We are back from a couple of amazing and exhausting days
in Orlando. The plan was Disney World and not really much more - primarily
based on my total ignorance of what would be possible in the land of sunshine,
palm trees, and theme parks. Lucky for me, my sister was a pro!
Luca and I flew down Sunday afternoon to Orlando, where
Christine was waiting in the airport. It took a little effort to find eachother
as our phones kept messing it up. And the shuttle to the hotel was kind of
messed up too resulting in a free cab ride. Not bad.
Monday was Magic Kingdom day. I have never even been
close to any Disney park, so I didn't really know what to expect. Well two
things were certain. The magic doesn't start until you are inside (after a
crowded bus ride and a bag search), and as long as you leave your account
information and your pride by the entrance it will be nothing short of
on the "magical" crowded bus
"magical" bag search
First stop: get crazy Disney headgear for all!
and now the magic can begin :-)
Next stop: get fast pass ride booked.
And then it was time to take it all in. Luca does not
like roller coasters! At all! But he sure does like spending money and he got
himself an autograph book so he could get it signed from all the Disney
characters he could find (except princesses though - he does have certain
standards after all).
Oh, and regarding leaving your pride and account
information at the entrance? Please leave any feminism out there as well. LOL
We had a blast trying rides. Fast pass entrance rocked
and we got into "it's a small world" in a matter of minutes. We also
tried "monsters inc laugh floor" where the camera seemed to pick out
a certain redhead quite fast. Here's Luca on the big screen.
We did the Buzz Lightyear ride, and the jungle safari
boats, where we heard enough lame jokes to last quite some time.
We also got a good view of the parade. It was SO
impressive, and the look on Luca's face when he got high fives by Goofy was
Our plan was to stay until the fireworks, but all the
restaurants were booked and we were incredibly exhausted, so our magic evening
was spent in a hotel bed watching "chopped" on the foodnetwork and eating room service dinner,
before Luca passed out moments after exclaiming that he had just had the best
day in his entire life!
I did not really have any idea of how to spend Tuesday.
But again, who would ask an ignorant like me anyways? Honestly I didn't even
consider that universal studios were also in Orlando. But now I know!
It was less crowded than the magic kingdom the previous
day and we got to walk through all of universal studios including every motion
simulator ride we could find (do notunderestimate Krusty land - just sayin'. It looked like they were pretty
busy cleaning up some puke before we were let in!). It was wild but Luca
absolutely loved it. We also took the Hogwarts express to Fantasy Island, and
made it all around the park including Jurassic park (I did not allow him any
gene sequencing fun in there though - I have plenty of that at work!), cartoon
land, Marvel land, Dr Seuss land etc etc.
Christine insisted that we made it to the animal show,
where they had dogs (including Marley from "Marley and me" and Frank
from "Men in black"), cats, pigs, birds, chicken and a single skunk.
It was mind blowing what they could teach these animals. A certain cute redhead
was chosen to join on the stage for doing a dog stunt and a bird stunt. When
the bird stunt included a turkey vulture at the end, it was time to leave the
stage though ;-)
We had dinner outside the park at "cowfish"
where we all enjoyed bento boxes and a marvelous sunset outdoors. And once
again none of us had trouble falling asleep......
Now we are on our way home. Luca is wearing his brand new
Pokemon sweater, and I am not too excited about the jealous faces I will have
to encounter at home. The rest of the family was cool with Luca and I visiting
Disney world, but they feel pretty back-stabbed that we also went to universal
studios without them, which is totally understandable. They would all have loved
it there. Hopefully there will be a next time sometime, right Christine?
Life lately has been....... well life lately. In an October kind of way. I have a thing for butternut and acorn squash and try to eat them as often as possible. And we have done a tiny bit of halloween decorations. Just a bit. And honestly - that trip to Target, where we found it, was such a good one. Target for Halloween and Christmas is just the best! And a whole lot less distasteful than what can be found at other stores.......
Ulrik has had his first test. The practise SAT. We went to an info meeting about all this testing and college applications etc and it just stressed me out on the spot. Not only is college one of the most defining periods of the rest of a life, so you really want to make sure that your kid goes to a place that is right for them, but it is also really expensive and filled with "rules" that we do not know, because we have never tried it before. I guess we just have to start climbing up that mountain too. At least we have become really good at climbing mental mountains :-/
The apartment is slowly filling up with ceramic. Ulrik is really enjoying his ceramics classes and every time he brings something home, he talks about that next piece that is almost ready, that will be so much better.
Luca has band in school this year, and has decided to stick with flutes (the rest of the family are kind of relieved he did not get the violin.....)
And the dog still cracks us up on a regular basis. Why can he just not sit like a regular proper dog? The legs somehow always escape like they belonged on a rubber chicken.
Sunday Luca and I will fly to Orlando to meet up with my sister and spend a couple of days in Disney world. We are both beyond excited and I will make sure to spam the blog with pictures. Stay tuned!
For those of you who do not know me, this means that my world stopped spinning and I have to spend significant time every day doing something I absolutely despise: riding the bus :-(
At first it seemed simple. The chain needed adjustment, but then the rear tire needed to be replaced and once that was done, Kristian could not getthe nut back on. The nut that holds everything together. Small world problems, right? So he went to Home Depot. And ACE hardware. And the bike shop down the street. And amazon. No luck in finding a replacement nut, because the one that my bike needed was 10.5mm inside, and every nut in the US (apparently) was either 10mm or 12mm.
I seriously almost cried of frustration. Until I decided to contact my colleague that can fix everything. He somehow managed to track down the one and only nut on the North American continent in the appropriate size and yesterday it arrived from Seattle. Here it is. Isn't it just a pretty sight ;-)
Our stove is broken too. Sigh. Yesterday all our power went away and when they finally got it back on close to 10PM we figured out that the stove was somehow dysfunctional and needed to be switched off. They haven't repaired it yet and my skills in cooking dinner with no heat are non-existing (we don't even have a microwave) but hey, blog post writing does not take a functional oven, right?
Still there are things to appreciate. Tomorrow we have a cleaning agency coming over for the first weekly appoinment I am as excited as a kid for Christmas. No more nasty arguing about washing the floors or trying to hype that kids about the awesome task of scrubbing the toilet. It is even a lot cheaper than I expected. Only 45$ for a weekly cleaning by a small company that use only environmental friendly cleaning stuff. Yay. The thought of stepping through the door on any random Thursday to a clean home - aaaaaaah.