Monday, October 27, 2008

Pineapple plants and tadpoles...

As promised here is my tadpole and pineapple plant update. First, my pineapple plants. I started one back in August and ended up with 3 pineapple tops that I was attempting to root. I googled it and found two ways recommended to root pineapples. First was putting it in a clear glass of water and the second was just sticking it in the dirt. Well, the original pineapple top is still alive and after being transferred to dirt ( I decided to try both ways-2 in water 1 in dirt) it is developing roots AND has a pup (new growth plant) growing on the side. Of the two in water, 1 started rotting and the other (after quickly transferring to dirt) is now producing roots as well. The pineapple on the right is the original, and the light green spot towards the base is the new pup.




As for the tadpole, years ago I saw a Grow a frog kit at a teaching store but was never able to get one. Shawn found this one for me in Florida. You buy the kit, they send the tadpole, and you watch it grow into a frog. Once it is a frog, it will continue to live in water. He's already starting to get his hind legs, but they're still tiny. You can't determine the sex until it is a frog (by the color on forearms) so right now I'm just calling him Tad.


Republican Rally


My mom and I were excited when we heard Sarah Palin was coming to Asheville and decided to throw ourselves into the mob at the civic center to see if we could get inside. So, on Sunday, we headed up to the civic center around 1 o'clock and found the line starting to wrap around the building. Other lines formed as well which made it interesting when trying to fit through 2 or 3 tiny doors. We actually were towards the top half of the line and were oblivious to how many blocks long the lines were (I was amazed by the pics on citizen times). It actually didn't seem that long that we stood in line because there were lots of people to talk to and the 4 hours until they opened the doors went by pretty quickly. When we finally made it within 20 feet of the doors to enter and go through metal detectors, I can only describe it in two words.....mosh pit. Everyone was so packed together, mainly due to the lack of organization of the lines of people and the ones who thought they could just show up and go to the front of the line. We finally made it in and got great seats on the ground floor to the left of the stage. Another highlight of the rally was that country singer Gretchen Wilson was there and performed. I've always wanted to attend a political rally and was not dissapointed. Its always exciting to be with a big/huge group of people who have the same beliefs as you. I was a little dissapointed that a lot of my pictures were blurry, but I think that was do to being on bleachers which were vibrating half the time due to all the people and noise vibration. I did get awesome video, though. One is of Sarah Palin getting everyone to sing happy birthday to her mom (don't worry, I'm leaving off the political video), and the other is Gretchen Wilson singing Barracuda.

video video

This was a great experience and think everyone should attend at least one rally in their lifetime of their party choice.
Asheville Citizen Times has great photos to show just how many people attended.
http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=photo

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Random thoughts...

I had said a week ago, while it was still 80 degrees, that I really wanted it to snow this year. I did NOT mean right away. No, it hasn't snowed, but the 30 something degree weather outside at the moment feels like it could. I just wasn't ready to go to sleep warm and wake up cold. I wanted to ease into winter.

I am very excited about my busy week next week. Jaime and I go to the NKOTB concert next Thursday night, followed by trick-or-treating with Abbey on Friday, and finally ending with the Power of Pink relay Saturday morning. It's going to be busy, but very fun. However, I'll be glad when things slow down.

Finally, I've got a tadpole (it's actually from a growafrog kit) that I just got in the mail. He's so cute! I'll post more on him with a picture later......Ok, that's what's going on in my world!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

No, really, this is it!


Jaime and I keep saying that we're not running anymore this year, that we need a break. However, it seems we have one last run to fit into the year. Haywood Regional Medical Center has The Power of Pink Relay that we are planning to run. Jaime is trying to finish forming our team of 5 women who will each run 4 miles for a total of 20. The proceeds go towards giving women free mammograms to prevent breast cancer. I think it will be lots of fun! (Stephanie, if you were closer, you know you'd be part of this team! =) )