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Orchid Show Sold Out
Hey there! Happy Sunday to you today.
Well, let me get right to things and do a little rant.
This past week was quite busy with lots happening on all fronts. The kids had stuff going on almost every day, with more on the calendar for this upcoming week. As a result, I was hedging my bets about the weekend until I knew I had things under control.
Specifically, Gianna has a few tests for which she needed to study and a boat load of homework to complete over the weekend and Kelsey had to finalize her tri-fold presentation for the Science Fair this coming Tuesday.
As a result, I was going to wait until yesterday afternoon to secure tickets to an event I had planned all along to attending today. I'm talking about The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. I believe I even mentioned this to you earlier in the week in one of my Scoops.
Well, after I was sure that both kids were in good shape for leaving most of the day free today, I went online to Goldstar.com to secure my discount tickets to the show.
Can you guess where I'm going with this? Yup - it was sold out for today!!! I was stunned for like 10 seconds just looking at the words SOLD OUT. lol. Then I just shrugged and figured it was just not meant to be and decided that I would go during the week.
Honestly, it would have been more convenient for me to go today, being that I was going to take Kelsey and make a little mini daycation of it, but now, I'll just figure out which day makes the most sense this week.
What to do today?
Well, with the sudden change in plans, I now had a full day to do something else.
Since Gianna made some great progress with her school work, she decided to catch up on some community service hours by volunteering part of the day at Jo-Mar Grooming. and lending a hand for four hours.
That leaves me and Kelsey to hang out together (with Punkin), as my realtor hosts an open house at my home.
First thing, however, on my way to dropping Gianna off at the groomers, we made a pit stop at The Guac Shop Mexican Grill in Garden City, to take advantage of an amazing special!!
In honor of their 1 year anniversary, they are celebrating with a $1 special price on all burritos, all day! That includes breakfast, lunch and dinner burritos!!
Gianna and I both ordered a breakfast burrito with eggs, veggies and potatoes. It was mighty good. I'm thinking that the gang might want to partake in dinner burritos as well!
I have lots of laundry to do, but it's a most disgusting day, wet and puddly outside - probably from the melting snow from last weekend - so i might just do a drop off rather than sit there myself. Instead, I think me and Kelsey will head over to Starbucks for a bit where I can catch up on some work and she can enjoy her YouTube make up videos.
I can tell you that Tanya is having a blast in Tampa, after some "arrival mishaps" of lost hotel reservations (yikes!!). Are you keeping up with her great videos and photos on Instagram?
Taste of Sicily Trip
This week, when Tanya returns to SoCal, we will be finalizing a few loose ends for our trip, namely car rental booking and solidifying each trip day's itinerary.
That's all folks!!
St. Petersburg and Ed Smith Stadium
Greeting from Tampa, Florida!
How is everyone out there doing?
I am just a happy go lucky and so super stoked to be in Florida for Spring Training Baseball.
Our first stop yesterday was for some juice. Clean Juice! Heavens knows that there was going to be plenty of other foods being consumed that we needed some good clean refreshing fresh squeezed juice.
Next on the agenda was to check out St. Petersburg and grab some much anticipated goodies and grub.
Ever wonder how St. Petersburg got its name?
The city was co-founded by John C. Williams, formerly of Detroit, who purchased the land in 1876, and by Peter Demens, who was instrumental in bringing the terminus of the Orange Belt Railway there in 1888.
St. Petersburg was incorporated on February 29, 1892, when it had a population of only some 300 people.
It was named after Saint Petersburg, Russia, where Peter Demens had spent half of his youth.
A local legend says that John C. Williams and Peter Demens flipped a coin to see who would have the honor of naming the city. Peter Demens won and named the city after his home, while John C. Williams named the first hotel after his birthplace, Detroit (a hotel built by Demens). The Detroit Hotel still exists downtown, but has been turned into a condominium.
Our first stop in St. Petersburg was at Valhalla Bakery. I only recently found out that this bakery had a location in Tampa. I was only familiar with their Orlando location and how delightful and delectable their treats are! (Food pics are all below)
Located in the same building was also the Twisted Indian which we also opted to try out. I mean we were right there and so were they, so why the heck not?!
The next stop on the agenda was to check out the National Historic District - Ybor City. I had plans of walking around, browsing, taking pictures and bopping in and out of stores in hopes of finding some fun souvenirs.
Well, as we drove through the neighborhood I had quickly decided that I had absolutely no interest in getting out of the car whatsoever. Sorry. Not my cup of tea.
Next up was to find the Tampa "Postcard". Which we were successful at doing.
Soon after it would be time to pick up some more eats for after the game that we were about to catch. The only catch was that we had about an hour to drive down to Sarasota, where Ed Smith Stadium was located.
The Baltimore Orioles Spring Training home is Ed Smith Stadium and the Orioles were hosting my New York Yankees for a 6:05p start.
Above is video footage of the Star Spangled Banner at Ed Smith Stadium.
And the game began...
I'll be back with more. But unexpectedly I have to get offline right now.