Monday, August 03, 2015

Just wanted to share @GeorgiaAquarium #whaleshark #mantaray #clownfish

Taken on 7/26 while I was there to volunteer for the morning.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Family Funny #MyrtleBeach #MyrtleBeachWaxMuseum @MyrtleBeachWax @usfg

Unfortunately, due to placement of the camera, you can't see my son or my dad very well.  But it is still a funny picture.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Playing with ThermoPlastics with @GeekspaceGwinnett and @GBGHCosplay #Making #Cosplay

I took my kids out to Geekspace Gwinnett last Wednesday for a cool class they were offering.  Emily and Justin from Go Big or Go Home Cosplay were teaching a class on using Worbla and Thibracast.  My kids and I split up on what material to use.  My son and I chose Thibracast, my daughter went with Worbla.  Given cost of materials and shipping, I doubt we'll use this very often, but it was very cool to get to play with it and see what could be done with it.  The three of us made wrist cuffs.

These were the finished products.  Thibracast has a bit more give in it than the Worbla does.   But both were fairly simple to use.  Now we just have to finish them and paint them.  Not sure on the timeline for that part, I'll have to go get more acrylic paint.   We kept all of the scraps too to play with later.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Review - Memphis @AuroraTheatre #Musical #Lawrenceville

I was given tickets to attend the show and provide my honest opinion.

 It seems most times I go to Lawrenceville for a show at the Aurora Theatre, I end up having dinner at Cosmo's across the street.  Quick and good pasta, I had cheese manicotti.  Yum!

From now until August 30th, the Aurora Theatre, in cooperation with Theatrical Outfit, has begun a run of the musical Memphis.   I have to admit, I really had no idea what I was getting in to when I decided to go.  Based on real life events, we follow a white man as he discovers the music on Beale Street in Memphis in the '50s.  Falling in love with the music, he becomes a DJ and brings it to the white population.  Not always a popular person, we watch as he pioneers music on the radio and Rock'N'Roll in the South and then gets his chance to pioneer TV too.

Part of the show did happen on the very sides of the stages, which made my seating unfortunate, as I couldn't see the performers.  There seemed to be a few problems with the mics as well.  Nothing overly detracting, but I noticed.  I loved the music and the performers, though.  They were outstanding.  While Huey (lead character) was fun to watch, I think my favorite was Gator, a mute who finds his voice.

All together, I think the cast and crew put on a very good show.  It is a long show, though, with the first half running about 100 minutes.  I didn't plan for that, so it was later than I expected when I got home.

I also wanted to mention that the Theatre, working with one of their sponsors HoltKamp and in celebration of their 20th anniversary, are trying to bring in 20 tons of food for the local food banks.  Bring a bag of the listed "most needed" items or a $5 donation to help them along the way and you will be entered to win a trip to San Diego and tickets to the Old Globe Theater.

Here is a list of the basic needs -
Canned: meats (chicken, spam, ham ravioli), soups, vegetables, fruits
Protein: peanut butter, dry beans, tuna fish
Dry: pasta, rice cereal
Paper: toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, diapers
Hygiene: soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant
Cleaning: detergent, laundry soap, new cleaning cloths

Friday, July 24, 2015

Visiting the Battleship North Carolina #family #vacation #WilmingtonNC #BattleshipNC

Sometimes it's nice to get away from the biggest of the crowds at the beach and go do something different. In this case, we drove north about 60 miles and visited the Battleship North Carolina.  My kids humored me and posed for pictures with the big guns on deck.

We all went below deck to check it out.  My son kept comparing it to the USS Yorktown in Charleston where we camped out as scouts.  The biggest difference he found was size.  But then, the Yorktown is an aircraft carrier where the North Carolina is a battleship.  

I took a lot more pictures than this, but these were some of the better ones.  We visited here ages ago, when my son was still very young, it is still a cool place to visit.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hollywood Wax Museum at Myrtle Beach - A great place to visit off the beaten path @myrtlebeachwax @usfg

(I was compensated for posting a review of this attraction.  All opinions are my own, or my family's.)

I was given the opportunity to go to the Hollywood Wax Museum with my family when we went to Myrtle Beach last week.  The only problem we had was locating it.  We found it across the street from Broadway at the Beach.  I recommend driving there even if you're going to Broadway, because otherwise you're crossing 17 to get there.  The museum consists of 3 parts.  The first (and main) one is the wax museum itself.  My kids agreed that about 60% of the figures were accurate or looked close enough like the stars to pass.  It took us about 45 minutes to an hour to really enjoy the figures themselves.

There were areas for interaction (some width props) as well, just don't touch the figures.   My husband and I would have loved to beam up to the Enterprise.  My kids were excited to see Samuel Jackson.

Then there was Bruce Lee.  My son posed there as though he were going to start doing one of his Choi patterns.  I had to stop by and visit Captain Jack and Audrey Hepburn.  My daughter found Robert Downey, Jr.  My husband decided to go bowling with Nick.

My parents were with us, but didn't pose for pictures (except for the group one at the entrance).  Once we were done viewing the figures, we went downstairs for the other two attractions.  One was a haunted research facility (Outbreak) where researchers ended up with zombies.

The other was Hannah's Mirror Maze.  My daughter didn't like Outbreak (she's not big on horror stuff or scary stuff) and I didn't care for the Mirror Maze (my vision, or lack thereof, played a big part on my side).

All together though, my family agreed that it was a lot more fun than they expected.  The price is comparable with all the other attractions in the area, so not too bad for what you get.  If you like visiting the stars, definitely consider dropping by.  My Readers receive $2 OFF All Access Pass at the Myrtle Beach Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center!  Please visit for more information