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Magical 4 Days! Day 1

Ah, yes, Disney.  There’s nothing like it.  While Derek was at his conferences on Wednesday, I was up early and strolling around the best, in my humble opinion, five or so resorts in Walt Disney World.  With the lake in between them all, you can walk, bike or skate your way around the Swan, Dolphin, Boardwalk, Yacht and Beach Club resorts and take in the sun, sights and sounds of true resort life.  There are many beaches nestled in along the walkway, some more private than others, pools that take your breath away, shops and eateries around every corner.  I think I walked around the entire place about five or six times while waiting for Derek to get out of his seminars.  But the entire time I was not bored! 

The other thing that makes these resorts the best is that you can get to two major theme parks in easy and fun ways!  You can walk to the EPCOT World Showcase from behind the boardwalk, or take a boat to MGM.  Either way you can skip waiting for a bus and sitting in the crowds for a while.  Relaxing and exciting.

We chose this night to go to Downtown Disney Marketplace to do a bit of shopping, I needed a belt desperately, and we wanted something different for dinner.  We were thinking of going to Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant at Disney West Side, but ended up at his “Express” eatery, which had the same delicious food without the wait!  After shopping for a while we went back to the hotel and found that the pool was empty and so was the hot tub!  So we quickly changed and made our way to the 104 degree hot tub when we saw that the pool was also heated!  It was so nice to have the entire thing to ourselves and to just relax with each other.  I was so excited that we were in a POOL, OUTSIDE in JANUARY!!!!  WOW!  With the stars shining over head and the wamr water around us, it truly made for a perfect end to a Magical Day!!!

Stay tuned for Day 2!!!  🙂

Frustration’s High

So it’s been 8 months since we decided to forgo protection and actually begin seriously trying to have a baby. I never thought it would take this long! I have been charting with TCOYF (that’s Taking Charge of Your Fertility, home-gamers 😉 ) and keeping track of everything it seems except how many times I blow my nose a day and still nothing. I have literally stood on my head and still nothing. Every month I go through the same thing, thinking I’m pregnant and then sighing on that “wonderful” day AF comes. Then actually thinking that maybe I am pregnant, because some women still get AF during the first few months. We even got a kitten, which I’ve wanted for a while anyway. I thought this might keep my attention on other things or take the place of the desire for a bit. No such luck. I could blame work, where I am surrounded by 12-17 three and four year old’s randomly telling me that they love me all day. But that only makes me know for sure that I am ready and definitely want kids. Because of my job I all ready know there is nothing like the love of a child and I can’t wait to share that love with our own. I wish that I could stop thinking about it, but how can I when the things we are doing are the exact things that make a baby??!! We ARE having tons of fun trying, don’t get me wrong! But I’m beginning to think there’s something wrong, or maybe a step that we’re missing? It is very difficult to be patient in this world of fast returns and instant access. Maybe waiting just isn’t my strong point. I have a feeling we have a long way to go…..

A New Year

2006. It has started off very nicely and hopefully it will only get better. On Tuesday I will have officially been at my new job Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center for 3 whole months!! It seems like I have been there for a year already simply because of all the work I’ve been doing so far. I’m just amazed at the fact that I am only 3 months old there! It is such a long way to 401K’s and vacation bonuses and all that other good stuff that comes from being at a job for a while.

We had our first official poker night of the year yesterday evening and I am proud to say that I played very well. I lost, but I played well. The two hands I lost on were played correctly, just not my luck with them. One I had two pair, K’s and Q’s, the other I had a pair of Q’s and you can’t throw those away!! You have to play them! It was just that things came up better for other people, like my Dad who ultimately threw me out when he got trip 4’s. TRIP 4’s!!!! Ah well. It was fun while it lasted.

Our kitty Isis was fine throughout the holidays too, these being his first and all. He was not impressed with the wrappings on Christmas nor bothered by the loud festivities of the New Year rolling in. He is sitting on my lap right now giving himself a bath, completely oblivious to my flying figers on the keyboard. He is truly a beautiful cat and we are growing to love him more and more each day. 🙂 Thank you, Sweetheart!!

Anyway, back to laundry and dinner. Have a good week, everyone!!

Wonderful Christmas

We had a wonderful Christmas with all our family and friends and can not thank everyone enough for all the wonderful gifts and good wishes! It is always great to see the family at this time of year and we are thankful that everyone is healthy and happy. Isis enjoyed his first Christmas as well, although not very interested in the wrappings. We can’t wait for more snow and skiing season and the start of the new year!