I was inspired by this post on “it braids.” I’m glad braids are back. Though not overtly crafty (about half of my intended DIY projects are failures, so I tend to keep those under wraps), I’m pretty good at self-braids. It’s one of my mother’s favorite stories: I came home from school and informed her all the other little girls had mother’s who could braid their hair and that she left something to be desired (i.e.: home cooked meals, sewn on girl scout badges—mine were hot glued at best, which doesn’t work). She told me “tough,” and that if I wanted a good braid I better get crackin’. I spent hours in the bathroom crying in frustration and stomping my feet, trying to braid my own hair until my arms went numb. Eventually I learned by hanging my head over the side of the bed. Now I can forgo this method and stay standing up.