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Weekend Adventures – birthday edition!


First of all.. Happy pre-birthday to me!!!  Seriously..I’ll be a year older tomorrow.. and as much as I would like to spend the day doing nothing, I am determined to do something.. even if it’s just going to work.

My wish for my birthday was to go to Epcot eat at China or go to Animal Kingdom and eat in Africa.. the buffet there is awesome!! The meat is cut right in front of you and the multi grain bread is to curl up into a ball for..

In speaking of Disney and all stuff mouse related, I wanted to share my experience at the Magic Kingdom.. and for those that don’t know I did go on 8/20 for most of the day.

I haven’t been to Magic Kingdom in close to 10 years, so I wanted to see the changes they made to it.. and see how my perception of it has changed in a decade.

Here are some of the things I noticed:

1- The wait for Space Mountain is longer than the ride itself. I got the fast pass and did a fast walk/slight jog to the line and waited to get into the line to get onto the “shuttle” and then got in got settled and boom! We were off into space.. and let me tell you I was very glad I was wearing a new bra because I got jiggled and jostled like there was no tomorrow.. and I don’t consider myself “top heavy” but I feel bad for any one who is. I’m just lucky that when the camera took a picture my hands were not on my chest.  I don’t think the powers that be at Disney would have appreciated that.

2- The Haunted Mansion has changed drastically gone are the days where the ghost would appear in the “coffin” with you

now they have three hitch hiking ghosts at the end of the ride. The ballroom area with the dancing ghosts and the creepy harpsichord music is also gone (which I loved dearly) they replaced it with singing which I couldn’t understand what they were singing and I can only assume was from the movie that starred Eddie Murphy (of which I never saw and have no intentions of ever seeing).  I think it’s been changed for the worse, it’s no longer “scary” it’s gotten a bit cheesy.

3- One ride has changed for the better (thankfully) and that is Pirates. Blackbeard is now in the begining and Jack Sparrow pops up here and there throughout the ride. We had a french group sitting behind us and we couldn’t help but smile at them saying Captain Jack Sparrow when they spotted him. I remember riding it before the changes were made (thanks to the popularity of the movies) and it was cheesy and now it’s still slightly cheesy but you can have fun trying to spot the changes or finding Jack hiding.

4- There are some big changes coming in 2012, Fantasyland will be expanded to include a Little Mermaid area, dueling Dumbo rides, a new restuarant and a circus..

I have to say I’m a big excited to see how things turn out once completed. For more details.. check out http://magicalmouseworld.com/2011/07/14/fantasyland-expansion-update/ to view pictures of the construction in progress, check out http://www.wdwmagic.com/Attractions/Fantasyland/Gallery.htm

5- The train ride that goes around Magic Kingdom turned into a water ride thanks to the sudden down pour… we were stopped for a few minutes and watched the sheets of rain and when we got moving again a gust of wind caused the rain to come in sideways and soaked everyone sitting on the left side of the train, it didn’t help that the water was coming in on both sides of us either.  And I thought it was bad being hot and sweaty..

All in all I had a great time and look forward to my next adventure.. Hollywood Studios. 🙂

You know I can’t post a blog without including some food.. so in celebration of my pre-birthday.. let’s go have some.. this actually looks good, minus the green chili peppers.

(Taken from http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/food/recipes/tostada-pizza-538788/)

Better Homes and Gardens

Turn an old Italian favorite distinctly Mexicanusing this recipe. Beef, beans, and cheese take over instead of regular tomato sauce and pepperoni toppings while chili powder andpeppers add some spice. Using refrigerated pizza dough makes preparation quick and easy so you can get dinner on the table fast.

nutrition facts * Calories423 * Total Fat (g)17 * Saturated Fat (g)7, * Monounsaturated Fat (g)7, * Polyunsaturated Fat (g)1, * Cholesterol (mg)67, * Sodium (mg)939, * Carbohydrate (g)41, * Total Sugar (g)2, * Fiber (g)6, * Protein (g)28, * Vitamin A (DV%)0, * Vitamin C (DV%)23, * Calcium (DV%)20, * Iron (DV%)23, * Starch (d.e.)2.5, * Vegetables (d.e.).5, * Medium-fat Meat (d.e.)3, * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 4-ounce can diced green chile peppers, drained
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 1 13.8-ounce package refrigerated pizza dough
  • 1 15-ounce can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions (4)
  • Bottled taco sauce (optional)


  1. In a large skillet cook ground beef until brown. Drain off fat. Stir in the water, chile peppers, taco seasoning mix, and chili powder. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 15 to 20 minutes or until most of the liquid is gone.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet and sprinkle with the cornmeal. Unroll pizza dough onto the baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl mash pinto beans with a fork. Spread beans over partially baked dough to within 1/2 inch of edges. Spoon meat mixture over beans. Bake, uncovered, 10 minutes more or until crust is just golden. Sprinkle with the cheese. Bake 1 to 2 minutes more or until cheese is melted. Top with lettuce, tomato, and green onions. Cut into 12 pieces. If desired, serve with taco sauce.
  4. Makes 6 servings
  5. Taco Pizza: Prepare as above, except add crushed tortilla chips or corn chips to the toppings. In desired, serve with dairy sour cream. Per 2 pieces: 470 cal., 20 g total fat (8 g sat. fat), 67 mg chol., 989 mg sodium, 47 g carbo., 6 g fiber, 29 g pro. Daily Values: 24% vit. A, 23% vit. C, 22% calcium, 24% iron Exchanges: 3 Starch, 3 Medium-Fat Meat, 1/2 Vegetable

Journal Prompt 19: Today I want you to create a “guide to your city.” What are the must-see things that you would want a visitor to experience in your city. This can guide can be for your city, town, or state. I am really excited to see these and to maybe even use them in my future when traveling!! Have fun with this!!!

Oh geez.. which city? I’m located near Tampa, Clearwater & Saint Petersburg. hehe.


Clearwater Beach – it’s metered parking if you get there early, otherwise you will be paying quite a bit more to park and be at the beach. There’s a pier area and there are locals selling crafts and such. The beach is beautiful.. white sand, blue water. Picture perfect.

Downtown St. Pete –  .25 Trolley ride, need I say more? Lots of museums and shops.. make sure to bring ones for the parking meter and for the trolley. If the downtown area is boring, I would recommend going to the Sunken Gardens.

Orlando – A short 2 hour drive to see the mouse and friends. If you don’t want to go to the parks, go to Downtown Disney for most of the day. There’s several good restaurants across the street from the Downtown Disney area. Sweet Tomatoes, Friday’s, Fuddruckers, etc.

Early Evening –

Dolphin Cruise at St. John’s Pass in Madiera Beach, it’s $17 per person, but unlimited beer and wine.. very awesome to go on when there is a full moon. Went with friends in March and happened to catch the orange moon.

Disney for the fireworks and such


Since I’m not a clubber (too old and settled for that) I would recommend going to the Improv in Tampa, pay the extra money for the refillable drinks so you can get the souvenir glass.

There’s also a lot of seasonal things that go on, so make a friend with someone who lives in the area and they can let you know when is the best time to go where.

Journal Prompt 20: Here is the age old question, what is in your bag?? This has always been a great photo prompt that i have seen all over the blog world. Today, you are going to write about the contents of YOUR bag, or illustrate it, or take a picture of it, whatever :D

What’s in my bag?

Well if I’m going to work I have pens, headache meds, nail clipper, nail filer, wallet, cell phone, small notepad, inhaler, blood sugar tester thingie..(it has a name and I can’t think of it at the moment), hair bands, peppermints, gum (on occasion), tissues of the paper towel variety, hand sanitizer, chapstick x3,.. and I think that’s it.

If I’m going out somewhere.. I have my camera with extra batteries

If I’m going to the beach it’s beach towels and half as much stuff in my purse and a change of clothes, sunscreen and such


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