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Just a quick riun through. ;)
This is supposed to be the last week we have to justify our jobs, so I just want it to go by fast. ;)
Saturday did end up clearing up, though later in the day than forecast. Still, we at least had a couple of hours of gorgeous hot, sunny weather in the 70s before the dreariness returned. My nephew’s baseball game was great, and while babysitting my other nephew, we went over to my sister who lives across the street from him and played frisbee and catch. Then, by the time I headed home that night, it was back to the low 50s and raining. Yesterday I took my two of my nephews to see Hop. It was so cute! Wolfie, I was thinking of you because Hoff had a cameo appearance. :) He actually had a pretty funny line too – the bunny is talking to him and the main character says something like, “You aren’t surprised that this is a talking bunny?” and Hoff says, “My best friend is a talking car.” ;)
Felipe, that’s awesome! I’m glad you were able to work something out so you can enjoy LeakyCon without worry about potentially bad roommates…and save some money!
LH, based on what you’ve said, I have a feeling I’m not going to care for this Pirates…though it probably won’t help that I’m going into it with a bad attitude. I LOVED the other three Pirates movies; they’re among my top favorite movies of all time. As far as movies go, I’d probably put them above the HP ones, just because I have such a hard time separating the HP books from movies and being able to just sit back and enjoy them without comparing to the books. But for me, the Pirates movies were always more about the romance between Will and Elizabeth and the friendship-competitive relationship between Will and Jack; for me, everything sort of centered around Will. I had been so hopeful for a fourth movie to pick up at the “10 years later” point that the third one ended with (in that scene after the credits) and to have a happier outcome. So, right now, this new movie is already not appealing to me for not having them in it. Jack has his funny moments, but yeah, that act gets old pretty fast for me. My dad wanted to go to the midnight release on Thurs but I said no. Then he wanted to go Sat when I got home from babysitting and I refused again. I know studios rely heavily on their opening weekend numbers, and I just didn’t want to contribute to that. So far, most of the people I’ve seen posting about it have said that they didn’t like the movie as much as the others. I’m sort of hoping they’ll see that they need Will and Elizabeth and try harder to get them back if they go for a 5th and 6th film, which I’ve read that they’re aiming for. Anyway, I have a feeling we’ll end up going tonight, so I’ll let you know what I think. I’m glad you enjoyed it Lemon; maybe I’ll end up being pleasantly surprised.
LH, thanks for the reassurance on the room. I don’t know how comfortable your friend would be with it (I know she had questioned you about how well you know me.), but if she’d like to room with us, that would be fine – it would help bring the cost down a bit more. As I’ve already said, I know I don’t sleep well with other people in the room anyway, so one more won’t make a difference. I’m counting on being too tired to have insomnia. ;)
Okay, back to work. I’ve got a full agenda, but I’ll try to keep popping in.
COOLG, where are you in Missouri? Are you okay? I’m sure the chance of you being in Joplin are slim to none.
I talked to my friend about the Disney Meal Plans. She said they have done a lot of analysis, based on their eating habits, and have determined they are not for them. The reason for this is that the meal plans are stacked to limit the slots for the really nice restaurants for dinner, forcing you to use your plan money for breakfast and lunch if your prime choices for dinner have already filled up. The good restaurants fill up for dinner so you end up using your money for a nicer restaurant for breakfast or lunch. Unless you are diligent and lucky your money will go toward the less impressive big breakfast and lunch meals, forcing you to spend your own money to go to the better evening restaurants or using whatever pitiful points you have left for some much less impressive place.
It seems that when they tell you they are sold out for dinner when you try to make a meal plan reservation they are not really sold out. They have just used up the meal plan slots.
My friend and her DS and for that matter me and my daughter are fine with a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast and a salad or a slice of pizza for lunch. She says the Dolphin has a breakfast place where you can just pick up whatever little breakfast food appeals to you, bagel, biscuit, a bowl of cereal and you are on your way. She has places she has found to get a simple relatively cheap lunch. Then, when dinner comes there will be seating for those who plan to spend real money. You might have to call earlier in the day if you know where you want to go already. Otherwise, you can find real seating at some nice restaurant that is acceptable to you.
So, she feels it is cheaper for them and for us to do our cheapy breakfast and lunch/snacks through the day and use our real money for dinner.
It sounds like our group who have the meal plans have done due diligence and have worked early enough to obtain food choices that please them. I am glad I’ve had the conversation with my friend. I was getting paranoid that we were not going to find any place to eat anywhere because people here were saying places were sold out. Now I know they are sold out for meal plan people but not for everyone else.
My friend just called. Her DS has a call back audition at 4 PM today so they are not driving back and she has the day free until his audtion. So, she has the day free so I guess we’ll get ourselves cleaned up and head that way.
She also says she and her DS have determined they wanted to go to Cirque du Soleil and have just called early in the day and have obtained seats.
So, I am feeling better that when we arrive we can call Cirque du Soleil and they will have three seats for one of the performances while we are there.
My favorite part of Pirates was the very brief cameo Judy Dench had in it.
JEN, I’ll let my friend know she is welcome if it works out that she can go. I have a feeling all of us are much the same in regard to sleeping in hotels and/or with anyone else in the room, or worse, in the bed. She and I have traveled together a lot and we have a tendency to say in the night, very quietly, “Are you awake?” The other person is always awake. None of us are partiers and have a tendency to hit the bed early and wake up far too soon.
LH, my sister is a master planner with the Disney stuff, and she worked everything out really nicely for us. We definitely got our money’s worth. But for us, a big part of it was fitting in the character meals, a lot of which actually cost two sit down meal credits. We did two character breakfasts, and one character dinner. Then we did one other “theme” place, with a luau dinner. Other than the character breakfasts, we just ate honey buns and pop tarts that we’d brought with us for breakfasts. Lunches were the quick service places, for pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, or sandwiches. I’d thought they’d only be giving small portions or limited selections, but there was actually a LOT included. We were always stuffed. Plus there were the snack credits, for stuff like ice creams, and we didn’t even use all of those because we ate so much at the meals. Before we left, we stocked up on snacks and candy for the trip home to use up the rest of the snack credits. It was definitely worth it for us, when we looked at how much we would have spent for each meal paying a la carte. But I can see where it might not be as good a value for you if you aren’t interested in the theme or character meals. Either way, you definitely won’t starve. Even those quick service places, where you order at a counter and take it to your table, have large selections! :)
Yes, it definitely sounds like we’re a good match for rooming!
LH I’m going to Disney in October and for us, the Dining Plan averages out to about $60 per meal for four people. We managed to “spend” well over that at each restaurant we chose. However, the Dining Plan is not for everybody. I’ll also say I sat down 6 months in advance and reserved the places we wished to go.
Hello to everyone else!
Hi JOSIE and KOREY
We are definitely not doing character meals, way beyond doing that. We really don’t want to overeat and want to just nibble our way through the day and have a nice dinner at night. I think the meal plans sound like too much food.
We have arrived at my friend’s condo and are off for the day.
Melissa has tweeted that they’re working on the full schedule for LeakyCon but will probably release at least an overview either later today or tomorrow. :D
Whoa! Something here just went Ka-BOOM!
Shook the whole house… Definitely not thunder, not a trace on the weather radar… Hope nothing blew up on the base or crashed!
Scary, Won! We get blasting like that here. Most of Georgia is on top of some part of the granite deposit that makes up Stone Mountain.
Some places it is only a few inches under the surface and other places it is 50 or 60 feet down. So, commercial or home building, utility runs and swimming pool installations might easily involve blasting. Then we have a whole slew of aggrigate rock quarries, some mining and dimensional stone quarries that all blast to some extent.
Usually the intentional blasting occurs between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. ;)
I hope it is something relatively harmless like construction blasting. ;)
Mid-afternoon doldrums lurk! ;)
Yikes, Won, that’s scary! Hope it’s nothing too serious. Let us know when/if you find out what it was!
Afternoon, all! I’m not supposed to be online right now, so this will be quick. :)
I will say that Pirates definitely suffered, IMO, without Will and Elizabeth, although I did enjoy it a lot more than I thought I would overall. I went into it with a bad attitude, too, because of not having Will and Elizabeth. I don’t really care much for Penelope Cruz and I don’t think she added a lot to the film other than eye candy for the men, but still, overall, it was worth seeing. However, the review I left on Fandango definitely said to bring back Will and Elizabeth! I don’t think they will be able to sustain a new trilogy without them. There’s not enough “stuff” there without them that would require or benefit from two more full movies.
Scary, Won! I hope everything is okay. Yikes. We get that sort of thing sometimes from the Joint Base Lewis & McCord, which is just about 20 minutes from here, and it is always a jolt. I guess it’s something to do with training, but still.
I can’t wait to see the LeakyCon updates! And GEEZ, I wish we could get our movie tickets purchased! If we’re going to be buying out the whole theater, which we will, I don’t know why it’s taking so long to get that set up. Let’s just do it, let us get our tix, and have that scratched off the list!
The WDW meal plans were definitely a good choice for us, but we are planning to make full use of them in every way. In fact, after making all our reservations, we are actually short a couple of meal credits because we’re going to a character meal (breakfast in Cinderella’s Castle, we had to, LOL), and also a show (Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue), plus dining in a couple of restaurants that require two meal credits per person for dinner, so those things used up extras. However, none of us are really big breakfast eaters, so instead of doing full breakfasts most days we’ll use snack credits for that as we’re dashing to the first thing and the credits will all even out. Lunches are going to be counter service every day except two, I think, plus the other snack credits.
So for us it was a good choice, especially since we have big eaters with expensive tastes in my family, LOL. When I was there for conference last summer, I spent nearly $25 on light lunch and dinner fare each time myself. If the five of us did that it would be at least $100 a day, just for one meal! I am looking forward to being able to allow everyone to order steak and lobster every night if they want, without having to worry about what it’s costing! And we really lucked out getting into most of our first choice restaurants as late as we made our reservations, but I had planned everything to nth degree months and months in advance, so that really helped.
I agree, though, that for parties that aren’t planning to do a lot of sit-down meals and/or are not really big eaters, the meal plans would be a waste. I will report in on how we fared with it afterward, because I’m interested to see if we really do use it all up the way I’m envisioning or if it proves to be too much even for my crew.
BTW, LH, if you guys end up eating dinner in hotels instead of the parks, I HIGHLY recommend Shula’s in the Dolphin and the Italian place (Il Mulino’s, I think?) in the Swan, right across from the Dolphin, if you’re in the area. They aren’t on the meal plan so we aren’t going there ourselves, but we ate there for conference last year and they were both FABULOUS! On the pricey side, but SOOOOOOO good. I know you won’t be hitting the bars with your friend since you’ll have LittleHawke in tow, but the bar at Shula’s can get stuff from the Blue Zoo, also in the Dolphin, and if you like sweet frothy mixed drinks, the Blue Zoo has a pink one, I can’t remember what it’s called but it’s one of their special drinks, it comes in a short glass rimmed with sugar and OMG, is it ever tasty! Oh, and also, if you’re near those hotels and want something less pricey but still fabulous, walk across to the Boardwalk and go to the Big River Grille. They have the BEST hamburgers (also really good drinks, LOL. It turns out a lot of romance writers drink like fish, so we were sampling quite a lot of the local goods in that area. Eh-hemm.) We’re making a special stop there for dinner one night just for those burgers.
Now I’m sitting here drooling just thinking about them, I should go work out, LOL.
Have a good one, everyone!
My friend stays at the Dolphin with some regularity. It seems there is a open patio margarita bar on the lake with a frozen slushy place next to it. So, everyone can have the frozen beverage of their choice. She mentioned the Blue Zoo to me today. I forget if she was talking about a drink or the food. It is a Todd English restaurant from the Food Network, a famous chef.
I take it we are going to eat at the little Picabo place in the morning, have lunch out of a kiosk, and eat well at dinner at a restaurant of our choice. I see five bagels and cream cheese in my future.
We are staying in the Dolphin so we’ll definitely be inhabiting the entire area. My friend is leading the way. She has taken me to a seafood place on the Boardwalk before.
Lady Hawke We are about an hour or so away from Joplin. We were watching a movie last night when we looked outside and everything was green. I went out to look at the sky and the sun was twinkling and different colors. I had Jennifer come outside to see if my eyes were playing tricks on me. I also saw the reflection of 4 suns in the sky. Then a double rainbow appeared. Remember this was at sunset but the sun was so bright. Think of the difference between a regular light bulb and a halowgen bulb. In all my years, I have never seen the sun like this. It also changed colors. Actually it was a little scary seeing it this way. I told Jennifer it must be beacause of atmospheric disturbances. We turned on the TV to regular channeling and then heard about Joplin. It had just happened.
LH based on my experience at the Dolphin, I would say you’re in for a wonderful time and great food, on top of the wonderfulness of just being at WDW with daughter and friend, LOL. We really enjoyed everything about that place.
CoolG that’s WILD about what you saw in the sky. I would have wanted my eyes checked, too. It’s so sad that this tornado season is off to such a violent and tragic start. :(
Green light is never a good thing. If you’ve never seen it there is nothing like it. It does not mean anything good. I’ve never experienced the multicolor sparkling sun though. I’ll put that in the category of “means nothing good”.
Where is GRAYMSYNE? Did she post today?
ARGHHH!!!! I can’t type tonight. I’m leaving a trail of typos across the internet. GRAYMAYNE
I’m up out of bed having an allergy attack. I’ve taken my meds now. I forgot to take it earlier today so I’m paying for it, especially since I was out on the bike this afternoon. The wind was coming up because a storm was approaching and it blew particles of who knows what into our eyes. When I got up to take some meds I heard my daughter coughing and blowing so I found her some too. I hope it doesn’t take long to kick in. I have a busy day tomorrow. I have to take my MIL to have an x-ray to see if the blood clots are stable or gone so she can stop taking the blood thinner. Then, my mother and I have hair appointments. This is my last hair appointment before Leaky and I really need it.
Morning all! The sun is shining into our “office” but the forecast is not too good.
CoolG What a strange experience! I’m glad that your daughter was able to confirm what you saw. I am so relieved that you are a good distance away from Joplin, what a dreadful sight.
I was struggling with Windows 7 yesterday, trying to put photos onto discs for four of my DH’s uke friends. I haven’t had to do that since we changed over and the system is quite different. Anyway it is done now. I have two cards to make today.
We are having a May that is behaving like April, as I feared it would when April behaved like May, dry, sunny and warm. Wheat farmers in the east of the UK just aren’t getting the rain they need for their fields and reservoirs are lower than they should be because of the dry Spring.
We are due for another bout of volcanic ash cloud over the UK again this week, courtesy of Iceland. There’s never a dull moment, lol.
Asti I finished Ursula, Under last night. It was well written and plotted and full of interesting details about past times and various parts of the world. I certainly hadn’t realised the large numbers of Scandanavians who made their homes in the US due to the mining of natural resources. I’m relieved to have lived a comparatively uneventful life in comparison, lol.
I suppose that I should now obey the classic Latin tag and seize the day.
We did go see Pirates last night, and unfortunately, my fears were confirmed. Slightly spoilery comments to follow, though I’ll try not to be too specific I tried to go into it with an open mind, I really did, and when I heard the music, I even got excited, but in the end, the music was the only part I liked. After what seemed like a while, I was completely bored and figured it must be almost over, but when I looked at my phone, it hadn’t even been a full hour – it wasn’t even halfway through! I probably could have forgiven Will and Elizabeth not being in it if they had given me someone else to care about and root for, but there was no one. I thought maybe they were going to use the religious guy and the mermaid, but they never developed them enough for me to care about them. I also missed all of the sidekick crew characters from the others, like Pintel and Ragetti, Marty, and Cotton and his parrot (though I was excited to see the monkey’s little cameo, LOL! And I did enjoy seeing Richard Griffiths and Judy Dench). They also didn’t give enough motivation to any of the characters for reaching the Fountain of Youth. I had thought maybe someone was going to be ill and needed to reach the fountain to survive. But there was nothing like that – no concrete reasons for me to care whether anyone got there, so I just didn’t care. The only reason I rooted for them to reach the darn thing was so the movie would end and I could leave. Yeah, I really, really didn’t like this one; I think I’ll just forget it exists and stick with the other three, which I love. The one good thing that came out of it was that it made me want to re-watch those, so I’ll do that this week. :)
JEN, sorry you didn’t enjoy Pirates but I’m glad I am not the only person who came out of there not loving it.
GRAYMAYNE, my daughter is in ecstasy over A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES. One of her great interests are Greek Gods and their Roman counterparts. That is a subject on which she can give lectures. She has found all sorts of little foreshadowings in which I had understood the overall intent but missed the finer details. She is almost finished and told me once she was finished she would probably just hug to to her for a day or so before trying to start anything else.
I think I am going to have to go find a copy of URSULA UNDER. The genealogy obviously appeals to me.
I’m very, very sleepy. It is never good when I have to get out of bed a spend time up during the middle of the night.
Now that I’m out of school, I want to read A Discovery of Witches. I should have just bought it when I first started watching the price on Amazon, even though I knew I couldn’t read it right away. Now it’s about a dollar more than the lowest I had previously seen it. It’s only a dollar, so it’s silly to avoid buying it, but this is what my game of watching prices on Amazon has done to me, LOL. But I’ve also been thinking I’d wait until after LeakyCon, since I’m still reading stuff by the authors I’ll see there.
Speaking of which, LH, I had mentioned last week that I was about to read The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter, a friend of Melissa’s. It’s actually got to do with mythology (though it was a bit less than I’d expected). The main character’s mother is dying and she (Kate, the main character) meets a boy who claims to be Hades and offers to extend her mother’s life while Kate tries to pass seven tests. The actual gods and goddesses, and even the tests themselves were less of a presence than I’d expected, but it was a fun, quick read, and based on the ending, I think maybe the mythology stuff will come into play more in the next book. Anyway, with your mention of how much your daughter likes mythology, it might be something to check out to see if you think it’d be appropriate for her (though she might get annoyed by the liberties taken with the mythology if she’s very knowledgable).
I am doing my laundry and it reminded me that I had not told you that I went to Branson, MO to the Titanic Museum. We were given a boarding pass ticket with a passenger’s name and description. At the very end, you could look at a wall with everyoine’s name on it and see if you lived or died. Fortunately, both my daughter and myself lived. I don’t know if any of you have been to this museum. They have several over the country. They are filled with personal items from the passenger’s on the Titantic. Not the items they recovered from the expidentions but things that were donated or bought from the passengers that survived or their families. I remember their was one ticket and other things that was in the pocket of one of the bodies that was recovered. They had replica’s of the staterooms, the grand staircase, 3rd class cabins, menues, etc. They had a replica where they shoved the coal into the burners and you could try to shovel some into this little hole. They also had a promanade deck where you could look out, see the stars, and if you looked closely, could see the iceburg. It was very cold. They had a block of ice that represented the ice burg too. What was facinating is they had a sink where you could put your finger in to see how long you could keep it there. It was the temperature of the water that night. It’s no wonder hypothermia set in so quickly because it wasn’t long before your finger would start to hurt with the cold.
They also had deck boards with the pitch of the Titantic before it sank. There were three different ones with the last being almost straight up. Of course I had to climb all three. I couldn’t make it to the top of the last one it was too steep. It gives you some ideal of what the passengers had to go thru. Even thought they are not the actual staricase, it still gives you a thrill to walk up them. The whole time I was on the staricase, II was picturing the movie as Rose was on the staircase. There was a replica of half a life boat and at the end of the bench, they had a passenger that could have sat there. The seat I picked had Molly Brown. I told my daughter I couldn’t have picked a better seat. Lol
There are just too many things to mention but I would highly recommend if you get a chance, to go to the museum. We were in there about 4 hours when I finally had to leave because the lightening was making me sick. I did buy several souviners from there including a DVD by James Cameron and staring Bill Paxton called the Ghosts of the Abyss which is a documentary of the expedition they took to the Titanic after they made the movie. It shows the actual wreckage, then overlays it with how it actually looked when it was new so you really could tell where you were. I knew James Cameron had made a documentary but I had never seen it. It was well worth the money.
CoolG, that sounds similar to the exhibit I went to for my birthday last year, but it sounds like yours had more to it. We did get the boarding pass ticket, but I don’t remember anymore if I had lived or died. We had the iceberg, but not the sink with cold water, and no deck boards to climb, or life boat replicas either. I would have liked that more; I had been a little bit disappointed with the one I’d gone to, as I’d expected there to be more to it for the money it cost. I had expected there to be more actual artifacts recovered from the ship, rather than just replicas and pictures. I do remember being impressed to see some of the pictures and realize how accurate the movie had been visually.