My reply

Yesterday I posted about things I would say to my 16 year old self.
The comments I received varied.

Mostly you told me that 16 year old “me” was a lot like 16 year old “you.”
Well duh!
Who do you think I was tanning topless with?

Others made the point that 16 year olds wouldn’t listen to anybody anyway.
Very true.

But many said they were thankful to their 16 year old selves because the past has made them who they are today.
I thought that was lovely.

So lovely in fact, that I pulled out my old photo albums, and went through pictures of my 16 year old self, trying to remember how that time really felt.
I was fully  prepared to embrace those 16 year old emotions, and give credit to them for making me the woman I am today.

…this is what I came up with…

Sixteen year old me.
…ummm…hello 16 year old me.
Your hair is so fucken fuzzy.
See, this is the hair that made me embrace the invention of the straightening iron.

It was the memory of this hair rearing its frizzy-bitch self that made me panicky for the seven days we were in Florida.
Florida humidity caused that hair to try and make a resurgence.
It even cracked my straightening iron in half! Yes! Yes it did!
I had to drop $150 on a new straightening iron while on my vacation because I was miserable enough spending all that quality time with my family.
I was not about to do it looking like Bozo the Fucken Clown.

So 16 year old me has made me the woman I am today.
With straight hair.
And expensive hair products.


Yes, I know I keep posting this picture of myself, but come on, I’m hot here.
However, the whole point was to embrace 16 year old me.
So this morning I did something I haven’t done for a long time.
I resisted the urge to style my hair.
Instead, I let it air dry.
You just let out a little scream of fright, didn’t you?
It’s ok.
When I looked at myself in the mirror, I immediately broke out into a rendition of “Magic Man” by Heart.
I totally look like Ann Wilson!
Right? Right!
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62 Responses to My reply
  1. Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal
    November 13, 2010 | 1:15 am

    Ok, now I hate you a little bit because you have a body like that chick on your side bar trying to get me to try the Ab circle.

  2. <br><br><br><br><br>Dr.Sameena Prathap
    November 13, 2010 | 1:26 am
  3. SkippyMom
    November 13, 2010 | 2:07 am

    Your extensions are showing Sandra. LOL….kidding. Wait, no seriously…did part of your hair just give up and decide not to curl? That is a pretty DAMN interesting look you are styling their girlie.

    I'd take you anyway I could get you.

    Do they still make paper bags that big tho' I wonder?

    ::running away::

  4. A Daft Scots Lass
    November 13, 2010 | 2:28 am

    WOW 80's hair was fucking terrible. thank god for straightening irons.

  5. Confessions of a Closet Hoarder but you can call me Judy
    November 13, 2010 | 5:15 am

    My hair is stick straight. I used to pay big money to get that much curl. Now I have to use a straightening iron to iron the kinks out of the grays. Who'da thunk it?

  6. Diandra
    November 13, 2010 | 5:24 am

    Hey, I *like* your hair. Wish mine was more like that… it's completely straight and rather thin. But I think women are never satisfied, and least of all with their hair. ^^

  7. Blasé
    November 13, 2010 | 8:00 am

    When I look at myself in the mirror I'm in awe of what I see. Sometimes I have to fan myself so I don't pass-out.

    When did you lose your virginity?
    I was 21.

  8. Katy
    November 13, 2010 | 8:05 am

    Just catching up on your blog. I loved your advise to your sixteen year old self. I'm so glad I wasn't a teenager in the 80s, so many bad fashion memories I've avoided.

    Though my daughter left the house the other day with her oversized t-shirt tied at her waste with a big fat bow… and I had a really bad flash back to my elementry school days. When she walks out in neon pink leggings I think I'll faint.

  9. female, I shit you not!
    November 13, 2010 | 9:01 am

    U've come a longgggggggg way baby!

  10. Bridget
    November 13, 2010 | 9:12 am

    Magic Man…Bahahaha!!! The 80's need to stay far behind us!

  11. Gigi
    November 13, 2010 | 9:41 am

    As a woman who also suffers from wavy/curly/crazy hair – I have to know. What products are you using to get your hair that straight??? I can get mine to be semi-straight, but never like that!

  12. Erin
    November 13, 2010 | 10:22 am

    I'm w/ GiGi—I wanna know what products you use. My hair is a frizzy mess most days (hence ponytail city), and I need some intervention! HELP!


    p.s. you are HAWT! I'm jealous!

  13. bluzdude
    November 13, 2010 | 10:49 am

    If I would have met you when I was 16, I'da been following you around like a puppy after a pork chop.

    OK, now too.

  14. Another Day of Crazy
    November 13, 2010 | 11:03 am

    Loved it!!! I think we should do a bad day/good day comparison meme. I for one, would laugh my ass off. (And scare all my readers off with my bad day pic.)

    But how f'n fun!

  15. becca
    November 13, 2010 | 11:16 am

    we had a way of mking everything big in the 80's even our hair. totally love the post

  16. Bouncin' Barb
    November 13, 2010 | 11:20 am

    Sandra…big hair was in back then so you fit right in. Loved you at 16. Yes you are hot in that one!! I never knew how frizzy and wavy my hair ever was till I moved to South Carolina. Holy crap. But I've learned when all else fails, pin it up!!! I woke up this morning and had a birds next on my head…no lie.

    You are too funny. And cute as a button. Thanks for sharing these great pics.

  17. Just Plain Tired
    November 13, 2010 | 11:26 am

    Wow, now that's a head of hair! You look pretty good to me though. Feel free to post that picture any time. ;)

  18. Carla E. Knight
    November 13, 2010 | 11:32 am

    Yes, you look a bit like Ann Wilso. Better than looking like Janis Joplin, which I do.

  19. Evonne
    November 13, 2010 | 11:35 am

    Florida humidity is a nightmare for curly hair! When we vacationed there I was really close to shaving my head!

    I hate to admit it, but I think 80s "fashion" is coming back and my daughter seems drawn to it. As long as she doesn't tease her hair, I think we're good.

  20. karensomethingorother
    November 13, 2010 | 11:46 am

    Sandra, that was hilarious. I think we're long lost hair twins. Whenever I go any place humid, I just give up. Your 16 year old self was very cute though, and you rocked that 80's hair.

  21. Didactic Pirate
    November 13, 2010 | 12:05 pm

    That 80s photo is hot. You looked like Lisa Lisa without her Cult Jam.

    Ok, ok… your current photo is pretty awesome too.

  22. Mamma has spoken
    November 13, 2010 | 12:09 pm

    WOW that's some frizzy hair! But just wait, it will come back in style like it did in the 80's and you'll be ready ;o)

  23. Kimberly
    November 13, 2010 | 12:12 pm

    You are gorgeous! Also I would totally hate to be your shower drain cause I bet you clog the shit out of it on the daily.
    I wish I had your hair for realz.

  24. angel
    November 13, 2010 | 12:22 pm

    Strewth! you bought back some lovely memories here….. i paid a piggin fortune to have hair like yours! The 80s ROCK, well they did for me, best days of me life ….. if only i could remember them… LOL
    Loving your blog honey, thanks for the laugh.

  25. Baby Sister
    November 13, 2010 | 12:41 pm

    That was funny. :) I can't even imagine my hair doing that…

  26. gayle
    November 13, 2010 | 12:56 pm

    You are so cute no matter how you wear your hair!

  27. Linda Medrano
    November 13, 2010 | 1:22 pm

    Actually, I love the frizzy hair too! I got perms in the 80's but mine never got as "big" as yours! Okay, I think you're gorgeous either way, and would be even if you shaved it all off.

  28. Sparkling
    November 13, 2010 | 1:27 pm

    Everything else from the 80s has come back, it's only a matter of time until the hair does too… And ummm are those some ABS you are rockin'??????

  29. Sunshine and Summertime
    November 13, 2010 | 1:34 pm

    Now, imagine if you had curly hair – not wavy like in your pic – but really and truly CURLY.

    welcome to my life..

    It takes me nearly 2 hours to straighten my hair and that's just not something I have the patience for every day.

  30. Monkey Man
    November 13, 2010 | 3:37 pm

    Guess I'm lucky I don't have any hair to worry about.

  31. MamaOnDaGo
    November 13, 2010 | 3:52 pm

    I have to agree, the picture you keep posting of yourself is hot. I would do the same if I had a similar picture. I just don't think I have one where I'm toned and tan. Have I ever? =)

    I don't think I'd want to relive being 16 too long. Perhaps just for a day. Just enough time to remind myself how great living in the present is.

  32. Kara Hoag
    November 13, 2010 | 5:04 pm

    I have the exact opposite problem. I can spend over an hour curling my hair and be able to enjoy it for about a half hour before it is stick straight again.

  33. Jeanie
    November 13, 2010 | 5:18 pm

    I paid lots of $ to try to have hair like yours, but it never happened. I guess we always want what we don't have, especially when we are being our 16 year old self.

  34. Angela (the diet book junkie)
    November 13, 2010 | 5:35 pm

    Ann Wilson rocks, nothing to be ashamed of. :)

    and trust me, you don't even wanna know about my hair. without a massive amount of product, i look like a muppet.

  35. King of New York Hacks
    November 13, 2010 | 6:15 pm

    I dig the air dry, all the straight hair today makes me think everyone is looking like clones lol YOu're looking good either way, so don't worry so much. ;) …would love to hear ya break out Barracuda!

  36. A girl needs 2 Talk
    November 13, 2010 | 6:28 pm

    I think you look beautiful. Seriously. I have the frizzy hair too, btw. So, I know what you're talking about. BUT you really do look pretty. :) :)

  37. Joanne
    November 13, 2010 | 6:57 pm

    Your hair air-dried is exactly what my hair looks like air-dried. So I understand. I don't go anywhere without my straightening iron. I plan on being buried with it. True story.

  38. MommaKiss
    November 13, 2010 | 7:18 pm

    you're fekkin hot!

  39. Missy
    November 13, 2010 | 7:59 pm

    You are so funny!
    Love the Hair at 16!

    You are gorgeous…

  40. Shabbygalsnest
    November 13, 2010 | 10:27 pm

    Sandra, All I can say is thank God for the flat iron! That hair was a little scary! Traci

  41. Mrslmk28
    November 13, 2010 | 10:41 pm

    Love it!!

    Although I am wicked curious what your hair would look like with some curl product in it?! do it, do it, do it! ;)

  42. Sara @ Domestically Challenged
    November 13, 2010 | 11:38 pm

    I personally like it…or the expression on your face! Dang brunettes and their shiny hair.

  43. Zabrinah
    November 14, 2010 | 6:24 am

    Haha. You totally look like Ann Wilson. I am so jealous. My teenage pictures are nothing like this!

    This is another FABULOUS post!


  44. The Chicken's Consigliere
    November 14, 2010 | 9:45 am

    I was thinking Janis Joplin with that wild hair, but then I realized, I don't even know, really, what Janis Joplin looked like. I just imagine wild hair. But Ann Wilson, definitely. I have the opposite problem-flat, thin, stick to my head and never, ever do anything else hair. I can't even think of a rock star who has hair like mine, which may explain why I never made it as a rockstar.

  45. Ashley
    November 14, 2010 | 10:40 am

    hahahaha – I looovvveeee this! Your frizzy hair when you were 16 reminds me of mine. And you're hot today (so I would be posting that picture throughout my blog too!). LOL. You're blog is sooo funny – I love it!

    <3 Ash

  46. karensomethingorother
    November 14, 2010 | 12:14 pm

    that's weird…I typed up a comment to you about this, but my name became attached to someone else's comment. I morphed with another blogger! What happened?!? So, whoever wrote that her daughter is attracted to 80's style…somehow my name got stuck on the bottom of your comment.

  47. Dutch donut girl
    November 14, 2010 | 12:24 pm

    Where would we be without a straightening iron???

    You are one hot mama! With or without fuzzy hair.

    My teenage pictures look a lot like yours. Sixteen going on 17 or 18 :) It was all about being sexy.
    But to tell you the truth, I was a real dork. HA! Looks are deceiving.

  48. Mom of the Perpetually Grounded
    November 14, 2010 | 3:07 pm

    You are one of those lucky woman who is even more gorgeous now than at 16 and you were a doll then!
    I could have used some of that hair in the 80's, mine was always too fine to get more than 1 inch high in the front; )
    Ann Wilson..hee hee..Awesome!

  49. McKenzie
    November 14, 2010 | 3:08 pm

    You look amazing! Frizz or no frizz!

  50. Busy Working Mama
    November 14, 2010 | 3:38 pm

    OK don't kill me but I had to google Ann Wilson :) You have very thick nice hair! But how much hairspray did you have to use in that 16 year old picture to get that type of height? I could never master the poofy look.

  51. TheBabyMammaChronicles
    November 14, 2010 | 3:59 pm

    Haha, you do look like her! You were rocking that hair!

  52. Madame DeFarge
    November 14, 2010 | 5:25 pm

    Love it. I'd tell my 16 year old self to say yes to David Guthrie. Biggest regret of my life.

  53. Jill
    November 14, 2010 | 10:02 pm

    Girl, you are gorgeous then AND now.

  54. Pamela
    November 14, 2010 | 11:18 pm

    Even with the big hair, 80's hairstyle, you looked great! You should have seen what I looked like in the 80's – not pretty!!
    And, yes, I can see the Ann Wilson resemblance with the curly hair, but in your hot pic you remind me of a younger, not-so-crazy Paula Abdul – you're gorgeous lady:)

  55. Julie
    November 14, 2010 | 11:22 pm

    No matter the hair, your beautiful!!Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed week.

  56. Boobies
    November 15, 2010 | 12:01 am

    Didn't we all have wicked bad hair at 16?

    That picture of you IS hot..I'd keep posting it…forever!


  57. Flying high in the sky....
    November 15, 2010 | 12:59 am

    you look cute in that 16 yr old shot .. and look hot in present shots! beautiful!!

  58. Myya
    November 15, 2010 | 10:21 pm

    Ahhh big hair… gotta love it! Oh & your frizzy hair… I could kick your ass at frizzy hair :)

  59. Lady Fromage
    November 16, 2010 | 12:33 pm

    WOW! LOL, I thought mine went a little crazy!

    -Lady Fromage

  60. Laura @ The Things I Said I'd Never Do
    November 18, 2010 | 1:10 am

    If my house caught on fire I'd probably grab my Chi straightening iron before my kid. (my kid has been a royal ass pain all week)

  61. The Rheinlander's
    November 18, 2010 | 1:27 am

    Thanks for stopping by Keeping Up With The Rheinlander's. I love the pics!! Oh there is so much I would tell my 16 year old self… not that I would really want to change anything though! I am thankful for how things turned out for me : )

  62. Woman In The Midst: Raw
    November 18, 2010 | 9:00 am

    Gorgeous! That about sums it up.

    Oh and the "Magic Man" song? The guy that gave me my first kiss when I was 12 and he was 25 (!) would always play that song when I went to his house. :)

    Again, gorgeous – just in case you didn't get that the first time.

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