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Old 02-05-2011, 08:58 AM   #676
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I love getting to know the CMs too and when they share their personal stories. In 2007 we met a Dream Team CM who blessed us with an afternoon long Dream doing various things around the park from watching the fireworks from the Astro Orbitor deck to waving in the boats on IASW (the girls got to be on deck, cried like a baby as it's my alltime favorite) but anyway......during that time we got to find out about her children, husband, career before Disney (she was retired); it was truly so special.

Those are the moments that make Disney so magcial.


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Morning Ellen !!! I loved watching the ice carving when I was on my 1 and only cruise many years ago!!! How great to have Dis friends to chat with!!!
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:17 AM   #678
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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.
I remember Yelena!! She was our bartender in 2008 for the martini tasting and then she was the one who gave me THIS-







I am so happy to hear she got promoted, she truly deserves it!

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Old 02-05-2011, 09:41 AM   #679
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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.
So sorry you're still not feeling great! What a pain to have it linger.

OMG...that hungry...Pods was wise to keep his hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times, because if they had gotten near me...it would have gotten messy!

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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!!!
You will find no sympathy from anyone here!

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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!!
That's interesting....what time did you order?

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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!
Yes, reading the Navigators can be very helpful! Not that I read MINE that day!

Hope work gets easier for you soon! You are such a wonderful person, I can only begin to imagine what a spectacular educator you must be!

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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.
Yea...he had the right idea- he was happy on that balcony, I am so happy we had one!
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:12 AM   #680
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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
Hi Lisa!!! How cool!! You live just next door- I am right on the border of Scotch Plains and Westfield- I can hear the pool from my deck in the summer.

Wish I could hear that sweet sound right now.

FYI- the ice is CRAZY this morning- I took Timmy & his friend to baseball practice, and as I was making a left from Dudley onto Mountain Ave I saw a big accident to the right, and up Mountain there were 2 more. On the way back, four cars in accidents on East Broad. BE CAREFUL!!!!

I think we might go to Theresa's tonight, I have a craving!! How funny we live so close!

My kids play Baseball and basketball- but Timmy plays Basketball in the rec league- so I think we just play other SP kids. But please say hi if you ever see me around town- you have the big advantage of knowing what I look like, you know!

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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
The mug was a good size- they actually didn't have any to sell on this cruise, they were backordered or something, but Pods brought his from our last cruise and still got the bigger beer for the smaller price! Unfortunately....the mug broke after the cruise before we went home. I couldn't BELIEVE how po'd Pods was! He certainly let the expletives fly on that one. Who knew he was so attached??

And I took a BITE of the room service- I didn't eat the whole thing. Pods was there, I think he would have been grossed out for good if I would have polished all of that off!

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Wonderful trip report. I'm loving it!!!
Thank you so much for saying so!! It makes me feel GREAT to know people are enjoying the trip with me!

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I love getting to know the CMs too and when they share their personal stories. In 2007 we met a Dream Team CM who blessed us with an afternoon long Dream doing various things around the park from watching the fireworks from the Astro Orbitor deck to waving in the boats on IASW (the girls got to be on deck, cried like a baby as it's my alltime favorite) but anyway......during that time we got to find out about her children, husband, career before Disney (she was retired); it was truly so special.

Those are the moments that make Disney so magcial.


Oh and Grey Goose slushies too.
What a great experience THAT must have been!!! I teared up a little just reading it! WHEN you go on the Disney Cruise....you will have tons of CM interactions like that (well, not winning the Dream thing, but getting to know the CMs). Because you see these CMs repeatedly on the ship, you really get to know their stories- what is often most fascinating, is that their stories are international, and can involve incredible circumstances that brought them to life on a cruise ship. Really, really cool.

Oh- and your last line-

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Morning Ellen !!! I loved watching the ice carving when I was on my 1 and only cruise many years ago!!! How great to have Dis friends to chat with!!!
DIS friends are a very good thing, Rosie!! Mornin!!!
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I remember Yelena!! She was our bartender in 2008 for the martini tasting and then she was the one who gave me THIS-



I am so happy to hear she got promoted, she truly deserves it!

Yelena!! I remember her fondly. It was after we had her for our tequila/margarita tasting, where I was already feeling the effects! We went to play bingo, found a seat near the bar...and like a mirage, she came in, poured me a delicious, STRONG margarita and then disappeared! I never even got a bill for it! This is what happened....





This is the last thing I remember until the next morning!



Not the best picture of her, but we saw her again later in the week for our beer tasting!

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Old 02-05-2011, 11:30 AM   #682
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MAGICFOR2,
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".
Hope you warm up soon! We usually get a taste of Spring, and then get Winter back just in time for Spring break. poor kiddos.

We loved Spokane when we were stationed there!!!Let me know if you get to Southern Oregon - it would be fun to meet up!
When looking for a place to live, take a look at the taxes. Alot of people work in Portland and live in Vancouver, WA because there is no property tax up there and no sales tax in Oregon.

I don't know what you do, but Intel is expanding, I heard.

We are actually thinking of retiring somewhere out of Oregon. Hopefully somewhere warm, but this year that would be here!
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right, that and i just drooled all over the laptop from that awesome porn



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
Oh, Drea - I hope you can stay warm in all that Frigid weather!

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I'm so glad you enjoyed it!! I know we all did while we were having all of it!!



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!"



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!



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!!!!!



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!

Here's some Sunshine for ya -

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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.
Hope you get better quickly!

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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!!!
Then we would all live in San Diego or Hawaii! 82 sounds great to me! I keep telling DH that we need to retire to Celebration and work for Disney!
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Ellen, the rain looks like a nice way to relax and enjoy a quiet day on the ship! So fun when you find such a great CM. Of course you would be able to make friends with any of them!

We napped almost through the ice sculpture demo on our last DCL cruise. I as planning to take it in, and I woke up on Deck 10 to a bunch of cheering - I went over to the rail and only caught about the last minute of it! I don't know how I slept through it! And Jim didn't even wake up at all!
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Captain's Gala

We got the boys from Edge, we all changed (although why I felt the need to stuff myself like a sausage into my dress instead of keeping the other comfy one on I will NEVER know) and went to Parrot Cay for Semi-formal night and the Captain's Gala.

Aren't they handsome?


Tweeler made his best guess at Smoothie #1


Timmy ordered Herb Sauteed Shrimp
on spaghetti vegetables drizzled with garlic butter





Tyler had Wild Forest Mushroom Soup
swirled with white truffle oil



And Pods & I had salads-
Garden Fresh Salad
served with tomato chips and balsamic dressing


Californian Mixed Salad Leaves (although it looks like iceberg to me)
served with crispy smoked duck strips and toasted pine nuts


Tweeler contemplated Smoothie #2-



And Timmy laughed at him-



Because Tweeler got brain freeze-









For his main course, Timmy had gone with oven roasted chicken-



Pods chose Pan-Seared Venison Medallions
with marinated red cabbage, potato croquettes, and a port wine and juniper reduction



And he turned down the offer for a lobster tail on the side. How ridiculous is he? Tyler and I were having....LOBSTAH! Baked Lobster Tail
served in the shell with lemon butter, green beans and oven-baked rice



Tyler LOVED that Yadira removed it from the shell for him (and for me)-





They did offer to bring us more tails if we wanted them, but due to the earlier cheeseburger/steak sandwich/french fries/mac & cheese snack, I declined. I did, however, manage to find room for dessert in my sausage stuffed dress... we all had the same thing...and OMG, it was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good! Warm Chocolate Lava Cake
with a double chocolate sauce



Mikey came around with vanilla ice cream, which made this dessert the bomb-diggity!!





Even Timmy skipped his usual Ummm Uhhhh...I'll have vanilla with sprinkles please-



Then, of course, this was the night they wished me Happy Birthday with a cake-



Which Yadira promptly took away and wrapped for us to take back to the room-



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While we were waiting for the cake, the boys asked to be excused to go back to you-know-where. Of course, they stopped at the cabin to change- either that, or when we got back to the cabin to drop off the cake, we entered a crime scene-





Aaahhhhh...boys.....we also changed (OMG- soooooooo happy to get out of that dress and put on a freakin mumu!!) and then went to the Walt Disney Theatre to see John Charles, who was doing an adult caberet-





He was very talented- he knew EVERY song. Ever written. EVERY song. EVER written. He just could not be stumped! Amazing!! When he finished, we decided to call it a night- didn't want to oversleep, because in the morning, we were headed to paradise....Castaway Cay!

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Yelena!! I remember her fondly. It was after we had her for our tequila/margarita tasting, where I was already feeling the effects! We went to play bingo, found a seat near the bar...and like a mirage, she came in, poured me a delicious, STRONG margarita and then disappeared! I never even got a bill for it! This is what happened....





This is the last thing I remember until the next morning!



Not the best picture of her, but we saw her again later in the week for our beer tasting!
OMG....this post is so funny!! I remember reading it in your TR, and laughing at it then, too!!!

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Here's some Sunshine for ya -



Hope you get better quickly!



Then we would all live in San Diego or Hawaii! 82 sounds great to me! I keep telling DH that we need to retire to Celebration and work for Disney!
Thanks for the sunshine- it worked! It's 40 today- feels like a heatwave!

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Ellen, the rain looks like a nice way to relax and enjoy a quiet day on the ship! So fun when you find such a great CM. Of course you would be able to make friends with any of them!

We napped almost through the ice sculpture demo on our last DCL cruise. I as planning to take it in, and I woke up on Deck 10 to a bunch of cheering - I went over to the rail and only caught about the last minute of it! I don't know how I slept through it! And Jim didn't even wake up at all!
It was pretty amazing to see what someone could create out of a block of ice! And he did it so fast!
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Oh it's sooo nice, isn't it? Just seeing the sun is wonderful! I want to open my windows! Hopefully, some of this snow will start to melt! I'm sick of the narrow streets piled with ugly snow on either side!!
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LOVE the crime scene!! So typical. LOL. Ya think they were in a hurry to get back to "you know where"?
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Oh it's sooo nice, isn't it? Just seeing the sun is wonderful! I want to open my windows! Hopefully, some of this snow will start to melt! I'm sick of the narrow streets piled with ugly snow on either side!!
Yea- all the giant icicles fell off and it's melting everywhere. It feels so nice!!

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Naaaahhhh....
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