November 3rd, 2010

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Four months!

So, I got fired last Saturday; got called 45 minutes after my shift ended and told not to come back in on Monday. The Boyfriend-Roommate got fired about five minutes later from the same job. Turns out all but five of the twenty-odd people we trained with are now jobless. Thus, I can stay up until three in the morning making posts about my dreads.

Honestly, it feels like I'm coming out of a dream; like I'm finally able to look around and say '*this* is my life, not that job.' I hate working for corporations who see you as a number instead of a person. The past three months have flown by, but not in a good way. They've flown by in a 'I've been so engrossed and enveloped in my work that I've failed to notice what's going on around me' way. It was a sales job and I hated that aspect, even more than I hated having to be on the phone all day and having to talk to people all day and be *on* all day.

At this point in my life, it was a relief to be let go, at the same time as I was having a panic attack at the realization that I have no income.

Ideally, I'd like to move out to California with my four cats by January, but realistically I have yet to find a way to make this plausible. If anyone has advice on moving across the country, places to live near Arcata, CA, or (hoping against probability here) lives near Arcata, has an open couch and loves cats...I'd love to know.

Mostly I need a change, and I need to move forward. I've been stuck in this relationship for two and a half years, and while parts of it were great, right now I'm completely disenchanted and sick of living with someone who won't (and can't) meet me half-way. Going forward I'll be sure not to date pretentious alcoholics with secondary drug problems. *sigh*

ANYWAY, now that you've all suffered through my wall of text, here are pictures! Collapse )
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Sister's dreads!

So, when I started my dreads back in June, I did everything myself except for the sectioning of the very back of my head. After I finished back-combing mine and was almost finished crocheting them, I started my sister's dreads. I used the same method on her as I did on myself; back-comb then crochet to tighten and round. Since I know she'll never make her own post, I'm going to make a little timeline of her dreads, since I'm proud that I did them and I like my sister lots. Collapse )


My dreads are about a year and they have shrunken and gotten so fat. When I try to put them up the way I used to, it's essentially impossible. I can't quite fit my fingers around them no matter how much I squish, so when I pull the elastic off my wrist and over my hair it always ends up spitting a bunch out of the side I couldn't get my fingers around. When I try to tuck them in things start sliding out elsewhere. So, my question is, do any of you with thicker dreadies still tie your hair up this way? Or is it much easier to literally 'tie' it up, either with a few dreads or a piece of string or something?

Happy post

I've returned to the small town where I grew up. I've never spotted dreads in all my years living here. I had just washed my hair and it was all fuzzy and sticking out all over the place. But life goes on and I walked into the grocery store and before I hardly cleared the entrance, a teenage guy cashier said "I'm diggin' the dreads."  It made my evening. I grinned the entire way home. I had no idea getting a compliment from a stranger would mean so much!

Here they are at 5 months. I knit the headband recently; the pattern is free and can be found on Ravelry and is is called "Vanessa". I love it because it keeps all my hair pushed back and out of my way, and it's super soft.
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