I'm going to be taking a trip on my own for the first time since Zoe was born. I did go to California by myself for a few days in 2012, but that was to visit my grandfather while he was still lucid. He died four months after I saw him, so I'm hesitant to count that as a vaca.
This time, I'm going to be traveling to Iowa. Yes, Iowa. I'll be visiting my friend Sarah, the owner of Envisage 365 online art project. It's a website where women post a photo a day for a year. This is the 7th year it's been going. I haven't been able to keep up this year, but I was a charter member and was very active in years 1 - 6. The project is very important to me and was a vital part of getting through my breakdown in 2009.
Sarah and I have watched each other go through a LOT in the last 6 years. Even though we've never met in person, I call her my friend and she calls me her friend. We communicate on Facebook every day because we both spend almost all of our time online.
While I'm there, we will be going to stay at the Villisca Axe House in Villisca, Iowa. What is the Villisca Axe House, you ask? Check it out here: Villisca Axe House. It's supposed to be terribly haunted. Therefore, we will be spending the night with Sarah's daughter, a friend of her daughter's and some other people. We're bringing cameras and a ouija board and our overactive imaginations. My biggest fear is that some of the locals will see us staying and scare the shit out of us by banging on windows or making noises outside.
This town is very small and I'm sure we'll stick out like sore thumbs. Sarah's daughter with her snake bite piercings, me with my leopard coat and Sarah with her tattoos may advertise us as people in town to spend the night in the murder house.
After our little overnight adventure, we're going to go up to St. Paul to spend the night at another friend's house as the three of us are going to go see Miley Cyrus the next day. Sarah has told me to be excited even if I'm faking it. It also looks like we're going to be wearing full body pajamas that are designed to look like animals. Mine is a wolf. We're going to have fun.
Amanda's beauty tip of the day: in the winter time make sure to moisturize your hands and your hair more than you usually do.