November 10, 2007

Winter's On Its Way

The cats are all over me all night. I keep the window cracked at night because I love the cold, and the girls (see Calpurnia at left, on my boobs despite me trying to nudge her off with my MacBook), are crazy with the snuggling. It'd like to think it's love, but I know it's mostly body temperature maintenance.

My asthma is exercise-induced and triggered by cold dry air, so my exhilarating, sometimes reckless bike runs through dark Chicago streets are punctuated with wracking coughs. But biking gives me that adrenaline rush I cannot live without, so I'm getting out as much as I can.

I'm tough but I'm delicate. My skin sensitivities are in full swing. My sun allergy is less of an issue, but hot showers make me break out in what look like second degree burns. I've even started getting waxed to spare myself ten more minutes shaving in the shower every day.

I moisturize all day long. Every night before bed I slather myself one last time in yummy-smelling lotion and slip into the softest jammies and bedsheets known to humankind. What can I say? I'm a tomboy but I'm still a girl. This time of year, I'm all about being touched by soft things. Give me a cashmere sweater and flannel sheets and I'll be your best friend forever.


nora said...

I did the lethal flannel sheets/flannel pajamas combination last night. A lesson that needs to be re-learned every autumn.

Bella Rossa said...


Timothy Carter said...

That is a very cute picture of you and your cat. Karma hasn't become a cuddling cat yet, but Violet and I remain hopeful.

Bella Rossa said...

Thanks, Timothy. Calpurnia is young enough that she's still usually very flighty, but here and there, when she wants some full-on love and nurturing, she will not be dissuaded.

Coaster Punchman said...

I fear I have the same asthma thing happening - I have been in coughing fits for a month now. Yuck.

But furry kitties on the skin...this I can also relate to but in a good way. Who cares if their love is selfishly motivated? It's still love.

Bella Rossa said...

Yeah, this time of the year, it's pretty rough. I'm having a hard time convincing people I'm not going to infect them with horrible mutant germs when I cough in public.