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Weekend randomness
June 28, 2004

Boy, let me tell you that there’s nothing that makes one feel more fat than shopping for a bathing suit. That’s what I did on Saturday. It was 45 minutes of self-torture in a tiny little changing room with bad lighting.

I felt the necessity of purchasing fake-tanning lotion for my legs afterwards. My arms are pretty tan, as is my face and a bit of my chest. However, I only wear shorts if absolutely necessary, therefore my legs are lily-white, my skin chicken-y, and my knees dry. I thought that the tanning lotion was a good idea – less chance of cancer for the ol’ legs, and I might be able to get away with wearing the bathing suit at least once while in MI.

First lesson for using fake-tanning lotion: don’t be sloppy when putting it on. Lesson 2: heed the warnings on the bottle. After showering on Sunday, I gooped some lotion on my legs, and rubbed it up and down, just to make sure I got every spot. I didn’t really pay attention to thickness or not getting too much on my knees (like they told me to on the bottle). 5 hours later, wearing shorts, I had 3 spots around the kneecaps that looked like I had v. v. funky birthmarks. So, I’m waiting for my botched job to fade so I can do it all over again – this time, a little more carefully.

I have a tendency to kill off the invertebrates in my fish tank. My tank is small – only 5 gallons – and I only have 4 fish left. I spoke with a guy at PetCo, and found out that most likely, the snails are indeed not dying because I have never named then, but they are dying because there’s not enough food for them. This came a surprise to me, of course. So, I didn’t get a snail while I was there, but little fizzy pellets to kill off the algae.

In my search for an iPod mini (a 3-month-long search), I got increasingly annoyed with the salespeople at 4 different stores trying to sell me the normal iPod, as the iPod minis are nowhere to be found. “It holds more music!” they all said. “Duh,” retorted I, “but it doesn’t come in pink!” If anyone wants to sell me a new pink iPod mini, I will purchase for top-dollar (ie. not $50 more than retail, as eBay would have you believe they're worth, but actual MSRP).

Happy: I did, however, get a new pair of Chacos. Oh. So. Very. Cute.


Oops, sorry about the knees Dev. Loofah. Yay Chacos, though, yay Chacos! Fantastique.

Posted by: ms.chan at June 29, 2004 3:55 PM

Hrm...as one also afflicted with pastey leg syndrome and a lack of interest in wearing shorts in public, I have also given some thought to this tanning cream stuff. I know nothing about the process and have been too scared to try, not to mention lazy (after all, why bother, is my general attitude about most things), but so I am very interested in your experience. Do keep up on the updates, 'cause I really wanna know.

Posted by: fern at June 29, 2004 6:40 PM

just jump into the water as soon as poss. when out of water, wrap around a massive colourful bath towel.

fake tan never lasts anyway.

Posted by: j-a at June 30, 2004 4:52 AM

hmm... I do have a Hello Kitty beach towel that I thought I would bring. However, I do kind of want to sun-away some of the icky pastiness before the trip to OZ... I have a feeling I'll be in shorts most of the time.

Posted by: Devlyn at June 30, 2004 5:58 AM

Yeah, I'd like to buy an iPod at some point.

And ugh, I hate shopping for swimsuits. All of the other women in the store have that same deer-in-the-headlights look, though.

Posted by: teahouseblossom at June 30, 2004 1:40 PM

I've given up on the swimsuit issue. I just pick whatever's on the rack in my size (which means different sizes for the top and bottom, which means bikini, which is even worse) and if I look hideous in it, so be it. I'm out there to swim and frolic in the waves, not to impress anyone.

Posted by: Auntie Sarah at June 30, 2004 4:37 PM