Betty Booty & Donny Dimples visit The Woodlands, TX

Have you ever spent any time visiting The Woodlands as if you are a tourist?  So many of us live in the Houston and surrounding areas that we forget how many destinations we have in our own backyard.  Betty & I have decided to visit a few places in The Woodlands to show you around.

If you haven’t been out to The Woodlands in a while you may not have realized that they have set up a complete Waterway system.  It is similar to the Riverwalk in San Antonio as it is surrounded by great restaurants and shops.  You can even take a Water Taxi up and down the river to see all the sights.

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Click here to check out The Woodlands Waterway

If you are feeling energetic you can rent a kayak at the boathouse.  As much as I would love to take Betty on a kayak-simulated gondola ride (complete with yours truly singing for her as I row), you can imagine, I have problems rowing a boat with these arms so we did not do that.

Our first stop was for dinner and yes, if you have been watching our recent restaurant stops, you know we LOVE our Tex/Mex so we decided to stop at Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen.  If you aren’t familiar with Cyclone Anaya’s history let me catch you up.  Cyclone Anaya was actually a wrestler.  Again, something I am not good at . . . for obvious reasons (damn stiff body).  He was the Champion of Mexico before coming to the US and competing in the pro-wrestling circuit.  While here he meets a former Miss Houston, falls in love and gets married and has a family.  (Sounds like the same path I am on with Miss Naked Gnome.)  He and the family decided to open a restaurant and for over 40 years they have been a staple in the Houston area.

Check out the match between “Cyclone Anaya” vs “The Russian”

Click here to check out Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen and look over their menu

I think next time I am going to try out their special Roasted Jalapeno Margarita!!!

Although we were too full to try out the restaurant next door, we did say hello to the great people at Nick’s Fish Dive Oyster Bar.

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Click here to check out Nick’s Fish Dive

They, along with Cyclone Anaya’s are just some of the great restaurants around the Houston and surrounding areas that are participating in Houston Restaurant Weeks

Houston Restaurant Weeks is the best way to try out new restaurants, get a three or four course meal at a great price while raising money for The Houston Food Bank.  Started in 2003 by Cleverley Stone of “The Cleverley Show”, Houston Restaurant Weeks has raised over $7.6 million to fight hunger in Houston and has provided almost 23 million meals to neighbors in need through the Houston Food Bank.  Please make sure to eat at a participating restaurant between now and Labor Day Weekend to help contribute.

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Click here for more information on Houston Restaurant Weeks and to find a participating restaurant near you

From there we headed over to the The Woodlands Mall.  I will save you some time and leave out all the great places we went, but I will tell you about the two BEST places that we visited.

Build-a-Bear Workshop

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This place has everything OUR SIZE!!!!!  It was great.  We got to play a little dress up in some of our favorite looks like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, naked skater dude & dudette and some wonderful wings . . . “I am Batman!” (you should have read that George Clooney style).

We even took to racing cars.  Betty might be in the lead now but I am going to win . . . why . . . because . . .”I am Batman!” (That one should have been read Will Arnett Lego Batman style).

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When you are naked gnomes you have to drive in a straight line unfortunately.  Not a lot of arm movement to be able to use a steering wheel.

Click here to check out Build-a-Bear and find the one nearest you

After Build-a-Bear Workshop it was off to Barnes & Noble for our FAVORITE AUTHOR

Olivia Cunning

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She is the New York Times & USA Today best-selling author of the series:

Sinners on Tour           Exodus End        One Night with Sole Regret

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Click here to check out Olivia Cunning’s website

Click here to get a copy of Olivia Cunning’s steamy romances on Amazon!

Click here to check out Olivia Cunning Books at Barnes & Noble

Next it was time to hit the concert scene at the one stop The Woodlands is most famous for The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.  We love going to concerts here.  The sounds is great.  Tonight we got to watch Saint Asonia, Alter Bridge, Breaking Benjamin, & Disturbed.  They were all FANTASTIC!!!  We had about an hour and half delay because of the weather but the bands stayed late to make up for it.  Everything was perfect . . . except that one drunk woman two rows up that keep worshipping her favorite band by holding up her concert shirt.  We are only 18 inches tall woman!!!   Your shirt is not made of glass!!!!!!

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Click here to check out who’s performing at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

All in all a great day was spent visiting The Woodlands and there is way more to explore so we will definitely be going back soon!

Click here to check out Saint Asonia

Click here to check out Alter Bridge

Click here to check out Breaking Benjamin

Click here to check out the great Disturbed

See you on our next adventure,

Betty Booty & Donny Dimples

Betty Booty & Donny Dimples Visit Houston, TX

Man did we have a great time Saturday.  We headed to downtown Houston to have a little Mexican food but before we ate we decided it was time to start preparing for Halloween so we stopped at our favorite costume store, Frankel’s Costume Company.  Have you been there before?  We have been going there for years.  Every time we need a costume they either have it or know how to make it.   They even rolled out the red carpet for us.

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I’m so excited this year because while we were there trying on costumes, Betty tried on this cute little number . . .

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I was going to hunt her down like the cute little filly she is so I had to put on my ten gallon hat . . .

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Then all of a sudden we hear this really heavy breathing followed by “Betty & Donny . . . I am your father!”

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For those super, uber Star Wars fans like our friend Cyndi,  the Owner of Frankel’s was telling us how cool this Darth Vader mask is.  It is an original production . . . like from the 1970’s when the original Star Wars movie came out.  The just got it in and said it was a great find for them!!!

Of course not to be outshined we found a really tall Yoda.  I know, I know you are saying to yourself right now that Yoda isn’t tall . . . well you try being 18 inches tall and then you tell me he is short!

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Our last stop was the disco section.  Look at that guy showing off.  We saw him dancing earlier.  If I could just lift my hand up to point to the corner of the room I could dance just like him.  I mean look at Betty . . . she is totally swooning over that guy!

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Well we just had a blast at Frankel’s.  When it is time for you to look for your next costume, whether it is for Halloween, The Renaissance Festival, Dickens on the Strand, Mardi Gras or any other time you just want to dress up this is the place to go.  Morty Frankel original opened the doors to “Morty’s Magic Mart” in 1950 as a magic store.  They have just grown and grown from there.  You can get magic supplies, costumes, stage makeup and ventriloquist dummies and so much more there.  They even rent costumes!

Click here to check out Frankel’s Costume Company’s website!

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After all that costume shopping it was time for dinner so we headed over to the Last Concert Café located in the Downtown Warehouse district.

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Love, Love, Love their salsa (well and the margaritas).  Although we were here for a mid-day meal, if you check out their calendar of events you will see that each week they have great live music out on their spectacular patio.

One of the most intriguing things about the Last Concert Café is it’s locked red door.  For those of you that are regulars like us, you know that there are varied stories of its origin.  There is the story of the building originally being a brothel and to gain entrance you had to knock two times.  One was “to safeguard philandering husbands from surprise visits by their wives or to hide some of the customer’s activities from the law” [Last’s Concert Cafe’s website quote].  The tradition has been upheld and to gain entrance into the restaurant you must knock twice on the red door.  A waiter or a customer standing nearby will let you in.  The only problem in our case is trying to knock on the door since I seem to have a problem raising these darn arms!

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Click here to check out The Last Concert Cafe’s Website and see a calendar of events!

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We hope you have enjoyed this trip to downtown Houston with us.  Please add your email address to the “follow me” link on the home page to get updates on our next adventure!

08/09/16 – 365 Thank Yous – #6 – Thank You Joshua at Krogers

Thank you to Joshua at the Kroger Grocery Store on League City Parkway.  While sacking my groceries he took the time to carefully sort my produce so it wasn’t (a) in the same bag as bleach or raw meat and for (b) waiting to put the produce in the cart until it was on top so it did not get crushed.  Most sackers these days seem to be either poorly trained or just don’t care.  Joshua was very considerate and for that I say thank you.

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The meaning behind my 365 Thank Yous:

I saw an interview of John Kralik on a talk show where he spoke about turning around his life from a very low point to a very high point by sending out simple thank you notes. He sent one thank you note each day (365 days was his original goal) to people for their simple acts of kindness in his every day life. This is my homage to him and my attempt at being thankful for the simple and caring things in my life. You can use the link below to get your own copy. I know you will enjoy it as much as I have.

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365 Thank Yous by John Kralik

 

 

08/08/16 – 365 Thank Yous – #5 -Thank you Dr. Sanchez & Dr. Sarabia

My thank you today goes out to Dr. Sanchez and Dr. Sarabia, Jr. This brother and sister along with their father Dr. Sarabia, Sr. have been our family dentist for four generations starting with my grandparents all the way down to my kids. To have 2nd generation dentists taking care of 4th generation patients means they have taken great care of us. I love that their family continues to take special care of my family. Thank you guys.

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The meaning behind my 365 Thank Yous:

I saw an interview of John Kralik on a talk show where he spoke about turning around his life from a very low point to a very high point by sending out simple thank you notes. He sent one thank you note each day (365 days was his original goal) to people for their simple acts of kindness in his every day life. This is my homage to him and my attempt at being thankful for the simple and caring things in my life. You can use the link below to get your own copy. I know you will enjoy it as much as I have.

Click here to get your copy of “365 Thank Yous” by John Kralik

365 Thank Yous by John Kralik

 

 

Cyndi Asks Why #3

Why did a little rabbit have to pop up Sunday night during my first bike ride in years . . . and why did he have to hop across the yard I was riding next to . . . and why did he have to be faster than me?? I mean, I don’t need a cute little rabbit to show me how out of shape I am. I can do that all on my own. So since I was slower than that hare does that make me the tortoise???

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08/07/16 – 365 Thank Yous – #4 – Thank You Greg

Today I would like to thank my husband Greg. He got a new bike and gave me his other one so now we can go riding together. We went for our first ride tonight. So here are my thanks to Greg. Thank you for protecting my prostate (I need to switch out his “boy” seat for a “girl” seat but in the meantime my prostate is good to go!  Thank you for making my tailbones hurt (I’m not sure having a “girl” seat will make this any better). Thank you for making my legs hurt (I can’t remember the last time I rode a bike). More importantly, and sincerely, thank you for being a great partner in life that always takes my for fun journeys (and gets me off my ass!)

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The meaning behind my 365 Thank Yous:

I saw an interview of John Kralik on a talk show where he spoke about turning around his life from a very low point to a very high point by sending out simple thank you notes. He sent one thank you note each day (365 days was his original goal) to people for their simple acts of kindness in his every day life. This is my homage to him and my attempt at being thankful for the simple and caring things in my life. You can use the link below to get your own copy. I know you will enjoy it as much as I have.

Click here to get your copy of “365 Thank Yous” by John Kralik

365 Thank Yous by John Kralik

 

 

08/06/16 – 365 Thank Yous – #3 – Thank You Jaime Peoples

Today I would like to say thank you to my friend Jaime Peoples.  I needed a friend to go with me to enjoy the Dixie Chicks concert tonight.  Pretty much without any details as to  when, where or why she said she was on board.  She just wanted to go out and have a good time with me.  It is nice knowing you have friends that want to spend time with you just because they want to spend time with you and it doesn’t matter what it is you are doing.  She hadn’t ever really listened to the Chicks before so by diving in she got to experience something new.  We even got in a little Halloween costume shopping and some fan-freaking-tastic Mexican food!  Thanks Jaime for being a great friend!

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The meaning behind my 365 Thank Yous:

I saw an interview of John Kralik on a talk show where he spoke about turning around his life from a very low point to a very high point by sending out simple thank you notes. He sent one thank you note each day (365 days was his original goal) to people for their simple acts of kindness in his every day life. This is my homage to him and my attempt at being thankful for the simple and caring things in my life. You can use the link below to get your own copy. I know you will enjoy it as much as I have.

Click here to get your copy of “365 Thank Yous” by John Kralik

365 Thank Yous by John Kralik