Daily Archives: October 30, 2010

The Week in Pictures: 10.29.10 // Sarasota

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After all the excitement (and madness) of Disney World, it was time to take off towards the beach. I had actually joined my dad and his girlfriend for the exact same trip last year so I knew what to expect — and I couldn’t wait. The white sand beaches and crystal clear water in Sarasota and the surrounding towns is gorgeous (and so relaxing).


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But, before I get to Sarasota, I forgot to mention that on our last day in Orlando, my brother and I got locked out of our hotel room. Naturally, we did what any normal, rational person would do — we rented a mini speedboat. Of course, he took a few sharp turns just to make sure I got splashed. I haven’t laughed so hard in ages!


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It was too hot to even hang out by the pool. Please excuse the nubble stubble. Haha.


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I woke up two mornings in a row, having visions of Mickey Mouse being totally down and out, spending his final days at the beach. My dreams got really weird as soon as we got to the beach leg of our trip.


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Night time in Sarasota — local bars, local entertainment, time spent with my family.


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I know it’s a bit taboo to work on vacation but it was so relaxing and quiet that I managed to get things done that had been haunting me for months. It’s amazing what a few days away from home can do. Thanks for reading. It’s good to be home.


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The Week in Pictures: 10.29.10 // Walt Disney World

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I spent the last week in Florida — and naturally, that included a stop at Walt Disney World. Disney World is the largest and most visited recreational resort in the world and covers an astounding 30,000+ acres. The icon of Disney World is the Cinderella Castle (above).

To me, Disney theme parks offer a perverse glimpse into what American life has become: overboard in every way. An overabundance of unhealthy food, sensory overload, consumerism enticing us at every turn — it’s too much of everything. Which is precisely why it’s fun to immerse yourself for a day or two, escaping reality for a brief period of time….and then get out.


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To get into the theme parks, I used my grandma’s pass from 1995. It’s kind of funny that they used early digital cameras to snap guest’s photos at the time. Now, they use fingerprint scanning technology when you enter.


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My brother used a four day pass we’d had stashed away since the early 90s (my mom had a pile of these saved from one of her corporate clients at the time). They never expire.


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The park featured quaint Halloween decorations throughout.


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The view of Main Street, U.S.A.


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Entering Tomorrowland. I love the total 1980s feel of ‘the future.’


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Call of the wild.


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Please excuse the brief Bavarian interlude. I think this was somewhere near Fantasyland. I loved being reminded of Leavenworth, Washington and the details made my heart skip a beat. I want the chimney on my house to look like that!


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There’s stroller parking everywhere.


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My favorite sign of all.


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My brother, dad and I on our way to Frontierland.


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Glimpses into Frontierland (and more stroller parking!)


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In the world of Disney, happiness comes at a price.


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I think one of my all time favorite Disney attractions is the massive Swiss Family Treehouse located in Adventureland. I can’t even begin to explain the scale of this thing. It’s like a childhood fantasy treehouse come to life!


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Disney World has some truly great type specimens.


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That unoccupied chair, away from the crowds = part of the Disney magic. It’s all in the details.


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Main Street, U.S.A. at dusk.


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Someone’s baby has gone missing and been replaced by an otherworldly creature.


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Puss in Boots. Waiting for the Monorail to Epcot, I spotted this lady’s badass cat shirt. Check out the one on the right, wearing a garter!!!


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The Cinderella Castle at dusk.


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No stop at Disney World is complete without a trip over to Spaceship Earth.


Stay tuned for part two of my Florida adventure, coming shortly!

Peace, Love and Nubs,

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