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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I’m Going Through An Awkward Stage Right Now

Today – and for the first time in, oh, three or four hundred years – not only have I not worn winter boots, but I’m wearing a skirt.

Ankles, people. Ankles! Out there for just anyone to see!

I feel reckless and wild, so 1920s. Next thing you know I’ll be bobbing my hair and smoking tea with some palooka.

It’s a heady day the day the winter boots come off and the neck-to-ankle down coat stays on the peg at home rather than riding your winter-worn shoulders.

And there's more! Of course, I feel as if I’ve already thrown too much at you – all this excitement could easily lead to high-fives, the clinking of glasses, and other displays of emotion – but if I don’t tell someone, I’m going to burst.

You ready for this? Brace yourself. You may want to get a firm hold on a large bit of furniture…

In the next couple weeks, I’m going to swap out my winter clothes for my summer clothes.

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

I do feel the word “giddy” is over-used, but it keeps springing to mind.

It’s tricky business, this changing of the wardrobe. The month of March cannot be trusted – and frankly, April’s a suspicious looking block of time as well – but who can resist the lure of the under-the-bed storage boxes? Will it snow again? It might! Do I care? No, my friends; I do not. The end is near and it looks like a strappy sandal.

Just think. I have clothes that I haven’t seen in six months, so basically what I have is new clothes!

Do I like them? I’ll bet I do!

Will they still fit me? I certainly hope so!

If I don’t like them, can I borrow yours? Thanks, buddy!

You see? This is how it starts. One glorious step at a time.

And first we take our boots off.

37 comments:

L.C.T. said...

I've been wearing skirts more lately too. Half the time though it's because it was raining and I hate getting the bottom of trousers soaked!

Kurt said...

I think the more you hang out with palookas the better. They are a very misunderstood class in our society.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

That's how I feel about bringing out the linen capris! They're NEW! Old, but NEW since we've been strangers since September...
My winter jacket is in the washing machine RIGHT NOW because we are done for a while...

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Yeh, but when does the Batgirl costume come out of the 'Tickle Trunk'?

Simply Suthern said...

Way to go girl. Let the sun embrace the skin again. I was installing a new storm door on the deck this weekend when Little A(7 yr old) informed me she was going to dig out her bathing suit and lay out on the deck. It wernt quite pool weather but I was able to redden my neck a bit more. Yeee haww

SparkleFarkle said...

*in a sweat* No time on my end to get out the summer duds-- it's the giant fly swatter I'm rummaging not fast enough for. All those Midwestern tarantulas (Okay, maybe they're not that BIG, but I still hate every last one of them and their eight pointy little feet that are probably dipped in man-killer poison, or something worst-- not to mention the fangs and poor spider hygiene.) and other buggies that kept themselves so out of my range over the snowy, have come back to life all at once!!! And, for crying out loud HAS ANYONE SEEN MY HELMET?!

cfoxes said...

I wore my first skirt in months, last week. LOVED IT (in a Joanne Worley sing-song voice)! It is just so nice to show a little bit of skin to the warming sun.

Scrappy Doo said...

Wow! Winter boots huh? I have been running around in shorts for a month. I am also sporting a wicked sunburn for doing my lawn Sun. in said shorts and tanktop.

Bet ya looked great in the winter boots and skirt. I am guessing you turned a few Palookas heads :-)

Willoughby said...

I live in a small town, so this time of year, we just wear shorts with our winter coats. Or maybe that's just me.

Under the Influence said...

Woot! Woot! Imagine what flip flops will feel like.

I saw on the news today that Billings, Montana (I think that's where they said - somewhere north and west with COLD winters) is warmer than Cincinnati. I want that 60 degree weather, though I'm pretty darn happy with a high of 52. Now if the sun would just stay out.

mapstew said...

Yeah, 'tis warming up missus!

Another upside? I got a great winter jacket yesterday for 6 Euros! That's about the price of a pint of beer in some well-heeled gin-joints in these parts! Let's hope it's at least 6 months before I have to wear it!

Ankles eh? Just don't frighten the horses! :¬)

xxx

Jodie Kash said...

Worn black wedge sandals and got a bit of cleavage and cheek burn at the St Paddy’s Day parade over the weekend.

And it was good.

Please God let the summer things fit.

powdergirl said...

Its funny, so many good things begin with the removal of the boots!

I got a sunburn yesterday Pearl!

Just a little one, and its dorky because its a tank-top sunburn, but hey, thats where it starts.

The mad woman behind the blog said...

You certainly have a way with words. If anything illustrates the bear we've borne, its "winter-worn shoulders." And who doesn't love a little ankle? Do try to control yourself, next you'll be flashing FOREARMS!

Barbara Blundell said...

I'm so uplifter I've taken off one pair of socks

Sweet Cheeks said...

I think I can hear your sweaters crying....and your T-shirts cheering!
=]

Ms Sparrow said...

You go girl!

sage said...

"The end is near and it looks like a strappy sandal."

Very funny, I raise my glass in a toast.

Molly Potter said...

In Britain no month can be trusted and I have no such segregation of wardrobe...just a very effective layering capabilities. The ability to layer up or down within any one hour/day (let alone season) is essential.

Hope you survive the giddiness and get steady in your summer attire.
x

Dirty Dirty Jesus said...

I'm wearing a jock strap and a leopard skin.

Flea said...

Oh my. Chin to ankle coat? I'm strangely jealous. The daffodils are blooming here and I'm wishing for another snow.

Roses said...

March and April can be tricksie months here in Norfolk, UK too. I've still got my thick winter tights on, they won't be coming off til the temperatures cross the 18'C mark.

Mind you don't go tempting any young gentlemen with the sight of your ankles. We don't want to hear you've been swept off your feet and taken off to some boudoir...okay, I'm lying. I'd love to hear it.

darsden said...

Happy almost Spring Pearl. I am ready too! But here waaaay down south We don't get to look forward to the changing out of the clothes...it's shorts all year long ;-)

Madame DeFarge said...

I've not quite abandoned my winter wardrobe just yet, but did choose to not wear a scarf this week. That makes it almost spring.

Charlotte Ann said...

Oh damn, the a/c had to be turned on yesterday and I'm not so thrilled about the summer heat approaching so quickly. You see, I changed from dark colored shorts to lighter color spring colored shorts and that's how I know there is an end to the winter here!

Fragrant Liar said...

I am a pants kinda girl year round, but lately I've been wearing more dresses and skirts -- mostly because I've also been wearing boots. They still cover up most of my legs but for that fatty knee section in the middle -- which I then cover up with tights. Summer, natch, will make that much harder. (sigh)

So have fun showing off your ankles, for as long as you can. Methinks winter is not yet over for you yet.

mrwriteon said...

In other words, you are ready to spring into spring. So are we all. I hate winter clothes.

The Retired One said...

I know!!! It was 60 degrees today here in the U.P. and sunny!!!!! Woop.
Now, I await the notorious "St. Patrick's Day" storm which usually hits within a week of the day...

Jeanne said...

You make the most mundane events hilarious.

Jeanie said...

Flip flops and summer libations can't be far behind once the boots come off.

Vic said...

I came THIS CLOSE to wearing a skirt without boots today, until I got a good look at my very white legs. Fish-belly white legs are at least a misdemeanor in southern California.

Marla said...

Palooka! I haven't heard that since my aunts have all been gone...like in dead gone. There was nothing like their stories about this or that big palooka down the road. Those were the days!

You rock, Pearl!

Kavi said...

Great to know that that the end is indeed near ! A very happy summer !

Be nice to your winter clothes. You will need them next year !

:)

Green-Eyed Momster said...

Hee he he! I saw your comment on Secretia's blog where you said you look good naked so I'm sure you look great in the skirt!

Hugs!!

Ruthibelle said...

oh this post has spring written all over it!!! Lovely, i tell you, just wonderful!

Menopausal New Mom said...

I hear ya! I've been sorting through the closets and Spring Cleaning like crazy around here. Blaming it on the Spring feeling in the air, kinda wishing for a snowstorm so I could go back to bitching and laying around the house.

R. Jacob said...

But you can leave your hat on!