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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.

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

Disney World To Do List

1) Eat at Cinderella’s Castle (happening in December)

2) See Disney World all decorated for Christmas (happening in December)

3) Eat Beignets at Port Orleans French Quarter

4) Drink Around The World (one trip at a time) (already started; wine in Germany and Sangria in United Kingdom)

5) Kilimanjaro Safari ride at night

6) Explore Toy Story Land (happening in December)

7) Princess Breakfast with the girls

8) Ride Haunted Mansion with the boy

9) Stay at the Contemporary

10) Kiss the love of my life on Main Street USA in front of the castle (I might have a really long wait for this one)

Disney World Favorites

Favorite Resort Hotel to Stay: Port Orleans Riverside (POR)

Favorite Restaurant: Be Our Guest (dinner)

Favorite Snack: Dole Whip

Favorite Mickey Shaped Snack: Pretzel

Favorite Ride: Kilimanjaro Safari

Favorite Show: Beauty and the Beast (Hollywood Studios)

Favorite Nighttime Show: Happily Ever After (Magic Kingdom) (there is just something magical about fireworks over the castle)

Favorite Shop: Uptown Jewelers (Magic Kingdom) (one stop shopping for my Dooney & Burke’s and Pandora Charms)

Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom (while I enjoy all four of them, there is just something special about the Magic Kingdom)

Favorite Event/Festival: EPCOT Flower and Garden