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Old 10-26-2009, 08:00 AM   #1
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Sans Friends - Mall at Millenia, A Land Remembered, Shuttle Launch

This time last year we were getting ready for our trip. A year on, I still haven't finished my trip reports, but I'm determined I will!

Friday, 14th November

We’re off shopping today as we want to get something for our daughters and grandson, but before we head out, Matt phones to make a dinner reservation for A Land Remembered, the steakhouse at Rosen Shingle Creek. [When we stayed at the resort in October 2006 shortly after it opened, this restaurant was on the cards, but there were no signs of any work underway. As we’d loved Bella Cala, the Italian offering there, we’d been keen to try the steakhouse and this trip, with no-one to convince but ourselves, provided the ideal opportunity.]

Our favourite shopping venue, the Mall at Millenia, is the obvious choice and we arrive around 11am. Our elder daughter, George, has asked us to get some pyjamas from Gap for grandson Lou. Apparently they have “some new winter ones”, but we just can’t work out which she’s after. We do manage to buy him the cutest of Christmas outfits in Janie & Jack. The sweater Matt and I both like isn’t in stock in his size, so we have to settle for a reindeer adorned tank top to go with the corduroy trousers, checked shirt and reindeer socks. Matt has a paddy because they don’t have reindeer socks in his size.

We spend a while in Urban Outfitters, but despite my conviction that we’ll be able to get quite a few bits and pieces for younger daughter, Harriet, we leave empty handed. Juicy Couture opposite seems a likely candidate and, as we head in that direction, Matt greets an unassuming young guy in shorts and bermudas strolling arm-in-arm with his wife. He acknowledges Matt and carries on his way. “Who was that?” I query. “Justin Rose” he replies, nonchalantly. (I'm sure I caught Justin Rose’s wife ask, “Who was that?” and him replying, “I don't believe it! That was Matt Churchill!!!”)

It’s now approaching noon, so we make our way to Brio Tuscan Grill where we have our usuals from the Lunch Plates menu of Pranzo Sausage, Pepperoni & Ricotta Pizza & Caesar Salad (Matt) and Chicken and Butternut Squash Risotto and Bistecca Insalata (me), along with a Moretti and White Oaks Chardonnay respectively.













Whilst sitting at our regular spot at the bar, we discuss our plans for tomorrow. Neither of us is desperate to go back to any of the parks, so I suggest that Matt plays golf. It’s something we’ve toyed with on and off for the past week or so. I didn’t want the hassle of bringing clubs this trip and neither did I want anything cast in stone as far as the itinerary was concerned, but I know Matt’s been hoping he might be able to get a round in somewhere. Lake Buena Vista would be ideal as we’re staying at Saratoga Springs, but it’s closed, so that’s out and, in any event, Matt fancies playing at a course he’s never tried before. (And there’s the small fact that we need to avoid the ones where he has played before because he’s not welcome ). We whittle it down to Orange County National, Falcon’s Fire and Celebration with the final decision to be made once we’ve had an opportunity to check prices and availability.

We decide that we’re going to have to resort to the staples of perfume for the girls, so our next stop is Bloomingdales. On our way in, a top which I’d seen on our first day catches my eye and I end up buying it along with a pair of “nip and tuck’ jeans. I don’t really do jeans – my figure just doesn’t lend itself to them and I find them uncomfortable, but I let myself be convinced that they could somehow transform me from a Mr Blobby looky-likey to a sylph-like apparition. Downstairs at the cosmetics counter, I immediately spot some fragrance which I know will be right up Harriet’s street. George is a much more tricky proposition and, after circumnavigating the department several times trying virtually everything, I begin to feel I’m being a nuisance. That, coupled with the fact that I’m becoming bamboozled by it all results in a purchase I’m not at all sure about. I also buy some make-up staples which are difficult to get hold of in the UK – Lancome High Defincils mascara and Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. I’m low on both having last stocked up during our trip in January this year.

We stop off at Banana Republic where I buy a sheer vest to wear under my newly acquired top and we then check out Tommy Bahama for one last time, but don’t buy anything.

After leaving the mall, our next stop is Golf Galaxy, the store at the junction of Sand Lake and Turkey Lake roads which we attempted to visit last week before discovering it was yet to open its doors to the public. It’s okay, but no Edwin Watts – very mass-market and not unlike Golfsmith for those who are familiar with that. Edwin Watts has the feel of an independent and its staff are hugely attentive and knowledgeable. I do take a shine to the Darth Vader, Yoda and Chewbacca driver covers, though! Anyone’s who’s seen me play knows I definitely don’t have the force with me. Matt needs some balls and a glove for his impromptu round tomorrow, so we make the short trip to Edwin Watts. He’ll hire clubs and shoes and buy a shirt from the pro shop of wherever he chooses to play.





Next up is a revisit to Corona Cigars where Matt picks up a box of Oliva Serie G, considered as being amongst the best value on the market, along with a presentation box of Cao Americas.



We return to the resort with our booty and get ready for our 7:30 reservation at A Land Remembered. Matt checks out the options for golf tomorrow and settles for the Orange County National, partly because it’s the cheapest and partly because it’s raved about by many, not least my brother who is a pretty accomplished amateur. It’s $89 for the round, $45 for the clubs, $11 for the shoes and $27 for a rider (me). He books a tee-time for 8:45am and is warned that they have a very strict cancellation policy, so to be sure to call back before 7pm this evening if he changes his mind. He spends the next half an hour practising his very strict cancellation speech.

Me in my new top!

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