Fun little things

"Fun Stuff" Cedar Park, 2017
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“Fun Stuff” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight’s photo is of the two Disney pins that I own, and keep on my daily bag. At the Disney parks there are so many cool pins to choose from that it’s hard to decide which one to buy. But it’s fun to take a break from the rides to do a little pin shopping. 😄

I have to say, though, that the selection at the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland seemed to be a lot larger than at EPCOT or Hollywood Studios, and of course featured more of the classic attractions from those parks, which I like the most. For instance, one of the pins in the photo is of the Matterhorn, in a classic style. I love the old Disneyland logo!

My other pin is of a newer ride, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, which I would have never thought I wanted, but I was so impressed with how fun the ride was that I just had to get the pin. It’s cool because the elevator doors slide open to reveal Stitch.

I didn’t find a perfect pin on our last trip to Disney, but one day I’d like to pick up a nice Pirates of the Caribbean pin, Haunted Mansion pin, and then a Wall-E character pin. Something to look forward to!

I hope you had a nice Tuesday.



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Work, Bread, and Travel Planning

"Fresh Bread" Cedar Park, 2017
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“Fresh Bread” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How was your Monday?

Mine was really good! At work, I was able to make progress on some projects that fell by the wayside, and that gave me a good, positive feeling of accomplishment. I find it so interesting that each time I complete a task that has been sitting on my mental list, a small weight is lifted off of my mind and I feel a sense of relief and freedom. I have gotten to the stage where I kind of enjoy having things on my mental list because I look forward to the feeling I’ll have when I finish the task.

Anyways, today’s photo is of a fresh loaf of bread that Mariko made today. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? And I had to steal a slice just to savor the taste. おいしかった!🍞❤️

Tonight I put together a Google Map that contains a bunch of info for our summer trip to Morroco and Spain – hotels, restaurants, and sightseeing locations. Bay had gathered a list of items, so I started with that and now I’ll start doing some serious research into activities I think everyone would be interested in. If you have any suggestions or tips for traveling to Morocco and/or Spain, let me know via comments or my contact form!

Have a nice evening, friends!



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Wishing for times past

Whenever I return from a vacation, I have the same wishful thoughts for a few days.

“I wish it were 48 hours ago. We’d be on the boat ride to EPCOT.”


“I wish it were 72 hours ago. We’d be on the plane to Orlando.”


“I wish it were a week ago. We’d just be board the ship and starting our cruise.”

Although it makes me feel a little melancholy, it also means I enjoyed our vacation time. It wouldn’t be great if I was thinking, “Thank goodness I am back at work!” 😆

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Back Home

"Airport View" Orlando, 2017
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“Airport View” Orlando, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

We are back home after our short vacation. The plane ride ✈️ home was uneventful (yay!) but I am so exhausted tonight, I literally could only read only a dozen or so words on my Kindle before I had to turn it off.

Speaking of Kindle, it was cool to see another Kindle reader sitting in the row in front of me. 😎 Stalker shot:

“Kindle Reader” Orlando to Austin, 2017
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“Kindle Reader” Orlando to Austin, 2017

While on vacation, I tried to stay away from all news (except the Super Bowl) and just have fun, but now that we’re back, I am following the news again and it’s so depressing (to me). 😢

I want to go back to Disney! 😜

Take care and now I must sleep. おやすみ


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Day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

"Disney Hollywood Studios" Orlando, 2017
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“Disney Hollywood Studios” Orlando, 2017

For our second (and final) Disney park visit of this trip, we chose Disney’s Hollywood Studios. As mentioned in the previous post, the park is accessible via Friendship Boat shuttle, which makes a stop at The Boardwalk – a waterfront of shops and restaurants. We decided to walk to the Boardwalk from our hotel and get some breakfast before catching the boat to the park. It’s a nice area, and we had beautiful weather and enjoyed our coffee and breakfast next to the water.

"From the Boardwalk" Orlando, 2017
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“From the Boardwalk” Orlando, 2017

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is currently dominated by Star Wars. If you are a fan of the franchise (and we are!), it’s a great time to visit! Not only does the park have Star Tours, but there is a short film “Path of the Jedi”, live-action character shows in the main courtyard featuring Star Wars villains, and also C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8, and the really cool Star Wars Launch Bay building. The Launch Bay has a theater with short making-of film, detailed models of the spaceships, pod racer, Rey’s speeder, cantina bar, costumes and uniforms, photo ops with Chewie and other characters, and awesome artwork. It’s really a Star Wars fan’s dream! Highly recommended.

"Star Wars Show" Orlando, 2017
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“Star Wars Show” Orlando, 2017

Other highlights of our trip include:

  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular – Amazing combination of images/video projected on the Chinese theater and fireworks/lasers/lights. Make sure to get a good spot where you can view the Chinese theater and adjacent buildings.
  • Toy Story Mania – It’s one of the only things that I am better at than my family. I need to hold onto this one as long as possible!!! 😜
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – Bay didn’t want to go on this ride last time because he doesn’t like “dropping” rides, but we convinced him to ride it this time. He says he didn’t enjoy it, but I think he’s glad he conquered it. And now we can’t make fun of him anymore!
  • Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano – We celebrated Mariko’s birthday with a nice pasta dinner here. The food was yummy and it was a nice restful break before heading to more rides!

Please enjoy more photos from our day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

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