Tuesday, December 31, 2013

#firstworldproblems #whitegirlproblems #rant

This post has been kicking around as a draft for a long time now. In October, I tried to participate in the Fat Mum Slim Photo a day challenge. I can never remember to do one every day but I love instagram and I like getting creative with the prompts. On October 17, the day after the government shut down ended, the prompt was #firstworldproblems. While I sense that some people use #firstworldproblems to shame themselves and reminded themselves that there are bigger problems out there than Starbucks getting their latte order wrong, I don't like #firstworldproblems. Instead of getting mad and not doing the prompt that day I tried to explain what I didn't like about it. So I captioned my photo:
#fmsphotoaday #photoaday #firstworldproblems The government is shutdown so I can't get any work done (my job is funded by a government grant and I need to check in) and the low income people I work with can get help paying their rent or buying food for their children. I can't stand #firstworldproblems. I think it ignores the fact that even in the global south people have "trivial" concerns like trying to choose between different shades of lipstick and that they have phones and computers too. It also minimizes the problems here in America. There are plenty of Americans in poverty who are malnourished and homeless, who don't really have a "first world" standard of living.
The photo I instagrammed that day, me at my desk kicking back.

To break it down, I think #firstworldproblems is problematic for two reasons: 1) it can cause people to ignore the struggles that our fellow countrymen here in the U.S.A. have and 2) it perpetuates stereotypes about people in the third world (I generally prefer the term global south since I get confused by the fact that there apparently is no second world).

As to the first problem: I grew up relatively privileged both my parents are doctors, they are smart people who make a lot of money. Growing up I never had to worry about not having enough healthy food to eat, getting sick and not being able to afford medicine,* or not having money to participate in school events.

In law school and in my first job post law school I worked with low income people with legal problems. Honestly, I was shocked at how many people were homeless, couch surfing, and living in substandard housing like tents or soon to be condemned apartment buildings. My husband teaches in a school district where over half of the families are so poor their children get free breakfast and lunch at school. What do these children do for dinner and what do their families feed them over the summer?

I hear stories about families who cannot afford necessary medical care for their children for example read this story about a man who was sentenced to life in prison because he was selling drugs to pay for his son's bone marrow transplant. The US has the one of the highest rates of child poverty of the "developed" nations. For an in-depth look at the life of one homeless family read the NY Times' really long, really good but depressing story called Invisible Child.

Poverty is the third world is more dire than it is here in the U.S. but people here still suffer and die because they do not have enough money. Families have fundraisers to raise money to pay for necessary medical expenses. Children here may not starve to death but they do not get enough healthy food to eat because unhealthy food is cheaper and more filling. They can focus in school because they are hungry and they have bad health outcomes for the rest of their lives because they lacked proper nutrition growing up.

I have less first hand experience with the second issue. I've travelled outside the United States but I've never really seen day to day life in the third world. But I know that people all over the world have internet access and cell phones. I've read that third world countries are skipping over landline phone technology and just going straight to implementing cell phone technology.

People in third world countries are people and they have mundane problems just like you and me have in the U.S. The author Teju Cole, he's lived in both Nigeria and New York City, tweeted a response to the #firstworldproblmes hash tag where he discussed the fact that though Nigerians have face significant troubles they still still hop aboard the minor problems struggle bus and have complaints similar to those one of my fellow Americans might mark with #firstworldproblem. Mr. Cole's tweets were collected an turned into an essay by the Atlantic here.

For example, I have a #firstworldproblems type problem. Burts Bee's changed the formula for the night cream I use and now I think it's smelly. I paid $17 for a huge jar of something that I think smells horrible. (It doesn't bother my skin so I am going to use it up and then find something that smells better.) If I were living in Nigeria I would still be upset that they changed the formula on the night cream.

#whitegirlproblems are what really get to me though. I can't imagine any problem that white girls have that I don't. Maybe sunburns. But that one is a bit of a stretch since I got a horrible, horrible sunburn all over my chest and shoulders in Bora-Bora. I should have been more diligent about applying sunscreen since the equatorial sun gave my dad a noticeable tan (my Dad is the nerdiest and ended up with an aquasocks tan line). But I can't imagine having to worry about getting a burn like that every summer since the sun here in Maine is too weak for that.

Like your average white girl with problems I too wear Uggs, go to yoga and have my cellphone go off during class, want to wear my yoga pants everywhere and not just to the gym, drink Starbucks, wear leggings as pants, Instagram, and have so many clothes that I cannot choose what to wear. These problems are not unique to white girls, they are problems that all people who have enough money such that they are no longer focused only on survival have.

Both #firstworldproblems and #whitegirlproblems are about minor inconveniences that seem to exist only because the person with the problem has enough money to have the problem. For example: Uggs are ugly but so warm and comfortable; I'm waiting for my manicure to dry so I can't do anything; I'm too lazy to get the charger for my phone and the battery is about to die; my charger broke; it's too hard to think of captions for my instagrams; et cetera.

I propose using #richgirlproblems or #richpeopleproblems and in the alternative since #firstworldproblems aren't limited to people in the first world and #whitegirlsproblems aren't just problems for white girls.

*I did worry that my parents over used antibiotics and weren't treating me properly because they weren't pediatricians.

At least I thought it was my cellphone, really it was just some other land who had the same ring tone as I.

I mean no offense to my readers who use #firstworldproblems and #whitegirlproblems. As I indicated at the beginning  I assume that most people are well meaning and don't want to cause harm to others. I simply wanted to share my thoughts on the hash tags and hopefully get people to think a bit more about the world we live in.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Recap

Christmas Eve I spent most of the day baking and preparing food. My in-laws have a big Christmas Even dinner but we don't get to open any presents or our stockings that night. I volunteered to make desert and some sides. My brother in law loves my grandma's stuffing (he ate the leftover stuffing and only the leftover stuffing for lunch on Christmas Day).

Pecan Pie with Christmas Trees Made from Extra Crust

Rainbow Jello Salad was a big hit!

I made the desserts in the morning. I mixed up dough for Christmas morning's cinnamon rolls and Mr. H kneaded the bread. He also did all the dishes.

I spent the afternoon at my in-laws and then went back to our apartment to bake the corn pudding and the dressing. When I got back I discovered  a mysterious leak in the fridge and I had to clean up a big puddle of water at the bottom of the fridge. Fortunately the jello, which was still setting inside partially covered, was not ruined.

Some how a whole lot of butter (this morning I scraped about 1/2 stick of butter worth of fat from the floor of the oven) ended up all over the floor of the oven and it started smoking. Our apartment FILLED UP with SMOKE right as I was trying to get ready to head back to my husband's parents' house. So I opened all the doors and windows when it was 17º out. Then headed back for dinner and worried that I had set our apartment on fire all evening. Everything was fine when we got back from dinner.

Christmas Day was sunny, beautiful, and frigid. But the sun looked so pretty shining thru the ice on all the tress. On Christmas morning Mr. H and I opened our presents together and then headed over to his parents' house. 

I gave him the card with bacon and eggs and he gave me
an ornament depicting a skillet with bacon and eggs.
We're perfect for each other, clearly.

We keep our stockings for each other under our bed and exchange them first thing in the morning. They're usually mostly full of candy and useful knickknacks. This year Mr. H only got candy. After looking through our stockings we went downstairs to open our presents.

I made myself a nice cup of coffee and I got to use up some of the whole milk left over from all the cooking and baking I did yesterday.

New Juice Glasses, a Garlic Chopper, a Doughnut Pan, &c.

I mostly get kitchen things. Mr. H knows my favorite present is a useful present.

My In-Law's Back Yard
After opening up our presents and cleaning up some of the wrapping paper. We got ready and I rolled up the cinnamon rolls to take over to Mr. H's parents' house. The drive over was cold (it was 10º and I wasn't expecting it to be so cold so I didn't wear boots or bring a scarf) but beautiful since the sun was stinging thru the ice on the trees that the ice storm had left behind.

We snuck in the back door of my in-laws house and waited in the kitchen and dining room. Since the presents from Santa were sitting under the tree unwrapped. While I was getting settled my husband and his brother had a panicked conversation. My BIL had gotten me a mostly green plaid L.L. Bean shirt. I wore my favorite Princess Mary Tartan flannel shirt that day. (I didn't snap an OOTD shot but the shirt is in one of the outfits I shared in this post in November.) I would have been absolutely thrilled if he had gotten me another shirt in the Princess Mary Tartan since it is my favorite.

Mr. H found some very strong
magnets in the kitchen and
he put them on his nose.
So charming. : /
I got the cinnamon rolls in the oven, set a timer, and then we started on the presents. We opened our stockings at the dinning room table and then moved into the living room to be by the tree.

Their tree filled up half the room.
We sat down and my mother-in-law started distributing presents. My husband's family is absolutely wonderful. They always make me feel so welcome and they always get me wonderful presents. I am truly blessed to have them in my life.

I put most of my presents into the cake saver I got. It kept
the dogs from getting and the candies from my stocking.

When we were done opening presents we feasted on the cinnamon rolls I had baked. 

My cinnamon roll with some of the contents of my stocking.

I had a horrible headache at some point and I realized that it was being made so much worse by my "new" (purchased after last Christmas) red and green headband. It went away as soon as I took it off.

My first roll playing my new game. The goal is to
get brains, not shot gun blasts. Three shot gun blasts
and your turn is over.

We played with some of our new toys and we had leftovers for lunch. We had homemade pizza for dinner and after dinner we played Cards Against Humanity together. (My sister in law got it for Christmas so that she can take it with her to college in the fall.) That was a very interesting experience. I won and named myself the most horrible person ever.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas if you celebrate and if you don't I hope you had a good day off. Here in Maine everything except for the L.L. Bean flagship store is closed for Christmas.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Food

I didn't want to have another post that was all CHRISTMAS and I had a taco recipe scheduled for today. But I had so much fun making sugar cookies with Mr. H yesterday that I had to share pictures and the recipe.

Classic Sugar Cookies from Ratio by Michael Ruhlman
8 oz butter
1 large egg
1 t vanilla extract
8 oz sugar
1/2 t salt
12 oz flour
1 t baking powder

Cream the butter sugar, egg, and vanilla. Gently mix in the remaining ingredients. Bake at 350º for no more than 15 minutes. Watch them closely since my second batch got a bit to brown around the edges.

They were so good. I ate a lot last night and I had one for breakfast this morning.

Last week I did a lot of baking and candy making. I made brownies for Mr. H's class. Then I made buckeye bark and white chocolate Christmas fudge to take Mr. H's teacher Holiday Party! We also brought a bottle of wine.

Buckeye Bark

Buckeye Bark 
1 stick unsalted butter
1 pound creamy peanut butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 pounds chocolate chips (I used a mixture of milk chocolate chips and semi-sweet chips)

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Melt 1 1/4 pounds chocolate in the microwave according to the directions on the package. Spread evenly to make a 9 by 13 inch-ish rectangle. Put in refrigerator to harden. Melt the butter and combine with the peanut butter and vanilla extract. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar. Spread the peanut butter mixture evenly on top of the chocolate when it is almost cool (tacky to the touch). Put back into the refrigerator to cool. Melt the remaining chocolate and spread evenly over the peanut butter. Let harden then cut into squares with a big knife.

White Fudge with Red and Green Sprinkles

Microwave White Chocolate Christmas Fudge
1 1/2 pounds white chocolate chips
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
Dash salt
1 1/2 teaspoons (1/2 tablespoon) vanilla extract
1 teaspoon green decorating crystals
1 teaspoon red decorating crystals

Microwave the white chocolate in a glass bowl for a minute. Add the sweetened condensed milk and salt. Stir. Microwave for 20 to 10 second intervals, stirring after each turn in the microwave, until the chocolate chips are almost melted then add the vanilla extract. Microwave once more. After the final turn in the microwave add the decorating crystals and mix until just combined. Pour into a 9 by 9 pan lined with wax paper. Sprinkle the top with more decorating crystals if you'd like. Chill for 2 hours then cut into squares.

My Kitchen Decorated for Christmas

I spent this morning "baking." Mr. H's family does a big Christmas eve dinner. So I roasted some pecans and made pecan pie and I started on the rainbow jello salad for desert. I also prepped for making the savory side dishes for the ham. I hope to have pictures from Christmas Day up on Thursday.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

"Christmas Time is Here Again . . . O U T Spells Out"

"Christmas Time" by the Beatles

I saw this on one of my morning runs before it got too cold.
I think it's a real live holly bush. I had to stop and get a picture.



Mr. Handome LOVES Christmas and boy do we celebrate it. I am less attached to the holiday since my family often spent it traveling. My father got every other Christmas off call. When we were little his pager wouldn't work if we went far away so we always traveled for Christmas so that the Hospital would leave him alone. When we were in town for Christmas we wouldn't stay at home. My mom, my little sisters, and I would stay in a hotel near my Grandma's house for the week. Since everything was always different, I did not grow up with many Christmas traditions or decorations.

Our Tree

I told you all about our tree get last weekend. And, I am so glad we got it last weekend since Mr. H's family went to get their tree this past weekend and the high that day was 10º. After we got the tree up Mr. H put on some Christmas music, brought our decorations up from the basement, and we (he) started decorating!

Mr. H put out decorations up around the house.

Our Living Room
i.e. the Room the Christmas Tree took Over
This tree is smaller than past trees.

Presents: Some from my mom, One from a Student,
and two for my siblings-in-law

We need a bigger tree skirt.

Mr. H's Christmas Tree from College
and the Cards We've Gotten

Mr. H's Rudolph Advent Calender
Mr. H's Santa Chair Covers
I don't like them they are from the dollar store and fall apart. I plan on
making nice velvet ones for our living room when we have a house.

These are my favorite ornaments this year:

I gave this to Mr. H for our first Christmas together.
It did not break even though our tree fell on it one year.
I think this could be a good metaphor for our love:
It does not break though a tree falls on it.

Flowers from my wedding bouquet.

Frango Mints from Marshall Field's
to remind me of home.

Yoda. His lightsaber and ear broke
when the tree fell but Mr. H fixed him.

Mr. H got this at a yard sale as a child.
I think it's really cool.

Mr. H is a math teacher so this year we used this ornament
to keep track of how many ornaments we put on the tree.
Mr. H worries we will leave one on the tree when
we throw it out so we always count them.

I got Mr. H a nice Sponge Bob ornament to replace his
ugly plastic one whose nose broke off when the tree fell.

My sister brought back an ornament from Kenya (right).
I like the glass star I got from Target last year post Christmas.

I love Tim Hortons. It used to be our Saturday night date spot.

Mr. H made this when he was a little boy.
He was able to tell me all about it. He got to the craft table
late and they had started to run out of red and green beads.
He only wanted to use red and green beads so it was unfinished.
Instead of being sad he decided this was okay because it
made it different from one his parents already had.
I love my husband so much.

This is one of Mr. H's Ornaments. I think it's really pretty.

My in laws gave us these. I think they are pretty.
They are also paper covered something so they are
not insanely fragile.

We differ as to the proper placement of ornaments which causes some difficulty as we are decorating the tree. I like the ornaments to hang out on the edge of the limbs where you can see them and he likes to nestle them in where you cannot see them. Though, I think his method is more likely to keep the ornaments safe should the tree fall again.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Interview Attire

As you may know, I am currently unemployed. My temporary position ended and it's hard for lawyers all over the country to find a job and a little harder than average in Maine. I'm working hard maintaining and improving my skills by volunteering. I am doing research into hanging out my own single and applying for jobs. So I've been thinking about interviews a lot.

First! Put on your confidence. This is the part I struggle. To compensate for my nervousness and shyness I read all I can about my interviewer and about the company or position I have applied for. Often times there's not much. It doesn't seem like anyone over 30 here uses LinkedIn. I also think about what questions I might be asked and prepare responses and practice them. Since I'm the kind of person who never has questions, I think of some ahead of time. Google your name and try to clean up you online presence.

If possible, leading up to the interview I am more rigorous with my beauty routine so that I don't have a bad skin day the day of my interview. (I feel as though I am plauged by acne even though I'm 27 and 1/3 years old.) For the interview I wear make up but not too much, just enough to cover up any acne and minimize the dark circles under my eyes. I think wearing too much make up makes me look younger and more immature so I don't do it.

Next! Dress with confidence.

My Interview Suit

I am a lawyer and the law is very conservative. You may be able to wear a more exciting interview outfit if you work in a field that isn't more or less the same as it was in 1850, for example the biggest change is that now women can be lawyers. I always wear a dark colored skirt suit, sheer hose, pumps, a watch, and my pearls.

While I love my green suit, I would not wear it to an interview.

My interview suit is a black skirt suit. It is not wool; I do not wear wool suits since they irritate my sensitive skin. Any dark colored suit should work fine. I would hesitate to wear a pink suit to an interview since I am not Elle Woods. I bought my suit at Ann Taylor my junior year of college. It still fits decently but I am thinking about getting a new interview suit in a larger size. (I'll probably look at Talbots for a new interview suit since I think they are the best for work clothes.) Fit is truly important. If you can afford it, have your suit tailored especially if you aren't built like a mannequin.

A Button Front that WILL NOT
Behave Before a Big Interview!
So Wrinkly and Rumpled

What shirt to wear underneath your suit? I used to wear a white button front shirt. But, I hated that I felt like I always had to adjust it so that the collar would stay straight and they would never stay tucked in for me. Sometimes the buttons gape. Button front shirts are hard for curvy/busty women.

I've started wearing blouses and sweaters instead so that I have less to worry about. I don't have to worry about the collar and they stay tucked in so much better. I usually choose white or cream but if an interview is less formal I'll go with a brighter solid because bright colors make me happy. I don't want the interviewer to be distracted by my crazy Lilly print blouse. I also try to stick with modestly cut tops for similar reasons.  I am thinking of getting a body suit so that my shirt stays tucked in. I like the Scribe from Bradamant

This Blouse is a Perfect Pairing for Suits
I wore my interview suit and a pretty floral
blouse to my swearing in ceremony in Maine.
However, I probably would not wear this
to an interview because it is a print.

I pretty much only wear skirt suits. I like my skirts to stop right above the knee or right below it (I'm tall so I can pull off long skirts easily). I think that they are more formal and conservative, thus more appropriate for an interview. Pants suits are probably okay for women, it is the 21st century after all, but better safe than unemployed.

It is also believe that skirts are far more flattering for most women. I have a hard time finding pants that fit since I am curvy and need tall sizes. I think pants can end up looking too sexy on me and other women who store their extra fat in their behind. On the flip side pants look baggy and unflattering on women who have the opposite problem. Skirts look professional and great on everyone. I tend to favor a-line skirts over pencil skirts because they are an easier fit since they are not supposed to hug your hips.

If you want to wear pants read this advice about how to fit pants at Corporette. (I love Corporette for info about what to wear to work.) If you regularly wear pants suits or you feel uncomfortable wearing skirts you should wear a pant suit to your interview so that you can be comfortable and so you don't end up some place where you are expected to wear a skirt suit all the time.

ALWAYS wear pantyhose, especially if you wear a skirt suit. (When I wear pants I wear pantyhose under them for extra warmth and to smooth things out. I save my pantyhose with runs in them for wearing under pants.) If you are wearing a skirt suit get nice sheer pantyhose, not cheap ones from the drug store, and make sure they match your skin tone. Hanes makes some in a variety of skin colors. Carry a spare pair just in case the ones you are wearing begin to run. (I needed my spare before my last interview.) I a manicure and pedicure, one at home is just fine) can help prevent runs because there are no rough nails or heels for the hose to snag on.

I always order my pantyhose a size up because they are more comfortable that way and because I think it helps keep them from running. You can also get non-control top pantyhose which are what I wear most days because they are more comfortable. When I will be wearing pantyhose for a long time I always wear a camisole or a long underwear shirt to tuck into my pantyhose into so that the top doesn't dig into my skin. I also recommend commando tights and pantyhose if you are of average height since they have no dig waistbands. They are like wearing nothing. But, their tights seem not to stay up on my legs but I think that is because my legs are freakishly long. They do not have a wide range of skin tones though so their sheer "nude" pantyhose do not work for me.

As to other foundational garments, I would recommend making sure your bra fits (now is not the time for quad boob) and does not show through your top. If you are wearing a white blouse you should wear a nude for you bra and you might want to wear a camisole with your blouse. If you have wide bra straps you should get a camisole with a wide strap that covers your bra strap. I usually wear a thong because I do not want any VPL issues. I find hanky panky thongs to be relatively comfortable and I find thongs to be more comfortable when I wear pantyhose with them. I assume my interviewers assume that I wear underwear but I don't want them to see it. Underwear is unprofessional in my opinion so it should be absolutely invisible and undetectable.

Do I look smarter with glasses? Do I look smarter when my
glasses  are all smudged up and dirty? As they always are.
I think all that matters is that I think I look smarter.

I wear wear a watch so I know what time it is without looking at my phone and so that my interviewers perceive that I am conscious and mindful of the passage of time. I always wear pearls, even to interviews. They are classic and mine were law school graduation presents. I would caution against wearing a lot of jewelry because you might fidget with it or it might distract your interviewer. Possible thoughts: how does she lift her wrist with that huge stack or will she be serious about work if she can afford those huge gem stones? Sometimes I wear my glasses since I think they make me look smarter but I'm not sure if that's actually the case.

My Interview Shoes. I only wear them for Interviews.

I have nice black pumps from the Cole Haan outlet with almost 3" heels. I make sure I keep my nice shoes clean and in good repair. I wipe them off  with a damp cloth if they get dirty and use a leather conditioner on them occasionally. With my hair and my heels I am 6 feet tall and I tower over everyone. Since I almost never wear heels, I always practice walking in my heels a few days beforehand. Sometimes I wear my nicest black ballet flats for less formal interviews, especially if there will be cobblestones, lots of walking, lots of standing, ice, stairs, or short men. 

I love this Purse! You can only get them at the kate spade outlets now.

I love my kate spade quinn bag for interviews because it's very nice but very simple. It is just big enough to hold my essentials and a pad folio for holding my notes for myself. I would try to find a nice simple purse/mini-briefcase to carry. (I like this one from Target.) I try to accessorize appropriately for the weather. If it's cold I wear a coat and gloves. If it's raining I bring an umbrella.

I got this London Fog Trench Coat before my Freshman Year of College!
It still fits! I love it and I'm wearing it more now that my wool coat is broken.

I try to wear a nice coat to my interviews if it it is cold enough for a coat. I used to have a nice black wool coat but it got ruined at the dry cleaners. They shrunk the sleeves! My next big purchase will likely be a full length L.L. Bean Polo Coat (warm to -25º) since I prefer that my coat go longer than my skirt and because I am always cold.

I had an interview last Thursday. The high that day was 17º and it was 7º when I left my house that morning. Burrrr! I spent the Monday before in a panic. (That you may have noticed if you follow me on twitter.) What do you wear to an interview when it is so cold out that you cannot breath the air? (I exaggerate slightly. My asthma isn't bad but when it gets to be below 20º I can't walk outside briskly without wheezing or coughing.) I was worried I'd look silly going into an interview with just pantyhose to keep my legs warm. I imagined my interviewers thinking: How will this girl make it in Maine if she's not smart enough to dress appropriately for the weather? I called ahead to confirm the time and asked if there was a place to keep my warm boots while I interviewed.

Thursday's OOTD
This coat is rated to -50º. I wear it when
the high for the day is below freezing.
I love my coat. Thank you L.L. Bean.

Fortunately it wasn't snowing on Thursday and the pavement was dry (probably because it was too cold for liquid anything). I wore a cream sweater and silk long underwear. I ended up wearing leggings and boots over my pantyhose on the way up. I stopped by my old office for a chat and took off my leggings there. Then, I parked right outside the office where I had the interview and switched shoes. I walked in. I thought I looked kind of silly with my almost bare legs and pumps sticking out from underneath my warmest coat but I didn't look as silly as someone with vanity induced hypothermia.

The interview went better than usual (which isn't saying much since after my interview last interview for permanent position where I temped one of my interviewers suggested that I consult with my doctor regarding a prescription for an anxiety medication but I had a horrible eczema rash that day that made me feel so uncomfortable) and they hope to select a candidate by Christmas.

I probably think about what I wear to interviews way more than is necessary. But, its one part of the process that I have near complete and total control over. So knowing I have my outfit locked down helps keep me calmer than I would be otherwise. Do you think about what to wear during interviews obsessively like I do? Do you have any preinterview rituals to help you stay calm?

UPDATE: Classy (@classylady27 on Twitter) tweeted at me and let me know that men think that pants suits aren't as formal as skirt suits. I guess men feel that if they have to wear an uncomfortable tie women should have to wear uncomfortable pantyhose but what they don't know is that our shoes likely hurt our feet more than enough to compensate for the discomfort of wearing a tie.

Thought the interview went well, I was not called back for a second interview and was not offered the position.