August was rough. Hubbs had a week’s vacation the first week of August and it ended in Hand Foot Mouth Disease for Bubbs and then the same thing but much, much worse for Hubbs. I called off work one of those days the first week the illness hit because Hubbs could barely walk with the blisters on his feet and could not even change a diaper given the state of his hands. Luckily, he was able to use some of his paid time off and work a few half days and work from home.
We are doing much better now that we are fully recovered. I wasn’t sick, but I say “we” because it took a toll on me as well. I’ve weaned myself back off of my cell phone and don’t feel like I am just trying to survive. I have a new appreciation for single parents. We’ve gotten the house into shape (today is day 4 of cleaning all the dishes and keeping the counters and table clear) and our main areas are vacuumed and tidied up. That said, I can’t really report that I’ve done much thinking about minimalism or decluttering, but I’m excited for what’s to come this month.
Bubbs will be one year old on September 20th! Everything else will take a back seat, though most of our celebrating will be done in October, since that’s when I could get a few weekends off work for his birthday party. Any amount of cleaning we do this month will feel divine compared to August.
So, without further ado, let me introduce my biggest minimalist triumph of August: my hair.
I had it all buzzed to half an inch as soon as Hubbs was well enough to operate the clippers. It feels great: I keep thinking I am having an excellent hair day, because my bangs are out of my eyes and it is off my shoulders, and then I catch my reflection in a mirror or window and remember I cut it all off. I don’t think my hair has ever been cut shorter than this.
I realize that calling it “minimalist hair” is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but it has saved me from fussing over my hair and has helped me feel lighter. I can’t give my hair full credit for our recent upswing, but I do think it has helped me feel more able in general. More specifically, I feel like I am finally able to clean up after every meal like we should have been doing all along like responsible adults for years.
My previous hairstyle was a long faux mohawk and a mullet before that, so I am no stranger to cuts other women are afraid of. I was also not very high maintenance to begin with: I don’t wear makeup, don’t wash my hair every day, don’t use soap on all of my body regularly (it dries out my skin), let my hair air dry, don’t shave my legs and very infrequently use styling products on my hair. This buzzed style trumps all of that – it is the ultimate “do less” hairstyle. I had a hair appointment scheduled at the Aveda training school, but now I can reschedule that months out.
Hubbs likes it because he can see my face better. Bubbs can’t pull on it very well anymore, but he likes to rub it with his hands and smiled when he saw me. I feel strangely more feminine because I can pay more attention to my complexion and accessorizing with earrings, etc. I even plucked my eyebrows for the first time in over a year. These little efforts take way less time than trying to “do” my hair and have a lot more impact on how I look and feel. I am not hiding behind or weighed down by my hair or bangs anymore, and it feels amazing.