Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Five

One. Currently Drinking. A week of indulgent foods while on vacation in addition to a week of junk food at home while being snowed in has left me feeling bloated and just plain blah. I have read that the best way to quickly beat bloat and start feeling back to normal is to increase your water intake. The plan?  Make a big pitcher of detox water each morning to drink through out the day.

Two. Currently Loving. This week marks the end of Parks & Recreation. This show is a quirky spinoff of The Office which I have been passionately following for the past 7 years. Chris Pratt is adorably stupid in the show. Truly believably stupid. I hated to see it end but loved how they wrapped it up. {Spoiler Alert!} I loved that they hinted to Leslie or Ben becoming POTUS and that Larry became the permeant mayor of Pawnee. They were on Late Night with Seth Meyers with a final rendition of Lil' Sebastian. 

Three. Currently Reading Listening. On our drive down to Florida last week, Anna and I started listening to the book The Girl on a Train. It was very slow for the first hour of the book but quickly became interesting and kept us entertained on the long drive. The bad thing? This book is 12 hours long when listening on Audible. So we were unable to finish it on our drive. I am finishing it this week while at the gym. Another note, the narrators are British and their accents took awhile to get used to listening to. I highly recommend it if your looking for a thrilling "Gone Girl" type novel.

From Amazon: "Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost... And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?"

Four. Wishlist Worthy. This snowy week has me craving summer more than ever. Top of my wishlist? A summery dress paired with a great pair of sandals. 

Five. Snow, Snow and more Snow. This list would not be complete without mentioning the crazy weather that has blanketed NC these past two weeks. Tuesday we had 2-3 inches of snow then Thursday another storm system added 5-6 inches of snow. We lost power for most of the day yesterday (Was not expecting that!) due to trees causing down power lines. At lease one member of our family enjoyed the snow.

Hope you all have a great weekend no matter the weather in your area! I'm looking forward to getting out of the house a bit this weekend. Going a bit stir crazy in our apartment. 


Linking up with TiffClareKarliAmanda & April .

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Walt Disney World Resort: Fun Outside the Parks

It's a surprise snow day here in NC. Last night there was no reports of ice or snow in the forecast.  Then this morning I woke up to 6 different phone calls from the school system. It changed from 2 hour delay to closed for school and staff all just hours before school starts. I am happy that I decided to stay in bed and wait on the final decision. 

I finally got the chance this morning to upload the hundreds of pictures from our conference trip to Walt Disney World. The reason behind the trip was attending the National Association of School Psychologist conference which was held at the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Walt Disney World. I made plans with friends from my grad school cohort to attend the conference and squeeze in time at the parks in between sessions. The conference was held Tuesday- Friday. We arrived Sunday around lunch and took time to explore resorts on Disney property. There truly is a lot to do just exploring the different resorts and restaurants. 

First, Anna and I checked into Pop Century Resort and grabbed lunch at the nearby Art of Animation Resort. The weather was beautiful that afternoon so we took the time to walk around and explore the campus while catching a few rays before meeting up with Megan and Robbie. Then we used the complementary buses to head to the Animal Kingdom Lodge. The complementary buses are great for heading from your resort to the parks. However, they are a bit of a pain when traveling from resort to resort. Think a 45 minute trip when it may have only taken a 20 minute drive. 

We arrived at Animal Kingdom Lodge with perfect timing- it was dinner time for the animals!! From the overlook at the resort, we could see the giraffes and zebras feeding. 

Check out that baby trying to pick up food off the ground! So precarious with such long limbs.  We also took advantage of the activities being held outside while there. The resort was hosting marshmallow roasting by a fire pit. 

After enjoying roasted marshmallows we headed to the monorail to check out a few other resorts. Our last stop was the Polynesian resort where we met up with June and enjoyed tropical drinks as well as a delicious dinner!

We ended our night watching the Electrical Water  Pageant  from the beach at the Polynesian Resort. It's a 5 minute light show set to music on the lagoon. It hasn't changed a bit since my family visited over 10 years ago. 

After the light show, we took the ferry back to the Magic Kingdom where we took a bus home. It was a cold boat ride but we could see the fireworks and the castle lit up from the water.

I could have spent a week just exploring the resorts and taking in all the amazing Disney magic. Can't wait to share more on our time in the parks and highlighting how much fun you can have in Disney as an adult!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Weekend Recovery

Well hello there!! This past week has been a complete whirlwind of travel, learning, friends and squeezing in every minute of fun at Disney! I look forward to sharing with you all about my trip later this week.

We got back to NC late Friday night. It was surreal to be returning to 10* weather with snow on the ground. Saturday was spend resting up and unpacking. I drug Joe out of the apartment for a quick date night at a Longhorn. They are currently running a 2 for $24 deal which you can split an app and choose from several delicious entrees. We both got the steak which was amazing and such a great deal! Fun fact- we went to dinner super early (4:30 ish) since we had a late breakfast and not much lunch. There was already a 30 minute wait when we arrived at the restaurant! When we left about 2 hours later there was a line out the door. It has been a year since we moved to the area and I am still amazed at the wait time at restaurants.

Sunday was spent outside enjoying the warmer weather and enjoying a Pure Barre class. I have to say after being out a week the burn was intense yesterday.

I'm still recuperating from the trip and trying to process all that I learned. Looking forward to getting into a normal routine again especially when it comes to clean eating!

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