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Weekend Top 5: Monkey See, Monkey Do

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Weekend Top 5 is hosted by Kristi at The Wheelz are Rolling

number It’s “Whack a Mole” time at my house!

Please grab a mallet and when you see the little suckers digging yet another tunnel through our yard, please whack them HARD. For every mole you catch, I’ll pay you $50!

*sigh*

It really has come to that. We’ve always had some sort of mole problem ever since we’ve lived in this house, but here lately – wow – it has gotten out of control. I think we’re now hosting a whole colony of moles.

Kevin worked diligently, for several years, to try and catch the buggers and he has caught quite a few, but for every one he caught and killed, three more took it’s place. It got to a point where he just gave up — he wasn’t winning the mole war.

But our yard … well, you can’t walk across it without stepping into soft earth and I swear, it’s like navigating a mine field so you won’t twist your ankle. Kevin has been pulling this roller thingie on the back of the mower in an attempt to flatten the mounds, but still, it hasn’t done much good.

So he finally broke down and hired a mole guy. The mole guy came out last Tuesday and set six traps – and as far as we can tell, half of them have gone off. The mole guy is scheduled to drop by either today or tomorrow to check them so it’ll be interesting to see if he actually caught any.

I’m both hoping he did and hoping he didn’t. I mean, I WANT to catch the critters, but for every mole he catches, it’ll cost us $50 bucks. I suppose it’s worth it to rid of them, but geez louise.

Fifty bucks per mole could get expensive – especially for us.

Kevin spent the weekend watching mole videos on YouTube. He now wishes he had watched these videos before hiring the mole guy because now he has a better handle on what type of trap works best and where and how to set them up. But it’s too late now – we have a mole guy.

I swear, Kevin is turning into that crazy groundhog guy on Caddy Shack. If his speech starts slurring and he forgets to shave, I’m going to be seriously worried.

number4 The boys stayed the night Friday night with their cousins, so Kevin and I went out to eat at Ruby Tuesday’s. We hadn’t been there in quite some time and we both had Chicken Fresco with white cheddar mashed potatoes! YUM! (There’s a picture of the dish in their header).

After dinner, since we were so close to the church where we got married, we stopped by and took a quick picture:

In front of church #2

It’s hard to believe we’re going on 20 years of marriage.

After this picture, we went and did something every couple does at least once a week ………….

…………………

Yes. We went grocery shopping. THAT was our hot night out. Exciting, aren’t we?

(You were thinking of something else, weren’t you. Internet! You make me blush *grin*)

number3 Kevin and I did a little clothes shopping Saturday. I generally don’t like to go clothes shopping with him because I have to take special pains to hide my pants size from him — the man thinks I wear a size 6.

HA! Silly man.

What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him, right?? 😉

Anyway, I took him to TJ Maxx to look around. He had never been there before. But he found three Hawaiian shirts (which I’m not a big fan of, but he loves them and they ARE outside his comfort zone so I’m all for it) and now, he really likes TJ Maxx.

Yay for me! (This means I can go shopping there without him raising an eyebrow. Actually, he doesn’t give me a hard time about how much money I spend because, well, I don’t spend money. I’m cheap).

I found some khaki dress shorts. I ended up buying a size bigger (SHH) because this particular style looks really dorky around the crotch if you wear them too tight and besides, they’re like 93% cotton, so they should shrink a little in the wash.

I’m really looking forward to seeing Kevin wear his Hawaiian shirts on the cruise; he’s going to look so cute.

I believe we’ve officially reached “middle age.”

number2 I saw this challenge on Inky Girl’s site and was instantly interested (I think her site is down right now, so please check back later, it’s worth a look):

1000words_500w In essence, Debbie is challenging writers to get into the habit of writing 1,000 words per day. And if writer’s are doing that, they have permission to post this button in their sidebar and/or post.

But if the writers stop writing 1,000 per day, then she is asking that they remove the button because after all, it’s no longer true, right?

So of course, I’m going to do this. (Did you think otherwise?) If you see this nifty button in my sidebar, then I’m writing 1,000 words a day – and I’m counting my blog posts in with that total, too. Because after all, I’m writing, so that should count for something.

And if you think that’s splitting hairs, then you don’t write many blog posts, do you. 🙂

It ain’t so easy. Believe me.

number1 And lastly …

We finally secured our shore excursions for our cruise in a few weeks. Kevin and I read through hundreds (it felt like it, anyway) of options and finally picked out three things to do on three different islands.

Our first stop: Grand Cayman Islands.

We chose the Cayman Shore Snorkel excursion because we wanted to go snorkeling, but I didn’t want to have to jump off a boat and snorkel in the middle of the ocean to do it (because I’m a big baby and just a teensy bit scared of the water) and this way, we can go snorkeling off the coast, then break for lunch, then go back and snorkel some more before heading back to the boat and getting cleaned up for dinner – which we’ve reserved for the 6:00 o’clock slot.

Note to self: buy an underwater camera.

Next stop: Isla Roatan

We opted for the Pirates, Birds, & Monkeys of the Caribbean for two reasons:

1. It sounded interesting – both seeing exotic birds and monkeys and surrounding vegetation

and

2. Because Isla Roatan scares me.

Let me explain.

When we were researching through these excursions, we didn’t really know a lot about the Isla Roatan. So, we Googled it.

Wow.

It sounds like the taxi drivers are a notch below aggressive. Now this may not seem like that big of a deal to you, after all, some taxi drivers ARE aggressive, but these taxi drivers are so aggressive that the Isla Roatan actually have “tourist police” designed solely to help tourist settle disputes with the drivers.

Apparently, you MUST make it crystal clear to your driver about how much it’s going to cost per person and if it’s one-way or round trip. If you don’t take the trouble to make sure all parties involved are clear on the cost, then the drivers have a habit of gouging tourists out of more money.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t particularly want to spend a portion of our time on the island negotiating fees or having to deal with tourist police, so we opted for this excursion because it sounds like most of the sights are located on the other side of the island anyway and this way, our price is set and other than tip, we’re good to go on price.

If I can avoid confrontation, I’m going to, thank you very much.

Next stop: Belize

We will be exploring Mayan ruins here. Our excursion is called Altun Ha & Belize City Tour.

And the title says it all. We’ll take a shuttle from the pier and explore the city and then we’ll travel to the Altun Ha ruins.

Three plazas and thirteen structures mark the epicenter of this very important ceremonial site of the ancient Mayan civilization.

I think the boys will really enjoy seeing the ruins. We’ll have permission to climb on the ruins, unless it rains.

Let’s hope for good weather.

Our last stop: Cozumel

We chose not to book an excursion on Cozumel. One, because we’ve already spent too much money on the previous excursions and two, we want the freedom to just wing it on Cozumel mainly because that’s the island that Kevin and I honeymooned on and we’re looking forward to re-visiting the place and showing the kids “where it all started.”

We might do a little snorkeling and just laying around on the beach, too.

So that is what we have planned for the islands. We’ll also have two days at sea, so we’ll have fun doing stuff on the boat, too.

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for this trip. Not only because it’s the second cruise for me and Kevin, but because this is the first cruise for the boys.

I can’t wait to see how they handle it.

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6 thoughts on “Weekend Top 5: Monkey See, Monkey Do”

  1. So the pest control guy came ot my house today. He said the we probably have moles in our yard. yay! not!

    He said there is a product that kind of lookes like gummy worms or worm style fishing lures that kills the moles after they eat them.

    It seems a lot cheaper than $50 per mole caught! Good luck!

  2. Twenty years of marriage for the two of you?
    You will both be best friends as long as you live.
    When you celeb Silver Wedding (25 years of marruage) I propose you go to “Silver Land” = Argentina.
    We did, and returned as happy together as ever.

    btw. Sorry I haven’t commented very much in the past.
    Simply to much work. (8 am until midnight)

  3. Just had to say – I’ve been to Altun Ha! I had the chance to visit when I went to Belize on a mission trip during college. 🙂 Very cool place. And just a small warning – it pretty easy to climb but be careful on the the trip down. It’s a bugger! 🙂

  4. Sounds like great fun! They make disposable underwater cameras – that’s what we use when we snorkel. Then I don’t have to worry about another camera on top of my Rebel and my Elf.

  5. We have a really bad mole problem as well. It drives me crazy because we work really hard to have a nice lawn and our neighbors’ yard is a dump. yet, we have moles and they don’t. I need to go check out that You Tube video because the traps scare me and those worms didn’t work last year.

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