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I really don't understand how my French colleague can look fresh and presentable at 10pm after a long day and I look ragged and washed-out. I don't know if she went to the loo for a touch-up without my knowing it, but from 4pm to 10pm last night we were together and she didn't excuse herself, and yet she looked looked as fabulous as at 9am.

Another mystery: how she can pack away the same amount of food as me (two heavy carnivorous meals traditional to the region) and still be a single digit dress size.

Yesterday was a long long day. Several work sessions with my counterpart interspersed with meetings with different groups. Then she offered to take me around the old quarter. I'd strolled around during my last visit but it was definitely a lot more fun with someone who knows and loves the city. We had hot chocolates while waiting for her husband and then met him in front of the Opera House. It was a beautiful, cold, clear night - the right weather for warm drinks and a meat and potatoes dinner. No dessert at least, since I had a slice of chocolate cake with two different kinds of cream sauce at lunch.
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On November 13th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC), wendye commented:
I really don't understand how my French colleague can look fresh and presentable at 10pm after a long day and I look ragged and washed-out.

I don't get it either. Some of my co-workers still have smooth hair and crisp eye make-up at the end of a 14-hr shift, whereas I'm a red-eyed greasy mess.
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On November 13th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I think it's just my bad luck.
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On November 13th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC), julie_dslv commented:
I really don't understand how my French colleague can look fresh and presentable at 10pm after a long day and I look ragged and washed-out.
One possibility is she has advanced make up techniques. Another possibility is she may be exercising. I promise you, three or four days a week of exercising make wonders for your skin. Or maybe, she's just that lucky.

Another mystery: how she can pack away the same amount of food as me (two heavy carnivorous meals traditional to the region) and still be a single digit dress size.
That one's easy. She must have made a deal with Lucifer. She surrendered her soul in exchange for a slim figure.

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On November 13th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Not sure about the makeup - hers is very subtle - just a touch of beige sparkely eyeshadow and mascara. Maybe I just have oilier skin and that precipitates a meltdown.

As for the deal with Lucifer: It seems like every French woman under the age of 60 has sold their souls!
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On November 13th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC), julie_dslv replied:
Yeah, believe me, I know what you mean. My mom's French and she looks better than I do.
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On November 13th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I swear, it's in the DNA.
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On November 13th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC), julie_dslv replied:
Lucky for me, I got my dad's Italian DNA. Well except for the red hair but still. I'll probably look like I'm in my 50ies by the time I hit 35.
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On November 13th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Ya think?!
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