I don’t want to go home!

So, this is part two off the road trip. Yesterday was so much rain, we took longer than we expected to get to where we are now. I have been collecting travel books for Mischief from the states. I still need to get the three of them some actual souvenir. It shouldn’t be too hard.

I am so recommending people go to Mississippi. The people were so nice and helpful. It is a pretty place to drive through, but there were a lot of things we would have stopped for if we weren’t on such a time schedule. Plus, I got the best cup of gas coffee I have had in a long time. I am so glad the lady talked me into waiting for the new pot to finish brewing! We don’t get that sweetness where I am. Also, they had such a cool welcome center. The ladies were more than willing to tell us of places to stop that were indoors because of the rain and let us know they were free. They were even able to tell us how much longer we had driving through the state. Yes, I am putting my thoughts on a small amount of people, but when most of them were just strangers who didn’t need to be nice, like the guy who opened the door for me at the gas station, I think that says a lot about the people in the area.

I had the best grits in forever. They were so creamy and yummy. I had to order a seperate bowl for a second helping. We stopped at a Waffle House a little north  of Birmingham. It seemed to be the one that all the locals stopped at. Those are such a good place to stop. That, therefore, explained why the food was great. We had the sheriff tell us to drive safe even. The waitress was a sweetheart. Whenever you travel and have the time, ask locals where their favorite place to eat is. That will always tell you where the good food is. 

By the time we got to Tennessee, we were so ready to quit driving in all the downpours. We almost got a room, but finally outran the rain. It only took us two hours to drive through the state. There was so much construction on that stretch, though. If I had known, or looked it up ahead of time, I would have picked a different route. But, we would have missed the nice lady at the Welcome Center there. So, sometimes there are good things with the bad.

We are in Kentucky now. We are getting ready to take the last leg home now. It’s another six hours, but construction shouldn’t be bad. We missed breakfast, but Chickie said there is a lot out still. We finally discovered what a Huddle House is. I liked the sandwich I had. Our friend we met to see here got fried pickles and said the food was good. So, if you get stationed at Ft. Knox, there’s a good place to go. If you like Korean, he sends a recommendation to the Seoul Garden. 

Next stop: home. We plan on doing this trip mostly again having Mischief with us to help drive. We’ll take our time and stop for stuff next time.

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Louisiana is muggy

I am typing this in the hotel room while Chickie gets some rest. We already are halfway through the first leg of the trip. The second half will be done tonight. This is fun and very important to me emotionally to relax. Hopefully, today will end up at least as well as yesterday. 

So, we drove through Texas with only one almost mess up. That I am putting down to Chickie possibly going on autopilot. We had to get on one exit and almost went on a different highway. But, it was fixed before we did. Yay. Her tomtom decided to stop working when I got into the car. It must have known my disdain of it. Maybe it got the info from my ex’s tomtom and just decided to shut down. Her car must remember me because it is doing fine and I keep telling it that I’ve missed it.she said that her AC has been making funny smells, but I haven’t noticed it this trip and we’ve had to use it for the mugginess we’ve encountered since being in Louisiana. Even with it raining, it was muggy in the car.

She lets me put my arm up when she’s driving. She let me yell out the window at cool mustangs. So, if you heard someone yelling “Nice” to you in Texas, that was me and I was complimenting your car. I like Mustangs and Corvettes. An I Roc-Z would make me cry because of the memories of sleeping in one and the rides with music were nice. I haven’t seen one since we left Texas though. Maybe more today.

I want to do a better trip to Louisiana someday. I’ve wanted to go to some spots here since high school and we drove past them yesterday. I finally can say that I have seen a swamp and a bayou. It was funny to me that I was mentally saying many of the names of places and such in my high school french accent. But, I want to go to Evangeline to see the statue. Just putting this down as a written point.

What is Boudin and Cracklin’s? Yes, I am a Northern girl. I have seen so many signs for i, but we haven’t stopped to find out yet. Another thing that had me laughing were all the billboards for casinos. I’m sure it is normal, but a casino next to gas stations. That is something that had me shaking my head. I guess it makes money that way. Maybe we should do that up north. 

I am curious how a subway with a drivethru works, but we won’t stop there. Maybe some other trip. Bayous, or is it bayoux, are pretty. We both have decided that. I wish I could live near one, or else a swamp. I don’t mind the idea of wild animals nearby.

What would be your ideal road trip? Where would you dream of living at? Well, we’re off for breakfast and part two of the trip. Take care.

Road trip

The trip is started. I am in Houston and about to start the ride home with Chickie, my best friend. The flight down was actually pretty eventless. I had no problem with my saline solution and nose spray. Both flights left on time. My flight arriving in Houston was twenty minutes late landing because of the weather. But, I am here and ready for the trip. 

Mischief texted me a couple minutes after landing, wanting to know if I was still here. We went to get food. I can say I had a Whattaburger. It reminded me a lot of a Wendy’s burger. So, not bad at all.

I learned something that I want to pass on. Another way to get less issues with flying and the pressure in your ears is to take Sudafed. I was told this by the flight attendant on the last leg of my flight.

Summer crafty idea with duck tape

I grew up in an area where we know the difference between duct tape and duck tape. Duct tape is solely for duct work and is nowhere near as adapptive as Duck tape, which now comes in a variety of colors, patterns, and sizes. It is made near where I live and there is a fun parade every year. But, what fun can you do in clothing with this stuff?

This summer, I finally stopped cutting my toenails too short. So, this summer is the time for cool pedicures. This means sandals… And sunscreen. So, I went to the local dollar store to get a nice looking pair of flip flops. I was unable to find a pair I really liked, but found the very narrow strips of duck tape with some adhesive gems and other items. My plan: make my ideal sandals for summer.

So, I bought a pair of dollar flip flops, a roll of the tape, some gem strips, and the latches for the sandal strap. I am lining the sides of the flip flops with the tape. It is a solid black for a simple dressy pair. The thong is getting lined with the black tape, then topped with the darker purple strips down the middle of each side of the thong. I’m putting a strap up the back for my ankle with cardboard covered with the black tape. I folded a piece of the black tape into a band for my ankle to go with the strap. They are connected with the latches to make a custom ankle strap. (I didn’t use the wrong word because I am not using buckles for the strap.) this way, I finally will not end up with a part of the strap hanging from the shoe like I grew up having to deal with.

Is there anything else, clothing wise or craft wise, that you would want to do with duck tape? Pass on your own craft ideas for me to try next.

Happy Memorial Day!

So, this is a quick one because I am about to leave so Mischief can go get ready to march in the local parades. I get to miss seeing them because I have to work today. Not a problem to me because, otherwise, all I would be doing would be doing stuff around the house. We don’t do the cookouts or family get togethers in my family. 

So, how does everyone celebrate their Memorial Day? Any fun foods planning on coming out for picnics? 

My Tips on Sunscreen

Ok, first off. I have sunburn. So posting this is partially a point in what I should have done to prevent this from happening. But, I am also lucky in that it is already turning into a tan. I guess this means I need to find some sunless tanner for the rest of my body so that it doesn’t look so crappy where I got burnt. I’ll explain how I got burnt at the end of this post.

1. Always keep a hat to cover you. At the very least, wear a baseball hat. The absolute worst place to get burnt is on your scalp. Whenever this happens to me, I end up looking like I have a scalp and skin problem. Since I already have an issue with a dry scalp that looks like I have a bad case of dandruff, this is not a good situation to be in. Even better is to get a small, brimmed hat. Best of all is to get a big, floppy hat. Mine is a broad floppy hat that is black and white striped. Last year, I got picked on about it by certain people. This year, I got the last laugh by showing them that it was in magazines as the fashion. Oh, it also does very well in shading my shoulders along with my face.

2. Wear sunglasses.  If you have glasses, then I recommend that you get either transitions or a pair of clip on shades. Seriously, that is sunscreen for your eyes. Look for the highest UV protection on them. Also make sure that it protects from both UVA and UVB rays. They are different forms of ultraviolet rays that affect different parts of your skin and eyes. It is very important to have both repelling. If you wear contacts, still wear sunglasses because the UV protection will only cover your iris and pupil. Your cornea is still unprotected.

3. When you apply sunscreen, do two layers. This will make sure that you do not miss any spots. Since it blends in so well, you can easily miss a spot with a single layer, or you may have spread it too thin for the amount that you put on your face.

4. A face sunscreen tip. Start from your forehead down. Most people remember to put sunscreen on the nose, but sunscreen on the forehead can be pretty close to forgotten. If you have bangs, you may think that you don’t need to worry so much, but you do. Your hair does almost no protection, no matter how thick or dark those bangs are. Slather some more sunscreen on your forehead.

5. Do not forget your scalp. I normally carry a sunscreen spray to do my entire scalp. I have been known to move my hair just to make sure that it all is covered. Think about it this way: do you really want to fade that color that is in your hair now, if you color it? Call it an added discount on the amount of money you have to add for color sessions.

6. Don’t miss your ears. Take an extra squirt and smear it all over your ears. If you want to think about it, it can be an ear massage for yourself to add relaxation for a moment. Many doctors have discovered skin cancer forming behind the ears because so many people forget to put it on there.

7. Read your sunscreen bottle carefully. All sunscreens are not made the same. All sunscreens have a certain SPF. Some sunscreens are water resistant. Some are sweat resistant. The bottle will tell you how long it will last under certain conditions. These conditions can be longer or shorter than you would think for putting on your protection. Also, look to see which type of protection you are getting in your bottle. The latest recommendations are for a mix of both physical and chemical active ingredients.

8. Remember to reapply. Apply every day, even when it is cloudy and rainy. Those rays are still getting through. Hey, even apply in the winter. I have actually gotten sunburn in the middle of winter when it was snowy and cold. I learned my lesson on that. We always need out sunscreen. If you need a reminder to reapply, set an alarm on your phone for the amount of time that the bottle states to reapply. When it goes off, you reapply and reset the timer.

9. Do not rely on your makeup or clothes for total sun protection. Light fabrics only have a natural SPF of 10 max. Dark clothes are maxed out at 5. Yes, I have seen SPF listed clothes out, but you still need to put sunscreen on underneath all of that. Remember, you do not reapply moisturizer on your skin every other hour, so you should not look at that as the end all be all of sun protection.

10. Sunscreen SPF does break down with age. If you have a bottle from the previous year, halve the SPF for efficiency. This means that the old bottle will need to be reapplied twice as often as if it was made for this year. But, it can still be used. In fact, that’s a good reason for it to be used faster.

11. Get lots of variety of sunscreens. I, personally, usually have a solid stick, a spray on, and the lotion. This year, I plan on putting a variety in every purse I can possibly carry.

12. Drink fluids. Yes, it will make you sweat in the summer some more. It will keep you from getting dehydrated. Also, it will help you keep moisturized under that sunscreen. Or, if you do get burnt, it will help you replenish the skin to heal better. Talk about a glowing skin.

13. If you do get burnt, add aloe vera gel. Or, use an aloe plant leaf on your skin. They grow so easily and are pretty hard to kill. They can be, but it isn’t easy. Unless you are Mischief, who killed mine from last year by leaving it out in the first frost of the fall. So, I got another aloe plant as a Christmas present. But, use it. If it is hurting, also keep some burn relief spray to take away the sting. In fact, many now have aloe with the spray to keep the skin moisturized.

So, here’s what happened for me to get sunburn. I was working yesterday and Murder had a softball game. I was picked up to go to the game, but we had to get the planter that one of my coworkers bought from the kids for 4-H. I went home, changed into a tank top because I was so hot, and immediately was told that it was time to go because the plant was waiting and it was close to game time. I did not get time to grab my hat or any sunscreen. So, I was not properly protected. It hurts today, but I have my sunscreen for today’s outing in the garden. I also have broken off a couple of my aloe leaves to help keep it moist. This is why I am planning on buying many more lotions and sticks to keep in my purse for the summer.

Keep safe this summer.

Birchbox for May 2014

I got back to this box after a hiatus from life. I do appreciate getting items to try whenever possible. It has allowed me to try new companies and items than I would have if I had to buy full sized items of everything. It also lets me make really different and more personalized presents for family on items I know that would be wasted otherwise. Birchbox offers points that expire after a year to use towards items in their shop. These can be earned by referring friends, buying a box subscription or other items, and reviewing products in the box you receive. This month boxes came out late, so I received points in my account. Normally, boxes come out on the 10th of the month, but this month I received mine on the 14th. I am still impressed by how quickly it got to me.

This month, I had a yellow outer box. It is a bright yellow that the mail lady (I know this because I’d graduated with her son) had a hard time fitting into our mailbox. While the rest of the mail was in the back quite nicely, this was diagonal at the front close to crammed in. In her defense, we have only a standard mailbox. Plus, it wasn’t bent or crunched, so she did a good job getting it in.

Inside is the traditional brown, branded box. These boxes are a perfect fit for me to carry my makeup when I’m travelling. I feel more secure with them being in boxes than a makeup bag for the same reason I am with a solid suitcase for checked luggage. I also use them for small presents for the males in my family to make them concerned about what they are getting. Golf balls fit nicely in them, along with fishing flies.

This month, the inside of the box had such a cool print, it needed to be mentioned. It was a black and white herringbone print that was very bold. I will keep this box for me for product photo shoots.

I received five items in my box to review for points this month. Along with that, I also received a coupon for Kate Spade Saturday. This was an item that everyone received, which is cool. The other item is something I really was excited on finding. As per the baggy post, I buy sunscreen all the time. The other item was a coupon for Supergoop. This is perfect for both Murder and me. She plays softball over the summer, so she always needs it added. One application can last a game.

Here is what I received to review in my box:

Noya lip gloss in Summertime Peach- this color is way too close to my skin tone, so it is a fail that way. I love Noya, so I will be willing to part with money for a full size of one of the other three colors in the collection.

Supergoop SPF30- this is the sample I mentioned in the baggy entry. I am looking forward to using it on the road trip.

Shea butter- the joys of doing this on my family’s iPad is that I can’t just look at the item to give the brand name. I will when I get home. But, this stuff is nice and thick. Beyond that, I’m not overly impressed. I may have to try it on Mayhem to see if it keeps her skin soft. My skin is just too dry.

Kerastase cleanse shampoo- this stuff is specifically designed for long hair. It is a foil packet, which makes me sad because I have almost nowhere to put it if I can get a second use from it. But, maybe this will work with my thick hair. Something to keep in mind as it keeps getting longer again.

Kerastase cleanse conditioner- I will see how I like this conditioner. Currently, I use Garnier’s Pure Clean conditioner for my hair. It works to clean it, but it feels a little heavy still in my hair.

So, do you receive Birchbox? What did you get? Would you want to get a Birchbox?