Romantic getaway to Portofino Bay Orlando, Day 1

December 13, 2012 at 10:05 am

Ever since we got back from Orlando on Saturday I have had zero desire to download and edit photos. I often feel like this after vacations when I have hundreds of photos to go through. This photo aversion carries over into not wanting to take photos of every single little thing like I usually do. So I’ve taken almost no photos since we got back. So much for my photo-a-day challenges. In my defense, I pretty much knew that I would end up laming out on those. I’ve tried them before and at some point I just don’t want to do it anymore. It was fun for a while.

I finally forced myself to go through the first days’ worth of photos from our little mini-vacation, so here they are.

After getting both boys off to school on Thursday, I went to the St. Pete/Clearwater airport to pick up my Mom who was arriving from Tennessee.

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The boys were so excited that she would be there when they got out of school. Thank you so much Mom!

After giving her the run-down of what to expect for the next two days with the boys, Chad and I vacated.

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We ate lunch on the road…sandwiches from Einstein Bros. Bagels. I had a chicken pesto bagel thin sandwich.

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It was fairly smooth sailing about an hour and a half to Orlando.

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A month or so ago I asked my social media friends where we should go in Orlando at Universal City Walk for a romantic getaway weekend. We had stayed at the Royal Pacific, but weren’t really familiar with the other hotels. Several of my friends said that the Portofino was very romantic, so that’s what we chose.

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The hotel was beautiful and our room was very nice.

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We had a view of one of the pools.

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There was an interesting window between the bedroom and the bathroom.

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Relaxation began immediately (margarita #1):

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After we got settled in we decided to take a walk around the resort to get the lay of the land. I wore my Garmin and made sure we got in at least one mile.

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It was hard to resist taking self portraits every time we got in an elevator.

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Some of the paths around the resort were almost fall-like with the hardwood trees shedding their leaves. This is unusual in Florida.

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After we had explored every corner of the Portofino Bay Hotel, we headed back to our room for another drink (I was trying to keep track at this point)…

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and then left to go to Universal City Walk for dinner. There was a singer performing on the plaza where the ferry launch was located.

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The Christmas decorations were beautiful, and the Clauses were just hanging out next to the huge tree.

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On the ferry:

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Our destination for dinner:

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So many margaritas to choose from!

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I went for the “perfect” margarita.

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Still keeping track:

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For my dinner I chose the Jerk Salmon and a garden salad.

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Chad got a cheeseburger in paradise.

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Last drink of the evening:

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After dinner we walked around Universal City Walk a bit.

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Then we rode the ferry back to the Portofino and called it a night.

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Day 2 still to come if I can make myself go through the photos.

Fitbloggin’ 2012 Day 4 – Sunday, the last day

September 25, 2012 at 4:55 pm

It came to my attention during Fitbloggin’ that the intent was to provide a variety of workout opportunities so that attendees could pick and choose what they wanted to participate in. For some reason I never even considered not doing all of the workouts (well, beforehand I never considered it…at 5:30 a.m. Friday morning I was definitely considering it). I saw the conference as an opportunity to try a bunch of new things, as well as to get some quality excessercising in while on vacation. Luckily, Maggie totally agreed with me on this and she wouldn’t even let me whine much when we had to get up early to head to a work out. I think that those of us that did all six workouts and the 5K should have gotten some sort of medal. Maggie backs me up on this, although Fitbloggin’ didn’t respond to her tweet.

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In any event we did get up on Sunday morning for the 5K. The pre-dawn view from our hotel room:

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And here it is using the fancy panorama creator on my camera:

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Maggie looks thrilled and I look demented:

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All the die-hard 1 mile/5K’rs:

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We walked en masse across Light Street to the harbor walk…

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and took off after a count down.

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I walked the 5K route and used it as a sight-seeing opportunity. I took tons of photos.

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I’m not going to lie. My hip was pretty unhappy with all of the weekend’s back to back workouts and lots of walking already. But I felt okay to walk a 5K.

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The cool Baltimore morning felt wonderful. In my hoody, I got warm in the sunny spots, but was perfectly comfortable whenever in the shade. Walking at any hour day or night in Florida would definitely not require a jacket at this point. We had fabulous weather for Fitbloggin’.

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Soon we turned away from the waterfront and made a u-turn near the half-way point.

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We walked past this diner that was cooking bacon and I really wanted to stop and get some bacon to take back to the Hyatt.

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I was pretty sure we weren’t going to be having bacon at the Fitbloggin’ final breakfast.

As we turned onto Charles Street to head back towards the hotel I felt like I had stepped into an episode of The Wire.

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Or possibly The Corner, which was also a David Simon creation based on his time in Baltimore. Chad and I both read his book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets while in law school. We were assured that the route was safe, but dang, this looked just like The Corner.

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The Reebok representative who was leading the 5K looped back past me, checking on all of us walking stragglers to make sure no one was left behind. He ended up coming back to me and we walked the last half mile or so together, talking about our children, of course. It was a beautiful morning walk and I was so glad to get to see some more of Baltimore.

Post 5K breakfast (as predicted, no bacon):

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After breakfast I sadly lounged around sighing loudly while Maggie packed. Her flight home was earlier than mine. I didn’t torture her with more pictures, but there was sadness. It was hard to say goodbye to her and let her fly off to the other side of the country.

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After Maggie left I got all showered and packed up myself. I left my luggage with the concierge and set off on my own to explore just a little more in search of lunch.

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Just as I was walking away from the hotel I ran into Cynthia (It All Changes) again and had to get one last photo with her.

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Then I walked all over the Federal Hill neighborhood, starting with the harbor walk again. There was some sort of charity walk/run going on.

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Lots of dogs.

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I used Yelp’s “monacle” feature on the mobile app while walking around and looking at restaurants.

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I passed a comics store that made me miss the boys.

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About that time my friend Christie O. texted and said she and a couple of ladies were heading to lunch if I wanted to join them, so I hurried back to the hotel and the four of us walked to Pizzeria Uno on the harbor.

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I ordered the eggplant, spinach, and feta half pizza.

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It was delicious.

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Thanks to Jessica for this awesome picture of Christie, me, and Thea:

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Well that’s it. That’s all the photos I took at Fitbloggin’ 2012. After lunch I returned to the hotel, soon boarded my super shuttle to the airport, and was shortly on my flight back to St. Pete. It was a jam-packed, exhausting, fun weekend.Thanks to the organizers, all the awesome people I met, and my room soul mate Maggie for making it so wonderful. Fitbloggin’ 2013 will be in Portland next June. It’s on the radar.

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I’ve pretty much taken Monday and Tuesday off of life, other than the necessities like feeding, clothing, and carting my children. Now it’s back to reality.

Cya.

Click here for my post about Fitbloggin’ Day 1 (Thursday)

Click here for my post about Fitbloggin’ Day 2 (Friday)

Click here for my post about Fitbloggin’ Day 3 (Saturday)