Escape Winter

…with this week’s Margarita Moment.

Smather's Beach, KW

Smather’s Beach, KW

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Higgs Beach, KW

Historic Seaport, KW

Historic Seaport, KW

Bumper Sticker Humor

Overseas Highway, Florida

Overseas Highway, Florida

Today’s Margarita Moment is a montage of bumper sticker sayings I’ve gleaned over years of traveling.

Preachy or Obvious:

Honk if you love Jesus. Text and Drive if you want to meet Him.

The trouble with trouble is it starts out as fun.

If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving isn’t for you.

Techy:

What do we want? Time Travel. When do we want it? It’s irrelevant.

My podcast beat up your blog

Testy:

Horn broken. Watch for finger.

Mean People Suck

Word Play:

Midwives help people OUT

What would Scooby Doo?

Apathy – A Conflict of Disinterest

Help Stamp Out and Abolish Redundancy

Woman-Powered:

Ginger Rodgers did everything Fred Astaire did, except BACKWARDS and in HIGH HEELS!

Well-behaved women rarely make history – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

My Top Three Favorites:

Reading is Sexy

One Human Race

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Happy President's Day...Truman's Little White House in KW

Happy President’s Day…Truman’s Little White House in KW

Any favorite bumper sticker sayings to share? Any bumper sticker pet peeves?

No Worries, this is Brainy Fun

This post has a little something for everyone. If anything Super Bowl-related is as relaxing for you as a trip to the dentist for a tooth extraction, scroll down to Brainy Fun.

If your team isn’t in contention or you aren’t a fan of football, Super Bowl partes can be as much about the food and drink, commercials and half-time show as they are about the actual game. Granted, the contest between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco Forty-Niners this year was pretty exciting, especially with a 33-minute blackout, but the talk of the evening at our house last night was about the commercials. Here are our favorite top three:

3.  Sweetest Ad

2.  Family Life Ad

1.  Happiest Ad

Many of you in the US likely had seen the Volkswagon ad before the big game since it caused a bit of a stir. Some have complained it has racist undertones. However, I’ll take my cue from the Jamaican government, which has openly embraced the ad as a positive connection to Jamaican culture. No worries, mon.

What’s your take on Super Bowl XLVII?

Brainy Fun…

If you like optical illusions, you’ll enjoy this video. I always learn something new from these science movies, yet they keep my attention with their catchy illustrations. This one is interactive. Even better. 🙂

What do you think of fast thinking vs. slow thinking? Were you tricked by any of the optical illusions or surprised by any of the activities’ answers?

Did You Ever Notice?

If you’re like me, you’d agree stand-up comedy is one of those forms of entertainment where it can be really hysterical or downright uncomfortable. In my home turf here on Long Island, there are some decent comedians on weeknight and occasional weekends out earning a little extra cash or warming up for their bigger gigs in the city. These acts tend to be good to side-splitting great. Then there are those comedians honing their craft, who haven’t quite made it big yet. They are the acts that can go either way. When it goes bad, the audience squirms with embarassment for the comedian. It’s no fun for anyone.

That’s what makes you realize the talent that goes into making a great stand-up show. The timing, the writing about everyday experiences in a unique, funny way, the facial expression, the gestures…the little zingers that make us think.

I can recite the whole “Cake for Breakfast” routine by Bill Cosby and still get a kick out of George Carlin’s “Did you ever notice?” skit. But Bill’s comedic style plays too slow for this post and Carlin’s language isn’t PG enough. So, I surfed YouTube, looking for the perfect stand-up moment to share with you today. After a couple hours of laughing, I realized I was procrastinating. What better stand-up moment to show you than Ellen Degeneres talking about, guess what, procrastinating.

What’s your favorite stand-up routine or comic? Are you a procrastinator? Are you reading this blog instead of working?

What’s Your Juice?

Ever notice that some of the most important lessons we learn in life are taught to us by children? Dewitt Jones is a National Geographic photojournalist and motivational speaker. In this three-minute clip, the best part of Jones’ Focus and Vision, he shares an inspirational anecdote that will stay with you forever. I promise you, you won’t regret it!

Now that you’ve experienced it, please share. What’s your juice?

“Margarita Moments” Mash-Up:

If you feel the slightest bit guilty about taking time out of your busy day to enjoy a “Margarita Moment,” these bloggers are here to tell you–it’s okay. You’re doing right by you.

Jill Weatherholt’s post, “Time’s a Wastin”

Writing Scribe, Susannah Hardy’s post, “I’m Number One”

Summer’s End

Summer of 2012 unofficially ended a week ago. What do you have to show for it? I’ll share my memories with the hope of inspiring you to reflect on yours.

The Highlights

Christmas in July?

My family kicked off the season with a trip to visit Mickey in Disney and Harry Potter at Universal. We almost floated away courtesy of Tropical Storm Debby, but we bonded over the discomfort of soggy feet and broken umbrellas. In fact, one of our favorite photos happens to be us posing in EPCOT–wet hair, slickers, and all.

This was a summer of parties with friends and dinner barbeques. We ate outside almost every possible moment as a family, enjoying our new patio and furniture by the pool. The investment in backyard improvements was well worth it.

The season’s project

My midsummer dream turned into reality with a romantic getaway to the Conch Republic for Hemingway Days. I proved to myself I could complete a 5K, survived a harrowing jet skiing experience, and watched my first Papa Look-Alike contest. My sweetheart and I treasured quiet moments together, biking Old Town, and people-watching on Duval.

I learned the joy and serenity of a morning spent kayaking on a local lake one beautiful August morning. Later that month, we cruised on the high seas to Bermuda with a family group of fourteen strong.

A Summer Treat

Labor Day weekend found us back in the Adirondacks for a family barbeque, a chance to sit around a campfire with my dad, siblings and kin one more time.

What memories do you treasure from the summer of 2012? 

Dog Days

If it flew past you before you got a chance to do all those things you’d hoped, what can you do now to enjoy the beauty of Fall around the corner?

Perhaps make an Autumn Wish List. I’d love to hear about your plans for the season ahead.

Bikes and Bubbles Encore

Happy Margarita Moment, all! This week I’m traveling with extended family in celebration of my in-laws’ fiftieth wedding anniversary. Please enjoy this reader favorite I originally posted last summer. I look forward to sharing the sights of Bermuda with you next week. Until then, cheers!

Do you ever find yourself blowing bubbles alone, skipping rope just for fun, or dunking a cookie in milk without counting calories?

Simple pleasures like these can bring you back to a time before you worried about laundry, bills, and work deadlines, when summers lasted a year and Halloween was near the top of your favorite holidays’ list.

As a kid growing up in New York’s rural Adirondacks, my bike was everything. First my Big Wheels, and later, my beloved ten-speed racing bike. I was excited to be independent, breezing along field-lined roads as my skinny legs pedaled to and from my friends’ houses.

Like many childhood toys, I left my bike behind upon entering college. By the time I pulled it out of the backyard shed, the bike was rusted and in need of new tires. Being an impatient twenty-something, I figured I’d buy a new one after my move. The NYC metro-area provided many wonderful opportunities for my husband and me, but traffic and the growing demands of family life convinced this transplanted country girl to switch over to a more conventional vehicle–the minivan.

Beautiful Southernmost Beach

Fast-forward twenty years, and my husband and I are on vacation in Key West, Florida. What’s the suggested mode of transportation?  Bicycles, of course. Called beach or island cruisers, these bikes are equipped with baskets in front, perfect for carrying a beach bag or souvenirs, like items from the KW Jewelry Bar. They can be ridden at night, too, with strobe lights attached to the wheels’ spokes instead of handlebars. (More on that to come!)

My eyes light up as I gaze at the bike, thinking, I’d miss you even if we’d never met. (Movie Quote Alert…answer below.) In spite of niggling doubts about having enough energy to traverse this five square-mile island, I agree to rent one.

We bike to Smathers and Fort Zachary Taylor beaches, bask in the sun like lizards and float on the warm Atlantic waters.

Later, we sightsee. In the evenings, I scoop up my flowing skirt to tuck around me as we take a leisurely ride side-by-side to Michael’s or another of our favorite haunts for a romantic dinner, followed by sunset cocktails at Mallory Square.

On our more adventurous nights, we lock up our bikes on Duval Street, and begin an impromptu Duval Crawl. Hours later, we return to our bikes (Sometimes the toughest part is remembering where the bikes are located!), and take the exhilarating two-wheeled trip back to our B & B. We whizz past quiet, side-street houses in the darkness–with nothing but mesmerizing strobe lights guiding our fuzzy brains. Whee!

I learned it’s never too late to enjoy simple pleasures like the ones I loved as a kid. Key West is my favorite getaway, and the fun we have riding our rented bikes everywhere is definitely a big part of the draw for me, being a kid at heart.

What childhood toy or activity have you left behind that you’d like to revisit, or maybe adapt to your life as an adult?

Movie Quote Answer: Wedding Date, 2005 (Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, Amy Adams, Peter Egan) Debra Messing’s character, Kat, complains that Dermot Mulroney’s character, Nick, knows everything about her and she doesn’t know a thing about him. He responds, “I’m allergic to fabric softener. I majored in comparative literature at Brown. I hate anchovies. And I think I’d miss you even if we never met.”

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