gina_wbg: (Zodiac Cancer)
I began journaling immediately before realizing: I do not have an introduction post!

Really, though... you can look at my profile and get some of what you need to decide if I'm worth following, but if you desire more:

I'm in my 40s, have 3 sons, a husband of nearly 20 years, a penchant for eating, reading, and gardening, am a feminist, agnostic, and homeschool 2 of our 3 boys. I like road trips, planning vacations, Williamsburg (VA), Disney World, the Outer Banks, Myrtle Beach, and Florida State Parks. I live in the mid-Atlantic and have a love/hate relationship with snow. I feed everyone and provide shelter to those who need it (a bit like running a animal shelter, much to my husband's dismay, haha). I'm moody, sometimes pessimistic, and a bit of a hoarder.

I'm also an LJ refugee, having been there for 12 years before switching to DW. FB used to be the place where I'd hang out, but it became too addicting, too obsessive, too dramatic, too... well, it was too much of everything awful and not enough of anything meaningful, and it was weighing on me; was I not good enough for these so-called friends? But who the hell cares, now? I deactivated the FB last month, to focus more on journaling (and posting photos on Instagram, because I love to snap photos and look at pics of places I'll probably never see in real life); one can only say so much on FB before the Family Court of High Drama bangs its gavel down on you.

Here, I can talk about my loves (food, gardening, books, cats) hates (small-minded people, having patience) and fears (the direction of this country, snakes, and the Emperor Orange). If you don't mind randomness, complaints, occasional squeeing, worries, ideas, sometimes fan fics (I write 'em), my dreams (literally; I write about my nightly dreams), and recipes... then feel free to subscribe. Let me know who you are and how you found me, and I'll return the favor.

If you choose to subscribe---WELCOME! If not: Hello and thanks for looking.
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Recently, an article was posted regarding "5 WDW Attractions that Should be Mothballed". I read it with some trepidation; it's someone's opinion, and was sure to get some angry responses. I wasn't wrong; the mere mention of mothballing The Jungle Cruise sent nearly every commenter to the ER. They were so outraged that a young whippersnapper dared suggest Disney remove the iconic and corny (and, yes, outdated) ride, that some were saying she wasn't a "true" Disney fan.

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gina_wbg: (Summer)
This list is a compilation of three that I found on the internet today. At the end, I've added a few of my own. I hope to visit as many of these places as possible with my kids before all three are no longer residing with us.

- ALCATRAZ ISLAND, SAN FRANCISCO; www.nps.gov/alcatraz
- ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, ESTES PARK, CO (64 miles from DENVER); www.nps.gov/romo
- ELLIS ISLAND, NEW YORK; www.nps.gov/elis
- PLIMOTH PLANTATION, PLYMOUTH, MA (41 miles from BOSTON); www.plimoth.org
- THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, CAPE CANAVERAL, FL (55 miles from ORLANDO), www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy
- REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK, CRESCENT CITY, CA (355 miles from SAN FRANCISCO); www.nps.gov/redw
- SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM, WASHINGTON, DC; www.nasm.si.edu
- SEARS TOWER, CHICAGO; www.theskydeck.com
- THE NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM, MEMPHIS; www.civilrightsmuseum.org
- THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANAPOLIS; www.childrensmuseum.org
- INDEPENDENCE HALL, PHILADELPHIA; www.nps.gov/inde
- WALT DISNEY WORLD, ORLANDO; www.disneyworld.disney.go.com
- THE EVERGLADES, HOMESTEAD, FL (33 miles from MIAMI); www.nps.gov/ever
- UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM, WASHINGTON, DC; www.ushmm.org
- CARLSBAD CAVERNS, NEW MEXICO; www.nps.gov/cave
- THE GEORGIA AQUARIUM, ATLANTA; www.georgiaaquarium.org
- THE FREEDOM TRAIL, BOSTON; www.cityofboston.gov/freedomtrail
- SEA TURTLE WATCH at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, TITUSVILLE, FL (38 miles from ORLANDO); www.fws.gov/merrittisland
- THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, NEW YORK CITY; www.nps.gov/elis
- THE FIELD MUSEUM, CHICAGO, IL; www.fieldmuseum.org
- PIKE PLACE FISH MARKET, SEATTLE; www.pikeplacefish.com
- NATIONAL MALL and MEMORIAL PARKS, WASHINGTON, DC; www.nps.gov/nacc
- VENICE BEACH, CA (14 miles from LOS ANGELES)
- NIAGARA FALLS, BUFFALO/NIAGARA, NY; www.niagarafallstourism.com
- JOHN PENNEKAMP CORAL REEF STATE PARK, KEY LARGO, FL (60 miles from MIAMI); www.pennekamppark.com
- THE ALAMO, SAN ANTONIO; www.thealamo.org
- CHINATOWN, SAN FRANCISCO; www.sanfranciscochinatown.com
- THE GRAND CANYON, AZ (228 miles from PHOENIX), www.nps.gov/grca.
- YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, YOSEMITE, CA (192 miles from SAN FRANCISCO); www.nps.gov/yose
- THE WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON, DC; www.whitehouse.gov
- COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG, NEWPORT NEWS/WILLIAMSBURG, VA; www.history.org
- NOAH'S ARK WATERPARK, WISCONSIN DELLS, WI (123 miles from MILWAUKEE); www.noahsarkwaterpark.com
- THE LAS VEGAS STRIP, LAS VEGAS; www.visitlasvegas.com
- ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, UTAH; www.nps.gov/arch
- THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, ST. LOUIS; www.gatewayarch.com
- DINOSAUR WORLD, GLEN ROSE, TEXAS (70 miles from DALLAS/FT. WORTH); www.dinoworld.net
- THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY, ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA; www.blueridgeparkway.org
- SEAWORLD SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, www.seaworldparks.com
- THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, SAN FRANCISCO; www.calacademy.org
- THE SAN DIEGO ZOO, SAN DIEGO; www.sandiegozoo.org
- THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, SAN FRANCISCO; www.goldengatebridge.org
- LA BREA TAR PITS, LOS ANGELES; www.tarpits.org
- HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, HI; nps.gov/havo
- UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA AND ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE, ORLANDO; www.universalorlando.com
- ADLER PLANETARIUM, CHICAGO; www.adlerplanetarium.org
- HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATE WORLD, HERSHEY, PA (15 miles from HARRISBURG); www.hersheys.com
- BUTTERFLY WORLD, COCONUT CREEK, FL (18 miles from FT. LAUDERDALE); www.butterflyworld.com
- MOUNT RUSHMORE, SOUTH DAKOTA; www.nps.gov/moru
- NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM, NYC; www.911memorial.org/

... and a few of my own:

- Disneyland, Anaheim, CA
- Hoover Dam, NV
- The Gateway Arch, St. Louis, MO
- The Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, PA
- The Wildwoods, NJ
- Gettysburg, PA
- Monticello, Charlottesville, VA
- Coral Castle Museum, Homestead, FL
- South of the Border, Dillon, SC
- Wall Drug, Wall, SD
- Cape May Zoo, Cape May, NJ
- Bronner's Christmas World, Frankenmuth, MI (the world's biggest Christmas shop)
- Halloween Outlet, Worcester, MA (the largest Halloween shop ever!)
- Four Corners, UT
- Mall of America, Bloomington, MN (the largest mall in the USA)
- Ron Jon's Surf Shop, Cocoa Beach, FL (it's open 24 hours/7 days a week!)
- The National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA
gina_wbg: (Wine Glass)
[Error: unknown template qotd] The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton.

Also, Jonathon Young (aka 'Nikola Tesla' of Syfy's "Sanctuary"), Gabriel Mann (plays 'Nolan Ross' on ABC's "Revenge") and Lana Parrilla ('Evil Queen/Regina Mills' on ABC's "Once Upon a Time").
gina_wbg: (Book Love)
[Error: unknown template qotd]I wrote this poem in my junior year of high school (and shared it with my English class), after my mother grumbled many-a-time about her rotten luck. Now that *I'm* an adult, I seem to suffer from it, too, haha.

SLOW AHEAD

Bank or store, it matters not,
It's just a talent that I've got.
It's something that I do just fine,
I always pick the slowest line.

--RMF (1991)

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