This Should Have Been in Mexico

This gigantic piñata was broken open in Philadelphia this weekend. Before they tore into it with a wrecking ball (I wonder if they spun the wrecking ball driver around first), they stuffed it with 8,000 pounds of candy.

It measured 94 feet long, 24 feet wide, and 60 feet tall.

Wow! Now that’s a fiesta!

(via: Make blog)

Life Lessons From Spongebob

Having a three year old in the house means we watch a lot of Spongebob Squarepants. We watch Spongebob in the morning, in the afternoon, and at night.

I’ve grown to like the cartoon sponge, and I’m willing to admit that I think Spongebob Squarepants can be a positive role model. In fact, I think there are some things we can learn about life from Spongebob Squarepants.

I Want to Be Like Spongebob Squarepants

  1. He is positive. Spongebob starts every day by saying, “I’m ready!!!!” His positive attitude is seen in pretty much every response. It’s a common thing for the Spongebob to respond positively to something that everyone expects him to respond negatively. We could all imitate Spongebob and change our attitudes to be positive.
  2. He is persistent. Another thing about Spongebob is that he doesn’t give up too easily. He perseveres. It seems like he’s been trying to get his boating license forever, but no matter how hard he tries, he can’t pass the test. His teacher, Mrs. Puff (she’s a puffer fish), ought to be impressed with his persistence. I want to be persistent at what I’m trying to accomplish.
  3. He is playful. One of Spongebob’s hobbies is to go “jellyfishing.” He catches jellyfish with his net. He’s constantly got a playful attitude. Maybe that’s why he’s a cartoon, but I think we adults can take ourselves too seriously sometimes. I want to be playful like Spongebob.
  4. He is friendly. Spongebob gets along with everyone, even his neighbor Squidword. He finds ways to get people to like him regardless of how silly he is. His best friend is an extremely dumb starfish. He has a great relationship with a squirrel who lives underwater, and his boss likes him, too. I want to make friends as easily as Spongebob.

Isn’t it funny what you can learn from a porous, absorbent, yellow sponge that lives in a pineapple under the sea?

Ben’s Hips

Ben’s Hips

They say that babies who are born breech have trouble with their hips because of the pressure placed on them before birth.

Since Benjamin was born breech, the doctors wanted to do an ultrasound on his hips when he turned 6 weeks old. So we went for today.

We went to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa. The results came back negative. Everything is normal. Thank God that nothing was wrong. We didn’t even see the doctor after they did the ultrasound because everything was fine.

So, we went to International Plaza as a family since we were already down that way. Nathan got to play at the Looney Toons park (see the video below), I got to take my first ever trip to an Apple Store (although I didn’t spend as much time there as I would have liked), and we all got to share a delicious cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory.

Overall, it was a great family day despite the stress of having to go to the hospital for the test. Thanks for praying for us (follow our PoulettePrayer twitter stream.)

(Photo on Flickr.)

Fantasy Football 2008 – Draft Results

One of the little things I like to do to have fun is to play Fantasy Football. This morning, I participated in our live draft with friends from Tennessee, Mexico, Las Vegas, and Florida.

We had a lot of fun with the draft. The entire time I had the chance to talk to my friends on Skype and basically hang out while figuring out who to pick for my team (The Mexico Mighty Muggles).

Here are my draft picks:

  • Marion Barber (RB)
  • Braylon Edwards (WR)
  • Reggie Bush (RB)
  • Ben Rothlisberger (QB)
  • Santonio Holmes (WR)
  • Tony Gonzalez (TE)
  • Ricky Williams (RB)
  • Deuce McAllister (RB)
  • Anthony Gonzalez (WR)
  • Isaac Bruce (WR)
  • Vikings (Defense/Special Teams)
  • Derrick Mason (WR)
  • Amani Toomer (WR)
  • Stephen Gostkowski (K)
  • Mushin Mohammed (WR)
  • Correll Buckhalter (RB)

We’ll see how I well I do. After a strong start to the season last year I didn’t make the playoffs due to a pretty strong push by some teams at the end of the season. This year, I’m hoping to bring home the championship.

Starbucks Card Rewards

Starbucks Card Rewards

I love to go to Starbucks to work, but I don’t like to pay for WiFi. All I ever buy is the brewed coffee of the day, and I like to spend a long time in the Starbucks when I go because I can get into a groove and get things done.

But I’ve been going to Panera Bread instead because they have free refills and free WiFi. But that is going to change soon.

How come I haven’t been using a Starbucks Card Rewards all summer long? I just found out that you can get a Starbucks card, register it online, and then you get all sorts of rewards.

Here are the rewards: Free refills on brewed coffee; Free WiFi; Free Beverage Customization; and Free Beverages when you buy beans.

I got a card and signed up today, and now I’m looking forward to turning Starbucks into my new office (sorry, I’m ditching Panera Bread.)

(Image by: MightyKenny on Flickr)