Through Thick and Thin

Let’s assume for a moment that you are not Kate Moss. Let’s assume, too, that you have at least one physical feature that you’d like to downplay or even disguise. Finally, let’s assume that this feature is below your neck, and above your knees. Assuming all of these crazy things, it is likely that you have resorted to large, bulky, sack-like clothes in an attempt to mask your perceived “flaw.” I’m here to tell you that there is a better way.

I used to love the big sweater and the over-sized shirt. Eventually, Husband Mike dubbed these my “hide inside” clothes. And that’s what I was doing – hiding inside my clothes. I didn’t want anyone to see my lumps and bumps, and felt this was my only effective means of disguising them. But by putting myself in huge, formless clothes, I actually made myself appear even bigger. Sure, no one saw my love handles, but they couldn’t see my waist or bust or hips either. I looked like a very large, round blob atop a pair of tree trunks. (Photo courtesy jjill.com) read more

The Universe Says …

And now, PLOT EXPOSITION. Gobs of it.

About a year and a half ago, I had an identity crisis. After working for nearly 10 years in communications, I finally realized that switching jobs again wasn’t going to make me any happier. I needed to switch CAREERS. My loving husband sat me down, and rather forcefully suggested I pursue a career that involved animals, my great love practically since birth.

Within 6 months, I’d quit my heinous job as a marketing traffic manager, secured a job at the University of Minnesota (which meant free tuition), and designed a degree in Applied Animal Behavior. If I do say so myself, this degree I’ve mapped out will allow me to take the most fantastical group of courses offered at the U. I mean, I get to learn to tranquilize and radio collar beasties. How awesome is THAT??!?!? read more

Originally posted 2007-09-14 08:45:00.