If you remember this post, I took things to a more personal level…and it seemingly got a positive response. So, with the holidays drawing nearer, and everyone buzzing with that crazy/excited energy, I’m taking today to reflect on some more things that make me decidedly me.
1. I’m a girl with glasses. As if you couldn’t tell by the picture to your right! While some gals have the luxury of perfect eyesight and contacts, I am a slave to my frames. You see, about four years ago when I was in college, I would wake up, walk to campus and need to pop some pills in my first class, everyday. I was getting such bad headaches that I knew something wasn’t right. And after having 20/20 all my life, the last thing I suspected was my eyesight. I went to the doctor on my Christmas break and she suggested I get my head scanned (eek!); my mom wisely suggested we wait on that until after my yearly eye appointment. When my optometrist told me what I had was an eye ailment issue and not my actual sight, I was more than confused. But he explained that my eyes were positioned to focus on different points (the less obvious version of a lazy eye), and my headaches were caused by my eye muscles working overtime to correct this. The result of this issue? None other than prism lenses, not that I had ever heard of them before. Because my eyesight was just fine, and my muscles were to blame, lenses that made of prisms would redirect my focus to the same, centered point. Bye-bye any hope for contacts (as a convex lens would defeat the physics of it all!) I got my first pair of glasses after a humungous bill, and tried to cope with the fact that the only way to correct my eyes sans glasses was surgery.
My lenses cost so much that I can only really afford a new pair of frames every year. And by then my prescription has already changed, so one current pair is all I get. No switching it up based on my mood, no taking advantage of swingin’ deal websites. It also takes some time to manufacture my lenses, which altogether makes me feel like pop bottle Piggy from Lord of the Flies.
I’ve had my current pair for one year and eight months. And I’m getting
pretty extremely tired of them. The blue is extremely limiting, which wasn’t so bad when I was going through my Lilly Pulitzer phase, but now that I am discovering my truest of true styles, they don’t really go. I’m crossing my fingers I find a new pair when I’m home, and that everything will fall into place when I feel better about my glasses. The irony of it is that when I was little I wished and prayed for glasses…all I can say is, be careful what you wish for!
2. I’m an aspiring author. Aside from this nifty blog I spend a lot of time on, I am also working on a project that I would love to have published some day. It’s scary to write down my biggest goal for you all to see, because that really builds the pressure! But I’ve been a storyteller all my life and it feels natural for me to imagine characters and places and write about them. I’ve only ever let my sister and mother read what I have saved in my word processor, but someday I’ll gather my courage and really pitch it. I guess I have to finish it before I try that, huh?
Okay, all you get is two today. P.S. How lovely is that poster from Garance Dore? Some major amazingness is happening a week from today, with guests galore. Mark it on your calendars, friends!