Happy Turkey Day!

No. Wrong turkey.

Yes. That's better.

Today was Thanksgiving. I like Thanksgiving. For me, it's the one day of the year where I always stop and reflect on everything that has happened to me over the past year that I'm thankful for. I usually do the same on New Year's Eve, too, so I get two happy days really close together.

It's also a day for food, family and fun. For me, I always eat a lot of food, since my parents are divorced and I typically get to go to a dinner with each of them. This year was no different, but was more toned down... which was nice.

For the second year in a row, I kept the whole day off of work, which was good. Allie and I went to a friend's room at Kidani Village at DAK Lodge this morning for breakfast, watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and saw two zebras outside his room... um... "being thankful for each other"... if you get my drift. That was craziness. Good way to start the morning, though! After, I drove home to Lakeland for dinner with my Dad and two uncles, then went to a family friend's house with Mom for a bit, stopped by her house to pick up some Christmas things and drove back up to meet Allie at work as she closed Spaceship Earth.

The food was tasty. The weather was beautiful. The holiday was nice, as always.

I'm thankful for a lot of things and am certainly very blessed. Hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday, as well!

(and if you happen to have missed having a nice dinner today, just give me a call... I have enough leftovers for AT LEAST a week)

Sick. Bleh.

I'm just going to put it out there...


I always hate getting that little tingly feeling in the back of my sinuses, like my head trying to tell me, "LOOK OUT! IT'S COMING!" That's the time I have to go out and buy a 24 pack of Tylenol Cold, a box of Sudafed, a gallon of orange juice and stand in a long line that takes forever before I can finally come home to prep my house with tissues and Afrin.

The fatigue started Monday night. The sniffles started yesterday after I got off work. I wasn't so thrilled to have to go in today, but I made it through. Now I sit, congested, headachy, blogging. What else is there to do?

Oh yea, class. I have to go to that tonight. Ugh.

This better blow over quickly - I gots me some turkey and mashed potaders to munch on tomorra'!

Painting a Garden State

Real quick... painting a house sucks. No matter as much fun as it "can be" and how good it looks when it's done, the whole process of it can really be a pain in the butt sometimes. From the taping, to brushing, spilling paint, to cleaning up, washing tools, to making a mess, removing tape, to noticing bleeding, having it dry and noticing missed spots, to having to go through the whole process of a second coat by doing it all over again... it just sucks.

I'm thinking of hiring a professional to come in and finish it, but I don't really have the money to do that. Oh, well. It'll all get done EVENTUALLY.

On a lighter note, if you've never seen the movie "Garden State", you're really missing out. Go buy it, or put it in your Netflix queue, or order it On Demand, or pick it up at Blockbuster (if anybody even does that anymore). It is my favorite movie of all time, hands down, even though I honestly couldn't tell you all the reasons why. Directed by and starring Zach Braff (of "Scrubs" fame), it has a remarkable soundtrack and is one of those films that will always make you think and feel better, no matter your mood. No, I'm not from New Jersey, but can certainly relate to how Zach's character tries escaping his small town there in an effort to find himself out in the real world.

Elissa (my friend from high school - love ya, girl!) gave it to me for my 19th birthday and I absolutely loved it. I'm not even much of a movie person, but this is one of those films I can't live without. Although I don't watch it all that often, it usually gets brought out after I've had a bad day or am just in "one of those moods".

Wanna watch it with me? I'm game, just let me know when. In the meantime, enjoy the film's soundtrack that I've posted, which you can shuffle through on the right.

It's almost been a month!

Friends, Romans, countrymen... my apologies. I know I said last month that I would keep you up to speed on here. I've just been busy. Very busy. But now I'm here, just shy of one month from my last post. Let's catch back up, shall we?

Well, can you believe it? Not even three weeks out of training and I got to swim under the sea with Sebastian and all the other fishes on October 22nd! IT WAS GREAT! Absolutely LOVED it. I've even filled two more schedule holes since then, so I got to do it again and again! Gah! I'm no spectacular puppeteer, but I don't think I'm all that bad. Hope I get to play with Ariel more often!

What else? Hmmm, let's see... as mentioned earlier, I ran the final Tower of Terror 13K on October 24th, which was so much fun! Sad to see it go, but it was fun while it lasted. I crossed the line in 1:19:49, right at the pace I wanted to be. I'm still debating running the Marathon in January... let's see if I actually decide to do so!

OH! And it was Halloween on October 31st, for those of you that missed it. I'm not really all that big on the holiday, but I DID manage to carve my first pumpkin in at least five years and named him Skip! He's gone up to the great pumpkin patch in the sky now, but was super-cute and kept me company when not a single Trick or Treater showed up on my doorstep that night.

I also got to be an Armadillo for the first time two weeks ago in Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade. Now, I've been in every unit! It was a lot of fun (after I remembered the correct choreography eight loops in). Downside? We're all required to walk on J-Walkers now (as opposed to the option to walk on Bigfoots, my preferred method) and I was a bit nervous. Surprisingly, it was good and I didn't fall... until I got backstage. You see, I'm used to being on Bigfoots and able to still walk around on them after my legs had been taken off. But, since the legs were tied on differently to these new stilts, that isn't exactly the safest thing to do. Up I stood. Down I fell. Long story short, the stilts weren't completely attached to my legs, so I fell in quite an unimpressive and rather messy way. However, this "incorrect" fall was actually good, as if I fell the "right" way, they would have came up and hit me in the back. So... yay?

Last week, I went and saw Tiana's Showboat Jubilee at the Magic Kingdom. Words can't describe... this show is absolutely AMAZING! It's celebrating our new movie, "The Princess and the Frog", coming out on December 11th. I can't wait for the movie, it's going to be awesome. In the meantime, though, go see the show. And meet Princess Tiana and Princes Naveen. So much fun.

Finally, I got to hang out with Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora for the first time in nearly a year and a half this past Friday at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Before you pull out your calendar, yes, Christmas parties have already started. It's Disney. It happens. But it was a lot of fun and I get to do it again this Friday. Easy night with a fun lady (and I mean that in a good way).

Soooooooo, that's basically it. I'm back... again... so yay.

Thank you, loyal followers, for still following. Love you bunches!