Being A Prep For A Week: 1/15/17 -- 1/21/17

Hello, lovely readers!  I apologize for my absence over the past week;  even though Monday was a holiday, the following week days still managed to be a little hectic.  My days have been full of reading (Into the Wild has been pretty good so far), studying (for the ACT, AP exams, a healthcare competition...), and watching various medical procedures (at least I'll know what to expect if I need to have a colonoscopy).  However, I always anticipate turning back to blogging, as it is my favorite creative pastime. Nothing quite compares to a good dose of HTML coding and link gathering!  Speaking of links...

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Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
As someone who has always wanted a white kitchen, I loved this video about alternatives to that beautiful (although somewhat impractical) strain of marble that has gained so much popularity...
Five females from history that should have their own miniseries--now that's an idea to pitch to BBS!
These colorblock leggings are so cool;  they'd pair well with these New Balance sneakers...
Especially in this era, it's important for us to actively study the past so that we can better impact the future.  So, what is the difference between history and the past?  This post answers that question beautifully.
This designer-parody Disney tee is the best thing I've seen today...

Now, in light of this week's Martin Luther King Day and the world's rapidly changing state, let's remember this piece of wisdom:  "I have decided to stick with love.  Hate is too great a burden to bear."

How was your week?


The Five Best Eats at Disney World

What better way to start off a new blogging year than to write a post about two of my favorite nouns:  food and Disney World!  It's easy to think that Disney is just like any other amusement park franchise in the food category;  however, you can find so much more than just run-of-the-mill hamburgers and popcorn in all of the parks.  On our recent Disney trip, my family and I made a point to try some of the most interesting snacks available in the four parks--needless to say, we weren't disappointed (although we may have felt a little bloated). Without further ado, here's a roundup of the best and most unique snacks we tried during our stay, sans popcorn and hamburgers.

1. Macarons
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Where:  Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie, Epcot's France Pavilion

Beautiful packaging aside, these classic macarons were a tasty treat and (an added bonus) easy to carry throughout the park.  Plus, if you're a blogger, it's pretty difficult to resist colorful cookies prepped for a photo opportunity.

2. Dole Whip Float
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Where:  Aloha Isle, Adventureland in Magic Kingdom

After investigating all of the hype placed on this iconic treat, I was eager to try one for myself.  After standing in an everlasting line, I finally got my chance--and yes, this float is worth all of the hype.  The pineapple ice cream (or "whip") was creamy and delicious. If you don't think you'll be a fan of drinking the plain pineapple juice that accompanies it in the float, however, I would stick with the basic Dole Whip option.

3. Berry Cream Puff (along with every other pastry in the Norway Pavilion)
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Where:  Kringla og Bakeri, Epcot's Norway Pavilion

I, like many others, assumed that Epcot's France Pavilion has the best pastry options in the entire park (because France, right?).  However, the three pastries shown above proved to me that Norway's culinary options are just as delicious as those found in France.  The cream puff (middle left) contained enough cream to fill five pastries (my favorite amount);  the Norwegian schoolbread (middle) was deliciously unique, brimming with rosemary;  lastly, the cream horn was divine.  Give this bakery a try the next time you're in Epcot.

4. Lobster Roll
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Where:  Columbia Harbour House, Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom

Although the line into the restaurant was somewhat stifling, this quintessential Maine snack more than made up for it.  The lobster was fresh, and the mayonnaise dressing was none too shabby, either.  It's definitely worth trying if you want something a bit different than the stereotypical pretzels or hamburgers served in the parks.

5. Croissant Donut
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Where:  The Refreshment Port in Epcot's World Showcase

After years of yearning, I finally had the opportunity to try the famed "cronut" for myself.  It was a lovely snack, but be forewarned:  you'll be finding cinnamon sugar in the strangest of places for at least an hour after initially eating.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg.  From ice cream martinis to St. Louis-style ribs, there is truly a plethora of dishes to sample at Disney.  While it would be impossible to sample them all in a weeks' time, this list is a great tool for narrowing down the selection.  Happy eating!

What are some of your favorite Disney World foods?


Being A Prep For A Week: 1/1/17 -- 1/7/17

Well, the first complete week of January has already produced a little chaos--but I suppose it just wouldn't be the same without a hint of life's surprises.  I'm relieved to be back in school after a long break.  There isn't anything quite like getting back into a routine and getting things accomplished (thrilling, I know).  If this week is any indication of the rest of the year, moreover, I think I'm pretty excited about 2017.

Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
One of the best articles I've read this week is all about being beautifully human in the new year;  number one is my absolute favorite!
Anxiously awaiting the arrival of this lace-up top and this v-neck sweater (each is under twenty dollars!)...
I need a little help:  does anyone know of a place that sells nice desktop calendars?  Last year I used a Sugar Paper x Target one, but now I'm having a little trouble finding anything a) big enough and b) somewhat aesthetically pleasing.
We just started Into the Wild in my AP English course, and I'm already really enjoying it! Although it is a nonfiction story, it reads a bit like a fiction mystery novel, making it more interesting.
Finally broke down and ordered a new phone case...

We've conquered about 1/52 of 2017--that's a small percentage, but the fact that we've conquered it is no small irrelevancy.  As we move into the second week of the year, here's a small reminder:  "It's only when you add the battles of those two abysmal eternities, yesterday and tomorrow, that life gets overwhelmingly complicated."

How was your week?