February 23, 2006

I just remembered....

This is usually the time of year I buy my new bathing suits. I started this tradition my first year in Florida.

There is this great surf shop down by the beach. The owner ROCKS and they have the BEST selection of really good swimsuits.

The first year I just bought one. After that it was any where from two to three new suits the middle of every February.

Last count I still own 14. That's FOURTEEN bathing suits. And I wore them all.

When I moved to Northern Illinois I figured I'd probably need to par that down a bit. (duh, ya think!) So I've been sorting through them. And yes, it's taken almost a year to make myself do this!!!!

My coral crochet suit....my very favorite. Colorful, fun and sooooo damned comfortable. Yep - it's gonna have to go. It's the oldest in my collection, and while it's still colorful it is starting to show some wear and tear. But damn - the memories with that one!! hehehehehe

My "tropical" suit......shiny and flashy. Palm trees all over, cut a bit higher/lower than the others. Yeah - I'm not seeing that one at the local riverbed. It's gonna have to go.

My standard black one - basic and flattering it's been a staple. BUT in order to wear a black bikini successfully you need to have a tan. Hell - for the first time in 10 years, I don't even have a damned tan line. Anywhere. It's disgusting. Gone. It's gone.

Last year, on my last beach day I bought one last suit. It's bright turquoise. Cut just right, comfy beyond belief. I remember when I was checking out it dawned on me this may well be the last time I buy a bikini. And now I think I was probably right. Yeah, that one's staying. It's beautiful and I *will* be wearing it again - even if it's just sittin' out in my back yard.

It's kinda funny, getting ready to go to Tennesse last October I was cleaning out the car. Under the drivers seat I found a bag. It was my beach bag. The one I always carried in my car. There I found my sunscreen, hair clips, bathing suit and denim shirt. I was all ready in case I got the chance to run to the shore. Ha. What a goof I am. But I really didn't want to bring it in the house. It was like the ending of an era.

Anyway - I was just thinking - now I'll have to start a new tradition. Any ideas for me?????

Posted by Tammi at February 23, 2006 06:56 AM

You know what's even sadder? I have lived in Florida my ENTIRE life and I don't have a tan (mainly cause I don't go to the beach) nor do I own more than one bathing suit.

Posted by: Carmen at February 23, 2006 07:34 AM

That's just sad. But I've never lived in the Nawth, so have no suggestions as to a new tradition, car-carrying or otherwise. :/

Posted by: pam at February 23, 2006 07:49 AM


Posted by: Oddybobo at February 23, 2006 08:34 AM

Snow bunny outfits... duh! *grin*

Posted by: Teresa at February 23, 2006 09:56 AM

Bobo and T beat me to it. I was gonna say snow shoe's

Posted by: BloodSpite at February 23, 2006 10:01 AM

the new tradition should be you posting pictures in your varietyt of swimsuits.

Posted by: og at February 23, 2006 11:24 AM

I don't have a replacement annual event, but I think you need to demonstrate that lack of tan lines....

Posted by: _Jon at February 23, 2006 04:25 PM

FOURTEEN? Geez. I have one. And when I lived in Florida, even when I was a lifeguard on the beach, the most I ever owned at once was 3. FOURTEEN?

Posted by: Ogre at February 24, 2006 10:42 AM

I'm thinkin' having every person you know that is able to make it come over to diner someitme in the middle of Feb. sounds like a good tradition to me. You could do barb-que...just to make it interesting.

Posted by: Emily at February 24, 2006 02:56 PM