Road Trip

Wow, it’s been 3 days since my last post, I can’t remember when was the last time that has happened. The day after Thanksgiving, I was still in my turkey coma. Saturday, after a long day driving to Corpus Christi, Padre Island and Port Aransas, I was TIRED!!

I took my cousin, Becky, and her girls to see the Gulf of Mexico via Corpus Christi, Padre Island and Port Aransas. It was a beautiful day. The sun was out and there was a cool breeze. I think they had a good time. They were running around on the beach on Padre Island. Then we drove on the beach from there to Port Aransas (my favorite thing to do!!) and stopped and had dinner at the Beach Lodge on the beach. We both ordered the Texas Pot Boil (lots of shrimps, crab legs and everything else in a boil). It was so quite while we ate, we were all so hungry by the time we got to the resturant. It was all so good!! I thought I would have leftovers to bring home, but nope!

We were already making plans for the next time they come down from Michigan on our next trip to Corpus Christi, Padre Island and Port Aransas.

Here are a couple of pictures from our road trip:

Cousin Becky and her girls at Padre Island National Park

Sunset at Port Aransas

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with my cousin Becky and her two girls, Jasmine and Camryn, who are visiting us from Michigan. It nice having family around you during the holidays. I am glad that they wanted to come and visit us here in San Antonio. Looking forward to eating turkey and all of the fixings tomorrow and the next day… and the next day!! But we started a little early tonight, Jasmine and Camryn helped to make a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, but we deceided to taste test it first. So half the cake is gone and most of the ice cream.

Opps!! We all agreed that it was for the best to eat the cake tonight, because we would all be too stuff from eating Thanksgiving dinner to enjoy the cake! That’s sound like a good idea, doesn’t it?? Beside that, we have more family coming over on Friday, so we’ll just make another cake. And no onw will know about the cake we ate the night before Thanksgiving!!

So I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! And I am thankful for my my family and friends.
Sylvia

Here are some facts about Thanksgiving:

Let’s talk turkey!

  • Americans feast on 535 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving.
  • According the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the United States at Thanksgiving. That number represents one sixth of all the turkeys sold in the U.S. each year!
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird.
  • Domesticated turkeys cannot fly, however wild turkeys can fly up to 55 miles per hour over short distances.
  • Only male (tom) turkeys gobble. Females make a clicking noise. The famous gobble is actually a seasonal mating call.
  • The Turkey Trot, a ballroom dance in the 1900s, was named for the short, jerky steps of the turkey. It became popular mainly because it was denounced by the Vatican as “suggestive.”
  • Turkeys are known to spend the night in trees! (Maybe to escape the Thanksgiving table?)
  • Turkeys can drown if they look up when it’s raining!
  • The average age of the Mayflower passenger was 32. The oldest Mayflower passenger was 64.
  • There was no milk, cheese, bread, butter or pumpkin pie at the original Thanksgiving Day feast.
  • The cranberry got its name because the pale pink blossoms on the plant resembled a crane’s head and neck. The name craneberry stuck, eventually becoming cranberry.
  • Fresh cranberries are ideal for cranberry sauce. Cranberries of the highest quality will always bounce! (If you try this at home, please wash the cranberries before eating.)
  • President Abraham Lincoln established the original date for our National Thanksgiving Day celebration in 1863.
  • Congress did not declare Thanksgiving a national holiday until 1941.
  • The average person consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day. (Now that’s a lot of turkey!)

Playlist on my iPod: Hall and Oates

Daryl Hall and John Oates has to be one of my favorite duos of all time. I have seen them at least 3 or 4 times in concert and I could probably see then a couple of more times if I could.

Here is one of my favorite songs of Hall and Oates: “She’s Gone” (1973)

(the video is from 1997)

Some of my other favorite songs by Hall and Oates are:

Sara Smile
Rich Girl
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
“Did It in a Minute”
“Promise Ain’t Enough” (video)

I remember one concert that me and about six other friends went to at The Palace of Auburn Hills. We had great seats and sang to every song! When they played “Sara Smile“, we all looked at each other and said they they were singing to us. And then we tried to one up each other and someone said, no they are singing to me because her name was Sara! We all laughed. We had such a great time.

Now, I need to check out Concert dates for Hall and Oates, I will see them again in concert!

External links

DWTS (Week 10) — The Finals

Well the DWTS (Season 9) finals were on tonight and the last three teams were:

I think this is the first time that I liked all three teams in the DWTS finals. All of them were good and had some pretty good dances. But I think I will have to go with my pre-season pick and favorite star — Donny & Kym.

The scores for tonight’s show were: Mýa & Dmitry — 87, Donny & Kym — 85 and Kelly & Louis — 76.

None of the three teams had an outstanding free style dance, so I think it is going to be the fans vote that will choose which team will win the mirror ball trophy. And that team will be Donny & Kym.

Side Notes:

Favorite song of the night — “Maniac“—Michael Sembello

Favorite professional dancer: Dmitry Chaplin

 

Hi, my name is Sylvia and I am a Sagittarian

I am on the fence if I believe in astrology, but every once in awhile, I’ll read my horoscope to see what the stars have in store for me. I read this article from MSN Astrology and thought it was pretty interesting.

I’m not sure if I believed everything it said about being a Sagittarians. But there were some that were right on the money, like “They love change“. Which I do, living in three different States in the pat years and having a couple of different jobs. You have to like change to do that.

Another one is “Sagittarians are a ton of fun and downright wacky at times. They love to laugh and to get everyone around them going“. Why not have fun in whatever you are doing is my attitude. There are too many people out there who take themselves way too serious!!

Here is the article I read:

Sagittarius Fun Facts
Playful and full of energy, Sagittarius natives are expansive, philosophical, and optimistic.

Inquisitive and energetic, the Sagittarius is the traveler of the Zodiac. Their philosophical, broad-minded approach to life motivates them to wander far and wide in the search for the meaning of life. Extroverted, optimistic, and enthusiastic, it can be almost impossible to keep the Sagittarius down. They love change. In fact, change is essential for this sign to feel their best.

Friends and Family

Whether it’s stimulating conversation or a hike through the mountains, you can expect this sign to be surrounded by friends. Sagittarians are a ton of fun and downright wacky at times. They love to laugh and to get everyone around them going. Sagittarians make friends from around the globe, enjoying the various takes on life and culture. They’re generous and are not ones to hold a grudge. Anyone who can sit a spell and talk about the deeper things in life will suit a Sagittarius just fine. They make friends easily and remain steadfast through the years.

When it comes to family, the Sagittarius is dedicated and willing to do just about anything. Freedom and independence are extremely important for this outgoing sign. Providing these traits aren’t infringed upon, all relationships go well.

Career and Money

Visualization is the keyword for the Sagittarius. When this sign sees something as possible in their minds, they will go to great lengths to rally enough people to make it happen. Straightforward, they don’t usually mince words about what they want, and they seem to know exactly what needs to be said in a given situation. They make excellent salespeople, and it’s even better when this involves travel. When the Sagittarius gets a sense of the big picture, they’ll work night and day to reach a goal.

A variety of tasks and a dynamic atmosphere favor Sagittarians. Careers such as travel agent, photographer, explorer, artist, realtor, ambassador, and import/export trader all suit this free-spirited personality.

Fun-loving Sagittarians enjoy making – and spending – money. Considered the luckiest sign of the Zodiac, they don’t worry too much about where the next buck is coming from. Sagittarians are risk-takers and highly optimistic, trusting in the Universe to provide what is needed. Money-management tasks will bore the Sagittarius to tears, so getting a bookkeeper or accountant is the best plan in order to stay on top of what’s coming and going.

Love and Sex

Sagittarians are playful and love to have fun with their lovers. Passionate, expressive, and willing to try just about anything, partners who are equally outgoing are best suited to the Sagittarius. There’s a fine line between sex and love for this sign. Their love of change and variety can bring a lot of different personalities to the bedroom. But when it comes to love, that’s an entirely different thing. Once taken, the Sagittarian is loyal and devoted. Mates for this sign need to be intellectual, sensitive, and expressive for the best results. As the key phrase for this sign is I understand, having a good sense of how their partner thinks is quite important.

Sagittarius Tidbits

Health

Each sign has a part of the anatomy attached to it, making this the area of the body that is most sensitive to stimulation. The anatomical areas for Sagittarius are the hips, thighs, and upper legs.

Ruling Planet

The ruling planet for Sagittarius is Jupiter. Considered the luckiest of planets, it rules wealth, leisure time, big business, the higher mind, optimism, growth, morality, prosperity, indulgence, long-distance travel, aspirations, sports, and fondness for animals.

Color

The color of choice for Sagittarius is rich purple.

Gemstone

Sagittarius’s star stone is the topaz.

Lucky Numbers

Sagittarius’ lucky numbers are 3, 5, and 8.

Compatibility

Sagittarians are most compatible with Leo and Aries.

Opposite Sign

The opposite sign for Sagittarius is Gemini.

The Perfect Gift

The best gifts for a Sagittarius are pet-related items or something for the outdoors.

Likes

Travel, being outdoors, freedom, philosophy

Dislikes

Details, being constrained, off-the-wall theories, clingy people

House

Natural sign of the Ninth House. This house focuses on religion, philosophy, super-conscious mind, long trips, laws, and in-laws.

Best Travel Destinations

South Africa, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Toronto, Naples

Strengths

Great sense of humor, idealistic, generous

Weaknesses

Will say anything no matter how undiplomatic, promises more than one can deliver, can be impatient to the point of rudeness

Charismatic marks

Open and interested. Generally tall, strong legs. Clothes for comfort, not style. Women act in a “tomboy” manner.

Best environment

Outside, on the move

So yes, my name is Sylvia and I am proud to be a Sagittarian!

CSI: NY – “Yahrzeit”

I have always been a fan of “CSI: NY”. I like the stories and of course there is Gary Sinise who plays Det. Mac Taylor — mercy!! Plus, I love the them song for the show: Baba O’Riley” by The Who.

I try to catch the show when it comes on during the week, but sometimes I miss it. Luckly, they show re-runs on the weekend. This past Saturday, I watched probably one of the best CSI: NY episodes I have ever seen. It was an episode called  “Yahrzeit” that aired in 2009. The guest actor in the episode was  Ed Asner (got an Emmy nomination for his role).

A murder leads CSI to a group of white supremacists, the discovery of precious items stolen from Holocaust survivors, and perhaps the uncovering of a former Nazi guard.

Was was glued to my TV. Usually when I watch TV, I am on my laptop and watching TV at the same time. But not this time. But the disclaimer at the beginning of the show caught my attention. It mentioned that there would be images of the Holocaust.

By the end of the show, I was crying!  I just sat there and was amazed on how good the show was. I even watched half the show again. If you didn’t get a chance to see this episode when it first came out or in one of the re-runs, I highly suggest that you do. If you want to see the end of the show, click here.

Today’s Cool Site of the Day: Omnipelagos.com

love finding new websites on the Internet. One place that I find new sites is from my daily e-mails from

Cool Site of the Day — 11/19/09
Today’s Cool Site of the Day:

Omnipelagos.com

Omnipelagos finds the shortest paths between any two things. Perform your own search. Try people, places, things, events, and concepts.

Here was my first shortest paths that I wanted to find:

From Elvis Presley to Ozzy Osbourne:

Elvis Presley

[2004 inductees] Elvis Presley

UK Music Hall of Fame

[2005 inductees] Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne (inducted by Brian May of Queen, performed)

Ozzy Osbourne

 

Elvis Presley

[Death and burial / American icon] 1977, at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, Presley was found lying on the floor of his bedroom’s bathroom by his fiancee

Graceland

[Presley and his family at Graceland] See Tracy McVeigh, “Love me tender”, The Observer, August 11, 2002. “Soon after Dee Presley became part of the family

The Observer

[Other Information / Favourite Rock Albums] British newspaper The Observer asked Osbourne to name his top ten favourite British rock albums of all time

Ozzy Osbourne

 

Elvis Presley

[The Elvis cult and its critics / Presley in the 21st century] The second, “Jailhouse Rock“, was the number one in the first chart of 2005, and “One Night”/”I Got Stung”

Jailhouse Rock (song)

[About the Song] Jeff Beck Group (featuring Rod Stewart and Ron Wood)

Ron Wood

[Other Information / Statistics] George Michael, Robbie Williams, the Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts and Ron Wood, and Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen

Ozzy Osbourne

 

Elvis Presley

[Trivia / Legacy] Dread Zeppelin is an American band best known for covering the songs of Led Zeppelin in a reggae style

Dread Zeppelin

Un-LED-ed, consisted of more covers taken from Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II, plus “Black Dog” from the

Led Zeppelin (album)

[Other Information / Favourite Rock Albums] Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin

Ozzy Osbourne

 

Elvis Presley

[The final years / American icon] This was the last time any song by Presley reached number one on the Hot 100, although “Burning Love” reached two in September 1972

Billboard Hot 100

[History / Commercial Success] several times over, and ranked at #10 on that year’s Billboard rock charts. At this point Osbourne expressed his fatigue with the process of touring

Ozzy Osbourne

 

Now, I’m truing to figure out more paths so search for.

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