An April 2013 trip
to Orlando by Wildcat Dianne
Quote: My friends Danielle, Pam, and yours truly qualified for the Florida State Health Occupations Student Association competitions for Pensacola State College and enjoyed a fun-filled four days at Coronado Resorts when we were not competing in medical related events. Enjoy the ride!
So Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m., we gathered at Fiesta Ballroom area of the hotel and waited to be led into the room for our competition one at a time. We had to report at 6 minute intervals and compete. Pam was nervous and Danielle and I were telling her to breathe. I was getting nervous too, and was running to the bathroom every couple of minutes with nervous bladder. I could have used some deep breathing. Pam went first, followed, by me, then Danielle and then our three other competitors. I went in to competition and got points for being prepared and then went on to compete in taking medical histories from patients and prescription refills over the phone. My nerves got the best of me, and I didn't feel I did a great job but I was proud I made it that far. I was happy it was all over and went back to the room and got into my bathing suit and went to the hot tub to soak my worries away, took a long walk around the resort, had an early dinner, then went back to the room and got back into the monkey suit for the Grand Awards Ceremony at 7:30. This was just for us college folk and it would be less crowded in the Coronado Ballroom.
After taking pictures and having fun with our PSC classmates, we got into the ballroom for the Awards Ceremony. Our category came soon, and we held our breath. We vowed before Orlando to place at least one of us in the top three for Nationals, and that is what happened. Danielle finished 4th, I was 5th, and Pam, who was more nervous than we were finished 2nd. We were really happy for her, and Pam later celebrated her victory with a big piece of chocolate cake from the Rix Cafe. Pensacola State College won a lot of medals and ribbons that night, and about 20 of us are going to Nationals in June. We just had our first meeting about the trip to Nationals last Wednesday, and we are so excited to be taking another trip. This time it's a longer bus ride, but we will have more room to stretch out! I was on Cloud 9 for days after the States, and now I have started another countdown: 66 days til Nashville!
HOSA is short for Health Occupations Student Association and its a great way for one to improve medical skills and do some traveling. Danielle,. Pam, and I qualified for the State Medical Assistant and Medical Issues Exam Competitions. We also had to go to all of the opening ceremony stuff along with two Awards Ceremonies on Friday and Saturday nights. We had to wear black suits with white blouses. Being in these outfits for most of our time in Orlando, I started to call our suits "monkey suits." "Hey! You will have to wear one of those monkey suits when you start doing job interviews!", joked Pam.
Our trip to Orlando was one of fun but one of the business of winning some hardware for Pensacola State College and qualifying for Nationals. Thursday night, Pam, Danielle, and I took our Medical Assisting written tests to qualify. There were only three other competitors with us, and the test was a real pain in the touche for us. Danielle and I were swearing by the time we got out of there and were wanting a beer bad, but we couldn't drink being representatives of HOSA. So I could only cry on the door of the beer fridge at the Rix Market when we went for a drink later on. We were supposed to find out if we qualified later that night after the opening ceremony, but our results weren't posted and we weren' t about to fight the crowds of HOSA members wanting their results either, so we went to bed and got our results the next morning. Let's just say we qualified for the final competition on Saturday morning.
The opening ceremony was one big hoo ha with all schools (secondary, middle, and college) in the Coronado Ballroom. We had fiber optic rods that lit up and made our presence known and sat through two hours of speeches and an interesting performance by mime and comedian Cary Trivanovich. He also gave a motivational speech about being bullied in school but not letting that chase his dreams and he encouraged us to do the same. Pam was really inspired by him, and we got to talk to him the next day when he was getting ready to leave. He was a nice guy and a liked my joke about needing Tommy John surgery for some of the moves he did if I tried them.
Friday morning, we were back in our monkey suits for our Medical Issues Exam. 50 multiple choice questions about the latest news in medicine and medical breakthroughs. At regionals, I finished a surprising 5th while Danielle and Pam qualified in the top 20. Danielle felt I had a chance to place again in States, but I wasn't sure. I finished my test quickly and felt I had guessed through the whole thing. I turned in my test and prayed for the best at the awards ceremony that night and went back to my room and jumped into my bathing suit and hit the hot tub at the Dig Site to soak my worries away.
Friday afternoon, I was back at the ballrooms volunteering for the Courtesy Corps and competing too to see who could get the most hours to go to Nationals as part of the Courtesy Corps. Courtesy Corps volunteers make sure all competitors are where they are supposed to be competing and within earshot of being called to go in and compete. I was working with the Middle Schoolers who were competing in Prepared Public Speaking. I stayed in the all and made sure the kids were nearby and not standing by the doors of the competing rooms. I spoke to a couple of mothers who were with their kids and made the kids comfy and wished them luck as they went inside to do their speeches. That lasted two hours. Now I had to stay in the same area and judge the Middle School Medical terminology exam for two hours with Linda and Julia, two LPN students from PSC. That was an easy job in which we sat there and watched the kids take their test and answered any questions they might have with the exam. We had so many high school courtesy corps volunteers that we could place one of them at each table to make sure none of the little dears were cheating.
Danielle was a judge next door in another competition and because she had to read over the results of the competitor's work with her fellow judges, she was in her room for another two hours after I was finished. I went downstairs after a while and wondered if she got lost or killed a kid, but she told me on the way to dinner what was going on with her group.
After changing into the monkey suit again, it was time for the Awards Ceremony for Courtesy Corps and the Medical Issues exam at 9:30 p.m., past my bedtime most nights! Once again, we were in the Coronado Ballroom and go to sit through the usual spiel before seeing who won the Medical Issues Exam and going to Nationals as part of the Courtesy Corps. The moment of truth came after the speeches by the State HOSA folks, and well, surprise, surprise, surprise, it was a PSC top three sweep with yours truly finishing 2nd. "OH MY GOD!" was my exclamation when I headed to the stage for my award, and I was happy that Diana, an LPN student, and Laura, my future Nationals roomie and fellow Red Sox fan, finished third and first, respectively. Danielle and Pam were thrilled for me and so was everyone else.
More of this is continued in another entry!
Attraction | "A Little R & R In Between Competitions."
There are two pools at the Coronado Springs Resort. The first one was near our hotel on our side of the lake, but Pam said the water was too cold and moved her R & R time to the Dig Site. I didn't get to the Dig Site until Friday morning when I had some time after taking the Medical Services exam and having to be back in my monkey suit to do my Courtesy Corps duties and judging a Middle School HOSA compettion at 1. So I jumped into my bathing suit and hit the Dig Site.
It wasn't that crowded that Friday morning so I was glad I would have time in the hot tub without being crowded in. It was a little chilly for me to go swimming in the huge heated pool, and my leg muscles were killing me from being cooped up on the bus two days before. So the hot tub was my plan for Friday morning. I spent about an hour soaking in the hot tub enjoying the water running over me and the jacuzzi jets relieving my sore muscles. I didn't want to get out, but my pruning skin told me otherwise, and I got out, toweled off, and headed back to my room and a shower before getting into the monkey suit for another round of HOSA fun.
Saturday morning, I competed in the Medical Assisting competition at 8:40 then had the rest of the day to myself. I got out of my scrubs and jumped into my bathing suit to hit the pool and hot tub at the Dig Site again. This pool is huge and only 4 feet deep all around. It is heated and its main attraction is the Mayan temple that people can climb the stairs on and the huge slide for kids. I did a few laps in the pool channeling my inner Michael Phelps before getting out and having lunch. I had brought part of one of the subs that Danielle and Pam had gotten at Wal-Mart the day before and dug in. I didn't know I would be joined by some mooches thinking I left my six beggars at home in Milton. These beggars came in the form of two little gray squirrels with bushy tails. When you eat outside at Coronado Springs Resort, you have to deal with ducks, sparrows, and squirrels wanting to share your food. I thought squirrels were shy from experience, but Rocky and his little cousin were pretty aggressive getting up on a lounge chair near me and scaring the crap out of me. I got rid of them for a little bit of time by tossing a piece of bread at them. They seemed grateful but always came back for more. I thought Remy was bad, but these guys could give my little Tons of Fun lessons!
After eating my sandwich, I went into the hot tub and chatted with some of the high schoolers in HOSA competition and soaked myself until I was woozy. I went back to the room, changed into dry clothes and went back to the Dig Site with Pam for a few minutes. While I was walking, Pam was in the pool and some high schoolers started roughhousing with each other. They got out of hand and ran into Pam, who hurt her foot and was lucky she didn't lose a toe nail. My advice for those who go swimming at the Dig Site is to not roughhouse in the pool and respect those around you.
The Dig Site is open from 7-11 daily and is a good way to cool off after a day of sightseeing or take a nice soak in the hot tub if you don't want to go swimming. There is a snack bar that opens at 11 and rest rooms. Tell Rocky and his cousin hello for me when you are there!
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 19, 2013
The Dig Site
1000 Lake Buena Vista Drive
Restaurant | "Coronado Springs Resort's Cheaper Option for Dinner."
The Pepper Market is a restaurant located in the shopping and restaurant center of the Coronado Springs Resort. Danielle and I ate there twice, and Pam got some food to go once while we were there. Danielle and I ate there on the Friday night we were there before one of the two Awards Ceremonies we were to attend during our stay, and before we got into our monkey suits (my term for our HOSA uniform, black suits, white shirts) for the night's fun, Danielle and I decided this was the best place for a quick bite to eat. We were seated by our hostess and our server was Bryan, who quickly asked us what we wanted to drink. I took water, and Danielle did too. Then we were given the menus and a bill and told we could look at the menu, then get up and go to the area we were interested in getting our food from. The Pepper Market is divided into several sections with different types of food,. So if you want a burger, there is a burger area. An entree, check. Pasta or pizza, bingo! Dessert bar, hell yeah!
So Danielle and I looked at our menus and made our decisions. I decided on Chicken Adobo and Danielle went with a bacon cheeseburger. We went to our respective areas and I was greeted by a young Hispanic cook who at first I had trouble understanding but we eventually understood each other. When i said "What type of sides I wanted", he asked me how to spell "sides"! Danielle and I got our food and sat back down at our table where Bryan was lurking around to see if we wanted any thing else. We said no and ate our dinner. My Chicken Adobo was good, but not like the homemade Philippine yumminess you might get from a Philippine friend who can cook this for you. It came with rice and a veggie, and it hit the spot for the rest of the nights festivities. Danielle enjoyed her burger. Our first night's bills came to about $14 each plus tip since we both got ice cream for dessert. Pam later went down and got herself a chicken jalapeno sandwich that smelled awesome when she brought it back to the room and she said it was really good.
The next night, I went down for dinner alone because as an earlier riser, I eat earlier than most, and I was getting hungry. The girls were napping at the time, but I dropped Danielle a text after a while to let her know where I was. After taking a long walk around the resort grounds, I went to dinner at Pepper Market again. This time my server was Blanca, who wasn't as lurky as Bryan was, and she was very friendly. After looking at the menu, I got up and went to see what looked good for dinner. I went to the burger area and noticed that they had garden burgers. I hadn't had one of those in a long time, and I am a veggie craver and decided that was dinner for the night. This time, I was served by a nice guy named Keith from South Carolina and we were talking about things while he got my food ready. My garden burger came with lettuce, tomato, and pickle and was served with potato chips. It was pretty good, and it filled my tummy. Danielle eventually joined me and had her dinner while I finished mine while Pam still napped. This time our bill fell to about $12 a piece since we didn't have dessert.
Pepper Market is open from 6:30-11 for breakfast, 11:30-2 for lunch, and 4:30-11 for dinner. Casual dress is OK but not bathing suits. It is less expensive than the Maya Grill but the food is good and there is a good variety.
The Pepper Market
1000 Lake Buena Vista Road
Attraction | "Two Musketeers Do Downtown Disney! No Mickey or Tigger! WAHH!"
But we were not disappointed when our coordinator, Ms. Ponson, mentioned that it was free to get into Downtown Disney and there were several buses that would take us there from Coronado Springs Resorts. YES! Danielle, Pam, and I made plans to go to Downtown Disney together our first morning in Disney World. After breakfast, we made our way to the bus stop and waited for a shuttle to take us to Downtown Disney. And waited and waited. Pam was starting to do the cross legged dance and had to find a bathroom. So we waited for her. Then the shuttles started to show up and Danielle and I thought Pam had fallen in the toilet or gotten lost. We missed five shuttles before Danielle went to search for Pam. She found her and Pam said that the bathrooms were further away from shuttle stop than expected. Then Pam felt really tired after not having a good night's rest and decided to go back to our room and nap. So it was just Danielle and I for Downtown Disney.
After a little bit of a wait, the shuttle came back to Coronado Springs and we got on the bus. It was about a 15-minute ride to Downtown Disney, and Danielle and I spent the time talking with each other and one of the parents of one of the middle school competitors and parents of one of the students in a band competition going on in Downtown Disney. We finally arrived at Downtown Disney and disembarked for a little adventure.
Downtown Disney is the shopping and restaurant center of The Magic Kingdom, and it is a nice diversion for those who want the Disney experience but cannot afford the steep prices for the parks or don't want to fight the crowds associated with Disney World. There are many shops to peruse along with a variety of restaurants that will satisfy the cravings of ones with sweet tooths, love burgers, or other foods.
Danielle and I spent our time at Downtown Disney walking around the area and taking pictures of its surroundings. We would take a break and go inside one of the stores and looks around and check things out. Danielle was looking for a souvenir for her little boy while I was just enjoying the experience. We had a good time checking out the many Disney souvenir stores but the Lego Experience was too crowded for us to visit in our time limit. However, Danielle and I did hit the Major League Baseball Store, and I loved looking at all of the Mickey Mouse toys in various Major League uniforms and paraphenalia. However, I would like to tell the management that they need to put a display of the Red Sox at the entrance and not of the Yankees, a.k.a. The Evil Empire. HA HA! I was enjoying myself a lot in the MLB store but I stopped myself and got out of there before Danielle would have had to drag me out kicking and screaming!
The closest thing to meeting the Disney characters for me was having a pictures taken with the Tigger figurine in front of one of the stores. Tigger is my favorite Disney character and I couldn't resist that shot one bit.
Danielle and I spent a couple of hours at Downtown Disney before having lunch at Cooke's of Dublin Pub and then headed back to our hotel. Pam made it to Downtown Disney the next day and couldn't believe how crazy it was there with crowds and kept her visit short, but for all three of us, we can say we saw a little bit of Disney World during our four days there!
Walt Disney World Resort
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32821
+1 407 828 3056
Restaurant | "Fish and Chips for Lunch Irish Style!"
In our travels in Downtown Disney, we noticed this restaurant in the style of an Irish pub Called Cooke's of Dublin that specialized in Fish and Chips and other Irish specialties. Danielle doesn't like seafood that much but when she saw that chicken was on the menu, she was game for lunch there.
I love fish and chips, but I rarely eat it, so this was a special treat for me. Danielle and I went inside and we went up to the counter to place our order. There was a woman in front of us who had placed a big order and was being a pain in the butt, so we had to wait a little bit and rolled our eyes at each other as if to say, "Geez! Wish she would hurry up and sit down!" Finally we got to order and I got the fish and chips while Danielle ordered the Grilled Chicken Wrap. After paying about $14 each for our meals that including our drink, we were given cups to get our drinks from the self-service fountain and a number 58. Danielle was joking about wanting #52 in honor of the Blond Viking Adonis Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, but we got #58. "Jack Lambert or Jonathan Papelbon", I joked. "One of the best linebackers in football and a great reliever in baseball." Danielle and I then sat down at a window seat and waited for our food.
Our food came relatively quickly considering we had the woman with the big order ahead of us who probably wanted everything without onions or something, and it was fresh and hot. Danielle's wrap was pretty good sized and came with fries. She only finished half of her wrap and brought the other half back to the hotel for Pam to have since she was spending the time off in our room resting. My fish and chips was a decent helping of one piece of fish and french fries. I ate everything with a healthy amount of tartar sauce and was a happy camper.
While Danielle and I were eating, a man in a Red Sox shirt looked in the window to see what the food looked like and saw my fish and chips and us talking. He came inside and asked me if the food was good, and Danielle and I told him it was very good. I told him I liked his Red Sox shirt and then showed him my Yuck the Fankees shirt. He got a good chuckle out of it and i asked where he was from and he said he was from Bangor, Maine, and I told him I grew up in Rhode Island. It was a short and sweet conversation and the guy went back to his wife and looking for a place to eat.
Cooke's of Dublin is located in the center of Downtown Disney World and also has a little shop next door selling things Irish. The food is great and the people are nice and service is quick. If you are looking for a good lunch or dinner in Downtown Disney with a taste of Ireland, this is the place to go. Full and happy and doggy bag in hand, Danielle and I made our way back to the buses and back to Coronado Resorts.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2013
Cooke's of Dublin
1640 E Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, Florida 32830
Restaurant | "The Three Musketeers Splurge Mexican Style!"
Lucky for us, the Maya Grill was only a short walk from our room in Casitas 3, and although it was more expensive than most restaurants Pam, Danielle, and I are used to going to, we felt it would be a great splurge for our dinner. Plus, when we got on the bus that morning, we were each given a $174 stipend from HOSA for food, drinks, and snacks and whatever else we needed during our stay in Orlando.
Upon entering the Maya Grill, we were greeted by our host Boris from Lima, Peru, according to his name tag. He asked us if we had reservations, which we didn't not knowing if we needed them or not, but no problem. It was still a little bit early for the big crowds to come in, and we were able to get a table right away. Our waitress was right there with menus and asked us if we wanted a drink, and we all got soft drinks and started to read the menu while the waitress got our drinks. It didn't take Pam, Danielle, and I to decide what we wanted for dinner because the menu was small but varied. Pam and Danielle decided to get the Chicken Enchiladas while I went with the Vegetarian Burrito. When you are on vacation, you are supposed to be bad and eat all of stuff that is bad for you, but I craved vegetables that night and the Veggie Burrito fit the bill for me perfectly. Our waitress took our orders after she delivered our drinks, and we passed the time waiting for our food talking and laughing about the day's adventures and other subjects.
Before dinner, our waitress brought us some tortilla chips with red salsa and salsa verde which we nibbled on while waiting for dinner. Danielle, Pam, and I were hungry, but we didn't pounce on the chips like starving wolves and didn't clean out the basket. Our food arrived within 15 minutes, and we looked at our plates with a look of WOW! The portions were huge and artfully arranged on orange triangle plates and came with our main courses, Spanish rice, guacamole, sour cream, and black refried beans. Pam confessed that she never had black refried beans, and I told her she was in for a treat. Danielle and Pam's Chicken Enchiladas came three on each plate and were covered in a queso blanco sauce and looked really good. My veggie burrito was huge and came cut in half and was stuffed with rice, zucchini and yellow squashes, onions, and seasonings. I had to eat mine with a fork and knife as did Danielle and Pam had to, too. Our waitress refilled our sodas before leaving us and we dug in. Danielle's meal came with a side of sauteed yellow and zucchini squash, but she let me have them after I teased her about not eating her veggies. Danielle was a good girl and only ate half of her dinner and brought the rest back to our room in a doggie bag while Pam and I were little piggies and cleared our plates. Pam took pictures of her plate before and after indulging. Our waitress and one of the bus boys came around every few minutes to see how we were doing and to see if we needed more to drink.
Our dinners totaled to about $72 plus tip. As I said before, it was more expensive than we usually pay for a meal, but in the end, it was worth it and it was on HOSA, too! So we couldn't complain. I would have loved to have taken a walk to burn off my veggie burrito, but a hot shower and comfy bed were beckoning to all of us, so we went back to our room full and happy and ready to conquer the next days' activities. Maya Grill is highly recommended on all accounts if you are staying at Disney's Coronado Resorts.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 14, 2013
1000 West Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
+1 407 939 3463
Hotel | "Four Days in the Lap of Luxury!"
The PSC HOSA group was lodged on the 4th floor of the resort in a group of the smaller hotel rooms not the suites. The rooms were really nice rooms with two queen-sized beds, a bathroom, a bureau to store our stuff (except for Danielle, who razzed Pam and I for packing everything but the kitchen sink while she packed lightly, shades of her Navy days), a desk, a TV with 75 satellite channels, and a coffee maker that became my heater to heat water for my tea in the morning. My only complaint is that the room came with a little refrigerator for our perishables, but no microwave to warm up our snacks if needed. Oh well. The beds were comfy and the pillows firm. Pam and I shared one bed while Danielle had the other bed to herself. The bathroom was very nice and had good water pressure, but the first morning we were there, Pam put on the exhaust fan during her shower, and Danielle and I were wondering if someone had cut loose a vibrator in the bathroom. Hence, our nickname for the exhaust fan whenever someone turned it on was "The VIbrator" for the duration of our stay. I decided I wanted my shower in peace and quiet and kept "the Vibrator" off whenever I showered!
For three women sharing a room from various backgrounds and ages with yours truly being the oldest at 45 almost 46, we got along great in a small room. We had a lot of laughs especially after the first night when we wondered who had farted in the middle of the night. Danielle took responsibility for that fart, but our last night at Coronado, Pam cut one in bed, and told me not to move the sheets. I told her, "thanks, Pam! I wasn't planning on breathing for the rest of the night after that bomb!" I started my mornings getting up earlier than the girls and would take a little walk downstairs to stretch my legs and if the Rix Café was open, I would get a cup of tea from its self-service drink station. If you stay at Coronado Resorts, make sure you take advantage of its bottomless drink system. If you buy a souvenir cup for about $16, you can refill it with water, soda, or your hot beverage of choice during the entire stay. I wish I had done that earlier because there were a couple of times I was cursing paying $3 for a Diet Coke or warming my tea up in water in the hotel room that always tastes funny to me.
The grounds of the Coronado Resorts ane monstrous. There are two pools on the grounds with the Dig Site being the biggest and best one. There is a heated pool there in an Aztec setting with a Mayan temple in the background and a hot tub that I took advantage of to sooth my tired sore leg muscles on a couple of occasions. I went swimming in the pool once and enjoyed channeling my inner Michael Phelps with a couple of laps before hitting the hot tub. Pam went in the other pool near our hotel once and said the water was cold and went to the Dig SIte the rest of the time we were there. Unfortunately, Pam went in the pool on Saturday when it was most crowded with high schoolers in the Secondary HOSA competition and injured her toe when some students who were roughhousing bumped into her causing her to stub her toe and was in some pain for the rest of the trip. We thought she would lose the nail, but quick thinking by our chaperones and yours truly prevented any loss of nail or limb.
There are a couple of restaurants on the Coronado grounds, the Maya Grill and The Pepper Market. The Maya was an expensive splurge for us on our first night while the Pepper Market cost less, but I had brought muffins from home for breakfast and Pam and Danielle had made a Wal-Mart run with some HOSA members to get some lunch things to save us money. Everything is within walking distance of your hotels and with everything going on during our four days there, we barely left the resort except for a short trip to Downtown Disney World.
If you are interested in staying at the Coronado Resorts, it will cost you about $180 and up for a night's stay. There are internet deals for people looking to save money, but for us poor college students, our four days at the Coronado Resorts was four days getting spoiled rotten and an escape from reality. We really had a lot of fun staying at Coronado Resorts, and if we can afford to go on our own, we would come again. When we got home that Sunday and went back to school Monday morning, reality bit us badly!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 13, 2013
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
1001 West Buena Vista Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
Stefan, one of the sweetest guys on the trip and a HOSA Officer, was sitting near Danielle and realized about 20 miles outside of Pensacola that he had forgotten his garment bag that held his suit and shirt that all HOSA members are required to wear for the competitions and awards ceremonies. Danielle, Pam, and I suggested that Stefan might have to go to a nearby Goodwill when we got to Orlando and get a suit and shirt, or he wouldn't be able to collect his awards or participate in HOSA Officer meetings during the trip. We had a stroke of luck when our bus driver told Mrs. Matthias, one of our chaperones, that we were stopping in Crestview, which was about 50 miles from Pensacola. Stefan lives in Bagdad, which is near my home in Milton, and said to Danielle, Pam, and I that he was going to see if his parents could drive from Bagdad to Crestview with his suit since we were going to be picking up a student there and having breakfast. That would give Stefan's parents plenty of time to get to Crestview with his suit and save him the embarrassment of not being able to participate in the festivities. Shortly after our bus arrived in Crestview, Stefan's parents showed up with his suit, and he was forever grateful to them for sacrificing sleep and time to save his butt, and he bought them breakfast to say thanks.
Once again we were on our way to Orlando and a little more time in cramped conditions. Luckily there was a DVD player on the bus and we were able to watch a couple of movies on the way when we weren't stopping for the bathroom or our lunch break. After our lunch stop in Cottondale, Florida, Joe, another HOSA officer, put in the awesome comedy Bridesmaids. Pam had never seen this movie, and I told her it was rated R for language and wasn't too raunchy and was very funny! Well, I forgot there was a sex scene at the beginning of Bridesmaids, and next thing I am getting an earful from my dear and devoutly Christian friend. "NO SEX SCENES!? EXCUSE ME!!! DIANNE, EXCUSE ME! NO SEX SCENES!" "Oops." was the only thing I could think of in reply to her, and thought I was going to be in for a very long four days with her constantly reminding me of it, but after the aforementioned scene and Pam hiding under her blanket, she was laughing her butt along with the rest of us for the rest of the movie.
It seemed that the last leg of the trip after lunch took forever for us to get to Orlando. Even a bathroom break to stretch our legs had mostly everyone wishing to be in Orlando in our hotel rooms, having a nice meal, and relaxing for the night. We finally arrived in Orlando cramped, tired, and wishing for a hot shower, meal, and early bedtime. After lugging our bags up to our fourth-floor rooms (the Pensacola HOSA group was kept on one floor or as I said, "keeping all of the animals in one zoo!") and calling our loved ones to say we had arrived in Orlando safe and sound, Danielle, Pam, and I splurged on a big meal at the Coronado Resorts Maya Café before returning to our rooms to shower, jump into our jammies and go to bed early. The fun was about to start the next morning, and we all needed our beauty rest!