Monday, May 21, 2007

Pimped out like Indiana Jones

It's 12:30 now. I leave for the airport in 4 hours. I haven't decided yet if I should try to sleep before I leave. Honestly, I don't think I'd be able to sleep even if I tried. I'm pretty jacked up right now. I have a few chores to do...get some bills taken care of for while I'm gone, clean the kitchen, take out take out the trash, etc. It's hard for me to believe that I'm going to be wading through the mud of the Amazon Jungle in a little over a day. I can't wait to wear my "jungle clothes". I'm going to be pimped out like Indiana Jones....only minus the bullwhip. Rather, I'll be armed with sunscreen and granola bars. Prepare yourselves for stories filled with pirrhana eating, monkey touching, and river swimming goodness. Let's hope there will be no running away from anacondas or malaria-induced hallucinations. Check back in a few weeks for pictures.

Wish me luck!

Friday, May 18, 2007

I guess I'm stressed

A few weeks ago I thought I was allergic to my new hypo-allergenic laundry detergent. Three different brands of hypo-allergenic laundry detergent later, I'm still breaking out in hives. I'm getting them mostly on my thighs, shoulders, and the soles of my feet. I haven't really noticed a pattern in the timing of the breakouts so I've either developed an overnight allergy to all laundry detergent or I guess I'm stressed. I'm hoping it's stress, because I'd like to be able to wash my clothes without breaking out in a nasty case of hives.

When I was fifteen I developed an allergy to Benzol Peroxide overnight. I had been using the same acne medication for nearly a year and then *BLAMMO* one morning I woke up and my whole face was neon red and swollen. I had coincidentally used a new brand of soap that night so the next night I used my old brand of soap and the medication. Sure enough, the next morning I woke up with a swollen, neon red face. I haven't been able to touch Benzol Peroxide since. I once used some mystery pimple zapper stuff my cousin had without reading the label. I put a little pin-sized dab on my chin and about 20 minutes later my chin swelled up and turned bright red. I checked the label and saw that its active ingredient was Benzol Peroxide.
Bastard chemicals.

I guess I have reason to be stressed. The hives started about the time that I was getting my Peru stuff in order and taking final exams. I went to the bank today and got some cash for Peru. Minus the amount that's going to be used for June's bills, etc. I have $25 left in my account. Ouch.

Looks like I'll have to start job hunting when I get back.

Monday, May 14, 2007

I'm officially done with school

What a relief. I'm still exhausted, though, because the fam's in town.

As much as I appreciate them taking time to celebrate with me, it's hard to play hostess all the time. I've been doing lots of this:

Yay for gas being $3.25 a gallon. My one brother finally got to meet the kitties. He fell in love.

How could he not? Anyway, the brothers and sisters-in-law have all left, but the parents will still be staying with me until Wednesday or Thursday. Please forgive me for my lack of posts.

Friday, May 4, 2007

I almost peed my pants on the bus

No joke. Operation Hydration is proving to be more difficult than previously anticipated. I managed to hold it in while running cross-legged, desperately clenching my poor little bladder muscles to my apartment. Who knew that fishing for one's keys could be such a harrowing experience.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Commencing Operation Hydration

It's May 1st. 20 days until Peru. I have started drinking obscene amounts of water to try to make sure I'm fully hydrated for my trip. I also need to condition my bladder to hold large quantities of water without having to pee every five minutes....that's a skill that I envy in many people.

In other news, I discovered today that I am allergic to the fancy new hypo-allergenic laundry detergent that I bought a huge bottle of. Go figure. My co-worker told me when I showed her the hives that were spreading all over my body that she has the same reaction to hypo-allergenic dogs. Fancy that!