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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Looking Good?

I have been going through a little phase of feeling rather blah about myself. Might have something to do with getting back up to 10lbs over my lowest weight at WW last week, when I was less than a pound from goal around this time last year. Maybe it has something to do with this week having sucked so royally at work. (Too much work, constant requests for information/special projects/general crap from the bosses, 2 new employees that require training and don't know how to use basic software like Word and, yeah, that kind of crap making me unable to get anything done).

:( So, I decided to dress up a bit today to help me feel better about myself. I finally wore that cute red skirt that I bought a few months ago for David's christening, but couldn't wear because it was too cold in GA. I had on my favorite retro style 3" heels, and pantyhose. I don't know if I've gone into my fondness for pantyhose on my blog or not...but I'm weird and enjoy wearing them, as much of a pain as they are, because they actually make me feel more feminine and maybe a bit more refined. Plus, my legs look way better in them than without them...and they come in styles that suck in my tummy for me! Anyway, sorry for the slight diversion... I got a few nice compliments from co-workers, which I do appreciate. And then the inevitable obnoxious questions.

Only this time, no one asked if I had an interview. Nope, they must have figured out by now that I'm not going anywhere. (Now, maybe I'd have gotten that question if I came in wearing slacks and a matching suit jacket...which I no longer own in my actual size.)

Instead, I get the whole, "What's his name?" I don't need a man around for me to want to look nice. (Besides, I'll never meet one if I look as schlumpy as I usually do, now will I?) I really want to answer this way: His name is self-esteem, and I am trying to build him. But, I probably wouldn't say that... Instead I give a self-deprecating comment about there being no men and no prospects (while only slightly self-deprecating, as it's true). And naturally, since the earlier compliments did give me a boost of confidence, and I did think I looked pretty good today, I didn't run into a single attractive man today (okay, none that spoke to me). (Not that there are many around the office anyway - I work with all women...and I think we've scared off all the men.)

Anyway, that sort of ties into the latest quiz I took. I think it fits me, but I guess I should ask my friends if they agree with it's assessment of me.

Your Beauty Element is Water

Feminine and dreamy, your beauty style is classic and very vintage.
But you never look out of style! You have a way of making classic looks modern again.


Christyn said...

Hey, I'm sorry it has been such a rough week, and I know me leaving didn't help! :( I feel so bad!! At least I warned you about a certain somebody not knowing the basic computer programs. OY! I hope they have others (besides you) to train them. It was hard enough for me to train while I was trying to catch up with everything before I left.
Wish I could have seen you all dressed up today! I'm sure you looked beautiful and confident in yourself! Don't let others get you down!!
Hope you have a great day! I miss ya :(

kerri said...

Life has been crappy lately Tami. I'm sorry. I know I feel the same way too.

Interesting, I got Earth Beauty. Which is what I TOTALLY would have pegged you as, and myself the water one.

Both are cool, and very us. Call me soon!

Caitlin said...

I was hoping to see a picture of the fancy outfit! Oh well! Kyle & I miss you and want you to come back :)

Dagny said...

I love that line -- "His name is self esteem." Please tell me you'll use it the next time you're confronted with the question.

Oh, and I'm Earth beauty.

Fluffycat said...

My beauty element was fire.

I think looking good for yourself and feeling good about yourself is a great thing. I wore a dress once to work and this nosy middle-aged lady asked if I had a date. I said, "are you asking me out?" That ended that convo right then and there.

Kristin said...

Looking good for yourself is great and you have to be happy with yourself as others notice that. I love the "his name is self esteem" you definetly should use it.
Ok so now I have an idea of some food for the weekend, healthy stuff.

BellaKarma said...

I could go on and on about the psychology of clothes...but I'll spare you. Wear the red skirt more often! And I'd love to see those retro 3" heels!!!

Tami said...

Christyn - don't blame yourself! It's not you.

Kerri - Funny, I totally would have pegged you as Earth, and thought that Water fit me. Of course, I don't know what "Earth" said...maybe it fits me on casual days.

Cait - sorry no pics. I'll come back. Send the ticket anytime you wish.

Dagny & Kristin - I'll think about using the will depend on my mood the next time the question is asked.

Fluffycat - Good one. But with the potential of backfiring...

Jill - Believe it or not, I'd be fascinated with the psychology of clothes...maybe you should go ahead and blog it all out for me! (hehe...can I have my own dedicated bellakarma post?) And I love those shoes - they look kind of like what you'd wear to go swing dancing - high heeled Mary Janes with a slightly rounded toe and an ankle strap (the only strap, that is, is at the ankle).

Orelinde_03 said...

This quiz freaked me out, because I am an air sign and it marked me as an air element. Wicked cool!

And it's always great to dress up to give a shot of self esteem.

I am sorry things have been so crummy for you. I hope that it turns around. Just remember, when all else fails; a glass of wine (or vodka, or beer, or tequila) helps.