Melly Was Here

wife, mother, teacher, runner, writer, lover, fighter

My Running Bucket List

  One of my friends recently went on a run on the Golden Gate Bridge.  How cool?  It made me think about all the places I would like to run.  So, here is my Running Bucket List.  Places I’d like to just lace them up and go.  Of course, Disneyland is number one on my list because that is where I am going next.

1. Disneyland – Done, September, 2013
2. Disney World
3. The National Mall

4. Central Park
5. The Golden Gate Bridge
6. Ireland

7. The beach
8. A Hawaiian Beach
9. My hometown

10. Yosemite
11. Alaska
12. Greece
13. Sweden
14. Italy
15. In the snow

16. The desert
17. Griffith Park

18. A zoo

19.  The San Antonio River Walk

20.  A cave

21.  A National Park

Any other ideas? Where would be a really cool place to run?

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Pets, Ahoy! Sea World’s New Show is a Must See

I love Sea World.  And, thanks to their EZ Pay option, we don’t have to drop $500 at once  to have a season pass.  For $25 per person down and $10 a month, we can enjoy Sea World and Aquatica anytime we want.   It is just a great way to spend an afternoon.  The park is clean and the employees are wonderful.  With a season pass, it’s the same price to eat there than it is for any other restaurant in town.

My favorite thing at Sea World by far is the new show, Pets Ahoy.  It’s in the Sea Star Theater, where Pirates 4D used to be.

This show has mice, ducks, birds, geese, cats, dogs, pigs and even a skunk!  All being cute and all dong some amazing things like climbing tight ropes, opening and closing doors and dancing.

Of course, being Sea World, I just knew that the animals they used were rescues.  They have rescued over 50 cats for this show.  50!  Three of the dogs  were rescued in San Antonio. Dogs that no one wanted are now making people smile and laugh.  And being loved and valued.


This is Mayhem, one of the dogs at Sea World San Antonio,  adopted in San Diego, Ca and such a talented actor!


If you go to Sea World this summer, don’t miss Pets Ahoy.  If you don’t laugh and leave with a smile on your face, you have no soul.  Just kidding.  Seriously, though, go see it, it’s adorable.

Oh, and if you are traveling with your pet and visit Sea World, don’t live him in the car!  Take him to Kennel Services. 

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Melly’s Day Out: Wimberly Market Days

I’m not really all that big into the mall or shopping center stores.  Oh, sure, I like me some Target as much as the next mom, but shopping isn’t really my thing.

Shopping might be my thing if  all shopping was like Wimberly Market Days.  March through December, the adorable town of Wimberly, Texas (62 miles from San Antonio and 38 miles from Austin) and the Lions Club (I love the Lions Club and these Wimberly gentlemen are adorable) host the oldest and second largest outdoor market in Texas.

There are over 400 booths with crafted items, vintage clothing and collectibles, salvaged materials, furniture, plants, food and other really cool stuff.  There is always something interesting to see.  On many occasions, I have seen toys and various items I remember from my childhood.  If you like used books, you’ll find lots of those to browse through.

There are several places to eat, including my favorite, Hill Top Ice House.  It’s right next to Hamburger Hill.  A grilled hamburger and an ice-cold draft of Ziegenbock for lunch during a hot summer day shopping with girlfriends?  Yes, please.

It is my happy place.  I look forward to it all month.  I love going with friends.  Last weekend, I made the drive with  Flo, Tuck and G. Flo and Tuck had never been.  G. has been going for years and I’ve learned some valuable bargaining techniques from her.


Flo, Tuck, Me and G. last weekend in Wimberly.

I always go with a few things I want to look for.  This week, I was looking for an interesting fruit bowl and some cereal bowls.  I didn’t find any bowls  that caught my eye.

I found some good stuff, though.


Vintage glass grapes for $5. I don’t know why I love these so much. My Aunt Jo Ann had green ones like this.


W’s for my W collection. $2 a piece.


Olympia Beer tap handle for $12. We don’t have a kegerator, but if we ever get one, I’ve got a handle for it. Shout out to my dad in Heaven!


Tuck got this awesome picture for her husband’s office. Look how happy she is! Flo gave me a Texas history lesson on the meaning of that flag, very interesting.

Flo got a strange little realistic stuffed kitten to give to her husband as a gag gift.  I’m bummed I didn’t get a picture of it because anyone will spend $10 (she got the kitty a little bed too) is awesome.

G. got a cool ceramic lizard for her daughter and a toy bow and arrow set for her son.  G. is a sweet mom.

So, if you’re ever in the Texas Hill Country on the first Saturday of the month, you should plan on spending the day in Wimberly.   Admission is free, parking is $5.  You can read more about Market Days here.

Tell them Melly sent you.  Just kidding, don’t do that unless you want them to look at you like you’re weird.


Sensory Friendly Movies

When someone has special needs, there are some everyday experiences that can be very difficult or uncomfortable.  Going to the movies is one of those experiences for many people on the autism spectrum.  Sundance is one of those people.  It’s too loud for him.  For many years when we tried to take him to the latest kid movie, he’d make it through about half of it and then be retreating to the lobby.

Then, we learned about Sensory Friendly showings.  Sensory Friendly means a few things are modified:  There are no or fewer previews, the sound is much lower, the lights are a little brighter and most importantly, it’s an environment that is very accepting of everyone.   Everyone there (and not everyone has special needs) knows that there are some who need to flap or stim, yell or laugh really loud, or just do what they need to do.  And, that’s ok.  No judgment.  Because of Sensory Friendly showings, my family and I can enjoy movies together for the first time.  It seems like such a little thing, but it’s not.  It means a lot to families like mine.

AMC has partnered up with The Autism Society of America to bring us these showings.  If you live in San Antonio, it’s AMC Rivercenter.  They charge $5 and validate parking. They run about every six weeks or so.  The theater is small and always full, but a good time.  If you aren’t in San Antonio, you can find your city here. 

Here in San Antonio, Santikos Theaters and Eva’s (Longoria) Heroes also puts on a Sensory Friendly showing. The first and third Tuesday of every month at 6:00. They charge regular admission prices, but it’s a regular sized theater.  They show one or two previews.  You can see what they’ll be showing at the Santikos theaters here. 

This week, my family and I went to see Monster’s University at a Santikos theater.  A good time was had by all.  It means a great deal to Lance and me, to be able to take our kids to see a movie that everyone else is enjoying too.  So, thank you, AMC and Santikos.  Thank you very much.


Thumbs up from Sundance!

PS, if you Google “sensory friendly movies,” and your city, chances are you’ll find a theater in your city that offers Sensory Friendly.  If not, stop by the theater and ask to see the manager.  Maybe they just never thought about it.

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