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I’ve been tongue’ed

This morning, during Sunday morning cartoons, the Cat in the Hat was talking about how certain animals use their tongues to get their food. And then they went on to talk to a giraffe.

Then, at breakfast, we had these D-lish cinnamon buns with the cream cheese topping; not the low fat on these babies but the real sugary icing.

Skylar loved ’em. Dylan loved ’em and Mommy cleaned her plate. Really! Her plate was shiny after she was done.

So I couldn’t resist the giraffe analogy and how Mommy likes to get her food using her tongue. I said, “See? Look how shiny Mom’s plate is! And look at mine…I use my fingers. Mommy uses her tongue” And then I demonstrated for the girls.

The girls all had a good laugh. Mommy laughed the hardest. It was a good way to start what looks like a beautiful Sunday here in the Lowcountry.

And the stories reminded my of another beautiful day, the day last Christmas when Dylan and Skylar got to feed momma and baby giraffe at the zoo and got a first hand look at those amazing tongues (that mommy appears to possess)

So if you want some nice warm feeling this lazy Sunday, here’s a look at Dylan and Skylar feeding the giraffes last Christmas.

Have the best, lip-smackin’ Memorial Day weekend ever!

DYLANism ~ please don’t candy-coat it

Remember several years ago when the cute little  words of wisdom used to roll off my oldest daughter’s mouth, which I tried to coin, “DYLANisms“?

Well this old blog has slowed down, partly because these cute little innocent lines just don’t roll off her tongue so much any more.. And I have missed them.

Or have I?

Last Thursday, through a few scheduling snafu’s Dylan ended up having to ride with me to get my haircut. Well she had been talking about getting a summer cut too so I thought why not let her get first salon experience also? Kinda like an impromptu Daddy Date.

And she did, she got the full treatment. Even a professional lesson on washing and drying her hair

…as well as how not to dry your hair.

She’s getting older!

Anyway, every time I sit down to get my haircut I always jokingly tell my stylist I would like her to cut it in a way that makes me look younger…and maybe a bit more professional.

Well this girl is good but not that good!

So when she was done I turned to Dylan and asked her, “What do you think?”

You see every-time I come home from getting my haircut as soon as I walk in the door the first thing out of her mouth is, “Daddy, I like your haircut!

So I asked her half-heartedly, “Do you think I look any younger?” expecting some sort of nice complimentary reply.

She shook her head no.

Disillusioned I said, “No? Why not? What more does she need to do to help me look younger?

Dylan innocently looks up at me, “Your face!”

Thank you! Thank you!

My stylist and I both looked at each other and burst out laughing.

You don’t have a sander, do you?” I asked.

I think next time she can find her own stylist.

 

That’s all for now. Have the best summer weekend knuckleheads!

I’ll try to do better next time.

Do you think I look any younger?

 

 

Matthew is no Saint

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You know it is going to be a long day when Jim Cantore and the Weather Channel pull into your town.

Welcome to Hurricane Central!

Well, no, not really.

I wanted to send a post out to family and friends about what we are doing with the approaching storm headed our way. Maybe anyone reading this post, and the few I have planned later this week as the storm approaches, can get a little feel for what is like on the coast with a hurricane headed your way.

Well Monday we received word we are in the path for a category 4 hurricane. Cat 4’s are nothing to take for granted. The good thing about hurricanes is that they do give you plenty of time to plan.

So Monday we got the word Matthew was headed our way.

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Tuesday our great governor tells us to evacuate THE STATE!

Not the coast but the state.  How many people does that uproot and put on the roads? The hurricane is not due to hit our area until early Saturday morning. She is telling us to get out on Tuesday.

So Wednesday, the next morning at 8am (4 days from hurricane landfall) the bread aisles looked like this at our local grocery store after hurr announcement:

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And the aisle selling water looked like this in the morning:

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Fortunately for our area, my job (a.k.a. the snack man) is to make sure all the grocery stores and convenience stores are stocked with snacks and my warehouse looks like this:

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The snack aisle will be full for anyone preparing for doom and gloom when the power goes out.

It’s too bad I don’t sell gasoline…

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So why the ‘mandatory’ evacuation notice so early?

Sixteen years ago, Hurricane Floyd was to plotting to hit our town and that governor waited until  24 hours out before he said, “Get out”.

And that made GRIDLOCK on the highways; everyone leaving at one time. A 90 minute car ride took 6 hours. Everyone’s temper grew.

A local artist, Steven Jordan, tried to capture the errant evacuation with a tongue-in-cheek painting like this:

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So here is one time that we DID learn from our mistakes!

Hope for Humanity!

This hurricane we have 3 days to evacuate. So nice job Nikki!

Still I hear the highways were still very slow…

on Wednesday

for those that chose to go..

Other parts of our ‘State’s’ evacuation, speaking a learning from our mistakes, are:

1) they opened up the in bound lanes on our highway to out bound on Wednesday. So instead of 3 lanes leading out-of-town there were now 6 lanes.

2) They brought in over 300 school buses for the homeless and people with out cars so they too could evacuate,

Take a look:

So what did I and my precious little girls decide to do?

We are ‘weathering’ out the storm!

First, I have to work. There are grocery store shelves to be filled!

Second, the girls have off of school! 

Several of our neighbors are staying put too.  So last night I weather proofed the outside and pool deck. We did stock up on batteries and water.

Ahh, we already had plenty of snacks on hand. Snack man!

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Still, living this close to the coast you still tend to worry.

We have all seen the disaster stories. Jim Cantore and the Weather Channel won’t let us forget on the catastrophic possibilities This area still talks about Hurricane Hugo some 25+ years ago.

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We actually live about 20 miles from the edge of the continent but the area’s water reservoir is about 800 yards from our back yard.

I found a Storm Surge web site then that can help us predict how much danger (drama) we are in when it starts to rain.

Here is a pic of the water level behind us with a 5 foot storm surge. We live on the paper clip looking thingy (road) that butts up to the woods that borders the water…

5 foot storm surge

and so here is how far the water rises at a 10 foot storm surge…

10foot storm surgeNot much difference is there?

So that will help me sleep at night when the storm bands sweep over head and drop the Atlantic Ocean on us.

Ironically, this storm is hitting exactly one year since that freakish storm hit last October the 1000 year storm (seriously, that is what it is called), which dropped over two 1/2 feet of rain on us over two days.

Remember that? It went right over top of us…

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Flood

So this ‘little’ Hurricane Matthew is only supposed to drop a measly 10-15 inches of the wet stuff on us.

Pish-posh!

Thanks for the invite Gov. Nikki but I think we are going to stay.

Oh by the way, Matthew appears to be meeting his girlfriend, Nicole, out in the Atlantic. 

Matthew, meet Nicole

Matthew, meet Nicole

God only know what these two have planned when they mix it up!

Stay tuned…

What are your thoughts?

What would you do?

Please don’t kiss the lizard

This past weekend was our annual trip to the zoo so our girls can wish there cousin a Happy Birthday.

I, I mean, they always look forward to this trip every year. It is always fun and a great learning experience!

For instance do you know what Monkey’s are endangered?

Who you calling a Monkey?

Who you calling a Monkey?

Oh wait! That’s a Baboon! Sorry! How about these loud guys?

No, these guys are actually Siamangs, or part of the ape family. They get upset if you call them a monkey too.

Geez! You guys, you don’t have to get so upset!

How about these? Here are some real monkeys!

Look at these cat's Monkeying around!

Look at these cat’s Monkeying around!

We saw all the customary critters at the zoo like:

Customary Flamingo pic

Customary Flamingo pic

and also the fast paced…

Galápagos tortoise striking a pose..

Galápagos tortoise striking a pose..

They also have a new exhibit at the zoo, this 3-story ropes course

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Dylan didn’t like the height so much this time…

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Climbing the ropes did make EVERYONE hungry! Everyone!

Yes it was feeding time all over the zoo.

See these colorful little guys:

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We got to feed them….

Feeding the birds

Feeding the birds

The Meerkats sure looked hungry!

This is my Sad-face-will-you-please-drop-me-some-food face

This is my Sad-face-will-you-please-drop-me-some-food face

But the meerkats still didn’t have the BIG appetite of this fella…

Hey, got a snack for me?

Hey, got a snack for me?

Take a look:

We were TONGUE’D!

We even got to see the Koloa’s wake up from their nap for some yummy eucalyptus branches…

Feeding the Koloa's

Feeding the Koloa’s

Yes, he looks better now…

There's my Happy Face!

There’s my Happy Face!

Speaking of Happy, how about some Happy Feet?

A scene from Happy Feet in more ways then one...

A scene from Happy Feet in more ways than one…

But, hey, we are at the zoo! Lets go find some more WILD Animals….

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No, Wild like the wild cats!

Hey! I'm Hungry...

Hey! I’m Hungry…

and her Majesty….

Hey, I'm Chillin'

Hey, I’m Chillin’

and this Fish Cat (yea, that’s actually its name)

a Fish Cat doing what cats do best

Hey, don’t bother me…

How about another photo op of the roaming birthday party:

What is that I smell Dylan?

What is that I smell Dylan?

She said I smelled the elephants. That the elephants are really stinky!

Uh-oh….what did you do?

No, look out behind you! Looks like you got their attention!

No, look out behind you! Looks like you got their attention!

"Hey! That wasn't funny!" "I will remember that!"

“Hey! That wasn’t funny!” “I will remember that!”

…and where did Skylar go?

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..playing with an animal more her size. She is so friendly…..

No, don't kiss the Blue-Tongued Skink!

No, don’t kiss the Blue-Tongued Skink!

Maybe toooo friendly!  🙂

Skylar, Please don’t kiss the lizard!

Thanks for coming along to the birthday party with us!

Stay tuned to see what these wild ones get into next!

 

 

Its that time of year again, lets go for a run!

It’s getting close to that time of year again….where we start to consider our health and fitness; or it will be soon. Lots of people worry about over eating (me!) or just eating too many sweets (me again) over the upcoming holidays. If you are one of these people its time to make a plan. Set a goal. Then go for a run.

Each year I indulge in way too many holiday feasts and sweets and ice cream! So every holiday my goal is to run a ½ marathon to run off all the calories willfully consumed during the holidays. All the training and then the running for 2 hours, is a great way to get back in beach shape and burn off all those holiday calories.

How about you?

I know January is when there are the most new gym memberships each year. If you are one of those persons, or just exercise on an off, I wanted to offer some tips on doing some cardio (running) to keep those clothes fitting.

Set a goal to run one or more 5K, 10K or half marathon race after the holidays are over. Running is the best way to burn calories. Your added training to complete your goal(s) are a healthy way to enjoy the holiday festivities and not feel guilty.

You don’t have to win these events, just finish and have some fun. You would be amazed at the atmosphere of other happy fitness fanatics afterwards. It’s like a party.

I have been a runner all my life. While I haven’t had a great deal of training in it I have acquired some ‘best methods’ in being the best runner I can be. I wanted to offer these basic running tips to you in case you are feeling the need to get healthier too. Certainly once you feel comfortable you can add more competitive habits to your training.

Here’s a great place to learn more, http://www.runnersworld.com/ where you can learn about ALL things running.

BREATHING : It goes without saying, breathing is crucial to running. If you are getting (back) in shape I always say the heart muscle is the first muscle to strengthen. That includes making your lungs more efficient too. Simply, you need oxygen in your blood. In a sense the oxygen gives you more energy. Ever notice how you breathe lots heavier at the end of the run than the beginning? Your blood needs more oxygen. So give it more!

When you run focus on your form (pick those knees up) and your breathing! Focus on taking deeper breaths before your body asks for them. It gives you more energy over a long run.

When you get tired, and you want to give up, focus on taking deeper breaths and give it another 3 minutes to get the oxygen in your system. It works! I actually adopted a running form from my 6 year old. When I chased her she placed the tip of her tongue against her upper lip and took off. For me, it gets my tongue out-of-the-way to take in more air. I look like a goof! But I am was beating 90% of my competition now!

Award for winning my age group in my hand ~ the plaque, not Ms. South Carolina

STRETCHING: I hope everyone stretches. The older you get the more you need this! Stretching is important both before and after your run. Why after? Ever feel real tight after a good run? Stretch those muscles out again before they clamp up. Your legs will feel MUCH better that evening.

Stretch a good 10-15 minutes before and after each run. The more loose and warm your muscles are the easier it is to run. You know this. Remember those runs when your legs just feel too heavy and tight to run? How much time did you do stretching? You just do your best running if your muscles are as loose as they were when you were 12. You didn’t have any trouble then, did you?

NUTRITION: Eat healthy, become lighter. That makes sense doesn’t it? Eat protein, become stronger! I take a weight lifters mentality to recovery. When you exercise you break down muscle tissue. You build that muscle up by consuming protein, hopefully with in the first hour after you exercise.

When I run hard I want to be stronger the next time I run to be able to run faster or further. Protein shakes or bars and some lean protein for dinner. Are your muscles hurting after you run? Give them what they are begging for…protein.

Don’t over dress, who wants added weight?

RUNNING APPAREL: This is not about fashion. It is about running efficiency. Most runners can’t run well when they are hot, or over heated. So think about how much you wear before you start out. Don’t over dress. It is extra weight, confining, and makes you feel tired because your body spends too much energy trying to cool you down.

A rule of thumb is dress for about 10 degrees cooler than the outside temperature actually is. Why? Your body heat will rise when you hit your stride running, right? If you start out dressed warmly, your body temp rises that much higher.

My ideal outside temp is 50-60 degrees. When it is over 75 I can’t run my best as I just get too hot…and I can only strip down so far!

Don’t run to win. Run to finish and have fun!

JOIN SOME AREA RUNS: You have worked hard. You have sacrificed in time, food, and comfort. So reward yourself. You have earned it, right!Take time to have some fun for all the sacrifices.  Join an area run! Or better yet, grab a friend to come along.

Most running events are fundraisers to support noble and worthwhile charities. You’ll feel good about supporting these! The charitable organizations want to raise as much money as possible so they try to make the event as attractive as possible to get as many participants (funds) as they can. Most area runs have all types of runners and walkers….all types.

These events make it fun to run with some great post-race parties, including free beverages, fruits, and giveaways! If I haven’t lost you, here is a great example of what I mean from a favorite local race. The first 2 minutes are about the charity and who it benefits (kids hospitals). The rest shows the fun Christmas themed run downtown as participants (and dogs) dress in their favorite Christmas running outfits and the party that takes place afterwards. Take a look:

Have fun with your fitness! It doesn’t matter if you are the fastest or slowest. (You won’t be the slowest) Just go to run. Run at a pace that allows you to finish and enjoy it. Then meet other running comrades at the post-race party. You’ll see, everyone is happy and in a great mood. And so will you! You did it!

Then you’ll want to run another one.

Post-race party after a Christmas run

There are lots of other tips in running but these are some basics to consider. Whether young or old, new or experienced. Have fun! Stay Healthy! Eat some more Christmas Ham…you’ll run it off!

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