Snowbird Sabbatical

Discussion in 'Disney Trip Reports' started by szymcl, Oct 7, 2018.

  1. NH-to-FL

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    Ah, yes, isn't that a great feeling! Enjoy!
     
  2. szymcl

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    Yes, thanks!
     
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  4. szymcl

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    Food and Wine Festival is winding down, it has been fun and I will miss you outside kitchens!

    My husband flew in for a few days, we enjoyed the “piggy wings” and the skirt steak at the Fire BBQ stand outside of innoventions.

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    We had a few beers as well.

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    And had a nice quiet time in the DVC Member Lounge

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    But...the most fun this week was my volunteer stint at the Food and Wine Mini Marathon! It was my first time as a volunteer, so my first time to see the Volunteer pick up at the ESPN Wide World of Sports! The Expo was there as well, and a separate pick up for the race bibs. I had never seen ESPN, so that in itself was amazing!

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    My shift started with check in at ESPN at 4 a.m., I got my shirt and snack, then got on bus #13 and headed to Animal Kingdom where I was a Course Monitor. I got to watch all the runners go by and cheer them on and direct them to stay on the course. It was great! I have run in some mini marathons, but never volunteered! I also enjoyed the people cheering runners on, so to be the spectator was different. Did I have runner’s envy? No, not really!!!!!

    I didn’t take any photos of the actual race, it just didn’t seem like I should, I was working! Next time I think I will. The costumes were so great!

    I was done by 9 a.m. I met a lot of nice people who volunteer for every event. I am signed up for more shifts at the Marathon in January and I hope to get signed up for the Princess, I have some friends running in that!
     
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  5. HollanZoo

    HollanZoo Earning My Ears

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    please tell your Daughter and Son-in-Law not to fret or fear!! I'm going on 15 years post ENTIRE colon removal surgery and have had a great and full life!! i do not have an ostomy bag but an internal J-Pouch that gives me the ability to hold things until I find a restroom (something i'd lost the ability to do before having surgery)... having my entire colon removed was the best decision! it isn't for everyone but for me - it definitely gave me my life back! When I first received my diagnosis I did not understand! neither my parents nor I had ever heard of ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease.. that was in 2000... I know their road is tough right now!! Will keep them in my thoughts n prayers until they get their understanding and things level out!! It is a frustrating and embarrassing disease!!

    enjoy your new winter home!! my boss likes to spend his summers in Michigan (as we are from southern Louisiana and it gets HOT and miserable).. I think you will enjoy your winters in the warm Florida!

    Best,
    Heather
     
  6. szymcl

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    Thank you so much for your kind words and prayers! They are coping as best as they can, I think it has made them a bit closer, sometimes what doesn't tear you apart, makes you stronger! My prayers to you and yours as well!
     
  7. MooseBucks

    MooseBucks Living the Dream

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    Great posts and ideas for us who dream of one day being snowbirds.

    Did you have an AP before splitting your time there? My worry is getting too tired of Disney so I think we’ll end up on a coast and use our DVC points for our Disney trips.
     
  8. szymcl

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    Yes, I have had an annual pass for about 7 years or so. I let it expire and just buy a new one, never really renew. I have the same feeling, I would like to be on a beach someday, but I can't afford that right now, so this is a good compromise. I plan on some beach trips to see some properties around Cocoa area. But I also like being here, where there is a lot to do. I met a lot of very active volunteers when I helped at the mini marathon this weekend. Plenty of part time jobs, volunteer gigs, lots to keep me busy! If I retire and I still have my health, I will want to be busy in Indiana and Florida I think!
    Ha, I don't have any grandchildren yet, so if that happens, all these plans change immediately!
     
  9. sanapp

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    I loved reading this! I would love to do something similar someday. I think it would be wonderful to snowbird to Orlando and work at Disney and then go home in the spring and summer. I also believe in staying as active as possible when retirement becomes a possibility. Unfortunately I have probably another 15 years or so. My vacations will have to hold me over until then.
     
  10. szymcl

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    Thanks! I am enjoying my time here and don't have to push myself. I work most of the day, but try to add a magical something every week.
     
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    Coming home from my volunteer stint at the mini marathon, I saw this!!! I'm not sure who the people on the train were in that first car after the engine? Family of the day, employees?
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  12. shannie102

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    Love this! You are living my dream for retirement! Can't wait to hear more adventures!
     
  13. szymcl

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    Thanks! So far, while I have some moments of "What am I doing?" I am pretty excited!
     
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    I’m having lots of company! So far, my alone time has consisted of 2 nights! I have had visits from 2 cousins, a daughter and my husband. So, again, my mantra is, there will be plenty of time for that....

    I am getting a work routine going, and to my delight, a work out routine! I found out that my apartment includes a personal trainer, so I am getting workouts from him! I am mostly plugged in to work from 7-5 with some breaks for breakfast, lunch, walks or jogs. Occasionally I take a shopping break, but so far, no daytime park breaks. Eventually when I get caught up, I hope to explore the idea of taking my computer to a beautiful location and working from there.

    Last night though, I met my cousin at Disney Springs for a Whiskey flight at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin Restaurant. It included 3 types of whisky, we chose the Jameson's cask, Tulleamore Dew, and a local one, another local whisky from a local distillery and a beer chaser, Funky Buddha!

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    Also had yummy Chicken biscuit sliders.

    Stopped in Edison’s, a cool Speakeasy,

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    And watched a mother daughter dance complete with neon hula hoops!

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    I wish my photos were better from this, it was super entertaining! Ha I was home in bed by 9 though...my cousin was tired and so was I!
     
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