passing time

The crrler lifestyle holds many advantages.  Advantage 1, my office.  In my old life as a foundation executive, I had an office in downtown Seattle.  The building was old, the heating system didn’t work properly and the windows weren’t insulated.  To make matters worse, my office was on the top floor of the building so all of the heat from the floors below came up and turned our suite into a sauna.

It was by turns too hot and too cold.  The heat was so intense that I’d have to open the windows.  I’d leave them open until the cold wind cooled the room and then close them again before my teeth started chattering.  When it was rainy, which was often, the rooms were dark.  When it was sunny, the glare and the heat would drive me to pull down the blinds.

Of course, the worst part of my old office is the life it contained.  That routine was dispiriting to say the least.  The work was good as work goes and the causes we supported meant the world to me, but that office and the non-profit corporation it housed were poor containers for the life I wanted – one that would prefigure the future I was hoping my work would help to create.

Now, here’s my office.

It’s in my backyard, where I do much of my work, every now and then looking up to enjoy the view.  It’s never too cold, though occasionally a bit hot, but then when the heat is on, I can always go to the satellite office, pictured here.


Now that, friends, is a truly illustrative pictoral representation of crrly-ness!

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why so wiggy?

I realize that our latest posts may cause you to wonder why Curly-Joe and I are so in love with wigs.  The truth is, it’s not wigs we’re so in love with, it’s time wasting…or time curling to be more exact, since no time is wasted when you’re having fun.  Obviously, one of our favorite past times is trolling the internet for things that make us laugh, and when life is not breathing down your back, even pictures of wigs can inspire a chuckle or two.

Our favorite time curling activities involve learning new things and developing new skills.  Here is our greatest hits of fun things to learn:

  • Making soda pop.  You can’t imagine how easy it is to do and you can learn how by going to Fankhauser’s cheese page.  I know, it doesn’t make sense that it’s a cheese page, but there you have it.
  • And then there’s learning how to make cheese, a skill that, conveniently, can be acquired by going to the aforementioned cheese page.
  • Studying Mexican cuisine.  We’re doing it by working our way through Rick Bayless’s Mexican Kitchen, a veritable encyclopedia of traditional Mexican cooking.  You can also check out his recipes by going to rickbayless.com which is full of great recipe fantasies to wile away the hours.
  • Our sou vide machine.  More on this later, but you can check out all of the delightful things you can make with a sou vide machine here.
  • Making our own soy milk and tofu (recipes and tips to follow).
  • Studying Indian cuisine (did we mention we love to eat?).
  • Time lapse photography, examples of which we will share if you follow us.
  • And, of course, blogging, something we’re not so good at yet but we keep trying.  You can help us get better by commenting on our posts!

Of course, curling requires a willingness to go with the flow.  Everyday brings something new.  Mexican food today may lead to Hawaiian luaus tomorrow.  Soda pop might become beer.  That’s life in Curl Nation.

Lil’ Brown Crrl

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more wigginess

I saw this picture and had to post it.  It’s a wig named “Captivate.”  It’s not curly, but the expression on Raquel’s mug brought a smile to my face.  I wonder if she’s really that happy?  I guess that depends on how many of those babies she’s selling.

If you want to check it out, Rocky has a whole line on e-wigs.  Note that you can get a wig in Petite, Petite Average, and Large, for those of us with big heads, or those who just want to use the wig as a hat over your natural hair.  Now that’s currrrrrly!

You do know that Raquel Welch is one of the most famous Latina U.S. citizens, right?  And here she is, representing.

Talk again soon,

Lil’ Brown Crrl

P.S.  This is posted especially for Stocker, of stockercary.com who admired my new hair-do and is contemplating the Af-tress wig-hat.

 

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Freedom Curl

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Here’s a wig style from the 70s that I’ve always loved.  It’s called the Freedom Curl and it’s a classic.

Many is the time I’ve considered taking up the wearing of wigs as hats as my hair has thinned over the years.  If I ever did it, this would be the style I would choose.  From the Af-tress collection of wigs.

Of course, the real freedom curl is more along the lines of my latest do – it’s a Dipity-do for the curler generation.  No shampoo, no brushes, no combs, no fuss, and no bad hair days!  That’s what I call freedom.

Until next time,

Lil’ Brown Curl

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catch a curl

How do you catch a crrl, you ask?  With a hot iron?  A set of hair curlers and a blow dryer?  Maybe, depends on the kind of crrl you’re after.  The tropical crrl is a lifestyle that, though seemingly elusive, is accessible in one version or another to anyone who chooses to live slowly, at your own pace.

We were inspired to catch a crrl by the CURL creators of curlers.wordpress.com who tell us that CURL is an acronym for Contemporary Urban Retirement Living.  To learn more about it, you can go to their website.  We consider it the mothership of Curl Nation.

There, a group has convened to celebrate a lifestyle started in 2001, when they were twenty-somethings.  Now in their thirty-somethings, these experienced curlers are perfecting their technique – the perfect chair ride, the instant campsite, the easiest home-baked bread.

For us, the tropical crrl is like surfing the perfect wave (in this case, small, slow, and shallow).  It doesn’t just come to you.  Nope, you have to work for it, first driving around to find the perfect spot, waxing your board (or putting on your fins as the case may be), paddling out, waiting and enduring a wipe out now and then until it comes.  Then, all that hard work pays off.  In that moment when you take off on the wave and feel yourself flying, you’re in the crrl.

Crrling is life as freedom, however fleeting the feeling of liberation.  Perhaps more accurately it is life in pursuit of freedom – slow, easy pursuit, mind you.

Crrl is an adjective, a verb, and a noun all in one.

It is for the self-employed, under-employed, and unemployed, whether by choice or by circumstance, who embrace leisure, in my case as an opportunity to work; in the case of my partner in crime, Curly-Joe Larson (you’ll be hearing from C-J now and then, too), as an opportunity to play.

Of course, I mean to work at my vocation, the work that calls to me, not at a JOB. Heavens, no!

And we both mean to have fun – to cook sloooowly and eat with gusto, spend time at the beach, play tennis, water my one tomato plant, and devote hours each day to slow, inconsequential rituals like baking, sweeping, mopping, reading, writing, stretching, ruminating over which bottle of wine to open, or whether it’s a beer day instead, and just watching the sky from sunrise to moonrise.

And to blogging, of course – to sharing the crrl, cuz that’s half the fun.

Now, the anthem of Crrl Nation.  Feel free to sing along.

Nobody can tell you
There’s only one song worth singing
They may try and sell ya
Cause it hangs them up to see someone like you

But you’ve gotta make your own kind of music
Sing your own special song
Make your own kind of music
Even if nobody else sings along

You’re gonna be nowhere
The loneliest kind of lonely
It may be rough going
Just to do your thing’s the hardest thing to do

But you’ve gotta make your own kind of music
Sing your own special song
Make your own kind of music
Even if nobody else sings along

So if you cannot take my hand
And if you must be going
I will understand

You’ve gotta make your own kind of music
Sing your own special song
Make your own kind of music
Even if nobody else sings along

You’ve gotta make your own kind of music
Sing your own special song
Make your own kind of music

Talk again soon,

Lil’ Brown Crrl

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