Friday, January 28, 2011

"Can't complain, but sometimes I still do"

The title of this post is a line from Joe Walsh's song "Life's Been Good". I always crank up the volume when I hear it on the radio because, starting when I first heard it as a child, I've always felt it was kind of a theme song for me. No, not that I'm a rich, drunken, and drugged out rock star, but just that life truly is good! And I've always liked that line in particular, because even in a life as blessed as mine, sometimes a bunch of insignificant challenges can stack up and make me feel sorry for myself. That's how I feel right now. The little things are bringing me down. Caution: whining ahead!

The first dozen or so "little things" which are bringing me down are all over my face--pimples!!! For the last two months, an acne outbreak has invaded my face. I can't figure out what is causing it, or how to make it go away. It's like I'm a teenager again, only without the slender, petite body which I so did not appreciate when it was mine! I've never had a perfectly clear complexion, always having one or two spots to dot with Clearasil at night and concealer during the day, but this outbreak surpasses even those of my teenage years.I know it's vain, but I get depressed every time I catch my reflection in a mirror lately.

Two more little things which are bothering me lay on my studio table downstairs. They are two failed attempts at making a miniature Hogwarts robe for one of my ball-jointed dolls. Having just finished four bears which I'd been working on since the beginning of the month, I decided to indulge in some recreational sewing. I am a huge Harry Potter fan and had decided to make my newest BJD a complete Hogwarts school uniform. I made a cute grey sweater from a pair of socks and I was excited to start the robe. The first one I made was too small to fit nicely over the sweater, so I tried again. This time it was going well. The test fit proved it would go over the sweater and I sewed the lining in by hand. I was so pleased at my neat and tiny backstitch, but also marveled at how long it took me to handsew something so small. Then I realized I'd sewn the lining in backwards! Neat and tiny stitches are not so easy to remove.

The final little thing which has me whining, is the fact that I must go to work both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Teachers aren't supposed to work weekends! The Catholic school where I teach art is having an open house after church on Sunday and I have to be present for it. I need to go in on Saturday to prepare.

I know I have a good life, and I really can't complain--but sometimes I still do!


Ellen Borggreve said...

Oh Tami, I can sympathize about the acne. I had a massive outbreak as well last year and could not in the world imagine why. I never had acne as a teenager! Anyway, I used clearasil and every other product there is and then switched to Clinique's 1,2,3 system. Ahhhh, no more acne and when I do get a spot, it is very small and disappears quickly. I just thought I'd tell you about it.

Oh....too bad about the outfit. I think sewing dresses is much more difficult than sewing bears, because you really have to think hard about what has to be done first and I too have got totally frustrated but....I am currently trying again. I am making mannequins based on my BC girls' sizes and will give it another shot. Fun!!!!

Just have a quick complaining session and then focus on happy things again, alright? :)))


Little Leaf said...

I also switched my facial products and have been pleasantly surprised! Keep in mind that having oily skin usually means fewer wrinkles as we age (this is what I tell myself when the zits appear).

Tami Eveslage said...

Hi, Ellen and Little Leaf. Thanks for the advice. I will most definitely look into the Clinique system! I tried again with the Hogwarts robe and have a third failure to add to my others! I think I'd better let it go for now and get back to the Teddy Bears bears I know and love!I come back to it later.

Susan said...

Love your blog and love blogging. Even when it is just whining. It's therapeutic.

Noah had a HUGE zit on his nose last week. At our age we just laugh about it. I had an outbreak a few weeks ago. The only thing positive I can say about my cold right now is that all the draining sinuses seem to clear out the pimples too.

Good luck with the sewing. Sewing little things is sooo difficult. I sewed a couple of infant things for Genna - not nearly as small as what you're doing - and I vowed never to do it again. Kudos to you for persistence.

Chin up!

Tami Eveslage said...

Thanks Susan! You are so right about blogging being theraputic. I think one of my best blog writings was one I wrote when when I was dealing with my Dad's cancer, surgery, and subsequent complications.It was definitely a therapy of sorts. This is the one.