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Old 10-09-2012, 02:02 PM   #316
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Just wanted to share that fares on United went down today into LAX from Houston to a normal fare that I can stomach. They've been so crazy-out-of-hand lately!! I normally fly into SNA, but right now it's a huge difference in the fare for me, so I'm going to give LAX a go this time. Anyway, thought I'd share in case anyone else was waiting on the fares to move some....you might want to check for your route.
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How was Halloween Time ?? Did you attend the Halloween Party ?

I've got to wait a couple weeks before we head back down & go to the Halloween Party on the 23rd.
I went last weekend and it was so much fun!! I was in complete awe of how many decorations and pumpkins were out. A little disappointed that DCA didn't have anything, but loved DL! And I think they were prepping NOS, b/c the buildings looked so naked, can't wait to see it at X-mas, it's my fave part. I did the party and the tour and they were a blast. There were 2 little kids that totally made the tour so much fun. Tom Sawyer Island was so pretty during the party, fog and lit green and purple. They also had the Dapen Dans dressed as grave diggers on 1 of the rafts on the river on & off it was cool. Couldn't believe some of the lines though ~ HM was outside in ropes near the fountain, never have seen that before.

Hopefully gas will be cheaper when you go down! I can't believe the past week and I have to go up to the city twice this weekend for Nike. Wish they had morning of pickup, that would be so nice.

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I've just been attending my trainer's bootcamp classes...where she gets REALLY creative sometimes...we do a whole mix of exercises, some using just our body weight and sometimes we use hand weights, kettles, ropes, med balls...whatever she decides to pull out of her bag of tricks.
Do you like the boot camp classes? Are they just in a park or something like that? I've been getting a lot of groupon offers for those. I just bought one for a local gym that does the Krav Maga fitness classes. I start those next weekend.

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Just wanted to share that fares on United went down today into LAX from Houston to a normal fare that I can stomach. They've been so crazy-out-of-hand lately!! I normally fly into SNA, but right now it's a huge difference in the fare for me, so I'm going to give LAX a go this time. Anyway, thought I'd share in case anyone else was waiting on the fares to move some....you might want to check for your route.
SWA is having a big sale too! The promocode is BIGDEAL40 and is covers race weekend, but not Sun. If you're leaving Mon and doing RT, you can get 40% off.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:23 PM   #318
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Do you like the boot camp classes? Are they just in a park or something like that? I've been getting a lot of groupon offers for those. I just bought one for a local gym that does the Krav Maga fitness classes. I start those next weekend.

SWA is having a big sale too! The promocode is BIGDEAL40 and is covers race weekend, but not Sun. If you're leaving Mon and doing RT, you can get 40% off.
I love my bootcamp class. It's not really one that's advertised...it started several years ago (way before I joined!) as a way for our trainer to make some extra $$...it's not her day job. She trained some friends of hers, who told other friends, and so on and it just grew into a pretty steady group. When I joined up with them, we used to meet twice a week and it was a great workout...we would meet in one of two area parks...one that has a monster hill (which is where we're currently meeting)...she loves that hill. We've lost a few people along the way...several lately because she's had to cut it down to once a week and some people want more. She's turned alot of us into distance runners now too! Started with my BF, then me and now all of us have completed at least a 10k, most of us half marathons and fulls too. We really have a great group and are all friends...and she's an amazing trainer/motivator...you can tell she loves doing it. (and she charges us next to NOTHING campared to other bootcamps that market themselves in the area.) and it's not a drill seargeant type of class, which sometimes you think of when you hear "bootcamp"...we have fun, but she does push us. Twice a week with her plus training for a run made a huge difference...I'm gonig to have a hard time replicating the intensity of the workout on my own for that second day.

For some reason, right now the flight on SW is much more $$ than the United fare I'm getting...even factoring in bag fees vs. no fees on SW. Oh well...I prefer United anyway and the airport in Houston that SW flies out of is waaaaaay farther away from me than the one United uses, so that worked out for me this time. Now if the fares to Orlando would drop for Princess, I'd be a happy camper...those are just insane right now.
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I went last weekend and it was so much fun!! I was in complete awe of how many decorations and pumpkins were out. A little disappointed that DCA didn't have anything, but loved DL! And I think they were prepping NOS, b/c the buildings looked so naked, can't wait to see it at X-mas, it's my fave part. I did the party and the tour and they were a blast. There were 2 little kids that totally made the tour so much fun. Tom Sawyer Island was so pretty during the party, fog and lit green and purple. They also had the Dapen Dans dressed as grave diggers on 1 of the rafts on the river on & off it was cool. Couldn't believe some of the lines though ~ HM was outside in ropes near the fountain, never have seen that before.

Hopefully gas will be cheaper when you go down! I can't believe the past week and I have to go up to the city twice this weekend for Nike. Wish they had morning of pickup, that would be so nice. .
I'm so glad you had a great time !!!! Can't wait to see the Daper Dans as grave diggers.

Gas prices I know....I try not to think about it What I did do was trade in a bunch of Best Western rewards points for gas cards. We will use some of those on the next trip.
Good luck at Nike. That seems like a really difficult course to me with the hills etc. I don't know where you have to pick up your stuff but could you take BART or the Cal train to make it a little easier on you ?
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I love my bootcamp class. It's not really one that's advertised...it started several years ago (way before I joined!) as a way for our trainer to make some extra $$...it's not her day job. We really have a great group and are all friends...and she's an amazing trainer/motivator...you can tell she loves doing it. (and she charges us next to NOTHING campared to other bootcamps that market themselves in the area.) and it's not a drill seargeant type of class, which sometimes you think of when you hear "bootcamp"...we have fun, but she does push us. Twice a week with her plus training for a run made a huge difference...I'm gonig to have a hard time replicating the intensity of the workout on my own for that second day.
Thanks! I'll check some out.

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Gas prices I know....I try not to think about it What I did do was trade in a bunch of Best Western rewards points for gas cards. We will use some of those on the next trip.
Good luck at Nike. That seems like a really difficult course to me with the hills etc. I don't know where you have to pick up your stuff but could you take BART or the Cal train to make it a little easier on you ?
That's cool that you could change in some points for cards. I have mine going over to my SWA points, but I may have to change that...

You should try for Nike next year! Some of the hills are...I don't know, evil sounds a little to nice for them, but the rest of the course is nice. The worst is right around 5 or so when you go from the Presidio right up to the base of the bridge then down hill about .1 only to go back up hill some more. But the necklace makes it all worth it. I wasn't going to do it this year, but they opened it up and I am scheduled to do 12 on Sun so I figured might as well do the extra mile and get that pretty blue pouch! I looked at Cal Train and they have a baby bullet taking you up, but coming back they don't so by the time I got Muni back to the station and then home, it'd be almost 2 1/2 hrs and 11:15 at night.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:06 PM   #321
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That's cool that you could change in some points for cards. I have mine going over to my SWA points, but I may have to change that...

You should try for Nike next year! Some of the hills are...I don't know, evil sounds a little to nice for them, but the rest of the course is nice. The worst is right around 5 or so when you go from the Presidio right up to the base of the bridge then down hill about .1 only to go back up hill some more. But the necklace makes it all worth it. I wasn't going to do it this year, but they opened it up and I am scheduled to do 12 on Sun so I figured might as well do the extra mile and get that pretty blue pouch! I looked at Cal Train and they have a baby bullet taking you up, but coming back they don't so by the time I got Muni back to the station and then home, it'd be almost 2 1/2 hrs and 11:15 at night.

It sounds like you have to drive I think I'm going to stick running for the "mouse". Also, I worked in the city for years--it's really hard to get me back into the city. Not even for a blue pouch I have not even gone to the Disney Family Museum yet.

The weather looks good so far so I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!! Good luck and keep me posted.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:36 AM   #322
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Good news...I had a kick-booty 3 miler last night....finally. I mean, it wasn't Olympic-worthy and certainly not the best 3 mile time I've ever had, but it's the best I've had in months, literally. I think it came at just the right time too...great way to start off my Tink training on a positive note, though I'm going to have to do some work to improve because it still wasn't at the pace I ran last year and I was pushing hard. Hopefully I'll get there!
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Good news...I had a kick-booty 3 miler last night....finally. I mean, it wasn't Olympic-worthy and certainly not the best 3 mile time I've ever had, but it's the best I've had in months, literally. I think it came at just the right time too...great way to start off my Tink training on a positive note, though I'm going to have to do some work to improve because it still wasn't at the pace I ran last year and I was pushing hard. Hopefully I'll get there!
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Just wanted to share that fares on United went down today into LAX from Houston to a normal fare that I can stomach. They've been so crazy-out-of-hand lately!! I normally fly into SNA, but right now it's a huge difference in the fare for me, so I'm going to give LAX a go this time. Anyway, thought I'd share in case anyone else was waiting on the fares to move some....you might want to check for your route.
Thanks for the heads up. I will have to check it out. Although I am in Clear Lake that Friday so to drive to IAH might not be worth it. Will have to see how much cheaper it is when I get home.
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Thanks for the heads up. I will have to check it out. Although I am in Clear Lake that Friday so to drive to IAH might not be worth it. Will have to see how much cheaper it is when I get home.

Right now I can go into LAX for $267 or SNA for $472...which is nutz! And right now it's saying the flight into LAX is scheduled on a "dreamliner 787"...that just sounds like fun, right? I live in the Woodlands, so I'm much closer to IAH than HOU which is why I've always preferred United/Continental (I'm still not used to calling them United!) I hope you find a good fare...evidently SWA is having a sale that is valid if you are staying at least until Monday after the race, so hopefully that will work out for you! There still hasn't been any movement on fares to MCO for Princess though...still sitting at over $400. No thank you!
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I have not even gone to the Disney Family Museum yet.
You guys have to go there! It's awesome. Plus, it's on the edge of the city, does that count? There's a ton of stuff there, went once a year ago, but you could easily spend a few hours there.

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Good news...I had a kick-booty 3 miler last night....finally. I mean, it wasn't Olympic-worthy and certainly not the best 3 mile time I've ever had, but it's the best I've had in months, literally. I think it came at just the right time too...great way to start off my Tink training on a positive note, though I'm going to have to do some work to improve because it still wasn't at the pace I ran last year and I was pushing hard. Hopefully I'll get there!
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Booked my flights this morning! This time I'm taking Friday off and flying in early (solo) to get the expo over with and BF will fly in late that night after work. Since we're leaving to come home monday on this trip, I wanted to make sure we had time to check out all the new stuff over at DCA...and maybe have a chance this time at some of the fast-moving merchandise at the expo...although I most likely still won't arrive in time for a Dooney. Maybe they won't go quite as fast this time since it's not inaugural. I guess we'll see. Maybe some of us can meet up on Friday for dinner!
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Booked my flights this morning! This time I'm taking Friday off and flying in early (solo) to get the expo over with and BF will fly in late that night after work. Since we're leaving to come home monday on this trip, I wanted to make sure we had time to check out all the new stuff over at DCA...and maybe have a chance this time at some of the fast-moving merchandise at the expo...although I most likely still won't arrive in time for a Dooney. Maybe they won't go quite as fast this time since it's not inaugural. I guess we'll see. Maybe some of us can meet up on Friday for dinner!
Good for you !!! Are you flying into SNA?
Last year I was at the expo in line to get in early and it was crazy. However....when I returned early in the afternoon to pick something else us the merchandise line was empty. But getting there on Friday you will have a better choice of merch. Who knows about the D & B's this year ??
You will LOVE what they have done with DCA. Finally, it's really a place to see now.

Great idea for getting a Tink group together for dinner. Count me in
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Good for you !!! Are you flying into SNA?
Last year I was at the expo in line to get in early and it was crazy. However....when I returned early in the afternoon to pick something else us the merchandise line was empty. But getting there on Friday you will have a better choice of merch. Who knows about the D & B's this year ??
You will LOVE what they have done with DCA. Finally, it's really a place to see now.

Great idea for getting a Tink group together for dinner. Count me in
I'm flying into LAX this time...made more sense logistically on this end this time and the price was right, so we'll see how that goes. I could've gotten the same price with the SWA sale into SNA, but no direct flights on the days I want to travel and the airport that flies SWA is really far from my house (but close to work). And honestly, I never have a good experience on SWA for whatever reason...big delays, lost baggage, etc...so I'm always a little hesitant with them. So I'm on United into LAX...they never did drop their fare into SNA for whatever reason...in the past they've usually followed suit when SWA dropped within a day or less...but they actually went UP instead...to $489. So, LAX it is! I'm scheduled to arrive at 9:15am, taking the Super Shuttle into Anaheim, leaving my bags at the hotel storage room because I'm sure my room won't be available that early and then heading straight to the expo. I may roam DL for a bit later that afternoon, but I promised I wouldn't go into DCA for a sneak peek until BF arrives...that's gonna be hard!!
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I'm flying into LAX this time...made more sense logistically on this end this time and the price was right, so we'll see how that goes. I could've gotten the same price with the SWA sale into SNA, but no direct flights on the days I want to travel and the airport that flies SWA is really far from my house (but close to work). And honestly, I never have a good experience on SWA for whatever reason...big delays, lost baggage, etc...so I'm always a little hesitant with them. So I'm on United into LAX...they never did drop their fare into SNA for whatever reason...in the past they've usually followed suit when SWA dropped within a day or less...but they actually went UP instead...to $489. So, LAX it is! I'm scheduled to arrive at 9:15am, taking the Super Shuttle into Anaheim, leaving my bags at the hotel storage room because I'm sure my room won't be available that early and then heading straight to the expo. I may roam DL for a bit later that afternoon, but I promised I wouldn't go into DCA for a sneak peek until BF arrives...that's gonna be hard!!
You should be at the expo by 12:00 and still get all the good stuff.

That's is going to be so hard not to peek at DCA.
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