Late Day

Earlier this week, I remembered for the first time in years that my high school had regularly scheduled “late arrival days.” We had block scheduling, so our weeks were made up of alternating “gold days” and “purple days.” On each day you had half your classes, for 90 minutes. One week, MWF would be Gold and T-TH would be purple. The next week, switch. And then, just to make everything even more confusing, on a regular basis, (every other Thursday? Or was it every Thursday? Seriously?) school would start an hour late and all the blocks would be 70 minutes instead of 90. It all made sense at the time, but as I look back on it, this was madness. Were they trying to get the sleepy and disorganized among us to miss school, or show up prepared for the wrong day? (Happened to me more than once).

Anyway, these days I wish we had a late start day. Usually be the end of the week we are moving a bit slowly and I am rushing around to get ready for the day. Here is a typical Friday “unscheduled late start” look: Photo 284


  • Navy cotton tshirt dress. Inherited from my boss, who accidentally ordered two online, ca. 2012
  • Multi-colored Steve Madden flats, DSW, summer 2012.
  • Wet hair

That is literally it.

For me, the wet hair is the worst part of running late.Photo 287 It feels very unprofessional. “I was in the shower less than 30 minutes ago!” is not the look I am going for at the office.

I used to (and by used to, I mean going back to middle school) always shower at night so at least my hair would be dry when I left in the morning. This meant sleeping on it wet, which I can get away with when it’s very long or very short, but not at this middle stage.

I have tried to establish the habit of drying and styling my hair every morning. No go. That takes so much time, and hair dryers are so annoying! I don’t know how you people do it.

My preference now is to wash, dry, and style one or at most two times per week, and in the in between times, use a dry shampoo spray. This is the best! It saves time and effort and it makes my hair look and smell better than it otherwise would.

But, I ran out. So yesterday, it was back to bobby pins. Sigh.

Hair is the worst.

My preferred approach to hair care:





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