Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Visiting Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House: Home of Little Women

"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship."


Today we're sailing to Concord, Massachusetts to visit the home of Louisa May Alcott and her classic, Little Women!


Learning about the real-life Alcott family who lived in Orchard House brought the March family of Little Women completely to life, because of course all the characters in the book were based on Louisa (or "Louy's") real family.  From her impractical and idealistic transcendentalist-philosopher father to her genius mother to her brilliant sisters, Louisa's family was just incredible, and touring the house made me feel like I knew them all.  We got to see May (or Amy!) the artist's sketches, which were everywhere from the cutting board to the walls - and Louisa's "mood pillow" which would be propped up or lying down to warn anybody coming in about whether or not it was safe to go up and chat with her. 😉

I believe the house passed essentially straight from the family and became a museum, so a lot of their original possessions are still in the house.  It made it feel like they had all just gotten up to go for a walk and might be back any second!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Quote Collection: January 2017

One of my resolutions for 2017 is to attempt to do more of the "Quote Collection" blog posts that I've done sporadically on here in the past.  So let's start things off right!  Here are some favorite lines I've picked up from the pages of January...


"I cannot be prevented from pirouetting behind Miss Matthews into prayers."

"She spreads her arms as she comes to [the trees] and takes to the shade like a swimmer."

"Out of me now my mind can pour. I can think of my Armadas sailing on the high waves. I am relieved of hard contacts and collisions. I sail on alone under white cliffs."

The Waves by Virginia Woolf

(been working my way slowly through this for awhile - so many beautiful lines and images!)

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About authors like Wodehouse, Mitford, and Durrell... "One could learn to write from any of them, and I wish more people would. No matter what the genre, good writing alway tells."

Howards End Is on the Landing by Susan Hill

(a non-fiction book about an author revisiting all the books she has collected throughout her life - sounds really enjoyable but somehow wasn't. I did add a few titles to my list of books to check out, and there were some good passages, like the above the quote, but there were also a ton of opinionated presumptions and pretentious name dropping) 

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"Life would be split asunder without letters."

Gift of a Letter by Alexandra Stoddard

(a book about letter writing - somewhat pretentious but somehow in a pleasant way! This author drops quotes instead of names, and there are lots of inspiring lines from the letters of famous writers.)

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"'I get a moral satisfaction out of putting things together,' he said. 'I like to see a thing finished.'"

The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty

(my first taste of Eudora Welty - more about characters than plot, but definitely ideas that have stuck with me)

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"The misfortune of Goldsmith in conversation is this: he goes on without knowing how he is to get off."

Brothers of the Quill: Oliver Goldsmith in Grub Street by Norma Clarke

(excited to read more about Oliver Goldsmith, a contemporary of Samuel Johnson and an author mentioned in Jane Austen!)


You can hear a few more lovely lines in my January Reads video!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The New FROZEN EVER AFTER at Epcot

Before we get any further in this blog post, let us all pause and shed a single tear for the wonderful ride that was MAELSTROM. 😢


Yes, forever shall it be missed.  I still, when riding Gran Fiesta - even while I enjoy the antics of the Three Caballeros - hear whispered echos of the old El Rio del Tiempo script.

Let's be real. I'm probably the one whispering them.

So I have no doubt that "Back, back, over the falls!" will always be playing in my mind when I ride Frozen Ever After.

"All things must change, to something new, to something strange."  I am not going to let the fact that I miss Maelstrom keep me from enjoying Frozen Ever After, which I do think is a beautiful and fun and well-done ride.

It's when they someday replace Impressions de France with some soulless merchandising promotion, that's when I'm going to really get upset. 😉


ANYway, anyone who landed on this page solely to read about the new FROZEN ride in Epcot's Norway Pavilion is by now thoroughly confused and on the verge of giving up, so let's LET IT GO and get on to the new ride!


75 minutes standby. No joke.

Now is the ride worth waiting 75+ minutes in line? Probably not. Is it worth planning ahead and booking a Fastpass+ as early as you can? Definitely.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

AKERSHUS | Epcot Lunch Review

I have a BRAND NEW Disney World restaurant review for you guys today, and I love this place so much that I'm frankly surprised I've never posted about it before...but then again it's on the pricey side, and with four brothers tagging along, princess meals don't happen on every trip for me. ;)


Have you guessed what I'm talking about? Tucked away in a castle in Epcot's Norway Pavilion, this is AKERSHUS! 💖😄


AHkershus or AYkershus, however you chose to say it, this restaurant ticks all the boxes for me: beautiful surroundings, amazing food...


...and of course all my princess besties!
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