Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Thinking about reviving this blog

Looking back over past posts, I'm remembering why I started blogging in the first place. It is a nice chronicle of my vacations and conference experiences. So maybe I'll pick it up again. Only time will tell. Here's what's coming up:

Monday, June 6, 2011

AASL Conference in Minneapolis

I'm going to be speaking! October 2011.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Updated travel plans

We've decided to change the date of our Disney World trip from November to December so we'll be there for all of the holiday events - Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, the Candlelight Processional at Epcot, the Osborne Family's Spectacle of Dancing Lights at the Hollywood Studios - and all the beautiful decorations in the resorts and parks.

So now I have a new countdown ticker for that trip:

We have reservations at our home DVC resort, Saratoga Springs, but at the 7-month mark, when we can make reservations at any of the other DVC resorts, we're going to try and switch to the Boardwalk Villas or the Beach Club.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Upcoming Vacation Plans

For me, planning vacations is almost as much fun as taking them. After looking at the calendar to see what else we have planned for next fall, we decided to take our first trip as DVC members in November. We'll hit the end of the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot and the first showings of some of the Christmas events.

Between now and then, we have an April trip planned to Sanibel Island and the Everglades in Florida. With all the snow we've been having in the northeast this winter, we're really looking forward to both - and counting down the days!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Disney Vacation Club Update

As I mentioned in my last post from our November Disney World trip, Rick and I were considering becoming DVC members. Well - we did it!

After checking out what was available via re-sale (much cheaper than buying direct from Disney), we settled on the Saratoga Springs Resort, where we stayed on that trip. We checked what was available through the Timeshare Store, and found a contract we liked. We made an offer that was accepted, waited 30 days for Disney to exercise their Right of First Refusal (which they waved), and finally closed on our property this week. We are now official DVC members!

We're planning our first trip as owners for next December and I am anxiously waiting for our membership to get into Disney's computers so that I can make our reservations. We'll start out with an 8-day reservation at SSR (since we can reserve at our home resort 11 months out), and at the 7-month mark, when we can make reservations at any of the DVC properties, we'll see if we can change all or part of the reservation to either the Boardwalk or Beach Club Villas, since we like to be near Epcot during the holidays.

DVC membership is something I've been coveting for quite some time and I'm very happy that we've finally taken the plunge!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Back from San Diego

There was just too much to see and do in San Diego to take time to blog, so my photos on Flickr will have to suffice.

Highlights for me were the author interviews and book signings and the city itself. Our location near the marina and bay was just ideal. The weather was great and made it a pleasure to walk through the Gaslamp District, Old Town and the Seaside Village.

I'd be happy to return anytime!