Disneyland Mythbusters

This is a post I wrote over a month ago to go with one that is being posted on another blog. I know Shtev would want me to begin posting my normal, happy things, but I am just not ready to yet. But, hopefully more will follow sometime down the road soon. I actually pre-dated this so it did not show up in between my thoughts on Steve. 

Hello, everyone! Today I am over at A Little Too Jolley, visiting Brooklyn and debunking or confirming some myths floating around the internet regarding Disneyland!! 

This post is a continuation of what you will find by visiting her today! Jump, skip and frolic on over to her neck of the woods to find out more mythbusters about the happiest place on earth {and the first part of this blog post}.

5. Mark Twain's Riverboat: You can ask a cast member to pilot the boat

Fact. If you ask a cast member very nicely, they will let you captain the ship! If someone has already asked to do it, you may have to wait until the next go-around. You even get a certificate saying you piloted the riverboat! 

6. Indiana Jones: There is entertainment set up for the wait in line

True. If there is a long line at Indiana Jones, no fear, they have provided a couple of fun little entertainers along the way!  First, find the curved bamboo post (it will be on your left and it will say "Do not touch the pole").

You will be able to move it in a circular motion. Do so really fast and see what happens!

Next, as you keep walking, you will come to this rope that commands you not to pull it ... DO!

In addition, throughout the ride you will find writings on the walls in "Mara". You can ask a cast member for a decoder so you can decode all the messages while waiting in line!

7.  Snow White's Scary Adventure : Secret Fun Here Too

True. See that golden apple? Rub it and see what happens!

8. Hidden Mickey's Throughout the Park

True. Throughout the entire park there are inserted subtly into the design of rides, attractions and other locations throughout the park.  I personally try to find it on every ride and they can sometimes be quite tricky! When I go with friends, we actually would make it a competition to see who could find the most on the rides.

Here are some more obvious ones just throughout the park.

Spoiler alert! Here is one of my favorites, from Thunder Mountain!

9. Disneyland has lots of cats!

There is a rumor that Disneyland (specifically California Adventure) was infested by mice! Eek! And to eliminate this problem, Disneyland brought in a lot cats to get rid of them. This is true! And also can easily be turned into a game, to see who can see a cat first or to see who can see the most cats! P.S. They usually come out at night, but (spoiler alert!) look carefully while on Grizzly Rapids in California Adventure to see what you can find!

Now head on over to visit Brooklyn to find out some more and let me know if I missed anything! :)


Facebook Finds Friday

It's Friday. Already.

Not that I am complaining. It's just with recent develops in my life, every day feels like Saturday. Except for Sundays. So my weeks look like this: Saturday, Saturday, Saturday, Saturday, Saturday, Saturday, Sunday.

And it is really hard to keep my days straight. 

Buuut, whatevs. 

Which is your favorite? The gas masks, the hug one, or maybe the Arizona flood one.

Which ones are YOUR favorite?

The location of the tub, though .... this is actually at a resort 45 minutes away from my home. 


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Where were you?

It appears as if each generation has a "Where were you?" event. 

For my grandparents, it was Pearl Harbor.

For my parents, it was the assassination of JFK.

For me {and for us} it is 9/11. 

That fateful morning 13 years ago, I had gotten up to go on a morning run before the seven o'clock hour. I remember we ran a run we called Second Bridge. I remember  we were told to go an easy pace, eight-minute miles. I remember my coach joking how I was a human speedometer because he could tell me what pace he wanted us to run and like clockwork, I would be able to find it. 

As I got into the car to head home after that morning run, I heard on the radio an alert, unlike any I had heard before. I learned that a single airplane had crashed into a building in New York City called the World Trade Center. 

Before the seven minute car ride home was complete, information was being given about the tragedy being a terrorist attack. By the time I had reached home and turned on the TV, the second plane had already hit. 

It was a day I will never forget ... not just for the lives lost, but for the unity it brought to America. We.were.one.that.day.  United we did stand. 

Where were you when you heard? 

Feel free to leave a comment or leave your link and I will come visit your page.


Mindy's Top 10 Must Read LDS Talks

When I was in college I was such a nerd. And not an academic nerd. I was a Church nerd. And I loved it! {I guess that's what happens when you aspire to be and become a high school seminary teacher, but I digress}.

I was such a nerd that I would actually write my favorite quotes from Church leaders and scriptures on pieces of paper and essentially turned it into a wallpaper for my bedroom. No lie. If only I had photos to prove it.

While I no longer wallpaper my bedroom walls with words of inspiration, I thought I would share my 10 of my favorite LDS talks. It's really difficult to pick out my favorites and I know everyone has their own, but these are just so, so, so good that they made the list!

1. The Virtue of Kindness by Joseph Wirthlin

At a glimpse: "Kindness is the essence of greatness and the fundamental characteristic of the noblest men and women I have known. Kindness is a passport that opens doors and fashions friends. It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes."

2. An  High Priest of Good Things to Come by Jeffrey R. Holland

At a glimpse: “Don’t give up, boy. Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead—a lot of it—30 years of it now, and still counting. You keep your chin up. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come.”

3. The Lord Thy God Will Hold Thy Hand by W. Craig Zwick 

At glimpse: "“It is the wounded Christ who leads us through our moments of difficulty. It is He who bears us up when we need more air to breath or direction to follow or even more courage to continue."

At a glimpse: "If someone hurts you so much that your feelings seem to choke you, forgive and you will be free again." See a fantastic video clip of a portion of the talk here. LOVE.IT.

5. Peace - A Triumph of Principles by Marvin J. Ashton

At a glimpse: "When sorrow, tragedy, and heartbreaks occur in our lives, wouldn't it be comforting if when the whisperings of God say, 'Do you know why this has happened to you?' we could have the peace of mind to answer, 'No, but You do.'"

6. Grateful in Any Circumstance by Dieter F. Uchtdorf 

At a glimpse: "We are made of the stuff of eternity. Endings are not our destiny."

7. The Edge of the Light by Boyd K. Packer

At a glimpse: "[Harold B. Lee] said [to me], 'The trouble with you is you want to see the end from the beginning.' I replied that I would like to see at least a step or two ahead.' Then came the lesson of a lifetime: 'You must learn to walk to the edge of the light, and then a few steps into the darkness; then the light will appear and show the way before you.'"

At a glimpse: “Many small people in many small places doing many small things can alter the face of the earth.”

9. None Were with Him by Jeffrey R. Holland

At a glimpse: "Trumpeted from the summit of Calvary is the truth that we will never be left alone nor unaided, even if sometimes we may feel that we are."

10. However Long and Hard the Road by Jeffrey R. Holland

At a glimpse: “My concern is that you will face some delays and disappointments at this formative times in your life … and when some of those challenges come you will have the temptation common to us all to say, ‘This task is too hard. The burden is too heavy. The path is too long.’ And so you decide to quit, to simply give up. No, to terminate certain kinds of tasks is not only acceptable but often very wise. If you are, for example, a flag pole sitter then I say, ‘Come on down.” But in life’s most crucial and telling tasks, my pleas is to stick with it, to persevere, to hang in and hang on, and to reap your reward”


If you have favorites that I missed, please share in a comment! 


Facebook Finds Friday

I cannot remember the last time I did one of these! Which is your favorite??


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