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Old 03-20-2013, 07:33 PM   #751
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That's such a gorgeous dress!! You're very talented, I can sew buttons

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Old 03-26-2013, 08:53 PM   #752
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Hello from 38000 feet! I am officially on my way home from my last trip before the Med cruise!! We went to FL for a week for a reunion in Tampa, but got a few Disney fixes in, as well as a 1st visit to one of the waterparks! We decided on Typhoon Lagoon after much hemming and hawing (well, on my part), and had a nice time in spite of the rather cool weather. Yes, it was the end of March and the weather was decidedly cool. In the car today the thermometer was reading 53 degrees!!! At noon! That is wrong.

But, in true planning fashion, the trip was never far from my mind. We booked our tickets today for La Sagrada Familia, and I will do my Coliseum tickets tomorrow when I can print them out. BTW, I did the Familia tix on the iPad with no printer around thinking they would send an email with a PDF attachment. Not so much. But it's thru Ticketmaster and the email has the reference #. Also, I went to TM's website and if you enter in the credit card # you used you can pull up the reservation and link to print from there (or so it seems, as I'm obviously still not home....).

And...as Mindy did so today, I was reminded to do my hotel confirmations. One of the 2 has emailed back confirmation of details and offered a pre-payment discount . I'm going to do that as well tomorrow......they also gave info on their services to the airport. Essentially I think all they do is call a taxi, but it wasn't too far off what we paid last time....need to read that a bit more and give it some thought. This was all for the Hispanios Siete Suiza, BTW. The apartment has yet to respond. I get the impression that they are not a 24-hour office and given the time change they were likely already closed. This was the one I'd booked first that I had a few issues of confusion with.....so it'll be interesting to see what they come back with.

How is everyone else's planning going?? I love being in the double digits....the next big milestone is Sunday night...the 75 day booking mark. Get the 2 excursions booked for dad....
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:34 PM   #753
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I went to the Ticketmaster site today to retrieve my ticket info for printing, and what ended up happening was that they emailed that PDF document that I assumed would have been sent in the 1st place! So not only did I print them out, but I saved the email and also saved the documents to my computer. Just in case. I lose my organizational abilities.

I also submitted the prepayment and got really quick response to my emailed documents. Very nice! I had the email from the apartment in my inbox this morning as well confirming the rate and dates. I'm still awaiting a response as to whether they will do a prepayment discount or not.

Bought the Coliseum tickets....they do need to be printed immediately. The email they send does have a contact area in case your printer decides to not work at that crucial moment...or if you run out of ink at just the wrong time...


Ok...so I'm going to go back and do some edits in the reserved posts at some time today. For those of you still following along on my antics, what kind of things do you want to know? For example...I'm going to put "menu" there, so that it reminds me to put what that day's menu was. I'm also planning on putting in the links to the ticket sites.

Come on....LET ME KNOW!!!!
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I went to the Ticketmaster site today to retrieve my ticket info for printing, and what ended up happening was that they emailed that PDF document that I assumed would have been sent in the 1st place! So not only did I print them out, but I saved the email and also saved the documents to my computer. Just in case. I lose my organizational abilities.

I also submitted the prepayment and got really quick response to my emailed documents. Very nice! I had the email from the apartment in my inbox this morning as well confirming the rate and dates. I'm still awaiting a response as to whether they will do a prepayment discount or not.

Bought the Coliseum tickets....they do need to be printed immediately. The email they send does have a contact area in case your printer decides to not work at that crucial moment...or if you run out of ink at just the wrong time...


Ok...so I'm going to go back and do some edits in the reserved posts at some time today. For those of you still following along on my antics, what kind of things do you want to know? For example...I'm going to put "menu" there, so that it reminds me to put what that day's menu was. I'm also planning on putting in the links to the ticket sites.

Come on....LET ME KNOW!!!!
We printed our Coliseum tickets today, too - I printed three sets so I will have a set with me and DH can have a set with him in case something happens to one. I'm at the point that I am ready to put together port envelopes to put tickets and tour information, confirmations, etc., in each envelope so when it's port day, I can just "grab and go."
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:35 PM   #755
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In May I'll get her some new dress shoes. If I buy them now she'll have a growth spurt just to spite me.
That's the truth - my boys always do that - not just shoes, but clothes that fit fine one day are too small, too short, too something the day we're packing. I just pulled 5 pairs of shorts out of one of their drawers that are too small for either one of them now that just fit a month ago. I was thinking they might be set with enough clothes between them but now I have to make sure we aren't late doing laundry or they won't make it through a whole week of school. Ay yi yi.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:09 PM   #756
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and anything Kim misses I will keep you up to date on

Last time I wrote a pretty comprehensive journal of the entire trip on my husband's ipad. I will try and do the same this time and perhaps with Kim's wonderful photography we can update you on everything. Also last time Kim and I did mostly different excursions...not so much this time
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We printed our Coliseum tickets today, too - I printed three sets so I will have a set with me and DH can have a set with him in case something happens to one. I'm at the point that I am ready to put together port envelopes to put tickets and tour information, confirmations, etc., in each envelope so when it's port day, I can just "grab and go."
I was just thinking about the finer details of organizing yesterday and had come to that same solution! I need to hit an office supply store for some large envelopes. I also need more magnet paper. And ink. Otherwise I won't get far with printing anything!

Love the multiple copy idea!
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For you Rick Steves fans, they are streaming some of the Travel Festival talks thus Saturday
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For you Rick Steves fans, they are streaming some of the Travel Festival talks thus Saturday
Thanks for the reminder...My plan on Saturday is not to drive down there , but I need to remember to watch...
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So it ends up that all our excursions are booked! I was able to get dad on the same excursions: I was in and out of booking in under 2 minutes! WOOT!

I spent part of this last week confirming reservations. In doing so, I was able to drop a day from the pre-cruise apartment, lock in early check-in, and save myself $100E! Yeah! The other thing that I notice was in response to an inquiry to join us on our post cruise excursion. I was looking at Barcelona Day Tours website to refresh my memory on what kind of vehicle we may have, and I realized that they dropped their rates from $99E/person to $89E/person. So....I have sent an email asking if we could add to our party and requesting that they match that rate. Glad I looked..... I sent it this morning so I don't anticipate a response until Monday, but I will update to know what kind of response I get.

Meanwhile.....I made a semi-formal dress! LOVE it! It's a purple shade and a "charmeuse" fabric. Never worked with it before, and while it hangs beautifully, it was a bit of a slippery pain to work with. However...now I need proper undergarments . I had to go out today to shop for some work clothes (got a different position at the same place I'm at...YAY!!!) and attempted to acquire such garments, but ended up swearing never to enter Kohl's ever again. I simply have no tolerance trying to dig thru their overpacked racks just to find out that what I need isn't there. Or find an employee that may help. But I digress....

Remember about a year ago my computer was giving me heart burn? It did it again tonight, so while I was doing some backups and whatnot, I started prepping yet another embarkation day shirt. 3 to go.....
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Just thought I would chime in to say that I am very happy how things are coming together for you! Reading your post has filled me with positive energy to last me the day
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So it ends up that all our excursions are booked! I was able to get dad on the same excursions: I was in and out of booking in under 2 minutes! WOOT!

I spent part of this last week confirming reservations. In doing so, I was able to drop a day from the pre-cruise apartment, lock in early check-in, and save myself $100E! Yeah! The other thing that I notice was in response to an inquiry to join us on our post cruise excursion. I was looking at Barcelona Day Tours website to refresh my memory on what kind of vehicle we may have, and I realized that they dropped their rates from $99E/person to $89E/person. So....I have sent an email asking if we could add to our party and requesting that they match that rate. Glad I looked..... I sent it this morning so I don't anticipate a response until Monday, but I will update to know what kind of response I get.

Meanwhile.....I made a semi-formal dress! LOVE it! It's a purple shade and a "charmeuse" fabric. Never worked with it before, and while it hangs beautifully, it was a bit of a slippery pain to work with. However...now I need proper undergarments . I had to go out today to shop for some work clothes (got a different position at the same place I'm at...YAY!!!) and attempted to acquire such garments, but ended up swearing never to enter Kohl's ever again. I simply have no tolerance trying to dig thru their overpacked racks just to find out that what I need isn't there. Or find an employee that may help. But I digress....

Remember about a year ago my computer was giving me heart burn? It did it again tonight, so while I was doing some backups and whatnot, I started prepping yet another embarkation day shirt. 3 to go.....
So an addendum to what Kim posted above. She did hear back from the tour operator and they said that in order to keep the tour private it was 99 Euro's per person (so for 89 Euro's it's not private, I think I'm missing something) but if we add the two people they will lower the price to 89 Euro's. Something just doesn't add up here....
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So I used to chime in a lot and lately, not so much

I figured I'd rectify that a bit. So while Kim sews, I am supposed to be losing the extra weight I put on this year, so that my cruise clothes actually fit. Notice how I say supposed to. I get through 6 out of 7 days and screw up on the 7th day. DH is no help because he's the one that leads me down the path. I don't have much time because I refuse to buy new and I have a whole closet full of clothes I could take.

It's been an "interesting" 2013 for us thus far. We started the year with DH being in ICU for a bleeding ulcer, 3 weeks later he was let go from his job ( and still hasn't had an interview for another, although I'm told there's lots of stuff in the works), we've had various expensive car repairs and untold other little lifetime stuff. We actually considered cancelling the cruise (the insurance we had bought the week before he got laid off, would have covered the plane tickets that we couldn't get refunded). We had a few weeks before final payment was due, but alas, I may regret this later, we are going. Most of our friends encouraged us not to change it and just to bite the bullet and go.

Since I'm such a nervous nelly about money, this is a tough one for me, but I've decided to go, have a great time with great friends and a crazy group of people that we've met on our DIS board thread and our FB page and just forget about all the other stuff. For those who know me, you know how tough that is but I'm trying

Another thing I don't see Kim mentioned is the great, lively group of people we've met thus far via DIS and FB that are joining us on this fabulous adventure. I can't tell you how much laughter has been generated by the antics of a few, but if this crowd is as lively in person, this looks to be a great cruise
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So I used to chime in a lot and lately, not so much

I figured I'd rectify that a bit. So while Kim sews, I am supposed to be losing the extra weight I put on this year, so that my cruise clothes actually fit. Notice how I say supposed to. I get through 6 out of 7 days and screw up on the 7th day. DH is no help because he's the one that leads me down the path. I don't have much time because I refuse to buy new and I have a whole closet full of clothes I could take.

It's been an "interesting" 2013 for us thus far. We started the year with DH being in ICU for a bleeding ulcer, 3 weeks later he was let go from his job ( and still hasn't had an interview for another, although I'm told there's lots of stuff in the works), we've had various expensive car repairs and untold other little lifetime stuff. We actually considered cancelling the cruise (the insurance we had bought the week before he got laid off, would have covered the plane tickets that we couldn't get refunded). We had a few weeks before final payment was due, but alas, I may regret this later, we are going. Most of our friends encouraged us not to change it and just to bite the bullet and go.

Since I'm such a nervous nelly about money, this is a tough one for me, but I've decided to go, have a great time with great friends and a crazy group of people that we've met on our DIS board thread and our FB page and just forget about all the other stuff. For those who know me, you know how tough that is but I'm trying

Another thing I don't see Kim mentioned is the great, lively group of people we've met thus far via DIS and FB that are joining us on this fabulous adventure. I can't tell you how much laughter has been generated by the antics of a few, but if this crowd is as lively in person, this looks to be a great cruise
to everything you've had to go through this year. I hope things get better and you really enjoy your cruise!

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So I used to chime in a lot and lately, not so much

I figured I'd rectify that a bit. So while Kim sews, I am supposed to be losing the extra weight I put on this year, so that my cruise clothes actually fit. Notice how I say supposed to. I get through 6 out of 7 days and screw up on the 7th day. DH is no help because he's the one that leads me down the path. I don't have much time because I refuse to buy new and I have a whole closet full of clothes I could take.

It's been an "interesting" 2013 for us thus far. We started the year with DH being in ICU for a bleeding ulcer, 3 weeks later he was let go from his job ( and still hasn't had an interview for another, although I'm told there's lots of stuff in the works), we've had various expensive car repairs and untold other little lifetime stuff. We actually considered cancelling the cruise (the insurance we had bought the week before he got laid off, would have covered the plane tickets that we couldn't get refunded). We had a few weeks before final payment was due, but alas, I may regret this later, we are going. Most of our friends encouraged us not to change it and just to bite the bullet and go.

Since I'm such a nervous nelly about money, this is a tough one for me, but I've decided to go, have a great time with great friends and a crazy group of people that we've met on our DIS board thread and our FB page and just forget about all the other stuff. For those who know me, you know how tough that is but I'm trying

Another thing I don't see Kim mentioned is the great, lively group of people we've met thus far via DIS and FB that are joining us on this fabulous adventure. I can't tell you how much laughter has been generated by the antics of a few, but if this crowd is as lively in person, this looks to be a great cruise
I am truly sorry to hear about the job

Our situation is not at all the same, but we considered canceling our cruise as well. We're going on the EBTA and the first Med. We paid for the trip last year and then ended up buying a house. We thought we'd be buying a house in a few years, not just yet. But we found the perfect place for us and went ahead and bought it. But guess what? It needs some work. And all that money that we'd paid for the cruises could do a lot of great work in the house. And it's money we don't otherwise have. But after a lot of thought we decided to just take the trip. We really won't be able to do quite such a large trip again, this is our chance. The stuff we want to do on the house will still be here when we manage to save up for it, but our girls are just getting older and might not want to spend three weeks on a boat with us in the future.

Also, my aunt, uncle, father and mother will be meeting us in Barcelona for the Med portion of the cruise. My mom was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, long after we'd already planned this trip. So it's also taken on a new meaning because of that and I'm so thankful we hadn't canceled the trip.

That's my long way of saying that from an outsider's point of view, I think you'd doing the right thing by taking the trip. Who knows when you'll be able to do it again? You'll be with great friends making wonderful memories. I hope you're able to really relax and enjoy this trip
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