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Day 11 – Hawaii Cruise & I won money!

Lucky Cat

Lucky Cat

I woke up feeling as though I were coming down with a cold. Went to the breakfast buffet for a relaxing, delicious breakfast. I’m trying to be sure that I use the stairs every chance I get so perhaps I won’t take all this food home (in the form of a larger me).

It’s getting a little chillier as we head back to the main land. Love saying “main land”. Sounds cool to me. Not feeling fantastic so I just laid around most of the remaining morning. I wish I were major wealthy – I think thing one of my favorite things on this cruise is the over-sized balcony. It’s almost as big as our room. We’ve really spent a lot of time out there.
We headed back to the casino. After all, I had casino money I was playing on so it wasn’t hurting as much. I found another machine that just kept winning. These are 2 cent machines so there’s no huge jackpot – just lots of playing time. Finished out ahead again. What a nice feeling. There was a $1 slot machine that had a ‘spin’ thing on it. If you landed on the ‘spin’, you got to d’oh … hit on spin and win what it had. I really wanted to try it so decided that I’d spend $20 and if it didn’t hit, I’d walk away. Four dollars in, it came up with two bars and a 25 times symbol. Five hundred dollars! How cool was that? I still had $16 of my original $20 so decided to finish that – again for a chance to spin. Four more dollars and this time I hit a seven and TWO of the 25 times symbols. Not sure what the symbols were – just knew they were good. This time, the machine didn’t give me my winnings, I had to wait for an attendant to come so I could sign some forms. I was so excited. This time I won $1,250. With all my winnings, my cruise was paid for.
I couldn’t believe how my luck had changed and then remembered I’d bought a little Japanese Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat) when I was in Maui. I didn’t buy it for good luck, I just thought it was a cute piece of Japanese art that I had seen. I did notice that every shop had one sitting by their cash registers. Could it be the little critter was beckoning the slots to win?
I was on Cloud 9 and except for the nasty cold that seemed to be creeping up on me, all was well in Sandra-Land.


January 7, 2009 Posted by | Favorite Sites, Travel, Vacation | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

70+ Places I’ve Visited!

101_large.jpgRecently I picked up a great little book for my grandsons. It’s called “101 Places You Gotta See Before You’re 12!” by Joanne O’Sullivan. It’s 144 pages and comes with stickers for the kids to use with the book. The stickers come with sayings such as – Wish List – – No Way! – Top 20 – Absolute Favorite, Loved it! – Yawn Fest! – This Rocks – Awesome Adventure! – Been There! and Way Strange. I looked through the book and found myself saying “I’ve done that”, “I’ve been there”, “I’d love to go there”, etc.

I started making notes of places I’d been and things I’d done.And then I had a wonderful time going on the internet finding the web sites of these places. It was a fun and fulfilling afternoon. I saw photos of familiar sights, and it was very much like going down memory lane. I’m sharing my links, which I’m sure I’ll be adding to often.

I thought it’d be a wonderful way for the children to follow up after they’d been to visit some of the places where they go. They can take pictures and include them with their souvenirs and their thoughts. It’d be great for them to do a scrapbook or even a web site or a document that they keep for the rest of their lives.

When my middle son was seven, I decided we needed an adventure. My grandmother lived in Florida and had just been diagnosed with cancer. I didn’t like flying so I decided to take my son and drive there from California. I made sure that we stopped at all the fun things there are to stop and look at since my dad had always just driven by the largest ball of string or a huge dinosaur.We visited with my aunt and grandmother for a few days and then decided we didn’t want to go back the way we came.

We went to AAA for new maps and headed off to Washington D.C. – then on to Milwaukee, Las Vegas and then home. Recently I asked my now grown son something about his memories from the trip, and he said he didn’t remember any of it. I thought that was sad and even though we’d collected brochures, souvenirs and maps on the way home – we didn’t discuss it enough over the years so he could keep those memories close.

This book lists lots for kids to do that aren’t really far from home. Little trips around your area will be a wonderful learning experience for your child. And check my list to see if you and I have been to the same places! Make your own list and when you go to find the link for different places, it’ll be like revisiting a special place.These are some of the places I’ve visited. I’m sure I’ve missed some, but the internet is truly a wonderful way to revisit some of the places where you’ve been.

Have you been to some of the same ones that I have?

Where have you been that you think I may want to go?

Akaka Falls – Oahu

The Alamo

Angel Stadium

Arlington Cemetery

Atlantic City

Carlsbad Caverns (NM)

Catalina Island


Davis Dam


Dodger Stadium

Edwards AFB


Featherdale Park

Geneva, IL

Golden Gate Bridge


Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Park

Hoover Dam


Jeopardy Studio to take the test

Knott’s Berry Farm

Las Vegas, NV

Laughlin, NV

Let’s Make a Deal

Lincoln’s birthplace (KY)

Lincoln Memorial

Los Angeles/Hollywood

Los Angeles Restaurant History

Los Angeles Zoo

Magic Mountain




Mt. Fuji

Mt. Vernon

New Orleans

New York City


Olvera Street – L.A.

Pearl Harbor

Pioneer Village (NE)

Port Phillip Bay

Puerto Vallarta

Regis & Kathie Lee

Route 66

San Francisco

Santa Barbara Courthouse

Santa Monica



Space Shuttle Landing Edwards AFB – sts-4 Columbia 7/04/82

St. Charles, IL

S.S. Lurline

Statue of Liberty


Sydney Opera House

Tampa, FL

The Joey Bishop Show

The Tonight Show (Johnny Carson)

The Woody Woodbury Show

Tokyo Zoo

Trees of Mystery – Klamath, CA


Union Station – L.A.

Universal Studios

Washington D.C.

Watsons Bay

August 19, 2007 Posted by | Travel | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments