Okay, it’s past midnight here, so it’s technically Saturday. However, I consider it Friday until I actually go to sleep and wake up the next day. Plus, I just thought of this idea. I don’t know if I’ll do it every Friday yet, or just every once in a while. We’ll see.
This Friday’s favorites will be musical. Here is a list of five songs that I’ve been absolutely loving lately. It was really hard just picking five. You can check out the embedded videos in the ‘continue reading’ tag if you’re interested.
I finally got to take my bike to the C&O Canal yesterday. I’ve still been unable to find a bike rack that works with my car, so I have to rely on my mom to put my bike in her SUV and take me places. She dropped me off and then went shopping. I got to ride up and down the towpath for two hours, stopping to take pictures along the way. I had a blast! I would like to go riding there every single weekend, but factors (like weather and other plans) might keep that from happening. I definitely want to go as often as I can though.
It’s incredibly peaceful and relaxing to put in some earphones, go cruising in nature, and feel the nice breeze blowing against you. I have to say, my bum is super sore today though from the hard bike seat. It’s totally worth it.
I don’t recall seeing a chance of rain yesterday, but suddenly while riding the clouds turned dark and the wind really picked up. I turned around and started to head back when I felt my phone vibrating. I took my earphones out to answer it, and it was my mom telling me that bad weather was coming so she was on her way to get me and would be there within five minutes. In a hurry to beat the weather, I completely forgot about my earphones and just started pedaling really fast to make it back in time. I made it all the way off the towpath and to the parking lot when suddenly my earphones that had been dangling got caught in my bike. They got completely wrapped up, and after untangling them from the bike I saw that wires had gotten ripped out. I put them back in my ears, expecting the worse, and sure enough they no longer worked. I was so mad and upset with myself! I had to go out today and buy a new pair. I only really like the Apple earpods, so it cost me $30. I’m definitely going to try to be more careful with this pair.
Today was Independence Day for us Americans, and I can still hear fireworks going off as I type this. Despite having a stale Cheeto as President, it’s still important to have pride in your country and remember its history.
I decided to spend part of the day at the Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland. I haven’t been there since I was a kid, despite it being so close, so I thought it would be cool to drop by and take some pictures.
Independence Day and the Battle of Antietam are two different things that happened in different months and different years, but I just somehow ended up there today. The Battle of Antietam was part of the Civil War and took place on September 17, 1862. It’s one of the bloodiest single days in America’s history. Over 22,000 soldiers, between the Union and the Confederacy, were killed or wounded.
It called for rain today, but luckily it held out until later on. The sky was dark in places, though, which actually made for some pretty pictures.
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I first heard of Overtone a few months ago when I saw an ad on facebook. I was instantly intrigued. Hair conditioner that actually colors your hair at the same time? Sign me up! It almost seemed too good to be true, but I wanted to find out.
I went to their website to check out the different selections they offer. They have a variety of colors to choose from, and each color comes in Pastel, Vibrant, or Extreme. Pastel obviously being the lightest shade, Extreme the brightest, and Vibrant somewhere in the middle. You can then choose if you want to get your choice of color in the Deep Treatment, the Daily Conditioner, or both. The Deep Treatment is recommended if you want to deposit color into your hair. The Daily Conditioner is used after you’ve already got color in your hair and want to help keep it from fading.
The makers of Overtone say that the colors show up on medium brown to lighter hair, so you don’t even need to bleach your hair first. Of course the lighter your hair is to begin with, the better the color will show up. If you have dark blonde to brown hair, the Extreme would probably be best for you. My natural color is dark blonde, but I currently have my hair highlighted, which makes it about a medium blonde. I ended up choosing the Vibrant for myself.
Women have been wearing makeup for a long time now. That’s nothing new. However, now that we’re living in a more digital age, it’s even easier for us to alter our appearance. Many social media sites are full of filtered photos and faces full of makeup. It started with models being photoshopped in magazines, and now it’s everywhere on the internet. We know it’s not what these people truly look like, yet we somehow get caught up in it and start to feel a little down about our own appearance.
It doesn’t help matters when you struggle with skin problems, but everywhere you look you see people with flawless skin. Of course, not everyone has perfect skin. Most people just cover it up. There’s also those stupid “This is why you take her swimming on the first date” or “This is why I have trust issues” memes that suggest that women with skin issues are ugly without makeup.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing makeup or retouching photos to make them look better, but I do think it’s important for people to see what’s behind all that. I want people to know that if they’re self-conscious of how their skin looks, they’re not alone. I’m not going to lie, I hate looking at myself in the mirror when I don’t have makeup on. I will not leave the house or let anyone see me without makeup on, except for my mother. I do know that there are many people with even worse skin than mine, but I still can’t help wanting to hide it. This is taking a lot of courage for me to post these photos, but I’m doing it because I want to bring more awareness to the issues that many people face.
I’m an introvert and also a bit of a homebody. I prefer to be in the comfort of my own home without having to worry about being bothered. However, I’ve always enjoyed nature and being out in the sunshine. I like to sit outside on my work breaks, and I realized how much of a mood booster it is, even just being out for a little bit. That’s when I came up with the idea that I was going to purchase a bike. I used to ride a bike almost constantly when I was a kid. I loved it, and I’ve been missing it for quite a while now. I thought it would be a great idea to get me out of the house more, get more exercise, and boost my mood all at the same time.
I went to several stores before making my decision to purchase the black and blue Huffy bike. There were a couple bikes I found online ahead of time that I really liked, but unfortunately I could not find either of those in the stores. I did find a teal Schwinn bike in one of the stores that I really liked, but it was almost $200, and I did not want to spend that much since I still have some medical bills to pay. I’m pretty happy with the bike I chose though.
I took it out for a spin today and rode to a nearby park called Devil’s Backbone. The ride there was a breeze. I was able to just cruise most of the way, and it was quite fun. I stopped there at the park to relax for a little while. It was calming just sitting by the water, taking in the smell, and feeling occasional trickles of water splashing onto me. I took some photos while I was there.
I’m not the biggest fan of chain restaurants, but I admit to visiting some of them from time to time. Tonight I was shopping for a new bike with my mother and Aunt. We got hungry, so we stopped into the nearby T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant. I used to absolutely love it there a decade ago, but the one in my town has really gone downhill since then.
One of my favorite items on the menu was always the Bruschetta Chicken Pasta. However, the last time I ate there I discovered that they changed the recipe. They switched the noodles from angel hair to fettuccine, used a different, thicker sauce, and also sprinkled less balsamic on it. I was not happy to say the least because the old way was definitely superior.
I wasn’t sure if I would get that pasta again this time around, but after scouring the very limited menu, I noticed they no longer serve a lot of their old items. Another disappoinment. In that case, I decided to go ahead and get the Bruschetta Chicken Pasta again, despite the recipe change. My mother opted for the same thing, while my Aunt got something else.
The service was terrible. Our waiter seemed more concerned with other tables than he was with ours, and we waited 45 minutes before we finally received our meals. My Aunt said that her food was okay, but the pasta that my mom and I got was lukewarm and cold in spots. It was also half the portion size that it once was but with the same hefty price tag. It did have a good taste though, but the temperature was definitely off and it was not worth the cost. My mother brought this to the attention of the manager, who offered us free dessert in return. She asked if we could just have a discount on our bill, but he insisted on the dessert. I’m not big on sweets, and none of us really wanted it, but we accepted it since it was free. If you go on Yelp, the Friday’s in my town only has a rating of 2/5 stars and I can definitely see why. It’s a shame that it isn’t what it used to be because I used to love going there.