Bionic Boondoggle: From the land of ferns

by Jami Summers on August 30, 2010 · 4 comments

Welcome to another installment of the Bionic Boondoggle! It’s basically a “best of” roundup from the perspective of moi.

My snake-bitten ankle is finally healed and I’m doing strengthening exercises daily. I’m still visiting north Florida and loving the area here more and more! For a little get-outta-the-house time, my friend and I headed to the Devil’s Millhopper park in Gainesville. We packed our cameras and a few of our Moleskine journals and sketchbooks. I also wore tall, heavy leather boots. I have vowed never to hike without leather boots on again. No more snake bites for me, thank you very much.

Bionic Beauty visits Devil's Millhopper state park in Gainesville, Florida

Devil's Millhopper - One really old sinkhole!

I love greenery, shade (as you can tell by my paleness), and humidity. The Devil’s Millhopper suited me perfectly. There were teeny waterfalls winding through limestone covered in liverworts, lichens, and mosses. The waters flow through the porous limestone, making its way into the Florida Aquifer, and finally… very very slowly flows towards the Gulf of Mexico.

Bionic Beauty's trip to Devils Millhopper - A trickling stream, limestone rock, moss, liverworts

A trickling stream through limestone rock covered with mosses and liverworts

On our trek, I spotted a few native orchids (unfortunately not in bloom), some really cool aquatic plants, tiny glossy mushrooms, and more ferns than I’ve ever witnessed in one locale. It was truly a fabulous day! The only mar on the day’s perfection… I seem to have dropped/left/lost my digital camera. So if anyone found a pewter and black Olympus digital camera at the Millhopper over the weekend, could ya please send it back to me? I’ll bake you brownies and my famous banana bread! I miss my super-macro mode already for taking makeup shots. Grrrr.

Bionic Beauty at Devil's Millhopper park - Moleskine journals

Writing in my journals + surrounded by greenery = Happiness in Bionic-land.

Anyhow, let’s get on Boondoggling, shall we?

Ever wondered what some of those big long tongue-tying names are in your hair care products? Beauty with Brains gives you a 101 course on Polyquaternium 11.

Beauty and Fashion Tech uses skin care products from Arcona and Peter Thomas Roth to help cure her adult acne.

My dog “The Amazing Woo” is holding giveaway for a pet goody bag from Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul. Y’all should enter if you’ve got any furry friends!

E.l.f. Cosmetics has some pretty fabulous discount codes that are available for a very limited time. Shop quickly, everyone!

Lastly, here is my favorite quote from the book I finished last week…

“Truth can never be defeated, Sarene. Even if people do forget about it occasionally.”
~King Eventeo in the book Elantris by Brandon SandersonBionic Beauty reads the book Elantris by Brandon Sanderson.

Have you spotted anything wonderful around this web this week? Feel free to share sales, favorite quotes, funny videos, or whatever strikes your fancy in the comments section below

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1 Tashi August 30, 2010 at 4:29 pm

First, girrrrl, I LOVE those boots of yours!! Where did you get them?? I could always use a pair, up here in Minnesota. we have a bajillion places to hike, explore, and check out. Beautiful. I love even checking out stuff in my area, and all over, whenever I can.

I’m sorry that you lost your camera!! I hope it finds its way back to you. But look at it this way — at least it wasn’t a worse marring of your day, a-la that dang stupid snake fool, thinkin’ your foot was a Mickie D’s double cheeseburger.

As for sales notes, what-have-you, I think that LL Bean may still have 20% off of their backpacks. http://www.llbean.com I got an awesome pack from them at least 10 years ago, and it’s still going strong. Seeing as how I spent $70 and have had it for so long, the cost of usage per year has been about $7! Not a bad investment! I think those folks not in school/college could still benefit from picking up an LL Bean pack. They’re faboo for toting around whatever, even if you haven’t had a student I’d for almost 20 years (*cough-cough!!* like me, LOL)

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2 Bionic Beauty August 31, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Thanks for the compliments on the boots. I ADORE them!! I have wanted Frye boots for years but their prices are way out of my league. Erin at The Cheap Chick blog tipped me off to an amazing knockoff that is almost as nice as true Frye’s but without the cost. I got them in brown and black, each pair was $39 from Target. They are Target’s Mossimo “Katherine Boot”.

I got mine last season- bought the brown ones in the store. And had to order the black ones online. They were backordered for around 4 months due to all the internet buzz. They are SUPER comfortable and just plain gorgeous. The leather is nice too. I do have to oil them occasionally, but that’s the same with any leather boot. You would definitely get use out of them up in MN.
I don’t typically use the Katherine boots for hiking, but I left my regular hiking boots at home and since I’m still “away” due to my extended trip from Mr. James the meanie Snake- I needed to pick up some hiking boots (since my Merrell hiking boots are over 10 years old – great quality, btw!).

Anyhow, after much research I saved up and bought a pair of Corcoran military-style all leather 10″ high black “jump” boots with a lugged sole. That way I don’t slip so much, since I’m a klutz, and I am semi-protected from snake munching. Not very girly, but they aren’t too manly either. I love them with jeans and skirts too!

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3 Tashi September 4, 2010 at 5:33 am

Ah, yes, Erin “The Cheap Chick” and her love of boots! :-) Target does have some awesome boots (and shoes). She’s got an interesting spending challenge this year, which includes a boot mention.

Frye boots, wow. I’ve seen them. Niiiiice! Where do you find Corcorans? Suppose I can Google them, of course. I got a pair of black Mossimo ankle boots (that have nice heels) at a thrift store. They’re the most comfortable boots I have. Very cute too. I wore them all day when I went to the MN Twins new baseball stadium, Target Field (we loooove our Target up here, can you tell?). I’ll have to check out Target’s web site, to see what they may currently have, even if I can’t buy at this time. It’s fun to browse!

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4 Tashi August 30, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Oops, sorry — I meant, “student I.D.”. Dang auto spell corrector, missed that one.

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