Last week, we shared THIS POST about a horrible flight Ann and I had from Miami to Houston. If you have not read it, click on the link and check it out. I’ll wait.




OK, now that you’re back, you realize that the whole thing was a hoax! But if you’re like a lot of the people who have talked to us since we posted the story, you’re wondering how we did it. I mean, we had pictures from an airplane. How could we ever have faked it?

The post was one of our most popular this month, thanks to some gullible readers!

The post was one of our most popular this month, thanks to some gullible readers!

I have to give much of the credit to Ann. She loves April first like no other, and I learned early on that no one is safe from her devious plans on April Fool’s Day. Ann considered plans for April Fool’s Day for almost a year. We shared ideas for tall tales off and on for months, discarding each before the right idea finally struck one January morning in Tulsa at an unlikely place: The Tulsa Air and Space Museum.

Meghan and Steve take a selfie in an MD-80 at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.

Meghan and Steve take a selfie in a small jet’s cockpit at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.

Among other amazing exhibits, Tulsa’s museum is home to a retired MD-80 aircraft that was donated by American Airlines. Part of the airplane has been turned into a unique theater which shows a movie that discusses careers within the aviation industry. It’s a great film for kids that serves to increase interest in science and aviation.

More importantly for our purposes, the seats in this “theater” are actual first class airline seats, complete with seatbelts! Even better, we were there on a weekday morning when the museum just wasn’t that busy.

The seating in this theater is very comfortable, and there is plenty of legroom.

While sitting watching the movie, Ann had a moment of pure inspiration.

MD-80 theater at Tulsa Air and Space Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Space between the seats in the MD-80 theater that gave Ann her inspiration.

Within three minutes, she had it all planned out. As soon as the film ended, Ann got permission for us to stay in the cabin a couple of extra minutes. Ann said, “Meghan — take off your shoe and set your foot up between the seats. Hurry.”

Foot between seats in first class.

Meghan’s foot between the seats.

To make the story even more shocking, Ann kindly asked forced Meghan to pop the sock off her foot for a great photo op, carefully cropping the shot as to not show that the rest of the plane was actually empty.

Foot between first class seats no sock.

The sock popped off the woman’s foot! Ick!

But with the docent calling, and no cup or wine nearby, we had to put our project on hold and exit the plane.

Fast forward a couple of months, and Ann and I were flying from Miami to Houston. Knowing we had to finish our story, I trimmed my fingernails and put one in a plastic bag to carry on the plane with me.

I know what you’re asking. Who does that? Apparently, I do. Pretty gross, I know, but this April Fool’s joke was just too perfect.

Once on board our flight, Ann ordered a cup of wine, drank most of it, dropped my nail in, then snapped a photo.

One of the grossest things I've ever experienced. A toe nail in my wine!

One of the grossest things I’ve ever experienced. A toe nail in my wine!

Next, she stuffed a napkin into the cup and threw it away herself. We promise that no one else ever had to touch the fingernail.

We visited our friends Daniela, Flavio and their boys in Dallas on our way home and had them take this picture of us holding a random picture frame. Then, we filled it in with our April Fool’s message at the end of the blog post.

Full disclosure: A few things in the post were actually true. It really was our blogiversary. We really did fly from Miami to Houston and we did get to sit in first class. The Pioneer Woman really was on the TV on the plane. She was making some kind of Nutella pecan bar, but “Knock You Naked Brownies” just sounded better. Here’s the recipe.

We know we have set a pretty high bar with April Fool’s posts, and we have no idea what we’ll do next year. But if you’ve read this far, you’ve been warned.

By the way, did you read our post about Ann’s first trip to a nude beach? If not, CLICK HERE.   

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Standing in the piazza, looking at the bricks, we were filled with a sense of awe at the history these bricks have seen. They've been there for 700 years so have seen times of war and peace, celebration and sorrow. Generation after generation of townsfolk were born, lived and died, and all have walked on these bricks. ⁣
This is one of the things we love most about traveling. It gives us an authentic feel for history, one we wouldn't have if we just stayed at home.
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For this class, we Skyped with chef Paola who taught us to make strawberry risotto, traditional bruschetta, and a delicious poached pear dessert that blew our minds. ⁣
Risotto always seemed like a difficult dish to make, but Chef Paola explained it so well that it wound up being pretty easy. We spent a great afternoon with friends, learned something new, and enjoyed a great meal after. A class with The Chef & The Dish is a great gift idea, as well. Follow the link in our bio, and you can read more about our class on our blog.
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Wine tastings in Italy are nothing like those in the US. They are glorious affairs complete with delicious foods paired with the incredible wines. This particular winery brought us samples of homemade, organic jams made from fruits grown in the family's garden. We dabbed these on locally produced pecorino cheese. Yum!⁣
We're so glad that we had a local driver and guide. Stopping here was a highlight of our Italian adventure, and we never would have found it on our own.
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Pretty good idea, and 500 years later, they are holding up well!
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The world is a pretty cool place. Check it out.⁣

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