This weekend was the Inaugural Star Wars 1/2 Marathon race weekend at Disney World. Disneyland gets The Light Side (the good guys), while Disney World gets The Dark Side (the bad guys). Our friend B is a dork like we are (though we aren't really SW geeks as much as we are Marvel geeks), and as a surprise to him, I was able to sign him up to come volunteer with us (he recently volunteered at the Special Olympics a few months ago).
B came to our house around 9am and once the car was packed up, we headed off to get donuts ($8). B had also never been to Daylight Donuts (he loved them!)
A bit down Main Street, B heard a noise from the back of the car, so we pulled over to discover a flat tire on his side of the car. We limped our way to a nearby office building and parked near the road.
I called Triple A to come out and help us change the tire (sadly, I'm not comfortable doing it, neither Hubby nor the Kiddo know how to do it, and B isn't in good enough shape to do it). While waiting, we unpacked the trunk and put all the luggage in the backseat, so that we could get to the spare tire.
|B talking to the AAA guy|
|Tiny donut tire|
|Heading towards the park across the street|
|Hubby (the Trunk Organizational Master) repacking the trunk after getting our "new" tire|
|I should have swerved to scare the hell out of him...|
|Parking was horrendous - we had to be WAY out here!|
|We need to go to the building in the middle of the shot|
|Oh boy, stairs!|
|We made it!|
|Coffee and hot chocolate as a reward|
B and the Kiddo ended up at the same table, while Hubby and I were at different tables (but within touching distance).
|Action Shot of B and the Kiddo|
|Not Much Action shot of Hubby working|
|Sitting Pretty Action Shot of me working|
|New Costume Regulations|
|New Costume Regulations (second side)|
|Programs, Bibs, Challenge bracelets, sign-off binder|
|Me, the Hubby and Necie (Team Leader)|
|View from the upper level|
|Wetzel's Pretzel and Large Diet Coke = $3.19|
|Green Box = Healthy choices Black Box = Tasty choices|
My box had two Uncrustables, chips, a cookie and a Go-Go Squeez. Other boxes have had ham or turkey sandwiches, with the same sides.
|Freshly-baked cookie, Go-Go Squeez, Lay's, two Uncrustables|
Since we were all still hungry, we headed to TGI Friday's ($70) on West Irlo for dinner. It was hard to eat; I wasn't sure what was wrong, but all day, my upper front left tooth had been hurting. If I bit on it, or put any pressure on it in any way, it hurt like hell! Never in my life had I had any pain like that. Of couse, if I was at home, I'd go to the dentist - but I'm stuck 150 miles away. Glad I always carry pain reliever in my purse! I used it a lot this weekend.
|Friday's Shrimp (Ranch for my fries; Mayo for my shrimp since they don't have tartar sauce)|
|I really wish hotel rooms would give more than one nightstand|
After getting a bit lost, we found the Volunteer tent way at the far side of the Pre-Race area. We checked in, were given shirts (no jackets, since it was supposed to be hot this weekend) and some runDisney snack boxes (no Pick 5 Snacks type deal this time).
|Horrible shot of the pre-race area (those 'screens' are photo backdrops)|
|Waiting in line at the Volunteer Check-In Tent|
|On the bus to the finish line (creeper in the back)|
|Another badly out-of-focus shot, this time of the finisher chute|
|Setting up PowerAde|
|Finished PowerAde/Water tables (those red bottles are so pretty)|
Once the entire area was stocked up, we were allowed to chill out, have a snack, wander around, which is always my favorite part. I checked out the Inaugural 10k medals, had a snack, and played on my phone.
|This is the same box that runners will get after the race|
|Solitare, while waiting for runners to finish|
|Exept for that one bottle, we made sure that all bottles faced forward|
|An entire team of Stormtroopers!|
The middle tables were completely empty 2/3 into the race, so I pulled out what I call The Disney Voice™ and began directing runners to find PowerAde "On your right... and further down." Once The Disney Voice™ comes out, it makes people think I'm actually a cast member, and I began getting lots of questions from runners. Where is this, when is that, blah blah blah. I could answer most of them, but I had to get some runDisney guys for few of them.
|Balloon Ladies, racing with Death Star balloons|
|Not a whole lot left at this point|
After an hour or so of chill-out time at the hotel, we (some of us) changed our clothes and we all went to Epcot.
|Yay! Test Track (with a FastPass+)|
|B and the Hubby creating their cars|
|Awww, we've gotten faster than this before!|
|I don't know why EU gets so much hate. It is what it is, and it's good|
|Chicken Breast Nuggets with Fries, and Cup for Water|
It wasn't the best meal - my tooth was really hurting by this time, and I only ate because I needed food. I wished I'd not spent $10 on food I didn't really taste.
After dinner, the three of them went back to Test Track while I wandered around and photographed the hell out of the Flower & Garden Festival. Don't worry, I won't post all 700 photos I took!
|Imagination Pavillion with "backwards" Waterfall|
|Chinese Dancer Topiaries|
|Artsy flowers near Imagination Pavilion|
|Dancing and Jumping Fountains near Imagination Pavilion|
|Dancing Fountain near Imagination Pavilion|
|Bambi, Thumper and Flower near Canada Pavilion|
|Little Cottage at Canada Pavilion|
|Little Cottage with Flowers at Canada Pavilion|
|Waterfall near Le Cellier at Canada Pavilion|
|Bo Bice! I voted for him on American Idol. Nice to see him still getting work|
|Ahoy, matey! It be sunset on the Seven Seas Lagoon|
|I see you, Spaceship Earth|
|Ana and Elsa in Norway|
|Spaceship Palm Trees|
|Creeper Spaceship Earth|
|My dogs are barkin'!|
|B and the Hubby (B is tired!)|
We were bused to our water-stop, and on the way there we were given the run-down by the team leaders. One TL was PowerAde and one TL was water; and they were married to each other, so they worked really well as a team in and of themselves!
B and the Kiddo were set up with PowerAde - B got to sit down, since he has issues.
Hubby and I were on water duty. I grabbed a table and began unwrapping liters of water while Hubby started setting up cups. Eventually his cups got near my bottles and he began bossing me around, telling me how to do things, so I snapped right back at him. I got here first, I was trying to get the damn water out without having to set it on the wet ground... sigh... I'm sure the other volunteers were glad we were at a far away table; we get loud when we argue. He blamed my grumpiness on my sore mouth, but honestly, I think I was grumpier from having to spend the weekend locked in a hotel room with so many people. I'm pretty introverted, so that degree of "togetherness" exceeded my comfort zone.
Whatever it was, we both shut up and just did our job. Once done, we moved to help other tables.
|Each table has about 600+ cups on it|
|Runners will be coming toward us from the far section of the photo|
Our table was the last table on the runner's right, and it was a great spot because a little bit up the road was a DJ playing an awesome Imperial March mix. He'd play a few club songs (I recall a club mix of "Honey, I'm Good") and then the March. Then a few normal songs, then the March again. It was really great. It helped pump up the volunteers (and eventually the runners) and helped me forget about my stupid tooth for a while).
|Looking further along the course from our table; DJ set up by the bright lights|
|Taking a break, letting B and the Hubby hand out water (The Kiddo is much further upstream)|
|The end is near - I see balloon ladies|
|Tip all the cups onto the street|
|Once tables were flipped, they were folded and put in the truck; cups were swept into the middle of the road|
|A swarm of Street Sweepers|
|Gobble gobble nom nom nom|
Once B left, I took a deep breath and thanked the Lord for getting me though a weekend full of togetherness. I'm going to bed!