We are heading to Walt Disney World at the end of January 2015 and have been working with a travel agent to plan our trip. Even though much of our plaWe are heading to Walt Disney World at the end of January 2015 and have been working with a travel agent to plan our trip. Even though much of our planning has already been done I still found this book helpful in understanding how things have changed in the three years since we were at Disney last.
Walt Disney World can be very overwhelming in the number of choices that need to be made before you even arrive in order to have a pleasant stay. This can be tricky even if you haven't been there before but nearly impossible if you have no idea what hotels or travel around the Orlando area can be like. The Fodor's 2015 book breaks down each choice into manageable options and describes things well enough that people should be able to feel comfortable with their decision. I absolutely LOVE the simple lists that break down hotels, restaurants, and attractions in an easy to compare format.
Although this information is available online and through a travel agent, it is nice to have it all gathered in one place and in a grab and go format. I know I can find the list of rides that have height restrictions online but I have to hunt for it every time. Fodor's provided it on one page of this book. I also love the lists of rides that have Fast Pass available in each park, although I did notice that the Frozen Sing A Long is missing from the list for Hollywood Studios. There was also no mention of Wandering Oaken's Frozen Snowground but this may be only a temporary attraction.
I also appreciated the chapters on other Orlando attractions including both of the Universal Studios parks and Sea World. We have always been Disney people but have tossed around the idea of adding Universal Studios to a trip at some point. Now I can tell we want to wait until the kids are older for that.
Overall Fodor's Walt Disney World with Kids 2015 is a great resource for both new and seasoned Disney planners. I would recommend this book even if you are working with a travel agent because it will give you a better handle on how to navigate the World for a truly magical time....more
Being intentional is one of the things that I am trying to focus on this year as a foundation for living a more intentional life. I want to be more awBeing intentional is one of the things that I am trying to focus on this year as a foundation for living a more intentional life. I want to be more aware of myself in each moment and truly understand how my choices and actions are impacting those around me. Although this book is based on being an intentional leader in a business setting, I still found that many of the questions and techniques presented by Mindy Hall, PhD apply just as well to my life as a stay at home mom. I was not able to directly connect to the majority of the examples given because of their corporate nature, however I still came away with information of value and I look forward to exploring some of the additional online resources that are available at leadingwithintentionbook.com...more
Landline is the first book I have read by Rainbow Rowell but from reading reviews of this book and her others I can tell that it will not be the last.Landline is the first book I have read by Rainbow Rowell but from reading reviews of this book and her others I can tell that it will not be the last.
After reading a few heavy books, lengthy and emotional, Landline was a fast, light read even though it addressed a marriage in trouble. Georgie McCool writes comedy with her best friend, Seth, for a television sitcom. Her husband, Neal, is the stay-at-home dad to their two girls and is fundamentally unhappy. When Neal and the girls go visit his family without her at Christmas time, Georgie wonders if he has left for good this time. While taking refuge at her mother's house, Georgie drags out an old, yellow phone to call Neal and ends up connecting with the Neal that left her fifteen years before. She wonders if this is her chance to set things right or change something fundamental in their history.
The entire book felt like it was written in short scenes, as if it were a television show. Often the dialog and the characters felt like we were only getting to know them on the surface. At the end of the book I was left wondering what happened next? How did things actually work out with Georgie's job and her marriage? Could she really hold on to both? Landline was enjoyable while it lasted but it never felt like much insight was gained or that the main issues the characters were facing were actually resolved....more
I enjoyed Dragonfly in Amber, possibly even more than Outlander, but the book was too bloody long. Although I loved learning more about the charactersI enjoyed Dragonfly in Amber, possibly even more than Outlander, but the book was too bloody long. Although I loved learning more about the characters and getting to know new ones, I felt like it took me forever to get through this book. By the time I reached the end I had already forgotten parts from the beginning.
I will continue with the series but I'm going to take a break and read some shorter books for a bit until I feel like I can tackle another one of this length....more
I wasn't entirely sure that I wanted to read Not My Daughter because of the heavy teen pregnancy subject matter. Although it is a heavy book, it was sI wasn't entirely sure that I wanted to read Not My Daughter because of the heavy teen pregnancy subject matter. Although it is a heavy book, it was still enjoyable to me. The focus isn't so much the teen girls who get pregnant as it is how their mothers and the entire town react to the news. The focus is mainly on Susan because she was pregnant at seventeen and is now the principal of the school these girls attend. Friendships and loyalties are tested as she struggles to both contain the publicity of the situation, fight for her job, and emotionally deals with the fact that her own daughter is pregnant.
The adults in this book were far more interesting than the teenagers. The girls went into pregnancy with incredibly naive ideas regarding the fallout, physical and emotional, for themselves and their parents. They had no regard for the boys involved and were entirely selfish in their reasons for wanting children....more
This is the final book in the Hollows series and I am sad to see it end. I have grown to love Rachel Morgan, Ivy Tamwood, Jenks, Trent Kalamack, and eThis is the final book in the Hollows series and I am sad to see it end. I have grown to love Rachel Morgan, Ivy Tamwood, Jenks, Trent Kalamack, and even Al over the years I have been reading these books. It is only fitting that the final book has elves, demons, vampires, witches, weres, and humans fighting for control with Rachel being moved around like a chess piece. Many questions from previous books were finally answered and the ending feels fitting for all that Rachel has endured. If you are a fan of the Hollows, The Witch With No Name is a must read. If you haven't discovered the Hollows yet start with Dead Witch Walking and read them in order from there....more