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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A "Healthified" Pinterest Brownie

Happy Hump Day!

I don't know about anyone else, but I've got a serious chocolate obsession. Sometimes, I don't feel like making a whole pan of brownies, so Pinterest has become my go-to place to find fast, easy brownies. I have actually found a winner that is so easy to make that I have it memorized.

 If you can't read that, this is what it boils down to:
  • 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 TBS Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 TBS Canola Oil (I tried olive oil first, but it was VERY rich)
  • 3 TBS Water
Mix dry ingredients, Add Wet ingredients, stir well. Cook for 1 minute 45 seconds. Add ice cream if you choose.

I've been known to dress this up with nuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips. Very tasty noms.

That being said, I said that I was going to show off a "Healthified" version of this same recipe (I said I liked to dress it up and change it, right?).

I did this: 
  • 1/4 Cup SPELT Flour
  • 1/4 100% Maple Syrup
  • 2 TBS Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 3 TBS Water.
Mix as directed above (Actually, I mixed the flour, cocoa, and salt before adding the maple syrup). I did only add two tablespoons of water when I made it, but I felt it was a little dry.

As for taste, because of the spelt, it was a little bit more chewy, and it wasn't AS sweet as with the regular granulated sugar, but honestly, I didn't feel as sick as I normally do after eating this brownie (the sucker is humongous!), which was DEFINITELY a plus. If I wanted to make it a Sundae, but keep the healthy thing going, I would use banana soft serve. 

If you've never had banana soft serve, it's as easy as it could possibly be. Freeze a very ripe banana and pulse it in the food processor until it's got a soft serve consistency. I usually add some peanut butter because peanut butter and banana is amazing. My mom and sis LOVE this, but my dad not so much. I just love how easy it is. I wouldn't try to blend it in a regular blender. Mine is a Signature Gourmet from Walgreens, and it has issues with blending frozen foods without massive amounts of liquid in it (as I discovered trying to make a green smoothie yesterday). If you have a BlendTec, Ninja, NutriBullet, or VitaMix, blend away, otherwise, use a high powered food processor (We got ours at the Goodwill for $9, and it works so well for everything!). 

Have a brownie and get through your week. We can almost see Friday! Have a good one, peeps!

Monday, April 14, 2014

I am a Writer: Believing in Yourself When Your "Real" Job Gets You Down.

I've wanted to write stories for a living since I was nine years old. I don't remember the date, but I remember the cause. Up until that time, I knew I either wanted to be an actress, a painter, a singer or a dancer.

That all changed in Fall 1994. I was in the third grade at Loess Hills Christian School, and my parents took me to see Little Women at the Omaha Cinema Center (Don't ask me how I remember that little fact!). All I knew is that it was a period piece, and I so wasn't into period pieces. Who watches period pieces in 1994? In all my third grade glory, I thought I knew everything about film and what people like. It all changed when I saw this movie, and was floored by the beautiful story, especially that of a young girl in Civil War-ravaged America who wanted nothing more than to be a writer, and live out her adventures through her stories. It was as if the Heavens opened and offered me my entire future in one viewing. I promptly went home and tried to write my first story.

Ever since that time, I tried to write what I was interested in. I tried to write what I knew. My first "epic" story involved a girl with many siblings who shared my name, and her boyfriend had the same name as my crush at the time (who shall continue to be nameless to this day). As I think back on it, that story was a whole lot of happenings, but not a lot of plot, structure, or direction.

I didn't get a lot of opportunity to write for school until about eighth grade, when I was in public school, and had two English classes per day: one was for literature and writing, and the other was more of a life skills class (Hello Miracle of Life video of something I didn't EVER need to see!). I worked my butt off writing stories for the literature portion of class, and became pretty well known for writing compelling stories (at least that's the feedback I got from my classmates). You can imagine my disappointment in high school when story writing wasn't nearly as important as giving oral reports and debating the good and bad of different subjects (that's another story I never want to get into). I continued to write, and discovered Fan Fiction. When I was fifteen, I was a ridiculous Roswell fan. I even wrote my own character in (I"ve since stopped writing fanfiction, because that's a bad/obnoxious habit to get into). My friend, Amanda, was the only one who ever read it, and I had big dreams of becoming a screenwriter, and writing great shows like Roswell (Yes, I've since learned from rewatching that it wasn't great television).

For the longest time, I looked down on people who couldn't make it as a full-time writer right out of school or college, but at the same time, I was having trouble getting literary magazines to take my work. I admit, I am extremely haughty when it comes to my work. It's something I'm trying hard to overcome, and I'm trying to respect the opinions of my betas (even going so far as to find betas who aren't related/friends with me to get an outsider's opinion). I'm finally learning, after much introspection and real life experience that it takes more than a good idea to become a full time writer. It takes time, sacrifice, tears, and hard work. I'm one of the people that I used to look down on, and I didn't consider myself a real writer, really, until I published my first book back in 2012. Even before then, it took a long time for me to actually say the words.

I am a writer.

It still seems surreal. As much as my big picture dreams involve living in a cute little house with a husband and kids, working on the blog, and putting out a couple books per year, I still have to remind myself that I'm not quite there yet. If I keep pressing on, I COULD be there, but the important thing is to keep writing, even when it's hard, keep dreaming, even when I'm sitting at my regular job, wishing I could be working on my book on my phone, and most importantly, I need to remember that even before the published book, before the college degree, before the obnoxiously bad fan fiction, I was a little girl who discovered that people actually created stories. I became a writer the moment that I started working on my first story. That's almost twenty years of being a writer. How many 28-year-olds can say that they've been working toward that dream for as long?

I'm still learning, though. I've got so much to learn about myself, and about the craft of writing, editing, and publishing. I think it'd be cool to actually own my own publishing business one day, but until that day, I'll keep writing, keep editing, and keep working toward my goal. It's still there. The passion to create has never left me, no matter how much I've tried to push it down. That's precisely how I know it's here to stay.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Movie Review: God's Not Dead

We go through life each day, almost never having to take a moment, or three 20-minute sessions, to explain our lives, how we got here, our belief system, etc. I'm thankful that I don't have to explain myself very often, because to be completely honest, I know what I believe, but I don't want to have to explain it.

I like to believe that if it came to it, I would be able to step up to the challenge and fight for my Lord and Savior, because there is nothing in this world that I believe in more than God's love for me, but until God places us in that position, we have no way to prove it, except to living out His word every day.

The premise of the film God's Not Dead is just that. A young college Freshman, Josh (Shane Harper) who wants to go to Law School has to take a humanities course for his major, and opts to take Prof. Radisson's (Kevin Sorbo) Philosophy 150 course. Prof. Radisson is a hard core atheist who, in order to not have to teach the part of the curriculum about God's existence, demands his students write on a piece of paper that "God is Dead," and sign their names to it. Josh, a Christian, refuses to do so, and in order to not lose 30% of his grade, Prof. Radisson (mockingly) says he'll have to prove God's existence through a debate, where he (Radisson) will be the judge. Josh makes an alternative proposal: They put God on Trial with Prof. Radisson as the Plaintiff and Josh as the Defendant. He's given 20 minutes at the end of the next three classes to make his point (I'm guessing they only meet once a week for at least two hours).

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There are other storylines throughout the film that are connected to what is going on. We meet Amy (Trisha LaFache), a blogger for The New Left, who is introduced to us with a bumper full of vegetarian leftist stickers, and an iPhone recorder to the mouths of Duck Dynasty's Willie and Korie Robertson, demanding answers as to why they're making poor ducks suffer in the name of sport. Willie's answer of making the death as quick and humane as possible for the animal, which they would then use for consumption, is a better alternative to cooking it alive (He's not wrong). She's seen ignoring calls from a doctor, and it is discovered that she has cancer.

Amy interviewing the Robertsons
Amy is dating Mark (Dean Cain), who is a smarmy lawyer who makes partner. When he tells her his news (ignoring how sullen and upset she looks), she's just found out her diagnosis, and when she tells him, he can't even muster compassion and tell her it's all going to be okay. Instead, he dumps her, and leaves her with the check (Quite the class act).

Mark's mother has dementia, and his sister, Mina (Cory Oliver) is the one taking care of her. She's also a Christian dating Prof. Radisson, who dresses down her intelligence in front of his work colleagues. She turns to her minister, Reverend David (David A.R. White), to ask for assistance, and he does a good job explaining to her why she's feeling torn. David is also the sounding board who gets the ball rolling for Josh's arguments in the debate.

David had a missionary friend come to town, and this friend, Reverend Jude, wanted nothing more than to go to Disney World. Every time they tried to make the drive, they ran into car trouble (it not starting), prompting Reverend Jude to say that they were needed in town, and only God knew the reason. Part of that reason was to help Ayisha (Hadeel Sittu), a young woman in a Muslim family who secretly has accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior.

Another young person, Martin (Paul Kwo), a Chinese student attending university in America, has been having doubts about the beliefs he grew up with in China, and frequently calls his father to discuss it. His father keeps telling him to stop talking about it, especially on the phones (Hello, NSA-induced paranoia rampant in the states!).

When I first found out about this movie, and the movement behind it (an independent film widely spread through social media), I knew that it was a film I wanted to support. It's a film that speaks to my desire to explain my own thoughts on the subject, but have been unable to, due to my fear of public speaking. I admire Josh pushing forward and actually fighting for Jesus, who he'd long considered his friend. His arguments were logical, thought provoking, and extremely clear.

I thought the athiest/agnostic characters had as much of a journey as the ones who'd already found God, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't cry once. There were several moments when my heart broke for the characters (Specifically, when Ayisha's traditional Muslim father kicked her out of their home, and you weren't sure if he was going to kill her, a la part of the Sharia law, or just make her leave the family).


I didn't really care for the ending, as I felt it went with scare tactics to make its point, but at the same time, sometimes Christians have to really go in for the kill, so to speak, to really make their point. I would've liked to have found out the rammifications of what happened, as it wasn't that clear, but Amy's search for answers at the end of her life and David's understanding of why he couldn't get to Disney World came to a head at a Newsboys concert. The Newsboys even got my continued stamp of approval for being awesome and praying with Amy before their concert.

People only know the hypocrite Christians who spout off the Bible in a holier-than-thou manner. I've never wanted to be that person, and I hope that I come across as a person proclaiming the love of Christ, and why I choose to obey his commandments (or at least try). Frankly, a lot of people find out I'm a Christian, and the response I get is, "But you're so nice!" I promise! We're nice people! We're imperfect, but who isn't?

I would recommend this film to everyone, and I'm not the only one. It's been out for three weeks, and has stayed in the top five (currently #4 at the box office, beneath Captain America: The Winter Soldier (A Must See!), Noah (I won't be seeing that one in the theatre. I don't believe fallen angels became rock monsters, or that Noah tried to kill his grandchildren), and Divergent (also a must see for YA fans!). Christians want quality films. I'll be the first to say that earlier Christian films are a little on the cheesy, hokey side. I keep seeing previews for Heaven is for Real starring Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly, and I'm excited for it. I didn't read the book, but I'm optimistic about the film. There's another film I saw on Netflix, October Baby, starring John Schneider about a young girl who had survived an abortion attempt, and suffers health problems as a result. Soul Surfer about Bethany Hamilton is another strong Christian film. They're coming! Slowly, but surely, Christian voices are being heard, and our desire for quality entertainment is finally happening.

If you're a fellow Christian, I urge you to see this movie. Continue to support Christian films by liking them on social media and seeing them in theaters. Grassroots campaigns work. Fan support works (see how it worked for Veronica Mars?).

And with that, I leave you with the Newsboys, who wrote this song, which we regularly do at church, and it's one of my favorites.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Crazy Janie Austen

Owning a pet is never dull. I've had pets my entire life, mostly cats and fish, but they're so funny. I just can't help myself.

One of my favorite memories of Jane and Henry is when Henry was still a kitten, and the three of us were living in my dorm. I was doing homework at my desk, and they were on my bed. Jane kept waving her tail in front of Henry's face until he finally tried to attack, but she was too fast for him, and whacked him with her paw.

Even though Henry is basically my dad's cat now, I still cuddle him as much as I always have. I used to think that with Henry preferring dad over me, it made Janie and I closer. That hasn't been true lately.

Since cats are creatures of habit, our cleaning and ridding our house of what we don't need has thrown a monkey wrench into Jane's life. She started nervously pulling out her fur shortly before we went on vacation, and it kept getting worse. I thought it was something that could be helped with pheromone sprays, but those just seemed to piss her off. Last weekend, we went to the vet.

I love our vet. We originally took our dog, Rosie, there when we first got her, back in 1996, and we've been loyal customers ever since. When Jane had this same nervous condition back around Thanksgiving, she was cared for by a vet I'd never met, but she was amazing with her. This is the same woman we saw on Saturday, and she remembered us.

Dr. Emily put Janie back on a cocktail of an antibiotics and prednisone to get her skin condition taken care of, but also gave us a prescription for kitty Prozac, to take the edge off her nervousness. Well, the cocktail is doing what it set out to do, and she's healing beautifully. The Prozac, however, had made her more standoffish than ever. She hides under my cedar chest and puts up a fight about her pills.

I guess I just miss my cuddle buddy. I keep thinking, "It's only been a few days! She'll come around!" Last night she scratched the hell out of my arm when it was medicine time.

She's mad. I get it. I guess I should be glad Henry has been paying more attention to me. He and Tris have been taking turns staying with me at night, until I fall asleep. I'll even see them sit in front of the cedar chest, beckoning Jane to come out.

"Janie? Do you wanna build a Snowman?"

Yes. I'm almost thirty and obsessed with Frozen. They practically stole little Elsa and Anna's relationship from my sister and I.

Cats are funny, fickle creatures. I guess I'm just glad that Janie isn't pulling out her fur anymore. *knock on wood*

Friday, April 4, 2014

Fun Facts Friday

I rarely do Fun Facts Friday, but I really think I should start. They're fun, right?

Away we go...

1. Janie had a vet appointment today, that I had to cancel. She didn't magically get better. On the contrary, she was hiding all day so no one could find her. When I got home and couldn't find her, then I started to get worried, because she's not an outside cat. She doesn't even try to escape outside. I finally found her under my mom's cedar chest in the doorway. Oh, Janie. You're still going to the vet this weekend...
This is how I'm feeling about Janie right now (Source)
2. I haven't been to the gym in almost two weeks. With good reason, I promise. We've been cleaning and reorganizing and rummaging through all of our belongings to try and get our house ready to sell. We've taken around 8 trips to the Goodwill of stuff to get rid of. I'm amazed at how easy it was to get rid of things that only a few years ago I would've held onto for dear life. Amazeballs.

3. This also means I haven't had time to work on the book, which is making me a little squirrelly. Luckily, during my downtime at work, I've been talking with my fellow writers and putting my ideas out there. They've been met with support, and I feel good about it.

4. My dad and I have been watching old movies this week. Wednesday night it was Easter Parade, which I hadn't seen since high school, and I was slightly disappointed. I didn't buy the love story, and thought Fred Astaire should've gone back to his old partner, and Judy Garland should've gone with Peter Lawford, who was just as adorable as he could be (PLUS he finished law school AND wanted to be a doctor!). Last night, we watched Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks With the Circus, which I honestly think the last time I saw this movie, I was probably about six, and at day care. Makes me want to run away with the circus, myself, though watching Water for Elephants changes that...
5. It's been rainy and cold here all week, and snow is expected. My poor tulips, which I planted four years ago, as a reminder to get a mammogram (Breast Cancer Awareness gift) haven't budged from their spot. They're peeking their leaves up, but they're definitely not sure about taking the plunge. Too dang cold and wet for my liking.

6. I've been really into #TBT and #ThrowbackThursday posts on Facebook. This week, it was a gorgeous pic of me and my college girlfriends at our annual formal. I hate that we're not all together anymore. I miss them a lot.

7. I'm working my way through the second book in the Divergent series. Pretty good so far. I'm a little late coming to the Divergent party, but I read through it and saw the movie on opening weekend with my sis. Holy cow, the guy playing Four is hot! Incidentally, Downton Abbey fans, remember in season one, when Lady Mary was flirting with the Middle Eastern visitor, and he tried to seduce her, but died in her bed? Yeah. That's him!
8. Wow. This whole post is fully of juicy entertainment spoilers. Luckily, they've all been out for awhile, so no harm no foul, right? I'm terrible about keeping spoiler secrets, anyway.

9. Last night was the first game of the Omaha Storm Chasers (I always want to put Troopers. Bad Star Wars Fan!), and it was all kinds of rainy and cold. Hopefully it warms up really soon. I don't want to go to a game and sit on a wet seat! Can't wait to go this summer, though. I absolutely LOVE baseball!

10. I have a sister date with my sister on Saturday night, but have no idea what we're going to do. We've considered bowling, go-karting (Not a fan), Dave & Buster's, or maybe a cheap movie out in Omaha. No idea. The world is the oyster of two hot single chicks, and we have no idea what we want to do. Shame shame. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Vacation Recap #8: Viva la Mexico!

It's been a month since my vacation, and I can't believe that this is my last post! The whole shebang is officially over now, which means that I have to start focusing on my next vacation, which is going to be NEXT February, when I run the Disney Princess Glass Slipper Challenge with some of my friends, and my big sis!

Our second excursion, which came on our third day at sea was when we went to Cozumel. This excursion was my entire family: Mom, Dad, Grandpa, Chris and I. When we got off the boat, we had to POWERWALK (I wish I was kidding) to the bus, which was through a mall-type area. It was a really long schlep, and that was my only complaint about the entire thing.

Once we got onto our bus and met our tour guide Alex, we took the long drive to our first destination, The Ruins at San Gervaiso, which held the temple of the goddess, Ixchel (Side note: I have a friend at work named Izchel, and I was totally thinking of her during this part of the trip).

There were iguanas all over the place. So tame, and so still. Just getting some sun, and enjoying the nice breezes. 

After perusing the ruins, my mom ordered a Coco Loco inside of a ginormous coconut. We all got to try it, and got silly pictures from it. I wasn't crazy about the drink, but everyone else seemed to like it. The bartender even offered to cut the coconut open so we could eat the meat. The coconut meat was flavorless and *gags*. None of us actually liked it, and I figure the coconut wasn't actually ripe yet (I've never seen a coconut that people eat look like that). 

After we got back onto our bus, we got a bit of a tour of the island on the way to the beach. I took a few pictures, but then took a little snooze. I was really tired on this trip, which I attribute to the sun, after being cooped up all winter.

Stunning beaches

Which one would we stop at?
We kept assuming that we'd pull over to one of the many public beaches on the side of the road, but we got the biggest thrill of all when we pulled into a resort, which had a water park, shops, restaurant, pool, bar, and beach.

The restaurant was underneath this large tent, which kept the breeze coming, and the sun off. It was absolutely perfect.

We spent more time in the pool than the beach (mom, Kiri, and I went to the beach, and into the ocean. Lots of rocks and shells and uneven terrain until you got out to the deeper part, where you could wade.

I gave Serious consideration to going to the hammocks and napping in the sun, but there just wasn't time. There was swimming, and eating and drinking to be had.

We got lunch at the resort (thank God. I was STARVING!), and the menu had two sides: one side with American dollars and the other side with Mexican Pesos. While looking at the menu, my grandpa was looking at the peso side, which showed prices at 250-1500 in pesos, and he leans over to me and asks, "Who's paying for this?" I could've been cruel and told him HE was (as my dad suggested), but I love my 80-year-old grandpa, and didn't want him to have a heart attack on vacation, so I flipped the menu over, and showed him the real prices. He felt much better after that. My grandpa is so cute.

Oh, chicken tacos, so delicious. Guacamole so fresh!
Also, as part of our excursion, we got one free drink, and it could be ANYTHING. I got a Tequila Sunrise, mom got a Bloody Mary (Super Spicy!), dad got a 7 & 7, which I'd only ever heard about, but never tried. Tastes like Sprite, and I can't remember what Kiri or Grandpa got.

Tequila Sunrise: Minnie Mouse Approved
Also, it took awhile for our lunch to get to us, so they gave us a second complimentary drink. I NEVER drink, so two was making me a little buzzy. At least I wasn't driving. :-)

Once we got back to the city, mom, dad and grandpa went back to the boat while Kiri and I went to Diamonds and Tanzanite International for our charms. People in Cozumel call you to try to get into their stores, and they're a little on the pushy side, which I didn't like at all. When I shop, unless I need a new size, or need to pay, I like to be left alone. On our way to Tanzanite International, several more people were calling, one person actually asked if we wanted clothes, jewelry or pharmaceuticals. Yeah. Pharmaceuticals. Haven't been offered drugs since I was thirteen, and back then it was pot. I've really come up in the world, haven't I?

I enjoyed Mexico, and was excited to finally get to Cozumel. We were supposed to go to Cozumel on our first cruise back in 2009, but because of the H1N1 virus, we got switched to Key West and Nassau (which was just as awesome). It was a new experience, and an exciting one. The more I cruise, the more I want to do more of it. It's one of the best ways to see different countries without having to pay separately for food, lodging and transportation. There is a cost for excursions, souvenirs and extras, but overall, the cost is significantly lower than traveling by land. My only regret with cruising is that my family didn't discover it until my sister and I had graduated college!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Vacation Recap #7: Day 1 Excursions: Grand Cayman

I finally got my pictures from my camera onto my computer. I didn't take my phone to the different islands with me (call it paranoia), but I used a camera I got from an old roommate back in 2009. It's gone with me on all of my cruises, but only has 128MB of space (hence why I used my phone on the boat, which has 8GB of space).
The City of Georgetown, Grand Cayman

From My Breakfast Table on the Disney Wonder

I got to be on an island without my parents.

Okay. I was a bit too excited to be in another country alone.

And now, I'm on my way.

Grand Cayman was a beautiful island. We were there on a Sunday, which isn't a big business day for them, as it's a Christian nation (woot woot!), so they have an agreement with the cruise lines, where they only come every two weeks, rather than every Sunday. Unfortunately, most of the stores were closed, with the exception of a few jewelry stores (Diamonds International, Effy, Tanzanite International), and the Tortuga Rum Store, which I've also visited in Nassau. I'm not a huge fan of rum, but I bought some Salted rum-soaked turtles, which I've been sharing with my family. At Diamonds and Tanzanite International, I got charms for a charm bracelet that I'd started building back in Key West. Stop in any Diamonds International Store in several ports all over the world, and you can get a charm with the initial purchase of a bracelet.

There was more to our trip to Grand Cayman than shopping. In fact, the shopping came AFTER our excursion. I was more excited for this excursion than anything on the trip. We had to take a ferry from the Wonder to the island, as the island is surrournded by a reef, making the boat too big to make it that far into port. So, on the ferry, my sister and I had to get into Finding Nemo-esque shenanigans.

"Look at me! I'm touching the Butt!"

That's a really big butt.

It was about a 5-10 minute trip to the island, and getting on and off the boat was more fun than I could possibly admit (A moving bridge. Wahoo!).

Once we got onto dry land, we separated into our groups (My group was Ariel), and got onto our respective shuttles to the Dolphin Discovery and Cayman Turtle Farm, located right across the street from each other.

It was...cozy, to say the least.
We started out going to the turtles, which were all separated into different tanks based on age. In the mating (aka Party) tank, there was a beach, where the pregnant turtles buried their eggs. 

Teenage turtles were hanging out in other tanks. I asked one of the attendants how old turtles grow to be(I said I was pulling some Nemo-esque shenanigans!), and he told me the oldest turtle was around 80.

Waving Hello!

There were turtles everywhere. If you love them as much as I do, I would highly recommend making a visit to the Grand Cayman Turtle Farm.

I shall call him squishy, and he shall be mine.
 The baby turtles were all very adorable. The staff kept telling us to hold them like a hamburger...but DON'T Eat them! I've never had turtle, but there's something about eating reptiles that makes me go all squicky. The turtles did get a little uneasy about being held, and what you had to do to get them to calm down was rub their necks. Kiri had a talent for this. Her turtle was putty in her hands, and went all googly.

I'm holding a turtle!
My turtle was about as high strung as I've been known to be. He was getting antsy in that "Put me down! Put me down!" way, so I rubbed the underside of his neck, and he went NUTS. Even more wiggly than before, so back into the water he went. 

After turtles, we walked across the street for the big part of the excursion: Playing with Dolphins. 

Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of pictures from this part of the excursion because we couldn't find someone to take pictures for us (and we weren't really at a place to do so), and the pictures THEY took were of questionable angle, and way to rich for my blood ($35 for ONE 8x10? No thank you!).

But, I did get a couple of our dolphin, Newton. He was adorable, and extremely soft. Did you know dolphins shed their skin twice a day?

Thanks for stopping by! 
Also, when dolphins "speak," the sound doesn't come from their mouths, but their blow holes! I had no idea! Seriously! I want to be a dolphin trainer for the day!

*Squeak* is Dolphin for "I Love You!"
There were also chickens walking all over the place. It was nutty how many chickens ran around like Council Bluffs has squirrels. One of our guides told us that the chickens really like to hang out around KFC (I believe it. Chickens are carnivores!).

I'd love to live on this island, but I would probably walk/bike everywhere, because gas prices were roundabouts $4.59. Eeps!

When we got back to shore, we stopped over at the Tortuga Rum Store, as my sis is a huge fan of their rum cakes. They had little samples, and I should've gotten a chocolate. It was so yummy! But, alas, I just got turtles (it was kind of a theme day).

She always has to pose with a pirate.

The ride back to the boat was uneventuful, and the first thing we did once we got back was change and look for lunch. We ended up at Beach Blanket Buffet, as all of the restaurants were closed by then.

While waiting for the ferry, we had to get another selfie.
I absolutely loved Grand Cayman, and would love to go back when the city's in full swing.