This week has been chaos, and, to navigate the chaos, I have adopted a new mantra: Just survive until Sunday. It is now Friday, and I can see the light so clearly I am almost giddy. Let’s back up about a week and a half:
Thursday we left for Florida, and it was fantastic. We had a direct flight to Orlando and rented a car for our stay. Honestly, the most hectic part of the whole vacation was driving in rush hour traffic from the airport to our hotel. After getting to our hotel, we had some time to get to our room, shower, change, and we headed off to dinner at Medieval Times. We have been to Medieval Times three times now, once 10 years ago just as we started dating, once 5 years ago on our honeymoon, and then again this year. It’s always fun, always delicious, and always fills me with a sense of nostalgia.
The next morning we got on a shuttle and went to Universal Islands of Adventure, and I could feel the excitement and anticipation building like crazy! I made Mike ride with me on The Hulk roller coaster, even though it wasn’t in Harry Potter, because I loved that ride when I was in Florida when I was 12. Again, the nostalgia was overwhelming, and I was all smiles as we walked to the back of the park where the Wizarding world of Harry Potter was located. Going through Jurassic Park, you could see Hogwarts, and Mike had to stop me from running for one of the first times in my life! Being in Hogsmede among the shops and other Harry Potter fans was actually MAGICAL! We spent so much time in the shops, and even not purchasing things for the first hour, I couldn’t get enough! We were in the wand shop, the book shop, a jewelry store, and finally broke down and bought things at HoneyDukes, the candy store! We rode the Dragon Challenge Ride, ate at the Three Broomsticks (delicious!) and my favorite ride of the morning was in Hogwarts! Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey was just the coolest ride, and the line took you inside to explore Hogwarts! After taking in most of Hogsmede, we took the Hogwarts Express to Diagon Alley in Universal Studios, and spent time in the Wesley’s Joke Shop and rode the Gringott’s Ride. We rode the Hogwarts Express back to Hogmede, got a Butter Beer, and made our way back to the front to catch our shuttle to the hotel. However, after a full day of craziness, my legs barely got us back to the shuttle drop point! I could barely move that night!
The next day was a little more laid back, we again went on the Forbidden Journey ride, rode the Dragon Challenge again (there are TWO different roller coasters on this ride, one is faster, one is more intense turns), visited a few more stores, and just spent a bunch of time walking around. We slowly made our way back up front about two hours before we had to, but stopped at several shops to browse, rode one of the rides in the Marvel/DC area, grabbed food and sat a lot. By the time we got to the front for the shuttle again, I wasn’t nearly as tired, but felt I had seen so much and had a perfect vacation!
The next morning, we left our hotel by 4:15 am to get to the airport by 5am for our 7am flight. I was so tired, but it was so worth it to be back home before 10am! My day on Sunday was composed of trying to recoup from vacation and getting as much ready for class as I could before Monday, and I still felt ill-prepared.
On Monday, I felt myself panic about things that had to get done this week. Other than my 40 hours of work, I had 12 hours of school, grocery shoping, a trip to Costco, a mid-week homework day, a full day of cooking freezer meals and cleaning, and Sunday would be getting all of next week’s homework done and supper at my parent’s house…If that doesn’t get you overwhelmed, you are far more level headed than I am.
Monday: Work 7:30-4:00, Anatomy & Physiology 5:30-9:30
Tuesday: Work 7:30-4:00, Anatomy Lab 5:30-9:30
Wednesday: Work 7:30-4:00, grocery shopping after work than homework until I pass out (it was 9pm)
Thursday: Work 7:30-4:00, Medical Lang 5:30-7:20, Anatomy & Physiology 7:30-9:30
Friday: Work 7:30-4:00, Nap at 4, Karaoke at 8:30 (because I will blow if I don’t get me time!)
Saturday: Costco with Mom at 10am, cook 2 soups, breakfast burritos, banana bites & banana bread, clean the house
Sunday: Homework date with my brother, Conner, then supper at my parent’s house
I honestly didn’t think I would make it to Friday, at least without taking a day off, but I did it! I have also decided that my Hufflepuff sweatshirt that was purchased at Universal has magical properties, that will fill me with happy thoughts and allow me to do anything! So today, I’m rocking the Honey Badger pride, NOT passing out at my desk, and just looking forward to an evening of a nap & karaoke before I finish the chaos of this week tomorrow & Sunday. Wish me luck!!!