Girly Wish List

by Courtney Sirotin on March 12, 2013

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At one point during Katie’s visit last weekend we were on our way home from a morning out alone together when she asked to stop by a drugstore to pick up some bath salts. It struck me as odd because I never take baths (literally, never), so things like bath salts are not on my radar. I confessed this to Katie at the time and she rightly noted that if I wanted to take baths I could always ask Jay to watch Dylan for an hour and it would be entirely possible. The real obstacle between me and a tub is that baths are low on my priority list, as are many other traditionally feminine indulgences. If I’m going to have an hour to myself I would probably either use it to work out or do housework. More exciting options might include grocery shopping or a trip to Marshall’s. Lame, I know, but I’m just being honest.

Don’t feel bad for me. I could get a massage, have my eyebrows waxed or do something equally girly. Heaven knows I’d probably spend less money at a spa than I do at a grocery store. The problem is, I find girly-grooming things unproductive. I think I’m too practical to dabble in them. If I don’t have much free time, I feel pressure (from within) to make it count. However, I am also aware that it would be good for me to indulge my girly side more.

Not being girly is less a factor of my schedule than it is my innate personality. I’d like to share a story from my childhood that will exemplify my practical approach to grooming and style (and/or my laziness, though that’s a topic for another post). Okay, so when I was about ten or so I had really long hair. It was the style at the time to wear your hair half up and half down so that the top half was pulled back in an elastic. I was very particular about the line that split my hair half up and down and needed it to be very straight, so I would take a long time getting the line exactly straight one day each week, secure it with a ponytail holder and then keep the holder in for the rest of the week. I would even do my best to shampoo my hair with the elastic still in so that I didn’t have to redo my part. Also, at the end of a school day I would change into the next day’s outfit rather than wear pajamas to bed because I didn’t want to have to get changed twice if I wasn’t going anywhere. That’s right, I would sleep in my next day’s clothes! Was this efficient, practical or just lazy? Well, I don’t know, but I think whatever part of me bypassed restyling my hair each day or wearing pajamas during that time of my youth is the same part of me that bypasses getting my eyebrows done today.

At any rate, I’m not here to make a list of all the girly things I’m going to start doing, because I know I won’t do them, but I am going to make a list of all the girly things I would like to do if I were more liberal with how I spend my free time. (Geesh, even my wish list is practical!)

Ten Things I Would Do If I Were Better At Being A Girl

  1. Groom My Eyebrows
  2. Take Baths
  3. Use Pintrest
  4. Use “Product” In My Hair
  5. Get A Massage and/or Facial and/or Something at a Spa
  6. Wear Any Shoe Other Than Sneakers More Than Once A Week
  7. Wax…Anything
  8. Wear Perfume Every Day
  9. Use Accessories Beyond Earrings and the Occasional Necklace
  10. Have Matching…Um…Undergarments (sorry)

Katie left half a bag of bath salts behind when she left. This afternoon as I was cleaning up I came across them and held them in my hand for a minute trying to decide if I wanted to keep them. I threw them away. I know myself and if I kept them they would just end up living under the sink until we move again, taking space away from all the other useless things I like to shove under there. At the end of the day, there are people who take baths and people who don’t and we are all special in our own ways.

(Ha! I love the fact that I just wrote that last line in all seriousness.)

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DONNA CUSHING March 19, 2013 at 1:54 am

I think it is important to be just as you want to be. You are a beautiful person, inside and out!

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