A beautiful day for a hike

Today was such a beautiful day that I could not stay at home stuck in the house. I decided to do a little hiking along the River Trail and see the beauty of nature and enjoy the great outdoors. I packed a backpack with a nice little lunch and water bottles for hydration before I set off. I love this particular trail as the scenery changes and the wildlife is abundant. There are plenty of rest areas to sit and take in the atmosphere. Benches as well as picnic tables dot the trail every so often.

There were plenty of families and couples biking and walking along. It is a really good thing to see the kids out and about rather than at home glued to tablets, phones and game consoles. I decided to go off trail for a little bit and explore some scenic areas and climbed a smallish cliff area to see a cave that was higher up.

The cave was really neat and I enjoyed myself immensely. It felt good to be outside in the sunshine after all the cold weather we had recently. You should really try it tomorrow or the next nice weekend we have. I promise you will have a great time.

The flu got me!

I seem to have caught the stupid flu that is going around. It is absolutely horrible. I have been in bed for three days and today is the first time I have felt even remotely well enough to venture farther than the kitchen to get some soup, crackers and ginger ale. Ugh this has been one of the worst weeks I have ever had. Monday sucked at work and Tuesday I had to come home early because I started running a high fever. Add all of the lovely symptoms I have had that I will not even go into, because you really don’t want to know.

Fortunately for me, mom made me some homemade chicken soup and went to the store for the standard flu supplies when she came to check on me after she found out from my sister that I was sick. Thank God for moms, because mine is the greatest.

Now that the fever has subsided, I am certain that I will be feeling perfectly fine in time for work on Monday. I cannot believe I missed so much work this week. At least my boss is understanding, especially with so many from the office having come down with this lately.

Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day has become so commercialized that the majority of people do not even have a clue as to where it even came from. Do you know why we celebrate Valentine’s Day? It’s all about greeting cards, flowers, chocolate and selling jewelry, right? Don’t forget the jewelry stores selling diamonds to eager couples to want to marry. Kids exchange valentine’s at school, families exchange gifts as well as lovers. But what is the true meaning behind it? Where did it come from?

There are several saints with the name Valentinus but the holiday is generally attributed to just one. He became a martyr after being executed by Rome. Just before his execution he healed the daughter of his jailer and wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine”. However the holiday itself came to be celebrated in 14 century when the idea of “courtly love” became popular among the aristocracy. Christians celebrated Valentine’s day in recognition of several martyrs named valentine, not just one.

People would exchange handwritten notes until an enterprising young lady in Massachusetts began mass producing paper lace cards to people to exchange on her father’s printing press. In the mid 20th century people began exchanging gifts as well the modern day Valentine’s day came into being and the commercialization was in full swing. So if you didn’t have any idea before where this holiday came from, now you know.

Love the New Independence Day Movie

There are only a few movies that I truly love. I am a sci fi, action adventure, horror kind of girl. Independence Day is one of those movies. It has all the action, as well we a great storyline.

I was so happy when they made a part two of the movie, but was slightly upset that Will Smith wasn’t in it. Although some of the old cast was there so that was a good thing. The continuing story line was amazing and left us with a possibility of another episode in the saga. Independence Day: Resurgence came out last month and I am going to see it on the Imax screen at the mall theatre this weekend!

One of the reasons I love these types of movies so much is that I believe there is more out there than just us. Although I do hope that if we are ever visited by such, they would be a lot more peaceful than the species in the movie. Truth be told, though the possibility of a peaceful visitation is slim. Much like Europeans “discovering” the Americas, we would be the Indians in the face of such advanced technology. However we can hope on a more benevolent society rather than something along the lines of what we see in the movies.

Do you believe the reviews?

When Bucky was telling me that he needs to buy a new dual amp switch, we started to look online for a reasonably priced switch. He was leaning towards one particular switch because of the compact size and reasonable price, but then he started to read the reviews associated with the switch. Seems that there were only three reviews on the item, and they all cited some issues with the switch. That made me wonder if the reviews were honest reviews, or if the reviews were put on there by a competitor trying to undermine the sale of the item.

When you shop online, do you usually believe the reviews that are on the website?