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Old 12-15-2009, 11:29 AM   #61
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Well the decorating frenzy is done; we finished up on Sunday. This is about the earliest weíve finished in a few years. It certainly helps when everything is organized and the boxes are marked accordingly. And now we have a new outdoor shed to keep our outdoor decorations in and wont have to drag them in and out of our crawl space. And we bought a new Christmas tree (artificial). Our old one was at least 30 years old and just wasnít cutting it anymore. The new one is very pretty and full and looks good with our myriads of ornaments. Zig likes lots of lights on the tree and this one looks really good with them all. I have also finished all my Christmas cards, although Zig is still working on hers. So all I have left to do is wrap presents and make cookies and I will be ready for Christmas. And itís still 10 days away. There may even be time for relaxing and enjoying the season this year.
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Old 12-15-2009, 12:37 PM   #62
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Congrats on getting your decorations up. I haven't even started mine. I need to decide if I'm even going to bother this year. It's just been crazy.
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Old 12-15-2009, 01:12 PM   #63
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Congrats on getting your decorations up. I haven't even started mine. I need to decide if I'm even going to bother this year. It's just been crazy.
Sometimes I wonder if it's worth it myself. Even though we take the whole week after Thanksgiving off, it's still a huge undertaking. And it sure seems to take a whole lot longer that it used to 20 years ago. Still there's nothing like a house full of Christmas when we are done.
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:22 AM   #64
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OK, itís time to get excited again. We (Zig and I) each got a Pin code yesterday for 35% of moderates. Hey I think this is my first pin code (Zig has gotten them before). Canít use it though, it only goes through June 2010. But we are pretty sure now we are going from 10/10-18/10 (hey we will be in Disney on 10/10/10, how cool). Weíll leave home on 10/9 and get back home on 10/20, so now I can put in my vacation time request at work. I work in the finance department of a neurology group. We are a small department and only one person can be gone at a time, so the earlier you get your time in the better. Of course, I am the senior member of the department, but itís not always fair to pull rank. So I am making out my vacation request today. Yippee!
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:48 PM   #65
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And..... I am approved! OK the vacation time is approved, the Christmas bonus is in the bank and all is right with the (Disney)World. Now if this day could move along a little faster, it would be perfect.
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Old 12-21-2009, 03:15 PM   #66
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Woop woop to your time off being approved
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Old 12-22-2009, 11:23 AM   #67
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Woop woop to your time off being approved

Well Hello Cat, how have you been? Yes, I am more than pleased to have my time approved, that means the adventure can definitely happen now. Of course, I am still waiting for Zig to put in for her time, she'd better get that started soon. I am pretty lucky; I've been in this job for over 10 years now, and get 24 days of vacation a year, and it increases by a day every year. I figured I can now spend a whole month at Disney while on vacation and still get paid. (Hmmmmm, no, maybe another year). How is your trip planning going?
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I will probably not request my vacation time until after the first of the year. I doubt there will be a problem getting it approved. No one else in my department seems to be the excessively early planner I am.
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Well Hello Cat, how have you been? Yes, I am more than pleased to have my time approved, that means the adventure can definitely happen now. Of course, I am still waiting for Zig to put in for her time, she'd better get that started soon. I am pretty lucky; I've been in this job for over 10 years now, and get 24 days of vacation a year, and it increases by a day every year. I figured I can now spend a whole month at Disney while on vacation and still get paid. (Hmmmmm, no, maybe another year). How is your trip planning going?
Hello, well to say I will be glad to see the back of 2009 is an understatement the last 2 months have been rubbish so I haven't had time to plan the holiday but I plan to in the New Year once everything settles down.

Glad that you have your time booked off & I hope that Zig gets her's sorted out sometime soon, 24 days is pretty good, I hate to tell you this I get 25 days as a standard & hubby gets 26 & thats without being there for any amount of time. I would love to spend a month in Disney that would be lovely
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Wow, 25/26 days just starting out at a job? Do you have to take them all at once, or can you just take a week or two at a time? We are still looking forward to CBR, just have to find some time to get a handle on the newest discounts; here's hoping we get some good ones for October too.
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Wow, 25/26 days just starting out at a job? Do you have to take them all at once, or can you just take a week or two at a time? We are still looking forward to CBR, just have to find some time to get a handle on the newest discounts; here's hoping we get some good ones for October too.
Hubby gets the better deal he can take his whenever he wants, I have to take 2 weeks together (10 days) but thats not to bad. I'm looking forward to getting into the planning again in the new year going to make 2010 our year & WDW will be a big part of that
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Zig and I want to take the opportunity to say:


MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
AND MAY YOUR NEW YEAR BE FILLED WITH DISNEY MAGIC!
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Merry Christmas Guys hope you have a good one x x
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Well, I guess itís been awhile. Things got a bit hectic there with the holidays and now trying to get all the decorations packed away. Thatís another huge undertaking. We take an 11 day vacation to get all the decorations up, then try to get them down on the weekends. Not helped by the fact I will be working every Saturday for the next 2 months. But progress is being made. Maybe we will even get some Valentine decorations up this year.

I did have time over the holidays to peruse a bit of the Unofficial Guide. I think I might go visit their touring plans site when I have a chance. Diane and I have never used a touring plan. Since we avoid most of the thrill rides it has never seemed necessary. We utilize Fastpass when necessary but most of the time the longest waits we have are for the bus. I guess Iím just curious to see what kind of plan they would come up with for us. Iíll let you know what I find out as soon as I can find some time to get over there.
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I just found your PTR! (I was hunting out more October 2010 trippers). I was interested in your discussions on US and HP. We're trying to decide if we want to take time away from WDW and check it out. We're really only interested in the HP stuff and haven't really gone offsite (other than one day trip to Kennedy Space Center), we really guard our WDW time.

How are you liking your iTouch? Have you downloaded the DIS ap? I can't get an iPhone, but was thinking about upgrading from my iPod to an iTouch just to keep all my info in one place. I'd be interested in hearing what apps you use frequently.

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