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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

update and face washing, in that order

First of all, I want to thank you for the prayers and kind thoughts that have gone out on behalf of my pop--I appreciate it so much. He's doing better today; still in the hospital, because they aren't exactly sure what is going on, but he now has all his wits about him and is starting to feel like his old and remarkable self again. They ruled out many of the scarier diagnoses and are leaning towards it being viral, in which case they are already fighting it while he is in the hospital, hooked up to...well, whatever it is he is hooked up to.


I went to art school, folks; outside of having some decent compassion towards living things, I am about as unlike a medical student as one can get and have no idea what it is that doctors do.

Okay, I have a few ideas. But I don't know how one fights a virus in a hospital.

I talked with my pop tonight and he is quite irritated that the whole thing even happened in the first place, which is a good sign, I guess. They won't release him until he has maintained a normal temperature for 24 hours and he was pretty disappointed that he was given a menu to place food orders for both Thursday and Friday.

And no, they weren't take-out, so it looks like he might be staying for a bit.

Hopefully there won't be a repeat of my little stunt that I pulled last time I was incarcerated hospitalized and, in complete exasperation at still being in a hospital room after what seemed like a lifetime, I took my jello off of my tray and threw it right at my mom's face.

Granted, I was five years old and didn't know much better. Well, okay, I did know better, but I was certainly under extreme duress and so could not be held accountable for my actions. My pop is a good deal older than five, so I am thinking my mom's face is probably safe from flying bowls of jello.

Speaking of faces, I really hate to wash mine.

(how's that for a segue?)

Honestly, most nights I'd rather have someone throw jello at it.

Because of the amount of makeup I have to wear on stage every night, it feels like a tremendous undertaking to wash all of it off.

Especially the mascara.

It's amazing what a two-sided coin mascara is for me. I love putting the stuff on. Love seeing it transform the blond tips of my lashes to a nice and thick black spray. I spend time agonizing over each lash at my dressing station, separating them, going over them again and again with the wand. And the results? Yep, you guessed it--I love the results, too.

Well, those results, anyway.

The results after the show are not so cute. The stuff holds like a son of a gun. And when it is late at night and I've put off washing my face for all the hours I can afford, it's like removing tar or something. Not that I've done it, but I can only imagine that it sticks and is gooey and is generally unpleasant to remove from any given area.

Which is why, more often than not, I simply jump in the shower and wash my whole body, makeup-caked face included, rather than stand in front of the sink and wash my face in an isolated event.

This might sound like a lot of extra work when I was already dreading the chore of washing my face, but it isn't.

It's actually a lot more like stepping under a gloriously strong current of water from above that simply does the dirty work for you and in a piping hot stream of water, the mascara melts right off.

Problem solved, easy peasy.

This abhorrence I have to washing my face forces me to take many more showers than I ordinarily would. Which is probably a very good thing, considering that I don't even shower daily as it is.

There. So I have told you one of my daily chores that I detest. What is it that you hate to do, but simply find it unavoidable considering that you want to be socially acceptable and all?

10 comments:

peaj said...

Clipping my toenails. You know, the nails are pretty small, and pretty far away (way down on the ends of my feet, for goodness sake!). Also, they tend not to clip so much as they tend to tear, in various painful ways. Then, they're sharp afterward, so unless I want to rip holes in my socks the next two days, I need to file the nails. Whee.

I don't tend to go barefoot or wear sandals often, so all this effort is for an audience of one: my beloved wife. See, she has to share a bed with me and protests if going to sleep means getting slashes on her shins. Wimp.

sherri said...

Shaving my legs. I hate it and my hair grows so fast, that if I shave at night, I already have "stubble" in the morning. (OR vice versa).

Jen said...

I'm glad to hear your pop is feeling better! Great news, hospitals are scarey places to find people you love.

I hate brushing Haven's teeth. Seriously. He wants to do it "himself" which basically means eating the toothpaste and it's a whole wrestling match to clean those not-so pearly whites.

Natalie said...

I'm glad your dad's doing better!

And to answer your question, if I could get away with never, ever waxing/tweezing/threading my eyebrows ever again ever, it would be too soon.

Jessica said...

Okay Peaj, from the sounds of it you might want to replace whatever sort of rusty sheers you are currently using on your toenails and replace them with something that works!!!

That truly does sound terrible!

Sherri--I hear you on shaving your legs; luckily I can get away with not having to do it all that much...

Jen--I can only imagine!

Natalie--for some reason I find plucking my eyebrows therapuetic...Maybe I am long overdue for a massage or something!

merry said...

I am obsessed with taking showers. I take two a day or one and a bath. I love water and I LOVE being clean.

I am not fond of shaving but I love how my legs feel when they are smooth.

I can't think of anything I hate enough not to do it because I love the results. Of course I can't make my self EXCERCISE for the life of me..literally.

kathiek said...

I am so glad your dad is doing better, Jess!

I hate shaving my legs! I have very sensitive skin and shaving my legs creates problems for me. I am grateful for my husband who doesn't complain about it when I don't shave, even though he prefers my legs smooth and silky.

Jessica Latshaw said...

Merry--I do love showers, too. I just don't love being wet afterwards and having to dry off and then lotioning myself because I have extremely dry and itchy skin.

I envy people who can just jump out the shower and dress without a spot of lotion to apply. Life would be so much simpler that way.

KK--yes, shaving is an annoying chore for women and men can't even compare it to shaving their face. Unless the man's face is humungous with as much surface area as my legs, then he should be grateful that his face is all he has to shave!

Jessica Latshaw said...

Merry--I do love showers, too. I just don't love being wet afterwards and having to dry off and then lotioning myself because I have extremely dry and itchy skin.

I envy people who can just jump out the shower and dress without a spot of lotion to apply. Life would be so much simpler that way.

KK--yes, shaving is an annoying chore for women and men can't even compare it to shaving their face. Unless the man's face is humungous with as much surface area as my legs, then he should be grateful that his face is all he has to shave!

Jessica Latshaw said...

didn't mean to lay the smackdown on men, there, but really--they have no idea.