Friday, December 30, 2011

Mt Kinabalu

I've never been to Mt. Kinabalu

This mountain located in Kinabalu National Park in the province of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo is the tallest mountain in southeast Asia. My sister, nephews and some friends are attempting the climb this summer.

The trek is a two day hike. They will hike up and spend the night in a dorm before heading to the summit on day two. It sounds like an amazing trip and I cannot wait to hear all about it! I read all about the trek here. I hope one day I will be able to join them in a climb up Mt. Kinabalu.

That I'd like to see.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

free ice cream cupcakes

I've never been to get free ice cream cupcakes.

A local ice cream shop was offering them today from 4-7 but we just did not make it. But tomorrow I heard that Burger King is offering free fries. While it's not ice cream cupcakes, maybe we will make it to get those next year!

That I'd like to see.

new and improved backyard

I've never been to my neighbor's new and improved backyard.

While they are just beginning their improvement project, I know they can hardly wait to get finished to entertain and enjoy their new backyard. They are building up and putting in pavers. They have also acquired an outdoor fireplace. I mean fireplace, not some small pit! I don't know what all they will install to go along with their new and improved backyard. I won't be surprised to see them get new patio furniture, maybe even a new hanging chair outdoor reading area!

That I'd like to see.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas tree farm

I've never been to a Christmas tree farm.

My mother in law just brought us a beautiful wreath that she got from a local Christmas tree farm. I had forgotten there was one not too far from us. They have a variety of Pines and Cypresses to choose from. The Leyland Cypress is said to be perfect for allergy sufferers! I did not realize they also made these gorgeous wreaths and they also have a mistletoe farm!

That I'd like to see.

Camping for Christmas

I've never been camping for Christmas.

But I think it sounds like a great idea! I can just imagine the camp sites all lit up with Christmas lights and decorations. Camp fires and hay rides and Christmas carols could all add to the enjoyment of the season. One of our best camping trips involved renting a camper for a week. While we did have to call for rv repair it all worked out under the rental agreement. I think renting a camper for Christmas could prove to be a simple and relaxing vacation!

That I'd like to see.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Twenty Mile Run

I had never been on a Twenty mile run before.

This weekend in my training for a personal goal I have set for myself I did a twenty mile run! Ok, well, it was a run-walk but the walks were timed and put in intentionally. My personal goal is to run a marathon length, 26.2 miles. I will still have another hour on top of what I did for my twenty mile run but with all my training, I hope I will finish the marathon distance in just over 5 hours.

That I'd like to see.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

ice skating at Discovery Green

I've never been to ice skate at Discovery Green.

During the month of December, Discovery Green in downtown Houston has an outdoor ice skating rink. I read that the rink is surrounded with colorful art glass. There are concessions including hot chocolate, cookies and Belgian waffles. On Tuesday evenings there is live music with a skating jazz musician.

That I'd like to see.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

indoor shooting range

I've never been to an indoor shooting range.

There is one close by and my husband has expressed interest in going to a shooting range, so when today's Groupon for an outing to this very indoor range came up, I knew what he was getting for Christmas! The coupon covers the range fees, use of firearms and $10 toward ammunition. I think my husband will have a good time on his first trip to the indoor shooting range.

That I'd like to see.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Pennsylvania Amusement Parks

I've never been to any Pennsylvania amusement parks.

These parks include Knoebels, Waldameer, Dorney Park and of course Sesame Place and Hershey Park. I bet there are a lot of fun amusements at each park. And I bet the pennsylvania energy providers are happy to supply the energy for any of these parks! I wonder if one company is the provider for all of the parks....

That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

travel to triathlon

I've never been to travel to a triathlon until this year.

My husband has been in training for a year for his first Ironman event. This has involved some traveling for us to triathlon events. I told my husband we could just get a travel trailer or pop up trailer so we could travel to events. Yes we would have to get some kind of curt trailer hitches but it would save us on hotel rooms.

That I'd like to see.

Monday, November 7, 2011


I've never been in an earthquake before.

My son is attending school in Oklahoma and experienced his first earthquake! When I called to check on him he said it was "no big deal, really" (he is located just outside of Oklahoma City) and that he didn't even realize that it was an earthquake. He was in the car and it started shaking. He thought it was just the wind. I hope any other earthquake experiences will be just as small deals!

That I'd like to see.

Personal Creations

I've never been to Personal Creations before.

While I never have much of a problem finding gifts for sisters (mine are easy-books or casual wear!), there are some really cute ideas at Personal Creations. I love how things can be personalized making it a fun and unique gift for sisters, brothers, parents, or anyone!

That I'd like to see.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


I've never been to see Courageous.

I heard it was a good movie, has a good message. My daughter and husband both saw it. Daughter said it's good but too long. My husband said it is good, had a good message, and called our son right after, telling him to be sure and see it. Being in college he said he didn't have the money. So I bought him movie passes that I hope he will use to see the show.

That I'd like to see.

Golden Corral

I've not been to a Golden Corral restaurant in years.

This past weekend, my dad took eight college kids to eat in a nice big Golden Corral. They were thrilled and their eyes were definitely bigger than their stomachs! It was fun watching them eat so much and be so happy to be out of the college caf! But our getting to the restaurant was an adventure in itself.

We drove to the address we were first given, about three minutes from the college. No Golden Corral. Then we drove another twenty or so miles to find ourselves at an Asian buffet housed in an old Golden Corral building. We did eventually find our way to the really nice GC and enjoyed ourselves. But I thought that if anyone was looking to take out restaurant loans to build a new restaurant in that college town, a Golden Corral might be just what they could use. I know some college kids who would love it!

That I'd like to see.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


I had never been to Athlinks before.

Today as I was getting ready to do the first leg of a triathlon relay I met a lady who said she had looked up my name on Athlinks. This is a site that keeps tracks of all the athletes have done. (There are some events I have done that are not listed, I guess they are not affiliated or have not been turned in by race directors or something.) She knew the first triathlon I had done back in 2004; she had done the same one! So after the race today I came home and looked up the info. Pretty cool to have all my events listed in one spot and to look back at the race times. This allows me to compare times and see the improvements I've made!

That I'd like to see.


I've never been to buy Orbeez.

I had never even heard of them. And when I did hear about them I still did not really not know what they are!

Orbeez are small tiny orbs that come in a variety of colors. Place them in water to watch them grow into squishy, bouncy orbs. Then you can display them in a variety of ways. If you've got kids who are into Orbeez, you can order the Orbeez Refill online so you can keep your kids stocked up on these tiny colorful orbs.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011


I've never been to run a marathon.

And since most of the organized runs around here are held on Sundays I am not sure when I will get the chance to do one. So my friend and I are thinking of setting up our own marathon (or half) to do on New Year's Eve. I have been trying to raise my mileage. I am hoping that I will get enough done to run a full length marathon on Dec. 31.

That I'd like to see.

nursing school

I've never been to nursing school.

But I know several girls who are going. I know they have had to buy their own nursing uniforms. I just learned today that you can buy these online. I need to share that with them because if it will help them to save money...

That I'd like to see.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

$35 airline ticket

I've never been to get a $35 airline ticket.

I found out today that Southwest Airlines is running a super fare special. Good for purchase in the next two days with travel falling between the dates of Nov. 30, 2011-Dec. 14, 2011 or Jan. 4, 2012-Feb. 15, 2012 there are some really great fares available!

That I'd like to see.

track my run

I've never been to track my run.

While most of my friends use a gps handheld garmin to track their runs I have never had one to be able to track my run with. Now I found out today there are garmins for golf! My husband might even be interested in the golf gsp watch, which has preloaded courses and it tells you the distance to the greens as well as records individual shots.

That I'd like to see.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

infant casting call

I had never been to an infant casting call before.

This past week the little one year old girl I keep had the opportunity to "audition" for a tv commercial. It was certainly nothing fancy and they did a good job about keeping it low key. They basically talked the babies and took photos and video of them. On the call back they did ask if she knew any songs. I think they were trying to see her become more animated and to see if she would interact. At this point, I am guessing she did not get the part. But no matter, we know how cute and clever she is anyway! And for the future I am going to be looking out for that commercial to see who got cast and if we were there with whoever got the part.

That I'd like to see.

guitar lessons

I've never been to guitar lessons.

But my son, my niece and my nephew all have taken guitar lessons. While none of them took the lessons very long, it seems like one helpful tool is a guitar chords chart. This is something they could just tack to the wall or put in a notebook and anytime they were just sitting around they could grab their guitar and remember the things they were learning just by looking at the chart. No matter how far they go in their guitar playing, it seems like the chord charts were an important part of their learning. I hope they will always find enjoyment in their instrument.

That I'd like to see.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

run the Galveston Causeway

I've never been to run the Galveston Causeway.

I have driven over it plenty of times. And my sister even cycled over it years ago on an organized ride. But this year there is an organized 10k run over the Galveston Causeway. I am hoping to be a part of the inaugural run over that bridge!

That I'd like to see.

water filter system

I've never been to purchase a water filter system.

But I have been considering getting one. My parents have had one on their kitchen sink faucet for years. My mom really likes having it. And I can see how it could become cost effective pretty quickly. Using a reverse osmosis system at home can help get the filtered water needed, especially for those concerned with certain particular contaminants in their water.

That I'd like to see.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Century Ride

I've never been on a Century Ride.

I was looking forward to doing a 100 mile bike ride this month. I just went to sign up and found out it's on a Sunday this year, I won't be able to do it! I guess this just gives me more time to prepare and something to look forward to later....

That I'd like to see.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

paint a football field

I've never been to paint a football field.

My son just called and told me he spent a couple hours this morning helping to paint the intramural football field at his school. Sounds like fun. And best of all, he will get paid for it too!

That I'd like to see.

Monday, September 26, 2011

drive across Canada

I've never been on a drive across Canada.

I can only imagine how gorgeous that would be to see the mountains and snow. I would love to see many places if I took a drive across Canada. Toronto would be a great stop. And then I could move on to Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec. New Brunswick and Nova Scotia would be amazing stops at the end of the way.  If I went the other direction then I could see Calgary, Banff and Vancouver. There is a lot to see if I ever do make it on a drive across Canada. Now if on this drive I encountered any car problems (as has happened on a past trip to Yellowstone) I would know just where to look for help in finding the parts I would need-

That I'd like to see.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

half iron man

I've never been to a half iron man race.

This coming weekend my husband will do his first half iron man triathlon. It is the last step in the road to his full ironman race! I will be volunteering at this next race. I think it should be a lot of fun and a great challenge to all involved. I hope my husband does his best and meets all his goals!

 That I'd like to see.

buy a skin

I've never been to buy a skin.

A skin for an electronic device. My son was showing us his new laptap, a real beauty! I asked him if he wants a skin for it. While not necessary I guess a skin, phone case, ipod nano case, or mini speaker case is a good investment for these electronic devices to keep them in good shape and from getting scratched. I will probably add a skin case to his Christmas list now.

That I'd like to see.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Braj Al Arab

I've never been to the Buraj Al Arab hotel.

I saw a program on Dubai today that again made me wish I could afford to visit. I saw the Burj Al Arab hotel, the most famous and luxurious hotel in Dubai. They say inside is like looking down from inside a kaleidoscope. The furnishings are elegant. The decor is classy. The food is sumptuous. They say this hotel is a seven star.

That I'd like to see.

paint the garage floor

I've never been to paint the garage floor.

Though we had thought about it years ago. And I do wish we had done it. It seems like it would be simple enough and would be a good idea. It would certainly look better and those garage floor epoxy coverings are great for providing slip resistance.

That I'd like to see.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

tattoo expo

I've never been to a tattoo expo.

I saw a billboard while driving advertising the upcoming tattoo expo in Houston, TX Sept 16-18. I could not even imagine what a tattoo expo entails. It is basically a time to see tattoo designs, a beer party and as the website boasts, a "skin show off party". While tattoos are becoming more and more mainstream I guess there are more and more people interested. And many more who want to show off their tattos/body art.

That I'd like to see.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Fulshear Tx

I had never been to Fulshear, TX before.

I had heard that many cyclists like to cycle to this small Texas town and today I was one of them. I learned that Fulshear is of the plots of land allotted to one of the original Old Three Hundred settlers that Sam Houston granted land to. Today, Fulshear offers Market Days and Movie nights and a great locale for cyclists!

That I'd like to see.

celebrity wedding

I've never been to a celebrity wedding.

So if I was to go, I am sure that I would be "wowed" by all the glamor that takes place at one of these events. I know that many everyday folks are trying to recreate celebrity wedding trends in their own weddings. I have heard that "landscaping" or bringing the outdoors into the wedding as part of the decor is in with celebs. I know that personalized gifts that represent the couple is an in thing. I even heard that groom's cakes are in-something I have seen done at nearly every wedding I've ever attended! And now, if one of the newest trends for celebs could be to stay committed to make the marriage work, to make it last....

That I'd like to see.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

buy a toilet

I've never been to buy a toilet.

I am hoping to do that this weekend though! My daughter has been waiting for her brother to go to college so she can remodel the bathroom, making it her own! She has written us a list, some of what we can do and some that we can't. But top of her list includes a new toilet and a new tub! So, while we can't do it all, I do hope to get a new toilet this weekend.

 That I'd like to see.

fire started by heat

I've never been to see a fire started by heat.

When we dropped our son off at college we were told that a fire had broken out a week before on the north side of town from the extreme heat. It seems that all of us in our region are experiencing record heat and drought conditions. I know that our local area has set a record of over 40 consecutive days in the triple digit temperatures. While I have not seen any fires locally, I know folks are joking about the heat, saying things like there is no need for exercise or weight loss pills since now you can lose weight just by walking to the car!

 That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Spring Creek Barbecue

I had never been to Spring Creek Barbecue before.

But tonight we used a gift card we had received from there. My daughter is hoping to get a job there after the first of the year (she has already had an informal interview and the guy said to come back in January.) While I was not crazy about the food, I do like the atmosphere and the incentives they give to student workers. They even give large bonuses to high school students who keep As and Bs on their semester report cards! I sure hope my daughter gets that job!

That I'd like to see.

Anichini Linens

I've never been to purchase Anichini Linens.

I had honestly never heard of the luxury sheets before. But seeing these has put a new perspective on linens for me. When my son and his roommate moved into the dorm last week, the roommate did not have any sheets. Luckily for him, my son had an extra set. Of course, they are not the luxuriant  anichini linens. But maybe when these guys graduate, they will be able to buy some fine linens like these!

 That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Choice Priviliges

I had never been to Choice Privileges before.

At least I thought I had not. Last night I came across this program while looking to book a hotel room. You can earn privileges when you stay at hotels including Comfort Inn and Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn and several more. You can save money when you book your room in advance. The program is free to join.

That I'd like to see.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Din Tai Fung Dumpling House

I've never been to Din Tai Fung Dumpling House.

There is a dumpling house in Taiwan that I saw on tv yesterday; I think this is the one. This is a popular place, so much so that there is always a line out the door. But they have come up with a great solution. While you wait you peruse the menu and place your order. This means that by the time you are seated, your order is ready. You are seated just moments before your food is ready and served!

That I'd like to see.

Saturday, July 30, 2011


I've never been skydiving.

I have always wanted to go skydiving but since the age limit is 18 I have never been allowed to go. Two of my best friends also want to go skydiving but they have the same problem I do - they aren't old enough. All three of us have birthdays within a week of each other, so we decided that for our 18th birthday we would all go skydiving together. All we need to do is find the money, print up the party invitations, and wait a couple years, and then we can finally go skydiving!

That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

international distance triathlon

I've never been to an international distance triathlon.

Otherwise known as an Olympic distance. I had entered one but weather conditions made canceling the swim portion imperative. So I ended up doing a biathlon that day. But in just over a month I will (hopefully) finish my first Olympic distance tri. It is local and there will be several of our team members competing. I know I have improved a great deal since the last time I tried this distance. I hope my times reflect that on race day-and that I have no flat tires that day to hinder my time!

That I'd like to see.

editing department

I've never been to an editing department.

But for some years now I have felt like I want to become some kind of editor. Especially for small websites. I did not go to school for it and have only had experience in criticizing websites, business and publications for their typos, misspellings and grammar errors. It really drives me crazy to see anything "professional" or for business letting these things go (I am not speaking of plays-on-words or intentional misspellings for the sake of the business/service.) I think it is very unprofessional and makes you/your business look inane. I don't know if I could really do it, or if it takes any kind of equipment or specialized scanning software or just years of practice, but maybe one day I'll get paid to spot those errors!

That I'd like to see.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Wimberley, TX

I had never been to Wimberley, TX before.

But I just got back from a long weekend there. The town (village) is small and far enough away to bring that feeling of peace and quiet. There is not a whole lot to do here outside of shopping. The town center is filled with a collection of eclectic shops, something for everyone. My husband's favorite was the candy store, mine, the stained glass window shop. There is a Pioneer Town, a cowboy museum, a zip line and the swimming hole and river. There is also a very interesting glass blowing demonstration. Many places are closed on Mondays since their busy times are weekends. But if you want peace and quiet away from it all, Wimberley is a great little place to find it.

That I'd like to see.

Friday, July 15, 2011

teaching swim lessons

I've never been to teach swim lessons.

I recently got my lifeguard certification and my grandmother has asked me to teach my two little cousins how to swim with proper technique this summer. Both of my little cousins love going to the pool. We pack a big bag full of pool toys, water guns, towels, and snacks so we can enjoy a nice long day at the pool. My cousins are very funny with their swim attire. The older of the two must have his snorkel while the younger loves to swim with his flippers. It is very entertaining watching him walk to the edge of the pool and jump in with his flippers on. And both of my cousins refuse to swim without their swim goggles. Now all they have to do is learn to swim and they'll be set!

That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


I've never been to Narnia.

At least not in person. I've been many times in my imagination. And spent many times looking/wishing to find a door between our world and theirs....But my latest read has me longing as much as ever to find such a magical world. I am now wanting to read the seven books again, especially to my kids...

That I'd like to see.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

evening at the hair salon

I've never been to the hair salon in the evening.

I have never gotten my hair cut in the evening before. So tonight when I went into the salon, I was surprised when I was offered a glass of wine! I have always been offered something to drink during the day when I've gone, some water or a soda. And since I do not drink alcohol I was rather taken aback by the question! Then I looked around and noticed how many of the ladies had their glasses of wine! I just knew my neighbors would be happy to have that glass of wine for me.

When I was checking out I was asked if I wanted to make my next appointment for about 6 or 7 weeks away. I said no. And then mentioned that would be just about the time my son leaves for college. The stylist told me she would have that glass of wine waiting for me when I next come in!

 That I'd like to see.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


I've never been to see the tabernacle.

Now the Tabernacle experience is coming to Houston, TX and I just may make it over to see the mock up. Brought by First Colony Church, a life sized full scale replica of the tabernacle is available for tours to see just what the moveable worship area was like.

The interactive, audio-based tour will cost $5 per person. Tours start from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 24-28 and June 30-July 3; also from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 29 and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on July 4. The tour  takes about 45 minutes. Large groups can schedule in advance for morning tours, beginning at 9 a.m. Tour groups will receive a discounted entrance fee. To inquire about group arrangements, please go to

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Friday, June 17, 2011


I've never been to Branson, MO.

I keep thinking that one of these days we'll take the trip. I hear there are a lot of good shows and fun things to do and see. I think that if we do go I will most want to see the Noah show and maybe the Titanic show.

That I'd like to see.


I had never been to Groupon before.

But after hearing my dad talk about it I considered it. And then a friend sent me some info and let me know that we could sign up for our home town as well as the area where our son will be going to college. So we can find good deals in both places. I decided to give it a try. I have already made a couple of purchases. There really are some good deals to be had. Just be sure to read the "fine print" to make sure it is close by or that will really will use it before the expiration date. I also learned that you can download a Groupon app for your smart phone. I am not exactly sure how it works, maybe like a bluetooth barcode scanner where you download the coupon onto your phone and then you take it in to the merchant who scans it from your phone.

That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


I've never been for a pedicure.

I just read that 50% of women ages 18-25 surveyed said they had received a professional pedicure before they turned 25. While I have never been for one myself, I did glance through the list of pedicure "do's and don'ts" to find out some tips. While a professional pedicure is  not a necessity, proper foot care and hygiene is.

 That I'd like to see.

Friday, June 3, 2011

graduation recital

I've never been to a graduation recital.

Tonight we have been invited to a recital honoring our son and another graduate. I really am not sure what to expect but I know that the couple performing are being very nice to want to honor our children in the way that they know how. I hope the kids can understand that while these good people may not have much, what they do have, they are offering.

That I'd like to see.

insurance for four

I've never been to get insurance for four.

Now that my daughter will be starting driver's ed, we need insurance coverage for all four of us! This is a rather daunting thought. I am hopeful that using sites like this will help us find the best and most affordable rates for a family of four.

That I'd like to see.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Houston Zoo free day

I've never been to the Houston Zoo on a free day.

In the past few years, the Houston Zoo has been offering free admission on five holidays. Starting last fall, they changed this policy. They are now offering free entrance to the zoo on the first Tuesday every month starting at 2pm.  They hope it will help the flow of traffic on free days.

That I'd like to see.


I've never been to a dermatologist.

I never really had much trouble with acne when I was a kid. And the only skin condition I did have I had to live with. Now days though I know many teens go to dermatologists for acne and blackhead remover tools. Many kids get creams, lotions and cleansers that will help them get the clear and healthy skin they want. And I guess if my kids wanted to do that, I might try to make it happen. We all like to look our best. And if a dermatologist could help with that, then....

 That I'd like to see.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

lifeguard class

I've never been to lifeguard class.

My daughter is going through the class this week to get certified. She is really enjoying it. I think it will be a really good thing for her. And it's even better that she is enjoying the training in the meantime.

That I'd like to see.

address signs

I've never been to get an address sign.

We have never even had our house number painted on the curb or even put on the front of the house. I know it is supposed to be more helpful to have it out front. I know it's helpful when looking for someone's house to have the numbers readily visible. I also know that it is helpful for responders in emergency situations to have the numbers out front. I am sure it could save a few valuable minutes in just such events. Hm, maybe now I am rethinking the idea of address signs....

That I'd like to see.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Ironman Texas

I've never been to Ironman Texas.

Tomorrow is the first day of the event. The inaugural event will take place in The Woodlands, TX. My husband has gone to volunteer with the swim portion of the race. And many of our friends will be racing. By the time I heard about the event, it was already sold out! Volunteering will be good for my husband though, a good look-see to find out just what all he is getting into come November and his first Ironman race! I am sure he will learn some good tips and information.

That I'd like to see.

four man sand volleyball tournament

I've never been to a four man sand volleyball tournament.

Tomorrow is my daughter's first year to coach at the four man sand tourney. It is the girls from her high school each coaching a team of four boys. They do pool play and then elimination for the championship. It has been lots of fun in the past and my daughter is really looking forward to her team's attempt tomorrow.
It could be lots of fun. Even a great time for families to take out their electric grills and make it into a picnic day-hot dogs and lots of cold drinks!  I don't know if her team could really win the day, but I do know they will have lots of fun.

 That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The King's Speech

I've never been to see The King's Speech.

I had wanted to see it originally, but I don't like harsh language so decided to wait. My husband brought the movie home tonight. I asked him if he got the original version or the newer PG-13. He didn't even realize there was a "cleaned-up" release. He said it is probably just as good as the original.

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I've never been to CrossFit.

I heard someone recently talking about the CrossFit method of training. It is a "minimalist" approach using less "gear" than most commercial gyms. They do mostly gymnastics, plyometrics type moves while incorporating some equipment like medicine/kettle balls and even rope climbing. They also provide a CrossFit Journal to read for support. I don't know if they provide any type of hgh reviews but using their methods seems to have improved muscle in those who use the CrossFit program.

That I'd like to see.

Monday, May 16, 2011

soul surfer

I've never been to see Soul Surfer.

I read the story years ago when it was first published in Reader's Digest. I felt then that it was a positive and encouraging story. Now it has been made into a movie and I am not sure I want to see it. I don't doubt that it probably has a positive and encouraging theme to it. But I am just not sure I want to see the shark attack. I would however probably let my kids see it. We all need as much encouragement and inspiration that we can get.

That I'd like to see.

in a Renaissance Fair

I've never been part of a Renaissance Fair.

So when I read this little summary about a boy who is involved, I was intrigued:

Drakmar on HBO
Author: Abdul Sanford

I love sitting down in my favorite couch and watching HBO on my TV from I especially love the documentaries that come out on this particular channel. It's fun to watch the different things that some people document and I love recording some of the films onto DVD so that I can watch them again at a later time. One of my favorite HBO documentaries has to be one that is called Drakmar. This particular film aired a few years ago and it's one that has touched my heart so much that I am desperately trying to find it on DVD so that I can actually purchase it.

The film is based on a real-life boy who lives in California. He is somewhat of a loner and spends a lot of time by himself. He actually participates in something that involves medieval life that takes place. He goes on tournaments and goes to functions where Renaissance fairs are being held. After watching the film, I actually wanted to go out to California in order to see how this boy really lives. I'm very interested in Renaissance fairs now that I know about them. I would absolutely love to find one in my area so that I can go to it on a regular basis when it is being held in the warmer months of the year.

That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


I had never been to Biloxi, MS before.

On a recent trip to visit a college, we drove through Biloxi. Being seafood lovers, we decided on the way home to drive along the ocean side and find a place to eat some seafood. I was disappointed to find the old 90 was mostly stop lights and not even a view of the ocean until you get into Biloxi. Once there we did get a nice ocean view and there seemed to be some nice spots to pull off and play on the beach. There are many casinos in Biloxi as well as a Hard Rock Cafe. We also had some good seafood at Desportes & Sons seafood market, where you can get a meal or buy seafood to take home to prepare. If we are ever back through Biloxi I'll have some more seafood and hopefully make a trip to the beach area.

That I'd like to see.

Monday, May 9, 2011

senior ski trip

I've never been to a senior ski trip.

But tonight some of the parent's of next years graduating class started talking about ideas for their seniors to go on a ski trip next year. I told them great, I know it would be fun, but they all have to wear helmets! (Maybe I should have told them to check out!)

That I'd like to see.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Disney's Grad Night Party

I've never been to Disney's Grad Night Party.

This weekend some high school seniors from our church youth group will travel to DisneyWorld for the last Grad Night. Disney has said they will discontinue this program. The teens will enjoy an World of teen fun put together just for them! It should be a great memory of their senior celebration.

That I'd like to see.

toga run

I've never been to a toga run.

I just read about a local 10k toga run taking place later this month. It could be fun for everyone involved. And for those with college togas still tucked away in the back of their closet, well, it could be a great way to stay young without hgh supplements!

That I'd like to see.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Athletic International Missions

I've never been on an Athletic International Missions trip.

But I know a family who is planning for their second trip with them. They will be conducting volleyball camps in the Dominican Republic. They teach the students the skills needed to play the game of volleyball, including the importance of drills and fundamentals training. More importantly, they teach the children about Jesus through VBS and through the game of volleyball. They teach them to commit their lives to Christ, to pray before games and to be good bearers of His name on and off the court.

That I'd like to see.

creatine supplements

I've never been to get creatine supplements.

I didn't even know what creatine is. I asked my husband and he said it's used to build muscle. So I can see that he and my son would be interested in reading some of the latest creatine supplement reviews. I guess maybe they will start to build more muscle. I know my son would say....

That I'd like to see.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Faulkner University

I had never been to Faulkner University.

I had not even heard of it until last year. This Christian college associated with the Churches of Christ is located in Montgomery, AL and was formerly Alabama Christian College. We were blessed to make the long drive over to visit the campus. It was worth it. Even if my son does not go there, I do recommend it to people.

They are a smaller Christian school located in a capital city providing many opportunities. Classes are not held on Fridays allowing students an extra day to work. After taking twelve semester hours at Faulkner, you earn a free course at Auburn University's Montgomery campus.

The people are exceedingly nice. We were provided with many blessings while we were there: a place to stay, free shirts for the prospective students, free meals, a free ticket to an on campus play. We enjoyed our visit and find it to be one of the favorite schools we've visited. I hope that others looking for a Christian education will take the time to check out Faulkner.

That I'd like to see.


I've never been to the beach in Malibu.

But if I was sick, I could go. It seems to me that there could not be many nicer locations to recover in. The scenic views of Malibu would provide a gorgeous setting in which to recover and recuperate.  SO, if being sick and stressed out just isn't for you, then perhaps you are in need of some california rehabs to take your mind off of it all.  A place where you can truly relax and just enjoy being there.

That I'd like to see.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

infant swim resource

I've never been to an Infant Swim Resource class.

This is more than just a swim lesson, this is life saving skills for young children. Kids as young as six months will learn in a one-on-one setting how to breath underwater, roll onto their back and float until assisted. They will practice this in a swim diaper as well as fully clothed. The goal of ISR is to see that NOT ONE MORE CHILD DROWNS.

That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Gifts for your godmother

I've never been to the north pole.

But I hear that they have some serious gift making going on up there.  However, what has always amazed me the most about Santa's operation is not how he gets all the gifts wrapped and delivered, but rather how he decides what to get each specific child.  It is always a difficult choice for me to try and pinpoint what gift to get the recipient, whether it be my friend, sister, or godmother.  Fortunately for all of us undecided gift givers out there, there is help.  At least for our godmothers.  So if you really need a gift for godmothercheck out this link and you'll be on your way to saving the occasion, better than Santa ever could.  

That I'd like to see.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Kid's Triathlon

I've never been to a kid's triathlon.

I read about a local kid's triathlon training that has recently begun in our area. It looks like kids from a range of ages are participating, starting at age 7 (age 6 if they turn 7 by Dec. 31.) The kids learn how to become better and stronger swimmers, cyclists and runners. They train in a pool, on spin bikes (with modified trainers for the smaller ones to set their 20" bikes up on!), and an adjacent track. It looks like so much fun! Hopefully I will be able to see one of these events soon!

That I'd like to see.


I've never been to a Cigarnival.

Coming August 26-27 in Easton, PA, cigar lovers can enjoy the flavors and aromas of their favorite cigars in a carnival atmosphere. There will be cigars from many vendors, including Camacho, Arturo Fuente, APC, Kristoff, Reinado (not sure about macanudo.) There will also be beverages, a full buffet, carnival games, casino and live entertainment. General admission and VIP tickets are on sale now. The expo is being held in a new state of the art location. The one thing I like about it is the shuttle bus being provided for those who have had too many adult beverages.

That I'd like to see.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Action Figure Museum

I've never been to the Action Figure Museum.

In driving to Oklahoma City, we passed a sign for the Action Figure Museum in Paul's Valley, OK. We did not have the chance this trip to stop. In looking at the website, this is a collection of action figures and memorabilia in line with those toys. The first toy to be called an action figure was G.I. Joe, which was the first figure inducted to the museum.

The museum also houses the Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection, honoring Oklahoma cartoonists. They have a play room to actually play with the action figures. They also offer interesting classes on action figure design and other artistic concepts along this line. You can even have a birthday party here. I think we will be stopping on our next trip through.

 That I'd like to see.

Wilderness Trek

I've never been to Wilderness Trek.

It is a trip that my husband has been on many times. The trek takes a group of teenagers and leads them on a grueling hike up a mountain. They have 2-3 days to complete the trek. They learn about teamwork and trust. They grow closer together, stronger inside themselves and most importantly, spiritually. My son was able to go to trek two years ago, even with a broken collar bone. He did not need a special shoulder stabilizer but just kept his arm in a sling. He carried a lighter pack than others, which was another lesson in itself, both for him and his trek-makes. Trek is a good learning experience and character builder for teens.

 That I'd like to see.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Kona Eastside Triathlon

I've never been to the Kona Eastside Triathlon.

In its second year, I hope to make this my first triathlon this season. I know I will not be competitive, not that I was before, since I am just getting back to my running. But I think it will feel good to get out and do it. And hopefully my swim and bike times will be stronger than they were before.

That I'd like to see.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Chick Fil A

I had never been to Chick Fil A.

Until about two weeks ago. My son and I stopped in and I thought I was getting a "healthier" fast food meal than I would have elsewhere. And then I really liked the fries! So last week, I stopped by on Free Fryday. Again, the fries are yummy! So when we were going to be running up until the last minute before church last night, I considered stopping by Chick Fil A for our dinner. I had time that afternoon to look at the Chick Fil A website and their nutrition information.

I have to admit that I was really disappointed. Yes, it is grilled chicken that is served on the sandwich, but it's chicken that has artificial color and artificial flavor added!! What??? It's chicken! Why does it need artificial flavor and color added??? I made our own sandwiches to take and we didn't even stop in for the yummy and FATTENING fries. At least I know it saved us money, calories and health benefits.

That I'd like to see.

smoking allowed flights

I've never been on a flight where smoking was allowed.

Since I've been flying, smoking has always been banned on board. I really like this rule as cigarette smoke really bothers me. I have recently heard that there has been some consideration to allowing the new electronic cigarettes to be used in flight. I really hope this does not pass. I know people say that the smoke doesn't go "out" and is only ingested by the user. However, in my limited experience, I can say that I have personally smelled the  electronic cigarette when passing a user, and even seen "smoke" coming from it. I am not really sure how they work, but I do hope they don't allow them to be used in flight.

 That I'd like to see.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Khan Academy

I've never been to Khan Academy.

I just learned about this free online tool where students (seemingly of any age) can learn nearly anything they need to in the areas of math and science. The site was put together by a young man tutoring his cousins. He realized this is a great way for everyone to learn-short tutorial videos, learn at your own pace, learn when you have the time and it's free. Students can start with basic information and move up to higher level courses. Achievement is rewarded with badges and buttons and there is a place for teachers (coaches/mentors) to track all students' progress. I sure wish I'd known about this when my kids were younger....maybe then they would never have gone to public school....

 That I'd like to see.

Everything But the Kitchen Sink

I've never been to a hurricane shelter.

But I do remember once, a few years back, when we evacuated for an incoming hurricane. We were so nervous that it seemed as though we took everything we had and packed it into our little car. Everything but the kitchen sink. This famous phrase has been around for quite some time, possibly originating around the world war two era. It seems to indicate that this is the biggest and most basic foundation of a good kitchen - a good sink. And if you are in need of one, I'd check out Franke sinks for all my sink needs. Because you can't start a kitchen without a sink. It would be a mess if anyone ever tried. But it sure would be entertaining.

That I'd like to see.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

senior pictures

I've never been to purchase senior pictures.

As my son is a high school senior this year, we are looking to follow the trend and get some nice photos done of him. I have enlisted a homeschooled girl who is going to do the photo shoot. We are looking for the right location now. Today I think I found some parks close to home that will work out really nicely.

That I'd like to see.

Senior Year: A Photo Album, Journal, and Scrapbook All in One

tea tree oil shampoo

I've never been to buy tea tree oil shampoo.

I was told that it would work well on my daughter's dandruff. When we looked for some, I think it smelled too strongly for her. I did find a brand name shampoo that contains the tea tree oil so we went with that. Thankfully it seems to work fine. Tea tree oil also has other benefits, including acne treatment, lice and warts.

That I'd like to see.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

urgent care clinic

I've never been to an urgent care clinic.

I learned today that there is one nearby that offers walk in patient services including wart removal, sports physicals, sprains and strains, sore throats and ear infections, and other general family and  even gynecological  services.

That I'd like to see.

graduation tassels

I've never been to buy graduation tassels.

I was looking around tonight for a way to order just one tassel. I did find some places that sell them pretty affordably. However, I was thrilled when I learned that you can make your own tassels. I have not given it a try yet, but I found instructions online that make it sound easy enough. I bookmarked a couple of sites and may have to use my epson printers to print out the directions; I really hope that I will be able to make a nice tassel for my son's senior photos!

 That I'd like to see.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Chillin' Time

I had never been to  Chillin' Time before.

I thought I'd heard of it, but today saw the sign for it. They advertise all natural frozen yogurt. Of course I wanted to try it. While they do offer some standard ice cream and toppings, they also offer Only 8 frozen yogurt (all natural with only eight ingredients.) You can get fruit and fruit puree toppings as well. A little fun in a more healthy way!

That I'd like to see.

wedding ring replacement

I've never been to get a wedding ring replacement.

Although my husband is on his third wedding band, I still have my original engagement ring and wedding band set. They are small, but as a 19 year old, it's all my husband could afford. And I love it. If I were to replace it I would not be against  looking at the cubic zirconia engagement rings and bands, but I think I would probably prefer to keep my original anyway.

That I'd like to see.

Monday, February 21, 2011


I've never been to Picnik.

My friend said this website makes it easy to edit photos. She said it was even easy to make a photo collage by clicking and dragging. And even better, Picnik offers some of their services for free with the option to upgrade to a premium program. I guess I better check it out. Maybe I'll have some fun photos to share soon.

That I'd like to see.

day spa

I've never been to a day spa.

I am not sure if I would even like to go to a day spa. I won't deny that I might could benefit from spending a day or so at one. But I don't like massages and I'd just as soon use over the counter products like dermitage or Garnier or even home made wrinkle removers.  So while many like the pampering of a day spa, I think I'll save my money.

That I'd like to see.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Malaysian cocoa farm

I've never been to a Malaysian cocoa farm.

I saw on television how chocolate is made. I learned that one of the largest producers of chocolate, outside South America, is Malaysia. I was surprised. And I think the farm shown on the program is located in Johor Bahru, which is just across the causeway from Singapore. When we ever make it back to Singapore, I am hopeful that we will be able to visit the Malaysian cocoa farm.

That I'd like to see.


I've never been to get a tattoo.

It seems as if getting a tattoo is a real cultural fad in today's society. I am really not sure why. I don't understand the attraction of it and I doubt that most American's get tattoos for religious reasons or for cultural symbols. It seems that today's younger generation are getting tattoos to memorialize a loved one, for "artistic" reasons, or just for fun. It makes me wonder just how many are going to be candidates for tattoo removal in twenty to fifty years.

That I'd like to see.

turn it in

I've never been to

This site was developed to help students and professors. It is a place for students to turn in papers to be scanned for plagiarism. The site scans the paper, making it easier for professors to catch plagiarism. By submitting their papers here, hopefully plagiarism is avoided in the first place. Turn it in also aids the professor in grading and commenting on the paper. It seems like a great solution for both the students and professors.

That I'd like to see.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

NFL playoff game

I've never been to a NFL playoff game.

I can only imagine the intense atmosphere and screaming fans.  I know it would be an experience I would never forget.  But many of us don't have the money to take our families, or even ourselves to an expensive playoff game, no matter how exciting it promises to be.  So, perhaps there is another way to give your family member, friend, or child, just a small bit of that excitement.  You can get now look into getting them personalized footballswhich could make any child's day light up like he just walked into the stadium for his first big game.

That I'd like to see.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Gator Ride

I've never been to the Gator Ride.

This Saturday cycling event benefits the YMCA in Baytown, TX. There are a variety of routes offered, ranging from 33 to 63 miles. Two of the routes go over the Fred Hartman Bridge and two avoid the bridge. There is also a 6.3 mile family bike ride the same day. This year's event takes place March 5. I hope March does not "come in like a lion"!

 That I'd like to see.

The Source

I've never been to The Source.

This is an online electronics store. It looks like they carry most any electronic folks could want. You will find mp3 players, gps devices, cameras, toys and games, touch screen computers and a variety of gateway desktops. I noticed that they even have a clearance outlet.

That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

lion tacos

I've never been to eat lion tacos.

There is a restaurant in Arizona that prides itself on serving exotic tacos. They have served things like python, rattlesnake, frog legs, alligator, kangaroo, elk, and turtle. But when they decided to serve lion tacos, there was a big up-roar. There have even been threats to the safety of restaurant workers. Because of the threats, the lion tacos have been suspended from the menu. Who knows what they will be serving in the future.

 That I'd like to see.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

care package cookie exchange

I've never been to a care package cookie exchange.

This is for parents whose kids are in college. It is a way for "empty nest" parents to get together and also a way to encourage the kids. Parents get together one evening, each family bringing about three dozen cookies. Include families from your kid's circle of friends. Have some snacks on hand for the adults to nibble before or while putting together the care packages. Bring ziplock baggies and/or plastic containers to hold the cookies. Have everyone sign cards for the kids (they will love getting notes from their own parents and siblings but also from their friends' parents and siblings too!) Consider taking photos to enclose as well. Then package everything up and send the boxes to those away at college. Soon, you'll be hearing those "thank-yous" back from the happy recipients!

That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Packing For Montana

I've never been to Montana to ski before.

But when I found out that I was going to get a chance to, I was excited and couldn't wait to get packed and get on the plane. The first thing I packed was long underwear and plenty of sweaters. I also had to pack my best acne treatment and plenty of shower supplies, since I knew I would be sweating and working hard on the slopes every day. Finally, I packed tons of socks and undershirts, because the only way to really defeat the cold way up north is to layer, layer, and layer some more.  Finally, I was ready for the beautiful mountains.

That I'd like to see.

body piercing

I've never been to get a body piercing.

I really don't understand the fascination. I was talking to my kids and their friends tonight about the latest trends in body piercing. They were telling me about some of the wildest ones they've seen. My son said one boy wanted some face piercings to hang a chain on. One girl said that now days girls are getting body piercings on the back and then tying ribbons to look like the back of a corset dress. I will be glad when these societal fads are gone!

That I'd like to see.

Venus Williams

I've never been to see Venus Williams play tennis.

After one of her latest dresses, the Alice in Wonderland dress, I am wondering myself if some folks go to watch her just to see what she'll be wearing next! After looking through some online photos of her tennis attire I can see that she is intent on making a statement. And when you are
wearing clothes like that, I wonder if she has to worry much about how her face and skin look. Or maybe she does use one of the best acne products around. Since everyone will be looking at her attire, I guess she likes all the attention. At any rate, watching one of her tennis matches would definitely be something....

That I'd like to see.

Monday, January 17, 2011

flu shot

I've never been to get a flu shot.

I know a lot of people who get one every year. I hear it is highly recommended. I just read that it is even recommended for kids to get a flu shot every year. There are several guidelines to keep in mind when getting kids a flu shot. But the article says that getting kids a flu shot is a good way to keep kids healthy during flu season.

That I'd like to see.

tobacco shopping

I've never been tobacco shopping.

I just don't like all the things associated with tobacco. But it seems as if my cousin is into tobacco. At least his wife got him a pipe for Christmas. I didn't even really know he smoked, or if he didn't that he wanted to! Anyway, if I was tobacco shopping, I'm not sure I'd be able to tell the difference between davidoff or cigarillos. I guess I'd be able to tell what a pipe any rate, I guess one day my cousin will show off his new pipe.

That I'd like to see.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Men's Warehouse

I've never been to Men's Warehouse.

It is a suit store that my husband took my son to get fitted for a new suit. Men's Warehouse guarantees you'll look good! They have an assortment of every thing a man needs-suits, shirts, ties, shoes and accessories including tie clips, handkerchiefs, and cuff links. While we were not able to get all the accessories, I bet my son looks sharp in his new suit.

That I'd like to see.

furniture liquidation

I've never been to a furniture liquidation.

A local store is closing and is having their final liquidation. I had thought of going down there to see what all they've got (left.) Some of our young couple friends went and found some good deals. As for me, I would not mind replacing our twenty year old couch. Even if I didn't buy, I wouldn't mind looking through the assortment of couches, chairs and modern coffee tables and seeing just how much they have slashed their prices.

That I'd like to see.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Koala Chiropractic

I had never been to Koala Chiropractic.

But yesterday I decided the ankle pain I've been having for two months needed some checking out.
While I love the chiropractor I've used in the past, I wanted to get this fixed up quickly and Koala works with many athletes in our area, seeming to get them where they want to be as soon as possible. I didn't know what I was getting myself in to! They want to see me every day this week and three times next week. Then we'll see how to progress after that. I guess with treatments every day and lots of aggressive treatment each time, things will heal quicker than a once a week visit.

That I'd like to see.

Nursery at TyTy

I've never been to the nursery at TyTy.

They offer many different varieties of trees for purchase, available online. There are many that I'd be interested in. They have pecan trees, berry bushes, shrubs and plants, weeping willow trees, and others that seem to grow well in our state.

That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


I've never been in an ambulance.

Last month we took our daughter to the ER and not only did we take her, we called the ambulance to take her, since it was a head and neck injury. Come to find out, the ambulance ride costs nearly three times as much as the ER visit! Thankfully the hospital provides payment options. I sure wish the ambulance company did too!

That I'd like to see.

eighteenth birthday gift for my child

I've never been to buy my child an eighteenth birthday gift.

Our son turns eighteen this week! We have been struggling over what to get him for his birthday. He really doesn't need anything and doesn't even really want much. So it's been tough to decide what to get him. There are lots of great ideas: electronics-he has most of them, a car-he bought himself one, netbooks-we will get him one for graduation, luggage-likely graduation as well. As of now, I think we have settled on getting him a suit.

That I'd like to see.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Rockets Run

I've never been to the Rockets Run.

This 5k fun run will take place in Houston, TX on Jan. 22. It is sponsored by the Houston Rockets and benefits United Healthcare Children's Foundation. The race will loop around the Toyota Center with the finish line at center court!

That I'd like to see.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Fieldhouse USA

I've never been to Fieldhouse USA.

It looks like this sports facility in Frisco, TX is open to many kinds of sports activities, ranging from camps, tournaments and birthday parties to youth leagues, adult leagues and dodgeball leagues. It looks like they serve a variety of athletes including basketball, football, volleyball, lacrosse and soccer. It looks like a great place for all ages to have fun.

That I'd like to see.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

infant baptism

I've never been to an infant baptism.

Since our church does not baptize infants, I've never seen one performed nor have I ever been invited to one. I know that for families who have their babies baptized, it is a very important time for them. I am sure that when there is a baptism to be performed, Baptism invitations are something that families send out to invite others to share in the important occasion.

That I'd like to see.