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Monday, March 02, 2009

Career change?

My passport expired a couple years ago, and since I will actually be using it soon, I need to get it renewed.

Oh, I didn't tell you? Joel and I are going on an Alaskan/Canadian cruise at the end of May with my parents. We are totally excited! More about that later.

So, anyway, I have to renew my passport.

I went and got some passport pictures taken at the post office the other day. I should have thought harder about how I looked, since it had been one of "those days." Sophia was sick and grumpy all day. I was kind of grumpy myself. And frumpy. And I was mailing several things at the post office anyway, so I figured I might as well get the pictures done with so I didn't have to make another trip later.

When Joel came home later on, he noticed the new pictures sitting on the counter and commented that I looked like "a housewife."
Not sure how I should take that.

Especially since he has always said my old passport picture looks like I am an exotic Russian spy.


I say that he would have looked like a housewife, too, if he had dragged three children to the post office after the kind of day I had.

Besides, I thought it was mandatory that one look horrible in any sort of identification photos, passports included.

I was just trying to follow the rules.

40 comments :

  1. You do look rather intriguing and mysterious in your old photo.

    But no, you don't look like a housewife in the new one. Your hair is too well-styled for that!

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  2. I don't think you look grumpy or frumpy at all.

    What a fun adventure you have to look forward to this summer!

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  3. Is it even possible for you to look frumpy? The Russian spy comment is cute, but you look beautiful in the new photo too.

    The cruise sounds like a lot of fun. Never been on one myself, even though it seems like the fave kind of vacation nowadays.

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  4. How wonderful that you are taking an Alaskan cruise and I think your new photo is nice. In this post 9-11 world, a passport photo should look like the real, everyday you...if you were too "glammed up", they might not believe you are you !

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  5. Have you ever been on a cruise before?? They are the best. I am so excited for you. I think you look great.

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  6. I really like your new photo better. I love your hair cut! You do not look like an old frumpy housewife. No that title belongs to me. I refuse to post any pic of myself or have photo taken.

    You do look like a Russian spy! Have fun on your cruise that sounds like so much fun!

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  7. Don't see the frumpy but I definitely see the exotic! Have fun in May; sounds romantic!

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  8. If I were to post before and after passport photos you would see "horseface" vs "scarface"...ok, no scar, but still scary, but probably not as scary as my first one where between my very strong chin and my long flowing mane of hair I looked like the love child between beauty and beast.

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  9. You make frumpy look good Lara. I should come by and show you frumpy right now.

    Have fun. That sounds so romantic.

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  10. Yours looks great compared to mine, I look like a convict this time! Aw well, good times!

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  11. I wish that was MY frumpy look. BUt if it is truly yours, then think of all the compliments you'll get at customs about how fabulous you look today.

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  12. Those things are expensive too! I always think, "For the money I'm paying you, you can make me look like a model, alright??" My last picture is about 8 years old, but definitely pre-kids and people always look at me funny when I use it.

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  13. I wish that was my frumpy look!! I think that you look great!! And having to drag, I mean take, 3 kids to the post office even on a normal day is horendous!!

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  14. We should compare passport photos. I just had mind done a couple of months ago. I have double chin-itis.

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  15. Haa Haa, you did kinda look like a spy! Too funny! Seriously though, you look beautiful in both. :o)

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  16. Ha! Too funny! You do look like a Russian Spy or a Bond girl, pre-sleeping with Bond. Not after, because then she always gets killed.

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  17. My question is, what should your picture look like? A lemur? A '57 Chevy? The dog?

    You're gorgeous. Live with it, siser.

    The only issue I have with the above comments is the observation that this cruise sounds "romantic". Are they forgetting the part where you're going with your parents? I mean, nothing personal, mom and dad, but I don't think EITHER couple would be very comfortable thinking a whole lot about how ROMANTIC this little adventure is for the others!

    'M jus' sayin'!

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  18. You could have taken the opportunity to go totally PMS on the man:

    "If I look like a housewife, it's your own damn fault! I started out exotic and this is what you've made me into!"

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  19. Sister! I meant sis-T-er! Blast these bifocals!!

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  20. The second photo IS mysterious and awesome!! The first photo is, well, like looking in a mirror--expression-wise. :)

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  21. If it makes you feel any better I look like an ex-con in my passport picture!

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  22. Did you know you can take your own Passport photo? That's what we did so we didn't have to pay for 3 passport photos (we went to Mexico right after Emmy was born so all 3 of us needed one). But my new passport photo is much better than my old one! Even though I was pregnant in this one and my face was a little chubby :)

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  23. A cruise sounds like a refreshing break! Your picture is not bad. My passport pic is gross! I did try and make it appealing but they gave me a rubber band (straight from a newspaper) and told me I had to have a ponytail. Then I had to slouch because I was too tall to fit between the red and blue lines. Your right it is mandatory to look bad in those things.

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  24. Ummm....I'm a housewife. Should I be offended by his comment? I think you look good even though I have to agree with Joels take on your first passport photo you do look very exotic.

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  25. have fun on your trip :) I love the old one and think the current look is awesome!

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  26. I think it is a huge compliment! After all, that is what several of us are:)

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  27. You do all us "housewives" proud, Lara. :)

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  28. It IS mandatory that you look yucky. Why else would they say you can't smile?

    Also--are you doing the Norwegian Cruise thing? Cuz I did that June of '07. It's AWESOME! Obviously, cuz it's a cruise, right? But still---awesome. I'm excited for you.

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  29. I think you look beautiful in both but that exotic spy thing is intriguing. :)

    How fun! Jack has always wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise!

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  30. i wish i looked that good as a housewife!

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  31. Hey, I resemble his remark! ; )

    I think you look great in both--a little more tired in the second one, but still beautiful!

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  32. wow! you do look like a spy - Very mysterious. Have a great cruise!

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  33. you look great in both. btw did you hear about the ePassportPhoto.com free passport photos generator? worked like a charm for me last year

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  34. You look like a housewife??

    What the? Lol.

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  35. You new photo definitely didn't scream "housewife" to me. I wonder what Joel meant--the picture in my mind is one with hair that's not quite done (at the very least pulled back), glasses, t-shirt (most likely with stains of grubby little hands), etc. You look great!

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  36. Just stopping in from Mormon Moms Who Blog. I'm not sure how to take the "housewife" comment. I'm a housewife and I (and my husband) think I look pretty good. (At least he says I do). But he's right about the older photo; you do kind of look exotically Russian.

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  37. If you saw me on a frumpy day (every day) you'd pat yourself on the back. (:

    LOVE the spy photo.

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  38. I hate the term "housewife" because I am not married to my house. Homemaker, SAHM, Domestic Goddess - I'll take any of those. Anyway...you look the same to me as you did 10 years ago and not at all frumpy.

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  39. I don't think Joel should get much um, "attention" for a few days after the housewife comment. I always ask Chris, "do I look like a MOM?" he won't give me a direct answer, but errs on the side of, "when you're holding yours kids' hands through the mall, yeah!" That's not what a meant.

    And I know what you mean about your old passport. Exotic. Kind of like how I love my drivers license picture from 1999. Before I got pregnant with Mikelle and a young 24. I still have that pic on my license and I'll be sad the day the DMV says I'll need an "updated" photo. Because in my mind, I still look young and 24 as long as it's the picture on my driverse license. (I know, DENIAL!!!!!!!)

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