Twitter Messages

Twitter-esque: Recent Tweets

twitter-social-icons1 Are you ready? Here are the last dozen or so tweets I’ve Twittered in the past 48 hours listed from newest to oldest.

Why am I doing this? Because there are a lot of people who aren’t interested in doing the whole Twitter thing but might find what I’ve been documenting to be interesting.

At least, that’s what I tell myself. πŸ˜‰

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# Really interesting comments. RT: @evelester Gay Marriage | The Daily Harold http://tinyurl.com/cd6auk
(By the by, I don’t agree with gay marriage so I really appreciated the opposing comments).

# @Zakalx Speaking of laundry, I should move the Mt. Everest that has been occupying our bedroom floor for three days now. Oh Maid! *snort*

# @JenWelton I had waffled back and forth and when I finally decided to go one day, it was sold out. Are you going?

# RT: @the_gman It’s Not the Recession, You Just Suck http://bit.ly/Ut1o4

# RT @aplusk I think everyone needs to chill out on the flu thing. Inject some certainty, pray for those who are suffering, stop the fear game.

# One thing about warmer weather and running around barefoot – I keep my tile floors cleaner. Who wants to walk on sticky crumbs? Exactly.

# In My Opinion video meme will post tomorrow: http://tinyurl.com/co9nyd Did you record your answers?

# Munching on dry, syrup-less pancakes.

# omg! I just remembered! The library book sale is tomorrow! I can’t wait to shop till I drop! (as if I NEED more books!!) Woot!

# Making enchiladas for dinner. Hoping I don’t burn myself (always burn myself with splattering grease because I’m a dork that doesn’t learn).

# It feels like someone removed my eyeballs, rolled them in sand and put them back into my skull. Dang allergies.

# Eight fans injured after Carl Edwards’ spectacularly scary wreck in yesterday’s sprint cup race. http://tinyurl.com/cxrvjz

# RT: @Shikamika Son, if you really want something in life, you have to work for it. Now quiet! They’re about to announce the lottery numbers.

# @evelester My pleasure!

# @evelester Sorry, you want a dropper tool: try this one: http://www.tucows.com/previ… (scan for viruses before installing first!)

# @evelester I use Color Schemer: http://www.colorschemer.com…. I hope this helps!

# Okay, is it weird for a 43 yr-old woman to like head banging? Oh, if only my guys could see me now. *grunge pose*

# @DebMomOf3 Only if you promise to drop a few bills here and there. *G*

# @evelester The more I think about that, the more disturbed I get. Unbelievable!

# I just opened the door to the dryer to take out some clothes and $25.00 dropped out! I should do laundry more often! Score!

# I’m telling you right now, if this http://tinyurl.com/cwarag ever happened to either of my boys, I would go BALLISTIC and heads would ROLL!

# Just found a cute little word count progress meter to post on your site: http://honorless.net/progre… Mine’s already on my blog.

# It’s 10:00 a.m. and I’m ready for a nap. What in the world ..? I think I’ll mop the floors and wake up. Clearly, I’m feverish, too.

Please feel free to comment on anything you read here.

And if you’re on Twitter, please let me know! I follow, and I respond, because I love me some Twitter conversations. πŸ˜€

Tuesday Stuff

Want My Clothes? Here Take Them. Please.

So, the whole crying on Sunday thing I alluded to yesterday…

If there is one thing that I CAN NOT stand to do, and I mean, I avoid it at all costs, is clothes shopping.

I absolutely, positively, can not stomach shopping for clothes.

I have no problem shopping for my boys or my husband, but for me?

Forgetaboutit.

And one of the biggest reasons I DON’T shop for myself? Because I’m a tall Amazon woman and the numb nuts in the fashion industry simply DO NOT design clothes for my body frame.

Here are my biggest problem areas:

I have football shoulders. Seriously, they are wide. And I have thick arms, which accounts for my current obsession in whipping these logs into shape before summer because they’re just hideous.

And I have a long torso. And a long, er, inseam.

And I find it nearly impossible to find anything that fits me.

So, I hang out in t-shirts because they are the only thing that even remotely cover my huge frame and they’re comfortable.

But let’s be honest, t-shirts? Ain’t sexy. And my poor husband would like to have a wife who exudes just a little bit of sex appeal. It’s an ego thing.

Now don’t get me wrong, I look at clothes. In fact, it’s safe to say, I’m almost obsessed with looking at clothes. But I’m worse than the Chandler character on Friends: I pick everything apart and nothing is ever good enough for me.

The sleeves are way too short and will highlight my thickness. (Seriously. What asshole designer thought that cap sleeves were EVER a good idea for a woman??)

Shirts/blouses are never long enough and end up hitting me at high waist. And if I’m lucky enough to FIND something that is long enough, it inevitably shrinks in the wash so I MIGHT be able to wear it for a grand total of two times before that happens.

I can’t wear boatnecks, halter tops or thick-strapped tank tops because it draws attention to my linebacker shoulders and makes them look even wider – if that’s even possible.

Pants? NEVER LONG ENOUGH. Ever.

Ever.

Any pants that I buy? Have to be specially hemmed in order to be long enough (Thank God for Land’s End or I’d be walking around in high waters my entire life).

So, even though I can wear Misses size clothing, I can’t. Because of the reasons stated above. So, I shop Tall – only, the Tall selection? Not so good. Think fugly maternity clothes – limited selection and what is up with the fabric choices?!

In a nutshell? Clothes are my Achilles heel. When I’m lucky enough to find something that fits me, I tend to hoard it, and only wear it on select occasions because I’m terrified of washing it too many times for fear it will shrink.

But when I wear it, I feel confident that it looks good on me.

And then, I find out that something I’ve been wearing and feeling good in? Makes me look pregnant.

Yeah. I’d like to MURDER THE PERSON WHO TOLD KEVIN THAT.

It was a company picnic. And I wore this cute little top with 3/4 sleeves (hide the fatty arms), that draped to my hips and plunged low enough that I wore a cami underneath it and showed just a hint of cleavage. In my eyes, this baby did a good job of covering up my flaws – even the color suited me.

But Kevin told me over the weekend (and this picnic was last summer!!), that someone asked him when I was expecting!?!

AARGH!! He said it was because of the empire waist, that it ballooned out just enough to make it look like I was hiding a poochy belly …

which I sort of was, but that’s beside the point.

I love empire waist tops. I just think they’re cute. They are tight around the bodice but billow out around the waist so that a woman can hide the rolls and back fat. A win-win situation, apparently.

Kevin? Hates empire waists – on any woman, because he thinks it makes them look pregnant.

I CAN NOT WIN.

Kevin told me this right before Bible study on Sunday and I’m ashamed to admit this, but I didn’t pay attention to anything that was discussed during Bible study because I was too busy feeling incredibly angry about this stupid clothes situation. Apparently, I can not find a healthy balance between something that fits and is sexy. It just frustrates me to no end.

And when I get that frustrated? I cry. And if you ever see me crying? Do. Not. Approach. I will savagely tear you to shreds because I can’t stand to cry and I can’t handle people seeing me cry.

I shut myself off in the bathroom after Bible study and had a really good cry. The hard, silent, uncontrollable cry that only happens to me once every ten years.

I know it seems silly to cry over clothes, but this is something I’ve struggled with my whole life. It’s an ongoing battle that is never far from my mind.

AND the reason I loathe spring and summer so much because I’m forced to wear more revealing clothes that do not flatter me.

After I got over my crying bout, a red-hot searing hatred for everything in my closet consumed me. So much so, in fact, that it motivated me to clean out my closet and stuff nearly every article of clothing that I own into trash bags and give away to the Goodwill.

Five 1/2 trash bags, to be precise.

tackle-tuesday And that’s where Tackle it Tuesday comes in. (Finally).

I shut the bedroom door and I ripped into the task with a vengeance that kind of scared me, if you want the truth. I was purging on a frantic, animal level. If I hadn’t worn the article of clothing in the last year, it was out. If it was borderline, it was out. If I had been hanging onto it for the past several years thinking I would wear it again once I got a job outside the home where I was required to wear something nice, I got rid of it.

I went from this:

closet-before

To this:

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In an hour.

And it felt GOOD. I felt FREE. And then immediately felt an overwhelming wave of sadness.

Now what?

Even though it would thrill Kevin for me to walk around naked all the time I’m pretty sure it would scar the boys for life. Not to mention scare small children and make otherwise complacent animals turn rabid.

AND, did I mention that we’re going on a cruise in June?

Hello?! Vacation pictures!! *insert banshee screams here*

If I ever needed convincing that I have the best husband in the world (which I don’t), this would be the point where I realized it. Kevin saw how upset this whole clothes thing was to me and he went through a JCPenney catalog and marked everything he thought would look cute on me.

Of course, I shot down everything he marked (the sleeves are too short, it’s not a size tall so the waist won’t be long enough, the color won’t flatter me, etc, etc), but it was the thought that melted my heart.

Because I was in one of those rare moods to actually HEAR someone give me constructive criticism, we went online and searched several shops for clothing that met my criteria.

He offered his opinion, and I listened. We volleyed back and forth on various options (and I’m sad to say, there weren’t many) and our conclusion?

I look best in sporty-type clothes. Dainty feminine stuff? Just looks ridiculous on me. And if anyone in the fashion industry happens to come across this post? How’s about making some clothes that flatter tall women?!

Here is what I DO look good in:

3/4 sleeves – seriously, I was made to wear this length. But it’s not exactly ideal when hanging out around the equator – have I mentioned that I exude three football players’ worth of sweat every single waking moment??

Spaghetti straps. I mentioned that I can not wear tank tops, but for some strange reason, I can carry off spaghetti straps. So, here come the camis.

Sleeveless turtlenecks. I can’t wear sleeveless in any other style because once again, those damn football shoulders.

V-necks and regular t-shirt collars are okay but square necks, or boat necks are OUT.

Pants that flare at the bottom – straight legs bring attention to my wide load, otherwise known as my hips and butt.

I can wear low-waisted pants, but only if I wear a top that comes to my hips. Remember the whole long-waisted problem? This way, it all blends.

And that’s it. Everything else? Doesn’t work for me.

My options are limited. My wardrobe is boring.

And I’ve given up on trying to be sexy.