The Face of A Trichster – Namely… Me

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This is me… I’ve never claimed to be a great beauty but I can tell you nothing makes a woman feel uglier than missing hair. Well I guess I can’t say that for sure there are some other things that are just as bad if not worse because let’s face it hair DOES grow back thank God. 

But I’m not going to lie, this has been a great blow to my self esteem and pride. I’m getting closer and closer to the point where I want to shave my head and buy some wigs. Yes wigs plural. I want to have fun with it. I’ve found a place on Amazon that’s pretty inexpensive and I’m not going to hide the fact that I’m wearing a wig, so I’m looking at them as hair hats… ew weird mental picture of a sombrero made of hair. Anyway I currently have a hugely receded hair line and a very visable bald spot on the back of my head.

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Why on earth would you post these pictures!?! You may exclaim. 

Here is why. It’s a problem that I’m getting help for. It’s a problem that a lot of people actually have and hide. People are more comfortable saying “hey I’m a drug addict” than saying “hey I pull my hair out.”

That’s sad to me, so here I am laying it out there and telling you that if you pull your hair, you aren’t alone. If you know someone who does, Let them know that THEY aren’t alone.

Crazy Life = Mucho Much Pulling

Okay I’m about ready to shave my bloody head bald. The pulling has gotten BAD.

Of course the amount of stress in my life at the moment isn’t helping at all. Just to heap on some more, my husband’s job decided to cut his pay due to a change in shift, we’ll be moving hopefully within the next few weeks, we’re waiting to hear if we’ve been approved for the townhouse we applied for.

Thing is that I know that February is going to be the month from hell for me. March will be way better…. but my fear is that by the end of February…. will I even have hair left?

PSA For the Winter

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During the winter months many of us lack sunlight. Either because it’s too bleeding cold to go outside, we wake up and go to work then come home from work in the dark or… well because it’s just not sunny. 

So when we aren’t getting sunlight we are all at risk of becoming deficient in a very important vitamin… do you know what it is? (Can’t you just see Dora staring at you waiting for an answer?)

That’s right! It’s Vitamin D. Vitamin D is thought to affect a great many things. The deficiency of vitamin D is thought to cause cancer, severe asthma in children, cognitive impairment in the elderly and increased risk of congestive heart failure. The consumption of vitamin D is thought to reduce the risk of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, glucose intolerance and multiple sclerosis. 

So hey Vitamin D is pretty important! I found a fun website that looks at your lifestyle, body type, skin type and habits and tells you whether you’re likely to be vitamin D deficient or not! It was pretty cool and it told me that HEY! I’m probably deficient.

Vitamin D Quiz

Did you know that a deficiency of vitamin D has also been linked to depression? So kinda makes sense that a lot more people feel really down in the dumps during the winter. That gloomy weather might just mean a vitamin D deficiency. 

Photo of Sunshine Credit

Tasty Recipe That I Highly Recommend

Okay so I’m always on the look out for yummy comfort food. One of my favorites is rice pudding. Sadly I haven’t had rice pudding that I really enjoyed since my grandma passed away about 10 years ago. It was one of the only dishes that she could make well. She was a sweetheart, could find a deal in a haystack, had a great eye for decoration and was just awesome. However I think even our slightly contentious family could all agree, the woman just couldn’t cook.

So I was derping around on Pinterest because I was bored and well, it’s Pinterest it just sucks you in and refuses to release you until you slump over your keyboard, eyes bleeding, fingers cramped from clicking that little pin and drained of all energy. Luckily before I got to that point I stumbled upon this, a recipe from heaven I think. Because who else but GOD himself could come up with Vanilla Coconut Rice Pudding. All of you non vanilla coconut liking people can exit to the right, the rest of us are going to marvel and be awed with the wonderfulness of this recipe. Let me tell you what I like about it.

1. It’s EASY. Like really, really easy. You dump crap in a pot and cook it on medium low for like 45 minutes… what could be easier

2. It makes a smallish batch, it was enough for about 4 decent size servings. Most rice pudding recipes I have come across make gallons of the stuff.

3. It’s yummy warm and reheats wonderfully. Rice pudding should always be eaten warm in my world, rice pudding cold is blecky.

4. There is not a single smidge of cinnamon in it. I’m not a huge fan of the stuff.  A little bit mixed with sugar on toast … sure, a bit inside of cinnamon rolls is okay (however I far prefer sticky buns). But there just isn’t much that I like it in. Period.

5. It tastes a little bit like coconut, but it’s not overwhelming. It’s a melded wonderful medley of yumtastic yumminess.

6. It has 6 ingredients. How simple is that?

So here it is, this is a recipe that I got from ffffood blog. If you love it go let them know!

Vanilla Coconut Rice Pudding
1 1/2 cups of cold cooked rice
1 1/2 cups of coconut milk
2 cups of whole or 2% milk
1/3 cup of sugar
pinch of salt

Vanilla (bean or extract)

Now the original recipe uses a vanilla bean but I’m cheap and don’t buy stuff like that for myself. So I just poured in vanilla extract and according to my family I over use the stuff so I would recommend like 1 or 2 tsps of it and you can add more as you go along if you want to.

Put it all into a medium pan, turn your stove on medium low and just simmer it for 40 minutes, stir it every now and then. VIOLA yummy yummy rice pudding.

I think the next time I make it I’ll add more rice because it did end up a little thin for my tastes but you could probably also add a little rice starch or tapioca flour or something to thicken it.

Anyway cook some up and let me know what you think. I found it delicious.

Trichster Tricks

So I’m learning baldness hiding tips and tricks. Luckily at the moment I still have enough hair in the back that most of the bald spots are pretty well covered, they may peek out now and then but they’re pretty well covered.

The front however is a whole different situation. I’m bald in the front, so I’m learning what to do to cover it. Of course I would rather just have the hair there but, that’s not to be so I’m getting crafty and tricky with it.

I ordered a couple of “fringe” ie bangs, hairpieces from amazon. Now they aren’t the pricey real human hair ones because let’s face it, I can’t afford those and I don’t know if I’m going to like wearing the things. Got a couple of different styles, they were less than $6 each but had good reviews. Apparently ordering stuff like that straight from China or Hong Kong is how you get the good deal. I found it quite hilarious that I could get one for $6 (shipping was free) from China OR I could purchase one from some shop in the states for 3 or 4 times the amount for the exact. same. item. Yeah…. sorry but yeah I’m going with the good deal on this one.

My current project as it’s frickin’ freezing up here is knit headbands. I’ll be posting some pictures tomorrow. Currently I’m doing them on the loom. See I thought the circular loom was only good for one look, nope. There are some super smart, super crafty people out there who have figured out different stitch patterns, how to do cabling etc. So while I am a miserable failure at actual knitting I can knit things. Yeah technology or human ingenuity for the win on this one.

My next project is going to be fabric headbands that will cover the seam between my hair and my fringes. Luckily I am a craft addict and I’m not having to go and get the supplies for these things. Most of them reside in my craft/whatever room. I’m also fortunate that my mom likes to craft so she’s going to help me out with these things and is coming up with new ideas.

So any other tips from or for Trichsters? Anything fun that you’ve tried with your hair to kinda cheer yourself up? Oh and has anyone found anything that de-angrifies your scalp? Mine is reaaallly pissed off.

Featured Etsy Shop: Pikselmatic

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Have a blank wall in your house? Have several blank walls in your house? Pikselmatic is a great place to get interesting art to turn those blank walls into something fabulous. This Etsy shop offers so many choices. Pithy sayings, retro designs, famous art that’s been pixelated and even custom designs. Here are a few of my favorites. 

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This Mona Lisa is even more interesting than the original! It’s a unique way to add a famous piece of art to your home without breaking the bank as it costs only $5.

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Want a fun quote or saying on your wall? This All My Loving print is a great way to get that and again it only costs $5. 

As a matter of fact the only thing that costs over $5 in the whole shop is the Custom Typography Art Print  even that is only $20, the Penguin Books version costs $10. 

So if you’re looking for some fun for your walls check out Pikselmatic and make your walls happy.