Thursday, April 28, 2016

Some Dreams Are Just To Bizarre To Explain, Part 3

It was as real as day. I was on my way to pick up India from work. 

I never pick India up from work. She gets out not long before Ken, and about the same time as Matthew. She takes the bus to church (where Matthew is on the IT staff) and rides home with him. Or she walks to the store and Ken picks her up on his way home from the office.  Having sold my van to Matthew, I am carless right now anyway, except for the rare occasion that I use Ken's and my car. Yet there I was, picking her up from work.

Only this was different. I was driving an older SUV that I don't recognize, and cruising down an icy highway that looked like the one heading north from Utica, NY. Sort of. 

I was the second vehicle in a long line of slow moving vehicles. We were following a man who was going about 35mph as he slid on his bottom along the road. Yes. he was sitting upright and pushing himself with his hands as he slid on his butt. Doing a pretty speedy 35mph considering his mode of transportation.

As we were slowly driving, I noticed an amazing view coming into sight. We were getting closer to a hill and I could see the valley spread out in the distance. I had my tablet in the car (I never do this), so I took the tablet and starting taking photos as we moved along. The valley was getting closer while I realized I had never seen it before. I was wondering if I had taken a wrong turn. All this time the car in front never blocked the view for me.

At the top of the hill, the man scooting along the road "pulled over" to the side to let the rest of us pass. The car in front of me was no longer there and I was at the top of a very steep drop (think roller coaster). I wanted to stop but there were too may cars behind me. So over I went. The SUV picked up speed as gravity took over. Then the road abruptly curved upward, and disappeared. I mean it just ended. I kept "driving" upward into the air. 

I looked down and realized the other cars were ant-size below me, while they continued down the road. It turned out I had veered off and gotten onto a short road similar to those found on sleep inclines to stop a runaway tractor-trailer.  Only those usually have gravel to stop the truck, not a huge ramp to the sky. 

As I continued rising into the air, I was thinking "This is the last time I pick her up from work."

Then Kito whined at the bedroom door for us to let him outside....

ipsy March Glam Bag Review

I've wondered off and on about the monthly subscription boxes. My daughters both have been getting their own boxes for the last few months. But I'm not really interested in the kind they get. Make-up, on the other hand. I am always interested in finding new make-up. I thought I would start with ipsy. Ipsy has gotten a lot of good reviews, plus it is only $10 a month for five deluxe samples or full-size products. How could I resist a deal like that? 

I was very impressed with the March bag when it arrived.  You can't miss it. All these goodies come in a bright pink envelope. Sorry. I tossed it out, but I'll share one when I remember to take a picture of it. 

Inside the envelope is a cute makeup bag.  With all the goodies inside.

The back of the card reads:
We're having a spring fling with flawless! Celebrate the season with a spotlight on
radiant, selfie-ready skin, flushed cheeks and a fresh kick of color on eyes or lips.

The first item is Caviar Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist from Alterna Haircare.
I really like this product and plan to buy more.
Spray this on towel-dried hair before using your hairdryer. This left my hair full and soft. Plus, it leaves such a nice scent. 

This Manna Kadar eye shadow in Fantasy can also be used as blush and a highlighter.  The Pro Tips for this are:
  • To achieve a more metallic look simply damp your brush with water or a light-weight water based primer and apply Fantasy
  • Apply on décolletage for a more dewy look
  • Apply to inner tear duct to open the eyes and look more refreshed
  • Apply under the bridge of eyebrow to lift the eye and appear more awake
I have only used it as eye shadow and am very impressed. I really does make my eyes look more awake, despite the pale colour.

This blush duo from Pixi by Petra is the perfect shade for me in Rose Gold. 
It says it can be warn layered or alone. I opted to wear the darker shade for shadowing on my cheeks, and the lighter shade as a highlight.

This eyeshadow brush from Beau Gâchis Paris is perfect. Not too stiff, not too soft. 

NYX’s Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick is amazing! I got it in the Kitten Heels colour. Just the right shade. It goes on smoothly and lasts through the entire day (and several glasses of sweet tea). My youngest daughter tried it and she loves it too.  Good to know it's available from Target for $6.99. 

I'm glad that I subscribed to this monthly make-up bag. It was well worth it. 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Lent Isn't Just For Catholics Anymore

Wednesday was the first day of Lent. I am reminded of this by my husband. He was raised Catholic, but attended my Baptist Church before our move, and now attends our Non-Denominational Church.  I don't drink or smoke, and the only thing I could think to give up is my rare sweets. I recently heard about taking a different direction during Lent: Doing good. This would be easy peasy since I am addicted to volunteering and enjoy doing things to benefit others. I found many ideas on various blogs and am already doing many of them.

For starters, let's look at some of the less obvious things you might consider giving up:
  1. Gossip
  2. Complaining
  3. Negativity
  4. Laziness
  5. Arguing
  6. Being picky
  7. Judging people
  8. Comparing yourself with others
  9. Lying
  10. Cursing
  11. Wasting your life on the internet
  12. Checking your smartphone when you’re with people
  13. Driving when you could walk
Then there are the ways to benefit others:
  1. A chapter of the Bible a day. You can get through all 4 Gospels if you read 2 chapters a day and don’t skip Sundays.
  2. 10 minutes of meditation a day
  3. Join a Bible study at your parish
  4. 20 minutes of Spiritual reading a day
  5. List 5 things you’re grateful for every day
  6. Journal
  7. Blog
  8. Make a schedule
  9. Call your mother
  10. Volunteer once a week
  11. Give someone a compliment every day
  12. Take someone to lunch every week
  13. Perform an act of charity every day
  14. Spend more time with family.
  15. Give to the poor.
  16. Each week write a thank-you note
  17. Write a poem of praise for each person in your family.
  18. Get a stack of sticky-notes and write one sentence of thanks each day and stick it to the bedroom door of each person in your family so that by Easter they each have 40 sticky-notes.
  19. At dinner each evening ask your family to share one thing for which they are grateful.
  20. Go for a walk each day with a loved one
  21. Exercise each day.
  22. Spend at least half an hour each day in meaningful conversation with your spouse.
  23. Do a random act of kindness each day.
I hope you can find something on this list that you would like to do. I know I have.