Saturday, 4 April 2020

The Buffs are here :)

I have considered getting a Buff before, since they keep circulating in the longhair circuit. But then, Buchfreundin recommended me one and I decided to go for it!

They have lots of products, but the famous one is the long, multifunctional tube. This is also the one I kept seeing in the longhair circuit for protecting hair against sun and wind.

For sizing, they have an XL option. I know back from my horseback riding days that my helmet size is exactly 58 cm. But since I would probably wear the Buff at an angle, or it would need to stretch over a bun in one way or the other, I have gone with XL for all the choices.

There are options for warmth, but since I live up in the frozen north, I'll stick to regular hats with additional under-layers for that.
Instead, I was interested in sunprotection and cooling.

I have ordered five off the Swedish website:
Crook military
Because I liked the camouflage pattern and colour
Embers black
Because you can't go wrong with a mostly solid black one
Cashmere black
Because I liked the pattern
R spiral yellow fluor
Because it was reflective and it seemed fun and flashy
Shading blue
Because this seemed like a good colour choice for my skintone

For a second I entertained the thought of ordering one of their chef's hats to see how that would work with my buns, but I decided against it.

So, a little fun with styling options for them:

Tied one in a simple little pouch with a bow around my bun. Looked a little weird, but fun.

"The pirate" that Buff suggests for styling just doesn't work when you have a big bun on the back of your head. But it was good for a laugh.

A little hard to tell from the pictures, but: Black and white Buff is covering the head and bun, blue Buff is put on sideways across my head and tied in a knot underneath the bun.
This was very stable and comfortable actually!

Building on the previous idea I tucked the yellow/green Buff up above the bun and then wrapped the black Buff around at the base of the bun. This was also very comfortable!

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Look what my dad made for me! Part II

Dad sent me an updated picture of his hairstick project!
These will be the most unique hairsticks in my collection: Hand carved deer antlers made from a deer he shot himself!
Look how cool the second one looks! And that awesome skull-friendly curve on the first! I really love it. 
He isn't going to take more off until I come and test them so we can see how much more he needs to take off the thickness.

Sunday, 29 March 2020

How are you all doing with the covid-issues?

I hope everyone are well, and not going crazy from being locked up at home?

I'm sort of, kind of, okay.

My classes are now all online, but I continue having to go into work. So that's really weird.

And yes, I'm one of the weirdos in the masks on the trains. People can be nasty and gross even under normal circumstances, so I'm not taking any chances. Although I don't worry about me, I have people around me who have compromised immune systems.

The Danish lockdown isn't a problem because of my citizenship and being essential personnel.The ID check in Kastrup is really smooth and problem free, but for some bizarre lack of reason and logic, Skånetrafiken decided to stop all trains in Malmö, so now I have to change trains there. It's massively annoying because there seems to be no logic and no reasoning behind it. Leave it to Skånetrafiken to make a mildly annoying situation worse!

My surgery was cancelled. It was supposed to have been this Monday, as in tomorrow.
We kind of saw it coming, but I kept hoping that Sweden would continue its singular, stubborn refusal to take the same measures as pretty much the rest of the world.
When they called about the cancellation, I spent the rest of that day on the couch being insufferably pouty and feeling sorry for myself.

It would have been perfect: I could have squeezed in an obligatory 5 ECTS point class (Which is half the work load of the regular classes) in the work free sick leave period. I would then only need the final project, and I could have finished half a year early. But no such luck.


So I should just "Hold onto the descutan" until I get another date.
I'm supposed to wash my hair once and my body three times with these, 12 hours apart. I don't even need to analyse the ingredient list to know that my scalp and skin will be absolutely miserable and crackly dry after this. Sigh. You know you're a skincare nut when this is something you worry about and it doesn't pale in comparison to the surgery itself!

Mr Igor only managed the first few lines of the description of the surgery before declaring he didn't want to know. Welcome to the club, Mr Igor! 

I had done really well up to then too: Been on a workout and diet routine to build strength and lose weight. Having to carry all your weight on one leg and a set of crutches is seriously hard, so more strength and less weight would make everything easier.
Especially for the recovery process where I'll get back to putting some weight on a foot that haven't carried any for 6 weeks.

I've gone up 10 kg in pretty much all my lifts. I lost 5½ kg and 3½ % body fat in two months.

But with the surgery cancelled, all I could think was "Screw this! I will eat everything!"

It took a lot of willpower to not just ruing everything I have done the last two months. After having done so well for so long with workouts and calorie counting!

Awesome, filling, protein rich breakfast.
(This is so filling it keeps me from snacking before lunch)
80 g avocado: 128 kcal and 2 grams of protein
50 g chicken bacon: 55 kcal and 6 gram of protein
20 g chorizo: 85 kcal and 5 gram of protein
50 g egg: 75 kcal and 6 gram of protein
45 g meatballs: 117 kcal and 6 gram of protein
20 g tomatoes: 5 kcal
110 g turkey bacon: 143 kcal and 19 gram of protein
Small amount of oil for frying
Total: 608 kcal and 44 grams of protein

Awesome work lunch: Mozzarella and tomato salad, blueberries and strawberries.
200 g tomatoes: 50 kcal and 1 gram of protein
125 g mozzarella: 260 kcal and 23 grams of protein
Small amounts of red onion, spring onions and basil
50 g blueberries: 30 kcal and 1 gram of protein
50 g strawberries: 15 kcal and 1 gram of protein
Total: 355 kcal and 26 grams of protein

Pink is body weight, grey is body fat.
I'm 173 cm or 5´8" tall.

February 4th: 65,7 kg and 23,2 % BF (That is 143 lbs for those who use pounds)
March 28th: 60,1 kg and 19,7 % BF (That is 132 lbs for those who use pounds)

I've never weighed myself this often before, so I actually found myself being very fascinated by this. Of course I always assumed I would have some period bloat, but seeing it in the graph is pretty interesting. And seeing the graph going crazy around the last weeks before I turned my semester project in was... Thought provoking. LOL. Snacking in frustration versus forgetting to eat regularly because I was on a roll, really made my weight jump all over the place!

My pity party over the cancelled surgery isn't entirely over yet, but I'm trying to work through it.

Well. At least I haven't cut my hair in boredom!