December 10, 2011

A little unsolicited advice

The thing about having a blog is that you gotta rein yourself in sometimes.  You know, budget your creativity wisely.  A little funny here.  A little self-deprecation there.  A little rant over yonder.  If you blow it all in one place at the same time, you're gonna run out of crap to say.  And people will be disappointed that you can't keep it up.

It's like wearing makeup.  If you (like me) rarely wear makeup, people get used to looking at your natural (dark-circled, ruddy) face.  When you deign to put on a little shellac, people think you look like a supermodel.  Whereas if you always wear makeup, people get used to the spiffy you.  So when you don't have time for The Face one morning, or you just want to give your skin some breathing room, people assume you're sick or that your husband left you. 

It's all about lowering people's expectations, see.  And I, for one, think it's a good game plan for life.

My theory is that when you lower other people's expectations, any little thing you do is magnified to greatness.  Are you a terrible housekeeper?  Make the bed.  Your husband will be amazed!  Can't cook?  Throw a bunch of stuff in the Crockpot.  Your children will be in awe!  Never fix your hair?  Invest in a newsboy cap.  You'll look stylish without even trying. 

Don't show your game face all the time.  That way you can surprise people. 

And sometimes, you might even surprise yourself.

P.S.  I'm working on a cold sore now, just so people will think my lips look AWESOME at Christmas in comparison.


  1. Just in case I haven't told you lately--you're awesome! I like how you think. I think I'll make the bed, cook dinner, fix my hair, AND put on makeup tomorrow--though my husband might pass out from shock! And ironically, I just got a big ole cold sore over the weekend. :)
    Love ya! Have a wonderful week!

    1. Ha! I'm glad my cold sore technique is catching on! We could start a revolution!

      But I think you've gotta reign in that enthusiasm a little. You know, don't set the bar so high for yourself. If you cook, clean, AND look hot all in the same day, that's *raising* expectations!

      And you wouldn't want to do that! :P

      Back atcha!