The big trip 2011-2012 travel blog

Now that I am off from rowing for the next week (and even when i return to it on Monday, i will only be going a few times a week), I expected to be very bored. Surprisingly I have been busy every day so far and I have gotten a lot of tedious things over with in anticipation for the trip. I am really happy to get to do other things now that my time is not completely consumed by rowing. These last few months I have not had time to do many other things that I love because by the time I finished the workouts for the day, i was far too exhausted to do much else. So far on my "break", I have gotten a chance to go for several trail runs by the river, and I even ran to connor's house the other day to visit with the boys. Saskatoon is absolutely gorgeous right now, it is the prefect temperature to do outdoor activities because it is warm and sunny, but not scorching hot.Yoga has been another thing that I have done a fair bit of lately and I am so happy that I have the time to do it. Not only does it provide a great workout, but it always clears by head and relaxes me in a way that nothing else can do.

Yesterday I made a big step and decided to cut my hair...I don't mean a little trim. I ended up cutting my hair to a length that it has not been in many years. I wanted to have it nice and short for the trip because I thought it would be more practical. Where we are travelling, we are likely to go for days and even weeks at a time without a proper shower and washing methods. The outcome of this haircut...well I cant say i'm impressed at all. In fact I am leaning towards "I hate it!" I am getting a lot of "I told you so's" from people and that really isn't helping the matter. I know that it seems like such a vain thing to care so much about such a simple thing as a hair cut, after all, it IS just hair and it will grow back. The thing that gets me however is that my hair was something that defined me. People recognized me by my hair and it was something that made me stand out. For anyone that knows my mother, they would understand this concept. I realize that there is not much I can do about it now and that I will just have to live with the decision I made.

I know that the people that really matter will love me no matter what I look like, and that it is most definitely not as big of a deal as it seems to me at the moment. Who knows, maybe once i get used to it I will love it more than ever. For now though, let's just say I wont be doing any more "drastic" changes for a little while, and if I do, hopefully I will think them through a little more before going through with it.

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