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To catch up those of you who know me only from this blog, my fiance, M, and I have been in a long-distance relationship for more than a year. I met M when he was interning in Los Angeles over 2 years ago. We hit it off immediately, but had to part ways when his internship ended. We were too attached to break up (ahh... young love), so have been swapping weekends, weeks, and sometimes months in each others' respective cities - L.A. (me) and Palo Alto, CA (him) - ever since. Our relationship has remained awesome, but the emotional and financial expenses of long-distance were exhausting.
So... even though I'm still teaching at UCLA through the end of the Spring quarter, we bit the bullet, sublet our respective places, and moved to San Francisco for 2 months! I'll have to fly back to L.A. a few times to teach my seminar (on "Gender, Appearance, and Inequality"), but the important thing is this: Long-distance = Over! Never again. Hooray!
Here's the downside: after almost a full week of successfully avoiding mirrors in Los Angeles, I'm having to learn how to navigate mirrors in a completely new home + workplace (I volunteer several days/week at the amazing girl-empowering nonprofit, About-Face)! The good news is that our new apartment has far fewer mirrors than my place in Los Angeles. The bad news is that, in the process of moving, I've managed to look at myself in every single one of them! A step back, indeed. :(
Initially, I'd hoped that M would be able sneak into our new place and cover/remove all of the mirrors before I even entered the building. Wouldn't that have been nice? Well... our moving plans went more than a bit awry (i.e., given the wrong keys, slept in hotel first night, etc., etc.) so we had to face reality and move in like normal couples do (i.e., in a stressful rush, and at the same time).
In the meantime, I've regressed back to my "in-training" mode for a few days: I'm taking note of all of the mirrors and reflective surfaces I encounter at home, on my commute to, and at, the About-Face office. So far, nothing I can't remove, cover, avoid, or look away from! Also, even though I've been applying makeup and styling my hair while looking away from the bathroom mirror, I've peeked at myself after. I've already mastered the makeup application, but I'm still struggling a bit with my hair (lumpy ponytails, anyone?), so I decided that a few more days of practice would be a benefit to my sanity in the long-run.
But, don't worry - this is only a temporary setback. This weekend, M and I are making a carefully calculated shopping trip to buy curtains to cover our bathroom and bedroom mirrors. We'll also search for some to-be-determined supplies with which we can "gift-wrap" the 2 mirrored medicine cabinets in our bathroom. That ought to cover it (pun intended)! In other words, this Friday, May 6th, will be my official LAST DAY of looking in mirrors until the project ends. I'm pretty psyched, and can't wait to tell you how it goes!
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