-A mostly true journey of a girl, her man and their three kids; all trying to live harmoniously in a house somewhere in Utah. Names and exact locations may be changed in order to protect the grouchy.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Secret Subject Swap #2 Stripper heels can't be worn everywhere.

Hey friends! Well here we are again. Swapping secret topics with other writers across the blogosphere. The first swap was supposed to be a one time deal. It ended up becoming a regular thing because well, it was so much fun!  Not only did we swap subjects/questions/sentence starters, we did not know who was given who's topic or how they would blog about it.  From this, we ended up meeting new bloggers and by chance, made a few new friends.

My Secret Subject was given to me by, well what do you know? My sweet friend Karen@ Baking in a Tornado. Woo Hoo!  Her topic was : "I'd like the opportunity to explain..." Here goes nothing!

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I'd like the opportunity to explain why I wore heels to do the laundry last week.


Yeah, I said it. Heels. High, strappy, patent leather heels. To wash dirty clothes. At home.

You see, I'm a stay at home mom now. Actually, I've been one for a few years. Not to seem stereotypical, but SAHMs need to dress comfortably for, um...staying at home. Or going to the grocery, or making that run up to the school for the occasionally forgotten backpack/homework/instrument/lunch. Most of the time though, we're tending to things inside of the house.

I also work from home running my little bag shop. Still. If I'm not lying on the floor drafting patterns, I'm contorting myself like a kid playing Twister to cut fabric. Even sitting up to the old Singer sewing machine does not involve dressing in wool slacks or blazers or ahem, stripper-height shoes.

It was an epiphany (brought on by a much needed swiffer-fest of my closet.) -The "aha" moment when I looked around and realized that I live in holey jeans, tank tops and cardigans. They are the uniform of my life. Usually topped off with a pair of flip flops. The colors of tanks or sweaters may change. I might venture into the occasional yoga outfit or ballet flats, but in reality this is who I had become.

I decided that night (mid-pout) that I didn't have to look "comfortable". There are always the moms with the bejeweled jeans and heels hanging out at the elementary school. (Don't ask.) There are ladies with perfectly coiffed hair buying up the healthy cereal at the market. Why couldn't I try a little harder?

The next morning, I made it happen. I brushed ALL-the-WAY through my hair. I brushed and flossed the BACK teeth. I put on my nice wool pants that had a dust line from where they had laid on the hanger so long. I buttoned up my blouse and slipped on those gorgeous shoes. Stopping at the mirror, I clasped on my metal bracelet and fastened a tiny pair of pearl earrings. I was set.

I carefully walked down the stairs. I was standing a little taller (both figuratively and literally). I walked over to the laundry room clicking on the tile floor as proper ladies do, and opened the laundry chute. Jeans first. Little boy jeans with a pocket full of sand and a package of half-eaten gummy bears. The sand fell and left a trail down my nice pants. I tried to throw the gummies onto the counter. I wasn't even close. They scattered across the floor. Breathing harder, I pulled a fully soaked towel out that was connected to 37 other towels and assorted socks. The socks were sandy too. As I reached over the side of the dryer for the "sock that got away", my rock-star shoes slipped on the sandy tile and I landed on my fancy-looking butt atop the soaking wet pile of towels.

A few words not worth repeating. A deep breath realizing how ridiculous I looked. A weak moment when I dusted off one of those gummies and ate it. Who was I kidding?

I undressed right there, down to my skivvies. I pulled open a drawer and grabbed a rubber band. The jewelry went in the drawer and my hair went in a bun. I finished the laundry that day. Looking just like that. The heels sat there in the laundry room for a few days to remind me how foolish I had been.

There may have been tears. There may have been shocked neighbors watching a 42 year old women folding towels in her underwear. There may have even been a few less gummy bears. Who can tell?

I've learned my lessons.
1. No more playing dress up.
2. Kids MUST empty their pockets before throwing their clothes down the chute.
3. Kids must notify mom before throwing down soaking wet towels.
4. Gummy bears, in a crisis, can surpass the five second rule.

Happy "Be-yourself-all-of-the-time" day, friends!






58 comments:

  1. What a terrific read! I love the Scret Subject prompt you received, and your post was fabulous1 I was laughing right along where you will be in a few weeks from now! :)
    Love the styling heels - and your conclusions! Please turn on my link! I so enjoyed participating in the SSS this time around!
    Kat

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    1. Thanks Kat. I linked you up right away :) It was so fun to have even more bloggers join this time. I had a lot of following to do :)

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  2. This is great. Sometimes a girl just has to try something out. I would be proud you wear jeans, I have bleach stained pajama pants that are my go to! We should start doing a coffee twitter party, where we get dressed up drink our coffee and tweet. That would be fun and you are less likely to slip up and eat a dirty gummy bear...

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    1. GIrl, I would love nothing more than have a coffee Twitter party. I'll pretend like I'm dressed up, but I'll drink from a fancy cup. That's kind of the same thing, right? You saw my last photo...old pajama bottoms rule :)

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  3. You are amazing. I can always count on you for a laugh and you didn't let me down today. And BTW, I wish I had known that about the gummy bears and the 5 second rule about 10 years ago!

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    1. Thanks for the topic, girl. This really has been so much fun. THe 5 second gummy bear rule? Oh, you've known it was true all along....:) Glad you liked the post. I had a blast doing the power-read :)

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  4. The gummy bear. Oh my. Love the shoes, though maybe not for sorting and folding. Sometimes I deviate from my denim/black shirt/flip flops uniform, but not often. I so get you.

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    1. Thanks for commenting! It feels so good to know other moms are comfortable in their own skin...and flip flops. I'm really glad to get to know you through the swap. It will be fun stalking your past posts. Not in the "I'm calling the police" scary stalking way; hopefully you already knew that! Happy Friday!

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  5. Oh, I always look at the women who drop off their children with finely coiffed hair, a pristine outfit and heels with envy. And then I glance down at my t-shirt, shorts and flip flops and cry a little bit on the inside. But every morning I go back to it because it's a lot easier to get goldfish crumbs, boogers and God-only-knows what else out of my clothes without spending a fortune on dry cleaning!

    Tracy @ Momaical

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    1. What's with those women looking all fancy and stuff? I'd really love to know. Until then, there's just me and a whole bunch of other cool moms keeping it real :) For future reference, Magic erasers do not remove sat-on gummies from wool pants. Who would have guessed?

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  6. yo-yo-yo: loved it..

    on learned lessons... love #4!!!

    quick question: after slipping/falling, did you instinctively get up real fast & look around??? ha!!!

    good luck this Sunday.

    Happy Friday, slu

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    1. Slu, when I read this coment to my daughter she laughed and said, "Oh, you KNOW you did!!" Is that response universal?

      Thanks for the luck. We'll need it.

      Happy Friday, friend :)

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  7. and hey, yo: thanks so much for the Award, slu

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    1. Aw, You're very welcome. It's been fun getting to know you. Plus, I always am updated with the latest FB stock!

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  8. Oh, my gosh! I have so been there done that, only instead of gummy bears it was Hershey's Kisses.... LOL And now I stay in my comfy clothes.

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    1. I'm so glad to read that Stacy. Sometimes I just sit and wonder if it's just me. That's why I've fallen in love with blogging, and the community. It's comforting to know we're all giving it our best. Hershey Kisses....I think I have some in the cupboard.. :)

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  9. Love it!!! Too bad about the nice clothes...but yeah, practicality always wins the day!!!

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    1. Thanks, Roshni. Lesson learned. Practicality is best. Fun swap this time, eh?

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  10. OMG....laughing so hard..had to take a break to finish reading.

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    1. Thank you, girl. I always worry if someone will laugh or just think me completely pathetic. It's probably a bit of both :) So glad you stopped by!

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  11. This is hilarious and i'm sitting here reading this in my pajamas, with unbrushed hair and teeth, and no bra on. Yep, that's the life I lead, lol!

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    1. No bra! When will I learn the true meaning of comfort? Dressing for real life...all the cool kids are doing it :)

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  12. That was really cute! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hey you! I hope you'll be joining the swap soon! Thanks for taking the time to come and read that embarrassing post :)

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  13. OMG, I totally laughed so hard I had to run to the bathroom, which resulted in me tripping over random things in the way.
    I've been a stay at home mom for 4 years and I can admit, I'm currently still in my PJ's (good luck getting me out of them!) with my hair, unbrushed, in a messy bun, waiting on hotdogs to cook so me and the little one can enjoy them without buns and nothing but ketchup, all the while wish I had some mac and cheese.
    LOVED THIS BLOG!

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    1. Girl, we need to be friends! Running to the bathroom tells me you enjoyed the post. Being in your Pjs with unbrushed hair means you're rocking the confidence and cooking up the dogs without the bun shows me you're efficient. Mmmm Mac and Cheese. Forget the corporate world. You've got this thing!!

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  14. So funny! From a shoe-a-holic, my first thought about doing laundry in heels was, "why not?" don't leave those beautiful things lonely on the closet floor. However, always remember to use the right tools for the right job, right?
    When I was packing to move last spring, I remember longingly stroking the Caspar suit that I loved so much. There was a whole section of slacks and suits and blouses (all found at fantastic prices, mind you!)that were from a different stage in life. While I would LOVE to say it's only the pounds that stood between me and them, it's more than that. I thought back to that time years ago when I thought I was pretty special because I had a brand new car and fabulous (to me) clothes to go to the big, tall office building in Dallas and put together "the book" for NM. And, yes, my beautiful heels carried me all over downtown to different offices and to lunches and appointments.
    Deciding to give up the "career" job for the bring-home-the-bacon-but-still-be-flexible option of working from home (and going nowhere career-wise) was difficult but rewarding. Now that one-time fancy new car has peeling decals in the back window, but is available when the kids need to be picked up early (although the kids at my daughter's high school drive fancier cars than me!), and printer deadlines no longer make me call the kids to cancel plans and tell them to see if there is mac & cheese in the pantry.
    And those faded decals? They proudly proclaim that I am a UTD mom and have been a UNT mom. I'm good with that!

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    1. As well you should be, Hil. You've done it all and can still give the reasons that being available to the kids is what's important. I've been both too. At first, my ego was bruised. All these years later tell me it was the best decision ever. I'm fortunate it was a choice for us.

      High school fancy cars is a whole other post! What's up with that?

      I'm always so glad to hear from you. I can't bear to get rid of the fabulous shoes. Perhaps I'll save them for..taking out the trash or getting the mail. Life can get exciting at anytime, you know :) MIss you!!

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  15. Oh my goodness, that is hysterical!! I run a preschool in my home, so I still try to get all prettied up every morning, but I would never even attempt doing laundry in my heels. You are a brave woman! Love it!

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    1. I'm so glad you commented. I always say, even all the years I taught school, I never really felt like I could dress up. When I did wear heels, the kids would sit at story time and pet them. How cute is that? Haha. Yeah, I won't be brave again. I look forward to catching up on your blog and reading about your preschool. That is a huge job to take on. Go you!

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  16. I can so relate to this! I have tried to dress like I used to pre-SAHM-adventure, but found out the hard way it wasn't worth it. Also, it's really uncomfortable!

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    1. I guess I'm actually lucky to wear comfortable clothes at home. I'd just like them to be crumb-free every once in a while :) Thanks for following, Lillian. I can't wait to get to know all of these great women!

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  17. I beached a pair of pants I could afford to replace and out went the "nice" stuff.
    I already get up WAY too early in the morning as it is and I can't seem to find a spare moment for more than adjusting my hair back up into a clippy bun.
    I don't know how the perfects do it so well AND look hot in their sparkly jeans.
    Any time my rear is sparkling... it's rarly a good thing and usually ends up the butt of many jokes to come. :)
    AWESOME POST!!!!
    Thanks for the Excelling Subject my dear!
    Looking forward to Following you home more often :) xo

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    1. ahahaha! Meg, I had such a fun time reading how you interpreted my swap subject! And yes, if I have a glittery butt, it's because I've literally sat in glitter and glue. Who knows, we could be setting the new trend! So glad to meet you, girl! I hope you're doing the next swap :)

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  18. Love! And I so get this one. :)

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  19. Michele: I sooo related to your brave attempt to "dress up" while doing laundry. I hope you're not feeling too defeated. I think it's OK to at least feel like a hot sexy woman - instead of a mom or housewife. Why not?! I find myself in the SAHM frump - and occasionally snap out of it. Like you, I retreat to my comfy sweats and hair in a pony, I guess it's what's inside that counts. Nice post and thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Kristal. I like to "dress-up" when the time is appropriate. I think I just had a hard time because those occasions are fewer and farther between these days.. Pony tails are absolutely a must, these days. Seriously, thanks for stopping by!

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  20. Michele you are a brilliant writer. I saw the whole scenario, lived it with you right down to feeling what it would be like to land on those wet towels. I don't think there is anything wrong with you wanting or feeling like wearing heels to do the laundry it just doesn't quite go with health and safety :-). Great post Michele. btw I love the picture you have added of the snowy mountains at the top of your blog-quite breath taking. Hugs to you.

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    1. Hey girl. Thanks so much. These swaps have been a lot of fun; wearing heels to do the laundry is never really a topic I thought I'd talk about. Well, maybe I would have... Haha. THanks for the compliment. As you know, writing is an amazing outlet when things get too serious in the real world.

      THe pic is from my back yard last winter. I dread the cold, but never the view. Hope this finds you well. Smiles to you.

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    2. Lucky you Michele, what a beautiful view to have. I always feel cold but I do like the cold crisp days when you can dress warm but not feeling so freezing you can't warm up. Writing to you from my bed-day 6 of, have a bug but getting there now. Smiles and Hugs.

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    3. Boo! I'm sorry that I'm just catching this. I hope you are feeling better. Being sick in the cold is just wrong :( Sending smiles, friend.

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  21. I'm a flip-flop girl and proud of it! Well...except at work but then I'm a ballet flat kind of girl :) I adore how you ended this post about being yourself! As a band mom, we call the moms with bedazzled jeans and heals drill team moms lol ;)

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    1. I love my ballet flats as much as my flip flops. You'd think my arches would be flat by now! I was a band geek forever ago for too many years, and have a son that is also on that path. I get you. Cheers to keeping it real.

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  22. I love that you ate the gummy bears!! I totally eat chocolate off the floor in crisis moments! I have tried to look amazing before with similar results you are hilarious!

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    1. Hahahaahah. I have no shame.The good thing is, we all try to look amazing every now and then (so at least we know it's possible in the right moments). You know, like dancing....or mowing the lawn :) I always appreciate you stopping by, girl!

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  23. So hilarious and I can completely, absolutely relate! You did an awesome job with this prompt!! And all the power to you, don't feel too defeated at all. Some days I get in the mood for the dress up days, and other times, I'm in my pjs all day. I say, as mommies, we deserve to do whatever we want with that!! :D
    Thanks for the comment you left on my blog!! :) Looking forward to reading more from you!

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    1. Thanks, Pamela! The swap was fun and your blog is very cute. I hope you are participating in the next swap! I will probably be in my pajamas THAT day too! :)

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  24. I love this post. It was so cute and funny all in one.

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    1. Thanks Dawn. It was nice to see you on Bloggers. I found a few very good bloggy friends on there! :)

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  25. Ha ha Michelle you make it real - and we all play dress up dont we, but the reality is with kids it doesn't work! I bet those mums don't get down on their hands and knees and do their own cleaning and laundry or if they do they change as soon as they are through the front door with a huge sigh of relief! I had an interview on Sat for a competition - put my heels on last minute in the loos round the corner as I couldn't walk in the way there in them. Had my ballet flats in my bag - shhhh! x

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    1. Claire, you speak the truth! Ballet flats rock and should always be on stand by when heels are in order Best of luck to you in your competition. I had to read your post twice to make sure you weren't teaching again (yet?). When I can afford a housekeeper, I will totally dress fancy all the time. Neither of those things will ever happen. Haha. It's great to hear from you!

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  26. you write so well! i could totally see the whole story play out in my head. i have to tell you and i so attracted to the idea of one day being a stay at home mom and doing laundry in heels and a house dress but you helped reality smack me in the face... it is pretty ridiculous lol

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    1. Thank you so much. I remember thinking how fun it would be to stay home. (and it is)....just not in heels. BTW, I love the word, "housedress"!

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  27. HAHA! I'm sure the lesson learned here is supposed to be NOT to attempt to do the laundry in heels - but I soooooo want to try it now!!!! Thank you HEAPS for the giggle - and for everything else:)! x

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    1. Stuffing the washing machine whilst wearing heels is something EVERYONE should try! Sorry I'm so far behind on the blog comments...I'm going to be getting at it ASAP. I hope you are well.

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  28. This is wonderful and boy can I relate!!! I'd love to get in on the next subject swap--I've got some "interesting"subjects that I'd love to see addressed.....

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    1. Hey beautiful lady, I'm glad you stopped by and I know we would LOVE to have you in on the next swap! Karen is scheduling for December and it does go on every month after. Your writing always makes me smile....Do it. Do it!!!

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