For a long time, I never knew what PSA stood for.

It stands for Public Service Announcement. I think I missed that the first day of my public relations class in college, and for the rest of the year, I only heard the prof refer to them as PSAs. I can't remember when I figured out what PSA stood for, but it definitely wasn't in that class.

Anyway, that's what I'm doing right now. Around Spring Break last year, I wrote a post about how brown fat is better than white fat and that I lay out a few times a year to get a tan b/c I hate the fake tanners out there. Now, I am a changed woman.

Self's latest article about skin cancer and young women victims really got me scared. I couldn't find the link for you online, but basically the entire article is about young women with all different types of skin and lifestyles who suffered through a skin cancer scare.

During high school I was a religious fake-n-baker at the local tanning salon. Plus, I spent a lot of time outside playing sports. I never wore sunscreen until I got to college. Even then, sunscreen wearing incidents were far and few between. I wouldn't say that I really started wearing sunscreen regularly until I came to law school, and that is because I started to see the signs of aging (yikes) and I decided it was time to be responsible.

My whole point in telling you all of this is to give a little plug to the Jergen's Natural Glow line. Or any of those other lotions with a fake tanning aid. I think Dove has one that a lot of my friends like, too. Jergen's has a natural, subtle tanner in it and makes me brown enough to where I don't feel the need to go lay out. I just started using the face moisturizer too. The best part about the face moisturizer is that in addition to containing a 20 SPF, it also has a self tanner. So now, we can all be brown with no fear of the doctor's frown.

I do have two complaints. First, I wish the body moisturizer also contained the SPF. Second, it does have an unusual scent. I have not noticed the scent in the face moisturizer. The Knight and Daisy both swear that they can't smell the body lotion's scent, so, apparently, it isn't offensive enough to carry to others. The first week I started using it, I found myself being very aware of myself. And this strange new scent. But, you get used to that too. So, put your big girl panties on and deal with it. Skin cancer is bad and can so easily be avoided. Go put on some sunscreen. Now.

Material Girl.
Have I ever told you how much I love legal research engine reward points? For those of you not in law school, LexisNexis and Westlaw are the two major legal research engines. While you have to pay big bucks to use their services in the real world, in law school, both companies break their backs trying to woo you to use their product after you graduate. One way that they "woo" you is by giving you "research points" when you use their search engines. Those points can be used to buy all sorts of things.

Since I have been in law school, I took getting those points very seriously. What can I say, I am materially driven. To date, I have purchased a gorgeous Coach purse, a Nikon digital camera, a bonsai tree, serving pieces to match my everyday dishes, and countless books, CDs, workout things, and toys for the brothers, sisters, nieces, & nephews.

Since I am about to graduate, I thought it was time to go ahead and clean out my reward point bank account.

Things I just bought online (Thank you LexisNexis and Westlaw):

New carpet sucker.
A pedometer.
Book about pregnant chickens.
Book about desperate chickens.
Book about some generous tree.
Book about Porn for Women. Seriously, it is hilarious. Go check it out.
Book that I always wanted someone to give me at graduation, so now I'm buying it for myself because very soon I am graduating (for the last time) and I really don't think anyone is ever going to get this for me.

Beauty is Pain.
The last few weeks, I've been "up in the gym just working on my fitness." Actually, I've been preparing myself for a 5K. I know, some of you out there are probably sniffing at me and thinking "you have to train for a 5K?" But yes, I do. My last cross country running experience was 8 years ago when I was in high school. 8 YEARS. Can you believe that, people. I am getting OLD.

Anyway, here is the link that I am using to get ready. http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

I haven't exactly found the 5K that I am going to run, but I'm looking for something in Knoxville at the end of May or the beginning of June. Any suggestions?

For my birthday, Daisy paid for she and I to meet with a personal trainer for three sessions. No, Daisy is not trying to tell me that I am fat, but rather, this is something we had talked about for a while, and then I dropped the ball, and Daisy being the good and organized and healthy person that she is, went and got it for me.

Yesterday was our first session. I was a little nervous at first. Skinny, healthy, pretty people intimidate me, but our teacher, "Dorothy", was awesome. She was skinny, healthy, and pretty but in a forgiving, hippie way that didn't make me feel like the whole time I was working out she was judging me. Plus, she had hairy armpits. Who knows why I feel that is relevant, but for some reason, it made her seem a little quirky and approachable.

Moving on...the workout was tough. My heart monitor at times reflected a heart rate of the low 170s (which, I learned, is between fat-burning and cardio), my legs shook, and I was sweating (sorry, mom, no glowing yesterday) like a man. Today, I feel like I have been hit by a truck. My back is sore. My obliques are aching. My hips are screaming at me.

But you know what? I loved it! I am kind of a cheater when it comes to doing weights, and having someone standing over me making sure I have proper form and do the correct number of reps. If I ever can afford one after I am working, I will definitely go hire a personal trainer.

Thanks, Daisy. I really appreciate your gift and look forward to our other sessions.

Artsy Fartsy is pretty sure she witnessed a drug deal exchange while walking Betty this morning. Yikes!


Anonymous said...

The Expo 10K/5K:


ashleystravel said...

The Giving Tree is one of my favorite books!

And my parents were avid beach goers (we lived in FL most of the time I was growing up) and my Dad had to have half of his nose removed because of skin cancer when he was 43. Yeah for SPF!

joey said...

i just bought a Playstation 2 on Lexis!!! I still have a 1800 points on there and 13,000 on westlaw i need to use

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