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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*
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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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A query on a community post requested a picture of "a time when [you] were very happy." As I was very happy, I will re-post my answer here for sharing:



That's my mama, fussing with the buttons on the back of the wedding dress she made for me, while my two best friends in the whole world are getting themselves ready to stand up beside me while I get married. The only time my three favorite women in the world have ever been in the same room together, and it isn't overly likely to happen again, as there are four different states (in three different time zones) involved.
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Dear Verizon: You still suck.

Backstory:
My mom has been using an old prepaid cell phone that belonged to my grandfather, and she only uses it in case of emergencies. So her minutes kept expiring before she used them. This annoyed her. So I offered to get her a phone on our family plan, as it'd be $10/month and we go nowhere near using our minutes, plus this way Mom can call both me and my brother without either using our minutes (he and I are both on Verizon, and Verizon does free calls to other Verizon users) or racking up their long distance bill. Further, she already had an old Verizon phone, so we wouldn't need to put her line on a contract to get a reasonably priced handset.

Non-suck discovery:
The phone she already had is actually too old to activate on a new line of service, as it predates the E-911 feature that is (as far as I know) mandated on all newly-activated cell phones these days. Annoying, but not their fault and not a huge deal. So I bought a basic low-feature flip phone off Craigslist yesterday (from a lady who really absurdly reminded me of the wacky divination teacher from the Harry Potter movies) for $20, including both wall and car chargers, and went (internally cringing) to the Verizon store to get Mom's line set up.

I explained the situation to the Verizon guy -- I have this handset already, I'd like to add a third basic $9.99/month line to my plan with no data or anything extra, 517 area code. I forgot to mention the no-contract bit, which was my bad. However ...

Verizon guy: "Ok, now I need you to sign this right here."
Me: "Oh, I forgot to mention -- since I have the phone already, I'd like to set it up with no contract."
Him: "Yep, you still need to sign this."
Me: "... why am I signing something that says I agree to a termination fee if there's no contract?"
Him: "I promise, you are not signing a contract."
Me: *skeptically, but knowing that I can revoke a contract within the first 30 days anyway* "Alright..." *signs*
Him: *type type type* *calls over manager* *manager type type type* "Okay, now sign this one."
Me: *sees that the thing I am now signing is an affidavit to convert the previously-agreed-on contract end date from 7/27/11 to 7/27/09* *scowl* *sign*

Dude, okay. Tell me the truth -- I forgot to tell you no-contract and you set it up as two-year, so I need to sign the two-year and then adjust the contract date afterwards. That's fine, I know it was my mistake for not mentioning it. Or, if you're really too afraid of me to tell me it's my own fault, tell me the way the system works is that I have to sign a two-year contract and then the manager has to come adjust it because a sales peon can't set up a no-contract line. Whatever.

And yes, it worked out the way I wanted it to in the end. But for the love of cheese, don't assume I'm stupid enough to not look at what I'm signing when I make it obvious to you that I have read it and that I know you're still lying to me about what it says even though I have obviously read it. That makes you look like an ass.

On the bright side, when I got home and called my mom and informed her that I was calling her from her new phone, she was very excited.
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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*
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My parents' best friends have a 14-month-old great-grandson. The little guy has just come out of a six-month hospital stay, undergoing treatment for leukemia. He learned how to walk in the hospital, using his IV stand as a support. His medical bills are currently over a million dollars, and his parents have no medical insurance.

My parents' friends and the church they all go to are trying to organize a fundraiser for the family; a silent auction being planned for July. I promised my mom this afternoon, when she told me, that I'd make and send a thing or two. (Not sure what yet. A couple pairs of socks? Still pondering.)

I've never met the little one or his parents, but I've known the great-grandparents in question since I was probably 11 or so.

On the plus side, the doctors have estimated a 95% chance that his leukemia is in remission and will stay that way, or so my mother tells me.
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Note to self: it is your mother's birthday. Call her when you get home.

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