Today the effort begins to tart myself up for the job market. The objective is to look as young as possible without looking like an old lady trying to look young. It's a delicate balance.
Today I'm off to the dentist for a cleaning I've been putting off. And if he can do whitening trays, now would be the time. It's a lousy waste of a precious day off, but dental insurance will vanish when my job does.
Next stop will be my hair salon, to see if we can trim a few years off along with the locks. I've gone to the same woman for years and years; she's the only one I've found who can do anything good with my hair. It's fine and thin, and after years of experimenting we've found a smooth, stacked, chin-length cut that makes it look magically fuller, just the thing for job hunting. She charges $45 for it, which is steep for me right now, so I haven't been there in four months.
She seemed very excited when I called, so I'm guessing I'm not the only one skimping on cuts these days. (When times were better, I got a trim every five weeks. Ah, for the good old days.)
I have been lucky with the color. Most people my age have a lot of gray, but I've escaped with only a strand or two here and there. Still, what's left is a mousy, light brown, so maybe a subtle color rinse wouldn't hurt.
Saturday, I'm getting new glasses. My old ones aren't bad; they're bifocals, but they're no-line and rimless so it doesn't really show. Vision coverage will also be going away, so better now than never. I'll have to get one of those odd little rectangular frames the 20-year-olds wear ... or is that in the trying-too-hard category?
Clothes and shoes will be for next week, and I dread that most of all. They don't make decent clothes for short, fat ladies, and I'm getting shorter and fatter all the time. And with my foot issues, heels are out of the question. I suppose I should do something about makeup and nails, too, though I don't know what.
Well, one thing at a time. As Scarlet would say, "I'll worry about that tomorrow."
If you have any comments or suggestions for this project, I'm all ears.
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