Mar 6, 2013

Stop pimping the WEIRDOS

Look away now if you are not an American Idol watcher....

Being a tone deaf singer I actually quite enjoy listening to people who warble a tune...

But I have a complaint...

This years American Idol has been blatantly set up for a girl to win.

Forget that we might want to hear the best of the best boys sing....

No, producers saw fit not to even put them through to this voting round. Oh you thought the judges decided... silly you.

I'm over the manipulation and there are 11 weeks left!


Standing O for weirdo Curtis Finch tonight.... yes the boy can sing, there is no doubt, but sort of defeats the object if you can't watch him for all the weirdness and obscure faces he pulls... makes me shudder and I'm sure a touch of bile came up in my mouth whilst watching  peeking from behind the wall at him..

Totally affected.... 'such a nice, genuine young man' ... said no one ever about him.....

Stop pimping the weirdos judges...

We are capable of weeding the dross out

Girls for the top 5 spots.. watch this space!

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Feb 20, 2013

Things that make you go awhhhh!

Yes.. 10 months since my last post... You can call me a slacker, I deserve it.

I was just watching some animal videos and I thought.. you know what I'd like to share those...and hence I am back.

Who knows for how long... but I'm going to go for at least one post a week.. and just think I have nearly a year to catch up on!

Anyway.. tissues at the ready, here are your Awwwwh moments....

This is an elderly sea otter winning hearts and scoring points as it dunks basketballs at a zoo in Portland, Oregon. The 15-year-old otter, named Eddie, suffers from arthritis in his elbows. Eddie has been trained to shoot a small ball through a plastic basketball hoop in an attempt to improve his arthritic joints

A disabled piglet, who was born without the use of his back legs, uses a tiny wheelchair for improved mobility. The one-month-old piglet, named Chris P Bacon by his owner, had a makeshift wheelchair constructed for him by a US vet. Bacon's progression in using the device has become a YouTube sensation


A 25-year-old loggerhead turtle is on her 27th pair of prosthetic limbs after a shark attack five years ago left her seriously wounded. The reptile, named Yu, is being treated at an aquarium in Kobe, south Japan, where a series of man made flippers have been created for her. It is hoped she will one day have the mobility to swim and burrow in sand

Four Siberian Amur tigers at Longleat safari park in Wiltshire play with snowmen as their enclosure is hit by heavy snow at the weekend. The big cats appear unfazed by the cold weather and are seen frolicking in the snow. The tigers were filmed by a camera hidden by staff in a snowman

Lastly.. just because I can.. are sure cats haven't got a mean streak?

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Apr 17, 2012

The Weird in Orlando .. and that's just Anne & I!

Sadly, my bestie Anne has gone. We had a great time as usual, apart from being late to the airport so we didn't get our farewell cocktail :-(

(Have you noticed a re-occurring theme in Anne's travels of being late to the airport?)

But I still have tons of ammunition cool blogging material! to use up

Whilst I'm content to sunbath and chill out when she arrives, 'Stilton' (my nickname for her) cannot stay in the sun too long without burning. So we always find ourselves looking for days out...

Now Orlando being the tourist hub that it is has lots to do... mostly tacky crap that everyone loves when they are holiday in the sun...

And this is how we found ourselves at Ripley's Believe it or Not.

I vaguely remember the show being on the TV when I was younger, but I know it was a lot more popular over here.


I've never been anywhere where there was so much opportunity for comedy photos... holes to stick you hands in, pictures of Anne everywhere, strange green men who you could frame in compromising positions... just the type of place Anne loves... good job we had a coupon to get in though... $21 is a bit steep for the experience!

It's all lopsided..else we'd been drinking early!

And so it begins...

Oooh look a hole.. lets put our hands in it

half hear-ted attempt

Anne finds a better hole.. apparently she thinks there is a big diamond in it

oh crap there is!

Anne has been here before...

Like I said Anne has been here before

Hello ladies... look at my big..... tail

I find another big whole

So how do u  reach the eyeballs to gouge them if this is coming towards you?

Didn't realize we'd ended up in Ikea some how

Me with tallest bloke in world...

Anne with Robert Wadlow,,, wondering if he was big all over ;-)

Random potty art

new best friends... 

Anne he's touching your fun bags! 

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Apr 6, 2012

Food Critics we are!!

When I met Hubster in Dallas 10 years ago one of the first restaurants he ever took me too was Fogo de Chao in Addison.

Visits there created memories of some of the best meals I'd ever had. The service was always impeccable, the food amazing and the ambiance just right... If it was good enough for the Dallas Cowboy footballers it was good enough for me!

They had the most amazing salad bar I'd ever seen, and gorgeous Brazilian gauchos delivering the meat to your table :-)
Most impressive salad bar I've ever seen!!

Wind on 10 years and I read there is a Fogo de Chao opening in Orlando.

Excited doesn't even describe how I felt !!! Never a vegetarian will I be, I love that grilled meat!!!

We'd had a miserable day in the rain storm Saturday and so I suggested to cheer ourselves up that we go into Orlando to the recently opened Fogo de Chao.

Anne, never shy about coming forward, decided this was a 'bally' good idea and insisted on paying... very nice of her too considering this was going to be a $200+ meal for 3 us (eek!)

Let me explain how the concept works....(or let their website explain as I'm a lazy B**** and copying it is a lot quicker!!)

Step 1: Sit down, relax, and enjoy a drink while we explain the Fogo® dining experience.
There's me studying how many types of meat I can get!

Step 2: Visit our gourmet salad and sides bar. Enjoy over 30 items including fresh cut vegetables, imported cheeses, cured meats and Brazilian side dishes.

It's not a fan Anne.. you grab your meat with the tongs!

Step 3: Turn your card green side up, signaling that you are ready for our gaucho chefs to begin tableside service.

Step 4: Choose from the 15 cuts of delectable fire roasted meats that are brought to your table, sliced, and served by our gaucho chefs.

Step 5: When you are satisfied, flip the disc to the red side until you are ready for more offerings.

Step 6: If you wish, end the meal with one of our delicious desserts.

So of course, because Anne is Anne she decided to combine 2,3 &4 and have her salad bar & meat all at once..leaving no room on her plate!!

By the way that's Sangria she is drinking, not sick in the wine!
not much room left on that plate Anne! 
The salad bar, although not as large or copious as I remembered in Dallas was delicious and you have to be careful not to be too much of a piggy when faced with an amazing array of goodies!


Here it comes..
Some not so good looking gauchos bring the meat!

The meat was delicious... but overall was it worth $42.90 / head set price for salad & dinner (no wine included in that price!!!) It gets very expensive very fast if you like a drink or dessert with dinner!
Don't let Hubster take the pics... this is the best one of Anne & I!!

Hubster said he'd drive, so Anne & I decided to have a liqueur coffee to end the meal.... well I had a liqueur coffee, she had a liqueur coffee without the coffee!!!!!  

Yes Anne actually asked a waiter for a liqueur coffee WITHOUT THE COFFEE!!!


We did enjoy it though... it just wasn't as good as we remembered!

I'll leave you with this fab picture Anne took of me and Hubster... we normally look horrible in pics.. but this one isn't half bad.. thanks for taking us out Anne!!!

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Apr 3, 2012

Ladies who lunch (and take nature pictures!)

So I'm always looking for new places to take Anne...

She is so insistent that we 'do' things.. I suggested the ironing / gardening etc, I got a death stare and had to come up with something more exciting...

So I decided on a trip to Leu Gardens in Orlando.

This 50-acre botanical oasis is smack in the middle of Orlando and were donated to the City of Orlando in 1961 by Mr. Harry P. Leu and his wife, Mary Jane.

I'd been the week earlier with Hubster and thought it was the perfect place to take Anne and her camera...

For me it was another chance to break out the Sony A55 that Hubster bought me for Christmas... I love my new DLSR.. 10 frames / second, even camera novices like me can take ace pictures!

There was lots of this... Anne forgot I was around and was taking pictures of the smallest most insignificant things!!!

Very occasionally she managed to get me in one of the frames!
Enjoy these images of Leu Gardens... for $7 one of the best day's out in Orlando! (I'm also including a couple I took when I went with Hubster a couple of weeks ago!)

PS. there will be no latin names flowers... on the Clare & Anne Names!

Pineapple looking plant

Slightly rude looking lily

Nice red flower!

Rose 1

Rose 2

Dead & Alive rose

Some bird kept getting in the shot!

the Leu house... see that bird in shot yet again!

Where is Gary when you need him?

Bee 1

Nice flower in foreground.. playing with blending background setting on camera!

How purple are these.. bet you they are poisonous!!

Bee 2

Nice Rose!

Another nice rose!


Bee 3

Bee butt!

Of course the title of the post was ladies who lunch... and that's exactly what we did next .. ate too much at lunch and par-took in a couple of wines.. we're posh we are !!

Arty wine shot

Rockstar Anne


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