Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Mount Hua

I've never been to Mount Hua.

Said to be the world's most dangerous hike, Mount Hua still draws many thrill seekers. Or perhaps those with more spiritual aspirations, as the trek has long been traversed by monks, hermits and other spiritual seekers. The concentration required to make many of the trails would be a deterrent to most hikers. Though with western tourism opening up more some of the trails have been retooled. I think the view and the hike are stunning, but doubt that I would ever be up to such a calling. But hiking a few of the retooled trails might be something I could add to a bucket list....

That I'd like to see.

garage band

I've never been to a garage band.

I've known several people who are part of a garage band. More power to them! As for me, I have no musical talent, no instrument or music training, and would not know the difference between apc40 at Musician's Friend or a Zildjian Z bag pack. All the more reason to steer clear of garage bands though I might could learn a thing or two from Rock Star video games!

 That I'd like to see.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Airport Terminal Museum

I've never been to the Airport Terminal Museum.

Located at Hobby Airport in Houston, TX, this museum provides a view of the history of civil aviation. There are exhibits showcasing the history of the airlines, general and business aviation. You can also learn about Houston's aviation history. Though I've never been, I bought passes for my nephews and good friends for their Christmas presents. I hope they all really enjoy it!

 That I'd like to see.

I've never been to

Wow. I sure could have used this site in the past. When getting my kids ready for camps, camping gear for kids looks like a great resource. They have clothes, bedding, shower kits, trunks and duffels, and many other supplies that would be just right for kids' time at camp. I see they also offer products for men, women, and college students. Before my family's next camps, I will have to see what all they have to offer. Maybe I can get everything at one stop!

 That I'd like to see.

Friday, November 30, 2012

End of the World Marathon

I've never been to the End of the World Marathon.

This Dec. 21 when the world is scheduled to end, according to some theorists, some other folks have decided to celebrate by hosting an End of the World Marathon and half-marathon. Yes, it's on a Friday and there is a nine hour time limit (no rush to the end of the world.) So even though I have not been training for the distance, I decided to enter the half-marathon. They are also offering an After the End of the World Marathon (and half) the next day, Dec. 22. And for those folks doing both days, they will earn a special Mayan medallian.

That I'd like to see.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday

I've never been to work on Black Friday.

Today our store stayed busy all day long-it reminded me of Grand Opening weekend. Although we had steady business I did not see anyone being crazy or rude. I did not work the wee hours of the day but those who did said everyone was great-no cranky customers.

That I'd like to see.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

buy a guitar

I've never been to buy a guitar.

My husband plays a bit. And my son learned some too. Even though he took lessons we never bought a guitar. He just used a friend's and my husband's guitar. So now that my daughter is learning to play a bit, she will probably be asking for one of her own too. I wonder how the Black Friday deals look for a nice  Fender guitar. I will have to check out some specials!

That I'd like to see.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

TED talks

I had never been to TED talks before.

My husband has recently introduced me to these Technology, Entertainment and Design mini-seminars/talks. They are enlightening and interesting. They surely keep to their motto of "ideas worth spreading". Even if you are not into listening to lectures, these short talks will surely have something of interest to nearly everyone. And if they make me a little more informed or smarter....

 That I'd like to see.

IM Creator

I've never been to IM Creator.

This new portfolio website builder looks to offer some clean, edgy templates to help make website building easy as well as professional looking. When I first started building a website I had no idea what I was doing. I had to have some kind soul helping out remotely. This IM Creator tries to simplify the process using drag and drop editing with no programming.

That I'd like to see.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

egg nog jog

I've never been to the egg nog jog.

This year the weekend before Christmas we have the chance to join in a local "egg nog jog". It is a night time family fun run/walk. It is basically a fun way to get out and see Christmas lights and enjoy the season. Best of all it's FREE! I think this could be a new tradition starting!

That I'd like to see.

college with a laptop

I've never been to college with a laptop.

In my day of course, these did not exist. But as our son got ready to head to college we saw the importance of having a laptop computer with him. So we got him one for his high school graduation. The school he was going to was very small but embraced and utilized technology to the best of its ability. And when he transferred schools, we saw just how important constant and easy/convenient access to a computer is for today's students. So we plan on doing the same for our daughter's graduation-buying her a laptop. Whether she chooses an IBM, Apple, Dell or asus laptop we want to give her the very best chance she has to succeed in today's post secondary environment. My son has told me he doesn't know how he could do it without his laptop. I hope that our kids have every opportunity to succeed.

That I'd like to see.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Columbia Muddy Buddy

I've never been to Columbia Muddy Buddy.

There are several of these events throughout the country. I found one in Austin that I am interested in doing, if I can get some of my other Columbia co-workers to form a team with me. This muddy buddy would be a lot of fun as there is a running event as well as a run/bike event. I hope we can get a few of us to go to this event next spring!

 That I'd like to see.

Bella Notte

I've never been to Bella Notte.

I was recently looking for bedding for my son's room since I had painted it a really different color and wanted bedding to match. I had a certain idea of what I wanted. But I did not know that with Bella Notte you can get just what you are looking for. This bedding line is completely custom using colors and techniques of your choosing. And the bedding is not made until you order. This allows you to get just the unique combination you want. And right now there is a bella notte bedding sale. Perfect for holiday gift giving or sprucing up.

That I'd like to see.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Columbia Sportswear

I had never been to Columbia Sportswear before. But we recently had an outlet store open in our area. While they have been "trying stuff since 1938" I have only recently become more familiar with them. Yes, I've seen their stuff around, even had some of their apparel. But I always just thought it was high end sports gear. And while that is fairly true, there is a reason for it. I have been learning about the science and technology that Columbia puts into their products. It's not just cool looking sports wear; it's designed with a purpose in mind-whether to keep you cool, warm or dry. Or all of them. I've learned about the cooling and wicking effects of the clothes, the way they are designed to keep you warm. And they even have some gear with insect repellent, sunscreen and "blood and guts stain resistor" built in. I am especially waiting to try the wind blocking effects of a jacket. And their rewards program looks good too. You can join, save on your first purchase and get free shipping online. And since ordering online never guarantees a perfect fit, they have an easy return policy. You can even return your online order to a local store. That I'd like to see.

The Helmet Shop

I've never been to The Helmet Shop. My husband is always searching for the perfect motorcycle gear. And since we don't have many dealers in the area, he often turns to shopping online. I recently learned about online motorcycle helmets, apparel and gear shopping. One of the sites I read today seems to have a safety in mind when helping their customers. I learned from their site that helmets are to used for five years. And that motorcycle apparel is key when it comes to safety for riders, especially in the case of "laying down" the bike. That I'd like to see.

Saturday, October 13, 2012


I've never been to the R5K.

That is the Royal Caribbean 5K runs at one of the ports of call during a 7 day cruise.

While perusing ideas for our next cruise, we wanted to see what RC offered. Seeing this as one of the day's events at port was a pretty good idea to me! Here is the way it seems to work:

You take your cruise and the day you are in port at one of the R5K race sites, you will do the 5k run with others who have signed up to join in. I don't know if this involves only cruise line patrons or if other will be there too. There is a post race party and awards. This seems to leave time afterward for a little exploring of port (though I am not sure.)

While at sea you can take advantage of some other perks of this package including:

Private meet-and-greet sessions with high-profile racing athletes
Seminars and lectures with high-profile athletes
Personal training tips from experts
Speed tests onboard the track on your ship

The next upcoming events are the seven day cruise December 1 with the race taking place in Philipsburg, St Maarten and the seven day cruise March 10, 2013 with the race taking place in Falmouth, Jamaica.

I think I'd like to plan this itinerary on our next trip....

 That I'd like to see.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Foam Factory

I've never been to the Foam Factory.

It looks like a place my dad and I need to check out. They offer some nice looking packaging supplies. There are anti-static foam pieces, eggcrate foam pieces and even custom foam pieces. These look like the perfect ways to package our items we sell on eBay.

That I'd like to see.

Zooma Women's Series Race

I've never been to a Zooma Women's Series Race.

Zooma is hosting a women's race series and they are coming to Texas! On March 23, 2013 the event will take place in Bastrop (near Austin) and will consist of a 5K run and a half-marathon. The event is also stated to be open to both men and women.  It looks like a beautiful time of year and a beautiful place to do this run.

Here are some of the perks of the Zooma event:

ZOOMA Texas Perks
  • ZOOMA Signature Swag Bag

  • Access to complete girls’ weekend getaway including recovery yoga, sponsored cocktail hours and inspirational speakers

  • Entry into a professionally managed half marathon or 5K race

  • Water and Cytomax Sports Performance drink on the course

  • Water, Cytomax Sports Performance drink, Muscle Milk Light and food at the finish line

  • GU Energy Gel station along the course

  • Wine from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly at the After-Party Expo

  • Necklace designed exclusively for ZOOMA for half marathon finishers

  • Post-race massage, shopping and live music at the ZOOMA After-Party Expo

  • ChronoTrack timed race results

  • *from the registration website

    There is a contest to enter to win a free entry for you and your running buddy.

     That I'd like to see.

    Monday, September 17, 2012

    Columbia Sportswear

    I've never been to Columbia Sportswear.

    They will be opening a new outlet store here next month. They have a good reputation for good quality clothes and great outdoor gear. I can't wait to see all the great products at discounted prices!

     That I'd like to see.

    guitar lessons

    I've never been to guitar lessons.

    Several kids in my family have though-including my son, my niece and my oldest nephew. They have learned a bit and I do wish that all of them had kept up their lessons as I do think it's important and a great skill to have for brain development and just for general enjoyment throughout life. As for me, I would not be able to tell the difference between a godin acs-sa slim guitar center or the the other brands that are made. Although I CAN tell the difference between an acoustic and an electric guitar!

    That I'd like to see.

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

    open seating dining

    I've never been to open seating dining.

    Of course I've only been on one cruise. On our next cruise we are booked for open seating. This sounds like a great option! It is open for us to come at any time during the dining hours and be seated at any open table. This eliminates the need to get there at a certain time and allows us to sit with different people every night.

     That I'd like to see.

    Garage Band

    I've never been to a "garage band".

    Though I have known several people who have started them. My cousin and uncle have what I guess you could call a "garage band". They have all their band equipment in the house. One bedroom alone is dedicated to all the garage band paraphernalia. I've seen guitars, acoustic and electric, drums, microphones and other stuff that all go along with garage bands. I am not sure if they have a graphic equalizer and recording devices. I do know my uncle has made us all some CDs so maybe they really do have everything they need for their very own garage band!

    That I'd like to see.

    Thursday, September 6, 2012


    I've never been to Arby's.

    I heard today that they are giving out free turkey sandwiches from 11-1. This is important news for college students so I sent the info to my son and niece. I just hope their Arby's restaurant is participating in the free giveaway!

     That I'd like to see.

    Brazosport Relay Tri

    I've never been to the Brazosport Relay Tri.

    This is the relay only tri referred to below. We will be doing this triathlon this weekend. I've never been to it so not sure exactly how it is set up or what it will look like having four athletes doing three events. As for me, I am running the first 5k. I am most happy that these days I don't have to wear any knee braces. I am just hoping to have fun and stay injury free!

    That I'd like to see.

    Sunday, August 26, 2012

    Stephen F. Austin State University

    I had never been to SFA before. This weekend we moved our son up to his new school. It is a much bigger university than I realized. There are about 12,000 students there. The campus is really big, and really pretty. It is a Division I school. And while it is a bigger school, it is not as expensive as some out there. My son is really looking forward to his new adventure there. I hope all turns out really good for him! That I'd like to see.

    bicycle wreck

    I've never been in a bicycle wreck. I know that only jinxes myself... But my husband was recently involved in an accident with four other guys. Thankfully no one was seriously injured, though one guy did end up with a fractured clavicle. Lots of scrapes and blood and bruises though. I am wondering though with no physical life insurance or health insurance just how wise it is for us to be involved! I just keep praying the Lord keeps us safe! That I'd like to see.

    Friday, August 17, 2012

    relay only tri

    I've never been to a relay only tri.

    We have debated on doing a relay only tri. It looks like we might have a team set up for this four person event. Each person can only do one leg of the tri, which consists of an 1100 yd swim, two 5K runs and a 12.5 mile bike. Though some of the things seem a bit confusing, especially the swim, it looks to be a fun day.

    That I'd like to see.

    Friday, August 3, 2012

    Friday cycling group

    I had never been to a local Friday cycling group before. Today I was off and was happy to find that four other folks were cycling today too! We had a pleasant 25 mile ride. I got to meet some new people and enjoy the weather and the good ride. Hopefully this will lead to finding some new training buddies in the future. That I'd like to see.

    Grand Cayman

    I've never been to Grand Cayman. This is another of our slated stops on our upcoming cruise. It looks amazingly beautiful! I don't know if we will dive here, or see the stingrays, or just lay on the beach. At any rate, I can't wait to pack up our jansport school backpacks and find the adventure waiting for us at Grand Cayman! That I'd like to see.

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012


    I've never been to an internship. My son finishes up his first internship this week. He has spent all summer working with a natural gas trading company. He has learned a lot and had a good experience. It has been an amazing job for a 19 year old! I hope this is just the first of many good experiences leading him to find his niche. That I'd like to see.

    Trevi Fountain

    I've never been to the Trevi Fountain. This most famous of Rome's outdoor fountains has a legend all its own. They say that if you stand with your back to the fountain and toss a coin into it you will return to Rome someday. I am not sure I will ever get to see the Trevi Fountain much less return to it. But I do know that I could replicate the sight and sound by putting large outdoor fountains in my own backyard! That I'd like to see.

    Saturday, July 28, 2012

    Montego Bay

    I've never been to Montego Bay.

    It's the first stop on our upcoming cruise itinerary. It looks beautiful!! The water looks a gorgeous blue and the beaches sound perfect. There are many things to choose from for our day long stop there. Plantations, hiking, water falls, water sports, snorkeling, zip line, or just relaxing on the beach.

    That I'd like to see.

    Olympics Opening Ceremonies

    I've never been to an Olympics Opening Ceremonies.

    I did stay up late watching the rebroadcast of this year's opening ceremony. Most of the show was fun to watch. I particularly liked the storybook characters and the olympic cauldron. I did not like the "digital age" part, though I did learn something from it! One thing I always find humorous is how all the athletes, even the professional ones, have their cell phones out taking photos and videos! I hope their cell batteries were fully charged so they didn't miss a thing! I bet those are photos and videos they will keep forever!

    That I'd like to see.

    Friday, July 27, 2012


    I've never been to the Olympics.

    Well, at least not out of this country!! I have the privilege and honor of saying that I have actually attended some Olympic events right here in our own country. In 1984 our parents took us on a road trip to California to see the games in Los Angeles! It's pretty cool to say that I've been to the Olympics. We got to see women's basketball and men's handball. We had a nice trip leaving us with many memories and a great conversation topic. We were supposed to go to the Olympics again in 1996 in Atlanta but it did not work out that time. Maybe one day we will get to see another Olympic games!

     That I'd like to see.

    wall safe

    I've never been to purchase a wall safe.

    I had never really even thought about it. But today I saw the "coolest home wall safe ever"! It is just like the movies. It is a safe mounted in the wall covered by artwork and even controlled remotely.  But it is not just for movie stars or the elite. A wall safe can protect whatever valuables you have right at home-guns, documents, jewelry- eliminating the need to rent a safe deposit box.

    That I'd like to see.

    My Fitness Pal

    I've never been to My Fitness Pal.

    I just read about this site, which apparently also includes a free app for your smart phone. This site allows you to log in exercise and calories to see your daily balance and help reach your fitness and weight goals by letting you see where you are at and how to better balance the intake/output of calories.

    That I'd like to see.

    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    Alaskan Cruise

    I've never been on an Alaskan cruise.

    It seems to be all the rage right now. There are lots of people I know who have gone, and all have loved it. The glaciers and icebergs are amazing. Seeing the whales is breathtaking. And the villages and towns visited are interesting. It seems Alasaka is becoming a hot spot. One that I hope to one day visit!

    That I'd like to see.


    I've never been to trial.

    I had jury duty last week but I was thankful that I wasn't picked for any jury! I did wonder though if it would be an interesting experience. While I would hate to be on a jury for serious crimes against people, there are some that I might find interesting. For example, I did not even know about the suits involving errors and omissions. This mostly affects small technology business, but seems like it would be something interesting to learn about. And would not involve a lot of heart wrenching ideas to deal with. So if I ever am chosen for a jury, I hope it is for something interesting and not involving hurt people.

     That I'd like to see.

    Friday, July 13, 2012

    Q Cuts

    I've never been to Q Cuts. I just learned today that this place gives $15 cuts and that their is a guy there who cuts some of my friends' hair regularly. When I heard this price and know that these girls' hair always looks good, I know that I will be giving this place a try soon! That I'd like to see.

    Ancient Warrior Cigars

    I've never been to Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, or Brazil. But apparently with the ancient warrior gurkha cigars, one can get a taste of each of these places. The blend of tobaccos, binder and wrapper are said to give a spicy, toasty flavor. The finish is stated to be embellished by caramel and cedar. The description gives it a very exotic feel. That I'd like to see.


    I've never been to Belize. It's one of the options on our list of places to visit this year; it's my husband's top choice! I hear it is gorgeous, with lots of beach activities including snorkeling and scuba diving. And with the Blue Hole, it is said to have lots of beauty to take in while diving. There are the Mayan temples to tour. There is said to be 500 different bird species, making this a birder's paradise. And the rainforest, music, and chocolate.... That I'd like to see.

    hip hop clothes

    I've never been to buy hip hop clothes. Although as I browsed today through a site, I found that most of these items called "hip hop" are pretty standard teen attire. Nothing too really crazy there. And this site has lots to choose from: back packs, belts, computer accessories, hats, shoes, skate decks as well as clothes. If you have a teen, it might be something you would see him/her wearing, and just not realized it was considered "hip hop". I guess I am ok with some of the styles considered "hip hop", as long as no one has their "pants on the ground"! That I'd like to see.

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

    Hip 2 Save

    I had never been to Hip 2 Save before.

    The lady I babysit for is always talking about the deals she finds on there so I decided to check it out. I love saving money and getting good deals so I think this site will be useful. The site is filled with info about coupons and deals in places that many people like to shop. I signed up for the daily email so I can get the full scoop on each day's deals!

    That I'd like to see.

    Friday, June 15, 2012

    Myrtle Beach, SC

    I've never been to Myrtle Beach, SC.

    I saw on TV a lady being awarded a vacation to Myrtle Beach. I wanted to see what is available there. Here are the things I found: Sixty miles of sandy beaches. The Boardwalk. Fishing. Amusements and water parks. Golf courses. Historical sites. Outlet malls. The Skywheel Ferris Wheel. The pirates dinner show. Looks like there is a lot in Myrtle Beach....

    That I'd like to see.

    25th Anniversary trip

    I've never been on a 25th Anniversary trip.

    But this year we will celebrate our 25th anniversary with a trip. A cruise. We have the trip bought but have not decided our itinerary yet. But knowing it's a cruise, I KNOW I need to lose some weight before I go. I've been thinking about how to best approach this. I have seen a lot of  things like available, both in stores and online. I just don't know that this is the route I want to take. I already work out a lot, but now I am going to have to implement some real discipline and work on my intake (eating) as well. Hopefully I will have some of the same mental toughness that I use during my training to help me shed some pounds before our only 25th anniversary trip!

    That I'd like to see.

    Niagra Falls

    I've never been to Niagra Falls.

    My in-laws went last fall. They took the boat trip into the falls. And yes, you have to wear the raincoats! They told us how amazing, how breath-taking it is.  I just saw the live video of the live stunt about to take place over the Falls tonight. I have to agree, the falls do look amazing, breath-taking. Maybe one day I can view them in person!

    That I'd like to see.

    Monday, June 11, 2012


    I've never been involved in concessions.

    I have noticed though that in many entertainment venues these elo touch screen monitors where you can order and even pay for concessions. This is a pretty good idea as it eliminates the need for long lines and allows customers to peruse, order and pay at their convenience. It seems like using these touch screens can make concession lines move more smoothly.

    That I'd like to see.

    B Cycle

    I've never been to B Cycle.

    This is a new program recently launched in Houston, TX. It features bicycles that can be rented by the hour, day or with a yearly pass. The bikes are currently located in a few places in the core of the city with 200 more bikes slated to be added. You can rent the bikes from any B kiosk and simply return at any kiosk making a short jaunt through the city a little easier. These bikes are sturdy three gear cycles, and are designed for comfort, claims being made that they can even be ridden in heels!

    That I'd like to see.

    Sunday, June 10, 2012

    Backyard Playground

    I've never been to Backyard Playground.

    This custom swing sets richmond va provider seems to have a lot of creative ways to turn backyards into true playgrounds. Just browsing through the photo gallery gives lots of ideas and ways to make your own yard your very own playground.

    That I'd like to see.

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

    Snow White and the Huntsman

    I've never been to see Snow White and the Huntsman.

    This movie opens tomorrow and I just might want to see it. This is not the demure Snow White that some may picture in the fairy tale. This Snow White apparently is trained by the Huntsman who was dispatched to kill her. While she may still be the fairest in the land, this little lady seemingly knows how to take care of herself. Right on the heels of another empowering female lead in Katniss (of the Hunger Games) it looks like teen girls are getting some empowering role models this yer.

    That I'd like to see.

    Raleigh, NC

    I've never been to Raleigh, NC.

    While I've never visited I have read that there are many family friendly events to choose from in Raleigh. There are museums, sporting events, shopping, concerts and historic sites to visit. I saw that there are thirty FREE attractions within the city from museums, art events, African American heritage to bug-fest and the brewing company. I hear it's also a great place to live. Whether you are a  raleigh nc cpa firm, a teacher, or just a tourist passing through, Raleigh sounds like a nice place to visit.

     That I'd like to see.

    Sunday, May 20, 2012

    outdoor hotel suites

    I've never been to an outdoor hotel suite.

    From canyons in Utah, to the outback in Australia, deserts or plains in Africa, there are nine hot new outdoor hotel suites. While I would love to visit any of these places I think I would prefer to have the safety and security that walls and a locking door give me.

     That I'd like to see.

    Monday, May 7, 2012

    Fiesta Texas Water Park

    I had never been to Fiesta Texas Water Park before.

    But we went this weekend. The first weekend it was open for the season. It was nice to cool off in the water after being in the hot amusement park. And the water slide was fun. But....I am not a fan of swimming with hundreds of people. At least not in this setting. The lazy river and the wave pool were dirty! And it was so crowded! I have bruises and scrapes on my legs, I think from this crowded water park! time we go, I will wait til it is not opening weekend.

    That I'd like to see.

    Ironman Louisville

    I've never been to Ironman Louisville.

    If I ever decide to do an Ironman race, that is one of the two I would consider. I have heard it's a good one, though I am not used to a mountainous environment so it would take some serious hill work training for me. I do think though it would be beautiful scenery and a pleasant environment. If I do decide to do this race, I will see if there is any real estate in louisville ky to rent for the week or so that we would stay. Much better than staying that long in a hotel!

    That I'd like to see.

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

    teen resale shop

    I had never been to any of the new "teen" resale shops.

    There are a few in our area dedicated to the teens selling only name brand items. I took my daughter in yesterday to resell a few items and to look for some capri pants. I have to say that I was not impressed. It is still just a resale shop. One of them was pretty sparse and was easy to maneuver through. The other was jam packed and hard to look through the clothes, all which were pretty well worn. The only thing I did like was that my daughter was able to make a little cash selling some items!

    That I'd like to see.

    Jam Session

    I've never been to a Jam Session.

    My uncle and cousin have a room in their house dedicated to their musical instruments and all the paraphernalia that goes along with them. I don't even know what all they have. I know there are drums and guitars and speakers and other Emg items. I've never been to one of their jam sessions but I bet they can get loud!

    That I'd like to see.

    Friday, April 20, 2012

    420 day observation

    I've never been to a 4/20 day observation.

    I had not ever even heard that term until today, 4/20. This is a code or signal for a day to "celebrate" marijuana and its use. Observations are held, or at least referenced to, today. For example, Willie Nelson was supposedly unveiling a statue of himself, at 4:20. And the biggest "celebration" takes place at the University of Colorado at Boulder, which has gained the reputation for being the biggest party school in the nation! Thankfully, "The university spokesman Bronson Hilliard told the Associated Press, "We don't consider this a protest. We consider this people smoking pot in the sunshine," adding, "This is a gathering of people engaging in an illegal activity."" ( Hopefully, more (square) people and parents will come to recognize this code and take action to stand against it....

    That I'd like to see.

    testosterone supplement

    I've never been to get a testosterone supplement.

    I would have no interest in doing so. But I would bet that there are many males who would! I know my son has been trying to bulk up over the last year, and has successfully gained 23 pounds, mostly all muscle. He works out and drinks protein shakes. I don't know if he has ever used a testosterone supplement. I would hope that if he does, he would take the time to read the animal test reviews, as well as any other testosterone supplement he might be willing to try.

    That I'd like to see.

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

    World's Largest Dodgeball Game

    I've never been to the World's Largest Dodgeball Game.

    Which took place in February at the University of Alberta. Nearly 5000 people flung dodgeballs for an hour to gain the current title. Now if the current champs want to take on the previous winners from the University of California in Irvine....

    That I'd like to see.

    The Voice

    I've never been to The Voice.

    My daughter has wanted to watch this newer singing show each week, when we are home. As for me, I am so musically challenged that I would not even be a good audience member! I don't have a good ear for tones, I can't carry a tune, I can't even decide between ashdown, bose, canton or yamaha speakers!! But I am sure my daughter would enjoy being in the audience of the Voice, hearing the singers up close and personal. In fact, I thought of her when I saw a clip the other day of a singer and his pianist. That would be pretty cool if one day my daughter was an accompanist on just such a show!

    That I'd like to see.

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

    family triathlon challenge

    I've never been to compete in a family triathlon challenge.

    But a challenge has been issued by the Ironmen in our family-my husband, his aunt and her cousin-to all of lowly wannabees! We will participate in a relay triathlon this Labor Day. Each participant will do one leg of the triathlon. Now if we can assemble a team to beat those Ironmen....

    That I'd like to see.

    patio furniture

    I've never been to buy patio furniture.

    Our neighbors are redoing their backyard-decking, barbecue area, etc. So I know that they will be looking for patio furniture soon. I noticed the other day that outdoor furniture is becoming more fashionable and seemingly more comfortable than I've seen in the past. I know our neighbors will be enjoying their new backyard and new outdoor furniture soon!

    That I'd like to see.

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    Best Pizza Spots

    I've never been to any of the supposed ten best pizza spots in the US.

    If I ever make it back to Boston, I'd like to give Santarpio's a try. And in L.A. I would frequent Pizzeria Mozza the San Francisco to Flour+Water with it's Italian imported wood burning oven. From Brooklyn to Philadelphia to Chicago to Portland, all the photos of the nation's best pizzas are making my mouth water. That is the kind of nation wide trip I'd love! Then I could decide which I think has the best pizza spot in the nation!

    That I'd like to see.


    I've never been to buy an eReader.

    They are becoming more and more common, even with those who love books. It seems they are lightweight and easy to carry when traveling. I hear that now many are easier to read in any light and can give the "feel" of paper-like reading. I've heard of the Kindle and today I found some kobo reviews. It seems like eReaders are providing an even better reading experience.

    That I'd like to see.

    Monday, April 2, 2012

    pro day

    I've never been to a potential pro football player's pro day.

    The little girl I baby sit has an uncle who plays football. He just graduated from Tulane and had his pro day last month. He has since gotten calls from both the Houston Texans and the New Orleans Saints. I wonder if we will be seeing him play for a pro team!!

    That I'd like to see.

    custom design coins

    I've never been to custom design coins.

    Each summer our church is looking for awards for all the children who complete the summer Bible reading challenge. We usually give out medals for their prizes. I noticed a site where you can get custom design coins. It looks like they have some ready made you can purchase in bulk or you can design custom challenge coins. Either way I think they are pretty cool and I bet the kids would like some of the cool designs!

    That I'd like to see.

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

    Titanic Dining Experienc

    I've never been to the Titanic Dining Experience.

    In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic, Houston restaurant Cullen's is offering the Titanic Dining Experience. Those wanting to sample the likes of a meal on the Titanic will eat at Macy's Table suspended from the dining room ceiling. The meal consists of ten courses including wine, beef appetizer and after dinner cheese. The whole thing lasts four hours and culminates in sampling a brandy from 1900. The whole meal is open to twelve people. The cost? $12,000.

    That I'd like to see.

    debt counseling

    I've never been to debt counseling before.

    It seems that every where I go I hear someone talking about debt free solutions. This is an important topic in today's economy as seemingly everyone has been hit hard. Debt counseling can take several different forms including workshops and seminars to independent counselors to finding information on one's own. I think that an important aspect of any kind of debt counseling and an ultimately imperative part of any debt free solution is self control.

    That I'd like to see.

    Monday, March 26, 2012

    spa girl tri

    I've never been to Spa Girl Tri.

    This inaugural triathlon is taking place at the Marriott resort in San Antonio, TX May 12. The race will begin with a slide down into the lazy river, with the jets turned off. This is where the swim will take place! The rest of the tri takes place in the scenic area of the hill country. There are discounted room rates for triathletes. The tri is a sprint distance and is open to individuals and 2 person relay teams. A time for fun, competition and pampering!

    That I'd like to see.

    motorcycle trips

    I've never been on a motorcycle trip without a windshield on the bike.

    For the last several years, my husband and I have taken a trip on his bike for our anniversary. He says taking the car is like watching TV. But taking the bike is like being ON TV. I can handle a trip on the back of the bike a few hours away, and he is good about stopping every couple of hours for a break. But there are a few things I do think are very important for motorcycle road trips: nice seats, a back rest, helmets, and motorcycle windshields. My husband has mentioned me getting my own bike. I told him only if he rode on the back of it!

    That I'd like to see.

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

    Five Guys

    I had never been to Five Guys before.

    It is a small hamburger place. It' pretty good. The burgers cost $5. They are pretty small but it is a double patty burger. The fries are a large order; my daughter and I shared the regular size and still had a good many that we could not finish. You can choose from different toppings for your burger, though I do wish they offered avocados as a topping!

    That I'd like to see.

    Saturday, March 10, 2012

    Nunsense Country Jamboree

    I had never been to Nunsense Country Jamboree before.

    Tonight we got to see some old acquaintances reprise their roles from Nunsense and Nunsense II. While not a big fan of country music I do enjoy good presentations. This cast did a good job, especially in the energy level. With all the singing and dancing I am guessing that cast needs no help from any slimvox diet pills! Their energy was great, particularly two of them, and they kept that energy up to the very end! If I only had energy like that to last a whole day....

    That I'd like to see.

    Thursday, March 8, 2012

    river cruise

    I've never been on a river cruise.

    In trying to come up with ideas on how to spend our 25th anniversary, we have thrown around a lot of ideas. Of course a cruise is the one that comes up most often. A twist on this idea is to take a river cruise. While there are quite a few options for river cruises, the ones I would be most interested in would be a river cruise on the Mississippi, or even better, on the Nile.

    That I'd like to see.

    outdoor pool

    I've never been to outdoor pool contractors.

    Years ago we (I) casually thought about putting in an outdoor pool. My husband has always been against it. Early on in our marriage he cleaned the pool for an apartment complex and said he would not do that again, even for our own pool. And of course when you have your own backyard pool you have to be really careful with kids-your own and the neighborhood kids as well. We were told how important it is to keep the pool gate closed as it could even lead to a law suit if a kid wandered in an open gate and got hurt. So instead over the years we have enjoyed the convenience of the subdivision's pool without all the work and worry.

    That I'd like to see.

    Saturday, February 25, 2012

    JFK assassination site

    I've never been to the JFK assassination site.

    While I've been to Dallas several times, I've never made the trek to the Book Depository and the surrounding area. Right now though I am reading a book that is putting me in the center of that. I have even been dreaming about the historical event. Maybe one day I will make it over to see the real sights surrounding the assassination site.

    That I'd like to see.

    vlc download

    I've never been to get a vlc download.

    I see that there are uses for the everyday video-phile as well as for professional users, developers, even anime fans. I see that there is experimental support for Blu-Ray discs. There is reworked support for Mac and web interface and it's free for Windows users!

    That I'd like to see.

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

    flying to OKC

    I've never been to fly to Oklahoma City.

    But after getting back from my most recent trip, I am wondering if it isn't going to be cheaper to fly to OKC next time. If I go by myself, I think it will be, with the price of gas rising so high so quickly. My next planned trip is in April, but my husband will be going too. I think with two of us it's still cheaper to drive, but if only one person is going, I am definitely going to look at flying into OKC.

    That I'd like to see.

    gazebo wedding

    I've never been to a gazebo wedding.

    Outdoor weddings are just hard here. It gets hot so early in the year and there are always mosquitoes. My husband will be doing a gazebo wedding in a few weeks. (I hope they don't face any of these pitfalls!) I am seeing a new trend too in some of these outdoor weddings. Instead of a full gazebo, there are Pergola structures, which are basically like an arbor or an arch with slats instead of a roof. I think these will be just as pretty. Now if they can just come up with something to fight off the heat and mosquitoes....

    That I'd like to see.

    Rodeo Cookoff

    I've never been to the Rodeo Cookoff.

    But it is a big event taking place now in Houston. There are all kinds of foods being submitted for the cookoff, in particular barbecue. Our neighbor is a sheriff and he is working the cookoff this week. I told him to be sure and bring home enough for everyone. And today he knocked on my door and brought us a plate full of some delicious smelling barbecue! I know what we are having for dinner tomorrow! And now I get a taste of the cookoff without having to leave home!

    That I'd like to see.

    Monday, February 13, 2012

    basement flooring

    I've never been to get basement flooring.

    That's because we don't have a basement. I do know folks north of us who do have basements. Many have turned these into living areas. Because basements can be prone to letting in moisture, I hear basement flooring tiles are a good option. I wonder just how well they stand up to moisture. I wonder if these tiles are a good alternative for bathroom flooring?

    That I'd like to see.

    Thursday, February 9, 2012


    I've never been to a superbowl.

    The last two years I have not even watched any of the airing of it at all. And after this year, I really don't think I am missing anything. I heard it was the most viewed event ever. But from my family I heard the game was boring, the commercials weren't even good and I heard from the news about the halftime show. Not something I think I would have liked to have seen. I am glad I spent my time grocery shopping during the superbowl. At least I got something productive done!

    That I'd like to see.

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012

    River Cruise

    I've never been on a river cruise.

    In looking for ideas for our upcoming twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, I have come across river cruises. These are available in many places throughout the world. You can cruise places like the Mississippi River or even the Nile. I think any of these would be great. Seeing great historical sites, enjoying the romance of a cruise, eating steamed and grilled seafood, spending time alone together, these all come together for the makings of a great trip!

    That I'd like to see.

    Hot Chocolate Run

    I've never been to the Hot Chocolate Run.

    Sponsored by Ghirardelli, there are several locations for the Hot Chocolate Run throughout the nation. It is a 15k run complete with swag. The best part though comes at the finish cocoa and chocolate provided by Ghirardelli!

    That I'd like to see.

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

    community garden

    I've never been to a community garden.

    I think there is one around here, though I don't know who it is for. It is located inside a park but it is usually locked up. I had never seen anyone there nor even any gardening tools around. But produce was growing so I knew someone tended to it. Last week when I took my nephews to the park, we saw folks out working in this garden! While I still don't know who is in charge of the garden, who works in it or who benefits from it, I was happy to see people working in it. Maybe one day we will be to find out the details of this community garden.

    That I'd like to see.


    I've never been to Ireland.

    And when I saw the Groupon available for a week in Ireland I thought that it might be perfect for our 25th anniversary! It is for a six night stay including two nights in a castle. The other nights are in local hotels. A horse drawn carriage ride, a guided walking tour, breakfast each day, car rental for self guided tours and a medieval banquet dinner in a castle is included in the deal. Now I just wish air fare was included in this awesome deal!

    That I'd like to see.

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012


    I've never been to an auction.

    My dad and youngest nephew have recently gotten into going to auctions a few times a month. I have to admit it does sound interesting. I hear you can find virtually anything you are looking for at auction. There are antiques, and dishes and electronics. There are toys and trash pumps and furniture. There are collectibles and memorabilia. I bet you could find anything you need or want at an auction if the timing was right.

    That I'd like to see.

    Thursday, January 19, 2012

    relay triathlon

    I've never been to Relay Triathlon.

    While I have been part of a relay team in a triathlon, I've never participated in a tri that is set up as a relay. I found one taking place this fall that requires four team mates: a swimmer, two runners and a cyclist. I believe that is the order of the events as well. Now I can see that would be a lot of fun. And it would be a lot of fun for my nephew to record and use the free downloader to show everyone the "hilarious" relay video! Or maybe he would do the tri instead of making and downloading videos....

    That I'd like to see.

    Monday, January 16, 2012

    HITS triathlon

    I've never been to a HITS triathlon.

    A new "brand" of triathlon is making its debut this year. It is the HITS triathlons. There are twelve tris in the series with a distance for everyone, from beginner to seasoned triathlete. At each event HITS is offering a full and half distance Ironman, an Olympic distance, a sprint and a super-sprint or open event. This short event is perfect for beginners and to encourage everyone to give it a go, the open event is FREE!!

    That I'd like to see.

    Drop Down Deals

    I've never been to Drop Down Deals.

    I am always looking for coupons and deals whenever I shop online. Today I learned about Drop Down Deals. Here you can download a tool that lets you find the coupon deals on sites you already shop; you will find Kohl's, Target, Home Depot, Toys R Us and calvin klein coupons. You can even add a daily deals tool to your Facebook page.

    That I'd like to see.

    Friday, January 6, 2012

    Oklahoma City Marathon

    I've never been to the Oklahoma City Marathon.

    My husband and I signed up for the OKC half marathon distance. The run is done in honor and memory of those affected by the Oklahoma City bombing. The race this year will take place on April 29,2012. We should start early enough that we can finish in time to get to church with our son, who is going to college just outside OKC.

    That I'd like to see.