Poikiloderma of Civatte

Well, bugger. I'm pretty sure I've figured out what is going on with the skin on my neck and chest, and it isn't simple aging. Well yes, it is aging, but something else added on.

I grew up in the desert southwest, and sometimes used sunscreen. I didn't diligently start using sunscreen until I was in my late teens, although I wasn't an avid sunbather. I have strawberry blond hair, blue eyes, and fair skin, so a deep golden tan just wasn't in the cards for me. But I did get my share of sunburns.

When I did start to regularly use sunscreen, I focused on my face. I really didn't pay any attention to my neck or chest. Weeeell, now I'm seeing the consequences.

My oldest son had a lacrosse tournament yesterday in Santa Cruz. It was a beautiful sunny day in a gorgeous beach town, about 80 degrees with a nice ocean breeze. I was prepared...lots of sunscreen and a very wide brimmed straw sun hat, long sleeves. When we got home around 10pm last night, I took a sho…

I'm Kondo-ing!

Or at least I'm getting ready to get ready to Kondo. By that, I mean I've bought the book, read the Table of Contents, and the first chapter.

I've been a lifelong clutterbug. My Mom never really cared about organizing and tidying and I never did either. My desk is always piled high with paperwork, clean unfolded laundry sits in baskets around my bedroom, and the closets...oh Lord, the closets.

However, I recently remarried. My new husband is a neat freak. I am the Oscar to his Felix. For the first time in my life, my kitchen is now spotless. Always. Cleaning, especially the kitchen, is a form of therapy to him. I've been feeling more and more guilty as we near our one year anniversary, and I'm still a disorganized mess. He's very tolerant, but I know it bugs him to see all of that unfolded laundry taking up space.

I've read testimonials from people who have claimed that the KonMari method has transformed their lives. Everything from their stress levels, relationships with their family, and yes...their health and weight. The clutter disappears from their physical environments, and thus clears from their minds as well.

So far I have overhauled my nightstand and cleaned out a new space for a revamped medicine cabinet. It's a start!


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