Friday, November 15, 2013

Wine & Dine Half Marathon: Friday adventures

I promise not to drag out my recaps, but I just thought it might be easier to break it apart by day.  I can say we crammed a lot of Disney fun in a three day period.

Friday morning started dark and early around 3'ish as we had a super early flight.  I'm a semi anxious traveler, I love to fly.  I'm just not happy until I actually get to my destination.  Cause well, you never know when a flight will be delayed, or over booked.  Or you know a freak snowstorm hits and you get stranded in Odessa, Missouri. Yes, I'm holding a grudge. I say all of this because that means there was no sleep on the plane.  Gotta be vigilant.  

Fortunately, the flights went well and we actually arrived early!  So my St. Jude teammates and I headed off to our home for the weekend, Port Orleans French Quarter, where DisBroad Kristen had already checked in.  We met at Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory and had lunch.  Before we left we ran into DisBroad's Tania, Julie and Patty and DisBroad BRF Bonnie.

Let me tell you, it was so nice to finally meet my friends from behind the computer in person.  Even though I tend to be super introverted and shy when I first meet people, I truly felt like I had known them for awhile.

Once we got everything settled at POFQ, Lisa, Marla, Kristen and I went off to explore the expo.  I had in my head a laundry list of things that I needed  wanted, so I went with a plan of attack.  After a short bus ride we arrived at ESPN Wide World of Sports and headed off to pick up our packets. 

My first impression was that it was empty, there were two people in front of me for packet pick up, and one of them was Marla.  It was a welcome change from Princess where you couldn't turn around without accidentally bumping into anyone. It was so nice to have breathing room.  I had heard that it was a little crowded earlier in the day Grabbed the packets and made a quick stop for some pictures.

The first stop for us as we made our way into the expo was the St. Jude booth.  It was so nice to be able to meet our rep in person and give her a big hug and a big thank you for her patience and support.  

From there we went off and did a bit of shopping. On my wish list was possibly a new SparkleAthletic skirt, a new belt with toggles for my race bib, a visit to Raw Threads and champagne.  Yes, champagne was a priority.  Lisa and I established that precedent at Princess and decided to carry that one on.  

We made our way around and found Sparkle Athletic, I ended up grabbing a new shirt Running Happily Eve After.  This one of my Princesses purchases, but let's just say it shrunk and call it good, so I bought a new one in a larger size and different color combo.  Love, love this shirt.  While we were there, I got to say hi to Kelly from According to Kelly and get to meet Krissy from Shiawase Life and Outrunning the Monorail.  While standing there talking to Krissy, I decided to to buy a new skirt, which would be important later. 

 After visiting for a bit, we paid for our purchases and went to the runDisney merchandise section.  I will add here that it was good that we left or I probably would have kept spending, started thinking about sleeves and visors.  I actually walked away without purchasing anything here.  I'm sort of in buyer's remorse.  Fortunately, I can still buy one of the shirts online. 

Next up was Raw Threads and I walked off with one shirt, which was another miracle.  Love their shirts and could have easily bought more.  

Kristen and I then made our way to the Fitletic booth and I found my new belt.  More on this later, but I absolutely love it, and might be thinking about the next size up at some point in time.  

We met up with Lisa and Marla who had been perusing on their own, and found the champagne.  

After the champagne, we wrapped up our adventure and headed back to the hotel to drop our purchases off and head to Magic Kingdom and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, and that my friends deserves a post of its own.  

What were your thoughts on the expo?  What are your must do stops?