Hello, dear readers! You may have realized that I’ve been on a blogging hiatus for almost two weeks. That’s because I was on vacation with my family in Orlando, Florida. While there, we went to three Disney World theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and – my favorite! – EPCOT), and we also went to both of the Universal Orlando parks. It was a great time despite a bit of rain from their first tropical storm of the season. Let’s just say that “Sunny Florida” isn’t always sunny. But all in all, we had a great trip. We experienced a lot of great theme park shows like “Beetle Juice’s Graveyard Review” at Universal and “Beauty and the Beast Live Onstage” at Hollywood Studios. Plus, we rode a lot of really fun rides and saw a lot of great attractions. We even tried two new (as in “new to us”) attractions for the first time – “Toy Story Mania” at Hollywood Studios and “Twister – Ride It Out!” at Universal Studios. Both attractions were really fun and innovative. “Twister” was so realistic that I felt like I was back at home in good ol’ Tornado Alley!
About halfway through our vacation, I randomly recalled that poster that hangs in the Kinkel Center. It says, “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” Maybe it was the Disney Magic, or maybe it was my once-upon-a-time-an-author-to-be mind racing yet again, but I came up with my own version of this poster. It’s called “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Disney.” Enjoy, and be enlightened.
1. “What do you do when life gets you down? Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…”
2. “There’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day…”
3. “It’s a small world after all…”
4. (Based on one of my all-time favorite EPCOT attractions, “Ellen’s Energy Adventure” starring Ellen Degeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy): Brain power “is the one source of power that will never run out.”
5. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
Vacation was a blast, and I got to spend a lot of time with my family. However, I’m excited to return to the lab, and I need to start preparing for the GRE. While looking forward, I’ll definitely look back on this and other great vacations I’ve had thus far in life.
And now, enjoy some of my favorite vacation pics. (Sorry – I just can’t resist!)
Once a tiger, always a tiger. If you don’t understand this little inside joke of mine, read my previous blog, “What’s YOUR Animal?!“