That Brown Vest


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Adolescence, Advice, Attitude, Childrearing, Cleaning, Clothes, Communication, Confidence, Connections, Conversations, Daughters, Encouragement, Memories, Mother, Motherhood, Mothering, Parenting | Posted on 27-03-2017

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Every few years I get the urge to go through my closet and get rid of stuff. You can read about the last time I made such a purge here. Here is how I decreased the surplus population of my clothes. My goal is always to get rid of:

1. The ugly stuff.
2. The stuff that will never ever fit again.
3. The stuff that makes me feel uncomfortable, unconfident, and ugly.

I have had surprisingly a lot of stuff in each of these categories.

I filled three giant trash bags with jeans that are too tight, ruffled blouses that are hideous, pleated slacks that look shiny, and that sort of thing. All kinds of ugly.

I proudly announced to my daughter my feat: I got rid of all my ugly clothes!

What about that brown vest? She asked.

That. Brown. Vest?

Oh that. I guess I didn’t get rid of ALL my ugly clothes. That brown vest might be ugly, but it makes me happy, warm, and comfortable. In fact, I wore it on my last zoo outing with my youngest.

I think you look pretty in that ugly, brown vest, she said.

Well then, it’s a keeper!

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3 Life Lessons I Learned Ice Skating


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Fashion, Life Lessons | Posted on 20-12-2011

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An afternoon ice skating with my daughter reminded me of three important life lessons:

  • Balance. Balance in ice skating is important. Balance in life is important. Enough said.
  • Let go. In ice skating, you need to let go of the rails and just go for it. What’s the fun in holding onto the rail when you can speed across the ice?

Just check out my “Pesky Pippi cam” as I perform a triple salchow:

But the most important life lesson I learned ice skating is…

  • Recycle ugly sweaters. Never leave the house in a hideous sweater, such as the one I wore.

Oops, I did it again.