October 20, 2003 – from WDW

Aloha! Blogging LIVE from the lobby here at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Yesterday, we had lunch at DisneyQuest (David: Snickers Cheesecake, Coke; Kim: fudgy cupcake, cafe mocha) Then we meandered over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for what turned out to be the last 1.5 hours of it’s operating day. Spent some time seeing the fauna around the Tree of Life. It’s a nice place to meander. Then on the way to experiencing the Kilamanjaro Safari, we stumbled RIGHT across the parade. Bonus!! Mickey’s Jamming Jungle parade, it’s called, and I like it because it’s short.

The safari was great — we caught the poachers. Again. Then we purchased a few pins for our collection, got my Magical Moments pin replaced, and took the bus back to the Poly.

And promptly left the bag of pins on the bus. D’oh!

Hakuna matata.

We called WDW dining and redid the priority seatings. So last night we went to ‘Ohana (means family) and experienced all you can eat appetizers and meat on skewers. I had shrimp and turkey. David had everything but shrimp. Drank a bit at the bar afterwards, and I vaguely recall fireworks on the walk back to the room.

Today: Woke at 8:30ish. I had no voice. David quietly rejoiced. 🙂 Eventually, the voice returned. We went to the Magic Kingdom an hour later, and the first attraction we experienced was Mickey’s Philharmagic. It’s a 3D movie of sorts, wherin Donald Duck manages to muck up things as only Donald can. We adored it…it’s about time WDW did something to bring the older characters back into the spotlight.

Got a Fastpass for Peter Pan’s flight. Ate at Columbia Harbor House (chicken strip meals, coke, water). Did Peter Pan, Got a FP for Space Mountain. Did Carousel of Progress, and the People Mover (its’ not called that anymore). Got a FP for Buzz, did Space Mountain. FUN! Passed on Buzz. Walked to Mickey’s toontown Fair. Took train to Main St. Experienced 2 chocolate chip cookies. Headed back to Poly via water launch JUST as the rain fell.

Will now head back to room, and get ready for 5:30 dinner at Artist Point.

Summary: We’re having a blast. Wish you were here!

Aloha!

October 19, 2003 – from WDW

Aloha! I’m blogging LIVE from DisneyQuest on their dumbed-down terminals. The keyboard is a bit weird…the \key is where the shift key is. So excuse the typos.

The weather is gorgeous…beautiful blue sky with puffy, white, non-intrusive clouds. Our flights were smooth. We slept during the flight to Atlanta. And, we got the room we requested…ground floor, Tahiti building facing the castle. So hyper me can run right from the room to the beach!

Yesterday we ate at the outdoor cantina at Mexico. (Epcot Mexico, that is) Then we meandered around world showcase until around 3 pm. Headed back to the room for a bit, and took a nap at 5 pm, since we were awake since 2:30. Slept until 8 am this morning. Eek! Missed ‘Ohana (means family) dinner, and the fireworks. Oh, well.

This morning we ate at Kona Cafe (Kim: scrambled eggs. David: pancakes) and headed out to Downtown Disney. Bought some stuff at the Christmas store. (Erin: more antenna toppers!) And now we’re here. We’ll probably have lunch at the Cheesecake factory upstairs.

But let’s answer the burning question on everyone’s minds: “Kim, are you sick?” Why yes, Virginia, I’m sick again! Small cough…iffy voice…cranky throat. Oh well. I’m at my laughing place…and I won’t let the sniffles ruin it for me. After all, I’ve been sick since August. I’m used to it. 🙂

We also bought tickets to the Wednesday night Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba show. (Damon: Yes, we finally broke down…hope its as good as you say. Over…)

I should be blogging regularly, since there is now a cheap internet kiosk in the Polynesian lobby. (John: that means that yes, I did update my fantasy team).

Aloha for now!

Almost on vacation!

In six minutes, David will officially be on vacation for TWO weeks. I still have 6 working hours left. This time tomorrow, we will be en route to Atlanta, where — hold on — phone call.

It’s David. “My vacation’s starting! Your vacation’s NOT.” He’s “smelling the new vacation air.” Oh, Lord.

I just hung up on him. Happy Vacation!

Where was I? Oh yes…Atlanta. After an hour layover, we’ll be on our way to Sunny Orlando, where we have a car service scheduled to pick us up and whisk us to the Disney’s Polynesian Resort! We’ll be dining at ‘Ohana (means family) tomorrow night.

But I still have today to get through. I’m wearing a Minnie Mouse shirt, my fave Disneyland hoodie, Mickey Mouse earrings, and I have my WDW official Mickey ears (with Kimberly embroidered on the back, natch) to wear for extra effect. Goal: To be so annoying I get sent home early.

Mood: Eager to get out of work. Naturally, the minutes are dragging.
Work docket: Hot Properties — ads are being finicky. Tweak recipe database for upload into new system. Waiting for Voter Guide info, which hopefully will arrive after I’ve left.
Lunch: Unknown
Afternoon: Rousing walk with Max. Start whirlwind of cleaning and packing.
Evening: Drop Max off at Mom’s around 8ish.
Tomorrow: Depart Casa LadyGypsy at 4:00 am.

I don’t know if I’ll be able to blog at all while I’m away. As I’ve mentioned before, Disney, for all of its splendor, is horrible with allowing Internet access. They’re making wireless access available soon, but for those of us w/o laptops, that doesn’t mean a hill of beans.

Let’s kick out the Friday Five, shall we?:

1. Name five things in your refrigerator.
Gatorade, Shredded cheese, flat Diet Vanilla Coke, tomatoes, eggs

2. Name five things in your freezer.
Boca Burgers, Mickey Mouse Ice Cube Trays, Cold packs for injuries, butter, and I THINK some pork chops. And lots of frost. We’re going to defrost it today.

3. Name five things under your kitchen sink.
Windex, Vanilla Scented Pledge, 409, Nature’s Miracle, trash bags

4. Name five things around your computer.
Mickey Mouse bobblehead, family pictures, unopened November issue of Lucky magazine, spiral notebook, empty Oreo cookie tray.

5. Name five things in your medicine cabinet.
Well, it’s actually a box. Flonase, naproxen, Allegra samples, bandaids, and Theracare heat pads.

October 16, 2003

Still reeling from the Brainy Smurf revelation. To counter it, today at work I acted — well — just like Brainy Smurf. (sigh) I’m getting more vocal over things that occur now. I say things that need to be said, but I’m not used to saying them. So I end up feeling guilty.

To make things worse, I was 30 minutes late for my 2:30 Brow Wax. Luckily, they still fit me in and hair was ripped from my face yet again.

Oh no…am I a cross between Brainy Smurf and Vanity Smurf?!? May as well stick my head in the gas oven now.

Darn. My oven’s electric. Guess you’re stuck with me a while longer.

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