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Four Eyes: A Follow Up

Thanks for all your input on my last post! I’m guessing some of you might be wondering which pair of glasses I chose.

When I tried on all of the frames, I ruled out the Reece in sandalwood and the Nedwin in green right away, because of the colors. Most of you seemed to agree with me. That left me with both Langston pairs and the Reece pair in midnight blue. At first, I preferred the Langston frames, but after trying each pair on multiple times over a couple of days, I started to like the Reece pair more and more. Between the two Langston pairs, I was leaning towards the darker of the two shades, but wasn’t a huge fan of the matte look of the tortoise. I tried them on in person for a few friends and most of them preferred the Reece, but the darker Langston was a close second.

So, which one did I choose?

None of them!

Yet, anyway. I sent those back in and decided to order the Reece in whiskey tortoise and to re-order them in midnight blue to compare. Since I had an order coming to me anyway, Adam suggested I pick a few other frames that I wouldn’t ordinarily even choose to try on, just in case any of them surprise me. So I picked three other frames that were a bit bulkier and/or rounder than the ones I chose last time, but all in neutral colors.

(In case you hadn’t noticed (or have never tried to plan anything with me in real life) I really suck at making what are relatively inconsequential decisions. Deciding which college and law school to go to? Easy. Deciding what restaurant to go to? ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE. It’s like that now… these glasses all look fine! But what if I pick the wrong one?! Must research my options to death.)

So what do you say? Are you all up for another fashion show when they arrive in a few days?


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Four Eyes

I first got glasses in the third grade. My winter break that year was pretty miserable. I started the vacation with a trip to the eye doctor, where I learned that I was going to need glasses. Then, the day after Christmas, I came down with the chicken pox. I spent the whole winter break quarantined from my friends and wasn’t allowed to go my grandparents’ New Years Eve party… and I’m pretty sure that was the first year I was allowed to stay up until midnight. I only missed one day of school due to the chicken pox, returned to school with what I thought was a hideous chicken pox scar on my arm, and then after my first day back, I had to go to the eye doctor’s office to pick up my new glasses.

I cried that night. A lot. I was not an emotional kid (which is kind of hysterical, considering how emotional I am as an adult), and I don’t have many memories of being upset or crying from childhood, but I remember curling up on the couch with my mom that night, bawling my eyes out because I had to wear glasses to school the next day. (I think I was the second person in my grade to get glasses – Vinny H. came back from winter break with them too, and I remember another concern I had was that everyone would think I was copying him.)

Anyway, I’ve needed corrective lenses of some sort for nearly 23 years now. I don’t hate wearing glasses nearly as much now as I did then, but I still am not particularly comfortable in them. I got contacts in 6th grade because my eyesight had gotten to the point where I couldn’t play sports without them – glasses just don’t cut it when you’re swinging around the uneven bars.

I have an eye doctor appointment tomorrow and I’m pretty sure, based on some eye issues I’ve had in the past and how they’ve been feeling lately, that I am going to be told to cut back on my contact lens wearing. Way back. I suppose it only makes sense that my eyes are rebelling now that I’ve been putting foreign objects into them for the past 20 years. I have one pair of glasses that I do like, but if I have to start wearing glasses on a regular basis, I think I need a back up pair. Plus, I like the idea of treating my glasses as accessories. Makes me feel a little less dorky about the whole thing. (I do not know why I still have such an issue with wearing glasses. I think they look great on other people! I still feel like that crushed 8 year old when faced with the idea that I’ll have to wear them all the time… that it’s not just a choice I’m making. Hence, why I am trying to treat them like accessories.)

So, this is where you come in! I plan on ordering my glasses from this awesome company, Warby Parker. Adam bought his glasses from them last year and really likes them. They have this program where you can try on the frames at home for FREE, so I chose the maximum five frames to have them send to me. (FOR FREE!)

I know the general frame shape that works for me, so while these might all look like variations of the same frames, there are actually three different styles here. I got a mix of colors – not all of them are available for every frame, but there is some overlap. I think I know which one is my favorite, but I figured since I rarely am actually looking at myself in glasses, it makes sense to get someone else’s opinion. So, please let me know what you think!

(Please ignore my scraggly looking hair.  I had it in a ponytail all day and had just taken it out, so it has a crease in it.)

Langston – Amber

Langston – Whiskey Tortoise Matte

The Langston also comes in black, which I think would be too harsh with my coloring.

Nedwin – Summer Green

Nedwin also comes in black, which I think is too dark, and amber, which would be the same frame/color as Adam, which is just weird.  Sadly, he beat me to it, because I do look good in his glasses. :-)

Reece – Sandalwood Matte

Reece – Midnight Blue (This didn’t photograph so well – it is definitely blue, not black.)

Reece also comes in dark tortoise, which looks online similar to the whiskey tortoise color, except maybe not matte.

And why the heck not… here’s a (sorta blurry) photo of me in my current glasses (from last year’s trip to the Baltimore Aquarium), for reference.  Yes, they are purple.  (And there’s Adam wearing the amber Nedwins!)


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Glass Half Full

At first, I came here to complain.

Complain about the fact that some movers set off the sprinkler system in the hallway of our floor of our apartment building when they were moving in a mattress.

Instead, I’m grateful that we got home seconds after he broke it, and were able to dash inside and block our door with towels to slow the flooding and keep it from coming all the way through the tiled kitchen to our carpeted living room.

Complain about the fact that, despite our best efforts, the water managed to come through the wall in the bathroom.

Instead, I’m grateful that we were home and able to mop up all of the water on top of the bathroom tiles and run a quick load of towels.

Complain about the fact that we had to use freshly washed towels to clean up all this mess.

Instead, I’m grateful that I was just lazy enough not to waste my time folding them and putting them away the night before, thereby saving myself from repeating the same task twice in 24 hours.

Complain about the fact that, despite our best efforts to mop up all of the water on top of the bathroom tiles, it still managed to go under the flooring and into our bedroom closet.

Instead, I’m grateful that we noticed it last night, so that the flood tech guys could come in and set up a fan in the closet before it got worse.

Complain about the fact that the water has since seeped further under the floor, necessitating four separate fans set up in our bedroom and a giant dehumidifier blocking most of the clothes in my closet.

Instead, I’m grateful we have a second bedroom that we can sleep in tonight and my suits are in the one tiny portion of my closet that is not blocked off so I have something to wear tomorrow.

Complain about the fact that the flood tech crew has removed all of the baseboards from the walls and is coming in and out of our apartment several times over the next few days.

Instead, I’m grateful I actually live in a building that is making sure we don’t end up with mold in our walls and has hired professionals to deal with this issue. (Unlike a previous apartment I lived in, where they brushed off our concerns of radiator flooding until MUSHROOMS WERE GROWING OUT OF THE CARPET OMG.)


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The next big race on our schedule is the Clarendon Day 10K in September. 10K is the last distance I have to tackle to achieve my goal of PR’ing in every distance this year. I haven’t had a real training plan for a distance shorter than a ten miler in more than two years, but since we don’t have any long races planned for this fall, I thought it would be a good idea to follow (at least loosely) a training plan for this race and see if I can break 60 minutes.

We decided to follow a plan that adds some speedwork during the week. We’re only in week 2 (and, honestly, didn’t do most of the runs in week 1), so today was the first day we had a speed workout on the schedule. It’s finally less than 90 degrees out, so we thought it’d be a good idea to go over to the nearby high school and do our speedwork on the track. Turns out, there were two or three running groups there that had the same idea and the track was packed. It was pretty great to see so many people out there, getting their exercise on. (The nearby park was filled with people playing soccer, softball and tennis, too.)

We both forgot our watches, but I estimated that I was doing my 400s in about 2:00. (They are supposed to be at 5K pace, which for me would be about 2:15 pace, but I felt more winded after each 400 than I usually do when running a 5K, so I’m pretty sure I was going faster.) I felt pretty good… it’s been a long time since I’ve been running on an actual track. I can’t see myself doing long runs on there, but I think we’ll try to make these speed workouts a regular thing.

Plus, doing a fast and hard workout totally justifies getting frozen yogurt for dinner, right?

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