Monday, November 29, 2010

Long Weekend Festivities

Happy Belated Thanksgiving! I hope all (who read this) had a great Thanksgiving. Ours was, nice. There was an obvious void, but we enjoyed it all the same. Every year, in the past we would go around the table and say what we are thankful for, and needless to say at this time we aren't thankful for much. But I digress.... 

My long weekend started out with a trip to the movies to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 on Wednesday night. What can I say... it...was...A W E S O M E!!!!! Firefighter and I along with our North Port buddies went together. It was fun. I also was reading the book. I was about 90% done when we saw the movie. I have to say that they did a good job staying true to the book and while I am impatient, I see why 2 movies was necessary. There is a lot to cover. I finished the book on Thursday before dinner.... can't wait for June or July... I don't recall at the moment when the next one comes out.

After the movie I went and spent the night at mom's to help with preparations for dinner the next day. Both of us seemed to have a hard time sleeping. We were both up at 530 and then again at 7am, so we got started early. It was a real treat being able to help with the food and preparing the bird and stuffing... YUMMY!!! It's a lot of work. I give her a lot of credit she does it every year and doesn't complain.  So after a bit, I went home, showered and tended to the animals then went back over for dinner. After dinner we discussed our plan for Black Friday and then went home. 

Black Friday.... we, my sister, J, her husband, F, started at 5am at Wal-Mart. My brother,P, had already been to Target at 4am when he met us there. I got a steam mop for $36 and a safe for $20, which Firefighter has advised me is not very fireproof though the box states that it is.... so we may be returning it. I also got some rubbermaid tupperware and a new down pillow. Black Friday is ALWAYS so hard for me... it becomes the what can i get for me shopping trip. Not good but it's the truth. After WalMart we hit Kohls, then went and got mom, my niece, D, and my nephew, W and all met at Panera for breakfast. This year was my niece, D's first Black Friday experience. She enjoyed it. After breakfast we went to Target, Best Buy, Bealls, and then we had to bring Firefighter lunch. After that we grabbed lunch then hit the mall. That was our last stop. After that we all went home and I think it was about 3pm. LONG DAY!!!!!! I got home, I think I took a nap.... then went to my sisters for left overs and we watched The Polar Express. Such a good movie. 

Saturday - mom, J (sister) and I went to the movies. We went and saw Burlesque with Cher and Christina Aguilera. It was a great movie. Mom really enjoyed it and that is all that mattered. After the movie, mom and I went to her house and hung out for a bit. My oldest nephew, C, came over and helped get the decorations down. He brought me home and then Firefighter and I and our North Port buddies went to a hockey game, Lightning vs. Panthers. Because of a friend of Firefighter we were 6 rows from the ice!!! AWESOME!!!! I also got a free scarf and he got a tee shirt. YAY!!!

Sunday - Firefighter and I went to breakfast at First Watch, then ran some errands. He apparently wants to start a tradition now that we go to breakfast every Sunday. I like it but lets see how long it lasts. We hit Home Depot, Target, Best Buy and Sam's. Once we were home I finished the cleaning I started earlier that morning and we played with the steam mop. I am embarassed to say that the floors were DISGUSTING!! I am not sure if they were cleaned with anything other then a mop before we moved in. Now don't get me wrong, I mop, but this is the stuff a mop can't get up. OY!!!! Firefighter even partook in the steam mop festivities. Hee hee! I snuck a picture of him using it without his knowledge. He studied a bit and watched football while I did laundry. 

That pretty much sums up the weekend. Dreaded the dawn of Monday morning... hope you all have a good week! 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Animal Kingdom

So as I mentioned in the previous post, we went to Animal Kingdom last Sunday. I could really give or take Animal Kingdom....I think it's more geared toward children and well, I am childless. But there are plenty of interesting things to look at there and it can be educational. We went on this ride that was like a safari ride...it was so cool! We rode in these jeep like things that were open all over and took a ride through the "serengeti".

 
This ride allowed you to see the animals in their environment and to be close to them... that was so exciting!!! Some of the animals we saw I have never seen before... ever.... And of course there are the normal animals that you see in most zoos...giraffes, elephants, lions...etc. This is one of my favorite pictures that I took that day: 


AWWEEE!!!!! Oh and I can't forget the elephants:



So it was a good time... 

While we were there we noticed that someone was sky writing. It's not common to see that so we stood and watched what the person's message was... they said: Love God, Invite Jesus In. I don't feel one way or the other about this, but it took some serious skill to do that! 

Next up will be the Epcot Food and Wine Festival recap! 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Staycation!

Last week was my vacation! YAY!!! It was so wonderful! The first weekend of the vacation we went to Walt Disney World... I know surprise, surprise!! We have passes, what can I say? It's close and not expensive, since we have the passes and don't have to pay for parking. We generally stay at places where there is transportation provided to the parks. Yippy! Parking is $14.00.... shenanigans! But I digress.... Saturday (11/6) we headed out for Orlando. YAY! We got a decent hotel on hotels.com. 


We hung out in the room until our friends arrived a little later in the day. We had hoped to get to the parks, but the hotel we stayed at didn't offer afternoon transportation to the parks. So we hung out and took a naps... Once our friends got here, they showered and then we went to dinner at Universal Studios City Walk. We went to the NBA restaurant. 




We walked around for a little while, got some Starbucks and then went back to the hotel.  Sunday morning we went to Animal Kingdom first thing and then we hit Epcot and then Magic Kingdom to end the evening. The Magic Kingdom was already decorated for Christmas and it was quite pretty. Animal Kingdom was awesome! We went on this safari like ride and we were mere feet away from the animals...I will post those pics separately. it was AWESOME!!!!





We tied up the day with the electrical parade at Magic Kingdom. The castle lit up and it was beautiful.... 


Epcot was having their annual Food and Wine festival and that was the main point of the trip. We mainly did an overview of the festival on Sunday and went back to Epcot on Monday for the full effect. Well worth the wait. The food was delicious!! There were 28 stands from different countries and they each had their own menu of yummy, scrumptious foods... Can't wait to go back next year.

The rest of the week I hung out at home, cleaned and did laundry. I also managed to squeeze in 2 movies, Morning Glory ( two thumbs way up) and Megamind (meh). It was so hard to go back to work today. Can't wait for my next vacation, which is December 10-13. going to Branson, Missouri with my Uncle, Aunt, mom and her best friend. I have had to get like a whole new wardrobe, but I am SOOOOO excited!!!! 

Ok, that is enough for now... there will be more to follow. 

movie review: Morning Glory

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum

Firefighter and I saw this movie Thursday. He insisted. It was such a cute movie. 

Rachel McAdams did an awesome job as Becky Fuller the over zealous new Executive Producer who was hired to save a dying morning news show, Daybreak.  Harrison Ford plays a seasoned news anchor who begrudgingly joins the show in a attempt to save it and makes McAdams' job a living hell. He is difficult and surly. Diane Keaton is not predominant in the movie, but still has presence. The movie had romance, humor and was a bit inspirational. McAdams is so versatile and gifted, she really has a great screen presence. I found myself rooting for her and her job and her cause. She was believable and likable. 

Overall....it was a great movie, and I would go and see it again! 

On another note, it's been such a long time since I have been at the movies, that I almost forgot what an awesome escape it can be. It was so wonderful to go to the movies and just shut off the cell and shut out life for 2 hours and just be and to laugh.... it was wonderful! 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

today...

I miss my dad a lot!

This is an older shot of him... but I like this picture.

Hope you are resting peacefully daddy! We miss you!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Goodbye October... HELLO NOVEMBER!!!

I have never been so happy to see a month end. Nothing changes with the coming of November, my father is still gone, but the end of October helps to move things along, and helps us get on with the job of living. And it has become a job. I don't think that I have fully allowed myself to grieve. I really haven't stopped since he passed. I haven't missed much work at all and the weekends have been busy, as usual. It will be nice when things slow down a little, before they immediately pick up again thanks to the holidays.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I am indifferent about the holidays this year. The excitement and anticipation is still there, but it will be full of memories and there will be a hole, a void that can't be filled. 


On a lighter note....

I am on vacation next week....for the ENTIRE week!!! Hopefully I will get a lot of things done. I plan to work on the house and relax as much as I can. I am a procrastinator, so let's hope that I can get it done during the week and not try to squeeze it all in on the weekend before I have to go back to work. We are kicking the week off with a trip to Disney World...yes, AGAIN!!!! The main point of interest is the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. SO EXCITED! We are getting a hotel room Saturday and Sunday night and another couple is joining us. Should be good times. We can park hop so more then likely we will hit Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom as well. I know, I know ..... we go to Disney alot! What do you want, it's convenient! 

All I can hope is that November proves to be a better month and that hopefully will lead to a good December and an even better 2011!!! 


Happy November fellow bloggers!