Friday, December 31, 2010

Disney year in review

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This year has been full of ups and downs. Pets lost, friends lost and of course the broken leg. I'm very thankful that the ups out weigh the downs!! I'm looking forward to 2011 with a trip to Disney marathon weekend to cheer on some friends running; the WDWRadio cruise with 500 of my closest friends and then the D23 expo in Disneyland in August.

I hope everyone has a great New Year!! Drinks all around!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

I'm Doing What I'm Told

So my mommy told me I had to post this on the blog. Here ya go mom! I love you!!

Gold Wrapping Paper

I received this from a friend who had a choice to make.
It said that I had a choice to make too.
I've chosen.
Now it's your turn to choose.

The story goes that some time ago a mother punished her five year old daughter for wasting a roll of expensive gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and she became even more upset when the child used the gold paper to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree.

Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift box to her mother the next morning and then said, 'This is for you, Momma.'

The mother was embarrassed by her earlier over reaction, but her anger flared again when she opened the box and found it was empty. She spoke to her daughter in a harsh manner.

'Don't you know, young lady, when you give someone a present there's supposed to be something inside the package?'

She had tears in her eyes and said, 'Oh, Momma, it's not empty! I blew kisses into it until it was full.'

The mother was crushed. She fell on her knees and put her arms around her little girl, and she begged her forgiveness for her thoughtless anger.

An accident took the life of the child only a short time later, and it is told that the mother kept that gold box by her bed for all the years of her life.

Whenever she was discouraged or faced difficult problems she would open the box and take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.
In a very real sense, each of us, as human beings, have been given a Golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family and friends... There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Join the WDWRadio Running Team and help support the Make-A-Wish Foundation

In 2008, Lou Mongello encouraged myself and a friend to participate in the 2009 Walt Disney World half marathon. Now Lou is creating the WDWRadio Running Team in hopes of raising money for a worthy charity, the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Please follow the link below for all the information.

Friday, October 22, 2010

It's Pumpkin Roll Time

Every year around this time or even earlier my church starts preparing for their annual holiday bazaar. The men and women (mostly women) of the church start making pies, cookies, noodles, peanut brittle, hard tack and pumpkin rolls. The week of the bazaar they make the soup and the night before the bazaar they make the breads, apple dumplings and sticky rolls. Also the night before may of the members make other baked goods like brownies, fudge and cakes.

The main baked good that I help out with is the pumpkin rolls. Who can resist the heavenly goodness of baked pumpkin with cream cheese filling. It's all I can do not to put my face into the tub of filling and start eating it. If we're good and IF there is one roll that isn't good enough to sell, Sharon (the Sergeant in charge) lets us eat it but only if we've worked hard enough.

I posted a few pictures of the process the other night on Facebook and a few friends asked about them so I'm going to post the recipe on here.

Pumpkin Rolls with Filling
375 degrees
15 mins.

3 eggs
1 c. sugar
2/3 c. pumpkin
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 c. flour
Grease cookie sheet and line with wax paper, grease wax paper. Mix above ingredients. Pour batter and sprinkle with chopped walnuts (we don't do that for the bazaar though). Bake 15 minutes. While cake bakes, sprinkle powedered sugar on a tea towel and turn cake onto it. Pull off wax paper and roll cake together with towel while hot. Cool 45 minutes to 1 hour. Unroll and spread with filling.

8 oz. cream cheese
1 c. Cool Whip
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. powdered sugar
2 tbsp. butter

Beat the above ingredients and spread on cool cake. Roll cake again and chill until served.

A few notes: the towels we use are linen clothes that someone made us but I've heard that the old fashioned towel calendars work great. Also if you want to speed up the cooling process, sit it outside on a chilly day (away from critters). They also freeze well.
If you make one let me know what you think. These are probably our number one seller.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

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Monday, September 20, 2010

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Talk Like A Pirate Day - Live at CapriCon 2008

This is a great song!! Talk like a pirate day is tomorrow!!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Celebrating 2 years of fun

I thought I'd celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the blog with a drink. I know, BIG surprise for me! But this is a new drink that my husband and I created. It's called a We Wants The Redhead. See how pretty it is.

This is what is in it:

1 shot rum

1 shot peach snappes

1 shot amaretto

1 shot southern comfort

1 shot grenadine

and some Sprite

Try it sometime and let me know what you think!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

It's A Girl!!

It looks like we're getting a new puppy. She's a lab/collie mix. I've always wanted a chocolate lab and once I saw her I totally fell in love. She was very calm when I held her so hopefully she stays that way. We don't get her for another week or so which is good because I need to make a place for her.

We're not sure what we want to name her but she needs to have a Disney name. Please vote in the poll to the right and help us name her.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Kingdom in the Sky

I love this song!! Check it out!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

War Breaks Out In Western Pennsylvania

Every year around this time thousands of people gather in New Castle, PA for Pennsic War. The Pennsic War is an annual event between the East and Middle Kingdoms of the Society for Creative Anachronism Inc., and is hosted by the Kingdom of Æthelmearc at Coopers' Lake Campground. Now, you are probably wondering what the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is. Well, the SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Their "Known World" consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes & workshops.

Many of the campsites have authentic period tents, such as this one. While others will have modern day tents or a combination of tents.

The largest activity at Pennsic war is the battles, themselves. Thousands of men and women "suit up" in armour that ranges from the "make shift" style that consists of carpet or bits of plastic to the very elaborate, authentic Gothic plate. Weapons are made from sticks of rattan and can be one or two handed. Most of the battles are field battles but they also have bridge battles, (which is in the photo above) a castle battle and a woods battle.

Other sporting events that take place are archery, knife throwing and one-on-one battles. There are also classes that you can attend from soap making to dancing. And of course there is lots of shopping to be done. Merchants have anything from homemade jewelry to garb to shiny armour.

So, if you happen to be driving on I-79 this week (south of I-80) and see about a mile worth of tents then you've seen where Pennsic is held.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Then and Now

It's hard to believe that 20 years ago Erin and I graduated high school. It doesn't seem like a lot has happened over those 20 years but I guess a lot has. We got married, bought a house or two, had pets come and go, had loved ones leave our lives, and the biggest thing is we had Cassidy.

A few weeks ago we had our 20 year reunion. Now, I will admit that we were both hesitant on wanting to go. Even after 20 years there are still some people you're not sure you really want to spend an evening with. Long story short, we went to the Friday night mixer where there was about 20 classmates. That ended up being a lot of fun. One of the guys I was friends with in high school but lost touch with flew in from California. And guess what, he's only 10 minutes from Disneyland so looks like a trip to his house is in my future.

We missed out on the dinner on Saturday but met up with everyone later that evening. It was great seeing people after all that time. All the high school drama was gone and all the "clics" were gone. People that didn't talk at all in school were suddenly getting their groove on together. It was a great sight to see. It's like the Berlin Wall came down. And let me tell you, we still know how to party. We closed down the bar at 2 am. And when it all came to an end and pictures were being taken, tears started to roll. For some reason, I suddenly realized how much I missed all my high school friends. I can't wait for our 25th reunion.


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Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Toys Are Back!

With the release of Toy Story 3, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite quotes from Toy Story and Toy Story 2.

Woody: YOU! ARE! A! TOYYYYY! You aren't the real Buzz Lightyear! You're - you're an action figure! You are a child's play thing!

Buzz: You are a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity.

Buzz: CAN!

Woody: That wasn't flying! That was falling with style!

Rex: Great! Now I have guilt!

Buzz: I am Mrs. Nesbitt!

Mrs. Potato Head: I'm packing your extra pair of shoes, and your angry eyes just in case

Hamm: You heard of Kung Fu? Well prepare yourself for pork chop.

Mr. Potato Head: I'm a married spud, I'm a married spud...

Amy: Look Barbie! An ugly man doll!

What are your favorite quotes???

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Craig Dietz! UNSINKABLE!

If you ever thought that you couldn't do something then watch this video. I went to school with Craig and he was an amazing kid. Now he's an even more amazing man. His story is a true inspiration!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

You drank how much???

While visiting The World for marathon weekend in January my husband and a friend decided they were going to drink around the countries in Epcot. Needless to say, they didn't get something in every country but they still did pretty well. Here is a list of what he had in Epcot:

1. Scotch flight in the United Kingdom that consisted of 3 different scotches

2. Pomegranate wine in France

3. Saki flight at Teppan Edo which was 3 different saki's

4. Wine flight in Germany which he shared so he had 1-1/2 glasses of wine

5. Canto Loopy in China

6. Tequila flight in Mexico which was also 3 different tequilas

And as if that wasn't enough we went to Jellyrolls that night and he had 2 redheaded sluts, 2 - 32 oz. Hurricanes and 6 Jagerbombs. Of course it wasn't helping that we ran into his cousin and his cousin was buying him drinks.

Now I know the sound of 22-1/2 drinks is a lot and I'm still amazed that he didn't get sick. BUT he also drank all of that over at least a 8 hour period. Would he do it again? 100% YES!


We surprised Cassidy with a trip to WDW for her 10th birthday. Above is the video that my great friend, Lou Mongello made for her. After all, Lou is her #1 man!

Below is the slideshow I put together with photos from the weekend and also her reaction to finding out where she was going.

A little background info...I had planned to join Lou and friends in WDW for the 24 hour show. Well, since the show was going to be a few days before her birthday I thought it would be great to surprise her with a trip. I've always wanted to do that. Let me tell you, never again!! I was so stressed out since I couldn't talk to her about it plus I had to pack all her things without her missing anything. And getting the school in on the surprise too was work. I had to wait for her to get on the bus before running in to pick up her homework. I couldn't have it sent home with her that day. But all the stress was totally worth it!!! SHE CRIED!!

Enjoy the show and I'll blog later about highlights of the trip.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Disney Men

Let's look at the pros and cons of some Disney men......

Will Turner:
Pro: Pirate!! He's got some muscles from making swords.
Con: Can only come to shore once every 10 years....bugger!

Pro: He's got Abu and the flying carpet, which would be great for romantic dates. And of course, Genie.
Con: Those pants.

Pro: His amazing strength means I'd always be protected.
Con: The EGO!

Prince Philip
Pro: He's got the horse, which means he could take me away in the perfect fairy-tale ending and he can kick some crazy lady's butt.
Con: He reminds me a lot of The Prince in Snow White.

The Beast
Pro: He's beast-turned-man, which means things could get really interesting in the sack.
Con: That temper.

Pro: Swinging from trees means amazing upper arm strength. Grrrr!
Con: Would I have to pee in the woods all the time? Lori don't pee in the woods at all!

Peter Pan
Pro: He'd keep me young at heart.
Con: I'm pretty sure he's underage. But I've been known to be a cougar!

So, what do you think?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

My boob's a burnin'!

On January 10th, I decided to treat myself (and a friend) to a post half marathon/birthday massage. I booked the massages at Muscles and Bustles at the Boardwalk Resort. I've never had anyone other than my massage therapist give me a massage so I was excited and nervous at the same time. She took me back into the room and I prepared for a nice relaxing massage. Let's just say relaxing is not a word I would use to describe it now.

The girl started out putting towels on my back and then placed something else on my back which at the time I assumed was hot rocks. NOPE! Not even a minute after she placed this bag with hot water/oil in it on my back the closure busted open and suddenly I felt hot stuff on my arm and running down my side. I quickly sat up, not carrying what was hanging out, because it burned. The poor girl felt so bad and wasn't sure what to do. She cleaned up the area and put more towels down for me to lay on. And we started again only this time I told her not to put anything on my back that wasn't regular massaging oil.

I did get my massage but it was anything but relaxing. Feeling my skin burning the whole time pretty much killed any relaxing mood. The whole time I wondering how burnt my skin was. And let me tell you, when hot water/oil pours down over the side of your boob it hurts!!! You don't realize how sensitive that area is until something like this happens.

After she was done and left the room I looked at my arm and breast. My arm seemed ok. It was just red but my boob didn't look good or feel good at all. It wasn't a 3rd degree burn but I bet it was a 2nd degree burn. After I got dressed I told the girl I wanted to fill out an accident report. I wasn't leaving there without it being noted what happened. No one was really sure what to do or what paper I needed to fill out. After a few minutes they found it and I wrote down what happened.

The accident report paper was so stupid. No place to write my personal information in case they needed to contact me. But don't worry, I wrote it in there. They did ask me numerous times if I needed medical attention and while it hurt like a SOB I knew that it wasn't bad enough for EMTs to come look at it. After I filled out the paper I told them I wanted my massage compensated. Then they really weren't sure what to do so after a few more minutes they had me talk to someone. I'm not sure who this person was. I'm assuming she worked for Disney even though the Health Center is owned by the Niki Bryan Spa company. She arrived minutes later to make sure I was alright and she comped BOTH massages. Which was wonderful!!

I will say this though, I am very disappointed that no one called me the next day or even a week later to make sure I was ok. I had to find burn cream and gauze pads for it and it was kinda hard to lay on that side for awhile. And the kicker is 3 months later it still feels funky and there is still a mark on the side of my boob. Lesson learned: never let anyone else give you a massage!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

In Memory of Harley

It's funny how the world works...on January 9th I finish my 3rd half marathon, the 10th was my birthday and I was spending it in WDW and on the 11th we had to make the decision to put our dog, Harley to sleep. Hardest part about making the decision was that we weren't even home but still in WDW. You see, we were to fly home on the 11th but I had become sick the day before and didn't feel fit for flying. So in the process of me being sick and trying to get a room for another night, Erin was talking to my mom, the vet and Craig, the guy that cares for the dogs while we are away. Craig and Erin had talked for 2 days prior about how she wasn't eating or going to the bathroom. He had to hand feed her to get her to eat. So by Monday she was really bad and felt that she should go to the vet. Long story short, mom and Craig had to take her to the vet and "do the deed".

This is the second time mom has "killed" one of my dogs.....inside joke. It is funny though because Cassidy doesn't know that grammy was at the vet with Harley. So anytime mom gets out of line I threaten to tell Cassidy that grammy killed her dog. That usually works.

She drove us crazy with her grunting sounds; her "talking" in the car and her snoring at night. But I miss all that now. I miss her curling up in my legs when I was on the couch and how she kept my feet warm at night. I miss how she would get excited when I got home from work. Heck, she would get excited when I would just go out and get the mail. But most of all I miss the Harley Sue kisses.

Enjoy the little show I put together for her.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010


My mom sent me this and I thought it was cute. So I wanted to share it with you.


The following was found posted very low on a refrigerator door.
Dear Dogs and Cats: The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food.
The other dishes are mine and contain my food.
Placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.
The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack.
Racing me to the bottom is not the object.
Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.
I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed.
I am very sorry about this.
Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort, however.
Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep.
It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other, stretched out to the fullest extent possible.
I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out on the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.
For the last time, there is no secret exit from the bathroom!
If, by some miracle, I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge in an
attempt to open the door.
I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years - canine/feline attendance is not required.
The proper order for kissing is: Kiss me first, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough.
Finally, in fairness, dear pets, I have posted the following message on the front door:
(1) They live here. You don't.
(2) If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. That's why they call it 'fur'-niture.
(3) I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.
(4) To you, they are animals. To me, they are adopted sons/daughters who are short, hairy, walk on all fours and don't speak clearly.
Remember, dogs and cats are better than kids because they:
(1) eat less,
(2) don't ask for money all the time,
(3) are easier to train,
(4) normally come when called,
(5) never ask to drive the car,
(6) don't hang out with drug-using people;
(7) don't smoke or drink,
(8) don't want to wear your clothes,
(9) don't have to buy the latest fashions,
(10) don't need a gazillion dollars for college and
(11) if they get pregnant, you can sell their children ...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Where's the light?

I know it's been a long time since I posted a picture of a light. Sorry, I'm a slacker! Hopefully I can get back to playing this little game again. And I also hope I can remember where I took the pictures at.

Where is this light from?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Marathon Weekend 2010

There is only one word to sum up Disney Marathon Weekend 2010: COLD!! I hope I am never at Disney when it's that cold ever again. It really throws you off. I didn't do as many things as I would've liked to and I didn't take nearly as many pictures either. Walking around on crutches didn't help either and either did ending up sick by Sunday. It was an odd kind of trip but still a good one.

Highlights from Thursday:
*Marathon Expo
*Running into Erin's cousin in Epcot
*Drinking around World Showcase
*Seeing Tigger (of course)
*Dinner at Teppan Edo
*We Wants The Redhead meet at Jellyrolls

Highlights from Friday:
*Rope drop at The Studios
*One Man's Dream
*Mitch crashing my wheelchair into a pole at the Great Movie Ride
*Streetmasphere messing around with Erin
*The KT tape booth at the expo
*Lapu Lapu's with Mitch
*Dinner at 'Ohanas with my friends

Highlights from Saturday:
*SNOW in Orlando
*Being able to run 3 miles before my leg started bothering me
*Rum shot at the 5k mark
*Doing the half marathon with Mitch and Chuck (I couldn't have done it without them)
*Mitch dragging me up heartbreak hill
*Finishing my 2nd WDW half marathon
*Being so cold that I couldn't even text
*Hoop Dee Doo and Crockett's Tavern
*Trying to walk on crutches drunk. Don't recommend trying that.

Highlights from Sunday:
*Massage at Boardwalk that ended up giving me a bad burn on my body. Hot water bag broke on me and water ran down over my side. Not a pleasant feeling.
*Moving to Kidani Village with savannah view
*Beaches and Cream lunch with Mary Jo and the gang after her awesome Goofy Challenge!
*Birthday dinner at Sanaa. I love my friends!!

Highlights from Monday:
*There are none! I was so sick by Monday that I couldn't fly home. We checked out of Kidani and moved over to Pop Century for a night. I stayed in bed all day while Erin went and hung out with Mojo.

It was a great weekend with some amazing memories! I hope you enjoy the slideshow.

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