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.