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French Food

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The food here is pretty good. I am actually surprised. I purchased a baguette with chocolate chips this morning from the bakery across from the hotel. It is amazing. Super light and fluffy. The Fanta here is amazing too. I remember hearing that it is different but it is great. Not knowing any French, it looks like there is 10% juice in it. There is actually pieces of orange floating inside of it.

We went to McDonald’s yesterday for the first time over here. That was different in a very good way. The McNuggets were smaller than in the states, but they tasted fresher. They weren’t as salty and fatty. It seems consistent that portions are about a third smaller than at home. Not a bad thing when you keep trying different things.

Cat Cam

We might be crazy cat people, but I don’t think we are.  I might have more pictures of our cats on Facebook than pictures of myself, but I’m not to the point where I have clothes with cats on them yet or started knitting with cat hair.  I do buy a lot of toys for them like an automatic cat laser or a Cat Sitter DVD.  One of the coolest gadgets I purchased was our wireless camera.

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After an incident when one of our cats was locked in a room for a few days without food and water and destroyed the carpet when we were gone, we decided that a security camera would be a good choice to help have a daily headcount to avoid this from happening again. The camera is a D-Link DCS-5010L.  I found a great deal online for it and got it for almost half-price.  It has night vision and when motion is detected, I get a text message and a set of pictures sent to an email account during a certain daily schedule.  I can pan the camera with my phone and hear what is going on.  Basic setup was easy, but the motion sensor and notifications took some advanced configuration but wasn’t too bad.

All it needs to work is a wireless connection and a plugin.  We have moved this all over the house.  It took some time to find a good spot and it was interesting to find that the cats typically stay together throughout the day.  They also have a predictable schedule too.  I highly enjoy this toy.

The Dinner Boat Tour

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For our 5-year anniversary, Katie purchased a dinner boat cruise up at the Lake of the Ozarks on Groupon.  Our Groupon luck has been slightly rough lately.  The last Groupon we used was for our local Pizza Inn.  The deal was really good, but the staff there knew nothing about it.  None of them knew even what Groupon was.  In the end, I think we actually lost money on this one.

The savings for the boat tour was significant.  I feel we definitely got a great value.  Service was great.  The food was better than expected.  The tour was really cool.  It was another adventure that the two of us have taken where we are the youngest ones doing it, but I think we’re slowly getting used to this.  What made the cruise very cool was the entertainment of the passengers on board.

The fun started on the dock before we boarded.  There was an older lady in line in front of us flipping out thinking that she was going to be claustrophobic on the boat.  She was making a bit of a scene.  She stepped out of line and waited to get onto the boat before we left.  Her husband and their friends remained in line.  When we checked in at the bar, her husband said something about calming her down with a few drinks and asked for any drink with some gin in it to do the trick.

Once we sat down at our table, there was another interesting group of friends.  They looked to be two couples doing this together.  Because the meal was several courses, we got to be across from them for the majority of the cruise.  A couple at this table created a bulk of the entertainment.  They were definitely not a quiet couple.  He knew everything about Missouri and US boating regulations and she knew everything else.  No one at the table could see anything so that added to the fun.  I guess the one wife had issues knowing how the bathroom toilet worked on the boat, but she gave a nice rundown on how to use it properly.  Pretty sure they weren’t using a Groupon because computers might be too scary.

All-in-all, the trip was fun.  I recommend going because it was better than I could have expected.

New Birds

A bird decided to make a nest in our fern hanging next to our door. The eggs finally hatched.

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Update 6/19/2014

The birds have left the nest.  When I went to water the fern, they flew away and I almost had a heart-attack.  I did find another nest in the backyard when mowing the lawn and they are about ready to move-on as well.