Kathy’s Birthday Trip to Disney and the Beach, Part 3

The next morning, Rich brought back some breakfast from the hotel and I heated up the leftover pork chop to go with, which was still so amazingly delicious. If you think you don’t like something, think again if Andrew Sutton is preparing it. That’s what I love about food – the surprise.

We packed up and got on the road via one more look at the beach. Ah….

Around Barstow we were thirsty so we drove through Del Taco for their “mini” shakes, but that location doesn’t have them. So we got one shake and a Diet Coke to share.

The road was pretty busy, especially where it narrows to 2 lines each way on the Barstow to Vegas stretch. But the line of cars heading back to L.A. on a Sunday were even longer than before. Note to LA to Vegas travelers: do not drive home on a Sunday or, if you must, get up early!!

Anyway, here’s a video of the pianist in the Grand Californian playing “The Sound of Music,” us relaxing and enjoying our home away from home. Can’t wait to go back for Rich’s birthday for a stay at the Disneyland Hotel and catch up with the parks.

Cruising the Mexican Riviera on the Crown Princess in a Mini-Suite

I’m having so much fun creating videos from my iPad (far easier than iMovie on my Mac desktop), so I’m uploading some of my favorites to YouTube. This was an early celebration of our 20th Anniversary cruise in April, 2016, but then we cruised again on the actual anniversary in August – that video will be posted next.

#Mexico #cruising #Princess #CrownPrincess #MexicanRiviera #cruises #minisuite

Port Canaveral: Cruising from Central Florida

Looking back at our most recent time living in Central Florida, we feel immense gratitude for yet another Florida adventure, this time living closer to the beach than Disney World, enjoying beach bars and hanging out at Port Canaveral.

We even celebrated Rich’s birthday cruising to the Bahamas on the Carnival Liberty. So I put together a little video celebrating that time.

Port Canaveral is expanding so whether you’re a local, cruising solely, or combining your cruise with a trip to Disney World, I hope you enjoy it. If so, please like and subscribe to this blog and on youtube.

Thank you!

#Mexico #cruising #Princess #Carnival #Liberty #Bahamas #cruising #Carnival #Cruises #CentralFlorida #DisneyWorld #Florida #fiction

 

 

Brunching From Las Vegas to Disney World to Disneyland (#Writer’sLife)

Brunch seems to have hit it big everywhere these days! Weekend brunch, that is. From Las Vegas to Disney World to Disneyland even. with the latest brunch place being Lamplight Lounge in DCA at Disneyland Resort. Check out the video below. We’re definitely adding that to our next trip plans.

Okay, so we miss being able to just drop into Disney World when we were living in Florida. That is always the difficulty when we move back to Vegas. And brunching at the resorts and Disney Springs was one of our favorite activities.

But I have to laugh when I think back to when I was first writing and submitting to RWA (Romance Writers of America) contests. My character was having brunch and one judge wrote that brunch would be way too expensive for my character. Totally ridiculous! She wasn’t poverty-striicken, but an average working girl who could definitely spring for a brunch. Mind you this was years ago before the brunch phenomenon hit but there were plenty of brunches out there. Obviously this RWA member was unaware of brunch. Maybe she came from a small Midwestern town and was clueless. And so I quit submitting my work to contests.

Back in the day, Las Vegas (Reno, Tahoe, etc) was the place to brunch and food, especially brunch, was quite affordable. The latest trend here isn’t brunch because everybody has brunch, but it’s Happy Hour during those brunching hours. Our favorite place for brunch time Happy Hour is Bobby Mao’s (I wrote about it here).

Anyway, check out Mr. CheezyPop’s brunch experience at Lamplight Lounge:

Packing Day: Where’s Crazy Daisy?

By packing day, all had been going well for the move. But then the packers arrived early, taking us by surprise and we didn’t have the cats locked away in their cages. They were hanging out in the master bedroom. I think the plan was to put them in the hall bath. So when strangers entered the house and we opened the master bedroom door, Daisy when crazy!! She’s the kitten we got last January and we had no idea how she would react to a move. Shadow, thankfully, is an awesome mover – the best moving cat we’ve had!

Daisy is afraid of strangers and her sole mission is to hide to keep herself safe. The problem is we had no idea where she was hiding. She headed for the couch, but we turned that couch upside down but couldn’t find her. We were in deep freak-out mode! Of course my wild imagination worried that she would get packed in a box. Rich, the more rational one, said that she would never let a packer pack her in a box and he was confident they wouldn’t pack her anyway. Well, from our previous packing adventures, I wasn’t so sure about that.

Anyway, we stressed for hours while the packers packed up the entire house. We didn’t bother putting Shadow away, hoping he’d find her and let us know where she was. He is such an awesome kitty, he was totally chill for the 6 hours they were there, but we never saw where Daisy was hiding. We looked and looked and called out to her but no sign of her – we were  stressed beyond belief.

We’d talked earlier about doing our usual Residence Inn with the cats while the packing was going on, but somehow we thought it would be better if I was there to help Rich with the packers, and to make sure boxes were marked properly. Ha! We were totally oblivious to what the packers were doing and we didn’t care. All we cared about was finding Daisy and making sure she was safe. We were just sick with worry!

The packers finished and left, and all we could think to do was rest on the bed, hoping once the house got quiet, she would come out of her hiding place. Which is exactly what she did. We suspected she had crawled up into a small alcove under the left arm of the couch.

Daisy’s favorite red chair – she is small so she can hide in a lot of places, even if it means ripping a hole underneath the furniture.

Daisy’s favorite hiding place – the red couch – we suspect she crawled up under the arm of the chaise side because she was nowhere to be found when we turned the couch upside down.

Florida Beach House to Vegas RV Boat House

The theme for this leg of our journey is “Florida Beach House to Vegas RV Boat House.” You remember some of the other themes, such as “Oregon Cabin,” “Sanford Stinky House,” “Hotel California,” and “Orlando Resort Living.”

Okay, so we’re not really living in an RV or a boat house but watching our RVers and boaters living the mobile life full-time is helping us (me) cope with the usual rental property that is so less than our usual brand new homes. I know, we’ve been spoiled with so many brand new homes, which is what we prefer. So as I watch them cope with their mechanical challenges, it helps me cope with ours.

I grew up in brand new homes in SoCal and have lived in several as an adult. Rich and I have been blessed to have built five with two brand new rentals thrown into the mix. Is there a sixth new build in our future or will we choose to remain more mobile because it’s always a pain to sell the house when we’re ready to move on? That is the big question for 2019.

Of course, the new year doesn’t really get started until the first full week so we’re finishing up holiday treats, making repairs on this place, setting goals, and trying to figure out how to move forward.

I didn’t meet my weight loss goal for 2018. I’m on the slow road to weight loss, which I’m very pleased with, but after a year and a half of vacation living, travel, and tragedy, I’m doing well to be holding my own. Here’s hoping I meet that weight loss goal this year. I should if I don’t get distracted too much.

So in the spirit of catching up on our latest adventures, I’m going to get cranking documenting December 2018 and the move from Florida Beach House to Vegas RV Boat House. 🙂

I’ll start with our last time at La Fiesta in Port Orange, Florida, one of the best Mexican restaurants we’ve found east of the Mississippi. Yep, we were regulars – lol!

Rich pondering the menu after ordering a Modelo

The “Mexican” Margarita with Don Julio

Yum!! (sorry, brother Bob)

Carne Asada Tacos – my usual

Skirt Steak Chimi Churri for Rich

After watching FreshBaked on a daily basis to keep up with Disneyland, we decided to celebrate with a churro finale.

If I’d written this post back then, I might have said we’re going to miss this. But we have such a plethora of choices here in Las Vegas and nearby SoCal, which I’m sure we’ll be mentioning in the future.

Happy New Year from Las Vegas

Happy 2019! Yes, we made it back to Las Vegas, although it was a bit of a hard landing as it always is coming back from Florida. But we made it and we’re all okay. There were some bumps along the way, and I’ll post our December journey soon. But it felt soooo good to watch the Rose Parade this morning back home in the West.

We had a blast in what we’re calling our latest Florida “work vacation” – at least the vacation part. But the second half of 2018 was a difficult one. We lost Skipper and my dad in July and now, most recently, Rich’s dad. He was almost 96 and a very special man.

We never really know what one leg of a journey is really about until we look back on it. Some people seem to think if we move around a lot, that we’re “unhappy,” which is so odd to us. Life is full of ups and downs and changes and what is right for a certain time is no longer right for another. It has nothing to do with being happy or unhappy. I would probably be unhappy if I stayed in one place and never tried new places. But whatever we’re doing, we’re totally happy to be doing it with each other. That makes us happy through the fun and tough times.

I mentioned how we’d been watching RV Adventures on youtube, The Motorhome Experiment, in particular, about a couple from Las Vegas who started living full-time in their RV. There are many on youtube but they’re our favorite. And they turned us onto Gone With the Wynns, a couple who lived in an RV full-time for six years and now are living on a boat. We’ve been binge-watching them over the holidays. Now living on a boat is something we toyed with before we started this whole journey, although we would probably never really do that. But it does inspire us to look at life the same way, that each leg of our journey is a mobile, nontraditional adventure.

What’s next for us in 2019? We have no idea. Will we stay in Las Vegas in the long-term? Or stay mobile, ready to move on to that next adventure? I suspect the latter.

I’m looking forward to seeing what adventures 2019 brings.

Happy New Year to you all!