Until today, I’ve done all my Internet writing as Swistle, She Who Must Not Be Photographed. And today I am writing as Kristen, and my picture is up there in the banner. I feel a little exposed. Naked. Well, not naked. Bikini’d.
Kristen (not actually in bikini)
So, hi! There I am, with a new haircut because when I found out I was going to have my picture here, I called my stylist within 15 minutes and got an appointment for the next day. And then I took five thousand photos until I got one where a lucky shadow made my jawline look sharp. I took the photo of myself, and my mom says there’s a “fish-eye effect” that makes my nose and forehead look more prominent than they are in real life. Well, fine, but my husband was never going to be patient enough to take the five thousand photos required to find the lucky-shadow one, and I’ll gladly take “illusion of prominent nose and forehead” if I can get “illusion of sharp jawline.”
I’m in my mid-thirties, and my jawline is soft. I’ve been married to my husband Paul for ten years. We have five children: Rob, a third-grader; William, a first-grader; twins Elizabeth and Edward, nearly 3 years old; and Henry, 11 months.
With each additional child, it has become more apparent to me that there are a lot of right ways to do things, and that the current right way can change not only from parent to parent, but from child to child and from day to day. I think pooling ideas is a great way to find the ones that work for you and the ones that work for me—and the ones that work with whatever kid is currently giving us forehead wrinkles in addition to the soft jawline.
I look forward to
picking your brains for every last idea you’ve ever had BWAH HA HA! pooling ideas here with you.
(Hey, Swistle readers! Are you surprised?)