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28 April 2013 @ 08:40 pm
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No wonder I’m tired. I’ve walked something on the order of 30 miles in the past four days.

Today I bopped out on my own for a couple of hours and stopped by SubCity, one of the local comic shops. Turns out half one on a Sunday is a great time to go hang out and chat for a while, so I spent a lovely 45 minutes or so talking with Rob, the proprietor, who’s a friend of ours. Amazing how going out and talking to people I’m not related to makes me feel like more of a real person. And I bought the Warren Ellis run on Astonishing X-Men whilst there, so. :)

One of the nicest things about going to SubCity is I almost always walk past the massage place on my way back again, which always makes me stop in and see if anybody’s got time for a quick chair massage. Somebody did today, so I got a little fifteen minute shoulder squish. I wish I could do that approximately every other day, with a proper massage once a week…

I failed to buy new walking shoes, because the place where I get ‘em wasn’t having a sale. I hope they do soon, because I’ve really already worn the two pair I have out. But I did stop into a not-so-much-walking-shoe store and admired how the pair of shoes that instantly caught my eye were the most expensive ones available. I’ve a real knack for doing that, so I do.

It should come as no surprise to anyone who’s read my blog for more than a few minutes that I have very little skill or patience with my hair. I’ve been trying for … some time now … to successfully French braid it. It’s never worked. After staring grimly at my How To Braid Hair book, though, I began to suspect something, and today I decided to follow through with the hash that I was making of the French braid. This is what happened:

dutchbraid Apparently it’s called a Dutch braid, and it’s what happens if you braid under, rather than over, which is how I always braid my hair. I didn’t really *know* it was how I did it, or rather, that it wasn’t how everybody does it, although I always had the vague sensation that the tops of my braids, at the scalp, didn’t look like other people’s. Now I know why.

That picture also happens to demonstrate nicely how, how in one’s imagination, braiding a Rogue stripe makes a big fat bright streak through the whole of one’s braid, but how in reality, well, this is what happens. And this is an unusually *good* showing of the bright streak: frequently it disappears entirely into the body of the braid.

And now, having shared all that scintillating information with you, I shall go finish the dishes, read a book, and go to bed. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

irishkateirishkate on April 28th, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
I still can't braid my hair, never did manage to learn
kitmizkit on April 29th, 2013 08:43 am (UTC)
I've gotten better at it, except the part where apparently I do it backward. @.@
wiggiemomsiwiggiemomsi on April 29th, 2013 12:34 am (UTC)
But ...you have lo-o-o-ng hair!
You have beautiful, long hair. I have wiry short hair. Trade? :o)
kitmizkit on April 29th, 2013 08:44 am (UTC)
Re: But ...you have lo-o-o-ng hair!
You can have some of mine when I get it cut next month :)
wiggiemomsiwiggiemomsi on April 30th, 2013 03:05 am (UTC)
Re: But ...you have lo-o-o-ng hair!
SQUEEEE! Ebay, here I come!! :o)
kitmizkit on April 30th, 2013 06:36 am (UTC)
Re: But ...you have lo-o-o-ng hair!
Flitterbyflit on April 29th, 2013 12:37 am (UTC)
Huh! My hair is getting long enough to French braid again, though I'm not sure my arms are up to it. (It does get harder the longer it gets, so no time like the present, eh?)

My memories of doing it indicate that it's *very hard* to self-braid a streak where you can't see it and arrange the streak on the top, unless you can somehow isolate just streak to one braid, and it's probably not thick enough for that. You might be able to do it yourself with the help of a mirror but that's still a big challenge. Someone else braiding you could probably arrange the streak so it shows through the braid.

You might be able to self-braid it by keeping the streak hair separate from the "bulk" hair for one strand of the braid, pulling in the bulk hair and then laying the streak strand on top of it.
kitmizkit on April 29th, 2013 08:45 am (UTC)
Someone else with more skill and patience with hair might be able to do that, anyway. :) The truth is, it doesn't even fall as brightly and together-ly through a ponytail as one *imagines* it will... :)
Flitterbyflit on May 2nd, 2013 07:05 am (UTC)
I've braided ribbons into my hair and it definitely did not look as I imagined or as fantasy art does! Later tries where I made sure to lay them on top went better, but braids are just fractious.

I suspect to have the streak show really nicely in a braid it would need to be so wide that it wouldn't look like loose, plus needing someone else to do it for you because they can see if it's on top or not. Now I'm wondering if backing the streak with a silver ribbon would constitute cheating. :
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on April 29th, 2013 01:39 am (UTC)
Wow your hair has gotten long! I can do a regular braid, but I've had long hair most of my life, and never learned to successfully french braid it. And I have nice silver streaks that show up quite nicely in my hair...not sure it has the same effect as the Rogue streak, though :-)
kitmizkit on April 29th, 2013 08:46 am (UTC)
I have a quite bright silver streak at the top of my head going down over the ears, but yeah, not exactly the same effect. :)
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on April 29th, 2013 11:01 am (UTC)
See--always thought that was blonde :-)

(I tell everyone I'm going blonde one hair at a time...)
Catherine: gingerbreadsharpwords on April 29th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
That's a really interesting braid.
And of course, after you mentioning braiding under rather than over, I had to have a go. It took me 3 tries to make my hands do something different from normal, but it's an interesting effect I'll have to try again. (And it gets easier as I get halfway and can turn my hair upside down and move my hands upwards instead of down.)
Can't French-braid my hair for love nor money though, so I think the Dutch braid is definitely out.
Childlightchildlight on April 30th, 2013 12:38 am (UTC)
have not seen any pics of you in a while and I was surprised at how long it has gotten
kitmizkit on April 30th, 2013 06:36 am (UTC)
Heck, I see myself all the time and I'm still surprised at how long it is! :)
GM Ceosannaceosanna on April 30th, 2013 12:11 pm (UTC)
I have hair envy.

My hair is so thin and fine that anything past the nape of my neck would look like a rat tail if I had hair that long and I tried to braid it. I was hoping that I'd have fabulous hair being pregnant, but it's still the same frizzy hot mess as it's always been. :P
anthony_lionanthony_lion on April 30th, 2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
Need new walking boots?

Pick up a pair of Norwegian Army M77 boots.
3.5 decades of conscripts have used them...
(I prefer them over most other boots. Walking, hiking, scootering about, bicycling, skiing... )
Coarse-patterned sole of 'vibram' rubber cast directly onto the leather.
If they're well-treated you an stand in a dam for 30 minutes before water seeps through.
(Well-treated = polishing them with Kiwi black polish often.)

how to tie boots...
(They skip the lowest hooks because it has been shown that tying them too tightly may put undue pressure on the achilles tendons and cause inflammation or other nastier problems. This is more important for those who are out and about all day, though)

Edited at 2013-04-30 04:47 pm (UTC)
rasmusbrasmusb on April 30th, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
Braid over/under
It could be a right/left dominant hand issue. :)
I try & fail making a proper braid -- but I do braid under. Until I try to do a braid on either side of my head. When I try to braid on the right side of my head (I'm right handed) -- I braid over & cannot stop from doing it. :)

Darn it -- there are robot vacuums -- can't we get a robot hair braider? I know they have Barbie toys that do a simple twisty thing. :P
kitmizkit on April 30th, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Braid over/under
I think it is a dominance issue, yeah. I just didn't say that because I didn't feel like explaining how although I'm right-handed, many of my behaviors are left-dominant. I suspect that's one of 'em. :)