Disney Girls Trip Part 3: After the Race

I left off with my recap of the Expedition Everest Challenge. The next day was Sunday, and we had plans to relax! We slept in and then decided to go to Downtown Disney for lunch at Earl of Sandwich. Jen had a Groupon, so of course we had to go, duh.

After we ate, we hit up Starbucks. (In case you weren’t aware, regular Disney coffee tastes awful, so I’m super happy Starbucks invaded the “world”).

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We shopped a little then headed back to the resort to go to the pool. I really like the pool area at Caribbean Beach, and we even scored two chairs under an umbrella mostly in the shade. Hooray for saving our skin!

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It was cool enough outside I didn’t even sweat nor did I need to get in the pool to cool off. This worked out because I was way too lazy to get out of my chair.

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We sat and chatted a few hours then got ready for dinner at Narcoossees at the Grand Floridian. Jen and I are both big lovers of this resort, and we thought back to a girls trip we took in 2009 when we stayed there. Hopefully one day we will get to stay there again! It’s so beautiful, but also really, really, expensive. If I ever win the lottery, this is where I am going. I guess I need to start buying lottery tickets if I want to win…

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We were given a nice table by the window and we had a delicious meal!

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I had to get a chocolate martini since that’s what we got when we ate here on our last girls trip. It was very good.

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I had steak for my meal, then finished it off with almond crusted cheesecake. I wasn’t even hungry but this dessert is so good, I got it anyway (and proceeded to eat the whole thing). Everything was really good and we had a great time!

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We are pretty boring old people so we took a cab back to the resort and went to bed. We had a big day coming up at the Magic Kingdom!

QOTD: What is your favorite dessert?

I’m Back! (Sort of)

Good morning everyone! I am BACK (sort of). I got off the cruise ship Saturday then headed to Disney to meet up with my parents. I will be here until Wednesday, but I am “back” as far as blogging goes. I hope you all enjoyed my guest posts, a huge thank you to them for offering to hang out on my blog while I was away, they are all awesome! I have so much more to tell you about the press event. If you missed the three posts I wrote on it so far, you can check them out below:

runDisney Princess half marathon news

Magic Dry dock info

Monstrous Summer All-Nighter

I have more great things to share when I get home so stay tuned. For now, I just wanted to share a few pictures from our two night stay at the Grand Floridian during the press event. The resort looked beautiful as usual and the courtyard pool has finished it’s renovations. We were on the 4th floor of Sago Cay.

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QOTD: What is your favorite thing about going to the pool?

Disney Cruise and Vacation wrap up

A huge thank you for all the congrats I got on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on the blog about my race. I can’t wait to share my recap with you in a few days!

This will be my final post on my Disney vacation from May, then I can start recapping my Disneyland trip! We left off last time after checking into our hotel, the Grand Floridian and going to Animal Kingdom. The next day, my parents arrived and we went to Hollywood Studios.

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We rode our favorite rides, and that night we had dinner at California Grill. We had a window seat and had a gorgeous view of the sunset

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After dinner we walked out onto the deck to get a better look at the Magic Kingdom.

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The next day we went to the Magic Kingdom early and were able to knock out several rides before it got busy.

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We had lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern so I could get my favorite dessert, Ooey Gooey Toffee cake

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That night we had dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe

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We took the boat to the Wilderness Lodge

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And we celebrated my parents anniversary.

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My stomach felt really full and I had a sick feeling on the boat on the way back and thought I had just eaten too much. However, the feeling got worse and worse, and after a couple hours, I threw up for the first time. It was not pleasant. You can see my food poisoning post here.

I have never been so sick in all my life and wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. I threw up twice and was nauseated so so badly for DAYS. I also had…other problems for over a week with keeping food in me. That was the worst part. The whole last day I stayed in bed then we went home the next day. I didn’t eat hardly anything for over a week, just gatorade and crackers and I lost about 7 pounds. It. was. awful. Not exactly a good way to end our trip that’s for sure. Anyone who has ever had a bad case of food poisoning will understand, and I hope I never get it again! I literally thought I was dying, and even told Bobby I was sorry I was dying and leaving him. I felt that bad! We ALMOST went to the ER but I stuck it out.

Aside from the illness we had an amazing trip up to that point and it was a great way to kick off the summer!

QOTD: Have you ever had food poisoning? What did you do?

Disney Cruise and Vacation: Part 6

 

Hi guys! Well, we are still here! It’s still raining here, still very windy. I posted several videos of the storm on my You Tube channel if you want to check them out.  It’s been a tedious few days, and the big news from yesterday is my flight got cancelled for tomorrow, so we are now having to fly out of Pensacola with a  stop in Atlanta. I know this is nothing compared to what other people are facing today with flooded homes, but not going to lie it frustrated me yesterday. In case you have no idea what’s going on down here I suggest you check out weather.com….lots of people have flooded or washed away homes, it’s bad down here. Again. 7 years to the day after Katrina. My family has been very lucky, and we are blessed to have a home with no water in it, and no major wind damage.

I remembered I still haven’t finished recapping my May cruise/trip to Disney, so I thought it would help me pass the time by remembering and posting about the fun time we had this spring! Well, until I got sick, but more on that later.

Where I left off, we were getting off the Disney Magic to start the “land” part of our vacation.

When we got off the boat, we got in our car and didn’t have to be sad, we were heading to WDW, and my parents were joining us there the next day. We drove straight to our resort, the Grand Floridian, to check in. It was early in the morning, and our room wasn’t ready yet. We grabbed some snacks from the lounge and headed back out to Animal Kingdom.

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We headed straight for Expedition Everest so Bobby could jump in the single rider line. He rode it twice very quickly….and then it started to rain, I mean POUR! We ran into the shop, and huddled in with hundreds of others for a good 20-30 minutes until it passed. I had not even thought to bring our ponchos. Whoops. Pretty sure we did the safari ride, walked through and saw some animals on the jungle trek, and did It’s Tough to Be a Bug. Even after eating non stop for 5 days on a cruise, my stomach had the nerve to growl and so we headed to lunch at Flame Tree BBQ. We ate down at a kind of “hidden” deck over the water that has a great view of Expedition Everest.

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While we were at lunch, we got the text message with our room number in it. I was itching to get back because I KNOW that room number and knew what room we were in, but Bobby wanted to stay longer at Animal Kingdom, so we wandered around a bit more, saw Festival of the Lion King, and then finally decided to head out.

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Bobby felt bad using a one day ticket for just a few hours (I have an annual pass) but I assured him it was ok. We had several one day base tickets leftover from packages years ago we needed to use anyway. We excitedly went straight to our room and called for our luggage. Just as I suspected, the wonderful staff at the Grand was able to get us the room we honeymooned in five years earlier.

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The best part of course, is the view. Can you see the castle to the left in the distance below?

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We had panoramic views from the monorail to the castle (including the DVC construction)

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We headed to the lounge for tea and scones, and the best banana bread ever. It’s one of my favorite things they serve in the concierge lounge!

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We relaxed and ate, my favorite thing to do at the Grand, and then went back to our room and had a surprise from the hotel.

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It was so pretty I almost didn’t want to eat it….but I did anyway, of course. We got cleaned up and dressed for dinner, then went to the lounge to enjoy some appetizers before driving to the Yacht Club for dinner at Yachtsman Steakhouse.

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By this point we WERE full, so we decided to split a meal.

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Of course, we had to have a little birthday fun. Bobby was not amused.

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We headed back to the hotel to get some sleep before my parents arrived in the morning!

QOTD: Do you like having your birthday celebrated at restaurants, etc. or do you not like the fuss?

Disney April Trip in Pictures

 

So I am still recovering from my food poisoning and also trying to catch up on work at the same time, and it is quite frustrating. After not eating solid food since Friday except a bit of soup and rice, I am finding it hard to wrap my brain around anything I need to do for work and just get overwhelmed, so after a couple of hours of trying yesterday I threw my hands up and just called it quits.

Since I really didn’t need a ton more to to think about today, like blogging, I thought I would share some photos from my Aprils trip to Disney with my aunts and mom. I apologize for the delay in my regular blogging, and hope you will stick with me and come back and read Running With Sass when things are back to normal, but I just don’t have the energy today. I know you understand!

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Fingers crossed I will feel more normal tomorrow!

QOTD: Have you ever had food poisoning?

Disney Princess Weekend: Monday, and a Giveaway!

 

In case you missed my other non-running Disney Princess posts, you can check them out below:

Disney Princess weekend Friday

Disney Princess Weekend Saturday

Disney Princess Weekend Sunday

After quite the eventful Sunday, we were excited to hit the parks at a nice relaxing pace on Monday. We went to Hollywood Studios, and wore our I did it shirts.

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We headed straight for Toy Story Mania. The fastpass return time was already really late, so we stood in the standby line, which went by really fast.

We saw this hilarious guy on the street telling people to stop and go.

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We made sad faces in our picture then he changed his at the last minute.

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my mom wanted a picture with this funny pair. I could watch the street performers all day! Be sure to watch them if they are out when you are there!

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Karen and I wanted to ride Star Tours, so our moms waited for us to be down with it. There was hardly a line for it, either! We also saw Beauty and the Beast.

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I really can’t remember what else we did besides lunch! We ate at Backlot Express, and it took forever to get my sandwich because I special ordered it. I won’t make that mistake again, I will just pick off the stuff I don’t like.

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We decided to head back to the hotel and then go to the Magic Kingdom (I love being on the monorail!) To do some shopping and I really wanted a dole whip! First, we got a picture with Richard. I love this guy, he has been at the Grand for 20 years. Whenever a bride is getting her photos taken at the resort, he goes around with her holding the train of her dress up. it is so. cute.

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We hopped on the monorail and were quickly at the gates of the magic Kingdom.

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I snagged a couple pics of the Main Strees Barber shop

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My mom and I headed for adventureland and Dole Whips while Karen and her mom were in search of some regular ice cream.

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aaahhh my trip is now complete. We seriously considered each getting another one they were so good.

We waited for the other outside the Plaza, and what do you know, the parade was about to start and we had perfect seats!

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make sure you get it all mom haha

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After the parade we did some shopping and walking around the shops, it was so relaxing.

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We headed back to the hotel just in time for scones and tea

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I used the down time to take photos with my stalker lens

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I honestly don’t remember what I did before it was time for appetizers! But, soon enough it was time for our last night in the lounge. It started raining, but we crossed our fingers it would finish before time to walk to Ohana. We were able to walk over there and enjoy our last dinner. Look who else we found, Megan!

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The food was good as usual, I was stuffed!

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We were able to watch Wishes from our seats, and then we headed out and took the monorail back to the Grand. Tuesday morning, we packed up the car and I somehow managed to drive the whole 9 hours home, with a car that looked like this.

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We had a great trip with great friends, and now have so many memories. Thanks so much for reading along for our magical trip!

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GIVEAWAY!

Remember Yesterday’s post that included Zero Water? Well the kind folks there have offered to give a RWS reader one of the water filter pitchers! This thing is awesome trust me. I saw them pour RED WINE into it and regular water came out. I drank it myself. Way cool. Here is how you enter:

1.) Tell me How much water you drink in a day (separate comment)

2.) RT, post to FB, mention on your blog (separate comment for each)

I will announce a winner on Tuesday, April  3.

QOTD: Are you a light packer or over packer?

Please don’t forget to vote for me for best running blog, I would appreciate it!

Disney Princess Weekend: Sunday

 

If you missed my first two non-race recaps, you can check them out below:

Disney Princess Weekend: Thursday and Friday

Disney Princess Weekend: Saturday

Sunday morning we got up and ran the Disney Princess half marathon, but were back at the hotel by mid morning. Unfortunately, We missed breakfast in the lounge by just a couple of minutes, but were able to get some coffee from the wonderful ladies who work in the lounge to warm our freezing selves up! We showered and changed, and decided to go to the Magic Kingdom. We were starving, and I knew I wanted something yummy and greasy as a recovery food!

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Why yes I did wear my tiara to the park, along with my medal.

We took the monorail over to the park, and the crowds were really not that bad.

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We ended up in Fantasyland at Pinocchio’s and I ordered a fabulously greasy pizza with fries and a coke. I didn’t really care that it wasn’t healthy, my body was craving calories and carbs!

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We used my magical fastpass to ride Peter Pan, then we did Mickey’s Philharmagic,

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Haunted Mansion, and Pirates. About this time, I was getting really sleepy. My mom and I decided to go back to the hotel for a nap while Karen and her mom finished up in the Magic Kingdom. I know my limits, and if I wanted to be ANY fun at dinner, I needed a nap!

I slept about an hour, and it was glorious! I decided to run down to the shops at the hotel for a few minutes before getting ready for dinner. When I got back in the elevator, it was me, and another couple. I thought the man looked very familiar, but I was still half asleep. It hit me when I saw they had runDisney shirts on…It was Jeff Galloway and his wife!!! (he wasn’t wearing his Disney hat which is why it took me a minute!) He saw my medal and asked me if I had a fun race. I said I did, and I told him I had talked to him Friday at his meet up, and thanked him again for spending so much individual time with everyone. His wife laughed and said Jeff loved talking to people so it was no problem for him! Then Jeff told me the meet ups really had been taking off and taking on a life of their own and how he loved it! By then we were at my floor and I said goodbye. I of course immediately tweeted about it!

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I had such a great time racing in my tutu, I wanted to be able to wear it again. I somehow convinced everyone that we NEEDED to wear our tutu’s to dinner that night at 1900 Park Fare.

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We went to the lounge for appetizers and were having WAY too much fun. Let’s just say I get really silly when I have a glass of champagne! As we were sitting there, Jeff Galloway and his wife were walking by with their appetizers and went and sat at a table. my mom wanted to meet him, so she kept trying to “get his attention” with her medal.

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They left and didn’t see us, but then he ended up coming back and walked right up to our table and started talking to us about the race! Of course we had to get a picture, too. he was so sweet and let us take about ten photos.

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I of course had to tweet…again.

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It was finally time for dinner, so we headed down to 1900 Park Fare we were ended up having to wait FOREVER to eat. We someone managed to entertain ourselves though.

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Karen’s mom wasn’t feeling good so she went back to the room, and it was time for us to be seated. The food was excellent of course, and I had to keep apologizing to the table next to me because every time I would try to squeeze by to my table, my tutu would hit them in the face.

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Have I ever mentioned I love Disney mac n cheese?

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I think they thought we were crazy. But then the characters started to come by…and they thought we had lost our minds.

When the first stepsister came up, we were already standing and she came up behind me and scared the crap out of me so I made a kind of “ah!” scared noise (not loud) and she looked at me then walked off! Luckily she did come back…but when I tried to tell her about the race she told me she didn’t need some medal to feel secure and confident in herself.

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Then when we tried to take a picture, she did this.

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We finally got her to take a normal one

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and as soon as we did, she turned and screamed right in my ear and said “not so funny when someone does it to you, huh?” We were absolutely dying laughing, it. was. hysterical.

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Soon enough the other step sister came by, and she wasn’t very nice either. I told her that her sister was mean to us and she said we probably deserved it.

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We also got to meet Cinderella and Prince Charming

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I have no idea.

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Karen flying back to the table.

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Dessert!

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Finally, it was time to go, all of the fun from the day was catching up to us. We headed back to the room, and fluttered down the hall.

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and for some reason decided to take a jumping picture. We actually hit it just right on the FIRST TRY (when does THAT happen?) until I realized my eyes were closed.

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It may have taken us about 100 more tries to get it right (in between fits of laughter, of course!) I will just share a few of these little gems with you.

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This is the one we ended up with:

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Oh my. What a fun night!

QOTD: Who is king of Jumping photos? Who has worn a tutu to a restaurant? and waved a magic wand at random people?

Disney Princess Weekend: Friday

 

I know I have already told you about my royal welcome ThursdayJeff Galloway Meet Up, the Expo, the 5k and the half marathon, and my blogger meet up, but there were a lot of other fun times during my trip as well that I wanted to share with you.

Friday after I met my mom, Karen and her mom at the expo, we went to Animal Kingdom Lodge and picked up my luggage. We then headed to the Grand Floridian where we would be staying on the concierge level of the main building for four nights, with a Magic Kingdom view!

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We had just enough time to change clothes and freshen up before appetizers were being served in the lounge.

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We relaxed and ate, then headed over to EPCOT for the pasta in the park party. I was given a free ticket though my fun blogging weekend, and my group was able to buy tickets even though it was sold out! The party was in the wonders of life pavilion, somewhere I had never been before.

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It was open seating, and they had little buffet stations (of the same food) set up all around the place. We found my FitFluential friends, grabbed some plates, and chowed down.

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There were a couple difference kinds of pasta, chicken, bread, salad, and dessert.

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One of the employees in charge of the logistics of the runDisney races came over and chatted with our group. Did you know Princess had about 600 port o potties?!?

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After we ate, everyone had pretty much cleared out. One thing I did NOT like about this event is the music was playing SO LOUD you couldn’t talk to anyone at your table! Come on Disney, music is nice, but lower the volume please!

We took advantage of everyone leaving and went to take some pictures with the princesses.

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It was time to go, so we made our way out and did a little shopping before Illuminataions. Oh, we also had special wristbands that got us into a VIP seating area for the show. It was nice to sit on the ground without people crowding all around us.

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We actually left a couple of minutes before it was over. I have been to this rodeo, and I know there is a mad dash for the monorail afterwards. We were able to get on the second one and head back to the lounge just in time for dessert.

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When we got back to the room, we realized Wishes was about to start, so we watched that from the balcony.

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After being all firework-ed out, we headed to bed. After all, we had a 5k in the morning!!!

My take on the Pasta party: I am glad I went to experience it, but I don’t think I would go again for the price. it was almost $50, and the variety of food wasn’t there, and the whole tone just wasn’t as excited and amped up as I thought it would be. The food was really good though! It was LOUD in there, and everyone just ate and left, maybe it just wasn’t what I was expecting? I can see how if you had a whole group you could make it really fun…but I think Disney could make it even better!

QOTD: What do you eat the night before a race?

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Disney Day 5 September 2011

 

Yesterday, Bobby and I spent the day relaxing and hanging out. We haven’t hung out on a weekend together in many many weeks. We watched football, ate breakfast outside, and ran some errands. Today is church and hopefully painting part of the fence, and of COURSE Saints football. To go along with my lazy weekend, I thought today would be a good day to talk about my relaxing, lazy vacation some more. (You like that segue, huh?)

So, we left off with a day at Typhoon Lagoon and a dinner at Yachtsman Steakhouse. The next day, we woke up and went for a quick run before breakfast and hitting the pool. Our friends were finally arriving, and I was so excited to spend the rest of our vacation with them!

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While they went to Downtown Disney to run an errand, we hung out at the pool and played a game of name that tune with other guests, and of course Mrs. Competitive had to win, and…we won. We gave our prize to a little boy in the lounge chairs next to us. We have enough pirate paraphernalia at home thank you very much. Smile

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That night, we headed to the Wilderness Lodge to eat dinner at Artist Point.

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It took Jen and I four takes to get this picture right. yeah…

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Jen and I both love their Mac n cheese,  but they took it off the menu! I think our waitress felt sorry for the pregnant lady craving it, so she asked if the chef could make it anyway. We all shared a giant bowl!

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…and had a major fail trying to take a picture of it.

I also ordered a steak. What’s new.

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Good times were had, and we did the usual partaking of desserts in the lounge before bed. Now if only I could convince someone to make me little desserts before bed every night…

QOTD: Are you more of a lay by the pool vacationer or an active vacationer (excursions, hiking, exploring, etc.)

DIsney Day 2 September 2011

 

Good morning! I am busy again working the expo, and race day is today! Say a prayer for me if you think about it, my legs are going to be DEAD! But I am smiling!!!

Ok, so let’s move on with some more Disney fun, shall we? Sunday morning, we woke up and had breakfast in the lounge. I love how bright our room was in the mornings! (Note Bobby still asleep. I may or may not have annoyed him by opening all the windows. heh.)

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Good morning Disney!

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Our plan was to head to the pool for a couple of hours, then go over to the Boardwalk to the ESPN club to watch the Saints/Bears game. The pool was nice and quiet and we easily found chairs.

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We relaxed for a while, then it was time to shower and get ready for the WHO DATS! Self timer picture, GO!

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We drove over to the Boardwalk (Did I mention I LOVE having my own car in WDW?) and we got to the BW and saw a HUGE line outside the ESPN Club…and we were 20 minutes early. hhmm… we found out there was no line to get into the bar area, so we go in and find a seat along the wall in some chairs (no table) and try to make sense of the madness. There are about 35 TV’s, and we are trying to figure out which one is the Saints. We were told the Saints game was going to be on the Big TV in the dining room area (where there was the long line) so I was not happy. I almost had a freak out….so we decided to go stand in the line and just hope we got a table at some point. LUCKILY, they had big TV’s for the people standing in line and guess what? The SAINTS game was on WITH audio!!! We stood in line the entire first quarter but I was fine because I still got to watch!

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We finally got a table and I was SO excited, there were a lot of Saints and Bears fans in there, it was really electrifying to be in there with all those people watching the game!

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It was already 2:30 and we had appetizers in the lounge at 5, so we decided to just order some nachos. Oh, cheesy goodness!

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We ended up killing the Bears, it was a really fun game and a fun way to watch! I like how they don’t rush you out because obviously, you are there to watch the game!

QOTD: What do you do when your sports team is playing but you are on vacation?

Enter my Adora Calcium giveaway!