Thursday, March 30, 2006

Two things I hate about myself

I'm sitting at my computer, at work. It is godawful hot in here - my thermometer at the moment says 77.7 degrees. Lovely. (And that's not the worst it gets, by far - most day's it's close to 80 by the time I leave, at one point last summer it was 86.5!) My problem is that I'm a sweater. I don't glisten, I don't perspire, none of those nice girly things. I sweat. Usually my deodorant controls it relatively well, but when I get nervous, for example when I'm giving a presentation... well, not so much. When I'm presenting I also get sweaty *everywhere* - I can often feel the sweat running down the backs of my legs. Ugh. Anyway, despite the short sleeved shirt I'm wearing today, or perhaps because of it?, I've been sweating. And I get a whiff every now and again. Double ugh. I'm hoping that it doesn't worsen with pregnancy, although I'm not holding my breath. But perhaps I'm going to need to!

The other thing I hate is that I blush on a dime. Whenever attention is focused on me for any kind of personal reason (although fortunately not when I'm, say, presenting at work - then I just sweat), I can feel my face turning beet red. For example, one of my coworkers just came in to congratulate me on my pregnancy, having found out through the grapevine. We were having a perfectly normal conversation, what's my due date, how nice to be pregnant in the summer because clothes are less expensive, blah blah blah. And I can just feel the heat exuding from all the blood in my face. It's so annoying and embarrasing. As if I need to be more embarassed when I'm already there!

So, are there any physical quirks like this that drive you batty?

11 comments:

Jenn said...

I get the turning bright red thing too. I hate it. My skin is so fair that the slightest blush makes me look like I'm glowing like Rudolph's nose.

DD said...

When people ask me a question, I furrow my brow. They think that I'm annoyed. I'm just concentrating on what they are saying.

I really need to get that botox again...

Sharon said...

I sweat, too (there was a very involved discussion of this on naked ovary a while back). Also, I cry at the drop of the dime... most recently, in an airport returning from a conference, filled with like 20 colleagues... because I couldn't find any food I wanted before our 5+ hour flight (major pregnancy hormone issue I think) and then my husband got all mad at me which made me even more bawly. Fun!

Chee Chee said...

I'm usually pretty cold. I spend the better part of the year in a sweater (particularly in the office when the a/c is on). I look like a nut! My hands tend to be exceptionally cold. Hubby hates it. I'll crawl into bed and my feet feel like they've been dipped in ice.

Leigh said...

I am, as my marathon training friends so eloquently say, a heavy sweater. I sweat buckets. Thank God I don't live somewhere like Florida where it's hot and humid pretty much all the time. But you know what, I think sweating a lot is healthy. I attribute the fact that I don't get sick a lot (knock on wood) to sweating out a lot of toxins through my pores.

Alexa said...

1. No matter how nicely I do my makeup in the morning, no matter how much blush I pile on, my skin is colorless and dull-looking by the end of the day.
2. Ever since my last pregnancy I get occasional hot flashes in the night. Nothing is more delightful waking up drenched in sweat...

Kath said...

I'm... a lot like you actually. A sweaty blusher. A blushing sweater. It's a winning combination, no?

One Mother's Journey said...

I blush extremely easy also - and it's worse when I can feel myself starting to blush and I try harder to stop the blushing, which ends in even a brighter shade of red. It's like the anxiety from blushing makes me blush. My husband is so forward and able to talk to anyone about anything and when we're together I always think that people are thinking - what is someone that self assured doing with someone like that who can barely even speak? ... Which then makes me blush and even more self conscious. heh.

elle said...

Unless it's above 70, my hands and feet are always cold. ALWAYS. And my one foot is pronated, making my hips & shoulders uneven. Thus pants hems, always an inch off. That really bugs me.

S. said...

The peeve I have is that I think faster than I can talk. LOL! I'll start on something and before I know it, my mind is 10 paces ahead of my mouth and I'll sound like an idiot because I'm trying to get the two in synch.

Kim said...

I'm all icky at the moment from a sinus infection and my face keeps feeling all hot from that, so I feel like I'm blushing and get all embarrased when I'm really not blushing at all.