Monthly Archives: August 2010

>WDW Disney Half Marathon. Disney Planning. & Photobooks.

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I’ve been talking about this for a while now, the Disney Half Marathon in January. I am so very excited to have signed up for this race, and actually commit to it! As you can see from the website it’s January 8, 2011, that gives me just about 131 days to train! Have no fear, I started early. In the next few days I’ll be signing up for some local races to get myself used to what it’s like to be on the course 🙂

Now, I have never planned a Disney Vacation longer than 4 days before… And this year I am going 8 days! :):) I’ve been to Disney twice with my parents where we spent 6 days. But then, we didn’t know what planning was, or ADRs. We just showed up and went for it! I can definitely say, I missed a lot of shows and a lot of rides those years. I got a different perspective of Disney that I can come to appreciate, but I now know that hard work, and planning pays off!

I am traveling alone from Michigan to Disney, but will not be alone once I get there. 🙂 Bonnie (@bonnieg88), and a friend are flying in around the same time as me, so we can catch the Disney Magical Express together. We’re staying at Port Orleans- French Quarter. This is new to both of us, and I am positive it is going to be an absolute blast! This resort was chosen at the hands of a coin toss, and it couldn’t have been more perfect. After all our obsessions of True Blood, it’ll be great to have a Louisiana type feel. For some reason as I typed that I had Russell’s voice in my head. Maybe it was that earth shattering episode I saw last night 🙂

Originally we were going with the 30% Disney package, but I looked a little more closely into the free dining, and decided it was worth a shot to get a quote from a Disney Travel Agent. Besides, who knows best than them! I reached out to @MagicalNdeavors to see what kind of deal we could get from Disney with the dining included. Turns out free dining worked out in our favor! Of course we were spending more with the package, but with the breakdown, food was only costing us $18 a day. There is no way we could eat in Disney for less than $18 a day!

So our next task, plan these ADRs!

What we have on our “plate”:

Monday — arrive, Downtown Disney
* Raglan Road

Tuesday — Magic Kingdom
* Cinderella’s Royal Table

Wednesday — 4 parks (discussing a name)
* Le Cellier for Lunch

Thursday — Hollywood Studios && WWoS for Expo
* 50’s Prime for Lunch

Friday — Bonnie’s 5K 🙂 && Epcot
* no adrs.

Saturday — Stacy & @MrBrettYoung run the Half Marathon, AK day
* Whispering Canyon Cafe for dinner

Sunday — @MrBrettYoung runs the Marathon (Going for Goofy!), MK day
* Ohana for dinner to celebrate!

Monday — Home sad day… I start Spring Semester of Grad School..

How exciting for the trip!! :):) It feels great to have all this accomplished in advance. 🙂

Now as I am thinking about this upcoming trip, and what I can do to pass the time I get an email for a free photobook at Shutterfly! SCORE! I love making photobooks. And I love them even more when they are free. I don’t scrapbook. I don’t have enough time in my schedule, and I am much more of a creative computer person. Hence so much experience in Graphic Design.

As I’m putting together the book, I’m trying to decide which pictures to include. Of course a lot of them will be Disney 🙂 Others will include friends, and other places of travel this summer. I thought I would take a moment, share some Disney Photos and see which ones I should add!

WDW Railroad 

Entrance of Polynesian

Epcot
Summer Nightastic

Everest

Expedition Everest

Grand Floridian

Block Party Bash

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Cinderella’s Castle

Mickey & Minnie

Decisions, Decisions. I’m always terrible at trying to decide what to add. I love them all, plus the 1,000 more I have. What do you think?
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>My.CRAZY.Schedule.

>I know I said my life is complete crazy. I constantly have a million things going on with work, family, and spontaneous trips, and then I start a graduate program!

I started college in 2003 at Monroe County Community College in Michigan. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I loved Biology. I went to Community College for 2 semesters, and to this day, it was my favorite time with coursework. I was in a Microbiology course, a Botany course, and basic Biology courses. After that year, I decided I didn’t want to live at home anymore. I moved 3 hours away to Grand Rapids with a good friend of mine. I was 19, and living in the second largest city in the state of Michigan. I loved it.. for the first 6 months. Things happened with my roommate and I decided to move onto campus…. Mistake. I didn’t like where I lived, and I was totally different from my roommates. I drove that 3 hours home every weekend. I didn’t like my classes either. They discouraged my role in Biology. I promised myself after that semester was over, I was moving back to Monroe, going to school at University of Toledo and joining a sorority.

So that is precisely, what I did. I went to University of Toledo, took some business courses (GVSU had colored my idea of Biology so bad, that I switched my major). I joined Kappa Delta when I was a junior in college, and 20 years old. I was at least 2 years older than anyone else in my pledge class, but that didn’t stop us from having fun.

I spent a semester in business, before deciding to take the road towards Pharmacy. Classes were hard. i was working full time, commuting, partying, and not sleeping. I got very ill, couldn’t make it to my classes, was almost killed in a car crash, and finally failed out that semester.

I worked hard the next few semesters in business, deciding to major in Marketing, and do some Graphic Arts classes to get my GPA up. I realized I loved Graphic Design for the creativity of it. But I didn’t want to make a career out of it. I left the job I was commuting at, moved into the sorority house, and started working at a tanning salon.

I moved to an apartment with the semester was over, and continued to function within the sorority. I lived for two more years in Toledo while finishing my undergraduate degree, when I found a job at a graphic arts firm. That is where I am still currently working now, two years later.

A lot of soul searching led me to the degree I’m at now, and my crazy schedule. I’m doing my graduate program full-time, while working full-time. I stated it before, but I love my program. So much so, I might add a second major.

Monday my alarm goes off at 450 am. Takes me about 10-15 minutes to get going before I can get changed, grab a quick bite to eat, and get out the door. At 6 am, I’m at Urban Active, my current gym. Workout for an hour, and then get ready for work. I work from 8-5 (sometimes 4 on Mondays). Then it’s time for my planned run, depending on my week and time in training depends on the miles. It’s usually 4 or higher. Then it’s free time for me to drive 40 minutes back home!

Tuesday is basically the same schedule, and I work until 5. I also do a planned run after work on Tuesdays, usually 2.5-3 miles. I drive home, and get everything ready for the next few days. I have to pack enough food, clothes, gym clothes for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Wednesday is a later morning for me as I don’t go to the gym. I’m up at 615 am to get ready for work. At 720 I’m out the door to make sure I get to work by 8. I work 8-4 and then take the 30 minute drive South to get to Bowling Green. My class 5-720 is Public Health Administration, with my program director. After we all meet we split into two separate sections because our class is so large. I have a newer professor, he’s great!

For this class I have 1) three written case studies to be worked on as a group project. 2) a movie critique for Patch Adams (3 page paper) 3) a Grant notice & application — this is a very lengthy process. It’s 25+ pages. Eekk !! And then we have to present it to the review board of a health department. We also have a power point presentation for this. With all my professors, anything we write that gets picked for a journal, we automatically get an A or a lot of extra points.

For my own professor, I think we have a disaster planning and emergency presentation to do, but we haven’t talked about that yet.

My next class is 730-10, again, with my program director. this class is Economics, Marketing, and HR for Public Health. This class is much like the other because my professor created all the homework. I have an initial assignment which is due next week. It’s an essay on the economics and marketing of public health that is going on in the world today. I also have three more written case studies to be turned in with group projects. A research project that hasn’t been given out yet, but is worth half my grade. 😦 . And an enormous final exam that I hope turns out to be take home. We haven’t learned about that one yet.

After class I head to Emily’s by campus to stay the night!

Thursday morning comes way too quickly. 515 am comes around and it’s time to get up for the gym. 6 am – 7 am I’m at the gym, and then get ready for work. I work from 8-5 and then head out to Wildwood for my run. Thursdays are my short days, 2.5 miles. I head to Urban for a quick shower, and get ready for class. It’s usually around 630 pm at this time, so I grab my packed dinner, and drive down to Perrysburg for class. Class is from 730-10 and it’s Crisis Management and Communication in Public Health. This might be one of my favorite classes! We’re dealing with disaster planning and emergency situations.

For this class, I have quizzes, Case scenarios to present, An on camera mock interview, a news release assignment, a town hall meeting presentation, a research project and presentation, 3 exams to become FEMA certified, 9 hours of training, and a discussion assignment. Sound like a lot? It definitely is!

Hopefully before class I can check out Second Sole, a local running shop that sponsors a bunch of races here. I’m look at signing up for a few of them. I’ll post later details about those!

Friday morning comes around and the alarm goes off at 515 again. It’s time to get up and head to Urban! Friday’s are generally cross train days and a lot of weights. I work, again, from 8-5 and am finally able to head home. Depending on my week, I may get my bike out and head out through my neighborhood and marina.

Saturdays vary… Some weeks I have class 8am-12, some weeks I don’t have class, and some weeks I have class 8am-2pm. Today it was 8-12. My Biostatistics class. I have homework due every class period, three exams, a spss project due at the end, and various other projects!

It was difficult to get up at 615 this morning to get ready for class. I haven’t made this drive to the Med Center yet so I gave myself an hour, turns out it was plenty of time. i made it in 35 minutes. A lot of sitting around and waiting with classmates the other 25 minutes. I’m gonna start to know everyone in this program, because we have all our classes together. Not such a bad thing!

After class I ran a few errands and headed to Wildwood for my scheduled 5 mile run. The run itself was great. i did the first 2.5 miles without slowing or walking. I headed to my car and got out the Gatorade. I didn’t want to get dehydrated on this run because the humidity was ungodly high. I headed back to my trail to finish the rest of the run. It was starting to go as planned except my legs felt heavy and my lungs hurt. I have bad allergies to grass and well nature. But I don’t let it stop or affect me. I pushed through it, took a few very short (60 second) walk breaks, and finished my 5 miles in 48 minutes flat. That’s a pace of 9:35. Not too bad for my long run. Next week I hit 6 miles, and then they go up from there.

I am really excited to embark on the longer miles! I’ve also realized the rest days are really critical, even though I mentally don’t want to do them. I know I have to. Tomorrow I will be cross training, because I switched to have my rest day yesterday. Can’t wait to see what next week brings!

>The Past. in Photos.

>First off. I LOVE to Travel. It’s a passion to me, to see the world. I’ve been places, but not as many as I would have liked to, so far. So here’s some photos showing those travels.

The first is Belgium, my family’s home country. One of my favorite places in the world. 🙂

Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of London. 😦 My computer crashed and I lost those. I still have the hard drive so I am holding out hope, I’ll get them back.

The next set are photos from Honduras, Costa Maya, && Cozumel :):)

I’ll have to add some Chicago photos.. and a few other adventures ! 🙂

>"Home. Is not where you live, but where they understand you."

>I came to the conclusion yesterday that I needed to be accountable for things in my life. I needed to keep track of where I was headed, and the goals I wanted to accomplish. I started a journal.. but it didn’t work. There was no one besides myself to keep me accountable, and with my schedule, that just was not working!

So here I am. Writing a blog that I’m not even sure will interest anyone, but myself. But for now, it will just have to do! So here goes nothing! 🙂
My name – Stacy DeBruyne
My age- 25
I hold a bachelors degree from the University of Toledo in Ohio, but have lived in Michigan my whole life. I work at a graphics arts firm, in Marketing, Administration, HR, Accounting, and well anything else you can think of. I don’t hate my job, or what I do. But it’s not what I want to do for the rest of my life.
I went back to school to earn my Masters degree, in Public Health Administration. I love my program, and I love my classes. We’ll see where life takes me when I finally finish my degree in a year.

I’m currently training for a half marathon; January 8, 2011 in Disney. I cannot wait. This is something that is truly me. Something that I as an athlete can complete on my own. My own personal victories. 🙂 I cannot wait to achieve and share them.

There’s a lot of words and traits that would describe me; charismatic, nice, outgoing, motivated, ambitious.. the list goes on. As for the things I enjoy… running, traveling, Disney, pastries, wildlife conservation, hiking, photography, hockey, movies, learning new things, and going new places.
I’ll incorporate all of this into the new blog. It’s all things I care about.
Now for the fun stuff. Pictures 🙂

Friends. Emily.Me.Nicole.
This is from the Carlos Diaz Crime Stoppers Challenge Golf Tournament in Indianapolis. We were the Vitamin Water Girls. I work with Emily, and stay with her on the nights I have class. We also attend concerts, charities, and sport events. We always find a way to have a blast, especially when Sangria is involved! Nicole has been my best friend for years. I love her to death. She recently moved away to L.A. to live with her boyfriend, Carlos Diaz. When she isn’t working as a nurse at UCLA, she’s traveling with Carlos as he hosts entertainment shows and radio. Tis’ the life! :):)

Dustin & I.

Let’s just say, he’s legendary, and one of my closest friends. I know if I ever need something, anything at all. He’ll always be there. He’s currently a club promoter and nightlife guru living in L.A. but freelancing a contract in Toledo. It works perfectly.

My mom & I. 🙂 This was when we went to Daughtry in April. My mom means everything to me. She’s always been there for me, and done everything she could. She’s one of my best friends.

My.family.

We’re fun. We’re loud. We’re Belgian. 🙂

More.Friends.

Well… This is all for now. I hope whoever is reading this enjoys. You’ll be learning more about me. Enjoy!