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I Think I Fell Off The Planet… AGAIN!

Wow! Simply Wow!  I think I fell off the plant. Or at least slipped out of the bloggersphere like I was slipping on…..

Yep, I’m still here and the first thing I made you think of after this long is poop!  I wanted to do that just so you’d know that it really was still me. Just me with a kid who’s a little older and a mom who’s a lot older! Because you know we age faster then our children!

Of course so many things have happened and changed over the last while since the last time I graced this blog with my ever flowing words of nonsense and wisdom! Yes, I said wisdom! Stop laughing! Too many things to try to relay to you in detail so bullet points seem to be the best option. Let us begin!

  • EJ had a birthday
  • I had two birthdays
  • EJ had another birthday
  • I had two more birthdays
  • EJ is now in pre-school!!!!!!!!!!
  • And I still have zero free time…. Go figure!
  • We FINALLY sold our house!!!! YAY!!
  • We bought a new house which is still covered in unpacked boxes. YAY!!  What? We’ve only been here almost 5 months now! And besides, cardboard is in fashion…. Isn’t it?
  • I joined a new club, one that is going to be a shock to many of you in the mommy blog world (and may make many of my readers jump ship because of different beliefs and that saddens me but I respect that too) and without knowing how it really happened found myself highly involved… and now that club is going national.  Which means I’m busy doing even more free work. YAY!!  Because motherhood, wife and tennis wasn’t enough of course. Its name is A Girl And A Gun Club. And I’m very, very proud of it and the ladies I’m working with! I’m sure I’ll be filling my pages with more info on that soon.
  • I’m getting my NRA pistol instructors license.  Ah, come on…. You always knew I was a redneck!
  • Just kidding about the redneck thing.  Kinda. Regardless of my roots I’ve been supporting and practicing my 2nd amendment rights all my life and have found a great outlet for mommy stress! When writing wasn’t enough, and tennis wasn’t enough, blasting away paper targets was just the ticket!  And I’m happily involved in the huge women’s movement towards that.  And really want to continue to help other ladies learn safely how to shoot and how to take responsibility for their own personal protection.
  • I’ve also been taking my shooting to a new level and have started doing competitions!! So now I get to add to my bio “Competitive shooter”!  How cool is that?!?
  • And when I’m not shooting I’m still being a mom to an amazing little girl who is growing like a weed and teaches me new things every day.
  • Oh! And last but certainly not least, but OH MY GODDESS!!! WE’RE PREGNANT AGAIN!!  Holy cow on a fence dancing! Can you freaking believe it?!?!

I guess that’s about it for now.  Hopefully in time I’ll gain all of my past readers back and if I’ve lost you, gain some more! But really I want to find my words again.  A place that all the tennis and shooting can’t replace when it comes to brain dumping. A place that surrounds me like the warm fuzzy blanket that I like to steal from my daughter.

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A Swim Down Memory Lane At Sea World

My history with SeaWorld is a long one and while my experience with the Wildside ladies was one for the record books it isn’t what created this long time love of the park and all it stands for.

Let me take you back to when I was a kid. Ok, maybe more of a more grown up kid. I guess that’s the best way to describe myself when I was somewhere between the ages of 15 and 20. Still a kid in a grown ups body with huge expectations of the future, no idea how much work it would take to realize those dreams, and how fast I would refocus those dreams to include time for chocolate cake and the Lifetime channel.  But that’s when Sea World San Antonio (formerly Sea World of Texas according to Wikipedia) opened their gates. I lived about 45 minutes from this amazing place and, to my family, it was one of the best things that happened to us all. So many memories were shared there… all of them good. I can’t remember a single negative thing that happened over all the years we went….although I’m sure my parents could share a few moments… But you have to admit that’s pretty amazing considering how volatile my sisters and mother and I can be at times. (Hay we are human and all female… Need I say more?)

One of my fondest memories, and I have many, is when my parents took us to see Kayla  (thank you again Wikipedia for keeping that name handy for me) the first baby orca (Killer Whale) born at Sea World of Texas right after the park opened in 1988. She seemed so tiny swimming along side her massive mother during all the shows, sometimes mimicking the jumps the other whales would do. Sea World was so proud of her that they had TV’s in many areas of the park showing the video of her birth. Watching her mother furiously spinning as the baby orca came flying out was one of the most amazing births I’ve ever seen by any creature and has always stayed with my memory. I can’t see a picture of a whale without thinking about that beautiful experience.

Another great attraction that Sea World San Antonio had back then, and they still have, was concerts.  All the concert goers would show up early and anxiously await the time when they would let us through the gate. Then when it opened we, by that I mean my boy friend and I followed up by my parents and “smarter” but much slower aged family members, would race with the crowd as fast as we could run to find our favorite spot on the map.  All the concerts where held in an area of the park where they had a giant map of the United States painted on it. Who ever got to the space first would lay down, arms and legs spread out, claiming it as our own. Close enough to the stage to see the great artists but far enough away to not get smushed by the crowd.  One also had to be able to get to the potties without having to break our necks or pee ourselves as we weaved in and out of the other “campers”.   We would lay out towels and blankets and have a camp out right there in the middle of SeaWorld waiting for the bands to start to playing. We would take turns hanging out on the map while the others in our group would go walking around and enjoying the sites and sometimes hitting the penguin hut for a little shade and relief from the heat. We saw some of the greats there, at least on the country music side of great. I’m talking about Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, and even George Strait. And many, many others. In hind sight I wish I’d kept a list since all of the big stars who arrived with opening acts because I know some of them became big stars too. It would have been nice to say I saw them when they were just an opener. How cool would that make me?? ….. I know… I would be AWESOME!

Sea World San Antonio still carries an exciting concert schedule every year and even though the big painted map is gone, with Celebration Cove sitting in its place, my memories of that time in my life will never fade. And now the concerts are held in the Nautilus Amphitheater which I’ll admit offers many more benefits then sitting on the hard concrete baking the sun… You know… things like shade!! To check out some of their upcoming 2011 events including concerts and other special events check out this LINK.

In between seeing all the wonderful aquatic shows and waiting the endless hours till the concerts would start another great place we would visit was the Boardwalk. Its still there too after all these years! It was filled with basic carnival games such as the Skee-ball, the ring toss, throwing bean bags at bottles, betting the guy in a tux couldn’t guess your weight. (My mom won that one to the mortification of the man!! He was a cocky SOB till my mom walked up. I’ll never forget it.) With my boy friend of 5 years in tow (Yes, 5 years or so with the same guy. I was in luuubbb.*rolling my eyes*) we would make several visits a day to take on the challenge of the bean bag bottle toss. He was a pro and could usually knock over all three bottles with one bag. (He played baseball in high school.) Almost every time we would go he would knock round after round of bottles over winning me little stuffed animals that I eventually upgraded for bigger prizes. And the large prizes of choice were stuffed penguins!!! By the time we finally broke up years later I had an entire penguin family. If I had to guess I had at least 20+ of these foot tall cutie pies stashed around my bedroom. I still have a few of them left over from back then but I passed the rest of the colony on to the various children I’ve encountered over the years. I had to grow up sometime didn’t I?

That’s when my addiction to penguins began. (Seriously, I may need help y’all.)

After that first year in the 80’s, and for many years later, my family and I would always get season passes to Sea World San Antonio. And all those years of visiting the park, and seeking out some air conditioning, has also instilled a lifetime love (When I say love I mean squealing like a school girl, giggling, jumping up and down like an embarrassing freak in public when I see one type of love. Yep…  I need help.) of penguins. I remember practically living in the penguin hut staring longingly at them as they would dart in and out of the water. Looking for the one little guy that was the spunkiest and naming him Fred. Always Fred.  Trying to convince my parents that I wanted one and that I could just let him hang out in our freezer to cool off. In between racing from stadium to stadium to make sure we saw each show we would always make time to stop in and see the penguins…several times a day. And I even started making the penguin hut the final visit of the day just so I could say “see ya later” to the little gentlemen. That is where my life long love of penguins started and its never dwindled.

So to say I’m a fan of SeaWorld is a little bit of an understatement. It’s part of my history and now, with the introduction of the Wildside bloggers, its an amazing part of my life.

And with any luck it can be an amazing part of her life too.

*Disclosure…. I do not work for Sea World. All that has been provided to me by Sea World San Antonio has been only a gift. I was never asked to write about or advertise for them and I am not being paid for it. I am writing about my adventures and those I met because of the impact it/they have made on my life. And since that’s what I write about on this little blog then that’s the stories your gonna hear. If you have any other questions about this please feel free to ask me or simply read my disclosure policy. But, if after reading all this and that you feel like you would like me to get paid to write for you and/or your company…lets talk.

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One of the things that drives me nuts, and I know I’m not alone, is spam phishing emails. As a moderatly tech savvy gal I’d like to think I’m immune to most requests to share millions of dollars of some poor sot who passed away leaving behind no benefactors. And I will never fall for one of those ridiculous schemes. But every now and then I’ll get an “inbox wonder” that even has me scratching my head if it’s real or not.
When I got this one this morning I’ll admit to wondering if it was real. I’m am expecting a package sometime soon, like probably half of the free world. And I use UPS, like half of the free world. So? Could it be real? But in the past I have received some pieces of spam that have used official looking postal signatures and they turned out to be phishing scams. So I did what every soul with a smart phone should do. I turned off my WIFI and clicked on the link. And there they were! Three nicely packaged zip files ready to be installed on someone’s unsuspecting desktop. Caught ya didn’t I you little phisheys!

And now I’m passing the info and warning on to you. If you see an email that looks like this one I would just delete it for safety. If you have a package coming it will arrive without you risking your personal information to find a tracking number. Also, for those of you who use Outlook, you may want to be sure the email is properly deleted and not sitting in your saved trash mailbox. And if you’re like me feel free to also search the long headers of the email and send the offensive info on to and let them deal with the turds of the electronic era.
Here’s a screen shot of the email I received just so you can compare if you get one.


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A Little Adventure On The Wildside

I want to take you all back to a little adventure that I was blessed with way, way, way back in November of 2009. And yes, as any mom of a two year old can tell you, that’s a LONG time ago. Since then I’ve cleaned up, tolerated, learned about, and simply have grown up in so many different ways that it seems like ages. So ya, a LONG time ago. And now I’m finally sharing with you an experience that I wish I would have been more snappy on. But you see, in my defense…. I HAVE A TWO YEAR OLD! So there.

That November I received an invitation to spend the night, slumber party style, with a group of women that at the time were all strangers. The only thing we all had in common was that we were moms and for some reason we caught the attention of SeaWorld San Antonio and the wonderful founders of The Motherhood @CooperMunroe and @EmilyMcKhann to take a walk on the #Wildside!

This was such a surprise, and talk about scary…spending the night with strangers…snoring…snorting…and all the other icky things people do…or I might do…while sleeping. Oh…the HORROR! But as it turned out sleep was the last thing that occurred that night.

We met armed with only a guest list full of names and twitter handles, and many questions and doubts about how the night would go. And then we started talking…and laughing…and finding in each other many, many things in common. From parenthood, husbands, and blogging (aka. Social networking junkies). The only three things that we needed in life up to that point had brought us together. As we entered the park it was decided that from that point on we were the #wildside Hotties! “Hay Hotties!?!”

We met....

That night we started our after hours tour in the Coral Reef where I made a big hit with my Twitter post wondering if we were having sushi for dinner. What? Was that bad? I was starting to get that gut wrenching feeling that I just burst my bubble. But after hearing a few snickers about it I realized that these women “got me”! They understood the humor behind what I was saying!! A rare treat for me I must add for someone who’s used to tasting toe jam for the things that fly out of my head unchecked most times.

She was taking aim at me...

After seeing some of the most wonderful displays of aquatic life and some really sharp teeth on the sharks we continued our after hours SeaWorld tour. We visited different arenas, behind the scenes, from the Beluga’s Stadium where the playful whales spit water at us, to visiting Shamu’s home and getting an up close interaction with one of the killer whales. Apparently she is the matriarch of the group and saw some familiar friends in all of us mothers because she happily posed for pictures right up by the glass and happily interacted with us. She seemed genuinely interested in her late night visitors. Such a treat and she was such a sweet lady.

Shamu making faces with Debi Pfitzenmaier otherwise known as Momonmars from

That night we walked and walked and then finely were fed a wonderful meal by one of SeaWorlds world class chefs before we were off to the Penguin Encounter where, SQUEEEE, we would be spending the night. When I say I love penguins it is not a joke. It is a fact and, as any member of my family can attest to, if you buy me penguin stuff you will forever have me as a fan. Just like others who deck their houses out in chickens or pictures of cats… I am a penguin kind of gal. So to spend the night that close to all the lovable little gentlemen was the treat of treats and I can honestly say I can die happy because of it.

I love you.

And spend the night we did…sleep we did not. We talked, we tweeted, we giggled, we shared stories, and we did eventually attempt to bunk down. However it was really hard to sleep with the overwhelming smell of fish. Penguins may be adorable but the Penguin Encounter does have a dis-stink-tive odor of fish. Go figure. But it didn’t matter…we being the women of the blogosphere, also came armed with our I-phones which gave us distraction from the fact that no one was going to get any sleep that night.

Where we...ummm...slept?

Then morning came…. I think… It was still dark out when I went to brush the fish smell off my teeth. All of us bleary eyed and in a mostly zombie state were lead to our salvation of breakfast and COFFEE! We also shared our breakfast with a rambunctious group of boy scouts who apparently were in the park over night like we were. Bet they didn’t sleep either. And their loud, perky boyish screaming finally broke through the haze and woke us up.

Good morning to you too!

After our nice breakfast we had our last adventure, feeding the dolphins. And let me tell you, those guys are HUNGRY, in the morning! As we walked up to the pool they were jumping, and playing, and talking, and splashing, trying to get a good look at us just like we were getting a good look at them. I’m not sure who was more excited. And then we fed them their breakfasts while they flipped upside down for us to pet their soft bellies.

Who's hungry?


It was wonderful. And as we all left the park, strangers the day before but now friends and companions, we walked away with memories none of us will never forget. Since that day many have moved on but a core group of us have become what is known as the original #Wildside bloggers and we now play a very special roll by sharing our experiences with SeaWorld San Antonio. And since that day I’ve had many more experiences that I’m going to be sharing with you. So stay tuned, this was only part 1!

And then we became friends. (Photo taken and shared by the lovely Emily from The Motherhood.)

And don’t forget to get your cutie patooty booties to SeaWorld yourselves! I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials on TV. This year they are making it easier on the budget to go and enjoy the park! Just pay for a day and enjoy the park all season long! Pick up your Fun Passes this year so you can enjoy SeaWorld San Antonio whenever you like! That’s a great deal so don’t pass it up ya’ll!!!

*Disclosure…. I do not work for Sea World. All that has been provided to me by Sea World San Antonio has been only a gift because they really are that awesome! I was never asked to write about (considering it took me a year and a half to get around to this post) or advertise for them and I am not being paid for it. I am writing about my adventures and those I met because of the impact it/they have made on my life. And since that’s what I write about on this little blog then those are the stories your gonna hear. If you have any other questions about this please feel free to ask me or simply read my disclosure policy. But, if after reading all this and that you feel like you would like me to get paid to write for you and/or your company…lets talk.

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