Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Vacation countdown - 1 week to go

We leave for Vegas a week from today. I am very excited to see the new baby. Lunden is the whole reason we are going, but I have to admit I'm looking forward to some down time. I learned today the my MIL is leaving today for Vegas and staying until after we get there. She said she wanted to make sure she saw us - um, because it is easier to fly 4 hours instead of driving the 1 hour it takes to get to our house. I'm confused. I love my MIL, but I love her more from a distance.
So, I think I'm more excited to be leaving, because it is snowing today and next week is supposed to be in the 80s in Vegas. Good thing I shaved my legs this weekend.
Speaking of leg shaving, I hosted 'Ladies Night In' on Friday for some good friends. We got wild and crazy while we played Super Scrabble and ate mesquite chicken wings, broccoli salad, pretzels and cheesecake. But we started talking about shaving our legs. P commented it had been a month since she shaved, but her hair is pretty light and wasn't too noticeable. I admitted I hadn't shaved in 2008 and it was long enough to braid (literally), plus I have dark black hair on my legs and I looked like a sasquatch. And A looked horrified and said she shaves daily. Now, as a mother of a 4 year old I don't always get to shower daily, so shaving my legs daily is just not going to happen, but even if I had the time, I still would not shave daily. Granted in the summer I shave at a minimum once a week and probably closer to 3 times a week. We ski on a water ski team, so I'm in shorts and swimsuits nightly. I have no desire to scare people, so I shave. But how often is often enough? I live in Minnesota and no one sees my legs for the majority of the winter and if I need to wear a dress or skirt, I will shave. Do women 'have' to shave on a regular basis? Who are we shaving for - ourselves, our health, our husbands, each other, society? Should I care that the person I don't know seated behind me at church can see that I have hair on my legs? Should it matter? I will admit that in the end, I shaved my legs on Saturday because of shame. I was shamed into shaving my legs. I am weak, but my husband liked it.


Penny said...

LOL! Winter time I don't shave that frequently. Just when it starts to annoy me. Summer time I do it probably once a week or every 2 weeks. I waxed a month or so ago and haven't needed to shave much since.

It's strange that society thinks hirsuteness in women isn't good.

candes2000 said...

Yeah, I shave every other night or the night before I decide I'm wearing shorts or a dress of some sort.

I certainly don't shave for myself. I mean, I enjoy the non-prickliness but I could go longer between shaves if I were the only one looking at my legs.

During the winter I slack off.


Brooke said...

I'm with you on the shaving thing. I hate it, and if I didn't have such dark dark hair I'd comtemplate quitting forever. I do it occasionally, but not often. Not enought time in the day to get my hair washed, much less my legs shaved! :)