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Day 1: Thursday, June 30.
Work, TV, Red Lobster, airport.
Events of note:
Work was uneventful, aside from the baby shower. TV was the last two episodes of Game of Thrones, and was quite good. Red Lobster was meeting with Ari, C2, and Heather (and Brian) to celebrate my ten-iversary with H and C2. Airport was highly unsatisfactory, and has been detailed elsewhere.

Day 2. Friday, July 1.
Traveling.
Events of note:
I was amazed to discover that the McDonald's in O'Hare is pretty close in price to a regular McDonald's. My parents and I had simultaneous layovers in O'Hare, though in different terminals. Joyce met me, we got my luggage, and met my parents at the condo, after which my dad wanted to go to Denny's for some food. There was a Facebook post pointing out the surreal factor of being at a Denny's in Orlando with Joyce and my parents at 2am. Joyce experienced the first salvo of the week-long Check Wars. (Daddy won.) Then there was bed.

And then there were theme parks. )

Day 11: Sunday, July 10.
Parks: Sea World
Party members: Ginger and Joyce.
Rides/shows: Wild Arctic, beluga feeding time, active polar bear, ZOMG The Walrus, the Shark Encounter, and the Manta Aquarium.
Events of note:
My mom and dad headed out early for their flight, and Joyce and I packed up and went to Sea World for the morning. We went straight for Wild Arctic, enjoyed the ride, and then went in to see the animals. The belugas were doing feedings and tricks. The polar bear was in the tail end of her 13% of the day spent awake and was wandering around and posing. The walrus was, uh, pleasuring himself. With his face. I went "Joyce is he wait is he seriously holy crap Joyce what is that walrus doing." We snickered, and as we walked away and left him to it, we heard the inevitable "Mommy, what is he doing?"

We moseyed through a couple of other inside (read: air-conditioned) exhibits, then headed out to get lunch at Qdoba before Joyce dropped me at the airport at 2. My flight wasn't til almost 6, but she had to leave earlier.

My flight turned out to be delayed for crappy weather, but I still made my SFO connection. The landing at SFO scared the crap out of me, because I didn't know that the runway begins approximately two inches from the water, so I looked out to see the plane merrily skipping along above a vast expansion of WAVES and internally went "Wait, what? Aren't they supposed to tell us if we're landing in the water?" and then was very relieved to see the land start. Other than the delay and the water, the flights were uneventful, and I got back to my apartment and fell into bed around 1:45am.

And then I got up at 6am to get ready for work, which today encompasses 8-4 and 5-9. I think bedtime tonight might be earlyish. We'll see what happens.

(I leave on my next trip in 18 days. Definitely looking forward to it.)
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One week from tomorrow, Joyce and I will be experiencing WARMTH, Chick-Fil-A, a mini-roadtrip, SPACESHIPS, the Atlantic from the US side (first time for me!), Target, and my parents, in more-or-less that order.

*POING*
ginger: (evil plan)
Vague and very tentative Orlando plans.

Fri 7/1: Land 11:30am, be picked up by Joyce, squee and shriek, go to Kennedy Space Center. Mom and Dad arrive 9:30pm ish 11:30pm.

Sat 7/2: [Sea World or Universal Studios]
Sun 7/3: [Universal Studios or Sea World]
Mon 7/4: WDW, fireworks! Joyce's and my 10th anniversary. Gran and Tom arrive that night with the kids.
Tue 7/5: WDW - rest day for Gran
Wed 7/6: WDW **Dad's birthday - dinner reservations, EPCOT, Coral Reef, 7:45pm**
Thurs 7/7: Universal IOA (Harry Potter) - probably another rest day for Gran
Fri 7/8: Busch Gardens? Maybe? Still undecided. Kids fly out in the morning, Gran and Tom leave that night.
Sat 7/9: WDW, Mom and Dad have to be at a showing that morning.

Possible switchings: Sat and Sun, Tues and Thurs.
Total: 1 day Sea World, 2 days Universal Studios, 4 Disney, one undecided.

Sun 7/10: Mom and Dad's flight leaves 11:15am, my flight leaves 5:45pm. Joyce and I will have to figure something out. :) (We could do Sea World again for a few hours, they do a second day free with the first day's admission.)
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My parents also saw Thor this weekend, so I was discussing it briefly with my dad this morning.

[09:38] dad: Tony Hopkins looked quite young for his age...
[09:39] dad: what did the ice giants do for food?
[09:40] me: Clearly, the ice giants eat ROCKS AND PAIN.
[09:40] me: Explains why they're so mad all the time. :P
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Total funny side note.

I sent my dad this picture:



Dad: "Wow, that dinosaur of yours gets his nose into everything."
Me: "Yeah, he was there for moral support."
Dad: "Was he involved in the decision to choose a Pilot Precise V-5 for product placement?"

Only someone who sells office supplies for a living is going to not only recognize, but comment on the exact model of pen I was using. I love my dad. :)
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ZOMG.

Know what I just realized?

The family Disney trip? Which I am so gigantically excited about in part because my dad turns into the world's biggest ten-year-old in Orlando?

WILL TAKE PLACE OVER THE WEEK OF MY DADDY'S BIRTHDAY.

DADDY CAN HAVE HIS BIRTHDAY AT DISNEYWORLD.

ZOMG.

Joyce told me how to make blinky text. Also, yes, I am 30 years old and still call my father "daddy" when I am excited about childish things. Shut up.
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me: I'm taking English 101, cultural anthropology and music development in the US starting late September.
my dad: what about the development of music that didn't start in September...?
me: Oh, groan :)

Ladies and gents, my daddy.
ginger: (Default)
Good: I finished knitting my dad's hat.
Bad: I'm 99% certain it's too small, so here we go again.
Good: At least it only took about four or five hours last time.
ginger: (method to the madness)
So there was a great deal of traveling, and I should probably update about it.

Pre-traveling: Dan left for Chicago on Sunday, 6/27, and I had the house to myself for several days. That hasn't happened since before we got engaged, for the record, which was in May 2005. I did massive organization and cleaning sprees on my desk, our bedroom and the linen closet. All three of the bedroom closet doors are accessible now. I don't have to have mountaineer's gear to get to my desk. This is awesome. I also saw a movie and attended several Rainbow functions, including an installation ceremony and reception, a ritual competition practice, a board meeting, and a planning meeting for Grand Assembly, as well as taking an evening to spend lounging around my house doing ... well, pretty much the same things I do when Dan's here.

Chicago: Thursday 7/2 to Monday morning 7/6 )

Michigan: Monday 7/6-Thursday 7/9 )

Grand Assembly, Friday 7/9 to Sunday 7/10: )

All in all, I had good travels, and now I'm glad to be home. Especially since I have ten days of company arriving TOMORROW NIGHT ZOMG. *rockin' booty dance*
ginger: (method to the madness)
Given: Dan and I (and my MIL, who is kind enough to drive us from Chicago up to Lansing) are surprising my dad for his birthday dinner. My mom knows we're coming, and will be home all day long. His birthday dinner will be cooked and served at my parents' home.

Trying to decide whether we should aim to arrive before Dad does, so we're there waiting for him when he gets home, or after, so we can knock on the door and Mom can make him answer it.

When we surprised Dan's mom for her birthday a few years ago, we did the former, and she shrieked and dropped her purse. It was cute. Whichever option we choose, my dad's response is probably going to be the same -- "Well, hello there!" and continuing on with whatever he was already saying. Because that's what my dad does.

So, brain trust, I ask your input.

[Poll #1419748]
ginger: (dear journal....)
I love my daddy.

[10:36] (Dad): your mother is going to a 'chick flick' this afternoon with a couple of the ladies from church... [one of their church lady friends] was supposed to go, but today is [her husband]'s birthday & the family is going out to Finley's
[10:37] (me): should be fun :)
[10:40] (Dad): I don't know if they will go out to dinner without me or not, though... probably...sniff, sniff
[10:41] (me): awww! Maybe if you sniffle they'll wait for you :)
[10:42] (Dad): naw, she doesn't do much 'with the girls' stuff... it's good for her to get out...
[10:42] (me): you could take a book and go out to dinner yourself :)
[10:42] (me): I do that every once in a while.
[10:43] (me): Of course, it tends to lead to my food getting cold while I get caught up in said book.
[10:44] (Dad): I'm just not an 'eating out by myself' kind of guy...I like 'holding court' & being entertaining more than the food oriented experience
[10:44] (me): Hee!!
[10:45] (Dad): it's hard to be the center of attention if there is no one to be attentive
[10:46] (Dad): I really want to retire, but I worry about how long it might take to form a 'posse'...
[10:46] (me): You are adorable.
ginger: (michigan)
There's three songs that, when I hear them, always make me think of my daddy.

Take On Me by A-Ha was his favorite song as long as I can remember.

Sunrise, Sunset (originally from Fiddler on the Roof, but specifically the Roger Whitaker version) is the song that he and I danced to at my first wedding, and I suspect will at Dan's and my wedding too, if we don't decide to forgo dancing.

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is the song I most remember him playing and singing on his guitar when I was a very young Ginger.

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