There are three things I never leave the house without; mascara, earrings, and lip gloss. These three things can magically transform me from sleeping zombie, to a healthy almost-human. Okay….. fine, those three things and coffee.
If you ever see me outside of the house without these things you should assume one of the following:
1) I am very VERY sick.
2) I woke up 30 seconds before I had to leave.
3) ….. I honestly can’t think of another reason…. Maybe if the apartment was on fire? Even then I think I’d grab Belle and my makeup bag before running out.
Today was a NO MASCARA kind of day. I won’t bore you with the details of my extremely terrible, no good, very bad day. It was just one of those “when it rains it pours”, go back to bed and start over sort of days.
When I got to work, my boss, who was unusually chipper first thing in the morning, made the mistake of saying, “How are you this morning?” All I could do was look at him and say “I’m not wearing mascara! Or earrings! AND, I haven’t had coffee!”
Even, my boss knows this is dangerous. (My rule of thumb is to never work for someone who is not addicted to caffeine. I need a boss who understands the importance of coffee breaks, and drinking coffee at work. Not to mention, you can always get them a Starbucks gift card during any present giving holiday.)
As my “no mascara” day continued, things continued to get worse and even worse. I could not wait to get home, straighten a few things out, and go right to bed to start everything over. Zoey; however, had a different plan
She called to inform me that she had tickets to the Opera MacBeth, (thanks Grandma Barbara!), and that I had to go with her. I tried very hard to let Zoey know that I did not want to go at all on account of my horrible day and needing to recover from it.
The problem with this situation is my inability to tell people no, and Zoey’s inability to accept no as an answer. We make an odd team that way. So, I ran home, got ready in exactly 2 minutes to meet Zoey on time. She was dressed like a model who just stepped out of a photo shoot… I had on jeans, a sweater, and still NO MASCARA. I think by this point I’d just given up completely.
The Opera actually improved my mood a bit. There was a man sitting near us who was dressed like the type of biker you’d see at a costume party (crop top and all). I was thrilled to not be the worst dressed person at the Opera. Zoey ended up being the one sitting next to Mr. Farts-a-lot. Plus, the whole experience at the Lincoln Center was very impressive.
The building itself was massive and so beautiful! The cast was also enormous and very talented. And, my favorite part of the whole production was the set. It was crazy, intricate, stunning, full of detail, just brilliant.
When I got home, Fiance texted me (he’s still out of town), and said he had one “feel better” present that he hid for me in the apartment, and wanted to know if I wanted it tonight. It’s incredible how well Fiance gets me, well enough to know that I would need a “feel better” present at some point during the 3 weeks he is away!
The present was hidden inside our closet. I tore it open to find lots and lots and lots of my favorite chocolates! My day was immediately so much better, especially considering I had not had lunch or dinner, and it was almost midnight. I thanked Fiance immensely for being the most amazing and thoughtful person. Then, I ate a pound of chocolate for dinner.
I am a little concerned that I used up my “feel better” present only 3 days after Fiance left. I think I’ll set my alarm even earlier tonight…I can’t risk another “no mascara” day.
Side note: While talking briefly with a friend today I mentioned to her that I was up to my eyeballs in $%&# today. Being the great friend that she is, she asked if there was anything she could do. I said “no”, because that’s what we women do, and considered it my problem to fix. Tonight; however, I read a new blog entry from one of my all time favorite blogs, Momastry, which was all about telling people what you need, especially when they ask! Something to think about….
Cheers, and have a GREAT day full of mascara and earrings tomorrow!