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The Pack mentality of Five sleep over Girls

The Pack mentality of Five sleep over Girls

Ok, summer is almost here.
It’s bad enough I’m torn up inside because my little girls is going away for the summer. She’s spending it in NY with the Aunt and Grandparents. It’s sort of the last chance she has to experience the Big city [ you know where Mom and Dad grew up]. It may be the last summer she’ll be able to go since Granddad is retiring and moving to Florida.

So what does my wife agree to - one last opportunity for my daughter and four of her friends to have a big blow out slumber party- great….

First - I don’t want to share my daughters last weekend with others [ especially four screaming girls ].

Second - How am I going to escape the giggling, screaming, wacky antics of five pre-teen girls running around my house. I have trouble dealing just with the two women who live in my house - but now I’ll have five tweens and one adult women [ who will probably re-live her childhood fantasies through these girls ]

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Five Girls, sleep over - Sad DAD

Five Girls, sleep over - Sad DAD

What do you do when you know Five girls are going to spend the night over at your house. Do you clean up? Do you Prepare for the mess? Run and Hide - NO!

You make sure they spend as much time outside the house as possible.
That’s right - outside girls. Play in the pool, play on the wet and slid. In fact - let me put up the tent and you guys go sleep out side - thank you….

We were just trying to help the girls have one last Hurrah because they weren’t going to be able to see each other this summer. My daughters is spending the summer in NY with her Aunt and Grandparents. My daughters friend Katline [ if spelled it right ] is going to Georgia for the summer - so the group is all torn up. So my wife allowed a big all out last ditch slumber party. Great - pre-teen screaming girls taking over my house.

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What do 5 five girls do alone in the dark?

What do 5 five girls do alone in the dark?

Oh God help us all...
What do five girls do when left alone to their own devices…. Well, of course the do the usual stuff:

* they eat all the food they can find.
* They eat all the candy they can scrounge up.
* they giggle, scream and make the weirdest noise I’ve ever heard.
* they find it funny to slap, kick and hit each other……. Weird
* Run in fear from one small Bee - oh brother…

There is so much more but like all women - the most they do is talk a lot!
I’ve learn so much about my daughter and her friends in one short conversation than I’ve learned in the last three weeks. It’s surprising how girls act a lot like boys. They seem to lose all petite self-conscious control and act like slobs, eat like rabid animals and do not find it odd to be talking about things I [ a man ] do not want to hear about.

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My son had a blast this week end. He was the only boy in the mist of FIVE pretty girls - all screaming and laughing and running around in their pajamas!!!!!
Ofcourse my son is only five so he just enjoyed the attention from all the girls and has no clue to what a peculiar situation he is in.

Yet that didn’t stop him from acting like a little five year old - because my son is “Sponge Bob” a nick name the girls dubbed him - because he soaks up all the information [ gossip ] being told by the giddy girls hopped up on candy and he shares it with everyone.

Like the fact that a boy ask my daughter out ??
Or that Jonesha likes a boy called Jeffery !
Or the conversation I had to run from in the kitchen, when they all started talking about who had the biggest butt ???? Excuse me - Man here - I don’t need to hear this..

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Walt Disney Resort - WHAT'S NEW !!!

Summer 2009 at Walt Disney World Resort
From May through August 2009, summer simmers with exciting new attractions and experiences at Walt Disney World Resort. The smash TV hit “American Idol” inspires a new attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios while, at Magic Kingdom, a Liberty Square icon reopens its doors and street parties turn up the spirit as Disney’s “What Will You Celebrate?” hits full-stride. Treehouse lodging is back, Stars Wars Weekends let guests release their inner Jedi, Downtown Disney unwraps new fun – on the ground and in the air – and there’s music, music, music filling the air at Epcot …

Summer fun at “The American Idol Experience”
This marks the first summer of fun for “The American Idol Experience,” which puts Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests in the spotlight, immersing them in the thrill of auditioning and performing or voting on their favorite musical performances.
Modeled after the famous “American Idol” television show, the newly opened Walt Disney World attraction makes dreams come true by showcasing the talents of park guests age 14 and older who have aced the auditions (audition slots are limited and interested guests are encouraged to arrive early or register online at

walt disneyLike the television show, fans – not the onstage judges – have the final say on who is deemed the best of the best. With seating to accommodate 1,000 audience members, the high-tech theater is wired so guests can vote for their favorite singer. There are several show times daily.

“What Will You Celebrate?” adds park fun, gifting option
As “What Will You Celebrate?” invites Disney Parks guests to turn personal milestones into magical Disney experiences, the ways for guests to customize and personalize a visit are seemingly endless – and growing! With everything from fireworks cruises, street parties and behind-the-scenes tours to specialty cakes and in-room decorations to choose from, guests have more choices as they ponder, “How will I celebrate?”

walt disney worldWith all there is to do in Disney parks, guests can tailor a celebration with favorite attractions, favorite characters and special experiences. Thanks to new Web planning tools, learning about available choices and then customizing a “celebration vacation” itinerary is easier than ever. Through, guests (or their travel agents) choose the celebration destination – Disneyland Resort in California or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. With a click, they access an interactive online celebration “planner” to shop the many experiences that are a cornerstone of a “celebration vacation” at Disney parks – experiences that transform guests into the stars of their own party whether the occasion is a birthday, anniversary, QuinceaƱera, personal triumph or any celebration.

The icing on the cake of “What Will You Celebrate?”: guests visiting one of the Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks on their birthday in 2009 get in free. More than two million people have already registered their birthday on the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Web sites. Already, the parks have welcomed birthday celebrants from quadruplets turning 4 to a milestone birthday of 107.
There is even a way to participate in a guest’s upcoming celebration visit when you can’t be there: by “gifting.” The giver reviews the possibilities using the online planner, then calls a Disney Dream Maker to personalize and customize the gift. At Walt Disney World Resort, Dream Makers can be reached at 407/WDW-GIFT.

The fun is nonstop, too, with a party spirit stamping new shows in Magic Kingdom:
Everybody’s favorite galactic pal – the “Guru of Gross-Out,” “the Maker of Mischief” – now stars in “Stitch’s SuperSonic Celebration,” a live stage spectacle (grand opening May 6) in Tomorrowland that celebrates everything worth celebrating around the universe in honor of “Galaxy Day.” This interactive, retro-futuristic musical revue features an animated version of Stitch interacting live with Magic Kingdom guests. The show also stars Tip Trendo, “celebritainer” party host extraordinaire, the Galactic Girls, Tip’s deep space diva back-up dancers, a pair of hip-hop robots run amuck, all underscored by a space-pop soundtrack that will rock the cosmos! Several show times daily.

Floats, a cast of Disney characters, stilt walkers and more “move it” down Main Street, U.S.A. accompanied by high-energy tunes and an open invitation to guests to come join the fun during performances of “Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!” street party. Near Cinderella Castle, Mad Hatter, Genie, Lumiere and Sebastian – the life and light of the party – pop out of four huge boxes that dominate the floats. They join about a dozen other Disney characters headed by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse to mix and mingle and dance in the street with Magic Kingdom guests during a 12- to 15-minute party that takes place three times daily.

New music, new costumes and changes to some of the floats are part of the afternoon Magic Kingdom parade, “Celebrate a Dream Come True.” The procession through the park is an update to the former “Disney Dreams Come True” parade with more pauses – during which party dancers perform to get guests into a celebratory spirit – and with a grand marshal in the lead role of the procession.

The new theme park fun continues at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot:
Khaki-clad cast – including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy – gather near Disney’s Animal Kingdom entrance each evening during park closing to bid farewell to guests with the music-filled Adventurers’ Celebration Gathering. Cast members shake their pom-poms and urge guests to join in the street-party fun by dancing to the music and forming a conga line procession while the Disney characters keep the beat from atop their safari vehicle.

Inspired by Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Kim Possible” animated series, Disney’s Kim Possible World Showcase Adventureinvites Epcot guests of all ages to take on the role of secret agents to save the world from various comical villains and their mad inventions. This ultra-interactive, high-tech adventure packed with mystery and excitement is offered in seven World Showcase pavilions.
‘Star Wars’ Weekends returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Once again, the power of the Force and the magic of Disney combine in May and June 2009 for Star Wars Weekends, a sci-fi fan-fest inspired by the popular film saga.
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 22-June 14, Disney’s Hollywood Studios becomes the temporary home for a band of out-of-this-world characters, including Wookiees, Sith, droids, Jedi, Ewoks, bounty hunters and Rodians. Dates are May 22-24, May 29-31, June 5-7 and June 12-14.

A giant, “A to Z” gathering of Star Wars characters – from Anakin Skywalker to Zam Wesell – roams the streets of the theme park during meet-and-greet sessions. Jedi Training Academy – one of the interactive entertainment experiences featured in the theme park – takes place throughout the day on the event’s main stage and allows young guests to learn from a Jedi Master before testing newly acquired skills in a battle with Darth Vader.
Also featured: the chance to purchase one-of-a-kind Star Wars memorabilia, Star Wars trivia contests, special Star Wars parades, rides on the famed Star Tours attraction, and autograph sessions and star conversations with famous Star Wars actors and creative geniuses.

Event activities are included in theme park admission. For more information, guests may go online to or

Music is in the air at Epcot
Legendary music fills the air at Epcot during the summer of 2009 as the park hosts Flower Power concerts and Sounds Like Summer concerts at America Gardens Theatre.
From Chubby Checker & The Wildcats to Tony Orlando, a lineup of music hit-makers from the 1960s and 1970s will strike nostalgic notes each weekend in May during Flower Power concerts that are part of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival through May 31. The lineup also includes The Nelsons, Jose Feliciano and The 5th Dimension. Guest information is available at (click on “Concerts”) or by calling 407/824-4321.

The whole family will be rockin’ and rollin’ when tribute bands recreate classic hits from musical icons under the stars as part of the Sounds Like Summer concert series daily June 15-Aug. 9. During the series, seven popular tribute bands will celebrate the music of the Bee Gees, Eagles, Bon Jovi, ABBA, the Supremes, U2 and Tom Petty. Concerts are included in regular Epcot admission. For more information, visit or call 407/824-4321.

The Pirates League sets sail in Magic Kingdom June 29
Calling all scoundrels, rogues and ne’er-do-wells – Captain Jack and the crew of the Black Pearl want YOU. Starting in late June, the Pearl drops anchor in Adventureland for The Pirates League, recruiting and training park guests of all ages in the scurrilous ways of buccaneers. Each guest checking in at the plunder-filled recruitment office gets an official pirate name. Next step is the Muster Station where – after applications of beards and eye patches, scarves and scars, earrings and gold teeth – the new recruits leave their old identities behind. Past a hidden portal and into the treasure cache, the new shipmates speak the pirate oath and have their official “pirate portrait” taken before being turned loose on an unsuspecting Adventureland – and no doubt feeling right at home at the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Boys, girls and grownups ready for the pirate life start the process by calling 407/WDW-CREW beginning May 11. Packages start at $49.95 plus tax.

Hall of Presidents to reopen in July; fireworks paint the skies July 4
A July reopening is planned for the Hall of Presidents, an iconic attraction in Magic Kingdom. An Audio-Animatronics version of President Barack Obama will join representations of the previous 43 presidents of the United States as part of an attraction that has been celebrating American history since Walt Disney World Resort opened in 1971. Disney Imagineers also are updating a broad array of show elements.
The star-spangled fun doesn’t stop there…

July Fourth is a grand celebration of all things America. What better patriotic place to be than Walt Disney World Resort as freedom rings from corner to corner of the Vacation Kingdom. “Disney’s Celebrate America!-A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” will dazzle Magic Kingdom guests at 9 p.m. on the Fourth of July. That same park will feature a performance of the “SpectroMagic” nighttime parade, at 10:30 p.m. In the meantime, Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests are treated to a 9 p.m. performance of “Fantasmic!” while at Epcot, a holiday-inspired “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” bursts above World Showcase Lagoon at 10 p.m.
‘Picnic in the Park’ comes to Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Summer guests to Disney’s Animal Kingdom have a new casual option to restaurant mealtimes – “Picnic in the Park” for al fresco dining. The to-go meal includes either sandwiches or rotisserie chicken or ham. Meals include sides, desserts and bottled water for each guest. Prices range from $24.99 for a meal for three to $56.99 for a meal for six. Meals can be booked at the podium near the park entrance or, after 1 p.m., picnics can be ordered at Tusker House Restaurant. Picnics are ready for pick-up within two hours at the Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery in the park.

New and aloft at Downtown Disney: Characters in Flight
Ever imagined lofty, Tinker Bell views of Walt Disney World Resort and beyond? That dream is now possible. Downtown Disney treats guests to breathtaking, 360-degree panoramas with a new iconic attraction, Characters in Flight operated by Aerophile. The tethered gas balloon takes guests 400 feet into the air from the waterfront of Downtown Disney West Side near Pleasure Island. The 72-foot-diameter balloon can accommodate up to 30 guests at a time on a six-minute “flight” by day or night, weather permitting.

Characters in Flight made a spring debut, joining other newcomers at Downtown Disney for summer:
Tren-D – a hip new Downtown Disney Marketplace boutique with urban-inspired fashions.
Disney Design-a-Tee – presented by Hanes, inviting Marketplace guests to personalize the popular T-shirt souvenir to their own tastes.
T-Rex : A Prehistoric Family Adventure, A Place to Eat, Shop, Explore and Discover – a fun prehistoric environment millions of years in the making.
Paradiso 37, a Downtown Disney restaurant from E-Brands to feature a selection of menu offerings representing the 37 countries of the Americas.
Whole new world of lodging greets summer guests
New home-like accommodations presented by Disney Vacation Club are scheduled to debut in time for summer guests. New options will combine to revive “treehouse living” at Walt Disney World Resort, immerse guests in the African experience and offer up breathtaking views of Bay Lake and Cinderella Castle.
Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa – Treehouse living, a cherished Walt Disney World tradition from 1975-2002, returns with the scheduled opening of 60 three-bedroom villas elevated 10 feet off the ground on pedestals and beams. Designed to blend into the forest glens where they are nestled, these vacation villas will sleep up to nine and provide Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa with a new room category.
Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Following the successful conversion of select rooms at Jambo House (at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge) into vacation villas in 2007, Kidani Village is taking shape (for phased openings scheduled in the spring and fall) with thatched roofs and a hewn timber design. Kidani means “necklace” in Swahili and the new building is shaped like a piece of native African jewelry with villas forming the beads, walkways creating the knots in between and the lobby representing the ornament or jewel at its center. With the planned spring opening also comes Sanaa, a new family dining location, featuring savannah views at select tables and serving familiar foods from tandoor ovens in addition to slow-cooked specialties with the flavorful spices of Africa and India.
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Scheduled to open late summer, Bay Lake Tower nestles beside Disney’s Contemporary Resort and will serve up a variety of views including grand vistas of lakes and land, such as Magic Kingdom, from its 295 two-bedroom equivalent villas. Planned amenities include a community hall, pool bar, in-room dining, tennis courts, a pool and a water play area.
Disney Vacation Club accommodations can be booked by anyone for overnight stays through file:// or by calling 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639).
Walt Disney World Resort debuts online check-in service
In time for summer, Walt Disney World Resort has launched Online Check-In Service, designed to simplify and streamline guest arrivals. The new service is complimentary and available to guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels and Disney Vacation Club resorts.
Within 10 days of their arrival dates, guests are able to provide check-in information, advise the resort of their arrival times and request room preferences (although those cannot be guaranteed). Guests can also register the names of all the people in their party and provide a credit card to cover charges at the resort hotel.
Upon arrival at their resorts, guests visit a special welcome location where their room keys and other registration material are waiting. Disney cast members are also available to provide additional information and answer questions.
Meeting professionals, can also arrange private group check-in at a Disney resort convention center or other locations.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park - What ?

One good day of nice weather and I come home from work to find my duaghter online planning a trip to Walt Disney's Water park....
Like if she has a chioce in where we go. Oh, and she even considered her brothers hieght- she said "Disney's Typhone Lagoon has a kiddie section for isaac!"

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, one of 2 Water Parks in Walt Disney World Resort, features attractions for the whole family—from fast waterslides to a children's area with pint-sized raft rides. Catch 6-foot waves in the Surf Pool and snorkel Shark Reef—with real sharks!

Typhoon water parksAccording to Disney legend, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park was created in the wake of the storm-of-storms. During the meteorological disturbance, surfboards were hurled into palm trees and boats were tossed through thatched roofs of beach houses… and onto mountains.

A hapless shrimp boat, Miss Tilly, journeying from Safen Sound, Florida, found itself swept up by the twisting tides of the fierce typhoon. The storm's force propelled the boat onto the peak of the volcanic mountain, Mount Mayday.

To this day Miss Tilly, the shrimp boat, still sits—impaled and precariously perched. Every half hour, the boat's whistle blows and the volcano attempts to dislodge its burden by bursting, causing an enormous geyser of water to shoot skyward.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water ParkAfter the storm swept out to sea, the Disney legend concludes, Mount Mayday became the source for many waterslides. Surrounding the mountain, a 56-acre topsy-turvy tropical paradise was formed—full of waterways, rivers, rapids and slides: a sun-drenched Water Park.

<Ketchakiddee Creek> is a water play area in Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Featuring 10 different activity areas with fun water features and kid-sized slides, this is a perfect place to play for little ones who are less than 48 inches tall.

Surf Pool is a giant wave pool for Guests of all ages at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.

Take a dip in the azure blue waters of one of the world's largest wave pools. The surf's up all day long so you're sure to catch a wave! Whether you're a body-surfing enthusiast or you just want to play in the bobbing waves near the shore, the Surf Pool offers something for everyone.

Relax and listen to the surf as you lounge on white-sand beaches. Play in the gentle waters away from the action near the shore. Dive right into the excitement where the waves originate away from the shore. Come on in, the water's fine!

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Did you Know: Allergies can come and go ?

Did you Know: Allergies can come & go ?

Yesterday I proved I love my son.
By going to his doctors appointment.

My son was sent to a specialist in Sarasota Florida to have a specialist look at him. He has high level of allergies and we were sent there to find out more. To be honest I thought it was a waste of time but - I love my son - and my relationship with my wife. So I went.

allergic reactionI spent $233 dollars to find out basically - “nothing I already didn’t know”..
Though I admit I was hoping the test would say he was allergic to dogs and it would solve the “jasper” dog issue [ I don’t hate the dog - just don’t want him ].

The Doctor gave my son this very expensive test that caused him to cry and amounted to just dabbing liquid on him to see how his skin reacts [ as proof of allergic reaction ]. Well, after the crying and me trying to keep him from scratching test area - we learned that he is allergic to the things we already new about or suspected. Except for cat - I didn’t know he was allergic to cats [ darn - wish it was dog ]....

So How do I know I love my son:
* I drove almost three hours to go and three hours to come home
* I spent way to much on a stupid test that had false positives [ he eats peanuts ]
* I spent $40 dollars in gas and $40 on dinner [ went to Perkins - nice, but food to greasy ]
* And, what did I learn, how did it help my son ? - nothing....
* Oh, did I mention the torrential rain storm I drove thru - that was fun !

I did learn that Allergies can come and go at whim. I’m allergic to lobster and shrimp [ and according to studies ] that allergic reaction could one day just disappear. The bad side to this equation is: you can eat something all your life and one day wake up to find you are now allergic to it - God I hope I never get allergic to coffee… I would die without my three or four cups a day dose…….

I also learned a funny joke while at the Doctors office:

What word has the most letters in it?

Give up...

" Mail Box "

Get it, letters, mailbox [ ok I was bored, it was funny at the time ]

Universal studios - sorry son your too short ...??

As a parent I think - kids are just punishing us for what we did as children

Now with that said - here I am measuring my kids hieght, wondering if my efforts in planning for a great family dream vacation will be crushed if my son is - to put it mildly "short". You know - who really thinks about hieght when your planning a trip to some theme park...

Ok, yes I've been to Walt Disney world, magic kingdom, Universal Studios - I know some of the rides have hieght restrictions. But Really, I don't think of that until I've already paid and I'm walking thru the park to get on that spicific ride I've heard of. I really hate it when my son has to sit it out - becuase he is... um ... short.

So while I was doing my reasearch trying to choose between "Walt Disney" or "Universal Studios" - I noticed that all the cool rides at Universal Studios Island of Adventures have hieght ristrictions. Check it out:

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Revenge of the MummySM - Must be at least 48"

Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast™ - Must be at least 40" (persons under 40" can experience this attraction from an adjacent stationary location.)

MEN IN BLACK™ Alien Attack™ - Must be at least 42"

Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster® - Must be at least 36"

The Simpsons Ride™ – Must be at least 40"

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Jurassic Park River Adventure® - Must be at least 42"

Pteranodon Flyers® - Must be at least 36" (36" to 48" must be accompanied by an adult)

Dueling Dragons® - Must be at least 54"

Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls® - Must be at least 44"

Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges® - Must be at least 42"

Incredible Hulk Coaster® - Must be at least 54"

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man® - Must be at least 40"

Doctor Doom's Fearfall® - Must be at least 52"

The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride!™ - Must be 34". (Children 34"to 48"must be accompanied by an adult.)

NOTE: Children under 48" (1.22 meters) must be accompanied by an adult at all times and on all attractions.

I really think my son would love the Popeye Water Ride - it looks like so much fun and the boy is a fish - loves anything that has to do with water [ unlike me ]. He can spend hours just playing outside while the water sprinklers run.

Location: Islands of Adventure
Category: Water Ride

Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges®
Better Eat Yer Spinach! Set sail for uncharted hilarity as you help Popeye® rescue Olive Oyl™ from the clutches of that blowhard Bluto™ on this wet ride.

You'll brave white-water rapids in this churning, splashing raft ride that'll make you wish you'd brought your spinach... and a towel.

About the Location
Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges® is located in Toon Lagoon® at Universal's Islands of Adventure®.
Splash through the panels of your favorite cartoons and comic strips on the wild and wacky water rides of Toon Lagoon. Over 150 different cartoon characters can be found throughout Toon Lagoon.

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The Host : By Stephenie Meyer

I read all the Books of the Twilight series. I have to say they were predictable [ to me ] but interesting. In fact I sort of miss bella. It was written for the yougn [ mushy and weepy for girls ] but it did keep me interested.
I am looking forward to Stephenie Meyer's novel the "Host". It's suppose to be written for adults and ofcourse anything that involves Aliens, domination of planet earth - always has my interest.

By Stephenie Meyer
619 pages. Little, Brown & Company. $25.99.
[ Cheaper at ] The Host: A Novel

Stephenie Meyer made her name as the author of the “Twilight” series, vampire-romance novels for the young adult market that have sold more than three million books in the United States, according to their publisher. “The Host” is her first book for adults. In it Earth has been occupied by an alien race, known as souls, who take over the bodies of humans.

Melanie Snyder, one of the few people still resisting the invaders, is captured, and a soul named Wanderer is given her body. “I’d bound myself securely into the body’s center of thought, twined myself inescapably into its every breath and reflex,” Wanderer says at the book’s beginning, “It was me.” But Melanie — and her love for her fellow holdout, Jared — refuses to fade away. Ms. Meyer was recently selected one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people for 2008.

Editorial Reviews Review
Amazon Best of the Month, May 2008: Stephenie Meyer, creator of the phenomenal teen-vamp Twilight series, takes paranormal romance into alien territory in her first adult novel. Those wary of sci-fi or teen angst will be pleasantly surprised by this mature and imaginative thriller, propelled by equal parts action and emotion. A species of altruistic parasites has peacefully assumed control of the minds and bodies of most humans, but feisty Melanie Stryder won't surrender her mind to the alien soul called Wanderer. Overwhelmed by Melanie's memories of fellow resistor Jared, Wanderer yields to her body's longing and sets off into the desert to find him. Likely the first love triangle involving just two bodies, it's unabashedly romantic, and the characters (human and alien) genuinely endearing. Readers intrigued by this familiar-yet-alien world will gleefully note that the story's end leaves the door open for a sequel--or another series. --Mari Malcolm

From Publishers Weekly
In this tantalizing SF thriller, planet-hopping parasites are inserting their silvery centipede selves into human brains, curing cancer, eliminating war and turning Earth into paradise. But some people want Earth back, warts and all, especially Melanie Stryder, who refuses to surrender, even after being captured in Chicago and becoming a host for a soul called Wanderer. Melanie uses her surviving brain cells to persuade Wanderer to help search for her loved ones in the Arizona desert. When the pair find Melanie's brother and her boyfriend in a hidden rebel cell led by her uncle, Wanderer is at first hated. Once the rebels accept Wanderer, whom they dub Wanda, Wanda's whole perspective on humanity changes. While the straightforward narrative is short on detail about the invasion and its stunning aftermath, it shines with romantic intrigue, especially when a love triangle (or quadrangle?!) develops for Wanda/Melanie. 10-city author tour. (May)
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Universal Studios "Mandara Spa & Fitness Center"

The Mandara Spa® is a sanctuary where you can relax and discover the elixir of youth, not as a goal, but as a moment of blissful reverie.

Mandara Spa® at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is part of a resort triad of Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando Resort. Indulge in exotic Mandara signature therapies such as the the Mandara Four Hands Massage (two therapists working on you simultaneously), Javanese Lulur (Traditional body cleansing utilizing Tumeric, Red Rice, Fenugreek, Jasmine Cempak and Ylang Ylang that will give your skin a spicy aroma and leaves it sensuously smooth) or a Balinese Massage (a combination of combination of stretching, acupressure and Swedish massage techniques).

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You are the Star at Universal Studios:
You’re the star at Universal Studios, the number one movie and TV based theme park in the world. At this real film and television studio you’ll go behind the scenes, beyond the screen and right into the action of your favorite movies.

Whether you’re a fan of high-powered excitement, side-splitting comedy or heart-warming children’s tales, nobody puts you in the picture like Universal Studios.

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Parenting: Discovering how to Read ?

Parenting: Discovering how to Read ?

My duaghter loves to read. She reads more than I do. Ofcourse I have a

But I could never get my son to sit still long enough to read to him. I was
lucky if he let me get through two pages before he started playing games or
wanting to jump on my back.

Like any good Dad - I think I have the best Parenting skills around. Ofcourse
my duaghter made it easy for me. My son - well, he is just proving how
difficult parenting can be.

parenting early readerFor a while there I was concerned that my son would be the "not so smart" one in
the family. You know, every family has the geek and the jock [ meaning the smart
one and the dumb one ]. But my son gave us a nice surprise the other day. I've
tried getting him to read these "hook on phonics" books I used with my
duaghter - but he wouldn't listen. But out of the blue - my wife comes and
tells me that he can read on his own. That he just grabed the hooked on phonic
books and showed her he could read. Ofcourse I had to see it for myself - and he did
really good.

children reading hurtsI was very surprised and relieved. Those books still work....

I just have a bit of a worry, one of the books reads: "pig can hit" - I hope my
son doesn't think that gives him a license to hit .....

Parenting: the guilt of having two children ?

Parenting: The Guilt of having two children

Every now an then I am reminded by my two children - how I love or favor the
other sibling. Like if I could ever love one over the other.

My Daughter say: "you give him everything"
My 5 yr old son says: "Kiki gets to do everything"

Ofcourse they can't seem to understand that it's not favoritism - it's just
that their at different ages and stages in their lives. So where Kiki the older
child gets privileges my five yr old son doesn't - my 5 yr old gets more
attention because he needs more guidance, protection - unlike his older sister
I expect more from.

But I do feel guilt sometimes.

parentingI always wanted three kids - it was just my thing. Ofcourse when I finally had children and found out how much responsibility and work was involved - I was happy to settle with just two. After all I already had one of each [ boy and girl ]. But I always feel like I'm short changing one or the other.

When my daughter was born I had to work long crazy hours and most of them at
night. So I worked hard at being there for her and playing with her. When my
son came along I was doing real estate and I had the luxury to care for my son
and I spent lots of time with him. But Real estate is bad and now I have a
regular JOB. My time is short and now spread thin between work, wife, home and

parenting,dadI feel like I'm just so busy to actually give both of them the time they need.
Especially since one is so much younger than the other. Oh and when it's bed
time - I just don't have the strength to read to my son - and that bothers me -
since I always read to my baby girl when she was his age. I feel like I'm
falling short.

I love my children - they are the world to me. But my world seems to be tearing
itself apart. My daughter is getting to that age where spending time with dad
is second if not last on her list. I don't want to be that kind of dad that
doesn't know his kids. I want a relationship with my kids... How do you make
time, split the time wisely or make time stop....

Iowa Flood - where are the Out cries of celebs and others ??

Where are the Hollywood celebrities holding telethons asking for help in restoring Iowa and helping the folks affected by the floods? Where is good old Michael Moore?
Democratic politics
Why is the media NOT asking the tough questions about why the federal government hasn't solved this problem? Asking where the FEMA trucks and trailers and food services are?

Barak Obama news
Why isn't the Federal government moving Iowa people
into free hotels in Chicago and Minneapolis ?

Iowa Flood
When will Spike Lee say that the Federal government
blew up the levees that failed in Des Moines ?
Iowa flood democrats do nothing
Where are Sean Penn, Bono, and the Dixie Chicks?
flood waters
Where are all the looters stealing high-end tennis shoes,
cases of beer and television sets?

When will we hear Governor Chet Culver say that he wants
to rebuild a 'vanilla' Iowa … because that's what God wants?

Where is the hysterical 24/7 media coverage complete with reports of shootings at rescuers, of rapes and murder?

Iowa Flood Politics
Where are all the people screaming that George Bush hates
white, rural people? My God, where are Angelina Jolie and

Brad Pitt, Oprah, and Ray Coniff Jr.?

flood news watch
How come you will never hear about the Iowa flooding ever again? Where are the government bail out vouchers? The government debit cards?

Flood in Iowa
president does nothing over Iowa
There must be one hell of a big difference between the

value of the people of Iowa and value of the people of

Louisiana. Pass this unedited, un-doctored, factual

information forward get Americans thinking.

How to Change Friends and Family people on Verizon

People have been asking one basic question about Verizons Friends and Family service:
How do I change the people on my verizons Friends and Family list?

Well - here is a step by step guide to help you:

To join, sign up for and manage your Verizons Friends and Family:
1- Sign up and sign in to
2- Account Owner clicks "I am Eligle"
3- Account Owner clicks "Activate my friends and family"
4- click on "Set up my Friends and Family"
5- Add eligible numbers
6- changes wil take place next day

Manage Friends and Family
1- sign in to
2- Account owner clicks on "Manage"
3- To edit [ add or change ] click "Edit"
4- then click "save"
5- to view history - click "view Friends and Family"

Top Five Most asked Questions : Friends and Family:

* How many numbers can I add to my Friends & Family list?
Customers on Nationwide plans with 900 Anytime minutes or more can choose up to 5 Friends & Family numbers. Customers on Nationwide Family SharePlans with 1400 Anytime minutes or more can choose up to 10 Friends & Family numbers for the entire account.

* Can I add numbers from other wireless providers?
Yes, with Friends & Family you can choose anyone, on any network in the U.S., to call without ever using your plan minutes. And you can change who is on your Friends & Family list at anytime by signing in to My Verizon.

* When do changes to Friends & Family become effective?
Changes to your Friends & Family numbers become effective the following day. Calls to and from the numbers you remove will continue to be unlimited during the day the change was made. Calls to and from the numbers you add will not be unlimited until the following day.

* Will I be notified when there are changes to Friends & Family?
Yes, the Account Owner will receive a text message when a change that affects your Friends & Family eligibility is made.

* What type of numbers can I add to Friends & Family?
Your Friends & Family list can contain any valid U.S. number as well as any 800-type number, including 888, 866 and 877 (excluding 800-555-1212). Your Friends & Family list can not include directory assistance, 900-type numbers, your own wireless number or voice mail access number, or numbers from Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands.

Click here for Verizon demo video

Disney: Mickey's Not so scary Holloween Party

Now this looks promising and Oh so cool. My wife and I use to go to Universals Studios Holloween blow out scar - it was fun... But it's just too "adult" scary for my kids - especially for my 5 year old. But I think I found something special to do for this years "Holloween"...

walt disney holloween party
The Huanted House: Mickeys Not so scary Holloween Party
at Walt Disney World.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a Halloween-themed special event held select dates in September and October in Magic Kingdom theme park that requires a separate ticket to attend.

The event will be held from 7pm–12am on the following dates in 2009:

September 4, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
October 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 31

During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park.

In addition to many favorite Disney attractions, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is filled with special entertainment, including:

walt disney holloween partyMickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade—including Disney Characters and the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction. The parade begins with a spook-tacular ride by the Headless Horseman.
Happy HalloWishes—a spectacular fireworks show where the Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky.
Many favorite Disney Characters and Disney Villians in special Halloween costumes.
Special lighting, music and theming effects transforms special areas of Magic Kingdom theme park into happy haunted hollows.

The tone of the event is, well, "Not-So-Scary", and is appropriate for children of all ages.

Standard Magic Kingdom theme park admission tickets will not allow Guests to attend Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Order tickets online or by calling (407) WDISNEY or (407) 934-7639. Guests under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call.

The Huanted Mansion @ Walt Disney magic Kingdom

The Huanted Mansion
Attraction @ Disney Magic Kingdom

The Haunted Mansion is a spooky tour of an ominous haunted house in Liberty Square Magic Kingdom theme park, where a supernatural Ghost Host introduces you to his closest 999 dearly-departed friends.

Don't worry—too much. While Haunted Mansion contains some mildly frightening subject matter, there is no gore, the ghostly residents are friendly and the experience is appropriate for all ages.

Enter the mysteriously well-maintained exterior of an 18th-century mansion and find yourself in an ornate estate where anything can happen—and often does. Walking past the entrance foyer and into the ghostly portrait chamber, the air cools and the sense of dread begins to grow. Suddenly, you realize that you are in a room with no windows and no doors!

walt disney holloween party
Moving along, you board a "Doom Buggy" and begin your supernatural journey. Your Ghost Host takes you through several dusty rooms, where you can see eerie signs of ethereal awakening. Soon, you encounter the mansion's resident medium, Madame Leota, who invokes the mansion's ghost and ghouls to show themselves.

What follows has to be seen to not be believed, but suffice to say that you've never before seen the dead so lively. The conclusion is definitely more merry than scary, but the sight of wraiths and skeletons—even of the kindest constitution—is something you're sure to remember as long as you live.

And maybe a bit longer.

disney holloweenAt the end of your tour, to help you remember your visit to the mansion, a team of 3 cheery hitchhiking ghosts volunteer to follow you home. It's no use trying to dissuade them; they're deadly serious about their duty.

The Haunted Mansion is the imposing colonial manor darkening the eastern banks of the Rivers of America in the northwest corner of Liberty Square.

Guest Policies

Guests must transfer from their wheelchair, motorized scooter or ECV to board the ride vehicle.
Handheld Captioning is available at this attraction. Please visit Guest Relations to obtain a device.
Guests may rent attraction translation device units at Guest Relations locations in the Theme Parks with a refundable deposit.
Guests with young children may take turns experiencing attractions. See a Cast Member for additional information.

My Disney Vacation - customized Map ???

Interesting thing I learned today. You can get a customized map of walt Disney world theme park [ or other theme parks ] FREE by mail [ or printed out in your computer]. In order to better plan your dream Disney vacation. I think it's a hoot. Especially since the disney map is free.
Ofcourse there are some rules to follow [ see below ]

I think it's kind of cool - I played with it awhile and I didn't send for it becuase you only get one free by mail every six months - and I am not ready for my Walt Disney dream Vacation yet. But it's a nice touch - you can really plan out your trip as far as what you will attack first on your vacation visit.

Disney Customized Maps

Q. What are Customized Maps?

disney customized mapsA. Customized Maps are free, full-color, keepsake-quality maps personalized with your favorite attractions, restaurants, and other activities available at Walt Disney World Resort® Theme Parks. Just visit My Disney Vacation, select your favorite activities for each Park and place your order. In 2-4 weeks, your Maps will be delivered to your home via the U.S. Mail.

Q. Do I have to pay for my Customized Maps?

A. No. Customized Maps are free of charge, however, you must be 18 years or older and live in the United States to order Maps for home delivery.

Q. Who can order Customized Maps?

A. You must be 18 years or older and live in the United States to order Maps for home delivery. If you do not qualify for home delivery you can create your Customized Maps and print them out at home.

Q. Why do I have to register to order Customized Maps?

disneyA. Registration lets us keep your personal information secure (such as your mailing address). It also allows you to save your Customized Maps on this website so you can continue the order process at a later date and print out your Maps after placing your order.

Q. Will all Park activities appear on my ordered Customized Maps?

A. Most Park activities will appear on your Maps with your favorite selections highlighted.

Q. How often can I order a set of Customized Maps?

A. You can order one set of Customized Maps for home delivery every six months. If you'd like to create Customized Maps within your six month order blackout period, or if you do not qualify for ordering Customized Maps, you can create, save and print them at home.

Q. I'm leaving for my Walt Disney World® vacation in a week. Will I get my Customized Map in time?

A. Customized Maps are delivered, on average, within 2-4 weeks of the order date. If you are leaving within that time-frame, we recommend you print your Customized Maps out at home. Do this by first placing your order and then selecting the option to Print, which you will find on the "Order Confirmation" page or the "Customized Maps Home" page. You will receive an email when your Maps have been shipped to your home.

Q. Can I print a Customized Map from my computer?

A. Yes. You can print your saved Customized Maps at home once you have placed your order or, if you do not qualify for ordering Maps, once you have customized one or more Parks.

Q. I've already ordered my Customized Maps, but now I want to make a change. What do I do?

A. You may not change your order, but you can update your saved Maps on this website and print them out at home. You will also receive a set of stickers with your Customized Maps delivery so that you can mark new Favorites on your Maps at any time.

Q. Who can I contact if I have questions about my Map order?

A. For information about your order, please contact Royal Impressions at:

Q. Can I change or cancel my order?

A. All orders for Customized Maps are final, but you can update your saved Maps on this website and print out the updated versions at home. Also, you will receive a set of stickers with your Customized Maps order so that you can mark new Favorites on your Map at any time.

Q. Do I still need an Official Guidemap for the Parks?

A. Make sure you don't miss any of the fun. Remember to pick up an official Park Guidemap and Times Guide when you arrive for all attractions and entertainment details. They are available at the entrance of any Disney Theme Park.

Politics and You - 545 vrs 300,00,000

545 vs 300,000,000
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash.
The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes..

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is also the leader of the majority party.
She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red .

If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it's because they want them in IRAQ

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We must vote ALL of them out of office and clean up their mess! Whatever you do, election,

political debateCharlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it.......... Is up to you.

Chemical enhanced clothing apparel - Insect Shield apparel

Well don't that beat all - I just found out they sell - "Insect Shield apparel" - or as I call it - bug off

We sure could have used "insect repelant clothing" on our last camping vacation. The cool weather kept the bugs away but occassionally some always showed up. Ofcourse here in florida with spring and mosquito season starting up [ if we get decent rain ] I might get some of this "Insect Shield apparel" for the kids. My son gets bit alot - and lately he acts like he lives outside.

Here is some info I found out...

insect shield apparelLook for an expansive collection of Insect Shield apparel for hunting, fishing, camping, adventure travel, and other time spent outdoors from L.L.Bean, Orvis, REI, ExOfficio, Zorrel and RailRiders. L.L.Bean is also launching a new collection of outdoor apparel products for kids, including graphic tees, zip-off pants and accessories; and new Insect Shield hats and accessories are available from Buff, Tilley, Outdoor Research, and Carolina Manufacturing.

For gardeners, Sloggers Garden Outfitters is offering a variety of Insect Shield products designed for bug protection while gardening. Ergodyne, pioneer and leader in the development of products designed for worker comfort, safety and productivity, is launching a number of Insect Shield products to help keep workers protected from bugs on the job. To access all of the new Insect Shield products visit and click on "Where to Buy."

Insect Shield® clothing repels mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums.) This includes insects with the potential to carry diseases such as Malaria, West Nile virus, Dengue fever and Lyme disease. The protection is invisible, odorless, and as easy as putting on your clothes. Unlike traditional topical repellents Insect Shield products cannot be misused or over-applied. Insect Shield products are EPA-registered, can be worn by infants, children of all ages, and women who are pregnant or nursing.

About Insect Shield Repellent Technology:

Insect Shield® Repellent Apparel provides effective, invisible and odorless protection against mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums) through 70 launderings. Insect Shield apparel categories include outdoor, golf, hunting, fishing, equestrian, and summer camp. Insect Shield® Repellent Gear is proven to repel mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and fleas through six months of constant exposure to weathering (sun/rain). Insect Shield gear product categories include camping, patio, beach, pet, and equestrian. Insect Shield technology has the potential to be an important tool in the battle against insect-borne diseases and improve the health of people worldwide. In partnership with a number of agencies and international relief organizations, Insect Shield technology is being used for apparel and other items that people use daily, to aid in protection against insects. For more information visit

Me & Twilight Star Robert Pattinson aka Edward Cullen

Ok, so it's a forgery - I played with two seperate photos to come up with this one. I thought I would surprise my duaghter - the Twilight fan with this. You want to know what her reaction was...

"Dad, your so mean"

What??? Did I miss something ???

robert pattinson, edward cullen

I thought she would love the idea. Especially since it took a lot of work, concentration and much effort to get this as good as it is. It's not like I got Robert Pattinson to pose for the picture - but aka Edward Cullen wasn't available ok...

In the end she like the picture...

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