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13 May 2015 @ 09:35 pm
Progress with the kayaks  
Today's been a very good day. We did our usual trash drop off and then breakfast. We checked out a new park called Withlacoochee River Park and then The Green Swamp. We were very pleased to find so many boat launches and like the Green Swamp better because it's free. But we didn't bring our kayaks as we were just scoping out new areas. Plus we need to get wheels for them, especially for Chris's and we need to find a better way to transport our kayaks.

We came home and I got two orders I have been waiting for that I'm very happy about. Got two hats in the mail. The are hiking hats that can take the sun, get wet, float and be folded nicely. They are soft sun hats. I got a great deal on Amazon vs buying them in the store locally. I'd say 50% off. I got Chris a dark green one and I got mine in turquoise. Unlike my Dr. Grant hat that I don't want anything to happen to it so I don't really use it, these are made to be beat up and get dirty. So though mine's kind of pretty I don't really care if it gets messed up since I will be hiking and kayaking with it.
Yesterday we went to Walmart and Chris bought me a life vest that's so colorful and has all my fave colors. I just hope it won't be too hot. That's my biggest concern about it. It's odd it's a large but I tried it on and it fits so I'm keeping it. So now I have my most basic gear, boat, life vest and paddle. Everything else is extra but I will work on accessories and stuff now to get everything how I want it.

Unfortunately it's time for me to do real clothes shopping. I haven't had to do that for about three years. I did laundry the other day and well all of Chris's shirts are ripped and chewed up. Many of my shirts are ripping too and most of my wardrobe is sadly falling apart. Nooooo. Gosh I hate clothes shopping but even NT's have to do it or risk having no clothes at all. Because I'm such a nature lover I'm actually rethinking my wardrobe. Shorts are fine. I've always loved cargo or safari shorts. But I don't really want much cotton stuff anymore. No more cotton shirts. If they get wet they stay wet and they are heavy. So I want stuff that's light and dries quickly if it gets wet. I mean everything too no more cotton socks, underwear, pants etc. So I'm looking to mostly have nylon and polyester in my outfits. Light weight and fast drying has become a priority not just for being outdoors but I need light clothes for my back too. In winter I haven't worn any heavy jeans in years because my back can't take it and I have to wear a size up to be loose and not tight. I need to get Chris shirts and also want to get him one of those long sleeves that I got because they are great for blocking the sun, light and dry fast. I wish I could do what Cope does and just buy everything in bulk of the same stuff I like so once it rips and wears out I just get the next one out of the closet no fear of it going out of style or getting discontinued. Problem with that is you have to have lots of money to do it. Cope was rich from all the research he did. Wish I could do that because that would solve so many problems. Unfortunately I'll have to do this for a while before I am done replacing everything that broke. Oh and I want to get one down winter jacket that folds down easily. They are expensive but I hear you buy one quality one and it's for life. So when it does get cold or if I visit a colder northern state I'll have a warn jacket that won't take up tons of room and is light. So that's the plan for now. Oh and a good pair of hiking boots. Again though I hate how much this stuff costs but I like the idea too of buy one good quality thing that lasts forever.

The other order I got was another shipment of silver bullets. This time I got a 9mm and 22 long rifle. It's so neat to have the five types of silver bullets all lined up. I love them. Definitely more fun than coins.

I started to build the wheels for the boats out of PVC. I finished the frame and am very impressed with what I have come up with. We went to Harbor Freight and got the tires there for a great price. $5.99 each when they are $25 or more everywhere else. But I can't finish them. No one has the 5/8" nuts I need. I have the washers so I can't finish building the wheels. I also have to get paint. I have green for Chris's but I don't know what color I want to make mine. I actually don't want blue for once. Everything is blue and I want some contrast. I don't want two green ones either as that would be my second color but too similar. I think I'll go for 80s neon pink. I love pink and blue anyway. I do love that pink. It's the pale pink I can't stand. So I also need a spray can of that. I'll take pics and show the progress because this is a cool project and I haven't done a building project in a long time.

And lastly I started drawing again. I began to draw Leeanix yesterday for the bow of my boat as the Tropical Centipede. She's turning out so nice. I just have to finish her tail and feet. Since today was a day off I didn't draw. But I hope to finish drawing her tomorrow and perhaps start to ink her.

So yes lots of good progress and I can't wait til our boats are ready and we can do either this new park, Weeki Wachee river or Weedon Preserve in St. Pete which is salt water and mangrove tunnels. I like the lake at Colt Creek but I'm ready for something much more interesting and not so contained.

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Samantha Falcosamanthafalco on May 14th, 2015 02:06 am (UTC)
I need sun hats. I go hiking a lot and I normally wear my camouflage baseball cap, but in hot weather my forehead gets got and sticky from it. I remember the life vests being a bit hot and heavy on my canoe trip. I was old enough at the time to not be required to wear the life vest (which was good because I had the GoPro on my chest) but I wore it anyway.
I hate clothes shopping. The stores are always crowded and when I'm with my younger sister it takes forever. I'm down to six good t-shirts and all the rest are tank tops, the latter of which I can't wear to school due to the dress code. So, I need to do some clothes shopping too. Also I'm down to four jeans and jean shorts, but I need shorts for the warmer weather. All I have for the summer are two new bathing suits. I hate taking long while shopping for such things as I said but it takes me a while to find a good bathing suit. I don't wear bikinis and the one-pieces are usually ugly or too large. I also wear swim short with my one-piece and it's hard to find a nice pair of swim shorts, but I managed. Just a pair of black swim short is fine because it goes with any color. I like it when colors go well together.
Those bullets sound really cool. I can't wait to see Leeanix on your boat. I've started drawing again, too. One of the drawings is for you actually so I'm making that a priority to finish first. Ugh, I'm also behind on my writing.
Desthagirion on May 14th, 2015 02:22 am (UTC)
Baseball caps aren't so good because they don't cover your neck or ears. I've never liked them anyway. Chris bought one because it's better than nothing and it was cheap but he looks like a hick with it. So I got him this nice explorer hat. I'll upload them on DA after this. And my new life vest. Yeah I don't think I'll wear mine but keep it in the back of my kayak unless I'm in deeper salt water or wavier conditions. I swim well anyway.

Yes I hate it too and will try to do most of it online, have it delivered to the store so shipping will be free. I hate to spend money on clothes as I'd rather spend it on fun things like DVD's. I prefer one piecs too. I got a lovely galaxy one from Ebay. That's how I dressed when I went to St. Thomas for the kayak, hike and snorkel tour. I wore my bathing suit under my shorts which are men's cargo shorts. They dry quickly. I like to shop in the men's section as they have more my style.

I have pics in an older post somehwere here on LJ of some of the bullets. They are so cool. Yeah hopefully I can finish her soon. I'm trying to break my art block. Aw thanks. That's sweet you've making a drawing for me. I need to send your gift soon. I'm so behind on writing but have no inspiration for it right now.
Samantha Falcosamanthafalco on May 14th, 2015 02:31 am (UTC)
Hehe, I look like a hick with mine too. I'm a good swimmer too but I had the life vest on me in the case I tipped and got knocked out, which I hope never happens.

I venture into the men's section a lot too. In Walmart they have really funny t-shirts in the men's section that I love, like my Abe Lincoln one in which he's holding a boom box (photoshopped, obviously) and there's a fake quote that say "Drop beats, not bombs". I love that shirt. All of the "funny" women's t-shirts are all along the lines of sassy and bitchy and that's not me. I like jokes and odd things, not stereotypical snotty teenage girl remarks. I used to wear cargo shorts lot. I should get a pair or two next time I go clothes shopping.
Desthagirion on May 14th, 2015 11:47 am (UTC)
I like shirts like that and have seen some good ones too in the Men's section. Though it's kind of inaccurate as Lincoln was not anit-war and headed the civil war. I definitely don't like girly stuff either.
Samantha Falcosamanthafalco on May 14th, 2015 01:20 pm (UTC)
It is inaccurate but I love it. It always gets people's' attention when I wear it in public, haha.
actipton80actipton80 on May 14th, 2015 12:27 pm (UTC)
I hate clothes shopping too. I get a lot of T-shirts from volunteer jobs and stuff like that. I also buy multiples of stuff. I need a new bathing suit so badly because I only have one after my really soft blue one wore out. I like one-piece, but I'm so big busted it's hard to find one that fits. I'm lucky my black one is well made.
Desthagirion on May 14th, 2015 12:57 pm (UTC)
Clothes shopping sucks. I'd rather do it online but that is annoying too because you don't know if stuff will fit right. Good luck finding another bathing suit you like. I went through that and finally found one. I should get two more as back ups.
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Desthagirion on May 14th, 2015 01:01 pm (UTC)
Yes I'm happy I got them for the price of one. Much better this way.

Good thing you don't have to do that for a long time. Socks rip the fastest especially at the heel since they rub against the shoes there. Yeah those kinds of rides aren't good in cotton T shirts as then you're wet the rest of the day. A great reason and place to have synthetic clothing.
And that's been part of my problem too. I've been buying the cheap stuff. Feels nice but doesn't last.

I need to take a pic of my 22 next to a real 22 to as they are very similar. They're small bullets.

I hope I can finish this today. Then I also have the problem of cutting the extra part of the axel off. I hope Lowe's can do it for me as I don't have the right tools and am a bit worried since cutting metal is more dangerous than cutting wood.

I am too. I need to also get on this art project and if I finish then to find someone that can print her for me.