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Old 06-23-2011, 07:28 PM   #631
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Well - I haven't fixed my bulk uploader yet, although my doctor aka mac wizard friend, gave me some good ideas. Thanks to Cynthia, I reordered my photos so I am good for this update.

In Real Life - We took Brian to Salisbury University today to register for his classes. I really liked the school the last time I was there. Today, I officially loved it. I don't know if I am looking at it through rose colored glasses, but everyone who spoke and presented was so top notch. A dean of student affairs gave this awesome presentation on how to succeed in college. The billing, info tech, dining, book store info was all super helpful. The best presentation was from the head of residence life. He had me LOL at some of his comments like:

Parents - DO NOT google your son/daughter's roommate. You are going to find something you don't like. Don't call me and ask me to switch their assignment. Not gonna happen!

Moms - DO NOT bring a mop and bucket on move-in day.

Dads - DO NOT move the furniture on move-in day.

Moms - Do NOT ask dad to move the furniture on move-in day. You will come back later to see it completely changed

I know my delivery here does not serve up the same humor, but this guy was so funny.

So Brian picked out his schedule for his first semester and guess what - his earliest class is noon. How great is that? It's an awesome schedule. It's basically a (1) communications course (2) philosophy course (3) history course (4) statistics course and (5) an info technology course. It's 16 credits, which is a little scary. Two of the courses are core courses for the college of business, so he should be on track there.

Brian also really loved the dorm rooms, as did I. They are sooooooooooo much nicer than when I went to school (back in the stone age). They have these lovely common areas with a flat screen TV, lounge, kitchen, and a text message system for laundry. It makes me wish I was a college student again.

The school also has free tutoring services and free assistance with paper writing.

Oh - and the dining hall was quite nice. There is one main dining hall and several satellite areas that serve food. Plus many of the neighboring businesses partner with the school and will take the student's "gull card" to pay for things. So the card gets loaded with money on line and then it can be used like a debit card. Best part - it can't be used to purchase alcohol or tobacco.

It's called a"gull card" because the sea gull is their mascot. Weird, but appropriate, since the school is 30 mins from Ocean City Md.

All in all it was a very informative day and Brian admitted that he was very fortunate to get into that school. I only wish we were Maryland residents because the out of state tuition is high in comparison to in state.

So - on to disney life.

While Cynthia and the ladies were cruising the MK, I was heading back to the world showcase. I really didn't feel good enough for even the simplest ride. I just needed a cool, quiet place to work off the remnants of my headache.







First country - O Canada






I decided to go explore the shop. I never go in there, so it was something new.



Cute Canadian clothes:





Cool Canadian artwork:











While I was in the store I heard a couple cast members talking about their wonderful living accommodations. I thought that was pretty cool. In fact - I have a friend whose niece is in the college program right now and she loves it. She is actually training to drive one of the safari buses. How cool is that?

When I came out of the store I noticed that even Canada has one of these.....



I did NOT know that. Glenbo - do you have the number for Canada, too?

This is one of my favorite views in the world showcase.



I also thought this building was so cute:



I gazed down at the water fall and contemplated seeing the O Canada movie, but decided not.



See these benches......



I was lucky enough to find a seat directly across from them - right in the shade. It was perfect! Loved it. It was my own private Disney alcove. What could be better. I decided to just sit there and chill. I had the whole place to myself and I was feeling immensely better out of the heat and sun. There was actually a little breeze back there.

I was really starting to unwind when suddenly I heard.....{insert chime}.....a new text message. I really thought it might be one of the ladies checking in on me, but it was better than that. Yup, you guessed it....my first ever room at the Beach Club Villas was ready for my arrival.

WOOT! I had literally been waiting years to stay at BCV and I was finally about to! I was pretty content in my little haven, but I decided I should probably of check out the room and call for our luggage. I figured it would be great to have all my stuff put away by the time Cynthia arrived.

So I started my trek over to England. And, I'm not gonna lie....I made a few calls to those lovely red phone booths and I DID get someone to answer the phone. But I froze. Just like that - stage fright - and I hung up. Loser!

So on I went......












Continued.........



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Old 06-23-2011, 07:45 PM   #632
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Continued













I found some more topiaries.....







Another one of my favorite views....









Good Bye Epcot. I'll be back when I'm feeling better.





I put my camera away for the few short minutes it took to get to the Beach Club. I knew where the villas were and I guessed the shortest way might be to hang a sharp right and walk along the perimeter of the buildings.

So down this path I ventured:



i'll be honest. I did not like location of these rooms. There are regular BC rooms and if I was paying $300 or $400 a night, I don't think I would feel I got my money's worth. Just basically nothing to look at but woods.

I made a left......





and then a right.....

and there they were. The villas were right in front of me.....



You can actually see our room in this picture. It is straight down the path and the last room on your left (that you can see) on the 5th floor. Of course, I did not know that at the time, so I hastened my way inside to see our new digs.

But first I passed this....



and this........



Somewhere near the elevator I must have seen this.......



Up to the fifth floor, down the hall and around the corner and wa-lah......

OUR ROOM!



I my weakened state I did not remember to take a picture of our room number, nor do I remember what it was. Maybe Cynthia knows.



Continued.......




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Old 06-23-2011, 07:56 PM   #633
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Mary Ellen, sorry your computer is fighting with you! This afternoon, out of nowhere, my computer started announcing that I should hold for the webinar to begin. I tried closing everything down - nothing running in task manager, and yet somehow I was in a webinar. I had to reboot and thankfully that worked. These things - we need them, but they sure are a sometimes.

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I just about burned my kitchen down when fixing dinner this afternoon. I turned the wrong burner on & was waiting for the water to boil when I heard a whoosh. I turned around & a skillet of bacon fat was afire with a two foot high flame. I managed to get it outside where it burned a hole in the grass. Then I remember to use baking soda to put it out. The upstairs smoke alarm was going off & the house was full of smoke! I got it all aired out but it was a few tense moments I can tell you!

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Old 06-23-2011, 08:03 PM   #634
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A couple of comments...

Mary Ellen, sorry you were feeling poorly. You did take some lovely pictures though and you had such a sweet roomie to be so understanding! That is my first glance at a studio at Beach Club, very neat! I'll bet you could hear the British Invasion from your balcony!

Cynthia, thanks so much for the new castle pic! We didn't even make it back there on our last trip. What progress they are making!

This trip report is taking me forever to get caught up on, you ladies are so popular!
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Old 06-23-2011, 08:10 PM   #635
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One nice thing about not having any luggage.....I could take unobstructed pictures.......





















Here's the view (without a zoom lens)





It was lovely. I knew the Melissa, Tracy, and Christine were somewhere on the same floor, but I had no idea where.

Time to call for the luggage. For the record - I received our luggage in no time. I barely had time to locate some tip money and our CM arrived. Love this place.

I decided to go grab something to eat, so I walked over to the market place and picked up a tuna on whole grain bread sandwich. Sorry - no pix. It was a strange choice for someone who wasn't feeling well, but it hit the spot. I sat outside at one of the small tables in the courtyard.

Feeling full, I headed back to the room to unpack and try to nap.

Unfortunately, I barely dozed off a couple times, but I couldn't sleep. I was wrapped way too tight. My fear that my headache was going to come back was really starting to mess with me. I bought some Migraine Excedrin and took those. But everytime I felt the slightest twinge, I was sure I was going to be on death's door.

Yes - friends - that is the true sign of a hypochondriac.

So, of course I couldn't sleep. DOH!

After laying in bed for an hour, I got up and decided it was time for some alternative medicine. I really didn't feel much like drinking, but my day had already basically been a wash. I figured it couldn't get any worse and I needed to get out of my anxious state.

So.....I......fixed.....a.....Nice.....Strong..... ....Captain Morgan's and diet coke. I changed into my bathing suit and I headed to the pool.

The first few sips were a little rough going down, but once I finished about a third of my drink I was already starting to feel a little more relaxed.

So out the door I went. Back out into the blinding sunshine, but this time I was fortified with a little CM and diet coke.

Were was I heading....well, of course, to the quiet pool.



I figured the other ladies would eventually end up here.

And they sure did - in fact, sooner than I expected.

I was first greeted by Tracy and then C, Melissa, and Jen. The only lady missing from the bunch was Cynthia, who was either still at MK or making her way back through Epcot (remember that soarin FP).

We were not alone at the pool. We had a few other visitors:





They were so darn cute. But some darn little boy (and I don't think it was the one in this picture, chased them straight out of the pool). I think they were so exhausted after that they ended up needing a nap....



I finally got the girls to agree for a picture as long as there were no bathing suits involved:



Don't they look so lovely and relaxed?

I wonder why?



We spent the remainder of a wonderful afternoon at the pool. Cynthia did eventually join us and I eventually stopped worrying about whether my stupid headache was going to come back. A good time was had by all.

Up Next....Our second group dinner..... at BlueZoo!



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Okay, where's the TAG FAIRY



















Looks like Jack washed and curled his hair that day!

I would have liked to have seen the whole thing, Jack seemed pretty darn good (and easy on the eyes) but the pool and something else, were singing to me. The day before, while walking around the world, a few people (Melissa and Christine I think) had commented on what some people were wearing. Apparently there were several girls/women going around in swimsuit tops. I’d missed it. Instead, today, I was treated to this “look”.





Umm, do ya think this guy noticed???
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Yes, I've stopped at the phone booth in Canada, but I never got the number.

You mean you got somebody to pick up the phone and then you hung up?? Oh well.

That picture of the ladies in the pool reminds me of the opening to Petticoat Junction where the girls are swimming in the water tower.
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Mary Ellen You took some really nice pics for someone with a screaming headache! I'm glad your therapy worked - I'll have to remember that one.

So cool you got to stay at BCV! That is on my bucket list, too! We own at SSR, and it is usually not the right amount of points to switch at the 7mo mark, so we have just kept to SSR. It is just so "beachy!"

Cute little duckies.

P.S. I'm glad you got Brian all settled in and you're happy with how things are going for him!

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Cute bunch of heads! We have walked by that pool so many times but always went on over to SAB...
Next time though, I think we will take advantage of the quiet pool!
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My oh my! So many updates!

I love love love the ride on the Liberty Belle! It is so pretty and relaxing, and usually pretty empty so you can just chill out for a few minutes! And what a better way to follow it up than by visiting Capt. Jack!

And of course, then moving on to my home and native land! Canada! We really do have a lovely pavillion... I like those maple leaf jammie pants!

BCV looks so gorgeous too....I love the prints on the walls too! The one of the sandy beach - I want that! I'm gonna have to go do some shopping there and see if I can find one!

I love the poolside picture of you ladies! Very cute! It reminds me of the cover of some fun chick-lit novel!
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Cynthia girl - you are rockin' that new camera!

You too MEK! Love all the photos!!!

Sounds like CM, the pool, and some great company was just what the doctor ordered for that headache!

Absolutely love that pool pic! So cute!!!

Can't wait to hear all about Blue Zoo!!!!
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First of all congrats to Brian getting all set up for school!!!! That is fantastic!! Love his schedule!!!

Secondly, I actually like that pool pic!! Nice!!!! I had a lot of fun at the pool that day!! Of course I made sure I had plenty of sunscreen!!!! I was so glad you were feeling better!!!!

What wonderful pics you took of WS!! LOVE IT!!!!

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Perhaps its the purely feminine perspective or the element of wish fulfillment (as in, I'd love to do a girl's trip, or even a re-do with just my husband), but I am so loving this TR!

Cynthia -- great pictures of MK. Its still a bit odd to me that Johnny Depp, or some version of him, is a "character" at Disneyworld! Great pictures of the new castle and the new posters. Its interesting to see the whole thing coming together.

Maryellen, again...you got some more beautiful pictures out of your day and you seemed to rally quite nicely and redeem it all in the end. What's better than that?
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Great pictures from the Liberty Cynthia...and of the new castle too
I am still wrapping my head around the idea of another castle but I really can't wait to see it all complete. I'll have to borrow nephew Hank for a week so we can go check it out Ahhh Captain Jack he blew a kiss to me during the Boo to You parade and I swooned
Beautiful walk through Epcot ME and then on your trek to your room. I am so excited to be staying there again
I was the first to see you at the pool because I had just finished up with the visit with my cousin. You were in the shade drinking your therapy from your refillable mug So happy that you were feeling better
Love those ducks and I was getting mad at the little boys chasing the poor things. Oblivious parents Loved all of our times at the quiet pool. Were we drinking wine at the time? I think so.....:laughing

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I do believe it was wine and it was a very nice wine!!!!

I had so much fun that day!!!!!!

Jack Sparrow blew you a kiss Tracy!! I would have swooned too!!

I had a very handsome Cinderella's Prince ask if I wanted to try on the glass slipper in January...I nodded Yes very enthusiastically.
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