Archive for April, 2013

What a weekend!

Like a whirlwind, but with some awesome memories, and of course, lots of good fun.

Mom and I headed to Washington DC last Thursday, and spent two days walking MILES!!!  Luckily, we hit the  Cherry Blossom Festival,, which was unbelievable.  It was so pretty, words can’t even describe.  We were so blessed to have beautiful weather, not too hot and not too cold, and no rain.  The blossoms were amazing, and we were there two days after the “peak” day.  We also found some really great restaurants and bars in our travels, Guapo’s,, which was right near our hotel was phenomenal Mexican food, Fado Irish Bar,, right in the middle of DC’s Chinatown,,_D.C.)!!  We spent almost a whole day shopping (:D) and found some pretty spectacular deals, and a nice variety we don’t typically get in our shops in Florida.  Chevy’s., was lunch, and yet another Irish bar for dinner,, although this bar had brown bread (just like in Ireland!!) and amazing smashed carrot, parsnip and turnip medley… just like Mama makes!  Our waitress was so cool, and gave us extra brown bread… talk about a yummy brekkie!  Lunch before the flight home was at Busboys and Poets,, great turkey and cheese sambo!

Dawn’s wedding was on Saturday, 13 July, and we had a great time.  Mom and I played around with the camera after getting dressed up, and got some really great shots!  Dawn looked like an absolute princess, and Scott cleans up pretty nice, I am so happy for them, and excited we were able to participate in their special day!

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Alex’s birthday celebration was last night at Kobe’s (where it is every year…) and again, it was full of friends, family and fun!



Bar Harbor to mark channel where cruise ship tender ran aground

Posted March 06, 2013, at 8:20 p.m.


BAR HARBOR, Maine — Municipal officials have decided to place navigation buoys where the Coast Guard will not.

The Town Council voted 7-0 Tuesday night to use $5,646 in revenue from cruise ship anchorage fees to buy and install two navigation buoys between Bar and Sheep Porcupine islands, which help shelter the local harbor from Frenchman Bay. A natural channel between the two islands is used in the summer and fall by cruise ship tenders that ferry passengers between the waterfront and large cruise ships anchored on the north side of Bar Island.

Charlie Phippen, the town’s harbor master, said Wednesday that local officials hope the buoys will help prevent any repeat of an incident last fall in which a passenger tender from the cruise ship Summit ran aground in the relatively shallow passage. The tender, piloted by cruise ship employees who had language barriers with their passengers, was operating in dark and rainy conditions around 7:45 p.m. Oct. 4 when it struck rocks protruding from the water at low tide and got stuck.

The collision breached the tender’s hull and, according to some passenger accounts, resulted in minor injuries for some of the 93 people on board. The people were evacuated onto another boat and then taken back to the Summit while officials waited for the rising tide to free the tender from the rocks.

The tender then was taken back to the cruise ship and hoisted back into storage on the larger ship, which took the tender out of circulation, Coast Guard officials said at the time.

In February 2012, Phippen sent a request to the Coast Guard, asking the agency to consider placing two navigational buoys in the waterway between the two islands. The Coast Guard declined his request, however, saying that vessels should use the federal channel east of Sheep Porcupine to get from the local harbor to the north side of Bar Island, even though the federal channel is more exposed and has been known to have heavier seas in windy conditions.

Phippen said Wednesday that he thinks the area that will be marked off by the buoys will provide ample room for navigation by tenders between the two islands. He said that, beyond the initial purchase and installation costs, he expects the buoys to cost only a couple of hundred dollars each year to maintain.

Phippen said there is a risk of liability to the town in assuming responsibility for the navigational markers, but he said the risk is relatively low as long as the town adequately maintains them and that the risk is outweighed by the potential benefit of helping to keep tenders from running aground.

Phippen said he hopes to have the buoys in place by May 1. The town’s cruise ship season, which is scheduled to include 134 cruise ship visits, is set to get under way on May 5 and run through Oct. 30.

Lunch w/ Wonderful Friends

Posted: April 4, 2013 in Friends
Monique, Chloe, & Me!

Monique, Chloe, & Me!

Happy Easter!

Posted: April 4, 2013 in Family Fun
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Wonderful, beautiful day.. church with the hubby and lunch at the Columbia in Ybor with the in-laws.  Yummy!

Columbia, in Ybor

Columbia, in Ybor