Why do I bother?

by Jennifer on July 22, 2008

Why I won’t be wearing capri pants or shirts with sleeves that hit above the elbow, for the next several days. Or a bathing suit (okay, so that’s a bonus)…




A note: I’ve appreciated all the comments on my post from yesterday, and am delighted to find a common thread with so many of you. Then, this morning, I read a post from one of my favorite bloggers that is a perfect illustration of what I was trying to say.
Kyran Pittman at Notes to Self tells the story of how, in the space of a cab ride, she set her judgment aside to make room for curiosity and compassion, and heard a story she might not have expected.
Her writing always changes the way my day looks, and her blog is one of my favorites. If you’re not reading it already, I hope you will take a moment to discover a beautiful writer who writes beautifully. (Also, you should check out her article, Mommy Wears Prada, in the most recent issue of Good Housekeeping. )

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suburbancorrespondent July 22, 2008 at 3:59 am

I hear the zebra look is “in” this year.

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Milena July 22, 2008 at 5:07 am

Jennifer: I’ll have you know I spit out my coffee laughing. Is it that bad? Really?

HRH July 22, 2008 at 5:08 am


Would it help ease the pain if I said it was good for a really long and hearty laugh?

HRHs last blog post..Next time Holly is going to get a root canal…

Louise July 22, 2008 at 6:00 am

(And you’re not 40 yet, so according to those who are supposed to know about fashion, you’re still allowed to wear capri pants. Wasted days.)

Louises last blog post..Sunrise. Sunrise. And Some Awards.

Jan July 22, 2008 at 6:26 am

Hey – at least you’re a drop-dead gorgeous zebra.

I’m hoping to start a new fashion revolution – “Fishbelly White IS Sexy.” Because it’s the only hope I have.

Jans last blog post..Alert the Media

Emily R July 22, 2008 at 6:34 am

Oh, NO!

Emily Rs last blog post..Numbers

Lisa Milton July 22, 2008 at 6:41 am

We all get sucked in. That’s why we are laughing WITH you.

Madge July 22, 2008 at 6:53 am

even funnier then when you told me about it on the phone. also — when are we to old to wear capris? crap.

Madges last blog post..Men I Love – Part Two

Jenn @ Juggling Life July 22, 2008 at 8:04 am

I have not yet tried that–although I love the Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs. Too bad about that whole “lasts 7 days” thing.

Jenn @ Juggling Lifes last blog post..Mamma Mia!

Susan July 22, 2008 at 8:22 am

Yeah, like nobody else has ever done that. I don’t suppose you would be willing to post pictures? No?

Wait, we aren’t allowed to wear capris if we are over 40? Who made that rule? btw, I just decided I’m going back to being 29 again.

Susans last blog post..Mimi’s Fantastic Dinner

melissa July 22, 2008 at 9:01 am

Yipes! Stripes!
(somebody had to say it)

jenrantsraves July 22, 2008 at 9:32 am

Hee, Hee, Hee. When my red headed husband, my red headed son, and I went to the lake a few weekends ago, we were the palest family on the beach. Everyone was grabbing their sunglasses to shield their eyes from our blindingly white bodies. But, we’ll look young and they’ll be saggy, wrinkly, and old, so HA!

Tina July 22, 2008 at 9:41 am

I think you should post a photo of YOU. You know, just as a cautionary tale…

Thanks for the laugh!

Ann July 22, 2008 at 9:47 am

Ooooh….uh oh. And, let’s see – on a day of 106 degrees with high humidity? Let’s yell “SUCKS” together, shall we? And, LOOFAH! Ah, this stinks….

Anns last blog post..Hype – Cookies vs. Batman

Jennifer Harvey July 22, 2008 at 9:53 am

I even exfoliated first! Which really chaps my striped…well, you know. (If anyone knows of a self-tanner reversing product, email me. I beg you.)

Yeah, no. There won’t be any photos, as funny as it would be!

Bruce July 22, 2008 at 11:36 am

It has always mystified me that there are tanning salons and spray on tan for people that living Arizona. How can you ‘not’ have a tan here?

Bruces last blog post..Essential Cinema – 36

Rhea July 22, 2008 at 12:37 pm

ROFL You’re hilarious.

I hear Zebra’s skin is striped beneath their hair…

Rheas last blog post..Homer

Jennifer Harvey July 22, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Oh, Bruce, you’re talking to a very fair, very freckled girl who burns when she stays out in the sun longer than it takes to put on sunscreen. So I either have to live with being pale (and entertain my indoor self by playing dot-to-dot between my freckles), or I have to seek professional tanning help.

As of right now, I’m abandoning my do-it-yourself ways. There’s a spray-tan booth calling my name. (Though I’m not convinced the stuff they spray is any safer than lying out in the sun. Still. That pesky skin cancer…)

Deirdre July 22, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Ooh – I thought orange was bad when I tried that junky lotion stuff. Zebra is probably worse. I’m not sure – would have to see the evidence.

I think you should call the tiny little 800 number on the back of the bottle and demand a reversal product. Or you can let me (your -ahem- lawyer) call on your behalf.

Lisa July 22, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Zebras can be very pretty–at least it’s not orange girraffe splotches 😉

Lisas last blog post..Is this karma?

Mrs. G. July 22, 2008 at 2:04 pm

I can not use any of this stuff without looking unnatural-I feel your stripes, I mean, pain.

the mama bird diaries July 22, 2008 at 8:05 pm

I like zebras.

Do we get to see a real pic?

the mama bird diariess last blog post..my face-off with abby cadabby

Trollpop Bagelstien July 22, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Mock marketh the zebra! Semblance and encouraged makeshift copycatism of the four legged mammal that we know to live only for himself, for he is a selfish creature. Ways that mark our Capri, look to leather. Style is the sun. Mock it! Wear it! live it… Lie and live…

Trollpop Bagelstiens last blog post..Please Me Twice…

flutter July 22, 2008 at 9:54 pm

you kill me. Dude now would be perfect for bellydancing. You could hypnotize passers by with your stripes ;p

flutters last blog post..here’s a doozy

Tootsie Farklepants July 22, 2008 at 10:32 pm

enter blood curdling scream here.

Tootsie Farklepantss last blog post..Nine Common Annoying Conversation Habits (AKA My List of Crap that Bugs Me and Two of Which I’m Guilty)

JCK July 23, 2008 at 12:00 am

But, I LOVE zebras!

Thanks for sharing Notes to Self. I loved that post!

San July 23, 2008 at 8:46 am

The zebra look–it sounds wild!

Asianmommy July 23, 2008 at 10:19 am

Hee! That’s why I’m too afraid to try it!

Jules~ July 23, 2008 at 11:10 am

Oh no streaks and stripes! I am so sorry.

Jules~s last blog post..What Did I Order……

Crazycath July 23, 2008 at 12:08 pm

That is SO me.

I’ll check out that blog too.

Crazycaths last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

Ducky July 25, 2008 at 8:37 am

Hahahahahahaha! I toooooooooooooooootally want a picture!

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