Well, actually, it was Friday, but this post was delayed by a brief bout with the flu. Thanks immune system. But it has now been a year since I got my cancer free diagnosis, and a visit to my cancer doc last week confirmed I am still cancer free.
I know I was very lucky to have beaten my cancer and to have gotten it before it reached my lymph nodes. Having lost both my mother and father to cancer, and having several of my friends dealing with cancer currently, I am amazed that I am a survivor.
During my regular morning reads, I happened upon a cool map generator over at Gas Food No Lodging, which allows you to input locations you’ve been to in North America (U.S. and Canada).
Better yet, it has four degrees of how well you’ve visited that state:
This weekend I’m heading to Atlanta for a weekend press trip and I’m really looking forward to exploring the city.
My base is going to be the lovely Loews Atlanta in the Midtown area. It looks to be centrally located, with easy access to lots of great restaurants, including the in-house Saltwood and nearby STK Atlanta.
Tahiti Tourisme has launched a new global campaign to reinforce the iconic beauty of the destination while creating awareness and interest in the unique Tahitian culture.
Central to Tahiti’s campaign is a new tagline, “Embraced by Mana.” Tahitians believe in Mana as a life force and spirit that connects all living things.
Tourism Australia has launched its latest campaign, which is focused on highlighting the country’s world-class aquatic and coastal experiences, in a bid to lure more international visitors to Australia.
The campaign, There’s Nothing Like Australia, features a voice over by new Tourism Australia global ambassador actor Chris Hemsworth, as the video features over a dozen distinct experiences representing every Australian state and territory.
Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in February 2016, as well as the ones that are leaving.
On the plus side, the new “Fuller House” debuts, as well as the first season of “Better Call Saul.” Last year’s Sundance favorite “Dope” and the final episodes of “Mad Man: Season 7” are also welcome additions.
But it’s bad news for Doctor Who fans – the entire Netflix library of the series is leaving February 1. You have a little more time to enjoy season 1 of Felicia Day’s funny series, “The Guild” – it departs February 25.
You can’t have a major awards show without the fashion critiques, and this year I saw a lot of dresses that I really liked, along with a few that did nothing for me or the person wearing them.
The big trends of the night I noticed were deep plunging necklines, metallic and sequined fabrics, and lots of nude colors.
So let’s start with my favorites of the night:
The Golden Globes, one of the first major awards shows of 2016, broadcast last night and there were some definite hits and misses.
Host Ricky Gervais returned to the role after saying the last time he hosted in 2010 he wasn’t coming back. Money must talk. I get that his schtick is sarcasm, snark, and being offensive, but last night, it seemed the more he drank, the more he was unable to tell the difference between being funny and being cruel. Also, the more he drank, the more U.S. television censors bleeped him.
It’s early morning, Monday, January 11, 2016. I’m up late writing when the news comes over my Facebook feed: David Bowie had passed. Apparently he had been battling cancer for over a year, and nobody but those close to him really knew.
Hit me in the heart with a hammer. I didn’t want to believe it, but his official Facebook and Twitter confirmed the news, as did his son Duncan’s Twitter:
In my last post, I recapped all I did and covered as a blogger, both for Zengrrl and CitySurfing Orlando, as well as for other writing outlets, during the first six months of 2015.
Here is the second installment of my year in review, covering July through December, 2015. And I think the second half was even busier than the first.
2015 was a crazy year for me with lots of fun and firsts. So I thought I’d recap some of my adventures.
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January 2015 was a slow month, mainly my first of the year medical check-ups with my round of doctors, and I saw the Ringling Bros. circus and Monster Jam for CitySurfing Orlando.
I will preface this by saying I am a moderate fan of Quentin Tarantino. I will see his movies when they come out, but I don’t love every one that I see.
So I started out 2016 by seeing the 70mm version of his latest, Hateful Eight. January 1, my roommate and I bought tickets, and settled in for the experience of The Roadshow, as the 70mm tour is being called..
And it was an experience.
It’s the end of the year, and everybody is compiling their most liked photos on Instagram for 2015, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
I knew there would be some food in there, but I was surprised there wasn’t any Disney.
Nowadays, entertainment is often provided by toys and games that have to be plugged in or run on batteries. Those can be fun, but sometimes it’s good to unplug and have some fun.
With that in mind, I have suggestions for board games that are great to give as gifts for birthdays and Christmas (or keep for yourself), that don’t need electricity of any kind. They just need imagination and a few players.
As a fan of board games, here are a few I’ve loved for years, as well as a few more that I’ve had the chance to review recently and really liked. Any one of these are perfect to give as gifts, or to buy for yourself to play with family and friends.
Thanks to everyone who has been patient while I took my brief hiatus with this blog. After writing zengrrl.com for 14 years, I occasionally need to take a step back and re-evaluate what I’m doing here and what stories I want to tell.