And Possibly Dinosaurs https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com Love your job. Love your blog. Sun, 08 Dec 2019 00:50:10 -0500 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/cropped-Favicon-Blue-150x150.pngAnd Possibly Dinosaurshttps://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com 32 32 Sunday Scratches #72https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-72/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-72/#respond Sun, 08 Dec 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=11360 Happy Sunday! Here are the scratches from the week. My Passion Planner Dailies arrived yesterday! They weren’t scheduled to arrive until Monday, but luckily they showed up early, and I’m so excited about it. They’re even more beautiful than I imagined. I already started using the first one! Stay tuned for an updated review /

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Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.

Please note, this post may contain affiliate links that I could make a commission off of.

Happy Sunday! Here are the scratches from the week.

My Passion Planner Dailies arrived yesterday! They weren’t scheduled to arrive until Monday, but luckily they showed up early, and I’m so excited about it. They’re even more beautiful than I imagined. I already started using the first one! Stay tuned for an updated review / how I use the Dailies in conjunction with my regular Passion Planner.

I traveled to Dayton, Ohio for work on Monday and Tuesday. It was… a lot of driving. Literally an entire 8-hour workday’s worth of driving. But luckily, I get paid for all of my travel and am restricted to 40 hours per week, so thanks to all of the extra driving time I was able to take Friday off!

On the drive down, I binged a bunch of episodes of Radiolab. Have you ever listened to it? I love it. My favorites of my drive were Dinopocalypse Redux and Alpha Gal.

Also in looking up those links for you I saw this letter that Robert Krulwich is retiring and I’m so sad about it.

I’ve been streaming a lot of Christmas movies lately. So far I’ve watched Holiday in the Wild, Let It Snow, A Christmas Prince, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby, Christmas Inheritance, The Holiday Calendar, The Knight Before Christmas, and the Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show. Don’t @ me, I’ve loved every second of it (even during the shitty movies).

I also treated myself to Last Christmas in theatres on Wednesday night. I went by myself, got a tub of popcorn and a frozen Coke / cherry mix, and got there before the pre-preview ads even started. It was magical.

In Case You Missed It…

December Goals

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December Goalshttps://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/december-goals-2019/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/december-goals-2019/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=11291 Happy December! It’s the last month of the decade… crazy, right?! Before we get into the goals for the month, let’s check back on the goals I set for November. November Goals Personal Goals [2/6] Install the porch windows and make a plan for the floor. ✔ Yes! We got the windows installed just in time,

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Happy December! It’s the last month of the decade… crazy, right?! Before we get into the goals for the month, let’s check back on the goals I set for November.

November Goals

Personal Goals [2/6]

  • Install the porch windows and make a plan for the floor. ✔ Yes! We got the windows installed just in time, because two days later we got our first big snowfall of the year. Whew! Then we found some inexpensive tile and ordered a sample and decided to move forward with that for the flooring! We’re really excited about it.
  • Finish the souvenir boxes. ✘ Mmmmnope.
  • Fix my giraffe mask from Uganda. ✘ Whyyyyy does this project intimidate me so much.
  • Go on a tour of the Bell’s Brewery Comstock location. ✘ We just ran out of time and energy for this one.
  • See two movies in theatres. ✔ Technically yes! We saw Joker and Knives Out. Though, I will say… I walked out of Joker 45 minutes into the movie. It’s not that it was bad, per se… it just had me on the verge of a panic attack literally the entire time. I’m still going to count it, but in the future I’d like to sit through two *entire* movies each month.
  • De-pill all of my sweaters. ✘ I did really well with this one even though I technically didn’t complete it! I de-pilled 10 out of my 15 sweaters, but I’ve decided I can spot-check the other ones and quickly shave any pills off. No need to sit down and finish the last 5 sweaters before I plan to wear them.

And Possibly Dinosaurs Goals [1/1]

  • Participate in NaNoBlogMo. ✔ I’m calling this a yes, even though I *technically* didn’t do what I said I would do. I originally said 50,000 words toward different blog projects, but halfway through the month I realized… the main goal was to blog more, and that’s not just writing. I was doing things like updating my website and creating new services that weren’t technically word-based. In the end, I did blog more, so I consider this one done! Note to self, in the future measure “blog more” in time spent instead of words written.

Career Goals [1/1]

  • Train Business Support on JotForms and the website. ✔ Yes! I feel like I overestimated how much training I could get done in a month, because JotForms and the website aren’t exactly *small* things for people to learn. But I got the basics down, which is really exciting! Fingers crossed this frees up my time in the near future.

Four of eight done! It seems like I always get half of my goals crossed off, no matter how many I make…

December Goals

Personal Goals

  • Finish the souvenir boxes. How many times can I say “for real this time”?
  • Fix my giraffe mask from Uganda. See above.
  • See two (full) movies in theatres. I have a feeling this one will be easier based on all of the good movies coming out! I already have plans to see one on Wednesday.
  • Try 2 new hair styles, 3 times each. It’s on my 101 in 1001 list to have a new go-to hairstyle that isn’t my hair down and curled. It’s going to take some practice, so I’d like to start *actually* trying out potential hair styles this month. And since I know I won’t get it right the first time, I need to try it at least 3 times for each hairstyle.

And Possibly Dinosaurs Goals

  • Publish 1 blog post per week, not including Sunday Scratches. I’ve really enjoyed blogging more… I just need to keep doing it!

Career Goals

  • Publish Volunteer Essentials on the website. We have a handbook for our volunteers, called Volunteer Essentials, and we’d like to get an online version published by January. I’ve got it drafted, I just need to proof it and get approval from the appropriate teams.
  • Create the Cookie Promo Toolkit. Girl Scout Cookie season is quickly approaching, and I’m feeling a little underprepared! I’d like to catch up before our holiday shutdown begins.

Here’s to a productive and festive December!

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Sunday Scratches #71https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-71/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-71/#respond Sun, 01 Dec 2019 18:40:52 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=11179 Happy Sunday! Here are the scratches for the week. Sean and I hosted our first Friendsgiving with our college friends last weekend—it was such a blast! We went out to brunch at Food Dance, made candles at Kalamazoo Candle Company, hit up LFG Gaming Bar while we waited for our candles to harden, and then

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Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.

Please note, this post may contain affiliate links that I could make a commission off of.

Happy Sunday! Here are the scratches for the week.

Sean and I hosted our first Friendsgiving with our college friends last weekend—it was such a blast! We went out to brunch at Food Dance, made candles at Kalamazoo Candle Company, hit up LFG Gaming Bar while we waited for our candles to harden, and then made a whole Thanksgiving meal, turkey included! I’m definitely hoping this becomes an annual tradition.

As a side note, my hidden talent is naming candles. I need to figure out how to make money from that… This time around I made A Candle Has No Name (sea salt, driftwood, and obsidian) and LL Bean Catalog (flannel and autumn leaves).

It was a short workweek thanks to the holiday, but now that I work from home, those are actually my favorite days to work. Since I’m no longer used to a busy office environment, I don’t feel the loneliness I used to feel when I was the only one in the office. Plus, no one is around to approve things, so I get to spend the time working on my own projects that always fall lower on the priority list!

On Monday evening, Sean and I went to Menards to get a full-sized Christmas tree! We’ve had a 4′ tree for years (I think this is year 6?) that’s fine, but short and kinda scraggly. And not scraggly in the intentional, Charlie Brown Christmas Tree way. Just…. bad scraggly. We finally upgraded because we had $150 in vouchers from Menards 11% rebates while working on our porch, so we got the tree, skirt, and lights for free!

Yes, I put up my Christmas tree before Thanksgiving, and no, I don’t feel bad about it in the slightest. Do what makes you happy.

We visited my parents for Thanksgiving, which was a really nice, chill afternoon! We watched the Lions lose (a Thanksgiving tradition!) and I helped my mom put together the family Christmas card.

I didn’t do too much shopping this weekend, but I did order two coats from J. Crew! I’ve been eyeing this one for a while, and finally ordered a replacement trench (which is on my 101 in 1001 list!). I ordered two sizes and they were both two big, but I was still able to order smaller sizes before the 50% discount went away. Not too bad!

This weekend we continued our holiday decorating with our stockings and some festive touches around the house! I put fairy lights around a fake plant on the mantel, put ornaments on the tree, and found a few other Christmas things in storage. Oh, and our scraggly 4′ artificial tree is now in the bedroom by our fireplace, which is actually the perfect spot for it!

Sean and I saw Knives Out last night and loved it. I was worried it would be bloody (I don’t do well with bloody movies), and it wasn’t! Once I realized it was rated PG13 I felt way better about it. 10/10 would recommend.

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Winter Reading List 2019https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/winter-reading-list-2019/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/winter-reading-list-2019/#respond Wed, 20 Nov 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10175 Now that the cold weather is setting in, I’m gearing up for cozy season, which means all the books. I’ve got a huge collection of books at home (physical books and ebooks!) that I want to get through, plus an entire library system at my fingertips. In order to focus myself, I’ve put together a

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Now that the cold weather is setting in, I’m gearing up for cozy season, which means all the books. I’ve got a huge collection of books at home (physical books and ebooks!) that I want to get through, plus an entire library system at my fingertips. In order to focus myself, I’ve put together a short reading list for the winter!

His Dark Materials

I remember reading The Golden Compass in grade school, but for whatever reason, I never finished the trilogy. I also barely remember the story, despite reading it and seeing the movie back in high school. Well, with the new HBO show (with Lin-Manuel Miranda!), I definitely want to reread the first book and actually finish the series this time.

I’ve already finished The Golden Compass, so now it’s onto The Subtle Knife! Make sure to follow along on Goodreads!

Big Little Lies

I mentioned in my summer reading list that I wanted to read Big Little Lies after finishing up my library books, but that just never happened. Winter seems like a great time to get back to it! Helloooo all of the cozy reading time.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Speaking of books I own that I’ve never read, a few years ago I got all 5 books from the Percy Jackson series and have never gotten around to reading them! I have the feeling I’ll zip through them, I just need to make it a priority to read (and then probably get rid of) the series.

First They Killed My Father

Another re-read! I read this book back in high school, and I remember being so moved by it, but I unfortunately barely remember it. Then, after watching the third season of GLOW, I really wanted to reread it. I think I’m intimidated by it because I keep putting other books in front of it… probably because it’s depressing. But it’s important to me that I make it a priority!


It’s going to be a cozy winter full of good books! What are you reading this season?

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Sunday Scratches #70https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-70/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-70/#respond Sun, 17 Nov 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10830 Happy Sunday! Here are the scratches from the week. I’m going to try going back to unscripted / unorganized Sunday Scratches and see how it goes! Let me know if you prefer one or the other. Over the past few months I’ve started developing an outright obsession with nail polish… my collection has grown a

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Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.

Please note, this post may contain affiliate links that I could make a commission off of.

Happy Sunday! Here are the scratches from the week.

I’m going to try going back to unscripted / unorganized Sunday Scratches and see how it goes! Let me know if you prefer one or the other.

Over the past few months I’ve started developing an outright obsession with nail polish… my collection has grown a lot recently. I’m currently up to 55 shades. 🙈I’m just about out of room on my two separate nail polish racks, so I’ve been eyeing this one to put in the office (which is where I do most of my nail painting anyway!

P.S. I started an Instagram account just for my nail polish obsession… you can give me a follow at @andpossiblynails!

It started snowing here this week! We got a bunch of snow on Monday, and it kept snowing little by little throughout the week. We’re super glad we got the porch windows in and the leaves put in the street last weekend.

Next weekend we’re hosting our very first Friendsgiving, which I’m super excited about! Of course that means finishing up a bunch of small projects around the house so we’re ready for guests… wish us luck!

I also wrapped up Christmas gift shopping for my side of the family this weekend. I’m so excited about what I got for everyone. I arguably like giving gifts more than receiving them! It’s definitely my love language.

I made these cookies last weekend… and made them again on Friday. They’re that good. 100% recommend.

I’m currently reading His Dark Materials and loving it. I read the first one in grade school and for whatever reason never read books 2 or 3… but I’m finally catching up now so I can watch the HBO show when I’m done!

Oh, and I’m currently soft-launching 20-minute consultations! You can go online and book a 20-minute video call with me for just $20 (I need at least 18 hours of notice but otherwise I think my schedule is pretty flexible!). We can work through any tech issue you might be having–email list, website, etc.! If I can’t solve it, I can at least point you in the right direction.

Follow along on Instagram at @caitlinhonard to hear about these things during the week! xo

P.S. In Case You Missed It…

The Small Switch that Enabled Me to Paint My Nails as Often as I Want

An Important Recurring Task for MailChimp Users

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An Important Recurring Task for MailChimp Usershttps://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/an-important-recurring-task-for-mailchimp-users/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/an-important-recurring-task-for-mailchimp-users/#respond Thu, 14 Nov 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=11249 Because I blog as a hobby, instead of as a full-time job or side hustle, I try to be conservative about my blog spending. That’s why I still use MailChimp for my email marketing, even though a lot of bloggers have moved onto “bigger and better” email marketing systems. MailChimp is free for users with

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Because I blog as a hobby, instead of as a full-time job or side hustle, I try to be conservative about my blog spending. That’s why I still use MailChimp for my email marketing, even though a lot of bloggers have moved onto “bigger and better” email marketing systems.

MailChimp is free for users with fewer than 2,000 contacts, which is why I love it! I can practice email marketing and connect with my audience while keeping my overall blogging expenses low.

However, MailChimp has updated their policy on contacts recently, which means there’s a new crucial step for bloggers who use MailChimp!

As MailChimp expands from an email marketing system into a full marketing platform, it’s redefining Audiences. Previously, you were only charged for people who were subscribed to your list. However, because email is no longer the only medium they offer, you’re now charged based on how many contacts you have.

Under this new system, if someone unsubscribes from your email list, they’ll still count toward your contact list, because you could still send them a postcard, for example. That means you could reach the 2,000 contact mark a lot faster than before!

I ran into this issue last week, when I noticed my RSS feed didn’t go out to my subscribers like usual. When I logged in, I saw it was because my contacts list is over 2,000, even though my subscribers list is less than that.

This then caused the extended headache of all of my content upgrade automations pausing. I had to spend about half an hour reactivating all of my automations, which hadn’t been sending as expected for several days. There were 40 people waiting in my Welcome Email queue to get the password for my resource library, and I had no idea they hadn’t received it!

So, what do you do to get your contact list below 2,000?

The biggest thing to keep in mind: this only works if you’re planning to use MailChimp exclusively for email marketing. Don’t take this advice if you also plan to do mail pieces and other outreach!

(Also, I’m 100% not a lawyer, so always take what I say with a grain of salt, and if you’re unsure what applies to you, always consult a lawyer.)

In order to get your contact list to be representative of your true MailChimp audience, you need to manually archive any contacts who have unsubscribed from your email list. It can take a bit of time, depending on the size of your list, so I recommend doing this monthly to keep it manageable. You may need to do it more often, depending on the size of your list.

How to Archive Contacts in MailChimp

To archive unsubscribed contacts, log into your MailChimp account and go to your audience. Then, when you’re on the Manage Contacts screen, click New Segment in the light grey header above your contacts’ information.

You’re creating a segment of your audience that shows everyone who is Unsubscribed. So, from the drop-down options, select Email Marketing Status is Unsubscribed. Then select Preview Segment.

Once the segment appears, select the checkboxes next to their email addresses. Once you have them all selected, go up to Actions and select Remove Contacts. In the popup window, make sure you select Archive! That will keep them in your account but remove them from your audience, so they aren’t counted toward your plan. Click Confirm.

Then you’re done! Again, I recommend doing this regularly so you’re never charged for contacts who aren’t actually subscribed to your list, and all of your emails go out as expected.

Good luck!

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The Small Switch that Enabled Me to Paint My Nails as Often as I Wanthttps://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/the-small-switch-that-enabled-me-to-paint-my-nails-as-often-as-i-want/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/the-small-switch-that-enabled-me-to-paint-my-nails-as-often-as-i-want/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=11155 For the past decade or so, I’ve *wanted* to be the girl with nicely painted nails. I blame a lot of this on Randi, who had a collection of nearly 100 Essie bottles when we lived together in college. It was so pretty, and it always seemed like such a treat to have nicely painted

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For the past decade or so, I’ve *wanted* to be the girl with nicely painted nails. I blame a lot of this on Randi, who had a collection of nearly 100 Essie bottles when we lived together in college. It was so pretty, and it always seemed like such a treat to have nicely painted nails.

Randi’s amazing Essie collection

The only problem? Painting my nails was so inconvenient. It always took forever to dry, and even after they seemed dry, they would be susceptible to impressions for like 24 hours.

That meant if I wanted to paint my nails, I had to perfectly arrange my schedule around laundry, cooking, what I had on hand to eat (no tacos on nail polish day!), what I was wearing, when I went to the bathroom… everything had to be just right. Which meant it basically never happened. I’d seriously go far too long with incredibly chipped nails.

(“Too long” according to my own standards for myself, of course. No judgement to other people with chipped nail polish!)

That was, of course, until I found my new nail polish holy grail, which enables me to paint my nails whenever I want without having to worry too bad about wet nails.

This magical solution? Seche Vite fast-dry top coat. Randi had mentioned it to me a few times (she even wrote a blog post about it last fall!), but I was skeptical. A top coat that dries your nails in 10 minutes? Yeah, right.

But earlier this year, I finally decided to try it (thanks to some coaxing from my other beauty-obsessed friend Elsbeth!), and I have never looked back.

(For the record, this is not at all sponsored… I just love this top coat and want to share its magic with everyone! However, if you buy anything from the links in this post, I may get a small kickback at no cost to you. Thanks for supporting And Possibly Dinosaurs!)

I remember the first time I tried Seche Vite. I painted my nails, checked the time, and waited a solid 15 minutes (just in case) before touching my nails. And lo and behold… they were totally dry!

I literally messaged Elsbeth asking what dark magic was in this top coat, because it was shocking.

Yes, my nails are still a little susceptible to impressions after the 10 minutes are up. I don’t recommend going into your pockets or changing a load of laundry as soon as the 10 minutes are up.

But honestly, I’ll paint my nails on laundry day now. It takes a little bit of planning, but as long as I’m careful, my nails don’t smudge!

While I may not have a Randi-level collection of Essie nail polish yet, I’m very quickly getting there… my collection is currently at 53 shades and counting. 🙈Thanks to Seche Vite, I can easily paint my nails 2-3 times per week, so I can switch up the color as often as I want!

My current favorite shades are Blanc, Rust Worthy, Rock Your World, and Topless and Barefoot.

Blanc
Rust Worthy
Rock Your World
Topless and Barefoot

I’ve been really enjoying painting my nails lately, and I’m so happy this newfound hobby has a place in my life! I still need practice getting my nail polish on a little cleaner (cuticle ridges are a huge problem for me!), and I’m super interested in trying out nail art. I can’t wait to see where this passion takes me!

By the way, I just started a separate Instagram account for this newfound hobby of mine! You can find it over at @andpossiblynails!

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Sunday Scratches #69https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-69/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-69/#respond Sun, 10 Nov 2019 08:00:49 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10828 Happy Sunday! Here are the scratches for the week. The Week in Review This week was definitely an adjustment! After vacation all last week, going back to work was pretty rough. But we made due! I went a little crazy with nail polish purchases this week (more on that later this week!). The new Essie

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Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.

Please note, this post may contain affiliate links that I could make a commission off of.

Happy Sunday! Here are the scratches for the week.

The Week in Review

This week was definitely an adjustment! After vacation all last week, going back to work was pretty rough. But we made due!

I went a little crazy with nail polish purchases this week (more on that later this week!). The new Essie Winter 2019 collection came out, so I got that, and then got all of the nail polishes I needed to recreate this look. SO excited to try it out soon!

With the time change, I’ve been staying in quite a bit in the evenings… which has been a nice change after all of our crazy work on our porch.

Speaking of the porch, we finally got our porch windows in and installed! You can see the first one we installed above, and the rest were installed yesterday. It’s SO nice to have done, especially because we’re supposed to get a bunch of snow tomorrow.

Thankfully, in addition to getting the windows in, we got almost all of the leaves out of our yard and into the road. Kalamazoo does leaf collection from the street, which is so nice. No needing to bag up the pounds and pounds of leaves that fall into our yard!

We were going to see a movie today, but decided to stay in after all of our hard work yesterday. I’ve been watching Christmas movies on Netflix (don’t @ me) and in general tidying up the house. Not a bad weekend!

Around the Web

Currently making these cookies. Really excited to see how they turn out!

I really appreciated this in-depth look at low-cost ways to fight the “winter blues.”

Took a bunch of notes while reading this post.

Have your phone ready for this one! It’s a round-up of numbers you should definitely save in your phone.

This.

In Case You Missed It…

November Goals

Florida in October

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Florida in Octoberhttps://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/florida-in-october/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/florida-in-october/#respond Wed, 06 Nov 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=11197 While most people were living up the fall weather last week, Sean and I headed south for a very warm week in Florida! And it turns out it was for the best, because Michigan had some pretty crazy wind / rain / snow while we were away! Sean’s parents moved to Florida right around the

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While most people were living up the fall weather last week, Sean and I headed south for a very warm week in Florida! And it turns out it was for the best, because Michigan had some pretty crazy wind / rain / snow while we were away!

Sean’s parents moved to Florida right around the same time we moved to Kalamazoo, and our goal is to go down and visit for an entire week once per year. We plan to spend every other Christmas there, and 2019 is an off year, so we planned a trip in the fall!

Our goal was to go when it wouldn’t be too terribly hot, and schools would be back in session so it wouldn’t be too busy if we decided to go to a theme park.

And… we were successful with one of those two goals.

It was hot pretty much all week. We tried to go golfing one day, but it was in the 90s and super humid, so we stopped after 9 holes. But it made for great pool weather!

On Sunday, we headed to a polo match! Like, with real horses! It was such a cool experience, and one I wouldn’t have thought to go to, but it was so fun! Plus, at intermission, everyone runs out to the green and stomps on all the divots the horses make in the grass… and then gets free beer and shots as a thank-you.

Taking the golf cart shuttle from the car to the polo match!
Polo!

On Monday, we spent a bunch of time at the pool, followed by dinner and wine with Sean’s parents.

This is how I like to spend my vacation time…

We’ve visited Sean’s parents twice so far, and it seems like one long-distance driving trip per week is a good balance. We went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter last year, so this year we went to the Kennedy Space Center, which was so cool!

Space!

The Kennedy Space Center is where a bunch of the manned rocket launches have launched from—it’s actually a spaceport, which has got to be the coolest word ever. It’s so futuristic!

Because we went in October, after schools were back in session, it wasn’t too terribly busy! We saw at least one school group, but didn’t really run into them that much, and we didn’t have to wait in any crazy long lines.

We started out by taking the bus tour, which is included in your general admission ticket (so rare these days! who would have thought?), which took us around to the different launch pads and the Vehicle Assembly Building, or VAB.

The Vehicle Assembly Building, or VAB

Fun fact, the VAB has the largest functioning doors in the world! The tall grey columns on the side of the building open up so completed rockets can make their journey over to a launch pad. You can just barely see the regular doors in the photo above—there are 3 small doors that look like little mouse holes in between the two big grey doors. Those are actually 10 feet doors for humans to use!

The size of these rocket doors makes total sense when you see the size of the rockets… but then seems silly when you consider that SpaceX just makes the rockets horizontally and then tilts them upright before launch.

SpaceX’s rocket manufacturing facility is much shorter, because they build their rockets horizontally and tilt them upright before launch.

Speaking of SpaceX, they’re currently renting out Launch Complex 39A, which is where the Apollo missions launched from. They unfortunately didn’t have any rockets out when we were there, but it was still cool to see all of the work the private sector is doing!

SpaceX has taken over Launch Complex 39A, where the Apollo missions launched from. Their rockets will stand upright next to the black structure before launching.

The bus tour ended at the Apollo / Saturn V Center, which is only accessible via the bus tour. It went through all of the Apollo missions, and had a real Saturn V rocket suspended from the ceiling—that thing is huge! It would have been used if there was another Apollo mission, but the program ended before it could be used.

Inside the Apollo Firing Room at the Apollo / Saturn V Center
The end of the Saturn V rocket… you wouldn’t want to be near those things when it took off!
The Saturn V rocket took up the entire length of the building… so cool! Suspended from the ceiling were the patches of all of the Apollo missions, which the Girl Scout in me LOVED.

They also had the actual gangway that the astronauts used to get to the spaceships during the Apollo missions, which we got to walk across—how cool!

Once we were done at the Apollo / Saturn V Center, we took the bus back to the main visitor campus and hit up the Atlantis exhibit, which houses—you guessed it—the Atlantis Shuttle! The Atlantis was the first space shuttle that could return to Earth and then be reused for future missions. It’s the iconic space shuttle that most Millennials (myself included!) think of when they think of a space ship!

The Space Shuttle Atlantis

We then grabbed lunch in the park and headed to the Space Shop, where I was disappointed to learn that the entire Kennedy Space Center (all 3 clothing shops and the online store) are sold out of medium and large light grey NASA t-shirts. Womp. But I ordered one online (which will be delivered when they’re back in stock) and got myself a light grey crewneck sweatshirt in the meantime!

Fun fact that I learned: they call the NASA logo the “meatball,” which I find hilarious.

The NASA logo, aka the “meatball,” in glitter on the side of the bus tour entrance!

I also got myself a meatball patch (a Girl Scout can’t resist a patch!), and Sean got a Saturn V bottle opener and a wind-up Atlantis space shuttle, which is now displayed on our office bookshelves!

Then we headed over to the Mars exhibit, which I have to say I was a bit disappointed in. There weren’t many concrete examples of what NASA / the private sector are planning for Mars; it was very kid-friendly, which is great, but it wasn’t the most engaging for adults.

Next we hit up the rocket garden, which would have been a lot more exciting if it hadn’t been so bloody hot! I have the feeling we would have stuck around for the tour of the rocket garden if we weren’t sweating so badly.

Instead, we finished out our trip at Heroes and Legends: the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. It was super cool! Though I was disappointed to see that Dr. Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space, wasn’t featured anywhere. And once I noticed that, I also realized I hadn’t seen anything about her or Sally Ride at any of the exhibits. It’s very possible I missed it, but since we went basically everywhere, any mention of them would have to be pretty well hidden for me to have missed it!

The next few days we relaxed and recuperated at the pool, followed by dinner, drinks, and music out and about! We also learned how to play bocce ball and shuffleboard, which are much more fun than I thought they would be! Over the course of the week, we played each game twice, with me and Sean playing Sean’s parents each time, and each team won one game of each!

On Thursday evening, our last night in Florida, Sean’s parents took us out to ice cream, and asked if we wanted to go to “a candy store that also sells ice cream,” which we were fine with. We imagined a 50s-style candy shop with an ice cream counter, similar to the one in Cincinnati that was right down the street from us. Instead, we pulled up to…

Russell Stover Candies. Apparently there’s a huge factory near them in Florida, and this place was huge! They had an entire room full of past holiday candies. Valentine’s, Easter, Christmas, even some called “bloopers,” which had small manufacturer defects. Next time we’re going to have to bring an empty suitcase so we can bring a bunch of it home!

While it was insanely hot for most of the week, we had a really great time, and loved spending time with Sean’s parents, whom we don’t see frequently enough. We can’t wait for the next trip down!

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Happy November! We returned home from a week in Florida on Friday (more on our trip coming soon!) and spent the weekend getting back into the swing of daily life, which includes goal setting for the month ahead!

But first, let’s review October’s goals.

October Goals

Personal Goals [3/5]

  • Visit one new-to-us brewery on the Give a Craft Brewery Passport. ✔ Done! We visited Wax Wings Brewery in October. I’m not sure it’s our favorite brewery in Kalamazoo, but it was nice to try something new!
  • Finish all of my souvenir boxes. ✘ Not quite! I got half done—3 of the remaining 6. Just 3 more to go!
  • Finish the porch (at least enough before winter). ✔ I’m going to count this one! Originally I wanted to get the windows in, in addition to putting up the outside cedar shakes and painting the outside, but the windows didn’t actually arrive when they were supposed to. Since that’s not our fault, I’m going to say I we got it done enough.
  • Fix my giraffe mask. ✘ For some reason this really intimidates me, and it seems to get more intimidating the longer I put it off.
  • Figure out how the new fireplace works. ✔ It wasn’t nearly as complicated as I thought! I’m really glad I know what all of the buttons on the remote do, so I’m fully prepared once winter comes around.

And Possibly Dinosaurs Goals [0/1]

  • Write 1 script for the InDesign course rebrand. ✘ I didn’t make any progress in October, but I’ve got a plan for November!

Career Goals [1/1]

  • Finish the welcome email series. ✔ Yes! I’m so glad this is done. And I’m presenting it on an upcoming webinar so other councils can use it as well. Really excited about it!

Four out of seven is more than half, so I’ll take it! I planned a lot for October, which wasn’t super realistic because of our week in Florida at the end of the month. I tried to keep Thanksgiving in mind when setting my goals for this month…

November Goals

Personal Goals

  • Install the porch windows and make a plan for the floor. We’re so close! The windows have arrived at Menards, but the screws haven’t, which is… frustrating. But we have plenty of time, so (pending the arrival of the screws) I’d like to get the porch windows installed, and make a plan for painting the porch floor. We’re probably going to wait on finishing up the inside walls of the porch until we paint the floor, so we might as well have a plan for it!
  • Finish the souvenir boxes. For real this time!
  • Fix my giraffe mask from Uganda. See above.
  • Go on a tour of the Bell’s Brewery Comstock location. It’s part of the Give a Craft Beer Trail, which is on my 101 in 1001 list, and it sounds super cool! And things that can be done any time are often done at no time, so I’m making it a priority for November.
  • See two movies in theatres. Sean and I are members of the AMC Stubs A-List program, which means we can see up to 3 movies every week for $20/mo per person. The problem is, with all of our house projects, we’ve seen one movie per month for the past several months. That cost per ticket isn’t great! Two movies per month basically breaks even, and I’d like to get back in the habit of doing that.
  • De-pill all of my sweaters. It’s that time of year! I have an awesome shaver that I use to de-pill my sweaters, so I’d like to go through all of them and get them ready for the cooler weather.

And Possibly Dinosaurs Goals

  • Participate in NaNoBlogMo. Okay, so this isn’t an official thing… it’s something my friend Angela and I made up as a spin on NaNoWriMo. And the acronym doesn’t even make sense, but it rhymes, and that’s good enough for us! We want to each take the premise of NaNoWriMo (50,000 words in the month of November) and apply it to our blogs. For me, this means blog posts, InDesign course rebrand scripts, and emails. I’m keeping that my only goal, and we’ll see how I feel inspired to take it… after all, that’s a lot of work!

Career Goals

  • Train Business Support on JotForms and the website. My big work theme for the rest of 2019 is delegation! We’ve got big plans, but not enough time to make them happen, so I’m working on delegating some of my more frequent tasks to other teams. In November, I want to train the Business Support team (which is part of the Marketing & Communications team) on JotForms and the website and create a process for them to receive those update requests.

Whew! Lots of things I’d like to accomplish this month, even though it’s kind of a short month with the holiday. Let’s see how much I can accomplish!

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