Thursday, July 30, 2009

Just The Links, Ma'am

Check out my travel blog post today about a great condo or house at the gulf for half price. HERE
And then commiserate with me on my quest to find the perfect exercise class on my Herald-Leader blog HERE.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

You May Still Have Time... fit in a cruise before school starts, depending on where you live and when school starts. Check out information about a great deal on a Disney cruise on my travel blog here:

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

News Flash

I have a news flash for you all and I'm sure you are going to be SUPREMELY interested in this.

My butt is KILLING ME.

Read why at my Herald-Leader blog HERE.

Friday, July 24, 2009

For Fun Friday: July 24, 2009

Time travel is a premise that fascinates me. I can't imagine being in this woman's situation, though.

I guess you really can buy anything on the Internet.

And last. A picture that struck so close to home, I had to share.

If you are thinking about a destination wedding, check out my travel blog post about Couples San Souci. Fabulous place!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

I Want To Be More Gorgeous On Facebook Than I Am In Real Life

I actually started to write about Facebook the other day and then I got distracted by the whole iPhone debacle and my post degenerated into a diatribe about iPhone use and I'm really pleased with the resonance of all those "d" words in this sentence and this is exactly how I got distracted the last time so here I am back to talking about Facebook. Read more about my desire for gorgeous photos of myself HERE on my Herald-Leader blog.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Kids Eat Free In Orlando

There are a lot of special deals available now for kids to get free privileges at a variety of locations but this deal from American Express and The Travel Authority is one of the best I have seen. Many resorts offer a kids eat free option but this deal allows kids 11 and under to eat free at over 100 restaurants in Orlando. Instead of having to choose from a couple of restaurants at a resort, and a reduced menu, families can choose from a huge variety of restaurants and make everyone in the family happy with their meal choice. Read the rest at my travel blog HERE.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Try It Tuesday: Purex 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets

So, now that I have all this free time and I can keep up with my laundry with no problem at all, NOW I find this completely fabulous product to save time when doing laundry. It's these really cool laundry sheets that have the detergent and fabric softener (and anti-static is the 3rd) right in them. All you do is drop the sheet in the washer and then put it in the dryer along with the wet clothes. I couldn't believe it would actually work but it does! The clothes were clean and fresh and had no static.

Not that it takes all that much time to pour in laundry detergent and throw in a dryer sheet but I am all about less time for chores because that just means I have a lot more time for naps. Which is always a necessity.

So try these and let me know what you think.

And check out my Herald-Leader blog today about my aversion to iPhones. And mock me endlessly.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Punta Cana Princess

I will eventually get back to writing over here but I've been busy wrangling a wild little blonde pony at my house all week while day care was closed and was lucky to keep the travel posts coming. And now that I have written that and looked back, I realize I described him the EXACT SAME WAY last week. Things must have been just like the wild west around here. And so they were. Check out the one for today and it may make you think about visiting Punta Cana.

A few years ago, my daughter and I wanted an inexpensive, all-inclusive getaway. We decided that an all-inclusive trip to Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic was the best possible deal for our money as well as having the benefit of being a gorgeous, tropical location. Punta Cana has beautiful white sand beaches which face the calm and lovely Caribbean ocean, where the temperatures stay fairly constant all year long with an average of 80 degrees. We were traveling alone so we wanted a tour company that was reliable and where one payment would cover everything from food, lodgings, airfare and transfers. So we decided on Vacation Express and The Travel Authority. And were very glad we did. Read the rest on my travel blog here.

Friday, July 17, 2009

For Fun Friday: July 17, 2009

I am kind of liking Ricky Gervais. He's growing on me.

Some truly strange duvet covers.

Check out this youtube video - it's really incredible. I can't believe how they make it sound like a thunderstorm with their hands! (Thanks, Barb!)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Travel to Paris, Anyone?

Seems like all I'm doing lately is writing on my travel blog. That and corraling a wild young pony with blonde hair who is visiting us this week while day care is closed. Now I know why they say you should have your kids while you are young. Although the kisses and hugs make all the strenuous exercise well worth it. In lieu of a fascinating and humorous post, just link over to my travel post about a two-for-one river cruise deal in Europe. This is on our after-retirement list. I hope we get to go soon...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Try It Tuesday: Vaseline Daily Body Gel

I saw an ad for this stuff in a magazine and I was kind of intriqued with the idea of using a gel to moisturize in the summer, instead of lotion. It just sounded cool and refreshing, especially since I'm spending a lot of time outside and at the pool. Well, I have to tell you that I LOVE this stuff. I thought it might be greasy or would just sit on my skin but it's not greasy at all; it's light and clean-smelling and it blends right in. I also like it does not have a heavy smell and I can wear perfume when I use this. The lotions are great but they smell so strong that I can't wear any of my perfume. If you go here, you can get a dollar off coupon. So, check this stuff out and let me know what you think.

Monday, July 13, 2009

I'm Not Sure What Is More Interesting About This Picture

That I was so intrigued by the fact that crackers in Mexico have Spanish writing on them. (Duh.)

Or. That I was taking a picture of my crackers at an oceanside cafe with a lovely beach and turquoise water. And showing myself to be the wide-eyed tourist I totally was.

Friday, July 10, 2009

For Fun Friday July 10, 2009

This looks hilarious. I think I recognize that beach!

This list includes some of our FAVORITE movies. "But of course"! (said with a faux French accent)

Whether you are traveling or not this summer, here's a great list of books to read.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Retirement Is Great But It's Making Me Tired

Seriously. I love retirement but I think I am busier now than I was when I was working. Of course, I am in summertime mode which means I must frantically clean my house from top to bottom and this even includes such once a week once a month OK once every six months jobs as mopping all the floors. Thank God I bought that lovely kitchen linoleum that hides the dirt so well. Who knew it was TOTALLY a different color when it was clean. Huh.

Tom was lying on the couch the other day as I dusted the downstairs (changing the dust rag often because they were getting so filthy - God, who cleans this house? Oh. That would be me.) and I said "I bet you think I'm going nuts cleaning so much" and he managed to drag his attention away from Jerry Springer long enough to nod. What he doesn't realize is that I do this every summer - he is just usually at work. Now that we are both home, he can truly witness my obsessive cleanliness.

It's this way every summer. I never have time to clean the whole house at one time during the school year. It's the bathrooms/laundry one Saturday and dusting/vacuuming/laundry the next Saturday and if I skip a Saturday because of a social event or shoe shopping, it's almost impossible to catch up. And I can't imagine how I got anything at all done when I had kids to take care of. It's a wonder mothers ever get anything done.

So. My house is pretty clean now. But I have been taking my little Moose to swim lessons in the morning and I'm not sure how a 1/2 hour swim lesson can consume the entire day but it seems to do just that. Of course, the afternoon naps consume part of my day. But I am not willing to negotiate on that. Summer naps are absolutely fabulous. Turn on the fan, get a light quilt to put over you, no set time to get up or to get anything done, and just sleep. FABULOUS.

And then there's reading. I finally have time to go to the library, check out books and sit and read them. I am loving this. I devour one book, throw it down and begin another. I'm like a person who has staggered out of the desert after being lost for days and you just handed me a pitcher of clear, cool water.

I got an email from my replacement the other day, asking about some techie stuff and how to do this and that and I thought "She is probably sending this from my desk. In my library. On my computer". Huh. I felt a little pang of sadness. A tiny little pang.

And then I took a nap.

And felt much better.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Try It Tuesday: Fresca

OK, this is not a new product but one I have rediscovered, thanks to my mom. She offered me a Fresca a while back and when I took one sip, I remembered what I had forgotten over the years. Namely, that Fresca is FABULOUS. Citrusy, grapefruity, clean tasting and refreshing. All other diet drinks, even my beloved Diet Mountain Dew, now taste too sweet. I am living on this stuff.

And I was astonished to find out while looking for a picture for this post that it now comes in Black Cherry and Peach, which I WILL be trying to find somewhere. If you are looking for a crisp and refreshing diet drink that has no caffeine, check this stuff out and let me know what you think.

Friday, July 3, 2009

For Fun Friday: July 3, 2009

All the new movies seem to be either about zombies or vampires. Here's the latest vampire offering.

44 Travel Rules - and I'm still learning new ones.

I have often thought about how easy it would be to walk from one movie showing to another without paying but have never actually done it and would probably never do it. But here's exactly HOW to do it.