Thursday, May 29, 2008

My Chemical Non-romance

I got a little more packing done today, some odds and ends. (We aren't leaving till Saturday morning, so there's no rush. It's just nice to be mostly done with it.) I sat out on the deck and read for a while, then I did my self-tanning lotion on my legs. I think it looks pretty okay, and I don't see any orange-ness or streaks or anything. I used Coppertone this time--I think I used L'Oreal before--and my only complaint is the smell. Why does stuff like this have to smell so strongly of chemicals? (Uhh...probably because of the chemicals in it, Beth.) Oh...yeah.

We've certainly come a long way. When I was in high school, sometimes girls would use QT. Does anyone remember that? Oh my goodness...what I've got on my legs now looks like a slight tan, but you could always tell when a girl used QT, because it was more like a walking basketball! And you know what? I shouldn't just say "girls," because now that I think back on it, I remember a guy who used it! He had really blond hair, so yes, it was very obvious, and NOT a good look.

I've lost something else, but at least this time I'm not emotionally attached to it. In the course of packing, I started looking for my sunglasses holder--you know, the string thing you put around your neck. We always use them in Florida because the waves can knock your sunglasses off your face pretty easily. I thought I stashed them away somewhere after last year's Florida trip, but I'll be darned if I can figure out where they are. I probably stuck them someplace and thought, "I'll remember they're HERE." I guess not! Well, that's something that I can pick up easily when we go shopping after we get there.

I don't know if I've mentioned that aspect of our timeshare vacation--we have a full kitchen in the condo, so on most nights we fix dinner there. We'll go out to eat a few times, but we really save a lot of money by cooking in, and we don't mind doing it. Especially once we found the fish market! I know some people wouldn't think that having to cook while you're on vacation is much of a vacation, but one of the reasons we can afford to take the vacations we do is because we do things like cooking in when in Florida! Since neither of us mind cooking, it's no big deal. So we usually head out to Publix or Food Lion that evening and stock up for the week--we'll make a couple more trips to get more perishable stuff during the week, but we've gotten pretty good at planning out what we need while we're there. I've already started my grocery list! Ha ha!

Good God, I might have to go wash my legs again. This smell is really getting to me, and Sheeba wants nothing to do with me. Of course, that could be normal cattitude. The results look fine, but note to self: don't buy Coppertone sunless tanning cream again--too smelly!

I'm back. A little Zest and a rinse later, and I feel--and smell--much better. So how much of it washed off? Oh...looks like most of it. I don't care--I just couldn't stand that smell anymore! I hate to trash a product so utterly and completely, and maybe it's just my sensitive nose, but BLEAHHHH! The rest of the container is in the trash! So here's the question: to self-tan or not to self-tan, before we leave on Saturday? Help me decide. An added bonus: if I run out and get some more stuff tomorrow, I can also pick up some sunglasses holders. I will not be voting in this, because I honestly can't make up my mind!

4 comments:

ziggy2315 said...

I think that you should slap on the sunblock when you get to Florida and just go from there. If you get a wee bit of a tan, then fine. If you don't, then you don't. This from someone who now finds herself with skin cancer from too much sun exposure earlier in life. Those rays are deadly, so keep them off of you with the sunblock, sunglasses and a good sunhat. A tan is not worth dying for.

buckoclown said...

Funny, I never thought of Beer as a perishable :o)

If I am going grub, then I Voted that you do too!

mpnaz58 said...

Ok, I voted to look like a grub worm, BUT if at all possible, get some sun before you leave.  I know, kinda late...but believe me, I don't think you'll be the only one with lack of color.  That stuff stinks...and it all smells the same!  I tried some stuff from QVC...blah blah blah...it stinks, too!  I remember QT...a friend had put some on her shoulders to hide the "bra" strap shadow (remember tube tops?), it was streaky, stinky and didn't look natural at all.  
xoxo ~myra

eml625 said...

I've always wanted to try that sunless stuff...I guess not so much now!!
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Have a great Friday
Ellen