Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Well, if you're us. You go straight there the next day.
I give you Serpent Mound in Adams County Ohio. And ancient mound built by unknown people. The magazine they gave us at the welcome center says Serpent Mound is the "largest surviving example of prehistoric effigy mound in the world." I'm taking their word for it.
Serpent Mound isn't a burial mound, but this Adena mound just off the parking lot is one of the Native American burial mounds.
Andrew squinting in the sun.
This site also lines up with some cool astrological things. Including, according to the show, ancient alignment to the constallation Draconis.
It's hard to see but Serpent Mound is a huge mound shaped like a snake, it's tail coils on one end and it's mouth opens around an egg-shaped thing on the other.
Here is it's tail.
I doubt very much this site was built my aliens, and I think it's kind of an insult that the show implied that humans weren't capable of building this. There is no evidence of who or what culture built this site, but the conical burial mounds(first picture) are dated back to 800 BC. Which I think is pretty awesome. It's a completely different kind of history at this site and we have no idea who made it. I'm really glad we went to see it.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Cut to a week later, we haven't moved it and we notice some blossoms starting to form and one bud opening!
Our sunflower is grasping life by this one section still in the ground.
The super sunflower also has a lot of buds on it. I've never seen a sunflower like this, it wasn't even supposed to be a giant sunflower. It just sort of turned into one.
Speaking of plant miracles. There is nothing like breakfast topped with fresh cherry tomatoes from your garden. yum.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The first night I tried it, uh, it didn't work out. I have a very sensitive head and the headband was killing me. After only about an hour I took it out, but already noticed really pretty curls.
Day 2, I washed and dried my hair and followed the directions in the tutorial. Ignoring the "leave it in overnight" part.
Goofy look #1
Goofy look #2. I know there's a line on my head. I'm trying to be realistic here.
I left the band in for 2 hours in the afternoon and the line in my forehead took about an hour to get rid of... So, plan accordingly. I am going to try these again soon in the morning and leave them in all day.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
My hair will still be blond after the process. My hair has just been feeling sad and crackly this summer so I decided to just dye it the same blond. It always feels more conditioned after I dye it. Probably making hair professionals around the world cringe right now. It is way to early to dye my hair darker. I have to wait until the end of September for that. Keep and eye out for Hattie's hair color changes, coming this fall! I'm thinking of trying red again, since the red I did last fall sucked. I want to get the red I had maybe 4 years ago. Perfect red with hints of brown.
Enough about my hair.
I also changed the blog a bit. I was getting tired of the old, blogger standard. So, I sought help from those wonderful people over at Shabby Blogs and found a pretty background. Then made a header out of one my pictures.
It's really green, but I'm feeling it. Green is my favorite color after all.
Friday, August 12, 2011
This post is for simple things. Like waking up to a house that's 73 degrees without AC instead of 80 degrees with AC.
Simple things, like today is Friday and I have two uninterrupted days to hang out with my husband. Even if we're only being lazy.
Flowers are simple things too, especially when picked fresh from your yard and stuck into a 10 cent vase. Feeling the need to wear a sweater, and go buy more sweaters. To stock up on more Cafe Vienna.
Simple things like spending too much time on Pinterest, instead of doing dishes. Finding a good book and reading it too fast.
Craving anything that looks, feels and smells like cooler weather.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
But for now, here are some New York City travel tips from a non-expert traveler.
There are those people out there that do things on a whim, travel to an unknown location and just "wing-it". I'm not one of them. While I am known for diverging from the plan or the plan falling into a million teeny tiny pieces, at least I have a plan.
I research what I want to see. How much it will cost. How I get there. Plan B. If I get there and don't like what I see, what else is there?
That way, when my Type A personality arrives, I'm at least somewhat prepared for everything.
2. Get a Map
And for the love of all things holy, learn how to read it. Amazingly enough people managed to get to point A to point B without the use of Google Maps or a GPS on your phone.
We picked up a highly detailed map from Barnes and Noble before leaving and I spent some time finding our hotel location and points of interest. This map even had cool touristy spots included on the map.
3. Don't be Afraid of Public Transportation
I'm not talking about taxis. I mean the Subway and buses. They are so cheap! Your hotel might have a subway map available(ours did) or you can find them at touristy stores. It's really easy to figure out where you're going. Or just ask the ticket sales person.
4. A Smile Goes a Long Way
You might find people aren't very nice in the big city. But I find if your general demeaner is happy people are nicer. I had several people come up to me and ask for directions. Because I am so friendly(and I studied my map) I was able to give those people directions.
5. People Watch
This might only be for Andrew and me. Some of the most fun we had in NY was watching people. It was so much fun seeing so many people, some of them dressed funny, some were hardly dressed at all. There was lots of interacting going on, try and slow down long enough to watch it.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Of course, I wanted a mug. I didn't just buy a mug, I bought a magic mug!
That's right folks! The Maruader's Map shows up as I fill it with hot water! That's right folks! I'm a dork!
Since we couldn't take pictures inside we decided to buy an official program so we can look back in the years to come and remember all the cool things we saw in person.
Oh, and we also bought a tiny Hedwig. It has a hoop on top, so I think I'll make it into a Christmas ornament.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
There is an option to buy an audio tour, each stop on the tour has a number and corresponds to an informational speal, I'm sure. We just decided to read the small paragraphs on the map and just do the auto tour.
This is up at Little Round Top looking over Devils Den.
Yes, that is a picture of the fallen soldiers in the field pictured below.
A cannon ball hole.
This is where President Lincoln gave his famous speech.
I took a lot of picures of different battlefields, I thought I'd just show some of the features. I think it's something you really have to be there for to see the size of everything and so you can read the signs and stare over a huge field where the fighting was done.
The whole thing took about 2 hours to drive around. I'm glad we did it and I can say I've been to Gettysburg now and actually picture where it all happened.