“You look tired. Maybe you’ve been working too hard.”
“I worked like a dog today,” my mother would respond. “Can’t you see how nice the house looks and how frazzled I look?”
If we were in the business of creating mixed metaphors, this would be a world-class effort. The dialogue isn’t made up. I heard it often during my childhood in the days when women stayed home cooking and cleaning and men sailed to the saline mines.