Unwrapped Disney Delights

Thoughts While Watching: Unwrapped’s Disney Delights

Hello and welcome back to my Thoughts While Watching series, where I react in real time to Disney media old and new but mostly old! This next one is oldish – and I hope you’re hungry. It’s time to dive into another “Unwrapped” episode and Disney snacks! I gave the first Disney “Unwrapped” episode, simply titled “Walt Disney World,” the TWW treatment just under a year ago. I think it’s from like 2005, which is just outdated enough to be a good time. The subsequent “Disney Delights” episode came out 5 years later, which makes it… also pretty outdated....

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OC Haunted House shirt

Ocean City’s Haunted House Is Scary Now

I LOVE DARK RIDES. I love them! Roller coasters and other thrill rides are great too, obviously, but as far as I’m concerned dark rides are where it’s at. I don’t know; I just love traveling through a story, I guess. Even a scary story. Enter Ocean City, MD’s Haunted House. The Trimper’s rides at the end of the OC boardwalk are about what you’d expect: a carousel, some small roller coasters, various flat rides. Better than a carnival, since they’re permanent installations, but hardly theme park level. With one important exception: the Haunted House. THE HAUNTED HOUSE IN...

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Runner's World is surprised by classical music

Try My Classical Music Running Playlist

The last Runner’s World issue was dedicated to music. Among the many articles on its (tremendous!) importance was a small feature detailing what music the magazine’s subscribers tend to jam to most often on their runs. The editors expressed their surprise by how often Beethoven was cited as a driving force. Me? Not even! People talk about growing up in a Beatles or a Stones family. I grew up in a Classical Music Only family. If my mom was in the car, we listened to classical music. With my dad we occasionally listened to some classic rock, but he...

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Meet the Robinsons evil

Meet The Robinsons Is Awesome & Here’s Why

WARNING: This post contains a major spoiler for Meet the Robinsons. If you have not yet seen this movie, stop what you’re doing and watch it right now. Please? As this post will posit, it is SO underrated. Here’s the Disney+ link. You’re welcome. I am a bad aunt: there is a dearth of games on my phone. While in search of entertainment, my niece was reduced to flipping through the My Disney Experience app. She enjoyed thumbing through the photos, playing the Tower of Terror animations several times before stopping on a race picture of me with Bowler...

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Shere Khan delightful

It’s The Shoe Of The Tiger, It’s The Thrill Of The Run

Hello again! Sorry for that gap in service; I’ve been on a whirlwind tour of Not My Apartment. First I went to North Carolina (where I ran a 5K!), then over to Maryland for some family time in Ocean City. There I turned my niece on to Meet the Robinsons, dragged everyone through a haunted house dark ride (more on both of those later), and convinced my sister-in-law to try a new running shoe. All in all I think I can call my trip a success. Ooh, another thing I did while on the mainland was gather up my...

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Amazon Prime Day

My Amazon Prime Day Suggestions For Runners

Pretty self-explanatory per the title, no? In advance of Amazon Prime Day on July 12 and 13, I’m sharing some of my favorite products for runners that can be purchased through Amazon. Now, I don’t know what’s going to be discounted in advance, but as I understand it the odds are pretty good for most things. Prepare to be shocked: the below links are affiliate links. Rest assured I’m just trying to pay for my domain and web hosting or whatever, not building an empire. And if I do wind up with an empire, I promise to rule justly....

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Keith Haring x Disney hat

The Dumbest Disney Style Item I’ve Bought Yet?

The cost to value ratio is different for everyone. While the Disney style item I just bought might stretch that ratio, I’d like to think it doesn’t break. Right? Like, oh, everyone, I have a lot of random interests. Disney is one of them (no!). I’m also admittedly a bit of a clotheshorse (a cheap one you got in a claiming race, but still). And I’m a big fan of the artist Keith Haring. I distinctly remember watching a documentary about him in 5th grade art class, and his aesthetic has spoken to me ever since. It’s bold and...

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Freedom 5K

Race Recap! Freedom 5K

Don’t cry because Coastal Race Productions’ Freedom 5K was a humid, sweaty mess; smile because it happened. For real: the weather report the day before was thunderstorms ALL DAY. The CRP website states that they handle inclement weather by delaying until it’s safe, but if it’s never safe, then what? Luckily, I have no idea, although I can add this harrowing element to the mix: I made the mistake of telling my dad, who had offered to drive me, that cancellation was a possibility. Then I went to bed. At 4:52am, he busted down the door and shouted “WELL?...

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Food & Wine

My 2022 Epcot Food & Wine Festival To-Eat List

The next best thing to being at Walt Disney World is fantasizing about being in Walt Disney World, and with that in mind, let’s talk about the 2022 Epcot Food & Wine Festival! Every year, without fail, I carefully assemble a post that outlines what foods I plan to eat at the festival. It is always a joyous day when Disney releases the booth menus. Do you, dear reader, find my shortlist as riveting as I do? Never mind! I’m doing it anyway because it serves as a handy cheat sheet when I’m actually in Epcot on those glorious,...

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Nathan water bottle

Hydration Part II: Nathan SpeedMax Plus Water Bottle Review

As threatened promised, I bring you a running water bottle review! I used to use a $5 Mickey Mouse water bottle on my runs, which was just barely the right size and shape to be tenable. Unfortunately I fell on the boardwalk again a couple weeks ago (I KNOW! I’m being more careful, I promise!), and while I was luckily fine, I lost that water bottle in the kerfuffle. I put out a call on my Instagram for suggested replacements, and Nathan’s water bottles rose to the top of the heap. After perusing the options, I went with the...

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