Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Am I Coming Or Am I Going?


How is it May September already? Like really, where did almost half all of the year go? I swear we just put our Christmas decorations up! I have been so busy this year it's nuts! I've had work, traveling all over (I'm sure I have enough airline miles accrued for Disney later this year next year), helping my BFF plan (and be in) her wedding being in my BFF's wedding, birthdays, anniversaries, doctor's appointments.....I feel like I need to sleep for about a week or twelve.

Seriously, I started this post in May and it's SAT HERE, NOT FINISHED SINCE THEN! *BAD BLOGGER* *BAD BLOGGER*

And here I thought that we'd be finishing out the year on a slightly calmer note, but stuff just keeps popping up. Granted it's all GOOD and FUN stuff, but it's still time consuming stuff. Plus there's that thing called work. Is it wrong that work almost feels like a vacation? Mind you I'm not complaining (not really), more just stating a fact. A very, very, very, time fulfilling fact. #IdleHandsAreTheDevilsPlayground #Reason4782WhyIDontHaveKids

Okay, my calendar might not look exactly like this....but it's pretty darned close!
busy calendar

Monday, September 12, 2016

I hate politics

I may need to call in sick due to election fatigue

Unless you've been living under a rock (or maybe the Bermuda Triangle), you've probably noticed that this year's presidential election has gotten UGLY! And honestly, I'm over it. My Facebook feed is full of political posts, positive and negative, for all parties, and while I have unfollowed a few friends, for the most part I let it go. Why? Because this is America and we have this thing called "Freedom of Speech". Of course I also have the freedom to ignore it, which I have been for the most part. Of course it's hard when those close to you are on the opposite side of your political beliefs. That's the part that really gets me. Because I know what their motivations are, but they are being so narrow-minded and can't see past their own problems to see what would be best for this country. 

But I digress. As election day quickly approaches, I find myself burned out. I will still cast my vote in November, because it's my right and because I think this election will be won by hairs so every vote WILL COUNT. 

But in the meantime, I will be focusing my energies into more positive and pleasant things, like sharing pictures of corgis on Instagram and leveling up my farm on Farmville 2. Because this is 'Merica!


Friday, September 2, 2016

Places I've Been


Create Your Own Visited States Map


I found this map maker via my friend (and podcast co-host) Brittany. Like her, I didn't include states I just drove through or places I've had flight layovers. One exception is if we were driving through a state but stopped to "play tourist" beyond just stopping for gas or food.

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona-Vacationed here in 2001
Arkansas-Vacationed here in 2002
California-Vacationed here several times (1999, 2005, 2015, 2016)
Colorado-Went to Denver for Bible Bowl championships in 1995/1996'ish?
Connecticut
Delaware
District Of Columbia
Florida-Vacationed here more times than I can count
Georgia 
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois-Have been to Chicago a couple of times
Indiana-I live here!
Iowa 
Kansas-Played tourist on the way to Oklahoma and on the way to Colorado 
Kentucky-Have been here several times for marching band and other stuff
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan-Go here once a year for camping
Minnesota 
Mississippi
Missouri-Visited the St. Louis Arch in 2003 
Montana
Nebraska 
Nevada-Went to Las Vegas in 2008 
New Hampshire
New Jersey-Stayed here when we went to NYC in 2002
New Mexico
New York-Visited NYC in 2002
North Carolina-Several vacations including the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011
North Dakota
Ohio-Gone to Cincinnati to King's Island several times and to Columbus for concerts
Oklahoma-With my mom in 2003, she was born here
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina-Was just here this year!
South Dakota
Tennessee-Was just here this year!
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia-Played tourist on our way to NC to visit family
Washington
West Virginia-Played tourist on our way to NC to visit family
Wisconsin
Wyoming 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Our first trip to Disneyland! Part 4: Christmas at Disneyland

Christmas at Disneyland


I love how the Disney parks and resorts do holidays, especially Christmas (there's a reason we got married at WDW in December). Disneyland and California Adventure are certainly no exception, although the Christmas decor was tuned down due to the Diamond Celebration, you could still get into the holiday spirit.

Mater in his Santa hat

My personal favorite was the Haunted Mansion overlay with the Nightmare Before Christmas (we never made it onto It's A Small World to see it's Christmas overlay)

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday

Up next: the FOOD!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Our first trip to Disneyland! Part 3: The Diamond Celebration

The Diamond Celebration

2015 saw the Disneyland resort celebrate it's 60th Anniversary, their Diamond Celebration. Of course any Disney anniversary celebration means special stuff for guests to experience, and the Diamond Celebration was no exception.

Both parks were decked out with lots of bling and banners....

Disneyland Diamond Celebration


Disneyland Diamond Celebration

Disneyland Diamond Celebration

Disneyland Diamond Celebration

There were new shows including the new 'Paint The Night Parade' (tied for my #1 favorite with the Main Street Electrical Parade), 'Disneyland Forever' fireworks, and 'World of Color Celebrate!'

Disneyland Paint the Night parade

Disneyland Paint the Night parade

Disneyland Paint the Night parade

You can see some of the shows in our vacation video:


Characters in new Diamond Celebration attire

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Disneyland Diamond Celebration

And of course merchandise.....

Disneyland Diamond Celebration Pandora Charm

We felt very fortunate that we were able to take our first trip to Disneyland while the Diamond Celebration was going on. I hope that some of the shows (*coughs* Paint the Night *coughs*) stick around for a while so we can see them again on our next visit.

Up next: Christmas at Disneyland

Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday