A Happy Spring Break

First of all, happy St. Paddy’s Day to everyone, whether you’re Irish or not. (More’s the pity if you’re not, but there’s not much you can do about it.)

This week has been my granddaughters’ Spring Break from school, as well as about a zillion other people if yesterday was any indication. On Monday, we went to see a movie. We saw Rango and it was really a good animated movie. I love Johnny Depp, even when I can’t see him. He was quite good in his voice-over, as were the other actors. And the plot was good, too. Then we went out to brunch at Denny’s, one of the girls favorite places. I didn’t want to take them for a whole day, since they have assigned chores to do, but we had a lot of time to have fun together.

Yesterday we went to Sea World, along with thousands and thousands of other people. It took us an hour just to get our tickets to get into the park. I picked the girls up at 11 a.m. and then we had lunch at McDonald’s so we wouldn’t be tempted to buy the outrageously priced Sea World food. We bought passes for the rest of the year so we can go anytime now for free, except for parking (except I used Sabrina’s parking pass yesterday). We wanted to see Azul, with the beluga whales and the Pacific white-sided dolphins but it was so crowded that there were no seats. So we trekked on over to the far side of the park to see the penguins and the puffins. We love the penguins and the puffins; they are one of our favorites. Then we went to the Shamu show “Believe.” We got there early to get seats and that was good, because it was standing room only later. True to Sea World form, they had a little movie that played about a young boy who carved a whale’s tale (fluke?) out of wood, and of course when we left they were selling the little wooden tale necklaces.

I adore the Shamu show. There are certain times when Earth and Heaven seem to touch (the Irish call them “thin places”) and I always feel the thin place when these amazing creatures rise above the water and then splash down. Something magical seems to happen and I feel the touch of Heaven.

After the whales, we trekked all the way back across the park to see the bottle-nosed dolphins and then went to the Coral Reef and the Sharks. The girls love the sharks and all the fish in the Coral Reef. On our way out of the park, I bought Cassie a dolphin necklace with a “C” on it, and Jackie got leopard earrings. They were both quite pleased with their new jewelry.

My feet were killing me. I wore scandals that had a piece that went between my toes and now I have blisters between my toes. It wasn’t that hot, but the sun was brutal and there was not much of a breeze, so it was a tad warm. I was glad to get home around 4:30, so they could do their chores and I could rest. I was so thirsty that I stopped at jack-in-the-Box- and bought a diet Dr. Pepper, which I’m not supposed to have but I didn’t care at that point.

I would like to take them shopping either today or tomorrow after Juma’ to Kohl’s, if I can find my coupons.I am so disorganized, it’s pathetic. I like to take them out during Spring Break because if we didn’t go out, they would just be at home fighting or annoying each other. So At least we got some nice things done for Spring Break this week.

About mairedubhtx

I am a "youngish" grandmother of 15 year old twin granddaughter who has recently (is a year "recent"?) adopted Islam as my way of life, much to the consternation of my family. I love to read. I love to write. I am writing a book about my decision to revert, about my spiritual journey. I have another blog about stories from my youth, my parents, and grandparents. It's a blog so my OCD daughter will not be able to throw it out when I die. I suffer from depression and anxiety, for which I am treated, so my posts may be a bit dark at times. C'est la vie.
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