Friday, March 28, 2008

Eggsellent Easter Eggstravaganza (Eggstremely Late and with Eggstra Rash)

Some things to know about my Easter photos:

My children were not interested in sitting for photos. At all. To be fair, they were quaking like a couple of junkies, nervous and agitated and looking for their next marshmallow fix, and we all know that junkies don't care one whit about memorializing their Easter finery.

Speaking of junkies, I spent Easter Sunday coming down from a Prednisone-fueled midnight to 5:00 AM cleaning session, so I wasn't really that motivated to track the children down and coax out some good pictures. (I knew we were in for some fun when the drug literature indicated side effects of "insomnia," "euphoria" and "possibe mania." Squeaky clean baseboards, here we come!)

The Prednisone was treating a horrifying, leprosy-style rash that was spreading from my hands up my arms. I originally feared it was a return of the famed shingles but, no: it was a recently developed latex allergy to a new pair of gardening gloves. (And yes, I am deeply, deeply thankful to have discovered this allergy the hard way, but not the really hard way.)

So, in summation, my Easter photos are predominantly of hard-boiled eggs and Easter candy. Because those things sit really, really still and you can photograph them while your tired, rashy self is sitting down, too. Enjoy!


P.S.: I promise not to talk about rashes next time. Honest.


bluemountainsmary said...

I get those rashes on my arms. Unfortunately it is just good old exczema. My latest cure is zinc and castor cream - has cleared it up faster than any nasty cortisone cream.

Just been over to flickr to fave one of those egg photos - they are very pretty!

J. said...

Eggcellent post, Melanie. But don't be too rash about discussing rashes. Think of it as a public service announcement, warning us fellow domestic engineers of the hazards of latex. (I don't know what I would do without my yellow Playtex gloves, though.)

I wound up in the emergency room last Father's Day weekend with a similar sounding mystery rash (still don't know the cause, and this one was on my face), got put on Prednisone, and had to almost immediately go off it I was so on edge. At least you have some really great pictures and a spotless house to show for it!

Hope you heal soon!

Tootsie Farklepants said...

Um, yeah. The really hard way would totally suck! Purty eggs!

Anonymous said...

Oh Melanie you have that ever so delicate Flitton skin. I also have a latex allergy. I discovered this when I was having my hair washed at the salon. The stylist had a latex cushion on the sink where I was having my hair washed. I immediately broke out in this terrible rash on my neck. I feel for you!

Chris (your relative in latex allergies)

Anonymous said...

Wow! You are very hard on yourself! Your photos turned out eggcellent (sorry...)! Honestly, I couldn't even get my 3 1/2 year old DD and 1 year old DS within a foot of each other with their Easter finest on.

I'm new to reading your is HILARIOUS - I feel like I've known you my whole life! Thanks for keeping me laughing! Your son and mine look (and act) rather similarly - so Jimmy always cracks me up!

(Alexandria, VA)

Anonymous said...

Those are the best dressed Easter Egg hunters I have ever seen. Great pics :) Sorry about that rash...

Cheri said...

You have posted The Most Beautiful Easter Photos On The Blogosphere Bar None.

Cheri said...

P.S. Sorry about the rash. And I know firsthand (as does my family) about the Prednisone-fueled insomnia, euphoria, and mania. The stuff's nasty. We all hope around here that I never need it again.

MamaBird said...

Eggsactly right, Melanie, those little critters care not about the paparazzi. But *I* am so glad to hear your voice! Hope your rash goes away soon.

Lisa Milton said...

You big tweaker, cleaning all night.


I've been known to clean/read/pace in the middle of the night on high octane prednisone. It's a bitch.

(I was on a high dose for about 6 months last year. MADE ME CRAZ(ier).)

Please take care and feel better soon.

{Also? The new header? Very nice.}

Magpie said...

Wanna come over and clean my house? I vacuumed today for the first time in I can't remember how long.

Pretty eggs.

Sweet Pepita said...

Oh, Melanie, I feel for you! My entire family got the Easter Pink Eye! And the flu. We charged all the batteries for the video camera and the fancy camera, but alas, this Easter was NOT documented in hopes that we forget all about it. Never happened ;)

Get better soon! And woo, yikes! A rash on the hands is MUCH better than the alternative!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Oooh, that Prednisone can make you a wee bit short-tempered too. I hope it worked on the rash.

Very pretty eggs.

stephanie said...

Delicious, all of your photos.

(Sorry about the rash, but PRAISE JESUS you found out through the gardening gloves...)

Mike Golch said...

eggsellent indeed.
Nice to see you posting again.
I hope that little one is doing ok.

I AM VERY MARY said...

I'm rather fond of the Smiling Behind the Binky photo...

Loralee Choate said...

Oh, having a latex allergy would SUCK.

Rima said...

It's nice to see you back, albeit still pasty and with a touch of the rash ;)

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Bipolarlawyercook said...

beautiful photos, as always. Prednisone is my friend-- the only thing to get me over chicken pox, poison ivy, atopic dermatitis from fragranced clothing detergent. Yep, Senorita Rashy here. Feel better soon!

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