Thursday, June 17, 2010

Willy-Nilly Thursday

It's raining, which is okay with me since my 12-year-old daughter and I are about to set off for New Mexico. So bring it on, Mother Nature, and shower the state while I'm gone. WHILE I'M GONE. When I return, I fully expect the clouds to have cleared and the sunshine to have returned.

My daughter's soccer team will be representing Alaska at the Division IV Regionals in Albuquerque. Desert heat, here we come. I've never been to New Mexico, and am looking forward to visiting an unknown place, but I'm a little nervous about the strong sunshine. I hate it when people talk about their food allergies, because I don't have any of my own and secretly think that allergies are made up so that people can politely refuse foods they don't like,* but that's not going to stop me from telling you about my allergy to the sun.

My skin develops the itchiest rash you can imagine. It starts in specific areas, first the back of my hands and behind my knees. Then it shows up on the inside of my elbow and on the tops of my feet. If it's a really bad case, it will start to spread across my entire body until I'm one big walking piece of itchy crocodile hide. When I was a kid, I would scratch myself until my skin was bleeding. Gross. Sorry. BUT IT ITCHES! Normal sun doesn't bring it out. Neither does a tanning bed. My dermatitis occurs only in really strong sun, like tropical conditions. Oh, the Hawaiian vacations I have spent scratching my arms like an insane monkey. Maybe the dry heat of New Mexico won't trigger the rash. Please! I have enough to worry about with my pasty white thighs being pranced around in shorts . . . don't cover them in a heat rash as well.

Speaking of shorts, I am having fun packing summer outfits to take on our trip. And by "fun," I mean "a time of despair and horror." Even if I possessed any sort of fashion sense, which I don't, I certainly do not own cute summer clothes. I guess that's why credit cards and Albuquerque outlet malls were created. I plan on shopping, is what I'm saying.

*I'm JOKING. Don't you dare e-mail with an explanation of how a loved one almost died after eating peanuts, or I will e-mail back with a close-up picture of my heat rash ; )

Dinner last night: tamale pie, green salad

Exactly two years ago:


Karen Mortensen said...

Have a wonderful time. I hope the sun is kind to you.

Liz Mays said...

I hope the trip induces NO rashes!

Unknown said...

My son said New Mexico was beautiful when he went there for Scout Camp - I hope you can enjoy it without too much itchiness!

Katherine said...

From Alaska to New Mexico. Quite a change to be sure. Have fun shopping! But then you'll have to go on more vacations to warm places to wear those clothes again.

Joey Lynn Resciniti said...

Maybe its more the combo of sweating/sunscreen/sun? I hope you're able to enjoy a non-itchy vacation. Remember, it's dry heat. Whatever that is!

Karen M. Peterson said...

Hahaha! Believe it or not, I'm allergic to broccoli. People frequently insist that it MUST be an allergy of convenience, but it's actually one that makes me sad because I LOVE broccoli.

Anyway, I hope things are going great in New Mexico and that the sun hasn't been too horrible to you!

Dianna@KennedyAdventures said...

oooooh, does this mean we get to hear more "Kim in shorts" posts?? That was HYSTERICAL last summer!

Congrats to your daughter! Hope she's successful, and you all have a marvelous trip!