RunKeeper map! Even though it sits right in the downtown area, once you're inside the cemetery the sounds of the traffic go away, and I can suddenly hear the birds, the sprinklers, and the breeze blowing through the leaves. There are lots of interesting monuments, and of course several famous graves (including Stephen F. Austin and lots of Civil War soldiers). Since I have to wear dress clothes at my job, my biggest challenge is walking as far as possible without getting too sweaty and stinking up my shirt, but having such a peaceful place to walk in makes me want to keep going! I can't wait for the real Fall weather to get here (and it's not far away) so I can take my time and explore even more.
Visit site: Texas State Cemetary
View photos: Computer cables
Visit site: S.H. MonsterArts (Japanese)
Watch video: S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla commercial
Watch video: S.H. MonsterArts Mechagodzilla commercial
View site: DVD Aficionado
- Buck Rogers in the 25th Century action figures (Mego 1978): I found four of these figures, including Buck himself and a tiny little Twiki.
- The Black Hole action figures (Mego 1979): I found five from the classic Disney movie, including the menacing Maximilian, but I sure wish I had kept V.I.N.CENT.
- Battlestar Galactica action figures (Mattel 1978): I found two Colonials, a sparkly Cylon (unfortunately without his rifle), and the incredible Ovion with four articulated arms!
- E.T. The Extra Terrestrial items: I found a cool figure with telescoping neck and little Speak & Spell, plus a weird keychain.
- Star Trek items: I'm amazed I kept my old cheap Remco phaser with click trigger, and it was so nostalgic to find the Spock ears I used to wear while playing (which I bought at my first Star Trek convention with Dad).
- Dungeons & Dragons miniatures: Like every D&D player, I used to buy tiny pewter characters and paint them, and surprisingly they were almost all intact (and anything broken was easily glued). I remembered my favorite knight figure right away!
- Star Wars action figures (Kenner 1978): Although I already have a near complete set of Star Wars figures properly stored in excellent condition, I discovered a bunch of "doubles" that I had forgotten about (extra Stormtroopers and so on). These were in pretty bad shape, but I sold them quickly for a nice price on eBay anyway!
Our first port was Nassau, but we had already been there on a previous cruise, so we stayed on the Disney Dream to enjoy the ship. We got to meet the princesses (and I got choked up watching Mom hug them all), play miniature golf, ride the incredible Aqua Duck water coaster, relax by the adult pool, watch a presentation on the making of the ship, get our photos taken with Mickey and the gang, win at Bingo a second time, enjoy dinner at Enchanted Garden, check out the Pirates in the Caribbean deck party, watch Villains Tonight (my least favorite show but still cool), then it was back up to the deck for fireworks and a nighttime ride on the Aqua Duck! What a day!
The next day we arrived at Castaway Cay, Disney's private and perfectly themed island, so we got off the ship to explore for a while. We immediately got to meet Captain Jack Sparrow, then relax on the beach with a beer at 9:30 AM! Next we rode the tram to the adults-only Serenity Bay, where I played in the ocean, had another drink and took a short hammock nap. Back on the ship, we got spiffed up for dress-up night and had a drink, then attended our third Bingo session where Mom won the final snowball jackpot (which was considerably huge)! By this time Mom was friends with the Bingo crew who all loved the "lucky flowers" she wore in her hair each day. Our last dinner was at Royal Palace, and the final show Believe was my favorite (and brought a tear to my eye).
Getting home went perfectly also, from customs to flawless baggage handling. We were all truly impressed with Disney's impecable service, which made our cruise experience on the Disney Dream another cherished family memory to last a lifetime!
View photos: Disney Cruise 2012
iKnow, since I absolutely love the feeling of accomplishment I get from working through their online courses. Most importantly, I meet with my excellent tutor Kumiko every week for reading and translation practice. We have been using a fantastic book that I bought years ago called Issai kara Hyakusai no Yume (1歳から100歳の夢), which contains short essays written by 100 people aged 1 to 100 answering the question "What is your dream?" Most of the essays are fascinating and often touching, and the progression from little kids to adults has been a nice match to my Japanese learning progress! Each essay begins with that person's typical daily schedule, so recently I thought I would write one of my own just for fun. See if you can figure out my exciting day!
- 1086 journal pages
- 1301 trading cards
- 756 songs and poems
- 410 school papers
- 129 drawings and artwork
- 385 other things
- 4067 items total
View Trading Cards: Star Wars and other movie cards from my childhood
View Questar: Homemade comic book with hilarious artwork
View Galactic Gazette: Geek newspaper I made with my school friends
View Comic Books: Overachieving high school report with illustrations
View Romeo's Quest: Shakespeare-inspired role playing game I made in college
Watch video: LEGO Trains Point of View
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