Posted by Janelle at Jul 24, 2008 6:00 am
It’s hard to believe that we’ve been living in Oregon for over three weeks. The good news is that everything is unpacked (or put away at a storage unit!), and our house finally feels like a HOME. :thumbsup: This is the first time that either Don or I have made such a major move (we’d been in our other home for 18 years!), let alone moving out of state. I really hadn’t allowed myself to think about all the changes to come with such a major move, but now I’m faced with new everything.
A new address, phone numbers, and email address. A new state of Oregon driver’s license. A new high school for Kellie and a new college (and job) for Danielle. A new climate to get used to. A new favorite grocery store and dry cleaners (third dry cleaners was finally the charm!), and a new Kinko’s and UPS Store. I’ve found the nearest Starbucks to the house, along with all our favorite restaurants and fast food joints. Slowly but surely, and with the help of my portable GPS (God, I LOVE that thing!), I’m learning my way around our new city and finding just about everything I need . . . except In ‘n Out Hamburgers, which are the absolute BEST hamburgers ever. Those, I’ve learned, are only available in California, Nevada, and Arizona. :hissyfit:
Now I have to tackle the BIG new things . . . like an assortment of doctors for the family. Luckily, the first vet that I took our dog to turned out to be wonderful, and someone I liked very much. So, the pets are now taken care of. The dentist for the family and the Orthodontist for my 15 year old were recommended by Don’s co-workers, so that helped there. As for a regular doctor, dermatologist and periodontist, well, I’m on my own with those. I have Kaiser Permanente, so I’ll get who they assign to us, then go from there. If I don’t like the doctor, I’ll request another until I’m happy. Still, it’s a process I hadn’t thought about until NOW, when I’m faced with the realization that we need to find new doctors! :drama:
I have to say, I’m embarrassed to admit that the most traumatic “new” change for me is finding a new hair stylist. I’ve been with the same girl for almost ten years, and she knows my hair and its quirks — like me growing it out longer and embracing my natural curls. She knows what I do and don’t like. And I’ve come to trust her, too, knowing that no matter what she does, she always gives me a great cut and color. I go in for my appointment and never have to worry about a bad hair cut, or a botched color job, or walking out of the salon with my hair fried. And now I’m faced with the reality of what I must do . . . find another hair stylist that I like and who “gets” my hair. It’s a daunting task for me, even more so than trying to find new doctors! 8O
So, about two weeks ago I started the process of finding a new person to do my hair. This entailed cruising the mall and checking out the hairstyles of the store employees to see if anyone had a cut/color/style that I liked, so I could get a referral for a stylist. I’ve done this everywhere I’ve gone, but I haven’t seen a hairstyle that has prompted me to ask about the person who cuts/colors their hair. And now I’m getting to the point where I need a trim, and that’s prompted me to kick up this “new stylist” campaign a few notches. So, this past week I’ve been walking into nice salons and talking to the women who work there. I go in and ask about pricing, and that gives me the chance, usually, to discuss MY hair with someone, what I’m looking for, and get a feel for what that stylist would do for ME. (Isn’t that what it’s all about?) It also gave me the opportunity to look around the salon as well as check out what the customer’s hairstyles look like.
What I learned from all this, was that if I’m going to pay the kind of money they’re asking to get my hair cut, weaved, and styled, then I damn well want to feel like I have their attention for the time that I’m getting my hair done. I don’t want to be a quick “in and out” client. My hair has needs, and I want them to be catered to. And during this quest, if anyone treated me as if I was taking up too much of their time by asking hair-related questions, or if they looked at me like what I wanted didn’t matter to them, then I tossed their business card as soon as I left the place. Finally, two days ago I walked into a salon and started talking to the owner of the place — a wonderful young woman who made me feel very comfortable and welcome. She asked what I was looking for, and I gave her my “hair history”, along with my concern that I get a stylist who is good with naturally curly hair (this is the request that had other salons getting defensive and stating that “all” of their stylists were good). After hearing what I had to say, and what I wanted, she then REFERRED me to who she believed would be best suited to do my hair — a woman who has naturally curly hair herself, and understands how important a good layered cut is when it comes to all those unruly waves! So, I’ll be going in for a trim soon, and hopefully this will be the beginning of a long and happy stylist/client relationship.
So, if you had to make a major move to a different state (or if this is something you’ve already done), what “new thing” would you find the most traumatic to adjust to?