Wednesday, August 27, 2014

That Again??

Today I have to pack the suitcase that is going to last me for ten days.  Yes, I'm going out of town again, but more about that later.  The issue here is packing.  Which I do not like to do, and tend to put off until the last minute.  Oh, and I am planning to pack it all into a carry-on suitcase.

Anyhoo, I'm headed west to Disneyland for a race or two (or maybe three).  From there we're (Molly and I) are headed north to meet up with KB in Vancouver for a little boat trip to Alaska (yes again).  So not only do I have a few different locations/experiences, I also will be packing for a few different temperatures.  I also need to pack binoculars, mainly so I won't have to purchase yet another pair.  The good news is that I won't have any room for souvenirs that I don't need - unless I also purchase another suitcase.

I'm not complaining - well, maybe I am, but I'm trying not to.  I know I am blessed to be able to go places and do things.  I just wish I was better at this packing thing.  Oh well - I guess one can't be great at everything!!
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Today is a gift because:  I got caught up on some tasks; got sheets changed and laundry done; Steve went out and got dinner; I got my suitcase packed!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Party Time!!

Tonight was my official family birthday party.  Normally I don't like doing parties after the fact, but this was the one day that most of the family was in town.  And so we had a party.  The menu?  Boiled shrimp, Manwhich, Suddenly Salad (ranch version), french fries (in case you preferred your Manwhich over fries rather than on a bun), green salad, and Funfetti cake with the last can of Rainbow Chip Icing (discontinued, much to the distress of Maribeth and Lynnette - sure this can technically has its "best by" date of May 12, 2014, but we ate it anyway).  Anyhow, as far as the menu went, there was something for everyone.

This year was a great year in terms of gifts for me.  I would have included photos, but I don't really have any.  Besides, I am on a plane headed west and trying to catch up, so you'll have to use your imagination.  Anyhow, in addition to my lovely Disney Cruise Toms, I also received:  Disney shirts, reading glasses, and sunglasses; antique Donald Duck cast iron bank (to join Mickey and Minnie); running socks; a Run Disney countdown plaque; a fake-hair visor (maybe I should have included pictures); and some other stuff that eludes my brain right now.

Anyhow, it was a great conclusion to a great birthday weekend.  The best part is always being with family and realizing once again, that family is the best gift of all!
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Today is a gift because:  taking Everley to school and picking up Everley and Lindley from school; family birthday party; Mathieu's safe return from Korea

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Weekend, The Mission, The Aftermath ...

Sure, it was a great weekend.   We had fun, we got pictures, we finished the mission. But it certainly came with a price - at least for this newly-aged 57 year old!

Trotting through the park in search of characters is fun - if you're a child.  And while being a child a heart has its benefits, having the body and legs of a child would have been helpful for this undertaking.  And I think some of the characters might have been more willing to stop for pictures, had we been seven instead of 57!

And then there was the temperature.  Again, a child might not notice the 98+ degree heat, but add that to the already warm temperature of a post-menopausal old woman, and you've doubled the temperature.  And I won't even bring up the heat index/humidity!

The worst part was that, in our efforts to complete our task, there was no time left for naps - a definite must for children of all ages - particularly old ladies.  Instead of chilling back in the room for a couple of hours, we were sweating like the oldies trying to figure out when Tiana would be out and would we have enough time to see her before our Fast Pass for Mickey.

Anyhow, we got it all done and in time to make our flight home.  We actually stopped (we had this on our schedule) at the outlet mall on the way to the airport, but none of us had the energy to shop much.  So we just headed to the airport for a nice chair in an air conditioned building.

Once home, I think we all just dove into our individual beds at home and sacked out.  Today after doing things like work, there was probably more sacking out.  It's amazing how much this little assignment wore us slap out.

But we really had a great time - and have the pictures to prove it!!
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Today was a gift because:  no characters to run after!  waking up in my own bed; unpacking my suitcase; E sleeping over and taking her to school

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Day 3 - Characters 40-57

Number 40 - Merida - whose curly locks are excellent for days like today
when the temperature is 900 degrees and the humidity is 100%

Number 41 - White Rabbit - that's Alice's hand on my shoulder.  I don't think she knew she was being cut out
of the picture - or she might have given me some potion to drink ...

Number 42 - Cinderella - she wasn't fazed by two old ladies with a number and a picture
of some other lady - just another day in her life ...

Number 43 - Rapunzel - obviously Punzie's a teenager with some attitude ...
Number 44 - Fairy Godmother - finally someone close to our age.  Although we didn't mention that,
just in case she decided to bippity-boppity us into something even less desirable ...



Numbers 45 and 46 - Aladdin and Jasmine.  Perhaps if I had on her outfit, the sweat stains wouldn't show.
The only bad parts would be my parts that would be showing ...

Number 47 - Jessie.  One of the few characters who's head size is larger than mine.

Number 48 - Tiana - She said she would make me a cake if she had known I was coming.
And then she invited me down to her restaurant.  However, she neglected to tell me the address ...

Number 49 - Tigger.  Pooh's paw is in there, but we got him yesterday ...

Numbers 50 and 51 - Wreck It Ralph and Vannellope Von Scheweetz - the candy behind us is fake.
I know - I licked it.  It was way past lunch at this point, but we were on a mission ...

Numbers 52 and 53 - Frozone and Mr. Incredible.  Bodysuits.  Need I say more??

Numbers 54 and 55 - Mike Wazowski and Sulley - I don't know what Mike's other hand is touching,
but KB seems to be doing something with her other hand, too ...

Number 56 - Mater.  No, Disney picture taking person - we do not want a picture with Lightening McQueen.
We only need one more picture.  And Mater seems more in keeping with our current age and body.

AND FINALLY - NUMBER 57!!!  And with who else, but the one and only Mickey Mouse!!!
By the way, this dude speaks.  Out loud.  The good thing is that he keeps his actual thoughts quiet.
But here I think he's thinking, "What the crap is this??"

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Today was a gift because:  we finished our 57 photo quest; lunch with KB and Molly at the ABC Commissary; safe flight home; Everley coming over to spend the night; Molly ordering pizza and Maribeth delivering it, and it's my birthday!!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Day 2 - Characters 7-39

Number 7 - Stitch, as we were leaving Typhoon Lagoon.  Because people were reporting sightings
of beached whales.  Which mysteriously stopped once I left ...


Numbers 8 and 9 - Dug and Russell, our inspiration for our Expedition Everest Challenge 5K "race" outfits.

Numbers 10 and 11 - Chip and Dale.  Chip obviously preferred Sharon's face to his own ...

Number 12 - Rafiki, whose makeup techniques I intend to implement once I return home ...

Numbers 14 and 15 - King Louie and Baloo.  It seems to me that KB and I seem to gravitate toward certain body types ...

Number 15 - Alice, who is dressed in blue, as are we.  Bet it's hard to pick out who's who ...

Numbers 16 and 17 - Winnie the Pooh and Rabbit.  This was just after the monsoon that flooded one of the sidewalks at Epcot.  Or was that just a new "wade through" attraction ...

Number 18 - Stinky Pete The Prospector.  Technically, I don't think he's on Disney's payroll, but he looked so darn authentic, we couldn't resist ...

Numbers 19 and 20 (although a little reversed in the picture) - Buzz Lightyear and Woody.  Clearly one is a little more friendly than the other.  Or maybe it's KB who's friendlier ...
Number 21 - Dr. Facilier from "The Princess And The Frog."  Weird hands.  Meanwhile, KB looks like a glamour shot while I look like I've had a few shots ...

Number 22 - Jafar.  We waited an hour to see this dude.  In the heat.  Surrounded by crazy villain-seeking people.  Hence our expressions ...

Number 23 - Storm Trooper - the beginning of our Star Wars encounters ...

Number 24 - Asajj Ventress - from Star Wars.  Never heard of her.  But with the acquisition of Star Wars by Disney, this person (?) is now the new Disney stepsister.  And when you're trying to get 57 character pictures in 24 hours, if the character has a Disney handler in tow, you take the picture!!

Number 25 - Gamorrean Guard - yeah, I don't know either.  Star Wars.  57 pictures.  You do the math ...

Number 26 - Governor Ratcliff from Pocahontas - this is what happened when his mother said,
"You make that face again and it's going to freeze that way."

Number 27 - Cruella de Vil.  Clearly the classiest dame out tonight.  Except for the two classy dames on either side!

Number 28 - Prince John.  We had to chase him down.  In the 90 degree heat.  Sharon looks fresh, though ...

Number 29 - Sherriff of Nottingham.  He kept stealing Sharon's photo and running off with it.  I don't know what KB did to get it back ...

Number 30 - Stromboli.  He danced a little jig.  We ran after him (which was what one had to do with some of these villains in order to get a picture).  Whose idea was this, anyway??

Number 31 - J. Worthington Foulfellow from Pinocchio - yeah, he seems to be leering at KB ...

Number 32 - Gideon also from Pinocchio - yes, we're all staring at Sharon's picture.  I don't know why.  Clearly at least one of the three of us lurves her ...

Number 33 - Gaston.  Clearly the pompous you-know-what he appears to be.  Refused to turn around, preferring the younger chickadees in the front.  We may be old, but we old geezers have a few tricks still left, especially if it involves getting that picture!!

Numbers 34 and 35 - Brer Fox and Brer Bear.  By this time, it was 11pm and around 400 degrees.  We were making plans to take pictures with the ice cream man ...

Numbers 36 and 37 - Anastasia and Drizella - who's the prettiest now???

Number 38 - The Big Bad Wolf - his tongue was not wet, probably due to dehydration in the heat ...

Number 39 - The Queen of Hearts.  And our cue to call it a night and return to the hotel.  For a shower and sleep.  After all, we still have the rest to do tomorrow!!!

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Today was a great day because:  Typhoon Lagoon with Steve, Molly, and KB and later LeCellier with the same; Villians Unleashed party with KB and Molly; getting pictures