scrub searching

why my toes are lolita red

Friday afternoon my copy of City Hunter: The Motion Picture arrived.  After the shows we went back to my house for the World Premiere.  It was so strange hearing my voice.  Sometimes it sounded like me, and other times I was like, “What the hell was I doing there?”  I was really nervous, because if it sucked, I had suckered a bunch of my friends into sitting around watching it.  Fortunately everyone  had a good sense of humor and we all made jokes while it was going on.  They all agreed that my character kicks ass, and I think I got a couple of them to finally go audition for ADV Films.

Saturday we spent another lovely afternoon by the lake, after taking my car in to get a flat tire fixed (yes, even more problems with my lovely car… (and thanks everyone for all of the advice)).  I’ve decided that this Friday, no matter what, I’m getting the A/C fixed.  I just can’t take it anymore.  I don’t care how much it costs.  I’ll never make it through an entire summer.

I’m sure a couple of you are thinking, “How’d you do on the sunscreen this time at the beach?”  Well, I did okay.  I put it on before I even left the house, so it would be nice and absorbed.  My face didn’t even get red.  What did burn, however, were the parts that were already burned– they just burned a little more.  I was pretty sure that was going to happen anyway, and the burn wasn’t nearly as bad. Plus I told myself that since my shoulders were peeling, now I was getting a more even tan.

But I didn’t notice one place I was burning until I got home.  I missed putting sunscreen in a perfect square on my lower right back.  It’s a red square.  It looks so stupid.  It itches, but doesn’t really hurt.  Since I was in the water most of the time it didn’t really get burned too badly.

By Sunday, however, I was really tired of my peeling shoulders.  After rehearsal and a little birthday party– Happy Birthday, Matt– we went and rented a movie and stopped at the store to pick up some sort of bath scrub.  There were none to be found.   did find some face cream, however, that I had been meaning to pick up.  We were standing in the aisle, and Eric was trying to help.

[scripty]
ERIC
What about this astringent stuff?

PAMIE
No, that cleans your pores.

ERIC
It says “scrub.”

PAMIE
Look for something with sea salt in it or something.

ERIC
Are you getting that face cream?

PAMIE
Yeah, I’ve been wanting it.

ERIC
It’s ten dollars!  Oh, my God!  That little thing costs ten dollars?

PAMIE
Look, it’s going to CHANGE MY LIFE!  DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND THAT?  THAT’S WHAT THESE LITTLE BOTTLES DO!  THEY FIX EVERYTHING!  THAT’S WHY WE BUY THEM!
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At this point the man next to me gave Eric a very sympathetic look and walked away.

[scripty]
ERIC
I don’t see any scrubs.

PAMIE
Then I’m giving myself a pedicure.  Here.  Hold this.  I’ll get this foot buffer, this pumice stone with a brush attached, this tea tree oil.

ERIC
Tea tree?

PAMIE
When you get a mosquito bite just spray this on and it stops the itching.

ERIC
Cool.

PAMIE
Here’s some sort of foot soak.

ERIC
Hey!  Look, baby.  There’s a clearance shelf.  Knock yourself out.

PAMIE
Ick.  All of this stuff smells.

ERIC
Ew.  You’re right.

PAMIE
Well, here’s some sort of mulberry stuff.  It’s a dollar.

ERIC
What’s it for?

PAMIE
It makes things smell good.

ERIC
That does smell good.

PAMIE
Then at least I’m getting something out of this clearance aisle, since the rest of this stuff sucks.  Oh, and I want a new bath sponge.  The one we have smells like your Gap soap.

ERIC
I use the little sponge, like I was supposed to.

PAMIE
No, I use the little sponge.  You were supposed to use the big one.

ERIC
I was?

PAMIE
It doesn’t matter.  I’m buying this.

ERIC
Oh, look.  A mud mask.

PAMIE
Get it.

ERIC
But–

PAMIE
Just get it.  Do we need anything else?

ERIC
Cheese.

PAMIE
Fine.  Let’s get the cheese.
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As we were walking out Eric was looking at me with a smile.

[scripty]
PAMIE
What?

ERIC
Nothing.

PAMIE
Whenever you say that I know you were going to say something interesting, so what is it?

ERIC
No, it’s just… you went in for some soap.

PAMIE
Yeah?

ERIC
And you ended up spending thirty dollars on foot stuff.

PAMIE
When they don’t have what I want I have to buy things to compensate my let down.

ERIC
That’s another thing I love about you.

PAMIE
What’s that?

ERIC
You are the biggest impulse buyer I know.

PAMIE
I forgot cotton balls.

ERIC
We bought toilet paper and paper towels.

PAMIE
I don’t even know if I have nail polish remover.

ERIC
What’s that for?

PAMIE
To remove the nail polish I have on now so I can put it on again.

ERIC
Of course.

PAMIE
Oh!  And I meant to buy conditioner.  See?  I’m an avid impulse buyer– I’m just not a very good one.  The impulses get in the way of what I really need to buy.

ERIC
It must be hard being you.

PAMIE
Every day is a struggle.
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