Thursday, May 8, 2008

Day 130 Self Portraits and Neck Issues

So, would your feelings be hurt if you approached the "marital bed" with your new attire and your dh looked at you in horror?

Everyone should have some self-portraits now and then, don't you think?
Actually, I just got some snorkeling gear and wanted to see what it felt like before my trip to Mexico in a few weeks! It's not that easy taking a photo of yourself in the mirror, with a snorkel mask on, and having to manually focus!
Also as part of my preparation for this trip, I desperately felt that I needed to modify my ND Pale, or die in the first 10 minutes in the sun in Mexico. I've never in my life gone "tanning."

But I have ISSUES with this! See all these warnings??? I tell you, there's absolutely no item, not one caution, about necks. Nada about the necks.
I never gave necks, specifically MY neck, a moment's thought, until the evil Nora Ephron came out with the "I feel bad about my neck" book. And then I noticed that on this side of 50, apparently we women can have neck issues. Wrinkles and things. Well. . . . after awhile I decided that there might be bigger issues in life, and this got demoted to "get a life!" on my worry list.

Until tanning. WHY didn't anyone warn me that you could get stripes on your neck if you have. . . . ummmmm. . . . folds (I guess) on your neck???? Someone could have said, "Psstttt, watch out for horizontal stripes." But NOOOOOOOO. . . . LET me find out for myself!

After a couple of weeks of tanning, I looked in the mirror, and noticed. . . stripes! Blatant, high contrast, how-do-you-photoshop-THAT-out-in-real-life stripes. Luckily, since I would need to leave the house in the morning, and didn't want people squinting oddly at my neck, I had a bottle of self-tanning stuff that my daughter left at home, and used this to dab on the fat old stripes with some cotton balls.

So, take this as ANOTHER public service announcement from me, dear friends!

20 comments:

Chell said...

Love those self portraits. Too funny

lcp said...

LOL! Great self portaits! Hope you have a great time in Mexico - that sounds exciting!

Jena K Photography said...

How funny!

Jess said...

LOL! LOVE the self portraits! And I wish I had known you were going tanning... my mom had the same thing happen to her the first time she went. Now she tilts her head back when she tans to smooth out her "lines". :)

Becky said...

LOLOLOLOL at the photos. That's awesome!
And I get neck stripes too! (I'm bad about wearing sunscreen in the summer.) Not only that, but I always have this giant vertical stripe between my eyebrows where my squinting wrinkle is.

Gypsy Girl said...

OMG LOL. How fun a trip to Mexico sounds right about now. Sorry I would be of no help on tanning bed advice.

pat said...

Angela, I'm almost peeing my pants. First the snorkel shots--soo attractive, so brave!! And the Nora Ephron reference; I hooted at that book, but NEVER thought of horizontal stripes as a result of tanning. I suppose her solution of a strategically draped scarf is out of the question...LOL!!

Nicole said...

I think you should make that your avatar! so funny!

Mom2Drew said...

OMGOSH...that needs to be your new avatar!!! Love shots that show fun sides to people.

Joanne said...

LOL!!!! These are so great!!! Have fun!

Kristina said...

Your trip to Mexico sounds very fun! You're looking cute in your snorkling gear :) I'll have to show these to DD...she wants snorkling gear (but can't swim yet!)

Debbi said...

LOL!!!!! But my stripes are on the folds where my butt meets my legs! GROSS!!! You are seriously so funny - thanks for brightening my day every day, Angela.

Mandy said...

First...these photos are a riot! And the journaling is so FUNNY. Oh my word...I had no idea. I don't tan anymore since my mom had a scare with cancer. She made me promise not to do it, and after her persistent begging I decided that this was the one thing I would do to oblige her. Happy to me Maine white as a ghost. :)

Jeanne said...

Got a good giggle at your expense this morning! Thank you! These are some great shots and the story to go along with it is priceless. I have never been, nor do I ever plan on going, to a tanning booth (My issues are that it looks WAY too much like a coffin for my comfort). I never in a million years would have thought about tanning lines in my neck.

Hope you have a great time in Mexico!!!

Reds said...

Great self-portraits! Nice to see you!! Love the look! ;)

Diana said...

oh you are too funny, with the self portraits.have lots of fun on your trip

Bobbi said...

You crack me up. I think your attire is so cute lol. Love your fun sp's!

Tori said...

LOL! I love these self-portraits! have fun in mexico!... and wear sunscreen... no matter how tan you are! :)

Amy said...

I have no idea why he wouldn't be into you coming to bed with that get-up!!! You're so funny, sounds like you're going to have a FABULOUS trip!

Sharon said...

Oh my! I guess that is why they invented turtlenecks. ;)