Have you ever felt like a misfit? Whenever I hear or think the word misfit I recall Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Hermey (the elf dentist) singing We’re a Couple of Misfits. Ugh – now the song is swirling in my head as if I don’t have enough going on in there.
By virtue of our personalities, many introverts can relate to being so-called misfits because our behavior can be mistakenly labeled as anti-social. It’s not that we’re anti-social we are selectively social and in my case just plain quirky.
Following are 3 broad categories on some of my quirks:
1. Great care in avoiding dry skin thus my hands cannot be exposed to:
- Flour – causes the feeling of extreme dryness necessitating immediate hand-washing.
- Breadcrumbs – (See description of flour above)
- Dirt – Any kind of dirt (can’t even close dirty vehicle trunks without gloves on – see above)
- Clay-making/Paper mâché – Crafts used to be tricky (see above).
- Sand – Falls into the category of dirt.
- Soap Powder – Thank goodness for liquid detergents (what a life saver)
- Cleanser – Thank goodness for liquid or gel cleaners and rubber gloves.
- Rubber Gloves – Must be disposable and require immediate hand-washing after use.
2. Avoidance of nutrition in the “soft foods” category:
- Pudding, yogurt, gelatin, hot cereal, smoothies, milkshakes, mayonnaise and all related
3. Lotion and lip balm are essentials.
- I can live without a lot of things but lotion and lip balm are must-haves.
Though the above list is a mere pittance that barely touches the surface of my quirks, I think the biggest one of all is my personal code of ethics. I have ALWAYS (I know, I know, careful with the use of absolutes but in this case it’s absolutely true) believed in following the rules.
When I was a kid I had a great fear of getting in trouble and as a result if I did anything I wasn’t supposed to be doing I would eventually blow myself in for fear of repercussions. Notice how I said myself? Yes it’s true even if other perps (perpetrators) i.e., my brother, cousins, friends, were involved I would only turn myself in because in my mind it just wasn’t right to snitch.
My code of ethics has remained with me into adulthood although it’s clear that my childhood was remarkably different from that of my brother, cousins and friends. Looking back now it seems they had more fun. It wasn’t until my brother (after being gone for 25 years) came back to Pittsburgh that I understood just how much fun they had.
Actually the signs were always there I just failed to notice them because I was being “selectively social.” Being recognized as Robert’s sister, Chae’s cousin or worse yet [insert any of my son’s names] mom, sometimes even I have to ask myself “am I really here?”
At any rate back to my brother, when he returned home he would regale my sons with stories of antics from his youth. It was my grown sons who laughingly said “wow mom you were boring even when you were a kid.” I guess reminding them that I had scruples wasn’t exciting enough but hey at least I have a clear conscience (pathetic I know but really I’m okay with it).
Writing about being a goody two shoes takes me back to some great memories and the real subject of today’s post. Early in the spring I set a goal to incorporate more of a sporty chic style into my wardrobe repertoire. The outfit I have on in today’s pictures is so comfy yet a casual glam.
I’ve written many times of my love affair with heels and lately flats but I never really gave much thought to sneakers other than using them to workout, until now. The bright white sneakers I have on in the photos works so well with a number of my outfits that I got them in red and gray as well.
- Lace-Up Canvas Sneakers – in White are from Forever 21. These versatile shoes go well with capris, maxi dresses/skirts, jeans or leggings.
- The Bright White Capri Pants Rhinestone-Embellished are Style & Co. from Macy’s. Of course I couldn’t pass up the 3 rhinestone snap closures on each leg. Talk about bling, they are brilliant when the light hits them at the right angle.
- Strappy Taupe (Mae) Tank – This tank is so lightweight and loose-fitting (perfect for me with my hips). The straps crisscross in the back for an alluring look.
- Iconic Straw Fedora – I’ve talked about this Forever 21 hat before as it’s one of my favorites. Natural straw featuring a solid black hat band.
Have a wonderful weekend!!
“I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.” ~Abraham Lincoln