In which I burn…

I am very pale. Translucently so, actually. I know that I don’t have the complexion for tanning. But, I love the sun. I’m like a kitten in a sun spot, I practically purr and roll around.

This weekend, I went up to The Chris‘ cottage. It was beyond gorgeous. I’m used to cottages like mine, where there are lots of trees, a dock and a smallish lake. The Chris’ cottage is on Lake Erie, and it is definitely Canada’s equivalent of Florida. Vast, sandy beaches and blue blue water as far as the eye can see.

Saturday was fairly cool - I spent most of it curled under a blanket on the hammock, reading my book. Sunday rolled around and it was very sunny. It was fantastic. We went for a few walks, even braved a swim. When I got out of the lake, I was freezing. I decided to lie down on my towel in the sun.

“Did you put sunscreen on?!” The Chris would ask every fifteen minutes or so.

“Yessss,” we would all answer with varying tones of exasperation.

Kristen lied down beside me. “You put sunscreen on again after swimming, right?”

“Yeah,” I said, “Except on my legs. For some reason they never burn.”

Correction - my legs do burn. They just don’t normally burn because normally when I get a sunburn it’s from walking around too much in the sun or sitting on the dock. I very seldom lie down to soak in sun. And when I do, I even more seldomly wear ridiculously short shorts and roll up my bathing suit.

I am now a lobster from the waist down. My legs are so burnt that I had a fever Sunday night. I can’t walk very well because I can’t bend my knees without it hurting. I can’t sit down comfortably because all but a very little bit of my ass is burnt. And yesterday I drove 7 hours home from the cottage.

I was hobbling around and wincing from pain every few minutes. The Chris looked down at my legs and shook her head.

“I told you so,” she said.


  • By Sebastian, June 16, 2009 @ 9:55 am

    … pics!

    *looks at a pink leg and salivates a little*

  • By Lea, June 16, 2009 @ 1:42 pm

    So are you writing this entry sitting in a tub full of cold water?

  • By Eleni, June 16, 2009 @ 3:50 pm

    Ouch! I’m so sorry to hear about that. I got burned once enough so that I peeled, and of course I had a doctor appointment that week and she totally chewed me out about it. Now I’m pretty good about using it, but I’m bad at applying it–I can’t keep track of where it is and isn’t already. Silly sun.

  • By Hezabelle, June 16, 2009 @ 6:50 pm

    Seb, no one wants to see a picture of my pain but you. :P

  • By Sebastian, June 16, 2009 @ 6:51 pm

    You can use your new laptop’s built-in camera…!!!

  • By Hezabelle, June 16, 2009 @ 6:58 pm

    To photograph my legs? I feel like that’s a lot of bending I wouldn’t be able to do since I can’t even really bend my knees right now…

  • By Chris, June 17, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

    I told you so… I really did… a number of times… still… I’m sorry you are burnt

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