25 Nov 2013 Leave a comment
The first Pope’s bones were found and are on display for the public to see. People are lining up to view. Even dignitaries from other countries are flying in to view them including Vladimir Putin. Maybe a trip to Rome in the near future.
The Vatican said it would display for the first time bones believed to be the mortal remains of St. Peter, the leader of Jesus’ 12 apostles, to mark the end of the Year of Faith, Nov. 24.
Peter was crucified upside down and died in either A.D. 64 or 67 near where the Clementine Chapel inside the basilica is named after him
The bones were discovered in the 1940s and have been tested and retested between 1940’s and 1968 and they are convinced that they are his. Previously, only the box containing the bones was on display but now his remains will be as well.
Pope Francis holding the remains
Pope Francis is our 266th Pope, so many since St. Peter, our first pope.
SALTED – The latest and greatest sea salted candle- we’ve exceeded all expectations in our first 10 months-We hand collect our sea salt.
25 Nov 2013 Leave a comment
My daughter Angie and I started Salted less than a year ago and we’ve exceeded all expectations. We’re now in 8 shops throughout the country and one in London. We’re growing quicker than we ever expected so looks like family meeting is in order to plan our next baby step. We hope you’ll be part of our anticipated, continued growth.
We’ve been producing our sea salt candles in very limited quantities. The production is limited by the amount of hand collected sea salt that I collect. It takes 10 gallons of South Carolina Sea water to produce just 5 cups of salt. It is a labor intensive process but adds so much to our hand crafted soy candles that are in repurposed glass. Nothing goes to waste. We are in the process of doing all future pouring with wooden crackle wicks that are also made from driftwood.
We’re so proud of our strides to improve on our original 2012 design. If you want to place your order for Christmas delivery we will only produce 40 more for delivery. We have almost exhausted our supply and our returning customers have placed their 2013 Christmas orders.
I would love to hear from you and hope you enjoy our vanilla scented candle offering. If you’re interested in carrying our candles we would love to partner with our fellow followers. Just drop me a note. Go to travelingskinny.com, our web site and drop me an email.
We also made a wonderful bell out of the old bottle tops and put it on our bottle tree this morning. An announcement to the neighborhood that Christmas is near.
25 Nov 2013 Leave a comment
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) banned all containers of liquids greater than 3 ounces from going through airport security checkpoints. The latest changes will mean an easier ride through security for most passengers. Merry Christmas Travelers!
Now, a new machine developed may allow travelers to take liquids through security checkpoints, no matter what their size.
The machine, will aid TSA in determining if a liquid is safe or a potential explosive. The macine has downloaded a reference to bad liquids that allows it to compare analysis of a given liquid no matter the size. The days of dumping your bottle of Chanel in the trash that is over the current limit of 3.4 ounces are gone. That 20 ounce coke you brought from home won’t see the trash container either. They are only a few currently being used so watch for them, but until they roll it out to every airport be sure to check TSA’s site for information on the location you will be flying from.
Also a more risk-based security approach, was put in place during the summer. The TSA understands that most passengers pose little risk and their one size fits all approach that was put in place after 9/11 needed a review..
You are still only allowed 3.4 ounces of liquid per bottle in carry on bags and you still need to put them in your quart size clear bag (only one bag per person) but during the summer the biggest change has been reduced screening of children 12 years of age and younger. And kids keep your shoes on. No more hassle trying to put shoes on after exiting security area. Kids are still scanned. Also Children will never be separated from parents during the process.
Ever wonder why folks just fly through security? TSA’s new PreCheck program, allows prescreened frequent fliers who spend almost as much time traveling PreCheck Program ID to make it faster for them to clear screening. They travel more than they drive their own cars so this process eases the burden on security and lessens their stress.
During the summer TSA put some new advanced-imaging-technology scanners at airports. If you’re not up for that naked imaging, well those days are soon coming to an end with the new machines. I know I was shocked to see me naked when we went through the Chicago airport. Not a pretty site. I hope the guy in line behind me didn’t see that picture. With the new technology if the machine detects something questionable it only posts and outline of a yellow box and your image is just an outline as well.
When you’re getting ready for a trip always check the TSA’s website for the latest updates. The TSA also offers a mobile app called MyTSA for iPhones. That will make it easy for me next time I travel should I forget to check the website before leaving home.
Screening is less stressful on the family if you remain patient. Allow extra time to get through a checkpoint and be ready when you reach the screening belt.
Don’t forget those amazing waiters and waitresses who work so hard to give you a GREAT dining experience
23 Nov 2013 Leave a comment
in Uncategorized Tags: Breadstick, Business and Economy, Fettuccine Alfredo, Holly, Italian cuisine, North Charleston, North Charleston South Carolina, Olive Garden, Scott, South Carolina, United States, Waiting staff
Whenever we’re traveling or just eating out when home we ALWAYS respect the job our wait staff does for us. Today we ate lunch at Olive Garden in North Charleston, South Carolina and had an amazing waitress, Holly. We’ve traveled all over the world and we remember those that stand above the average and those that excel at what they do and Holly is definitely on the short list for great waitresses.
Our daughter Angie and Holly
She was such a delight, and was truly interested in providing a memorable service, which she did above and beyond any expectations we had.
Please remember these underpaid and overworked folks that are many times abused by disrespectful customers. When you have one that is heads above always let them and their managers know.
When we spoke with Scott, the manager at this location he said that she was new and that he appreciated our compliments about her performance. Also when an establishment has a survey you can send your feedback after your dining experience fill those out. These are read by the organization and the staff acknowledged for their outstanding performance. Also many times, as with Olive Garden you are many times eligible to be in a drawing for a $$$ prize. $1,000 for our Olive Garden Review we’re going to send in shortly.
Don’t forget to show your appreciation when you tip as well.
Don’t forget their buy one take one. We brought home a packaged meal for dinner tonight at no extra cost. Also during the month of November they are offering a 10% military discount. Don’t cook tonight, dine out!
23 Nov 2013 Leave a comment
The weekend is the time to take a daycation or if you’re so motivated check out places close to your home to go for an overnighter.
We’re fortunate that we live in Charleston South Carolina so daycations are a regular for us.
Those in other parts of the country that are facing holiday storms I feel for you. Don’t get me wrong it gets cold here in Charleston, occasionally but yesterday it was a balmy 77 degree but tonight it’s going to get cold here, maybe even freezing overnight. The good thing is it will be warm again in the daytime.
Charleston has so many exciting places to visit and restaurants, well you could put on ten pounds in a weekend without even trying. Hyman’s Seafood Restaurant on Meeting Street is my favorite and it’s just steps away from the Historic market. Should be a must on anyone’s list. Say hi to Eli and Brad, they’ll love to visit with you.
If you’re in the area and want to go paddleboarding, I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as our family does. Picture below was one of our first outings but we were able to get the hang of it quickly. This is my daughter Angie and I. The water temperature right now is only 61 degrees so if you’re going to venture out you’ll need your wet suit for sure.
Or you can take a walk through the historic district along the Battery. There are so many gorgeous homes, and bed and Breakfast stops too. This is one of my favorite;