And You Shall Know Me By The Tugging Of My Earlobe

I have some things that I would like to discuss. The first is that Jared Leto is currently at my office and I am not. Trust me, I'm not even sure how this actually happened—how he came to be at my office, I mean, not why I'm not there; I know why I'm not there and it's because it's after 8 o'clock at night—but I have deduced, through a flurry of tweets and Facebook messages, that this is indeed where he is. What's he doing there? Eh, probably just wearing a jacket with a sheepskin collar and leaning against things, I guess. Does my office have a boiler room? NOW I'LL NEVER KNOW. 

I'm sure I've told you many times about my Jordan Catalano obsession—oh yes, here and here and here and here; hmm, I see I hardly mentioned it at all then—but I am finding it increasingly unbearable to imagine that the lead singer of the Frozen Embryos is currently meandering the hallways of my workplace while I'm sitting at home on my couch. I don't know that's what he's doing, of course, but it's what I'm picturing. And while I'm picturing it, a Buffalo Tom song is playing in my head.  

(I'm really sorry if you've never watched My So-Called Life, because the majority of this post is probably not making any sense to you at all. I'm also really sorry because you are MISSING OUT. Go rent the box set and get back to me when you want to discuss why we never actually see Tino.)

Do you think Jordan Catalano is ever going to come back to my office? I don't know, but I'm not taking any chances. Tomorrow I'm picking up a box of Crimson Glow and one of my dad's old plaid shirts, just in case. 

Speaking of Crimson Glow—which is a hair dye, for the uninitiated ("it's not red, it's Crimson Glow!" and yes, I do speak entirely in quotes from My So-Called Life for large chunks of my day)—I am having some interesting thoughts about my own hair, and they are mostly based around this: should I cut it all off? I've been growing it for ages—two and a half years or so—and at this point, I'm not even sure why. It looks okay long, but honestly, I feel more like myself with a swoopy little bob, especially one that looks just as good air-dried as it does when I attack it with a blowdryer (my long hair looks horrible if I don't blowdry it, and part of me would kind of like to get that ten minutes back every morning.) 

But then.....I've been growing it for so long. Should I really undo all that hard work?

In other news, the stitches in my ear are itching like effing crazy, and the only thing that seems to stop the itching is tugging a little on my earlobe. This is all well and good, but I am beginning to worry that people think I'm giving them a secret signal when I do it, like "this place is boring, let's ditch." It has got to the stage where I have to consciously remind myself not to make eye contact when I pull on my earlobe, lest I give someone the wrong idea. I'd stop doing it, but the sweet relief from the itching is just about worth the risk that a large number of people at work think I'm some sort of shifty creeper who's trying to communicate with them silently in the middle of a meeting. 

Finally, I'm sure we're all on the edge of our seats over my bathroom renovation progression, and I'm excited to say that all the tiling is done and the room is now a carrara marble masterpiece, albeit a carrara marble masterpiece without a sink, a toilet, or any working plumbing. Which kind of makes it a mausoleum, I think. Either way, you all convinced me that dark gunmetal gray would be the way to go on the walls, so I'm hoping to tackle that this weekend before I head out to Minneapolis on Sunday for work. 

Yes, Minneapolis! Have you been there? Do you live there? I'm going for a conference, but I'm hoping I have some free time to wander as well. I hear they have a rollercoaster in a mall and I'm putting it at the top of my list. 

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I have a charcoal gray in my bedroom, too - it's a phenomenal color. Like a "bold" neutral. :)

And sigh. Jared Leto. He even looks good like this: http://www.domestiphobia.net/2011/07/22/how-to-land-a-job-as-a-classy-ho...

And I'm pretty sure he's the only person in the world who can do that.

So. WHY AREN'T YOU AT YOUR OFFICE?!!?!

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Jo
May 11, 2012

I live in Minneapolis. My first thought was "avoid the Mall of America!", but if you've never been you should go. And, yes, there is an amusement park in the middle of it. Otherwise, Minneapolis has a lot of things to do if your into the arts (museums, shows, etc) and lots of great walking/biking paths that lead you around lakes and rivers (the Grand Rounds - http://www.minneapolisparks.org/grandrounds/home.htm). If you are staying downtown you can walk over the the Stone Arch Bridge or hop on the train which will take you to the Mall of America (or the airport). Enjoy!

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Erin
May 11, 2012

I live in Minneapolis, and let me start by saying that it is SO MUCH MORE than a place with a roller coaster inside a mall. Once you get over the novelty of that (which probably won't take long) it's just a really big mall.

So if I were you, I would focus more on food (we have so many great restaurants, and a really excellent craft beer scene) and being outside, especially around water of some kind (specifically the river, if you're staying downtown). We have a great bike share program called Nice Ride, so if you see a bright green bike kiosk, consider checking out a bike and riding around! And I know you're not a huge baseball fan but we have an almost-brand new baseball stadium which worth a see (bonus: our baseball team is...not doing well, to put it politely, and I bet you could find a ticket for dirt cheap). Also, there is a lot of great theater, music and art here. And a statute of Mary Tyler Moore throwing a hat into the air. (Yep.)

Let me know if you want specific restaurant recommendations! And have fun - the weather is going to be lovely this weekend! (Be prepared to talk about the weather - its Minnesotans' #1 favorite ever topic of conversation.)

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Marcheline
May 11, 2012

I have seen your hair long and short, and I love it long. But you will probably cut it anyway, since that's what girls do. Change things.

I love "My So-Called Life" and have purchased the entire series on dvd. One of the best shows ever made. Have you ever seen "Thirtysomething"?

Um.... why the hell was Jared Leto at your office at 8PM? I mean, who else was there with him? And why were they there at 8PM? And how did you find out about it? So many questions left unanswered...

P.S. Cortisone cream for the itchy earlobe.

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Ris
May 11, 2012

Holly I just love your hair short. And think about how easy it is! Also: what was Jared Leto doing at your office?!?

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Em - hip hip gin gin
May 11, 2012

I adored your hair short! I'm actually quote jealous that you look so fabulous with short locks, I would love to cut mine off but it never really works when I do. My mom's advice is to close your eyes and picture yourself, the hair length you have in the mental image of yourself is what you should have to feel your best.

The trick I use when I get the itch to cut it is to grow it long enough to donate. (usually you only need about 10 inches) That way even if I end up not loving the haircut I'm not sorry that I did it because I know it went to a good cause. And all that time spent growing it out isn't a waste that way either.

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Molly
May 11, 2012

Yikes! I would avoid the Mall of America on Sunday, if you are still here. They hold the Race for the Cure at the MOA and it is crazy busy! The forecast this weekend looks gorgeous so I would suggest going to some parks downtown or the Sculpture Garden at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

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Ann
May 11, 2012

The earlobe thing was a Carol Burnett signature move, at the end of her tv show. I think it was a signal to her family, watching at home. Maybe you knew this already but I thought I'd mention it!

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Lauren
May 11, 2012

My bedroom is a very dark gray called Knights Armour. We happened to have a PPG fandex when looking for colors and then took it to Home Depot and had them cross match it for Behr paint. We love it.

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Meghan
May 11, 2012

Minneapolis is a place we go every year. My hubby went to school there and we go back as often as we can. We always stay downtown as there are lots of places to eat and drink within walking distance. Last time we went, we looked at the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives website first and hit some of those places for eats.

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I think a haircut is never a bad idea. I get in that zone, too, of just growing my hair eternally. Cutting it all off was one of the greatest things I've done in recent memory.

I feel like I have more to say, but I also haven't had coffee yet, so this is basically what I'm capable of writing. Wonderful. Good morning!

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Kathryn
May 11, 2012

Oooh, I live in Minneapolis! I second the lake-walking, Stone Arch Bridge-crossing idea. The annual May Day parade in Powderhorn Park (in south Minneapolis) starts at 1pm on Sunday (rescheduled from last weekend due to rain) and it cannot be missed. Have fun!

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Chris C.
May 11, 2012

I say go for it on the haircut! This is the second time you've mentioned it, and every time you do, you say all sorts of good things about the shorter hair, and the only reason you have to keep the longer hair is "I worked so hard to grow it." That seems sort of silly to me :-)

Also, Minneapolis is a cool city. I used to go there for work conferences every year. Sadly, it's been so long now that I doubt any place I used to go to is still around. The Mall of America is an insane spectacle, though, so you should totally go. Also, this doesn't help you now, but in the winter, it rocks, because the entire downtown is connected by tunnels and enclosed walkways so you never have to go out into the freeeeeeezing weather!

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Alyssa
May 11, 2012

I have nothing to say about Minneapolis. I do have this to say: Your cuticles look like little moons

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Bobbie
May 11, 2012

Ah, Jared Leto... I would've shaved my Crimson Glow hair to be Claire Danes. Just saying.

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Onethirdacrewoods
May 11, 2012

Maybe they think you are trying to tell Michelle Kwan's family that you love them. That is what she always did during the kiss and cry interview process and it made me cringe each time.

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Sharone
May 11, 2012

Humphrey Bogart would pull on his earlobe whenever he was deep in thought in his movies. Maybe you should just get a trench coat and a fedora for the duration? Everyone will think you're a moody genius detective.

Just a thought.

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Courtney
May 11, 2012

Um, here's a silly question, but, why didn't you get off your couch AND GO TO YOUR OFFICE?! JORDAN CATALANO! Could you have made up an excuse about needing a file or something?

I'm an hour north of San Francisco and even I'm thinking -- a whole 14 hours later -- maybe he's still in the city and I could find him somewhere if I drive down.

Okay, not really. But still...JORDAN CATALANO! IN YOUR OFFICE!

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Julie
May 11, 2012

Weird timing with this post about cutting your hair, because I've been having the same thought. I've been growing it for about 2 years now after having it really short for a couple of years, but now I kind of want to chop it all off again. But I put so much WORK into growing it out...seems like it would be a waste. And why oh why does it seem to take forever to grow really long, but when you have it short I feel like I always need to get a trim?

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Kelly
May 11, 2012

You have such pretty hair, but if you feel better with a swoopy bob then that's what you should have.

One time I saw Jordan/Jared at the Squat & Gobble on Haight. He wore Nike high-tops with the f-word written in blue ball point pen on the side of the sole. He wasn't eating. He was just standing around, watching people. Maybe he was waiting for someone.

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Lindsey
May 11, 2012

I'm so sorry to say I know nothing of this Jordan Catalano lad, but my advice next time is RUN, DON'T WALK. Better yet, next time he pops into my office, I shall give you a ring! I'm sure he frequents Alabama--I mean, who doesn't, you know?

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Emily
May 11, 2012

I was sooo disappointed when I got the My So Called Life Soundtrack from Columbia Records in 1995 and it did not have the Buffalo Tom song. (I then bought the Buffalo Tom cd and the whole thing was great, btw.) That was the best moment of the series. Oh Jordan Catalano. My 15 year old self still loves you! I can't believe he was in your office- and you were not!!!

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nissaday
May 11, 2012

I thought of the Carol Burnett signal, too, with the ear-pulling. haha! It was a sign to her grandmother that she loved her and was doing fine.

I've visited Minneapolis a couple of times - nice city. I bet it's beautiful right now.

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Rebecca
May 11, 2012

Yeah Minneapolis! You will love it here. The weather will be great next week. If you have time check out a couple of my favorite places, 112 Eatery, Pyscho Suzies, and Butcher and Boar. Also if you are downtown for lunch check out the Hola Arepa food truck. It is fantastic. If you need any other tips send me an email.

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Rebecca
May 11, 2012

Yeah Minneapolis! You will love it here. The weather will be great next week. If you have time check out a couple of my favorite places, 112 Eatery, Pyscho Suzies, and Butcher and Boar. Also if you are downtown for lunch check out the Hola Arepa food truck. It is fantastic. If you need any other tips send me an email.

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NothingButBonfires
May 11, 2012

Courtney: Alas, it wasn't that easy! My office is about 45 minutes from my house, and it was 8pm. Plus it's a pretty big campus, so who's to say I would even have found him. I mean, I like him and all, but there are limits. He has a friend where I work so I'm just hoping he'll come back!

Emily: ME TOO! I special ordered the MSCL soundtrack and was so bummed it didn't have the Buffalo Tom song. So then I special ordered the Buffalo Tom album and had to wait another week for that to come in. These things were so much harder to do pre-Internet.

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Gretchen
May 11, 2012

Eat at Pizza Luce. You will not be disappointed. While you're there, send me a Baked Potato Pizza, please?

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Ryan
May 11, 2012

You can donate your hair with only 8 inches but when I was looking at it they prefer "virgin" hair, and I dyed mine with a permanent dye a year ago. Guess it's not good enough anymore. I has hoping to donate it because it would give me an excuse to cut it off above my shoulders.

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Anna
May 11, 2012

Ah! I'm a born, raised, and still living here Minneapolisite. It's a really great city. Skip the MOA, it's just a really big mall. EAT AT BAR LA GRASSA. I cannot emphasize that enough. Get the orange cauliflower gnocci. If you're into art, the Walker is great. If you're into live music..... check out First Avenue. It's where I saw my first concert.... Buffalo Tom! I hadn't actually heard of the band until the Boiler Room episode, but they'll forever have a special place in my heart. If your not in the mood for sightseeing, you can just come over to my place, and we'll watch the whole series on DVD.

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Anna
May 11, 2012

Oh, and here's my sadly not-kept-up-with blog, where I occasionally talk about MN. http://ayearinthesouthernminnesotatriangle.blogspot.com/

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K
May 11, 2012

My recommendations for Minneapolis are the Walker Sculpture Garden and Namaste Cafe. And, if you want to do something kind of cheesy but also Minneapolisy and pretty, walk across the Stone Arch Bridge and check out the Mill City Museum.

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Erin
May 12, 2012

As a native Minneapolitan, I second the above comments: skip MOA. It's really just a big mall and the roller coaster isn't worth the hassle and annoyance of going there. If you're staying downtown, you should walk around by the river and over the stone arch bridge. And if you see a Nice Ride bike kiosk (they're bright green so hard to miss) check out a bike and ride around a bit! I hope you like it here!!

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Emily
May 12, 2012

We've got lots of wonderful things to do in Minneapolis. I hope that you get a chance to wander around and visit the city.

I agree with the rest of the comments, skip MOA. Its worth it to go once, but the constant crowds make it less than fun. P.S. We've got a Race for the Cure happening at the MOA on Sunday, so be warned...there will be an abundance of people around.

Happy Minneapolis!

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Kristen
May 12, 2012

French Meadow is a really fantastic restaurant in Minn.! Have fun in the Midwest, it's lovely here.

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Kristen
May 12, 2012

French Meadow is a really fantastic restaurant in Minn.! Have fun in the Midwest, it's lovely here.

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Tiera
May 12, 2012

Love the quotes from My So Called Life! Did you own a pair of boots like Angela's? I always wanted them.

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Kris
May 13, 2012

Ryan (and Holly of course), I donated mine to Pantene and it was dyed and they accepted it. Great tip - make a bunch of pony tails around your head so you donate more. This works well if you're going for a pixie cut. I donated lengths a little over 8.5 inches doing it this way. MSCL and Thirtysomething were my fave shoes way back when. I even did the Crimson Glow thing.

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Lauren
May 13, 2012

In addition to all of the other great Minneapolis suggestions, I have to put in a plug for my absolute favorite restaurant in all of the Twin Cities - Victor's 1959 Cuban. It's just the best. Pizza Luce is pretty well worth the visit, too, and there are several locations. They catered my wedding, so I have some love for them!

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Anna Louisa
May 14, 2012

Go short! Short hair is actually more high maintenance for me, so when people can just shake it and go, I always want them to embrace it :) Would you do the blunt bangs again? I loved those!

www.anna-bird.com

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Marieka
May 14, 2012

Jordan Catalano! At your office! I wonder if he leaned against anything? Hee hee.

Were they Frozen Embryos first and then Residue later on, or was it the other way around? I can never remember.

As for your hair, I'm in the minority that suggests that you keep it long, but only because I have a bias for long hair. I'm always wishing that I could grow my hair longer, but unlike your hair, mine isn't super thick, so when it gets past a certain length, it just looks "witchy" (hard to describe). But as others have commented, your hair looks great both ways.

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Kristina
May 14, 2012

Minneapolis is a beautiful place and you are lucky to come at such a great time! Try Tilia and Pizzeria Lola for awesome food. The lakes are a beautiful area, as is the river by the Stone Arch Bridge and the Northeast neighborhood fun. Have a great stay.

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Emily
May 14, 2012

Can I just say if we lived in the same town, I think we could be best friends solely based on MSCL references? I just discovered the Sundance channel shows a bunch of episodes on Sunday afternoon!

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Pickles & Dimes
May 14, 2012

I live in Minneapolis, too (there sure are a lot of us who read your blog)!

I second the Pyscho Suzi's rec - I was there last weekend and got a drink called the Psycho Zombie - so good! Also, 4onthefloor will be playing there this weekend because it's Art-a-Whirl, where more than 200 artists will be strutting their stuff in NE Minneapolis.

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kat
May 14, 2012

oh holly! that is such a bummer - brush with greatness! i heard he was also heading to google that day. in fact a friend of mine saw him at lyfe cafe in palo alto and said his eyes were looking super bright blue. i realize in telling you this, it's perhaps salt in a wound so sorry!

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rebecca
May 14, 2012

I've had the same thoughts with my own hair. Before you cut it all off and undo the work, though, try a good curl cream and some argan oil. You may find that your hair is perfectly suited for the occasional air dry, and all it needs is the right product. You could have wavy mermaid hair, and imagine how lovely that would be this summer!

Also -- check out updo's on Pinterest. There are some sassy, swoopy things you can do with a long head of hair. Maybe you'll find one that requires no more than a few bobby pins and a marginally-executed braid! I remember admiring this girl's updo in the elevator at work and thinking how classy and effortless she looked in an anthropologie kind of way.

If neither of those inspires you, then give it a good chop!

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margosita
May 15, 2012

I see I am a little late to this Minneapolis shout-out game. But I, too, am a Minneapolis reader! What did you do? I would second French Meadow and the Nice Rides as good options. And the Walker and Sculpture Garden, as well.

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Charise
May 17, 2012

Oh, the hair dilemma. I have been growing mine long for 3 years, and really love it. But then I see pictures of when I had it short, and I really love that too. I get antsy to cut it just to have it "be different". And I then I realize, once it goes short again, it will likely NEVER be long again. I hate the growing-it-out mid-lengths on me. Plus, I finally started having fun with it (braids and such) for the summer!

But in the end ... it's just hair. Cut it off, then grow it back out if you change your mind. :)

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