Virtual Breakfast Date

Hey, hi, hello, let’s meet and eat.

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…I would {obviously} peek at what you’re having for breakfast. Here’s what I’m having this morning:

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To wipe that disgusted/confused look off some of your faces, I’d explain that it’s an overnight oat smoothie blended with greens this morning and topped with the crunchiest purple corn flakes (I just attempted to find which brand it was, because we threw out the box, but I’m not sure which one it is!). I would assure you that it tastes delicious. Wanna try a bite?

…I would say never mind, don’t have a bite. I came down with a fever a few days ago and I feel 95% recovered, but my throat still hurts a bit, so don’t take your chances.

…I would attribute my sickness to two days in a row of theme parks in less-than-ideal weather. But with an ideal theme park companion by my side! My dear friend, Lauren (fellow air saxophone and groovy tune enthusiast), visited us in Florida for a few days after New Years, and we had a grand ol’ time.

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The night she arrived, Madre and I (poor Pop was the first to get a fever that night) took her to Disney Springs for dinner and perusing. We shared so many hysterical laughs at the silliest things, and it was the best.

…I would exclaim that dinner at Paddlefish was STELLAR. They started us off with the fluffiest bread with honey cinnamon butter, and now I think honey cinnamon butter should be on every table across the nation. Lauren got the mahi-mahi special, which had a macadamia nut crust and sat on top of crab fried rice. Madre got the fish and chips, which came with two giant pieces of perfectly crispy fried cod and sweet potato fries (her absolute favorite). And I got the scallops with bacon, crispy brussels sprouts, and cauliflower puree. We all shared bites of each other’s dishes, and everything was blissful.

We finished the meal with their “charred carrot cake,” which was three times larger than I was expecting. It came with excellent vanilla ice cream, shortbread crumbles and little fried carrots *jaw drops*. We took most of it home.

…I would stop drooling over my past meal and continue the story of our fun evening. Following dinner, we walked around and admired the charm of overpriced Disney merchandise.

mom: “kiss the Lego girl!” *obey* mom: “alison you need to be closer” 🤭

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THEN WE DANCED…and participated in a lip synch competition that was 20 minutes longer than we were expecting. I posted some of the craziness on Instagram:

I was l i v i n g. This is basically what I do in my room by myself when I’m bored, except this time I was less loser status and actually had an audience! Having Lauren there was extra fun, because she’s often my groove buddy.

…I would tell you that we went to Universal Studios and Disney’s Magic Kingdom the next two days. It was rainy and chilly on Universal day, so some of the rides were down unfortunately.

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Lauren and I managed to have a nice time at Harry Potter World though, sipping warm Butterbeer, eating delicious ice cream from Florean Fontescue, and remarking at how Diagon Alley = diagonally, and Knockturn Alley = nocturnally. But the Revenge of the Mummy ride outside of HP World was our favorite. We went twice.

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Magic Kingdom was…fine. Mistake #1 was arriving at 11am, which is way too late for a theme park like Disney. It was utterly packed that day (the wait for Space Mountain kept teetering between 2.5 to 4 hours lol), and also utterly FREEZING for Florida. I was quite underdressed and just miserable by the end of the day, but it was still fun hanging out with Lauren all day and even meeting up with our friend Domenica and her cousins sometime in there (bottom middle photo)!

…I would say that Lauren really made the theme parks fun. If it weren’t for her humor and both of our “well…we’ll work with what we got” personalities, it would have been a rather disappointing two days. But anything can be a great time if you let it be.

…I would wish you warmth! As we road-tripped home from FL to NY this weekend, it felt like the movie The Day After Tomorrow when the ice was invading the city like a wave. Just coldness creeping and increasing with every pit stop. I’m such a baby when it comes to the cold. You’d think I’d be okay with it living in the Northeast for 12 years, but nah.

…I would say that I’ve been eating ohhhhh so well this winter break. But I’m sure you’ve noticed.

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Yes, we did go to Popeyes on our road trip. It was one of the greasiest most delicious things I’ve ever put into my mouth. Other things have included desserts from my brother and his girlfriend (she got me banana pudding from Magnolia bakery!), sushi (I think NY has the best sushi in the northeast), and mom’s homemade food (*angels singing*).

…I would laugh at how I had coffee date with a friend in a heated train station yesterday. My friend who I met abroad in Ireland, Cristen, and I got hot beverages and muffins from The Black Cow yesterday, but there were no seats left in the tiny coffee shop. Thus, I asked the cashier if she knew any place nearby where we could just sit and chat, and she suggested the train station… So we went.

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These chairs were actually attached to the floor because they were more like art pieces, I think. But it was heated in there, sort of. I had to push a button every 20 minutes that said, “PRESS IF YOU WANT HEAT.” YES WE WANT HEAT.

Cristen and I are up for anything though, and we had a lovely time catching up on life. I’m not a coffee drinker, so I had the steamed milk and honey (loved it) and a morning glory muffin.

Soul warmed by conversation and esophagus warmed by hot beverages.

…I would shut up now because this post is so long and ask you:

What are you eating for breakfast?

Have you ever had a less-than-ideal theme park experience?

Tell me about an odd situation you’ve experienced recently.

How was your first week of 2018?

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Another day in Florida, another day we give our money to the black hole of revenue that is Disney.

It’s a black hole for a reason though, because it’s just so fantastic and they make you feel so loved. Disney World has a way with details unlike any other theme park. Ben and I joined our relatives at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park yesterday, and it was a mighty fun time!

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Tower of Terror was a major favorite among all of us, except for when the ride stopped for two seconds (part of the ride, not a malfunction) at the sight of a ghostly girl-doll figure. In the heat of the moment I screamed and pointed to it: “What the hell is that!?”

I’m a wuss and a potty mouth.

Thanks to my uncle for a lot of these photos!

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Hidden Mickey!

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“Fantasmic” lights, water, and sound spectacular!

Ben decided that we should play a game throughout our day at the theme park. The game was to say, “Hollywood,” whenever you spotted someone taking a selfie using a selfie stick. I believe we caught a total of three families in the act of taking a selfie with a selfie stick, but we also saw a couple others just in possession of a selfie stick.

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Practical, useful, but oh so geeky.

Backing it up to the morning, I was fueled by a Greek yogurt bowl with honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, banana, and peanut butter. Plus a quarter of a giant waffle that Madre made.

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I didn’t take a picture of lunch, but it was a small avocado, hummus, spinach sandwich with a clementine, baby carrots, and veggie straws. I was trying to avoid buying food at Disney ($$$$$$$$$$), but I failed at 5 pm when I was in need of a snack. Thus, I bought a KIND bar and a banana for a total of $5. The paaaaain.

It was either an expensive snack or Alison’s “hangriness”, because we didn’t sit down for dinner until 9pm at Amura Japanese restaurant, where my parents joined us.

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So much sushi, so much hooray! The sushi pictured here was just for my immediate family of four. Heh heh.

Needless to say, we had a fabulous day yesterday. Everyone has been dealing with slight sicknesses around our household, so today we’re taking a break from theme parks and having a chill day. The fact that I slept in until 10 and posted this at 1 pm probably makes that obvious.

Have a great day, friends!

So tell me:

Would you ever use a selfie stick?

Do you like to bring snacks with you to theme parks?

Have you seen hidden Mickey’s if you’ve been to Disney?

Our First 5 Days of 2015

Well hey there, I haven’t talked to you all since last year!

Last year being five days ago, but still! Happy New Year! I hope you all had festive celebrations and fun times with family and friends. All the good F’s.

Besides some lingering sickness (read: hacking death coughs), we’ve been having a great time ringing in the new year in Florida! So much happened, but instead of boring you with a lengthy recap of everything, let’s do this alphabet style. I would like to share the fact that I do indeed know the alphabet. 😉

Ringing in the New Year: By the Letters

Avocado toast // Saturday night’s dinner along with sloppy joe meat and roasted cauliflower

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Beach trip // played frisbee for a couple hours

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Crepes // using Alton Brown’s recipe

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Ducklings // spotted in our neighbor’s backyard

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Ebelskivers // delightful Dutch round pancakes made by my aunt and uncle

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peanut butter-filled aka happiness-filled

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Group photos // ’tis the season

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Humbling // doing pistol squats and this leg workout after a week of being sick

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Ice cream // of the cookies and cream variety on NYE

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Jokes // trying to come up with some to incorporate into my Boston University tour guide script with only minor success

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Kansas family friends // who now live in Florida and are like family to us (they came over for NYE dinner with us, and then we went to their house for dinner on Friday night!)

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Luau // Disney’s “Spirit of Aloha” dinner and show was a blast!

(Besides the fact that I had to stand outside due to intense coughing at the end. Two people thought I worked there as I stood outside and asked me to point out the bathrooms. One of them was a little boy who called me ma’am!)

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those dinner rolls would be PINEAPPLE COCONUT rolls!!!

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I spy Madre

Marshmallows // roasted over hot charcoals for NYE s’mores

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Char, peel, eat, repeat

New Year’s Eve // spent at home with family and friends eating pulled chicken sliders, salad, ice cream, and more

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Overnight oats // with way too much peanut butter left at the bottom of this jumbo jar…never thought I’d say that

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doughy, peanut butter goodness

Pancakes // green silver dollar banana ones on Tuesday and “Melt-in-Your-Mouth” Bisquick ones on Saturday

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Quiet time // I need to set this aside for at least an hour before going to sleep

Ricola // cough drops are a hot commodity in this household currently

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Spinach in my smoothie // with frozen banana, vanilla protein powder, almond milk, cinnamon, nutmeg

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Typhoon Lagoon // Ben and I spent our Sunday there with our relatives

(There was a WICKED wave pool that reminded me of the huge wave that swallowed the world in the movie, The Day After Tomorrow. It was intense.

Dinner eaten at Downtown Disney, followed by the most difficult mini golf ever at Fairways.)

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Ben: “Again [with the selfies]??”

Upride down // did ten handstand pushups in a row with an abmat underneath my head!

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Visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios today!

Wawa walk-through // because Ben heard so much about this high class gas station chain

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Xylophones // one of the only practical words that start with X

Zzzz’s // caught some during several naps throughout the week

To all those going back to school and work today/sometime this week, I wish you good luck! You’re all rockstars, so let. it. ROCK.

{Happy birthday to my best friend and partner in ridiculousness, Daliza!!!}

So tell me:

Some letters that describe your weekend!

Have you ever tried Ebelskivers before?

Do you like wave pools?

Are you starting work/school today or later? Or have you already been on the grind?

WIAW: Vacation Day in the Life

Hello!

How are you all? No one ever answers that when it’s at the beginning of the blog post, right? But I really do want to know how you’re all doing, and I hope you’re doing well!

I replaced What I Ate Wednesday last week with a favorites vlog done with Daliza. I’m joining Jenn‘s party again this week because I want to show you guys the epic dinner we had last night! I swooned about 15 times.

There were biscuits. CHEESE BISCUITS.

I’ll also throw in all the things we did yesterday for a little day in the life— vacation style!

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8:45 AM— Awaken from slumber. Brush teeth and wash face.

9 AM— Go downstairs to make Gina’s cookie dough cereal for everyone. My cousin, aunt, and uncle loved it!

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Cookie dough cereal with bananas and blueberries {recycled photo}

9:30 AM— Read blogs, answer comments, take care of college scheduling.

11 AM— Pray, do a couple rounds of 20 air squats, 20 pushups, and 20 sit-ups (for the 100’s challenge!).

11:30 AM— Stretch and 8 minute core tabata with the fit family!

12:15 PM— Lunch of leftovers. I failed to take a photo, but I had a salad with Chinese takeout leftovers on top, some fried rice, some leftover chips and salsa, and some perfectly ripe mango.

1 PM— More blog reading and dish washing.

2:30 PM— Make a quick grocery run to Publix with Amy.

3:15 PM— Eat a snack and make smoothies for the others.

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3:30 PM— A couple more rounds for the 100’s challenge and reading.

4 PM— Power nap.

4:30 PM— Cousin walks in and wakes me up in time for me to shower and get ready for dinner.

6 PM— Arrive at Hemingway’s Restaurant in the Hyatt at Disney. We were celebrating my uncle’s and aunt’s wedding anniversary + my uncle’s birthday!

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6:20-ish PM— Order and EAT! But first, we had the complimentary cheese biscuits and holyyyyyyyyy cow.

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I miss them already. The butter on the side is a joke because these were so fluffy, flaky, buttery, and cheesy on their own. Oh mah goodness.

Three of the four adults ordered the prix fixe, which came with appetizer, entree, and dessert. We all shared bites of each other’s dishes too.

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Clockwise from top left: key lime caesar salad, crab cakes with sweet corn coconut grits (some of the best crab cakes I’ve ever eaten!), my dessert order of peanut butter mousse bombe (ooooof so good), and my dad’s dessert order of key lime tart.

10 out o’ 10. This was one of the best meals I’ve had on this vacation! It was the cheese biscuits. It really was.

7:30 PM— Color. It’s a soothing activity.

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8 PM— Roll Walk out into the garden and pool area of the Hyatt resort. It’s gorgeous!

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8:30 PM— Make a quick drive over to Disney’s Boardwalk. Walk/digest/take pictures/limp because I wore super flat flip flops.

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10 PM— Head home.

10:45 PM— Make my family and myself some overnight oats! I hope they like them, despite how scary they look in the morning. It’s what’s on the inside that counts 😀

11:30 PM— Start typing up this post while listening to Tori Kelly music.

12:30 AM— Get ready for bed and do the last set of exercises to complete the 100’s!

That, my friends, is the slow and laid-back lifestyle at the moment. College is going to be a blast when all this turns upside down and inside out!! o.o

Hope you all have a great day!

So tell me:

How are you? 🙂

What is the best meal you’ve eaten recently?

Do you ever make breakfast for your family?

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Hello!

So you know how we had a “10 out of 10” day on Sunday? Well….we finally got a “bad” day yesterday, which I have decided to rank a 4 out of 10. Meep.

It was still a fun day spent with family and friends, but the moody Florida weather killed some of our evening plans. We did get to experience a close (almost too close) thunderstorm though! So close that I thought the thunder actually cut through my soul.

The day started with a good ol’ oatmeal cookie dough smoothie that I hadn’t had in a while since I never wanted to wake up any of the guests with the obnoxious blender.

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Daliza and I stayed home with my little cousins while the other adults picked up my dad from the airport (I’m so happy he’s here now!). I made them waffles and scrambled eggs, and I got a taste (literally) of what it’s like the be the human garbage disposal. They didn’t finish some of their waffles and eggs so I ate them to prevent wasting the food. Domesticity at best.

Mom took me to get the iPhone 5S since my contract was ready for an upgrade! The guy at the store was super nice, but he was pushing really hard for us to buy a case and screen protector from them. He was young and trying to be all smooth and funny, but my mom sweet-talked her way out of his sweet-talking salesmanship. $40 case? Nah. I got this nice purple one from Ross for $6.

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Once that business was finished, I made a quick lunch to-go as we headed to a town called Celebration. It’s a little town owned by Disney (they’re ruling the world) with boutique shops and restaurants. It’s scary clean. Scary cute. Scary perfect.

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Salad with chicken and avocado toast

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We were there for a grand total of 30 minutes (which involved eating ice cream for some of us) before becoming bored. Our plans were to go to Downtown Disney for the rest of the evening, but it started pouring she we were almost there. So we detoured to Universal CityWalk, but then it started storming there too.

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We huddled under a hut for a little while before the lightning started getting closer and the thunder started cracking through the air more loudly. Once it felt like a lightning bolt nearly hit the hut, we ran inside the hotel. What to do? Eat dinner at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop.

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Appetizers

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Hawaiian style snapper

Everything was quite tasty! No dessert for me yesterday though. I’ve had ice cream every day of this trip so far, so I decided to take a brief break. Brief is the key word 😉

And that was basically it for the day. The ladies did shop at Ross for a bit on the way home. I decided to spend more money there than at the outlet mall today. I’m not into the designer stuff because I lose things, and losing a $12 pair of sunglasses is a lot better than losing a $200 pair of sunglasses. Word? Word.

I just want to say that I’m thankful for absolutely everything and everyone throughout this vacation. It has been filled with more blessings than I can ever deserve. I’m so spoiled, I have no idea what I’m going to do with myself in college. The friends and the family are really what have make this trip so special. I can’t believe I’m still here for another 2 weeks! I promise I won’t be just posting recaps every single day. I’ll get to more meaningful, conversational things soon!

Hope you all have a great day!

So tell me:

What did you eat for breakfast yesterday?

Are you suspicious of Disney like I am?

Do you like to spend a lot of money on clothes?