Wednesday, January 31st 2007
Works for Me: Dressing for the Occasion (not)

  Playing along with Shannon today! Go see her fantastic list of links, her Treasure Box tip, and please, please, be sure you don’t miss this post of hers.


One day when my mother was visiting at Christmas, we stayed in the house all day doing various domestic duties. This is VERY bad for my tendencies toward depression, as I’ve stated before. I need to get out of the house, preferably first thing every morning, be celan, be at least a little bit social, etc. So one day of All Domestic All Day, Homebound, was about all I could take. By the end of the day, I was a mopey little blob. Weather dictated that another such day would follow.

Extreme measures were in order. Hence, dressing for the occasion. It Works for Me.  Going to be housebound all day, depressed, doing laundry?  Then by all means, DRESS UP and put on a little lipstick. I know. Sounds dumb. But it worked. My mom insisted I turn around and stick my butt out in this photo, and that weird look i’m giving? That’s actually me having the nerve to say, "Like this? is THIS far enough?" Um YEAH. a bit delusional and depressed, I’d say. 


(Baby in photo above if you look very carefully.)

Bonus WFMW:

Also what works for us is the wrap around gate for the Christmas tree. Festive, no?  We’ve needed it 2 years out of the last 3, given certain baby ages, baby mobility, etc. We call it the Maximum Security Tree.

This post kills two birds with one stone, because I promised y’all I’d post the picture of My Butt The Size of Delaware if 40 of you did your BSEs. Congratulations!

(yeah, some of you posted your ‘i did its!’ on other posts, but it’s ok. i know who you are.)


11 Comments on “Works for Me: Dressing for the Occasion (not)”

January 31st, 2007
12:24 am

Love the tip! Thanks!

January 31st, 2007
6:45 am

Oh, and you KNOW I’m loving that skirt, girl! ‘Cause a skirt makes all the difference.

January 31st, 2007
6:59 am

So how many birds can you kill with that butt? bet I would win that one.

January 31st, 2007
7:32 am

I love your tip(s)! I would have never thought to use the baby gate (we call it baby jail) for the tree…I’ll remember that next year!!! And, dressing for the occasion sounds like a fantastic idea! I’ll have to try that and see if it helps! :) Thanks for sharing!

January 31st, 2007
7:52 am

The size of Delaware? Then I wish mine were the size of Delaware, instead of the size of Texas. ;)

January 31st, 2007
9:44 am

For me it’s putting my hair up. For some reason, that makes me feel pretty and professional – even if I’m cleaning up slimey noses. Great tip!

peace of Christ to you,

January 31st, 2007
10:11 am

Girl, you have guts. That’s all I have to say. And a great attitude on how to beat those blues!

January 31st, 2007
11:20 am

Excellent idea, says the depressed SAHM who at this very moment has no lipstick on and is in need of an outing.

Going right now to finish my hair and don some lipstick!

January 31st, 2007
4:35 pm

Hi There!

Great tip. The Fly Lady recommends that moms do just that (

And a big THANKS for directing us to Shannon’s post about mothering young kids — I SO needed it.


Rebecca Mielke
February 1st, 2007
11:49 am

Yes, but to be truly daring you would have posed against a white background. He hee.

Frannie Farmer
February 1st, 2007
6:58 pm

Quite sassy my friend.

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