Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Saskatchewan Farmer & His Wife

My life has gone from staying home and being bored to working like a dog. But, as you all know by now, I LOVE MY JOB. Today was my scheduled day off, but the shop has been really busy and I decided to go in today because I'm trying to build my clientele. That's the hardest thing, and it does take some time...as in a few months. When I lived back in Ohio I did hair and had my own shop, and the clientele I had, had been with me for years...in some cases 20 years. I had a huge following and they were all great people...it was hard to leave them when I came to Canada. But now, after only a few weeks in the new salon, I have stirred up some excitement with some of my customers and I think they will become regular clients. Yea! Anyway, I went in to work today and I ended up staying busy all afternoon.

One elderly lady I did was here from Colorado to attend a wedding. She was tall and beautiful for an older woman, and when I got done with her I thought she was going to get on a loud speaker to announce to the world that she loved her hair. It made me feel good that I made her so happy. She gave me a $10 dollar tip! She even took some of my cards to pass out...either that or she's going to fly up from Colorado to get her hair done..haha..and by the looks of things, she could afford it.

I did a few other people and then I did Grant. Grant was a 40something farmer/rock star from Saskatchewan.....somewhere in the middle of Canada. He is attending a wedding on Saturday at the Country Club and I'm doing the bride's hair for that. (She lives in the Cayman Islands but her family lives here). So, Grant is the brides step-father and he said he wanted to look presentable. His hair was half way down his back...and tangled. I asked him if he had the windows rolled down on the car...or maybe he had a convertible or a motorcycle...I had to put conditioner on and comb it through to get the tangles out. Long story short, he had me cut it all off and he looked like a different person when I got done. It looked great! He was happy with it. His wife was sitting there watching me cut his hair, and then she decided she wanted me to do her hair...I loved the snowball effect that was happenin. So off to the shampoo area we went and I got busy on her. She talked about how her daughter (the one thats getting married Saturday) loved her hair when she came in for her "trial" hairdo. And she was so happy that I had been so accomodating and kind to her. Very nice people....I finished her up and took her to the desk and she gave me a $30 tip! I can get used to this...yes I can. It's a good thing I went to work today. Not only do I enjoy the money, I enjoy making people feel good when I'm at work. I hope my enthusiasm lasts for a long long time.

On a different note: My daughter Lindsay got a new CAT named Beamer. Now I don't like cats, I'm a dog person, but this is probably the cutest cat I've ever seen. She looks like a tiger. Just a yellow ball of fluff with black stripes all over her body. I hope she keeps all her markings because ... really people...it is a CUTE CAT. I had a few cats when I was young, but somehow I got turned into a dog lover. In a way though, cats would be a lot easier than "Jack the Brat" (my Rottie). Lindsay said the cat has a cute personality...but then again so did Baxter (our old dog that we got rid of because he turned into an asshole). Their all cute when they're puppies or kittens. I just hope that Beamer stays that way....for your sake Lindsay!

Shannon went to her ninth grade graduation last night. She was so excited and thought she was something. They had a dance after the ceremony and then we came home. She's been busy with work and getting promoted to shift manager for the restaurant she works for. She's only 15 and I think it's quite an accomplishment for her age!

Derek didn't go to his ceremony. Lots of boys didn't go....I think it was more of a fashion show for the girls anyway. They were struttin across the stage thinking they were hot. When we got there all the girls were hugging one another like they hadn't seen each other for years....uh, excuse me...didn't you just see everybody about 2 hours ago when school got out?? Something about 15 year old girls....as in...did I act like that?? I think I'm getting old.

Tonight I gave Derek a badly needed haircut. Of course he protested, but I insisted and guess who won out? ME. I decided to cut his hair with a razor this time because he has thick hair and it bunches up when cut with shears. Lots of stylists can't do razor cuts, but I'm skilled at them and it sure made a difference. He looks human again. There was enough hair on the floor to make a wig when I got done.
Well...guess what? Yes, you guessed it...I'm beat and need sleep. I can't wait to get up in the morning and go to work! Never thought I'd hear myself say that again.
Stay cool my babies...until later... xoxo.,

Friday, June 10, 2005

City Transplants

While performing miracles on some of my clients the conversation gets interesting. Almost everyone I do is a transplant to this town. That's unusual for me because in my hometown everybody is born and raised there and most stay there for life.

It's interesting to hear the views on the city that I live in now. Most describe it as a cliquey town, which is unusual since you would think that if it was cliquey, all those groups of people would have been born and raised here and would've been friends all their life, and when somebody new came to town they would be less likely to accept them in their circle of friends. But, most of the people here are new to this town, only being here for a few years like me. So my thought is that everybody is feeling the same way I feel....like you don't have roots here....like there is something missing.....and if that's the case I believe thats why everyone must feel like an outsider. So instead of us thinking that people are being arrogant or unfriendly, we should be thinking that they're just afraid to be out-going and worried about what the other person might think of them.

I think the idea that this city is full of cliquey people is a misconception. Because from what I've seen and heard, nobody really knows anybody here. It's hard when you move to a new place where you don't know people. The hardest thing for me is learning who I can trust...as a friend...someone that I can really confide in.

But luckily there are really nice people coming into the salon...people that I want to get to know....people that I would probably have a lot in common with. So, in that regard going to work is a good outlet for me. And, out of all the girls I work with, I like just about all of them. I'm really happy that I've gone back to work....I'm lucky that I love what I do.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

BB Guns & Camels

I know I know...it's been almost a week since I've posted anything, but I've been busy with work and when I get home I'm lucky to have enough energy to put my PJ's on. We've been busy in the shop and I'm really enjoying it. I had forgotten how much fun it is to stand there all day, working on clients, and chit-chatting about everything from their hair to what they do for a living, to how many kids they have, to where they're going on vacation...well, you get the idea. I really enjoy working with people and for some reason it's not the same for me when I'm just sittting across the room and talking to them. I like to be working on their hair while conversing! It's fun. The fact that I get to meet so many people from all walks of life makes my job interesting. Like the woman I did the other day...she grew up in the Middle East on a desert, with nothing around for miles and miles, so her and her brother would go out and shoot camels with BB guns. Now, I don't want to hear from Animal Abuse Patrol here, but I couldn't help but laugh when she told me that. Could you imagine being so bored as a kid that you would stoop to that? Anyway, she was a very nice person and I enjoyed her company.

Haven't gotten much done around the house since I've started working, which bothers me. This is the first year in about 20 years that I haven't planted flowers outside, and I don't have my hanging baskets on my front porch. Waaaaa. Actually, I don't think I'm going to bother with it this summer. I really miss seeing them but I don't have time to weed, water, and care for them. So, I guess I will just enjoy the neighborhood flowers this year. My favorite flowers are the creeping petunias. They spread out all around the edge of my flower bed, but they stay low to the ground, and the color from those are absolutely gorgeous! Guess I'll just wait until next year.
Well, I should get busy around the house. I have lots of work that I need to be doing. Mainly getting caught up on housework (yuck) and I need to clean out my refrigerator...oh joy! What better way to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon. I wish I was getting ready to go on some fabulous vacation and spend some time laying on the beach sipping Lava Flows or something.

Guess if I work hard eventually that will come. Hope it's sooner than later. Wish my life was more interesting. This post sounds a little boring if ya ask me. LOL.
Stay cool my babies....peace to all....xoxoxoxoxoxo.