Curly hair salon + when leftovers get better + it’s my birthday!

Hi friends!

Happy Friday! And guess what today is… my birthday! Crazy to think another year has passed. I can confirm that what they say is 100% true: time flies faster the older you get!

Having a birthday in January USED to mean warm sunshine and backyard parties when I was growing up in Kenya (January is the hot season there!). These days a January birthday means doing something cozy indoors because it’s usually way too cold to be outside! I’m just glad temps will be a bit warmer this year!

Now that the insane bomb cyclone seems to have petered out, we are having an unseasonably warm week. It is supposed to be a high of 55 today! That’s HOT for January here! Rain is in the forecast for the day but I’d take that over the frigid temps we had the past several weeks.

Let’s rewind to the past day or so…

As you already know, the cantaloupe craze is still in full swing. I keep wondering if I will get sick of it but that hasn’t happened (at least not yet hah!). Remember how I mentioned that we have a bowl for food waste that we keep in one side of the sink? Every day or so Joel takes whatever is in the bowl out to the compost. Of course lately this has consisted of a lot of cantaloupe rinds. :) Did you know the rinds curl up like this when they have been sitting around for a while?


Lunch Wednesday consisted of leftover lasagna. It actually tasted better as leftovers compared to when it first came out of the oven. Weird how some foods are better as leftovers, right? If I had the patience, I would have heated this up in the toaster oven. But since I was super hungry and couldn’t wait, I went with the microwave.


Dinner involved this nuked sweet potato –> the microwave is such a convenient invention! Back when we used to live in the south, I only did my sweet potatoes in the oven. It was a much longer process, which meant we didn’t eat sweet potatoes all too often. I sure am glad I discovered how simple it is to nuke them!


Voila! My very beige/orange meal: sweet potato and salmon (carrot sticks added after photo). Between my daily sweet potato, morning infusions of cantaloupe, and frequent carrots & dip snacks, I might soon be the color of an oompa loompa!


Our wifi router has been having issues — it started a couple weeks ago and it randomly goes out for a couple hours at a time for no apparent reason. Not very good if you work from home like Joel. We’ve been talking about bringing it in to Comcast to get a new one and he finally decided it was time to make the trip. The new router took longer than expected to set up and required a semi-lengthy phone call with customer support, but we FINALLY got it up and running! Wifi is officially restored! Wheeee!


My lunch yesterday was a collection of leftovers — cauliflower, kielbasa sausage, and sweet potato fries. Our fridge was emptied out after all these leftovers were in our bellies. Side note about fridges: I saw a news segment saying we should all be cleaning out our fridges every week. Like wiping down all the shelves etc. Every WEEK. That seems super frequent to me but what do you guys think? Other than random spot-cleaning, the last time I did a full top-to-bottom cleanout of our fridge was after our lobster bake (end of August). We had some lobster-juice spillage in the fridge which smelled absolutely rank after a couple days… we tried spot-cleaning but the only thing that finally worked to get rid of the smell of death was a COMPLETE and vigorous scrubbing! With just Joel and me here, we don’t tend to have an overstuffed fridge so it’s easy to keep pretty clean.


Remnants of dessert: vanilla chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting :)


I finally got my hair cut! It is around 5 inches shorter than before, with layers. The length feels much bouncier and fresher than before. I have been meaning to do this for about 16 months! Life got crazy with work and the move to our house, and after that I just procrastinated another 6 months for zero good reason. I’d like to say time got away from me but really it was just not at the top of my priority list.

In any case, for all things hair-related, I go to this amazing place in New Haven called Jo Bruno. They specialize in curly hair are super knowledgeable about what products to use and not use for your hair type. Although they are trained to handle curly hair, they can expertly manage ANY type of hair (my colleague with pin straight hair goes there too). They cut my hair dry, not wet, which I appreciate — curly hair always looks totally different when it’s dry compared to wet. A cut that looks great wet can end up looking odd when it dries. If you are in the area and have curly hair (or any hair at all), you should consider checking out Jo Bruno! :)


I got out of my hair appointment at 3pm and realized I hadn’t had lunch yet. I didn’t even feel hungry until I looked at the time, and once I saw the time I was immediately FAMISHED! I swung into this random pizza spot for a slice. They didn’t have any white pizzas by the slice so I grabbed a pepperoni. It wasn’t my favorite pizza (I’m not the biggest fan of tomato sauce) but it got the job done and killed those hunger pangs!


Just a random pile of snow. A lot of the snow around here has gotten rather dirty and slushy — not exactly a winter wonderland lol :) But we still have another 7 weeks of winter (give or take) so chances are we’ll get a clean blanket of snow to freshen things up at some point soon.


What foods taste better as leftovers? How often do you clean out your fridge? Curly hair gals: what’s your fave product to keep your curls soft, defined, and frizz-free?


27 thoughts on “Curly hair salon + when leftovers get better + it’s my birthday!

    1. Yay we are birthday twins! Happy happy birthday to you too! I hope you have an AMAZING time celebrating your special day! šŸ˜

  1. Happy Birthday! Hope yo have an amazing day.
    Once a week?! My fridge is usually the last thing on my mind to clean. Hahaha
    I have tried many products for curly hair over the years and have yet to find one that I feel really works for me.

    1. Thank you!! I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks once a week is super frequent! I’m with you on the curly hair product thing… seems like the search is always on for good products! I hope you have a lovely weekend!! šŸ˜

  2. Happy birthday!! Eat some yummy cake (or cookies or pie, ya know whatever floats your boat :) I’m glad I’m not the only one who procrastinates a hair cut! I haven’t gotten it cut since April so it’s been almost 9 months. I just tell myself you can’t tell with curly hair since split ends don’t seem as obvious.
    Cleaning the fridge ever week seems a little much. I don’t think I’ve done a deep clean at all since moving into the apartment in May so maybe it’s time to do that.

    1. Thanks Maureen! I can’t wait to indulge in some birthday fun! I completely agree on the split ends not being obvious in curly hair, it makes delaying the hair cut a little easier! I hope you have a lovely weekend! šŸ˜

  3. First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
    Food sounds good, Iā€™m not a fan of cantaloupe though. I clean out my fridge once a week. I have to so I can put more food in it!

    1. Thank you Julie! It’s been a great day so far and I can’t wait to get into the birthday festivities later! Your fridge must be sparkling — I wish I had your awesome motivation to clean it every week! Maybe someone should invent a self-cleaning fridge for us lazy people hehe :)

  4. Happy birthday! I clean my fridge when I notice it needs it… so who knows how often. some of my favorite foods to eat as leftovers are soups or anything with a sauce. more time to marinate makes it better in my opinion! hope you have a great day

    1. I totally agree –> extra marinating time makes the food even better! :) Thanks so much for the birthday wishes! I am excited to celebrate this evening!

  5. Happy Birthday! I definitely don’t clean my fridge once a week… it’s maybe twice a year at most. Of course I clean up things that spill but as far as a full remove everything and wipe it all out, yep twice a year max. I do actually want to clean it out soon but I know the cold weather is returning and I can’t bear the thought of opening the fridge (especially the freezer) and having cold air blow on me. I think that will be a spring cleaning chore!

    1. Makes perfect sense to make it a spring cleaning chore! And thanks so much! I’m really looking forward to eating some good food and hanging out with awesome people to celebrate my birthday! I hope you have an amazing weekend! :)

    1. Thanks so much! I had a really great birthday! It always amazes me how there are so many vastly different hair types — pin straight to curly, koily and everything inbetween! šŸ˜„

    1. Yes! Glad I’m not the only one who thinks lasagna is just one of those dishes that tastes better the following day! šŸ˜„

      1. That’s awesome! It’s always nice to meet others who have been to Kenya. All my siblings and I went to rift valley academy! šŸ˜Š

      2. Yes i have heard of St Andrews! Such a small world! It’s very nice to connect with you! šŸ˜

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