Something Cleverish This Way Comes . . .  

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This morning as I was tweezing the gray out of my eyelashes (yes, I said eyelashes--if anyone had told me that my once long, black, silky eyelashes would start turning white before I was forty, I don’t know if I would have signed up. For what? (you might ask). Ummmm, for all that turns ones hair to gray. For starters, the Big Guy and for enders, the Big Guy, bless his cotton pickin’ dark-lashed heart.) I was mulling over what I might blog about today.

The thought crossed my mind that I should mention how I got my copy of Something Cleverish and how I eagerly began reading and how, whilst doing so, chortling at Sue’s post and all the rest, how I thought perhaps I ought to skip to the (almost very) end to see how my entry fared in comparison.

It fare-thee-not-well, at’all at’all.

In fact, I’m pretty humiliated by the whole darn thing.

So, like I said, as I was tweezing away, I thought perhaps I ought to blog about that. And then I thought--perhaps not.

So, I won’t.

(if you haven’t already ordered your copy, click HERE, but you just might want to entirely skip the (almost very) end post) (just saying . . .)

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44 wise, witty and wonderful comments


I think. I better make sure.

January 26, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Yes, I was first. Hopefully I can be second too.

Okay, first I have never ever ever thought about gray eyelashes. That's a shocking thought. I guess I should start preparing myself emotionally. But if you pluck them, doesn't that mean you have less to thicken up with mascara?

And second, I haven't received my copy of something cleverish, but now I'm scared. You're sooo right. To be compared . . . yikes. I'm thinking about myself standing in my one piece bathing suit and board shorts next to a mermaid-esque topless Hawaiian tropic model. And that has happened before, you know.

But you ROCK HARD so fear not!

January 26, 2009 at 10:57 AM

All good (and bad) things come in threes so I'm going to make it an even three comments. Or is three comments odd?

You know what's odd? Your verifier.

It says terlash.

Seriously. It knows you're tearing your lashes out.


January 26, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Eh. You wouldn't be in the darn book if you didn't fare well. You're too hard on yourself. Too close to be objective. So there.

Don't pluck your eyelashes (horrified)! That's what mascara is for, my dear!

January 26, 2009 at 10:59 AM

I just realized that 3 comments is odd, so I'm going to be even odder and make it an even 4.

January 26, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Doesn't plucking your eyelashes HURT?! Holy crap, stop doing it! I'm cringing just thinking about it! Sorry about the gray eyelashes, and that you don't feel like you stand up against the other authors. But hey, thats ridiculous because you made it in the book!! And thats pretty freakin awesome right there! I can't wait to get my copy!!

January 26, 2009 at 11:20 AM

I still need to get my copy to see all my famous friend's talent!

January 26, 2009 at 11:20 AM

I think I would invest in a whole lotta mascara...
Piper has really pretty eyelashes. They're red at the root and then almost black at the end. I love them and feel the need to also point that out to every passerby.

January 26, 2009 at 11:42 AM

You are what is called a perfectionist.....I am not alone!!! WOOOO HOOOO!!!!!

My eyes are watering at the thought of you plucking out your eyelashes. What happens if they all turn grey? GASP!!!!!

January 26, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Never start self-critiquing when you are self hurting. That is an ancient Chinese proverb I think. Or maybe Yoda said it. Anyway go lie in bed, eat some chocolate and then start thinking about how that was one cleverish entry you had.

January 26, 2009 at 11:45 AM

I still need to get a copy. I want to read what you wrote. Because Im sure it's super fab! :)

January 26, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Ouch! I would dye my eyelashes before I would pluck them! They're long with blond tips, but not lush at all.

I agree with the others, that's what mascara is for!

January 26, 2009 at 11:59 AM

I was thinking the darn same thing over the weekend about my entry. (And that it could use some serious editing.)

Oh well.

Yours, though, is hilarious! I would definitely put it in the top 10 posts of that book. You are right in your league, sistah.

January 26, 2009 at 12:01 PM

My copy arrived Friday and I tore right through it. I loved your entry. Very funny.

January 26, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Oh silly silly you........I will enjoy them all. Be proud and fluff your peacock feathers just a little that you are such a good writer.

January 26, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Oh, that hurts me!

January 26, 2009 at 12:27 PM

See, we never really make ourselves laugh. Not after we've been over something with a fine-toothed comb several times anyway. I was thinking mine was just morose by the time I got around to submitting it, but it had seemed funny at the time. It probably still is funny, just not to me.

On to a new topic. WHERE'S MINE? I paid for it. I've looked for it. I've longed for it. WHERE IS IT? OK, I'm better now.

And on to yet another subject. I'm getting a new bumper sticker: Save the lashes!

January 26, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Ummmm, I think you are too modest about your writing abilities. Trust me- I would not be over here reading your stuff if you were boring/not entertaining/funny/etc. I can't wait to get my copy of Cleverish and just to show you how fab you are, I am going to read your entry first.

January 26, 2009 at 12:38 PM

YOU GUYS *ROCK*!! And I'm not just saying that. And I wasn't fishing for compliments though my husband, back when he was just my boyfriend, used to accuse me of that all the time (he knows better than to say that now, not b/c he doesn't think it but b/c he knows it makes me mad. And then I don't cook. At all. You know what I mean.) Anyway, you all make me feel so much better. Crash--thank goodness you rounded that out with one more b/c I was thinking it was pretty odd, myself. And, yeah, it is pretty rough to be standing next to the beautful topless gal, esp, with gray eyelashes. Lara--and all the rest concerned for my lashes--you are so RIGHT! I should just run mascara over them. I only pluck the ones that are teetering with age and threatening to fall out on their own. Eyelashes do that, you know. And then they grow back. Thank goodness! Abra--Piper's lashes sound lovely! So much better than being black and then fading into white at the tips as my husband's do. I always want to run a mascara wand over those puppies so I can see how truly long they are (and they are!) April--yes, I am a bit of a perfectionist. It hurts. Megz--I love your idea! Sabrina--yes, do--it's for a great cause! (not my ego, the Nielson's) Randi--gasp! Top ten? You're kidding, right? (I haven't read yours yet. I got pretty discouraged after the frozen nipple post.) Wesley's Mom--thanks ever so! You are new around here, huh? Thanks for commenting!! Jami--I got mine on Saturday--you should get yours today, tho you would think it would be the other way around, huh? (I haven't read yours yet, either). Youngblood! You're the best! And such a hard week for you, too . . . so sweet! Thanks!

January 26, 2009 at 1:09 PM


ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch!

I guess I need to break down and get my own copy of this book - I can't believe any of the selected posts will be anything but wonderful!

WV says pectn... are you canning some fruit today?

January 26, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Sorry, can't get past the pain plucking eyelashes would cause. What else were you writing about???

January 26, 2009 at 1:34 PM

T and Becky--when they are old and decrepit, it doesn't hurt. These babies were just hanging on by a thread. You'll understand one day when you have old and decrepit eyelashes of your own . ..

January 26, 2009 at 1:49 PM

You're a braver woman than I. You'd think after surviving childbirth I could handle a little plucking but I almost never pluck my eyebrows. Give me wax anyday. A two second rip vs. several minutes of self-torture is my idea of...well, self-torture.

Congrats on the book o' posts and I'm sure yours is the best!

p.s. word verif: dizzymph. Does that mean I'm destined to get dizzy while driving today? Oooh...self-fulfilled prophesy. I'll let you know if it happens!

January 26, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Oh, BTW I LOVED today's post title!!! Fabulous beyond fabulous!

January 26, 2009 at 2:13 PM

I am always so amused by your posts about what you did for the day. Even tweezing made me laugh out loud at work.

January 26, 2009 at 2:47 PM

Okay, just the mention of tweezing eyelashes makes my own eyes water. Ouch!!

And I'm sure you're a liar about your entry. I haven't read the book yet, but yeah. I already know you're great.

January 26, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Laura, thanks! I thought it was something cleverish, myself. Let me know if you get dizzy today! Jen--well, yeah, you're at work! Feeding the dog would sound funny under those circumstances (but thanks!) :) Ah, pshaw, Becky! You are too nice! Your post today was a hoot, by the way!!

January 26, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Way to go Crash.

Heidi, who else in that cleverish book has a whole entire book they wrote themselves? Huh, what about that.

Don't you know comparing ourselves is a tool of the devil.

January 26, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Nutty Hamster--I agree with you 100%. It is a tool of the devil. I have been devilish about the something cleverish, indeed.

January 26, 2009 at 7:59 PM

Hey, don't be so hard on yourself. The entry in the book is actually my first encounter with your blog. My auntie Roxanne was hooting and hollering and recounting the whole post out on my mom's porch and we were all enjoying ourselves quite well! I really need to get a copy of the book, anything for Nie ya know!

January 26, 2009 at 7:59 PM

I hope you weren't comparing your offering to everyone else's, because you have your own style and humor. One of the coolest things about blogging is the individuality of it all. I haven't read it, but I have no doubt your entry is ab fab! for compliments from girlfriend to girlfriend is so totally allowed!

January 26, 2009 at 8:17 PM

Unbelievable! GRAY eyelashes?! That is just WRONG. I've only got them in one place (which I shall not name on your blog, or mine for that matter.) The things our momma's never told us....

January 26, 2009 at 8:31 PM

Tara, that's a great story! I love it! I can just imagine your mom doing that! That post is one of the few times your mom has commented on my blog. hee hee Kazzy--really? you're the best! I'll be over to fish tomorrow. Barb--I so totally agree. Nobody told me. They just hid the evidence under mascara.

January 26, 2009 at 8:56 PM

hey my name is mandi. I also am part of the Good Deeds blog. Although I just barely did my first post the other day. Anyway, I was just getting an idea of who else was a part of it and happened across your blog. glad I did, I have been enjoying what I have read so far. Nice to meet you (sorta) :)

January 26, 2009 at 11:21 PM

Is this the next book that I will be reading? Lovely!

I also have to say that you are a much stronger woman than I. Plucking your eyelashes? Can you just permanently dye them and be done with it?


January 27, 2009 at 12:38 AM

I loved that entry....I still laugh when I think about it!! And I'm not just saying that because you are my dear cousin! Love, Debbie

January 27, 2009 at 6:24 AM

Hi Mandi! Nice to meet ya! (sorta)
Francesca, we are talking about a book full of blog posts that was put together by Sue at Navel Gazing. It's called Something Cleverish and all the proceeds go to help pay the medical bills for Nie-Nie of Nie nie's dialogues. She and her husband were severely burned in a plane crash in August. Deedee--thank you!! Love you!

January 27, 2009 at 7:02 AM

I'm sure your post in the book is GOOD, you silly goose. Can't wait to find out. You've got us all curious that's for sure. Good work :)

January 27, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Oh you modest lady! I'm working on getting rich ASAP so I can get your book (I will plan on picking one up when I'm in the states in June) and this one, too! And you can bet I WON'T be skipping any posts, and yours in particular!

January 27, 2009 at 12:47 PM

You have created a new fear in me. I was so excited to get the book (which I already bought and am waiting for), but it hadn't even crossed my mind that my post might be the lamest in the whole book and maybe people will rip it out before they store it on their shelf or wrap it as a gift. egads, now I hope yours and everyone else's IS horrible. (just kidding, of course. sort of.)

January 27, 2009 at 3:48 PM

So, I don't have a big guy, but I did go through my daughter having chemotherapy for 2 1/2 years and I swear I aged like ten years in the first 3 months of her treatment. Before her diagnosis I could pass for a teenager, after I had crows feet around my eyes. So, what I am saying is that I can totally relate and you are a saint. And you will have beautifully thick dark eyelashes in the next life, but please stop plucking them, I haven't read through all 40 comments yet so I don't know if anyone else suggested it, but you can dye them.

January 27, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Hey, at least you got in. But I'm not bitter, no not bitter at all. And I'm sure you're just being silly.

January 28, 2009 at 5:26 AM

Heather E/O--I'm pretty sure you have read it before, Lisa--thanks! It's a fun book. STeph--I totally hear you, sorry for making you paranoid. Heather--we all lose our eyelashes and new ones grow in, just like hair. But, yes, mascara is the better way to go unless they are teetering on the edge of falling out anyway (as these were) alison--of course not! Really, I am grateful to be in there, truly I am. I'm still having fun reading all the posts--haven't gotten to Steph's yet.

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