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Dude Ranches, Aquariums and exhaustion, OH MY!

Yes, I’m still alive.


I just went on vacation.
With Mom, Dad and Isaac.

It was quite the 4 days.

We went to the Dude Ranch.


See? A dude ranch!

We ran around at top speed and did things, like rode horses.
Small boy plus big horse equals the need for lessons!

Mom cheated at Memory and stole my drinks.

 See? Drink stealing.

We had fun. It was amazing to take Isaac to where I used to go growing up. It was a blast.

Then we were off to Boston!

Home of the Stanley Cup Champions!

We took a trip to the New England Aquarium!

It was there that we visited with Stingrays (and got to pet them too!)
They have a mucus coating. Yes, I learned that there!

Hung around with Myrtle the Turtle, who has been there for the longest time…and Doug and I used to visit her when we were just dating.

and we visited the penguins. Including the Little Blues.
See Mom? No, they're NOT babies!

And they look like this:
Cute, huh?

And we even learned so much about sharks, as well as made a dental dermicle with a shark fact on it to hang in the aquarium’s Blue Exploration Day poster! Yes, it was a big shark!


Now, we’re all exhausted.
Isaac and I for a whirlwind and Doug for the 6 hours of driving it took there and back to the aquarium.

I’m going to go take a nap.

and dream about all of the fun we had this past week.


July 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm Leave a comment

Do the right thing, and no, it’s not the movie.

Let me start this off with yes, I do watch other things besides hockey. Frankly, from the time hockey ends, there’s that awful thing called Baseball, which I’m thrust into by the love of the Yankees and Cubs by my hubby and family. Sometimes, I don’t get it. Other days, I get it.

Like the other day.

Yes, everyone knows. Derek Jeter hit his 3,000th hit. It was a homer. It was amazing. He is now part of this exclusive club that few players get inducted into.

But that’s not what I’m all in a lather about. Honestly.

It is the way the court of public opinion has crucified the young man that caught the ball and didn’t ask for monetary compensation to return the ball to Jeter.

The young man wanted to do the right thing, and return it. Just to go and present it to Jeter was enough for him.

But not for the public.

They went gonzo, talking about how this kid gave up masses of money and the team can afford it.

But you see, this guy did the right thing. He just asked to present the ball to Jeter.  Derek Jeter worked for it, so he figured that he should have the ball.

Seems logical to me.


Think of it this way: You work hard all of your career, and whammo, your proof of everything you worked for goes into the crowd and then money is extorted from you and your organization for it? Yeah, no.


What kills me is that we’re telling our children and students and anyone around us to think before they act and to do the right thing.  We tell them to be “Godly” and in some circles to consider it a “mitzvot.”

Why then are we as a collective society decrying a guy who is embodying everything we constantly tell our children? Why are we slamming him for doing what is right, good and honest?

I don’t know. I don’t know why we do such things as a society.


For us here at Chez E. Nowhere, We made this a teachable moment. We talked to Isaac about how we do the right thing, and in this case, the right thing was to get that ball to its rightful owner.


That would be Derek Jeter.


So, to the young man who made that lesson in morals possible, Thank you. Thank you for doing the right thing and showing the world that there is more to being a good person than just saying it. Actions truly speak louder than words.

July 16, 2011 at 7:36 pm 2 comments

Happy July 4th!

Happy July 4th, and happy birthday to the best little sister in the world.

To celebrate, here are the annual Muppet clips…

Fozzie from my favorite movie-the Muppet Movie

And a classic-Sam the Eagle singing Stars and Stripes Forever. With a classic Sam freak out.

July 4, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

A wet, wild day at the fun park

For eons, my family would spend at least one of our summer days at the fun park, no matter where we were. If we were in Maine, we’d find a place there. In California, it would be Disneyland, Knotts, or Magic Mountain.

This time around, we ended up at our local theme park, Six Flags Great Escape. This is a park that we used to go to years ago, when it was Storytown, then it was renamed to Great Escape. The park has changed significantly, but we figured with the deal we got today, it was worth trying with Isaac.

Truth be told, with Isaac’s ADHD and other issues, I hadn’t even thought to take him to a theme park because I never would have thought that he could handle it. Frankly, I was scared on my way out there.

One of my friends who also has a special needs kiddo let me in on the SNAP pass, the thing that is almost like a Disneyland SAP pass for guests with disabilities. Since Isaac gets overstimulated, waiting is a severe challenge and all of that good stuff that comes with severe ADHD, I grabbed one, stuck it in my backpack and hoped to heavens above I wouldn’t need it.

Did I mention it was raining in spurts, fits and downpours?

So, we marched into the park, ponchos (courtesy of mom..) and an umbrella (courtesy of me) and headed toward the roller coaster to start the day.

For you all to understand why we headed toward a roller coaster (with kiddie rides around it for Isaac), I need to tell this story:

When M and I were growing up, we took frequent trips to this fun park, and as we got older, we would head onto the newly built roller coasters. Dad would often join us and sit with one of us.  Usually at a critical point in the ride, Dad would scream:


and then make a puking sound.

(insert screaming people either in front or in back of us and us dying of laughter.)

So, while Isaac and Mom and Doug (he doesn’t do roller coasters since the HUGE surgery) went over to the train and the old time cars, Dad and I ran over to the Boomerang.  Dad decided he wanted to start the day right with a thrill ride.

(I had pictures, but the cell phone photos, which kinda suck, didn’t want to work here. OY!)

So, Dad and I rode the Boomerang for the first time in I don’t know how many years.

It was fun. It was hilarious.

Dad held his puke comment until later in the day.


Since it was wet and grey, it was nice to not have to use the SNAP pass for the Shrimper. He didn’t have to do a lot of waiting, but was insanely overstimulated by the entire day. It was a good thing that the first time was a rainy day!

It makes me think about how to make the day go easier the next time we do this.

Yes, there will be a next time.  Isaac had an absolute blast of a time. He ran from ride to ride loving every second of it.

He rode his first roller coaster-this bodes well for us later on down the road, because this means he’ll be in line with me and Dad for the big gun coasters in a year or two.

He was able to get on all sorts of rides and laugh and smile and generally be a goof. AND he got his picture taken with Scooby Doo.

How do you beat that?


So, it was a wet, wild day at the fun park. We ALMOST got Mom on a ride, but that’ll happen next time we go.

I’ll have photos to prove it!



July 3, 2011 at 9:47 pm Leave a comment

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