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Old 07-26-2012, 05:31 PM   #76
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Procrastination is an art I love your Disney shirt! I'm actually going to a Disney Outlet tomorrow...in Orlando. I don't know why I torture myself diet soda is SO good But I don't let myself drink it Again, I don't know why I torture myself. Anyways, great start and I can't wait to read more!
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:06 PM   #77
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SOOOOO excited to hear about the Beach Club and your mom's first visit. There is so much to pay attention to in the TR. Hopefully you will hold me over until my trip!

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That video is too cute...I could eat cupcakes ALL the time (that is if I didn't gain all the weight that goes along with them).
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:22 PM   #78
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I'm so happy to hear your trip was wonderful. I must say I'm so impressed with John's old school favorites - Shere Khan, King Louie, Swiiss Family Robinson. Love absolutely everything about this trip report!!!
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:56 PM   #80
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Your dogs are sooo cute!

I love your journal & cell phone case! I'm a Mickey girl so my journal has a classic Mickey on the front & my cell phone case has, yep you guessed it, Mickey on the back.

So exciting that y'all are on the road & into SC! Can't wait to hear about your driving experience.
Thank you so much! They are my babies!

Thanks! Your Mickey stuff sounds adorable too! He's the big cheese, after all!

My driving experience was...interesting, to say the least!

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I'm here! I'm so excited to hear all about your trip! Also, A+ on the music selection thus far. It Takes Two AND I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)? Perfect. I'm gonna have the "Woooot Yeah Woooot Yeah" from It Takes Two cycling through my head all night.

I LOVE your Jasmine notebook and your dogs are absolutely adorable. Dogs with pink noses are the cutest little things.

Lake Norman! I love driving through there for some reason. I think it's because I've always wanted to live right on a lake. I grew up 10 minutes from Lake Erie, but that doesn't really count because it's polluted and gross and the beaches tend to be covered in dead fish. Lake Norman seems cleaner.

Can't wait for more!
Yay! I'm so glad you're here! Haha it is my goal to get these songs stuck in everyone's heads for as long as possible with this TR!

Thank you! They are so spoiled. The weird thing is, their noses used to be really black, but all the black stuff like...came off? And now they're pink. Weird, but adorable.

I have a ton of family who live around Lake Erie! They're not too crazy about it, either. They call it Dreary Erie.

I just realized you started your TR too! AHH! I'm late, but I'm heading over there now!

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I have 39 days until I hit WDW so i can't wait to read your updates. We are staying at The Beach Club for our 1st 3 days so i'm excited to see what you thought
Thank you so much for reading along, and yay for being here early!

WOW your trip is really close! That's so exciting! Oh my gosh I loved the Beach Club SO MUCH. It's amazing!

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Nothing brightens a dull evening at work like discovering a new trip report from The Russells!!!! Yay!
The Ratatouille rating system is nothing short of brilliant!

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I hope you guys enjoy the rating system once I put it into action! I thought it would be pretty fun!
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:01 PM   #81
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Hi Joni,

So glad you had a great trip and loved the Beach Club

Awesome start to your new TR, can't wait for more......
Thank you so much for joining in! The Beach Club is so perfect! It's definitely my favorite resort I've ever stayed in!

Thank you! I will be posting another update tonight! Enjoy!

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I'm here, can't believe this is on page 3 already! Great start, I love all of your Jasmine stuff! I also love the dining review system, and how you're going to breakdown all of the cupcakes...this TR is going to be intense!
I'm so glad you're here! Haha yeah, I was really intense about my note taking and food reviewing on this trip!

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Love the music selection.
So 2000 was middle school for you huh? Sigh... I am such an old lady... Which I new at the point that I had a former student as a teaching intern, while she was getting her Masters, five years ago... sigh...

Excellent start to the trip. Love that the food pictures started with your bowl of Trix .... But what about a food rating :-)

Can't wait for the next update!
Thank you! I'm glad you like it! Yeah I started high school in 2001, so I was in the 7th and 8th grade in 2000! Haha I'm already starting to feel old, though. My incoming freshman class that I will be teaching this year are twelve years younger than me! When did that happen?!

Hahaha I should've done a food rating of the Trix! I'll make sure I do them from now on, including the McDonald's I ate in the next update!

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I'm usually a lurker on these things, but I just had to join in. I didn't catch onto your last one til near the end, but just loved it. You and John are just too cute. I'm also planning a cupcake crawl for my trip in Sept, so I'm really excited to see what you tried and how you liked them
Thank you so much for commenting! You are so sweet! YAY! I hope you are more successful on your cupcake crawl, and I hope my cupcake reviews are helpful!

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I got a little chuckle over you drinking organic milk and Trix...the two just don't seem to go together.
Hahaha I know, I'm weird. I love processed food, but I only drink organic milk. It doesn't make any sense!
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:12 PM   #82
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Yay you're on your way!! I love this whole sountrack idea, by the way. It's sheer genius.

I love your outlet shirt! And your pins! And your Jasmine merch! And the Castle blanket...okay I love it all. Probably should have just said that instead of rambling and using excessive exclamatory punctuation...ah well.

I have that milk. Organic food junkies!

Your dogs are SO CUTE. I work at a Kennel, so I'm a huge dog lover!
Thank you!! I'm glad you like it!

Haha I love your rambling and excessive exclamatory punctuation! Don't feel bad, I did the exact same thing when I was commenting on the fart shoes TR last night. I realized every sentence I had typed started with "I love..." so I had to go back and rewrite some of it!

I LOVE organic milk. It just tastes so much better!

Awww thank you! They're my babies. That's so cool that you work at a kennel! I love dogs so much, but cats...eh. They're not for me!

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Talk about a catchy song and title for this trip! I swear that song is going to be stuck in my head for the next week. CURSE YOU, JONI! And what is the movie with Mr. Johnny Depp playing in the background? I feel as if I've never seen it.

Because it's later, PARTY FOR PROCRASTINATION! I think it's pretty funny how an English High School Teacher is a procrastinator (ironic?), if only I had more teachers like you.

Love your trip journal and matching pen! Also, I totally think we should pin trade someday because... well... I have pins, you have really cool pins, you give me one of your really cool pins and I give you one of mine. Everyone's happy!

So glad to hear you enjoyed The Help, one of my favorite books (I actually read it for English class, which I kept a solid A in throughout the year, which I told you just because...) and I finally got to watch the movie a few weeks ago, just as AMAZING! Especially when they shove in Emma Stone to play Skeeter But I gotta say, Viola Davis should've won the Academy Award for Best Actress over Meryl Streep (I swear, she owned that movie!) Sorry, rant over. But I swear, more scandalous than all these crazy gossip about Emily Maynard (total crap IMO).

Anyways, your dogs are so adorable! Puppy dog eyes plus Disney blanket... oh, I need to look away (Animal Love k ! Oh and yeah, silly Joni, Trix are for kids! (see what I did there?) I'm feeling very nostalgic today.

Yay for being on the road! I think it's so sweet your mom called you because she was nervous about how getting to Disney would be. First Timers, so precious (Ugh, now you've got me saying it! (; ) to listening to Linkin Park in the car! I had a small little obsession with them last year and their song, Shadow of the Day still remains to be one of my favorites, but Hybrid Theory, great album right there.

Can't wait to read about the rest of your drive down to the World!
Muah ha ha! Getting the songs stuck in everyone's head is my ultimate goal! GOTCHA! That Johnny Depp movie is Benny and Joon, by the way!

I am a total hypocrite about procrastination. I always nag my students, but I'm so bad about it, especially in the summer! Don't tell anyone!

I would love to pin trade with you! It's my favorite hobby!

The Help was amazing! I'm actually watching the movie again right now while I type this! Emma Stone is amazing, and I agree about Viola Davis. She was perfect as Aibileen. Oh, and YAY for maintaining an A in English! That's what I like to hear!

Thank you! I love my dogs so much. They're spoiled rotten, which is why they sleep on Disney blankets!

My mom was so anxious about her trip, but when she got there she could not have been happier!

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I'm so excited!!!! Your back and your writing... Yes, It's a fabulous day!!!
I love your music idea... That's going to be some much fun. I love music it makes everything better.

I'm going to Raleigh/Durham, NC the 24th of August to visit my cousin, it's her 50th Birthday party. I'm so excited... I've never been, It's for a long weekend plus we're going to spend a couple of days in Wilmington too. Really I think somewhere on the beach in Wilmington. I'm just along for the ride... But I can't wait...

Our favorite place to stay in Disney is Beach Club and Yacht Club. We love the convience of walking to Epcot or DHS... Plus the whole resort is just fabulous!!! We have also found that staying 10 days is a must... (even though it doesn't happen everytime) Then you get to spend lots of time just enjoying everything and not having to hurry through it all.

Thank you so much for sharing your trip report...

I finally finished mine that I took with my 18 year old daughter and my neice during spring break. We had lots of fun.

Looking forward for lots more updates..
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Thank you! I'm glad you like the music idea! I was hoping everyone would!

That's so cool that you're coming to Raleigh/Durham and Wilmington! There's so much to do in both places! I hope you have a great time!

Beach Club is definitely now my favorite place to stay! And the Yacht Club is gorgeous too! I agree about 10 day trips...they're exhausting, but it's so nice having lots of time to do everything!

I need to go finish you TR! I loved reading about your trip!

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Count me in! This trip report (especially the restaurant rating themed to "Ratatouille") seems pretty interesting.
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I rushed over here and you're already up to 4 pages!

Sounds like a good start! I'm not liking the foreboding about bad driving- but I am guessing since this was the best trip ever it can't be that bad!
Thank you for joining in!

Haha yeah, it wasn't too bad! Just stressful!

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New trip report! I follow all of your trip reports. Kudos to your husband who makes me feel better because I know I'm not the only "manly" man who loves Disney. haha Thank goodness my entire family feel the same way, so it's all good.
Thank you so much for following my reports! Haha yeah, you are definitely not the only manly man who loves Disney! John is a total sucker for it!
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:19 PM   #83
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Woohooo you've started! I can't wait to hear all the stories from your latest Disney adventure.

I LOVE the rating systems. Oh I can already feel the hunger pangs coming on.

Girl, let me tell you something you got so lucky to find a guy who not only constantly wants to go to Disney but buys you princess notebooks and other fabulous Disney items. That is basically my dream. I can't with guys that don't get my Disney obsession.

KSJDLKSDJLSD AWW THE PUPPY DOG EYES! It's so hard to leave them!

I have been trying to give up soda... both diet and regular... it is NOT EASY. And by that I mean impossible. I just love it too much.

HAHA oh man Linkin Park absolutely reminds me of 6th grade dances. That is too funny.

Can't wait for more!
I'm so glad you're here!

I love rating systems too!! I hope you guys enjoy all my reviews!

I know, seriously, when I say my prayers at night I send up a little thanks for John being as understanding as he is about Disney. To have him not only accept my obsession but also be a little obsessed himself...I'm SO lucky.

Seriously, puppy dog eyes are the cutest/most painful thing in the world to look at. Too much cuteness!

I could never give up Diet Dr. Pepper. NEVER. I tried it once and failed miserably.

HAHA me too! Ugh, anything that makes me relive middle school is not okay.

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Can't wait to read the rest of your trip report!! So far its great!! Really looking forward to the POFQ section - my husband and I are staying there for our disneymoon - my first trip since 98, and his since 89!!
Thank you so much! I'm glad you're enjoying it so far! Ahhh that's SO exciting that you are staying at POFQ on your Disneymoon! John and I stayed there on our Disneymoon too! And it's so exciting that you're having your first trip after so long! I hope you have an amazing time!

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YAY!!! You're back with another Trip Report!!! Sooo Excited! I'm in! Oh and very jealous of the eleven days lucky lady!
Thank you for reading along! It was SO nice being there for that long! I hope I can do it again next time!

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I'm joining in! Can't wait to read about the rest of the trip!! Where did you find a Disney princess phone case? I need one!
Thank you for joining in! I got my phone case on the Disney Store website. It's one of the ones you can personalize, but I just got it for the picture!

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I looove your reports! I think I may have commented on one like years ago...(probably not years...more like months, but you get the picture!) I just wanted to come out of lurker status and say hi!! I'm joining in on your new TR, and am LOVING it so far!!
Your dog is sooo cute! She doesn't look spoiled at all! hahaha
I love your idea with the food reviews, and I can't wait to read about your cupcakes!! I LOVE cupcakes!!
Your mom is cute!! I can't wait to read about your time with her! That is such a special time I know she will never forget!!
I would love to take my mom to Disney, too! I never got to go to Disney as a kid, either, but I'm obsessed now, like you are! haha
I like your $1.99 shirt! Very nice!
I can't wait to read more!
I'm so glad you enjoy my reports, and thank you for coming out of lurkdom to comment!

Aww thank you! I love my babies. Haha yeah, she's not spoiled. She just gets her way... a lot!

I love cupcakes so much. I hope you enjoy my food reviews!

Thank you so much! It really was amazing spending that time with her! She is already talking about going back! I hope that you get the chance to take your mom sometime...it's a really special trip!

Thank you! I'm a sucker for a sale!
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:24 PM   #84
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I am in and so stoked to read more!!! I saw on twitter you started this and it made me happy

I hope you have recovered from your lack of rest. That is a loooong time to stay at Disney. The max I could ever do is 7 nights and even that was pushing it.

I am editing this because I just read more and have more to say.

I LOOOVE your pups!! What breed are they? I have a cockapoo and they look very similar (look in PTR listed on the bottom and there is a pic of her).

LOL about the Diet DP. I love diet pop as well, even though I know I shouldn't drink it and just drink water.
Thank you for joining in! I'm glad you're here!

I have finally recovered! Haha, I did sleep for about fifteen hours straight when I got home, though!

Thank you so much! They're my babies. They are maltipoos! They are actually sisters, from the same litter! Ahh I'm going to go look at your cockapoo now...they're so precious!

I can't stay away from Diet Dr. Pepper. I've tried, but I just have to have it!

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I have been waiting for you to start this one. I have loved all your other ones and this one will help me get more excited for my trip.

My cats do the same thing your dogs do right before I leave. Makes me feel bad too, but knowing your leaving for Disney definitely helps. Can't wait to read more.
Thank you so much for reading my reports. I'm glad they can help you get excited for your upcoming trip!

Haha darn those pets and their guilt trips!

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Yay for leaving!! So exciting! I love Jasmine too!! Belle is my absolute favorite, although Jasmine is a close second.

OMG I love your pins!! I need to get a case like that! BUT first I need more pins to fill it!!

I just about melted when I saw that I'm Celebrating button! So adorable!

I am excited to hear about your driving experiences! I hope everything was ok!!
Belle is my second favorite, tied with Rapunzel! I love all the princesses so much!

Girl, I have three notebooks filled with pins, AND that case. I need to seek some sort of help about this addiction!

Thank you! That was a pretty special button. I'm going to keep it forever!

It wasn't too bad, just stressful! I'm getting ready to post that update!

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Yeah! Another Joni trip report! Now if you can just drag it out till I leave in October that would be really helpful.
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I've read your other trip reports and decided to read this one too! Your enthusiasm is contagious. I am going in September and can't wait! Looking forward to reading more
Thank you so much for reading all of my reports! That is SO exciting that you're going in September! That's really close!
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:31 PM   #85
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That Jasmine notebook is BEAUTIFUL! Where did he get those notebooks!?! What a winner.

I love all of your pins!! Pin Trading is my favorite part about life. Besides eating. And going to Disney World in general. GAHH SO MUCH LOVE.

I read The Help last summer and it was truly amazing. I saw the movie too and I BAWLED my eyes out. The whole story was moving... it really made a great impact on me! I loved it!

PUPPY EYES AWWWWWW

NOM TRIX

LOVE the shirt! It's so cute. I love lime green and Mickey Mouse!

Nutrigrain Bars = Deer face for John.

THAT CASE IS AMAZING WHERE DID YOU GET IT!?

JOHN. You should know better. No Linkin Park! ONLY DISNEY MUSIC! YOU ARE GOING TO DISNEY!

YAYAYAY I can't wait for more!!
Thank you! He got them at the Disney Store! They two different packs of five notebooks, and each notebook has a different princess on it! I gave my mom the Snow White one, but I'm saving the others. They're amazing!

Haha those are pretty much my favorite parts about life too!

I'm the same way with The Help. I feel like I really know the characters in that book! It was such a touching story!

Those puppy eyes are hard to ignore. I couldn't leave them...unless I'm going to Disney!

I love cereal. I have like fifty different little boxes of cereal in my cabinet.

Thank you! I was so excited about that shirt!

HAHA John does have a deer face! He was pretty excited about that Nutrigrain bar!

I got it on the Disney Store website! It's one of the ones you can personalize, but I just bought it without personalizing it! They have a ton of designs to chose from!

SERIOUSLY. I have no room for Linkin Park on a Disney trip!

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Hi! I'm getting in on this early! I've read all of your TRs but haven't commented in a long time because I've been behind. Not for this one!

Yea for being on the road - it means the trip has officially started! Very exciting.

11 days is awesome. We were there for 10 on our last trip and it was great. We're doing 9 in November and I'm so excited I can hardly stand it!!!

I can't wait to read about the rest. Feel free to stretch this out for oh...at least 3 months. TRs definitely help pass the time when counting down your days.
Thank you so much for reading along and for your comment!

I know, being in the car is so tedious, but so exciting because you know you're on the way!

YAY for long trips! They're the greatest!

Haha I will probably have no time stretching this out for three months or longer! I hope it helps pass the time until your trip!

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Yay!! Another TR! I just finished up your last one, and I've been anxious to read this one I'm looking forward to it!!
Thank you so much for reading my other TR and for joining in on this one! I hope you enjoy it!

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Looking forward to reading more. We're checking into the Beach Club on August 22nd!
YAY! That's so exciting! Have you stayed there before? I am totally in love with that resort now!

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I'm here and already loving your new TR! From e theme, to the rating system, to the CUPCAKES! I absolutely canNOT wait to have some Disney cupcakes in November!
Can't wait to read your next update!
I'm so glad you're here! I hope my cupcake reviews can help you decide which ones to eat in November!

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Hi Joni! Coming out of lurkdom to let you know I'm following along! I read your last TR and I don't think I ever let you know I was lurking. I also followed you on twitter, But I never post anything on that as well :/. So you probably got an email saying Amy so and so now follows you, I swear I'm not a creeper just a lurker! Can't wait to read your TR, your food reviews and to see how you liked the Beach Club. I'd love to stay there someday in the future. Anyway that's all! Lol HI! **back to lurkdom I go**
Thank you so much for reading along, and for your comment! Thank you for following me on Twitter too!

Don't go back to lurkdom! I would love more comments from you!
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I, too, have read your other TR's and really enjoyed them! Excited to keep reading about your most recent trip!
Thank you so much for reading all my TRs! I'm so glad you enjoy them!

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Subscribing! I've read all your other reports and I'm glad to be able to catch this one in the beginning!
Thank you so much for reading all my reports! I'm glad you're here early for this one!

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Cannot wait to read more! You sound just like me....I am such a foodie and cannot wait to see your reviews!! I am not going until March, so I need to get my Disney fix in until then. Hubby never realized how much of a Disney Freak I was until he finally caved and said we could go.

Looking forward to more!!!!!
I'm so glad you're enjoying it! Haha that's so cool that we are similar! That's how John was- he took me to Disney once, and created a monster! Now I can't get enough!

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SOOOOO excited to hear about the Beach Club and your mom's first visit. There is so much to pay attention to in the TR. Hopefully you will hold me over until my trip!

Do you ever feel like this....

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Welcome Home and Happy Writing!
YAY! I'm glad you're here!

It was seriously the best trip I've ever been on, and there really is a lot going on!

HAHA OMG YES. That's exactly how I feel, and that little girl is precious!

Thank you!

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I'm already loving this soundtrack idea! So brilliant! I must say, I'm such a fan of this song. Once at school I was procrastinating and flipping channels with my roommate (the one who is practically your neighbor) and we came across a random channel where The Proclaimers were putting on a show and singing this song. Neither of us had ever heard it before and it cracked us up! Sorry for the story, but yeah... I love this song!

I never wear anything but flip flops either!!! However, last time I was at Disney in the summer and attempted to wear flip flops, my feet were burning at the end of the day. No clue why. So now I have to practice wearing tennis shoes. SIGH.

Between the picture of your belly-baring precious dog and John and his nutri-grain bar, I just laughed for a solid three minutes. HAHAHAH.

I'm loving this TR so much already. I hope you update again before I leave!!! (I only ask that you do three or four. Think you can manage??? Totally joking... ish. )
I'm glad you like the soundtrack idea! I remember when I got married we played this song at the reception, and my aunts were really drunk and they starteddoing this weird dance where they just kind of marched in a line to the rhythm of the song. It was weird, but hilarious.

I love flip flops so much. Sometimes I feel the effects on my feet, but I just keep wearing them. I'm a glutton for punishment. And pretty much just a glutton in general.

HAHA John and his Nutrigrain bar are pretty hilarious. He's holding onto it like I'm going to steal it from him!

I am hoping to do at least two before you leave! I'm getting ready to write one right now!

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Procrastination is an art I love your Disney shirt! I'm actually going to a Disney Outlet tomorrow...in Orlando. I don't know why I torture myself diet soda is SO good But I don't let myself drink it Again, I don't know why I torture myself. Anyways, great start and I can't wait to read more!
HAHA you're right, it really is! Ahh that's so awesome you're going to the Orlando outlet! Do you live in FL, or are you on vacation? I'm jealous!

It sounds like you have more self control than me. I just can't give up my diet soda!

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That video is too cute...I could eat cupcakes ALL the time (that is if I didn't gain all the weight that goes along with them).
Seriously, that video hurt my eyes it was so cute! I'm right there with you on the cupcakes. WHY do they have to be so bad for us? Oh well, that's what makes them taste so good!

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I'm so happy to hear your trip was wonderful. I must say I'm so impressed with John's old school favorites - Shere Khan, King Louie, Swiiss Family Robinson. Love absolutely everything about this trip report!!!
Thank you so much! It really was a great trip! John loves the old characters!

Thank you! I'm so glad you're enjoying it!

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Joining in !! Loving your TR !! I tried to follow you on Twitter, but alas it told that is was "forbidden". I feel all dirty now

Looking forward to reading more ....
Thank you for reading along! HAHA I have no idea why you were forbidden on Twitter, I'm sorry! Maybe I have some weird security setting in place that I don't know about. I'll check it out!
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:54 PM   #87
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Thank you for reading along! HAHA I have no idea why you were forbidden on Twitter, I'm sorry! Maybe I have some weird security setting in place that I don't know about. I'll check it out!
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Life Is a Highway- Rascal Flatts

July 7, 2012


Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long
If you're going my way
I wanna drive it all night long

When I left off, we were just making it to SC! It was 9:23am, and we stopped at a rest area to stretch our legs. John was doing an awful lot of yawning, so I offered to drive for a while. John usually likes to drive the whole way (It’s some kind of man pride thing, I guess. I dunno.) but I think that 6:00 wake up was getting to him, so he was more than happy to let me take the wheel.





As you can see from those pictures, I was feeling pretty positive about this whole driving thing. I had high hopes. I was envisioning John waking up from his nap and realizing I had made record breaking time and we were two hours ahead of schedule. Then he would understand that I was, after all, the more accomplished driver, and he would tell the entire male gender that women are not so bad behind the wheel after all.

Well, that was my fantasy. The reality was that John woke up about an hour and a half later to me raging like a complete lunatic. The traffic was INSANE. If there’s one thing in this world I can’t handle, it’s the sound of styrofoam rubbing together. Oh wait, that’s not right. I mean, it’s traffic. I HATE TRAFFIC. Especially that stop-and-go traffic where people get their hopes up and speed ahead, only to slam on their breaks five feet later. UGH. This had been happening all along I-26, and my nerves were fried. John could see a nervous breakdown in my near future, so he offered to drive. God bless him.

We stopped again in SC at 11:45 to fill up on gas and switch places. I was very relieved to no longer be behind the wheel.



We were both feeling pretty hungry, so we stopped at the McDonald’s next to the gas station for lunch. John got a combo meal, but I just wanted something to tide me over, so I got the spicy mcbites.





This isn’t Disney food, but I figured we’d try out the rating system just for fun, shall we?

Service: The woman that grumbled at us through the drive through window was a little too surly for my taste. Plus, I’m not entirely sure the grunts she was omitting were actually a recognized human language.

Atmopshere: I ate them in my car, so the atmosphere wasn’t much to write home about. Although, I was listening to Disney music while eating, so that helped a little.

Food Quality: The chicken mcbites were extremely hot, which should be a good thing, except they were so hot I burned the roof of my mouth off entirely with them. Also, this McDonald’s did not have the habanero dipping sauce I like, so that was a negative. Plus, the bites were like 90% fatty breading, 10% chicken. Not a great ratio, I’m afraid.

Overall Dining Experience: Well, it was McDonald’s. So, it really wasn’t anything special. All it really accomplished was holding me over until my first Disney dinner later that day!

Overall, this meal receives the following rating:

Category 3- Django



It definitely wasn’t very good. Oh well, there was much better food coming later!

We were back on the road by noon, and at around 1:00 we were seeing this!



Goodbye, South Carolina! Hellooooo, Georgia!



We drove until about 2:00, then stopped at a rest area for a break!



By this point I was feeling pretty tired. The early wake up had finally gotten to me. Unfortunately, I can’t stand to sleep in a car. I don’t know what it is, but no matter how tired I am, I just can’t do it. I was getting pretty grumpy, so John suggested I try one of his Rockstar energy drinks. He loves these things and drinks them pretty much everyday, but I had never had one. I took a cautious sip, and...



YUM. It tasted just like Minute Maid lemonade! Plus, I was happy to discover it had no sugar and only 10 calories! Heck yes!



Please keep in mind, this was the first energy drink I had EVER HAD. At first I was like, “I don’t feel any different. When will I get energy? I don’t think it’s working. I think I’m immune to it. Blah blah blah.” Then, after about ten minutes, I started feeling like I had a hummingbird trying to beat its way out of my chest, and suddenly I had LOTS of energy.



I think that whole plan blew up in John’s face just a little bit, because I started bouncing around like crazy and being super obnoxious. Luckily, the effects didn’t last very long and by the time we got to Florida at about 3:30, I was back to normal!



You see some strange things in Florida, like people driving around with palm trees in the back of their trucks.



We stopped to get gas at about 4:00, and I grabbed a Smart Water!



Then it was back on the road! Before long I saw a very exciting sight- the first Disney billboard! Actually, it was like the second or third, but it was the first I was able to get a picture of!



It was a beautiful day, and I loved these cool looking clouds!



At about 5:15 we saw THIS!



Unfortunately, we would not be checking in to the Beach Club until the next day, July 8th. Originally we were planning to leave that day, but we decided to leave a day early. We agreed, however, that it would make sense to stay somewhere outside of WDW that was a little cheaper that first night. That means that we had to get off at an exit before Disney World, which was quite depressing. Especially when we saw this sketchy Waffle House/cheap gift shop combo.



Always open...but never inviting.



Finally, right at about 5:30, we pulled into our first hotel of the trip- the NOT Disney Springhill Suites!

Up Next: Our NOT Disney hotel is filled with surprises, some good and some bad. Also, our first evening in Disney! Stay tuned!

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Great update! I have yet to try those energy drinks as well. I'm beginning night shifts at my work in the next couple of weeks and have been debating them. My only concern is that I've been told you get soo tired after that peak of energy

I recognize that Waffle House and that building! My parents own a timeshare in that area. It does look really sketchy, but usually the resorts in the area aren't too bad. Can't wait to read about your first evening in Disney!
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