Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Time can go by so slow at times

Good Evening to my loyal readers!

It has been a few weeks since our last update so I figured this would be a good time to update. We have been on our new shifts for almost a full month now and things are going well. It's definitely hard being on different shifts sometimes but we make use of our time together when we have it. They are opening up the shift swap tool next week and Ian has all the shifts that are similar to mine in there currently from when it was open last month. Hopefully he can get moved to one of the ones around my time if not my shift as well. At least it would give us three days off together and similar hours so we could possibly take one car again. God how I miss those days.

As for the Jan Disney trip, we have all our advanced dining reservations planned and got a lot of the restruants we wanted to try on the last trip booked this time. Some of the ones we wanted were fully booked up when we went in July. We are really excited to go on this trip. Plus having some family coming with us this time will make it special too.

I really hope we have a blast and that it's an enjoyable time for all. We missed out on Magic Kingdom last time so really looking forward to going to this park this time as well. Then of course the other three parks all had things we missed out on and things we definitely want to do again and again. For example Soarin at Epcot was soooo freaking cool and Expedition Everest was really fun at Animal Kindgom.

It can sometimes feel like the days passing to get to Jan are going so slow but I know once we hit September the months should fly by. We have birthday's galore, a trip to Ok planned in October, and then of course getting to actually be off on a holiday for the first time in years and get to spend it with family has me thrilled. Then December is the month of birthdays again and we have Christmas/New years, and then Jan 5th our ten year wedding anniversary. Yay for it being on a day we both have off so we can actually celebrate it together!!!!

Then a few short weeks after that we will be on vacation for two whole weeks with the disney trip in the middle of the two weeks. So excited.

I plan on taking more pictures and videos this time!

I guess that is all for now. I hope everyone has a great day.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Hey everyone. So it's been a little while since my last update. We have been on our new shifts for a few weeks now. It's going pretty well. We are adjusting ok. I really wish we were on the same shifts but it's not horrible either. When they open up the shift swapper tool, we will probably try to get Ian swapped to one around my hours...We have an open spot on our team so hoping he could move to it. We will have to wait and see.

I really hope the fall temps get here sooner than later. It's be so freaking hot. So many grass fires threatening neighborhoods here. It doesn't help when you have crazy wind too. At least our neighborhood has been ok so far thank goodness.

Not much else to report on for now. Just anxiously looking at my Disney boards hoping they will have a room discount come out soon so we can potentially move to a deluxe resort for the same cost that we are paying now. Will have to just wait and see. We have most of the dining reservations already set up. Might have to adjust one or two if we do move resorts depending on if they release a discount for rooms or not.

Not much else to report on right now.

Take care everyone.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Yay for Free Dining

So we officially booked the vacation yesterday. I had been watching the boards that I go to for tips and tricks and saw that free dining packages were released and couldn't believe our luck when our dates fell within it. I thought it was just going to be for through the end of 2011 so when I saw 2012 dates through March I was ecstatic.

We changed our leave and return dates by two days. So now we fly out on Sunday, Jan 22nd instead of the 20th. We are taking two full weeks off anyway so now the trip is in the middle of our vacation. It will give us a few days before we fly out to rest and get things done around the house and then a few days when we return before having to go back to the grind.

Three cheers for that! As our work tool that lets you put in vacation requests allowed me to submit it already, I put in for my 80 hours off. I will probably just have to let my new team manager know ahead of time that this was done so it doesn't just sit in a queue and nothing happens to it. I will probably bring it up sometime in October just to make sure it gets approved.

Not much else going on. Got all ADR's made for the trip already so I feel like I'm a step ahead of the game. I will have way too much time to just twiddle my fingers between now and then. Thank goodness for holidays in between now and then.

Anyways got to get ready for work soon. We have two hours of overtime we are doing today and tomorrow. Then on Sat we will work a normal day and then it's off to the new team on Sunday. /cry

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Discovery Cove here I come

Hey all,

We found out today that Ian's parents are going to join us on this trip to the land of the mouse now. Woot!

They also suggested we put in for reservations at Discovery Cove so Ian and I will do the dolphin swim and they are going to just to the general admission now.

I'm so freaking excited. Now I just have to get through work for the next 5 1/2 months. Thank god I'm going to be so busy working that hopefully the months just fly by.

We set it up for Monday, Jan 23rd as this would be after two days in the parks and would give us three days afterward so a nice mid trip break. Eeeeekkkk!!!!!

Now I just pray it's a little warmer than normal in Orlando towards the end of Jan and not freezing cold. At least their wetsuits come in sizes all the way up to 18x so we would have no issues with getting a wetsuit if it's freezing.

Plus they keep the water a nice controlled temperature for the animal's safety. So we might just have to stay in the water. lol... to peruse the disney boards and check on some threads I have been following which they have been talking about discounts on hotel room rates. That would be awesome if we could get a deluxe room for the price of a value.

Anyone is still welcome to join us on this trip as well. It's not limited to just us and Ian's parents so if you are thinking about it and need information please let me know. I will gladly give you the lowdown.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Going back to the Land of the mouse officially

We officially cancelled the cruise in Jan earlier this morning and decided we would rather go back to the land of the mouse.

We have the dates Jan 20th through Jan 27th picked out. We are still pinpointing what resort down as they are all good ones and we want to try them all out eventually. However to save some money we are thinking along the lines of a value or a moderate resort as I haven't received a pin code to made a deluxe worth it.

However there are rumors....that there will be a resort code discount offered this month which could mean we could easily pay the same price of the value and go to a moderate. Keeping my fingers crossed for that one. Although my momma always told me to not count my chickens before they are hatched, or something to that effect.

Anyways, I'm sure as we get things booked I will be back with more details of the resort, and food reservations, etc.

The crowd levels for this time frame are amazing as well.

Anyways, here is our lovely countdown timer for now.

Removed the countdown timer as this trip is over now. =(