Tanya's Daily Scoop Covering the West Coast & the World CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: DENVER
I still can't believe what happened!!!
GREETINGS FROM DENVER!
Well folks my ski drama/fiasco/saga continued!
I was almost in tears.
You will never believe what happened. ...Something terrible happened.
As you know, the kids and I had an 8 hour drive from Salt Lake City to Denver yesterday. Well about a half hour or so into our drive is when it all happened.
As I was driving on the interstate it just all happened so fast...
I heard an unusual sound and from my side view mirror I had immediately saw skis flying behind our vehicle. It appears that the car that was directly behind us must’ve seen our sky box open and merged (luckily in time) around to our side to try to flag us down - the kids saw them. I did not.
A semi was the next vehicle and totally destroyed one of the skis. All that was left was a big cloud of dust.
I pulled over to the shoulder and had to take a peak. I saw our skybox lifted open and my brand new skis were missing (as were Dominic's poles).
I called Highway Patrol and had informed them of the incident. Asking if they could come and help, maybe stop traffic and we could clear the interstate of my yard sale!
I continued to exit the interstate and get back on, so to assess the damage. Dominic's poles were shred to the size of chop sticks, there were pieces of my beloved bindings scattered about and then there was the one remaining ski sitting in the center of the interstate.
So far we were all very lucky to not have or cause any accidents. No one was hurt and that was what mattered. All the rest could be replaced. Eventually the remaining ski was ran over dozens of times and was recovered but as you can imagine it was just total trash.
I was in a state of shock.
I was bummed and very disappointed. But overall we were all quite lucky.
The rest of the drive and the rest of the day was really quite uneventful.
Until we hit Laramie, Wyoming where the winds that were ranging around 40+mph were now over 60+mph and the interstate was closed to Light High Profile Vehicles - I know it will sound ridiculous, but at one point I had wondered if that meant us!!
We made it through. Felt and fought the winds, but made it just fine. Silly moments and all...
We arrived into Denver and headed straight to the Vegan store Nooch - which is a must go for us and every other vegan who visits this city!
Then it was off to our hotel for a brief little break before heading to the airport to pick up Dave and then go have dinner at one of our Denver favorites - City O City.
Today we are off to go have breakfast at another favorite of ours - Watercourse Foods. And then to go buy another new pair of skis.
There was just so much emotion and such a fiasco with the skis that I'm just not sure if I should get the exact same ones...
I'll let you all know how it goes. Wish me luck!
Elisa's Daily Scoop Covering Long Island & NYC Boroughs CURRENTLY ON LONG ISLAND
The Day the Music Died
Hey! There is never a dull moment around here! After a week of the girls being sick, Gianna headed back to school yesterday. No sooner did she get back in to the swing, then we had to get rolling on the next school project...
The 8th Grade Bake Sale. This is one of the largest fundraisers during the year, to raise money for the fun end of year activities for the 8th grade graduates.
So, guess what Gianna and I did last night - that's right - baked our little butts off!!
First a trip to Stop & Shop for supplies. Then back home to get our baking on.
Gianna baking Banana Bread for the School Bake Sale (c) travelincousins.com
Then Gianna wrapped them in cellophane and I tied them with Super Bowl themed green and gold ribbon!
In all, we baked five breads and 18 different flavored brownies!!
5 quick breads and 18 brownies for Gianna's 8th Grade Bake sale (c) travelincousins.com
Tanya News! Yesterday, I get a phone call from Tanya and I can hear the distress in her voice! You guys have to understand, that while my baby cuz and I talk virtually everyday via text, we rarely talk over the phone except for when it is planned.
So, at this point, I'm starting to get concerned. Then she says "Something terrible has happened." Now, I'm freaking out!
Thankfully, NO ONE was hurt or injured. I mean, they are on a ski trip - the worst goes through your mind.
Anyway - tune into her side to read about her road mishap and the loss of her ski equipment!! <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<----------
While we're on the subject of family - allow me to digress and vent for a moment. You guys know how much I love being a mom It is virtually my whole life (except for writing lol).
I gear my schedule around my two daughters, run around at the drop of a hat for supplies, books, social engagements - even early and late runs to Starbucks for their overpriced, sugary drinks.
But, today I really wanted to smack my eldest daughter Gianna. With a full week of playing nurse to both of these girls, having to either stay in and caretake or run out on wellness supply errands and then spending time and money for Gianna's bake sale material, she opens a snotty mouth to me this morning.
I used the word "we" in reference to our baking quick breads for the bake sale this weekend and she turns to me (after I just brought her back a grande $4.29 Blonde Espresso Latte) and says "you didn't bake anything."
Is she kidding!!! While she mixed everything and put the stuff in the oven, who drove her to the store for supplies, who paid for them, who pre-heated the oven, who cleaned up while she was mixing ingredients, and who supplied her with ribbon and cellophane wrap? I was so pissed!!
Not to mention, I made an appointment at the nail salon for her to get her nails done today - -
If this attitude is an indication of the next four years before this kid heads to college, I think I may put her through a wall before I put her through a university.
Island Fencing Academy in Plainview, NY
Any thoughts on this... I got an offer from Groupon today in my email for a Fencing Class.
I was always very intrigued with fencing - maybe I was alive during the time when duels were the thing to do. Not sure.
In any case, I'm considering signing up for this two class special for $26 at Island Fencing Academy in Plainview, Long Island. I wish I had someone to try it with me - any volunteers? I like the outfits too!! Maybe I'm just in the mood to take out my anger with a sword. I'll keep you posted!
Newspaper Headlines about the crash that killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. Richardson (photo credit: youtube.com)
Today, is "The Day the Music Died," which commemorates the untimely death of singers Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper. These three Rock singers died in an airplane crash on February 3, 1959, at the height of their popularity.
The tragic plane crash that killed the three, occurred near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with pilot Roger Peterson. The event later became known as "The Day the Music Died", after singer-songwriter Don McLean referred to it as such in his song "American Pie" in 1971.
Memorial at crash site near Clear Lake, Iowa that killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. Richardson (“The Big Bopper”). (photo credit: spiritualtravels.info)
There is a small memorial located at the place the plane came to rest near Clear Lake, Iowa. Four trees were planted along the fence row in 1999, one for each performer and the pilot.
I've always been intrigued with the meaning of this song and all the inferences made by Don McLean's brilliant lyrics. Not sure if this is true, but here is an "interpretation" of all the lyrics done in a lovely visual with subtitles:
Such a sad, sad tragedy. So many movies have been made to tell the story of each of these singers and the fateful day. Thankfullly, their music will always live on!
I'll see ya back here tomorrow folks. Enjoy your Saturday! -E xoxo