The Disney Dream Part I

Hola! Happy Saturday friends! I hope you are staying cool wherever you are. it is hellaciously (is that a word?) hot down here….heat indexes of 108ish. So yucky! So, let’s think about something fun, like my Disney cruise! So, Memorial day weekend Sunday, we woke up ready to get on the Mickey boat! we ate breakfast, packed up, and headed out. But not before feeding my ducky friends a farewell snack.

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is it safe? should we trust her? She has macaroons!!! YES!

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yes I was totally feeding the ducks macaroons from Narcoossees. Don’t judge. They enjoyed it. My mom kept freaking out waiting for one to spontaneously combust or something. Oh, mother….

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we even tried to get them to come into the room…but apparently guests have tried this number before. We thought it would be a fun surprise for the maid. I’m kidding. sort of.

Anyway, so we drove the hour or so to the port, and got our first glimpse of the Dream! Now funny story time. When you get to the port and check in, you are given a card with your boarding number on it. numbers go from 1 to maybe late teens early twenties? I don’t even know. Anyway, 1-3 are coveted and hard to get. I think 1 may even be concierge only? Anyway, we have gotten 6-9 in the past, and we get there about 30 minutes after the dang port opens, some people are just nuts and get there before it even opens! Anyway, since this ship is SO BIG, Disney decided to try something new and make people sign up for arrival times in 30 minute blocks to help not have so many people arrive at once. BUT, they were totally NOT enforcing it, which drives me bananas. So, we got the second earliest boarding time and even got there a few minutes early. When we checked in, I told the lady that we had been given a 9 and how upset I was because I got up early on the morning we could pick arrival times so I could get the earliest time, hoping to be able to get an early boarding pass. I was really nice to her, and told her we even wore our matching name shirts hoping to get lucky and be given a good number. She then says “don’t worry I will take care of it” and opens a drawer and PULLS OUT A NUMBER ONE PASS! I tried to say calm but I was FREAKING OUT on the inside!!! I thanked her profusely, I was SO EXCITED to be among the first people out of 4,000 on the boat!
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holding up my boarding pass which I held onto the whole morning with a death grip.

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It was so comical, people started gathering around the ropes in herds, like it mattered where you stood. You can’t get on until your group is called, and NO ONE from that huge herd of people had a number one pass! When they called our number we had to wade through a sea of people to get to the ropes. We were the SEVENTH family to get onboard. eeekkk!

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oh, dad. So silly.

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we immediately went to find food at the buffet.

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then my mom and I snagged us Palo brunch reservations, and then we were off exploring!

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interesting.

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I looked at my watch and realized it was time to go find our rooms! we were on deck ten, in verandah rooms.

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funnily enough, our rooms were also connecting rooms, which I didn’t know but was nice.

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we explored some more…this ship is gorgeous.

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ok that’s all for now because…well…I’m sleepy. Smile Legit excuse, huh? More next time! Oh and for those of you loathing the Disney posts…we will get back to regular fitness topics soon, I promise, hang in there! (but seriously, how can you loathe Disney? Does not compute.) Oh, and 3 months from today I am going back. heh.

QOTD: Have you ever been on a cruise? Which line? did you like it?

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Hi friends! So great seeing so many of you planning on running Disney races next year!

I have some SERIOUSLY exciting stuff to share with yall…just not yet, but soon, very very soon! Let’s just say the next few weeks are going to be crazy, and I won’t be with Bobby on his birthday. bummer. Sad smile

So, I will be in Orlando Memorial Day weekend. Any Orlando area bloggers up for a meet up? If so, leave me a comment or e mail me so we can coordinate!

I am really excited about the line up of guest bloggers I have for you while I am gone. In the past, I have just not blogged when gone on vaca for a week, but not this time. You will be thoroughly entertained all week, so keep checking the blog once I am gone in a few days!

So, something random today but fun. Our neighborhood has a beautiful vegetable garden with tons of flowers too, and I went out and took a bunch of pictures, and wanted to share some with you!

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Beautiful flowers right? I have more that I will save for a rainy day.

Yesterday I went on a 2 mile run. it was supposed to be three, but I was really sore from my 6 weeks to 6 pack DVD I did Monday. I used to do this video 4-5 times and week and got to the point I was never sore, so I am sad I am already back to getting sore again. Bummer. Anyway, I also didn’t eat enough yesterday before the run or anything really healthy, (nutrition FAIL) so I got weak and shaky and it was just an all around bad run, so I decided to come on back in after 2 miles. better than nothing right?

QOTD: What is your favorite flower?

Kick it into High Gear

 

Good morning!

In just a couple of weeks, I will be on vacation! I am so ready for it. The past couple months have been such an adjustment with moving, Bobby working at a new place, learning a new town, new, new, new. New is good but also scary and exhausting, so I am excited to get to unwind with my family in my favorite place on earth, DISNEYWORLD!

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And staying at the Polynesian!

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and then getting on the Mickey boat!!! (The Disney Dream)

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This is actually a picture of the Magic. I don’t have any pics of the Dream since well…I haven’t been on her yet!

The fact that vacation has snuck up on me has put me in PANIC MODE. Why do you ask? I have not been in public in a swimsuit since last summer. AAAHHH! First things first…I do not think I am fat, and I am not going on a “diet” and I am not trying to get sympathy or fish for compliments. I am honestly just NOT READY to be in a swimsuit yet for the summer.

It’s so easy in the winter to hide the less toned or squishy parts with bulky sweaters and the like. It will be way hot in Florida and the Bahamas so I will be forced to show skin or die. I would also like to mention I am a generally pretty modest person so I feel awkward in a swimsuit in public no matter how I look. This is why I was PETRIFIED to post my before and after 6 weeks to 6 pack pictures! I don’t feel I am where I would like to be as far as the “firming up” goes, so I have put a plan into action for the next couple of weeks that will hopefully help me feel a little more confident. This is my “kick it into high gear” plan:

-Workout 6 days a week, sometimes twice a day (cardio once weights once preferably)

-food overhaul! I know I will eat AWFUL on vaca which is fine, but cutting back on stuff I love will be easier knowing I can eat whatever I want in a couple of weeks on the trip! So what am I cutting back on? Mainly sugar and white flour/pasta/etc. I have a massive sweet tooth and have been eating Easter candy and the like since April. I will be trying to not eat “dessert” after dinner or late at night. Making simple substitutions should really make a difference.

-work on the mental aspect of things (I will never see these people again, it doesn’t matter what I look like or what they think, I am beautiful inside and out, etc.)

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Bobby brought me flowers he picked yesterday when he came home from work!

I want to be HEALTHY and TONED not “skinny” Smile

So, do you think I will be able to stick with this for two weeks? Any words or wisdom or tricks of the trade?

*I updated my workout log tab

*I still need ONE guest blogger, any volunteers? It doesn’t have to be fancy! Could be a race recap, recipe, etc. e-mail me!

QOTD: Any tips for me and my “plan?”

Two Months From Today…

I Will be on vacation!!!! Woo hoo! I finally get to head out on the Disney Dream. So. excited. See, last summer we cruised our first ever Disney cruise with my parents and had a BLAST. We rebooked onboard for this summer, and at the time it seemed so far away, I can’t believe it is getting so close! This trip is going to be so much better because, well, hello, we will be on the new ship, the DREAM, and, last year my mom was suffering from a shoulder tear AND a frozen shoulder, and my dad who never gets sick had an awful cold. They were pretty pathetic!

We are actually going to Disney world for three nights before the cruise so we can get one more use out of everyone’s annual passes. We are going to share a room in the concierge building of the Polynesian!

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The last time we stayed here was for the Disney half marathon over a year ago, and it was SO COLD we didn’t get to enjoy the resort, pool, etc. So we are looking forward to walking the grounds and relaxing this time around!

So, three nights at the Polynesian, then we are driving to the port to get on the MICKEY BOAT! The Disney Dream set sail on it’s Maiden Voyage in January, and we are excited to be on the first double dip (two stops at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay) that the Dream goes on. We LOVE Castaway Cay, and so going twice is right up our alley!

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Ah, bliss! Upcoming vacation is what keeps me going, so I am literally counting down the days on my dry erase board on my refrigerator until the trip! we are excited!

Ok, Bobby and I 5 hours unpacking/cleaning out the garage, so I am going to go take a shower and relax! Have a great weekend everyone! Stay tuned, a giveaway is coming up hopefully next week!!!

QOTD: What is your favorite vacation destination?

Cruisin’ With Mickey

Afternoon friends! I hope you are getting through your Monday without too much despair. At least most people probably have a short work week, right? Anyway, I thought since it’s a depressing Monday I would share some of our cruise pictures with you of the sunny Caribbean!

You may remember we got a great deal on a 7 night Disney cruise the week after Thanksgiving. It went to Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Castaway Cay which is Disney’s private island. I will try to do a series of posts so I won’t share all of my pictures at once. Smile

Here are some of Key West:

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Really cool trees that were everywhere!

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famous Duval street

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Ok, so it wasn’t exactly SUNNY that day, but you get the idea!

Today I am going to cross train, I haven’t done that in over a month! Tomorrow will be a short run, Thursday will be a middle distance run, and Sunday will be a long run!

Have a great day everyone!

QOTD: have you been to Key West? What was your favorite part?

Early Anniversary Cruise

I feel like I am losing my mind. No, not because I can’t run…well, yes because I can’t run, but that’s not what I am talking about. I can’t remember if I told yall or not…but if I did…sorry, you get to hear about it again! Bobby and I are going on a cruise as an early anniversary gift to ourselves. (Anniversary is January 6) we are heading to the Western Caribbean for a 7 night Disney cruise! I am so excited, life has been a mess lately and so it will be nice to get away before the madness of Christmas, the marathon, and our house being built/finished.

We will be sailing on the Magic, which I have not been on before.

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We will be in an oceanview room, not sure the room number yet. (actually annoyed I am still having to wait!)

We will leave a day early and spend the night halfway down (we are driving) and then we will get to the port early so we can hopefully get on the ship early!

Our cruise is going to Key West, (never been) Grand Cayman, (never been) Cozumel (have been) and Castaway Cay (have been twice.)

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We have decided on Key West we will walk around on our own and site see, not sure about Grand Cayman yet, and we are heading back to paradise Beach on Cozumel.

Here are a couple pics I took almost 3 years ago at Paradise beach:

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I was ssooo sunburned. Look on the edges of my arm along my halter top line and underneath. Ouch! Caribbean sun on the water = sunburn.

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I am also super excited about something most would find silly…Formal night! I LOVE dressing up and I have all my old college formals and am hoping to still fit into one to wear to dinner. You will just have to wait and see. Smile 

I am still resting…doing strength for my legs and arms but no running yet. I MIGHT test it out with a walk run tomorrow of a mile or two and just see if it tightens up. But now, I must ice and go watch the Saints game. I hope everyone has a great Sunday!

 

QOTD: Have you been to Key West or Grand Cayman? What are some must do things to do or see? (We are thinking beach on Grand Cayman?)