So, it has been a really long time since my last post, in case you hadn’t noticed. It turns out that a full time job + full time mom + Zumba + Tee Ball Manager = a very busy mom. I have turned into the quintessential soccer mom, or in my case tee ball mom, all I’m missing is the minivan. My trunk is full of tee balls, batting helmets, team shirts, ball caps, a baseball bat, glove, tee, and clipboard. And my backseat looks as if someone has been living in it. I’m not complaining, though, I’m loving this busy, hectic life. It has been a great experience watching my team learn and grow together. Our little geologist-to-be still plays in the dirt every chance he gets, but he can also catch the balls that come to him, hit off a pitch, and has developed a considerable throwing arm. My boy, who started the season running circles around one of the assistant coaches, successfully played third base two games ago, and got three players from the other team out.
But enough bragging, onto the important stuff.
A couple of weeks ago I made this Rosemary Peppermint Shampoo that I found on Pinterest. I am pretty happy with it. It certainly gets my hair clean, although, if I make this again, I will probably change the scent. Rosemary and Peppermint are not my favorite.
Rosemary Peppermint Shampoo:
- 1/2 cup castile soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s unscented baby soap)
- 1/2 cup distilled or filtered water
- 16 drops Rosemary essential oil
- 2 drops Peppermint essential oil
This recipe only makes enough to last two or three weeks, so if you don’t like it, you don’t have to worry about being stuck with it for very long. You will definitely need a conditioner with this, as it leaves your hair pretty dry. I haven’t found a recipe that I like for a homemade conditioner yet, so I have been putting coconut oil on my hair before I shampoo and that keeps it nicely moisturized.
While I really like this shampoo, I’m not ready to commit to it. There are a few other concoctions I’d like to try before I settle down. I’m eyeing a coconut milk shampoo that I found on Pinterest, I’ll let you know once I’ve tried it.
Book Review: My Life by Bill Clinton
I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. Bill Clinton is as good a writer as he is an orator. In fact, I was disappointed when it was over, I wanted it to keep going. It is a comprehensive record of Bill Clinton’s life from birth to the end of his presidency, and I do mean comprehensive. He must have kept very detailed journals of his life, done extensive research with the people closest to him, and have a remarkable memory. For example, once the book comes to his time as president, it is a month by month account of his time in the White House. I didn’t realize this immediately. It wasn’t until I got to “August started with good news” that I became aware that he was detailing each month of his eight years in office.
If you are reading this because you are interested in the “Lewinsky affair” then you will be disappointed. He does discuss the issue, and he does so with humility and transparency, but it was not nearly as important to him as it was to the media reporting it. And that goes for all of his over-publicized controversies.
If you are interested in it because you are interested in the inner workings of politics, or just want to know more about the man, then dig in, because it is a fascinating read. I most enjoyed reading about his childhood and his time as Governor of Arkansas. I thought that he was born wealthy, so I was surprised to learn that he was born to a poor widowed mother, and it was even more amazing that he went through life with an infectious optimism and an ability to strike up conversations with complete strangers, creating lasting friendships and invaluable connections, something that I have never been good at. I enjoyed his narrative of his time as Governor because it was easier to understand the political process and the complicated nature of passing bills at the state level than it was at the national level. However, since he was president while I was in high school, his was the first presidency that I paid any attention to. As such, there were many events during his presidency that I was aware of but didn’t fully understand, and this book helped me remember and make sense of them.
I highly recommend this book. If you’re not sure that you would be able to keep enough momentum to read it all the way through, then get it on audio book. That’s how I finished it when I started losing momentum, and the reader is fantastic. Almost as good as if Bill Clinton had read it himself.
Out of the whole book, there is one line that has stayed with me, and I hope to never forget. It not only displays Bill Clinton’s own optimism, but instills optimism in the reader. “You always have a chance if you never stop trying.”