April 8th, 2003

bundled up, walkabout, snow

Spring Break Day Three

Grr. I've had to wait until evening to try to get online. The dialup line isn't clean enough to maintain a good connection during the day. Oh well. This is a composite of the separate entries I would have made.

At noon:

Checking the list:

Sleep In. Check. Woke up around 10.

Breakfast in the room. Check. Ate Magix, a Kellog-Disney version of lucky charms, with sprinkles that turn the milk blue.

Swim. Check. Critter was rather surprised that it was my idea. But I've got my earplugs and my vinegar/water, and I've got that new bathing suit. We stayed in the water about an hour. My arms are a little pink, as are my nose and shoulders, but we came in before sunburn happened. Oops, no hair dryer in the room. I'll have to rely on the vinegar/water without drying it after.

Now we're waiting for Mom and Dad to come back from their sales presentation. The one where they're getting two adult tickets to Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure. That's where we're going tomorrow. Not sure what we're doing for lunch today.

At bedtime:

Mom and Dad bought another timeshare. They like to travel and can actually afford to buy them. This is a different timeshare company than the one they already have, so it broadens their vacation choices. They also have a generous points system, and will give Mom and Dad credit for their timeshare with the other company, for acquiring points.

We decided to brunch at IHOP, or Hop on Pop, as we call it in the family. There was no line to wait for a table at 2:00, oddly enough.

After brunch, we drove International Drive (north) from end to end. We shopped at the Belz outlet mall, but didn't find shoes for the boys (our excuse for shopping). Mom did find a pretty earring and barrette set for me, that are purple butterflies. En route to I-4 for a faster trip back to the resort, we found a discount shoe store, and bought new shoes for each of the boys. Tigger replaced his old Sketchers with new ones, and Critter replaced his old New Balance with new ones.

We also found a Books-A-Million, where Daddy bought a Robert Ludlum book. He'd been listening to it on tape while driving to jobs, but the last bit of the tape got messed up. So he figured he'd finish it in print while he as on vacation.

When we got back, Mom took Tigger miniature golfing; there's a small course here at the resort. She got hot and came back to our rooms, so Daddy took Tigger out to play some more.

While they were out, Critter played a game on his laptop, and I talked to Flar on Mom's cell phone, then worked on my cross-stitch awhile. When they got back, it was time to get ready to go out to dinner.

We went to Medieval Times, a dinner theatre featuring knights on horseback, and a dinner of vegetable soup, garlic bread, roast chicken, baked potato, beef rib, and apple pie. We had excellent seats, in the section cheering for the Red & Yellow knight. He became the champion, defeating the evil Marshall, and winning the heart of the princess.

On the way back from dinner, we stopped for gas, and then for soda.

Tigger went to sleep almost as soon as we got home. Critter played on his laptop awhile, and Daddy finished his Robert Ludlum book. Mom played solitaire on her Palm Pilot and talked to me, while I sorted out the beads in my cross stitch project. I've finished all the sections which don't have beads. Now I have all the beads strung in separate colors, ready to use one color at a time. And I've already sewn a row of the first color of beads.

By then it was quite late, so Mom and I went on to bed.

Assuming that I manage to connect successfully, I'll probably download mail and scan it. I think I'll save Live Journal until tomorrow night, unless the temptation is too great...

The list:

    Monday - Pink
    Tuesday - Orange
    Wednesday - Yellow
    Thursday - Green
    Friday - Blue
    The Weekend - Purple
  • Slept in until 10
  • Breakfast in room
  • Swim
  • Lazed about
  • Brunched at IHOP
  • Shopped for shoes and books
  • Dinner at Medieval Times
  • Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure
  • Laze about
  • Pack to go home
  • Drive to Macon
  • Drive home
  • Unpack
  • Current Mood
    tired
bundled up, walkabout, snow

Spring Break Day Four

Universal Islands of Adventure is a really neat theme park.

An example of how my mom is weird... She found nothing wrong with

  • The concept of hat as popcorn bowl
  • Wearing the hat, after the popcorn was eaten

We got to the park right at 9. We used valet parking to shorten the walk in and out of the park as much possible. Daddy has a bum knee, so walking is problematic. And yet, we walked the entire theme park. Go us.

The lines were wonderfully short. I got a number of pictures of ride estimate signs, as proof. I took lots of pictures of the boys, and of Mom and Dad. The park provided lots of photo ops.

Walking the entire park once around was enough for me, and I felt no sorrow about leaving the park at 3:40 to watch a movie. The boys didn't mind, since the movie was Agent Cody Banks.

I'm full. Lots of park food, but not the worst examples. No actual junk food. Just starbursts, pizza, ham/egg/cheese sandwich and a cheeseburger. I lasted a pretty good chunk of the day outside, and Didn't Get Sick. Go me.

I'm glad we're not doing another theme park tomorrow. :)

The list:

    Monday - Pink
    Tuesday - Orange
    Wednesday - Yellow
    Thursday - Green
    Friday - Blue
    The Weekend - Purple
  • Slept in until 10
  • Breakfast in room
  • Swim
  • Lazed about
  • Brunched at IHOP
  • Shopped for shoes and books
  • Dinner at Medieval Times
  • Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure
    • Marvel Super Hero Island®
      • Rode The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man®
    • Toon Lagoon®
      • Got wet, riding: Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges®
      • Got wet, riding: Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls®
    • Jurassic Park®
      • Rode Pteranodon Flyers®
      • Ate lunch at Pizza Predattoria®
      • Got wet, riding Jurassic Park River Adventure®
      • Walked to front of park with Daddy to get Dinner & a Movie tickets, while Mom and Critter watched Tigger play in Camp Jurassic®
    • Decided not to do any of the rides in the Lost Continent®
    • Seuss Landing™
      • Waited in All the Books You Can Read for Mom and the boys to meet us
      • Replaced Flar's missing Green Eggs and Ham™ Hat
      • Rode The Cat in the Hat™
      • Ate at Green Eggs and Ham™ Cafe while Tigger played in If I Ran the Zoo™
      • Worked on beaded cross-stitch while the boys tried to ride One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish™
        The ride stopped working right when the boys finally got on it.
      • Worked on beaded cross-stitch while the boys rode Caro-Seuss-el™
    • Watched Agent Cody Banks at Loews
    • Ate dinner at Margueritaville
    • Carried Tigger to the car -- his wet socks were making his feet too cold
      Thank God for valet parking
  • Came back to the resort to veg the rest of the evening.
  • Laze about
  • Play miniature golf
  • Watch DVDs
  • Pack to go home
  • Drive to Macon
  • Drive home
  • Unpack
  • Current Mood
    tired tired