Master procrastinators and some recommendations, please

December 6, 2012 |  Category:   home life travels

I woke up this morning really hungry. Yesterday, I had a handful of almonds, 2 apple slices, a quesadilla wedge and a couple of brussel sprouts. I couldn’t eat, stomach knotted in antibiotics and nerves. I also have been sleeping a lot this week, probably another byproduct of the medication. Usually I will fight to go to sleep, dragging myself off the couch at 2am knowing I have to wake up 5 and a half hours later to get the kids ready for school, but the last 3 days, I’ve been going to bed before midnight, barely able to stay awake. Maybe this will help reset my internal sleeping clock for good (oh, who am I kidding).


It’s just another form of procrastination. Procrastinating on going to bed – who does that? But it seems to be the running theme in my life these days. If I have a deadline, then I’m dead on. Without one and I put things off because I’m overwhelmed. They’re not kidding with that phrase “life is like a juggling act” when you have a lot of balls in the air. You decide which takes priority and the things that are less pressing get pushed further and further down. Like these photos. We meant to post a recipe that goes along with these photos, but then weeks went by and months and then finally, Mark forgot how he made that crab salad. At some point, it becomes irrelevant.
Did you know that we have been functioning without a kitchen faucet or a dishwasher for about 6 weeks now? We’ve been washing dishes from a trickle of water that is coming from the tubing that was attached to the faucet. I don’t think I could ever remodel a house. The choices – SO MANY choices – of little details down to the fixtures is so overwhelming. I don’t know, I thought I’d actually be good at that, however, I can’t seem to make any kind of decision on a kitchen faucet and like many things, it’s gotten pushed down the priority list as work deadlines crop up and holiday orders surface. I haven’t even looked into dishwashers yet. Do you have a dishwasher that you love? Please share!
And finally…in lieu of our trip to the Bahamas that we had to cancel last month, we decided (I think!) that we will take the girls to Disney World during spring break (probably the worst time to go, but…). We need to use our airplane tickets before May or else we’ll forfeit them and I figure they’re at a good age to go. The funny thing is that neither of them have ever been in a princess phase or really know much about the Disney characters so when I told them that we were thinking of going next year they were sort of all, “ok”.
Mark has never been to Disney and I went once when I was 14 with my 8 year old brother and my mom. I had a good time, but I remember feeling back then that I was with my mom and baby brother and well, you know how teenagers can be. My mom has been wanting us to go to Disney for years. I think for her it’s like this quintessential American childhood experience that the girls can’t miss out on. It probably has a lot to do with the immigrant mentality. I know that so many of what my brother and I did as kids, all the ballet, gymnastic and piano lessons and all the other extra curricular activities, represented a void in the kind of childhood she had that she was trying to fill. Education, the after school activities, Disney World, all of that still represents the American Dream.
So dear readers, I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to plan a Disney vacation, but whoa. Talk about overwhelming for a person who is easily overwhelmed these days. Quite frankly, I don’t even know where to begin. Like the faucets, I’ll just close the browser after 10 minutes. If you have any advice, recommendations, or stories to tell about Disney, please share. My mom and the American Dream (and me) will thank you.

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  • Sue December 6, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Stay on site, but not at the super-expensive hotels. Your legs and back will appreciate it. Do NOT let the girls have one of those Disney credit cards they offer upon check-in. Go left, not right. Do a couple of the opening of the park celebrations – they’re really fun! Also, do breakfast with the characters. Totally worth the crowd and the wait. Now I want to go back. (I am one of those that also over-plans, but I felt comfortable that I had researched and narrowed to suit our family, so no regrets.) My husband has since died, so I’m so glad we went as a family when we couldn’t really afford the time off or the purchases. Sweet memories : )

  • lena December 6, 2012 at 11:40 am

    hey jenna
    i remember reading this post and thinking it made a trip to disney world sound more appealing:

    also, we have a miele dishwasher and love it.
    (we bought it from a showroom on craigslist in the box for 1/2 the price)

  • Chus December 6, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Well I don’t know about Disney (or faucets) but what I can is recommend you to procastinate 20min more and watch this talk: Also: (the book will take a little bit more time, though) Cheers from Spain!

  • Jenna December 6, 2012 at 11:52 am

    @Sue thanks for the tips. Your story of memories of your husband made me teary. This is what it’s about, yes?

  • Jenna December 6, 2012 at 11:53 am

    @Lena, hey, thanks girl! That’s helpful!

  • Amy December 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I’ve never gone as a little kid, or taken a little kid, but I would definitely recommend staying on the property. If you can afford it, don’t go for the bottom level hotels (I think they call them budget – the all-star resorts, etc.) It felt like a big difference between the budget level and the moderate level hotels and the budge hotels are always packed with huge tour groups, sports teams, etc. This summer we stayed at the Port Orleans Riverside and loved it – it was nice and quiet but there was also an arcade and a kids pool with water slides for the kids. Also go for the meal plan, we did the basic one and it was perfect. Once you figure out how to use it it’s awesome, and then you don’t have to carry tons of cash around the parks. And if you want to do a disney character meal, book weeeeeks in advance. What worked the best for us was going to the parks right when they opened and spending the morning there, then going back to the hotel for a few hours in the afternoon to chill, swim, and nap. Then we would head back into the parks for dinner or just after and spend the evening there.

  • Noe December 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    A trip to Disney sounds like a load of fun! I actually have a friend who is in the Disney business and whom would be happy with helping you plan for your trip, as well as find the best prices. Email me if you are interested :b

  • lesterhead December 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    My husband and I went to Disney a few years ago for a wedding. We honestly thought we’d just be rolling our eyes the entire time but it ended up being super fun.

  • Heather December 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I just got back from a meeting in Orlando, and I confess my main thought was “I hope my girls don’t ask for a trip to Disney anytime soon.” (they are 2 and almost 5). It is just such a surreal place, full of highways, and parking lots, strange restaurants and constant entertainment being forced at you. That said, I stayed at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort (near Universal Studios), and I did think the kids would love being there. They certainly make it easy with a great pool, and boat rides that take you to the theme park. I mentally prepared my attack plan (if the kids do start begging) to stay within walking distance of whatever resort seems age appropriate, to plan some time at the parks, but also to try and just enjoy the sunshine and the pools and some book reading. Everyone I know says the trips can initally seem cheap because the airfare and the hotels (there are so many hotels) can be bargains, but the park fees for a family of four can add up. And take into account what your girls actually enjoy. Maybe they would like the wildlife park and the rides, more than all the character events.

  • Tricia December 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    We go to Disney all the time, it really is a great family experience. Definitely stay on property. A hotel on the monorail is the most convienent and totally worth it if you don’t plan on going back for awhile. Get the dining plan if you can its very reasonable and just makes life easier. Also get the park hopper it gives you more flexibilty. We like to make reservations at some of our favorite restaurants ahead of time. Check out and both list the best restaurants and hotels.

  • jojo December 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I procrastinate going to bed. Every night. It’s so annoying!

  • Lani December 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    On the faucet: a “high rise” is great when doing big pots! My friend got one that you can touch to turn on and off. They really love it.

  • Angela December 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I’ve been wary of Disney for a long time, but my husband and I went a few years ago for a wedding and I have to say, it’s a little crazy but there are a lot of cool things there. We stayed on site in one of the less expensive hotels ( and it was awesome, because we never had to get in our car all week, just used the transit system (our place had both tram and boat options). We didn’t do the meal plan option but other friends of ours did, and I think we would have been better off doing it, money-wise and also quality-wise, because they ate at a few of the fancier places with their dinner points. What Disney does really well is completely design the experience, so it’s nice to really be absorbed in it. Our favorite parks were the Animal Kingdom and Epcot (more to do for adults, definitely), and the craziest with crowds was the Magic Kingdom, which is more the typical Disneyland experience. Even if your girls aren’t into princesses, they might love Animal Kingdom because it’s like a huge awesome zoo. Have a fantastic time!

  • Heather December 6, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    This seemed like a helpful link!

  • Carol December 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Bosch dishwasher.
    My father sent us to Disney in year 2000 when my girls were 8 and 11 and we also thought it would be really lame and it was incredible. The rides! Epcot is so beautiful at night, there are lights in the ground that light up like you are walking in the sky.
    The only tip I have is one I can’t remember how we did it, but you time your ride so there is no waiting in lineups. The movie where the “bugs” run along your legs and under your bum is really fun too.

  • Jill December 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Faucet: — I got this as part of our kitchen reno with a matching Kraus sink. I love it and it’s not very expensive.

    Dishwasher: — Also bought this as part of the reno. Dishwasher reviews are borne from the pit of hell, because everyone is either OMG THIS IS AMAZING or WORST PIECE OF GARBAGE EVER. I happen to like this model pretty well – it has a flatware basket built into the door and it’s a little weird, but I like it. Overall the Whirlpool Gold stuff is low-flow / energy-efficient and I’ve had good luck with it.

    I can’t help you on Disney though. I bet Sara Jensen has some princess ideas for you though.

  • Fiona December 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Oh, Jenna. How reassuring. We just finished a bathroom renovation and I was completely overwhelmed by the choices.

    I guess I assumed that a person with your aesthetic talents would breeze right through it. How nice to hear that it’s hard for you, too. I wouldn’t wish that confusion upon you but I welcome the idea that I wasn’t just an idiot.

    No advice about Disney. We’ve never done that kind of trip.

  • Sophia December 6, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    You hit the nail on the head with the quintessential American childhood experience and the American dream that many immigrant parents desire. My parents were no different and ironically enough I think i want to extend that dream a little bit more with yes…a trip to Disneyland. I think for both my parents Disneyland WAS the happiest place on earth,” and to kind of recreate that experience for my dad and my son, and for me to see that… well I think it would all feel a little magical. Okay, I better stop. I’m starting to sound like an ad for that place!

  • Sophia December 6, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    P.s. I’m envious that you have room for a dishwasher.

  • diamondkelt December 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    My tips:

    Stay on site, we stayed at Saratoga Springs which happens to be within walking distance to Downtown Disney. DT Disney is an off-site part of Disney and has a bunch of restaurants, movie theater, shopping and a cool arcade. It’s like Disney toned down. DT Disney was great because we didn’t always want to stay at the park to eat which can be chaotic sometimes.

    – Also staying at a Disney resort you can kind of get away from the Disney park overload a bit. At our resort they did a fun activity for kids every night at every pool at the resort. We roasted marshmallows one night and they often show movies on a big screen. I will also throw in that there are bars at most of the pools for the grown-ups to “relax” a bit.

    – I’m probably the only person on this thread that will say DO NOT get the “meal plan”. It’s overkill imo, even the basic plan is just a ridiculous amount of food and drinks. Unless you’re heavy snackers save the money and eat when you’re hungry otherwise you’ll feel like you’re wasting money on the meal plan when you don’t use it all by the end of your stay. The portions are pretty big and if you stay at a resort they usually have a fridge/microwave in suite that you can stash you’re goods in. If you splurge you can get a room that has a kitchen in it. Yes a kitchen!

    – Staying at a resort means you can take a Disney shuttle from the airport RIGHT to your hotel (you have to ask about this when you book your airline tickets). And the resorts are all connected via the shuttles and ALL the shuttles run to every single Disney park and nearly all the resorts.

    – If you want to do ALL the parks, Epcot has the most walking and is the biggest. Get a PARK HOPPER pass in case you want to go to two parks in one day, plus you get a small discount.

    – The water parks are epic. If your kids are water babies take time out to go to either one of them. They may be crowded but they’re fun.

    – That being said don’t try to do all the parks if you’re not up for it.
    – Magic Kingdom is where most of the youngest kids hang out / Epcot is more mature…less frou-frou.

    – Disney does customer service on steroids. You will seriously never encounter an “unhappy” person. It’s creepy at first but nice when you do need something done or have an issue.

    You’ll be Disney-ed out by the end of it, but it is fun even if you’re not totally into it 🙂

  • diamondkelt December 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Oh and Carol is talking about a “Fast Pass” for the rides. Instead of waiting in line you go to a kiosk thing and put your park ticket in it and it’ll spit out a ride ticket saying to return @ XXX time. When you do go back at that time you get to walk to the front of the line, no waiting. WIN!

  • Theresa December 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Hi Jenna, so my experience is a bit different from yours… I grew up in Orange County California in the 70’s/80’s so Disneyland was a regular thing for us. At least once or twice a year. Now living in Sweden I have had a strong yearning to take my kids to Disneyland every time we travel to Cali… to me it represents childhood (at least mine) combined with an American experience. But, it never ends up being at the top of our priority list when abroad. So this year I decided Euro Disney was a must. Yes, a bit different as it’s in France but it really was sooo Disney and sooo American. I could probably go on and on so I’ll try to make this as short as possible.

    Great: every parade, 2 per day… The actors really become the characters… they are just really do well done and not to be missed. There is also the fireworks show at night which is truly amazing!

    Good: Disney rides. My kids are 3.5 & 5.5 so we did mostly kiddie rides and those were just as I remembered. Really good! We also did some big kid/adult rides as my oldest is extremely tall… those were good too.
    As you know, the lines when you go will most likely be insane. We went last month and so it wasn’t so bad. But I remember going to Disneyland in CA at around 27 years age and the lines were 1.5-2.5 hours long. Totally ruined it for us as my niece was all about the rides. I guess the trick is to go at opening, which reminds me there is a certain pass you get for free when you live in the Disney village which lets you enter 1 hour before the general public. Good to know.

    Bad: the food. Basically we are food snobs. And, the food is what it is. The experience is however fun, with Disney characters coming to your table while you eat. Food at the park is really ridiculously priced but they don’t skimp on the portions, they are huge.

    Overall I had a great time! We lived in the Disney Village 4 nights and I can say this… pay more if you can for your accommodations! We will bext time! We staid at a 3 star w/breakfast and lunch at the park included. The room was totally fine.. but… I know it sounds horrible but 85% of the other guests were just a bit off. I won’t go into detail unless you ask but let’s just say we went for dinner at the 4 star hotel on our last night and difference was huge!

    Lastly, Disney Studios was great. I didn’t think it would be so I saved it for the last day and I regret that. They had some really well done Disney theater for the entire family.

    Sorry for the crazy long post but hope you found some of it helpful.

  • Rachel December 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    My family went to Disney World two times while I was growing up, and each time (at age 7 and 14), I LOVED it. Also, we went during spring break, and maybe it’s just because I wasn’t in charge of the trip, but it was super fun to be around so many people and share in the joy. Animal Kingdom was super fun, and while the girls are still young, you should definitely take them to Magic Kingdom – that theme park was much more fun for me when I was 7 than when I was 14. Regardless, they’re going to love it, because Disney World is awesome.

  • Katherine December 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I don’t have much advice but here are some things I’ve taken note over the years:

    – PROPER SHOES. I don’t know how many times I’ve attempted to look cute with different outfits and such but wearing normal flats will not do in an amusement park such as Disneyland/world. Comfy sneakers is key.
    – Carry cash! Although many kiosks and sites around the park will accept debit/credit sometimes it’s just easier and faster with cash.
    – Depending on the time of the year it gets quite humid at Disney World so loose, linen clothing is more comfortable. Luckily at Disneyland in Anaheim the weather is moderate year round.
    – Only carry the absolute essentials with you and try to check any bags you have or leave at the hotel if possible.
    – Definitely rent a car. Sometimes going off site for a few hours or between days is a must! I guess it depends on how long you’re planning to stay. Whenever I went as a kid my family would always stay in the area for at least a week to check out the rest of Florida.
    – We would sometimes rent out a nearby condo for a week with a kitchen so that definitely helped with expenses.

  • Lisa December 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    firstly I just want to say how much I love your blog, your photos are always gorgeous and reading about your highs, lows and your all round honesty is so refreshing. As a mother of two girls living in Brooklyn I feel we have alot in common!
    Anyway….Disney. Get there early – and leave early – you dont need to be there all day – it can be exhausting and overwhelming for the grown ups as well as the kids. With this in mind it is good if you stay in one of the Disney hotels close to the parks – then you can split your day and spend half recovering by the pool.
    Or get there late and stay for the fireworks. Actually we all loved “Animal Kingdon” the best – more than “The Magic Kingdom” – when we arrived my 8 year old asked when we were going home. – I was devastated! Also split up for some of the time – with different aged kids they will probably want to go on different rides – this should alieviate some of the waiting and whining! Good Luck!

  • Jen December 6, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I’ve always procrastinated on going to bed. This is in part because no matter how much I fight it, I am by nature a night owl. Also, I can’t turn my head off so I can either lay in bed and stew in anxiety, or do something to keep my brain occupied until I absolutely must sleep.

    On a more practical note, we had a Bosch dishwasher in our last apartment and it was great and very sleek looking. Now we live in an apartment in an old house that doesn’t have a dishwasher, so we got a portable Maytag. Since you’re looking for a built-in, of course our model is of no use to you, but I will say that we’ve been extremely pleased with its performance. I didn’t expect a portable to clean all that well, and it turns out that we can use the light cycle for pretty much everything and it all comes out clean. I guess that’s an endorsement for Maytag.

  • Jenna December 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you all for the Disney tips. I had no idea that there was a meal plan?? Interesting. And it looks like Bosch is getting thumbs up all over the place.
    @Jen we have a maytag right now. I have to say (probably a mid range model) it hasn’t really been a great dishwasher…

  • lilcg December 6, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    no disney tips, but you are not alone in the procrastinating about bed thing. I do it all the time and it drives me crazy, but I can’t seem to break myself of it.

  • Julie December 7, 2012 at 2:13 am

    I have done a lot of research on dishwashers and Blumbergs are awesome! They are quiet and don’t leak. As for Disney, one tip I’m going to use in the future is to start at the back left of the park and work your way up to the front. Hope this helps and thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and stories. It helps me get through my lonely and procrastinating days.

  • Helle December 7, 2012 at 4:41 am

    Oh I’m a super procrastinator as well. Why do something today when it can always get done tomorrow or the day after or some other time 😉 – I do annoy myself, though, occasionally. Can’t help you with Disneyland, but sounds like great fun. We have a Miele dishwasher and are very happy with it.

  • Anon December 7, 2012 at 7:45 am

    try to get a hotel with a continental breakfast. it was really obnoxious staying at the on site hotel in the disneyland resort, and having to take care of breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday $$$$. my friends and i got a deal through AA, and had early park admission passes as well as disney fast passes and they were really great.

  • Anon December 7, 2012 at 7:47 am

    AAA* not alcoholics anonymous, woops

  • marta December 7, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Even as an immigrant, I’m not sure what immigrant mentality is ( I guess I should be all into God Save The Queen, boarding schools, English roses and tea cups? I couldn’t me more anti;). But I can recommend Whirlpool dishwashers – that’s for sure.

  • Jenna December 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

    @Marta Maybe the immigrant mentality means different things to different people, particularly if you come from an environment that is very different from where you are immigrating too. I don’t know that it would be so true of our generation, but for my mother’s generation of immigrants who were leaving their home countries, this would be true. You have to remember that she grew up during and after the Korean War, the country was in turmoil and her family was poor. Not a lot of opportunities existed, especially for women. This is why to her and many immigrants of her generation, the American Dream was very real. And by all accounts, she did truly achieve that! She finished her college education here when I was still a kid, she had 2 highly successful careers and raised 2 children with advanced degrees. Of course, S. Korea is a very different nation now and in many ways so much technologically advanced than the US, but back then, people immigrated to the US to find opportunities.

  • Dee December 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I took my 5 year old daughter with my parents, who really wanted the trip. We stayed off site at a lovely condo complex with a sandy beach (man made lake) and lovely pool. The condo was spacious and luxurious, with full kitchen, but must have been cheap as my dad was really frugal. It was great! We all went to Disney one day and then my daughter and I went back a 2d day. I was so glad we stayed offsite because our of sight out of mind re Disney. On other days we went birdwatching, visited winter park, and went to the ocean. We played shuffleboard, lazed around in hammocks, built sand castles etc. It was not all commercial. Frankly I dreaded the trip but ended up having a marvelous daughter really believed we were flying on some rides!..however it was in the fall of 2001 and so empty there were no lines.

  • Kiana December 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Hi Jenna! I haven´t read the above comments so excuse me if I´m repeating someone else´s advice. I´m from Florida so I´ve been to Disney World more than a dozen times ( we always take out of towners there). I recommend you stay in a condo or apartment from airbnb rather than a hotel because the hotels are cheap and cheesy or expensive and cheesy. My favorite park is Magic Kingdom because the rides are not too scary or crazy (I also get motion sickness really easily but never on the roller coasters at Magic Kingdom). You can get fast passes when you arrive so you won´t have to stand in long lines. I´ve been dying to go to Harry Potter World so you might want to take the girls there especially if they´re fans of the books. There are a lot of outlet malls in Orlando as well if you´re into that. Hope this helps you!

  • Heather December 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    My tips for Disney (1) Avoid getting caught up in trying to do everything. There are a ton of very cool things in each park – not necessarily rides – and without question you won’t be able to do them all – or even all of the rides. If you rush from ride to ride you’ll miss so much. Also, my kids (6 and 9) enjoyed the [Caribbean Beach Resort] pool the most in the entire resort and playing with them in that pool was the best part of the trip we took. Be sure to spend plenty of time on those kinds of things and dont worry about checking things off a list. (2) The food at the restaurants is very expensive and terrible. We got an a la carte meal plan that was surprisingly generous. It was easy, not terribly expensive and you could use it at park and hotel concessions and you didn’t have to stress about the exorbitant cost of food. (3) Leave plenty of time for Epcot – which was my kids’ favorite park. Have fun!

  • Jenna December 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    @Kiana Did you say Harry Potter World? Mia is going to freak out!

  • Kiana December 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Okay, so I read through the other comments. The reason I said to stay at an off site condo is because it´s more relaxing to be away from all the touristy crap which in my opinion, can be totallly overwhelming. Also, they typically have pools so the girls can swim and play and you and Marc can chill and wnice Ñatch tv or cook something nice.

  • karen December 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    So sorry to hear about you not feeling ok, I hope it goes away soon!

    About the dishwasher, go with Bosch they’re crazy quiet and good! Consumer Reports recently tested dishwashers and the 8 highest ranked dishwashers were from Bosch. The top one was the Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR7[5]UC which isn’t crazy expensive. The second one was Bosch Ascenta SHE3AR7[ ]UC and third placed Bosch Ascenta SHE3ARF[ ]UC (Lowe’s). Good luck!

  • Amy E December 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Bosch dishwasher. Faucet Direct for faucet, we have the Brizo Solna & like it a bunch. My parents (this now seems brilliant on their part) sent me with my best friend and her family. Although Harry Potter World at Universal Studios might get me back in Florida with our daughter someday. Good luck.

  • maja December 8, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    I had to laugh out loud at your comment “Who procrastinates about getting more sleep?” (Um, me.)

    Another thumbs up on a Bosch dishwasher. Also, I really like this streamlined faucet: With luck, we’ll be in a new place in another few weeks and I’m hoping we can put it in our new kitchen!

  • Laura December 9, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Siemens dishwasher. We went to disney spur of the moment high season it is really good fun but we were able to book in for some rides which is a good plan. Don t try to do everything also during the parade the queues are shorter.

  • SY December 9, 2012 at 11:31 am

    We’re not really Disney people, but my kids have been to Disneyland twice (we’re from California) and Disney World and the Disney Cruise once. They loved their time there, but haven’t asked since, they are 9 and 11, the last time they went was 4 years ago. My husband and I are more than fine with this. While there, make reservations at the french restaurant at Epcot…I don’t know tricks there, but we stayed at the Grand Floridian and loved it. Have a great trip!

  • Amy December 13, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Ditto on the offsite condo. We’re not good at ‘locking into’ things, and 3 bedrooms at $900/week meant we could do Disney if we wanted, laze at the condo pooling we wanted or stay inside taking care of croup boy! Also, I’ll never buy tickets in advance again. If you like playing it by ear, there are a bunch of places on the main drag into Disney that sell discounted tickets. Cheap rental car and total freedom! Oh! And check out Celebration if you enjoy architecture.

  • Page THOMAS December 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I would also suggest the Bosch Dishwashers. but buy the least expensive. The internal trays and baskets from the most expensive (which give the added benefit or fitting more place settings) fit in the lesser models. Even the Gaggenau internals fit. ( they are both made by Bosch ) Obviously this “hack” is a bit of a hassle ( ordering parts in addition ) but the Bosch models are typically at Sears and can be found with deep discounts near the end of the year.

    As for faucets. I have been saving for a Waterworks Julia in Antique Copper.
    .. But I would settle for a commercial pre rinse dishwashing faucet from Chicago Faucets while I wait for my upgrade. Its also a way to change the kitchen over time.

  • YJ December 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I went last year for a 3 day weekend (without children), and hit each park (1 per day).

    Fastpass. Use it!

    Epcot was awesome, but does take a long time. Sauring (sp?) is awesome too.

    Harry Potter @ Universal – run to the back and get into the line for the first Harry ride–there is no fast pass for that and the line doesn’t seem to get shorter.

    I had a kindle with me loaded with fun stuff and it made the trip totally awesome since whenever I was in a longer line, I would just read and block out the whiny 4 yo kicking the pole behind me.

    Bring a change of clothes to Universal since half the rides are water based.

    Oh, and the shoes – wear sneakers. My bf and I bought sneakers at epcot b/c our feet were tired and the trip was so.much.better. after (and I LIVE in flats in NYC).

  • YJ December 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Also, will you eventually post recipes? The pictured food looks amazing! pretty please? after holiday rush?

  • Jenna December 22, 2012 at 10:05 am

    @YL I don’t think Mark even remembers what he made! It’s been that long…