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Old 05-28-2013, 06:23 PM   #241
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I found your threads last night and have loved reading about your adventures moving to Disneyland. You are proof it doesn't take tons of money to enjoy yourself in any situation.

I look forward to finding out how long it actually took you to find jobs, and also hear about when you finally got to enter The Parks. I give you so much credit, being able to wait. I would have had a nervous breakdown being so close and yet so far......LOL
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Taylor - I have been enjoying reading about all your adventures with Tracy. I do not post much, but had to pop on and thank you for your post about the OC zoo. I have lived in OC my whole life and have never been nor did I really understand what was there. After reading your post tonight, I called my mom to see if she wanted to go for her B-day......she was thrilled.

As an OC native, I'm sure there are many other fun things to do that are overlooked. I look forward to reading about your future outings and I'm sure I'll pick up some more excellent ideas!
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The girl at the counter scowled at your for using a 2-for-1 deal?? I agree. If they don't want people using it, they shouldn't offer it. It doesn't matter what the admission price is!

That is a very cute "zoo"...more of a menagerie than a zoo. I love the bears and the raccoons. Hoping to see more pictures of this place in future posts. I love animals too.


I haven't been to the SDZoo in a while. I had to google to see what the price is when you said it was almost as expensive as DL tix. Not quite....but single admission to the zoo is pricey. The price to the SDZ costs nearly the same as the Melbourne Zoo here. We have a yearly membership to the Melbourne; and that gives us unlimited entry to the Melbourne Zoo, the Werribee Wildlife Park (African safari) and the Healesville Sanctuary (it houses indigenous marsupial animals). If it weren't for the fact that you have to drive 2 hours to get to SD, the yearly membership might be worth it for you and Tracy.
Our thoughts exactly regarding the 2-for-1 deal. Lame. Oh well, we certainly enjoyed the zoo nonetheless.

I guess when I was looking at the San Diego Zoo prices, I was looking at the ones that give you access to both the zoo and the safari park, at which point it does rival Disneyland prices. If we were to do both parks, it would actually be cheaper for us to buy the yearly membership than for us both to get tickets, so we will definitely do that when we do make it down there. Wish it were just a LITTLE closer. The Melbourne Zoo package sounds like a great set of places to visit! I would love to go to a marsupial-specific zoo. They're among my favorite animals.

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That's a cute little zoo, I didn't know it was there either.

At my house, we just leave cat food outside for the feral cats and we get to see possums, raccoons, and skunks all for free!
We were glad to discover the zoo too! Sounds like you've got quite the zoo at your house too with all those occupants!

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Hi Taylor. I just found your TR and have finally finished reading through it. I’m planning a trip to Disneyland next year. You are a really good writer and I’ve enjoyed reading about your adventures.

I live on the east coast and can certainly understand wanting to move to California. The weather really gets to us sometimes. You picked a good time to move. You missed a lot of snow this past winter. One storm we got over 2 ft. of snow. Just last Saturday the temperature was 48 degrees at 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Today was a nice day though.

I really enjoyed reading about your stay in Colorado. My sister lives there, in Highlands Ranch. I’ve been there at least 10 times (probably more, I’ve lost count) in the last 20 years.

Colorado Springs…been there several times. I’ve done all the touristy things there….Garden of the Gods, Olympic Training Center, Cog Railway to the top of Pikes Peak, Broadmoor Hotel. We always went to an ice cream shop in the Broadmoor whenever we were in the area. Loved Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, feeding the giraffes, so much fun! All your pictures brought back many memories.

My niece attends CU in Boulder. Last time I was in CO we went to Boulder but really didn’t have much time there. I’ll definitely go back when she graduates.

Glenwood Springs…been by it but never stopped. I’ll have to put that on my bucket list for the next trip. One trip we drove all the way to Grand Junction to see Colorado National Monument. It was beautiful.

Sorry about your troubles on moving day. Glad you are settled in now. Looks like you made a great choice and everything worked out in the end. It’s a really cute apartment and I love the ear hats on the wall.

I’m sorry you didn’t get jobs at Disney. Here is a quote from Walt Disney. “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me…You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” Well said Walt! Hang in there, you never know what the future holds for you but I think there will be bigger and better things for both of you.

Your Thanksgiving dinner looks great. Except you are missing something…..something green….veggies!!! (Sorry, the Mom in me just came out.) Homemade pumpkin pie is the best…so glad you were able to get more ingredients so you could make it again. Can’t have Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie!

Christmas at Disney looks awesome. Your pictures are terrific. What kind of camera do you use?

Sorry for being so long winded.

p.s. How has your health been? I'm hoping you are doing much better.
Thanks for the compliments on the report! I love writing it, so I'm glad you like reading it!

We definitely picked a good time to move away from the east coast! We actually had just had our UBox sent out from where they were housing it in New Jersey about a week before Sandy hit. Since it was being stored in a coastal town, I'm sure we would have been very worried whether it got flooded and damaged... And we ABSOLUTELY did not miss the New York winter this year. After six of them, I don't think I could handle another!

Glad to hear you've enjoyed frequenting CO. I'm actually writing this from Denver right now. Tracy's on a business trip here, of all things, and I tagged along of course. I don't think I've ever been to Highlands Ranch (maybe passed through it, but don't really remember) but it sounds like you did ALL the touristy things in Colorado Springs.

You'll definitely have to try to spend some time in Boulder someday. I may be a little biased toward my hometown, but I think it's the best place in CO. Glenwood, too, is a must-see sometime. Just don't ride the go-karts.

Moving day was definitely lame, but at least it's in the past now and we still love our place. I'm glad it all worked out in the end.

We definitely haven't gotten discouraged not working for Disney. Now's just not the right time, but it might come along someday. For now, however, both Tracy and I are happy with what we're doing.

Honestly, we would have had some veggies with our Thanksgiving dinner, but we thought it would just be too much food. Usually we have green bean casserole, but with just the three of us, it would have been too much. Yes, homemade pumpkin pie is the best!

We really loved Christmas time at Disneyland and I'm glad you like all the pictures. 90% of my photos are taken with my Canon PowerShot S95 (which is a nice point-and-shoot), and the other 10% are just my iPhone.

And no need to apologize for being long winded! I'm CERTAINLY long-winded when I write my updates, so I like a good thorough response

Healthwise, I'm doing okay. Definitely better than I've been sometimes and as under control as I think it's likely to be. Just have to take each day as it comes and roll with the punches!

Hope you keep enjoying reading along!

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Great updates! LOVED the tree in at the grand. It was so pretty when we were there in December. I understand how easy it is to just sit and relax and lose time there.
Glad you liked the updates. We love that Christmas tree too! One of my favorites I've ever seen! The whole atmosphere of that lobby is just so beautiful and relaxing

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I found your threads last night and have loved reading about your adventures moving to Disneyland. You are proof it doesn't take tons of money to enjoy yourself in any situation.

I look forward to finding out how long it actually took you to find jobs, and also hear about when you finally got to enter The Parks. I give you so much credit, being able to wait. I would have had a nervous breakdown being so close and yet so far......LOL
I'm so glad you found the report and have been enjoying it! We do, indeed, pride ourselves on making the most of our time despite not having an excess of money.

Don't worry, we made it into the parks before TOO much longer. It was still definitely TORTUROUS sometimes how long we had to wait though.

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Taylor - I have been enjoying reading about all your adventures with Tracy. I do not post much, but had to pop on and thank you for your post about the OC zoo. I have lived in OC my whole life and have never been nor did I really understand what was there. After reading your post tonight, I called my mom to see if she wanted to go for her B-day......she was thrilled.

As an OC native, I'm sure there are many other fun things to do that are overlooked. I look forward to reading about your future outings and I'm sure I'll pick up some more excellent ideas!
Yay! I'm so glad you could learn about the zoo from this TR. I'm sure you'll thoroughly enjoy it, especially now that you will have appropriate expectations. Hopefully we'll keep finding fun and unique things to do around OC, and I'll keep writing about them as we do! Thanks for reading
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:54 PM   #244
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What a great update! Love your hats. They look great.


Nice! You go check out the hotel and you have an extended meet and greet with Goofy. What a great afternoon!
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What cute ears you made without the massive Disney cost!

That's so great that Goofy practically spent the afternoon with you two! The Disneyland Hotel has a whole different magic that we have also just begun to discover. I'm eager to hear of your findings!

I just found out about the feral cats of Disneyland. On our visit in January we saw one at DCA, you don't the story of my partner Fran, but she will try to adopt any feline that she comes across. It was quite a spectacle. Since then I have seen quite a few cats, I'm curious to hear your stories.
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Your Santa hats are too cute! So crafty.

I love the teacup chairs. The teacups are one of my first memories of Disneyland! I'm hoping to be going to Disneyland next January, I will definitely have to check out the hotel and sit in the chairs.
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Hey! We were just watching a Tivo'd episode of Huell Howser (if you don't already watch his programs you would love them on PBS) and he went to the Starr Ranch in OC and I bet that would be a place you two would love. If you haven't been there already, you should check it out!
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What a great update! Love your hats. They look great.

Nice! You go check out the hotel and you have an extended meet and greet with Goofy. What a great afternoon!
Glad you like the ears! I can't take much (if any) credit for them as Tracy did most of the work!

We definitely enjoyed meeting Goofy and spending lots of solo time with him. It's the kind of thing that would NEVER be able to happen anywhere at WDW, so we liked that it was a unique Disneyland experience.

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That's so great that Goofy practically spent the afternoon with you two! The Disneyland Hotel has a whole different magic that we have also just begun to discover. I'm eager to hear of your findings!

I just found out about the feral cats of Disneyland. On our visit in January we saw one at DCA, you don't the story of my partner Fran, but she will try to adopt any feline that she comes across. It was quite a spectacle. Since then I have seen quite a few cats, I'm curious to hear your stories.
We definitely appreciated not having to lay out the Disney bucks for our ears

We also really like what we have explored of the Disneyland Hotel. It's great how different the three hotels are because they all offer such unique things to do.

We honestly didn't believe there would really be cats around the parks until we started seeing them for ourselves. Do you follow the kitties on Twitter? It's @disneylandcats

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Your Santa hats are too cute! So crafty.

I love the teacup chairs. The teacups are one of my first memories of Disneyland! I'm hoping to be going to Disneyland next January, I will definitely have to check out the hotel and sit in the chairs.
I'm glad you like our hats. They were a fun idea!

You should absolutely check out the lobby of the Disneyland Hotel when you're there. In addition to the teacup chairs, there's a huge Mary Blair mural in the carpet. It's all very cool.

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Hey! We were just watching a Tivo'd episode of Huell Howser (if you don't already watch his programs you would love them on PBS) and he went to the Starr Ranch in OC and I bet that would be a place you two would love. If you haven't been there already, you should check it out!
We will absolutely look into it. I'm sure we'd thoroughly enjoy any ranch!
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TEACUP CHAIRS!!!!!!!! I want one, I want one! Those are probably the coolest Disney chair I have ever seen. Can you steal one for me? Well, not really cause I don't want to get you in trouble with Disney. And that is so cool that Goofy just plopped down with you in the teacup chair! What a fun little treat!

Do I sense some kitty foreshadowing? I mean, stray cat in DL, meow bumper sticker (even though not directly related to kitties with your explanation), and the fact that kitties are cute and irresistible?? I guess we'll just have to wait and see...

Looks like you guys had an awesome Christmas, even if it was gift-light. It doesn't matter how many presents you get, as long as they're good, and in your case, Disney gifts are about as good as they come, so you made out pretty well. I love the matching Pluto hat for Duffy! I have wanted a Duffy for quite awhile now, and since he's all over your TR, I keep thinking about getting him. I wanna dress him up all cute and stuff, but I don't think I would get him a bjorn either, just cool outfits so he can travel in style.

Looking forward to more updates to see what the new year has brought you guys out in Cali!
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What a sweet Christmas you two had! You two are really cute! Such thoughtful gifts that you gave each other too!

I do not tweet, so I don't follow the cats on Twitter, maybe if they had a Facebook page, I might.
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That's a wonderful Christmas you two had. I love your gifts to each other.


And I agree with franandaj....the two of you are soooo cute!
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I do not tweet, so I don't follow the cats on Twitter, maybe if they had a Facebook page, I might.
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Sounds like you guys had a great Christmas. I love that they were almost entirely Disney-related gifts. And love the santa ears.

Shockingly, I've never been to that zoo. Unwittingly, I'd skipped irvine regional my whole life and only rode the train this Easter. We used tickets we bought as part of a booklet for kids Easter activities. I wouldn't have paid $20 either.

Be sure to catch the Orange Street Fair at the end of the summer. Super crazy but tons of food booths etc. Go earlier in the day for fewer drunken college students.

And I haven't been to the Disneyland hotel since they had dancing waters there. Love the teacup chairs.
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