Now we’re cooking!

Well, not actually cooking, but I have internet again.  Not unlimited internet, but internet through a hotspot in our “condo”.  I will still have to go to the Library, but not every day.  YAY!! Hubby had the last two days off, so thank you for understanding my desire to spend time with him and get things done instead of being on the computer.  He had to be back at 745am for training.  I set the timer on the coffee pot, made his lunch and slept while he was getting ready!

We looked every where for any type of internet service that we could find.  We looked at all different types of hotspots and were just not finding what we wanted.  Finally, we went into Best Buy and talked with a really sweet and knowledgeable salesman there.  He told us exactly what we were looking for. He gave us the model number and told us that he didnt have it in his store, but we could go to the TMobile store and purchase it there.  Best Buy has customers for LIFE!!  He could have let us keep going and never told us – knowing he would give up the sale, but he didnt.  Kudos Best Buy!!

With this hotspot, we only get 10G of data, but streaming is FREE!!!  Oh yeah.  lol  Youtube, Netflix, etc, will NOT go against our data use.  This is the whole problem we were having with other hot spots.  We wanted to get Netflix or Sling or both, but we didnt want to run out of data and then pay for more each month.  We havent ordered Netflix or Sling yet because we need a new ROKU stick.  Ours is an old one and we cant even find the remote to it. image

We also found our DVD player last week.  Which is really good too.  We can get movies from the library for free.  I lucked up and found all the Hunger Games movies, except for Mockingjay part 2.  The last few days, we watched the three that we had.  We had only seen the first one.  Honestly, I didnt care for the first one.  It just didnt make sense to me.  But these other 2 were excellent.  When we go back, I am going to see if I can find Part 2.

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I had also enrolled in Redbox about a year or so ago.  We havent used them since we havnet been able to find the DVD player.  But as soon as we found it, Redbox sent me a code for a free movie!  Ummm  YES PLEASE!!! hahaha  Son was so upset because we did not have the money to go and see Star Wars The Force Awakens when it was in the theater.  I decided to surprise him and rent it with my free movie code.  We watched it yesterday.  Of course, I am upset about Hans, but other than that – the movie was good. Son wants to know when the next one comes out. lol  I dont even know if there is another coming out in this lifetime.

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We also shopped around for a campground that would be closer to the Disney area, and there are none.  If we moved to that area, it is going to put him in a lot of traffic and make his commute to work even longer.  Plus, the other places are the same price or a little more.  There is still one that I want to check out, and the plus is that it is near one of our friends.  Our son gets along with their children really well!  BUT, it still might be a little too far for hubby to travel. Needless to say, we are not rushing to make a decision. lol

Well, I need to get son to focus.  Bless him, he just doesnt care for school.  I also need to look at travel stuff for my cousin who wants to come down for a visit.  Hope you all are having a great day.  Thanks for reading.

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Traditions aka Orientation

Well, yesterday was the first day for hubby as a cast member at Disney.  He called me during his breaks and OMG at the enthusiasm.  Before any phone calls came, I first received a text from him. The only thing he sent me by text was a picture!  Here it is.

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This is something they give to all of their new hires.  Everyone gets a pair of ears.  Some might say that you are not official until you have earned your “Ears”.  I still have mine from many many years ago. They are put up in storage somewhere.  But I will always keep them as a reminder of me working at the Mouse House at one time.

He was able to meet with the Union Rep and is now part of the Union for his department. I told him that this was very important and he would want to be a union member.  There is a fee associated with it, but they will take that out of his paycheck weekly.  I asked him how much and he responded, “I dont know, I dont think they told me.”  LOL  I am sure they did, but he was on OVERLOAD.

The next picture text I received was this:ID

All personal information was removed.  This is his employee ID.  If he wants to go to the parks for the day, he shows this. If he wants to get discounts, he will show this.  If he wants to go behind the parks or in any of the employee only areas – he will need to have this.

Then it was a while before I received another text from him.  I knew what he was doing though since I have been through Traditions (Orientation) before.  They teach you all about Disney, the history of Walt Disney, etc.  They introduce you to the Disney way of doing things.  They end up taking you into the tunnel that is below Magic Kingdom.  Yes, there is a tunnel below the Magic Kingdom.  It was really yucky and stinky, but hubby said it smelled nice – like pizza!  He said there is now an ice cream joint and Starbucks in the tunnel.  Of course, it was not there when I worked for Disney back in 1995.  The next picture he sent was from the Magic Kingdom!

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It was really hot yesterday and I knew that they were all jumping at the chance to get back into the classroom.  In Traditions, you have to wear business casual clothing and shoes.  Even if you are in a position where you will be wearing a uniform – you still need to dress in business attire.  It was getting near the time for Traditions to be over and I was sitting here just waiting for an update.  I was surprised when I got this:

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Picture was taken with the trainer.  I removed her from the picture since I do not have permission to post her picture.

They had Mickey come in and say HI and Welcome to the “family”.  They did not do this when I was a Cast Member.  Bless my hubbys heart – he is such a kid in an adult body!  He was so excited to see Mickey.  lol  He also came home with gifts that Mickey gave to each of them.

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Well, that is a small glimpse of what it is like to be a new hire at Disney. Thank you so much for reading.  I am needing to get off this computer. I am sitting at the Campground office plugging into their wifi this morning since the library is closed.  I cant sit up here for long.  Just too much going on and my attention span due to lack of enough coffee is HUGE. lol  Have an awesome day.

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Ibotta a lot with a gift card and…..

Hello!!!  I just wanted to try to get a post in today.  We are still going to the library for internet.  Its hard for me to sit for long periods of time here.  Ok, well not so much me – but son!!  He is a wiggle worm and has to move around a lot.

The other day I posted about apps that will earn you money.  Well, we were able to fully see how these apps paid!  I already knew how Ibotta paid because I have been doing that one for a while.  At least over a year.  We found ourselves in a predicament where we needed to buy bread and eggs, but had only a little change until payday, which was a few days away.  Hubby decided to go ahead and cash in some of his “kicks” on shopkicks for a $5 gift card.

Before we went in, we sat in the van in the parking lot and redeemed the points.  By the time e went into Walmart, the reward gift card was loaded onto his profile on shopkicks.  We also went in and scanned the items that we could to earn more kicks. We went and got our eggs and bread and hubby also got a drink thing that you squirt into water and it flavors it.  By the way, they  also had wine tasting while we were there.  Who woulda thought – Walmart?!?!?!  LOL  It was no bigger than a teaspoon, but still…..WALMART?!?!?!

We took our items to the register and had the lady ring them up. Hubby then showed her the gift card on his phone. She scanned it and told us that our balance was 46 cents!  I dug out mostly pennies and paid the lady.  We then got into the van and I got into my Ibotta app and scanned the receipt for the bread and eggs.  Through Ibotta, I was able to redeem 2 rebates at 25 cents each.  Thats right – I am being paid 4 cents to walk away with the items!!  Thats a good grocery day if you ask me.Yeah, I had to use a combination of both apps to get it, but I got it!!  Here is a copy of my receipt and a screen shot where Ibotta paid me.

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Ok, this boy of mine is driving me crazy with wanting to walk all around.  Think I am going back to the “condo” and throw him in the pool. lol  By the way, today is hubbys first day at Disney.  I hope he is having a wonderful day at Orientation.  I know they have changed it up a lot since I have been there. lol  Anyway, have a great day!!  Thanks for reading. I leave you with a funny!!  My relatives can visit whenever!! lol

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More of Town Center at Disney Springs

I was able to finally download all my pictures.  I dont know what happened the other day. I thought they would have downloaded – but at least I still had them.  So here they are!

This leads to the area that is inside.

This is the inside area:

This is another burger joint.  It looks really good.

Planet Hollywood and a new Coca Cola place they are building:

Just around:

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The restroom was a little small but very clean:

At Guest Relations.  We LOVED the rocking chairs.

Some sort of water thing for kids to wear themselves out on!!

 

I have to be honest. I have no idea what this is.  From what I understand, it is something athletic.  We did not go in!

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And I leave you with this last one.  As always, thank you for reading. Sorry this is so short, but I am at the library until we can get internet in the house.  I also am trying to take time to read everyone else blogs too.  As the picture says, “Welcome to the Family”….the Perpetually Camping Family that is!

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Apps that will earn you money.

Just a quick post.  I have come across a few apps that will help you earn free money.  Two of them you just go into the store and scan products.  Its not a whole lot of money, but every little bit helps.  If you use my referrals, then I will earn while you are earning.  Get your friends to sign up under your referral and you will earn while they are earning.  We hope to take this free money and turn it into a vacation for us.  Hubby is doing it too!!  Disclaimer:  I do not know if these apps are available in other countries.

Shopkicks:

This one I scan products and get points as I walk into some places.  I can redeem for several types of gift cards.  I am going to use them for Walmart gift cards.

http://get.shopkick.com/edge73726

 

Checkpoints:

Use the bonus code while signing up –    Stucker28

If you go past it and do not put it in, they will not allow you to later.  It has to be done at the point where you are signing up. This one also is gift cards.  I am using this one for Walmart gift cards.

 

Ibotta:

Use referral code jqziiq.  This one you have to unlock discounts.  You scan your receipt and/or product that you have purchased and they will create an account for you with that savings in it.  The other day, I was able to purchase pasta, scan the receipt and they put $0.25 into my account.  Once I reach $20, I can transfer it to paypal.

Thank you all so much for reading. Have a great day!

The Perpetual Campers

The ball is rolling and the rain fell hard.

I absolutely cant stand not being in my own privacy using the internet. lol  I am sitting at the library writing this today.  Son is trying to do his school work, but there appears to be a group that the library has brought in of small kids where they are LOUDLY reading stories.  The reader is very animated and son keeps trying to laugh.  Focus son FOCUS!! This will be heavy with pictures today. I also realized just now, not all of my pictures were saved on my computer.  When I get home, I will need to download again and capture the ones I forgot.  I have more pictures of the new area of Disney Springs!!

Yesterday was very exciting for us. It was hubbys day off, and he had to go and finish his NEW HIRE paperwork with Disney.  OH MY!!!  Son and I went with him so that we could make a day of it.  We sat in the van and waited while he was in there.  We could see the clouds moving in as we pulled up.  As soon as hubby walked in, the sky opened up and we were poured on.  We had parked under a tree because the sun was out and we wanted to be in a shade.  As soon as the rain started, we could hear limbs falling and hitting the van.  Then the van started to move a little bit, side-to-side.  This was making son a little nervous.  I moved over to the drivers seat and moved the van to a spot that had NO trees around it at all.  Son asked if he should keep his seat belt on.  Sure – I am too!  We were there no more than 20 minutes!!  Thats just how fast the weather rolls in FL.  Hubby was done and we were on our way. I wish I could post the video I took.  It was really bad.

We went over to Disney University so hubby could see where it was at and where he would have their version of orientation.  After that, we went over to the new area of Disney Springs that they just opened up about 2 days ago.  It is all shopping and so very nice.  I kinda felt like they were catering to locals with this new area.  Its a lot of stores that you would find in a mall.  There are also places to eat.  One thing they are working on is Planet Hollywood. That place needed refurbishing on the outside.  I think this area is going to be one of my new favorite places. It is really nice!

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Going back to the parking garage. No detail is too small. Tiles on the stairs.
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Guest services area. It was a wrap around porch and they had rocking chairs that we sat in for a few minutes.
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Outside at the Lego store.  The backdrop is made completely of legos.  Son was in lego heaven.  lol

One place we are just excited to try (when we have some extra $$) is Poutine.  French fries with a flare!!  Honestly, I think I am going to LOVE the French version. But they all look so good!

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The other place I am dying to go back is Amorettes.  Oh my gosh!  This is a pastry shop.  I need to loose some lbs before I go in there!!  Anyway, I will let the pictures speak for itself!  Enjoy!!

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After we left out of Disney Springs, we decided to come back home since the weather was not good.  We were home about 30 minutes when the sky opened up again and released buckets on us.  Once again – we had leaks.  Now that hubby will be working a normal paying job – we can save up some $$ and have something done with this crazy roof. lol

Well, thank you all for reading today.  Sorry I cannot post as often right now since I have no internet at home. It is also really hard for me to read everyones blogs, but I am darn sure gonna try!! I think we are going to end up purchasing a hotspot device where we can pre-purchase internet to use. I still wont be able to download as much or look at videos – but right now it is all about saving money.  Have an awesome day my friends!!

The Perpetual Campers

 

A night out!

We went out last night.  Hubby was off work at 5pm last night and we decided after we had dinner that we should go out and get exercise.  We went out to Disney Springs for a little walking.  I was able to get about 7000 steps in while I was there.  I have found that my amount of steps that I have gotten in have diminished – greatly!!  I am not getting the exercise I was once accustomed to.  Hopefully that will change soon since I will have a little more money for gas and can get to parks.

Anyway, boy I have such a problem getting off track sometimes, we decided to go to Disney Springs.  We were able to listen to a symphony orchestra.  We also watched a guy play a guitar like I have never seen before.  It was really awesome.  Hubby told me that the way, and type, he was playing was very  difficult.  Very good!  We enjoyed both.  But the one that we had the most fun with was an acapella group.  Their name is Right On Key.  Very talented group.  They allowed people to come take pictures with them and of course – son was the first one up in their face.  lol  I think he wanted to get into a sing off with one of them. All were very personable and just treated everyone there so nice. #rightonkey  #disneysprings

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Before we left, we had to stop by the big merchandise shop and swap out our antenna thingie.  We had one that was Oswald the lucky rabbit.  imageSon had picked him out when we got our van.  Our can has an antenna on it, so we could get one finally!  Well, poor Oswald lost an ear one day.  I dont know when it happened or where we were even at, but Oswald was riding around on our antenna with only one ear.  Thats just unacceptable.  We took Oswald to the shop and traded him in for a new one.  We now have a complete Oswald leading our way down the road!

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Hope you are all having an awesome day.  Our breaker has already flipped three times today.  That is no bueno for us since it is in the 90s today. Thank you all for reading!!

The Perpetual Campers

Busy lil bees just a flying all around

Thats the way I feel today.  I have things to do and dont feel like I have enough hours to do them in.  I have got to stop by the pharmacy at some point.  I just dont want to leave out.  Why, you ask.  Its flipping HOT today.

I was at the laundromat earlier and thought I was going to sweat to death – and I was the only one in there running any of the machines.  lol  I had four loads to do today.  You might wonder where we actually stash dirty laundry to keep it out of the way so that we dont walk all over it.  In the closet of course!  I shut the door and forget!  I have started to perfect this whole laundry game.  I am going once every week and a half.  It takes me about $10-$12 to wash and dry the four loads.  It just works better for us.  Usually I will stay in there and fold my clean laundry on the tables, but it was so hot today that I brought it home.  All laundry has been washed, dried, folded and put away!!

I have things around here I need to do, but just dont feel like it.  Hubby is off work by 6pm today, and he wants to go walk around Disney Springs.  Im just not sure.  Its just so hot. lol  I am such a sad case.  I hibernate in the house during the summer time unless I am going to the pool.  But I dont like cold weather either and could never survive in an area that got really cold and snow. See, sad case!!

We also need to stop in at Best Buy and a few other places near it so that we can get our ShopKicks.  All for walking in.  I am about 200 “kicks” away from having a free $5 gift card from Walmart.  I know it doesnt sound like a whole lot – but its FREE!!  I havent spent anything to get them.  Of course, if I did, I would get more kicks and get to my rewards a lot faster.  But I am ok with  just getting kicks for walking in and scanning things.  If you sign up for this, I will receive about 50 kicks! PCW Shopkick Link

We got the official “YOUR HIRED” email from Disney today.  I can say that hubby is now officially a Disney Cast Member!!

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Hubby said I could post  – only if I removed his name! lol  

He has a ton of stuff to fill out.  But he can do most of it all from the comfort and luxury of our “condo”. It is a step in the right direction and hopefully he will be able to work himself into the IT Dept.  He was so excited when he called earlier, “Babe….. we get 50-60% off cruises with Disney!!!  Based on availability.”  Ummmm, yeah!  Im there.  Maybe next year for Mothers Day, or soon after!!  We have never been on a Disney cruise.  I never could see paying the $$ for it.  But heck, if they are going to mark it down way low – YES!!!  I will go.  lol  While I am thinking about travel, I just wanted to let you all know – I knew that the Keys would be too expensive for us to do right now.  I didnt want anything thinking we were crazy or anything since we are strapped for cash right now.  We are not going to go and I had to show hubby just how much it would cost.  Once I did, there was no other talks of it.  Its just one of those things where you wish you could but know you cant and even though you cant you are still going to verbalize it. So, thanks for letting us “dream” yesterday. lol

I better get off here and go do the things I need to do.  I will be grumbling the whole way! lol  Thank you all for reading and have an awesome day.

The Perpetual Campers

 

An in-ride bath? Really??

Well, not only has our internet been turned off – so has our cable.  It was just costing too much for us right now and we decided to disconnect.  This has been really hard for me since I am here all the time.  We forgot to look for our DVD player after the fact.  We cant find it.  We don’t really have the money to go and purchase another, so we have been without TV. We have a small set of “rabbit ears” or a small antenna BUT it doesn’t hardly pick up anything. PBS was all blurry and yucky.   A person that hubby is currently working with found out about our living situation. He handed hubby a green box the other day and said that it was ours!  This is a more powerful HGTV antenna.  Hubby told him that we didn’t have the money to pay for it and the guy told him not to worry about it – it is ours to keep.  He said that he had bought it and never took it back and didn’t need it anymore.  We are able to pick up about 20 channels (CBS, ABC, LAFF, ATV, ION, Spanish Channels and home shopping channels).  YAY!!  I get to watch the Young and the Restless now. Hehehe Needless to say  – I was extremely grateful!image

We had somewhere to go this morning, and we had a show of our own that was kinda funny.  We were sitting at the red light and my husband stopped mid-sentence and said, “Would you look at that guy!  He is taking a “ bath”. So I look across and see a cab driver next to us.  imageHe had picked up a bottle of cologne and started spraying it all over him.  We started to count the sprays.  We were at 32 when he put that bottle down and he had already sprayed many before we counted.  He put that bottle down and picked up a Perry Ellis bottle and sprayed it directly onto his underarms.  Of course, we counted 1, 2, 3, 4………………..15, 16, 17….” He also sprayed the back of his neck with this one.  All I can say is God help the person he picks up in that cab.  OH MY GOSH at the smell!!  I would not do well. My sinuses would be all messed up. Lol

Well, hubby is just excited about the fact he is starting work with Disney.  He has to wait for them to call him in to work on his new hire paper work before they will officially give him a start date.  But from what the lady told him on the phone – he is scheduled to start on 05/21.  I don’t know if we are going look for a campground near that area, or stay where we are.  Right now, we are about 20-25 minutes from Disney – but the traffic is not bad at all.

Hubby is so funny though. He wants to take a few days off to transition to Disney.  He asked me this morning if I wanted to go to the Keys for a few days and we sleep in the van.  Ummmm, not really!  I don’t think we would have the money for it.  I am not even sure how far the Keys are from us and how long it would take.  I have never been down to the Florida Keys and would LOVE to!  I might need to research it.  I did ask him, “How do you think we will pay for it…..with our looks?”  His response is one reason why I love him.  “Sure, you are pretty cute – I would pay for ya!” hahahahaha  Dude – I am already bought and paid for by you.  I will leave you with this picture! Our tiny home is a happy home!

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Thank you all for reading and have an awesome day!

The Perpetual Campers