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Hello 2014 (nearly three weeks in). Liz, Michelle and I measured 2013 in new dos. What will this year bring? Hopefully lots of love and fun for everyone. And change, because change is good… and if it’s not, find what’s good in it.

I won’t be changing dos quite so much this year, the options seem a bit more limited – and that should force creativity, right? We’ll see. And we just may write about it occasionally too.

For those of you who’ve asked – it took me this long to settle on my favorite do from the little hair/blog project – July:

Curly Bob home

Probably most similar to what I’ve looked like most my life. Have I become nostalgic? The more things change, the more they stay the same?

This is Beth. With the December Pixie post.

1. Inspired by:

D5 Jennifer Lawrence D1 Anne Hathaway D2 Cherlize Theron D3 Emma Watson D4 Jamie Lee Curtis D6 maggie gyllenhaal beyonce hair cut D7 Michelle Williams D8 Miley Cyrus 2 D9 Natalie Portman D10 Pamela Anderson

2. Music (what happened to be playing at the salon during the doing of the do)—Don’t remember much except we did hear a classic-sounding version of Let it Snow and a holiday song by Stevie Nicks.

3. Drink (what I sipped at the salon during the doing of the do)—Went to the liquor store with good intentions of concocting a spirited seasonal cocktail based on awesome suggestions from friends (thank you Shawna, Michelle, Bill, and Melanie!), but… I had trouble finding ingredients that added up to anything and ran out of time. Ended up rushing out of Argonaut with this:

Dec Drink 1

Not bad in a pinch.

4. The Theory—Everybody knows that long hair on women is more feminine and attractive than a close-cropped do. Right? Probably as true as any stereotype. Just look at the assortment of fetching females above!

5. Reactions—Have heard some nice comments. And I get the short hair thing now – it’s easy. Though I’m still surprised sometimes when I see myself in the mirror.

Dec Pix 3

From December 15, 2012:

Once upon a time we could drop our kids off at school without feeling so scared.

I started this hair/blog project as a frivolous distraction from seriousness and sadness in the world.

But some events demand attention. They deserve full focus.

We give them that, and simultaneously we keep living. We remember the good. We encourage our kids to embrace life and love and beauty and magic and laughter. We have a good cry and then we allow ourselves to have a good laugh too.

Maybe, when we’re ready, we could laugh at the hair of fictional characters. A dozen dos for you to peruse:

Olive-oyl-pictures-61 Princess-leiaCousin-Itt-addams-familyhunger-games-effiePipibernini_medusagirl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-06TANGLEDbride-of-frankensteinQueenamidala 220px-Marge_Simpson

Oops, that’s only eleven. Who would you add?

P.S. On Friday night I thought about gun control and mental illness. I wondered why people bring children into this world. And I thought about my own choice to do so without a partner in a way I never had before. I hugged the babes and I cried to Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXxcMw5PTDg and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLHCC3geTpc. I knew I could only begin to imagine what people more directly involved were going through.

P.P.S. Thanks Bill.

This is Beth. And this is how I look turning 45 on 12/10/13 (a “helfie,” [thanks Michelle!] – the color is for the girl who has strongly suggested blue from the start of all this [sorry I don’t have a bow]):

dec helfie

Here’s the post from last year:

It’s my birthday and I’m going to a party tonight. The party is not for me, and I hope not to cry.

I do expect to cry during 2013, however (and probably sooner). Sometimes over my hair.

I wanted to take this opportunity to document the starting do. This is how I look turning 44 on 12/10/12:

bday bday bow

(Thanks photo’ers Jilly & Mae)

What will I look like turning 45 on 12.10.13? Whatever the do, I do promise to redo the bow-on-head pic.

P.S. Links to the song: Lesley Gore and Amy Winehouse.

P.P.S. I just learned (thank you Google) that I share a birthday with Ada Lovelace. From opensecrets.org: “Female bloggers owe a lot to Ada Lovelace, the imaginative and intelligent “enchantress of numbers.” As the first person to envision the use of computers for purposes beyond mathematical computations — and considered by many to be the first computer programmer — Lovelace not only paved the way for all those who use the Internet to communicate and educate, but continues to serve as a hero for women and girls involved in math, science and technology.” Also, a nice do.

adalovelace

This is Beth. Unprepared to talk about the pixie, but I kinda like it so far.

dec done

(Five elements of the do to come.)

P.S. Looking forward to Liz’s December do…

This is Beth. Reporting on the November do. I liked it.

Yesterday a coworker told me I look like this guy:

dentist

Sweet.

Kind of a combination of these two happy looks (plus a hat):

 nov sushi bk nov 2013 cropped

Cheers!

P.S. I enjoyed the October mohawk too, but mostly felt like the bad guy from The Incredibles:

villain mohawk-bar cropped

P.P.S. Thanks to those who suggested December drinks! I’ll be gathering supplies today…

This is Beth. Readying for the final cut Wednesday, wondering what to drink. Suggestions please…

What I consumed previous months:

January – whiskey & ginger:

Jan drink mixin's

February – tall dark Russian:

Feb drink mixin's

March: Bellini martini:

March mixin's

April – red wine:

April drink fixin's

May – rum & coke:

May shag drink mixins

June – PBR:

PBR

July – gin & tonic:

July G&T

August – kitchen-sink punch:

Aug drink 1

September – last-minute wine:

sept drink

October – whiskey. straight:

Oct drink

November – sounded-good bloody mary:

nov drink

December – It’s gonna end up pretty darn short!

This is Beth. A year later, with Liz and Michelle.

LC & BK Nov 2013 MJ & BK Nov 2013

November 30, 2012 saw the first changingthelocks.com post – Inspired by a six year old, kind of. Here it is:

The girl wanted an asymmetrical cut so we Googled it and told friends. Liz said people in Hollywood change their hair all the time, wouldn’t it be fun. . . So – crazy idea, new project: Liz and I will get new hairdos every month for a year and blog about it. Silly and irrelevant in this world of much seriousness and sadness, plus time consuming, but potentially fun, distracting, and hopefully entertaining.

short_redhead

The girl picked this pic to show the haircutter. Her $12 cut – not so short, not so red, and looks a bit like she cut it herself. But we like it.

kids_hairstyles__little_boys_haircuts

The boy got his hair cut too, based on this pic.

P.S. (A year later) It has been silly and irrelevant in this world of much seriousness and sadness, plus time consuming, but also fun, distracting, and hopefully entertaining. Thank you Liz and Michelle!

This is Beth. Celebrating.

Exhibit opening 2012:

November last

(That’s me on the left.)

Exhibit opening 2013:

November this

(That’s Liz on the right, me next to her sporting a spiky version of this month’s do.)

What strikes me (besides dramatic do change): how fortunate I am to work on projects like these, with fabulous people.

This is Beth. Last year, after we started blogging but before we started cutting, I posted about what I was willing to do with my do. At that time I said no Kate (from Jon and Kate Plus Eight), yes Katy (Katy Perry blue bob, or any Katy Perry really).

I also drafted a post way back then when I met  a woman whose do so moved me that I asked her if I could photo it. Kate agreed to the pic, and offered without prompting to send her inspiration/haircutter instruction image and did so immediately. She followed up with even more visual material. I like this woman. And her hair. I like everything about this story.

Kate at work:

Kate2 Kate1

Kate’s inspiration pic:

Kate3

Past pics of Kate and more inspiration:

Kate 1

Kate 2

Kate 3

Kate 4

I hadn’t looked at the pictures in months. Now I realize that I’ve gotten pretty close to her do. Though it looks better on Kate, and she didn’t need a hair/blog project as impetus!

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