A to Z Challenge 2013

Monday, July 4, 2011

My Absence Has Been Longer Than Expected...But I'm Back!

Okay, I was gone from Da Muse a bit longer than I had planned.  The vacation was nice though, there were ups and downs, and everyone in the family had a great time.  I even got to hang out with Tigger (kind of ironic that I'm wearing a California shirt while visiting Florida, huh?).  Mickey Mouse may be cool, but Tigger is one of a kind (his song even says so).

DisneyWorld is both good and bad.  It's a unique experience everyone should take at least once, but once you've been there, the shine (at least for me) tends to dull.  You start noticing how many shops there are, how many times the Disney machine tries to get your coin rather than providing you with entertainment, and you get really tired feet from walking everywhere.  To say Disney World is spread out is an understatement big time.

Epcot however, is a completely different story.  For one thing, it seemed like there were a lot less crowds.  The entertainment is also geared towards a more adult crowd, which appeals to me more as well.  Since I don't have little ones (mine are growing up faster than I want them to), all the cutesy little kid stuff isn't as much fun.  I could go back to Epcot multiple times, while I'd be fine with skipping all the other Disney theme parks ever again.

Since returning home, I've had to scramble to get back to work and back into the mode of doing homework (and it hasn't been easy).  Suffice it to say that after 2 weeks of vacation, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed with "normal life".  And as for writing...well, I'm fitting it in wherever I can get a spare moment.

On the good side, I found an awesome deal for a motorcycle (a divorcee getting rid of her ex's bike that she doesn't ride), so now I'm riding again.  Check out this beautiful bike:

As part of celebrating Independence Day here in the Good Ole USA, I went on a nice motorcycle ride with the members of my wife's family who are also bikers.  In fact, my brother-in-law gave me some really nice saddle bags he had sitting in his garage, so now I don't have to buy those.  I don't have new pics of how the bike looks with them on, but trust me - it's B-E-A-UTIFUL!

For those of you in America, I hope your 4th of July celebrations are safe and full of fun.  I'm not a big fireworks person myself, mostly because I grew up in a household with a firefighter dad.  I like watching them though, so we may go outside this evening and see what we can see.  And for those of you who are military or related to them, thank you for continuing to honor and work for the ideals we're celebrating today.


Donna K. Weaver said...

Welcome back and congrats on getting the bike. My hubby loved his ... until he gave it up.

Jasmine Walt said...

Congrats on the bike! I've been to Disney World quite a few times so I know what you mean... my family always went to the Magic Kingdom and I got awfully tired of that after awhile. I rebelled one time and took off to the Animal Kingdom by myself, which is actually much nicer than MK in my opinion. Did you go to all four parks?

Misha said...

I'd love to see Disney World once. Can't imagine why I'd go again though.

Loooove the bike!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you're back! And Epcot is my favorite of the Disney parks.

Eric said...

Donna - Thank you. That's too bad that he gave it up.

Jasmine - Thanks. We did go to all the parks, and the animal kingdom was pretty cool. I still prefer Epcot though.

Misha - Thank you. It rides like a dream.

Alex - Good to be back. Congrats on the news of your second book too.