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In the realm of health, wellness, fitness, and the like, or whatever inspires me.

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Small Flower Arrangement

Posted by terrepruitt on March 15, 2019

I have been cutting the flowers down, getting rid of the absolutely dead ones, and putting them in a smaller vase for over a week now. I just liked the look of this little arrangement and I wanted to share it. I thought it would make a perfect Friday Photo. What do you think?

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Dancing Bug Butts

Posted by terrepruitt on March 13, 2019

There used to be this really cool Art and Wine Festival that my husband and I used to go to whenever we could. They always do it on Mother’s Day weekend so there were times when we would be visiting my mother so we wouldn’t be able to attend. It is a one day festival, which I think makes it a little challenging for the actual artists because driving from afar and setting up just for one day might not always be worth it. It used to be my favorite festival. It was small, but big enough that we could always find a lot of stuff to buy. And over the years we became friends with a few of the artists and so we would hang out in their booths and visit with them. One of the artists was the creator of solar art.  He put together things with solar cells and they would spin.  He made solar bugs. The festival isn’t the same as it used to be, it is less artists with really cool stuff and more like booths of merchandise that you can buy from Oriental Trading Company. At least that was how it was the last time I stopped by.  We don’t make it a point to attend, but we did hear from the solar guy recently.

The artist of the solar bugs sent us a note at the end of last year and said that he had redesigned his “solar dragonfly’ and offered us one because we had always been such great customers. So we are the lucky recipients of this newly designed solar dragonfly. His past designs were the same in that the sun made the bug move around and his spiral wire butt danced. But they used to be secured on a small metal stake, so they would stick in the ground. This new design is for hanging. Since the bug is not secured to a stake at the bottom, Jon, the creator, has attached things on a ring that spins around.

These bugs are so funny. They make me happy watching them dance around. When the sun is bright and hitting the solar cells just right they really get moving. As they get less light they start to slow down. It is really fun when they are getting all the light.

If anyone is interested in buying a dancing solar dragonfly for your yard let me know. I can get you in touch with Jon so you can order one (or more)!

 

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Popped Corn Toppings

Posted by terrepruitt on March 11, 2019

What do you like to put on your popcorn? What is your favorite popcorn topping? I love popcorn and lately I have been putting a little bit of butter, olive oil, salt, and nutritional yeast. The butter gives it that rich flavor. The olive oil helps the nutritional yeast stick. The nutritional yeast gives it a nice flavor and adds a little bit of protein.

I have really been loving this lately. And it got me thinking . . . . there are so many things that can be put on popcorn . . . . I was wondering what your favorite thing is.

My husband doesn’t really like popcorn and I find that kind of surprising because popcorn is one of those things that I think of as EVERY ONE liking, but he doesn’t.

A few wiki facts (many copied directly):

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–The term popped corn first appeared in John Russell Bartlett’s 1848 Dictionary of Americanisms.

–Since popcorn remained fairly inexpensive during the Great Depression, the popcorn business was a source of income for many farmers . . . including the Redenbacher family.

–Americans ate three times as much popcorn as they had before when candy production was reduced by sugar rations during World War II.

–In 1981, General Mills received the first patent for a microwave popcorn bag.

–When referring to multiple pieces of popcorn, it is acceptable to use the term “popcorn”. When referring to a singular piece of popcorn, the accepted terminology is kernel.

–Popcorn as a breakfast cereal was consumed by Americans in the 1800s and generally consisted of popcorn with milk and a sweetener.

I didn’t know popcorn was eaten as a breakfast cereal.  Did you?

So what do you like on your popcorn?

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Colorful Kitty

Posted by terrepruitt on March 8, 2019

Ooooo! I found this kitty at the community center where I teach Nia. I love it. It was behind glass though so there is a lot of reflection. But she is still beautiful.

This is the latest watercolor animal for my Friday Photo.

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I Can See The Benefit Of Online Buying

Posted by terrepruitt on March 6, 2019

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFit, City of San Jose Exercise Classes, Cambrian Yoga & Cardio Dance, CYCDIt has been years. I have been saying I am going to get new glasses for years. In 2016 I was going to get serious and go do it, but that didn’t happen. And then it seems like my eyes went that over-50-can’t-see-up-close thing. But it is that I can’t see up close with my glasses on, I have to take them off. So then I was thinking, “UGH! I have to get bifocals or progressives!” And that is just so much more. I wear my glasses every day all the time, so I don’t like to have just ONE pair of glasses. I like to have at least three pair. I like a pair of sunglasses — which I have been living without for years because a screw fell out of mine and the arm fell off — and then I like at least two different regular eyeglasses.

When I finally went to the doctor I was impressed and relieved. The doctor was so nice and gave me a prescription for both single vision and progressives. I don’t like the way progressives cut out such a big portion of the “viewing window”, with the lower sides – both inside and out – being just blurry. I don’t understand why they aren’t made more like bifocals but without the line. I thought that was what they were until I started looking at getting some. The first place I looked had different areas of blurriness depending on cost. The more you paid the more actual viewing area you have. That is annoying. Again . . . why can’t they make them so you are able to use the entire lens?

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I decided to really go out on a limb and order some glasses online. I looked at several online places and my first purchase was with EyeBuyDirect.com. I usually buy metal frames, but, as I said, the one thing that “forced” me to go get new glasses was the broken plastic pulling my hair out, so I didn’t mind that this place didn’t have any metal frames that I liked.

Since I was very leery about buying glasses online I didn’t want to spend a lot. Somehow I found REALLY CHEAP frames so I decided to buy two pair. I got two pairs of single vision glasses for $27.95 each! I figured if they didn’t work out then it really wasn’t that big of a loss. I mean, I certainly don’t want to throw $56.00 away, but I thought that it wouldn’t be too bad of a loss. While I don’t really care for the frames . . . one is too dull/gray and one is too dark, I do like the glasses. The lenses are great, the frames are comfortable, and they aren’t that bad (the colors). I love the sunglasses. I love the different colors and the little winged sides. They were more because when you add tinting to a lens it cost more.

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I ordered another pair from a different place. I wanted a metal half-rim. They were $36.00. I am waiting to see what they are like and if they will work. We will see.

Since the glasses are so much more affordable, I might just go ahead and try some progressives . . . they are a lot more than $36.00, but about half the cost of some places that I have seen. But, not having anything to compare them to, I am still kinda unsure. I mean, I have single vision glasses so when I purchases some online I could compare, but I don’t know about progressives.

Have any of you purchased progressives online? What do you think? Where do you buy your glasses?

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Very Popular Attraction

Posted by terrepruitt on March 1, 2019

Ahhhh, for many people this needs no caption. Many will know what this is right away. It is a Disneyland staple. I thought I had heard that it was closing down and assumed it had, but . . . we just went on it. I cannot find (but I didn’t look very thoroughly) anything on the internet that confirms it is going to close. Either way, I am glad that I went on it and I don’t really need to go on it again. I like it, I think it is sweet, but I would rather spend my time in line for Space Mountain.

Here is the entrance to It’s a Small World at Disneyland for my Friday Photo.

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Breaking Out

Posted by terrepruitt on February 27, 2019

When my niece heard that Disney was changing The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror out for a Guardians of the Galaxy themed ride she was not happy. At that time she didn’t even like Guardians of the Galaxy. I had never been on the Tower of Terror so I was not attached to it. I DO like the Guardians of the Galaxy, but didn’t really care that Disney was doing a ride based around it. When we went this past week to Disneyland we also went to Disney California Adventure, that is where the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! ride is. I wasn’t really planning on going on it because I thought it was just a tower drop ride. I am not a fan of those. I had my fill of that type of ride when I was young and went to Great America and rode The Edge that was there. But, I decided to ride it, however my niece was making me nervous because she was nervous. She had me convinced I was going to wet myself because we have to stand in line for a long time and by the time I get to the ride I have to use the restroom. But it was super fun and I walked off dry!

It is not JUST a drop ride. The drop ride I mentioned, took you up in a lift, at the top of the tower the lift was moved forward and then it dropped. The bottom of the tower/ride was curved so you ended up lying on your back. It was not my favorite ride. I thought the Guardians of the Galaxy ride was going to be a bit of the same, but it is not.

The Guardians of the Galaxy ride takes you up, then drops you, then takes you up then drops you. It goes up and down. It is hilarious. In the middle of the ups and downs the lift doors up to show snippets of the cast of the movie working on the “break out”. At one point it takes you all the way to the top and opens the doors so you can see out over the park.

The manufacturer was Otis Elevator Company. Well, that actually makes sense, as it is an elevator. The ride has six songs and six versions. According to wiki the tower is 183 feet high, the drop is 130 feet, it’s speed is 39 mph, and the ride is 2 minutes and 10 seconds long. It is pretty fun.

My niece wanted the group that was going on it to be in the same row. Since my family goes to the parks all the time she was able to figure it out.  So that was our (mine and my husband’s) first ride on it.

We only went on it twice. Once in the back row and once in the front. I thought I wouldn’t like the front, but it was fine. Any seat is a good seat. It is not like a roller coaster where you get whipped around more or less depending on where you sit.  My niece loves this ride now.  I don’t think she misses the Tower of Terror.

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Do you like drop rides?

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Disneyland Information

Posted by terrepruitt on February 25, 2019

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFit, City of San Jose Exercise Classes, Cambrian Yoga & Cardio Dance, CYCDThis past week we spent in Disneyland. We were celebrating our niece’s birthday. She, and the rest of my family, are BIG Disney fans. They go to Disneyland every chance they get. My husband and I had not been to Disneyland since 1996 or maybe 1997. I don’t know the exact year, but we were there for a dance competition. We, as you may have guessed, are not Disney Fanatics. But since it was a milestone birthday we thought we would tag along with the family. We had a nice time, but I have to say I was not prepared for the weather. It was so cold. The temperature wasn’t THAT bad. I would have been ok, if it were just the temp of high 40s, but it was the wind. The first two nights I thought I had gotten sunburned because my face HURT and it was bright red. But then I woke up each morning with no redness. I was just getting windburned. Weathermen are useless because the reports were NO RAIN – nothing, nada, but the rain we experienced on one night was torrential accompanied by thunder and lightning. How did they not have a clue about that? Perhaps Disney pays them to lie so that people will go to their parks? The parks are really amazing to me. In addition to the rides I am fascinated by the workings of an amusement park. On the way home I was curious as to how many people attend the park per day. When I tried to look it up I found that Disney does not make those figures public. On the flight home I sat next to a man whose wife works at Disney and he happened to mention that same fact. Of course in looking up that information it made me curious about other things. So I thought I would compile a short list of Disneyland or Disney Park facts that interested me. They are from various sources on the internet.

“Disneyland officials won’t discuss daily attendance numbers, but theme park experts estimate that the 85-acre park draws an average of about 44,000 people a day.” This information is from 2015.

A website called Statista claims to have figures on attendance.  Stating that attendance at the Disneyland in Anaheim, California in 2017 was 18.3 million.  That is about a 6,000 person per day increase from 2015.

Disneyland had 53 attractions (as of March 2017). Attractions include exhibits, shows, and rides. (Wiki)

Popsugar says Disneyland sells 2.8 million churros a year. That is roughly 7,671 churros a day. I had a bite of one. Not that exciting for me.

Travel and leisure had an interesting list from December 2016:

Top eight rides at Disneyland:

“1. Splash Mountain. Clocking in at 10 minutes long, Disneyland’s take on the classic log flume is well worth the wait. 
2. Indiana Jones Adventure
3. Pirates of the Caribbean  
4. Matterhorn Bobsleds
5. Haunted Mansion
6. Mad Tea Party
7. Space Mountain
8. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad”

It was way too cold for us to go on Splash Mountain. We went on Indian Jones twice over a two and a half day period. Thankfully we went on Pirates of the Caribbean the first day we were there because it was down the other two days. I don’t need to go on the Matterhorn again. It is super rough. Haunted Mansion is always fun. I don’t know remember having been on the Mad Tea Party, but I am assuming I have, but when I was very young. I love Space Mountain. That is my favorite ride at Disneyland. Big Thunder I love too, but it was down at least one of the days we were there. We were there to be with my niece so she was in charge of what we rode. She had our Fastpasses on her phone and would reserve all of our spots for us. We just went where she said to do.

It was in 2017 that the Fastpass system was available on phones.  (Business Insider)

According to GOBankingRates.com:

It costs $3.25 million (estimated) daily to operate Disneyland.

There are about 3,000 to 6,000 people a day working at Disneyland.  The amount changes according to the need. So sometimes it is double.

“The estimated cost of employee pay per day is $396,000.  Many cast members are paid hourly, with most making $10 to $12 per hour.”

Estimated daily cost of landscape: $1.69 million

Estimated daily cost of roller coaster maintenance:  $7,424.00

Well, I find all of this interesting.  We enjoyed our time and I am thinking it will not be 20 years before we go back.

Have you been to Disneyland?  When was the last time you were there?  What is your favorite ride?

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Squirrel Balancing

Posted by terrepruitt on February 15, 2019

It amazes me how squirrels balance on things. To them it is probably just sitting. Sitting on a tree branch, sitting on a chair back, sitting on the edge of a pot. But to me it is balancing. Their little feet holding on and their butt hanging over the edge. Their tails helping out. It was raining and he was having a nut. He sat for a couple of shots, then finished his nut and was off. I thought I would share him for my Friday Photo.

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Meant To Be Together

Posted by terrepruitt on February 13, 2019

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFit, City of San Jose Exercise Classes, Cambrian Yoga & Cardio Dance, CYCDI heard a funny story the other day as I was leaving the community center where I teach yoga. My friend had asked me if I had any plans for Valentine’s Day.  I replied that I have a yoga class that evening so we wouldn’t be going out and asked her about her plans, she explained that it was her wedding anniversary a couple of days ago which reminded her of a funny story. She had went to the store to buy her husband an anniversary card. A couple of days later she went to look for the card, but did not find it in her usual “card hiding spot”. While she was doing something else she happened to look up and see the card on the bookshelf. So she took it off the shelf and signed it. Later that day she was out and her husband texted her and asked her if she had taken the card that was on the bookshelf and she said yes. She had actually forgotten that when she was at the store she didn’t end up buying the card she had picked out. But the card her husband had purchased for her was the same card. So she had thought she had bought it and put in on the bookshelf – although that was not her usually hiding place.  She ended up giving him the card he bought her!

I thought that was so funny for so many reasons. I know that I have looked at cards and thought I had purchased them only to find out I hadn’t. I sometimes buy cards and misplace them. I know that multiple times my husband and I have purchased the same card and given it to each other twice. In some cases the sentiment was the same but the card maker had added a different picture. I am not sure if we have purchased the same card for each other, but I think we might have. But I know we have not used one another purchased cards. HA! So funny.

Do you have any funny card giving or receiving stories?

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