Where Overalls and Plaid Shirts Rule

We survived Monster Jam 2010 at the Florida Citrus Bowl!

I was not so sure that we would survive given where we parked…  It was pretty much in the ‘hood and a decent hike from the Citrus Bowl.  Yikes!  Luckily there were police officers and crowds of people everywhere.

We parked the car, made certain it was locked and followed the sea of rednecks people marching toward the arena like it was The Promised Land.

The event was just beginning when we found our seats.  The rain that had moved in earlier that day had thankfully dissipated by the evening.  However, my seat received an awesome steady drip, drip, drip of runoff from the tier above us.  My soggy left knee and I really appreciated how much the drip added to the arena’s ambiance.

Monster trucks are loud, let me tell you!  We had to purchase ear muffs for the kids.  Wildman refused to wear his in favor of the ear plugs that J brought along for us to wear.  I was not too proud to don the mud-tire ear muffs.  Anything to preserve my hearing!

Here are photos of all of the monster trucks that we have in Hot Wheels form:

El Toro Loco


Maximum Destruction

Grave Digger

Some of the highlights from the night included funnel cakes…

… watching the soccer mom democross race…

… watching Maximum Destruction smoke and roll…

… and, of course, watching Drunky the Bear from my favorite talk radio station flip a car…

He was okay…

The boys had a blast!  Wildman was completely wiped out.

Cutie Pie?  Not so much 🙂

Besides football and baseball, I cannot think of another more American event than a Monster Jam…

It was an evening we won’t soon forget.  Tickets went on sale for next year’s Orlando Monster Jam at midnight last night.  I think I might wait awhile before purchasing them.  A year in advance seems a little premature, don’t you think?


You Know You Are a Mother of Boys When…

… you find yourself with tickets to the Monster Jam and you’ve been discussing the merits of Destroyer versus Maximum Destruction for weeks…

No princess tea parties around here folks.  Nope, not for us!

Steadily Improving

I had an appointment with the optometrist yesterday afternoon.  I lost one of my remaining two contacts on Sunday morning.  Instead of ordering a new box of contacts on the Internet, I decided to make an eye appointment.  It was almost time for one anyway.

I cannot handle just wearing one contact because I’m constantly squinting trying to see out of the good eye.  It makes me nuts.  Wearing my glasses was not really an option either.  I’m pretty sure that the last time I got a new glasses prescription I was in college.  The prescription in my outdated frames is all wrong.  It gives me a headache almost right away…

So, I opted to go sans vision correction for several days until my appointment.

Sure, I lacked some clarity but I was certainly functional.  I could drive, read the larger print on signs, etc.  My eyes really are not that bad.  But I was not prepared to hear what the optometrist told me.

My vision has once again improved!  I did not think that was really possible.

Prior to having children, my contact prescription was -2.50 in my left eye and -2.75 in my right.  Each visit to the optometrist resulted in a stronger prescription.  I chalked it up to age and moved on.  After having Wildman though, my vision improved quite a bit to -1.75 in each eye.  I thought that it was strange but figured it was a weird pregnancy side effect.

My eyes held at -1.75 for a couple of years.  I went to my eye appointment yesterday thinking that my vision would remain at either the same prescription or worsen.  I did not anticipated hearing the good doctor say that I am currently at a -1.00 in both eyes.  Amazing!

I don’t know what I’m doing so see these results but I’m going to keep on living and eating well and hope for the best.  At this rate, I might not need the LASIK surgery that I’ve been saving for…

Oh, I also ordered a pair of sassy new glasses.  I’ll take photo of myself in them when I pick them up in 5-7 days.  I’m so excited to finally be rid of my college oldies!!!

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