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How I Spent Leap Day

You can read the original post at Texas Travel Girl

Hey Everyone!

I have been in recovery mode from my adventure that occurred two weeks ago. Honestly, things have been crazy busy at work… phone duty, computer systems crashed, phones crashed, dealing with that psychotic attorney and well adjusting claims is a crazy business anyway. Then to top it all off, I came down with a very very nasty bout of the flu, which believe me I am still battling, but at least I can get my bottom out of bed and see the sun shine.

So onto more important matters how did I spend leap day?

Those of you that know me, know I am a self proclaimed Dis-Nerd, so it is not a shock that I fell victim to Disney’s One More Day Campaign, and spent 24 hours at the World.

Anyway, it is time for the very crazy long post about the very crazy Leap Day!

If I could only use one word on how I would describe this experience? Awesome. Without a doubt, it was an amazing day.

We woke up at 4:30am quickly got ready and walked over to our bus stop to catch the first bus of the morning, which didn’t arrive until 5:20 not 5 am.

(NOTE to My future self, when they say buses start a 5 am they don’t mean buses will be ready to take you to the park at 5 am, they mean they will start their routes).

Not going to lie, I was starting to feel a moment of panic that I would miss the Welcome Show, and get a late start on my extra day as I had major plans and I was going to accomplish every single one of them. 🙂

We arrived got through the security line, to get into the park. It really was an amazing event, camera crews, radio Disney, cast members, and 1000s of Crazed Disney Fans all in close proximity of each other, any sleepy-ness I had going on vanished instantly because of the positive energy that was surrounding me.

By time I realized I really was about to spend 24 hours at Disney, the Welcome Show Started.

We waited anxiously for the Welcome Show to end, while waiting we were able to establish the game plan for the first 20 minutes, get in, get a locker, get t-shirts…. get to space mountain 🙂

The count down started… 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1…. Ready Break

we ran over to the lockers, got our locker and then ran to get our leap day t-shirts, that was utter madness, by 6:15 we were done and on our way to Tomorrow Land.

We walked in the fog to Tomorrowland, amazed at how small the crowds were (at this time) it was empty and it was amazing!

We hopped in line for Space Mountain and waited approx 10 minutes, jumped on the ride, and off we went.

Afterwards, I decided I wanted to go ahead and ride Tomorrowland Speedway, I jumped in line and waited for 5 minutes and took off! Needless to say I won, yep I took those 10 year olds on!

ready to race
vroom vroom

We enjoyed Philar Magic Next, I LOVE this show, when I pay 3D premiums at the theater this is the 3D experience I expect, and well NEVER get.

We rode Snow White’s Scary Adventures, I plan on dedicating an entire post to this gem in the future, I am so sad it is being retired 🙁 we waited maybe 5 minutes for this ride, which believes me NEVER happens.

R.I.P Snow White

We ride the Carousel next, sigh, I love Prince Charming, and I learned that Cinderella has a favorite horse. Did you know that?

I took on the Sword & The Stone, clearly I am no King Arthur.

Not King Arthur…

We rode It’s a Small World, and got the lovely song stuck in our heads, because let’s face it, it really is a small small world…

I met Tiana, and she offered to make us Gumbo because the frog that was with me was hungry.

We then decided to walk over to the Haunted Mansion, and take a break and ride the dark ride. The wait was less than 10 minutes, but we decided to take our time and get pics of the line queue. Which is kinda our thing, we love taking pics of line queues. Nobody can stage a line like Disney. I will post these pics a later date, this line is entertainment in it’s self. 😉

Made it through that line and got away with getting one photo in the stretching line before a cast member kindly reminded us no flash photography… he was quick, as we snapped that pic before the doors were even closed.

I know shame on us…

After that we were off to Tink’s Nook, were I was lucky enough to meet Vidia & Tink, both were super awesome and super adorable. In fact I fell in love with Tink’s Nook, and I would return later that evening.

After meeting Tink, we decided to get on Magic Carpets, and according to my ride partner I stink at flying the carpets, apparently you should go up and down, not just stay up, however the photopass guy got an amazing shot of us on the carpets.

We then walked over and I was able to meet Ariel & Eric. Which was a trip, I asked Ariel if I could get a pick with only Eric, which made her sad but when my partner in crime offered to keep her company, she wasn’t sad any longer, and took off, which made for a great laugh.

We walked over to my favorite ride, at the Magic Kingdom, the Jungle Cruise, the jokes are the same they always have been, but they crack me up every time. Hey what can I say, I am easy to please.

The best part, we were asked by the Facebook advertising team to take a photo for the page. We gladly agreed.

You can see the photo here

Our Jungle Boat Skipper

After that we decided to head back over to Tomorrowland and take break and watch the Laugh Floor, and seriously that show is super cute. I have never watched it before. Yeah I know, I am getting my Dis-Nerd card pulled by some of you, but hey normally I don’t have time to do it, today I did, and it will be on my list from now on.

It was now time to walk to The Plaza for our lunch reservation, while waiting for our table we were able to catch the Move It, Shake It Parade. This parade was fun to watch, however by time I caught it for the fifth time that day, I would start to be slightly annoyed… but only slightly (hey I was sleep deprived!)

Oh by the way… it is only 11:35 am.

Stay tuned for tomorrow to see what we accomplished after my yummy lunch at the Plaza

My love of the Oscars

The original post is on Texas Travel Girl

So tonight I decided, that I did not want to post a Disney post instead, in honor of the 84th Academy Awards, I figured I would post about the time I went to LA for work. In 2008, I was fortunate enough to experience LA for the first time. One weekend a few of my coworkers and I decided that we had to go downtown to Hollywood Blvd. To see what all the fuss was about!

I was overwhelmed, I saw the Roosevelt Hotel, which the original and early Academy Awards was handed out.

I am pretty sure the classic greats received their Academny Awards here.

Then we walked over to the Grauman’s Chinese Theater, and I instantly became overwhelmed, with the star hand prints. I could have taken pictures all day. Not to mention this was once a place where the Oscars were held for a few years in the 40s.

and oh my the hands, the feet, I don’t need to see them in person, heck I was already STAR STRUCK!

Can you tell who I am pulling for tonight?

I won’t bore you with the tons of photos I took of celebrities, hands & feet or their stars, but I will included them in my album.

To see the additional pics click here

Well everyone, I must get back to the Oscars. Hope you enjoy the Oscars as much as I do. I would love to get back to Hollywood!

Thanks for reading!
Jen

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Note:  This post was taken from my Texas Travel Girl page, you can view the original post HERE

As the past few weekends, have been kinda boring and uneventful. I decided to go through my old albums and see what I can post about. In honor of the One More Disney Day Celebration and the fact that I love all things Disney to the point of obsession. I figure I would talk about last year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

I want to be very clear… I DO NOT HAVE A GREEN THUMB. Not even close. I love plants & flowers, but they do not last very long around me. My mother can grow ferns from a seedling, I however can kill a cactus.

The festival is very pretty, and I was lucky enough to experience it late April to early May, which I think is prime Florida season. The skies were a beautiful shade of blue.

See the pretty blue skies!

For all of you lucky people that have a true Green Thumb HGTV & DIY designers offer of presentations on multiple gardening topics. I did not partake in these events. I don’t think HGTV could save my plants.

On the weekends they have Flower Power Concert series, we were able to witness Paul Revere & The Raiders. If you know who that is good for you. I didn’t, apparently I showed my age according to the 60s something couple we met.

Anyway, my absolute favorite part of this festival? The amazing Disney Character Topiaries. Which the majorty of the photo’s from today’s blog will come from. I can’t choose a favorite. The best part, when I went back in October, it was amazing to see the topiaries spread out throughout the parks.

Anyway, enjoy the photos, and if you ever find yourself in Orlando during the festival, it is worth a visit. Especially if gardening is your thing! The photos may take awhile to load, I have a lot of them, so be patient.

Enjoy!

Lotso





Which is your favorite? The Lady and the Tramp makes me smile the most!

Summer Reading

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I have a lot of plans coming this summer, so needless to say a lot of my free time is going to be getting caught up on all the nerdy shows (that is tomorrow’s post) and reading… a lot! With San Diego Comic Con, a trip through the Midwest, Florida then a cruise in November, I am pretty much grounded on spending. I may take a road trip here and there, but that is a big maybe.  I will be pinching pennies pretty much until Christmas.

So I decided to make my summer book & Movie/TV watch lists. It is time to read those books I thought about reading & those must see nerdy TV shows or movies. Especially since I am most likely going to be laying out by the pool enjoying the sunshine the majority of my summer 🙂

Those who know me know I read a lot, and I try to read as often as possible. It is a nice mental escape for when I can’t “really” escape.

I have an Ipad mini, and it is perfect for grabbing those Kindle books and reading when I have down time. (which is often right now  (sadface) ) Links are included to check out, if you are interested, I know I am!!

anyway I have been asking around and looking at new books to come out, and I have my summer reading list. I can typically read 2 books a week as I read often before bed, or out of boredom and I really do get a joy out of reading. So these are the 20 books I hope to read before Labor Day!

So without further ado My Summer book list:

1. Joyland (Hard Case Crime)
– Stephen King (Stephen King, Carnys and Crime oh yeah baby
Read my Review

2. Bad Monkey
– Carl Hiaasen
Read my review of Bad Monkey

3. The Heist: A Novel
– Janet Evanovich
Read my review of The Heist

4. The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
– J. Maarten Troost (this book is pretty well read in the travel Community & I think I need to read it too)

5. Blood Yellow
– Ashley Nemer
Read my review of Blood Yellow

6. The Lost Consipiracy
– Frances Hardinge (stumbled across this YA Fantasy, which is often my favorite genre)

7. Prodigy: A Legend Novel
– Marie Lu (I read Legend, and I need to read book 2, this summer is a good time to read it)

8. Psych’s Guide to Crime Fighting for the Totally Unqualified
(I love Psych & Totally didn’t know this existed ha!)

9. Second Honeymoon
– James Patterson.
Read my review of Second Honeymoon

10. The Bridges of Madison County
– Robert James Waller- to prepare for my Midwestern Road Trip

11. The Passage: A Novel  Finished June 20, 2013
– Justin Cronin – (heard a rumor it was optioned by Ridley Scott, so now I need to read it 🙂 )
Read my review of the passage

12. The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America
– Bill Bryson (A travel book based in America, not something common in the travel world)

13. Throne of Glass
– Sarah J. Maas
Read my Review

14. Into the Wild
– Jon Krakauer (another travel book I have read a LOT about, and decided it was time to read)

15. The 5th Wave
– Rick Yancey (heard good things about it, gonna have to give it a go)

16. The Madman’s Daughter (Madman’s Daughter – Trilogy)
– Megan Shepherd
Read my Review

17. Undead
– Kirsty McKay
Read my Review

18. Storm (Elemental)
– Brigid Kemmerer- (I am always good with a series)

19. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)
– Marissa Meyer
Read my review of Cinder

20. Under the Never Sky
– Veronica Rossi (another series book that has been on my list)
Read my Review

As you can see, I love fantasy, dystopian  books (which is all  the rage right now thanks to the Hunger Games!)  I am sure I will get through these quickly, and I am open to suggestions!

What is on your Summer reading list?

XOXO