blue butterflies are pretty

Update: I am now up to 3 weeks on the no-poo experiment. My hair is doing pretty amazing. It's almost back to being completely normal, but still, DON'T TOUCH IT!

Week 2 was pretty gross. It was fine up until the middle of the 2nd week when I left Oshkosh to spend a week at the Clearing. The Clearing, the most gorgeous door county folk school, provides camps for a bunch of subjects like music, poetry, quilting, etc. It's one of the most peaceful, beautiful places I've been to, and I look forward to going back every time. However, the water is extremely soft, so my hair started to get pretty gross right when I got there. In the last several days the grossness has started to dissipate, and my hair is returning to normal. Woohoo for no-poo!

This is the 3rd year I've been to the Clearing for the chamber music program, run by my teacher Klara. This year was definitely my favorite. I got to play viola for the whole week, which was incredible. So much that it makes me wonder whether I should switch over to viola instead of violin, but that's a whole other story...

I miss nature and sitting by water. I realize that Oshkosh has some nature and some water, but it's just not the same. I like trees and hills and water that doesn't have some sort of smelly fish disease! As I was leaving Ellison Bay I was really sad to go, and also to say goodbye to some of the nicest, cutest people in the entire world. Some of the people who go to the Clearing have been participating in the chamber music week for the past 20 years.

It's some sort of tradition to make a rock tower/sculpture down at the beach. This was my addition.

Lastly, I bought a new butterfly ring. :) Love at first sight...

Good day to all!


day 8

My good friend Amanda just left me to live in St. Paul, MN. I am quite unhappy with this whole leaving Oshkosh, WI, and me as well. (I know that I am also moving at the end of August, but I wanted Amanda to stay with me until the end of summer. I know...selfish, but I DON'T CARE!)

Anyway, I've decided to start a blog so that I can tell her about my life since I obviously won't be able to talk to her as much now. (Not that this is just for Amanda though. Feel free to keep reading, whoever you are.)

Awhile ago, my lovely roommate told me about an article she, and her friend, had read about not washing your hair EVER. It basically says that your hair has adapted itself to being washed on a regular basis. It gets greasy when not washed because the natural oils are out of whack from chemicals in shampoo and conditioner. When not washed with soap, only water, your hair goes through an extremely gross couple of weeks and then "normalizes" itself. I tried to do this awhile ago. I lasted 3 days.

My roommate recently told me that her friend stopped washing her hair and it now has more volume. After doing some research, I decided to really try to do it this time. Some of the articles said they did a 6 week no-washing study. So, that is my goal. 6 weeks. I am now on day 8. My hair looks fine, but feels pretty gross. So, if you see me in the next few weeks, please don't touch my hair.