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alabaster skin (and not in a good way)

You read in the romantic poems about beautiful ladies with alabaster skin and assume it must mean pale, delicate, translucent, and then you see the alabaster statues in the British Museum and they're translucent alright but also a horrible, raw-meatish sort of mottled red/pink/off-white -- exactly the colour of my knee, in fact. I've been bruised before, but these are horrible. Look horrible, feel horrible. Especially the wrist, which is aggravated most of all by typing, opening doors, standing up on the bus and those exact small movements required for shading in jumpers in comics. I wish I'd set Mildred in summer. Oh well, at least fairyland contains practically no shading ...

I went looking for cool gel packs. Did they get declared unsafe while I wasn't looking or is their complete absence from anywhere I was looking just more evidence that the universe hates me? And yes, Doctor, I know that they are NO SUBSTITUTE for real ice, but my fridge is STILL not working so, no ice, and nowhere to chill hot/cool pads either. I was running my wrist under the tap, but the skin started objecting, so now I have eczma *and* bruises. Whiiiiiiiiiiine.

Oh, and the post was late today, so my replacement Palm (I gave up on Palm Service on the third incomprehensible email) will be languishing in a depot somewhere. Probably somewhere only accessible by car. I had this fantasy on the way to the busstop and work that the refridgerator repair man would turn up just in time to sign for the Palm parcel. Ha ha ha. Not likely.

It looks like being a soggy May Morning here, rain raining. No stars bright for Beltane night. Fortunately I videoed May Morning two years ago, so if I don't feel like going down to the bridge to watch choir boys sing tomorrow morning at 6am I don't have to. I forgot to buy Lily-of-the-valley ink. I need a bath. Do I have enough coffee and cartoons to keep my friends awake all night?

Julia and Dan are both very tan ... and tomorrow, should I wear silk pajamas or a cocktail dress? Dresses are better in wet weather, I should probably wear the dress, but ugh, tights ... my feet got wet today even though I polished my shoes.

I'm sure I could complain more if I tried.

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marstokyo
30th Apr, 2004 07:18 (UTC)
My calendar says it's April 30th. What part of the world are you in?
cleanskies
30th Apr, 2004 07:33 (UTC)
it's a local thing
Celebrations for tomorrow morning (may morning) begin this evening, go on all night and then culminate at 6am with choir-boys, morris men, pubs open, people staggering around in black tie and ballgowns and all that jazz. It's all very Oxford.

Unfortunately the weather is so bad it already looks eveningish outside, and I'm exhausted. Still, c'est la vie.
elleblue
30th Apr, 2004 07:37 (UTC)
Re: it's a local thing
The weather man said the day should end up dry, but I think the stuff he said about tomorrow involved rain. My housemates and I have mused about the possibility of walking down to the bridge tomorrow morning.. it's not as if any of us ever gets to sleep before 3am on a normal day anyway. Is it as much fun on the out-of-town side of the bridge?
cleanskies
30th Apr, 2004 07:57 (UTC)
Re: it's a local thing
I don't know as I'm always on the Plain side but I guess so. You can certainly hear the choir from there. There's more families and less students, perhaps?
elleblue
30th Apr, 2004 10:54 (UTC)
Re: it's a local thing
From the foot of Magdelen tower, the music is sometimes too quiet to hear, and other times too garbled by the loudspeaker system to enjoy much, though hsenag once took a bunch of us inside Magdalen, which was good :-) Looks like the current Catan plan is to stay home and enjoy warmth and dryness, and poor Dan is working in the morning, too.
marstokyo
30th Apr, 2004 07:41 (UTC)
Re: it's a local thing
cool. I love May Day. It brings out my inner communist! hope the weather clears.
crazycrone
1st May, 2004 13:27 (UTC)
Re: it's a local thing
Surely naked and woad-smeared is more trad?
cleanskies
4th May, 2004 02:44 (UTC)
Re: it's a local thing
they do that the other side of town, out on Port Meadow. When I lived over there we went out for it one morning, there was lots of drumming, and bonfires.
crazycrone
4th May, 2004 04:50 (UTC)
Re: it's a local thing
Ohh, nice. I do like the idea of chilly,woad -smeared rudeness in the woods.
Funny, I don't think I've ever heard of the ball-gown sporting, marriage - proposing Morris Men Oxford alternative before. I concede it sounds fairly cool.
cleanskies
4th May, 2004 06:43 (UTC)
Re: it's a local thing
It gets briefly famous every time some American puts it into a film. (Shadowlands? Romantic stuff I don't watch.) ... and I don't think any of us went at all last year. 2002 was rather nice, though.
mr_snips
30th Apr, 2004 07:19 (UTC)
should I wear silk pajamas or a cocktail dress?

Pajamas. It will make archie feel better *.


He is planning to wear T-shirt, jeans and tails. Or possibly my kimono, I forget.





cleanskies
30th Apr, 2004 07:34 (UTC)
hmf
the trousers are a bit long and will dip in the puddles.
mr_snips
30th Apr, 2004 07:45 (UTC)
Re: hmf
the trousers are a bit long and will dip in the puddles

I was of course assuming that you would be arriving by sedan chair.


cleanskies
30th Apr, 2004 07:58 (UTC)
Re: hmf
getting hold of bearers on May Day is a bitch. They're all in London smashing up McDonalds or somesuch.
jinty
30th Apr, 2004 08:04 (UTC)
Re: hmf
Roll 'em up while walking. Works for me. (Looks a bit daft though.)
cleanskies
30th Apr, 2004 08:12 (UTC)
I'd need pegs
Rolling up loose silk is a tricky business.
jinty
30th Apr, 2004 08:44 (UTC)
Or socks?
tuck 'em into yr socks if applicable. Yr right about the slipperiness of silk - nuisancy stuff!
jinty
30th Apr, 2004 08:05 (UTC)
I shall be wearing one of my Pakistani suits, probably with a nice warm wooly jumper held in reserve.

Oh, that's only for the party not for the bridge, of course.
ceciley
30th Apr, 2004 08:33 (UTC)
i'm having a nightmare bullying mes amies into May Day. I may end up having to go with my sister. How awful.
Go for the dress. And thick socks.
marstokyo
30th Apr, 2004 13:55 (UTC)
Over here our health food/natural remedies stores carry something called Arnica Gel--it's a clear gel, herbal, that you rub on bruises and aches and it makes them go away faster. I use a LOT of it as i'm always knocking myself around.
uitlander
30th Apr, 2004 13:56 (UTC)
Get your feet wet, then come and join us at angry_marmot's pirate party tomorrow evening.
cleanskies
4th May, 2004 02:45 (UTC)
'fraid not
... it's Adrian's wedding party. Though it did sound fun.
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