Saturday, February 21, 2015

Saturday Snapshots: Frozen Railcar

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Today we are linking up with Melinda at West Metro Mommy for Super Saturday Snapshots.


We got a few inches of snow earlier this week along with some sleet. I often find some interesting icicles after snow storms which is something I find very interesting. I saw this one railcar that had dozens of icicles hanging off it and thought it would be a great subject for this week's post.

From a distance it looks just like any other tank car. But if you look closer.....

There are large icicles hanging all along the bottom of the rail car.

and there are icicles on the wheels as well.

The icicles and the ice above it just make it look cold (which it is)

Did anyone else have snow this week? Try and stay warm, or cool if you are in the southern hemisphere.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Her Mug O' Comfort Swap, 2015

I love getting mail! It's so exciting for me when something, other than a bill, is waiting for me when I get home from work. Getting a package in the mail? That's even better! Knowing someone took the time to shop for me, wrap up the items, and mail them it so heartwarming. 

I have followed the Chaotic Goddess Swaps blog for a while now, but never participated in one of their swaps. Last week, I saw them announce the opening of their Mug O' Comfort swap. Perfect for the weather right now! I love collecting mugs and who doesn't love drinking cups of hot coffee, hot chocolate, and tea during this cold weather!?!?



Want to join in? Click here!


I love how organized they are with the swaps. Here is the timeline:

Important Dates to Remember

  • Sign-Ups Close on February 16th, 2015
  • Partners Assigned on February 18th, 2015
  • Packages Ship on or before Saturday, March 7th, 2015
  • Swap Show-Off Post/Linky goes live on March 11th, 2015

I will post back when I get my gifts. I cannot wait! 

Happy Winter,

Monday, February 2, 2015

More or Less in February 2015 (Plus Birthday Wishes!)

I was reading through my favorite bloggers' posts this morning...a luxury since I took the day off today for a doctor's appointment and actually had time to read blog posts...and saw this graphic and post from Megan at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life. I love her and her posts so I stole borrowed her idea. I hope she doesn't mind!

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>more tracking of food through My Fitness Pal - I started again last week and already lost some weight. I am hoping to track every day this month and continue my good work. If you are on My Fitness Pal, I would love to be friends. My user name is Manders0808.

>less splurging food-wise on the weekends - I am pretty good during the week, but I don't always make good choices on the weekends. I hate feeling like I am sabotaging myself 2 days a week.

>more water intake each day - A friend introduced me to a new app - Water Your Body - that helps you keep track of the amount of water you drink each day. It has really helped me up my water intake and I want to keep using it this month.

>less procrastinating at school - I have my daily to-do list (thanks to www.teuxdeux.com) but I have no problem rolling things I don't want to do over to the next day...and the next...and the next. It's been a consistent problem for me so I am hopeful that I can begin this month to reign it in.

I even asked Sean to give me some more and less ideas for February.

>more disc golf - I love playing and it is a way to relax. I want to find some time this month to play.

>less bad eating choices - Amanda and I have talked lately about how we both can make some better food choices. I know what I should do so now I just have to do it.

>more running - I have gotten out of the habit of running, because of the cold and dreary wintry weather we have been having. I want to get back into it so I can run a race in the spring.

>less naps - I tend to get home from work and crash on the couch. A 30-minute, 1 hour, or 2 hour nap is not out of the norm. I have things to do around the house and sewing projects to tackle so an earlier bedtime and less naps would help get those things done. I just wish napping wasn't so fun! 

I am really glad I found this idea of Megan's and I am glad she let me borrow it. I'm going to write these on the chalkboard wall in our hallway to hold us accountable to our choices. Come back at the end of the month to see how we did!

What are you hoping to have more and/or less of in the month of February?

Happy Groundhog's Day,
  
PS - He hates when I make a big deal out of it, but today is Sean's birthday. If you have a minute please leave a comment wishing him a happy day!
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Saturday, January 31, 2015

His: Saturday Snapshots - Gift from Europe

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Today we are linking up with Melinda at West Metro Mommy for Super Saturday Snapshots.


My dad and step mum came to visit us right after Christmas for a few days. We had a lot of fun showing them around and letting them see the sights around where we live. Before coming to visit us they had spent a month in Europe and had found some interesting items in the market including this.

I was a bit baffled as to why they would buy a paint brush and a tube of paint until they explained that it is made out of chocolate. Someone had put a lot of time and effort into making a mold and then painting it with food safe paint to make it look realistic. I had never seen anything like this before so it was neat to see. It is safe to eat but I feel it is too special to eat so it will stay as a conversation piece in the house.

Have you ever seen anything like this before?


Saturday, January 24, 2015

His: Saturday Snapshots - Country Music Festival

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Today we are linking up with Melinda at West Metro Mommy for Super Saturday Snapshots.


I grew up in a small country town in Australia which was known as "Australia's Country Music Capital". It is the Australian equivalent of Nashville, TN as it has a large festival where thousands of people come to visit this time of year to listen to country music and see the big stars of Australian Country Music. They also have a big award ceremony, similar to the CMA's in America. I haven't been in Tamworth for the festival since I moved to America but I found a few photos recently from the 2001 festival and thought it would be a good subject for today's post since it is festival time.

 The main street is closed to traffic during the festival. Many of the pubs/bars in town have different singers perform during the festival and also offer accommodation.

The main street always has lots of people as there are many performers and other things to do along the street.

One of the more common sights along the main street is buskers/street performers. Many of them are really good so it is worth wandering down the street to hear the different performers.

Towards the end of the festival they have thousands of people line the main street to try and break the world record for the world's longest line dance.

They also have a big parade on the last weekend and it is very popular.

The parade is a great way to see the big country music stars as most of them are on one of the floats.

The parade is fairly long and takes about an hour to see the whole thing go by.

 Many of the floats have music and dancing as well.

This is just a small glimpse of what the Country Music Festival in Tamworth looks like. Have you ever been to the festival or something similar?






Monday, January 12, 2015

His: Travel Review - Pebble Beach

Instead of flying all the way to Virginia from Australia in 2006, we stopped over in San Francisco for two nights and went on a day tour down the coast on California Route 1. The route was stunning and much of it hugged the Pacific coastline. There were several stops along the way including the Pebble Beach Golf Course. I am not a big golf fan but I have played this course on computer games a few times, so I was excited to see part of the course for myself. It was only a short stop to see the gift shop, club house and the green of the 18th hole. This course hosts a major tournament each year and has been host to the U.S Open five times so many of golf's biggest stars have been here. The scenery for the course was stunning as much of it hugs the Pacific coast and would be a great place to play. We had just enough time to take a few photos and soak in our surroundings but it was great to be able to see this place for myself. I don't know that I would go back unless I came to play a round or two, but it was well worth seeing once.

View of the green of the 18th hole and the Pacific Ocean.

 The Pebble Beach clubhouse and gift shop.

The 18th hole. Despite being one of the best known courses in the world this is a public course. However the cost of a round is at least $495 if you stay at the Pebble Beach resort (which will cost at least $600 per night)

There were plenty of people out playing and you can see some of the resort rooms to the left. These rooms cost between $1000-$2500.

Have you ever been to Pebble Beach or another famous golf course?




 

Friday, January 9, 2015

His and Her One Year Ago TBT: Would You Rather?

When I wanted to find a TBT post for today, I thought it would be fun to see if we had a post from January 8, 2014 and we did! I really liked the idea of posting a one-year-later TBT so here we go.

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We are linking up again for the super fun Would You Rather? party. Here we go - 


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Would You Rather…

… kiss a jellyfish or step on a crab?
Amanda - I am terrified - with a capital DON'T COME NEAR ME - of jelly fish so, though I know it would hurt like crazy, I am going to have to step on a crab.
Sean - I would kiss the jellyfish. Stepping on a crab sounds painful plus I could kiss the bell of the jellyfish, which is not venomous. No one said which part of the jellyfish I had to kiss right?
  

… forget who you are or forget everyone else?
Amanda - I would rather forget who I am. At least then I would remember the names and connections of everyone else and they could tell me all our fun stories.
Sean - I would also rather forget who I am. Someone could make me a short video or book of who I am plus the girl on "50 First Dates" fared well even though she woke up each day not knowing who she was.
  

… meet a space alien or travel to space?
Amanda - Even though I am supremely afraid of heights and I hate the take off part of a regular flight, I think it would be amazing and beautiful to travel to space. The sights...the zero gravity...all of it. *sigh* Maybe Richard Branson will take me when he takes Tom Hanks and Katy Perry in 2014. That would be so much fun!!
Sean - Meet an alien. Its bad enough having to sit inside an aluminum can with wings for 14 hours to cross the Pacific Ocean, let alone several months or years crammed in an even smaller can to fly around in space.

We love this new link up! Click the logo above to go to Jennifer's blog to join in the fun. If you don't have a blog, choose a question (or all of them) and answer them in a comment or on Facebook. **Amanda's favorite was the last one and she is wondering about everyone's answers.**

Happy Hump Day,
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