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Old 02-04-2011, 12:14 AM   #661
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OMG thanks a lot, I gained 10 pounds just LOOKING at that......wow!!!
right, that and i just drooled all over the laptop from that awesome porn

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No, I almost don't want to tell you - it's been sunny and close to 60 here - very strange. We had almost a year's worth of snow in November though. I'll try to send some sunshine your way!

The food porn is amazing! How fun that you had a private chef - way to live it up!
oh then neither of you want to hear that us in So Cal have been freezing at a big 65-68, lol. Ya for us thats damn cold LOL. Break out the hoodies, but most of us still wear flip flops too LOL Thats how we roll.

oh and how fun for a personal chef.. but i know.. thats how you roll
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:13 AM   #662
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30 Second Cheeseburger in a Rainy Paradise

I went back up to Deck 10 to hang out with Pods (after I put my prized Walt & Lily on Deck pic back in our cabin) who was spending the day reading his book and refilling his beer mug. I grabbed a spot above the Goofy Pool, and was happy to be entertained by the Ice Carving demo- and my DOTD-





Fastpaks et al joined me on nearby lounge chairs, and it was great chatting with them, as we had just met at the Brunch. Here's their pic again...not at the pool, but from the Brunch- I think it's such a nice one of them I am happy to include it again!



We spent alot of time discussing the wonders of the DIS...you know, how nice everyone is, how wonderful to have so many people to hang out with on the cruise ...And....it was FINALLY raining...but everyone still sat there, because it was warm enough, and we were all grateful enough that we had not been subjected to steady rain until now. Pods had enough of it pretty quickly, though, and went back to our balcony to read-



Of course, taking with him his other activity of the afternoon, the refillable beer mug. Eventually the rain became more steady, and I joined him. I was getting hungry, so I ordered some room service. Which would arrive, they said, in 20 minutes.

Ummm...not today, my friends. I think when the rain really started to come down, everyone on the ship thought it would be nice to go back to the cabin and order room service. EVERYONE. Because we waited and waited and waited...and I became hungrier, and hungrier....and we called again, and they apologized, and said they were swamped, but would come to us in another 20 minutes....and when another 35 minutes went by, I couldn't take it anymore because all those fishies I ate at brunch that morning can only swim in my belly for so long, and I was STARVING!!!!! And, as we all know, that just can NOT EVER happen on a cruise! So we went up to Deck 9 in search of munchies. I think it was right around 5:30, and there was nobody out there- it was a ghost ship. AND...most of the snack areas were closing up...something to keep in mind if you want a little something around this time of day. One side of Pluto's/Pinocchio's was still serving- it just looked like they were done, but truly, they were not. With a big smile, they handed me the best cheeseburger I have EVER downed in roughly 30 seconds in my whole life. Piled high with fixins from the fixins bar, I meant to have just a half, since we were going to dinner in just a couple of hours, but really, once I started that sucker....I just couldn't stop. I think I may have eaten the whole thing standing next to a garbage can, maybe I was even standing IN the garbage can...I didn't care. I had FOOD and it was GOOOOOOOOOOD!

We went back to the cabin, and there was a knock at the door. TA-DAAAAA!

Mac & cheese-


Steak Sammy-


I won't lie- I had a bite of each, and they both tasted great! And I am a huge fan of those steak fries, too! Since I was all cleaned up with nowhere to go for a couple of hours, and we were skipping tonight's show, Dreams, because we had seen it last time (I like this show alot, though!) we decided to go have a glass of wine at Sessions.





Our server was a dynamite CM, I wish I could remember her name!! She and her roomate were serving us. We were the only people in there. What she said was this week's crowd didn't spend alot of time here...the previous cruise, this venue had been packed every night. Nonetheless, I ordered a glass of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc. Pods stayed commited to his refillable mug. On the last cruise, my order had come with the cutest tray, filled with a little scroll describing the wine and offering little tastes of things to accompany that. It was SO COOL! But...no more. So our awesome server brought over some olives and nuts for us instead- such a sweetie!



She shared her life with us- she is married to a man she met onboard who used to work for the ship, and lives in Italy. She was about to go on vacation home, and I believe she was coming back, but her roomie was not. These CM's have such a challenging life! But they really seem to give it their all, and are happy about the opportunity She offered to take our photo- as you can see, I was going with comfy shoes before we went to dinner.



It was very relaxing in Sessions, and when we paid our tab, we went back to round up the boys to clean up for dinner, dragging them out of the Edge while Pods hopped in the shower. We had a friend waiting for us when we returned to our cabin-



Up next...semi-formal night for the Captain's Gala!




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Old 02-04-2011, 09:30 AM   #663
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Great update! I can't wait to take this cruise, only 295 days to go! Thanks for keeping me entertained in the meantime!
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:50 AM   #664
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mouth is watering.................................
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OMG thanks a lot, I gained 10 pounds just LOOKING at that......wow!!!
I'm so glad you enjoyed it!! I know we all did while we were having all of it!!

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Thanks so much for updating your trip report. I could dream of being somewhere nice We got 18inches of snow here today!
UGH...we had a lot of ice this week- and we're having snow etc tomorrow again....I'm still ok with it, because I had the AMAZING break in STJ, but the first words out of everyone's mouths lately are "I am soooooo DONE with the snow!"

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Talk about a food fest! Wow. Good thing I'm not on a diet (today ) or that would have been sheer torture. I want one of each. The sushi looks great.

Bushwacker eh? Interesting. I'll have to goggle that because that sounds like a fun drink to make. $8 pictures of sangria. WOW!
If you're making a bushwacker (or a pitcher of them) just remember...be generous with your pours! There is a LOT of alcohol, but you truly don't taste a drop!

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No, I almost don't want to tell you - it's been sunny and close to 60 here - very strange. We had almost a year's worth of snow in November though. I'll try to send some sunshine your way!

The food porn is amazing! How fun that you had a private chef - way to live it up!
Yes, please send that sunshine- although it's sunny today, but I would like the 60 degrees, too- I believe we are around 12 right now. BRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!

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Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!!

Now only do you take wonderful pics of beaches, turquoise waters and happy people ...............

food porn, too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you so much for the update, it was just what I needed. Lots of work to get through until half term and the occasional visit to your thread brings me back to the good life!
You're welcome, Karin! And what's funny is that EVERYONE waits to eat- all 7 of them- until I have taken my pics. I find it very empowering with the men, who have the occupations of aero-scientist, business owner, and plastic surgeon. And CPA, but I already know I can boss him around any old day!
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:13 AM   #665
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You may send me some of the 60 degree weather. This is our deepest snowfall since 2000/2001. Brrrr. It is 1 degree at the moment but my spouse said, at least it is above zero. Silly man.
We are planning to visit Oregon this summer. I am from the NW (Spokane) and we have been trying for many years to find jobs in the NW, preferably OR but WA will work just fine also. Problem arises in finding good jobs comparable to what we have here. Our summer visit is to scout out places we would like to live and then target those areas for jobs. Sorry I am rambling; I will attribute my rambling to "snow brain". I will now return this station to the regularly scheduled program "Ellen's Entertainment for her Friends".


OMG!!! I LOVE that!!!! Thanks!

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I am 4 days into a 30 day detox/cleanse program (gluten free, dairy free, everything organic, everything raw whole foods, etc) and I almost PASSED OUT looking at your food porn!

Off to eat an apple...or maybe an organic banana. Unfortunately it doesn't dance.

(but keep it comin' anyways!)
Sorry!! If it makes you feel any better, i posted while doing South Beach! Good luck with those organic carrots!

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Love food porn. Love Sangria. Love Mojitos. Love chops. Love seafood. That looks like it was a delicious trip!

Last night DH made a coconut ginger soup that was to die for. He also made a mean chicken curry. Not shabby for a white boy. I am feeling a little sick so I didn't get to enjoy as much as I normally would.
It was really great Sangria & it was a perfect Mojito.- hope you are feeling better!!

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Oh so much good food & such wonderful accommodations! There ought to be a law against not taking us!

Kid-at-Heart, my DIL is from Spokane. From what I hear it is very depressed, not many jobs right now.
I'm sorry- next time you can all hop in my luggage!

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Great pix Ellen !!! So much to chose from to pick a favorite !!!But that chicken and potatoes looked awful good !!!!
You would love the chicken, Rosie- Kevin says it is the world's best!

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oh then neither of you want to hear that us in So Cal have been freezing at a big 65-68, lol. Ya for us thats damn cold LOL. Break out the hoodies, but most of us still wear flip flops too LOL Thats how we roll.

oh and how fun for a personal chef.. but i know.. thats how you roll
SHUT IT, Sister!! 68 degrees? Actually, the one time I spent a week in LA, it was like that- I kept saying WTH?? Where's the California Sunshine?? While I was strolling in Venice Beach. Somehow 68 just feels colder over near LA, I think!
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Great update! I can't wait to take this cruise, only 295 days to go! Thanks for keeping me entertained in the meantime!
You're welcome!! I wish I had enough DCL material to keep you entertained the whole 295 days, though!
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Thanks, I still feel like shiz and have almost every flu like symptom that just keeps coming and going. I hate being sick and rarely get sick but when I do, it tends to linger.




Great update. I have been that hungy before.
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:07 PM   #668
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Um, Its 82 here, and they are redoing the A/C at work. It's been miserable. Not to rub it in...I wish we could all get some more reasonable temps, warmer for ya'll, cooler for me!!!
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Sounds like a wonderfully relaxing afternoon. I was trying to figure out what in the world we were doing to have totally and completely missed the rain altogether..now I remember (it wasn't much)

IIRC, we had issues with room service that day too, I believe that night was the worst of the cruise, the night we were "forgotten" too.

Bring on tha lobstah!!
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And another great update!
You know, I didn't even know they did ice-carving demos on the ships!!!
I really need to read those navigators!

Can't wait for the next update! Work is challenging at the moment and I really need a GOOD distraction!
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I am with Pods on this one, rain on the deck encourages reading on the balcony. I can just imagine the relaxing feeling of sound of the rain and the ocean... Heck with reading, it would probably put me to sleep.
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Great update Ellen!

And, yes, isn't it a bummer that Sessions doesn't give out the little chocolates/cheese/crackers with the wines any more? We used to love going there and get such special treatment. Which we still got great service, just no cheese. The best bartender ever on any Disney cruise, Yelena, said they don't do that anymore. Which is a darn shame. But, we still enjoy going to Sessions for a nice relaxing atmosphere for a before/after dinner drink. And she will make you anything you want. Or try to make you something wonderful and amazing that you would like. We can't say enough about her.

Sorry to hijack but to us this is the best CM on DCL. She is just wonderful! So knowledgable, and friendly, easy going and amazing. Yelena - a BIG SHOUT OUT TO YOU!

And she told us on our last cruise that she got promoted and was going into management. And also that she was going to the DREAM.
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Ellen - I've been following your trip report for a while (and Jen's too) - I'm from Westfield it's fun following a neighbor... following .... not stalking... I swear. I've had DS and DH read your trip report to get an idea of what our cruise will be like - we sail on 2/19. Buh bye ice and snow!

I keep wondering if DS Jake has played Timmy in a sport because he looks so familiar. Jake's also 11. Does Timmy play basketball or soccer? Of course he could look familiar because I've been reading your trip report for weeks now...

I hope your report is complete before I leave for my cruise ... no pressure
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aww man good to know not to order room services when it rains LOL

I was going to say the refillable beer mug looks small from the balcony room pics with Pods, but then I saw a better view in the next pic. its a NICE SIZE!! hmm good to know for next time! lol

and I so would have pulled what you did, ate the burger, ate the room service then go to dinner LOL
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Wonderful trip report. I'm loving it!!!
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