February 8, 2016
Before I get started, I wanted to mention that at 1 p.m. today, I will have an endoscopy under sedation due to a recent IBS diagnosis and some ongoing issues.
I have spent many years being the Medical Procedure Caretaker for Sarah but today, she will return the favor. She will be the one to come back to the room to see me after my procedure, get me tucked back into the car, and drive me the ninety minutes home. I know I will be in capable, loving (and experienced-in-medical procedure) hands!
I just wish the procedure wasn’t so late since it’s not a whole lot of fun to go without eating or drinking for this long. (Actually, not eating doesn’t bother me so much; it’s the not drinking that’s really tough.) I told Sarah when she comes back to the treatment area to see me afterward, she had better have a big bottle of water and a protein bar in her hand or I’m not going to let her in the door!
finding jeans and pants to fit.
I have often whined to my (longsuffering) family that I am quite sure I’ve set a world record for the number of jeans I have tried on as I’ve searched for pants to fit. Happily, I recently came across a series of blog posts which has helped me immensely in cutting down on the number of jeans I have to try on.
Based on the things I learned in these posts, I now keep a mental checklist and apply that list to each pair of pants I am thinking of taking to the thrift store fitting room. Usually, at the end of the checklist, I end up putting most of them back on the rack because I know, just by looking, that they are not going to work for me. I can’t tell you how much hassle this has saved me in comparison to the days when I would try on thirty pair and nothing would work.
Before I post the link, here are a few samples of before and after photos of the results of this blogger’s advice. Pretty amazing!
I am going to start you off with my two favorite denim posts she wrote. If you scroll to the bottom of the posts, you will find links to her other pants-fitting posts. (Also, let me just mention that some of the pants shown in these blog posts are a little tighter than I would wear but she still shares fabulous advice that anyone can utilize.)
Post About Finding Flattering Jeans (When You’re Older) (This advice applies to any age, so don’t skip it just because you’re 30!)
Let me know if you learn something new and/or helpful!
I try to add at least a couple of photos of myself and my outfits to show you what I’m learning along the way.
I took these photos in early December when I was trying to put together a dressy outfit for a Dinner Gala I was speaking at. While I didn’t end up wearing either outfit, they still provide a perfect example of how slimming column dressing is.
In the first picture, the white blouse and black skirt cut me in half. Instead of allowing the eye to move up and down without interruption, it gets stuck on the horizontal line at my waist and instantly adds 15 pounds. (NOT the effect I’m going for!)
Look how much more slimming the uninterrupted column of color is. This concept works in many different applications, whether dressy or casual.
While I was looking for style photos to share, I came across this ancient, antique picture of me back in my enormously non-stylish days. This is about what I looked like when Steve and I first met when I was 17 years old.
I thought that might give you a little chuckle to start your week. Enjoy your Monday!
Thrift stores, fuzzy socks
and conversing with my Yorkie
are all on the list of things I love.