Monday, August 29, 2011

New Blog- Take 2!

Hello All!
I want to re-post about my new Disney blog. I had to change my title and therefore had to change my web address. I thought I would re-post with the new link. I hope you all will check out my new blog and follow, it should be a good time!!

Introducing my new Disney Blog..... "Yo Ho Yo Ho, A Disney Life For Me"

Hope you enjoy!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hurricane Irene!

It is hard to believe that just a few days ago we experienced an earthquake in Pennsylvania and now they are telling us to prepare for a hurricane!?

It sounds like hurricane Irene will be pretty intense and cause some pretty serious issues to much of the east coast. I guess we can only hope and pray that the weather forecasters are wrong and the storm wont be as strong as what they are predicting.

I am especially thinking of my friends in North Carolina.... hold on tight, sounds like you guys are really going to be hit hard!!!

Rusty and I both have to work Saturday during the day but should be home by 5-6pm before it starts getting too bad up here. We plan to spend Saturday evening and Sunday with the pups.... taking some time to relax and enjoy each others company (I guess the hurricane is at least good for that, right?)

For all those who live in the north east... stay safe!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Earthquake in Pennyslvania??

I never thought I would be typing those words, but today it happened. Well I guess thats what you would call it.... we felt the shock of the actual Earthquake that hit in Northern VA.
I do home care/hospice for a living but I was actually in the office catching up on some paperwork when it occured. Thank god I was not at someone's house, I think I would have been more scared. My office is on the 4th floor of a building, so it was really weird to look out and see the windows "shifting" back and forth. Luckily, we had no damage to our office building or our home.
I can't say that I was scared, just felt a little weird. I never thought that I would be involved in an earthquake in Pennsylvania! I was very eager to leave the office and get home to check on our pups. I felt bad that they were home all alone during it.... I am not even sure if they knew anything was happening but still I was nervous for them. Rusty assured me that they probably just slept through it, but I am hearing reports on the news and radio that some dogs actually started barking and carrying on a few mintutes before the earthquake hit, like they were able to sense that it was coming??
Weird, the whole thing is just very weird to me. Has anyone else ever been in an earthquake? What did you guys think about it??

Monday, August 22, 2011

One Too Many!

My brother in law, Michael, is in a band named One Too Many (yes, I know what a name) and he played a show this weekend at a local Irish pub. Rusty, Julie, and I headed out Saturday night to see his show.
We had a great time! We went out to dinner before the show at Chipotle, which is always a good time :)
The show was really good, the band sounded great. They played some of their own original music plus some fun cover songs.
Here are some pictures from the night!
1. Julie and I
2. Rusty, Julie, and myself
3. The Band
4. The band again, my brother in law is the singer!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mexican Stir Fry

Rusty and I created a new meal the other day, based off of one of our favorite places to eat- Chipotle! We wanted something that tasted the same, but a little more healthy! Here is what we came up with!

Mexican Stir Fry

Ingredients (makes two servings):
Two Boneless Chicken Breasts- cut into strips
1 Cup Canned Corn (low sodium)
1 Cup Black Beans (drained)
2 Cups (uncooked) brown rice
1/2 lime
Cilantro (can use dried)
1 sweet onion (cut into strips)
1 green pepper (cut into strips)
Garlic Powder
Weber Chipotle Marinade (powder mix)
1/4 cup Olive Oil (for marinade mix)
1/4 cup water (for marinade mix)

1. Cut Chicken into strips and mix chipotle marinade (with water and olive oil). Let stand for 1 hour before cooking. We grilled our chicken, but you could cook it on the stove top if needed
2. Cut onion and green peppers into strips, seasons with pepper and garlic powder. Cook on stove top until tender. Add corn to the skillet once peppers and onions are about half way done
3. Boil water for brown rice, add rice once water is boiling. While cooking, seasons with lime and cilantro to taste
4. Heat black beans on the stove for about 5-10 minutes or until warm
5. Place 1 cup cooked brown rice on a plate, add 1/2 cup black beans, top with peppers/onion/corn mix, and then add chicken on top

There you have it, a little Mexican stir fry! Super yummy and healthy!
1 serving is about 6.5 grams of fat and 425 calories.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Favorite Things- Disney Style

I have recently started to follow several Disney blogs which can be found here on the Magical Blogorail! It is kind of my new obsession, I love to follow fellow Disney lovers.
I know that I just did an "informational" post about 50 Things You Might Not Know About Me, but I couldn't resist doing a Favorite Things post- oh course Disney Style!
My idea came from one of the blogs from the Magical Blogorail- The Magical Mouse Pad: Thanks for the awesome idea!

Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom, although I love them all!

Favorite Resort: Wilderness Lodge Villas and Polynesian Resort (although I have never been able to stay here, I will one day!)

Favorite Attraction: I can only do this my park.... too many to pick from!
Magic Kingdom: Space Mountain
Epcot: Soarin'
Holleywood Studios: Rockin' Roller Coaster
Animal Kingdom: Expedition Everest

Favorite World Showcase Country: Mexico

Favorite Fireworks Show: Wishes at Magic Kingdom

Favorite Snack: Dole Whip and Jalapeno Cheese Stuffed Pretzel at Animal Kingdom

Favorite Counter Service Restaurant: Cosmic Rays

Favorite Table Service Restaurant: O'hanas and La Hacienda De San Angel

Favorite "Show": Beauty and the Beast

Favorite Theater-based attraction: Monster's Laugh Show

Favorite Adult Beverage: fruity mixed drinks at O'hanas

Favorite "line" from an attraction: "this here is the wildest ride in the wilderness"

Favorite song from an attraction: "Yo Ho" from Pirates

Feel free to comment with your favorites, I love to talk Disney!

Monday, August 15, 2011

50 Things you Might Not Know About Me!

I don't generally partcipate in these sort of blog titles/topics but I don't really have anything too exciting to report from the weekend (I worked, did yard work, ran errands....nothing very exciting) so I thought I would give it a try.
I am not sure if I am going to be able to come up with 50 exciting things about me.... but here it goes!

1. I have an obsession with Walt Disney World! It is my favorite place on the earth and I LOVE to visit.... multiple times each year! I also follow several blogs devoted just to Disney World! My favorite Disney blog to follow is Easy WDW :)
2. My husband and I joined the Disney Vacation Club during our honeymoon visit to Disney. Our Home Resort is Disney Animal King Lodge Kidani Village!
3. I have been to Disney World in FL more than 25 times! Are you convinced that I am a HUGE fan???
4. I got engaged in the Cinderella Castle at the Royal Table, the restaurant located inside the castle. My ring came out on a platter in a glass slipper on top of rose petals! It was wonderful.... and it was my husband's first trip to Disney!
5. My next trip to see Mickey and Minnie is in 46 days! Rusty and I are heading down for our three year wedding anniversary with our friends Alex and Fred! They will be celebrating their recent wedding :) We are staying at Old Key West Resort.... ok no more Disney facts (I promise!)
6. I am a home hospice social worker.... it can be emotionally draining but an extremely rewarding career. I have a huge pasion and respect for hospice care, it provides so much to the patient and their family involved. I have been working in the hospice field for more than three years.
7. My undergraduate degree is a Bachelors in Social Work from Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina
8. I received my masters from University of Maryland in Medical Social Work
9. While at Barton College, I joined a sorority- Tri Sigma. It was the best thing I did during my college experience, I learned so much! I miss my sisters so much, living so far away from everyone is no fun :(
10. I was president of my sorority.... lots of work but taught me great leadership skills that I still use today
11. I have two dogs- Snickers and Sophia. They are both Shih Tzu's- Snickers is 3 years old and Sophia is 2 years old
12. I live in a small town in Pennsylvania outside of York, PA which is about 1 hour north of Baltimore, MD
13. Before I took my new position closer to home, I used to commute about 2-2.5 hours to and from work everyday.... yuck!
14. I drive a Volkswagon lime green convertable bettle.... I LOVE it :)
15. My husband and I got married October 4, 2008 at the Links at Gettysburg (a golf course in Gettysburg, PA)
16. I first went to college to study Elementary and Special Education.... I changed my major my Sophmore year
17. Both of my grandmothers have passed away- my Granny and Nanny. I miss them both very much
18. My parents still live in my childhood home in Manchester, MD- about 30 mins from my house
19. I am scared to have children.... I think I want them, but there are just so many scary things that come along with being a parent
20. My husband works for a family owned business called Millers Food Market, he is the grocery manager
21. My favorite board game is Clue.... I am actually pretty good. I think its my awesome detective skills!
22. I read my kindle every night before going to bed, I love to read! I am always looking for good book suggestions
23. I jointed my first book club a couple of months ago. We are working on book number three- French Lessons
24. I love to watch TV- some of my favorites are True Blood, LOST, Big Bang Theory, American Idol, Army Wives, How I met Your Mother, Amazing Race, Survivor, etc
25. Rusty recently got me into Man Vs. Food.... I think I gain like 5 pounds each time I watch!
26. Speaking of weight... I have recently lost about 65 pounds. I have about 20 more to go to reach my goal!
27. Since starting my weight loss journey, I actually look forward to working out now.... on most days!
28. I have never seen the Wizard of Oz.... most of my friends make fun of me for it!
29. I have a HTC EVO phone.... I am addicted to my smart phone!
30. My husband collects PEZ and took me on a romantic getaway to Myrtle Beach.... where we attended a PEZ conference (yes, they do have them!)
31. My favorite type of food is Mexican.... I could eat it every day!
32. I also love Chipotle, their food is great!
33. I used to eat so much watermelon when I was younger (like 5 years old) that my mom was worried I would wet the bed... hahaha!
34. I have never been out of the country, although I hope to one day
35. I have 6 nieces and nephews- Olivia, Huntington, Luke, Hannah, Ava, and Alex!
36. My favorite ice cream is soft serve black raspberry from our local ice cream shop
37. I have curly hair, I like it on most days but that does not include humid days.... can we say hello frizz??
38. My husband is fours years older than me
39. One of my best friends, Julie, lives 5 mins down the road.... I love it!
40. My best friend from college, Kati, lived in South Korea for two years.... hard to believe my little Kati lived half way across the country :)
41. If I could change my career, I would become a nurse
42. I would rather have a bag of chips vs a bag of chocolate
43. I have a hear of failing.... anything! I don't like to disappoint people
44. I am a home body at heart.... I love quiet time at home with Rusty and the pups
45. I had two dogs growing up- an English Springer Spaniel named Kipper and a Yorkie named Kayto (we didn't name him....)
46. My quilty pleasure is New Jersey Housewives.... I know, I know
47. Before I decide to have children, I would love to travel to Europe and Mexico!
48. I don't like closed minded people, especially those who are rude!
49. I wear my heart on my sleeve, which is sometimes bad!
50. I have never really met anyone famous.... I am hoping that changes soon!!!

Ok, there you go! I hope you were able to learn something new about me. I hope that some of you decide to do this as well. I am ready to read new stuff about everyone :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

New Design!

You might have noticed that my blog received a little bit of a makeover! I decided that I wanted a different look with my pictures at the top of my page. I was getting a little tired of the collage I had going on, a little too busy!
So, I came up with a more calm collage.... I hope you all enjoy! I do want to add some color to the background but can't seem to figure out how to do that.... Any ideas???

Sunday, August 7, 2011


We have had some crazy weather here in Pennsylvania the past couple of days/weeks. Some wild, crazy storms have been coming through and causing some damage in the area. The ironic thing is, we have gone several weeks with no rain at all. Our yard is starting to look like a dessert, so I am thankful for the rain just not the crazy storms!!
The other day we had a really wild storm come through, with some crazy wind! I thought that our house was going to blow over! Luckily, our house stood still but we did encounter a little bit of damage to the outside of our house. Nothing too serious, thank goodness!
Some of our siding near our bedroom window was misplaced and our rain gutter was damaged from the high winds- crazy!

Unfortunately, our local high school was not as lucky as far as damage is concerned. The high school is just right down the street from our house, and it looks like a small tornado came through.... check out these pictures of the trees the wind took down. These were all mature trees....

According to the weather forecast, we have another 4 days of rain/storms. I don't mind the rain but I get a little scared of the storms.... two things that I am scared of in this world- thunder storms and birds!!! HaHa
Well, the weekend is over. Thank goodness for me, I was on-call all weekend and I am always happy to go off call :) But not too happy to start another work week....

Friday, August 5, 2011

"It's Me Mario...."

Rusty and I are having a wild and exciting Friday night here in the Christman house, Ha! Not really..... it has consisted of making dinner on the grill, working out, and now playing some Super Mario Brothers 3 on the Wii!
We really didn't feel like getting into too much tonight....we both have to work tomorrow and I am on-call all weekend so playing Mario Brothers seemed like a good idea to us both! I loved playing when I was younger, so its nice to travel back to your "younger day" memories! I become super competitive, but we still have lots of fun! My favorite is when Mario says..... "It's Me Mario!" haha

Rusty had a little "friend" who wanted to also sit and play..... look how cute little Snickers is!!

Meanwhile, Sophia is just laying and relaxing! They have both actually had a pretty traumatic couple of days! They both got double ear infections- at the same time! Lucky me.... they did not sleep for three straight days, I am so not ready for babies!!!! Sophia's infection in her right ear was really bad, it was even full of blood (poor baby). I think they are both starting to feel a little bit better, but still sleeping more than usual! Thank goodness the medicine is helping them sleep at night!

Well I am off to kick Rusty's butt in mario brothers 3! Until next time....