Star Wars-ing: Star Wars Links

Disney Gives Opening Details for Avatar, Star Wars Lands:  Actually, it will open up in both American parks in 2019.  I have a bad feeling about this: we will get an annual pass.

The Horror Mythos Behind Star Wars: A good article but one that could definitely be expanded.

When Will We See the First Footage from ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’?:  Rumor article about when we will see the first trailer for The Last Jedi.  If it follows form it should be at celebration.

GALACTIC FOOD AND DRINK ON THE STAR WARS DAY AT SEA DISNEY CRUISE:  A look at the Star Wars theme food on the Star Wars Cruise. To learn more about Star Wars Cruises click here.

Running and Eating: Disney 5K and the Food and Wine Festival

At the 2009, Food And Wine Food Festival

Kurt and Cristina at the 2009 Food and Wine Festival

We have been running for about three months. We are proud of what we have accomplished because this is actually the third time we have tried the C25K program. To make sure we stayed on course this time, we signed up for a race even before we started. And we made sure it was one that we had to run because the amount of money we would be spending: The Halloween 5K at Walt Disney World.

We have had some setbacks. It was nearly impossible to run during the week of the smoke monster (aka the marsh fire) and tropical storm Lee. Also, Cristina’s flu episode postponed any running we tried in the last two weeks. We ran yesterday, which was the first time for Cristina since her illness. We might not set any records but finishing will be a victory in itself.

Now, we are also going to treat ourselves while we are there due to the fact it is the kickoff of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We attended this a couple of years ago and literally tried to eat our way around the world. There are plenty of booths each representing a country or a specific region of a country selling tasting plates along with a couple of small glasses of wines. The plates are not very expensive, so if you go to spend as if you are eating in a fine dine restaurant, you can get tons of great tasting food. During the day, there are cooking demonstrations and wine tastings. Knowing that we are going to be tired after our run and will be in need of a nap, we decided to buy tickets for the special Half-Marathon party that ends in Epcot. Hopefully, watching people run the half-Marathon will inspire us to run it next year.

We will try to have a complete report when we get back!

Running: Walking to Raise Cancer Awareness

Lockport 5k Race

Getting geared up for the race.

5k race in Lockport

And we're off!

On September 11, we traveled down to Lockport to run a 5K Fun Run to help with Cancer Awareness.  The only problem was that Cristina woke up sick that morning.  However, we were going to complete the 5K no matter what.

The start and end of the race was at the Bayou Side Park on the Company Canal.  The town of Lockport has done a great job in making this an attractive place for people to meet.  The park has a nice walking track, sign posts explaining the history and science of the region, benches and plenty of shade.  The only thing the park doesn’t have, and there really isn’t a way to correct this, is ample parking.  The event had a DJ, health screening and plenty of treats for sale.

The race started earlier than we were told it would so we didn’t get a very good warm up.  It really didn’t matter because Cristina truly wasn’t feeling well.  So we power walked most of it.  I pointed out where friends of mine grew up, where relatives lived, and where I went to school.  We passed in front of the church where we got married.  We actually finished the race in forty-seven minutes.  The first couple of weeks that we started the Couch to 5K (C25K) it would take us thirty-eight minutes to run walk two miles.  When we are both feeling well we are confident we can break the forty minute mark.

Even though we really only ran about three-quarters of a mile, we know we can be successful at our next 5K: The Wine and Dine 5k in DisneyWorld.

5k race in Lockport

Pushing through until the end.

Traveling: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Travel

This blog started as basically a blog about me learning how to cook with Crisitna writing candidly about what it was like to eat my food. However, our other interests started to creep in and wanted a voice. Well, our other big mutual interest is travel.

While Cristina documented her love for travel in an earlier blog, my love for travel took a bit longer to develop. I was content with watching the Travel Channel. It wasn’t until right after Cristina and I started to dating that I realized that not only do I like to travel but it was good for me as well.

I’m a teacher. However, I also assumed a lot more responsibilities that year outside of being a teacher and a coach. The work wasn’t hard it was just very time-consuming and deadline centric. I was basically causing a lot of stress for myself. Too make matters worse, I had just been through a battery of medical tests to rule out bladder cancer. The tests ruled out cancer (not sure what it was because it cleared up itself), but thinking you might have cancer is not a pleasant experience.

On a whim in the parking lot on the last day of school before the holiday, I asked Cristina if we could go to Disney World for the Easter break. No homework, no calling vendors, no writing newspaper articles. Nothing but riding rides, eating food (the good, the bad, and the ugly) and maybe trying to drink around the world in Epcot. Luckily, her best friend and sister live in the Orlando area so accommodations weren’t that hard to come by. So the day after Easter we packed the car and took off.

What a difference a week makes. I walked in a 35-year-old and walked out a seven-year old. Cristina remarked on our last day that I had smiled for the entire week. Even when I was sleeping.

I came back and handled the rest of the school year with ease. Now, I’m willing to travel anywhere at any time. It’s good for me.

Writing about Europe, Washington, and the Arts Market also make me feel better. Some posts may be silly, exciting, or boring. However, the experience meant something to me. Therefore, if you have been with this blog from the beginning you may have noticed an evolution of this blog. Not only will it be about our dining and cooking experiences, it will be about all of our experiences.

Sometimes, however unlikely, even a trip to an exotic locale such as Kenner can yield an experience worth writing about.