This year, I am Not Being Embarrassed (much). Here are five things I have not been embarrassed about:
- Walking at work with the strap on my shoe broken (because what exactly was being embarrassed going to do to help anything? See also zip, below).
- Being seen by unexpected visitors wandering the house in a strappy singlet.
- Cupcakes. (Because “we’re grownups now and it’s our turn to decide what that means”).
- The url of the article I was looking at when the firm-wide email came around warning us not to abuse our internet freedom. (Thankyou so much /Karen/!)
- Having a photoshoot in the loungeroom while my housemates sat around drinking champagne and watching me, made-up and coiffed, being told to stand like that, tilt my head like this, smile, throw my arms out etc. Oh, and my zip broke.
I think I am growing as a person.
Two activities which regularly reduce me to tears and which in consequence I try to avoid are shoe shopping and listening to country music. If I feel I need a thoroughly cathartic experience, I will do both in one evening. I had completed the first last Friday night and, prior to committing the second, made this list (I have since recovered somewhat but maintain my stance on the cupcake issue):
- Shoe stores
- People who stand in front of elevators
- Shops which are happy enough for you to buy but won’t actively try to sell you anything.
- Shops which actively try to sell you things.
- Lack of choice.
- Retail blackmail.
- Kebab shops which run out of felafels.
- Shops which advertise “it’s cupcake season” but don’t actually have any cupcakes for sale.
- Extra sugar.
- Communal dining tables in food courts.
- The price difference between fresh fruit and veges and refined starch.
- Rent showing through in food prices.
- My feet.
- Everyone else’s feet.
- Expensive Christmas cards.
- Cheap Christmas cards.
- GST on stamps.
- Waiting for public transport.
- Crying in public.
- Being a lawyer.
- Corporations law.
- Order times.
- Executive chairs.
- Rule of law.
- The little plastic pots with resealable flip-tops that East-West Food serves its sauces in.