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Rob and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary on October 26! This past weekend we had the time to go away for a night to celebrate and we went to the Celebration Hotel in the heart of Celebration (the town that Disney built).

The Celebration Hotel was wonderful and beautiful! I’ve been to Celebration many times before but never had I been in the hotel there. I LOVED it! It’s not a huge hotel and the atmosphere is very cozy and personal. The hotel has an old Florida theme which I just loved! The room was decorated in the same old Florida style as well. And I have to say that the staff were extremely friendly.

Around 5pm we were surprised with cheese & crackers and a bottle of wine, which Rob and I thoroughly enjoyed. Love cheese and wine. There was also a wedding reception taking place and we saw the groom having photos taken but never saw the bride. But we enjoyed the music.

There was also a family there that was doing the Disney thing. I can understand now why a family would want to stay in the Celebration Hotel for a week at Disney instead of one of the Disney resorts. Imagine a day full of Disney and then going back to a comfy, cozy hotel instead of the big resorts.

All this to say the Celebration Hotel is wonderful and we had a nice getaway.


Is seems my health is doing well! My last doctor’s visit confirmed I’m doing well. And I have my energy back. In fact, I went to the gym this morning and had no problem doing weights, where as in the past I would have struggled.


Happy November

PrincessThis is what my husband said when he saw me this morning.

Last night we got a lot of kids from the neighborhood trick or treating. And while Halloween is not my favorite holiday I do love seeing the kids dressed up. Especially the young ones. This year I saw a lot of Spiderman and Disney Princesses (no surprise). Only 2 Hannah Montana’s.

This years unique costume goes to the female Puerto Rican boxer with a black eye. Wish I had a picture.

Last year Rob made his own pirate costume. This year I made my own princess costume. I already had one of the Disney crowns from when my nieces where here a few weeks ago and we went to a Pincess lunch at Disney. Even though my costume was home made (a bed sheet wrapped around me, scarf wrapped around my waste, play costume jewelry, lots of make-up) the young girls loved it! They said “hello princess” and the younger kids just stared up at my crown!


The temperature in our house when I woke up this morning. While I’m loving the cold weather I’m also a Floridian. So I finally turned the heat on and set it at 65. Much better.


The number of years I’ve been married to my wonderful husband. Sure we’ve had our ups and downs but that’s part of being married. I wish had a scanned photo of us on our wedding day 12 years ago! It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long. Maybe I’ll scan one later.

Happy Anniversary to Rob and me!

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

nullI just finished watching this romantic comedy and I enjoyed it. It was in the theaters but not for very long I think. I tend to like most movies I watch. Of course I don’t watch horror movies and not many suspense movies either. And I really enjoy movies that aren’t the big blockbusters.

I can’t remember what the movie is rated but it can’t be more than PG-13. The main character Miss Pettigrew, played by Frances McDormand, is an out of work governess in 1939 London. She takes the opportunity for a job as a Social Secretary to Delysia. And that’s where the story really starts. Miss Pettigrew is out of her social and moral element! She gives out good advice on love and life. The ending was good.

It wasn’t the funnies movie – didn’t keep me laughing the whole time. But I enjoyed the story and I liked the acting. I just have to add great accents by Frances McDorman and Lee Pace.

Dinner & More

A few weeks ago I was inspired by my sister and her husband, while visiting, to start making real meals again. I used to plan out my meals and go to the store once a week, but it’s been a long time. Then we had a wonderful meal at Merrin and Kevin’s and with her delicious cooking and his awesome grilling (thanks guys!) and I was determined to try the meal planning again. I’ve been in a cooking funk for awhile – and I like to cook!

nullSo this week I took the time to sit and plan the meals for the week. It’s been good and I just may be out of my cooking funk, but we’ll have to wait and see how long this lasts! One night this week we had Brandied-Peach Pork Chops courtesy of Epicurious. It probably wasn’t the healthiest meal but it sure was good AND I got to light the Brandy on fire! The husband liked it. I also made wild rice and salad. Trying to get more salad in these days.
On another note I watched “Bringing Up Baby” starring Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. This past year I’ve started watching old movies, especially ones with Hepburn. My parent’s didn’t watch them growing up and I’m guessing my grandparents didn’t either. So I’ve been fascinated with Katherine Hepburn’s movies. Ironically this movie tanked when it came out and is now considered to be one of the top 100 funny movies.

Speaking of grandparents I recently found out that my great-grandfather on my mother’s side came to the USA from Ireland! I thought it went further back but no!

Anyway, after having seen some of Hepburn’s movies, where she is more serious, watching her in “Bringing Up Baby” took a little getting used to. She play a ditsy socialite, and she’s o not ditsy! The movie reminded me of current comedy’s where everything goes wrong. Oh, and Baby is a 3 year old Leopard! I have 2 more of her movies on the DVR ready to watch when I have time.
A few nights ago I finished reading “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo. Now, I’ve seen the musical about 4 times but I didn’t realize it was originally a book until last year! Yeah, I know, it’s a big duh!! Did you know it was a book? I always think books are much better than their movie versions even though I enjoy the movies. I’ve always loved the “Les Mis” musical.

The book was great! LOVED IT! I had an abridged version so apparently all the tangents not critical to the story were taken out. Now the musical makes a lot more sense! As usual after I’ve finished a good book I miss my characters. Usually I want the story to keep going. Like, what happens to Cosette and Marius in their future. I guess in this case it doesn’t matter since the story is about Jean Valjean.

I’m looking for another good fiction. Any suggestions?

To the Person who left their trash in our Yard

Please see the letter “To the person who left their cup in our truck”. While the circumstances are different the sentiment is the same.

When you are done drinking your 2L bottle of ginger ale don’t throw it in our overgrown lawn. I know it’s been raining a lot and our grass is about 8 inches high. However, the bottle did not blend into the yard despite it being green.

Dudley, it this was you again I will be extremely disappointed.