The Reality of Living Near the Fantasy… Part Nine

The Weather

One of the biggest selling points on living in Florida, is of course, the weather. Sunny skies and warm temperatures seem like an amazing deal. I was one of the many who left the cold weather climates because I was sick of the nail biting cold and dismal, grey days.  I didn’t mind the snow, until a blizzard hit and it would take hours to dig out and get anywhere.  It was just part of life in the Midwest.

But what I wasn’t ready for here was the lightning, the downpours, the hurricanes, and the headache inducing humidity.  Let me start with the lightning- it actually scares me. I watched a story on “Dateline” where a woman was just watching tv in her home and was struck by lightning through her roof.  Couple that with living in the lightening capital of the World, it makes for some anxiety filled moments when a storms passes over.

The downpours are honestly more scary while driving on I4 or 27 because they come on fast and when you have a mixture of tourists and yourself driving-  some have the knee jerk reaction to hit the brakes instead of just slowing down.  Out and about in the Parks, basically April through September, I carry an umbrella on me. Showers come quick and go through just as fast, so at least they don’t linger a majority of the time.

The hurricanes.  I survived my first official one which was Hurricane “Irma” back in 2017.  I knew eventually we would deal with one, and I saw first hand the chaos in the stores, the panic as it got closer, getting our survival kits together, and then we just sat and waited.  By far the worst part was just sitting in our home and waiting for it to finally get there.  It had turned at one point and the eye came right over the top of us, the wind slammed our home hard, the shingles sounded like they were being pulled off one by one, and we just prayed.  Clearly my family and I made it through…still scary. Now compared to tornadoes that I have been through in WI? Tornadoes come up on you pretty quickly there, and it’s about basements and radios at that point.  Here there are no basements, which honestly I hate. The whole “Jump in the bath tub” never makes me feel safe or secure.  The irony is that even as I write this, WE ARE UNDER A TORNADO WATCH. The news has been telling us all week that bad storms are to hit today, and they tell you in weeks, almost months, for the hurricanes to watch for. So I will give it to the News here, they are on it. Now, if they could install a tornado siren in my neighborhood, that would be great. They don’t have many in FL, if at all in my area.

The humidity seems to affect me only when it has slowed down or ramped up. During the winter months it’s still there, but usually on the low side. Once it kicks in again with full steam, my head feels like it’s going to explode.  It’s a weird headache that no Excederin will get rid of for me, completely frustrating and life interrupting. And of course doing anything outside the home for long periods of time during the summers has to be done early morning or evening so you don’t get heatstroke. I’m sure people get used to living in the tropics here, but I definitely miss the change and excitement of the Seasons.  It’s just felt like one really, really long summer here. If you have any health issues that heat and humidity will agitate more, I would avoid living here at all costs.  Again, just my two cents.

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The Reality of Living Near the Fantasy…Part Five

The Tourists.

Now most of us have tourists in our home towns (or have been them) because we are known for “something” famous that people want to visit. In WI it was Lambeau Field, Packer Country, where every home game made the city electric and alive. My mom lives near it and I just got accustomed to knowing that the traffic, crowds, and anything relating to the Packers would be chaos for that day.  It wasn’t a bad thing because a home game would come every couple of weeks, and the city LOVED it for their economy.  When it’s a very subtle tourist thing, I think its fun and enjoyable because it isn’t ALL THE TIME.

I was warned before we moved here in 2011 to live out as far as possible from the Theme Parks.  It made sense, but no, we wanted to be super close because we wanted our drive to them to be painless and quick as possible. The problem with that thinking is that even the side roads to get anywhere near the Parks are congested with either people like myself who are trying to avoid I4, or everyone who stayed on 192. And at first, you just go with the flow, if you want your Park time you put up with the ugly part. But as time passes, and you just need to get to a doctor’s appointment or go visit a friend, the clogged roads full of tourists can really get to you. And if you didn’t read the other posts, we DID move further out twice…it wasn’t far enough. Pretty sure the FL State line is far enough.

Another thing is the Stores. For the most part, Publix has tried to keep their stock up. But when there is an influx of visitors, lots of the deals run out forcing me to get the never ending rain checks. It IS frustrating when all you wanted was that one item and it’s completely sold out.  Wal-Mart is far worse on this in my area. I have seen literally empty shelves during Spring Break and other Holidays. Imagine shopping for your big Thanksgiving meal with what you normally know to be many people because, of course, its Thanksgiving. Now add a couple hundred more people to that.

One time my Mom was visiting during the Spring and we headed to Burger King to get lunch.  First off, I can imagine that the guest service/hospitality side of things has a very large turn around here because of the customer service we have gotten over the years. I don’t blame them for being crabby…the locals want food, the tourists want food. But they come in large families or packs of young kids, and I have watched the entitlement on how they treat the place but also how they treat the staff- would YOU want to keep working all the time for that? Anyways our order was nothing out of the ordinary, and they were literally out of everything we asked for. Several tour busses had just come through and cleaned them out of supplies. We just left and tried to go somewhere else but we were either greeted with ridiculous lines or full restaurants with no place to sit. It got to the point that I just asked my Mom not even bother visiting in the Spring anymore because we couldn’t go out and just enjoy a nice lunch.

I want to leave you with this…when we vacationed here, I expected crowds, just a part of what comes with the Parks. But I didn’t expect that I would have to deal with them in my day to day life at the gas station, getting dinner, grocery shopping, etc. Again, my experience and my story, take it for what it’s worth.

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The Reality of Living Near the Fantasy…Part Four

The Over-development Syndrome.

When we moved here in 2011, the suburb we had found was already built, really no room to add on too. Large front lawns and long driveways, it was a nice lot size you had to yourself. But as we found out, you can find a nice suburb already built, but that doesn’t mean the surrounding area can’t be.  In our first area, a large water park, vacation home mega-plex was born…and it made a two lane road a living nightmare.

It seems to be a sickness here that they can’t build more enough, fast enough, high enough, and you can forget about leaving a tree here or there to actually enjoy. No they bulldoze them all and then bring back different ones to plant….I mean, what??? Condos, townhomes, and vacation homes seem to find their way to every nook and cranny of space that we had left in our area.  I don’t care if they want to build, kudos to knowing the market. Why it’s annoying is that we don’t have the infrastructure to support it not only here in my area, but most of Central Florida.  For every new occupied unit and home, you are looking at an average of 2 or more cars to each of them. When I see a development going up, I get incredibly triggered because I know there are probably 300 or more new cars that will be coming on the already congested highways and toll roads. Commuting here is already a living nightmare…it will only get worse.

It seems a lot of the problem is that these developers come in from other Countries, buy up a piece of land, choose their house, hotel, whatever to land on it (Kind of like Monopoly) and then collect the checks without ever living here. Why that is a problem is that they aren’t seeing the stress of the roads that surround their new structures, or the traffic flow problems…they don’t have to deal with it so why would they bother caring.

More housing brings more people, which brings more traffic, which brings more road rage and accidents, which brings everyone stress, which then inevitably creates a hostile and overpopulated daily life. Not “magical” at all.

Let me end with this, I KNOW there are some of you who have dreamed of living here, currently moving here, etc.. and I am here just telling you my side of things, my story.  I think it is critically important to hear the good with the bad so that you can have a clear perspective… no one likes a blindside, unless you are on “Survivor.”

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The Reality of Living Near the Fantasy…Part Three

The Theme Parks

One of the first reasons we wanted to move to sunny Florida was to enjoy the Parks anytime we wanted too. The thought of having that freedom of going on a whim after dinner or on a Sunday afternoon seemed to good to be true. What people don’t tell you is that EVERYONE else has the same idea.  What I thought would be an easy drive over, maybe have a snack or meal, ride a ride and head home was a lot more complicated than I thought.

First lets talk about how much the Parks have changed. It is no mystery that the local doesn’t get a whole lot of love from Disney.  Yes you get your discount from the Annual Pass, flex payments are a plus, but our hours seem to be shrinking more and more for us to enjoy. With the addition of “Not So Scary” parties starting as early as AUGUST 16th (because you know, everyone is carving pumpkins and wearing costumes in August…. I mean, COME ON I am still in my swim suit!!) it has made it nearly impossible to enjoy an evening at Magic Kingdom from August until January. Why? The parties take up a good number of nights during the week, so clearly unless the local wants to buy a ticket, you aren’t getting in. And of course they aren’t every night, but the nights that there ISN’T a party, everyone on vacation goes those nights, leaving not a whole lot of “wiggle room” for the local to enjoy a decent evening at Magic Kingdom.  Yes, I know someone is thinking “We go anyways”- great, enjoy, but I don’t find anything relaxing or magical about fighting the crowds, in the heat, and standing in the long lines to just get out of that Park at the end of night.

Epcot’s endless Festivals. So at first we started with “Food and Wine”, and “Flower and Garden.”  It was nice, it was spaced out enough to give a fresh feel to everyone enjoying it, Spring and Fall had an excitement to it. Now personally, I think someone got sick of moving those food booths back and forth out of World Showcase, so they were like “Hey. let’s think of more Festivals to keep them out all year long.”  Now we have Festival of the Arts and Festival of the Holidays sandwiched in between the longer running two. I do love the Arts one, it’s different and I love to see Artists shine in the spotlight, but unfortunately they have saturated that Park now with them. What was special in the past is becoming just the norm there now.  Every Festival has their signature, overpriced drinks and some can be delicious, but with that abundance of varieties bring the drunks out. I have read some never see these large groups of people with their nasty shirts, falling all over guests as they drink way to much, but having lived here many years now, I can tell you I have seen a lot of them. I don’t care if you want to drink, I drink, just balance it out and REALIZE you are at Disney World and not Universal. Have some class while there are families making special memories around you- no one wants to remember your ugly behavior as their trip to Disney.

Fastpasses? Well, we have to wait until 30 days out to book them. Resort guests get a 60 day window, and the rumor is that they will soon be selling the opportunity to buy Fastpasses. What does that mean? It means that as a local, I may never ride the new Star Wars ride unless I wait in line for I am sure hours. And let me debunk this idea of “Locals can go anytime” because it’s horse bunk.  We can’t. Like I said before, Parties and special events, some have blocked out dates, large crowds mean they will close at capacity, Holiday weeks are insane, and so on.  What used to be down time after Labor day, end of January, late February has been replaced with race events and free dining. Even with New Years and Fourth of July, our family did both ONCE. Why? You have to be IN the designated Park of your choice pretty much ALL day to be guaranteed a decent viewing spot and in case they close at capacity. I will tell you- I loved seeing them once, great experience, but imagine your own town’s craziness with the fireworks and your own traffic and then multiply it by ten. It just isn’t what it used to be to just head to the Parks.

Yes, I still enjoy them and I will always love my Disney. But as I said, things have changed and with Star Wars opening in a few months, I fear we will see crowds here like never before. When they can’t see SW these crowds will spill over into the other Parks, onto 192 businesses and restaurants, and it just won’t be fun to try to get anywhere for awhile or ever. I hope I am wrong.

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Let’s start with this…

Well, its been 5 years since the last time I blogged. 5 years…wow. Saying it out loud in my head is crazy. So much has happened in that span of time that I’m not even sure where to start. So lets start with this…I love writing. It was, and is, my God given talent and I KNEW back in 2009 that I had it in me to reach out and connect to other liked minds.  It WAS my purpose and still feel it is.

And then I stopped. I just stopped. Why? I could give you the sugar coated answer but in the World these days, I really appreciate when I can get a straight answer from someone. So let me be frank, I let people get to me. I let online bullies and haters run my passion right into the ground.  Yes, I am human and not all of us are equipped for the large amounts of negativity. And enough of the “Just ignore them” because every single person KNOWS they should ignore it and move on.  I knew it.  It’s that simple. I knew I had something amazing, and I just had to take a break and make sure that I was ok, my family was ok, and that it was even worth it.  My family isn’t sure what to think of “The Relocated Tourist” anymore because for them it was a trigger for the monthly drama. They didn’t like seeing how it affected me when all I wanted to do was share my love of Disney and FL living. I have grown much thicker skin since then, and I have learned a lot about who is and isn’t my friend. I also decided that I have no interest in competing with anyone in the Community. Haven’t you ever noticed that? When I moved here in 2011, I had been writing for awhile at that point, not a care in the World about what the FL Community would think. I mean come on people….it’s DISNEY!!! The minute I got here, I was thrown into “groups” and who you weren’t supposed to talk to, and that person over there is the first at everything, blah blah blah.  I got caught up in it. It became this “thing” to be invited to this event, or getting in fast enough for another. You didn’t go into the Parks anymore for the magic, you were there for every obsessive follow, like, and comment.  You weren’t somebody if you weren’t on the Press list…and anyone who was on it didn’t seem interested in helping me get there.  Soon I was regurgitating all of the same stuff every other site was, with zero fresh, or interesting, content- just trying to keep up. Why would anyone care I am at the same Disney Anniversary as everyone else? I had truly forgotten what had made me special, what had made my story connect to SO many people. It was MY story….nobody else could take that away from me, and I just needed that break to remember it.

Then there was the issue of me- I used to hate that I had such a soft heart for people. I was once told that my crying was a “sign of weakness” and that I should never do it again.  To those I say, F you. I care. I care about how others are treated,  I care about my relationships, and I care about reaching and helping others any way that I can. I wear my heart on my sleeve and I am done apologizing for it. I am an “Empath” in it’s truest form, which is a fancy word for someone who can pick up quite easily on other’s emotions.  This is truly why I feel I have connected so deeply with many of you.  I knew what it was like to want to live here, or enjoy Disney all the time, or even the FL sun. I hope I can connect with you again on how life TRULY is in Florida and give some real perspective on it…the honeymoon phase is over.

So that’s why I am back…I missed you. I missed me. I missed writing. I missed connecting with friends and building each other up in ways that we only knew how. I love that a kind word or phrase can make someone’s day, and any time I can inspire you to live outside the box, I am happy.

There’s so much to tell you all about what life has been like over the past 5 years, including a move back to WI, then back to FL, and so many ups and downs in between. I am excited to share with you, I am ready for whatever comes, and I thank you for being a part of my journey. Hakuna Matata!

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Getting Perspective is Golden

We were blessed to be able to travel back home to our great State of WI last week to visit family on both sides for Thanksgiving. Before we had left, we talked about how much we missed them and what would it be like if we ever wanted to return some day.   Then we opened the car door in Indiana and nearly screamed at the cold that hit our bodies…

Perspective is a beautiful thing and something that I have found with such clarity over the past couple of weeks that it almost scares me how happy I am.  What was different? Well, I was staying offline. I love connecting with my friends and family via Facebook and such, but after awhile I miss the real connections of people in front of me and so I chose to take a break and reach out to others here in town.   I love a good phone call with someone, so I have been following up with old friendships to check in and stay connected with them.   Making time for others, and letting them know you want to spend time with them, is precious when we never know the hours or seconds we have left on this Earth.

I found a Church that I absolutely LOVE and got plugged into their Christmas program “The Singing Christmas Trees” which starts tonight!  Being among others of all ages, backgrounds, and them not having a clue of who I was or the blog was and is refreshing.  I am proud of the blog, but it is nice to just be Amy the second soprano in Choir and not of The Relocated Tourist.  Plus there has been ZERO drama, none! How refreshing for my soul, and my sanity, to go to Church, get hugs from all of my new friends, and know that we are all of one belief and of one faith. We are all there for the same purpose, to witness to those who may not know Christ, and the utter joy and peace that brings to my heart is something I wish EVERYONE to experience in their lifetime.

I want my life to mean something, I want to have touched someone’s life in a way that no one else could.  I am proud that the blog has inspired people and helped them to achieve their dreams, but I am going for something bigger now. I haven’t figured out what yet, but I have some ideas in mind.  Being in Church and involved in something that is going to touch so many lives in the up and coming days puts me in a category of wanting nothing but the best for myself and my loved ones.  I am so “over” caring about what others think of me because in the end, you don’t matter.  When I stand before Christ himself, it will matter what HE thinks of me and no one else.  Maybe it’s the peace and happiness I have been feeling lately, but that’s exactly how I feel.  I love my blog, and I love writing.  If you don’t like what I write or how I write it or when I wrote it, then don’t read it.  I have learned life is WAAAAAAAY to short to care if someone likes you or not.  I didn’t get into writing to compete with others, nor did I do it for a popularity contest- and sadly that’s what online has become. I did it to share stories of how OUR relocation went and how you could avoid or do the same things we did to help you when it came to be your turn.

I’m going to continue to write, and I am going to continue to enjoy the dream of living in Florida. After being in colder areas last week, I had started to take the warm weather for granted, yeah, not so much anymore.  I couldn’t wait to get back into my shorts, sandals, and go to the store without seven layers on again.   It was a beautiful time spent with family that was seriously one of the best weeks I have had in awhile, but it also made me appreciate the dream even more here.  I know they are there and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon…and that they are always there for me.  But I have come to grips with reality that they aren’t here, and because of that, Florida will never truly ever be complete for any of us.  I don’t know if we will ever move back or not, but while I am here, I will enjoy everything Florida has to offer.   I look forward to being a published Author and a Half-Marathon Finisher next year, and that’s just the beginning.  Something has changed in me that I can’t even begin to explain but to say what bothered me before can’t even touch me anymore.  Don’t worry, I still love my Disney, and I will still go to the Parks…but that “have to” is long gone. I will go when I feel like it, I will go when I want too, and I will explore more of FL and LIVE the life that I have been blessed with.

My head is clear, I am on fire, and I’m truly happy…. and THAT is the power of Christ in me.

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My First Disney 5K Experience

We are not guaranteed tomorrow….so why do we wait to do things that we can do now?  It was that thought process I had going into signing up for my first 5K.  I had friends who ran, even family, and I always wondered why they liked it so much.  What if? What if I just went for it and tried? What was I so scared of?  This is my running story.

I don’t care if you can run a mile or 26.2, a mile is a mile and it is HARD WORK.  I had ran over 20 years ago and I thought I would never really get into it again.  Time, kids, weight gain, and age played on my mind that I just wasn’t good enough to try.  Not even do it, but try.  In my head a runner was slim person who lived and breathed it, that just wasn’t me.  Not now anyways.   But then things changed in my life and I began to look at things as opportunities instead of mental road blocks..and that’s when I signed up online for “Mickey’s Jingle Jungle” 5K.

You sign up for it months in advance, and I’m not sure if this one sold out or not, but it seems the bigger the race, the faster they sell out (for runDisney anyways).   I made an account on Active.com who then sends you helpful emails along with information for the race day and event.   You see, I am a runDisney virgin.  Yes, I said it.  And when you don’t have a CLUE on how it all works, it can be VERY intimidating on how to handle it all.  So my best resource for my first race was my friends.  They had run several of them already, so it was so nice to ask them questions and have them literally walk me through the motions.run1

Race weekend was here for the Wine and Dine, and you can pick up your race packet at the ESPN Club.  Ok, I know you are all going to laugh, but I had never been inside there before. It is VERY cool!!  Wendy, Shelley, Eric, and I with Shelley’s Mom along for the ride, picked up our bib in one building and then picked up our bag of goodies in the other.  I was STOKED!! Holding that number in my hand for the first time, I won’t lie, I got a bit teary eyed.  It represented something I was about to do that I never thought I would even attempt again.  It. Was. Magical.run3

And the Expo? Were you all aware of the running merchandise out there? My God there was everything and anything for running- who knew?  Headbands (which I fell in LOVE with), shoes, shirts, medal  holders, stickers, tape, and some kind of stick to roll all over your body to work out the kinks I guess.  For this first timer, it was not only super cool, but also very inspiring to see everyone else so excited for what was to come. I bought a couple of stickers and a Minnie Mouse headband – the reason I bought that one was because it is like the Minnie shirt I have that is also shown on our logo, so I thought it fit well.run2

I headed to bed, and no sooner than my head hit the pillow, the alarm was going off at 4:30 and it was time to start my groundbreaking day.   Don’t take life’s moments for granted, you never know how many you are going to get.   I was full of pep and my awesome hubby had me in the car and on our way to Animal Kingdom.   We were in the parking lot after 5 a.m. and got a parking spot with no problem.  They had photo opps with Mickey and Minnie, along with other backdrops with the race signs.  There isn’t much to do before the race starts, so we got in line for Mickey and Minnie while waiting for Wendy and Eric to arrive.

When I got up to Mickey I told him I was nervous that it was my first and he hugged me over and over again, it was a nice boost to my nerves.  With the picture checked off, Craig and I watched the DJ for awhile until our friends arrived.  I was super happy to see Wendy and Eric because they were also running it and it’s always nice to know someone else doing it.   We danced to “Call Me Maybe”, I kissed Craig for good luck, and we were soon in our Coral.  Because I am a newbie, I was in the last one. run7

Because I have AWESOME friends who love me, they started in my Coral with me, even though they were meant to be in the first one.  It was nice to start it off with them, especially since it was my first one.   I stood there with our Coral ready to leave, and I a wave of emotions came over me.  I was so psyched to start, so nervous to fail, and scared to let myself and Craig down.    Wendy grabbed my hand when  the start went off, and we were moving!  Well, we were walking….slow.  See when there are SOOOO many people in one area, and you are walking on an “itty bitty walking space” it is nearly impossible to run. Maybe if you had a jet pack could you possibly FLY faster over the crowd, but that would have been the only way to get anywhere at the starting stages.  It would take awhile before the running began, but it did, and I was ALIVE.run8 run9 run10

I ran into Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a place I had casually walked into so many times, and held my head up proudly as I pounded the pavement.  I ran up the hill, then down towards the Tree of Life.  Into Africa, and I would walk on occasion to catch my breath and not push it.  For most the 5K is just a casual thing, but people forget that MANY work TOWARDS doing a 5K as THE pinnacle of their racing career.  With that said, it felt that many who took it casually didn’t want to move over for those who really did want to run it.  I was told to stay on the right if I was going to walk, which I did. But MANY walked in groups that extended across, so it was near impossible to pass.  Possibly a running lane may be needed for such races, because I did want to run and others made it harder to do so.run12 run13 run14

Mile 1, Mile 2, I was doing it.  I was not only running, but I wasn’t killing myself doing so. My knees felt great, my red running shoes looked and felt fabulous, and my spirit was intact.  There were Character Meet and Greets along the way, but no one I couldn’t meet any other Park day. I feared stopping may stop my momentum, and even though time wasn’t an issue for me, I wanted to go for all I could.  I did make one stop, the gator with the santa hat was too good to pass up.  I had no clue how to sit on the darn thing, so I apologize of how silly it looks.  As I was running around one corner, Eric and Wendy caught up to me at one point and started screaming “GO AMY!!” – it was so sweet!!run15 run16 run17

We hit mile 3 and the Cast Members were cheering that we were almost at the finish line…OH MY GOD it was going to be my first Finish Line.  There was NOTHING on this Earth that was going to stop me from  finishing strong and hard…and I went for it.  I ran, and I wore the biggest smile on my face ever.  The tears were welling up, I was doing it. I was actually doing it… and there was the line.  All I had to do was cross it and I had done it.  I crossed it and nearly ran over a small child…to me it was humorous because it was just the kind of finish I would have.run18 run19 run20 run22

I had done it… and even though it was just a 5K, it was something that I had done and succeeded at it.  I got my first medal, and then I saw Craig, and I ran up to him, crying my eyes out.  Sometimes you can get in your head that you aren’t good enough, that those around you make you feel small and unimportant..and then the only one that matters is there with open arms and there is NOTHING like it on this planet.  To the love of my life, thank you for always being my biggest supporter…you will never know what you mean to me.

So that’s my story…I did it. Wendy and Eric found me after and I was so proud to be with other runners who have done this way more than I ever had. I felt like I was part of the club now, and it felt awesome.  Next is the Half-Marathon in February, the Princess where I signed up under Rapunzel. Only fitting for a blonde girl who had a dream to live in Florida, and now run, and has made them both come true.  Yep….I finally saw the light…and it’s been beautiful.

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