Friday, December 31, 2010


I had never been to Teascript before.

This website allows you to make free transcripts for home schooled high schoolers. It's easy to use, just plug in your information and you will get the transcript generated for you. There is a free service and a paid service available. For free you can get one transcript for one student listing up to 24 courses, 8 activities and 8 standardized test scores. By upgrading the account you can list up to 80 courses,  30 tests scores and 30 activities. In the upgraded account you also get to view it advertising free. Since the upgraded account is only $5 per month, I will likely upgrade my account before printing up my son's final transcript.

 That I'd like to see.

New Year's Eve Karoake

I've never been to a New Year's Eve Karaoke.

I know it is a popular form of entertainment for lots of folks and could be a lot of fun, if there were some decent singers participating. We were at a karaoke one night, and there were some who were pretty good and some who were not! While it might be a good night of fun for some people, I know that if I were there they would not want me anywhere near the karaoke microphone! As for others, well, I hope they have a great night of New Year's Eve Karaoke.

That I'd like to see.

Monday, December 27, 2010

MacKenzie River Pizza Co.

I had never been to MacKenzie River Pizza Co. before.

We tried this place out our first night in Bozeman, MT. YUM! We are pizza lovers and fell in love with this place on our first visit. The pizza is really good and I loved that I could get a veggie pizza just the way I like it! And we all enjoyed the fact that we could do our pizzas half and half so we got to try more different varieties that way.

I decided I wanted to eat there again on my birthday. While the place was more crowded and slower in getting the food out, the pizza was still really good. I mentioned that I thought it was the best we'd ever had. My son reminded us of the Italian pizzeria we ate at in Boston. I admit it was better, but this is a close second.

Then my daughter suggested we travel around and find all the best pizza spots in the country...

That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

snow mobiling

I've never been snow mobiling.

My husband wants to try that. When he heard though that most snow mobiling is just done on trails or paths, he thought that sounded too lame. He has it in his mind that it would be fun to just take off across some back country going where ever he wants. I guess maybe there are some places you can still do that...

That I'd like to see.

cross country skiing

I've never been cross country skiing.

In my mind it seems like hiking, only through the snow. It looks like fun to me. To my husband and kids, it looks "too boring". I guess they could always bring their ipods to listen to so they could liven up the trails. Of course, maybe I could try it without them and enjoy the peace and quiet!

 That I'd like to see.

Friday, December 10, 2010

princess craft RVs

I've never been to Princess Craft RVs.

I have cycled past an RV place a lot this year. I have often wondered about getting one of the smaller ones, maybe a pop up or something. So I thought I'd look into them. I love the way these little trailers look and there are several floor plans to choose from. These small trailers look about right for towing behind smaller SUVs. It would be so cool to have one of these to take to out of town events like triathlons or basketball tournaments. And would save on staying in hotels too.

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college savings account

I've never been to set up a college savings account.

Yes, my kids are nearly ready for college and we've never set up a college savings account. I did learn today about some ways to help pay for college. I found out that one of the ways NOT to pay for college is to use life insurance plans. Saving life insurance for life insurance purposes like those provided by is fine. But it's not a good idea to use life insurance for college. So we are hopeful about some other ways to help pay for college.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

ladies bike ride

I've never been to a ladies bike ride.

This Saturday, Dec. 11,  Bike Barn Houston is sponsoring a Ladies Day Bike Ride. The ride begins at 8am from Terry Hershey Park, Hwy 6 entrance. There are ride distances for all abilities and no one is going to be left behind. This sounds like the perfect ride for beginners to get acquainted with group riding and to learn some good info too. And, the weather should be warmer this weekend too!

That I'd like to see.

outdoor lighting

I've never been to purchase outdoor lighting.

I do love outdoor lighting and the beauty it brings to a home, not to mention the safety as well. One thing I have always wanted and never had in my yard is a "Narnian lamp post." At least a lamp post, one that makes me think of Lucy's meeting Mr. Tumnus. Who knows what kind of magic can happen then....

That I'd like to see.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Bridger Bowl ski area

I've never been to Bridger Bowl ski area.

This is the only ski area I've heard of being run as a "non profit" as all "net profit is reinvested into the mountain." There are over 2000 acres of terrain, eight chair lifts and three lodges. Skiers of all abilities are welcome, as are snowboarders. Lessons are available for different levels of skiers. You can even take a mountain tour. They even offer free skiing to volunteers who can work certain lengths of time and for those who are able to be part of a ski research study!

That I'd like to see.

Bozeman, Montana

I've never been to Bozeman, Montana.

We have been wanting to plan a family ski trip over Christmas holidays and Bozeman, Montana came up as one of the options. Now if traveling that far, we surely decided not to drive. If we did decide to drive up to the fun loving college ski town of Bozeman, I think we would need more than cheap auto insurance quotes, we would need travel insurance and some kind of "snow and ice insurance for those who don't know how to drive in snow and ice"!

But once we make it to Bozeman, I hope to check out Bridger Bowl ski area, some forest trails, maybe a museum or two, and hopefully take a mountain guided tour.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

ABC Distributing

I had never been to ABC Distributing before.

But this month, I used their site to order Christmas gifts for family members with whom we celebrated early. The gifts ordered were delivered very quickly. They turned out to be nicer looking than I had expected-these were not the junky gifts you might get when ordering from other online sites. I am glad that I did open each gift to look at them, as one was missing a piece. When I called to explain, they were very nice and replaced the entire set. Although the item did not make it in time, I was able to keep the first product to have as a "temporary gift" until it could be replaced with the in tact one. I was really impressed with the service and quality from ABC.

 That I'd like to see.

Black Friday Sales

I've never been to Black Friday Sales.

My mother in law went one year and said it was ridiculously crazy and not worth it. I've taken heed and never ventured out for the early morning day after Thanksgiving shopping frenzy. Since our dishwasher went out on Wed. night, we did think about going out to look for one on Black Friday sale. But when we woke up Friday morning with dark circles around eyes and gave it a second thought, we decided to wait! I have since found out that there is a state rebate plan going on in December for those who purchase qualifying appliances. Hopefully we'll be able to find one with a good deal then.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Moody Gardens Festival of Lights

I've never been to Moody Gardens Festival of Lights.

Going on now through January 1, Moody Gardens has lit up the bay in true Gulf Coast Christmas style. The festival includes a mile long trail of lights, 100 sound enhanced animated displays and a Snow Zone for kids. Photos with Santa are offered as well as the chance to see Christmas themed films and shows. Food Drive Fridays allow 2-for-1 priced admission with a can of food for the food bank.

 That I'd like to see.

tea tree oil uses

I've never been to read about tea tree oil uses.

I have heard different tea tree oil uses over the years. Some people recommend it for fighting dandruff, I've heard it is used to treat lice, and can be used as first aid treatment on cuts and burns. I am now hearing it is also effective in treating acne. There are several teens I know who would say....

That I'd like to see.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Ironman Arizona

I've never been to Ironman Arizona.

But if things go as planned, I just might be watching my husband do this race next year! This time next year, Thanksgiving week, my husband is wanting to do the full Ironman course in Tempe, AZ. Of course his ultimate dream is the Ironman in Kona, Hawaii, but hopefully this is just a step towards that goal.

That I'd like to see.

Tristan De Cunha Island

I've never been to Tristan De Cunha Island.

This is one of the remotest places on Earth. It is a British Dependency with only about 300 inhabitants.  I am guessing that these folks are not concerned with the trivial worries many in the U.S. are (like finding the best acne products.) While there is no airport and transportation to the island is only by boat, there is a golf course there!

 That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thanksgiving Parade volunteer

I've never been to volunteer at the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

I guess I never realized how many volunteer opportunities there are available there. From being an usher in the reserved seating area, to carrying balloons and banners, to parade marshal, there are many things for volunteers to do. Parade volunteers get free parking, free t-shirts, and free breakfast.

That I'd like to see.

top cigars

I've never been to buy cigars.

Once while visiting in Mexico, my husband was offered a deal to purchase some "good cigars". Now I am guessing these were not necessarily the top cigar brands available, though the guy selling them was awfully proud of them-or would have been proud to take my husband's money for them. At any rate, since we don't smoke, we left without buying any. Maybe someone else bought the guy's cigars.

That I'd like to see.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Trooper School

I've never been to Trooper School.

When I asked my friend where her four year old twins are going to school, she told me the local high school! They have a program there called "Trooper School" where junior and senior level high school students who are learning to be teachers actually teach a pre-school three days a week. I am sure the students' teachers are in there with them, but this seems to be a win-win situation for everyone involved. Parents save a little money as the school costs about half of what a regular pre-school costs. The high school students get lots of hands-on training (the days they don't teach they are preparing lessons), and of course the pre-schoolers love the teens! There is a very long waiting list for Trooper School. It seems like a good thing for the whole community.

 That I'd like to see.

I've never been on a cruise ship

I've never been on a cruise ship.

 I will get the chance to go on my first one this coming thursday.  I am so excited.  I know that all the other people who are planning to go on this cruise have probably spent the last month in the gym, because everyone wants to look good on a cruise.  And with all the free food available, most everyone will be in the gym when they get back, too!  But there are weight loss products that are seemingly more effective then long, tiring gym visits.  Take a look at this one, it could help you shed weight quickly and change your life around.

That I'd like to see.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

cardless checkin

I've never been to a gym that used cardless checkin.

But recently, our 24 Hour Fitness Clubs began using a cardless checkin program. You use an id number, like a phone number, and then scan your index finger. Now this seems a little "Big Brother" to me, so I checked out what the company has to say about it. According to their website, your actual fingerprint is not kept on file. Using biomechnic techniques, they scan distinct points on your fingerprint that are unique to you.  Then an id number is devised based on those distances of your print. They keep no fingerprints on file nor can your print be replicated.

 That I'd like to see.

*to read what they have to say about it, check their website:

Funeral Plans

I've never been to buy a funeral plan...

and I hope I won't have to for a long time to come. But sadly, many of us find this a necessity at some time or another. And since it is something that must be done, it makes sense to do it in an orderly and effective method. There are companies whose only job is to help you set up your funeral plans. This is a helpful idea that is meant to help you achieve what you could not do on your own in your time of need.

That I'd like to see.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

nursing home carnival

I had never been to a nursing home carnival.

Until last Sunday. The local nursing home has hosted a Halloween carnival for the community for several years, but I had never attended. It is a well supported event and great for the community and residents alike. There was a fire truck, a moon walk, carnival games, popcorn, nachos and snow cones, all for free. And of course many of the residents were outside in costume handing out candy to the young Trick or Treaters. This brought joy to young and old alike!

That I'd like to see.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

medical device depot

I've never been to Medical Device Depot.

While I have no need of medical devices, it is always good to know that there are places where these devices can be purchased. It is something I really never actually thought about, but it is important that clinics and hospitals be equipped with the proper supplies. And so when time comes to furnish medical equipment like bovie electrosurgical generators, ambulatory BP monitors, centrifuges, defibrillators and the many other supplies that patients can take for granted, it's good to know where to go!

That I'd like to see.

Our Town

I've never been to see Our Town.

Ever since I read the script I've wanted to see this enduring classic. I really like how the script calls for the set to be done and how the stage manager narrates the show. I am on my way now out the door to see a local production. I hope it doesn't disappoint!

That I'd like to see.

Friday, November 5, 2010


I've never been to Hawaii.

Hawaii sounds like such a beautiful, fun place to visit. I have always dreamt of laying on the beaches watching the beautiful sunset in Hawaii. But, of course, it costs just a little too much than I can afford. I have always wondered what Hawaii weather is like. I'm sure it must be very hot there. But, there is a good solution to the heat. Use a reliable fan, like the Hunter ceiling fans, and you can stay nice and cool on your vacation!

That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

hosted short term mission trip

I've never been on a hosted short term mission trip.

While I have been on several mission trips, I've never been part of a team that was hosted/led by an outside group. There are several who support just such trips from college aged teams to multi-generational family groups. I think this would be a good way to go, as the housing and meal arrangements are all lined out ahead of time and the group can focus on the mission work to be done.

That I'd like to see.


I've never been to purchase an iPad.

But we are considering getting one for our son for his high school graduation next summer. As soon as the iPad came out, that is what I wanted to do. My husband likes the idea, but also liked the idea of waiting till the Pad had been out at least a year. He says that is a better time to buy them, rather than when they are first released. We will also have to be sure to check into getting an ipad warranty to go along with the purchase. We want to make sure everything works just right with it when our son goes to college.

That I'd like to see.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

10K Open Water Swim

I've never been to a 10K open water swim.

I am not sure I've even ever swam a mile in open water. I can't imagine swimming six! But it seems that now there is a 10K open water swim in the Olympics, more people are getting involved in these type races. Unfortunately, I heard about one swimmer who died this past weekend in just such a race in Dubai. The cause has not been determined but it is known that the water temperature was high and that the swimmer overexerted himself. Hopefully this unfortunate death will lead to better regulations and safety precautions in future races.

That I'd like to see.


I've never been to Hollywood.

Most people wonder how movie stars make their faces look so clean and flawless. Even though they won't admit it, most movie stars had acne problems as a kid, just like everyone else. They found good acne products, and now they have beautiful faces. I would like to get rid of my acne, too, just like the movie stars did. All I have to do is find the best acne treatments available. Then I can have a clean, pretty face, too.

That I'd like to see.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Century Ride

I've never been on a Century Ride.

A Century Ride is a 100 mile bicycle ride. My husband just signed up for one. Maybe one day I will be able to ride that far. The problem for me is that you have to make it to a certain cut off point by a certain time or else be routed to a shorter distance. (I don't know if all rides are like that.) I hope my husband makes it in time and gets to finish the full 100 miles.

That I'd like to see.


I've never been to Zumba class.

This seems to be a new craze in exercise. I know it is a type of dance form. Some of the women even wear specially decorated skirts over their exercise clothes, I guess to help get more in the mood of the class? My mother in law enjoys going to her Zumba class and I've seen several other ladies who enjoy it as well. I don't know if it helps you lose belly fat quickly but I know that any exercise you enjoy doing makes it fun and helps you stick with it.

That I'd like to see.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Red Cross Ramble

I've never been to the Red Cross Ramble.

I found another long distance cycling tour. Actually, this one consists of four different mileage choices: 25 miles, 46, 77 or 100. I am hoping to join this one day tour of the southwest Houston area which starts at the George Ranch Historical Park. One point even goes near my grandparents' house. I will need to call them and tell them to come out and cheer us on!

That I'd like to see.

Going Away To College

I've never been to Oklahoma Christian University.

But, like any other incoming freshman, I am both excited and nervous at the same time.  It is a whole new experience.  One thing I want to make sure I have under control when I get there is my skin, because I imagine freshman get enough of a hard time anyway.  I don't need any acne to complicate that.  Thankfully, there is a new acne solution that can keep me looking good and feeling comfortable when I go away.

 That I'd like to see.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Anahuac, TX

I had never been to Anahuac, TX before.

But early Saturday morning, I headed out there for the start of the Bike Around the Bay cycling event. It was lots of fun. The volunteers were great throughout the entire course. We started at Fort Anahuac, which is "the site of the first armed confrontation between Anglo-Texans and Mexican troops, on June 10-12, 1832." (Handbook of Texas Online) It was a nice starting point for the 840 riders setting out to bike around the bay.

I did not get to do the second day's ride, but the finish.....

That I'd like to see.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Bike Around the Bay

I've never been to Bike Around the Bay.

I had been thinking of doing this long distance cycling event ever since I heard about it. But knowing that I could only do one day of it, I decided against it. I found out earlier this week that a friend of mine who had already registered had decided to drop the second day and only ride the first day of the event. So I decided to take another look at the event. I found out today that they are accepting riders on the day of the event. So I sent an email asking if there would be a prorated price for one day riders. He told me that he would give me the original early registration fee. So...I am in! Tomorrow I am going to do the first day of the Bike Around the Bay Tour-77.8 miles!

That I'd like to see.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

grad night Disney

I've never been to Grad Night Disney.

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fl. is hosting the ultimate senior party night. There are customizable packages available for groups for either weekend, April 29-30 or May 6-7. These packages include hotel rooms, admission to other parks, the graduation party in Magic Kingdom, all taxes and gratuities and one paid chaperone.

That I'd like to see.

two day itineraries

I've never been to get a two day itinerary. 

I have noticed that Peregrine Online will now be posting two day itineraries for various cities once a month. Once a base of these itineraries is built up, they will be cataloged into an index. That will be super helpful. Then all I will have to do is to upload them onto my flash drive and I'll have my own database of itineraries of things to see when visiting for just a couple of days.

 That I'd like to see.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Paul Bunyan

I've never been to see the Paul Bunyan statue.

Located in Bangor, Maine, the 34 foot tall statue of the legendary lumberjack is a must see. The statue weighs 3700 pounds and can withstand hurricane force winds!

 That I'd like to see.

Egyptian door hinge, British Museum

I've never been to see the Egyptian door hinge in the British Museum.

Wondering why door hinges would be placed on exhibit in a museum? This door hinge is inscribed with the names of the God's wives of Amun. These two names were considered to be wives to the god and members of the royal Kushite family. The unique door hinge is placed in the time period of the 25th-26th Dynasty, 760-650 BC.

That I'd like to see.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Blithe Spirit

I had never been to see Blithe Spirit.

We went to a local production last night. It was a bit silly and not really well done. But we enjoyed it and got a kick out of some of the lines and actions. I especially have come to appreciate the scene productions as much as the show. And last night's was great. I don't know how he pulled it off in the last scene, and knowing he has to re-new some parts  for each performance, well, I wonder how he does it!

That I'd like to see.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Our Town

I've never been to see Our Town.

My daughter's friend was in a production, but we missed it. So I was happy to hear that a local community theater is presenting the show. From Oct. 22-Nov. 7, Clear Creek Community Theater will present Our Town. I am anxious to see how the stage manager brings this to life using minimal props.

That I'd like to see.

race for the cure

I had never been to the Race for the Cure before.

This past weekend, we participated in our city's local Race for the Cure in the effort to raise money for breast cancer awareness and local breast cancer health care. We were looking forward to the event and knew it was a big deal. But we were nowhere prepared for the number of people who took part in the event! There were thousands of folks involved. The run was more of a walk and the walk was more of a stroll. Even getting there had traffic backed up for miles! I had to go to the bathroom before we ever even arrived. When I got the chance to stand in a long line for port-a-potties, due to the large crowds I opted to wait. By the time I finally got the chance to find a restroom (four hours later!) I knew I did not need a colon cleansing pill! I am happy though that there were so many people involved.

That I'd like to see.

Monday, October 4, 2010

ghost tour

I've never been on a ghost tour.

All October long, there are three different tours offered in Galveston, TX, one of the "most haunted citites" in America. This can be attributed to the legends surrounding the cannibalistic Karankawa indians. There are also legends of Jean Lafitte and his band of pirates. And there are the many who died in the Great Storm of 1900, and those who lost lives during the mayhem of smuggling liquor during you can see, there are many reasons to take a ghost tour of Galveston Island. This month there are three different tours offered: Ashton Villa's "Are We Haunted?" Tours, Haunted Harbor Tours Aboard SEAGULL II, and "Spirits of the Past" Cemetery Tours. Each tour is offered at different times, allowing you the chance to discover the presence of the dead on the island.

 That I'd like to see.


I've never been seining before.

Today my son's marine biology class went to the beach to identify organisms. The kids were met by a naturalist who provide some supplies for them to work with, including a large seining net. It took several kids to get out there and maneuver the net.  Even though it was windy and chilly, there were still a few people out there in their swim suits! I have to say though, our kids were not worried in the least about how they looked, or worrying about extreme weight loss pills; they were busy capturing a few small fish, a crab and a trumpet fish,  and collecting sand crabs and sea shells.

That I'd like to see.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

club volleyball

I've never been to  club volleyball.

But we are fixing to find out what it's all about...we just registered our daughter for a club volleyball team! It is a small club, with only three teams and one coach. This kept the costs waay down. And the coach was also understanding and supportive about church and family activities. I hope this is going to be a good experience for her, one in which she can grow as a player and also keep her priorities in order!

 That I'd like to see.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

economics seminar

I've never been to an economics seminar.

On Jan. 21, 2011 the Mises Institute is offering a half-day economics seminar for high school students. This will provide an introduction to economics and its importance to history and society. It will also identify the five critical concepts in economics: exchange, opportunity cost, the division of labor, entrepreneurship, and inflation.  The seminar takes place at the Hilton Houston Post Oak and is free of charge.

That I'd like to see.


I've never been to Uganda.

But one day I would like to make a trip there, as I've never been anywhere in Africa. The only huge problem is, if I were to go, who would take care of my house, watch my pets, and pay my bills? Well, actually that last part is easy, because if I used abt electronics coupons, I could pay my own bills quickly and easily from anywhere in the world. Even Uganda.

 That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

acne travel gift set

I've never been to get a travel size acne set.

But what a great idea! I mean, travel wreaks havoc to your system and that can include outbreaks of acne. If you are traveling long distances or just for a weekend, the travel size of the best acne treatment can be the perfect item to stash in your overnight case. Anything that can help me be my best while traveling is a must. And anything that takes up less space is on the list. So using these travel size acne treatments will likely be on many folks packing lists.

That I'd like to see.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fry's for School Supplies

I had never been to Fry's for school supplies.

I did not realize they carried school supplies til just a couple of weeks ago. It's perfect actually. They are fairly close to home and have a pretty large selection of school and office supplies. They have the regular items like pens and paper and markers and such. But they also had back packs, poster board and even project boards. Now I know where to go last minute when a kid yells, "hey Mom, I need…"

That I'd like to see.

anti-wrinkle creams

I've never been to buy anti-wrinkle creams.

Not because I don't need them. But I just wouldn't know what to buy. And just how do the anti wrinkle creams work? I know most are supposed to tighten your skin, providing a younger, firmer look. Hm, maybe I do need to try this. Over my whole body!

That I'd like to see.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

blogs on Kindle

I've never been to read blogs on Kindle.

Are you tired of missing your favorite blogs when you travel? Do you love keeping up with what is going on in your loved ones life but don't have time to log in every day? Now you can keep up with your favorite blogs by subscribing to them and having them sent directly to your Kindle. If you wanted to find out about living on the other side of the world, a blog like Tai Shan would keep you in the know. The low monthly fee of just $1.99 makes this very affordable. There are no cables, no connections and no syncing involved. Simply subscribe and have your favorite posts in your hands via Kindle today!

That I'd like to see.

Tai Shan

hair loss products

I've never been to purchase hair loss products.

I have however been to purchase things to make hair thicker or stronger. It's just hard for women when their hair starts thinning out. As a kid I hated how thick my hair was-it was such a pain. But now that my hair has been falling out for years, I am starting to realize that I would rather have thicker hair than be losing my hair! I have heard there are hair loss products for women. I guess these work the same as they do for men. I am not sure if they prevent future hair loss or promote hair growth. Either way if it stops hair loss...

That I'd like to see.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Race for the Cure

I've never been to Race for the Cure.

This is the fun run/walk sponsored by the Susan Komen foundation. It is to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and education locally. Some of the funds will be used to help those in need of breast cancer care as well. Because my mom is now breast cancer survivor, we are going to join the Race for the Cure in Houston on Oct. 2 to celebrate her health.

That I'd like to see.

teen car insurance

I had never been to get teen car insurance before.

When my son bought his own car, we knew we wanted him to hear for himself about how much insurance is and how to go about getting it. So I took him to visit our insurance agent, who gave him the insurance quote for his new (used) car. Our son listened as the agent patiently explained all the options to him. Though our son could not afford all the options presented, he did not opt for liability only. We felt like he made a good decision and is hopefully a more aware car owner.

That I'd like to see.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

college finance boot camp

I've never been to a college finance boot camp .

But that is just what my son and I have been invited to. This day is supposed to be geared toward helping high school seniors learn all they need to know for their upcoming college admissions. It is like a crash course in essay writing, requesting reference letters, prepping for admissions tests and a timeline of what to do and when to do it. The kids also get a Dave and Buster's Power Card!

That I'd like to see.

Wii Fit

I've never been to workout with the Wii Fit.

I saw the most hilarious video parody for Wii Fit yesterday. I doubt the makers of Wii and the Fit videos would appreciate the humor involved. I've never seen the Wii Fit or tried it out. I do know a few folks who use/have used it. For the most part, it probably is better to combine that workout with Diet pills fat burners and good healthy eating habits. Maybe Wii Fit can be an part of a healthy lifestyle.

That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

America's Got Talent

I've never been to America's Got Talent.

We have watched many of this season's contestants. Tonight they will announce the one grand prize winner. After that I heard the top ten acts are going on a nationwide tour. One of the cities they will perform at is Houston. I may have to check into tickets for that. I know my kids and nephews would enjoy seeing the performance.

That I'd like to see.

SavageMan Tri

I've never been to the SavageMan tri.

This triathlon takes place in Maryland. The scenery looks stunning, as it takes place in September and the leaves are already turning their fall colors. This triathlon is a tough one. It is in a hilly area and has earned the name "Savage" for that reason. Even the shorter length tri has enough hills to maintain its "savage" name. Doing triathlons is one of the best weight loss formulas for me, and they're fun too! Maybe one day I'll be able to join in the SavageMan tri.

That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I had never been to before.

I learned about this site today where you can get free swim workouts. You can get them customized to your level. When you first sign up, you will be under the Premium account. This will expire in fourteen days, but you can still log in for the free workouts after that. I am hoping this will be a great place to find some variety in my workouts.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

hidden beach area

I've never been to a certain hidden little beach area.

My sister came upon a small beach area nearby. It seems as if it might be part of a community but there were very few people there yesterday evening. I don't know if it often gets crowded, but it looks like the perfect place to practice open water swimming! There was a sign posted for non-residents to pay, but there was no one or no where to pay. I am going to drive over and check it out again, and hopefully get in an open water swim.

That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Star Pizza

I've never been to Star Pizza.

There are two locations in Houston and I have heard good things about the pizza joint. They use fresh wholesome ingredients. Just reading over the menu made my mouth water. We are planning to give Star Pizza a try this weekend. Good healthy pizza is a treat to find!

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Crave Cupcakes

I've never been to Crave Cupcakes.

In looking for a place to go in celebration of my husband's upcoming birthday, I looked up Crave Cupcakes website . I had just read about them in a magazine at the dentist office. WOW! It looks and sounds scrumptious! They make their cakes daily with no preservatives and no hydrogenated oils. They are baked throughout the day in small batches to assure that your cupcake will be fresh!

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

tree sculpture tour

I've never been on a tree sculpture tour.

When hurricane Ike blew through Galveston Island, he left downed trees in his wake. Even though much of Galveston's tree canopy was lost, Island artists found a way to resurrect the trees into images of beauty. Many of the downed trees were turned into gorgeous works of art-tree sculptures! They are located throughout the island in people's yards and gardens and in area parks (photos and a tour guide.) These trees give a victorious feeling of beauty and regrowth to an area devastated yet rebuilding.

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Fine Linens

I've never been to Fine Linens.

Here you can find some of the best linens available, names like matouk, who has been making fine home linens since 1929. There is a wide variety of linens available, from the traditional to the contemporary look. You can find the linens you need for your bedroom, your bath and your kitchen at one convenient site. And best of all is the free shipping for orders over $100.

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music night on the strand

I've never been to music night on the strand.

As summer draws to a close, music night can still be enjoyed every second Saturday through October. Each event takes place on the Strand at Sangerfest Park from 5-8pm. Bring your chairs, your blankets, your friends and family and enjoy these summer night music events.

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Epicurean Evening

I've never been to an Epicurean Evening.

On Monday, September 27, The Galveston Restaurant Association will host its "Great Taste of the Gulf" Epicurean Evening" Here you can sample some of the Gulf Coast's finest cuisine. Included in the ticket price are also beverages from top rated restaurants, hotels and suppliers. (Don't forget to pack the best fat burners you can find for an evening like this!) Ticket prices are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Admissions and tasting are included in the ticket prices.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

swim clinic

I've never been to a swim clinic.

But I sure need one! There is one being offered this weekend by our tri club. It is taught by a competitive swimmer and triathlete. He will focus on strokes and general training. He will also work with athletes one on one to provide specific instruction. He is also going to share some swim workouts. He will close with his triple lindy swan dive followed by a cannonball!

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treatment center

I've never been to a treatment center.

I have seen ads for many. I came across one today that specializes in the underlying causes of addictions. This facility provides dual diagnosis to not only help patients break their addictions, but to find and deal with the underlying causes that drove them to addiction in the first place. This sounds like the way to help patients to reach a full recovery and to be able to deal with life as it continues to happen outside the treatment facility.

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fish camp

I've never been to fish camp.

This is what they call "freshman orientation" and all the freshman come to the school to get their books, schedules, ids and learn more about the school. I guess it's a good idea. I know most incoming freshman are nervous and at least seeing the school and making your way around before school actually starts and even meeting new friends helps with some of those jitters.

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sell merchant accounts

I've never been to sell merchant accounts.

I am not sure I even know what this means! But the folks at R3 Recurring Revenue Resellers seem to know. This is their specialty. According to their website, they pay "30% of ongoing recurring revenue from all sources of income from credit and debit card processing". They offer outstanding support and two tier billing. They also provide online residual tracking.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010


I had never been to pick up my kids' transcripts before.

It is actually not a problem. Just get in contact with your child's school registrar to find out the times they work. Then request the child's transcript. If it is an official transcript they will stamp it and seal it in an envelope. This is to only be opened by the accepting college/school. The official transcript will likely cost you a fee-ours was $2. An unofficial transcript is also available (though probably not accepted by colleges) and is usually printed out for free.

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pool supplies

I've never been to buy pool supplies.

For a year or two in our early marriage, my husband cleaned the pool at the apartments where we lived for a discount on our rent. This has meant that he has never wanted to buy a home with a pool. Of course, our kids feel differently. I think they would love to have a pool. Since I've never had to worry with cleaning, or buying new pool filters, or chemical balances, I don't see the problem. Who knows, maybe one day...

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I've never been to Staples.

This is a new office supply store in our area. I heard that through Wednesday, they have packages of filler paper on sale for .01 cent! This offer is good with any $5 purchase and there is a limit of five packs of paper. This is the perfect back to school sale! Who says you can't buy anything with a penny any more?!

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industrial supplies

I've never been to purchase industrial supplies.

And now it seems even easier than ever with these items available for online purchase. Here you can find industrial-type spring loaded devices including spring plungers, Push-Fit Plungers and Clamping pins. Reid supplies the U.S. Government. You can set up a GSA account where you will get quantity discounts, online shopping with color coded categories, and free shipping. There is even a clearance department!

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Monday, August 9, 2010

college book renter

I've never been to rent college textbooks before.

I was thinking that it would be a good idea to just rent a book for a semester and sure enough, there are several sites available that do just that! I found a site that has my son's books for rent and/or sale cheaper than I expected. There are rentals available from 30-130 days at reasonable rates. I also found that to buy the book was half what it would have cost us locally. Since he will likely need the book for two semesters, I chose to purchase the book, which was only $9 more than renting it for the semester. His other book we rented for $10 for the semester.

When renting, you are allowed minimal highlighting while using the book to study. And the shipping is free as is the return shipping. They are also looking for students to be campus representatives. These kids can then earn certificates for future book rentals/purchases as well as bonuses.

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designer label baby clothes

I've never been to buy designer label baby clothes.

But there they are! You can get your newborn some great sharp looking clothes with a designer name. You can get your baby's first monogram (a fun newborn gift!) You can even customize your child's look by choosing your own colors, monogram or the color of the logo. And don't forget of course to check out the summer sale for some of the best prices on designer baby clothes.

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Amazing Race: Youth Group Style

I've never been to an Amazing Race.

Last night I helped drive a group of our youth from church on their version of Amazing Race. Each team had to complete a task and then was handed a clue. From there each group had to figure out where the clue led them to. Once we (finally!) got to the destination, another fun task was completed. They were then given another clue to another destination. It was great fun for all involved (in spite of someone calling the cops on the "teens loitering around Chik Fil a!") A fun way for teens to hang out, compete and have a general good time!

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weekly deals

I've never been to's Weekly Deals.

But with things changing and school expenses piling up, I am constantly looking for the Best Buy I can get on any given product. When I found Buy's new page, I was glad to see the variety of items offered on special. There are of course the electronics I expected, but also some great looking running shoes, and even text books! I was happy to see that they also offer free shipping on many items. They even offer daily special deals!

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

cockpit of an airplane

I've never been to the cockpit of an airplane.

When my kids were younger, they got invited to the cockpit. It was perfect because we had just studied airplanes in our homeschool! And I just heard that my nephews got to go into the cockpit of the plane they took to Alaska! I did not know they were still letting kids into cockpits, but I am so glad! I know the boys got a real kick out of it!

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megasafe box cutter

I've never been to buy a megasafe box cutter.

I never even knew there were any that were megasafe! I know when I worked in retail, we carried box cutters in our pockets to break down boxes after unloading inventory. And I am sure that those box cutters were none too safe! These days accident prevention is important and it's good to know that there are smarter, safer cutters and knives available.

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enroll a child in college

I've never been to enroll a child in college.

This week I went with my son to get him enrolled for dual credit classes at a local community college. As we signed in to see the counselor, I was gently reminded to let him sign himself in! We had no problem getting him in; as he had already taken both the SAT and the ACT tests and his scores were high enough that he did not even have to take the college entrance exams! (This saves both time and money!) He is now signed up to take an English course and a PE course. I am excited for him and hope this serves as a great motivator for him.

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buy patio chairs online

I've never been to buy patio chairs online.

I actually haven't bought patio chairs in years. I think it is about time. After all our spring and summer cleaning, we are down to one patio chair! Since it's so hot and mosquito-y around here, we don't sit out as much as we'd like. But when the weather turns a bit cooler, I would love one of those Hallo Canopy chairs! Just right for a couple of us to sit and snuggle and look at the stars….

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010


I've never been to Alaska.

My sister and our two nephews left today for a trip to the great white north! I must admit that I am jealous! They hope to see some bears and moose and the salmon, which are apparently active at this time of year. They will not be able to see the Northern Lights though. They do hope to get over to see the whales. Driving around and seeing everything they can in the time they have to stay is the main plan of their trip. They will have plenty of daylight to do so, as there is about 20 hours of daylight a day right now. I just can't wait to see all the photos they bring back to show us!

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sleeping pills

I've never been to buy sleeping pills.

Though there are times in my life I feel like I need them! We are all busy, and tired, and stressed and often unable to sleep well. Some folks do finally decide that the best way to get a full and restful night's sleep is to use sleeping pills. While many may have a bad reputation, it is helpful to find out what you can, maybe by reading some information on Hopefully, this will eventually lead to a good night's sleep!

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Alley Theater

I've never been to the Alley Theater.

Tonight will be my first trip to the popular Houston theater. They keep a full season and according to their website, they are "one of the few American Theatre companies that supports a company of actors, designers, artisans and craftspeople throughout the year." They also have their own scene shop and rehearsal center. The Alley houses two stages with regular performances on each. They also support youth programs. And in the summer, they offer a "chilling production" with "summer chill prices" starting at just $21.

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force factor reviews

I've never been to force factor reviews.

I do not often read about mens' health issues or reviews for mens' vitamins and products. But I do care about the health of the men in my life. And if they want to try something to help them be stronger, more fit or other ways to improve their life, I am interested and want to make sure they use the best products as well as making sure those products are safe and effective.

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movie theater three times in one month

I've never been to the movie theater three times in one month.

At least not that I can remember. But that is what happened in the month of July! (There have been years when we did not go to the theater three times!) We saw Toy Story 3, then Inception and to finish out the month, Despicable Me. It was nice to spend time together as a family watching good movies. I know part of the reason we could visit the theater three times in such a short span is that our kids are getting older and can handle it better. Also, I'd like to think that there are some decent movies being made…

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Monday, August 2, 2010

receipt printer

I've never been to purchase a receipt printer.

These compact little devices look like they would be perfect for small business. It is nice to be able to give customers a receipt. There are many receipt printers available for order online making it easy to shop and purchase one. Star, Bixolon, Citizen and epson receipt printers are all available. There is even price matching and refurbished units available.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Tastes of Singpore

I've never been to Tastes of Singapore.

The name does suggest that you can sample some of the most famous dishes of Singapore. I hear there are some fantastic dishes from which to choose (which one!) While Jumbo Satay and crunchy Japanese soft-shell crab in chilli sauce might be something I would want to taste, I think I would have to opt for sampling the Lobster Laksa.

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lipozene review

I've never been to read a lipozene review.

With so many diet pills and plans out there, it is important to do your homework before picking something in hopes it will help speed up weight loss. Reading a few lipozene reviews can help you make a better decision and maybe afford some savings too.

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the Jewel Box

I've never been to the Jewel Box.

This restaurant features sky dining with a view to Singapore and Sentosa. The Jewel Box is reportedly suspended from the cable tower and loops Mount Faber and Sentosa Island. A three course meal is offered at $68 sing per couple.

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three movies in one month

I've never been to the movies three times in one month before!

This month I have been to the movie theater three times! This is unusual for me. And even more unusual is the fact that we bought the large combo (large soda and large popcorn) each time! Granted, sharing it between four people is better than chowing down on it all by myself, but at this rate, maybe I better check into some of the top fat burners available. I'm going to need something to help me get rid of all the fat I've consumed in those three trips!

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Thursday, July 29, 2010


I've never been to Trapizza.

This novel eatery located in Sentosa, Singapore apparently offers something extraordinary with its fare of pizza and pasta. I hear that you can use the on site trapeze to perform either gymnastics or acrobatics moves!

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I've never been to

The site looks like it has some good information about some common prenatal vitamins. Not only does it compare, but it provides information about what to look for in a prenatal vitamin, why they are important, and the important qualities identified in the vitamins. All this information should help the new mother-to-be make a better decision on which prenatal vitamins are best for her and her baby.

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street luge

I've never been to a street luge.

My son just enjoyed the street luge on Singapore's Sentosa Island. He said you take the ski lift up over the jungle and then ride the "go karts" down. There is no motor but you can steer the luge. I would love to give this a try on my next trip!

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compare weight loss pills

I've never been to compare weight loss pills.

I know many people these days use weight loss pills as a supplement, or even as their only tool, to gain weight. It seems like before you begin taking any you would want to talk with your doctor and do some homework to find the best weight loss pills. It seems like this would make it safer and easier to choose the best supplement for your body.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

analyze your writing

I had never been to analyze my writing before.

I found a site where you can submit a sample of writing, including blog posts, to see which famous author your style matches. After submitting a couple of posts from this site, I found that:

I write like
Stephen King

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

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mat pilates

I had never been to mat pilates before.

A couple of weeks ago, I met the teacher for the mat pilates class. She invited to come to the class. I told her that I had not been cleared after my foot surgery yet to do any and every exercise. She offered to modify the moves for me and told me to just do what I could. While I could not do everything, I still got a good arm and abs workout. I am sure the total body workout will be just as effective.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Burton, TX

I had never been to Burton, TX before.

We spent one night there this past weekend. It is a nice enough little town. The bed and breakfast we stayed at was nice enough. There were a couple of restaurants, but none were opened while we were there! There is a cotton gin museum to see. It is interesting though small. I think though the big draw of Burton is the antiquing folks come to do in the spring. I guess then the streets are more crowded and even the restaurants may open then!

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NC health insurance

I've never been to look into NC health insurance.

But for those living in North Carolina, finding the information on line is very helpful. You can choose a family or individual plan, or even build a group plan. You can get a free rate quote online. You can even apply online. If you apply today, your coverage will begin in just over two weeks!

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Win Every Game

I had never been to Win Every Game before.

I did know that my husband and his friends used a website to "cheat" while playing Words With Friends (like Scrabble) on their iPhones. I just didn't know how they cheated. My husband showed me this website, where you can put in all your letters and it will generate a list of words using those letters! I guess that is how these guys have learned to win every game!

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Saturday, July 3, 2010


I've never been to declare bankruptcy.

And I just learned something important about doing so. Even though declaring bankruptcy erases some debts like mortgage and credit card debt, it apparently does NOT erase college loan debt! This is important knowledge for college students and their parents. As it becomes increasingly harder to pay for college, declaring bankruptcy once out will not likely help the student. They could end up defaulting on loans and effectively ruin their credit. Better yet is to find an affordable college and be able to work and steadily pay off any loans taken out to cover the cost of higher education.

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non-smoking smoking area

I've never been to a non-smoking smoking area.

(Although I have been in a non-smoking area where people are smoking!) But I am afraid this may become the wave of future with the new electronic cigarettes. I did see a guy coming out of a store smoking one, and that is exactly what I thought. He is smoking in a place designated as smoke free! He may think that no one is bothered by it since there is not a cloud of smoking being emitted while he smokes the electric cigarette. However, I could smell it and detected it as a cigarette. I hope that the new electric cigarettes will also be off limits in non-smoking areas.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

I've never been to

At least not to place an order. I have looked at the site before. Since I was eligible for a discount today, I thought I would give it a try. is named after the maid on The Brady Bunch and is a site that helps you stay stocked up on household items without having to go to the store to shop!

There are many items available and shipping is free. There is a minimum order of six items. There are only name brand items and a few coupons. So if you buy only generic and store brands, it may not help you save any money. But if you are looking for certain brands of items, there are many available, even several choices for "green" and natural products.

Delivery is supposed to be in 3-4 business days. You can also make a list of often used products on a reorder timeline. It seems like a pretty convenient way to shop!

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pulse oximeter

I've never been to get a pulse oximeter.

I guess I did not even know they were available! But I just learned that they can be purchased online both for hospitals and for individual use too! Some come with free carrying cases or a belt hook. Some are even on sale right now!

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Toy Story 3

I had never been to Toy Story 3.

On this rainy day our family went to see the new movie. It was better than I had expected, probably because the story fit my family life. Without giving anything away, I like how they aged Andy appropriately and the story tugged at my heart. I don't like how they put in double entendres and sexuality into kids' movies, but it's in there too. In the end, I like how the movie played out and say that it will be a hit for many families.

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US imprints

I've never been to U S imprints.

They offer many imprinted promotional items ranging from custom mugs to key chains, calendars, even tools. These are great ideas for fundraisers and promotions. They guarantee to beat any competitor's price.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

paperback exchange

I had never been to the paperback exchange area of our library before.

I was pleasantly surprised to find two books to bring home to check out. I was told that you can keep the books as long as you want or even bring in some others in return. I am sure I will be visiting this area again.

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wedding favors

I've never been to buy wedding favors.

We didn't really give any. And we made our own confetti. It seems now days though that folks purchase much more than just invitations when preparing for a wedding. There are flowers, decorations and accents, and even favors for the guests. These can be ordered in store or online. Or maybe some even still prefer to hand make their own.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Melting Pot

I've never been to The Melting Pot.

This restaurant is the place to go for those who love to dip! You apparently get several courses, all which involve dipping small chunks of food into a fondue. All this for $100. I am not sure we could go for that. One day we may have to give it a try. It does sound intriguing. But for $100…I'm not sure. I hear it's pretty good though!

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Emergency Assistance on the Go

I've never been in need of Emergency Assistance while traveling.

That is a blessing. But who knows if I will ever be in need of it? I just learned that Good Sam offers an emergency medical assistance plan. The plan ranges from $89-$109. It is good for emergency assistance while at home or traveling. This is more than travel insurance, it is peace of mind. You can receive real assistance during an emergency, even if you are traveling in a foreign country. I have not looked into all the details, but it sure might be worth checking out. Some of the things included in the plan are: Medical Evacuation, Return of Traveling Companion Assistance, Unlimited Cash Advance Assistance, Prescription Replacement Assistance, Embassy and Consular Services, Language Interpretation Assistance and Return of Dependent Children Assistance.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Houston Ironman

I've never been to an Ironman race.

Not a full length one. I have watched many on tv, but now Houston is getting a full fledged Ironman! Registration started yesterday (and likely filled up the same day) for Houston's first full length Ironman. It will be held Saturday (!) May 21, 2011, in the Woodlands. The race will be a 2.4 mile swim / 112 mile bike / 26.2 mile run. I am happy to hear that it is on a Saturday. I sure hope they keep it that way for the years to come. My husband has long wanted to do an Ironman and has looked for a Saturday race. He won't be ready by May, but maybe in another year or two…

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OF Concepts

I've never been to OF Concepts.

I came across this website and found they carry way more than office furniture! They have a large selection of furniture for office and educational needs. You can find a little bit of everything here. There are cafeteria tables, lab furniture, library furniture, drafting tables, kid tables, back pack racks, risers, and lots of other office and educational furniture. I also saw many of the items offer free shipping. Looks like a great one stop shopping site.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

University of Texas Volleyball Camp

I've never been to the University of Texas Volleyball Camp.

My daughter is signed up to go in ten days. But it looks like it may not work out for her to go after all. She has been looking forward to this camp since Christmas, even spending all of her Christmas money on it. But she has sprained her elbow and still is not feeling good. The doctor has ordered more x-rays. I hate for her to miss it, but we know it is for the best in the long run. Better to sit out a camp than miss the whole season or longer.

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acne wash

I've never been to Acne Wash.

This website hopes to help end the search for the perfect acne wash. In fact, they even claim there is not a perfect acne wash. However, they do propose to help you find the best one for your skin. You can read up on all the facts of the top rated acne washes. Then maybe you can decide which is the perfect one!

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Forbidden City

I've never been to the Forbidden City.

Though I have been to a replica of it! If I ever make it to China of course this is one site I would hope to see, among many others. However, it seems as if the Forbidden City is getting less and less forbidding, at least according to this video footage ! (couldn't find the embed code.) So if I do ever make it to the Forbidden City, at least I know I can also get some modern day niceties as well!

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Wholesale Insurance

I've never been to Wholesale Insurance.

They are now offering free quotes online for guaranteed issue life insurance. This make is easy and convenient to get the information you need to decide which insurance to go with. Fill out the online forms, no medical exam is needed. You can also get quotes for vision and dental insurance as well. Take with a licensed advisor when you are ready.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

lost M*A*S*H set

I've never been to see the lost M*A*S*H set.

I saw on TV that you can actually hike to an old set from the television series M*A*S*H. I did not know that the series had been shot in Malibu Creek State Park in California. And now adventurous hikers can make their way back to see pieces of the set. All that is left is a burned out Army Jeep and ambulance, left from a brush fire that was incorporated into the final episode. However, a couple of M*A*S*H lovers have placed a replica of the iconic "fingerpost" at the locale. There has been talk about adding more to the area to commemorate the beloved series.

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Mens Blog Talk

I've never been to Mens Blog Talk.

I just found out about this website, which I think will be a great place for guys to drop in and find out the answers to all the questions they have about products. Ok, maybe not all the questions, but they can find out from guys who have used a certain product whether it gave what was promised. It basically gives an overview of a product and then gives "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" counts from guys who have voted on the products. Whether you are questioning buying a product like P90X or have questions about extenze side effects, the Mens Blog Talk seems like a place to find out what the guys think.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

stone massage

I've never been to get a stone massage.

I have heard that the stone massage is considered therapeutic due to the minerals found in the stones from the sea. Stones of different sizes, weights, shapes and even colors are used. For example, a large weighty stone is thought to be ideal for the stomach area. Many people like to find their own stones for use in massage.

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prescription glasses

I've never been to get prescription glasses.

Both my husband and my daughter are supposed to wear glasses. I have yet to need them, but I feel like with all the reading I do on the computer, it won't be too long until I need some. Of course, I will look for the best prices available when the time comes. I have no idea what style I would choose, but I know price would be a huge factor. Finding discount prescription glasses would be ideal.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

ride in a Ferrari

I've never been to ride in a Ferrari.

On June 12, 2011, The Classy Chassis Car Show at Reliant Stadium will offer a "Ride & Drive" from 9-4 in the parking lot of Reliant Stadium. For a minimum donation of $30 to the Shriners' Hospital, you could get a ride in a Ferrari, Lamborghini, or an Aston Martin. I have to say, that would be fun for a lot of folks. I don't know which car I would choose, but if they would have Tom Selleck as the Ferrari driver….

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buy insurance online

I've never been to buy insurance online.

If we are not careful though, we are going to be in some really deep debt due to our lack of insurance. I am still recovering from a recent foot surgery. And I just found out that my daughter sprained her arm at church camp. Thankfully it is not broken and the camp's insurance covered the cost of the x-rays. But we are going to have to find somewhere to get some affordable insurance. Thankfully there are places online where we can get some free quotes!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

indoor skydiving

I've never been indoor skydiving.

I saw a piece on tv about indoor skydiving. This is basically a wind tunnel driven by a huge fan. Students go through a short training session and then are brought in for about three minutes of "flying" time. This is an activity that is open to all ages and abilities. It sounds like a great activity for families with kids of all ages. It would be a really cool way to spend some family time together and would likely be a great memory for families who try this new activity.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I've never been to

In all my TV watching, I saw a website advertised today. When I saw the name of it,, I had to laugh out loud! What a great name for a site which sells fun, silly and gag gifts. I am going to stop by and see if I can find some fun stuff!

That I'd like to see.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Who Knew?

I had never been to Who Knew? before.

I found this fun site today. It is filled with interesting tidbits of information. For example, the first Friday in June is National Donut Day. You can even find out how donuts came about. I also learned about some accidental inventions. Nothing like the best acne treatment, but more like the telephone and penicillin!

That I'd like to see.

America's Got Talent

I've never been to America's Got Talent.

I have seen the show some on television. There are some pretty cool acts and there are some pretty scary/gruesome acts. And there are some there that seem to think they have more talent than they exhibit on stage! We have enjoyed watching some of the acts together as a family. Others I just turn away from. At least it is a way for me to pass the time while recuperating! And it is a program we can all agree on as a family.

That I'd like to see.

acne treatment

I've never been to an acne treatment.

I never had much of a problem with acne growing up, so I guess I never really had to deal much with how to treat acne. I would even say that I have as much or more trouble with acne now as a middle aged woman than I did as a teen. I guess once I get the other side of this state of hormonal fluctuation I will be able to maintain acne free skin.

That I'd like to see.

Miami Zoo

I've never been to the Miami Zoo.

I did see some animals from the Miami Zoo on the Early Show today. One of the zoo handlers brought in a three week old baby leopard. Very cute. But of course he stressed how big they get and that they are indeed wild animals and not pets. Then he brought out a four week old white tiger. Super cute! She even drank out of a bottle! They stated how much the white tiger population in the wild has gone down over this century. I also learned that the white tiger is not another species of tiger but just a mutation of genes. I think tigers are beautiful creatures, both white and the traditional coloring.

That I'd like to see.

Friday, June 4, 2010


I had never been to pre-op before.

Yesterday I was doing ok before my surgery. Until I went into the pre-op. It was sort of like an ER with several beds and pull around curtains. Everyone was nice enough, but I still got really nervous. All went well and now I am home recouping. I am remembering my exercises, my vitamins, my ice therapy and my boot. I need a little more rest but following all instructions I am hoping to be back on my feet again soon!

That I'd like to see.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Buffalo Bayou Hike and Bike Trails

I've never been on the Buffalo Bayou Hike and Bike Trails.

I had no idea that Houston offers a contiguous system of bike trails totaling 20 miles, though it appears that some may still be under construction. They have repaved some of the trail from Shepherd to Sabine. Seventy-five trees were also planted to help add some shade to the trail area. You can download a trail map here. I hope to be able to get up to these trails soon!

That I'd like to see.

American Home Plus

I've never been to American Home Plus.

This online store is chock full of items you might need when adding new touches to your home. They carry a large selection of home products for kitchen, bath, hardware and furniture. Whether you need a basketball light, a Hansgrohe faucet, a farmhouse sink or an infrared sauna, you can find it here! There is no tax on shopping (except for NY shoppers) and shipping is free on orders over $195. You can also save $10 on your second order of $100.

That I'd like to see.

Nature Discovery Center

I've never been to the Nature Discovery Center.

This hands on science "lab" is located in Bellaire in the Old Henshaw home. It features Discovery rooms filled with interactive exhibits and Discovery boxes. The Center is modeled after the Smithsonian. Kids from pre-school age and up can learn about critters, snakes, shells, animal teeth, seeds, and birds. They can also participate in story and craft time. The center is open
Tues.-Sunday 12-5:30pm. The center also has walking trails and a small playground.

That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

diet supplement reviews

I've never been to read diet supplement reviews.

But I am guessing that with my surgery and not being able to exercise, I will become interested in finding out some of the best fat burners and diet pills! I will be without exercise for a week or so then I am going to have to be really careful and see what the doctor will allow me to do. Surely I will be able to begin some upper body work soon.

That I'd like to see.

Jamail Skatepark

I've never been to Jamail Skatepark.

This state of the art skatepark opened in 2008 in Eleanor Tinsley Park near the Sabine Street bridge. The 30,000 square foot skate park is open to the public every day from 9 am to 10 pm. Admission is free and helmets are required. Beginner and intermediate skate workshops are offered regularly on a first come first served basis. Registration is required but the classes are FREE! They even offer beginner adult classes!

That I'd like to see.


I've never been to have surgery.

I am scheduled for foot surgery in the morning. I had planned to get up early and work out before I had to be there. But come to find out, I cannot eat or even have water in the morning (after midnight actually.) Which means I can't go to spin class or to swim before the surgery. I can't come in dehydrated! And of course after surgery there won't be any exercise for a time. I guess I better find Lipofuze or some other fat burner to use in the mean time! Hopefully I won't gain too much weight.

That I'd like to see.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

World Expo

I've never been to the World Expo.

This year's affair takes place in Shanghai, China. There are pavilions of each country represented at the Expo, allowing visitors a glimpse into the way others around the world live. I guess it is something akin to a World's Fair or even Disney's Epcot World Showcase. The event in Shanghai takes place from May to October of this year. The city has prepared for thousands of visitors, upgrading sidewalks and even expanding its subway system, adding stops to service the fair. Included in the over 200 pavilions are Switzerland's resembling a map with a rooftop chairlift, Macau resembling a walk through bunny, and the United Arab Emirates portrayed as a sand dune.

That I'd like to see.

Grandin Road

I've never been to Grandin Road.

This site offers much in the way of outdoor decor. With summer upon us, many folks spend more time outdoors. At Grandin Road you can find lots of ideas to turn your outdoor area into a relaxing and attractive place to spend time outside. Whether you need a fire pit, solar lights, clocks, address plaques, or mailboxes and posts, Grandin Road has a variety to choose from. They even offer a gift registry service so you can be sure to give or receive the perfect piece!

That I'd like to see.


I've never been to Antarctica.

And according to some reports, this may be the best time for tourists to visit what can be called the world's last frontier. There are not many expeditions available to tourists to Antarctica because the continent has been mostly used strictly for scientific endeavors. And now, new rules are being put in place to prevent many of the problems invasion by tourists can bring. There is a call for limiting the amount of tourist ships allowed, using only ships with fortified hulls, and a ban on those that use heavy oil. There is one ship being built, the Le Boreal, that will hold 199 passengers, and has an indoor heated pool, steam rooms and private balconies.

That I'd like to see.

Bows N Ties

I've never been to Bows N Ties.

This website is the perfect place to find hard to find ties including kids ties and XL ties for the big and tall man. There is a wide variety of colors available. You can also find fashion tips for men. A section is also available with instructions on how to tie a tie. And it looks like they have been offering coupon codes every month to help save money on your purchase.

That I'd like to see.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Texas Art Asylum

I've never been to The Texas Art Asylum.

This newly opened self proclaimed "part craft store, part thrift store, part salvage yard, part antique store" sounds like an artists haven. The art asylum takes in and redistributes used craft items ranging from acorns and antlers to wine bottles and yarn. There are a few things they will not take including computers and keyboards, phone books, pets or children! Seriously though, what a great idea this crafty lady had to start the art asylum. I wish her well and wish that I would have known about it before my garage sale!

That I'd like to see.

Everblue Training Institute

I've never been to Everblue Training Institute.

At Everblue, you can get bpi certification to become a building analyst conducting energy auditing and energy efficiency analysis. This is important for all of our homes and becoming certified is available to anyone. Check to find courses near you. There are no prerequisites!

That I'd like to see.

group running club

I've never been to a group running club.

Some of the teens at church want to start a summer running club. Now living in south Texas, you gotta get up pretty early in the morning if you want to run and survive the heat, especially in the summer. I cannot imagine teens willing to get up early in the summer, but I am willing to help and run with those that do. While there are only a few wanting to run right now, I am hoping that several of them will be joining us on our morning runs and doing a 5k run with us at the end of the summer.

That I'd like to see.

credit score

I've never been to get my credit score.

I hear people talk about it and see it referred to in advertising, but I wonder if it really is important to know your credit score. I mean, although I don't know my actual credit score, I know my credit is good. We pay our bills and are nearly never late on them. We don't use credit cards. And if we do find that we have to, we pay them off as soon as possible. We don't have any outstanding loans, other than our mortgage. Isn't that the best way to make sure you have good credit?

That I'd like to see.

Friday, May 28, 2010

pool tri

I've never been to a triathlon in a pool.

Tomorrow I get my first chance at a pool triathlon. We start by swimming six laps in a pool, then head out to our bikes for a fifteen mile ride. We will finish up the events with a three mile run. I don't know how I will do as far as my age group goes, but I expect to do better than I have in the past!

That I'd like to see.

buying cigars

I've never been to buy cigars.

While we were on a cruise, we took a land expedition in Mexico. We ate in a local restaurant and while in there my husband kept being approached to see if he wanted to buy some cigars. Or at least one. These were not Acid cigars, but the guy trying to get us to buy did tell us they were those good Cuban cigars!

That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


I've never been to have surgery.

But next week I am scheduled for foot surgery to remove a heel spur. I am going with a doctor who has developed a "one stitch method". This means I will be in a boot over the weekend and then in shoes by Monday! No crutches and twelve sessions of rehab. Then hopefully I will be running again before too long.

That I'd like to see.

iphone accessories

I've never been to buy iphone accessories.

I don't even have an iPhone! My husband does and my son has an iTouch. I have already decided that if I ever do get one of the (in)famous toys what my first app would be. I would download the "words with friends" which is a game similar to Scrabble. Then I would be able to join in on the games with my husband and my son.

That I'd like to see.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Apple Store

I've never been on a field trip to the Apple Store.

Students in K-12 classes are eligible for field trips to participating retail Apple Stores. Classes as large as 25 members can attend, and arrangements may be made for larger groups. The students can work to create something in store as part of the trip, or they can bring in a project and use the store as a theater. The kids can learn to use iPhoto, iMovie, build a website, learn how to make keynote presentations and learn how to use Garage Band. This sounds like a perfect field trip for kids of all ages!

That I'd like to see.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

office tests

I've never been to office testing.

Today I took some tests to see if I qualify for a summer job at our local public library. I have not had any formal testing done like that before. First I had to pass a typing test. The requirement was 30 wpm. I was nervous but have been practicing with some online typing tests. My result was 64 wpm (thanks to all my practice blogging!) Good enough. Then I had to take three basic office knowledge tests: basic arithmetic, office vocabulary and grammar and vocabulary. I missed one on the math (I think I double clicked, effectively missing a question). I got 100% on the office vocabulary and only 90% on the grammar section! There were a couple of things I truly didn’t know and some that I just flat out missed. I think I did good enough though and hopefully it will work out for me to get the library job.

That I'd like to see.

buying a car for teen

I've never been to buy a car for a teen.

My friend called yesterday, and that is what her family has just done. They had shopped around for the best deal they could find on a well-maintained, safe, used car. She said it has to last through all three kids! Luckily they live in a small town. Now she just has to find out about about insuring the teen driver! My friend found the best insurance quotes came with insuring the teen on her own older car rather than on her mom's new car. She is also looking to save some money with the good student discount. Every little bit helps when insuring teen drivers! Now if we can just survive this phase….

That I'd like to see.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Ride Your Bike to Work Day

I've never been to Ride Your Bike to Work Day.

This Friday, May 21, Downtown Houston will host a city wide event in celebration of Bike Month. Beginning at Memorial Park, riders will cycle to City Hall. They will gather at 7am with departure at 7:30. It would be great fun to join all those cycling to City Hall. Refreshments will also be provided.

That I'd like to see.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sri Lanka

I've never been to Sri Lanka.

Now voted as one of the top sites to visit in 2010 since the civil warring has ended. Located off India's coast, this beautiful island boasts pristine beaches, due to lack of tourists in recent years. Though devastated by the tsunami in 2004, hotels are now up and running. An international airport is under construction. There are some nice hotels providing places to relax, snorkel, and white sand beaches. And what fun to catch a glimpse of the freely roaming elephants, water buffaloes and monkeys.

That 'd like to see.

Thursday, April 29, 2010


I've never been to Wicked.

My daughter just got invited to go with a friend to this summer's production of Broadway Across America's Wicked! Her friend will be celebrating her sweet 16th birthday and wanted to do something special. When I mentioned that Wicked is coming to town, that seemed to be just right. Now my daughter will join her friend and a couple of other girls to see just what happened before Dorothy got to OZ.

That I'd like to see.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Faerie Fantasies

I've never been to Faerie Fantasies before.

This small shop is located in Pearland, Texas. While looking for a local distributor of reusable feminine menstrual products, I found this shop's website. It is a very small shop in a field off the main road. But there are signs to help direct you to the store. The owner is not there every day but will open the shop "on demand" if you give her a call before you come by. She appears to be young but friendly and cares about the world she is living in and trying to make it a better place. There is not a lot of stock but enough if you are going for a particular item. The shop is clean. She is stocking things like menstrual cups, eco-friendly soaps and lotions, and reusable gift bags. Her prices are very reasonable, competitive even and I hope that she is able to make a go of her newly founded business.

That I'd like to see.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

the spot

I had never been to The Spot before.

After our long training day, we headed to The Spot on Galveston Island. This is apparently a favorite spot for quite a number of folks. Though the line was out the door when we arrived, it moved quickly and there was plenty of seating, indoors and out. You order your burger (or whatever else you want) and head to your table. Once your order is ready you can add whatever fixings you like.

One specialty item they offer is something I'd never heard of, "frickles", or fried pickles. I am not much into pickles but I did try one of my friends. Um, no thanks! Even my husband, who loves pickles was not impressed. The burgers were good, as was the iced tea. It was a great place to eat following a good day of training.

That I'd like to see.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Singapore Flyer

I had never been to the Singapore Flyer before.

I am not big on Ferris Wheels, so was really not planning to ride. But when my sister got discounted tickets for everyone in our group, well, how could I resist! And we were all trying to help the 5 year be brave, so we had to show our bravery too…

We went as a group of 12 or 13 to ride the world's highest observation wheel.

We were happy to find out that we all got to ride together in one car. It was not a bad ride, though my fear of heights kept me pretty still. My daughter enjoyed doing all the picture taking and poking a little fun of me for being scared.

It took about 20 minutes to complete one rotation. We enjoyed seeing the city lights (we rode at night) and the cars.

There was some debate as to whether it would be prettier in the daytime or not.

That I'd like to see.