Bon Voyage

Things I adore about traveling:
-staying in hotels. I love the towels, the little bottles of lotion and shampoo, the way the tissue is folded into a V.
Sky Mall magazine.
-Walking down the gang plank to the plane.
-Airport people watching.
-Airport moving sidewalks.
-Airport gift & magazine stores.
-Checking out the products in your host’s bath tub. I’m always interested to see what kind of shampoo, etc. that people use.
-Little kids pulling little suitcases on little wheels.
-Trying new restaurants. It blows my mind why anyone would eat at a chain restaurant while on vacation.
-Checking out local grocery stores or W@lmart. I love to see what products are available in different areas.
-The crowd of people waiting to pick up travelers at the airport. Their expectant, excited faces.
-Travel sized products.
-Packing.

Things I don’t understand/get/like about traveling:
-Why luggage isn’t available/popular in every color of the rainbow. You get off the plane and stand there watching 937 pieces of black luggage go by. Every so often there is a blue, red, or floral suitcase, but mostly they are black. At baggage claim Sunday night I saw this family with 3 kids. They all had different brightly colored rolling duffels from LL Bean. They could spot their luggage from a mile away. Smartest traveling family ever.
-The last place in an airport where we rely on the honor system is baggage claim. You can walk in from the street and take any bag you want. There is no security. I mean, I guess you run the risk of stealing a bunch of dirty laundry, but still, it is all up for grabs. I think it shows that when it comes right down to it, people are mostly good.
-How women travel wearing stilettos. Thank goodness for my Crocs.
-Unpacking.

Walking down the concourse of an airport always reminds me of just how many people there are in the world. We get so caught up in our own little worlds. I think it does some good to get out there and see how other people live.
My 2 favorite things about traveling are getting there and exploring, and coming home.

Operation Birthday Surprise Trip

Success! Lisa was surprised and we had a great time! Wow, so much to talk about on this trip.
Friday Lisa and I tooled around town getting a fabulous pedicure (cheap!), eating breakfast at our usual spot (the waitress always remembers me), checking out this cool Asian market.
I love a trip when I see and experience things I’ve never seen before in my life. Like the word “Guts” on a store sign. We picked up Pete from work then went to dinner at this great Asian diner. Then we ran home and packed up for our trip to Atlantic City! We checked in to our hotel and hit the boardwalk. I’d never been to AC so this was all new and exciting! We went to Bally’s for a while and then had a midnight snack at Johnny Rockets
before heading back to our room.
SaturdayWe woke up and took our baths in the fabulous in room GINORMOUS jacuzzi tub. Then hit the boardwalk again.
We saw a guy arguing with the air, then ringing the air’s neck after warning said air about air’s upcoming death. We stopped in the little shops and played a couple of the boardwalk games. I saw AC’s version of a rickshaw. This guy pushing a 3 wheeled cart you could ride in. I could never hire one of those, I’d feel so bad for the pusher!
Later we went to the Tropicana, which really reminded me of Vegas with all the shops and restaurants.
We had lunch at Cuba Libre, which was fantastic. Then we hit the casino. I found penny slot machines. So fun! I was busy for hours with just $10! I didn’t win big, but Lisa did pretty well at roulette. We had a big time then hit the road for Baltimore. Once we got home we went to Lisa’s old elementary school for a spring carnival, then dinner at the Double T Diner which was full of people who’d just come back from Preakness. I love people watching in a diner.
SundayWe woke up and met up with Laura and Brandon for brunch at Nick’s on the water. Then we stopped in at W@lmart so I could pick up some Tasty Kakes & Utz chips for Jon.
Yep, before I left Jon showed me the ones he wanted online and sent me on the plane with an empty bag so on the ride home I was to check my 2 luggage pieces then carryon the snack bag. I’m a snack mule. After W@lmart we went to check out Laura & Brandon’s new house. They are doing so much work. It is going to be great! I’m always interested when I travel to be able to compare home costs city vs city. When we got to their house I klutzed out and tripped going up the front steps. It wasn’t a horrible fall (though my knee is hurting pretty good now) but it was made all the more dramatic because I had just opened a ginger ale that flew everywhere. Jon said the picture looked like a CSI crime scene. We went back to Lisa’s and hung out chatting until it was time for me to go. I was sad to leave but happy to get home to my boy and my puggies. Oh, and my sweet tea of course.

Surprise!

I’m so excited- I just pulled off one of the biggest surprises I’ve planned for a friend! Tomorrow is Lisa’s birthday. In March Jon told me I could come up for Lisa’s birthday weekend since we can’t visit for a week in the summer like we usually do (with the adoption budget and what not). So I cashed in some miles (we realized we’ll never have enough to get to China) and worked it out with Pete, Lisa’s boyfriend, and her sister and flew up to Baltimore! I got in around 8 and Lisa’s sister Laura and her dad picked me up from the airport. Then we met up with Lisa and Pete at a restaurant. Laura and Dad walked in and I waited a couple minutes then I walked in. Lisa’s eyes were big as saucers and she was all confused as to how I got here. I’m so happy we pulled it off- Lisa is hard to surprise. We’re going to tool around Baltimore tomorrow then Saturday we’re going to Atlantic City for the day! I’m so excited! I’m doing a mini tour of the Mid Atlantic States!

Finales

My poor little knock off tivo is so worn out. First 3 hours of sob inducing Grey’s Anatomy. (which by the way is moving to Thursday nights next season- a little insider tip I picked up reading the writers’ blog– yes I’m that obsessed). Then LOST tonight. And Top Model. I won’t loose any spoilers in case someone’s got it recorded. I can’t wait for the LOST finale next week, although it falls on my sister’s 30th birthday so that’s rather inconvenient. Looks like knock off tivo will be put back to work.

Speaking of finales, the wild life in my yard have had a few lately. DaBrie, our black cat (yes we do have 2 cats, they just aren’t as hammy as the pugs), brought me a little birdie for a present last week. While I understand it is the thought that counts, she doesn’t understand that our decor doesn’t lend itself to dead bird. And there’s always my mom’s voice yelling in my head “Don’t touch it! You’ll get dead bird disease!”. I was out with the pugs on a potty break when I noticed a piece of mulch hopping around. It was a frog. So I pet him and he let me then I picked him up and noticed he was missing his left hand and his left leg below the knee. I brought him in and was going to doctor him up wtih hydrogen peroxide, neosporin, and a jaunty wee bandage, but Jon put the kibosh on that one. Said I wasn’t doing much for the frog’s blood pressure and just to release him cause he’d be a sitting duck and probably couldn’t hop if he were covered with gauze and medical tape. Good point. Then the other morning I went to take the pugs out and there on my deck was a wee baby bird, still covered in fur, no feathers, with a ginormous beak. A beak way too big for its little face. He was dead but I brought him inside anyway and tried to warm him up. Too bad I didn’t have a tiny set of heart paddles. I could have yelled clear and he could have sputtered to life. I didn’t know what to do with him so I left him on the kitchen counter for Jon to deal with. Cap’n Jon McSafetyPants looooved that one. He came home from work, took one look at lil Petey, and started yelling about bird flu and how I’ve surely doomed us all. The road to my husband’s high blood pressure was paved with good intentions I swear.

Creepy commercials


Have y’all seen those ads from Charles Schw@b that are animated but still realistic? Shudder. They totally creep me out. I adore animation. And I love the technological advances that make animation so realistic- like when you can see all of Chicken Little’s feathers. But I don’t want some pissed off bald guy or some angry middle aged woman complaining to me about their brokers if they aren’t real people!

Photographic Evidence

*click on all pics to enlarge. You guys know that by now right? I’m gonna quit typing that every time.
1. Evidence that my subscription to Real Simple is justified. I actually used a tip. I read that is you have leftover wax from a scented candle you can put it in a glass bowl and warm that bowl on your coffee maker and that it will make your house smell good.. It works. And now I know how to do something with the coffee maker. Just don’t ask me to make coffee, they didn’t cover that in in this month’s issue.
2. That for at least one day, the day I cleaned out and organized the pantry, I knew exactly how many cans of cream of mushroom soup we had on hand. 17. We really need to quit buying cream of mushroom soup.
3. That sibling rivalry starts young. Jake and Joey were fighting over who got to drink out of the fancy plastic cup at Gmommy’s birthday party Sunday. I LOVE how JoJo is licking the cup, as if to say- dude, you can drink from it, but it is mine. This photo is also evidence that I have the worst case of baby brain. The only pictures I took at my Gmommy’s 70th birthday party and Mother’s Day gathering were of these two boys who are neither 70 nor mothers.
4, That Molly must be related to Yoda. Look at that sweet face! And those ears! At the vet today she weighed in at 8.38 lbs. My baby is growing up way too fast.