Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Lack of updates.

Gas has really been low in the evenings after three straight days of park visits. Tonight is no exception. 

Day two was Epot Center. Really nice park, and the kids had a great time. A few beers from around the world and you have a great day. 

Dat three was Hollywood Studios and with that means Star Wars!  What a day, I loved it personally and the kids had more to do as well. I gotta say Star Tours was a fun time. I cannot even imagine what the Star Wars Themed amusement parks that Disney has planned for the future will be like. Amazing is a word I think of. 

Well, tomorrow is a park free day (so far), but a little adult time will be in order. Til then...

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Getting day two started...

...the same way as yesterday, in the very back of a vehicle. Yesterday was a bit better than today. Riding in the back of a pick up truck > Riding in the back of a Honda CRV.  All day, e'eryday...

Monday, December 28, 2015

Day one of the parks

It finally happened!  We ventured to the parks today.  Disney Animal Kingdom was first up.  Nice park and we got there early enough that there wasn't much hassle.  Most of the rides we did weren't that long a wait, 50 minutes at one of these massively visited parks is virtually nothing.  Seriously.

There was crying, more than once and not much money thrown around by us.  Raymond rode his first real roller coaster....and it went well.  I skipped out on it as I am not the biggest roller coaster guy, but Ruby and Grandpa went with him and he was as happy as could be.  Of course I wasn't really sure how it was going to go.  I figured he was either going to love it, or he would never ride another one again.  Safe to say, he will be riding more in the next few days.  On the way out of the park for the day, we stopped in one of the gift shops and Raymond found the shirt that said "I conquered Everest," which was the ride he rode.  We skipped out on it, but I have a feeling we will either get it here, or online for a little cheaper.  I think we almost have to.

Of course there was crying, and on more than one occasion.  It certainly appears that the girls are not down with getting wet at all at amusement parks.  We rode a "Thunder River" type ride (for those that know the now defunct Astro World), which is like the big tube like ride that you sit in with about 10 other people.  Well the girls all got it good.  They were not happy, while Grandpa and I barely got touched.  They crying seeming lasted an hour or so.  Oh, they got over it, but rest assured they will not get on another ride that involves water.

All in all, it wasn't as bad as I thought.  There is plenty more I could get too, but running short on gas at the moment.  I hope I got the jist of it out here.  (Below is the "Tree of Life" is massive and very cool looking, it is about 145 feet tall and about 50 feet wide)

Let the games begin!

Ok. Getting ready to go. It's 08:00 EST We wanted to be there by now. Oh well sure it will packed no matter what. Ok. A few pictures later, maybe a big update tonight. 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

We made it!

Does anyone need to go to the restroom?  Seriously!  Geez. 

More later!

Waffle House?!?

Yes, Waffle House. My worst nightmare realized. It's all good, first place we saw and we are starving. Hope this get us to lunch, I am sure it will. 


We have hit Florida!  5:50 a.m. and still have like 7 more hours..D'oh!  I dozed off a little and Raymond has been up since the last stop. We just saw a nasty accident with a body ejected from a car. 

Haven't seen one of these on a while. 

I am Ruby's copilot...

Second stop of the trip.  4:10 in the morning. We are in Mississippi somewhere. Refueling and Ruby is finally taking over. I can still go, with only the aid of one of the Starbucks espresso cans. This has gone a bit smooth than I thought. 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

First pit stop.

1:23 in the a.m. And we just made our first stop to put gas and use the restroom.  I am feeling ok so far. About to load up on my energy helpers for the first time as well. So far, so good. Raymond lasted almost 3 hours. He was excited to hit Louisiana. 

Start the trip to Disney...Post One.

Here goes nothing. Not looking forward to the overnight drive...gotta fuel up...

Sunday, September 13, 2015


It seems that I need motivation.  Motivation to run, workout, eat right, play music, and get into photography.  All things that I enjoy, all things that I probably should be doing.  Why?  I don't get it  I shouldn't need any kind of motivation to do things that I really like??!?  It's a weird thing to me.  I have always been like that too, now that I think about it.  I have always thought that I was naturally lazy, and is the reason for this.  Am I?  Maybe.  Now I know that I can do things if I set myself to do them.  I mean I think that I am hard worker and that I am good at doing some things.  I have proof of this, I just find it hard to actually do things.  

Here we are in September, but a lot of the things that I told myself I would do when the new year rolled around have gone virtually skipped over without a thought.  I want to change this.  I want to try my best to take advantage of what is left of 2015.  Can I do this?  WILL I DO THIS?!?  I can't answer this.  I know that it is all up to me.  

So for now, I try to plan out just how I can get this done.  I have some ideas, just have to try it out and see what I can do.  Hopefully I follow through with this and will have positive updates soon?  Wish me luck.....

Monday, July 20, 2015

Keeping things going....

Looks like last week was a good week for me to start up somethings that I have let slip away.  It felt good too!  Work was kind to me which gave me time, and no real excuse, to put things off.

A little exercise in, a little stretching in, a couple of posts here, and even a little guitar practice in.  I literally knocked a little dust of my acoustic...well...probably more than a little dust.  I even kept that rolling into this week already.  I feel my hands loosening up quite nicely.  I definitely need to keep on going on that.

There are a couple of things that I found that I need to adjust.  My exercises fell off as the week drew to a close, but I did see that there are some effective and easy things that I can do at and around the house.  I just have to commit a little bit more.  Now, if I can only adjust to eating a little bit **cough, cough, a lot*** better, I will be on quite the roll..

I was even slow enough at work that I was able to drive around Houston (the East End) and scout a couple of things that I would love to take some snapshots of.  Boy, oh boy has it been way too long for me to do that.  Work has gained so much stream for me here in Houston, that a lot of that freedom that I once had to sneak off and take pictures really don't exist anymore.  I felt great to be able to do that, even it was just to site see.  I know blow that dust off of my camera and have it ready for the next time I get to disappear during a slow work day.  I hope to have one of those days soon.

Ok, well.  That is all that I have for today.  Here is to continuing on these things that I have already started, and maybe starting up a few more!

Monday, July 13, 2015

I did something today that I haven't done in a long time.....

....and that was typed up a blog, no...well, yeah that, but that's not why I came here.  I actually worked out.  Yes, I did a little exercising.  It wasn't anything super special, but it definitely was a start.  Oh yes, I felt it afterward. 

I actually stretched (need to get prepped for running), tried out some jump rope exercises, and started some push up and sit up challenges that will train you for 100 and 200 respectively.  I can't believe that I actually started it.  I was lazy about it and really almost put it off, but I forced myself to.  I guess that is something to be happy about. 

Tomorrow is another day, and these exercises are ones that I can do everyday.  I hope to try it out again.  The ol' saying, "One day at a time..."  We will see.  Wish me luck. 

Sunday, July 12, 2015



There it is. I am 39 years old now. I have never been one that made a big deal about age before, but that there is starting to sound like I am getting old. The few times I had said that out loud, it hit me. I mean, it just sounded weird. I was like, that right? I guess it is.

I don't think that I feel that old, or old at all. Every once in a while, when getting out of bed, but body may be telling me that I feel like it, but beyond that I feel ok. I know that I need to take better care of myself now. I need to take that more seriously now more than ever. The older you get, the harder it is. I do want to hang around the kids as long as I can, you know. I am currently mapping out my plan on working out. Sigh, it's gonna be tough. It always is getting started from square one, but that is what I get.

I have some other thoughts that I was originally going to type up here, but then this grabbed my attention first for whatever reason. I guess that is a good thing, it gives me something to type up tomorrow, right?! Or next year?! I hope the sooner the better...I will be better at this...I promise....