Missing Again

I realize it’s been a long time since I posted (besides the WoWs which are scheduled throughout the month).  I am currently in the middle of a Harry Potter reread, which means I haven’t really been reading much else.  I’m also trying to get a handle on reading, running the blog, working 2 jobs and having free time!  So I might be scarce for awhile, but the Waiting on Wednesdays will continue to come through and here’s hoping I get to read them one day!!

Just Have to Say

Hamilton was AMAZING.  I mean, I’ve been hearing it for months now, but honestly, I was blown away.  I am so happy that a) I was able to see it with the original Broadway cast and b) I didn’t listen to the soundtrack beforehand.

Before we went the boyfriend kept mentioning how he didn’t like Alexander Hamilton (he’s currently taking a constitutional law history class so had to read a lot of the Federalist papers and stuff) and I kept telling him “well, at least he dies in the end”.  But I’m happy to report that both the BF and my dad loved it as well.  BF and I had last seen Book of Mormon together and Hamilton has definitely replaced that as my favorite musical.

Just so amazing.  Everyone in it was so amazing, but I think my personal favorite has to be Daveed Diggs as Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson. And while I loved all of the songs (really, I don’t think there was a single mediocre song in the show) I LOVED Jonathan Groff’s King George III songs. I’ve had them stuck in my head since we left the theater.  Such a catchy melody.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about Hamilton as a person (honestly the only thing I ever really remember learning about him was that he died in a duel with Aaron Burr) but I really, really want to read not only his biography, but other founding father’s as well.

I might read a book sometime soon.  Until then,  please excuse me while I go listen to the soundtrack on repeat.

Planning a Trip to Walt Disney World

I don’t know where it came from but one day within the past 2 years I just became obsessed with Disney World. I don’t know why but every few months the desire to plan a vacation comes over me and I spend a few days obsessively reading Disney blogs, listening to podcasts and watching vlogs. Especially after spending a day at Universal (which I my opinion is all you really need.  It is totally possible to do everything in one day) my desire to be in Disney World has come back in full force.

So I’m currently planning a Disney vacation that will take place either in May or September of 2017.  Far away, but when you need to book your dining reservations 180 days in advance, the more time for planning the better.

And Disney is not cheap. The ticket prices just went up again, so by the time my trip comes around my budget might be a bit out of date, but for now I think I need to save up at least $4,000, but probably closer to $5,000 just to make sure that I have everything covered.

I’m planning this trip for me and my boyfriend after he graduates law school. It’s taken a few months but he’s finally resigned to the fact that we are going and he doesn’t really have a choice.  (He gets a free trip to the most magical place on Earth, so he shouldn’t really be complaining anyway.)

Flight: $500

Hopefully I will be able to find tickets from the DC area to Orlando that are close to $500 round trip. I live closest to BWI but I would gladly head over to Reagan or Dulles for a cheaper flight (even if it does mean heading into the dreaded state of Virginia).

Hotel: $1,000

Obviously this could totally change, but right now I am planning on saving $1,000 for our hotel. Right now I am thinking 7 nights and 6 days at Disney (this could also change, hence the extra $1000) at Pop Century Resort.  We could stay offsite for cheaper but I want to be completely immersed in the Disney bubble for our first trip together.  Pop Century is a value resort on Disney property.  I’ve done quite a bit of research and while of course I would rather stay at one of the Deluxe, paying $300+ per night just isn’t feasible right now.  One day.

Tickets: $1000

So as of right now, 6 days with the park hopper option comes in at around $900 for 2 people. I don’t actually plan on buying my tickets through Disney, but through a legit ticket seller that offers a small discount, but still, it would probably be close to $900.  I could save money by not having the park hopper option but I definitely want to be able to leave a park and head to another at the spur of the moment if we feel like it.  I’m also getting 6 day tickets even if we decide to spend most of the day outside of the park.  I want to be able to go see the fireworks or something if we feel like it.

Dining: $1000

The boyfriend and I like to eat. We enjoy good food, and thankfully Disney has a lot of great options.  So while I don’t plan on buying the Disney dining plan (and probably won’t end up going during a time when free dining is available) I’m budgeting around $1000 for food.  To be honest this is probably where we will end up going over the budget the most.  I don’t plan on eating at many fine dining selections, but the ones I want to go to are of course, some of the most expensive.  Mostly we plan to eat at counter service or quick service options.

Misc/Souvenirs: $500

I definitely don’t plan on buying $500 worth of souvenirs, but this is basically where the original $4000 budget called for some wiggle room. If we went over in dining we would take from this or if we wanted to do a tour or do a little shopping.

 

So as of right now, the budget is still $4,000. Of course as we get closer to our actual trip I will have to adjust.  I currently already have $3,000 saved so getting to $5,000 shouldn’t be that hard with over a year to go. There are lots of things I want to do on this vacation, so I might create a Disney Bucket list in my spare time as I still don’t seem to be in the mood to read.

Where I’ve Been

Well, it’s been awhile.  I have been in a massive reading slump and because of that I kind of lost my blogging steam.  I have read one book in the past 3 weeks.  I went from being 8 books ahead of schedule to I think a few behind.  The one book I did read I read in 4 hours, but it was kind of meh, so it again put me off reading.  Instead I have been watching a lot of TV.  I’ve been watching a lot of Fixer Upper.  I binged Jessica Jones and I’ve been rewatching Grimm.

Usually I would at least have TTT or WoW to fill my blog, but I haven’t really been interested in the TTT topics, and I’ve been avoiding book related things so I haven’t really been checking out any books that are releasing soon.

And after going to Universal for the day over President’s Day Weekend, I’ve also been going through a Disney phase again.  This is when I constantly plan Disney vacations that are still over a year away.  I will probably actually share my Disney planning someday soon since I don’t have that many books to review.  And when I haven’t been planning my own vacation, I’ve been busy catching up on other people’s vacations.  It’s really weird but I LOVE watching people’s vlogs of their Disney vacations.  It really helps bide the time until I get to be back at the most magical place on earth.

I’ve been to DC a few times in the past few weeks to hang out with friends and this weekend I’m going up to New York to see Hamilton with the boyfriend and my dad and the boyfriend’s mother, step-father and step siblings are coming down from Boston to meet us in the City for dinner.  So hopefully I will read some more books soon and be able to get back into the swing of things!

Galentine’s Weekend

I am currently sitting in a hotel room in New York City (Thanks Mom!) I took the train up from Baltimore after work this afternoon and I’m waiting for my three friends to arrive on the train from Upstate NY.  And tomorrow we are going to Florida!!

What a better way to spend Valentine’s Day (and President’s Day) Weekend than with my 3 best friends?  The boyfriend is probably sprawled out on the couch back in Baltimore with the cats basking in the fact that he has 4 whole days of nothing but ESPN.

We’re staying at my grandfather’s house in Boca Raton and we are braving the 3 hour drive on Saturday to head up to Harry Potter World at Universal.  Honestly I would have rather spent the day at Disney but this is what I get for forcing 2 friends into finally reading Harry Potter (one in their mid-20s the other in her early 30s). Now they rival me in my love for the series and NEED to go see Hogwarts.  I actually am super excited (even if I would have rather been hanging out with Mickey).

So this has all been a long winded way of saying that I will be away until Monday. I have posts scheduled and I’m going to try and sneak away and write a quick weekly wrap up on Sunday.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

I’m back!

I want to thank everyone who wished me well while I was sick.  What started off seeming to be simple food poisoning evolved into a still unknown infection and an inflamed stomach.

2 ER trips, 1 night in the hospital for observation, multiple blood tests, x rays, CT scans and even an ultra sound and probably thousands of dollars  later…and all they have really been able to determine is that I definitely have acid reflux disease. I also learned that the hospital is the last place you will ever actually be able to sleep and doctors are pretty useless, especially in teaching hospitals. Nurses for the win.

BUT I am feeling a lot better!  I’m back at work and plan on trying to maybe finish one more book before 2015 is over.  My reading and review schedule got all messed up thanks to my illness, but I’m not going to worry too much about it.  With only 1.5 days left of the year I’m focusing on 2016!!

It’s weird how even taking a week off from actively blogging will knock me out of my routine I’ve built.  I will probably be a bit wonky for the next few days while I try to get back into the swing of things! Thanks for sticking with me!

–Alahna

A little break

Merry Christmas! I just wanted to write a quick note to explain why I might be absent for the next few days. I am having some major health issues and basically anything besides sleeping is taking a lot out of me these days. Hopefully I’ll be better soon and back to posting! I have some posts scheduled already so I won’t totally be gone.