In Which I Delve So Deeply Into Lady Crap That I Alienate My Sole Remaining Male Reader; Truly, It’s About to Get Girly in Here to the Point That Even Mentioning Futbol and Pork Won’t Salvage the Situation, So I’ll Merely Thank You, Dogged Male, for Hanging on This Long, Especially Through All Those Posts That Pissed on and on About Chocolate and Shoes

27 Responses

  1. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    It's gorgeous! You're gorgeous!

    And even though I was already in love with you before, I am even more in love with now that I know I was not the only 12-year old whose very favorite book was The Good Earth.

  2. alwaysinthebackrow says:

    How chic! I don't know the Italian word for chic, so I will stick with what I know.
    It should not have taken small, olive-skinned Italian girls to make you feel gorgeous. You ARE!!! (and it appears that you are happy, too-a big bonus!)

  3. jess says:

    So pretty! I like the new haircut. And you DO have beautiful hair. I mea, RAndy might have been slightly tipsy, but he was on the ball when it came to appreciating a lovely Pippi impersonator.

    Aaand now you've got the song running through my head. Curse you, Pippi.

    Oh and speaking of Astrid Lindgren, have you read Ronia the Robber's Daughter? You must get it for girl if she hasn't read it. It was one of my favorites.

  4. kmkat says:

    If you are gonna have a make-over, do it in a salon in Florence, Italy, surrounded by chic and gorgeous Italians. That's what I always say. What a great, great look!

  5. Jeni says:

    How true it is that those feelings that hit us in adolescence pertaining particularly to our looks but also extending to cover clumsiness and artful conversation among a few other stupid things, do tend to latch on and follow us forever! (Just the same way fat cells once acquired invite their family, friends and even some enemies to come camp out in this body forever and ever. I envy anyone right now who can get a haircut. One of these days though, I will have enough of that substance growing atop my head that I too can go get it cut and will forget all about the days of baldness and a few other things. (I do have a tiny soft covering forming on my head these days that is growing as fast as it can to provide warmth again but of course, just like everything else in my life, it's not growing fast enough to suit me.)

  6. monica says:

    well helloooo !! ( like my 18 year old says all the time these days..) Bella Pippi with a twist!
    Love your smile! Your hair too! Allthough I adored the curls you used to have…

  7. secret agent woman says:

    You have great hair, although it looks more gold than red to me. But I htink most of want what we don't have and most of us have an adolescent view of our bodies. I had the opposite growth pattern, so now as I'm approaching 50 and I still am surprised that men will insist that I don't have small breasts.

  8. haphazardlife says:

    Damn you're HAWT! I love it!!! It's beautiful.

    And I really love that last phrase: and the wine-soaked meatballs inside of it

    Come to Montreal and we'll soak our meatballs some more.

    – Jazz

  9. Pearl says:

    Smooth and delicious. You look like dessert. 🙂 Happy dessert.


  10. unmitigated me says:

    I LOVE it! And the asymmetry is just one of the wonderful parts. Menopausal me currently has enough testosterone to qualify as a semi-male reader, and I'm still here.

  11. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    Lovely hair! Shiny, smooth and beautiful color! Way to take advantage of Euro-styling.

  12. Erin says:

    Oh so cute!

  13. Deborah says:

    So for the last three days I've been trying not to think about you, shoring up my disappointment about our not-meant-to-be Florentine rendezvous by convincing myself that I might not have really wanted to climb all those steps to the Duomo.

    But this? I don't think you have the first idea how much I would have loved to be there. You have GUTS, girl, to put yourself in the hands of a unrecommended Italian hairdresser AND to tell her to do whatever she likes. Fair takes my breath away. On the other hand, it takes 4 years to learn to be a haridresser in Italy, so they know what they're doing.

    It's funny what Italy does to people – well, women, anyway. I had my first ever manicure in Rome, 'cause it just seemed like it was the perfect place to make yourself pretty. On the same trip, my statuesque daughter discovered that her curves were appreciated there and felt, for once, like she fitted right in.

    Fabulous 'do, mia bella .

  14. tattytiara says:

    I don't think your head looks like any kind of food, pasta or otherwise! I really like the shape from the side, and you look great.

  15. Amy Jo says:

    Great post–and great new hair! Juniper and I just started reading Pippi L–weird timing. It's not like people quote Swedish children's literature often… I have a great friend (strawberry blonde as can be) who always got a little miffed when people dyed their hair red. If you didn't suffer through childhood as a redhead, she said proudly, you don't deserve the red hair now. You certaintly deserve it!

  16. alwaysinthebackrow says:

    Wait-this is to Amy Jo above—-you have a child in your life named Juniper??? My son and daughter-in-law are naming their soon-to-be-born daughter Juniper Rae. No one had ever heard of a child named Juniper. Now I can prove that it is a beautiful name for a child. Thank You!!!
    Oh, sorry, Jocelyn, I just had to say that. Hope it didn't mess up your blog too much.

  17. geewits says:

    What a wonderful Valentine's Day gift! For you and for Groomeo.

  18. C-leen says:

    Che bella!

  19. Mother Theresa says:

    Bellissima! That looks like one happy Jocelyn. And here you were all disappointed about "having" to go to Italy instead of Egypt. I bet you wouldn't have gotten such a fabulous haircut there. Oh, and I promise not to bop you on the head with the toilet paper, if and when we should ever meet, because that would mess up the hair. 😉

  20. Anonymous says:

    It boggles my mind that people get picked on for having red hair. I had the opposite problem – people were always too appreciative and interested in my hair. "Where'd you get that red hair from?" was almost always the first question people asked me, and as a painfully shy kid I just wanted everyone to leave me alone. And most of my classmates didn't really know me that well, so when we were forced to compliment each other for projects the most frequent comment would be, "She has nice red hair."

    Anyway, the haircut is lovely, as are you.

    – Audrey (formerly yinyang)

  21. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    You look fabulous, Dahling, FABulous. That is exactly the haircut I've been trying to get for about three years, but apparently it's beyond the reach of stylists in this city so far from Italy. I am going to mail myself to you posthaste 🙂 so you can take me to your sophisticated stylish ladies who cut some mean hairs. I LOVE it!!!

  22. Mother Theresa says:

    You're stylish, so tag, you're it!

  23. lime says:

    so you're saying perhaps the more swarthy types would feel appreciated in sweden? 😉

    ah, i am glad you had a bit of salon provided healing. you deserve it. you look mahvelous!

  24. Patois says:

    Oh the adventures you're having! Down to getting your hair done up in Italy!

    You look gorgeous.

  25. Michelle Wells Grant says:

    What an exciting post for me to return to after a looooong absence. Bella indeed! A makeover that you really didn't need but nonetheless, it IS exciting! I bet it's somewhat liberating!

  26. actonbell says:

    Great pictures, I love that color! It looks great on you, and the hairstyle, too. And such an experience, too:)

  27. Star says:

    What a moment that must have been. Being the bella of the ball(a). Having been to Florence I know what you mean. All the women have such a sense of style.From your photos, I must say you should blend right in, except of course, for your hair color.

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