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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Damper Day

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 second 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 set 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, 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!