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Some misc EPCOT pages

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Review: HONCARDO Hard-shell Luggage

As I have mentioned before, I have a big trip coming up!  I have been debating getting some hard-shell luggage for a while now, so when I saw the HONCARDO Hard-Shell luggage I just had to check it out.  This is a set of 3 different sized suitcases – 20″, 24″ and 28″.  I believe only the smallest one will count as a carry-on sized luggage and the other two would need to be checked, I would have preferred if the second one was more in the 21-22″ inch range to be a larger carry-on sized bag but that’s ok. The yellow and navy color reminded me of minions and I am kind of half tempted to modify the luggage to make them look more like minions!

All 3 of the suitcases came packed inside each other, like Russian nesting dolls which will be great for when they need to be stored.  They also each have a TSA approved zipper lock on them. I haven’t really played around with that too much yet though.  They seem to have a lot more room than my cloth sided luggage and I love how one side has a zipper close so you can really stuff in a lot and then hold it all in there while the other side has straps that can be criss-crossed to hold things in.  Throw in some packing cubes on that side and you are good to go! I am not sure how I will adjust to it having no outside pockets, but that is the price to pay for a hard shell case.  They are also very light, weighing in at under 4lbs each for the 2 larger sizes and under 3 for the smaller one (based on my hand held luggage scale, nothing scientific)  I also really like that they have 360 spinner wheels as I refuse to use any luggage that doesn’t! They are just so much more convenient for me with the spinner wheels.

Honcardo International is specialized in luggage and travel accessories.  Each collection is designed with high quality, durability and performance in mind to meet the ideals of consumers who are planning a weekend getaway, business trip, or an all-out adventure.

    HC1109 collection, bi-color vibrant design.

  • durable ABS co-extruded with PC film expands for added packing capacity.
  • Three-digit TSA accepted combination lock adds extra security, and360-degree double spinner wheels for easy maneuverability.
  • Fully lined interior zippered divider and cross straps to keep clothes neatly pressed in transit

Check them out and get your own at Amazon!

I received this product at a discount in order to write this review, all opinions are 100% my own.

 

Book Review: Rasputin’s Supernatural Dating Service

Rasputin was one of my favorite people to learn about in History class, so when I saw that this book was about him, I had to check it out! It ended up being one of the strangest books I think I have ever read.  For me, it kind of missed the mark, I think that the humor was a bit off – maybe over my head?  But if you’re looking for a quick really weird read about Frankenstein and Werewolves and all other sort of mystical and sci-fi characters, then this would be the book for you!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Monsters, ghosts, dead, undead, and Frankensteins still unsure if they’re depressed because they’re abominations against existence or if it’s just been forever since they’ve been laid, all can find love with Rasputin’s Supernatural Dating Service!
Eli Kowalski has seen his share of freaks as a Certifier for Rasputin’s Supernatural Dating Service. It’s his job to weed out the real monsters from the weirdos with too much black lipstick. While on a routine certification, he comes across the Tablet of Nicaea. A powerful witch and self-proclaimed “Men’s Rights Activist” wants to steal the tablet and use it to kill all supernatural creatures so that “nice guys” like him can have a better chance with women. Eli must unite with the supernatural policing agency, the witch’s ex-girlfriend, and the constantly-naked Rasputin to save supernatural creatures in the name of love. He’ll probably excuse himself from Rasputin’s victory orgy, though.
Rasputin’s Supernatural Dating Service casts a humorous, silly light on romance in the paranormal community. Fans of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens and Christopher Moore’s A Dirty Job will find similarities in the book’s comedic treatment of the supernatural.

Throwback Thursday: Tinted Windows 8/4/09

Headliner: Tinted Windows
Opener(s): N/A
Venue: Mohegan Sun Wolf’s Den
Cost: $0

Setlist:

 

Concert #500 – John Mayer at TD Garden

I knew that my 500th concert was going to be coming up, but with adding and removing shows from my list I wasn’t exactly sure what was going to shake out to be #500. Turned out with the addition of the “Freestyle 90s” show the night before, John Mayer got the honor of being #500.  For his “Search for Everything” tour he broke up the set into different chapters.  The show kicked off with him doing a full set, then an acoustic set of just him and DRH, the JM Trio made its triumphant return to the stage for Chapter 3, then back to to full band, the encore and the epilogue.  We had a chance to see the setlist that was “version 1” on the side of the stage – he only ended up changing one song. (And Why Georgia was spelled wrong on it, fyi.)

It had been quite some time since I had last seen John and I was really, really pumped for this show and he did not disappoint.  Some other reviews have said that his voice didn’t sound the same, and I didn’t notice it in the moment, but listening back to the show that was posted on archive.org, there is a bit of a difference and it did seem like it took him a few songs to get warmed up.  I did also see him spray his throat when he left the stage during the set changes in between the chapters.

I was hoping for more songs from the upcoming album release to be included in the set, but I guess he is holding them out for after the album was released – which I guess makes it a good thing that I am going to see him again in August.  He did play a few of my favorites – Gravity and Vultures and Johnny B. Goode was the tour debut of that song.

The highlight was probably when he talked to his central nervous system.  As I had gotten no sleep the night before and wasn’t getting any sleep that night either I could totally relate. “Yeah, hi, central nervous system? I owe you… I owe you like a night of sleep. Listen, I’m not going to pay that tonight. What happens if I deal with that tomorrow? Oh, horrible day at work? Got it. Wish that I was dead for 12 hours? Good. Ok.  That’s fine. Please don’t call me… please don’t call me ever again”

He also thanked us all for being “Mayer defenders” at some point in our life and mentioned that he didn’t know that he loved anything to want to sit that far back from it when thanking everyone for buying tickets, even if they weren’t the best seats because they couldn’t have said no and that they’d catch him another time, but they didn’t.

 

 

Virtual Race: Cowabunga 5k

Race Title: Cowabunga
Distance: 5k
Company:  Comic Con Races
Charity:    NA

Happy Flight Plane Travel Passport Protector

Coming up in just a few months I will be taking a crazy trip half way across the world to see Hanson in Australia and New Zealand! Since I have already started mentally packing you will see some of the travel items I will be taking with me coming up as blog posts.  Of course in order to take a trip to a new country (or two!) you need to have your passport.  I’ve never traveled with a passport cover before, but for this trip I figured, why not?

Heads Outlet USA on Amazon has several options available – I opted to go with the blue option, although it looked a bit more on the teal side on their website and is a bit darker now that it has arrived. (And it was also addressed to a name that was not me so I am not sure what happened there with Amazon fulfillment)  There is a happy plane on the front cover along with the text of several cities that you might want to take a trip to – I was happy to see that Sydney, one of the stops on my trip, was included! I guess now I just have to work on hitting up all the others that are listed as well in future trips!

The passport cover is very stylish and durable. It is available in several vibrant covers to keep your passport protected and looking great. It even includes an extra pocket for your boarding pass.  On the inside there is a slip-in compartment and on the right two full length slots giving you room for your passport and extra notes or documents you want to have handy.  The bright colors will make it easy to spot in your bag or to avoid leaving it behind.

I thought that the material it is made out of might have made it slippery, but I was able to keep a good grip of it in my hand when I was trying it out. It is also water resistant and you can wipe it off easily if you happen to spill something on it when traveling – or in my case someone else happens to spill something on you when you are traveling!

I received this product at a discount in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

 

 

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Freestyle Loves The 90s Concert

After leaving the comic con, we decided that we might as well try for 2 *NSYNC members in one day and we once again split off 2 and 2 – this time myself and Casey headed to Mohegan Sun on a mission to find Joey Fatone who was hosting the “Freestyle Loves the 90s” concert at the arena.  While I thought I was, in every sense of the words, a “90s kid”, there was only one act on this bill that I knew who they were – Tiffany.  And honestly, I’d consider her more of an 80s act. And I had seen her before.  So really, the only reason I wanted to go into the venue was to see Joey.

We had debated just waiting to try and find Joey outside in the casino somewhere but when SECOND ROW tickets opened up as we were asking about tickets, we decided to buy them.  Probably not one of our smarter ideas, but at least we did get to see Joey.  Except for the fact that there were 14 acts and we saw 4 of them before he ever graced the stage and it was probably the worst concert I had ever been to.  But, it was also the closest I had ever been at the arena.  When you’re that close you can see who is performing with their fly down and which lady completely ripped her pants in the middle of her set. And how one act went on stage with her reading glasses on her shirt and then lost them by the end of her set.

After the show we tried to find Joey and figured out he was in the club, Avalon, but it being a Saturday night the line was insane and there was no chance that we were going to be making it inside. Turns out that was exactly where he was all night. 🙁

We did end up seeing just about every other act who was in the show with the exception of Tiffany and Joey, of course, the two we wanted to spot! Just another thing to add to the list of stupid things I have done for boybands.

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Chris Kirkpatrick at Super Mega Fest Comic Con

A few weeks ago our “boyband SOS” was alerted when we found out that Chris Kirkpatrick from *NSYNC would be attending a Comic Con in Massachusetts.  We not so patiently waited for the day to arrive and jumped in the car and headed the 1.5hours or so up to MA. We had pre-purchased tickets to get into the con and despite checking every day, Chris’ prices for photos and autographs were still “TBD”.  When we arrived, we headed straight over to his table, which appeared to have the longest line.  Quickly we found out this was because he was taking the time to chat and take photos with everyone for quite some time.  This wasn’t a problem because we knew that he would talk with us for quite some time as well!

It was $40 to get something you brought signed and $60 to get a signed 8×10 and a “selfie”.  Our group was 4 so we split in 2 and 2.  Christine and Casey went first and Casey has *NSYNC shoes (which I may have mentioned here before) that she wanted to get signed.  Then it was mine and Lauren’s turn.  I wasn’t sure what to talk to him about but had decided that any mention of an *NSYNC reunion probably wasn’t the best idea (since everyone was probably mentioning that to him!) so I opted to tell him congrats on the baby that he and his wife were expecting! He ended up telling me the complete story of how they had been trying for 3 years and how the baby was conceived.  We took our “selfie” and he asked me if my camera could make phone calls since everyone uses their phones for pics now.  Then I got a photo with Lauren and then Chris took a big group selfie of the 4 of us with him – and then announced the next photo would be funny faces – but got mad when Casey and Christine gave us bunny ears!

We then went to buy our tickets for the professional photo op with Chris and went to grab a snack while we waited for the time we were supposed to be back for the photos.  It turned out that we were essentially the only people doing the photo op with him (save for 2 guys who seemed to be doing photos with everyone and another family). It went quick but somehow it ended with him talking crap about Joey Fatone so of course I had to step in and defend and let him know Joey was my favorite which resulted in him yelling at me to NEVER say that to him again! hahaha.

Next thing we know we are outside and deciding where we should go for lunch and a car pulls up to us and asks us if we are going to eat… minutes later I am in said car WITH Chris and we end up having lunch with him. I honestly have no idea how it happened and we probably couldn’t make it happen again if we tried. But he talked about a LOT of stuff with us and out of respect to him I am not going to post it all over the internet. (Nothing really scandalous though – mostly sports and stories about “my man” Joey lol)  He did end up calling Joey and letting me say ‘HI’ though! 😀

I think we all may have a new favorite *NSYNC member now… Chris was incredibly nice and a lot of fun and if you have the chance to see him at a con definitely do it!

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Scrapbook Saturday: Disney – Frozen

This week is some Frozen pages from Disney!

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