When I post stuffs here, I tend to talk about my people as if everyone reading already knows them. So I figured it might be time to actually introduce you, at least to the people I usually travel with or see on my travels, so you’re all up to date.
First, my family, who actually does travel with me from time to time in between my solo trips to Disney.
Todd is my husband of *cough*awholebunchof*cough years. He’s also my best friend, and an all around stand up kind of dude. Love him bunches. He likes music and me. And he’s cute. And funny. Also in Iraq most months of the last few years, including now. Well, not RIGHT now, right now he’s in Georgia getting ready to go to Iraq. Close enough.
Charlie is my son, he’s high functioning autistic/aspergers we think but haven’t redone the diagnosis, smart as a whip, hilarious at times, not so much at others. He loves anything technology related and… well, that’s about it at the moment. He does online school so he’s home with me most days, and will start 7th grade in August.
Kayla is my daughter, she’s a social butterfly who hardly has time for the rest of us between parties, playmates, and ventures to the playground or park to meet even more friends. She loves music, American Girls, and animals of any type except spidery, and will start 5th grade in August.
Lyn is my mom, AKA Mooley. She’s an adventurer at heart and one of my favorite people. The kids call her Grammy.
Tom is my dad, AKA Pops. He’s retired to a lake cottage in Tennessee, likes to fish and take his boat out with a stash of good beer on board. The kids call him Grampa Tom.
Mara is my stepmom, AKA Mims. She’s a lovely and gentle woman, with a rowdy side if you cross her… I won’t ever forget the Orlando hotel incident… it’s the only time I have seen her raise her voice, I believe, but I was glad she was on my side.
Now we get to my DS people. Once upon a time, in a land far, far aw- No. Wait. It was around the turn of the century, on the Internet, there was a website called DisneySites, with a forum where I met all these people. It’s since gone off to cyber Never Never Land, but the people are still about. There’s a ton of them, but I am just mentioning the ones I see often, so don’t go getting your panties in a bunch if you didn’t make the list, please.
Kerri is my bestest friend, fellow Schmolland mom, Bears fan, Oreo lover and one of the very few people allowed to live in holly.world. I think I gave her quadrant away though, I really can’t keep track. Sometimes she’s two years older than I am. *smooches* to you, love.
LaRelle AKA Relle AKA California Cohort is also allowed in holly.world. where she is in charge of rum rationing (since it’s never gone, just always in her trunk) and wardrobe (pirate regalia really, but wardrobe sounds better) and deciding whose day it is with Johnny Depp/Josh Holloway/Nathan Fillion.
Natalie AKA Nat is simply one of the sweetest people I have ever met. Her son Alex is my boyfriend and no matter when I show up at Disneyland, she makes sure there is time for them both, and often her husband Pete as well, to visit with me. Since Alex isn’t legal to drive yet, she always chaperones our dates.
Traci is the first person I met on DisneySites. Actually I think that may be true for both on the website AND in real life, as she just hopped on a plane to come visit me sight unseen so to speak many years ago. She’s a barrel of fun, and cute to boot. *waves*
Now my outliers. (Outliers is a statistical term I learned while teaching 6th grade math to Charlie. Never heard of such a thing til then.)
Scott belongs to Kerri. He’s in my email address book as Scott Too the Sequel, which I vaguely remember has something to do with Kayla and was really funny, but I don’t remember why. His favorite pastimes include smart ass comments and trying to kill me with vodka.
Terry also belongs to Kerri, being her mom and all. She’s another barrel of fun, and really its a miracle Kerri even likes me at all when I have so much in common with both her husband and her mother, if she was a combination of my mom and Todd I’s probably never speak to her again. Anyway, Terry is pretty cool for a GiGi.
Melissa belongs to… no one really. She came from Traci, though, her and Traci have been friends for a long long time. So I met Melissa through Traci, and we hit it off. She cracks me up, and we have a super fun time together. Unless its 4am on the train and the conductor won’t let us sleep, that is. Then we are just cranky.
Anne is my tech support wizard, and though I don’t really so much travel with her or see her in person much, we FaceTime or Skype a LOT. Her kids are the cutest, she is the most super-mom-like person I know, she does a lot and has oodles of talent. Love her.
Saving the newest for last, there is Kat. Kat runs both Drinking Disney and A Kat and the Mouse, and writes for Orlando Informer as well. I met Kat through Twitter, my refuge from FaceBook, when I won a contest she was running. Super glad I did, because she is fabulous. She’s the newest resident of holly.world. and has no responsibilities here yet. We have lots in common, and hope to meet in real life soon, as it seems both of us share a hobby of making plans to meet each other then changing them then making them again and so on. Currently, she’s on the list for October, and is the reason for the Hollypalooza since she’s in the state with the BIG castle. Her other hobbies include keeping up with her super cute boys and explaining to me why I have to go to Halloween Horror Nights.
Once again, I would totally link everyone’s blogs up here, if I knew they wanted them linked, or if I knew they were still writing, or if I knew where to find them anymore. If any of that applies to you, just let me know and I will link and add you to the residents list. Anne and Kat are the only ones I know are actively blogging at the moment, so they’re the only ones I linked.
I’m posting this tonight from my Dad’s porch along the shores of Watts Bar Lake in Tennessee, where my view is:
and that is as close to live blogging as I may ever get seeing as how I am generally way too interested in what is going on around me to be typing to y’all about it as it happens. There will be posts about this trip coming up! :)