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Old 09-14-2009, 12:51 PM   #181
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Funny story about the Tricky Trolls of Norway: One of the first times we went to WDW as I couple I believe it may have been our second time when I was 5 months pregnant with Aaron and I couldn't ride on many of the rides I was doing a tour of performances. Well, the sign in front of Norway said the Tricky Trolls of Norway and then underneath said the times. I really wanted to see the Tricky Trolls of Norway perform so we sat there for a while until Jason realized that they were talking about the ride Malestrom and the times were for the Norway band. DOH! The Tricky Trolls got me! They sure are tricky!

This is one of my favorite inside jokes between Shanan and me.

She was looking forward to the Tricky Trolls so much that when we were watching the Chinese acrobats (very talented, btw) she kept checking the time to make sure she wouldn't miss it. We ended up missing the last fifteen minutes of the show so we could get over to Norway so we could get good "seats". So we go ahead and get there ten minutes before it starts and of course no-one is around waiting for anything, so we weren't really sure where we should be waiting for the big event. We end up just hovering around the entrance to Norway, so we can oversee the entire pavilion.
It ended up being five minutes past the scheduled time when we started to question the existence of any tricky troll activity in the area (now mind you, I'm going off her plans, I never checked the schedule myself) so I check the schedule. "Uh hun, the tricky trolls you are looking for are in Maelstrom, they're just describing the ride here." and as soon as I said that a couple of musicians came out to perform. Now I'm sure they were great (if subdued, they were a mellow music act) but I don't think Shanan has ever been more bummed out and disappointed in her life. Ok, that's a slight exaggeration but she was looking forward to the trolls all day and I don't think we went on Maelstrom on that visit purely out of spite.

One of the reasons I love Shanan so much is her ability to find fun and excitement over the smaller things in life (even when they don't really exist); makes it a blast to be around her.
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I'm all caught up again! 7 times so far on IASW? I'm curious to find what the final count will be....

I LOVE your Jaime flattie. She has clothing options!!! Looks like it was a great meet.

Epcot all decked out for the F&G festival is so beautiful-you got some great pictures!
Hi Brook! Welcome back!! The Indy meet was very fun . Thanks for liking my pics that means alot coming from you!

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This is one of my favorite inside jokes between Shanan and me.

She was looking forward to the Tricky Trolls so much that when we were watching the Chinese acrobats (very talented, btw) she kept checking the time to make sure she wouldn't miss it. We ended up missing the last fifteen minutes of the show so we could get over to Norway so we could get good "seats". So we go ahead and get there ten minutes before it starts and of course no-one is around waiting for anything, so we weren't really sure where we should be waiting for the big event. We end up just hovering around the entrance to Norway, so we can oversee the entire pavilion.
It ended up being five minutes past the scheduled time when we started to question the existence of any tricky troll activity in the area (now mind you, I'm going off her plans, I never checked the schedule myself) so I check the schedule. "Uh hun, the tricky trolls you are looking for are in Maelstrom, they're just describing the ride here." and as soon as I said that a couple of musicians came out to perform. Now I'm sure they were great (if subdued, they were a mellow music act) but I don't think Shanan has ever been more bummed out and disappointed in her life. Ok, that's a slight exaggeration but she was looking forward to the trolls all day and I don't think we went on Maelstrom on that visit purely out of spite.

One of the reasons I love Shanan so much is her ability to find fun and excitement over the smaller things in life (even when they don't really exist); makes it a blast to be around her.
Awwww...you really think I am a blast to be around...even when I have you waiting for trolls that don't dance and sing?
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So, we were waiting for the movie to start in Canada and Jason turns to me and says, “Do you really want to go to DATW tonight?” I say, “Yes!” I really want to go to say goodbye to all the marvelous people that I met on the cruise and this will be my last chance to hang out with them one more time and say goodbye to them. Jason was just not wanting to be very social that night but it turned out to be one of the best nights of his life….and mine.

We head out of the O’Canada circle vision show and we see the group of DISers forming for DATW! But where are Jaime and Todd? Oh well…we have the light saber all is not lost! I get in line and order a Labatt Blue and I mingle the best I know how (my go to gal and go to guy aren’t here yet). Sharon (sharonseattle) and her husband and Jason and I chat about Disneyland and pin trading.

The light saber is moving and we are heading into England. A lot of people order Fish and Chips and I am still working on my Labatt. That is ok I think we will be here for a while. Jason and I chat with some other DISers. I think this is about the time we started chatting with Becky and Gavin (becxandgav). We get lost in conversation….and before I know it the light saber is moving on and I haven’t even ordered my next drink yet! I quickly order a Bass the original pale ale and catch up with the group.

There is a long line for…..SLUSHIES! Like we should be surprised! Oh good, this will give me a chance to finish my Bass.
Not quite.


While I was in line for the Orange slushie Todd (but has yet to show up in my pictures) and Jaime show up! Yay!

(Jaime how did you get that beverage in your water bottle past the guards?)



Jason talking to Rick and Lori, Emiel, and hey is that Tonya oh master of the light saber .




Next stop, Morocco for a photo op!


Oh wait for some reason we are by-passing this country...but I see Todd walking by with a pretty drink....I ask him where did you get that? And he says by the dessert counter in the back of the Tangerine Cafe. Woo! I said I am drinking around the world....and drinking around the world does mean that you must get a drink in Morocco. What a better thing to get in the Tangerine Cafe then a Tangerine Daiquiri? YUM! Two girls are behind me in line...I know they are DISers (I met them both briefly on the cruise) and Jason says we should wait for them. We do and it turns out they are Kim (Tickledtink33) and Anna (Aspen37) we will be spending some time with them later on in the night. I am starting to feel a little .

We have some catching up to do we have to find the group! They weren't too far ahead....now it is time for some Sake. I really don't know what to expect with Sake. Don's (dpuck1998) wife Tamara lets me in on the taste and expectations of Sake. She tells me that she has had it before with her clients. We have a quick conversation on the way to the back of the store. I opt for the sparkling sake. Much to my surprise this sparkling sake is very sweet and it actually tastes cold? I don't know if they chill the sparkling sake, but I was expecting it to be very warm. That is all I ever heard about sake is that it is very warm. I really liked the sake I tried!

Next up American Adventure Pavilion and a potty break! I run into Tracy on the way to the bathroom...and I think she is an extremely happy individual or something else is going on? I am feeling it too.
I get in line for a Sam Adams and a pretzel! I need some food in my stomach...we haven't ate anything since Teppan Edo!


Ut oh!

(5 second rule! I need every bit of this pretzel in my stomach, so I pick it up and eat it!)


Italy is up next! YUM! I found out that I LOVE Limencello! Although, I may have loved it because by this point I was starting to feel quite good...and my shot of Limoncello I really couldn't taste any alcohol.

Jason is the designated drink holder...while I finish my Sam Adams.


In Germany it is all a little hazy....I think I ordered a Reisling (yummy ice wine), but I do remember the pretty German Barmaids!
Maybe it is my lack of pictures in this country that is making me forget!

Next up China


and the award for the best drink of the night.....yes they even beat the Slushies in France!!
The Mango Gingerita

Todd ordered the salt lick....and I tell Jaime to try some of mine she loves it! And orders one so we pose with our drinks .


Now....it is time for Illuminations Reflections of Earth.....I never really understood this show....and tonight standing amongst friends....I finally got it!


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While I was in line for the Orange slushie Todd (but has yet to show up in my pictures) and Jaime show up! Yay!

(Jaime how did you get that beverage in your water bottle past the guards?)



Todd, Kim, Anna, and I actually caught up to the group in the UK (still can't believe we were late for DATW!)

And the beverage in my bottle - which I admit looks like beer, is actually Crystal Lite iced tea. Boring, but true.
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So, we were waiting for the movie to start in Canada and Jason turns to me and says, “Do you really want to go to DATW tonight?” I say, “Yes!” I really want to go to say goodbye to all the marvelous people that I met on the cruise and this will be my last chance to hang out with them one more time and say goodbye to them. Jason was just not wanting to be very social that night but it turned out to be one of the best nights of his life….and mine.
You're never going to let me forget that, are you? Yeah, I was feeling a little less social that night, but obviously that went away very quickly. I'll always be in your debt for making me come to my senses.


As I told Shanan: this night was the third best of my life, with the first two being the birth of our son and our first date (Shanan and me, obviously). No lie; it was that special to me.

I'll be adding a bit more to this part of the TR, as I have a lot of memories Shanan might not have (as you'll find out why a bit later...)
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And the beverage in my bottle - which I admit looks like beer, is actually Crystal Lite iced tea. Boring, but true.
Oh yeah! This picture makes more sense now we were somewhere in the UK!

I was trying to figure out where you took it, I should have just looked at the background....I hope you don't mind that I am stealing your pictures!


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You're never going to let me forget that, are you? Yeah, I was feeling a little less social that night, but obviously that went away very quickly. I'll always be in your debt for making me come to my senses.


As I told Shanan: this night was the third best of my life, with the first two being the birth of our son and our first date (Shanan and me, obviously). No lie; it was that special to me.

I'll be adding a bit more to this part of the TR, as I have a lot of memories Shanan might not have (as you'll find out why a bit later...)
Of course, and if there is ever a time in the future when you don't feel like doing something...remember I know what is good for you!
I will be looking forward to what you add...and what I forget!
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DATW Second Half

I added some to the chapter above this one .......

Now we are in the infamous Norway. This is where people get lost and left behind.

Todd has to use the facilities...and for some reason asks Jaime to hold his Tiara?


I think it has magical powers...


Up until this point we were all moving around as a large group I really don't know what happened...but someone said that they wanted to ride Maelstrom....now remember my story about Maelstrom and the Tricky Trolls? I have to ride this!! I get sooo excited, that I get to see the Tricky Trolls!!!!

In line I am overcome with emotion and I take out my Bambi Friendship Pin and pin it to Jaime's shirt. Todd comes behind and pins a Kermit pin on her!


This was the longest wait I ever had for Maelstrom...but the shortest wait ever because of the company I had! Picture of us in the long line!


Coming out of the ride we get our picture taken with a Tricky Troll....I don't know what happened to most of our group?!? Maybe they didn't want to be in a picture with a Tricky Troll?


Gotta get my drink for Norway, yum a Viking Coffee and some School bread...I didn't care for the bread....but the coffee! Delish!


We move on to Mexico....and I am thinking we will see the light saber but alas they are gone . I never did get a chance to say goodbye. Well, at least I still have these 7 to hang out with! Let us ride another ride....oh wait....let's pause for the Mexican...er a Tiara Dance.


Our favorite picture from the night. Everyone is so happy....but no one can remember why we were so happy! Maybe, it had to do with us being in Disney and finding friends that had those same Disney bones in their body.


Us...on The Gran Fiesta Tour


We still have to get drinks for our last country! And what else to get but the Fiesta Margarita!!
I just realized that Todd and I were the only ones to get a drink in every country and actually make it drinking around the world! This is a reason to celebrate!


A picture from Aaron and Nana's night!


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You didn't show the pic of Rob with the pretzel bigger than his head! I miss that school bread a lot, but I doubt it would taste as good outside the World.



Ok, I'm going to back-track a bit:

I think we were approaching Morocco when I got a call from my brother Jordan, just to wish me a happy birthday. I back away from the group a bit so I could hear him better and have a bit more privacy.
I only had a couple drinks (I didn't have that many at all for DATW, something I need to rectify next time) but I guess he could tell I had been drinking, and I told him what we were doing. He knew we were at WDW with a group, but didn't understand it was nothing like a tour group. He said he was happy that I was having a good time and am more out-going now than I use to be.
The call was short but after I hung up I just stood there for a while watching Shanan talk and have fun with some of our "new" friends (I put new in quotes because we already knew them all pretty much, just never met in person). Jordan was right, I never had any real desire to have friends; I had my two brothers and that's all I really needed. When we all got older and went our separate ways I never really connected with anyone else.
Then I met Shanan.
Then I found the DIS.
Now don't get me wrong, I've had acquaintances and people to do stuff with, but I wouldn't have called any of them "friends" as I never really let them in and show the real me. This whole trip I had no problems on opening up and just being myself, which was so unlike me up until this point.
I know it sounds really corny, but the vast majority of DISers are people I can connect with, and not really because they share the same love of Disney. They share a very similar mentality to mine, and it's hard to explain. I'm guessing if you are reading this TR you have some idea of what I'm talking about.
Just to complete my "Jason... this is your life" moment my mom comes by pushing our son Aaron in the stroller. We just wave (Shanan doesn't see them go by), as she's having fun being Nana, and right now Shanan and I are having fun being with our friends.
I went back to the group and mingled for a bit before we headed further around world showcase, where the night became even more surreal... but more about that later (or sooner, as Shanan has already gotten to some of what I'm talking about).

Ok, I really didn't mean for that to be this long, sorry I bored everyone!
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You didn't show the pic of Rob with the pretzel bigger than his head! I miss that school bread a lot, but I doubt it would taste as good outside the World.



Ok, I'm going to back-track a bit:

I think we were approaching Morocco when I got a call from my brother Jordan, just to wish me a happy birthday. I back away from the group a bit so I could hear him better and have a bit more privacy.
I only had a couple drinks (I didn't have that many at all for DATW, something I need to rectify next time) but I guess he could tell I had been drinking, and I told him what we were doing. He knew we were at WDW with a group, but didn't understand it was nothing like a tour group. He said he was happy that I was having a good time and am more out-going now than I use to be.
The call was short but after I hung up I just stood there for a while watching Shanan talk and have fun with some of our "new" friends (I put new in quotes because we already knew them all pretty much, just never met in person). Jordan was right, I never had any real desire to have friends, I had my two brothers and that's all I really needed. When we all got older and went our separate ways I never really connected with anyone else.
Then I met Shanan.
Then I found the DIS.
Now don't get me wrong, I've had acquaintances and people to do stuff with, but I wouldn't have called any of them "friends" as I never really let them in and show the "real" me. this whole trip I had no problems on opening up and just being myself, which was up until now so unlike me.
I know it sounds really corny, but the vast majority of DISers are people I can connect with, and not really because they share the same love of Disney. They share a very similar mentality to mine, and it's hard to explain. I'm guessing if you are reading this TR you have some idea of what I'm talking about.
Just to complete my "Jason... this is your life" moment my mom comes by push our son Aaron in the stroller. We just wave (Shanan doesn't see them go by), as she's having fun being Nana, and right now Shanan and I are having fun being with our friends.
I went back to the group and mingled for a bit before we headed further around world showcase, where the night became even more surreal... but more about that later (or sooner, as Shanan has already gotten to some of what I'm talking about).

Ok, I really didn't mean for that to be this long, sorry I bored everyone!
Not boring at all, Jason - I love hearing about that night from other people's perspectives - I know what I was feeling, but I love that you hung back and watched Shanan with her friends - just taking it in... very cool night, all around!
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What a hilarious time you all have had together! and Jason - I can totally relate to you as I am pretty shy when it comes to group settings and making friends (my only friend for the past couple years who I took to WDW in Feb 2008 has not been speaking with me for over a year now and it took alot on her part to get me to put myself out there to accept having a friend. My whole world is my 5 kids and grandson but after reading what a great time you all have on your trips with fellow Disers, you have convinced me it's time to break out of my shell and try to meet up with Disers on future trips. So thank you and Shanan for giving me the courage! )

Shanan - Love Jamie's steek (is that what you all called it?) - what a great way to get pics of a group without having to hold the camera with your hand! Is that something she invented or can you actually purchase it?
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Awwwwww! That is so sweet!

And thank you for sharing your "this is your life" moment. I totally understand...I am so glad you found some real friends that you can be completely yourself with-and they love you for it!!!




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You didn't show the pic of Rob with the pretzel bigger than his head! I miss that school bread a lot, but I doubt it would taste as good outside the World.



Ok, I'm going to back-track a bit:

I think we were approaching Morocco when I got a call from my brother Jordan, just to wish me a happy birthday. I back away from the group a bit so I could hear him better and have a bit more privacy.
I only had a couple drinks (I didn't have that many at all for DATW, something I need to rectify next time) but I guess he could tell I had been drinking, and I told him what we were doing. He knew we were at WDW with a group, but didn't understand it was nothing like a tour group. He said he was happy that I was having a good time and am more out-going now than I use to be.
The call was short but after I hung up I just stood there for a while watching Shanan talk and have fun with some of our "new" friends (I put new in quotes because we already knew them all pretty much, just never met in person). Jordan was right, I never had any real desire to have friends; I had my two brothers and that's all I really needed. When we all got older and went our separate ways I never really connected with anyone else.
Then I met Shanan.
Then I found the DIS.
Now don't get me wrong, I've had acquaintances and people to do stuff with, but I wouldn't have called any of them "friends" as I never really let them in and show the real me. This whole trip I had no problems on opening up and just being myself, which was so unlike me up until this point.
I know it sounds really corny, but the vast majority of DISers are people I can connect with, and not really because they share the same love of Disney. They share a very similar mentality to mine, and it's hard to explain. I'm guessing if you are reading this TR you have some idea of what I'm talking about.
Just to complete my "Jason... this is your life" moment my mom comes by pushing our son Aaron in the stroller. We just wave (Shanan doesn't see them go by), as she's having fun being Nana, and right now Shanan and I are having fun being with our friends.
I went back to the group and mingled for a bit before we headed further around world showcase, where the night became even more surreal... but more about that later (or sooner, as Shanan has already gotten to some of what I'm talking about).

Ok, I really didn't mean for that to be this long, sorry I bored everyone!
You didn't bore anyone! That is some fun stuff! I remember being quite embarrassed when you told me Aaron walked by! I don't want him to see me like that!

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What a hilarious time you all have had together! and Jason - I can totally relate to you as I am pretty shy when it comes to group settings and making friends (my only friend for the past couple years who I took to WDW in Feb 2008 has not been speaking with me for over a year now and it took alot on her part to get me to put myself out there to accept having a friend. My whole world is my 5 kids and grandson but after reading what a great time you all have on your trips with fellow Disers, you have convinced me it's time to break out of my shell and try to meet up with Disers on future trips. So thank you and Shanan for giving me the courage! )

Shanan - Love Jamie's steek (is that what you all called it?) - what a great way to get pics of a group without having to hold the camera with your hand! Is that something she invented or can you actually purchase it?
That is awesome that I have given you the courage! And if we ever cross paths you better believe that I am going to give you a huge You can purchase the steeek! It is called an X-Shot! A lot of people on PCC 1.0 have bought one since Jaime made it famous!

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Awwwwww! That is so sweet!

And thank you for sharing your "this is your life" moment. I totally understand...I am so glad you found some real friends that you can be completely yourself with-and they love you for it!!!




Shanan - Loving the updates - I can't believe you ate the pretzel off the ground!
I am glad he found some friends too! Yeah I am crazy like that! It won't kill me...it will just make me stronger! Love the new pictures in your signature!

I apologize! This has been a crazy busy week for me! My sister had two volleyball games this week (tonight and Tuesday night) and I started taking Aaron to Story Tots (storytime at the library on Wednesday nights for 2-3 year olds). And I am sure some of you are aware we became DVC owners on Saturday! I hope to get a chapter or two up tomorrow! Thanks for sticking around! We still have 6 days of this vacation left to go!
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