Today’s Wish List

  1. I want to take a bath. Full bath tub with bubbles. I want to read a book in the tub with good-smelling candles lit all around. I want 10 smelly candles around me.

  2. I want to come out of the shower smelling fabulous. I want to love showering. I want to take long showers with yummy smelling shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Body wash! I want to use body wash and a loofah.

  3. I want my husband to smell good. I want him to wear a manly, yummy cologne. I want him to come out of the shower smelling good - from those dumb, “manly” gendered body washes, shampoos and conditioners.

  4. I want to lay on my leather couch for more than 5 minutes without having to clean it first.

  5. I want to love on my dog. I want to pet him without having to instantly wash my hands. I want to snuggle with him without worrying about his allergens.

  6. I want my baby boy to not get skin rashes every few weeks. I want to feel guilt-free about passing on my genes to him.

  7. I want to be girly. I want to wear all the makeup. I want to have bright, dark or weird-colored lips. I want to wear fun eyeshadows. I want to be able to use real makeup remover instead of Aquaphor ointment to remove my eyeliner.

No need for a list of 10. I’m not in the mood to be contrived.

Scratching is Bad – Even a Toddler Gets It

 
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I’m sitting on the couch with my almost-3-year-old watching Mickey Mouse when I start aggressively scratching my lower back. “Don’t scratch, don’t scratch! Ruuuub,” my daughter told me, rubbing her leg softy with her hand to show me how to do it. What?! How does my toddler know about the itch-scratch cycle? Daycare sure does prepare toddlers for the real world!

Thinking back, Nina has probably noticed my scratching, flared spots, blood and scabs. It’s time for me to be more careful about how I treat my body when I’m in front of Nina, as well as be more transparent about my eczema condition. My little baby is getting more mature every day!

What NOT to Wear

Jewelry. I cannot wear any jewelry. Okay, I’m being dramatic. I can’t wear 90% of the jewelry available in the world. Beautiful, colorful, jewelry. Accessories that make me feel good and help my outfits look better. Woe is me.

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A few months ago, I splurged and bought a custom 14K solid gold name necklace. I’m allergic to fake, copper and metal jewelry and had given up on buying trendy costume jewelry. Spoiler: it didn’t work out.

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Within the first day, I got a little tingle on my neck. Then, it was more than a tingle. I knew it was the necklace, but I didn’t want to believe it. How could it be?! It was solid gold! A few times, I took the necklace off and tried again a few days later, still in denial. Last week, I stubbornly ignored my body and kept the necklace on my neck. Not a good idea.

My skin worsened until I couldn’t take it anymore. It got better (thankfully!) a few days later with the help of Protopic ointment. I felt ridiculous. I risked my skin’s health over a necklace.  But it was solid gold! Here’s the deal - I learned that 14K isn’t actually pure gold, because it is still mixed with metals. 24K is 99.9% pure gold, but it is very malleable. Maybe 18K is good enough for my skin, but I’m not sure I want to spend the money to find out.  Last weekend was my birthday and I stumbled across an all-rubber necklace at the Museum of Fine Arts. I splurged and purchased it - I have to support artists that make plastic or rubber jewelry, because it’s so hard to find!

My skin worsened until I couldn’t take it anymore. It got better (thankfully!) a few days later with the help of Protopic ointment. I felt ridiculous. I risked my skin’s health over a necklace.

But it was solid gold! Here’s the deal - I learned that 14K isn’t actually pure gold, because it is still mixed with metals. 24K is 99.9% pure gold, but it is very malleable. Maybe 18K is good enough for my skin, but I’m not sure I want to spend the money to find out.

Last weekend was my birthday and I stumbled across an all-rubber necklace at the Museum of Fine Arts. I splurged and purchased it - I have to support artists that make plastic or rubber jewelry, because it’s so hard to find!

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I think sterling silver may be okay for me, but I don’t know at this point and prefer gold anyway. Who knows if I can wear 18K gold. For now, I’m going to give my skin a break and stay clear of jewelry … unless it’s made of all rubber or plastic.