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Old 01-15-2013, 08:32 PM   #1741
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Ok, I had to come back..

Padawans: Just !!! I knew you all could provide me with some solid things to think about!

I also wanted to share this....read it on the Allears newsletter. It must be in response to the Newtown tragedy....


"The Jedi Training Academy shows at both Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disneyland have been modified to limit even the pretend threat of violence directed at children. Interactions between Stormtroopers carrying blasters and children participating in the show are limited, and Stormtroopers do not point their weapons at the children. Instead, they deliver the line, "Halt! Put down your weapon," with a raised blaster and outstretched hand. At Disneyland, the Stormtroopers enter with Darth Vader, instead of running through the audience. These changes will remain in effect indefinitely."


Probably a good thing to change this.
Having a dog is like having another child. They bring you so much joy, and you wouldn't trade them for the world..... but they are also are an added expense, and a lot of work, and you can't help but develop a strong emotional attachment to them. Trust me it will break my heart to leave him at the kennel. He is curled up in my lap as I type this.
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Jen - my kids and DH BEG for a puppy all the time. I grew up with a dog and do love them, but know all,the responsibility would fall on me and I honestly don't have the time (or energy) for a puppy. Plus we like to travel and as Padawans said, boarding them can get quite expensive. Oh and if they get sick or injured that is a whole other expense. We had a cat that developed congestive heart failure when she was 2. I had to take her to the veterinary cardiologist twice a year for an EKG and echo and that was in top of the meds and special food costs. I know you want the girls to have a dog, but you seriously need to think long and hard about it.

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Padawans: Have you posted a pic of your little fur-baby yet? We wanna see him.


Jen: Oh yeah, as everyone mentioned! The boarding thing... our mutt got too emotional when left at doggy daycare boarding -- where they let them roam around with the other dogs during the day and kenneled them up during meals and at night. She'd be totally emo for weeks afterward. We decided it wasn't the best thing for her since she was a shelter rescue so wound up getting a woman to come in and play with her, take her on walks and/or let her out 3 times a day whilst we're gone. 14 visits from her on this past 5 day trip cost us $250. It's just something to consider if you don't have good friends or family willing to watch the dog.

Your poor DD! Mine's back with her coughing and sneezing again! It seems to go away for a week then come right back again. Not surprisingly, it went away when she was off school.

Melissa: LMAO! You enabler, you. You'll have to post more pics from your next trip.
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Padawans: Have you posted a pic of your little fur-baby yet? We wanna see him.


Jen: Oh yeah, as everyone mentioned! The boarding thing... our mutt got too emotional when left at doggy daycare boarding -- where they let them roam around with the other dogs during the day and kenneled them up during meals and at night. She'd be totally emo for weeks afterward. We decided it wasn't the best thing for her since she was a shelter rescue so wound up getting a woman to come in and play with her, take her on walks and/or let her out 3 times a day whilst we're gone. 14 visits from her on this past 5 day trip cost us $250. It's just something to consider if you don't have good friends or family willing to watch the dog.

Your poor DD! Mine's back with her coughing and sneezing again! It seems to go away for a week then come right back again. Not surprisingly, it went away when she was off school.

Melissa: LMAO! You enabler, you. You'll have to post more pics from your next trip.
Tower club and all the rooms are in the process of refurb, entire 14th floor shut down. I would try to book now to see if its even possible. Atrium club level is only getting a soft refurb, so splurge for the Tower Club!!!!

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Padawans: Have you posted a pic of your little fur-baby yet? We wanna see him.


Jen: Oh yeah, as everyone mentioned! The boarding thing... our mutt got too emotional when left at doggy daycare boarding -- where they let them roam around with the other dogs during the day and kenneled them up during meals and at night. She'd be totally emo for weeks afterward. We decided it wasn't the best thing for her since she was a shelter rescue so wound up getting a woman to come in and play with her, take her on walks and/or let her out 3 times a day whilst we're gone. 14 visits from her on this past 5 day trip cost us $250. It's just something to consider if you don't have good friends or family willing to watch the dog.

Your poor DD! Mine's back with her coughing and sneezing again! It seems to go away for a week then come right back again. Not surprisingly, it went away when she was off school.

Melissa: LMAO! You enabler, you. You'll have to post more pics from your next trip.

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The bad thing about offsite is there are TOO MANY CHOICES

What happened on the other thread..."rolling up my sleeves and getting out my brass knuckles " NOT safe in the water....



Strong work Candace!!!

Agreed about the renting points Yes we had a great stay at the Condo and we stayed there for Seaworld...funny enough we were closer to DTD $99/nt!!!!

Does that mean I will also be at YC.....hmmmm
There are so many great resorts in Orlando that aren't owned by Disney. I have been looking. I can't believe there are threads where people argue about the cost of Disney. Of course it's expensive. I have stayed at lots of nicer resorts and hotels that are 1/2 the price of a Disney deluxe with 40% off. I don't think Disney resorts are kept up that well at all. It's the atmosphere, location. and pools, that keep me coming back and paying the ridiculous prices. I really like being close to the action. , but I totally understand why people choose to stay offsite.
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omg - that place sounds AMAZING!
It really does. One of these days the DH and I are going there.

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Wookie: Shame that fest isn't in Oct -- or during summer -- sounds like a lot of fun! over the doggy pics! You need a hand dog-sitting? Ooooh, that's Clancy the new boy? I'm smitten. We had a neighbor with a wolfhound when I was little; Stanley used to wait by the fence when I'd walk home from school for his daily ear-scratches. Lurved him muchly. Also huge for Ziggy's name!
I wish it were in the summer as well, but I guess it's more timed around when the Elk are moving. My mom has made friends with one of the guys over the pow wow. His name is Danny Manyhorses (I think that's right). Him and his wife are supposed to be coming to Texas to see my parents some time this year. They sound like such amazing people and I can't wait to meet them.
Clancy is the new rescue fur-baby. His former owners were downsizing homes and they didn't think their house would sell with such a big dog in it. However they kept their other dog. I just can't understand having a dog for 7 years and then giving him up just to sell a house. He's such a sweetie!! When I sat on my sister's couch he walked up to me and gave me kisses on my cheek. He moves so slowly that my sister thinks he moves like an Imperial Walker from Star Wars.


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Jen: Our backyard neighbor, one house over, they've got a beagle. Oh boy... with that barking/baying thing he does. I'm thinking either the lot of them can't hear or are just totally clueless how loud he gets. Anywho, that's my only experience with beagles -- him and the others in the neighborhood that we pass by on walks -- all loud as can be. We're a dog folks too. We got our mutt from a foster family (who works with a rescue which transports dogs from a high-kill shelter in Indiana). She's dumber than a box of rocks but a total SWEETHEART with Miss M (Miss M is her "baby"). I used to volunteer at a local shelter here so I kinda knew what we were after when we started looking: didn't want a puppy, wanted a medium-sized to large fully grown Heinz 57 mutt, submissive. We lucked out with all the fringe benefits: she came totally house and crate trained and despite being 1-2-ish years old, she's a couch potato when she wants to be and a lunatic squirrel chaser the rest of the time. (I won't mention she hates the UPS man, ab.so.lutely. hates. with. a. passion. Not so much the mailman or the Fedex man, but ooooooh boy, when she hears that UPS truck. Totally bats***. ) Can't wait to hear what you decide...
My sister hasn't had the barking issue with her beagle. Ziggy is another story. He doesn't like it when there are people in his house that are not sitting down. If you are standing and you just walked in, he barks until you sit down. If you've been there a while, he doesn't bark at you. It's the oddest thing. Holly is too busy sucking (not chewing) on her animals to bark.

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WookieI love the doggie pics, they are all so precious! And rescue dogs too. That is also what I have been looking into.
Thank you. They are a sweet bunch. The dog we had for 17 years we rescued off the street my in laws used to live on. We went over to their house after we had been out of town, and they had found him on their front porch. We just took him home with us.

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There are so many great resorts in Orlando that aren't owned by Disney. I have been looking. I can't believe there are threads where people argue about the cost of Disney. Of course it's expensive. I have stayed at lots of nicer resorts and hotels that are 1/2 the price of a Disney deluxe with 40% off. I don't think Disney resorts are kept up that well at all. It's the atmosphere, location. and pools, that keep me coming back and paying the ridiculous prices. I really like being close to the action. , but I totally understand why people choose to stay offsite.
The DH and I stayed off site on one trip and we decided that we would never do that again. They gave us the number of a parking spot to wait in to be picked up at the end of the night. When the bus driver went to pull into that spot, they barely slowed down at all. People were running to get out of the way, some with strollers. I just love the ease of being able to get to your resort so much easier by staying on site. It's funny, I don't think twice about paying some of the prices I do for a WDW resort, but outside of WDW I hate paying over $150.
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Hi Jen I just had to pipe in about the dog quandary .... I've been wanting a dog for ages -- 22 yrs I've been married to be exact! (I LOVE chocolate labs) but then my sensible brain has to remember -- they are a lot of work, you HAVE to be there to walk them and let them out to the bathroom, and board them if you travel and don't have family to help, pick up their poop, and they scratch your beautiful hardwood floors up --- but they also give unconditional love and devotion! I personally came to the conclusion as much as I love them, it's a little more responsibility than I can handle right now.... I've firmly become a FELINE person, they are warm and cuddly too, they are a bit more independent as you can go away for a weekend and they'd be fine with food and their litter box, boarding is half the cost of a dog! I don't have to walk them, but still have the joy of pet ownership lots to think about, one things for sure -- pets bring something special to our lives! If its right for you and you family, you will know Enjoy if you do decide to adopt a new furbaby!
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Miss, your dog is just too dang cute! Such a sweet, kissable face
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Happy Wednesday!!!! So, the first part of this week was in the 60's...
Today....we have a snow day...school's closed...
Such silly weather!!!

DH has kid duty today though! I took off the whole Christmas break, so it's all him today...

He just ran out to get some coffee and donuts and then I'm off to work....the kids are still sleeping and don't even know about their "good fortune" yet.
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Good morning/afternoon, my quiet enabler buddies.

Jen: How's DD feeling today?

Thanks for the compliments on my puppy-girl, ladies.

Since I was up at 3am, I got to thinking... (scary prospect, eh? )

About that 40th shindig, since it'll be a short-ish trip and we're maybe-possibly going somewhere in the summer as well as our trip (well post- in January), I should probably look at places it takes on a few hours to get to on the plane. (Well, besides Disney, obviously CR is front runner in my mind at the moment. I'd love to do Universal but that would be more for my HP fascination than for my hubs... we both love Halloween at Disney so that wins out for now.) So, I was thinking about a luxury, kid-friendly resort somewhere along the Gulf in FL? Anyone have any experience with Sanibel Island or roundabouts that area?
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OK....someone talk me some sense here. I think we really need a dog. I cannot get it out of my head, and some of you may have seen a thread I started on the community boards where I asked about Beagles. I have been in touch with a man who wants to give one away, a female 11 months old. She is trained, fixed, and he has decided being a single guy that he really has no time for her. So I jumped on the ad and got in touch with him right away. But in the small amount of time I then talked to DH and got back to him, he is now letting someone else her first.

So, I am waiting to see if he does or doesn't like these people. If he doesn't he said he will get back in touch with me. But even if he doesn't I still feel like the DD's need a dog. We have two cats but DH and I always grew up with dogs too. And birds in my case. But I am not allowed birds right now

Anyhoo, should we get a dog? I figure if I have this much time to waste on the Dis everyday, I could carve out time to take a little pooch for a walk!!

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DD8 is sick again! It is like the stupid flu came back again. Gotta go tend to her, she's wimpering in her sleep.
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There are so many great resorts in Orlando that aren't owned by Disney. I have been looking. I can't believe there are threads where people argue about the cost of Disney. Of course it's expensive. I have stayed at lots of nicer resorts and hotels that are 1/2 the price of a Disney deluxe with 40% off. I don't think Disney resorts are kept up that well at all. It's the atmosphere, location. and pools, that keep me coming back and paying the ridiculous prices. I really like being close to the action. , but I totally understand why people choose to stay offsite.
I am overwhelmed with all the choices...

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Good morning/afternoon, my quiet enabler buddies.

Since I was up at 3am, I got to thinking... (scary prospect, eh? )

About that 40th shindig, since it'll be a short-ish trip and we're maybe-possibly going somewhere in the summer as well as our trip (well post- in January), I should probably look at places it takes on a few hours to get to on the plane. (Well, besides Disney, obviously CR is front runner in my mind at the moment. I'd love to do Universal but that would be more for my HP fascination than for my hubs... we both love Halloween at Disney so that wins out for now.) So, I was thinking about a luxury, kid-friendly resort somewhere along the Gulf in FL? Anyone have any experience with Sanibel Island or roundabouts that area?
Your pups is SO cute We have stayed near Clearwater Beach and it is very kid friendly. I know there's a Sheraton and Hilton rsort...Amongst MANY others!!!
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Well, this week is turning into the week from heck. Turns out the person that told me I was getting more money was a complete moron and I'm actually getting about $1200 less. To top things off, I have gone through all of the loan money I can get for school. I can get pell grants, but that's it. I'm so disgusted that when I get home (DH needed an extra pair of hands at work today) that I am just going to put our WDW trip off until December and keep putting it off until I get done with school (if I can get done).
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Miss - what about the Ritz in Sarasota? I havent stayed but have friends who love it. Great kids programs and a private beach club. Also, just an FYI the Ritz in Orlando has a great kid friendly pool area with a lazy river
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