Let’s See-attle Some Orcas (Day 2)

I’ve been waiting for this moment my WHOLE LIFE! Bring me my orcas!

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Our boat arrived for the last tour of Orcas in Puget Sound. Cool thing about this boat was it had a front open bow and stern.

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So the driver said “Hold on!” We are going to cruise out at 40 MPH to get us to the whales as quick as possible. Then you can get out in the open air. Good man, let’s go!

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When the first dorsal fin showed up, I cried. I’ve had a dream of seeing Orca whales in the wild since I was a little girl. It took all I had not to jump in and just let life take it’s course!

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These creatures are AMAZING!

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Ocean hair, don’t care!

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We were very fortunately to run into a super-pod of Orcas. About 20! AHHHHHHHHH! So that meant a few pods got together for some socialization and play. The boat crew lowered a mic down into the water and you could hear them communicating to each other. AHHHHHHHHHHH! This was an experience on a whole other level. Normally you only see 3-4 at a time. We got 20. Thank you Orca Gods for blessing us with this experience! I will never forget it.

I’ll work on some better video. For now, here’s a short clip. Look for the fins and water sprays from them breathing out the blowhole. Think white water misting.

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Let’s See-attle (Day 1)

More travel? Yes please! I asked K if we could sleep like this while in Seattle.

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While AM had to work, we took advantage of doing a few activities that she’d already done. Let’s see the Seattle Aquarium! We were greeted with the Window, a 120,000-gallon exhibit filled with more than 800 fish and spans 20 x 40 feet. That’s a tank.

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Lots of variety in fish and exhibits.

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Then some WTF is that tanks?!

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The Underwater Dome was pretty cool. Fish were swimming everywhere. Especially when the diver came in for the daily feeding frenzy.

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Except these guys.

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I had to ask the why these fish were settled, not moving, and even upside down. They are called rockfish and can control their buoyancy by deflating or inflating their swim bladder. They just looked so grumpy!

Estrella, Zoltars wife, read us our prophecies. We waited for Big to happen, but we didn’t switch bodies.

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Next stop was the Chihuly Garden and Glass experience. Oh man! THIS WAS AMAZING. I don’t have enough words to describe the beauty behind this man’s art creations. From the very 1st exhibit, my jaw was on the ground.

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2nd room was a massive collection of pieces, shapes, and colors.

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I couldn’t get enough of this room!

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Chihuly Garden and Glass

I learned Chihuly was inspired by Native American colors and patterns.

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Each room just dazzled us with color and brilliance.

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Me standing in front to show you how massive these pieces are.

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There were bowls…

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Boats full of imaginative pieces. We felt like we were in Willy Wonka’s garden!

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It keeps going….

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My favorite piece, this pointy orange chandilier. Just gorgeous!

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Glass house ceiling was covered in floral pieces.

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Even the gardens and outside walkways had pieces.

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The rain couldn’t stop us from having a great experience.

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This exhibit is right next to the Space Needle. This neon green thing, is glass!

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Mama commissioned me to purchase a piece for a several hundred dollars. Sorry Charlie. We aren’t even close!

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Wherever I May Roam

Previously.

Let’s roam over to St. Louis!

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Just as we finished up at the Arch, a storm rolled in. Seems like I’m cursed with rain on my first day of travels lately. San Diego, St. Louis, Seattle…  geez.

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We made it back to the room just as the rain hit.

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Once that burned off, we were ready to rock out at Busch Stadium with Volbeat and Metallica!

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What you can’t see in the pictures is the drizzling rain that came back. Everyone was getting wet. Thanks to our ticket snobbery, we were relaxed and dry.

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The stage was magnificent! 5 huge video screens played vibrant images of the band.

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And who doesn’t love it when they add fire! You could feel the heat from our seats. I can’t imagine what it felt like on the floor.

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The crowd loved every bit.

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“It’s unbelievable after 36 years we’re still up here making this noise,” Hetfield told the crowd. “I can’t believe you still like this.” Yes sir we do!

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As soon as we got home, Metallica Guitar Hero battle ensued.

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Set List
*Hardwired
*Atlas, Rise
*For Whom the Bell Tolls
*Fuel
*The Unforgiven
*Now That We’re Dead
*Moth Into Flame
*Wherever I May Roam
*Halo on Fire
*Whiplash
*Sad But True
*One
*Master of Puppets
*Fade to Black
*Seek & Destroy
Encore
*Battery
*Nothing Else Matters
*Enter Sandman

PhilHarmonious

Mom signed herself up for a new fundraiser to support the Fort Wayne Philharmonics. Which signs us up for work duty. Our first task 6 months ago was to come up with the event name. During our brainstorming lunch at The Merdian, CS took the prize and named the event PhilHarmonious. We all agreed it was a great name! Now it was time to celebrate.

Cold pea mint soup? Come on.

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Half a spoon was enough for me and the Herbs.

This evening’s special guest was a prior White House Chef, Mr. John Moeller.

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I believe he delivered a wonderful menu, I may just have one of the most bland palates on the planet who will never enjoy something like this. The steak came out looking amazing yet not to my bland palate. Now Mimi, would have loved the temperature of this dish. Hair dryer style. Dad and I, we want less pink.

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Our wonderful server was able to bring us some more well done steak and our table started trading like a swap meet so that everyone really enjoyed their meal. Dessert was a replica of our Chef’s cook book cover.

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I did try a bite and it was delicious! Throughout the evening, I was privileged to meet the people that keep this organization running like Andrew Constantine, their Music Director.

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Supporting my Mom and all the Foundations she supports, I tried my luck at the jewelry surprise…

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Waaah-whhhah. 21 was picked! Whatever. Nothing can ruin the fun I always have with these good looking people!

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Art Installation

Previously.

Normally it’s a muddy race that leaves my shoes looking like this.

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Not this time. All the rain made this year’s Broad Ripple Art Fair a muddy mess.

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On the way down it was raining on 86th street. I chanted to the rain gods, No rain at 67th Street… No rain at 67th Street… Luckily the rain stopped just in time to enjoy the Preview Party!

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I was ready to level up our title sponsorship area. I was dreaming of doing an Art Installation for the weekend.

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Thanks to Primary Colours and the Indy Art Center for making it happen! I remembered one year, the BRAF had a chicken wire dome that you could weave strips of cloth through. I loved it. Clean, simple, for all ages! We decided on a flag shape for our area with matching flag colored cloth. Saturday morning, it looked like this.

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Throughout the weekend, families would join in and add layers to our beautiful flag! By the end of the weekend, you could really see it come together.

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The final product will be on display for Flag Day then become a permanent piece in the Installation Nation event.

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You’d think that would be enough, but I had the icing on the cake to add this  year! And it sat right across from our area so I could keep an eye on it!

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The OneAmerica Lego® Tower!

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We have a general raffle every year, so this year I decided to add a guessing game to it. How many Legos® make up the Tower? 3 lucky winners were really close!

A Mile A Day In May

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While starting my “training” for the Mini 5K this year on May 3rd, I thought of an idea to get my ass running on a regular basis again. “A Mile A Day In May” was born. I have no excuse to not carve off 10 minutes a day for a minimum one mile run. Since I started this idea late, I made sure to have catch-up runs for May 1st & 2nd, which included a run over to packet pick up in some rain. Little did I know that was an omen for race day. What better way to shake off the crappy weather than with a mascot photo!

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Slim pickins’ in the goodie bag since this race went to a virtual goodie bag. This was a fun surprise, a student who has benefited from the 500 Festival education programs wrote us a note!

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Instead of our usual lasagna dinner, we met up with my cousin and 2nd cousin who would be running the race with Team Triumph!

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If you haven’t heard of this group, please visit their website. TEAM TRIUMPH is an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults, and veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races. Their mission is “To enhance the health and well being of individuals with disabilities by fostering lasting, authentic relationships through the teamwork environment of endurance athletics.” My cousin’s daughter has an amazing story and gets to ride in this chair at events.

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I have thought about racing with someone like this for awhile because I do so many races by myself. Now, I’ll commit to racing for Team Triumph in 2017. Mom and I added CS to our 5K team this year!

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He’s in shorts and a jacket. I’m in pants, a winter coat and stocking cap. 45 degrees is not my friend. The weather didn’t keep the crowd away but I heard a lot of runners bailed on the Mini because of the conditions.

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The weather couldn’t keep T-Rex away! I needed a picture with this guy!

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Mom was not happy with the drizzling rain. Nobody puts Mama in a hood.

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It was chilly but 5K bag people? Must of been their 1st rodeo.

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During the last mile Mama had her fill. She was ready to bail. Don’t JUMP!!

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But she gets some pep in her step at the finish line!

I think we’ve seen the last of the Mom/Daughter Mini days. We’ll find some warmer races to compete in. Got to see my longtime friend @erikprops finish the wheelchair race! Sorry I can’t show a closer view… Flickr needs to figure out their photo editor choices.

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As I’m trying to figure out time splits for my cousins, Chad goes “There they are!” Fugh! Barely could get my phone out in time but I did get to capture J running the last bit of the race!

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As we walk back to our tent, we spy a massage area. Yes please!

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So, back to A Mile A Day In May… I only missed last Thursday because of the work schedule and events, but I made up for it the day before. My legs are tired, but will stay strong!

Big Fun for ICC

A new reason to get fancy!

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Grabbed a few friends and attend the annual fundraiser for the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. It was not just another chicken dinner.

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Everything was so delicious!

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I heard the dessert was great, not my thing but it looked pretty!

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We didn’t win anything in the silent auction. Maybe the live auction will treat us better! We didn’t get the front row seat, this guy did… well, I guess that’s ok since he and the Mrs. were the event’s Honorary Chairs!

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We were treated to several songs by the different choir groups. Several. Feedback to the group would be to cut down some songs. It was a long event. Long.

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Very grateful for the experience!