31 January 2011
30 January 2011
Our life over the next few years has been full of patching and an eye drops...Atropine. It was a scary thing to do because I have heard that it can damage the good eye. Also, it allows more sunlight to enter the eye so that it can cause cataracts and other vision issues. You are putting chemical in the good eye to blur it so the bad eye has to do the focusing. I actually hated the atropine, but Trevor tended to prefer it. Mainly, because his friends had NO idea that there was "something wrong with him". We have had to be very careful with the atropine because we go to theme parks a lot, he plays outside sports and he is a boy and they like the outdoors. I still don't know when we will be able to tell if he has damage because of the sun.
Trevor has gone to the eye doctor every 6 weeks or so for almost 7 years. Because we knew he would never be cured, that we were just getting him to the best that we could get him, our goal was set kind of low....20/50 with visual aids. That means he can read the 20/50 line with the glasses on his face. It has been a back and forth emotional journey....20/70 at the worst and 20/30 at the best. Dr Rychwalski had been so pleased with his results and our determination to help Trevor the best that we could, he let us start seeing a local doctor in 2005. Dr Jeff Taylor. He has been a little bit of wonderful for us as well. He has taken Trevor's goal on as his own. When Trevor was not doing well, he too would get upset about it. When Trevor did well, he was just as excited as we were. I have recommended him to everyone that I know looking for an ophthalmologist because he is so wonderful. He has taken Trevor's concerns to heart as if Trevor were an adult, and this speaks volumes to me. He has been wonderful with my little boy.
Dr Taylor said it was coming, he has warned us for a long time...around the age of 8 Trevor's eye would stop growing and there would be nothing else that we could do. Here we are, age 8 and Dr. Taylor wanted him so badly (right on with us) to read that 20/30 line (that was sort of a secret goal)....Trevor could not do it. We went to the dr last Friday and he said "stop using the drops." This is it the end...20/50 is the best Trevor is going to do. Yes, it is the goal, he will be able to drive a car, it is just bittersweet. There is nothing else we can do to make it better. Trevor really knows no life outside of eye therapy. It is going to be strange all his life we had to put the patch on or drop the drops.
Let me explain his life...He has had to cover up an eye that sees perfectly. Therefore, his vision has been a constant blurry out of alignment mess for almost 7 years. He has never seen a baseball coming at him as his teammates have, he has never read a book like other people, he has never watched tv where he didn't angle his head to be able to see better. I am so proud of the things he has accomplished under these circumstances, he is a great student, he is a very good baseball player (when his bad eye will work like it is supposed to), he is not afraid to try new things, and doesn't know the meaning of "I can't see so I won't do it". He gets out there and tries and most times, he succeeds.
Now that we are at the end, we have to make sure that we have not damaged that good eye. That poor eye has been through a lot over the last 7 years as well. It has had to turn itself off, be covered up and blurred so it could not see a thing. Have we damaged it under all this therapy? Actually that is a possibility. We have finished with all therapy! A hard concept for me to grasp. Trevor is having no issues there. Now we go back in 4 weeks to see if the good eye is ok. To make sure there is no damage. Are we finished going to the eye doctor all the time? We don't know yet. Is this eye going to be ok? We don't know yet. Will he ever need eye surgery on the bad eye? We don't know yet. But I will tell you, it will be nice to not have to go to the eye doctor every other month, it will be nice not to have to use eye drops, it will be nice not to have to put on an eye patch, it will be very nice to see how he hits a baseball using NO therapy. I think I look forward to that...yes I know I do. Now that the good eye will be able to use the depth perception that it has...he may really have a great season.
Trevor has been great through all of this. Yes, he has screamed and cried and ran away from me because I had to do stuff to his eyes, but gosh Trevor it's over. I am proud of you for being such a good boy at the eye doctor all these years, I shall miss playing eye spy with you while we wait for Dr. Taylor. I shall miss playing jeopardy with you in the waiting room. I shall miss buying you a hamburger because you have been such a good boy. I shall miss the nurse saying "why do you never want a sucker?" to you. But I am glad that you will be able to drive a car one day and your mama won't have to drive you and your girlfriend on dates. Yes, that part makes me happy. I don't want to be toting you around when you are 50, I am glad that you will be able to drive and you can tote me around.
Thanks to the doctors who have helped us over the years...Especially to Dr Paul Rychwalski, who was willing to try hard to make my babies life better without putting him under the knife. Thank you for all that you and Dr Taylor have done for my little boy.
Over the years that fish has been a favorite....there was a bad time when the restaurant closed. I never knew for sure why, but it did. John and I tried many restaurants at the lakes looking for our ocean boneless, but no one had it. It was a thrill to hear it was reopening...our only hope was that they kept the ocean boneless. They had changed some things, done the decor, but it needed that....and they brought you a pate of hush puppies and cheese sauce! That's was new and exciting! Yummy as well! There it was on the menu, OCEAN BONELESS. The cost was more than before, but I promise you, the taste is worth every penny. It tays exactly the same. They did improve their dinner salad (it used to be just lettuce) and the white beans hanger always been good. So we are going to the Country Crossroads this weekend...maybe I will take a photo for you. It'd need worth the time, effort and money for you to drive yourself over to Hardin and pig out on this tasty, yummy treat.
Well, here we are all these years later, you have not failed me in any way. I still use you often, never traded you in or dissed you in any way. You have proved worth every bit of the $145 that I paid for you and have saved me more than that in die cuts alone. I thank you for being so loyal, true and all mine. Thank you Wal-mart near the campus of Ole Miss for giving me such a great gift. Thank you Provo Craft for making such a great product. My first generation cricut is still amazing!!!!
29 January 2011
I was a tad nervous about this whole trip…problems at work, Grandpa sick and a time share. We had never booked a time share. I read the reviews online and some were good, a free great, and many BAD ones. I had all ready decided that I would throw a fit if needed. When we approached the resort exit, it was easy to tell that it was NOT in the tourist district…PLUS 1 for the Tiki’s. It was 8 miles from I 4 and 6 miles from the Disney West gate. NICE! We had a brand new super Target and 2 Publix and not a lot of tourists.
The resort looked inviting on the outside, you had the little Tiki Gods holding up the sign and very landscaped lawns. When I entered the lobby, it was spread out and open. This was tad confusing, I went to the “check in” desk but because I was with a time share I had to go to an additional check in desk. I got my room key and the girl sent me down the counter to our “resort guide”. She wanted to get me Disney tickets cheap. All I had to do was listen to a vacation club talk. NOPE!!! I am not doing that I said. “I own the time share, I am in and don’t need anything else” She continued to offer me more things for 1 hour or 30 minutes of my time and I said “NO, I am going to my room” and that was the end. It was not as high pressured as I expected.
We drove around to our unit the 1200 unit that I had read good reviews about online. Our room was 12331F. We opened the door and were knocked out by a very FISHY smell. YUCK! I got out the air freshener fast! We had one bedroom, one bath, a pullout sofa, a kitchen, a dining room and laundry. We also had a bonus foyer, which was nice to store stuff. The room was clean (YAY) and stocked well. There was a vacuum, dishes, laundry detergent, dish detergent, a dish washer; a living room….it was nice.
Everything in the unit worked fine except the front AV jacks on the tv, but we could plug the wii into the back AV jacks. There were NOT enough blankets supplied and the sheets for the couch are NOT fitted so they do not stay on well. I will bring sheets next time.
Now for the water park…well, it was NOT what I expected. The site says “five water slides”, I assumed they were “water slides” because it did not say anything about being Kiddie slides. They were kiddie slides L. And the site said that there was a wave pool. The wave pool was one corner of a pool and it just had jets L. Not fun! The lobby pool was nice. Zero gravity pool, hot tub and very uncrowded! This is where we spent pool time. We never ventured onto the tennis courts, basketball courts or the golf course….NO TIME!!
What did we do? Monday is was Disney….well, EPCOT to be exact. EPCOT is the favorite park so it was a no brainer. We did our touring plan and had a marvelous day. We first fast passed Soarin’ then rode Test Track, Mission Space, Universe of Energy and then back to Soarin. Here we saw the Heath gang. Our baseball coach, Steve Shelby (my touring plan buddy) and all their families. It was fun to sit next to Steve on Soarin’. This was in the first hour! We fast passed Soarin again, rode Living with the Land and then headed over to Journey into imagination and the Living Seas. After that we could relax a bit and just take it easy. We decided to eat. Hannah and I ate at Sunshine Seasons (my favorite ala cart place at WDW) and the boys ate at Electric Umbrella. My salad was superb as always. I always get the salad grown at EPCOT and the tuna salad…YUMMY! Hannah always gets the chicken leg and mashed potatoes.
After lunch we headed over to World Showcase. Trevor was going to do a Kidcot mask because he has never done one (have no idea why). We got over to France and entered the Kidcot station and low and behold who was there but Mark and Grant Eyer. We spent a little time with the guys and joined up with Heidi and waited for Marie. After that, Mark decided to kill my son J and then we had to get back to ride Soarin again. This was designed as a break for my family who don’t really like the countries, they only go to humor me. After that we started where we left off….France. As we approached America, the Kool and the Gang concert was about to start. ………… Yeah we watched it…our kids were bored to death, but we knew all the words. It was very cool and I got great photos of drunken ladies dancing in the aisles and with the band.
When Kool was over we once again trekked on through the countries…..not much happened until Mexico where we got to eat some very good tacos. Well, it depends on who you ask. I thought they were good Hannah hated them.
We ended the day by the boys watching Illuminations and the girls running back to do Test Track one more time! It was an amazing ride and worth the running across the park that Hannah and I did to get there.
Once everyone got moving we got into the car and headed over to Daytona. It was a nice quiet ride across I 4. And it was quiet in Daytona. We got on A1A and headed down the strip. It was nice to look around at everything as we have not been able to go to Daytona since 2005. We found the hotel that John and I stayed in on our honeymoon, and low and behold it is STILL a dump!!! We found a real gem on the strip, something that was NOT there the last time we were there….Sloppy Joe’s. Now this takes us back to Key West. Yep, we ate there. I had the famous Sloppy Joe….yummy and I had to school my daughter on who “papa” was. She had never heard of Hemingway. What are the schools teaching children, no Hemingway? That is an issue for later. We traveled back to Orlando and a good nights sleep, tomorrow is Universal Studios.
Well, I was a bit nervous about this too. I remember last time we went to Universal is was roller coasters and I don't do coasters. Not at all, but I was excited that Trevor would get to see Harry Potter. That is exciting anyway because that part of the park just opened in June so Trevor would be one of the first people to go there.
It was very easy to get him a pass for the lines. I just went to guest service and they took care of him quickly. That is always nice. It did not matter in most instances. I had read that Spiderman was one of the greatest rides on the planet, so we headed there first. WOW!!!WOW!!!WOW!!! This was a little bit of wonderful. It is a simulator, part 3-D, part live action, part animation, all thrills! It had real flames, real water, spidey would talk to us like he was in the car with us. What is happening is you get in this car and are traveling through town. Spiderman is with you and Doc Oct grabs your car and shakes you trying to kill you. What happens next is that a bunch of villains begin to bother your car and spidey has to save you. And succeed he does.
Next we just walked about a bit and saw a place to eat lunch. We got the all you can eat package and planned to take advantage of it. We stopped for the first meal in the cartoon type restaurant. It was just OK! We did get this large bottle of coke that we could refill and that was very nice.
WE kept walking and around a bend we saw this giant castle. Yep, that's it HOgwarts. It was so lovely. I have always loved castles so it was exciting in that aspect but that is about all. As you are walking around towards the castles you enter Hogsmeade. It is like a throw back to olden times and I loved it instantly. The town was snow covered and a snowman greeted you as you entered the city gates. WE went inside Honeydukes, and it was sort of cool. The kids liked it but they knew what all the stuff was and I did not. There were butterbeer carts everywhere but I have no idea what that is at this point in time. No, I have not ever read the books and never cared to. There was the HOgwarts train and a conductor standing outside. The kids had their photo made in front of it and it was very cool. We sent John over to the Dragon's Challenge because I heard it was fun for roller coaster folks. So we went into Diagon Alley to watch John on the coaster. We did not know if he was on fire or ice, but I am telling you I was scared. I knew that the coasters were 12 inches apart from each other when you were in the middle of the ride and the riders were upside down. John got a little woozy...not good. But then we climbed the hill and headed to Hogwarts. I wanted so badly to go inside this castle and here we go. We showed Trevor's pass and they let us right in. We climbed some stairs and got into the ride line. OH MY GOSH, this ride was the best thing I have ever done. I had no idea what any of it meant. I have since studied Harry and read the books so now I know that Argog, the dementors, and he who must not be named. It was so good, that we got back in line to ride it again. We got right back in line and got on the ride within minutes. It was just as thrilling the second time and actually I wanted to ride it again, but John got sick. Very sick!!! While we were waiting for him to get better we rode the Flight of the Hippogriph. That was a family friendly coaster and not bad at all for someone like me that doses not like coasters.
We took at break and ate lunch in Dr Seuss, this was way better than the last place that we ate.
After lunch we headed to Poseidon. I have no idea what movie this is from but the show was very interesting. I enjoyed it.
After this we headed back to Harry. The wait was 80 minutes but we got right on. After that we headed to the old Universal. WE did the Twister, which is just like it was in 97 and a bit dated. We did the Simpsons (I hated it but everyone else liked it), Men in Black (we did this twice it was so fun), Jaws (I loved Trevor's reaction), ET (just as cool as I remember), and we ate dinner. That's all for today folks.
The next morning Grandpa called with problems but we decided we could not get home in time so we carried on waiting for news on him. We rode the Harry Potter ride again (I think 2 or 3 more times), the Nick show (nice), Shrek (nice except that you have to stand). I met Lucy and Ricky and Marliyn Monroe while everyone else did the Terminator show. We rode the spiderman a couple more times and I think that we did the DR Suess train this day too. All in all, Universal was great and hooked me on the HP bandwagon.
We left Fl early before we were scheduled because we felt we needed to get home for Grandpa, but it was a great trip and I want to go again.
The girl on the phone is dumb as a rock! She is asking about my modem/router and says "you can not have that router/modem". Well, I do cause I am looking right at it. Actually, its in my hand. Yes, it's a business modem so I can do work from home and my husband can do weather on the internet. I know that it is. Yes, a technician gave me the modem. No, I did not take it off the truck. He brought it in to my house and installed it. Yes, I know there is a filter on the line because we only have one phone jack and I am looking at the filter right now. Yes, I know the computer is pulled in the router because I have eyes and I can see it. Yes, I do want a tech to come out, that is why I am on this 1 hour phone call with you. I know I sound frustrated because I am...I am tired of waking up to a red light on the router. And then no internet for most of the day as well.
Wow, she is actually going to send someone out TODAY!! She is actually going to call me back tonight to check if I am happy. She is actually knows this is the last straw. WOW! Kimberly, I will tell you this. I am ready to break up with your boss. If you fix this, I will consider staying...if not well YOUR FIRED!!!
28 January 2011
You claim you are here for the little man, the middle class, but once you get elected...you forget all about us.
You claim you are not going to run for office, but you keep making moves, giving speeches, and attending functions that a candidate would do.
You claim that you never had relations will that person, but it always comes out that you have....and sometimes you have a child with them too...but you still say that you did not have sexual relations with them. Even after dna comes out, you claim your were faithful too your spouse.
You claim to follow the constitution, but when questioned a about part of the document, you ask what is that?
You claim to be one of us but in reality you don't do anything at home because you have tons of servants. Golly gee, you don't even take your own kids to their soccer games.
I am lost, sinking into a land of confusion (thanks phil collins), creating distrust, leaving me wanting to kick you out of office.
It is a fact that you will run out of dental floss just as you need it the most.
It is a fact that as much as I love het and support her, sarah palin will insert her foot into her mouth.
It is a fact that boys will laugh at toot jokes.
It is a fact that I am on Team Jasper.
It is a fact that my internet is out on most days.
It is a fact that I want to get published and run for public office.
It is a fact that Joe at Olive Garden is a terrible grumpy server.
It is a fact that coca cola cake is yummy.
It is a fact that I want Huckabee to run in 2012.
It is a fact that I hate mold.
It its a fact that I will never run pout of facts.
23 January 2011
McDonalds Double Cheese burger...I don't know why you and I love each other so. We have loved each other since I was in high school and I first consumed those 2 patties on a smallish bun. You are fried and greasy, but I crave you often. You have no tomatoes or lettuce, but I still love you. Those little "onions" make me very very happy. Wish I had one right now.
Coffee...well, I have turned into my mother who turned into my grandmother. Yeah, I drink coffee now. I have to brush my teeth right after, but I love the taste at first. 3 creams and 2 sugars....unless it is flavored cream and I have (GASP) gotten to the point in life where I can go without sugar then. WOW I am old!!!
Music...have to have you in my life everyday. You make me happy, sad, thoughtful, gleeful, humble, spiritual and just generally ECSTATIC!
Politics..you make me happy, you make me sad. I can't get enough of you. Gosh, I watch Meet the Press for fun (heart David Gregory)...oh gosh that brings me to the next topic....
News people...I love the anchors....Brokaw, Gregory, Matthews, HOLT (the best), Champion :)
Heidi Eyer...one of my all time favorite people...she just posted on fb that she was on my bad list, she had no idea she was on the good list too. She is an amazing person. One of my heroes in life. She is loud, crude, giving, loving, smart, obnoxious, caring, and a jerk. I love her dearly!
Rednecks...Jeff Foxworthy gave you to me and I love you all, wait I love Ya'll. Git er' done
preschool mats that had holes in them...can't use them for work, but I brought one home from school for my son. It is nice that he uses it and does not try to sleep in my bed.
Food...yeah I know I mentioned you before, but you get to be mentioned again. I love to eat. Love to photograph the food I eat. Love to scrapbook the food I eat. Yeah, I am strange. I must be hungry, I can't stop thinking of food things.
Computers...I LOVE you very much. You can make me feel smart and you can make me feel dumb. You can let me do research or you can let me stayed connected. You are fun and I am reading even more books now and I read a lot before. Maybe a new record for books read in 2011.
That is all I have for today...Later taters.
22 January 2011
For one thing I notice that children seem to be ruling the world. WHY? Yeah, why? Since when did a child become all knowing, all seeing, and IN CHARGE? Don't get it.
Sarah Palin....Girl, I love you, you know that. I stand behind you and think that your ideals are good, but you are scaring me. I am starting to think that you are living in coo coo world. Honey, if you want to make a difference in 2012, step up, study, and quit being self centered. Now, please note that Huck has first place in my heart....so I will back him first. But girl, you can't compete with him. I am sorry, that is just how it is.
Dick Wolf...quit messing with the L&O formula, it works leave it alone.
Conan...I still need my tshirt. I promise you, I am your BIGGEST fan in Western KY. Hands down....This is THRICE that I have told you that.
Butt cracks...to the girl at ball practice/games that seems to think that I want to see everything she has got. I do not!!!! Please pull up your britches. I do not, have not, never will want to see your butt crack again.
Lone Oak First Baptist...I love your Upward program, but am kind of jealous when I hear that First Baptist Paducah has a fog machine.
Summit Entertainment....why do you think it is a good idea to make me wait until November to see this movie? Okay, I get it, because once these 2 movies come out that is it, it's over. You want me to savor the time and enjoy what I have...but I want to see my vampires do new things.
Stephanie Meyer...that brings me to you...please write more back stories on vampires....I love Bree Tanner, love every page of that book and need more. One on Riley, one on Fred, one on Jane, one on Carlisle...come on you can do it.
Nook/Kindle/Laputa/aldiko....I need Philippa Carr in digital form please.
cheaters....stop cheating, I can't stand you. I can't understand why you can make a vow in front of God and your church and then throw it away for a moments/moments of passion. What is your problem?
John Grisham...I need a new book...please
Oatmeal...you and I are broken up. I am so sick of you. I understand that you are going to help me live longer, but I am tired of your texture. I am tired of the smell of you. I am sick of consuming you. Why do you have to be "good for me". I think we are done...yes, we are...I shall go to cheerios, which is not much better.
Heidi Eyer....you would have so much fun on a vacation with me....yes you would.
nail biter....yes, you Michelle Champion...STOP IT!!! STOP IT right now!!!! STOP IT!!!
Love...I thought it was forever. Mine seems to grow deeper. I can't understand why some of you use "love" like a state of mind, instead of an emotion. I love many things yes, some on deep levels (my husband) and some cause they make me happy (disney) and others cause they give me a little satisfaction (electronics). I don't change my love cause I get mad at them. I just don't understand why some can say "I love you today" and tomorrow wake up and say "I don't love you anymore". It confuses me so much.
house cleaning....I have never loved you, so I can say that I hate you. Oh yes, you are a must because I can't stand living in filth....but I hate you. I would rather watch tv and read or scrapbook and you take that time from me. I hate you!!! Hate is a strong word, but I feel that way about you.
that is all my grievances for today. I am sure I will have more later. And probably a happiness because so much makes me happy.
21 January 2011
1. People that think they are above their bosses. There's a chain of command for a reason. You do what your boss says or you are fired (or should be).
2. Bellsouth.net-you never work for me when I need you.
3. People that use their cell phone at work. I am very addicted to mine but can put it down at work.
4. The government- do you really think you have the needs of the public at heart? Really? What planet are you from? What country do you live in? Cause its not America!
5. Why can't kids read more books?
6. Why can I never get all my stuff fine that I want too do?
7. People that cheat on their spouses? I keep hearing of this and I am, sick of it.
8. People that put my husband down. He went to college too study weather, I bet you did not...so shut up.
9. Gotta agree with April on this one. We have a child care and preschool NOT a daycare! There is a big difference! A child care teacher will never earn what they are worth or what they should for what they teach those children. Or for how much of their own personal money is spent on those kids. Or for how much of themselves they give to those kids. Think about how important the first five years of life are in the development of a child!
10. People that really don't care about anyone but themselves. People that are not team players. People that think they are above the law. People that use phones and drive.
1. My husband-he loves me for what I am. He likes to spend time with me. He still wants to take me on dates. I love him dearly!
2. My kids- even though my teenager thinks I am stupid...i think that she is smart (needs to study more), talented, a computer whiz, and beautiful. My son, who still likes to hang with me, is talented, loud, funny, and generally crazy. I am blessed to have such great kids.
3. My family- they are pretty great. They have quirks but don't we all?
4. My job- I have been here For almost ten years. Wow, how I needed Olivet! I want to provide for Olibet what it gave me. Olivet is a wonderful environment. It does take up most of my time, but its an investment..an investment in the future.
5. My scrapbooking-this is my creative outlet. I need this to survive. I use it when work is bad, when life throws me lemons. What I want from it is to get published. I am trying very hard at this. I think I would be a great addition to a design team. This is what I dreamed of when I thought of a career in art. I am on the way.
6. Hard workers/team players-i complained about people that don't want too be party of a team...now there are some that do. They are honest, hard working, and loyal. These are the people you want in your life.
7. Music-i love too listen to music. It can be an escape, an inspiration, a motivator, a mood changer.
8. Chapstick-i admit I am addicted to it. I have tons of tubes around my house...can't be calm without it.
9. Books-another escape. I can enter an entire new world. I can go anywhere with a book. As my favorite President said "i cannot live without books"
10. My faith in God-i know it is He through all things are possible. I count myself very blessed to have a relationship with God. I know some are raised not knowing God and I am glad my parents gave me this gift.
20 January 2011
Which one of you has won a contest on C-SPAN for your artistic abilities? Which one of you have installed a timer in your washer and dryer, a heating element in your dryer, been invited to speak at a local preschool event, installed a fan in a very tiny attic space, been paid to paint murals for people, competed with people from many states in a trivia competition? Again, I am not saying that you have not achieved some great things, and actually I would like to hear what you have done. Just remember that sometimes there are others that might know something about something that you are not skilled in. I know that when I have computer questions, I have my go to people; when I want to do electrical work, I have my go to people; when I need a car repair, I have my go to people...get it? I don't know it all! Never professed to know it all. I shall give you credit for the things that you can do, please do the same for ME!! I am not stupid, I am not unimportant, I am not just a babysitter, I am not just a blonde (no, it's more brown) that has no brains. I am a human that God made, and He gave me some talents and smarts and I would like His work credited please. Thanks...me
16 January 2011
Wonders of Life--Opened in 1989. It's main attraction was Body Wars, it was an OKAY ride. This pavilion still stand and is used for special events. I had not been in it in years until 2010 when we went to the International Food and Wine Festival. Most of the festival's special were inside the domed building. It looked pretty much the same, even the same carpet. It does not appear that all aspects of the pavilion have been destroyed.
The Land---Still one of the all time best EPCOT has to offer. The first ride in this pavilion was the Listening to the Land boat ride. I love that song, can't get it out of my head even today all these years later. I actually ordered a cd off Amazon just to get a copy of this song. "Let's listen the land we all love, nature's plan will shine above, let's listen the laaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnndddd. Listen to the Land". The ride for the most part remains unchanged, the name and logo however are different. It is now simply called "The Land", the song and the logo have been retired. There also used to be a show called "Food Rocks" and veggies/fruits sang healthy versions of modern hits. I loved this part and I am still trying to locate the soundtrack. I do have the "Veggie, Veggie Fruit, Fruit" song featured in the Kitchen Kabaret. Well, all that is gone now to make room for the third greatest amusement park ride, Soarin'. Food...I have always loved to eat here, first there was the Farmer's Market, then after a re-haul, the Sunshine Seasons Food Fair. This version featured a baked potato area (I ate that every time)....now it is called Sunshine Seasons and it is my favorite place to eat in Future World. I get the tuna salad, the green salad, a slice of carrot cake, a mickey brownie and a coke. Wish I could have some NOW!!! The best character meal is here at the Garden Grill. The restaurant rotates over Living with the Land. The food is buffet, but served in family style. Catfish, chicken, turkey, a wonderful cranberry something or other and the best salad I have ever eaten!!!!$$$
Journey into Imagination---opened in 1983, this pavilion has had quite a few changes and caused some issues. From the get go a cute little purple dinosaur/alligator....whatever...was the mascot. He was ADORABLE!!! He sang this cute song composed by my favorite Disney composers, the Sherman Brothers, called "One Little Spark". In 1999, Disney thought it would be a GRAND idea to get rid of the cute little Figment and fans went a little bonkers (myself included) wanting little Figment back. Luckily, he was only gone for 2 years, back with a new show, a variation of his song and with a new co-host (a perfect match), Eric Idle. A very interesting "What If" lab is featured as you exit the ride, take the time to visit....WOW!!!
Spaceship Earth---The first thing you see and associate with EPCOT. A giant sphere that features a look back in time kind of ride. A little slow, but very interesting. The sphere however is where it is at for me. I love the engineering behind the ball. It took over 2 years to even make the "ball". The interesting triangles/design on the outside help keep water/rain off of YOU! The grooves in the triangles absorb the water and channel it into the legs which then take the water to the gutters. BRILLIANT!! who would have thought of that? Disney Imagineers!!!
World of Motion----GM was the sponsor of this pavilion and it featured a look into transportation. It was NOT one of my favorite pavilions, and many times I skipped it. I was excited when I heard of plans to close it and put in a "thrill ride". It was to again be sponsored by GM. The original attraction featured the song, "It's fun to be free", which is the only thing good that I can say about the World of Motion pavilion. The new one however, is my second favorite amusement park ride of all time....TEST TRACK!!! Test Track opened in 1998.Universe of Energy---Hannah's first memories at a theme park take place here. The dinosaurs on this great Ellen's Big Adventure ride spit on her and she said "Dinosaur made me wet." This ride overall is about the same as it always has been. It has undergone some changes, and that is all. This pavilion has been around since opening day with only the one change, that is to add Ellen as it's host and update the animatronics a bit. I don't much care for it.
The Living Seas-----This has always been sort of interesting. A great look at the living seas. A hydrovator (not sure of spelling) would take you under the sea so that you can experience what it would be like to work in the oceans. This pavilion has gone a big change from it's opening the addition of Nemo, but most of the exhibits have the same feel and some of the same projects. The seacabs (the ride that was housed here) is gone, but the new Nemo ride uses the same track, same queue (for the most part) and looks like the same scenes (less coral reef more video/animation). Just a cosmetic lift to the ride in general. The new song is great!!! I love to sing along.
CommuniCore/Innoventions----This used to be John Champion's favorite part of EPCOT (the old school EPCOT before test track and soarin'). This pavilion featured NEW high tech games/computers and such and YOU got to play with them. I remember some of them included a new game system called playstation 2, and there was a build your own coaster. I don't remember too much about it because it was NOT one of my favorites. I liked to eat at Stargate (now the Electric Umbrella) and shop at the 2 level Centorium (now MouseGear).
Horizons---kind of a family in the future thingy. I never much cared for it and was more than pleased when it was announced they were going to close this and open a Mission: Space. I remember the pavilion being attractive. And I do have photos that I have never scanned, the triangle sign out front was very cool. There was a ride...and I don't remember much of it. I remember the "if we can dream it, we can do it" slogan and song. There are some references to Horizons in other rides....the first is here at Mission: Space. The anti gravity ball out front is from the pavilion. There is also a sign on the floor in the gift shop. I hear there is a reference in the new Space Mountain, but I can't get out of EPCOT to go visit that park.
EPCOT---the old and new logos:
Songs of EPCOT: ( I have all of these unless noted...still collecting)
There are more songs that I have not mentioned.
Makin' Memories featured before Magic Journeys and Captain EO
Another part of me featured at the end of Captain EO
Legacy featured in Future World
Tomorrow's Child featured in Spaceship Earth (about 2 renovations ago)
Universe of Energy
It's fun to be free featured in World of Motion
New Horizons and Space featured in Horizons
Not doing anything from World Showcase until a later date.
11 January 2011
Then she grew up! She became temperamental, and began to bite. She had the reputation of evil cat, and it was well deserved. The snuggling aspect was gone, but the biting instinct became strong. So strong in fact that the cat would have a new nickname, evil cat. Evil cat would "attack" unprovoked. A human could walk by her and bam, they were attacked. A human could be cuddled up with her, simply petting her and all the sudden.....bitten again. The cat could be asleep and all the sudden wake up and bite the human. Maybe she had seen too many vampire flicks? Maybe.
That sounds awful, oh yes it does, but that's not her worst. The worst is when a human can sleep in. How can sleeping in matter? I.still have not figured that out. The human can be sleeping, soundly and outside the humans bedroom door comes a very loud.....MEOW! The meowing will go on, a door will be rattled, the meowing gets louder....the human awakens in a very grumpy state. Why do you meow? Why won't you tell me? You meow loudly and I can't stand it! Yes, this cat meows while you are fixing dinner, she meows when you sleep, meows when you are vacuuming....WHY CAT? No human can figure out why. No human can stand it either....help, help, help me understand. You get three square meals, sometimes more if the kids feed you. You have many great places to sleep. You have a family that would love to snuggle with you if you would not bite them. You have it all! Why are you throwing it all away? Don't you care? Don't you love your humans? Don't you? Answer me! Quit sitting there looking at me like you are so beautiful that I should ner grateful to be in your presence. I don't owe you anything! I just want you to love your humans. Stopbbiting them...stop waking them from their well earned slumber...Stop it! Be a good kitty! Be a kitty that people want to love. That guests are not afraid to touch....keep these guests from even scared to enter the house! Cat, just be good!!!!
10 January 2011
1. Get some of my artwork published
2. Learn to make those Making Memories jewelry kits (should not be hard)
3. paint Trevor's room
4. get rid of junk around the house
5. Find a way to run for public office in 2012
6. Be less emotional
7. Hire someone to clean my house
8. Get a better chair for the ball parks.
9. Solve the problems in American politics, I can do it
10. Say thank you