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North America » United States » Florida » Bradenton December 23rd 2014

Merry Christmas to all of our friends and acquaintances around the world. Thinking of Matka Canyon waiters and cats and Weisbaden family and Mel's Christmas baby, the wonderful folks in Turkey like Tolga and Dr. Hassan and Pala and Hatice, Neuzet and Yussuf and our friends in Denizli, Slovenian teachers and pianists, Slovakian otters, Poland and 49er fans in Berlin. Vietnam buddies, Moroccan terrace partiers, Tunisian apartment keepers and Stuttgart friends. Chicagoans and Texans and Chloe and everyone near and dear. Merry Christmas to Mom and Dave and April and Raquel. God Bless you all. We arrived back in Florida on November 8th. We left Florida on November 18th. A rolling stone...... Our cat seemed happy to see us but my physicians reacted with professionally honed ambivalence when I tottered into their examining rooms. Nine days ... read more
Sara, Ila and Karen
Dog Canyon in Oliver Lee State Park
Reed, Tori and Stacey

North America » United States » Florida » Bradenton April 11th 2013

How the time is flying but there are so many trails left to ride! The plan for the day was to visit a local donut shop, ride at Robinson’s Preserve and then hit some more of the antique malls and the Prime Outlets. Arrival to the donut shop revealed a hole in the wall with no seating, just the aroma of fresh good looking donuts. We grabbed a mixed dozen and asked the handy dandy GPS for a near by Starbucks, where we took over one of their outdoor tables and dug in. In the glazed category, Gold Star Donuts put Krispy Kreme to shame, however their jelly filling left myself, a jelly fan, hanging out to dry. The benefit was we got two breakfasts out of this trip, saving half of the donuts for Day ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Bradenton August 10th 2012

Monday, August 6, 2012: To Gainesville! It was a long trip there, and I was sick from eating so much to try to keep myself occupied until 1 30 AM. That was a good plan – try to eat myself awake… Anyhow, when we finally got there it was lunch time, so we ate at this awesome place called Bagels Unlimited. I really wish one was right down the street. It’s cheap, delish and it had tons of veggie options. I had scrambled tempeh with a bagel with walnut cinnamon spread. I was full right into dinner. I couldn’t finish dinner because I was still so full. Anyhow, the museum of natural history was so great. It was nice to see another museum and what it had to offer. I liked the fact that it was ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Bradenton August 5th 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012 : Well I ran… cried a while and then took a shower. Since the water hurt the top part of my foot, I assumed my food had enough of my bull. Apparently, I should give it a rest. Mom’s frustrated with me, but I took all day off and RICEd it the whole time. Tuesday, July 31, 2012: Jeff’s computer was occupied today, so we ran out of stuff half way through the day. I went to find Ashley to find something to do, but when I got back there, she was out. I did run into Matt when I went to her office. He gave me a lovely job. I got to organize the library outside his office. Sometimes I really like working alone in a quiet room. I left to ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Bradenton July 27th 2012

Monday , July 16, 2012 : Today was productive and easy going at the same time. We’ve got a pretty nice set up. I’m sure it’s not the same way for everyone here since Snooty’s birthday is fast approaching. We decided to make the 8 words of the museum (life adapts, everything changes, interactions happen, and place matters) the centerpiece of the signs. After work, three people offered to give us a ride home! It was funny – but a bit of a dilemma for a while. We couldn’t find Sam who offered us a ride first. Fortunately, she showed up, and we got to see her new apartment – She signed the lease and everything! When we got back, Shannon shared her yoga sequence she made with me, then we ate. Tuesday , July 17, ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Bradenton July 16th 2012

Monday, July 9, 2012 Dolphin survey today! It was awesome! We got to do salinity testing, red tide sampling, and descriptions for each dolphin find. I’m not going to lie… I had a lot of practice looking for bugs with Nick, so I’ve got to say I was doing alright at spotting them. Tuesday, July 10, 2012 We went to the library today to look up more Bradenton specific information. Unfortunately, they didn’t have much, but they did have really great children’s books that helped a ton. I think we’ll go back again soon. The library also had a book store. I’d like to volunteer there, but I’m pretty busy as is. The bookstore had paperbacks for 50 cents and hard covers for one dollar. It was awesome. I wanted to stay longer, but we were ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Bradenton July 15th 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012 When we got to the museum, we were told that Dr. Murphy was a teeny late, so I ate the rest of my breakfast while I edited one of my 500 worders. When it was time, we went to the back of Snooty’s pool to wait. When the doctor came up, Matt was waiting to help Shannon network. I felt bad, as he was taking time out of his day to help us and first we were late leaving the condo because I didn’t look for him at a different parking spot and now because we were just standing watching Snooty while he was networking for us. Perhaps, I am simply being silly, but I don’t feel that I am being appreciative enough. Snooty’s exam was quite interesting – I know that ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Bradenton July 1st 2012

Monday:Matt picked us up because of the storm this morning. He took us to the shore of the Manatee River before we went in. It was lovely I have some pictures. There was no shore where we walked up – we were standing on the rocks that separate the shore and the parking lot. It was awesome. When we came in we searched the walls for water stains. It turns out that concrete block walls that surround the outside of the building can have water seep through. It looks like mold bubbling beneath a layer of paint and above the stone bricks. The tissue paper covering the items in storage can pick up the moisture and it can ruin the artifacts. Our building also has a roof that has rubberized layer above a couple of foam ... read more
The note left for the ox beetle
The ox beetle

North America » United States » Florida » Bradenton June 24th 2012

Monday: We came in a little late today, as Shannon felt a little sick after eating take-out. We got in around 12 30 and began working on ideas. It was tough to agree on what sorts of information we should start putting into writing. After talking to Matt, we both realized that we didn’t have a set or exact goal with the facts. Once we have them all down and figured out, then we organize and make them more readable. Tuesday: Today was a little slow, as Shannon wasn’t feeling well again. I didn’t want to say much to her, but I think she’s actually sick. I hope she starts feeling better soon. Our task was to continue with putting the facts into words that we will cut out into slips of paper. In my head, ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Bradenton June 10th 2012

Thursday: We put together a Wentz scope! It required attaching and mounting it onto a random board Matt found around his office. When we were finally done, it worked! It took a lot longer than I thought it would, but it’s better to be slow and circumspect than quick and careless. After that we researched butterfly gardens and left for the day. Yes, we spent most of the day putting together a microscope, but it was still fulfilling. We left early to get a bus pass, but we passed it and needed to get back to fixing the screen door. After a quick break and cleaning up, we went to the beach, and then Mexicalis until 10 30- Friday: Today was an early start, as Dr. Philipp needed to leave for the airport at 8AM. That ... read more

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