Saturday, December 29, 2007

Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit

I've never been to see the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit.

The next traveling exhibit to come through the Houston Museum of Natural Science will be Leonardo Da Vinci. I can't wait to see this exhibit. Every time I read or hear about him, I am fascinated by his understanding, his work, his drive to learn everything about everything. The exhibit coming in March will display 60 models of Da Vinci's most fascinating inventions and machines, based on his ancient codices.

That I'd like to see.

Transworld Futures Broker

I've never been to see a futures broker.

At Transworld, they are committed to their motto "a world ahead of the competition". Their business is to help you succeed in your commodity trading plan. No matter if you are a beginning trader, a veteran trader or anywhere in between, Transworld promises to get you on the right track. Your preference for trading will help match you up with the one broker who can meet your needs and guide you to maximize your potential to succeed.

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Treasures of Shanghai

I've never been to see the "Treasures of Shanghai" exhibit.

It is a traveling exhibit on loan from the Shanghai Museum to the Houston Museum of Natural Science. This exhibit features 77 objects dating from 3000 BC to the Qing Dynasty. You can see bronze pieces, oracle bones, pottery, porcelain, jade and bamboo carvings, and paintings. This exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 6.

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Luxury Homes

I've never lived in a luxury home.

But if your blogging money has earned you enough to invest in luxury real estate you can find all the info you need to know at GMAC. Here you can find out if you can really afford that luxury home, learn about luxury home trends, learn about luxury home locations and how to outfit your luxury home.

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Los Posadas

I had never been to a Los Posadas celebration before.

Before Christmas, we were blessed to be able to attend a Los Posadas celebration put on by second graders in a local private school. Los Posadas is the Mexican celebration of the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem and their search for an inn. These second graders did an excellent job reciting and singing in both Spanish and English. We followed the candle lit re-enactment on a path lit by farolitas listening to the recitations and singing. When we reached the destination, the group sang "Silent Night" in both Spanish and English. It was a special night for these kids and their parents.

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buying cuff links

I've never been to buy cuff links.

One of the college aged boys was home for the holidays this past week. I noticed in church the cuff links he was wearing. I don't know why, but I noticed. They really did look sharp. It seems that cufflinks are a nice way to sharpen your image, to finish off that polished look. Cuff links would probably make a really nice birthday, Father's Day or groomsman's gift.

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Friday, December 28, 2007


I've never been to Fry's Electronics.

Yep. That's right. I've never been. But I am on my way now to see if they have a camera case for my new digital camera. I am afraid they are just going to be one big warehouse full of junk I don't want. My husband has been there several times, but says he hates it, it's too big. I am hopeful that they will have what I want.

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bed bugs

I've never been to a hotel with bed bugs.

And I hope I never do! It seems that bed bugs have been making a re-appearance in the Western world. I am not sure why-perhaps there are less users of things like DDT or maybe because people travel internationally quite often these days. But whatever the case, bed bugs can be a nasty problem, especially for hotel patrons/owners and apartment dwellers. These nasty bugs can cause irritating bites. There are ways you can learn to identify and rectify this problem.

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Sunday, December 23, 2007


I've never been to a Catholic Mass.

We are contemplating going to Midnight Mass tomorrow for Christmas Eve service. Friends of our family will be singing at the midnight mass. They told me yesterday all about it. It sounds like a lovely celebration. I would really love to see it and know I would enjoy the singing. I just am not sure if I will be able to stay awake!

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Junior High Retreat

I've never been to a junior high retreat with my daughter.

This was her first year to get to go on the church sponsored junior high retreat. She was really excited, even though it meant she could not audition for the Christmas play. She had a great time with her friends. I think we need to re-evaluate the camping gear these girls bring. My daughter said there was almost no room because of the air mattresses two of them brought-one a full size!

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Disney Cruise

I've never been on a Disney Cruise.

We have been talking, dreaming and saving for a Disney trip this upcoming year. We have been contemplating if we would rather take a cruise. So we thought maybe a Disney cruise. There are three and four night Bahama cruises available. And of course the wonderful Disney Magic is found everywhere on board-from shows, programs, dining and the hospitality. It would be great to see Disney's private island, Castaway Cay, as well.

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Diet Awareness Institute

I've never been to Diet Awareness Institute.

Just as we begin the holiday feeding frenzy, I was reminded of the fact that in a week or so, many people will begin their resolution to lose weight in the new year. It happens every year. But many people can be confused by the thousands of weight loss aids available. Diet Awareness Institute can help you see the top ten diet products and how and why they work. If you are looking for information on any of the best selling diet aids like Hydroxycut and Miracle burn, this may be a good first source of information.

That I'd like to see.

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Friday, December 21, 2007


I've never been to Woofstock.

The 2007 Woofstock took place last month at Clear Lake Park. The event featured pet psychic Myra Logan, pet photographs and the Houston Canine Frisbee Disc Club. There were also holiday shopping opportunities. One highlight of the event was the costume contest and photos. The donation this year allowed owners to get their dog microchipped by a local vet. This is a great way to store permanent information about your pet in case of emergency. The event was sponsored by the Bay Area SPCA and was tons of fun for all involved.

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Best Start Babies

I've never been to Best Start Babies.

This mother's group is a free service of the Galveston County Family Service Center. This group is for mothers and their babies from newborn to age two. It is a place to share with other moms the joys, challenges, frustrations and triumphs of being "mommy". The group meets weekly and topics range from stress management, self-care, postpartum depression and many other timely topics.

And if you are a mommy who likes to tote her baby or toddler with her, check out these great new slings. Carrying your baby in a baby sling is a great way to keep your child with you, close to you for his/her comfort and leaves your hands free to do things you need and want to do. I bet if you wear this to the next mommy meeting, many other moms will want a sling too!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Handel's Messiah

I've never been to a performance of Handel's Messiah.

This past weekend the Mercury Baroque Ensemble, joined by the Houston Chamber Choir, performed this tribute to the holiday season. They particularly wanted audience members to hear how this performance would have sounded in the days Handel was alive. The performance this year was the uncut "1743 Covent Garden" version of the piece.

That I'd like to see.

Travel Insurance Direct

I've never been to Travel Insurance Direct .

This site is a pretty cut and dried place to check out cheap travel insurance for Australian travellers looking for Australian travel insurance . Here you can simply fill in the online form to get a quote. You can find out just what coverage you can receive. They cover travellers up to age 86, including many with pre-existing medical conditions. The prices are very affordable based on where you are traveling and how long you will be gone.

Learn about the different coverages for Australia only travel, international business travel, and multi-trip annual travel for the frequent traveller. Read the guides and have your FAQ's answered quickly and straight forward to help you find the best travel insurance for you and your travel plans.

That I'd like to see.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

UFO Club

I've never been to a UFO Club before.

I did not realize there really were any! I just learned about one that meets in our area. The Houston UFO Club meets every second Monday of the month from 7-9pm. There you can join in on discussions on UFO and IFO (identified flying objects?) sightings. Hear about evidence, crop circles and technology.

That I'd like to see.

North Carolina Property

I've never been to North Carolina to buy property.

But when I heard about North Carolina land for sale I wanted to check it out. It looks so beautiful! I know that my daughter would want to get the H. Wright Horse farm. The NC mountain view and riverfront tracts look lovely too. Or how about the 56 acre farmhouse plot? Hey, if we are going to dream, dream big!

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European Christmas

I've never been to Europe for Christmas.

We just finished watching Rick Steves' European Christmas special. This hour long program takes you around Europe to sample the holiday and Christmas traditions found in each country. You can see the Eiffel Tower lit up while folks ice skate below, or the lights of two thousand trees lining the street. You can hear the choirs in Britain, see the unique presepios of Italy, and the Christmas market at Nuremburg. You can view the St. Lucia celebration of Norway, and the traditions of the Swiss Alps. This program gives you a small sampling of the many rituals practiced each year at this time.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

I had never been to before.

This is a site for pure silliness, a great way to have a holiday laugh! I remember watching the Planet of the Apes movies as a kid, but this site is even better. Here you can see some of your favorite stars, famous and infamous alike, morphed to look like apes! It is fun, and funny to see. A new ape is added every day, so be sure to check in and let your friends know too. You will be able to see folks like Bill Clinton and John McCain, as well as pop idols Madonna, Ashley Tisdale and Marc Anthony!

That I'd like to see.

Las Posadas

I've never been to a Las Posadas celebration.

This week, second graders at a local private school will host a Las Posadas celebration. They will sing and recite in Spanish the story of Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem and searching for an inn. This will be an outdoor celebration, complete with candlelight.

That I'd like to see.

Magnetic Weight Loss Program

I've never been to a magnetic weight loss program.

I've actually never even heard of it before. Perhaps, many people have not, given that there are reportedly over 1 billion overweight adults worldwide. If you have been looking for the real key to weight loss, it is obvious that it cannot be found in diet pills, weight loss contraptions or wearing weight loss patches. It takes an education and lifestyle change. The magnetic diet teaches you how to use "invigorating magnetism" to combine foods and control cravings.

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Living in Alaska

I've never lived in Alaska.

One of our friends is home, visiting for the holidays. Her and her husband have lived in Alaska for about a year now. Last night, several of us were quizzing her as to how it is to live there. When you are from south Texas, Alaska can seem like another world. She said, yes, the winters are cold, but the summer is nice. I asked her if she had seen the Northern Lights. She said no, but...

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Life Size

I've never been in a Life Size Video Conference before.

With Lifesize Video Conference Equipment colleagues dispersed in different locations can experience life size high definition communication. The fully integrated system connects to most systems providing a clear communication and life like interactions, making the video conference seem more of a face to face, true to life experience.

That I'd like to see.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

cycling adventure

I've never been on a cycling vacation.

I just blog hopped over to visit . He blogs about cycling adventures that he and others have taken. I have not had long to peruse his blog, but I really enjoyed his post on cycling being for everyone. I love the way he presents the adventure of cycling and I love the examples of cyclists who don't fit the stereotype or image that many folks have of cycling. His post really had me dreaming of one day taking off on a cycling adventure with my husband, much like Arend and Ina Stam do.

That I'd like to see.
Great bicycle adventures with additional information about countries, mechanics, do's and do'nts and much more. Stories about cycling in China, Laos, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Turkey and many more.

xbox 360

I've never been to buy a video game system.

This morning my daughter asked my son if her and her friend could play one of his video games. His initial barb to his sis was to retort, "If you can buy your own game system." Of course, she is not likely to do that. But if she does, she may look into an xbox 360.

That I'd like to see.

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Christmas Boat Parade

I've never been to a Christmas Boat Parade.

Last weekend, was the 46th annual Christmas Lane Boat Parade in Clear Lake. About 150 boats were decorated with Christmas lights and decorations. They traveled from South Shore Harbour Marina and the Nassau Bay lagoon out to Galveston Bay. There were thousands of spectators watching this lovely Christmas flotilla from the shore.

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I've not been to in a while.

It is about time to begin making Hotel Reservations for upcoming trips. Using allows you to find the information you want quickly and easily. You can plan your trip, compare hotel and motel rates, and book online, making it as easy as a few mouse clicks. They even offer rebates. The longer your stay, the bigger your rebate.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Pilates Reformer

I had never been to a Pilates Reformer class before tonight.

My husband and I decided to take an introductory class. Pilates Reformer is done on a machine. It adheres to the main ideals of Pilates-stretching, developing core strength, and creating long, lean muscles. The class was a really good workout done entirely on the Reformer/Allegro machine. It was nothing but a series of stretches done to work different body parts. It was so relaxing. Even though I could tell my body was getting a good workout, I felt so relaxed throughout the class. I am hoping to be able to continue some of these classes. Maybe one day I too will develop flexibility, core strength and long lean muscles.

That I'd like to see.

Furniture From Home

I've never been to Furniture From Home before.

They have some of the really great beds that I would love to own. There is a perfect bed for everyone in the family. Whether you are looking for a sleigh bed or any other king beds or queen beds , or if you need something for the kiddos, they have a full range of choices. I really love the captain bed they offer. We had those as kids. My nephews now have these as well. They are great space savers and are so functional with any decor.

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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Bay Area Repertory Theater

I've never been to Bay Area Repertory Theater before.

We are going next weekend to see one of my daughter's friends perform in The Christmas Carol. She is going to be the Ghost of Christmas Past, so we are really looking forward to seeing the show. We have not even heard of this theater before, so we are looking forward to finding out if this local theater will be a place that my daughter will be able to join in.

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bulk cable

I've never been to buy bulk cable before.

If you are giving someone a new computer for Christmas, this is a great way to be sure you have all the cables and connections you need. And if you just need a little help understanding what all these cables and acronyms and initials mean (like I do) there are some great online guides and FAQ's to help you put it all together.

That I'd like to see.

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Ancient History Facts

I had never been to Ancient History Facts before last night.

I was so happy to see my cyber-buddy Christine start this new blog. It is full of some great tidbits on ancient history. It is a virtual history lesson every day! She starts out defining for us just what "ancient history" is and goes on to divulge some very interesting historical facts from Lady Godiva to Neanderthal, to dragons and early forms of communication. I love this blog!

That I'd like to see.

plasma stands

I've never been to get a plasma stand before.

Choosing the right stand or mount for your plasma TV can be a chore. You want it to fit just right and to perfectly match your home's style and decor. You can search online to find the stands and mounts you want, and have it in time for the holidays. Then you can sit back and relax watching those great Christmas classics while you wrap presents.

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Life Insurance Quotes

I've never been to get life insurance quotes before.

I usually leave that to my husband. He takes care of all that, all the time. My grandpa says that is not a really good idea. What if something happens to my husband? I won't know anything about the things I will need to know if I am not involved in these areas of important decision making. That does make sense. No one wants to think about being in these situations, but better planning makes it a little easier to deal with when it does happen. These days, finding the best life insurance is easier than ever. It is as simple as filling out an online form to compare terms and get quotes.

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Heifer International

I've never been to Heifer International before.

Not too long ago, I got a magazine in the mail from them. I almost threw it away based on the title. But something stopped me. I glanced inside. I had never heard of this or anything like it before. It is an organization to reach out to help feed the world. They are making efforts to not only "provide a man with a fish, but to teach him to fish". What they do is provide animals to help poor families to be able to have added nourishment as well as to provide labor or fertilizer to enable them to continue to have food. The families will also pass along a baby of the animal later on, to help another family, in essence, helping their whole community. The animals provided include chickens, goats, sheep, ducks, rabbits, lamas and many others.

I have committed to use a portion of the money I have made blogging to send an animal or two to a needy family. I hope that other bloggers will also consider helping in this manner, or in some way use a part of your blogging for money proceeds to help somebody somewhere in the world.

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Branson Missouri

I've never been to Branson Missouri.

A friend of ours performed in one of the many shows there this summer. We were unable to make it up to see her perform. There looks like there are so many shows and attractions at this family destination. Some of the shows look really great. I would love to see Bill Medley and Paul Revere, the acrobats of China are always an awesome sight, Legends in Concert should be a great show. I know I would enjoy the America show and my daughter would not want to miss the Broadway show.

The attractions also look to be a lot of fun for families. There are go-karts, Imax, the Titanic, the Presidential Museum and Ripley's to get started. There are water parks for the hot summer days. And the Christmas shows look like a lovely way to spend the holidays.

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Black Hills Central Railroad 1880's Train

I've never been to the Black Hills Central Railroad 1880 train.

This rail line runs in the center of South Dakota near Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial. The scenery is breathtaking and the train ride takes you back in time. Some passengers go all out, donning period costumes for the ride. The trip takes two hours and there are group and family packages available. The railroad even has its own chaplain if you want to have your wedding ceremony on board!

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luxury homes

I've never lived in a luxury home before.

Though I have to confess I have dreamed of it. A neighboring subdivision was built several years ago featuring what I would consider to be luxury homes. We went and took a tour through a couple of those open houses. It was a pleasant way to spend the day looking at how others live and dreaming of an elegant new home. Of course, if I had a home that big, I would have to hire someone to come and clean it for me!

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Wednesday, December 5, 2007


I've never been to VIEKE.

This new website is filled with tons of useful information for students and parents. Visual Interface for Education and Knowledge Exchange (VIEKE) is brimming over with information like news updates from all over the world. You can even find out about exam and admission alerts. There is a really great "vooks" section. Here you can access virtual books for anything you might need to know-from architecture to zoology and everything in between. You can get answers to questions and career guidance in the guidance section. There is a forum for students to pose questions and post their opinions. VIEKE is proud to reach for its goal of providing free information resources for parents and students, in an easy to read and understand format. The site is child safe and free from adult content.

That I'd like to see.


I've never been to EasyToBook.

Right now with so many people traveling, it is a good time to look into the best deals you can get. With EasyToBook, you can find what you are looking for in one place. Simply choose a destination, fill in the departure and arrive dates, and begin searching for the best deals.

Whether you are needing Amsterdam hotels , places to stay in Barcelona, or lodging in Rome, EasyToBook has it all right at your fingertips. I love being able to see the 360 degree view of the rooms, like the Hotel Luxer Amsterdam . This view helps to give an idea of just what to expect upon arrival at the selected hotel.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

food for the homeless

I've never been to distribute food directly to the homeless.

This past weekend several of the teenagers from our church got just such a chance. They went into downtown and made 500 sack lunches. When they finished they loaded a bus and went to some known gathering places of the "outdoorsmen". These are the folks we normally call homeless. They distributed the lunches, some blankets, and spent time talking and praying with these people. One of the teens even gave his shoes to one of the men. Many of the teens chose to give up their own lunches as well so they could make one last stop to some more people who needed it more than they did. I think the impact was great on the kids who participated. As for the ones who did not, I think they have heard lots of good stuff about this activity. They are already asking when there will be another chance to do this again.

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Holiday Offers from DialAFlight

I've never booked a Holiday Offer with DialAFlight.

This is a great site to start your holiday dreaming. You can find out tons of useful information all in this one site. You can search for car and hotel deals. You can get view all the holiday offers on right now. You can get some great deals on flights to USA just in time for the holidays. You can get flights to New York, flights to Washington or flights to anywhere in between and help make your holiday just a little more merry.

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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Arctic Garden

I've never been to an Arctic Garden.

But my kids are growing some right now. These small salt crystal "gardens" are really taking off! They were fun and simple to make from household ingredients. We mixed together water, laundry bluing, ammonia and salt. We poured this mixture over charcoal. The crystals started forming right away. After five days, here is what they look like:

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