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WDW Wednesdays: Halloween 5K

3 Aug

Now that I’m back in the swing of blogging again, Walt Disney World Wednesdays are back, too!  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again–I always have a WDW trip in the works!  The present time is no exception.

I’ll be going to WDW with my family (plus sister’s boyfriend) the last week of September to celebrate sister Amanda’s birthday, and to hit up the opening weekend of the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

When I was working at EPCOT, I was lucky enough to be there during Food and Wine.  I was able to hit up so many of the food booths because I lived there and went during lunch breaks or just on days off with friends.  The festival features so many different ethnic foods, and I’m so glad I get to go back with my whole family this time.

Halloween 5K Course Map

3.1 miles around Animal Kingdom

As part of the Food and Wine Festival, runDisney is hosting the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend that same opening weekend.  While I am in no shape to run a half or even a half relay, the family Halloween 5K is definitely doable.  I may even run some of it if the Couch to 5K Challenge continues to go well considering my herniated disc. (Injection #2 is tomorrow. Ugh)

The best part is that both my mom and sister will be participating with me!  When I did the Beauty and the Beast Royal Family 5K in February, all I thought was, this would be so much fun with Mom and Amanda!  What could be better than racing through a WDW Park? With characters along the way! And you get a t-shirt!

Jack Skellington tee

From disneystore.com, nothing says Halloween like Jack!

Needless to say, I’m excited.  Plus, we bought Jack Skellington t-shirts to wear during the race to keep with the Halloween theme and to match as a team.  We’re going to be so cute!

The 3.1 miles takes us through Animal Kingdom, which should be gorgeous early in the morning, and a little creepy, too, with all the shade (which fits since it’s the Halloween 5K).

The last few years I’ve been forgetting to get in the Halloween spirit. This race should do the trick!

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My Travel Standbys

10 Aug

On Friday, my mom, sister and I leave for a 7-day Mediterranean Cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas.  

I’m too excited to sleep.  

Here’s the itinerary:  

Barcelona, Spain  

Day at Sea  

Pompeii (Naples), Rome (Civi) and Florence (Livorno), Italy 

Villefranche and Toulon, France 

Since I’ve already been to Greece, I’m so thrilled my mom chose the Western Med cruise.  Not that I’d be against going to Greece again.  The islands were, in one word, breathtaking.  But now I get to add three more countries to my Places I’ve Been list. 

This week, I’m just working, packing, stressing and counting down the days until I leave.  What’s making packing easier is that I do it so often now that I have a system, and some good ol’ travel standbys I swear by.  What are they?  I’m glad you asked… 

Ginger kid tested. Ginger kid approved

  • Fossil handbags: they are a bit expensive, but if you can grab one on sale, they are good quality, made with nice fabrics and have an assortment of pockets, zipped, clasped and open for all your travel needs.  I ususally bring one as a carry-on and as a purse for sightseeing all day. 
  • Jergens Natural Glow: as a gingerkid, I don’t tan.  I go from see-through to white.  So I need some help in that department if I don’t want to blind everyone poolside.  Use this once a day for a week, and you’ll have soft, faux sun-kissed skin.  I use JNG for fair skin tones, obvi.  But they make medium and dark as well, for those of you luckier than me.
  • Comfy shoes: and yes, I always pack more than one shoe.  Even the most comfortable of shoes will cause blisters and ouchies on your feet after a couple days of straight wear.  It’s important to switch off shoes everyday to prevent painful rubbage.  Some of my favorite brands are Clarks, Born and I just got some cute silver Sketchers sneakers.  I know what you’re thinking.  “But Heather, I want to be cute, fashionable and comfortable.”  Tough.  Those things do not exist together in shoes.  But, Clarks usually have decent-looking sandals, and Born are seriously like walking on clouds.  Suck it up, Nancy.  It isn’t a fashion show.
  • Mini Clif bars: since the regular Clif bars are the same calories as a light meal, I was ecstatic when they came up with the mini bars.  My favorite flavor right now is Oatmeal Walnut Raisin, but I’m still trying others, too.  These are great to pop in your new Fossil bag for the airport, in case you get stuck somewhere and need a pick-me-up snack.  Tiny and delicious.
  • Amazon Kindle: ok, I just got one for my birthday, and having used it on a trip to Denver last month, I can now say I’m a fan.  Nothing will replace the smell of a book or the feeling of curling up with a good book and mug of hot tea on a rainy day, but for travel, the Kindle is seriously superior.  Ultra light, skinny, and the battery lasts way longer than my iPod.  I have to admit, I just returned my Kindle so I can upgrade to the newest generation.  I’m sad I won’t have it for my cruise, but the benefits of the newer model far outweigh not having it for one trip.

In the meantime, I’m off to Borders tonight to inhale some book fumes and grab a good read for the cruise.  Something set in Italy, I think.

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