Plane Rides, Haircuts, and Volunteering
The greatest thing about working at an airline is, hands down, the flight benefits. Last night I called my mom asking if she would like me to come visit her this weekend. She got really excited, said yes, and I am now lined up to leave Minneapolis tomorrow at 4pm and get back here on Saturday around 8pm. And I can still make it to my hair appointment on Sunday at 2:30.
I am thrilled to see her. I feel like it has been so long since I saw her last! She wants me to go to the casino with her to indulge in the casino buffet, and I feel it necessary to add here that my favorite foods are sushi, mashed potatoes, and a good casino buffet. And although I am going there to visit my mom and Dave, I am also looking forward to the weather. My mom tried to warn me that it gets cold in Mississippi at night. I asked her how cold it gets, and I laughed at her when she said 32 degrees. Honestly, after living in Minnesota and Michigan for so long, 32 degrees sounds great. I would be more than happy with 32 degrees. Maybe I should bring my bathing suit and lay out on a beach during the day.
And speaking of my hair appointment, I looked online at my hair salon’s website and saw the prices that they charge for curly cuts (which is what I am going in for). Styles (or Kyle.. I’m still not sure of my stylists name) is an apprentice, so I pay $45 in order for my hair to be in his good graces. If he has been promoted to a junior since our last meeting in October, it looks like I will be forking out $60. Eventually, when he one day becomes a master, he will be charging $70. As a reference, I just want to point out that when I was younger I went to Mastercuts and paid $12. I’m not sure if my tastes are just more refined and I am more particular with what I want or if I am just more foolish than ever. Probably a combination of both.
However, as I said in a previous post, the cut was well worth the $45 I paid for it. He went through my hair and cut each of my curls individually with dry hair. Next he washed and dryed my hair to ensure that the cut would still look good. Finally, 2 hours later, I went home. I would gladly pay $45 again. But $60? $70? Now I’m not so sure.
And I know I’m kind of jumping around here, but last night I went to a Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) orientation and training. My interview for the program is scheduled on Tuesday, and I will honestly be crushed if I don’t get in. I’m really excited for this program, and I know firsthand that as a kid in a rough environment, having that extra adult influence in your life can make a tremendous difference. I believe in the mission of BBBS and know that I would have loved to have that additional influence when I was a kid. Maybe I wouldn’t have ended up so self conscious all of the time.
Anyway, assuming I am accepted into the program, it will most likely be months before I get a “little”. When I told my friend Paul of my volunteering plans, he looked at me funny and suggested that I didn’t have enough time to volunteer with BBBS and study for the FE exam, but I am done making excuses about why I can’t do it. Maybe I would be “too busy” if I was planning on doing it for a resume booster, but BBBS is something that really means something to me so I don’t consider it a hassle at all. I am more than willing to schedule around it. Until then, I have joined HandsOn Twin Cities to sign up for volunteering events. Attending at least 1 volunteer event should make a presence in each of my monthly resolutions. And although it’s true that I won’t be able to spend every hour of my time outside of work with Dan, I think he’ll be okay with it as long as I am doing what makes me happy.
As far as I’m concerned, my life is all about making myself happy. Lately that “happiness” includes travelling, expensive haircuts, and volunteering.