Tag Archives: fun

holdouts.

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the last holdouts at the grandies’ slumber party at peaches’ (my) cottage.

cousins, cartoons, baby golf, talking dogs, books,

made-up group stories, pizza, mac ‘n cheese, apple juice, suckers,

stuffed animals, laughing, whispers,

sleeping bags, pillows, pj’s, flashlights,

and not much sleep.

“no one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they got plenty of sleep.”

-author unknown

marvelous.

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what a birthday for grandie j

on an afternoon spent with family and friends at

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imagine a mash-up of

barnum and bailey

music

guiness book of records memorabilia

carnivals, cotton candy, prize tickets

vintage

coin-operated animatronics, mechanical games

and

collections of very imaginable oddity

along with some 

you could never imagine. 

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it was a boy’s dream come true.

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“once a person has all the things they need to live, everything else is entertainment.”
-neal stephenson

special ops.

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such a wild adventure

grandie m’s 9th birthday fun

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special ops teams, nerf guns, fairy bread, burger bar, headbands, sunglasses and laughs

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one powerful team member even offered a great tip

when she warned me:

“never trust a panda with a gun.”

lesson learned. 

‘it’s all fun and games ’till someone loses an eye, then it’s just fun you can’t see.”

-james hetfield

omsorg.

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our latest ikea experience

was spent looking for a few cool things

we didn’t even know we needed or what they were exactly

but

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it was really all just an excuse to spend the afternoon

finding secret shortcuts

through this blue and yellow warehouse of good stuff

by using the trial and error approach,

good guesses, maps, fancy footwork

and leaps of faith

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 what a grand adventure it turned out to be

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 (and we even ended up with the omsorg of our dreams as an unexpected bonus.)

“what romantic terminology called genius or talent or inspiration is nothing other than

finding the right road empirically, following one’s nose, taking shortcuts.”

-italo calvino

how to wash ‘n roll away your winter blues.

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Japan’s Hot Tub Rollercoaster Takes Water Parks to a New Level

A city in Japan is teasing plans of the world’s first spa-themed amusement park.

In a concept video, Beppu City on Japan’s Kyushu island showed off an idea for a new “spamusement park.” The video featured visitors at typical amusement park attractions—a carousel, ferris wheel and roller coaster—but instead of seats for each ride, there were hot tubs.

In the video, visitors entered the rides wearing only a towel—which begs the question: Are visitors to the potential site supposed to walk around in wet towels all day? Also: How does the water stay inside the ride and off electrical equipment? And how are we keeping all these rides clean?

Despite many logistical questions, the spamusement park could become reality.

The mayor of Beppu declared that once the video reached 1 million views (a somewhat low bar in 2016 for a video of people in towels riding roller coasters), the city would begin working on the onsen (hot spring) amusement park. The video has been viewed more than 2 million times since it was uploaded last week and the mayor announced in a statement that work has begun. However, it’s entirely possible that the rides shown in the video will not actually happen.

“We are still discussing safety issues, for example, whether we could actually run hot water inside a roller coaster,” a spokesperson for Beppu’s tourist department told The Japan Times. “But the rides will be something fun.”

Beppu is already an onsen tourist destination—there are more than 2,000 hot springs for visitors to choose from. However the city recently launched an initiative to become the “spa city of the world.” Last year, Beppu welcomed 437,764 foreign tourists.

No completion date for the project has yet been announced.

credits: travel and leisure magazine, cailey rizzo, bravo