Yesterday shook down a little differently than I'd originally planned. I called my dad in the morning and switched our work time to tonight after I leave my real job. That freed me up for everything I'd wanted to do in the morning and afternoon.
I started the day's activities with a delightful breakfast with Cagey, MLE and Hulkster. We met at an IHOP (chosen because it was close to I-70, in case you're wondering), and chatted for an hour and a half over breakfast. It was great to meet you guys! Thanks for not minding that I pretty much invited myself along!
Once we said our goodbyes, I made a beeline to a nearby Converse store to shop for sneakers. I got a great deal on some black high-tops with a shiny, black fingerprint pattern on them. I believe I'll be wearing them today.
After that, I raced home to find an acceptable swimsuit and other accoutrements for joining my sister and her family on their boat. I started with a pair of over-sized, hot pink board shorts and a coordinating top. They fit okay, but I decided to try on the bikini I'd bought in Myrtle Beach about five years ago and another two-piece suit I'd had for almost a decade. Aaaahh! My eyes! My eyes!
So those suits are never to see the light of day again. I put the pink shorts and top back on, grabbed a couple of beach towels and set off for the lake.
To the point of my post title, I don't go out in the sun as a general rule. I come from pasty Swedish, British and Dutch stock and it's really best if I stay well away from harmful UV rays, as the sunscreen commercials put it. However, I enjoy boating and swimming, so I occasionally crawl out from my dark lair and slather myself with 50+ SPF.
It was sunny when we started out, so it felt good to speed around the lake a bit and especially good to anchor and jump into the cool water. I kept reapplying sunscreen to my face any time it felt warm, so I didn't get much noticeable sun there. I am a little pink about the chest and shoulders, but it doesn't hurt or anything.
It was getting less and less sunny as the afternoon progressed and by the time I decided to head home, there was a dark cloud over one side of the lake. As I drove west, it began to rain lightly and once I was close to my own neighborhood, I think it would be safe to say that it was flash flooding.
It rained for the rest of the day, although that didn't deter various neighbors of ours from blowing up huge arsenals of fireworks, from what we could hear. We left the house once to stuff ourselves with barbecue and then stayed in for the rest of the evening. It was probably the most relaxing 4th of July I've ever had.
So how was your day?