Thursday, August 19, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
I'll miss the Jeep, but I gotta say that I love my new Kia!! :)
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
We also spent our evenings walking along the beach searching for shells, which seemed to be in abundance this year!
We also found these on our walks along the shore...
Sea turtle nests! We were hoping to see them hatch, but the babies weren't quite ready to make their appearance while we were on our visit. We did learn later that they typically only nest for about a week, so if we'd only stayed a few more days we might've gotten our wish!
Even though we didn't get to see the sea turtles hatch, we did get to see plenty of dolphins! And one night, we were fortunate enough to be able to capture some videos of them swimming along the shore only a few yards from us...
We had such a great time! No matter how often we go, I just can't get enough of Naples, FL. There's always something new to see or do, and the time we get to spend together is so special because it's a chance to escape from our busy lives and just have fun together! I can't wait until next year's trip!! :)
Monday, August 2, 2010
To be honest, I used to love Wal-Mart, until I moved back to Roanoke. I love getting those bargains, but the Wal-Mart I live near is not the safest place, and the people there are rude and sometimes strange. So I typically only shop at Wal-Mart two times a year. Once around prom time to get cheap decorations and the second time at back-to-school time because no one can compete with the deals I find at Wal-Mart. When I was in college, I learned that I could purchase 1 subject spiral notebooks from Wal-Mart for 15 cents a piece and 2 pocket, 3 prong folders for 5 cents a piece (due to inflation they are now 15 cents a piece FYI)! What a bargain!! Well, when I began teaching I decided that to help my students be fully prepared for the year, I would buy each student 1 spiral notebook and 1 folder. So each year I go to Wal-Mart around the end of July to begin my back-to-school shopping. I typically buy between 100-125 of these notebooks and folders that I carefully count out based on the number of students I estimate I will have for the year. I usually hand the cashier one folder of each color and tell them how many of each color I have and then I hand them one spiral notebook and give them a number so that the customers behind me don't get annoyed with me having each item scanned separately. But this year it didn't quite work out as I had planned...
Today, as I loaded up the conveyor belt with all of my items, I carefully pulled aside one spiral notebook and one of each color folder to tell the cashier how many I had of each. Well, the folders were no big deal, but this year the cashier informs me that she needs to know how many of each color notebook I have. I have no idea since I just took down 4 cases of 25 notebooks each and did not count them out by color. So now I have to remove each notebook from the case, divide them by color on the conveyor belt, and then count each stack to see how many of each color I have. I looked at the woman behind me and with the most apologetic look I said, "I am so sorry." Luckily, she just smiled and said it was no big deal. After we finally got it all scanned and rung up, I piled everything back in my cart and headed for the door, totally embarrassed for holding up the whole line. But if that wasn't enough, the woman at the door decided that she was going to need to check my reciept against the contents of my cart to make sure I was not stealing anything. By this time I was fuming. It wasn't like I was buying huge ticket items, in fact after everything I bought, my total only came to $60, but they decided to carefully check each item to make sure I had paid for them all.
When I got to the parking lot, I was so frustrated and I began unloading the contents of my buggy into the back of my car when this young girl backs out and nearly runs me over with her car. It was a great ending to my shopping trip to Wal-Mart, and I can honestly say that I am glad I won't be going back until sometime in April or May for prom even if they do have great deals! My sanity is just not worth it!!