Sunday, July 31, 2016

Dotty About You

It's been pretty boring around here lately. It's still crazy hot and sticky and I haven't had the energy to do much of anything. I am adjusting my walk schedule since I am walking a friend's dog in the mornings and the pup doesn't have much stamina yet. 

I got my hair cut yesterday, while I had thought about growing my hair back out but I really missed the ease of styling my hair when it was shorter. Yesterday, spurred on by a coupon in the Ad Max, I went for it and got my hair chopped just above my shoulders. It will be so much easier to keep while it's hot out, my hair takes forever to dry when it is long. 
I've been watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries on Netflix so I almost went for the full on 20's China Doll cut but I'm glad I went a bit longer so I can curl it.

 
Outfit details

Earrings- Vintage
Sunnies- Amazon
Shirt- ModCloth, dyed by me
Skirt- Made by Me
Shoes- ModCloth

Eye shadow- theBalm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Palette
(bought on an Ipsy brand offer for half off)
Blush- Elf
Lips- MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus
Nails- Trust Fund Beauty
(ipsy brand offer for half off)

I'm so happy I found my MAC lippy, I had misplaced it in one of my purses and had to drag them all out to find which one it was in. Neon pink isn't my best color but I love a bold hot pink in the summer.
I took a chance when ipsy offered a special on theBalm matte palette, I am so glad I did, I love it. It is so nice to find a matte palette with a good selection of colors, even the pinks look nice on me which is rare. I highly recommend this palette, it is excellent quality and has little to no fall out.

Ipsy got me twice this month, they also offered another trio of nail polishes from Trust Fund Beauty. The colors were- Ripped denim (a dusty blue), Game Changer (a neon coral), Vodka with a Twist (a light neon green). Unlike most neons, the green and coral only take two coats to be fully opaque and they glow in black light. Trust Fund's polishes are 10 free vegan polishes and last better than any other "_ number" free polishes. My nails have only started to barely chip on the tips after 4 days of dog walking, cooking, crocheting, and doing dishes.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Trek Yourself

Living in a hot, humid, and extremely sunny climate does not lend it's self well to fashion blogging, especially in the summer months (which here is March-November). I hate to say it but I am so over summer, I want to go outside without getting soaked with sweat and I am tired of the water weight my body won't let go of. I'm also tired of my constantly swollen leg, it makes me feel like a Far Side comic.
-Gary Larson, Far Side

Putting that aside Hubby managed to snap a few photos of my get up for a Star Wars/Trek party this weekend. They are a tad washed out because we were in a hurry and only found one place that wasn't full killer sun.
I swear, every time I wear this dress I say it needs to be taken in but have I yet? No.
Outfit Details

Dress- Made by me
Purse- Vintage 60s
Belt- Vintage
Tights- We Love Colors
Boots- ModCloth (old)
I was quite proud of my hair and makeup. You don't even want to know how much teasing and how many hair products it took to get my hair like this. I wish the photos could have truly captured how big it was and all the little details like the braids I had running through it.
The heat has also brought about an end to our tomato season. I can't be too upset though, the plants have given their all and fed not only us, but our friends and families. I even have a freezer full of cooked tomatoes for later in the year. The cherry tomatoes are still handing in there, they are the first and last to fruit. The eggplants are slowing down a bit too but as long as we keep them well watered they should last a month or two more. All the peppers doing amazingly well, thank goodness for plants that love hot weather. I picked another big colander full of banana peppers today that I need to quick pickle tonight. I can't wait to start pulling up tomato vines and get the beds ready for next season's crops. This year we really want to push for a year-round garden. 

So much to do and so little energy, the heat drains you.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Nine

Kimmie over at That Girl in the Wheel Chair recently mentioned a challenge to compile nine fictitious characters that you identify with and I knew I wanted to get in on it. It seems like something that would be easy but after my first three or four I got rather bogged down and had to seek guidance from Hubby to help me fill out the list, I could have asked friends but I frankly, was kind of scared of what they would say. So...in no particular order here are my nine.









 One thing that surprised me was the number of females in my list, I often identify more with male characters since it is more common to lend autistic traits to males than females.

#1 Data - Star Trek TNG
Data was a no brainer for me and the first character that came to mind when thinking of this challenge. As an autistic individual I highly relate to Data. He wants greatly to be like humans but can't understand their emotions or actions and people are often turned off by his manner of speech or actions. He is very loyal to his friends and would do anything he could to help them in any situation. Plus he has an orange cat.

#2 Twilight Sparkle - My Little Pony Friendship is Magic
Commonly referred to as the autistic pony, I see my younger self so much in her. A great lover of knowledge and order/rules interferes with her socialization and friendships. Once she finds good friends they teach her about how to be a good friend and how "normal" ponies act. I wanted to use her twitchy face for when something goes not according to plan since it is the face I get in the same circumstance but I opted for the less insane image.

#3 Sherlock - Sherlock
I laughed that Hubby had to remind me about Sherlock since every time we watch an episode I spend the whole time saying how much we are alike. Again, autistic. See a theme here? LOL. So focused on his world and mind palace social things fall by the wayside. I also say the wrong things because my brain just works different than a neurotypical, what makes sense to me often comes out too harsh and uncaring when I don't mean it to be.

#4 Rabbit - Winnie the Pooh
Way too uptight and can't let things go. Loves gardening and domestic activities. Plans ahead way too much but also is there when his friends need help.

#5 Amy Farrah Folwer - Big Bang Theory 
I don't watch Big Bang much any more and I haven't seen the newest season but I still identify with Amy. Much more versed in academics than real life so to "normals" she just seems odd (although, she is pretty odd anyway). She almost got bumped from my list but since her birthday is December 17th, (the same as mine), she got to stay.

#6 Death the Kid - Soul Eater
Another of my top picks. A mature character with a great sense of order until something doesn't go as planned or isn't symmetrical. Quirks are what make people (or shinigami) special right?

#7 The White Rabbit - Alice in Wonderland
I'm an over planner and when things don't go as planned I kind of melt down. Just like rabbit I have a strong sense of duty and order and hate very much to be late. There is a good reason I have two rabbits in my list and one of them is on the banner for this blog ;)

#8 Morticia - Addams' Family
A loyal wife and mother. She and Gomez are two parts of a single soul, one with out the other doesn't have purpose. A talented housewife, she is skilled in all forms of domestic engineering. She is a cook, gardener, and knitter just to name a few. She lives her life the way she wants and doesn't let people push her around. “Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.”
I may not be as much like Morticia as the other characters here but as a domestic goddess I hope to be half the woman she is.

#9 Ramona Flowers - Scott Pilgrim (books)
Just as a tell everyone I meet, read the books! The movie was cute but the books are deep. Ramona is just a girl trying to make it in the world but is tormented by the Glow, a weaponized form of emotions that traps someone inside their own mind. The Glow suppresses good emotions and creates and multiplies bad emotions such as self loathing. I'm sure anyone that has ever suffered from depression can relate to the feeling of being trapped in their own head with only hopeless thoughts and the struggle to return to the normal world.



How about you? What are your nine?

Monday, July 11, 2016

Devil's Millhopper

While researching State Parks close to us I had come across Devil's Millhopper quite a while ago. Sadly we had not made it to it till this past week while we were camping. Thursday was very hot, at least 97 (although I'm pretty sure it was over 100) and the heat index was 115. Our friend took us on a back road tour of where they grew up and took us into Gainesville to Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park.

The park is made around a 120' deep by 500' wide sinkhole that formed in two stages. There is a beautiful boardwalk with 232 steps leading down to the pond at the bottom that is feed by 12 springs and small waterfalls from the top of the sink. Unfortunately the pond was covered with duckweed and we couldn't see into the water. 

Many amazing things have been discovered in the area, fossilized shark teeth and bones of extinct species of horses are just some of them. It is cooler at the bottom of the sink but since it was so hot when we went the change wasn't that noticeable. We didn't get to hike the nature trail so another trip is in order when it is cooler. (Rabbits are often seen on the trail so of course I want to go)


Beauty berries starting to form

 One of the trickling waterfalls
 There wasn't a ranger in the office so I wasn't able to get the park strip for my patch collection. There was a number to call for a ranger but since it was so hot and some of us were showing early signs of heat exhaustion we opted not to wait, I thought I would be able to buy one online in the state park store but it is one of the ones they don't carry. I guess we will have to go back and try again, plus I would like to see the park again.


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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Week Away

It is amazing what a good vacation can do for your mind and body. This past week Hubby and I camped at Manatee Springs State Park. It was hot as Hades but the spring (that is a constant 72 degrees) was only a short walk away. My knee and back weren't in pain the whole trip, partly from taking a break from walking/hiking but I think most of it had to do with the lovely cool water and current in the spring.
The first thing we did after setting up camp was jump in the spring to cool off.
My sunburn from St George was very visible on Monday but luckily all but the worst areas healed while we were there.
The waterproof camera was so much fun on the trip. Everything just seems more magical underwater.
After a good long soak in the spring we started dinner and hung out with our good friends in the campsite next to us. While we were eating a group of does and fawns walked right by the screen tent and grazed, they were less than 10 feet from us. We saw so many deer during the week, we even saw one young buck with tiny velvet covered antlers. The deer liked to come through the campsites to graze and beg for food. Even though feeding animals in State Parks is not allowed many picnickers do feed them causing them to loose their natural fear of humans.
 I took these at dusk with a zoom so they aren't the best photos but I had to try to get photos of the fawns, we must have seen 7 that evening. I didn't want to get too close since mommy animals are very protective of their young.

Every night around 2-4 am a barred owl came to our camp and called from one of the trees. It would wake me up every time but I enjoyed listening to it. I love owls and we have a good sized population in our neighborhood but it was a treat to hear one only a few feet away. Just one of the many perks of tent camping verses RV/trailer is getting to hear nature. I could have done without all the cicadas though, they were crazy loud.

Tuesday morning I woke up early so I put some coffee on and took a walk while it brewed. I walked to the spring and down the boardwalk. It was peaceful and quiet before the park was open to the public.


The water level was lower than in February when camped their last, the Cyprus swamp was all mud. A lone great egret was fishing while several green herons tried to run it off.
After my little stroll our friends took us out for breakfast at a local joint. Usually while camping we don't leave the park so it was a nice treat. 
Fajita lunch made with peppers from our garden and left over steak from dinner the night before.
Tuesday was a little hard for me getting adapted to the heat, I tried to take a nap but my body wasn't having any of that so I just sat in front of the fan and played my 3DS for a while until we couldn't take the heat anymore and jumped in the spring. I also was a little shaken up because we found out the dead log several feet from our tent door was home to a pine snake and I also had one stand up and check me out while walking to the bathroom alone. I am quite scared of snakes, not the kind of fear that makes me want to kill them though, I have a healthy respect but they sure get my heart going when I come across them.

 
 I finally got up the courage to put on my goggles and swim around underwater.
The ledge before the drop off into the spring, it goes from 10 or so feet to very deep.
 Carp are often seen swimming in the spring
For dinner I cooked up sausages and corn, the smell of the corn attracted the deer and they begged for a while before the realized we weren't going to give them any. That was the day we saw the buck. I caught a photo of him through the tent with my phone, I think it is on Instagram.
Wednesday we slept in till 9ish and I cooked purple potatoes and the left over sausage for breakfast, coated with a heavy layer of Cajun seasoning, of course. It was already over 90 degrees after breakfast so we suited up and jumped in the spring. I didn't have much energy with it being so hot so we just ate a snack lunch. With our stomachs filled we took a little walk down the boardwalk to the river.
 We stopped at the outlook points and watched the fish and turtles in the crystal clear water.
A beautifully colored spotted orb weaver we found at the dock
At the end of the boardwalk there is a boat dock where the creek meets the Suwannee River. Gulf Sturgeon are summer residents of the river and I got to see the gigantic fish leaping out of the water. Hubby always seemed to miss seeing them leap and just saw the splash afterwards. He did point out an out of season manatee swimming where the waters met. After our stroll we took another dip to cool off and treated ourselves to ice cream at the boat rental/BBQ shop on the grounds.
 I had made a lovely chili full of veggies from the garden the week before and froze it for the trip, we had it for dinner along with some toasted buns with chive butter. We spent the rest of the evening coloring with our friends. 

Thursday we went on an adventure with our friends, I will write a post just about that soon.
Thursday was one of the hottest days while we were there with temperatures over 97 degrees and a heat index of at least 115, we were grateful for a long car ride for sure. When we got back we took a swim. Scuba divers are a common sight in the spring, they often come to explore the cave system.

Perfect rays of sun into the deep
This is truly how blue the water is in the spring, it is amazingly beautiful.
My mermaid in her natural habitat

A white rock on a rock ledge underwater
Deer stopped by in the evening before dinner. It's giving us the, 'is that a banana?' look. 
Thursday evening was our last night there so our friends treated us to an amazing grilled shrimp and cheese grits dinner. We talked and played dice games till late then retired for the evening. Early Thursday morning we had some unwelcome visitors in our camp, a family of trash pandas (raccoons) tag-teamed to work together to move a heavy bin off of our cooler and take turns prying up the lid and hold it up while the others stole our eggs. Normally I would never leave a cooler outside the car at night but we had just bought an electric one to keep our food at a safe temperature in the heat, so we had left it in our kitchen tent with a heavy bin on top of it. I woke up to noise in our camp and got up to investigate. I thought I would scare them off just being there but even when I walked up and moved the bin back on top they didn't run off but moved the bin back off and kept cooler raiding. I went back to the tent to wake up hubby and when the raccoons saw both of us they reluctantly moved off to watch from a distance. We cleaned up what we could and repositioned the gear so they couldn't get in without even greater effort. I took the few eggs left and dumped them in the dumpster in hopes of luring them away. It seemed to work because they didn't return. However, I had a hard time getting back to sleep and didn't get any rest until after the sun rose.
A spider egg case

After we got up Friday our friends treated us to breakfast at the restaurant down the road. When we returned we tore down our camp and packed the car. We spent a few minutes dipping our feet in the springs then hug out with our friends for a few before taking off.
 

On the way out we stopped at Fort Fanning Park to look around. The drive back was pleasant and uneventful. When we got back into town we ate at our favorite dive before going home.  When we got home the animals were all so glad to see us and demanded pets and cuddles. We both miss being in the woods although not being covered in sunscreen and bug spray constantly and I will admit being in 80 degree AC is pretty nice again too.

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