*Going back to last week... I tired out a new hiking area! I had to go to Springfield, so I made a little detour to the Springfield Nature Center, where I haven't been since kindergarten! They have several different trails there ranging from 1/5 mile to over 2 miles. It was chilly and I was wearing flip-flops, so I didn't get to do much! I'm working on a vlog about it, so that will be coming soon! Actually, I should probably give that day its own entire blog post!
*I didn't live blog the "Women Tell All" Bachelor special, because my cable was being a dumbass that night. (I FINALLY got a Mediacom repair dude out the next day, so hopefully this won't be an issue anymore!) For those of you that did watch, what did you think about AshLee saying that Sean told her he didn't have feelings for the other two women? Going totally off of body language, I have to admit that I believe AshLee.
*I was going to wear my new Ellie top out on the hiking trail today to really test it out (and make a vlog), but today turned out to be surprisingly warm, so long sleeves seemed like an awful idea. I'll still be making a video about my Feb Ellie items, though!
*Speaking of the hiking trail... OMG I am out of shape, you guys. I finally did all of the 1.1 mile Glad Trail today, and it nearly killed me! (Okay, maybe I'm a tiny bit dramatic.) I did about half of this trail in the past (from the trail head out to the observation deck and back), but it turns out that's the MUCH easier half of the trail. The first 3/4 mile or so are pretty easy, but the last part is semi-steep uphill and just not fun!
little white arrow at "You are here" is the observation deck. Everything up to that point is super smooth sailing! I wish I had the stamina to do the yellow trail, too (it's only an extra .4 mile), but I am soooo not tough enough for that yet!
It's a bit rocky.
I kept trying to get photos of the landscape, but everything is so dull and grey this time of year, none of it looks at all impressive in photo form.
I liked coming to this map so that I had an idea of how far I was! I wish that the benches that you come to later on in the trail were marked on there, too, so that I'd have more landmarks.
Nothing looks as awesome as a bench when you've been walking for half an hour and need a little break!
I love hanging out in the woods, but I really need to improve my stamina so that I can actually enjoy it instead of wondering when it will be over already!
After finishing the trail (YAY), I went to Bath & Body Works because they were having an event today where you got a free peach candle with any home fragrance purchase. I picked up a Palm Beach Cooler mini candle as my purchase (love this one!), so I got both of these for a total of $4.50 plus tax. The dumb thing is that I had a 20% off coupon in my purse that I could have used, but I was too brain dead from the trail to even think about it.
Speaking of the price- I am NOT HAPPY that BBW increased the price of their mini candles from $3.50 to $4.50! They also usually had deals where you could get 2 for $5, but now it's 3 for $10. I love the mini candles, since they let me make sure that a scent isn't going to make me sneeze, and they let me try out a lot of different scents. But $4.50? That's absurd to me for how small they are. They do have the metal lids now instead of little thin plastic tops, but I'd rather have the cheaper price. Nice lids make sense for larger candles that you'll have around for a while, but the minis only have about 10 hours of burn time.
Okay, at least I am kind of caught up now! Yay!