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Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Part Two: The Expo

Expo HeaderWhenever I post my recap about the Wine & Dine, I’ll chat about my inability to sleep the night before leaving thanks my lovely insomnia issues. <<Insert sarcastic eye roll.>>  I’m a wreck without enough sleep, (a fact that will come into play in my half marathon recap,) so by eight o’clock on Wednesday night, my bags were packed, my toenails were polished, and I was in bed! My family was extra careful to not make any noise so I slept wonderfully–thank God–and woke up ready to roll when the alarm rang at 2:30.

Speaking of packing, have I ever told you that I’m the baggie queen?

IMG_9435It’s true. I am the baggie queen … OCD … too persnickety.

Please tell me you caught my little Abba “Dancing Queen” parody action there. No? You didn’t? It’s okay, go back and try again. It works, right?

Well, maybe not. Never mind. Moving on.

IMG_9440So anyway, my darling, supportive husband drove me to the airport where it was hard saying goodbye. I felt guilty, taking this last-minute trip without him, especially since my boys were home from college. But he told me to have a wonderful trip, sent me on my way, and before I knew it, I was saying hello to my dear friend, Mickey at MCO in Florida! [click to continue…]


Somewhere out there, a very disappointed Willy Wonka is shaking his head with a tsk, tsk, tsk…


Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know.  Whatever, Wonka, I fully acknowledge that I’ve been sucking in the blog department for some time despite my best intentions. Geez. And you wonder why I only have a whopping three subscribers! (Who I’m very grateful for, btw, THANK YOU, my three faithful followers!) But now that I have this crazy, unrealistic goal to increase my followers to 1,000 (don’t laugh,) it’s time for me to put up or shut up. Deliver or discontinue. Piss or get off the pot.

I shall do it for my three faithful followers.

But enough jibber-jabber. Let’s move on to a more interesting topic … this year’s WDW Marathon Weekend! [click to continue…]


Marathon List

Has it really been November 20th since I’ve last posted? Yeah, my vow to renew my blogging bliss hasn’t exactly turned out as hoped, but THIS YEAR I will get my life back in balance and start posting on a regular basis!

yeah rightWhoa. Kind of harsh, there, Willy. But okay, fine, what if I said I would make a very genuine effort to post on a somewhat regular basis?


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Since I’ve last posted, I’ve been on another racecation for the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon which I hope to blog about soon, once I get my life back in order. I’ve also been working on a rewrite and my NaNoWriMo novel which I hope to finish soon, once I get my life back in order. And I’ve been working double time putting out fires for my other two jobs (office and rental property management,) in an effort to get my life back in order.

Are you sensing a theme here?

My life has been seriously out-of-order for some time now and I’ve been dropping so many balls, my bruised toes look like blue sausages. So when Laura Gehl asked what topic I’d like her to write about for her ONE BIG PAIR OF UNDERWEAR blog tour, my answer was a no-brainer: Juggling writing with real life!

One Big PairShe was happy to comply. But first, here’s the scoop on her adorable picture book, ONE BIG PAIR OF UNDERWEAR!

Count and share with…underwear! Come along on a zany adventure with hilarious pictures from the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. [click to continue…]


My Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon Recap, hon!

Since NaNoWriMo started on Saturday … and for some insane reason, I decided to attempt it … I’m glad I wrote this Baltimore Half recap last week! (Still need to do one for the Tower of Terror 10-miler but yeah, that might be a while.)

The quick version: I loved it.

The long, long version: It all began sometime in early spring when I registered for the full marathon.

IMG_6485No, scratch that. It actually started when I first saw the painted finish line on Ravens Walk before a football game. (Sorry, couldn’t grab more than ‘ltimo’ without being crushed by the herd.) I’ve always dreamed of doing a marathon. And finishing between Camden Yards and M&T Stadium? Yeah, that’d be awesome, seeing as how I’m a big O’s/Ravens fan. So on the day when many of my running pals were signing up for the runDisney Dopey Challenge and I was feeling rather mopey and left out, I did it. I signed up for the Baltimore Running Festival Full Marathon.

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NaNoWriMo Day 1!

Happy (late) Halloween from Poe to you!

Happy (late) Halloween from Poe to you!

IMG_7839So, while working at my favorite coffee shop yesterday, I had a conversation with Edgar Allan Poe about NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. I asked him if he thought it was crazy for me to even think about signing up, seeing as how I also have a midgrade to rewrite per an editor’s notes, (a head to toe and all crannies in between rewrite,) as well as another midgrade to finish. And we’re going to Disney again for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon. And there’s Thanksgiving to cook/clean for. And Christmas to get ready for early since my son is getting major surgery in December. And I’ve been swamped with my two other jobs.

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