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Old 10-05-2012, 08:44 AM   #46
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Thanks so much! Nice to know about the walk and the slowness. I figured it would be that way for a little while. I hope you get your next trip planned out smoothly and you get caught up on work. Those first few days are killer. E- mail catch up gets me as I "turn off" on the boat. It is hot in Texas. I live in DFW area. We are having a cold front this weekend and I will miss it. I always love getting wear a jacket!

Take care and I can't wait until I get back and catch up on your report. I am so bad at pictures. I have a hard time focusing with out shaking. So, they usually turn out really bad.

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Yes. the email..... I even went to several facebook groups and turned off the notifications so I would be less bombarded. I have only gone back to one group and said hi and haven't even started to look at what I may have missed there. I'm sure nothing life shattering though.

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Following along! I have never been on a cruise, but the Military rate next month for a 7 day is $320, I think we may have to go
Hey! You made it. What a great deal. I would jump on it FAST! I hear rates like that go fast. I would say that 50% or more of my cruise was on a deal similar to that. Sadly the ships are not filling up and they are bending over backwards to get people on to fill the ships. And I think your 1st cruise as a Disney one will be great. Lisa is not a big Disney fan at all and she kept saying she was so happy her 1st cruise was a Disney one.


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Welcome!!! I am still forever behind on your TR. I'll get there though. Between my working and editing pictures.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:25 AM   #47
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Sept.21 (Friday)

I had a nice night’s sleep and woke up right at 4:30 and got myself ready.

I gave Skip a final kiss good bye and let him know I would call him later in the day, and tomorrow as well, but once on the ship, I had no clue when I could call again. We have Nextel and they are phasing it out, so there was a good chance that I might not get another signal again till back on US soil.
Lisa only lives about 5 minutes from my house and she walked out as I pulled in. We loaded her bags in the car, one last bathroom trip, she said good bye to extremely fat cats…yes they need a diet….and I think we were on the road by 5:40.

I handed her the directions to my Aunts house. My sister , Amanda, was going to take us to the airport…in Columbus, which is about 2 ½ hours from my house….and she was house sitting at my Aunts, so we were driving there and leaving my car there for the week.
It was so dark out still and we actually goofed…not far from home. We were chatting away and I kept following the signs for 23 south, but we needed to turn off on 75 south and meet up with 23 south later on. This was the faster way. We laughed at how we already got lost and we hadn’t yet left Toledo.
It only took about 15 minutes to get ourselves turned around and back in the right direction.

At one point Lisa told me my driving was giving her motion sickness…. OOPS I was letting off the gas a lot because the guy in front of me wasn’t going as fast as I wanted to go. I fixed that by setting the cruise control. I had an “OH NO!” feeling though. We were going to be on a MOVING ship for 7 days….this might not be good.

The time flew by. We talked the whole way down and not far from my Aunt’s we decided to stop and get a drink and bathroom stop at McDonalds. We pulled in and immediately pulled back out. It was PACKED! The drive through was circling the building and we couldn’t even get into a parking spot…..we could wait. We weren’t far now.

We made it to my Aunts in just over 2 ½ hours, so even with our flub up, we made very good time.

We made a pit stop, and Amanda gave Lisa a tour of my Aunts house. Lisa made friends with my Aunts cat, Gwenny, and I swore she was going to try and smuggle him out.

I took a few pictures of my Aunts house…They are kind of blurry, but she has a very beautiful home.









We got Amanda’s car loaded and off to the airport we went. I think it was about another 15 – 20 minutes from there. Of course with 3 girls in a car…the talking never stopped.



As we drove up the airport Lisa was telling us how she was trying to be more spiritual and trying to make life better. She said how she tried to meditate and write down each day things she is grateful for or things she is hopeful for.
I forget the exact thing she said, but it was kind of freaky…the day that I had texted her about going on a trip with me, she said she had wrote down something about being thankful for the things she has been able to do and any future trips she may take….or something along those lines…..Freaky right?

Amanda dropped us off at the Southwest gate and we handed off our bags and checked in right outside. We were informed that out flight was delayed 15 minutes. I asked if it would cause any troubles for our connecting flight and they reassured us all would be fine. And I let him know I was taking note of his name. LOL

We breezed right through security and I made a note to myself that in Nov I do NOT need to be there 2 hours early, as we sat and waited a LONG time.
We picked up some snacks. I got a turkey sandwich, which I was not impressed with. It needed mayo or something. I ate half and saved the other half for later. For anyone who knows me, I do need to eat or I turn into a nasty creature. Wasted $7.50 on a crappy sandwich.

We pulled out our kindles and I connected online and did some facebooking and catching up on emails.



We saw the plane arrive and it really didn’t seem to be too late.

I think one is not our plane and the other is….can’t remember for sure now.





The flight was oversold. Why they do this, I have no clue, and they asked for 2 volunteers to wait. If this was going home, I probably would’ve, but going to our destination….NOPE. I heard from Brook later that day whose flight was also over booked that they were offering free flights plus $300. I assume round trip, but it might’ve been 1 way flights. She volunteered, but they didn’t need her to.

This was our first time flying with Southwest, and I really didn’t have much to complain about…except. Why bother giving boarding numbers. No one lines up right. I tried to stay in my area, but it was obvious no one else cared if your number was before or after them. In fact on our last leg home, there was a lady who firmly planted herself in our number area. I KNEW Lisa had the 1st number for that section and I had the 2nd, but this lady was not going to move….and she was single, so not sure how important it was for her to board before 2 others. When we scanned our tickets I saw she was actually supposed to be 2 sections of numbers back. OH well…..never saw her again.

So that’s my only complaint. I paid the extra $10 for early bird online check in, but others didn’t seem to care about the numbers, nor was it enforced.
We found seats together about half way back or so. Lisa sat near the window. She asked if I wanted to and I didn’t care. I told her it had been years since I got to sit by one, so I was OK. (Claire is a window hog)

I still kept looking out the window over her though. And look at this cute Shamu plane.



We ended up pulling away from the gate only about 10 minutes later than the original scheduled time.

I would randomly lean over and take pictures out the window as we flew.





We both dozed off and on, but would wake ourselves with a jerk of falling forward or the nasty drool that likes to escape your mouth in public places. Don’t lie…you know it’s all happened to you at some point too!

And coming into Chicago.



Our next gate was in the B area and we landed in the A. We had a bit of a walk, but not too bad, as it went fast and we utilized the moving walkways. Note…moving walkways are NOT rides…..please keep walking. So many people step on and ride it to the end…..not the purpose folks! Or at least move to one side so the walkers can pass.

We had actually landed a few minutes early, so the worry of not making the connection was null. We used the bathrooms (Lisa has a phobia of plane bathrooms, and I honestly don’t blame her there) and waited.
I took a couple of shots of the area.





As the time got closer we took turns using the bathroom one last time. As I came out, I heard they were starting to call us to line up and Lisa had a look of hurry up. I ran back and we squished our way to our little post with our boarding number and again it was a bit of chaos.
We boarded and went back to about the same area and sat next to the window again…this time Lisa insisted I take the window seat since I took pictures.

While we waited to take off I took a few shots.





I took a couple of self-portraits…none of which looked very good….Here is one…notice my lazy eye. I hate that.



And one of us together.



This flight was longer. A bit over 2 hours…scheduled at 2 ½ from gate to gate. I get ansty sitting for long periods like that. And sometimes start to feel those panic attacks coming on. I kept trying to get my mind off of it. I did sleep off and on for an hour. But after that, I had that need to move…restless leg syndrome. Lisa said she was having the same issues. We are quite the pair, aren’t we?

I took a few random shots on this flight as well.

I think this is as we were taking off from Chicago Midway.







And now we were coming into Houston….YAY!!!!!







We actually landed and were off the plane about 10 minutes earlier than scheduled. I love that!

We headed outside to check out the weather. VERY humid. After a few minutes we headed back inside to baggage claim and the bags were coming out. We grabbed those and plopped them near a bench where Lisa sat. I was off to get check in for the car rental.

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Old 10-05-2012, 10:48 AM   #48
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I took a few pictures of my Aunts house…They are kind of blurry, but she has a very beautiful home.



And now we were coming into Houston….YAY!!!!!


First of all, that is a gorgeous house. Could be in Home and Garden magazine!

Second of all, Houston looks pretty nice from above - I've never seen it but had images of tall hot dusty without green, from what I've heard about it as a city. Happy to see how nice it looks - from above!

Third of all, being new to your trip reports, is your hair always those two particular shades or do they vary?
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:28 AM   #49
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Your aunt's house is beautiful.

SW's boarding process annoys the heck out of me too. I noticed the guy infront of me had the number 7 places after me It was on our return flight and I was too annoyed with the whole morning to say anything after the 2 hours of sleep I got that day, but it really urked me.

We hop between Jet Blue and SW and I love that Jet Blue has assigned seats, but SW almost always seem to arrive early while JB seems to just make it on time or a few minutes behind schedule.


I can't wait to hear more about your cruise. I have seen that DCL is releasing 2014 dates soon. Any thought of booking the Fantasy that year? It has crossed my mind to book Oct or Nov 2014, but I'm fighting it. I think I am going to put off going on DCL until I have another child and they are around 3 so that at least I'll have one other person enjoying it. (I will not book DCL, I will not book DCL)

Looking forward to seeing the ship and the ports. We are mostly going to do the Western on the Freedom of the Seas in 2014 so I can't wait to see the Western stops even if a few are different.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:30 AM   #50
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Joining in! I will be on the Magic for Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for posting the navigators from your trip. It really got me pumped up for our trip going through them.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:40 AM   #51
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First of all, that is a gorgeous house. Could be in Home and Garden magazine!

Second of all, Houston looks pretty nice from above - I've never seen it but had images of tall hot dusty without green, from what I've heard about it as a city. Happy to see how nice it looks - from above!

Third of all, being new to your trip reports, is your hair always those two particular shades or do they vary?
OK.. I choked laughing when you asked about the hair.

I am a little different..yes. I always have the white blonde...or shades of it as I have well water and it likes to turn it yellow. The purplish/red color...I love it, but it FADES so badly. So yes i have had it for several years, but you can see me from week to week and it will look different because of the fading. And over this trip it faded quite a bit. I have tired different brands with different, but similar shades, but it just won't stay in very well. I did it right before we left..I think on Thursday...and by the next Sat is has more of a red look too it. it never has faded as much as it did on this trip, so fast, so I think the "good " water was washing it out, while my well water might actually be keeping it in longer.

Houston wasn't too bad, but not great either. We stayed at a Marriot near the airport...not the nicest area, thats for sure.

My Aunt is married to a millionare...so she has nice stuff. They just bought a condo in Canada...and they furnished it with $80,00 worth of stuff....Must be nice.
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Your aunt's house is beautiful.

SW's boarding process annoys the heck out of me too. I noticed the guy infront of me had the number 7 places after me It was on our return flight and I was too annoyed with the whole morning to say anything after the 2 hours of sleep I got that day, but it really urked me.

We hop between Jet Blue and SW and I love that Jet Blue has assigned seats, but SW almost always seem to arrive early while JB seems to just make it on time or a few minutes behind schedule.


I can't wait to hear more about your cruise. I have seen that DCL is releasing 2014 dates soon. Any thought of booking the Fantasy that year? It has crossed my mind to book Oct or Nov 2014, but I'm fighting it. I think I am going to put off going on DCL until I have another child and they are around 3 so that at least I'll have one other person enjoying it. (I will not book DCL, I will not book DCL)

Looking forward to seeing the ship and the ports. We are mostly going to do the Western on the Freedom of the Seas in 2014 so I can't wait to see the Western stops even if a few are different.
I wish we had Jet Blue near us. I hear so many good things about it. I mistly have flown Allegiant and Spirit the last few years. I do NOT like Spirit. The plus for SW is definitely the free bags.

I would LOVE to do the Fantasy. But I will have to get a superb deal to make it work. Someday I will sail all 4 ships....some day!

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Welcome. We had a really good time. I tried to use it as a learning experience as well as something to enjoy. I think I did good on both accounts.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:44 PM   #54
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I'm loving your trip report. Thanks so much for posting!
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great story so far

Well, love your story so far and love your hair!
I am so glad you had a great time..I can't wait to join the club of happy Cruisers tomorrow!!
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Joining in as we are taking this cruise in December. Can't wait to here all about it!
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I am so glad you had a great time..I can't wait to join the club of happy Cruisers tomorrow!!
I wish I could be there right with you. I had such a good time.

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Southwest is actually my airline of choice, they don't 'fee' you death and they are almost always on time or ahead of schedule. I can put up with the crazy boarding system for that. I actually find it quite amusing to watch people get all bent out of shape while lining up

Not a fan of Houston however, I HATE driving there, the interstate system is a mess and people drive crazy!
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