Sunday, January 29, 2012

"It's So Nice on the Ice When You Glide, Glide, Glide"

 I posted on Facebook this afternoon, a bit selfishly, for a prayer from my friends because Tall Guy and I were taking the kids to go ice skating for the first time in their lives.  TG can skate, but after a lot of soul searching, he decided to stay off the ice and be our photographer for the day.  For those of you who do not know, he has had three back surgeries in the past nine or so years.  Here are some shot of me the LAST time I was on ice skates:

Yep, that's me, my brother, and my favorite dog Suzy.  We learned to skate on top of our frozen garden, and this is before braces, so I am thinking I'm about 12-13 years old.  Now we jump ahead 37-38 years.  ACK!

There is a great ice skating rink in West Lafayette, and two of our very good friends met us there to help with the girls.  Thanks Toby and Angie for being there.

Here we go:

Plotting our strategy while  the Zamboni did its thing.  Angie never quite put her skates on, but she did a great job encouraging us and keeping Tall Guy company on the sidelines!

Lordy, Here we go.  Bear is right behind me. NO, that coat is NOT 30-some years old, but I apparently like black coats.

 We all kept pretty close to the rail until at least two us felt brave enough to take off.  Guess which two the brave ones were?

Toby always came by to see how we were doing.  This was one time I told the girls they could not count on me to help keep them up-right.

Tink is starting to remember her rollerskating skills.  The litte poop lapped me several times!

Bear got ahead of me too, and she was good about going away from the  rail for most of the time.
 Yeah, I kind of liked the rail.

Toby has Bear out, and Tink is zooming on by.

Looks like we have a new pairs dancing couple!  Toby, you ROCK!  Tall Guy is a pretty darned good picture taker too!  It snowed while we were out, and that set a nice atmosphere for the time on the ice.

Sigh,.... yes that is snow on my hind parts.  I only fell once though!  

Hey, Toby has two partners to choose from!  Cool!

After VERY LONG hour on the ice, we walked/glided over to Panera  Bread for some cocoas and lattes.

Our great friends Angie and Toby.  I was in their wedding 17 years ago last week.  We had a wild and fun time because it snowed like crazy, and I had snow on parts that usually are not out during the snow season! (We had to go outside the church to walk down the isle!)

 Ok Boiler Alums.  Name this pizza!  We were rather hungry so several pieces were gone as soon as it hit the table, but that's the way it goes at this legendary pizza business on  the West side.  Some of you might even remember when it was on the other side of the road at 26 and Dang.... What's the east/west road at the intersection?  It turns into South River Road after a while..

Give up?

It's Bruno's pizza!  YUM!

The girls declared this day their most recent "BEST DAY EVER!"  And a good time was definitely had by all.  Hope we all get to do it again very soon!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Sheraton Waikiki----WOW!

I've stayed in some interesting places in my life, but the Sheraton Waikiki really ranks up in the top five most memorable for a variety of reasons.1. It's all open!  These people apparently have little use for doors, so anyone can walk right in and follow a series of walkways, halls, and paths to a variety of stores and other hotels.  If you have a serious dislike of birds, this could be a problem (Right Amber?)

 This cutie is for my neighbor Wannie!

 One of the cutest stores I've seen.

The proverbial "sow's ear to a silk purse" + lots of bedazzling.  Didn't even check the price, but I thought my friends raising hogs would like this one.

There were two sand artists hard at work during our stay to create new sand art for the hotel.  They were from Florida.  I should have taken a picture each day, but here is one middle shot, then the rest are different views of the final project.  It was fun to watch them work.

Right next to this sculpture were the elevators up to our rooms.  Now I have never quite seen anything like this.  I took pictures from our floor, the 17th, because it was usually too congested downstairs to get a good shot.  Here's the plan:  You go to the middle of the room, open on both ends, and push a button, and then you wait for one of like 14 doors to open, seven on each side.  It's like being in one of those sports drills where the coach has you running in place and then turning quickly at the sound of a whistle or hand signal.  CRAZY!  Especially if you are loaded down with packages or your luggage.  On the main floor, it was sometimes hard to get going because someone would push the UP button before your elevator was able to take off.  I hear Don Ho singing "Tiny Bubbles" one time in there!  Here is Tall Guy demonstrating and not quite a half shot of the elevators on our floor.

We seriously did not have a lot of lounging time at Waikiki with all the sites to see, but we did get in some pool time.  I wish we had been able to put more than our toes in the Infinity pool, but it was rather crowded by the time we made it down.  Very cool for picture taking though!

Our room had a lovely view from the outside looking in.........

BUT, I would really like to talk to the person responsible for the inside design to see what he/she was thinking!  A bathroom, in my humble opinion, does NOT need an window that opens up into the rest of the room!  Was he/she thinking, "Hmmmm.... if someone has to sit here long enough, that person might like to look at Diamond Head?"  SERIOUSLY?  What about the other people in the room?  Even married people need some privacy!

Tall Guy is JUST DEMONSTRATING what I am talking about.  This is NOT a live action shot!

We were right next to the second oldest hotel on the beach, The Royal Hawaiian.  What a beautiful, grand hotel!

You can see right through the Royal Hawaiian to the Sheraton!  See?  No doors!

Here are some cute Coy that swam in a pool around the sides of the hotel.  There were also parrots a few days, very noisy. I didn't get a shot of them.

I have to include these final shots just because they really stump my husband.  You might not know this, but I am a truly neat person at heart.  When I get to start with a clean room, I try my darnedest to keep it that way.  These pics were taken at the end of our fifth day at Waikiki.  Tall Guy just scratches his head because, well, let's just say our bedroom doesn't always look this tidy.

So we would give the Sheraton Waikiki a two thumbs up with the asterisk that the bathroom window stay closed while that room is occupied. Aloha~!