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Have I mentioned that I LOVE “How I Met Your Mother”?

Thankful

Thanksgiving is far and away my favorite holiday. Sure, I love the turkey, the parade, the pie (woo! pie!), but most of all I love that everyone seems to take a little while and really appreciate the blessings in our lives.

This year I’m especially thankful. We had a pretty bad scare in April, and I vowed to embrace each day as a gift. I haven’t been as good about that as I should have, but I have felt gratitude every single day since April 27th. I’m so thankful for my husband. I’m thankful for his health. I’m thankful for every second I get to spend with him. I’m thankful that we are close to friends and family, and for all of their support. I’m thankful that we’re able to have a meal with family today. I’m thankful for my dogs, both the old ladies who make me smile everyday, and the new puppy who drives me crazy sometimes, but is teaching me patience. I’m thankful that we continue to have so many opportunities, both career and personal.

Most of all, though, I’m thankful that the last person I see at night is Kevin, and while I don’t always understand why, I’m thankful that he loves me just as much as I love him.

I Love To Eat The Turkey on Thanksgiving

Adam Sandler sings the Thanksgiving song.

It’s still a classic.

I Am Officially a Wuss

This realization hit me yesterday while we were running errands. Now, I come from a state where there is some semblance of seasons passing. Sure, Texas summers SEEM endless, but, inevitably, winter does indeed come knocking (usually in the form of an annoying ice storm). This time last year, I was marveling at the novelty of being able to jump in the pool in November; I loved the idea of wearing shorts in January. This year, however, I think I’ve finally acclimated to the climate here in sunny Florida, and by acclimated, I of course mean become a huge wuss.

Now, if the temperature dips below 70 {gasp!} my skin dries out like I’m living in the Arctic. I feel like I need to break out the space heater. And don’t even get me started on how long I’ve been looking for my mittens, which I know I never unpacked last year. Seriously. Mittens.

People tell you that Florida cold is a brutal cold, that it somehow feels colder. I laughed at every single person that told me that….until I moved here, at which point I discovered that if it’s 50 degrees outside it feels like I should be heading down the slopes.

It’s 48 outside right now. We would have had our windows open back in Texas. Here? I’m wishing desperately for a fireplace and some hot cocoa. Yep. I’m a big old wuss.

For Kevin

Poor Kevin is seriously bogged down this week, so I thought I’d post a little something to make him giggle:

Babe. Love you babe.

Yuck

As it tends to do when things get going at a fever pitch, life put the brakes on me this week. Here I was, cruising along, and all of a sudden a sinus infection decided to move in. I have all kinds of stuff to get done, but all I want to do is go to sleep (well, that, and rip my eyeballs out of their sockets and scrape out the insides of my sinus cavities). There is an upside to all of all of this, however: It’s 2:15 and I’m still in my pajamas, and the puppy has also decided that a nap is a good idea, so he’s snuggled up next to me. There are way worse things in life than puppy snorgles.

Lily, Marshall, and…..BARNEY?!?!?

How It DIDN’T Happen

Yes, this is totally disturbing, but if you’re a fan of “How I Met Your Mother”, then it’s frickin’ hilarious. I can waste a whole afternoon on HIMYM clips on YouTube.

Busy Busy Busy

It happens every year: November hits, and all of a sudden it’s like somebody hit the Fast Forward button. Between getting ready for Thanksgiving, doing a little organizing (if by little your definition is totally overhauling every closet in the house), and trying to get a little Christmas shopping done I’m absolutely swamped.

Even with all of that, though, we still managed to get over to Epcot for one more visit to Food and Wine (awesome), and we’re heading to Tallahassee for the big Homecoming game this weekend, which means that Oliver gets to go spend some time with his friends at the Dogmahall and the big dogs get a break from all of his manic puppy energy.

I expect things will begin to slow down sometime around February. 😉

Today’s The Day

No matter who you vote for, just get out and vote.

T-Rex…A Review



We headed over to Downtown Disney today to eat lunch at T-Rex. We’ve been waiting for it to open for about a year now, and we were super-excited to check it out.

Let me start off by saying that we are NOT fans of Rainforest Cafe; we’ve never really liked the food, and the coolness factor wears off after the first visit. We kind of expected the same for T-Rex. There are positives and negatives for T-Rex, though, and overall it was a better experience than I thought it would be.

First of all, they do an EXCELLENT job of moving people through the queue and to a table (same procedure as Rainforest—you put your name in and then stand in line). At 12:30 on a Saturday, we waited maybe 20 minutes. Not too shabby. Once we were seated, however, we waited about 10 minutes for a server to appear. Then we waited some more for our drinks. Our appetizer never appeared….but our entrees finally did…a full 30 minutes after we ordered. We sent them back and re-requested our appetizer. In fairness, they DID comp our app, and I’m pretty sure we just had a bad server, but looking around at other tables, everybody seemed to be waiting a while for food. That said, everyone else’s servers seemed quite a bit more attentive than ours.

The food was actually (surprisingly) good. The portions are VERY generous, and the menu was extensive, and there were a whole lot of seafood selections (thanks in part, I’m sure, to the fact that Landry’s owns T-Rex).

The “experience” was totally fun. There are 4 themed dining areas: Fire, Ice, the Sequoia room, and a coral reef. Every 30 minutes there’s a “meteor shower”, complete with comets streaking across the ceiling and much roaring and bellowing from the dinosaurs and wooly mammoths. There isn’t a bad seat in the house for checking out all the dino action, either, and all the favorites are represented: the T-Rex, a triceratops, a stegosaurus, and my favorite, the pterodactyl. It’s HELLA noisy in the restaurant, too, so if you’re looking forward to having a conversation, this is not the place for you. Even at our 2-top, we had to practically yell across the table to hear one another. There’s a place outside for the kiddos to dig called the Paleo Zone, and that definitely kept a bunch of kids occupied. And, of course, there’s a gift shop. It’s Disney…what did you expect?
Of course we had to take advantage of our opportunity to ‘Build-A-Dino”. Build-A-Bear has turned Jurassic at T-Rex, and it was super fun. We learned from our fluffer (get your mind out of the gutter! I’m talking about the girl that fluffs up your Dino with stuffing!) that there are only two Build-A-Dinos in the world, this one and one in Kansas City. The staff here was absolutely WONDERFUL….even as busy as they were, they were all outstanding, and everything I expect Disney employees to be.

We’ll definitely head back over to T-Rex again….but I think that we’ll avoid the peak times. Maybe it’ll be a bit quieter….and maybe we’ll get a better server. This is a definite must for people with kids; every kid we saw was having a blast. We give TRex a solid 4 stars (out of 5).

In Honor of Halloween

The Shining

After yesterday’s Scary Mary, I thought I’d make it up to you by posting this recut trailer of The Shining. Kevin will be the first to tell you that I am in no way allowed to watch this movie (although I’m inexplicably drawn to it every time it’s on). I have nightmares for DAYS when I watch it. It’s not that it’s too scary per se, but when I was five years old I saw it by mistake (I was *supposed* to be watching the Love Boat and Fantasy Island) and it permanently scarred me. And no, my mother had absolutely no idea that I was watching The Shining.

So. I think I much prefer this version; no Redrum to worry about!

Scary Mary

Scary Mary

I love Mary Poppins, I really do, BUT I was always just a little intimidated by her. She always seemed a little bit scary to me. So, in honor of Halloween, here’s a recut trailer of the Disney classic. Hide your children!

It’s The Great Pumpkin!

I love the day when “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” graces the airwaves. For me, the Great Pumpkin means the official kick-off to the holiday season. It means that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away (mmmmmmmm, turkey!), which in turn means that it’s almost time to put up my Christmas tree (side note: I’m super excited about my tree theme this year. I’m *finally* gonna have a beachy tree, after 4 years of wanting one!).

We watch Snoopy and his pals every year (yes, we’re aware that we don’t have kids, thankyouverymuch) with eager anticipation of the next holiday special. Soon, the Grinch will be making an appearance, not to mention Clark Griswold and his family. It’s almost time for 24 hours of “A Christmas Story”.

It may seem a little premature to some people, but just you wait: the holiday season will be over before you know it, and then the only thing you’ll have to look forward to is the “Easter Beagle“!

Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009

Wow. This game got some really bad reviews over at Amazon. I’m glad I didn’t read them before I ordered it and actually played. Here’s the deal: It’s not Wii Fit. It’s certainly not cute or “fun”. Then again, Jillian Michaels is known for kicking ass, so I got exactly what I paid for: an ass-kicking workout. I gave it 30 minutes today, and I gotta tell ya, I feel like Jillian herself was in my living room running my ass up a hill.

The response time is a little slow, but that actually makes you work harder. I also like the fact that on the instruction screen (between activities) there is no “pause” function. You are forced to read the directions and move immediately on to the activity….no chance to rest. If you’re me, you can’t have the extra slack, otherwise you might sit down for a minute to rest.

Overall, I really like this “game”. No, it’s not cutesy. It’s absolutely no-nonsense, but that’s the point. It’s also one more weapon in my fat-burning arsenal (even though I’ll be the first to admit I’ve fallen off the wagon since Oliver came into our lives, but I’m committed to get back on now). I can’t wait for Kevin to try it. All in all, I give Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009 a solid 3.5 stars.

Still Funny

This was on SNL a couple of weeks ago, and it’s still cracking me up.

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