An interesting corner of The Art Professor’s office. I was there for a video project with a group of students and The New Guy. Said New Guy told us that this was done with a hair dryer, but The Art Professor didn’t say anything about it. He has all kinds of wild stuff in his office, as befits an art professor.

I lolled around on my birthday as planned. I went to a bookstore and bought an actual paperback novel  and a tiny box of Godiva chocolates, cleaned up the living room, and relaxed. Later, I cleaned my nightstand and put fresh sheets on the bed, used a Kose or sekkisei lotion mask, and lolled in bed reading till my husband came in. I think I did enough lolling to last me for a while.

I learned about the lotion mask in Little Tokyo while visiting a friend of my youth a couple of years ago. You can see it in action here. My friend and I put these things on our faces and rested for 5-10 minutes as directed, and then told one another how youthful and bright we looked. I think the great thing about these masks is that you rest for 5-10 minutes. However, I really like it and can recommend it as an anti-stress measure.

Does it do anything at all for the skin? I don’t know. I can tell you that I now have less visible sun damage than I did a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, I don’t know what has caused this. I’ve used Erno Laszlo soap and Korres botanical treatments, often together, and of course I have been holed up at my computer most of the time and getting very little sun, so that might be it.

Of course, at the same time that I have been reversing the discoloration to some extent, I’m also becoming more wrinkled, so I don’t expect to end up looking fabulous. However, I do feel that the coming year will be a fabulous year for me. This may be the result of lolling about eating chocolate rather than of any rational expectation, but it’s quite a pleasant feeling.

I told this to #1 daughter, and she told me that she had had just the same feeling on her birthday a couple of months ago. She has ended an unproductive relationship and moved into a snazzy new apartment in that time, so that sounds pretty good to me.

Today there’s church, and the Australians’ blog, and I will also need to work on this church history book I’m helping out with. It’s volunteer, and should be fun.