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Friday, April 2, 2010


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A writer is rarely so well inspired as when he talks about himself.

- Anatole France

First of all, I have to apologize to my fan (I think I’ve got one specific Mel fan out there – or maybe a stalker?) about being a wishy-washy poster this month. I’ve had a bunch of papers to write for school and I’m afraid there’s only so much ram in my brain for producing written word on a weekly basis.

Second I just had to agree with Gerb’s blog this week. So much so that I’m tempted to just cut and paste and add a “Ditto from Mel” at the bottom of the page.

You may never guess from reading my posts, but I am actually better in writing than in real life – articulation-wise that is. I feel like unless I am VERY well prepared I can very quickly turn into a blathering idiot in real-life conversation. But I’ve also come to realize that I’m kind of a mood writer – probably comes from journaling. You know when you write in your journal when your happy you write the happy thoughts when your sad you write the sad thoughts. So consequently when I am feeling weary and down-trodden all that seems to come to mind is the Mel version of the “Hamlet Soliloquy” (in the “To be or not to be” sense not in the quality of prose). I do have one of those “little black rain-clouds” that can follow me around from time to time, but it’s not such a great idea to indulge in that on a weekly basis - plus so not fun to read about either.

I do have a frivolous thing on my mind today however. Ebay and I are going on a Cruise! Ebay’s ballroom team is going to perform on a Cruise ship for their tour this year and I get to go along and make sure that all the teenagers are minding their manners. I’m pretty stressed about getting ready for this right now, but once we get there I’m sure it will be totally fun.

So apparently on a cruise there is a formal night – where everyone gets dressed up a’la The Love Boat for the Captain’s dinner in the formal dining room. Now it’s been awhile since I’ve had to dress for anything formal so I had to go out and buy dress for this occasion – well I actually bought it online which leads me to the next issue. I like the dress pretty well but I’m having….how do I say this…cleavage issues with this dress. It’s pretty modest, it’s got sleeves and all of that. But it’s got this kind of wide neckline that in the real world,would probably be fine – prudish even. But I find that I am just not used to that much….exposure. But on the other hand I’m on a cruise – why not show a little cleavage? But on the other hand I’m supposed to be a chaperone and cleavage isn’t usually part of the chaperone uniform. But on the other hand I’m probably the only one that thinks it’s too low. But on the other hand I’m the one that has to wear it and how comfortable will I be if I spend the whole evening worried about over-exposure. But on the other hand I may be seated in the dining room by a dashing man that I might want to flirt with. But on the other hand I haven’t flirted with anyone for along time and was never really all that great at it in the first place – I’d hate to freak anyone out.

So there you go. I find that I am frivilously alternating between the push-up bra cleavage version or the wrap-around-scarf-nunnery version of the formal dress. I’ll be weighing this decision over the next couple of days… while watching LDS General Conference come to think about it. I guess that’ll pretty much make the decision for me.


Chrissy said...

Nothing wrong w/frivolity... We all have different sides of us... adds character... More power to frivolity..lol

PMC said...

so many decisions....i will tell you what i do. i bought this FABULOUS make you feel skinny tank top thing in black and wear it under anything formal to prevent the no-eye-contact-problem in the case of even just a tiny bit of cleavage. i am really no help though because i can't remember where i got it. i can tell you that by the end of the night i can hardly take it off and i am grateful to be able to take a full breathe again...but i looked good..and that is what counts...

Rachel said...

Awe shucks Mel! Hoist the ladies up in a push up get up and stick googly eyes on em!

Rule number 1. If you're going on a cruise.....don't bring your kids along.....

Rule number 2. If kids have to come...don't go on a cruise.

:D Aint I helpful?

LOL! Then again.....I'm the one you were referring to who wears the trashy shoes to church!! :D

Kelly L said...

have fun with it! Push up is good..

Love to you

Gerb said...

I always go by something my dad told me when I was a teenager. It was a bit more drawn-out than this, but he basically told me, "If you've got it, flaunt it!" Of course, when it comes to cleavage, I don't got it. So I may not know what I'm talking about.

Corine said...

I'm an ultra modest person. I don't have anything to flaunt... but non the less, there is still that little feeling inside me that tells me to keep it chaperone appropriate - or I'll regret it. Once I went to a conference with my husband - out of town. We were in Sun Valley - small town, all rich and high style - and I had to purchase a dress in a hurry, just as the conference was starting. As I tried on a dress, I wondered if I would feel comfortable in it - in public. Being in a hurry, and out of town, I bought it. But when I went home to the familiar friends, I discovered that it was a little too tight; I suddenly found myself very uncomfortable - and really wanted to go hide!!! Needless to say, I never wore that expensive dress again. So, if you're at all wondering... I suggest looking for another; you deserve peace of mind!

Lori said...

HA! So glad to find a kindred soul who needs to "prep" before speaking. I do soooo much better in writing, too...so much so, in fact, that when my husband and I argue or have a "serious discussion," I have to send him a bulleted email ahead of time so that I don't get all flustered and leave anything out. How pathetic is that? Hmmm....sounds a little like a future post....thanks for the inspiration! :)

And have fun on your cruise. You could always go with the "fichu"...

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