Saturday, May 23, 2015

::grad school - year one done::

   Wow!  I can honestly say that this last year has been a blur.  School has proven to be the final straw that pushed me over the brink of that I can manage to get done.  I have always had a lot of ego about what I can get done - marriage, kids, garden, animals, work full time.  Why not just throw school in there too?  Right?  Yikes, that was a stretch.  But with one year under my belt I think I am starting to get the hang of it.
    First of all - I got all A's.  One whole year of all A's.  I didn't even get that in nursing school when I was busting my ass trying to show off how smart I was.  I'd love to tell you it's because I have been killing myself studying, but it's really just been mostly good luck.  I happened to have pretty easy professors and great groups to work with.  

    What has really given me the most anxiety about school is having a list of things that is not done.  I get the schedule and I want the entire year done in the first two weeks.  I can't think of anything else till its all at least written.  I've lowered my personal anxiety some but pretty much forcing myself to chill out about not having assignments done four months in advance.  Still, it has been weighing on my mind.
    The program is three years long and the last 1.5 years is really the meat of the deal.  I am excited to dive into clinicals head first.  This summer semester I am tacking Pharm and expect to get mentally beat up pretty good.  

Sunday, May 3, 2015

::adult disney 2015::

Adult Disney Trip 2105 was AMAZING!  It really was the best trip of my life.  I needed to sneak away for a little bit and it was so wonderful to be alone with Josh. 

Becoming annual pass holders
We are going again with the kids latter in the year, so it ended up making financial sense to get annual passes for Josh and I.  (We get a discount because of being Disney vacation club members.)  This was such a thrill to me!  Annual passholders to the most magical place on earth?  YES PLEASE!


We have a tradition when we fly together with no kids of renting a ridiculous adult comedy and listening to it with head phone splitters on the plane.  When we left on Wednesday April 22 we got on the plane and watched - 21 Jump Street.  It was hilarious and totally not kid appropriate :)

We got to Orlando and used the Magic Express to get right to our hotel.  This year the Polynesian just finished adding a few studio villas for vacation club.  We were luck to get a villa with a perfect view of the water and the castle.  We ate dinner at Captain Cooks, which is a counter service place at the Poly.  We took the monorail straight over to Magic Kingdom and took advantage of a few premade fastpasses to ride a handful of rides.  After that we came back to the hotel to relax.

 The next morning we went to the pool for a few hours where I took my research final.  (B+ = just fine since I was just trying to hurry and get it done.)  Then off to Hollywood Studios to ride a few rides.  We ate lunch at the Brown Derby Lounge.  The food was amazing and we had no wait!  The people watching was perfect.  It's a new - adult - favorite place.  Josh beat me on Toy Story, but I would like a rematch.  We didn't stay very long at HWS then headed back to our hotel to get the great chance to go to Trader Sams. 
Toy Story Mania
Magic Bands and Trader Sams stamps
Trader Sams is a famous interactive bar that has just opened at the Poly.  the original is at Disneyland.  They have collectable tiki cups that the drinks come in and this place just makes every one play together.  

 The entire bar is like an adult Disney playground.  We we waiting in line at opening to get a table.  We had a blast talking to all the people around us and trying all the crazy drinks.  It is VERY crowded and usually has about a two hour wait ever night.

They were out of one of the mugs we wanted so we got on Ebay and bought it from there.  We decided that was ok because we did order the drink in the bar, so it wasn't really cheating.  
Then it was off to Downtown Disney.  There has been some major expansion of DTD and we were happy to see it all.  We ate dinner at the bar of a place called The Boathouse.  We had the best Bang Bang Shrimp and crab cake I have ever tasted.  We walked around and listened to all the live music.  The whole place has such a festive vibe, we loved it.

Monorail to epcot
On Friday we got up in the morning and went to Animal Kingdom.  We rode Everest and looked around at the new expansions.  They are doing a ton a building there.  We ate lunch at Yak and Yeti counter service.  We went back to our room for a little while then we headed over to Epcot.  Since our room was so near the Transportation Center we just got right on the monorail to Epcot - the ride through the park on the incoming monorail is such a great view.  
We had evening fastpasses for Soarin' and then walked around to see the outdoor kitchens.  We got treats in France (as always).  I finally got my first wine slushy in France.


Saturday it was back to Magic Kingdom.  We had lunch at Be Our Guest for the first time.  The food and service was amazing, I can't wait to show the kids.  We rode rides and looked around then went back to the Poly to have sushi at the Kona Island.  We ended up back at Magic Kingdom that night to ride a few last things and see the lights.  That park is so pretty at night. 
Our magic rose to get us in to Be Our Guest
 This trip has me so excited to take the kids back in Sept. 


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