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Old 04-14-2012, 06:38 AM   #46
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It never rains but it pours, huh? Sounds like the work situation is tough but manageable. I do hope things get less hectic for you though.
Wow, a 5.5 mile run sounds so out of my reach. I'm still aiming to get to 2 miles when I run. Good for you for keeping up with it while working so much!
Wow again, cruises are a lot more expensive than I would have thought. I've never looked at prices before. I hope you guys work out something fun for this year!

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Old 04-14-2012, 09:23 AM   #47
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Hope work calms down soon for you. It does indeed sound quite tiring.

Your comparison of your DH to new home buyers cracked me up! But, it's so true! Honestly, I had priced out RCL for next year on an Eastern Caribbean to compare to DCL. If we wanted to go on one of the bigger, nicer boats......it wasn't that different from Disney prices for the Fantasy. But, I'm glad you told him he needs to cover the vacation cost this year since that was the deal! Who knows, maybe he'll want a cruise enough to go ahead & book it.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:38 AM   #48
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WOW! You have been working some crazy hours! When it rains, it pours. Working per diem is always feast or famine.
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:43 AM   #49
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I'm here...FINALLY! I didn't even see this in your signature the other day. Sorry. You really have been working crazy hours, don't feel bad about complaining a bit. Its hard. And its harder still when you have a kid to take care of, too.

I love how you've tied running to your Disney trips. That might even get me motivated, although I doubt it. I don't like running and I'm really bad at it.

I know what you mean about your DH not getting what things cost. My husband has only a vague notion of what our Disney trips cost. His fault for not paying more attention to these things.

My thoughts are with you on the pregnancy thing, too.
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:02 PM   #50
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Work sounds hectic, but at least you are making some moolah! If you need any help planning a cruise (I love cruising) send me a PM. 1500 for 3 is unrealistic for what he wants. Though I have found some ocean view rooms for that price or less, but not the ports he would want most likely. He sounds like my DH. He wants to sail Alaska....in the winter. I told him they don't cruise then, but he says thats when he can go, so lets do it then....Um did you hear me? They don't sail in the winter....it's frozen, Ever hear of the show Ice Road Truckers.

He cracks me up.
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We're planning a cruise for 2013 and I found them all to be more expensive than I would have liked, too. We ended up on the Disney Dream for four nights. Jeremy keeps saying that we could save lots of money on it if we leave the boys behind.

Hope work slows down soon!
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:46 AM   #52
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It never rains but it pours, huh? Sounds like the work situation is tough but manageable. I do hope things get less hectic for you though.
Wow, a 5.5 mile run sounds so out of my reach. I'm still aiming to get to 2 miles when I run. Good for you for keeping up with it while working so much!
Wow again, cruises are a lot more expensive than I would have thought. I've never looked at prices before. I hope you guys work out something fun for this year!
The 5.5 miles actually felt pretty good. I really should say jog super slow/take walk breaks but run just sounds so much better.

Cruises can be cheaper, it all depends on the ship and when you travel. The newer ships from Royal Caribbean and NCL during peak travel times are just as expensive as the Disney Dream/Fantasy. I don't know why people always complain about DCL being so much.

I think I am just going to give up trying to get away this summer. I need to just concentrate on saving for my year of Disney trips. Plus I would really like to get on the Fantasy in 2014 and it will most likely have to be Feb or April vacation which means I need lots of $$$$.



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Hope work calms down soon for you. It does indeed sound quite tiring.

Your comparison of your DH to new home buyers cracked me up! But, it's so true! Honestly, I had priced out RCL for next year on an Eastern Caribbean to compare to DCL. If we wanted to go on one of the bigger, nicer boats......it wasn't that different from Disney prices for the Fantasy. But, I'm glad you told him he needs to cover the vacation cost this year since that was the deal! Who knows, maybe he'll want a cruise enough to go ahead & book it.

RCL and NCL are just as bad as DCL. They might look a little cheaper but there always seem to be things that they don't include like Disney. If DH wants RCL he can save for it, I'm saving my $ for the Fantasy




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WOW! You have been working some crazy hours! When it rains, it pours. Working per diem is always feast or famine.

I only have 1 more week with a jam packed schedule. Once May comes I should be slowing down. Should be, be we'll see.



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I'm here...FINALLY! I didn't even see this in your signature the other day. Sorry. You really have been working crazy hours, don't feel bad about complaining a bit. Its hard. And its harder still when you have a kid to take care of, too.

I love how you've tied running to your Disney trips. That might even get me motivated, although I doubt it. I don't like running and I'm really bad at it.

I know what you mean about your DH not getting what things cost. My husband has only a vague notion of what our Disney trips cost. His fault for not paying more attention to these things.

My thoughts are with you on the pregnancy thing, too.


The whole reason I started running was b/c I happened to read a TR a few years ago on the Princess Half. It was right after our May 2010 trip and it gave me an excuse to get back to Disney. It took me until Oct of this year to actually do the C25K but I am determined to make it to a Half Marathon in Disney. I find Disney to be a great motivator. If I have to run 13.1 to get DH to agree to go to Disney during Feb. break then I guess I have to run 13.1 miles.

DH never really pays attention to how much our vacations cost either and I don't feel the need to volunteer the info. I usually pick up extra overnight shifts that I wouldn't normally pick up to pay for vacations. He can't complain since I wouldn't pick up the shifts otherwise.

I think he will be in shock if he ever actually tries to book a trip or cruise on his own.


I hope you are enjoying your time at Disney right now!


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Work sounds hectic, but at least you are making some moolah! If you need any help planning a cruise (I love cruising) send me a PM. 1500 for 3 is unrealistic for what he wants. Though I have found some ocean view rooms for that price or less, but not the ports he would want most likely. He sounds like my DH. He wants to sail Alaska....in the winter. I told him they don't cruise then, but he says thats when he can go, so lets do it then....Um did you hear me? They don't sail in the winter....it's frozen, Ever hear of the show Ice Road Truckers.

He cracks me up.
Too funny that Skip wants to go to Alaska in the winter That sounds exactly like DH. Only DH refuses to go on an Alaskan cruise. Too cold.

I give up trying to convince DH to squeeze in a vacation this summer. He always brings something up and I get excited. Then, he changes his mind and I am disappointed. I am just going to continue on with my vacation plans and anything extra will be a bonus


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We're planning a cruise for 2013 and I found them all to be more expensive than I would have liked, too. We ended up on the Disney Dream for four nights. Jeremy keeps saying that we could save lots of money on it if we leave the boys behind.

Hope work slows down soon!
I told DH we could manage all of his wish list if we left Caitlin behind too She didn't like that too much.

The Disney Dream will be sooooo fun with the boys
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:15 AM   #53
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Another busy week, but a bit more manageable since I have the weekends off until the end of the month. Caitlin is on April vacation this week.


Saturday was a beautiful day and DH was stuck working all day.

I felt as though I could use a little bit of Disney so we headed up to the Disney store. We no longer have one close to us, the closest one is an hour drive. However, they do have a Disney store and a Rainforest Cafť so it is nice to visit once in awhile.


There wasnít too much that caught my interest at the Disney store.

I ended up only buying a Mickey Mouse cup to use at work.

Caitlin ended up with a stuffed Lady and Lucky. Because the other 1000 stuffed animals she has arenít enough.


We had lunch here



We have been to RFC once and T-rex once. This time Caitlin was terrified during the storm. TERRIFIED. We were seated right next to the huge elephant which Caitlin thought was an angry elephant. She was pretty close to tears. I would have asked to move but we already had our stuff all over the table. I have some nice nail marks from where she dug into my skin. She wants to go back again, but now we have make sure we arenít seated right next to the angry elephant or crazy gorilla.


These are purchases from a few weeks ago from Disney store .com that I forgot to post.

I ordered my first Vinylmation. The 25th anniversary one from DS.



I actually ordered an extra one for my sister, but of course Caitlin started to cry when I told her it was for Jenny and not her. ďBut Jenny already has a bunch of them and I donít have any!Ē Well, now she has one. I believe she is going to trade it with her aunt though.




I also got this bag. Is it just me or are these bags horrible quality. It seems a bit better than previous ones, but they donít last long in this house. I have stopped buying them but this one was too cute to pass up.



Just in case I need a reminder. I am really hoping to get there for 2014, but if I am able to go for 2013 Iíll take it.


I also ran a 4 mile run on Sunday at a local event. It was soooo freakin hot. Since I started running in the fall, I haven't really dealt with heat yet. It was about 80something degrees and it felt like the sun was beating directly on me. Right after the starting line, we made it to the turn and there was a huge hill to run up. Heat and hills are something I need to work on this summer. I made it through the first 2 miles without walking but had to take a break after that. I ended up taking about 4 different 1 minute breaks. I finished at right over 51 minutes.

Since Caitlin is on vacation and DH has to work into the night this week my runs aren't working out. I tried going yesterday at 5:30am before work but after about 10 minutes my run turned into a walk I was hoping to do a run today but DH is working late again. I might try to take Caitlin along on her bike for at least some type of activity.

Sunday will be another local 5k. This time Caitlin wants to do it too. I told her to try the kids run for this one and maybe she can do another later. I just don't want to have to pay for her to do it and have it be a disaster.

There is also a 5k right near my house on Mother's Day and I think that might be my last one for the summer. I'm getting tired of dropping $30 each time and I don't think I'll do good with running in the heat. I think I will have to start running before work at 5-5:30 in the summer before it gets too hot.
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:39 AM   #54
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Love your treasures from the Disney store! Especially the cup - very cute!

You're doing such a great job with your running! Keep up the hard work! I do think you could run the Princess Half in February.

So far, I'm still sticking to C25K. I'm doing ok with it but I still find it a tad unbelievable that I'll be able to run 3 miles by the end. But, I'm going to try! I like running at night since it's not as hot. I know that once it gets closer to our trip, I'll have to do some morning training since the ToT 5K is in the morning. I don't blame you for not doing anymore races after Mother's Day. It is just too hot!

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I haven't looked into NCL but I have looked at several cruises with RCL. And they really are just as expensive as DCL. I found that not only does RCL not include a lot of the things that Disney does, but I found it very hard if not impossible to find out what certain things cost on RCL. Like the restaurants where you have to pay extra. I couldn't easily find this info on the website. I ended up finding a TR on here about an RCL cruise. From that TR, I learned what the extra restaurants could cost. Some are very reasonable. But, what I didn't like is that at some you pay your little bit extra for the food but you also have to pay a little fee to get into the restaurant, too. Again, it was hardly anything but it just perturbed me for some reason. I don't know, when I go on a cruise, I want it to be pretty much all-inclusive. I know I have to pay for tips, alcohol, excursions, spa & adults-only places. But, really everything else should be included. And the prices should all be easy to find for these extras. Which, DCL makes it very easy to find out how much all of their stuff cost so it makes it easier to budget for them.
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:48 AM   #55
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swinging your shifts has got to make it extra exhausting!

i've picked up a couple vinylmation lately too (THANKS KATE...) I also asked for a couple for Mother's Day. Figure its a great gift- when else are you allowed to trade something you don't like without hurting feelings

i got the 25th anniversary bag too. it is a completely different material then they have been in the past. I'm not sure how it will hold up compared to the others. i figure if nothing else it may repel water a little better.
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My Disney reusable bags fall apart quickly, too. They're so cute that I still want to buy them, if only they'd last longer. It's almost like they're disposable reusable bags.

I like the new Vinylmation. Did you see Disney Store was having a special offer online where you could buy one Vinyl and get a mystery vinyl for only $1.99? I couldn't resist that.

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I will get to responses over the weekend. I ended up picking up the overnights this weekend, but I have a very good motivation. Caitlin and I are going to walk to the beach in a few minutes, but I had to share with someone.


There is about a 80% chance I might be needing a new ticker soon Unfortunately, it will only involve 2 days at Disney but I'll take what I can get. All I need to do is get my dates approved for vacation time and we're good to go. I won't get to see my boss until Monday though.

If it all works out, you'll be the first to know.

Amanda and Casey, I might be heading down at the same time you guys will be there
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I will get to responses over the weekend. I ended up picking up the overnights this weekend, but I have a very good motivation. Caitlin and I are going to walk to the beach in a few minutes, but I had to share with someone.


There is about a 80% chance I might be needing a new ticker soon Unfortunately, it will only involve 2 days at Disney but I'll take what I can get. All I need to do is get my dates approved for vacation time and we're good to go. I won't get to see my boss until Monday though.

If it all works out, you'll be the first to know.

Amanda and Casey, I might be heading down at the same time you guys will be there
OMG! How exciting!!!

Okay, I'm sending pixie dust your way that it happens. I would be so thrilled if you were there at the same time as us!
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I will get to responses over the weekend. I ended up picking up the overnights this weekend, but I have a very good motivation. Caitlin and I are going to walk to the beach in a few minutes, but I had to share with someone.


There is about a 80% chance I might be needing a new ticker soon Unfortunately, it will only involve 2 days at Disney but I'll take what I can get. All I need to do is get my dates approved for vacation time and we're good to go. I won't get to see my boss until Monday though.

If it all works out, you'll be the first to know.

Amanda and Casey, I might be heading down at the same time you guys will be there
That's wonderful news!
I'll keep my fingers crossed for it to work out in your favour!
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I will get to responses over the weekend. I ended up picking up the overnights this weekend, but I have a very good motivation. Caitlin and I are going to walk to the beach in a few minutes, but I had to share with someone.


There is about a 80% chance I might be needing a new ticker soon Unfortunately, it will only involve 2 days at Disney but I'll take what I can get. All I need to do is get my dates approved for vacation time and we're good to go. I won't get to see my boss until Monday though.

If it all works out, you'll be the first to know.

Amanda and Casey, I might be heading down at the same time you guys will be there

YAY!!!!



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