Last week I got my hair cut shorter than it has been for a while. Long bangs in the front with a short pixie in the back / I wish I was Michelle Williams-style. I am super happy with the look, but it appears from the range of positive to what my friends and I have dubbed the "Ugly Baby Responses," not everyone is as thrilled as I am.
The Ugly Baby Response is the gut-reaction semi-polite reply after being assaulted with the hilarious visage of someone's un-photogenic progeny. All babies a miracles, but some are more "Old Dancing Man from the Six Flags Commericals" doppelganger-miracles than most. Instead of squee-ing out a lie about "how cute!" or "adorable!" the child is, you can only muster a qualifier-less statements of fact i.e. "Oh my God! Wow! What a baby!," "Look at those FEET!," or "That. is. a. BABY!" The Ugly Baby Responses end up with the sonic quality and cadence of a compliment, but are in fact merely a damning statements of unadulterated reality.
Luckily I'm confident with my new 'Do (I've had it this short a few times before) so I take the "you are so brave!" and "I wish I had the face for that!" comments with the eye rolls and chuckles they deserve. I made a little animation below to show off my new style! / Play around with Photoshop CS5's updated animation timeline features (basically a mini-After Effects!)