Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 7th: Meet the parents day. They picked us up late morning. Greetings all around. Then we hit the road to make the drive from Orlando to Tampa (area). It was a nice car ride, getting to see more of the state and getting to know D's parents. We got to the house, dropped our stuff in our rooms, and they wanted to rest so we drove around and did some lay of the land sight seeing and shopping. Found a dollar store, found a Panera, found a mall, found our way home. Dinner was great, as was watching Dennis catch up, share stories and laugh with his parents. We cleaned up and hung out. I think it was Monday that we went bowling too. Maybe it was Tuesday. I can't remember.
Tuesday, September 8th: Decided that this was the day we were going to find the jet boat tour thing. Fast boat, maybe get wet, see some water and coastline. But no, we could not find the place. There was no address online and the only way the phone number was any help was if you already had reservations. So we went to St. Petersburgh instead, to the pier, where we had lunch and went on a dolphin cruise. Where we saw things like this...
Wednesday, September 9th: Guess what we did. We did the dolphin cruise again! Crazy, I know! But this day went brought the parents with us because it's something Dennis thought they'd enjoy. So we started the day going to their favorite Italian bakery, then the cruise where there was a ton more dolphin activity, stopped at Ruby Tuesday for an early dinner then home.
And with that, that's what I'm gonna do. Hit the hay.
to be continued...
Balloon Around the World Day
World Vegetarian Day
Guardian Angel Day
World Farm Animal Day
Lee's National Denim Day
National Diversity Day
World Smile Day
World Card Making Day
World Teachers Day
Mad Hatter Day
World Habitat Day
International Top Spinning Day
National Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work Day
National Depression Screening Day
World Post Day
Emergency Nurses Day
National Cake Decorating Day
National Coming Out Day
Reptile Awareness Day
Universal Music Day
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International Moment of Frustration Scream Day
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Be Bald and Be Free Day
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World Menopause Day
World Toy Camera Day
Evaluate Your Life Day
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International Stuttering Awareness Day
National Mole Day
Lung Health Day
United Nations Day
Make A Difference Day
World Priest Day
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National Chocolates Day
Haunted Refrigerator Night
National Candy Corn Day
National Knock-Knock Jokes Day
Looks like it!
Look who can do something from el jobo again... That's right! Excitement is in the air!
In the meantime I thought I'd share with you a blog post from Big Mama,a blog I follow.
The Waiting is the Hardest Part of Waiting
Ummm...yea... That's pretty much exactly what I needed to read/hear.
Can I get an AMEN!?!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The Secret to Finding The Love of Your Life
There's no better way to put your best foot forward that to use your home as a backdrop for getting to know new people. And how do you do that? Throw a party! Just make sure that you're throwing a party that designed to do two important things. 1) Make you appear to be a confident and charming host, and 2) attract single, fun and interesting people.
- Don't Just Invite Anybody
You need to invite a specific kind of person, and it may feel awkward the first time. That's okay. Important new steps are sometimes that way. For this party you're going to want to invite all the smart, fun, and interesting people you know with the phrase, "please come and bring someone single and fun."
- Don't Wait for the Weekend
For weekend nights she recommends keeping it very simple - picking up some trays of food from the market, or grilling burgers. Make sure you stress to your guests the casual nature of the event. A weeknight party should be about unwinding from the day and relaxing.
- Be Charming and Your Guest will Too
Positive energy energizes people as they walk through the door. One of the responsibilities and pleasures of being a host is the free pass to engage any guest with questions about his or her life. Take advantage of the situation, and get to know everyone who comes through your door. This is key because the easiest way to make a date with someone you don't know well is to discover some activity they enjoy.
- Make It Interactive
Mindy is a big believer in potlucks. "There's nothing wrong or cheap with having a potluck!" She is also a big believer in themed events. Themes or holidays can give you a great excuse for the party and can give attendees something to focus their food choices on.
- Don't Make it Feel Like Work
One of the smartest things you can do is to recruit a couple of friends to help. Make sure you have time to sit down, relax and be your best self.
- Remember the Details
Food: If you are inviting people over for dinner, you need to make sure you have enough food.
Parking: People who drive around for 20 minutes looking to park aren't in a very good mood when they finally get to your place.
Bathroom: If you only have one bathroom, and personal items in there, empty it out.
Decorations: I would keep it simple. I wouldn't overly decorate. The idea is to come, make them feel at home, and meet people.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Wednesday, September 2nd:
I worked almost a full day at work. Mom, dad, and Kaitlin drove me to the airport in Sacramento (they then went to IKEA). Leg 1: SMF to SEA where I'd stay the night near the airport in Seattle and meet up with Dennis in the morning before heading to Orlando. Hotel in Seattle...interesting... Hey, what can I say? It was cheap and had a free shuttle service. Unfortunately for me, there was a couple on the other side of the wall that went at it like rabbits late into the night. Lovely.
Thursday, September 3rd:
Got to airport around 6:45am. Dennis was already there, his flight landed early. Checking baggage and going through security took forever. Finally got through. Meet up. Found
A 6 hour flight later and extra loop around Orlando we finally landed. Dennis' sister was waiting to pick us up. Oh, but did you know that when there is lightening all ground crew goes for cover for 5 minutes? With each new flash the time starts over...45 minutes later we were finally let of the plane. Grabbed my bag and headed out into the first taste of humidity. Headed to Jeannette and Russell's house, aka hotel #1, for 4 nights. Dinner, catching up (or listening in for me), relaxing, bed.
Friday, September 4th:
After we had had enough of Epcot, we drove around. We tried to find an orchid garden place, but they were closed. Maybe for good, the place looked kinda sketchy. Then we drove around some more. Got a little lost. Thank goodness for Carmen Garmin (thanks Kaitlin!). Friday night ritual in hotel #1 is guitar hero while Jeannette is at work. So
Saturday, September 5th:
Sunday, September 6th:
Sunday we puttzed around with Jeannette. We went to Prime Outlets that put any other Prime Outlet to shame. Cartier. Dooney and Burke. Coach. Burton and Northface...in Florida? After using the outlets for their air conditioning we went on a quick trip to IKEA. Yep, that's right, IKEA. Then...well, I don't remember. We eventually made it back to hotel #1. Maybe more guitar hero? I know sleep happened.
to be continued...
'Cause I'm tired and I can continue a story if I want to.
I'm sorry. Ain't nothin' I can do about it...
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Sunday, September 27, 2009
Actually, I can't remember what I have and haven't told you about what's going on in my life since I've been such a bad blogger lately. And I feel guilty for that. I've neglected you. I'm sorry.
So I guess that leaves my trip to Florida.
I'll have a post up by tonight. I promise.
Pinky promise. Cross my heart promise.
Anything else you want to know about? Comment me!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
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Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Let me tell you. It's been a tough week! From trying to get caught up at work to getting back onto PST to getting caught up on sleep (or trying to sleep) to getting back in the groove of things...aka life... Needless to say, I'm exhausted.
My pictures are up on flickr and I've even edited some. Stay tuned for reports on how the vacation actually went and what we did.
Hummm...I'm tempted to go to bed now...
Thursday, September 17, 2009
September 17th: John 18:19-38; 2 Chronicles 27-28; Psalm 84
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