Thursday, April 30, 2009

Desolation Canyon

I've never been to Desolation Canyon.

Located in Death Valley National Park, this canyon is just a mile south of the more frequently visited Golden Canyon. You can still view the rugged desolate beauty of the desert and hike lonely passes without the congestion of other hikers. This kind of hiking will likely keep one in great shape, avoiding weight loss pills and other kinds of dieting. This is a great way to stay in shape and see some of our country's natural beauty. It is also the location of some of the filming from the first Star Wars movie!

That I'd like to see.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

primitive camping

I've never been to do primitive camping.

My husband went with a friend to a place his family owns. It's nothing more than a bunk house trailer on their land. No water. No electricity. No toilet. No shower (outdoor one available.) But he said the afternoon fishing and the evening campfire and the stars up above made such a peaceful setting. It was the best way to relieve some stress and get some much needed time to think clearly.

That I'd like to see.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

kite festival

I've never been to a kite festival.

This Saturday and Sunday, the Highland Bayou Park in LaMarque, TX is hosting the second annual kite festival. Hours are 10 am-5pm. Admission and parking is free! Bring your kite and picnic lunch and enjoy this fun, free activity for the whole family!

That I'd like to see.

buy memory

I've never been to buy memory.

And I can say I need it! My kids will tell you the same thing. I cannot seem to remember from one day to the next what all needs to be done. I think my memory is full! I have found some workshops which will help to improve your memory. There are even some available for download online. Some are even free!

That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Houston on the Cheap

I've never been to Houston on the Cheap .

I learned about this great blog today on TV. It is filled daily with ideas of free and discounted ideas for the Houston area. I found deals for restaurants, entertainment and shopping. It is a great way to save money and still have fun in a nearby town. There are also links to other cities on the cheap for travelers.

That I'd like to see.

camera memory card

I've never been to buy a camera memory card.

I got my new camera 18 months ago and it has a memory card with it. But while on my trip to Boston, I got worried that it was not working. I charged the camera before I went so I was not expecting any problems. I got concerned when it would not do anything. I was not sure if it had died, wasn't working because of the weather or what. I did not know if I was going to have to purchase a new micro sd card. I just wanted to be sure that my photos weren't lost. But after a night on the charger and taking the battery out and then replacing it, all seemed to be working. And my photos turned out just fine!

That I'd like to see.

Tax Strike Day

I've never been to a Tax Strike.

It has been suggested that in protest of over taxation by our government we abstain one day from any spending that will generate tax income for the government. This day is coming up on May 1, 2009. This is the last day of the first quarter. It seems to be as good a day as any to go on a tax strike.

That I'd like to see.

top rated auto insurers

I've never been to view the top rated insurance companies.

I can see how this would be a smart move though. I mean, after all, wouldn't you want to be covered by one of the best rated auto insurance companies? If you choose to go with a substandard company, you could be in danger of not getting the coverage you need or even no payment at all. Finding the top rated carriers seems to make good sense. You can find a comparison of auto insurers who make the grade at B+ or better.

That I'd like to see.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Henry V

I've never been to Henry V.

This play by William Shakespeare will run for two more weekends at the College of the Mainland Community Theater. I am hoping to go see it. A man we go to church with will be in this production, along with a college kid my daughter has acted with before. Here is an excerpt from the playbill:

"An exciting fast-paced new adaptation of Shakespeare's timeless history play about the newly-crowned King Henry V and the first, greatest test of his leadership. HENRY V is jam-packed with political intrigues, thrilling battles, shocking betrayals, courage, cowardice, and a delightful romance between the brave English king and a quirky French princess. If you thought you didn't like haven't seen HENRY V!"

That I'd like to see.

Ferrari Houston

I've never been to Ferrari Houston.

I remember as a kid driving past from time to time. It was pretty cool looking out the window to see the cool car that Magnum Drove. Ferrari has a reputation as a fine car. Ferrari Houston has even had a racing team since 1998, doing well in both Europe and the U.S. For folks who drive such a fine car, I'm sure it's a comfort knowing it's not hard to get Ferrari parts replacements in our area.

That I'd like to see.

Monday, April 13, 2009

TEA Party

I've never been to a TEA Party .

This week, April 15, will be a day for Americans to send a message to Washington by attending TEA Parties. These parties are reminiscent of the Boston Tea Party. This week's TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Parties will tell leaders that we are against the wasteful government spending that is going on which will leave our children and grandchildren with unbearable tax/deficit burdens. Americans are encouraged to meet peacefully at their local City Hall. It helps to have signs showing what you are protesting. (You can find samples of what to write on your signs here .) You can even call your senators and representatives while in attendance at the TEA Party! (Bring your cell phone and call Congress and the president while attending the TAX Day TEA party rally (Representative and Senators, 202-224-3121; President, 202-456-1414.) I am hoping to attend a local TEA Party this week.

That I'd like to see.

Radisson Hotels

I've never been to Radisson Hotel.

This worldwide chain offers free high-speed Internet, a must in this day and age.You can check yourself in online up to 7 days in advance. The global frequent guest program is perfect for world travelers. Radisson also features a variety of menu choices. When you stay at Radisson, you can even request a sleep number bed for a great night's sleep.

That I'd like to see.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Perkin's School for the Blind

I've never been to the Perkin's School for the Blind.

I had not actually heard of it before we got to Boston. A friend if ours who used to live in the area picked us up from the airport. As we headed out toward Natick, he pointed out many sights to us. One of them was the Perkin's School for the Blind. It is where Helen Keller went to school. They have become renowned for their work with the blind. I am not sure if they offer tours, but there is a museum. They offer international programs and will even have a team running the Boston Marathon this month!

That I'd like to see.


I've never been to a bar.

Unless you count waiting in Chili's which I guess technically is...but while we were in Boston, I walked into a real bar. We thought it was the restaurant and my son led us in. It STUNK! I had no idea! We immediately turned around and left.

Since I don't drink, I don't have any real reason to go into a bar. I would hope that ideally, folks who do choose to drink would do so in a safe manner. Like in their own home (I am not naive enough to think that would ever become the norm, but...) If you do choose to drink, you may look into something like the wine of the month so you can drink at home without having to put others in danger in transit back home (or call a taxi!)

That I'd like to see.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

buying horseradish

I've never been to buy horseradish.

I need it for a recipe. But I need fresh horseradish that I can grate. So I went to the store looking for it. There was a sign hanging above the vegetable bins that marked horseradish. I wasn't sure which sign went with which bin. So I picked up a couple and checked out. When the girl rang it up, she rang up yucca root. I thought maybe she had it wrong. So I came home to look up photos on the internet. Yeah, I actually bought yucca root! So now I've got to go back and find the horseradish. Hopefully I'll come home with the right thing this time.

That I'd like to see.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Yankees Game

I've never been to a Yankees game.

And of course, the Yankees have a reputation for being hated. But being raised in a baseball house, I know that if we had the chance to get to see them on their home field I would. It might be fun to boo the Yanks, but I doubt I could bring myself to do it! We are the kind of family that love to make this sort of outing a part of our trips, so I know it would be fun for us. I am hopeful that one day we will get to New York. Then I wouldn't be surprised if we ended up with New York Yankees tickets. And this year will be their first in New Yankee Stadium!

That I'd like to see.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

culinary arts contest

I've never been to a culinary arts contest.

My son's friend just competed in one this week. He is enrolled in the culinary arts program at the high school. They left last week for a state competition. He called my son and said he won state, including a $5000 scholarship! I asked my son what his friend cooked. He said he did not know but he did have to set the table and wait the table, things like that. I had no idea that culinary arts could land you such a prize!

That I'd like to see.