After trying to grow my hair out for approximately ten months, I threw in the towel this morning and got it cut short again. I guess you could say I'm a quitter. Or maybe you could say I'm not-quitter, and that I quit on my short hair and have now not-quit by returning to it. Yes, you could say that.
Anyway it's back to short, but not blonde, and not so short as it was when it was all spikey. See for yourself with these silly animated before and after pictures below. You can also see how different (and better) it looks when I don't slouch. (I tend to slouch a lot, but I'm working on not doing it anymore.)