Kindness is So Gangster!I went to visit Carmen in Tallahassee this weekend. We had a great time putting together finishing touches on her apartment, shopped and had some great food.
We had brunch/lunch at Jeri’s Midtown Cafe before I headed back home on Sunday. The service was impeccable, and the food was fresh and flavorful. Their servers wore these shirts stating kindness statements, but this one really spoke to me.
Kindness is So Gangster! Embracing this…as I have begun to love this phrase.
Happy Monday! Go Gangster!!
May the 4th be with you…
This wasn’t going to be my post today, but after the actor that portrayed Chewey, Peter Mayhew. passed away on May 1st, I had to change it.
Yes I know that this is at Disney, and that this isn’t the actual character, but…I was in awe and blown away by the experience.It was like I was chatting with Chewey (of course), but really though! I was overwhelmed.This was an amazing experience, and I am so happy that I was able to experience it.It was wonderful. Truly awesome, and a memorable experience. I have loved the Star Wars movies, and most of the characters since I was twelve.
By the way, I hate the way I look in the pictures. I have had about thirty pounds of regain, and it shows. Ugh.
When Carmen and I were visiting family in Maryland just over the Potomac from DC, we went to the store and I found these…
We got two. The smell alone brought back so many memories from visiting Germany in my youth. I can get the ones in the freezer in Florida…but these were made fresh. Carmen and I shared these two over a couple of days. So yummy.
Is there something you see in the store while on vacation that does this to you?
Carmen and I flew home yesterday to 74 degree weather. We unpacked our bags, changed clothes, and headed to the beach.
We live about 15 minutes away so it’s not a long drive except during everyone’s spring break! It took about 40 minutes to get there but so worth it.
We ate some oysters and crab claws, and our bodies were thankful.
My mind and heart are thankful as well. I had a wonderful experience with Carmen. I love our friendship and the way it has blossomed with her aging.
Thankful to God for both of my adult children even with the trials and tribulations. They continue to make my heart happy.
“I thank God every time I remember you.” – Philippians 1:3 NIV
What are you thankful for today?
We were so busy yesterday from getting to Good Morning America, lunch at Butter Midtown, up the Empire State Building, to Chinatown and Little Italy… back to the hotel all in the cold and rain.
We had to arrive at GMA by 615am. We didn’t know who was scheduled to be on, and Carmen was sort of okay with being there. Then we saw Jonathan Van Ness go into the side entrance, and we both got excited to see him! Then we were told they would have all of the guys from @queereye. 🥰 Love watching their show on Netflix, but just following all of them on Twitter is so fun and inspiring. They smiled and waived at us…dorks I know!
I got to go up the Empire State Building, which I didn’t get to do when I was here at 17.
We did the off/on Big Bus tour and saw a lot to the town. It was cold (I know that I’ve already said this) but for us it was really cold. We found a very nice Italian restaurant to have a glass of wine.
We toured the rest of downtown via bus. We really didn’t want to get back out walking in the rain again so we ended up back at the hotel around 7pm.
We ate at the hotel (I know) but it was warm, we didn’t have to leave the hotel (warm and dry), and they had good food. I had their pizza, it was hot and yummy!
We are headed back to DC this afternoon but we had to have a hotdog!
Today is even colder with the wind and rain. Thankful, just thankful for such a good visit. When I come back to NYC, I think it will be in May or June? This Florida (blood is so thin) girl can’t handle the cold.
Tomorrow we travel home so I will post something early.
Y’all! Too much to going on for posting today…but will explain in more detail tomorrow. 😎
Carmen and I waited in line to see an oral argument with the Supreme Court Justices. Carmen was in heaven due to being able to see and hear Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG).
Finally saw blooming cherry blossoms 🌸 outside of the Supreme Court building.
Toured the National Geographic Queens of Egypt exhibit. Women should rule the world.
Stood blocks away from the White House. Security had the square blocked off due to an outside press conference. Ugh!
Had cold water oysters (not sure what kind they were). Eh…I love my Florida oysters. These were good, but small and very briney.
End of the day and rode the MARC trains. Great way to get around especially if I don’t have to do this daily.
Today we are off to NYC. I am super excited to be there for a couple of days and to show Carmen some sites. I haven’t been here since I was seventeen.
Carmen and I are in Washington DC and NYC this week for my spring break, and to celebrate her graduation from LSU last December.
It is aLao a great excuse to spend time with my nieces (and Carmen to have some cousin time). Spending time with family, and their chickens.
The girls are in school, so we explored DC museums yesterday, and are planning on visiting the Supreme Court today.
Oh, by the way, yesterday’s high temperature was 49 degrees! The temperature this morning…29 degrees! Today is supposed to be a bit warmer—51 degrees. Yikes. Carmen and I are warm blooded…and have been freezing! We did bring coats and gloves…but these Florida girls are missing the beach.
So, five months after taking the initial audition test, my episode of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” finally aired last night. I have to say, I am pretty proud of how Jerry and I did. While I would have loved to have won more money, the $50,000 we did win was, as Chris Harrison said at the end of the episode, “Not a bad paycheck for 30 minutes work!”
Looking back, I am happy with the game I played. I used all my lifelines when I needed them, I thought through the questions, and I didn’t take any significant risks. (Of course, getting questions that happened to line up with the storehouse of weird knowledge I keep in my head helped immensely!)
Overall, the entire experience was an amazing adventure! And I have to say, we especially enjoyed meeting and working with the cast and crew of the show. From the folks that hosted the original test, to the producers that I interviewed with, to the production staff that took such good care of us at the studio, they couldn’t have been more supportive or encouraging. A lot of unseen work goes into making sure the final production looks good on the screen, and those folks deserve far more recognition and respect than they typically receive. So, to all of them, I offer my sincerest thanks.
If you ever get the chance to audition, I would highly recommend it! It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I am so very grateful to have been able to experience it.
Back in June, WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE held open auditions in Pensacola. David took the test, and we went home. After several skype interviews, and emails back and forth with producers, he finally got the call to go to Las Vegas for the taping of the show in August. We flew out and had a great time. It ended up being over our wedding anniversary, and birthdays (our wedding anniversary is August 20, David’s birthday is August 21, and my birthday is August 22).
To quote my hubby: “I played the game I wanted to play.”
The show airs tonight (November 15) on WEAR-TV abc3 in the Mobile/Pensacola area. Per legal, we can’t say anything until the show airs…so everyone will have to watch to see how David did. But I have to say we met some amazing people from other contantests to staff and producers from the show that will always have a special place in our hearts. It was an amazing experience.