Thursday, July 31, 2008

Long time no post...

It has been a while since my last post...so I've got a few updates...pictures from the trip will come later. Speaking of trip, our vacation to Massachusetts was so nice. Caleb and I did a little sight seeing (Plymouth Rock is NOTHING to get excited about), took a ride on the public transportation system and overall just enjoyed being away from the hubub at home. The Public Library in Boston was striking...it looked more like a cathedral or ornate concert hall than a library!- I will post pics soon. AND, we did go to the Red Sox vs. Yankees game at Fenway which was a great experience. In fact, we got there about 4 hours early so we could walk around and take in the atmosphere. For lunch on game day we ate in a restaurant/bar called the Bleacher Bar that is actually part of the Green Monster...they have a window that you can see in front of in the restaurant that actually looks onto the field. Very nice. I also learned what a cranberry bog looks like at a little bitty Winery in Plymouth: a huge patch of weeds. But, it does make some yummy juice and wine!

Our trip officially started when we woke up at 3am on Thursday to leave the house at 3:30am to catch our 5:40am flight. It was smooth sailing on the way up north. Our trip home was more of a saga...so here goes: our flight was originally supposed to leave Boston on Sunday at 5:40pm to Washington/Dullas then to Orlando. It was canceled due to bad weather on the East Coast. So, they decided to reroute us to Chicago where we could then catch a flight to Orlando. The Chicago flight left at 6pm and our connecting flight was scheduled to leave at 8pm. We would have had 30 minutes to catch our connecting flight. However...we sat on the runway in Boston for about 90 minutes. Which means we missed our connecting flight in Chicago...and unlucky for us that was the last flight that day going to Orlando. Mind you ours was not the only flight canceled. There were a lot of upset people in the customer service line trying to find a way home. We were booked on the next available flight with seats - 4:55pm the next day! So we were stuck in Chicago. By this time it's about 10:30pm. So we find a hotel and eat dinner in the hotel bar and go to bed. The next day we just roamed the streets of Chicago. We did get to eat lunch with my cousin Raymond though which was a nice perk. He was just minutes from Michigan Ave which is where we were meandering. Our flight from Orlando to Chicago was delayed twice before we actually boarded...but we finally made it home around 9pm on Monday.

I'm still catching up on sleep from our vacation...I'm hoping that I'll be able to get some extra sleep in this weekend! One of the hardest things to realize when you get back from vacation is that everything kept moving while you were gone...so I've got to play catch up on a few things...and then get to the piles of laundry, the bills that need to be paid and house that needs to get cleaned...

Monday, July 21, 2008

Baseball

Yesterday must have been one of the hottest days! We went to a baseball game in Sanford and literally lost at least 5 pounds in sweat. We were there at 6pm, in the shade and there was no wind at all. We just sat there, sweat pouring off our faces and getting sopped up by our clothes. Gross.





Sunday, July 20, 2008

Brain Game

I've read several articles on how it is important to keep your brain active. Here is one game that can help with that - Caleb has become somewhat of an 'ADD-ict'

ADD-iction

Also, I've harvested some more on my vegetable plants - the count is up to 6 green beans and three tomatoes. I've got three peppers that are growing right now - they are supposed to be yellow and red peppers. Right now they look ripe and ready to pick but they are only green. I did some searching on the web and found out that they will turn the yellow color and red color if I keep waiting. Apparently, the green peppers are the 'unripe' peppers. So...I'm waiting...

AND, for any football fans....
There are only 46 days until the 2008-2009 NFL Season Starts! (Sept 4th!)

Monday, July 14, 2008

New Site

Here is a link I wanted to share - it's one I'm checking daily now. They have a lot of great ideas, tips, etc. for just about everything...check it out!

TipNut.com : http://tipnut.com/

Monday, July 7, 2008

Weekend Stuff

The pugs had a blast at the Apopka Dog Park on Saturday - they met Michelle's Poodles for the first time. It is always so cute when they come home, get their bath and then crash from their morning at the dog park.

Saturday night we spent in downtown Sanford at Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe. It is an awesome German restaurant that has live music in the evening. Every time I go I try something new. It's all very tasty. PLUS, they make all of their desserts in house - none of that buying frozen desserts from a large manufacturer and then thawing to serve to guests. No...everything is made in house and it's DELICIOUS! I'd say they normally have between 5-8 different homemade choices of dessert. Last night we tried the Red, White and Blue cake in honor of the holiday weekend AND the German Cherry Chocolate Cake. R-I-C-H! But nonetheless, soooo good.



Friday, July 4, 2008

More vegetables & Red Hot and Boom!

So, I've got a few more vegetables growing in my garden! I'm very excited about the bell pepper, it should be a yellow color when it's ripe. I also have a red bell pepper plant but there are only a few flowers on it right now. I've got a total of 4 beans though...just debating on when to pick them. The tomatoes are growing well but there are no more flowers so my tomato harvest may be over for the season.





Caleb and I went to Red, Hot and Boom last night at Crane's Roost in Altamonte with the interns from work, Qu and Zeng, and met Kelly, Lindsay and Mike there. Everyone told me there was going to be a lot of people there so I was mentally prepared for big crowds. We found a nice spot under a tree and sat on our blanket, people watched for a while and half listened to the bands they had playing until the fireworks at 9:30pm. Unfortunately, our spot under the tree wasn't the best for seeing all of the fireworks but we got the idea. Next time we'll know where to sit...(IF we go again that is - my parents said they sat in the Home Depot/Target parking lots with lots of other families who were grilling out and saw the same ones we did. That might be a good idea for next year and eliminate all of the crowds!)

I will have to say that I was a little taken back at how little emphasis there was on actually celebrating the 4th of July. I was expecting a lot more fanfare with the red, white and blue, patriotic songs and seas of patriotic shirts. Not the case. None of the music performed before the fireworks were patriotic and I only recall a few songs during the firework show that sang out about the red, white and blue. Now that I think about it I don't even recall seeing one American Flag. Could it be because it was actually the 3rd of July and not really the 4th? Doubt it. I'm thinking I might feel better next year if I did sit in the Home Depot/Target parking lot and just popped a John Philip Sousa CD in the stereo. Anyone interested?













Tuesday, July 1, 2008

July 1st already?!

It is hard to believe that the year is half over already...I thought it appropriate to look back 6 months ago and see what kind of goals I had for 2008. This is taken from my post back on January 1, 2008:


Here are a few things that I hope to accomplish in 2008:
1. Get married to Caleb :) (We're thinking about June now)
2. Learn how to play tennis (lessons scheduled to begin next week!)
3. Learn how to play either the guitar or violin
4. Keep going to the gym to try and stay healthy
5. Buy a home
6. Continue attending my knitting group, keep building those friendships
7. Be nicer to people
8. Look into volunteering with an agency
9. To be continued...

Okay... so...
#1, check! (and a month earlier than anticipated!)
#2, half check (I did the lessons but then stopped)
#3, haven't even started (I'm thinking this may get bumped to 2009)
#4, well, I stopped my membership at the gym earlier this year, but I am trying to eat healthier than before - less meat and fats - courtesy of a book I keep going back to again and again, "Skinny Bitch" by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
#5, we're looking...
#6, check! (just came back from another evening of knitting and chatting with the girls actually
#7, hmm...still working on that one
#8, I'm in the process of searching - my friend Jen sent me some sites that may help in my volunteer decision. (where, how often, organization) I'm welcome to more ideas if you've got them. Here are the sites in case anyone else is looking to volunteer too:
http://www.volunteermatch.org/
http://www.handsonorlando.com/
http://www.lighthousefamilyretreat.org/