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so andrea got me into the swimming pool! it only took her almost a year and a half to do so. i generally don't like swimming for a few different reasons, the biggest being my stupid self conscious self having to have my two WORST features on my body completely nekkid: my thighs and my arms. because of the fact that neither of these usually get sun, when i DO pop out in public showing them off (read: never), they glow in the sunshine. seriously. i was stretching in the pool, the sun came out from behind a cloud, and i had to jerk my leg away from my face because my eyes started watering from the glare.

this used to not always be so. from about age 6 or 7 to about 13 or 14, i was a water baby. i LOVED swimming. i could swim underwater for forever, dive like mad, etc. for some reason though, when i hit puberty, all of a sudden i started to become overwhelmed with a massive PANIC if my face was covered with water. (or more accurately, if water covers my eyes...) i don't know why this is. i never had any near drowning incidences. it's even the same when i wash my face... i have to wash around my eyes, and rinse around my eyes. if i try to do the completely splashing the face thing, it's all i can do to not flail my arms around, shrieking until i find a towel.


overall, i had fun, though i felt bad because i whined the entire time. i'm cold. the sun is bright. i feel like i'm burning. i need to pee. my shoulder hurts. i got water in my ear.

i had forgotten how miserable i am to be around when i'm doing something out of doors sometimes. not always miserable, i don't freak out when having to walk long distances in the heat, for example, or when i'm freeeeezing at night. (though i may remark once or twice about the fact.) ha ha, swimming today reminded me of my teenager self, when i did nothing but CONSTANTLY complain, and had boyfriends leave me because of the fact.

i so wouldn't repeat my teenage hood for the WORLD.

i keep meaning to make a post as to the many reasons why i feel i'm an emotionally stunted human being. i'm certain you are all a-quiver with antici.......................pation.

but no time for it today. must leave for work soon.


pee ess... i had also forgotten how much i desperately WANT TO SLEEP after swimming. but i must leave for work in 15 minutes. *downs her cold coffee*


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Aug. 22nd, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC)
I'm a scorpio and scorpios are water signs so I love going swimming. As I have gotten older though I don't like having my head go underwater either.
Sep. 6th, 2006 07:38 am (UTC)
i can't handle water covering my face completely for some weird reason. funny how we have unexplained idiosynchrases like that!
Aug. 22nd, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
swimming makes me tired, too... and hungry!
Aug. 23rd, 2005 02:11 am (UTC)
Me too! Swimming rocks! Especially if you have like a BBQ after. Even though I suck at it. I just like to float. (sometimes with the water-noodles)
Aug. 22nd, 2005 10:15 pm (UTC)
For a while, I could not stand having water in my eyes, until I got the large pool a few years ago. then I had no problems with it, mostly due to the fact that I did not have the stinging sensation that initally caused my grief. (Which is in itself due to the pH balance in the water. I had the pool well tuned.) Alas, I have issues with it again, because I don't swim anymore, because I don't have a pool of my own to swim in. ::sigh::
Sep. 6th, 2006 07:39 am (UTC)
i get a weird craving to go swimming every now and then, which makes me miss my friend leesa's swimming pool back in glendale. here too many kids swim in the pool (pee!) and there's always people there and people watching, so nevermind.
Aug. 23rd, 2005 01:21 am (UTC)
i havent been in a pool in yrs! i miss it. usually i would just stand there in the water.

i dont know how to swim LOL
Aug. 23rd, 2005 01:38 am (UTC)
I so hear you on the swimming thing. My complex has a pool and it's STILL been years since I've gone.
Aug. 23rd, 2005 01:48 am (UTC)
There was a pool in my apartment complex but I never went in it once. There were a lot of kids that went in it and I assume they all pee in the pool which is gross.
Aug. 23rd, 2005 06:30 am (UTC)
i so wouldn't repeat my teenage hood for the WORLD.

I think anyone sane wouldn't. :)
Aug. 23rd, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC)
Stunted? We all know you are 24 :P
when i DO pop out in public showing them off (read: never), they glow

That taken out of context made me chock quite a bit! I was skimming and for some reason that exact snippid popped out and I read it!

Back to normal life :P Swimming is fun, I wish I could just swimm my butt off like I did in HS being on the swim team. Actually I joined because I didn't know how to swim and I was afraid of drowning,after about half the season i rocked! I still do a bit but I know I haven't a fraction of the staminma that I had or need to have inorder to do multiple 500 meter swims in one day... let alone one! Heck even a quick 100 meter would probably koll me now!

Fun times :)

Looking forward to those other notes that come to not,

Sep. 6th, 2006 07:41 am (UTC)
Re: Stunted? We all know you are 24 :P
i joined the swim team once while living in kansas because a friend talked me into it. mom kept saying i would never last, but i went to a practice.... constantly got yelled at because i freak out when my head is underwater and thusly can't swim like they want me to for very long, and was so stiff and sore that i could barely move the next day.

i've always been a sports weenie. i did the same thing for the basketball team in 8th grade.
Sep. 6th, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Stunted? We all know you are 24 :P
I was like that too I think it was until I finally realized that I could swim and that my body and my ability would not allow me to drown that I just could put my head down. I could hold my breath so long by that time that I wasn't worried... man I do really miss swimming.
Aug. 23rd, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC)
i used to love swimming too as a kid, now I don't like it much!
Aug. 23rd, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC)
I used to love swimming, now I just loaf around the beach.
Aug. 24th, 2005 11:00 am (UTC)
i swim like a brick, and although i am concious of how i look, i still like to go
Aug. 27th, 2005 10:33 am (UTC)
I lived at my apartment complex for 2 years and never swam in any of the 3 pools it had, moved into a house with a pool for just under 2 years and only swam a handful of times. I don't mind swimming, and I'm not scared of the water but I've never been much attracted to pools, but I think that is due to the Cholorene. Put me in a creek or river and I'll have a blast, and ocean water is often too salty.

Well and speaking of sleep, I hear a pillow calling my name.
Sep. 6th, 2006 07:42 am (UTC)
mmmm, pillow. i really need to heat up a rice bag for my neck.

i think about the only time i enjoyed swimming in my adult life was when i went to my friend leesa's house in phoenix. oh how i miss it, though even then i didn't swim TOO much, just occasionally. there's tons of lakes and rivers around here, but for some reason (maybe lack of doing it for a decade or two) i'm too squeemish about bacteria and stuff.
Sep. 1st, 2005 09:46 am (UTC)
WHHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Swiiiiiiimmmmmmming! Gosh I'm excitable tonight. Do my squeeish comments get on your nerves?

SO glad you enjoyed yourself. Swimming is the closest thing to flying, I think. I love it so much. Good for you with overcoming your fears, partially at least. That's a brave and healing thing to do.
Sep. 6th, 2006 07:43 am (UTC)
that is TOTALLY what andrea says about swimming! i had a friend, leesa, in phoenix that had me house sit for her and she had a pool, so i swam more often then.

and i heart your squeeing comments, squee as much as you wish!
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