So we're 15 days into 2009, and I haven't posted here since just after Christmas. Bad form.
Well, Christmas was great, and then I had 12 days off work starting New Year's Eve. So I've been rather busy at work this week. Still nowhere near caught up. At least the week seems to be going by quickly. It's already Thursday, after all.
Disney World was SO GREAT. Sharif and I were in Florida, and warm, and having real fun for a whole week. We ate incredibly well, too. I think I just figured out that we spent more on food in that week than we did on accomodations and airfare, since we got such good deals on those. SO worth it. We had a few fancy meals- Tuesday we had lunch at Le Cellier in the Canada Pavilion at Epcot. (Recommended by about a million people, and for good reason. We didn't make our reservation until the day before, and the lady that was helping us was so excited that we got a table. She said she'd never actually been able to get anyone in there before.) Wednesday we had sushi at the nice restaurant in the Japan pavilion. (It was really early, and we were able to just walk right in. With our drinks that we'd just purchased in Morocco.) Thursday we had dinner at Jiko at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. (Filet Mignon with a red wine reduction and fancy mac-n-cheese for me, lamb for Sharif, a wide selection of South African wines, and pistachio creme brulee for dessert. That last item had a chocolate base and was just amazing.) The rest of our meals were just from counters, but they were still pretty tasty.
Apparently I'm hungry, because I started with the food and I'm certainly not going to outline all of our activities for the week right now. But I will say this: We finished our first day at the parks with the fireworks at Magic Kingdom. And they start with a single shooting star arcing over the castle. And then Tinkerbell (a real person!) steps out of one of the towers and flies over the park. (There's a zipline.) It's . . . dare I say . . . magical.
So anyway, we had a fantastic time. We were certainly not ready to come back to the cold and the work of the real world. I know I should be all Disney-ed out, but that has not happened. When we got home, I mostly just wanted to sit and watch Beauty & the Beast. Ah well. Now there is work to be done.