|My commute this morning|
It is officially Stoopid-Cold(TM) here in the Granite State. The weather forecasters are saying that today is the coldest day we've had in over two years and I believe them! This is the kind of cold that takes your breath away; in fact this morning I was out in it for no longer than thirty seconds before I felt like my hands were going to fall off. Any exposed flesh is just begging for frost-bite.
"Feels like -19." Uh, yup, it sure does. The bank sign I pass on my way to work read, "-17." It's my choice to live here so I try to take our sometimes shitty weather in stride. But this? Well, this just plain sucks.
Last week my friend Laurie was having a case of the winter SADs so I suggested a chick-date with some faux sun time. Since my natural winter skin tone looks a little something like this ----->
I decided to go for a Mystic Tan.
Fuck yeah, I got a spray tan, bitches! And since you know I have to report back to my bloggy buddies every time I subject myself to a bizarre spa/torture treatment, here's the 411.
Self-tanners and I go way back. It's not that I don't like my
I hate that Tan-in-a-Can odor! They ALL have it, you can't mask it with other scents, and it lingers for days. Plus, with the DIY lotions and sprays it's hard to get your back and avoid streaks and smears.
Of course I kept thinking about the Friends episode where Ross gets a spray tan. (YouTube won't let me embed it, but watch it if you get a chance--it's hilarious). At the worst, I expected to look something like this:
It was a little bit like being inside an electric car wash: the sprayer is cold, shocking, and it starts at your feet and sprays the front of your body from bottom to top in two or three passes, all in less than a minute. Then you turn around and it does your back. The whole thing took under three minutes, and as I stepped out I was already almost dry. Once you towel off (it rubs the lotion on its skin), you're done.
It was easy, and I've gotta say, it looked pretty good! It wasn't orange at all. I took before and after shots just for you--the lighting in there wasn't very good, but you get the idea.
|Before, in all my pasty glory|
|Immediately after, slightly Snooki-fied.|
I did have the self-tanner stink lines coming off of me that evening, but it wasn't overpowering. I went out to dinner and didn't even notice it, and the color deepened overnight. The next day I noticed some weirdness on my feet from the booties and a few small streaks on the insides of my arms, but nothing noticeable. Now that I've showered the color isn't as dark but it's still there, and the streaks are gone. They say it lasts 7 days, but I doubt it. We'll see! All in all, I liked it. I think I'll do it again before I take vacations, etc. It really did make me feel better!
Much later that evening I drove Laurie back to her car, and that's when we saw this:
Yes, it's a flaming taxi! So random. When we arrived the back door was open and smoke was pouring out of the car, and within minutes the whole car was engulfed in flames.
It was an odd ending to the night.
That's what's new with me... just getting hosed down with (hopefully-harmless) chemicals and stuff like that. How about you?