Monday, June 22, 2020

UPDATE FOR RAVEN SALON!!!

JUNE 2020 SALON UPDATE!

HEY, Y'ALL!!!
It's been a couple weeks (months? hours??) since we last gathered here, so welcome back! Summer has officially arrived, and so has Phase 2 for King County. This means that salons and barbershops in Seattle are now permitted to reopen. I don't yet have a firm date, but Raven Salon is hoping to reopen by July 1st, 2020.
  
Which is all sorts of YAY!!! 

But here's the thing: I am immunocompromised. I have a serious, chronic health condition that initially caused irreversible nerve damage but is now (thankfully!) very well managed by medication. This vital medication works by suppressing my immune response, which puts me at High Risk for Covid-19 complications.Therefore, I hope you'll understand that for health reasons, I will not be cutting hair under any circumstances in the forseeable future. If I *do* return to the salon industry, it won't be before Oct/Nov 2020.

That's the TLDR status update: If you're willing to hang out for a couple more paragraphs, I'll help you prepare for future salon visits, because the new shop protocols are VERY DIFFERENT from past routines.

While there are no national guidelines yet for salons, I received my BARBICIDE COVID-19 CERTIFICATION on June 5, 2020, and am completing a Johns Hopkins contact tracing training course online.

Basically, For Clients:

--Everything will be appointment-based: there are no more walk-ins, waiting rooms, or offered beverages. You will be texted when it is time to come into the salon for your appointment, until then you will be in your car or standing outside the shop. No handshakes or hugs. No extraneous companions. No children. Preferably no personal items outside of a cell phone, keys and wallet. Contact-less pre-payment via smart watches or smart phones or via online payment systems such as PayPal or Venmo will be mandatory and/or preferred.  

--You will be asked to wear a face mask for the duration of your appointment, and also to wash your hands upon entering the salon. You may be asked to wear gloves after that. If you don't arrive with a mask, preferably one with ear-elastics, you'll have the opportunity to purchase one for a nominal fee before entering the main floor of the salon.

--You will be asked to sign a boiler-plate liability waiver releasing the salon and all of its employees from responsiblity if you believe that you contracted Covid-19 from your salon visit.

--Your temperature will be taken electronically upon entrance. You may be asked about cold symptoms, or recent travel outside of the United States. 

--My BARBICIDE COVID-19 training states that the old "Oh, it's just allergies," excuse won't fly; any incidence of sniffling, sneezing, or coughing will immediately postpone your appointment two weeks, no matter WHAT the cause of symptoms. Shout-out to the truly allergic folks out there: you're gonna have to medically prepare for your haircuts!!!

There is much more to relay! But y'know, I've still got birthday cake & ice cream in my fridge from this past weekend, so I'm gonna leave this here and tuck into that right now. Will post more hair appointment advice soon, thanks for reading this far!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Soooo....Raven Salon is Closed, Until Further Notice


COVID-19 UPDATE: 

Per State Mandate, We're Closed as of 3/17/2020

So...things have changed since my last post!!!
Not just for me, but for all of us--I hope you are healthy and on the lowest possible end of Life's Disruption Scale. I'd really hoped that my most recent post (featuring my hours & new rates after Raven Salon's April 1st price adjustment) would be the last Big News for quite a while, but that doesn't seem to be the case. 

Due to Governor Jay Inslee's mandate closing hair, nail and waxing salons as of St. Patrick's Day (3/17/2020), Raven Salon has paused operations indefinitely. We are aware that this mandated closing will most likely last several months, but we are trying not to panic just yet. 

What Does This Mean For You?

You are going to be shaggy. Unbelievably, flammably shaggy.
We'll have tons of grown-out hair to work with: long, beautiful hair! Keep the faith & hold on, I'll be there for you on the other side!!!


What Does This Mean For Me?

As an independent contractor...this situation honestly ain't great. I have a little bit of a cushion (thank you, fizzled-move-to-Austin-that-I-nattered-on-about-all-year!) but the longer this closure lasts, the quicker my kittycat Felicia goes from this:



to this:



I know there's nothing we can do. I figured salons would close at some point (due to the less-than-six-feet nature of haircuts), but to have my entire industry shut down indefinitely is frightening. This disaster has loosened some of the federal restrictions for self-employed folks / independent contractors / small business owners to receive unemployment benefits, so am applying for everything and hoping for the best. 

I'm also putting feelers out for writing/editing/blogging work. My OG clients know that I hold an MFA in creative writing from UW and have provided content, editing, and SEO for several respected winery blogs. I'm on LinkedIn and you can find my portfolio here.

I guess that's all for now. This is weird, not seeing you guys!!!

I hope we all get through this with our sanity intact and a roof still over our heads. I will post updates on this blog asap, and want to thank you again for your patronage and loyalty over the years, I really appreciate it and am honored that I've been able to be a small part of your lives for so long--and hope that continues!

Take the very best of care, I look forward to seeing you as soon as is prudent. Let me know how you're doing in the comments, please!
xx--P

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Paullette at Raven Salon Hours and Rates


Hey There, It's 2020!!!

This is Paullette at Raven Salon

1213 Pine Street, Seattle WA 98101

HOURS:
Friday, Saturday, Monday:
9:00am to 3:00pm
(appointments starting 10:00am)

Sunday:

11:00am to 5:00pm
(appointments starting 11:30am)

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

If you're here, I've either cut your hair or slipped you my card at a writing / editing event (find my portfolio here).

I love and value each and every one of my clients. Without your support and loyalty, I would not be where I am today. Starting April 1st, Raven Salon is implementing a Price Revision, and I am raising my own rates at that time. This adjustment honors my high level of skill, education, and experience; recognizes the increased cost of doing business in Seattle; and allows me to continue providing you with the best customer service possible. 

Starting April 1st, 2020:

Short Haircut   $43
Cut using clippers, scissors, or combination for hair shorter than jaw length, including fades

Long Haircut   $50
Cut for hair that is jaw length or longer

Buzz Plus        $21
Cut using more than one clipper length with minimal tapering

Buzz Cut         $10
Cut using a single clipper length with minimal tapering

(Raven Salon's menu features additional price increases)

I don't say enough how much I love and appreciate my relationships with you, but please know that I treasure your loyalty and support. Thank you again! 

Paullette

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy New Year & Last Minute 2014 Post!!!

Hello, my Chickens!!!

It's been many-many moons, I *know,* but rest assured that you've been in my thoughts the whole time. And thank you for checking in!!! You are very sweet, and the best of the best.

My most recent publishing news is that my flash essay, "Nobody Loves You, Nobody Cares: Why Your Unpublished Memoir Should Stay That Way" has been published on Intellectual Refuge, you can read it here: http://www.intellectualrefuge.com/vol7/your-memoir

My beloved sweetie-catgirl face, Kiki, passed away on April 6, 2014 from stomach cancer and this event destroyed my world. She was almost 19, I'd had her for 12 years, and we were mates to the soul.





I was in quite a dark place for many months afterward so was not writing, or thinking of writing, or caring about writing, and was radio silent on many fronts, including this blog. I then had the impromptu chance for a trip to San Francisco with the lovely & talented Patti Vonne, my best friend from high school who is an accomplished actress and Austin-based rock star (http://www.patriciavonne.com/):




This trip was a lovely break from my sadness/daily routine after Kiki's passing, and it was great to see Patti again in person for the first time in 8 (!!) years. I was born in the San Francisco area, so Patti kindly indulged my desire to dine at Fisherman's Grotto, my parents' old hangout:



  We had a lovely time, it was such a great trip!



Before Kiki's illness, I had already planned my trip to the first annual Walker Percy Weekend, a literary festival in St. Francisville, LA, June 6-8, 2014. It was good to see family in the area and experience the festival, meeting folks from all over who shared a love for Percy's work. And, of course to share the incredible food provided by Chef Cody Caroll of Hot Tails restaurant! They're doing it again this year, you should check it out: http://www.countryroadsmagazine.com/miscellaneous/walker-percy-festival









There were scholarly discussions of the themes of Percy's work, held in the old town hall by panels of  LSU professors, and tours of the nearby Entergy nuclear plant and Angola prison (sites in Percy's books; I went to Angola), and a whiskey porch tour, where various historical houses hosted a Percy-approved whiskey cocktail on their porch, and attendants mingled before yet another feast in the center park. I highly recommend this literary conference, even if you haven't read a word of Percy's work (but, regardless, you should TOTALLY read The Moviegoer): the fantastic food and kind folks are too good to pass up, just GO.

I attended the 4-day Writers Police Academy in Greensboro, NC, in early-September (*awesome*), then in mid-October went to San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the first time in far too many years to visit family:







I had a wonderful time in the Caribbean, but unfortunately the nerve root compression issue that first reared its head during my writer's conference in North Carolina increased in severity upon my return to Seattle, and I experienced buzzing/tingling/paralysis of my arms  4 x a week. A visit to a neurologist explained nothing, just called for an MRI which I can't afford. Physical Therapy/Posture Correction has helped a *bit,* but am still experiencing frequent paresthesia episodes despite my best efforts. So, it seems an MRI is in order whether I want/can afford it or not, and I assume will lead to ever more costly procedures after that.

In short: I haven't been writing much these past months.

I am volunteering with the local Humane Society, and fostering cats, and reading as much as I can (140 books this year, with the Goodreads challenge). It has been good to have a cat around the house again, and good to luxuriate in reading, but I know that decisions soon need to be made: a cat must be adopted at some point, and an avid reader must turn to writing.

I am on the verge. I know that I'm a writer, to the bone I am a writer, but I just can't produce words at the moment. It's not due to a lack of ideas, or a lack of needed revisions to existing work. There is work to be done, oh BOY do I know there's work to be done. I, however, currently lack the desire? strength? will? to do it. My cat is dead, my arms seize up at random, I am awash in self-pity and am using these arguably valid excuses to keep myself from writing. I am not a good patient, and am *barely* a decent writer, so this situation does not bode well.

In any event, all of this is why I haven't blogged for a while; it's messy, no?? I'm proud of my Intellectual Refuge publication (http://www.intellectualrefuge.com/vol7/your-memoir), but know that I need to work on the next piece; am only as good as the next piece.

But my goodness--my darling chickens!!! You did not tune in to hear of all this silliness. You want to know that I am okay, and that I'm writing, and these things are indeed true but I do not know when I will have another published work for you to enjoy, but you will be the first to hear, *here* on this blog, which I will attend to in future better than I have in 2014.

Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU for your continued interest and support, it means a great deal. Blessings and facilitations, --P




Sunday, May 11, 2014

"Celebrity Sperm Bank" Is Back, In Storylandia 12!!



Hello Chickens,


I've MISSED each and every one of you!!! There's so much to say, but all I can manage at the moment is letting you know that my VERY FIRST published story, "Celebrity Sperm Bank," has just now been reprinted for a blissful second life in Storylandia 12: http://wapshottpress.com/2014/05/11/storylandia-12-is-now-on-sale/. CSB is one of my personal faves, I think you'll enjoy it more than runny eggs & hash browns...well, it's a close tie. Please check it out, I DO believe it will be time well spent!!!!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Erotique Issue 5 Out Now From Wapshott Press!



Greetings after many moons!!!

I write with Good News--Erotique 5 (featuring two of my sexy-stories) is now available in print and on Kindle!!! http://ero.wapshottpress.com

The Spring should bring a couple of other story publications as well, which is also good news. I hope to update this blog well before those notifications, but the old track record isn't looking so good lately, is it?? I suppose I'll blame the holidays for my dearth of updates, and also my apparent new career as Microwave Assassin--have managed to kill two new ovens in three months, which I suspect is due more to an electrical outlet issue than the start of a mid-life of crime.  More Blame: Work is work is work, the cat's health has taken a teeter on the totter side recently, and I can't seem to stop reading Laura Florand's fantastic  Chocolate  novels. 

And there's Winter....(shudder-shudder). Not the most conducive season.

BUT, AWP is in town so writing is in the air, and with it the incentive to improve my correspondence skills. 

Cheers and Happy Spring, and I do hope you'll check out Erotique 5!!!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

My Client John Coons ROCKS--Check Out His Latest Webisode (With My Cameo!)

Chickens! I normally try to keep a substantial wall between my writing- and hair- personas on this blog, but right now I just can't help myself: my supremely talented singer / songwriter / actor client  John Coons is releasing the full video of his one-man show, "Six Months For Six Weeks," in six, 13-minute Webisodes, the latest of which features a cameo of Moi,Truly!!!  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx38gNyHcfE, minute 8:19-10:01, FYI).

John is--of *course*--a genius, which is evident in ALL thirteen minutes of this episode, as well as the entirety of Webisode One: http://johncoonsmusic.com/six-months-for-six-weeks/ . However, he--as a talented and attractive performer--is used to the limelight, while I am NOT, so I will continue to plug my minute-and-a-half of Web Glory both here and on Facebook. I DO hope you will check out either one or both of his Webisodes; he is smart and funny and lovely to gaze upon. And--just between you & me--I have to admit that his hair DOES look great, so if you like what you see, come on down to Raven Salon, where we support both the arts and great hair!!!

Ciao for now, chickens--there's a salmonella outbreak going on, but I still LOVE YOU!