Monday, August 12, 2013

Welcome Emerson Ray Lynch!

Emerson Ray Lynch 8-12-13 21.5" 8lbs. 7oz.
 Welcome home Emerson, we have been waiting for you.  Ever since I saw your Mommy and Daddy fall in love, I thought about how beautiful and amazing their children would be.  Boy did I underestimate them.  Just look at you. You are simply perfect.  Not a flaw.
Jayson and Guoda's Wedding Day 6-30-12
You are such a big boy, just as we knew you would be, and wouldn't you know that when we came to meet you, your Mommy looked just as beautiful as she always does.  And happy, calm and content.  Daddy held you proudly in his arms and Grandpa Billy and I couldn't wait to hold you as well.  Great Grandma Harrington and Great Grandma Coo-Coo came to see you, but Grandpa Lynch was sad.  He has to work today in San Francisco and was so happy you finally made it but it broke his heart that he couldn't be here.  He is going to take a week off for Labor Day weekend so he can get to know you and bond with you.  Pappa loves you very much and would be here too if he could, but we know some day you will understand why.  Grandma Vilijia was there when you came into the world, and Mommy said she did very good being supportive and quiet.. we are all very proud of her for doing such a good job letting Mommy and Daddy concentrate on getting you here for us to meet.
The Great Grandmas
 You will also be happy to know that Great Aunt Angie and Great Aunt Tyra and Auntie's Stevi and Bri also came to see you, and Auntie Bri just got back from South Africa YESTERDAY!  Someday I'm sure she will tell you all about how the Alcaida  blew up the airport and she almost didn't make it back...scary!
Pappa and Glamma Lynch (and Great Aunt Dottie in the back)
 You were born into a very large and crazy family, but luckily a family that is FULL of love.  You will be so loved and cared for by each and every one of us that you will never want for anything and you will always have a huge selection of people to go to whether you need something or just need to talk.
Grandpa Billy and Grandpa Jay getting down!
 We are so happy and proud of the good job Mommy and Daddy did while you were being nurtured into the beautiful boy you are.  Daddy attended to Mommy's every need and Mommy took very good care of herself and exercised, ate right and was careful about everything she took, whether it was vitamins or food, she made sure first of all that it was good for you.
Glamma Vilijia and Guoda
Hart is here waiting for you, and right now he is a little bit confused because Mommy and Daddy haven't been home, but we sure hope you like dog slobber, and if you do, boy are you in for a treat, because I am sure you will be covered in it from head to toe and have a best friend right away.
Glamma Lynch and Auntie Stevi
It's been a long couple of days for Mommy and Daddy. They are at the hospital with you now, so get some rest little buddy, because when you get home you will have more love and attention than you know what to do with.  These years will go by too fast and when they do, I hope you know, we can't wait until the next day and the next day, because you will be special, just like your Mommy and Daddy are....and you will be nurtured to reach your full potential and learn to love like crazy, because that's how we do it in this family.  We welcome every moment and everyday.  We love you.

                                                 Love Glamma Lynch

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Hairdressers and not machines....nor are we on salary.......

 First of all... this is not directed to any one person, as there have been repeat offenders over the last 24 years of my career.  So speaking for all hairdressers, I am going to clear the air for some misconceptions and some things that we deal with on a daily basis that may be overlooked from a clients point of view.  Again, this is not to hurt feelings or point fingers, just a friendly reminder, so if you read this and you are a hairdresser , or love one, please feel free to re post this blog or link it.
We are not on salary, nor do we get a paycheck, unless you show up for your appointment we don't get paid.  If you forget your money, or a check at the grocery store, you can't leave with your cart full of groceries and pay when you remember or it is convenient for you, or when your account has enough money.  Please remember... we pay to work where we work, whether you show up and pay us or not.  We purchase supplies to do your hair, and pay use tax on the equipment we need to do our jobs.  We get paid daily, therefore, many of us pay our bills daily, depend on that money for gas and groceries, because believe it or not, this is how we pay our bills as well and keep food in our families mouths and a roof over our heads.  We are also in a 35% tax bracket and pay multiple business, state and board licenses to continue to work, as well as travel and payments for ongoing education.  Did you know that one pair of shears can cost anywhere from $350-$600... Many of us have more than one pair... just like with a carpenter, each tool does a variety of things. Chances our, we have confirmed your appointment, have done the math and figured that we can put that rent check through... yes, you shouldn't count your eggs before they hatch, but you also shouldn't go receive any sort of business service or transaction and feel that it is not a priority to pay.  Recently I had a client forget to pay, which put me in an uncomfortable position to where I had to ask her a couple of times when she could pay me... In the meantime, my account went over by a mere $8.68, which made my rent and power bill bounce.  After said and done, 5 boxes of color and bank fees, not to mention my time.... it actually cost me around $50 to do her hair....
Ongoing Education is not free and is an important part of staying ahead of the game.
 Most of us are booked, you cannot text or call us at the last minute and say "I can't make it today, just move me to the same time tomorrow."  We may not have that open, we, believe it or not, have more than one client...And we never put someones priority above anyone else, please remember, we are running a business... we don't have office workers we can delegate to so we can do 3 or more people at once.  We can only work on one person at a time, we only have 2 hands most of the times, they are covered in color.  A lot of hairdressers double up, I used to do that and in "emergency" situations sometimes it has to be done, so if you need an appointment you need to realize, we need to see where our opening are... and I work from 4 am to 11 pm.... but only in 8 hour blocks so if I am working until 10 or 11 pm... no, I can't squeeze you in at  5 am on that same day because it is not my emergency that you didn't book ahead and you are leaving on vacation tomorrow, and forgot to call me....please realize we are people pleasers and this stresses us out and makes us feel guilty so many of us will bend over backwards to get you in.....but you need to be considerate and flexible as well.
A gift from Irene Goreham, Helene' Curtis' first female platform artist...back in the day!
Last but not least, illness.  If you are ill and call in sick to work... why on earth do you think it is OK to come get your hair done?  Oh you didn't want to miss your appointment.  OK we get it.  But we would rather reschedule you than ending up sick for 3 days and have to inconvenience and reschedule 30 clients, not to mention the ones we got sick before hand and spread your lovely illness around. We don't get paid sick days... and we never get rest when we get back, just like normal human beings, we are exhausted after a serious flu, but then we come back to double days, or 16 hours days to get everyone in that we had to reschedule.  So please, if you are too sick for work or anything else please reschedule.  I would think this were common sense, but sometimes I feel that people view us as Robots, not human beings and also that we do this for fun.  Yes we do, but believe it or not, this is how we make a living, and we don't make the money it seems we do because we have expenses and overhead that has to be paid for us to continue our craft.  So next time you get your hair done,  please remember these things.  We love many of you as friends and clients, we bend over backwards and make you a priority every day.... please respect out business the same way.  Thank you.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Stop and breathe............

Liquid Gold 5K
 I try to focus my days around exercise because it is so important. So why is it when life gets hectic that seems to be the first to eliminate?  Instead of saying "No" to anybody else, I say no to myself first.  Today, like all of my days is very busy.  I was planning on going to a Get Fit class at KOR but like usual, my cell phone started.  I had 14 messages to return that started at 6 am, some family, some friends, some clients.  You may say.... "Let it go, get to it later..."  In my world that is just not possible.
An average "7 mile" stroll with my Mom
 So here I am, with a few minutes to write, which I promised myself I would allow a few minutes a day for since it is therapeutic, and relaxing to me.  Plus it helps clear my mind a bit.  I have a yoga mat and some weights at work, but this week, I don't think I will have a few spare minutes in my schedule to get anything in, which mean I need to run tonight at 10pm.... which Jay won't allow me to do, but maybe if I take the Boxer with me and my gun it will be OK?
2012 Color me Rad
Somehow this week I also wanted to fit in an Al-anon meeting, get my workouts in, work full time, be a mom, aunt and friend, as well as entertain family during Hot August Nights...Oh and attend a Sunday morning Sweat with my sister. Like the little engine that could..."I think I can, I think I can."  I will take the next few minutes I have left before I need to get ready for work to start my "Squat Challenge"  from the Squat Crew...It seems like as soon as I decided to sign up for next years Tough Mudder ,my brain started doing karate, blocking my workout schedule and drive.

Doing the Liquid Gold 5K on Saturday I met a girl that sells the ItWorks products and I decided to have a Wrap party as well as become a distributor since it fits into my lifestyle, my family's lifestyle, a lot of my clients and I know I can sell all of these products at Menage' a Trois, as well as offer a 45 minute wrap treatment with a service. The wrap Party I am trying to have will either be August 31st or September 7th, just waiting to hear back from the rep.  If you are interested in coming to the fitness and weightloss party, leave me a comment on this blog, message me via FB or text me.  Have an amazing day......I have 12 minutes to start planking and squatting .

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Seattle vacation and swift getaway...

Charlie's Angels
After years, 8 to be exact of no vacation, last year I took a week off for much needed rest and ended up spending the whole week searching, buying and reserving an RV and a space for Jay so he could move to San Francisco to work, I took a week off to go visit Lilly and Stella down in Seattle and made it a road trip with Stevi.  The 13 hour drive isn't so bad when you have help driving and someone to keep you awake.  Stevi says she did most of the driving, I would say we split it pretty evenly.
Stella, bathing Beauty
 Stella, Stella, Stella.  Oh my Gosh, I am in love with that sweet little angel.  She is such a joy and so well behaved it is unbelievable.  As much as we drug her around, she was my backseat conversationalist and constant companion.  Eventually as the week went on, she would cry out when I walked by her room in the morning and come over so I could kiss her on top of her head.   Such a cheese ball, loves funny cat videos! If ever you want to hear that little Angel belly laugh just show her one on YouTube and it is on!
EMP  Guitar Sculpture
 One of my favorite days was the day we went to Seattle.  We spend a day just exploring, Pike Street market which back 23-25 years ago if you remember the old Levi's commercial, is the place they would throw the fish back and forth over the crowds.  Still as crowded as ever, a true farmers market, not like the drunk fest we have here in Sparks on Thursdays evenings.  Oh and then there is the famous Bubblegum wall.  The alley where a lot of underground concerts happen and since Seattle is so music driven I'm sure many greats, Pearl Jam, Hole, Nirvana etc. had many a fan waiting to hear them before they hit it big and stuck their bubblegum up on that wall.  Stevi thought it was gross, I guess it is, but that is part of the beauty of Seattle, call it art or weird, but it is what it is.
Bubblegum wall at Pike Streets Market
 We had an incredible dinner at the Space Needle, luckily we were able to get a reservation, which Stevi called and got for us.  Along this trip, I also acquired a beautiful 1898 Singer Sewing Machine from Lilly and a few things that she did not want to pack up for her move to Germany.  We stopped in Beaverton, Or. for a nice lunch and walk-about, to get an Oregon Ducks shirt for Stevi's boyfriend and then it was back on the road for the long trip home.
Road Trip, time to stop and take a break.
 I won't see Lilly or Stella other than Skype for around another 2 years, but I will tell you this, I will be getting our passports and we will make our vacation in 2015, when Stevi is 18 and Graduated from high school, in Germany... plenty of time to plan, prepare and save.
Me and my Lilly, love this girl like my own!
I love you Lilly and Stella, thank you so much for constantly embracing us as your family.  I wouldn't want it any other way, we miss you already.  Have a safe move and flight to Germany, and get back on that Blog so we can follow your family adventure!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Yeah Yeah, I know........

I know, it's been since November.  A lot has happened.   A lot of bad, A lot of good.  A lot.  this time I chose to suffer in silence.  And as usual, I pulled through.  What I did learn though is that I need to keep my faith in something greater, work on me for me and enjoy life.....each day as it comes.
 My Mom and I started to donate Blood and started with a Blood drive for all of the radio stations.  As usual, there are raffles etc. and I won!  I won a Spa package for 2 at the Atlantis for a mud ritual and a day at the Spa.  Since Jay is no longer in Reno, I invited my Mom.  She didn't sound too excited and I really wasn't either, life is so busy, who has time for these things?  But it was free and I guilt tripped her into going by telling her that I would just go by myself.  AH-MAZING!  It was like being on vacation.  Neither of us wanted to leave and I can tell you,  it was the most relaxing day I have ever had, I think literally!
We went in our gym clothes anticipating a workout in their fitness center.  My advice to you, workout first or you NEVER WILL!  We spent around 4 1/2 hours doing nothing but relaxing...Next time....Oh and there will be a next time......I am going earlier so I can waste my day turning into Jello and leaving in a Coma.  What a day.......much needed, highly recommend it, even if you just go for the day without the treatments, it's completely worth it.  And Mon-Thurs, they give locals a 15% discount.  I think it should be a monthly ritual for all women.  We work hard, we play hard, we deserve to relax hard too!