First the background…Some of you saw my post back in December when we had been planning a week at WDW to do the Festival of Art with no kids, and then got an amazing offer from my parents to use a companion fare ticket AND their timeshare points for the year, so we were thinking of changing our plans and going to Hawaii.
Then I started to realize I was not recovering from COVID like I had hoped. I tested positive the first week of Dec and had a couple days where I was totally wiped out and stayed in bed, but it was kind of like a very bad influenza. The problem is that I never fully recovered, and struggled with horrible headaches, fatigue and brain fog. Even in January, I could only work an hour or so and then would have to rest for several hours to even try to make supper. The brain fog was crazy - when I would work, I could focus for an hour or so and then it was like my brain would just shut off and I had not problem-solving or logic skills. I would completely forget how to use the spreadsheets I had been using for years. It was like I was recovering from a brain injury. My DS 7 had similar symptoms for a couple of months, and he had had a concussion last spring, and it seemed SO similar!
I am starting to have some improvement, but still cannot multi-task. If I am on a zoom meeting, I can either listen or look at slides. Not both. I can’t take notes, because I forget what was said as I am writing it down. The strangest thing is not being able to sing the words to songs I know. I’ll be singing and the wrong words come out of my mouth. It’s so weird. Thankfully, I can usually figure out my spreadsheets again without too much trouble, but I do have to limit my screen time.
Anyway…we decided this was not the year for Hawaii, and we waited a little longer to see if I would recover more with time. We planned a trip in March to Orlando with super low expectations. We knew we wanted to be where it was warm and we could eat out every meal, so if my DH had to drop me off and pick me up out front of the restaurants we wanted to do, that would be ok.
I knew I would not be able to do a live trip report, so here is my attempt at one after the fact.
We used a certificate from my parent’s timeshare to get a week at a Marriott in Orlando. We spent an extra $50 to get a Mustang for our rental (convertible was an extra $200, so didn’t go for that). I made a few ADR’s: Kona Cafe, Raglan Road brunch, Trattoria bkfst (so we could park at Boardwalk), Sanaa and for our final night, California Grill! Before leaving, we decided to cancel all the dining reservations except Trattoria and California Grill, to give us more flexibility since the rest seemed to all be available anytime.
We arrived at MCO at 10:30pm on Thursday, March 4th (Our Anniversary! - 13 yrs). The express pick up for our car rental was closed, so we waited in a line for an hour to get our car. They were out of Mustang’s, so they upgraded us to a 4-door Jeep Wrangler with t-tops, which turned out to be really fun! Unfortunately, my brain stuff made me not feel comfortable driving in Orlando, so I only drove once, but it was fun anyway! Got to our room late and fell into bed.
The first morning we slept in and settled into our room. We got a late lunch reservation at Kona Cafe. We parked at Poly got right in. We had some great food! After lunch, we took a picture next to the closed 'Ohana and checked out the construction around Poly. Then we took a boat over to MK gate to see if we could get annual passes. I told them that we are coming back with our kids in November and if they sold us AP’s, we would go in today, but they would not sell them, so we wandered around the monorail resorts for the day.
We walked the new walkway to GF and wandered around until we found the mini chocolate castle. Then we visited the Enchanted Rose right when they opened at 4 (they don’t start food until 5pm, so we were too early for the truffle fries). By the time we got back to Poly, I was pretty worn out, so we headed back to the room for a rest and then found a Cuban restaurant for supper.
Now I will see if I can learn how to upload some pics…seriously, with this brain stuff, I sometimes can’t figure out things that normally would seem like second nature… so we’ll see…