Three Things Thursday | Birthday Wishes!

It's time again for one of my favorite blog hops :
Three Things Thursday!

(Be sure to link up on her blog!)
Since I already have a blog (and three blogs preceding this one) what haven't I already shared?

Once Upon a Time There Was a Princess Who Celebrated a Birthday!

Here are a few of my (new) favorite things from my lovely friends.

1.) Hidden Mickeys Go To Sea
One of my favorite activities on vacation is wandering around the still quiet of the ship with my children in the early morning. Often we look at all of the artwork around the ship or the fun little details we stumble across. Then we discovered that Steven Barret's field guides are available for Walt Disney World, Disneyland and the Disney Cruise Line. The guides are set up with clues and hints as they guide you about the ships. For those people who prefer outright answers, those are available as well. My kids decided to hook me up for my birthday.
You can bet we will enjoy some major hidden Mickey hunts during our next cruise.

2.) A Healthy Dose of Fantasy
My college roommate, Ellen, introduced me to a wonderful world of fantasy outside of the lands of Narnia, Hogwarts and Middle Earth. The first step outside of these waters involve Robin McKinley's classic, "Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast."
Beauty and the Beast (and for that matter, the related Cupid and Psyche tale as told in C.S. Lewis' Till We Have Faces) always has been one of my favorite fairytales. I loved the retelling; loved the Beauty it created. When Ellen dropped by a decade later to visit bringing with her a second retelling of Beauty and the Beast by the same author, I was reluctant to let go of the first to dive into a different adaptation. I eventually read and re-read and re-re-read the copy of Rose Daughter she leant me during a period of five years.

Whereas Beauty was a youthful imagining, Rose Daughter gained from all of the twenty years of experience the author gained in the interim. She was a Beauty I could love as an adult. Complex, imperfect and wonderful.
Reluctantly, I returned her copy when she visited this year. Imagine my amazement and glee when I opened a package the week prior to my birthday to discover a brand new copy of Rose Daughter and another new to me Robin McKinley, Chalice.

3.) D23 Gold Gift Membership
I've enjoyed the free membership for the last few years. This year my dear, sweet husband thoughtfully purchase the Gold Membership for me.

As much as I love Disney twenty-three for it's luscious photography and insider information, I enjoy the calendar even more. The colorful, whimsical calendar is just what I wanted for my office. Aside from the standard bank holidays, important Fan-niversaries are noted on every page. Movie releases, attraction premieres and obscure Disney trivia brighten the calendar clear through the end of 2015.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to pour myself a nice mint tea and curl up with some good books.

What would you give a Disney super-fan for their birthday?


  1. Gotta love new books! And mint tea! Sounds like a great birthday to me.

  2. I have the WDW Hidden Mickey's book, but now I need to get the Cruise version. And fast! We leave in 6 weeks!

  3. I am glad you had a great birthday and got great gifts! I just bought us the Hidden Mickey's Goes to Sea and I can't wait to search for them with the girls on our cruise in March. I am not sure what I would get a Disney superfan but my parent's bought me a Captain Mickey Pillow Pet and even at my age I am in love with it. During the day I rest on him and it is so soft and comfy. I also squeeze him when Chris has to give me my shots in my thights or insert my needle into my port. It has been a great gift to me so far!

  4. ooohhh, I forgot. Congrats on the Gold membership to D23. Let me know if you think it is worth it if you don;t mind because I have been pondering it for a few years now


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