Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out' started by TeachOnTheBeach, Jul 15, 2009.
Jul 15, 2009
Do you think your high maintanance or materialistic?
I just wonder what you think of yourself?
I am the definition of low-maintenance.
Me too Mrs. C.
I pretty much go with the flow.
me too Mrs. C and Aliceacc
Nope, I am not high maintenance. Pretty low. But still fabulous.
Very low maintenance.
I would consider myself medium maintenance, if there is such a thing. There are things I choose to buy/do for my own comfort that might be considered high maintenance but the next second I'll be doing something very low maintenance.
Funny story (at least I think it is) about this subject.... Quite a few years ago my DF (boyfriend at the time) were walking through a casino in Indiana. I think I may have been mad at him at the time so I was walking a few feet in front of him through two rows of slot machines. I was younger than I am now (obviously! ), dressed casually but nicely, and probably had my hair and makeup done since I never used to be caught out of the house without it. I guess after I walked through the last 2 machines which had 2 older men sitting at them, one turned to the other and said (very slowly, dramatically, and with a thick southern accent) "HIIIIIIIIIIIIIGH MAINTANANCE" His friend just turned and nodded in agreement. My DF immediately started laughing, caught up to me and told me the story. I promptly broke into a fit of laughter and that ended our fight. (Thanks older men :thumb We still laugh about it and say it to each other to this day!
It just occurred to me without being able to hear it in context with me putting on the accent and intonation, it may not be funny to anyone else. I am sitting here cracking up though
I'm pretty low maintenance.
I'm not materialistic, but I'd say I'm medium maintenance.
I'm moderate-maintenance, but not in the typical way. I'm low-maintenance in the vast majority of aspects and high-maintenance in a few aspects, namely: I need to have walking, laying down, sitting, and standing alternated evenly throughout my day. I also need some other minor things like doors completely open or completely closed, not halfway open.
Low maintenance! The only time I am high maintenance is when I forget a bunch of things after we have already pulled out of the driveway. My husband just loves me for that
Very low maintenance and truly not materialistic at all...and not at all fabulous. Seriously.
In my defense, I know when NOT to be high maintenance. I'm never really high maintenance appearance wise. I am generally out the door in under 40 minutes in the mornings, and almost all of that is time spent checking email while drying my long hair. Shower/getting dressed only takes ~15 minutes. I don't wear much makeup--I put my gloss on in the car (at a traffic light!)
if I am going out, I might spend an extra 5-10 minutes and put eyeliner on and more time brushing my hair straight.
My bird is worse. If her bath bowl water is not cold enough, she sticks one foot in and yells "take a bath baby" or "let's take a bath" until I get the message. If she doesn't like her veggie selection of the morning, she will yell "blueberry" or "baby blueberry." (her favorite food) This generally does not get her results.
It annoys me that people think I am high maintenance food-wise. As a nearly 20 yr vegetarian and several year vegan, I am used to restaurants having NOTHING I can eat. It was bad enough as vegetarian; as vegan, I fully expect this. If I am out with people, I have no problem getting a drink and eating a Larabar or not eating anything at all. I don't sulk, whine, or comment or draw attention to it. I am very happy being vegan--an hour while other people eat is not a big deal. I can eat something lovely somewhere else or at home later. The other people can't deal with this however and somehow think my being agreeable and not concerned is me being a pain in the butt. This happened at the Olive Garden a couple weeks ago--they premix their salads with their dressing that contains cheese and do not have a single solitary vegan item in the place, not even spaghetti marinara. I knew this when they picked the restaurant and told them it was perfectly fine, and I ate a Larabar and had a glass of wine. And somehow, I was a party pooping pain in the butt. I went with some of the same people to the vegetarian cafe a few months before and all THEY did was whine and moan about the food being weird (seriously? fettucini alfredo is weird? black bean enchiladas are weird? grilled cheese and french fries? jasmine rice and peanut sauce with veggies?) and how there was nothing for them to eat. Then when the food came, they picked at it and complained it tasted weird and they wanted to go to Wendy's on the way home.
Yeah, but your "maintenance" is because of your blindness and other medical issues, not because you're a prima donna. I think it's an important distinction.
I'm high maintenance, and proud of it. I'm not materialistic, I don't NEED expensive things and my life is just fine without them, but I sure as heck don't NOT like my Louis Vitton's and my Jimmy Choo's. I won't not wear the Prada I own. I don't go out and buy that stuff for myself - I can't afford it.
I can afford Nike, Addias, and Puma. I can afford Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. I am single, so I can and will buy these things.
I definitely spend time doing my hair and make up, but it takes no more than an hour from showering to leaving the house. In the past few years I've dated several guys who made less money then I do, and resented me for it. So I won't date guys who make less money then I do, unless I can be sure that they don't resent the fact that I make more then they do.
I've dated a professional hockey player. I know what its like to live the high life in SoCal. Compared to a lot of the women I met back then, I am incredibly low maintenance!
What does it mean exactly to be proud of being high maintenance? Do you just mean you take pride in taking great care of yourself? Just wondering...
And not that there's something wrong with those brands you dropped in your first paragraph, but I could never bring myself to wear those. Thankfully I don't know anyone who owns such things themselves, so I don't have to worry about being given a gift I wouldn't feel comfortable wearing.
I don't think that "high maintenance" is necessarily a bad thing.
I like nice clothes, and I like being stylish & put together. I like wearing jewelry, and I love shoes & purses. I always have liked making sure my hair is done, and was never the "pull it back in a ponytail & forget it" type. I always wear full make-up.
With that said, I'm certainly not some kind of prima donna. I certainly enjoy my nice things, but I'm not "above" wearing clothes from consignment stores, Wal-Mart, or the dollar store.
And I don't make people wait forever on me to go somewhere either. I can be ready to go anywhere in 20-30 minutes if I'm starting completely from scratch.
I don't think I'm "all that" or fabulous, but I do think I'm put-together.
I think my concept of high maintenance is probably off a bit. I associate it with snobbery and I know that's a mistake on my part.
I think high-maintenance can have a broader definition than appearance. For example, some people cannot live without their fancy coffee drink every morning. While it's not about makeup and dress, it is a form of high-maintenance.
To me, being high maintenance means demanding a certain level of care and consideration. Being low maintenance, I associate with being a doormat. Accepting whatever your partner can give and the bare minimum in life. Now not everyone might have the same definition of high and low maintenance.
I love my shoes. I put up with a lot of crap and every pair I own is the direct result of being cheated on or lied to. I earned them for sticking it out as long as I did!
If they were such jerks, I would have thrown the shoes at them as they walked out the door the last time and hoped the heel stuck.
It was one guy, and I'd been with him since high school. I didn't know anything different. He'd been cheating ever since he realized that what happens on the road mainly stays on the road (except when it shows up at your girlfriends house in the middle of the night). It took me well into University before I realized that not every guy was like that.
I'm pretty low maintenance. I don't wear makeup but I do give myself a manicure and pedicure once a week. Can't get enough of OPI Nail Polish. I also go to the hair salon every six weeks to get my split ends trimmed. It's all about keeping yourself presentable. You don't want to walk out of the house looking any kind of way.
I am low maintenance when it comes to looks and material things but my boyfriend thinks I am high maintenance when it comes to just being me. I am difficult to date and he views that as high maintenance. I like to think it is more of a self confidence issue...me not having enough and therefore needing to have him do/say certain things.
I have been told by former boyfriends and quite a few male friends that I'm too low maintenance... I live in blue jeans when I'm not at work and when at work it's typically business casual and my hair pulled back. I did realize I need to put more effort into my look when I was dressed up earlier this year because of some special circumstances (I even did my hair and make-up) and the kids came in and said "Oh, man! We have a sub."
I am definitely low-maintenance! I don't do glamourous things like mani/pedis, wear make up much at all (I only own cover up and sample sized make up given to me by my high maintenance mother!) and don't wear expensive clothes! All my jewelry is cheap and I don't even wear much (only earrings OR a necklace, never both.) I am not interested in fancy things that much... I was actually raised in a family with a pretty outrageous lifestyle and have basically made the choice to live simply and value the things I believe are important, rather than material possessions and money. My most expensive clothing item (EVER) has been Dansko clogs, and they are about $110. But they look so utilitarian, I don't consider those a high maintenance type shoe.
However, I do double check and often ask for opinions before we go out to dinner or a party or something! I also have "fat" days where I try on 10 outfits before leaving the house!
I think I'm a mixture of both. When I have the money I love to buy shoes, purses and clothes and get manicures and pedicures but lately none of that has been happening. Sometimes I'm too lazy to dry my hair or put on make-up but other days I blow dry and straighten my hair and wear make-up. It just depends on how I feel that day.
I'm definitely not materialistic though. I do value higher quality things just because they last longer but have a ton of cheap clothes.
I forgot to answer my own question
I am def. not materialistic. I am from a different country and we didn't have anything so I appreciate everything we do have
I am very low maintanance too I care about how I look only to be comfortable, if that makes any sense .
Jul 16, 2009
I am low maintenance. I guess my view on high and low is different from what is posted here-but with what is posted, I am low maintenance.
I always thought high maintenance people were people who demanded constant attention-positive or negative-where they drain your energy and raise your stress level. I am not sure that what you wear, or what makeup you wear makes you high maintenance. Just my two cents.
I think that part of the question has to include whether or not you have kids
I think it's easier to be low maintainence when you have kids to provide for. If I have extra money (yeah, right!) I'm probably more prone to want to find something cute for the kids than for myself.
Yep. I've got to have my raspberry soy latte in the morning. I can make them myself at home fairly quickly and easily, but someone who has a coffee pot programmed to spit out grocery store coffee at 7am probably thinks I am ridiculous.
My mom still does this. It drives me NUTS. She wouldn't buy herself her $50 face cream at Aveda because of money issues, and that is pretty much her only self-indulgent splurge ever. Then for my birthday, she bought ME a $60 box of Chanel tanning bronzer. I also have two Coach bags from gifts over the years. She doesn't have one and would love one. At least I know what mom is getting for Christmas this year once I am sufficiently wealthy with my teacher paychecks. :lol:
In my defense, the oldest of my 3 kids is only 11.
Its funny the difference in what people think is high or low maintenance, too. Yesterday I spent $60 in the drug store on a night cream and a eye cream, plus an eyeliner and mascara. I think this is pretty cheap for the good anti-aging creams - some people spend $100's in dept stores or spas for this stuff.
On the other hand, some people, my mom comes to mind, would faint over even thinking about spending $60 on something for their skin...
I'm one of those who would just never consider spending that amount of money for those products.
No criticism, just a different point of view.
My mom usually spends about $250-300 a year on skin care and shampoo at Aveda. That is pretty much the only money she spends on herself. She doesn't buy makeup, doesn't spend money on clothes, really nothing else.
I have no problems spending money on stuff. Probably this is a bad thing.
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