So it’s about that hair on your chin. I’m not gonna lie …

Never tell a lie, that’s what I always say.  I don’t say this to my friends because they abandoned me long in ago in favour of friends who are champion liars.  This “Never tell a lie” motto really keeps the circle of people around you quite small.  People get all kinds of upset when you tell them the truth about their hair, husband or habitual hangovers.

I try to lie, I really do, but when someone asks you how you like the place mats they made out of squirrel fur and pipe cleaners, I mean, it’s really hard to choke out any sort of positive response.  What do you say?  Wow.  You did a really good job piecing that road kill together.   I can barely see the tread marks under your whip stitching.  And you even managed to save one of the eyes.  And it’s winking! That’s genius!

Other people are great at it.  They can blurt out a loving and supportive response to just about any train wreck of a situation or hairdo.  They’ll proclaim there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of chin hair and it actually adds a certain flair to their face and they’ll say it with such warmth the lady with the witch chin will soften around the eyes and relax about the hedgehog growing out of her lower face.

But is that really what’s best for little miss chinny, chin, chin?  No.  Probably not.  Probably what’s best for her is to let her know that a chin full of hair is distracting, alarming and easily dealt with thanks to electrolysis, a good pair of tweezers or a home waxing kit.  Done and done.  It seems harsh in the short term, but it’s better for that person in the long run. Chances are if she asked your opinion it’s something she’s already bothered or worried about.

No one wants to hear the long term reply though. I know I don’t. I don’t want to hear that you hate something I do, or think I could do things way better.  I want to hear that you adore me and everything about me and want to be like me and dress up like me for Halloween.  That is what I want.


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But it isn’t helpful.  

There are little white lies that really are good. And I’m fine with those.  I can little white lie with the best of them.  But when it counts, I tend to tell the truth.  Because as the old saying goes, the truth hurts but not as much as seeing your chin hairs glistening in a family photo.

So it’s with a little bit of excitement, a bit of fear and a lot of anticipation that I’m going to ask you to tell me the truth today.  I believe the word I’m now looking for is “eep”.

The whole point of my blog really is to help people do stuff.  Entertain them and give them useful information at the same time.  When I started this site I didn’t really realize how much I loved teaching people.  I also didn’t realize how much I’d love it. It combines every single thing I loved about television like writing, entertaining and making videos without all the stuff I hated.  Like the 3 hour commute every day and having to tone down my language, ideas or opinions.

Since I started this website 5 years ago it’s gone from my blog to kind of … our blog.  I mean, I’m doing it for you and most surprisingly with you. The Art of Doing Stuff has one of the most engaged readerships out there.  I’m not sure why or how that happened but it did.  So I feel a responsibility to you and genuinely want to help you.

So you need to help me.  Eep.

And you need to tell the truth.  Eep.

In order to make my site better for you I have a survey I’d like you to fill out.  Don’t worry. It’s short and it’s easy.  No math questions at ALL.

Added Bonus!  Everyone who takes the survey will be added into a draw for an Art of Doing Stuff tea towel.  There will be 5 lucky winners.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have some waxing to do.

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  1. Barbara Ravert says:

    Just started reading this. Good stuff!

  2. Marna says:

    Had to laugh about the chin hair, not just fuzz type, but out and out long glistening hair. The real estate agent we had for our present house, had so much hair, long grey and white hair on her chin, it was all I could do not to stare. A person in her position with so much chin hair, it seemed she would do something about it. It actually started down on to her neck also. Love your blog, makes me laugh, and it’s informative. Going off to do the survey. 🙂

  3. Kathleen says:

    Oh absolutely agree with you about telling the truth. I find it amusing when people ask you your opinion and are vaguely offended when you tell them the truth. It’s simple – if you don’t want to know… don’t ask me!

    I am a new subscriber to your blog, and I am so HAPPY that I stumbled upon it. Love your work.
    PS useless information – I live in South Africa.

  4. Debbie says:

    I love that you make me laugh and think about things that were not previously part of my universe.

  5. carol duplessis says:

    I thoroughly enjoy reading your stuff. Just started and really look forward to it each time. This chin hair thing. . . my Mum and I are constantly on the lookout for one another . . . and its amazing how fast the little buggers re-grow ! ! !

    some useless info from me – I live in Zimbabwe xxx

  6. Auntiepatch says:

    Oh, you make me laugh! And I thank you for that!

  7. Grammy says:

    I tell the truth all the time — everyone who knows me understands not to ask me something if they don’t want the truth — and that’s why you are my only friend.

  8. Sherry in Alaska says:

    Whoa! That graphic is so – well….. GRAPHIC! Yew. The hairs on my chin are certainly a concern but that’s a really drastic solution. Think I’ll just stick to plucking and shaving for now……. Or you can tell which home waxing method you find works best…… please.

    Took the survey.. Hard. How about a True/False or Yes/No next time?

  9. Carol Hogan says:

    I adore you and everything about you and want to be like you. I would dress up like you for Halloween but I couldn’t pull it off because you are just too fabulous.

  10. Kim says:

    Love the pic! My daughter always spots the hair that grows out of the beauty mark (mole) on my chin and plucks it out without warning…thank God! I deal with the other lovelies by plucking or shaving….ahhh the perks of getting older eh? LOL I lurked around here for quite a while before I was forced to join in the comments. ( You just lured me out somehow) Love your sense of humor and you have the best bunch of followers I have ever encountered! Off to do the survey. Have a great day all!

  11. Sherry (BTLover2) says:


    I’ll be honest and tell the truth. When I say I hate you, it means I love you. You never fail to make me laugh or teach me something new (and usually in the same post). I know if you lived nearby and we hung out, you would no doubt keep my chin whisker free (probably using our trusty Emjoi but whatever works). Because I think you’re pretty awesome and you asked, I’ll take that survey.

  12. I know you’re talking about those few little chin hairs, but I have two friends who have actual beards that probably make their husbands jealous. How do you handle that?? I’ve seen both of these girls on their off days where the razor obviously wasn’t touched and it’s scary. It looks like a 5 o’clock shadow!

  13. Shirley says:

    Oh Lord that is a scary picture, but it made me laugh. I dream about the day that there is not at least one little stubble on my chin that I don’t have to play with all day at work. They drive me nuts! Such a relief when I finally get ahold of one. I have about 6 pairs of tweezers and my daughter just got me another for Mother’s Day. Sometimes a random dark one grows out of my cheek and for some strange reason I don’t see it until it is like 1/2 an inch long and then I am mortified!!! Who has seen this growing on my face and not told me!!! LOL It is enough for me just to see how you deal with crazy every day stuff and make me laugh. The chicken items are a bonus!!

  14. Su says:

    my three lovely daughters have two very specific instructions if I am EVER laying in the hospital in a coma…. one – my dentures are to always be in and 2 – pluck the damn chin hairs… as the woman who suffered and gave birth it is the least they can do….

  15. Marjorie Kramer says:

    You had me at chin hair on this one. Since we all suffer from it, can’t we change our chin hair esthetic and declare it beautiful? Getting chin hair to be socially acceptable would be easier for me than getting rid of it! Your blog is a spark of levity for me and I look forward to reading it.

  16. Karin says:

    I have never understood people who ask for an opinion and then are unhappy when you tell them the truth. I’d have to agree – if you don’t want the truth (from me, anyway) don’t ask! Simple.

  17. Mary W says:

    I am also at that time in my life that everything is growing towards gravity center. My boobs, my butt, my arm flaps, and most definitely my head hair which insists on growing out my chin while thinning on top. Weird! Pluck every two days since I’m still brown haired and don’t understand why the hair on my arms is gone but on my face has sprouted. Weird! Again. Did you know that if you hit the enter button as a means of progressing down your survey, that it completes the survey and kicks you out so you can’t return? I took the survey one and 1/2 times, sorry. Fun post today.

  18. Maria says:

    Survey? Survey! I just love surveys! Now guess if that is true or a lie. A ‘yes’ or ‘no’ will do just fine 🙂

  19. Karen says:

    Thanks Barbara! ~ karen

  20. Karen says:

    Thanks Marna! I appreciate it. ~ karen!

  21. Karen says:

    Ha! You’ll see how *not* useless that is on Friday’s post. 😉 And thanks! ~ karen!

  22. Karen says:

    I know one single Zimbabwe word. Gucka. And I don’t even know if I’m spelling it close to correctly. It’s the Zimbabwe name for a throny cucumber type of plant that I grew last year. 🙂 Also called Jelly Melon. LOVE that you’re from Zimbabwe. ~ karen!

  23. Karen says:

    LOL. Good answer. 😉 ~ karen!

  24. Karen says:

    Thanks Kim! Are you part of the other Meagher (marilyn, maggie) followers I have? Or are you a new clan of Meaghers, lol? ~ karen!

  25. Karen says:

    Thanks Sherry. And yes. I’d keep your chin in check. ~ karen!

  26. Ev Wilcox says:

    Amen-so irritating when they ask and flip out at you, especially when they KNOW you are going to be truthful! Grrr….

  27. Kim says:

    Oh I didn’t realize there were other Meaghers here…I am only a Meagher by marriage (divorced long time ago but couldn’t get rid of the email address due to job searches, etc.) I am really a Totten from New Brunswick, Canada but live in Toronto.

  28. Kim says:

    Yes Su, my daughter has similar instructions when I am laying in my coffin…make sure the eyebrows are right and no stray hairs on the chin!!!

  29. Su says:

    its not asking much is it? 🙂

  30. jaine gayer says:

    My best friend of 40+ years made a pact with me long age. If either one of us were ever in a coma, the other one would visit and pluck out errant chin hairs. And we always tell each other the truth. Always.

  31. Jennie Lee says:

    Darn, Karen! First I had trouble loading your survey. When it did load, and I filled it out and submitted it, it failed to go through and deleted everything I wrote! If I see that you’ve fixed it, I’ll try again.

  32. Karen says:

    Sorry about that Jennie Lee. It actually has nothing to do with me. Someone else has set up the survey for me. Chances are it not going through had to do with your internet connection slowing down at the same time you were submitting the survey. Sometimes if you press the “back” button in those cases you go right back to the survey and all of your answers are still there. Then you just resubmit. ~ karen1

  33. Mike says:

    Only bad thing about getting the hairs removed from the chin is that you have no real visual for the grandkids when you’re telling the “Wolf and Little Pigs” story (not by the hair of my chinny, chin, chin)

  34. Danni says:

    Is it a SIGN? I just filled out your survey, which I never do, and clicked out and the FIRST thing in my inbox was from Christies!

  35. Elaine says:

    I had not thought of this aspect of chin hair vigilance, but will immediately contact my daughter and have her add this to her list of my death instructions! One must think ahead.

    As to telling the truth – it does decrease your number of friends, but the ones who are left are awesome.

  36. Kim says:

    Not at all! lol

  37. Tigermom says:

    So, apparently this chin hair issue is way more pervasive than I realized. Good job on keeping those chin hairs in check, ladies. Especially when they are nonexistent one day and half an inch long the next. If only the hair on my head grew so fast.

  38. Kim says:

    If you’re going to do it…may as well do it right Elaine! I think quality is better than quantity in lots of important things…especially friends.

  39. Kim says:

    That’s right! I could have sworn they weren’t there yesterday!!!

  40. Ruth says:

    Survey. Done.

    I have no hairs on my face, limbs or back…. I think it’s genetically determined as both my parents were like that. I do, however, have a ton of curly hair on my head that I keep cutting in order to avoid having to buy shares in a hair product business. I aim to give my scissors a rest this year… we’ll see if my scissor-happy self can live up to that.

    Armpit and undercarriage growth will continue to kept in check… clearly. 😀

  41. miss chin says:

    I was compelled to comment for mainly 2 reasons. 1) Karen, you kept repeating my name over & over; 2) I too have a fixation with chin hairs on women. When I see them, everything else fades in the room, including the voice of anyone speaking. This has been my obsession since childhood. So naturally when I realized I had a few many years ago, I screamed at my then boyfriend, HOW COULD YOU NOT TELL ME!!!! AUUUGHHH!!! Electrolysis was an investment I never regret. I have instructed my niece that when she comes to visit me in the nursing home in 25 years, to please make sure I have no hairs on my face, that is all. *running to survey now*

  42. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Whoa..I thought I had finally erased all memory of that Halloween picture from my mind..Thank you for totally creeping me out with it again..I will do the survey for you but do you mind if I call you in the middle of the night when I keep having nightmares and can’t sleep???

  43. gabrielle says:

    FYI: I can lie about anything to anybody (hey don’t judge me, my mother had borderline personality disorder). The point I want to make is, my circle of friends is small, too. So, it ain’t yer truthfulness. It’s something else.

    Normally I don’t give out information without being paid for my time, but I’ll make an exception for you, because you like chickens.

  44. survey completed. now… more on your chin hair, please. I expect a complete post.

  45. Kathy says:

    I think Karen is bent on world domination. Death by hilarity is the preferred way to go.

  46. cbblue says:

    Karen I love you and will do your darn survey; but only because it’s for you. I never do those things. Or maybe start and get to the point of uneasiness and stop. For you I would do many things including chinny chin chin hairs. I’ve heard of many such pacts. I won’t offer mind you…but will tell if asked for truth. Thank you for all you teach me.

  47. Theresa says:

    I wish you could thumbs up on the comments!!!

  48. Karen says:

    If I was black with black hair I’d never ever cut it and have a huge afro of natural hair. Just ask reader Mondo, she’ll tell you, lol. I’ve already asked to trade hair with her. ~ karen!

  49. Karen says:

    This post was clearly written for you. 🙂 ~ karen!

  50. Karen says:

    No that’s fine! My number is 555-5555. ~ karen!

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