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Wireless Charging Stations Are Not Wireless!

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35637461_Nexus_4_Wireless_Charger_02_620x433There is a trend in the tech world towards wireless charging stations for mobile devices (tablets and cell phones). The premise is simple, when you need to charge your phone, you never need to have wires. That sounds great!!! Except, there’s a problem: the charging station… has wires! “Wireless charging” of a mobile device is completely inaccurate. The charging station needs to be plugged into power. So, instead of a wire to your phone, there is a wire to your charging station. Psst! There’s still a wire! It is just connected to a different device.

The Argument to Stay Off Property

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holiday-inn-orange-lake-kitchenUnless you are staying at a “value” hotel (which is a glorified hotel room) at Walt Disney World, staying on property is just too darn expensive. Families larger than 4 need to stay at “family suites”, regular rooms have a limit of 4 people. But, too often people dont take the time to realize the benefits of off property.

Here’s a scenario:
You have a family of 4-6 coming to WDW for one full week (Check in July 13, check out July 20th), and plan on 5 days at the parks

Option 1:

  • The Lion King Family Suite would cost you $2458 (yes, you read that right!)
    • 1 Queen Bed, 1 Double-Size Table Bed, and 1 Double-Size Sleeper Sofa. Talk about COMFY!!! (note the sarcasm)
  • Free transportation to and from the airport (Disney’s Magical Express)
  • Free on-property transportation
  • Extra Magic Hours (for now, until it’s discontinued in the near future)
  • You can not leave Disney Property without a Taxi
  • Total Cost: $2458 + park tickets

Option 2:

  • Stay at Orange Lake Resort for $1315.65
    • Two bedroom villa,1 king size bed, 2 queen size beds, kitchen
    • Orange Lake is located directly next door to the Animal Kingdom and is less than a 20 min drive (mostly on Disney property) from MK parking
  • Rent a Ford Escape for from Hertz for $467.07
    • Disney World Parking: $70
    • Mobility around the greater Orlando/Kissimmee area
  • Total Cost: $1852.72 + park tickets
  • Savings: $605.28 (compared to Option 1)
    • five “park-to-park” tickets to Universal is $615

Option 3 (not an option to families larger than 4 people):

  • The Port Orleans would cost you $1372
    • 2 Queen Beds
  • Free transportation to and from the airport (Disney’s Magical Express)
  • Free on-property transportation
  • Extra Magic Hours (for now)
  • You can not leave Disney Property without a Taxi
  • Total Cost: $1372 + park tickets

Option 4:

  • Stay at Comfort Suites Maingate East for $824.82
    • Two Queen beds, Suite
  • Rent a Ford Escape for from Hertz for $467.07
    • Disney World Parking: $70
    • Mobility around the greater Orlando/Kissimmee area
  • Total Cost: $1361.89 + park tickets
  • Savings: $10.11 (compared to Option 3)

Slutty Brownies

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For this Thanksgiving, I made Slutty Brownies for dessert. Like the name might indicate, they are cheap and easy… to make. It’s a cookie dough base, oreo cookie center, and brownie top. Here’s the recipe….

Ingredients
Cookie Dough

  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 stick unsalted butter (1 cup) at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 egg
  • 2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Brownie Batter

  • Boxed Brownie Batter of your choice and required ingredients

24 Oreo cookies

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt) in a bowl.
  3. In a standalone mixer bowl fitted with paddle attachment, cream together butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed.
  4. Add egg and vanilla and mix on low until blended.
  5. Gradually add dry ingredient mixture to mixer and blend on low.
  6. Spoon into a 9×13 glass dish or baking pan with a spatula and flatten.
  7. Top with one layer of Oreos (4 in each row).
  8. Prepare brownie batter
  9. Pour brownie batter on top.
  10. Shake around to make sure batter is evenly distributed.
  11. Bake in the oven for 45-55 minutes (check with a tooth pick).
  12. Let cool 15 minutes, then cut into squares.

The Story Behind My Decision

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After much thought and discussion with Melissa, I have resigned from St. Peter and accepted a job at Community Unit School District 300 as Technology Coordinator at one of their schools. (I will continue to help with the FamilyLive! service) This was not an easy decision. I really did like working at St. Peter. I’ve often felt like I would be there forever, but time has a way of changing things. Let me give you a little background on this decision. Continue reading