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Friday, 8 January 2010

In Praise of Contact Lenses

I wandered around the house, biting my bottom lip in confusion. Where had I put my glasses? I checked the usual spots, retraced my steps in my head. I'd been up to the pool for a swim...perhaps I 'd taken them off there? Braving the blast furnace that greeted me as I swung open the back screen, I scampered up the grey stone stairs to the pool area, unwilling to pause or even glance around as radiated heat assaulted me from every surface. I reached the relative safety of the market umbrella over the rickety wooden picnic table and peered through the sudden shadow with my less than efficient eyesight, patting the warm wooden surface for good measure.

No glasses.

Sighing, I glanced back towards the house. Something in the bottom of the pool caught my attention. Leaves? No. There was something both vaguely familiar and disturbing about the shape.

Can't see it? Look closely.

Please tell me I did not dive into the pool wearing my glasses.

OK. Don't bother.

The tricky bit of course was getting them out. You see apart from the diving in thing, I don't put my head under the water. I know; stupid, illogical, whatever! I can do it with diving goggles on but even then I can't get all the way down to the bottom of the deep end and stay there long enough to grab something. I have tried on numerous occasions but after one or two strokes I explode upwards in an explosion of silver bubbles and emerge with a tortured gasp for air.

My family find it quite amusing. Ask Himself about the time I tried to scrub the sides of the pool whilst wearing a snorkel.

Anyway. I got them out with the long handled leaf scooper thing. And collected a few of those leaf babies while I was there!

I am nothing if not resourceful.


Mid Sis said...

Ho ho Big Sis - you are funny! I have an abiding memory of your face when your surface from under water - quite scrunchy! Dinner last night with folks who are heading off today - quite tearful that I am losing them to you again for the next part of the year but Prof J and I did benefit from an ENORMOUS freezer load of food! Much love and see you in March xxx

natalie said...

I would never laugh at your unfortunate situation, but I can't help myself! That's hilarious!

Arizaphale said...

Yes. Even I laughed at myself.

Laine Moore said...

I love the pic :)

I have a question though, did your glasses survive?

Arizaphale said...

Thankfully yes. I was worried about scratching but there seem to be no ill effects.

Anonymous said...

mum....just... *sigh*

Kevin C Jones said...

Does laser treatment work undrwater? And can I get 3-D permanently?

A Free Man said...

What I think is funny about this is that despite the heat, you went inside, got your camera, set up not one but two shots before getting your glasses!

susiej said...

How delightful to read about the heat... the "furnace" and all of that heat... I am freezing. It's too cold to move!

The glasses thing... I would totally do that too. I can relate... especially if I was under all that "heat." Just dive right in. Lucky you found it... what made you think to look there?

And, I love "A Free Man's" comment... of course you did all of that! You're a blogger!!!

we_be_toys said...

LOL! Darn glasses end up in the strangest places, don't they? See if you were really blind, like I was, then you would sing the praises of lasik, instead of contact lenses (though even those were FAB compared to my old coke bottle glasses!).

Sorry it's taken me so long to get here - I think about you a lot- no, really! Hoping you get a cool spell soon. Would it help you to know I spent my weekend up in the mountains of NC and it was 9 degrees (Farenheit, which is still REALLY GD cold, even in Celcius!) yesterday? I love it cold, as opposed to hot, but OMG! - not that cold, girl!

chaoticfamily said...

OH no - glad you got them out! LOL ;)

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Well that was a lucky find!