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Lately between the rain, the wind and the inconvenience of the "hand thing"-I was actually starting to feel a bit down.  

Women-ever try applying make-up with your weaker hand?  

Men-ever try shaving with yours?

So has been my life lately. I did master some pretty good skills considering: I've been able to put together dinner most nights. Not serve them, but I did get simple dishes together and into the oven or microwave so hubby to takeover when he walked in. Steamed or roasted veggies that came pre-cut and washed in a bag. Rice pilaf, baked potatoes and baked fish and sausages.  

Okay, nothing to say-"here lives a food columnist", but tasty, nutritious and hot regardless of the situation. I can also tie my own shoes. I quickly made sure I figured out how to make the necessary pot of coffee in the mornings. I even manage to put on my own deodorant. There's a vision for you to think about.

Back to my slight case of the blues-I decided since one of the things that I was not going to be able to manage is using a blow dryer and one of those metal brushes to do my hair, I might as well cut it.

With the appointment made, I risked cast and footing to get there during a torrential downpour. It only rains in California once a decade for a week and this was it. I must have been thinking something along the lines of "why not get a complete rush while I'm doing this? I can get a haircut, a chance at slipping and falling (again) and get out of the house all at the same time."

I had my wonderful hairdresser of who knows how many years (she's also a relative of sorts, my sister's mother-in-law) give me an even shorter version of my usual pixie cut. Hey-wouldn't you have done the same? This I can simply run my fingers through and scrunch with my remaining hand and look a bit like an "old" Halle Berry. (Stop laughing people-you think I can't hear you?)

Now I'm feeling much better about my looks. My make-up techniques are still a bit perquacky and I can't get my skinny jeans on, but my hair looks good. Next in my mission to feel a bit less of a mess is to go out and find pants that don't require zipping, pulling and buttoning and still look more of pants and less like sweats. I guess while I'm at this futile mission, I'll start looking for my "mother of the groom" outfit.  

I looked at the rack at the bridal store-I'm oh so NOT going to wear any of those dresses. That would really give me a case of the blues. I know it's my future daughter-in-law's day to shine and be noticed, but I will not wear what was on those hangers. Ick-I can't believe they sell anything so matronly to anyone.  

Are you wondering why I sound so chipper for a person writing about a case of the blues? Once I got home the raining ceased and the sun came out, just for a few minutes, but it was enough to boost my mood-of course.

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jan 22, 2010
    • Carine when I met you you had short hair and it was really cute! It shows off your pretty smile.

      Great attitude about all of this. You‘re always so upbeat and positive even when a bit of the blues sets in.

      Get better soon!



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jan 22, 2010
    • thanks Cynthia-pretty much the same cut, just shorter so I don’t have to really do much to it.   feel better just being able to look neat.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jan 23, 2010
    • I’m assuming mascara is your biggest challenge..... go to a salon that does fake eyelashes. Have them apply in dark brown or black (do NOT get the extra long ones) individual lashes and TELL them to use black glue vs clear.
      The black glue will look like eyeliner and the lashes will be darker so your eyes are instantly done.
      If done properly they should last for about 3 weeks. Add tined moisturizer and a swipe of lip color to your one handed hair tassleing and you are set.
      I can’t help you with the skinny jeans since I still struggle with them being 2 handed!



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jan 23, 2010
    • a dear friend from childhood gave me a hint to do w/ shoelaces. she said her daughter used the trick for a year.  dh is taking me in a bit to find some leggings.

      yes, it’s the mascara that’s the worst.  although putting on foundation w/ the opposite hand isn’t exactly easy.

      but as you can see w/ my typing, i’m getting fairly good at this task-how much further behind can eyelash maintenance be?



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      Linni wrote Jan 23, 2010
    • you put a smile on my face! i KNOW exactly what you are talking about! 20 years ago, i had reconstructive surgery on my right hand..im right handed.. i was in a long arm cast for 6months... LOL had to learn to do EVERYTHING left handed whitch for some things like eating... wasnt a pretty picture! ROFL! i just didnt put my makeup on, and trying to shave my legs was a sight as well! LOL

      heart hugs to you! heart



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jan 23, 2010
    • oh I did the shaving thing Linni-what fun, I really nicked my back foot at the ankle, bled for 3 days!!!  and my armpits?  I did 1-you should have seen my dh doing the other.  

      talk about rothfl!!!

      plus-taking a shower this way at 52 is so unsexy.tongue out



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      Linni wrote Jan 24, 2010
    • estatic



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