Oh man. “Scatterbrained” is the word I’m using to describe myself this morning. I have a lot of writing and emails to catch up on, but my creative mind is telling me to do all kinds of other things. I’m going to try to control myself for the next hour and get through this recap post and then I’ll move on to more creative activities today.
I’ve been doing a bit of thinking about how I want to format all of the Disney blogs since we were there for an entire week. That means over 2000 photos (and only 100 good ones 😆) to go through on the camera roll. I think I’m going to share the entire itinerary that we followed with the photos and details about each activity. That way, you can use it to help you plan your visit to Disney World. We did a lot of different things than our last trip, so it’ll be entirely new experiences! Plus, I’ll be sharing the “You Control Our Day” at Disney World video as well. That was a blast (and frustrating) to film.
I know most of my recap blogs start from Monday, but all of that is pure Disney content. I’ll be starting the weekly recap blog on Wednesday! It was our last day at Disney World, and we had fifteen hours to waste before heading to the airport. After six days of walking 20k + steps and doing all things Disney, we were zonked. We had about 1% battery life left inside of us. We decided to just chill out at Disney Springs instead of walking around another park. At this point, we had done pretty much everything there is to do in Disney World.
We checked out of the hotel at noon, left our luggage with the bell services, and took a bus over to Disney Springs for the day. We were super hungry when we got there, so we decided to have dinner at The Polite Pig. We both ordered the southern garden salad with smoked salmon on the side. The salad had baby kale, radishes,
blue cheese, pecan granola, and avocado-chipotle dressing on the side. It comes with the bacon-sorghum vinaigrette, but I highly recommend their avocado-chipotle dressing instead. We also ordered a side of whiskey maple brussels sprouts and seasoned waffle fries. The food was fantastic. I was so inspired by this salad that I picked up radishes and baby kale this past weekend so that I could recreate it. Someone, please send me this recipe for the dressing asap!
We are pretty good travel buddies because we both don’t like to sit around for long periods. We have to be doing something constantly, so when we found out there was a bowling alley at Disney Springs, we knew exactly how we were going to kill some time. We played three games and both crushed it. Where do we sign up for a bowling league? Kind of not kidding. 😂
Caitlin had wanted to stop into Enzo’s Hideaway, so that was our next place to kill time at.
I don’t ever order cocktails, so I thought I’d give one a shot (no pun intended.) I had the Limoncello Gimlet, which had gin, Caravella limoncello, and roasted thyme. The lemon was delicious, but I don’t’ think I’ll ever be a fan of gin. I would have rather had a tall glass of lemonade, but luckily Caitlin liked it, so it didn’t go to waste. Caitlin had their Peacekeeper which had monkey shoulder scotch, pineapple, Maraschino liqueur, lemon, angostura, and Prosecco. I tried hers and liked it a lot because it was fizzy and refreshing. This was a great spot to escape from the heat.
We spent our last hour looking for little souvenirs for the family. I stopped into Ghiradelli and picked up my parents two boxes of chocolates. Ok, yeah, I got one for myself as well. Who says “no” to chocolates?
Towards the end of the day, the tiredness and deliria kicked in. Have you ever been so tired where anything and everything is funny? We were SO ready to be on the plane home. We still had to leave Disney Springs, head back to the hotel to grab our bags, hop on the magical express, stop to pick up more passengers, and then go through security.
When we got to the airport security, the line was about a mile long. I had never seen a line like this in my entire life, but it was kind of funny watching people find out that this was the line to get through security. Their mouths dropped to the floor. The line was wrapped around, and it was even longer behind us.
Luckily we made it to our gate and had time to grab some food for dinner. We grabbed fajitas from beyond the border, and I instantly regretted it. I had like two bites and had to throw it out. The vegetables were raw, the beans were watery, and my chicken didn’t taste like chicken. I think we were spoiled with amazing food all week and this just couldn’t be stomached.
I finally made it home around midnight. I was so excited to see the pups and spend some time with them before heading upstairs to get ready for bed. And nothing feels better than waking up in the morning and being able to make my coffee and relax in my own living room. I love to travel, but I also love being at home.
It was rainy on Thursdya, so I decided to stick around the house catching up on work and my laundry from the trip. I just wanted to spend all the time with my pups because I missed them like crazy! I made a smoothie bowl for breakfast because that was about all I had in the house and I did not feel like going out in the rain to grocery shop. I was going to try to hold out on that until Saturday morning. My smoothie bowl had frozen peaches, almond milk, ice, banana plant-based protein powder, and topped with peaches, almond butter, and muesli.
I ended my night catching up on a few of my shows and the Bachelor. This has been such a weird season. I never actually like any of the girls. I feel like the girls just go on the show for fame now. I mean, I don’t blame them, but it takes away the point of the show. I was team Demi all the way. I felt like she was the most real 😂 Anyone? 🦗
I was up bright and early on Friday morning. Grumples had been limping while I was out of town, so I wanted to get him checked out, and he was due for his annual shots. The good news is that he is 100% and super healthy! His weight has been the lowest it’s been since bringing him into his vet four years ago. I’ll hear blood test results this week, but keeping my fingers crossed that everything is fine and dandy. Can you guys believe he’s going to be eight in July? He’s still my sweet puppy.
I decided to stop into one of my favorite cafes since it was right next to Grumple’s vet. I still hadn’t gone grocery shopping, and I needed a lunch to pack for my afternoon appointment at the dealership. I thought this was a perfect excuse to grab one of my favorites!
I needed to get a recall fixed on my car that I had been putting off for a year. Apparently, the jeep’s airbags go off randomly, so it was kind of important to get it done. I was there for a few hours and managed to get a blog out while I was there.
While I worked and waited on my car, I had the vegan kale caesar salad and a half of their veggie sandwich on gluten-free bread. It as even better than I remembered…
Kyle and I ran some errands on Friday night. I took a hot bubble bath and then hopped on the couch to have dinner and finish True Detective. I had leftover kale salad and topped it with the crispy cauliflower gnocchi! I somehow managed to fall asleep on the couch at 7:45 pm. I zombie walked upstairs, brushed my teeth, and fell right back asleep in bed.
I needed that twelve hours sleep more than anything! I woke up feeling super energetic and excited to start my day. I hadn’t met up with my tennis group in a while, so I decided to join them Saturday morning. We played doubles for about three hours, and then I decided to head out and get some grocery shopping done.
It felt so good to restock the fridge after I cleaned it out before the trip. I filmed a grocery haul and will have that up sometime next week! I’m going to try to get the Disney posts out first.
On the way home, I stopped off at Starbucks to pick up an iced coffee. I needed an afternoon pick-me-up and something to cool me off. Kyle and I planned on doing another clean out, and I needed the energy to do it.
We managed to fill four boxes and five garbage bags of stuff to donate. Lots of blankets, pillows, towels, artwork, and dishes have been dropped off.
After doing the cleanout, I made a fresh salad. It had baby kale, avocadoes, sunflower seeds, apple cranberry quinoa salad, unsweetened dried cherries, sweet potato crackers, and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing. I have a lot of salad ingredients in the fridge now, so be prepared for an overload of salad pics on next week’s recap blog.
Kyle made a quick pasta dish for dinner. He used the gluten-free egg fettuccine pasta (which was good) and added ground turkey and pasta sauce.
I met up with Becca at Le Peep at noon to have brunch. We wanted to go through all of her engagement photos! I loved seeing her reactions to them all ❤️
Even though eggs make my face break out (SO FUN), I just wanted them so bad. I had an egg white omelet filled with veggies and a side of fresh fruit and potatoes. Someone told me to start eating only the whites and see if my face still breaks out after and then do it with only the yolks. I didn’t have any breakouts this morning, so there may be some truth to it. We’ll see!
Last spring, Kyle and I watched American Idol together every Sunday, so we were thrilled
to see it back on! We grilled some chili lime chicken and made salads for dinner. 🥗
Overall, I had a pretty good week! I hope you all have a great Monday.
Questions for you!
- Do you ever like seeing how far you can go without grocery shopping?
- What is something you enjoy doing that you haven’t done in a very long time?
- One goal for March.