Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Shall We...Capri?

I put out a request on Facebook recently, a cry for help if you will, looking for suggestions of topics about which to write.  I got a few random subjects, one of which debuted yesterday talking about hair, and one that sounded like it had an entire back story of its own, and since I had not been present for said story I could not presume to detail it in text. Today’s winning topic is capri pants.  See, random.  Actually, let’s not say winning.  I’m not sure how winning this is going to be.  Chosen topic.  Better. Capri pants.  What about them?  Why them?  Why now?  I suppose because warmer weather is here.  It’s too hot for regular pants but you’re not quite ready to expose your entire leg so you showcase your ankle and lower calf.  Just a little at a time.  Then when you’re comfortable enough you can work your way up to Bermuda shorts.  It’s like a time-lapse strip tease.   Just remember to continue to shave as far as is necessary as your hem rises. I daresay you will never see me in capri pants, pedal pushers, clam diggers, etc…  One reason is because I am short.  Not to say that capris should not be sold to short people.  Wear what you want.  I just prefer not to look any shorter than I already am.  The raised pant leg breaks up the line of the leg and just chops you right up.  At a statuesque 5’4”, I prefer to look as tall as possible and I cannot do so wearing capri pants. Another reason I don’t wear them is because I’m fairly certain that my ankles are going to get cold.  I just don’t think shoes and knee socks are the right match for capris.  It kind of defeats the purpose.  You could put on leg warmers but then, for all anyone else knows, you’re just wearing pants.  They can’t see the exposed six inches of ankle, as it is no longer exposed.  I also feel that I don’t have the appropriate footwear. Furthermore, do not confuse capri pants with highwaters.  They are not the same.  Inexplicably, though, even highwaters had a brief popularity in the last few years.  I have no clue as to why.  It just looks as though you are not aware that your pants are a little too short.  Like you had a growth spurt.  You’re 34, you had no growth spurt, you just have bad taste in pant lengths. Cousin to the capri pants is the utterly horrendous gaucho, since we’re talking about highwaters and other such tasteless trousers.  Gaucho pants also saw quite the resurgence in the millennium, though God only knows why.  I still see them on occasion and wonder why.  It’s as though someone wanted all the flowing movement of a circle skirt with the practicality of board shorts.  Thus was spawned the red-headed step-child of both items, the gaucho.  Yet another incarnation of short pants you will never see me wear. The weather is turning hotter every day.  Sadly, the capri pant is just not an option for me.  If it’s that hot, I’m wearing shorts. Then my entire leg can get cold instead of just the ankle. So what say you? Do you Capri? And just what shoes are right for those things?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Gimme A Head With Hair

Hair.  I think it’s safe to say that at one point or another each of us has/had some.  As we all know, eventually, aforementioned hair has to be cut.  Maybe because people keep commenting on what a pretty little girl your son is, and he is, by the way.  Maybe your high and tight turned into a low and loose.  Or perhaps it’s just the one thing you have control over since that bastard broke up with you. Maybe you’ve been mistaken for Bill Golden?  What’s worse, you don’t even know who that is. Our first haircuts are not our personal choice.  They are at the behest of our keepers, parents if you will.  The general time frame for that first trim is in the first 3-4 years of life, unless you’re my cousin Heather whose first haircut came just shy of her eleventh birthday. No, not really.  She was eight.  Eight and four months. For my eldest child’s first haircut, I had a full bag of Tropical Starburst at the ready and a fully charged iPod so he could play Angry Birds to distract him.  He was three.  After I saw the pictures of his birthday party and wondered why Justin Guarini was wearing my son’s football jersey, I knew it was about that time.  Afterwards, he looked a lot older. CAUTION: just because they look older does not mean they will act older. My second child’s haircut is looming in the near future as his resemblance to Shirley Temple becomes more and more prevalent. At times, one may find him or herself on the receiving end of a bad haircut.  Then what?  You could find a different stylist/barber to fix the feature that is making you look like the lead singer of The Cure.  Or, if you have the cojones, you can leave it, make it work, and tell people it’s exactly the way you told them you wanted it.  It’s so avant garde. What happens when you don’t realize that you have actually been follicularly massacred?  Is it even worse when everyone knows but you? No, and I’ll tell you why.  Because as long as you like it, you probably aren’t aware of the fact that other people think you look like half a Flock of Seagulls.  I know this from experience, though I did not rock the Flock. I was trying to remember if I had ever gotten a bad haircut  and I simply could not think of one.  Then I remembered the ‘do of middle school.  Sadly, it was my choice and I liked it, but I might as well have been wearing flannel and kissing girls.  What was my mother thinking when she approved this haircut? Well, Nonnie?  What say you? It did grow out as all hair will.  The only time I was unhappy with a haircut was when stylist lady did not listen to what I said I wanted as I pointed to the accompanying picture.  What I got instead was her version of said haircut.  Never again.  Oh, how I cried.  It wasn’t BAD, per se, but it wasn’t what I wanted.  It was what SHE wanted. Employment listings for stylists should include the sentence “Control freaks need not apply.” How do I avoid bad haircuts now?  I avoid ALL haircuts.  Completely eliminates risk.  Sure, I can’t dance without my hair getting caught between my elbow and waist, but it’s worth it, I think. Then there are those that only wish they HAD enough hair for a haircut, even a bad one. No, I haven’t had much (conscious) experience in the area of the bad haircut. Boy, could I tell you about bad dye jobs, though!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Run Like A Mudder

I want to run.  I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike. Oh, sorry, Queen got stuck in there for a minute. I want to run races.  I want to do a mud run.  There’s only one thing stopping me. Me. Well, that and the fact that my left running shoe is about to turn itself into a peep-toe flat.  I can only imagine what my Asics have to say on the matter. As many times as I have said it, I want to run.  I even said it a few sentences ago.  See?  I do say it a lot.  I have started running again several times.  One of my favorite pinned items on Pinterest says “If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.” There’s a girl beside the text.  What is she doing?  Running, of course!  It’s a sign.  Maybe it’s just a sign that people quit running a lot.  I understand that, it’s not like it’s easy!  If it were, everyone would do it.  And no one would be overweight. So, to sum up, running is hard. I have done two 5K races in my life.  The first one I did not even two months after I had my second child.  I love to say that it sounds so hard core.  I recall right after the cord was cut saying to what, oddly, was a roomful of med students that I now had to go train for a race.  It was the medication talking mostly. My second 5K was a week after that same child turned 3.  Good and spaced out.  I did manage to shave almost seven minutes off my time, though.  Unfortunately, not a very impressive time to begin with.  Oh, well, we aren’t all Kenyan.  Gotta start somewhere. I want something to challenge me, and yes, running on its own does that.  I want a REAL challenge.  I want…the Tough Mudder.  Probably the toughest event on the planet, it says so right there on the website.  Ten or so miles and about twenty obstacles to get through.  Now when I say obstacles, my mind automatically reaches back through the television ages and channels the old Nickelodeon show Double Dare.  Anybody else remember that or am I really showing my age here? I don’t mean walking a balance beam or, as it were, trying to find an orange flag in a pile of goo.  Ever see Ninja Warrior?  It’s kind of like that.  Crawling through a field of dangling live wires, jumping bales of flaming hay, a massive pit of mud to traverse.  THOSE are obstacles, baby.  Nary an orange flag to be seen. Luckily and somewhat surprisingly, your finish time at Tough Mudder is probably the least important thing anyone focuses on.  Getting through it and helping people out along the way is what it’s about.  I have seen YouTube clips of parts of the races that bring me to absolute tears they are so great and that is not something I admit willingly.  Look up Tough Mudder on YouTube.  You’ll see what I mean. It is, without a doubt, hard core.  And it is what I want. This may come as a shock to you, but I am not a Marine.  No, it’s true.  Spare me your gasps of surprise.  I possess what I believe to be about the average amount of upper body strength for a chick.  Which means I can’t do a pull-up.  That bothers me.  Partially because I know that won’t get me through Tough Mudder.  At all.   I also can’t expect a REAL Marine to follow behind me and hold my legs up when I have to do things like monkey bars.  Ascending monkey bars.  The humanity. Yes, people will gladly help, but I’d really rather not need it if I can at all avoid it.  That’s why I have to start training for it.  Another potential problem is the entry fee.  It’s no $25 road race, dude.  It’s a three digit price tag.  Proceeds go to a very worthy cause, the Wounded Warrior Project.  If anybody deserves my money it’s them.  Or March of Dimes.  Or Susan G. Komen.  But they aren’t getting it.  Wounded Warrior is.  Oh, except for the fact that I don’t have that kind of money to donate.  See the potential for an issue there? Yes, without the funds, I’m really just running up and down my parents’ driveway looking for a mud puddle to jump in when I’m done.  While my 3 and 4 year olds will disagree, I don’t think that is worthwhile. I don’t know how long it would take me to fully train for the Tough Mudder, but I do know that Zumba alone will not accomplish it.  More’s the pity.  I gotta do the stuff I avoid in the weight room.  The stuff I used to be “sick” for in gym class.  Yeeeahh, pretty much the stuff I can’t do. Oh, I also would prefer not to do this alone.  Any volunteers?  I can’t make my Hetero Life Mate Rosa do it.  She says no.  Some days it’s hell, no.  Other days it’s HAELLLL NO!  I’m pretty sure one of these days it’ll be ‘stop asking me’ followed shortly by ‘I think we should see other Hetero Life Mates.’ People, I implore you.  Don’t make me roll in the mud by myself.   Incidentally, when you finish you do get a bright orange headband.  Hey, it could have been a flag in some goo.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Chirp Chirp! Tweet Tweet!

After I wrote that my head started singing “toot toot! Ahhhh beep beep!”  Kudos if you know the song. So recently upon rediscovering the email connected to my long-stagnant blogs, I was alerted to the fact that Twitter missed me.  Perhaps you’ve heard.  After a very long session involving the delete button, I ambled over to this Twitter and had a look around.  Shortly thereafter I began to wonder why I am following a Korean BBQ lunch truck in Orlando. I learned from the email spring cleaning that, lo and behold, I had followers!  However, I can’t help but feel that I let 78% of those followers down daily as they seem to be death metal bands.  Sorry, Choking on Bile, did you not want to know that I switched to Splenda?  Oh, well, thanks for following just the same!  There were also real people following me, at least a few of whom I was tickled to see there. (Ahem, @danielleaelwood) I have to admit that I joined Twitter because of the hype.  I must admit further that once I signed up I had no clue how to use it.  I mean, I understood the concept, 140 characters and all, but the format that I was actually gazing upon was making no sense.  Perhaps it was because it was a recently birthed app at the time.  I can only hope that it made sense to almost no one and that they were all tweeting from their phones via text message because they couldn’t figure out how to do it any other way.  Either way that was the main reason my interest in it fizzled out pretty quickly. Now!  I understand the app now!  Oh, it makes sense!  Now I can do more than just stare at it blankly.  And it hits me…Twitter is actually an ideal medium for me.  Short, to the point, witty one-liners that I can deliver to, again, mostly death metal bands.  Oh, and Danielle Elwood!  Hi, Danielle! Here’s where you come in.  Don’t let my singular brand of humor go unappreciated.  Come follow me on Twitter!  Don’t subscribe to Twitter?  Sign up!  Danielle is busy, she can’t watch my tweets all by herself!  She has her own self-named website to tend.  Follow me and I will follow you back.  Sounds like a threat.  Kinda of like mutual stalking. Now that Twitter is more user friendly (for me) and I know that it missed me, I intend to utilize it for my random thoughts and shameless plugs.  What thoughts?  What plugs? you wonder.  Follow me and see. And be sure to wave to Danielle.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Here's the Mail It Never Fails...

  Ever stumble upon an email address that you have forgotten about?  Then by some miracle you remember the password, open it up and see that you have 1,183 pieces of mail waiting for you to read.   Or take all the time to delete.  Why don’t they make a ‘delete all’ button? Today I have done such a thing. Ironically, it’s the email connected to all my blogs. Well, if people would comment on them I’d have a reason to check!  No, no, I realize that if my blogs were my kids I’d be no better than that couple would couldn’t be bothered to feed their child because they were too busy playing World of Warcraft.  Yes, that really happened, by the way. Let me tell you what I have found in this dusty old electronic mail box.  Updates from a pregnancy website on a child I was never even pregnant with.  My question here is, who was? A ‘digest’ email regarding house cleaning that looks as though it comes four times a day.  Good God, who is talking about cleaning their houses that often?!  Oh, so THAT’S where my iTunes receipts have been going. Twitter update.  I have a Twitter account? Ahem!   I mean, I have a Twitter account! @deathmetalmommy.  Follow me!  Well, that’s just good sense. Ooh! I have 37 followers on Twitter!  It looks like most of them are death metal bands.  Hmm, it pays to read the whole name, people. EHarmony?  Um, no? Oh, look, they’ve missed me on Twitter. I don’t know who Andy Bailey is, but he seems to like me.  Oh, maybe it’s some newsletter that had relevance at the time. Or it’s eHarmony again. A date night look that I HAVE to try from Glamour last November. Perhaps I should tweet more.  They seem to really like me, too.  Along with a new follower as of November of last year, Choking on Bile. I…I…thanks for following? It’s pretty much playing out like a big pattern. Why have I been invited to join a Paranormal Social Network? OK, unsubscribe.  “Do you really want to unsubscribe from this newsletter?” Would I have clicked it if I didn’t? Free yoga panty.  They must be really flexible. Someone activated Find my iPhone.   I hope they found me. Someone wants my opinion on their diet/fitness app…last September.  Well, better late than never, right? I’m now down to 665 email.  Oy. Aw, hell, somebody did comment on a blog post.  And it’s someone I don’t know!  My sincerest apologies for not seeing it! Wait, no—I do know them. update for a school I never went to.  What? 389.  Still going. Oh, hey, they’ve missed me on Twitter! Nothing interesting, nothing interesting. Oh, they’re all gone. OK, and now I see that there actually is a ‘delete all’ button. I’ll remember that for next time I have over 1,000 emails. Maybe I should put something on Twitter.  They miss me.