Is the Skin Supposed to Dissolve Like That?

Posted 2009.07.19 14.12 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

So I was having a nice relaxing Sunday bath, but eventually the relaxation time was over and it was time to get cleaned up and get on with the day. About a month ago I decided to try one of these ‘body wash’ liquid soap products instead of the appallingly stone-aged soap bar things that neanderthals used. I’ve been using a fairly well-known name-brand ‘body wash’ product, and it’s been ok. Till today. When it all went wierd.

See, I have these bizzare medical mystery shins, with unexplained scars that are really tender. So of course I’m always careful when washing them, like being gentle and all. Today though when I got the body-wash lather on there, I suddenly found myself transported into a television commercial…

Are you tired of grubby-looking scars that are difficult to clean? Are you tired of being in constant chronic pain? Then we have the product for you! That’s right, with our new body-wash, you’ll look sparkly clean and that annoying old pain will be long forgotten.

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I Miss Diet Dr. Pepper

Posted 2009.07.19 12.00 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

I was just sitting here watching my fish when it struck me that I rather miss drinking diet Dr. Pepper.

I always thought the diet one tasted way better than the regular one – maybe the regular one was too sickly sweet or something. Anyways, I used to go through like 4 or 5 cans a day of that stuff. A few years ago though, I stopped drinking soda pop and now I can’t drink it. The bubbles are too harsh and ouchie.

I probably sound like Grampa Simson – Ow! Ow! The bubbles are burning my tongue!

Still – I did enjoy the taste, it was my favorite thirst-quenching soft drink. Sure I could go out and buy some, but I know I wouldn’t enjoy it. I guess that’s what I miss – not the beverage itself, but being able to enjoy it. On the other hand, I’m glad I’m not ‘hooked’ on it like I used to be – the cost of going through that much pop every week can add up, and it can’t be too good for one’s health either.

Then they had the special flavours, like the Vanilla Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper – that was wierd. I mean, I liked it, but I think I liked the idea of it more than anything else. I couldn’t actually taste it. Literally – it was like all the different artificial flavours came together and cancelled each other out, so that all I had was the sensation, and maybe a faint hint of flavour that I couldn’t quite place. There was another one, chocolate rasberry diet dr. pepper maybe, or something like that. It… wasn’t so good.

Anyhow… so that’s where my head is at just now. Missing being able to enjoy something I no longer enjoy. If that makes any sense.

The Tide is Turning

Posted 2009.07.19 8.49 in Aquaria, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Aquarium Diary, Entry # 27

Zebrafish still have not fully regrouped from their staggering losses at the Battle of the Bucket. Seems they were truly unprepared for the devestation a simple gravel-vacuum could bring to their hidden troops.

Speed Racer continues to provide solid intel while devouring whatever eggs he finds, keeping zebras from rebuilding their army. Pressing the advantage, have added reinforcements to further demoralize General Shifty.

Doctor Pepper, a gruff-but-lovable corydora catfish, is in there working for me, and assisting Speed Racer in the egg-eating duties.

No longer fearing the fry armies or their zebrafish overlords, I continue to keep my iPhone some distance just in case – they could still deploy sappers and the disposition of the 113rd Royal Zebra Fry Engineering Corps remains unknown.