>Vote for me! I’m a DDL Academy Award Nominee!

>Quick plug and a request for you to vote for me!

I’ve been nominated for an Academy Award as ‘Most Active Neurotic Disney Wife’ over at The Disney Driven Life. Certainly, I qualify for this.

I would really, really appreciate your vote. I never win stuff like this, and just to be nominated is a great honor.

Go over here to cast your vote. My nomination is No. 11 on the form. If you don’t know much about all the Disney websites and podcasts, just vote for my favorites: Disney Food Blog, WDW Today Podcast, Studiocentrals.com, and Touringplans.com!

Thanks in advance!

>My Real-Life Land

>Sometimes other adults ask me why I love Disney World so much. Sometimes, they get it — they’re Disney enthusiasts too and want to talk about their favorite things there, or ask for travel advice.

But more often than not, they’re just not theme park people, or they view going to somewhere like WDW as a kid’s thing, or as cheesy, hokey or even redneck. Some think my husband and I are strange for going to Disney World without kids, though they might not express it. To those, I say, “pish-posh.”

I read a great guest column in the AllEars.net newsletter a couple weeks ago that I truly identify with. It was written by another woman within a few years of my age.

After returning from a trip to Disney World, the author writes:

When I arrived to work, my boss bit my head off. Multiple times. Then I had to fight downtown traffic to retrieve a very heavy box, that I then had to haul back to my car, which was several blocks away. By the time I got back into my car, I was ready to cry. My re-entry into the world from the Most Magical Place on Earth had been very rough. Why, I wondered, couldn’t everyday life be more like Disney World?

The author goes on to lists all the magical things that happen at Disney World, such as At Disney, you get to wear pins on your shirt declaring a special moment: ‘Just engaged!’ ‘Anniversary!’ ‘First trip!’ and everyone congratulates you. (One of my favorites, too)

Then, she goes on to say:

As I was driving back to my office (and calming down), it occurred to me that perhaps I needed to look at things a different way. Maybe the kick-start everyone needed was for someone to be nice to them. Since then, I’ve been trying to incorporate that Disney feeling into my everyday happenings. While it is impractical to wear mouse ears to work, or to expect your house to be clean whenever you come home, I have found a few little things that make a big difference. … While I might not have a chance to have breakfast with Mickey and Pluto every morning, Real Life Land does come with some pretty good perks.

Disney World is an escape from reality, a place to get away from all your adult responsibilities and revert back to childhood.

And I, like the author, have started thinking of my life here as Real-Life Land. There’s no need for fun ONLY at Disney World — you can incorporate that into your daily life, too. So I’m trying.

I’m trying to release a lot of that worry that I have here in Real-Life Land, and to be nice, and positive, and optimistic, and take charge, and make plans — and prepare for Real-Life Land just as much as I plan our Disney World itineraries.

Some crappy things have happened lately — an emergency trip to the vet with our dog Mango (she’s OK, and more to come on that later); the loss of a child for one of my coworkers; and of course all the normal stress of everyday life. But if I can learn to make Real Life just as great as a trip to Disney World, then my life will be all the richer for it.

A first-rate version of myself

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~e.e. cummingsI do my best thinking in the car, on my way home from work. I often compile whole blog posts in my head, or resolve to cross off some important task from my to-do list as soo…

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~e.e. cummings

I do my best thinking in the car, on my way home from work. I often compile whole blog posts in my head, or resolve to cross off some important task from my to-do list as soon as I get home. Doesn’t always happen, but I try. Tonight I was thinking about how I’m always investing myself in some big project.

In 2008, my big project was being chapter advisor to my sorority, and planning for our April 2009 wedding. In 2009, the wedding planning continued, then after the wedding, my big project became job-hunting and interviewing for a new position.

In 2010? I’m not really sure what my big project was, outside of settling in at my new (old) job. For a while, I invested a lot of energy in getting our house on the market and praying that it would sell, so we could move to Mobile as I promised for my new position. Unfortunately, the sale of our house looks less likely by the day. But I’m not stressing anymore, for once. And I’m starting to feel more content than I have in a while, despite the stressors I do have.

So for 2011, I can already tell you that my big project will be me. I’ve expended a lot of energy the past few years on serving and teaching others, and I’ve suffered somewhat as a result. So, Brian and I are starting our weight loss journey with the Couch to 5K program. We’re a week in. I want to get into a healthier lifestyle for myself for the long run.

And hopefully something full-time will come of all the freelance and part-time jobs Brian is working — please cross your fingers for us, so that things can improve financially.

I’m also starting to think about the next 5 years — where do I want to be at age 32, going on 33? Will we still be here in Alabama? Will we decide to have a child? I can’t answer those questions now, but I’m learning now that every choice I make has an impact on my life down the road.

>Any Mac people out there?

So, husband and I are plotting our way to upgrade our personal computers.

He has a MacBook Pro from summer ’07. I have a MacBook from fall ’07. Neither are running at their peak performance. Hubby needs more firepower for his freelance work — he shoots, edits and uploads video on a consistent basis, and his battery and memory are not passing the test any longer.

So here are our options. Both plans involve a new Pro for him, but different options for me.

1) The upgraded MacBook Pro plan.

Hubby buys new MacBook. I then take his old MacBook Pro and we install new battery (where he is having issues). We then sell my MacBook.

Total cost = $2,149 for new MacBook Pro he wants + cost of installing new battery on old MacBook Pro (let’s estimate $100) = $2,249 – money made on MacBook (estimating $250) = cost of about $1,999 plus tax.

2) The new iPad plan.

Hubby buys new MacBook. We then sell his old Macbook Pro and my MacBook. Then we purchase a new 64G iPad for me for personal use, with external keyboard.

Total cost = $2,149 – amount made on old Macs (estimating $750) = $1,399 + cost of iPad and accessories (estimating $800) = $2,199 plus tax.

So either way you cut it, we are looking at about the same price, a difference of about $200.

Keep in mind that I have a Dell laptop on me at all times for work and any heavy duty stuff. And, iPad does have iWork as apps — so I can essentially work in Word and Excel there if I need to. If I do get an iPad, I’m getting the one with the most memory, so I can rest assured knowing that all my music, photos, documents, etc. can fit. And with the new iOS coming out this month, I can print wirelessly and whatnot. But having hubby’s old Pro means I have access to a lot of software and have a lot more computing power. But I’m not sure that I really need all that.

So, what would you do?