Thursday, July 23, 2015
Other Star Wars Weekends Posts:
Star Wars Weekend 2015 Day 1
Star Wars Weekend 2015 Day 2
Saturday, July 18, 2015
I haven't run a race since the Rock and Roll New Orleans Marathon on January 25th. If you follow this blog you know this is a long time for me. I have a good reason for having nothing on the schedule. I unfortunately had to have a hysterectomy on March 9th. The good news is that the surgery went well and my life will be much better going forward. The bad news is I wasn’t able to run at all for 4 weeks. Just walking. Basically I have had to start completely over in my training and it has been tough.
Two days after the surgery I could barely walk down my driveway and back without being completely exhausted. This was very frustrating for me since just before the surgery I had run 13 miles! I slowly kept adding distance to my walks and was regaining my strength but still wasn’t cleared to run and frankly I had no desire to run either. I was worried. I was worried that I would never get back to the marathon. I did something you should never do. I went to the internet. I found so many stories about people not being able to come back from this. I also found stories that people came back stronger than ever. (I of course ignored those). I was finally cleared by my doctor to start running again after 4 weeks. The first run was nerve wracking. I was terrified. I ran on the treadmill to control my speed and to be able to stop if I needed to. I ran 3 miles and I didn’t die. I felt like I might. I went super slow, but my comeback had begun.
The last three months have been all about getting back in shape. I put on 5 lbs and I’m still struggling to get rid of all of them. It has been a tough road, but I’m up to 14 miles for my long runs and my speed is looking better than last summer so I’m pleased with that. Some runs are great and some are really bad. I need to remember that I had to start from square one, but it’s hard to remember that.
My first real test is this weekend at the Rock and Roll Chicago half marathon. This was my goal. This is my only legacy race, meaning I have run every one of them. I wanted to keep my streak intact. I am so ready to race and am excited but also nervous. I really hope this goes well because I have five, yes five, full marathons set for the Fall. A bit aggressive? Yes! But I have missed it so much!!
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Charity of the Month is the way Team Tizzel is helping to support some very worthy organizations. As part of this program, we dedicate a post to a charity that we will sponsor through the month by donating Holly's training run money.
June: We sponsored Feed My Starving Children to help provide meals to needy kids around the world. We donated $130 plus a matching gift to FMSC through their online link at FMSC.org.
UNICEF US Fund: Aiding the Nepal Earthquake Relief
You may have noticed we are a little late announcing this month's charity. In all honesty we did not have any ideas of what organization or fund to support so we kept delaying the post until we could make a decision. We picked the Nepal Earthquake relief efforts due to watching a show on The Travel Channel.
Thanks to the magic of On Demand we binge-watched Big Crazy Family Adventure. The show documents a family (husband, wife, and 2 sons ages 7 & 3) taking a three month journey from Western Canada to India via Korea, China, Tibet, and Nepal without an airplane. The first 5 days were by canoe. We thought these people were nuts! Beyond that, we really enjoyed watching all the highs-and-lows of travel play out and how well they all took it in-stride.
Bruce, the father, is a guide and photojournalist by trade and had visited Nepal and Everest Base Camp before. He had such great love for the area and respect for its people. You could tell this was definitely being passed onto the eldest son. During one of the Nepal episodes they flashed up a memorial message for the victims of the earthquake. The April earthquake killed over 9,000 people.
Learn more about the earthquake click here.
To donate, click here to go to UNICEF's Nepal link.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
|Bub's is one-of-two hot dog boats we've seen on The Chain this year|
Saturday, June 27, 2015
We started the day in Epcot since our first reservation was a bit later in the afternoon. Our Epcot time was spent riding the headliners in Future World, enjoying a few drinks (except La Cava seems to have changed some of their margarita recipes for the worse), and having lunch at Via Napoli. We finally had a chance to enjoy the new musical act in Morocco and recommend spending some time watching their performance.
Our waitress was ever-present, but never rushing us. I think they wanted you to take your time and enjoy, but also did not want to miss the opportunity to turn a table. We both ordered speciality cocktails for the first round so we could complete our Star Wars Glow Cube collection. Between in-park drink kiosks and The Hangar we had pairs of Death Stars, X-Wings, and Falcons.
For food we tried the pork wings (Thermal Detonators) and fries (Pilot's Pommes Frites). The pork was tasty and a good size for one to enjoy and the fries were darn good. The garnish on the fries was a flat bread with a picture of Chewy.
Sci-Fi breakfast from the previous day. However, our bill for the meals and one drink each cost more than our superb meal at The Brown Derby the previous night (and no Zellwood corn to be found here).
Friday, June 19, 2015
Star Wars Weekends occur over several weekends in May and June. The event includes a parade, special shows, character meet and greets, celebrity autograph sessions, and fireworks. Events are included with park admission, but there are several add-on experiences. For the Friday of our visit we purchased the Feel the Force Deluxe Package and had breakfast at the Sci-Fi Galactic Dine-In.
Our Deluxe Package came with a scary $99/pp price tag. Surprisingly enough this was a relatively decent value with these inclusions:
- Reserved Parade spot with unlimited bottled water, soda, popcorn, and frozen treats for 45 minutes before the parade, plus escort to the front of the stage for the show.
- Reserved spots at all the talk shows for the day.
- No-wait access to get into Darth's Mall exclusive store.
- Reserved space for part of the DJ Party and Fireworks with a dessert party and select alcoholic beverages.
|Celebrities this week included Rebels voice actress of the character Hera, the guy who played Nute Gunray in the Prequels, and Wicket the Ewok from Return of the Jedi|
We dined at The Brown Derby before heading into our Feel the Force Deluxe Package dessert party (Disney Tip: If any menu item has Zellwood corn, get it. We had the best corn chowder ever at The Brown Derby). We picked one of the back tables in the reserved zone and took turns grabbing items from the dessert bar. We had many items to choose from between cupcakes, panna cotta, and ice cream bars. We could get soda, bottled water, coffee, iced tea, or one of three punches either spiked or virgin. They were all too sweet. The bartenders were not allowed to mix the booze with anything but the specific punch and they did not offer beer or wine. Since the punches were awful we really did not drink during the event. The desserts were ok - they put theme before taste.
After the fireworks we called it a night and headed back by foot to the Boardwalk. We ended up taking our drinks from Bellvue to go. It was a full and very fun day. The package saved us a lot of frustration and Fastpasses, plus gave back a few tangibles in food and drink. We'd likely buy the pass at this price-point with similar features.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
We drew room number 2023, which put us about 1/2 way between the elevator and the side closest to the main buildings.
We mostly stay in DVC Studio rooms so the first surprise for us was the actual size of the room with the extra bathroom. Most DVC Studios have a bathroom that can only fit a tub and toilet with double-vanity sinks outside in the main room. This room had a large bathroom with a tub, sink, and toilet PLUS another bathroom with shower and sink. Not sure why they didn't change the layout to get another toilet in, but it was still an upgrade from a regular studio. In the morning we each used a separate shower at the same time to get ready and this worked out really well.
Opposite the bathrooms was a closet with full-size electronic safe (no stupid key on a bracelet).
The main room was where we found the queen bed, 2 night stands (another Studio win), pullout couch, table, chairs, and coffee table. Under the flatscreen TV was the pullout bed. The theme was carried through very well with the artwork and room accessories.
|Borrowed from tikimanpages.com|
|We were in a hurry to get to the pool! Sorry for the bad picture.|
|Bedding, chairs, art, lamps, couch, mirror all in one photo|