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Now with the conventions wrapped up, it feels somehow trivial and dumb to suddenly start talking about portable pottys, princess shoes and fancy coffee again.

I am sort of hungering for the next plot twist in this political showdown. I feel like a political news junkie whose supplier just picked up and hauled out of town. Just leaving me here, in my blue state, anxiously waiting for the next McCain/Obama debate on September 26th.

This election feels like a very very long movie. And I am desperately hoping my hero will save the day but I’m fearful this flick has an artsy, unpredictable end, where nothing goes the way I hope and I leave the theater feeling sort of dejected and cheated of 10 bucks.

And wow – this presidential election is divisive. Everyone I know is fighting with their friends, neighbors, co-workers, blog buddies or husbands over the best direction for this country. And we all want the same thing, don’t we? A safer, healthier, prosperous future for our families and the United States.

It’s just that we disagree so deeply and so passionately on who can get us there.

So maybe a post about trivial matters is not such a terrible thing.

Like my recent obsession with visors. Yup, I told you it was trivial.

I was anti-visor for a very long time. I mean, no one seriously considers wearing a visor until their middle age, you know like nearing 40 or something.Β  Oh. Somehow that’s now me.

I spend a lot of time outdoors. I want to avoid the sun. And well, hats make my head ridiculously hot.

My husband Rick seems incredibly comfortable throwing on a visor, as long as it has some kind of Philadelphia sporting team on it. I guess, that keeps the visor from looking too girly or dorky or something.

And my mother-in-law Ilene always looks super sassy in hers.

So darn it, I’m going for it.

I don’t know. I feel like some kind of peppy, eager-to-please tennis mom, which would be fine by me except I never play tennis anymore so that makes it kind of lame.

On the upside, Rick and I could be Mr. and Mrs. Visor.

Of course, you know our slogan… Be Wiser, Vote for the Visor.

So please give me your frank, unedited opinion on this visor situation. But let’s not be too divisive. Remember, we all want the same thing – good sun protection while still looking kind of youthful and cool.

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44 Responses to post convention withdrawal

  • Deb Ringold says:

    Wow, I can’t believe I’m the first to weigh in on this very controversial topic. I’m sorry, but I am anti-visor. My vote goes to the always cute baseball cap. But I am a strong believer in your right to choose. So if the visor works for you…work it!!

  • Cathy says:

    OMG!! I know what you’re saying–I feel middle-aged in my preppy plaid bucket hat (so 80’s), but it’s the only hat I don’t get too hot in, and I don’t like getting all that sun on my face any more.

    I’ll miss your political posts–things are REALLY testy out there. But the stakes are high this time, in my opinion.

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Design something ‘special’ for the NYC crowd who want to be ‘hip’. A bag over your head, with large eye holes and a small mouth hole, so you won’t eat too much. You can write on the bag, put advertising on it; design it anyway you want to…and change it each day (it’s only paper). You can make a hole in the back for your pony tail and when the sun goes down; you can throw it away or fold it up and store it. When it ‘catches on’, some smart designer will ‘do them’ in fabric; and make a mint. Just remember to remove it when you go into your bank.

  • Rhea says:

    My automatic reaction is that visors are dorky, but then I saw your picture, and you don’t look dorky. You’re adorable! But you do look ready for a tennis match.

  • tracey says:

    Oy. Visors. I personally have never worn one for more than a few moments. I do think they look cute with a short hairdo, and you and your husband look cute in them (oooh! You married a hottie! πŸ™‚ ). Maybe a comeback for visors? Maybe I’m getting old, too?

  • myshouseof6 says:

    way to get our attention off of the blue/red debate for a moment.
    visors here in the midwest are super sassy, and all the athletic boys have them on. so maybe that makes them uncool, because we seem to be a little behind the new york fashion scene and more into the farmer hick scene. but if that is what you are going for, you would be super cute in missouri.

  • Amy@UWM says:

    Um, your mother-in-law looks totally cute in the visor. You and your husband, maybe not so much. I’m thinking you have to be over a certain age to pull it off.

    But I love your blog!!!

  • kristen says:

    you and rick look cute in everything so i don’t have anything negative to say about visors, although in general, i’d say it depends on who has one on.

    the election definitely has people in a tither. i ranted to one of my patients as i was sticking him full of needles on saturday, he was very polite and said he could see my point…it only now occurs to me that he’s a great punster.

    i won’t be sorry when this election is over. i think it will be close and i’m scared.

  • Shannon says:

    Maybe we all should start a new and hip “40 is the new 30” trend and start wearing our visors off to the side in true Ashton Kutcher fashion…I am pro-choice on the visor issue. You guys get my vote no matter what. πŸ˜‰

  • Tully's Mama says:

    My vote goes to the visor as you both look tres sporty and youthful. I’m a baseball cap or floppy hat girl myself because every 6 weeks I spend a fortune covering up my grays with a “natural brown/blondish highlight-type” color job. If it gets sun, it turns too blond. Rock the visor. Rock the vote. Bring on the debates.

  • Robyn says:

    I only wear visors when I golf, but I always thought it looked pretty cute. You and Rick look smokin’ in them (it doesn’t hurt that you’re both gorgeous), so I say, go with it!

  • Daphne says:

    I tried to explain to the girls that visors were not a good choice for the rain…even though they refused any head covering all summer long. Maybe if I let them know it’s all the rage in the big city???
    Face it Kelc, you’re a hottie no matter what you wear. That’s why I hang out with you.

  • elizabeth says:

    My super hot Miami girlfriend sent me this really cute visor a while ago with some notes about how I could pull it off. I didn’t bother to read between the lines on that one, tried it, and felt like a fool. That said, I think people can wear them without looking ridiculous, namely you, Rick and Ilene. The baseball hat, however, is a TRAGIC, dorky fashion disaster that makes women look like they are holding onto the 90’s. There, I said it. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and maybe a fab hat but NEVER a baseball hat.

  • Michelle says:

    Maybe a mesh hat??? The visor cute though, I think I like it better on short haired people. I can’t guarantee the mesh hat will be much better though. My problem with the visor is where do I put my ponytail??

  • Abby Siegel says:

    I LOVE VISORS! I always buy them when I visit colleges. That said, I was toting around my fave Vanderbilt visor at the US Open when my mom bought me an awesome Polo one (yes, there is a Ralph Lauren store at the Open) that is very stylist. Good thing because I proceeded to lose the Vandy visor. I always wear my hair in a high ponytail and then throw on the visor. I think it looks good, but that’s just my opinion. I had a million baseball hats that I never wear. I have to order a new Vandy visor now….put your hair in a higher pony tail and it’ll look really cute. Rick always looks cute so I like the visor on him too. GO VISORS!

  • Robin says:

    Kelc, you and Rick look like you’re on the visor catalog. You pull it off, for sure.
    I’m with you on the election obsession and visor pro-choice. πŸ™‚

  • Jessi says:

    I love visors but haven’t worn one in quite awhile. Which reminds me, where is my Purdue visor at? hmmm
    I’m tired of the political bashing parties. I even recently left a message board I’ve been a member at for 1.5 yrs b/c I can’t handle the drama this election race has created. Ironic how we’re fighting and arguing for peace..

  • Jean says:

    Well, they are good for the old sun protection (although when I’d wear one I always used to get sunburned in the part of my hair–now I use spray sunblock there!). The one advantage about them, even though they are kinda geeky, is that they don’t smash down the hair quite as bad as baseball caps. Yeah.

  • First off, yep this one is divisive. I’m afraid to even say Obama or Palin lest someone slash my tires. I cannot WAIT to see how this plays out. So exciting.

    Second, gotta say no to the visor, although your mother-in-law does look quite sassy. How does she pull that off?

  • Valerie says:

    I like the look that Dylan is giving you from the swing — “Mom, what is that thing on your head?” I think the whole visor question was just a ploy to show a picture of shirtless Rick!

  • Betsy says:

    My vote is for a visor. They are easy to throw onto the back of a stroller or hook onto a purse for the “just in case”. FYI my visor is electric blue with green and yellow embroidered frogs. What can be wrong about that? And yes I do wear it out in public.

  • lilith says:

    As handy as they are, visors always look kind of soccer mommy-ish. Convenient, but not fashionable. It depends on what you care more about.

  • PAPA says:

    I do not look good in a visor. I do not look good in a hat.
    I’m jealous of you and Rick
    You so cute, you make me sick.
    Why do I have to have a potato head?
    Great pic of you guys!

  • Madmad says:

    Oh, I always hated visors, but you DO look cute in yours… darn. I wish I looked cute in visors. Actually, just take out the “in visors” part of the sentence, and that would be fine, too… Thanks for the Spam heads up! I did mean to ask you about it, but then forgot. A tutorial on how to put up the Stumble it button, though, that could be nice…

  • Mama Duck says:

    Love the visor…You have an adorable visor family. I noticed all the comments on your shirtless hubby…Congrats on nabbing that one…he’s definately a catch! I wonder if these comments make him blush?

  • Melisa says:

    Uber cute in the visor, I say keep rocking it.

    The election…part of me can’t wait for it to be over, mostly because I am tired of fighting/ranting/discussing my POV and listening to others POV and then getting angry. Hee.

  • Lanie says:

    Visors look good! I might have a different opinion if I did not play tennis and I did not live in a city where thousands of people play tennis all year long. I now also think it is normal to wear a tennis skirt while running errands. . .

  • Lauren says:

    After all of these years I thought I knew you so well, but you still manage to surprise me.

    Next summer do not–I repeat–do not put your beach tags on your visor. I will confiscate it.

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