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Round up

  • Who out there is on Facebook that I don’t know about yet?
  • Anyone else Twitter?
  • I forgot to mention that after that horrible dinner with the cheapskate in Florida we went back to the hotel and called the restaurant. They said they would credit my card the difference. So I waited and waited and finally a credit showed up of $24.01. Odd amount. No where close to what they should have credited me, which was at least $48.
  • The other day I was going through the mail with CSP next to me on the sofa. I handed him a post card and he said “Great Clips?? Do they miss me?? If you hold out long enough between haircuts they send you a coupon!” He once went 9 months without a haircut. It was the 9 months before our wedding. I could have killed him. He swears he’s saving us money by getting his hair cut at the chop shops but his hair product costs more than mine!
  • Zoe’s getting so big! I’ll post photos tomorrow. I wish she’d stay little forever!
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White water

To celebrate Papa’s birthday, we all got together for lunch at their house, then we headed out to his chosen family activity- spending the afternoon at the National Whitewater Center. Birthday Papa They were having a charity duck race to raise money for Kindermourn. There were a ton of people there. We had a great time- it’s such a neat place! Trying to make the gate

More pics here.

**Edited to let y’all know this trip was purely a spectator trip. None of us got in a raft. I’d like to do that one day, and as soon as I’m over the fear that I’ll fall out and drown then maybe I’ll go!

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Prom 2008

Today was Morgan’s Senior Prom. Prom might really happen at night, but for us it’s an all day affair. I arrived at my mom’s house around 2:30 with my make up. We spent the next 2.5 hours getting Momo all gussied up. I did her make up while Mom did her hair and Sara took pictures. I managed to get a few pics in myself. Mom was curling Morgan's hair, I was doing her makeup and Sara was taking pictures! We went with a navy smoky eye. We went with a navy smoky eye (this is pre mascara) Once Morgan was ready we all went to her friend Casey’s house where the rest of the group met up, and where the limo picked them up for the night. Her parents had a nice backyard where we took a lot of pictures. The girls & the boys The girls all looked just beautiful and the boys were so cute! Most importantly they all had a great time!

More pics here.

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What do you call….

Where did you grow up: Lakeland, FL 0-3, Suburbs of Columbia, SC 3-17 (summers in Lakeland), then Charlotte, NC


1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks.
creek. pronounced creek, not crick.

2. Whats the thing you push around the grocery store is called.

3. A metal container to carry a meal in.
lunch box

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in.
frying pan

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people.

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof.
rain gutter

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening.
gazebo, unless it’s the attached, covered area then it’s the porch

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages.

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup.

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself.
a sub

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach.

12. Shoes worn for sports.
tennis shoes

13. Putting a room in order.
cleaning or straighten up

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark.
lightening bug

15.The children’s playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down.

16. How do you eat your pizza?
with my hands but no folding!

17. What’s it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?
yard sale

18. What’s the evening meal?

19. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?
water fountain

20. What do you call the clothing covering for legs worn on the outside?

Thanks Rachel!

Anyone else have different answers?

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Chivalry is Dead in Florida

Now that my Fun Florida recaps are over, I have a bizarre story to tell you. One of the nights we were in Orlando Gigi & I met up with one of her oldest and dearest friends who for the purposes of this story will be referred to Becky. Becky moved to the Orlando area a few years ago so we don’t get to see her often. But Gigi & Becky have been friends for over 20 years. We called Becky and arranged to meet up at Fulton’s Crab House. We suggested Fulton’s only because we didn’t know of any other restaurants around there except the ones in Downtown Disney. So we booked it over to Downtown Disney from the hotel, on foot, me with a gimp leg, trying to get there on time. Then we entered the throngs of humanity who were swarming all over the sidewalks of Downtown Disney and who insisted on slamming into us at every step, criss crossing like weavers in front of us as we made our way around what turned out to be a much bigger lake than we remembered. I was huffing and sweating and limping. A visual delight I’m sure.

We made it to the restaurant and up the stairs where we ran into Becky. She told us that her boyfriend, who we’ll call Dwayne, was at the table and she was going to the ladies’ room. We stopped at a couple of tables and chatted with people we knew on our way to the table. Dwayne remained seated at we sat down, didn’t offer his hand or anything. Weird. Especially because this is the first time we’d ever met him. The waiter came over and the first thing out of Dwayne’s mouth was “I hope this won’t take long cause I’m starving.” or something to that effect. Then he spent about 80% of the meal rolling his head around on his shoulders looking everywhere but at us. He really seemed like he would have rather been anywhere else but there. He joined in on the conversation a little bit, mainly to talk about how successful he is.

He ordered a $60 lobster and a $7 salad. Complained the entire time about how it tasted and in our choice of restaurants. We reminded him that we offered for them to choose the restaurant but they didn’t. While eating Becky remarked that the restaurant was much further from our hotel than she thought, so they would be happy to drive us home. He didn’t say a word. Becky threw back 2 glasses of wine at $12 each. Meanwhile Gigi & I both ordered the cheapest things on the menu (still $40! each) and iced teas just in case they decided to treat.

Then the bill came. Gigi grabbed my visa from me and put it down on the bill. Dwayne sat back in his chair, holding his card with his fingers against his belly and said “I don’t feel comfortable with this.” Gigi: “You don’t feel comfortable with what?” Dwayne: “I don’t feel comfortable with you paying for our meals.” Well, neither do we, Sport. Gigi: “No, we will pay for our own meals.” Dwayne: “Oh, ok.”

So the waiter came to take the bill and Gigi pointed to me and told the waiter to put both our meals on my card. Dwayne piped up and said “Just split it down the middle.” ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? Gigi said “Noooo, put our meals on this card.” The waiter left and we listened to them talk about how they smoke and use plastic bags cause they don’t care about the planet since they don’t have kids. Nice. The waiter came back and handed me my card and Dwayne his. He signed his and split as fast as he could to race downstairs so he could smoke a cigarette. I opened up the little folder and the waiter had split it down the middle!!! I didn’t know what to do! Gigi & Becky were getting up to go to the restroom and Dwayne was gone so I just signed it and left too.

We all met back downstairs after the restroom and Dwayne’s smoke break. Becky told him to go get the truck since they were giving us a ride back. He said “There’s not enough room in the truck. Nice to meet you. Bye!” Now on the way down the stairs I twisted my knee. So by the time I got to where he was standing I was dragging my knee like a dead log behind me. He saw me. We all talked about my recent knee surgery at dinner. But he was perfectly ok with leaving me to walk the couple of MILES back to the hotel AT 10:30 AT NIGHT alone with my mom. Two women. Alone. At night. One of them injured. What a gentleman right? So they hugged us and left us, stunned, standing there facing a loooong walk back.

Here are some things that occurred to us while we stood there shocked and appalled:

1. WTF???

2. CSP & Papa would have NEVER let that happen.

3. Didn’t Becky ride in the truck to dinner? If it were so full wouldn’t she have noticed that there was no room for us before making the offer? Or did little truck filling elves pack it full while we ate?

4. Why didn’t he or Becky offer to make 2 trips if the truck was indeed full?

Maybe the Florida heat has burned the manners portion of their brains. Who knows but I tell you what, we won’t be dining with the Charmings again any time soon!

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Final Florida Fun Day

Day 6- Saturday

Saturday we woke up and went into town. On the way there we drove through the back roads of Longboat Key Club and saw some of the private homes there. Ginormous mansion in Longboat Key Club Amazing that people live in them and that they aren’t like hotels. Ginormous mansion in Longboat Key Club We went to St. Armand’s Circle and had breakfast at the Blue Dolphin Cafe. This is quite possibly one of the top 5 most delicious things I have ever eaten in my entire life. Papa & Gigi both felt the same way. We all shared it. It’s a ginormous Belgian waffle with mango, pineapple, coconut, whipped cream, and syrup. I swear, I would make the drive again just for that waffle. Best damn waffle ever After breakfast we walked around St. Armand’s Circle St. Armand's Circle and looked in the cute little shops. Love this gator guy we saw outside of one of the shops in St. Armand's CircleWe picked up a few souvenirs for CSP & Momo then went back to the hotel. After a nap we went swimming in the ocean some more then got cleaned up for dinner. We had dinner that night at The Grille at Longboat Key Club and Resort. Quite fancy. I’m fairly sure I was the youngest person there by far. Papa & Gigi were next in line. Let’s just say most of the folks dining there probably thought they were out really late at 8 pm! Papa & Gigi wouldn’t let me take any photos of our dinner that night since it was so swank. But let me just tell you, OMG, I swear my dinner was just ridiculous it was so good. Hands down one of the best meals ever. I had pork chops with a mango chutney and spaghetti squash that was just out of this world. And I even had a glass of wine. My first ever in a restaurant. I’m such a big girl now! It was a riesling that Papa & Gigi tried and hated because it was so sweet. I’m so not a wine drinker but I loved this stuff. I tried to google it but I must not have the spelling correct of the winery. Oh well, it seems I left my society life back in Florida! Ha!

We went back to the hotel to go to bed and saw all the cars leaving the big event! The Sarasota Film Festival had been going on all week and there was a ball Saturday night. Charlize Theron was even at our hotel Saturday! The Festival wrapped up Saturday with a huge gala. I didn’t spot her, but we sure did see all the limos. Here’s a link to a picture of Charlize & Stuart on the red carpet at the gala. If you look reeeeealllly closely you won’t see me because it was $300 a plate and well, I’m apparently not as famous as I think I am. Apparently Stanly Tucci & Steve Buscemi were both also there. I wish I could have spoken with Steve. CSP & I have always disagreed on how to pronounce Buscemi.

We didn’t stay up too late because the next morning we had to get up early to head home. It was so beautiful there it was really hard to leave. Seriously. Plus the ocean water works wonders on my excema. If only I didn’t have to worry about sunburn at the same time. I’d swim at night but there are sharks and whatnot. I really hope to get back to Longboat Key someday! More photos here!

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Sit & Knit

Thursday night my friend Kimberly & I attended my first Sit & Knit (that I organized thankyouverymuch). We had dinner first, where I took this pic of my ice: Ice, ice baby then we met up with a few other ladies for chatting and knitting.Heather teaching Kimberly how to knit at the Sit & Knit It was a lot of fun. One lady, Heather, man is she amazing with the knitting! I can hardly even talk about it. She makes things you would totally think came from a store. I can knit rectangles. Oy. I’ll get there though. I’m currently knitting a blanket for the Linus Project. Once I’m finished with that I hope to move on to a different shaped thing!

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Finally….my Spring PhoBloDays!!!

Welcome! For those of you just joining us, four times a year I ask my bloggy peeps to document their days through photos. We document a Friday &/or a Saturday. Then everyone posts their photos on their blogs &/or the PhoBloDays Flickr Group. I post a link to the participants here on my blog so everyone can go see what everyone else is up to.

I LOVE PhoBloDays. I love seeing your worlds through your point of view.

On with the show! Click below:

Thanks to those who played!

Now…on to my days!

Friday: This is the first thing I saw when I woke up: Wake up Mom! I got up and ironed CSP’s work clothes. Ironing Jon's work clothes Then went downstairs and had breakfast. Took care of the pugs and did a little house cleaning. Then answered emails and checked out some blogs: Checking email & blogs Then I got showered and dressed and headed out to have lunch with a friend. Lunch and walking around in downtown Concord I took her a little present I painted her. A giant clothes pin I thought would be cute for holding pictures or recipes etc. Julie's big clothes pin I painted She seemed to really like it so that’s good! After lunch we walked around and checked out some local shops. Then we parted ways and I proceeded to get quite lost on the way home. Got lost on the way home from lunch I so need a GPS!
Now, here’s where things get a little fuzzy. I forgot to take any more pics of my day! And now that I’m trying to blog it, I don’t quite remember much of what else happened. Must not have been too exciting!
Oh well, on to Saturday!
I woke up in much the same manner as Friday: This is what I wake up to now! Ironed again. Ironing Jon's work clothes Had breakfast, took care of the pugs, checked email, then worked some more on our taxes. Still working on our taxes! I know I’m past the deadline but I filed an extension. It’s a long story. I gave up on our taxes for the day and went to the park to meet up with Sara & the boys & some friends. Jacob at the parkJoey at the park We hung out and took pictures of the kids while they played until it started to rain. So I drove home in the rain Driving home from the park in the rain When I got home I got dolled up and ready to go to dinner with some friends. En fuego!  Dinner was on fire Saturday nightEn fuego!  Dinner was on fire Saturday nightAfter dinner we went back to Kimberly’s house and played her Wii. So fun! Playing Wii at Kimberly's house Zoe came over. Zoe doesn't quite get how to carry things in her mouth without blocking her vision Zoe played hard too and fell asleep on Kim’s daughter Ciela: Zoe fell asleep on Ciela It was a long, fun day so we went home and straight to bed!
*click on all photos to enlarge. More photos here!

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Last week FLEW by. Flew! I have so much to tell you, but with PhoBloDays and recapping our Florida trip plus all the other stuff I’ve been doing and up to, I just am so behind & super busy.

Here’s what’s coming up:

  • I swear I took pics for PhoBloDays. And I will post them. They are uploading to Flickr right now.
  • Papa’s birthday recap & pics (we went to the white water center)
  • Photography shoot out pics (and I will email pics to all of you who attended too)
  • Sit & Knit pics
  • Zoe pics (she’s getting so big!)
  • Bellatini’s Spring/Summer line
  • and more!

So bear (bare?) with me please. All agents are busy. Blog posts will be updated in the order they are received. 😉

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Florida Fun Day 5

Friday- Day 5:

We woke up and had breakfast. We’d been eating breakfast all week in this room, I wish I could remember what they call it. But it was on the 9th floor and you had to swipe your card to get in. They serve drinks & snacks pretty much all day, then full meals too. And it’s always free. Love that. Anyway, as you can imagine, at breakfast a table was hard to come by. So Friday morning we shared a table with a 7 year old Chinese boy and his grandmother. They were very sweet. He was so excited to talk to us. All it took was me asking if he was going to Disney and he did not stop for 30 minutes! His mom came in there and closed his mouth saying “less talking, more eating”. His grandfather, little brother, and other grandmother also showed up. We were right in the middle of a Chinese family reunion! The grandparents still live in Shanghai and don’t speak English. So I tried out my few Mandarin phrases that I learned from Pimsleur on my iPod. I was so excited because the mom said I had good pronunciation and the grandpa kept giving me the thumbs up! Although the little boy said I didn’t speak it so well. He was so cute!

After breakfast we packed up and checked out and hit the highway headed to Longboat Key. I think that's Sarasota over there.  Taken on our way to Longboat Key My dad gets wooed by hotels all the time because they want him to bring his big annual conference to their properties. So he was going to be touring this resort to see if he could host a conference there. They put us up in this amazing 2 bedroom suite that was bigger than my & CSP’s first house!

While Papa was on his big tour with the sales dude, Mom & I got settled into our room The living room in our suite at Longboat Key Club then changed into our suits and went down to the beach. Longboat Key 2008 We grabbed a little cabana View from my little cabana and spent a couple hours swimming. The private beach at Longboat Key Club The water is so clear you can see shells on the ocean floor even when you can’t touch the bottom. We shelled for a while with our feet, stuffing the shells into our bathing suits. Papa finally joined us so we stuffed his pockets too. I opened my eyes for the first time under sea water. It didn’t sting like I thought it would.
We came in from the beach and dressed for dinner. We ate at this local place called the Dry Dock Grill. It was right next to a marina and, you guessed it, a dry dock. The dock right where we had dinner at Dry Dock Grille in Longboat KeyThe food was alright, but it was definitely the least impressive of all our meals. I didn’t even think to take a picture. After dinner we went back to the hotel for dessert in their restaurant. Gigi's dessert at Longboat Key ClubThere was a dance floor and this man & woman who sang and played the keyboard. We were there maybe 15 minutes when all these people started filing in. You could tell they had just come from a wedding as they were all dressed up, knew each other, and were quite drunk. Nothing like a bunch of rich, white folk cutting a rug. This one couple really cracked me up. He was looking at her like he could not wait to get her out of her dress. And she was dancing all sexy and acting out the song lyrics. She would mime to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” etc. All the while her husband kept dancing, a firm grip on his beer, and he’d whoop every now and then. This other guy would be dancing then for no apparent reason slap his foot down on the dance floor so hard he’d startle everyone. He was a whooper too.

We enjoyed our desserts, hot tea My tea selection at dessert at Longboat Key Club & coffee then retired back to our room.

More pictures here.

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