I am a runner, and yesterday’s tragic events during the Boston Marathon have affected me to the core. I know what it’s like to be that runner, to push yourself to finish a race when you’ve got nothing left. To feel like you’re going to collapse as you cross that finish line. To know that your loved ones are cheering you on, waiting for you at the end. And to get the second or third wind after you finish and feeling like you can do it all over again because you finished your first race. Or your 50th. Or you beat your personal record. Or simply because you went out and did it.
That wonderful feeling of celebration and happiness was taken away from yesterday’s participants and spectators because someone (or several someones) thought they could destroy us by bombing the oldest race, in one of the most historic cities, in our country. They may have temporarily halted our happiness, but they didn’t dampen our spirit. Amidst the sadness and pain of seeing the images of the bombing on TV, stories of good Samaritans helping one another shine through. Knowing that there were runners finishing the race and running to the hospital to donate blood gives me chills. Strangers opening their homes to those displaced bring tears to my eyes. We all have our differences, but when the going gets tough, we band together as the people of the great nation that we are. And I am prouder than ever to call myself an American, and a runner, today.
PS. Please forgive any grammatical errors, and run-on sentences. I wrote this as the words came to me, and didn’t want to edit to not lose what I was trying to say.
PSS. I know it has not been confirmed that this was a terrorist act, but no American would do this, to this event, and this city, so I am assuming that it was.
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It’s been two decades since we were all amazed by Stephen Spielberg’s dinosaur adventure Jurassic Park. Based on Michael Crichton’s book, Jurassic Park hit theaters the summer of 1993. My parents purchased the VHS tape (see: 20 years ago) when it was released, and I remember watching it together in our living room. I remember I was in awe by the calm majesty of the Brachiosaurus, being equally terrified and impressed when the T-Rex came on screen, and feeling just plain frightened when the Velociraptors were trying to eat everyone in sight.
Fast forward 20 years, and Universal Pictures is re-releasing Jurassic Park, this time in 3D. The four of us had the opportunity to attend a pre-screening this past Saturday, and I can tell you that it was like watching it for the first time. It was just as thrilling as I remember. Even though I have seen it several times before, I was still jumping in my seat thanks to the new 3D effects.
The boys both liked it, although there were of course times when they got a little scared. But the consensus was that the dinosaurs were “So Cool!” and they definitely want to see it again. It’s true what they say: “The more things change, the more they stay the same”. The years may pass, but little boys will always be fascinated with dinosaurs, and Jurassic Park’s re-release is sure to make it a hit with a whole new generation of fans.
Disclosure: Universal Pictures invited me to a pre-screening of Jurassic Park 3D. As always, all opinions are my own.
We were slightly off the grid this weekend as it was hubby’s 38th birthday on Saturday. He was at work for most of the day while I attended a friend’s baby shower, but we did celebrate that evening by going to dinner with friends. We went to Genghis Grill for the first time, and it was great! You build your own stir fry bowl with your choice of proteins, vegetables, spices, sauces and even starches. They are pretty new to South Florida, but seem to have many locations throughout the country, particularly in a lot of the Central states.
Yesterday, we were looking for something fun and inexpensive to do, visited another “new to us” place, Schnebly’s Winery in the Redlands, the Southernmost winery in the United States. We were supposed to go the night before after dinner, but didn’t make it so we headed that way for the afternoon. It’s a lovely family-friendly place that offers tastings of the fruit wines they produce. You can choose table or dessert wines, and you keep the glass they give you for 50% a tasting on a future visit. They offer tours, reservations for special events like birthdays or other celebrations, and have live music or karaoke on the weekends. Hubby loved it, and we definitely plan on going back often.
It was a fun weekend trying new things, and a great start to hubby’s 38th year.
Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes and of course The Minions!
The boys and I are so excited for Despicable Me 2, coming out on July 3rd. Here’s the brand new trailer for the movie. Enjoy!