Are We Overwhelmed Yet?

The pile of presents to wrap is growing and the Christmas cards I ordered have arrived, but I have yet to write the Christmas letter. I’ve attended three Christmas get together this week, and my refrigerator is looking pretty empty because I’ve yet to get the grocery store this week. It seems like the more I check off of my list, the more I have to do!

How are you doing on YOUR “to-do list” this month?

Bucking the Bare Legs Trend

I haven’t been too happy with the trend of having bare legs while wearing a skirt or dress. I think it’s a great trend — for other women. It’s not because I don’t like my legs. I like my legs…except for one thing.

Pantyhose, nylons, stockings…whatever you call them…hide imperfections. Imperfections like spider veins.

While I am old enough to have developed spider veins because of pregnancies and other various reasons, I’ve always had transparent skin that shows my veins. One summer when I was 17, I wore shorts to work. One of my co-workers pointed at my leg and said “What’s that?” He was pointing at my veins. What a way to boost a teen girl’s self esteem, eh?

One advantage of having fair skin — phlebotomists and nurses love my veins. They rarely have trouble finding a vein when I need to give blood or have an I.V.

So understandably, I like to hide my legs and their bluish, purple-ish veins. But I also like to wear dresses and skirts.

I’ve thought about using self-tanners, or air brush in a can. But the directions on how to use those products scare me! I’m so impatient, I’m sure I’ll end up with streaky or orange-y legs.

Last Sunday, instead of my usual slacks, I wore a skirt to church. It was 20 degrees outside. I love this weather! I can finally wear my favorite accessory…black tights!

That’s reason enough to love living in Chicago during the winter.

 Winter has arrived to suburban Chicago.