Thursday, January 04, 2007


I got nothing. My brain is completely blank. I've been staring at this big white box of space for fifteen minutes now (thanks for the email distractions! I needed something to break the monotony).

Now, I'm not so stupid as to think that this experience is anything close to writer's block. I've had writer's block. For eight months while I was pregnant with Baby Girl. No matter how many times I'd sit my butt in front of my computer screen nothing would happen.

This is different, and yet close enough. There's this pressure to perform, to come up with something intelligent, witty, entertaining... Nope. Still nothing. Maybe later in the day inspiration will strike. For now, I'm going to throw out a couple things - discuss.

Nick Saban leaving Miami to come to Alabama has been a huge topic of conversation in our media today. Someone at my office made a comment today that stuck with me. She asked how Saban could trust Alabama or how Alabama could trust Saban. They've both broken contracts in the last few months, contracts that they both staunchly defended when they were originally signed (up until a couple weeks ago as well). My answer - they can't. But at least they both know what the other is in it for. As long as Alabama's winning Saban'll be okay. And as long as Saban's getting paid (and his wife is happy) Alabama'll be okay. Thoughts?

I've been pulling together information on Disney World over the last few weeks. We're taking the girls week after next. I've been several times in my life but not very recently. Anyone got some tips to share? Dos and Don'ts?



Playground Monitor said...

A report by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education on Friday gave the state an "F" for the affordability of its colleges and universities.

The report added that the trend is headed in the wrong direction.

In a presentation to the commission, Elizabeth French, director of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning for the agency, said that since 1992, "Alabama has lost considerable ground in making higher education affordable."

French said if this trend continues it could undermine Alabama's ability to compete successfully in a global economy.

But we sure as heck can afford to pay football coaches a gazillion dollars.

Don't get me started.

As for Disney, when in line and given a choice to go to the left or right, go left. Also, when you get to the park first thing in the morning, head to the back and work your way forward.

Have fun!

KimW said...

ooh, Disney World. I love that place! I'd recommend that you get to the parks early. The crowds will be smaller and you can always go back to the hotel and take a nap in the afternoon.

There's a lot of helpful information on I always browse around this site before going.

Linda Winstead Jones said...

You know my son's major recommendation. Skip the Carousel of Progress. (long story)

Mine are more practical. Drink lots of water. It's so easy to get dehydrated! And don't miss the Mickey Philharmagic. Way cool.

Actually, I went more for Sea World (I love the dolphins!) and Universal than I did Disney, but your girls are too young for the Mummy rollercoaster.


Instigator said...

My husband won't touch the Mummy Rollercoaster either :-) Now me...I'd be on it in a flash.

We're hitting Sea World too - in fact, this trip started out as a quick jaunt just for Sea World. It snowballed. At least I'm going to get to visit my Grandma while we're down there.


Smarty Pants said...

I haven't been to Disneyworld since I was 4 (I lived nearer to Disneyland) but I have gone to Sea World recently. They have a thing where you can eat dinner with Shamu. Its expensive and the food is OK, but you literally eat at a table where you can put your hand in the whale tank and he'll swim by now and then. We actually had to go back and get new food at our table because he got frisky and waterlogged our plates. Salty.

If you like roller coasters, Kraken is pretty awesome.

Angel said...

I have no comments on either Disney or Alabama football. I haven't been to Disney World since I was fifteen, so I'm sure it has changed since then. All I know about Saban is that Alabama just hired him. :)

I think you just have a lot on your plate, so don't let the temporary lapse in ideas get you down. We still love you. :)

Jen said...

Alright, I figured out Saban plays football. Uh...I dunno. Most of the players (football players in general -- not just 'Bama players) seem so arrogant it's hard for me to get excited about them. When I was in college I worked for the UGA team orthopaedist and the players would come in. Not a positive experience except for Herschel Walker who was an exceptionally nice guy.

Disney? Have fun. It makes my head hurt to just think about it.

Playground Monitor said...

I remember my sister saying they did the Disney character breakfast with their son when he was very young and to this day (he's 21 now) she still remembers the look of awe on his face when the characters came into the room. So you might wanna check that out.

Anonymous said...

Have fun at Disney!

Anonymous said...

Anything with Donald Duck is always good. . . :)


Problem Child said...

I haven't been to Disney since I was a freshman in high school. I think I liked Epcot a bit better (age thing).

But Sea World ROCKS!! We're trying to schedule a trip out to San Antonio (where my uncle lives) to take AC to the Sea World there.

Kathy said...

Okay, why is Alabama hiring a PRO coach and why is a PRO coach settling for coaching the College league? Give me a break! It's not about the wife not liking Miami. It's not about Saban wanting to mentor the boys who become men and move on to the PROs. It's about the mighty green dollar! He's going to get paid millions a year. (Me thinks the Dolphins weren't paying him enough.) I sure hope things work out for Bama because the tuition is going to go WAY through the roof!

Disney! I go every year with the cheerleaders. Here's what you do. Go early. Go directly to the big rides. Get a Fast Pass and move on to the next big ride. By the time you are done with that big ride, your Fast Pass will be ready to use and then you can get the next big ride done with little waiting time. Do this everytime... in every park! Hint: you can only use 1 Fast Pass at a time. And you MUST, I repeat MUST ride the Aerosmith Rockin' Roller Coaster at least once!

Second, you must take the kids to MGM! There is so much to do there. The Power Rangers show up in the back lot. Woo-hoo! And under Mickey's big hat, Disney characters come to sign autographs and take pictures. So, buy an autograph book for the girls as a keepsake and let them stand in line to see their favorite characters. The Disney character dinner is really good! And most parks have play areas where the girls can have fun and work off some energy. Carry water and snacks in a backpack. These will see you through the day without you having to spend too much money at the park on food. And always have a rain poncho in your backpack just in case. (Buy the $1 ones at Walmart in the hunting section. They're easy to store and light to wear. Not to mention cheap.)

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