190 Days Later

Back on January 21st, we asked you to predict what day #211 would be like. Well, July 30th is that day — how have your predictions held up so far? If you didn’t reply to the prompt at the time, is this year turning out to be as you’d expected?


I wasn’t doing Daily Prompts in January, so I didn’t make any predictions.  I’ve lived long enough to know how useless it is to try to make either predictions or resolutions.

So here’s something I didn’t expect:  Dryness!

No, we’ve had plenty of rain this summer.  Not that kind of dryness.  Another sort altogether, which if you had the kind of hair and skin I did for most of my life, you’ll understand.

I grew up in the Clearasil and Noxema era.  It was about all they had to offer for those of us who  suffered–and I don’t use that word lightly–with oily skin, oily hair, and acne.  We were also told not to eat chocolate and spicy foods.  No chocolate?  What’s the point of living??

I really did have a bad case of acne.  Often had the big hard cysts around my jawline and the back of my hairline. I even sprouted a chin cyst the size of an almond on my wedding day.  Good grief.

So you learn to cope.  You wash your oily, lank hair every day, even though you mother warns you that you’re going to wash the life right out of your hair. Pssshh.  That didn’t happen. You use scrubs and facials and all sorts of harsh stuff on your poor face, only to be told years later that you have sensitive skin and should use only the most gentle cleansers.  Live and learn, right?

Well, it’s all drying up.  Finally.  I have to use facial cream, especially on my forehead and around my eyebrows, which have a tendency to be scaly.  I wash my hair maybe every other day, which is a lot like being on vacation 🙂 And to top it off, my hair has gone from string-straight to curly over the last few years.  All I do now is wash it, scrunch it with mousse or whatever, let it dry, and fluff it out.  Amazing, after all the years I went from bobbie pins (1950’s) to rollers (1960’s) to hot curlers (’70’s and ’80’s) and perms (off and on all through the years) to round brushes and blow dryers (’90’s to now). The time I spent then, compared to the time I spend now, is waaaay different, and I love it. 

And I don’t get zits any more, either. Usually.


hot rollers     Fashion brunnette with hair rollers


8 thoughts on “Unexpected

  1. mbjennings

    I empathize! I officially deem 2014 as the Year My Skin Went Dry (never mind the possibility of perimenopause). I would understand this phenomenon, to an extent, had I been residing in…oh, I don’t know…Arizona? Nevada? Utah? But I live in Florida, where humid, moist, damp, mildew, mold, and sweat are common words in our vocabulary. I don’t know what fresh hell is going on with my dry skin! Anyway, great post! Thanks for sharing.


    1. I, too, live in a place that is hot and humid in the summer. No explaining the change except for POST-menopausal mischief, I suspect 🙂 Thanks for your comment–funny 🙂


  2. Too funny! I’ve tortured my hair through the years as well…perms, hot rollers, blow dryers, etc. Growing up in the 80s will do that to you! I’ve finally embraced my straight hair and it is soooo easy to fix now. I’m glad your hair is easy, too. Makes life so much simpler! 🙂


  3. Thanks for responding to the prompt I inspired! Can I ask why you think there’s no point in making resolutions? I ask because I made a resolution at the start of 2014 and haven’t failed to follow it even once to-date!


    1. Well, congratulations! That’s really quite remarkable. I’ve just never been able to do that, so I gave up on the whole idea somewhere in my 30’s. Maybe my resolutions were unrealistic or something, I don’t know. I just found that I was a lot happier when I didn’t make any, because then I never failed to keep them 🙂


      1. That’s very true! It has to be a smart goal. Something realistic and attainable! 🙂 If you’re into blogging, make a resolution next year to do something differently on your blog! That’s do-able and you’ll be satisfied if you pull through!


      2. I have indeed set some goals, and I’ve managed to fulfill them both here and on my first blog, http://www.lindasbiblestudy.wordpress.com. I guess that’s kind of the same thing as a resolution 🙂 I’m actually a very goal-oriented person by nature. I do remember making a resolution when I was about 12 that I’d write in my diary every day.

        I think I made it through January.


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