klutz-proof camera

January 28, 2009

I just bought one of these — the Olympus Stylus 1050 SW. It’s amazing and everything they say it is.

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clumsy make-up

January 9, 2009

Wow. It has finally happened. My favorite book, Twilight, has teamed up with a make-up company to make special kits for clumsy people like Twilight’s main character, Bella. It’s like they can read my mind and they have made a Twilight version of everything that I use!

gift ideas

December 8, 2008

I got this an e-mail today about holiday gifts from Herbal Remedies. Check out the middle of the front page for some cheap presents, including some stuff my from Burts Bees — my favorite. Great place for klutzes who are into all-natural fixes!

don’t drop the phone

December 5, 2008

I have been thinking of getting a new phone lately. I currently use an original version of the LG White Chocolate and it’s pretty much the best phone I’ve ever had. But I’ve dropped it about a million times — the most recent being into a bowl of corn bread crumbs while I was cooking yesterday — and it’s looking pretty beat-up.

The problem is that most cell phones these days aren’t very sturdy. I don’t do flip phones because I’ve broken too many too easily. I also don’t really like the sliders because they always slide open in your purse, pocket or just before they hit the ground.

I think klutzes should follow one rule when buying a phone: the more solid, the better.

But with Verizon, the only phones that are solid are the PDAs which require a $30 per month fee because they automatically have internet access.

So I guess I’m stuck with the same phone until a new, more perfect one is invented. Any suggestions?

black friday shopping

November 24, 2008

Some of my most clumsy days have been on Black Friday, the shopping holiday of the year. Anyone who shops on the day after Thanksgiving is asking for it.

That doesn’t stop truly devoted shoppers from going.

For the past four years, I have bought a paper on Thanksgiving, sorted through every ad twice with my cousin, Sarah, only to wake up the next morning at 2 a.m. and race to our first store of choice.

I always check out the Black Friday site to get excited about the day — it has some deals that you can get from the comfort of your own home, rather than toughing it out at 2 a.m. in front of Target to get that free hand mixer. It allows you to search through ads and create a personalized shopping list.

After multiple injuries over the past few years due to car doors, freezing temperatures and seriously crazy shoppers (just like in the movies), I decided to search for common safety tips that might make the morning to smoother. I found this really simple, common sense list of tips I would never have thought of.

get a hobby

November 20, 2008

I find that I’m least clumsy when I’m busy — no time for mistakes. Maybe it’s my mild obsessiveness or maybe it’s just good organization, but when I have a plan mapped out I can go and go until it’s completed.

Usually my plans only include everyday activities — organizing spaces in my apartment, reading or doing a certain amount of homework, or running errands.

I make a list so that I have definite items that I can check off when I finish them — I think that’s the key.

Some of my most recent daily lists

Some of my most recent daily lists

This blog on organizing by a professional organizer gives some really great tips.

I guess it’s just harder to make clumsy moves when my every move is mapped out.

making it worse

November 17, 2008

I’ve said a few times that I believe clumsiness is more a way of life than an occasional condition.

I have proved myself right yet again. In the last post, I mentioned being sick with the flu. Here’s a word to the wise: just stay in bed.

I felt better last Friday so I decided I would be productive and go about my usual day. I woke up, ate breakfast (a first for last week), put my contacts in and went to classes. At the end of the day I was so proud of myself.

When I woke up at 6 a.m. the next morning and could not see out of my right eye, I was less proud of myself.

I had never had Pinkeye before, but I was pretty sure that was what I had. I had to call an emergency appointment with my eye doctor for Saturday morning (which was so cheap) and he basically told me it was my own fault.

Apparently, when you have a virus and you wear contact lenses, the lenses cut off the oxygen supply to your cornea. When oxygen is cut off, your eye, just like other mucus membranes in your body, begins to show signs of your virus. It was lovely.

(If I had just searched online I would have found so many sites telling me not to wear them.)

So now I’m on antibiotic eye drops every two hours and still sick because the flair-up actually made my virus last longer.

It’s not exactly clumsy, but I would definitely say that this happened to me because I am a klutz and I’m always doing the wrong thing.

***Update***

This little mistake ended up costing me more than my health and time — I racked up $90 in eye doctor bills.

calmly coping

November 13, 2008

Just like a stereotypical klutz, I somehow caught both strep throat and the flu in about a two-week period.

With the flu, which I currently have, there’s really not much to do besides relax and try to deal with it.

While surfing the web for something to help, I found this amazing Web site about simplifying your life and making your day a little less stressful. The posts are very insightful and they have really helped me to relax and still be productive while sick. They are also helpful in calming down your non-sick days so that clumsy incidents are less likely to happen.

Besides resting, here are some helpful home remedies for the flu (or flu-like viruses).

Hopefully all of this will help with all of the inevitable illnesses of wintertime.

even klutzes have birthdays

November 6, 2008

I was just thinking of all the klutzy things that I do that would seriously only happen to someone as clumsy as me. 

The best example I can think of is my 18th birthday party. I was surrounded by family and friends and looking at a huge glowing cake. As I bent down to blow out the candles, I heard a gasp and when I looked up, my entire family was lunging at my face. Let me just say, there is nothing worse than staring at the people you love while they scream and jump at your face.

I didn’t realize until about 45 seconds later that my hair had brushed a candle and caught on fire. 

Best birthday ever.

So, here’s a tip: always tie your hair back when blowing out candles or risk having your birthday become your worst nightmare.

 

These klutzes can offer some other birthday horror stories to learn from, including hangover debacles and skating accidents.

afraid of athletics

November 4, 2008

I think the first rule of thumb for every klutz is to stay away from sports. The only sports I’ve ever been involved in is marching band and even that was often a risk since I was on the color guard and swinging a 6-foot metal pole around.

I recently came across one woman’s blog that discusses atheletes’ injuries. The author said that athletes tend to pride themselves on their injuries rather than hide them. I always thought that klutzes tried to hide their embarrassing injuries, but I was surprised to find that I agreed with the logic.

I’ve come in contact with a lot of klutzy people in college, and they all wear their scars and bruises like a badge — whether it’s to warn others to stay away of them because they are so accident-prone or because they actually aren’t embarrassed of being a klutz, I don’t know.

After more thought, I realized I definitely don’t hide my injuries. In fact, I tend to wait in anticipation to tell my friends about my newest debacles. Could being a klutz be more than an inherited issue? Could it have something to do with attention? Just a thought…