Poikiloderma of Civatte

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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…

A Big Test Is Coming Up!

Next week my husband, my oldest son, and I are heading to Austin. Specifically, we're taking my son (I'll call him JS, since I'm still doing this blog anonymously!) to visit the University of Texas. My hubby went to graduate school there, and his description to JS of what an incredible experience it was has brought UT Austin to the top 5 of JS's college choices.

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JS has a lot of potential options for universities. He has a stellar GPA, takes honors and AP courses, and plays multiple sports. Can you tell I'm a proud Mama? But one of the main things he's looking for in addition to a top-notch academic program is a school that is within a city which has a lot going on...music, food, festivals, sports, etc. Austin appears to fit the bill.

However this "test" to which I referred in the title of this post is not for JS and his college admissions, but a big test for me! I know that a trip to Austin is, for many, considered to be a culinary adventure. I'm thinking of it that way as well! We already have plans to go to a plethora of famous music and BBQ venues, quite a few of which are one and the same!

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I am certainly not going to stick to Atkins while I'm on our trip. It will be another one of those "breaks" for which I need to plan. However, as in my previous break, I plan to make choices that will closely resemble my end-game diet/lifestyle. I don't need to have a big side of mac-n-cheese, I can choose the collard greens instead. I don't need to have something smothered in BBQ sauce, I can have something smoked with a dry rub instead. I don't need to have a Texas-sized burger and fries for lunch, I can have a salad with lots of veggies and topped with Texas steak instead. In other words, I do not need to feel deprived.

I'm sure I'll be saying that over and over to myself whilst on the trip: "I do not need to feel deprived! I am making this choice!"

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