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Hair Prince & Michigan

We did it! We sunk… into the couch that is. Having a long 10 days in Chicago was such a luxury, not just because our friend Karen is family, she’s cozy like your best furry slippers, but because we were neck deep in unplanned time. We spent whole days without having a big fat agenda, just putzing around. We took care of banking, bills, budget reconciliation, getting new tires, making our next month’s reservations and catching up on the Bachelorette. We literally made a nest down in Karen’s basement for the week, the room with the TV and the big sectional couch, and we SANK.

aci-070_1ZThe Hair Prince also came. Remember Ali’s lament from long ago, the Dear Diary entry in the beginning where she hoped that some day her Hair Prince would come? Well, after seeing the one hundredth picture of my greying hair, I’d finally had it. I dragged Ali out to the Walgreens around the corner and we bought him – he’s the Medium Brown guy on the Just For Men hair color box – that’s my Hair Prince.

You see, I’m what the relationship world calls a “low maintenance” girl. Allison would say that I have an alarming level of disinterest in shoes, clothes and hair products. It was only through her influence that I had been nudged into some of the more expensive and extensive beauty regimens, but I didn’t fight it hard. I had the money and I enjoyed spending a few hours at the hair salon getting colored and cut, mostly because I adore our hairdresser. It was more like having a drink with a good friend.

However, life on the road has obviously flipped the coin hard in my favor. The only thing high maintenance in our lives now is the damn RV itself. So when I approached the hair coloring aisle, my primary thought was to find the easiest and quickest solution. Men are marketed to differently than women. Go figure. The men’s products all promoted the simplicity and 5 minute aspect of the product – process. The women’s packaging focused on the shine and the richness of the color you would achieve – results. My buying decision was motivated by process.

Ali also splurged on a pedicure while we had time and access.

Ali also splurged on a pedicure while we had time and access.

We can report that both products provide similar quality results. A month later, Ali broke down and bought herself a box, though she opted for a Hair Princess, the woman’s equivalent. Turns out the major differences are cost, her box was 50% more expensive, and time, her process was 20 minutes to my five. I don’t know ladies, this feels like a conspiracy to me.

It was a tearful goodbye the morning we left Chicago and headed on to Michigan. After Karen left for work, we started the long task of moving ourselves back into our 230 sq ft home. All of our cold food and most of our clothing had come with us into the house for the week, so that we could shut the rig down and leave it over at a friend’s house. I have to say, it felt so good to “be home” again. Ali and I don’t have much space to call our own in this world, but it’s precious and loved all the same.

Our arrival at my aunt’s was exciting. Our plan was to camp at her house in the RV, but her quiet neighborhood has narrow streets and the apron between the street and her driveway was pretty steep. It was the RV show, live and unedited, for all her neighbors as we maneuvered our home inch by inch up and into its landing place in the driveway. It required blocks to lift the back end, removing our tow bar and still we took a little chunk of cement out of the sidewalk with the hitch receiver, but we made it.

We had a wonderful visit with my aunt and my six feline cousins. Lots of good kitty love. And one of the highlights was our day long visit to Greenfield Village, part of The Henry Ford attraction. I would highly recommend it.

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Entering Greenfield Village is like stepping into an 80-acre time machine. It takes you back to the sights, sounds and sensations of America’s past. There are 83 authentic, historic structures, from Noah Webster’s home, where he wrote the first American dictionary, to Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory, to the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. The buildings and the things to see are only the beginning. There’s the fun stuff, too. In Greenfield Village, you can ride in a genuine Model T or “pull” glass with world-class artisans; you can watch 1867 baseball or ride a train with a 19th-century steam engine. It’s a place where you can choose your lunch from an 1850s menu or spend a quiet moment pondering the home and workshop where the Wright brothers invented the airplane. Greenfield Village is a celebration of people — people whose unbridled optimism came to define modern-day America.

Courtesy of http://www.thehenryford.org/

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