On Day 3 of DontWearSweats Continuing Series I Don’t Want To Be In My 40’s, I’d like to take you to a place we have all been to, no one really liked, but faked it because we love our kids. Chuck E. Cheese. It’s around eight years ago, I am there with my kids killing an afternoon. I definitely don’t look my best as we are are visiting with my in-laws in Boca, a different town where we live, and I decided to embrace the “I’m going to Chuck E. Cheese and I plan on eating greasy pizza and play endless amounts of skee ball” look. I let my kids play all the games, and tell them not to come back to me until they are double fisted with tickets.
And then I see something that stops me in my tracks. I focus, readjusting my eyes. I pray that I am not seeing what I am seeing. But I am. A guy I dated/was a little obsessed with in high school. He’s there celebrating his daughter’s birthday. I catch a glimpse of myself in the Whack-A-Mole machine. I pray someone by accident whacks me. I can’t run into this guy looking like this. What am I going to do?
Option 1- I take all my kids’ tickets go to the prize counter and ask them “How many tickets for some mascara?”
Option 2-I beg a Cheese employee to let me hide in the claw machine and hope a kid wins me, thinking I am a troll stuffed animal.
Option 3- I take Julia, who is around 4, and use her as a shield as we hide in the tube slide for the duration of our time there.
I went with option 3. I avoided seeing him the entire time.
And even since then, I try not to leave the house without following this philosophy, LLC. Lashes, Lip, Cheek.
It takes five minutes, and you won’t have to look for the closest tube slide should you run into someone from your past.
It’s easy to do and you only need a few products. Here are the ones I have found the most effective.