The true meaning of festive

This morning I accomplished a childhood dream by successfully french-braiding my own hair.  This opens a whole new world of “hospital-appropriate” hair styles for me.  (Which was apparently an issue, if you take a look at a conversation I had a few years back with a date:)

Him:  So, what are you going to do with your hair for the hospital?
Me:  Well, just leave it down, of course.  Why?
Him:  There’s just so much of it.  Maybe you could cut it?
Me:  If I cut it, I look like I’m 40.
Him:  Well, maybe that’s not so bad –
Me:  LISTEN, BUSTER, I’LL BRUSH IT REALLY WELL.

I feel like french-braiding it is a good in-between.  Score 1 for my second X chromosome.

It’s hard to believe it’s Christmas Eve.  There’s been no snow, the weather’s been fairly nice, and I only really have a cat to keep me company.  And the cat keeps trying to eat my hair.

Just kidding.  It only sounds pathetic –  the truth is, I saw my family at Thanksgiving.  That was enough family time to last me several years (SO MUCH family time).  After that fiasco, I’m pretty much ecstatic to be able to spend Christmas Eve watching The Wire, eating pizza, and having a nice glass of sherry.

… while a cat tries to pounce on my head.

When else can you do that?

Happy Christmas Eve / 5th night of Hannukah / Festivus-for-the-rest-of-us!

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5 thoughts on “The true meaning of festive

  1. Happy Holidays! =D I’ve been meaning to watch The Wire… I really need to find the time.

    Also, congrats on learning to French braid your hair! I don’t think I could leave my hair down in the hospital (actually, I could, since my hair doesn’t actually fall down but sort of… fluffs up) because sometimes you need to get really close to your patients and it’d be a good thing, for various reasons, if you hair isn’t getting even closer to them.

  2. Gah! I WISH I knew how to French braid my own hair. Or at least I wish I would know someone who could do it for me on a regular basis. Alas, it is not to be. But I totally agree that it is hospital appropriate because 1) Hair not in face is always a bonus when you’re trying to do a physical exam and 2) a French braid will still look somewhat good after a night of call (not looking forward to that experience).

    (Love reading your blog! Where do you find all the funny-yet-blog-appropriate pictures??? That is my definition of talent.)

    Happy Holidays to you!

  3. I’ve been thinking about hospital appropriate hairstyles a lot lately (mainly because I’m fantasizing about August, when I return to med school). And then I realized that all my every day hairstyles either take way too much time in the morning (blow drying, maybe straightening or curling) OR are chic-ly messy. Which I don’t think would fly in business casual attire.

    Then I came across this site: http://www.thesmallthingsblog.com/p/hair-style-tutorials.html

    And I learned how to do my hair. Last week. But I still learned! She tends to curl her hair a lot, but it’s really not necessary for most of the styles she pins up. And they’re MUCH simpler than they look. Hope it helps!

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