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Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!

Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!

Well, FitBit badges do make the occasional tedium of exercise more fun. If you live in or around Castle Rock, and you hike the Rock, you, too, might end up with a “75 flights of stairs” badge. (And yes, they misspelled Yippee. And no, they’ve not offered me anything for these last few posts. I just really like the gadget :->).


Ordinary time passes entirely too quickly. Savor. Appreciate. Love. And revel.

In my beloved Episcopal church, we have the concept of “ordinary time.” The banal meaning of “ordinary time” is, well, what it isn’t. It isn’t a season, like Christmas. Or Advent. Or Lent.  Yet, the color of poor old “defined by what it is not” ordinary time is green – the color of hope, of growth, of zestful life – the life we are leading when we are not being intentional about what, precisely, we are doing. So, perhaps, 99% of our life?

What I’ve learned about ordinary time:

  1. Ordinary time is too short to spend it trying to judge who is in and who is out. The only call we have is to love our neighbor as ourselves – no exceptions noted. Segmenting by arbitrary divisions – sexual orientation, religion, political party, or any other silly structure we impose between “us” and “them” – dishonors our limited time.  Just love.  Judgment is the province of someone else – be glad.
  2. Running through sprinklers is just as much fun when you’re over 40, as are water parks and roller coasters. Swinging Statue is a bit of a stretch, though, and prank calls are no longer advisable in the era of caller i.d.
  3. Your ability to wholeheartedly commit yourself to someone else, once an adult, is sacred and ordinary. Your partner’s ability or lack thereof is not under your control.
  4. In the early days of marriage,  the romance of newly wedded bliss, the excitement of being together each and every night, will  be tempered somewhat once you discover that neither of you will ever snore *less* than you currently do. Adjust.
  5. Ordinary  new parenthood, that trusting nuzzling snuggle of a sweet-smelling, sleeping new baby, will bring the realization that even though you thought you’d loved before, you have never experienced such powerfully tender love, nor such knee-trembling fear, as that introduced by parenthood.
  6. The fiercely joyful hug of a homesick boy of any age when you pick him up from ordinary summer camp will make up for every dirty sock and unidentifiable piece of mummified food you’ve ever found, in each and every bizarre location.
  7. The only two ordinary, harmonious adult states to be in are either happily committed to someone or happily single.  If you are in a relationship, yet not happily committed, there may be a tough and worthwhile path to get there. If that path is not eventually apparent, or the two of you are not on the same journey, then your path may be that of happily single, at least for now and perhaps for always. The certain blessing: you will be okay, and there will always be love in your life.
  8. The reason our parents were not more forthcoming about ordinary middle-aged marriage is that, done well, it is more passionate, more honest and infinitely more fun than one’s children want to know.  Two grown-ups, accepting of each other’s imperfections, tending their mutual spark with daily care and mischief, can develop a spectacular relationship and maintain and grow a passionate commitment unthinkable in younger years when you are needlessly concerned with what other people think, ego, and whatever other flotsam and jetsam that interferes with what really matters.
  9. Ordinary, daily caretaking, of parents, children, spouses and partners, the mundane and sometimes infuriating responsibility for details, is an unimaginable blessing you might not value until the privilege is —  abruptly or gradually — removed.
  10. Ordinary time passes entirely too quickly. Savor. Appreciate. Love. And revel.

Colorado for Alabama Disaster Relief

A group of Alabama advocates here in Colorado have set up a site for helping the victims of the April 27 storms. On May 14, they’re hosting a crawfish boil at Moe’s Barbecue on Broadway in Denver. On the 15th, there will be live music, barbecue, and a silent auction. What an awesome idea by an inspiring and generous group of people.

If you cannot make the benefits, check out the site to see where donations centers are and who to contact if you want to get involved yourself.  Boulder, Colorado Springs, Summit County are just a few of the places where relief efforts are underway.

Love the hair stylists at Salon on 4th in Castle Rock

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The Salon on 4th in Castle Rock - my favorite hair salon

Finding a hair stylist and a salon atmosphere I like can be difficult. Do I want trendy and pricey, or economical and efficient? Wait for an appointment or walk in? I’ve been to them all, from SuperCuts and Fantastic Sam’s to Jazzed the Salon in Mobile, Alabama to Yuki’s Diffusion in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle. (Yuki is Apolo Ohno’s dad, and he does fabulous work, by the way, and it a wonderful guy as well.)  I get my hair cut and styled at Jazzed whenever I am in Mobile (where I grew up) for an extended period of time, and I highly recommend it. But my favorite salon is the Salon on 4th in Castle Rock.

At the Salon on 4th, I always get a great haircut.  Always.  The color products they use – base and highlights – leave my hair healthy and shiny. The color works with my complexion, and always looks natural.

They offer specials all the time, so I can save on their services or try new things. I’ve tried their Feather Lock extensions for Mardi Gras, and they were fun, different and stayed secure in my hair for a month of styling. As part of every cut, they give you a deep conditioning treatment, and my hair looks and feels so good afterward.

The best thing about the salon, though, is that the stylists have great personalities.  Donna bought the place about a year ago, and she and the staff have since created a warm, supportive, and laughter-filled environment. It’s a fun and relaxing place to be. You can tell when you visit that they genuinely want to help each client look their best and feel good.

I once brought some outfits to the salon I was trying to choose between for a night out. The other clients and the stylists helped me figure out which outfit to wear – and then Donna, the owner, styled my hair to suit the outfit. I am not a girly girl, and I never enjoyed the gossipy atmosphere at some salons. The Salon on 4th is different. It’s about camaraderie, not gossip. The music is current yet makes you feel good, not like you’re in a club. They offer waxing as well, and I’ve had my eyebrows done (and dyed). They offer manicures and — soon, as of this writing in April, 2011 — pedicures as well.

So, if you’re in the Castle Rock area, and you’re looking for a great place to get your hair cut, highlighted, texturized or manage any other part of your beauty regimen, check out the Salon on 4th.