Monday, March 28, 2011

Being a Tourist in Your Own State

Isn't it sad that sometimes we don't even know what treasures our own states hold until we have visitors?  We are always on the look-out for the "off-the-beaten path" places to visit when we have company.  Living in Florida, it can get pretty old to do the Disney, Universal, Sea-World,  "lather, rinse, repeat" cycle, so it's fun to find some "new to us" things to do.

What follows are some pics of one of the fun places we found to visit during our "special someone's" visit.  (There will be more to come sprinkled in with future stitching and what-not posts, as well.)  I wasn't born or raised here, but we learn more and more that we  live in an amazing state.  I *heart* Florida!!!  :)     (PS - the weather is pretty darn awesome most of the year, too!!)  :)


One of our first stops was http://www.wonderworksonline.com/  Wonderworks was a fantasic place in Orlando that was REALLY lots of fun!!  I highly recommend it as a place to go as a "break" from the "go, go, go" of Disney.  This is one of those places where adults can have just as much fun as the kids.

  The premise of this place is that it was picked up (I think by a "supposed" wild weather event and then placed "upside down".  In other words, the basement is the upper floor and the third floor is on the bottom floor.  (Yup, I had to ask directions "more" than once!  LOL   There were lots of exhibits here - you learned about cold water (hypothermia  killed most of the Titanic victims);  you place your hand in a bucket of water that is the same temperature of the water the Titanic sank in, and a clock counts down how long you keep your hand immersed.  I lost by ONE second!!!!!  (My snarky 15-yr old was determined not to let me beat him!)  You can also experience what it feels like to be in a hurricane, an earthquake, throw pitches to some of baseball's greatest, play with monster bubbles, lay on a bed of nails (you have a lot of control over this exhibit), "land" a space shuttle, go on a 4-d roller coaster, a really cool rope climbing adventure (I had to sit that one out due to my knee, but the guys said it was really fun!), do a virtual reality game, see yourself as an astonaut and with a "floating head" AND play laser tag on one of the world's largest laser tag courses!  (BTW - please note....out of the eight people in our group, I kicked MAJOR "sit-upon" at laser tag!!!!!  Got the highest score, I did!!!)  :)


        Ian's "floating" head


"Ace" looking like a bug-head playing one of the Virtual Reality Games

As a disclaimer, I don't work for nor do I know anyone who works for Wonderworks.  (If I would have, I would've know how to score discount tickets - LOL).   They do offer AAA and AARP discounts.

These pics bring back silly, happy moments.  Thanks for letting me share.

Cherish your memories,

*Sharon

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Same Airport, Different Emotions....



Don't worry, there are LOTS of Florida tourism pictures that are heading this way in the next few days, but first, let's get one of my musings out of the way, shall we?

Have you ever noticed how ONE airport can have TWO entirely different emotions?  When our "special someone" was winging his way across the country for a visit with us a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't get to the airport fast enough.  It only takes us about an hour to get to the airport from our home, but I swear, getting to the airport to "pick up" seemed to take MUCH longer.  When we got there, I checked the arrival board about every two seconds, waiting for that "at gate" sign to show itself.  The joy and anticipation of hugs was over-whelming.  Tears shed were the 'happy" kind.

Fast forward through two absolutely wonderful weeks (minus one or two tourism "turkey's".  Hey, every state has 'em!)  Same route to the airport...but this time, the trip seemed to take only minutes.  I was trying so hard to cling to every last second.  This time I was staring at the departure board and dreading every minute that ticked by.

Those last final hugs were gut-wrenching and this time the tears were definitely not the joyful kind.  If you happened to be at the Orlando airport on Saturday, I was the lady who was holding on probably a little too tightly and soaking in tears. I was, however, appropraitely attired in black; that wasn't intentional on my part at all.  In fact, it kind of gave me a giggle when I got home and realized how I was dressed for "mourning")  I'm sorry if I happened to be your first impression of Florida - generally speaking, we're mostly a happy bunch!

The tears have stopped and looking at the pictures and remembering the fun memories has begun.  Lots of pics will be posted here in the coming days and weeks.  As my dad  always used to say, here's one to whet your whistle....(what's Florida without a plastic pink flamingo?) 


Cherish every moment,
*Sharon

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Look what I won!!!!!!


Due to issues that have become necessary to deal with involving my mom, I've been a little "down in the dumps" lately.  I usually am one of those annoyingly perky people, but "losing" more and more of my mom has been taking a toll. 

I've really missed  my "annoying" self and was in need of a "pick-me-up".  A couple of weeks ago, Becky hosted this incredible give-a-way.  She asked us to share what samplers mean to us.  I left a comment sharing how samplers link the generations.  I love samplers and this design in particular reminds me of a sampler I remember my Grandma had hanging in her home.  I was shocked and so happy when Becky notified me that I had won her drawing!!!!!   Becky is so generous and talented and I feel so blessed to have won this beautiful piece!  :)  This was just the blessing I needed!    Thanks so much, Becky.  You'll truly never know what a precious gift this is to me.  I cherish this pattern!!!  (Victoria's Quaker)

Once I get "houseguest central" in order, I'm hoping to pay Becky's generosity forward and host a give-a-way of my own.  Stay tuned and thanks for sharing in my joy and blessing!!   :)

TUSAL - March

Long time, no blog.  Things have been busy, busy, busy around here for the past couple of weeks.  You can tell by my ort jar that I have been doing a *very* little bit of stitching.   As part of the fun at Daffycat's blog, I'm sharing my orts for the month.

Tomorrow starts the beginning of my favorite season - houseguest season!  :)   Our nearest and dearest will be visiting from now through the middle of April.  (not all at the same time - only by onesies, twosies).

The fellow flying in tomorrow is such a sweetie - I can't wait to get my arms around him and hug the stuffing out of him.  We only get a couple of weeks a year with him, so I have to get all the hugs in I can while he's here.  (I'm sure this mortifies him, but it's the way I roll!)  :)     I cherish him!
We have some fun trips planned for his visit, so I'm sure I'll have some travel photo's to post before too long.

As always, thanks for the sweet comments.  I am grateful for everyone who takes a moment to spend with me.
Hugs,
*Sharon