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We got up this morning and headed to Mike's house, and he drove us down to a marina, and we grabbed a canoe (and a kayak for Mike) and started off down the Wilamette.

Somehow everybody decided that we were going to paddle all the way to Mike's house, which is on the river, and ten miles away by car. Cory and I stopped a few times, to look at a big vulture and play with a dead fish floating in the water, and swing from a rope that was tied to a tree over the water. I didn't think we'd make it, but we did, all the way up there. And we tied the boats up and Cory and Mike went and got sandwiches, and we ate on the shore and watched people. And then we started back. Back was the bad part. I could see my legs starting to sunburn, but we had to be so on the ball with watching for wakes and pointing ourselves right that I couldn't put any on my legs until it was too late, and now the burn patterns are weird. My arms were so tired and Mike was way ahead of us and there were lots of boats and jetskis out and horrible stupid people with their loud music and their bikinis and their stupid careless hey-let's-drive-really-close-to-the-canoers-and-try-to-capsize-them attitudes. I cried three or four times and wanted to beat everyone who came near us to a bloody pulp. I snapped at Cory, too, and I didnt' mean to. I kept thinking about how I was going to look so ugly at my wedding with arms that didn't work and lobster legs. Luckily I was careful to put on sunscreen every hour (on my shoulders, face, and back), but unluckily the sun goes right through it. So I wore Cory's overshirt for half the trip.

By the time we were done and got in Mike's car I could barely move, and I tried to go to bed as soon as we got home but I had horrible knifing stomach pains. They lasted for awhile, but I finally found a way to fall asleep and I did, for like two hours. Now my arms still don't want to do anything, and my legs are burning. It really was fun, honestly. But I completely overdid it and I feel bad that I have so much to do but I don't know if I'll be able to do it.

OK, off we go.

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thothway
Jul. 4th, 2003 06:35 pm (UTC)
When I get really physically exhausted stuff upsets me to the point of tears, too.

Are those the same stomach pains that you had before?
rivulet
Jul. 5th, 2003 09:15 am (UTC)
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No, they were different. I think they were just digestion pains, really, they just hurt really bad. I don't know why.
bigby2k
Jul. 4th, 2003 07:40 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

I hope you feel better! :D
rivulet
Jul. 5th, 2003 09:15 am (UTC)
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Me too! This morning isn't all that much better! :(
bigby2k
Jul. 5th, 2003 02:26 pm (UTC)
Bad sunburn? :(
rivulet
Jul. 5th, 2003 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Not horrible, and it faded a lot already (but I have such sensitive, fair skin that it burns really deep), but my arms and hands hurt a lot too, this morning before I had a chance to grab some Advil.
bigby2k
Jul. 5th, 2003 05:05 pm (UTC)
Dang... I hope you're taking it easy now! :D No need for any more physical stress. :)
rivulet
Jul. 5th, 2003 05:20 pm (UTC)
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I'm trying to take it a bit easy, but it's hard when you've got lots to do!
dotcombabe
Jul. 4th, 2003 09:25 pm (UTC)
Bummer :(
rivulet
Jul. 5th, 2003 09:16 am (UTC)
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I'm sure I'll get over it soon, but I'm still kicking myself. :)
shetwinkles
Jul. 5th, 2003 11:10 am (UTC)
Use lots of aloe and vitamin E gel and lots of moisturizer to stave off any peeling!
rivulet
Jul. 5th, 2003 03:08 pm (UTC)
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We've got the aloe gel going, but I haven't put on any moisturizer. I'll have to do that. Meanwhile, I'm on a diet of three Advil every four hours. :)
shetwinkles
Jul. 5th, 2003 03:14 pm (UTC)
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Aww. You're going to look gorgeous, don't worry.
rivulet
Jul. 5th, 2003 04:17 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I'm not worried - it's just my legs. I've got a long dress. It's all good!
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