Sunday, April 29, 2007

Are You Visiting a National Park This Summer?

There's been some discussion lately over declining visitation in national parks and attributing it to increases in gate fees. Check out this story last week in the USA Today.

Having spent 10 years within the parks, it's a shame seeing a family balk at the $80 annual pass to visit ALL the U.S. National Parks in a year when they think nothing of dropping $60+ per person for theme park admission.

When are people going to wake up and appreciate the national park system? Or, are people making a non-verbal statement and actually protecting the park by not visiting? Maybe it's just people are too busy to care.

In either case, I can't resist plugging my Safety Tips for Visiting National Parks article. Now go take a hike!

Lipstick or Sweat?

It feels like it's been AGES since I posted about ME (ok, maybe less than a week). Not much is going on really.

Maybe it's me, but the weeks seem to be flying by, especially the weekends. Where does time go?

After the gym today, I did a little grocery shopping and for the first time (at least that I can remember), I got hit on! Now, I'm in my workout wear - a t-shirt and sweats, had my hair pulled back with a skinny Hilary Clinton headband and had to be all shiny with sweat. I did smear on some lipstick before going in, but wonder, was it the glistening skin or red lips? Or maybe it's the fact I was shopping for food which demonstrates I can cook.

While I ponder, here's a fun little quiz for ya'll. It's called the Yankee/Dixie Quiz. You won't be graded, but it would be fun to know some scores. To start, I'm 49% Yankee and I'm not sure what the rest of me is. I find it ironic, though. My Mom turned up being 44% Yankee and she hasn't lived in the South.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Playing Hooky

Took a vacation day today and didn't even visit the gym. Bad, bad, bad. But enjoy a couple of photos from a recent trip. Any guesses where?

Sunday, April 22, 2007

The Emerald River Project: I Love It!

After reading the Barefoot's interview with Chris Berry and the Retrofitters and hearing a couple of tracks, I had to get a copy of "The Emerald River Project." My copy arrived in yesterday's mail and I immediately popped the smokey, bluesy sound into my player during my drive to run errands. Tracks are memorable, catchy and ooze with blues.

Of the 13 songs on the disc, my favorite is "Run for your Life." Listen to another track called "24 Hours."

If interested in a copy for yourself, visit the Barefoot's interview for details.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Closer to 40 than 30

*sigh* In less than two weeks I will be *gulp* 37. Forty-years-old is around the bend and it seems to be a significant number, but not sure what it's suppose to signify. I struggled a bit turning 35, realizing I was half-way to 70. Soon, I'll be halfway to 74 and for now, I'm OK with that.

I've been tackling the gym for about six weeks and I'm happy to report that FINALLY I'm seeing some results. Yes, there were some frustrations in the beginning, as posted here: Quirky-Kitsch Girl's View: Frustration at the Gym, but I've been following a routine of the gym every other day with Pilates at home on the off nights. My two left feet have also started up with belly dancing again.

Drinking loads of water, eating low on the food chain and avoiding processed foods has certainly helped. I've been fairly good at ditching the soda, fast food and office sweets, too.

I still have a long way to go but I've dropped a dress size and am close to losing another one.

Thirty-seven looks mighty fine.

Oh! Can't forget my recent writings about: Traveling with Your Pooch to Sarasota and Ways Tallahassee Lassies Can Get Fit

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Day After

Everything I've want to say and express about the horrific events at Virginia Tech yesterday have been echoed across the World Wide Web. It's chilling reading the first-hand posts of students and their accounts of the day and the day after. While the police piece together the events of the day, there's no way to comprehend the senseless tragedy.

My heart goes out to the victims, students, faculty, parents and community to find peace, comfort and will to move forward.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Whole New Meaning to Walking in Another Person's Shoes

The office closed up shop around noon today for employee appreciation day. We went bowling! I bowled my highest score ever, a 94. And that round included three strikes! Yup, I'm not a bowler but it was fun.

Amazon Wish List

With my birthday coming up, family and friends ask, "what do you want?" While appreciated, I'm trying to minimize my "stuff level" and only want practical, preferably consumable, things (gift cards for groceries, gas and movies rock!) I know, "where's the fun in that?"

But in the "stuff" category, books seem to take over, so why not add a few more to my collection along with some excellent tunes road trips (yes, I'm not a true geek, I don't have an iPod and the last time I uploaded tunes to my MP3 was in Oct. 2004 for my Japan trip; I still listen to it...) So, I've added an Amazon Wish List button on my site. It looks like the one here. And no, it's not tied to my Amazon Affiliate account, that would be bad.

My Wish List

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

So, What Happens When Blog Stats Jump 1000% Overnight???

It means a whole lotta eyes are watching. No, not this blog but by my Tallahassee blog. Surprisingly, there aren't that many bloggers in the great city of Tally blogging about what there is to do here.

I've gotten noticed by a blog associated with the newspaper, the "Tallahassee Democrat," thanks to Stacey Getz. Apparently others have bookmarked me, too. Not sure how I feel about this...Does this mean I've found my niche???

[Tallahassee spring flowers pictured]

Cool Site of the Week: Penny Postcards

The geek in me collects antique postcards. At flea markets, garage sales, antique shops, I'm the one hunched over the old box of postcards, sifting through and trying to find a bit of nostalgia. I enjoy finding those from places I used to live, primarily the National Parks.

A friend sent this link along for Penny Postcards. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Cool Things Do Happen in Tallahassee: Spike Lee

As I struggle to find my place in this town, I'm reminded that yes, there is some cool stuff to do and awesome opportunities. While I've taken a few step backwards in the past few years and find it harder to move forward, I'm inching ahead. After all, the best way to eat an elephant is piece by piece.

Enjoy my account of filmmaker Spike Lee's visit to Tallahassee last night (the filmmaker is pictured).