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What's In My Bag: Travel Thursday Edition

Travel Thursday!

Yep, I’m starting another series, but it’s not actually all that new, since Throwback Trip Thursdays and Travel Thursdays are basically the same–they are about travel and tours. The only difference is that Throwback Trip Thursday posts come out regularly every other Thursday until I run out of previous trips to post about, while Travel Thursdays come out any time I want to. You could say I could have just made Travel Tuesdays, but then I want to post all travel-related posts on thursdays, and also because Tuesday is too close to Monday, when I post my weekly roundup blogs, so yeah. And I’m kind of a control freak that way hehe. And yep, I’m posting TWO travel posts this Thursday! Why? Because it’s my birthday tomorrow! Okay, no relation whatsoever, but I just really want to do this now while I’m pumped hihi. The previous one was about my trip to Sagada last Summer, the second of three caving expeditions that I’m planning to post. You can read about the first caving trip here.

So anyway, as you can tell by the title of this entry, I’m doing a little What’s In My Bag thing. A lot of bloggers have done this, and I wasn’t really sure why anyone would want to let their readers see their messy everyday handbags, but as I scrolled through a lot of those WIMBs, I found myself looking up their beauty products! So I guess it’s kind of an advertisement for those brands, whatever they are, or maybe a little advice-giving for readers, depending on how the blogger wrote it. Or maybe there are really just some very stalker-ish readers. Ohmy. HAHA.

But what I wanted to do with my WIMB, since this is a travel blog, is to offer readers (if I have any lol) advice on how to pack your daily daypacks for foreign travels. Now, this was done completely out of impulse. I received my Passport and US Visa last Friday, and I’ve been super excited for my US trip in September 2014. I’ve been looking for the cheapest flights ever since, and even took out some of my travel essentials, making sure they were complete, and if there were some missing items, I would look for/purchase them before the trip. Some items are quite expensive, so I had to check this early so that I can already include them in my wishlist, or my to-buy-with-Christmas-money list. So there you have it, while laying them out, I suddenly had the idea to do this What’s In My Bag Travel Edition. Hihi.

I ordered them according to importance, and so here are my everyday carry-on travel essentials:

1. Passport. When in a foreign country, never ever, ever, go out without your passport, because you’ll never know when authorities might ask for identification. My tip is to put your passport in a little baggie, or at least a passport jacket, to protect it from the elements. I learned the lesson the hard way, when on a car trip in the US, I put an improperly screwed Gatorade bottle inside my bag, where my passport was, and that’s why I had to reapply for a US Visa even though it still had 9 years validity on it.

2. Wallet. Of course, you’ll need money! Depending on where I’m going for the day, I bring just enough cash that I might need. On shopping days, I’ll bring my cash limit equivalent to Php 5,000.

3. iPhone. My iPhone is an essential part of my life. In fact, it’s the one thing I never leave without, even when I’m just going to the living room from my bedroom. I also have a lot of travel apps downloaded into it, to help me on my day out.

4. US phone. Let’s face it; my iPhone is useless as a regular communication tool when in a foreign country. I don’t subscribe to roaming services when traveling because of the bill shock that I’ve experienced before. Instead, my uncle Dan gave me his old Samsung phone that I can now use everytime I go to the US, and I can enjoy unlimited calls and texts to their US phones as well.

5.-5a. JuiceBoxx portable charger and iPhone adapter. I’ll need to make sure I never run out of juice. A good thing about this is I can use it to charge any device, including my iPhone.

6. Samsung NX1000 mirrorless camera and detachable flash. In my previous travels, I lugged around my old DSLR, but it’s not very kind on my shoulders and it’s too bulky that I had to sacrifice leaving some of my travel essentials, which kind of gave me mini-crises on some of the days out. Now, I’ve replaced it with a small mirrorless camera. It’s more compact, but it packs performance comparable to that of a DSLR.

7. Aviators. Another thing I almost never leave home without. I always have this in my bag, even when I’m not traveling, because you’ll never know when the sun might be too bright. Sometimes I just really feel like a rockstar.

8. I Was Here: a travel journal for the curious-minded. My mom brought this home for me from her US trip way back in 2011, and I’ve been recording my travel experiences in this quirky travel journal ever since! It was authored by my uncle-by-law’s sister. It’s not exactly essential, but when you want to treasure your experiences forever, it helps to have a journal wherein you can write in right away, because sometimes our brains can’t hold that many amazing memories at a time.

9. Regular Day Planner. The travel journal serves as just that–a journal, but I need a separate planner to jot other important reminders such as flights, train rides, etc., and some to-do lists as well.

10. Pocket Fashion Sketchpad. Another not-really-essential essential, but being a fashion student, I always notice other peoples’ outfits, and I’m too shy to ask to photograph them. What I do is sketch their outfits instead.

11. Pens! Here I have my Starbucks pen special for my Starbucks planner, a trusty tech pen for finalizing sketches, and of course a neon pink pen.

12. Kleenex. Very, very important. Usually I would have wet ones, too.

13. Emergency pouch. It usually contains a small bottle of alcohol, at least one tablet of anti-histamine, and yes, hand cream. My hands tend to crack and bleed due to humidity, so I always have to have hand cream with me. I would also include a travel toothbrush and mini tube of toothpaste, and some bandages as well. I would also usually put my Kleenex and Wet Ones in the same pouch.

14. Gatsby Powdered Oil-blotting Paper. Perfect quick substitute to retouching make-up, especially for taking those touristy photos.

15. Make-up bag.  Contains the following: Garnier Under-eye BB cream and concealer, Clinique mini eye palette in a mirrored case, Smashbox O-Glow natural gel blush, Maybelline eyebrow pencil, Covergirl organic mascara, Smashbox purple eyeliner, e.l.f. matte lipstick in tea rose.

16. Tweezers. You’ll never know how useful tweezers can be.

17.-17a. iPod Shuffle and Sennheiser headphones. Perfect for long train rides or long walks.

18. Cardholder. This one I usually put in my pocket so that in the unfortunate occasion that my bag or wallet gets stolen, I will still have an alternate ID, secondary credit cards and ATM with me.

Here’s how it looks packed into my trusty pink Coach handbag:

As you can see, it’s pretty packed, it won’t even accommodate my camera, which I guess is okay, because I like to have my camera ready and on-hand all the time. But I really wish I had a bigger bag, preferably a large dark brown or black leather bag. I found backpacks to be extremely convenient in terms of ease of handling, but things tend to move around a lot inside a backpack, so I still stick to handbags.

After doing this, I realized that I needed a few more things to help me pack my essentials better. The number one item is a travel wallet wherein I can keep my passport, money and some documents such as boarding passes and train tickets.

So there you have it! I hope you were inspired by this post :D

P.S. I’m probably already on my bus trip to my home province by the time this post goes live. If you read this, please to greet me a happy birthday tomorrow (Dec. 13)! Haha.

Horoscope and Tarot Overview for                                       August 27- September 2, 2017

Sunday- The Moon is in intense Scorpio all day with a beneficial trine to Rx Neptune and a sextile to Rx Pluto along with Jupiter sextiling Saturn bringing a new way to look at the world in front of us, which helps us accomplish anything our hearts desire in a practical, yet exciting way. Anything started today (despite Mercury Rx) will be sure to succeed.   

Monday-While the Moon remains in Scorpio she squares Mars and trines Rx Chiron which may cause a bit of angst and sensitivity this morning. Rx Mercury irritates Rx Pluto continuing the trend but also adding a bit of questioning to the day, we look closely at our motives and anything else that needs to be done. Avoid self-doubt, it will get in the way.  The Moon moves into freedom loving Sagittarius then squares Rx Mercury and semi-squares Rx Pluto to bring that miscommunicated energy along for the evening hours ride. There is a softer lunar trine to Venus in Cancer later tonight that helps us sooth our wounds and regroup our energy.    

Tuesday- The Moon stays in Sagittarius with a square to the Sun and a semi-square to Jupiter this morning then they semi square each other to ramp up the need to wander, explore and find a new way to proceed with our plans. We may feel unbalanced, or pulled in two different directions, giving us a bit of a setback back, but if we stay mindfully connected to a solid plan, there will be good results will follow.   

Wednesday- The Moon stays in Sagittarius with an alignment to Saturn, a sextile to Jupiter and a trine to Mars refueling our brilliant ideas, especially those that include freedom and pushing boundaries. Stay connected to reality yet stay on the path to helpful strength.   

Thursday-The Moon moves into strong Capricorn early this morning giving us some much-needed grounding. There are lunar trines to Rx Mercury and the Sun, these aspects try to help us stay connected to our attempts at communication. Venus bumps into Saturn keeping us on a path to repairing relationship issues because we can see them so much more clearly. Rx Mercury moves back into proud Leo which may block any further attempts and fixing what’s wrong.   

Friday-The Moon is in Capricorn, and Mars quincunx Rx Chiron which my infiltrate our dreams with some self-doubt, however the morning gets clearer as it proceeds with a sextile to Rx Neptune and an alignment with Rx Pluto helping us remember past dreams so we can create what we truly need. Staying in touch with fantasy moves us forward.   

Saturday- During the Moon in Capricorn Jupiter and the Sun reconnect trying to help us settle our energy with pragmatic thoughts. However, Mars trines Uranus turning any semblance of propriety upside down. Our brains are reset to move mountains and explore the original possibilities from the beginning of the week. We are ready to progress to a new level of experimentation no matter the consequences.  

Tarot Cards of the Week- The Tower, 3 of Swords and King of Pentacles-ah yes change, lots of shifting and scary first-time events are ahead of us this week, but we can suffer the growing pains, learn and move forward if we are strong, focused and open minded.   

Chakras: third eye, throat, solar plexus, sacral 

Crystals: amethyst, blue agate, citrine and carnelian 

Aromatherapy: rose geranium, chamomile, lemon and orange 

Yoga- stay ahead of distraction with strong vinyasa and restorative poses.    

Astrological Houses as parts of a House

The 1st house is the overall style and build of the house.

Imagine looking at a house from the outside, the lawn, shutters, doors, etc. It’s the intial impression you give off overall- sets the tone and basic structure of the rest of the houses.

The 2nd house is the trophy room.

Where collections and valuable possessions are stored, physical and tangible security. Items of personal comfort. Objects money can buy, and reflect personal values/interests.

The 3rd house is the neighborhood. It’s also your mailbox.

It’s the immediate environment, how you interact with it, and the impact it has on your house. Rules communication with environment as well. Where you receive and send out writing such as letters.

The 4th house is the bed room.

It’s where you go to rest and restart, private and for family affairs. Personally and fundamentally vital for an individual’s pysche. A center of the home for the native.

The 5th house is the living room.

It’s where people go casually for entertainment, and for fun. Where hobbies are usually performed and friends are greeted.

The 6th house is the kitchen.

A daily necessity for life, essential for health. Especially vital for diet. How this house is treated will decide on the overall health affairs.

The 7th house is the guest room.

Where people staying in your house reside, people apart of you and your daily function, you may not claim to be apart of you, but is a reflection of who you are. Describes the type of people you encounter and that compliment you.

The 8th house is the bathroom.

Important for security of the individual and their health processes. Private. A few trusted will see the happenings of this house. Personal secrets or doings are done in there.

The 9th house is the library.

Where knowledge is stored, religious texts, and old Collage textbooks. Photo albums of trips taken long ago will be scattered among the shelves. A globe is probably hidden somewhere.

The 10th house is the office.

Where work is done in order to ensure the desirable public image. Momentums of the desired profession scattered, awards and prided accomplishments placed deliberately around.

The 11th house is the gameroom.

Where huge gathers happen, with games, food, and drink. Family reunions to highschool friends, bringing people you haven’t met personally but are bonded over a common cause.

The 12th house is the attic.

It’s where dust gathers on everything you hide away. It’s quiet and there’s boxes filled with the prized possessions of ancestors, as well as documents detailing events you forgot about. It creeks but there’s a light switch, in the darkness of night it can prove difficult to find the switch.

New weekly format…

Horoscope and Tarot Overview for July 31-August 5, 2017

This week changes are the theme, confusing changes but shifts none the less. The good news is, we will be quite centered in our intuitive gifts, exercise that knowledge and use it well to navigate through the rough spots.  

Sunday- Double Venus aspects-a square to Chiron and a sextile to Neptune, both in Pisces and retrograde, bringing sentimentality, a slip in our confidence and a little extra instinctive boost. The Moon is in Scorpio with squares to Mars and the Sun in Leo indicating a bout of jealousy or stubborn ride that can ruin an otherwise lovely day. Mars also collides with Rx Saturn which may jilt our memories about something we have forgotten to do. Pay attention.  

Monday- The Moon stays in Scorpio with a sextile to Rx Pluto anchoring our desires to finish old projects and reconnect with someone that ignites our passion. Venus moves into loving Cancer for the next 4 weeks bringing out our nurturing side in love, romance and our creativity.  

Tuesday- the Moon moves into flighty Sagittarius this morning with trying aspects to Venus, Jupiter, Rx Pluto and Mercury. This points to inadequate communications, delayed affections, a need to wander and or gossip a bit. Stay centered.  

Wednesday- The Moon stays in Sagittarius triggering a fire trine with Mars and the Leo Sun. Later there is a square to Rx Neptune and a sextile to Jupiter reminding us to look carefully at what is offered before accepting or moving forward with commitments or proposals no matter how enticing they are, it is not a stable day. Adding to the instability, Uranus stations direct and then moves retrograde at 10:49 PM EST, get ready for unexpected feelings, people and memories from the past.  

Thursday-The Moon stays in Sagittarius until tonight The Moon squares Rx Chiron and sextiles Rx Uranus tonight helping us tune into what needs healing in yourself and those around you in quite a startling fashion. The Moon moves into steady Capricorn at 8:37 pm  

Friday-The Moon in Capricorn opposing Venus, then a trine to mercury which may make communications troubling. . Jupiter squares Rx Pluto setting our work ethics into high gear, preparing us for new workloads by helping us clean up anything left hanging. Avoid exaggerations or staying too closely within the lines, either extremes will not assist the process. Tonight, a sextile to Rx Neptune will stir up old memories and creative insights in our dreams.  

Saturday- The Moon stays in solid Capricorn all day aligning with Rx Pluto in the same sign this morning then immediately squaring Jupiter. This may affect our optimism or impetus to improve our day with a little pessimistic thinking or an inability to move forward. Compounding these aspects, the Sun has two small irritating aspects to Rx Chiron and Rx Neptune that exposes where our faults or insecurities lie. Try to leave the past in the past so you can clear a path for bright insights and creative new ideas. It’s a good day to make peace with old unresolved issues.  

Tarot Cards of the Week- 9 of Swords, Ace of Wands and Knight of Wands- the early part of the week may bring startling revelations, handle them like a pro to ease your mind. Mid-week we may be industrious, inventive and ready to go forward but by the end of the week we may feel as if we are moving backwards. This week requires careful consideration and attention to fine details as well as our keen insights.  

Chakras: crown, third eye, heart and sacral 

Crystals: clear quartz, lapis, rose quartz and carnelian 

Aromatherapy: frankincense, rose geranium, rose and tangerine 

Yoga-a mixed practice of vinyasa and restorative poses and mindfulness meditation  

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To the anon asking what I’ve been using in my hair recently.

Night mask: pumpkin seed oil mix peppermint essential oil

Daily product: argan oil

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REASONS WHY BRITAIN IS TOTALLY RUINED THESE DAYS, NUMBER 16,490: “Abandonment of dining rooms.”

reduxrose  asked:

Fic Prompt: The rangers are at the Beach Boardwalk for a day off and they all want to go on a roller coaster but Trini's too short to ride so Kim jokingly decides that the two of them will go on the Tunnel of Love instead. Cue Kim and Trini on a swan shaped boat in the cheesiest ride possible and Kim loving every minute of it while Trini is just malfunctioning from so much gayness lmaooo

I got this prompt forever ago and didn’t even realize it! This kinda got a little away from me but I think it’s okay. Hope you enjoy it!

It’s Zack’s idea to get out of Angel Grove for a little R&R and it’s Kim’s idea to drive down to Santa Cruz for a beach day, but it’s Billy’s idea to hit up the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for some much needed fun and games. And can anyone really say no to Billy? Jason drives while Trini mans the aux cord.

When they get there the rangers spend the morning walking through the vendor’s tents and playing games. (Jason is definitely pouting after losing several rounds at the ring toss, but ends up grinning ear to ear when he wins a giant teddy bear at the ‘test your strength’ hammer game. No one comments on his subtle use of ranger strength or his obvious blush as he gives the bear to Billy who wiggles happily before pulling their fearless leader in for a hug).

They stop for lunch around noon and end up filling an entire picnic table with an assortment of boardwalk delicacies (two pizzas, five burgers, nine funnel cakes, three bags of cotton candy, two plates of fries, and a twelve pack of Dr. Pepper). The looks on the surrounding patrons faces as the five of them polish off everything in a matter of minutes is flat out comical.

They dedicate the afternoon to rides. Thankfully they’re moving through the lines fairly quickly so they decide to start on the smaller rides before making their way up to the bigger and faster thrill rides. The only ride they have yet to go on is the Giant Dipper, a wooden roller coaster that twists and races through the turns so quickly you think you’ll go flying out of your seat. The thing looks pretty awesome. There’s just one problem…

“Hijo de puta!” Trini curses at the height indication sign dangling two inches above her head. She kicks the metal pole, not hard enough to dent it, but enough to earn a glare from the watching ride attendant. Trini shoots the guy a glare in return before Jason gently pulls her off to the side with everyone else.

“Aw, it’s okay T. One day when you grow up you’ll be as tall as the rest of us!”

Trini growls and swipes at Jason who neatly hops out of her radius. Zack snickers and holds up his hand for a high five.

Kim rolls her eyes. “Come on you two. Making fun of Trini’s shortness? How belittling.”

Trini snarls at the other girl but Kim merely smiles back and wraps her arms around the shorter girl’s neck, pulling the littlest ranger into her chest and smothering her. Trini thanks her lucky Zords no one can see how red her face suddenly gets.

“It’s okay Trini. We can just skip this one.” Billy says, squishing his teddy bear much like Kim was doing to her.

Trini pulls her head as far back as Kim allows, spitting out a piece of her hair and giving Billy a sympathetic smile. “Thanks B, but you guys should go ahead. I don’t want to spoil this for all of you.”

“I’ll wait with you,” Kim says, finally releasing Trini from her hug-hold and reaching to hold her hand instead, squeezing it lightly.

“Y-you don’t have to do that.” Trini winces at how high her voice sounds and at the way her words trip up. The heat must really be getting to her head now; probably why her cheeks feel like they’re burning up as well. Because it certainly has nothing to do with her insanely gorgeous best-friend currently holding her hand and smiling her mega-watt grin at her.

No. Not in the slightest.

“Come on Trin. The coaster’s a three-seater anyways, so this works out perfectly. The boys will go on the ride and we’ll hang out while we wait. Just the two of us.” Kim winks and Trini feels her knees wobble. Zack has this shit-eating grin plastered on his face and looks like he’s about to make some kind of comment that’ll really make Trini’s cheeks burn, but she beats him to the punch—literally, she punches him in the gut before pulling Kim in the opposite direction as the guys.

“Uh, yeah. Okay, sure. Let’s just- um, yup.” (Trini Gomez: the suave-iest ladies-lady).

The boys jump on the end of the line while the girls wander back through the games and the smaller rides, most of which they’d done already. Kim points out a few things, making a joke every so often, but the little yellow ranger can hardly focus on what’s happening around them because she’s trying her damnedest not to freak out over the fact that Kim’s still holding her hand.

But it’s not like they haven’t held hands before, because they have; such an action was essentially a daily requirement, a stipulation of being friends with Kimberly Hart. As far as Trini has gathered, Kim loves physical contact and isn’t shy about initiating it either.

The first time Kim and her held hand was about a week after Rita’s attack. They were sitting together in biology, working on a project, when the fire alarm went off. Everyone had jumped, not expecting the piercing wail in the otherwise quiet classroom, and Trini felt Kim’s hand clamp down tightly on her own. Her eyes looked wild and she was breathing too hard, too fast. Trini glanced at the iron grip Kim had on her hand and noticed the tell-tale signs of Kim’s pink armor wrapping around her wrist.

Their teacher ushered everyone out of the room and Trini kept to Kim’s side, not that Kim’s hold on her would have allowed her to go anywhere else. Luckily their hands remained hidden between the two of them and it wasn’t until they were outside and as far away from the growing crowd did Kim’s grip ease up and she started to relax. And it wasn’t until they were told they could go back inside did Kim finally let go of Trini’s hand.

Now Trini can understand the need for contact in that kind of situation. Kim was scared and need a little comforting. What Trini can’t wrap her head around is the gradual increase in touching Kim does after that incident. Little brushes as they walk to class. Occasionally leaning on her during breaks in training. Playing with Trini’s hair while they studied together. Cuddling up on the couch for ranger movie marathons. And hugging. Lots of hugging apparently.

You know, things platonic besties do.

And it’s not like Trini has ever experienced this kind of thing with other friends, because she’s never had a friend close enough to do this with. And it’s not like she can just flat out ask Kim if it’s normal for friends to be this affectionate with each other… that’ll just make her sound weird.

But in all honesty, Trini doesn’t really mind it. Kind of likes it, in fact (which just makes her an even bigger creep than she already feels like) but it’s not like her family shows a lot of love physically, and it’s been a while since she’s hugged another human being, so sue her if she likes it when Kim wraps her up in one every now and again.

But of course that’s not the end of it. That’s really only the beginning because Trini’s just one big gay mess of emotions and feelings, and Kimberly Hart is beautiful and loveable and absolutely amazing, so is it really a surprise to anyone when she starts crushing on her?

Apparently not, at least according to Zack who had dragged her off after training one day for a little “bro bonding” and had essentially called her out on staring at Kim’s ass all practice, which like, yeah guilty as charged, but in her defense Kim had been wearing spandex… just spandex. Trini’s surprised she was cognizant enough to even punch that day.

That isn’t to say she’s always functional when Kim is being especially… Kimberly. Trini had almost face planted in the parking lot at school once when Kim had shown up wearing the tiniest skirt known to man. She even had the audacity to wink at her before walking into the building with a little more sway in her hips (not that Trini had noticed) (she totally did). Or the time she’d accidentally put a hole in the wall of the ship when she’d accidentally walked into Kim’s cabin while she had been changing and Kim had asked if she saw anything she liked (which like… duh).

And let’s not forget the movie night Jason had picked out The Conjuring and Kim had curled into her side and hid her face in her neck for just about the entire movie. And had then proceeded to sleepover for three additional weeks because she’s was too scared to sleep alone. Trini hadn’t gotten much sleep those three weeks, not while Kim was pressed against her side and breathing softly into the back of her neck.

But lately, Trini’s noticed something else going on. Something changing. Or maybe she really is just crazy and it’s nothing at all, but she swears that Kim’s been extra clingy and extra affectionate towards her recently. Their casual coffee dates and sleepovers suddenly feel charged, like at any moment something monumental is supposed to happen. Trini can feel it in the way they talk, how naturally their conversations flow and how long they last, but she feels it prominently in the pauses, the comfortable silences where they just stare at each other. And Trini’s desperate to ask Kim if she feels it too, the static in the air around them, between them, but then the moment passes and the feeling slips into the background once more, not noticeable but always present.

And Trini’s kind of terrified, she’ll admit to that at least. Because she’s known she’s been in love with Kim for months now, but she’s also fairly certain Kim would never see her as more than a friend. Trini’s ninety… well, okay, eigh… sev… at least fifty percent sure Kim’s straight (and quite possibly into Jason) but Trini isn’t going to take any chances. Not with those odds. Not when there’s too much at stake, so much to lose if it all goes wrong. Kim could reject her, or laugh at her, or what if her confession makes Kim uncomfortable and she loses her best-friend? And then what would happen to the Power Rangers?

She can’t risk everything they’ve built together. So Trini’s just going to take deep breaths and idly twiddle her thumbs and pretend like she’s perfectly content with being Kim’s platonic best friend. And pretend like she’s not absolutely in love with her. And Trini will just have to pick up the pieces of her heart, the pieces Kim has managed to take from her and write her initials all over, when Kim eventually stops holding them.

“Will you quit brooding and answer me?”

Trini shakes her head, her attention snapping back to the present. “Uh- I’m sorry, what was that?”

Kim playfully rolls her eyes. “I asked you if you wanted to play some more games and get some food. Or we can go on something we haven’t gone on yet.”

“But we’ve been on all the rides.”

“Well… we haven’t gone on that one.” Kim points to a small line leading down to what looks like a water ride with white swan-shaped boats. Trini reads the sign over the entrance and throws her head back laughing.

“Oh fuck no.”

“What? We haven’t been on it and you’re actually tall enough for it. Come on!” Using a bit of ranger strength Kim pulls a now protesting Trini into the line beside her.

“Wait, you’re not serious right?”

Kim smirks, nodding vigorously. “Absolutely.”

“But- Kim wait, this is… I-I don’t… don’t-”

“You don’t want to go in the Tunnel of Love with me?” Kim turns to Trini, pushing her lower lip into a pout and widening her eyes so she looks perfectly pitiful.

Ah shit. Kim knows Trini’s such a sucker for the ‘puppy dog face’ (really she’s just a sucker for Kimberly) because whenever Kim pouts, Trini caves. Every. Fucking. Time. One of these days she’ll build up a tolerance to that look—but really, who is she trying to kid? The only thing that could possibly make this any worse would be-

“Please? For me?”

Fuck. Okay now that’s just cheating.

Trini gulps, feeling an army of putties suddenly come to life in her stomach. Her palms suddenly feel like she stuck them under a faucet and she has to remind herself that there’s no way Kim can hear how fast her heart is beating with this many people around.

This is bad. This is so bad.

“How many?”

Kim spins to face the employee running the ride, pout gone and chipper grin in place. “Two please!”

The woman ushers them into a small white swan just pulling up to the loading dock and Trini has just enough time to realize she didn’t actually agree to this before she’s pulled into the boat and heading down a lazy river.

Mercifully Kim had released her hand when they had sat down so now Trini is as far over on the bench as she can get, putting a sizeable distance between herself and Kim. “I can’t believe you made me do this,” she laments, crossing her arms over her chest and schooling her features to look as annoyed as possible, because she’s definitely freaking out a little under the surface. Trini’s convinced this is what a gay panic feels like.

Best-friend, best-friend, she’s your straight best-friend! Get it together Gomez!

But Kim doesn’t seem to mind or thankfully acknowledge Trini’s odd behavior. Instead she smiles and sticks her tongue out, relaxing into her seat as they wait to enter the tunnel. “Oh please. Knowing you, you’ll pretend to hate it but actually love it because you’re such a softie.”

Trini growls, low and mischievous, and Kim squeals as Trini’s fingers dig into her side. The swan sloshes a little and the couple in front of them turn to glance at the commotion. The girls separate with identical grins.

“I’ll get you for that one Hart.”

“Bring it on babe.”

One word. One word is all it takes and suddenly Trini’s practically melting into a gay puddle in her seat. Quickly she turns into her side of the bench, mostly so Kim won’t see her all flustered and blushing, but also so she won’t see the dare in Kim’s smirk or the glint in her eyes and suddenly forget how to do the simplest things like breathe.

But it would seem Trini’s efforts to distance herself from the other girl were simply all in vain because as soon as their boat passes beneath the archway and into the dark, Trini feels Kim press tightly into her side and one of her hands land on her knee.

(Trini.exe has stopped working).

“This is exciting. I’ve never been on one of these before. Oh look!” But Trini barely registers whatever it is that Kim’s pointing at, too preoccupied with restoring her mental faculties, which is proving to be really difficult with the distracting weight of Kim’s hand on her knee. Trini’s pulse is thundering in her ears, muting the rides soft music playing overhead, and she forces herself to take calm, even breaths.

It’s fine. Everything is fine. Kim is just a touchy-feely person, which is not news to her, and it doesn’t have to mean anything, even if the warmth radiating from Kim’s hand is making her head spin and her heart palpitate… but it’s fine, she’s totally cool with this, with the romantic lighting and the music and Kim leaning into her side and whispering something into her ear, her breath tickling the sensitive skin and making Trini shiver and how long is this fucking ride?!

Trini isn’t sure how long she spends trying to calm herself down—somewhere between a minute and an eternity—but she’s been so focused on remaining outwardly collected that she hardly registers when Kim grows quiet. She’s only partly aware of Kim reclining back in her seat but she’s fully aware of when Kim removes her hand from Trini’s leg, and she tells herself to ignore the slight tingle of disappointment because it’s probably much better for her sanity anyways.

But then Kim yawns.

And it’s like the world suddenly slows and time stops and Trini’s sure she’s hallucinating because there is just no way

Kim yawns, loud and exaggerated, raising both arms over her head as she stretches unnecessarily, and she leans into Trini just the tiniest bit so that when she brings her arms back down, one comes to rest across Trini’s shoulders. Trini’s head snaps towards Kim, befuddled and incredulous, almost positive she’s crossed into the Twilight Zone and half expecting to see Lady Gaga sitting next to her, but there’s just Kim.

Kim who’s extremely close and smiling down at her, all soft edges and warm inviting lips, eyes darting across Trini’s face before resting on her mouth, eyelids dropping, leaning in…

Trini vaults forward, rocking the boat a little, and Kim’s arm falls away from her shoulders. The movement startles the other girl into pulling away, but only slightly. Trini spins to face her fellow ranger, jaw lost somewhere by their feet. “Did you just-”

Kim’s smile falters. “O-oh… well I just- um…” Kim swallows and her cheeks grow as pink as her suit, tussling her hair and gnawing on her lower lip, both ticks Trini knows are a sign that Kim’s nervous. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to make you feel uncomfortable. I just thought… w-well, this is all pretty romantic, you know? And I’ve been trying to- I mean, I’ve kind of had a…” Kim huffs, dragging her hand down her face in frustration. “Okay, yeah so, Trini I-”

“Are you hitting on me?” Trini doesn’t realize her thoughts were voiced until Kim looks back up at her, a surprised arch in her brow, and she feels her body flush from head to toe.

But then Kim levels her with a look that makes Trini’s heart leap into her throat when she quietly mutters, “I’m trying to.”

Huh…

Well, guess you learn something new every day.

Kim leans forward, slowly and a bit cautiously, like she’s afraid touching Trini again will make her pull back even more, and she carefully lays one hand over Trini’s and the other reaches out to softly cup her jaw. Trini swallows hard, sure that at any second she’s going to wake up in the hospital having passed out from heat exhaustion and all of this will just turn into some fevered dream.

But Kim’s hands are warm and solid and Trini really, really hopes she isn’t dreaming.

“Trin, I like you. I’m- not the best at being direct, but this is me trying to, at least. Because you make me feel, geez I don’t know, everything. Like I’m actually kind of worth it? Worth this, whatever you want this to be. If you want this? Because for the longest time I’ve just wanted to… well, I was wondering… or if I could take you- I mean if you’d honor me with- no, wait let me start over. Trini-”

Trini doesn’t remember telling her body to lean into Kim or telling her chin to tilt up, her nose brushing against Kim’s, the other girl’s eyes widening and both of them gasping, or telling her eyes to slip shut as Kim’s lips skim along hers…

But hey, she’s certainly not complaining.

Trini’s never been a fan of clichés. The whole “fireworks exploding behind the eyelids” thing just always sounded way too corny for her tastes.

What she will admit to, though, is the way Kim’s lips make her feel like her insides are made of cotton, how the kiss is soft and steady and warm. That it feels like she’s morphing for the first time all over again because it just feels so natural. So right.

There’s a bright flash and Trini thinks she should give that whole “fireworks” trope more credit than she originally thought, but then Kim adjusts the angle so their kisses are deeper, and fuller, and Trini moans embarrassingly loud, because holy fuck Kimberly Hart is a good fucking kisser. But the affect the noise has on Kim is instantaneous and thrilling because now both her hands are in Trini’s hair, anchored there and pulling her in tightly, and when Kim gently licks at her bottom lip and into her mouth, Trini feels herself implode.

They pull back a minute later, slightly breathless and smiling like crazy. “Wow,” Kim rasps and Trini wants to groan as the sound sends electricity zipping through her veins.

“Yeah. Wow.” And Trini can’t help the small giggle bubbling in her throat, but it’s contagious because now they’re both laughing, light and heartfelt. It’s kind of perfect.

“Alright! Watch your hands and feet as you exit the swan. Make sure you have all your belongings. And will the girls kissing in swan 4 please exit the bird? Thank-you.”

Kim smiles, wide and just a little bit smug, and Trini has to forcibly yank the other ranger from the boat. And now they’re back to holding hands, only this time Trini isn’t panicking; she’s too frickin ecstatic to be.

They reach the exit where a few other riders are milling about by the photo booth, examining the pictures taken from the ride. They spot the boys then. Or at least what’s left of them. Jason’s shirt is ripped down the middle and Billy’s bear is missing it’s head. Zack looks decent enough except he’s soaked to the bone and still dripping.

“What the hell happened to you guys?” Kim asks while Trini reaches up with her free hand to playfully ruffle Zack’s hair.

Jason sighs, exasperated. “Don’t ask. Just know we didn’t get to ride the coaster and Zack nearly go us all killed.”

“Hey! How was I supposed to know that kid’s dad was a professional MMA fighter? And you know I almost had that kid too!” Zack defends, batting Trini’s hand away.

“Zack he was four.”

“So?”

Jason grunts, looking ready to throttle Zack so Billy quickly interjects. “So what about you girls? What did you do?”

Kim and Trini share a look and Trini feels her cheeks warm as Kim’s smile triples in size and smugness. “Oh you know,” she says nonchalantly as she pulls Trini into her side and wraps her arm around her waist, “just went on a ride. Had some fun.”

The boys look well beyond confused, but then something catches Zack’s eye and suddenly they’re widening to the size of dinner plates. He slaps Jason’s arm repeatedly to garner the boy’s attention, gesturing at the photo booth and sputtering. The rest of the gang look to what he’s pointing at and suddenly Trini’s whole body flushes. The picture being displayed on one of the screens is of Kim and Trini kissing, quite heavily in fact.

“Huh,” Jason says, a crooked smile on his lips. “Took you guys long enough.”

“YASS!” Zack has now transitioned from hitting Jason to jumping around like a lunatic. “My OTP is CANON!” He pauses to look at the group before racing for the photo booth. The poor kid behind the counter looks pleasantly surprised by Zack practically throwing himself onto the countertop, pointing at the picture on the screen before it has a chance to fade away. He comes back a few minutes later, three pictures in hand. “One for each of you, and one for me.”

“I’m happy for you guys,” Billy says. Trini smiles as she leans back into Kim’s shoulder, feeling dopey and light as Kim nuzzles her neck and tightens her grip on her waist. Zack thumps Jason’s back a little too enthusiastically, making the red ranger wheeze.

A sudden pop in the distance makes the rangers tense up, but their instincts are put at ease when a boom follows and the diming sky lights up with an array of colors. Billy squeals and claps excitedly, asking Jason if they can run down to the beach for a better view and taking off before he even agrees. Jason laughs heartily before meeting Zack’s eye and suddenly they’re both sprinting after Billy, shoving at one another and trying to trip the other up.

Trini shakes her head. “Our boys.”

Kim hums, shifting a little to loop both arms around Trini and hold her from behind, nose buried in the crook of her neck. “Our boys indeed.”

“Should we follow them?”

“In a minute. I’m quite happy with the view from right here.”

“Oh?” Trini asks, turning in Kim’s arms so that they’re facing each other, resting her hands on Kim’s shoulders. “How’s this view?”

Kim chuckles, leaning in to rest her forehead against Trini’s. “Beautiful.”

They’re kissing once more, soft and slow and sure, and this time Trini really does see fireworks.

anonymous asked:

Sorry if you've answered this but what are some good moisturizers for dry skin? (:

  • Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream
  • First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer
  • Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
  • IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream
  • Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream
  • Kate Somerville Dry Skin Saver
  • belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb
  • Glossier Priming Moisturizer
  • Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich
  • Skin Laundry Essential Daily Moisturizer
  • Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance
  • You can always use a moisturizer then top it with an oil if you have dry skin. :)

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Powerful Rosemary

A powerful healer that brings clarity! 

According to folklore Rosemary originally had white flowers; until however, they turned red after the Virgin Mary laid her cloak on the brush. Since the time of ancient Greece (1000 B.C.) Rosemary was burned as incense. Later cultures believed it warded off Devils, a practice that eventually became adopted by the sick, who then burned Rosemary to protect against infection. Rosemary may also be added to smudge sticks. 

Medicinal properties of Rosemary:

  • Liver-protecting
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Studies have found that Rosemary increases memory by 75%, when inhaled. Try “Young Living” Rosemary essential oil daily to help increase mental clarity, memory, and concentration. 

Rosemary also aids in recovery from long term stress and chronic illness. It is thought to stimulate the adrenal glands and used specifically for debility

Rosemary is an invaluable herb that raises the spirits!