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walkingshadow ([personal profile] walkingshadow) wrote2010-12-29 11:22 pm

every day is your birthday

a. Thank you so much for the lovely holiday card, [personal profile] talitha78!

b. I am cleared to move in to the new place! Oh my god, it's actually happening. I was so sure something was going to fuck it all up, but it's happening! And they actually sound pleased to have me! I'm going to pack up as much as I can so we can move some of it in this Friday, and then the rest of it hopefully by next weekend. Exciting, yet terrifying, yet exciting!

c. My laptop is still completely unresponsive, but my brother thinks it might still need to dry out, and counsels patience. I have left it languishing in a heap of dessicant pellets.

d. Speaking of dessication, I have finally gone out and bought gloves to wear to bed, because my hands are so badly chapped they're cracking and bleeding, which is not only a) painful, and b) immensely unattractive, but c) an engraved invitation to infection. I try to hydrate (which I find so much harder to do in the winter; in the summer when I'm sweating buckets every day I have no trouble downing glass after glass of water) and I try to keep moisturized, but I end up washing my hands a thousand times a day, even when I'm not looking after the toddler and the three dogs. So I'm giving the moisture lock gloves a chance. Anyone have any experience wearing them to bed? Or any other suggestions? Lotion recommendations?

When my parents were here last week, my dad caught sight of my red knuckles and pointed them out to my mom, wondering if I had maybe gotten them from a punching bag? Agreed: belonging to a fight club would be so much more interesting than chronically dry skin.

e. [livejournal.com profile] silentfire got me an iPod Shuffle! It's so wee and shiny and easily clipped on to my person, it's almost enough to make me sorry that lately my employers have been lending me their car for my commute, and I haven't been spending two hours a day (or more!) either riding on or waiting for public transportation. ALMOST. It is currently full up with music and Jim Gaffigan's stand-up and the latest Wait, Wait . . . Don't Tell Me! pocast. Walking will be fun again! Oh my goodness, I don't even know what to name it. Ri, you already know how much I love you, but iluuuu!

f. All I have to do is a hundred loads of laundry, and all I want to do is roll around in the Yuletide archive. Repeat, with minimal variations, for the story of my life.

[identity profile] thepouncer.livejournal.com 2010-12-30 04:42 am (UTC)(link)
Do you have a humidifier? I use one and it helps with dry sinuses. I don't see why dry skin shouldn't be the same.

If you need ultra-protection, Aquaphor ointment is great. Soothing and not irritating at all.

[identity profile] walkingshadow.livejournal.com 2010-12-31 01:47 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't have a humidifier, but that is an excellent suggestion! I will look into setting one up at the new place. I've heard good things about Aquaphor but never tried it. Thank you!

[identity profile] geneli4.livejournal.com 2010-12-30 05:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Agreed: belonging to a fight club would be so much more interesting than chronically dry skin.

and so much more satisfying! i mean, if you're hands are going to be sore and red and bloody all the time anyway, you might as well be getting rid of some pent up stress and anger and anxiety at the same time. uhm. not that i've thought about it or anything. ANYWAY, hey, good luck with the moisture gloves!

[identity profile] walkingshadow.livejournal.com 2010-12-31 01:51 pm (UTC)(link)
Ahahha yes. I think his exact words, as related by my mother, were "do you think she's been hitting a punching bag?" and the response that sprang to mind was, "no, I have been punching FACES." Not that *I've* thought about it or anything. *cough*

[identity profile] fearlesstemp.livejournal.com 2011-01-03 04:59 pm (UTC)(link)
I have terribly dry skin in the winter - I wear gloves outside from October through April, pretty much! - and the best lotion I've found is Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. I usually have one in my purse, one at work, and a few floating around my apartment. I have nightmares about it going off the market and having to hoard cases of the stuff! I often react to the perfumes and stuff in most lotions, and find the texture of them useless when my hands get super dry, but the Neutrogena Hand Cream pretty much always works for me. I used to have terrible eczema on my hands, which was exacerbated by dry skin, and regularly using this stuff has almost cured it.

I had to sleep with gloves on in the past, and I think it did help, but it was a while ago so I can't remember the specifics. Sorry I can't be more helpful! I hope it works quickly for you.

And congrats on getting your new place!

[identity profile] walkingshadow.livejournal.com 2011-01-04 06:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Excellent, thank you for the recommendation! Ugh, it's so distressing when they're so dry for so long, I'm glad you found something that works for you. I think the gloves at night have been helping a lot. I also switched to Curel's most intensive lotion (as advertised annyway), and I find it a lot richer and a little more pleasant than the Aveeno I've been using for a while.

Thank you! I am very excited about it! :D