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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A Mile A Day In May

Previously.

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!

Ham-mer Time

Last year, Herbie decided to make Easter all about him.  Dick move, and I let him know I felt that way. This year, we were celebrating! When you invite the hostess with the most-est to your place for Easter lunch, you must have a suitable center piece. This was my attempt!

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Fresh flowers adorned with Peeps and jelly beans. Mannie even got into the spirit…

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Let’s eat some ham!

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After a full tummy of ham, potatoes, deviled eggs, baked beans, rolls, cake… we needed to walk it off. Mom was impressed with the flowering trees in the community. Sounds like an old person thing but I will admit, these were pretty cool.

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When we bought the ham, we had few to choose from. 12-15 pounds each! It’s only 5 of us. So we have leftovers for days. What to do? Make ham sandwiches!

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I’ve eaten ham 3 days in a row! I’m done with it, send me your shipping address. And don’t tell CS.

Spring Beeches

Previously.

When you want to take your parents on vacation, but only kinda…

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You put them in their own condo on the other side of the building! Just kidding, we love traveling with them!

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Back to Gulf Shores we go!

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We had beautiful weather most of the week. One storm rolled in but was welcomed and took our clan out to do some retail therapy.

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Most days looked like this…

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We hit all our favorite spots again. We had some newcomers to initiate. First stop, I needed to see my furry friends!

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Look at her hands! So tiny and gentle.

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Mom loved it.

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And they loved her, Lemur attack!

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That’s pure joy in her face! CS managed to stay lemur-pee-free this time.

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The newbies were a bit timid, but they said they would do it again!

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Ft Morgan is another tourist attraction we had to hit. Everyone set off to explore.

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I love walking around this place imaging what it was really like. Last time we missed the Moon Lander while visiting the Blue Angels. Dad was on a mission to see it. You can’t fathom that people actually believed this would work…

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Let’s see the practice!

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By the end of the week with all the sun, it was easy to get chilled. Coats, coffee and cocoa were on the menu. Are we at the coast?!

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BS found our new little friend at the bottom of the pool. That’s a tic-tac next to him. He’s so small! BS had eagle eye with his goggles.

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Bye beech! You’ll be missed.

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Ski Time

Previously.

I can’t get this…

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Or this in my own city.

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Let’s travel! I always get asked on our later Colorado trips, “Will there be snow?” Oh yes. When you are at 10,000 feet, there is plenty.

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B upgraded the girls annual passes to Copper this year. CS and I love Copper so we were excited.

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With all 3 Fuller girls on skis this year, we maximized the 6 seater chair.

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I even packed a selfie stick to get some group shots.

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I’m learning how to use it. I hooked it all up without realizing I clamped down on the take-a-picture-button on the side. I got 198 photos of my skis in 5 seconds.

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It’s hard trying to get all that shit out on the chair, not fall off, and not lose any gear to the ground below. Kayla was my rockstar this year! She had new longer skis and mastered them like a champ.

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Syd was our navigator with Reagan at her side. They lead us down the slopes all day long!

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It was very fun for me to watch B and his girls. They all have come a long way from when we first started doing this.

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After skiing all day, I thought these girls would be down in bed quickly. Nope! Dance battle ensued.

After I took a turn, Kayla was looking for her next victim. It was Future uncle.

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We had a new player this year. A new doggie. I tried to accommodate her when the girls had to head back to town for some soccer. Hindsight, I should have left her alone. But she looked like mix of my last 2 dogs. I couldn’t resist and it costed me. I was down in bed with an allergy attack like no other for 2 days.

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We spent a day walking around Leadville. Repeat, yes they have snow. Up to the roof!

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One of my favorite thrift shops has been replaced with a grow shop. Highest weed shop around. Get it?! It’s at 10,000 feet.

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While I’m reading my Ellen book, she talks about being in Colorado and wanting to see what her readers are doing. Well, cool! I’ll show you! I took to Twitter hoping @TheEllenShow would catch on.

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I got a few likes, but not my break through moment. Try #1 got a better response. Until next time, see ya Rockies!

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Gala Girls

Previously.

Mom and I ditched the boys for a girls night out at the FWMoA annual gala. As usual, our dresses matched the theme of black and gold.

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Not usual, Mom was off the hook for running the event. We were able to relax, mingle, and enjoy the evening. Another not usual was that I enjoyed the first course meal, a delicable salad.

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It still came with a cold crab bisque soup that one of my tablemates gladly helped themselves to seconds.

The room looked spectacular again using very simple decor.

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Every year they have the Fill The Frame open donation period during the live auction. Besides bidding on a few silent auction items that catch my eye, I always give $100 to FTF. It’s for charity! This year they had a new fundraiser. 100 Gold boxes priced at $100 each. As we are sitting there waiting for the program to begin, the emcee announced only 6 boxes were left, “Buy a box and get a chance to win a $3,000 necklace.” I didn’t even know what the necklace was. I just looked at Mom and said, “If I’m going to give a $100 anyway, why not take a shot?” I went over to the where they were selling them. Which one do I pick? To justify my pick, I chose the box closest to the necklace.

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I returned to the table and began eating and chatting. When the time came they said unwrap your box to reveal your number then announced, “The winning number is 15!” I look down, that’s my number!!!

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A beautiful Tahitian pearl with 22 round and baguette diamonds. Me likey! Me lucky!