Secret Slushies & Secret Doors: Skater & PoppyGirl's Sensational 2013 Epcot Food and Wine (but mostly food) Exploits Hello and Welcome to our very first joint PTR. I'm PoppyGirl. Skater is my BFF. She will weigh in with her own comments shortly. We are planning our Sensational 2013 Epcot Food and Wine (but mostly food) Exploits and we'd like to share our schemes (plotting, planning, ideas, dreams) with our readers. Skater has wanted to go to F&W FOREVER. She loves Disney. In fact, she's the whole reason I'm addicted to Disney. Seriously. We've been friends for about 20 years. Oh my gosh...all of a sudden I feel so old. But I digress.....we've been friends for a SUPER long time. She has this great family and they would go to Disney every September and then she would always talk about how fun it was. Honestly I had no interest in going at all. Disney schmisney. Whatever. But then (dramatic pause) I had children. And my children were at the magical ages of 8 and 5. And suddenly I convinced my DH that we should take our kids for that "once in a lifetime" trip to Disney World. Skater was more than happy to answer my kabillion questions and to help me plan an amazing trip. I seriously must have called her every day 10 times a day for like a year. What I did not count on was that I would become completely enamored with Disney. As you can see from my signature, I've been back over and over and over and last September I even became at Disney Travel Agent. SUPER fun job! I love my job I love my job I love my job! Skater and I were lucky enough to get to take a Girls Only trip a few years back. We had THE. BEST. TIME. We travel really well together. (Read: She gets MY neuroses.....I get HER neuroses. And really, what more can you ask for in a BFF than that they understand and accept your nuttiness?) PoppyGirl and Skater THEN a couple years later, both of our sons qualified for the same competition in ORLANDO. (WOOT WOOT! ) Our plotting went into high gear and we arranged to take the boys and fit in a trip to Disney. Again, we had a great time. But wait....there's more! It gets better! A couple years after that, we started talking about how both of us wanted to take our DD's on a mother/daughter trip.....so why not do it together? We ended up not staying together that trip, but we met up a few times and had some meals together. But we both really wanted another girls only trip with just the two of us. I think it was for my birthday this year in January that we met up for breakfast at iHop and Skater gave me this awesome cookbook from F&W with all the recipes to "taste your way around the world." (seriously? that sounds amazing!) We spent half our time at breakfast dreaming about how fun it would be to go to F&W together. She's known me for a long time, but I think she still doesn't really understand this about me....I don't have a very good boundary between "wishing" and "doing." If we talk about doing it, you might as well book your flight. Here's my super cool F&W cookbook from Skater: DD and I were at Disney in February and there was this awesome bounceback offer in the room so I just took the bull by the horns and booked a trip for F&W! Then I called Skater and told her I was going. (I didn't want to ASSUME that she was coming with me.....but I was pretty sure that she wouldn't be able to resist!) OK, so now you know sort of how this trip came to be. I guess Skater can tell her side..... Here's a little about me: I am married (DH is a dairy farmer) and have 2 step-sons (31 and 27) and 2 children (13 and 10). My DD loves kittehs (and yes, that is spelled correctly!) as much as I do and so we have lots of them on the farm. At our house we have 1 indoor doggie, 2 indoor kittehs, 2 calves, 2 ducks, 10 ducklings, 3 rabbits, and 13 outside kittehs. Here's my DD feeding Hey There and Delilah, our two calves. Mocha Latte Boo Dara I am a licensed psychologist (private practice), Creative Memories scrapbooking/album consultant, Disney Travel Agent and part time help for the farm. All my different jobs balance each other out--the fun and creative with the more serious and heavy. For fun I love Disney, photography, scrapbooking, cooking (especially baking), Doctor Who (if the Tardis ever shows up in my back yard, I'm ready!), and most recently, Downton Abbey (but don't tell me anything because I'm still only on season 1!!). Favorite Disney Park: Epcot Favorite Ride: Soarin' Favorite Resort: Animal Kingdom Lodge Favorite Restaurant: Boma (although my experience at Jiko last time was pretty amazing....) Favorite Disney Moment: When the music for Wishes starts to play. I cry every time! So, that's me...and that's my story so far....future installments will include the meaning behind our title. Read along! We'd love to have you.