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About KatieK

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  1. I’ve been to both in the last year...Disney land is more laid back for sure, some of that comes with the ease of parking, getting in and out of the parks, hopping between parks...most of it comes from the fact that you don’t have to plan months in advance like you do at DW. If I were trying to make things as relaxed as possible I would get the max pass, we did it this last trip and found it worth the price. It saves a lot of running around at least. I do think most of the “laid back” vibe at DL was more evident to me than to my kids since I’m the one who does all the planning every time we go to DW. If you’re only doing one park a day at DW I don’t know that you’ll notice a huge difference at DL It was still busy, lines, people, noise all of that was probably similar...but since the logistics are a little more laid back, if all things were otherwise equal and I was trying for a more laid back park I would go with DL. By far the most relaxed Disney park I have been to is Hong Kong...which probably doesn’t help you much now (not to mention the protests make This a difficult time to visit)...but now that shanghai Disney opened more of the mainland China guests are going there instead and Hong long is sooo relaxed now. It’s very small- one of the smallest if not the smallest...only one park. We didn’t wait more than 10 min. For anything, most rides we walked right on. No crowds, it was quiet, relaxed- we didn’t leave feeling like we had walked forever and overstimulated by anything, we just felt like we hung outX honestly after being used to DL and DW it kinda felt like we had rented the park out for a private event.
  2. We have the same setup- shared family iPhone that the kids can use, and we got my daughter an Apple Watch with cellular. It’s like $10 a month for the watch plan, it syncs to the phone but since it is the cellular version it does it need the phone in order to send/receive calls and texts. It works great for us. The only thing I don’t know is if you can use the same phone with two works for us because we only have one kid who needs it...
  3. You can only have one lap child (under two without their own seat) per row because there are only 4 oxygen masks in a row. But If you buy them seats you can fly with multiple kids under two. I have a friend who just flew home (cross country) with 3 under two (one is almost two, twin babies)- she had one lap baby and then bought three seats and the 4 of them sat in one row together. Another friend of mine does a 12 hour flight alone with her 6 (under 10) every summer. I once booked a last minute cross country flight for my 3 kids and I, and when I went to select seats there weren’t any together. I called and they best they could do was 2 groups of 2. So I sat with the baby (who always flys in his own seat, we don’t do laps) and my other two (who were 4 and 9 year at the time) sat together elsewhere. I’ve flow to Europe with the kids, and due to a stupid mix up, I ended up with the little ones and my daughter (7 or 8 at the time) ended up sitting alone- the airline didn’t care- as in we tried to get them to move her near us and they err like too bad, it’s a full flight, she will be fine. It’s good for people to know there are no restrictions because I’ve known/seen so many parents book basic economy tickets (the ones where you don’t get to pick your seat) to save money assuming that since they were flying with kids the airlines would have to put them together and they won’t usually do it. I have sat there and watched the gate agents tell parents that their only option is to deal with being apart or to not get on the plane.
  4. Comparing a chrome book to a laptop is like comparing a bicycle and a car. If you live in a city, and only ever travel within a 1 mile radius a bicycle might get you where you’re going easier than a car. The person on the bike is like “oh, you really should be using a bike! It’s awesome- so much cheaper than a car. I don’t have to deal with parking or gas, or traffic. It’s so much better than a car!” And they’re right- within their one mile. But the first time the person with the bicycle needs to leave their block, they’re going to realize that - oh, crud. There is actually no comparison to a car. Maybe the bike is simpler, cheaper, easier, and less of a hassle for that limited list of normal everyday things...but once you get outside of those things there is literally no comparison- you literally can’t make the bike work for what you now need it to do. I taught a basic tech class at our homeschool co-op last year and the kids with the chrome books were not able to do a single assignment in full. And it was literally tech. 101. I ended up having to round up laptops to lend to all the kids with chrome books so they could do their assignments. (Even the kids with like 5 year old crappy laptops could do their assignments- but the kids with brand new chrome books couldn't complete a single one of them). That doesn’t make chrome books bad- but you don’t want to buy one thinking of it in comparison to a laptop- it’s really just a tablet with a good keyboard. If you are positive thats enough that’s great- but if there is any chance you are going to want to “venture out of your neighborhood” then you are going to need a “car” (laptop)- and the chrome book will end up being a waste of money.
  5. The job market works on supply and demand, right now supply is low (unemployment is very low right now) so demand can go up (workers can afford to be super particular). I’ve run a number of businesses and the the truth is that the job market sets the pay scale. Small businesses are higher risk for employees and usually insurance and financial benefits (stock, retirement plans, etc). are not as robust as a larger company and you also loose benefits like FMLA leave that larger employers are required to offer. If it’s been months and they can’t hire anyone then the problem is most likely that what their offering isn’t enough to attract employees (or good employees). It’s rough, and I’ve been there, but it’s the truth. If it’s taking this long to hire the only options are to restructure the business so you don’t need those positions, or come up with a better pay/benefits plan.
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