Almost Curvy

The Interesting Information

Recently—thanks to an Internet search brought about by my adventures shopping for jeans that fit—I learned that there is a real way to determine if one has a curvy figure.

This is a measurement that clothing designers use when designing “curvy” styles for women who have a “curvy” body type.

You are officially curvy if you have a waist-to-hip differential of 0.75.

For example, my waist measurement is 30″ and my hip measurement is 36″.

When I multiply my hip measurement of 36″ by 0.75, the result is 27″.

So, if my waist measurement were 27″, I would have an officially “curvy” figure.
However, because my actual waist measurement is 30″, I have an “almost curvy” figure.

The Real Life Implications

In real life—probably because I also have a very short waist*—I find that jeans with a curvy cut through the waist and hip fit me much better than jeans with a regular, straight, or loose fit through the waist and hip.

So, even if you don’t think of yourself as having a curvy figure, you can take some measurements and find out for certain. Knowing this may help you try on the right jeans during future shopping expeditions!

*I also learned that there are several ways to determine if one has a short, regular, or long waist. A topic to cover in another post!

Then Let Me Tell Thee A Strange Story

I’m still reading The Temple, a collection of religious poetry by George Herbert (17th-century English poet and Anglican priest).

As it is the Christmas season, I was especially struck by the unique and witty imagery of Christ descending to earth—disrobing as He goes—and ascending to heaven—as a vessel or bag to carry us to God—when I read this poem last night. Merry Christmas!

The Bag
by George Herbert (1633)

Away despair! my gracious Lord doth hear.
Though winds and waves assault my keel,
He doth preserve it: he doth steer,
Ev’n when the boat seems most to reel.
Storms are the triumphs of his art:
Well may he close his eyes, but not his heart.

Hast thou not heard, that my Lord JESUS died?
Then let me tell thee a strange story.
The God of power, as he did ride
In his majestic robes of glory,
Resolved to light; and so one day
He did descend, undressing all the way.

The stars his tire of light and rings obtained,
The cloud his bow, the fire his spear,
The sky his azure mantle gained.
And when they asked what he would wear;
He smiled and said as he did go,
He had new clothes a-making here below.

When he was come, as travellers are wont,
He did repair unto an inn.
Both then, and after, many a brunt
He did endure to cancel sin:
And having given the rest before,
Here he gave up his life to pay our score.

But as he was returning, there came one
That ran upon him with a spear.
He, who came hither all alone,
Bringing nor man, nor arms, nor fear,
Received the blow upon his side,
And straight he turned, and to his brethren cried,

If ye have any thing to send or write,
I have no bag, but here is room:
Unto my Fathers hands and sight,
(Believe me) it shall safely come.
That I shall mind, what you impart,
Look, you may put it very near my heart.

Or if hereafter any of my friends
Will use me in this kind, the door
Shall still be open; what he sends
I will present, and somewhat more,
Not to his hurt. Sighs will convey
Any thing to me. Hark, Despair away.

The Hair in the Bathroom

The Problem

As a typical human being, I’ve got about 100,000 hairs on my head. At any given moment, about 90 percent of those hairs are in a growing phase—interestingly, each hair has a lifespan of 3 to 5 years—and about 10 percent of them are in a resting phase. After the resting phase, the roots loosen and the hairs fall away from my head.

Again, as a typical human being, it is normal for me to lose about 100 hairs a day. What this means in real life is that a lot of my former hairs end up lying around on the bathroom floor.

But, as I am a tidy soul, I don’t enjoy having (or seeing) strands of hair drifting about and collecting in the corners of the bathroom.

The Solution

Several years ago, I bought a handy little dust buster vacuum, which stays plugged in and neatly tucked behind the toilet. Its sole purpose is to vacuum up the hair in the bathroom.

About every other day, I run this little vacuum over the floor and into the corners of the bathroom to collect the hundreds of hairs that have taken leave of my head. It works great!

A dust buster vacuum neatly tucked away in the bathroom