Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Random Rambling Tuesday

How did I get here?

I am asked at least once a day how I became a hair stylist. Most people ask if I have always known I wanted to be a hairstylist. I usually just give a quick, boring answer, just to get back on the topic of them. They really don’t want to know the truth. The truth would scare them right out of my chair. The truth is that in 7th grade, on a Wednesday night while skipping youth group, I cut my first head of human hair. It all took place in the girl’s bathroom of our church’s family life center. A girl visiting our church that night brought a pair of scissors in her backpack, because her parents wouldn’t let her cut her hair. There is no wonder why her parents wouldn’t let her cut it, she had the most beautiful spiral curls all the way down her back. As most girls do, we all went to the bathroom together, in a pack. When we got down there, we decided it was time for the haircut. With each cut, her hair became more and more uneven, therefore, we had to cut more. By the end, her beautiful spiral curls were up to her chin, and resembled a Christmas tree. There were many tears shed that day.

Now, fast forward 16 years (16 years, seriously?), I have moved to Greenville South Carolina, and am a hairstylist at Wisteria Salon and Spa. Through the front door of Wisteria, walks that same spiral haired girl from my past. We immediately reconnect, and ask each other what we are doing hundreds of miles away from Tifton. I tell her my story, and she tells me hers. Although I wasn’t assigned to cut her hair that day, I thought it would give her parents a good laugh to call them and tell them I was. Maybe, not! I guess that Wednesday night, 16 years ago, was the start of my career.

If you knew me during my college years, you probably just shook your head at the many times I changed my major. Let’s see: Special Education, Music, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Counseling, Biology, and somehow I ended up with a degree in Mathematics. A mathematician doing hair! How DID I get here? I guess I always knew deep down that I wanted to be a hairstylist, but I just took several detours along the way. It was a long, hard road, but here I am!

Tell me your story! How did YOU get here?

Monday, February 22, 2010

I couldn't say it better than Trace Adkins in his song, You're Gonna Miss This! MC is getting in to EVERYTHING right now. Sometimes, I get so frustrated with her, but I need to remember that time is flying by. Before we know it, she will be leaving for college! We are going to miss these times. We need to hold tight to every moment!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Our Valentine's Extravaganza!

I have no idea why some of the pictures are sideways!

Matthew, MC, and I had so much fun this Valentine's week. At the beginning of the week, Marli Claire received several gifts from Nunny, Austin, Andy, Sassy, Mark, Kay Kay, Bree, Ches, and Amanda, including the following:

We started our Valentine's Day festivities with a night out downtown. One of my guests from Wisteria gave us tickets to see Wicked at the Peace Center. (Unbelievable gift, I know!). Matthew and I ate at The Cazbah (one of my new favorites), then went to the show. On the way home, Matthew gave me this card:

In the inside, he wrote, "Delecta, you are my Bella." It also played Bella's lullaby. So hilarious and sweet! When we got home, we walked in to an extra clean house. Not only did my incredible in-laws keep MC for us, they cleaned our house! Could this get any better???

On Valentine's Day, we enjoyed a wonderful church service. On the way home, another card, including tickets to see a matinee movie. We chose Dear John, balled my eyes out, had a massive headache from trying not to cry, then headed back to church for another incredible service. Afterwards, we enjoyed what we named Brupper (definition: breakfast that was supposed to be brunch that ended up supper). I had fun coming up with ways to tacky up a good meal. I can't take all of the credit, my great friend Charis gave me the idea for the pink pancakes, and the greatest Sunday School teachers in the world (my high school SS teachers), Dwight and Jan, always made us this incredible Breakfast Pizza. Ok, Mr. Dwight didn't have much to do with the pizza! I made everything I could in the shape of hearts. Heart shaped butter, toast, breakfast pizza, and pink whole wheat pankcakes. Sidenote: This was Matthew's plate!

Marli Claire and I made Matthew his favorite cake, carrot cake for dessert. I had MC paint on edible rice paper with food coloring to add as the topper to Matthew's cake. She had a great time with her "color color."


These are a couple of Marli Claire's crafts she made for her daddy this week. You can tell that she made the door hanger. It was difficult for me to allow her to stick all of it on there by herself. My OCD was in rare form that day. I LOVE order, color coordination, and symmetry which this had none! It was hers to make, and I didn't want to stifle her creativity. She did a great job, and her daddy LOVED it!



Whew! What a day! Tell me about yours, what did you do? Simple or extravagant? Tell me!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Random Rambling Tuesday - Life

I have recently been thinking about how my life has changed over the past few years. Even when I look at my "About Me" section of my Facebook profile, I wonder if I am on the wrong page. A few things that I apparently liked enough to add to my Facebook Interests at some point in my life include: designer jeans, great shoes, and tacky earrings. First of all, designer jeans, seriously? Now, I own one pair of jeans that fit and they are Mossimo from Target. This is actually a step up from the maternity jeans that I have secretly been wearing for the past two years. Secondly, I wear two pair of shoes, both black, that are falling apart. And third, I am good to walk out of the house with my clothes on, so earrings are hardly an accessory anymore.

Somehow, at some point, my life changed without me knowing. I think it may have had something to do with May 19, 2008, when MC was born. Things that I once thought were so important, just aren't important. Dreams that I once had for myself, are not even thought of. I guess priorities have finally shifted in to their appropriate place. I AM HAPPY! I am so happy with my simple life. Now, I am not saying that things couldn't be easier, or that I wouldn't LOVE nice things, but I am happy. For instance, my husband brought me home a "surprise" the other night. Keep in mind that we only buy necessities, so this is rare! It was so thoughtful, and just reminded me even more how much my life has changed for the better!

Oh yeah, you want to know what the surprise was, don't you? Well, here it is!

IZZE, one of my favorite drinks, and footies. I haven't been able to keep my feet warm lately, and I have this wierd thing about putting my feet into certain socks (definitely a future Random Rambling). What a thoughtful surprise, huh?

Tell me a little about how you have noticed your life change recently!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Random Rambling Tuesday - Weight Loss

This was not my original post for today, but my life is consumed with weight loss, so I really couldn’t focus on anything else, literally. Losing weight stinks! If you look up losing weight in Delecta’s Thesaurus (yes, Sherri, I do know what a Thesaurus is!), this is what it would say:

losing weight – miserable, agonizing, torture, tragic, wretched, dreadful

Well, you get the point. So, here is my random rambling for the day. What are our reasons for being overweight? Mine?

Delecta’s Reason’s for being Overweight:

1. LOVE food
2. HATE exercise
3. Taking Prednisone (steroid) for the last 6 months
4. Having a baby (don’t ask how old she is!)
5. Because Monday never came.

So, the first two reasons are self explanatory. The third, well, I developed an allergy to hair color, which is really bad, when you are a HAIR STYLIST! (another day, another post) The fourth, I guess shouldn’t be an excuse anymore since she is almost two years old. I remember when she was 3 or 4 months old, and she looked like a newborn, how many great compliments I got for looking great for having a newborn. I also remember thinking (to myself of course); I wonder how long I can keep this up. I guess I figured that I could continue to tell people that I still was trying to lose baby weight, and pray they would not ask how old she was. So, on to reason five, I always said, and maybe you say this too, “I am going to get on track with my diet on Monday, so I better eat all I want for my last meals!” Well, Monday never came for me. For a while now, I’ve been trying to think of good reasons to just get FAT. I’ve tried for years to get Matthew fat, but it hasn’t worked yet, so having a fat husband isn’t going to work for me. I did find a pretty good reason yesterday. I was behind a truck with a bumper sticker that said:


Now, I did ponder explaining this one to Matthew. I personally believe this is a good answer. Anyway, Monday is here, and I have begun my journey. I joined Nutrition Solutions last week. It has been great, and I lost 7 pounds this week. Off to a good start and now since the whole world knows, you all can hold me accountable. If you see me in the McDonalds line, ask me what I am doing! My response may go something like this, “I, um, I, um, I’m just here getting MC a kid’s meal.” I AM LYING! I don’t allow her to eat that stuff. I have just realized how many ALL CAPS I have used in this post. It may be that I feel deprived of food, and it is causing me to speak in all caps.

So, I want to hear from you. Give me the best excuse you have ever heard for being overweight!