Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
We are fans of the show Parks & Recreation on NBC and on a Season 2 episode the cast eats dinner at a dino themed restaurant called Jurassic Fork. To be honest, the premise of eating dinner with a T-rex while wearing a stegosaurus hat intrigued me.
So after a year of talking about going we decided to bite the bullet and check out T-REX.
We had entrees named after dinosaur species and I can personally vouch that the pterodactyl fish tacos are worth trying. We also saw a meteor shower and visited an ice cave complete with a wooly mammoth. The science geek in me was super excited about the geodes, fossils, and fake dig they had set up for the kids.
I think its a safe bet to say we will be going back with Pippa in a few years. Mr. R. is already working out plans to find a way to privatize the Smithsonian's food service and have to run by the T-rex people.
So... DC friends, if he has his way a T-Rex might be coming to you in the near/but still far off future :)
Yesterday we decided to take a day off from working on the office and head to the Magic Kingdom for a:
- haunted mansion tour
- sing-a-long with pirates
- spin on the carrousel of progress
- trip around the world
- and flight over late 19th century LondonWe also saw Minnie save the castle from the evil Queen (very Kingdom Keepers), took in a parade, and found Nessie.She just happens to be made out of legos and live at Downtown Disney.Also, Mr. R. discovered the BEST DESSERT EVER.
A peanut butter fudge filled oreo.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
- desk & printer
- guest bed and nightstand
- internet hook-up
- book & file organization
- wall art
- and storage
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Mrs. R. LOVES to shop at Anthropologie. For those of you who are not familiar with Anthropologie (mom), it is a store that sells clothes and fashion accessories with an inspired French Provencal look. Another way to put it is, they charge a lot of money for faux-vintage crap.
I agreed to go to “Anthro” today because I agreed that Piper’s dresser from Ikea needed better-looking drawer knobs. After finding six knobs Mrs. R. would agree to and spending over $50 (!) on the knobs and NOTHING ELSE, the nice young lady at the register asked whether I preferred my receipt in the bag, or for the store to send it to me as an e-mail. Of course I wanted my receipt in the bag.
As I thought about this, I realized there were only two reasons why a store would offer to e-mail you a receipt rather than print it for you:
- The store is committed to being “green” and reducing paper waste. This is what Anthropologie wants you to believe. I’ve often noticed they have workshops and presentations on green practices you can adapt for your home. HOWEVER, this is total and utter BS!
- The store wants your e-mail so they can send you junk messages about sales and credit card offers; and sell your information to other companies. This is the real reason they want to e-mail you a receipt.
At this point you may be saying, “Mr. R., you’re being too harsh. How can you possibly know that Anthropologie is not committed to being green?”
Well, friend, I know Antrhopologie to be full of it, because not only did they give me a bag in which to carry six drawer knobs, but they also wrapped said knobs in copious amounts of paper. So much for being green. Went in looking for six knobs, and came out with six knobs and a tree branch.
I’m not trying to belittle the whole “green” thing. I believe in being a good steward of the environment. I pay attention to my household energy and water consumption, and fuel mileage is my #1 issue when looking at new vehicles to purchase. But here is the dirty little secret you’ll never hear from a company like Anthropologie: I do those things because they save me money – not because I’m such a great guy.
Likewise, Anthro, and other companies aren’t embracing the green trend because they are good corporate citizens. They’re doing it because they know they can sell “green” products to you at a higher price. They’re selling you a product and charging extra on the self-satisfaction you receive from thinking you’ve helped the environment. This is why I have two general rules about shopping:
- Never pay full price.
- Never shop regularly at a store that has a philosophy.