Things I’m Loving Right Now

I have been toying with this post for some time. Just so y’all know, some of the things I am loving right now were received via in the Surf’s Up Vox Box. Others were my purchases. As always, the opinions are all me.

Sinful Colors Nail Polish

First off, this polish is available almost anywhere – Target, WalMart. I just had an email from Big Lots and they had some also. It retails for under two dollars not a huge expense. The great thing about it is the coverage. Usually, I look for really expensive polishes to be single coat coverage. Sinful Colors is a great single coat polish. I tried it in Sage Rose which is a color I can wear well into fall.


#RunChat first introduced me to HeadSweats. Now I own two different pieces from this company. I will be the first to admit I use to be a visor girl. It didn’t matter how long or how short my hair was. A visor worked perfectly. I would sport a hat while running as temps dipped in late fall or early winter but that was it. Now I am constantly in a either a #RunChat HeadSweats hat or a HeadSweats Ultratech Headband. Four weeks in the desert southwest in June ended with me wearing my hair shorter than I have in decades. The headband is perfect for runs when I do not need a bill to keep rain from my eyes/glasses. The hat works great in the desert also. My aunt soaked the head portion for me on a walk between her condo and my mom’s. The water didn’t run down into my eyes and the wet hat helped keep me cool.

United Airlines

I know a lot of people have had not so great experiences with United. In all honesty, my experiences were not the best but the way United handled them has made me a fan. I have had flights canceled when I needed to be somewhere. I have had refunds for partial trips issued. I have watched professionals deal with irate customers with care and understanding, even if the final answer was not what the customer wanted. While it may not be the smoothest way to get across the country – which I seem to be doing rather often, I love flying United.

Kindle App for Windows 8

I love to read. I have, in the past, spent way too much money on books. This problem solved itself when I started using Windows 8 and the Kindle App that it has. I know have tons of Kindle books that, for the most part, I received free of cost. I am reading voraciously and it is keeping me from here some days. BUT, to be a good writer, you MUST read.

What have you been loving lately?

Travel Tidbits 3

While I would gladly sit in the airport and just bury my head in my computer, the commuter gates at Dulles are not where there is an abundance of outlets or charging stations. Because of this, I thought my computer was going to have to be turned off due to the battery running out. Then, an airline employee who was charging a cell phone had to go back to work and I just slid over to that set of seats and plugged in to the outlet.

I was not the only person who experienced these issues. As I was chatting with my son in Buffalo online, I looked over to find two twenty somethings sitting on the floor near another outlet. Both were talking away on their cell phones with said phones plugged into the outlet. Needless to say, a few more outlets or more than one Samsung Charging Station in this area would be helpful. While there may only be six A gates, each gate has six letters associated with it so a lot of little commuter planes fly in and out of each A gate.
As I was waiting for the plane to board, I was approached by a woman who was in the same boarding area. This boarding area was for gate A4 but there would be, in about a half hour’s time, six different commuter flights taking off from that gate. She was wondering, as we had both been there waiting approximately the same amount of time, if I was going to Dayton, Ohio. I told her no and explained where I was going. It is always nice to have someone to watch bags that you may trust, even though you do not know them all that well. Carting a purse and a carry-on into the restrooms is just a pain in the butt.

She was a small woman. When I had been using my computer early on in the layover, she had been curled up in a chair and was asleep. While I may have been exhausted, I could no more sleep in these chairs than sleep walking. They were not even comfortable to sit in so I could not imagine sleeping in them.

Later, as the boarding area filled up more – six flights with approximately 36 available seats on each is a lot of people, we began speaking with a man whose bags noted “crew.” He had started the day in Switzerland and was a flight attendant. He was flying standby to Columbus, Ohio, to visit relatives. His home, and I presume his home base for flights, was Jacksonville, Florida. He had some interesting stories to tell about his time crossing the Atlantic earlier that day and being in first class. The woman who was heading to Dayton and I listened, although we both admitted we would need a lot of luck to get an upgrade to that area of the plane. Evidently, those flying in areas other than economy tend to think they are rock stars. Have you heard of the riders rock stars put on their contracts – specific waters kept at certain temperatures, that type of thing? At least one passenger wanted a beverage served with one ice cube.

Another standby flight attendant told of flying into Dulles – or should I say Richmond – earlier that day. The flight bound from Columbus to Dulles was diverted to Richmond due to fog and the inability to land. The woman needed to get to Charlottesville, Virginia. She ended up renting a car to get there in time from Richmond.

Needless to say, I enjoyed my flights tremendously. I would recommend everyone fly now and then. Be very flexible in your plans and your travel will be fantastic.