A Gem of a Birthday-Celebrating my 40th@AKL(No Kids!)11/03 Link to Next report!

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  1. portocall

    portocall <font color=royalblue>I'm gonna try the water and

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    Wow, terrific updates as usual.
     
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  3. Diamondintheruff

    Diamondintheruff <font color=magenta>Thinks she saw a flash!<br><fo

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    Thanks!

    By the way-What's the tree thing in your siggie?
     
  4. mollyseven

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    It must be something about turning 40 because I went 3 times that year also!!! It was great at the time but now this year we won't be going once....not once in 2009 and it's agony!!!! Seriously waiting for March Break is a longgggggg haul. I know people are thinking "sad" "poor baby" but ugggg!
    Just take what you can get and ENJOY!!! like you have to be told!
    :rotfl:
     
  5. Diamondintheruff

    Diamondintheruff <font color=magenta>Thinks she saw a flash!<br><fo

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    Of course I understand your agony. At least you know when you are going. It's the ending of a trip when I'm not sure when my next visit will be that gets me.

    Good to run into you the other day. I was going to PM you and tell you I finally got back around to updating but I see I don't have to.
     
  6. portocall

    portocall <font color=royalblue>I'm gonna try the water and

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    I PM'd you on the tree! I also wanted to say I am glad that if you are a little late to your ADR... they will squeeze you in. We have 6 for our trip... but I have never had one before so I have been nervous about it. Not saying I am going to try to be late (and I am someone who freaks if she thinks she isn't gonna be 10 minutes early)... but you never know.
     
  7. Charleston Princess

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    Somehow I fell behind, but I have caught up again. :banana:

    How dare DH doubt you when you said you could walk to the Magic Kingdom. Sigh. They never learn do they? :sad2:

    :scared1: about your stomach and your less-than-sympathetic DH! I am glad you were feeling well enough to go enjoy Kona though.

    Ms. Kentucky cracked me up! Hope you avoid the Epcot meltdown.
     
  8. Diamondintheruff

    Diamondintheruff <font color=magenta>Thinks she saw a flash!<br><fo

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    Had a busy week.

    First the good news.

    I've decided to surprise my Dh with an upgrade on our disney trip. We were staying at Pop but I've changed us to Coranado Springs. (Did I even spell that right?). It's a surprise so SHH!! Don't tell.

    Then the bad new.

    Dh's father has been in pallative care for many months (Cancer). Yesterday he decided he was ready to go and they took him off his IV (he hasn't eaten in 2 months) and the priest was called in. We really thought yesterday was it but so far he is hanging on.


    Plus, Dh is throwing himself a 40th B-day party on saturday. We're having about 60 family and friends for a pig roast. We've booked a tent and some jumpy castles. The house is a disaster and tomorrow I'm going to have to get out the elbow grease big-time.

    Of course one may ask "Why are you having a party when you're father-in-law is on death's doorstep?" It's a question I have asked Dh many times. He really wanted the party and when we were planning for it we honestly didn't believe that his father would have passed away before now. Plus as you've all been introduced to my Dh. He is a man and not all that conscious of social issues. He really didn't think about it.

    Thanks, I have to add it on still. I used to have a pumpkin years ago but I like the ghost better.

    Ms. Kentucky cracked us up too. I was getting a little nervous but once we met up with her she took my mind off things.
     
  9. Queenofallthings

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    Great update! What is it with men....when you're sick it's a big joke, when they're sick...the world comes to an end cause they think they're dying:lmao: Reason 45,345 why I'm single and staying that way.

    Ok, Ms Kentucky.....how cute was she:cutie: I love chatting to people in line, on rides, next to you on the bus, really I'm not fussy I'll talk to anyone. This past trip though there were a lot a grumpy people (I think they forgot where they were) so we mostly kept to ourselves:rolleyes1

    I think as of right now, just Jasmine and I are going next summer for her graduation gift. I'll keep working on Peg though, we have so much fun when we're all together.

    I have to tell you, I'm a little excited about this Epcot meltdown, makes me happy to know I'm not the only one that has those:woohoo:
     
  10. Diamondintheruff

    Diamondintheruff <font color=magenta>Thinks she saw a flash!<br><fo

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    When I last left you we had;
    - just missed rope drop at Epcot,:sad2:
    - grabbed soarin fast passes :thumbsup2
    - rode Test Track for the first time :moped:
    -plus we had been left with the warm fuzzies after meeting a very vocal “old gal” from Kentucky.:hug:

    On our way out of test track I attempted to view my photopass picture but the machine was down.:sick: I was told it would show up on my account when I got home. It never did. Sigh.:sad2:

    In our it’s-still-early-morning-at-the-park-the-world-is-our-oyster excitement we opted to try Mission Space.

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    Bad idea :headache:

    I wasn’t so filled with excitement that Dh could get me to ride the full motion side though. Dh had ridden the calmer side with DS6 and wanted to try out the other side.

    “Okay Honey, I’ll meet you here (I pointed to a bench in the shade) when you’re done.” I told him and took off for the calm side.

    Turns out he didn’t want to try it that badly after all. He entered right behind me.

    Now if I can just comment on my personal observations. Calm side MY FOOT! And if that is calm then I’m glad to never try out the other side. I found the ride very stimulating. Not in the way Dh wished though. But I’ll get to that in a moment.

    In case you are unaware (and I wish I still was) you get assigned roles in your ship. I was the pilot and the navigator. You are really only supposed to have one role but at the last minute the mother and daughter that made up the other half of our four-man team backed out. So it was just Dh and I in the pod alone.:rolleyes1

    That’s right folks. Just the two of us in the dark with the doors closed. Thank goodness we were strapped in because I don’t know how I would have survived other wise.

    As soon as they closed the doors I was attacked and not by the aliens I was at war with either. How he managed with all those straps I just don’t know. Dh though he was hilarious with his jokes about what he'd like me to navigate and so forth. The good part was it took my mind off the nauseous feeling the ride was giving me. The bad part is... well you know... what if they have cameras?

    I don’t think I’d ride that attraction again. I’ putting it in the “done it once, never have to do it again” pile.

    After the ride we hit the little boys room. Okay not me, as that would have us kicked out of Disney for sure. I just waited outside. I felt like I spent a lot of time just waiting outside a washroom for him. It was like he was on a mission to try out every bathroom in the WDW. I even took a picture of this one but lost it when my computer crashed earlier this summer. Sigh.

    After Dh’s pit stop we headed over to see Figment. :figment:

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    Another first for us. When I told Dh where we were going I don’t think he understood just how far away that one was. He kept asking, “Where is this place again?” Luckily it was a walk on. (Okay so maybe it's not so lucky. Maybe it's always a walk on.)

    I thought the ride was cute. My kids would enjoy it. It’s a bit slow moving at least compared to crashing into planets or rolling over in a car. I know my kids would enjoy the pavilion at the end of it.

    Here is the only sort of okay picture I got from the ride.

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    We sent some videos and pictures but again they got lost when my computer crashed. Sigh. I say we but it was really just me.

    Dh was sitting down by now. I suppose looking back I should have taken that as a sign. You know a flashing neon sign that reads

    “Feed me”

    or

    “Warning low blood sugar”

    or perhaps even

    “Meltdown eminent”.

    But I didn’t read the signs.

    “Can we go now?” Dh asked a few times. I felt like I was talking to the kids when I told him I’d be done in just a minute.

    After Figment I wanted to go to Space Ship Earth. Dh didn’t. He had done it with DS6 and didn’t feel it warranted a second go.

    “Okay, we can split up and meet back after. What do you want to do?”

    “Nothing”

    Apparently I was traveling with a sulky pre-teen. Sigh. Again I realize I should have read the signs.

    On our way to try spaceship earth we ran into cool club first.

    Yeah! :cool1:

    I had been looking forward to tricking Dh with the evil Beverly drink. (think rubbing hands together feverishly).

    Here is Dh about to try it.

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    Here he is after. I was hoping for a bit more drama. Sigh. So he didn’t care for the Beverly but he did like some of the other flavors.

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    Here is a picture of all the flavours.

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    After cooling off at club cool, I though Dh had pepped up a bit. We walked over to spaceship earth. Alas, the line up was too long and I didn’t think we would make our lunchtime ADR if we waited in line for it.

    “Where are we going for lunch again?” Asked a cranky Dh.

    “France”

    “Where is France?”

    I just couldn’t resist the next line and usually Dh would have laughed but once again another sign I ignored.

    “It’s in Europe.”

    “Gee thanks Einstein… I knew that. I mean how far away is the restaurant?”

    “It’s across the water in the world showcase”

    “All across the water?”

    “Well… yeah”

    Here it comes folks. Fasten your seatbelt and turn down your volume because Dh had an immediate harsh reaction to that one.

    “I’m not going. There is no way you are going to get me to walk all that way across the water.”

    He sat down on a curb and I swear he crossed his arms and stuck out his lower lip in a sulk position.

    His rant continued on. He wasn’t walking anywhere. He was done with walking.

    “What kind of trip was this anyway? It certainly wasn’t a vacation. I thought a vacation was supposed to be relaxing. Why did you have to plan for us to walk so much? Why did you even plan for us to come here? What was wrong with Club Med? Don’t you know you don’t have to do anything there but lie in the sun and drink tropical drinks? Or beer. I’d like a beer. A cold one. In fact, I’m not going anywhere until you bring me a cold beer.”

    I was shocked at the ferocity of his meltdown.

    I wasn’t sure how to handle this. Then I got mad that I was going to have to handle this. He’s a grown man. As a teacher I handle temper tantrums all the time. I was annoyed I would have to handle his now.

    I opened my mouth to say…

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    I forgot to add this picture of my towel-cake that housekeeping left the day before. It's out of order but so cute I had to include it.

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  11. Diamondintheruff

    Diamondintheruff <font color=magenta>Thinks she saw a flash!<br><fo

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    I didn't used to be a chatterer (okay is that a real word?) but I am now. I do try to respect people who send off the I don't want to talk signals.
     
  12. yyx99

    yyx99 Earning My Ears

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    great report
     
  13. Charleston Princess

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    Agghhhh, I can't believe you left us hanging like that, Diamond, with DH sulking on the curb -- which I know must not have been the least bit funny at the time, but I have to admit I was laughing (because you know I have one of those that would pull that kind of stunt)! Please, oh, please, I hope Charles doesn't do that to me on our adults-only weekend next week! :eek:

    Don't make us wait too long to find out what you said...popcorn::
     
  14. Lady Lallie

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    I caught up only to get a cliff hanger!!??? :scared1: :eek: :scared1:
     
  15. Diamondintheruff

    Diamondintheruff <font color=magenta>Thinks she saw a flash!<br><fo

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    I forgot that even though he's an adult, he's best touring at kid speed.

    By the way he's done this before. In a shopping Mall. So it wasn't a complete shocker!

    Says the lady who so delicately twisted words while twittering live from WDW to keep us all guessing.
     
  16. Lady Lallie

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    Who me!?! I have NO idea what you are talking about. :rolleyes: :rolleyes1
     
  17. DearDaisyinDurham

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    Oh, Diamond, I hope you :lovestruc CSR!! Have you checked out the thread to see which sections you like?

    Melt downs and tantrums...good thing we trade off on these....at least taking turns helps to keep it all equal - either that or DH owes you a big whopping shopping outing!!
     
  18. Nancy for Disney

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    First, my sympathies to your family regarding your FIL. :flower3:

    Second I hope your DH's party goes well. Wow 60 people! Was this at your house? :scared1:

    Third, Can't wait to hear how your trip across the pond to get to France went.

    My DH wouldn't ever sit down and refuse to go somewhere. He would just get real quiet and not speak. At least that is what he did last night. We went to a blues fest yesterday and I thought it would be like our trial Disney trip. I swear the man didn't say two words and everything had to be my idea. I don't think he was feeling well as he has been having back problems. He would never admit it though. :sad2: I think I would have rather him say that he wasn't feeling well and we should just go home rather than just not speak. :snooty: I guess enough of my hijacking of your TR to gripe about my DH.

    Can't wait for the rest. How are the plans coming for the next trip?
     
  19. Cinderella's slipper

    Cinderella's slipper A cross between Cinderella and Winnie the Pooh - "

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    Hi just read your post about being in AKL for your birthday. We are arriving October 21st, a week later than my birthday; however, I think I'll get a birthday button and celebrate anyway.
     
  20. portocall

    portocall <font color=royalblue>I'm gonna try the water and

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    Now that is a cliffhanger! My DH has those moments, but thankfully so do I so I can call us even. I can't wait to read how it resolved itself (I am sure it did)

    I am sorry to read that your FIL is not doing well. I hope that your DH's birthday party is a huge success...
     
  21. Diamondintheruff

    Diamondintheruff <font color=magenta>Thinks she saw a flash!<br><fo

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    I last left off in Epcot with Dh hosting a sit-in on a curb by spaceship earth. He was protesting my touring plans. He was tired. He didn’t want to walk anymore.

    I figured I had two paths to move him out of this.

    1) I could yell and scream and be a total B*@%#*. Which would of course put us both in a bad mood.

    Or
    2) I could cajole him sweetly out of it with sympathy and humour.


    I’m sure you know which option I felt like doing.:scared1:


    But I sucked it up for the good of the trip.


    I took a deep breath, composed myself and sat down beside him.

    I sang for him. To the tune of “It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.”

    “It’s my birthday and we’ll do world showcase if I want to,
    World showcase if I want to,
    World showcase if I want to.
    You have to come to cause it’s my 40th birthday!”

    He cracked a small smile. I had sung a few verses of this song already this trip.

    I just sat beside him for a few moments quietly talking and rubbing his back.:hug:

    Pat. Pat. Rub. Rub. "Poor, poor Honey"
    Pat. Pat. Rub. Rub. "Your poor feet."


    and so on.

    :rolleyes1

    It worked!

    :woohoo:

    After five minutes or so he initiated standing up.

    “We have to go all the way to France huh?” He asked stretching but upright.

    “Yuppers. But we have an hour and I thought we could watch the movie in Canada on our way. We could sit to watch it” Okay I knew they didn’t have chairs but I hoped he could sit on the floor.

    “Okay but I want to go back to the Coke place to get another drink first.”

    “Fine with me. Couldn’t get enough of that Beverly stuff huh?” I was still trying the humour approach.

    After filling up on liquids we headed to the world showcase. Dh happened to look at the screens by the fountain. They said that the showcase was closed. Dh sat down again. On yet another curb. If you're counting that is curb #2.

    Dh maintained that he wasn’t going to walk all that way if he couldn’t get food. He wanted to be sure first. Until then he was going to camp out right there. On the curb.

    Here we go again I thought.

    :headache:

    “Hon, It’s probably just a technical mistake. I know it’s open.” I told him.

    It was after 11:30 am. I knew the world showcase opened at 11am. It almost always does. I checked my pocket size trip planner I carry with me. It read 11am. I checked the paper you pick up at the front gate with all the show times on it. It read 11am.

    I showed both things to him.

    :snooty:

    He still shook his head. He wasn’t budging.

    Once again, Dh did not have any faith in me and my Disney knowledge. I would be lying if I said I was having a hard time speaking nicely to Dh. I fought a hard internal battle to keep from blowing up at him.

    Once again I wished I was on this trip with someone else.

    Then I had an idea.

    :idea:

    We were so close to the informational screens and there were a couple CM’s hanging around to answer questions. I would bring one over to talk to Dh.

    So that’s what I did. A nice CM walked over with me to my curb sitting Dh and told him that the screens were in fact wrong. I thanked him and Dh and I were on our way once again.

    Only this time I wasn’t so talkative with him. I was afraid of what would have leaped out of my head at him.

    We stopped at Canada.

    We waited about 2 minutes for the film to start. They had benches for us to sit on. Dh was happy.

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    Dh sat on the floor the whole movie. But at least it wasn't a curb.

    I thought it was okay. Most Canadian tourism that I’ve seen focuses a lot on Toronto. I thought it was neat that this one didn’t. It seemed to show more maritime and British Columbia, and even Calgarian pictures than I was expecting. I don’t remember watching the old film.

    Here is Dh sitting or rather stretching.

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    On our way to France we went by a Kimcumminicator station.

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    We checked in. I knew we didn’t have time to do it now so we saved it for after lunch. Here is what the station looked like.

    I went straight for the grey goose slushie stand. I knew I was going to get the grey goose one but Dh took a while to decide which flavor he wanted.

    He went with the same as me. Turns out he should have skipped it altogher.

    Boy were they strong.

    I felt floaty in minutes. All the flowers looked so pretty and I became very giggly.

    I checked us in to Chef’s du france. We had to wait a bit.

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    I didn’t mind. Life was good. I sipped my drink and sat on a curb with Dh and people watched. Yes, that's right. Curb #3. We'd been in the park for three hours now and averaged one curb sitting an hour. Only of course he didn't start sitting until after the second hour. But I had my slushie so I had stopped counting.

    Dh started to feel sick.

    Then he started to feel sicker.

    Then he left to find a bathroom. (Just like the curb theme we also have the continuing bathroom theme.)

    Before he left I convinced him to fake it for a photo op. Here is Dh and I at the fountain in France with our drinks.

    (sorry I can't find this picture. I'll keep looking.)

    Dh returned still feeling sick. He didn’t think he could actually eat lunch. He gave me the rest of his drink.

    "Oh I couldn't take that from you" I protested.

    "Well, okay but I'm just going to dump it."

    "DON'T! I mean there is no need to do that. Why don't I just take it after all?"

    Dh was thinking of going back to the hotel. But he didn’t think he could handle the walk.

    I found it much easier to be supportive, sympathetic and humourous thanks to the grey goose.

    I patted his back sympathetically and rhythmically. The pattern went like this.

    Pat. Pat. Rub. Rub. SIP. SIP.

    Pat. Pat. Rub. Rub. SIP. SIP.


    Eventually we were called. We were seated inside. I was still working on Dh’s grey goose so I skipped ordering some french wine. I didn’t need us both to be ill.

    Our waiter was Thomas. He was adorable. I’m not just saying that because I was all fuzzy from the drinks. He put up with my Canadian French.

    We had the most wonderful meal there. I highly recommend the place. Dh started to feel better during the main course once he got some food into his stomach but still not quite right. He managed to eat most of his meal though.

    I had the broccoli soup. YUM!

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    Dh had some sort of cheese, onion and bacon on flat bread. He was just looking for something to soak up the alcohol.

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    I had the quiche. Tres bien.

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    Dh had the vegetarian lasagna.

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    For desert I had the chocolate orange mousse.

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    And Dh had the crème brule.

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    But then my serveur (that’s waiter in French) avec ses amis (and his friends) sang happy birthday to me and brought me a ladyfinger and some fruit with a candle in it.

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    Here is the picture of them. I tried to get Dh to move out of the way.

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    It was one of favorite moments of the trip!


    We had a lovely conversation with a family from the U.S. who had just arrived today. They had a son in grade 1 and a pre-school age daughter. Dh and I were impressed as their children started off their meal with the lobster bisque.

    Apparently this family can’t do the dinning plan because the kids won’t eat off the children’s menu. I knew children such as this existed just not in my family. My kids love mac and cheese, corn and chicken nuggets. However, I do think that more of the restaurants should serve kid’s size portions of their main courses too. Not for my kids necessarily. But for families like this one.

    We bid adieu to the nouveau cuisine eating children and their parents and left to do our Kim Possible mission.

    Only Dh had to make a pit stop at the bathroom again.

    :sad2:

    Was he alright? And more importantly was this going to interfere with my plans for the rest of the day?

    :confused3

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