Half The Aunt

With my mom one of six and my dad one of three growing up I was not lacking for aunts and uncles. While I have special bonds with all my aunts there was one aunt I had an extra special bond with. She was more like my friend, I could call her up and we would just talk for hours (it seemed like). This aunt was my aunt by marriage so there was no true familiar bond. Tomorrow will mark the 14th year since her passing. Some days it feels like yesterday and others a lifetime ago.

This aunt is the kids grandma. So there are days; while holding the three year old in my arms, or laughing at something the four year old said, or fighting with the nine year old to do her homework, or watching the seventeen year old growing into a young lady getting ready to go to college; I can’t help thinking how much joy being their grandma would bring her. And how they never had a chance to experience her love for them first hand. Even though I’m not really their aunt I hope I can be at least half the aunt she was to me.

The Time is Now

This past weekend I had an eye opening experience.  I’m not 33 going on 34 like I was thinking.  I’m 3.5 months away from 35!  I know a age is only a number and you are only as old as you feel. Well this year I’m starting to feel like ninety. My knee hurts half the time and my foot hurts the other half. Okay, I’m getting off track now, time to get back to the point.

I’m closer to 35 than I am to 34 and I have nothing to show for it. I have no love of my life, no family of my own, and my job is only okay. The biggest excitement in my week is getting to watch all the hunky men on my crime and medical shows. I keep talking about making changes but it hit me this past weekend it’s time to end all the talking and start doing. I can talk till I’m blue in the face but if I don’t start doing I’ll be blue and need medical help and the ones in real life are nothing like the ones on tv. Trust me I work in a hospital and we have no McDreamy or McSteamy.

I’m almost 35 years old it is time for my passion to be at the forefront of my life. It doesn’t look like the white horse is showing up anytime soon and if it does with my luck it will empty. The prince will have fallen off the horse. And then I’ll have to go rescue him instead of him rescuing me.

My passion is my writing and it’s time to make my writing known. And maybe that’s by writing a book. After all part of me wants to. Hopefully next year at this time when 36 is staring me in the face I’ll have more to show for myself.

Travel Month Extended

September where did you go? All my ideas for travel month racing around in my head but hitting the wall before I could cross the finish line (get them formed into blog posts). With that being said I have decided to extend travel month into October with one week being Outer Banks Week.

Heartland TV Show

If you have never heard of or seen the Canadian TV Show Heartland, look for it on Netflix or Prime. It is a really good show. My mom has taken to binge watching it in her retirement. We are both looking forward for the newest season to hit in December on UP but hopefully before that on Netflix or Prime. If you are a fan of the Good Witch Movies on Hallmark there will be a familiar face on the series (Chris Potter). It is the kind of show the whole family can watch.

Travel Month: Road Trip

To me there is nothing better than a good ole road trip. Pack up the car and head out on a grand adventure. Yes the highway in the sky will get you there faster, but there is so much you don’t get to see by just flying above everything. I am not a huge Jason Alden fan but his song “Fly Over States” hits home with me. By not flying I have seen so many interesting things: a heard of sheep at a cow crossing in Wyoming, Wall Drugs and Corn Palace in South Dakota, and I have taken “a ride across the badlands” as the song suggests. I have no desire to go overseas when I still have so much more here on mainland USA I haven’t seen yet, and maybe some of Canada.

Disney Month: My Disney World Favorite Foods

Magic Kingdom

– Steak, Fries, & Truffle Mayo from Be Our Guest

– Turkey from Liberty Tree Tavern

– Rice Crispy Balls from Main Street Confectionery

EPCOT

– Potato Leek Soup from Rose & Crown

– Sticky Bun Bake from The Garden Grill

– Barbecue Pork Sandwich from Liberty Inn

Hollywood Studios

– Pot Roast from 50’s Prime Time Cafe

– Chicken Parmigiana from Mama Melrose

Animal Kingdom

– Jungle Juice from Tusker House

– Pork Egg Rolls from Yak & Yeti

Throughout the Parks

– Dole Whip

– Mickey Soft Pretzel

– Fresh Fruit