I graduated high school a year early. Being from the suburbs of Seattle, the only path that my school really ever preached or prepared us for was a traditional four-year college. I decided to take a year off before going back to school and moved into Seattle and got a job at a coffee shop. During that time I lived, loved, learned and realized that college wasn’t for me then or ever… And promptly blew off the SATS I had been scheduled to take. At the time I loved baking and decided to go to pastry school. Unfortunately that was an expensive mistake because I HATED it! Much to my parents’ dismay, I enrolled in the Aveda Institute. Here I am, ten years into my career as a hair stylist and I have the best job ever. I get to laugh, be creative, teach and cultivate relationships with people everyday. My job is not about beauty, but making people feel good. My journey in this industry has lead me down many paths that I probably would have never experienced if I had decided on anything else. I’m a better person for growing up in the beauty industry. My hope is that more young people are taught that having a trade is a respected career path, and that traditional college educations are not for everyone.
When I was in 8th grade my dad lived in a big house with my new step mom. It had a finished basement and that’s where my room and the computer room were. Because it was a basement and I’m in Seattle, there were always tons of spiders down there. It was generally terrifying. One night it was super late and I was up chatting online. I jumped up to go to the bathroom, and out of the shadows a giant wolf spider intercepted me. I ran back down the hall and it started crawling after me. At the time, I had three younger bothers/step brothers who were obsessed with Legos. Naturally I was dodging and tip toeing my way around hundreds of tiny Legos in my mad dash to the computer chair. When I arrived, with my feet safely off the floor, I glanced back to check on my pursuer. It was paused about ten feet away, watching me. I looked around for something to protect myself. Finding nothing, I began grabbing out for Legos. One by one, I threw the Legos at the little fucker and it was just dodging them, almost egging me on. Finally I had one Lego left that I could reach from the chair. I cocked my elbow back and let it fly… And I fucking hit the stupid spider DEAD ON. From ten feet away. It kind of flew back about a foot and convulsed. Then it died. It was the best moment of life at the time.
One night I was making dinner and the recipe called for some parsley. I pulled out the fresh bunch I had got at the store an hour or so beforehand and threw it in the strainer. As I was about to turn the water on, I noticed something that looked like what I can only describe as Saran Wrap that has been kicked around an alleyway for a few weeks, poking out of the bunch of parsley. I looked closer and slowly started unraveling and picking apart the bunch. When I made it to the middle, I was rewarded with a giant, 3” long, shiny blue DRAGON FLY! The “Saran wrap” I thought I saw were its lifeless, crusty old wings! And would you believe that the nightmare doesn’t end there? CRAWLING OVER ITS ENTIRE BODY WERE TINY BLACK BEETLES… PROBABLY DEVOURING IT MINDLESSLY. Naturally, the next thing I did was drop the bunch/dragon fly tomb and start screaming. My husband came over to see if I was dying and all I could do was point in horror. He immediately tried shoving the mass into the garbage disposal. What became a frantic urge to survive broke the disposal mid slash. We then had to wait a week for the disgusting, contaminated garbage disposal to be replaced.
Response to The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written:
I looooove Robin Hobb! I don’t see Tad Williams though!
Response to What Are The Worst Lyrics Of 2015 So Far?:
Uggggh I hate that song!
Haha I love her response! I’m not quick enough to think of that! I’d just stare awkwardly!
My friend once ordered Mexican rice for her burrito at the whole foods burrito bar and was told by the employee how offensive it is to call it Mexican rice. So she ordered “African American” beans.
Response to What Book Should All “Harry Potter” Fans Read?:
The Assassin’s Apprentice! I’ve read both trilogy’s and there is another that was just released! I absolutely love those books! Robin Hobb is an awesome writer! And female!
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