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Well, all the boom boom booming of my heart has left me with some chest pains and a fever blister. I definitely have not felt this sort of stress before, not even before the wedding (and thank goodness for that... because a fever blister on my wedding day would have been absolutely appalling).

At the end of this day, and the end of this very difficult week, I can at least announce that I have a new job at VAIN!!! A salon with busy, happy, creative, wonderful stylists AND a BLOG!!! It's so obviously a great place for me, and I am incredibly delighted to become a part of their team.

Truly, I wish Stylus and all the great people who operate the salon and spa on 2nd avenue much success. It's a great place, and they will still be seeing a lot of me for their art openings and spa services. It was hard to leave some of the company I've kept there for the past year, but I feel that this move is really the best for my business.

Thank you all for your support! I can't wait to see you all at my new Vain station!!! Hurrah!
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The first week of work was a booming success. I wasn't busy with clients, exactly, but I busied myself nicely getting to know everyone, giving out services to co-workers, and getting a few spa services myself.

The spa there, by the way, is amazing. I got one of the best pedicures of my life. I also had my makeup done just about every day. I'm going to allow myself to feel spoiled at the salon for now because very soon, I won't have room to be spoiled at all.

If anyone wants to stop by for a visit, the space is located on 2nd Ave, across from the Rendezvous, and is called Stylus.

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It will be sad to only have one day a week off to spend with Buster. Our Sunday flew by so quickly. The hot air balloon ride we were supposed to go on was cancelled due to bad weather. We instead slept in before heading to a delicious brunch at B&O Espresso. Then we spent some time at a frame shop, where we had a few things framed. We came home and framed some more things... and then spent a few hours discussing how art in the house should be hung, and where. We've got one wall finished, and will do another more complicated wall tonight!

After hanging some art, we went to Zoe for our anniversary dinner! It was delicious, as expected. The general manager, Tom, is a gas. Celebrating anniversaries in general is a blast. All day long we kept saying, "One year ago today we were doing exactly *this*!" I guess we can still do that, since our first date was 4 or 5 days long. So... I guess that one year ago today I was getting off work at Space to join Buster, Kharis, Rick, and LB for a whacky pre-dinner drinks affair. This led to an eventual drunken dinner which led to a drunken half hour in the bathroom while Kharis and I put makeup on each other and laughed at how funny life can be. That led to a drunken party at Camron and Amanda's house. Then we did some drunken dancing in the LES, where I broke my shoe. At some point there was a drunken ride in a grocery cart. Late late into the night, I drunkenly fell off of the bed (which I still don't remember). Oh man today was a drunk day exactly one year ago! Odd that I remember most of it so well!!

After our dinner, we headed off to celebrate Lele and Ian's wedding at McLeod. It was a karaokified blast! Folks were in high spirits! Even folks who don't sing karaoke were belting out tunes. Congratulations, Lele and Ian! Thanks for hosting a great celebration.

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Today I start day one of my wheat fast. I have yet to see the rash on my face subside completely in the absence of soy, and want to see what happens when I do away with wheat. Wish my carb loving, bread in oil dipping, whiskey loving self much luck, as I am sure I'll need it.
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This week, many things in Seattle have come into focus.

I met with my future employer, manager, and friends at Karma for a job interview on Tuesday evening. They are opening a new salon here in Belltown on Second Avenue at an exact location I spotted last summer. I stood by those exact windows, staring at the vast open space inside, wishing that I had the money to open my own salon. When Tiffany and Sean Lowery- local hairstylists here- told me that a friend of theirs was opening a salon in that space, I got excited. Sean called one of the proprietors and suggested me for a chair at the salon. Ingo is also good friends with Robert, who currently works at Red. Robert's business partner is the gentleman behind the Noc Noc, a successful local club that verges on the goth side.

The 4,000 square foot space will be called Stylus, and is a concept salon and full spa with the feel of a club. There will be chandlers, lots of natural lighting, a dj booth, an art gallery, 10 stylist chairs, and a full-service spa downstairs. There will also be a full bar for those of you who desire cocktail comfort during your salon services! I am very very excited to work in this community with such amazing people. I had several job offers prior to this one, and they all felt like they'd be ok, but I didn't have a strong gut feeling about any of them. This time, my gut tells me that this is the right place and right time. I am so happy when I think of all the new things I'll be learning in a new environment. There is so much about my business that I still need to experience firsthand, and being a part of a team that is opening something completely new has not been a part of my hair vocabulary until this point.

Also, am doing a wedding at the Hilton this weekend. There will be 10 attendants (!!!), and I'm stoked to tell them all about the new salon.


I am having an amazing experience practicing at Samadhi Yoga Studio in Capital Hill. Their flow is deep and challenging. I'm getting stronger every day through their practice and now meeting people and seeing lots of friendly and familiar faces in the studio. The teacher I have been concentrating on practice with is Eriek, his adjustments and instructions are totally on point. I am deepening my practice here in ways I have strived towards for years, and can even visualize accomplishing the eventual jump-back hurdle that has prevented me so far from getting to any truly advanced level. My back is no longer giving me pain, and I feel that the instruction is giving me a much stronger sense of inner-peace that is so necessary during this transition.

I find absolute delight in shopping every day at the Pike Place Market. My vendors all know me quite well now, my skin is shining from so many fresh fruits, vegetables, and anti-oxident herbal teas. I've lost 9 pounds since arriving here 2 weeks ago. That's a little crazy and fast, but I haven't been drinking and think that much of it is water weight. I certainly am not starving myself, and am in fact obsessed today with satsuma and granola sweetened with dates.

Yesterday I went shopping at Nordstorms and Macys and noted that they carry a lot of awesome designers at the locations here. I was impressed, honestly. I didn't think that Seattle's store buyers had it in them. It was really nice to be in a large and well stocked department store without having to battle any of the 5th avenue or Soho crowds. I didn't buy anything, but am looking forward to working again so that I can afford to!

Last night we had a health month approved dinner at Andy and Ingo's, complete with sparkling apple and pomegranate cider in champagne glasses. Then, Ingo kicked all our collective asses in a Foodie game. Good times.

That's pretty much the gist of being here. I've had a few minor set-backs, and one rude little blow last night, but nothing that has ever made me regret moving for even a split second. In fact, every time Buster or I have a set-back, it seems ultimately an inspiration to continue through our bold transition, and even make it more bold. We are certainly stronger when we're together, and happier. Life is crazy beautiful and rewarding even when things get a little ugly. It's a good thing that I've resolved to stay gold.

Also, this will probably concern none of you, but I've decided to take the greater part of this journal public. I've kept it friends-only for years, but have shifted my tone a lot in the last several months and find that I don't necessarily write anything that the world can't know. I'm long over venting my life's little dramas on the internet, over having any secretive friends only or filtered tell-all drama in my life at all. I am who I am and I am who you see. Face value. That's that.

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