Snow Cones

Who's My Favorite Today?

Sometimes it’s the simple things……. snow cones on a Sunday afternoon.  I am trying to treasure every minute right now.  Every second.

We have 10 more days until Avery moves into her college dorm.  I know things will never be the same after that.  She will be independent and her own person.  And I want her to be all that.  We have worked all these years for her to do well and go to college.  I know she is extremely privileged to be one of the few people of the population of the world that is able to do this.

I try not to worry.  If I begin down that trail, it is never ending.  There are so many things my mind can conjure up!  I have to trust that we have instilled in her the skills and judgement she needs to make it on her own.

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Danny’s World: Disney World Prep and YouTube

Danny's iphone 439I have been watching a ton of YouTube videos about Disney tips and tricks in preparation for our trip in November.  There’s so much to consider when planning a Disney trip; even when you’ve been several times before.  I found a channel that I love (The Tim Tracker) and have binge watched it over the weekend.

Tim and his wife Jenn live in Orlando and chronicle their journeys throughout the parks. It seems that they visit the parks 3-4 times per week and investigate the different resorts, new foods, new events, changes and upcoming changes and much more.  I will admit that I am addicted to their channel.

We are staying at the Port Orleans Riverside resort this trip and I am using a simple tip that I believe will make our stay a bit more enjoyable.  I am using Amazon Prime and shipping all of our daily snacks, water, sunblock, ponchos, backpack and a few other items straight to the resort; our packages will be there waiting on us upon our arrival.

Another trick I’ve learned is to book breakfast in the resorts before the parks open which allows us to eat and then venture in before any crowds and lines develop.  This will be especially important at Magic Kingdom where certain rides develop long lines.

I’ll be curious to read how many people who follow my blog enjoy Disney.  Some can take it or leave it, but we think it is the most magical place on Earth!  Cheers folks!

Danny’s World: Our Up-Coming Trip

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I am super excited to tell everyone that Evelina and I are going to Disney in November for her birthday!  For the first time I am using a travel agent to assist with the trip as there's a bit more planning and a few more new elements.  This trip we are staying at the Disney resort Port Orleans Riverside and we are including the Disney Dining Plan.

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I'm paying for the dining plan to relieve the burden of having to constantly monitor a budget; it takes a bit of the fun out of the trip for me to constantly be counting every dollar spent.  Also, I have Disney planning some cool surprises for Evelina for her birthday (11/18) which is easier to plan through the agent.

I will say the agent is making this trip the most fun yet as she offers up suggestions of things we didn't realize existed.  Also she is able to track any new discounts and apply them to our trip, discounts we would have missed had we not used her services.  But the biggest reason I will always use an agent from now on is the payment structure.  I put down a simple $200 deposit leaving the remainder of the balance due 30 days prior to our check-in date.  I like being able to make payments and have her handle all the details.

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For those who are new to my blog I'll give you the quick back-story.  When Evelina was a little girl growing up in Poland she always dreamed of going to Disney.  She would watch the movies and see Disney on television, but was never able to go due to it being in the United States. Communism frowned on travels to the United States, plus Disney would have been a long trip for small children.

So when I learned about this I decided that the only place for us to get engaged would be at the Magic Kingdom during the fireworks, in the Rose Garden near Cinderella's Castle.  Following our wedding we honeymooned at Disney and spent our first anniversary there also.  Now we take family trips with my mom and dad, sister and her family each year.  I guess you could say we are Disney fans.  Danny's iphone 599

On this trip we will be purchasing the Annual pass option using a little trick I learned from my sister.  When we go to the gate on our last day prior to checking in, we can buy the annual pass and Disney will credit us all the money we spent on tickets for this trip against the value of the annual pass; which means we will only be paying approximately $700 total for 2 annual passes (normally $1600ish).

I have been planning dinner reservations, birthday surprises, roadtrip details, Amazon shipping list, etc. for this trip the last 2 weeks and I'm getting excited!  I want this to be the best birthday ever for Evelina; lord knows she deserves it for putting up with me!!

Happy 89th Birthday Stanley Kubrick

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Today is the 89th birthday of the film director Stanley Kubrick.  You know and love his films, I specifically love 2001 and The Shining, but Clockwork Orange is great, and, and…  His vision and direction gave us something…

Danny’s World: My Current Situation…

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My current situation.  Gonna hit a few balls at the range near the house in Pineville.  I hope the shoulder performs better.  Image result for golf depot pineville nc

 

Fun with spam #7

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We bloggers know that as annoying as spam can be, it can also be fun — like these five new gems I found in my spam folder today.   Most sound like they’ve been translated several times from some obscure language in a country no one’s ever heard of.

This is a good sampling of the types of spam I usually get.

The other day, while I was at work, my sister stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a thirty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

Sorry about your apple ipad.

I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here. The sketch is attractive, your authored subject matter stylish. nonetheless, you…

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Monday Minstrel–“An Entrance or a key…”

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The horse between discs is outside the Museum of London in London, England.  The artist is Christopher Le Brun , the statue is bronze and made in 2001.  The imagery of horses and discs is common in the work of Le Brun. It suggests travel and passing from one place to another. Here is what the artist has to say about it.

“When you talk about horses and riders in my work it is important to me that they are not seen as real. I think of it as an entrance or a key to places that I want to enter. It is as if “the horse” enables the journey rather than provides the final subject.”

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What is interesting to me is that for those of us who are riders of horses ,we know that it is not only the physical journey they take us on. It is also a…

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“With a heart for any fate….”

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Let us then be up and doing with a heart for any fate. Still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labour and to wait.”  Longfellow

This is one of my favourite inspirational quotes. I am going to use it to take a look at my winter season in Florida.

Let us then be up and doing.

Mid December; Biasini and I were off down to Florida. This year to a new barn, Standing Oak Farm. I knew that my Florida coach, Lou Denizard, had moved his horses there so that meant it had passed muster with him.  Large stalls and good ventilation, each stall with its own fan above the stall and openings on both sides of the stall, so horses can look out into the aisle, and also out to the outside.

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But even the most glamourous barns are useless if the staff is not good.  So, when…

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My Experience at an Anime Convention

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I peeked around the corner of the street and there they were. Hundreds of odd looking anime characters. Some presumably schoolgirls, and others, disturbingly ugly creatures that you’d think would haunt you in your nightmares during the depths of the night.

As a complete outsider to the Japanese culture (19 and I just had my first successful attempt at sushi) and having barely any anime knowledge, I walked into the eighth largest anime convention in North America, wearing what is my failed attempt to cosplay Lulu Bell from D. Gray Man. Who is Lulu? Don’t ask me, because I went with the idea after simply Googling “easy cosplay ideas” and there she was.

This event from April 7- April 9 at the George R. Brown Convention Center covered three floors of everything from cosplay, music, fashion, anime, to art and collectibles. It was overwhelming to say the least but I…

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