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Old 02-01-2012, 03:17 PM   #1081
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Since the DIS was so slow last night I didn't spend a lot of time on it - too frustrating. But I did look at points and prices for October 2013. I am thinking the 4 day Dream cruise on October 20th (our anniversary is the 21st) and then 4 nights at AKL and then I was thinking 4 nights at HHI .....OR.......a longer stay at AKL and skip HHI to visit it next spring. I don't think I can go a full year from October 2012 to 2013 without some kind of Disney fix. There's also a little part of me that would also like to get one more trip in during December 2012 before my AP expires. What chance do you think I have of talking Denny into that? I would love to go right after Thanksgiving.
The DIS HAS been going to slowly lately. I hope they get it fixed soon. I'm glad you made an appointment for your PCP, I hope they figure out what's been giving you so much trouble.

If you can get a good flight I'd say go for another trip before the AP expires! I'm trying to figure one more in also. And that sounds like a wonderful anniversary trip! We're doing our first cruise on points, and it's saving a ton of money. Is Denny content to let you plan and he goes wherever, or does he want a say in the planning? I'd say just plan it and tell him what a wonderful anniversary trip you've got planned and these are the dates he needs off work. Would that go over well?
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:03 PM   #1082
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The DIS HAS been going to slowly lately. I hope they get it fixed soon. I'm glad you made an appointment for your PCP, I hope they figure out what's been giving you so much trouble.
I don't think my PCP will do too much other than order an X-ray and send me to PT. I could do that myself, but its easier to get the referrals from her. Just need to get the ball rolling here so I feel more in alignment. It's a weird feeling - not really pain but just feeling like a bobble head or worse.

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If you can get a good flight I'd say go for another trip before the AP expires! I'm trying to figure one more in also. And that sounds like a wonderful anniversary trip! We're doing our first cruise on points, and it's saving a ton of money. Is Denny content to let you plan and he goes wherever, or does he want a say in the planning? I'd say just plan it and tell him what a wonderful anniversary trip you've got planned and these are the dates he needs off work. Would that go over well?
I think one more trip might be doable if I do get a good flight, otherwise forget about it.

Did you get an incentive for the cruise? I looked at the prices for October 20th 2013 and a 4 nighter is about $1600 for a verandah. Or its 220 points, which seems high. I could rent 220 points at $10 a point and pay for the cruise and have spending $.

Denny wants to do a cruise. We just won't while Nick is still home because I don't like the whole idea that I can't be reached right away for an emergency. I know he could still have an emergency in college, but something about him being away at school makes the thought more palatable. I wanted to do a cruise for Nick's graduation, but he wants to rent a beach house for a week. So there you have it! Denny will def be on boards with whatever I plan for October 2013!
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:17 PM   #1083
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Wow. The Dis is working well enough right now for me to actually comment on a few things. I hope your neck is feeling better.

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Men! Do they think we have imaginary friends?

I think they might. My husband even has a hard time keeping track of the people I work with, let alone anyone from the Dis, even folks we've met together.
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:14 PM   #1084
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Wow. The Dis is working well enough right now for me to actually comment on a few things. I hope your neck is feeling better.
The DIS WAS working well for me for about the first 5 minutes. Now - not so much! UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Thanks on the neck. It's doing OK. Actually responds pretty well to the Motrin so I'm feeling OK right now!

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I think they might. My husband even has a hard time keeping track of the people I work with, let alone anyone from the Dis, even folks we've met together.
Men need a lot of visual cues I guess. I think I'll try the Cynthia line again tonight and see if he recognizes her name.
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:59 PM   #1085
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Men need a lot of visual cues I guess. I think I'll try the Cynthia line again tonight and see if he recognizes her name.


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Yup, probably!

Interesting. Well, I made the appointment with my PCP today and I'm thinking she may want to do a cervical spine film. I have Denny's insurance so I can't even get my stinking X-ray where I work. Then I am asking for PT and a chiro. I am so out of alignment today it is not even funny. I actually can't stand it.
UGH! Mine is bugging me today but I haven't had any treatments at all in over month and started working out again. Scared. And tired of the co-pays! It's funny, I've still never had a cervical spine film...although if things didn't clear up, they were going to.


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June 10 - 15 is in the treehouse. That was 211 points and I figured that was enough for my bro and sil. The next three nights are in a studio at BWV and that is for me and Denny and Nick if he decides to stay. If he wants to go home on the 15th that is fine with me. If we fly we will arive on the 9th and I will either using up the points Denny has for the country inn and suites or stay value for a night. I would love to try the new animation place. If we decide to go to KSC I may just book a couple nights over in Cocoa beach and stay a couple extra nights. It all depends on how much time Denny can get off from work. I really want him to nail this down so I can plan the details on both ends of the trip.
Fun! And great that you are doing it before the point increase. I really would love to do it for the big family trip but...I don't think it's likely at this point, all I'm going to be able to do is room the 4 of us unless we do a split stay of some sort.

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Since the DIS was so slow last night I didn't spend a lot of time on it - too frustrating. But I did look at points and prices for October 2013. I am thinking the 4 day Dream cruise on October 20th (our anniversary is the 21st) and then 4 nights at AKL and then I was thinking 4 nights at HHI .....OR.......a longer stay at AKL and skip HHI to visit it next spring. I don't think I can go a full year from October 2012 to 2013 without some kind of Disney fix. There's also a little part of me that would also like to get one more trip in during December 2012 before my AP expires. What chance do you think I have of talking Denny into that? I would love to go right after Thanksgiving.
ooh! Tough call, so many lovely options! The points for the cruises generally does not seem to be the way to go...unless you have points to burn I guess or really wouldn't use them otherwise. Then, heck, why not!
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:10 PM   #1086
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DIS meet or Not!

I'm going to try for a short update tonight because I have to stay up and wait for Nick to get home from his indoor soccer game which doesn't start until 9:15pm Ugh!

So when I left off in my last update we were heading to the front of the park. I was planning to head over to Epcot and meet up with Kara. I missed her on Thursday night because I thought HS stayed open later than it actually did. Kara and her family were leaving today to drive home to SC, but they were going to Epcot at 2pm before they left.

I had just about convinced Denny and Nick to head over to Epcot with me. I thought Nick would enjoy the friendship boat since he had never been on one before.

Here are a few pictures on our way out of the park.







I think I am obsessed with ribbons and wreaths.















Courtesy of the PP photographer



We stopped to say Hi to Boh, but this fellow was in the picture.



Opps - Wrong view



Ah - Here We Go!



Just as we were getting ready to leave I got a text from Kara that she and her family had a change of plans. They were making a quick stop at DTD and then heading north.

Phew - perfect timing because I was almost out of the park! I completely understood. Kara was on a big family trip and its hard to keep everyone happy in that situation. So, we wished each other well and I told Denny and Nick they were "off the hook". They no longer had to follow me to Epcot.

So I stood there for a moment trying to plot my next plan. As you might imagine, I was ready to run back into the park and ride Star Tours again, but the boys wanted nothing to do with that. I knew I shouldn't have let them ride three times! I considered heading back there myself, but then I realized it was only 2pm and that would give us plenty of time for an afternoon pool break before our dinner ADR.

So despite the fact that it was overcast, I decided to call it a park day and head on out.

But first - some pictures of the HS Christmas tree.





I almost forgot - Nick must have been hungry again. To think, he could have stopped at the Writer's Stop or Starring Rolls. I can't even remember what his snack was.





Quick rant here. I got a AAA parking pass when I bought a ticket there. We always park in the AAA section of the lot, but I hate it because its such a convoluted walk. You leave the park and walk all the way to the right, then you have to walk back towards the left. It's like a big semi-circle and annoying. Rant over.

It actually turned out nice to have the afternoon free. Nick went in the pool, but I just sat with an adult beverage and enjoyed the quiet time. I also took a bunch of pictures.....












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Continued......







Sorry random girl. I think I was just trying to get all directions from the pool deck.





You can see it wasn't super crowded, probably because it wasn't sunny and warm out, but it was still pretty comfortable in my opinion.





After my OKW pool photo session I decided it was hot tub time. Denny joined me. Nick stayed in the regular pool. We struck up a conversation with a really nice quest who was there with her husband (no kids). She overheard me talking about HHI and started to inquire about it. She readily admitted that she prefers lying by the pool or the beach to hitting the parks. I told her I thought she would love HHI for just that reason (and it sure doesn't hurt that she and her DH can easily take a day trip into Charleston or Savannah). She was from North Jersey and actually has a sister who attended the University of Delaware. Small World! He husband eventually showed up and we talked a bit more until we all realized that we needed to start getting ready for our respective ADRs.

Here are a few more pictures I took before hitting the hot tub











So - sorry - there is not a lot of content in this update, but it really was a lovely, relaxing afternoon. The best part was that we had a generous two hours just to hang out and do nothing but chat to strangers and drink adult beverages!

I almost forgot - remember that Sweet Carolina lemonade vodka I dropped in HHI. Well, I replaced it with the Sweet Caroline iced tea vodka and I mixed that with the pomegranate lemonade and it made a nice, refreshing adult beverage.

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what a lovely afternoon! How timely that you were able to regroup when the meet didn't happen, it is hard herding cats on a trip like that, DISmeets are much easier when you are solo.

I've only parked once at WDW since '04 and I swear we lost the car. It was pretty funny but it was at DHS! No AAA parking but that doesn't sound like it was much of a benefit. I thought there was a parking benefit to an AP but maybe I'm confused?
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:45 PM   #1089
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I have heard MANY people say that using points for a cruise is not a good value unless you have nothing else to do with them. Renting them out and using the $$ to pay for the cruise is smart.

Great pictures - Thanks especially for the OKW pool pics! I hope to be enjoying those pools in October!!
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A nice relaxing afternoon. Sorry your plans went awry but you made the best of it.
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Sounds like a great afternoon break

That pool area is so cute! I love all the pictures. We had breakfast at Olivia's on our last trip and now OKW is on Dale's must do list.

Looking forward to hearing about your evening.
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That sounds like the perfect relaxing afternoon by the pool! (And yay for other people from NJ! )
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:46 AM   #1093
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Sorry the DIS meet didn't work out. I'm glad you enjoyed relaxing by the pool. It's so hard to force yourself to sit and relax at WDW sometimes!

Nice pictures...

And for the University of Delaware! Go Blue Hens!
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What a lovely way to relax for an afternoon! How neat that you were able to pass along some HHI information to the other guest. I am sure that she was very happy that she met you.
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