Last week I had the special chance to attend the D23 Expo in Anaheim California. This is a biannual event that showcases all things Disney. You can see all the … Continue reading Disneyland Rachel-Style
Today marked the last day on my trip out to D23- the Disney version of Comicon they host every 2 years. This was my first time attending and it was … Continue reading Doing Disneyland on the Slow
Some things you might not know about me from reading only this blog- I have hard time being happy (even in the happiest place on earth) when I am A. Tired, B. Sore, or C. Hungry. I realize this may seem very ‘first world’ of me but there you go. We are all weak in our own way.
Well, today started out pretty good. I was feeling strong after my relaxed day yesterday and ended up spending the morning alone at California Adventure. I like spending time by myself. I like that nobody can hear me groan and I can go at my own pace, eat what I want, do what I want. I suppose this is slightly unhealthy of me but again that’s the way it is with me!
So everything was going well and then after a few hours my feet were beginning to hurt and I headed over to Disneyland to meet up with my sister and Mom. I waited for the omnibus which was taking forever. Then I decided to take the train and as I was traveling realized I didn’t have my cell phone. I had to wait until the train stopped, walk back to the omnibus area and it wasn’t there. (It was also close to 100 degrees plus humidity!). I went to lost and found and spent time filling out a report with a rather unhelpful lady (and very hard to understand).
I also didn’t know my sisters cell phone number or I would have called her to meet up. My Mom didn’t have her phone. Anyway, I had no idea what to do. Then we called my Dad ( I realized I only have 4 phone numbers memorized. Not good!). He was able to reach Madi’s phone and she actually had my phone! I guess someone had found it and called the last number which was her. Thanks kind stranger.
Anyway, I was pretty stressed out and then when I went to get back into the park I couldn’t find my ticket. Despite taking a photo of me and stamping my hand they still require a ticket. Sorry Disney but that is dumb! The whole situation made me cry.
A lot of this has to do with my frustrations over my pain and my unmet expectations of training and working hard on my physical fitness. I was hoping to have more energy and fun this trip. It was very disappointing.
So that was the drama for the day (worthy of a Disney movie right?). Don’t worry though. It got better quick.
I’ve learned from this trip something about myself. I like vacations where I can sleep, reconnect with myself and soak in sun (and swim as much as possible). My Mom referred to Disneyland as a ‘walking vacation’. Here’s what I now know: I don’t like walking vacations. I like sleeping vacations.
Good thing to learn about myself right?
So, I don’t want you all to think I didn’t have a good time or am ungrateful because that’s not true. I did have fun. I am grateful, especially for my Dad, everyone at Poler and my roommate for making this all happen. Thank you so much!
Now tomorrow I’m going to the beach. HURRAY!!!! I can’t wait.
So you’ve got to keep learning and growing. Hope you are all doing well.
So I’m here in Anaheim for my first vacation in 3 years. Yesterday I had a fun day at Disneyland but was pretty exhausted and my feet hurt very badly. My back had also been seizing up on me. Normally in my training I can take a day off to recover after a day on. Walking all day is one of the hardest things for me. I would much rather swim a 5k than stand and walk for hours. Strange I know but its true.
I woke up this morning and knew I was in trouble. I was in a lot of pain and didn’t want to move out of my bed. Even my new shoes weren’t helping much. I honestly thought about getting a scooter but that felt so embarrassing. Plus, I’d worked so hard and was frustrated that nothing seemed to be showing from it. I had gotten the whole inspiration to get in shape from going to Disneyland in 2010 and having so much feet pain. I thought that if I got in shape I would be able to do better but it didn’t work out that way.
I guess I just have bad feet and walking all day isn’t my thing. I’ll swim all day instead!
Anyway, I was at the park until about 2 pm and went to the hotel and honestly felt really discouraged. I was in pain and discouraged about it. I felt like a failure and a little judged, not by family but by the nameless masses at Disneyland (I realize that is ridiculous but sometimes we are ridiculous!)
After a little cry I went for a swim with my Mom and that made me feel much better spiritually and physically. Then I said to myself ‘I wish I could have a massage right now, especially on my feet. Then I said ‘maybe I can?’ I did a quick google and found a service that did door-to-door massages and the price was reasonable. I made the appointment and they came at 5:15. It was an hour long and the best massage I’ve ever had. It was deep and strong but so great. I felt near-comatose after, so relaxed.
Then I ordered thai food and relaxed the rest of the day. I feel like I’ll be ready to go for tomorrow. Wahoo! I realized something about myself. If I’m going to have fun on vacation I need to plan a day on full of busyness, a day off relaxing, repeat. I think that will be true no matter what shape I’m in. When you have chronic pain that’s the way life is.
So I may have wasted a day at Disney but I don’t see it that way. I learned something about myself and had the day I wanted to have. Its my vacation and I have to take responsibility for having a good time. That’s the way it is! Live and learn.
So we had a successful day in Disneyland. I was amazed at how much we go through in 1 day. I honestly did almost every ride I wanted aside from the one’s that were closed (thunder mountain railroad and haunted mansion are closed 😦 ). Its hard for me to stand and walk for hours. I was hoping as I got in better shape that would improve but it really hasn’t. In fact, if anything its gotten worse as my pain sensitivity and fibro has increased.
Tomorrow I plan on taking things more slowly with breaks. I also bought shoes today that should help. I just wish my feet and back weren’t so sensitive. It would make things like this a lot more fun.
It was also super hot today. 99 degrees with high humidity. Made the whole day challenging for me; nevertheless, it is the happiest place on earth and my first vacation in 3 years. Still had a great time and am very blessed. The prices also seemed more reasonable than I remembered them. I don’t know if that is because everything else has gotten more expensive or prices at Disney have gone down. Either way it wasn’t too bad.
Here are some photos of the trip so far.
Isn’t that nice of them to put an R out for my arrival! Ps. Don’t I look skinny in this picture?!
I haven’t posted for several weeks because last week I went on a trip to Southern California. This trip was made possible by the fact I had a free ticket for which I had volunteered my seat for last year (more on that later). Plus, my dear friend Emily Whitman agreed to be my host and let me stay in her home. It was a wonderful trip- the perfect get-away after 2 months of relentless overtime at work!
The trip started last Monday the 22nd. Through planning on Emily’s part we coordinated our flights so we both arrived at the airport minutes from each other. She was coming back from visiting her mother in Texas and I of course was coming from Utah. I admire the energy Emily had after a long day of travel. Plus, she was such a good hostess even though she was probably exhausted from having been on vacation (I swear it takes me a week to recover!). Her mother, Maria, also flew back with her and she was kind enough to give me her room during my stay. Maria has a lovely home with lots of space and a very homey feel. I can’t say enough about how accommodating and kind they were to me.
After our day for travel we relaxed and had a couple of leisurely days in the Temecula area. On Wednesday we went to downtown Temecula where I particularly enjoyed all of the fun gourmet food stores. We went to a root beer store (I had birch beer for the first time since living in Maryland- that brought back memories!), nut shop, cheese shop, jerky store, olive oil bar and a candy shop! Since my entire trip was so cheap I indulged and bought some amazing vanilla and fig balsamic vinegar. I’ve already made a salad with it and it is delicious! They have so few independent shops like the ones in Temecula in Utah that it was a nice treat and a fun afternoon. (my camera was out of batteries but Emily took some photos that I will post when I get them).
On Thursday and Friday Maria was kind enough to watch Emily’s little one, Jackson, so myself, Emily, and her husband Derek could go to Disneyland. They had a special Southern California 2fer ticket where for $80 you get 2 parks in 2 days. This is not a park hopper, so you can only do one park each day. However, this worked out fine for us- doing California Adventure Thursday and Magic Kingdom Friday. It was the perfect time of year to go to Disneyland. The weather was gorgeous and the crowds manageable. I think we only waited longer than 20 minutes once for the new Toy Story ride.
Going into the trip I wondered if I would feel a like a bit of a third wheel being a single with a couple. Nothing could be further from the truth. Emily and Derek are such an awesome couple. They are funny, interesting and good conversationalists. I did not feel excluded at all. It’s always a good experience as a singlite to watch couples and see how they interact and gel. Emily and Derek are very thoughtful and are always making one-another laugh. Along with my sister Megan and her husband Seth, Emily and Derek go on the list of my favorite couples. They also always had a smile on their face- even when waiting for me (I’m a slow walker!).
The park itself was great. I know that some of my liberal friends feel disdain for Disney and its brand of corporate cheese it sells to children. While I admit this is true, I still enjoy it. I love Disney films and love Disneyland. It’s hard to even explain why. I just think it is fun! I even like all of the schlock cheese of Main Street and Sleeping Beauty’s castle (I found out Sleeping Beauty’s castle is in Disneyland and Cinderella’s Castle is in Disney World). I guess I must admit to being pretty mainstream- I love Disney and shop at big box stores like Walmart, Target and Costco.
Anyway, we had a great trip. We were very thrifty and only ate one thing at the park- the Dole Whips at the Tiki Room. We had to eat these because the only other place you can get them is at the Dole Plantation which is about 5 minutes from my beloved Hawaii house! (Plus, amazingly enough they were a great deal $2.79 each!). The rest of the food at the park was exorbitantly priced. $6.99 for a hot dog! Oh my! Most of the time we packed a lunch and ate breakfast at the hotel. We did go to Tony Roma’s across from the park on Friday for dinner.
On Friday I had the treat of meeting up with my friend Melissa Noyes. I have not seen her since July because she is a first year law student at LaVern law school in Ontario, California. Since I was flying out of Ontario (and Emily had a baby shower on Saturday- I know the woman never sleeps!) I stayed at Melissa’s house Friday night. Even though it was just one night it was a lot of fun to catch up with an old friend. Melissa was my MTC companion and we have remained close ever since. She is working so hard in law school, and I really admire her dedication to her studies. She seemed happy and as well-adjusted as a first year law student might hope to be! I’m very excited for this June and July she is coming back to Utah for an internship with the Provo Courthouse! It will be so much fun to have another friend close by. (By the way, Emily and Derek might be moving to Provo so Derek can go to BYU. We will see! I hope they do!).
This trip was perfect in many ways. It was very inexpensive, fun, relaxing and full of great friends. I don’t know what I did in the pre-earth life to deserve such wonderful friends. I’m particularly grateful for the friends that have lasted the longest. As a single person my world feels constantly in flux. There isn’t that solid companion that others enjoy. It is a sad reality that some, maybe most, friends come and go quite quickly. The friends that last are worth more to me than they will ever know. Thank you to all such people in my life and particularly thanks to Emily, Derek, Maria and Melissa for making my trip so much fun! You’all are the best!
2008- Got a free ticket to Hawaii off of my grandparents mileage plus- It was a gift for my graduation.
2009 (January)- Used the free ticket and volunteer twice on my flight home from my cruise. That means 2 free ticket.
2009 (October)- Used one of the free tickets to visit Megan for the roommate reunion.
2010 (February)- Used last free ticket to go to Southern Cali, got another free ticket.
2010- Where will I go? and can I keep the free tickets alive! This is now my 5th free ticket from United! Wahoo! Plus, I volunteered for Delta once in 2008 but they don’t tend to over-book like United does. I think I am the only person who is happy when I have a connection because it gives me more opportunity to volunteer and get free tickets. Plus, connections usually happen at hubs which ups your chance at volunteering. I should write a book- How to Never Pay for Travel!