This blog is basically just a collection of my "random thoughts". I must warn you, though. I have been told that "I write like I talk", so if you don't understand what you are reading... chances are, if you met me... I wouldn't make much sense to you! Feel free to comment if you care to. Or not. I'm good either way!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE GOING to Universal Studios in Orlando to visit Harry Potter World (HPW).

 -- If you don't have a "special" pass to get in early... you have to enter HPW thru the Jurassic Park section and wait in a line JUST TO ENTER HPW!!

-- You have to have a YELLOW TICKET in order to enter HPW!

-- The wait can be HOURS in length to get into HPW! ~ Depends on what time you get there. ~ My advice is to get there EARLY!

-- Once you enter HPW, you can not re-enter without standing in line again in Jurassic Park.

-- Once you are in HPW, the line to ride "The Forbidden Journey" (inside the castle) is approimately an hour long. (Could be shorter. Could be longer.)

-- Use the lockers INSIDE the castle to store your belongings in, instead of the lockers near the train. The locker time is corresponds with the length of the ride wait. It's crowded in there, but worth it so that you don't have to pay for your locker time. --- They will MAKE YOU get a locker for your belongings, unless they are small like a cell phone or a small camera that can be secured on the ride.

-- The line to ride "The Forbidden Journey" is partly outside (In the Greenhouse) and partly inside the castle. If you can... bring your sunglasses and/or hat!

-- If you have  a place to secure a small camera -- TAKE IT!! You will want to take photos inside the castle as you wait to ride.

-- If you have $$$ on you, then yo can purchase drinks (even beer!!) while waiting in line in the Greenhouse.

-- The Forbidden Journey ride is AWESOME!!! But, if you are prone to motion sickness... then, this ride is not for you. It is partly virtual flying, mixed with spinning, and tilting... and.... I have no idea how else to describe it!!

-- Wear shoes that stay on your feet, if you can. Your feet dangle!

-- Hogsmeade is really neat! But, is a small area and is very crowded!

-- Be prepared to wait in a long line to get into The Owl's Post & Ollivander's Wand Shop. They only allow so many people into the shops at a time.

-- If you bring a card or letter that is already stamped, you can have it postmarked with the Hogsmeade postmark and mail it right there!! (Outside the Owl's Post) No waiting time!

-- The candy store & joke shop are neat to go into, but they are very small and they only allow so many people in at a time. The wait is not long, tho.

-- The main souvenir shop is the one located under the castle, as you exit the ride. It is VERY crowded!!! But, has some wonderful souvenir's!!

-- If you want to purchase a wand and don't want to stand in line to enter Ollivander's... there is a kiosk outside the castle where you can purchase a wand. Price's range from $25 to $50.

-- If the line for the Butterbeer is too long at the kiosk.... go inside Hogs Head and purchase it there. It tastes a lot like a butterscotch cream soda! YUM! (They also sell real beer inside, too!)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I'm still here!!

Ya. I got "lost" for a little while. Adjusting to a new schedule and routine threw me for a LOOP, but I think I have finally fallen into a "rhythm". June has been a busy month!

June 4-6th.... Hubby & I went to Panama City Beach for a short weekend. We were invited to stay with friends at their condo that they have there. What a beautiful place it is! And the view was incredible! It is located very close to Pier Park, which was fun. It was wonderful to get to go to the beautiful Gulf Coast before the yucky oil made it not-so-pretty.

The week of June 14-18th... was VBS at our church. My daughters and I were "Crew Leaders" for the week. This meant that we guided (and were in charge of!) a group of 6-8 kids to the various "stations" set up in various rooms. VBS was from 8:45-12:00 each day. By Wednesday, I felt like it had been TEN days instead of only three!! I am still not sure what made it so tiring, but it was! It was also a lot of fun, tho.

Of course, we have still been training our new puppy (Chester) all this time, too! I do believe that he is FINALLY house-trained, tho!! YIPPEEE!!!! He is still not sleeping thru the night, but he is getting better. Instead of waking up between 3 & 4:00am... he is now waking up closer to 5:00am. I can handle that!

On June 15th, we had him neutered. So, not only was I dealing with VBS that week.... I was also dealing with a puppy that had just had surgery! The instructions say... "Do not let him jump, run, or get excited for 7 to 10 days." --- Do you know how HARD it is to keep a puppy from doing those things????? It was pretty near impossible! It's been over a week now, and he seems to be doing fine. I check his "private spot" every day.... (just to make sure nothing's come "undone"!)... and he looks fine.

This week, has been WAY more relaxing! Plus... I have been preparing for VACATION!!!

If you look back to my post on 4/9/10... you will see that Dtr. #2 had come up with a plan for our family to go Universal Studios this summer. Well........ her technique WORKED!! We are leaving tomorrow morning!!! Can I hear another... YIPPEEEEE!!!!! Hubby is not going. He chose not to, but said that we (my girls and I), could go. So, that is what we are doing. Dtr. #2's b/f is going with us, too. It should be a fun trip! I am beyond excited!!!

So..... once again.... you will not hear from me for a few days. But, this time.... I have a good reason!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Forgiveness and Washing Dishes

You are probably wondering what FORGIVENESS and WASHING DISHES have to do with each other. Trust me! .... I would have NEVER put the two together, either!

First of all, for the past two nights, I have dreamed about washing dishes. The first night, I didn't think much of it. We all dream about things that we do often, .... right? But, then... when I dreamed about it again, it got me to thinking... "Why am I dreaming about this and what does it mean?"

Dreams totally fascinate me, so I just happen to have a DREAM DICTIONARY on my bookshelf. (Don't laugh at me! You know you are curious about them, too!) According to my book... dreaming of washing "anything" suggests getting rid of negative feelings. I didn't think much of it until I started reading my devotions this morning. Wow! As I read, I realized that almost everyone of them had to do with FORGIVENESS. I think God is trying to tell me something, but I am not sure WHO I am supposed to forgive.

There have been several people in my life who have hurt me, one of which I DID forgive. I think I am still dealing with the hurt that the others caused me. I can't help but wonder if these are the people that God wants me to forgive.

I also wonder if He is possibly preparing me a future "hurt". It could be a combination of both. I am not sure.

Check out these Bible verses and devotional words that God put before me this morning ---

From -- "Once a Day, Every Day for Women" devotional

"You have heard that it was said. You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you." --- Matthew 5:43-44

Forgiveness is a choice. When we obey God by offering forgiveness to His children, we are blessed.

Do you harbor resentment against anyone? God's instructions are clear: He commands you to forgive.

God's Word instructs you to forgive others... no exceptions.

From -- "The Upper Room" daily email devotion

"You must make allowance for each other's faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. --- Colossians 3:13

See what I mean?? God is REALLY trying to get my attention thru dreams, devotions, & scripture!!!  --- Guess I better start working on forgiving!!


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