10 October 2008

The world is ending, but I'm obsessed with glasses

These days the world is sort of a terrifying place, and I'm spending every minute listening to the news like I'm watching a car accident. I can't make myself turn away. And while I'm tired of thinking about it, and I certainly am not in the mood to argue, I'm having a hard time focusing on anything else. Well. Almost anything else. I've spent the past 18 hours thinking, obsessing, and yes even dreaming about my new glasses.

In Octoberish, I got a new pair of glasses, which were totally awesome and cute.
This past May, trying to relocate with a broken foot, I stepped on my glasses while wearing this. Things did not end well. Since then, I've only had my "spare" glasses, which are the pair that Gabriel mangled as an infant. They sit all slanty-like on my face. That's a picture of the cute glasses, not the slanty glasses. Since the DMV told me I have to wear my glasses when I drive, I do, but also? I'm vain, so I don't wear them otherwise because they look funny because of the crookedness. So I've been living in a kinder, gentler, fuzzy world for the past 5 months; one where everyone is vague and vaguely better looking as a result.
Yesterday I had an eye appointment. And then I spent TWO HOURS trying to decide what frames to get. I narrowed it down to three.

There was one that I thought had the cutest shape, but they were purple, and had hearts on the....arms? What do you call the thingies that keep the glasses on your face? They were Betsey Johnson, and very cute, but I was not totally convinced that I'm cool enough to pull off hearts as a part of my every day style. I was afraid that on me they might look dorky. But. I really liked them.
A second Betsey Johnson frame, this one ever so slightly cat-eye shaped, without (I thought) making my face look fat, which is what I think that shape usually does. I thought these ones were REALLY cute, but was afraid maybe they were too edgy for every day. I really liked them.
Third, pair of (I think) Valentinos that were sort of tortoise shell from the front, but turquoise from behind, so they made my eyes look super blue. They were sort of heavier and squarer than the other two options, but again, I really liked them.
In the end (when the opticians totally failed by saying they liked all three equally), I let Gabriel pick, and he picked the blue ones, but now, even though I like those ones, I'm having fantasies about the other two pairs, and how fashionable I would look, and how great they would be. I'm even having insane thoughts about just BUYING a second pair, sans insurance (madness, I assure you). When my insurance rolls over in January, I was going to use my vision plan to buy sunglasses, because I don't like having to choose between sun-glare induced blindness and near-sighted blindness. How about no blindness attall! But now I'm having insane thoughts about buying a second pair of regular glasses instead. Le sigh.
Oh, and while I used to just be near-sighted, I'm developing astygmatism, which is SUPER AWESOME YAY ME. Bah.

Oh, and please please please? Vote.

17 comments:

  1. Just get prescription sunglasses-- then, worst case scenario, if you break your regular ones, you can just be Ms. Cool everywhere you go till you can fix or replace them.

    You look really great, by the way!


    P.S. They are indeed called 'arms'.

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  2. Or you could buy those glasses that change depending on how bright it is. That way you could have really cool glasses and sunglasses all in one! I don't know how expensive those are though.

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  3. Sister, can I just say that I love your avatar picture? Also, those are spunky frames in the post picture. I squeeled a little bit when you mentioned the Betsy frames. I had the same issue last year picking mine. I opted for a red pair and I love them. Thanks for stopping by. I loved this post. For a minute I was terrified, I must admit. I thought you were going to say that you coveted Sara Palin's specs. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when that wasn't the case. Girl, you a funn-ee.

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  4. Do you have a camera hanging from your rearview mirror? Because that is awesome. And I must get one immediately.

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  5. I have one of them there astygmatisms and it's awesome, let me be the first the tell you. I am pretty much legally blind without my goggles.

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  6. My reading glasses are "eggplant" colored cat-eyes, and I love them. No hearts, though. I like your frames, too!

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  7. I absolutely hate glasses shopping. I am so blind that without my prescription I cant see well enough to know what the new glasses look like on my face! I avoid it as much as possible and only get new frames every couple of years. I do however always buy a regular pair and a pair of sunglasses. I usually go to a place that has a buy one get one free anyway so I end up paying about 300 or so for both pairs. I wouldnt have it any other way though, I mean it is great to just pop off my regular pair and replace them with some cool shades. Also, I dont get bored with my regular frames as fast because Im not wearing them all the time.

    You look fabulous by the way. Why no smile in your avatar?

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  8. I have those fancy Transition lenses, and they are fucking awesome. Expensive, yes, but to not have to fuck around with a second pair of glasses? Worth it.

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  9. you look great! i finally figured out who you look like (to me)- Claire from Six Feet Under! gorgeous.

    i am nearsighted with a new developing stigmatism too. bah.

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  10. I always have the worst time choosing my frames. Our insurance only pays for them every other year, so I'm stuck with them for awhile. I tend to lean towards larger styles, but this year I picked a more modern pair because I got tired of my brother telling me 1980 called and wanted their frames back. I have astigmatism too, as well as -6 in one eye and -5.75 in the other. My brother got Lasik last year, and he loves it, so I am thinking about maybe getting it done too.

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  11. I am jealous that you get to wear glasses. Maybe I should go sit really close to the T.V. so I can go a little blind and get some specs.

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  12. Dude the comment about China is way random. Crazy. I like the frames in the picture and it's normal to have buyers remorse on frames, especially when you like three. Gabby made the right decision, and he has good taste, trust him :)

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  13. I think you should get the second pair of glasses and if you can't afford the Transition lenses then just pick up some of those big, black sunglasses that you wear over top of your cute glasses.

    I have to go to the optometrist soon and I'm kind of tempted to get new frames even though I don't need them. The temptation is always there! We'll see...You know if I do it will end up on my blog.

    You could always go to the optical and ask them to take photos of you in each of the frames to show your "Mom" (and by "Mom" I mean post them hear so we can vote!).

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  14. So the glasses in the picture, just to clarify, are my old frames that I stepped on; they are no longer.

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  15. I had to get extra glasses early this year when my contacts went totally wacknut on me from pregnancy-related eye dryness crap. I took me like TWO HOURS to pick frames and these were just shitty visionworks frames. It's so hard!

    And I still barely ever wear my glasses. Vanity. Sigh.

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  16. I think obsessing over glasses is a completely natural thing. I used to work at an optometrist office for 5 years...believe me, I have seen it all. The shame in all of this is that frames are so doggone cheap. I'm not kidding, they pay like $10 bucks for those frames! The markup is crazy...aside from the lenses. Anyway, glad you like your new specs!

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