Fun at 4D

4d-polarWe had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I hope you did too. Grandma was up from Florida and we took part in a lot of fun things together. Seeing the Symphony of Lights in Columbia was very nice, as was getting Little Boy G’s first Roy Rogers at The Cheesecake Factory. One of the best things we did was go to the Polar Express 4-D Experience at Baltimore’s National Aquarium.

Talk about fun. Wow. I was simply hoping that it wouldn’t be lame. Instead, it was the most I’ve laughed in a long time. And the feature is only about 20 minutes long. TOO DARN FUNNY! Little Boy G had his ears plugged with his fingers the whole time (typical of him), but he was howling with laughter. Grandma and hubby were also laughing their hair off.

According to their website, “The Aquarium’s 4D Immersion Theater combines the visual drama of a 3D film with a variety of sensory effects, which are built into theater seats and the theater environment. Most films are transformed into 20-minute or less experiences and will virtually bring on-screen images to life with added effects such as: water mist, wind, a neck air blast, snow, bubbles, steam, leg ticklers, scents, enhanced floor lighting, and seat vibrations!”

These 4-D immersion shows are played in other areas, I’m sure. You’ll just have to do an Internet search for your area. At Baltimore’s Aquarium, they have several shows that play all year, so if you’re ever in the area, don’t miss it. The kids (and you) will love it.


A meme by any other name…

I still keep up with Vietnamese and Korean adoption blogs and just read Finding Sweetness–one that I’ve been following for a while now. Anyway the author tagged me to complete the following meme:

  1. What is in the back of your car?
    A blanket, a kick board for the boy, jumper cables I think, or some sort of emergency kit which I’ve never opened, and a beach towel that should have been taken out a while back.
  2. What color is your toothbrush?
    Blue and white.
  3. Name one person who made you smile today.
  4. What were you doing at 8:00 a.m.?
    Working very very hard at my wonderful place of employment. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
  5. What were you doing 45 minutes ago?
    I’m pretty sure I was talking to Liz. It’s okay. She’s my client.
  6. What is your favorite candy?
    Candy….hmmm, I’d have to say Mike and Ike!
  7. What is the last thing you said aloud?
    “You really should get some help.”
  8. What is the best ice cream flavor?
    Vanilla, because it goes so well with everything else.
  9. What is the last thing you had to drink?
    Vodka. Just kidding. Coffee. Still drinking it matter of fact.
  10. What are you wearing right now?
    Black slacks. Brown vest. White shirt. Red jacket. It looks better than it sounds.
  11. What is the last thing you ate?
    Shamefully, a handful of M&Ms.
  12. Have you bought any new clothes this week?
    This week? No.
  13. When was the last time you ran?
    I think it was in the 1990s. Actually, more like the 1980s.
  14. What was the last sporting event you watched?
    The Belmont Stakes. And I really don’t want to talk about it.
  15. Ever go camping?
    Ugh. Every weekend during my youth.
  16. Do you have a tan?
    In some places, yes, I do.
  17. Do you take vitamins daily?
    Yes, the yellow Flintstone vitamins Little Boy G refuses to eat.
  18. Do you go to church?
    No, but I should.
  19. Do you like Chinese food more than pizza?
    That’s like choosing between your children. It can’t be done.
  20. Do you drink your soda with a straw?
    If it’s in a cup, yes.
  21. Are you someone’s best friend?
    Only one person says so: Little Boy G
  22. What are you doing tomorrow?
    Going on a choo choo train to Norfolk to visit friends.
  23. Where is your dad?
    Hopefully with my mom in San Antonio.
  24. Can you say the alphabet backwards?
    Probably, over the course of several days. But….Why would I want to do that?
  25. Do you have a maid service clean your home?
    Well, yes. Somebody needs to clean it.
  26. Do you have a favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time?
    I did, until they broke.
  27. What color is your car?
  28. How do you like your popcorn?
    Full of flavor. Full of fat.
  29. How did you get your worst scar?
    Probably when I fell off my bike and broke my leg.
  30. Look to your left. What do you see?
    A high school work study wearing very wrinkled clothes.
  31. What color is your watch?
    At the moment blue. I never wear my real watch anymore because the clasp is not trustworthy. So my watch for the moment is my insulin pump, which is smart enough to tell me what time it is.
  32. What do you think of when you think of Australia?
    Very nice wines.
  33. Do you use chap stick?
    Chop sticks yes. Chap stick no.
  34. Do you have a dog?
  35. Last person you talked to on the phone?
    A special  investigator.
  36. Have you met anyone famous?
    Yes. Tommy Lee Jones. I actually worked for him. And that’s all I’m going to say.
  37. Any plans today?
    To get some work done. And then pack for the trip.
  38. How many states have you lived in?
    Okay, in order: New Jersey. Massachusetts. Alaska. Texas. Maryland. 5.
  39. Do you dye your hair?
    I’m pushing 47. What do you think?
  40. Do you like cats?


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