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Silver Bells

21 Dec


The Carol of the Bells is one of my favorites (yeah, really, they’re ALL one of my favorites!) and when I woke up today with it ringing in my head – haha! Get it? Ringing…bells…-anyway, I went searching for a version. And there are SO many great ones!

It really was tough for me to choose – but I think one is the best reflection of what I hear in my head when I hear this song

And, today is the first day of Winter so everyone who has hated it getting dark so early, the turnaround has arrived!!


Singalong Saturday!!!

21 Sep

I’ve had this in my head all week…so now I’m sharing with you!!! And it’s a two-fer – Pitbull AND Tim McGraw (not to mention there’s even a little A-Ha in there!)!!

And, in other happy Saturday news, the Post-It’s are back!!  It seems like the only way I can get things done is to be able to throw out tiny pieces of paper when I finish something!!


Disclosure: Not the actual list for today 🙂

Happy Saturday!!  Make it count!!

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runDisney’s Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare – Part 1, The 10K

13 Sep

We’re now at the Main Event!! Well, yeah…the Main Event!

The runDisney Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare

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Bright and early Saturday morning, it was time to head out to the start of this fantastic event! There was no costume involved, just a Sparkle Athletic skirt and a white tank. Oh, and Mickey Mouse ears of course!


The hike into the corrals was kind of a mess due to the fact that the Family 5K had the same starting line and had only started 15 minutes earlier and those folks were still clearing the corrals! So…”be in the corral by 5:45” turned into “just get in your corral NOW”!!! Good thing that I stopped for a bite to eat on my way to the start!


I will confess here that even though my bib said…F…I jumped into a corral with a bunch of …Es. I have never jumped corrals before. Trust me, it didn’t make me faster 🙂

Eventually the Start ‘gun’ went off and the corrals started slowing heading to the starting line.


The course started out on the streets of Anaheim before heading into Disney’s California Adventure – entering through CarsLand (my favorite!!) then headed through Paradise Pier and into Grizzly Peaks (home of one of my favorite rides – Grizzly River Rapids) out through Condor Flats, Buena Vista Street through Hollywoodland and going back out into the real world for a bit.


We were now a bit more than halfway through. And it was HOT. Hot and humid. There had been a water stop around mile one, but nothing since – we had been told “the water fountains in the parks are available”…um…anyway! There was a water stop coming up though!!

Cutting back into the concourse between the parks we headed into the Magic Kingdom. Walt’s first park! As always it was very exciting to run up Main Street USA – huge crowds were waiting there too! A loop took us through Tomorrowland and back towards Mickey’s Toon Town. A detour backstage took us through Disneyland’s Custodial services area where there are always lots of people out to cheer us on – they hang signs welcoming us to their area!!

Back in through Toon Town towards Fantasyland and…THE CASTLE!! Now, I’ve run through the two Disney Castles a LOT this year..and not once have I managed to get a picture of it!! One Day…

Anyway, with less than a mile to go we head through Frontierland and then back out towards the Disneyland Hotel and the finish line! And, I don’t always keep exact track, but I think this might have been my best 10K time in a very long time!!

In spite of the heat I had a great run! I topped it off by heading DIRECTLY to Grizzly River Rapids for a few turns through to cool off!! Learned you don’t get as wet when there are fewer people in the boats! Met a little boy in line at Soarin’ too, who was getting ready to run the Kids’ races and he was very excited that he was going to get a medal “like [mine]”!!

Really, coming up next is the Disneyland Half Marathon Recap you’ve been waiting for!!

Wise Words from The Possum

12 Jul

Yep! It’s Friday!! This turned into a long work day for me – answered my first emails at 4:59 am – the thought being I could get to 6 am Bikram again. Coffee took precedence though so 4:30 Bikram it is!!

Got some good work done. Had a talk with my recruiter about my dissatisfaction with my rate. Went to the dentist to get a “small filling” and somehow my whole face feels like it was drilled into!! Will take some Acetaminophen?  And I’d still love to treat myself to a mani and a pedi before a short getaway Sunday evening…

Tomorrow I am going to NYC to see the amazing Ms.Victoria – of Brows By Victoria. Tomorrow I’m actually getting my brows done as well as some uh…bikini area maintenance. This will be my first time having Victoria do my brows and I’m REALLY Excited! And, based on my experience with her lower area work I expect to be like 150% satisfied! She’s got some kind of magic touch and I’ll take a train to NYC every 5 weeks just for this! 

Naturally, I may stop off at Trader Joe’s wine store too – I have some cash saved up so I can get a bottle or 2.

2 buck chuck

Not so much 2 buck chuck anymore — we’re up to 3 buck chuck in Manhattan…

Once I get home there will be much more beauty work to get ready for Sunday – you don’t get all THIS in no time!!


Sometimes you don’t even get “all this”! And I’ve got a few miles to get in too – it’s all part of the beauty work!!

Hope you have some great weekend plans – and if you’re ever in Manhattan and want some freshening up (Victoria also dyes lashes and brows which I may save up for! ) definitely look her up!

Have a super fabulous weekend and Hopefully I’ll have some great stories when I get back!

To Do Lists

25 May


I am not the most organized person in the world. I *have* to be organized at work but at home it all falls apart! So, I started putting my to-dos on Post-Its and things got a bit better. I even color code them by day so it’s very easy to see when I fall behind on things!

Since today is a cold rainy day, it’s time to throw some Post-It’s on the microwave and get to it!

Phred also puts together a list of his own — of course his workload isn’t too varied.   292228_3998577009108_1056198169_n

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