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  1. Swimming with pigs? Take it from a farm girl: Pigs do not like you. Do. Not. Like. You. And they are strong.
  2. Eh, maybe, maybe not. Can my knowing about the emergency make things better? Is it even possible for me to get home sooner? Sometimes ignorance is bliss. Two true stories: We were in Florida celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. We were scheduled to drive home on Friday, and my grandfather died (he was old and fragile, but hadn't been particularly sick) on Thursday. My mother opted NOT to call us. As a result, we enjoyed our last evening in Florida, and we drove home without stress on Friday. Upon our return home Friday night, we found out he had died, and we scrambled to be ready for the funeral on Monday. If we had known about his death, we could not have done a single thing to improve the situation, and we would've been miserable on our drive home. We went on a cruise for our 20th wedding anniversary -- hmmm, I see a pattern here -- we're close to 30 now, and we're staying home! -- and another grandparent died in the middle of the week. It would've been difficult to contact us on the cruise, but no one even tried. Sure, we could have left the cruise early, paid last-minute plane fares for six people ... but what would that have done? Again, our presence would not have made one bit of difference. We would've been stressed traveling home, and we would've hated wasting half our cruise ticket cost ... but our presence would not have improved a single thing about his death. This situation was actually a little bit worse in that we arrived home on Sunday and the funeral was planned for Monday evening ... because of us. My mom was actually the one who made the decision both times NOT to contact us, and she did exactly the right thing. With the advent of cell phones, we seem to have the idea that we MUST have bad information RIGHT THIS MINUTE! If it's available, we MUST HAVE IT! Why? Does it really benefit us?
  3. Try Priceline. I always "win" with Priceline. You're absolutely right to insist upon arriving a day ahead of time -- it's the cheapest insurance you can get.
  4. First, have you been to the orthopedist? If not, you should! If your plantar is currently inflamed, let him give you a cortizone shot. It will hurt, but you will be better the next day. My orthopedist made me a set of orthopedic inserts, which slide into most shoes -- Keds-type sneakers, boat shoes, loafers. They're no good for sandals or strappy evening shoes, but they make MOST shoes work great. I stand up on a tile floor for work, and with these inserts, my pain is a 0 level at the end of the day. These inserts are supposed to last about five years (I'm on year three, and mine are still in perfect condition), and they cost one doctor's office co-pay. Second, I can wear a number of shoe name-brands (without my inserts -- 'cause as much as I like my inserts, I live in the South and want sandals). I've figured these out through trial and error, and they work for me. All the rules are 100% mandatory -- absolutely no compromise: - Arch support is the most important item, and it must be in just the right place. - Sandals or flip-flops must have a "high strap" ... that is, a strap that hits near the ankle, not down by the toes. - Shoe soles must have a "heel bed"; that is, the heel bed must be cupped to cradle the heel. - Shoes must have a small heel; 1/2" - 1" is enough, but a flat shoe is a no-no. I wear Keds, Vionics, Sketchers, Tevas, Jambus, and Chacos. Not EVERY style works, but those brands are all in my everyday rotation. These are 90% as good as my inserts, so I don't wear them on heavy-walking days at work, and I wouldn't wear them on a lengthy walking excursion. For a walking excursion, I would wear my inserts in slip-on Keds or Sketchers boat shoes.
  5. Yeah, a case of water goes on sale for $2. At the worst, your risk of loss is very low.
  6. Yeah, I don't think those boxes are new. It's easy: Don't use the expansion zipper or overstuff the bag. One more reason to pack carry-on only. If you carry your own bag, it's unlikely to be lost.
  7. I was going to say something very similar. You want some nice photographs. This isn't a trip to Myrtle Beach (also called the Redneck Riviera).
  8. I constantly tell my students: The best, strongest sentences are not lengthy and full of fluff; rather, the best sentences are concise and to the point. In this case, delete most of the words: It is a buffet. Totally agree. While I enjoy the MDR, a lengthy dinner seven nights in a row can be "a bit much"; however, I can't say I love the WJ for dinner. We eat at the buffet because we're tired after an island stop or we just aren't up for -- as you say -- the "dining experience", but the WJ isn't as nice a dinner.
  9. Yep, that's exactly what I was going to say. Upper-resp stuff can just be a simple cold ... or it can turn nasty and stay with you for weeks and become something worse. At any normal time, I'd tend to wait a couple days and see which direction it's going ... but if I had a cruise scheduled only days away, I'd get to the doctor ASAP. Even though I am usually in the camp of "don't over-use antibiotics", I'd ask the doctor for an antibiotic ... just in case it's something like Strep or Bronchitus in the making. And don't neglect the obvious stuff: This week, get plenty of sleep, eat healthy, drink plenty of healthy liquids. Pack plenty of OTC meds.
  10. Multiple thoughts: - Eating in the room seems to me to be more work. You have to transport the food, then you have no access to salt and pepper, no way to refill a drink. When you're done, you have the messy trays leftover. - If you're going to do it, I'd bring along a pack of paper plates from home ... then go get one BIG plate of food from the buffet, then divide it between the kids' paper plates in the room. If I were going to do it, I'd bring something like styrafoam take-out plates (and plastic forks) and a wide-mouth water bottle from home. - Consider planning ahead: Go to breakfast in the buffet, and bring back fruit or cookies so you'll have a snack later in the day. - Ordering room service would be easier than all this preparation and transporting. - If the buffet seems too big for the kids, consider some of the smaller eateries: pizza place, little sandwich spot, Johnny Rockets. - I "get" that the MDR is problematic because you have to wait for your food. Consider bringing some little puzzles or a Viewmaster viewer ... and withhold those toys except for waiting-for-meal-times so the kids'll be really into them for that short time. OR have one parent go to the MDR first, order, then the other parent can follow 10 minutes later with the kids.
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