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In the fine tradition of do-as-I-say, I mean self-perceptive evaluation, I offer some lessons learned from the weekend just past.
Dress for the weather, not for style.
I wore a pair of blue silk stockings because somewhere I found a description of a woman in a brown gown with blue silk clocked stockings. It was flipping 30-something degrees Saturday morning. Did I change my plans? No. Did I regret that later? Yes. And so did the people who had to hear about my numb toes. (Sorry, folks, really. Totally my fault.) And yes, even though the stockings are awesome with lilac silk garters, I should have worn wool. I have a pair already, and for more, I don’t even have to knit them myself.
Suck it up and get glasses.
My line about always meeting new people at events because I can’t see who they are works for the first ten minutes of a military event, and then I have to try to guess who’s who by their stocking colors. Works so well when everyone wears overalls. Yes, I wear glasses everyday, and need a new prescription. It’s time to get the new script and get the period glasses made. What makes this even worse? I have antique frames. Yes, I deserve your scorn.
Don’t just eat lunch. Eat a snack.
This is a rule I try to follow at work. The 3:00 PM of the soul can be just as debilitating as the 3:00 AM of the soul. Low blood sugar makes you wacky, and if you have a tendency to insomnia-based exhaustion, shyness, or can have trouble in large crowds, one has a responsibility to oneself and one’s companions to take care of some basics. I had my snack after the late-afternoon tactical, two hours after I should have. I solemnly swear that next time, I will eat more cookies sooner.
Anna Worden Bauersmith said:
Ah, your paragraph on “Don’t just eat lunch. Eat a snack.” is such sound advice for those of us who become utterly unbearable when the blood sugar drops. I, too, must remember to eat and drink when I should to avoid becoming miserable and cranky.
Patty B said:
Cookies are great for what ails you! I am the original cookie monster…give me a cookie or two…or three etc…and I am one happy momma! LOL