Thursday, September 30, 2010

Neti Pot

I'm not swearing by it yet, but I'm real pleased with my Neti Pot so far. Last week I was having some major sinus blockage. I think I was pretty darn close to a sinus infection. I'm quite prone to them, so in attempt to nip it in the bud... I bought a Neti Pot.

My mom uses one regularly, but I never really thought I could stand the water up my nose. I thought it'd be horrible like when you get water in your nose while swimming... but it wasn't like that at all.

Anyway, I'm sharing my love for the Neti pot so that those of you out there who have thought about trying it, might actually go get one! I used it for a few days and chase my congestion away!

Things to remember...
*Use warm water.
*Don't use table salt (it will dry you out).
Use pure sea salt in your neti pot. Iodized salt, or table salt, may contain additives that irritate the nasal membranes. Rock salt also may cause irritation.
*Don't do it if one or both nostrils are completely blocked. (otherwise you might have ear issues).

Monday, September 27, 2010

Water + Color = Pictures!

I played around with watercolors this weekend. I have a lot to learn, but thought I'd go ahead and share my creations.

This was painted with the help of "Watercolors for Dummies." The scale and colors are a little off, but I don't think it turned out too horrible.

Winding River

This is just a random one. The splotchy background is the result of salt sprinkled over the picture when it was still a little wet.


And this one is the result of wondering if I could paint a fall leaf. I think I did a decent job - especially since I haven't seen a leaf like this in a while (One of the downsides of living in the SW). Thank goodness there are plenty of reference pictures online... which is where I also came across the quote!

Leaf Quote

Sunday, September 26, 2010


My Mom and I LOVE word games. We often play Literati on Yahoo, which is pretty much scrabble. So when I saw the commercial for Scrabble Flash, I knew I had to get it!

We ended up being a little less than impressed with the game. I think the hardest part was passing the pieces back and forth. 5 separate pieces to pass and turn around was just too much of a hassle. If there were some kind of tray to keep the 5 blocks in it would have been nice. I was kind of thinking a lazy Susan or something would be better to play on because then we could just turn it to the next person.... though the pieces might go flying off.

When you play the multiple player mode you have to unscramble the letters to spell a 5 letter word. However, when you play one person mode, you can spell as many 3, 4 and 5 letter words as you can in the allotted time. We ended up just playing that way and keeping track on paper. Out of 5 games each - the person with the highest percentage of words spelled won.

The game ($22 at Target) also came with Scrabble Slam. We LOVED that game. The cards were a bit confusing at first - and I often put the wrong letter up... but it was fast paced enough for us to keep going.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Mini Time Machine Museum - Review

Today was Free Museum day so I had to take advantage of it. I decided to go to the Mini Time Machine Museum. There were many museums to pick from but I decided on this one because I couldn't justify spending money (7$) to go to it any other time!

The parking lot was packed so I had to park at a nearby store. I'm pretty sure the museum knew how many people they were expecting because when you got your free ticket you had to state where you were going... So I kind of felt like they should have had people out to help with the parking situation... or at the very minimum had signs up for "additional parking." It's not that I couldn't figure out where to go, I just was worried about my car getting towed the whole time....

The facility was very nice, clean and new. The first mini thing you come to is the entrance!

The Mini Time Machine Museum

The lighting was poor for pictures so please forgive my crappy photos...

The Mini Time Machine Museum

The Mini Time Machine Museum

They had a whole Halloween section but none of my photos turned out. I liked the Halloween stuff. It was very creative and if you actually read some of the signs and looked around carefully it was even a bit funny.

The Winter section however, was very poorly done. Most of the stuff looked like the things you can get at the store.... and they were just plopped down.

mini winter

Seriously, my mom does better snow - and this house ain't no museum! They could have sprinkled some fluffy snow around the bottom to hide some of the bases at least!

The KOLD one below is kind of funny because here in Tucson we actually have a KOLD network.... except it is TV not radio.

The Mini Time Machine Museum

The museum, overall in my opinion was just OK. It was basically a bunch of mini scenes enclosed in Plexiglas. The details and whatnot on the pieces were amazing - but I guess it just wasn't my thing. It was pretty crowded and I didn't spend more than 30 minutes there. Perhaps on another day I would have wandered around a little slower and soaked it all in.... but how many times can you say "Wow that is small!"?


I think I would have been more interested in things like the eye of the needle sculptures and the pencil led sculptures. Just a tad more unique.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Little Caching in Safford

I found one of my favorite kinds of caches last weekend, a cemetery hide! Safford City Cemetery was really beautiful. Look at all those flowers.

AZ Cemetery

AZ Cemetery

Unfortunately the coordinates were off about 75 or so feet. It only took me a few extra minutes to find though. I kind of hate when the cache owner doesn't fix things like that after multiple logs about it!

I also got a couple caches near Eastern Arizona College. There wasn't a soul in site, just the way I like it! There was also this great little ice cream shop there.


Since there was a cache there and I was already stopped, I gave in and got a cone.

This bad boy was only 50 cents!!!!!

Geocaches Geocaches

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Quick Update

Just wanted to say - yes I stopped C25K.... but I do hope to get back to it soon. Probably will start at week 1 again when I do.

Also.... "Operation Pop Elimination" begins tomorrow! I very recently went about 5 days off no soda pop - and I honestly can't remember why I started drinking it again. Ughh!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Book Review

Title: A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
By: Bill Bryson
Pages: 304

Book Description:
Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes--and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.

For a start there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. Despite Katz's overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods is destined to become a modern classic of travel literature.

My thoughts:
I really liked this book. I don't call myself a hiker, but I do like being outdoors and the Appalachian Trail is something that has always interested me. This book is both informative and entertaining. The author talks a lot about the history of the trail, of people, of towns...(and so on) as well as conservation efforts and failures. He gives tons of facts and numbers, but then brings you right back to the story of the trail right before you start to lose interest.

Splitting this book into quarters, the 1st and 2nd were hilarious and kept me reading.... I couldn't wait for the 3rd quarter to be over and the 4th was good, but not as great as the first 2 quarters! I guess what I'm trying to say is this book started out strong and then got a bit dull...

I still really liked it though!

If you consider yourself "Outdoorsy" you'd probably like it.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Texas Canyon

If you're driving on Interstate 10 between Tucson and New Mexico you will pass through Texas Canyon... and you'll know you're in it once you see it.

Your drive takes you through a grassy desert landscape and somewhat rolling hills... and then all the sudden you find yourself surrounded by massive boulders.

Texas Canyon

Texas Canyon

There happens to be a rest stop right in the middle of all the beautiful rocks. It's a great scenic stop. Even if you don't have to pee, I recommend stopping to soak in the scenery.

Texas Canyon

Here is an image that shows you the scale of some of these rocks. Look closely and you will notice a father carrying his son. Yep, These things are gigantic!

Texas Canyon

Oh, and you can also pick up GC15KE5 while you're there!

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Best Four Letter Word Ever.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
September 25th, 2010
Free admission with required printable ticket.

Find participating museums near you here.

Get your ticket here.

I plan on going to the The Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, simply because it sounds about ridiculous and I know on any other day I probably wouldn't pay to go!

Sunday, September 12, 2010


I got the cache...


...Chased around the crickets I had been running over all day. (They were ALL over the road - I could hear them popping under my tires and thumping on the bottom of my car! GROSS.)

I'm not going to lie, that is pretty much actual size!

...And then I slammed my fingers in the door.

It is worse than it looks, I swear! ;-)

I was very thankful I packed a cooler, and had all those extra baggies for geocaching!

Yey for multiple uses!

...Once I got over the shock of the situation, I cried my eyes out. It hurt SO bad ;-(

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Stockton Pass

I took a mini roadtrip for geocaches today. I didn't get as many as I had hoped, but I did end the day with 9. I mostly went for park and grabs, I really just wanted to drive and listen to music. I decided to head to Safford, Arizona via Stockton Pass (between Fort Grant and 191). Stockton Pass cuts through the Coronado national Forest and is an absolutely beautiful drive!

Coronado National Forest

A lot of the caches along this road required going though the tall grass... with the real possibility of snakes and having a minor injury (more on that later). I decided to pass up most of them. I really just enjoyed the views, I loved it.

Stockton Pass

There weren't any designated spots to stop and soak in the scenery - But I would have loved them. I saw sooo many picture opportunities, but with most of the side of the road being very grassy, I didn't stop. Smokey would have been upset if my car started a fire! Did you know your the heat from your car can spark a fire? ...Thanks mom for reminding me!


More later!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Still Here...


I know I haven't posted in a while.... but I'm still here! I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!!Please visit all the wonderful blogs on the sidebar until I come up with something interesting to post.