The winner is none other than my fabulous sister Abby!
I know, I smell a scandal too. But trust me, it was fair and square. I used fancy software to pick the winner and everything!* But let’s face it, even if I hadn’t – Abby probably deserved to win more than anyone else who entered and here is why:
1. She actually goes to Panera on a fairly regular basis
2. She is a swim coach (i.e. she could use the money)
3. When I visited Abby she brought me to Panera for breakfast 3 times in a row!
4. She visited me when I worked at Panera
5. She drive 5 hours each way to watch Matt compete in the Ironman
6. She brought Matt 2 12 packs of his favorite beer ever: Fat Tire
7. She looks just like me!
8. Her younger sister got married before her, she needs this people!
9. Her dog, Bexley is a big fan of the bear claw
10. She is trying to kick her Starbucks habit – what better way then to switch to Panera!
So in the end, Abby was destined to win.
*Full disclosure — after writing this, I was curious to re-read Abby’s comment to see what she said was her favorite thing to eat at Panera. I was shocked to see that she didn’t even enter the contest! I had added her name into the computer system because I assumed my ONLY sister would enter my first even blog giveaway! Talk about rigged!
Right now I am watching a show on Destination America (did anyone else know this channel existed?) titled “Extreme Cruise Ship.” The show follows the crew and passengers as they board Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. I think the show is supposed to show the glamour and appeal of a cruise. For me, this is confirming that a cruise would be my worst nightmare.
The ship first set sail in December of 2010 and has the ability to carry over 6,000 passengers each trip. At that point in time, the ship set the record for the largest cruise ship in the world. Unfortunately, the sister ship Allure of the Seas is a mere 2 inches longer, setting a new record.
Oasis of the Seas is definitely an impressive ship. It features two-story loft suites and luxury suites measuring 1,600 sq ft (double the size of my apartment!) with balconies overlooking the sea or promenades. The ship features a zip-line, a casino, a mini-golf course, multiple night clubs, several bars and lounges, a karaoke club, comedy club, five swimming pools, volleyball and basketball courts, theme parks and nurseries for children.
This is where things get weird… Onboard recreational, athletic, and entertainment activities are organized into seven themed areas called “neighborhoods”, sort of like theme parks. Below are descriptions of these seven neighborhoods.
Central Park features boutiques, restaurants and bars, including access to the Rising Tide bar, which can be raised or lowered between three decks. It has the first living park at sea with over 12,000 plants and 56 trees. So in other words, nothing like the Central Park of NYC.
The Pool and Sports Zone features a sloped-entry beach pool and two surf simulators.
Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center features a spa for teens (really? a spa for teens?)
Boardwalk features a handcrafted carousel, restaurants, bars, shops, two rock-climbing walls, and a temporary tattoo parlor. Its outdoor 750-seat Aqua Theatre amphitheater hosts the ship’s largest freshwater pool. As a kid, this sounds awesome. Now imagine spending an entire week here as an adult. Not so awesome anymore…
Royal Promenade features restaurants and shops.
Youth Zone features a science lab and computer gaming. Awesome, you brought your kids on a cruise and all they do is play video games. Talk about an ideal family vacation!
Entertainment Place. I can’t find information on what this area includes. I bet it doesn’t even exist but no one notices cause the boat is so big.
While the idea of a cruise, to travel at night and wake up at a different location in the morning, sounds pretty good, I don’t think I can fully get over all of the other stuff that comes with cruises: being trapped on a boat, in the middle of the ocean, with families wearing matching “we’re on vacation” t-shirts sounds horrible!
I don’t think I am going to be able to sleep tonight.
I used to trust my husband. But now, I am not so sure.
We are going on vacation next week to Colorado where we hope to do some mountain biking and hiking. Matt has done the majority of the planning for this trip (like most of our vacations) so I am not sure what to expect. Then today he sent me this video of a hike he wants to do.
As far as I know, Matt hasn’t taken out a life insurance policy for me but maybe I should look into that…
I am embarrassed to say that I just finished watching the first two episodes of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. I am not embarrassed for watching it but that it took me so long to watch it.
Let me tell you – I am not keeping up with this family.
Honey Boo Boo (aka Alana)’s mom had her first daughter when she was 15. Now, that daughter is pregnant at 17. That means that Honey Boo Boo’s mom is going to be a grandmother at 32 or 33. So if I wanted to match that, I would need to have a baby like tomorrow, and that baby would have to have a baby when they were two years old. Not sure that’s going to happen!
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the show:
“Elvis is Santa’s helper.”
– Honey Boo Boo
“We gonna put some paint on this old barn” (in reference to putting makeup on her face)
– First Mama, the Honey Boo Boo
“A bath, mud wrestling and water slide all in one. That’s how rednecks do it.”
“I’ve not heard of forklift foot before. Apparently that’s when you got your foot run over by a forklift and it gets all mangled”
– Woman giving them a pedicure
“We love to get road kill. And we like to clean it, grind it up, process it and put it in the freezer. Then on the weekends, we like to grill it and have a good time”
-Sugar Bear (Honey Boo Boo’s Dad)
Even though the show was highly entertaining, I am not sure I can continue watching it. It one might even been too much for me.
I got new sleepers today! That is certainly a “little thing” in my book.
I was wearing UGG sleepers, which were great, but I couldn’t bring myself to pay the 100 dollar price tag for slippers — which is funny since I wear my slippers every day and more than any other pair of shoes. I ended up going with a brand called “Old Friend” that I found on Zappos. They are comfortable and seen very durable. So while I loved my UGGs, these seem like a great, less expensive, option.