Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Saving the Good Stuff


It was lunchtime today and I was putting it together, I try and plan my meals a bit ahead so I don't go all slackjawed when gawping inside the fridge. A look that can be cute when you're 21 but certifiable when you're 60-mumble.

So there I am today thinking I should add some portobello mushrooms to the tomatoes and I had this thought: "No, save the mushrooms, they're gorgeous, you should share those."

Well there I go again. I live alone. Who am I sharing it with? And last week I had to throw out the leeks, I was 'saving' them too.

It's like I'm just not good enough to actually serve myself some lovely food, gourmet food.

And I thought I was all through with that kind of thinking with daily useage of the good china and glasses, etc.

This reminds me of a workshop I held on self-esteem for women and I asked everyone with lovely underwear on to put up their hands and out of 18, only 2 did. 16 were wearing decomposing underwear. A huge signal of low self-esteem. Now I've never held a workshop for men but would imagine the percentage of men with good underwear on when they don't expect to be flaunting it is a lot higher. No? Yes?

And yes my underwear has been quite lovely for the last 20 years. I actually throw out the tatty ratties or at least recycle them into rag mats. Thanks for asking.

But this food thing was an eyeopener and I wonder in what other aspects of my day-to-day living I unconsciously dishonour myself.

The portobellos were gorgeous.

15 comments:

  1. I just bought new underwear and I'm wearing it, but it is not as lovely as it would be if I were sharing it with someone. It's more utilitarian than that. I do dress up every day as if I were going to meet the man of my dreams, although I don't assume so, and it's not really for him that I dress up. It's for the other women too and for myself. I don't have any best china. I would eat all the best food myself. I am greedy that way. Give me a salmon steak.

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  2. Happy to report, all my underwear is lovely and is regularly replaced with new, and I use my pretty dishes daily. Might as well be good to myself now. What would I be waiting for?

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  3. My best underwear is not ambulance-worthy. I'm thinking about discarding the bra altogether so I have a place to keep my pencils. As to your food, make a beautiful meal for your fine self, and photograph it.

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  4. not particularly interested in underwear. I just want it to be comfortable. I'm not as interested in food as I used to be but I do treat myself from time to time just by sitting by myself and looking at my beautiful world. I know this sounds sappy, but it's true.

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  5. Oh, sorry to dent your theory but my underwear is far from brand-new. Not quite held together with safety pins but going that way. The skimpy lacy numbers are strictly for special occasions.

    Excellent suggestion from Murr, make yourself a feast and photograph it.

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  6. I see a bit of shopping in my future.

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  7. The answer to your question about men's underwear is an undoubted - NO! We use them to polish the car, for Gawd's sake!

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  8. I need to treat myself the way I'd have liked a man to treat me in my youth. But I'm not sure I want to show anyone my underwear ever again. (Even if it's beautiful.) Thoughtful post. Thanks.

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  9. I love the feel of good underwear and regularly update it. The only down side of hip surgery for me was that I had to purchase panties three sizes larger than usual for the recovery and early weeks. I bought the cheap and cheerful variety. I was like a child in toy-land when the day arrived to wear my usual variety again.

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  10. My undies have to be comfortable, Sensitive skin and limited budget = plain. Any sexiness I can muster has to come from elsewhere (all in the mind). ;-)

    As for Himself - doesn't use 'em.
    Commando that he is! :-D

    Mmmmm - portobello mushies - love them !

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  11. I think you have asked the wrong question, though your point is true... Women are interested in underwear, and men aren't. But I don't think for a moment that they deny themselves whatever they fancy, at least in the sense you are talking about. They are always worth the mushrooms.

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  12. The next time it becomes a toss up whether to buy groceries or lovely undergarments I will opt for the latter and with less of the former, will get the bonus of a slimmer figure :)

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  13. Undies, schmundies! I had a friend who lived in absolute squalor between her men friends, on the basis of why bother cleaning up when there isn't a man around. It used to drive me bats; she got quite upset with me when I told her her apartment looked like a jumble sale, and she should have more pride in herself.

    I'm glad you enjoyed the mushrooms.

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  14. On the food front, I'm far too nice to myself and can't abide eating cheap rubbish.

    On the undies front I have a couple of really nice sets of underwear for 'special occasions', purely because it's too flippin' extortionately expensive to buy enough of it for everyday wear and I have other calls on my finances, not because I don't think I'm good enough.

    But nothing in a state of decomposition I can assure you. Anything that's gone beyond the palest grey gets binned.

    Interesting about the food. Too right that you should eat those mushrooms!

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  15. Your underwear is ONLY 20 years old? You spendtrift you! >grin<

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