the smell of my desperation has become a stench


  • Angie

    2004/11/23 at 5:00 am

    What a family!

  • beachgal

    2004/11/23 at 5:01 am

    She’s beautiful!

  • B B

    2004/11/23 at 5:01 am

    Me ! Me! I’m first!

  • Tabbie

    2004/11/23 at 5:02 am

    Sadly I think I’ve seen that hair somewhere recently, but she looks lovely.

  • Lisa

    2004/11/23 at 5:02 am

    You favor your mother. She’s a pretty lady.

  • Heather 2

    2004/11/23 at 5:02 am

    I have a picture of my mother when she was about that age…it’s my favorite picture of her, too.

  • B B

    2004/11/23 at 5:02 am

    Booger. Nevermind.

  • koof

    2004/11/23 at 5:04 am

    i can see the resemblance, i think

  • Alex

    2004/11/23 at 5:05 am

    she looks alot like you

  • Sherri

    2004/11/23 at 5:06 am

    I see where you get your eyebrows!

  • ilva

    2004/11/23 at 5:07 am

    It’s amazing how much you look like her!(As much as Leta looks like Jon)Are you the one of your siblings who looks the most like your mom? She’s beautiful.

  • Em

    2004/11/23 at 5:08 am

    Wow! You look a lot like her! She is a beautiful lady. This is the amazing Avon lady, huh?

  • Colleen from NJ

    2004/11/23 at 5:10 am

    My mom had that same hair.
    She’s got that rebel expression in her eyes… or am I just reading into it?

  • karen

    2004/11/23 at 5:11 am

    looks like a future avon world sales leader to me!

  • Sarah

    2004/11/23 at 5:11 am

    Beautiful! You look so much like her, Heather.

    I love seeing old photographs.

  • Mary Lynn

    2004/11/23 at 5:12 am

    You have the same eyes. When I saw the little thumbnail of her eye I thought it was going to be a picture of you. It is a nice photo of your mom.

  • Susie

    2004/11/23 at 5:15 am

    What a beauty; you do look like her. The thing that strikes me most is the MISCHIEF in those eyes, in that smile. That girl is trouble. I’d hang out with her.

  • ashley

    2004/11/23 at 5:16 am

    you look alot like her..
    shes really pretty

  • jodi-no-blog

    2004/11/23 at 5:19 am

    Oh yeah, I’m seein’ that rebel look too. Its like a challenge.

    “I dare ya…”

  • Angela

    2004/11/23 at 5:19 am

    She’s beautiful… I can see where you get your looks from.

  • Amanda

    2004/11/23 at 5:20 am

    What a purdy little lady.

    Is EVERYONE in Utah beautiful?

  • di

    2004/11/23 at 5:21 am

    wow, you really do look like your mother. it’s also neat seeing your reflection in the glass over that picture.

  • Juliet

    2004/11/23 at 5:21 am

    i just love how i can see your hand in the reflection on the right as you take this photo.

  • Kieran

    2004/11/23 at 5:21 am

    You go Mrs AVON world!

  • stella

    2004/11/23 at 5:23 am

    I bet if you put your pic and leta’s up next to it, you’d see a lot of similarity in those eyes. awesome pic. old black and whites are like holding hands in the dark.

  • jen

    2004/11/23 at 5:23 am

    Gosh, you really look like her! Maybe you;ll turn out to be Great Avon Sales Lady Mk II? 😉

  • Kimberley H.

    2004/11/23 at 5:24 am

    You definately look a lot like her.

  • shana

    2004/11/23 at 5:27 am

    Wow-so pretty!

    Old photos are so much fun! They have a character that modern kodak prints lack somehow.

  • Karen

    2004/11/23 at 5:29 am

    You are going to look like your mom when you get her age.

  • Anita

    2004/11/23 at 5:29 am

    I like the self confidence in her picture.

    I have a picture of my mom from that time, too, and her’s is filled with self doubt. She never really understood how beautiful she was.

  • Karen

    2004/11/23 at 5:30 am

    I agree with Mary Lynn, when I saw the thumbnail I thought it would be a picture of you.

    She’s beautiful – I have a picture of my Grandma in her early twenties at about the same time your mom’s picture was taken, and gosh darnit, weren’t people just so PRETTY back then?

  • Jenny

    2004/11/23 at 5:30 am

    What a GORGEOUS photo. And now we get to see where your good looks come from 😉

  • Caroline

    2004/11/23 at 5:31 am

    Oh my god, I totally thought it was you with a wig on or something. Great picture, she looks beautiful. I’m so jelous of your genetic skinniness though. If I *walked by* a chicken wing I’d gain a couple pounds. As they say, if you can’t make me skinny make all the web bloggers I read fat. But I guess you’re constipated all the time so that makes up for it a little bit.


    Eat a donut, for me.

  • kim

    2004/11/23 at 5:32 am

    i have one like that from my mom, too. and i love it..

  • AndreaBT

    2004/11/23 at 5:39 am

    Dead ringer, you are!

  • Eddie

    2004/11/23 at 5:39 am

    cool. i have some nice ones of my dad from back in the 30’s.

  • Jessica

    2004/11/23 at 5:40 am

    Beautiful photograph! I had to compare it to the Armstrong family photo from Nov. 6, and…wow…you are so much like your mom!


  • Fahrvergnugen

    2004/11/23 at 5:41 am

    You definitely take after your mom for looks. I seriously love her old hairstyle. I’ve really been into vintage hairdos lately, sporting 1940s styles a lot.

  • melanie

    2004/11/23 at 5:45 am

    you look just like her! Is your next hair change going to be 60’s inspired?

  • Regan

    2004/11/23 at 5:48 am

    I know everyone has said this already, but YOU AND YOUR MOM LOOK SO MUCH ALIKE!!! cool!

    Maybe you should give the avon stuff a try, you could be a natural!

    then again, maybe you shouldn’t. though you did go to a tupperware party, so I think avon might not be such a stretch… 😉

  • Different Patrick

    2004/11/23 at 5:49 am

    Dooce, you do realize that you told the internet EXACTLY how old your mother is, don’t you?

  • red

    2004/11/23 at 5:51 am

    you favor her a lot. she is STILL lovely. maybe she should model for Avon? 🙂

  • kEma

    2004/11/23 at 5:51 am

    you are trying to fool us. But we know that’s not your Mum but you at the age of 16. Damn you are really beautiful!

  • Em

    2004/11/23 at 5:55 am

    I love old family photos. This one is beautiful.

  • Ima Dumbass

    2004/11/23 at 6:07 am

    Hey Dooce
    You shoulf try working for Avon based on the fact that you look similarly in facial features, to your mom who is a bigtime Avon lady.

    Ignore that you hate frilly. Ignore your other vocations like writing this blog, because you obviously have lots of time on your hands to do Avon on the side. I mean heck, you like sales, right – considering they only had to twist your arm a bit to get you to go to that Tupperware party – oh and the fact you spoke so favorably of that smarmy guy that sold you your house. I bet you’ be reeeel good at sales and enjoy it too!

    Nevermind the fact that you’ve said you don’t want to get involved with Avon.

    WHO ARE YOU F-ING WEIRDOS? Do you just type the first thing that pops in your head??

  • dooce

    2004/11/23 at 6:10 am

    Ima Dumbass: chill out.

  • Michelle

    2004/11/23 at 6:10 am

    I would TOTALLY buy Avon products from the lady in the picture.

  • Jazzy

    2004/11/23 at 6:13 am

    She’s gorgeous. I can see why she is the Avon World Leader.

  • TracyDee

    2004/11/23 at 6:15 am

    You look just like her. You have her eyes.

  • Mari

    2004/11/23 at 6:16 am

    She has a Mona Lisa smile – you can’t quite tell what she’s thinking. Beautiful.

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Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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