... issues and tissues with a touch of the spicy from the spirit hag ...
Published on October 28, 2004 By mignuna In Misc

 

When I lived in Sydney and went to work every day, I was what one might call ‘well-groomed’. (Okay, technically, I was what one might call ‘groomed to within an inch of my life’). At the time, I never gave my intensive self-cleaning-and-preening a second thought. It was as much a part of my routine as eating or sleeping.

 

I had a job. I worked in an office building. Every other person that worked there did exactly the same thing. Looked exactly the same way. That the duties we collectively performed would be in no way compromised by any lack of preening apparently occurred to nobody. It was just what we did.

 

Since my move to a small beach village on the North Coast of NSW, I have become somewhat less well groomed. Actually, if I’m honest, I have become remarkably less well groomed, and, to my eternal surprise, much happier.

 

When I purchased my Volkswagen Kombi Bus (aka the international hippie symbol), my (very well-groomed) sister said in horror “You’re not going to get hairy, are you ?”. Now, I wasn’t planning any such thing at the time, but I did abandon my razor in a form of silent revenge a short time later.

 

Having spent the previous 15 years viewing even my pale, thin body hair as the enemy, it was an amazing freedom to stop caring. (Plus, it made my husband all hot and bothered as well). I do shave occasionally now, but it’s much more likely to be for comfort than for the pursuit of some unattainable ‘beauty’ ideal.

 

Having done that, it didn’t take long before the rest of the symptoms of ‘preening woman syndrome’ began to abate. The relief was unimaginable. I began to re-evaluate what I like to call ‘the outside standard’. ('The outside standard' is the individuals’ self-set minimum level of grooming that they find acceptable before entering ‘the outside world’).

 

My outside standard has dropped from ‘freshly showered and shampooed with neatly pressed clothing, co-ordinated accessories and shoes, blow-dried hair, fragrance, matching underwear and light makeup’ to ‘oh well, at least I’m not dirty’. That’s it. As long as I’m reasonably clean and have at least two items of clothing on, I’m done.

 

It’s almost an addiction now. I fang around the front garden in the mornings with my ridiculously (dyed) bright red hair still all ‘bedhead’ and my face full of pillow-wrinkles. (I’ve also gone cold turkey on hairdressers, and the resulting mess manages to startle even my own mother).

 

My skin is far from perfect, but without make-up clogging it, it’s much cleaner and softer, and without my paranoia, my freckles are out and proud for the world to see. I have always hated the artificial, airbrushed ideal that is pressed upon women, and I’m relishing this as my (tiny) personal crusade against it.

 

As an added bonus, I also have a lot more time, and when I do 'make an effort' for an occasion, I feel great. In fact, this whole experience has been positive with the exception of one very minor, (yet extremely annoying in an ‘I did all that for nothing’ kind of way) detail ...

 

I seem to be the only one that has noticed any difference !.

 

 


Comments (Page 1)
on Oct 28, 2004
YEah you go girl! Good on ya! Heh! I'm the high standards kinda girl but everytime i go out with my all pampered girlfriends it is me that guys notice and want to talk too. They're green with envy but still love me. I know i'm blessed!
on Oct 28, 2004
Oops! i meant i am NOT the high standards kinda girl....
on Oct 28, 2004
Yeeeaaahhhh! Go mignuna. Spread the word.

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on Oct 28, 2004

Yeeeaaahhhh! Go mignuna. Spread the word

thankyou, leaping lizard !. i will. i will !. and thanks for your comment

everytime i go out with my all pampered girlfriends it is me that guys notice and want to talk too. They're green with envy but still love me. I know i'm blessed!

alright, island gurl !. you fabulous woman, you !. you know recently, my hubby & i were out with some friends who play music, and all night the boys in the band were checking out this sexy girl behind the bar. she came over after they finished and they were all preening and stuff, and it soon became clear that she was interested in ME !. hah !. they were all sooo mad. of course i had to tell her i was married, but i still liked it !. hehe !

mig XXX

on Oct 28, 2004
Au natural.....I love it...great post mig...
on Oct 28, 2004
! Hahah! i'm sure that if looks could kill you'd be dead by now mignuna, heh! Way to go, show'em you got natural sex appeal!
on Oct 28, 2004
I doubt you go unnoticed; perhaps the natural look is so stunning observers are temporarily blinded.
on Oct 29, 2004
That’s it. As long as I’m reasonably clean and have at least two items of clothing on, I’m done.


Ah mig, that sounds so familiar

Cheerio,
Macky
on Oct 29, 2004

and have at least two items of clothing on, I’m done


i really havent asked anyone this since i had to have a live chat with the nice lady at msn.com to resolve an issue with a friends computer but...what two items of clothing are we talkin about here mignuna?

on Oct 29, 2004
I'll be boring, and guess "shirt and pants."

Of course "hat and socks" would be much more exciting....
on Oct 29, 2004

what two items of clothing are we talkin about here mignuna?

hehe, i knew somebody would pick up on that !. ok, maybe a shift dress and undies ? hehe. or ... umm ... i'm embarrassed now !. it's australia !. it's hot ! *roflmao*. you have been missed, kingbee !

i really havent asked anyone this since i had to have a live chat with the nice lady at msn.com to resolve an issue with a friends computer

so that's where you've been, kingbee. i was seriously wondering what had become of you !. it's so so soooo nice to 'see' you

Ah mig, that sounds so familiar

aarggh, macky !. now we sound like we've been up to something again. that line is even worse than the whole bath palaver. and when did you turn into mackintosh ?. (though i do like it !. SO distinguished, petal !) !.

I doubt you go unnoticed; perhaps the natural look is so stunning observers are temporarily blinded.

stevendedalus, i think it's actually the reflection from my cadaver-style colouring that's doing it !

Way to go, show'em you got natural sex appeal!

hmmm. well, i don't know about sex appeal, island gurl, but natural for sure !!! hehe

Au natural.....I love it...great post mig

thankyou, kelly. i had a feeling you would agree

mig XXX

on Oct 29, 2004
I'll be boring, and guess "shirt and pants."
citahellion, we were typing at the same time. imagine, ME being clever enough to think of something at the same time as you !. your adopted part of my brain must be doing it's job and yes, you are mostly correct. i am a boring kinda girl. plus i protect my skin mig XXX
on Oct 29, 2004
aarggh, macky !. now we sound like we've been up to something again.


Surely you jest? *walks away whistling and smoking a cigarette*
on Oct 29, 2004

aarggh, macky !. now we sound like we've been up to something again.

Surely you jest? *walks away whistling and smoking a cigarette*


ok, i admit it. i tried to hide it, but i can contain myself no longer ...


macky isn't really in poland, everyone. he actually lives under my bed.

mig XXX

on Oct 31, 2004
so that's where he's been....
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