This morning I was scrolling on TikToc, and something caught my eye. It was a video of a runDisney race. As I watched it, all I could think about was my long forgotten goal of running a 5K. As you all know if you’ve read my previous post, I’m currently on a weight loss journey. It’s been up and down, but so far so good. I’ve never been a runner. I hated gym in school, and I always felt like I couldn’t run. It just wasn’t for me.
I’ve heard of runDisney before – but I don’t know. This time things felt different. After pouring myself a cup of coffee, I went online and did some research. And I was shocked. They have full training guides! Full guides! I couldn’t believe it. And it wasn’t like the Couch-to-5K program either. (Tried it…. and it didn’t work for me.) The runDisney guide seemed easy to get started, and even attainable. Could I do this?…
After reading about runDisney and the training plan, I decided to give it a try. If it didn’t go well, or it seemed too unattainable, I would just stick to my morning walks. The runDisney website it linked here, and the program pdf for the 5K is linked here too. If you want to check it out and get inspired like me, please click those thinks. I swear its not sponsored.
I figured out the first day while lacing up my running shoes. I’ve been walking for 30 minutes every day or so, and that was the first step. So I was ready to begin adding some light jogging. I’ve put the first day plan below incase you want to follow along and get started with me.
runDisney 5K Training Plan – Day 1
Walk for 3 Minutes
Run for 5-10 Seconds, Walk remaining time for 1 minute, repeat for 7 minutes
Run 10-20 seconds, Walk remaining time for 1 minute, repeat for 10 minutes
Jog slowly on and off, taking as many walk breaks as possible, for 10 minutes
Walk for 3-5 minutes
This might not seem like the hardest thing in the world, but I think that’s the point. It’s a starting point. I could complete this. I was able to complete this. Not easily though. I was a sweating fool and I had to catch my breath towards the end. But it is possible. This is coming from someone that has never ran in her life. And has failed every time I’ve tried.
Other programs were difficult to start and seemed to begin beyond my abilities. No beef against Couch-to-5K either, I know it’s worked for so many people, it just wasn’t for me. But I’m so excited to have this program, and for the first time, I’m excited to run. I’m already planning on getting up a bit earlier so I can get in a run before work on Thursday.
I don’t exactly have a goal for when I want to run a 5K. I just want to take this program day by day and run by run. If I need to repeat a week, I’m going to. I’m excited for everything that this program has to offer, and I’ll make sure to keep you updated on how my journey is going.
Let me know if you are also on a weight loss journey, or if you are just a Disney fan like me looking for something different in your workout routine. I would love to talk to you, and make a supportive community.
All my life I’ve struggled with my weight. It has affected all aspects of my life from my self-esteem to my confidence and even my day-to-day life. I remember not wanting to eat in the school cafeteria because I felt like everyone was watching me. My body became my prison. I constantly nit-picked and degraded myself.
Why am I telling you all this? Well, one, it’s my blog. I can ramble about anything on my mind. And, two, it’s because I’m back on the train to lose some weight. I’m back to the yoyo-ing and I’m up again. I gained during college, lost it all, and gained it back again now. All the date nights, evenings out to the bar, and dinners with family have caused me to gain again. Although less than I did before.
I’m sick of yoyo-ing and hating myself. I’m over not liking my body in photos and opting to stay in instead of going out with friends. This doesn’t mean that I’m not going to try to lose; It just means that I’m going to try to not hate myself in the process. I’m adopting a new way of thinking.
I am where I am. I can change, and do better tomorrow. I am enough.
This is so new for me. I’ve tried this mindset before, but I’ve ended up at the end of the day hating my body. I need to change that. I can’t keep the same mindset and think the end result will change. I’m 22 years old. It’s time I step into my power and become the woman I was meant to be.
I love the phrase “body under construction”. That’s where I’m at right now. Under construction. I have time, and I can make the right decisions to get where I want to be at the end of the day. And that’s why I’m writing here. I want to bring you on the path to my weight loss – to being healthier. I want to keep a record of how I’m feeling and my ups and downs. Most weight loss influencers don’t tell you about the struggle. They ignore it, or they give an idealized version.
It’s a struggle. It hurts. It’s sacrifice. I want people who are also going on this journey to find consolation in my observations and comments. I know the struggle and problem with trying to lose weight in our current society. I’m hoping that documenting my journey will help me and hopefully someone else.
Today’s plan: a walk around the neighborhood with the dog, and a yoga video from Youtube.
Let’s start this journey and begin together. I’ll make posts on occasion with my progress and thoughts while also writing about my life. If you are starting like me, or on your own journey, let me know in the comments. Let’s build this community and help each other out. I hope you all have a great day where ever you are.
I once sat behind a woman with platinum blonde hair. It was poorly dyed. Hints of red broke through her first layer of silver like blood. I always wanted to dye my own hair. She seemed kind and poised – like some kind of noblewoman. She was facing away from me with her shoulders and head held high – as if she was above the world around her. And yet, we’re both here.
She sat and watched as the clock ticked around and around. It rang at seven before she finally turned around to meet my gaze. Her eyes were more striking than her hair. Crisp grey with blue undertones. They overpowered the wooden tables, the grey wallpaper, and the white ceiling tiles. She grinned while holding out her hand. Her nails were French-tipped. I shook it and listened as she started. She talked about her past and her three sisters.
She was named Clotho. She was the youngest of the three. The middle sister was Lochesis, and the oldest sister was named Athropas. She talked about knitting and how all three of them worked together to make the most intricate of scarves. She pointed to the one around her neck. It was white, but some of the thread was stained with green and black like a mold. The scarf’s end was below her seat. She reached down and pulled up a rather large black bag. The handles were shaped and sparkled like crystals, and the fabric absorbed any light that neared it. I stared into it, perplexed. The darkness almost seemed to swirl and move, pulling everything around it towards the center. I wanted to plunge my hand into it and feel what I believed hard to be the galaxy.
“What do you think?” Her hand gently ran across my wrist. I pulled back and sharply looked back up to meet her gaze. All I could do was nod in response; my gaze was still transfixed on the bag. “My mother gave it to me when I left. My sisters all got one too. She was a traveler you could say. Always moving and chasing after our brother Hermera. She knew the helpfulness of a large black bag.” She laughed and opened the abyss of fabric. An unfinished scarf lay inside. The scarf was as immaculate as she had described the others. Perfectly white and nearly glowing at the beginning. But, as it went on, the scarf twisted, and more colors were added. Red, beige, black, and green.
The scarf’s end was attached to a spool of thread and two knitting needles. She grabbed the needles and began to knit. The thread was white like the beginning of the scarf. Her hard moved so fast and smoothly with the needles as if the thread was made from water. Soon it became as if it was moving all on its own around the needles. Like it had its own life.
Clotho was just guiding it through the many loops and turns. The clock continued to tick as she worked. The room had no windows, and the door’s shade trapped us together in our own private universe. I wanted to try knitting with the fabric. I wanted to feel the thread through my hands. I thought of how I would convince her to let me try. The words though never had to come. She stopped knitting and looked up just as the thought ended. My gaze jumped from the thread back to her eyes.
“Do you want to try?” She didn’t have to wait for my answer. She grabbed my hands and moved my fingers with the thread in them. At first it was easy. Smooth, although not as fast as she was.
After a few minutes though the burning began. The thread grew hot as my hand now tried to keep up with needles who had a mind of their own. The thread cut through my skin as it moved. The once water-like fabric now reminded me of flames in a bonfire – twisting and bending without restraint. I winced and tried to hand the needles back to Clotho. She watched, smiled, and urged me to continue. To try harder and to keep up with the needle’s pace. I moved faster, but with every loop, the burning and aching got worse. The more I knit the more thread came out of the bag. The white color is now a bloody red from my own hands. I tried to tie off the scarf, but the knots fell and took a row with it. My progress was slow, and my hands were numb. I was numb.
“I can cut the thread if you want.” I nodded and held up the unfinished scarf – now covered in red from where I took it over. I cried and looked at the white in the beginning. The purity and innocence, now mutilated and bloodied. My eyes found her eyes – or what appeared to be hers. They were darker, almost black, and the dye in her hair had faded to black as well. I continued to knit as she reached into the bag once more. Her hands, wrinkled and cracked, held up a pair of bronze scissors. They were rusted and bent. The blades were cracked and dull. Fear pressed into me as she grabbed the thread in her hands.
“It was nice to meet you, by the way.” She cut the thread and I watched it fall into the black bag as the world disappeared into complete darkness.
Hello again, Internet. It’s been a wild last two months. A lot has happened. Some good, some in between, and some new things yet to come.
I officially moved into my boyfriend! It’s official! After nearly a year of long-distance commutes and late-night talks, we are finally under the same roof. It still feels like a dream. We get to wake up together and snuggle up every night. He is my cuddle bear through and through. Oddly enough – he is also my first boyfriend. I feel like I’m in a dream.
For the longest time, I didn’t think I would find anyone I truly click with. When we met, I had practically given up. Of course, that is when we met. Call it fate or what have you, but at the end of the day I have a hand to hold, and someone to help me deal with the stresses of life. I can only hope for the future that is on the way.
The in-between of this adventure is that it is very difficult to find a good place to truly call home. We’ve been on the hunt for a while, and although we have a place to stay now. It would be nice to have a place to truly call our own.
The problem is that the market is out of control. I’m not sure if any of you have to deal with the housing market in Florida, but I cannot believe how crazy things have gotten. The roads are overfilled. Rush hour lasts nearly three times as long as it did only a year ago. Gas prices soaring. And the worst part? It’s probably going to get worse.
I am a newly graduated college student still finding my way in the world. How am I supposed to afford a $1,800 a month lease? And that’s for a studio. Even split in between two people – that’s still $900 a month. I’m all for a supply and demand economy, but there comes a point where something has to give.
I want to note here that I am in no way an economist or anyway an expert in the way housing markets operate, but I sense a disaster on the way.
I was a little girl in the crash of 2008. I remember my parents leaning over the dining room table discussing bills and what to do next. I remember the stress, worry, and fear that things might get worse. I’m fearful that something worse than 2008 is on its way.
I guess only time will tell on this one. I just hope we will be able to find somewhere cheaper to go to sooner than later.
Some New Things Yet To Come
This year marked the beginning of my journey to finding a career. Something that I like and can do for a while. My first idea so far has been teaching. I know that there is a huge shortage of teachers right now, and I know I can at least help the cause by substitute teaching for the remainder of the school year.
So, that’s what I did. I’ve so far taught in two schools and two wildly different age levels and learning levels. At the moment I think I like elementary better, but only time will tell where I think I can fit in the best. But I am hopeful that the little kiddos maybe my spot – at least for now. I already have a few more days scheduled for next week, and I’ll be tracking progress here.
I’m hopeful that perhaps someone else that is interested in teaching will read my journey and find out if it is for them.
For now, that is the major update. I’ll be writing again I’m sure soon. So till then, thank a teacher and let me know what your favorite subject is/was in school. Mine was English.
The Boathouse Restaurant Review, Pandora’s Flight of Passage, 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival Highlights
Welcome back to part two of this two-part Disney vacation series. I left off on my last post discussing the delicious Mickey Beignets and Disney’s Old Key West Resort. Today I’m going to start by discussing another new favorite of mine – the Boathouse Restaurant at Disney Springs.
It is a tradition in my BF’s family to go to the Boathouse every year before they go to the Food and Wine Fest. I was super excited to go along, not only to get to know more of his family – but also so I would have the chance to try the famous Duck Duck Razz!
This fruity drink isn’t just delicious – but also adorable! The blueberry martini is sweet, but not overwhelming, and tangy from the lemon juice and peach schnapps. Although in my opinion, the best part of this drink is the little rubber duck that floats along as you sip!
I was so in love with this little ducky the whole night. I sneaked him in my purse at the end of the night to remember the occasion. My BF’s family also loved the drink – and had a good time joking around at the whimsy of it. They all order old fashions, so it was a bit of a kicker for me to ask for the complete opposite. They were all good though, and didn’t give me too much grief. The drink was stronger than I usually go, but I ordered a second one. I mean you can’t just have one duck.
Our dinner was just as spectacular as the drink. I ordered the shrimp & andouille mac n’ cheese. The freshness of the shrimp, and the melty goodness of the cheese. I was in absolute bliss! My only complaint with this dish is that it was very spicy. I’ll admit I was warned in the beginning that it would be spicy, but I rolled the dice and ended up getting burned. If you like mild spice that builds over time, then I completely recommend this. You can also add lobster, but I didn’t in order to try and save some money.
Our final course was a new addition. A special 50th Anniversary pineapple upside-down cake. The description read that it was one of Walt Disney’s favorite desserts, so my BF and I decided to give it a try.
To be honest, I was pretty underwhelmed by the cake. It was good, but it didn’t blow me away compared to some of the other desserts that were being passed around the table. I’m glad we gave it a try since it ended up being the only specialty desert we tried during our trip.
Just as a quick side comment before we move on to Flight of Passage – Disney Springs was all decorated for Christmas! I cannot believe I was able to see the different trees and lights while we were there! It is so magical to be on Disney property while it’s all decorated for the holidays. I didn’t get too many photos due to the on and off rain and cold, but the center tree was too beautiful to not take a photo.
After all the excitement of Dinsey Springs, it would only be right to discuss the semi-new attraction at Disney’s World of Pandora! This is only of only new attractions I’ve been able to experience. We were only doing the parks for one day, so we did Animal Kingdom in the morning to get some extra bang for the park hopper pass.
We arrived at Animal Kingdom at around 7:30 for rope drop, and we were able to walk right on in! After managing to weave in and out of slower groups we arrived at the World of Pandora just as a line was beginning to form for Flight of Passage.
Again from my last post, here is a quick shout-out to AJ from Disney Food Blog for giving us the tip to run to the ride first before anything else. AJ is truly a life-saver. If you haven’t checked her out, do it! Her advice to run to Flight of Passage definitely allowed us to get on to the ride. We waited for maybe 30 minutes before getting on – which compared to the hour plus wait during the rest of the day.
The journey to the ride itself was amazing! You are really able to see all the beautiful alien plants and décor all around Pandora. Even though I couldn’t see the bioluminescence; I can only imagine how beautiful the whole land would be at night. The line moved quickly and was very interactive. I didn’t grow bored or lost during the wait, so by the time we entered the “Link Room” I was fully immersed.
The first part of the ride was a “Link Room” experience. This was super entertaining as we were matched with our avatar drivers. The technology reminded me of the Rise of the Resistance experience in Hollywood Studios. It was entertaining and educational as we gained some knowledge about the whole experience.
I also loved that the ride and world was focused on the planet of Pandora and conservation. This lesson was very powerful in the film, and it truly fit in with the whole of Animal Kingdom. Learning about the ecosystem, and what we can do to help our own planet was good to see by Disney.
Finally after some funny linking procedures to break the ice (and pre-ride jitters for me) we finally got to the ride. The motorcycle-type seats were unique and it was a good break from the typical theme-park ride seats. By this point I didn’t know what to think or what to expect. I honestly was thinking it would be similar to Rise of the Resistance with some drops with excellent immersion. I wasn’t fully off, but not quite right either.
Turns out this ride was closer to Soar’n than anything else! Now I love Soar’n with all I have, so to say I was excited was an understatement. There are two floors for Flight of Passage, and this made it so that we all were stacked on top of each other during the whole experience. I felt like I as flying. My feet weren’t dangling in the air, but I felt truly free by being high up in the air.
Flight of Passage though was very different than Soar’n. The ride was similar in the technology, but very much enhanced. The picture was bright and seemed one-on-one. I lost myself in the beauty of Pandora, and the excitement of flying on the back of a banshee. I don’t want to give away to much, but know that it was one of my favorite ride experiences from Disney. I will definitely be going on this one again, and if you are heading to Animal Kingdom – make sure you get on Flight of Passage!
After this amazing ride, our day only continued to get better. We explored the rest of Pandora, and then hit all the highlights of Animal Kingdom. Going to Pandora first gave us the upper hand on the rest of the park. We barely got any lines during the morning, and we were able to hit everything before we park-hopped to EPCOT to meet up with the rest of my BF’s family.
The 2021 Food and Wine Fest at EPCOT was in full swing by the time we got there. And oh boy. I don’t why this particular weekend was so packed. As you can see from the picture it was super busy. The lines for the booths were insane, and a bit overwhelming. It was also starting to get cold. By the end of the night it was absolutely freezing, but still a magical day nonetheless.
We meet up with the BF’s family pretty quickly weaving though the crowds. They had already visited a few booths, but we were just in time to check out the “Tangierine Cafe: Flavor of Medina” booth. My BF and I waited in line and decided to try the Fried Falafel Pita with Tahini Sauce and the Pistachio Cake. I got the Fig Cocktail to sip on while we walked. I have some photos of the Pistachio Cake and Fig Cocktail that I will put below.
The Pistachio cake was fluffy and absolutely beautiful! The bright green cake wasn’t too crumbly, but was moist and well flavored. The top chocolate design was so beautiful and extremely intricate. I have no idea how they got that style on such a small piece, but I was completely impressed. Overall the cake didn’t blow me away, but I really hope it comes back to the Food and Wine Festival next year. I would definitely order this again in the future.
My BF got the Fried Falafel Pita, which I was able to try but I couldn’t snag a photo by the time it was gone. The Pita was very good and warm. The burst of flavor form the pita and tahini sauce elevated the dish and left me wanting more. I could have definitely eaten an entire dish, but with all the other interesting places to try I didn’t want to indulge too much.
Finally at the Tangierine Cafe I ordered the Fig Cocktail. I was a bit skeptical of this drink as I was unsure that I would like it. But luckily for me I was dead wrong. The drink was fresh, sweet, and very comforting. The drink had some clove and cinnamon flavors that added to the fig taste. It was truly refreshing and I’m so glad I got to try it. Once again, I hope that this drink returns to the Food and Wine festival next year.
There were so many amazing booths and treats from the Food and Wine festival, but unfortunately due to the amount of people at the festival, we wouldn’t be able to eat too much more. I truly am excited to have been able to attend the Food ad Wine Festival this year. It was exciting and I really enjoyed being able to wander around and enjoy 50th Anniversary décor.
Overall, I truly loved my time at Walk Disney World! It was a magical experience and I was so happy to be able to share this experience with my BF and his Family. I cannot wait till next year’s trip, and I can only imagine what Disney has in store for us in the future.
I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving last week! What are your favorite holiday traditions? I would love to hear them below. I am looking forward to sharing some holiday content here soon. Thank you all for reading! And I can’t wait to hear from you soon.
Disney’s Old Key West Resort& Mickey BeignetsReview
Hello Internet! I’m for the delay in getting another post published. It’s been a wild past few weeks and I finally found a few minutes to write this out. And, “Oh Boy!” (queue Mickey voice), I am excited to share this. A few weeks ago, I had the honor of going to Walt Disney World with my boyfriend and his family. Every year his family attends the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, and I am so grateful to tag along this year.
This trip began late Thursday night. My BF and I decided to head out after his late class, which honestly was the best idea ever. The three-ish-hour drive was peaceful and perfectly uneventful. Plus it was amazing to see the iconic Mickey Mouse powerlines lit up. We got into Orlando around 10pm and ended up getting some ‘fancy’ White Castle before passing out in our hotel room.
Friday was where the real excitement began. After waking up and getting ready for the day, we had the unfortunate realization that we forgot our sneakers at home. Note to anyone packing for Disney: always pack your sneakers first! But at least this gave us (more like me) to go shopping a bit. Friday was a free day within the family, so we were free to explore the area and check out the nearest Target and Walmart. The stores here are like a dream. Everywhere has a Disney section! It took all my will to not buy all the Disney merch.
After a while few hours of running to different stores, we finally each found to pair of sneakers. They seemed pretty comfy and, hopefully, they wouldn’t hurt us by the end of our park day. By the time, we were all done with our shopping venture, we finally checked into our hotel. We were staying at Disney’s Old Key West Resort. I’ve never really stayed on-site before, so this in of itself was a magical experience.
The hotel was beautiful! Full of adorable charm and whimsy. Even though it was raining on and off all day, the hotel staff were friendly and helpful. Our rooms ended up not being ready until a few hours after our check-in time, but we enjoyed checking out the gift shop and restaurants. My BF was excited to show off all the amenities and memories from when he came as a kid, and I was excited to share all of my Disney knowledge.
Disney’s Old Key West Resort is a part of the Disney Vacation Club list of resorts. My family isn’t as into Disney as my BF’s family, so I have never spent much time on a hotel on Disney property.
I honestly felt like a celebrity the entire time we stayed here. My BF dropped me off at the front so that I wouldn’t have to walk in the rain. I was immediately greeted and told about the different shops we could check out while they prepared our room. Although we were a little bummed that our rooms weren’t ready, we decided to take advantage of it and go explore the surrounding hotels and area. After nearly heading to Disney Springs, we decided to take a detour and head to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside hotel for something I have been craving for a while now…
The famous MICKEY BEIGNETS!
I have been absolutely obsessed with these treats ever since I started following AJ Wolfe’s Disney Food Blog. For those of you that don’t know. AJ is absolutely in love with these beignets. And after trying them for myself, I understand why. These fluffy, soft, and delicious treats are now one of my favorite Disney snacks. I am absolutely in heaven. I decided to get the classic beignets, while my boyfriend’s brother got the boozy version. Although the boozy version looked amazing, it seemed harder to eat compared to the classic.
The beignets were warm and covered in powdered sugar – which, by the time we were finished, was all over my boyfriend and the table. The mickey shapes were perfectly fried and I was in love with the simplicity of this snack. It is now one of my favorite treats, and I will definitely be making a trip to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort in the near future.
After taking that amazing stop, my BF and I were finally ready to check out our room at the Beach Club. The room was awesome, to say the least! Three bedrooms, full kitchen, laundry room, living room, balcony, and full bathrooms per room! It was nothing like I had ever experienced before. If I have the privilege to stay here again I will. I would go into more detail, but unfortunately, I forgot to take photos of the room and other facilities. All I can say is that if you get the chance to stay… DO IT!
I have so much more to say about my Disney experience, but I think this post is already long enough. I’ll post a second part soon with a review of the Boathouse Restaurant, the new Flight of Passage ride at Animal Kingdom, and a highlight of some of my favorites at the ECPOT Food and Wine Festival! Stay tuned!
Well, it’s officially the end of the spooky season. I hope everyone reading had a great time celebrating and dressing up. My boyfriend and I spent the holiday weekend attending a few parties and trick-or-treating in a local neighborhood. And yes I know I’m a 20Somthing, but you are never too old to trick-or-treat! Plus the neighborhood we went to is known for its boozy adult treats.
My boyfriend and I decided to dress up as Princess Buttercup and Westley from the 1987 classic, The Princess Bride. I got to admit, for our first Halloween costume, I think we hit it out of the park.
I got my dress off Amazon, and he used some spare fabric and his work outfit to get the pirate look. His sword was from Spirit Halloween, but unfortunately, I couldn’t find a link for it.
I absolutely loved the dress. It was cooler than I thought it would be and super flattering. I’ll be wearing it again to the Medieval Fair in a few weeks, and I can’t wait to pair it with a cloak and a corset if I can find one in time.
Trick-or-treating itself was a lot of fun, especially since my boyfriend, few friends, and I got our own golf cart to run around the neighborhood in. We started by going down side streets and collecting as much candy as we could. I’m a huge fan of peanut M&M’s, and by the end of the night, I had collected enough to last me till next Halloween. We also collected plenty of drinks and snacks along the way. My boyfriend loved being able to pour whisky on some Kona Ice.
By the end of the night, we were all happy, gitty, and feeling like kids again. To me, that’s what Halloween is about. Enjoy life and connect to your inner child.
My absolute favorite time of the year is the holidays. And with spooky season over it’s time for fairy lights, mistletoe, Jingle Bells, and all the festive fixings. Time for me to break out my coziest and oversized sweaters, get that pumpkin spice latte, and build the perfect Christmas playlist.
So I hope everyone gets festive and has a great week! Let me know what you dressed up as this year!
“Let’s Go, Blades! Let’s Go, Blades! Let’s Go, Blades!” Oh, how nice it is to be back in the rink! This past weekend was the first home-opening game of the Florida Everblades Hockey Team. This team has a special place in my heart, and I’ve been counting down the days for the return of hockey for months now. Hockey isn’t just an amazing sport to watch live, but it is also one of the first dates my boyfriend took me on. It was one of the first few things we bonded over – hockey, then sushi, and then classic literature.
My boyfriend and I spent the whole day thrilled for the familiar roar of the fans, and the snuggly cuddles from the bleachers. While putting on his Timesuck hockey jersey and my tall boots, I reminisced about the first game he ever took me to. I had only gone to the free-to-students Florida Gulf Coast University games before, and I’ve never gotten to see a professional NHL game. The Florida Everblades is an ECHL team, so it’s only a step or two below the NHL, making it the perfect mix of guys just happy to play the game for some extra money, the ones hoping to move into the NHL, and the guys just happy to hit some people.
The stadium was pretty full when we got there. Although we got there a few minutes after the puck-drop, fans were still piling into the arena. Buying snacks, drinks, and new gear in the new grey, green, and white colors. But as soon as we saw a “1” next to the opposite team’s logo, we started to get worried. I kept trying to tell myself that it was still the first period. We still had two more to go, and plenty of time left to make a killer comeback.
Before we knew it, the first period was over and it was time to hit the bar. The Breakaway Sports Pub is located on the second floor of Hertz Arena, and there is a sneaky walk-through from Section 104. We always sit here because of this walk-through; Avoiding the massive lines for only beer, and having all the drink options of a full bar is definitely worth the smaller seats and lack of cupholders. And, honestly, there isn’t a bad seat in the house at Hertz.
We got our drinks and sat down right in time for the second period. Time for the Blades to take charge and make their comeback! Oh, how wrong we were. As the second period came and went, we were left with a bitter taste in our mouths. And unfortunately, it only got worse.
Final score: 5-1 to the Jacksonville Icemen. Bummer for sure.
This was not a very good start to the Blades’ season. But I wasn’t as surprised as I might have been after realizing that this was essentially a whole new team. My favorite player, Sol, was gone, along with most of the other players from last season. I’m still not sure what happened to the team, but I’m hopeful for a better season moving forward. Now that the team realizes their strengths and weaknesses, we fans can only hope for more improvement.
We left and got milkshakes anyway, so, all in all, it was a great night. I swear ice cream can solve anything. As I’m getting ready to post this, they played their second game against the Norfolk Admirals with a WIN! 4:5! A very close final score, but I’m very excited to see how else they approve over the season. I’ll hopefully get to see another game here soon, and we’ll see who’ll come out on top.
Hello again people of the internet. I hope you are out there celebrating and enjoying the final few months of the year. As the days pass by, and the air slowly shifts from summer to fall, I found myself missing all the thrills of the spooky season. This past weekend held the first few days of cold weather. Meaning instead of our typical skin melting 90 degree weather, it was in the mid 80s. So I, as a natural Floridian, grabbed my sweater and thigh high boots and went to the local pumpkin patch. The 2021 Pumpkin Fest at Fruitville Grove in Sarasota was in full swing. This festival has been a stable in my childhood, and it is a tradition to many families in Sarasota, Florida for the past 33 years. From face painting, delicious food, unicorn encounters, a bounce house, circus performances, and more, this festival has something for everyone.
I used to come to the festival all the time as a kid. The excitement of finding the perfect pumpkin and experiencing all the festivities always made me smile. This time was no different. Although the festival was busy, I was able to see everything and experience a few notable features. One of which was feeding all the animals on the farm. I am a sucker for the petting zoo’s and seeing all the wildlife. The goats were adorable and friendly. I feed a few for only a $1, and then I wandered around the farm. From sheep to pigs to chickens, the whole farm was in full swing for all their guests.
The adventure wasn’t over though. While sipping on some amazing freshly squeezed strawberry lemonade, I hit the main attraction – the pumpkin patch! There were so many different shapes and sizes to choose from. The patch itself was arranged in three neat rows with pumpkins stacked on top of the other, providing each wave of guests there own unique pumpkin experience.
I had already picked up a pie pumpkin for a freshly made pumpkin pie, (I’ll make sure to tell you all about that soon) so I was hunting for just one carvable pumpkin to make a Jack-o-Lantern. Since Halloween is still 13 days away, I didn’t want to go overboard and buy too many that will melt before trick-or-treating.
After searching and examining a few pumpkins, I finally found my champion. An adorable, perfectly round pumpkin to call my own. I knew the moment my eyes found it that I had my Jack-o-Lantern. I picked it up, walked over to the register, and left feeling victorious. My pumpkin hunt was a success. Being able to do fall activities like this will always cause me to smile. And after everything the world has come to, shouldn’t we all try to find simple joys in our everyday life? And that was my pumpkin patch shenanigans. Simple, but still exciting and full of joy none the less. I hope you all are celebrating in your own ways. Thanks for reading!
Hello Internet. Wow! It’s official. I have a blog. It feels weird, but I’m excited to see where this goes. I’m using this platform to revamp my writing, and to get into the habit of writing every day. Between food, new careers, relationships, travel – there is always something for me to write about. Plus this will keep my accountable. I’ve seen how not having a deadline or accountability affected me so far. My hands are no longer pen stained. Writing and having something published as been a dream for longer than I can remember. It’s time to make it a reality.
Let’s think smaller. What will this blog be about? For one food. I love baking and cooking. Finding complex flavors and seeing something rise in front of your eyes. It’s magic. Another will be traveling. I’m on the verge of many trips and new adventures. From moving in with a guy I’m in love with, celebrating with friends and family, to going to the happiest place on earth. There are so many exciting things happening, and I want to capture it all.
I would like to also connect to fellow writers. The only other writers I know are from college. If any of you are writing and looking for someone to connect with, I’m here. I would love to start a community of writers and poets, so that we can inspire each other in our own work and projects. But that’s for you all to decide.
If this blog is successful throughout the next year, I hope that I’ve accomplished my goal of writing consistently. If I could have a book completed, that wouldn’t be too bad either. I’ve had my book idea since middle school. Like a small fly constantly flying in the background of my day to day life. Nagging me and calling out to me. I’m tired of putting it of till the next day. We aren’t guaranteed anything, and who knows when it might be too late to take that leap of faith.