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That’s hot... unfortunately.

One of the many things that puts me in the minority is… my deep loathing of hot weather.

Most other people cannot wait for the sun to come out – and in the UK, any drop of heat is greeted with a mass unveiling of flesh (ick… just, ick.).  Seriously – any temperature that is even close to 20° centigrade sends almost every female into miniskirt and cropped top mode.  Shirtless males (usually the ones with torsos you’d rather not see) emerge in similar abundance.  (Is it just me, or is the Shirtless Britisher one of the most unpleasant sights in the animal kingdom?!)

This is one of the few times when I wish I could transport myself back to the Edwardian era.  Miniskirt and cropped top?  So not my style.  A pure white cotton-lawn walking ensemble, complete with parasol and wide-brimmed hat (not to mention the tacit expectation that I might wilt and have to sit in the shade and be fanned by a nice and very solicitous young man) – that would do very well, methinks.  As it stands, various bits of me that are usually of a porcelain pallor end up an unbecoming shade of pink.  (I’m not absolutely pale-pale, but almost.  And I don’t tan – I don’t even get freckles!)

The general unloosing of flesh is, of course, accompanied by much breast-beating in the media on the subject of “Help!  I am too disgusting to be seen in public!” – which I ought to be used to by now, given that ‘The Bikini Diet’ articles in the newspapers normally start appearing in January…

But because it’s warm out, we can’t just worry about being fat.  (Incidentally, I saw a piece on cellulite in some magazine that said ‘Cellulite is not normal fat’.  What nonsense.  Fat is fat is fat.  Unless you want to live on wheatgrass and spend the rest of your life chained to a treadmill, most of us will have it, which as far as I’m concerned makes it ‘normal’.  But that’s a whole other can of worms…)  Because it’s sunny, we also have to worry about being too pale, or too orange, or too hairy, or or or…

Well, I’ve rambled on plenty before now about that kind of thing, so I’ll give it a rest.  Suffice it to say that too much bright sun (especially when it’s low in the sky) makes my head hurt. >_<

However, I enjoyed Saturday (despite the heat), going with my mum to a Garden Show.  I spent £50 on plants.  (How unlike me!)  The prettiest thing I bought was a lovely Acer palmatum Sango-kaku (to go with the Sazanami I bought last year).  (I’m hopeless at gardening – manual labour not my strong point – but even I can keep a small tree in a pot, and put it in a bigger pot after a year…).

Had a visitor on Sunday so I made a cake.  A yogurt cake, no less, using a recipe I’ve always wanted to try.  However, the recipe was one of those ones that is a cross between a barefaced lie and a practical joke.  When I took the cake out of the oven, it was more like a kind of soup-with-a-scab.  Back into the oven it went, about four times, effectively doubling the cooking time!!  Note to self: try out new recipes in advance, before inflicting them on unsuspecting guests.  It was quite nice (if considerably less handsome than the photo in the recipe book!), but not as nice as an ordinary sponge cake. :-(  (Also, I am left lumbered with half a bag of desiccated coconut that I know not what to do with.  Is desiccated coconut possibly the nastiest edible substance known to mankind?!  Constructive suggestions for its disposal gratefully received…)


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May. 12th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
May I suggest a tropical-weight suit? One of those 'Our Man in Havana' jobs? :-)
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May. 12th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Re: photo opportunities
Oh, yes. Get a panama hat.

(I wrote a song about a panama hat once. ^_^)

I've always been really taken with the idea of 'beach pyjamas'. Apparently my grandma (who was a bit of a fashion plate in her day) had a pair in the 1920s/30s. Much more chic than that nasty thong-and-no-top look! >_<

Edited at 2008-05-12 07:48 pm (UTC)
May. 12th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
I'm right there with you on The Edwardian Plan!

I don't mind dry heat, myself, but I avoid direct sunlight and could do without seeing that much skin. Something more to the imagination would be quite nice.
May. 12th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes. And it seems mean to say this, but it often seems to be the people whose flesh one would least like to see who are the worst offenders!
May. 13th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
It's very, very true.
May. 12th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Not only is hot weather generally unpleasant, but it also unlocks the terrible truth of just how happily horrifying your fellow human beings can be. Well said, and bravo.

Give me coat weather any day.
May. 12th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Coat weather, oh yes. I'm a coat person, all through. You know, at that Garden Show, in broiling heat, I almost bought a Donegal tweed coat. Almost... (There was a 'country attire' stand. I wonder whether they actually sold anything!)
May. 12th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
You should have bought the coat!

In New Orleans coat weather is rare, but I do appreciate those few days when they come.
May. 12th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
Ack, well, if it hadn't been £200... ;-)
May. 12th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Well, that's a different story entirely then! :-)
May. 12th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
I'm always sad when it starts getting too warm to wear pants. It means I have to shave, which is annoying, and often that I have to wear shorts, which I dislike. I'm somewhat mollified by the recent discovery that I actually don't mind wearing skirts -- but not the mini kind, those are just scary.
May. 12th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
Who invented shorts?! Shame on them! So unflattering. :-(

Right now, I want one of those really long, flouncy white skirts... I'm not a skirt fan myself, unless there's something flamboyant about them!
May. 13th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
what about guy shorts?
May. 13th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
Nothing wrong with them. Unfortunately girl shorts tend to either fall into the 'unflattering long and baggy' category, or the 'unflattering short-short hotpants' category...
May. 12th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Shorts can be okay... The most comfortable ones are practically skirts themselves, though. XD
May. 13th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
Just do this: Go back in time, marry Christian Vander, and move to a sub-arctic landscape somewhere.
May. 13th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Trudgin' across the tundra (taiga?), mile after mile, drumkit in tow... language barrier... hairiness...

...No. ;-)
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