4.23.2014

Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World {Giveaway}

I was so flattered when Krista Albrecht, co-author of Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World, reached out to little old me with a complimentary copy of her book AND the offer to give one away to a lucky reader.  As y’all know, I participated in the Cinderella Royal Family 5k in February – my first running event ever and one of the most exciting and memorable weekends of my life.  Since then, I have been working diligently on a couch to 5k training program and have signed up for a race in May with bestie M (although that may not happen now due to an unfortunate tumble down the stairs).  And seeing as I spent the day lying on the sofa, it was perfect timing to dive into Magical Miles!!

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This guide book is a must for anyone planning to participate in a runDisney event, as it provides tips and tricks for incorporating a race into a vacation or vice versa.  Co-authors Krista and Megan have run every race offered by runDisney at Walt Disney World and present loads of information on both race prep and vacation planning, including race transportation, resort accommodations, best pre- and post- race meal selections and how to incorporate park touring around a race day. 
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I thoroughly enjoyed skimming through the book and have ear marked numerous pages for reference. In particular, I loved the information on running routes at the resorts, the thoughts on top quick serve and table service meals in each park and the hints on race day transportation. 

Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World is available in paperback and ebook format on Amazon, Barnes &  Noble and RunnersGuideToWDW.com.  To enter to WIN your own copy, simply post a SEPARATE comment for each of the following – that’s FOUR chances to win!  This giveaway is open to US addresses only.  A winner will be announced on 4/29.

1. Follow Dixie Delights and leave a comment letting me know.
2. Follow RunWDW on Instagram and leave a comment letting me know.
3.  Follow @RunWDW on Twitter, let them know Dixie Delights sent you and leave a comment letting me know.
4. Like The Runner’s Guide to WDW on Facebook, let them know Dixie Delights sent you and leave a comment letting me know.

Good luck!
xoxo

4.22.2014

Amanda 0, Stairs 1

I am generally a positive person, but today it’s all doom and gloom as I’ve spent the last two days in tears.  I tumbled down a set of stairs the Sunday before Easter.  My left leg went up behind me as I slid down and the spot in front of my ankle had a dull pain and a bruise in the days after.  Well, I have been working SO SO hard on my couch to 5k program and didn’t want to give it up.  I went running on it twice last week and, while it hurt at the beginning of the run, it was pretty much painless once I got warmed up.  On Easter I wore big wedges all day (I almost always wear flats in spite of my height) and then I ran on it again Monday morning.  By lunch time I was limping and could barely get around.  When Honey got home from work I was in tears – equally from the pain and from the realization that the race I am planning with bestie M would probably not happen in three weeks.

I called the first podiatrist I could find and took his first appointment today.  I didn’t get a great feeling from him and he didn’t really listen to my long story.  I’m sure he hears sob stories all day, but seriously, he didn’t even pretend to care.  He took at x-ray and said it looked fine.  I walked out of there with a lovely boot type accessory and no clue as to what is wrong.  He said it could be a stress fracture that isn’t showing up yet on the x-ray or tendonitis.  He sold me a month’s worth of pain killers (seriously?!?  I didn’t get that with childbirth or the extraction of my compacted wisdom teeth.) and told me to stay off of it for two weeks and then come back in.

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None of this sits well with me and I had hoped for a few more answers.  I have made my follow up appointment with a doctor referred to me by a friend and wish I’d taken the time to go that route the first time.  Of course, I have done loads of self diagnosing and I feel like it is peroneal tendonitis.  It is mostly found in people with high arches (moi) and often occurs as a side effect of a sprain (makes sense after my fall).  I have read many different accounts of this injury that range from doctors advising it is okay to taper the exercise schedule but to keep running through it to doctors saying to stay off of it for six months.


More than anything, I am incredibly disappointed by the likely possibility that I won’t be running with bestie M.  I know it’s “just” a 5k and “there will be many more”, but I have worked harder at this than I have at anything since having a healthy, live baby when Whit was born.  UGH. Just UGH!

If you need me I’ll be sitting on my sofa.  For the foreseeable future… boo hoo hoo hoo
xoxo

4.21.2014

Honey Celebrates 30 Varsity Style {Flashback} + A Winner

What is Varsity style, you might ask?  Well, only the world’s largest drive-in and a veritable Atlanta institution.  Honey, much like the rest of our clan, absolutely adores the dogs, rings, strings and F.O. of the famed North Avenue establishment.  So, when it came time to plan his 30th birthday nine (cough!) years ago, it was an obvious choice. 

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I had a DJ set up in the garage, and we used the front yard and culdesac for dinner.



Metal paint buckets from Home Depot held pictures of Honey from the beginning of time.  I reused the candle lanterns from our wedding and had confetti made with more favorite pictures of Honey.




Not only were we celebrating the big 3-0, but we were also announcing our first pregnancy!!  I still remember how much fun it was to see everyone’s reaction when they read “Happy 30th Birthday Daddy… wait… DADDY?!?!” on the top of the cake.


Printed golf balls were the perfect favor for Honey and his cronies.  I think they said “Had a Ball on W’s 30th Birthday”.


Everyone left their well wishes in a Varsity book.  This is still fun to look through!


The main attraction was the Varsity truck.  It was so new that it hadn’t even been branded!






While I was hunting down the party pics, I couldn’t resist throwing in a few of our friends and family from nearly a decade ago.  How’s this for a throwback Monday?!?!







That one goes down in history as one of the best.parties.EVER!!!  And after much thought on how to top it next year for FORTY, I think I might just surprise him with some sort of a getaway.  Although a party is terribly hard to resist… :-)
xoxo


PS. The winner of the fabulous b.ivy bow bracelet is...

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Congrats Kelsea!!!  Send me an email with your address and I will get you in touch with b.ivy!!!

4.20.2014

Our Easter

We enjoyed a lovely and relaxed Easter at home with Mother, Daddy-O and Sister’s family. 

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After mass, the littles were anxious to hunt down their baskets that the bunny hid the night before.

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And just as soon as Bird and CeeCee arrived, the backyard egg hunt was ON!!

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They poured through all of their eggs, finding some pretty awesome things like dollar bills and hot wheel cars in the extra lucky ones.  The Easter bunny brought the dads Savannah Bourbon and Sister and I darling monogrammed tees and cute chain bracelets.

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We had a casual lunch on the porch, which was perfect with the beautiful weather.  Mother and I worked like dogs to get it all de-pollinated.

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We had cheddar jalapeno crackers, regular and truffled deviled eggs, dilled potato salad, ham and swiss sammies and salad with Daddy-O’s homemade dressing.  YUM!!

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Sister dazzled us all with her dolled up Piece of Cake caramel cake.  OH MY.  SO yummy!  And, of course, there were Bunny-tinis to go around.

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We literally spent the rest of the afternoon playing and snoozing (the men).  The littles played straight through to sundown in the yard.

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I hope you and yours had a lovely Easter Sunday. 
xoxo

4.19.2014

Easter Saturday

Whit and I spent a lovely Easter Saturday with bestie M and her crew at our club’s annual egg hunt.  Honey stayed home with the PCP and bestie M’s biggest, as their flashlight egg hunt was to occur Friday night but was rained out.  Luckily for the littlest of the littles, the rain moved out of Atlanta just in time for their Saturday hunt!!  Since the driving range where it is usually set up was pretty muddy, the tennis courts had to make do.  It worked just fine as far as the littles’ were concerned and the baby was ecstatic with his haul!!

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We spent our evening preparing for Sunday’s festivities.  A beautiful day is in store for Easter!
xoxo
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