|“Glamorous & Witchcraft” by Gil Elvgren, 1962|
Wanna hear some BS? Last year on Jan 3rd I was getting dressed, thinking about my resolutions, and I snagged a stocking. After the profanity, I threw it in the hamper and scuttled away, slipping into a spare on the way out the door. I thought to myself, “I wonder just how much hosiery I shredded last year?” Alas, I had a plan… I would save all my runners (just the word makes me angry!) and at the end of the year I would know! Well, ladies and gentlemen, the fruits of my labor – the genesis of my idea realized at last. Isn’t it depressing. There must be over 50 pair there, plus odds and ends… Just remember, each of these represents a spike in my blood pressure. And, to boot, I ripped my left leg this morning. It must be Karma?… The final question is, of course, what to do with them now?… Oh, and you figure, at least, $20 per pair, you do the math. My legs are worth it.
As I’ve said repeatedly, I don’t do selfies! First, I’m not a 16-year-old megalomaniac filled with millennial narcissism. Second, I’m a professional girl and as a professional, I have no need to have my face (or anything else for that matter) scattered all over the internet. That’s just bad for business. So, no selfies!
However, to make a very important point I am willing to make a small (kinda-sorta) exception in just this one case. My business mate and I were traveling recently. He of course travels in his usual “dress for comfort with no regard to how you look” mode. Me, I always travel first class! (what I wear, not where I sit!) He was jabbing me about how it was a waste to travel in formal business attire and how crazy I was to be walking all over the airport in my shoes and how nobody else does that so I’m just plain crazy. I then explained to him the three most important reasons why I fly the way I do:
1) Dressing formally allows me an extra outfit (& pair) I couldn’t fit in my luggage,
2) I’m a professional and that’s just how I roll, and
3) He may not understand why I dress like a pro, but I’m the boss so go figure that one out!
Playing on my “ridiculous” travel shoes, he snapped this and tweeted something about how insane they were for an airport hoping his “army” of followers would comment on his post and make his point. They didn’t! Anyhow, I asked him to send me the shot and hence… the selfie… Enjoy it, it’s the only one you’re gonna get… You’ll just have to enjoy me vicariously through my wonderful words and magnificent taste in clothes, shoes and everything else!…
Yes, it’s true, I dropped off the map for a time. Last year it was for mom, this year it was for work. My company bought a company and I’ve spent the better part of the last four months living in hotels and meeting with a lot of different people in a lot of different places.
You may think I’m crazy but I promised myself no fun until the job was done! No posting, no shopping (I’m dead serious!), no concerts, no dating, nada… just a lot of 70 hour work weeks! I’m a goal oriented girl and this was a very important thing so I just had to bear down and push through it with no distractions.
HOWEVER, now that it’s finally done, I’m back! I’ll be posting regularly and opening back up the American Express! Amazon has really missed me… And I’ve really missed you!…
After a very long, very painful battle with a terrible disease, my mom has finally moved on to whatever’s next for us all. All the best in me comes from her… I love you so very much, and I’ll miss and think of you every single day for the rest of my life. You’re the best mom!
So, I’ve taken some time off. I wanted to spend as much of the the last few weeks with her as I could, and then sending her off in style and handling her affairs, it was a lot for me. You might understand what this is like… Anyway, with all that and getting caught up at work, I just had to dip under and hide away from the world for a time.
But perk up children! Like the beautiful buds of spring I have emerged from my cocoon and have so much to say and share. So, keep your eyes peeled, come back often (every day would be good!) and cherish those you love!…
Cheers! – aubadegirl