Dec 28, 2011
Dec 26, 2011
I'm watching re-runs of Boy Meets World on TV....do you remember that show? I miss the old Disney Channel. Shows like The Torkelsons, Fast Forward, Bug Juice, Even Stevens and yes...even Lizzie McGuire. Back when TV was still somewhat innocent and cute.
For Christmas Hardy got me a few things, but among them all was a beautiful Mickey Mouse watch, I'll have to say it's probably my favorite gift this Christmas. I've been looking for a Disney watch for a while now to no avail. They had a million on the cruise ship (or so it seemed), but nothing really caught my eye. The band was too big or the face was too flashy...sometimes the face was too big. I know I can be difficult describing what I want, especially when it comes to something with so many options, but he did an amazing job :) He also got me a biography on Walt Disney and I'm excited to get that started!
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Well $129 later.....yea I'm still trying to figure out what all I bought. I get home, wrap the gifts and take a nap. When Hardy got home and we were getting ready for the party I go to put on my new shoes and discover I have two RIGHT shoes. (Now I am pretty clumsy, but I always wear the shoes on the correct feet.) You can imagine my bp went through the roof...I was so angry. Angry at Wal-Mart because its Walmart, angry with myself because I should have double checked and angry because we were leaving any minute to go to the party and I was without shoes!
I decided to stop at the Wal-Mart in Buford on our way to the party to exchange them, but of course their customer service line was ridiculously long. After 10mins I decided to just buy a second pair and worry about returning the first pair later. To make the evening worse, those were the most uncomfortable shoes ever!! 5mins after wearing them I took them off! All that work for a horribly uncomfortable pair of shoes....sheesh. I plan on returning them both this weekend.
On a side note, if you or anyone you know is a Harry Potter fan, the Wal-Mart in Oakwood has the first 7 movies on DVD for only $3.96/piece....thats an amazing deal!
Dec 14, 2011
While we were on Castaway Cay earlier in the day, I caught Jack Sparrow walking along the beach and tried to get a picture with him, but he kindly declined stating he was in a hurry and I could catch him on the ship later in the day. He was right, we happened to walk past the D-Lounge and spotted him taking photos, so we hopped in line :) Kudos to whoever this guy was, he may not have been a spitting image of Johnny Depp, but he had the talk/walk/personality down to a T!
Dec 9, 2011
My mistake was not wearing shorts under my bathing suit bottoms so after about 3mi, I was wishing I had some cornstarch! Luckily they did have a tram that took you to certain drop offs throughout the island and I was sure we caught the one to take us out to Serenity Bay (the adult beach).
We had been here twice already and I'll be honest, there's nothing there that really appeals to me (unless you do an excursion or head over to Atlantis). The residents there could care less that you're there, which might be a good thing I guess. Hardy and I aren't "shoppers" outside of movies and music I guess, so all of the shops along Bay St don't catch our attention.
Hardy wanted to check out Fort Charlotte, he had read reviews online that it was just a 20min walk from the straw market and worth it. Well we didn't have a map on hand when we first got off the ship, so we ended up walking about 20mins out of the way, then all the way back to where we started and another 30mins in another direction. We stopped at Junkanoo beach for a few minutes. It was a small beach, but a nice escape from the crowd and it was FREE access....I wished we had brought our suits with us.
We stopped and watched a few minutes of Monsters, Inc on the jumbo screen near the family pool.
Then decided to go for a swim, apparently Nassau doesn't appeal to many people (especially if they've visited before) because there were still a ton of cruisers onboard the ship. We went back and forth between the hot tub and the pool for a little while then decided to try our luck at the 9-hole putt-putt. Hardy beat me by 1 point...dangit.
Here is the grand Christmas tree they had set up in the atrium of the ship.
We hung out on top deck along at the front of the ship on this huge sofa and just enjoyed the peace and quiet.
Next stop...Castaway Cay
Dec 8, 2011
The last two cruises we went on with Royal Caribbean, we left from Port Canaveral, FL. Both of those times, we also stayed at the Radisson because they offered free parking during your cruise as long as you stayed one night with them either before or after your cruise. It was decent, but nothing to write home about.
This time we stayed at the Residence Inn by Marriott and were very very impressed. It was a little bit more $$ wise, but you get what you pay for. Our room was like a small apartment, very cozy. They also offered to let you park your car there while on your cruise, but they charged $5/day....still cheaper than parking at the port.
We rode the shuttle over to the port around 11:15am, went through security..etc and boarded at 12:00pm. For every family/group that boarded the ship, they had Disney castmembers there to announce your arrival to everyone in the atrium...I thought that was pretty cool.
Dec 3, 2011
I still have an off/on stuffy nose. Yesterday I picked up a migraine that decided to return today on our trip down...argh! Im hoping the salty air will relieve me of my snottiness and well....I hope tonight is the last of this lousy migraine. I cannot be miserable for Mickey!!
After an 8hr drive we made it to our hotel in Cape Canaveral. It's a very comfy cozy Residence Inn by Marriott.
We will be boarding the Disney Dream tomorrow at noon! So excited :). I will post as much as I can before we set sail to share the happiness.
I wonder if they call their cruise ships "The Happiest Place at Sea"??
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On Wednesday after work, Hardy and I drove up to Gatlinburg, TN to stay with his family. We had a nice room at The Edgewater right behind the main strip into town. Aside from an apparent little leave football tournament going on our stay there was nice.
Thursday we got up and road around Pigeon Forge. We ate lunch at Corky's which was pretty good and then did this cool attraction called TOMB. It was only $12/per adult and lasted 45mins. You go in a "tomb" with a tour guide and have to solve all of these puzzles as a group before advancing to the next room. It was definitely the best $12 I've spent in a while.
We ate Thanksgiving dinner at Texas Roadhouse. They actually were offering a Thanksgiving dinner, but we all opted for steak. Our plan was to eat lunch at Dick's Last Resort back in Gatlinburg....huge mistake. We waited on a table (for 8) for 45mins, we finally sat down at 2:50pm. Our waiter greeted us immediately and took our drink order. From there it was all down hill. We got our drinks and about 45mins later we still had no food...our waiter came around and asked us what we ordered, we all thought he was kidding and that it was part of him being a "dick", but it wasn't. He came back and said we scared him, he thought he didn't have our order.
Come to find out he never even put our order in even after he asked us what we ordered a second time. Finally after a 2hr wait from the moment we walked in the door, without any food (and plenty of other larger tables had all been fed) I went and complained to the hostess. The manager came over, apologized profusely and offered us free nachos and cheese sticks on the house while our food got prepared. Once our food finally did arrive, we were informed our original waiter had been fired. The manager comp'd our entire meal and I thanked him letting him know we knew it wasn't HIS fault. We all had horrible headaches and were starving by the time we actually did eat, but the manager righted the situation and we appreciate that.
Since this was our last night, some of us got funnel cakes and the others donuts and ice-cream. Hope, Hardy's mom, Holden and I all did this weird 5D theatre where you sat on a mechanical horse and shot at targets on a big movie screen. Holden won the first game and I won the second - - another cute attraction I would recommend. Saturday morning we got up, checked out of the hotel and enjoyed a most delicious meal at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. The meal was high, but the food was worth every penny. We were sat in our own little hole that looked like the Gump house from the movie Forest Gump. While we waited on our food, the waiter came by and asked us trivia questions about the movie, I was very proud of Hardy and myself as we got nearly every question (actually kind of sad to know we've seen the movie that many times ha ha).
After lunch, Hardy and I headed back home to our cats who missed us so much.