I would never suggest that I am a girly girl. But, there was a time in my life when I paid far more attention to my personal grooming than now. I used to faithfully pluck and tweeze and moisturize. No more. Now, taking a shower passes for primping and even basic hygiene like flossing doesn’t happen regularly. See week one’s resolution. Somewhere between the day-to-day business of raising a family and cultivating a marriage there doesn’t seem time leftover for extras…like flossing? That last part seems weird even to me. This past weekend I hit rock bottom. Rob went back to Temple to give a grand rounds talk and without anyone here to “impress” I was in poor shape. I’m not fancy, but how have I let myself get this bad? I guess I’m not really sure but regardless, it stops now.
We’ve all seen the women that keep up their beauty regimens even with kids. They show up to the schools for pick up in full makeup and heels. I admire these woman and mostly puzzle at them but I do not wish to emulate them. However, there is a large spectrum that separates them from me. That is what I am looking to narrow this week. To borrow an analogy from politics, if these women are conservative republicans then I am a communist. I am so far left I might not even be on the chart anymore. I think I might be Lenin. I’m not saying I want to go all the way to Regan but it would be nice to make it back to left of center. I imagine this would involve basic hygiene as a given but also include some fluff. I’ll probably have to add hair some places and remove it from others. Things will need to be bleached and tanned and maybe sometimes both. I’ll probably have to buy some moisturizer. Alas, I am game. I know that taking care of myself on the outside will make me feel better about myself on the inside. It also sets a good example for Olivia and the boys. When they are partnered and parents, I want them to prioritize themselves along with their family. Finally, I had already made a haircut appointment for this Friday so this seemed like the week to do it. Sometimes, you just have to be practical.