Tips for Planning a Trip to Disney

I thought I would share with you some of my most helpful informative places and tips to help you plan a trip to Walt Disney World!

All these tips apply to Covid-19 Times, but the resources I used are there and were very helpful.

So, let’s dive right in!

Smart Moms Planning Disney Facebook Group

This Facebook group was recommended to me by a friend and it was full of helpful info. Some of which I already knew (cause I like my trip research), some of which I didn’t. Including things you don’t think about, like what shoes to wear. This group is mostly aimed towards traveling families, but I still found the info helpful. Fair warning, if you join this group, your Facebook feed will fill up with the posts. I stayed in it because the info was helpful, but it was a little annoying at first.

Disney Food Blog-Blog, You Tube Channel, Instagram

This was by far the most helpful resource. AJ (who runs the site) has people at Walt Disney World every day. They are always trying new menu items and reporting on park news as soon as it’s released, which is great. But the You Tube Channel. Oh the You Tube Channel. Also known as DFBGuide, it’s almost daily videos are filled with tips and tricks and news and where to eat and how to do things. I watched those videos every time they popped up, and I don’t regret it for a second. The tips I learned there help make our trip a dream. They have also reviewed every WDW restaurant on their blog, so check them out.

Disney Vloggers-Pick Some, They Are Legion

Disney vloggers are a great resource for your trip. I really like The Tim Tracker. He and his wife (and now son, so cute) go to all the Orlando parks, not just Disney, and they try and give you as much info as possible, even asking Disney Cast Members questions while they are in the parks. One of the things they did that I found really helpful was a series of tours of all the Disney World resorts. I watched each one to help pick our original hotel! Anyway, Disney vloggers are great because you can find videos of rides, food, line times, parking info, hotel info. They do it all.

Small World Vacations-Disney Authorized Travel Agencies

Small World Vacations was the travel agency I used to book my vacation. They are Disney authorized, which is great. You don’t pay them, Disney does! Michelle, our agent, was helpful and knowledgeable. She was able to answer any questions I had that the previous resources weren’t able to.

On to the tips!

Plan in Far in Advance!

When I started planning I had a year and two months to plan for our original date. We booked our hotel a year out from our original trip date. Don’t wait! We got lucky with our trip this time. In fact, after we booked for April, the flood gates opened and the parks started filling up fast because of the new reservation system. Also, right now you have to book your restaurants 60 days in advance instead of 180. Still isn’t any easier to get into those places you want to eat at.

Do Your Research!

Y’all, I took 24 pages of notes. 24! That’s after I watched The Tim Tracker’s videos on the hotels and “all” the DFBGuide videos. I read blogs on all the hotels and included pros and cons from those blog posts in my notes. I did price comparisons, including how much it would be with memory maker (photo pass) and the Disney Dining Plan (not available now due to Covid). All this info, btw, is available on Disney World’s website. I also made lists of the rides we would go on for the Fast Pass system (also not available due to Covid).

Get In “Shape” Before You Go

No, I don’t mean work out to loose weight, you’ll look good in those pictures no matter what. What I do mean is that you’ll want to get used to walking before you go. A person can walk ten miles at Magic Kingdom and not realize it. That doesn’t count the time you spend just standing in line!

Don’t Over Plan

This is a real danger, and one I almost did myself. It’s real easy to want to go and plan out where you are going to be almost every second of every day you are there, but that sucks the magic out of it. Also, what happens to those plans if it rains or a ride goes down? That doesn’t mean don’t have a plan for the must do’s while you are there, just remember to take it easy.

Use the My Disney Experience App, But Don’t Neglect The Map!

The hubs and I made the mistake of not getting a map when we got to Hollywood Studios or Magic Kingdom. And we wish we had. The MDE app doesn’t show you everything, and you’ll need that map. Right now it shows rest areas where you can sit in some air conditioning. I don’t know if those are still available, but in that Florida heat, a break is nice. Those places didn’t show up on the app, by the way. You can find a map near the entrance to the park.

Bike Shorts!

Now this one is a little weird, but dang was it good. I wore bike shorts nearly every day on our trip. The one day I didn’t I regretted it. Not cause I didn’t look cute, cause I did, but because of that darned Florida heat and humidity. To be fair, I had ordered bike shorts to be worn on that day, that’s just a long story as to why I didn’t have them. Anyway! If you are like me and are a plus sized lady or just someone whose thighs rub together, bike shorts are amazing. They are light weight, take up very little room in your suitcase, and can go with a variety of outfits. I’m a convert. In fact, I’m wearing Micky bike shorts right now!

Say Yes to the Sunscreen!

You think you won’t need it. Lies! We reapplied several times and I still got a sunburn. To be fair, I missed a spot during a re-application period. It happens.

There you have it, some of my useful tools and tips for planning a successful Disney World vacation. We had such a great time and I’m not gonna lie, I kind of want to go to Disneyland next!

A Small TBR

I know I said I wasn’t going to do it anymore, but I’m going to do it. There are a few books I want to read to celebrate Pride month. Maybe you’ll find one that you want to read too!

Also, I’m not gonna run myself ragged trying to read all of these. If I don’t finish this list, I will not be ashamed!

How Y’all Doing? by Leslie Jordan

When actor Leslie Jordan learned he had “gone viral,” he had no idea what that meant or how much his life was about to change. On Instagram, his uproarious videos have entertained millions and have made him a global celebrity. Now, he brings his bon vivance to the page with this collection of intimate and sassy essays.

Bursting with color and life, dripping with his puckish Southern charm, How Y’all Doing? is Leslie doing what Leslie does best: telling stories that make us laugh and lift our spirits even in the darkest days. Whether he’s writing about his brush with a group of ruffians in a West Hollywood Starbucks, or an unexpected phone call from legendary Hollywood start Debbie Reynolds, Leslie infuses each story with his fresh and saucy humor and pure heart.

Oh my word! I restarted my audible subscription for this book. I’m a sucker for memoirs where the author narrates it. Who doesn’t love Leslie Jordan at this point?

The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood

Csorwe does—she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice.

But on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Leave with him, and live. Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin—the wizard’s loyal sword. Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power.

But Csorwe will soon learn—gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.

I bought this last year and just haven’t gotten to it yet. I’m hoping to get to it this month!

Lost In the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into the light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road…

Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, asks for Wendy’s help to rescue the missing kids. But, in order to find them, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.

I pre-ordered this one cause I like Cemetery Boys so much. Here’s hoping I like it just as much. It would be nice to have another author whose works I collect.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead nonsense.

Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as arcane revenants. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.

Of course, some things are better left dead.

Another book I’ve had since last year and just never got around to reading. Here’s hoping!

Well, there you have it. The 4 books I’m wanting to read this month. Not a long list, but it works for me. Send good vibes my way that I can get to all of them!

Every New Release I Want-June 2021

Since I gave up on my book buying ban, I am open to the possibilities of purchasing new books! I’m still gonna try to keep it small though.

I said try Husband! I can see you smirking at me from the other room!

For The Wolf by Hannah Whitten-June 1st

As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose—to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in the hope he’ll return the world’s captured gods.

Red is almost relieved to go. Plagued by a dangerous power she can’t control, at least she knows that in the Wilderwood, she can’t hurt those she loves. Again.

But the legends lie. The Wolf is a man, not a monster. Her magic is a calling, not a curse. And if she doesn’t learn how to use it, the monsters the gods have become will swallow the Wilderwood—and her world—whole.

I may have already pre-ordered this one for the Kindle. Maybe. Sorta.

Beyond by Mercedes Lackey-June 15th

Within the Eastern Empire, Duke Kordas Valdemar rules a tiny, bucolic Duchy that focuses mostly on horse breeding. Anticipating the day when the Empire’s exploitative and militant leaders would not be content to leave them alone, Korda’s father set out to gather magicians in the hopes of one day finding a way to escape and protect the people of the Duchy from tyranny.
 
Kordas has lived his life looking over his shoulder. The signs in the Empire are increasingly dire. Under the direction of the Emperor, mages have begun to harness the power of dark magics, including blood magic, the powers of the Abyssal Planes, and the binding and “milking” of Elemental creatures. 
 
But then one of the Duchy’s mages has a breakthrough. There is a way to place a Gate at a distance so far from the Empire that it is unlikely the Emperor can find or follow them as they evacuate everyone that is willing to leave.
 
But time is running out, and Kordas has been summoned to the Emperor’s Court.
 
Can his reputation as a country bumpkin and his acting skills buy him and his people the time they need to flee?  Or will the Emperor lose patience, invade to strip Valdemar of everything of worth, and send its conscripted people into the front lines of the Imperial wars?

I’m not gonna lie, I pre-ordered this one the moment I learned about it. I have always wanted to know the story of the founding of Valdemar, and it looks like I get my chance!

The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo-June 1st

Jordan Baker grows up in the most rarefied circles of 1920s American society—she has money, education, a killer golf handicap, and invitations to some of the most exclusive parties of the Jazz Age. She’s also queer and Asian, a Vietnamese adoptee treated as an exotic attraction by her peers, while the most important doors remain closed to her.

But the world is full of wonders: infernal pacts and dazzling illusions, lost ghosts and elemental mysteries. In all paper is fire, and Jordan can burn the cut paper heart out of a man. She just has to learn how.

This one sounds interesting. And it’s got a lot of early buzz. I have high hopes.

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri-June 8th

Exiled by her despotic brother, princess Malini spends her days dreaming of vengeance while imprisoned in the Hirana: an ancient cliffside temple that was once the revered source of the magical deathless waters but is now little more than a decaying ruin.
 
The secrets of the Hirana call to Priya. But in order to keep the truth of her past safely hidden, she works as a servant in the loathed regent’s household, biting her tongue and cleaning Malini’s chambers.
 
But when Malini witnesses Priya’s true nature, their destines become irrevocably tangled. One is a ruthless princess seeking to steal a throne. The other a powerful priestess seeking to save her family. Together, they will set an empire ablaze.

This sounds so good. I wants it!

Boundless by Jack Campbell-June 15th

Geary believed in the Alliance. Even when he uncovered overwhelming evidence that the highest echelons of the government and fleet command were involved in secret programs and prison camps, he believed it was worth saving. And that his duty was to see that justice was served even though some factions feared that revealing the truth would cause the Alliance to crumble.

But after narrowly surviving two assassination attempts when he brings evidence of the misdeeds to the capital star system, Geary realizes that some have decided the easiest way to make the Alliance’s problems go away is to get rid of him. He finds himself ordered to undertake a perilous new mission outside of the reaches of human-occupied space while the Senate clashes over the evidence.

Geary’s warships must escort a diplomatic and scientific mission across the dangerous, disintegrating remnants of the Syndicate Worlds empire. But even if he can make it to Midway Star System, the gateway to alien-controlled space, Geary will face former Syndicate officials who have rebelled and regard the Alliance with deep suspicion. And that will be the easy part. . .

This one sounds pretty interesting. Space battles ahead!

The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid-June 8th

In her forest-veiled pagan village, Évike is the only woman without power, making her an outcast clearly abandoned by the gods. The villagers blame her corrupted bloodline—her father was a Yehuli man, one of the much-loathed servants of the fanatical king. When soldiers arrive from the Holy Order of Woodsmen to claim a pagan girl for the king’s blood sacrifice, Évike is betrayed by her fellow villagers and surrendered.

But when monsters attack the Woodsmen and their captive en route, slaughtering everyone but Évike and the cold, one-eyed captain, they have no choice but to rely on each other. Except he’s no ordinary Woodsman—he’s the disgraced prince, Gáspár Bárány, whose father needs pagan magic to consolidate his power. Gáspár fears that his cruelly zealous brother plans to seize the throne and instigate a violent reign that would damn the pagans and the Yehuli alike. As the son of a reviled foreign queen, Gáspár understands what it’s like to be an outcast, and he and Évike make a tenuous pact to stop his brother.

As their mission takes them from the bitter northern tundra to the smog-choked capital, their mutual loathing slowly turns to affection, bound by a shared history of alienation and oppression. However, trust can easily turn to betrayal, and as Évike reconnects with her estranged father and discovers her own hidden magic, she and Gáspár need to decide whose side they’re on, and what they’re willing to give up for a nation that never cared for them at all. 

Another book with a wolf in the title. Apparently there is a theme this month.

Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews-June 8th

Seventeen-year-old Daphne has spent her entire life honing her body and mind into that of a warrior, hoping to be accepted by the unyielding people of ancient Sparta. But an unexpected encounter with the goddess Artemis—who holds Daphne’s brother’s fate in her hands—upends the life she’s worked so hard to build. Nine mysterious items have been stolen from Mount Olympus and if Daphne cannot find them, the gods’ waning powers will fade away, the mortal world will descend into chaos, and her brother’s life will be forfeit.

Guided by Artemis’s twin—the handsome and entirely-too-self-assured god Apollo—Daphne’s journey will take her from the labyrinth of the Minotaur to the riddle-spinning Sphinx of Thebes, team her up with mythological legends such as Theseus and Hippolyta of the Amazons, and pit her against the gods themselves.

Another month, another myth retelling. I still want it though!

What new books are you interested in?

Every Book I Bought-May 2021

So, I have a confession. See, I went to a really good Half Priced Books with a friend and they had all the things and I didn’t even buy all the things it was more like some of the things.

The ones you leave behind count as a win, right?

No? Darn.

Well, at this point I should just give up on the book buying ban. My TBR cart doth overflowith.

On to the books!

Ariande by Jennifer Saint

This is the story of Ariande, sister to the famous Minotaur of Crete, and what happens when the hero Theseus comes to town. I’ve loved Greek mythology since I was a child, so it’s no surprise that I would gravitate towards this one. This was a BOTM pick, by the by. Mind, I still haven’t read the other retellings I have, so I should probably do that too.

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

The story of an Ojibwe woman who has to take care of her mother after a family tragedy. Until she witnesses a murder. I’m not gonna lie, mysteries aren’t the types of book I normally go for, but this one was getting such rave reviews that I had to give it a shot. Plus, it was available as a Book of the Month add on pick, so I nabbed it.

Golden in Death by J.D. Robb

A deadly poisoner is on the move in this, the 50th book in the In Death series. I already have this on my Kindle, but my bookshelves have demanded their own copy, and who am I to deny my bookshelves?

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

The story of a group of Moms who get together one evening at a bar and then the unthinkable happens, one of their babies is kidnapped. This was my book club’s pick for May.

Exiles: The Ruins of Ambrai by Melanie Rawn

The story of three sisters who lives are torn apart by war and magic. I love this book. In fact, I already own this book. But it’s falling apart, and I need a new copy that isn’t held together by packing tape. You know, so I can read it again.

Anxious People by Fredrik Bachman

A would-be bank robber takes an apartment full of people hostage. This isn’t my usual cup of tea, but I’ve heard such good things about the author I thought I would give it a try.

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

This book involve spies, libraries, alternate worlds, stolen books, and fights to the death! I also already own this, but I found the physical copy and somehow it ended up in my shopping cart. I’m still not sure how that happened.

The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

The sequel to The Invisible Library, I didn’t look to see what this one was about, as I want to read the first one, well first.

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

This is basically a feminist take on the “what if Jesus had a wife” trope. I had been debating this one since it came out to the point where I would put it in my shopping cart at Target and walk around the store with it for a while before putting it back every time I saw it. Every time!

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Tracker is a famous hunter. He has been hired to find a young boy who disappeared three years ago. Tracker must now work with a cast of colorful characters to find this boy, who maybe doesn’t want to be found. It’s sounds so interesting.

The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick

The story of Ren, a thief and con artist who is surround by the corrupt on all sides, including corrupt magic. I’ve had this on my list for a while, and was happy to see it available for $5 through the Kindle store. Naturally, I snatched it up.

The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman

This particular book features a land ravaged by Goblin wars! Goblin wars! I picked up my copy at Scarborough Faire here in Dallas (cause why not) and it’s signed!

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

During a ceremony, Deka’s blood runs gold and she is condemned to a life on the outskirts of her village. Until a mysterious woman offers a chance at a new life. This YA fantasy sounds really good.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Cinderella meets Prince Charming in this modern take on the fairy tale. I love the story of Cinderella, so I picked this up when I saw it in the used book store.

Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

This one has all the tropes: Evil dark lord, the chosen one, and magical artifact only the chosen one can wield.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

Now these I saved for last because they are special. I found these pristine copies in a damaged box for $15 a HPB. But what makes them special is that my mom used to own copies of this same set. In fact, I still have her copies of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. They even have her name in them. These copies don’t have anyone’s name in them, but I now have a complete set of something my mother once owned. Makes me smile a little bit.

So yeah, at this point it’s like what book buying ban?

Every Book I Read-May 2021

Well, I can’t believe. I think my reading slump is over (runs and knocks on every wood surface she can see). Now I just have to stay off of TikTok to stay where I am!

Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs

A small commune mysteriously disappears without a trace and Anna and Charles are sent in to discover why. I love the universe Patricia Briggs has built here, and this book was pretty good. I liked learning more about Leah, who, up until now I have not liked. 4 Stars.

Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson

An autobiographical tale of the authors mental health journey, this book made me laugh. A definite must read for anyone who feels alone in their mental illness. Or anyone who just wants a laugh. 5 Stars.

Crave by Tracy Wolff

So I tried to read this book about a teen who looses her parents only to move in with her Uncle at his boarding school. Did I mention the vampire love interest? I just couldn’t with this writing style. This book reminded me why I stopped reading YA for so long. On Storygraph I gave it no stars and on Goodreads I gave it 1 star.

The Perfect Mother by Amiee Molloy

The story of a mommy group and what happens when one of the babies goes missing. I just couldn’t get into this book at all. My book club seemed to like it though. 1 Star.

A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians by H.G. Parry

Set in the time of the American revolution, but with governments strictly controlling magic users. I didn’t finish it. But I have a feeling this was more of a right book wrong time situation, so I will try and come back to it. Hopefully. 1 Star, for now.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The story of Nora, after she takes her own life she ends up in the Midnight Library where she sees all the possibilities of her life. You can read my full review here. 5 stars.

Skyward by Joe Henderson, art by Lee Garbett

Imagine a world where gravity stops working. That’s the world that Willa grew up in. This volume collects issues 1 thru 5 of the comic. I loved it! 5 stars!

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View by Various

This is the story of Star Wars: A New Hope as told by a whole host of secondary characters. From a random stormtrooper to an imperial droid to Wedge Antilles. Some of these stories made me feel things. Some didn’t. 4 stars.

Now on to the best part, the stats!!! As always, these stats are brought to you by the amazing website The Storygraph!

So, it would seem that I read 8 books this month. However, I did DNF three of them.

5 adventurous books for May! That seems low, but Broken (in the best possible way) couldn’t really be considered adventurous.

And that’s 4 fast paced books for me this month. Although I did DNF 2 of them. Oh well.

The page number stats make sense. Usually 400-ish pages is my average.

I read one non-fiction book this month. Which is great, cause one of my year goals was to read more non fiction. Maybe I should try to read one non-fiction book a month?

Oh look, the genre I read the most in was fantasy. Go figure.

Do you see that? Storygraph lets you rate books with 0 stars! Also, I may have been over 5 star happy this month. Oh well, the books made me happy!

Monthly Wrap Up-May 2021

It’s monthly wrap up time!

Everything I Read In April 2021: I read one book in April. I talked briefly about it here.

Every Book I Bought In April 2021: I definitely bought more than one book in April.

Every New Book I Want-May 2021: There were a few books I wanted this month.

I Joined the Library!: Um, I joined the library. It was great!

Broken (in the best possible way)-A Book Review: I reviewed Jenny Lawsons excellent memoir. Spoiler alert, I loved it.

Our Trip to Walt Disney World: We went to Disney! Wild Kermit Arms!

The Midnight Library-A Book Review: I reviewed Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library. I loved this too. Go figure.

So that’s every blog post I made in May. I seriously almost wrote down April. It’s because my husband is home due to it being Memorial Day. Yeah. We’ll go with that.

The Midnight Library-A Book Review

TW: Mentions of fictional character suicide.

Well, this was quite the read, wasn’t it! Let me say this, if you haven’t picked up The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, you probably should.

It’s the story of a young woman named Nora, who, when everything seems it’s worst, takes her own life. She wakes up in the Midnight Library, a place between life and death, where the clock is stuck at midnight. With the help of the librarian, Nora is able to look at all the possibilities of life and see all her could-have-beens.

Now yes, I know that this sounds like it should be a terrible book, cause suicide. But it’s really not. Each life Nora lives forces her to question what happiness, what a life worth living, really means to her.

I loved this book from the moment I picked if up. It has a beautiful writing style that helps you just fall into the pages. The plot is solid and the cast of characters sucks you right in. You can’t help but feel for Nora as she goes about her journey through the libraries many tomes.

Each life Nora finds herself in is uniquely crafted. A different version of herself that she never thought she could be. And it’s interesting, and introspective, to put yourself in Nora’s shoes and wonder what your life might have been like if you had just taken that left to that job interview one day.

I truly loved this book. Another 5 star read for me this month. You should absolutely pick this up.

If you or someone you love has suicidal thoughts, please seek help. In America you can reach out to 800-273-8255.

Our Trip to Walt Disney World

Well, we did it. We went to Walt Disney World!

And it was amazing!

Unfortunately, I can’t show you a lot of photos of it, because the hubs and I are in almost everyone of them, and the hubs has asked not to have his face plastered all over the internet. So, in conclusion, because I love my husband, you get very few photos.

But still. We went!

We arrived on a Sunday and had planned on dropping of our stuff at the hotel and going to Disney Springs right away, but thanks to a storm delay in getting our bags from the airport (almost two hours), we got to the hotel later than expected and we were starving. So we just grabbed a quick bite there.

We stayed at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, which was a great resort. We never would have stayed there if it hadn’t have been for the special on rooms Disney was running when we booked. It ended up being cheaper than the original resort we had booked for our trip back when we were going to go last year!

This view of the tress may not look like a parking lot view from our balcony (we had a balcony!!) but it is! I wish I had taken pics of the room, but I was too excited and we began unpacking our stuff right away. It really was a wonderful room. The staff was great too!

We went to Disney Springs that evening for dinner and ate at Everglazed, the donut shop. I got a grilled cheese on a donut, because why not. It was…interesting.

The first thing we did at a Disney park? We built lightsabers at Savvi’s Workshop of course!

It was an epic experience and, I kid you not, I almost cried. It was absolutely worth doing if you’re a Star Wars fan. We spent all day on Monday at Hollywood Studios and loved it. We even managed to get on a boarding group for Rise of the Resistance first thing! It was great! I gotta say, Slinky Dog Dash was our favorite roller coaster of the whole trip!

Magic Kingdom was day two and we had a great time. My favorite ride is the Haunted Mansion, and unfortunately (fortunately?), due to Covid, they have it as a walk on ride. The stretching room isn’t being used, nor is the interactive queue. But, the wait time was only a few minutes, so that was nice.

Of course, we did see the princesses! Twice. They are running cavalcades right now instead of parades, so you never know when the characters are going to pop up!

Day three was a day at Disney Springs! And it was great because we met up with the hubs’ parents! They live very close to Disney so they were able to meet us for two days. We ate at the Boathouse for lunch, I highly recommend the Lobster roll, and at Wine Bar George for dinner, the Iberico pork and the buratta were great. We had a nice, relaxing day exploring the Springs. And the company was amazing!

Epcot was next, and the Flower and Garden Festival was going on! We were once again joined by the hubs’ parents, and we had a great time. We rode Soarin’ and Living with the Land and ate. Oh did we eat! The food was great! And the topiaries were so pretty.

Our last day at Disney was spent at Animal Kingdom. Flight of Passage is an amazing ride and you should definitely give it a ride when you are there. I also really loved the safari ride. We went first thing when we got there, so the animals were active and out. It was great. On a side note, I happened to complement a gentleman on his fine Star Wars shirt and found out he and his family live in my old neighborhood in Memphis. What a small world!

Saturday was our day to return home, so nothing exciting there. I will say the Orlando airport is crazy. If you are checking a bag, maybe give yourself an extra hour (or two) for getting that taken care of. We got lucky and our airline opened a new check line right next to us, so it took no time at all. We ended up killing time in a restaurant while we waited for our flight.

We did use Disney’s Magical Express, and I gotta say, I’m sorry that they will no longer be using it after this year. It was easy to use, the driver was friendly, and the ride was nice. RIP Magical Express.

After all is said and done, we will be going back. We really enjoyed our time at Disney World and want to do everything we missed this time. Like all the food and the rides!

What a great trip it was.

Broken (in the best possible way)-A Book Review

Well would you lookie here. A book review. On a book I actually finished. Well ain’t that a treat!

Jenny Lawson suffers from treatment resistant depression, has a long suffering husband in Victor, and a loving daughter in Hailey. Not to mention their dog and two cats. This particular books deals with the authors struggles with her insurance company, her debilitating depression and anxiety, and a whole host of other illnesses. Because why have one thing wrong with you when five works better. Or worse. Probably worse.

First, a disclaimer. I love Jenny Lawson. I think she is a wonderful writer and I pre-ordered this the day she announced it. I also have all three of her other books, including the coloring book. So yes, I am a fan. It’s well earned, I assure you.

Jenny Lawson is absurdly funny. I laughed out loud on multiple occasions while reading this book. I shared one of the funny bits with the hubs and he laughed too. So at least I’m not the only one.

She’s also incredibly deep. I suffer from mental illness as well, and Mrs. Lawson makes me feel seen. She communicates the scariest parts of her mental illness in a way that seem like you, too, can survive it. Because, as she famously says, depression lies.

I love the way she talks about her marriage. She makes sure to point out that as great as it is, it’s not perfect. But it works for them. As all good marriages should.

I cannot stress this enough, if you want to laugh, possibly cry, cringe, laugh some more, and relate to someone, give this book a read. Or a listen. Jenny Lawson narrates her own audio books. In fact, that’s how I read the first two books. I gave it 5 stars.

You can find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookshop.org, and at the authors own book store Nowhere.

I Joined The Library!

Well, after moving to Texas three years ago, I finally joined the library!

Our local library is small, as in it only has about 5 shelves for books that aren’t in the children’s section. Of course, having a library that small means I mostly joined for the online books, of which I have several I am waiting on right now!

By the by, did you know that most libraries participate in the Overdrive program? You can check out books (or audiobooks) with the Libby app on your phone or tablet for reading on those devices.

The only downside it that you do have to wait a little while for the books you want. But still, free books!

I was able to check out three books when I went for the first time. But this was in no reading March so, yeah, that didn’t work out so well for me.

It’s okay though, I can always check them out again later, cause library!