|10-17-2012, 08:36 PM||#1|
Welcome aboard explorers- I love Mr. Ray
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: The Drop Off
BEHOLD!! DH and The Blanket of Power!! PTR for 10/26-11/2
This is my first TR. One reason I am posting it is because I love the DIS and get so much info from everyone, it gives me a sense of Disney Community.
The other reason is to let Saintstickets know I CAN spell, even though I went to school in Mississippi.
The cast of this trip are as follows
Me—Lucretia, age 43, nurse, the Disney Freak of the family, WDW Planner and Disney Music Playlist maniac. Favorite character---Mr. Ray
DH---Todd, age 48, cute fireman who loves Disney but isn’t a freak about it. He likes to take pictures and is an AKV purist who does not want to stay at any other DVC Resorts. Favorite character---Tigger
MIL---Karen, love her to death, travel buddy when DH doesn’t want to go, Favorite character—Fairy Godmother
BIL---Shawn, 44, engineer working on his doctorate. Yes, he is a rocket scientist but still had trouble finding Mara on that first trip to Jambo.
My Mama and Daddy come with us too in alternating years.
DH and I do not have two legged children, ours has four. Her name is Trinity and she is a lively Jack Russell Terrier sporting a Minnie tag. She stays with my Mom and Dad on these trips or DH’s cousin comes to the house to stay with her. She is a spoiled precious Princess to us.
I always start the excel spreadsheet with park hours, then parades and fireworks, then ADRs. Everyone expects a spreadsheet and say they appreciate the effort, so no one really ever complains. After 13 trips everyone starts asking about the spreadsheet 6 months prior to check-in—they have been trained. We love to eat at Disney so ADRs are the crux of our trips. We always do these three—Cali Grill, Fulton’s and Derby. This year we are trying Shula’s for the first time and it will be a first time at Bluezoo for MIL and BIL.
For some reason DH has it in his head that he does not eat 24 hours before a flight, going or coming. This aggravates me and I try to get him to at least drink water. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t. He also only drinks bottled water in WDW. So when we land, it’s Katie bar the door and he comes out of the gate running. He just doesn’t travel well. He doesn’t like the confinement of the plane. He isn’t claustrophobic; he just doesn’t like sitting there. So Xanax is the fifth entity on the trip and he is awesome. He calms DH down and they sit quietly on the plane.
Now, those of you wondering why we just don’t drive from MS—9 hour trip. Well there was an incident in 2005, the last time we drove to WDW...
I had worked all day and we left around 5 p.m., we slowly made our way into FL and the plan was to spend the night in Lake City. We stopped and ate, had to buy a pair of shoes for DH, etc. So we arrived in Lake City about midnight, checked-in and got in bed….or so I thought. DH didn’t have Xanax with him this trip and he evidently was “too excited to sleep”. I however died. About 3:00 a.m., something woke me up…a sense of something not well or off. I woke up and noticed the door to the hotel was open…”what the heck”. Then I looked over and DH was sitting on the bed facing me, completely dressed, suitcases loaded and staring at me. Yeah I was thinking, Redrum, redrum, too. But he looked at me and said, “MICKEY IS WAITING, MICKEY IS WAITING!!” He survived the beating, I got dressed and we were on the road before 5 a.m. Needless to say, we no longer drive. SW is great though and we drive to New Orleans for a non-stop to MCO. Xanax keeps DH company while I drive and we fly.
For this trip we scored 2 value studios at Jambo---which left us enough points for a May trip this year. This is our first time staying at Jambo—we prefer Kidani’s vibe but we are hopefully optimistic. DH and I each have an OL. Oh yes, poor man laughed at me when I told him I needed one. Once he saw how convenient and cool it was—he just had to have one, too. So mine is named “Duffy” and DH calls his the “Pooh Box”. Go figure…
THE BLANKET OF POWER—DH has a thing about his blanket at home. Gee, the more I talk about DH the more neurotic he sounds—eh, I love him. So he has the wolf blanket that he sleeps under every night on top of the covers and then he has a second one he sleeps under at the fire department. Trinity likes the wolf blanket, too, when he gives her the opportunity. I, however, sleep under the regular covers of the bed like a normal person. So for the last couple of years DH complains when we go to WDW about not having a damn blanket. So just pack the wolf blanket…no I want a Disney blanket that I can keep in my Owner’s Locker….ohhhh….so that is why we pay for an extra OL. So he finally found one that was a leopard print. Just perfect for our stays at Kidani. Warm, snuggly, large enough, although not too big, and a design in keeping with the resort. When we stayed at Kidani in 2011 with my parents, DH used the blanket for the first time. One night we heard a CM give a lecture about his homeland and how important animal life was—and that the leopard print was one of the most prized because it was a symbol of power and royalty. So behold, DH’s blanket is now called the Blanket of Power. When he opened his OL this past May. I could hear him, sing out like Mufasa, “Behold, the Blanket of Power! Aaaaaaahhhh”. When I talk of Disney he talks of the BoP (Blanket of Power). At least twice the last two trips he has paraded around the room wearing it as a cape….yeah, this is the state of the union when left to your own devices. So this trip will be called, “DH and the Blanket of Power” (said in a James Earl Jones echoing kinda voice).
Now that I have adequately described the loopiness that is our family…we shall proceed to the next chapter.
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