Here in Northern California, we are experiencing the "GREAT STORM OF 2012".
I put it in caps and quotes because, well, because it is such a big thing on the news. It even has it's own theme song. Every station has it own "storm weather" music. So when it plays, you know they are going to be talking about the weather. Which really hasn't changed much really. Wave after wave of storm fronts carrying so much moisture they have no choice but to dump it on us.
The worst of the dumping comes during the peak morning and evening commutes too - I don't think I've taken off my wellies or ducks all week. And my umbrella has yet to dry out completely. My world as I know it is a GIANT puddle.
Up until this past week, we've had a pretty dry winter. Our water levels or whatever the hell it is called were at 20-30% throughout the area.
This time last year just about every area that counts such things was at 100% or more. Most were over 100%. According to the snow scientists dudes the snow pack was impressive - also close to or surpassing the 100% mark.
What that means is that we have enough water to get us through a summer and a fire season.
Just last week everyone was predicting drought conditions and a very dry summer which would lead to what could only be (in my opinion only) the entire state burning to a crisp in the coming fire season.
We needed more rain and snow if we were going to survive the year.
Well folks, all that wishing and rain-dancing has paid off because your dreams have come true. It has been raining / snowing since Monday. Non-stop for five days. FIVE.
I'm not one to begrudge Mother Nature when she does something that we all need and have been hoping for. You GO Girl, let us have it! And all that, yada yada yada.
I have a new haircut.
It is short.
My hair is naturally curly. (those of you who know of such things can pretty much see where this is going)
I had just got to the point where my new hairdo and I could agree on what it should look like after I'd applied the right amount of frizz control/ shine serum and blow dryed it using a multi-bristled round brush. (None of which I have EVER done in my entire life.)
It has taken me many days of trial and error with the serum and many hours of practice with the brush/ dryer combo to get it just so. It's not anywhere near what it looked like right out of the salon, but hey, I'm working at it and it gets better every day.
And then the Great Rain Storm of 2012 started...which then triggered the Great Frizz-out of 2012.
Apparently the amount of serum I was applying is only enough to give my hair a shine. It does nothing for the frizz. How can it when it's up against the Great Rain Storm of 2012.
I am reminded of a school photo back from 3rd grade. It was a particularly humid day that September in Chicago. My hair was pulled back into a tight pony tail, a front tooth was missing (maybe two?) and my smiling face was surrounded by a slight halo of frizzy little wisps of hair.
Water levels: 50% (that is MY estimate, I haven't seen any numbers yet, but rain in inches is impressive)
Frizz Factor: 200% (and rising)