Pokémon GO @ Your Tampa Library

Pokémon GO has become a phenomenon in less than a week!! Prior to Pokémon GO I was not a Pokémon fan. Key word....PRIOR. 

After downloading the app and playing for a few days, I AM HOOKED!!


My library location, New Tampa Regional Library is a PokeStop. 



Here is a list of other Tampa libraries and what you can find at that location!!!

78th Street Community Library is a gym
Bloomingdale Regional Public Library is a stop
Brandon Regional Library is a gym
Charles J. Fendig Public Library is a stop
Egypt Lake Partnership Library is a stop
Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library is a stop
Jimmie B Keel Regional Library is a gym
John F. Germany Public Library is a stop
New Tampa Regional Library is a stop
Norma and Joseph Robinson Partnership Library at Sulphur Springs is a gym
North Tampa Branch Library is a gym
Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library is a stop
Ruskin Branch Library is a stop
Seminole Heights Branch Library is a stop
SouthShore Regional Library is a stop
Temple Terrace Public Library is a stop
Thonotosassa Branch Library is a stop
Town 'N Country Regional Public Library is a gym
Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library is a gym
West Tampa Branch Library is a stop 


Today at the library, I had a wild and crazy Zubat flying right in front of BoB. I don't know which is more odd. The bat or the skeleton. But what is for sure odd is that I had 21 Poke balls and I could not catch this Zubat. Laughing 



Whether it's a Charmander or a Rattata, we want to know what you catch. Share your photos with us! #‎PokeLibrary‬ ‪#‎CatchThemAll‬ ‪#‎PokemonGo‬

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival The Commodores #CorksandCoasters

No joke. I LOVE The Commodores!

When I saw them listed in the lineup for the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival I was giddy with excitement.

The only other performance that even caught my eye was Andy Grammar which was on the same weekend as The Commodores and I knew I'd have to work one of those days, so I held my breath to see which performance I'd get to see. I crossed my fingers, my toes, my everything and hoped it would be The Commodores. 

And my day off was on SATURDAY!! I was so excited. And so were my kids. But not only did we get to see The Commodores, we had VIP seating and a Meet and Greet opportunity complete with a photo!

It was so amazing!!

Despite that a steady drizzle was going on throughout the concert, I would totally go back and do it again. Though I'd likely bring an umbrella along. But again the rain didn't slow anyone down! Hundreds of people were singing along with "Easy" and "Brick House" (myself included) along with another dozen or so of the The Commodores most loved hits. They even mentioned that they came on the music scene in 1974. I would have been 3 years old. Makes perfect sense as when I think about the music of my childhood, The Commodores make up most of my soundtrack. 

I've had TWO great concert experiences at Busch Gardens: The Steve Miller Band and The Commodores. Priority seating is totally the way to go at Busch Gardens. You are so close to the band and it's nice to be able to sit down after walking through the park all day.

Have you been to the Food and Wine Festival this year? Did you stay for a concert? Which one did you see?  

Would you know what to do in a pet emergency?

A few weeks ago my husband was working in his home office (also known as our living room) which overlooks our street. We live on a pretty quiet street. We're on a cul-de-sac with 11 houses total. 10 kids live on our street, and 5 dogs. A few of those dogs are well behaved and their owners allow them to go off-leash.

You all know we have our Matthew. Matthew is our 4 year old yellow Labrador. We NEVER let Matthew off-leash. NEVER. Sure he may dash out of an open door, but he immediately heads to our back lake, and I can easily get him back by holding up his ball.

So, back to my original story. James was in his office when he witnessed something that no pet owner ever wants to witness. Heck, I doubt any human being would ever want to witness it.

Our neighbor's dog was hit by a UPS truck.

Yes, she was off-leash. The UPS truck scares her, and normally she doesn't leave her grandma's side, but this day was different. In a blink of an eye, the sweet dog (y'all she truly is the sweetest dog ever) decided to run in front of the UPS truck. James saw the whole thing happen.

Poor puppy went down and James ran out the door. It was not a pretty site. Both her back legs were severely broken, and one of the legs was a compound fracture. Her grandma was in tears and James scooped the pup up, placed her on some blankets in the bed of his truck, grandma climbed in the bed with the pup, and she told James which vet to drive to.

They get to that vet office and they refuse to help. Grandma instructs James to another vet. That vet office also refuses to help. They finally end up at Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency and at first that clinic refused to help too. James had to get pretty vocal, throw down the gauntlet and demanded that they at least get her stable. They agreed. This is where James left as the dog's owner had shown up. So on to the rest of the story....they stabilized her and then transferred her to another pet hospital. She ended up at Blue Pearl Emergency Vet on Busch Blvd. She ended up being in the hospital for nearly a week, and had to have multiple surgeries on her legs. Her one leg was actually scraped way down to the muscle. It was bad, folks. Real bad. Edited to add this comment made by my husband: Jen failed to mention the arterial bleeding. That was why we were in such a rush. There was about a gallon of blood in the bed of my pickup that I had to spray off with a hose once I got home. Blood was everywhere. 

After this accident happened it really got me thinking about my own dog. Would I know where to go if something like this happened to Matthew? It just so happened that I had a vet appointment for Matthew the next day for his rabies vaccine. So I asked them. They told me rather than driving around from vet office to vet office, if I needed emergency vet assistance I should immediately head to Blue Pearl.  I had never heard of Blue Pearl before this horrible accident but as long as I have a pet, they will be on speed-dial in my phone.

The sweet dog is home now and is expected to recover. We don't yet know if she'll have full use of her legs, but what I do know is that if my husband hadn't been home the ending to this story would have been very different. The pup's grandma told me that no other neighbor's were home that day and the dog weighed too much for her to pick up. And pup was bleeding so heavily she would have likely bled out before her owner could have made it to the house to take her to the vet.

A tragic story that taught us a lesson, and thankfully has a happy ending.

Do you know what to do in a pet emergency?