Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Pre-Trip Reports' started by eandesmom, Feb 1, 2012.
joining in late. lots to catch up on. Does this come in an Ebook format??
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I'm trying to get caught up, but couldn't wait to ask - who made your camera bag? I've been really struggling with that over the last couple of years and would LOVE to have a camera bag that doesn't look like a black insulated cooler bag!
And the short answer is....
Lol!! No, but there is a table of contents. Welcome!!!!!
Hi and welcome!!!! It's an Epiphanie bag, just google it and the link to their site should come up. I have the Belle, my mom has the Lyric and a client has the Lola. They have the coolest stuff!
So close. I hope everything comes together and all goes off without a hitch. I know this last week is nuts because you are travelling, Jeff is travelling and then you need to get everyone cross country. Safe travels and I will be checking in.
Just wanted to get it in so I don't miss a send off.
Thanks Pat!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have an update and hopefully at least one more before we take off. I have arrived at my work conference and am sneaking a little DIS time to get in an update.
The storm before the calm. I know its SUPPOSED to be the calm before the storm but that never seems to be the reality at my house before we leave on a trip. I swear, my husbands stress level rises each day as we get closer! He did point out that it has been a YEAR since weve had a real vacation. Which is too long and probably explains a lot. And so
This update is brought to you by the letter D!
First off, of course, DISNEY.
We are going to Disney in a week! Yep, one week from tonight we will be headed to the airport. Apparently that has Drama too but Ill get to that in a minute.
And then, DREAM!
Soon thereafter, we will be on the Dream, something the boys are literally dreaming about daily. Those two magical D words have been infiltrated by others that are perhaps a bit less magical.
In most cases, the letter D shows up multiple times!
Drama #1: No Driving and visiting Doctors
As of today K does not yet have any state ID. Apparently when they went last Friday, her mom decided that it didnt make sense to get a state ID card and she should get her learners (Driving) permit instead. Which was the original idea but then we were told she couldnt do that because she wasnt enrolled in a class. Apparently that wasnt exactly accurate; she can get one, but has to take the test. She picked up the booklet on Friday and supposedly studied it this weekend at our house (though we didnt see much evidence of studying) and was supposed to get the permit this week. She leaves this afternoon for her CA tournament. Somehow that didnt happen and her mom is taking her first thing Monday morning. Yeah
Im venting. Why they couldnt go today (or yesterday, or Tuesday or Monday) is a bit beyond me but it is classic. Her mom, bless her heart, is a procrastinator so its not surprising. Shes been preoccupied. With Doctors. K has had ongoing ankle issues for years, PT etc. She got an MRI earlier this week on one, got the results yesterday. And then apparently was getting an MRI on the other ankle either yesterday or today. All we do know is the one ankle is basically ok but the results were enough that they were able to get insurance to approve imaging the other ankle. I guess we wont get those results till next week, or possibly even after the trip.
Drama #2: More Driving and Doctors. Ditching, Dodging, Detours and Doodling!
On Monday at around 6pm, I got a call from Eric. Who is at Boy Scout Camp. Apparently hed gotten something in his finger while getting out of the lake on Sunday and now the finger was substantially larger than it should be, was hard, and hot. So I had to Drive to camp (1 hours), take him to the ER, see the Doctor and pharmacy, and then back to camp (2.5 hours) and then drive back home (1.5 hours). His finger is fine. Probably an autoimmune response to a stinger of some sort. Antibiotitcs to be safe (doc suggested waiting a day and there was NO way I was making the trip twice lol) plus ibuprofen (apparently the scouts 11th essential according to Eric) and Allegra for the itching. No liability for the boy scouts and two very pricey ER visits for me in less than 2 weeks. I confess, I Ditched (or Dodged) paying my copay at the time of visit as I was expecting to be billed and they were rather insistent I pay then. I won. This Drama included Dirt. Hed been at camp for about 18 hours when I got there. He looked like Pig Pen! And somehow in 24 hours had managed to lose his swimsuit. On the way home I was Detoured by some major construction so sat in my car, completely stopped, Doodling and feeling rather Desperate as the Starbucks was closed when I hit the highway on the way back, meaning I couldnt get a coffee for the road or use the facilities!
Drama #3: Distressed Dads
My beloved husband, wound tight as it is, always seems to ramp up before a trip. There is stuff to finish up at work which always gets crazy and unexpected drama with his kids, and their mom. Hes been busy dealing with all of that, including Taylors car repeatedly breaking down, Kendalls mom not knowing how to get a prescription filled on our insurance (I am not kidding) and him starting to freak about not being here when the rest of this leave. Why? Well frankly hes terrified K wont be ready for me to pick her up, she wont have her ID and on and on and on. Im not sure he will relax until I text him that I have her! I am off to a 3 day work conference so hopefully a little space will help him feel in control as I know a lot of the stress is feeling things are not in his control. That said, while I really should stay for the dinner on Sat a this conference, which is 4 hours away, Ill be heading back to make sure hes set for his trip, we are coordinated and then I can take him to the airport in the morning. I hope that will help too as me being gone is stressing him out as well!
Now, onto the FUN part of this update.
We leave in ONE WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We'll be headed to the airport, or loading up the car in 7 days and about 15 minutes.
Ive been knocking some more Details off of my list!
These items are DONE!
3. Revised room request for OKW. Yep, First visit home and Im probably making member services nuts and they will give time the worst room ever. I started to get really worried about the request once I realized that my targeted buildings in the section I wanted were the ONLY ones that had elevators, making them prime for HA requests. Ive changed my request accordingly, we will see what we end up with but I do feel at least sure we will likely get one with the 2nd access door.
4. Dining. Added the dining plan for our AKV nights.
5. Delegate. Ive created a list of items that Evan can choose to do this week (while his brother is at camp) to earn more Disney Dollars to spend on things that we have no intention of buying and I know he wills struggle with using souvenir or personal money for, or not. Things like boogie boards, paddle boat rental, arcade cards.
7. FE. We have added more folks to our FE list, which is fun! I need to make a few more items but should have plenty of time to finish up on Sunday.
8. Doo-Dads. Ok, not really doo-dads but I wanted a D word! I was invited to do some beta testing for a TripIt feature add on and earned an Amazon Gift card for doing so. Instead of getting anything remotely practical, instead I got some splurge items for the trip. A new camera strap. Not that anything was wrong with my current one, but I liked this one better. And a new nightgown.
So whats left?
3. Pickup (Kendall)
4. Bag check (kids, make sure they stuck to their lists)
5. Drop off (cats)
6. Stop (mail)
7. Alert (credit cards that we are traveling)
8. Set (new sprinkler schedule for while we are gone)
.thats all I can think of! I am actually partially packed things in piles ready to go into the suitcase and some items are leaving with Jeff on Sunday. This will help me get the boys all set. It will also help if work explodes next week, as it is wont to do before a vacation starts. I have a couple of big deliverables due before I leave so need to get those done but it should be doable.
Hey, just writing that post demonstrates that you've got your arms around everything. Things might go awry, but they won't be things in your control, I know that. It sounds like a whirlwind of a week coming up, but I know you'll meet every challenge head-on.
FE doesn't start with "D"! How about Door Decoration?
You reminded me that we forgot to call our credit card company before our trips. It didn't take long before I got a call about "suspicious activity" while Judy and Lauren were in NYC. I explained that they were there, the charges were okay, and took the opportunity to tell them about our other upcoming travels. I'm glad they monitor it though!
I know once you get on the plane to Orlando you can let out a huge sigh of relief.
I hope all those outstanding items, Kendall, come together without more drama. to you girl. You got it going on.
Ugh - I always get the pre travel knot in my stomach, but this sounds much, much worse. Yikes.
Well, I guess K and her mom will be spending all of Monday in DMV so she can get her learner's permit. I hope her mom knows she can't wall out of there until she has a learner's permit or state ID. Yike. Nothing like waiting till the last moment.
Ugh to the driving and the ED visits. That sounds horrible.
Can't wait until you are finally on your way. Love the camera strap - so pretty.
Sorry, vague reference. I forgot our park tickets in my dresser drawer once and remembered then while we were sitting on the runway about to take off. Melody wanted to kill me.
I agree Glen!
Cynthia, you can always do what I do (or is it say what I say) 'If we forget something we will deal with it when we get back. If we forgot to bring something, we'll just buy it there!'
Wow! That's a lot of drama!
Hope everything goes smoothly!
Jill in CO
I really don't know how you cope! I get stressed just reading your updates.
I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing holiday.
I'm more exhausted than I was yesterday (spent a good deal of the day on the phone with Nursing Home and Hospice), if that is at all possible. I don't know how you do it all girl.
I hope Kendall gets her ID and is ready for pick-up.
I have a feeling there will be NO relaxation until everyone is on the plane.
Wow! The drama never stops. I would be so freaked out about Kendall not having her ID. You must have "steel" nerves.
Hope your vacation is everything you hope for and more!!!!
Haven't been on here much lately! But, wanted to wish you a magical vacation!!! I hope you have a great time. Can't wait to read all about it when you get back.
Cynthia I am going thru some Free Trip Drama too!!
2 of my staff are on a 2 day Free trip as we speak, now let's just say they are not OCD planners or how about NOT planners !!I spent yesterday reminding them of things to do . Well first they forgot to ask me for the camera ( well I will take partial for that as I forgot to give it to them ) Then I get acall they are LOST!!Mind you this is their trip NOT mine but at least they asked directions and called the Farm they were supposed to be at to tell them they were late . I just got multiple phone calls about the hotel reservations which isn't really their fault but I had to explain what to do and who to put in which room !! I am gonna plan their next trip myself and give them a list a month ahead to follow !!
Now for my Universal Trip we have 2 individuals flying in alone from Albany . and I am still not convinced they will be arrivng on the same area we are Now I have talked to AirTran, our TA etc and they say it is okay but how is it okay if one is Termional A and 1 is Terminal B You can bet Rosie will be researching more even if I have to call the PILOT on the dang plane !!
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