Archive | May, 2014

Wordless Wednesday – 5/28/14

28 May

My baby sister’s last day of high school was today….honestly, where has the time gone?! Love you, Macayla! ❤

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Memorial Day 2014

26 May

Today was bittersweet as we watched my youngest sister, Macayla, march in her last Memorial Day parades. Way to end on a high note, kiddo!! 🙂

 

 

WWW Wednesday

14 May

You can thank Michelle over at The Tipsy Geekette for helping me to change up my Wednesday post. Before you get all bent out of shape, here’s what I was GOING TO POST for Wordless Wednesday when I just happened to notice Michelle’s post in my Reader.

Reading gives us someplace to go  when we have to stay where we are

So, two posts for the price of one day, because WWW Wednesday is where you answer the three questions ShouldBeReading posted earlier. And it’s ironic because the above picture quote (which I found on my Facebook feed earlier and totally describes my life recently) and the questions go hand-in-hand. So without further ado…

1. What are you currently reading? I am in the middle of Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. This is the second book in the Outlander series. While this is not the first time I have “read” this book (I listened to it as an audio book about three years ago when I worked in the University Library shelving books for 6 hours), it’s been such a long time that I had forgotten some of the details and story lines. However, I am still as much in love with the characters the second time around as I was the first. For anyone who loves reading about the Scottish Highlands, time travel, romance and war, this is the book for you! I have lost hours of the night to this book, I never want to put it down!

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2. What did you recently finish reading? Well, that’s an easy one, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. This is the first book in the series and does a fantastic job of interducing you to the characters, the country of Scotland and the different time periods (were you listening above when I mentioned time travel?!) I really enjoy reading how the different characters talk, some were hard to understand at first, but then the language just grows on you. I couldn’t get my hands on the second book fast enough. I NEEDED to know what happened to Claire, Jamie and Frank.

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3. What do you think you’ll read next? Again, this is an easy question. I just returned home (okay, so it’s been over a month now, but it FEELS like I was just there yesterday) from Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, where I picked up the last book in the Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson called Kingdom Keepers: The Insider. If you’ve never heard of the Kingdom Keepers, they are a group of five teenagers who were “created” to protect the Disney Parks and magic from the villains at night after the park closes and the guests go home. Throughout the series, we’ve been to each of the parks in Florida (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom) as well as Disney Quest at Downtown Disney. Then we hopped on board a Disney cruise for a couple books, and so I’m guessing this final book will take us to where the magic began all those years ago, the heart of all that is Disney, Disneyland in California. But, I could be COMPLETELY wrong. I’ve delayed reading this one because it is the last, and because I know it was written differently (while he was writing the book, Ridley Pearson would post “sneak peaks” to his facebook page and ask his fans to submit ideas for where the plot should go – I never read these because I wanted to be surprised, but that’s just me.) I wish I hadn’t known there were other “authors” involved in the creation, I would have liked to know where the plot was originally suppose to go and how the story “should have ended” if there hadn’t been any outside influences. However, I’m being super judgmental of a book I haven’t even read yet, and I’m sure it will turn out to be a page-turner like the others. I guess we’ll find out soon!

Kingdom Keepers: The Insider

So come on now, join the fun! All you have to do is leave a comment with the link to your answers or leave a comment with your answers if you don’t have a blog. I’m always looking for new and exciting books, I have a “bit of a reading addiction” – so help a girl out, what are YOU reading?!  😉

The Liebster Award

3 May

I began this blog a few years ago. I figured it would be a great way to record my everyday life and to practice and improve my writing talent. I had no idea it would become a close network of friends I’ve never met before. I look forward to reading everyone’s posts and get excited when someone new visits, likes or comments on one of my posts.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this week I was nominated for The Liebster Award by Greg over at Why I runDisney – thank you so, so much! I feel like I have officially been welcomed into an extended blogging community!
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Now, I don’t know much about The Liebster Award, except what I learned on Greg’s post, but basically it’s a nod to new bloggers and a way to help other’s discover their blogs as well. This award is only on the internet and given to bloggers by other bloggers. The rules are simple:

  • You must link back to the person who nominated you
  • You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee
  • You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award
  • You must create 10 questions for your nominees
  • You must go to their blogs and notify the nominees

1. What is your favorite Disney theme park in the world? Why?

My favorite Disney theme park in the whole world by default is Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Not only is it the ONLY Disney theme park I’ve been to (the first time when I was 12 years old), it’s where I worked, played and lived for a year during my Disney College Program. It’s where I met some of my very best friends, now extend members of my family. It’s where I met my boyfriend, Scott. It’s where I truly found me.

2. Are there any Disney theme parks that you would like to visit that you haven’t visited yet? If so, which one(s)?

Someday I would love to visit Disneyland and California Adventure. I would also like to visit one of the international parks, I’m not picky about which one because honestly, if I had an unlimited bank account, I’d love to visit them all!!

3. Since all of you have run in races before, which race was your favorite?

My favorite race was the 2013 runDisney Tower of Terror 10 miler. This was my third runDisney race that I’ve run with my DCP roommate, Monique. It was also the longest distance I have ever pushed myself. I’ve never been so proud of myself before this moment. Crossing that finish line for me was so emotional, so overwhelming, so powerful. Once we crossed the finish line Monique was already talking Wine and Dine Half 2014, which we will be running in November, so my favorite race may change!

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4. If you could choose a theme for a runDisney race, what theme would you choose and why?

Wow, that’s a hard one!! What about a Disney-Pixar themed race?! 🙂

5. What advice would you offer someone who is a beginning runner?

It does not matter if you run the whole time or only for a minute, as long as you run at some point, YOU are a runner. I know it’s hard not to compare yourself to others (trust me on this, I struggle with it daily it seems like), but the only person you should be comparing yourself to is the you from YESTERDAY. When I began my running journey, a seasoned runner told me that I would go through an emotional journey, I would have good days and bad days, days when my lungs and legs would burn, but if I kept pushing, not only physically, but mentally as well, I would reach every running goal I set for myself. I know I’ll never be the fastest, but as long as I finish, that is a win and a major success and accomplishment in my book.

6. What races are on your bucket list?

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7. If you run with music, what are your favorite songs to run with? If you don’t run with music, what is your favorite mantra?

Some of my favorite songs include:

  • Cannonball by Lea Michele
  • Just Like We Dreamed it – Disneyland Resort Paris
  • Waiting for Tomorrow by Mandisa
  • Overcomer by Mandisa
  • Live Like a Warrior by Nick Pitera
  • She’s So Gone by Lemonade Mouth
  • When Can I See You Again (from Wreck it Ralph) by Owl City
  • Not Your Cinderella by Payton Rae
  • Closer, Faster by Against The Current
  • It’s Not Just Make Believe by Kari Kimmel

8. What are your favorite Disney theme park indulgences? This could be favorite food items, favorite shows, favorite attractions, favorite places to go while on a Disney theme park vacation, etc. In other words, what are your favorite things to do at any of the Disney theme parks?

Wow, I’m not sure I can narrow that down, especially since I just returned from the Happiest Place on Earth. Can I say everything?! Okay here goes – at Animal Kingdom: Finding Nemo: The Musical, Dinosaur, Expedition Everest, and when they still had it, the Shrimp Po Boy sandwich at Restaurantosaurus.

Epcot – Spaceship Earth, Test Track, Soarin’, walking around World Showcase, especially during the International Food and Wine Festival in the fall, and watching Illuninations, the best place in my opinion is from the Mexico Pavilion.

Hollywood Studios – Rock N Roller Coaster, The Great Movie Ride, Indiana Jones Stunt Show, a new favorite is the character drawing class in the Animation Building, and Fantasmic.

Magic Kingdom – Meeting Mickey, Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, People Mover, Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor, Festival of Fantasy parade, Wishes, and eating at be Our Guest. Also, if you are lucky enough to got to a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, DO IT, you won’t be disappointed, I promise!

I also enjoy riding the monorail and watching Wishes from the roof of the Contemporary Resort and from the beach at the Polynesian Resort. If you are ever at Downtown Disney, eat at Earl of Sandwich, get a chocolate milkshake from Ghirardelli and if your looking for something completely different, spend a few hours at Disney Quest.

9. When training for a race (a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon, or Ultra), where is your favorite place to run?

There is a state park not far from where I live that has a nice path out over the dam – down and back is just under 3 miles, it’s also a slight incline. I also enjoy running around the roads where I live – hilly country back roads, around the “block” is 3.5 miles.

10. If you could personalize the post race food given to you after a race like a half marathon or full marathon, what would your order?

As I haven’t run a half marathon yet, I’m not sure what they give you. But when I get back from my training runs I always want chocolate milk after my bottle of water.

And now to pass the baton along, I’m tagging:

1. TheDisneyDiva

2. Jessica at  PubRunAholic

3. Katie, Letty and Michelle at The Tipsy Geekette

4. Casey at Life with Roozle

5. Victoria and Kyle at The WDW Blog

6. Ti and Kellz at The 2econd Star

7. Jennifer at Dreams Really Do Come True

8. Sarah at PR and Pixie Dust

9. Adam at Things Goofy

10. Rachel at Rachel Does Disney…Again

Now for the fun part, my questions for the nominees should they choose to accept it!

1. What is your favorite quote/poem/motivational saying?

2. If you could visit any country in the world and stay for as long as you wanted, where would you go and why?

3. What was your favorite Disney movie as a kid? Is it still your favorite?

4. Tell me about a “hidden gem” in your town, something a tourist would never know to look for!

5. What are the 5 most played songs on your iPod/MP3 player/computer?

6. What are you most looking forward to this summer?

7. How many times have you been to the Disney Parks?  7.1 Share a Disney memory!

8. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

9. If you could have any role in a movie, what would it be?

10. What is the farthest you’ve ever traveled from home?