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10 April 2007 @ 01:15 pm
Back from Beyond...  
As you probably guessed from the fic-spammage, we're back.

I wrote very little while at Disneyland, except for some drabbles and Prison Break M/L porn for Smidgy's birthday. Yay, porn!

We had a great time overall this vacation. The trip down was uneventful except for the cattle farms along parts of I-5 where it's like driving through an open sewer. My god—the stink is 3D, and it just goes on and on! It gets inside the car, no matter what. :0


We went on a lot of rides, Christopher's favorite being "Thunder Mountain Railroad" and Lauren's being "California Screamin'" (a very large roller coast at California Adventure, next to Disneyland). We did virtually every ride except Small World and the canoe boats at Disneyland—except that Splash Mountain wasn't open, and what a disappointment! That one's my favorite.

George got a handicapped pass, which helped, but his arthritic hip was trashed within the first day. Really should have rented a wheelchair for him, but he's stubborn and although the sitting is better than standing, it puts a different kind of pressure on his hip that builds up painfully too. :( I was good until day 2, when something in my foot arch felt like it tore. Urk. When will the plantar fasciitus be completely gone? WHEN?

We saw Clarabelle Cow in Toon Town (a first for our family), and noticed that Donald Duck has never been out and about at Disneyland any of the 4 times we've all gone. Seems kind of odd to me. The kids' favorites, in any case, are Chip and Dale—because they're so immensely cute. And cuddly. Christopher wants you to know that.

Met some lovely Aussie ladies on Day one. I love Aussies. They're so good-natured, and they like to do just about everything. Really, they're like fun waiting to happen. I want to be like that!

The whole family went on the Tower of Terror over at California Adventure, including me—because I lost my mind. It has successive drops that culminate in a 6-story plunge at one point, and the ride-car keeps shooting back up higher and higher. *Groooooooans* You know, the one thing I really hate (other than being stuck upside down at great heights) is free-falling more than a short distance. Geez-- I experience that regularly in my dreams as it is. So, I'd planned not to go on it, because that is exactly the kind of ride I hate. HATE. But when our turn came up, I thought, What the hell. So we went on it, and I was ready for it to be over 1/3 of the way through the ride. I survived, but my hands were sweaty and shaking, and I was full of excess adrenaline. :( Should have listened to myself!

Here's the worst part: the details of the awfulness have already faded, so if I forget the part where I hated it, I might do something similarly stupid in the future. Gah!

No fireworks, no late nights (my son is incredibly rigid about his bedtime, and when Christopher's unhappy everyone in his vicinity has to be unhappy too). There was a surprising amount of bitching going on, but then, that's Christopher. Grrrr. Virtually every vacation is a coping exercise for the family regarding his constant bitching and contrariness. If he were an only child, we would never go anywhere, I swear.

Sunday was all tied up, because after the Easter Bunny festivities my parents came for a visit, and we don't do much when they're here. They like to sit, sit, sit, sit, and I do not like it—not one little bit. The conversation was great, their needing to have one of them holding the dog's leash the entire time they were there (in our house, mind you, where dogs do not go)… not so much.

They left around 5pm, so off for a bike ride outdoors! Yay! It had been a whole week. And then mad, mad writing to get gekizetsu's (Barb's) birthday fic ready. Whoo!

So, I'm back and I’m writing again (lots of Supernatural and birthday deadlines coming up).

This week's winning email spam: perishable swank
You know, I never did have much swank, but this certainly explains why it doesn't last!

Did you miss me, or were you secretly glad to be free of my blather? ;)



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she said mysteriouslyresounding_echo on April 10th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you are back safe and sound! I love Disneyland (though my rising social consciousness tells me I shouldn't) and it's apparently the only vacation spot my family will consider. Seriously, for the past eight years if we've gone on a vacation, it was to Disneyland.

I'm sorry to hear you didn't like Tower of Terror. It's one of my favs. Actually, Splash Mountain freaks me out more, because for the majority of it you sit in a log and get to watch cute animal antics. You almost forget it's a ride...and then you plummet. :( The last time I was at Disneyland (this Christmas), my brother and I were on Splash Mountain and the ride broke. We were stuck outside of the mountain at the top (right before the first little fall). Man, nothing says scary like an evacuation from the top of a fake mountain. Getting out of the log without falling into the water proved to be a challenge, and then walking down the little stairs seemed scarier than the ride itself. I have a great picture of my brother's disappointed face somewhere, I should really muster it up.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on April 11th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
I love Disneyland (though my rising social consciousness tells me I shouldn't)
:D There's a lot of childhood magic packed into memories of the place, and they are a gay-friendly large corporation, which I like. In fact, they see no disconnect between being gay-friendly and child-friendly, and I like that even better-- too many people/entities somehow assume being gay is all about sex.

I'm sorry to hear you didn't like Tower of Terror. It's one of my favs.
I think that if that specific thing (plummeting down out of the sky) didn't bother me, I would have liked it. It's a terrifically engineered ride, very well done. But I hate the whole free-fall thing entirely. It's like the "Hammerhead" kind of ride in a different sense. If I didn't hate being upside down, I'd probably like that ride. But I DO hate that, so the ride doesn't work for me. It's all personal, I don't know, inner-ear mechanics or something.

We were stuck outside of the mountain at the top (right before the first little fall).
At the TOP of a fall, outside, would not be fun. At least it wasn't the big one! The kids and I got stuck on the ramp up to the big fall-- right before the big payoff that never came! But that was inside the mountain, so not so scary. :)
monotonygirl: smiley Jensenmonotonygirl on April 10th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
Missed you, always! Glad you're home safe.

Speaking of blather, hope you got my very unhelpful email. Whatever you do, I promise I will love it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on April 11th, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
I loved your email! It was very touching to me-- very personal. Just haven't had a chance to muster a worthy reply (I liked it TOO much, obviously). And I'm hoping to cook you up something good (oh, the pressure!). ♥
Entendre? Make mine a double.: diz tinkerbelldeirdre_c on April 10th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
Disney!!! My favorite place on Earth!! Wheee! Glad you had a good time (despite the bitchy bo. *g*).
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on April 11th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
despite the bitchy boy. *g*).
I love Disneyland. I only got to go TWO TIMES as a kid, and so we take our kids every other year-- just often enough to keep it from being ordinary, but not so infrequently that they're too old for the fun. :)

Christopher is just... gah. Every vacation is like this-- it's just a question of the quantity of overall bitching. One year, when he was three, he actually said, "No, I NOT having fun at the zoo today."

And the grownups were going, "Do you hear yourself? Do you realize how ridiculous that is?!?" Argh!
Destinadestina on April 10th, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC)
Tower of Terror is my absolute favorite ride. Last year when I took a side trip to Disneyland from Worldcon, I rode it 13 times in a row. LOVE! This is the first year in quite some time I haven't had an annual pass, so I am in withdrawals. *g* I'm so glad you guys had fun!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 11th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)
THIRTEEN times? Man-oh-man. Though if that kind of free-fall plummeting thing weren't the ultimate awful to me, I'd probably love it. I can objectively see how it would be a great ride for someone else.

Now, I'd happily ride the big waterfall at Splash Mountain down 13 times. In fact, they could eliminate some of the intermediate cute-animal parts, and just have multiple big waterfall sections!

We did have a great time, though, and lucky you to live so close! I'm hoping to get a chance to meet and greet at Wincon some many months away. :)
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on April 11th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
Oh, your poor foot!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on April 11th, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)
I knew you of all people would understand what that meant.

It's horrible to be asking yourself how far you've set the recovery back after something like that. Is it a just a week or two of damage? Or is this a 1-year setback?

Gosh, I hope it's just temporary. And this time I had my shoes with the special inserts and everything, and tried not to just _stand_ for too long. But at a place like Disneyland, where you're always waiting to go on a ride, that is nearly impossible. :(

I'd finally managed to start running again, and made it up to 4 miles the Sunday before we left with no trouble. That could be the last time running for a very long time, and I sure hope not.

I want new feet. Or, new parts in the feet. Whichever. ;)
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on April 11th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
I think you need to go back to the doctor, just to check nothing has tore. The pressure on it could knock something else out - though maybe that's not such a big issue with feet as it is with hips. But GVs on the tempory thing. How's it feeling when you put weight on it when you pedal? (At least that's still an option, even if running might not be for a week or two)

I know that with my hip, I can't do anything high impact again, ever, which is a fucking pain in the arse at celidhs, as I can't do any of the dances.

How's your man's hip?
the reluctant lobotomist: hidingfourfreedoms on April 11th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
The though of writing incestuous porn in Disneyland cracks me up so much, that now I feel I must take a trip so that I can say I've done it myself.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on April 11th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
Hee! Technically not written while in Disneyland, but definitely in the middle of a Disneyland vacation.

Gee, I sound like I'm making excuses, don't I? :D
aeroport_artaeroport_art on April 11th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
Disneylaaaand!!!!!!!!!!!! :D:D:D:D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on April 11th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
It was great!

Returning to the routine is tough, though at least the food and exercise are under my control. But so is the construction-laden house, and work, and all that other stuff. :0