Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Skydiving 101

Okay okay, so I FINALLY got to go Skydiving.  After only 3 failed attempts (too much wind, raining, and a flooded runway), I felt that i had heard ever excuse in the book, but yesterday, Monday, November 14th, I made my first ever jump out of an airplane.  And it will likely be my last.  I was not super impressed with skydiving!  First thing, you get harnessed in--man that mess is uncomfortable.  Then you go hop in a tiny plane and get a quick briefing before you reach the height where you jump out.  Three simple steps and success, right?  WRONG!  I felt very out of control and did not feel things went as smoothly as they should.  As it turned out when we had a semi-crash landing on the ground--OUCH!  We were told that it was windier than they thought and we probably should not have actually gone today.  WHOOPS!  But all in all, aside from my sore back and bottom from where we landed (I think I made out waaaaaaay better than my tandem guy), the view was beautiful and the experience was definitely once in a lifetime.  Do I suggest you do it?  Maybe, if you are up for the challenge.  But I cannot say I am one of those people that walked away with the mentality of being in love with the experience!  It was not my favorite thing and I do think I am a little bit of a thrill seeker...I love roller coasters, like climbing walls, and love those canopy tours/ziplines, but it is definitely an experience I will NEVER forget!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The happiest place on Earth???

So I was having dinner at a girlfriend's house on Sunday night and she was saying how she had never been to Disneyworld.  My jaw about dropped.  How it is that anyone can make it to their middle 20s without having visited the Happiest Place on earth!  I grew up in a fantastic family where we learned a LOT about budgeting and the value of spending time with each other.  My parents were big savers, but knew when it was important to spend money too.  So we would take a family vacation about every 3-4 years.  I went to Disney twice in my youth and LOVED it!  We never got the mickey mouse ears or stayed at the "cool" hotels.  It was Holiday Inns and McDonalds, but we got to experience the gift of spending time together and spending 1-2 FULL days at the parks (we are talking sun up to sun down...we were going to get our money's worth!).  

So since my friend has never been to Disneyworld, we are going to make things right and plan a long weekend trip down there.  So I need help from you, blog family.  Do you have any tips or great resources for getting deals on tickets to the parks?  We are aiming to do this trip in the most cost-effective way possible, but still to make the most of our short time there.  Disney as an adult...should be interesting.  We joked about the need to borrow a kid so we would "fit in" but I am confident we will find fun things to do there for our adult selves, it wont be VEGAS (which I think may be the Adult version of Disney) but it should be some great PG fun :)

Friday, November 4, 2011


So Saturday was supposed to be the big skydive reschedule, but it was raining so they cancelled and pushed us back to Sunday.  Woke up Sunday, it was a beautiful sunshiney day--a perfect day to jump out of a plane.  Left my house, went by to pick up my friend CJ and started our trip up to DC.  30 minutes into the car ride, I got a call...dun dun dun.  CANCELLED AGAIN!  This time the "runway was flooded"  I am really beginning to wonder if this place actually exists.  So we are no rescheduled to go on November 14th, and I am taking a day off of work, so fingers crossed that it wont be rainy for days before or the day of, that it wont be windy and that it will be above 50 degrees (just so I don't freeze)!!!

In other news, I promised a recap of Footloose.  I LOVED IT!  Albeit, it was a chick flick and there were some corny parts but the dancing was fantastic and the general story was great.  If you don't catch it in the theaters, no doubt it will be at a Redbox near you in a few  short months!

This weekend I am kicking it in town and spending a lot of the weekend at church.  I was nominated to be a deacon at my church and as such, I have training and teaching this weekend for that.  Next weekend I am headed to Norfolk to see the cutest little boy in the whole world...my awesome nephew!  Then the weekend after that who knows what.  I can hardly believe we are already in the month of November.  Just 51 days until Christmas, isn't that unbelievable?  However, do not think you will catch me decorating or listening to Christmas music until the day after Thanksgiving.  I am keeping with tradition and just celebrating the ONE holiday at a time. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend :)