Greetings from Orlando!!
This afternoon, when I checked into the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, I had the following conversation:
- Front desk lady: Welcome to Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Mrs. Haupert. I see that you are staying with us for four nights.
- Me: Thank you. Yes, I am.
- Front desk lady: Would you like one key or two?
- Me: One is fine. Thanks.
- Front desk lady: One key for each room?
- Me: **blank stare**
- Front desk lady: You have a suite for your stay. I’ll give you one key for each room.
Woah!!! A suite?!? I wanted to jump up and down and shriek like a little girl, but I kept it together, like the mature 30-year-old that I am. I thanked the front desk woman and briskly walked to the elevator, so I could see my room.
Holy amazing! The suite is easily the nicest room I’ve ever stayed in. It’s HUGE!! There’s a living and dining area, an office, bedroom, two bathrooms, and two flat-screen TVs. It’s definitely my lucky day!
Ok, so I bet you’re wondering what the heck I’m doing in Orlando for the next four days. Well, the Orlando Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) invited me and five other bloggers for a weekend getaway focused on experiencing the dining and culinary scene in Orlando. I guess Orlando is not synonymous with fine dining, so the CVB wants to change this thinking.
The Orlando Convention & Visitors Bureau invited me as their guest for the weekend, so my flights, accommodations, meals, and related expenses will be covered by them. As always, my opinions on CNC are completely honest and all my own.
After freaking out unpacking and relaxing a little bit, I headed outside for a run. As soon as I stepped outside, I realized that running in Orlando in the middle of the afternoon was a terrible idea. I immediately turned around and ran 4 miles (35:29) on the treadmill in the air-conditioned gym. I would have melted outside in that heat!
Mal did his 4-mile run at home in Boston. Here’s his recap:
Thursday’s run: 4 mile easy run (29.41). This was a tough run on me. I ate to soon before the run and had stomach cramps the entire time. One thing I’m looking forward to with this training is learning more about what my body likes/doesn’t like while exercising.
So, the house inspection did not go well. But, I’m okay with the outcome. If it was meant to be, it will be. This house just wasn’t the one for us.
After a 3.5 hour house inspection, Mal learned the following things about the house we almost bought:
- There is an active infestation of carpenter ants in the house and garage.
- The roof on the house and garage need to be replaced ASAP.
- None of the electrical outlets are grounded. Basically, you can’t plug in things with three prongs, like computers, TVs, powerstrips, etc. This is a major problem for a blogger.
- The deck on the back of the house was built improperly, so water runs into the house when it rains, which has caused corrosion in the kitchen.
There were a bunch of other things, but these were the big ones. Sadly, there’s just too many major fixes for us, so Mal and I are rescinding our offer. Back to the drawing board. It’s a good thing that I like to look at houses!
Dinner is in about an hour. Better go pretty myself!