Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Art of the Brick Tampa

"Art can be anything."
Nathan Sawaya
The Art of the Brick Tampa

Last weekend, Ron and I drove to downtown Tampa to see The Art of the Brick, a first-of-its-kind exhibit of sculptures by artist Nathan Sawaya, made entirely out of LEGO bricks. The exhibit, which began June 23 and runs through September 4, has been very popular and even though we got there just a few minutes after it opened, there was already a line of people waiting to get inside. Fortunately, the staff were handing out umbrellas to use for shade while we waited. Even at 10 o’clock in the morning, it was already blazing hot.

The wait wasn't too long, and we were inside in less than 20 minutes. The Art of the Brick opened with a biographical video presentation by Sawaya. Sawaya was a corporate lawyer who left his law career to pursue art. Why did he choose LEGOs for his medium? Because they are fun, and because no one had done it before.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Key West Getaway

flying over the Florida Keys

When we landed in Key West at 1 o’clock, it was sunny and beautiful and about a million degrees. Surprise – it’s hot in Key West in July! :-)  We immediately headed to the taxi line but unfortunately, I gave the taxi driver the wrong street address and we ended up on the opposite side of the cemetery from Chris’s house. It wasn’t that big a deal, all we had to do was drive around to the other side, but the driver was not amused and practically threw our suitcases out of the van. Yeesh, what a grouch! No wonder everyone was excited that Uber had finally made it to Key West. We decided we would definitely be checking out that option on the way back to the airport.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Carnival Liberty

Carnival Liberty towel animals

Port Canaveral

We were supposed to be in Cancun for Cinco de Mayo, not the Bahamas. But between all the doctor appointments and not knowing how I was going to feel on any given day, I didn’t think I was up for the logistics of airports, layovers and a week away from work. So we cancelled our trip to Mexico and booked something simpler - a 3-day cruise on Carnival Liberty out of Port Canaveral.

We checked in at the cruise terminal just before boarding started at 11:45 and didn’t have to wait long before we were on the ship. First stop was the aft bar on Lido Deck to purchase the soda package for Ron and a “welcome aboard” mojito for me. Vacation starts when I have my first mojito. :-)  Now what was for lunch? Liberty had plenty of options. In addition to the usual buffet, there was a Blue Iguana Cantina, which served tacos and burritos, and a Guy’s Burger Joint. We’d never been on a ship with either a Blue Iguana or a Guy’s Burger so I was looking forward to trying them both. We decided on Guy’s Burger first. Ron had the “Straight Up” burger (with lots of jalapeno peppers from the toppings bar) and I had the “Chilius Maximus”. Yummy!  Click here for the Guy's Burger Joint Menu

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Sugar Sand Festival on Clearwater Beach

Sugar Sand Festival 2017

Clearwater Beach is famous for its soft, sparkling white sand. But the sand isn’t just beautiful; it packs easily and holds moisture, which makes it perfect for building sand castles!