2 Naked Gnomes and 1 Large Ship!

This weekend me and the Betty Booty got a chance to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience.  We got to board a Spanish boat!  Not just any Spanish boat . . . but a beautiful, historic replica of the 17th Century Spanish Galleon.  The Nao Victoria Foundation designed and developed this ship to create a functioning, traveling museum to share with the world.  Read the information below about this beautiful boat that has sailed over 48,000 nautical miles (dang it . . . it travels more than we do!).

Enjoy a few shots from our angle, Donny Dimples


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El Galeón is in Galveston, Texas as a part of the

“Tour of the Seven Seas” from April 13 – 23rd.

Hours are from 10 am to 7 pm at the Texas Seaport Museum, located at Pier 22, right next to our very own Elissa, which was named in 2005 by the Texas legislature as the “Official Tall Ship of Texas”.  Built in 1877,  it is one of only three 19th-century iron square-riggers in the World that continues to sail.

Tickets are $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 for ages 5-12 and FREE for 4 and under.  Tickets can be purchased by Clicking Here or when you arrive on site in the gift shop.

More information can also be found on El Galeón’s Facebook Page

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El Galeón

17th Century Spanish Galleon Replica. During a period longer than three centuries (16th to 18th), Galleons were the boats that took the lead role in the trade and cultural routes named the Indies fleets. These were the longest routes in length and also lasted longer than any other in navigation history.

El Galeon was built during 2009 to 2010 by the Nao Victoria Foundation. Designed and developed by Ignacio Fernández Vial at the Punta Umbria shipyard (Huelva, Spain), the boat was launched on November 30th, 2009 and then the masts were added at the beginning of 2010. El Galeon has covered more than 48,000 nautical miles between 2010 to 2016 along the world’s largest seas and oceans, visiting ports in four continents and participating in many cultural projects. El Galeon has sailed across the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Southern China Sea, the Aegean Sea, the Bosporus Strait and the Caribbean Sea. So far, visitors have been able to step on her decks in almost hundred ports all over the world.

The Nao Victoria Foundation

The Nao Victoria Foundation is a non-profit entity specializes in promoting and spreading historical events, which are supported by the construction of historical ships (the Nao Victoria and El Galeón) that are sailed throughout the world’s ports. The vessels are a powerful, unique and very attractive marketing and educational platform that have been used successfully to support great world events during the last decade.

Our vessels have taken part in national and international expositions and events with great media exposure and publicity. The added value received includes:

  • Serve as a powerful platform to disseminate and exhibit contents.
  • Function as a great reach beacon.
  • Have unique, innovative elements and a strong appeal both sailing and in-port.
  • Reach prominent presence and impact through domestic and international media
  • Receive exceptionally warm welcoming, plus institutional and diplomatic impact on every port of call.

From El Galeón – Foundación Nao Victoria’s Website

 

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!

Betty Booty and Donny Dimples visit Wallis, TX

Well, our weekend in Wallis has been busy, busy.  We almost got married, scrapbooked, went to a live auction, a cook-off, craft show, seen a car show, met the Mayor and attended the Fun Fest.  I’m not sure how many people can pack all that into one weekend except us.  Let me recap what all happened.

First off, we showed up at Premier Estates which Cyndi has been taking her scrapbookers “Cyndi’s Scrappers” to for several years now.  Fantastic place with great customer service.  The owners Sharon & Belinda are the BEST!

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Check out this beautiful carousel horse they used to decorate the front of the house.  They have a great style and use several items like this and repurposed furniture to decorate the quaint retreat facility.

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Click here to check out Premier Estates

We headed over to Las Flores for some dinner and drinks.  (She had two margaritas so I might just get lucky tonight!)

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Click here to check out Las Flores Restaurant

We started walking around the city when we spotted their water tower.  It says Wallis around the tower.  I’m not sure if you can read it or not.  From our point of view on the ground it is very far away.  Can you imagine how long it would take us to climb up there?

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After wandering around for a little while, we stumbled across the Wallis Fun Fest.  Man there was a ton of stuff going on.  So we went over to the car show to look at all the sweet rides.

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The best (and worst part) came after we met the Mayor of Wallis, Steve Bockel.  You see, I asked Betty to marry me . . . well sorta.  We were at The Wallis Fun Fest when I met the Mayor. We talked and got to know each other. I told him I love his city and plan to come back frequently. Then I introduced him to Betty. That’s when he said, “You guys look so in love, as the Mayor of Wallis I could perform a ceremony and marry you two!” I thought it was a great idea so I looked at Betty and before I could say anything she gave me a piece of her mind. She told me if I couldn’t put in the effort to buy her a ring and get down on one knee (not sure how I’m going to pull that off) and ask her personally instead of passing it off onto the Mayor of Wallis then she was just going to live in Sin! She was very adamant about it. I guess it’s too soon for her to take my last name so it looks like we are still . . .  Betty Booty and Donny Dimples!! By the way, naming credit goes to Sharon and Belinda of Premier Estates.

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After that she wouldn’t even sit near me.  She had us in chairs as far apart as possible.

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Oh well.  I think once I get her back to Premier I can butter her up a little before going to bed.  It really was a great day and a great weekend.  Can’t wait to come back again next year.

Click here to check out The City of Wallis

 

 

Betty Booty and Donny Dimples visit Sealy, TX

Where in the world are the naked gnomes? Seriously. . . Where are they? Can you find them? We visited Sealy today. Great downtown area.

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So I decided to take Betty around to see the town square.  It is really great.  There are several shops and restaurants, including The Saddleback saloon.

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When we were at the front of the saloon I looked at Betty and said, “Well hello there little lady. Come around here often? How abouts I take you in this here saloon so you can wet your whistle?

She said yes and we had a couple of beers and burgers.  Awesome!

And since she came with me to the saloon, I figured I needed to return the favor and go with her to one of her girlie shops.  So, I took her across the street to Bliss.  That place is full of anything and everything that she would love to buy or I could buy to get out of the doghouse later on (good thing to remember).

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This is my favorite item in the whole store.  Betty looked at me and said, “Just click your heels together three times and say ‘There’s no place like home . . . There’s no place like home!”   That’s right.  Texas is our home and proud of it!!!!

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Click here to check out the City of Sealy

Click here to check out Bliss on Main and see all their cool stuff