I don't dress up for work. I wear business casual pants every day. I comb my hair but don't style it and I don't wear make-up. I know I should, the whole "if you look good you feel good" thing, appearance counts, you should take care of yourself, blah blah blah. I'm just lazy. I dress up on the weekend every day. I put on make-up and do my hair and try to make myself as Fabulous as possible. I do it if I have a client meeting to attend. And if I get up early enough, I'll do it for work too. I'm just almost never up early enough.
Today I put on nylons, the skirt from my black suit, and my favorite electric blue shirt. When I showed up in the kitchen to get my coffee, I got an immediate reaction from Bianca: "Why are you all dressed up?"
"Funny you should ask," I replied.
As my friend Pronto keenly observed (how close were you looking at that photo? And where have you been? Are you still on vacation?), I have a belly button ring. I'd had the same one in ever since I got it pierced, a closed loop with a little green ball. It's not a screw on ball, it's one where you fit the two ends of the loop into the sides. It's very hard to get it out (I had to pull it apart with pliers. No kidding.) I had been getting bored with it for a while, so I decided I was going to get some different ones.
Last night at the store I saw the cuti-est curved barbell, with a little dolphin charm wrapped around a pink rhinestone. So I bought it and took it home.
I should tell you I'm kind of paranoid about changing this thing, which is why I didn't do it sooner. I'm totally convinced the hole is going to close up if I have nothing in it for more than 3 seconds. It's probably not true, but like I said, I'm paranoid. Also I'm afraid that once I get the old one out I won't be able to get the new one in, like the end is going to get lost in my stomach and never come back out the other side.
But I want this dolphin one. So, I pulled the old one apart (with pliers), and put some baby oil on it (and me), so that the baby oil would get in the hole when I pulled it out, and make it easier to put the new one in. And it worked! I got the new one through the hole and screwed the ball on the top. Then I admired myself in the mirror for a while, vowed to get my stomach flatter so I could show it to other people, and went to bed.
When Linkin Park woke me up this morning (I also bought a CD player/alarm clock last night), I got up, took a shower, and started drying myself off. And of course I hadn't screwed the ball on tight enough, so while I was drying myself it popped off and went flying across the room. Picture now a (dry) naked woman with wet hair, one hand on her stomach holding the dolphin so it wouldn't slip back through, and crawling on her hands and knees looking for a teeny-tiny round piece of metal. Yeah that's me. And I can't find it. Shit.
I gave up after 15 minutes and went upstairs, still holding the dolphin. The dilemma is: the dolphin is going to slip out unless I hold it there all day, and if I put the old one back in I'll never get that ball back on there by myself, what with the pliers and all, so that one is going to slip out as well. So what I decide to do is put the loop in, not worry about the ball, and go buy a new one at lunch today. But if I wear pants, I'm going to knock it out of there. But being so very brilliant, I had an idea. I grab a pair of nylons from my drawer and put them on, having realized that the waistband will hold the ring against my stomach for now and it won't slip out. So, since I have nylons on anyway, heck, I might as well get dressed up for work, right?
And that is why Amber is wearing a skirt today.