Horizons & a budding Disnerd

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This postcard is probably at my parent’s house somewhere! (via delcamp.net)

I’ve been listening to some Disney podcasts today, so here comes the nerdery! This actually is one of my most vivid Disney World memories from our trips growing up.

The discussion about Horizons, beloved & much bemoanedly closed omnimover attraction from Epcot, was brought up on a recent episode of the 3 O’clock Parade podcast. Discussing their feelings when the ride closed & their memories of it made me think of my most vivid memory from my childhood at Epcot.

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This book, by all means, can be what truly started the Disnerd lifestyle.

For our 1997 trip (my third trip to WDW, first one that my wonderful mother let me help ‘plan’ for), I was given a copy of this Birnbaum’s Disney for Kids by Kids book. I remember spending so much time pouring over it & looking forward to our trip to the Happiest Place in the World. I knew the descriptions of all of the rides & had the ones picked out to avoid due to the scare factor & knew what cool souvenirs I wanted to buy (they included general prices!). Pretty sure there was a place to write down what you wanted to do on a page in the back as well.

The one description that spoke me to so much was that of Horizons. It might have been the fact you traveled into the future or you got to choose the ending, but I was all about it. I was so excited to get to ride it the day we spent at Epcot & can remember loading the omnimover with very little (if any) wait- & this was in mid summer!). We might have ridden the attraction two times, if that, but it has always stuck with me. Of course the next trip we went on in 2000, it was closed & I wasn’t too thrilled about that. Go figure- take paradise & put up a parking lot- or in this case a spaceship simulator I refuse to ride due to claustrophobia (aka Mission Space).

It should also be noted that Horizons was designed as almost an extension of “The Carousel of Progress” over in the Magic Kingdom. As the Carousel looks back on technology around the home of the past, Horizons explores what’s ahead- even paying homage in a scene with the theme of “There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” playing. (Thanks for pointing out that connection, @DrunkatDisney!)

One of the things that was mentioned in the discussion of Horizons on the 3 O’Clock Parade episode I referenced earlier was the blog, Mesa Verde Times.  Hoot & Chief explored the inner workings of Horizons & in the last few years posted videos and posts of their adventures where folks weren’t supposed to go. It must be said, I by no means am suggesting folks jump out of the cars of their favorite attractions to see what’s behind the curtain, but I’m glad these guys did. They took the time to scope it out, really figure out the guts of the whole ride & I’m so glad they did- such great footage for the Horizon nostalgics around today. (Also, remember, Disney has so many plain clothes security officers & cameras around their parks today, this would be the utterly impossible to do & you’d be ejected- plus possibly arrested- within seconds. It was just the time in history, friends…).

If that last paragraph has intrigued you, go on over to Mesa Verde Times & start digging around- I admittedly paused the podcast as soon as the “.com” was said for their website address & had the youtube videos rolling in less than five minutes.

And while there are many other communities & websites dedicated to the good ole’ Horizons, my friend Michelle has recently started an awesome blog, Looking Back at Tomorrow, aimed at “preserving the memory of one of EPCOT Center’s most beloved attractions, Horizons.” The girl knows her stuff & is one of the most passionate Disney fans I know, so I wholeheartedly suggest you check out what she’s got going on over there.

I know I’m going long here, but I’d like to say thank you to my mom & dad, Vicki & Jeff, for taking us to Disney as we were growing up. Thank you for that Kid’s Guide to Disney & letting me help plan our 1997 trip-it started a love that I know will span all of my life & I am very grateful for that!

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Our trip in 1993, in MGM Studios, with Gonzo.
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Mom & I in the Magic Kingdom in 2014, on my proposal scavenger hunt. One of my faves of us ❤

xoxo

Jenny

Today’s Day I Had

Today was busy & kinda nuts.  I didn’t have much time to write, but here’s what all that went down..just in case you’re interested in the craziness…. (Did I mention that it was kinday icy & sleety for a little bit of the day & half the town was shut down or on delay? Yep.)

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7:15 am

 

4 am: Wake up when Loss left for work

6:30 am: Got ask if I’d cover for a girl at work

6:45 am: Decided I would cover for her

7:15 am: Left the house & went to Starbucks for motivation for the day. It helped.

8 am-4:20 pm: Worked,  we closed early but wasn’t too slushy thankfully when I left for the day.

4:30 pm: Complained to Losson about blowing my nose all day & not good tissues at work.

5:00 pm: Soaked in the tub

5:25 pm: Laid in bed, got ready to nap, got annoyed over how chapped my nose, hands & lips are & put on some lotion.

6:15 pm: Woke up, Ate a yummy Losson homemade Big Mac

6:20 pm: Watched some episodes of “Comic Book Men” on Netflix. Not a fan about how it’s so scripted this 3rd season.

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7:37 pm

7:37 pm: Said again how my nose is so drippy & driving me nuts.

7:40 pm: Planning on going to bed soon. That is all.

Have a good day tomorrow, guys! I start again bright & early at 7 am.

xoxo

Jenny

 

 

 

The Ultimate Dream Trip: Japan

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Japan. Let’s go!

One of the coolest things I’ve found in the past year in the world of apps is Periscope. It is run by the same folks who do Twitter & is an app to view & also take live streams & interact with others on that stream through a chat. The neatest part of Periscope is the fact that it is accessible most everywhere there is internet access. Feeling bored some time? Find a place on the world map & see if folks are scoping (streaming their live feed).

Using Periscope has helped me find interesting places & spark interests- specifically that of traveling to Japan. Scoper DaveInOsaka (you can view videos through his twitter account- it will lead you to Persicope) has taught me quite a bit about Japanese culture, food (YUM!), travel & everyday life through his slice of life videos. Learning what I have, along with talking to some friends who have traveled abroad to that area of the world, has led me to daydream about traveling to Japan.

(It has just occurred to me I should probably explain that Dave is Canadian & has lived in Japan for 15 years & teaches English to students at a university, hence he does his videos in English.)

I didn’t know until after I was knee deep into this new interest that Losson was also quite interested in the country as well & when he was growing up, that’s one place he really wanted to visit & possibly live one day. It’s so awesome how that just randomly happened.

We have talked about seriously visiting Japan & all the things we would do, all the places we would visit & all that we would eat (ok, that’s totally partially what I’d plan on doing) & hopefully can make a trek to the other side of the world happen in 2017. I’ve looked into many different AirBnBs all over the country & have a pinterest board chock full of places to go. The biggest part of funding the trip would be the air travel, hence the biggest reason we are going to have to wait a little longer to visit.

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This guy moves around some up there & is in Osaka. (Source: gojapango.com)

We don’t just want to see Tokyo, either. I’ll save the list of specific places we are dreaming of visiting for later (you can see quite a few on my pinterest), but thanks to Dave’s videos, we’ve been able to learn about & see life in Osaka, Kyoto & other small places. Things could change, but the culture & daily life in Japan speaks to me so much at this point, I’d possibly be interested in teaching English myself over there at some point. But that’s after checking it out & seeing what we think is the best in the future for Losson & I. All I know is we’re getting passports this year for some other (hopeful!) travel & 2017 is definitely earmarked in my brain for a big trip abroad to Japan. Who knows where life will take us, but might as well give it all a good look, right?

PS There are also 3 Disney parks in that section of the world (Tokyo, Hong Kong & Shanghai). Tokyo has a cat, Gelatoni, as one of their big mascots. This might help the need to travel… just a little!

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I’ve got to get to Tokyo Disneyland to see Gelatoni. They even themed the hand holds on the monorail to him! (Images from this twitter search)

 

xoxo

Jenny

Flick Fest: Kevin Smith’s Filmography

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Kevin Smith is the Man.

When I married Losson, I knew I was getting into a life with a movie nut. One of his fave directors/creators around just happened to be Kevin Smith, some guy who made dumb fart movies, or atleast so I thought up until a few years ago.

I hadn’t seen but one of Kevin’s films until Losson started telling me the greatness of the films & I decided to give them a shot. They talked about conventions & comic books & really nerdy stuff I didn’t know about. I liked the films pretty well that I saw…”Clerks” made me giggle, “Chasing Amy” made me cry, I was okay with Kevin & his crew’s work.

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Me as Mid change Wonder Woman, Nashville’s Silent Bob & Loss as Rick from “Rick & Morty” at GMX convention, Halloween 2015

When we finally went to my first convention last Halloween, Loss & I attended a late night panel run by a fantastic cosplayer who has a passion for Kevin & his work. This fantastic gentleman and his friend led what felt like a therapy session. They covered the general meaning & themes behind the Kevin Smith films & it was just great. Looking at the plot of the films (plus having watched a few this past weekend), there’s the broad themes of letting the past be the past in relationships, living your passions & appreciate what you have- let the girl bring you lasagna (as is the bottom line in “Clerks”).

So, in the end, Kevin Smith might make films with some dirty jokes that might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but in the end, he’s got heart. He shares that heart, he makes you laugh, he can make you cry (as I’ve done 3x watching “Jersey Girl” currently- and it’s so good!)  & he’s a super creative guy with a great team. I can’t wait til he comes back to the southeast again & Losson & I can hopefully meet the guy in person.

And thanks, Kevin, for helping my hubs & I spend time together & be able to have jokes & references to make together. You might make me cry when we we meet one day but I know it’ll be ok (I hear you cry every now & then on your podcasts).

xoxo

Jenny

 

January 15: Friday 5

The Friday 5 is a list of things I’m digging on this week. Holla.

  1. Billy Wilder films
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Jack Lemmon (left) & Billy Wilder (right)

Billy Wilder wrote & directed & just overall ran the show for some amazing films. I finally saw “Double Indemnity” this week on TCM & then spent Thursday evening watching “The Apartment” (one of my faves). The dialogue that Wilder put in his movies are just awesome- they’re funny, sarcastic & have a little heart in there every now & then. The actors that took on these great roles are some of my favorites as well. Fred MacMurray, Jack Lemmon, Shirley Mclaine all have memorable roles & I can’t say enough great things about. Next Wednesday, January 20, TCM is airing “The Apartment” in primetime to continue celebrating Fred MacMurray as the Star of the Month. I highly suggest checking out the film if you haven’t- it’s just awesome.

2. Kathy Lee & Hoda

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KLG & Hoda in AARP Magazine.

I hate to admit it, but having this new schedule, I’m enjoying watching Kathy Lee & Hoda on the Today show 10 am hour. They’re hilarious, ridiculous, sweet & kinda darn heart warming. The fact they’re sweet friends really takes the cake. They help my mornings be a little more fun (that & that cutie Willie from the earlier hour of the Today Show).

3. Girl Time

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Meg & I at Disney World on my magical proposal trip in 2014-I LOVED hanging out with her at the parks!

Following suit with KLG & Hoda, I’m getting in the spirit of having some girl time. One of the gals I’m closest to my sister in law, Meg. We’re making a point to spend time together more often this year & I’m so excited. Life gets busy & it’s hard to get together with your girls & it’s time to make a point of it with Meg & also all my other girls.

4. The Dis

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The interactive posts are one of my fave things The Dis is currently doing on social media.

This year, the Dis is rocking it out, plain & simple. They’ve added a daily video news update on Disney parks, a new Dreams Unlimited video podcast about traveling beyond Disney & added the wonderful Jackie to “The Trip”. I’m also admittedly quite jealous due to the fact that Pete & crew are now in the parks during the week to keep up to speed with everything going on. I have to say that I’ve seen even more positive coming from their posts & reviews since there’s been more of the crew in the parks, too. I’m a fan of this. The crew are also amping up their social media presence & posting more interactive opportunities. I love where they’re heading & can’t help but think that the Dis is just going to keep getting better & better!

5.  Black Hair Dye

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I like to channel my inner Louise Belcher with dark hair.

This is happening as soon as I post this article. I’ve been holding off on redyeing, but it’s time. Something is fun about going darker- plus it’s always nice to have a little spa moment in the day.

 

xoxo

Jenny

#TCMPARTY: Let’s Movie!

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Social media is a great thing. Especially when it comes to fun things I’m passionate about, it’s just the best. Much of the time, you’ll find me talking about Disney, travel & classic movies.

This love for classic movies has really started to grow with the discussions I’ve been able to have with all the many folks who use the hashtag #TCMParty. Thanks to the guys & gals  who lead the @TCMParty twitter account, we all stay up to date on the films that are airing soon, learning some history & also getting to know other classic film fans in a fun way.

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Getting to discuss the films of Turner Classic Movies is one of my favorite things to do at night these days. Making silly comments throughout the films & reading others’ cracks me up & I’ve even learned a thing or two from folks on the #TCMParty.

This Christmas, there was an evening of James Stewart films that were lesser known and I was convinced by one of the regulars on the discussion to give “The Mortal Storm” a viewing, even though it wasn’t my normal type of movie (it takes place at the beginning of Hitler’s reign over Germany). I was told that it was a good historical film that needed to be seen atleast once. I agreed & took on the heavy film & cried & cried as the story followed their family being split up due to their political beliefs. It’s true that the movie was one I wouldn’t normally have watched, but I was very glad to have seen it. It not only furthered my appreciation of what James Stewart did as an actor but also gave me a more personal and realistic knowledge of that moment in time. I think that’s what good film does & it is also what a great film community can do as well.

If you’re interested in classic films & learning some about the past of the world (pretty much), do a search for the hashtag, #TCMParty and check out what’s going on during the prime time hours on TCM . I look forward to seeing you around the twittersphere!

xoxo

Jenny

@jannephotog

Babies Everywhere (But Not Here)

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This is the perfect excuse to post this photo of me in 1988. 

As I mentioned the other day, I’ve got a new job working with babies around 1 year old & I’m quite enjoying it. I found on my first day that a good amount of the ladies working with me are pregnant and even yesterday another one announced she is having kiddo number two.

The sweet ladies keep talking about how they got ‘the fever’ working with infants, but I can’t help but see how I’d like to keep the kiddos at work and not bring them home with me.

Now let me say, I do indeed enjoy children and I’ve always wound up working with them. I love family and friends with kiddos and spending time with them. Having spent so much time with these kids, I know I’m not ready to bring them home with me. Losson & I have been married 7 months today (happy 7 months, babe!) & we are happy with still being selfish with our time. We have much traveling we want to do and our shoebox of an apartment would be way too tight for any other beings to live here- no matter the size.

Kids are also quite pricey in the long run, let alone the hospital bills, and the worst part- they grow up so fast. Just watching my sweet nephew grow up over the past year- it has flown by. It seems like you get the kid to the point that you like the most & then they  just keep growing…still.

I’m not saying we will never have a kid, but who knows. It’ll definitely be quite a while if that’s the case, but we’ll see.

I sure like going to Disney World & have pipe dreams to head to Japan in a few years, so kids or not, they’ll be waaay down the road at the earliest.

The Journey: Everything in its Place

 

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Before: The craziness that is our apartment

For some reason, this January keeps calling to our apartment. There’s so much to do, so much to downsize & so much to just plain ole throw away.

I’ve got a new game I keep playing: I find a few things to move around or clean up, then I finish that & then its right back to the “What Am I Doing?” again.

Of course, I’ve got no problem writing lists a mile long of things to get done, but the tasks don’t always tend to get done.  But alas, I’ve shown you guys (aka the world) how disorganized our apartment is. So now I’ll be ready to get my “After” photo ready to post this week (hopefully). I’ve got a rug from our Ikea trip last weekend that’s ready to take residence in the floor once I get the floor all cleaned up.

Wish me luck!

xoxo

Jenny

Grateful for the Fire Guys

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I guess there’s always a first time for everything and this weekend was indeed one of them.

Right around 5AM Sunday morning, Losson and I were woken up by hearing folks yelling to get out of the building and soon after began smelling smoke.

We made it outside to find the building beside ours on fire (a driveway between the two buildings thankfully). The fire was contained to the one building and I’m not exactly sure how much damage was done but it could have been so much worse.

The Chattanooga Fire Department spent a good two hours on the scene, having 5 trucks on the scene and doing all they needed to do to keep everyone safe.

Losson & I were discussing later on  how we’d never been involved in a fire situation & our definite appreciation for all that the firefighters do. The morning could have been a whole lot scarier & I am so thankful for all of those guys out there, making sure everyone was out & safe.

Thank you so much!

xoxo

Jenny

Hello, 2016!: Goals

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It’s the new year & oh boy, are times a changing!

This first week of the year I  have started a new job in a preschool setting with one year olds, which is a bit different from the elementary school setting I’ve been used to the past 5 years.  Plus this new schedule has me going in to work at noon & home by 6:30… it’s like I’ve gained a whole new day to get things accomplished before going to work. That being said, I’ve been putting together some goals that I’d like to work on this year, so here’s what I’ve got thus far:

Getting on a schedule & staying there!

So far it’s been a lot better of a week waking up early, getting some things done around the house & staying on a schedule. I’d honestly be scared to see what would happen if I were to totally go off schedule.

Doing Something Creative

I was literally dreaming of blog posts to put up the other day. I’d like to be posting, sharing with all you lovely folks on here & letting my voice be known in a regular way. This schedule will hopefully make it the time to get it going.

Moving More

I know, I know, but atleast I’m not saying “work out”, right? I know that I’ve already been moving more and picking up kiddos at work and, well, I can tell it’s already working.

Traveling More

Losson & I started our year off with a weekend trip to Atlanta & it really got 2016 off to a good start. Something about getting out of town, seeing & exploring new things & taking a little bit of a mental break, it was just fantastic. This will be happening more often this year.

Getting Organized & Polished

Everything should have a place & everything should be in that place. That’s the motto of the year….I’ve already started downsizing some of the duplicates we have & not going to lie, it feels really nice to do so. We’ve also got a game plan (I’m sure I’ll share it soon) for some new furniture throughout the year to help organize & take up less space in our cute little shoebox of a 450 square foot apartment.

Getting Organized with Money & Life Things

This one should be extra fun… we just learned after Christmas how ridiculous doctor visits and medicine can be without insurance, so let’s just say we’ve got some bills to pay, some other debts we want to get knocked out this year. I’m a little intimated when thinking about doing our taxes since it’ll be our first time doing them together, so we’ll see how that goes. I’m sure it’ll be ok  when we get to it, just gotta do it.

So here we go, let’s do this, 2016!

What are your goals for the year?

 

xoxo

Jenny

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