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BeckWhy
10-08-2009, 07:46 AM
So before I jump into my pre-trip I'll do the basic introduction of myself.
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That's me now. I'm Becky. I'm 26 and as it turns out (through talking with my parents last night) have 10 trips to Walt Disney World under my belt. Of course to many of you that's not a big deal because y'all share the love and joy for the place that I do. Well in fact many of you kick my butt in the total number of visits.

Anyways, let's see if I can describe myself. I've been around the boards for a really long time. I used to be pretty witchy! (Hey! I'm not gonna lie!) That is when I was dating my ex and after he broke up with me. We dated for 5.5 years and he broke up with me 3 days after my 25th birthday. We won't get into much details about that but he was a very cynical person so I kinda turned into one too. I know... it's a shame.

Well, a little over a year ago I started my assistant managers position at a clothing store called Deb. Once there I developed a second family and amazing friends. I eventually moved in with one of the girls and we have an amazing 1000 sq ft apartment in this little village in western New York. Since I started my job and found out there are great people out there I opened myself up and started making friends left and right! My life pretty much revolves around my friends. I became a "bar chick" a little over a month ago. NOT IN THE BAD SENSE! Give me a lil credit! I reconnected with some old high school pals (who happen to be guys) and they like to go to the bars to "attempt" to pick up chicks. Though it never works. And yes, guys attempt to pick me up and it doesn't work! I don't usually drink when I'm out either, I go for the social environment. The bar I go to is more like the bar in Cheers anyways because everyone knows your name. Anyways... my friends who surround me I feel very close too...

Since the beginning of the year I have gone through some bad times... but mostly all the good times have made up for all that. As I stated I have reconnected with old friends and made a lot of new ones. I've also developed my friendship with my ex (we've actually always remained friends, but there has been major downs with it... which we won't get into).

For the most part I'm overly outgoing, a bit wild, and a bit crazy. I can be a hothead... though I get over it really fast. I also slump into minor depressive states fairly easily because of things that have happened in my past (for example my sister was killed in 2000 and tomorrow would have been her 24th birthday...). Usually though if either bad emotion comes into my life I have a couple of amazing friends who can easily get me out of them.

So anyways, blah blah blah... now that you know my life story... here's some more:
My last trip to WDW was last year in November. My solo trip is planned for exactly 1 year later. Yes, I did that intentionally. I went with my ex (we were not dating at the time) and had an amazing time. In fact, it was the best time I have ever had in my life! I wanted to back immediately. So talking about it with my family my dad would show his "distaste" about me wanting to go back so soon since I just went. And I knew I just went and I also have an amazing(ly expensive) apartment that I have to pay for also. So I put aside going to Disney World for this year (might I add I plan to move to Florida next year).

Well after the introduction of the changes to the Magic Kingdom and Star Tours I played with the idea of going again. But again back burnered it. Until I saw the 4 + 3 offer once again. So I posted on my Facebook how I wanted to go. And of course so does everyone else! But my best friend is only 19 and goes to college. So for her to take the time off is impossible. I offered it up to several other friends who one wouldn't have her vacation time in November (her calender ends in October) and others didn't have the money or couldn't get time off also.

I also offered it up to my ex. He had made several comments to me this year about going. In fact towards summer he even offered to pay for me to go with him (I couldn't get the time off). Well he just got back from vacation like a month ago... so he was pretty much outta the question.

And then there was my mom. She said she would love to go but this time of the year wasn't good for her.

So... I lingered over the idea of going by myself. And then... JetBlue (my favorite airline) dropped their ticket prices! It was a sign! I was destined to go! So all I had to do was tell my dad I wanted to go... and hope he wasn't mad at me. (I know what y'all are thinking... I'm an adult, but I also don't wanna be at war with my family esp going into the holidays.) I posted on here asking about solo trips and pretty much was sold on the idea. Well they more or less made me feel better about going.

Well, I had to work on telling my dad. So I worked on a presentation for him (yes I know) and told him briefly on the phone that I wanted to go. He said when I came home the next day we would talk about it. So the next day (yesterday) I went home. I presented it to him and he says "I wish you had someone to go with, I'd send your mother but it's not a good time of the year... but if you think you will be ok by yourself, I want you to go!" I was shocked! Maybe I shoulda told him I wanted to buy a $45,000 car too!

All I had to do was book the trip...

Wonders10
10-08-2009, 03:16 PM
So glad you started your Pre-Trippie! Can't wait to hear the rest of the details.

What dates are you going to be there exactly? My friend and I arrive Nov. 19th and head home Nov. 22nd.

BeckWhy
10-08-2009, 05:16 PM
November 10th - November 17th. I'll just miss you guys!

BeckWhy
10-08-2009, 06:41 PM
So where was I?

Well first of all... I started to entertain the 5 + 2/4 + 3 promo sometime this past weekend. I mentioned it to my ex and he refuses to stay at a value resort again (last time we were woken every night at about 2 am and kept awake until about 4 am because our neighbors kept slamming their door). But I knew if I went with anyone else (with the exception of another male friend of mine cuz he'd wanna stay in the Pirate Rooms at CBR) we would stay at a value resort. Well Monday my parents came over to my apartment and I made them dinner and my mom fixed my broken printer. I talked to my mom and that's kinda when I started to realize I'd have to go alone. On Tuesday JetBlue lowered their prices and I had made my decision. When I called my ex he told me he was having some issues. The solo trip became more clear.

So I debated between a value or mod. Basically the price difference is $132. I've been trying to decide if that price difference is worth it. It's really hard for me to give up POP. I love walking the grounds through the screaming and laughing kids... I also love the fact that it has one bus stop, doesn't share busses with anyone and they come often... and the food court! I love the selection! Also it doesn't really take too long to get anywhere from POP. I have never stayed at a mod before. Though I always wanted to stay at Port Orleans French Quarter.

Anyways, putting that debate aside for a second... I wanted to price out what the whole trip will cost. So this includes me going through the menus and assuming what I may order when I'm out (or sometimes I just pick the most expensive thing on the menu). I went through the table service restaurants and nothing seemed to appeal to me (other than Teppan Edo and WCC which I always eat at and I'd like to try something new). So I added up what I thought I'd get for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack. I assumed I'd eat at all quick service locations. It came to $240 for me along (it was down to $209 if I went with my mom because we split meals). So I decided that the Quick Service Dining Plan was cost effective. And if I don't use all my snack credits I'll use them to pick up character shaped pretzels, candies, or such for friends! Anyways... so I decided to do that.

Well Tuesday morning when I saw JetBlue lowered their prices I called my dad... and that's where I left off.

So I went to my parents' house on Wednesday to do my laundry (it's cheaper). And at some point I had received a voicemail from my manager at work. Now she has a history of calling people at home and yelling at them. So I tend to avoid calling work back because if you have something work related, esp negative, then tell me when I'm getting paid (sorry if you disaggree with me on that it's just I don't bring home to work and I don't like to bring work home either). But she told me she had news for me. I was nervous becaue I requested next weekend off and it could have possibly caused problems with their schedules because we have a floor move. So I was expecting her to tell me that. So I called...

She told me that starting tomorrow (which is really today now) she was putting in her two weeks notice. She explained why (which she didn't need to I already knew). And then said that it may cause problems with my vacation (basically we may not have enough coverage for the store). She said our DM didn't want me to lose my vacation esp if I booked it but that more than likely we had to hire someone.

Now there was more said because the other manager is taking a vacation and if we don't hire another manager I have to work a minimum of 13 days in a row (because I requested next weekend off and the manager is a Saturday through the following and not returning until Monday, therefore I'd have to work all those days). And I got really upset that if I have to work a complete week then so can she. But I went through and made a mock schedule and thank God for my trip being a Tuesday to Tuesday because everyone can get at least two days off each week I'm gone! So even if we don't hire another manager I can still go!

Well I went with my mom to the grocery store (when I'm upset I have to keep occupied or it just festers and gets worse). Before JetBlue still had 5 seats at the $149.20 price. 45 min later when I returned, those seats were sold out and the price was back up to $170. Since that was the case and the seats weren't limited... I decided there was no rush to book the plane ticket. I planned on booking my WDW trip today when I got home from work. I know I can cancel it 15 days out without any penalty. And hopefully I'll know by then if I can go and the plane tickets haven't rose much. FYI JetBlue and AirTran tend to keep their prices up to 14 days before day of departure. So knock on wood that they do raise much more than $170.

As of right now I have yet to book my trip because I haven't gone home yet. But I'll do it as soon as I get home. (I'm at my parents' for dinner and to finish my laundry!) So that's next on my list.

I have a lot of things on my list:
Book vacation
Book plane tickets
Create packing list
Run through packing
Clean the apartment top to bottom
Pay bills
Get haircut
Get nails done (what color should I have them for my trip?)

There's more, I just can't remember what...

Well I'm off for now!

BeckWhy
10-09-2009, 08:16 AM
I just want to add that some point yesterday (I don't know if it was right before I left my parents' house, right when I got home, or before I went out) but JetBlue dropped their prices down to $149.20 again.

BeckWhy
10-10-2009, 09:55 PM
So I still haven't booked my trip. I've been debating on POP or ASMu.

The last few days have not been the best for me... there has been lots of crying...

First off, I had a sister who was killed in 2000. I somehow missed the anniversary of her death (and ironically had been mildly depressed around that time until now). But I realized this past week her 24th birthday was coming up. I wanted to make sure I recognized it. It was yesterday... so I spent most of the evening crying... and then I decided I was gonna call all my friends and tell them how much I care about them and what they mean to me. You never know when something will happen to me or them. My friend, Chris, came over to keep me company and he did a good job of keeping my mind off my sister. He reminded me at 12:01 am to call my ex and wish him a happy birthday.

With that being said... I get a couple missed calls from Eric (my ex) this morning... and he kept calling. This wasn't like him. I was sleeping and finally the phone woke me. He says to me "oh you're sleeping? you want to go for a drive with me?" I replied with that I was sleeping and had to be to work at 1. Then he hit me... "gramma died this morning..." Just like a semi-truck. Of course I was up and ready to go with him. I told him give me a few minutes and I'd call him back. I called my mom within the next few seconds balling my eyes out... and then a few friends. Eric's family is like my second family... I guess you expect that after you dated someone for almost 6 years. And even though we broke up last year in January, I was invited to Thanksgiving and Christmas also (I even got presents!). Well I spent the entire morning balling my eyes out and trying not to in front of Eric because I know how close he was with her... and then we headed up to his sister's/gramma's/parents' house (they all have houses built on the same driveway all within a 1/4 mile of each other). Anyways I was with them until I had to leave for work. When we went up to gramma's house I couldn't go the whole way... I just stopped dead in my tracks and cried. I cried for about an hour into my shift at work but the girls I worked with were amazing! And they did everything to cheer me up. The hardest part is coming up here within the next few days: the results from the autopsy, the viewing, and the funeral.

Anyways, not to unload all this on you guys... but its part of what is going on in my life right now... so there it is.

BeckWhy
10-12-2009, 10:20 AM
SO I started this pre-trip with the possibility that I won't be able to go. Well I went to book my package today and found out the cancellation policy is now 45 days in advance! It used to be 14 days and you got all your money back. So I didn't book it. It will have to wait, like my plane ticket, until I know for sure if I can go or not. So this pre-trip may go dark until I find out if I can go or not. If I find out I can go, it's only good if there are rooms still avail and my airfare is cheap enough. That is where I stand for now.

mickeystoontown
10-12-2009, 02:46 PM
I just read your report from start to finish. I am so very sorry for the personal losses you have had. I hope that you are able to book the trip. Sounds like you need a vacation right about now.

Lisa

BeckWhy
10-19-2009, 04:02 PM
Well I just returned from a weekend away. I spent it at my aunt's in the country somewhere between Rochester and Syracuse. It was very refreshing and I got my feet planted back on the ground.

BeckWhy
10-19-2009, 08:56 PM
Well I spoke with my (new) manager and she told me not to worry at all about my vacation just book it! I would be covered no matter what. I was worried a sales might quit and I'd be stuck but she said either of the two that might quit if they do their hours are easily made up but the rest. Plus we have a new sales already in mind and an assistant management canidate! She also just told me that she's gonna work two days during her vacation so I don't have to work two 12 hours! (I am a little disappointed with that because I was looking forward to the massive amount of overtime I was going to get, but my body won't be any where near as tired for my trip now!) I'm uber excited!

BeckWhy
10-20-2009, 09:52 AM
I went to Disney's website this morning to book my trip. I've never done it over the net before. But anyways, I go to put in my credit card info and hit continue and their site went down. Now I'm on hold while the CM loads up the info so I can book this!

So after being on the phone with her... she tells me she has nothing available in the value resorts. But she has every moderate avail. So I put POFQ on hold since I always wanted to stay there. Then I started to debate if that's where I really want to stay (since the pool will be out of service). So I talked with my mom and she said "Becky, you barely swim!" So I'm calling to book my vacation package with Port Orleans French Quarter.

This will be the first time I have ever stayed at a moderate! I'm excited, though I would have liked to take the money I saved and used them on souvies... but oh well!

As soon as I have the package booked I'll book my plane tickets.

BeckWhy
10-20-2009, 10:18 AM
OK! Package is booked! Nov 10th - Nov 17th at Port Orleans French Quarter with a 10 day non-expire MYW base ticket and the QS dining plan.

I went to book my plane tickets on JetBlue and my credit card was denied! I was like OMG! What is going on?! So I called my credit card. She told me I had 4 pending transactions with Disney! Three for $1204 and one for $1336. I explained to her how I tried to book it online it said the system was down and to call WDW reservations, which is what I did and the CM told me Values weren't avail. So she said she was going to remove all the $1204. Then she transferred me over to the security department to make sure everything was taken care of.

Well I called my dad and he told me to call Disney. The lovely and amazing CM found out I have a total of 5 reservations. 4 under Becky and 1 under Rebecca. She also told me that I can have a reservation for POP and she's going to give me the info to call the credit company back to make sure they authorize POP and Disney is going to credit me back all other reservations that I was being charged.

I hope I don't go over my cell phone minutes.

mickeystoontown
10-20-2009, 10:56 AM
Goodness gracious! What a time you had booking. It sounds like, at least, you will get to stay at Pop since one of the five existing reservations was at Pop. Saving some moolah girl!

Let us know when it all gets straightened out.

BeckWhy
10-20-2009, 10:58 AM
The amazing CM kept one reservation for POP and asked me to call my credit card to make sure they authorize it. So I did. I just have to call back again to make sure it gets authorized.

Now I really need a vacation... :goodvibes

mickeystoontown
10-20-2009, 11:06 AM
The amazing CM kept one reservation for POP and asked me to call my credit card to make sure they authorize it. So I did. I just have to call back again to make sure it gets authorized.

Now I really need a vacation... :goodvibes


Sounds like it's going to work out and for the best....you get to stay at Pop and save the extra money.

Keep us updated.

BeckWhy
10-20-2009, 11:25 AM
I'm just hoping that this is a freaking amazing vacation... because of all the pre-trip drama! I don't wanna let any of my (one) followers down! ;)

mickeystoontown
10-20-2009, 11:33 AM
I'm just hoping that this is a freaking amazing vacation... because of all the pre-trip drama! I don't wanna let any of my (one) followers down! ;)


You are too silly!

BeckWhy
10-20-2009, 11:40 AM
What part of LA are you from? I was gonna go to Louisiana Tech!

mickeystoontown
10-20-2009, 11:51 AM
What part of LA are you from? I was gonna go to Louisiana Tech!

I'm about 30 miles from La. Tech. I live in West Monroe. Tech is in Ruston. Lots of good places to eat and shop in Ruston.

BeckWhy
10-20-2009, 11:58 AM
I'm about 30 miles from La. Tech. I live in West Monroe. Tech is in Ruston. Lots of good places to eat and shop in Ruston.

If I head that way again I'm coming to visit you! We flew into Monroe when I came down there!

I don't know about the restaurants. I wanted to have alligator while I was there so they sent me to Ralph and Cacoo's (spelling?) in Shreveport.

minniecarousel
10-20-2009, 12:31 PM
I'm in!

You poor thing! You're right - you deserve this vacation!

Looking forward to the rest of your (drama-free) PTR!

Wonders10
10-20-2009, 02:59 PM
Yay! Your trip is finally booked! Sorry about all the drama getting there though. I'm glad you're getting this vacation - sounds like you need it and what a disappointment it would have been to think you're going and then be unable to.

Well now that it is booked, I can't wait to hear your plans! My friend and I will be missing you by 2 days. We check in on the 19th at POR!

BeckWhy
10-20-2009, 09:28 PM
Well... I had a wonderful, relaxing weekend... and that was all disrupted by today's events. I feel more exhausted then I did before the weekend began.

Anyways... my flight info:
I'll be flying with my favorite JetBlue. I'll be leaving at 8:30 am and arriving at 11:19 am in Orlando. Coming back I have a 5:45 pm flight out arriving at Buffalo at 8:17 pm.

I live about an hour and a half drive from the airport too.

mickeystoontown
10-21-2009, 11:08 AM
If I head that way again I'm coming to visit you! We flew into Monroe when I came down there!

I don't know about the restaurants. I wanted to have alligator while I was there so they sent me to Ralph and Cacoo's (spelling?) in Shreveport.

You're welcome to come by for a visit any time. What did you think of the alligator? Believe it or not, I've only eaten it once.

BeckWhy
10-21-2009, 05:13 PM
You're welcome to come by for a visit any time. What did you think of the alligator? Believe it or not, I've only eaten it once.

I've only eaten it once also. I liked it. I'd eat it again!

BeckWhy
10-21-2009, 05:22 PM
So for the next... oh about 3 weeks... I'll be having these odd feelings pulsating through me every so often. They are usually followed by panic attacks. I had the first one last night. Basically my body hates any change what-so-ever. And me going on this trip is a total change... for a number of reasons: 1) I just went last year (I usually go every other year), 2) I'm going alone, 3) I'll be leaving my apartment for a week (I'm very nervous about leaving anything because I don't trust other people too well), 4) Space Mountain will be closed, 5) I'm planning on doing the QS dining plan, 6) They are changing Fantasyland (which is the main reason I wanna go this year), 7) There is so much that could be done at home if I had a week off, 8) And most importantly I booked this trip last minute (I have to plan the whole thing in 3 weeks!)...

Anyways... these will last up until I go to bed my first night there.

To help with it... I'll be making every attempt to make sure all the house work is done before I leave, make sure all my bills are paid, park my car... whatever else is on my long laundry list of stuff.

I'll prolly limit my going out until I know I have everything done and taken care of. Oh well... I can't wait for Disney!

BeckWhy
10-22-2009, 08:56 PM
So... I'm sure many solo travelers are used to the "you are going by yourself?!?" Well I do get a lot of that and a lot of "I feel bad for you." You know, it's not like I don't have friends or family... I do. I have a ton. It's just most of my friends are 1) college students (which means they have class and are broke), 2) just out of college (therefore they haven't established good paying jobs with benefits yet), 3) already used their time up.... the list prolly could go on and on. But the fact of the matter is, I'm a hard person to travel with to Disney World. And that's because I want it my way. I've been so many times and I know what I like and don't. And I know what I don't want to waste my time on. And personally I don't wanna risk losing any of my friendships because I'm a spoiled brat on my trips! (Anywhere else and I'm pretty much down for anything.)

As for family my parents' have things that have to take care of, I've already gone on a trip with my older sister, and my little sister either 1) doesn't have the money or 2) I don't wanna listen to her yell at her boyfriend the whole time.

Anyways, in conclusion, yes I'm writing an essay, I have determined a vacation by myself isn't something to feel sorry about. I'm not saying its all gonna be sugar and spice by myself, but I think it will be a great time to get away and recoup from everything and everyone in my life.

And I will say last night I had the first "happy" Disney dream! YAY!

I have realized despite the credit card thing and the work thing the main stress comes from the fact that I didn't plan on going this year. So when I made the choice it was very last minute and is leaving me with, what I feel, is not enough time to plan my trip. I had not being prepared, but I suppose we will see what three weeks of planning gets me.

I have to find a giant piece of luggage too since mine got broken last time (we don't know if it happened with the airline or with DME. Basically the back support to it was cracked... I mean the luggage is still good, it just buckles at the bottom so the wheels don't roll it.

BeckWhy
10-23-2009, 07:35 AM
Scrolling through the boards (which I really haven't done in almost a year) I found out there is a space shuttle launch scheduled during my vacation. I'm really excited about this. In the past 2 trips there were shuttle launches. We missed both. Our plane was landing just as the first one was taking off. The second we tried to find the clearest location for the launch but we missed it (though several people staying at Pop stated they saw it from there). This year its scheduled for a day launch. IDK if you can see a shuttle launch during the day or not...

mickeystoontown
10-23-2009, 08:32 AM
All of my trips to Disney have been with my husband and two kids. I think I'd enjoy a solo trip though. Just like you, I know what I like and I dislike. I could get around lots quicker by myself.

Because our son is getting bigger (12 now), his clothes don't fit in a suitcase with mine anymore. So, at 10 p.m., my husband and I were at WalMart looking for another suitecase two nights before we were to leave for Disney.

BeckWhy
10-23-2009, 05:59 PM
All of my trips to Disney have been with my husband and two kids. I think I'd enjoy a solo trip though. Just like you, I know what I like and I dislike. I could get around lots quicker by myself.

Because our son is getting bigger (12 now), his clothes don't fit in a suitcase with mine anymore. So, at 10 p.m., my husband and I were at WalMart looking for another suitecase two nights before we were to leave for Disney.

Ouch! That sucks! On Sunday or Tuesday I'm gonna do a run through packing to see how much stuff I have and how much room. I have to take into consideration any souvies I buy. In the past I've had Eric with me and he could check the extra bag (since he didn't check one) and no additional fee. Now I don't know. I always buy a stuffed animal in the Animal Kingdom and that always takes up a lot of space.

I am starting to get excited! The initial shock of going is passing.

Except: I have to leave at 4:30 in the morning to get to the airport in time. Which means I have to wake up no later than 3:45 am.:surfweb: IDK if I should even go to sleep.

Wonders10
10-23-2009, 07:01 PM
Scrolling through the boards (which I really haven't done in almost a year) I found out there is a space shuttle launch scheduled during my vacation. I'm really excited about this. In the past 2 trips there were shuttle launches. We missed both. Our plane was landing just as the first one was taking off. The second we tried to find the clearest location for the launch but we missed it (though several people staying at Pop stated they saw it from there). This year its scheduled for a day launch. IDK if you can see a shuttle launch during the day or not...

You can definitely see it during the day! Especially at Disney World. I've seen 2 (unknowingly)...one from Main Street at MK and the other at POR. There is also a thread on the Theme Parks board about the best places to watch one, I believe.

BeckWhy
10-25-2009, 04:17 AM
Yes... I am up at 5 am... and the best part is I HAVEN'T EVEN FALLEN ASLEEP YET! God I hate my life. A dear friend of mine came over to watch a movie with me because I was overly stressed (1)... and we ended up watching 2. Wall-E and Cars actually. First time I ever saw Wall-E! I loved it BTW. Anyways me and him talked for a while and finally I brought him home. And I must say I was extremely glad he was over because at 2:30 am or so someone was pounding on my door (2). Then I get home and a guy I met awhile ago IMed me of Facebook... turns out he's having an affair with a good friend of mine. So I just spent the past 2 hours talking to him about it. Well I still have to hope to get some sleep but not sleep too late because I planned on spending the day at my parents' doing laundry and finishing my Halloween costume. UGH!

Anyways... I got struck with this "I can't believe I'm going to Disney World alone" feeling. I thought I made it passed that. I'm uber excited to be going to WDW... but these feelings pop up once in a while. It's so odd because I think WDW is the only place I'd visit by myself! I won't even walk the streets here after dark and it's prolly one of the safest places in New York.

(1) I got to work and got bombarded with so-so not getting paid for last night and the manager who opened didn't think I should bother the manager who closed last night and ask about it. Then I'm at work and one of my sales calls and asks if the police had been to the store. She said she wasn't sure what they wanted but thought it was a custody issue. So I called my manager to ask her what do to (which is now like the 4th time I've called her on her day off) and she didn't know but she told me to call our DM and leave her a voicemail. Just as I was doing such the police showed up. So I showed them to the backroom because I didn't want him on the floor. And I had to watch the floor and be apart of their convo since I was the manager on duty. Then my sales was upset because the baby's father's mother is pressing charges on her cuz she refused to allow the doped up dad take the baby (on his day).
(2) I had a stalker for a few months. It was a guy I used to see. My apartment is locked off but sometimes residents let people in or leave the door propped open. And there was a knock at my door at 2:30 am! I was so scared. Luckily, my friend was there so help calm me down. I didn't answer it, they knocked twice (and hard too... you have to knock really hard to hear through the door period let alone in my room on the other side of the apartment with the TV on 50% volume; and no my neighbors can't hear my TV because the apartments are really well insulated). I figure if it was my stalker he woulda knocked much longer and/or woulda called me. After they left I could only assume it was my neighbor who lives upstairs. He may or may not have a thing for me, IDK (he always tells me to come visit him). But regardless it was in the early AM and it's just wrong to bother someone at that time of night!

BeckWhy
10-25-2009, 04:19 AM
You can definitely see it during the day! Especially at Disney World. I've seen 2 (unknowingly)...one from Main Street at MK and the other at POR. There is also a thread on the Theme Parks board about the best places to watch one, I believe.

Girl I know it said you responded but I couldn't see it until just now! Thanks for your input! I'm gonna keep an eye out for the times of the shuttle launch and try to make sure I'm outside when/if it happens!

I saw a rocket launch when I was a wee child. My parents' had a house in Melborne and I was outside and saw it in the air. I ran into the house to tell them and it was on the TV. It was the coolest thing I had ever seen in my life. Since I have always wanted to see a shuttle launch!

BeckWhy
10-28-2009, 10:30 AM
So with less than 2 weeks before my trip (and I think I'm only getting one day off next week (and I'll be working anywhere from 41.25 - 45.75 hours next week). I have made my To Do list of things I want to complete before I leave. Cleaning my apartment is one of them. I have all the main areas cleaned and they just need to be vacuumed now. I went in and out of cleaning the bathroom, but last night I had some time, so I did. All that's left with those areas then is top sweep/mop the kitchen and bathroom and to keep up on the dishes (and if I come home from being away for a week and the dishes are mountainous in the sink I'm gonna be totally upset!).

I've got most of my bedroom cleaned, just some things that I've picked up or brought over from my parents' house that need someplace to go. So I need to finish cleaning my bedroom and vacuum it. Oh and I have to do my laundry (which will be about 2 weeks worth because I have not done any from last week!) and make sure I hang it.

And then I just need to pack and upload new songs to my iPod.

My big piece of luggage got broken either by JetBlue or Disney Magic Express. So I have to get that fixed or get another piece of large luggage. I also have to find some spray sunscreen.

Everyone has been picking on me because I make a master list of everything to pack. But trust me, if I don't I will forget something. Anyways, I think my 21" rolly, my 28" rolly (checked), and a backpack will be overly sufficient for my needs and still have room for souvies. I have my 21" sitting on my floor open and I'm throwing things into it as I find them. I'm assuming I'll have Tuesday off, so that's when I'll do the big pack and then do misc packing on Sunday night.

So this is kinda what my schedule is gonna look like the week I leave:
Sunday: Work 10:45 am - 6:30ish
Finish packing
Change my sheets
Put dishes in dishwasher/Run
Bring stuff to parents' to pack in car
Monday: Work 9:30 am - 9:30 pm
Bed!
Tuesday:
Wake up no later than 3:45 am (earlier depending on weather)
Parents' pick me up 4:15 am
Breakfast at McDonald's 6:00 am
Check in 7:00 am
Take off 8:30 am
If the weather is nice we can leave a half hour later. My parents' want me to stay at their house on Monday night. "It would be easier." Maybe for them. I stayed there the other weekend and the dog kept coming in and out of the bedroom (you can't shut the door cuz he just busts it open) and then barks all night long. Plus I have a hard time sleeping in a bed not my own. Not that I think I will really get much rest. But even if I stay at my parents' I won't get there til 10 pm and won't be in bed til 11. At my apartment I'll be in bed by 10. I mean either way I'm not going a lot of sleep.

Anyways... that's how it looks.

Thursday night and Friday night after work I'll prolly be finishing up my Halloween costume. I'm hoping it will be done Thursday. I'll post pics cuz it looks like it will be pretty awesome.

Ok time to get ready for work!

BeckWhy
10-28-2009, 11:41 AM
Oh! Here is a basic itinerary for my trip:

Nov 10: Arrive - maybe explore some hotels, Boardwalk, DTD
Nov 11: Animal Kingdom - It does have the EMHE and I know EMH days the parks are busier, but I heard that AK is amazing with the lights.
Nov 12: EPCOT
Nov 13: Day Off - Maybe sleep in, maybe some swimming, maybe some hotels, maybe DTD...
Nov 14: Magic Kingdom
Nov 15: Disney Studios
Nov 16: EPCOT
Nov 17: Leave - I'm going to request a late check out considering DME won't pick me up until like 2:45 pm. I'll prolly just stay around POP, pack, etc...

Wonders10
10-28-2009, 02:54 PM
I am the queen of lists! I love them! And when I'm going on vacation, I make a list of every little thing I am packing. I don't just write socks, I write how many pairs I will need. And if I have 2 white shirts, I will write down something that makes me know what one it is - like gap short sleeve white tee or JCrew cap sleeve white tee. Then I highlight it to cross it off the list as I pack it. My mom thinks I'm nuts, but it works!

Your itinerary looks great! Relaxing but lots of time to get everything in. You will be amazed how much quicker you get to everything when you are going solo. I never made it to a rope drop until my solo trip - because I didn't have to worry about other people getting ready!

BeckWhy
10-28-2009, 09:34 PM
Shannon... I write quanitity down too but not specifics. I just set up a facebook asking my friends when they can come over and vote on what I should wear.

Well I saw my schedule for next week:
Sun 10:45 - 6:30
Mon 6 - 9:30
Tues Off
Wed 7.5 or 8 hour shift (dont know
Thus Same as Wed
Fri 9:30 - 9:30
Sat 9:30 - 1

And I don't have to work a 12 hour the monday before I go anymore either! YAY!

BeckWhy
10-29-2009, 08:13 AM
Oh I forgot to add, I stopped and saw one of my old managers the other day. She says she's going down to visit her daughter and will be in Ocala. She said if I want a familiar face to give her a call!

BeckWhy
10-30-2009, 09:58 PM
I don't have luggage for my trip... and I can't find any I like...

Will any part of this trip be any good? :sad1:

BeckWhy
11-02-2009, 09:42 AM
So I went to my parents' house Friday after work to finish my Halloween costume.

Afterwards I went to the mall to look for luggage. I found some I liked... sorta.

Anyways Saturday morning I call my mom to meet me at the mall to give me her opinion on the luggage. It was 60% off plus I had a coupon for another 15% off. I showed her the Samsonite (which is the brand I really wanted) and I basically showed her that it could handle my weight on it (and I am SO not light). I showed her the Delsey and American Tourister and the AT appeared to withstand my weight much better than the Delsey and it had 4 wheels. So after debate I put only the 29" spinner on hold. My mom said "if you do buy it, don't tell your father." I decided against the whole set (well I would have just gotten the 29" spinner and then the 21" carry-on) because my carry-on isn't broken. And so we compared the color of my carry-on to the red and blue that AT had. We decided the blue went better.

Anyways, I came back to my apartment to finish my hair and makeup (I spent prolly a total of 3.5 hours on them) then headed to my parent's so my mom could help me put on my shirt. I knew I was forgetting something when I left....

So I get there and start getting ready and realized... I don't have a strapless! So I had to run back home to change! I had 15 min to get to the mall, buy my luggage, bring it to my car, and then get to work. So I get to the mall, leave my credit card in my car so I have to go back. I grabbed all my stuff for work then and dropped it off in my store. Then slipping and sliding on the tile I asked my friend if she thought if I ran through the mall without any shoes on if the security guard would yell at me... then said screw it and did it anyways. I got lots of looks and a few compliments as I ran from my store to Bon-Ton.

I got in line and was chatting with the others in line and they actually let me go to the front because they liked my costume so much! So I had extra coupons and handed them out to everyone (they were a better deal than the coupons they had). Then I ran back to my car and back to work.

I got a ton of compliments on my costume... for its originality and the all around looks.

After work I came home to fix my makeup and then off to the bar. OMG! It was so COLD! I was in a tank top, with leggings and ballet flats! So of course I had to park blocks away (scary walking downtown by yourself). When I got inside a bunch of my friends were already there (they had been there since 9, I shoulda just went there after work!). We took bunches of pics... the zombies tried to get me bloody.... But I wanted to wait until my friend Heidi got there so I could take pics with her. Blah blah blah we walked to another bar and I froze! And then back to the first.

I had the 3rd best costume. There was a tiki god and some sort of oger. A guy I know made his costume also.. mildly creative in a mildly disturbing kind of way. He was a bunny... and later I found out was actually roadkill. :rolleyes: Inside his hoodie he had his intestins, stomach & liver and heart. I gave him total creativity points though... he made the whole thing...

Ok so you prolly want some pics!
http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs070.snc3/13732_559101818753_44202693_33138364_7361285_n.jpg
http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs070.snc3/13732_559103480423_44202693_33138497_5154081_n.jpg
http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs067.snc3/13439_1235158832444_1033382451_734944_709584_n.jpg
I finally let the zombies get me...
http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs050.snc3/13732_559103490403_44202693_33138499_5535596_n.jpg
The Tiki God
http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs050.snc3/13732_559103485413_44202693_33138498_5231423_n.jpg
The Oger or whatever he is
http://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs068.snc3/13551_559094583253_44202651_33137913_6692154_n.jpg

BeckWhy
11-02-2009, 09:49 AM
Ok... so today I'm going to my parents' to do my laundry, then if I'm done early start some packing. Tomorrow I'm packing and cleaning for sure... and finishing up whatever on Saturday that I don't get done tomorrow.

BeckWhy
11-03-2009, 10:03 AM
So the count is on... 7 days left! And since I work every day from tomorrow on it will go by really fast... actually prolly too fast.

So today I was going to pack, but that has to be put on hold until later tonight. My ex-boyfriend's mom is giving me luggage. I told him to just get me a piece but I have to go up there and "choose" what I want. How much luggage do they have? Actually that is a really stupid question because they have so much junk. They own a couple of stores and I know that when they order X amount of stuff they get free stuff. They furnished 1/2 of my apartment. They have a 50" LCD tv in their bedroom that they got for free once.

Oh well, so basically today I will go find my place of voting. Then come back here and clean. Since I can't pack I'm going to Swiffer the kitchen and bathroom, vacuum the living/dining/my bedroom. Hang all my clothes... and get all my travel docs ready. I don't want to leave home without them.

Then tonight at 5 I'm going to my ex's house for him to change my oil. And while he does that I'll go to his parents' to pick out my luggage (they have their own road so their entire family lives on it).

I just found out my rechargeable batteries have died. They only take about 20 pics now, so I have to pick up some more. One of my closest friends works at OMax so I think I'm going to have him get them for me.

Anyways... I know there was a lot of drama earlier with this trip and work. Well the original manager has since concluded her two weeks and the new manager has taken place. She was originally the co-manager. I can already see things evolving and changing so much for the better. The communication is was better and everyone is so much more willing to work along. I'm not saying its all peaches and cream because our company has just issued all sorts of new customer assistance programs, new register programs, etc. So there is a lot of stress of not knowing what is going on or understanding it. But we are definately keeping the communications up so that everyone is hopefully understanding it to the best of our knowledge. I am a bit sad because they eliminated the co-manager position, but I'm definately glad I'm getting more involved in things that are going on. I don't plan on being in retail my whole life, but I definately think the management experience will help me out in the long run!

BeckWhy
11-05-2009, 07:45 AM
So I didn't get packed or clean on Tuesday. I actually slept until 2:30 pm! Its ok I suppose! I definately needed it (and then I was fast asleep by 11 pm).

Anyways... so I get out of work at 5:30 today, so I'm coming straight home and putting my clothes away and finishing picking out what I want to bring. Then I'll start the packing process. I just hope I have everything on my list and I can find everything (I moved and am not completely sure what boxes I put everything in).

I'm debating on bringing my Crocs or not. They take up so much space. I just don't know. I only wear em to the Animal Kingdom, so I'm not sure if its really worth it...

Whatever I don't get packed tonight, I'll pack Saturday (since I get out of work at 1).

Alright time to get ready for work!

Wonders10
11-08-2009, 05:54 PM
You are leaving so soon! Getting excited? Don't worry about going solo - once you are there, you will love seeing the world on your own terms!

BeckWhy
11-09-2009, 12:44 AM
I'm passed the excited stage and into nervousness now. I have panic attacks on airplanes. I'm not afraid of flying (I actually love it more than most things - I'd even fly to work and I only live a mile away!). They started in 2001 when I went to Louisiana to look at a college. On the flight home I had a panic attack that lasted the entire flight (6 hours from Houston to Laguardia). After that I had panic attacks on almost a daily basis. They subsided, I think, in 2002. I got one on the flight down to MCO in 2006 and have had em on planes ever since (well I have them other places now too).

I am totally excited though to say I have only 8 hours of work left til I am officially on vacation! I'm trying to get everything done and taken care of before I go to work at 1 pm! That way I can come home and fall asleep so I can wake up in a daze at 3:30 to get ready...

I try to rest assure that I have this really amazing book that I'm reading, cards, and I am flying JetBlue so they have DirectTV!

For the most part I'm packed. I have a few things that need to be taken care of (such as my small bottles of liquid in my carry-on and my makeup and stuff).

The nail polish I picked out is a very muted pink. It's so muted that it's not glossy at all! But at least it won't clash with anything.

I'm not really that worried about being alone anymore! I've really started to picture how things will turn out! I am kinda nervous about leaving a specific friend. I've been hanging out with him 4 + days a week for a few months now and to not be able to have him there for me... it might be pretty interesting.

And just to say... I thought things were going so smoothly these past few days... I really thought I'd get away with no drama... but alas that could not happen. I won't get into details but I spent a great amount of the night crying... I even asked if this info coulda been delivered to me post-WDW vacation but it could not be so. But I'm ok now... my friend was here with me and he's really good at cheering me up.

I am so ready for this vacation... so ready for my bed at Pop... So ready for the sights, sounds... and my favorite smells!

Wonders10
11-09-2009, 06:01 AM
I'm passed the excited stage and into nervousness now. I have panic attacks on airplanes. I'm not afraid of flying (I actually love it more than most things - I'd even fly to work and I only live a mile away!). They started in 2001 when I went to Louisiana to look at a college. On the flight home I had a panic attack that lasted the entire flight (6 hours from Houston to Laguardia). After that I had panic attacks on almost a daily basis. They subsided, I think, in 2002. I got one on the flight down to MCO in 2006 and have had em on planes ever since (well I have them other places now too).

I am totally excited though to say I have only 8 hours of work left til I am officially on vacation! I'm trying to get everything done and taken care of before I go to work at 1 pm! That way I can come home and fall asleep so I can wake up in a daze at 3:30 to get ready...

I try to rest assure that I have this really amazing book that I'm reading, cards, and I am flying JetBlue so they have DirectTV!

For the most part I'm packed. I have a few things that need to be taken care of (such as my small bottles of liquid in my carry-on and my makeup and stuff).

The nail polish I picked out is a very muted pink. It's so muted that it's not glossy at all! But at least it won't clash with anything.

I'm not really that worried about being alone anymore! I've really started to picture how things will turn out! I am kinda nervous about leaving a specific friend. I've been hanging out with him 4 + days a week for a few months now and to not be able to have him there for me... it might be pretty interesting.

And just to say... I thought things were going so smoothly these past few days... I really thought I'd get away with no drama... but alas that could not happen. I won't get into details but I spent a great amount of the night crying... I even asked if this info coulda been delivered to me post-WDW vacation but it could not be so. But I'm ok now... my friend was here with me and he's really good at cheering me up.

I am so ready for this vacation... so ready for my bed at Pop... So ready for the sights, sounds... and my favorite smells!


Hmmm, panic attacks on planes but you're not afraid of flying? What do you think brings it on? Is it maybe an overwhelming sense of excitement, anxiousness and nervousness for the upcoming trip all in one and it comes out in a panic attack? I say have lots to keep yourself busy, have a cocktail if you think that would help, and I'm sure they even have over the counter "natural remedies" to help calm you. Get some lavendar oil - that is supposed to be calming. My dog trainer rubs it on her wrists and she totally believes the smell relaxes the dog (and herself).

Muted pink is always a good go-to shade. I usually get something darker on my toes and a french or light pink on my hands. My nail polish always chips within the first few days and light colors are obviously way less noticeable than bright red!

Sorry you are still having so much drama, especially so close to your vacation. Which sounds like it is much needed at this point. Enjoy your last few hours in the real world before heading to the happiest place on earth! I can't wait to hear how your trip goes :goodvibes

BeckWhy
11-09-2009, 09:26 AM
They never figured out what may have been the underlying reason for my attacks. But I had them so severely and often that they (doctors) told me just to expect to have them for the rest of my life. So I just "deal" with them when they come. A lot of people tell me its because of the 9/11 attacks, but my panic attacks started months before that... unless I have some sort of ESP then it is not the case.

My friend wanted me to get a french manicure, except because I'll be baking away in the hot Florida sun, they tend to turn yellow. Something about the top coat reacting with the UV rays.

Well I'm off to try to finish some last minute things before I have to get ready for work. Then its off for the trip!

BeckWhy
02-20-2010, 10:52 AM
Ok, so I know my trip was like 3 months ago.. but I promise I will work on my trip report here shortly. After coming home from the trip I went right into the holiday season at work. After that came my birthday which takes about a month to plan so... As soon as I get my pics uploaded to Photobucket then I can do my trip report from my parents' house on my days off.