Star Wars Galactic Nights!

One of the things I got to do was attend Star Wars Galactic Nights at Disney's Hollywood Studios while I was in Orlando for Star Wars Celebration.

It was for one night starting at 7pm and running until midnight. I finally got the chance back in 2015 to attend Star Wars weekends before they announced they wouldn't be doing anymore. So when I accidentally discovered Galactic Nights, I bought my ticket.

We arrived at around 6pm to Hollywood Studios and they had a red carpet with photos up and I of course ran over to get my photo taken. I was rocking my Her Universe x Hot Topic Princess Leia dress and my denim vest full of Star Wars pins. The first thing we did was run over to see what exclusive items they were having just for the night. I walked out with a shirt, pin, and a Star Wars 40th magic band. I don't get out to WDW much and Disneyland doesn't do the magic band thing but I had to have it.

After that we got on Star Tours!! In case you missed it during Celebration, they announced they are working on the next Adventure for the ride!! Based on the new to us planet in Star Wars: The Last Jedi! I'm so excited.

One of the fun things you got to do was collect stickers by getting your photo taken at one of the many Star Wars photo booths they had set up. I finished my sticker which was a poster of all the Star Wars films and all the photo opportunities were great. I GOT A PHOTO WITH K-2SO!!

And BB-8 made his first appearance at the park that night!! So if you visit Hollywood Studios, you now get a chance to meet BB-8 at Launch Bay. We also got photos with Darth Vader, Chewie, Kylo Ren, and Boba Fett. Kylo Ren is no longer meet able Disneyland so I had to get a photo with him.

The Rock n Roll Coaster played Star Wars music for that night only but I didn't get on. I've realized that I can barely handle roller coasters at this stage. Also, I wanted more of the photos ops because I was told they weren't out (like K-2SO) and I'm not sure if this event will happen at Disneyland or again because of Star Wars Land.

There were also mini panels happening though out the night with Star Wars Celebrities. I didn't attend them because I had all weekend at Star Wars Celebration so I opted to run around and get all the photos.

The night time show was great too! They had fireworks and projected scenes from the films on the buildings. I believe it was Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular which is an on going show and I've been wanting to see it! Glad they showed it that night!

And because it was a special ticketed event where it was over sold, the lines were great. The rides were under 20 mins and the wait to take photos with characters wasn't bad at all. BB-8 did eventually jump to a 90 min wait but the rest were under 30. And the line for the photo set ups moved so well. Sometimes there would be a group who couldn't figure out how to take their picture but over all it was smooth.

Though I really wish they do make this even an annually thing because it was so well organized and I had such a fun time. After the craziness of Celebration - mainly the line entry - it was a fun Friday night!!

Did you get the chance to attend Star Wars Galactic Nights??


One is a Lonely Number

Okay, not all the time.

Let's chat about doing things solo. It's a thing I did when I went to Orlando by myself for Star Wars Celebration / Disney World. Jaime wasn't able to afford the trip and I couldn't pay for his portion as much as I wanted to.

So it was either miss the con because I couldn't find a travel buddy or go by myself. As you noticed, I went.

The awesome thing about going to cons is that you're not truly by yourself. I ran into so many folks that I know and I was able to hang out with them here and there. I had line buddies as I waited for the Ashley Eckstein signing at the Hallmark booth. I had friends that ended up also buying tickets to Galactic Nights at WDW and invited me with them. As I waited in lines to do something, buy something, see something, folks I knew would stop by and say hi to me / chat.

Attending Geek Go Glam @ SDCC by myself 

There is also NOTHING wrong with wanting to do things alone. I didn't have to worry about my travel buddy feelings if they wanted to be at a panel I didn't want to or being at one I wanted to be at. I didn't have to worry about running off and losing each other because "oh man, the Hasbro line is short let me get in there." And the most important thing - I could eat where ever I want. If this girl wanted Dunkin Donuts for dinner, she was having it.

When I was younger, I would get the occasional, "You went to the movies alone?" because yes, I would go alone. It would be something for me in the chaos of the day. A treat for myself. Something I deserve.

The last few years, I haven't noticed those comments because I always had Jaime with me (for any new readers, he's the boyfriend) and it was all fun and dandy. He has a daughter though who is now a teenager and her mother decided to up root her and move her to another state. So plane tickets for him to fly her back and forth get expensive. That also means he has higher and different priorities. I respect that and I knew that going into our relationship. That also doesn't mean that I will stop going to places if he can't. He also knows better than to tell me NO. So with that, I went to my first solo trip to Orlando and that's when I noticed the comments.

Star Wars Light Side 5K at Disneyland on my own!

My hotel's restaurant was the main place where I saw the looks and comments. They had eight dollar breakfast buffet and well, yea for 8 bucks! I would walk in a say table for one. The first person did a double take and asked if I was sure. I got seated at a table for four because you know, Orlando meant Disney World and Disney World means families. That was an ongoing thing for 4 days straight. My favorite one was asking what I and my companion wanted to drink. Nope, just me and I want a sweet tea damn it.

The con wasn't too bad but it did happen. I was roaming a booth just taking it in. It's a thing I do before I jump in to see what they had and I had a guy ask me if I was waiting for my boyfriend/husband. Sigh. Nope, I'm looking around for me. I had a dealer ask me if I got dragged here by my boyfriend. Nope, just me. I'm the one who dragged myself.

"You came alone?"

I ignored him and made a note not to buy anything from him. I also had one dealer tell me the vintage ANH and ESB pillow cases were 15 bucks but when I went back and saw a 2nd person manning the table I asked for deal and was told that the pillow cases weren't 15 but 5. They sold most of them anyways and at that point, I didn't want to buy them after that conversation.

My very first PAX and asking strangers to take my photo made for some interesting pictures. 

So yea, why is that tough to understand going solo? It's not hurting anyone and I believe as long as you are careful, you will be okay. I mean anything can happen to you either alone or with someone but I'm not out here being stupid. If I waited for friends to come up with money, waited for people who like the same things I like, just waited - I'd get no where.

Also, I'm part of the bad adult choices club and I sometimes travel while broke. Life is short man.

So yea, if you've been thinking about going somewhere but don't want to do it alone, go for it. If you wait around for someone, you may be waiting a bit. Yes, it's awesome to do things with friends but sometimes, they just can't and that shouldn't stop you from experiencing it.

Even if it's to the movies, a solo dinner at a new restaurant, or a trip to a con. It's okay to experience these things alone.

A trip to Disneyland by yourself is the best thing ever!!

Don't let anyone tell you otherwise or make you feel bad for saying "For one."


Unearthed from my Closet: Disneyland 30th Anniversary!

My mother took me and my brother on our very first Disneyland trip back in 1985. I fell in love with Disneyland and I never looked back, as you can tell from all my Disney Park posts! As I was going through old photos, I found a stack of Disney photos from that trip which I ended up putting into a scrapbook.

Fast forward to now, I looked at the photos again and realized that I had visited during Disneyland's 30th anniversary! I thought that was such an awesome thing, to be able to say my first visit was during X anniversary.

Since I was a tiny human who didn't have money and my mother has a tight gripe on hers (nothing wrong with that) I had nothing from that trip except my Minnie Mouse plush (she is missing her dress and her smile has come undone) that I decided to fix that. 

I found and bought a 30th Anniversary shirt on ebay. I found one decently priced and never used. I decided to wear it during the trip I took with friends. It was great to wear this. I wish I had thought about looking to see when I went earlier so I could of rocked it during Disneyland's 60th but that's okay. 

Do you know when you first visited a Disney park? Have a favorite memory??

Here's to more years of me visiting Disney Parks!
Black Cardigan: Thrifted but similar here
Disneyland 30th shirt: ebay
Skirt: LulaRoe
Boots: Kohl's 


Unearthed from my Closet: It is clear to me now that the Republic no longer functions.

Padme gets no love anywhere so I had to use one of her quotes as a title.

I have slowly accepted that my entire wardrobe has slowly become Star Wars items and I'm okay with that. For my most recent trip to Disneyland, I finally wore my DIY Star Wars vest. You can read about it here. I also brought out the Hutt Slayer sneakers from the Star Wars x ADIDAS collection that happen years ago.

My pin game was strong with me!! I am sad that even though I had locking pin backs, I lost my Han Solo blaster pin from Yesterday Co. I'm hoping I can replace it.

Wearing my fandom on my sleeve makes me happy and getting to wear my fandom at Disneyland just brings me joy. Disneyland is my happy place and Star Wars is part of that. No matter how many times I get asked about either, my answer will always be the same.

I love Disneyland and I love Star Wars.

Star Wars vest: DIY
Pins: Yesterday Co, Disneyland, Smuggler's Bounty
Go Rogue Shirt: Target
Skinny pants: Uniqlo
Leia Sneakers: ADIDAS (N/A)
Rogue One tote: Loungefly


Wish List: Star Wars!

In honor of Star Wars Celebration, I made a small list of some fabulous Star Wars items that are on my wish list.

1. Loungefly Star Wars Scribble Art Satchel - Box Lunch

Purses are my weakness and I'm adding so many geek ones to my collection. I'm loving the Star Wars purses Loungefly has been releasing. This scribble satchel is high on my purse want list.


I am so glad Ahsoka merchandise is being released and this magnificent shirt of the fight between her and Darth Vader is the best. Let me say, that fight in Star Wars Rebels made me emotional.

3. The Dark Side Mouse Ears with Custom Bow - Aloha Ear Design

I have discovered 3D printed mouse ears are a thing and Aloha Ear Designs have been making some stunning ones. I ordered their Mermaid Lagoon one and they just released one of three Star Wars designs. The Death Star and Tie Fighter headband is amazing and I can't wait for sales to open up again to grab one.

4. I Rebel Pin - LanternPins

I have a huge pin game going on right now and I just don't care. One can't have too many. They are great to put everywhere and to use to liven up an outfit. This I Rebel pin from LanternPins is on my list to grab (will be at Celebration) and she has two other designs... a I love you / I know set and of course I'm one with the Foce pin and The Force is with Me pin. If you'll be at SWCO, you should pick one up!!


RunDisney Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon

Ending my RunDisney Star Wars Light Side recaps with the Half Marathon.

What was I thinking? Oh. I wasn't.

I've only ran 10K or less. Never more. I never had plans to enter the RunDisney Half Marathons because I'm not doing 13.1 miles and I usually headed home on Sundays. When they showed off the medals for the half, my crazy self decided I needed to do it.

The medal was a spinner and it had the medal of Yavin and on the other side it had Han Solo and Leia Organa.

I wanted it.

Now the thing with RunDisney races, as along as you start the race you will get the medal. Not many people think it's fair. If you don't finish the race though and are going for the Coast 2 Coast or that specific race challenge medal, you don't get those.

So I trained for a good year. I ran as often as I could for as many miles as I could. I was ready!

So Sunday morning I woke up, got dressed in my Leia theme running outfit and made my way back over to the starting line. I was in the second to last group and I waited and waited. Finally it was my groups turn and we were off. The start of the half is just like the 5k and 10k. You make your way through both parks, get photos, and than at mile 6 you head out to the streets of Anaheim.

Before I get to the part, I want to say I finally got my photo with C-3PO and R2-D2!! Either there weren't many folks signed up for the half (I believe it didn't sell out) or people were to scared of getting picked up and not finishing the lines were short. I took advantage of that and I got photos!!

I got photos with R2, BB-8, Sabine and Ezra, and Stormtroopers. I skipped Chewie and Darth Vader again because they are in the parks. I was so excited to get my photos.

So once we left the parks, we were running the streets of Anaheim and it was boring as all heck. I mean, folks were out there cheering us on. Cheerleaders, band members, even the 501st was out there but when there was no one, it was boring. Thankfully I had my phone to hear music but yea the half at Disneyland is not my cup of tea.

Also, I almost got picked up and not finish the race. You know how I said above I was ready, that was a lie. You see, I trained for miles but I didn't train for back to back MILES. 5K, 10K, and a half three days in a row is killer on your body and I destroyed mine.

I had to stop and use the bathroom. They have porta potty out on the streets of course but being in the last group of runners, those things are not clean by the time you given in to use it and I had a tutu on. I was at mile 7 or 8 at this point.

Long story short, I took too long and when I got out I was told by officials that I was behind the ballon ladies.

The balloon ladies are the race pacers so if you are behind them you are not keeping up the pace. I ran. I ran like I was told there was dole whip at the other end. I round the corner and I see the Death Star balloons. I'm still running. I'm sprinting at this point. I see the guys on bikes starting to line up and the shuttle buses appear. Once the bikes make a chain, you are done.

I ran passed the balloon ladies, the guys on bikes, and I kept running.

And I kept going like there was dole whip at the end with my medal. I kept going and I finished the race.

I think I clocked in at 3 hours but  I FINISHED MY FIRST HALF MARATHON.

I got my Leia medal and I was so happy!!

I swore I would never do another half but I really want the Millennium Falcon medal. The only way to get it is do and finish the Light Side Half in Disneyland and the Dark Side Half in Walt Disney World.

I think I'm going to hold off and do that has a 40th Birthday present to myself. If you do a race in each park, you also get another medal... the coast to coast. They also started doing events in Disneyland Paris and doing that one gets you the Castle to Chateau medal. I do wanna go back and visit Paris.

It was a fun filled and exhausted weekend and I'm so glad I did all three races!


Small Goals {April 2017}

Hello Spring! Welcome back, I've missed you. The sun is setting late, San Francisco has gotten a tad bit warmer, and I don't feel like my soul is being slowly stripped away getting up at 3am anymore. It's the time change and for some reason makes it so much easier to be at work starting at 4am and going until 5pm.

Also, I'm back from my most amazing two weeks in Japan. We visited Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Nagoya which we did not have any plans to. It just happened and that is a story to be told! March was an amazing month and because of that I had no goals for it. I had one, it was to have fun and oh man did I have such a thrilling time. So with that, I can say I accomplished my goal from March and I am here with my goals for April 2017!

April Goals:

 Exercise - I stopped going to the gym / running just after the Star Wars Marathon when I got sick twice, one right after the other. During that down time it made me realize how much running even if only for 30 mins makes me feel mentally better. I'm tried as all crap when I restart exercising / running but my head space is so much better. I need to get back into that.

 Back to blogging - I was heading out strong this year and than just punched the brakes. For a while I kept asking myself "why am I blogging?" And it does semi mess with you. I blog to keep in touch with folks, I blog to share my experiences, I blog so I can have a record of my adventures. Scrapbooking is great but blogging helps me share these stuff so much more easily and it helps with scrapbooking when you don't remember something for a couple years ago but you have an elecetronic record of it. I'm blogging for myself and I'm writing for myself so I need to stop thinking in negative terms and have fun blogging again.

 Comment on blogs - I am so terrible when it comes to commenting. I read your stuff. I enjoy your entries, your stories, your hard work on that blog, those photos that took you at least 30 tries till you got the right one. I read blogs at work during my down time. Not all of my reading list is blocked but for some of you, whatever commenting platform you use is blocked so I can't comment. I make the mental note to do it when I'm home and I don't get around to it. I want to get better at that.

 Create another video - I had a goal to upload one video back in February and I did! It's so terrible, I have no clue what I'm doing in Movie Maker and I used my cell phone but I am darn proud of it. It was a video for my Star Wars 5K Run at Disneyland which you can check it out here. Like I said, it's all so bad but I worked hard and I want to do another one. Maybe a Tokyo Disneyland / Disney Stores Haul video!

 Unpack from Japan - Something more of a to do item but I really shouldn't let my suitcase sit in the hallway. I have Star Wars Celebration next week and I don't want to come home to two suitcases that need unpacking. I didn't buy a lot while in Japan but I did buy a lot. It makes sense in my head lol

So this is my month!

You ready to conquer your April?!
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