Tourist in my own town: Spring Garden Show

This is a blog post with the iPhone again. I will add more pictures
when I can.

This past weekend was the Spring Garden Show (festival?) at South
Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. The middle sister and I were out and
decided to check it out. I am sad to say I have never made it
before. It is in Crystal Court, which might be called "South Coast 2"
now on all three floors. The first floor has designs from landscape
design companies and some colleges. The college I work for got first
place! Way to go Robert. On the second and third floor there are
plants for sale. It was very cool and I got some great ideas. I will
defiantly make this an annual event.



Running in Orlando

When ever I travel I like to get the lay of the land by going for a run. Running shows me things I never would have found if I just stayed in the hotel or followed the paths of others. It helps me get a better understanding of where I am and where the restaurants are!

Greetings from Florida! I am here for a few days with some students for the Phi Theta Kappa Convention. (Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society of the two year colleges, not a Fraternity or Sorority). We are staying at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. Have you been to Walt Disney World? It is its own city. Once you get in... It is very hard to leave. Well, it seems hard to leave because it is designed so you do not see the outside and if you don't have a car.... there is no escaping.

My first morning I went for a run at 8am (5am my time) and found some restaurants and Disney's Hollywood Studios (whatever that is). My second run I headed out at 6am (3am my time) and took some pictures with better light. Here are a few pictures from running in Florida.

The first day I found my "office chair"

Everything was really well lit

Empty parking lots

And incredible sunrises


Grown up Easter Baskets

When I was a child we didn't eat candy. My mom didn't buy chips or cookies or "sugar cereals". She bought things like natural no salt added peanut butter. Whole grain bread, back when it was like eating a whole bunch of grains stuck together with who knows what. She would make non-fat plain yogurt with raisins. For breakfast we would have grapefruit (off the tree) or peanut butter toast. The moral of the story is that we very rarely got to eat candy. The exception was Xmas and Easter. (I know Halloween seemed like a good holiday to get candy... but she didn't let us go trick-or-treating.)

As my sisters and I have aged we realized we were pretty lucky that our mom was this "crazy health food nut". We all went through stages of eating really poorly and have come full circle for the most part. T eats the same peanut butter my mom had us eat as kids and it makes me laugh to see it in the pantry.

Over the years we have kept the easter basket tradition. For years my mom would make us small (they were always small) baskets with your typical easter candy in them. A few years ago the Middle Sister decided it was time for Grown Up Easter Baskets. She gave us "baskets" with wine and dark chocolate, books, magazines and spa stuff. They were awesome! Grown Up Easter Baskets are something I look forward to every easter.

This year we gave one to my mom. It was a tote with Three Cups of Tea (book), Middle Sister Rebel Red wine, dark chocolate covered pomegranate seeds, Yes to Carrots Facial Starter Kit and tea. She loved it.