One Talking Mouse, a Bunch of Poison Apples, and a Jealous Witch

My life is pretty much a Disney movie right now. Let’s discuss those things one at a time, okay?

First up, the mouse. Chuck E. Cheese to be exact. Ryne called me on his way home from work and asked if I was up for some pizza and games. Um. You don’t have to ask me twice. It was Maddux’s first musical mouse experience, and I think he was sold.

chuck e cheese

I was slightly nervous about eating there, but we were pleasantly surprised. I think it helped that I was literally the very first person to eat at the salad bar. It was freaking pristine.

chuck e cheese

Yes, the workers saw me take this. And yes, they called me out. I probably should have been embarrassed. The man working the counter was jacked. He said, “See, y’all! I told you people were gonna like it iced up like that!” I’m pretty sure I just helped him win some sort of employee argument. We’re basically best friends now.

Then we all shared a pizza and played games. The pizza was decent, but the games were awesome. I definitely think it helped that we got there really early. Maddux had the run of the place. The moral of the story is we are going to eat at Chuck E. Cheese often now because it was cheap, clean, and entertained our kid. Win.

Now on to a less fun topic: poison apples. Before I got sick, I bought two bags of pre-sliced Organic Crunch Pak apples. We all ate them throughout the week. We all got sick. Maddux had trouble sleeping, and was waking up multiple times a night. He can’t tell me what was bothering him, so I guess we’ll never know his actual symptoms. Ryne had headaches and stomach pains. I had muscle aches, pains in my side, a headache, “fogginess”, a sore neck and shoulders, and stiff legs. After my terrible run, I ended up seeing a recall at the grocery store for the brand of apples I had purchased. I didn’t see my exact apples on the list, so I didn’t bother getting a refund. I just stopped eating them in case. It was until today when I read the actual recall announcement that I thought maybe I fed my family freaking poison apples. The Crunch Pak folks found traces of listeria on some of their products. I looked up symptoms of ingesting listeria, and read this: “Symptoms, in addition to fever and muscle aches, can include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions.” Am I crazy, or did I totally eat nasty fruit?

crunch pak

So about the the witch bit: I am a jealous jerk right now. People posting their workouts are making me sad. I want to run, but I’m still not feeling that good. And now I’m scared that I’m going to fall off the training track. Which I know is ridiculous, because only I can control when I work out. But still. I had some good momentum going. I’m really hoping to get a good workout in as soon as possible. Send me some awkward motivational images via email please. I’d specifically like dated ones with Richard Simmons or Jane Fonda. I honestly don’t know why. My brain works in mysterious ways.

Anyway, I better go get ready for bed before I accidentally stay up all night playing on the computer. It’s real, and it happens.

Question 1: Mickey or Chuck E? I think the answer to that one is pretty obvious. I wish I was in Disney World right now. And pretty much every day of my life.

Question 2: Do you think I ate listeria-laced apples? You guys are all basically my doctors, so you should know.

Question 3: Have you ever considered a social media hiatus when you were being a jealous loser? I have. But I just can’t quit you, internet.


  1. says

    I definitely think you guys had listeria-laced apples. Kina scary! I’ve considered a social media hiatus several times over the past few months. I miscarried at 14 weeks in September and literally 20-30 girls made their pregnancy announcements shortly after. I’d be totally fine then start crying the instant I’d see them. My poor husband, haha. I’m sure your motivation will come back soon! Hng in there :)

    • Presley says

      I’m SO sorry! I can only imagine how difficult that would be. Social media can really be a poison when you aren’t in the best frame of mind for it. I definitely wish the best for you! <3

    • Presley says

      “it wasn’t as gross/crazy as I had anticipated” <- exactly my thoughts! hahaha I was terrified to go, but I was surprised to find that ours is kept pretty daggum clean.

  2. says

    Wow! I totally think you had the laced apples. That’s nasty!

    Since I don’t have kids (yet?), I’m gonna vote no mice. I’ve only been to Disney twice – once when I was 7 and my brother and I each earned a trip to an ER and then once as an adult, while in tow with a family that my wife was the nanny for (which was misery). Maybe it would be more fun just the two of us, or when we have our own kids, but right now? No thanks! :)
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    • Presley says

      ha “no mice”

      I hate that y’all had crappy Disney experiences. I basically want to live there. I know it’s all fake and commercial, but I still kiiiiinda feel like a little kid in the Magic Kingdom.

      I bet y’all would have fun going alone. It’s surprisingly date-night friendly. I swear. :)

  3. says

    Is it weird that I’ve never been to Chuck E Cheese?

    That apple thing would’ve freaked me out–I have a weird obsession with avoiding bad/potentially bad food. Chris gets so annoyed with me… I’ll toss stuff if it’s just a day beyond its expiration–even if it looks ok–because I’m paranoid it’s “bad.” lol
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    • Presley says

      Not weird, just unfortunate. ;) Kidding. I think my parents took me when I was little for a break… from me. Sad, but true. haha


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