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Photographer, self proclaimed foodie, blogger and regular contributor to The Disneyland Gazette podcast.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Things that caught my eye...

This is just a teaser....inside the Emporium...



More to come!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

How pathetic!

I rarely eat ice cream - rarely. Not because I don't like it. Hell, I love it but it doesn't like me. At all! So all weekend I was craving a McDonald's hot fudge sundae. Last night I finally broke down and got one. Mind you, the last time I had one was about a year ago. So I go through the drive-thru, they hand me the sundae, I put it in the cup holder and drive off to enjoy my sundae at home. As I'm driving, I'm thinking about the gooey hot fudge and how good it's gonna be...and then I get home and see this PATHETIC excuse for a hot fudge sundae.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Morning Moon

Going to work this morning, I came upon a curious sight. I'm quite sure it's the Major, caught redhanded while he is doing his time travel flight, searching for Gorillas that DO blog! Ya think??


Monday, August 23, 2010

Nothing new...

Not much has been going on in my part of the world, mostly because I haven't gone anywhere due to messing up my back - twice! However, Friday night I was feeling good enough to go for a short stroll down at Corona del Mar. I'm sorry for the fuzziness of this photo...my Kodak doesn't do well in low light but at least you get a sense of the mood. I was wishing I was down there with all those people!

This one isn't too bad...nice way to end a hectic week!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Almost back to normal!

Sinuses seem to be cooperating and the back paid is just slightly noticeable so I'm feeling almost human again! Work has been insane so I haven't had time to post. Gotta go!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

I hate sinuses.

At least mine, I hate. Been suffering with sinus pain on and off for three days now. UGH!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Haunted Restaurant

I was recently interviewed by Jim Harold for one of his paranormal podcasts called The Campfire. At the bottom of this post, there is a link to the podcast so you can listen but I thought I'd give you a written account of my experience because I forgot to tell Jim a couple of tiny details. Minor ones, yes, but they are included here so that you get the whole story, LOL.

12 years ago this month, I was visiting some friends in Hanford, CA and we got to talking about ghosts. They told me about an old jail that had been turned into a restaurant and reportedly, it was haunted. I immediately stated that I wanted to check this place out so we agreed to visit the following day.

The next day we went into town and made our way to the restaurant. I was disappointed to see that they were closed but one of my friends noticed that there were people inside so she knocked on the glass. One of the employees came over and opened the door to see what we needed and that’s when my friend asked if we could take a look around. They promptly pointed me out and informed the employee that I loved ghosts! The employee let us in, gave a brief history of the place and then told us that everyone who works in the restaurant becomes a BELIEVER within their first two weeks of employment! We were all wide-eyed at that statement and then she offered to give us a brief tour! Woohoo! Off we went….up stairs, through rooms; downstairs…she even pointed out a spot on the stairs where a female inmate had committed suicide by hanging herself – it was all very interesting. She said she had to get back to work but she said we should check out the Solitary Confinement area before we left. She pointed us down a hallway and told us that once we were done, we could exit out of the back door. We went down the hall and found 3 or 4 tiny cells that now could be reserved for a cozy dinner…Each contained one very small table and two chairs.

For some crazy reason, the six of us decided to cram into one of those solitary confinement cells and we were laughing and making jokes. After a few minutes, we decided to leave so one by one we exited the cell. I was the last person in the cell. Before leaving the cell, I was compelled to pause and just stood there. I thought to myself, “What an awful place to be stuck in” and turned to leave when suddenly “someone” grabbed the strap of my shoulder bag and gave it a strong tug. I turned back to see what my purse had gotten caught on…there was nothing for it to catch on! I was at least two feet from the chair and two feet from the wall and there was NOTHING for my purse strap to catch on!! I let out a big scream and my friends, who by this time, were outside of the restaurant, came running in the back entrance.

Everyone was talking at once, asking me what had happened and my mouth was so dry, I could barely get the words out — “Something grabbed my purse strap!!! Something grabbed my purse strap!!!” I remember that I was COLD and needed to get outside in the sunshine. Once outside, I kept mumbling that I couldn’t believe what had just happened... I said, “We have to eat here!”

We had to wait for the restaurant to open so we walked up the block and did some window shopping to kill time until we could return to The Bastille for lunch. We were seated in a large center room that was originally the mess hall for the prisoners. We sat at a large wooden table and the waitress took our drink orders. Several of us ordered iced tea. Our drinks were placed on the table. I was sitting with my arms folded across my chest. Before I had a chance to unfold my arms, the lemon garnish from my iced tea floated up in the air, hovered…and then slammed down on the table! Everybody saw it. We all sat there, stunned.

I said, “Did you all see that???”

Everyone very excitedly confirms that yes indeed, they did see it.

“Did I touch it???”

Everyone very excitedly confirmed that NO, I did NOT touch the lemon!

Our waitress heard the commotion and came over to investigate. I continued to sit there with my arms crossed…I did not want to touch my iced tea! Everyone else told the waitress about my two encounters. She looked at me and said, “They like you!”


The following two links will give you a little info about the place.http://www.weirdfresno.com/2010/01/hanfords-haunted-bastille.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g32471-d645681-r6918608-Bastille-Hanford_California.html

UPDATE: The following link no longer works. Sadly the interview is only available if you belong to Jim Harold's Plus Club. Sorry about that  :-(

And last but not least, here is a link to the podcast so you can listen in.
http://jimharold.com/jim-harolds-campfire/haunted-places-and-spaces-campfire-32/

Feedback wanted!!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Run around Saturday

Woke up extremely early today and I don't know why. Bummer. I get up at 5 Monday through Friday so I really look forward to sleeping until at least 6 on Saturday and Sunday. Grrr...

Got up, made coffee, watched an old episode of Ghost Hunters, then went up to my room to put some packages together. Then I got ready, headed out the door and mailed the packages. By this time (11:00 a.m. - ish) I was hungry but needed to buy groceries so I drove to Trader Joe's . While I was there, I grabbed a Lobster Roll for lunch. Yummo! Now I'm going back downstairs to watch some TV. Sorry this picture is of such poor quality - it was taken with my phone.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Podcasting at lunch

Yes, I'm at lunch, earbuds in place, This American Life educating me as I sit here typing. Not much to write about today...

So as a public service, I'm going to tell you about Puffy Paws. It's a no kill cat shelter in Florida run by a married couple. Do I know them? No. Have I ever been there? No. But I have a lot of respect for people that help animals.

http://puffypawskittyhaven.com/

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Orange County Fair Part 3

Awww, look at the baby chicks!


And da bunny!


Floppy ears is an understatement.







This goat is sticking his head through the fence to get at the ribbons!



Something spooked him and he pulled his head back, lol...



I love goats. They crack me up.








Aren't they the cutest??


This guy looks like his name should be Butch.



Here we see Butch's nephews, Larry, Moe and Curly.



Admiring the Ferris Wheel again. (And dreaming about funnel cakes!)




We stopped at the wine tasting pavilion so my roommate could buy a
wine glass and taste some wines.




Monday, August 2, 2010

Orange County Fair Part 2

Look at these...all made of wood. They are truly amazing, in my opinion.


I love to see the woodworking exhibits. This jewelry box is amazingly unique!



Look at this tank!



And this train!!



A little further down I have a short video of this demo.



You've all heard about it - fried butter! Yuck!
What struck me funny is that sooo many people were taking pictures of this sign!


Who doesn't love a giant cow?


Pretty to look at but you'll never get me on that thing!


Like I said, pretty to look at!



Gentle oxen can be guided around any object...


Even ladies!



Sunday, August 1, 2010

Orange County Fair Part 1

This quilt caught my eye because it's a map and the creator placed a pin from every state she's visited. Pretty cool, I think!!

My favorite holiday is Halloween so I just HAD to take a picture of this quilt.

Oh, look what I found!

Love, love, love this!


This is so funky that I fell in love with it.


Check out this miniature Cinderella's Castle.

These military vehicles are all hand made miniatures.

Look at Angel Stadium!

A luscious bacon cheeseburger made out of.....fabric!

In the ceramics department, I found this unique....mug??