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Friday Five: Five amazing things made with PEEPS!

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IMG_1471My friends and I have a yearly tradition of going to the Carroll County Arts Council annual PEEPshow, an event so popular, they often have to close that part of Main Street!

This year’s 8th Annual PEEPshow was as fun as ever. We first met up at O’Lordan’s Irish Pub for dinner. Bob’s initial plan was to drop me off and then meet friends at Maggie’s Restaurant where I’d join him later. (My man is not into marshmallow art.) But to my surprise, he decided to hang out with us. I think it was because my friend, Jeri’s husband was going. Whatever the case, it was nice sharing this experience with him! After a round of burgers and beer, we made the short walk to the arts center, enjoying the nice but somewhat chilly weather and community atmosphere.

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Dopey Challenge, anyone?

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Yep, I signed up for the big one because going Goofy just wasn’t enough. See you in 2016 at January’s WDW Marathon Weekend!

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Friday Five: My Favorite Walt Disney World Snacks

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Friday Five! And seeing as how early annual passholder registration for WDW Marathon Weekend begins next Tuesday, I’m thinking a great topic would be a (not so) guilty pleasure … my favorite snacks at Disney World. Why? Because I’m signing up for the Dopey Challenge and running 48.6 miles in four days means I get to eat lots of snacks!

Image from disneyfoodblog.com

Image from disneyfoodblog.com

1. The Jalapeño Cheese Pretzel at Animal Kingdom. (Well, you can also get one at Epcot’s Fife and Drum but I think they taste better at Animal Kingdom. Maybe it’s the vibe.)

Oh, how I craved those yummy bad boys while running the marathon in January! They are DELICIOUS and if you’re a wimp about spicy food like I am, don’t be scared of the jalapeños. They add just the right amount of kick without kicking you in the rear.  Try one of these the next time you’re at Disney and you’ll love me forever.

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Running has truly changed my life.

It’s helped with my anxiety issues, it forces me to keep disregarding bad habits from my eating disorder days, (one cannot marathon train without proper nutrition,) and it’s helped my writing by proving I’m more capable of achieving great things than I think. So with this in mind, I asked the following questions to a group of folks some time ago: What’s your story? How has fitness changed your life?

A friend responded by sending links to two of his blog posts; this one and this one.

I was completely blown away his honesty and willingness to help others by sharing his story of depression.

And now I’m honored to share his amazing story with you, combined into one post:

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2015 WDW Tower of Terror Day One: The Expo!

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I’m kind of dreading writing my WDW Tower of Terror 10 Miler recaps because I have a horrible memory and this race was in October but oh well, here we go!

So. Some backstory. I wasn’t planning on signing up until I wandered over to the runDisney website and saw that registration was at 95%. (Of course, this was back in the good ole’ days when races didn’t sell out in five minutes. Ah, good times, good times.) Huh. 95%, eh? This sparked the following conversation with my husband:

Me: Looks like TOT is almost sold out. That’d be a cool race to do.

The Hubs: Do you have any friends going?

Me: Well, yeah …

The Hubs: You’ve got an annual pass and plenty of Southwest points. Why don’t you see if anyone has room for you and go?

And this is why I adore my husband. (Among other reasons, of course.)

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MacBeth_Ebook-2Cross posted on As the Eraser Burns

I’m so happy about the new E! Show Royals, not only because Elizabeth Hurley is awesome, but mostly since the show was inspired by Michelle Ray’s incredible book, FALLING FOR HAMLET. (Congratulations, Michelle!)

I’m also doubly happy to learn that Michelle has published another Shakespearian twist this March, a young adult novel titled MAC/BETH:

Author of Falling for Hamlet, inspiration for The Royals on E!, Michelle Ray has re-imagined Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and set it in Hollywood. Mac/Beth follows Beth DeAngelo and her boyfriend Garrett Mackenzie (“ship” named MacBeth), as they navigate their rise to fame and their own guilt. [click to continue…]

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