Friday, July 31, 2009

Home is...

....where the heart is? Then I have not been home in years. My heart is with these people: (Note: My Mom, Dad and older brother are missing from this photo.)

My heart is with my family, my heart is with Disney, my heart is with my friends, and my heart is always on the road. I did not want to come back to Texas! Even though it was hot and muggy...it was magic for me.
Granted, I didn't like all of Disneyworld. I could have done without most of Animal Kingdom, I'm sad that Space Mountain was closed, I'm sad they didn't have the Indiana Jones ride....and I never found a churro. (Although, the cream cheese pretzel MORE than made up for the loss of a churro)
I'm actually hoping to get to Disneyland in October. I'm going to Cancun next week! I'm happier on the road. I love the adventure....but, my favorite part about being on the road is the learning.
I think that's why I spent so much of my life moving! New surroundings meant new people, new lessons, and maybe a new Leah. But, I didn't change....well, I guess growth is a change. But, I didn't change the way I set out to. I did learn though.
Oh....how I learned. But, I got sick of moving. The excitement of the new surroundings died after years of boxes, storage, buying and selling furniture, and job searching. Now I am in a place where I want to find a home off the road. Although, the need for new lessons and adventure will never leave me.
For now...my heart is on the road. And until I get to Cancun next week........I will pine for my adventures in Florida at the second happiest place on Earth.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Day 4: Magic Kingdom

It feels like coming home. Well, it felt like coming home. I discovered soon after entering that the park is set up a bit different than Disneyland....so, I got lost.
And! I didn't realize that this park doesn't have the Indiana Jones ride. AND WHY IS SPACE MOUNTAIN ALWAYS CLOSED?
But, I was so happy to be here. This is what I had been waiting for.....this is my place!
I know I said yesterday that I was going to get pictures with every character I saw.........well, I saw four. I did not get pictures with them. The rain made everyone run and hide.
I apologize, but the rain also made it hard to get the camera out and document!
I didn't really think much about the camera today anyway. Today was the first day I was in the park with my family! I came for family vacation...but, I did the other three parks by myself because I got here so early.
We all went on the Haunted Mansion together. The mansion itself is a really cool building. The ride is the same as California, but it did seem a bit longer to me.
Then we went to Pirates! I looooove the changes made to incorporate the movies. I haven't been on the ride since they made those changes. I think everybody liked it. (And I got a new Pirates shirt. Very important!)

Today I was enjoying the company of my peeps! My nieces and nephews seem to be growing out of the Disney excitement.......but, I think I had enough for all of us.

My dad shared some joy too! Look at my Pappy! He is the greatest. I love experiencing Disney with him because he has the same kind of love for Disney that I do.
Today was a good day. I really don't know what to say about it! I felt like a kid again. When I saw Captain Hook I did a little dance. But, he and Smee were quickly ushered away because of the rain. My sister got a good picture of Hook though.
My sister took this last picture. I love it. After the skies cleared the day was really beautiful.
Disney is magic. I'm not ready to go home tomorrow.
I'm ready to go to DisneyLAND! =)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Day 3: Animal Kingdom

I wish I had a better picture of this tree. The Tree of Life was amazing. But, I am going to be totally honest with you...I wasn't a huge fan of The Animal Kingdom.
Now, I want to make it perfectly clear......I love Disney. I will be a fan until the day I die (and then after I die I will probably search Walt out see if he wants to be friends). But, I know for a fact that Disney doesn't always get it right. And for me...this wasn't a very magical day. This was a zoo.....and Goofy and Donald happened to be there.....
Now that I have the negative out of the way....let me tell you about what I did like! The Dinosaur ride was EXACTLY like the Indiana Jones ride. I dug it. DUG IT.

I got bored waiting in line for the "Finding Nemo the Musical" and I made this! Wait....that's not true. But, this was near the line that I was standing in.
The musical was amazing. I didn't like all the songs, but the show wasn't about the songs! The costuming and the staging were wonderful. Good times.



The highlight of the day is a picture of me! No.....the Everest Expedition was a really surprising roller coaster. I had so much fun on that. And! They have the single rider line. So, get off the ride and then jump right back into line.


You know.......this could be part of the reason my day wasn't that magical. It did this for most of the day. I should have had my dad take a picture when he picked me up. I was drenched.....you would have been jealous. The wet rat look is so in season.


I had a staring contest with him.........well, the whole crowd around me did. He was not pleased. Can you see that he is not pleased? But, he walked away first! So, I win.

Wouldn't you walk away first too? That is a stare! Grrrrrrr!
(This is not when I was in staring mode. I just wanted to document my feelings about the rain)
I have to admit that I feel bad that I didn't really like this park. But, seriously, it just felt like a trip to the zoo.
Although, now that I say that......I did see Baloo today! He is my favorite Disney character and I have not seen him for YEARS! He was retired from the park in The Land long ago and I have missed him. (You may have been embarrassed to be in my presence when I saw him today) But, I got in line and the lady told me he wasn't seeing anymore people cause he had to get ready for the parade! Boo!
Anyway, tomorrow is family picture and MAGIC KINGDOM DAY! You can't even begin to fathom how excited I am. You just can't. I've already warned my nephew that we will be standing in line to take my picture with just about everyone we see......he laughed. I think he thought I was joking. Poor guy.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Day 2: Hollywood Studios

I could live here. I could set up a tent in the middle of the park and live inside Hollywood Studios! This was amazing....and just for Cathi....today was AWESOME!
I started out on the Tower of Terror...........because I wanted to judge it. I wanted to compare it to the one at Disneyland and pine away for my homeland. I will admit that there are things about the original Tower that are pretty cool........but, the jury is in folks! California rules.

You want to have a strange experience? Watch the the stage shows! The "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid" shows were sort of like speed reading. They went right from...he's growling! They're in love! LET'S KILL THE BEAST! Hee hee.


This may have been my favorite part of the park. They give you a history of how the movies are drawn and developed, then show you some art from the upcoming Disney movie, and then you get to create your own art! You can even go to a Disney drawing class. (The upcoming movie "The Princess and the Frog" is the first movie in years that has been hand drawn. If I wasn't excited enough before........)

Why....hello, San Fransisco! Fancy meeting you here!

I love this Mouse. I don't care what anybody says. Mickey has always been a big part of my life. My dad worked for Disney........in fact! I found out yesterday that my dad was one of the original employees here at DisneyWorld when the park opened.
Both parks are in my blood!

Well, I did a lot of wandering today. This is the Indiana Jones Stunt Show. Ummm...I have to admit something to you....I was the rude girl having a text conversation during the show. I'm so bad! I know-please forgive me. (My boss needed my password for my work email....and then I had to update her on all my fun!)
I had dinner in a Sci-Fi Diner. It was so cool! It was set up like a 50's drive-in and the tables were all the old cars! We watched trailers for old movies like, "Catwomen from the Moon" and "Men from the Flying Saucers." Good times.
I noticed that the waiters were wearing shirts and dresses printed with the Star Trek symbol. I made some mention about it and my waiter asked me if I spoke Clingon............"Ummmm. No." I don't even know if I spelled it right! Nerd friends....did I spell it right?
My day ended with The American Idol Experience. That was pretty cool. I'm not the best singer....but, one girl performed "Part of Your World" during the finale....oh my goodness. When I'm in a good mood ask me to do my impression of her.
I had so much fun today. I love this place. Walt Disney really did create a world of magic. I feel blessed to have had him in my life.
(Insert cheesey music here)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Day 1: Epcot!

I'm here! My parents arrived yesterday and by Sunday we will all be here. So, you will have to forgive my personal photo taking for the next couple of days. =)
Before I tell you about Epcot...you have GOT to see the before and after of my hair. My dad dropped me off and by the time he came back to fetch me....humidity had done some work on me. Enjoy!






Ha! I guess it doesn't matter what I do with my hair all weekend. Florida will take care of my curls. I hope I can tame them for the family photo! Sheesh!
Anyway, I loooooooved Epcot! I almost threw up on a mission to Mars. But, most of you know how I feel about Outer Space. So, it shouldn't surprise you that I couldn't keep my cool (even on a simulation!)
After Mars made me ill...I decided to go back in time and hang out with dinosaurs and learn about how energy has evolved. (At least I think that is what I learned. I was still having "I'M IN DISNEYWORLD" flutters.)



Then......I walked around the world! Man, do my feet hurt. (That may be an old joke, but it's the truth!)
I went on a Sea Journey through Norway, learned about French art, watched some amazing women play the drums in China, and talked to an English guy about tea.
Mostly I just wandered. Man...I was on a mission to find my roommate a gift. She loves Paris...so, naturally, I went to Paris. But, I knew what I wanted to get her before I walked through the door and couldn't find it. Sad face.
So, I went to ask for help....like ya do....and the employees all turned out to be French. You know what? I should have brought video with me. You would really have loved watching me try to ask Disney questions in French. We didn't go over Disney topics in high school or college. Popcorn worthy.











My dad took me on a tour to see some of the hotels in the area. The Wilderness Lodge was my favorite! I have some clients staying there soon...now I'm double excited for them!


We had dinner in Downtown Disney at a Cuban place called Bongos. Mmmmmmm! So tasty.






Today was a really great day! I'm so excited to be here and share my trip with my friends and my clients. Although, I have to tell you the truth............so far, Disneyland is still the HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH! Disneyworld comes in second.
But, tomorrow I am off to Hollywood Studios. We shall see how I feel after a ride on the original Tower of Terror!
Loves and CHEESE!


Monday, July 20, 2009

Blog Envy

My good friend (and dear to my heart human being), Katie, has recently joined the world of blogging.
I have to admit that I have blog envy. She has only written two so far...but, they have been so wonderful and full of thought, emotion, and a touch of drama.
I want my blogs to be long and flowing and lovely! I have poetry issues. I write everything with the idea that it will be short and to the point. I miss out on the richness and beauty the words take on when you take the time to tell STORIES! Instead of just sharing random thoughts...although....you know I love to share random thoughts.
Now, don't get me wrong! I'm not ashamed of my short blogs that talk about soup and the joy of ice cream. Those are important subjects. But, I think I'm going to try very hard to have discussions with my blog. To really draw out words and meanings and life.......when I grow up I want to blog like Katie.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Okay...

So, I'm eating breakfast this morning and walking back to the kitchen. Totally normal morning activity.
Now, once a week the people across the street have a group of guys come to take care of their lawn...also a totally normal activity.
Well, this morning, I am walking back to the kitchen and I notice the men have arrived. They are spreading out over the lawn with various tools in a regular "yard work" type fashion.
..............then I see the guy with the lawnmower...................he is wearing an old school diving helmet. ??????? He just has the helmet on. And a shirt and some jeans.
It's times like these that I sure wish I had a camera.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Mmmmmmmmm

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day BECAUSE.......if you don't eat breakfast you are missing out on some of the tastiest foods this planet has to offer.
I'm just sayin'.
Have a bowl of cereal...or some eggs and toast....do it. Love it.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Like a Cat on FIRE!

So...I'm a bit angry today. I am mad like a cat on fire. I guess I am also a bit sad like a cat of fire would be. Cause I like my fur...........and would love for it to stop burning.
The reason for my anger is this: I have this "friend" that has decided to lose contact with the majority of his "friends." When I was finally able to get a hold of him he told me that he had to put "bad influences" behind him and start anew.
Well, isn't that just fine and dandy? Which bad influences? Who? All of us?
The conversation went on...and got more annoying. But, I will leave that for another day.
Man...it must be nice to blame all of your problems on other people. In fact, I have been thinking today about the things in my life that I can blame on other people. Here is a list for you -
I like theatre. My dad's fault.
I like cheese. Milk's fault.
I loooooove pirates. Captain Hook, Johnny Depp and Tiffani's fault.
I love movies. Dad's fault.
I live inside books. Writer's fault.
I hate it when people touch my laundry. Dorm laundry room fault.
I like George Clooney. I'm actually not sure who's fault that is.......God?
I keep my room VERY organized. Mom's fault.


Anyway.................the point is...................I can blame a LOT of things on a lot of people. But, it all comes down to this: The fact that I sin EVERYDAY is MY FAULT. I can't lay that blame at the feet of others.
It drives me crazy that this "friend" has left us behind because he has decided not to take responsibility for his own life. GAH!
I do love and miss him. But, maybe I don't need a friend like that.
I don't know. I just wanted to get that out so I can get back to work...and as Tiffani said, "put that kitty fire out."

Loves.