Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Fairest Week In Review: 4/27

Guys, I am distraught. I am bereft. I am... NOT IN WALT DISNEY WORLD ANYMORE.

I hate everything. Look at this stupid exercise log from last week. Or don't. I don't care. I DON'T CARE ABOUT ANYTHING ANYMORE.

Sunday | ran 6.35 miles outside in 1:05
This went surprisingly well given the high-ish temperatures. An Easter miracle!

Monday | walked 2.12 miles in 35 minutes; 70 minute ballet class

Tuesday | ran 5.4 miles on the treadmill in 60 minutes

Wednesday | ran 4.17 miles on the treadmill in 50 minutes

Thursday | walked 2.31 miles in 40 minutes
I did not go to ballet this day because we drove to Pat's parents house that night in preparation for our flight to WDW!!!

Friday | walked approximately 10.1 miles in WDW according to my phone

Saturday | walked approximately 7.7 miles in WDW according to my phone

Trip recap is afoot, of course. Just as soon as I stop crying so hard I can't see the computer screen.

The Twilight Bark, I guess. Small one this week because, well, you know.

- Fairytales & Fitness considers the implications of a race-cation.
- Living A Disney Life ponders the times when Disney Springs is the right choice.
- This Fairytale Life rounds up cute Minnie ears...
- ... As does Disney In Your Day.
- Disney Tourist Blog is not 100% sure about Adventures by Disney.
- And Mouse on the Mind is 100% sure the Plaza's doughnut sundae should not be a thing.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

In Which Jenn Is Headed For The Dark Side

Tomorrow. Tomorrow. Tomorrow. TomorrowLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND!!!

Tomorrow we go to Walt Disney World for the Dark Side Half, a brand new race for me! Needless to say I'm hella excited. It'll be my second time taking Pat, and I'm super psyched to enjoy time with him in my favorite place in the whole world. While I loved loved loved doing the Dopey Challenge, it didn't make for the most relaxing trip. This time around we'll be able to slow down a little.

Trip bucket list:

  • Get Pat onto Splash Mountain as many times as humanly possible - an occasion two decades in the making (it was closed when we went in January 2015)
  • Catch Wishes one last time (sniff) from the California Grill
  • Take a picture on the Dark Side Half course with my double, Grand Moff Tarkin (is he there? Please say yes!)
  • Finally get my hair cut in the Harmony Barber Shop - I have an appointment this time
  • Try out some new Disney Springs restaurants, with an emphasis on drinks from Jock Lindsey's
  • Get the white wine flight from the Brown Derby Lounge assuming it's still available (Disney's website still lists it on the menu, so here's hoping; I WANT CHAMPAGNE, DAMMIT)
  • Get a pic with Anna and Elsa to show Pat's niece, who is officially on the Frozen train
  • Enjoy my first-ever go round with the Flower & Garden Festival food booths
  • See Rivers of Light or, if the lines are too crazy, at the very least catch some Tree of Life Awakenings
  • Maaaaaaaaaaaaybe Pandora soft opening???

As they say: one more sleep! Man, some things just never get old.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

In Which Jenn Makes Her First Running Costume EVER

I just counted, and here are how many runDisney races I've done, not counting Sunday's Dark Side Half: eleven. And here's how many of those races I've run costumed: zero. I mean, my focus has been primarily on making it through the race something semi-akin to the right temperature and without chafing my thighs off. I've historically left the cosplay to others.

That ends this week with the Star Wars Dark Side Half.

No more halfhearted Minnie ears plus whatever I was gonna wear anyway. Instead, I'm dressing up! By moderately augmenting a regular race outfit. Whatever. Shut up.

You've heard of Star Wars villain Grand Moff Tarkin...

For comparison. And appreciation. Because he's awesome.

Peter Cushing's bone structure is INSANE.

Now get ready for... GIRL MOFF TARKIN.

Yeah, no. Not super impressive stuff. No light-up skirts or elaborate props here. On the low end of good. But being easy and not too cumbersome, I think it's a good entry-level effort.

If you're looking to nab a cartoonish but passable Grand Moff title of your own, the process is pretty simple and relatively cheap. I got a suitably dark gray running outfit from Marshalls for $19. The rank insignia is made out of foam board, which I purchased in the necessary colors, cut, and glued. The pen caps or whatever the hell he's got are pipe cleaners wrapped around safety pins (I know I'm missing one on either side; this will be corrected before the race). It all came to less than $10 at Michaels. The belt buckle is just tinfoil wrapped around leftover foam board and attached to a running belt. And although the Grand Moff rarely wears a hat, I've got a military-style cap in my arsenal just in case it looks like rain.

The one thing I do NOT have and cannot get are Peter Cushing's cheekbones. Do you think I should try to contour them on?

See you at the Dark Side Half Marathon!

Will you be at the race? Are you dressing up? 

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Fairest Week In Review: 4/18

This week. This is the week. Walt Disney World, here I come!!!

But first, last week's workouts:

Sunday | rest
I initially planned to go for a run this day, but thanks to the events of what shall now be referred to as The Mimosa Incident, this proved to be impossible.

Monday | walked 2.42 miles outside in 40 minutes; 70 minute ballet class
My backup plan was to run Monday morning, but again: The Mimosa Incident.

Tuesday | ran 10.25 miles outside in 1:50
This actually went pretty well. The champagne-laced curse is broken!

Wednesday | ran 5.24 miles on the treadmill in 60 minutes

Thursday | walked 2.11 miles outside in 25 minutes; 70 minute ballet class

Friday | ran 7.26 miles on the treadmill in 1:15

Saturday | rest

Stupid mimosas.

Not much news on the WDW planning front, except to say: FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY. I'm going home, kids!

The Twilight Bark:

- Elbowglitter ponders whether virtual races are worth doing.
- Fairytales & Fitness visits Hershey, PA's Chocolate Spa. Someday I should do this.
- The Runner's Guide to WDW wants to set us up for runDisney success.
- Disney In Your Day shares fond memories of the Flower & Garden Festival. T-Minus 3 days...
- An Open Suitcase remember's the Magic Kingdom's Swan Boats.
- WDW for Grownups admires Epcot's Morocco's urban spice garden.
- easyWDW reviews the Polynesian Village Resort's Spirit of Aloha Luau, and to be honest I kinda forgot that was a thing...
- Living A Disney Life packs up for WDW!
- Rolling with the Magic gives an ADA review of Journey Into Your Imagination. (If you want me to link to your blog, write about Figment. Slam dunk!)
- Speaking of the Imagination Pavilion, check out this photo of ImageWorks' bygone Rainbow Corridor. I want it back. :(

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

In Which Jenn Wants You To Share Your Tower of Terror Screams With Others

Unlike your larger majority of Disney parks enthusiasts, I don't have a ton of family memories from Walt Disney World. My parents took me twice, once when I was so young I hardly remember it (beyond my love of Figment and fear of Snow White's witch), and the other when I was twelve. I do remember some stuff from the latter trip, but it all felt kind of perfunctory. I think my parents like Disney parks just fine but were largely checking a box on the Traditional Family Activities list.

No slight intended on their part - I mean, as Eeyore so wisely tells us, we can't all and some of us don't. I found my own way to WDW love, and they support that even if they find it a touch confusing. I even dragged my mom down to Orlando that one time, and may manage to do it again this November.

The point, though, is that my mind is largely void of the WDW remember-whens that many others cherish. But there are a couple incidents that stand out in my mind. Here's one:

Okay, so it's April of 1998. It's my parents and brother plus my aunt and two cousins. They're from Florida, admittedly not central Florida, but this isn't their first time at the proverbial rodeo. Their signature pro-move in this pre-ubiquitous-cell-phones era: a set of walkie-talkies.

My cousins are trying to convince me to ride the Tower of Terror. This being twelve-year-old Jenn, I am not having it - I didn't really get down with thrill rides until high school, and even now I'm not huge into drop tower. I mean, I'll ride ToT when someone coerces me because the effects are cool, but I don't do it alone.

They give up on me, leaving my half of the family at a showing of that live action Beauty and the Beast performance that I don't think I've ever even seen since then... They also leave us one of the walkie-talkies.

So we're sitting there in the amphitheater, waiting for the show to start, minding our own business, when suddenly...

AHHHHH!!!!! AHHHHH!!!! AHHHHH!!!!!!!

It's crackly, grainy audio from the walkie-talkie, luckily too weak to bother the others around us, but quite distinct: it's my cousins on ToT, screaming their way down the drop.

I think of this every time I ride it today. And part of my really wants to call someone up right as the tower window opens and...

What do you remember from your childhood WDW trips?

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Fairest Week In Review: 4/12

You can't really appreciate your taper without peaking. With that in mind:

Sunday | rest

Monday | ran 13.14 miles on the treadmill in 2:10
Practice half! Not bad, not bad at all.

Tuesday | walked 2.36 miles in 40 minutes; 70 minute ballet class

Wednesday | ran 10.27 miles outside in 1:55
Running outside is hard, man. Actually I think it's 'cause my route is a little hilly, but hey, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger while also sapping your will to live, so.

Thursday | walked 2.09 miles outside in 35 minutes; 70 minute ballet class

Friday | ran 5.23 miles on the treadmill in 60 minutes

Saturday | rest
Side note: I am not convinced Morton's The Steakhouse (Alfred, Lord Tennyson much?) is worth the money.

Less than two weeks to Walt Disney World!!! I trust you're all up to date on the conclusion of the bad girl Magic Band saga. It is very disappointing. But at least I'm going home!

The Twilight Bark:

- This Happy Place Blog is BACK with a WDW trip report!
- Mouse on the Mind misses SpetroMagic as much as I do. I love MSEP but I honestly feel like Spectro was the better parade...
- Disney In Your Day takes a close look at Splash Mountain. Pat is so excited to ride it again for the first time in decades!
- A Pinch of Pixie Dust digs the new Disney Springs.
- Living A Disney Life seeks out more unusual WDW snacks.
- ImagiNERDing swings by the Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Fort Wilderness.
- easyWDW visits Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar. Totally on our list to hit.
- EPBOT highlights a really cool Epcot hallway, because Disney nerdery knows no bounds.
- Disney Travel Babble hits up the California Adventure version of the Food & Wine Festival.
- If you must think, think pink (drinks) with WDW for Grownups.

I can't believe these are all the gifs of this scene Google had.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

In Which Jenn's Magic Bands Are Disappointingly Tasteful After All

You didn't think I'd leave you hanging, did you?

If you haven't been following my Magic Band drama, let me sum up, Inigo Montoya-style: I tried to put "Pork Butt" on my Magic Band and Disney wasn't having it. (Read the full story here to get the scoop on how I found out, who I talked to, and why "butt" is a bad, bad word and Nemo never should've touched it.)

But wait, there's more! After calling a Cast Member to begrudgingly let her change the name, I subsequently received two separate Magic Band shipment confirmation emails. Could Disney IT have decided to flout the system and send me the bands I originally requested anyway?

Well, I have both boxes now, and I can tell you the answer is this: kind of but not really.

Because I spoke to a Cast Member on the phone, we received these plain, boring just-our-names Magic Bands:

But(t) because I never called back Disney IT, who originally flagged the issue, we also got these:

So Pat gets his Bort, but I get... nada. Boo. The inside is just a string of code.

Oh well. At least Pat is happy. He really really wanted to be Bort, which is apparently a reference to The Simpsons...? I pointed out that I'm pretty sure the Magic Band triggered content (your name on signs and stuff) reads your actual MDE account name, not your band's name, but he's very insistent that SOMEONE WILL SEE IT and THEY WILL LAUGH. I don't know. You've seen it now; did you laugh?

I'm fairly confident that both sets of bands are connected to the same MDE accounts and will work fine for Magical Express, FastPasses, etc., but just in case we'll bring both sets with us. Less than two weeks to go!

Am I forgetting anything? Oh, I know: BUTT. (FACE!)

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