Thursday, April 16, 2009

This is Me...Then

Remember when Jennifer Lopez was all "Ben Affleck is the love of my life and I'm so blissfully rich and happy and beautiful and - oh, did you see my honkin' engagement ring? - by the way, I've got a new album coming out and, no, it won't win any awards or anything, but I'm soooo happy - have I told you that already? - and it's all about my life at this point in time. Go buy it."?

Maybe I'm the only one that remembers that mess, but my point is that J.Lo was all, "I want to look back at this point of my life later and blah blah blah."

Oh, I don't know. She said something.

But really, what I took away from it was that when you've moved on to another phase of your life, sometimes it's good to be able to look back and see the person you were before. It allows you to see how far you've come. And even if you didn't make the best decisions or wear the nicest outfits, or have what was considered stylish hair, that was you at that point in time and it helped you to get where you are at the "today" that you're in.

Perhaps I'm giving the lady too much credit, but that's what I remember. She probably meant nothing like that and it really was a crappy choice for an album CD mp3 compilation title regardless, but it stuck in my head for all these years until I could finally put it to good(?) use as a blog post title.

Now if only I could leave that memory here and instead save something else meaningful in my brain like where I lost my bluetooth headset 6 months ago.

The reason this is even coming up is because I'm seeing folks whose blogs are in my reader post their photos of themselves just as they are today. The challenge is to just show yourself without primping, heavy on the realness. No grabbing a comb, a clean shirt, a shower, or some lip gloss. Just you in the moment.

I felt pretty fortunate that I have on a turtleneck today and you can't see my extras, so I gave it a try.

Pretty tame, really. Aside from me needing a haircut and my eyebrows done, I'm ok with it. You can't see my tan pants and the reason why I refuse to go to Target until I have gone home and changed clothes first, but you can see my window. I love my window.

I have an office.

With a window.

*passing out*

If only I had taken a photo of my previous work conditions. Then you would fully understand my excitement.

Anyway, so because I don't know the meaning of just doing something and being done with it, here are the poses that didn't win Grand Supreme:




All Tongue

And, yes, I am aware that I watch too much Toddlers & Tiaras, thankyouverymuch.

Oh! And I've had that plant for less than a week and it's almost dead. Sadly, that's not a record.


Wendy P said...

bee-yoo-ti-ful!!! I was hoping you'd do this challenge! I like your take on the JLo title.

Tricia said...

Ha! THis is great. You truly are beautiful! And I love the JLO stuff too. And I have TOTALLY waited to go to Target for the EXACT same reason.

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Lisa said...

Chrystal, you're beautiful.

sheree said...

I am going to go ahead and admit I loved that album. *confession over*

Love those kill me! <3