Unpublished Opinion

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

"Walk the Line" Not Nominated

The Oscar Nominations are out. Check out the full list here.
Pardon me now, while I go cry softly to myself for a little while.

Monday, January 30, 2006


With less than two weeks until the Tackle the Tower, Prince E and I decided to climb all the way up to the 35th floor of our building. Technically it was only 34 floors, since there is no 13th floor. At 13 steps per floor, we climbed 442 stairsteps!! The final event is 680 steps, so we are well on our way.

442 steps, slow and steady: 10:48

Podcast Episode #25!!!!

I cannot believe I am already at my 25th episode!!

Listen here or visit the podcast page.

On today's show:
Five tips for starting a healthier lifestyle

Friday Feb 3rd is National Go Red for Women Day.

Movie Review: Crash, 4 cat paws

Coming soon: Oscar contest!!

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Suburban Living

I have lived in five different apartments in my life. As a result of the search for those various living arrangements, I have viewed a ton of apartments. I have seen a wide variety of places, as well as landlords/rental agents. None of that training could have prepared me, however, for what Prince E and I experienced yesterday. (We are not moving until July, but have been looking around at various suburbs to find one that I don't hate, since his commute home to the city is killing him and I love him and all).

Stop 1: At Happy High Rise* we were met by Office Lady, who was friendly, but did not smile. She went over all the amenities, etc., as is expected, and then handed us the keys to three empty two-bedroom apartments. We hesitated. She is just letting us go by ourselves? No high-pressure sales tactics? No directing us towards the large kitchen, so that we don't notice the small bedrooms? Nope. We got to look at them ourselves. We loved her. She was the best "saleslady" of the day. As we rode up in the elevator, I told Prince E about how in some areas of Chicago where there are a lot of carjackings of car salesmen out on test drives, the dealership just lets the customer take the car out on their own. I wondered if that applied to apartment viewing? We loved the apartments there, as they were very spacious and had washer/dryers. I think I may have actually hugged the washing machine. The building is also near the commuter train I will be taking to the city. I also received three tootsie rolls and starbursts from a bowl in the rental office.

Stop 2: At the Snooty Sprawling property, we were met by Mushroom Lady (it has to do with her hair). Although we had an appointment, it was quite clear they were not expecting us. (oh and this was where I fell). Mushroom lady mentioned 19 times that the property had won some award. They showed us one of their model apartments, not one that we could actually rent. There were cheesy decorations throughout, including beach balls in the bathtub, which still makes no sense to me. She took us to the laundry room and remarked how empty it was, even though it was a Saturday. Snooty Sprawling property is about a mile from the train station, so I was eager to see the fitness center to see if it would balance out the walking-to-the-train inconvenience. After a walk across a bridge and a pond (which were admittedly quite nice, once you are able to master dodging the piles of goose dung), we arrived at the fitness center. It was a joke. There were three treadmills and one stairmaster that easily predated both Bush administrations. We did get some nice fresh homemade cookies once we were back at the office, but Mushroom Lady overall was quite rude and did not seem interested in having us as tenants. (maybe it was the mud on my pants from the fall?)

Stop #3: At the Walk-up Building, we saw Bird Lady standing outside the rental office, preparing to enjoy, in her words, a "nicotine stick." Although we were early and she had every right to corrode her lungs while we waited, she was nice enough to see us right away. She was very sweet, but I felt bad for her because it was obvious in some of the things she told us that she had lived in some very crappy apartments in the past. For example, one of the selling points that she highlighted was that the apartment would be painted and the carpet cleaned prior to move-in. While I experienced the dirty-upon-move-in during college, it is sort of a given now, especially considering how much rent these places charge. Since we were interested in a two bedroom, Bird Lady stated that she would just show us at her apartment, even though it was a little messy. It was bizarre. I have never ever heard of anyone in a leasing office showing potential tenants their own apartment. She was so unassuming and naive, though, that she did not seem to think it strange at all. We headed outside and up the stairs to her second floor apartment. She still had her Christmas tree up, she had only a mattress on the floor, and the second bedroom was home only to her two birds. She spent five minutes telling us about the birds' immense fear of the dark and another five minutes later recounting how one bird had fallen in love with the other and liked to do dances in hopes of winning the bird's affections. Bird Lady seemed more concerned with having nice people to talk to than with trying to sell us on the place. Although she was quite sweet, the building's 1.4 mile distance from the train and the lack of elevators and security turned us off from the apartment. Oh and Bird Lady also pointed out how empty the laundry room was on a Saturday.

Stop #4: We decided to go back to the last apartment complex that Prince E lived before he moved in with me and Simba. Loud Walk-up is near the train and reasonably priced, although I remember not-so-fondly that the walls are horribly thin. We could actually hear the man in the apartment below cough. Prince E's friend from work currently lives in the complex and complains often about his noisy upstairs neighbors. Interestingly enough, when we were in the office at Loud Walk-up, Prince E noticed a phone message scrawled on a paper. It said "(Prince E's friend) called AGAIN about the noise." We met with Bug-Eyed Hyper Lady, who tried to convince me that the non-remodeled units were just as nice as the newly re-modeled ones. I was not convinced. Rather than showing us a model or an empty apartment, we were shown around the office, which was a converted two-bedroom apartment. Kind of difficult to picture it as a place to live, however, when the front door of the office is glass, and there were no TV, shelves, etc. to make the place look lived in. She showed us the laundry room and, as you can guess, remarked how empty it was, even on a Saturday. Prince E rolled his eyes at me and I almost burst out laughing. Bug-Eyed Hyper Lady mentioned three times how quiet Loud Walk-Up is, once after Prince E mentioned the name of his friend that currently lived there. "Oh, right, him," Bug-Eyed Hyper Lady stated. This is another non-elevator building, so move-in would stink, not to mention my overriding concerns about the noise.

After that stop, we decided to visit our favorite restaurant in that area that we used to eat at all the time when I spent the weekend at Prince E's. The woman that works there asked how we had been and when we were getting married. I liked that she remembered us and knew that I was having a turkey burger. (I realized that the reason that I find it annoying when the guy at the sandwich shop in the city does it is because he is arrogant and I feel like he is mocking me). While we were eating, we flipped through an apartment guide and found one more place to check-out.

Stop #5: At the Fancy but Far building, we were met by an energetic young woman that easily could pass as Rachael Ray's sister, in both appearance and voice. We were whisked off to check out the model, which had really nice furniture and the largest, most beautiful linen closet I have ever seen. Yes, I have completely turned domestic. It is sad, but true. It also had a decent fitness room and a pool. The downers were the pedestal sinks (I like my counter space) and the extremely inconvenient location in relation to the train station (which, incidentally, is on a less popular train line and doesn't run on the weekends). I suppose you can technically label any distance "walking distance," but does it count if there are no sidewalks?? And you have to cross parking lots and the train tracks to get there? Plus, this suburb was much farther from Prince E's work, so it kinda would defeat the purpose of the move.

I just got finished flipping through "NAMELESS County Suburban Women's Magazine," which I picked up (for free thank goodness) at the restaurant yesterday. The cover story is about permanent eyeliner and 80% of the rest of magazine is also about various methods of making oneself look better. Hopefully my move to the suburbs does not turn me into one of those women.

* I have changed the names of the suburbs and rental properties to protect all parties.

Damn Gravity...

I tripped and fell for the second Saturday in a row. You will recall that I fell last week during our walk that would not end. Of course that was on a grassy/snowy/muddy ground. This time was in a wet, slippery, rock-hard, parking lot. See ouchy results below from where my knee hit the concrete. I also muddied my pants, but luckily didn't rip a hole them.

Friday, January 27, 2006

It's Official

There's no turning back now!!! Well, technically there is, but I would be out a chunk of change.

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

More Podcast Fun!

Download the new show here.

On today's show:

Updates on two "animals in the news" stories.

I need swimsuit help!

Movie Review: Brokeback Mountain.

Navigating the Ocean of Swimsuits

On my lunch hour today, I walked to the Sports Authority to check out the swimsuits. The size of their collection was adequate, but I had a lot of difficulty trying to figure out what kind to get. It is easier to buy a suit for the occasional dip in a hotel pool or for lounging on a beach. Under those circumstances, I consider only two things: Is it cute? and Does it prevent me from looking like a smaller, blonder, Shamu?

But as I was standing in the store, looking at the racks of suits, I had many more questions: What size do I get? Should I get one with a shelf bra or cups? Should I make sure it is supportive enough to run in should I chose to wear it during a triathlon? What kind of straps are better for support? Should I get a colorful one so my photographer, Prince E, might be able to pick me out of the sea of runners exiting the water after the swim?

After much debate, I chose three suits, two of the same kind, but in different sizes and one in a different variety. As I put each one on, all I could think was: Does this look cute? Do I look like Shamu?

None of the ones I chose fit properly. I am somewhat disproportional, so the suit that fit properly on the top, was a bit too loose on the bottom. And, as you would suspect, the one that fit properly on the bottom, did nothing to help support the top. I put the suits back on the racks and headed back to work. Not exactly an uplifting experience (in more ways than one).

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

New Podcast!!

Get it here or download here.

On today's show:

I chose my triathlon!

More Chicago weather: listen as Prince E and I walk in the snow in the suburbs and hear me walk in the wind in Chicago

Movie review: Caché

Monday, January 23, 2006

Refrigerator/Freezer Fun

I saw some other folks posting pictures of the inside of their refrigerators and, although no one asked to see it, I thought I would show mine. Not a whole lot of food in there. The freezer is nicely stocked, however. Thank you Costco! Also included is the more-impressive exterior of the refrigerator, which shows off my magnet collection, of which I am very proud.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

The suburbs are not pedestrian friendly

Yesterday, Prince E and I took Mr. Car to the Midas dealer in the suburbs to get a new radiator and oil gasket. We were told it would take approximately five hours to fix. We decided to go up the road to the Super Target, approximately a mile or so away....if you are in car. Unfortunately for us, the suburbs had received 4-5 inches of snow the night before. Even though the roads had been cleared, the sidewalks had not been shoveled. To attempt to avoid some of the snow (and the fast moving traffic on the main road), we traveled through side streets, paths through neighborhoods, and store parking lots. The far-more-than-one mile trip took us forever. Luckily the sun was out and it was not too windy. After Target, we went further up the street to a shopping mall for lunch. It is a total of two miles back to the Midas if you stay on the main road. Our way was probably twice that. It took us over an hour to get back to the Midas. We had to stay on the main road for some small portions of the trip and there the snow was mixed with mud, which made for slippery conditions. I fell once and now my knee is a bit bruised. Below are some photos from the trip for your enjoyment. I will post a video a bit later.

Blog for Choice Day

Today is Blog For Choice Day. The idea being that all over the blogosphere people write in support of Roe v. Wade. It is sad that in the year 2006, it is still a real and major concern that a woman's right to choose could be in jeopardy. It is sad that this country seems like it is moving backward, rather than moving forward, on many issues. Take some time and click on the link above to check out hundreds of blogs that are showing support for Roe v. Wade today and take a moment to re-examine your own views on the subject and how you came to them, whatever those views might be. I saw a feature about Gloria Steinem this morning on a news program. Listening to her reminded me not just how far the feminist movement has come, but how much further we still have to go.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Swing Set Fun

Photo taken with Prince E's Actionsampler Flash Camera.

A climbin' we will go...

So we did it! We signed up for the Oakbrook Terrace "Tackle the Tower" event!! All 680 stairsteps!! The event raises money for the American Lung Association of Illinois. They are, in part, responsible for the recent Chicago ordinance banning smoking in restaurants (yay!). Participants are encouraged to fundraise and if you want to make a donation, just click on the picture below. Thanks!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

A little deja vu

I got tagged by Anne, so I started answering the questions, then realized I had done a similar meme in October, although that one was longer and some of the questions are different. The funny thing is that my answers were somewhat different this time too.

1) What were you doing 10 years ago?
I was in my second semester of college. I was going to a lot of basketball games. It was about this time that my roommate started running. I thought she was crazy. She also ate vegetables, which I also thought was pretty wacky.

2) 5 snacks you enjoy?
Chocolate chip cookies
Ice cream
Natural cheetos
Peanut butter cookies

3) 5 songs you know all the words to
"Flying High" by Jem
"Holidae In" by Chingy, Snoop, and Ludacris
"Forever and Ever, Amen" by Randy Travis
"Sometimes you're the windshield" by Mary-Chapin Carpenter
"Do you Wanna Dance?" by the Beach Boys

4) 5 things I'd do as a millionaire?
Buy nicer presents for everyone on their birthdays
Open a kitty cat shelter
Buy Simba one of those fancy cat condos he is always asking about
Pay people to listen to my podcast
Live in Hawaii

5) 5 things you like doing?
Watching good movies
Spending time with Prince E and Simba

6) 5 favorite toys
My Ipod
My Garmina
My TiVo
The laser pointer (for playing with Simba)
My other ipod

Is ten years too long to own a swimsuit?

Today's workout:
Pool: 400 yards
Treadmill: 2 miles (run/walk)

I decided that very soon I will need a new swimsuit (since it seems like I am sticking with this swimming thing). The one I use I bought in high school? College? I seem to remember having this swimsuit at the after-prom party, which was at some fitness club, but that can't be right. Anyway, in the course of me owning it, I got too big for it, then FAR too big for it, then it fit (and I swam once), and then it was too big for like a minute. Now I think it fits okay, but maybe it is just a little small. Plus, it is stretched out a little and the seam on the side seems a bit unstable. Also, it is certainly not as supportive as I would like and when I swim fast, I feel like the strap is going to come off my shoulder (thankfully that hasn't happened yet).

Anyway, so I need a new swimsuit. For all you swimmers out there, do you have any suggestions as to brands, styles, etc? Looking for inexpensive, yet well-made, supportive, yet stylish, and bonus points if it helps me be able to swim longer without having to stop for a break. That's not too much to ask is it??

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Podcast while folding laundry Part 2

The new show is up! Get it here or download here.

On today's show:
Fitness Update
My thoughts on the Golden Globe Awards
Wait with me for the bus on a windy Chicago morning
Walk with Prince E and I up 15 flights of stairs (wow I walk loudly)

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Workout Update

Remember how I said that the gym has been really crowded since the New Year? Well, as a result of leaving work late (because I got to work late, because I had to take the bus, because Prince E is worried about driving the car on the highway until the radiator gets checked out), I didn't get to the gym until 3:30. It was PACKED. Almost twice as many people as last week. All the treadmills were full. The good news is that they have new exercise bikes. Really brand new and fancy. I biked for 7.87 miles. It made my butt sore. I need some pants with gel padding or something. Then tonight Prince E and I did fifteen flights of stairs. I tried to talk him into the Oakbrook "Tackle the Tower" stair climb in February (which was my second choice after I learned that the Hustle up the Hancock registration was long since closed). He thinks it is too much too soon, but I will try to convince him. I think it would be a lot of fun.

Monday, January 16, 2006

The Haircut Edition

Get the latest show here or download here

On today's show:

Listen as I cut Prince E's hair

Movie Review: The Squid and the Whale (3.5 cat paws)

Special DVD review in which I confess to being a movie snob

Sunday Fun...(please note sarcasm)

Yesterday, Prince E and I went to Evanston for a pre-game lunch. On the way there, Prince E saw some smoke coming out of the car. After we left the restaurant, he checked the level of the fluids, but wasn't able to make an exact diagnosis. He thought he might need to add oil, so we headed off in search of a gas station. As we drove, the car temp level kept rising. Prince E would periodically pull over and turn off the engine to cool it. At one point he pulled over right in front of an ACE Hardware. Eureka! It was a little oasis of joy. I said, "I bet they have oil!" Prince E hadn't even noticed the store because he was so focused on the car. Luckily I was trying not to worry and was looking around at the store fronts. There was a parking spot right in front so we went in and bought oil. When we returned to the car about five minutes later, we discovered what the real problem was, evidenced by the fact that there was a small amount of green radiator fluid flowing in stream away from Mr. Car. Not good. A quick call to a friend determined that we should get a product that you pour in, in order to fix holes in the radiator. Luckily, we were still in front of the Ace Hardware. I went in to see if they had it, while he was still outside on his cell phone. I think the friendly folks at the Ace thought I was casing the joint. I went back outside and told him they had three different kinds and I didn't know which to get. So we went back in. After much deliberation, we chose a product and fed it to Mr. Car. He seemed to like it, because his temperature gauge didn't move from its friendly spot below the halfway point. So we went home, slowly, both of us eyeing the gauge. We made it home without incident, just in time for kickoff. Of course, then the game sucked. And we were sad again.

The best part of the day was when I decided I would try out Prince E's new hair clippers. He was a brave man to go under knife (so to speak), especially considering how awful the rest of the day had gone. I am happy to report, however, that he now looks fabulous and I recorded the whole thing and it will air on a future podcast.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Pancakes and Squid

Since it has been at least a couple of weeks since I made myself look like a pig, I thought I would post a picture of the apple pancake Prince E and I shared this morning at the Walker Bros. Original Pancake House.

It was pretty yummy, although I was unable to finish my half. They have stained-glass windows throughout the restaurant, so my seat had a rainbow on it.

After breakfast, we were supposed to go see some cool snow sculptures, but the event was postponed until February 11-12, because they were unable to make snow earlier this week due to unseasonably warm temperatures. If anyone is in the Chicagoland area, I recommend you go see this (free!) event next month. We went last year and were very impressed with the artistry. Instead of snow sculptures, we did a little shopping. We stopped at Kohl's and I found these funny boxers that I thought were perfect for Prince E.

After shopping, we went to see The Squid and the Whale, which I will review on my next podcast. No formal exercise today, but I did go on the swingset at a park near the movie theater.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Some things never change...

I just watched the new TV sitcom "Crumbs" on Mr. T(ivo). I don't really like sitcoms, but I thought I would give it a chance, since I used to be in love with Fred Savage. Here are my general thoughts:

1. I don't like laugh tracks. I already know when to laugh.
2. The show has promise. There were a few good jokes and the characters are not all baffoons.
3. Fred Savage is still hot.
4. I was happy to hear in the interludes between scenes, that they played Jem. I am not sure if that will be their normal music or if was just this episode.
5. Fred Savage is still hot. (oops, wait I said that one already).

Spring is over in Chicago!!!

Remember yesterday when I said it felt spring-like? Well, that feeling was short-lived. Today I experienced the following: light rain, sleet, heavy rain, sleet, snow, snow mixed with rain, snow mixed with sleet. And this was all during the 30 minutes I was out running errands on my lunch hour. As I was walking, face pointed downward to avoid the sharp, jagged edges of the sleet, I decided that sleet is my least favorite weather experience. Snow is pretty, provided you don’t have to drive in it, and rain is nice, so long as it is not so windy that it breaks your umbrella. But sleet....well, there are no nice things to say about sleet. Does it ever sleet in Seattle? I had a dream last night that I lived there, most likely precipitated by a news item on their 25 days of rain in a row, which I heard just before I went to bed. I think I would take 25 days of rain over sleet any day.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Spring in Chicago!!!

It was very warm today. I think it got above 50!! I considered (briefly) running outdoors, but the thought of having to determine what amount of clothing to wear seemed too daunting, so I headed to the gym instead. I did 200 yds swimming and then 15 minutes on the treadmill. Oh, and I signed up for the swim class, which starts Monday. There were still too many people at the gym. And they all looked SO young. Like twelve years old. Of course they were 18-20 for the most part, I am sure, but they just looked so...infant-like.

In other news, RussianLlama had a great suggestion: do a podcast while Prince E and I are engaged in our stair-climbing adventure. I think it is a great plan, but for now all I have is a microphone that hooks to the PC. Not too portable. Does anyone have any suggestions of a cheap portable digital audio recorder that can link up to the computer? The linking to the computer part is crucial so I can edit it in with the rest of the podcast. I think that feature is what is making all the ones I have found online more pricey. I am hoping they will come out with something to use with my new Ipod, but the only thing I have found so far is only compatible with the older models.

Below is a picture I took of Simba during one of our rare sunny days, as he lounged under a chair.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Multitasking: Podcasting While Folding Laundry!

I recorded the latest episode while folding clothes! Does the excitement ever end?

Get it here or download here.

In this episode:

I exercised!!

Prince E and I have a new fitness project.

Movie Review: Match Point (4 cat paws!!)

Hear me use improper grammar (again! It happens at least twice per show. I swear I can speak properly. Really!)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

I ran today and I did not keel over...

Yes, folks, you read that headline correctly. I went to the gym...put on my running clothes...put on my shoes...and went on the treadmill. For 22 whole minutes!! I did not want to go crazy after my substantial lay-off, so I left it at that. I managed to cover about 1.75 miles in that time, alternating running and walking. I managed to run a whole five minutes straight without stopping and it actually felt rather good. I will be happy when the kiddies go back to prioritizing their studies/drinking binges over fitness. (who invented new year's resolutions anyway??) I do not like having to use the crappy little treadmill that shakes when I run. I do not like having to run next to a girl who is walking 1.5 miles/hr on the treadmill and reading the label on her water bottle. I do not like having only a 3 foot square of space to dress myself in the locker room. I do not like creepy college boys sitting (that is sitting, not working out) on weight benches and scoping out the fresh meat. I like nice, quiet, empty gyms and running on the big fancy treadmill that King Kong could comfortably use.

Oh and I was going to sign up for the swim class which starts next week, but I have totally chickened out. Maybe next quarter.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Prince E Speaks!!! The latest podcast is up!

Listen to the latest podcast here or download here.

On today's show:

My lack of exercise continues....

Movie Review: Munich (Three and a half cat paws)

Interview with my fiance Prince E

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Little kisses better than no kisses...

Prince E got me a package of "kissables," a fairly new candy from Hershey's. They are mini Hershey kisses in a candy coating (like M&M's coating, but not quite as good). The taste was a little odd at first, but they quickly grew on me and I eventually ate the whole package (with help from E of course). They are worth a try if you like hershey's kisses. Apologies to those readers with a New Year's Resolution to eat less candy.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

New Podcast!!

The new podcast is up here or download here.

How I became a couch potato.

More Cats in the News.

My new movie rating system.

Movie Review: The Producers.

Some suggestions please...

Thanks to a great idea from Rachel, I am going to interview Prince E for an upcoming podcast. But I don't know what to ask him. That is where you all come in. What would you like to know about Prince E? Please post a comment with your question ideas or email me at unpublishedopinion@sbcglobal.net. If I use your question on the show I will be sure to mention your blog!


Monday, January 02, 2006

Hawaii Here We Come...

This was the fortune that Prince E got at PF Chang's on Saturday. We both thought it was pretty fitting.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year!!

I hope all of you had a fun New Year's Eve! Prince E and I spent the night at the W hotel in downtown Chicago. This was the view from our window. I don't think I even used the zoom.

We went to dinner at P.F. Chang's and then went to the see The Producers. Look for a review in the next podcast. After the movie, we headed back to our hotel room to watch the Navy Pier fireworks, which began right at midnight. I was somewhat disappointed with the fireworks display. During the warmer months, Navy Pier has fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday nights. We can see (and even sometimes hear) them from our apartment building. This display did not seem any more spectacular than that. I would have liked to see something more elaborate or longer. Perhaps I am just spoiled.

The real entertainment for me was watching people down on Lake Shore Drive, the expressway below our window. A long stream of cars and limos pulled over to the side so that the passengers could get out and watch the fireworks. This happened on both sides of the road and led to a large traffic jam on the south/city bound side. There were people running in front of cars and crossing three lanes of traffic to get over to the lakefront. Alcohol and moving vehicles do not mix. Luckily no one got hit. It was crazy. I guess this must happen every year, but it was a sight to behold. Here is a short video of the cars. Keep in mind that traffic is normally flowing at 60 mph on this road and there is no parking allowed.

As part of the hotel package, we each got a free breakfast at Wave, the hotel restaurant. When we booked the package, we were unsure what free breakfast meant. Cereal? A danish? Pancakes? Turns out it meant ALL YOU CAN EAT. And we ATE. Here is the photographic proof (and your first look at Prince E!! Well, part of him anyway.

We each ordered a smoothie, I had a fruit salad, and Prince E had oatmeal. We also each had an entree and a side of chicken sausage. Oh and the bowl of fruit is as it appeared after I had devoured a sizable portion.

My entree: French Toast Sundae with Strawberry Butter (YUM!) and chocolate sauce.

After breakfast, we explored around the hotel a bit more and discovered a bathroom with an interesting component. The men's and women's bathrooms were next door to each other (as is typical). Next to the sinks however, were full length translucent mirrors/windows so that you could see into the other bathroom. The sign in the women's room next to the window said "You're not the only one checking you out." Prince E said the men's room said "Wink, smile, wave, or meet her outside." Pretty funny I thought. Prince E took a picture of my reflection on a mirror in the men's room. Here it is below.

Lenny the Llama stowed away in our garment bag. He enjoyed the view and the fancy shower.

He liked traveling so much that I am sure he will be on many of our upcoming adventures. Although this year our traveling will be heavily scaled back until October as we save money and vacation days for the wedding/honeymoon in the fall. It will be all worth it, though, once I am dancing at a luau.

I hope everyone has a great year!