It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor, would you be mine...I'm sure Mr. Rogers would have loved to be my neighbor on a beautiful day like today. The high today was 69 degrees. The sun was shining and the sky was the perfect shade of blue. This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Living in South Florida means we don't get to be a part of the severe winter weather hitting the rest of the country. And that's okay with me. But it doesn't mean we don't get our share of cold. Homes in South Florida aren't built for cold, or even cool, temperatures. Our homes are built of concrete block and stucco. They're made to hold in the coolness from the air conditioner. There's very little insulation in our walls because for most of the year, we don't need it. That means that whenever it's cold outside, it's even colder inside. My house felt like an icebox today. The windows were open so the air would circulate and the breeze would keep the house feeling nice. I stepped outside a couple of times and it was warmer outside than in my home. My hands were cold, my feet were cold, even my nose was freezing. It was a reminder of why I love living in Florida, and why I would never want to live up north again. Ever.
Both my son and daughter got up early today to get ready for work, which meant both bathrooms were occupied at the same time. I could have gotten up and started breakfast, but it was cold in the house. At least that's the excuse I'm using for having gotten up late. E had his English class and collaboration at 10:00, so that's when his school day started. It was nice to have that done and out of the way. Afterwards he had his leadership class. They went over one of his assignments for next week, so he's a bit ahead of the game. He was able to get all the work for school done in 3 hours. Thankfully we went for our evening exercise, which also counts for schoolwork. One thing I'm also working on is finding a place where he can get CPR certified, since that's a requirement for his Hope class. I found one city north of us that has the classes at the fire department, but I'm going to keep looking for something even closer. I'm really glad he gets to learn CPR; it's one of those things you hope you'll never need but should always be prepared for.
I received my order of eyeliner pencils from Bare Minerals today. I really like the colors, especially the green pencil. The colors are not very pigmented, but that's fine for me. I don't want anything that is too harsh or too bright; it doesn't work for me at this season of my life. What I was really excited about was the samples of Complexion Rescue that were included with my order. They sent 4 samples in 4 different colors: vanilla, natural, tan, and chestnut. I didn't even look at chestnut - that one was clearly too dark for me. Vanilla is probably too light, but my daughter wanted to try it out. She uses a lighter shade than me in the liquid foundation. She also needs something with a yellow undertone to offset the rosacea, and it looks like vanilla has that. I tried both the natural and tan shades; tan is a bit darker but not so dark that I can't wear it. Natural, however, looks perfect. I put it on and found that it's light but also hydrating. It feels really nice on my skin, and while it doesn't provide a whole lot of coverage, it does seem to be buildable. It gave me light coverage which is what I need on days like today when I want something that I can put on quick. I went ahead and added a little bronzer, and it went on smoothly. I didn't put any blush or powder on; frankly, I didn't need it. I'm gonna try tan tomorrow before I make my final decision. I'm sure I want to use my 20% off coupon to get this wonderful tinted moisturizer, but I want to be absolutely sure of the color before I place my order.
Our running group was dressed warmly tonight; I myself was wearing sweatpants and a hoodie over a long sleeved shirt. My son, on the other hand, wore a light hoodie and a t-shirt and insisted it was hot out. And I thought I was supposed to be having hot flashes! Anyway, we were out about an hour and a half. It was fun, even when we walked past the cow pasture and "enjoyed" the smells (yuck). All part of life in a small town.
That's it for today. I'm gonna clean up the kitchen, then get ready for bed. Goodnight ya'll.
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