Tamelia Tumlin

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Vacation From Vacation

Posted by [email protected] on July 24, 2012 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Whew! We made if back from Disney World and I practically needed a vacation from the vacation. Don't get me wrong, it was an absolute blast! We so much fun and had so much to do, but we were constantly busy. It started with the sixteen hour drive to Orlando, and even though we broke it up into two days going and coming, it was exhausting. Now you have to understand, I'm one of those people who can not ride with anybody else. If I do I'm gripping the side of the vehicle and trying to mash my imaginary brakes the whole time. So, yep, you guessed it. I had to do ALL of the driving. Very exhausting indeed.

However our resort, Old Key West, was fabulous! Very island style and a nice peaceful break from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks. Unfortunately, we didn't get to spend much time at the resort due to having to fit all four theme parks into three days. Thus began our Disney World marathon. We started with Hollywood studios where we had lunch at the adorable Sci-Fi Diner. We ate in fifties style cars and watched old black and white sci-fi flicks during our meal. A very unique experience, similiar to being in a drive-in theater but much better. When we left the diner, we were promptly greeted with a thunderstorm. I wasn't complaining though, we needed it to cut the stifling Florida heat. Hollywood was an interesting park, but we didn't spend too much time at there since we had to fit Epcot in the same day.

Now, Epcot was one of my favorite parks simply because I loved going to each of the countries. My favorite was Morocco. The architecture is simply amazing! If I ever build a house, I will definately be using the stucco walls, arched doorways and beautiful tiles.

The next day we went to Animal Kingdom. If you are ever in Orlando, do not miss Animal Kingdom. The safari tour is great and the best ride is the rapids! We ate at the Rainforest Cafe' and the food as well as the atmosphere was fantastic.

Our last day was spent at Magic Kingdom. We began our tour with Splash Mountain and the fifty foot plunge into darkness. Definately, gets your blood pumping, but I loved it! However, oddly enough, I seemed to be the only one in my part with the terrifed look on my face as we plunged down the mountain. My ten year old was laughing and my Dad only seemed mildly uncomfortable. (After you exit the ride, they show you the picture they took of your log during the plunge). The copy I've put on here isn't very good, but we are the first three in the log.


We didn't do any of the other mountains due to my son's medical issues, but we rode so many other rides it didnt' matter. Magic Kingdom is the original park and the main one for children. Plenty of mild and wild rides as well as shows. Our favorite show was Mickey's Phillarmagic, a very cute 3-D show. Since we had magic hours, we were able to leave and come back later to finish the tour of the park when it was a bit cooler. I'm glad we did since the Wishes light and firework show was out of this world. Simply magical.

Our trip was amazing, but I do have one small tip. Bring some good walking shoes. Your going to need them.

So as you can see, by the time we made it back home we needed a vacation from our vacation, but I wouldn't have traded one minute of it. Everybody needs to go to Disneyworld at least once in their lifetime.

Disney World Here We Come!

Posted by [email protected] on July 9, 2012 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Do I hear the words "road trip"? Why yes, yes I do! Today, my family and I are heading to Florida for a fun-filled week at the Walt Disney World Resort! My ten year old is very excited, but I must confess - so am I! We have been saving and planning for this trip for several months and I've scoured the internet numerous times to soak up all the tips and advice from others so we can make the most of our stay. Hopefully, everything will go as planned, but you know what they say about the best laid plans...

f A friend of mine gave my son, Jacob, a "100 Days Until Disney" countdown jar a few months ago. He's had a blast pulling out a sucker each day with a Disney fact on it. Well, today we are proud to say our jar is empty, we are knowledgable in all things Disney and our trip is underway! We have learned many facts about how the resort is run and what it takes to keep the empire going. Let's just say I am glad I do NOT have to do the laundry for the cast members. If you were to wash and dry a load of laundry for 52 years, you would do as much as the folks at Disney does each day. Yikes!

For the past few days, besides packing and getting ready for our trip, I've been tossing around some ideas for my next Gatekeeper novella. I had planned on writing Zeke's (the air dragon) story first, but for some reason Cade Blackfoot (the earth dragon) is demanding that his story be told next. There seems to be some unrest on the Navajo reservation and Cade wants to get to the bottom of it ASAP. (sigh) I guess I will give in and write his story next. You know how determined those alpha males can be when they want something. (grin)

However, I am putting my foot down on one thing. Cade will have to wait until I return from Florida. I plan to use my vacation time for exactly what it is meant for. Rest and relaxation! I'm sure I'll take lots of pictures and I bet a few of those will end up on my blog or in a special photo section on my website. And if we are extremely lucky, we might catch a glimpse or two, or three or... of Mickey Mouse himself!




Stay At Home Working Mom

Posted by [email protected] on July 3, 2012 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (104)

I've made a couple of discoveries this summer. One is that I could so get used to being a stay at home working mom. I love having the freedom to work at my own pace and set my own hours. Of course, this doesn't mean you get out of work. Quite the contrary, you're basically working all the time, but the difference is if you just really, really need a break you can take one. No questions ask. You can also schedule your working time around any appointments or prior engagements. It's fabulous really! This summer I've actually set writing goals and at the moment I have a six month plan on what I'm going to work on, when my deadlines are and how I'm going to fit it all in for the schedule I've given myself. Knowing I have specific deadlines is what keeps me motivated and disciplined in my writing.

My second discovery is that I've learned my optimal writing time is from 11:00 p.m to about 3:00 A.M. I guess, you could say I work the graveyard shift for the most part. This works for me (during the summer only of course) because I know during this time no one will disturb me. My son is asleep, my friends aren't going to drop in during the wee hours of the morning( at least they had better not without a really good reason), it is much cooler at night and I can relax knowing if I work into the early morning, I can also sleep late. Since it is summer, no alarm clocks are necessary. Of course, I can't sleep very late, I do have to feed my child, but I do enjoy the fact I can work when I want and for how long I want as long as I meet my deadlines! Who wouldn't love it?

Unfortunately, summer only lasts a couple of months and my writing schedule drastically changes during the school year. Working to three in the morning doesn't work when you have to get up before six to get to work. But, for now, I'll enjoy the freedom of working from home.


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