Day 22 Thursday Nov 4
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|Thu, 11-04-2010 - 11:01pm|
Well dh had said that since he gets up earlier than I do, that if it wasn’t raining out, he’d wake me up and we’d head back to Epcot to get the rest of my Discovery Passport stamped. So it wasn’t raining. But we went prepared this time. I wore a pair of crocs instead of sandals, and long pants instead of shorts, to minimize wet/cold skin. We took three trash bags for the scooter, and decided we’d use the poncho for me, and dh took an umbrella for himself. I took my floppy sun hat instead of my straw hat, all the better to fend off the rain ;).
It was dry on the drive over, we’re less than 2 miles from Epcot. Wouldn’t you know it, while driving around DTD, an idiotic (and I’m being nice here) Mear’s taxi driver rear-ended me as we were about to move as a light changed from red to green! It really was only a bump, not enough to deploy the airbags, thank goodness, and we have an old Kia Sportage with the spare tire hanging on a rack on the back of the vehicle (as opposed to the new ones that have the spare inside), and the taxi was only a little sedan, he must have hit only the tire. Even still, here he is driving a plain old sedan, with me, a big SUV in front of him, how could he NOT see me? Man, that shook me up, it wasn’t even raining right then either.
Dh calmed me down and we drove on to Epcot. We decided to wait until we were through the gates to wrap the scooter since I keep my purse in the front basket and that would get covered with a trash bag too. Of course as soon as we got through the gate the rain started. We pulled behind a ticket booth to wrap the steering column and were off. After a pit stop at Mouse Gears for dh to look for any discounted Halloween stuff -- OMG, it’s already been replaced with Christmas stuff! -- we moved on to the WS once again, this time starting with Ireland.
The rain wasn’t heavy, thank goodness. We stopped at the Ireland kiosk for the Lobster and Scallop Fisherman’s Pie, so rich but oh so yummy. Think of it as a seafood shepherd’s pie. I may try making a healthier version at home, it was that good. I also learned that what seemed like a raisin compote that came with the cheese plate the other day, was actually an apple chutney - very similar to compote IMO.
Then it was on to Canada just for the stamp, and I realized I’d never gotten the stamp from Greece, so I doubled back while dh waited for me. The next two countries I needed stamps from were France and Belgium. Dh saw my face as we approached France and he said to go ahead and get the escargots and the sparkling pomegranate kir - O. M. G. I think I went to heaven for a minute. But way too rich, I could feel the butter in my mouth and my arteries crying out, good thing I eat that only once every few years! The kir came in a plastic champagne flute, I’ve never seen one like this, so we saved it, I hope it survives the trip home, I’d like to personalize it in some way to remember when we got it. No food in Belgium, I plan to make the steamed mussels with garlic cream sauce, of course I’m going to healthy it up!
Stopped in Japan for a stamp, I resisted the urge to buy sushi and sake; I’ve never tasted sake. On to Australia - can you say yum? Can you say healthy at the same time? Seared barramundi (some sort of fish) with blistered cherry tomatoes and arugula dressed with lemon oil. Another O.M.G. to me. Another stop at the US kiosk for some slices of heirloom tomatoes, with red onion, fresh basil, blue cheese and olive oil, I figured this was a healthy thing to taste, and just so yummy! Then more stamps only at Germany, Italy, Singapore and the Brewer’s Collection.
Raining lightly most of the time, but by the time we approached our next kiosk, it was slowing down to a really light drizzle, and I took off my poncho -- those things can get HOT!
Stamps only at South Korea, Poland, Argentina and Mexico, and we were done with the countries, the only stamps left were for the Desserts & Champagne kiosk and the 15 Beers for 15 Years kiosk, and then finally we were heading back to the Festival Center for the Completion stamp - YAY! I felt just like a little kid J but dh and I agreed that they should have something like a special pin available for people who complete the book. I mentioned as much to a C.M. and she agreed too. When I got the completion stamp, the C.M. there said the Discovery Passports were a huge success and very popular, but I have to say I hadn’t noticed anyone else using them, I thought I was the only one lol.
When we left the Festival Center to go to the parking lot, the sun was oh so slightly visible, there were even a few faint shadows on the ground! As we got to the car, we decided to go to the other Disney outlet store, this one’s in the Prime Outlet Mall on International Drive in Orlando. We must have browsed around in this absolutely ginormous store, almost as big as regular Disney stores, for 45 minutes or more. I got a Mickey Mouse binder for my pressed coin collection, and dh got a set of ornaments for a thank-you gift for our Sun City Center neighbors who kept an eye on the house there. We left the store to a real downpour! Thank goodness dh had put the 2 unused trash bags in the pocket on the back of the scooter seat and taken the umbrella! One trash bag for the scooter, one for me (it was tight, believe me, it was one of those smaller kitchen can-sized bags lol) and the umbrella for him.
Then we ran through the onslaught! After we got the scooter and stuff loaded, we hopped into the front seat and I ran the a/c on warm to dry us off, and then we finally were on our way home - yes, pouring rain the whole time.
Well they say Orange County had NO rain all of October, so I guess Mother Nature saved it all up for now lol.
Dh grilled another whole fish and I made us a mock rice pilaf and our last bag of frozen mixed veggies to go with it, along with a salad.
And now it’s chill time, dh watching cop shows and me playing online.
Tomorrow - AK J!