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Old 03-31-2007, 08:02 PM   #1
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Geeks on a budget - 12/22, complete! Read reflections within....

Yes, I am following in the footsteps of oybolshoi and WDW Poly Princess and starting a pre-trippie of my own. If you are familiar with my other TR’s then you are aware that the contents of said report will consist of self-deprecating humor, obscure geek references, and enough alcohol to kill a small elephant.

So it begins.

It all started when we booked a 7-day cruise for 2008. Being a compulsive planner, I could not let the next 18 months go by without constant visits to the DIS, and excited storytelling to those who will be joining us. After we convinced silversae to come, she came up with a brilliant pass-the-time strategy:

Book a 3-night taster for THIS year.

Genius!

Now, we don’t know exactly WHEN we are going (though I have decided it will be September 6th….I just haven’t asked anyone else’s opinion on that. I’ve also decided we will all be in a category 8 cabin. And I have most of the itinerary planned. In my head. And you thought I was kidding about compulsive behavior? Oh, silly young reader. You do not know me well enough.) but I figured I could start the whole planning process anyhow. Because this year, we have a theme:

Geeks on a budget

Yes, we are trying to save little bits here and there so that our 7-day in 2008 can be this massive blow-out. I plan to be intoxicated and in the spa for the duration of that cruise. Ports of call? Overrated. Anyhow, that doesn’t leave much wiggle room for our 3-day adventure so I am using this as an opportunity to make the best of all of the “free” features our favorite boat has to offer.

And by “free” of course I mean costing $1450. I wonder if anyone has ever tried to bargain with DCL to just rent out a chair on the deck 7 overlook for $75 instead of sinking all that money into a room you’re never in? I imagine a deck full of vagrant wanderers, sponging at the buffets and the soda machines and napping in the tile loungers of the tropical rainforest……

Back to the cruise planning.

So far, my tentative plans include a “splurge” for a day-pass to the rainforest room. But otherwise? We want to spend absolutely no money. Ok, maybe a drink at the sail away party. And probably a mochaccino. So let’s just say we have a budget of approximately $50, tipping not included.

I can totally do this.

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Old 03-31-2007, 10:40 PM   #2
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Woo Hoo!

Congrats, Erica!

Can't wait to read the trip report for this one! If anyone can do it on a budget and make us fall over laughing, it's you!
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Old 04-01-2007, 06:07 PM   #3
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This weekend I worked on part one of our budget cruise planning, which is a part I like to call “being able to actually pay for this [currently imaginary] cruise you are taking.”

I spent 10 hours at my old job, trying to convince the elderly folks that yes, I really did get my degree in occupational therapy just to drive all the way across town and make them put their socks on without my help. For this, I get PRN therapist pay which is only a small trade-off for having virtually no weekend. The good news is, when the check comes the [currently imaginary] cruise will be about 1/3 of the way paid for.

Now, paying for [currently imaginary] cruises is not the primary reason why I chose to start working the occasional weekend at my old job; it is merely a bonus. I had originally intended just to do an hour here and an hour there to help them out and to gain a little extra spending money…..because who doesn’t like extra spending money? But then the talk of potential cruising began and a light bulb went off in my head.

Suddenly I had all of this free time to spend back at that hospital when a year and a half ago all I wanted to do was run as far away from it as humanly possible (I won’t go into the details, but suffice to say I found a place that was much better for me and have been quite happy there for the past 18 months) – because now? Now it meant I could be back on deck 4 lounging in those wonderful deck chairs with the breeze in my hair, watching the land fall away as we made our way to paradise.

Besides, I can always relax NEXT weekend. Right?

My current plan is to work one weekend every month, and maybe an occasional second, until the [currently imaginary] cruise is payed for and we have set aside as much as possible for next year's ACTUAL cruise.
This could prove to be pretty lucrative, until I burn out at least……
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I think you've got a great plan going! And I think we're becoming pen pals!

After our sons accident in October (just 10 weeks before our week at WDW and our Eastern Cruise), I think the world the therapists that helped him! It's nice that you have the opportunity to look at going back with a new perspective-use them for your cruise income! Two bonuses-you help yourself and Lionel (Think Palo, deck chairs, martini's, etc.) and you are helping those who need you.

By the way, I did go to the martini tasting on our cruise. I got my typical luck-I got the nasty martini's!! Bourbon, Gin and some other yucky one! They weren't yummy ones you told me about-jolly rancher, Italian wedding cake! Next time I'm going to ask! If not, I'll just find the bartender that makes the best Cosmo and go from there! But beware.....best Cosmo's are free at the art auction! 5 pieces of art later, the art wasn't free!

I'm looking forward to your new Geek adventure! Have a great week!
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OH MY GOSH A ZWEIHUND REPORT! I am SO here!
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Old 04-01-2007, 09:04 PM   #6
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You could always run a 50/50 at your next family function!!!

I love your Imaginary cruise... I've been imagining mine for months already... I'm booking as soon as my next pay bonus comes in... until then, I get to imagine.... dream...PLAN...
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How fun...an imaginary cruise planning report! I'm here....keep writing.....
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Old 04-02-2007, 11:36 AM   #8
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Can I imagine I'm on the cruise with you???
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By the way, I did go to the martini tasting on our cruise. I got my typical luck-I got the nasty martini's!! Bourbon, Gin and some other yucky one! They weren't yummy ones you told me about-jolly rancher, Italian wedding cake! Next time I'm going to ask! If not, I'll just find the bartender that makes the best Cosmo and go from there! But beware.....best Cosmo's are free at the art auction! 5 pieces of art later, the art wasn't free!
When we went to the auction last year we got NO free Cosmos. I guess because we didn't bring our checkbooks

I wonder if different sailings have different martinis at the tasting? Sorry it wasn't any good, I would have been disappointed too!

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How fun...an imaginary cruise planning report! I'm here....keep writing.....
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You could always run a 50/50 at your next family function!!!

I love your Imaginary cruise... I've been imagining mine for months already... I'm booking as soon as my next pay bonus comes in... until then, I get to imagine.... dream...PLAN...
Now THAT is a great idea. Though that might only drum up about 20 bucks. Still! That's a day in the rainforest room........

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Excellent! I've got something new and hilarious to read while pretending to work!!
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Excellent! I've got something new and hilarious to read while pretending to work!!
And by all means, if you have any budget advice oh master of the pre-planning, do send it my way!

I mentioned to Lionel this evening while we were walking the dog that I started a pre-trip report. He looked at me, looked at the dog, and said "I don't understand this part of your Mom's life."

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Old 04-02-2007, 09:48 PM   #12
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And by all means, if you have any budget advice oh master of the pre-planning, do send it my way!

I mentioned to Lionel this evening while we were walking the dog that I started a pre-trip report. He looked at me, looked at the dog, and said "I don't understand this part of your Mom's life."

I said
Yeah... the guys don't get us, do they???

Is your pup male or female...just want to know if he or she understood you either...
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I mentioned to Lionel this evening while we were walking the dog that I started a pre-trip report. He looked at me, looked at the dog, and said "I don't understand this part of your Mom's life."

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And by all means, if you have any budget advice oh master of the pre-planning, do send it my way!

I mentioned to Lionel this evening while we were walking the dog that I started a pre-trip report. He looked at me, looked at the dog, and said "I don't understand this part of your Mom's life."

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Budget?



Has there ever been anything in one of my reports that's ever given you the idea that I actually know how to budget? I always have the best of intentions and then I get on the ship and I'm pretty much like..."yeah, we do need 56 mochaccinos in 6 days and $500 worth of spa treatments, and ***** worth of alcohol."

I have no self-discipline on vacation. And neither does Jay. It makes for deadly vacation fun!

BTW - Lionel's question to your dog is pretty much the same response Jay had. He looked at our cat and said, "Don't you think your crazy mommy is spending waaaaaay too much time with these people?"

I'm subscribing to this one (which is not something I normally do) because I know it's going to be fabulous!

Hey...is there any chance we can hook up in October during F&W? I know this probably won't help with your budgeting issues, but surely we could work something out?

PS. SHOUTING OUT TO GRUMPYDUDE!!!!!
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Oooooooooooo a zweihund pre-trippie, this is gonna be good

I bet you can totally do the cruise on a budget compared to the rest of us that have to pay to fly down and book a hotel the night before the cruise. I'm just a weee bit jealous
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