I take back every bad thing I once said about Twitter, because not only am I finding it entertaining, but useful, too. I posted (I cannot bring myself to say “tweeted”, okay? I HAVE LIMITS) that I was looking for a picture of this contestant’s hair from Wednesday’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance and boom, two awesome people totally helped me out. Here’s the hair, and dude, is that a cute style or what? I kind of want to bring it to my stylist and be all MAKE ME LOOK LIKE HER, but I’m also thinking that’s a ‘do with some maaaaaaaaajor upkeep. Still! So cute!

I’m sort of hating my hair right now because it’s growing out of its cut (clearly what I need is a style that will require even more trips to the salon, duh) and the bangs are at this awkward length when it comes to working out — they’re too long to just wear as usual, because as soon as I get sweaty they flop down in my right eye and if I try and push them out of the way they look hideous and won’t stay put, and they’re too short to efficiently tuck behind an ear or something. Last night I went to a new gym class with what basically amounted to two ponytails high up on either side of my head, holding back as much hair as possible, while the shorter back and sides just flopped down like a mullet. SEXY. Not that it mattered what my hair looked like, since the class ended up being a series of conditioning drills including many, many pushups and something horrific involving keeping your weight on your hands while you sort of jump your feet back and forth in a big lunge-running motion (I don’t know what that’s called except maybe the Hot Painful Death Lung-Puke Routine) and by the time it was all over I pretty much resembled some particularly disgusting piece of human special effects from CSI: 24 Hour Fitness.

Also, speaking of the gym, I think it would be fun to do a series of character studies from that place, maybe take some photos and put it all together into a nice coffee table book. There would be Loud Grunty Free Weight Guy, and Spectacularly Odorous Hefty Dude On Elliptical, and Short-Shorts Hip Hop Class Girl, and Embarrassed Lady Reluctantly Working With Personal Trainer, and Cocky Meathead in Massive-Armhole’d Tank Top, and of course me, the Pretending to Take a Water Break While Actually Avoiding Round Five of Those Motherfucking Pushups Girl.

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Weekly Elsewhere Blogging Wrap-up:
Embarrassing children’s items and life with Riley at ParentDish
• A milestone reached and more 3-month thoughts at Gather.com
Father’s Day gift ideas, round two*; Kid’s storage solutions at Work It, Mom!
Lynda Barry*, sewn art, Facebook advertising*, and eyebrow maintenance at SundryBuzz

* These posts written by everyone’s favorite blogger, Swistle

(By the way, does this little section bug you? I figure you can just skip it if it’s not of interest, but if it smacks too heavily of sticky self promotion, just say so! You won’t hurt my feelings. MUCH.)

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Lastly, I put this on Flickr the other day and I watch it whenever I need a quick laugh:

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SherE1
14 years ago

I was lovin’ that hairstyle (from the contestant in SYTYCS) but I’m afraid of the upkeep involved, too. My hair is long with layers and it SUCKS when I’m working out because pieces come falling out of my hair tie and I look a hot mess at the end!

Pickles & Dimes
14 years ago

That IS a cute hairstyle! But I’m thinking it would require a lot of upkeep.

My bangs are also PISSING ME OFF. I usually use a bobby pin (CLASSY) to keep them out of my eyes. That’s me, DEFEATING THE SEXY.

That video is hilarious. I love how running into the wall didn’t even faze him – hee!

Eric's Mommy
Eric's Mommy
14 years ago

I can’t do any hairstyle that requires any sort of maintenance. That is a cute hairstyle and it would look cute on you.

Also, Cocky Meathead in Massive-Armhole’d Tank Top….priceless.

CP
CP
14 years ago

Moutain Climbers. Hate. Them.

Pete
Pete
14 years ago

Any pictures of ‘Short-Shorts Hip Hop Class Girl’?

Pete
Pete
14 years ago

It’s hard not to laugh when you kids run into stuff.

Jess
14 years ago

Seriously! She’s the next Aniston cut. As soon as she walked out I was all hair, hair, HAIR!!! Husband look at the sexy awesomeness that is that girl’s head! I’ve been looking everywhere for a pic! Thanks for the linkage!!

Schnozz
14 years ago

Oh Jesus, the mountain climbers. One of the only things in roller derby that still brings up the burpy minipuke. You have my sympathies.

Caitlin
Caitlin
14 years ago

ZOMG!!1! One of the first posts I ever wrote was about Gym Regulars – many of whom you describe – a while back when I first started dabbling in bloggery. Then I re-posted it because it still held true a few years later, and it’s here if you’re interested:
http://caitlinsbrain.blogspot.com/2008/02/regulars.html

Jennifer
14 years ago

That IS a cute style. Even though only 3% of the population can pull it off, I totally think you could too!

Sadly I am all too familiar with all of the gym-goers you mentioned. Are you familiar with Impatient Guy with Passive Aggressive Tendencies Who Might As Well Piss In A Circle Around “His” Elliptical To Mark His Territory? No? Well come on down to Atlanta. He’s here in DROVES.

ginger
ginger
14 years ago

GodDAMN, I hate mountain climbers. I wear a heart rate monitor (shut up, my trainer made me get it) and it totally puzzles me how I can feel like I’m dying during the stupid mountain climbers even though my heart rate really isn’t that high. Also, they make my floppy T-shirts crawl up my torso and into my armpits.

For the workout hair, I don’t know if you already do this, but one time I watched some kind of international women’s soccer thing, and the athletes all wore these little snug elastic hairbands around their heads in addition to the ones holding their ponytails back. I went to Bartells, and indeed Scunci makes such a thing (Goody, too, I think, and I have since read that Real Soccer Chicks make theirs out of pre-wrap – reference here: http://www.pre-wrap.com/prewrapyourhair.html) and they mostly work except when they try to crawl right off my hair. They are still a good adjunct for the hair that isn’t long enough to go in tails, without being as sweaty and wretched as a hat.

Amy
Amy
14 years ago

Argh……evil workplace has blocked all videos. I will have to watch it at home. When we were at Disneyland recently my 3.5 yo walked right into a garbage can….I almost snorted soda through my nose! It’s really hard not to laugh.

And love the links…..I have a hard time keeping up with all the activity!

ginger
ginger
14 years ago

See, I turn such a violent beet color when I work out that I have absolutely zero shame, because if anyone who hasn’t repeatedly gone to the gym with me sees me, their first question is, “Are you…okay? You’re kinda red.” My hair being tufty is the least of my problems. (I wear it tied back even though it makes me look like an egg. A big red egg.)

For that matter, I am so unaccustomed to looking at what I’m wearing when I go to the gym that it took me over a year to realize that one doesn’t wear white athletic socks that go halfway up the shin with capri-length black track pants unless one also accessorizes with a pocket protector.

So maybe I shouldn’t be offering my fitness fashion advice, is what I’m saying here.

Muse
14 years ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the video of your darling child running full speed into the wall. It pretty much made my day. And now I’m consumed with guilt for my schadenfreude-ian-ness … I love making up words.

ikate
14 years ago

Hot Painful Death Lung-Puke Routine – we called those “kill mes” during soccer conditioning in high school. We also did a drill called “suicides” which were just as excruciating. Then, my senior year a bunch of freshman parents got in an uproar about the names promoting hurtful behavior. Such wusses.

alina
alina
14 years ago

When I work out (oh, it’s been so long!) I wear a scarf country-girl style with pins holding it in place, and not one hair bothers me. Of course I look like an idiot, but who cares? It’s the gym!

Victoria
14 years ago

Holy crap. Those people all go to my gym too!

Swistle
14 years ago

Hey, it doesn’t bug everyone’s favorite blogger.

The hair thing—I think that must be why I see people wearing those enormous rubber bands around their heads. Like an inch from the hairline, all around, and then the hair in a ponytail or two. It looks….practical.

Lori O
14 years ago

I think you have the same people at your 24 Hour Fitness that we have at ours! and that’s my husband – the trainer working with the Embarrassed Reluctant Lady. Thank God he doesn’t train the Short Shorts Hip-Hop Class Girl. I hate her!

Jenn K
Jenn K
14 years ago

I swear I about peed my pants watching that video of Riley. I’m not sure if he can get any more adorable.

MotherGooseAmy
MotherGooseAmy
14 years ago

My husband and I laughed so hard at that video we cried! Our son is the exact same awakward and we laugh at him too.

Michelle
Michelle
14 years ago

Amazing!!!! I have watched it too many times and laugh louder each time. Oh the price little kids pay for our entertainment!

Sara
14 years ago

I could kiss you for this Weekly Elsewhere Blogging Wrap-up

I hate parent dish, well everyone else but you, what with the 2 day old news and all, can you say boreing! But I love what you write and have to read it so I subscribed to parent dish and scroll through everything to find you, which you made easier with your time out header (thank you) but now since your linking, I can unsubscribe!! ty ty ty

Cara
Cara
14 years ago

I saw your video a couple of days ago on Flickr and made my husband come and watch it so that we could both laugh. Our kid would do the exact same thing.

We just recently joined our local YMCA and I really like that I haven’t seen any short-shorts-hip-hop-girls there. Since it’s a “family establishment” everyone’s gotta stay pretty decently covered. Also, I like that there aren’t a lot of freakishly fit people there to make me feel like a heiffer when I go to work out.

Your weekly blog wrapup doesn’t bother me at all.

Sara
14 years ago

and even if no one else comments on your question but swistle, you MUST leave it for me. Thanks :o)

donna
donna
14 years ago

What Sara said, AND google Meg Ryan, it’s the same style she’s had for awhile on and off, or Jodi Foster had for awhile.
Mine is cut like that, but as soon as I cut it off, it curled so I really love it now!

Kelsey
14 years ago

That video is awesome!

I love the weekly writing round-ups, especially for Parent Dish since that isn’t in widget form and I can’t figure out how to make it work with Google Reader. I agree that it is easily pass-by-able for people who aren’t interested.

donna
donna
14 years ago

Oh, and mine does look like that if I blow dry it, with a huge round brush to flip it at the ends. No curling iron though.
And the rest of the time, I just wash it, comb it out, throw some gel in it, and scrunch it, and it just curls up all crazy and damn I just love it. Had I known, I’d have cut it years ago!

Lesley
Lesley
14 years ago

LuluLemon makes some great hair bands that actually look half decent. They’re good for preventing massive forehead drip during excruciating dumbbell routines.

Love the adorable Riley statements on PD. Kids really do say the darndest things.

deanna
deanna
14 years ago

[1] the mountain climbers reference threw me way back to grade school and the dreaded squat thrusts! we used to have to do squat thrusts followed by mountian climbers and i always hated them! ack!

[2] seriously, what is it with ridiculosu large armholed tank tops on meatheads? as if the hair armpits were turn off enough. so not attractive. so wrong.

[3] i had the sytycd haircut a while back–LOVED IT [although now i sport a short sorta spikey sorta ‘do]. not as much upkeep as one would think; cut every 6 to 8 weeks. i do have poker straight hair, so that might have helped with the ease in styling and what not.

[4] TOTALLY recommend the prewrap-like hairbands previously mentioned here. i used to use actual prewrap back in the day [a sorta athletic tape type thing] but now favor the lululemon and goody no-slip headbands. work amazingly awesome and super comfortable.

Abalicious
14 years ago

As far as the hair, there would only be some minor maintenance. As long as you can work a small flat iron and have straight to wavy hair texture. On days when you dont want to do any styling you can just “blast” it with a hair dryer and put in some pomade and it will still look cute.

Heather
Heather
14 years ago

I keep telling myself not to laugh at Riley running into the wall, but damn it’s funny. And he didn’t get hurt, right? So it’s ok. And the giggleation continues. I have to post the video of my tot running at me while wearing a sheet over her head and…do you see where this is going? ‘Cause she didn’t. Ran right past me and *thunk* into the couch, bounced off and collapsed on the floor. Ok, now I have tears in my eyes and I’ve wasted a whole lot of your comment space. You’re welcome!

Kari
Kari
14 years ago

I cannot stop laughing. The “crazy” face, running into the wall (just after doing that little jig) – just hysterical.

the goddess anna
14 years ago

I also recommend a sweatband to hold back your bangs. I wear them when I massage, partially because my forehead gets sweaty, and mostly because it keeps my hair out of my face (and it’s not like I can let go to adjust the hair). I don’t care how dorky it looks – if it’s functional, I’m happy.

I found out a great alternative use for those bands last night – they’re great for holding an ice pack on a kid’s forehead after a sibling chucks a wood block at said forehead, and you’re trying to clean up the blood before the police come from all the damn screaming. Also good for covering up the stitches when you want to go back into public – why yes, my daughter is training for the Olympics, officer.

Back to you, that hair style is totally cute, and would look great on you. I don’t think it would be that high maintenance, but I’m a bad judge of that sort of thing.

thejunebug
thejunebug
14 years ago

Alternatively, you could just get a pixie cut and not have to deal with hair issues at all. :)

Jay and I watched your Riley video about 20 times yesterday. LOL!

Jamie
Jamie
14 years ago

I could watch that video all day long. So, SO funny.

T
T
14 years ago

i like the hairstyle, in fact it’s sort of what i’d like to morph mine into, but i have a hard time w/ bangs so i never have a style that includes them. my hair has lots of cowlicks when short & board straight otherwise. it sorta does what it wants to.

i loved the video! that was hilarious. he didn’t seem phased one bit by it! : )

Kari
Kari
14 years ago

I really don’t think I am supposed to be as entertained by this video as I am.

Sleepynita
14 years ago

Dude! I had this haircut under a year ago – it is a ton of upkeep and you really need to flat iron the ends (even with poker strait hair like mine) to get the cute shaggy end look.

JMH
JMH
14 years ago

My kids thought that video was hiliarious! (Again Mommy!) In fact, my four year old asked when he can watch “The Crazy Boy” video again :)

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
14 years ago

Love the weekly wrap-up. Please keep it!

tracy
14 years ago

I have been seriously grumpy (the nice way of course to say I have been a bitch) and that little video cracked me up. Thanks!

Carolyn J.
14 years ago

I have a longer version of this haircut and there are 2 things I like:

1. As it grows, the shagginess sort of blends everything together so I can go 2 months without a trim.

2. I can cut my own bangs and the top of my hair – it’s already shaggy so I can’t really screw it up.

C
C
14 years ago

What is it with the incredibly stinky guy at the gym? Maybe it’s a protective mechanism, like he thinks he looks hotter from a distance.

I like the little linky roundup- now that you’re only posting at Parent Dish 2x a week, I’m delighted to take that off my RSS reader.

And the haircut is really cute.

Sarah
14 years ago

I like the roundup section. I had subscribed to ParentDish to keep up with your posts but that doesn’t mean I want to read all eleventy-billion of the others, so I had to unsubscribe. At least this way I can still stay on top and not miss too much.

And of course there is nothing cuter than a toddler running into the wall, cute video!

Emerald
14 years ago

Personally, I am ALLLLL over the self promotion :P

Also, that style is cute, but it would require maintenance. Have you tried a wee bit of pomade scrunched through your hair to keep away the several-weeks-after-the-cut flatness? That’s the only thing that works for me aside from ozone threatening amounts of aquanet, and I’m just a little bit over the whole Bon Jovi look, you know? ;)

Emerald
14 years ago

Oh, don’t try the pomade at the gym. You may just have to resort to floppy hair, cause pomade running in your eye is no fun. Outside the gym however, very useful.

Kelli
Kelli
14 years ago

LOVE the haircut and that video! SO freakin’ cute I came very close to spewing coffee on my computer screen. I love how running into the wall doesn’t faze him one bit either.

Jillian
14 years ago

I feel for you on the hair issue.

One morning in July 2007, when I was just two months postpartum, I made the decision to chop my hair off. I went into the salon with shoulder-length hair, and came out virtually bald.

Okay, it wasn’t *that* bad, but it was pixie-length, and I cried the whole way home. And the next day. And the entire next week.

The moral of the story is: Postpartum women should have to wait a MINIMUM of 6 months before making any drastic changes to their hair. A trim or a color to cover the roots is fine, but salons should refuse to do major cuts/perms/weaves on postpartum women… for everyone’s sake.

Anyway, almost a year later, my hair is finally at a semi-normal length, but I too have no clue what to do with my not quite long enough bangs. I clip them back, try and stretch them so they’ll tuck behind my ears… nothing works. I like your solution, though. I might have to give that a try.