11/16/2005

Way Back Wednesday - Ugly Specs

I haven't played WBW for awhile, but this week I thought I'd join the stupid ugly glasses club. Fortunately my vision wasn't too bad growing up, but in high school I started getting headaches so I got some mild reading glasses. I almost never wore them and eventually gave them up altogether, so I was only able to find one really bad picture of me wearing them. And just because I must share my humiliation, I have included the other half of the picture with my equally dorky sister. She DID have bad eyesight and always wore ugly glasses, poor kid. She got contacts pretty early. I'm about 15 in this picture, as you can tell from the bad hair and acne and ugly sweatshirt.

Funny story about these glasses. I carried them around school with me in an ugly blue case and one day they went missing. A few days later I saw another girl in my very small class (66 grads) wearing exactly the same pair, and upon further inspection she had the ugly blue case. She stole my glasses! Being the chicken non-confrontational girl that I was, I told my mom who called her mom. She apologized, I got them back, and she explained that she thought it would make other kids think she was smarter. She was a semi-cool, cute, snobby girl that the boys seemed to like but she WASN'T very smart. Dumb enough to wear someone elses stolen glasses in a school as small as ours.

Anyway when I turned 25 suddenly I realized I couldn't see to drive at night anymore. It was like overnight my vision went bad. I got glasses but I was still to vain to wear them much (except while driving) so I only found one picture of me wearing those. This picture was taken late one New Year's Eve so my eyes probably got tired enough to warrant needing them to see across the room.

A few years ago I started wearing my glasses all the time so I could see people sitting across a desk or table from me. I hated it, but it was a necessary evil. I still, however, was too vain to wear them to formal events so there are very few shots of me in glasses until after the baby was born. I guess then I stopped caring so much. Or I stopped being able to take my glasses off for pictures because there was always a baby in my hands.


Two weeks ago I finally broke down and got contact lenses. My goal was to get them before my cousin's wedding, but as you can see from this picture, that didn't happen. But I did get them before my big conference in D.C., which along with a haircolor change and being 30 lbs. lighter led to lots of people not recognizing me. It is taking some time to get used to the contacts, but I love not wearing glasses anymore!!

10 comments:

TBG said...

That first picture is priceless I am sure your sister is so glad you posted it,

Your picture at your cousins wedding looks great.

Tammy said...

Those are great!

Too funny that you were too vain to wear your glasses now but you wear them all the time now. I'm just the opposite. Had to wear them when I was younger, but WILL NOT wear them in public now.

Spikey1 said...

First picture for sure puts you in the running today! :)

Mainline Mom said...

I the running for what, worst WBW picture?! Yeah I had a feeling it would. I definately hesitated putting it up there but why deprive my readers of such amusement?

Caroline said...

I have trouble driving at night too.

Thanks for sharing those pictures and the story behind them.

Football Widow said...

Love the old pics w/the matching sweatshirts!

Carrie said...

The first picture is hillarious! It took me a minute to get past the penguins on your sweater in the second one. Too funny! :) Welcome to the world of contacts, next step - Lasic eye surgery. :)

Mama Duck said...

Hey, at least the glasses at the wedding weren't gobbling your face up! I love that first shot of you and your sister!

Tutu said...

The glasses story is too funny. I wonder what she is doing now? Thanks for stopping my.

Anonymous said...

I object to you showing pictures with your dorky sister.

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