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Old 06-16-2013, 12:52 AM   #151
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I can report that Australia is a dry country(side) but not a dry state.
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Australia is the driest continent on earth. There is less rainfall here than anywhere else.

But despite that, we have quite a few regions that grow grapes and make wine. That kind of 'dry'....we are not.
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:49 AM   #152
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Alison I need your DL expertise. Early September, low time, they'll only be doing WoC and Fantasmic on the weekend from what I understand. Should I do either of the dining options that gives me a reserved spot? Sorry to hijack your thread.
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Alison and Corrina.

Beautiful Picture and lovely drinks!
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:02 AM   #154
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What a fun meet with Corinna! those ice spheres look so cool.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:27 AM   #155
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OMGoodnes THE Lounge.....

AWESOME there are no other words about having the
Privilege/Honor to spend some time in there...but you know that I can see it on your faces


Dis Meets always great fun and Corinna I LOVE your name it was first choice for my DD#1 but ex-husband nixed that (and so many other things LOL hence the "ex-)


That ice sphere you really captured the whole thing Great pictures as usual, always make me feel like I'm right there with you Thanks for sharing all this Alison wish I could teleport myself and be with you & Fran for that expo

Hey did you ever post pictures of the artwork through silent auction on the cruise and didn't Fran buy something else Would love to see it

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Old 06-16-2013, 11:11 AM   #156
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This was really an amazing afternoon and I was glad that I finally had a chance to meet Alison in person. I know we had been talking about meeting up for nearly two years but for one reason or another, it never happened. That thanks to her friend this could happen in such a wonderful place that I would never have dreamed to set foot into was definitely the icing on the cake. Alison, if you do ever come to the UK, I will insist that you will visit our fair city and I will be your personal tour guide. Anyway, this has given me the kick up the backside that I needed to get my trip report started.

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Lovely picture of Corinna and you in the Lounge. DIS meets are so amazing since we have the Disney common connection. Besides it's always fun to hear about other parts of the country or world.
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Looks like you had a great meet! That ice sphere is one of the coolest things ever.
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:20 PM   #159
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WOW! Nice to see the picture of you and Corinna. Say hello to that generous benefactor of yours.


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Australia is the driest continent on earth. There is less rainfall here than anywhere else.

But despite that, we have quite a few regions that grow grapes and make wine. That kind of 'dry'....we are not.
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Alison I need your DL expertise. Early September, low time, they'll only be doing WoC and Fantasmic on the weekend from what I understand. Should I do either of the dining options that gives me a reserved spot? Sorry to hijack your thread.
I'm on it! .......................

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What a fun meet with Corinna! those ice spheres look so cool.
I'll see if my friend can meet us out there while you're in town. I'll take one for the team and order one, they have some good non-alcoholic drinks there too!

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AWESOME there are no other words about having the
Privilege/Honor to spend some time in there...but you know that I can see it on your faces


Dis Meets always great fun and Corinna I LOVE your name it was first choice for my DD#1 but ex-husband nixed that (and so many other things LOL hence the "ex-)


That ice sphere you really captured the whole thing Great pictures as usual, always make me feel like I'm right there with you Thanks for sharing all this Alison wish I could teleport myself and be with you & Fran for that expo

Hey did you ever post pictures of the artwork through silent auction on the cruise and didn't Fran buy something else Would love to see it

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I thought I took pictures of them on the ship and posted them in my cruise report. They are still in their boxes being stored until we hear the verdict on the addition to the house on 1st street.

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This was really an amazing afternoon and I was glad that I finally had a chance to meet Alison in person. I know we had been talking about meeting up for nearly two years but for one reason or another, it never happened. That thanks to her friend this could happen in such a wonderful place that I would never have dreamed to set foot into was definitely the icing on the cake. Alison, if you do ever come to the UK, I will insist that you will visit our fair city and I will be your personal tour guide. Anyway, this has given me the kick up the backside that I needed to get my trip report started.

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I would love to get a personal tour of your city. The pictures you have posted in the past have been astounding, I've never been to the UK, so it's on the bucket list.

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Lovely picture of Corinna and you in the Lounge. DIS meets are so amazing since we have the Disney common connection. Besides it's always fun to hear about other parts of the country or world.
So far everyone that I have met has been a treat! It's like we're old friends who haven't seen each other in years. Great fun! I've got two more meets coming up in August and September as well!
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Looks like you had a great meet! That ice sphere is one of the coolest things ever.
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That roadtrip sounds great. Joe and I took a southwest road trip in 2011 (although we started from St. Louis so we did a lot more meandering along the way). We visited Painted Desert, Grand Canyon, Zion and drove through Monument Valley (although we didn't stay there). It was one of the best experiences we've had together, you'll have a great time!

What an amazing DISmeet...how fantastic for both of you to get to meet each other for the first time in such an amazing location!
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I'll see if my friend can meet us out there while you're in town. I'll take one for the team and order one, they have some good non-alcoholic drinks there too!
That would be amazing!!! I hope he's available I'd be adventurous if that's what it takes to get one of those spheres
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By the way Alison, AA does fly to San Juan so you could join us in Oct 2014. The booking for the 3 night repo opened up today. I think were going to head to WDW Oct 4th, then to San Juan on Oct 9th, catch the 7 + 3 night cruise on Oct 11th. DD/DSIL will fly home after the 7 night cruise.
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By the way Alison, AA does fly to San Juan so you could join us in Oct 2014. The booking for the 3 night repo opened up today. I think were going to head to WDW Oct 4th, then to San Juan on Oct 9th, catch the 7 + 3 night cruise on Oct 11th. DD/DSIL will fly home after the 7 night cruise.
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That would be amazing!!! I hope he's available I'd be adventurous if that's what it takes to get one of those spheres
We'll have to see, I don't mind ordering one!

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That roadtrip sounds great. Joe and I took a southwest road trip in 2011 (although we started from St. Louis so we did a lot more meandering along the way). We visited Painted Desert, Grand Canyon, Zion and drove through Monument Valley (although we didn't stay there). It was one of the best experiences we've had together, you'll have a great time!

What an amazing DISmeet...how fantastic for both of you to get to meet each other for the first time in such an amazing location!
I'm glad to hear that you found it enjoyable! I think it's going to be fun. I do like being able to set our own pace and not having to worry if we make the plane or ADRs so this should hopefully be a relaxing trip!

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By the way Alison, AA does fly to San Juan so you could join us in Oct 2014. The booking for the 3 night repo opened up today. I think were going to head to WDW Oct 4th, then to San Juan on Oct 9th, catch the 7 + 3 night cruise on Oct 11th. DD/DSIL will fly home after the 7 night cruise.
The 7 + 3 sounds really cool, but I'll just have to see what Fran thinks about airfare and stuff. Until we get the two apartments rented, I don't think she wants to talk about vacations. I was pushing it with the road trip.

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My hopes and dreams for this trip Ė Day 1

Without much else to do, I may as well tell you all my expectations for this trip and how I hope that it plays out. I know how the first day of any trip to WDW will go. I hope that the car is all packed the night before and I actually get to sleep before midnight. I also hope that we get out of the house at the expected time (around 6AM) as we have a 9:15AM flight.

We will arrive at MCO hopefully just before 5PM and hop on DME to our resort, the Villas at the Wilderness Lodge. We have a one bedroom Villa, and I know all too well how the first travel day goes, which is why I have a nice big grocery order set to be delivered!

As soon as we get to the Villa, Fran will need a nap. Travel really wipes both of us out, so we never make a dinner reservations for the first night. In addition to some of the things that Iíve talked about bringing, I plan to have groceries delivered to the Villa. Here is my list, and Iím sure that I will be adding to it. Especially once I show it to Fran!

Grocery list

8 oz Farmer John sausage links
2 yellow onions
1 bunch celery
Velveeta 12 oz block
Cream Cheese
Diced Green Chilies
Tortilla Chips
8 tomatoes
5 cucumbers
Small bottle Canola oil
1 lb bacon
1 loaf white bread
Small jar of mayonnaise
1 lb ground beef
Onion hamburger buns
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
Tater Tots
Ĺ dozen eggs
12 pack Diet Mtn Dew
12 pack Dr. Pepper 10
Horseradish
Pack of sliced Ham
6 Yoplait Light Yogurt (3 Strawberry, 1 Peach, 2 Raspberry)
V8 Juice
2 Individual Serving Cereal Bowls (Honey Nut Cheerios)
Milk
Ĺ head cabbage
Carrot
Butter
Green Pepper

Bring

Lipton Chicken Soup Mix
Rice
Tri Tip
Ground Coffee
Splenda
Brown Sugar
Spice Box

All these items will allow me to cook two meals just for Fran and I for dinners. I will make our portion of the cookout food, plus there are some breakfast and snack items in there. Combined with the stuff in our OL, there is plenty for us to live comfortably for one week.

Once Iíve got our groceries sorted out and put away, I plan to start on dinner. I will be making Joan Bergnerís Sausage Casserole. I have no idea who Joan Bergner is, but evidently she is a neighbor out of Franís childhood who made this recipe. It is a childhood comfort food for Fran, very simple to make without a lot of ingredients, so Iím happy to prepare it for her on the first night of our trip. Plus there are usually leftovers so we can have it for snacks throughout the rest of the trip. I know that some of you out there are eating healthy and organic foods and this is a completely processed meal, but itís easy and makes Fran happy, so for now, thatís what counts.

My starting ingredients:

8 oz pork sausage
1 large onion
1 cup chopped celery
2/3 cup uncooked rice
1 pkg Liptonís Chicken Noodle Soup
3 Ĺ - 4 cups water (not pictured here)
ľ tsp freshly ground pepper



Cut Celery in to small pieces



Chop onion into small pieces.



Cook sausage in a stove top to oven pan



When sausage is cooked add celery and onion



Saute until tender



At this point, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Add rice and brown a little until crunchy



Add water. Iíve started to cut it down to 3 cups which seems to work out perfectly.



Add soup mix



Add pepper (you donít need any salt, lord knows that Lipton soup is 50% salt! )



Bring to a boil



cover and cook in oven for about 30 minutes.



Test for casserole consistency, if water has not all been absorbed, remove lid and cook for another 5-10 minutes. Serve immediately



Dinner! (I call the celery in there my vegetable There is a whole cup in the recipe!)



After dinner I will probably take a bath, upload some photos and work a little bit on the computer before going to bed. I may sit out on the balcony (If I donít have the dumpster view), but I have a feeling I might be too tired to actually get out and explore the resort. Weíll save that for the next day!
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