Thursday, June 25, 2009

food pantry

I've never been to the local food pantry.

They are looking for volunteers tomorrow from noon to four sorting food. I think this is a good and easy activity for families. It's a great way to help the community and is something we can all do together. I think even my son with his broken collar bone can help sorting out the products.

That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Shell station in Flatonia

I had never been to the Shell station in Flatonia.

But I have been twice now in 24 hours. I met my husband there to pick up my son when I learned he had broken his collar bone at camp. I brought him home to see the doctor and try to get in to an orthopedic. We could not get in til next week so he was cleared to go back to camp. At which time I met my husband at the gas station again for the exchange. Thankfully there will be no midnight runs to the middle of nowhere tonight!

That I'd like to see.


I've never been around asbestos.

Thankfully! This substance, which used to be commonly used, is a cancer causing agent. The cancer, known as mesothelioma, affects mostly older white males. The rate of incidence has been declining since the 1990s and the treatment options are improving.

That I'd like to see.

beach clean up

I've never been to a beach clean up.

This Saturday at Menard Park in Galveston, there will be a beach clean up day from 9am til noon. Set up starts at 8:30. Cleaning begins at 9. Afterward there will be live music, a barbecue, pictures and cool surf prizes. There will also be a paddle out. Those without surf boards can rent one at Ohana's. The party lasts til 2pm. If my kids were here I would love to go. Maybe they will have beach clean up parties again!

That I'd like to see.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

cross country moving

I've never been on a cross country moving venture.

I just read through the latest Ikea ad. It looks like they are having a nice summer sale for folks who are moving. On the last page, I came across a special 15% off deal. It is for folks in our area who had nothing better to do while "in the dark" after hurricane Ike. For anyone bringing in their baby's birth certificate dated June 1-July 4, 2009, they will receive an additional 15% off their entire purchase!

That I'd like to see.

surf camp

I've never been to surf camp.

This summer in Galveston, Ohana is presenting two and three day surf camps for kids! The camps are either Saturday and Sunday or Tuesday through Thursday. Kids will learn surfing skills and have a great time in the Gulf. What a fun way to spend the summer! And a great way to learn a new hobby!

That I'd like to see.

40K bike ride

I had never been on a 40K bike ride.

That is equivalent to 24.8 miles. In reading about triathlon training, I was trying to see about upping my training to be able to do Olympic distance. I think I could do it, if I had the time to train properly. So today, I did a little more than I usually do. I swam 16 laps (about half a mile), rode the nearly 25 miles and ran four miles. This is a little shy of the .93 mile swim, 24.8 bike ride and the 6.2 mile run. But I think with the proper training I could work up to it. Forget about the best weight loss pill! I just want to be able to train hard and one day enter a race of this distance!

That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Turn About Ranch

I've never been to Turn About Ranch.

This working ranch sounds like a great place for teens to spend some time relearning some tools that will help them deal with problems and family issues in positive ways. I read through the website and really like lots of what I read. The kids come in and from the get go have to earn all privileges, including pillows and showers all the way to leisure time and activities! Once they get past the initial stage, they also attend classes which will later transfer back to their home school. I like how the ranch uses Christian ideals as a foundation. I also really like that the ranch employs older adults as mentors as opposed to college aged kids. Teens that are struggling with authority and parents don't need to turn only to older teens. They need to learn to value the adults in their lives. And I think it's smart that Turn About Ranch knows and implements this. Their program runs an average of 100 days. There are loans available for families who need them.

That I'd like to see.

Map My Run

I've never been to Map My Run.

I came across this great website the other day. I was looking to see if anyone had mapped out places to run in my area. And this website was filled with pages of folks who had! There were many to choose from, but I actually ended up creating my own route. I was looking for a 13 mile run close to home. So I decided to map my own course. It's easy using this site. And it's free to sign up. I think taking a good old fashioned run beats using the best fat burners any day! So while the rest of my family is gone to church camp, I am going to try out my 13 mile running route!

That I'd like to see.