Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Things I love about the Disney cruise

1. The horn.
2. Sailing away with Ariel, Nemo and all the freaking princesses!
3. Feeling like a kid, but being treated as a (spoiled) adult.
4. Beer.

5. Margaritas.
6. Margaritas for breakfast.
7. The big port holes.
8. Cartoons on a giant screen, poolside, with beer.
9. Disney shows every night.
10. Singing along.
12. My favorite pirate.

14. Um, a separate bathroom and shower.
15. Did I mention the horn?
16. Johnny Depp.

17. All those cheesy contests and prizes. Get glow sticks!
18. Having the whole ship to myself in Nassau. (Such a dirty place.)
19. A gym, if I ever got the urge to work out. :)
20. Private island. Because every girl needs one; if only for a day.

21. Hammocks on a private island, with margaritas.
22. Dancing and singing waiters.
23. Disney everything. Disney. Disney. Disney. Mine. Mine. Mine.
24. Cleanliness like I've never seen before. Amazing.
25. Shouldn't Chip & Dale visit you every day at the pool?

Monday, September 15, 2008

My Best Friend's Wedding

Just got back from Minneapolis for Denise and Mike's wedding! Congrats Leachs! (D - Is that the proper spelling in this instance? Please advise.)

SIDEBAR: I always like to tell the story of how Denise and I met. We were both attending an 8 a.m. summer school class at NCSU. We were told to introduce ourselves to a classmate as an icebreaker activity. Denise and I spotted each other immediately because in a sea of sorority girls all dolled up in their makeup and cutesy outfits, we were both in pajamas. From that moment on - solid friends!

Back to present day - Little jet lagged and a lot exhausted! I think I'm getting too old for a weekend of partying. You add in airline travel and I'm just a zombie.

So, Rusty and I arrived on Friday afternoon (see airport story below for that drama) and pretty much went straight to the rehearsal and cookout. We shared a rental car with Tisha, Anup and baby girl Shah. It was great to spend time such quality time with them! (And baby girl Shah clearly needed to spend some bonding time with her Auntie Kira.)

Rusty and Mike partying it up the night before the big day.

Tisha, Anup and baby! And yes, we all wore nametags. But, really, they were so helpful!

A little post-rehearsal party action because we are cool like that.

The next morning, bright and early, I awake determined to put my own hair up to save a little moolah. And it worked! Off to the mall for a little glamor action and then to the church. We said our pre-wedding prayer and were ready to go. It was a sweet ceremony and there were quite a few criers.

Here we are with the happy couple!

Reliving the college days. Dancing the night away. If you know us at all, I don't need to explain this photo.

I made a video for D and Mike to show at the reception. It's pretty cute, and sappy. It's a wedding after all. But I made it as fun as I could. :) It lives here if you are curious: www.kirapeoples.com/denise.wmv.

After breakfast with everyone, we loaded up to head to the airport. But not without a stop at the Mall of America. Wow! That place was overwhelming and totally fabulous. I could spend weeks there, seriously. The rides were calling our names, but we just didn't have a lot of time to spend there. Sadness.

Here's a pic of the indoor amusepark park.

Suite Seats with the Pack

Rusty and I were lucky enough to experience the new Vaughn Towers at Carter-Finley for the football home opener. And we won! (Now for the rest of the season...)

Friday, September 12, 2008

Don't you just love American Airlines?

You see, instead of actually flying right now, I am - once again - stuck for hours at the Chicago airport.

It all started this morning when we arrived at RDU at 5:50 a.m. for our 7 a.m. flight like dutiful travelers. Then we realize, hmm, this says our plane doesn't take off until 8:25 a.m. and now we don't arrive in Minneapolis until 1:15 (instead of the purposely planned earlier arrival at 11 a.m.).

I'm just grumbling because American Airlines didn't attempt to contact me to let me know that my flights were straight cancelled. I think it's related to Hurricane Ike, but people this is the day of online technology - send a sista an update!

I give mad props to Travelocity and Expedia, and I'm sticking with booking through them in the future. Those great groups would send me an updated itinerary if even the tiniest morsel of a detail changed. And then I'd know. But American Airlines, nope. I'm on my own.

Sure, sure, I could have signed up for the alerts, but with other Web sites being so savvy and helpful I just assumed they all had their act together. Should have known better. American Airlines usually screws me over when I resort to flying with them. Blah.

Here I sit. Rusty is a dear and pacified me by hooking me up to the internet. And now I'm calmer. Phew.

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