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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Live Experiment

Last week I learned about an app called Meerkat which connects to your Twitter account and lets you stream live video to your followers. I immediately contacted my fellow Gazette staffers and told them that I would love to try out this new technology at Disneyland!

Sunday morning I got up early and tweeted out to those that follow the Gazette, informing them of my plans to do a live video stream at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time. I got ready and off to the Park I want. I was excited! This was something really new and neato keen and I mentally crossed my fingers hoping that all would go well.

As with any new technology there were a couple of glitches but all in all, it went well and those watching the live stream were enjoying it immensely. A few times, the video portion blanked out but they could still hear what was going on in the Park along with my commentary. As one of those video glitches was happening, I chucked to myself and commented that I now had a pretty good idea of how Walt felt on opening day when things went wrong with the live broadcast!

Meerkat lets you save your video to your phone so naturally I did because my intention was to share those videos here on my blog. Here's where things get strange - so strange that I may not be able to adequately explain the glitch that I discovered once I was home reviewing the videos.

The videos are shown backwards. No, not as in people walking backwards but the last images streamed now show up first. The audio plays back correctly so you will hear me commenting on something yet you won't see it until much later. Are you confused yet? Heck, it's taken me three days to figure out how I was going to explain this to you!

Taking this "weirdness" into account, I'm sure you Disneyland fans will still enjoy the videos.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Razzle Dazzle for your EARS

Mouse ears, that is. Don't know what I'm talking about? Fear not for I am about to explain... Oh and for those of you that care about such things, I will be capitalizing the word Mouse out of respect and admiration for the MAIN MOUSE -  you know who I'm talking about.

The Gazette staff was recently contacted by a family that listens to the podcast. They asked if we would be willing to test out a product that they make and I volunteered to check it out and do a review. The company is called Covears - very clever! They make a variety of fabric covers that slip over your Mouse ears and you instantly have a new look!

The Covears arrived looking like this...very neat packaging if you ask me!

Normally, I use the headband type of Mouse ears as seen below. (Hmmm, they've seen better days...guess it's time for some new ears!)

My plan was to slip the Covears on but the sequins made the task impossible so I pulled out my Halloween ears. Granted, I seriously doubt that anyone would want to change the look of a themed set of ears but you never know. Anyway, this is what the end result looked like with the yellow and white polka dot Covears.

Right away, I knew I had to get to the Park and try these on a plain set of Mouse ears! Here we see the yellow....

And here are some snazzy animal print Covears!

Don't they look ADORABLE? I kept an eye out for anyone wearing regular Mouse ears because I planned to ask them what they thought of these however, everyone I saw wearing ears that day was wearing the headband type. I was a bit bummed about that.

Check out Covears online - they have a beautiful website and you can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Damper Day

UPDATE:  Well, sort of...
Art, if you are reading this, by all means save a copy of your photo!

Sorry folks, I needed to address a comment I got and had no other way to reply to the gentleman! Now let's get on with our story.

No, that wasn't a typo...

I went to Disneyland for Dapper Day but it was so darn wet (not that I'm complaining) and I felt bad for everyone who had gotten dressed up to go to the Park. I took a couple of pictures but was so paranoid about getting my camera wet that I gave up and just enjoyed the Park!

I pulled out my phone to take a photo, not realizing I had it set on video so here you see 2 seconds of a very wet Main Street!


Let's walk together, shall we?

And then, just as I shut off the camera... What's this? Pushing water with push brooms?


My friends and I decided to meet at Rancho del Zocalo for lunch. (Here's a link to the menu.) As we paid for our meals, the rain started POURING down. As you may know, the seating at Zocalo is mostly out in the patio. Well there were plenty of seats but no one wanted to sit in the rain. I can't say that I blame them - who wants wet food?

That's when a charming young lady saved the day by letting us invade her space and share her table! Her name is Kelly and not only was she pleasant, she was friendly and made everyone feel comfortable. I asked if I could photograph her after we ate and she said yes!

She was kind enough to remove the poncho and brave the cold so I could take a photo of her in her lovely outfit.

You know me...I'm always taking pictures of anything just because it catches my eye.

My friends Alicia and Kimberly came to visit because they wanted to be part of Dapper Day.

We left Zocalo and were headed to Pirates when I spotted this lady. She looked so cool; she was perfectly dressed for Dapper Day.

Once we were in line for Pirates, I spotted this couple behind us in line. I tried taking their picture but it came out too dark so once we were off the ride, I waited for them to emerge and then pounced, LOL!

By this time we were cold, cold, cold and one of us had very wet feet so we headed to the Grand Californian to have a drink in the bar. For medicinal purposes, of course.

But first....we made a quick stop in Frontierland. While my friends were in the pin store, I did some people watching.

Looking around as I always do, I started noticing little details so out came the camera...

This light fixture was directly overhead and unfortunately, you can't tell just how big
it really is.

We were seated next to a small fireplace and it was quite cozy. Then I noticed the "hood" above the fireplace was copper. Pretty cool!

We had a nice time enjoying our drink and then it was time for me to go. I wish I could have taken more pictures but there's always next time...

Oh and just in case you were wondering, at Zocalo, I had the Burrito Guadalajara - won't order it again. It was so bland and not worth the price. I should have gotten the mole because that is always good. Go figure!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

18 Days Later... (I think!)

I'm back! Do you ever feel like the Universe is trying to test your patience? Ya, well it's been messing with me but I refused to let it get me down! The last time I went to Disneyland (my last post) I sprained my knee. Don't ask me how because I honestly can't tell you how it happened - it just happened and boy oh boy it happened with a vengeance! Now that the knee is back to normal I am dealing with an abscessed tooth. Tooth Fairy, I am shaking my fist at you!!

Where was I? Oh ya, 18 days later... I went DCA for a few hours to meet up with a friend and check out Olaf's Snowfest. But first, I met Oswald!!

Here I am with Oswald, Shawn and Luke. Shawn used to be on The Disneyland Gazette and one of his segments was Diningland which is now done by me and Mallory. Luke is our Editor in Chief, otherwise known as the Big Chief of the Gazette.

While we were waiting for Mallory, I fell in love with
these mini Olafs.

Love this troll!

These are really cute designs but I won't pay 85 cents to squish a coin, LOL.

Once Mallory arrived, we went inside Olaf's Snowfest to check it out and I was delighted! I was so delighted that I completely forgot that I had my REAL camera with me and whipped out my phone to take these pics.

We decided to go meet Olaf and get a group shot.

Once we had our fill of Olaf's Snowfest, we made our way to the Boudine Bakery to get our sourdough bread sample. I like the new truck that is on display out front!

Once inside, we walked through quickly because not much had changed with the tour.

They did bring in this cart which I thought was a nice touch.

There are now some informative placards under the windows that explain what is going on inside the bakery. Oh, and they added some indoor seating which is very nice!

After that we walked towards Paradise Pier and I knew you would want to see the lagoon without water, so here you go!

It's cool in a weird sort of way, right?

I didn't stay too much longer after that because the old knee started complaining. Until next time!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Oh so thankful...

You might be wondering where I've been. I've been fighting an epic battle and I'm happy to say that I've won. I won't bore you with all the details but in a nutshell, I almost lost my house. You all know that I lost a job that I loved back in January of 2011 and could not find work until July of 2013. While I am grateful for finding that job, it was no easy task to live on substantially less salary. It was a struggle and that's putting it mildly. I came dangerously close to losing my home and that took a toll on me emotionally. I had not the strength nor desire to blog about anything, really. Well, happily, that battle is over. I have negotiated with the bank, my mortgage has been modified and I get to KEEP MY HOME!

I went to Disneyland the other night. I sure missed it - had not been there in over a month! For me that is an eternity, LOL! Naturally, I didn't plan ahead so I didn't have my camera with me but I did take a few shots with my phone so here they are for your enjoyment.

We heard some music over in Tomorrowland so we stopped to watch and listen for a bit.

And then...we decided to walk over to Adventureland but as we passed the castle, I had to take a shot. Doesn't it look strange surrounded by scaffolding?

While my friends climbed to Tarzan's Treehouse, I waited and people watched. And then I guess you could say I building watched, LOL.

It was almost time for the fireworks to start so I made a hasty exit to ensure that I'd be in my car by the time the fireworks ended!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

DCA and Disneyland Videos

As promised, here are the videos I took on Saturday. Enjoy!

Hope you enjoyed them!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

More Disneyland Goodness

Yes, I went back for more Disney Christmas cheer! Get comfortable folks, this is going to be a long post! I'll share all of my pics with you today and then post videos tomorrow. You're welcome!

The shooting gallery looks mighty festive, doesn't it?

The Haunted Mansion was experiencing a few problems so while I waited, I attempted to take a pictures...I am quite surprised at how well the iPhone 5 does!

I got to the Park or should I say, the area near the Park at 9:30 and the parking structure was already full! I got sent over to the Simba parkinig lot and by the time I actually walked through the gate at Disneyland, it was 10:40! Sheesh!

My friends and I had a lunch reservation at Cafe Orleans for 12:50 wo we checked in a few minutes early and sat down to admire the decorations...

After lunch which consisted of the Monte Cristo, we waddled over to Big Thunder Ranch. I had so much fun checking everything out that I didn't take many photos. Oops!

We went back to New Orleans Square to check out the shops when this caught my eye...the old entrance to Club 33 is now stroller parking?

I love this miniature Sandy Claws inside the Nightmare shop!

Oh my gosh, look at this awesome Haunted Mansion purse!

I almost didn't share this picture because somehow I got my stupid finger in the frame but then it made me laugh so what the heck, right?

This is the tree on Buena Vista Street and I love the "vintage" ornaments!

Look! Walt's Barn!

I turned this closeup into wallpaper for my iPhone.

I searched high and low for this gingerbread shingle and finally found it at the Grand Californian.

This is the gingerbread house in the lobby of the Grand Californian and the picture does not do it justice. You can't tell how BIG it really is!

Grand Californian tree.

Disneyland's tree...

And now for small world holiday! Make sure to click on this picture to get the full effect.

Two VERY tired ladies!

One last pic as we are leaving the Park. I love Pixie Hollow at night.

Come back tomorrow for VIDEOS!