Monthly Archives: October 2011

Let the memories begin-Day 2

No rope drops for us anymore.  Been there, done that with the kids when they were little and don’t have to do it anymore.  Day 2 saw us not visiting a theme park, yet.

Completed my early morning walk around the lake.  It’s one of the best ways I can think of to start my day.  The weather was accommodating to say the least.

Needed to return our rental car at the Dolphin, so ran a quick errand to Wal-Mart for sundries and Halloween decorations for our villa.  Back to the Boardwalk and hopped a bus for Downtown Disney.

For some reason, I though that DD was not going to be busy on a Sunday morning, but I was mistaken.  It was VERY crowded there so we did not stay too long.  A stop at Basin for some bath supplies; coffee at Ghirardelli; run-through of the World of Disney store; pin store; and Goofy’s candy for a caramel apple.

For those that don’t know me, I’m deathly afraid of birds.  So as one of my “face your fears” moments, I had my picture taken with the parrot at Rain Forest Cafe in my best Tippy Hedren imitation.  (you young folks may need to Google that)

Back to our villa for a leisurely afternoon of cocktails and people watching from our balcony.

Early evening found us at the Contempo Cafe at the Contemporary for dinner.  This restaurant is a gem in the quick-service food area.  Good food, fast, is how I would describe it.  I had the grilled mahi sandwich and hubby had the cheeseburger.  Their home-made potato chips are to die for, and as part of the “cupcake crawl”,a red velvet cupcake.

The cupcake did not disappoint.  The frosting was a mixture of butter cream and cream cheese, with a pure cream cheese filling; not too sweet.  Having eaten at Jilly’s cupcakes in St. Louis (the winner of Food Network’s, “Cupcake Wars”) I’m very particular about my cupcakes.  Red Velvet can stand with the best of them.  Hoping to try more cupcakes so that I can make a final analysis.  It’s a tough job but someone has to do it.

Saw lots of families dressed in costume and everyone looked like they were having a great time.

Called it an evening by watching the performers from our balcony.  Day 2 was relaxing and the weather was perfect.  Day 3, Halloween, is calling for rain in the morning, but clearing by afternoon in time for MNSSHP.  Headed to the Magic Kingdom for the party and I can’t wait!

Enjoying the fall decorations at Downtown Disney

My Tippy Hedren imitation

Killer caramel apple!

Cocktail hour in 2041

#1 from the Cupcake Crawl

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Let the memories begin-Day 1

Up bright and early for our 7:30am flight from St. Louis.   Flight was on-time and uneventful, which is always good.  From touch-down to rental car was 30 minutes.  Weather was overcast,  high 70’s so that’s good enough for me.

Off to the Boardwalk with hope that our room was ready, and it was!  Room 2041 with Boardwalk view.  Absolutely fabulous location, over the Screen Door General Store.

After hearing horror stories about room conditions, our room was clean and in good working order.

Apparently BWV is still working out the glitches with their wi-fi installation, and after spending about 15 minutes on the phone  with tech support, it was deemed that a technician needed to visit our room.   We did not wait around as we still needed to do our shopping.

Headed off to Publix to pick up the necessities and then to Panera for breakfast bagels, Walgreens for liquor and Starbucks for coffee beans.

By the time we got back, tech support was knocking on our door, and was not able to get our wi-fi working, but we are hard-wired and that’s good enough for us.

Our day 1 tradition is nachos and dingers at ESPN and as always, did not disappoint.  Food porn pictures to follow.

Spent some time people watching on the Boardwalk and drinking coffee and Baileys.  Seashore Sweets was our next stop for ice cream.  Finished the evening with a walk around the lake and back to our room for the “goodnight kiss” of watching Illuminations from our room.

So far, a wonderful vacation.  5 more glorious days to go.  Watch for day 2 trip report.

On a related note, we are basking in the World Series win.  People ask where you are from, and we say St. Louis, and of course, the Cardinals are brought up.  Don’t have the heart to tell people we’re not really Cardinal fans, so because this is Fantasyland, we can be whatever we want.

View from our room

Those 'infamous" nachos

ESPN Club

Our "welcome" Mickey towel art

The biggest bottle of Bailey's we could find. This should last us.

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Fear

Downtown Disney

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You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.   Eleanor Roosevelt

Every day I wonder if there is something I can write about and whether or not inspiration will come to me.  I was almost stuck, until I received a “like” from another blogger and went to read her blog.  The cool thing so far about blogging is that other than your family (who should read your blog everyday) you get other bloggers finding your page and either commenting or liking your post.  The polite thing to do is to also visit their pages, and so far, I am following several other bloggers.

This particular blog really caught my attention;   http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/ Travel Adventure and New Experiences.  So, this young woman bungee jumps, sky dives, whitewater rafts, and to my amazement, did the jump off the Stratosphere Tower.  Way cool stuff and the very things that terrify me.

Which leads me to my fears:  roller coasters and being up in the air without an airplane.  Not ready to conquer the roller coaster fear.  Having your stomach drop out of your abdomen does not sound like fun to me. (hello-Tower of Terror)    So, taking baby steps, I think I might be ready to do “Characters in Flight“, described as: Characters in Flight operated by Aérophile takes you up in a giant tethered balloon 400 feet above Downtown Disney Area! Ascend in the sky for approximately 8 to 10 minutes and experience a breathtaking, 360–degree view of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Probably a pretty cool view from the top and my stomach will stay right where God had intended it.  So, weather permitting, sign me up!

Have you ever conquered a fear?

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A Women’s Right To Shoes

Sex and the City A high-heeled ladies shoe.

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I love it when I can combine my two favorite things;  Walt Disney World and Sex and the City.  A very odd combination but I  like to think of it as “good girl, bad girl”.  Stay with me on this.

There is a website, badshoe.com that highlights bad theme park footwear.  It’s a great concept, because if you do a lot of people watching, like we do, you see all kinds of shoes.  In my opinion, the only shoes one should be wearing are athletic shoes.  An occasional flip-flop is OK but only for the pool.  There are miles and miles of pavement to be covered at the parks and why anyone would want to do that in other than a sturdy shoe is beyond me.  Even I, as a slave to fashion, would never consider anything but my New Balance shoes for park hopping.

Our favorite spot for people watching is our bench under the tree on the Boardwalk.  The evenings are perfect.  Lots of activity and people traversing the wooden slats of the Boardwalk on their way to various destinations.   Many women are dressed up for dinner, heels included.  I am sure that they did not take the terrain of the Boardwalk into consideration when those heels were chosen because those planks will naturally attract a tall slim heel.  Due to our sick sense of humor, we carefully watch these women and try to determine at what point will their shoe be swallowed up by the Boardwalk.  Their shoe stays, but they keep walking.  Yes, this puts the “amusement” in “amusement park”.

As an homage to shoe loving women everywhere, click the link above the picture for a clip from the “Sex and the City” episode, “A Woman’s Right to Shoes”.

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She’s got legs..

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and they are lily white.  Now is the time I look down at those legs and think “maybe I want to hit them with a little self-tanner before I go to Walt Disney World.”  And then, I remember (cue Twilight Zone music)…Imagine if you will…

Years ago when self-tanners were nothing but orange cream for your legs, I had that very same thought.  So, I slathered my legs with the stuff and off I went to Florida.  My legs looked really good when I was wearing shorts, and the tan almost looked natural.    One afternoon, we put on our swimming suits to spend a leisurely afternoon at Storm Along Bay.  The kids wanted to go on the slide, so we headed in that direction.  I climbed the stairs first, and hubby was right behind me when I heard him exclaim, “What is wrong with your legs?”.  “Yes”, I said, “don’t they look great?”.   He asked if I had looked in the mirror, which I did, but only the front part of my legs.  As it happened, I had unevenly applied the self-tanner and left a huge white hand-print at the top of my thighs.  Thank God, my husband was standing behind me.  I, however, did not put my bathing suit on for the rest of the trip.

So, no self-tanner for this trip.  The legs will just remain white.  No one will stare at my white legs.  They might, however, stare at a white hand-print on my thighs.

Do you have a self-tanner horror story?  I know I can’t be the only one.

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It’s A Small World…

it's a small world dancers

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after all.  It’s a small world after all.  It’s a small world after all.  It’s a small, small world.   Songs that you can’t get out of your head.   I was inspired by a New York Times article that I read in Sunday’s paper regarding the 10 year birthday of iPod.  I love taking my iPod on vacation in order to drown our airplane noise or to just kick back at the pool.  Unfortunately, the author of this article has stated that an undesirable consequence of the iPod has made listening to music a purely solo experience.  Gone are the days when you would sit around with your friends, passing around the album cover (or other things) and studying the artwork.  When the record started everyone would listen intently together.  Several other interesting Q&A in the article.  To read the full text see “Related articles” below.

One of the questions was regarding “earworms”; songs that get stuck in your head.  How to get rid of earworms; Think of another song and hope that pushes the first one out.  The suggestion;  think of “It’s A Small World“.  Ooops, sorry, I think you’re stuck with this song in your head forever.

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Scary Clown Pool

That’s where I’ll be spending quite a bit of  my vacation; next to the scary clown pool at Boardwalk Villas reading my Kindle.  First time traveling with this amazing electronic device.  It’s amazing to me because I’m old, but the thought of bringing just one device that will hold ALL of my reading material makes me giddy.  Gone are the days of lugging multiple hard cover books or paperbacks in my suitcase so that I have enough to read.   I thought I would miss the feel of a real book in my hand, but I don’t.  My Kindle has a leather cover with a reading light, so it’s pretty book-like.  If I should run out of books, I just flip on the wireless 3G, go to the Kindle store and download another one.  Sweet!  Here is what I have teed up for my vacation reading:

  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • The Help
  • Hidden Mickey:  Sometimes Dead Men Do Tell Tales
  • Hidden Mickey 2: It All Started…
What’s on your nightstand or your Kindle?

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