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Old 08-24-2011, 01:00 PM   #1156
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Mary Ellen - First - I was really behind! I might have missed something, but I still LOVE this TR!

I looked at that same 100 pt AKL contract too! Just didn't have the budget! I think we will add to our tiny AKL contract in the next couple years.

great review of Jiko! I really want to try it someday. Maybe without the kids... Your meals looked delish!!

Earthquake - I had a friend from Philadelphia telling me she felt it too. My SIL lives in southern VA and they had it. They are about 2 hours from the epicenter. Now they get to wait for the hurricane to hit them!!

I hope you're okay in Williamsburg this weekend Mary Ellen!! I love that area. That's near my SIL and we always go exploring - Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown...Lots of cool stuff to see and do there. What are you going for?
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Wowsa folks! I felt that earthquake here on the East Coast. I felt like I was on an amusement park ride. I felt the building sort of rise up and my chair moved to the right. Crazy.

My cell phone won't send out text messages and I can't post on FB with my phone. I can't even call out cause all circuits are busy. Crazy Stuff!
I felt it too!! My chair was rocking back and forth...it was so weird! It's definitely crazy how far away from Virginia that was felt!
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I was terribly behind, but I'm finally caught up! I'm so glad you loved Jiko Mary Ellen!
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Old 08-25-2011, 04:55 PM   #1159
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Hi Everyone!!!!!!!

If you saw my FB post you know that we got Brian all the way to Salisbury University (which is on the Eastern shore of Maryland 30 mins from Ocean city Maryland), only to find out that all orientation for this weekend has been canceled. Classes will start Wednesday (at the earliest) and the soonest Brian reports back is Monday.

The good news is we got the whole dorm room set up. I wish I had taken a picture, but we just got it done before his roommate arrived. The only thing he stills needs is a rug and a small table for the TV. Oh, and I am going to buy him a floor light, to put near the head of his bed, and a few extension cords.

His roommate seems very nice. I think he may be an only child. I could be wrong, but I just got this sense.

Brian picked up most of his books. There were a few I couldn't order until yesterday, so he still needs those. We went out to lunch and then came home. I am whooped.

As far as Williamsburg - at this point I don't see how we can go at all. Brian can probably get a ride back to school with a friend on Monday, but we are dead in the path of this hurricane. We are afraid to leave the house ( and leave Brian alone in it). I may have to take a total loss, but I am pleading with the owner to let me completely change the weekend.

So - I want to do an update AND I want to do replies, but I just feel really beat and really unfocused right now. Bear with me. I was up early the last two days to get everything packed and organized. I am officially whooped!
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Mary Ellen - First - I was really behind! I might have missed something, but I still LOVE this TR!
Hey Sheree - So glad you are still hanging in there!!!!!!! I have been pretty good about updating my links, so I hope that helps!

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I looked at that same 100 pt AKL contract too! Just didn't have the budget! I think we will add to our tiny AKL contract in the next couple years.
I hear ya on the $$$$$$! I wanted to do a cruise next summer, but didn't because we bought the new contract! Oh well - you gotta make choices - Right? I know that Denny and I will eventually do a couple's cruise and we will probably do a 4 days cruise on points one of these days.

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great review of Jiko! I really want to try it someday. Maybe without the kids... Your meals looked delish!!
Thank You! You really should try it! It's wonderful! We loved it! Date night - you need one, right?

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Earthquake - I had a friend from Philadelphia telling me she felt it too. My SIL lives in southern VA and they had it. They are about 2 hours from the epicenter. Now they get to wait for the hurricane to hit them!!
The earthquake was crazy. But the hurricane is what's really concerning me! We East Coast people are usually so isolated from this kind of stuff, but not this time!

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I hope you're okay in Williamsburg this weekend Mary Ellen!! I love that area. That's near my SIL and we always go exploring - Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown...Lots of cool stuff to see and do there. What are you going for?
I think we are going to have to scrap the trip and we may lose all the money. We are really more concerned about our house here in Delaware because we are very close to the Delaware Bay and we are right in the line of the storm. If we didn't have to worry about our house I think we would head to Richmond tomorrow and then move in to Williamsburg. But we really can't leave the house and we don't want to leave Brian now that school has been delayed.

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I felt it too!! My chair was rocking back and forth...it was so weird! It's definitely crazy how far away from Virginia that was felt!
Really crazy! That was a strange experience, but I am honestly more worried about the hurricane, as I'm sure you are too because NYC is right in the path of the storm!

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I was terribly behind, but I'm finally caught up! I'm so glad you loved Jiko Mary Ellen!
Hey Girl- Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you are caught up and Jiko was seriously wonderful!!!! You must try it!

You know - everytime I read your TR I am doing it without the pictures. It drives me crazy. I will definitely get caught up in unison!
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That's good that you got Brian's dorm all set up.
& Too bad about Williamsburg. & Stay safe from the hurricane!
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:03 PM   #1162
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Sorry that Irene is horning in on your plans.

Hopefully the owner will be considerate of a NATURAL DISASTER and realize that it would probably be best for everyone if you stay put.


We are inland and may not even get rain from Irene but I hope you all stay safe.
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I was thinking about you guys with the college setup and the hurricane coming! It's great you got Brian's dorm all set! That stinks you had to turn right around though!

I hope you guys don't get hit too hard with the storm! We are definitely right in its path too, DBF went out and bought gallons of water, batteries, flashlights, I got candles...I'm slightly nervous, but I'm hoping everything will be alright! I now have a fear the stores will be sold out of bread and stuff...Targets here have apparently been entirely wiped out of any sort of provisions (water, food, candles, flashlights, batteries), but I'm sure we'll be able to get some things and be fine!
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You've had a big few days! This hurricane is crazy; its supposed to hit us up here in CT pretty hard, too. I am praying that we're all OK. Sorry about Williamsburg. Hope you get to change it.
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MaryEllen, glad to hear that Brian's dorm room is all set up and he only needs a few other items. I am keeping ALL of you in my thoughts and prayers with the hurricane, and I hope you can change your weekend for your trip.
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MEK I'm glad you got the dorm room set up, but so sorry about your trip this weekend.

Having had some hurricane experience I just wanted to throw another suggestion out there. After Katrina we got real crowded her in Baton Rouge with all the extra people. Stock up on all the regular stuff but I'm also gong to suggest you get extra toliet paper. Once the stores started opening back up that was one of those things that ended up being hard to come by.
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That's good that you got Brian's dorm all set up.
& Too bad about Williamsburg. & Stay safe from the hurricane!
Happy about the dorm!

Sad about Williamsburg.

I hope you and your family also stay safe from the hurricane since I guess you will be feeling the brunt of it as much as I will.

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Hopefully the owner will be considerate of a NATURAL DISASTER and realize that it would probably be best for everyone if you stay put.

The owner keeps trying to get me to leave early or wait out the storm in an inland Virginia location. It's a tropical storm advisory there. The problem is our house here. Unless we are forced to evacuate we don't feel comfortable leaving the house unattended without electricity and possible damage. I think we are going to have to lose the $ which stinks.

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We are inland and may not even get rain from Irene but I hope you all stay safe.
Really? No rain! Nice! and Thank you!

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I was thinking about you guys with the college setup and the hurricane coming! It's great you got Brian's dorm all set! That stinks you had to turn right around though!
Yeah - it was a bummer. He was actually getting quite nervous on the ride there, so I think he was happy to come back home. He was also happy to get the room setup and meet his room mate.

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I hope you guys don't get hit too hard with the storm! We are definitely right in its path too, DBF went out and bought gallons of water, batteries, flashlights, I got candles...I'm slightly nervous, but I'm hoping everything will be alright! I now have a fear the stores will be sold out of bread and stuff...Targets here have apparently been entirely wiped out of any sort of provisions (water, food, candles, flashlights, batteries), but I'm sure we'll be able to get some things and be fine!
Walmart did not have one loaf of white bread. Unbelievable. Worst part - I did not realize we were almost out of cat food this this morning. Denny has been feeding them this week (its whose ever up first) and never said a word. GREAT! Looks like I'll be standing in more lines today.

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You've had a big few days! This hurricane is crazy; its supposed to hit us up here in CT pretty hard, too. I am praying that we're all OK. Sorry about Williamsburg. Hope you get to change it.
Yeah - I heard New England was going to get hit pretty hard, too. Hopefully it dies down some before its hits CT. I don't know though. Originally we had planned to go to New England for the weekend. I'm not sure which would be worse - Williamsburg or New England?


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MaryEllen, glad to hear that Brian's dorm room is all set up and he only needs a few other items. I am keeping ALL of you in my thoughts and prayers with the hurricane, and I hope you can change your weekend for your trip.
Thanks Kathy. Yeah - I knew there would be something I still needed after we got there. But - I didn't do too bad considering this was my first time setting up a dorm room.

As far as the weekend plans - the guy I rented from is giving me the run around and I really don't feel like challenging him or dealing with it. I will probably just end up taking a loss. The resort is staying open and they say they do not anticipate any adverse outcomes from the storm. It's really leaving here that's the problem.

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MEK I'm glad you got the dorm room set up, but so sorry about your trip this weekend.
Thanks. The dorm room looks good. I like it. I wonder if they will end up moving the furniture all over the place. It will be interesting to see if they leave it alone or change it.

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Having had some hurricane experience I just wanted to throw another suggestion out there. After Katrina we got real crowded her in Baton Rouge with all the extra people. Stock up on all the regular stuff but I'm also gong to suggest you get extra toliet paper. Once the stores started opening back up that was one of those things that ended up being hard to come by.
That is a really good suggestion. I would never think of that, but its something that's so essential. I can't imagine living through Katrina. Wow - I'm sure you have some stories to tell.
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MEK I'm glad you got the dorm room set up, but so sorry about your trip this weekend.

Having had some hurricane experience I just wanted to throw another suggestion out there. After Katrina we got real crowded her in Baton Rouge with all the extra people. Stock up on all the regular stuff but I'm also gong to suggest you get extra toliet paper. Once the stores started opening back up that was one of those things that ended up being hard to come by.
I think I'll follow that suggestion too. Thanks.

MEK- Be safe this weekend. It looks like it's going to be a cat 2 when it hits us. That is a little unsettling to me. I would prefer the tropical storms we usually end up getting over a cat 2. Hope my house and my nerves) can take it.
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Hey Mary Ellen-

Bless your heart! I'm not sure I'd leave my house either, EVEN with maybe having to lose some $$, with the storm being there! And I know what it's like to be unfocused, so much that you can't write even replies. I'm in the middle of that with some heavy-ish stuff PLUS the normal extreme busy-ness of summer going on. Keep up posted, Dear!

Congrats on getting your son out there! I just sent mine BACK off today to Kentucky, and it does get easier. Hope he has a really wonderful experience despite no orientation.
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Hey ME-
Very happy to hear you got the room set up and everything, but I am so sorry about your change in plans- I hope everything works out, including rescheduling with the owner of the Williamsburg timeshare.

Good luck with the Hurricane- I don't want to leave my house this weekend, either! YIKES!! This is some crazy stuff, huh?
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