Tuesday, October 10, 2006

October Blahs

As is typical during transitional times, PeaceBang has been hit with the ugly stick.
And she's just as fat, fat, fat as can be.

At times like this, it's not so much about cute outfits as it is about keeping it simple, being kind to oneself, getting to the gym for energy, getting enough sleep (October always exhausts me) and gradually changing make-up from light and glossy to moisturizing and brightening. Remember that the light changes in the autumn. It gets dark earlier and those soft peaches that look so beautiful in June won't look like much of anything in the harsher November light.

Ladies, it's high time to retire bright pink from your wardrobe until springtime.
Gentlemen, short-sleeved beachy shirts are done for the year.

Stock some moisturizer for your hands in the office, and in your car if you like. Lip balm isn't a bad idea, either. It's going to get colder and dryer for many of us.

October is a good month to schedule a facial, but not if you're fighting goldenrod or leaf mold allergies, or you could badly irritate your skin.

If you have an immunity-enhancing regimen, start it now and keep it up through Christmas. Put some Purell in your office and use it religiously after greeting everyone on Sunday morning.

Stock up on moisturizing soaps, and check your sock drawer to make sure you're set for the winter.

PeaceBang is taking her sagging self to BED now! Good night, lovely people.

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Blogger Lizard Eater said...

YES on the immunity regimen! Last spring, when we became A Cancer Family, we had to become somewhat Howard Hughes-esque. Wash hands before eating anything. Wash hands immediately upon entering the house. Wash, wash, wash. Our incidence of illness plummeted. Eureka! It's not just government propaganda!

While you're at it, rid yourself of the habit of touching your face. It'll curtail your colds, plus, it's better for your skin.


9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well --- you Yankees can retire beachy shirts and pink but it is still in the 80's here!

4:42 PM  
Blogger juniper68 said...

what else do you do for your immunity regimen?

11:56 PM  
Blogger Caroline Divine said...

Caroline Divine favors garlic for its divine taste and its immune-enhancing properties. Where she lives, in the not too deep South, it is still basil season and she has been eating scrumptious dinners with pesto on the menu as the fall days shorten. Soon there will be other garlic opportunities. Always keep garlic in the house. It will keep away a few friends, but also enemies and vampires. And if you feed your friends and lovers garlic, they won't mind your eating it.

But always at supper and never before a meeting. Garlic breath is not good in ministry, or in Caroline Divine's current full-time gig, teaching divine matters to undergraduates. Neither will she have garlic this Saturday night, just in case there is some kind of leftover scent when she approaches the pulpit Sunday, when she happens to be "on" for the morning.

Also, avoiding white sugar and corn syrup and all that rot is good. Sugar was never a great thing for the immune system. Fresh fruit, on the other hand, is fine, and all those leafy green vegetables. And drinking lots of water, as always. (Though a little red wine doesn't hurt, but Caroline is an Episcopalian and favors the fermented fruit of the vine, though not to excess.)

Lots of washing of hands, too. And using tissues instead of hankies, or at least tossing the graceful linen handkerchief in the laundry bin upon arriving home.

Professor Divine loves her adorable undergraduates, and welcomes their visits to her office to weep about their term papers and broken hearts, but she, like the Eminent and Reverend PeaceBang, keeps that liquid hand cleaner on her desk.

Okay, now I'll go back to talking in the first person. I must have been channeling either Miss Manners or Ms. Mentor (the Miss Manners of the Chronicle of Higher Education, whom I love almost as much as I love Miss Manners and PeaceBang) or who knows, PeaceBang herself.

Blessings, y'all.

12:26 AM  
Blogger BaptizedPagan said...

Speaking of lip balm, especially for us boys who don't wear lipstick, any recommendations for a lipbalm that protects against the sun _and_ the cold, dark winds of boston?
-hugs, a devoted powder pigeon

5:20 PM  
Anonymous hamletta said...

Burt's Bees makes a fine lip balm with lanolin, Vitamin E, and herbal extracts. It doesn't have a fruity, girly flavor or smell, since it's flavored with a bit of peppermint oil, which has a slight medicinal feel; you can't really taste it.

It's a very manly lip balm. The beeswax gives it the oomph to stand up to the wind.

8:50 PM  
Blogger PeaceBang said...

Hamletta's right, Baptized Pigeon. I once brought back a stick of BB's lip protection for a male friend of mine who couldn't find it anywhere locally.Now it's EVERYWHERE! I also like Kiehl's for very creamy, non-scented excellent lip protection (they have SPF sticks too). And your regular run of the mill Blistex sticks (not the gooey petroleum product) is also just fine. Keep that kisser kissable, even if just for the kiss of peace!

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fruits and vegetables! At least 5 servings per day. There's scientific evidence that this does good things for your immune system. This can be hard for busy working women, I know...

11:21 PM  
Blogger Ellis said...

I have just had a lip revolution. The Blistex medcated lip ointment--not the stick, but the ointment--is AMAZING. I wrote about the problem here.

But someday, yes, I will try Kiehl's. Mmm, fancy lip balm.

2:16 PM  

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