Thursday, September 3, 2009

Another book and a house full of hair cuts...

I am beginning to have a somewhat furtive relationship with this book. I notice that every time I walk past, it stops me in its track and makes me sit down, flick through pages and sadly like our (actually I think he belonged to Lucy) old, deceased, overweight ginger tom, Ginger, dribble until my whiskers droop. The idea of hiding it in a cupboard somewhere has occurred to me but it is a library book and I don't want to lose it. I also don't want to return it, never ever, ever and am thinking about taking out library subscriptions on each family member's behalf so that I can keep it forever. It is just soo good.... soo good.
The other thing going on in this house at the moment is rather unfortunate. Half the members of the household are looking very awkward with new haircuts. Those two people happen to be Hugo and myself. Jonno and Archie are happy with their glorious heads of hair, swaggering around the house with a faint whiff of freshly shampooed superiority whilst Hugo and I, well, we are wearing lots of hats.
I have to say the hairdresser did a great job with my hair. It is very short and choppy, however, without any product (I hate the way it coats my hands whenever I self-consciously give it a ruffle) it goes into a kind of puff where I look like a monkey-headed girl. So farewell to the last haircut of scary dragon-gallery lady and hello to the 'one who lives with monkeys'... the colony has been so accepting of me fortunately.
Hugo's haircutting adventures have been quite a different story. It turned out he was not quite so enamoured by his blond curly locks and didn't think the whole sweeping fringe thing was as cute as I did. In fact, he felt it stopped him from being able to see. In fact, it did. BUT, he looked so cute.
The other night he trotted downstairs and told me that he cut his hair which he considered as a very good and practical thing to do because now he can see. It was very hard logic to argue with and he looked sososososooso funny, there was nothing in me left to firmly parent him with. Those long curly sides and the very short, hacked top was punishment enough. Jonno couldn't control his laughter and so had to leave the room.
The next morning I neatened up the sides but as I don't want his whole head to look as though a lawn mower went cyber-mad (you know what I mean, when they become slightly digital and slightly human and try to take over the world), we have to wait a couple of weeks before a general cohesion of lengths can be reached. I will post photos but first need Jonno to take a photo of me at my most monkey-like just to be fair to my smallest son.


  1. Oh what a gorgeous post! So very funny :) Congratulations and commiserations to all concerned... we've all been there and I totally relate to all the scenes and emotions you've described! :) K

    p.s. good luck with your library theft plans! but maybe you could ask for the book for Christmas?

  2. Oooh! I really want to see pictures! I need to go shorter and am working up the nerve.

  3. I too have been there iwth the haircut! My daughter got sick og growing out her fringe and hacked it off to within 5mls of her forehead.
    The book looks really nice but I couldn't see who it was by, would you please give more details in your next post so I can try and reserve it from my library.

    Many thanks


  4. I am sooooo waiting to see those photos!!! Didn't you like the pulp fiction look? lol

  5. Hahaha, I laughed so hard - poor Hugo - but I understand too that he looked so cute even though he wasn't able to see anything! LOL
    Can't wait to see pictures! :)
    The book looks fantastic - I can see why you want to keep it!

  6. Monkey hair photos, look forward to those very much indeed.
    What's the name of that book, and the author, so I can get it out of our library too? Looks intriguing, what you've shown us so far. Very intriguing.
    I think your plan for that book is very exciting, the adventure of the library book that never made it home, you live on the edge Kate............
    Love Vanessa xxx (do you mind if i knit)

  7. Ooh! I'm going to have to pop in to the library and see if they have that book..
    I cut my fringe when I was very little, but fortunately never made it further than that. At the moment, I'm contemplating a perm, as my hair is naturally dead straight. Boringly so. Am rather scared by possibility of sheep-hair. Pictures are definitely required, of the both of you.

  8. I thought it was my bed in the photo already for me! Sadly it was just a picture in THE BOOK! However I know Mine will look just as good!! I can't wait either to be there with all my NZ family! I am so glad so many of your blogging friends understand the pangs of living away from family AND THE FUN OF THOSE EARLY CUPS OF TEA AND 'MILKIES IN BED WITH THE 3 GENERATIONS!! Love Mum

  9. Ha ha - I've seen that book somewhere, just confirmed it - it's for sale at Kikki K and something I have loved ogling on the very odd occasion I make it to Melbourne... I can't believe your library has it - well I can and I do suspect your library is a big part of the reason mum's coming to visit!



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