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RachelNinja
10-24-2009, 10:00 AM
While most people have grandiose plans for their Friday nights, my typical plan (if you would even call it a plan) is to stay at home and nap. Being a teacher is tiring, so by the time my weekend rolls around, I'm exhausted! This is why I normally don't go out to eat with my family. However, the prospect of having Olive Garden's "Four Cheese Stuffed Mezzaluna with Sausage" special for dinner lured me away from the comforts of my warm bed. With a description like this - crescent-shaped ravioli filled with four Italian cheeses, tossed with grilled Italian sausage and roma tomatoes in a creamy homemade tomato alfredo sauce, topped with melted mozzarella - I had no choice!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A047.jpg

Two bowls of Zuppa Toscana and one breadstick later, our friendly, efficient server brought our meals. It was actually funny because my father, mother, and I all ordered the same entree! After one bite, our conversation steered towards Florida.

Here's the thing: We have a timeshare in Kissimmee in April, but the week does not always line up with our vacation times for school. In 2010, it lined up with mine, but unfortunately, it didn't match my brother's. We tried switching the week to the February break, but the search yielded no results! We then thought that I could use the week with my friends, but my cousin's boyfriend's spring break is the week before mine. It was a grim situation! Until ...

Me: We should just go in April then since we have the week, and it'll be cheaper (no exchange rate with RCI).

Momsicles: (to my dad in Chinese so that my younger brother wouldn't understand) Do you think we should just go that week and have him miss 3 days of school?

Popsicles: Yeah, do you think he'll mind missing 3 days of school?

Momsicles: (to ... uhh, brothersicles in English) Would you mind missing 3 days of school in April?

Bro: What days?

Momsicles: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Bro: Of course I don't mind; I hate Wednesdays to Fridays.

And thus, my brother's hatred of those 3 days of the school week secured our trip to FLORIDA! WOOHOO! I was so ecstatic that I literally threw both arms into the arm and started bouncing in my seat as I laughed. It was impossible for me to eat after that. Momsicles jokingly said, "Dear daughter, calm down and eat your dinner" (haha, she doesn't actually speak like that so it was funny).

As excited as I was to inhale that yummy four cheese goodness with sausage, my mind immediately jumped to planning our trip to WDW! Thankfully, there's such a thing as take home containers because I can now enjoy my leftovers today while I read about Disney Disney Disney! Oh, and grade papers and plan lessons for next week ...

Ahhh, the life of a teacher ... WHO IS GOING TO DISNEY IN APRIL 2010!

Table of Contents

The Cast: A Rather Wordy Introduction (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34075892&postcount=4)
Possible Guest Appearance (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34088730&postcount=9)
86% (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34123779&postcount=15)
Mini Me (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34137283&postcount=18)
Ninja's Top 10 Disney Songs (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34169550&postcount=24)
Cringe-Worthy (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34195785&postcount=27)
Experiencing Disney with DBF - Part I (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34242257&postcount=34)
Experiencing Disney with DBF - Part II (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34286529&postcount=38)
Experiencing Disney with DBF - Part III (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34293792&postcount=42)
It All Comes Back to Disney: Incorporating Disney In My Lesson Plans (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34336270&postcount=45)
Comic Howard and Rae: Our First Disney "Pictures" (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34362189&postcount=49)
Comic Howard and Rae: Our First Disney "Pictures" (continued) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34387233&postcount=50)
Comic Howard and Rae: Our First Disney "Pictures" (continued) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34412823&postcount=53)
Comic Howard and Rae: Our First Disney "Pictures" (continued) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34419857&postcount=54)
Comic Howard and Rae: Our First Disney "Pictures" (continued, last one!) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34520068&postcount=56)
Flashback 2008 - We Found Nemo! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34531316&postcount=59)
Flashback 2008 - Just a Sandwich? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34546011&postcount=63)
Digi Scrapbook Practice - Bike Ride (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34567763&postcount=67)
Digi Scrapbook Practice - Fancy Party (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34641289&postcount=72)
Take a Look, It's in a Book! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34707246&postcount=76)
Our 1st Christmas Eve Together (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34784119&postcount=81)
Being a NYC Tourist (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34802894&postcount=86)
DHS Research - Hollywood Blvd (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34822414&postcount=90)
A Disney Christmas (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34832824&postcount=93)
DHS Research - Echo Lake (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34844316&postcount=96)
Stroller Photos (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34878635&postcount=102)
Japan Photos + It All Comes Back to Disney! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34891156&postcount=106)
A New Park Bag!!! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34957559&postcount=119)
An $11 Snack/Souvenir? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34959827&postcount=122)
DHS Research - Streets of America (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34999108&postcount=128)
Happy 24th Birthday, Weird! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35042406&postcount=137)
DHS Research - Pixar Place and Mickey Avenue (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35058875&postcount=146)
DHS Research - Animation Courtyard (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35101455&postcount=157)
Best Vocabulary Sentence (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35121518&postcount=161)
DHS Research - Sunset Boulevard (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35127612&postcount=162)
DHS Research - Other (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35142796&postcount=168)
Weird's and Ninja's New Toys! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35244216&postcount=179)
To Cut or Not To Cut: A Hair Dilemma (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35304303&postcount=188)
Trip Journal (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35323707&postcount=194)
Picture Perfect - Part I (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35417255&postcount=203)
Picture Perfect - Part II (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35459555&postcount=207)
Picture Perfect - Part III (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35485173&postcount=214)
Picture Perfect - Part IV (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35626153&postcount=222)
Two Quick Comments (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35903129&postcount=233)
Trip Mascot (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35907109&postcount=234)
Trip Mascot: A Surprise Twist! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35940817&postcount=243)
Guest Assistance Card (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36022855&postcount=252)
We Have Arrived! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36115438&postcount=271)
Learning in Epcot! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36130696&postcount=279)

And here's the trip report for this PTR:
Weird and Ninja’s Pre-Disneymoon (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2441341)

HowWeird
10-24-2009, 10:47 AM
I wish I could've been there to record that conversation! Short, sweet, and VERY rewarding! I'm so excited for you!

And maybe I can fly down for a few days ;)

YAY FOR PTR!! :hug:

irky416
10-24-2009, 06:39 PM
Yay! I'm so excited for you!

Although, I have to disagree with your brother. Wednesday to Friday are the best days of the week because it means the week is almost over.

Can't wait to read more!

RachelNinja
10-25-2009, 05:41 PM
The Cast: A Rather Wordy Introduction

Me (25): As you can tell by my username, my name is Rachel although I prefer Rae. If you were to ask my students to describe me, they would say that I'm a teacher who loves Disney and penguins and is also terrified of buffalo and people in bunny costumes. That's me in a nutshell!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/IMG_5066.jpg
My DBF likes taking pictures of me whenever we go get sushi :)

For a more detailed version ... this is my 3rd year teaching middle school, and I cannot imagine myself doing anything else! I teach 6th and 8th English Language Arts, 6th and 7th math, 7th Bible, 6th-8th Verbal Coach (in preparation for state tests), and 6th Math Coach. As much as I may complain, I believe teachers have better jobs than anyone else. We have very minimal pay (I get even less because I'm at a private school) and actually work more than most people (it's a lie if you believe teachers are done with the work day at 3pm), I think that teachers have much better rewards by leading a more fulfilled life. All the stresses of faculty conferences, students with IEPs, and parents who think that teachers are ALWAYS to blame go away when there's that one student who finally understands a concept or who choose to behave and focus in class due to one teacher's encouragement. It's really mind-boggling when I remember how much influence I have on the lives of my students.

Other than the fact that teaching is a rewarding experience, what other job allows one to bring in so much Disney into the workplace?!? For example, the latest assignment in ELA is in creative writing. Each student has to rewrite a fairytale for the point of view of a misunderstood antagonist in the same style as Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith's book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. In the book, the wolf tells the story how it really happened. I love it when there are twists like that, which is why I also really like the movie Hoodwinked! Anyway, I told the students they could pick a well-known fairytale (ex. Hansel & Gretel or Jack & the Beanstalk) or classic Disney movie (ex. Cinderella or Snow White) or Aesop's Fable (ex. Tortoise & the Hare). Though grading writing assignments can be difficult, it makes it that much easier to read some papers related to Disney movies and characters!

Though there are probably more things that I can include to explain myself, I really don't think much of it is important at this time. That's probably due to the fact that I'm writing up lesson plans while thinking about this PTR ... haha, Disney + teaching is a great combination!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/IMG_5236-2.jpg
My family after my younger brother's elementary school graduation. Please don't mind the hearts! My mom doesn't want their pics posted.

Momsicles: My best friend in the entire world! I know people love planning the occasional vacations with their friends, but I have been blessed to go on every vacation with mine! At the moment, she's a stay-at-home mom, but she is in the process of looking for a job since my dad lost his (love the economy, don't you?). She took the certification test to be a teacher's aide/para and passed with flying colors! My mom is such a role model for me in terms of her patience and her love for children. She teaches junior worship at church to the same age group that I teach at work. Though she doesn't obsess about Disney, she does enjoy it, mainly because she knows how much her kids enjoy it.

One of the things we love to do is have tea together and chat. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen often because I'm usually at my desktop working on lesson plans or grading (and because we're slightly germaphobic, I won't bring my students' papers to the kitchen table). On rare occasions, we make it out to eat together. We love going to Charlie Brown's and enjoying the salad bar or dining at Outback to have a bleu cheese chopped salad. A vacation will be good for us to get away from all the stresses of our daily lives so we can enjoy each other's company!

Popsicles: I don't have the best relationship with my dad only because it's uncommon for Asian fathers to be open and transparent. As I grew up, my dad always expected me to get good grades so part of me believed that he was never happy with what I did. For example, when I came home from school with the news that I would be graduating as the salutatorian of my high school, my dad asked, "Why aren't you graduating number 1?" It obviously deflated my excitement. But years later, I found out that he bragged about me to all of his friends. He just never let me know that he was proud of me.

Two months ago, my dad had major surgery to remove a kidney. When our family found out about the mass, things changed for us. We became closer as a family, and thankfully, that has stuck for the most part. I don't know why this was what it took for us to begin appreciating us, but now that it's behind us, I'm grateful that we got something good out of it. Though my dad and I may not ever sit down to have a heart-to-heart, he's my one-and-only father whom I will always love.

BTW, does anyone know where I got the nicknames "momsicles and popsicles"?

Matt (11): In my previous TR, I referred to him as Piglet. This kid does NOT like school. It's such a struggle for my mom to get him to do his homework or study. He still gets good grades, but if he put effort into his work, he would be getting higher grades. There's a bit of resentment in him though because he feels as if he's living in my shadow. My parents used to bring up my good grades and my academic accomplishments. He's just not that kind of kid. Academics just don't make it in his list of concerns. The things that are on his list of interests at this time are the following: (1) basketball - he looks up stats, has teams memorized, and even plays online games about bball, (2) guitar - he's learning the acoustic via a book and videos on YouTube, he used to play Guitar Hero for hours on end and watch School of Rock over and over [in fact, he's watching it right now and practicing his drumming because he does that too], and (3) Wimpy Kid - such a chore to get him to pick up a book to read, but he'll reread the Wimpy Kid books every day if he could [I don't blame him though; they're funny!].

As a family, we NEED this vacation. We have had a rough two years with my father losing his job, my older brother losing his job a few months after, finding out that my father had a mass on his kidney, waiting to have it removed and finding out that it was indeed cancerous, and then taking care of him during the recovery time after having a major organ removed. We couldn't go on vacation for a while because of the situations, but now that it's possible, we're grabbing that chance. That's the only reason why we're okay with Matt missing 3 days of school. Normally, we wouldn't even consider it. I especially wouldn't have liked it since it gives me more work when my students are absent for vacations. But sometimes it really is more important to have family time. Sometimes it's okay for school to be pushed to the back.

Well, those are the cast members at this moment! I hope it changes though ... wait for the next installment to see why!

Brave teacher
10-25-2009, 08:19 PM
Hey! I found you. I am glad to hear that your dad is doing well after the sugery. You sure do have a lot of preps! Since I am teaching high school, I get just the one. My subject area lends itself a lot to discussions of Disney as well. I love that it can incorporate so easily into the day.

I look forward to hearing more.

RachelNinja
10-25-2009, 09:05 PM
Thanks to those have climbed on board! It's always nice to have readers :D

I wish I could've been there to record that conversation! Short, sweet, and VERY rewarding! I'm so excited for you!

And maybe I can fly down for a few days ;)

YAY FOR PTR!! :hug:

I'm so glad I actually went out for that dinner! If I get news like that when eating with my fam on Friday nights, I'm going to have to go more often!

Yay! I'm so excited for you!

Although, I have to disagree with your brother. Wednesday to Friday are the best days of the week because it means the week is almost over.

Can't wait to read more!

YAY! Irky's here! Haha, when Weird and I talk about you, we still say "irky" instead of using your real name. Yesterday we were watching Men in Black and MIIB on TV since we were babysitting Matt. I think it was the second one, but there was a scene where they showed all the aliens at the headquarters checking in as if they were in an airport. They panned all these strange-looking creatures, and then suddenly I got so scared because they showed these aliens with bird faces! It was so terrifying! Weird said, "Irky would NOT like this movie."

I agree! One of the other teachers at my school told me last year that she has this thing about "Already Wednesday." It's not quite the end of the week yet, so she tells herself, "It's ALREADY Wednesday!" It gives us the right mindset to get through the rest of the week!

Hey! I found you. I am glad to hear that your dad is doing well after the sugery. You sure do have a lot of preps! Since I am teaching high school, I get just the one. My subject area lends itself a lot to discussions of Disney as well. I love that it can incorporate so easily into the day.

I look forward to hearing more.

It's really crazy how much I have to teach, but it's because I'm at a small school. We actually only have one class per grade. I try to make it easier on myself by using the same assignments, at least for ELA. That's why I have both 6th and 8th grade writing that "Misunderstood Antagonist" story. I, of course, expect more from the 8th grade, but anything to make my weeks go by with less stress is always good!

I'm curious to know what kinds of Disney discussions you have in your class!

wdwgirl03
10-26-2009, 02:33 PM
I'm here! Saw your post on another TR and decided to join in. I'm a teacher too (though still looking for something full-time...). Oh yes, and I'm going in April 2010 too. :thumbsup2

RachelNinja
10-26-2009, 05:07 PM
I'm here! Saw your post on another TR and decided to join in. I'm a teacher too (though still looking for something full-time...). Oh yes, and I'm going in April 2010 too. :thumbsup2

Thanks for joining me! When I was leaving work today, I told our administrative assistant that I'm going in April because she's going with her family in December. I was just so so so jealous, but now I have something to look forward to as well! Even though she'll get her WDW fix earlier, after her trip is over, I'll still have mine to look forward to!

That's one of the great things about my job - a handful of Disney fanatics! I'm curious to know if teachers or people who work in schools have a higher possibility of being Disney fans. Maybe it's that kid in us! My younger brother said that I don't act my age because I love Disney. If he only knew all these DISers!

RachelNinja
10-26-2009, 05:37 PM
Possible Guest Appearance

While at Olive Garden on that lovely Friday night, another memorable conversation took place. Every time we plan on vacation, it never fails. My dad has to say, "Then maybe Jon can fly down for a few days."

Jonathan (27) is my older brother. He moved out years ago, and although he's the life of the party with his church friends and former college friends, he's typically reserved when he's with us. He vacations with his own friends quite often, usually snowboarding or just going to other states for friends' weddings. I don't even remember the last time he went on vacation with us.

But my dad always says it anyway. It's something my mom and I have come to expect. The next thing he said, however, was entirely a surprise! He said, "Howard should fly down for a few days."

Haha, this is where I need to insert the surprised smiley face!

Howard (23), or HowWeird on DIS, is my boyfriend and future hubby. It was just so shocking to hear my dad say that because it's so unlike him! Weird and I actually dated when we were both still in college. We were together for about 6 months before we broke up. There was just too much of an age gap, or at least that's what I believed. I felt that since I was graduating college and moving on to "real life" things, it didn't make sense to still be with someone who was still in college. It was also due to personality clashes. At that time, I was very "independent" in the sense that I just didn't want to rely on anyone or be completely vulnerable. Weird was also different then too as he wasn't really involved at church and was still coming out of his shell. It just made more sense to go back to being friends.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Hobby-ing/Date3point5/museumedit-2.jpg
This is when we dated in college.

Of course, that was easier said than done. We ended up fighting all the time. We went through phases when we didn't talk much at all. He became interested in another girl, and months later, I was interested in another guy. During the end of the 2007-2008 school year, things started looking up. Our church was having a coffeehouse with skits and performances. My cousin even wrote a musical for it! That time of preparation and rehearsal gave us an opportunity to get much closer again. Soon, before we knew it, we were back together once more. And for GOOD!

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Trying/080308%20-%20World%20of%20Disney/PhotoPass/PP12a.jpg
The closest thing we can get to WDW at the moment - World of Disney in NYC.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Trying/080308%20-%20World%20of%20Disney/PhotoPass/PP02a.jpg
It took me a lot of courage to take pictures with these characters!

Because we were apart for 2 years, we had a good amount of time to grow as individuals, get all of the fighting out of our systems, and realize that we are better off together. For the past year, we haven't really had a fight since we appreciate one another and realize that it's just not worth it. Plus, Weird's not a fighter even though I was raised to argue (thanks, Dad!). He knows how to prevent things from escalating.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Trying/071908%20-%20Seaport/IMG_1131-1.jpg
At South Street Seaport ... love the timer function on cameras!

Thankfully, my parents also love him too. My mom liked him even when we dated the first time around (Weird and I call that FTA for "first time around"). My dad, however, was not a fan. His issue with Weird was that he was a guy ... dating his daughter ... his only daughter. Haha. This time around (TTA - perfect especially since the Tomorrowland Transit Authority is my favorite ride!), my dad appreciates him. Their relationship got even better because Weird was very helpful after my dad's surgery (driving us to and from the hospital, helping care for my younger brother, etc.). For me, that works out well since the plan is for me to eventually become Mrs. Weird!

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Together2009/091909%20-%20First%20Fancy%20Party/A100fixed-1.jpg
Our first fancy party together.

The thing I have to do now is see how serious my dad was about having Weird fly down for a few days! Because our trip date is secure, I'm going to have to find out if my DBF should be booking a flight some time soon! If so, it'll be an even better trip! We are huge Disney fans, and I know flat Weird and Ninja really want to see the parks too!

Wait, who are flat Weird and Ninja? You'll have to wait until the next installment to find out!

Brave teacher
10-26-2009, 09:11 PM
I hope that both Jon Weird are able to join yall for the week. It is so much fun when an extra person comes.

I enjoyed hearing about your story of your history with DBF.

Since I stick with teaching things about choices and financial decisions, the topic is able to come up a lot. Plus, we discuss competing businesses - Universal vs. WDW, etc.

HowWeird
10-27-2009, 06:23 PM
I always get a little sad when I think about our story. There's just something about it that reminds me of our time apart and how difficult that was at times. But then I think about the fact that we're together again and I can't help but smile! :lovestruc

I really hope your dad's serious about me going down there "for a few days"! I mean, even if I go down for just a few days in actuality or the week, it'll be really fun! But even if I can't go, I'm happy for you because you really do deserve some Disney!

wdwgirl03
10-27-2009, 10:26 PM
That's one of the great things about my job - a handful of Disney fanatics! I'm curious to know if teachers or people who work in schools have a higher possibility of being Disney fans. Maybe it's that kid in us! My younger brother said that I don't act my age because I love Disney. If he only knew all these DISers!

Isn't it funny how many teachers are on the DIS?! It must be the kid in us. :thumbsup2

irky416
10-27-2009, 10:53 PM
I always think of you as Ninja and Weird, too! Haha. And my sister and DBF used to call me irky (where the name came from...weird thing we used to do with turning part of our names backwards and adding a y...), so it's all good and I would totally answer to that.

And you're right, I do NOT like that part of MIB!

You and Weird are so cute together! I am dying to go to World of Disney in NYC (or just NYC in general!) and now that I know there are characters there, I have to get there! For some reason, the character pictures didn't register with me the first time I saw them.

That would be so awesome if Weird got to go to WDW with you guys! I will keep my fingers crossed for you. :thumbsup2

Your thread is making me want to do a TR for my MNSSHP trip. :headache::laughing:

RachelNinja
10-28-2009, 10:22 PM
I hope that both Jon Weird are able to join yall for the week. It is so much fun when an extra person comes.

I enjoyed hearing about your story of your history with DBF.

Since I stick with teaching things about choices and financial decisions, the topic is able to come up a lot. Plus, we discuss competing businesses - Universal vs. WDW, etc.

I agree! I'll enjoy going with just my parents and Matt, but it would definitely be more fun to share the magic with someone else, particularly Weird!

I love reading the stories of how couples got together. I think Weird and I have a pretty interesting one. Haha, or at least we think so! There are times when we just stop and pause as we think, "WOW, we're back TOGETHER!" After we broke up, I was very insistent when talking with my mom that I would NEVER go out with him again. Haha. My mom thought otherwise. She wanted to tell Weird, "Just give her some time."

The Universal vs. WDW thing sounds interesting!

I always get a little sad when I think about our story. There's just something about it that reminds me of our time apart and how difficult that was at times. But then I think about the fact that we're together again and I can't help but smile! :lovestruc

I really hope your dad's serious about me going down there "for a few days"! I mean, even if I go down for just a few days in actuality or the week, it'll be really fun! But even if I can't go, I'm happy for you because you really do deserve some Disney!

No sadness! We needed it, right? That time apart, I mean.

Hehe, now you know how serious my dad is!

Isn't it funny how many teachers are on the DIS?! It must be the kid in us. :thumbsup2

I definitely think there should be a thread about how teachers incorporate Disney in their lessons or in their classrooms! I know there's a thread for teachers on the community board, but I think there should be one geared specifically for how Disney is used!

I started this thread a while back: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2276263

I always think of you as Ninja and Weird, too! Haha. And my sister and DBF used to call me irky (where the name came from...weird thing we used to do with turning part of our names backwards and adding a y...), so it's all good and I would totally answer to that.

And you're right, I do NOT like that part of MIB!

You and Weird are so cute together! I am dying to go to World of Disney in NYC (or just NYC in general!) and now that I know there are characters there, I have to get there! For some reason, the character pictures didn't register with me the first time I saw them.

That would be so awesome if Weird got to go to WDW with you guys! I will keep my fingers crossed for you. :thumbsup2

Your thread is making me want to do a TR for my MNSSHP trip. :headache::laughing:

Now I feel as if I'm in the know because I understand the name!!! Haha, that makes me so happy.

DO IT DO IT DO IT! Write one for your recent trip! Feel the peer pressure, irky!

RachelNinja
10-28-2009, 10:29 PM
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I really should head to bed, but I needed to write quick update ...

Yesterday during dinner, the topic of Florida came up again. Haha, it's not just me who brings up WDW related topics! Matt has now started reading The Hidden Magic of WDW so now he knows more than the average Disney goer too!

It was the perfect time for me to start this conversation:

Me (to my Popsicles): How serious were you about having Weird fly down for a few days?

Popsicles: It's up to him.

IT'S UP TO HIM! Haha, it's up to you, Weird! The ball's in your court! Haha, not that either of us has a thing for sports ...

I was so thrilled and still am! I wasn't sure if my dad was being serious, but he definitely is! He said that he could fly down for Monday to Friday! Those are all the days we'll be there other than driving down on Sat/Sun and then leaving the following Saturday morning! Right now Weird is 86% sure he will go.

There are so many things that I would enjoy showing him since he hasn't been there in AGES. I know I shouldn't get ahead of myself though so I'm not going to say anything else ...

:woohoo:

irky416
10-29-2009, 06:04 PM
For some reason, being 86% sure cracked me up! :laughing:

RachelNinja
10-29-2009, 09:15 PM
For some reason, being 86% sure cracked me up! :laughing:

Haha, Weird said 85% initially, and it moved up that 1%! Little by little, we're going to get to that 100%! That was what my Facebook status meant :thumbsup2

Last he told me, he was up to 90%!

RachelNinja
10-29-2009, 09:21 PM
Mini Me

On a lonely day in May 2007, I stumbled across something called Virtual Magic Kingdom on the Disney website. Since I had nothing better to do and no wedding to attend (haha, I was upset that day because I wasn't invited to a wedding of a family friend although my cousins were), I signed myself up and created a little avatar by the name of RachelNinja. What I didn't know then was that VMK would play a HUGE part of my life for the next year.

VMK was basically a tiny, virtual version of everything I loved about Disney World. It had the same areas as the parks and minigames to earn credits to buy items. There are many multiplayer games like this, but none can compare to VMK, especially to Disney fans.

I raved about it to Howard and he too created an avatar named HowWeird (hence the whole "Weird" nickname). Together we explored each land, completed quests to win more prizes, and played The Haunted Mansion game to earn credits. Eventually we both bought quest machines for 30,000 credits each so that we could trade credits for items no longer sold in the game as well as make up fun quests for each other.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/VMK/vmkgas.jpg
Playing HM with Weird! Don't mind our lovely conversation :)

I ended up having more time for VMK than Weird did, so I would play Castle Fireworks: Remixed for extra credits. I would then trade them for 2 of each item (mainly hats) so that we could match in the game. He would do the quest I made for him with clues that led him to places where we had special memories so that he could win the prize I got for him!

It was also more than just fun and games. The reason why I relied on it so heavily was because during that year, I got really sick. I have many health problems that required daily medication, medical procedures, and surgeries. VMK gave me an escape. Little Ninja (haha, and my "mules" Jinit, GirlyNinja, RaeWrites, and BigBertha) were happy and healthy, and I could live vicariously through them during the time I played.

VMK made me love Disney even more since I was able to be there every day! It also made me realize how much I missed Weird. Though we did fight a few times in game (haha, usually while playing HM), in general, it brought us back together. Weird and Ninja flirted all the time, and I guess it was a way for us to flirt but not openly. Haha, we blamed it on our avatars! Oh, those crazy kids.

Here are a few of our memories! Haha, there are plenty more, but these are the only ones I can find:

Real Weird LOVES Tron. I really don't know why! I gave in and watched it over the summer and couldn't understand the appeal. Hehe. Anyway, when we found an entire room full of Tron cabinets, Weird and Ninja wanted to steal one since the game that gave them out as prizes was no longer in existence. We were joking, of course, and there was no way we could actually steal it, but we thought it was funny. Only after the fact did we realize that there was someone sitting in the room! You can see the person in the bottom lefthand corner.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/VMK/vmkstealtron.jpg

During the Year of Million Dreams promotion, VMK hosts would stop by random rooms to distribute dream ears. Everyone wanted them. We would camp out to wait. One of the rooms we stayed in was filled with fellow DISers. To pass the time, we'd play games like the ugly costume game! We'd put on the most random pieces of outfits. It was silly but definitely memorable to be with many other DISers! This is also a good picture to show a lot of the costumes.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/VMK/vmkuglycostumes.jpg
I'm in the middle left with the Jafar hat, cowboy vest, green superhero pants, and HSM Gabriella shoes. Weird is standing next to the blue candycane with the green backwards cap and cowboy shirt.

In May of 2008, VMK officially closed. Despite the protests of fans, it just ended. Something that was so important to so many people was just gone. Sure, it seems as if it was JUST a game, but it really was more than that. There were so many stories of people with illnesses that played VMK like I did to take away the pain in reality. A known example was Slinkyman (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1440471) who used the game to help him get through cancer treatments. There were many friendships made because of the game. A couple even got married after "meeting" on VMK!

The last day VMK was opened was devastating. It was the end of an "era" (plus, a kid scammed me out of the best magic pin in the game called "Dancing Inferno" - the ability to dance with a ring of fire around your avatar). The game was extremely laggy because so many were on. Weird and I decided to sign out earlier than the closing time because of the lag and also because we wanted to be in control of when it ended.

The last words that they said to each other were:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/VMK/ForDIS.jpg

BTW, we had to say "glove" because some words, like love, were blocked from chat. And yes, we were sitting inside those Tron cabinets.

Ahhh, writing about it now still makes me incredibly sad! I miss it so much! But on to the brighter side of things ...

To keep our avatars alive, we saved them from the final BSOD (black screen of death) by printing them out and having them laminated. This idea became popular when we knew VMK was ending but another DISer named AmberDaze had already done it earlier. We wanted them to live the life outside of VMK and enjoy each other's company. Though they've had many experiences (the link to a thread FILLED with pictures of flat Weird and Ninja is in my signature!), they have never been to WDW!

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/WeirdandNinja/053108/IMG_2882.jpg
We celebrated Weird and Ninja's real life birthday by going to Dunkin Donuts after watching Prince Caspian.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/WeirdandNinja/053108/IMG_2865.jpg
This was the laminated sheet of my flats. You can see my other characters (as well as Weird) there too.

- RachelNinja has the Minnie/princess hat (the ONE thing I really wanted in the game and finally traded to get it!
- Jinit has the crown and the purple clothes. She was always calm in the game. When she played a game of HM with Weird, she was all business-like!
- GirlyNinja has the straw hat with the sunglasses and Mickey shoes. She was the "cool" one out of the bunch.
- RaeWrites is the one with pigtails and glasses. She was working on a novel. But it took her a while to write it since she was also a pink superhero!
- BigBertha is the green one with pink hair! She just represented my weird side.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/WeirdandNinja/Pratt/IMG_0156.jpg

Random life experiences are great! They had fun at World of Disney, and they had fun in Virginia and Vancouver. But DISNEY is what they crave! Now they will finally get the chance to be in the REAL Disney World!

Brave teacher
10-29-2009, 09:21 PM
I too found humor in the 86%. I mean, it is such a random number.

I'm glad to hear it's up to him. Come on Weird. WHat's it gonna be?

HowWeird
10-29-2009, 09:32 PM
Haha I just had to slowly edge it up 1% at a time! I'm secretly 100% in my mind, but I just want to make sure everything is okay before I go out and say 100%! Like Ninja said, I am at 90% now, so that was a whole 4% increase! (I'm daring, I know)

I loved those Tron cabinets. I wish I had them in real life. I did really enjoy being able to flirt with you while we were not together on VMK. I think that got a lot of the subconscious feelings out that just needed to be expressed! :goodvibes

Brave teacher
10-29-2009, 09:33 PM
I never got around to playing VMK, but it seems like you and Weird sure did have a great time. I remember hearing how upset people were when they announced it was ending.

wdwgirl03
10-29-2009, 11:05 PM
haha, I love your VMK characters! I never got into that and then one day when I was interested it was gone!

RachelNinja
11-01-2009, 08:18 PM
I too found humor in the 86%. I mean, it is such a random number.

I'm glad to hear it's up to him. Come on Weird. WHat's it gonna be?

Haha, that's what I keep asking him! I'm glad it's up to 90% now, but I'd love that 100%! There are just a few things that we need to wait on before he can make the choice. He WANTS to go. It's just a matter of whether it's not it's entirely feasible.

Haha I just had to slowly edge it up 1% at a time! I'm secretly 100% in my mind, but I just want to make sure everything is okay before I go out and say 100%! Like Ninja said, I am at 90% now, so that was a whole 4% increase! (I'm daring, I know)

I loved those Tron cabinets. I wish I had them in real life. I did really enjoy being able to flirt with you while we were not together on VMK. I think that got a lot of the subconscious feelings out that just needed to be expressed! :goodvibes

You and your love for Tron! I definitely loved Tron more on VMK ... uhhh, not so much the movie when we watched it this past summer! But those cabinets ... oh man, the memories. I miss it! That last "conversation" on VMK ... so sad.

I never got around to playing VMK, but it seems like you and Weird sure did have a great time. I remember hearing how upset people were when they announced it was ending.

Yeah, everyone was devastated about it. Many people have moved on from VMK to play other virtual games, but I couldn't find anything that could take the place of VMK. I still miss it to this day. It just meant more to me than just a game. It was the relationships that were formed (thankfully most of my VMK friends were from DIS) and the escape from the reality of my illnesses that I miss. It's also sad to see that not many people still have their avatars or VMK pics in their signatures!

haha, I love your VMK characters! I never got into that and then one day when I was interested it was gone!

There's an itty-bitty teeny-weeny part of me that's still waiting for the day that they'll bring it back. Even if I have to start over from scratch and not have all the virtual items that I gained (my Minnie hat especially!), I'd be okay with it!

RachelNinja
11-01-2009, 08:21 PM
Ninja's Top 10 Disney Songs

I'm taking the idea from wdwgirl03 who has made some really fun lists to read on her PTR! Sarah chose her top 10 favorite Disney songs right here: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34102037&postcount=47. These are mine!

10. "So Close" from Enchanted

My DBF Weird was the one who pointed out how great this song was. I also like the fact that Dr. Shepherd is singing it! Haha, even though I know Patrick Dempsey from Can't Buy Me Love and Enchanted, I can't help but always see him as Dr. Shepherd from Grey's Anatomy. Plus, the animated Giselle is the only other girl Weird is allowed to like, hehe.

We have discussed the fact that we could have this song as our wedding song. Our other options are "The Beginning" by Alice Peacock and "When I Say I Do" by Matthew West. Haha, and no, we're not engaged yet. Funny thing is that yesterday when we were waiting for our food at Chili's, we talked about whether or not he would propose if he went to WDW with us! Hehe.

9. "Go the Distance" from Hercules

As Weird and I prepare for our church's 2009 coffeehouse (an outreach with funny skits and a musical!), I think about the preparation for the coffeehouse in 2008. We each had our own solos to sing. I had to sing "Popular" from Wicked and "Holiday" by Madonna. I was cast as the stereotypical popular, mean girl. Thankfully, this year I'm normal, haha. Anyway, one of the songs Weird had to sing was "Go the Distance." I watched Hercules a LONG time ago after a unit on mythology in high school so I didn't quite remember it, but that was the first song in the entire musical.

My best friend was singing it and as I watched him throughout practices, I couldn't help but get that feeling again. Well, what do you know! By the time we had our encore performance (we were asked to do everything again!), we were back together! So this song will always be very special to me!

8. "Jolly Holiday" from Mary Poppins

When we finally got this on DVD a few years ago, I watched it when I was sick at home. My mom was supposed to watch it with me, but she ended up having things to do. I just sat in the kitchen with a cup of tea, watching it on a mini-DVD player. The silliness and fantasy of the movie really cheered me up! Though it may not be a movie that I want to watch all the time, it definitely has some catchy tunes!

This is one of them, and I end up singing it (haha, at least the parts that I know!) over and over again! It's just really funny when Bert sings to Mary Poppins because of his accent. You know, "When Mary (h)olds your (h)and, you feel so grand! Your (h)eart starts beating like a big brass band!" I love that part!

When I listened to this song the other day, I was writing up my lesson plans. The Do Now for my students was a question about the song that always puts them in a good mood. After a lot of answers about the Jonas Brothers, I explained that "Jolly Holiday" was mine! Of course, I then had to sing it in class! Since I found out for sure that we're going in April, I've been talking about Disney even more than I have before when I'm teaching! Gotta incorporate it everywhere!

7. "One Jump Ahead" from Aladdin

This was probably one of the songs from a Disney movie that I learned! You know how it is ... you probably know a good chunk of the lyrics out of all the popular Disney songs, but there aren't that many that you knew from beginning to end! Though I may not know it all now, this was definitely one of the few that I knew! I love the part when Aladdin (in his very cute voice) says, "Just a little snack, guys."

I also got a kick out of the fact that he uses the phrase "nom de plume," and I felt that I was smart for knowing what it was! Don't you love how Disney uses a lot of good vocabulary words? When I get up to the 6th grade vocabulary lesson that has the word "vagabond" in it, I always give extra credit to the students who find out what Disney song it comes from! Yes, Google makes it incredibly easy, but I don't write this down and only a few students even remember to check! Do YOU know what song it comes from?

Oh yeah, the last reason why I love this song is that after the whole chase scene, Aladdin ends up giving his bread to the two little kids!

6. "Reflection" from Mulan (movie version)

Though I like Christina Aguilera's version (and sang that many times to the instrumental track at home ... alone to exercise my voice), I like the original one in the movie better. The lyrics are different, and of course, the ones in the movie are appropriate to the storyline. I just think it's touching because Mulan has the pressure to live up to the expectations of her parents, particularly her father. As a Chinese daughter myself, I understand that there are a lot of pressures involved. Though I never had the same pressures as Mulan (haha, the issues at home aren't about my dad wanting to find me the right man through a matchmaker), it's still something that I can relate to.

5. "Me Hele No Lilo" from Lilo and Stitch

I loved the fact that this song is very catchy with the Hawaiian words, but I grew to really love this song after watching the extra features on the Lilo and Stitch DVD. It was interesting to watch the choir of the kids that sang the song. The language is just beautiful! Plus, the dancing in the movie is beautiful to watch too! I love how they showed that they videotaped real people dancing so that they would get the animation correct for everyone to see. Haha, plus it shows Pudge with that peanut butter sandwich!

4. "That's How You Know" from Enchanted

I thought about having the same movie up here twice, but since it is a fairly recent movie, that's probably why I listen to the songs more often. I would love to go to Central Park and reenact certain parts of it, particularly the part when Giselle starts singing with the Jamaican band! Later on in the song when they're on the boats, I love when they say "mind reader." Haha, Weird can attest to the fact that I can listen to that part over and over again!

Amy Adams is just so funny and does a fantastic job being a typical Disney princess in real life! It's funny for Weird and me because we know her the handbag girl who was on The Office! He noticed her and pointed that out to me, and now I can't not see her as that! Of course, the other parts I love about the song include James Marsden's entrance when he jumps down and attempts to sing, "I've been dreaming ..." but gets cut off, Dr. Shepherd nodding his head to the music as he sits by the fountain and then realizes what he's doing, and then when Giselle calls the birds to deliver the wreath of flowers!

3. "Strangers Like Me" from Tarzan

Of course, "You'll Be In My Heart" and "Two Worlds" are also two of the greatest songs from the movie! Tarzan really made me absolutely adore Phil Collins. I used to say that if I actually had enough money, I would hire him to sing at my wedding. His voice is just so unique! I love when my dad plays his other songs in the car when we're driving down to Florida!

Anyway, the reason why I chose "Strangers" to be on the favorites list and not the other ones is because Weird pointed out lyrics in it that reminded him of me - "Why do I have this growing need to be beside her." My DBF's such a mush :D. The animation for this song is great as well, especially when Tarzan takes Jane to the place where she can be surrounded by birds and then the ending when they're swinging from the vines together.

I haven't seen the Festival of the Lion King, but part of me wishes that Animal Kingdom still had Tarzan Rocks!

2. "Bonjour" from Beauty and the Beast

I can sing this song every day and not get bored! Oh dear, I must be tired because I initially spelled that as "boured." Anyway, my all time favorite part of this song other than the beginning is when the baker says, "Marie! The baguettes! Hurry up!"

In general, this movie is great just because Belle falls in love with the beast's heart. It's unlike the other Disney princesses who don't really show much of a back story for the princes. Well, Mulan is a great story too, but I know she's not considered a princess. She's such a unique character! I mean, in this song, she gets a free book and is absolutely thrilled about it! It's not about having a pretty dress or being the fairest of them all or getting to go to the ball. It's about a girl who loves reading, falls for someone not because of looks, and then gets a whole library filled with books as a gift!

I've seen this show on Broadway twice. The first time was because my aunt got us tickets from work to go with her. The second time was because Donny Osmond was playing Gaston and my mom just HAD to see him. Hehe, I didn't mind tagging along to keep her company! Plus, I love Broadway, especially Disney on Broadway! I wish I had a chance to see Christy Carlson Romano play Belle because I loved her when she was a star on the Disney channel. When I imagine my own Broadway debut, I'm singing this song. Too bad I don't have a Broadway voice! Haha, or much coordination to learn dance moves!

1. "Down to Earth" from Wall-E

The Wall-E soundtrack is probably one of my all-time favorite CDs even though it's filled with songs with no words. I love the movie because of the story and also because I saw it in the theater with Weird. After the movie was over (and after we looked at each other a thousand times when we saw things in there that reminded us of our own memories), we sat in the theater to watch the credits and listen to this song. Most of the people had cleared out already and workers came in to clean the floors. But it didn't matter to us because we just continued to sit there. After I got this CD (thanks to my older brother who, for the most part, asks me what I want for my birthdays!), I would change my clothes in the morning to this song. It ALWAYS put me in a good mood to face the day!

Brave teacher
11-01-2009, 08:57 PM
This is a good list! Some of them are my faves as well. I love Wall-e:lovestruc. He is just so cute! One Jump and STrangers Like Me are just fantastic!

You know. There are some roles that actors have that they will forever be referred to as that character. Harrison Ford will always be Indiana Jones to me (Han Solo to Bryan). Tom Hanks will always be Forrest Gump. Patrick Dempsey will ALWAYS be McDreamy.

RachelNinja
11-03-2009, 05:22 PM
This is a good list! Some of them are my faves as well. I love Wall-e:lovestruc. He is just so cute! One Jump and STrangers Like Me are just fantastic!

You know. There are some roles that actors have that they will forever be referred to as that character. Harrison Ford will always be Indiana Jones to me (Han Solo to Bryan). Tom Hanks will always be Forrest Gump. Patrick Dempsey will ALWAYS be McDreamy.

Yup! Harrison Ford is definitely Indy! You know what movie really shook me up? What Lies Beneath! I don't watch scary movies anymore because of that. The thing is, it wasn't the ghost or spirit part that really scared me; it was the fact that Harrison Ford was bad! I hope I didn't spoil that for anyway, haha, but it is a fairly old movie! Anyway, I knew him as Indiana Jones, Hans Solo, and then the President in Air Force One, so that movie just messed with my world!

Elijah Wood will always be Frodo Baggins to me. Doesn't matter what I see him in. I just want to call out, "HOBBIT!" every time. :lmao:

RachelNinja
11-03-2009, 05:23 PM
Cringe-Worthy

Many people post the things they want to do or must try for the first time when writing their PTRs. I will eventually do that, but I'm going to write about an experience that I do NOT want to repeat!

My family and I were in Florida for our annual trip with another family (we used to co-own the timeshare with them, but they don't go anymore and don't pay, so it's technically ours at this point). I was, I think, a sophomore in high school so that meant my little brother, Matt, was just a baby.

On our Magic Kingdom morning, I woke up not feeling that well. I sat at the dining room table trying to choke down some Cheerios. I was hoping I'd feel better with food in my stomach, but it didn't seem to do much. The bowl of cereal actually stayed on the table for the rest of the day because I couldn't bring myself to finish it or throw it away. Haha, not that I would have eaten it, just that I didn't want to deal with scooping out the mushy cereal and dumping the milk. That's how sick I felt because I never left unfinished cereal on the table!

The condo is a good 5-10 minutes away from the front gates of Magic Kingdom depending on the traffic lights. On the whole car ride there, I was leaned over with my head resting on my mom's chubby park backpack. Closing my eyes didn't help, but I kept telling myself that once I got outside into the fresh air, i'd feel better.

We got to the park, and I tried pushing away all the feelings of sickness. Unfortunately, it didn't work for very long. As we were waiting on line to board the monorail, I started getting incredibly dizzy. I tried squatting where I was standing since being upright just didn't make things any better. When I stood up again, I knew that I was going to faint. I had fainted already when I was at school in the 7th grade and once again at the doctor's office, so the feeling that overwhelmed me was a familiar one at that point.

As the world started fading out of my vision, I mumbled to my mom, "I'm going to faint." In a quick second (haha, even though a quick second and a slow second don't really exist because a second is just a second ...), my mom handed my brother to the other mom, and my dad apparently caught me before I hit the ground. The other dad carried me to the top of the monorail station to lay me down on one of the benches. I actually remember about 2 seconds of being carried because I started to regain consciousness, and I felt the movement. But then I was out again.

The next thing I remember was lying down on a bench with my head resting on my mom's lap. A CM had gotten a cold, wet towel to place on my forehead. They asked if I needed to go to First Aid, but I felt better at the time so I said no. Of course, the looks I got from everyone who was staring at me as I sat up was really embarrassing!

We boarded the next monorail and they made sure I had a seat. I was excited to go to Magic Kingdom! My mom and the other mom agreed that I needed to eat so they insisted on taking me to get food. We went to the Main Street Bakery and they bought me this really nasty muffin. I don't know what it was, but it had different colors in it (looked like Fruity Pebbles), but it was supposedly cranberry so it had a slightly tart taste. I tried eating it, but it just didn't taste good.

While I continued to nibble on the muffin (this is why I used to think the bakery was gross and never understood why people loved going there!), the other mom suggested that they get a wheelchair for me. That would have been a wise choice, but it never happened. During this time, these 4 men entered the bakery and started making me feel worse with their loud singing! Haha, I didn't know at that time that they were the Dapper Dans! I'd love to listen to them now!

Our next stop was the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway where we met up with everyone who had ridden Space Mountain. I joined them in the line because I figured I was good for the rest of the day. That line was barely moving and after a few minutes of standing there, I started feeling sick again. I tried sitting on the side, but I knew that I wouldn't make it to the front of the line. I went to find my mom who was sitting in the spectator stands.

It was decided at that point that it would be best to take me back to the condo. I didn't really want to leave, but I could barely stand so there was really nothing I could do. My dad, mom, and I left the park. We got our hands stamped just in case, but only my dad ended up returning since my two brothers were still there. If we knew then what we knew now, we would've gone to Guest Services or City Hall to get a ticket back since we had only been there for a short time and were wasting our ticket.

Back at the condo, I ate some eggs and took a nap. But I guess I really was sick with germs because I ended up spending the next few days in and out of the bathroom. It was a miserable time for me to be so sick at a place I loved but couldn't enjoy! Then what made it even worse was the fact that we would have to make trip in the car all the way back up to New York! Worst travel experience ever! I took Immodium many times during that car trip, but it was still unbelievably uncomfortable. Oy, and I thought having hives during the car trip was a bad experience!

Just writing about that time makes me cringe! I hope to never experience anything like that ever again! No one likes being sick, of course, but being sick so far away from home is the absolute worst!

wdwgirl03
11-04-2009, 08:02 AM
Ugh, that is not a fun experience at all! :sad2:

Oh yes, and I like your list too. ;) We were watching Enchanted the other day...the part where they sing "That's How You Know" has to be one of the best parts in the movie. I also like "One Jump Ahead."

HowWeird
11-04-2009, 12:36 PM
I really don't like your sick story every time I hear it! I don't like hearing about you being sick, but I'm glad that it doesn't happen anymore.

At my last count, I'm at 96%, if not more. I've been checking airfare every day so I'm definitely leaning towards that 100%! It'd be so much fun! I'm gonna make you one very happy girl if I go, aren't I? Let's keep praying and hoping!!

Brave teacher
11-04-2009, 09:28 PM
UGH! Being sick at home is one thing, but being sick while at Disney would certainly suck. So, did you just have a stomach virus or was it something more serious?

RachelNinja
11-05-2009, 06:44 PM
Ugh, that is not a fun experience at all! :sad2:

Oh yes, and I like your list too. ;) We were watching Enchanted the other day...the part where they sing "That's How You Know" has to be one of the best parts in the movie. I also like "One Jump Ahead."

Not at all! I always have to point it out when we head to the monorail. Plus, I kind of speed walk so I can pass the area really quickly! If Weird goes with us next year, I'm going to have to point the spot out to him!

I could definitely go for a Disney movie night some time soon, but I can't seem to fit it into my schedule. If I finish work earlier, I go to sleep earlier! I think the movie that I want to watch next is The Little Mermaid. I don't really remember it much at all! Two of my students are using it as the basis of their "misunderstood antagonist" fairytales so they're writing from Ursula's point of view.

I really don't like your sick story every time I hear it! I don't like hearing about you being sick, but I'm glad that it doesn't happen anymore.

At my last count, I'm at 96%, if not more. I've been checking airfare every day so I'm definitely leaning towards that 100%! It'd be so much fun! I'm gonna make you one very happy girl if I go, aren't I? Let's keep praying and hoping!!

I knowww! I hated that experience in Florida. Thankfully, I'm aware of what to expect in terms of health issues so things shouldn't be a surprise.

My health issues should make it 100% because you'll be good and make me sit and rest :D

UGH! Being sick at home is one thing, but being sick while at Disney would certainly suck. So, did you just have a stomach virus or was it something more serious?

I'm not quite sure what it was. We never figured it out because the food I was eating was being eaten by everyone else too! I probably just had a germ or something.

Currently I have a plethora of health issues, but in terms of fainting, I do have this thing called vasovagal syncope. My vagus nerve doesn't work very well so if I stand too long, the blood pools in my leg. My heart races to try to get the blood circulating again. If I don't do something about it (sit or pump my legs), I'll faint. But I pretty much have a handle on that ... and even when I forget, Weird reminds me to sit even when I don't realize that I have palpitations! My cardiologist said to avoid lines at Costco! Haha, I'm not sure that lines at WDW are better ... but that's what FastPass is for!

Any lurkers out there? Say hello! :flower3:

wdwgirl03
11-07-2009, 12:18 AM
haha, yeah, lurkers need to come out and say hello on my PTR too! Don't be shy people!

RachelNinja
11-07-2009, 10:40 AM
haha, yeah, lurkers need to come out and say hello on my PTR too! Don't be shy people!

Haha, we don't bite! Really! Come say hello princess:

RachelNinja
11-07-2009, 10:59 AM
Experiencing Disney with DBF - Part I

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Going to WDW will be fun no matter what, but now that Weird is so close to going with us, I can't help but look forward to all the things I will get to do with him. There are so many things I want to show him and experience with him. There's just something about being able to have fun together! This will definitely be a growing list. Here are just a few of the activities I'm excited about!

1. Ride the Tomorrowland Transit Authority

Months ago, Weird was talking to one of his coworkers, Hilary, about marrying me! They had a conversation on Facebook about how he would propose. At that time, I wasn't FB friends with Hilary yet so I couldn't follow what was being said. Finally, after some lovely pestering, Weird told me that he would love to take me on the TTA (my all-time favorite ride) during Illuminations so he could ask me to marry him.

Hehe, my adorable DBF didn't realize that Illuminations was an entirely different park than my beloved TTA. He definitely needs some WDW, don't you think? Just like I need to watch more Disney movies, he needs more of the parks!

So even though he will never propose to me on the TTA during Illuminations, I still want to take a ride on my favorite "blue cars" (what I called them as a kid) with my favorite guy <3

2. Go down the 5 story drop of Splash Mountain

Weird does NOT like water rides because of the drops. I think he'd actually be more willing to ride a rollercoaster than do one of these. However, he knows the amazing theming on the inside of this ride, and I asked him if he would go on it with me. So he agreed to do it! It's okay, Weird. I'll hold your hand if you're too afraid to throw your hands up in the air!

There are so many things in this ride that I want to see and I want him to see. For example, there's a hidden Mickey in the last scene. When they're all happily singing, there's a cloud in the background that looks like Mickey is lying down on his back. I never noticed it before! When I normally ride it with my dad, he doesn't seem to listen to all my random facts about the ride! So it'll be a nice change to have someone who's as interested as I am!

I admit it too; the drop is not my favorite part of the ride! Especially not that double drop in the dark!

3. Have a friendly competition on Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin

The two of us used to get very competitive over a lot of things. Okay, maybe it was me who got extremely competitive. I mean, who doesn't love winning? But because of him, I have learned to not take everything so seriously! It's just for fun! And I think taking a spin on this ride will be more fun now than it would have been if we rode when we dated first time around.

Because I know a few of the high point targets (ex. the orange robot's hand, front and back, when you enter the first room + top or bottom of the volcano in the second room + the bottom of the contraption thing that Zurg's riding), I will ride with him at first to point out where he should point his laser gun. I actually haven't gotten the bottom of Zurg's mode of transportation (haha, I really don't know what it is). It has to be hit once you enter the room because that's the only angle to get it. That'll be my goal this time riding it.

My family normally rides it 3 or 4 times because my brother loves it despite his incredibly low scores. Haha, he should do better this year because he isn't as small. Anyway, after I show Weird the targets, we'll go in separate cars so that we can really have a true competition since we'll be in control of our own joysticks. I think that after 2 times, Weird will definitely dominate in the game! Haha, he'll still love me though :D

Brave teacher
11-07-2009, 11:53 AM
That's an awesome to do list! Don't worry. After he does a bit of research, he'll figure out the perfect place for that one moment to make it as special as your treasured TTA.

HowWeird
11-08-2009, 06:59 PM
Haha, Brave is certainly right! I'll figure it out eventually. I know we're not spontaneous people, but you never know when that magic will hit, right? ;)

I can't wait to ride the TTA with you. That is, of course, hinged on the wicked last 2% or so! I know how happy you get just being at Disney sometimes and I know how happy you are when you're with me (as conceited as that sounds :goodvibes) so I can't imagine how happy you could be if those two were put together!

You know what else is on the list that you don't need to put down? Be happy at Disney together! And take lots of outdoor together pics! I mean, it'll be at WDW so those are gonna be some GREAT pictures! AHHH!! I need the 2%!!

RachelNinja
11-10-2009, 08:49 PM
That's an awesome to do list! Don't worry. After he does a bit of research, he'll figure out the perfect place for that one moment to make it as special as your treasured TTA.

I know it'll be amazing whenever it happens. I'm just so glad that we won't have to wait to experience WDW during our Disneymoon! It was funny because my mom said to my dad the other day, "They're both such huge Disney fans, and this is a big opportunity for them since they know they're not getting married any time soon" (lack of funds!). I just enjoy every moment with him whether we're dating, engaged, or married :lovestruc

Haha, Brave is certainly right! I'll figure it out eventually. I know we're not spontaneous people, but you never know when that magic will hit, right? ;)

I can't wait to ride the TTA with you. That is, of course, hinged on the wicked last 2% or so! I know how happy you get just being at Disney sometimes and I know how happy you are when you're with me (as conceited as that sounds :goodvibes) so I can't imagine how happy you could be if those two were put together!

You know what else is on the list that you don't need to put down? Be happy at Disney together! And take lots of outdoor together pics! I mean, it'll be at WDW so those are gonna be some GREAT pictures! AHHH!! I need the 2%!!

No more wicked 2%! YAY!

RachelNinja
11-10-2009, 08:52 PM
Experiencing Disney with DBF - Part II

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This list is definitely not just hopeful wishing because as of yesterday, November 10th, Weird said that he is 100% sure that he is going to WDW with us! WOOHOO! I'm absolutely THRILLED! Now it's all about serious planning! Well, as serious as our jobs let us be ...

4. Have Weird and Ninja experience the REAL Peter Pan ride

One of the best parts of VMK was the fact that the Peter Pan ride was incredibly realistic and true to the actual ride! Each scene looked exactly as it should. I loved the fact that Ninja could ride in a little galleon ship (and amazingly, the sail always matched my shirt, hehe). It was funny though because depending on how fast the computer would load, sometimes the order of the people would change. That meant that even though Weird and I would start a ride one behind the other, by the next room or two, there were others in between us. Soon we'd be in entirely different rooms!

We would be thrilled when we actually finished a ride together. It didn't hurt either that sometimes we'd get a SITS pin, which was a Sword in the Stone magic pin that allowed you to try to pull out the sword. If you did, you'd get a prize (Toad Car Magic anyone?). We had so many special moments on that ride especially since I grew up loving the ride since it's my mom's all-time favorite. It would be wonderful to let Weird and Ninja ride the REAL one together (hehe, as well as the real Howard and Rae) and know that they won't be separated throughout the entire ride.

5. Be complete dorks and wear matching t-shirts

I don't know how well this will work out because (1) it'll be April and if it's hot, there's no way I'm choosing a t-shirt over a tank top and (2) I don't know how many matching t-shirts we actually have! Well let's see, the first set of matching shirts are our Axiom t-shirts. I'm only a crew member, however, haha, but I still think mine's better because it's pink and it's glittery! The Axiom is from Wall-E just in case you forgot. The other shirts that we have that match are our organic tee ones. He has Mickey on it with a world in the background made up of smaller Mickey heads. Mine has Minnie on it with flowers in the background instead of the world. Our shirts are actually different colors so they're not entirely matchy-matchy, but we know that they match. Eventually I'll take a picture of my shirts and post them.

I do have a few other great shirts from Walmart; the ones described above are from the Disney store. However, like I said, who knows about the weather! Weird and I also will have matching t-shirts from our church's coffeehouse! We're just so odd that we find it really fun to match. Even at church, we'll stay in the same color family. It's the little things that make us happy!

6. Examine the forced perspective used in Main Street

Main Street has never been one of the areas where my family spent a lot of time. It was more like just a passageway to get to the "good stuff." This time, however, I'm so excited to spend a little more time there (even if it's on the way out instead of on the way in) and examine the details used to make it looks like such a cheerful place! I've got random facts that I have stored in my head that I want to see for myself and find. For example, I want to find the window where you can hear someone taking dance or singing lessons from upstairs. I also want to find Walt Disney's window that faces the castle. Another thing I want to examine is the change in the street lights as you start walking on Main Street to the end of it since they change as if you're walking through time.

There are so many things that I would want to point out to my family, and though they may humor me and listen, no one would be as excited to see these details as Weird would be! I wouldn't be surprised too if I had to pull him away from examining details. He was an architecture major in college so I know he'll be drawn to all of these things that others might miss (or that I have missed during my 25 years of going to Disney!).

HowWeird
11-10-2009, 09:31 PM
I'm SO excited that I am 100%! 2010 can't come fast enough! I can't wait to add more to the list :D

wdwgirl03
11-11-2009, 07:52 AM
Woo hoo, yay that Weird is going now too! :woohoo:

RachelNinja
11-11-2009, 12:33 PM
I'm SO excited that I am 100%! 2010 can't come fast enough! I can't wait to add more to the list :D

Woo hoo, yay that Weird is going now too! :woohoo:

I can't stop getting all giddy about it! The plans that we're making now are REAL. It's not for some future trip when we're married! AHHH! :woohoo:

RachelNinja
11-11-2009, 12:38 PM
Experiencing Disney with DBF - Part III

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7. Get the free photo from Disney Visa at Epcot

I've seen these pictures before on other people's TRs, but it never applied to me because my family doesn't have the Disney Visa. I was reading about Photopass this morning when I saw it and remembered that DBF has one! That means we can get the free 5x7 photo! That's pretty awesome! Of course, that means I have to take a picture with characters, and well, I'm not that fond of characters. But for the free photo, I'll deal with it. Haha, that is, if Weird wants me in the photo. Maybe he just wants one of himself to commemorate the trip, hehe.

8. Get a picture in the stationary Dumbo by the ride

Weird was telling me about the ride he took as a child with his father. He said that they didn't know that you could push the button to make Dumbo fly so they just went around and around low to the ground! I had an experience with Dumbo as a kid. I was wearing my pink Osh Kosh B'Gosh cap (my mom's favorite hat for me; she still has it saved) and once we got into the air, it flew off my head! The CM let me dad run in to get it, which is interesting as I think about it now. Wouldn't they have waited for the ride to finish instead of letting someone in?

Anyway, Weird said, "Speaking of Dumbo, can we ride it the right way when we go?" However, knowing that it's one of those rides that the parents with little kids rush to first thing in the morning to avoid crazy long lines, I said that it wouldn't make sense to do that. Plus, I don't know how well I would take carnival-like rides that go in circles. Besides, if I were to go on one of those, I've read better reviews about the Aladdin ride! We'll go on Dumbo when we have our kiddies. Weird so cutely said that he didn't know that. He has much to learn! I'm so glad we're going together!

So since we're not riding the actual ride, I'd like to get a photo in the stationary Dumbo! I actually never saw it, probably because we pass by the ride without giving it a second glance. Gotta pay attention to the details this time!

9. Marvel at the fog curtain that has Davy Jones on it

On Sunday, we were discussing this, and for some odd reason, we couldn't remember Davy Jones's name! We were convinced that it WASN'T Davy Jones. Weird kept going, "Davy Jones's locker ... ?" Anyway, knowing the real name of "Octopus Man" (haha, that was my name for him) didn't change the fact that riding POTC will be incredibly fun. Weird didn't know that there was a drop, but if he's riding Splash Mountain, POTC is absolutely nothing. He hasn't ridden it in ages so he doesn't remember it much at all. Plus, with all the new additions, it'll be like a completely new ride for him!

I think the ride's one of the best themed in MK, but it's funny that we both HATED the POTC game in VMK. I hated it even more because I could never fire my cannons correctly! I'd stop my boat and then I'd click to fire. The cannons would either fire from the wrong side or I'd start making my boat move again. Or better yet, I'd be out of cannons! That was one of the games I never mastered.

Anyway, Weird is much nerdier than I am, so if I was amazed at the projection of Davy Jones, I know that he definitely will be.

10. Record the moment when Weird tastes Beverly

This won't be a surprise for him since he knows about it already. I don't think his reaction is going to be that funny though only because we're not as put off by bitter things as most people. He's used to bitter things even more so because his family always cooks Chinese bitter melon. A better recording that I should post would actually be his tasting of Buckley's cough suppressant! When I had a throat infection and laryngitis a few weeks ago, I finally took Buckley's when he was over the house keeping me company. To make things better, he said he would taste it so he did! I don't think Beverly is at all as bad as Buckley's! I took it a few more times after it over the next few days so after the fact, it's really not as bad. Even so, tasting Beverly is like a DISer experience. This is a definite must-do!

Brave teacher
11-11-2009, 09:31 PM
YAY!!! Weird is going! I look forward to hearing about the two of you actually getting through this to do list you are putting together here.

RachelNinja
11-14-2009, 10:36 PM
YAY!!! Weird is going! I look forward to hearing about the two of you actually getting through this to do list you are putting together here.

Weird and I saw each other today so it was the first time seeing each other in person since he decided that he was definitely going (a bridge separates us so and with work and whatnot, we can only see each other on the weekends). It was so exciting because during lunch, we started listing all the things that we want to do! We're beyond thrilled! We even started talking about the TR! Can't wait to share our fun!

RachelNinja
11-14-2009, 10:38 PM
It All Comes Back to Disney
Incorporating Disney In My Lesson Plans

One of the things I'm looking forward to doing is taking pictures of all the things that can be used to teach in my classes. I've started to compile a list because as I'm rereading my Disney books, I go, "Hey! I'm teaching that in class!" Even if things aren't necessary related to Disney, I find a way to sneak it in. Here's the latest incorporation in a lesson about adding decimals:

Me: As you can see in the Aim, today we're going to learn about adding decimals. But before I get into that, I want to tell you a story.

Students: YAY! (Haha, they thought that I was going off on a tangent ... oh dear children, school's for learning even if it means disguising it as fun!)

Me: This past Saturday, I went to the Disney Store at the mall because, well, what else is there to do on a Saturday? I was browsing through the store and saw that they were having a special on those little stuffed beanbag characters. I saw Lumpy, and I think he's so cute so I wanted to buy one.

Students: Who's Lumpy?

Me: The Heffalump?!? How do you not know Lumpy?!? (What are they teaching children these days?!? Oh wait, I should ask myself that question ...) He's from Winnie the Pooh. Anyway, they were having a sale so I was able to get 2 for $6.25 so I got one for me and one for my mom.

[At this point, I wrote 6.25 on the board.]

Me: Then I turned around and saw that they had this big Pooh dressed in winter gear ...

One particular boy: Hehe, big poo!

Me: Yeah. Okay. So they had this big Pooh bear dressed in winter gear, and I wanted to buy it for this little boy at church. It was $15 so it was more expensive, but I still wanted to get it.

[I then wrote 15 on the board so that the numbers lined up under the 25 of 6.25. I was surprised no one corrected me at this point ...]

Me: So I was taking my items to the cash register, but you know how they have that spinny rack by the counter? I saw that they had a little crown, and I think that I deserve a crown because all girls are princesses. It was only $4 so that was even better!

[I wrote 4 on the board so that it lined up under the 5 of 15 and the 5 of 6.25]

Me: I put all my items on the register and I was ready to pay with a $10 bill.

[I added the 3 prices on the board and came up with $6.44. STILL no one corrected me. Never mind the fact that one item was $15 on its own and I was planning to pay with only $10!]

Me: The lady at the register told me that I didn't have enough money! I was so devastated that I ran out of the store crying. I don't get it! What did I do wrong?

Students [all raising their hands and jumping out of their seats]: You put the numbers in the wrong spot! You have to line up your decimals!

Me: OHHHH!!! No wonder why it was wrong!

[I did the math correctly on the board by lining up the decimals and using "zero fillers." I paused to examine the work and pretended as if I truly understood it now since I hadn't before. Then I turned to them and said ...]

Me: So why don't YOU do that?"

Hehe, my students were ashamed after that, and they were like, "Oooo ..." I explained that when they did their math summer assignments or the pre-course assessment, some of them didn't line up the decimals. Hopefully, they will remember from now on!

Two students were absent on that day, and I told the Cliff Notes version of it the day after. The ones who heard it the first time were jumping out of their seats saying, "Can I tell the story?!?" I replied, "Nope. It's my story!"

Best part about telling these stories is that I get to be all dramatic (haha, like when I ran out of the store wailing, I made the most wretched looking expression!). Sometimes I wonder if it's too much because after the story, I had about 3 students ask me, "Did that really happen?"

Brave teacher
11-14-2009, 11:55 PM
I love disney teachable moments!

HowWeird
11-16-2009, 08:34 PM
Hahaha I love that math story about the Disney Store! It's like you insulted all of them at once :D And you know how big of a fan I am of that ;)

RachelNinja
11-16-2009, 11:02 PM
I love disney teachable moments!

Hahaha I love that math story about the Disney Store! It's like you insulted all of them at once :D And you know how big of a fan I am of that ;)

After telling that story, I have heard this every single day since ... "Lumpy is a Heffalump!" I don't know why they get such a kick out of the fact that he's a Heffalump. If it helps them remember the rule for adding decimals, then I'll take it. I'm going to convert my students into Disney fanatics :thumbsup2

RachelNinja
11-16-2009, 11:07 PM
Comic Howard and Rae: Our First Disney "Pictures"

In August 2007, Weird had to get a lovely colonoscopy. He liked me even then so he had to get the same test and the same disease that I have, haha. To give him something to "look forward to" as he did the prep by drinking a ton of that nasty liquid. Because I knew how torturous it was, I prepared a make believe scrapbook of our adventures at WDW. I'm not a Photoshop person or anything like that ... this was done using Microsoft Powerpoint and Paint!

I had a lot of fun making it and figured it would be appropriate to post here! Once April rolls around, we'll actually have REAL pictures to post!

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Comics/Cscopy%20Scrapbook/a.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Comics/Cscopy%20Scrapbook/b.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Comics/Cscopy%20Scrapbook/c.jpg

That's it for today! My computer gets a little angry when I have too many tabs open in my browser. Can't help it; I need some HSM3 music to get me through my lesson plans!

RachelNinja
11-18-2009, 05:47 PM
Comic Howard and Rae: Our First Disney "Pictures" (continued)

More make-believe scrapbook pages! Every time I look at these pictures, I get excited thinking about the fact that in April, Weird and I will really be there together!

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Comics/Cscopy%20Scrapbook/d.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Comics/Cscopy%20Scrapbook/e.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Comics/Cscopy%20Scrapbook/f.jpg

HowWeird
11-18-2009, 11:06 PM
I say we print out copies of this scrapbook and take exactly the same pictures with the real us in it!

I know we're gonna have so many pictures. Maybe a year's worth of Facebook pictures! :D

RachelNinja
11-20-2009, 05:08 PM
I say we print out copies of this scrapbook and take exactly the same pictures with the real us in it!

I know we're gonna have so many pictures. Maybe a year's worth of Facebook pictures! :D

We'll definitely have plenty of pictures to make a real scrapbook! I always wanted to do it (or even digitally) but never did because there aren't enough pictures. This'll be greattt. Looking forward to it!!!

RachelNinja
11-20-2009, 05:13 PM
Comic Howard and Rae: Our First Disney "Pictures" (continued)

More make-believe scrapbook pages with references to VMK. I think that we can definitely make a real scrapbook after April because both of us will be taking tons of pictures. We're also discussing the possibility of using PhotoPass, but it may not happen just because we don't have money. It might be nice to have the option, see how many good pictures we could get out of it.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Comics/Cscopy%20Scrapbook/g.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Comics/Cscopy%20Scrapbook/h.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Comics/Cscopy%20Scrapbook/i.jpg

RachelNinja
11-21-2009, 11:10 AM
Comic Howard and Rae: Our First Disney "Pictures" (continued)

In real life, I don't know if I will be able to handle riding Expedition Everest! I think I'm too much of a chicken because I have heard that some people get dizzy going backwards. I wouldn't want to ruin my trip if I felt sick after a ride.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Comics/Cscopy%20Scrapbook/j.jpg

Hall of Presidents really is the best place for a nap especially when it's warm out. An AC-ed theater is so welcoming!

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Comics/Cscopy%20Scrapbook/k.jpg

Haha, yes, I know people don't actually go up to that part of the mansion, but it was the easiest place to put us!

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Comics/Cscopy%20Scrapbook/l.jpg

Even though I kept my eyes open the ENTIRE ride for the first time in my life the last time I rode it, I'm still kind of scared. I think I'll need Weird to hold my hand tightly!

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Comics/Cscopy%20Scrapbook/m.jpg

wdwgirl03
11-21-2009, 03:31 PM
haha, love your pictures. :laughing:

RachelNinja
11-30-2009, 10:15 PM
Comic Howard and Rae: Our First Disney "Pictures" (continued)

When I initially made these pictures, I used this one because it was a good and empty. I didn't know where this fountain even was! When I saw it in real life later on, I was so excited!

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Comics/Cscopy%20Scrapbook/n.jpg

Weird is OBSESSED with Cars!

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Comics/Cscopy%20Scrapbook/o.jpg

We really are going to have a friendly battle on this ride! I think that once I show Weird all the high target points, he's going to crush me.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Comics/Cscopy%20Scrapbook/p.jpg

So sad it's over! Last fake scrapbook page!

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b56/howrae/Comics/Cscopy%20Scrapbook/q.jpg

irky416
12-01-2009, 05:07 PM
I'm really going to try to stay on top of this! I'm still reading!

I love all the scrapbook pages! They're really creative and you did a great job putting the characters in!

I hope the planning is going well!

Oh, and I totally saw something I want to get you and Weird! I saw it and I thought of the two of you immediately. If they come in stock soon, you just might get it! ;)

RachelNinja
12-01-2009, 08:35 PM
haha, love your pictures. :laughing:

Thanks! Haha, as I look back at them now, I wonder how in the world I had so much time to do something like that! Of course, I did have the version of PowerPoint that I knew how to use very well. PPT and Paint are definitely my friends! Nowadays, I don't have much time or patience! I use it all up with my students during the day!

I'm really going to try to stay on top of this! I'm still reading!

I love all the scrapbook pages! They're really creative and you did a great job putting the characters in!

I hope the planning is going well!

Oh, and I totally saw something I want to get you and Weird! I saw it and I thought of the two of you immediately. If they come in stock soon, you just might get it! ;)

Thanks for reading, irky! Now I'm curious as to what reminded you of Weird and me! Huh, that sounds grammatically incorrect or just awkwardly constructed. Ahhh, it's 8:35pm, and I'm too tired to reword that. What kind of person is exhausted at 8:35? Oh, I'm sure you know and understand ... a teacher!

RachelNinja
12-01-2009, 08:52 PM
Flashback 2008 - We Found Nemo!

After spending some time checking out the amazing designs for t-shirts, journals, and scrapbook pages on the DISign board, I was inspired to be a little creative with the memories from my 2008 TR. I know they're not as great as the ones that are in that section, but I really don't know much about computers. As I said earlier, PowerPoint and Paint are my good friends! That's why I used those 2 programs to create the following page.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/TRmemories1.jpg

Maybe if I have time I'll do more pages with older pictures! I think it'll be fun; it'll give me something to do since I think I'm suffering from seasonal affective disorder or seasonal depression. I don't remember feeling this miserable and down in the longest time. It wouldn't be surprising if it's because of the cold weather (I never feel warm; I'll probably warm up when we get to Florida in April ... the cold tends to stay in my body and in my bones for a long time even after winter is over) and the lack of sunlight. I'm just not myself.

Thankfully, DIS is here and I can at least find some sense of relief by clicking around. Anyway, don't mean to leave this on such a serious note so ...

:cheer2:

HowWeird
12-01-2009, 09:12 PM
I'm really going to try to stay on top of this! I'm still reading!

I love all the scrapbook pages! They're really creative and you did a great job putting the characters in!

I hope the planning is going well!

Oh, and I totally saw something I want to get you and Weird! I saw it and I thought of the two of you immediately. If they come in stock soon, you just might get it! ;)

This is so exciting! The other day, I was helping my sister move some books for her afterschool and I was moving some books when I saw a picture book for some sort of animal. So I took a closer look and I got so scared because it was a picture book for a Californian Condor! I immediately put the cover down so it wasn't staring me in the face but it was already etched into my mind. Then I thought of how it would've been a terrible thing to happen to you! Give me the Looney Tunes condors anyday!

Flashback 2008 - We Found Nemo!

Maybe if I have time I'll do more pages with older pictures! I think it'll be fun; it'll give me something to do since I think I'm suffering from seasonal affective disorder or seasonal depression. I don't remember feeling this miserable and down in the longest time. It wouldn't be surprising if it's because of the cold weather (I never feel warm; I'll probably warm up when we get to Florida in April ... the cold tends to stay in my body and in my bones for a long time even after winter is over) and the lack of sunlight. I'm just not myself.

Thankfully, DIS is here and I can at least find some sense of relief by clicking around. Anyway, don't mean to leave this on such a serious note so ...

:cheer2:

Yes, please go away depression. I miss my Ninja. I'm sending you some mental heat as best as I can! :hug:

irky416
12-02-2009, 05:29 PM
Weird: Yes, that book would have definitely creeped me out! I would have thrown it in the trash!

Ninja: I love your Nemo page. I am so impressed you did all that with Paint and Power Point. Paint makes absolutely no sense to me. I can't do anything with it except scribble on the already sized white spot. On the other hand, I can do a ton of stuff in the more complicated Paint Shop Pro (sort of like Photo Shop).

And I totally know how you feel about being exhausted at 8:35! On Friday nights, I usually take a 3 hour nap when I come home and still end up going to sleep by about 10!

RachelNinja
12-03-2009, 07:28 AM
Yes, please go away depression. I miss my Ninja. I'm sending you some mental heat as best as I can! :hug:

I can't wait until Saturday! I need a day to myself. Even if I have to do a little work in the morning, I need time to step away from anything that requires too much thinking! Yummy dinner plans!

Ninja: I love your Nemo page. I am so impressed you did all that with Paint and Power Point. Paint makes absolutely no sense to me. I can't do anything with it except scribble on the already sized white spot. On the other hand, I can do a ton of stuff in the more complicated Paint Shop Pro (sort of like Photo Shop).

And I totally know how you feel about being exhausted at 8:35! On Friday nights, I usually take a 3 hour nap when I come home and still end up going to sleep by about 10!

I wish I had something a little bit more complicated. I don't know how or why, but a LONG time ago on the older computer, we used to have Photo Shop. Maybe it was a trial or something? Or maybe my bro added it. But I had so much fun with that! I designed a magazine cover for a college project using it. I miss that! PPT and Paint are limited (esp since I now have the newer Microsoft Office and the button's are in a different spot), but I like being able to do a few things on it as long as I have the patience!

Friday = nap time. My family goes out to eat on Fridays, and I stay home to sleep. Then they get home at night and ask if I've eaten yet and usually it's no, haha. On the rare occasions that I actually go out (haha, like the night we found out we're going to Disney), I can get really grouchy. I konk out in the car so during dinner, I'm in a daze.

This Friday will probably be a longer nap ... afternoon parent teacher conferences! Already exhausted from yesterday's night conferences!

RachelNinja
12-03-2009, 07:30 AM
Flashback 2008 - Just a Sandwich?

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My entire family is looking forward to eating here again in April! I'm so exhausted for Weird to try it!

wdwgirl03
12-03-2009, 07:44 AM
That Nemo page is really cool! Every once in a while I'll go onto the scrapbooking forum to see some of the stuff they've been making...very inspiring but somehow my stuff never turns out that good. :confused3

Which reminds me I still have to finish my Disney scrapbook from last December...:rolleyes:

irky416
12-04-2009, 04:22 PM
That's the same sandwich I got at Earl of Sandwich! (Minus the cranberries..)

I wanted to tell you I thought of you today because I was talking about being drafted into the military and I was like, "Remember the movie Mulan? It's kind of like when they came for her father and handed him the paper and said he had to go..."

And soon I'll be talking about being ostracized and how it was like being banished, kind of like Mike and Sully were in Monsters, Inc!

(Oh, and I did talk about Jigglypuff when we were reviewing the Sirens and the kids were like, "Oh, yeah!")

RachelNinja
12-04-2009, 11:51 PM
That Nemo page is really cool! Every once in a while I'll go onto the scrapbooking forum to see some of the stuff they've been making...very inspiring but somehow my stuff never turns out that good. :confused3

Which reminds me I still have to finish my Disney scrapbook from last December...:rolleyes:

Thanks! I love looking at the scrapbooking forum. I get all excited to do my own! Then I realize all the work involved, so I return to reading TRs. Haha, I'm just not as creative or as patient to do that. I am, however, looking into digital scrapbooking just because it's so much easier!

That's the same sandwich I got at Earl of Sandwich! (Minus the cranberries..)

I wanted to tell you I thought of you today because I was talking about being drafted into the military and I was like, "Remember the movie Mulan? It's kind of like when they came for her father and handed him the paper and said he had to go..."

And soon I'll be talking about being ostracized and how it was like being banished, kind of like Mike and Sully were in Monsters, Inc!

(Oh, and I did talk about Jigglypuff when we were reviewing the Sirens and the kids were like, "Oh, yeah!")

Love the Disney moments! Two days ago I was teaching stem-and-leaf plots to the 6th graders. The data was basically a bunch of ages, so to make it more interesting, I told them to pretend that they were going to WDW for a Grand Gathering. Because they were missing a few days of school, they had to do a stem-and-leaf plot to show all the ages of the people attending the reunion at Disney. Haha, it's the SAME exact problem, but once I start telling a story using Disney, they're so attentive! I love it!

RachelNinja
12-04-2009, 11:56 PM
Digi Scrapbook Practice - Bike Ride

Since I took the time to make those other 2 pages using PowerPoint and Paint, I started looking more into digital scrapbooking. I know that the DIS thread sticky mentions certain software. I know that I won't buy software because this may just be a "fling" with this current interest. I ended up Googling "free digital scrapbooking software" and came across Scrapbook Flair! Woohoo! Now I have free software!

The designs, templates, and embellishments on the program aren't that interesting, in my opinion, but free downloaded material can be used within that program (I tried using them in PPT, but it didn't work). I'm so excited! I didn't realize the fact that I could add downloaded things so right now, other than the Mickey heads on the bottom, everything was from the program.

Yes, it's very plain, but I've only started exploring it! I've mainly been bookmarking things I want to use, even a few Disney things! So this might be my next distraction from lesson planning ... you know, on top of the TRs and PTRs I read, the shows I watch on Hulu (Glee anyone?), and my wonderful time spent with Weird!

But I think it's for a good cause! If I practice now, maybe I'll digitally scrapbook the pictures from April's trip! Hope you don't mind my sharing the pictures!

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Brave teacher
12-05-2009, 10:36 AM
All the pages look great. I am not a crafty person at all. I look at a scrapbook page and just don't know what to do at all.

My boys love the Nemo ride at Epcot. However, on our first ride ever, it broke down at the end. We go to listen to "In the big blue world" on a loop for 10-15 minutes straight. When we got off, I wanted to avoind the Finding Nemo Musical at all cost.

I introduced Bryan and some of my friends to Earl a few years ago. It is now a must go place for us for every trip.

wdwgirl03
12-05-2009, 11:23 AM
Oooh, a free digital scrapbooking program? Is it just a trial or can you keep using it? A while ago I downloaded one of the Photoshop programs and it was only good for 30 days or something. I might have to look into that!

PS, I love Glee!

RNBelle
12-11-2009, 05:03 AM
Here's the thing: We have a timeshare in Kissimmee in April, but the week does not always line up with our vacation times for school. In 2010, it lined up with mine, but unfortunately, it didn't match my brother's. We tried switching the week to the February break, but the search yielded no results! We then thought that I could use the week with my friends, but my cousin's boyfriend's spring break is the week before mine. It was a grim situation! Until ...

Me: We should just go in April then since we have the week, and it'll be cheaper (no exchange rate with RCI).

Momsicles: (to my dad in Chinese so that my younger brother wouldn't understand) Do you think we should just go that week and have him miss 3 days of school?

Popsicles: Yeah, do you think he'll mind missing 3 days of school?

Momsicles: (to ... uhh, brothersicles in English) Would you mind missing 3 days of school in April?

Bro: What days?

Momsicles: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Bro: Of course I don't mind; I hate Wednesdays to Fridays.

And thus, my brother's hatred of those 3 days of the school week secured our trip to FLORIDA! WOOHOO! I was so ecstatic that I literally threw both arms into the arm and started bouncing in my seat as I laughed. It was impossible for me to eat after that. Momsicles jokingly said, "Dear daughter, calm down and eat your dinner" (haha, she doesn't actually speak like that so it was funny).

As excited as I was to inhale that yummy four cheese goodness with sausage, my mind immediately jumped to planning our trip to WDW! Thankfully, there's such a thing as take home containers because I can now enjoy my leftovers today while I read about Disney Disney Disney! Oh, and grade papers and plan lessons for next week ...

Ahhh, the life of a teacher ... WHO IS GOING TO DISNEY IN APRIL 2010!

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Rachel, that is wonderful! Congrats on going. A) Are you still with Weird? Judging by the siggy-- i'm assuming yes (how cute) and B) Are you on facebook?

I am so happy for you-- that's awesome. It's been quite some time. I'll have to see-- have you updated your VMK flat adventures?

RachelNinja
12-12-2009, 11:19 AM
All the pages look great. I am not a crafty person at all. I look at a scrapbook page and just don't know what to do at all.

My boys love the Nemo ride at Epcot. However, on our first ride ever, it broke down at the end. We go to listen to "In the big blue world" on a loop for 10-15 minutes straight. When we got off, I wanted to avoind the Finding Nemo Musical at all cost.

I introduced Bryan and some of my friends to Earl a few years ago. It is now a must go place for us for every trip.

I've spending some time looking at scrapbook pages that other people do. It's interesting because some people have the really plain and simples ones that are probably aesthetically pleasing, but I just don't see the point. They'll have a few pictures that are very similar (just differences in the pose) and they're clustered in the middle. Haha, that's not me. I can't do it like that. If you give me a page, I'm going to fill that page up! Mainly with words as you can tell, haha.

I know everyone says they love that song from Nemo, but I guess I don't know it enough to comment. I'll have to pay special attention come April!

I just found out from another TR that with a AAA, there's a 20% discount at Earl! I'm so excited for that considering there will be 5 of us ... the discount means that we can get soup for "free"! I'm already drooling over that All-American sandwich!

Oooh, a free digital scrapbooking program? Is it just a trial or can you keep using it? A while ago I downloaded one of the Photoshop programs and it was only good for 30 days or something. I might have to look into that!

PS, I love Glee!

I downloaded Scrapbook Flair, and it's just a free program! I have it for good! I know it's not as fancy as Photoshop or Elements or whatever else other people are using, but I need something simple and that works. I don't like the things it comes with, but there are so many sites with free digital scrapbooking papers and embellishments (even free kits that make it easy to match, haha) that it doesn't matter what Flair offers. The only thing I don't like about it is that there isn't a rotating option to turn pictures or embellishments. Haha, unless there is, and I can't find it, but I skimmed through the Help section too. But I guess in the long run, it doesn't really matter because I like things at 90 degrees anyway!

Glee is so great! I mean, I know it plays into a lot of the stereotypes, but at the same time, there are new, edgy and outrageous jokes! I watched the sectionals episode yesterday. I got Weird into watching it too, haha.

Rachel, that is wonderful! Congrats on going. A) Are you still with Weird? Judging by the siggy-- i'm assuming yes (how cute) and B) Are you on facebook?

I am so happy for you-- that's awesome. It's been quite some time. I'll have to see-- have you updated your VMK flat adventures?

Hi RNBelle! Yup, Weird and I are still together. It's been a year and 5 months this time around (so it's not including the time we were together in college). And yup, I'm on Facebook too! I actually spend more time on DIS though! I remember the days when FB was my life ... before I discovered DIS :thumbsup2

Neither of us have updated the flat adventures thread in a while. I guess we don't take pictures as much as we used to. We really should though ... it's fun to have the memories, especially since it's all just digital anyway!

RachelNinja
12-12-2009, 11:31 AM
Digi Scrapbook Practice - Fancy Party

Haha, as you can see, I changed the format of my practice for digital scrapbooking! I tried using a 12x12 since there are more options in free paper and backgrounds in this size. Everything on this page was free (Sweet_Sprinkles by ShabbyPrincess). I love that I don't have to pay for these things. I'd rather pay for the page printouts when the time comes! That's what I was doing yesterday - researching sites like Shutterfly since they can print out digital scrapping pages in photobooks.

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Wondering what I should do next! I wish I had some Disney pictures!!!

wdwgirl03
12-13-2009, 12:00 AM
Aww, that is adorable! Great job! :thumbsup2

irky416
12-15-2009, 08:49 PM
I'm pretty sure I already told you that I love the dress you are wearing! I also agree with everything you said in your caption! I hate big get togethers!

RachelNinja
12-19-2009, 02:45 PM
Aww, that is adorable! Great job! :thumbsup2

Thank you! I can't believe how many free things are available online! LOVE IT! Of course, it requires time, and I can't really be doing it at the same time that I'm doing lesson plans! Too much computer memory usage at once!

I'm pretty sure I already told you that I love the dress you are wearing! I also agree with everything you said in your caption! I hate big get togethers!

Yup, you told me already, but thanks! I used to want a huge wedding, but after going to a few weddings and parties ... oh dear no. Besides, if I use the small wedding or destination wedding thing, my father doesn't have to invite all of HIS friends (it's a Chinese thing to do ... the parents invite their friends and it's more a party for them!). I never understood City Hall weddings when I was younger, but seriously, they make more and more sense nowadays!

RachelNinja
12-19-2009, 02:54 PM
Take a Look, It's in a Book!

With a snowstorm on its way and only 2.5 days of school next week (unless we get a snow day?!?), what better way to spend my Saturday than update my PTR! Weird and I can't hang out today because I don't want him to drive through the snow at night to get home. Plus, I'm feeling uncomfortable and slightly grungy because I couldn't shower last night due to the fact that I have a Holter monitor on (24-hour heart monitor). Disney really is a good pick me up! Hehe, that and watching segments of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on YouTube.

Anyway, I love reading when I actually have the time for it. My mom read to me a lot when I was little, and I wanted to live in the library. She limited me to 21 books at a time. It only makes sense that I ended up getting my BA in English and one of the subjects I teach is English Language Arts! That best scene from a Disney movie would have to be when the Beast gives that huge library to Belle as a gift!

So on that note, here's an update about BOOKS!

1. Last Saturday, Weird and I headed to B&N to check out some books. Some of the greatest gifts that I get from students for Christmas and the end of the year are gift cards! I got a few B&N ones ready for some Disney books! I knew what I wanted to get - The Imagineering Field Guide to the Magic Kingdom and The Imagineering Field Guide to Epcot for $10 each (thanks to those gift cards, they were free)!

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I'm almost done reading the MK one. I absolutely LOVE it! There are only so many books you can read that have suggestions for actually planning the trip. I don't need to know that over and over again. I love learning about the background things. The imagineers wrote the book so it's awesome to see the work that went into building my favorite parks! I'll definitely be incorporating some of the things I've learned in my TR.

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For example, a "wienie" is Walt's term for a visual element that draws people in. They can be seen from a distance and they make you want to move in closer. So for MK, Cinderella Castle is a wienie and for Epcot, Spaceship Earth is a wienie! I think that's hilarious ... or maybe I've been around too many middle school kids ...

2. I thankfully have people who can partake in anticipatory Disney conversation at work! The administrative assistant, S, LOVES Disney and will actually be going on Christmas Day! I've been looking forward to her trip since it's before mine ... love living vicariously! There's also a mother of former students, K, who works at the school too who absolutely loves Disney! I taught her younger son for 2 years, and he and I loved bringing everything back to Disney.

Well, I was chatting with K after school one day, and she said that she hopes that I make it to all 4 parks this time. I said that it probably wouldn't happen since we typically only do MK and Epcot. However, she convinced me that I really should go to DHS! She was listing all of the rides and shows, which I knew about, but hearing about it from someone's mouth really makes it that much more enticing!

So now the plan is for Weird and I to go to DHS on our own! That'll be fun since we'll have some time to explore and figuring out our touring style. But that also means a lot more research! I know MK and Epcot fairly well. I know which direction to walk, and I don't need a map when it comes to MK (hehe, Epcot, I still do ... I admit it even though I know DISers aren't that into the maps!). However, the last time I went to DHS, it was MGM! It was all about Star Tours and the Muppets show and the Great Movie Ride. The newest ride was Tower of Terror. It's been a WHILE!

That means I have to go back and reread the section on DHS in The Complete Guide to Walt Disney World! I have an older edition that actually doesn't have the year on the cover. The reason I got it is because I saw it at one of my favorite stores called Five Below. I bought it for $3! I love the descriptions and the pictures plus the added fun facts and things to look for! I'll have to really do some serious planning for DHS!

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And as a sidenote ... I <3 S and K! I see S many times a day. I love how I had to go up to my room for parent teacher conferences, but she told me to stop by her desk first. She showed me her computer desktop of the beautiful Thomas Kinkade painting! And I love K since she went with me to the ER when I fell directly on my tailbone during last year's field trip at Roller Jam (haha, long story).

3. I recently reread one of my favorite fictional books ... The Kingdom Keepers! K's son, J, lent it to me at the beginning of the last school year, but I never had a chance to read it. Well, not until I hurt my tailbone and was home from work for a few days! K and J actually went to school to get my stuff and the book to deliver to my house once I got back from the ER. I had to lie in bed since I couldn't move, but I had a great book to read!

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A few months later when we had one of our school book fairs at B&N, they bought me both books! So now I have my own copies of 1 and 2. I recently lent the first one to Weird so he could read it and know what I'm talking about when I mention Wayne and Finn Whitman and the Overtakers! I don't think he started reading it yet, have you Weird? Hehe, he's not a reader like I am. He promised to read them by April though.

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I will definitely be mentioning things from Kingdom Keepers in my TR. For example, if we go on the train ride around MK, I'll have to point out the teepees that the DHI's hid in since their holograms weren't projected in there. Then of course, the scene with Maleficient walking around and saying in a whispery voice, "I know you're in there ..." Hehe, creepy! Oh yeah, and of course there's that "it's a small world" scene ... read it if you haven't! I'm definitely going to be mentioning spoilers!

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And woohoo! The 3rd one is FINALLY coming out when we're away in Disney! It'll be good to have and read AFTER our trip so it won't be so terrible coming home. I had that book as a pre-order when it was supposed to come out on my birthday, Sept 15, but then they had to cancel it since it wasn't ready. SOOO excited for that as well!

4. The other book that I think Weird needs to read before we go is The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World. When my brother asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I said that book and Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul. It has definitely been such a fun read! I know that there were a few negative reviews on Amazon, but I was very entertained by it, and I didn't think I could find all that info online. I'm going to have to reread it to jot down the things I want to see!

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I love how a lot of it reminded me of what I do at school! Recently, the students had to enter an essay contest for the Daughters of the American Revolution about the Transcontinental Railroad. It was such a cool surprise to find that it was mentioned in Hidden Magic!

5. Okay, so this one isn't quite a book, but it does have to do with reading! The other day, Weird asked me if we were getting anything for each other for Christmas. See, we're not that into buying each other things just because a holiday or even an anniversary tells us that we should. We prefer eating anyway, haha. But we absolutely love giving each other gifts that are random just because we see it and know that the other person would love it!

Well, when he asked me what I wanted, I replied that I wanted a salmon sashimi rose with seaweed salad (an appetizer we just tried last Saturday at one of our favorite sushi places). He said he wanted wasabi tobiko. Hehe, can you tell we like sushi?

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Later on, I was going through my AllEars newsletters and I clicked on the link for Celebrations magazine once again. Then I told him that I knew what I wanted for Christmas! We decided to split the cost of a year subscription and 5 back issues for Christmas! So yay!

And what better way to end this installment than to say, I'm off to look for more books to buy since I just received a Christmas present in the mail - a $25 gift card to Borders!

wdwgirl03
12-19-2009, 08:15 PM
Yay for all the books! I just got a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card from my Secret Santa...I won't be using it on Disney books but on more children's books for my classroom library. Ahh such a great gift. :thumbsup2

I love love LOVE those field guides. I have all of them including the Disneyland one. So interesting! The DHS one was supposed to be released this year but got pushed back until next July I think. GRRRRRR. Can't wait for it though. And Celebrations magazine is awesome too!

Brave teacher
12-19-2009, 10:24 PM
YAY for all the books! I have some of those as well. I keep the Imagineer's Guideds at school. My students read them when they need something to do as a filler. They actually really like them. I always have a students come to me and say "Did you know that....?"

HowWeird
12-24-2009, 01:31 PM
You know what the best part of all of those books are? They're gonna be in OUR house one day! Haha and I'll be able to read them whenever! Of course that's if I actually read them ...

I'll get through them one day. I promise :)

Can't wait to read Celebrations with you though!

RachelNinja
12-26-2009, 09:06 PM
Yay for all the books! I just got a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card from my Secret Santa...I won't be using it on Disney books but on more children's books for my classroom library. Ahh such a great gift. :thumbsup2

I love love LOVE those field guides. I have all of them including the Disneyland one. So interesting! The DHS one was supposed to be released this year but got pushed back until next July I think. GRRRRRR. Can't wait for it though. And Celebrations magazine is awesome too!

So generous! I don't know that I'd get books for my classroom library if I even had one! I have no space in my room; it wasn't even supposed to be a classroom! I finally got a bookshelf in my room so that I could put my teacher's editions on it. Last year, I had them stacked up on a box in the corner!

I finished reading the MK field guide, but I haven't started Epcot. I kind of wanted to wait a little to spread it out more. We recently had the Scholastic book fair at school, so I got books from students/parents off my wish list that all the teachers write up. I've been reading those instead to see if any of them are good to do in class.

I definitely would have loved the DHS field guide! I'm pretty sure Weird and I will be going on our own, but I guess it'll give me something to look forward to when we get back.

We got our back orders of Celebrations! We're trying to spread that one out too because otherwise I would have had all 5 read by this point! I love that it's much better quality than a typical magazine because it's meant to be saved!

YAY for all the books! I have some of those as well. I keep the Imagineer's Guides at school. My students read them when they need something to do as a filler. They actually really like them. I always have a students come to me and say "Did you know that....?"

I LOVE when students share Disney things with me! I remember the day before Thanksgiving break, I was just hanging out with my students in class. They got rowdy during the math game we were playing, so I had the majority of them get a textbook and do practice problems, haha. The rest of us just hung out. I ended up flipping through a Disney book with 2 of my students; it was so much fun! It makes going to work that much easier - knowing that students love Disney too!

You know what the best part of all of those books are? They're gonna be in OUR house one day! Haha and I'll be able to read them whenever! Of course that's if I actually read them ...

I'll get through them one day. I promise :)

Can't wait to read Celebrations with you though!

Hehe, you have to get through Kingdom Keepers before April! Have you read more since the last time we talked about it? :upsidedow

RachelNinja
12-28-2009, 07:19 PM
Our 1st Christmas Eve Together

Christmas Eve is spent with my mom's side of the family. This was the first year that Weird spent it with us too since his family's not so big on the holidays.

We actually went out to dinner for my grandmother's birthday. At the restaurant, we had yummy pasta in garlic and oil with shrimp, salad with a raspberry vinaigrette, our main courses (prime rib for Weird, salmon for me - VERY good salmon for me!), and birthday cake. After some coffee and tea, we headed back to my grandparents' house.

I was exhausted by the time we settled in! And luckily, my mom's side of the family waits until 12AM to open presents so that it's actually Christmas. To kill time, we actually ate more dessert. Weird and I each had some chocolate mousse cake.

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Then it was time for pictures. Each family gets a picture. Then the grandparents get pictures with all the grandkids. Then a recent thing has been for the couples (not married, not engaged) to get pictures in front of the tree. And well, since Weird was with me this year ...

Our first picture together on Christmas Eve!
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Here's me with one of my gifts. Now what's so special about this gift?
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One of the things all of the girls cousins and I got were jewelry holders. They can display necklaces, bracelets, and rings on the metal holders. It's easy to see everything, plus the necklaces won't get tangled. Of course, I don't have much jewelry (I wear the same 2 rings and 2 bracelets every day, and I don't like necklaces), but at least I can get rid of the boxes of the stuff I do have. Well, it was interesting because when I opened it with my cousins, we all noticed that I got the WHITE DRESS! Haha, it's because I'm the closest to getting married!

My aunt's not so subtle hint :) Hehe, my cousins have beautiful faces, but I don't know that they want their beautiful faces on DIS. It's so easy to put stickers on faces thanks to Photobucket.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/October%20-%20November%20-%20December%202009/December%2009/A136-1.jpg

Oh, by the way, I did say that I don't like necklaces because I feel they make my neck look weird. However, I do have a necklace on as you can see in the picture. I figured it was the perfect opportunity to wear the Zales necklace I got from Weird a few years ago as a graduation/6 months gift. I think it completed my outfit :)

And to close, just a few pictures of my aunt's Disney Christmas decorations. She has a ton of different things, but here are three of the Disney-relates ones.

Mickey's Playhouse! I really liked the water tower.
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A classic Mickey Mouse Santa decoration. It's funny because when Weird and I see these things at the stores or online, we wonder who buys them since they're expensive AND can only be taken out during the holiday season. Well, my aunt buys them. Haha.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/October%20-%20November%20-%20December%202009/December%2009/A125.jpg

Tinkerbell! I'm actually starting to like her just a teeny-weeny bit. I didn't get a good impression when I finally watched the movie with Weird this past summer or so, but I can't blame her for being jealous of Wendy, can you?
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Brave teacher
12-28-2009, 08:12 PM
What great pictures! Such a sneaky aunt to give you the only white dress. Puts a bit of pressure on Weird too. I love your aunt's disney decor though. I would love to buy more of it, but like you said, it is so expensive. Maybe one day...

HowWeird
12-28-2009, 11:32 PM
Haha oh, the pressure of proposing ... I mean, you've got the white dress already! What to do, what to do! ;)

I'll work on it. There are some conversations to be had first ... ::yes::

Then, we'll be :bride::groom:

wdwgirl03
12-29-2009, 05:32 PM
Are your cousins triplets? haha! :rotfl:;)

Great pictures too. Sounds like you had a nice Christmas!

RachelNinja
12-30-2009, 10:33 AM
What great pictures! Such a sneaky aunt to give you the only white dress. Puts a bit of pressure on Weird too. I love your aunt's disney decor though. I would love to buy more of it, but like you said, it is so expensive. Maybe one day...

Yeah, I end up putting a lot of pressure on Weird too when I find out friends or people around are getting engaged. But then he reminds me that it's not that he doesn't WANT to propose and get married, it's that we can't right now due to financial reasons. But even so, we do get very excited of one day actually getting the white dress!

Until then ... we are really looking forward to WDW! It'll be fun to be there because we thought the first time we'd get there would be for our Disneymoon. There's actually less pressure to get there before the Disneymoon because we can just relax, and we won't feel as if everything has to be perfect.

Haha oh, the pressure of proposing ... I mean, you've got the white dress already! What to do, what to do! ;)

I'll work on it. There are some conversations to be had first ... ::yes::

Then, we'll be :bride::groom:

Haha, so cute! When you said you were looking for the perfect smilies, I couldn't imagine what would be there. Well, I did think it would be the one with the hearts above and all that, but I definitely like the bride/groom ones better :) Hehe, you can have those conversations any time you want ;)

Are your cousins triplets? haha! :rotfl:;)

Great pictures too. Sounds like you had a nice Christmas!

They look like it, don't they? I'm so jealous. Their skin is just perfect and shines just right!

I was actually supposed to have a cousins trip to Florida about ... um, 3 years ago? Minus the cousin all the way to the right because she's considered "2nd generation" cousin (the "1st generation" is from a junior in college to 27 years old, the "2nd generation" is from 6th to 8th grade). We were supposed to go when the youngest of the 1st gen started college, but it just never happened. It's too difficult trying to get our schedules to match considering one is still in school, and I have to follow a school schedule. That's the only good thing about non-teachers ... they can pick their vacation time and avoid going during peak season!

RachelNinja
12-30-2009, 10:37 AM
Being a NYC Tourist

This past Sunday, my dad had tickets to the Knicks vs. Spurs basketball game. My mom gave her ticket to my cousin who's visiting for Christmas from Canada. Instead of watching the game, she wanted to go around NYC and be a typical tourist by seeing the Christmas store windows! She said it would be a once in a lifetime experience and that Weird could come to!

So for a couple of hours, we NYers walked around the city as if we were tourists! Mom and I actually got the day pass MetroCard for $8.25 so we'd have more freedom. Didn't want to use my regular card because that would mean $2.25 for each of us every time we swiped. No thanks! I miss those $1.50 days (the lowest fare that I remember).

Anyway, we headed to Bloomingdale's first for the first set of windows. I didn't take pictures of them because there were so many people. But I did take a picture of this!

Haha, maybe it's just me, but I think Robin has an interesting stance.
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They had a bunch of "Dynamic Duos" in this display, including Cleopatra and Alexander, the Obamas, and a creepy Santa and Mrs. Claus (they moved). I'm not a fan of Santa to begin with so when it's one that moves? Creepy! I didn't get pictures of them, but I got one of this sign because it reminded me of Weird <3
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/October%20-%20November%20-%20December%202009/December%2009/A164.jpg

We went in Bloomingdale's for a second (really to look for a bathroom!), but oh dear, that store is NOT for me/us. It was such a different crowd! I don't need Fendi glasses or Louis Vuitton bags. Just didn't appreciate that atmosphere. Give me a Mickey tote bag, and I'm beyond happy! Probably as happy or happier than someone getting a fancy-shmancy, expensive bag.

Anyway, we continued walking until we came across FAO Schwarz. By the way, I had no clue where we were because I don't really know that part of the city and ... well, I just don't have a very good sense of direction, haha. I know the area around my church in Chinatown, and I know the Financial District/downtown just because my dad used to work there and my grad school was there.

There was a line to get in. It wasn't bad because it was moving. It was just a good way to get people going through one door anyway to leave the other one free for those leaving the store. Kept things orderly, which I greatly appreciated!

Anyway, going up the escalators was a little scary because of the animals they have. Huge, sometimes life-size animals. Why? Thankfully, there weren't any buffalo (haha, irky, exactly what I was afraid of!). However, there was something really fun once we got to the top!

Pook-A-Looz! Well, I believe they were calling them something else there, but there they were! I was so excited to see them and touch them because I had seen them in someone's review of the D23 expo. Then I obsessively looked at the pictures I found on Flickr! How cute are they!!! They were buy one get one, but I don't need any more plushies at home. Too bad they didn't have (or we couldn't find) the keychains.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/October%20-%20November%20-%20December%202009/December%2009/A165.jpg

Spot! How many of you read the books?
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See! Scary animals! Weird with one of the many bears! They cost $1250 each. Um, why? What kid is going to say, "Mom! I want that one!" And what parent would say, "Okay! Good choice!"
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My mom did make a comment though about how a lot of the kids who were there looked "privileged" just by the way they dressed. There were some families that had baskets filled with toys already. Not just one toy but many toys! That's insane! Haha, maybe I just think it's insane because I'd rather spent all that money at World of Disney instead.

They had a paint studio there. I liked the tree they made out of some of the things that could be painted. However, I couldn't help but think about the fact that most people painting in there would not be making things like this!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/October%20-%20November%20-%20December%202009/December%2009/A168.jpg

There was a Lego section so they had this Chewy. Haha, Star Wars Weekends anybody?
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Weird really liked the architecture Lego since he did go to school for architecture.
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We kept on walking because it was so unbelievably crowded. I did like this golf cart though! I thought about how I could actually drive it, but then I remembered I drive real cars now! It took a while for me to get over my driving fear after my family was in a car accident. This was back in college, and I was the only one who was hurt. I had to go for physical therapy for my back.
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Weird, of course, immediately spots the stuff that's related to Cars!
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I, of course, immediately spot this freaky creature!
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This was definitely something I would have loved as a kid! I loved looking at it. I took videos of it and took pictures of each room. I have little rabbits and little bears that look like this so it just reminded me of it.
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We headed out of FAO and looked at more store windows and then got to World of Disney! This line took a bit longer. They were only letting in groups at a time. We hopped on the line and of course, they stopped letting people in right when we got to the front. Haha. But it was okay. We were willing to wait because we were there and we didn't really have anywhere else that we wanted to go. Everything in the store was either 50 or 75% off since they're closing (the 3rd floor was already cleared out!). I so would have bought a ton of stuff if we weren't going to WDW in April. I also wanted to get NYC stuff since I don't know if that stuff will be available. I briefly looked for a WoD NYC pin but figured I would never get into pin trading (not because I don't want to but because I can't afford it) so decided against it.

Loved these Disney ornaments! The whole place was decorated for Christmas. Weird said that he was wondering what they'd do with all the decorations after the place closed ... they should give it to us!
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Reindeer Eeyore! My mom loves Eeyore. This also reminded me of MeMom because she loves Eeyore and she gets Christmas stuff.
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Loved this shirt, but I don't have a baby girl to wear it! With the 75% off, it would've been only $3-4!!!
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Another one.
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I thought this bag was uber cute. You can see the outline of Mickey heads as the bag's design so it's more of a subtle Mickey. But again, I didn't have a little girl to buy this bag for! Yes, I ended a sentence with a preposition.
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Weird spotted baby Pegasus! We recently watched Hercules so even I thought it was cute!
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Theme parks figurines. I don't think any of them are cute, but it's interesting that they made figurines for seemingly random ride characters.
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This unbirthdays painting was in the little sitting room before the bathroom. I like how they have to decorate there too!
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A Sorcerer's Apprentice poster before we headed back up the stairs.
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I was debating between two pens. One pen had a clicky top with a Mickey head on it. It also had the autographs of a bunch of characters on it. The other pen was the clicky one with different colors. It had the Mickey's head/shoes/hands design on it. I ended up not getting either of them because I figured I'd save my money for the Disney outlets. Yeah, even at 50% off, I still didn't want to get it. Plus, I recently went to Michael's and bought 3 Disney Princess pens on ropes in a set for $1! Can't beat that.

Our last stop was Rockefeller Center. Oh dear, to get there, there was such difficulty! We couldn't even move. People were pushing as they were trying to cross the street. Weird and I even got separated from my mom for a bit. We were just pressed up against people on all sides. Blech. Not what I like about NYC at all.

It was funny though because the cops were using tape to tell people when to stop crossing so that cars could go (smart actually). But one lady was trying to get across at the last minute. The cop said, "Use the sidewalks, please." However, that lady tried to dart across and the cop said, "Ma'am! I'm telling you NO!" I just think it's funny when people think they're above the law!

Anyway, we reached the tree, tried to find a place to snap photos where the flags wouldn't get in the way (there was no way we were getting any closer with all those people there!). We found it (or we were just tired and wanted to leave) and left!
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We hopped back on the subway after this to check out the Macy's windows. After that, I was ready for some Pommes Frites. I've only been there once so I was definitely craving for some yummy fries with yummy sauces (sweet mango chutney mayo!). However, there was a line so we knew we wouldn't get some of the limited seating insides.

Instead, we headed across the street to eat at Dallas BBQ. We just wanted to take a break and sit! The 3 of us split an appetizer of the sticky chicken tenders and then a meal of the Carolina pulled pork with fries. My mom really liked the pulled pork sandwich, but I loved the sticky chicken tenders. They were basted in some kind of honey sauce. Mmm, I can still taste it now!

The meal was paid, and then I said that I'd get Pommes Frites if the line wasn't out the door. Unfortunately, it was! I did end up regretting not waiting for them though. We were just tired, but when my mom and I got back, she asked if I had any regrets going out since it was her idea to be tourists for the day. I said that I regretted not getting Pommes Frites!

Anyway, we stopped by Wall Street to look for a building, then it was time for the commute home! After an hour and a half, mom and I were walking through our front door and ready for bed!

It was a fun day and definitely a memorable experience. It's just not one that I'll be repeating in the future!

wdwgirl03
12-30-2009, 12:56 PM
Looks like you had fun in NYC! My family went to NY in March for Spring Break (it was my first time!) and it was sooo much fun! It's funny you took a picture of the Spot stuffed animals. My one sister was OBSESSED with Spot when she was little so when we went into FAO Schwartz we had to take her picture with one. :rotfl:

HowWeird
12-30-2009, 08:27 PM
As much as I needed a break from all the walking, I do wish that we had gotten some pomme frites! We should go for a quick snack ;)

RachelNinja
12-31-2009, 06:10 PM
Looks like you had fun in NYC! My family went to NY in March for Spring Break (it was my first time!) and it was sooo much fun! It's funny you took a picture of the Spot stuffed animals. My one sister was OBSESSED with Spot when she was little so when we went into FAO Schwartz we had to take her picture with one. :rotfl:

Yeah, we did have fun and a ton of memories when we were in the city on Sunday. It's just not something we'd do again! I guess because it's so close and it's right there, it's just not special. I'd so much rather spend a vacation in a small town (like Stars Hollow in Gilmore Girls!).

I love Spot! Weird said that it was him, and I didn't believe it at first because I couldn't imagine their making Spot stuffed animals! But they were so cute!

As much as I needed a break from all the walking, I do wish that we had gotten some pommes frites! We should go for a quick snack ;)

Hehe, I added the "s" in there for you. We'll definitely have to go get some soon! Gotta re-study that menu again then!

RachelNinja
12-31-2009, 06:12 PM
DHS Research - Hollywood Blvd

The last time I went to Disney Hollywood Studios was when it was still called MGM. Though I was initially adamant that I would never call it DHS, I have started to leave the name MGM behind, mainly because I don't want people to say, "Hey, that's not the name of the park anymore. How do you not know that?"

Here's an old picture of my family. Well, my family at that point because I have a younger brother now.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A224.jpg

Regardless of the name of the park, I don't know anything about it! I remember some rides, but once I get there, I'm not going to have any sense of direction! Tower of Terror was the new ride when we last went. Doing a quick Google search, I learned that it opened in 1994! At that time, it was all about that ride, The Great Movie Ride, the Backlot Tour, and MuppetVision 3D. I'm in need of some serious research!

These installments will be mainly for me (and Weird), but please feel free to throw in your two cents if you have any recommendations or suggestions! Even stories about these rides and places would be fun! So let's go! (I'll be using AllEars for the bulk of my research.)

Okay, there are "lands" here that I need to be familiar with so I have an idea of where attractions are. I'll do it one land at a time (and I have the map open online, but that's more of Weird's forte!).

Hollywood Boulevard

This is the first area that we would encounter, of course, since it's right after the entrance. The two things listed there are as follows:

(1) Sorcerer Mickey Hat

We'll definitely have to get a picture here! Flat Weird will really want one here too since that's what he wears most of the time. I remember when I finally got 2 of these hats on VMK. It wasn't that difficult to get because people were giving them away often as prizes in the quests. However, it still took a little work to get my virtual hands on them. It was my favorite hat until I got the princess Minnie hat.

The creepy thing is this: "Mickey would have to be 350 feet tall if he were to wear this giant hat." Um, I love Mickey. Really, I do. But if there were a Mickey that big, I'd flip out and scream! Actually, it's more likely that I'd get so scared that I'd freeze, and I wouldn't be able to move!

It'll just be fun to see this since I've never seen it before. Back when I was an itty-bitty one, Mann's Chinese Theater was the icon of the park.

(2) The Great Movie Ride

From what I remember of this ride, the only two scenes I didn't like were the Alien one and the Wizard of Oz one. For Alien, thankfully I didn't sit in the middle of the ride vehicle! I knew something was going to pop down when I was there as a kid so I was prepared with my half-squint technique. I didn't know the movie at all, so I didn't know what we were getting ourselves into, but the creep factor is intensified there so obviously something was going to happen. I think I'll still do a half-squint when I ride it this time!

Wizard of Oz is also a frightening scene because it's from one of my least favorite movies (yet I love Wicked!). I remember believing that the Wicked Witch was real! That just goes to show how amazing the aminatronic work is!

I'm trying to remember which scene I've seen, whether it was the gangster one or the cowboy one. I just know that whatever scene we had is what makes my mom dislike this ride so much. She hates loud noises, and she doesn't like the tension of the live action sequence where are tram car is hijacked. She especially doesn't like the gunshots!

One random story ... when we went to Florida many years ago, we brought my cousin along. While we were waiting on line for this ride, she noticed that there was a family a few groups behind us that were also near us when we were waiting for another ride, like Star Tours. The weird thing is that we went to dinner at The Crabhouse and they were seated a few tables away! Haha, it's a random story, but it's just something I really remember from this ride's queue. I don't remember a THING about the props, but I just remember the other family!

Lastly, just because I have old pictures ready for posting and because I prefer having pictures in my installments, here's another one!

My older brother and I on the same day since we're wearing the same clothes. Haha, I don't know why we don't look happy at all. I just know I always wanted to be in the Magic Kingdom instead!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A221.jpg

wdwgirl03
12-31-2009, 07:47 PM
Awwwwww love that old picture! So cute!

I remember being mad when they first changed the name to DHS and swore I'd never call it that. Well, now I find myself saying Hollywood Studios instead of MGM. I also thought the witch in the Wizard of Oz was real! :scared1:

RachelNinja
01-01-2010, 02:55 PM
Awwwwww love that old picture! So cute!

I remember being mad when they first changed the name to DHS and swore I'd never call it that. Well, now I find myself saying Hollywood Studios instead of MGM. I also thought the witch in the Wizard of Oz was real! :scared1:

Thanks! It was fun looking for the old pictures. I just would've preferred having them scanned; those are pictures of pictures. Oh well.

Last year when I talked to one of my former students, I would constantly say MGM. He said it that way too. But then recently when I was talking to mom and said MGM, she kind of looked at me funny. Haha, so I had to add something about how I'll always see it as MGM. Now I think I'll stick with DHS!

I cannot stand the witch! So scared of her! My mom hates the flying monkeys in the movie, but I hate the witch! I'm slightly scared of the Munchkins too. Too much like the original Oompa Loompas. But the scariest thing in Wizard of Oz, in my opinion, is the Cowardly Lion! I don't know why I saw so creeped out by how he looked!

RachelNinja
01-01-2010, 03:29 PM
A Disney Christmas

If you read a few installments back (click here (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34336270&postcount=45)), I used the Disney Store to explain adding/subtracting decimals and Lumpy was one of the items I was buying. Ever since then, my students have been saying the name over and over again. One particular boy really got a kick out of it and said he would get it for me for Christmas.

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The student bought the little Pooh for the administrative assistant. She was out the day he brought it in, so he asked to leave it on my desk until the next day.

Well, for Christmas I got a Lumpy plush! Unfortunately, I have a lot of stuffed animals and don't need another. I thought about keeping it since it definitely has memories, but I also thought about the fact that Weird and I will eventually have a teeny tiny apartment with no room for much of anything.

So I went to the Disney Store with the gift receipt, which meant I had $16.50 to spend! I knew right away that I wanted the vintage Minnie shirt that I've been eying for a while but never got. I know it gets to be such an addiction when buying Disney t-shirts, so that's why I didn't get it beforehand. But now that I had money to spend, I knew I definitely wanted it!

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Well, to avoid filling out paperwork for store credit (the cast member seemed to really discourage it), I had to spend ALL of the money. Okay then, let me just get that vintage Mickey one too! I actually wish that they had the guy version of this shirt instead. I mean, I love it and am glad that I have it, but I like having matching shirts with Weird without exactly wearing the same shirt.

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Those two shirts were only $8 so it wasn't enough because there was still tax to spend as well. Again, the cast member was very into my spending it all, even if it meant going over just because of the paperwork. So she said I could get one of the reusable bags that they had behind the register. I initially picked the Mickey + Mother Earth one, but it still wasn't enough. I ended up switching it to the Cars one instead. HF loves Cars, of course, so it'll definitely come in handy in the future even if I don't use it now. But who knows! I may have my mom use it to pack a few things for our Florida trip (we bring spices and dried goods to our condo).

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A303.jpg

Love getting to "buy" things at the Disney Store without having to pay for them! Lastly, how cute is their latest bag? I like that they used characters that aren't seen as often anymore in the design.

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wdwgirl03
01-01-2010, 07:30 PM
I cannot stand the witch! So scared of her! My mom hates the flying monkeys in the movie, but I hate the witch! I'm slightly scared of the Munchkins too. Too much like the original Oompa Loompas. But the scariest thing in Wizard of Oz, in my opinion, is the Cowardly Lion! I don't know why I saw so creeped out by how he looked!

OK, flying monkeys AND oompa loompas freak me out! Especially Oompa Loompas, they are just so weird! :scared1: In kindergarten my sister's class did the Wizard of Oz as a play (yes, in kindergarten!) and she was a munchkin...one of the Lullaby League ones. hehe

Cute t-shirt! I saw some cute ones on the Disney Store website that I might buy before our trip. I wish the DS was still open here. :sad2:

RachelNinja
01-02-2010, 01:31 PM
OK, flying monkeys AND oompa loompas freak me out! Especially Oompa Loompas, they are just so weird! :scared1: In kindergarten my sister's class did the Wizard of Oz as a play (yes, in kindergarten!) and she was a munchkin...one of the Lullaby League ones. hehe

Cute t-shirt! I saw some cute ones on the Disney Store website that I might buy before our trip. I wish the DS was still open here. :sad2:

I remember mentioning the original Oompa Loompas to my class. Many of them only knew the newer Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie. I was like, "No way, the original Oompa Loompas are TERRIFYING!" I told them to go Google it or something. Haha, aren't I a good teacher? Spreading the fear?

Wizard of Oz is just a terrifying movie in general. I mean, all this girl wants to do is go home. She meets these creepy creatures along the way. Then she finally finds out that she had the way to get home all along. I think I would've just stayed inside the house!

Aww, that stinks that the DS isn't open by you anymore! I think the website really needs to do something about shipping costs. I'd be buying so much more if it was free shipping! Even if they can't do free shipping, they should do flat rate $5 shipping or something! I'm just sayin' ...

RachelNinja
01-02-2010, 01:37 PM
DHS Research - Echo Lake

The last segment of DHS Research focused on Hollywood Boulevard, so now we're switching gears to Echo Lake! Doing this little bit of reading beforehand gets me really excited to go and it helps me familiarize myself with what DHS has to offer. Like I said in the last installment about it, it's been such a long time since I've been there that I don't know it at all.

I don't even know if this is from MGM! Haha, I'm assuming it is just because of where it was in our photo album (between two other MGM photos). I vaguely remember something about Roger Rabbit? Oh, and it has to be MGM if we're wearing the same outfits!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A223.jpg

Echo Lake

(1) American Idol Experience

I know a lot of people really look forward to seeing this and even go to see more than one show. However, this is probably one of the things that Weird and I will skip. We're not fans of the show (I don't even know who won the last season ... weren't there 2 guys named Adam or something?) so it wouldn't make sense to spend time there.

Plus, I personally think that the best part of American Idol is the crazy auditions at the beginning! I just like the singing or singing attempts and not so much the commentary. I can't help but think that the people who are tone deaf or can't hold a note don't necessarily have others to tell them that they can't sing. I guess I don't see the draw of singing just because I know I can't be that good. With the average voice I have, I sing in the church choir and on a worship team with Weird so it's not really an interesting dream to have.

Acting on stage, however, is definitely my kind of dream. You know, Disney on Broadway and all that ... haha. And I know AI isn't necessarily about Broadway voices. Broadway singers are different than recording artists, I think.

It might be fun to watch some of the auditions going on outside though!

(2) Sounds Dangerous

I don't think I've seen this before. I know we went to one of the shows, probably the Monster Sound Show. I know my dad first went to see the original show before we went because we needed assurance that it wasn't scary. I vaguely remember a scene being played so that volunteers could try to create the proper sound effects. I don't quite know if what I remember is actually the right thing! I do remember that at one point I took off the headsets and held it to my ears because it was too loud.

My memory is really fuzzy so I don't know if I'm mixing it up with the Alfred Hitchcock show that they had at Universal Studios. It might have been at Universal where my older brother was playing with these fake half coconuts, trying to add the sound to a cartoon.

Whatever the show was and whatever the show is, this may be another thing that Weird and I skip. I know that it doesn't get great reviews, and I don't like skipping something just because of reviews, but it's not going to be a must-see or must-do. AllEars also says that it's in the dark, and though I'm not terrified of the dark, I don't necessarily like loud noises when I can't see.

(3) Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

This is definitely a MUST-SEE! Weird and I just recently watched Raiders of the Lost Ark in the past few months so we'll know the 3 scenes very well. I do remember seeing this as a kid. I have vivid memories of their picking the volunteers from the audience. When they picked the stunt guy planted in the audience, the host or whoever it was started making fun of his loud Hawaiian shirt. I remember commenting to my mom that (1) they're obviously going to pick him because they can easily see his shirt and (2) I can't believe they would make fun of him about what he's wearing and the guy doesn't do anything about it. I clearly fell for it all! That was probably the best show because it took about 2 punches for me to realize that it was all planned!

I have also read many TRs and threads about this little somewhat hidden bit of magic. There's supposed to be a rope that goes down into a well or pit with a sign that says "Do Not Pull Rope" with the "not" crossed out! Apparently, if it's tugged, someone will shout from down below! I'd love to hear the "person"! If my younger brother were going, I'd definitely have him do it because he's the kind of kid who does things he's not supposed to do!

(4) Star Tours

The only thing I don't like about Star Tours is the fact that it makes me feel claustrophobic! It's being stuck in a little room, putting on seatbelts that get locked into place, and having nowhere to go until the ride is over. It's really just a mental thing because you can't go anywhere once most rides start anyway.

Regardless of the whole claustrophobia thing, Weird and I are definitely going on this! Weird really likes Star Wars (he'd probably love Star Wars Weekends!). I think it's okay; I think I may have liked it more as a kid. The action sequences in the movies are fun, but other than, they're long, in my opinion. There are a lot of philosophical type discussion (haha, if that's the proper word) that I just can't get into. Of course, I'm saying this because we recently watched part of uhhh, whatever episode VI is (although I call it the 3rd one because I don't count Episodes 1-3 since I've never seen them and didn't grow up with them, haha).

Unfortunately, Weird doesn't like simulators, so I don't know how much he'll love this. Haha, okay, I just confirmed with him, and he said he likes the ride just because it's Star Wars! We'll have fun, I'm sure.

I do want to look out for this tidbit that I read on AllEars. Apparently the second Ewok entering the Starspeeder in the pre-boarding video is holding a Mickey Mouse plush! I also want to keep my ears open to see if I can possibly hear the page for Egroeg Sacul (George Lucas backwards) and a page for the moving of a vehicle with the license number THX 1138 (Lucas's first movie).

Then when actually on the ride, I want to hear the famous "I've got a bad feeling about this" line! Really looking forward to the little things. Haha, even though I'll be trying to remember the big things!

And again, I don't like posts with not enough pictures! So here are a few more.

My older brother ... I think it's the same machine as the one that crashed into the brick wall.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A219.jpg

Haha, so this is why I thought it was Roger Rabbit!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A220.jpg

Meeting Mickey Mouse!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A228.jpg

Lastly, this isn't at WDW, but this is in Florida at our condo in Kissimmee. It's the same place we still stay at now because we have a timeshare. I just think it's funny that the print of the fabric on those couches looked like ... THAT! Haha, that's my cousin, me, and my older brother with one of my mom's childhood friends. He's reading us a bedtime story of Berenstain Bears!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A217.jpg

Until the next DHS Research installment!

wdwgirl03
01-03-2010, 10:39 AM
:scared1::scared1::scared1:

What do you mean you don't know who won the last season of American Idol?!?!?! You are half right, there was a guy named Adam. Kris Allen was the winner even though it should have been Danny Gokey (we loved him because he was from here!). In all honesty though the AIE was really fun, even if you're not a fan of the show.

TokyoDina
01-04-2010, 09:42 PM
Okay you caught me in your web! I can't wait to find out what else happens. I'll have to read your other trip report another time!! But this sounds great! You are going before me and DH but I know your trip will just be awesome!

Heyyy are you guys planning on getting married at WDW? Unless your already married and I was miss lead by a picture. Don't know that would be fantastic to see as well if that's happening!!

Brave teacher
01-04-2010, 10:09 PM
I am loving these old pictures! They are absolutely FABULOUS!!!! BTW, that couch fabric is awesome.

We have never done AIE, but a friend of mine did it a couple of weeks ago. He said that he actually enjoyed it. Maybe on a day when we are looking to kill time.

We have never done SOunds Dangerous.

Now, Indiana Jones on the the other hand is right up Sam's alley. He LOVED it!

Star Tours...Bryan HATES motion simulator rides, but he was like Weird when we tried it on our homeymoon. He loves Star Wars and was going to try it, even if that meant throwing up all over me.

I love the new shirts.

RachelNinja
01-04-2010, 10:10 PM
:scared1::scared1::scared1:

What do you mean you don't know who won the last season of American Idol?!?!?! You are half right, there was a guy named Adam. Kris Allen was the winner even though it should have been Danny Gokey (we loved him because he was from here!). In all honesty though the AIE was really fun, even if you're not a fan of the show.

Haha, I knew that I'd be upsetting you as I wrote that American Idol stuff! I watched most of the 1st season with Kelly Clarkson and then most of the one with Fantasia, but I didn't watch it enough to know the people by name. I think the main issue is that I don't watch the actual TV anymore; everything is watched online as I do my lesson plans. But who knows ... maybe we'll see if AI fits into our day, just for you, Sarah :thumbsup2

Okay you caught me in your web! I can't wait to find out what else happens. I'll have to read your other trip report another time!! But this sounds great! You are going before me and DH but I know your trip will just be awesome!

Heyyy are you guys planning on getting married at WDW? Unless your already married and I was miss lead by a picture. Don't know that would be fantastic to see as well if that's happening!!

Yay! I'm so excited to have another reader! The timing of my trips is very limited just because I'm a teacher. That means I'll always be going during peak seasons ... unless I take off from work, hehe! That means it'll either be February, April, or December (I don't know if I can go again in the summer; it's too hot!). We normally do April although the TR in my signature is from Feb.

We would love to get married at WDW, but we know we would never be able to afford it! In the back of our minds, however, is the idea that we would get married in a small little church in Florida with a few close friends and then have our Disneymoon, of course! We really see the advantage of having a destination wedding since we would only have our close family and friends since we're not into big parties. I'm curious to know what picture was misleading!

Anyway, welcome aboard! :hug:

RachelNinja
01-04-2010, 10:21 PM
I am loving these old pictures! They are absolutely FABULOUS!!!! BTW, that couch fabric is awesome.

We have never done AIE, but a friend of mine did it a couple of weeks ago. He said that he actually enjoyed it. Maybe on a day when we are looking to kill time.

We have never done SOunds Dangerous.

Now, Indiana Jones on the the other hand is right up Sam's alley. He LOVED it!

Star Tours...Bryan HATES motion simulator rides, but he was like Weird when we tried it on our homeymoon. He loves Star Wars and was going to try it, even if that meant throwing up all over me.

I love the new shirts.

I'm still on a search for more pictures! I know we have more when I was a little older (and really awkward looking too!). I'm so tempted to drag out the picture box since my mom stopped using albums after a while; life got in the way and all. Of course, life is getting the way of my Disney photo reminiscing because school is back in session and it's back to lesson plans and grading! And the pressure of the state tests is still hanging over me ...

I keep talking about Indiana Jones at home, which might be a bad thing because my younger brother is really into it now. I bought him the set of books at my school's book fair last year and he watched Raiders of the Lost Ark with us. He might want to come with us to DHS! And although I initially thought it'd be okay and that we'd take him, I still kind of want to just go with DBF. Who knows ... maybe at the last minute, my parents will decide to go too!

Haha, I had to laugh out loud with the comment about Bryan throwing up on you.

RachelNinja
01-04-2010, 10:33 PM
Stroller Photos

Here's a quick and easy update of some more old pictures. I didn't have time to update today since I went back to work. Thankfully, it was a fairly easy day, probably because most of my students were still half-asleep! But it's back to work, and I was able to get a good amount accomplished after school today since I didn't write for my PTR. Haha, it was such a sacrifice! But not to leave you empty-handed ...

In Disneyland! Of course, I'm the one konked out in the stroller so I don't remember it at all because I was so young. I guess this is where the Nemo ride is now!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A231.jpg

Haha, looks like I wanted out!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A232.jpg

I guess I wasn't very interested in the World Showcase ...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A235.jpg

My older brother and me. I really miss being able to tour WDW in a stroller!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A203.jpg

I have a very vivid memory of really wanting to sit in the stroller and my parents letting me do so. My brother's the one on the right. The one holding the stroller is my cousin Brian and the baby sitting in front of me (haha, the real reason for the stroller) is my cousin Christina.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A209.jpg

Is it just me? Wouldn't it be so fun to be able to have someone push you around, weaving in and out of the crowds? Most kids always wanted to get out of their strollers; I loved riding in it! I remember going with my mom to pick up my brother from kindergarten and 1st grade. My mom would push me in an umbrella stroller. The next time I have a stroller in WDW will probably be with Baby Weird and Baby Ninja! Haha, of course, they come after I become Mrs. Ninja so we've got some time.

TokyoDina
01-05-2010, 08:15 AM
Haha, I knew that I'd be upsetting you as I wrote that American Idol stuff! I watched most of the 1st season with Kelly Clarkson and then most of the one with Fantasia, but I didn't watch it enough to know the people by name. I think the main issue is that I don't watch the actual TV anymore; everything is watched online as I do my lesson plans. But who knows ... maybe we'll see if AI fits into our day, just for you, Sarah :thumbsup2



Yay! I'm so excited to have another reader! The timing of my trips is very limited just because I'm a teacher. That means I'll always be going during peak seasons ... unless I take off from work, hehe! That means it'll either be February, April, or December (I don't know if I can go again in the summer; it's too hot!). We normally do April although the TR in my signature is from Feb.

We would love to get married at WDW, but we know we would never be able to afford it! In the back of our minds, however, is the idea that we would get married in a small little church in Florida with a few close friends and then have our Disneymoon, of course! We really see the advantage of having a destination wedding since we would only have our close family and friends since we're not into big parties. I'm curious to know what picture was misleading!

Anyway, welcome aboard! :hug:

Haha I saw a picture of you with what looked like a wedding dress statue or something like that so I wanted to make sure you were getting married and not already married. :) It's cool your whole family is into Disney! I love it! I hope when we have kind it's that way for us!

That would be cool. I saw some small weddings that they have at Disney but they are kind of expensive. Like you said you can always get married off resort and then have a Disneymoon which would totally rock! Can't wait to read more~~!

Bridora
01-05-2010, 03:41 PM
Hi! I'm joining in on your PTR....I haven't finished it yet, but I am on page 3...just had to stop in & say hi in case I don't finish reading today, and then forget about it...:lmao:. I've also subscribed, which helps....I love the DIS, but I can spend a whole day on it at work one day & then not have a chance to log on again for a week...so I'm a bit sporadic! :confused3 Loving your VMK & Weird stories...I looked through your TR from a couple years ago as well as your flat adventures...:goodvibes I can't wait to find out if Weird gets to 100%!

RachelNinja
01-05-2010, 08:15 PM
Haha I saw a picture of you with what looked like a wedding dress statue or something like that so I wanted to make sure you were getting married and not already married. :) It's cool your whole family is into Disney! I love it! I hope when we have kind it's that way for us!

That would be cool. I saw some small weddings that they have at Disney but they are kind of expensive. Like you said you can always get married off resort and then have a Disneymoon which would totally rock! Can't wait to read more~~!

Haha, yup, that wedding dress jewelry holder was given to me by my aunt because I'm the one who's most likely going to get married first. Two of my other girl cousins have DBFs too, but they're younger than I am and they or their DBFs are still in college now.

Weird and I will eventually get married. One day :lovestruc Right now we don't have the money to do so. Even though we're really into the bare minimum and don't need a fancy party or big wedding, we don't have enough to live on our own yet. Otherwise we DEFINITELY would have been married already! Hehe. The Disneymoon will have to wait right now, but at least we have April!

Hi! I'm joining in on your PTR....I haven't finished it yet, but I am on page 3...just had to stop in & say hi in case I don't finish reading today, and then forget about it...:lmao:. I've also subscribed, which helps....I love the DIS, but I can spend a whole day on it at work one day & then not have a chance to log on again for a week...so I'm a bit sporadic! :confused3 Loving your VMK & Weird stories...I looked through your TR from a couple years ago as well as your flat adventures...:goodvibes I can't wait to find out if Weird gets to 100%!

Hi there, Bridora! YAY for another reader! I've already started reading your first TR and will check out your PTR too! I too could spend so much time at DIS in one day! But I know if I do that, I wouldn't get work done. I spent a LOT of time on DIS last week since I was off from work for the winter break. That was so much fun because I was able to update more than I had been lately. However, now with school back in session, I need to have a document open for my lesson plans and another for this PTR. I can alternate between the two so I don't have to feel guilty about focusing on Disney.

It's good that you're going to WDW after me because already I'm waiting in anticipation for your trip! This way, it won't be entirely horrible to come back home after my week. I get really excited for other people's trips! :cheer2:

RachelNinja
01-05-2010, 08:48 PM
Japan Photos + It All Comes Back to Disney!

I don't have any recollection of the things that are happening in the following 3 pictures; I was much too young. I'm curious to know what restaurant we're eating in because we don't eat at WDW sit-down restaurants. Maybe this is during a time before ADRs? I wonder when those first came about!

This picture is really entertaining to me because my dad does NOT look like this anymore! Haha, I don't look like that either!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A200.jpg

My mom looks crazy young here! I wish I could still fit in her lap!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A201.jpg

I look like I'm a bit suspicious of that Minnie character ...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A202.jpg

Anyway, this is a pretty brief installment because I'm extremely tired, and I'm unfortunately starting to get a sore throat! I'm hoping it's just because it's Tuesday, which is my longest day because lunch is my only break from teaching. Talking for all those periods in a row really strains my throat so every Tuesday I try to keep drinking water. I didn't do it today, so I'm wondering if that's why it's slightly painful. I really hope that's the case because I don't want to be sick!

Oh, before I end this though ... I did have another It All Comes Back to Disney things in terms of incorporating Disney in my lesson plans! Other than math and ELA, I also teach Bible to the 7th grade.

Our current lesson includes 3 reasons as to why we can trust the Bible. The 1st reason has to do with scribal accuracy so I asked my class if they knew what scribes had to do. Not many knew what they were, so I explained that scribes had the responsibility to copy down text over and over again since this was a time before the printing press. There was no way to photocopy pages or use computers so everything had to be done by hand.

Well, can you guess what Disney ride I just HAD to mention?!? I asked them, "Do you know the ride Spaceship Earth in Epcot? You know, the one inside the 'golf ball'?" A few of them nodded their heads. I continued and said, "There's this one scene where there are monks copying down text; that's what scribes did. This was before the printing press." Those students who knew the ride seemed to brighten a bit. I absolutely LOVE bringing Disney into the classroom! Too bad we're so far away otherwise can you say field trip?!? Hehe.

By the way, the part of the ride that includes what I just mentioned reads as follows: "In Western abbeys, monks toil endlessly in lonely isolation copying ancient books of wisdom and revelations for future generations. Finally, from the depths of the Dark Ages came the Age of Enlightenment - the Renaissance. And with this era, came a powerful new invention - the moveable type printing press."

Haha, so bringing Disney into the classroom and Google ... gotta love 'em!

wdwgirl03
01-06-2010, 07:59 AM
haha, that's awesome about incorporating Disney into your lesson plans. I know I've posted this once before (maybe on the teacher's thread?) but I'll post it again. When I was student teaching (2nd grade) I brought in my stuffed Mickey to help with a descriptive writing lesson. Somewhere during that lesson I told the kids how we go to WDW all the time (which caused many jaws to drop, including my cooperating teacher, haha). Well, a couple months later we were doing show and tell. I had to go answer the phone when all of a sudden I hear a bunch of the kids shrieking my name. The little boy who was Student of the Week had brought in a couple stuffed Mickeys and they had all remembered when I brought my in my Mickey. So cute! :goodvibes

Your old pictures are awesome too. I should scan in some more of our old ones and post them on my PTR...hehe

Bridora
01-06-2010, 11:35 AM
Hooray for being all caught up! :cheer2:

I am excited for your trip, too! And since you are going before me...it helps with my wait!

There are so many things I've wanted to comment on, but I'll keep it to the more recent things. I love how you incorporate Disney into the classroom--I'm sure that helps your students pay attention and remember the concept. You're probably everyone's favorite teacher. :goodvibes All your old Disney park photos are great! Love that picture of you guys with Minnie in Japan; your Mom is so pretty! And the guy on the left side of that picture is cracking me up with his outfit...I know he was in style then, right? Maybe.

SoonerGirl
01-06-2010, 12:03 PM
Hi there! With the kids back in school I finally had a chance to come over and check out your PTR. You & Weird and such a cute couple, and now I understand your screen names! :thumbsup2

I love all the old pictures you posted, AND how you incorporate Disney into your lesson plans - so fun!

TokyoDina
01-06-2010, 10:12 PM
Japan Photos + It All Comes Back to Disney!

I don't have any recollection of the things that are happening in the following 3 pictures; I was much too young. I'm curious to know what restaurant we're eating in because we don't eat at WDW sit-down restaurants. Maybe this is during a time before ADRs? I wonder when those first came about!

This picture is really entertaining to me because my dad does NOT look like this anymore! Haha, I don't look like that either!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A200.jpg

My mom looks crazy young here! I wish I could still fit in her lap!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A201.jpg

I look like I'm a bit suspicious of that Minnie character ...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A202.jpg

Anyway, this is a pretty brief installment because I'm extremely tired, and I'm unfortunately starting to get a sore throat! I'm hoping it's just because it's Tuesday, which is my longest day because lunch is my only break from teaching. Talking for all those periods in a row really strains my throat so every Tuesday I try to keep drinking water. I didn't do it today, so I'm wondering if that's why it's slightly painful. I really hope that's the case because I don't want to be sick!

Oh, before I end this though ... I did have another It All Comes Back to Disney things in terms of incorporating Disney in my lesson plans! Other than math and ELA, I also teach Bible to the 7th grade.

Our current lesson includes 3 reasons as to why we can trust the Bible. The 1st reason has to do with scribal accuracy so I asked my class if they knew what scribes had to do. Not many knew what they were, so I explained that scribes had the responsibility to copy down text over and over again since this was a time before the printing press. There was no way to photocopy pages or use computers so everything had to be done by hand.

Well, can you guess what Disney ride I just HAD to mention?!? I asked them, "Do you know the ride Spaceship Earth in Epcot? You know, the one inside the 'golf ball'?" A few of them nodded their heads. I continued and said, "There's this one scene where there are monks copying down text; that's what scribes did. This was before the printing press." Those students who knew the ride seemed to brighten a bit. I absolutely LOVE bringing Disney into the classroom! Too bad we're so far away otherwise can you say field trip?!? Hehe.

By the way, the part of the ride that includes what I just mentioned reads as follows: "In Western abbeys, monks toil endlessly in lonely isolation copying ancient books of wisdom and revelations for future generations. Finally, from the depths of the Dark Ages came the Age of Enlightenment - the Renaissance. And with this era, came a powerful new invention - the moveable type printing press."

Haha, so bringing Disney into the classroom and Google ... gotta love 'em!


I have to say Spaceship Earth is my husband's favorite ride. We rode that thing at least 5 times when we were there. I think we pretty much knew the history of the world by the time we got off. Haha! I love the pictures! Geez all the way back in the late 80's~~! Whee I wish I had gone when I was that young. I didn't go to Disneyland until I was 8 years old I think.

I love Minnie in her Kimono it's just too cute~~! I hope we get to actually talk to someone in Japan when we go to Epcot this time. I got all scared and unsure of my Japanese language skills...^_^;;

HowWeird
01-07-2010, 07:26 PM
I can't wait to visit all of these different places with you! We should take some of your old pictures and take new ones just to compare!

What's the count? 2 months and change?:yay: I can hardly wait! :love2:

RachelNinja
01-09-2010, 09:33 AM
haha, that's awesome about incorporating Disney into your lesson plans. I know I've posted this once before (maybe on the teacher's thread?) but I'll post it again. When I was student teaching (2nd grade) I brought in my stuffed Mickey to help with a descriptive writing lesson. Somewhere during that lesson I told the kids how we go to WDW all the time (which caused many jaws to drop, including my cooperating teacher, haha). Well, a couple months later we were doing show and tell. I had to go answer the phone when all of a sudden I hear a bunch of the kids shrieking my name. The little boy who was Student of the Week had brought in a couple stuffed Mickeys and they had all remembered when I brought my in my Mickey. So cute! :goodvibes

Your old pictures are awesome too. I should scan in some more of our old ones and post them on my PTR...hehe

Awww, that's so cute! I wonder if they'll remember the Mickey more or the descriptive writing! Haha, I wonder if my kids just remember that I told some random story that included Lumpy or if they'll forever remember the lesson that went with it. It's my hope that students remember the point behind it!

Yes yes yes! Post more old pictures on your PTR!

Hooray for being all caught up! :cheer2:

I am excited for your trip, too! And since you are going before me...it helps with my wait!

There are so many things I've wanted to comment on, but I'll keep it to the more recent things. I love how you incorporate Disney into the classroom--I'm sure that helps your students pay attention and remember the concept. You're probably everyone's favorite teacher. :goodvibes All your old Disney park photos are great! Love that picture of you guys with Minnie in Japan; your Mom is so pretty! And the guy on the left side of that picture is cracking me up with his outfit...I know he was in style then, right? Maybe.

I love making class fun because I distinctly remember the teachers who really were excited about their subjects and tried to make everything interesting. I remember a lot of the activities we did in those classes and then in turn, I remember the lessons that were taught. That's what I want my kids to do too. Of course, who knows if they'll actually remember the lesson behind it (chances are most of my 6th graders remember the Lumpy story, but maybe half will remember the point of the story), but I'm doing my best to teach them what they need to know.

When I was looking at the Minnie picture again, I realized that she had on the slippers for her shoes! I thought that was really cute! And thanks, I too agree that my mom is pretty :) She would automatically disagree though, haha. She's a middle daughter so she grew up feeling like Jan Brady.

I thought the same thing about the guy in that outfit!

Hi there! With the kids back in school I finally had a chance to come over and check out your PTR. You & Weird and such a cute couple, and now I understand your screen names! :thumbsup2

I love all the old pictures you posted, AND how you incorporate Disney into your lesson plans - so fun!

Thanks for checking out my PTR! Weird and I just "celebrated" our 1.5 year anniversary! And by celebrated, I mean that he said, "Today's 1.5!" and that was really it. Haha, we don't live that far from each other (20 mins), but because there's a bridge between us with quite a hefty toll, we only see each on Saturdays/Sundays. But we enjoy being Weird and Ninja on DIS because we can do that EVERY day :)

I have to say Spaceship Earth is my husband's favorite ride. We rode that thing at least 5 times when we were there. I think we pretty much knew the history of the world by the time we got off. Haha! I love the pictures! Geez all the way back in the late 80's~~! Whee I wish I had gone when I was that young. I didn't go to Disneyland until I was 8 years old I think.

I love Minnie in her Kimono it's just too cute~~! I hope we get to actually talk to someone in Japan when we go to Epcot this time. I got all scared and unsure of my Japanese language skills...^_^;;

I too love Spaceship Earth! That's definitely a great way that Disney can get people to learn, haha. Sometimes when the ride pauses, however, I get a little frightened that one day the animatronics will come to life and walk up to our ride vehicle. Yeah, overactive imagination ... haha.

You definitely should try speaking in Japanese! I'm sure other people have tried and considering you have such an advantage, you really should!

I can't wait to visit all of these different places with you! We should take some of your old pictures and take new ones just to compare!

What's the count? 2 months and change?:yay: I can hardly wait! :love2:

I wish that the trip were sooner just because I need a break from the day to day. Of course, I'm nowhere near done planning so I guess it being far away is a good thing! I can't wait to take a ton of pictures! Haha, I better make sure my memory card is cleared out each day since I don't have as much room!

floridascgirl
01-09-2010, 11:26 AM
I just found your PTR last night and I'm all caught up. I love your writing style and your childhood Disney photos. It sure makes me wish that my parents had kept (or taken for that matter) photos from all our our trips to Disney when I was little. Next time I go home, I'm going to dig through them and see if any exist. :idea:

TokyoDina
01-09-2010, 04:45 PM
Awww, that's so cute! I wonder if they'll remember the Mickey more or the descriptive writing! Haha, I wonder if my kids just remember that I told some random story that included Lumpy or if they'll forever remember the lesson that went with it. It's my hope that students remember the point behind it!

Yes yes yes! Post more old pictures on your PTR!



I love making class fun because I distinctly remember the teachers who really were excited about their subjects and tried to make everything interesting. I remember a lot of the activities we did in those classes and then in turn, I remember the lessons that were taught. That's what I want my kids to do too. Of course, who knows if they'll actually remember the lesson behind it (chances are most of my 6th graders remember the Lumpy story, but maybe half will remember the point of the story), but I'm doing my best to teach them what they need to know.

When I was looking at the Minnie picture again, I realized that she had on the slippers for her shoes! I thought that was really cute! And thanks, I too agree that my mom is pretty :) She would automatically disagree though, haha. She's a middle daughter so she grew up feeling like Jan Brady.

I thought the same thing about the guy in that outfit!



Thanks for checking out my PTR! Weird and I just "celebrated" our 1.5 year anniversary! And by celebrated, I mean that he said, "Today's 1.5!" and that was really it. Haha, we don't live that far from each other (20 mins), but because there's a bridge between us with quite a hefty toll, we only see each on Saturdays/Sundays. But we enjoy being Weird and Ninja on DIS because we can do that EVERY day :)



I too love Spaceship Earth! That's definitely a great way that Disney can get people to learn, haha. Sometimes when the ride pauses, however, I get a little frightened that one day the animatronics will come to life and walk up to our ride vehicle. Yeah, overactive imagination ... haha.

You definitely should try speaking in Japanese! I'm sure other people have tried and considering you have such an advantage, you really should!



I wish that the trip were sooner just because I need a break from the day to day. Of course, I'm nowhere near done planning so I guess it being far away is a good thing! I can't wait to take a ton of pictures! Haha, I better make sure my memory card is cleared out each day since I don't have as much room!


Rachel don't empower me haha! I'll try to muster up the courage this time when we go! Gotta find a really good reason to speak to them. Maybe I'll actually buy something at Mitsukoshi this time.

stacy347
01-09-2010, 05:26 PM
I love all of your old Disney pics ~ sooo cute!! Thanks for sharing and I'll say prayers for good health for your dad. :goodvibes

TokyoDina
01-09-2010, 09:00 PM
:( I hope your Dad will be well enough for the trip. I'm so sorry to hear about that. It's really hard when things like that happen. I have to admit that's the one thing about getting older I really hate.
:sad1:

Brave teacher
01-09-2010, 09:59 PM
Minnie looks so cute in her kimono!

I love SSE! I love hearing your stories of incorporating Disney into your lessons.

RachelNinja
01-10-2010, 05:07 PM
I just found your PTR last night and I'm all caught up. I love your writing style and your childhood Disney photos. It sure makes me wish that my parents had kept (or taken for that matter) photos from all our our trips to Disney when I was little. Next time I go home, I'm going to dig through them and see if any exist. :idea:

Thank you so much for your kind words! I see writing as extremely therapeutic so it's done more for me than for others. But I admit ... doing it on DIS is obviously so that others can read it! So YAY and WECOME! :hug:

I keep telling myself to look through the huge photo box for more pictures, but alas, real life gets in the way! It's so intrusive sometimes; doesn't it know that I want to focus more on Disney?!? Haha. :rotfl:

Rachel don't empower me haha! I'll try to muster up the courage this time when we go! Gotta find a really good reason to speak to them. Maybe I'll actually buy something at Mitsukoshi this time.

Haha, empowering is supposed to be a good thing! It'll create good memories! You can also go to the Kidcot station. They stamp and sometimes write so maybe you can ask them to write something and strike up a conversation with them!

I love all of your old Disney pics ~ sooo cute!! Thanks for sharing and I'll say prayers for good health for your dad. :goodvibes

Thank you so much! It just gets to be so stressful around here that prayers are very much appreciated :hug:

:( I hope your Dad will be well enough for the trip. I'm so sorry to hear about that. It's really hard when things like that happen. I have to admit that's the one thing about getting older I really hate.
:sad1:

I totally agree. I remember my life before 4th grade when my granduncle died. It was the first death I had to deal with. I remember my friends losing relatives and I never knew what they were going through. Then once death came into the picture, it totally changed how I view life. It wasn't so simple anymore. Of course, now being mid-20s, it just seems so unavoidable. Most people look forward to getting older whereas I would prefer going back to the simple days!

Minnie looks so cute in her kimono!

I love SSE! I love hearing your stories of incorporating Disney into your lessons.

Doesn't she? I wonder if there's a site out there with all of the costumes that the characters have ever worn. That would be a cute gallery!

RachelNinja
01-10-2010, 07:09 PM
A New Park Bag!!!

The title of this installment deserve 3 exclamation points even though as a teacher, I tell my students not to do this in formal writing! That's because I love bags! It probably sounds very typical because many women/girls love either shoes or bags ... or both!

My thing is bags, but I never splurge on expensive ones unless I know I'll get a lot of use out of it. Plus, for me, splurge means getting a $40 black hobo from Gap because I know it'll last. The expensive bags I have bought are used so often because they're basic. That means I use them for church, for dates, for dinners ... really for anything, even if I'm in business casual wear or sweatpants. The ones that work only in certain weather, for certain situations, or with certain outfits were never any more than $20. Most were around $10 because I wait for sales. Basically, all that is to say that I don't just randomly buy bags all the time.

That doesn't mean that I don't LOOK at bags all the time though! Haha. Well, I was thinking about what bag I would bring to the parks. I was going to bring a backpack, but then I realized that Weird wouldn't be able to help me carry it if I brought my pink one. I thought some more ...

Well, after seeing Bridora's Vera Bradley hipster in such a cute print (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34872708&postcount=37), I thought, "Hmm, a cross body bag would really make a lot of sense because then I'd be hands free all day, I'd have very easy access to the camera, and I wouldn't have to worry about storing my bag during rides!" That got me looking for my own cute cross body bag!

My bag criteria:
(1) Must zip across the top so that nothing will come out (I have a bunch of open totes that I get paranoid using even though I use them often! I also have 2 Manhattan Portage bags that can be used as cross body bags, but they have the flap/snap closure only. I used to use them in school.)
(2) It has to be a material that is easily cleaned because I don't want to worry about having it touch something or putting it down on a seat and it getting dirty.
(3) I have to love love love the print! I say this because I don't generally like the Vera Bradley prints. Bridora's print was the first one I've ever seen that I would actually use myself.

After some searching, I settled on LeSportSac! My mom had a bag when she was young, and she loved it. It made sense that I would settle on this! I saw that the material was hand washable and that they had a ton of prints that were more suited to my tastes than Vera Bradley prints. I settled on the Madison model because it was a cross body but bigger than the Kasey. Then the next thing was to pick a print. I went on every site imaginable to see what prints were offered and at what prices!

After a ton of research for a couple of days, I finalized my choices. It was between this printe called buoys and another called paprika.

Buoys.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Bag4.jpg

Paprika.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Bag1.jpg

I LOVE LOVE LOVED paprika! I like that it would match anything, and just looking at the colors makes me happy! It's not childish looking like the penguins print that I also liked, and I could see myself using this even when not on vacation. However, buoys was only $43 (with a 20% off but with shipping) and paprika was $66 (free shipping).

I looked at the pictures a million times. I even went to Macy's to check out the bag in person. Neither print was available, but I wanted to check out how it looked as a bag and whether or not I liked it.

Well, after 3 full days of thinking about this bag all day long, I finally made my decision ...

Imagine that's me ... haha, except I have a head!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Bag2.jpg

WOOHOO! Yes, I coughed up the money; it ended up being $71 because there's tax from Zappos when being shipped to NY. Boo on that! But I knew that I'd be much happier with the one I wanted and that if I got buoys, I'd always think about how I should've gotten paprika!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Bag3.jpg

As you can see, it's fairly thin. The chubbiest thing I have is my camera, but who knows ... if Weird ends up getting an SLR camera before we go, I'd be using his point and shoot! It's much thinner than mine and would go wonderfully with my bag, haha.

I am so so so excited to get this bag! I can't wait to use it in Florida because then I can be hands free and not worry about carrying so much. It'll limit me. The only thing I'm wondering about is my water bottle (it's one of those reusable LLBean ones because a regular water bottle would fit) and my jacket/hoodie/windbreaker, depending on the weather. Normally I carry those things go in my backpack. I guess we'll just see how much I can fit when I get this bag in 4-5 business days!

SoonerGirl
01-10-2010, 09:33 PM
Good choice on the Paprika! Very cute bag :thumbsup2

RachelNinja
01-10-2010, 10:08 PM
Good choice on the Paprika! Very cute bag :thumbsup2

Thanks! Weird helped me choose it too. I sent him the links to both bags, and he listened to be debate about which to choose, haha. I love that he has the patience to listen to my bag-talk and even offer his own opinion!

RachelNinja
01-10-2010, 10:10 PM
An $11 Snack/Souvenir?

I posted a question on the Disney World Tips portion of the board about Goofy's Glaciers at Goofy's Candy Company. If you have any opinions/info/pictures, please post! That's something I'd really like to get as a souvenir!

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2368982

stacy347
01-10-2010, 11:48 PM
Ooohh, I love the paprika bag!! It looks like it will be a nice, comfy fit for the parks. :)

I don't know about any of the flavors on the Glaciers but the cups we saw when we were there were so cute ~ it would be hard to pick just one, LOL!

wdwgirl03
01-11-2010, 08:07 AM
Cute bag! I have one of the Vera Bradley hipsters and really like the crossbody style. It's so easy to carry around in the parks. :thumbsup2

As for the Goofy Glaciers, they are really good! I got the cherry one but resisted the cute cups you can get them in. I really want to get one though! Might be another fun thing for the classroom...hehe

floridascgirl
01-11-2010, 07:57 PM
Yeah!!! I was hoping that you were going to choose the paprika. ;) I love the colors, too.

TokyoDina
01-12-2010, 08:10 AM
I'm looking for something like that but only big enough to fit a SLR camera. And my Stitch Ears when I have to take them off. And all my other junk ha! I have big tote...but it's kind of annoying when you have to carry it in your hand the whole time. I guess we'll see.

RachelNinja
01-13-2010, 08:57 PM
Ooohh, I love the paprika bag!! It looks like it will be a nice, comfy fit for the parks. :)

I don't know about any of the flavors on the Glaciers but the cups we saw when we were there were so cute ~ it would be hard to pick just one, LOL!

It's going to be interesting carrying a smaller bag for the parks because I'm so used to the backpack. Before that, I used to use the Nike drawstring bag because the bag itself didn't weigh much and it was okay to get wet. This is definitely a prettier way to do it! I'm looking forward to not worrying about where I put my bag since it'll always just be on me.

I agree! I think at the moment it's going to be Minnie. You know, just in case Weird gets or eventually gets the Mickey! Then we'll have a matching set!

Cute bag! I have one of the Vera Bradley hipsters and really like the crossbody style. It's so easy to carry around in the parks. :thumbsup2

As for the Goofy Glaciers, they are really good! I got the cherry one but resisted the cute cups you can get them in. I really want to get one though! Might be another fun thing for the classroom...hehe

Now I understand why there are always so many threads about what bags people carry to the parks! I used to think ... um, backpack? Does it matter? It does matter! Hehe.

On the thread about the Glaciers, someone posted that they didn't have the Coke one the last time she went. If they don't, I don't know which I'll pick so it's back to square one. There's a possibility that I might just want to get the cup!

Yeah!!! I was hoping that you were going to choose the paprika. ;) I love the colors, too.

Aren't the colors so cheerful? Just looking at it online makes me happy. The others ones I liked, but it didn't get me all excited like the paprika print does. It should be arriving at my house tomorrow!!! Of course, Thursday is one of the days I do private tutoring after school so I won't get home until later than normal so it'll be waiting for me.

I'm looking for something like that but only big enough to fit a SLR camera. And my Stitch Ears when I have to take them off. And all my other junk ha! I have big tote...but it's kind of annoying when you have to carry it in your hand the whole time. I guess we'll see.

Oh cool! What SLR camera do you have? I don't know much of anything about them, but Weird wants one. He's looking into getting one before the trip. If so, I'll get to use his point and shoot because it takes better pictures than mine AND it's much smaller and will easily fit into my new bag!

RachelNinja
01-13-2010, 09:00 PM
DHS Research - Streets of America

Continuing on with the DHS research! This research is also beneficial to Weird because he doesn't really know the parks either. I will have him study the map though because he's much better with directions than I am! He's the kind of guy who just looks up a place on GoogleMaps/GoogleEarth and then BAM, he knows where to go. I'm just lost. I'm the kind of person who would feel more comfortable putting the map on the ground so I know which direction to walk!

Streets of America

(1) Studio Backlot Tour

The last time I rode this, I was kind of bored. Haha, I know, I know! It was just the kid in me who wasn't interested in the movie props being shown. The only thing that was interesting was Catastrophe Canyon when they show the special effects with the fire and the water. Other than that, I think a lot of movies I didn't know were mentioned. Then there were a few movies that I knew, like the Rocketeer, that just didn't interest me that much (although it interested my brother).

Now there are tons of movies that I actually know and have seen so it'll be fun to see all the props! I know that there are things after the actual tram ride from Narnia and Pirates of the Carribean so that'll definitely be cool. I mean, I got all excited to know that the medallion and Davy Jones's key were in the POTC gift shop and those were "minor" thing just because of their size! Props are really cool to look at!

(2) Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure

This is really such a creative slide!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A260.jpg

Though we may not go here to play and slide (I think about all the dirt that would be picked up by your bottom on slides!), there are definitely picture opportunities here! Especially since I remember playing here with my older brother when we were kids.

I've seen the Kodak canister and the ant that you can sit on for a picture. Looking at AllEars, however, I see that at one spot there's a big Super Soaker! My brother had the basic model of this watergun way back when, and part of me was always jealous that he had it. I had one of those handheld plastic ones that you get from birthday party goodie bags. You know the ones ... you have to use a slow trickle of water to fill it or submerge it entirely and then it shoots twice before it has to be refilled again! Since that was my version of the water gun, I'd like to see the big one and make up for all those lost years!

Don't you just love my brother's glasses? Hehe.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A261.jpg

(3) Lights, Motor, Action! Extreme Stunt Show

I think the stunts will be fun to watch, but I'm really not interested in cars. I'll be into seeing it if I know that Weird is looking forward to see it. I'm the kind of gal who answers, "Um ... it has 4 wheels?" when asked, "What kind of car do you drive?" Haha, really, I'm not that bad.

Actually, now that I think about it, I might be interested in seeing the stunts do their things with the cars! That's because I just recently started driving to work on my own this year! I know, I know, it seems kind of odd to have waited this long, but I never wanted to drive as I was growing up; I never had that urge. Plus, it didn't help that as I was learning how to drive in college and actually doing well in my private lessons, my family got into a car accident that left me with back pain and months of physical therapy.

Well, it took a while for me to be okay with sitting behind the wheel. After the accident, I was able to get a perfect score on my road test, but I didn't want to drive again. Thankfully, through the encouragement of my mom and Weird, I finally got back behind it last year and started driving on my own over these past few months. The two of them never pressured me, and they let me get to that point on my own. It was definitely not my own doing though; I know that God took away the crippling fear that was affecting my ability to do a task that I would have to eventually do to get around. I used to flip out if I thought I'd be sitting behind the wheel! I'd get so nervous and start gagging over it.

All that to say, I think I will actually be interested in this show then since I am now a driver! Haha, just not like a stunt driver.

(4) MuppetVision 3D

I remember waiting a very long time to watch this show! But in the end, I loved it! I remember watching the Muppets on TV as well as Muppet Babies (loved that cartoon!). My favorite is probably Beaker! I also like how Statler and Waldorf just criticize from the balcony. Haha, and no, I had to look it up because I didn't know their names!

I know there are a ton of puns and gags in the pre-show waiting area, like the "a net full of jello/Annette Funicello" thing. I've even seen pictures of these things, but like I said in a comment, the magic doesn't disappear for me. I still want to see them for myself! Plus, I know that even if I see it years from now after already having seen it once, I'll still get a kick out of it (ex. like the Mickey on the planet in the Buzz Lightyear ride ... still gets me excited every single time!).

DHS is definitely looking better and better! I'm very excited to explore!

And of course, don't want to close this entry without a few more pictures! They don't have to do with DHS.

As a kid, it's such a huge deal to get on the Speedway! I used to think that I wouldn't be able to drive a real car since I couldn't drive those! I think that even though I drive a real car now, I'll STILL have trouble driving one of those if i tried!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A216.jpg

My mom carrying me next to Donald in Disneyland. Isn't it funny how even the costumes change over the years?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A229.jpg

flamingglobessigmund
01-13-2010, 09:05 PM
That's the bag my daughter had at WDW. She had the one with the animal print. Cute bags!

TokyoDina
01-13-2010, 09:42 PM
http://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/digital_cameras/s/finepix_s2000hd/index.html
This one.

REally it's a digital camera but it shoots like an SLR. My picture quality has increased almost ten fold from getting this camera. I got mine for only $199. I got lucky I have to say. But I'm head over heels in love with it. So of course I need a purse that will fit it.

I love the pictures of the past! It's just too cute! It's crazy how the costumes change over the years. I think I went to DL when I was three, but I don't remember it at all and I don't have access to pictures from it.

My first memory was going there when I was 7 and I lost my parents in Adventureland. I almost had a heart attack! It was pretty scary but I happen to only lose sight of them and not actually lose them. But when your 7 that is the scariest thing on the planet!

wdwgirl03
01-14-2010, 08:00 AM
haha, those racecars are hard to drive! I know my sister was worried too about driving a real car but luckily they don't really compare. :laughing:

It is funny seeing the costume changes over the years. We have old home videos of us meeting Pooh and he was actually cuter then (not that the current costume is bad).

RachelNinja
01-14-2010, 08:07 PM
That's the bag my daughter had at WDW. She had the one with the animal print. Cute bags!

Hi there, flamingglobesigmund!

There's an urge in me to buy more than one print, but of course, I don't need it. But they're so cute! I have the bag in the box next to me, but I have progress report grades tomorrow so I'm saving it as a reward to open when I'm done. I have one more class left out of my 9!!!

http://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/digital_cameras/s/finepix_s2000hd/index.html
This one.

REally it's a digital camera but it shoots like an SLR. My picture quality has increased almost ten fold from getting this camera. I got mine for only $199. I got lucky I have to say. But I'm head over heels in love with it. So of course I need a purse that will fit it.

I love the pictures of the past! It's just too cute! It's crazy how the costumes change over the years. I think I went to DL when I was three, but I don't remember it at all and I don't have access to pictures from it.

My first memory was going there when I was 7 and I lost my parents in Adventureland. I almost had a heart attack! It was pretty scary but I happen to only lose sight of them and not actually lose them. But when your 7 that is the scariest thing on the planet!

Weird is looking at one of the Canon ones; I don't really know what it is. He took a look at it today since he had to stop by B&H for a work thing. I wonder if he's going to get it. I can't even imagine how much better his pictures will look with an SLR! Are you a camera person? Do you know how to do the settings and all that?

That's so frightening to feel lost! Those few moments of panic are the worst feeling in the world; it just makes you feel so incredibly small!

haha, those racecars are hard to drive! I know my sister was worried too about driving a real car but luckily they don't really compare. :laughing:

It is funny seeing the costume changes over the years. We have old home videos of us meeting Pooh and he was actually cuter then (not that the current costume is bad).

Haha, they don't compare at all! Sometimes it's so much easier to just step on the gas pedal and have it ride along the rails on its own!

I have an old picture of Pooh with my brother and cousin that I haven't posted yet. I wonder if it's the same Pooh on your home videos! He was much shorter.

TokyoDina
01-15-2010, 01:00 AM
I'm kind of an part time hobby camera person. I'm still trying to figure out the setting on this camera. But I love taking pictures! I wanted to major in it...but a professor told me in so many words that I sucked. So I kind of dropped the idea.

SLRs change your life. I mean it's always good to have point in shoots for going out and spur or the moment things. But taking nice pictures are almost guranteered to come out great with SLRs.

I'm happy I got my kind of one. I want to upgrade someday but I can't cough up $500 + for a camera right now haha!

Bridora
01-16-2010, 11:15 PM
Woo Hoo for your new bag! :woohoo: It's so cute! I'm glad I could inspire you to get something new for the parks. I can't wait to hear how it goes for you since we are both used to carrying a backpack in the parks. You can give me pointers. :goodvibes I'm even more excited now!

Ok--still have to read your DHS post...I just had to come over & comment on your bag. :laughing:

(I hope I didn't use too many exclamation marks in this reply) :rolleyes1

Bridora
01-16-2010, 11:28 PM
Wow--from those pictures of the Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground, it hasn't changed much. I was so excited when we found that the 1st time we were there. I loved that movie as a kid!

When my DS was 4 I let him steer the car we were in on the Speedway and, of course, since he was only 4, he couldn't really steer, so we were constantly going back and forth on the middle rail--clang! clang!--Well, he thought it was the steering wheel's fault and he was getting so mad at it! I caught it all on film and it is hilarious! We just watched it the other night. :goodvibes

Do you plan on riding Tower of Terror? It's one of my favorites. :thumbsup2

RachelNinja
01-17-2010, 12:50 PM
I'm kind of an part time hobby camera person. I'm still trying to figure out the setting on this camera. But I love taking pictures! I wanted to major in it...but a professor told me in so many words that I sucked. So I kind of dropped the idea.

SLRs change your life. I mean it's always good to have point in shoots for going out and spur or the moment things. But taking nice pictures are almost guranteered to come out great with SLRs.

I'm happy I got my kind of one. I want to upgrade someday but I can't cough up $500 + for a camera right now haha!

I think it would be amazing to take photography for a living! Of course, I don't have the eye for it. Even when I think of an interesting shot, there's really no way that I'd be able to pull it off without learning a LOT about cameras and photography. But that's why I love WDW even more; it's a place where anyone can take a million pictures that won't receive criticism! Everyone just wants any glimpse of Disney!

If Weird doesn't buy the SLR now, he'll definitely be getting it when we're married. I'll always carry the point and shoot with me because it's something I've done since college. Then he'll have the SLR for special occasions. It'll be nice to have good pictures from his camera!

Woo Hoo for your new bag! :woohoo: It's so cute! I'm glad I could inspire you to get something new for the parks. I can't wait to hear how it goes for you since we are both used to carrying a backpack in the parks. You can give me pointers. :goodvibes I'm even more excited now!

Ok--still have to read your DHS post...I just had to come over & comment on your bag. :laughing:

(I hope I didn't use too many exclamation marks in this reply) :rolleyes1

Hehe, yup! The bag buying was all because I saw yours! I love it so much; I received it in the mail this past Thursday. I'm already thinking about what I can and cannot bring because it's just not what I'm used to carrying. I'll definitely pass on pointers if I have any!

And exclamation points are awesome! I know I overuse them on DIS. It's totally weird, but I already have part of my first installment for my TR written already. In it, I point out the exclamation points thing, that I'll probably be so excited that there may be times I'll use more than one if the situation warrants it! Haha.

Wow--from those pictures of the Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground, it hasn't changed much. I was so excited when we found that the 1st time we were there. I loved that movie as a kid!

When my DS was 4 I let him steer the car we were in on the Speedway and, of course, since he was only 4, he couldn't really steer, so we were constantly going back and forth on the middle rail--clang! clang!--Well, he thought it was the steering wheel's fault and he was getting so mad at it! I caught it all on film and it is hilarious! We just watched it the other night. :goodvibes

Do you plan on riding Tower of Terror? It's one of my favorites. :thumbsup2

Even though the quality of the movie isn't that great compared to today's standards, the concept is still fantastic! The movies in the 80s and early 90s were definitely better thought out. I mean, Back to the Future? ET? So much better movies than the ones we get nowadays. I like that these things can still live on in WDW parks and at Universal (well, not so much Back to the Future!).

Haha, those are the moments to remember! We only have pictures of older trips; dad never carried a video camera around. Now it'll be easy to capture my non-existent kiddies on video because there's something about seeing it all instead of just having still photos.

I don't think we're doing Tower of Terror. Well, not "I think." I'm not. There's really only a .000000001% chance that I'd ride it again in my life. I rode it a long time ago before the dropping was randomized. I remember it only dropped halfway, went all the way back up, and then dropped again. I also freaked out by the ghosts beckoning the car forward. I don't think I can handle a series of drops!

RachelNinja
01-17-2010, 12:52 PM
Happy 24th Birthday, Weird!

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Just wanted to take a pause in the PTR-ing and wish my wonderful DBF a happy and healthy birthday! I'm so thankful that you're in my life. Disney or no Disney, every day spent with you is one of happiness. I'm so glad that God led us back together after our 2 years of separation. I can't wait to marry you and for you to go from my DBF to DFi, to DH. I love you, Weird!

wdwgirl03
01-17-2010, 02:01 PM
I don't think we're doing Tower of Terror. Well, not "I think." I'm not. There's really only a .000000001% chance that I'd ride it again in my life. I rode it a long time ago before the dropping was randomized. I remember it only dropped halfway, went all the way back up, and then dropped again. I also freaked out by the ghosts beckoning the car forward. I don't think I can handle a series of drops!

Awww, come on, Tower of Terror is awesome! ;) It's one of those rides I swore I'd never ride. Well, I ended up doing it (riding RNRC and TOT back-to-back=jelly legs! LOL!) and even though I was freaked out I did it again. And again. Now it's one of my favorites! :goodvibes:thumbsup2

Cat0727
01-17-2010, 02:04 PM
Hey! I got your link from another person's TR and decided to join in :) Your trip is getting so close! I have another 10 months to go; I'm planning to go in November.

Happy birthday to your dbf! You guys are so cute together :goodvibes

SoonerGirl
01-17-2010, 02:20 PM
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Happy Birthday, Weird!!

TokyoDina
01-17-2010, 06:05 PM
I hope Weird's birthday was fantastic!~!!!

HowWeird
01-17-2010, 09:58 PM
You know, it's always nice to come to a place where we might not all know each other, but through a common interest like Disney, we're all friends!

Thank you all for the birthday wishes! I fell behind on my own gf's PTR! I'm normally a better bf than that, I really am! :teeth:

I'm really pulling the biased bf card here, but won't you all agree with me when I say that my Ninja was the cutest kid ever to get into one of those racetrack cars? And guess what? She's gonna be the prettiest girl when we go in April! :lovestruc

wdwgirl03
01-17-2010, 11:00 PM
I'm really pulling the biased bf card here, but won't you all agree with me when I say that my Ninja was the cutest kid ever to get into one of those racetrack cars? And guess what? She's gonna be the prettiest girl when we go in April! :lovestruc

Ummm no, I'm pretty sure that was me. :rotfl: Just kidding. Hope you had a good birthday! :bday:party:

I'm going in April too...maybe I'll see you guys there!

stacy347
01-18-2010, 07:42 AM
:cake::bday: Happy Birthday to Weird!!:bday::cake:

RachelNinja ~ I'm definitely with you on the whole ToT thing! My older girls love it but I am not a big fan of the drop type rides. Years ago I went on the Demon Drop at Cedar Point (no comparison to our beloved WDW, I know ;)) ~ it's another ride where they send you up, push you forward and drop you down. Holy cow, I have never been so scared, LOL :eek: ~ no thank you!!
The girls swear they'll get me on ToT one day but since we are skipping DHS this trip, I'm saved, LOL!

Loving all the updates ~ can't wait to hear more! :thumbsup2

RachelNinja
01-18-2010, 03:33 PM
Awww, come on, Tower of Terror is awesome! ;) It's one of those rides I swore I'd never ride. Well, I ended up doing it (riding RNRC and TOT back-to-back=jelly legs! LOL!) and even though I was freaked out I did it again. And again. Now it's one of my favorites! :goodvibes:thumbsup2

I can't, I can't! Haha, I'm too big of a chicken. Weird doesn't care to go on the crazy rides anymore either; I guess we've gotten to that point where we feel it's not necessary to frighten the wits out of ourselves!

Hey! I got your link from another person's TR and decided to join in :) Your trip is getting so close! I have another 10 months to go; I'm planning to go in November.

Happy birthday to your dbf! You guys are so cute together :goodvibes

Oh yay! Another reader! :cool1: It's never too early to start planning, haha. I actually feel as if my trip is coming up fast and I'm not prepared for it! I didn't expect to have so much to do for work.

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Happy Birthday, Weird!!

When I saw all these birthday messages for Weird, I had to tell him to check it out (he doesn't come on often). I couldn't spend the actual day with him although I spent the day before and now the day after with him. So he needed some cheering up to do because in our own immediate families, birthdays aren't as big a deal as other families make them out to be.

I hope Weird's birthday was fantastic!~!!!

I don't know about his actual birthday, but we had a fun time celebrating! We went to get sushi, yummy!

You know, it's always nice to come to a place where we might not all know each other, but through a common interest like Disney, we're all friends!

Thank you all for the birthday wishes! I fell behind on my own gf's PTR! I'm normally a better bf than that, I really am! :teeth:

I'm really pulling the biased bf card here, but won't you all agree with me when I say that my Ninja was the cutest kid ever to get into one of those racetrack cars? And guess what? She's gonna be the prettiest girl when we go in April! :lovestruc

Haha, you know that I'm just going to agree with you that you're biased :lovestruc

Ummm no, I'm pretty sure that was me. :rotfl: Just kidding. Hope you had a good birthday! :bday:party:

I'm going in April too...maybe I'll see you guys there!

Haha, maybe it's just because Weird hasn't seen a picture of you in the cars before :thumbsup2 Hopefully, we'll be able to meet even if it's just for a a short time!

:cake::bday: Happy Birthday to Weird!!:bday::cake:

RachelNinja ~ I'm definitely with you on the whole ToT thing! My older girls love it but I am not a big fan of the drop type rides. Years ago I went on the Demon Drop at Cedar Point (no comparison to our beloved WDW, I know ;)) ~ it's another ride where they send you up, push you forward and drop you down. Holy cow, I have never been so scared, LOL :eek: ~ no thank you!!
The girls swear they'll get me on ToT one day but since we are skipping DHS this trip, I'm saved, LOL!

Loving all the updates ~ can't wait to hear more! :thumbsup2

I understand trying something once to know what it's all about, but since you and I both know what those drop rides are like ... um, no thanks! It's too much of a scare for me, and although I can't control my stress levels at work, this is one that I can control! Besides, if you think about it, if we're not into those rides, that's one less FP we need to get or one less line we need to wait on! I'd rather wait for something else!

RachelNinja
01-18-2010, 03:35 PM
DHS Research - Pixar Place and Mickey Avenue

Doing all of this research on Hollywood Studios is fun, but at this point, I admit that it's getting to be quite overwhelming! I really don't know the park at all! I guess if I just remind myself that the point of the day is to enjoy myself and not to necessarily hit every ride and show, it'll be a success. After I finish all the rides and shows, I'll have to compile a master list in my trip journal of the things that I must must must do!

Pixar Place

(1) Toy Story Midway Mania

This will definitely have to be the first stop. Fastpasses first and then waiting on the standby line. If the standby line is already long, it won't matter that much to me mainly because I've seen all the pictures of the queue and I'm eager to see it myself!

I love Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin and so many people say that Toy Story is better. I'm not sure if I will like it better ... I mean, I know it's 3D, but I like the idea of shooting actual targets. Seems ... old-timey to me, if that's a word, and I like it. I guess I'll just have to wait and see what happens.

I know the scenes on the ride already though because a student who graduated last year lent me his copy of the Wii game. He was insistent that I try it, so Weird came over on a Saturday and we played it. It was really fun because I only like carnival games or racing games on the Wii or Gamecube. Curious to know how the real one will be in comparison!

For those of you who've been on it already, what do you think? Better than Buzz?

Mickey Avenue

(1) Journey Into Narnia: Prince Caspian

Weird and I have a soft spot for the Narnia movies. We went to see the first movie with a bunch of church friends. We were together at that point but still a little awkward with each other. Didn't quite know how to act when we dated the first time around in our college years. Much later on, we admitted to each other that throughout the ENTIRE movie, we wanted to reach over and grab the other person's hand.

After the movie, we headed to Boulder Creek for dinner. IT was then as we were walking to the restaurant that we finally held hands for the first time. Or maybe it was when we left the restaurant. Haha, I don't remember, but I do remember that one of the girls we were with (who is now my cousin's girlfriend) turned around randomly and saw and got all giggly about it. Hehe, we were feeling the same thing on the inside.

Well, since we saw the first movie together, we just had to see the second one together too. Though I don't think it was AS good as the first one, there are a few funny parts that Weird and I always reference. For example, when Caspian says "guarantee," we can't stop laughing just because of the accent. Of course, there are the touching and powerful moments, like when Edmund is the one who destroys the White Witch in the ice when Peter faces temptation.

I hope that it'll still be open by the time we get there in April. I know there are props there and costumes to see, but for some reason, from what I've read, it doesn't seem like something that's going to last the ages, right? I at least want to see it once for myself! It'll be one of the things that will be possible to do because it's not a ride, so I can't imagine there being a wait like the other things at DHS.

(2) One Man's Dream

MUST SEE! Weird will definitely appreciate all the models that are in there. When I told a former student's mom, K, that I had never been there, she was shocked! I know, I know! I can't believe it either! I especially want to go because it's an important part of the first Kingdom Keepers book. Like I've said in an earlier post, I will be making references to the book so if you haven't read it and plan on doing so, you're going to have to avoid certain things in the TR! I'll be taking pictures of the things I read about and now will get to see!

I know DHS will be a different kind of park because it's not all about rides. There are going to be so many things to see! I hope Weird and I will manage to do a good chunk of these things.

Of course, I can't have an installment without pictures!

I'm pretty sure this is a Universal Studios picture (Ghostbusters sign in the back) so it feels wrong posting it, but you gotta love the styles! Don't you just love the fanny pack thing I've got going on? Although back then, we didn't call it a fanny pack; we called it a pouch. I didn't even carry anything important in it. I think it was just a juice box or two, tissues, and wet naps.
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Goofy in Disneyland. I'm surprised my mom was okay with taking a picture next to the characters. She doesn't like them much either because a long time ago in Universal, they used to chase after you and they were allowed to put their costume-y hands on you!
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I have a very vivid memory of going to take this picture. I thought I was being clever squatting down so it would look like I was drowning in the water, but I guess I didn't really act the part so it didn't work out the way I intended!
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SoonerGirl
01-18-2010, 05:13 PM
Toy Story Midway Mania and One's Man Dream are definitely 'must do's'!! I prefer Toy Story over Buzz, I can aim better on TSMM - on Buzz I can never figure out which stupid little red light is mine! :laughing:

Your brother looks like he's in pain in the that first picture - like he can't believe he's having to stop for another photo!

TokyoDina
01-18-2010, 07:55 PM
I've never seen One Man's Dream either. Ha! We are in the same boat with that one!

wdwgirl03
01-19-2010, 08:04 AM
haha, that one picture is hilarious! What is he ducking from?! :rotfl:

I used to use a fanny pack too. :laughing:

TSM is AWESOME. Definitely do not miss that one. :thumbsup2

Jennifer48
01-20-2010, 03:48 PM
Hi Rachel!

I'm checking in late but just caught up in your PTR. I read your other TR Flat Adventures and thought I'd join in on this one!

Here's to secretly hoping Weird proposes while in WDW :lovestruc I was engaged there and it was magical!

RachelNinja
01-20-2010, 05:57 PM
Toy Story Midway Mania and One's Man Dream are definitely 'must do's'!! I prefer Toy Story over Buzz, I can aim better on TSMM - on Buzz I can never figure out which stupid little red light is mine! :laughing:

Your brother looks like he's in pain in the that first picture - like he can't believe he's having to stop for another photo!

I'm afraid that I'll actually like TSM better ... I'll feel as if I'm betraying Buzz! We do buzz at least 3x each trip because we figure we'd rather do the rides we love many times instead of getting on all the rides. I'm curious about the movement of the vehicles though ... I've heard that they move from screen to screen pretty quickly or that they whip you around. Is that true? I'm wondering just in case my parents decided to go to DHS too; I'd have to warn my mom who doesn't care for much motion.

Haha, I'm trying to figure out what he was doing. Maybe he was about to take off his glasses. My parents always told him to take them off in pictures, but as you can see, he didn't!

I've never seen One Man's Dream either. Ha! We are in the same boat with that one!

It's a must see then! I feel as if it's kind of a rite of passage for a true WDW fan!

haha, that one picture is hilarious! What is he ducking from?! :rotfl:

I used to use a fanny pack too. :laughing:

TSM is AWESOME. Definitely do not miss that one. :thumbsup2

Fanny packs really are the most practical things to use because there's no weight on the shoulders and there's easy access to everything you're carrying. They're just not really the most flattering accessory to wear!

Would you suggest getting FP first and then riding TSM or vice versa? I want to be able to ride it twice, but I also don't want to look like a big ol' silly waiting on an extremely long FP line when the standby line is much shorter!

Hi Rachel!

I'm checking in late but just caught up in your PTR. I read your other TR Flat Adventures and thought I'd join in on this one!

Here's to secretly hoping Weird proposes while in WDW :lovestruc I was engaged there and it was magical!

Hi Jennifer! Welcome and yay to a new reader! :yay:

Hehe, I'm secretly hoping for it too! I don't mind a long engagement! It's just that there's no other time that we'd actually be in WDW before our Disneymoon so the timing is perfect!

Ooo, is the proposal story in one of your TRs? I'll have to check it out!

wdwgirl03
01-20-2010, 06:01 PM
Would you suggest getting FP first and then riding TSM or vice versa? I want to be able to ride it twice, but I also don't want to look like a big ol' silly waiting on an extremely long FP line when the standby line is much shorter!

Oh gosh, that is a good question. I'd say it really depends on the crowds. When we were there in Dec. '08 we were able to ride right away and then got fastpasses on the way out. We thought we'd be able to use that same strategy in August but when we came out (again, rode right away in the morning...literally 5 minutes in and out) the fastpass line was a NIGHTMARE! I am not kidding when I'm saying it stretched all the way down to The Little Mermaid. It was insane.

But I guess I'd say ride first because most people are going to want to get the FPs right away. Wait for it to die down a bit.

SoonerGirl
01-20-2010, 09:26 PM
I'm curious about the movement of the vehicles though ... I've heard that they move from screen to screen pretty quickly or that they whip you around. Is that true? I'm wondering just in case my parents decided to go to DHS too; I'd have to warn my mom who doesn't care for much motion.

It does turn you around in a circle when you are going between screens. And it does move rather quickly. I'd say that you can spin your car in Buzz just as fast as the TSMM car goes though. I'm not sure how much time you have at each screen, maybe a minute, probably less. I have issues with motion sickness as well and this doesn't bother me at all.

Jennifer48
01-21-2010, 10:36 AM
Hi Jennifer! Welcome and yay to a new reader! :yay:

Hehe, I'm secretly hoping for it too! I don't mind a long engagement! It's just that there's no other time that we'd actually be in WDW before our Disneymoon so the timing is perfect!

Ooo, is the proposal story in one of your TRs? I'll have to check it out!

It is! Its the Road Trip Engagement. December 2008 and I'm already married! :love:

Bridora
01-21-2010, 10:47 AM
Happy Belated Birthday to Weird. :goodvibes


Since TSM and Buzz are in different parks, I say: why do you have to choose a favorite? :confused3 That way you don't have to hurt anyone's feelings. TSM seems more exciting--faster paced, you know?

I am hoping we find time to go into 'One Man's Dream' this year.

RachelNinja
01-21-2010, 12:31 PM
Oh gosh, that is a good question. I'd say it really depends on the crowds. When we were there in Dec. '08 we were able to ride right away and then got fastpasses on the way out. We thought we'd be able to use that same strategy in August but when we came out (again, rode right away in the morning...literally 5 minutes in and out) the fastpass line was a NIGHTMARE! I am not kidding when I'm saying it stretched all the way down to The Little Mermaid. It was insane.

But I guess I'd say ride first because most people are going to want to get the FPs right away. Wait for it to die down a bit.

Thanks for the tip! I guess it really does depend on the crowds; going during peak season because of spring break really isn't the best plan, but teachers don't have much of a choice! I wish I could be one of those teachers that just takes off from a week of work and leaves the students to a sub! Then I could go at the most random time, like in September, when crowds are low!

It does turn you around in a circle when you are going between screens. And it does move rather quickly. I'd say that you can spin your car in Buzz just as fast as the TSMM car goes though. I'm not sure how much time you have at each screen, maybe a minute, probably less. I have issues with motion sickness as well and this doesn't bother me at all.

Thanks for the info! That sounds fine for me, and it sounds fine for my mom too since she can handle Buzz. Hehe, and I move the vehicle in Buzz every which way since I control it.

It is! Its the Road Trip Engagement. December 2008 and I'm already married! :love:

YAY! Looking forward to reading it!

Happy Belated Birthday to Weird. :goodvibes

Since TSM and Buzz are in different parks, I say: why do you have to choose a favorite? :confused3 That way you don't have to hurt anyone's feelings. TSM seems more exciting--faster paced, you know?

I am hoping we find time to go into 'One Man's Dream' this year.

I love your logic :) There's no reason to pick a favorite! I can just love ALL the rides and attractions ... except for Country Bear Jamboree ... haha.

RachelNinja
01-21-2010, 12:41 PM
DHS Research - Animation Courtyard

In an attempt to distract myself from the feelings of ickiness, I'll see if I can write another installment for my DHS Research. Unfortunately, the stomach virus is sweeping through my school, and it's affecting students and teachers alike. So many students have gone home over the past few days; I feel bad for the nurse having to deal with vomiting students! Blech.

This is a bit off topic, but I did get quite upset with two particular students. One of my 6th grade girls was absent last Friday. She was still throwing up on Saturday morning, but then she went to a birthday party in the afternoon! This is how another 6th grade girl got sick! The rule is that you must wait 24 hours, and that was clearly not 24 hours! I know that the germs would have spread anyway since she wasn't the only one who had it, but some of it could have been contained just a bit.

Then a 7th grade boy came in my classroom during 1st period on Friday and said, "Miss Ninja, if I run to the garbage can or the bathroom in the middle of class, it's because I have to throw up." I immediately said, "Why did you come to school?!?" I sent him to the nurse without waiting for anything to happen and within a short amount of time, he was back to pick upstairs to get his belongings since he was going home.

Like I said, I know the virus would have spread anyway, but things like that just bother me. Every year when it goes around, I get a minor case of it. Hopefully, that stays true for this year too. Since I've dealt with nausea on a daily basis in high school and college (undiagnosed acid reflux, esophagus and stomach issues, gallbladder issues), I'm very used to keeping it down. I think that's why it's difficult for me because sometimes just getting rid of the germs is the easiest way to get over it.

Anyway, that was quite a digression and one that might have been TMI! Sorry about that! But I'm guessing it shouldn't be that bad because a few of you are teachers and many of you are mothers! You know my pain! Back to Disney planning!

Animation Courtyard

(1) Voyage of the Little Mermaid

I've read that the show only has a few of the well-known songs and that they don't exactly act out the entire story. I do remember the queue being frightening to me as a child because I really don't like things under the sea! Isn't there a diver's suit there? And now as I'm reading about it, I see that there's a shark! Sharks (along with buffalo, whales, etc.) are what frighten me the most. If you read my first TR, you'll see that I had such a fear going to a restaurant because they had a fake shark hanging above the check-in area!

I don't have any special love for Ariel or the movie although I love singing "Part of Your World" via karaoke on YouTube whenever I'm home alone! Because of that, this may be one of those attractions that we'll see if we have the time and need a rest. The puppet of Ursula might be enough of a draw to see it though!

(2) The Magic of Disney Animation

This will be another area that I know Weird will appreciate because he's the more artistic one. I'm excited to see the Animation Academy, but I probably won't be that thrilled about drawing on my own because I can't draw well at all! But I've seen a lot of examples of the characters of people claiming to be bad drawers, yet it's still easy to tell who the character is. It'll definitely be an experience. If I take pictures of the 2 attempts, you'll clearly be able to see which one is Weird's and which one is mine!

I also know that there are some characters here. It'd be pretty fun to meet the characters from Up, particularly Carl Frederickson! We enjoyed the movie a lot, but there's still a part of me that's hesitant because the characters are quite large ...

(3) Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage!

I would love to eventually take our kiddies to see this show when we actually have kiddies (or IF we actually do because with all the drama going on in kids' lives these days, I'd have to put our kids in bubbles to keep them separated from it all), but at the moment, it's not a stop we need to make!

And of course, can't be an installment on my PTR if there aren't any pictures!

I loved being able to be the same height (well, actually a bit taller!) as the shops in the area that existed before ToonTown. Um, Birthdayland? Starland? I don't really know the difference, but I know they were there ages ago. I felt special being able to fit under the awning!
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I remember when we were getting on "it's a small world" on this trip. My cousin and I both wanted to sit on the end, but she also wanted to sit next to me. I was adamant about getting the end, and I didn't mind if we didn't sit together since it was only for the duration of the ride and we'd still be able to talk or comment across our parents. Well, my cousin and I both sat on the ends of the seats, but she eventually switched to sit next to me. Now that I think about it, it was quite silly because we were in the front row so it's easy to see everything! Of course, now I might rather sit on the inside since I don't want to get an IASW doll bite on my leg ... (Kingdom Keepers reference!).
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Riding 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea when it still existed! I think this might be why I'm afraid of octopus or squid! I think I looked away at one point to say something to my mom, and then when I turned back to look out the little window, there was the HUGE creature just staring at me! I probably wouldn't ride it now if it still existed.
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Jennifer48
01-21-2010, 12:54 PM
We did the Animation Academy for the first time last December and loved it! It was one of those things I always overlooked because I wasn't really sure what it was. I think you'll enjoy it because I did and I can't draw at all either!

From the sound of your phobias, the Voyage of the Little Mermaid might freak you out too much. Take a peek inside the queue and see if you can handle it. I don't think there is anything actually inside the theater that would bother you though.

wdwgirl03
01-21-2010, 05:51 PM
Ahhh, I have a picture in that little Daisy store too. I think it was called Birthdayland first and then Starland. Same difference if you ask me. :laughing:

RachelNinja
01-22-2010, 07:50 PM
We did the Animation Academy for the first time last December and loved it! It was one of those things I always overlooked because I wasn't really sure what it was. I think you'll enjoy it because I did and I can't draw at all either!

From the sound of your phobias, the Voyage of the Little Mermaid might freak you out too much. Take a peek inside the queue and see if you can handle it. I don't think there is anything actually inside the theater that would bother you though.

I think that the desks that are in the academy are the same desks that were in Virtual Magic Kingdom; I might be mistaken. If so, I definitely have to get a picture of flat Weird and Ninja with them!

Yeah, thanks for the advice. I might avoid VOTLM unless we have nothing else to do. There's no need to be frightened on vacation unless it's a fun kind of fright (ex. anticipation of going on a thrill ride).

Ahhh, I have a picture in that little Daisy store too. I think it was called Birthdayland first and then Starland. Same difference if you ask me. :laughing:

I think it'd be so cool if they still had those little shops! It'd be cute to take those yearly pictures of the kiddies there, see how fast they grow and stuff!

RachelNinja
01-22-2010, 07:54 PM
Best Vocabulary Sentence

This isn't a typical installment about how I incorporate Disney into my lesson plans, but it's kind of the reverse! One of the homework assignments for the 8th grade this past week in English Language Arts was to write sentences with the new set of vocabulary words. I wanted to share a few of the funny ones, but I have to preface it first.

My students know that I have a boyfriend because I've talked about him last year during Bible class when they were in 7th grade. We openly shared with each other in that class on top of the whole taking notes and taking tests thing. That meant that I opened up to them about parts of my personal life. I never told them his name, however, but one girl randomly blurted out, "Is his name Kevin?" Then another girl said, "No, his name is Paul!" I responded and said that his name was actually "Kevin Paul." It stuck, and now it's so easy to refer to Weird as Kevin Paul in school.

Just a week or two ago, however, the "Kevin" girl found out Weird's real name (didn't realize that my students could access my profile pictures due to the "Friends of Friends" setting I had). I don't mind if the 8th grade knows because they're the class I know the most since I've had them since 6th grade (total of 9 classes including 2 this year!).

All of that just to explain some of the sentences they wrote on their homework! I do replace my name with Miss Ninja instead of my real last name, and I do the same for Weird.

The scant amount of food Miss Ninja has every day makes her wish she had a gallbladder.
I had a cholecystectomy 2 years ago, and I mentioned my struggles with not understanding God's will when I dealt with health issues.

Kevin Paul used his cudgel to fight off the evil ogres.
Haha, cuz I'd be frozen in fear, so he'd have to fight them!

My singing voice is far from mellifluous, but when Miss Ninja and Kevin Paul sing, angels vomit flowers (in a good way).
They know that the two of us lead worship together at church.

As much as Kevin Paul tried to apologize, Miss Ninja ignored him as she peevishly wiped the pie off her face.
Hehe, I was annoyed because it was pie and not an apple turnover from Main Street Bakery! Haha, I really want to try one this year.

"Honey, I'm home," Kevin Paul languidly said to his wife, Mrs. Weird.
Though he may be tired from work in the future, it'd be one day closer to our next Disney trip!

Lastly, here's the BEST sentence of them all!

Because Miss Ninja was languidly walking in the Florida weather in Walt Disney World, Kevin Paul gave her a Mickey Mouse shaped ice cream bar.
How perfect is this sentence?!? I absolutely loved it once I read it. Combining my love for Weird + my love for Disney + my love for well-written sentences, hehe. Of course, Weird and I are both lactose intolerant and can't actually have a Mickey ice cream bar, but maybe we'll just replace ice cream with Dole Whip!

RachelNinja
01-23-2010, 10:40 AM
DHS Research - Sunset Boulevard

Before I get into the current installment of DHS Research, I was hoping that a few of you lovely readers could help answer a question for me. I don't know if Weird and I will get to the park before rope drop, but if we do, I heard that there are 2 different ways to get to Toy Story Mania. I remember reading somewhere that there are stairs on the right side past the Sorcerer Mickey hat? Something about that being faster than going around and entering by Pixar Place? Is that true? Because I read another TR yesterday that had the person waiting all the way to the left during rope drop, and that would mean going the long way? Haha, I'm really lost!

Anyway, whether we get there during rope drop or not, we're still very excited to go even if it means waiting on the standby line for TSM.

Sunset Blvd

(1) Beauty and the Beast

This will be amazing to see as it will be a "free" (haha, you know, besides the cost of the ticket to get in) Broadway-style play for us to watch!

I've seen B&B on Broadway two times before. The first time was when my aunt scored free tickets from her office so she, my mom, my brother, and I went. The second time was when Donny Osmond was Gaston, and my mom just HAD to go see him! I, of course, went along with her because the show is just that amazing! I've also seen Lion King with that same aunt. She's single and she always needed company for these things, so it worked very well for me!

Anyway, Weird and I tried planning a Disney on Broadway (Lion King and Mary Poppins) show a few times. I also tried securing free tickets for teachers once I got the notice in my mailbox at work. Of course, by the time I was able to get to a computer to email, the tickets were gone. I can't email on my phone so alas, there was no way to get them. So unless we're willing to cough up a ton of money for those orchestra seats, we're not going to see a show anytime soon.

I think watching this show at DHS will be splendid! I can't wait to hear Belle singing "Bonjour." My favorite part, if you've read my favorite songs post a long time ago, is when the baker says, "Marie! The baguettes! Hurry up!" I'm also excited to see how the Beast changes back into a human! They obviously make it extremely magical on Broadway (the Beast floats into the air and twirls all around), and I'm curious to know how they do all of these things at DHS. I know that people have posted the show on YouTube, but I don't want to watch it unless I don't get a chance to see it this year in April.

(2) Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

There is absolutely no way that I will ever be riding this coaster! Okay, maybe I should leave a little room for possibility and say that there's a 0.00000001% chance that I'll get on this ride in my life. I know there's a quick start, like a 0 to 60mph. I took a ride on the Backlot Stunt Coaster in King's Dominion in Virginia and that was also one of those quick starts. They had notices up that said to keep your head flat against the headrest when waiting for it to start. The website says it goes up to 40mph so if a 0 to 40 gets me feeling sick, a 0 to 60 is really not for me.

I know RnR will definitely be smoother, but the dizziness I get from coasters that go upside down and the nerves from drops just doesn't fit with me anymore. The main issue is that I just don't want to feel sick from a ride and have it ruin the rest of my day. No thanks!

I will say, however, that out of all the coasters in this world, the only one that I would ever even consider doing in my life at this point is RnR just because it is Disney.

(3) Tower of Terror

Just like RnR, there is absolutely no way that I would get on this ride! I know there are a few of you who think it's the best ride ever and that it's a must do. It just isn't one of those for me! I went on it closer to the time when it initially opened and the drops weren't random. There was the one partial drop and then the full drop and that was it! I hated the creepiness of the place, which I know is perfect for the theming, but again, why should I scare myself on purpose for a ride I won't enjoy? I mean, I'm already going to be scaring myself silly with those creepy buffalo/bison in Living with the Land! I don't like the ghosts, I don't like the CMs. I'll stay far away from this ride!

Of course, can't have an installment without pictures. Yes, I know I didn't put pics in the last installment! I'm blaming the stomach virus germs!

Hey! Look at that! I guess there was a time when I wasn't afraid of the characters! Love the crossbody strap? It was for one of those big water bottles. I remember when everyone used those; I felt so adult and very cool having one of my own.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A272.jpg

Not only do I have the awesome fanny pack, I also have the hat with the brim going straight across! I guess back then we weren't into bending them a little!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A274.jpg

I grew up on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. So many cut-outs for picture opportunities.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A262.jpg

My brother loved them more than I did. We used to watch the cartoon every Saturday morning.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A263.jpg

I remember my brother really didn't want to get in this last one. I wish our parents encouraged weirdness and told me to pose in a dancing move for this pic.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A264.jpg

TokyoDina
01-23-2010, 05:34 PM
Wow really? I had to get my gallbladder removed about two years ago. That's why I became a vegetarian. I suddenly could not digest meat after it was taken out.

So the doctor tried to give me something to help me digest my food better. But I had a server allergic reaction to it. I told him no more meds and then found a lot of other people had similiar problems and becoming vegetarian cleared them up. So that's what happened to me. Technically I'm a Pescatarian because I can still fit fish in my life but it's great that all the pain and suffering is gone.

Wow I'm so sorry that you've had to live with all those problems for so long....

SoonerGirl
01-23-2010, 06:45 PM
For TSMM I always go past the Sorcerer's hat on the right, down the stairs, then turn left. If there is a faster way to get there I don't know what it is :thumbsup2

Beauty and the Beast is a good show, definitely make time for that. And of course, if you think a ride is going to make you feel sick you shouldn't ride it - there is no reason to ruin the rest of your day!

wdwgirl03
01-24-2010, 08:52 AM
OMG, I so remember when they had the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! hahaha. We even have a picture of one of them with some random girl...we thought my cousin would appreciate that at the time(the turtle, not the girl. LOL!).

stacy347
01-24-2010, 09:40 AM
I love those sentences from your students, very sweet! :goodvibes

VOTLM is one of my favorite things at DHS, and Ursula is awesome in it! But, if you are freaked out by sea creatures I can definitely see it being an issue. If you do decide to go see it, try sitting more toward the back...you can still see the show and get the special effects, but you wouldn't be close enough to the characters to really feel trapped I think.

Beauty and the Beast is another favorite :lovestruc ~ the performers are consistently amazing, IMO.

Loving all of the pics ~ thanks again for sharing!

RachelNinja
01-24-2010, 02:35 PM
Wow really? I had to get my gallbladder removed about two years ago. That's why I became a vegetarian. I suddenly could not digest meat after it was taken out.

So the doctor tried to give me something to help me digest my food better. But I had a server allergic reaction to it. I told him no more meds and then found a lot of other people had similiar problems and becoming vegetarian cleared them up. So that's what happened to me. Technically I'm a Pescatarian because I can still fit fish in my life but it's great that all the pain and suffering is gone.

Wow I'm so sorry that you've had to live with all those problems for so long....

Wow, I didn't know that such drastic dietary changes sometimes had to be made! I'm careful with how much fat I intake at once; I also don't crave unhealthy foods the same way I used to because I associate them with the pain from having a gallbladder attack. I guess being Asian makes it easier to deal with the gallbladder thing because we don't have much meat anyway, and we eat fish more often than most other families. Plus, when we go out to restaurants, I got used to ordering fish because it was something that wouldn't get me sick.

How much easier is life with a messed up gallbladder though?!? I hated those attacks and having doctors unable to give me an answer! Mine didn't have stones and it was the right size and everything so the tests never showed anything. It was only until I went for a HIDA scan. Years of pain and temporary relief from medicine and now there was an answer! My gallbladder wasn't functioning at all; I forgot the percentage but it was really low. I just wanted it out!

Did it take a while for you to find out it was your gallbladder?

For TSMM I always go past the Sorcerer's hat on the right, down the stairs, then turn left. If there is a faster way to get there I don't know what it is :thumbsup2

Beauty and the Beast is a good show, definitely make time for that. And of course, if you think a ride is going to make you feel sick you shouldn't ride it - there is no reason to ruin the rest of your day!

Thanks for the info! I'm so excited to get there! Navigating a "new" park is going to be a little nerve-wracking though!

Good advice ... I don't want to feel as if I'm skipping a ride because I'm "chicken," but since it's fear of feeling sick, there really is no reason to get on!

OMG, I so remember when they had the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! hahaha. We even have a picture of one of them with some random girl...we thought my cousin would appreciate that at the time(the turtle, not the girl. LOL!).

I remember waiting to get pictures with the actual costumed TMNT! I'll post those eventually; I only got 3 out of the 4. They had the show where they danced on stage too!

I love those sentences from your students, very sweet! :goodvibes

VOTLM is one of my favorite things at DHS, and Ursula is awesome in it! But, if you are freaked out by sea creatures I can definitely see it being an issue. If you do decide to go see it, try sitting more toward the back...you can still see the show and get the special effects, but you wouldn't be close enough to the characters to really feel trapped I think.

Beauty and the Beast is another favorite :lovestruc ~ the performers are consistently amazing, IMO.

Loving all of the pics ~ thanks again for sharing!

Good advice; I'll probably be one of the few people who will want to sit all the way in the back. I'm sure if I do try going, Weird will "protect" me too so I'll feel safe :goodvibes

I used to think about how amazing it would be to work on Broadway. I don't have a Broadway solo voice, but I'd love to be part of an ensemble. Being part of the ensemble in a DHS show would be better though because although it's not as "famous," it's in Disney World!

RachelNinja
01-24-2010, 02:37 PM
DHS Research - Other

These are the things that don't really belong in a specific section but are definitely things I want to see or do!

(1) Citizens of Hollywood - Streetmosphere

AllEars says that the Streetmosphere characters are mainly found on Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. I might be a little nervous to stand really close to them because I know they sometimes pull people in to interact, and I wouldn't want to look like a complete moron if I get nervous and don't know how to respond, haha. But I really want to see a few of them perform because I know those are sometimes the most fun times to be had! I mean, I absolutely loved watching Romeo and Edna in Italy in Epcot, and that was an unplanned thing. We used to always pass by these shows, but obviously if it's from Disney, it's gotta be good, right?

(2) Al's Toy Barn

I don't really hear anyone mention this place. I know it's just a facade, and I don't really need to meet the characters, I just really want to see the place! I know there have been pictures of a silly-looking shopping cart ... a cow? If that's all still there, it might provide great picture opportunities!

(3) High School Musical 3

No doubt about it, I really want to see this! I love all the songs from HSM3, and I think it was definitely the best movie out of the 3. I mean, the first one was good, but all the hype was just too much. The second one was just ... I don't know, it wasn't good. I didn't like the songs or the storyline. The third one is definitely my favorite! I know that the people in the show are just performers and they don't have anything to do with the actual movie, but that goes to show how much I love the music! I listen to it when I'm doing my lesson plans.

(4) Fantasmic

I'd love to see this show, but considering the time at night, it might be a little difficult. I don't know if I can last that long and then deal with the massive crowds trying to leave DHS at night. It's also one of those shows that requires you to be there an hour before. I know it'd be smart to get food and eat it during that time, but who knows if it'll actually work out. I think Fantasmic is one of those things that we may end up having to see when we're on our Disneymoon and we can just make up our schedule and plans as we go.

Ok, random question for those of you who know DHS ... I've heard that the CS places, like ABC Commissary, aren't that great. Which CS would you recommend other than Pizza Planet (not very into having pizza in Disney, I don't know why)?

Now it's time for pictures! Soon I'm going to be all out ... oh no! I haven't had time to dig for more; haha, why does life have to get in the way of Disney-ing?!?

I know I posted this in my old TR, but don't you love my hair?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A204.jpg

Family photo in Epcot. Don't you love my parents' outfits?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A194.jpg

Another family photo! I think it's funny that my mom was very into making sure that my brother and I matched well, down to our socks, shoes, and hair ties/hats. I guess it makes sense though because parents still do it now with their kids (DISboutiquers and all!).
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Old%20Pictures/A195.jpg

Jennifer48
01-25-2010, 12:55 PM
My singing voice is far from mellifluous, but when Miss Ninja and Kevin Paul sing, angels vomit flowers (in a good way).
This one made me laugh. Vomit flowers in a good way?! :rotfl2:

There is a good CS area by the Back Lot Tour and I can't remember what its called. They have sandwiches there and other things besides the usual burgers. Its good!

SoonerGirl
01-25-2010, 01:41 PM
We didn't make it over to that part of the park this last trip so I'm not 100% positive on this, but I think Al's Toy Barn was rethemed to Luigi's Garage and is now the meet & greet spot for Lightening McQueen & Tow Mater.

TokyoDina
01-26-2010, 09:30 PM
Wow, I didn't know that such drastic dietary changes sometimes had to be made! I'm careful with how much fat I intake at once; I also don't crave unhealthy foods the same way I used to because I associate them with the pain from having a gallbladder attack. I guess being Asian makes it easier to deal with the gallbladder thing because we don't have much meat anyway, and we eat fish more often than most other families. Plus, when we go out to restaurants, I got used to ordering fish because it was something that wouldn't get me sick.

How much easier is life with a messed up gallbladder though?!? I hated those attacks and having doctors unable to give me an answer! Mine didn't have stones and it was the right size and everything so the tests never showed anything. It was only until I went for a HIDA scan. Years of pain and temporary relief from medicine and now there was an answer! My gallbladder wasn't functioning at all; I forgot the percentage but it was really low. I just wanted it out!

Did it take a while for you to find out it was your gallbladder?





First off! Your mom was totally fashionable for the 80's! I still have that thing with everything having to match right down to the necklace I choose to wear that day. And if it doesn't match no necklace! Haha! I love how fashionable your mom is/was.

On to the Gallbladder. I had the problem for about a year. At first it was just not being able to keep things in my system. So as soon as I ate something I'd have to rush to the restroom....which sucked! Then the pain started about six months before they realized what was going on. It felt like someone was trying to stab me with an ice pick in between my ribs. I'd been eating like I normally did. At the time I never ate fish, but I had poultry and small amounts of beef. Then of course every time I ate something fatty I'd have an attack. So at first they told me I had a stomach infection, called H. Pylori. They gave me a bunch of antibiotics then sent me on my way. The pain went away for a week while I was on the antibiotics then the next thing you know it's back. So, they referred me to a specialist and they injected me with nuclear medicine. I was glowing I'm sure of it! Ha! Come to find out no stones......just my gall bladder decided to stop working completely. The test was cool cause they made me eat chocolate while they watched the radioactive dye go around my body. Once they saw that it wasn't working the gall bladder had to go.

I got Laparoscopic surgery. Which was great cause my scars are really small....but the trade was I still had problems with meat. So I think I said before my husband told me to try to become a vegetarian. In my experience. Many people that loose they gall bladder seem to have this problem. Not all but a lot. So it's not by choice. But I've switched my diet more towards what my husband grew up eating which is Asian food. So more fish has entered into my diet. I'm glad I can digest that. :)

Ultimately since it's been gone. I noticed that I eat a lot more healthier...but people always think I do it for the animals which can get annoying sometimes.

Bridora
01-27-2010, 02:44 PM
Wow! I used to looove Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I did not know they were even in WDW. I would have loved to have seen that! :goodvibes

As for CS places in DHS, I don't dislike ABC Commissary. The Backlot Express is another one we go to. I would just check out the menus online and go from there, depending on what sounds good to you. Pizza Planet is just pizza and salad. We go there, too, because the kids like it.

It's been several years since I've seen the Beauty and the Beast show, but I enjoyed it! DH did not. 'Bonjour' is my favorite song/scene in the movie. Loooove it! I used to roller skate around my parent's garage to the soundtrack. :rotfl: And of course, I sang along!

HowWeird
01-27-2010, 03:56 PM
We didn't make it over to that part of the park this last trip so I'm not 100% positive on this, but I think Al's Toy Barn was rethemed to Luigi's Garage and is now the meet & greet spot for Lightening McQueen & Tow Mater.

If this is true, I'm so excited. SO INCREDIBLY excited. :thumbsup2

Jennifer48
01-27-2010, 05:06 PM
If this is true, I'm so excited. SO INCREDIBLY excited. :thumbsup2

It is true!

This is from December 2008
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z172/jmoisan80/December%20Disney%20Day%201/image104-1.jpg

TokyoDina
01-28-2010, 06:50 PM
Whhhaaat I so have to go find that!

wdwgirl03
01-28-2010, 07:58 PM
Awww, I love that old picture! So cute!

The HSM pep rally is a lot of fun. :thumbsup2

As for the CS places at DHS, we really hardly ever eat there and when we do it's at Pizza Planet. :confused3 Though we did try out the Backlot Express (it's right near Star Tours) and that was pretty good. Other than that I have no suggestions.

irky416
01-28-2010, 08:49 PM
All caught up! I got distracted with some things going on and haven't had much time for the DIS recently. :(

I love your old pictures!!!! You were such a cute kid!

I also really like your bag. I have been considering a LeSportSac for awhile, but don't really need it, so I couldn't justify the price. You'll have to let me know how it works out for you! (Although, I did buy the Disney D&B wristlet that they have in the parks. A LeSportSac probably would have been cheaper!)

Can I just say that I am totally jealous of the sentences your students write with vocab words. You should see the ones mine come up with. :confused: Next time they do it, I'll have to remember to post some of the better ones!

All your DHS updates are making me want to go back! That's my favorite park!

RachelNinja
01-31-2010, 05:07 PM
This one made me laugh. Vomit flowers in a good way?! :rotfl2:

There is a good CS area by the Back Lot Tour and I can't remember what its called. They have sandwiches there and other things besides the usual burgers. Its good!

Haha, I know! I don't know how my kids think of these things. I was definitely not creative AND humorous when writing vocabulary sentences in middle school!

Thanks for the suggestion! I like having things other than burgers at the parks, but even if we have to eat burgers, we don't mind. We're pretty easygoing. I just know that I've read many bad reviews of ABC.

We didn't make it over to that part of the park this last trip so I'm not 100% positive on this, but I think Al's Toy Barn was rethemed to Luigi's Garage and is now the meet & greet spot for Lightening McQueen & Tow Mater.

Oh right! That makes sense because I know that there's a new area for pics with Buzz and Woody that looks like Andy's room. I haven't seen the Al's Toy Barn thing in a while, but I saw it on AllEars, so I figured it was just hidden away somewhere!

First off! Your mom was totally fashionable for the 80's! I still have that thing with everything having to match right down to the necklace I choose to wear that day. And if it doesn't match no necklace! Haha! I love how fashionable your mom is/was.

On to the Gallbladder. I had the problem for about a year. At first it was just not being able to keep things in my system. So as soon as I ate something I'd have to rush to the restroom....which sucked! Then the pain started about six months before they realized what was going on. It felt like someone was trying to stab me with an ice pick in between my ribs. I'd been eating like I normally did. At the time I never ate fish, but I had poultry and small amounts of beef. Then of course every time I ate something fatty I'd have an attack. So at first they told me I had a stomach infection, called H. Pylori. They gave me a bunch of antibiotics then sent me on my way. The pain went away for a week while I was on the antibiotics then the next thing you know it's back. So, they referred me to a specialist and they injected me with nuclear medicine. I was glowing I'm sure of it! Ha! Come to find out no stones......just my gall bladder decided to stop working completely. The test was cool cause they made me eat chocolate while they watched the radioactive dye go around my body. Once they saw that it wasn't working the gall bladder had to go.

I got Laparoscopic surgery. Which was great cause my scars are really small....but the trade was I still had problems with meat. So I think I said before my husband told me to try to become a vegetarian. In my experience. Many people that loose they gall bladder seem to have this problem. Not all but a lot. So it's not by choice. But I've switched my diet more towards what my husband grew up eating which is Asian food. So more fish has entered into my diet. I'm glad I can digest that. :)

Ultimately since it's been gone. I noticed that I eat a lot more healthier...but people always think I do it for the animals which can get annoying sometimes.

Ooo, I had the H.Pylori thing too and had medicine for that. It seemed to help for a little while, just like it did for you, but then I was still getting sick. Every time I went to the doctor and had the endoscopy, colonoscopy, CT scan, barium x-ray, etc. stuff done, they seemed to find new problems that had to be treated. But even with those things being treated, the gallbladder was still messing with me, and they didn't know.

So cool that you had to eat chocolate! I've never had a "fun" thing to ingest. I'd rather get shots and IVs instead of ingesting stuff. When I had the 20oz or so of cranberry juice with the iodine in it for a CT scan, I kept shaking from drinking so much. I couldn't stop. But that wasn't as bad as the barium. Blech! It was disgusting and chalky, and they had to bring the garbage pail over just in case I threw it back up.

My scars are small and almost gone at this point. The only thing I hate is that my bellybutton never went back in to look normal. Well, normal for me. Now it looks like I have a half innie, half outie! Thankfully, I don't wear bikinis anyway!

Wow! I used to looove Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I did not know they were even in WDW. I would have loved to have seen that! :goodvibes

As for CS places in DHS, I don't dislike ABC Commissary. The Backlot Express is another one we go to. I would just check out the menus online and go from there, depending on what sounds good to you. Pizza Planet is just pizza and salad. We go there, too, because the kids like it.

It's been several years since I've seen the Beauty and the Beast show, but I enjoyed it! DH did not. 'Bonjour' is my favorite song/scene in the movie. Loooove it! I used to roller skate around my parent's garage to the soundtrack. :rotfl: And of course, I sang along!

Yeah, I'll definitely be checking out the menus. Just read that some CS places are generally better than others, and if I have the option, I'd rather not aimlessly walk arond trying to find any place that sells mediocre food.

Haha, love the rollerskating story. I used to rollerskate downstairs in our basement with my Barbie skates (with curly ribbons on it!) at also pretend that I was a teacher because I'd go around the "classroom."

If this is true, I'm so excited. SO INCREDIBLY excited. :thumbsup2

Haha, this is probably the only character meet and greet photo opportunity thing that we are DEFINITELY going to have to do!

It is true!

This is from December 2008
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z172/jmoisan80/December%20Disney%20Day%201/image104-1.jpg

Thanks for the clarification! Weird LOVES Cars. He can spot Cars merchandise a mile away. When we go to the Disney Store, we look at everything together before he gets to the Cars section and gets lost in wonderment.

Whhhaaat I so have to go find that!

I wish they still had the Stars and Motor Cars parade now; I've seen pictures of it a long time ago and was really excited to see that! I typically don't care for parades, but that would've been one to see ... Lightning and Mater were in it!

Awww, I love that old picture! So cute!

The HSM pep rally is a lot of fun. :thumbsup2

As for the CS places at DHS, we really hardly ever eat there and when we do it's at Pizza Planet. :confused3 Though we did try out the Backlot Express (it's right near Star Tours) and that was pretty good. Other than that I have no suggestions.

I was talking to Weird about about I listen to HSM3 all the time while I'm doing lesson plans, but I still don't know the words because I'm concentrating. I know phrases and stuff, but not whole songs. Weird knows whole songs though! I think it's great that I have such a silly DBF who also enjoys HSM3!

All caught up! I got distracted with some things going on and haven't had much time for the DIS recently. :(

I love your old pictures!!!! You were such a cute kid!

I also really like your bag. I have been considering a LeSportSac for awhile, but don't really need it, so I couldn't justify the price. You'll have to let me know how it works out for you! (Although, I did buy the Disney D&B wristlet that they have in the parks. A LeSportSac probably would have been cheaper!)

Can I just say that I am totally jealous of the sentences your students write with vocab words. You should see the ones mine come up with. :confused: Next time they do it, I'll have to remember to post some of the better ones!

All your DHS updates are making me want to go back! That's my favorite park!

Hehe, having your DBF become your DF is definitely a distraction! Yesterday I was bugging Weird (as I always do) about whether or not he's going to propose in Disney because part of me wants to know, but part of me also wants to be surprised. I'm such a silly about it! I gave some pretty convincing reasons though ... you know, how many people have the chance to be at WDW at the right time to propose and all especially since we never thought we'd be there until our Disneymoon!

If I see the Disney D&B stuff, I'm going to have to have Weird take good pictures of it on his new camera! That's going to be in the next installment. I'll definitely be commenting on the LeSportSac bag because it'll be such a change for me to have something smaller.

As for the sentences, I had to read through 150 sentences and only pulled out those, haha. I have other kids who say write stuff like, "Sometimes I'm very loquacious." I have to comment (and not give credit, of course) by saying something like, "Not showing you know the definition of the word. How do I know loquacious doesn't mean ugly or smelly or annoying?" Hehe.

I'm getting more and more excited since I'll actually get to do 3 parks this time instead of 2. As nervous as I am about exploring a new park and having no clue where anything is (it's really been that long!), I'm thrilled that I get to see things for the first time!

RachelNinja
01-31-2010, 05:10 PM
Weird's and Ninja's New Toys!

Wow, I can't believe that I've been away for so long! I've had many things to do though, so please forgive me for neglecting this PTR! If you read the last installment or so, you saw that I had the stomach virus. That meant I was out from work for 2 days, so when I returned to school, I saw this on my desk:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A040.jpg
(Sorry, I made the picture really small because I didn't want the words on the papers visible.)

That doesn't seem like a lot, but there were stacks upon stacks of papers, and I even told the substitute to tell the kids to hold on to a lot of it! So that wasn't even everything I had to grade or sort through! Agh, being absent is sometimes more work, but I know I didn't have a choice since I was sick!

Of course, that paperwork is on top of the boxes that I have to grade from both 6th and 8th ELA.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A039.jpg

Their book report projects were to make a box of mementos for the main character in their book. I know, I make it harder on myself by not just giving "normal" book reports! But these are more fun to grade (though it's difficult to bring home, so I have to do these in school), and they're more fun for the kids to do.

And let's not forget the few lovely students who fail tests and have horrible averages because they spend their time doing this:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A038.jpg

Yes, one of my 6th graders apparently spent time to cut up all that paper. I only saw it when I was moving the desks to straighten them up. Dealing with these students is so tiring at work, and then I have to return home to do plans and grade! As much as I want to update my PTR, it really gets put on the back burner for a while.

Anyway, all that to say, I've been and still am extremely busy! I did, however, want to mention this! HowWeird finally bought an SLR camera! I can't tell you what model it is because I really don't have a clue, but it's a Canon. Haha, that's all I know. I'm sure he'll chime in and clarify. It takes such great photos. They're so clear, and I know that it'll be great to have in Disney because we're going to be taking a ton! Or should I say "tone" because some of my kids don't seem to know the difference ... :confused3

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A082.jpg

Isn't it beautiful though? The fun thing for me is that (1) even I can take good picture on the camera ... hehe, as long as I keep it on Auto and (2) because he has this camera, I now have his digital! It's much smaller than mine with more options, so I'm really enjoying it even though I've only had it for a day. It's still technically Weird's; it won't be legitimately mine until we're married ;) He may need a point and shoot once in a while, but for the most part, I'll be the one using it now.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Quiche3.jpg

I'm really excited about it because it'll mean my camera won't make my new bag so heavy and it won't take up that much space. Plus, it'll be easier to even just hang it on my wrist since it's lighter so it can be ready at all times for pictures!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A089.jpg

So many buttons on this guy, but the picture quality is great. Weird's learning all the manual stuff though, or at least he's trying to learn it! He actually went with one of our friends after church to go shoot pictures in the city.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A087.jpg

Weird's really happy with it because he's been eyeing it for a really long time, and there was a sudden drop in price (about $100) so he got it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A085.jpg

I took the camera upstairs when I changed back into sweats. This is a very typical "fancy camera pose," but it doesn't really work for me because (1) I used auto and that left it looking yellow since I didn't adjust anything, (2) my room is messy (but you can see some of my penguins in the corner that I got from students), (3) my full-length mirror is dirty since I haven't wiped it down recently, and (4) I'm making the oddest face ...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Quiche5.jpg

Well, I guess that's all I can write about right now since it's time to get back to work! I guess it's time to say goodbye! Quiche, one of my smaller penguins, wants to say goodbye too!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Quiche1.jpg
(I took this using Weird's camera! How clear! Hehe.)

TokyoDina
01-31-2010, 06:11 PM
I'm glad you are feeling better!!!!!!!!! I hate being sick!

I agree with you with the belly button. They changed mine to....okay well I healed funny. But it used to be more open and now it's shifted and I love a little scar that goes from the bottom of it down. I hate the bigger on where the stuck the camera inside. It looks like a pair of lips resting on my stomach. (Kind of sucky for me since I'm a Belly Dancer....but I'm growing to accept them)

Wow your such a cool teacher all your projects would be 100% fun to make/do!

irky416
01-31-2010, 06:59 PM
I also hate being absent from work. It does create more work. I have to take at least one day off this week for something DF (I remembered the first time!) needs done and while I really want to take another day to be there for him, I know it will cause me so much grief at work. I really don't know what to do. I'm glad it's not just me who feels that way.

I think your "new" point and shoot is the same one we have. I loved it! (Of course, until it was being weird and we took it to Best Buy to get it fixed and then they broke it worse!) We got a new one which I don't even like as much so far.

It will be so exciting if Weird proposes in WDW! (Got that, Weird! ;)) Although, I kept telling DF that I wanted him to propose in WDW, but I think it was more special that he didn't, because he did it in a way that had more meaning to us. (And he's not the hugest Disney fan, sadly!)

I love your book report idea as well!

SoonerGirl
01-31-2010, 09:26 PM
Weird's new camera looks just like mine and I love it!!! Mine is a Cannon Rebel xsi. I think he'll really enjoy it. :thumbsup2

wdwgirl03
01-31-2010, 10:16 PM
LOL, that penguin is so stinkin' cute.

Bummer about being sick and having all that work to catch up on. :sick::guilty:

YAY on the new camera! I would love to get an SLR.

HowWeird
01-31-2010, 10:27 PM
I also hate being absent from work. It does create more work. I have to take at least one day off this week for something DF (I remembered the first time!) needs done and while I really want to take another day to be there for him, I know it will cause me so much grief at work. I really don't know what to do. I'm glad it's not just me who feels that way.

I think your "new" point and shoot is the same one we have. I loved it! (Of course, until it was being weird and we took it to Best Buy to get it fixed and then they broke it worse!) We got a new one which I don't even like as much so far.

It will be so exciting if Weird proposes in WDW! (Got that, Weird! ;)) Although, I kept telling DF that I wanted him to propose in WDW, but I think it was more special that he didn't, because he did it in a way that had more meaning to us. (And he's not the hugest Disney fan, sadly!)

I love your book report idea as well!

Ninja's "new" point and shoot is the Canon SD750. I actually had it for a while and I was stupid with it because I kept it in my backpack and the screen cracked on it! I was so upset by it, I just set it aside for a while because there was nothing I could do with it. Then I started searching around and found that I could send it to a place to get a replacement screen. Needless to say, I sent it in and got it fixed so I kept it safe from there on in!

Haha, I know it'll be exciting if I propose in WDW and believe me, I would love to. But since Ninja reads this as it is her thread, I won't be able to confirm nor deny whether or not it'll happen! Guess you guys will have to read the TR! ;)

Weird's new camera looks just like mine and I love it!!! Mine is a Cannon Rebel xsi. I think he'll really enjoy it. :thumbsup2

You almost got it! I actually got the Canon Rebel T1i. Very similar if not the same body. I already enjoy it a lot! Go Canon! :thumbsup2

LOL, that penguin is so stinkin' cute.

Bummer about being sick and having all that work to catch up on. :sick::guilty:

YAY on the new camera! I would love to get an SLR.

That penguin is so very cute! And the person who took the picture is even cuter :lovestruc

Jennifer48
02-01-2010, 11:57 AM
Great camera! I can't wait to see what those photos look like! :thumbsup2

What a cool idea about the momento box for a book report! I like out of the norm things like that. :goodvibes

Bridora
02-01-2010, 03:08 PM
New camera(s)! How exciting! Your trip to WDW just keeps getting better and better, doesn't it? I love taking photos...I can't wait to see what you get photos of while you are in Florida.

I'm glad you are feeling better...isn't it crazy how quickly you can get behind on things while sick?

RachelNinja
02-04-2010, 09:52 PM
I'm glad you are feeling better!!!!!!!!! I hate being sick!

I agree with you with the belly button. They changed mine to....okay well I healed funny. But it used to be more open and now it's shifted and I love a little scar that goes from the bottom of it down. I hate the bigger on where the stuck the camera inside. It looks like a pair of lips resting on my stomach. (Kind of sucky for me since I'm a Belly Dancer....but I'm growing to accept them)

Wow your such a cool teacher all your projects would be 100% fun to make/do!

My mom jokes that I have both the innie and outie because it couldn't decide. A pastor at my church had the surgery, and after months, his returned back to normal. I kept checking and checking, but alas, it never did! I remember seeing it for the first time when it was still bloody and only had the tape covering it after the surgery. I thought it was a cotton ball!!!

I also hate being absent from work. It does create more work. I have to take at least one day off this week for something DF (I remembered the first time!) needs done and while I really want to take another day to be there for him, I know it will cause me so much grief at work. I really don't know what to do. I'm glad it's not just me who feels that way.

I think your "new" point and shoot is the same one we have. I loved it! (Of course, until it was being weird and we took it to Best Buy to get it fixed and then they broke it worse!) We got a new one which I don't even like as much so far.

It will be so exciting if Weird proposes in WDW! (Got that, Weird! ;)) Although, I kept telling DF that I wanted him to propose in WDW, but I think it was more special that he didn't, because he did it in a way that had more meaning to us. (And he's not the hugest Disney fan, sadly!)

I love your book report idea as well!

Hope your DF is okay! I know it's been a while since I posted here, but I do hope everything worked out well. I have been having thoughts about taking another mental health day because the kids are so frustrating for the past few days that it just makes me wonder why I'm a teacher. But I've got the week off soon, so I have to just hold on! I did recently get a letter from a student who graduated last year about how much he appreciates everything I did for him. He wrote with such detail, listing out the things he remembers and all the help I gave. It did encourage me so much more. It's always for that one student, right?

Weird and I recently had a long talk about the possible WDW proposal. I'm content right now; whenever he proposes will be wonderful! I know he'll put thought into it, and if it's not at WDW, it doesn't matter. I'll still be there with my Weird! We never thought we'd get the chance until Disneymoon!

Thanks! I love making up fun projects and activities; often times it creates more work for me, but oh well! Haha. I'd have a lot of work to do regardless, so I might as well make them do projects they'll remember.

Weird's new camera looks just like mine and I love it!!! Mine is a Cannon Rebel xsi. I think he'll really enjoy it. :thumbsup2

Haha, I've been enjoying his camera more, I think. I take pictures every day, but I haven't seen anything from him *hint hint, Weird*

LOL, that penguin is so stinkin' cute.

Bummer about being sick and having all that work to catch up on. :sick::guilty:

YAY on the new camera! I would love to get an SLR.

I have penguins all over. They make the perfect models for me and my *new* digi cam! I did have so much fun playing with his SLR though that part of me wants one of my own! Of course, when we're married, I'll have access to it, so that's a much cheaper way to get it!

Ninja's "new" point and shoot is the Canon SD750. I actually had it for a while and I was stupid with it because I kept it in my backpack and the screen cracked on it! I was so upset by it, I just set it aside for a while because there was nothing I could do with it. Then I started searching around and found that I could send it to a place to get a replacement screen. Needless to say, I sent it in and got it fixed so I kept it safe from there on in!

Haha, I know it'll be exciting if I propose in WDW and believe me, I would love to. But since Ninja reads this as it is her thread, I won't be able to confirm nor deny whether or not it'll happen! Guess you guys will have to read the TR! ;)

You almost got it! I actually got the Canon Rebel T1i. Very similar if not the same body. I already enjoy it a lot! Go Canon! :thumbsup2

That penguin is so very cute! And the person who took the picture is even cuter :lovestruc

Whether it's in WDW or not, just make sure Snow White isn't singing in the background ...

Hehe, just as an explanation for everyone else - I was watching Disney proposals, and there was one in Disneyland by the fountain and in the background, there's the recording of Snow White singing! Her voice is ... um, just not a pleasant singing voice, haha. Weird agrees!

Great camera! I can't wait to see what those photos look like! :thumbsup2

What a cool idea about the momento box for a book report! I like out of the norm things like that. :goodvibes

Me too! I love the clear pictures that can be found on the photography board, but sometimes I get a little bored with those TRs just because I like reading about experiences too. Hopefully, I'll have a good TR because I'll do the writing and Weird will provide many good pics!

Some of my kids were so creative thinking of things to put in the boxes! I was so proud of some of them. Of course, there were others who didn't put effort into it, but what can ya do!

New camera(s)! How exciting! Your trip to WDW just keeps getting better and better, doesn't it? I love taking photos...I can't wait to see what you get photos of while you are in Florida.

I'm glad you are feeling better...isn't it crazy how quickly you can get behind on things while sick?

It does keep getting better and better! I just read SoonerGirl's latest installment, and she said that she had the frozen Coke from Goofy's Candy Co so I'm really excited about that because I heard from someone else that it wasn't there. Crossing my fingers that it'll be there in April! Haha, the little things get me excited. Plus, I'm trying to get through my after school tutoring sessions (even though I'm exhausted from a day of work) by reminding myself ... it's Disney money!!!

RachelNinja
02-04-2010, 09:55 PM
To Cut or Not To Cut: A Hair Dilemma

The thing I've been thinking about lately is whether or not I should cut my hair before or after Florida. Back when I was in college, I think, I cut my hair for Locks of Love. It ended up being 14 inches.

Two years ago, I did it again because we had a huge benefit event at my school where a bunch of students and 2 teachers (me included!). Of course, I just cut some off and added long layers in it before our previous Florida trip, so it wasn't as long as it could have been. However, to have more hair to donate, I told the girl to cut it off in sections so that each chunk would be as long as it could be. This is the day or so after the event:

Haha, can you tell I'm grading? I have the red pen in my hand.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/quiche8.jpg

I even wrote a quick article to put in our school newspaper. I'll post it here in red, so if you want to skip it, you'll know where it stops:

My Former Glory
By Miss RachelNinja

“On May 9, 2008, I had 10 inches of my hair cut off for the Locks of Love event that was held here at [name of school]. It was a joy to donate my hair. It was great knowing that someone would benefit from it. I would gladly do it again in a heartbeat.”

Ok, as much as I would have loved for that to be my personal experience, I’m going to admit that that’s not entirely true. Sure, I did cut off 10 inches of my hair. Sure, I’m glad that a little girl can finally get her wig partially because of my donation. But I’m not entirely sure how much of a joy it was …

When this event was announced, part of me automatically jumped with excitement at the idea. I had cut off 14-inches a few years back and was excited to do it again. The cause actually hits close to home. I actually have a very close friend who was diagnosed with alopecia totalis when he was in junior high. [He] was teased incessantly for being bald at such a young age. Even today, he still remains hair-free as it never returned. He told me about how devastating it was. I just thought about how I would feel to lose my hair at ANY age. I had 10-inches of my hair cut off … 10-inches that would eventually grow back with time.

Also, ever since the beginning of the year, I had a few girls comment on how much they loved my long hair. It was nice to hear such comments when I used to have frizzy, poufy hair that made me incredibly awkward during my teenage years. So the fact that I had manageable hair at this point was great. The fact that I had girls like my hair was thrilling. I guess you could say my hair was my glory.

I actually wanted to set an example for the students. I wanted them to learn a lesson. In my head, I imagined the shock on the girls’ faces, and I planned out my reply: “Guys, it’s just hair. It’ll grow back.” Climbing up to the stage was exciting! I thought everything would turn out exactly as I had pictured it.

Well, what do you know! As I went to the restroom afterwards to check out my new haircut, I had fairly high hopes. However, when I glanced at that mirror … I felt like I looked 14-years old again!

I left the school soon after and spent some time at home trying to manipulate my hair so that I wouldn’t look like the picture on my high school ID card as a freshman … but nothing seemed to work. Throughout the next few days, I was actually the one who learned the lesson …

Having the shorter hair made me feel different. It was as if having the haircut of the 14-year old me also brought along the insecurities of the 14-year old me. Instead of giving my planned reply to everyone else, I kept having to reassure myself that my hair would grow back. That is when I realized how much my hair and outward appearance mattered to me. I always acted as if it didn’t, but now that the “good thing” about me was gone, I felt a little lower than I did before.

Throughout that experience, God reminded me that who I am is not based on how I look. I was reminded of the fact that: “The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). I was still the same person I was, except with shorter hair. I still cringe when people write “could of” instead of “could have,” I’m still terrified of the Easter bunny (and other costumed people), and I still love penguins. It might be obvious to say this, but nothing changed … except for my hair length!

The lesson that I learned helped me refocus my priorities. I don’t want to be a woman of this world. I want to be a woman of God! If cutting my hair was how God reminded me of that then I’m extremely grateful for the experience. So anyway, back to that idea of it being a joy … yes, it was definitely a joy. And yes, I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Well, that was the last time I cut it, and now it's long enough to do it again! Weird took this picture the last he was over. He was experimenting with his new SLR, and I was watching Veronica Mars, haha.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Quiche6-1.jpg

Later on that night, I asked for him to take a picture of the back so I could get a good one of the length. Seeing it from the back makes me realize how much hair I really have because it's never quite the same in the mirror. Please don't mind the lumpiness; I was wearing a hoodie earlier in the day and it left the lump going across!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/Quiche4-1.jpg

This is the dilemma. I am cutting it again, no question about it. I intend on doing it as often as I can in my lifetime or at least 5 times in total. It's just a matter of when. I don't want it to be short in Florida because I need to be able to put it up and get it off my neck. This picture is when my hair started growing out, so I was able to put half of it up, but the bottom part was annoying when it was hot out.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/quiche91-1.jpg

I also think that really short hair makes me look much younger than I am (as does really long, one-length hair, which is what it is now other than grown out bangs). This is a pic of me and Weird only 2 years ago at Liberty Science Center in NJ. We do NOT look like our ages!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/quiche7.jpg

Of course, I don't want to deal with washing my long hair in hard water. It gets so knotty, and it really is a pain to dry. I could easily braid it the night before and leave it wavy the next day, or I could just pull it back in a ponytail. It just would be easier to manage if it's shorter.

There's also the dilemma of where to send it. I recently found out that Pantene has a hair donation thing set up as well, and only 8 inches is required. If I cut it before WDW, I'd do that so my hair would still be long enough. Pantene teams up with the American Cancer Society to make wigs for cancer patients. On the other hand, Locks of Love is specifically for kids under the age of 21 for anyone who has long-term medical hair loss (mainly alopecia). They require 10 inches.

I know it's not that big of an issue, but it's just something I have to think about for the next 2 months before we leave. At the moment, I'm leaning towards waiting until after Florida because then I'd be more willing to cut off more of the length, and that really is the point in doing it.

Anyway, I kind of just wrote this out to think to myself. But since I am posting it, any comments or suggestions?

HowWeird
02-05-2010, 01:29 PM
I always thought you looked so cute in that first picture! Of course I couldn't tell you at the time because we weren't together at the time ;)

I'm in favor of getting it cut just because I know it's for a great cause and I know how cute you look with shorter hair! :D

Bridora
02-05-2010, 02:31 PM
Sounds like waiting until after Florida would be what you'd be happier with when it's all said & done. You will be able to pull your hair up in the warm afternoon and you will still be able to donate 10 in. to Locks of Love when you return. My hair never does right on vacation, either, but at least you wouldn't have to be dealing with a new length and style in the hard water.

Wow, your hair grows fast!

P.S. -- I think Weird's reply just above is so sweet...you guys are too cute! :goodvibes

RachelNinja
02-06-2010, 08:35 AM
I always thought you looked so cute in that first picture! Of course I couldn't tell you at the time because we weren't together at the time ;)

I'm in favor of getting it cut just because I know it's for a great cause and I know how cute you look with shorter hair! :D

Hehe, you're such a silly.

Well, I am going to get it cut, so I think you're saying to get it cut before. But but but ... I don't know. Haha, I know you like it when I have short hair, but I don't. I am leaning towards waiting until after the trip though. It'll be short then!

Sounds like waiting until after Florida would be what you'd be happier with when it's all said & done. You will be able to pull your hair up in the warm afternoon and you will still be able to donate 10 in. to Locks of Love when you return. My hair never does right on vacation, either, but at least you wouldn't have to be dealing with a new length and style in the hard water.

Wow, your hair grows fast!

P.S. -- I think Weird's reply just above is so sweet...you guys are too cute! :goodvibes

Yeah, that's a good point. If my hair is shorter, I will have to deal with styling it or attempting to get it to lie flat instead of pointing every which way. It'll be easier just dealing with what I have in terms of drying and styling it, even though it'll be a pain washing it.

My hair does grow pretty quickly. I guess that's really why I can donate and plan to donate more often than most. It doesn't take as long to grow out, so I can just cut it knowing I'll have really long hair again within 1.5 years or so.

Hehe, I'd call Weird my sweetheart, but we don't use that word. He's a silly ol' Weird though :lovestruc

wdwgirl03
02-06-2010, 10:23 AM
I agree, your hair does look cute when it's short! But I totally hear ya on wanting to be able to pull it back. I kind of freaked out when I got my hair cut and when I pulled it back it was so short! :scared1:

RachelNinja
02-06-2010, 11:53 AM
I agree, your hair does look cute when it's short! But I totally hear ya on wanting to be able to pull it back. I kind of freaked out when I got my hair cut and when I pulled it back it was so short! :scared1:

Thanks, Sarah! I agree; it's such an adjustment to get a haircut for girls! When Weird gets a cut, it looks different, but there's no issue in terms of styling. Less hair means less fluff. Less hair for us means a new adjustment!

RachelNinja
02-06-2010, 11:56 AM
Trip Journal

It's SATURDAY! You don't know how absolutely thrilled I am about it, haha. The students are probably very aware that vacation is coming up, so they're extra ... um, ditzy. Haha. I'll teach something and have to explain it literally 6 times before some students get it. And it's not that it's a difficult concept; they were just dazing the first 3 times! I always ask, "Am I speaking English?!?" Thankfully, I do have a handful of attentive students in each class and a para in one, so I know I'm not going crazy. I am teaching the material; they're just not receiving it. But boy, it gets frustrating, and it makes me doubt my teaching ability when there are a few students who don't get it.

Anyway, what would be extremely relaxing today ... writing an installment for my PTR! I have been up since 5:55am, so I'll probably need a nap later. I can't seem to sleep in anymore on Saturdays. I have a ton of paperwork and lessons to work on (especially now that the school is starting a literacy program, I need to have those plans done earlier), but Disney cheers me up!

This is similar to Bridora's latest installment about her trip journal! I didn't have a chance to write mine yet, but now seems like the perfect time.

Unlike past trips, I know that this time, I really wanted to have a trip journal. I have a fairly good memory, and last trip in 2008, I actually wrote about most of the day on the laptop when we got back to the condo. We never stayed late, so I had time to do that. I had many of the installments done for the TR before we even left Florida. This time, of course, will be different because I want to go as early as we can and stay as late as we can. Plus, with DBF going, I won't have spare time to just sit and write! We'll be having so much fun instead!!! So trip journal is a must.

This was the one I originally intended on using. I love that it's covered all around so that it'd be harder for the pages to get ruined. Plus, the outside is kind of like plastic so I don't have to worry about it getting dirty because it can be wiped down.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A101.jpg

It was given to me years ago from my cousin's girlfriend because she knew I really wanted a small journal to carry around in my bag. I didn't use it yet because my Secret Santa that year in our Sunday School group got me a small black journal too, and that's the one I use. Hehe, DBF was actually my Secret Santa that year, and that's one small moment of interaction that we had before we became friends, hehe.

This is the inside of the journal. I already wrote one page of it thinking I'd use it as the trip journal.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A103.jpg

There are lines inside so that makes me happy. I wrote that list that you see (pictures of the fake scrapbook pages for comic us; I posted them pages back) because Weird and I want to take real pictures in some of those spots! But I was very particular about writing, and it had to be extremely neat. I know that if I quickly want to jot something down in the book, I may not have time to stop and neatly write it on the lines. And if it's not neat, I think I'm going to flip. Haha. There are still traces of the perfectionist deep inside me even though it's taken me a while to overcome most of it.

Well, I decided to head back to Michael's and get a Disney notepad instead! Michael's has this awesome $1 section of Disney things. Recently, I bought pens and pencils with Toy Story, Cars, the Princesses, and Tinkerbell on them for my students. There were about 5 or 6 per pack, so I only spent a little over $10. I knew they had notepads, so I eagerly headed back there last week.

When I saw the princesses one, I knew I didn't want it because the dresses were all done up with extra jewels and whatnot. They looked really gaudy so I decided against it. Then I was left with the Fairies and Cars. DBF is in love with Cars if you haven't already picked up on that, so I was going to get that since it was a trip with him! However, I still liked looking at the Fairies one because they all look so pretty on the cover! I don't even know all their names, but I keep seeing the pictures in TRs when people go for the character meet and greets, so it feels as if I know them!

So that's the one I chose to get! I am a girl, so it only makes sense that I'd want this one, hehe.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A099.jpg

The only bad thing about it is that when I opened it in the car, I saw that it was unlined paper. As much as the blue journal lines would stress me out because I'd have to write neatly, not having lines is also not that fun for me. But then I told myself that it'd be easier to deal with it because then I'd really just scribble down notes instead of taking away precious WDW time!

I do like that the picture of the Fairies is on the inside too on each sheet of paper! I didn't expect that from a $1 notebook.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A100.jpg

Hopefully, this notebook will work out well for me. As long as I remember that it's just to jot down random things, it'll be fine. I'm excited to start writing though! At the moment, I've been keeping it next to my bed because I like seeing it there as a reminder every night before I sleep and every morning when I wake up!

wdwgirl03
02-06-2010, 07:05 PM
I love the little fairies notebook! That $1 section at Michael's is awesome. I'm going to have to go there again soon to see what they have!

Bridora
02-06-2010, 11:10 PM
I like your fairies notebook! I wish we had a Michael's closer to home. I love going there and in Hobby Lobby! :goodvibes

I also like the idea of unlined paper. I can see where that would really come in handy for just jotting down something quickly. No lines = No neatness stress! :cool1:

I hope the rest of your weekend is good. Do you watch the Super Bowl?

Jennifer48
02-08-2010, 03:14 PM
Cute notebooks!

I'm the same way about lined paper. It has to be so neat and perfect. My TR notebooks are usually unlined and are a mess :rotfl:

irky416
02-10-2010, 09:56 PM
I think your hair is cute short! I definitely think you should wait until you get back to cut it, though. Then you won't have the issue of not being able to pull it back.

I love both your notebooks! I saw those fairy ones when we were at Michaels the other day. (FYI, Target had some Disney magnetic list pads/notebooks in their Dollar Spot awhile ago. I got some to write notes on at school! It makes me happy when I pull them out.)

I always like the idea of unlined paper, but it never seems to work for me in reality because I get too caught up in it not being neat. (And by the way, your writing is so neat and pretty!)

Are you guys going to Epcot? (I know I could look, but I'm being lazy!) If so, I have a huge favor to ask you!

TokyoDina
02-10-2010, 10:17 PM
I think I'd cut it...if it were me. But you are right you would have to worry about how to do it everyday. I would get it cut like right now...but my hair takes five million years to grow. Cause of the curls. They are so tight I don't notice even if they do grow.

But I think your hair looks super cute with it short! But you look very pretty with it long. So I guess it just depends on what you wanna do. Deal with not being able to keep it out of your face or having the option to put it up. Hrmmmmm :confused3

RachelNinja
02-10-2010, 10:50 PM
I love the little fairies notebook! That $1 section at Michael's is awesome. I'm going to have to go there again soon to see what they have!

It's bad, but I want to go there and buy everything I think is cute even though I don't need it! And though each thing is only $1, it definitely can add up! I know I'd rather save money for souvenirs from WDW, so I think I'll stay away. Of course, I did promise my cousin that I'd get her one of the notebooks, so once I go back, I'm going to have to practice self-control!

I like your fairies notebook! I wish we had a Michael's closer to home. I love going there and in Hobby Lobby! :goodvibes

I also like the idea of unlined paper. I can see where that would really come in handy for just jotting down something quickly. No lines = No neatness stress! :cool1:

I hope the rest of your weekend is good. Do you watch the Super Bowl?

Yeah, I'm hoping the unlined part works out well for me. It might because if I write general notes and then add something more specific later, I just add it in the empty space.

I know it's done and gone already, but no, I don't watch the Super Bowl. My plans for when Weird and I are married is to have all the Super Bowl party food (potato skins or fries, guacamole and salsa with chips, etc.) and snuggle with a blanket and watch The Office! I've never watched a football game in my life.

Cute notebooks!

I'm the same way about lined paper. It has to be so neat and perfect. My TR notebooks are usually unlined and are a mess :rotfl:

I think I can just keep reminding myself that the outside is so cute! It does make a difference to have it next to me at my computer table because every time I look at it, I get all excited! I look closely at the picture too. Beforehand, the blue notebook got me somewhat excited but just not in the same way.

I think your hair is cute short! I definitely think you should wait until you get back to cut it, though. Then you won't have the issue of not being able to pull it back.

I love both your notebooks! I saw those fairy ones when we were at Michaels the other day. (FYI, Target had some Disney magnetic list pads/notebooks in their Dollar Spot awhile ago. I got some to write notes on at school! It makes me happy when I pull them out.)

I always like the idea of unlined paper, but it never seems to work for me in reality because I get too caught up in it not being neat. (And by the way, your writing is so neat and pretty!)

Are you guys going to Epcot? (I know I could look, but I'm being lazy!) If so, I have a huge favor to ask you!

Yeah, I think at this point I've decided to just keep it long. I can't deal with it getting all poufy because it's shorter.

I saw that Target had a few things a while ago but not much. They had these post-it type things with classic Mickey on it, but I didn't get it. In one of them, I think Minnie was slapping Mickey! I think Weird took a pic of it on his phone; I'll have to ask him.

And thanks! I'm very particular about things being neat. I used to rewrite my notes in college because I'd take them in class and write down so much so quickly that it'd be too messy for my liking. I spent hours in the library copying my notes over. I have, however, stopped being such a perfectionist though, which is a good thing because it really got to the point where it was interfering with my life.

Yup, we're going to Epcot! It is definitely in the plans, MK+Epcot+DHS. What's the huge favor? Ask away! :goodvibes

I think I'd cut it...if it were me. But you are right you would have to worry about how to do it everyday. I would get it cut like right now...but my hair takes five million years to grow. Cause of the curls. They are so tight I don't notice even if they do grow.

But I think your hair looks super cute with it short! But you look very pretty with it long. So I guess it just depends on what you wanna do. Deal with not being able to keep it out of your face or having the option to put it up. Hrmmmmm :confused3

Thanks! I guess the short hair's okay; I just think I look so much younger, and sometimes I really don't want to look like I'm that much younger! Sometimes I blend in with my own students! I guess I should appreciate that fact though because when I'm older, it'll be better that I look younger!

I think I'm going to keep it long until after the trip. It'll be too much of a hassle dealing with a new cut while I'm there. I know the washing it will be annoying (especially if we go swimming, and I have to wash it twice!), but at least it's a hassle I'm used to!

irky416
02-11-2010, 03:36 PM
Yeah, I think at this point I've decided to just keep it long. I can't deal with it getting all poufy because it's shorter.

I saw that Target had a few things a while ago but not much. They had these post-it type things with classic Mickey on it, but I didn't get it. In one of them, I think Minnie was slapping Mickey! I think Weird took a pic of it on his phone; I'll have to ask him.

And thanks! I'm very particular about things being neat. I used to rewrite my notes in college because I'd take them in class and write down so much so quickly that it'd be too messy for my liking. I spent hours in the library copying my notes over. I have, however, stopped being such a perfectionist though, which is a good thing because it really got to the point where it was interfering with my life.

Yup, we're going to Epcot! It is definitely in the plans, MK+Epcot+DHS. What's the huge favor? Ask away! :goodvibes


I used to rewrite my notes over in college, too! It drove DF crazy! It worked out, though, because since I rewrote them it helped me memorize them and then I didn't have to spend as much time studying!

My hair gets puffy when it's short, too. It actually takes me longer to straighten it when it's short than when it's long.

When you're in Epcot, if you think of it, I would love it if you could grab me my missing penny from my WS collection. I can send you a self-addressed stamped envelope and $0.51! I need the Mickey head penny from Mexico since it was broken when we were there. I would love you forever! :love:

RachelNinja
02-13-2010, 01:01 PM
I used to rewrite my notes over in college, too! It drove DF crazy! It worked out, though, because since I rewrote them it helped me memorize them and then I didn't have to spend as much time studying!

My hair gets puffy when it's short, too. It actually takes me longer to straighten it when it's short than when it's long.

When you're in Epcot, if you think of it, I would love it if you could grab me my missing penny from my WS collection. I can send you a self-addressed stamped envelope and $0.51! I need the Mickey head penny from Mexico since it was broken when we were there. I would love you forever! :love:

Yup! I was the same way; rewriting the notes made me learn it! I think that's why I still remember certain things. My students always ask me how I know stuff (I'm a fountain of the most RANDOM bits of knowledge, not an expert in anything, but a little bit of everything ... talk about your liberal arts degree~), and I say it's because I read a lot, but it has to be because of the copying notes thing!

Sure! If the machine's there, I'll get the penny for you. Just send me your address on Facebook or something later on. You're such a silly about the $.51, haha. :cutie:

RachelNinja
02-13-2010, 03:21 PM
Picture Perfect - Part I

(Even though this installment is about pictures, I'm not going to be posting any! I know, I know ... I've said that I don't like having posts without pictures, but I don't have anything on Photobucket to post. Plus, we've got stuff to do ... Chinese New Year's Eve!)

One of the reasons why I was looking forward to this week off from work is that I would have time to write in this PTR. However, now that I'm here, I have absolutely no idea what to write! I would do a list of must do's and must see's, but I can't narrow down the list! Because DBF is going with us, I want him to see EVERYTHING. I know it's not possible, but I really don't know how to limit what I want to see or ride with him.

There are, however, lots of things I want to photograph. If I don't get to see all these things or take pictures of them, it's okay. There's always the next trip, right?

(1) MK: Ub Iwerks's window on Main Street

Last year, my younger brother bought a book for me at his school book fair. Of course, he knew my love for Disney, so once he saw Who Was Walt Disney? by Whitney Stewart, he picked it up. Haha, not typical of my younger brother! I finally read it a few weeks ago, and I loved the fact that it gave such a comprehensive look into Walt's life without getting too much into detail; it is, after all, a children's book. One day I'll probably tackle a real Disney biography!

Anyway, in the book I learned about Ub Iwerks. He was Walt's long-time friend who actually did so much of the work in terms of the animation and other creative aspects. Walt was the big idea man whereas Iwerks was the one who did a lot of the work behind the scenes. Iwerks was also the one who stuck by Walt when animators got lured away from Disney when he was starting out.

There is obviously a window dedicated to Iwerks on Main Street. I don't know where it is located even though I've seen the actual window when searching for it in Flickr. There are so many windows with so many stories behind them, but this is one that I would absolutely love to see for myself! Of course, I never really looked at the windows intently before, so I never even saw Walt's 2 windows (the one outside at the train station and the one facing Cinderella Castle) with my own eyes, so that goes on the list too!

(2) Epcot: Oversized plant teacups in the UK

I've seen pictures of the big tea cups with plants in them at the Flower and Garden Festival. The first time I saw them, I was so excited that I called my mom over to see the picture. We both love having tea together even though we don't use those teacups. We use mugs; I use rather big mugs actually! I still think it's the cutest. Even now when I see large mugs at places like The Christmas Tree Shop, I get all excited. It'll also be interesting to see the difference in pictures that Weird takes and I take!

(3) MK: Hyenas in "it's a small world"

There's something strange about me since I actually don't like the hyenas on the ride! I can't stand the buffalo on Living with the Land either though, and I took a picture of them during our last trip! When I was younger, I thought the hyenas were cute because they just laughed and rocked back and forth. It reminded me of how I can be with my cousins and friends, when just about EVERYTHING is hilarious!

However, I then had this extremely vivid dream. I can remember many of my dreams and because of it, I end up having huge fears. Well, in this dream, I was on IASW even though it was a little different in my mind. The ride broke down, and we had to get out of the boats to exit. This ride didn't have a lot of water around the boats; both sides of the boat were right next to the platforms (I think the Disneyland version is like this?) so it was possible. Suddenly, there wasn't anyone around. It was just me! I had to walk through the displays of the animals as they were still moving!!! The exit door was behind everything, of course, and I was alone in the room. It was probably one of the most frightening dreams I've ever had! Okay, that's not saying much because I'd probably make that proclamation about most of my scary dreams. But anyway, the hyenas are one of the animals that I remembered so clearly, so it'll be interesting to get a picture of it!

wdwgirl03
02-13-2010, 05:20 PM
Cool idea, I was thinking of making a photo scavenger hunt for myself since I always seem to get the same pictures. :rolleyes:

Bridora
02-16-2010, 10:52 AM
Great idea! :goodvibes I want to look more closely at all the windows, too this year! Specifically Walt Disney's window overlooking Cinderella Castle. Hope you had a fun New Year's Celebration!

RachelNinja
02-16-2010, 05:54 PM
Cool idea, I was thinking of making a photo scavenger hunt for myself since I always seem to get the same pictures. :rolleyes:

I guess after reading so many TRs, I noticed that the same pictures are taken in almost every single one! And I still think those are necessary because obviously everyone needs a picture in front of the castle. But the pictures I love more are the ones of the details that make me go, "Oh! I didn't know that was there!"

Great idea! :goodvibes I want to look more closely at all the windows, too this year! Specifically Walt Disney's window overlooking Cinderella Castle. Hope you had a fun New Year's Celebration!

How wonderful it must be to be immortalized in a Disney window! Thanks! Chinese New Year actually fell on Valentine's Day this year. I had V-Day + CNY dinner with Weird! He came to see me for a few hours and brought sushi from one of our favorite places. It was really yummy and very fun!

RachelNinja
02-16-2010, 05:57 PM
Picture Perfect - Part II

(4) MK: Red tables and chairs by Casey's Corner

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/VMK/NinjaCafe.jpg
(Don't mind the weird placement and emptiness; I never did finish decorating the place!)

Near the end of VMK's run (still so sad!), they released many new items that we didn't really have time to enjoy. Some of these items included the tables, chairs, umbrellas, garbage cans, and water fountains that you see in this room. This refreshment room was also for sale. It was so fun because you could open and close the umbrellas or make water come out of the fountains!

Around that same time, I saw a picture on a trip report of a little eating area with seats and tables that looked EXACTLY like the ones sold in VMK! Of course, I know that VMK modeled the items after real things in the parks, but I never knew it was there! I think it would be great to see this section with my own eyes and maybe, if there's space available, have flat Weird and Ninja grab a picture there too!

(5) DHS: Stairs that lead to the fake subway in NYC

I'm not a fan of taking the subway in NYC, probably because my mom used to always scare me by making sure I stayed far away from the edge so that no one could easily push me down into the tracks. I did have to take the subway a bunch of times, but when I could, I chose to take the bus instead. I also always felt safer knowing that the bus driver was in close proximity as opposed to the conductor being farther away and unreachable.

However, I've had to take the subway a few times with Weird, and I've always felt comfortable and safe with him. I love holding his hand as we wait for the train, and I love feeling calm with him by my side. Seeing the fake subway entrance for the W and D line (Walt Disney!) and taking a picture there would be so cool! Haha, it'd be a subway line that I'm not afraid of! Plus, it'd be clean!

(6) Epcot: Pick a pearl station in Mitsukoshi

After going through many trip reports and threads on DIS, I got interested in the Pick a Pearl station in Japan. I don't know that I'll actually get one, but there was a day when I kind of obsessed about it. I went through the thread and looked at the pictures of the pretty jewelry that was made. I liked the look of just the pearl in the cage. Now who knows if I'll actually get one because of the cost and the fact that I don't typically wear necklaces (I think they make my neck look funny!). I may end up at the Character Warehouse and love a necklace there for much less, haha. Either way, I really do want to see the station because pictures never do a place justice.

More to come!

irky416
02-16-2010, 06:44 PM
I love the idea of having a goal of pictures to take. I can't wait to see how many you actually get.

Cat0727
02-16-2010, 08:10 PM
Picture Perfect - Part II

(5) DHS: Stairs that lead to the fake subway in NYC
Seeing the fake subway entrance for the W and D line (Walt Disney!) and taking a picture there would be so cool! Haha, it'd be a subway line that I'm not afraid of! Plus, it'd be clean!


ohh, so THAT'S why the subway entrance said W & D line. My boyfriend and I couldn't figure out why they'd make a mistake like that, because the D doesn't run on the yellow line. We even took a picture coz we were so amused. :lmao: But now we know the true reason! ;)

Brave teacher
02-17-2010, 12:36 AM
Hey Rachel! I need to do some catching up on here. I kept forgetting to come over here and read with everything that has been going on over here with my little patient and all.

stacy347
02-18-2010, 06:57 AM
Just catching up! I am the same way with my hair ~ I would love to get it cut short for awhile and donate it (mine is pretty long right now, too) ~ but the hassle is trying to find some cute way to deal with it.

Really loving the idea of all the different pictures, too! Can't wait to see your whole TR put together! :thumbsup2

SoonerGirl
02-18-2010, 09:07 AM
Love your picture ideas! Can't wait to see how many of them you get :thumbsup2

RachelNinja
02-18-2010, 12:29 PM
I love the idea of having a goal of pictures to take. I can't wait to see how many you actually get.

This list is a LOT easier to make up than a list of must do rides! Although I am narrowing things down and talking about it with Weird ... I might be able to do that too!

ohh, so THAT'S why the subway entrance said W & D line. My boyfriend and I couldn't figure out why they'd make a mistake like that, because the D doesn't run on the yellow line. We even took a picture coz we were so amused. :lmao: But now we know the true reason! ;)

I read about the W and D recently. Funny thing is that I wouldn't have known that the W and D aren't actually on the same line in NYC! The only subway I've ever taken on my own was the N or R. The other subway rides with Weird ... um, I kind of just follow where he leads me!

Hey Rachel! I need to do some catching up on here. I kept forgetting to come over here and read with everything that has been going on over here with my little patient and all.

That's okay! I know it must be taking a lot out of you to take care of Cooper as well as avoiding his tonsillectomy breath!

Just catching up! I am the same way with my hair ~ I would love to get it cut short for awhile and donate it (mine is pretty long right now, too) ~ but the hassle is trying to find some cute way to deal with it.

Really loving the idea of all the different pictures, too! Can't wait to see your whole TR put together! :thumbsup2

With short hair, I could definitely use this headband that I saw and want! Hehe, I'll post it in the next installment although the picture isn't that clear.

I'm really excited to write the TR. I mean, I know it means that the trip is over, but I like having something to look forward to that'll last a while after the trip. I'll be able to combine my pictures with Weird's hopefully really good pictures! Plus, I love keeping a record of what we do; I used to write recaps of a day at church on my old blog! We have a place where we can reread all of our inside jokes or remember what happened. I like that the TR has the same effect.

Love your picture ideas! Can't wait to see how many of them you get :thumbsup2

Thanks! I'm curious to know if I'll get them too! I know I'll get a few, but there's just so so so much there that it'll take a lifetime to get only a percentage of them all. That's okay by me though! Thankfully, Weird and I are on the same page about going there for ALL of our vacations if money allows it! Haha.

RachelNinja
02-18-2010, 12:32 PM
Picture Perfect - Part III

I added pictures from wdwinfo in this installment. I didn't do them before because I never want to take pictures from someone else, but I figured taking it from DIS would be okay especially since each one is labeled as so!

(7) DHS: Carthay Circle Theatre

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/1CarthayTheaterCircle.jpg

After reading the book I mentioned two installments ago (Who Was Walt Disney?), I learned about the Carthay Circle Theatre. It was where Walt premiered his Silly Symphony cartoons and had the world premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I know that the real theatre is in California, but I still think it'd be fun to see it and take a picture of it. I have really been appreciating Disney history!

(8) Epcot: Mitsukoshi snacks

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/1MitsukoshiSnacks.jpg

I watched a WDW Radio Show episode (don't know if that's what it's called) with Lou Mongello buying snacks in Mitsukoshi to taste. I thought it was funny because a lot of the things he picked up and thought were too exotic were things that I've had before! I'm curious to know what kind of selection they have and I also would like to know what the prices are like! I admit, I wouldn't buy any of it because I'll probably be able to get the things for a lot cheaper in NYC's Chinatown. I just think it'd be cool to stand in those same spots that Lou did his show! Haha, I don't even know much about him, but I keep seeing his face in Celebrations, haha!

(9) DTD: Merchandise at Tren-D

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/1Tren-DMerchandise.jpg

I know a lot of the things at Tren-D are very expensive. Even though I am saving money I'm getting from private tutoring (sidenote: How is it that I get paid MORE for being a one-on-one tutor than I do for being a teacher for a classroom full of students? Isn't that a little odd and just ... wrong?), I still don't want to spend a lot in WDW in general just because Weird and I do eventually want to get married! But I admit, I love love LOVE seeing pics of Tren-D and all the fun stuff they have!

In the picture above, there are black headbands in the read container on the table with tiny little Mickey heads made out of Swarovski crystals or something. So cute! I rarely wear headbands outside of the house, but for that one, I just might!

Anyway, even though I may not be able to purchase many items from the store, I'm excited to see it. I want to get pictures of the place and good ones also of the merchandise in a very MeMom style! I plan on going on a "digital shopping spree" with the camera because I do feel better about not being able to buy something if I can at least have a picture of it.

Jennifer48
02-18-2010, 02:31 PM
I love the idea of a photo shopping spree! Just as much fun but so much cheaper! :thumbsup2

TokyoDina
02-18-2010, 09:23 PM
I think I went to Tred-D the last time I was there. It was really out of my price range. But I want to go in there and look around agian. :P I never notice that theater either. Next time we go to DL I need to actually go in the real one.

HowWeird
02-19-2010, 06:53 PM
You know, you introduced me to photo shopping. Beforehand, I used to always think, man, I need that! Or I want that thing. Now I realize that I don't really want it, I could do with just a picture of it!

That picture of the Mitsukoshi snacks looks just like a very well organized store in Chinatown! Definitely go with the photo shopping there ;)

irky416
02-19-2010, 09:58 PM
I love the photo shopping!

RachelNinja
02-25-2010, 04:56 PM
I love the idea of a photo shopping spree! Just as much fun but so much cheaper! :thumbsup2

And there's definitely no regret in photo shopping sprees! Except for maybe the regret of not getting something. But I think about whether or not to purchase ANYTHING for such a long time that I typically don't regret what I buy. It does comfort me to know that there's a way to get WDW merchandise shipped to my house though if I need it, haha.

I think I went to Tred-D the last time I was there. It was really out of my price range. But I want to go in there and look around agian. :P I never notice that theater either. Next time we go to DL I need to actually go in the real one.

I think I might end up being really surprised by the prices. I mean, I've read that they were expensive, but I think I don't realize just how expensive it really is! I wouldn't be surprised if I take a pic of a price tag or two!

You know, you introduced me to photo shopping. Beforehand, I used to always think, man, I need that! Or I want that thing. Now I realize that I don't really want it, I could do with just a picture of it!

That picture of the Mitsukoshi snacks looks just like a very well organized store in Chinatown! Definitely go with the photo shopping there ;)

Haha, now you have a good camera to do really good photo shopping!

And doesn't Mitsukoshi look so so so clean?! That's the part that I love! No yuckiness around!

I love the photo shopping!

I'm going to have make sure I clean out the memory card before photo shopping! At least that's a lot easier to do than saving money!

TokyoDina
02-25-2010, 09:05 PM
And there's definitely no regret in photo shopping sprees! Except for maybe the regret of not getting something. But I think about whether or not to purchase ANYTHING for such a long time that I typically don't regret what I buy. It does comfort me to know that there's a way to get WDW merchandise shipped to my house though if I need it, haha.



I think I might end up being really surprised by the prices. I mean, I've read that they were expensive, but I think I don't realize just how expensive it really is! I wouldn't be surprised if I take a pic of a price tag or two!



Haha, now you have a good camera to do really good photo shopping!

And doesn't Mitsukoshi look so so so clean?! That's the part that I love! No yuckiness around!



I'm going to have make sure I clean out the memory card before photo shopping! At least that's a lot easier to do than saving money!

Haha that is Japan for you! They clean that place more than likely 13 times a day!

RachelNinja
02-27-2010, 10:00 PM
Haha that is Japan for you! They clean that place more than likely 13 times a day!

Haha, that's not something I would ever do, but it's definitely something I appreciate!

RachelNinja
02-27-2010, 10:03 PM
Picture Perfect - Part IV

(10) MK: Roy O. Disney and Minnie statue

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/2Roy.jpg

Until I started DISing and got obsessed with Disney, I didn't know that the statue in the front of MK with Minnie was actually of Roy O. Disney and NOT Walt Disney! I know, I know, it's so wrong, isn't it? I don't feel entirely bad because I do sometimes see people say it's Walt Disney in TRs. Everyone has more to learn, right?

Anyway, since I grew up thinking it was Walt (haha, never mind the fact that the man didn't look like the man in the Partners statue in front of the castle!), I'm exciting to see it now and take a picture with it and of it. I'd like to be a bit more creative with the picture, but I don't know if that's possible from me! Maybe Weird will get one.

I think it's only appropriate too because it was only recently that I learned just how much Roy did to help Walt. I mean, Walt was the idea man; he was such a brilliant man. But Roy was, in my opinion, a lot of the brains in terms of the logistics. He thought about the money issues way back when they were just starting out. Of course, we also know that the Disney parks wouldn't have continued to emerge and grow if it weren't for Roy since Walt passed away throughout the planning of it. I just think it'd be nice for me to finally see Roy for who he really was instead of "just" Walt's brother!

(11) DHS: Giant Coke bottle

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/2Coke.jpg

I don't drink much soda anymore because that and donuts are extremely fattening for me. Haha, thankfully the cake/cookies/chocolate stuff isn't that fattening for me. Anyway, even though I don't have much soda in my diet (only for stuff like fried chicken or pizza or ginger ale when I'm nauseous), I do absolutely love Coke every once in a while. The thing is, I really shouldn't be having Coke because caffeine gives me pretty bad palpitations. My cardiologist told me to stay away from pretty much all forms of caffeine if I can (chocolate included!), but on a few occasions, I have some Coke as long as it's early enough or I know I'll be moving around for a while (ex. barbecues or parties).

When I saw a picture of the giant Coke bottles, I definitely knew that I wanted to take a picture with it! That's a crazy amount of caffeine! Haha, that means it's also a crazy amount of heart palpitations. A picture will be the healthiest way to enjoy such a bad-for-me drink.

(12) Epcot: Flower & Garden Festival Victory Gardens

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(Yes, this is the picture I'm using because I'm too tired to search for a F&G pic!)

I was reading a description on AllEars about how Epcot will have the fab five as topiaries at the American Adventure in a Victory Garden. I just finished reading a book called Stepping on the Cracks by Mary Downing Hahn that mentioned a victory garden.

During WWII, food had to be rationed to be sent to the soldiers overseas. It wasn't as easy to have food available like they did before war time, so one of the things that people did was grow fruits and vegetables in their own garden. It was a physical way that they could help out with the war effort.

If you've read a few of my other installments, you know that I absolutely love the fact that there's so much that one can learn at WDW! I want to take pictures of these things and use them in lessons at school. This in particular was interesting to me since I had just read about it in a book! Oh, if only we could a field a trip to Disney!

RNBelle
02-27-2010, 11:59 PM
Sounds very exciting Rachel!

wdwgirl03
02-28-2010, 10:41 AM
That would be so cool to use stuff from WDW in school lessons. :thumbsup2

Your F&GF picture is the best one. LOL!

Bridora
03-01-2010, 12:37 PM
I love your photo shopping idea, too!

Just think, you'll be there next month! :goodvibes

I can't wait to see all the great photos you are going to get!

Nicole786
03-01-2010, 06:08 PM
Just found this! I am from NY too (Also went to Pace University downtown) and you and Weird are too cute!

TokyoDina
03-05-2010, 08:06 AM
We are going to miss each other but I can't wait to see the Flower and Garden Festival this year. I hope to actually see it! And not go "*** all this rain!!! Let's ride SSE again!"

RachelNinja
03-09-2010, 07:15 AM
Sounds very exciting Rachel!

I'm so excited that we'll be there in less than a month! I can't believe I still have so many days of work to get through first though, haha.

That would be so cool to use stuff from WDW in school lessons. :thumbsup2

Your F&GF picture is the best one. LOL!

My 6th and 8th grade ELA students are writing persuasive essays. My sample essay was about why WDW is better than Universal Studios. My 3rd body paragraph was all about the disguised educational opportunities! I'm slowly going to convert as many students to be Disney fanatics as I can.

I love your photo shopping idea, too!

Just think, you'll be there next month! :goodvibes

I can't wait to see all the great photos you are going to get!

I think I'll be getting a TON of photo shopping pictures! I just know that EVERYTHING there will look at me and say, "Buy me!"

Just found this! I am from NY too (Also went to Pace University downtown) and you and Weird are too cute!

Hi Nicole! Welcome :goodvibes Though I'm from NY, I would really prefer to be anywhere else, haha. I'm definitely not a city person. I'd like to live in Celebration, Florida ... or on a farm in Idaho!

We are going to miss each other but I can't wait to see the Flower and Garden Festival this year. I hope to actually see it! And not go "*** all this rain!!! Let's ride SSE again!"

I hope rain doesn't spoil either of our plans! I think that if it does end up raining though, I'm going to tell myself that it's a good thing because that's when the parks are less crowded. Of course, it shouldn't rain on an Epcot day because of all the stuff outdoors, especially Test Track!

RachelNinja
03-19-2010, 07:17 AM
I can't believe that my last update was on February 27th! I've been so busy with work, staying after school to catch up on paperwork, staying after school to tutor, staying after school for parent teacher conferences, and staying after school for meetings! We have new students who started at the school (my brother being one of them!), so there's an adjustment period that both teachers and students must face. Plus, I've just been so gosh darn tired!

I promise to have an update tonight or tomorrow. I have pictures that I want to post, new things I want to write about, and I should have the time to do it this weekend! "See" you all then :upsidedow

wdwgirl03
03-19-2010, 10:41 AM
Yay, you're back! I was going to give your thread a little bump since we're getting SO CLOSE now! Can't wait for your next update. :)

TokyoDina
03-19-2010, 11:35 PM
Glad your back Rachel and we understand people have lives outside of Disney haha! Take your time.

RachelNinja
03-19-2010, 11:40 PM
Yay, you're back! I was going to give your thread a little bump since we're getting SO CLOSE now! Can't wait for your next update. :)

I know; the time is coming so quickly! It's unbelievable! But this just goes to show how busy I am. The administrative assistant at school asked how many days I have left (S is also a Disney fanatic!). I couldn't even answer her! She counted for me though, hehe. But with the craziness of life, I didn't even know the number of days!

Glad your back Rachel and we understand people have lives outside of Disney haha! Take your time.

Haha, even though I haven't been on DIS, I've been talking more and more about WDW in real life. Any time I do a vocabulary lesson with my 6th graders, every single one of my sample sentences to explain the word is Disneyfied!

RachelNinja
03-19-2010, 11:41 PM
Two Quick Comments

Before I write an official update, I have to comment on these two things I just "learned" and just have to share!

The first one is that when the daughter in the Carousel of Progress is talking to her girlfriend on the phone, she makes a comment about someone named Howard! I was listening to the audio on YouTube just now, and I had to stop and listen to it again! Weird and I (and my mom and brother) are going to get such a kick out of that when we hear it during the show. Haha, notice I didn't include my dad on that ... he'll be sleeping!

The second that I was listening to and wanted to comment on is the Winnie the Pooh audio! Um, what's with the Heffalump and Woozles song? I don't think I've ever heard the lyrics before until just now, and I have to admit that they're frightening! The people singing it remind me of the original Oompa Loompas in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Then the lyrics go, "Beware, beware, be a very wary bear." Who are these quick, slick, and insincere creatures? Why must they multiply (ply, ply, ply) so quickly? Why must they "guzzle up the thing [I] prize"? I think this might be scarier than Snow White! Haha.

RachelNinja
03-20-2010, 12:21 PM
Trip Mascot

About two weeks ago, Weird and I were at AC Moore with my mom and Matt. I had randomly stopped in the day before since my parents went to pick up groceries next door, and I saw that they had a HUGE sale! I didn't have that much time to shop, so I had to go back the next day.

I was able to buy ALL of these clear stamps.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A460.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A461.jpg

They were extremely cheap. Most of them were $2.50 since there was an extra 50% off the clearance merchandise. The bigger ones at the top of the first picture were about $4. I definitely scored, and it didn't take that long because I knew where I wanted to go and what I wanted to buy!

My mom, however, was still browsing the store, so Weird and I did a bit of wandering ourselves. We found this stash of Ty beanie babies and noticed that they had such interesting animals! Here are some of the different animals that we've never seen before:

A bat would be a perfect mascot for a trip that included an Animal Kingdom visit! It's a little scary if you've read the 2nd Kingdom Keepers book though!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A428.jpg

A pelican would also be a unique mascot, unless you're like Irky and don't like birds!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A427.jpg

Lastly, here's a hedgehog and an otter. Um, I think that's what they are. I was never one who loved animals; Weird's that person.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A423.jpg

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the very distinctive hair of one of the most frightening animals to walk this earth!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A425.jpg

They had a buffalo beanie baby!!! The difference between this one and the real ones is that this one was actually quite cute! I thought about getting it, but I went to find out the price, and it was $5. As I held on to the little guy, I think I vaguely remember AGPrincess having this buffalo as her mascot during one of her trips!

Here's a pic of me with the buffalo for a size comparison too. I wasn't sure that I wanted to carry such a large mascot around with me on the trip since it wouldn't really fit in my Lesportsac bag with what I already plan on carrying.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A430.jpg

Well, since I didn't get the buffalo, I went home and Weird helped me look through my bag of stuffed animals and small beanie baby-like fellas to pick out a mascot to bring with me. Here are some introductions:

Meet Bailey.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A448.jpg

If you read my last trip report from 2008, you may remember Bailey from a few pictures. For many years, Bailey has accompanied me on many vacations. He's been to Florida at least twice. He's also been to Virginia (King's Dominion!) and Pennsylvania (Hershey!) as well. Unfortunately, because Bailey is pink, he's getting a little dirty. Yes, Bailey is a boy. His name came from Bailey Salinger from Party of Five because I thought Scott Wolf was such a cutie (as was Matthew Fox as Charlie!). However, now that I come to think about it, Bailey doesn't really get to visit Disney World. On the occasions that I bring him with me to the park, he kind of stays in my bag because I'm afraid to lose him or get him dirty!

Meet Maybeck.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A450.jpg

Maybeck has never been anywhere before. I pulled him out of my bag of little friends. Haha, that sounds a little creepy as I type it out. Anyway, he's a water buffalo, so he's close to the buffalo thing. We just felt it'd be a little funny if my mascot was in anyway buffalo related because of my huge fear! I like Maybeck just because he's easy to position so taking pictures would be easier.

Meet Philby.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/A452.jpg

Weird thinks it's better to bring Maybeck. I, on the other hand, would rather bring Maybeck just because I think the camel is more unusual! Plus, I think he's cuter. The only problem is that it might take a few more seconds to prop him up. BTW, Maybeck and Philby are the names of the two guys that are part of the Kingdom Keepers other than Finn Whitman. Finn's the main character, so Maybeck and Philby need some time to shine too! Maybeck's the strong, tough guy, and Philby was the geekier one who did all the research and knew the technological stuff.

Lastly, I do have a chubby penguin at school, but he might be a little too chubby. I unfortunately didn't get a picture of the little guy before I left work yesterday since I was extremely fatigued and just wanted to get home.

I don't know; do you guys have any opinions? Now that I just wrote this installment, I think about how Bailey might get jealous about not being able to go and see Disney World! Haha, I know this isn't a major decision, it's just one that I have to make before we go.

wdwgirl03
03-21-2010, 02:17 PM
Hey, I have that otter beanie baby (so you were right ;))! I vote for Bailey, she's cute. :cutie:

My sister had a little trip mascot when she went...I kind of want one too. LOL!

floridascgirl
03-21-2010, 05:54 PM
Hi again! I've been out of touch of your PTR for awhile, but I caught up today. :wizard: I adore all of your updates. My vote is for little Maybeck...he's too cute. By the way, where are you staying again?

Bridora
03-22-2010, 11:33 AM
Yay, I'm glad you are back! Crazy how real life can interfere with the DIS, isn't it? :laughing:

I think Philby is too cute, he's got my vote! I'm sure Bailey will understand since he's been so many places with you. Plus, you won't have to worry about him. Maybe he can stow away in your suitcase, though. Then, he could jump out and surprise you after you are in FL! :goodvibes

Jennifer48
03-22-2010, 01:31 PM
My vote is for Bailey. I always liked him out of all the Salingers :rotfl:

stacikristine
03-22-2010, 02:48 PM
Aw, so fun! I think my vote is for Maybeck. Maybe it'll help you conquer your fear of Buffalo! :thumbsup2

SoonerGirl
03-22-2010, 04:58 PM
I like Maybeck too - he's pretty cute! :goodvibes

HowWeird
03-22-2010, 07:37 PM
Haha wow, so many votes for Maybeck! ;)

RachelNinja
03-22-2010, 10:00 PM
Hey, I have that otter beanie baby (so you were right ;))! I vote for Bailey, she's cute. :cutie:

My sister had a little trip mascot when she went...I kind of want one too. LOL!

Trip mascots make the trips even more fun! When you have to wait on line for a ride, it's the perfect opportunity to take a picture! Plus, it's just fun being wacky, haha.

Hi again! I've been out of touch of your PTR for awhile, but I caught up today. :wizard: I adore all of your updates. My vote is for little Maybeck...he's too cute. By the way, where are you staying again?

Welcome back! Thanks for returning :hug:

We're staying at a condo in Kissimmee because my family has a timeshare there. We've never stayed on property before, and I probably won't until my Disneymoon.

Yay, I'm glad you are back! Crazy how real life can interfere with the DIS, isn't it? :laughing:

I think Philby is too cute, he's got my vote! I'm sure Bailey will understand since he's been so many places with you. Plus, you won't have to worry about him. Maybe he can stow away in your suitcase, though. Then, he could jump out and surprise you after you are in FL! :goodvibes

The sad thing is there was a part of me that actually didn't WANT to be on DIS because I was just so swamped with work that I knew that it would be too much of a distraction! Plus, I was so stressed with a few issues that even Disney couldn't take my mind off of it, and I didn't want to read TRs with that kind of attitude.

I liked Philby because I mean, he's a camel! Haha, it just seems so unusual. And he definitely would enjoy seeing the camel in Morocco in Epcot and at Aladdin's Magic Carpets in MK.

My vote is for Bailey. I always liked him out of all the Salingers :rotfl:

Wasn't he adorable?!? I mean, other than the alcoholism and all that ... haha.

Aw, so fun! I think my vote is for Maybeck. Maybe it'll help you conquer your fear of Buffalo! :thumbsup2

I wonder if I'll ever FULLY conquer my fear of buffalo! My kids can be pretty mean about it sometimes. For example, one time they found a picture of a few buffalo in their social studies textbook. They all walked into my classroom and wanted to show it to me. I was thinking, "Thanks a lot guys!" but I made sure not to react because I didn't want them to see me freak out about it. Then they'd show buffalo things to me more often! Haha.

I do think it's actually working somewhat though. Buffalo pictures don't scare me as much! So I guess they're doing something good then!

I like Maybeck too - he's pretty cute! :goodvibes

I thought it was funny when I found him! Haha, who knew I had a water buffalo!

Haha wow, so many votes for Maybeck! ;)

You know, you're the only reason why Maybeck was in the running for so long!

RachelNinja
03-22-2010, 10:02 PM
Trip Mascot: A Surprise Twist!

This will be very disappointing to Bailey, Maybeck, Philby, and maybe even some of you readers, but there's a twist in this whole mascot decision.

Weird and I went to our Disney Store on Saturday night. I wanted to check to see if they had a shipment of the shirt that I want so badly! It's a Minnie holding a bunch of balloons; it's one of the organic tees. They didn't have it, but we spent a good amount of time looking around anyway. Hehe, it's kind of funny because out of the 3 CMs we saw working there, we "knew" every single one because we go there so often! It's always fun though because they have new merchandise, like Pook-a-Looz!!! But I digress ...

Tink's Treasure of the Week was buy one get one free Easter plushies. There sitting on the shelf was the Mickey I had eyed the last time I was there! He was so adorably cute and preppy, but I didn't like that he was holding flowers. Suddenly on the other side of the display, Weird and I (and my younger brother) saw these eggs!

(Haha, this picture is taken at home though.)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/mascot5.jpg

And who do you think was inside the egg? MICKEY! Mickey wearing the clothes that I just love love LOVED!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/mascot6.jpg

Look how cute he is! I think the clothes make him part preppy and part nerdy. He needs glasses and suspenders, haha. He's dressed this way really for Easter, but I think it just gives him the opportunity to wear what he really enjoys wearing, hehe.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/mascot4.jpg

So despite the fact that I know my 3 little friends will be upset that they won't be going to Disney, I am really THRILLED to be able to bring Mickey with me! He's actually sitting next to me, and he's traveled to and from church as well as to and from lunch and dinner with Weird yesterday. Yes, I'm that weird. My mom said I was delusional though because of the questions I was asking Mickey. Haha, I have said it before though ... being a middle school teacher requires a certain kind of crazy, so maybe it's just the crazy in me!

I've been wanting to get a little Mickey this size, but none of them were really cute to me. I didn't love them the way that I love this one. I'm so glad I waited to get this one! Plus, he comes in an egg! Haha, I just find it so hilarious!

Anyway, I hope it doesn't disappoint you readers who voted for Bailey, Maybeck, or Philby. I know I will definitely have a lot of fun with Mickey because he's easier to pose and because I just am 100% sure that I want him to go and be my mascot. I think that not feeling so sure about the other 3 means that they should stay home and catch up on their reading or something.

Two more pictures ... Weird thought it was hilarious when I propped him up on the chair in my living room!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/mascot3.jpg

Here's another picture but from farther away so you can see his size.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/raecholor/PTR%202010/mascot2.jpg

Now with mascot chosen, I have to start planning for other things ... you know, as in packing and whatnot! Haha, nah, who am I kidding. That'll happen the night before ...

wdwgirl03
03-23-2010, 08:19 AM
Awww, I love your new Mickey!! He is so cute. :goodvibes

I am going to be packing the night before too. :rolleyes: Can't believe how close we are!

stacy347
03-23-2010, 10:09 AM
That Mickey is seriously adorable!! :lovestruc

I'm sure he will be a great addition to the trip. :)


I couldn't help but laugh about your students and the buffalo pics...there is just something ingrained in teens/preteens that makes them love to torture adults, LOL! My DDs think it's hilarious when they find something that freaks me out...evil children, LOL. :rotfl:

Bridora
03-23-2010, 12:56 PM
Mickey is so cute! :goodvibes

Who did you get for your *free* plush?

Jennifer48
03-26-2010, 05:02 PM
That Mickey is so cute! :thumbsup2

Good choice :goodvibes

Btw, not sure you read it on Sarah's PTR but I booked a last minute trip so I'll be down there soon too! My dates are only the 7-10th but I"ll be at MK on my 30th birthday! :yay:

What were your dates again?

RachelNinja
03-26-2010, 11:08 PM
Awww, I love your new Mickey!! He is so cute. :goodvibes

I am going to be packing the night before too. :rolleyes: Can't believe how close we are!

I'm trying to keep everything straight because I have to plan next week's 4 days of class first. Well, technically it's only 3 days because I'm going to do the whole movie thing on Thursday since I promised my 7th graders I'd show them the Jonah: A Veggietales Movie. I figure I'll show that movie or another one to my other classes too.

Then I also have to work on the lesson plans for the week when we get back because I don't want to have to worry about not having my stuff planned! Along with school stuff, I have to clean my horrendous room, jot down the things I want to see but never took the time to write, write a packing list, and then actually pack! (I need a list to pack otherwise I get paranoid about what I actually put in the bag so far!). I can't believe it's almost here!

That Mickey is seriously adorable!! :lovestruc

I'm sure he will be a great addition to the trip. :)

I couldn't help but laugh about your students and the buffalo pics...there is just something ingrained in teens/preteens that makes them love to torture adults, LOL! My DDs think it's hilarious when they find something that freaks me out...evil children, LOL. :rotfl:

Haha, that's so true! On another occasion, my kids were very Jessica Simpson-like because they were like, "Well, what about buffalo wings, Miss Ninja? Do you eat those?!?" And I was like, "Sure, why not. They're chicken." Half of them were in complete SHOCK. Haha, not that I care about eating buffalo; I just don't want to look at them!

Mickey is so cute! :goodvibes

Who did you get for your *free* plush?

Weird picked out a Thumper that he liked! I looked at the Minnie in the egg, but I think she looked kind of funny. Eeyore looked a little drugged (too many bags under his eyes). Pooh didn't look like Pooh at all; he looked like one of those imitation ones. Since all I cared about was the Mickey I got, Weird picked Thumper since he remembers the classic movies well and liked Bambi as a kid.

That Mickey is so cute! :thumbsup2

Good choice :goodvibes

Btw, not sure you read it on Sarah's PTR but I booked a last minute trip so I'll be down there soon too! My dates are only the 7-10th but I"ll be at MK on my 30th birthday! :yay:

What were your dates again?

Oh YAY! Woohoo for you!!! That's so exciting; I'd love to spend a birthday in WDW. Our dates are 4/4 (arrive in Florida, no park though) to 4/10 (leaving Florida early in the morning). The basic plan at this point is Epcot on Monday 4/5, MK on Wednesday 4/7, and DHS on Thursday 4/8 or Friday 4/9. Will you be at any of those parks on those days?

Jennifer48
03-26-2010, 11:36 PM
Oh YAY! Woohoo for you!!! That's so exciting; I'd love to spend a birthday in WDW. Our dates are 4/4 (arrive in Florida, no park though) to 4/10 (leaving Florida early in the morning). The basic plan at this point is Epcot on Monday 4/5, MK on Wednesday 4/7, and DHS on Thursday 4/8 or Friday 4/9. Will you be at any of those parks on those days?

Thanks! We arrive on the 7th in the evening and are staying at ASMu. Might go to DtD. The 8th is my birthday so we are spending the day at MK. The 9th is going to be EPCOT and the 10th probably DHS. Booo to missing each other! Wouldn't it be fun if you, Sarah and I met up?!

wdwgirl03
03-27-2010, 10:50 AM
Wouldn't it be fun if you, Sarah and I met up?!


Umm...yes!