I don't use this anymore so I've cleaned out just about everything except some commuities I read every blue moon or so. Haven't posted here in a long time, and have no plans to do so. Just don't have time!
See ya around!
I just did some triple checking, and I think I will be able to swing one of the deluxe resorts after all! It would basically push me back up closer to my original budget... but !!!
Animal Kingdom Lodge and Old Key West are totally affordable. Saratoga Springs, Boardwalk Villas, and Beach club are borderline. Grand Floridian is out. Sadly, the one I want the most, the Polynesian is out of my range. Fort Wilderness Cabins are affordable, but not really on my list of wants. I think I am going to lean towards Animal Kingdom, but I'll see what Miguel says. I think we will probably agree on it. :) Can't really afford the Savannah view, but just staying at a nicer place I think would be worth it?
For those who have stayed, what is the main difference between Coronado Springs and Animal Kingdom lodge? The price difference between the two is $500. Would it be worth it?
I have already stayed at Coronado Springs earlier this year with friends, so I have a frame of reference for that...
I love this special.
Miguel and I never had a honeymoon, although we'll be married 5 years this July! We kinda' got married in a ramshackle way, eloping because I didn't want my parents to have to pay for anything. I've always kinda' felt bad that we couldn't really afford to go on a honeymoon or any vacation just the two of us at all, for that matter. Any time we have had a vacation, we've had other people along, which is great, but we *really* need some alone vacation time.
I have so much coming up this year... so much that it's making any future vacation look impossible. I've been working like mad, trying to save money so we can actually do this.
But I had 2 strokes of incredible good luck this week!!
Firstly, I got a dealer table at MFF. I was already planning on trying for an artist alley table... but there is only so much money one can pull in at an alley table. Not having a stable location and the ability to have a display really hurts sales. I've been on the waiting list for a dealer table since early May, and wasn't really expecting to get one... but one opened up! Because of that, I should be able to make more than enough to book a vacation to Disney at the end of January, right after FC!
The second stroke of good luck is perfect timing! I go on the Disneyworld site at least 3 times a week to check pricing for different times of the year on resort packages. I almost booked a vacation in October, since they had a free meal plan deal going, but I only would have been able to afford a value resort hotel at that time. Those who know me know how much I *adore* children, so this was going to be a big compromise for me. Those value resorts just scream child trap. I fully understand the fact that it is Disney, and there's gonna' be a lot of kids - but as a childfree person, I do my best to not put myself in places where I'm basically asking for it.
I had a budget in mind, and had picked out a moderate resort stay that just skirted under my budget. However, there is a special running right now where I can get a ton of money off a moderate resort hotel!! So now, I am about 900 dollars UNDER my budget! This, coupled with the fact that I have an MFF table means I should be able to book the vacation in a few weeks! :D :D I was even able to make it a 9 day long trip because of the savings!
I am so excited and actually happy! I don't think I've felt this happy in forever. I am finally going to go on a vacation with my husband. I'm probably driving him crazy chattering about it, but I am so delighted. We will be going at the end of January through the beginning of February. I'll also have FC money on hand as a backup, in case anything goes wrong while we are there.
I'm going to keep working hard, but I am so incredibly thankful for this turn of events. :)
Do you ever think of me? I really miss you sometimes.
So I woke up this evening to find my Firefox is retarded. Keeps giving me a crash report, and although it will start in safe mode, I can't get it to run normally. Worked for an hour and a half on it, taking out all the prefs/extensions/etc, cleaned out all files on my computer, ran all the malware/virus checks, restarted, re-installed a billion times. No change.
Sooooo running Chrome for right now, until I have time after AC to actually figure this out more. I have a brand new computer (that I worked incredibly hard for), and I've been really careful about not visiting any dicey sites, or downloading anything weird.
So I dunno! Guess I gotta' get used to Chrome!
Have no time for this nonsense.
I don't usually make "celebrity death journals" but Davy Jones... Just saw him in concert last June. I'm glad I had the opportunity.
I grew up listening to my mom's Monkees records when I was a kid. A lot of happy memories, and I still listen to it today. As I get older, it's hard to watch the people I looked up to age and die. Harrison Ford is wasting away before our very eyes, Pee Wee's gained weight, and Davy Jones is dead.
Life is pretty damn short, but it's comforting to know you can make a small difference in the lives of others while you're here!
Today will be the last day of vacation I gave to myself. Since getting back from FF, I've been lazing around, eating things that are bad for me, and doing generally nothing. It's okay, I guess, but I keep feeling guilty for not accomplishing anything. Picked out my new computer, which will be rad since mine has been freaking out n' stuff. Going to splurge and buy something awesome, since I never get to. Finally will be able to run Photoshop without it freezing unexpectedly every 2 seconds.
Texas was pretty fun, definitely not long enough. Ended up staying around Dallas for the few days before the con, since we didn't have *too* much time. The con was a nice success, and I am planning on going next year. It was good to see many of my favorite people all in one spot, and everything went generally smoothly. I don't think that's happened at a con in a while.
March 1st, it will be back to work - I am going to be pretty busy! Already have a lot of work lined up, and have FCN to plan for. Right after FCN, we are planning another vacation. How spoiled.