people come through in the next week.

That means we get hundreds of books delivered to us over the course of this week. So many books we don't have space to put them all or, when there is space, time to put them up correctly.

So yesterday I was running around the showroom barefoot because flip flops are not conducive to running around with pounds of books in your arms.

However, it does turn out that bare feet + stacks of very heavy books on the floor is conducive to stubbing your toes so hard you break one of them.

Okay, I'm not a doctor, nor can I afford to go to one (plus, what the fuck can they do for a baby toe), but I'm pretty damn sure I managed to break my little toe by walking into a stack of books. Not dropping a stack on my foot (that would make sense), but simply walking into a stack.

Yesterday my two little toes were red and hurt like hell. Today it's just the baby toe, swollen to (at least) twice its usual size and a very angry purple/red, with an ugly ring of purple bruising forming around the base. I also can't move it for the life of me. Walking is a bitch. Doing much of anything aside from sitting around and complaining is difficult.

May 5th, 2009

Ooh, this feels good

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Just posted my first comment fic to [info]porn_battle - yay Animorphs! I started writing a (much longer) version on the train this morning and it was like meeting up with an old friend. The words just started flowing onto the page much more easily than with the novel I've been working on on and off for...ages now.

The comment-fic isn't particularly porny, but the full length version will have more to it.

Porn_battle is fun - why has no one told me about it earlier?!

May 4th, 2009

I think I'm a sick person...

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[info]porn_battle prompts are up, I skimmed them, looking for fandoms I know anything about (word to the other Animorph fan!) and see several prompts I like...for writing completely non-smutty stuff.

Am I just too old to be writing porn?

I'm gonna write down my favorite prompts and see if I can do some writing on the subway tomorrow morning.

In other news, I'm on Twitter now, mostly as a way to promote my blog(s), because I am an attention whore. However, considering the twitter is under my real name, I think I might skip publicizing any porn_battle posts over here.

Also, I've watched the entire first season of 30 Rock since last night. It is a hilarious show and I hate myself for not watching it earlier.

May 2nd, 2009

And summer movie season begins!!!!

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omg, I love summer. Screw sunny days and the lack of needing a coat; it's finally worth going to the movies again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love a good winter Oscar Bait film, but especially now that I can't see a movie in the theatres for less than $11, I'm back to using the rules for going to see movies that I had in high school: seeing it on the big screen has to really add something to the viewing experience (I also have a college-age addendum: if Johnny Depp is in it, it's worth the price of admission, even if shit isn't blowing up).

So that means I'm mostly seeing "popcorn" flicks now - because seeing Wolverine take out a helicopter (it's in the trailer, so it's not a spoiler) just wouldn't be the same in my living room. And since those don't tend to be released after Labor Day, I've been starving for some quality films. With the release of the explosion-tastic X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it's time to start watching movies again :-)

Spoilers ahoy )

Also? Hugh Jackman is fucking hot. My list of men who I am attracted to may have just increased to three. Apparently I like brunette men who often look at least slightly disheveled.

April 29th, 2009

:-(

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My parents' dog died tonight. The thing was ancient and got on my last nerve more than once, but it's still sad.

Especially because she died right in the middle of the living room, in front of my brother.

It's amazing Molly lived as long as she did - we got her when I was in middle school and she was already four-five years old - meaning that she was 16-17 years old now. We weren't expecting her to make it through the winter a couple of years ago, but she kept on trudging on.

Apparently she hadn't been looking too well for the past few days, so this afternoon my mom called the vet. They couldn't fit her in today but she was all set up for an appointment tomorrow morning.

Twenty minutes later my brother went downstairs to my mom and said "I don't want to upset you, but Molly just died."

Apparently she'd been laying in the living room, stood up and took a couple of steps, made a funny noise, and then collapsed.

Dan is apparently kind of confused about how he's "supposed" to feel. It's really the first time he's faced any sort of death - he was only in 1st grade or something when we last had to put cats to sleep, and we haven't lost any close family members in either of our lifetimes (~knocks on wood~). He doesn't know if he wants to talk about it or not - at least not to my parents. Apparently when my mom got off the phone with the vet for the second time (she called them to find out just what exactly she was supposed to do at this point), she found Dan sitting on the couch with the cats, and explaining to them that they had to say goodbye to Molly because she wasn't going to be coming back from the vet.

~sigh~ Poor kid - he's had a rough year.

Was going to post pics of my new haircut (omg I went and did it. Am I crazy?!?!?!), but now it doesn't feel like the right time. Check back tomorrow.

April 28th, 2009

Michael Steele is silly

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Specter says he's switching from GOP to Dems:
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said in a statement: "Some in the Republican Party are happy about this. I am not. Let's be honest: Senator Specter didn't leave the GOP based on principles of any kind. He left to further his personal political interests because he knew that he was going to lose a Republican primary due to his left-wing voting record. Republicans look forward to beating Sen. Specter in 2010, assuming the Democrats don't do it first."

...If Specter has a "left-wing voting record," wouldn't that imply that he has some sort of principles that do not mesh with the Republican party?

And what politician hasn't made a move because it would further her or his political interests?

Every time this guy makes a statement, he strikes me as more and more ridiculous.

April 27th, 2009

Bad news from my home state

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GM cutting jobs, getting rid of Pontiac

When I first read the headline I almost had a heart attack, thinking they were getting rid of a whole plant in Pontiac, Michigan. But rather they're getting rid of the Pontiac brand of cars. Sad face. I've owned two cars in my life, and both were Pontiac Sunfires. The first one was a tough little car that lasted forever and hardly gave me any trouble until it unceremoniously DIED on the side of I-75 at three in the morning (with a baby Gopher as my co-pilot). I also felt like a badass for being one of the few people I knew (and the only woman at the time) who could drive a stick shift.

The second one was a piece of shit, but I still have an affinity for the Sunfires. If I ever had to buy another car, I'd definitely start by looking at Sunfires.

Hopefully, however, that won't come to pass. I <3 NY.

April 23rd, 2009

Fuck you, Banana Republic

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Seriously. Part of the reason I chose to keep the Banana job after I got my new one was because Banana had been in the habit of scheduling me for 1-2 days a week, when I was available for 7 days. So I figure if I chop down my available days by at least half, they'll still be only scheduling me for 1-2 days a week.

Last week I was scheduled 21 hours; this week it was 12 (because I had explicitly requested Sunday off to regain some sanity) - next week I'm back up to 20: 6 hours on Sunday, then 4 hours each on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. That's essentially using every single hour that I'm available.

The upside of this is that it's finally kicking me into gear to get a savings account set up this weekend. I talked about it with Billy and we decided that once I've paid off my credit card bill and we've saved 2-3 months worth of rent and utilities, we'll feel comfortable enough for me to be OUT of Banana. If they keep scheduling me like crazy, that day will come sooner rather than later.

Also what is helping: I've started using Mint to keep track of our spending and have discovered some shocking things - like how much money we spend on eating out every month. It shouldn't really be surprising, since I've been buying my lunch at work every day for a month, but most of the time lunch is a bagel with cream cheese from Dunkin' Donuts and a Coke picked up from a hot dog vendor. Those $2-3 lunches add up. So Billy and I are going to renew our efforts to pack our lunches and eat dinners at home, and maybe limit going out to once per week.

We're also going to drop cable TV. ~gasp~ But seriously, we spend $85-95 a month on our cable/internet package (depending on if we buy a pay-per-view movie) - only $30 of that is internet. We don't watch $55+ of TV a month. The only reason we were hesitating was because we do like to watch Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow on nights when I'm actually home - but I just checked and both of them put their shows online. So we're doing it! We're going TV-less! And then we'll finally have enough money to renew our Netflix account!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Who knew I could get so excited about saving money?

But the "fuck you" to Banana Republic still stands.

April 20th, 2009

Things I want for the apartment

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Post-wedding, I find myself "nesting," for lack of a better word. I think all of the energy I put into wedding planning needs to go somewhere, and the "next step" of being a grown up is setting up house, right?

Except I've been working on setting up house slowly but surely for the past five years - or earlier (seriously, I have furniture in this apartment that I picked up in high school, specifically planning on bringing to my first New York studio apartment. And look where it ended up!). Also, we are on a tight budget as we recover from the wedding, and live in an apartment that we may or may not be in after next year, so there's only so much I can do as I try to set up house.

There are a few things I want, however. Like this:
Baker's Rack with Cutting Board

The apartment's kitchen came with about a square foot of counter space. And only a bit more cabinet space. So back when we moved in my mom took us to Bed Bath and Beyond and bought us (among many, many other things) a wire shelf/rack set up that has worked pretty well as an impromptu kitchen counter (and coffee table - with four shelves the thing was too tall, but the top shelf section was just the right height to become a coffee table). But it's kind of narrow, and since it's a wire shelf system, it's not the most solid surface ever.

This, however, I am sure would solve all of my problems. Ever.

Except for decorating and storing stuff in the rest of the apartment.

And that's where Target comes in:
Itso Storage system

For some reason I love the look of the cube storage system. There's just so much you can do with it! And this one even has the dark brown wood with red accent pieces - perfect for the apartment.

Except, the wood laminate cubes are, naturally, more expensive than the plain white plastic cubes. So I'm going to start picking up the white plastic ones and using my mad craft skills (ha, pun!) to make them awesome with decopage and stuff.

Trust me, it will be awesome.

And now, I'm going to go back to wrestling with Facebook to let me upload my wedding pictures!

April 19th, 2009

Pondering changing my hair...again...

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So a little over a year ago, I made my big hair change, going from this:

(April 2007 at Nationals)

To this:

(3/15/08)

I've been keeping it around that length or a little bit longer for the past year. But now it's been three months since my last hair cut and it's looking pretty ragged (not to mention my roots are hideous right now - haven't dyed my hair since two days before the wedding, hence the lack of a 'what I look like right now' picture). So I'm going to get it cut again soon, but I need to figure out just what it is I want to do. I think it's time for another change, because the bangs have never quite worked out for me the way I've wanted them to.

So today I discovered Mop Shots, which provides a pretty cool service for people who can go to designer salons and drop $100+ on a haircut since it tells you WHERE people got their hair done. For me, I like it because it has a pretty specific search function. It seems to be a fairly new site because there aren't eleventy-million pictures yet. I've discovered two styles that I think I really want to try. Anyone want to weigh in?

Punk Bob

No, I'm not going to be putting the blue in my hair (SIGH - though I've been thinking about bleaching out my bangs and returning to my high school roots, lol), but I like how this still has some length to it. My concern would be on the upkeep however, as I imagine it could look very awkward if/when I started to grow it out again.

Layered Bob

I really like this one, but am afraid my hair might be too fine to pull it off. Would I need a straightening iron to keep all those little layers in check? 'Cause if so, that's a big NO right there (not that I have anything really against straightening irons, I just can't ever justify the purchase of one for myself). But it's cute and hip and I'm pretty sure my bangs are already long enough to pull it off...

I feel like this is a sort of ramble-y entry - I blame it on sleep deprivation (I know, it's the weekend, and I didn't work today because I requested it off, but I got a very nice wake-up call at 5 this morning, and then couldn't fall back asleep until 9 thanks to the wake-up antics, so I've been feeling tired all day). So I apologize for the ramblings, but I'm serious about the hair change. Any thoughts?
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