Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New News

Well ... I posted a bit soon. I'm sorry to inform those that were hoping for a Disney discount that I just got my rejection email from Adventures by Disney. They said that 1200+ applied and they did 250 phone interviews. I feel incredibly sorry for the people doing all those interviews! Maybe next time ...

No News

Latest news in my world is no news! I'm subbing, which is always an experience. Although, kids are much like adults on tour, so it's not much of a stretch. I'm still waiting to hear back from Adventures by Disney on if they want me to go in for a second interview. Other than that, it's nice being home and hanging out with friends and family!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

New Etsy Items

Proud of Myself

I have to share my new project. Last Christmas my mom got me a soldering set - think wood burning kit, but much hotter and with metal! - and I'm just now really trying to use it well. I tried shortly after I got it to solder an adjustable ring together, and it didn't go too well.

I tried again, and look at the pretty charms I made for friends. This is why I'm so proud of myself!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Mighty MO

Missouri gets the short end of the stick as a tourist destination, but it has a lot to offer! This past weekend my mom and I took a road trip toward the St. Louis area.

Our first true tourist stop was in tiny Williamsburg. I would guess the population is around 50. The reason we stopped is for breakfast at Crane's. Crane's began first as a general store, which it still looks like the old general store, with the screen door and wood floors, and most recently it began selling boots and protective wear for the nearby nuclear plant. So we ate in a little greasy spoon, complete with the 10 farmers sitting around a table drinking coffee.

We then headed toward Kimmswick, which is south of St. Louis. You get off the highway, and you would never guess you're so close to the city. It's an old river town (Mississippi River) that's now full of craft shops and such. Mom and I thought it would be a bit more, but the best part was lunch at The Blue Owl. One Kimmswick resident started making tons of baked goods to sell and it turned into a large restaurant that serves 300+ per day, and they aren't even open for dinner!

Sunday morning was Defiance. The night before we drove through Defiance and there was a biker rally going on. I know that's why Mom initially wanted to go, but we decided instead to go to Daniel Boone's home. It was really interesting. If you like history, and you're anywhere close, you should stop by. We had a great guide, which is who Mom is standing by in the photo.

This home was actually Daniel's son, Nathan's home. Daniel Boone was given around 800 acres along the Missouri River by the Spanish government when Boone was commissioned to bring settlers into the territory. Once it became American territory, our government didn't recognize foreign land grants, so Daniel lost his land, but after some time, he did get the land back and immediately sold it to pay off debts. His son bought this piece of land, including the 600+ acres surrounding for the price of a horse, saddle and bridle. Living here was Nathan, his wife, their 14 children, Daniel and Rebbecca Boone.

It's beautiful country, and you can see why Missouri is a beautiful place for a weekend road trip! If only had a vehicle like this to road trip in!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Newfound Photos

A fellow tour director, Kylie, sent me additional photos from our final run on the GrandLuxe Express that I would like to share. Enjoy!

Me, Michele and Kylie at the Lower Falls in Yellowstone

The three of us at Paradise Falls in Mt. Rainier National Park (notice a theme?)

My beautiful birthday cake. Notice the Happy Birthday writing on the rim of the plate. The pastry chef makes these masterpieces while the train is moving!!! I was also given the wonderful Montana Trivia book by my fellow tour leaders. Thanks!

Me on the carousel in Missoula. I'm telling you, this work is grueling!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Denver Downtime

I finally downloaded the photos from my Denver visit with Lisa. I know the anticipation was killing you!

Getting fresh with the buffalo

Me and Lisa - One Mile Above Seal Level - Capitol Steps

(Note: Lisa is willingly touching the grimy steps...)

John and I pose

John joins in on the silly pictures. What a great sport!