taking it easy – with help from jon

jon bon jovi

it’s sunday.

i woke up from a very pleasant dream with the above man gracing his presence during my nocturnal drift. in my dream, i dreamt about work. there was a lot of stress in my dream. new management (i.e. new bosses) wanted me to figure out things that were not under my area of expertise. i was still tied to my old boss, somehow, in regards to networking… we had an argument. i was pissed at him. co-workers, past and present, were not being cooperative.

and then, a moments break within all this dream madness, had me in a coffee shop. i just walked away from it all just to take a break. as i waited for the barista to hand over my coffee, jon bon jovi was standing there next to me. he was so open. so friendly. we started talking right away.

the bar where people were waiting for their order was really crowded. he was sitting on a stool and let me lean on him. but the leaning was not just physical. it was supporting me emotionally as well. everything his body language communicated to me was, you need to take a breather.

so, no, it wasn’t that type of dream. nothing naughty, i’m afraid. while i find this celebrity sexier now in his 50’s (what is it about men looking even better in their 50’s?) for whatever reason, my subconscious mind chose him to be my voice of reason. how fun is that! it’s like a bit of humour my subconsciousness was trying to add in… a message of, lighten up! here… let me give you jon bon jovi for the night…

sure, there were some innocent flirting. why not give my ego some stroking while it’s at it, right? i didn’t mind – i thoroughly enjoyed having jon’s gentleman-like, yet sexy, attention.

so, last night, i went to bed with plans to do a lot today. doug is on shift, chaeli is at her grandparents’ place… it was originally a day of getting a head start for the up coming week.

then i woke up. and asked myself, why?

i planned to wake up, have cereal and go to the gym for an hour cardio session. i then planned to fold laundry, load the dish washer, unload the dishwasher, make my breakfast, egg-white, veggie omelettes for the week… another workout at home, this time the chest and back p90x strength routine… and somehow, during all that, work on some projects for work.

on a sunday where we’re going to see spring-like conditions – sunny and double-digit temperature – why would i do that to myself?

would jon have agreed on this? of course not. my nocturnal angel of reason would have shaken his head, laughed and tell me to knock it off.

and so, i slept an hour more, got up to walk hobbes while enjoying the fresh, morning air, then came in for a leisurely breakfast. i’m now sipping my lovely, aromatic coffee while blogging. and googling images of jon while i’m at it.

there are things i still have to do today and that is the reality. my family needs clean underwear, of course. and the dishwasher IS full.

but what i will do – i will go out and take advantage of the sunny afternoon. i will take hobbes for a longer walk and just enjoy the smell of spring. and for sure, i’ll enjoy another cup of coffee this afternoon.

i’m learning to be more gentle to myself. sometimes, it starts with just the small stuff. with a little help of an 80’s rock icon.

guilty pleasures no. 63

guilty pleasures no. 63

daryl, daryl, daryl… how could i not give you your very own post in my list of guilty pleasures?

read on to learn why i think daryl is by far one of the best walking dead characters…

Disney World 2013 – Epcot

ah… Epcot. nothing is as classic as The Magic Kingdom where you really feel the magic of disney come to life. but there’s something about Epcot that holds a special place in my heart. i suppose, back in the days, it was the first place that focused a great deal of its attractions on the future. on how we might live in the future. on the technology of the future.

some attractions still show a bit of this retro, epcot-style. Spaceship Earth now lets you choose your own preview of your future at the end of the ride where you answer some questions and then see a little animation short (with your head on a cartoon body). the living land ride still has a showcase on some of the advanced ways of agriculture which includes ways to grow crops in harsher environments. but i miss horizons – a ride that solely was about living in futuristic harsh environments like mars, the dessert or in the seas. and while the nemo and friends pavilion is still impressive, the ride is horrible! i so miss the living seas ride which took your capsule into these tubes that went smack in the middle of the large aquarium. i am hoping that epcot gets back on track in regards to an expo of the future as it was originally envisioned to be.

still, we did enjoy going on Soaring, a simulated IMAX style hang-gliding adventure, Test Track, a high speed obstacle test track of model cars, and Mission Space, where the riders are the first chosen astronauts for the first mission to mars (lead by Gary Senise). in fact, it was our first time going on Mission Space – we had the opportunity to go on both the less intensive green mission and more intensive (stronger g-force feel) orange mission over and over again because the line-ups rarely exceeded 10 minutes wait time. all three of these rides were the newest to Epcot and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Test Track is quite the adrenaline rush and at the moment, is my favourite of this particular theme park.

disney world epcot

– this character dining experience included an 8×10 photo with the featured princesses

for another character dining experience, we headed back to one we did in 2009 – The Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. this time, though, only five princesses were present (the last time, there were seven). but as it was chaeli’s birthday, she got a birthday card autographed by all the princesses that were present that day (she actually got autographed cards from each character dining restaurants we went to).

one thing i like about this dining experience is the food. while it is an all-u-can eat style, only the cold food is at the buffet stations. the hot food is made fresh and served right to your table. you could order more but the platter is so huge we have a hard time finishing it the first time around. the cold buffet station is filled with a few types of smoked fish, fresh fruit and great pastries.

while we didn’t have time to visit all the different countries of the showcase in-depth, we made sure to walk around and admireĀ  the designs. i mentioned to doug that when chaeli is all grown up and we’re semi-retired, him and i should come back just the two of us. at night, Epcot’s World Showcase is quite romantic.

disney world epcot

rockin’ it with Off Kilter

one of the best things about Epcot’s World Showcase are all the different entertainment you can encounter. i made sure we had a chance to stop off at the canadian pavilion to check out Off Kilter… a scottish bag-pipe, folk inspired rock band. they were fantastic!

disney world epcot

oktoberfest polka music

for another table service credit, we made reservations at The Biergarten in the Germany pavilion. the entertainment was pure oktoberfest style. as was the tables of 10 people each. we were seated with a family of five who were all just lovely. i wanted to just give their teenage daughter a big hug – she was just such a sweetie! the food was buffet style and really, really good. as was the german beer.

the 40’s club

it hurts to be back at the daily grind. it really hurts.

i wanted to just crawl back under the covers this morning. but one has to make a living!

these past few days were quite blissful, though. so, at the least, we slowed down our pace for a more relaxing way to start the new year.

last thursday, i joined the 40’s club. turning 40 hasn’t been all that bad. when i think back, turning 35 (or more so, 36, 37 and 38) were a little more intense. mainly because ever since 35, i have been preparing myself for the big 4-0.

i do feel older – my body feels it, at least. aches and pains come about more easily and stay a bit longer. but there’s also something nice about turning 40. i think as i age, especially with each decade, i become more comfortable in my own skin.

in fact, as far as my fitness goes, i’m at the happiest level i’ve ever been in. which might seem very ironic, considering that i looked my best in my mid to late 20’s. i was much faster, stronger… tighter! youth was on my side as far as appearance. yet, back then, i was never satisfied with the way i looked. nor my performance. image played a stronger influence in how i pushed myself. and i definitely pushed myself way too much. i, actually, hurt my body rather than love it.

so now, i’m slower, at a higher body fat percentage (though within norm) and my youthful years are far behind me. still… i’m more flexible (thank you, yoga) and only a little less stronger than before. i’ve got more agility and while i do get some minor aches and pain, the chronic lower back pain that i ignored too often is now gone.

do i wish i could have my 27 year old body back? yes – in a heartbeat. but only if it could be accompanied by some of my strengths now.

anyway, chaeli got a bit of the flu over christmas so all birthday plans with my family were cancelled. which was, actually, a perfect way to celebrate my birthday. nothing personal against my family, it’s just that finding solitude and days of doing nothing with just doug and chaeli, are extremely hard to come by. i couldn’t find a better way to celebrate my 40th, really.

on the 30th, ada and hoa came back from the west coast (for good) and met up with most of our posse for dim sum in china town (only 1 family could not make it). it felt good to all be together. and in my heart, i celebrated my birthday quietly with my good friends.

on the 31st, cathy and greg were kind enough to have chaeli and i (plus hobbes) over to celebrate with just them and their two kids. they knew doug was working and took us in to their own household for a peaceful and intimate way of ringing in the new year.

finally, on new year’s day, my last day of my holiday vacation, doug came home and i began 2013 with one hour of yoga, followed by a lazy day in pj’s while starting the 3rd season of The Vampire Diaries.

yoga and vampires – what better way to start the new year?