- Dec 27, 2013
A is for: And This Is US
Welcome Everyone to another SteppeSister Trip Report, where the unexpected happens, the verbiage is excess, and the stories sometimes entertain. The fact of the matter is, I’m never really sure how to start these things off, so I apologize in advance for the awkwardness.
There, I said it.
Also, I may as well apologize now for the lack of extreme attention I will give until this little fledgling PRE-Trip Report comes of age as a real Trip Report. Just to make it official, travel dates are Sept. 13th-29th. Some will not be at Disney, but I am saving a bit for undisclosed locations, solo time, generally going off the grid, and/or for surprises for this TR! I’m here now only to set the stage and give some groundwork in which to lay the meat of the Trip Report onto. That way, when I get back on Sept. 29th, we can dive right in. Give or take a week or so to settle back in and unpack. You might laugh at that, but I traveled a few weeks ago and my suitcase it literally still in the car. I hate having to do laundry more often so I can have fresh undies, but not enough to, you know, actually bring the stupid thing up my stairs. When I got my apartment last year, a 3rd story view seemed like a good idea.
Of COURSE, feel free to interact, intermingle, interject, toss your own stories in, or sit back and be a party pooper… totally up to you. So, do any of the above and… YMMV.
I have an in-progress TR
that is equally needy of more TLC.
Now with that out of the way, let’s get on with the introductions!!
I can’t even count how many times I’ve “introduced myself” here on the DIS. I go back to approximately the Stone Ages of DISBoarding, before the giant blowout of 2008, before we went through not one, but two, format overhauls, before FB stole far too many friends from here, before I was actually SteppeSister. If, in case, you are interested, my former name was All7ofUs and I wrote a few TRs under that name when I had more time and was, for that reason, funnier. But I digress. Each time I find myself introducing myself I seem to have do some soul searching and ask myself: Who am I? Really.
So, after pondering for about 30 seconds, here’s what I came up with:
My real life name is Liesa and I live in Salem, Oregon. While I tolerate it, my kids live here so I put up with it until I can re-locate at some point. To where, I do not know, but traveling nursing is something I would be very interested in looking more into. Speaking of nursing, you may have guessed I am an RN who landed a fairytale job at an ambulatory surgical center. I get to work with women all day long who get new b00bs, kiddos who have rarely seen a toothbrush get all fixed up , and with people who get to leave our care with better vision than they came in with. No weekends, no holidays, no code browns. It’s bliss, Folks.
Once upon a time, I started on trying to get my private pilots license, but that is on hold until my life isn’t so up in the air. Pun intended. I am going through some personal issues that are best left off of a public forum; I guess I’m one of those old-fashioned chicks who thinks it’s better to leave some things in the company of a close few. Not to say you won’t get to know me pretty well.
Let’s see… what else? I enjoy traveling and love to do photography when I can. I hope you will enjoy the photos of my travels in the parks. I have 5 amazing “kids", 3 of whom will be joining me this time- same 3 as last time. Here's a photo of us on our last trip in 2016 from our Behind the Seeds Tour:
Mikki is 24 and a recent graduate from Oregon State. She works in customer service for a large home building company in the area. Zach is 21, works at Home Depot and does cleaning at the same surgery center I do. Lastly, Anara is 17 and still in high school. They’ve all been a few times before and are most looking forward to seeing SWGE. They tell me they really don’t have favorite movies, characters, etc….. so will just skip forward to giving you more of what you might actually be interested in: The When, the Where, the How, etc.... I like to keep my chapters short and sweet so they can be easily read in a short sitting. Hopefully, I'll be able to get to those soon!
I'm also a gramma to two little ones: Alice and Rowan who live in Maryland (Daddy is stationed at Ft. Meade), and one on the way with my eldest daughter who lives nearby and works as a nurse at the same place I do.
Now, for those of you just discovering my TRs, a word about my style… I tend to write by topic with a mix of dining reviews, stories, particular places, or resorts…. You know, kinda by theme rather than an “I did then, then I went here, then I ate this…” approach. Afterall, it really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things what day I did this or that. If timing does play into the importance of why something happened the way it did, I’ll make sure to note that.
So!! Welcome to those who have stuck with me for literally YEARS; an equally hearty welcome to any newcomers- everyone is 'Ohana and everyone has a story.
And now, it’s your turn! Tell us all who you are, I’d love to see your picture so I can put a face with a name, especially if you’re new! And in the spirit of building community, hmmm, let’s see…
What is one Disney Restaurant you try to do EVERY trip and what is one you have tried but was a One and Done for you?