Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
may seem random but its what I had in the fridge...
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Massive Yarn Ball rolls for Ray-Ban from Cultwater
My salad tonight comprised of sweet butter lettuce, sliced zucchini, cored and sliced cucumber with feta cheese and green goddess dressing...after I took the photo I added some chicken. Yummy!
Register for your chance to purchase tickets for
Maine Day at Fenway Park!
In our continuing effort to provide New England residents a chance to experience Red Sox baseball at America's Most Beloved Ballpark, we will once again offer a unique ticket purchase opportunity in conjunction with our State Day appreciation program.
Fans from Maine will be eligible for the opportunity to purchase tickets to see the Red Sox battle the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, June 21 via a random drawing process.
Applicants must fill out and submit the registration form below to participate in this online purchase opportunity. Registration begins at 12 p.m. (noon) Eastern Daylight Time ("EDT") on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, and closes at 12 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 8, 2009 (the "Registration Period"). The Red Sox will then conduct a random selection of winners from the pool of registrants. There is no charge to register for this opportunity. There is no obligation to purchase a ticket.
Must be eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry
Must be a resident of Maine.
Limit one entry per person. In case of multiple entries for the same individual, only the first entry received will be considered.
Only entries submitted to the Red Sox during the Registration Period will be entered in the drawing.
Entries generated by a script, macro, or other mechanical or automated means will be invalid.
Winning registrants will have the opportunity to purchase up to four (4) tickets at face value, plus convenience and handling fees for the Boston Red Sox regular season home game versus the Atlanta Braves at 1:35 p.m. EDT on Sunday, June 21, 2009.
Specific instructions for each ticket purchase will be communicated via e-mail to each applicant selected. If a selected applicant does not follow such instructions, he or she will forfeit the opportunity to purchase tickets. Please be sure to provide an accurate e-mail address. MLB.com and the Boston Red Sox are not responsible for any e-mail notifications that are bounced back or misdirected.
State Day Deadlines event deadline
REGISTRATION PERIOD BEGINS: 12 p.m. (noon) EDT, Wednesday, 6/3/2009
REGISTRATION PERIOD ENDS: 12 p.m. (noon) EDT, Monday, 6/8/2009
RANDOM DRAWING: Monday, 6/8/2009
WINNERS NOTIFIED VIA E-MAIL: On or about Tuesday, 6/9/2009
SALE FOR WINNERS: 12 p.m. (noon)-9 p.m. EDT, Thursday, 6/11/2009
In the event that the winner does not respond to the notification by purchasing tickets by 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2009, a disqualification will result.
Maine Day tickets are priced at $50 for Grandstand, $50 for Right Field Box, $30 for Outfield Grandstand, $26 for Bleachers and $12 for Upper Bleachers (per-ticket). All sales are final - no refunds or exchanges.
NOTE: MLB game dates and times are determined in the sole discretion of the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball and/or the Boston Red Sox, as applicable, and may be subject to change. All tickets purchased in connection with the drawing shall be subject to those policies applicable to Red Sox ticket holders generally; as such the Red Sox from time to time in their sole discretion may amend policies. Registrations are non-transferable with no cash redemptions or substitutions.
Ultra Trail Tour du Mont Blanc
The Ultra Trail Tour du Mont-Blanc (also referred to as UTMB) is a mountain ultramarathon. It takes place once a year in the Alps, across France, Italy and Switzerland. The distance varies between 150 and 160 km, with a total elevation gain of around 8500m. The race is run in one leg. Some believe that it is the most difficult foot race in Europe.
While the best trailers complete the loop in slightly more than 20 hours, most runners take 30 to 45 hours to reach the finish line.
From 2006, a second race Courmayeur - Champex - Chamonix (half-loop) has also been organised, and a third race was added in 2009: "Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie".
The race is organised by an association called Les Trailers du Mont-Blanc.
600 volunteers were involved in 2005.
The North Face is the main sponsor of this event.
Runners are supposed to carry a minimum of equipment for security reasons. This includes waterproof jacket, warm clothes, food and water, whistle, survival blanket and head torch.
There are food and drink points along the route, every 10 to 15 km. On top of that, four big "life bases" provide hot meals, beds and massages: Chamonix (France), Les Chapieux (France), Courmayeur (Italy) and Champex (Switzerland).
At Courmayeur and Champex, runners can collect a bag they previously left at Chamonix.
Runners race number contain a magnetic badge that is read at around 20 check points. The route follows basically the Tour du Mont Blanc hiking path, that is usually completed in 7 to 9 days by hikers. This is a loop around Mont Blanc.
It starts from Chamonix (1035m) and goes up to the Col de Voza (1653m) to reach Les Contamines (1150m). It then climbs to the Croix du Bonhomme (2479m) before going down back to Les Chapieux (1549m), which is the first life base. The path then runs up to the Col de la Seigne (2516m) to enter Italy, follows the ridge of the Mont-Favre (2435m) before going down to Courmayeur (1190m), the second life base. It climbs again to the Refuge Bertone (1989m) and Arnuva (1769m) before reaching its highest point, the Grand Col Ferret (2537m), which also marks the border with Switzerland. The path goes down again to Praz de Fort (1151m) via La Fouly (1593m) before reaching the third life base, Champex d'en Bas (1391m). The last part includes two rather low cols: Bovine (1987m) and Les Tseppes (1932m) separated by Trient (1300m). On the descent to Vallorcine (1260m), the path enters back France, crosses Argentière (1260m) before terminating at Chamonix, its starting point.
Slight variations are applied to the route every year. In 2007, the route was 163 km long for a total elevation gain of 8900m.
PS: there is no cash prize for winning the race ;) just glory
It's hardly a bailout, but the federal government is hoping that waiving fees at national parks will help boost local economies across the country.
On three weekends this summer, the National Park Service will offer fee-free weekends to encourage cash-strapped families to visit the parks.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the initiative Tuesday at a news conference at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio.
"National parks also serve as powerful economic engines for local communities, and we hope that promoting visitation will give a small shot in the arm to businesses in the area," Salazar said.
Many national parks were bracing for a busy summer, and this improves the tourism forecast, said George Price, superintendent of Cape Cod National Seashore.
"Sometimes, when the economy downturns, places like the seashore see an upsurge because people choose to stay closer to home," Price said. "Visitation will be very strong this year. The question will be how much people will actually spend when they come to visit."
All 147 National Park Service sites that charge entry fees will waive them for June 20 and 21, July 18 and 19, and August 15 and 16. Those fees range from $3 to $25.
Last year, national parks attracted more than 275 million recreation visits.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
mmmm Salad! Sweet Butter lettuce with shaved chicken breast, sliced summer squash, sliced zucchini, feta cheese with green goddess dressing...yummy!
I've developed a minor obession with coupons lately...blame it on boredom at work...anyways I found out that at Target.com you can print out coupons from their website and you can use their coupons in addition to manufacturer's coupons on the same item. :) Really I only went to Target for toothpaste but thought why not...there was a little bit of trouble scanning my Target coupons for some reason, but the cashier was nice enough to key them in to get me the savings.
(3) at $.97 Johnson's Buddies easy-grip sudzing bars (umm why? I don't know)
Coupon $3/3 Johnson's products = Free
(1) at $3.49 Target floor sweeper dry clothes 16count
no coupon but it was on sale :)
(1) at $2.66 Scotch-Brite Dishwand Refills 3 count (I actually needed this)
no coupon but on sale marked down from $3.49 (didn't realize it was on sale)
(1) at $.99 Coppertone Sport 1fl oz (for when I forget to put on sunscreen)
Coupon $1.00 off any Coppertone product = Free
(1) at $2.19 Skintimate Shave Gel 7oz
Coupon $1.00 off manufacturer any Skintimate product
Coupon $1.00 off Target any Skintimate product = $.19!
(1) at $3.38 Dial Yogurt Vanilla Honey Body Wash 21 fl oz
Clearance marked down from $3.99
Coupon $1.00 off manufacturer any Dial body wash = $2.38!
(1) at $3.69 Aquafresh Extreme Clean toothpaste 7oz
Coupon $1.00 off manufacturer any Aquafresh toothpaste
Coupon $1.00 off Target any Aquafresh toothpaste = $1.69!
(1) at $1.67 Betty Crocker Warm Delights Fudgy Chocolate Chip Cookie(couldn't resist)
Coupon $.50 off Target any Betty Crocker Warm Delights = $1.17
(1) at $1.52 Pop Tarts 8 count
Coupon $.50 off Target Coupon any Poptarts = $1.02
(1) at $2.54 Pepperidge Farm Goldfish 100 calorie pouches
Coupon $.75 off Target Coupon any Pepperidge Farm 100 calorie pouches = $1.79
So my total would have been around $27.00 but with the coupons I dropped the final total down to $15.13....I thought it was cool to get some stuff for free ;)
PS: Last night I went to Shaw's and saved $9.27 with the final total being $13.30 (I do like the fact they double their coupons ($.99 or less) but their prices are a little high so sometimes it may not be worth it.)
Each First Friday of the month, through August 7, 2009, MDM is offering FREE admission for everyone!
Monday, June 1, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
I finished the first season of True Blood, the vampire series from HBO this weekend. The premise of the show is that the Japanese have created synthetic blood and vampires have come "out" revealing themselves to the humans and want equal rights. Its such an original show with an amazing cast. Anna Paquin stars as a telepathic waitress named Sookie in a small town who meets a vampire, Bill Compton, played by Stephen Moyer. Her life gets turned upside down after meeting vampire Bill who she develops feelings for. The series is a mixture of humor, suspense and drama. I think if you are a fan of Dexter you may like this series. The show definitely falls under the rated R rating. I like how its not cheesy and handles the vampire genre well. Its kind of like the adult version of Twilight based down south in Louisiana. I wish I had HBO because the new season is starting this month.
I haven't decided yet where I want to end up, but I want this....hammock and kayaks living by the water...