Thursday, January 18, 2018

One Word #OneWord365 #intentional

I first saw this through Joyce Brewer's blog.  She called it a focus word for the year.  I really liked the idea of this instead of making a New Year's Resolution (which rarely actually happen).  After doing some research on the topic, I found OneWord365 to help me get going with the concept.  I came up with one word straight off, but I didn't want to just use the first word that came to mind.  So I made myself slow down and make a list of potential words.  My list included:

Ultimately, though, the first word that came to mind was the one word I kept going back to.

So, my resolution is a word, something I will work on, intentional.  We'll see how well I manage to follow through with this.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Volunteering at the Georgia Aquarium #update

After much thought, I decided to resign from volunteering at the Aquarium.  For the last couple of years I haven't enjoyed working on the floor at the Aquarium like I did when I started.   I have enjoyed working with the Education department (a work week based commitment) and as an Ambassador (seasonal for festivals, and not always a lot of shifts).

The past couple of years I haven't been able to make the minimum required number of hours (100).  This year, they actually enforced the rule that if you don't make minimum, it's a $60 charge to re-up (includes badge, etc)*.  Given that I've been focusing on being a substitute teacher, thus taking away my time during the week to volunteer, and that on the weekends I'd rather spend the time with my family, it means I wouldn't likely make the hours this year either.  I didn't want to pay $60 this year to not make hours and have to pay $60 again next year.

So, after 12 years of volunteering it seems weird to not work on scheduling myself in to volunteer, but I'm sure I'll find something else to do with my time instead.

*When you sign up to volunteer, there is a $60 charge to cover your badge, first uniform shirt, and background check.  You are required to maintain 100 hours minimum/year to remain on "good" standing.  Otherwise, you have to pay the $60 again.  All of this is stated up front when you sign up to volunteer.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

Four feets @WaltDisneyWorld #AnimalKingdom

These are a few of the other four footed animals we saw on our walks.  I can't say mammals as the Komodo is a reptile, but I can call them all four feet. :)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Tigers @WaltDisneyWorld #AnimalKingdom

We had the opportunity to see the new tiger cubs.  Of course, everyone on the trail was excited to see them as well. 

Monday, January 08, 2018

Birds @WaltDisneyWorld #AnimalKingdom

Just a selection of the birds I saw when walking the trails at Animal Kingdom.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Pandora @WaltDisneyWorld #AnimalKingdom

Each Christmas my family and I travel down to the Orlando area to spend time with my parents.  At times we get the chance to go to one of the parks for a day and we alternate which park we go to.  This year my daughter voted for us to go to Animal Kingdom so that we could check out the new Pandora area.  The only downside we had was the 2 hour wait for the river ride.  We got to the park about 8:30-8:40a.  I checked ride times on the "run" to Pandora, 2 hours for Na'Vi River Journey and 5 hours for Avatar Flight of Passage.  We didn't decide to go until the week we were there, so no fast passes for us (all booked up).  We'll wait to go back until the ride isn't quite as "new" and it's off season.