Wednesday, December 30, 2009
She saved the money she got from grandparents and great grandparents and used it to purchase an electric Razor scooter. I knew she wanted one, but I had a problem with buying her a scooter that did all the work for her when she has a perfectly good regular scooter and a new bicycle that she hardly ever rides. But it is her money and if she wanted to blow it all on what was apparently the most popular item for adventurous kids between the ages of 8 and 12 this holiday season, who am I to stop her?
I checked every store in the two-county area online and by phone and no one had a single one of these scooters in stock after Christmas - not even a scratched and dinged floor model. In fact, the over-tired customer service reps that answered my calls all laughed when I asked.
So now that it has been ordered and we've gotten notice that it has shipped, MiniMe practically launches herself into the truck of all delivery men and women who enter our neighborhood looking for the anticipated Razor scooter. My neighbors will not know what hit them when this scooter finally arrives and MiniMe goes zooming all over the neighborhood like a white-blond-and-freckled-bat-out-of-hell.
While we didn't have electric scooters when I was a kid, my dad made sure my sister and I had a chance to aggravate the hell out of our neighbors. He built us a two-seater go-kart with a 4 horsepower engine. The thing probably sounded like a lawnmower on steroids, but we thought it sounded like a whole lot of fun! While the go-kart did have a roll bar, it had no seat belts and we wore no helmets. Those were the good old days when kids were bulletproof and parents were more relaxed. I think my sister and I with that go-kart were probably responsible for the early loss of hearing of many of our senior neighbors. Well that and the fact that my dad had a rail dragster that he used to run up and down the road for practice. I bet we had more than a few neighbors who would have paid for us to move!
Beloved laughs at me whenever I rush off to brush my teeth after eating anything. I'm so paranoid I'll have food in my braces. Gross! My girlfriends all promised me that they would be true friends and be the first ones to tell me if I have spinach stuck in my braces . . .after they take a picture and post it online of course. Gotta love good friends.
My orthodontist (I can't believe I have my own orthodontist - how retro!) gave me a waterpik to use when she put the braces on. Only I'm so uncoordinated that when I try to use it, I soak down the entire bathroom. I now only use it in the shower to keep from having to break out the mop.
I think after a couple of weeks now I'm getting the hang of the braces thing. Only, there's one question I have not been able to solve. Since my braces are silver, can I still wear gold jewelry or is "mixing medals" a fashion faux pas?
Friday, December 25, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This week MiniMe, Beloved and I went to see the Candlelight Processional at Epcot. First of all, the park is decorated beautifully. If you've never been able to visit France, England, Morocco or Germany during the holidays, you can experience a taste of it at Epcot. Walking through them all is a great way to learn more about holiday traditions around the world.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
THE WEEK CONTEST: BAD TOYS
Recently, the ball was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame — really! — along with other classics like the jump rope and bike. We asked you to predict a toy that will nevermake it into the Hall of Fame and you sold us on:
FIRST PRIZE: The E-Z Bake Electric Chair
Bruce Meyer, Carlsbad, Calif.
SECOND PRIZE: Mr. Potato Head’s neighbor, Mr. Crack Head
Ed Markarian, Santa Monica, Calif.
THIRD PRIZE: Text ‘n’ Drive Big Wheel
David R. Tune, Hagerstown, Md.
Bill Muse, Seattle
Bill Hutton, Winchester, Va.
Keith Newman, Athens, Ohio (and others)
Don’t Tickle Me There Elmo!
Dave Zuda, Worth, Ill.
Free-Range Ant Farm
Mimi Hassett, Housatonic, Mass.
Hamster Embalming Kit
Daisy Michael, Westminster, Md.
Abandoned Refrigerator Secret Hideout
Eric Peterson, San Jose, Calif. (and others)
Sean Osborne, Cross Plains, Tenn.
Dart Board with an Automatic Return
Ken Hussar, Lancaster, Pa.
Ginsu Hula Hoop
Francesca Kranzberg, Washington, DC (and others, similar)
The Hula Square
Chuck Gaston, Lancaster, Pa.
Valerie Potter, Albuquerque, N.M.
The Solid Color Rubik’s Cube
Steve Kaplan, St. Louis Park, Minn.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
The annual St. Augustine Arts & Crafts Festival this weekend, Nov. 28-29 at Francis Field, will have a booth featuring some very special artists - Marineland's Dolphins.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
"We women have a very specific vision about things we're invested in; gifts, decorations or the way to set a table. But we rarely want to take the time to be that specific with our partners. We want them to be psychic."
Kaiser says that leaves us with three choices:
- Let it go and allow him to do it his way.
- Give specific detailed instructions and relax. If it's not perfect, deal with it.
- Do it yourself. But if you choose this option, don't complain that it's all on your shoulders.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
MiniMe and I enjoyed ourselves immensely this past Sunday when we took the Kim Possible Mission at Epcot. All I can say is, great job Disney! You've got a real winner with this activity and I can see sooooo much entertainment possibility with this. The Kim Possible Mission is not a ride. It's not a show. It's completely interactive. It's the wave of Theme Park future! It worked like this.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
- A police escorted ride from Destination Daytona in Ormond Beach, FL. to Camp Boggy Creek, Eustis, FL.
- Nearly 1,000 motorcycles take part in the ride, which stretches for miles along the route.
- When the riders arrive at camp, they're greeted by dozens and dozens of children and their families who line the route into camp. These are the families who have benefited from this amazing camp.
- Outback Steakhouse serves up a great meal to each and every person that participates in the ride.
- There will be music, entertainment and a chance to see the camp and meet the staff, campers and their parents.
- The ride has raised more than $1 Million dollars for the camp.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Our annual trip to Epcot's Food and Wine Festival has turned into a class reunion of sorts. My two best friends from high school bring their husbands along and we all spend a few days eating and drinking our way around the world. I think Epcot should embrace this idea of class reunions. I mean, after all, sometimes class reunions aren't that much fun. But if you get to eat and drink your way through a couple of dozen countries while catching up with people you haven't seen or talked to in 20 plus years (cause maybe there's a reason why you haven't spoken to them), that would be a big seller.
- Chile's Rock Shrimp Ceviche (I had one each day)
- Ireland's Cheese Plate (Big H had 3 in one day)
- The wine in Greece (pick one, they're all good)
- The sparkling pomegranate Kir in France (even better at night when they serve it in a glass that glows)
- Sausage on a pretzel roll in Germany (especially when served by a man in lederhosen, right Bob!)
- Pork pot stickers in China (Mis & I agree on this)
- Braised pork shank with cabbage in Poland
- South Africa's seared beef tenderloin with sweet potato and mango barbecue sauce
- Frozen margaritas, mango, peach, any flavor (Wondertwin calls them adult slurpees)
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Known for beautiful Southern Belles in period costume greeting visitors in the expansive botanical gardens, Cypress Gardens closed its doors on Wednesday. The state’s first theme park opened in 1936 and featured daily water ski shows that defied gravity.
So in honor of Cypress Gardens, I want to encourage everyone to give some of Florida’s classic theme parks and roadside attractions a visit before they disappear from the Sunshine State landscape.
Weeki Wachee Springs, my personal favorite, home to the underwater mermaid show and one of the deepest freshwater springs in the state.
Gatorland, a roadside attraction that pays homage to Florida’s native alligator.
Marineland, the world’s first oceanarium, opened in 1938. Today you can swim with dolphins and learn about ocean life in a unique oceanfront park.
Silver Springs, where the glass bottom boat ride originated, is a great wildlife and wilderness park and yes you can still take the boat ride.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm, which began way back in 1893 as the first animal attraction of its kind. See alligators, Gator Wrasslin’, snakes, turtles, monkeys, birds, and much more along with educational shows.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
- High school football season starts, which means most parents/grandparents spend their Friday nights at a stadium someplace getting eaten by bugs.
- The lines at Florida Theme Parks get shorter.
- You get your tax bill.
- Halloween decorations start appearing in neighbors yards, wilting under the Florida sun.
- Kids in the neighborhood start hitting you up for sales of wrapping paper, popcorn, candy, etc. to support their schools and activities.
- Your local TV weatherman/woman starts to look as if they're getting a little more sleep as hurricane season winds down.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Our Sunday newspaper had a huge article about what Disney World is doing to try and brace itself for the attendance drain that will come as a result of Universal Studios opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - a theme park within a theme park. Or at least that's how the Universal folks describe it. I have to say, this is the very first time I've seen a legitimate threat to Disney's theme park dominance in Florida. But don't worry fellow Floridians, it will all be good for us. Because Orlando will be overrun with tourists when that Harry Potter World opens next year. Little muggles and wizards from all over the world will be flocking to Central Florida to experience Harry Potter world. More tourism for Universal means more money for Florida. The travel and tourism of our state will definitely get a boost from Harry's magic wand.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
So I asked MiniMe if she got to watch the President's address to school children in her classroom today. Of course they did. And if you're one of those whack job conspiracy theorists who made an anonymous call to your school district demanding that the school not expose the kids to the speech . . .you wasted your dime on that call. Idiot!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Wow! Never underestimate the power of the internet. I took in a foster dog this week and built this dog a blog to promote adoption. The blog has spread like wildfire and I've had 2 people contact me this week inquiring about her. We've got a couple of meet & greets with prospective owners set up for this week. Thanks to all you NativeMom readers for passing along Misty's request for a family. Go Misty!! Plain Brown Dogs Rock!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Attention all NativeMom fans, lurkers and accidental visitors! I have a request.
A friend of mine posted this on his facebook page. I loved it and decided to share (I hate you bike thief!!). It got me thinking about all the ways I could incorporate this person's philosophy into my own life. Don't just get mad, post a sign!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
- Homemade strawberry ice cream made by Beloved and enjoyed by all!
- Fresh, hot, homemade donuts, served up free by the Perry's Ocean Edge crew each morning for guests.
- Watching the Main Street fireworks from our hotel balcony Saturday night.
- Being able to keep an eye on the kids that were enjoying the beach AND the ones enjoying the pool from our shady table on the resort "lawn".
- Did I mention the Tiki Bar?
- Early afternoon brunch at Tiki Bill's restaurant on site, with the best homefries in town!