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1,000 degrees

June 22, 2016

It was approximately 1,000 degrees on Sunday.

And since the thought of plugging in a blow dryer actually made me nauseous, I decided NOT to to straighten my hair.

I knew this was a mistake as my hair air dried and I watched it grow Chia Pet style.

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Friday night…when my hair was calm.

I also decided it was too hot to put on my contact lenses. (I realize this makes no sense, but logic and reason are usually the first to go for me during Ramadan.)

I knew this was a mistake when I looked in the mirror and saw flashbacks of my dreaded high school years.

And yet I idiotically still decided to leave the house. Mostly because it was Ramadan and I had to kill about 12 hours.

Even worse? I decided to go shopping. (Again, mostly because it was Ramadan and I had to kill about 12 hours.)


Cupcake baking / decorating on Saturday…when my hair was still in a good place.

This was also a mistake because I felt hideous, and nobody should go shopping when they feel hideous.

So I quickly pulled the plug on that expedition and instead wandered around trying to figure out what to do with me and my puffy hair.

Ultimately I ended up at the library. The beautiful library where people didn’t look twice at me, my hair, my glasses, or my Lululemon pants.


I have no plans to scare you with pictures of Sunday, when my hair was HUGE, so instead I will scare you with pictures of Maya’s apron, which after baking and decorating 9 cupcakes looked like a crime scene.

So I suppose it all boils down to this:

I shouldn’t avoid hot tools. Or my contact lenses.

But when I stupidly decide to do it again – because my laziness often takes precedence over my appearance – I should just head straight to the library.




26 Comments leave one →
  1. June 22, 2016 7:24 am

    Libraries are the goddamned best.
    That is all.
    Okay not all lots of things in this world stand up but heck durn or to more heck I LOVE the library.

  2. June 22, 2016 7:58 am

    Oh darn, I wanted to see the big hair! It’s so hard to imagine your hair frizzy and out of place. You haven’t seen big hair until you’ve seen mine in humidity when it hasn’t been chemically straightened and blow-dried. Yours looks so smooth every time I see pictures of you! 🙂

  3. June 22, 2016 8:14 am

    We must be connected by the some level of spirits or something; I never visit the library and this past weekend I found myself there twice. And I have to admit – there was a certain soothing quality to it.

    Ramadan Kareem my friend.

  4. June 22, 2016 9:21 am

    Ramadan Mubarak! No joke my co worker said to me this morning, “damn you did not even brush your hair this morning.” Thankfully I keep my hair stuff with me at work and 10 mins later frizz was GONE!

    • June 22, 2016 10:13 am

      Ramadan Mubarak Sana…I hope your days are going easier than mine. And your co-worker? The honesty is refreshing…

  5. June 22, 2016 9:51 am

    At least you have a plan of action. I’m proud of you for leaving your house looking like a lion beast. I too have done this but I have been graced with a husband who is very honest with me and will tell it like it is:

    Me: How do I look?
    REB: -looks me up and down and stop at rats nest hair- “I mean. You might want to make an effort to make it SEEM like you brushed you hair today. Or that you don’t look like you’re college so you can put on real pants and not yoga pants.”
    Me: …..I’m going to the library. Walking there in fact.
    REB: -shrug- I’m just sayin’
    Me: ……
    REB: You asked.
    Me: ……

    He’s usually right, though. And that makes me more mad.

    • June 22, 2016 2:02 pm

      Lion Beast — > This is exactly what I looked like.

      And the conversation is hysterical. I’m not sure Ali notices if my hair looks good…or bad. I guess that’s good…and bad?

  6. hcoving permalink
    June 22, 2016 11:01 am

    I am so lazy about fixing my hair in the summer. Unless I have plans involving people other than my children, I go with a half dry bun most days.

    I guess the upside to Maya’s apron is that none of that happened in your kitchen. You get to walk away and let someone else scrub frosting off every surface.

    • June 22, 2016 2:01 pm

      Seriously, the best part of the cupcake class was how easy-going there were about mess. I realize that I need to do these types of things with her more often – outside of our own kitchen – so that I’m not freaking out every second…

  7. June 22, 2016 12:14 pm

    Our AC is broken right now. I picked up the blow dryer and quickly realized that it was not gonna happen. It’s impossible to blow heat on yourself when the air coming out of the dryer is the same temp you are currently sweating in!

    • June 22, 2016 2:00 pm

      I hear that it’s BLAZING hot in LA. I’m sorry, I hope it cools down!

  8. June 22, 2016 2:34 pm

    No fair – I want to see chia pet hair, and only because I can totally relate!

    Love that pic of you and maya from the cupcake place. You both look so happy. Beautiful smiles!

    • June 22, 2016 7:45 pm

      I’ve seen your pretty hair in person Heather…I know you couldn’t possibly relate. 🙂

  9. June 22, 2016 3:34 pm

    Ameena, you are gooooorgeous! I totally get the desire to hang out at the library, though, especially when it’s about 1000 degrees and the library is cool and quiet.

    Those cupcakes look delicious, and you two ladies look so happy:)

    • June 22, 2016 7:45 pm

      Thank you Jessie for the super sweet comment…you always say the nicest things! 🙂

  10. June 22, 2016 11:26 pm

    I say screw both and stick with the library. I have been skipping my usual two gallons of leave in conditioner so I don’t have to rinse it out before jumping in the pool…such a waste and such a hassle. Yep, my hair looks fretful, but I bought a cute/hip ball cap and no one knows the difference if I have to leave the house and run to the store. Buy a hat. Could be a new chapter for you. Or, just live vicariously through me. Wink.

    • June 23, 2016 2:01 pm

      I have a hat…and I love my hat! The problem is that when I take the hat off things get scary. If only I could wear it all the time…

  11. June 23, 2016 3:34 pm

    You guys look so happy in that picture. It’s very humid here, my Cali friend always complains about that. I think it’s pretty hot in Cali too.. unless you are on the coast.

    • June 24, 2016 6:46 am

      I’m headed to LA today and it’s SO HOT THERE. I’m dreading it! I’d take the humidity any day.

  12. mona lissa permalink
    December 13, 2016 12:20 am

    merry christmas and happy new year wishes quotes

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