Thursday, June 7, 2012

Thursday Night Catch-Up

First and foremost, for those who don't know, Sean got a(nother) job!! He's making calls to follow up on claims for a malpractice suit - it's not what he wants to do, it's not glamorous or fun, but it makes $12/hr and it's an actual paying job. And something on the resume.

So now he's working two jobs - one paid and one unpaid (at the free tax clinic). He's still also got his summer courses. He's been super busy, but that's how it goes. I've lost my housedude though. Guess I'll have to do some laundry :p

Work's settled down a lot, even though we're smack in the busiest season - guess it helps to have a full staff! I've been working my normal 40 a week, which is sooo wonderful. I just got back from a business trip to St. Louis. It was just a short 2 day trip, but I got a company car (and credit card) for a few days for it! It was a great trip, and we got to meet a lot of the big guns in the area. I love meeting the higher ups, and learning about all of the opportunities I have within the company. The whole having a career thing? It's pretty awesome. I seriously love my job.

Bowser got his manly bits chopped today, but he's taking it like a champ!

I've gotten 2 wedding invitations in the mail this week, and I'll get at least one more by the time the year ends. Two of the weddings are on the east coast, which kinda sucks, but we'll make it work (especially with Sean's new job!!). I'm excited though! I <3 weddings.

Life. Awesome.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Sunscreen Allergy - Solved!!

For as long as I can remember, I've been allergic to sunscreen. My grandparents owned a neighborhood pool, so sun was a frequent summertime friend for us. My family started noticing that I would burn more and get little red bumps (like ingrown hairs) all over whenever I wore sunscreen of any kind. I'm a naturally darker skinned person though - I'd burn once or twice, and that would be it each summer (go go Native American blood!!). It was never really a worry in my family though - we were poolside or at Six Flags pretty regularly, and so we were always tan. Even when my grandpa got skin family treated it as a "let's cut it out and go on our merry way" kind of thing. It was never really like cancer.

But. I know that the sun isn't very nice to skin in general. I know that I should be protecting myself in some way. I'd rather not deal with ridiculous wrinkles and skin cancer when I'm 50. I already have ridiculous complications (like Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is combated with Vitamin D, but my body ONLY absorbs Vitamin D through sun exposure - so in the winter, my options are depression or tanning beds. My body hates me, and wants cancer). I needed a sunscreen I could wear!

A blogger friend of mine mentioned that she had an Oxybenzone allergy, which caused the exact same symptoms that I was getting whenever she tried sunscreen. She also suggested the EWG's Skin Deep website - some sunscreens are better for you than others. Thanks to the site, I found a great sunscreen, Coppertone Sport Pro with Duraflex. It's spray, so it doesn't absorb as much into my skin (which helps with my allergies to other things), and there's absolutely no Oxybenzone in it.

Thank you, for protecting me from cancery things.