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Old 06-04-2009, 12:23 PM   #76
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the Pina Colava is just a pina colada with raspberry puree blended in - so pineapple tasting with berries too. yum!
Mmmmmm. Sounds really good.

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We'll be there Dec. 7 - 16, to celebrate our older DS's 30th birthday. We'll be at SSR for 4 nights, them BWV for 5 nights.
See ya at the BWV I'll have to check out your PTR. Half-hearted for now is okay since we're still 6 months out from our trips...but once it gets closer, I expect it to be updated!!

I've got another PTR for October here.
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Anniversary Plans in October.

So I have some pretty major news to update this with (at least major to me anyway).

The other night, DH and I were talking about our anniversary which is in October and what we would do for it. My DM had previously agreed to watch our two big dumb dogs for 2-3 nights if we were ever interested in going away for a weekend, so we decided to take her up on it.

Now...where were we going to go? We wanted to drive somewhere and keep the trip extremely cheap. It would be a combination anniversary/birthday trip since we already have basically our dream trip planned for December.

So, where can we drive to? Niagara Falls?? Been there. PA Grand Canyon?? Men, that's a little boring. Baltimore's Inner Harbor?? Nice, but would be better in the warm weather.

After all this thinking, I came up with the most brilliant idea and since I am posting this on a Disney board, I'm sure you can guess where I'm going with this.

For our anniversary---we'll be headed to DISNEY WORLD!

Basically, we are going to be completely nuts and drive down in a day from NJ, go to MNSSHP and then drive back the next day.

If you want to read more about it (which I hope you do) here is the link to my new/brief PTR!

I would really love it if people read/commented. It's just a litttttttttle boring typing this whole thing just for my own benefit.
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Old 06-06-2009, 09:05 AM   #78
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Bribes.

For anyone that may have gotten the impression that I'm above bribing people to read my PTR, you are wrong.

In order to entice people out of possible lurkdom, I have decided to post some pictures. People like pictures on PTRs, right? These don't necessarily have anything to do with my trip in December---but they can be loosely related because they are pictures of our tree/ornaments/etc. from last Christmas.

I don't know if I mentioned in the beginning of the PTR, but I love Christmas. It's my all-time favorite time of the year. Between the decorations on the houses, the shopping, the hustle and bustle in the stores, decorating the tree, baking cookies---I love it all.

For those of you that may have been reading and asking yourself "so---I wonder what Ann's Christmas tree looked like last year?", I have decided to post some pictures.

I collect Waterford ornaments. They're so pretty and just really put me in the holiday spirit when I get to unwrap them each year. For anyone who thinks they look pretty---take a look at your local Marshall's or TJ Maxx if you'd like to buy some (around Christmas). They have them for $5, $10, $15 each, etc. rather than the $40 you may pay at MACY's. GREAT DEAL.

One of my faves.








Right now I have about 50 Waterford ornaments and I've only been collecting them for 3 Christmas seasons Let's not tell DH exactly how much I have spent. That'll be our little secret, okay?

I also collect Steinbach ornaments. For all of you Disney lovers---you may have been these ornaments in the Christmas shop in Germany in Epcot. They are in little white boxes and are hand crafted. They're wooden and remind me of the vintage ornaments I would see hanging on my Grandparents' tree. Right now I only have about 10 or so because a lot are weird designs like bumble bees and...

sheep?


Weird, I know.



Lastly, I always get an ornament from every vacation we take (or I try to). Disney is no exception. Last trip in 07 I purchased a set of little chubby versions of the Fab 5 like this one.



This year, I'm going to try to get a personalized Christmas ball. From what I understand, around Christmas you need to give them at least a few days to get those done---so the plan is to order them on our first day (Dec. 12) while we are in DTD for Cirque du Soleil and get them delivered for our departure on Dec. 18.

Here is a picture of our finished tree last year. To give you an idea of how big it was, that big red ball ornament right in the front is about the size of a person's head. The tree touched the living room ceiling and took up a whole corner of the living room with the back half of the tree trimmed down.

I decorate it with lights, red wooden beads that look like cranberries, all of my ornaments and then top the whole thing off with red Yankee candle tree candles (the kind that are a wick that's dipped to make two hanging candles)

like these (borrowed from the internet)



and tin icicles since we can't use tinsle because of the cats.

So without further delay, here is our tree.

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Bueller.........


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Bueller.........


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Guess my bribe didn't work!!

That's alright, at least I'm keeping myself amused.
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Just found your report and read through the entire thing.

I love that you have invited your Mom, I think it will be great for her since she has not had a vacation in quite some time and then the loss of your Dad.

Our last trip was in December and was my absolute favorite. For me it was shorts and flip flops the entire trip. It was always in the 80's.

Speaking of flip flops I have an obsession and now I think I will have to purchase some more from your posts.

I love Christmas also. I have 3 tree's at this time. DH is is a Fireman so I have a firefighter tree, a sports tree for DS, and then my tree is a Disney tree. I love buying a (or 3 or 4) new ornaments for my tree at WDW every year. I love to shop in the Christmas store in March or June. This year I will get to do it in August.

Cant wait to read more.
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Speaking of flip flops I have an obsession and now I think I will have to purchase some more from your posts.

I love Christmas also. I have 3 tree's at this time. DH is is a Fireman so I have a firefighter tree, a sports tree for DS, and then my tree is a Disney tree. I love buying a (or 3 or 4) new ornaments for my tree at WDW every year. I love to shop in the Christmas store in March or June. This year I will get to do it in August.

Cant wait to read more.
WOOHOO!!! A reader!

Welcome!

Of all the flip flops I purchased so far (4 pairs)---I found that the Vineyard Vine pair are the most comfortable. They have built in arch support and even though they are foam soles (which I usually HATTE)---they're pretty squishy like rubber would be.

I am going to have to show DH this post. He has a "man room" upstairs that's painted in EAGLES green, houses his TV and a mini-gfridge, etc. and I have tried to convince him to put his very own sports tree up there. He has ornaments for all of the Philadelphia sports teams, as well as Jack Daniels, etc. and I just think it would be a fantastic idea for him to have his own little tree up there. Maybe this will convince him I'm not nuts!

Well anywho--thanks for catching up! Once I actually have a few readers, I may just start updating more often.
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WOOHOO!!! A reader!

Welcome!

Of all the flip flops I purchased so far (4 pairs)---I found that the Vineyard Vine pair are the most comfortable. They have built in arch support and even though they are foam soles (which I usually HATTE)---they're pretty squishy like rubber would be.

I am going to have to show DH this post. He has a "man room" upstairs that's painted in EAGLES green, houses his TV and a mini-gfridge, etc. and I have tried to convince him to put his very own sports tree up there. He has ornaments for all of the Philadelphia sports teams, as well as Jack Daniels, etc. and I just think it would be a fantastic idea for him to have his own little tree up there. Maybe this will convince him I'm not nuts!

Well anywho--thanks for catching up! Once I actually have a few readers, I may just start updating more often.

Thats funny because I have been trying to talk my DH into letting me put a hunting/wildlife tree in his man room for about 2 years. He did buy me a deer stand ornament this year, which will not go on any of my trees. So am I to assume he wants that tree in his "Man Room" after all???
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Oh, forgot to mention. They are foam but I swear by them. I wear Teva Mush flip flops every trip. Love, Love, Love them. I also like Yellow Box but August will be my first time wearing them to Disney. I am going to check out Vineyard Vine ones, did you get them online?

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Oh, forgot to mention. They are foam but I swear by them. I wear Teva Mush flip flops every trip. Love, Love, Love them. I also like Yellow Box but August will be my first time wearing them to Disney. I am going to check out Vineyard Vine ones, did you get them online?
Mush flip flops, huh? Sounds comfy to me! I got a lot of brand advice over on the Theme Parks, Attractions and Strategies Board. Teva was one of them recommended, as well as Yellow Box, Reef and a bunch of others. I figured DH might kill me if I tried all of them.

The Vineyard Vines ones you can buy online on their website (just google it). I bought some that are Unisex---found them on clearance for $7 at Marshalls. I have seen them on e-bay as well, same style. They're blue (which typically, I don't really like) but for $7---why not?

I posted a picture of them earlier in the TR (I believe). If you can't find it, let me know and I'll pull it up for ya!!
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Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba

So, I was putzing around online tonight and decided to take a look at the Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba website.

While I was there, I had the following conversation with myself:

"Hmmmmm, maybe I'll check out the calendar for December. Maybe they'll have the December schedule released---it'll be something to pass a few minutes"

"Well looky here, they dooooo have the calendar up!"

"What's this?? My date is click-able, I wonder if that could mean...."

"No no no, it couldn't possibly mean what I think it means....I'll just call WDW to find out"


::dials WDW to ask for specific seats for my December 12th showtime and is told that it is coming up in the system that I can't book until June 15th, 180 days out like I thought ::

"Curses WDW!!!"

"Well, that was pointless, but while I'm here I might as well just try to book my tickets, right?"


::clicks onto date and time and sees that Cat. 2 seating, Section 203, Row EE is available::

"OMGOMGOMG ERIK COME DOWN HERE WITH YOUR WALLET I CAN BOOK OUR CIRQUE TICKETS 8 DAYS EARLIER THAN I THOUGHT AND THEY HAVE THE BEST SEATS AVAILABLE IWANTTHEMIWANTTHEMIWANTTHEM HURRY UP I NEED TO BOOK THEM NOOOOOOOOOOOW BEFORE THEY ARE GONE AND THE THING SAYS I ONLY HAVE 7 MINUTES TO PURCHASE"

And that, my friends...is the story of how I got seats for Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba 8 days earlier than WDW said I could. Stick that in your juice box and suck it, Mr. Mouse!!!!!

Okay so in all seriousness, my ideal seats for the show would have been section 204, row EE and I got section 203 EE a whole 8 days earlier than I thought I would.

I'm uuuuuuuber excited. I think I'm going to pick up the tickets at will call during our trip in October (which for anyone reading both TRs, I made some changes already!)

Only like....187 days left until our trip!!!
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Woo Hoo for booking 8 days early and getting good seats.

Confession time: I have never gone to this show. Tried to watch it on TV once and just wasnt feeling it. Is it great in person? Would a 10 y/o boy like it? How would one know which seats are the good ones?
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Woo Hoo for booking 8 days early and getting good seats.

Confession time: I have never gone to this show. Tried to watch it on TV once and just wasnt feeling it. Is it great in person? Would a 10 y/o boy like it? How would one know which seats are the good ones?
Confession time: I have never been either That's why I'm so excited! I have asked around, talked to people I know and people on the DIS and from what I am aware of---everyone loves this show. Men said it's not too "sissy", women said it was so much fun and people with kids said that their kids had a blast and loved the clowns, etc.

It is my understanding that all of the seats at La Nouba are good ones. The theater only holds like 1,600 people, so all of the seats are good---there are just good, better and so close you can feel the breeze when the unicyclist rides by I guess

We got Cat. 2 seating which was around $88 per ticket, it was my DM's birthday present. Cat. 1 is like the closest to the stage, but I have read that some of the acts are in the air and Cat. 1 may be too close if that's possible??

Here is the link to their main page. There are also some YouTube videos available to watch.

http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/lanoub...ntro/intro.asp
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okay, a 3 day trip to WDW from NJ? now we truly know you are a disney fan! that's awesome!

and yeah on the cirque tickets- glad you mentioned 180 days, we want to book Hoop Dee Doo and i need to do it this week!

on Cirque- i have not seen La Nouba, but I have seen 3 other cirque shows- I've seen O at the Bellagio in Vegas (my fave!) and then I've seen Mystere at Treasure Island twice. It was good as well, but O was better. I also saw some travelling Cirque show here a few years back and it was okay, but nothing like vegas. While I enjoyed them, I just have no interest in seeing one again. MinnieNurse- not sure a 10yo boy would be into it- it is very 'artsy' sometimes, although there are cool stunts and acrobatics and funny clowns at the beginning- it is very artsy sometimes and really open for interpretation......i think girls might enjoy it more, but you really never know.
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okay, a 3 day trip to WDW from NJ? now we truly know you are a disney fan! that's awesome!

and yeah on the cirque tickets- glad you mentioned 180 days, we want to book Hoop Dee Doo and i need to do it this week!

on Cirque- i have not seen La Nouba, but I have seen 3 other cirque shows- I've seen O at the Bellagio in Vegas (my fave!) and then I've seen Mystere at Treasure Island twice. It was good as well, but O was better. I also saw some travelling Cirque show here a few years back and it was okay, but nothing like vegas. While I enjoyed them, I just have no interest in seeing one again. MinnieNurse- not sure a 10yo boy would be into it- it is very 'artsy' sometimes, although there are cool stunts and acrobatics and funny clowns at the beginning- it is very artsy sometimes and really open for interpretation......i think girls might enjoy it more, but you really never know.

We've seen a couple of Cirque shows in Las Vegas too, Mystere and Zoomanity, and they are really not my thing. I think in Vegas it's just the case that there are other shows that I enjoy more that I would rather spend the time and money on. I know my DD3 won't sit through La Nouba for years so I haven't looked into it at all. I bet it will be great for an all adult crowd, I don't recall reading any negative reviews about it at all.
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I saw La Nouba a couple of years ago, and it was great. Congratulations on the great seats!

That's quite a drive you've got ahead of you. We once drove from Michigan to Florida to see family for two days at WDW (parents, assorted nieces, and a cousin who was getting married and his fiance.) If that wasn't insane enough, my DH had grad school finals two hours after we pulled into our driveway. (He got an A.) We had the best time -- even the drive was fun (and there was plenty of it: I drove the whole way back so he could study).

Very cute Christmas ornaments, BTW.
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