Cast: Me, Val, age 33 3/4
DD Alyssa, age: “Iam turning 8”
DM, age 74
(I have not prepared anything so bare with me as Iam going to wing it as I go along)
Day 1 - Friday Oct. 28th, 2005
I get up at 7am and get DD up for school. DD is very excited because she knows that in about 8 hrs we will be on our way to the airport.
I get DD off to school and visit with a neighbor and say my goodbye’s and thank her for the little necklace that she sent off with her son to the bus-stop to give to my DD. We visit for a little bit and I tell her that I will be back with a little basket w/Toto to lend her DD (2) for Halloween as she is going to be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. I go back to the house and shower and get some of the last minute stuff packed. It is now about 12pm and I have some last minute errands to do. Iam off to the Nail salon to get my pedicure! And then afterwards Iam off to the Dollar store to get some last minute things. By the time I get back home I have just enough time to get my last minute purchases in the suitcase and am ready to go get my DD from school, which I planned on signing her out at 2:30pm and then head straight to the airport. I grab her clothes to wear on the plane and am ready to leave but my DM is still at the Mall!!! :mad: :mad: I had wanted everyone in the car and head over to the school to get my DD and then on my way to the airport but it was 2:20pm and my DM was still not home yet which infuriates me because she had all day to get ready. She had went to the mall to pay some bills and buy a small carry on bag because all her luggage is ancient and a pain to carry around. My dad then advised me to get my DD from school and then come back to the house for them. I had 2 more errands to do at this point, I grab the Toto w/the basket and drop off the items to her and say goodbye again and at that point I told my neighbor that Ive been running all day, had nothing to eat all day and my Mom was still not home! :dry: She made me a quick tuna sandwich and out the door I ran to the school, got my DD, drove to her brownie leader’s house to drop something off while DD changed in the car into her plane clothes and switched coats. By the time I got back to the house My DM was waiting in the driveway, I pulled in , ran inside grabbed my boarding passes that I printed out on the computer earlier, went to the bathroom, refilled my coffee mug and out the door I went, and my Dad came along to drive my Jeep back home so I didn’t have to pay for parking. We are off to the airport!!!.. On the way to the airport, I was moving pretty quickly, I then remembered that the new luggage tags I got from AAA were not filled out yet so I handed them off to my Mom in the backseat who had just finished transferring her stuff from the bag she had in the backseat to the new carry on she bought. She started filling out the tags in the back and she got car sick so she handed off the tags to my Dad who was upfront with me. He was cursing the whole time because he had trouble writing while I was driving! :laugh: … All of a sudden my DM warns me that Iam going to have to pull over soon… :eek: Iam on the turnpike and at that point there was nowhere to pull over and asked my DD to hand her a kleenex box she spotted and while Iam driving I can hear my DM getting sick in the backseat so I pulled over which she told me to keep going which was kinda hard to drive while all that was going on!!! :blow: :blow: She felt better after that, a little bit anyways and as we were approaching the airport she noticed that the kleenex box leaked thru and on to her pants, part of her shirt and coat!! :eek: :blow: We get to the airport and get out of the truck and she sees that it’s all over her and a little bit got in my truck, on the side of the seat, on the floor and I was irritated but what can you do. We arrived at the airport and my Dad flagged down a skycap to take our luggage, I hand him my boarding passes I printed out and he took our 6 bags and even my DD"s booster seat with no problem, gave me my luggage tags and we proceeded to the gate. We get to the security check point and we all know the drill by now, put everything up on the belt, and take off your shoes. Everybody went thru no problems but I buzzed when I went thru security so I had to hang out until a Female security guard came along :glare: . She came along scanned me down with the wand and we determined that my bra set off the alarm! :laugh: She then told me that certain V.S. bra’s will set it off and I told her that’s what I had and it was a underwire so there you go… LOL
We make our way to the gate and stop at a bathroom on the way there and my DM tries to clean herself up the best she could. We get to the gate and wait for our turn to board and on the way on the plane I had already called Window seat and I was trying to get my DD to sit in the middle, as we were on the left side of the plane and I knew that if my DM sat in the middle I was in trouble because the left side of her was where she got sick. Well I opened up my mouth and My DD quickly volunteered to take the Aisle seat! :glare: I told her “thanks alot!!! fine friend you are!!! :laugh:” We get settled in our seats and Iam holding my breathe, lol. My dd then proceeds to put her tray down and I tell her that the tray must stay up till we take off. She also tried handing the Flight Attendant her coupon for her free headphones and I told her to wait. Well every 5 mins she was asking if it was time yet and I told her no so she then bugged the flight attendants which I tried to stop my DD before the lady came over but it was too late, so she asked what my DD wanted and she told her that she must wait till after take-off then she could put her tray down and get her headphones. Well she kept bugging her and I even yelled at her because at that point she was driving me nuts (I have very little patience if that at all!) Well we finally take off and we then tell her it was ok, she puts her tray down and plays and then the flight attendant handed everyone free headphones, how cool was that? The flight attendants then announce they were going to come around with drinks and a meal! Score!! We are getting FREE food too! Things are looking up!!! We hook in our headphones, after playing with them about a 1/2hr trying to figure out how you get those things on… I think we were the only retards who had this problem! LOL No more traditional headphones, they are the ones that just clip on your ears. We tune in to the movie “Bewitched” after finding the channel it was on, and then I quickly turned it off because it stunk!! We turn some tunes on and then our food came… we got a mini turkey sandwich, a sm bag of Fritos and a single Take 5 bar!! YES!!! I was in heaven, what beats Fritos and a Take 5 bar??? We joked around and nicknamed my DM Pepe Le Pew or Pepe Le Puke, LOL, and DD and I were enjoying the music and suddenly we were in Orlando!!!
We arrive, I wave down a Skycap who followed us to our turnstile and fetch our bags and then it’s off to the Dollar rental car counter. I gave the lady my reservation confirmation and told her I was Dollar express member, hand her my letter I got in the mail with my Free Upgrage and told her that I never got my membership card and she says “it will come eventually”. She upgrades me from a midsize to a Full size car and then askes me for my CC. I give it to her and asked if she could charge me when I return the car and she said Yes, but she has to pre-approve the funds on my CC now. I flag down my DM and told her the situation and she gives me her CC for the pre-approval and the lady then tells me my mom has to be the driver, and I will be charged an addtl $7/day so I can be a driver as well as we knew that my DM wouldnt be doing ANY driving, well we went back and forth and then the Mgr comes over and tells my DM to call the CC co. to give me permission to sign on her CC, we took care of everything, and off we went to the garage to get the car which was already assigned, the lady at the key booth gives me the row and spot # which the car was not there so the skycap hit the alarm on the remote and we find the car and it’s this little Ford Taurus! :pirate: The skycap gets MOST of our luggage into the small trunk, we tip him generously for waiting so long with us and I just get in the car and go as I was too tired to fight with anyone anymore that night. I grab my directions and we are off to the Ramada. We get on 528 and the traffic was HORRIBLE!!! Bumper to Bumper the closer we got to the Disney exits. I was very annoyed, as it was around 9pm and we were all tired. As we get closer to our exit 64B, there are signs of construction and a road detour for our exit!!! :pirate: I was directed to get off the exit before because 192 was closed in the route we needed to go. So we got off exit 65 I think and Iam trying to figure out how to get to the hotel from there, I find 192 and make a left going W and of course 20mins later I figure out we are going the wrong direction, I turn around and go East and finally find the hotel. By this time it is 9:30pm and we decide after checking in to just go eat next door at the Bob Evans and skip Citiwalk Jimmy Buffet’s :frown: Oh well, I wasn’t going to stress about it, my DD was very tired and very hungry. We had a great meal at Bob Evans and the bill was only $19!!! We get back to the hotel and get settled in for the nite and off to sleep. I only brought 1 suitcase up to the room as we knew that in the morning that we would be checking out and heading over to the WL.
Let me tell you that this Ramada Resort Maingate was beautiful!!! It was big and the rooms were very nice and had a restaurant/bar off the lobby (which was closed), and a little souvenir shop and we got our room keys in those little paper holders with a Mickey hand on it! :happy: I wasn’t at a Disney hotel but it almost felt like you were!!! The lobby also had some freeform like waterfalls, very pretty hotel and it only cost me $42 for that 1 nite!!! I got that rate thru AAA. Not bad if you want to stay off-site in an affordable hotel.
Day 2 to come… (sorry this 1st day was soo long but I didn’t want to leave out details as that tells you what kind of day we had!)