Saturday, July 21, 2012


This weekend only, the first book in the Kathleen Turner Series, which I mentioned in my post the other day, is FREE for Kindle download.

Don't miss it!!!!

Friday, July 20, 2012


That's right.  We're now in the double digits for our Countdown to Disney.  So excited!!

In the meantime, have I told you about what I'm reading these days?  No!  What is wrong with me.  I have fallen in love with this series.  There are currently 2 books out...No Turning Back and Turn to Me.  I read them both, and then I read them again.  So good!  And today, the author, Tiffany A. Snow, gave us a sneak peek at the 3rd book, which is due out for Christmas, entitled Turning Point, by releasing the first chapter on Facebook. 

You can also check her out at:

If you like suspense, intrigue, romance...all rolled into one, that's what you'll get.  I'm a huge fan!

It looks like there will be 5 books in the series, so I'll have something to look forward to.  Maybe that will be my next each book.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

100 Days!

Well...we're 100 days away from our Disney trip.  I've been really bad about updating this blog, but once the dining reservations were made, there wasn't a lot of Disney planning to talk about.  Maybe there will be more within the final 100 days.  We shall see.

My 42nd birthday is also a week away and I've already received presents.  I love presents.  But I think there may not be many more coming my way.  Michael and I went shopping last month so I could get some beads for my Chamilia when they were having the special where you got a free bracelet with purchase.  So he bought me a bead for my birthday.  My sister sent me a gift certificate to Chamilia so I could get some more beads, one of which is a Disney bead.  This one!  On the other side it says "Dreams Really Do Come True"

And then today, a friend who just returned from her honeymoon at Disney sent me a pin set.  They are bride & groom Mickey ears and they say Mr.and Mrs.  She had gotten them for herself and I loved them, so she bought me a set too!

So it's already a Disney birthday!

Friday, May 25, 2012

And sometimes, things stay the same

Change is good, but sometimes, things just stay the same.

First, at my weigh-in yesterday, no change.  Same weight as last week.  I guess it's better than a gain, and I'm sure that if I worked out more I wouldn't have stayed the same, but I'll always wish that every week would bring a loss - especially since I only have 1 more weigh-in before vacation.  And that vacation begins with the Chocolate Buffet (YUM), then our anniversary dinner (plus whatever other dining we do in Chicago) and then the graduation party.  I am really going to have to do a lot of walking and make use of the fitness center at the hotel.  I always think I'm going to, but usually go once and that's it.

And speaking of Chicago, I had gotten an email from Hampton Inn about a special that they were running.  So I took a peak and I could get the room for $169 per night, instead of the $199 I booked it at.  The catch was that it had to be paid for in advance and once it was booked, no changes or refunds.  So I was waiting to make sure that nothing came up that would force me to change our reservation and then I was going to re-book it today or something over the weekend.  A $30 per night savings would have been fantastic.  So I go to the website this morning and can't find that rate.  I search for the special and then click through to that hotel and it says that they only had limited availability for the offer and that there is nothing available for our dates.  UGH!  I really wanted that extra $90 in my pocket for the trip.  Oh well...what can I do?  Maybe something else will fall in for me and I'll be able to save some $$ elsewhere.  We shall see!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


So last week's WW weigh-in was pretty good.  I was down about a pound and a half.  I will take it.  Still have a long way to go to get back to where I was, plus even further to get to my goal, but at least I'm making some progress.

Another change to me...I cut my hair.  It's above my shoulders and once I get a decent picture with the new 'do, I will post it. 

In other news, vacation is coming up, so I'm getting ready for that trip to Chicago.   Flights are booked and there was a sale last week, so I was able to rebook and have a nice little credit with Southwest now, which I'll be using toward our flight home from Disney in October.  I should be booking that next month.  I can also get a great deal on the hotel, but I'm waiting a little longer before I rebook that because that will require me to pay up front and I won't be able to make any changes or get a refund once it's done.  So I'm waiting until the last possible minute to do that.  It will mean a savings of about $90, which is great.  We also have the Amtrak booked.  I did get a good deal on that, just over $40 for the 2 of us, but the downside is that we won't be on the train the entire way.  Part of the trip will be via bus...about 3+ hours actually.  I'm not really looking forward to that, but hoping for the best.

In Disney planning, we found out that they canceled the Haunted Carriage Rides, which is something we were looking forward to doing on Halloween night.  I'm not sure if we'll try to find something else to do that night or if we'll just "wing it."  I have to look at the bright side...that's $60 I didn't spend.

Oh...and I bought a Kindle Fire.  I'm going to see if I can access the blog from the Fire.  It would be great if I could update it while we're traveling.  Maybe then it would be more updated and not just a bunch of random posts.

Well, if I have any readers...I hope you're all having a great day and with summer just around the corner, here's to warm sunny days!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Into every life, a little rain must fall...

This title really only has to do with the weather.  It's been raining much of the week, so I thought that would be a good title for today.  It is supposed to clear out of here soon and the weekend is looking fabulous, which is great since we're going to the Red Sox game on Saturday.

Speaking of rain, lately I seem to see a lot of people talking about the weather at Disney.  There are some who are also going in October and they say they are holding off on getting tickets for the Halloween Party until they know what the weather is going to be like while they are there.  I have to say that I honestly never think about the weather when planning vacations, especially Disney.  Well, that's not entirely true.  We do try to go when it's not likely to be ridiculously hot, but when it comes to rain, I just don't think about it.  I just go on the assumption that it's not going to rain while I'm there.  It's not as though I can control it, so I just don't want to think about it so far in advance.  So I'll just pretend that wherever I go on vacation, but especially Disney, will be under a bubble and that no rain will fall.  Isn't that a nice dream?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Chugging along...

Things are coming along nicely, both in vacation planning and getting healthy.

In vacation planning, Chicago is a go just 4 weeks from today.  Everything is booked, except the Amtrak, but that will be easy, and ready to go.  I am struggling with graduation gift ideas though.  I don't want to just give her money.  I want something that she'll remember, something that makes a statement.  What to do, what to do?  If you have any ideas, please let me know.

Disney is also going smoothly.  Our MNSSHP tickets arrived in the mail yesterday.  This will be our first party and we are really looking forward to it.  We do need to work on costumes though.  Hey, I wonder if there is a costume shop in downtown Chicago.  I might need to look into that.  Finding some time when the hubby and I are both free to go shopping for costumes is not easy.  Oh, and we're still trying to book the Haunted Carriage Ride for Halloween night, but they still aren't booking those yet.  I'm a little nervous because there are only 12 openings per night and I think Halloween night is going to be quite popular for this, so I don't want to miss out.

As for getting healthy, the weight isn't exactly falling off, but it's not holding on for dear life anymore either.  It's leaving at a nice little pace and I'm feeling better all the time.  I am bummed that my stretch class is on hiatus for a while though.  I was really looking forward to it now and it looks like it's shut down for the next 3 weeks and then we're away, so that's a bummer.  But I guess that means I should break out the Just Dance 3 and start shaking my groove-thang.