My last vacation of 2016 has come and gone and now it's back to reality.... except for me because I was smart enough to block off 3 more days so my first day back at work is Thursday #highfive.
In case you were wondering where I went (doubt it), I was gallivanting around Orlando Florida/Universal Studios and just so I don't bore you, here's a summary of my trip:
The Good Stuff:
+ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Now, I know this is blasphemy in blogland but I could never get into the HP books no matter how hard I tried....they just aren't my jam. Having said that, I was super excited to check out WWOHP and all that Universal Studios had to offer.
For those who haven't yet been, these parks are split in two: Islands of Adventure which has one part of Harry Potter (Hogwarts) and Universal Studios which has the other part of Harry Potter (Diagon Alley). The two sections of Harry Potter are joined by an "express train" (which is of course another $50/person if you don't have Hopper tickets). Some pointers for you if you're thinking of going/wondering which side is better:
- I preferred Diagon Alley (Universal side) over Hogwarts (Islands side); it's just set up way better (and cooler).
- The Hogwarts Express train, although it sounds cool because you're on "platform 9 3/4" isn't that great and totally not worth the extra $50 people actually pay.
- Each section of HP has a one big HP ride and a bunch of other rides (roller coasters, kid stuff, 4D/3D rides etc).
- Unlike Disney where they give zero shits if you bring your own lunch and let you eat it at any indoor arena (except for the paid character restaurants), both Universal and Islands are stingy twits.
+ Diagon Alley is fucking awesome.
+ Shorter than expected wait times. Can you believe that wait times for the most popular rides at Universal was about 10 minutes? I'm telling you, it pays to go during the school year because fuck line-ups.
+ Awesome rides: Revenge of the Mummy, Escape from Gringotts Bank, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (everyone who didn't get sick raved about this so I'm including it in here), Minion Mayhem, Simpsons, The Hulk.
+ The guy dressed in the Popeye costume said to me: look at your guns. You need to flex! When Popeye tells you to flex, you flex.
+ Great finds at Target/Marshalls/TJ Maxx. Of course, we had to hit up Target and TJMaxx/Marshalls we were delighted to discover all 3 stores were 2 minutes away from our hotel. Since our dollar sucks major balls, I told myself that nothing is worth buying unless it's $10 or under...so everything I bought was under $10:
- 2 backpacks (Champion and Puma) - $8.98 each
- 2 pairs of black jeggings - $4.80 each
- Under Armour navy blue workout capris (heat gear) in Girls size Large - $9.98 <-- this was my most awesome find.
- 2 bralettes since I can't fit into real bras because of my teeny concave bitch tits - $9.90 each
- 3 Under Armour workout non-slip headbands - $5.99 each
- 1 package of (5) non-slip Goody hair ties - $1
- 3 camis - $6 each
- a bunch of stuff for Kayla:
- 1 package of 10 socks $4.98
- 3 packages of (3 pairs) boy shorts underwear - $5.98 each
- 2 tank tops - $3.00 each
- 3 leggings - $5.00 each
- 2 long sleeve shirts - $6 each
All this means is that from here on out, my new favourite thing when I go to the states: shop in the Target Clearance section.
+ Finally went to a Hobby Lobby! I like that store a lot and I finally found one item I've been searching for (for my planner).
+ Lots of down time to read. Finished Salt to the Sea and Defending Jacob. Such great books!
+ Getting selected for TSA express at the airport on our way home. Unfortunately, neither Kayla or my husband were selected so I was like "later, betches" and bolted to the express lane. When you get randomly selected to skip all that bullshit, you take advantage of that; even if it means abandoning your family #sorrynotsorry.
I zipped right through while everyone, including my family, looked at me with contempt.
The Bad Stuff:
+ The goddamn heat and humidity. Listen, I'm all for hot weather and all but near-100% humidity where you just stand in the shade sweating buckets at freaking 8am is not fucking cool. What's even more uncool is walking around or standing in crowds where everyone smells like rancid ass #gross.
+ My old lady sensitive stomach. I cannot stomach any type of 3D simulation rides; hell, I even have trouble with any IMAX movie so when I came off of the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, me and my friend nearly yakked. I had to close my eyes for most of that ride but I hear it's pretty amazing. Too bad it makes me want to blow chunks.
+ The sphincter police at The Leaky Cauldron. Who wouldn't want to eat at The Leaky Cauldron? It's the fucking Leaky Cauldron! Since Disney doesn't care where or what you eat, we figured Universal was the same but nope, we were wrong. They actually set up a barrier so that you can't just go and sit at a table but you order first, show them your receipt and then they walk you to a table. I don't remember that type of assholey behaviour in the book.
+ I didn't get to work out at all which is unusual for me. Because of that, I felt tired all the time, super lethargic and I didn't sleep properly all week. My husband felt the same and in fact, we were looking forward to coming home so we could resume our regular routine.
+ My skin freaked the hell out. Not as bad as before but enough to annoy me. Travelling makes it hard to eat clean; I ate as good as I could (grain free, of course) but that's hard when I couldn't make my own bread and it seems that "gluten free" bread or pasta still irritates my skin. Combined with the lack of sleep and zero workouts, my skin was not happy.
+ Madness at Magic Kingdom.
There's more but I no longer feel like typing. Suffice to say, we had a great time but I'm happy to be home and back to my routine.
This morning, both my husband and I left early for the gym and did an extra hour of exercise just because it felt so good to sweat and get our muscles moving. I spent most of today running errands and in the kitchen meal prepping and relaxing so I can do nothing but chill during my 3 days before I have to head back to work.
Hope you had a great week!