Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Darn my pale Irish skin!

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Every year on May 25th we celebrate Towel Day in honor of Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy among other things. From the Hitchhiker's Guide:
A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value -- you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you -- daft as a bush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
 This year in honor of Towel Day my mother, sisters, brother-in-law, and I spent the day at the local water park. DH didn't go because he doesn't swim.

Look at us hoopy froods. 
As you can see from the picture, all three of us sisters are pretty pale but me exceptionally so. I put sunscreen on my whole body twice, the top of my arms/shoulders three time, and my face four times. Yet where did I get sunburned? The top of my arms and face (and boobs)! This is why I don't go outside. The sunburn is still there so I can't say if those parts will tan or not, but the rest of me is just as pale as always. Not even a hint of color. My mother said if we had fun maybe we can get season passes, but I told her there was no way unless I can wear a wetsuit. =D

Besides having glow-under-black-light skin I also have a generally sucky immune system. I took a bunch of extra Vitamin C before going, but still ended up getting sick. For the past few days I've felt like I have food poisoning. I suppose it could be sun poisoning but I don't think the sunburn is quite that bad. I never heard back from Nan (FIRM's embryo donation coordinator), and after speaking to some other people who have used them that's not unheard of. Once you're a patient she's good about calling you back but not so much before then. I've just felt too sick to keep calling and hoping I get her this week so still no news on that front.

Even if the sun did try to kill me and I ended up sick, I still had a lot of fun hanging out with my family. I've had so many problems with my endo I haven't gone to the waterpark with them in several years. For once it was nice not to worry about it so much. I did start hurting at lunch but I had my pain medication with me and was fine by the time we were done eating. I call it a successful weekend. 

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