In more cheerful news, I would like to introduce you all to the privilege of getting a dye job when you have a lot of white hair. For the past dozen years or so I've been using some really cool hair dyes that combine a base colour very similar to my original hair colour (almost black) with a tint of something fancy – mostly blue-black, but I tried a few reddish ones as well. The result was a dark brown with a mere shade of the extra tint. But now, I have lots of white hair – as in, lots and lots and lots of white hair (can't imagine why that happened during the past year and a half, eh?) Bottom line, when I get a dye job now, the extra tint becomes really intense on the white hair. Last month I did my usual blue-black and I got this really bright shade of indigo. And yesterday, I did chestnut-auburn and now I have a headful of sparkling copper When I return from vacation, I'm trying the platinum blonde. I figure I'm at an age where I can allow myself a few eccentricities.