Daily Cookie

June 28, 2007, 11:40 am
Filed under: Fierce

The expression “high maintenance” has always had a negative connotation.  If someone is described as being high maintenance, it sometimes means that she or he (how true it is) is somewhat of a pain in the neck.  This may be hard for you to believe but I have been described this way on several occasions. Shocker!  I like to think of it meaning more on the lines of having high standards.  And therefore truth be told, I am high maintenance by choice.

In my business you have to be – both personally and professionally.  Would you want to hire someone to plan your event if they showed up dressed like a slob or worse yet, with bad roots?  Events require attention to detail and your personal appearance is always the first impression you make on a client.  A girl once showed up in my office for an interview with fuchsia colored Lee Stick-On Nails (almost as bad as feathered, Aqua Net reeking hair).  AND they were chipped to boot!  Needless to say she did not get the position.

I am getting ready to take a vacation and then home for a day and heading away again for a week of planning meetings.  Honestly, it took me a good half hour plus to schedule all the “beauty maintenance” treatments I am going to need to get me through a week away with my husband followed by an immediate business trip to NYC (which of course means double duty maintenance). All of the scrubbing, buffing, waxing, plucking, polishing, shopping and my weekly blow outs are taking over my schedule.  These words are staples in my vernacular.  Effortless style is not.

But it is what it is.  I am an event producer; time management is what I do best.  Got to run. . . I’m off to my mani-pedi!  That’s high maintenance by choice to you and me, girls.


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There’s an epidemic sweeping the country. It’s not your typical virus, but rather a highly contagious disease of epidemic overconsumption, and the symptoms include compulsive shopping, high debt, overwork, inability to delay gratification, a sense of entitlement, obsession with externals and “having it all,” wastefulness, and stress. The disease is called affluenza, which is derived from the word “affluence,” meaning: “a : an abundant flow or supply: PROFUSION b : abundance of property : WEALTH.” It’s not high maintenance by choice, it’s affluenza.

Comment by The Grand View

Affluenza my ass!

Comment by cookieaday

Interesting.. the negative comment of “wealth”…affluenza as they so dramatically put it… perhaps in this “Paris Hilton” big deal society there is alot of over indulgence in one self.. however there is also a lot of “afflueza”
people out there who help out the less fortunate people in the world… so being high maintenance is not such a bad thing..when it comes to “physical appearance”…but never be mentally “high maintenance”… have fun chris ..i love you …you rock

Comment by Maureen Griffin Balsbaugh

Totaly agree! Luck and fortune hopefully go to the right people. Standards,how you carry yourself and relate to others is an asset that has no pricetag. No Mosey you rock, and are a wonerful and true friend! xoxo

Comment by cookieaday

You would have us believe that your beauty comes from all that primping, plucking waxing and blowing…the hair. We, who know you, know that your beauty lay not with an elongated jean, but rather a contagious and effervescent smile, a calm and surprising wit and a heart as big as Buzzard’s Bay. But, I must admit…you do look damn good! Holly.

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