Hello, everyone. Thank you for your kind birthday wishes.
Just wanted to check in and report that I'm not dead. Though earlier this year I thought I would be, because I got bit by a dog and thought I had tetanus. x.x (long story). The good news is I didn't. The bad news is I got slapped with another ridiculously large hospital bill -- $3,000 to be exact. Hurray for being thousands of dollars in debt because I don't want to die!
So, what am I up to? Well, aside from trying to figure out which direction my life is going in and what the hell my purpose is, I've just been hanging out, working, watching hockey, occasionally making feeble attempts at drawing, etc. In good news, my husband and I have been planning on a belated honeymoon this year. (We did not get to go on one last year because of money issues). My very generous grandmother and my father were kind enough to lend Jonathan and me money to take a trip. At first we weren't sure where to go, though I had a couple ideas. The Grand Canyon, North Carolina, Disney, etc. After much deliberation, we've decided to take a Disneymoon.
It is my biggest dream to go to the Grand Canyon someday, and sooner or later, I'm going to make it happen, but we chose Disney or it for a few reasons:
1. Not quite enough money. Flights are expensive (and I HATE flying), and on top of that, we would need to factor in costs for a rental car, hotels, food, park admission, etc. With Disney, we don't need to fly, we don't need a rental car, and we can get a vacation package that includes hotel, park tickets AND food for one price.
2. Disney World is adding a new Avatar land to its Animal Kingdom park, and it's due to open this year. As soon as I heard about this, I knew we'd have to go see it. Avatar is by far my favorite movie, and since I've never been to Animal Kingdom before, I knew this would make my first visit all the more special.
3. Jonathan and I haven't been to Disney since we were very, very young. I think I was maybe five or six the last time I went to Magic Kingdom. But I have been DYING to go back for years and years. Disney is something that, unfortunately, is becoming prohibitively expensive, but now that we have the money, I want to make it happen.
We are planning to go in October, which is around when our anniversary would be. Fortunately, according to everything I've read, the crowds are supposed to be lighter during this time of year. And we are looking to do the whole Disney experience: staying at a Disney resort, and visiting all four parks. The neat thing is that there are a lot of benefits to staying in a Disney resort, including FREE TRANSPORTATION to and from the airport, to and from all the resorts, and to and from the parks. This is a pretty amazing thing for Disney to do, and a big incentive I think for families to visit. And even if you have your own car, you can park at all the parks for free as long as you're staying at a resort. You can also make dining reservations 180 days in advance, and reserve FastPasses for rides 60 days in advance.
It's true that in the last month or so, I have become a major Disney-holic, because I have devoted all my free time to researching the parks and how to plan a vacation there. I've been watching videos about all the rides and shows on YouTube. I've been reading Disney guidebooks and blogs. I've even been starting to buy more Disney merchandise, just because I'm so excited. There's something about the Disney universe that just seems to suck you in, and to me it has always been a special, magical place that just brings out your inner child. I know that sounds cheesy, because that's what everyone says, but it really is true.
For anyone thinking about going to Disney World (or Disneyland), there is a wealth of information out there. I've found so many great resources, so if you're interested, let me know and I'll share them with you.
At any rate, that's what's new in my life. Thanks again to everyone who sent me birthday messages. Talk at'cha later!