Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Sometimes I get Frankeneye (bloodshot) if I've been reading or knitting too long. Eye drops can exacerbate it. I noticed it in the bathroom mirror before Hairspray. Fortunately, I'm done with the short-sleeved sweater, which was soft and fuzzy, which makes for poor stitch definition, which makes you strain your eyes. So the condition seems to be gone.

Today I was in Whole Foods and a little distracted, since I'd been reading a book in line. The cashier was unusually cheerful and smiled at me broadly. On autopilot, I said, "Thanks!" Apparently she thought I said, "How are you?" because she replied, "Great, thanks, and you?" At which point I said, "Good, how are you?" not realizing that she thought I already said "How are you?" She just chuckled, though.

On the way home from the market, I saw a woman from my building who could be 85, but is always done up immaculately. I think of her as Zsa Zsa Gabor. Her white hair is carefully waved, she wears coordinating top-and-skirt sets (often sleeveless) and her orthopedic shoes have little heels on them.

The one disturbing thing: her husband is always a half a block behind her. It's like a reversal of Muslim tradition.

8 comments:

Caro said...

Maybe her husband can't keep up with her. Your sweater is cute.

kitkat said...

I saw an old lady at the grocery store the other day who looked like she could barely walk, but she had on a cute sun/wrap dress. That's way more style than I have even now.

Bearette24 said...

It's amazing, isn't it? I was walking by her in my shorts and Birkenstocks :)

I hope I have enough energy to put together cute outfits at that age.

Bearette24 said...

Caro - thanks! And that may well be the reason.

verniciousknids said...

I love the idea of high heel orthopedic shoes...comfort and style!

His suzy said...

My memaw was like that. ALWAYS wore high heels and the only time she wore pants was when she was on vacation, and even then they were fairly nice pants. And I don't think my granddad could keep up with her either, she always had so much energy, so that very well could be the reason! lol

Spider Girl said...

I'm always impressed with people who can walk in heels. Even orthopedic ones.

As for the polite chit-chat thing...I do believe I've done the exact same thing.

I think most of the time its just a rote thing anyway. You can test that by saying (in response to 'How are you?') by saying in a very cheery voice:"Terrible! And you?" Bet ya they don't notice... :)

Bearette24 said...

I'm sure you're right ;)