Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Life Just Can't Wait

Life just can't wait for me to sit at a computer.  I do not have a laptop or tablet to type up as I spend two hours a morning at the pool deck or two and a half hours at the baseball diamond.  Although I am no longer by the pool deck in the mornings, as LRHB as traded in his Speedo for his Mako bat, I am now running Camp Mom.  This special place is where I spend my day entertaining a kid that wants to be on the go all the time, but must rest so that he can give it his ALL during All-star baseball.  No sitting lazily by the recreation pool while he squirrels away his time playing until the storms roll in each afternoon.  No time to get caught up on writing or reading as I am playing every board game that we own (I'll let you know in the future my opinions on that particular topic!).  We spend mornings watching a movie, afternoons playing games and eating dinner at 4 to head out for the field where the bugs bite and the rain comes and life is alive with the sounds of baseball.

Movies, believe it or not, is the topic of today's post.  We have watched some incredible films, based on true stories, that are inspiring.  I wanted to share them with you.  I get my films at the Library.  I go on, request them and pick them up.  FREE!

  • Glory Road
  • The Greatest Game Ever Played
  • Rudy
  • Invincible
  • Million Dollar Arm
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Eight Below
  • Radio

These movies may not have gotten the same press as movies such as Remember the Titans, Miracle or Hoosiers (which we have watched so many times that we can quote them), but they have the same message of overcoming hardship through perseverance that young people today need to see.  

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Disney Blog Day 5

Day 5 Part 2 Walt Disney World Resort

We arrived at our Wilderness Lodge Resort and found our room ready for us even though we were hours before check-in.  We had chosen a bed with bunks, for my boy and me, and a queen bed, for my parents who were arriving later in the day.  Once we had explored the hotel complex, we decided to have lunch in the fast food joint in our hotel.  The food was better than I expected and the salesperson took the time to explain to me why we should invest in one of their Disney Cups.  {A moment about said Disney Cups:  I don't drink soda anymore and I limit soda for LRHB so I had previously decided that we wouldn't be purchasing these cups.  I changed my mind when I realized that I could give him Powerade and, in the humid Florida weather, realized that would be a good choice for him.  Another factor was that I could get my coffee every morning with this cup and iced tea all day long.  Finally, they had disposable cups that I collected and put in the room.  Each morning I would make a series of trips downstairs and load us up for the day in both empty water bottles and disposable cups.  These are the reasons I purchased the Disney cups and would encourage anyone else to do so as well.}

Since the weather was overcast and rainy, we skipped the pool and boarded the bus for Downtown Disney after lunch.  I know I have mentioned that LRHB is anti-shopping.  However, Downtown Disney has a Lego Store which was the enticement I used to get him to go.  He purchased a Lego set and was entertained by it for the in-between hours (those hours before you leave for the next thing or before bed) for the rest of the trip.  We received notice that my parents were on the way to the resort so we headed back to meet them.  (Ask them about their car service next time you see them! LOL)

We went to the Hoop De Doo Revue for dinner and a show.  This was on mom's bucket list and we all really enjoyed ourselves.  We did the hurry up and rush there (via boat!) to wait and wait.  Since the seating is prearranged, I would encourage you to arrive in time, but not early.  Although there was probably exploring we could have done, not knowing enough about the area, we didn't do any.  We were content, I might mention, to sit and chat about the upcoming days since it was our first time together in three months and we needed a game plan.  The show itself was fun, food was good and LRHB is still laughing about some of the play on words that they included in the show!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Disney Blog Day 5

Debarkation Day

The time has come for us to leave our ship.  We had to put our luggage out the night before.  I thought that they would wait until all of our luggage was outside before they swept it away, however, upon realizing that my pants to wear were still in the bag that I had already placed outside, I found that they gather the bags out as soon as they appear and then deliver it to the underbelly of the ship.  So I dug out the jeans I had worn for pirate night to wear the next day.  

We had to set alarms to drag us from our bed and out the door for breakfast.  Early dinner seating is not a positive on debarkation day as then you have early breakfast seating.  I think it was 6:15.  Following our wonderful breakfast, we gathered our things from the room bidding it farewell and left the ship.  (pause here for sniffing and tear wiping)

The Disney Magical Express whisked us from the port to Disney World.  I caught up on texting and listened to tunes while my boy took a much needed nap.  Now I am going to say something very entitled, so acknowledge that I know it is entitled and recognize that I have given this more than a month of thought and still desire to share this with you:  If you are paying the most to stay in the resort, you should be the first one dropped off.  Seriously, we were the last ones dropped off and we were staying at the most expensive hotel.  It took us an additional thirty minutes (conservative) once on Disney property to reach our resort.  That just doesn't make sense to me.  I know it is snobby, yet, apparently I feel strongly enough about the amount of money I paid to make the comment.

Moving on... Disney Wilderness Lodge is beautiful!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Book # 28

The Fudge Cupcake Murder
by Joanne Fluke

It is time to take a break from the bakery murders because I figured out the murder on page 139 of a 271 page book.  I figured out the motivation behind it before my favorite baker also.  I love returning to characters I know and love so I will continue to read these books.  However, if you are a die hard mystery lover, you may tire of this series.  I will miss Hannah and her family during my break, yet it is time to try some other stories on my list.

ps.  Of course this book has yummy recipes for bakers to try.  I continue to resist!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Disney Blog Day 4

Day 4, Part 2

Upon returning to the ship, we quickly changed and headed for dinner.  We enjoyed a lovely evening of lobster and each other's company.  I found our servers to be warm and each night the assistant server had a "trick" or "activity" to show my boy.  I found the food to be absolutely delicious each time I sat down for a meal.  We had the breakfast buffet, twice, and found it to be unremarkable.  It is a breakfast buffet, standard, nothing to set it apart.  I found the lunch buffet on the island to be less than stellar.  Really, plenty of room for improvement in this area.  The lunch buffet on departure day was fabulous!  I cannot stress enough that each meal that I sat down for, breakfast, lunch and dinner(s) we scrumptious.  

Following dinner, LRHB and I met up with our companions.  The youngsters headed to Kids Club, while we went for a drink.  I had promised my boy that we would do the Aquaduck again tonight because we'd only gotten to ride it once the previous night.  It was super windy so the requirement was in place that two people had to be in the raft.  So much for me doing a couple and letting him ride the night away!  Friends, it is NOT a water slide.  It is a water COASTER with speed and tight turns not to mention the billion steps to get to the top to ride it.  However, we did it eight straight times so that he could say that he had ridden it ten times.  I am so glad that 10 was his magic number!  

A word about his experience in Kids Club.  Had he had a companion his own age perhaps it would have been better.  He is on the cusp of the kids and tween groups and has always related well to older kids, therefore as he was probably one of the oldest kids there, this might have contributed to his less than thrilled opinion of the Kids Club.  It was crazy busy at 8:00 at night with tons of kids!

Again, we skipped the evening show (for the water coaster) and headed off to bed.  We slept well each night on the ship!  

Friday, May 15, 2015

Book #27

The Marcelli Bride
by Susan Mallery

The next romantic tale involving my friends, the Marcellis, began with a long stretch in the plot line.  The characters were true to themselves and it was fun to watch the heroine come into her own.  Another questionable plot turn came at the end when we needed our hero to save his love.  I had partially predicted the story line, but even I didn't expect such a faux pas by some of the characters that led to the concluding scenes.  I think that writers that don't have to stretch reality so far tend to tell better stories.  I was invested in the characters from the previous three stories so I wanted resolution and, in spite of the gross exaggerations, I enjoyed the story.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Disney Blog Day 4

Castaway Cay.  Disney's private island.  This was the part of the vacation that I had been awaiting.  If I could have spent two days here, I would have been in heaven!  

We walked from the ship to the beach area and picked up our snorkel equipment.  After claiming a chair and slathering ourselves in sunscreen, we headed to the snorkel area.  It took a bit for LRHB to get used to the equipment, but then the world below the surface opened up to him and he loved it.  WE loved it.  We snorkeled about 75-90 minutes before returning to the shore.  He ran of to play with his admirers while I read (what else did you think I was going to do!).  After a mediocre lunch (that's actually a generous assessment), we explored some other areas of beach one.  We never made it to beach two!  Eventually, we headed back in for another long snorkeling session.  When we returned, people were packing it in for the day.  I discovered that the beach would close in about 35 minutes and that we had a bit more than an hour to be back on board.  Fabulous!  We moved our stuff and took advantage of the empty beach.  He tried to stand on flat floaties and inner tubes.  He floated while I watched, laughed and encouraged, all with my toes in the water!  Every five minutes they would announce how much longer until the beach closed.  At 4:24 pm, they announced five more minutes.  A minute later, they closed the beach!  What!  This is now commonly referred to around the house as when we got "kicked off the beach".  We were the only ones there and I guess they wanted us to go.  BTW, we were not in danger of missing the ship because we were on board a mere 8 minutes later.