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Posted:Jun 28, 2013 8:31 pm
Last Updated:Jan 10, 2019 9:18 am
For my eyes only
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More Non-innuendo
Posted:Jan 19, 2019 5:09 pm
Last Updated:Jan 21, 2019 4:55 am
That'd make it Nonnuendo? Yes?

Anyway. More glass. And trees and flowers. Hot on the heels of my exciting trip to the Neustadt and Queens museums and all the Tiffany glass there, was a family visit to central Florida! I got to tour the Morse Museum, which has one of the largest private collections of Tiffany glass!

It was nice to see flowers this time of year... even poisonous ones!

This tree was nothing but flowers, and probably 30' tall! A golden trumpet tree for my botanical minded friends.

And really... what's a trip to central Florida without a visit to Epcot!
Impossible Innuendo
Posted:Jan 10, 2019 12:24 pm
Last Updated:Jan 19, 2019 4:50 pm
There's no way to make a catchy title out of glass.

"Check out my glass..." "I touched his glass..." "I saw Tiffany's glass..." none of it feels apropos. Sometimes art fends off any attempts to reduce it.

I spent yesterday as a belated birthday present, with a very special person to me, touring the Tiffany glass archives in Queens. We got to touch (not hold, this is the ACTUAL glass from his studios) examples of his different types of glass and jewels and tiles. We also saw the Tiffany exhibit and the Unisphere from the 1964-65 World's Fair. Please, bask in the beauty that's Louis Comfort Tiffany. (It's LOO-ee btw, not LEW-iss)

Posted:Dec 2, 2018 8:10 am
Last Updated:Jan 2, 2019 2:18 pm
There's a lot of creepy in the world, some of it got on my back porch last night. It was pretty creepy, at almost midnight, to turn the porch light on and see the dog standing there on a muddy floor, looking quite pleased with himself, next to A DEAD POSSUM! Except it wasn't dead. And it wasn't mud. Apparently possums shit themselves to increase the odds that the whole "playing possum" thing works.

Before the creepiest thing I've ever seen, there's going to be some beauty. The following were all taken at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, just outside of Las Vegas.

Beautiful right? There's a different kind of beauty coming up. The next few pictures I took at an exhibit at Bally's casino called Real Bodies. You may have seen a similar one, there's a few traveling exhibits of this type, with actual human bodies preserved in a way that you can view inner anatomy from muscles to capillaries. It's not gory at all, however, the fact that the displays are actual humans can be unsettling to some I'm sure. It had the same feeling as a funeral, reverent and somber.

Ok, here it is, the creepiest thing I've ever laid eyes on in my life. Something you'd expect to see hanging in some psychopath's attic. It was tucked away in the corner of the exhibit, behind a screen that you had to pull back in order to see it.


IT'S SKIN! The exhibit fucking "taxidermied" a person! Like... sew it on a robot and away you go into your next creepy scifi series creepy!
Thanksgiving in Vegas
Posted:Nov 30, 2018 4:43 am
Last Updated:Dec 26, 2018 4:30 am
The best odds in Las Vegas are at the buffet table. That's a tip from a pro. Another tip, if you take two plates to the king crab leg station, the lady there will fill both of them! Ditto for caviar. There are no buffet police.

The game that you have the least chance of winning is the "will my keycard work in the elevator before the doors close when someone on a higher floor summons it?" one.

Obviously, when you stay at the Hard Rock, you expect a lot of rock and roll memorabilia and it didn't disappoint. Actually, it did disappoint, in that it looked like Hot Topic on steroids. The elevator foyer on my floor had a larger-than-life (tho he still appeared smaller than me... hmmmm...) photo of Robert Plant on stage holding a white dove. It wasn't until my 7th trip to the elevators that I noticed someone had pasted a googly eye on the dove!! It stayed there the whole time, who knows how long it had been there! now going to make sure I have a bag of assorted size eyes with me at all times!

Saw the Neon Boneyard, where icons go to live their second life.

I feel really sorry for the people who are in charge of decorating the cactus garden for the holidays! Ouch!

There was so much to see that I'll be posting another pics blog, including.... and I'll warn you now, the creepiest thing I've ever seen in real life!!!!!
Check Out My Wood!
Posted:Nov 19, 2018 5:09 am
Last Updated:Dec 2, 2018 3:49 pm
aaaaand that's as as sexy as the post is going to get.

Unless you're into bonsai. Or bad wood jokes.

I recently stopped at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington DC, on the last day of their fall exhibit.

It was a great mix of all-season, fall and winter trees, definitely worth checking out!

To begin, this is NOT a bonsai. This is a full-size Gingko tree, espaliered to the visitor center!

This IS a bonsai!

The oldest tree in the garden is almost 400 years old, many of the pines and cedars are well into their second century!

The fall colors were still on display in the sheltered areas of the garden, including an actual Gingko bonsai, much older than the full size one.

There was a small tropical bonsai garden with a Banyan tree!

Winter is coming....

Got wood?
Posted:Nov 1, 2018 5:51 am
Last Updated:Nov 29, 2018 4:16 am
Just a few pictures to share from my trip to western Pennsylvania to see Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob two weeks ago. Both homes were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater in 1935 and Kentuck Knob in 1953.

No interior photography is allowed during the tours so I had to grab one off the net

The detail work of the skylights and clerestory windows at Kentuck Knob is incredible!

Another net grab

On the drive home!

Because I never stay home for long, the NC mountains last week!
Goal Exceeded!
Posted:Oct 21, 2018 4:57 am
Last Updated:Nov 19, 2018 4:49 am
A few months ago, some of you may remember I set a goal to complete my first 5k walk and do it in under 75 minutes. Well.... that goal could have been a little harder, but you're talking to a fifty year old well-marbled woman who had never walked more than a mile before and even that was under duress or coercion of some sort.

The walk was yesterday and yours truly completed it in under 56 minutes!!!!

Thank you, thank you very much.

Now I'm off to reward myself with a short overnight trip to visit two Frank Lloyd Wright houses!

How would YOU reward a goal exceeded?

Blogger Superfecta!
Posted:Sep 8, 2018 9:14 am
Last Updated:Sep 22, 2018 4:09 am
I had the pleasure of meeting FOUR bloggers in my travels recently!

In chronological order... or order of finish if we're keeping with the gambling analogy, from Boston to Hawaii:

Rex, who's been mentioned in my blog before because we've known each other for NINE YEARS! Readers with a memory will be glad to know there was no crying in public this time.

Januaryman99, who beat me to writing about our dinner A fellow brown liquor lover with a scorching sense of humor, what's not to like about that!

wickedeasy, whose company made time FLY by. Who chose the best Italian restaurant I've ever been to. I think of you every time I wear my HeartCollector pendant!

gardenboy321, seriously.... who could go to Honolulu and NOT meet him? Out of all the fine food and drink I had on the island, the char sui sandwich and plantation iced tea at the local bbq were right there at the top of that list!

The "Wall" at the Worcester Art Museum, a large scale photograph by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison who I discovered thanks to a picture doe shared.

One of the "Peaceable Kingdom" paintings. At the WAM.

A lucky night getting to hear John Cleese talk in person about life with Monty Python!

no words...

On the way to my connection in Phoenix, the plane flew over the Salton Sea. I'd recently seen a documentary on it so seeing it from the air was a total bonus! (Having the snapchat altitude stamp was double bonus!)

Lastly, because I'm really disappointed in how my FSU Seminoles started their season... I'm asking for a little positive thinking and I'm willing to show a little flesh to get it...
Why yes... Yes I AM qualified to judge!
Posted:Aug 18, 2018 4:41 am
Last Updated:Sep 5, 2018 4:59 am
I've been traveling for the past six weeks, from Boston to Atlanta with many, MANY stops in between. A few were to spend time with some other bloggers even! I'll post a name-dropping blog soon but in the meantime I couldn't resist sharing this with you from my time in central North Carolina.

without the image, this post makes no sense!
Me me me meme
Posted:Jul 12, 2018 3:57 pm
Last Updated:Aug 18, 2018 4:37 am
(Seriously, is the site eating the "I Am" contraction now?)

I've been on a meme roll today… this one keeps cracking me up. It’s so perfect for the past few days for me.

Ok, week.

Since the whole SCOTUS Kennedy retirement announcement to be honest but that’s a whole different blog. That this coming Monday represents the first of a figuratively large flight of steps for me, just makes it even more apt of a meme!

Plus, Thomas.

I mean… Who doesn’t still scream “YOU’RE CAUSING CONFUSION AND DELAY!” at stupid people in traffic? Right?



Anyway, just because you know a path is a good one, that it’s legit, researched, and you know you’ve got this, and you’ve got people who’ve got your back…. doesn’t mean it’s anxiety free, especially when the step is for you and you alone. Going forward means recognizing (fuck) that things must change. Honestly… it’s easier to just ignore and complain but that’s just not realistic. That’s also why I'm a board member on our community association. Taking a “skill” though, and turning it into a “business” for me now that the “business” of being mom is downsizing is a logical but fucking scary step. Balancing that with the rest of life means trying not to overthink while making sure you haven’t forgotten something important! Compartmentalizing has never been my strong suit and putting myself first as an individual is something that, frankly, I'm not really skilled at even though I suffer from high self-esteem. I'm appreciative for friends who remind me that I know I can do it and that a problem shared is not always a problem doubled.

BUT… on the outside? Fuck yeah, I have that shit together and I am going to KILL these next two weeks in Boston! ^5

On the goal topic again, about two and a half months out from the 5k. Am in the doubt phase and considering a mile walk instead of a 5k. Probably relative to either the ridiculously hot temperatures lately or maybe the current emotional going-ons but I'm getting in a mile and a quarter in 24 minutes.

How do you counter self-doubting thoughts?

I’ve posted pictures of this waterfall in a blog ago but it’s worthy of a repost since I hiked there again recently. Kilgore Falls in Maryland, the second highest waterfall in the state.

And what's a better way to celebrate a hike to a waterfall than.... meat. Right? Say hello to my leeetle 24 oz, 45 day aged porterhouse.

Posted:Jun 22, 2018 9:39 am
Last Updated:Aug 18, 2018 4:35 am
You've probably heard the popular thinking regarding men's dating profiles... if you have a picture of you and a dog, more ladies will check you out.

Recently I've discovered this is also true here. I spent entirely too much time recently watching this dog:


Goals. Got any?

I'm putting mine out here first... Completing a 5K walk in under 75 minutes at the end of September.

I recently completed a goal of a golf outing (Pilgrim's Oak for any local golfers... it's a beast of a course!) with a group of folks I'd never met before. I did well, and by well I mean not that much worse than the lady I was paired with who has been golfing for the past ten years. I've been doing it for three.

Being a golfer comes in handy sometimes:

She Ruined My (next) Orgasm!
Posted:Jun 9, 2018 8:24 am
Last Updated:Jan 20, 2019 4:49 am
Who can resist a title like that right?

Here's what happened. I was sex toy shopping the other day, in an actual store. I know, I know, why would I do that when there's Prime shipping? Trust me, it's going to be a while before I go in one again.

I was talking with the saleslady about my new second favorite toy, the Satisfyer Pro2,

which had been helpfully shipped to me discreetly packaged. Within two days. It had been recommended to me by a former blogger here, and she wasn't lying about how good it is. That being said, it DOES take some getting used to. Being a suction toy, it makes the appropriate sucking noises. It also vibrates, so coupled with the sucking noises it can make me giggle. By giggle I mean snortlaugh. Totally sexy. Honest.

Fortunately, like all funny things, they're only funny the first few times so once I got over the giggles, I could ignore the sound and focus on the sensation... hence it skyrocketing to the number two spot on the list. Sadly, it'll never get to number one. Much like Foreigner.

All that's ruined now. The ever-so-helpful saleslady, after hearing of my struggles to get past the sound it made, commiserated. She said she herself had had the same problem because it sounded like...... IT SOUNDED LIKE......


Ok, she didn't say the fucking part, that's all me. I'm now back to square one with this thing but it's really more like negative square ten. I just know I'm going to be allllllmost there and "WOW."

Thank goodness the saleslady redeemed herself and showed me my next (pleasepleasepleasepleasedon'tsoundlikeowen) second favorite toy-to-be, the Satisfyer Rabbit!

Ever had to "break up" with a toy?

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