Wednesday, August 27, 2008

What's on the tip of your nose?

Recently a friend of mine recounted the story of a job interview that was -almost- perfect. She had the perfect black jacket with just the right accessories, the perfect upbeat can-do professional attitude, the perfect answers to all of the tough questions. Except apparently she had dandruff all over said perfect black jacket. After assuring her that this minor fashion infraction would not put her out of the running for the job, I proceeded to laugh my a** off.

Until yesterday, when we got a knock at the door. My neighbors from across the street were there, glossy pamphlet in hand, selling gift items as a fundraiser for their kids' school. When I was a kid we got some little 8-page little handout with either candies, or wrapping paper, or magazines, or jewelry, or... or.... or.... Yeah, not these days. Yesterday they handed me a 30-page glossy catalog selling candy AND wrapping paper AND magazines AND jewelry.

It was going to take me a while to get through this catalog to find the perfect item that was both useful to me and affordable (i.e., less than $10). "Come on in," I say. I lead them to my living room and make the usual apologies for the "big mess." Except today I'm especially proud because the mess is actually very minor, so the apology really presents us as far neater and more organized than we really are. (If one were to go more than one room back into our house, they would see exactly what a "big mess" really is.)

So we sat and had nice conversation while I flipped through the catalog. Liv played the perfect hostess and asked the kids to play with her. She handed out stickers and asked if the kids wanted any snacks. I spoke with the mother about school choice, the standard topic of converstion among parents of children in our age bracket in our school system. (Private schools? Public schools? If public, are you going to use the magnet schools or the neighborhood school? Homeschool? Charter school? It's all a very big complicated mess....)

I ended up with a cute roll of wrapping paper. Expensive by my standards, but under my $10 limit. After I walked them to the door and we said our goodbyes, I was just complimenting myself on presenting such a pulled together image to my neighbors, which is so far from our chaotic reality.

And then I felt a little itch on my nose. Cause, you see, I've had this sinus drainage/infection thing going for about a month now, and I'm constantly having to blow my nose. And getting really yucky stuff out in the kleenex. And it was just that yucky stuff that was dried, caked on to the tip of my nose. The perfect neighbor in the perfect house who placed the perfect order from the fundraising catalog and had the perfect conversation about what perfect school would be appropriate for my perfect child. All while having snot caked to the top of my nose.

Last night I called my friend - the one who had the interview - and told her all about it. We laughed our a**es off.

6 comments:

Denise Felton said...

Omg omg omg. I wish you hadn't told that story. Remember when you did the fake ATG booger photo. And, like, two days later, I discovered I'd been walking around my office, talking to people and stuff, with a REAL booger in the same place?

You, me, and the other friend definitely can NOT hang out. At least - not without being mistaken for bag ladies or something.

ScrapbookDBA said...

Thanks for the laughs!

New nickname .. cakey nose? :)

I remember walking into a meeting of all men (best part of may job!) when I worked at Riceland Foods and my dress was stuck in my pantyhose! My WHOLE butt was on display .... How did I not notice that on the way back from the bathroom?

-- Kimberly

idyll hands said...

OH man, I so needed that story tonight.

I'm constantly meeting with artists, special/important Fayetteville type people, and clients coming into Walton Arts Center. I've learned to do the nose check ALWAYS because of stories like this.

Girl, I'm still laughing :)

ElegantSnobbery said...

I am definitely laughing my a** off!! But I do that sort of thing all the time.

The worst was after having Gracie... I wasn't quite used to my saggy boobs - I mean come on, I was only 26. They should still be perky in a bra, right?

Wrong. I didn't realize that every time I bent over at the park or at Gracie's music class, all the dad's (and yes, they were looking) got a flash of the nips. And I didn't even wear revealing tops, I just had boobs that wouldn't stay put... Ergh.

ThisOldHenHouse said...

hahaha, thats a classic!! Thank you for the laughs :-)

Lisa_in_AR said...

Too funny! I hate when that happens. You're going to have to put Olivia on "booger patrol" to warn you of booger catastrophies. On second thought, is it any better to have your child loudly announce "Mommy YOU HAVE A BOOGER ON YOUR FACE"?