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No one ever believes me when I tell them I'm a real live Florida native. Yep, some of us aren't snowbirds!
Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE to cook! My family is Cuban and Sicilian, so Latin and Italian foods are some of my favorites, but I love to try new recipes and dishes as often as I can... Got a recipe you think I should try? Send it to me!
Some of my other interests are baseball (Go Rays!), wine, eating (hey, it goes with the cooking!), music, travel, and Boston, my cat. I also LOVE zombie shows--The Walking Dead on AMC is one of my favorites, and I'm also into Breaking Bad, The Food Network, HGTV and The Travel Channel.
There's a summer camp in Largo that's making national headlines: it's a "Hunger Games"-themed camp for kids aged 10-14. In the games, competitors must get through various physical and mental obstacles, in a capture-the-flag style event. Similar to flag football, if you make it to the end with your flags still in place, you're a winner, and if you run out of flags, you're eliminated from the competition.
Unlike the Hunger Games books and movies, there is no fight to the death (duh!) and fighting among campers is prohibited, but some parents think this is promoting violence among the kids. I think it's a great idea! It gets kids outside and moving, and makes them think on their feet if they want to win.
Parents, would you let your child go to a "Hunger Games" camp?
I'm a native Floridian. I've had the pleasure of traveling all around this great country of ours, but I am a Florida girl at heart. And apparently that makes me a little weird.
There's an article on Slate.com that basically says, kids that grew up in the Sunshine State are different from kids in other parts of the country. At first, I thought that was silly. Kids are kids, right? Then I started thinking about it, and realized the folks at Slate might be onto something.
For example, growing up here makes you blase` about the beach. I know people who never saw the ocean until they were adults. ADULTS! I was in Chicago once and met a guy who was older than I am now, and had STILL never seen an ocean. The biggest body of water he'd ever seen was Lake Michigan.
Another one is, theme parks. We're just a couple hours' drive from a ton of great theme parks: Disney, Universal, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Wet & Wild...the list goes on. We used to take annual field trips to these parks when I was in elementary school. It got to be so "normal" that I eventually lost interest. I haven't been to a Disney park since high school (maybe earlier, I can't remember), and even now, if you gave me a free ticket to the Magic Kingdom, I'd consider trading it for something else. Long lines, long drive, expensive food, too many kids...ick. But I know adults who grew up in the Northeast who take their annual vacation to Orlando to visit Disney each summer. Adults. Without kids. Weird, right? To me, sure, but not to them. It's considered a treat because they didn't grow up with it in their back yard.
Anyway, check out the article and let me know what you think. Are there other examples of things we take for granted growing up here that aren't mentioned?
If you park like this guy, you deserve for this to happen to you. There's no excuse for being a jerk on purpose. Learn to park or don't drive.
I just read this story in the Huffington Post about how doctors in the UK recently discovered that junk food could be as addictive as heroin or tobacco. What??! Turns out, when a person says they have trouble making heathier choices about food, it might not entirely be their fault. The docs found out that all the chemicals pumped into many junk foods to enhance flavor and preserve the food--some of the chemicals are even designed to make you not feel hungry, so you constanly want more food!--can be as addictive as hardcore drugs, or cigarettes. Crazy!
The study revealed that many of the doctors' patients felt like they couldn't control themselves in the presence of fatty, sugary foods. They felt that their food compusions were controlling their lives, and after binging on junk food, they felt a lack of self-worth and feelings of despair. Hmm, sounds like an addiciton to me.
Head over to the Huffington Post to see the full article.
If you've never been to a Tim McGraw show, you're in for a treat: Tim's new video for "Southern Girl" is out, and it's a live concert video. Move your face really close to the screen and crank the volume all the way up. It'll be almost like you're there. ;)
Keith Urban premiered his new video for "A Little Bit Of Everything" on Good Morning America this morning, and if you haven't seen it yet, here it is!
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From 970 WFLA: The Florida Department of Transportation feels your pain when it comes to driving through the construction area of I-275 between the Howard Frankland Bridge and the Hillsborough River.
Transportation officials want to offer an incentive to get drivers to carpool and relieve some of the congestion. It's called Startup 275. The first 500 commuters who sign up to carpool through that area at least 12 days a month will get a $25 Visa gift card each month.
The construction through that area of I-275 is expected to last four years. Click here to sign up for the Startup 275 program.
Kenny Chesney revealed the new video for "When I See This Bar" exclusively thru USA TODAY this morning, and we like it! CLICK HERE to see the entire video (which includes lots of shirtless Kenny footage!).
ps-- Kenny will perform this song LIVE on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno tonight on NBC.
HAHAH!!! The disclaimers at the end will have you cracking up!