The Past Couple Weeks

Starting with the Disney trip, and then ending the past week, I haven’t been eating the best. Nor have I been running! I did get in a short run last weekend, but for the most part I’ve been recovering from a sugar and heavy food overload! It was worth it though, because those sour balls and sour worms from Disneyworld were great, and then cupcakes and cakeballs for Mariko’s birthday were yummy too. But I noticed that the one short run I did last weekend was not so great. I was tired, my legs had no pep, and I ended up cutting the running short and walked halfway (which was good!).

I’m happy to report that I bounced back big time today, and my 4.5 mile run felt amazing! I had so much energy and was cruising along right from the get-go. I think maybe I recovered from the sugar-overload. 🙂

Greg Hawkes – Just What I Needed

Greg Hawkes is great.

Retweet from Rina

Retweet from Rina of SCANDAL
Retweet from Rina of SCANDAL

Stoked to get a retweet from Rina-chan!! 🙂

Walt Disney World Vacation

Fireworks over Cinderella's Castle
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Fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle

We just returned from a second wonderful Walt Disney World Vacation in Orlando, Florida. We had a great time, just like our first visit! This time we stayed at Disney’s Pop Century Resort which was just a basic hotel, but it definitely fit our needs. The important thing was that there was great bus service to the parks, Downtown Disney, and the airport.

Mission:SPACE Pilot Controls
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Mission: SPACE Pilot Controls

The first day, we visited the Magic Kingdom, second day was Hollywood Studios, and the third day was Epcot. We didn’t have time to visit Animal Kingdom this time around. One tradition we have when we visit a Disney park is that we buy a bag of Sour Ball Candy (assorted flavors) and snack on them all day. We’ll choose a color for the other person and that person will try guess the flavor. Strangely enough, the bag usually gets finished right at the end of the day.

Astro-orbiter
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Astro-orbiter

Before my memory fades too much, I want to quickly get things down. So here’s a list of notable things from the trip:

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is so fun! We couldn’t get a FastPass + for this one, so as soon as we arrived at the park, we headed to this ride first. (Tip: Reserve FastPass + online early!)
  • The Memory Maker photo pass is a great deal. We took photos whenever we saw one of the photographers, and also met some characters and took photos. Also, the newer rides such as Tower of Terror and the previously mentioned Mine Train automagically take video footage of you and make a cool video. Check out the video at the end of this post!
  • We joined the “More intense” Orange Team for Mission: SPACE. At the last moment, Mariko opted out and it was a smart move. I think she would have been dizzy and not feeling well the rest of the day. Bay, Koa, and I enjoyed it though, and we went on it again (Green Team) with Mariko two more times.
  • Epcot World Showcase is more fun than I had expected (and remembered). The Agent P missions that Koa joined were well-done! The Morocco area is my favorite.
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is a great ride! I generally don’t like the free-fall-type rides, but this one was better in that you are shot up in the air, and then you hang for a second before coming back down. I guess since you know exactly when you are going to free-fall, it’s not so bad.
Courtyard in Morocco-EPCOT
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Courtyard in Morocco-EPCOT

In the video below, we are sitting in the top-right of the ride. But the funniest part are the two dudes sitting in the middle. Their poses are classic!

I am looking forward to our next trip to a Disney Resort. I really think that spending the money to stay at an official Disney Resort is the way to go. There are just so many perks to doing it that way. And you know, life’s short. If you have the means, I highly recommend it. /ferris

Setsubun

Ehoumaki for Setsubun
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Ehoumaki for Setsubun

Yesterday was Setsubun (節分)! As always, Mariko made delicious ehoumaki (恵方巻き) sushi rolls, which I always look forward to. For those of you not familiar with this tradition, you are supposed to face the lucky direction, which happens to be West-Southwest for this year, and eat your sushi-roll without speaking. It’s fun and delicious!