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Old 02-28-2011, 06:02 PM   #1
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going to disney&uni again! Sep 2011

Hello again! Long time no see.

Uh, yeah, right. Considering I JUST sent a PM to the mod to do whatever magic they do to finished trip reports (if you missed my scintillating report on the shocking news that the monorail does, indeed, smell funny, it's here, well, unless she moves it and it loses its URL identity), it hasn't even been 5 minutes since I was posting in the WDW report section.

But it's been since 11/20/2010 (last year! a whole year! um, wait, no) (and she calls herself a Math Minor) (she doesn't really) since I was in the PRE trip section.

OK so I'm Molly, the husband is Robert, the kidlet is Eamon and he's 6 right now but will be 7 for this new trip. We like Disney. December saw us at WDW for the first time ever for any of the 3 of us! Nice! We had "just the three of us" time as well as "meet up with the cousins" time, and enjoyed each thoroughly. We'll have a VERY similar trip in September, so that says something about the enjoyment.

That's about all we have for this start-of-report. Right now I'm dealing with health concerns for my (half) brother...he's 28 and has been in the ICU on a ventilator for over 2 weeks now, and it's nerve-wracking! Luckily I have enough knowledge that I try to roll with the changes as they happen, and my stepmom is actually a nurse at that hospital, and she gives me the bare-bones facts by text and the talk-talk on the phone, and then we give the info to various cousins (the paternal side, as opposed to the maternal-side cousins we vacation with) and try to help them through it. Don't get me wrong, I adore my brother, but I'm able to put on a clinical face for long enough to do all that. He's in CA and I'm in WA and I desperately want to go back down there (was there a week ago) but it involves plane fare for me and the Boy, a rental car and a hotel room along with food and gas, as I have allergies and am prone to asthma, and their home and cars are smoked in by the brother in question as well as by dad and stepmom. Plus they have a dog and 3 cats that don't play well with my lungs. Oh, and they live in the redwoods, where there are spiders as big as...well I don't know, I try to not look too hard...so yeah, I stay at a hotel. Which is great, but an added expense.

OMG forgive that run on paragraph! I apologize. I would fix it, but let's just call it "art", like the art of a poem. It was all one thought, so it's all one paragraph. Even though it shouldn't be.

Don't hold it against me, I shall try to not do it again! I'm under stress, I'm under strain! I don't know what I was thinking.


OK gotta jet for now, but I wanted to get this underway!
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:36 PM   #2
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intro (or "the what and the why")
the where
the who
the how part deux
not satisfied with food choices yet

long break of rambling and nonsense

Halloween costume thoughts

rambling, nonsense, won't she just shush?

I love it when a rental car plan comes together, and...how should we get to our home airport?
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Old 03-02-2011, 04:38 PM   #3
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Our trip will be sort of a shorter version of the last.

We will visit Universal, either at the beginning or end of the trip. Both have their positives and negatives...smaller room makes it hard to be happy after so long at OKW, but starting off with the hotel guest version of the Express Pass makes FP feel so wimpy.

The WDW portion will start with a 2 bedroom at OKW, change to a studio at Boardwalk (b/c of points we needed to have one night at a certain point level that meant a studio at BW or at OKW, and we chose BW b/c it just seemed more interesting, if perhaps a bit more annoying, than staying at OKW) for ONE night, then back over to OKW for a 1 bedroom.

To those who don't like split stays, it's a bit of Hades. For me it's OK.

So we have all the WDW bits booked, and it's just Universal and flights we need next. We're hoping to do flights solely with Dh's miles.

I ordered the deluxe passporter for 2011 just yesterday. I liked the 2010 version fine, but it turns out the spiral bound edition really brought my enjoyment down. The deluxe is a fake-leather binder, and will at the very least make a great spot to keep the "passpockets" where I keep my receipts.

Last trip I used TourGuideMike and it was decent, though things really changed after I'd stopped checking, which wasn't his fault but it really threw me. I might try Touringplans this time. Not sure.

The cast of characters will be the same this time, though it's going to be interesting to see how the boy cousin has progressed! His family is finally admitting that he has some issues, and they are working hard with him to help him. I think it'll be fabulous.

I'll be making ADRs in under 2 weeks, which feels astonishing, but it shouldn't be. After all, I made ADRs in June for our December trip!

We are working on lists of "things so good we want to do them again" and "things we can leave out this time" and so on and so forth. Those are fun. Reminds me of planning for Disneyland (which I miss so much!).

So that's what I've got for now!
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Sounds exciting! But wait - when will you visit DLR again??
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Old 03-04-2011, 05:01 PM   #5
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Can't wait to hear more! . We are also from WA & will also be going in September! Hope your brother gets better!
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Old 03-05-2011, 03:23 PM   #6
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Visitors! Yay!



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Sounds exciting! But wait - when will you visit DLR again??
I don't know..... I was supposed to be in San Diego right now, with a one day visit in there...but it got to be too much of a hassle. Then there's the cheerleading weekend coming up where I was hoping I could get down there to see my sis compete and spend a little time with them, but the money just disappeared, because now we're repaying our emergency fund for my CA travel. Waaaaaaaaaaah.

Robert is firm, though...since we're borrowing ALL of our 2012 points for the September trip and our WDW APs will be finished December 6, next year is the year of Disneyland again! (even if we happen to make it down there this year)

So the definite answer is "next year", but we're still hopeful for this year.

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Can't wait to hear more! . We are also from WA & will also be going in September! Hope your brother gets better!
Yay!

I really should have updated this thread with (the good!!!) brother info!

All of a sudden one day, before they were able to call anyone, he didn't need the oxygen anymore, so they got the tube out and woke him up....the PT got in there and brother was even able to take a step!

Over the next couple days he got rid of even the nasal cannula with oxygen, but was dealing with some mental stuff. I saw a phrase for it elsewhere on the boards..."ICU psychosis". They wouldn't let him leave the ICU until he was better mentally. And that happened two days ago! Woo!!!!!!!


He's got a long long road ahead of him.

With the illness I had (and who knows WHAT it was, since no one tested me for anything...I tell you, I get the WORST medical health care on the planet...never go to anyone mainstream that I see!) where I was about *this* close from being hospitalized b/c I could barely breathe (though I was working SO hard to breathe so I didn't die with only my son here that my oxygen saturation as I finally got to urgent care was still a good 97%, which I think told the staff that I wasn't THAT sick, but tells ME that I have an iron will when it's just me and the kid)....even with whatever I had, my lungs are still healing up. I'm finally able to talk about halfway normal, in terms of how many words I can say before taking a breath. I sound normal to those who don't know me...but to those who know me and know how much I talk talk talk, they can tell. I'm still getting winded doing relatively normal things, but it's not a muscle thing, just a lung exhaustion thing.

So with him, especially since he was a smoker (I grew up with smokers, but I've never done it...he got it from both sides...second AND firsthand smoke) and not athletic at all...he's going to have a long recovery. Poor guy.

My stepmom had already gotten the FMLA stuff done a day or two before he was taken off the ventilator, and it included time for her to care for him at home, AND she gets paid during that time, so that's a weight off their shoulders! Since she is a nurse herself, they won't have to hire people to help out at home if they might have needed to.

So that's the situation with my brother. It really brought the family closer, which has been amazing. Of course, we were all in crisis mode for 2 weeks, and now we're kind of floating around, wondering what to say to each other when we aren't giving each other updates...but hopefully we'll continue this new closeness. The conversations and time with my stepmom alone have been amazing.
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:05 AM   #7
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sitting @ anabella. Not going to park. Y? Because e got the stomach bug that hit the fam reunion and he's still hot (should have gone home yesterday but canceled our flight). Going to my brother's instead to recuperate without spending $200 per night.

Dangit though. We even had the one-day e-tickets bought, but @ 2am with a planned early wakeup the plans changed when the bug hit him!

can't believe I'm right next to disneyland and can't go in...
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Oh Molly how disappointing for you both. I hope E feels better.
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He's starting too, but has barely eaten in 3 days. If he wasn't drinking and peeing I'd have been VERY worried today. But around 3pm he suddenly sat up and said he was feeling better. Of course, not eating makes ya dizzy and he's dealing with that, but I think he's on the mend. And it turns out I'm glad I'm not sitting at Anabella with Screamin' taunting us (you can see the top of the "tube" while walking to the lobby from the Carmel building, and you can hear it).... Glad I have a nice brother.
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Oh wow Molly that is a bad virus or flu. Poor E and poor you. I am glad you have your brothers house to go stay at. I think that it would awful to be so close to Disneyland yet be so far away.
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Yeah, I'm glad we're here. I balked, wanting to stay there just in case he got well enough, but I shouldn't have balked. Too hard to be so close.
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Sleet????? Wild.



So while doing taxes I needed a file from the old computer (the beery one), and since it would turn on, we went looking for the file. The problem with the computer is that it said it couldn't find the Airport (aka wireless thingie) and the keyboard was being very naughty.

Well, after I turned on the computer, it...connected to the internet! And the keyboard was normal.

What?????

Zombie Computer? Vampire computer? (it sure does suck my time and brains LOL)

Mystifying.... And now I have to get used to it again, just as I was getting used to Robert's PC and/or the idea of finding my very OWN computer (this is mine but I didn't set out to get it or buy it...it was included with a year lease at our old apartment). oh well!
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I hate taxes. Ours have been done since January, Scotty's W-2 was accessible online and I took advantage and armed with all my info our taxes were. done.
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:34 PM   #14
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I don't know why we waited, but I'm just glad I remembered!


Eamon, who barely ate for a week, has now had more meals TODAY than he had in the last 2 weeks. I might be exaggerating, but it's not by much!

he started with a yogurt, then had hummus and chips (this is before 9:30am), then had some fruit, then a bagel, then cottage cheese, more fruit...then some trail mix, then we made a pizza (using the dough from Trader Joe's), he had something like 3 pieces, then immediately went back into the fridge to stick his head in! While we were away, even while ill, he grew about 1/4 inch. What is THIS going to do to his growth rate????

We're frightened for our wallets, frankly. And a little worried that he got a tapeworm, LOL. (why can't *I* get a tapeworm, just to help me lose some weight? then I'll take care of it, I promise, universe!)
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Molly, my first thought was growth spurt. Then I read more and I think he is making up for the loss of calories during the last growth spurt at least I hope so. I feed three teenagers and a husband that on any given day burn 5,000 on his bike and then replaces them. I consider my food budget my own personal national debt.
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