Vacation—the aftermath

25 Aug

It’s been a week now.  BigHugs’ spilling last Monday spilled into Goose on Wednesday and DynaGirl on Saturday.  Mr. T threatened to spill on a few occasions, but thankfully never made good on that threat.

I think I’m on my 23rd load of laundry.  Don’t let me forget to put the towels in the dryer.  I hate it when I have to rewash a load because I’ve forgotten to promptly put it in the dryer, thus causing my load to lose its freshness.

I managed to unpack my suitcase.  And BigHugs’.  And it’s only been a week!  It’s some kind of record, I think.  Of course, Mr. T’s and the girls’ are still floating around their rooms somewhere in some stage of unpackedness.  Can’t they just hurry up and wear those clothes already?  Isn’t that the fastest way to empty luggage—the necessity of covering your nakedness?

The whole Bythelbs family managed to get burned the first day of our trip, which was now two weeks ago.  I’m usually pretty vigilant with the sunscreen, but that first day managed to miss more than a few spots.  We’re still peeling.  Well, somehow BigHugs and Goose managed to escape, but the rest of us…  We’re molting everywhere.  It’s like living in a snow globe.  With skin.

You know the worst place to get burned?  Your scalp.  Because the peeling scalp just looks like you’ve got dandruff on steroids.  And you can tell people (like everyone you run into who you think gave your head a second kind of funny and lingering look), “Don’t you just hate it when your scalp gets sunburned and you have like these super huge dandruffy looking flakes that aren’t really dandruff at all but just peeling skin because I’ve totally had the dandruff thing under control for like forever, but I forgot to wear a hat at the beach because well, actually, I don’t even own a hat…”  And they’ll totally nod with you like they get it, but something’s off in their eyes, and you realize they don’t believe a word coming out of your mouth.  Their heads are nodding “yes” while their minds are shaking “flaked out freak”.  Sigh.  Not that that’s ever happened to me.

Well, I’m off like a dirty shirt to do more laundry and bathe and loofah with a vengeance.  Can you loofah a scalp?  That still has a luxuriously full head of hair?  I’m wondering if that’s wise.  Hmmm…


14 Responses to “Vacation—the aftermath”

  1. cheryl August 25, 2008 at 10:48 am #

    YES! I hate the scalp burning. It’s the worst. Huge flaky dandruff is the worst, but the only saving grace is if you get your face burned in the process and they can see the peeling skin on your face and the peeling yucky dandruff and they put the two together and they realize it’s a sunburn so you don’t have to explain yourself to them in a way that will make them do what you have already described. So, my advice? If you burn your scalp, burn your face, too.

    Sorry for all the spillage. And don’t forget to put the towels in the dryer!

  2. kamillivanilli August 25, 2008 at 11:13 am #

    bythelbs, knowing that you have a ragless home, don’t you think it’s about time they came up with paper towels–like bath-towel size? If they can make a big, soft, absorbent rag-size paper towel, then why can’t they make a bath-towel size paper towel? It only makes sense to me. Just think of the life you could lead–with no rags or towels to ever have to wash, EVER??? It would be a mildew-free life, I tell you what.

  3. bythelbs August 25, 2008 at 11:30 am #

    cheryl—I did manage to burn my nose, but it only peeled slightly and was all done before I got home. Sigh.

    kamilli—Why has no one done this before? I think you’re really onto something. Only would this be a multi-use towel like Brawny rinse and reuse? Or a one time use? That would generate a lot of trash. Hmmm…

  4. Susan M August 25, 2008 at 3:19 pm #

    Two words: Aloe Vera. Twice daily. No peeling.

  5. bythelbs August 25, 2008 at 3:45 pm #

    I’ve only ever used the aloe vera for the pain of sunburns—didn’t realize it had special peeling-prevention qualities. Where were you a week ago? I wonder if they have it in spritz form for scalps. I’ll have to check that out next time.

  6. Susan M August 25, 2008 at 5:13 pm #

    I once got so sunburned at an Ozzfest concert that I was almost throwing up from it. Aloe vera every day, morning and night, and it turned into a tan. Barely peeled at all! It’s like a miracle.

  7. Mother of the Wild Boys August 25, 2008 at 5:35 pm #

    Oh, you’re cracking me up again! DH knows when I’m reading your blog because of those strange snort-like laughs I make when I’m visiting your hilarious blog. 😆

  8. Alison Wonderland August 25, 2008 at 7:43 pm #

    Sure they have it in a spritz. They’ve got it every way you can think of. I’ve seen drinkable aloe. I don’t remember why you were supposed to want to drink it, and frankly even when AI knew I didn’t much want to drink it, but I could have. And you can too.

  9. cheryl August 25, 2008 at 9:44 pm #

    My parents have an aloe plant in their hot-tub room and whenever we had sunburns, you just break off a branch, squish it good between your hands, and open it up. Voila! Instant organic aloe. Worked way better than the gel stuff –I’m telling you it was like a miracle cure.
    They still have that plant, too, I think. They tried to give me part of it but it died. Because all plants in my house die. I’m not a plant person.

  10. bythelbs August 25, 2008 at 11:17 pm #


    Mother—That’s why I’m here. Would you say I’m snort worthy?

    Alison—Good to know.

    Cheryl—We always had an aloe plant growing up, too. My mom used it for cuts and burns all the time. It always helped with the pain, but I never related it’s healing/power relieving powers to peel prevention. I’m not a plant person either. Kill everything. I don’t have a black thumb, I have no thumb. It liked shriveled up and died and fell off.

  11. cheryl August 26, 2008 at 5:57 am #


  12. flip flop mama August 26, 2008 at 10:47 pm #

    Sorry but this was a hilarious post!

    Oh the peeling scalp–not fun! I second the Aloe but I usually still peel a little. Luckily I haven’t been peeling burned in a long time!

  13. madhousewife August 27, 2008 at 8:11 am #

    I hate sunburns!

    Fortunately, my kids have inherited their father’s skin. They hardly ever burn, even when I forget the sunscreen. And burnt scalp is the worst. That’s why I always wear my ugly hat. That and it keeps the sun out of my eyes. Not a fan of sun, in the up close and personal sense. Shining from a distance is okay.

  14. thewoobdog August 27, 2008 at 11:44 am #

    I hate it when I burn my head… I always feel the need to explain, in the face of the (perceived) looks of silent judgment given me by everyone I meet (I mean, logically, most people probably don’t even notice, but I just can’t imagine them NOT noticing the huge hunks of dried peeled skin caught in my hair… narcissistic, lately? LOL).

    One thing that my family has always (ALWAYS) done for sunburn, that helps the peeling and turns it into a tan more quickly if done soon after the burn, is to apply apple cider vinegar. It reeks, but for whatever reason it actually does work (again, only if applied soon after the burn, though)… plus I’ve found it easier to apply to my head than aloe. 😉

    I hated it as a kid because, really, what kid wants to smell like vinegar?

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