Wednesday Wonderings

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Wednesday Wonderings

Hello my friend.  Are you back to see what crazy things I am wondering about this week?  Or maybe this is your first time stopping by.  If that’s the case, “Welcome!”  Let me fill you in here.  Each week I share some of the randomness that runs through my mind from time to time.  While these may not be serious issues, they are seriously things I think about.  Moreover, I would really like to hear what you think of these things.  So, ready on and don’t forget to weigh in with a comment or two.  I love hearing from you!  Okay, here we go.

Pink piggy bank with glasses standing next to a blackboard with simple college savings or fees formula.

College

Here’s something I really wonder about…does it REALLY matter what college you go to?  I mean,  outside of Ivy League type school where you make all kind of the “right” contacts etc…  Especially after you land that first job, does anyone ask you what school you went to?  Don’t get me wrong, I know people share this information and talk about their Alma Mater and support their team, but when it comes to your career does the college matter?

It seems to me that at some point aren’t you be judged by your performance, your interview skills, your portfolio etc. rather than who printed your diploma.  I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong.  What do you think?  Do you think at some point, it all becomes a level playing field and whether you went to Texas Tech or University of Alabama just doesn’t matter?  I am having a hard time justifying the cost of some of those more prestigious schools versus a lesser know school.  As a mom of soon to be 2 college boys, I’d love to  hear what you think on this one.

 

woman getting botox
Seriously, do we really believe THIS girl is in need of Botox? C’mon…

Botox & Fillers

At what age do we seriously start considering these options?  I mean when does it become seemingly necessary to paralyze your facial muscles or plump things up?  Don’t get me wrong, I probably could have used some before now, but maybe it wasn’t a glaring problem.  Or maybe it seemed too expensive of a luxury item to warrant doing it.  You know, karate for the kids vs. Restalyne for mom.  I’m thinking I’m definitely of an age to justify these cosmetic options now.  So,  do you go by age,

image via Newsweek

do you go be degreeof need, or do you do it as preventative maintenance?  Seriously, am I behind on this or is it time to start?  Or better yet, are there still people out there who don’t utilize these ‘miracle’ products? Are we aging gracefully or fighting it all the way?  Where do you stand on this?

And as a side question…if you have already ventured into these waters, do you have any advice for me if I decide it’s time to try it?  Ditto on that cool laser thing.  Has anyone tried that?  It seems too good to be true, which means it probably is.  Still, this girl is dreaming about it.

 

woman getting manicure

 

Manicures for Kids?

The other day I was sitting in a nail salon treating myself to a manicure.  I generally get one once a week or every ten days unless I decide to do a gel manicure.  What can I say?  I like for my nails to look nice and groomed and it’s something I’ve done off and on for years.  I figure I am worth a $15 manicure.  Anyway, as I am sitting there I look across from me and notice a ten-year old girl ~ also getting a manicure.  However, unlike me, she is getting the $45 Next Gen manicure.  No, it is not her birthday.  No, she is not sitting with her mother.  Apparently she was dropped off to have this done.  As I am noticing her bright blue nails, I wonder…is this really what’s happening now.

Now I’m not talking about some sort of special mommy-daughter date or something fun on a birthday.  I’m also not talking about little girls painting their own nails.   I’m talking about girls having their nails done as a routine.  Do ten-year olds regularly get their nails done?  Aren’t they still playing games and into things like rainbows and unicorns?

Maybe I am seriously out of touch.  I can tell you FOR SURE that ten-year old boys do not care an ounce about grooming.  They don’t really even care if they’re clean or have teeth brushed.  It’s hard for me to wrap my brain around young girls being that drastically different.  Am I the only one who thinks this is not a good idea?  Why do we want little girls to grow up so fast anyway?  Doesn’t it happen on its own faster than we want it to?  More importantly, how does a ten-year old get a fancier manicure than me?

Well, I think that’s enough for today.  I am giving myself a headache with all this thinking!  Don’t forget to weigh in down below in the comments.  Your comments are truly the bright part of my day. 🙂  Oh, and also, you can sign up here to receive my posts directly to your inbox.  That’s pretty handy, right?

~Til next time,

3 Comments

  1. I don’t think, after a certain point, that which school you went to should matter. In addition, after a certain amount of time proving yourself in college, how well you did or didn’t do in high school should no longer matter. I am still having to supply homeschool transcripts for girls that are getting ready to go to grad school, which I think is pretty ridiculous. If they’d done well enough to even be thinking of grad school, what does it matter what their high school grades were? One of them has been on the Dean’s list 8 semesters in a row, and her high school transcript is going to change that how? AND the grad schools are coming to her!

    Botox and fillers….no way, no how, nope, not me, not ever! The more unnatural things we put into our bodies, the more problems we’re asking for. I figure if Heavenly Father wanted my lips to look like somebody punched me, He would have plumped them Himself, or would have somebody punch me. Who am I to tell Heavenly Father that He didn’t know what He was doing with my body?

    I do not see having someone inject some who-knows-what into me just for the sake of vanity and that is what it is, vanity. It does nothing to improve health or home or our pocketbooks (unless maybe one is a model). It is just to look “good” and we all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Maybe one goes through all of these injections and implants and uncomfortable things, risking cancer, to look “good” for someone else and the someone else liked them just fine the way they were to start with. If they didn’t like you fine without it, you don’t need that person. Why go through it?

    As someone on the verge of cataract surgery, the photo of needles near that woman’s eyes made me cringe something fierce. She going through it for vanity. She is *choosing* for someone to poke things around her eyes. I’ll be dealing with sharp pointy things into my eyeball so that I (hopefully) do not go blind. The thought terrifies me and, mostly, I try not to think about it, but it isn’t working. I could end up blind anyway.

    I think, unless it is for a special event, why bother with a fancy manicure for a child? They should be outside playing, digging in the dirt, climbing trees, etc. It kind of sounds like maybe the mother had more money than interest to give to the child and that is a sad thought.

    This was a very interesting post! I enjoyed reading it and pondering these things. Have a blessed day. 🙂

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      Hey Suzanne. Thanks for all your insight. I have a hard time justifying the vanity as well. On the topic of your cataract surgery, I know it’s nerve wracking; however, I have known lots of people who have it done successfully with no down time. I bet once your through it all you will find that it wasn’t as big of surgery as you are thinking right now. At least I hope so. 🙂

      1. Hi Jenny. You’re welcome. I was afraid my responses were coming across as judgmental, but I wasn’t meaning it that way at all. Bluntness runs in my family. I just answered honestly.

        I’ve talked to lots of folks that have had cataract surgery and they did great afterwards. Which is encouraging. But, one concern that I have is the last two major surgeries (not eye-related) that I have had resulted in some very serious complications. I don’t do well with the unknown, or with things involving my eyes. I know some of the risks with cataract surgery. I could come out of the surgery totally blind in the best eye that I have. The cataracts could come back… There are a lot of “could” happens. I just wish that I could know going into it that I am going to be a success case, that I am not going to end up in a psyche ward due to being terrified and snapping. I mean, what if it terrifies me to the point that it wakes us some childhood trauma that has, thus far, been locked away?

        I know I’m a big baby, but this whole thing scares me to death. No one can offer me any guarantees, other than if I don’t have the surgery I *WILL* go blind. Sometimes the thought of blindness is a lot less scary than having a little vacuum cleaner thing poked inside my eyeball.

        The folks you know that had it done, were they awake or asleep for it?

        Thank you for your encouragement. I appreciate it very much. 🙂

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