Blog Paralysis and The Dangers of Sunscreen

When there’s a lot going on in the world, I feel blog paralysis. What on earth can I write about? It’s not like every minute of my every day is sunshine and lollipops. (And anyway? I think I’d find that annoying. I hate lollipops.) But things are rolling along, no big bumps in our little road right now.

My home and my family: in tact.

My health: generally fine. (We are no longer talking about the foot issues, because my new strategy is to ignore them and they’ll go away. The issues, not my feet.)

My career: Uh, yes, that’s still in progress, but I’m working some and writing some. No complaints.

So there you have it. Anything I have to say feels small. I’m not funny enough to write a humor piece that transcends tragedy, or wise enough to explain the fires, the hurricanes, the earthquakes. All I have is me. And don’t get me wrong. I’m thankful. Extremely so.

I can feel full of blessings, and still feel blog paralysis.

Until I can come up with the words, we’re sticking with pictures. I love #iPPP (clearly, as this is the third time I’ve linked up), because I can just use photos from my phone. No fancy photography required.

Today’s picture? I warn you, it’s kind of scary. Me, no makeup, at the dermatologist. You know what? If you’re eating, either finish your snack super fast or come back and read this post later.

I decided to use today’s post as an educational opportunity. We all know you need to wear sunscreen. The problem with the daily sunscreen wearing, however, is that it’s hell on your pores. If you’re wearing the wrong stuff, or not using a cleanser than completely removes the sunscreen at the end of the day, or if you sweat a lot while wearing sunscreen, this could be you:


Was anyone ever going to tell me that my entire face is nose and forehead?


Scary, right? That’s me, covered in numbing cream and saran wrap (yep, saran wrap), waiting to have 20+ impacted oil glands burned – BURNED – off my face. Apparently, no matter what I do to cleanse and care for my skin, I’m prone to these. Just a genetic thing, according to the dermatologist. But using the right sunscreen will go a long way, as will washing it off as soon as possible after sweating.

With our current predicament here in Austin – that would be the 100+ degree weather that is never, ever ending, ever – it’s kind of tricky to wash my face every time I sweat.  But I’m going to try. Because the procedure, while not horribly painful, was lengthy and resulted in this:

Four hours later, brows and lids still a bit numb.

iPhone Photo Phun


  1. Didn’t scare me. That looks like me after trying to get the last bit of Saran Wrap off the roller. I guess maybe just go with a wide-brim hat? Good luck.

  2. You look rather – um – different since we last hung out. :)

    I hope that the Texas part of the world settles down soon!

  3. Wait… let me get this right… this is because you WORE sunscreen? Geesh…

    I kinda like the saran wrap… it’s more like a fashion statement.

  4. I do the saran wrap thing for fun sometimes.

    You do look awfully pretty for someone who’s face is saran wrapped.

  5. Yeah, I don’t think I could pull off the saran-wrap look as well as you did! I know what you mean about having blog paralysis. I’ve been having it lately, too.

  6. Your pictured didn’t scare me :)

  7. The picture isn’t scary, but the thought of the procedure and numb eyelids kind of is…

  8. Sucks! I had a really bad day one day this week and I had the same issue – couldn’t even make myself type. I think I might be able to reflect on the day next week, but on the day – you are exactly right. Paralysis.

  9. Sheesh! I wear moisturizer with sunscreen, but apparently I need to up the ante, because I’m getting major sun damage on my forehead. Being an adult sucks.

    Your eyes are gorgeous by the way! Any chance we can get you to wear that little ditty out to the next ABGNO?

  10. You. Facking. Kill. Me.
    Ps. I’m all forehead. As a matter of fact it’s the only part of me that gets burnt in the summer. It’s annoying. And large.

  11. First of all, my major takeaway from your post is this:
    She looks really good with no make-up.

    But secondly, you HATE lollipops?

    p.s. I don’t even wash my face at night. So. Bad. Really. Do you feel better about yourself now? Good. XO

  12. Picture didn’t scare me at all. But the description of the procedure did.

    I hope you are healing quickly!

    I’m sure I never wash my face enough. *Sigh* I’m just to tired at the end of the day.

  13. I’m not scared. I’m still wearing band-aids, nearly three months after my latest run-in with the dermatologist. Geesh, aren’t they supposed to make us pretty?!

  14. You are one brave girl to post that picture. Ha!!



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