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TK and Tink: The Trip Report You Never Saw Coming - *Update 7-22* P43

Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by TarzansKat, May 31, 2009.

  1. maroo

    maroo New Member

    Awesome update!! :goodvibes

    I love that you got a little break and I am so glad you missed your family a little bit, but still had a lot of fun.

    It is absolutely a gift from your husband to let you go and do something like this (and anyone else that helped take care of things at home for you). I think all Momma's deserve a vacation from even family every now and then!

    I can't wait for MORE!!!

    (And am I allowed to get a birthday button in September when my birthday is in March?!?) :lmao:
     
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  3. TarzansKat

    TarzansKat <font color=deeppink>I may be TarzansKat, but I lo

    You know what, it totally is a gift. Because when I asked him, and he had no issue with it, I knew that was one of the reasons I loved him. He's very "you go, have a good time, enjoy." No resentment, no issues, no problems.

    God bless him. I'm so lucky.:thumbsup2

    I totally intended to write another update, but I haven't yet. Bad TK, bad bad. :lmao:

    And I know one the DIS the whole birthday button not on your actual birthday has sparked huge debates, and Tink and I were very leary of the whole wearing the button thing, but after the encouragement of the CM on the phone, and at check in, we quickly abandoned our inhibitions..heh heh...and wore those buttons. I say go for it. :thumbsup2
     
  4. If U Had Wings

    If U Had Wings New Member

    I say go for it! When I called recently to add my friend to my December trip, the CM practically made us celebrate our belated birthdays. She told us we needed to be celebrating something and a belated/early 40th birthday celebration was the perfect thing. She was the one who added it to our ressie, not me, so I won't feel guilty about wearing a pin whatsoever!
     
  5. MegansMom

    MegansMom Always Ready to Go Back with my "Minnie" Megan Mou

    Loved the update----how great that you stayed at CBR!!!! What fun must await you girlies!!!! Can't wait to hear more!
     
  6. Tinkerbellarella

    Tinkerbellarella <font color=darkyellow>I was all like, "Um, well..

    Not right now they don't. Because if they came to New England right now they'd need a snorkel to breathe.

    But TK's right. There really is nothing quite like that first breath of Florida air. It's so unique. I'm sure it's a combination of heat and humidity and different flora and whatever they clean the airport terminal with but it is, distinctly, Florida. And I will admit to being places and all of a sudden exclaiming, "It smells like Florida right now!"


    Completely new.

    This was actually an interesting experience for me. My trips have always been for ME (and maybe a friend or too if I wasn't solo). So it felt totally natural to be down there, family-less. And though I was sure that TK was really ok, deep down, being there without the rest of her clan, I tried to be sensitive and gently remind her that it's perfectly OK to focus 100% on yourself once in a while. And despite that this trip was about friendship and sisterhood and the big 3-0, don't let TK fool you. Despite their physical absence, this trip was still about her family in a lot of ways - emotional ways, reflective ways, planning-for-September ways. And I was so happy to have shared in that!

    What was especially funny was that TK (of course) made the Jack connection before I did. So she was like "Jack!" and I was all like, "Jack." and she was like "JACK!!!" and I was like, "Jack!" (light dawning).

    But really, what a fitting welcome.


    So I totally have to share something with y'all since we didn't have a PTR. We weren't originally booked here. We were originally booked at POP (I think, considering that was way back in like, what Kat, October???). Which we were both ok with. Because we were going to Disney World. But then, we both were of like mind without even knowing it. TK REALLY wanted to stay at CBR, which she'd fallen in love with on a visit during her trip last Sept. Her darling DH was not so enamored as she. I've stayed at CBR before, granted 17 years ago, and really was pretty much go-with-the-flow enough to want to do it again. The only other Mod I have an intense desire to stay at is CSR and that really wasn't the feel of this trip. So we discussed and changed resorts. And I'm so glad we did. pirate:

    Yeah. That was a great moment. I just smiled at me smiling.

    The lady in front of us and her daughter (who had the Jack folder but didn't look very enthused to be in Disney, remember) thought we were crazy. I'm sure of it. We were like giant 5 year-olds who just had Coke and Sweet Tarts. It was ridiculous. I couldn't even pay attention to the line. One minute TK was standing with me, the next she was walking over to the next available CM and I was oblivious.

    FYI-Jamiaca is a great spot. While it's not a preferred location, it's about a 3 minute walk from almost any room, over the bride and the island, to Old Port Royale. The yellow/white/blue is also my favorite color scheme.

    As TK mentioned, we were very skittish about "celebrating" our birthdays with pins, even though that really was what we were celebrating with each other (our birthdays are only a few days apart).

    However, every single CM we spoke to about the buttons said that it was perfectly fine. While we did get a little special attention, it wasn't over the top.

    And I'd also like to mention this - EVERYONE down there is wearing some sort of pin right now. EVERYONE. I was actually rather surprised. And one of the things that I thought was really nice was that if there was a family with two children and one of the kids was celebrating a birthday with a birthday pin, they gave the other child an "I'm Celebrating!" pin.

    While I certainly wouldn't advocate asking for a pin for any ol' reason, if you do have something worth celebrating, go for it! Not only did it seem like the families were really enjoying it, the CMs seemed to like acknowledging people too.


    :lmao:

    And snortlaughing ensued.

    Yeah, we didn't realize that until we discussed our "travel outfits". Must've been the Force. :yoda:

    Oh, don't be. It's big (believe me, I walked the whole thing more than once on my "morning walks") but it's gorgeous. And easy to get from Point A to Point B. The internal bus system, though we didn't use it, is pretty efficient too. Some of the locations are pretty remote, so you just need to know what to ask for. Really though, this resort really strikes the "RESORT" chord with me, much like the Poly did. I FELT like I was on vacation here. Not just staying at a hotel in Disney.
     
  7. TarzansKat

    TarzansKat <font color=deeppink>I may be TarzansKat, but I lo

    Don't worry, it's coming soon, I promise!!! :goodvibes

    You know...when you say things like that, it makes me realize just how much I love you. :grouphug::grouphug::grouphug:


    Proof positive that my mind is usually on Jack Sparrow.


    Me, too.

    A really apt description. :rotfl2: Perhaps it was the Cadbury bar.
     
  8. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

    I'm in! I've been avoiding new TR's these days...my own PDD I think. I tried and tried to plan an adult/girl only trip for this fall and it isn't going to happen...so I'll jsut have to live through the 2 of you! :)
     
  9. TarzansKat

    TarzansKat <font color=deeppink>I may be TarzansKat, but I lo

    Oh, I'm sorry you're having PDD! That's a yucky side effect, huh? :hug:

    I really loved this girls only trip, and it's not something I really ever thought I'd do. I'm so glad I did, and I hope you feel free to keep riding and live vicariously through us. Perhaps we'll even make you laugh along the way. :thumbsup2
     
  10. brookelizabeth

    brookelizabeth <font color=red>Jambo Wildbunch Gang<br><font colo

    Thirty and flirty! I LOVE it...being that I just turned 30 myself. :goodvibes (so far, it's been good despite my fears!)

    CBR looks so pretty, I can't wait to read more about it.

    and :rotfl: to the "dolled up" TK face!!!!


    ETA: Don't feel guilty about the trip-I am a firm believer that things like this-time with your girlfriends-makes you a BETTER Mommy and wife!
     
  11. tlenzendorf

    tlenzendorf Always Dreaming of Disney!

    I also just turned 30... nothing has fallen off yet, I'm still waiting :lmao:
     
  12. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

    Girls only trips are the best. I am lucky enough to do about 1 a year, sometimes more between my gaggle of sisters/SIL's/mom and my college gourmet club. But never to the world! Still trying though, it's not dead...just postponed :)
     
  13. heaven2dc

    heaven2dc New Member

    How cool that you tricked us all and didn't include your trippie in your siggie (that rhymes!!)

    Great start (well, w/o the car problems but at least you got the row to yourselves, played some good ol' card games and are staying at the beautiful CBR!)
     
  14. PrincessV

    PrincessV <font color=peach>She squished her baby on BTMRR!<

    ::yes:: Kind of anyway... I always seem to find myself up north in Jan. The response is more like, "YIKES! Cold, dry northern air!" :rotfl:

    Yep - and I'm glad you got to enjoy it, too! :goodvibes

    Dude, they're pushing pins like crack! I was offered pins to celebrate something - ANYthing! - no less than 5 times over the long weekend. :rolleyes:

    Mind if I echo that sentiment? I'm a long-time CBR fan and that's a big reason why! :thumbsup2
     
  15. TarzansKat

    TarzansKat <font color=deeppink>I may be TarzansKat, but I lo

    Thanks. Now, I agree. I can say I speak from experience! :thumbsup2

    Well, there are some things that would be good to lose. Like all the extra around my hips and backside. :lmao:

    Postponed is better than nothing! :goodvibes

    We are very tricky. Very, very. ;)

    See, I knew it! :lmao:

    :rotfl2:

    This is why I totally like it for a girlfriend's trip. Very relaxing!
     
  16. TarzansKat

    TarzansKat <font color=deeppink>I may be TarzansKat, but I lo

    When last we left our daring duo, they were off in search of generous libations.

    Preferrably containing rum.

    Pirates. pirate:pirate: ;)

    Off to Old Port Royale we headed. I was in "let me take my time and soak it all in mode." Fortunately, Tink seems to operate in that mode on vacation in general. It's like an automatic switch with her. Let me just say right now, no matter what happened to us (ha ha ha) on this trip, that my dear Tink is a fantastic travel companion. She's go with the flow, but direct enough to express her own opinion. Quite frankly, we're a match made in heaven. :cloud9:

    Now, on our way in search of where the rum had gone, we did end up stopping in OPR for a bit. I checked to make sure an old pass that I had was still valid, and Tink, I believe, had to add a day to hers. Once that was taken care of, the lure of fine Disney merchandising sucked us in.

    Basically, we shopped. But only with our eyes.

    And all too soon, we spotted it.

    Something that screamed out to me. And said, BUY ME BUY ME BUY ME I WASMADEFORYOU!!!!!!!!!!!

    I looked at Tink. :confused3

    I looked at it. :love:

    I looked at Tink. :confused3

    And I said, "Tink...I don't need another $50 hoodie."

    And Tink said, "But you have to buy this. It was made for you." :rotfl2:

    "But I can't buy another $50 hoodie." My resolve was weakening. Crumbling.

    But I had other goals in mind. So you'll just have to wait and see how the battle of TK and the hoodie turned out later. ;)

    I really loved a lot of the merchandise in the store. Honestly, between the pirate stuff and the variety of girly bags they had going on, I was just thrilled. Quite frankly, I've never seen so many bags that I acutally liked at Disney. Totes, purses, wallets. My, my!

    I have some pictures from OPR that were actually taken another day, but since this is the first time we were here, I'll throw them in now.

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    I felt this sense of peace here. It's weird to say that I felt at peace in a store, but I did. This resort is so much my personality. I knew it when we visited it on my Sept 08 trip and I knew it now, being here with Tink. I was so glad we decided to stay here.

    Well, we'd finally had our fill (no purchases yet), and we headed off in search of our ultimate purpose.

    A fine drink and a good toast.

    But we got distracted along the way by a photo op.

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    We headed over to the pool bar, and ended up with the nommiest concotion I think I've tasted in many a moon.

    The Pina Colava.

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    Oh, my dear friends. Oh, how good this drink was. It deserves one word. Well, it deserves several, but if it had to be one, it would be NOM.

    Nom, nom, nom. It was such a wonderful melding of flavors, the coconut, the bit of raspberry, and the rum. Oh, the rum. It would have made the good captain proud. So proud. Actually, my first taste was a bit potent, because I hadn't mixed it thoroughly and let's just say that our gracious bartender was not only gracious but generous. Bless her.

    Tink was kind enough to buy our first drinks, (I know I'm backtracking here), and I had already planned a toast.

    See, I was honored that Tink would stay at this particular resort with me. I don't know how many of you have read her trip / pre trip report from her Sept 08 trip, but if you haven't, let me tell you a little something about our dear girl. See, Tink had a grandmother who was very, very special to her. Who took her on trips to the World, and as a matter of fact, CBR was a place that they stayed together. If I remember correctly, it was the last place they stayed together, but I could be mistaken. Tink, correct me if I'm wrong. So, knowing that there could have been some emotions surfacing, I honestly felt honored that Tink would consider a stay here. I know I get a little misty when I walk past things at the World that remind me of my grandfather, never mind whether or not we stayed there together.

    So my toast was all planned out.

    We'd found a table over by these beautiful flowers,

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    and just sat looking at out at all that was the CBR courtyard, the pirate pool, the beautiful lake, the gorgeous sky...

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    ...and we toasted.

    To her grandmother, and my grandfather. Who I know would both be very proud of us. And who, I entertained the notion, may have even been sharing a few laughs as well, just like we were.

    It was a good toast. And a good way to start the trip.
     
  17. Charleston Princess

    Charleston Princess New Member

    Oh, how I love your pictures of CBR! So pretty and so tropical -- it's just made for drinking pina colavas there!

    Can't wait to see this hoodie that was begging to be purchased!

    I got misty-eyed over the toast! What a wonderful way to officially start the vacation.
     
  18. TarzansKat

    TarzansKat <font color=deeppink>I may be TarzansKat, but I lo

    I am seriously lusting after that drink this morning. I really, really need one. :lmao:

    :rolleyes1

    I thought I would cry when I did the toast, but I managed to hold it together. :thumbsup2
     
  19. maroo

    maroo New Member

    Awesome toast.

    You guys must have had a blast!

    I can't wait to see whether or not you own a hoodie. I hope so!! :thumbsup2
     
  20. TarzansKat

    TarzansKat <font color=deeppink>I may be TarzansKat, but I lo

    We totally did. And this first night was so unbelievably relaxing. Wonderful!

    TK: The Curse of the $50 Hoodie

    That should so be the chapter title. :lmao:
     
  21. 2xcited2sleep

    2xcited2sleep New Member

    What a nice toast! I'm sure that your grandparents are/were smiling that you both continue to enjoy the World with new friends and your own families!

    Pina Colava... yum. And those rum floaters on the top can be dangerous! Not that I mind... :rolleyes1

    I can't wait to hear how the hoodie question turns out!! :)

    popcorn::popcorn::
     

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