Um, Where's the Ice?! - A July 2012 European and DLRP Adventure*UPDATE 12/15 Pg.29*

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  1. IheartDDuck

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    Departure Day Thursday June 28 and Friday June 29, 2012

    ***Real life update first: I wanted to give you guys a little real life update. This TR update will be a little short because I'm just exhausted today honestly. We had a little bit of a scare yesterday because my Dad woke up in the morning and told my Mom that he was having chest pains. Not severe ones, but enough that they made him concerned. Obviously, no one messes around with that so she gave him an aspirin and took him to the ER.

    They saw him immediately and ran an EKG within a minute. Thankfully, he was not having a heart attack in that moment. However, they still were doing a full blood workup because they wanted to see if he had a heart attack at any point. Well, when they came back with the results of the bloodwork, his blood sugar was 487.

    He has diabetes. They think he’s had it for some time and didn’t know. He does remember having a blood workup like 2 years ago, so it must have happened between then and now. Diabetes does run in my family as well, so this isn’t completely crazy and surprising. However, it was quite a morning and quite a scare for us.

    They did keep him overnight, because they wanted to see if there was anything additional behind his chest pain and also get his sugar levels under control. He wasn’t thrilled, but knew that it was necessary. So now, he’s on medication that he’ll have to take daily as well as checking his blood sugar twice a day as well. However, we’re grateful that it wasn’t a heart attack. Apparently, when your sugar levels get so high, it can mimic the feeling of a heart attack. He’s home now and feeling better, so we’re happy about that. But what with my stuff with my Grandma and now my Dad, I think my mom and I can only take so much combined.

    Here’s a little PSA for everyone. Diabetes is a disease that is affecting everyone and it’s getting out of control. Do what you can please please please to educate yourselves on it and learn how to change your diet to prevent it if possible. I had been trying to get my Dad to change his diet out of fear for something like this before. It’s so important that we’re educated on what we can do to prevent it. We are working towards a goal of getting his diabetes under control with diet only.***

    Onward with the update! When we last left us, I was here:

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    Enjoying my wee little champagne. We took off right on time and we were soon up in the air. I took some time to write the first notes of my TR while we were up in the air.

    I received a nice little travel kit for being in Premium Economy. Free stuff! Cha!

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    It had an eye mask, a pen, socks, a tiny toothpaste, and a tiny toothbrush. We were also given blankets and pillows. Sweet. Yup, I stuck everything in my backpack. (I think that they restrict the weight on our carryons because they give everyone THESE!.....Just sayin’).

    After a little while, we were given our menu and perused it (I have to use words like perused, because we were upgraded), to make our choice.

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    Pretty good choices overall, but I’m pretty easy to please also. It honestly doesn’t take much when it comes to food. It’s sad.

    International Travel Tip #3 – The serving sizes on the airplane meals on international flights are a little chintzy, so if you’re a big eater, make sure you bring snacks (a la my Dad, the human garbage disposal).

    For me, the serving was just right because of watching what I eat and the calorie intake.

    Mom was happy.

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    Here’s my pretty serving. The cutlery was really nice, I must say. Again, easy to please.

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    Dad and I had the beef tips with leak and potatoes. There was a tart crumble thing for dessert that was good. However, per my new motto, it was not good enough for me to eat anything more than a few bites.

    Mom had chicken stir fry. She liked it as well.

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    After dinner, I took two sleeping pills, because I really wanted to try to get some sleep. I don’t do well sleeping on planes, so this was my last ditch effort. Would it work? I think you can tell from my title that it didn’t.

    Before trying to get some shut eye, I went into the bathroom, removed my makeup, and did my normal nightly skin routine. I’m not kidding, it is even that much more important on a plane. Our skin needs 40% humidity to stay hydrated. On a plane, you only get 8%.

    International Travel Tip #4 – If you’re female (or male if you take good care of your skin), do not stop your skincare routine on the plane. Remove your makeup for long haul flights, and moisturize your skin. Your skin will be so so happy and it will prevent any breakouts. Makeup + long time + air travel = Not happy skin.

    I tried my hardest to sleep, I really did. I even busted out the iPod mix that I have that I call “sleep” just to relax me and soothe me (and no, Metallica and the like is not on my sleep mix, duh!). So the sleeping pill was for nothing. Great, that’s just going to make me groggy later.

    Soon they were waking us up for breakfast. Which is funny, because it was 12am to us technically. But they have to get you on their time right away, because we’d been in the air for 6 hours already. It was 6am in London at that time. That’s okay, I’ll eat again!

    This time, full English breakfast with eggs, ham, sausage, mushrooms, and tomato.

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    It was very good, but Dad got all of the ham, because Mom and I don’t really eat it.

    International Travel Tip #5 – Even if you don’t think you’re hungry, eat the breakfast that they provide on the plane. You will be happy that you are on a normal eating schedule when you arrive in your destination country.

    After that, it was back in the bathroom for me to wash my face one more time. I was washing and moisturizing to prepare my skin for makeup. Nothing fancy, but I don’t like being makeup free and looking like the schlub that I am. If you don’t know already, I am super anal retentive about skin care. I wash and moisturize every morning, wash my face every night and do not sleep with makeup on EVER. I also do face masks twice a week. What can I say?

    Very soon, we were descending into London. Woo hoo!!!

    Up next: How long, oh how long does Passport control take?
     
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  3. shan23877

    shan23877 I make lists about my lists

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    I'm so sorry to hear about your dad (aka my boyfriend). My mom is a diabetic, and it is indeed a scary disease. I hope that they caught it soon enough that it can be kept under control with diet and exercise.

    Love the plane updates! I would have pocketed all the swag as well.

    I think that words like 'peruse' are 100% necessary when describing all of the fancy, chi chi, luxe things that go along with being upgraded on your very fancy flight.

    The food looks really good!

    I'm going to get you one of those Evian face misters that all the super models use (at least Miss Tyra uses one) before your next flight! A girl's got to keep the skin hydrated! You'll be scandalized to find out that I rarely take my makeup off. I'm terrible. But, I'm all for you doing it!

    Can't wait for more!
     
  4. zanzibar138

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    I also take sleeping pills and then don't sleep :lmao: Although having said that, I am slowly improving at sleeping on overnight long-haul flights.

    Sorry to hear about your dad :scared1: There are several members of my extended family with diabetes - some type 1, some type 2. We're always trying to get my aunt to eat better. Best of luck to your dad for getting it under control with diet only :thumbsup2

    And (speaking of diets...) your dinner and brekky looked quite appetizing. Definitely agree about getting your body used to the new time zone straight away.
     
  5. LookinUp

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    First, I'm so glad your grandma is doing better and your dad wasn't having heart trouble. Not that diabetes is anything to sneeze at. I hope for him it can be reasonably well controlled by diet. Every body is different.
    That's some snazzy gear for "economy," my dear. With your last update, I was thrilled when I thought the upgrade just gave you leg room & champagne. I'm too short to need extra leg room myself, but I do love champagne. What a lovely way to start your big trip!
    Oh and then comes the swag bag. Too fabulous that it's full of functional items *and* they're color-coordinated with your ab-fab nails! New favorite thing. Just sorry your sleep mask was malfunctioning. At least you had yummy brekkies and a fresh face to start the new day. Such a smart traveler. Can't wait for more!
     
  6. teekathepony

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    Scary stuff with your dad! I'm so glad to read that he's ok and it wasn't heart trouble, but diabetes can be pretty scary too. I hope he can control it with diet!
    Some day I want to get upgraded. Looks so fancy up there!
     
  7. Aussiesalad

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    Wow sorry about your dad- That is a lot to go through.

    Free stuff is awesome, clearly why they make such strict weight limits on hand luggage.

    Your travel tips are so right. I get soooo dehydrated on planes, I have to moisturise like crazy!
    And if you get all out of whack with your meals it's really hard to get back into the right time.

    But it is so weird on international flights when it's the middle of the night and everyone is asleep and suddenly the turn on the lights and it's like -surprise it's breakfast!! Even though it's 2am, please eat this fully cooked breakfasty meal.
    I'm not complaining, it just feels so strange :rotfl:
     
  8. IheartDDuck

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    Well you'll be glad to know that my Dad (aka your boyfriend) is doing very well today. It will just be an adjustment period for him and figuring out how to navigate this.

    Swag is always meant to be pocketed. Even if I don't want it I take it. Because....you know...it's free.

    LOL, I HAVE one of those Evian face misters! Hahaha. But I will gladly accept another one. And if TyTy uses it, well then we all need to.

    Sleeping pills never work for me.

    You know, diabetes is really running rampant. I don't think you can talk to anyone who doesn't have someone in their family with it.

    Dinner and brekky was very good. It was better than I expected.

    I know, we were so happy he wasn't having heart trouble and this was a lesser problem, even though it's still pretty serious.

    All of the freebies were great I loved them. Overall we were really happy with Virgin, except for the whole weighing your carryon thing. I would absolutely fly with them again.

    I'm glad too. I hope he can control it with his diet. It's going to take some time.

    I don't think I'll ever be upgraded for free again. Hahaha. That has honestly never happened to me before this.

    Thanks. He's doing better.

    I have to moisturize all the time on planes. I'm not crazy like that on domestic flights, but for long haul I'm like "okay, act like you would at home".

    It is bizarre when they wake you up to eat and you just ate, but I just went with it. I knew that if I didn't, I would regret it when I landed and couldn't get to food until later. Or when I was waiting in the neverending passport line.....
     
  9. marDgreen88

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    Oh my goodness, that's so scary! I'm so glad he didn't have a heart attack. He'll be in my prayers.

    Omg, the one time I took sleeping pills I didn't sleep EITHER. It was the most annoying thing of my life.

    At least your breakfast was 'tasty.' AND 'rico.'
     
  10. ExpatDisneyLover

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    Sorry to hear about your dad!:hug: Not easy - my dad has been diabetic for many years now and I have to say he is very militant about his carb intake/ exercise and has managed it very very well. Not such an easy adjustment though - hope your dad's health improves and he can get everything where it needs to be. :)

    I have been looking at Virgin Atlantic flights wondering how their service would be - so far they are the cheapest carrier for me too but I had a very bad experience on a Virgin train:eek: so I have been reluctant to take the plunge - shouldn't let one bad experience put me off forever though.
     
  11. IheartDDuck

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    Thanks Marissa. :hug: He's been doing much better.

    I NEVER sleep when I take sleeping pills. They just don't like me very much.

    Thanks. :hug: He's definitely on the mend. It's not an easy adjustment for sure. He wants to make sure that he can manage it with diet, but he's got a bit of a road ahead of him.

    I really thought their service was great. The thing that was honestly the best were the flight attendants. They were really great. I would recommend the airline for sure.
     
  12. DVCWDWMEMBER

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    thank you so much for all the concern for Danielle's dad and my hubby. He is doing a lot better already. Don't have the glucose levels under control completely yet but getting there. Thank you so much to all of you.

    I agree with Danielle about Virgin... Our flight was fantastic. If we have the chance to go to Europe again we will for sure fly Virgin again.
     
  13. AvasMommy526

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    I stumbled upon this report and I am in!! I cannot wait to hear all about DLP, I've been to Paris, Netherlands and Beligum but not to DL Paris! (don't ask how that happened bc I don't know lol) I love Europe and can't wait to go back someday! I'm glad everything is working out with your dad! Can't wait for the rest of the report! I may just sneak over and read your previous TRs! :goodvibes
     
  14. IheartDDuck

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    We'll get him there soon. :) It will just take some time.

    Word on flying Virgin again. I liked them. :goodvibes

    :welcome:

    I'm glad you're here. I apologize in advance for any crazy shenanigans I may mention or get into. You honestly never know with me. Europe is amazing, and I wish I could go back all of the time. But, it's not always in the cards. ;)

    Hopefully I'll have an update tonight.
     
  15. IheartDDuck

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    So this is a mini update and it includes some really exciting news. Ready? First I have to give you the llllooooonnnnnngggg backstory. (Okay, I lied, it's not so long). :rotfl:

    Less than a month after I got back from my Europe trip, my brother Chris - (see below for reference for those not familiar with him from my prior TRs)

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    (Yes we're all crazy. Get used to it.)

    Well he told me that he really wanted to go to Europe. He and his wife Sara had planned on going on their 20th wedding anniversary (dudes, it's still really far away too, like 7 more years). However, Sara really wants him to go now. Now, I read that as code for "I'm really afraid of flying (which she is), and I don't want to endure an 8 hour flight".

    So he asks me if I would be willing to be his travel partner to Europe. I told him that was no problem BUT, and it was a big BUT, 2013 is already jam packed for me. I have to buy a new car, prepare to move to an apartment, and then we have a trip in July already slated for WDW with my other brother Jason and his boys. (Joaquin is his youngest for those who are familiar. He's pretty great).

    So I told him that I wouldn't be able to afford it until 2014.

    So then he emails me a few days later and asks if giving me $50 a day towards food would help, because he would be able to help me out there.

    I explained to him that it's the fact that airfare for trips like that cost around $1000, and right now I'm depleted pretty far from my last trip and won't have that kind of money quickly.

    So a few days after that he emails me and says:

    "I would be willing to buy your airfare and pay for the hotel."

    :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

    WHAT?! Who are you and what have you done with my brother!?

    My Dad told me I was insane if I didn't take him up on it. I told him thank you so much, but that he needed to realize that I wouldn't be able to pay him back in a short period of time. To which he said:

    "You don't need to pay me back. It's a gift."

    :faint::faint::faint::faint:

    Seriously? What is going on here?!

    How do you pass that up....that's right YOU DON'T!

    So, March 15 - 24 of 2013 we will be visiting.


    ITALY!

    Rome and Florence to be specific.

    I'm going to roll in PTR details with this TR already and then hopefully just tack on the trip to this. I have too many things going on people!

    So, that is also the explanation for my ticker, in case ya'll were curious.

    Hopefully I'll be back to update tonight. Peace out DIStown.
     
  16. zanzibar138

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    OMG you lucky duck! :banana: You'll be in Europe just after I leave!
     
  17. IheartDDuck

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    You're right, we'll be pretty close together! I'm so excited. It's kind of crazy actually, I still can't believe it.
     
  18. shan23877

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    Holy Crap!!! I am so jealous!!!

    As the oldest, I hold no hope that my little brothers will ever offer up anything remotely as nice as that. How awesome!

    Can't wait to hear about Italy with Mr. Drunk Little Cucumber! Sounds like you two will have a ball.:thumbsup2
     
  19. MazdaUK

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    Love freebies! Also love flying Virgin - nothing like going on a Virgin train (which is awful). We flew Visgin to Ca for our honeymoon ()before premium economy was invented) and we got a simialr (but cheaper-looking)"amenity pack" - but not champagne.

    Weighing hand-luggage is standard for us nowadays, its not just a Virgin thing.
     
  20. Aussiesalad

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    That is soooo awesome!!!

    That is so lovely of your brother!!!

    You are going to have such an amazing time :goodvibes

    Italy is pretty much my favourite place in the world...aside from WDW of course. ahhh so lucky!!
     
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    That is an extraordinarily generous gift from your brother, you clearly really wants to go and have you as his travel buddy. How can you say no? If you did, you would regret it forever. WoW!!!!!!!!! :cool1:
     

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