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New Year’s Getaway

For New Year’s 2011 we decided to take a mini-break in Orlando.  2010 has been quite a year with a lot of changes and we both felt that we were in dire need of some R&R.  We talked about attempting a more exotic, or at least, further away location, but eventually decided that a low-key, easy-to-reach location would be best.  Of course, we’ve been to Orlando on many occasions, but we always have fun and can usually get a very good deal on hotels.

While unpacking after our arrival on Wednesday I noticed a stowaway:

Despite the clever ruse I recognize them from our trip last fall to Dragon Con in Atlanta.  Sneaky!

Thursday night we attended Sleuth’s Dinner Show.  I’m an actor in a local murder mystery dinner show and was really curious to see how this compared to my production.  We saw the play “Squire’s Inn”.  The theatre looked like it could easily be used for any mystery that involved castles, the Medieval Period, or the like.  This must make it easy to trade out the 13 shows that they have (there are three theatres at the venue).  The show consists of a one-act play, a question and answer session and a summary where you learn who the killer is.  It was quite a different format than what I am used to; ours is a four-act play and more interactive.  However, the food was decent and the evening passed quickly and enjoyably.  My hubby got lucky and was one of the winners.  He received this badge, which we are told is 100% official:

Friday we had breakfast in bed, swam in the pool, and went to see Narnia “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”.  I hope that despite the low box office returns the studio will finish out the series.  We also ate lunch at T-Rex café.  It’s mediocre food at high prices, but you get the treat of a meteor shower every 20 minutes!

Rawrrrr!

We rang in the New Year at Sea World.  They had dancing trees, “snow” in the Waterfront, ice skating, and most importantly, fireworks.  We also saw the seasonal Shamu Rocks show, which included a live guitarist who wailed out riffs reminiscent of Van Halen and Nuno Bettancourt.

I enjoyed the show especially the baby in the tank mimicking the tricks that mom was doing.  What a cutie!

I can’t deny that I liked the show, but I wonder if the whales really do have a good life in captivity.  *sigh*

Saturday, we did a whole lot of sleeping.  Eventually, we had dinner at Benihana’s and saw “True Grit” at the movies.  The remake was surprisingly excellent!  I noticed that Jeff Bridges acts in every other movie that comes out recently; I’m not surprised after his Oscar win last year.  It’s nice to see that Hollywood isn’t always just for the young and beautiful.  My only complaint was the difficulty in understanding his muddled speech for Rooster in some scenes.

Strangely enough there is also a LOT of pizza in our hotel…pizza in the restaurant…at the pool…in the room…on the run…in your sheets…on your nightstand…lurking outside your window on the 7th floor…

Soylent Red – It’s…pizza!

On an odd side note – I watched more Lock Up than I ever thought possible during this trip.  It was the Guru’s program of choice while drifting off to sleep each night.  He has to sleep with the television on; I can sleep through a tornado so it’s often on even though I don’t really care for it.  I spent most nights up until the wee hours of the morning engrossed by Stieg Larsson’s novel, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, long after the Guru was asleep, and thus got to enjoy the beauty and mystery that is Lock Up.  I discovered that in one prison inmates keep cats and gophers as pets, and in another is a lady whose interview was literally the most frightening thing I’ve seen.

And on that note – Happy New Year 2011!


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Harry Potter and the Ride of Doom

I spent Black Friday enjoying Universal Islands of Adventure with Antebellum and the cousins.  I really love a good theme park and I was having an excellent time until I encountered this:

Yep, that’s right…Harry Potter and the Ride of Doom.

One ride to puke them all

One ride to blind them

One ride to bring them all

And in the darkness inflict motion sickness on them

To be fair to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey –

1) I did ride this last month with no incident other than having to close my eyes for a few moments when it got a bit too intense.

2) I am prone to motion sickness.  Unfortunately, this has been getting worse as I get older.

Perhaps, my reaction had something to do with riding the Dragon Challenge three times in a row with Cousin M&M just prior to this.  Maybe, I was simply foolish (who, me?) to attempt riding this monster a second time in one day.  Or it could have just been my “lucky” day.

Whatever the reason, I was struck with horrible and debilitating motion sickness after my second jaunt on the Ride of Doom.

For the better part of two hours, I could only sit at a table looking at the ground while slowly eating saltines provided by Antebellum (I love you!) as my brain rattled and my eyes felt like they were going to burst out of my skull.  (Some of you probably would have gotten a kick out of that bit)

Unfortunately, throwing myself into the fires of Mount Doom to end the agony was out of the question.

After what seemed like an eternity, I was able to hobble toward the front of the park.  Since I couldn’t look up, left, or right, I had to be led by the hand like a blind woman.  Make way for Grammy!

May ye be warned.