Did you see the recent report that women look their oldest at 3:30 on Wednesday afternoon?
Tanning brand St. Tropez funded the study and found that "energy levels plunge, work stress peaks" and the weekend starts to kick in mid-week. Thank you tanning company, we really didn't need any additional pressure.
If I had a weekly reason to use St. Tropez I'm sure I would not look like every one of my 47 years every Wednesday evening. I always knew I would work in some sort of a career. I've held various "jobs" of one degree or another since I was 14. Stress simply seemed like a normal part of the give and take of drawing a paycheck.
I recently had a humorous discussion with a young adult woman who very plainly stated that she didn't know if she wanted to stay in her job field or even that she wanted to work.
"I would be very happy at home doing nothing," she said.
Unfortunately, unless you're a famous personality there's not a lot of call for being pretty, staying home and doing nothing, or you're writing a script for a Downtown Abbey episode. I've never watched the PBS hit but it was recently explained to me as a "refined" soap opera chronicling the very wealthy and the lives of their house help. Its story line depicts an existence where the women had nothing to do but look pretty and change into different outfits for each meal.
I'm pretty sure many of us, including the research staff of St. Tropez, would consider that lifestyle to be a nice change of pace for at least a few days. And I doubt we would see any mid-week slump in our appearance.
Lori Marble writes a weekly column for the Daily News.