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Old 07-26-2011, 09:31 AM   #931
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Happy belated birthday to Christine (and Pat)!

It must have been hard to cut into that gorgeous cake!

Tutto dinner looks pretty delish to me...I've only ever been there for lunch. I love pasta, but it always seems like it might be too heavy when I'm making my ADRs. Maybe next time!
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I'm alive! really

2 back to back trips obviously kicked my behind but I'm back and ready to settle in and provide some VERY belated updates!

Hopefully later today!
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I'm finally all caught up!
I was very, very far behind!!


I'm a whole day behind I think now too, must get busy!!!

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Really?! Are you that stupid?! At that point I got annoyed! Really annoyed!! I told her that she would call the owner of the company right then and have it taken care of or I would call the police because they were trying to steal my money! She changed her tune and said she’d call owner and call me right back.
That whole nightmare stressed me out for you! Just reading it now, UGH!

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Cynthia, I must agree that the whole alone thing is a bit weird!! Traveling with DH is much different then traveling with the kids but my alone time was so much different all together! I didn’t have to worry about anyone but me! What I wanted to do! Where I wanted to go!!! WOW!! Your pictures of your time alone are AMAZING!! So beautiful! Your pics from the Libery Belle are amazing!! I don’t think I’ve been on that since I was a kid!
Weird, but in a good way. OH I could just another no kids/husband trip right now.


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DD called hysterical crying about flowers they had purchased and were planting at home! She was freaking out! I was 1000 miles away and couldn’t do anything about it! UGH! I ended up calling DH on his cell phone, then getting a call back from DD and having to call DH again! I wasn’t going to tell DH about the limo company because he has tendency to get really mad about stuff like that. But I was so annoyed and upset about the phone calls I told him and explained to him that they needed to knock it off and let me have a vacation!! I believe the ladies threatened to take my phone! LOL! I also believe I was tempted to throw it in the pool!!!!
I give you SO much credit. You always answered it with a smile and dealt with whatever crises and then just got back to enjoying the day. A far more patient mama than I am for sure.
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That TIW card really did come in handy for that bill! @ bottles of really good wine, all that wonderful food, it was great to have a little help there! The spa coupon was great too!

That night was also the night that Osama Bin Laden was killed. I remember getting settled back in my room, putting on my PJ’s and turning on the TV and being amazed! I texted MaryEllen and we all, minus Jen, ended up in Christine and Tracy’s room watching it on TV!

Upon getting back to my room I checked my account again to see if the charges from the limo company had been reversed. Guess what, they hadn’t! Shocking! I decided since it was after 11 at that point there was nothing I could do, so I went to sleep! The next morning was Mandara Spa!! Woo hoo!
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The TIW card was the bomb! Hugely helpful. As was the spa coupon, I agree. Our little pj party was fun, I'll never forget it. One of those "where were you when...."

You deserved the spa after all that!
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That looks like the perfect mug Just the right size and shape, the handle is "comfy" and the glaze is nice and slippery inside. I'm so picky about my mugs and Disney has so many that are "just right!"
It IS just right!!!!!!!!! I'm drinking out of mine right now. I love this mug!!!! And makes me think of our trip each time I use it. Which is a LOT!
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I hope Melissa did get some good pictures with that big lens, because I just couldn't get close enough.

Good pictures or not, his expressions were priceless.
I have some that I hope to get up today

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Someone's lovely salad. It belongs to whoever drank wine and not champagne. (Cynthia, I think)



For entrees Cynthia had this crepe


Cynthia had this

I did have wine, they had Sancerre by the glass and I couldn't resist. The salad was actually a pate plate, yum yum yum!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That crepe was odd. It was VERY good but odd, very crispy which surprised me, not bad different but different than I'd expected it to be. Very very rich too, I think I only ate half. Dessert was an apple something. YUM!

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We did Kim Possible! I have pictures I think. And it took us to the wine store.

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Okay is that the African margarita or what was it called? I can't remember now, with a sugar cane or something? Not just Lost of Safari... Yeah, I like those too, but we had a round of those margaritas last summer and I remember them well, so Michelle we are ON!!! And I think there will be a few more of us, too!! OH but I must have my jalepeno Pretzel to go with it...
Yep, the African Margarita. SO good and we did SO much damage in that little shop! Very fun.
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Tutto was a first for me this time. I was a big fan of Alfredo's and was having a hard time letting go I liked my meal well enough at Tutto but I am not in any rush to go back. I had the mozzarella and tomato for a starter and I think I had the risotto. One of those plates from MEK's photos look familiar!
I do remember having some delicious limoncello while watching Illuminations. It is so nice to linger and take your time when leaving Epcot instead of the rush to the bus or monorail. I can't wait for that private entrance again in October

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Thank you, everyone, for the birthday wishes! . I had a great day and feel lucky to have met so many terrific friends through the DIS!

And happy birthday to you too, Pat! What a small world!

Tracy - you are right, we grabbed some limoncello shots for our Illuminations viewing. We got there in the nick of time...those shops lock themselves up tight as soon as the show starts! I guess I can't blame them too much. I am always anxious to leave work too.

And have to agree, access through the International Gateway is priceless!!! Would it be bad form in Oct to just sit on a bench there with a glass of wine and revel in it while others are heading to the bus?
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Nope! Not at all!
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Would it be bad form in Oct to just sit on a bench there with a glass of wine and revel in it while others are heading to the bus?

I would TOTALLY do this!!
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A scrub and a rub

Oh my goodness, where was I? I’ve been MIA and not intentionally. A couple of things conspired to get me so behind. One, I apparently unsubscribed to our own thread! I hate it when I do that. I go to click on a posting from my phone and accidentally unsubscribe. So I’ve been missing updates and not realizing it. That and I’ve had 2 trips. The first to Denver for a long weekend for my MIL’s 70th (which meant a lot of work for me) and then a work/fun trip up to Whistler BC this past weekend.

But I’m back now and ready to get caught up!

After watching the TV, mesmerized in Christine and Tracy’s room, in our jammies, with the Bin Laden events unfolding, I slept like a rock. It may have been all the absinthe Christine fed me, or all the hard work I did the day before (NOT) but at any rate I was out cold. I’d had good intentions of a nice workout in the morning, getting up when Mary Ellen went to do her run. Getting up was a better idea in concept than reality but I did manage to make it to the ShipShape gym, albeit a good 30 minutes later than I’d wanted. I decided I could do 30 minutes of cardio and settled in on a bike with my kindle. I had not used the gym at the YC/BC before though others in my family had. It does have a very nice set up. However what it does not have is good ventilation. I’d have loved a 60 minute workout but not only did I not have the time for it, I might have passed out from heat. Honestly it was so toasty in there I’d think hard about a mid summer workout though fall-early spring would probably be fine. I didn’t have time for a longer workout because….I was off to the spa!

While everyone else except for Melissa, cancelled their appointments there was NO way I was giving up mine. It had been, oh, forever, since I’d had a massage. I’d scheduled this, for 50 minutes.

Mandara Balinese Body Polish with Massage
Experience the exfoliating benefits of Mandara’s natural ingredients from Bali. Your skin will be polished and smoothed to aglow and completed with an application of an exotic conditioner to moisturize the skin. Choose from: Coffee, Lime & Ginger,and Balinese Boreh. Includes a 25 or 50 minute massage. 50/75 minutes.

Thanks to our coupon from dinner the night before, I felt fully justified in adding on hot stones to the massage portion. I’d been joking, calling my appointment a “scrub and rub”.

After a hasty rinse I was off and walked in about 5 minutes late. With the appropriate scolding (but somehow they were able to still fit me in) I was ushered in. As Melissa mentioned, it is BEAUTIFUL! Just stunning. I’ve been to the GF Spa, and had a massage at the fitness center at WL. Not remotely in the ballpark of Mandara. After some quiet time with my lemon water I was ushered into a room by Carlito. I can honestly say I’ve never had a massage by a male therapist before so I wasn’t sure how it would go. First came the “buffing” portion. Which I really needed. After 5 days in Hawaii my skin was dry and a little peely but not bad, it just really needed exfoliation in a big way. It was WONDERFUL! Then I was instructed to take a shower, which I proceeded to take my time with, enjoying the rain shower head and all the products provided. Following my lovely shower it was time for the massage and hot stone portion. I was very pleased I’d added the hot stone, it makes me relax so much more quickly. It was a very nice massage, not too wimpy which is often my complaint. If I had a complaint, it would only be one and it would be the same as Melissa’s. No face/scalp massage which really bummed me out! After you finish you can go enjoy green tea or more water on a lovely outer patio, which I did, hoping to run into Melissa. No dice, we completely missed each other! It was really lovely out there and I could have spent a lot of time there if I’d had a book or something but without, got bored relatively quickly. Just doing nothing is not something I am very good at, despite feeling very relaxed. At checkout I was offered some products as “suggestions” of course, and was pleased they had travel sized versions to decided to pick up both a moisturizer and a shower cream/wash. Although it’s funny…they were called travel sizes but really they are both 4 ounces so they’d get taken if I tried to walk on a plane with them. At any rate they were a treat and I liked both so much, and am almost out of both, I just ordered and received big bottles of both! It was a nice way to test out the products without a huge investment or worry about lugging them home.

Finished, I had enough time for a couple pictures and a stroll to lunch.









I think it’s a bit unfair only one of these 2 gets the inner fountain. Poor Swan, just not much to take a picture of.



I strolled over to the boardwalk, at this point in the day I was STARVING. Lunch was soon but I needed a little tide me over so headed to the bakery





And then of course, just kept walking.



I had enough time to get into the park, grab a soarin’ FP and be the last to arrive at lunch. Everyone was still outside and we enjoyed watching the guy with the chairs (yes, I should know his name but don’t). For some reason that guy was out SO much on this trip. I swear I saw him 3-4 times! It did make waiting enjoyable, though it was quite warm out. Finally we were seated.

I took a couple of shots of our photographers, I mean paparazzi




And then Remy arrived.













Oh my word was the maître d’ hysterical! So many one liners. We were absolutely rolling! It’s funny, people have talked about seeing Remy and I never really thought about the maître d’s role in all of it. The casting was perfect. He even (and I don’t mean this in a mean way) kind of looked like Remy. One of the best CM’s ever in terms of being in character.

Refill time



It was just as funny listening to him at the other tables



Here’s another shot of my appetizer, so absolutely delicious!



A close up of my crepe


I have the same pictures of the rest of the food so I’ll spare you all. This was my first time at Les Chef's and I absolutely loved it. After lunch, I conned Mary Ellen into doing a Kim Possible. I did have an ulterior motive. I was hoping everyone could get back to the BC so we could do the cake reveal together. As you’ve already seen, that didn’t exactly work out despite a bunch of texting back and forth. And…I’d never done a mission and really wanted to.

We were able to choose France as our mission. How convenient!





I won’t spoil the mission but it did take us into the wine shop


And by the perfume



And over here



Among other places. As it’s the only one I’ve ever done I can’t compare but I was assured in the big picture of KP Missions…this one was pretty lame.
Oh well. We tried.
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With that, time was up and it was time to head back to the room. Which didn’t really give me enough time to rally the troops for a cake reveal, though we did stop to check out the experimental garden, just a little, on our way out.







I think this time, we walked down the far right side. Lots of scaffolding and work going on, I would not like those rooms at all.

You can actually see our room from this pic



We walked into the room and I managed to capture some reactions



She didn’t like it at all!





One of the few times I’ve seen Mary Ellen speechless





Recovering from her shock



They did an AMAZING job. We’d given them about 3 concepts to choose from and I love how it turned out. Incredible detail







My favorite shots





After taking a bazillion cake pictures (I easily have a dozen more lol) we headed to SAB. It was crowded. It’s funny, before the trip I assumed we’d spend a ton of time at SAB but grew to adore the villa quiet pool. I did not bring my camera to SAB but did take a balcony picture while we were getting ready after our lovely drink and swim. I was rather enamored of our view.















And with that, we were off, me to FINALLY ride Soarin (I’d missed it in August, giving my FP to my MIL and then had missed it again already on this trip, running out of time to use my FP…or actually choosing a GG slushie over it lol) and then to meet up at Tutto.
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Great update, Cynthia (and welcome back).

Love the pics of the flowers at Epcot and the very surprised MEK with her birthday cake.

Thank you for sharing the info on the massage. I've had one at the GF (not impressed...and hated that they "did" try to push the products on you) and I've had oen almost every year at the Coronado. But I've heard such great things about Mandara and if I can fit one in, I think I will.
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Tutto dinner looks really good! And the inside of the restaurant is so pretty, I don't think I've ever seen pics of the inside! And great Illuminations pics, as always!

Great shots of Mary Ellen and her surprise cake! That is such a beautiful cake, I don't know if I'd be able to eat it!
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So you thought Kim Possible was kinda lame huh? That's a bummer! I was really disappointed that I missed trying it on the last trip! I guess it's not such a disappointment after all, but I still want to try it on the next one!

I love Mary Ellen's reaction shots to her cake! It really is gorgeous, and most likely super delicious! They do such amazing cakes!
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While Melissa was having a lovely solo day, Mary Ellen traveling and shamelessly using me to get a mansion room, and poor Jen arriving really late at night I was actually putting in a full day of work.

It has been a BUSY day. I had things to do. I’d tried to do them earlier in the week but had been thwarted. I’d tried to make banana bread for a fundraiser that would be later that day. But…I’d been out of eggs. I’d tried to color my hair but…had been out of developer. I’d picked up those things the day before so spent my morning taking care of business. Those things done, kids taken to school, I was off to work.

Though I can’t say it was trip-prep free. I still had one last item to get for the trip so took my lunch hour to take care of that last little detail. Vodka. I needed Vodka. And coffee, to be safe though I knew Mary Ellen planned to bring some. I needed Vodka, of course, for the can a can a can drink. I’d ordered enough mixer (frozen lemonade and cream) for 2 batches so needed enough vodka for the same. However converting liters to ounces to figure out how much vodka I needed for one can was somehow beyond me and I became convinced that a bottle wouldn’t be enough thanks to the WA State liquor stores employee bad conversion on the spot. So I got a fifth AND a 375 (a fifth would have been enough). Clearly my math ( I mean HIS) was off but I’ll get to that later. I didn’t want the 1 ¾ for packing reasons and figured the two smaller bottles would fit better. After my errand was complete I went home to finish wrapping my goodies for the girls and to try and fit said vodka (and coffee) into the magical bag. My goal was that all I had to do after work was change clothes,

It fit.

Barely.

Work was crazy that day. I had a ton of stuff that was overdue that I was trying to get out before I left. Things that, you know, hinged on other people and they’d been late getting stuff to me. I “could” take my work computer with me, but really really didn’t want to. I didn’t want to take ANY computer with me. I chatted with my boss after I got back from lunch and the consensus was…it could wait. The world wouldn’t end and, at the end of the day things weren’t late (self imposed deadlines anyway) because of me but rather because other folks hadn’t gotten things to me when they were supposed to. Thankfully he was well aware of the others tardiness. I can’t tell you how relieved I was about this! I’d really thought, just the night before, that there was no way I’d be going without my work computer and about 4 hours of stuff to do while there. Not much but things that were waiting on others and just couldn’t get done before I left as a result. I’d spent part of the night before thinking of how I’d have to redo carryons and such to make bring the computer even feasible. I had fun throughout the day getting texts from Jen as she made her way to Orlando, Mary Ellen when she arrived and then hearing she’d met up with Melissa. Melissa had tortured us with some balcony, view, and drink pictures and I couldn’t wait to get going! She’d also said it was HOT but at that moment, fed UP with the Seattle weather (still am btw) I was like BRING IT ON!!!!

At 5 I left. I had about an hours worth of work to do, a bake sale item to drop off (and Evan to pick up). Working a bit furiously (while having my traditional Friday IPA with Jeff, while he finished up his work day across our shared desk) I knocked it all out. Honestly I still can’t believe how much I got done that day! I’d checked in online while the bread was baking and the hair coloring so I was good there. Returning with Evan I changed my clothes and finished up a few more things around the house. Most notably…the unpacking of my amazon fresh grocery order.

As my trip mates will attest, Jeff had asked for a “meal plan” a day or so before the trip. I’d complied but his meal plan meant a few more items in the pantry and so I’d placed an order Friday morning with a delivery time of 3-6. Of course, it arrived right around 6. Now Jeff SHOULD know where everything goes but…well…somehow unpacking it all can be a challenge. I figured unpacking it was the least I could do. So I did. I admit, I do really try to track my grocery expenses and balance out my shopping so I get the best deal. With a family of 6, you have to. And sometimes amazon fresh is equal, or better with the local store, sometimes they both beat Costco, sometimes Costco wins. Sometimes though, the convenience is worth it, regardless of the price. This was one of those times and I made sure to pad the order with a few treats, sugar babies for Jeff and Ice Cream for the E’s. That done, it was time to load the car and head out. We have a rule at our house on Fridays. I don’t cook. This would be no exception but we would choose a place to go that was at least “sort of” on the way to the airport. It was only about 10 minutes south of where we live but right off the highway. We go to this place a LOT. It is a local microbrewery chain that has good beer and good grub. The whole family loves it. BUT the service is notoriously slow. My flight wasn’t until 10:45 but given my tendency to cut things razor thin close, we wanted plenty of time to be safe. We got to dinner and were seated around 7:30 but had been hoping for closer to 7. As a result, when we ordered I let our server know we were in a bit of a rush. Not really, an hour or so should have been plenty for the 4 of us to get our meal and the airport “should” be only about 30 minutes from there but with Friday night traffic, who knew. Jeff GLARED at me like I’d committed a major faux pas and I apologized, saying simply to the server that we come here a lot and know how the kitchen can get backed up.

Dinner was yummy and I confess, I had a second beer (Big Red IPA, our standard order at this place. Not the best IPA out there but tasty and reliable). Since this is a picture free update, I can at least give you...this



Ok that's lame and I know it!

I was hoping it would help with the red eye sleeping. I’d had a BAD experience on my last red eye. Oddly enough this would be my 4th red eye in about 10 months and in a lot of ways, I’m a big fan. I mean really, who wants to waste a day on travel? A precious vacation day. I only get so many, I want them spent vacationing!!!

Conceptually it’s great, especially if you live where I do…which is close to hardly anything and then add the pain of a time change to things to really steal a whole day. But, on the return from Hawaii, either I’d had bad fish, or the melatonin I’d taken once on board hadn’t agreed with me and it had been a rather miserable trip that involved me leaping over some really tall dude next to me, repeatedly running over and over to the bathroom, all night long. I never actually got sick but boy did I think I was going to. Hot flashes, the whole thing. It was awful. My guess is bad fish/shellfish but given that I’d had it for lunch AND dinner that day and in both cases, outside in the sun, who knows. It could have just spoiled quickly in the heat. I’d eat at both those places again (it was our 3rd visit to both and obviously the other times were fine)…but just maybe not fish on the day I was leaving. So at any rate, I was NOT taking any chances with melatonin. I’d gotten plenty of sleep so wasn’t going into the flight all that tired and figured another beer was probably a good idea. With a good solid (meat based) meal lol. A French dip. YUM!

Saying something didn’t help. As usual our food took forever and so did the check. Which means we left there around 9, cutting it a little close for my taste. Thankfully, the traffic and downtown event gods were with us and we pulled up to the airport literally 20 minutes later. After a quick goodbye to Jeff and the E’s I was off! Check in was a breeze and while security looked hideous, it actually moved relatively fast. So fast I found myself with almost 50 minutes to kill before my flight. And so, flight sleeping in mind, it seemed like the responsible thing to stop at the Alaska Lodge. Which is a little pub at the airport by my gate that serves Alaska Brewery Beer. Fitting, when you are flying Alaska Airlines. This was really in the interest of research as much as anything. As some of you know, we have a cruise planned for this August. We will be going on the Disney Wonder, traveling from Vancouver BC, up to Alaska and back. Alaska Brewery makes an Amber, that is in wide distribution here in Seattle.

We don’t care for it. At all. Weird soapy finish to it. BLEH. I was curious to see what else they offered, in the interest of research and what I might decide to carry on board versus be ok buying while up there, or on board. Sure enough, they do have an IPA (which is what we like, we are officially “hop heads”). And, sure enough, it was tasty! VERY! I don’t know yet if I can get it onboard the Wonder. I have confirmed that they have a selection of Alaska Brewery beers on board but none on tap. This was on tap. And a pretty funny tap if you ask me!



Yes. Another lame picture. What can I say, I don't take pictures on travel day!

But...the dude on the label is SURFING. In a wet suit. Or dry suit. I get the two mixed up. And the tap handle is a surfboard. I'm not aware that there is surfing in Juneau but hey, what do I know. One of the places I ate fish at the last day in Hawaii is called "Humpy's" as in a humpback whale and their only other location is in Anchorage. Go figure. Some weird Hawaii Alaska connection that maybe only "natives" get.

Not sure if this is in the Wonder bottled line up or not. But given that the brewery is located in one of our ports (and I now have that info if we decide to take a detour there), I’m hopeful and if nothing else, know we can buy some there to take back on board if we want, mid cruise.

I admit, starting out my trip with my kindle and a beer and some interesting bar conversation was not a bad way to kick off a solo trip! Soon enough we were boarding. I had a great window seat and magically, no one in the middle. What I did have was a dad on the aisle, traveling with his two teenage daughters. After hearing his life story (not really but he was QUITE chatty, a very nice guy on vacation in Alaska with his girls, wife couldn’t go, used to live there…volleyball…college applications…all stuff I could relate to as it’s part of my life too,) it finally became an appropriate time to pull out my eye mask and try to get some shut eye. Nothing like an eye mask to stop the conversation dead.

When I’d dressed for the flight I’d been in a quandary. To sweater or not to sweater? I knew I’d only need it for the flight and it would just be one more thing to deal with in my pushed-to- the-limit magical bag. Instead, I’d opted for a scarf with my tee, figuring that would add some warmth. I also assumed we’d have pillows and blankets. We did not. I have NEVER taken a red eye that didn’t have pillows and blankets. I’d questioned a flight attendant about it just before takeoff, as I hit the restroom. Apparently, with their Mexico flights, they’d had an instance of bird flu (which gosh, I’d totally forgotten about, mass hysteria over) and just had decided it was safest to go fabric free. Cheaper I’m sure, no worries about trying to keep things clean enough if you just don’t have them. At least I think it was bird flu, it was something along those lines. So….no blankets or pillows. VERY VERY SAD. I’d have worn a sweater for sure had I known. They’d had them back in August and Lufthansa in Jan as well as United just 2 weeks prior to it was a bit of a shocker and I was not at all happy about it. At some point, in the middle of the night I awoke to 2 things. First, I was FREEZING. Second, one of the teenage daughters had moved into the middle of the seat next to her dad. And she slept, like Kendall does. All fishy, floppy, all over anyone in their path. Which is a little easier to deal with when it’s your kid!

I carefully extricated myself and nudged her back into her own seat, got out my ipod and put on some James Taylor to try to get myself back to sleep. I was over the wing and it was LOUD, my piano or acoustic guitar playlists weren’t going to cut it, I needed some actual lyrics as well. I also spent some time carefully arranging my scarf to provide maximum warmth. It helped. A lot. A sweater would have been better. At the time, it didn’t seem like I was sleeping much at all but before I knew it, lights were coming on and we were landing. A full almost 40 minutes early!

I have a red eye, and an MCO strategy. It didn’t really start out that way. It kind of “happened” on the last trip and worked so well, I made it a plan this one. The plan goes like this.

Get off plane. Hit restroom, wash face and brush teeth. Get coffee at Starbucks. THEN go to DME.

On our last trip, this ad-hoc plan had resulted in a rockstar DME experience where we were the only people on the bus and it took off immediately and went straight to our resort. I was hoping for a similar result. Despite lines at both the restroom, and Starbucks, I stuck to my plan knowing I’d feel better for it. Plus, having never meet Mary Ellen, or anyone on the trip for that matter, I needed the fortification that coffee and a clean face could provide. After all, the other part of the red eye plan is to make the time change and that means staying up all day, while attempting to not look half dead.

My plan worked! In short order I was on the bus enjoying my coffee and it was pulling out, with only 2 stops on the agenda POFQ and POR. Mary Ellen and I had been texting and she was going to meet me in the lobby. Of the girls on the trip, though I’d never met anyone (and was at a major disadvantage in this area, I was the only one walking in “cold” lol), I felt like I probably knew Mary Ellen the best. We are closest in age and have a ton in common with our kids, their ages and activities and had shared many a story about all of that. Not to mention our obsession with morning coffee! Since she was going my roomie, this was a good thing and I was excited…and a little nervous. There was so much texting going on, between that and drinking my coffee I barely even watched the video! I was the second stop and very quickly was pulling up at POR…a place I’d never been before!
Thanks for the report!! We love CB POTTS and the Big Red IPA!
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