I don’t hear enough about menstruation from everyday people. Youtube beauty guru/vlogger Essiebutton did a period Q&A video recently and I liked it so much that I thought I’d answer the questions as well, publicly, where everyone can see. Please don’t read this if you don’t want to know details about my menstrual habits. Feel free to answer them on your blog, if you want. It’s all in good, feminist-y fun.
First period story?
I got my first period when I was 11, about to turn 12. It all happened at school and I had no idea until I got home. I remember feeling lethargic during the day. And I thank baby Jesus that those plaid Catholic school skirts were so thick even blood couldn’t soak through them. It looked like someone butchered a pig under there, it was bad. I wasn’t too surprised, though. I just cleaned up and went about my pre-teen business. Probably listened to a lot of No Doubt and Good Charlotte that week.
What annoys you?
I’m not sure, it’s never a specific thing. I’m not easily annoyed when I’m on my period. I’m mostly hungry and sleepy and apathetic. But when something does trigger a bad mood, I turn into Smaug and I stay Smaug the whole rest of the week. I turn into all the Tolkien bad guys all at once. The last time I got annoyed was because I watched a John Green video on accident (then continued to angry-watch some his videos). That dude annoys me.
Go to face mask?
Shea Moisture face masks are nice. Love Lettuce from Lush is a good one. I’d use GlamGlow if I could afford it. I’ve wanted to custom make my own face mask for ages, but only after I finish the face masks I already have.
These pants are going to be featured in a blog post soon. I call them my “lazy pants”. They’re drape pants from Uniqlo. I wear them when I don’t care about dressing up and I just want to be extra comfortable. Everyone thinks they look like pajamas. I usually pair them with whatever top and a cardigan to swaddle my bloody, bloated body. This shirt from American Apparel is a fun one to wear during period times, too.
The cravings change every month. Last month was movie theater food, which I never got. I so badly wanted to stuff my face with buttery popcorn and hot dogs and soda. This month I know it’s going to be tacos from my favorite taco truck. I mean, I always crave tacos from my favorite taco truck. It’s just going to be more intense for a week.
How do you fight food cravings?
I don’t! I spoil myself with whatever I want when I’m on my period. The only time I don’t satisfy a craving is out of circumstance. I didn’t go to the movies last month, so I didn’t get movie theater food. I’m going to try to make tacos happen this month.
Nothing terrible, like I mentioned. Is sleepy a mood? I get so sleepy. My emotions dim for a week until they’re triggered by something. I was really mad about the John Green thing last month. This month I feel alright. A little sad and angry considering the recent events in Ferguson. A little happy about reaching 500 hours volunteering and being able to work with our otters.
How do you deal with mood swings?
I let them pass unless I’m really upset, then I watch Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. That movie never fails to cheer me up. I don’t expect myself to be happy 24/7.
A few other notes:
- I’ve been gone for two weeks on account of work and spotty internet. But I’m at this comfy internet cafe now, back to my regular work schedule, ready to catch up on blogs.
- I won a giveaway a few weeks ago hosted by Omnivogues! I was so excited, I had never won a giveaway before. She’s too cute. Her blog is well worth checking out, go take a look.
- I’m planning a giveaway of my own for October. October is my favorite month of the year. There’ll be some makeup and gift cards, probably. I’m still hashing out the details.
- Speaking of October, you all have no idea how much I love dressing up for Halloween. I dress up the whole month. This year I have a few characters in mind that I’d like to show on this blog. I am beyond excited for that.