Do YOU Want to Be Part of the Largest Lady and the Tramp Viewing Party Ever?!?!

…well we’ve got all the information on how to do just that! With the D23 Expo coming up, D23’s got plenty of events popping up all over and here at the Second Blog to the Right, we’ll be keeping you … Continue reading

Barre-ing It All!

Ever want to be a ballerina as a little girl, dreaming of dancing around on your tiptoes & twirling around in circles? Nope, me neither! I loved to dance to the beat of my own drum (sometimes that included flailing arms and other silly tactics), but it wasn’t until a few years into my adult life that I actually started to love choreographed dancing. I’ve mostly danced for fun or fitness purposes. Things like Zumba & a few hip-hop classes have been my thing in the past and then of course, line dancing for fun nights out. However, never in a million years did I think I would actually give barre workouts a shot. Its been on the scene for a few years now, there’s a few different methods out there (I have only taken one, but I am sure they are all pretty similar). I came across a deal a month ago & decided to give it a shot. It had me hooked from day one. I had been spinning & lifting for a few months beforehand, maxing out weights, but of course, not wanting to be too “jacked” up. I need something that switches up often to keep me interested & with this, its always changing. So what all does it entail? I can’t give too much away, but tiny little movements that make your muscles shake like crazy is a pretty decent summation. The studio that I go to is a Pure Barre studio and the ladies that teach the classes are fantastic. They will come around the room and make adjustments to your body and help you as much as you need. They are always around before and after classes for any questions comments or concerns. Honestly, I have taken the class without a “workout buddy” & have never actually felt uncomfortable. As for results, I have noticed a lot of changes overall including better posture. My biggest improvement after a month is that I can actually get myself into a split stretch and my goal is to touch the floor one of these days. Tight hips are always a problem for me as a runner. So I just signed up for my second month and plan on continuing to tuck, tighten, and tone with this amazing workout. I hope that you find a little motivation in this to try something new for yourself!

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Update!

Have you heard the big news?!?!? Some big names are appearing at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim! The princess herself, Carrie Fisher, will be appearing on stage and in the Official Pix Autograph Hall. The man who played our favorite worrywart … Continue reading

Rebel Challenge Recap

Well it’s been a little over a week and I believe my Disneyland hangover might finally be cured. Ok so maybe it’s not “cured” per se, but I can say it has somewhat subsided…for the moment.

 So let’s get down to business and discuss the big event. The Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend!!!

In one word? AMAZING!!!

 I wasn’t sure at all what to expect in this event. My thoughts going in went something like this…

“Well, Disneyland is smaller, so how are we going to run 13.1 miles through it?”

“There will be a lot of backstage time.”

“Star Wars Weekends are incredible…in Florida.”

“We’re not running it all on property.”

Even with all of that, I was running 2 Star Wars themed races and excited to challenge myself in the process with 19.3 miles. I knew I’d be seeing my friends, meeting new ones (the inevitable when you are part of the Disney social media community), & traveling to the beloved “Mecca” of it all (& my personal favorite), so to say I wasn’t ecstatic would be an absolute lie.

 So as with any RunDisney race, it all starts at the expo. The merchandise for this event was great…while it lasted. I heard many complaints over the weekend about how many items ran out long before the races were over. For me, I debated a Dooney & Bourke to commemorate my run, but decided against it as I am trying to be sensible (& somewhat frugal) these days. I did buy a few small items; a couple pins and a mug, but nothing too crazy. For running the Rebel Challenge, I ended up with 3 tech shirts and 3 medals, so that helps as memorabilia as well. I didn’t catch much of the guest speakers, but did catch a glimpse of Jeff Galloway. I also heard buzz of Chris Powell and Sean Astin hanging around.

I didn’t attend the Wookie Welcome Party or the 5k on Friday, but heard good things about both. I hung around with a couple of my favorite people (my friends Lisa and Perry) during this time and took advantage of some quality Disneyland time.

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yeah, they love me 🙂

Corn Dog meet ups at Paradise Pier!

Corn Dog meet ups at Paradise Pier!

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bonus footage: got to finally meet up with my friend, Guy!

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bonus footage: a magical moment with Fairy Godmother

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bonus footage: Poof! Genie appeared!

bonus footage: Poof! Genie appeared!

            (Sidenote: I was blessed with the opportunity to hang out in the 1901 Lounge and Club 33 Jazz Club, but that will have to be in another post.)

My friend, Kathryn, also came into town Friday to stay with me.

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May the Course be with You!

 Saturday morning came quickly. Up at 3:45 and out the door within the hour, Disneybound as ewoks, Wicket and Kneesa, we were on our way for our 10k. The first corral started promptly at 5:30am. I was lucky enough to be reunited with some of my favorites in Corral C (my friends James, Jessie, & Heather). Everyone’s favorite droids, C3PO and R2-D2, came out to see us all off along with the emperor of darkness, Darth Vader, and a couple of his stormtrooper pals. The course started at the Disneyland Hotel, a small amount of running through Anaheim and then into the parks, ending back at the Disneyland Hotel. There were a few hills in the beginning, but nothing too crazy (honestly, I LOVE running on hills. We don’t have them in Florida and I used to run hills all the time in Massachusetts.). By the end, I was having such a good run, I was ready to continue on and do the half marathon right then and there. The race route was great and after hearing people compare it to Avengers and the Disneyland Half, it seemed to be a common consensus.

James, Me, Jessie & Heather

Corral C buddies!

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Kathryn & I as Ewoks and 10k finishers!

Kathryn & I as Ewoks and 10k finishers!

10k finishers!

10k finishers!

After the race and a short meet up with my friends, Kathryn and I took a trip to Goofy’s Kitchen to refuel and carb-load with the gang!

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Saturday consisted of some simple park hopping and taking it “easy.” — According to my fitbit (which is not properly calibrated to my long strides), I covered over 20 miles for the day.

James, Perry, Katherine, Jay, Jen, & I

James, Perry, Katherine, Jay, Jen, & I

Sunday morning came much quicker than Saturday and as if I wasn’t already a bear when it comes to mornings, getting ready to run 13.1 miles did not make it any easier or desirable. A prompt 5:30am start again for those in Corral A. A pre-race meet up with Corral C buddies (Jessie & James). The course was somewhat similar with start and finish being the Disneyland Hotel, but hills were cut out and the last 7 miles of the race were outside the parks. There was a ton of course entertainment.; local high school bands and cheerleaders, cosplayers, and members of the 501st. My race highlight came around mile 8 when I finally realized I had been running neck and neck with a member of my favorite boyband, *NSYNC. That’s right everyone, I ran two races with Mr. Joey Fatone. (I screwed up taking a selfie and running at the same time, so I only have a few unflattering videos for my own discression, but a witness in my running partner, Jessie)! Luckily, it wasn’t my first time meeting him, so I won’t die from it. I finally realized during this race that I can actually run with someone, not Joey, my friend Jessie. Having someone who can run right within your pace is key, who knew?! Finish line partying was brief on this day as the pain set in slightly sooner than the day before.

Corral C buddies!

Corral C buddies!

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morning sunrise!

me & my half running partner, Jessie

me & my half running partner, Jessie

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Exhaustion seemed to set in during the course of the day, but some park hopping still occurred.

 So all in all, I have no complaints about this race and cannot wait to do some more Disneyland races! Now that I am moving to California, there will surely be plenty in my future. As for doing the Rebel Challenge again? You bet I will be there for sign up as soon as it’s announced!!!

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Thanks for reading, may the force be with you!!!

Happy Star Wars Year…I mean, 2015!

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…”

Well, it’s true. It seems 2015 is going to be quite the year for Star Wars and your’s truly will be riding that golden X-wing through every Star Wars event possible all the way up to December!

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Photo Credit: Star Wars Facebook page

In just two weeks, I will be participating in RunDisney‘s Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort. I am very excited to be running in the Rebel Challenge (a back to back 10k and half marathon) and earning my Coast-to-Coast medal, as well!

In April, I will be attending Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015 and representing Second Blog to the Right as a member of the media. With the new movie coming out this year, I am hoping I will have some pretty awesome insider info right here for you to check out. We certainly know I will have plenty of photos to share! Celebrities set to appear so far include James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Clone Wars), Freddie Prinze, Jr (voice of Kanan Jarrus in Star Wars Rebels), and Dave Filoni (Executive Producer, Star Wars Rebels).

So if you’re a nerd like me and love Star Wars, stay tuned to the SBTTR for all your Star Wars needs!

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“Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.” – Yoda

Click here for the Official Trailer of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Missing in Action

I’ve been absent from the blogging world lately, caught up in this crazy little thing called life.

It’s been a stressful month or so between vacation, graduation, illness, & other life scenarios, but I feel like I have made it out on top. I’ve had friends come & go (and I am absolutely grateful for the ones that have come into my life). My life in Orlando was short lived, but made me realize a lot about myself and those around me. I’ve got a lot planned for the next 6 months, including a bigger move than the one I made 5 years ago from Massachusetts to Florida. This time, my sights are set on California. I am completely ready for my gypsy soul to carry me across this beautiful country to new adventures and experiences. I feel like anyone I tell about my move immediately follows it up with “what do you plan to do there?” The truth is, I don’t know, and for the first time in my life, I am perfectly comfortable with the unknown journey ahead. So for the next few months, my plans are to work hard and play even harder to soak up every little last bit of my Florida experience. I will focus on the positive and ignore the negative. I can’t wait to share my stories along the way.
Thanks for reading!

“I’ve heard it said,
That people come into our lives for a reason,
Bringing something we must learn,
And we are led,
To those who help us most to grow,
If we let them,
And we help them in return,
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true,
But I know I’m who I am today,
Because I knew you…”

Read more: Wicked – For Good Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Memories in a Song

A line in a song, a riff in a melody, sometimes it just takes you back to a special place in time. I love music. I live my life to the lyrics in a song (or maybe songs are just written about me really often). Some songs bring me right back to a memory of a time in my life that make me smile & some make me burst out in laughter.

Into the Mystic by Van Morrison is no different.

Let me take a you back a few years…

I was tending bar at a local club. We played all sorts of music. One night, I heard a song that I had never heard before. That song was (you guessed it) Into the Mystic.

The melody was beautiful and the words struck me right to the core, but it was what happened next that I remember most vividly.

I looked out into the bar and there it was. A vision I will never forget. Mystic dancing on stage. She danced so beautifully as she interpreted the dance. The way she worked the pole to the ever-so-sensual beat of the song. And I wanna rock your gypsy soul…

So I may have left out a few details. The “club” I was tending bar at was a strip club. Mystic, the dancer, was a stripper. And now, a beautiful, romantic song has this fantastic memory associated with it.