I don't care what deadlines are looming, or how important you think that e-mail is -- some things, like bikini waxes, are sacred.
Yvette Manessis Corporon: I'm all about multitasking. As a working mom, doing a million things at once isn't a choice, it's a way of life -- plain and simple, it's survival. That said, there comes a time when enough is enough. So listen up, all you multitasking mamas -- there's something you need to know -- BLACKBERRIES AND BIKINI WAXES DO NOT MIX.
Here's how I came to this conclusion: Enjoying a rare trip to the salon the other day, I shoved my BlackBerry in my purse and hopped onto the table for a little maintenance. Eyes closed, leg up in the air, I heard the familiar buzz beckoning from the bottom of my bag. Without missing a beat -- or dripping hot wax on me -- the waxer reached into my purse and handed me the BlackBerry. I admit it, instinct kicked in. Leg still up in the air, I went into work mode and started tapping away on the keyboard while the waxer got back to business.
That's when it hit me.
What the hell was I doing? Is nothing sacred anymore?! Laughing at how ridiculous the whole "working while waxing" thing is, I put the BlackBerry on silent and asked the waxer to shove it back in my bag. She looked at me dead seriously and told me that she didn't mind if I worked while she did. In fact, many of her clients BlackBerry away while she's landscaping their landing strips ... even when they're going Brazilian!
Seriously?! Come on, ladies; has it really come to this? I don't care what deadlines are looming, or how important you think that e-mail is -- some things, like bikini waxes, are sacred. What's next? Responding to e-mails while reading your kid a bedtime story (I know a few women who admit to this)? Or how about sneaking in a text while you're having sex (come on, you know who you are -- and so does your partner).
The bottom line is there is a time and place for multitasking. It's a rare treat to be able to focus on one thing at a time and not be pulled in a million directions. Having someone slather hot wax on you while pulling out your pubic hair is one of those times.
|Yvette Manessis Corporon is an Emmy award-winning writer and producer. She is also the co-author of "Peeing in Peace: Tales and Tips for Type A Moms." Yvette lives in New York with her husband and two children.|