Wednesday, May 30, 2007
This is the stone walkway alongside the fort that led beneath the dike/retainer wall or harbor wall. This is what lead us to the view of the next picture. It's really beautiful and WOW, are there a lot of rocks. Hard to believe that the ocean could breach such a sturdy fortification.
The second picture is a pier that we saw belonging to a really fancy schmancy house.
What interested ME were the HUNDREDS UPON HUNDREDS of Hermit Crabs that were swimming and communing with the mating horseshoe crabs. I thought they were moving rocks at one point. I mean, I'd never seen so many in one place.
It was the coolest thing and the water was so clear!
Obviously, clear water doesn't mean "safe" water. One of the locals said that the water reclaimation project was meeting success. I guess a few years ago, we wouldn't have been able to see the hermit crabs or horseshoe crabs doing their thing from so far away.
What also amazed me were the people fishing! Young and old, male and female ... they were catching and releasing and having a rousing good time! PCB not withstanding.
Fort Phoenix as seen from the walkway ... or dike that blocked part of the harbor/bay.
The famous placque markers
What's the most historic place you've ever stood near???
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
The sights that we marveled at this past weekend weren't restricted to those of man. Nature played a hand in making this past Memorial Day memorable too.
Flag at Fort Phoenix
Oh Yeah, the signs of spring heading into summer. The Mating Season of the Horseshoe Crab occurs this time of year.
Monday, May 28, 2007
I was away for a few days to celebrate Memorial Day by revisiting Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts. We toured once again the U.S.S. Massachusetts. This time however, we were also able to take in the attack submarine, U.S.S. Lionfish and the Soviet-built Missile Corvette Hiddensee.
The Top of the U.S.S. Massachusetts
Two men to a Brig. There's not even a sink in there!
Picture #3 -
The emblem on the side of the Sub. NO I didn't have to lean too far over to get it. *gg*
Look! Look! I swear, there was only 15 inches of room between the bottom of the bunk and those pipes. I can only hope those pipes had wires going through them and not hot stuff. Oh, and the bunk is right over a HUGE torpedo!!!!
Friday, May 25, 2007
You see, I ONLY DOWNLOADED THE ONE PICTURE !! and this is the result. (Ka-Boom!)
Although, for today's post, it's kind of appropriate as I'm tootin' my own horn.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO ME AND MINE. :-)
It seems like each individual flash gets its own picture, yet they all are sparkling. What's up with that?
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
A lot of biting and lovin' and politics has played out since that first story until we come to this latest adventure.
I recommend reading this latest. Quinn is back and I like him, bald head and all. I really hope that things work out with Sookie and him... but you know...there's always a glitch on the path to true love.
And ..and... oh I have to stop. I want so badly to talk spoilers but this book is newly out so I shouldn't .
If you are worried that paying a hardcover price may not be worth it, try your library. Just read it as soon as you get the chance. I read it as soon as I got it and stayed up unti 1:15AM until I was done.
Unlike with my earlier post about Dimali and L.A.Banks, Charlain's Sookie just has me clamoring for more NOW and I'm experiencing serious angst that I have to wait so long to find out what happens next.
What book have you read lately that has you itchin' to read the next installment, like, yesterday???
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Last night I finished reading Wicked by L. A. Banks.
Is anyone else into this series?
How did you first get hooked if you are?
Me? I found Minion at a library book sale and I've been reading L A Banks ever since.
Is it easy reading for you?
Not me. I actually have to gird my loins to read these books. They are intense not just from the violence standpoint, but religious beliefs too. The concept of Heaven fighting Hell has been around since ... well, the Bible - before it was written.
But L.A. Banks kicks it up a notch by mixing it with the current fashion wave of vampires, werewolves and demons - all bad. Well, like with anything, there are exceptions - like Saul becoming Paul.
This is not a series that you can just jump right in and read any book at any time. You have to read them in order because this is a journey in progress.
I can't even classify this as a romance story. Oh, sure there is romance between Dimali and Carlos - we've been rooting for them for the past five books. In the last book (Damned), they finally, FINALLY get married but as you've read in Wicked - there's no rest for the weary and no calm HEA - the battle rages on.
Once I finished Wicked, I was hyped up, nervous and adrenaline shimmered through my viens. I couldn't go to sleep right away so I zoned out on Solataire until my eyes rolled.
Like I said, this is not a light airy series to read - but the Huntress stories are well written, the story arcs are varied within the main plot and her many characters have shown growth as we've watched them face their worst fears. And witness some incredible miracles - Banks' style.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Love it or hate it?
This is the time of year where the reckoning happens - did you splurge during the winter and pack on the hibernating insulation or did you stand firm against all the festive feasts?
I enjoyed the egg nogs, oreos, lasagnas and birthday cakes. I am well insulated, thank you.
Unfortunately, it also drove me to the stores where I had to face the truth. Fitting room mirrors don't allow me to rationalize the extra cookie showing up on my hips or the new jiggle juggle that used to be steady as a rock. Yep, now it's rock n' roll.
I tried on scores of outfits - some of which someone more nefarious than the Grinch switched the bottom half with a size larger than the top and marked hanger indicated which left me having to go back and pick out another set again and again - yep, I got burned more than twice with that scam.
I finally found a something that fit. I was shopping for FIVE hours and only found four outfits.
Think about it; five hours of traveling, gas, looking, trying on and all I got was four outfits? And a sore knee? OUCH
The average of time versus procurement, in a word, sucks.
Today however was a treat.
In 25 minutes I found six pair of shoes!!
Three white, two black and one hot fushia pink.
Can we say "happy" ??
My answer to the question: "I hate shopping. "
Therefore, I go all gung-ho and get it ALL done in one fell swoop, if possible, never to deal or think about it for another whole year.
If I'd stuck to my resolution ( remember, I only made two?) this wouldn't have come to pass but getting old sucks too because your metabolism slows down - which compounds the problem - even though the enjoyment of food doesn't stop.
But that's a whole other issue .....
Soooo, What's your vote? Yea or Nay?
Thursday, May 17, 2007
I have to mention some background first.
Back at work there was some excitement and not the good kind. Seems the law offices were targeted for theft. Premeditated by a brash, ballsy and arrogent thief.
He was seen by a witness so she has to give testimony, description and all that. The scariest part of it was that she was all alone and you know it could have been a lot worse for her than it ended up being. We are VERY grateful for the fact that although the criminal was ingeneous in his planning of pulling off the heist, he was inept in his people skills. He was positively frazzled when he was confronted by another person when he thought the place empty. He froze. And he had no weapon. Again, thank goodness!
The police, of course, were called. The detective came and this is when it happened.
He was dusting for finger prints - so cool -
and the fist thing I said, with a big grin, "Wow, just like on CSI!"
He turned and looked at me ( yep he was a blonde-haired cutie - -with a teenaged daughter, LOL!)
"Bite your tongue."
I got all wide eyed and of course asked, "why?"
I was then told how FAKE most of what happens on CSI is and for those in the business, it grates on their nerves. His kid LOVES CSI but he just shakes his head and walks away, he won't watch it.
Seems the very first episode he ever watched had our CSI detective heroes finding two halves of a print and just by laying them side to side, amazingly, they got a perfect match!
To a real detective, that was a "groaner" and the clincher - no more bothering with THAT show.
I offerred up the possibility to him that the half prints on the show could have come from the criminal's two different thumbs and he said "Exactly" because every finger on our two hands are all different,
No way could that have worked in real life.
How I wish I could have stayed to ask more questions, to watch and learn from a REAL detective, but alas, work and duty called.
Oh, only an expensive radio was taken. She disrupted him before the rest of his plans could have been acted out. There are other clever details of the thief's casing job, but I won't go into it here.
Suffice to say that no one was hurt, only a replaceable item was stolen and we know that this nemisis has hit law offices before.
Real life - amazing isn't it?
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
We were under a tornado watch for about five and half hours. Nothing ended up happening and that's a good thing. OH, we had a humdinger of a storm with the full effects of wind, rain, thunder and lightening, but no loss of power or tree limbs. Lucky, lucky us.
Today started off with my not going to work as usual. Had to switch my days off as my little one had to stay home today.
Today was THE field trip of the year - going to a local zoo as an entire class.
Except they serve peanuts in all the food fed to the animals and the place is dirty. I mean, I went there two years ago and I was knocked flat for a week with an asthma attack and all the repercussions thereof. Can you imagine what affect an additional two years of animal crap and dander would have on me? Without my parental supervision to make sure he didn't go into anaphelactic shock from accidental peanut contamination, he wasn't allowed to go. I had to take the entire day off from work.
What do you think it's like to be the only child out of 25 not going pn a field trip because of food allergies??
And I have to say NO because I myself have problems there .... *wheeze/gag**
What to do to make it up to him?
First, I took him to a natural park that had gym sets and swings galore and we had swinging contests to see who could go higher, then took him to the bird zoo there and marvel at the turkeys in rut, the snow white chickens with the impressive red crowns being chased by a smaller Rhodey, a Peacock in full fan, owls that winked at him and bald eagles that were indifferent and a Red Tailed Hawk that looked like it wanted us for lunch.
Then, I took him to a quaint country store and let him buy candy while mom bought cooking herbs and a new pan scaper. Then zoomed off to Old Navy to buy a new pair of shorts and a shirt for both kids and then to Whole Foods where he fell in love with the cherries on display. At flippen NINE DOLLARS a pound, he wanted cherries - so, he got cherries - 1/2 pound, thank you. :-)
Heck, I even taught him how to pump gas - hold the handle and squeeze. LOL
We beat the T-storm home by five minutes before the sky opened up and dropped so much rain so fast, it seemed like we were shrouded in fog, yet it was only wind and rain. Very impressive display.
The day ended with the second to last Paws for Reading event and he got to read to Auggie this time, the Doberman Pinscher. Such soulful eyes that dog has.
So, that's what I did.
Do you think I made it up to him? Do you think I did OK?
Did I lessen enough the trauma of not going with his classmates?
Only time will tell.
Oooh ! Ooooh! I tried to download my chicken thing at Photobucket. Let's see if it will load, shall we?
*fingers crossed* or
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Your Score: Survivor
You have 73 Chance of survival
You will survive but lose many of your friends along the way, and there is a chance your infected if u hit below 65%.You will kill little to no zombies watso ever. But hey ur still here arent ya.
|Link: The Zombie survival Test written by wade3911 on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test|
Test number two:
Your Score: Elasticity
You're powers are 80% Mental, 75% Emotional, and 69% Physical!
Probably the most versatile of powers, you have Elasticity! You can stretch parts of your body in all manners of ways. It's a very underestimated power. With this you can fight with amazing power, reach long distances, slip into places too small for most people, and take hits like few can. You're a benefit to anyone's super team, and perfect for nearly any occasion.
If you want someone more submissive, try any of these for sidekicks: Absorption, you can teach them how deflecting shots back at the opponents works best. Illusions, your own stretched form might help them understand how to use thier powers to greater effect with less effort. Super Senses, your multiple talents might teach them to expand their own abilities.
If you want someone your equal, try another Elastic, you'll understand and work off of each other's powers.
If you want someone more dominant, try any of these for mentors: Laser Eyes, their precision shots will hone your own extended melee skills. Size Control, their control over size will teach you to do the same with your own powers. Time Control, their understanding of when tings should occur will help you be in the right place at the right time.
Your nature and all-around skills makes it so there's really no one you should avoid.
|Link: The Latent Super Power Test written by Quixotico on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test|
Hmmm, Stretch me baby, one more time. LOL!!
Who have sat in rocking chairs for hours on end soothing crying babies who can't be comforted.
For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew Halloween costumes. And all the mothers who DON'T.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Is it ever truly silent?
Safe in your house, windows shut, blinds down, TV off.
Is there a void of noise?
The drone of a motor, working to keep your beer and milk just right.
The tiny wail of wind as it gusts through the seals you'd thought locked tight.
The click of your boiler shutting off and turning on
while water drips and pings on the spoon in your sink.
And over it all, silence blasted open and away
roars the sound of a C-5 heading into the day.
Silence no longer reigns, if it ever did.
They say to meditate, you must have a calm and empty mind
How can a mind stay blank surrounded with this din?
Truly, I sat down to update my blog and realized that I had nothing to say. I always have something, don't I?
Yet, I felt empty and blank.
Therefore, I just sat and typed drivel, hoping something would appear. I thought I was surrounded by silence ... the kids gone to school, my not having to rush off to work yet- I believed myself to be mired in feelings of the unispired and undriven. Where was the inspiration?
Then I realized that although there was silence in my mind, I was surrounded by noise.
Birds; morning doves cooing, blue jays shreiking and crows ca-cawing. Listening closer I became aware of the dribble and tinkle from my fish tank, the click of my coffee maker reminding me to imbibe in a second cup of java and now the clickety-clack of my typing this nonsense.
It all started with a blank mind.
Good thing it's a temporary glitch, right?