Monday, June 16, 2014

Catching Up!

Hey Y’all!

Well I have been out of school for a few days and I have gotten a lot done. Well sort of. At least as of today our 15 minutes of fame seems to be over. I am still getting messages on facebook about our video still being shared, but the GMA moment seemed to have peaked our 15 minutes of fame last week. It is still so unreal. So I can check “appear in viral video” and “appear on Good Morning America” off of my bucket list! In fact, if you notice on the left hand side bar I named my Spotify Summer listening playlist “Summer ‘14 Bucket List!” Listen to it… it is a GOOD ONE! I just wish I could play Spotify in Miss Mitzi Mazda!

Anyhoo. I am still walking on Sundays and Tuesdays looking for sea turtle tracks and nests. So far we have zip, zilch, nada in Garden City. North Myrtle Beach got their first nest last Thursday. Several beaches south of us, Huntington Beach and Hobcaw have several. Each time we walk we cross our fingers, but this season is just turning out to be a slow one for most beaches. Yesterday, we found an intact conch shell on our walk. It was so intact that it still had someone living in it. We threw it back to the ocean, but it was a nice find.


A few weeks ago we came across a true message in a bottle. We were supposed to blow into a conch shell and battle a mermaid. We left it on the beach for some other folks to find!

bottle message



One of my favorite things about walking so early in the morning are the sunrises. Here’s one from last Tuesday. We didn’t have one yesterday because it was soooooo foggy.

Last Wednesday I went to a presentation about the SC Aquarium and their plans for expansion, especially the Sea Turtle Hospital. It was very interesting and a lot of turtle folks were there. It just warms my hear to see so many folks concerned  about the welfare of sea turtles.

turtle meeting

My bestie Marie came for a visit last week too. We had a great time eating in Calabash and doing a little browsing in Callahan’s. I am getting ready to re-do my kitchen and downstairs half bath. I am going with an ocean/beach theme with some sea turtles thrown in for good measure. I didn’t realize how much sea turtle accessories are out there. I have my work cut out for me!

Today I didn’t make it to the beach, I have some errands to run. I did got and sit for a little bit yesterday, but thunderstorms interrupted my beach time. I plan to spend some time there tomorrow.

That is about it for the catch up. I am just enjoying summer and being lazy. I am sure in a week I will be bored. But, I am loving it now! I’ll be back with an update after my turtle walk tomorrow… fingers crossed we see some tracks!



Thursday, June 12, 2014

And Then There Was Good Morning America!

Hey Y'all!

 So guess who made an appearance on Good Morning America this morning? That's right. OUR SECOND GRADE TEAM! This is a copy of a copy from GMA. By 8:15 this morning my phone and computer were BLOWING UP! Thanks for all of the shares and likes y'all!

I promise fame won't change a thing! Hee, hee! I'll be back a little later. BFF is on her way into town!
:) JKP

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Summer We Went Viral.....

Hey Y'all!

As of yesterday I am "officially" on summer break! These past few weeks have been busy ones. I am now a "real" turtle lady and I have taken many walks since May 11th! And now that school is out, I have taken up another day of walking in a different section of the beach. So now I walk Sundays and Tuesdays and I just LOVE IT! We haven't had any nests in Garden City Beach yet and nothing north of us either. South of us is booming. Hobcaw Barony, Litchfield Beach and Charleston all have several nests. We have been very quiet. This week we had two strandings back to back. One on Monday and then another one on Tuesday. The Monday stranding made it to the Sea Turtle Hospital in Charleston, while the other Loggerhead did not make it in time for officials to help it. We are all quite stumped as to why we don't have any nests yet, but then again we are dealing with Mother Nature! Tonight I am going to a talk at the North Myrtle Beach History Museum. They are having a sea turtle photography show and some folks from the Sea Turtle Hospital are coming to give a talk. I am so excited to hear what they have to say!

 Now. Ahem. If you are friends with me on Facebook or Twitter you know that my second grade team made a "little" end of they year celebratory dance video and posted it to Facebook. Y'all. We are viral. As of this morning our little video has been shared over 21,568 TIMES. We were shared over 8,000 times just yesterday alone! We are hoping we will end up on Ellen. But for now, it feels strange to be viral, but yet, I don't have a temperature! And the fact that over 21,000 people have seen me dance! When you watch the video, I am the one who twirls. Hee. Hee! We had so much fun doing this. It was not choreographed and one of our student teachers filmed us.


 Today I am off to clean my house because my best friend is coming for a visit tomorrow. And let's face it, I have been very neglectful to my house lately. So it is time we had a "Come to Jesus" meeting. I'll be back tomorrow to share the cool things I have found on my turtle walks. Just last week we found a message in a bottle! Also make sure you follow me on instagram. I post like crazy over there!

Have a great day!
 :) JKP