Of Course We Went to Disney World!

When one goes to Orlando, one must visit Disney World, a wonderland that encompasses a vast portion of central Florida. Sure, I knew about Disney World, I’ve been there once but I didn’t really grasp the size of it until we went down there. Disney World is actually made of four parks (which you have to pay for individually, boo) so Bob and I only went to the Magic Kingdom, you know, the park that has Cinderella’s castle, the one which everyone thinks of when you say Disney World. Since Bob had never been (he was deprived as a child), we went with Kenny and Krissy, our official tour guides. They knew the ins and outs of what to do, which rides to go on, how the Fast Passes work, etc. Because they knew the way around the park, we didn’t waste any time wandering around aimlessly. As soon as we walked in, we headed directly to Space Mountain to get our Fast Pass. When we arrived, there was not a huge line so we got on right away. I’m not a roller coaster fan but that doesn’t mean I won’t ride them. I guess when you’re 12, Space Mountain seemed a bit scarier but it was still a lot of fun. There is something about not being able to see anything that freaks you out a bit.

Other rides that we did:

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: It was another roller coaster, think Mine Train at Six Flags, but bigger.

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin: This ride was like a huge arcade game. You get into a space cruiser that spins 360 degrees. As you ride along, you shoot targets with your laser gun and try to get as many points possible. Kenny consistently walloped us, he probably got more points than the rest of us added together, he’s that good. I was only able to reach 100,000 points once (we rode it four times). I know, Kim, I’ve disappointed you.

Haunted Mansion: I sort of remember this ride from the last time I was here (15 years ago) and it’s still as good as I remembered it, actually, even better. My favorite scenes are the murderous wife portraits and the dining room.

It’s a Small World: Of course you had to ride this one, it’s a classic.

Jungle Cruise: I didn’t really know what this one was all about until the tour guide started talking. Ah, you’re there to watch his act. He was pretty entertaining, very energetic and had these awesome puns. Bob fell in love with his punning skills.

Mad Tea Party: There was no line and it’s a classic ride that you see on the commercials. Had to do it, even though spinning rides are DEFINITELY not my thing. I spent most of the ride with my face in my hands, willing myself not to vomit. And I didn’t.

Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: A cute ride through scenes with Winnie & Friends.

Mickey’s PhilharMagic: LOVED this show! It’s 3D and then some! Not only do things pop out at you, you can actually feel and smell also! It was awesome! Example – when the champagne corks popped out, they popped out at you and you felt it whoosh because they blasted air at you as well. It was crazy.

Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor: This was an interactive show with the characters from Monster’s Inc. They aren’t in costumes, they are actually animated. They would put a spotlight on members of the audience and ask them questions. You can also text jokes in and they may be performed if accepted. Pretty neat.

Peter Pan’s Flight: You fly above scenery from Peter Pan. Cute, classic. We actually had to stand in line the longest for this ride, about 1/2 an hour.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The movies were based on this ride. Since the movies became such huge hits, Disney had to incorporate Jack Sparrow in the ride so he’s there, in three different scenes.

Snow White’s Scary Adventure: A boat ride through the different scenes of Snow White. Man, that witch is scary!

Stitch’s Great Escape: This was another sensory show. You are sitting in a chair watching keeping an eye on Stitch but he escapes and runs around the lab. Things are crashing around you and he even burps a chili dog. Wow, that was stinky.

And who must you visit when you’re at Disney World? Mickey, of course!

We also sought out Donald Duck for a photo with him and our Donald medals.

Our wonderful day ended with Disney’s famous fireworks.

Bob and I went into the park just expecting a cutsey time, with Disney characters and kiddie rides. We did not expect it to love it so much. We were just blown away with the amount of detail and heart that went into this “world.” Plus the technology was impressive. The Sherrons have become converts and will be visiting Disney World in the future.

The Disney Marathon

This is how much we love and support our friends. After getting up at 3:30 on Saturday to run the 1/2 marathon, we all got up again Sunday morning at 3:30 to watch Kenny and Will run the marathon. Yep, you read that right, Kenny ran the marathon as well. What he entered was called the “Goofy Challenge” and it definitely lived up to that name. When we said our good-byes to Kenny and Will, we all trekked to the first viewing area where we could see the runners at the 0 mile marker and 4 mile marker. From where we stood, we could see the fireworks go off, signaling the beginning of the race.

It was crazy, seeing all the people running on two separate stretches of highways in the beginning. As we stood there, five pairs of eyes scanned the crowds, trying to get a glimpse of Will and Kenny. When we were about to give up, we finally saw Will run by. We then gave up on looking for Kenny, we thought we may have missed him. So, we all then took the Monorail over to the Polynesian and the 12 mile marker. Patience paid off. We were able to see both Will and Kenny this time around.

After that, we just went to the end of the route to wait. First came Will, running by us, not hearing us cheer for him. About an hour later, we saw Kenny and screamed out his name. He actually heard us and gave us a little wave. In the end, Will finished in 3:25 (it took him less time to run the marathon than Bob did running the 1/2 marathon) and Kenny in 4:30.

Congratulations, you guys! You did awesome!

The Disney Half Marathon

This was it. The culmination of over a year of training. Okay, so we didn’t train the entire time, but we tried. The morning started before the sun woke up, 3:30 AM. Kenny, Krissy, Kat, Will, Kenny’s mom, Bob and I dragged ourselves out of bed, got dressed, downed some Gatorade and Power Bars and headed to the Epcot parking lot.

For today’s race, it was only Kat, Krissy, Kenny, Bob and I running. I was dreading the run for so many reasons; the main one was that the furthest I’ve ever run was 5 miles. I also was having knee problems and foot problems. Yeah, not very confident with myself but there was no turning back. With one last pee, we headed off to the starting gate. Of course, they weren’t going to start 17,000 people all at once. Instead, they grouped everyone into different waves, based on the time that was put down on the application. When I signed us up, I had just put that we would finish in 3:30, the slowest time possible without being picked up by the paddy wagon, so we were in the last wave. The race officially started at 6:03 with the first wave and we started around 6:25. The first two miles were great; I was pumped with the excitement of running a ½ marathon.

I think after that, it was all a blur. Krissy, Bob and I stayed together until about mile 7 when Bob faded into the distance with each step that we took. I started to falter around mile 10 and Krissy pulled away. In the end, though, we all finished: Kat: 2:06, Kenny 2:08, Krissy: 3:15, me 3:15 and Bob 3:28. Hooray for all of us, we crossed the finish line and we all got our medals! Well, except for Bob who was so slow that they ran out of medals. Fortunately he picked up his the next day.

And then the pain really started. We decamped for the condo, and immediately stiffened up in the van. As we unloaded ourselves, the moaning and groaning could be heard for miles, surely. At least Bob’s moaning and groaning. We got up to the room and hit the showers, then we compared our injuries. My knee had swollen up real big and was very uncomfortable. Bob didn’t have any specific pains, but just an overwhelming feeling of soreness and stiffness in his back, ass, hips, thighs, knees, calves, ankles, feet and toes. And we’re both sunburned. But for all our complaining, I think this event was a success. We all are glad that we did it, even if we’re not ever doing it again.

Highlights of the event:

  1. Woman stopping at the side of the road to pee. Standing up. She just pulled her shorts to the side and let fly, right in front of the rest of the runners. That was ballsy.
  2. Snow White running in and out of crowds. She was in full costume. She must have been very warm because I was sweating and I was wearing shorts and a tee shirt.
  3. Running through Cinderella’s castle while waving at Ariel and the Prince and listening to the trumpets playing.
  4. Seeing the various characters while running through the Magic Kingdom.
  5. Hi-fiving Goofy while crossing the finish line.
  6. Reading various sayings on the backs of shirts.
  7. Absolute strangers cheering you on.
  8. The bands and deejays on the side of the route pumping you up with music.
  9. Having to run after the medic on the bike when you’re injured and having him not see you when you’re waving your arms right in front of him.
  10. Dropping an empty water cup on the ground right in front of the state trooper and not getting in trouble (“Everyone’s doing it, Officer!”).
  11. Talking to the various runners/walkers on the road.
  12. Looking behind you and seeing so many people and realizing that you’re not in a bad position.
  13. Kenny’s head.

Wednesday Night Supper Club

I’ve been involved in a “supper club” for over a year now and I don’t think I’ve ever really talked about it on the blog. Well, it started off with Monika and me finding yummy recipes to make once a week. Well, soon we added Kim to the mix and were gathering over at my house making an entire dinner together. Sadly, Monika soon found a job and jetted off to California. Kim and I kept it going though, we weren’t going to miss out on good food. Katie joined us later and so now we meet on Wednesday nights for some cooking, Wii playing or movie watching (it used to be TV watching, then the strike came). If you’re wondering where Bob is, oh, don’t worry, we are not starving him. We are feeding him the fruits of our labor. Okay, so he does help sometimes, usually when I don’t want to cook the meat. Last night we were all talking and saying that we needed a way to share our recipes with one another and came up with me posting on the blog. (We actually thought of having Bob create a website for us until we realized, “Duh, there’s already a website, Cracker and Cheese.”) Here’s to the first Supper Club meal of 2008!

Entree: Moroccan Chicken with Fruit and Olive Topping This dish was so simple, you just cooked the chicken and top it with the fruit. The fruit topping gave the chicken a slight sweet taste which worked out well. I also used rice pilaf instead of couscous and used the tropical fruit blend as my dried fruit. I thought it would be more fitting, since Morocco is tropical and all.

Side Dish: Moroccan Carrot Salad Katie is always conscientious on what side to bring so that it will go well with the entree. This was a great cooked carrot salad, tossed in olive oil and spices.

Dessert: Chocolate Shortcakes with Bananas and Caramel Way to pick a recipe based on the picture, Kim. You would think that this dessert would be heavy, but it wasn’t. It was tasty without being too sweet. Kim does suggest dicing the bananas next time and folding them into the whip cream.