Ok, Jim Walters, a long time friend of mine sent me this today. It is hilarious! I am signing up! I wanna see the classes and such! It looks really funny! Looking for more to sign up also?! Anyone? Come on! It will be fun! Really? Hehehe.
Saw this cool article with cool ideas for cheap dates. Decided I would like to post it here so I could make sure I have it to check out closer when looking for affordable ideas.
Sarah Pierce www.hitchedmag.com Updated: Jul 19, 2007
With great weather and a desire to be adventurous, there’s no excuse for you and your partner not to go on a date. Don’t have enough money, you say? Here are 20 ideas for memorable dates that won’t set you back more than $20.
1. Find the best happy hour in town. Look through your newspaper or search online for local restaurants and bars with happy hours. Most places offer half-price food and drink specials, allowing you to get two drinks and share an appetizer for less than $20.
2. Go to a museum. Most museums either have free admission or offer free entry on certain days of the month.
3. Visit your local zoo. Most zoos offer adult tickets for less than $10. Pack your own snacks and bottled water and have a mini picnic while you’re there.
4. Go on a romantic hike. Bring a backpack and surprise your partner with a bottle of champagne, glasses and fresh strawberries.
5. Go swimming at your local pool, lake or beach. Bring some water toys and have more fun than the kids.
6. Beat the heat with an ice cream date. Take two scoops to the park, or take a walk downtown and go people watching.
7. Hit the dollar movie theater. Lots of cities have discount movie theaters showing second-run features. Pick a rainy day and have a movie marathon.
8. Take a downtown walking tour. Discover things and places you never knew existed. While you’re there, pick up a free visitors guide for more date ideas.
9. Plan a cheap picnic. Go on a picnic at the beach, mountains or in your own backyard. Grab a blanket, pack a deli sandwich and a bottle of $5 wine.
10. Take a blanket to the beach. Split your budget between a bottle of wine and cheese, then enjoy the sunset while you snuggle on a blanket.
11. Stroll through the botanical gardens. Spend the day
“walking hand in hand through rose gardens and tropical rainforests”
walking hand in hand through rose gardens and tropical rainforests, for less than $10 a ticket.
12. Be a kid again. Go bowling, play miniature golf, ride go-carts or play laser tag.
13. Build a bonfire. All you need is some firewood, snacks and a drink of your choice. This is also a great opportunity to make ‘smores.
14. Rent something. Go roller- or ice-skating, rent a two-seater bike and pedal through the park, or paddle a boat on a pond.
15. Paint pottery together. Lots of studios let you get creative for around $6 an hour.
16. Pitch a tent. Park fees are usually less than $10, which leaves money for food and firewood. Go camping and roast hot dogs as you gaze at the stars.
17. Go wine tasting. Most wineries charge around $5 for a tasting of five different wines — plus,
“you’ll get to keep the glass as a souvenir of your date”
you’ll get to keep the glass as a souvenir of your date.
18. Take a scenic drive. Pull over to have coffee and dessert at a nice cafe.
19. Explore local galleries and artists. Many cities have art walks one night a month during the summer, with the bonus of a free glass of wine.
20. Rack ’em up at your local pool joint. With pool games costing less than $2, you might even have money left over to share a pitcher of beer.
So every month, or so, I donate platelets. I do this through Apheresis. It takes around 2 hours or so, but it helps someone out, so I am more then happy to do it. And the great people at Life South are just great! I recommend that anyone who can give blood, try it out if your local Blood Donation place offers the option. I get to go once a month instead of nearly every 3 months or so. I get to watch a movie and get a shirt if I want one, and have any snack I like.. I usually pass on the snacks as they are all High Fructose Corn Syrup and Hydrogenated oils.. And I only take one of any type of shirt they get. But they have a great movie selection, and we get to sit and finish watching if we finish with the donation before the movie finishes.. All and all, not a bad way to kill some time on a Sunday afternoon, and you are helping someone by doing it!
Remember, they always need blood, and it is not like you lose something by donating it! So donate today! It could be a family member or friend of yours who ends up needing it!
So I have started exercising again. I do mostly curls and riding currently.. I am riding around 10 miles a day to get started.. Just to try to get in better shape for other things to come.. In the past, I go for 2-3 months, then lose interest for a few months, then go for a few months, then stop.. etc. Well, I do not know currently if I will last any better this time, but I really wanna drop some weight again. I am starting to feel out of shape.. I do not mind looking a bit out of shape.. but the feeling is horrible. So, I am back at it.
Wish me luck! I have done 10 miles a day for the last 3-4 days now.. Can not remember which day I actually started.. I have also started not snacking after 8pm. In the past, the combination of these two things for a little over a month actually dropped my weight down to about 185.. Which is still horrible, but I was feeling better.. As someone who grew up a scrawny kid I feel huge at 185.. I am hoping to get back to 170 or so.. Maybe 175 or so..
I plan to do this by trying to change my life style.. Which means adding more exercise(we take our walk in Crew Lake Park every morning.) and just dropping any late night snacks.. I think it makes a huge difference. I figure the trick is, to add things in that are not to unbearable.. That way, I am more then willing to keep going with them.. So 10 miles a day in riding, and hopefully 100 25 lbs curls per arm every other day.. Then I will add in Push ups, then maybe some crunches.. Then we will see..