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Slow Progress

Cheryl's Flotsam & Jetsam - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 02:22

A little over a month ago, I set myself the goal to try to be more positive — I even came up with a mantra Be present, be patient, be calm, be open, be thankful, move on.”

That worked on and off for a few days. I should have written it down and posted it around me: at work, near my laptop, and especially in the car. Initially Shawn was also pointing out when I was slipping, but it got to the point where that was annoying to both of us. Then we got sidetracked with the troublesome neighbours and around the time that problem was corrected, I set other goals for self-improvement. I decided to tackle some health goals:

  1. Drink more water
  2. Walk and bike regularly
  3. Increase my flexibility
  4. Change my snack habits

For the first time in my life, I am actually getting a reasonable amount of water. The purchase of a new water bottle for work plus the support from Shawn and other friends has made that a total win; it’s rare a day goes by when I am not meeting my minimum goal of 2L — however, it has been warm and I don’t know if that will change when the weather cools down.

As far as walking and biking, I have tried to be supportive and go for walks with Shawn as much as practical and, rather than bike to work in this heat, have been using our exercise bike at least 30 minutes per week. So, while I am not at that goal completely, I am still inching forward.

I’ve done nothing about working yoga or other exercise into my weekly schedule. Sucks but something had to fall off the side of this plan initially.

Snacking. Hmm. This one is a constant battle but I am at least conscious of what I am snacking on and when; this is a big step.

Of course there is one (big) thing that has fallen to the side is my energy for getting projects done. The last couple of days I was just plain exhausted — the heat was beating me down and I couldn’t concentrate. Tonight, I should have been able to… but UUUUUuuuugh. Now I just can’t face it. I know with the book, I’m at the 90% mark now… but that last 10% of formatting and promoting is not what I love doing even though I know it needs to be done and can easily be broken down into a few steps.

I’m not going to beat myself up over it but tonight is the last “slack” night. I have to get back to work on it tomorrow. Tonight, I am going to read.

Mother-Daughter Ear Piercings

Cheryl's Flotsam & Jetsam - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:30

A while ago, I promised Alice that when she was ready to get her ears pierced I would go with her. I asked her to do some research and she did — so did I — and we came to the same conclusion. We did not want to go to a mall store that used a piercing gun because the risk of infection is far greater.

We also put out the ask on Facebook to get recommendations from our friends. A good number suggested Blank Generation, located downtown. They don’t have a website or even a Facebook page, just a group. Flaky, but whatever, I figured if they came highly recommended, I would suck it up. I was able to sort out the pricing and figured we would just drop in today.

Everything seemed good up until the piercer asked for Alice’s age.

“Oooh,” he winced, “I won’t pierce anyone under 14.”

Not that he would do it with parental consent, just flat out no one under 14. OK, that’s his rule.* I was frustrated and disappointed but asked him to suggest someone else who might (I mean, come on, surely not every kid whose ears are pierced had them done with a gun, right?). He gave us a couple of suggestions and we went on our way. Of the two shops he suggested, one was off the list right away, as there was a bad history for us with them. The other was not in walking distance.

I was starting to feel like this was a repeat of my experience of trying to get a tattoo.

We didn’t give up. Hubby started looking at other options right away, and phoned a few places — we came up empty on a lot of them. I called another salon he’d identified but they had no available time until after August 7th. We were down to one other local shop, Urge Tattoo, who we couldn’t get through to on the phone. After lunch, we drove there. With parental consent and photo ID for both of us, they were happy to do the piercings.

We waited a while because the piercer was still finishing another client then had to clean her station. When everything was ready, we both went down and Alice climbed in the chair, and Hannah was comprehensive in explaining the pros and cons of each type of jewellery, and of how the whole process was going to work. She was very careful to stay sterile through the process (which was really great to see). Alice was great, only flinching a little at the point the needle entered her flesh then laughing. SO MUCH LAUGHING. I think my kid might be hardcore.

When we started to talk about what would happen when it was my turn, we discovered a there had been a miscommunication between the guys at the desk and the piercer — Hannah had another client booked in and would have to re-book for me. However, it was only a small delay, I returned about 2 hours later to have mine done. I made slightly more noise during the actual piercing part and Alice perfectly captured the moment on camera — but overall, it wasn’t bad, considering I’d waited over 30 years to get it done.

 

It was only a brief moment of disgust (on hearing the sound of my flesh being run through) and discomfort then I was all smiles again:

Once they’ve healed (or as Hubby says, once the flesh is “permanently modified”) I will be able to get myself some nice shepherds’ hook findings and merrily make as many different earrings as I’d wish. Alice is already window shopping for new jewellery and doing the math as to when the healing will be complete (6-8 weeks).

We’re pretty happy campers, and I would happily recommend Hannah to anyone who asked. Here we are after both were finished.


After all this, however, I started to think you could probably make a good living selling basic ear piercings as well as temporary tattoos (decals, airbrush work, maybe even henna) and combine that with hair and nail services for kids in an “edgier” type of salon that appeals to their pierced and tattooed parents and so the kids can look “just like Mom/Dad.” On the piercing side, I think there should still be limits (and a cleared-by-several-lawyers consent form), but ultimately, if the parent gives consent and the kid isn’t clawing her or his way out of the chair, it’s probably going to be OK.

* Now, for those who might be curious about the age thing (as I was), it is entirely up to the piercing artist in BC. The guidelines merely require informed consent:

“… operators should satisfy themselves that customers are undertaking the procedure of their own free will and not as a result of a bet or a dare, that they are not under the influence of alcohol or other judgement-altering drugs, and that they are aware that piercing carries health risks, although these risks are reduced if these guidelines are followed. In order to give their informed consent  minors must have the maturity to and must understand all the implications of being pierced. It is recommended that operators require minors to obtain parental consent.”

Guidelines for Ear and Body Piercing, BC Ministry of Health.