Archive for July, 2009
I saw a real live dragon today!
My sister and her family came down to visit this week, and today we drove to tour the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans.¬† And, they had sea dragons in their exhibit.
Here is a picture of their weedy sea dragon:
And here is a picture of their ribbon sea dragon:
The sea dragon can be found in the waters off of Australia.¬† They grow to be 10 – 12 inches, and may live to be about 8 years old.¬† They belong to the same family that sea horses belong to.¬† Like the seahorses, the females lay the eggs on the male’s body and the males carry the eggs around with them until they hatch, about 2 months.¬† Sea dragons are considered a Near Threatened species, and are protected from collection by Australian law.
There are only about 50 aquariums that have sea dragons world wide.¬† In 2008, a sea dragon in the Atlanta aquarium became pregnant for only the third time.¬† For More Info
For more information on the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans
We discovered dragon bones!
My daughter bought me this kit for making this dragon.¬† She and I put it together today.¬† It took about two hours.¬†
It was nice building it with her.¬† It’s been a while since my daughter and I have dones something constructive together.¬†¬†¬† Oh, we watch movies together and go shopping together.¬† But we used to do all kinds of crafts things together.¬† Now that she’s growing older, school and work take up our time together.¬† But this was fun, and it was nice to know that my 17-year-old daughter likes doing things with her mom still.
“Have it your way!”¬†
That’s exactly why I like Burger King burgers.¬† They make them my way.¬† Ever since we moved here, I’ve been Burger King deprived.¬† The BK stores around here are dirty and many serve their food cold.¬† There’s one good store all the way across town near the mall there, but that’s a 30-minute ride to get a burger.
Recently, we found out that a new store opened up near us, just 5 minutes away.¬† It’s a small store, but my husband has been there and says it was clean.¬† He took my daughter there to get an application, and now she works there.¬† My daughter tells us about how clean the store is, and how good the food is.
So tonight my husband and I decided to eat there, so I can have it my way.
My way is a Whopper with cheese, fully dressed.¬† I don’t mind if the lettuce is missing, but it has to have onions.¬† Oh, my mouth watered to finally have a good whopper after 3 years.
I walked up to the register to place my order.¬† The cashier (who was a manager) was on her cell phone!¬† I patiently waited for her to finish her call.¬† However, rather than finish it, she moved the phone away from her mouth and asked to take my order.¬† I told her, “A #1 with cheese, and onion rings”.¬† But on the register I could see that she typed in a “whopper, no onions, med fries, med drink.”¬† I told her, “no, I do not want fries, I want onion rings…” and she cuts in “Ok, but you do not want onions, right?”¬† I tell her, “I want onions, change the fries to onion rings.”¬† She fixes the order, and my hubby orders his special burger — no ketchup.
With only two workers, I’m surprised our order was ready right away, but it was.¬† I bit into that warm burger, and could not taste any onions.¬† Sure enough.¬† There were no onions!¬† I decided that getting a correct burger when there are only 2 workers would be more trouble than it’s worth, so I continued to eat my burger.
My next bite bit into a thick tomato, so I pulled it out.¬† It turned out to be¬† the stem-end (usually thrown out) of the tomato.¬† My husband told me (later confirmed by my daughter) that the process at Burger King is to core the tomato and remove both ends of the tomato.¬† I did take a picture of it with my cell phone.¬†¬†
¬† Strike Two.
The onion rings were luke warm, like they had been sitting all day on the counter.¬† Strike Three.
The burger, however, did taste good and was nice and fresh — just not made to my liking.
Burger King has this Transformer contest, where you rub off playing pieces that are on fries/onion rings and drinks.¬† I won a free apple pie, so I sent my husband to go get it before we leave.¬† And wouldn’t you know it!¬† They were out of applie pies, so I had to substitute a butterfinger pie.
So today was not the day to Have it My Way.¬† Perhaps in a few weeks or months this new store will get its act together.¬† But even though it wasn’t My way, that was still the best Whopper I’ve tasted around here.
As I sat in my chair drinking my morning coffee, a sinking feeling tugged at me.¬† I felt like there was something I needed to do, but I couldn’t figure out what.¬† I looked around the living room into the shadows of the darkened house.¬† It was early morning, and quiet.¬† Eveyone else was still asleep.¬† I shrugged, and returned to reading my email.¬† I loved the early morning peace and quiet–a time for just me.
Again, that feeling surrounded me and tugged at me.¬† Urgently, it pulled at me, wanting me to get out of that chair.¬† Finally, I stood up and let that feeling pull me to the window.¬† The drapes were still closed, and I hesitated with my hand on the curtain rod.¬† What if, there was someone standing outside that window?¬† I thought about waking my husband for a few seconds, but I didn ‘t.¬† It was silly.¬† At 7 am it would be light enough to see and the house was all locked up.¬† If there were someone outside that window, I’d be safe inside my house, calling the police.
I turned the curtain rod, and the drapes slid open.¬† Nothing stood outside the window.
It was 7 am and the morning sun was rising above the haze.¬† It would be another hot day, I could tell.¬† The haze was already burning off.¬† A thin specter of the haze drifted in front of the house towards the dark mound of dirt in front of the house.
No!¬† It couldn’t be!
I ran to the door and opened it, staring in disbelief.¬† Where my 45-foot pine tree should have been was a hole, the size of its trunk.¬† Movement in the hole caught my attention.¬† And just as my eyes flew to the center of the hole, I could see part of a pine tree branch descend into the hole.¬† And then it was gone.¬† No more 45 foot tree.¬† Nothing but a hole!
Here is a layer style that creates a rainbow bubble effect, for use in Photoshop:
This layer style was created by me, Dragon’s Breath.¬† You have free use it, just do not claim it as your own.¬† If your group requires a copyright notice (I do not), please write:¬† copyright:¬† Dragon’s Breath.
This layer style makes silver text in Photoshop:
This layer style was created by me, Dragon’s Breath.¬† You have free use of it, just do not claim it as your own.¬† If your group requires a copyright notice (I do not), please write:¬† copyright:¬† Dragon’s Breath.
It’s time for the beach!¬† Here are 3 PNG format tubes of beach baby Sam for use in Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop:
These tubes were created by me, Dragon’s Breath.¬† You have free use of the tube, just do not claim it as your own.¬† If your group requires a copyright notice (I do not), please write:¬† copyright:¬† Dragon’s Breath.