Sunday, August 24, 2014

Why I Don't (Usually) Wear Sunglasses and Other Dumb Stuff about Me (Plus What I Wore)

Linking up with Kendra for her last Answer Me This before she retires the whole thing for the time being.  So here are this week's questions and answers. 

1. What is your favorite picture book?

I really love this book. 

And this one. 

This is such a fun poem book.

There are both really fun books to read aloud and generally I'm not a fan of reading aloud, so I appreciate any book that makes it more fun.

2. Are you a boycotter?

No, not really.  I don't really have any strong feelings on boycotting one way or the other but we generally choose which businesses to patronize based on a few factors (cost, location, and what they carry) and I just don't bother with adding in another factor about what other companies they they might or might not support in a tangential way (plus it seems to keep changing and I read conflicting reports). So as long as I'm not directly giving my money to a place I don't support or don't agree with, I don't really worry about it. 

3. How do you feel about cheese?

I'm a big fan of cheese.  All types (except fake cheese..can't stand that stuff). I don't eat gluten for health reasons, but I'm so glad I can eat cheese, because giving up cheese would be way, way, way harder than giving up gluten. 

4. How many pairs of sunglasses do you own?

I think we may have 2 or 3 pairs lying around.  I very, very rarely wear sunglasses (only if I'm someplace where the sun is unusually the ocean during midday) and even then I frequently don't wear them.  There are a few reasons for this. 
1) I wear glasses...I sorta need them to see and I think sunglasses that are big enough to fit over my glasses look dorky on me.  And, I don't like the look of those sun-darkening prescription glasses.  I just think that people who wear them look a  No offense to anyone who wears them...I just don't care for them. 

Plus, I'm crazy and believe everything I read on the Internet.  Just kidding.  But, I did read that sunglasses interfere with how your eyes (and consequently your brain) interpret the amount of light and this can have negative consequences on mood and burning.  Melanin production is triggered by sun on skin, but I wouldn't be surprised if the eyes and how much light they perceive play a role as well. Sunglasses interfere with the brain's perception of the amount of light there is (making your brain think you are in a darker environment) and consequently some of the mood-increasing benefits of sunlight may be lost. 

Makes sense to me anyway.

Plus, before I got regular glasses, I used to wear sunglasses all the time and my eyes got SO SENSITIVE to the sun.  I mean, I would have to wear sunglasses to drive even on cloudy days or rainy days.  It was crazy.  When I stopped wearing sunglasses every time I stepped out of the house, it was a big adjustment, but over time my eyes got less and less sensitive to the sun and now most of the time I don't even feel that I need them.

5. How long has it been since you went to the dentist?

It was about 8 months ago. And that visit inspired this rant. 

6. If you could visit any religious site in the world, where would you go? 

Seeing as how I've never been to any religious sites anywhere, I have no idea.  Probably the Vatican. 


Now for What I Wore Today...(with a photobombing toddler). 

shirt: thrifted
skirt: Old Navy
shoes: payless

I had a hard time deciding what to wear today.  Ended up with a black/white theme.  Original.   We went to Mass at a friary for a special occasion and the friary has a "modesty policy" (ie. no sleeveless) and no I had to dress to be modest but also not overheat.  Of course, I'm just a big wimp when it comes to the heat, because while I was all worried about being too hot, my husband wore a shirt and tie, and the friars and sisters wear wool habits.  So yeah...I feel a little guilty that I even worry about getting too hot.  Anyway.

Go see FLAP for more Sunday outfits

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  1. But those friars and sisters are barefoot so that cooks them off some, right? ;)

  2. Here's my little story on sunglasses. I rarely wore them even though my eyes seemed a touch sensitive as a child. But as an adult I never really needed them. Then when my stepkids were little my husband and I took them to the pool every other weekend in the summer for years. We're in Texas so we get long, hot summers. I was always in the water with them, playing, swimming, getting splashed at by playing kids and I remember being blinded by the sun reflecting off the water and into my eyes. More so if I had water in my eyes from all the playing. The whites of my eyes have developed a bit of redness that makes me look tired a bit sometimes. When it flares up it feels like there is something in my eyes like grit or a hair. My ophthalmologist said it's UV damage and not reversable and to prevent it from worsening I have to wear sunglasses every time I'm out in the sun. I don't like it but that's the reality for me now.


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