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Snow held off, for the most part

Saturday, November 27, 2010

It has been snowing off and on all day here in my neck of the woods. Luckily, it's been warm enough that the snow didn't stick on any of the roads. Made my shopping excursion more enjoyable, that's for sure!

Picked up the ornaments I needed, my DD's secret Santa gift, a gift for FIL and one more thing for each of the kids (yeah, I know, I said I was done with them). Stocking stuffers and two gift cards and DH and done!

DH and I went to dinner (Don Diego's, very good!) and as we were leaving, the truck started doing some slipping, no planned. And, of course, DD was at a Glee practice. So, after the snow had fallen pretty steadily and started sticking, I had to go get DD. Luckily is was only about one mile each way and we made it home safely. It can snow all it wants now. I'm home, in PJ's and settled in for the night! emoticon emoticon

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RWETHAIRYET 11/29/2010 4:54PM

    We had an ice storm Friday morning, that quickly melted as the day went on...and then flurries on Saturday afternoon that were heavy enough to make my daughter reconsider and not leave to go home until Sunday...Yay, extra time with the grand daughter!!

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BKNOCK 11/28/2010 7:14PM

    Really cold here last night but no snow! It was 28 degrees! It was in the 40's today though!

I am glad that you made it home safe and sound!

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NEWNAC304 11/28/2010 12:01PM

    We had snow flurries for a little while on Thanksgiving but no snow other than that.

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AUNTIEANNE22 11/28/2010 8:39AM

  We got our first snow yesterday. I was in a basement apartment so I didn't even know about the snow until someone else came in. My car was covered when I left, but there was nothing on the ground until I got back over near where I live. The roads had been treated so the traveling was fine. I had to take DS to work and then come back to Portsmouth.

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Love the combat shopping!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Started much later than Betsy, but I did start early. Got up at 2:30 (yes, that's am) and met my friend at her house at 3:45 (ish). Straight to Target. The Targets in my area do NOT have line control figured out. Stood in line longer than I was shopping and might still be there if I hadn't found a shorter line. emoticon

Next, ShopKo...kind of like a Target, but with much better line control. Only waited in line there about 15 minutes.

THEN, the mall! emoticon I'm not generally a big fan of the mall. Too many people. Too many teeny boppers. Too many stores that I just don't "get" because I am over the age of 18 (by a LOT!). However, I have a teenage daughter and an almost teenage son and the mall has stuff they want/like. And that's about the only place that has the stuff they want/like.

Five and a half hours later, after much shopping, one trip to the car to drop stuff off and a delicious lunch (oh, we had breakfast there too!), we headed to the last store. After the craft store, I went to Wal-Mart for a return and a music place for a gift.

Then HOME! I tried to sit down and read my book. You know, just relax for a little bit after a long, busy day. But, when I realized that I kept falling asleep while reading the same paragraph (50 times), I decided I should probably take a nap. Ninety minutes later....Ahhhh.. Ready to watch the BSU/Nevada game. While I'm waiting, I'm cheering for Arizona. Or am I rooting against Oregon (Sorry G-MA!)?

I have to get stocking stuffers, two (or three ornaments), a gift for my FIL and something for DH. And that's it! Done! LOVE IT!!

Hope you all had pleasant Black Fridays!

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RWETHAIRYET 11/29/2010 4:51PM

    I was supposed to go combat shopping...something I usually avoid. But my daughter couldn't make it up thursday night as originally planned, we had an ice storm the next morning so I told her to wait until the weather got a little better and by the time she got up here and we got out, all we could think about was going home and eating, haha.
And around here, it was fairly quiet, no problems with parking spaces, no problem with long lines...well except for the JOAnns store, and I decided I didn't want that baby jumper pattern quite yet, haha.

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AUNTIEANNE22 11/28/2010 8:35AM

  Glad you got your shopping done. I started work at 5:15am in freezing rain and finished for the day at 7pm. Shopped only long enough to pick up some nursing scrubs. By that time the stores were pretty quiet. I drove by the mall a couple of times during the day and it was mobbed! I prefer to work in a store on Black Friday rather than shop.

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CARLANNIE 11/27/2010 9:49AM

    I am just sick that BSU lost, especially with a couple of pivotal calls early on in the game. No Rose Bowl for Idaho emoticon

Glad you had a good shopping experience. I don't even know what anyone wants yet!

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NEWNAC304 11/27/2010 8:35AM

    I can't believe you're already done shopping! I haven't even started yet!

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BKNOCK 11/27/2010 8:01AM

    I love combat shopping too! It was so much fun! I am getting a bit old for this not sleeping stuff though! But, it was the best darn sleep I have had in a while last night! I have a big family so I am not done but wow a whole lot closer than I was on Thursday!

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KENDRACARROLL 11/26/2010 11:30PM

    I ordered some presents on line today after I got back from the beach. That was my Black Friday. A lot more relaxing.

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GEEMAWEST 11/26/2010 10:30PM

    I did Black Friday shopping one time and didn't feel I saved enough for my lack of sleep and fighting the crowds. If I thought I could get all of my Xmas shopping done in one day I might give it another try. Had to work anyway.

Sorry to hear that you're cheering for Arizona.
I always thought we were on the same team.

Go Ducks!! emoticon

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STEVENGO2 11/26/2010 9:36PM

    I avoided the lines (which I hate) and stayed home, nice and comfy in front of my computer and still (I think) got good deals! I did go out to brunch with a friend, across the street from a mall, somehow we avoided traffic coming in and went around the mall to get out (he does not like lines either). Had a good Black Friday! And I got to sleep off the turkey until 9am.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Got up early, went to the gym and then ate my way through the rest of the day! Then, poured (pored?) over the ads and made a game plan for combat shopping tomorrow. Can you say perfect day?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

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GEEMAWEST 11/26/2010 8:18PM

    Can't wait to hear how the shopping went.

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DUTCHIEKIWI 11/26/2010 6:17PM

    You made sure you really enjoyed yourself!!
Go Girl!!



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BKNOCK 11/26/2010 5:41PM

    We stayed out all night! We started at Walmart at 11:30 pm and had breakfast at 6 am!

How did you do?

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NEWNAC304 11/26/2010 11:29AM

    Have fun fighting the crowds today!

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KENDRACARROLL 11/26/2010 9:46AM

    Happy shopping!
I did the Black Friday thing once in my life a couple of years ago. That was the first time and probably the last. You'll find me a work today instead.
Hope you have a wonderful day!

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Taipei 101 plus Nay-one (probably spelled that wrong)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Taipei 101 is (or at least once was) the tallest building in the world.

View from a block away:

View from the base (can't see the top because of the clouds):

View from the top (clouds coming in!):

The next four days were filled with work. The last day, we went to Nay-one and toured the street market, had lunch and went to a coffee shop at the top of a mountain. The ride up was harrowing! Narrow road, washouts, switchbacks and very steep. It was worth it though!

Street Market:

Coffee shop (this is actually a picture of the picture they had in the lobby):

View from the balcony of the coffee shop - yes those are clouds below us:

And then I went home!

This concludes the Trip To Taiwan Tales. Hope you enjoyed the pictures and thank you for letting me ramble on. emoticon

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MYOWNHERO 11/25/2010 7:58AM

    Love that last one especially. What a thrill!

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STEVENGO2 11/25/2010 6:34AM


Thanks for the pictures. You are really above the clouds in my book!



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NEWNAC304 11/24/2010 10:15AM

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

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JUNEBUG150 11/24/2010 12:16AM

    Gorgeous pics! Thank you for sharing your trip! emoticon emoticon

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DEUSMACHINA 11/23/2010 11:40PM

    Awesome pix!!

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AUNTIEANNE22 11/23/2010 10:02PM

  Man, if the clouds were below you, you were high up in the mountains. Great pictures.

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GEEMAWEST 11/23/2010 9:50PM

    Loved the Tales of Taiwan! Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us.

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BKNOCK 11/23/2010 9:44PM

    Awesome pictures, thanks for sharing them with us!

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ELYMWX 11/23/2010 9:39PM

    Enjoyed the pictures, Barb!

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After the National Museum

Monday, November 22, 2010

After the National Museum, our little party went to the Chang Kai Shek Memorial (cks from here out). There were folks outside practicing dance routines and a flea market in the mall.

One of the performing arts buildings:

Along the wall, they had dragons jutting out every five feet or so. Pretty cool looking.

Long distance pic of the building that holds the statue of cks:

Closer up:

The statue!

The Guard (there is one on each side and they stand like this - without moving - for an hour at a time):

Changing of the guards: We got there just in time to see this. They march in time, spin their guns and put on a show. Pretty cool.

Then on to Lungshan Temple. This is where my background pic was taken. Every column was ornately carved.

They even have a dragon in the pond:

Next stop, Din Tai Fung for lunch. Excellent Chinese food and my first attempt at eating with chopsticks. After that, Taipei 101. Pictures on that tomorrow!

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GEEMAWEST 11/23/2010 9:51PM

    Very cool. Is your hair darker?

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BKNOCK 11/23/2010 8:24PM

    Wow, pictures of you! I am impressed, and I love the photos. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us!

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NEWNAC304 11/23/2010 3:47PM

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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CARLANNIE 11/23/2010 8:31AM

    Such a neat place to visit - aren't you glad you went? Did your family miss you? Too bad you have to come home to a blizzard. I have to venture out to the grocery store today, but other than that, I'm staying put. We have deep snow and wind - usually don't have the wind with our snow. Brrrrr.

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TXNANA_4 11/23/2010 8:22AM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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AUNTIEANNE22 11/23/2010 8:20AM

  Loved the pictures and you are looking great!

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