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text 2017-11-25 00:10
Bon Om Touk (bless me!)

Tasks for Bon Om Touk: Post a picture from your most recent or favorite vacation on the sea (or a lake, river, or any other body of water larger than a puddle), or if you're living on the sea or on a lake or a river, post a picture of your favorite spot on the shore / banks / beach / at the nearest harbour.

 

Bon Om Touk It has been quite a while since I´ve been anywhere near water.  I actually had never been to a beach (that I could remember) until I went to St George Island in Florida about 4 years ago.  Ironically, I was born in Florida but my parents moved to Alaska when I was 3.  Of course, I was taking the pictures so I didn´t get any pictures of me at the beach.  

 

Here is a picture I took of my dad and his 2nd wife

 

And the lighthouse 

 

And here is a picture of my toasted self later.  I´m not cranky, the sun was in my eyes. 

 

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text 2017-11-23 16:14
2017 Disney Family Vacation

 

At the begging of the month I took my family to Disney. We went to CELEBRATE my son’s 6th Birthday. It was a family vacation not to forget. It wasn’t just my little family, but also both set of grandparents and one set of great-granprants.
WOW that’s a lot of family. 

 

On the first day we went to Animal Kingdom where my son surprised me in wanting to ride Expedition Everest. He loved it that we rode it 2x’s, but the best ride and favorite of everyone was the brand new Avatar Banshee ride. Pandora – The World of Avator opened up in Animal Kingdom. It’s a cool place and the Banshee ride is awesome. Since it’s a new ride the wait is over 4hrs long. Yes, 4hrs. Did we wait 4hrs? No, we got lucky in that one of our grandparents is handicapped and had the Disney Parks Disability Access Service Card, so we got to get a FastPass for the ride each time we went. So our wait was only 10-15min at most. The DAS card came in handy for a lot of the fun we had and so did the FASTPASS Service they offer at Disney. A 5/6 year old is not going to wait long in lines. We also did, Kilimanjaro Safari, Festival of the Lion King, Tusker House for Lunch, & River of Lights. 

 

On day two we did Magic Kingdom. This was Birthday day and so we had a special breakfast at Chef Mickey’s, then we rode the new Seven Dwarfs roller coaster ride, did the Laugh Floor, Peter Pan Flight, Speedway, It’s a Small World, Mad Tea Party, & Big Thunder roller coaster ride. The roller coaster rides where the best and ones he wanted to go on over and over again and so we did. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On day three was a rest day. We did the pool and sent Cullen off with grandparents, so mommy and daddy could have the afternoon, dinner, and the evening together. Parent time is always important. ^_^

 

On day four we did Epcot. Cullen surprised me again by wanting to go on Mission: Space. That’s the roller coaster all in the dark and most people say at this age it’s to scary and kids don’t like it, but my boy loved it and had to ride it twice. We also did Test Track and I have to say I love how they revamped the ride. You get to build your own car and race it against the others in your car. It’s cool!!! Had lunch at The Garden Grill, Did Soarin’, Living the Land, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Turtle Talk with Cursh, Spaceship, and then over to the different countries we did Norway Frozen ride & Tutto Italie for dinner. 

 

On day five Hollywood Studios. This is my least favorite park. I think it’s because it’s full of shows and not many rides. We did the New Frozen Musical Show, Star Wars ride, Toy Story Midway Mania, ate at Hollywood & Vine, did Disney Junior and Fantasmic.

 

On day six we went back to Magic Kingdom to get in all the other rides we missed on day one at MK. Did all the rollercoaster rides again, over and over. It was a great end to a fantastic vacation. 

 

Besides all the park fun. I walked a LOT. When I go to work on Sunday I walk anywhere from 3 to 4 miles, just at work, but doing 5 to 6 miles a day was tiring. My feet hurt at the end of the day. 

 

AK: 5.5 miles, MK: 6.2 miles, Day Off: 2.5 miles, Epcot: 6.2 miles, HS: 3 miles, MK: 4.3 miles

 

Cullen loved Disney and was absorbed all day long. We had such a blast!

 

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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text 2017-11-23 15:59
Back from vacation!

[Reposted from my Blogger blog, with a few edits.]

 

I've actually been back for a few days. I just hadn't settled down to write this post.

So, vacation could have gone better. I got sick a few days in and spent a few days with a fiery sore throat, a cough, and a fever. I had to cancel a lunch with a friend/former supervisor because my voice kept going in and out, and unfortunately that was the only day she could meet with me. There was one miserable 3 AM where I woke up thirsty and discovered I couldn't drink more than a tiny sip of room temperature water. Hot water with honey mixed into it (because I was too tired to make herbal tea) was my savior.

I still have a cough, and there are some problems with a filling I got on Monday, but otherwise things are better.

Although I didn't get quite as much reading done during my vacation as I would have liked (I had a stack of Haikyu!! that I never touched, plus Naruto and some leftoever Natsume's Book of Friends and Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun), I still managed to get a respectable amount of reading done. If my count is correct, I finished 43 manga and graphic novel volumes, one short story, and one book (that I'd started prior to my vacation but finished during).

Here are the spoiler-y posts you can look forward to in the coming weeks (I will, of course, slap spoiler tags on them when I post them here on Booklikes - no worries):

  • Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Mad Hatter's Late Night Tea Party (manga, vols. 1-2)
  • Alice in the Country of Hearts: My Fanatic Rabbit (manga, vols. 1-2)
  • Arisa (manga, vols. 2-12)
  • Black Butler (manga, vols. 21-23)
  • Delicious in Dungeon (manga, vols. 1-2)
  • Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto (manga, vol. 2)
  • Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft (graphic novel, vol. 1)
  • M.F.K. (graphic novel, not sure if it's a one-shot or vol. 1)
  • Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun (manga, vols. 4-5)
  • My Neighbor Seki (manga, vols. 1-6)
  • Natsume's Book of Friends (manga, vols. 11-13)
  • Orange: The Complete Collection (manga, vol. 1)
  • Skip Beat! (manga, vols. 37-39)
  • Tokyo Ghoul (manga, vols. 1-5)

 

Next time I go on vacation, I'd definitely like to continue Black Butler, Locke & Key, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, Natsume's Book of Friends, Orange (if I don't request the next and I think final volume through ILL between now and then), Skip Beat!, and Tokyo Ghoul. I'll rerequest Haikyu!! and Naruto, too.

As for the rest: I think I might finally have read the last of Alice in the Country of Hearts/Clover/Joker/etc. Delicious in Dungeon was okay, but not something I'd want to binge-read. I really shouldn't have continued Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto - for me, the series is like looking on in horror as the weirdest and most disturbing insect I've ever seen crawls across my carpet. It's something to do with the art style, I think, since the actual content isn't really that horrifying. And My Neighbor Seki is definitely not one of those series to binge-read. It'd work best in small amounts, and trying to get through 6 volumes at once was a mistake on my part.

Other things I finished:

  • The Yellow Wallpaper (e-short story) by Charlotte Perkins Gilman - Free through Project Gutenberg. Strange and a little creepy. Very good, although I have lots of questions.
  • Alliance in Blood (e-book) by Ariel Tachna - I went from "this isn't great, but not the worst thing I've ever read" to "this is very bad." It started in the introduction, when the author wrote about how she'd "proudly" never read any vampire stories, and culminated with insta-love, a plodding story, and a wooden and boring big battle. The author may have thought that this story was too big to fit into a single book, but I have a feeling a good editor could have combined the first two or three books in the series into something much better than Alliance in Blood.

 

And visual novels! I "finished" one and got started on another in the few days between flying back and going back to work. I believe that both can be played on Apple or Android devices, although one is definitely best played on a phone rather than on a tablet.

  • The Arcana (game) - I may write a more thorough review, but for now my impression is that it's quite good. The artwork is lovely and the routes are interesting. I had things I liked about each of the three romanceable characters. The app's main problems are 1) the pricing structure (if you want access to the entire thing at any time without waiting, be prepared to pay $60+), 2) the amount of waiting (it takes 8 hours to get a new key so that you can read another chapter, and you can only have a maximum of 3 keys saved up), and 3) its incompleteness (it's a serial that's still ongoing - no clue when it will be complete).
  • Mystic Messenger (game) - Again, I may write a more thorough review later, but for now I'm loving this app, with some reservations. It takes place over the course of 11 real-time days, and it assumes that you have a daily schedule that's busiest from 9ish to 6ish but that still allows you multiple breaks to check your phone. If I could ask for one improvement, it would be for the app to allow users to enter their work/school schedules. At any rate, I will probably end up paying for a calling card for all of the characters, and for the bit that allows you to romance a couple extra characters. The Common route lasts a few days, after which you're locked into a particular character. I couldn't decide between Zen (a flirty but kind of lonely actor) and Jaehee (an efficient but overworked assistant, and the game's only woman aside from the player character), and apparently my indecision pushed me more towards Jaehee's route, so that's what I'm currently playing. From what I've read, it's a friendship route rather than a romantic one, and I'm really enjoying it so far. Jaehee's a great character, and I'm rooting for her happiness (even though she dislikes cats).
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text 2017-11-10 00:25
Vacation reading

Thirteen volumes down! I've almost finished my pile of My Neighbor Seki, and I just started my pile of Arisa yesterday. I'm about halfway through the series and I'm unimpressed. I may switch to the series I already know I enjoy next, Skip Beat and Natsume's Book of Friends. One problem: I now have a cold and am weak and tired. I designated today as tea and sleep day, in the hope of being all better by tomorrow. Crossing my fingers!

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text 2017-11-07 17:31
Vacation!

I'm on my third full day of vacation (already?!) and I'm enjoying it. I got to go to a tea shop a couple days ago. I picked up three black teas: Cranberry Cream, Blackberry, and Blue Dragon Patronus (tastes like strawberry lemonade, sort of, but named after the blue bits in the dry tea).

 

The whole family finally got together, and I got to coach my youngest niece through every single bite of her beef stew. I seriously have no idea how my sister keeps her from being malnourished - this girl is so difficult. She's lucky she's at least cute.

 

I've been managing about 3 graphic novel/manga volumes a day. So far I've read M.F.K. (a bit disappointing, especially if it was published as a standalone rather than the start of a series), the first volume of Locke & Key (good, even though the art style doesn't work for me), and several volumes of My Neighbor Seki (a one-joke series I'd already have abandoned if I didn't have a whole pile of them from the library).

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