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Tuesday: Space Issues and Selling Hollywood

First, I want to express thanks that everyone I know in the Northeast is safe.  They didn’t all get through without some sort of impact (garages, hot tubs, power and some flooding).  But everyone (so far) is ok.

I was up on time Tues morning!  A small but important victory.  Since Tues was a non-running day, I could enjoy my coffee before heading on my bike.  Once the sun was up, I suited up and headed out.

Bike: 10 miles / 50:30

Eating on Tues was much improved.  I had coffee and part of a Costco muffin for breakfast.  Spaghetti O’s (with meatballs) and veggie sticks for lunch.  THE lunch of champions.  Carrots and a peach in the afternoon.  Dinner was Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken and Vegetable Fried Rice. Much, much improved.

I was somehow inspired to do some straightening up in the afternoon.  Our closet has a chest of drawers in it.  And I don’t want to get too used to having that extra space since we are just renting right now. So I rearranged some of my dresser to make better use of space.  It won’t stay this neat for long, but it looks nice now.  I tackled 6 of 9 dresser drawers.  The rest are coming.  And I do have MUCH more space than when it was a big mess.

Did anyone else see the big entertainment news from Tues?  Disney buys LucasFilms for $4 BILLION.  Because Lucas didn’t have enough money before this.

Travel Tuesday: Disney World

I don’t think it will come as a big surprise that we love Disney World.  And Disney without kids (even if you have kids) is even better.

Our actual favorite park is Epcot.  Maybe because it is more geared towards adults and you naturally see less kids there.  Or maybe because we can drink your way around the lagoon (start with Molson in Canada!).  We could actually skip Hollywood Studios altogether.  And I think we actually did skip it the last trip (in Feb) because the Star Tours ride was closed.  Magic Kingdom is where all the kids will be.  And Animal Kingdom is where the animals are!

The last trip to Disney was really because I ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon.  I will give a race report on that some other time.  But it did impact the trip. We got to see the Wide World of Sports (race expo), where the Atlanta Braves have their spring training.  Let me stop right there and say that they are NOT America’s team, no matter what anyone tells you. And we did things a little differently in terms of structuring the days, but not too much.  It could explain the overall results.

Enjoying Disney without kids (and not being annoyed by the kids that are there) is all about timing.  Timing of when you plan your trip, which parks you visit on which days, and how you attack the day.  There are even good guide books to help you do just that sort of planning.  I choose this one because it is the most recently updated of the bunch, but they are all good!

Parents, for god knows what reasons, tend to push their kids straight through dinner.  So your best bet is to get to the parks early, head back to the hotel for a nap in the afternoon, and then take advantage of whatever park is having late hours that day.  Definitely stay on property if you can and use the hell out of FastPass, which is legalized line cutting. And we have LOVED the new dining plan options that you can add to your trip.

All of these tips are in the books so if you haven’t been recently, definitely get a book from Amazon or even your local library.  Or email me and I can give you more on what has worked for us!

Mugs and Travel

I had this long post done for you about tax free weekend and I have yet again been derailed.  If you follow me for any length of time, you will discover that this happens quite a bit.  I will save the tax free post for tomorrow.

It was a typical morning.  I lay in bed for a few after the alarm goes off, mostly so I don’t run into Michael and have to talk before I have had my coffee.  I talk to the dog (different than having to talk to Michael, she doesn’t talk back), decide that it will be laundry day cause I don’t feel like making the bed.  And I come downstairs. Feed the goldfish.  The goldfish that I HATE and try to diminish their self-esteem on a daily basis by saying bad things to them (yup, those are my parenting skills at work).  And I take my vitamins and make my coffee.   Everyday.

I use the same coffee mug every day.  You can see it here and you will know why.  I use it, I wash it, and I use it again.  As I was washing it this morning, it started making  creaking noises at me.  At first, I just thought it was tired and complaining like me.   But on closer inspection I found that the handle is cracked!  It is the beginning of the end.  But then, this got me thinking….

I got my mug at Disney World.  I will need to go back to Disney World just to get a new mug (instead of the link to Amazon).  We LOVE Disney World and will find most any excuse to go (perfect example: Princess Half Marathon 2011).  Even if you have kids, it is an absolute MUST to experience Disney World (WORLD, not Land) without your kids.  It took me a while to realize it, but you can DRINK your way through Epcot.  Magic Kingdom is dry, which makes no sense to me since that is where all the kids are and you would probably need a drink or two MORE there than anywhere else.  But Animal Kingdom has drinks.  Not sure about Hollywood Studios since we mostly skip that one.  Any excuse to go back to Disney.  Just make sure you check east coast school calendars and go on a non-vacation week.  We seem to hit it in Feb when all of the NY/NJ/MA people are on vacation.  Not such a great idea unless you like those kinds of accents.

And one last note:  DO NOT run the Disney Princess Half Marathon unless you TRULY enjoy being surrounded by thousands of women in tiara’s, glittered faces and tutu’s with full permission to unleash their inner bitchy princess attitudes.