To You and Yours

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

IMG_2128

Christmas morning bliss.

I am taking it slow this morning and enjoying sleeping in and lazing about.  Which translates into wrapped up in my “Believe” blanket and sipping Candy Cane coffee.

I do have a 30 minute run to accomplish today as part of training so it was quite a treat to wake up to this view after 2 days of dense fog and off & on again rain.

Trust

Trust me I know how spoiled I am to have a view like this out my window.

I can finally see DC again, it’s a Christmas miracle!  Also according to my weather app it is about 54 degrees out…. so I get to run outside on Christmas and not be freezing! Y’all this is  unbelievable, not to mention a boost to my motivation.

I’m off to enjoy a easy peasy holiday.  Wishing you all an exciting & relaxing day as wall.

Keep it merry & fierce!

-Little Red

Do you complete training runs on holidays or rearrange them?  What’s your favorite part about the holidays?

Not Your Typical Christmas Eve

A few days ago we started looking at ya know actually planning the rest of our trip to Disney for the Expedition Everest Challenge in May.  Kind of important stuff.

Prompted by an email from Disney with an offer for 35% off of stays which happened to fall in our travel dates for the event I began my research.

Ever since our trip last November for Wine & Dine my family has joked I would make a great Disney travel agent. Truth is: I love doing the research and the planning and the  logistics of it all.  So I settled in with coffee and my grandmother to do just that.

{Side note: how does one become a Disney Travel Agent? ‘Cause I would love that job}

Research tools.

Research tools.

Me & my dad will be running the race as a team, and my grandmother will be coming along as a supporter and travel companion. (Because she is awesome like that!)

Last time we split our stay between the Polynesian and The Animal Kingdom Lodge, and while both resorts were beyond amazing we found the transportation and Animal Kingdom to be just too stressful for our group.  So, even thought this is the only race host resort in the Deluxe tier we ruled it out.

We knew we wanted to spend some time at Epcot for the Flower & Garden festival that will be going on and low and behold we came across a pretty unbelievable rate for a Beach Club Villa Studio (cheaper than the other deluxe level hotels, cheaper thane even some moderates, and most unbelievably to me: cheaper than Art of Animation, a value resort!!!!)

See I even took a photo to prove it

See I even took a photo to prove it

So we decided that would be our best option (fully knowing it will make race day travel a bit more complex, remember I like research).  However, because my dad will be traveling from Reno, NV we wanted to triple check the dates with him.

IMG_2127

We settled in for an extremely chill Christmas Eve with some wine and……

A CHRISTMAS PIZZA!!! (I told you it was chill)

IMG_2126

All red & green for the occasion.

I randomly decided to check the rates again a bit later only to discover the Beach Club Villa room had been snatched up.  Really I shouldn’t have been surprised considering how shocked I was at the deal. After doing some additional research on Disney’s cancellation policies and such we decided to pull the trigger and put a deposit down on the same dates for a only slightly higher price at the Yacht Club!

So there you go. That’s my unconventional Christmas Eve.

Now I get to start the fun part of dining reservations (did you know we are already past the 180 day out mark???? Crazy right!)

And back to tracking Santa! Merry Christmas.

Keep it celebratory & fierce!

-Little Red

Have you ever had a non-typical holiday?  Where are your favorite places to dine or stay in Disney World?