Well my 36 hours in Connecticut was all I could have hoped for. I got to see my friends, my family and most importantly, I got to see my parents get married. My mom and Al have been together since I was 8 and he has always been the best father figure for me and my brother and sister. He has always been there for us if we needed anything. So after all of this time, they finally decided to settle down and tie the knot. Haha.
The wedding was a surprise for the rest of the family when a Justice of the Peace came to our family’s Christmas Eve celebration. Only my immediate family, and one of my aunts and uncles knew. It was funny to see the reactions of everyone who did not know the surprise. My aunts were yelling and one of my cousins even joked, “Al what are you going to a wedding?”
The ceremony was short but heartfelt with most people ending up in tears, including my step dad who I don’t think I have ever seen him cry. After all of this time I am so happy to finally have my parents married! I love them both more than anything and I don’t know what I would do without them.
I love you two. Congratulations.
This holiday season has been the most different than any other year of my life. Every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a super stressful time for me. I am not really the holiday spirit type person. I don’t listen to Christmas music all of the time and I don’t enjoy going to the mall just because it’s decorated. Especially working in the mall, I actually don’t like going there at all during the holidays.
However this year, now that I am on my own, my feelings towards the holiday season are totally different. I was so excited to go shopping for a Christmas tree and decorations. I made my own wreathe and Patrick even lent me one of his trains to go under my tree. I have stockings up and snowmen throughout my apartment. (For as long as I can remember my mom has filled our house with snowmen during the winter months.) And buying presents this year was easier than ever before.
And even with all of the craziness at work – working in such a busy store and having so many responsibilities and pressures – this holiday season has been the most exciting and happy. I have had my own home to decorate and make Christmasy. I have been
looking forward to going home for a quick two days and it is all I keep looking forward to and keeping me excited for Christmas. I can’t wait to see my family and friends in two days. Tomorrow I will be working for 9 hours (I hope) coming home to close up my apartment and then heading down to LAX and hoping on the red eye to JFK. Then Christmas night I will be taking the red eye back to LAX so that I can work the busy return day on December 26.
I am excited to see my brother and sister and parents who I haven’t seen in six months. Hopefully next time I go home will be much sooner than six months from now.
I remember being young and my step dad driving over the bumps on the side of the road to wake us up while driving home from my grandmother’s house. The rumble strip is actually placed there to warn drivers who are leaving the road whether it’s because of poor driving conditions or to wake up the driver.
It’s always the same annoying, vibrating noise. But Honda created a special version of a rumble strip in Lancaster, CA, a desert town north-east of Los Angeles. The lane-wide rumble strip plays the Lone Ranger theme song.
Because of the noise – and the increased traffic – news reports said that the rumble strip was paved over and then moved to a more remote part of town.
On our way home from Vegas a few weeks ago we couldn’t help but take a little detour and drive over the rumble strip ourselves. Below is the video Honda made of their creation.
Disneyland, Disney World, Epcot, California Adventure. They’re all magical places. They’re places where adults can be kids again whether you are a thrill seeker wanting to go on Tower of Terror or a more low-key ride lover soaring over never-never land on Peter Pan’s Flight.
To me, it’s not just the ambiance or the rides that make Disney’s parks such a magical place. It’s the way all of the rides, shows, actors, and decorations are created and executed that is the true genius of the company. It really is a place to appreciate.
For as many times as I have been on the boat and cart rides like Pirates of the Caribbean or Finding Nemo, there are always the small details that I had not caught the time before that the imaginers had put into the ride. Whether it is a shaking prop or a name on the naughty and nice list in Haunted Mansion, every small detail has a hidden meaning or a back story to it.
Then there are rides like It’s a Small World, which is probably one of the most boring rides ever created. (I mean let’s face it, it’s so long and that song, oh my that song!!) These rides have little touches that could actually make the ride a little fun. Since they re-opened the ride in 2009 at Disneyland, there are Disney characters places throughout the ride. Trying to see who can find Jasmine, Cinderella and Ariel first or who can find the most is a good way of making the 15-minute long ride go, just a little faster.
It is crazy to me to think that each of these amazing rides are actually just empty warehouses transformed into another world by the Disney imaginers. The pirates, fairies, princesses and talking animals are all in a at one time, bare building and now look like a whole new world (no pun intended). Disney’s parks and resorts are truly amazing places that can never really get old.