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How Much Is That Camel In The Window? May 25, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure.
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At Epcot, the first country we visited in the World Showcase was Morocco.

We decided to eat at the Tangierine Cafe.

We ordered a vegetarian lunch of hummus, falafel, couscous, olives, lentil salad, tabbouli, and pita.

Everything was delicious!

After lunch, we poked our noses into the four corners of the bazaar.

While admiring the African vibe.

I never could resist a camel wearing a fez.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Best In Show May 20, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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We went to an antique car show at Gamble Plantation to check out some classy classic cars . . .

We loved this bright blue retro VW . . .

And this blast from the past . . .

We saw several amusing entries . . .

And a funky fire truck complete with boat awning . . .

Allowing passengers to enjoy the view along with a refreshing beverage. . .

But only one car got our vote for Best In Show . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

Have I Got A Travel Deal For YOU! May 13, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Less IS More, Travel & Leisure.
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Earlier this month, I received an unsolicited travel brochure for an upcoming 12-day trip to the Arctic Circle.

By booking immediately, we could get 50% off the published rate!

Wow!

I decided to check out the savings . . . because I love BOGO offers at Publix.

Anyway, I clicked through and found that the price depended upon your desired cabin accoutrements.

Makes sense.

But that’s when sense turned into nonsense.

Even the least expensive cabin was ridiculously expensive.

No way am I spending $2,333 – $3,666 PER DAY to freeze my ass off!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Why Slacking Off Pays Off . . . April 15, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Less IS More, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Travel & Leisure.
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I’ve long been a proponent of the phrase “less is more,” which I find applicable in situations too numerous to count.

And now I’ve found a new application for the phrase.

Turns out that LESS work often results in MORE creative output.

Don’t believe me?

Check out this article ~ Darwin Was A Slacker And You Should Be Too

From the article:

Figures as different as Charles Dickens, Henri Poincaré, and Ingmar Bergman, working in disparate fields in different times, all shared a passion for their work, a terrific ambition to succeed, and an almost superhuman capacity to focus.

Yet when you look closely at their daily lives, they only spent a few hours a day doing what we would recognize as their most important work. The rest of the time, they were hiking mountains, taking naps, going on walks with friends, or just sitting and thinking.

Their creativity and productivity, in other words, were not the result of endless hours of toil. Their towering creative achievements result from modest “working” hours.

From writing to research, from science to music, from athletics to art, top performers benefit from deliberate practice followed by deliberate rest and downtime.

World-class performance doesn’t come after 10,000 hours of practice, as Malcolm Gladwell claimed:

“It comes after 10,000 hours of deliberate practice, 12,500 hours of deliberate rest, and 30,000 hours of sleep.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

The cited and linked article is excerpted from Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Beyond The Beach April 6, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness, Travel & Leisure.
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Sanibel & Ft. Myers sent me a link to this video with a simple message:

Create, Play, Relax, Breathe . . . ENJOY!

Aah . . . that’s better!

The Topiaries Are Tops! March 21, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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Before Florida temps rebound for the sultry summer season, we’ve been “hitting the trails” to enjoy the fine weather ~ around the neighborhood, on the beach, and at Disney.

We got annual passes for the first time this year and have logged LOTS of miles traipsing through Epcot, the Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and the Magic Kingdom ~> 6.7 miles, 10.4 miles, 7.6 miles, 5.1 miles, 5.9 miles.

On our last 2 visits, I’m not sure how far we walked because my pedometer went on strike!

One of our favorite things so far has been all the gorgeous gardens and topiaries.

A Giant Panda in China enjoying a sunset snack of bamboo:

A Troll in Norway who seemed FROZEN:

Bambi, Thumper, and Flower in a bed of flowers:

Rafiki and Simba . . . “Ah Zabenya!”

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice & Bewitched Broomsticks:

A trio of glamorous ostriches enjoying the bright blue skies too much to bury their heads in the sand:

And these topiary wannabes ~ Dory and Marlin ~ who, I must admit, looked like two fish out of water:

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

 

 

Planet Word February 23, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Travel & Leisure, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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For those of you with a love of linguistics . . . Planet Word is on the horizon.

And admission will be FREE!

D.C.’s Franklin School Will Be A Museum of Linguistics

And there is a line of handy dandy Food Trucks outside for inevitable snack attacks in the stacks!

Aah . . . that’s better!

For more about Planet Word: A Message from the Founder

Do You Have A Billion Dollar Nose? February 21, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Life Balance, Travel & Leisure.
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Mickey-Ta-DaaaLike to travel?

Enjoy sampling cocktails?

Want to get paid to travel around the globe and sample cocktails?

Intrigued?

If traveling around the world trying out new cocktails is your idea of the perfect vacation, listen up: Spirit brand Absolut wants to pay someone to do this professionally.

One person will get the title of Sensory Expert—or the “Billion Dollar Nose” as the brand is calling it. You’ll need “a creative nose, a trend-sensitive tongue, and a love of vodka,” according to a statement.

To read more:  Get Paid To Travel the World and Drink Cocktails

Aah . . . that’s better!

Farm To Table Fables February 9, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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We went to a talk at the local library on Farm to Table Fables ~ about restaurants owners who claim to serve locally sourced food when they are really selling stuff from Sisco.

According to Laura Reiley, food critic and undercover investigator from the Tampa Bay Times, more than a few upscale restaurants claim to be serving food from their own farms . . . when, on investigation, their farms are nothing more than dried up dust bowls.

In like vein, restaurant owners who claim to be serving “Gulf Shrimp” may not mean local shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico.  Instead, the shrimp might be bleached deveined shrimp shipped in from urine-soaked Gulfs in Asia.

Sellers at Farmer’s Markets who claim to have grown the produce they are selling may be lying . . . many are selling produce rejected by grocery stores.

Word to the wise:  Just because it says so doesn’t make it so.

While the blatant misrepresentations and unsupported claims made about our food are disturbing, Laura was a delight.  She’s an engaging speaker, presenting information in an accessible format accompanied by amusing anecdotes and funny little zingers.

For example, when asked about whether to be concerned about GMOs, she said, “I went to visit Monsanto . . . you know, the Death Star!”

She also discussed her “two Chardonnay sweet spot” ~> when things seem sweeter, funnier, and happier than normal.

Winner, Sandbar Monthly Photo Contest ~ Robert, Bradenton

Tip: to maintain the sweet spot, avoid reaching for that third glass, when melancholy sneaks into the mix!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related:  The Best Farm-To-Table Restaurant in Every State (Food & Wine)

 

Escaping Reality With Six Wives February 7, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, People, Travel & Leisure.
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Snoopy5We tend to enjoy movies and TV shows based on true stories better than wholly fabricated fiction especially fiction of the far-fetched variety that strains credulity.

Of course, exceptions abound ~ e.g., Harry Potter, Mary Poppins, Nanny McPhee, Shrek, etc..

Exceptions aside, we’ve seen two “new releases” on DVD this month, based on real life events, that I highly recommend:

Denial ~ a libel case in London brought by a Holocaust denier.  Great cast, script, costumes, and plot.

Sully ~ a crash landing on the Hudson River in January . . . with only minor casualties.  Tom Hanks rocks his role as the pilot.

Both involve courtroom scenes.  Coincidence, or not?

In like vein, we are currently watching two series on PBS.  While neither is as riveting as Downton Abbey, they are a delight in their own Merry Wives of Windsor way:

Victoria ~ the series starts with Victoria stepping into the role of Queen while still a teenager.

Secrets of the Six Wives ~ here’s the trailer:

Both PBS series are historical dramas which take place in the past.  You know, B.T. ~> before Trump became President.

Escapism, or not?

Aah . . . that’s better!