We left Delaware last Saturday at 3:30am and made it to Jacksonville, FL that evening around 5pm. I did fairly well calorie-wise on the way down. I tried to eat the healthy snacks I brought with me, but I did indulge in a Whopper Junior (sans the mayo). We went to Cracker Barrel that evening, and I got the grilled chicken salad. Yum!
On Sunday, we made it over to Disney World by 11am, checked in at All Star Sports, and headed out to Magic Kingdom by noon. We started out with the Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean. Then, my Disney calorie overload began with a taco salad in a taco shell. It was amazing, but I can only imagine how bad it was for me. We did a few more rides and went back to the hotel to change clothes, get settled, and get some dinner at the food court. I had the chicken quesadillas, which weren’t too bad. After that, we headed on over to Hollywood Studios to see the Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.
After breakfast, we caught the monorail and headed over to Epcot to ride some rides and see some of the country’s Christmas decorations. I heard from Brandy this afternoon, and we made plans to meet up at Downtown Disney for dinner at House of Blues. We both had a delicious pasta dish. It was wonderful catching up with her! After dinner, we drove on over to the Mall at Millenia to browse some stores. As always, we got a picture taken… Thursday was our last day in the parks, and by this time, I was extremely ready to go home. My parents and I had breakfast at the food court and decided to go to Saratoga Springs resort instead of going to a park for the morning. We had never checked it out, so it was nice to do something different. While there, my mom went on a tour of the Disney Vacation Club Preview Center. I’ve always been interested in purchasing a membership, and it will be a few years before I do, but the tour was very interesting.We all had lunch in the Magic Kingdom at noon at Tony’s Town Square. A few of my friends work there still. I was so excited to catch up with Bethany. We’re both running the Princess Half Marathon in March.
We didn’t stay too long in Magic Kingdom before we headed over to Hollywood Studios to go on Rockin’ Rollercoaster and check out the new American Idol attraction. On the way back to the hotel, I checked Facebook for some friends’ status updates and saw everyone at home was excited about the snowstorm coming. We all agreed we were ready to go home, so we decided to leave early onFriday morning.We left at 7:15am and were making good time until we hit Richmond, Virginia. It had started to snow, and everyone decided to go 20 mph. If we had gone a little faster, we could have beat the storm home, but we ended up getting stuck in several back-ups. Tractor trailers were getting stuck on on-ramps and were jack-knifing, causing major delays. At one point, we were stuck in the same spot for 3 hours near DC. We were hoping to get home that night by 11pm, but instead, we finally arrived at 10am the next day. My town only got a few inches because I’m so close to the ocean, but the town I work in got over a foot, and my brother’s town got 18 inches. My dad says we’re working tomorrow, so thank goodness for my Jeep.
As you can probably tell, I didn’t get in any running. Fail! After walking all day in the parks, I just couldn’t get my body up and out of bed to go running. But I did end up losing about 3 pounds while on vacation!