Herstory In the Making

A short movie about the last 20 plus years of my life, according to my hair. There’s music, so please adjust your sound. If you want.

Thanks Jannie and JD!

Posted on August 13, 2009 at 5:38 am by Natural · Permalink
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  1. Written by JD at I Do Things
    on August 13, 2009 at 7:25 am


    Bows in recognition of a comedy goddess

    Awesome. And I wouldn’t have sued you even if you HADN’T done hairstyling for all my happy employees. Oh, man. Brilliant. To make it even funnier (possible?) my computer froze at the 20 second mark as if to emphasize that Farrah hair-do to the max.

    Of all your looks and potential careers, I think the Conehead was the most likely. I’m sorry it didn’t pan out. I’m coming back later after I’ve had my coffee to watch this.


    thanks JD. i had fun playing with the photos after seeing it on Jannie’s blog, one thing lead to another and I have to grab a post when I can. I will say your post stayed with me all of yesterday like a catchy tune. I read it like a bazillion times. I even made a little rap to it while I was in the shower. What is wrong with me? I guess I was feeling kinda gangsta and had to resist the urge to go around asking people – for play of course – can I tap that?

    .-= JD at I Do Things´s last blog ..I Can Tap That so you don’t have to =-.

  2. Written by cardiogirl
    on August 13, 2009 at 7:34 am




    My favorite was the double for the chick from The Cosby Show and 0rpah (yeah, I’m afraid of her hence the misspelling). And I truly loved Mister’s second to last hair. It’s news anchor hair. Love that!

    Bra to the vo!

    Hey if your agent ever resigns can I take her place? Yeah, she’s a power chick in my mind.




    ah, wasn’t that hair do so Vannessa-ish? I have to go back and look at mr.’s news anchor hair, lol.
    And if my agent resigns or gets fired (you hear that woman) you get her job. Then you will be a power chick. Actually you’re already a power chick. and i want paper please.

    .-= cardiogirl´s last blog ..Would you like paper or plastic? =-.

  3. Written by Roschelle
    on August 13, 2009 at 10:26 am

    you are a riot. I love ya!!!!

    awh thanks, rochelle. much love back. and i love happy endings, yes ma’am.

    .-= Roschelle´s last blog ..I Love Happy Endings…. =-.

  4. Written by Ron
    on August 13, 2009 at 12:01 pm


    …I just want you to know that I watch this FOUR TIMES!!!!!!


    I bestow on you an Academy Blogging Award for this.

    And take a BIG bow because you deserve it!


    I could NOT stop laughing at Valley Jesse Raphaella!

    You’re one of the most cleverest, funniest, and unique bloggers I’ve ever met.

    So glad I know you, Val!

    you got me cheese’n over here, ron. that does mean grinning, right? how come i just can’t say i’m grinning from ear to ear. thank you sir. 4 times. wow. i think i watch it just to dance to the music. i watched it so many times last night when i should have been sleeping – will have to watch it again to see if it makes sense. :) thanks for the compliments ron, you guys who come here keep me going, even when i tire out, am confused and have doubts. thanks for visiting.

    .-= Ron´s last blog ..My Official Summer Bitch Post =-.

  5. Written by The Mother
    on August 13, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Hilarious. And so brave of you, digging up all those photos. I can’t stand to look at mine.

    the mother, i have to pull you aside for a bit and come clean – those pictures are of my face only. the website i used supplied hair styles and looks from different years only. there are no pictures of me growing up. but glad you laughed. yay.

    .-= The Mother´s last blog ..The Ten Commandments of Sending a Kid to College =-.

  6. Written by Max
    on August 13, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I cannot laugh loud enough to express how funny this is. They say laughter is good for the soul, and Val, you consistenly make my soul good.

    what’s up sister max. i’m glad you had a good laugh, it’s therapeutic for the soul. and speaking of therapy, i agree with you, so please don’t forget to schedule me an appointment. i’ll show up. just make sure you have a therapist for my therapist. she’s gonna need it. no wait, make it a him. ;)

  7. Written by Ricardo
    on August 13, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Oh, the girl on the Cosby show! What was her name on the show? I recall her real name, Tempest Bledso I think but can’t recall her character name. I met the Elvin guy from the Cosby show. He was the husband for one of the daughters. Really nice dude.

    Anyway who knew you had so many brushes with greatness? I grant immunity to bad haircuts in the 80s because it simply could not be avoided.

    vanessa was her name ricardo. you met elvin? cool. elvin was married to sandra, the eldest daughter. thanks for stopping by and the immunity. that’s sweet!

    .-= Ricardo´s last blog ..Acting Like An Author By Raul Ramos y Sanchez =-.

  8. Written by Vered - Blogger for Hire
    on August 13, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    That was awesome!

    thanks vered.

  9. Written by Hoodia
    on August 13, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Awesome clip!

    The Cosby show was my favorite back in the 80’s.

    same here. thanks!

  10. Written by Buf
    on August 13, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Based solely on your post, I was excited to get home so I actually watch the video (stupid work computer and their security limits…lol). Now after reading the comments, I can’t wait and am currently arguing with myself about whether I really and truly need to stay late tonight at work like I planned.

    i have the same security issues at work. hate it.

    .-= Buf´s last blog ..D Day!! =-.

  11. Written by sandy
    on August 14, 2009 at 8:41 am

    It’s official I split a gut

    sandy, this comment is gold. i loved it. i laughed a good while after reading it.

    .-= sandy´s last blog ..Wherever you fly off to this weekend – Hope it’s great !! =-.

  12. Written by Corrina
    on August 14, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    HILARIOUS!! I’m going to check out that site and see how hot I can make myself look. :-D Fun!

    i would love to see what you come up with corrina.

    .-= Corrina´s last blog ..Blah, Blah, Blah. =-.

  13. Written by Buf
    on August 14, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Great!!! You are too funny…keep up the good work!

    thanks buf, i must admit i had a LOT of fun with this. it makes me laugh. the music alone, keeps me happy. it has an old soul train feel to it that goes great with the old photos. i think i’m going to make another version of it. let it go? soon. :)

  14. Written by Debo Hobo
    on August 14, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Um diddo on the

    My Go–ooo-dddd!!!

    That was fun and funny. Love the crimp job! :)

    thanks debo, i enjoyed this one myself.

    .-= Debo Hobo´s last blog ..Flying High Friday: Go Bungee Jumping =-.

  15. Written by Margo
    on August 15, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    this is seriously the funniest, bravest thing I’ve seen in ages, Valley Jesse. NO LIE :)It must be nice to know you always have a promising career as a cutting edge hair stylist as a backup career… not that you need one!

    hi margo, thanks. i had fun with it. haven’t made a video in a while – i was just going to post the pictures, but i said, well let me see what else i can do with them and made a hairumentary.

    .-= Margo´s last blog ..Childhood Lessons in Creativity and Foodstuffs =-.

  16. Written by Raquel
    on August 16, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Ohhh maan…this is funny. I like this idea than writing a loooong and endless paragraph about yourself. Well, each of us has a life story though we can’t finish it one page. Anyway, it’s nice knowing you Valerie. Your hairstyle before really rocks! I’m sure those are the trends before.

    hey raquel, it was a lot of fun for me, thanks. a movie does break up the monotony of the written word, doesn’t it?

    .-= Raquel´s last blog ..BPI Frustrating Service =-.

  17. Written by Raquel
    on August 16, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Oh, you made me laugh again. I just noticed your title. Awesome! You’re a funny woman.

    after giving it some thought, i should have titled it hairstory, that would have been more accurate. oh well. next time. :)

    .-= Raquel´s last blog ..BPI Frustrating Service =-.

  18. Written by meleah rebeccah
    on August 17, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    OMG! Valley Jessy Raphaela is KILLING ME.


    I am peeing in my pants, and I am going to watch this AGAIN.

    hey you have to clean that up. lol. what’s up meleah! i’m going to laugh with you then. i really loved making this video. i makes me laugh and would look so great performed and narrated on stage, with a huge screen. ROFL. oh the silliness.

    .-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..Meleah’s Week In Review =-.

  19. Written by meleah rebeccah
    on August 17, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    The Oprah Hair is also a total classic.

    not 100% certain it’s oprah hair, but i had to go with my instincts and it was screaming oprah. at one time or another.

    .-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..Meleah’s Week In Review =-.

  20. Written by meleah rebeccah
    on August 17, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    The Lisa Bonnet style also rocks

    you know i wasn’t even thinking LB, probably because she’s lighter than i am – and i remember vanessa having a lopsided hairdo one season.

    .-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..Meleah’s Week In Review =-.

  21. Written by meleah rebeccah
    on August 17, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    the surprise ending of your daughters father’s photos are hysterical. I think I might have to check that website out!

    i’m going to get shot in the leg. again.

    .-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..Meleah’s Week In Review =-.

  22. Written by Lana
    on August 17, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    OMG! Thanks for the laugh…I’m glad my stomach’s mostly healed up or that would have been painful. I wish I could share my own story, but I have no photos from my youth. Too many bad memories…I gave whatever I had left to my aunt years ago.

    sandy already split a gut, meleah took care of her pants and the carpet, so no splitting open anything else. :) ooh lana, just give me the peace sign. hold your laughter until you heal, but when you feel better, bust a gut! until then, respect the pouch. hehehe. take care.

    .-= Lana´s last blog ..Bob Ross Lives =-.

  23. Written by Robin
    on August 18, 2009 at 2:05 am




    Is this the new voque for commenting? or the new vague?

    Funny, Val.

    oh i’m not sure what the new vague is. i can’t suppress it or i will blow up. think. laugh. have fun. guess i’m stuck on the laugh, have fun part. physical immortality is possible for sure. i’ll be over.

    .-= Robin´s last blog ..Physical Immortality Discussion On Oprah.com =-.

  24. […] second blogger that I’m stealing from is Natural, over at Thinking Out Loud. In her latest post, she created a lovely video of herself, loaded with photos, tweaked by YearbookYourself.com. I […]

  25. Written by Shinade aka Jackie
    on August 18, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Val this is really cool!! I think we all hd the hair thing going on in the 80’s didn’t we?

    I am so glad I dropped over and din’t miss this. I wish my scanner was working and I might just have the courage to show all of you my crazy hair dos!!

    I hope you have a great week,

    hey Jackie, glad you enjoyed. i had a lot of fun with it.

    .-= Shinade aka Jackie´s last blog ..The Base Of Buzzards Roost =-.

  26. Written by Jeanne
    on August 18, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Geez, Louise! My first visit to your blog and I’m ROLLING ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING and picking up dog hair in the process! You got the humor down to your toes, what talent. I’m gonna have to spend a little time going through every single one of your posts, so I’ll see you in a year or two.

    Your BEST message: quit takin’ life so friggin’ seriously! Thanks for that~~

    hey jeanne, welcome to my blog, glad your first visit was a good one. feel free to look around, it’s not all humor, there is a serious side to me in there…uuuh, somewhere.

    i enjoy laughing and love making people laugh. you are right, we can’t take life too friggin’ serious, i have to throw in some laughs or sum ting wong. thanks for visiting.

  27. Written by Barbara Swafford
    on August 19, 2009 at 2:53 am

    Hi Valerie,

    I’m still laughing as I type this. I can always count on you to come up with something original. You know, that’s what I love about you and your blog. You rock!

    hi barbara, funny you should mention original..i didn’t forget about you, that’s what my *thing* is about. geeze, i need to get myself together and find my straight face. thanks for stopping by.

    .-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..Our Blogs, Our Babies – Criticism Hurts =-.

  28. Written by Neo
    on August 19, 2009 at 3:39 am

    Can’t stop laughing…I was watching this video with my cousin and together we were just rolling in laughter for about 10 min. Its just awesome….You really rock……….lol

    hi neo and welcome to my blog, had to fish your comment out of spam, sorry about that. when i read your comment i started to laugh all over again at myself. i really enjoyed making the video, on a whim too. when i listen to the background music on the video on my way to work, sometimes i narrate the words and as the photos fade in and out on a big screen in my mind – don’t tell anyone the locals are starting to talk – and i laugh all the way to work. sad? well glad i made you laugh, that’s what i love to do. thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

    .-= Neo´s last blog ..Custom Glassware Etching Services For Wine Glasses, Champagne Flutes, Photo Albums, Pint Glass, Wedding Gifts, Margarita Glasses =-.

  29. Written by Urban Thought
    on August 19, 2009 at 8:50 am

    What up Natural?

    That is way too funny. The ending was great.

    nice to see you urban, hope everything is okay with you. miss seeing your photos. glad you had a laugh. the ending? well i’m still alive, so i’ll continue to laugh at it too.

    .-= Urban Thought´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday: Dog On Redbull? =-.

  30. Written by LaTonya
    on August 19, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    You are NUTS! That was fuuuuuuuuny! I’m at work, and was trying not to laugh out loud didn’t work! I have got to go to that site!

    “You are NUTS!” – i know. LOLOLOL. oh go ahead and laugh and tell a friend. that site is cool. glad it was posted and i found it. thanks for visiting.

    .-= LaTonya´s last blog ..Summer’s Coming To An End =-.

  31. Written by Tek Todd
    on August 19, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    I love the pictures……………as a previous commentor stated….you are brave!!!

    Ted Todd, hey there you. brave, no not really. crazy and silly, maybe. ;)

    .-= Tek Todd´s last blog .. =-.

  32. Written by D at seafoodpunch
    on August 19, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    holy schmoly. This is one of the most impressive things I’ve seen in a while. freaking hilarious!

    greetings Datseafoodpunch! awh thanks, appreciate the compliment. just having a lot of fun. :)

    .-= D at seafoodpunch´s last blog ..Cute As A Weapon =-.

  33. Written by Bring Back Pluto
    on August 24, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    As usual. Funny as hell!

    Love the Conehead look the best.

    Your Friend,
    Bring Back Pluto

    thanks Bring Back Pluto, i still laugh at this one myself. hey i saw a poll on a news website on whether or not pluto should be reinstated as a plant. i voted yes, it can’t help it if it’s small. the reason behind your name?

    .-= Bring Back Pluto´s last blog ..The Continuing Adventures of Bob the Vegan: "Dan, Dan the Porn Man" gets caught! =-.

  34. Written by Thomas Catmark
    on August 25, 2009 at 5:03 am

    There is something about a haircuts in particular decade that makes us all laugh of them in next decade. Now some haircuts looking like 80’s “short in front, long in back” idea are coming back. And within 15 years we will laugh at people who are wearing such haircuts again, just like we laugh of afro and other styles with long hair. Soon maybe shaving head will become funny? who knows?

    hey thomas and welcome to my blog. you have a point, afros were funny looking, but people, mostly dudes, wear them now and it’s okay. those haircuts from the 80’s were funny, but i guess with a baldie, there really is nothing to laugh at. :)

    .-= Thomas Catmark´s last blog ..Bird’s Nest =-.

  35. Written by Big Pumpkin
    on August 25, 2009 at 5:04 am

    You are too darn hilarious!!! I wish I could do something like this but with a newborn right now, it’s close to impossible because I’ll bet it takes a bit of time. Thanks for making the effort though, on our behalves!

    oh gosh you had the baby, dang. i missed that one. i will be over to see if you have any pictures up. congratulations. tee must be having a ball playing big sister. yeah it took some time to do, several hours, but it was fun, i was making it up as i went along. thanks for stopping by.

    .-= Big Pumpkin´s last blog ..Do you know what a POS System is? =-.

  36. Written by Hicham
    on August 26, 2009 at 9:45 am

    This is interesting. I think you’re proud of this journey so far :)

    hey hicham, nice to see you again. um proud of my journey, my real journey? yes and no.

    .-= Hicham´s last blog ..Book Shopping =-.

  37. Written by Mike Foster
    on August 27, 2009 at 2:09 am

    That was priceless. You obviously have a lot of self confidence to share with the world your “hairy” adventures through the years. Me? Well, you know that I just miss my hair.


    oh darn, is my self-confidence showing? i will tuck it back in. well those weren’t really photos of my hair styles, but could have been i guess if i had any photos of me growing up. just an entertaining way for me to play with the photos on the site mentioned at the end of the video.

    .-= Mike Foster´s last blog ..Plum Crazy! =-.

  38. Written by Jannie Funster
    on August 27, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Valerie, you certainly went far above and beyond the call of duty on this one! I laffed and laffed. Very creative. I thought your other half looked really cute in the final one. And my kid has said that same thing to me too, wanting to look like her dad, not me. And I can’t blame her!

    I would’ve loved your Talk Show I’m sure. Maybe it’s not too late…

    hey jannie, hope you had a good vacation. well, you inspired this post after reading yours, so thank you. i had a lot of fun with it.

    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Post-Vacation Contemplation =-.

  39. Written by Eren Mckay
    on August 27, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    That is so cool! Love it – hilarious :-D
    I’m gonna show my boys this and also go to the site to make their yearbook- just for fun.
    This is great- thanks for sharing,
    All the best,
    Eren Mckay

    Greetings Erin, it was a lot of fun, I’ll check your blog to see what you come up with. Thanks for visiting.

    .-= Eren Mckay´s last blog ..Baby shower name that candy bar game guess (the chocolate) =-.

  40. Written by Tricia
    on August 28, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Fantastic video!! I love when people make fun of themselves. My video would be very scarry, but cute. How many girls do you think had a shaved head for a couple years in high school? ;)

    Hi Tricia and welcome to my blog. I laugh at myself before others get a chance to or I laugh with them. I do some crazy and silly things, can’t help but laugh. Shaved head, huh? Very different. Thanks for stopping by.

    .-= Tricia´s last blog ..Monkey taunts tigers video =-.

  41. Written by Jannie Funster
    on September 9, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Just passin’ thru… :) Hoping for a new Valerie Spectacular but I can, and will, wait.

    hey jannie. i’m coming. see you soon.

    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..What To Do When The Power Goes Out =-.

  42. Written by THE GUYS
    on September 11, 2009 at 4:06 am

    We’re looking forward to your next post!!

    Hope all is well.

    i know. i’m sorry. it is coming, nothing funny though.

    .-= THE GUYS´s last blog ..Our Inner Ram =-.

  43. Written by Lin
    on September 13, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    OMG, Valerie!! That was great. Scary, but great.

    thanks Lin. this is one post that will always make me laugh because it is scary. it was late. heheheh.

    .-= Lin´s last blog ..Spot the Jackass (or How to Annoy Your Neighbors) =-.

  44. Written by meleah rebeccah
    on September 14, 2009 at 8:03 am
  45. Written by Cath Lawson
    on September 15, 2009 at 10:49 am

    LMAO Valerie – You are brave. I had some terrible eighties hairstyles and nineties come to think of it but I wouldn’t dare show them on my blog. I had the exact same “hairspray” one as you did – I cut it myself because my mother said it wasn’t worth paying for the things I did to my hair.

    hey cath, i’m not brave at all or am i? those weren’t my actual hair styles, but they were provided by the site, yearbookyourself.com. if i had pictures of myself back then though, i’m sure some of the styles would have been spot on.

  46. Written by Jennifer
    on October 4, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Brilliant! Just brilliant! I could not stop laughing the whole way through even if I tried!! You have such a great way with words. :o)

  47. Written by Buy My House
    on October 14, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Great presentation. nice story. I can not stop laughing!

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