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Thursday, June 30, 2011

A visit with Mother Nature

It's been a while since I've done a "nature series" so here are a few pics I took while walking at Crystal Cove State Park. I never get tired of going there.

Before we reach the water, there's lots to see. Like these fuzzy flowers.

Say hello to this sunny single daisy. Well, I assume she's single.

Nasturtiums are edible, ya know. (I'm channeling my inner Ewell Gibbons)

Look! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Super Bunny!

Shortly after seeing the aforementioned bunny, I saw a baby rattlesnake. Where's the picture? Oh hell no, I ran in the opposite direction from that snake!

These pods are just plain weird. Maybe they are aliens?

Monday, June 27, 2011

Oh my goodness...

I love crazy cakes. Wait til you see these...my favorite is the last one.

Geek Weddings Cakes

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sunday Giggles

Greetings! One of my cousins sent this to me and I thought it was too cute not to share. Hope it brings a smile to your face.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Applications Blizzard!

Sorry for the lack of posts. I have been up to my ears in applications, LOL. Boy, it sure is time consuming! I need a day at the Park!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Disneyland Late NIght

So I went to Disneyland last night to watch the fireworks and thank my Dad for making me such a BIG Disneyland fan.

These pictures don't seem to be as clear as others I've taken in the past. I'm worried that my faithful camera might be on its last leg :-(

I love these balloons.

As I was walking by Pixie Hollow, I noticed the beautiful lights in the lake.

Here is a short video of the light show.

I waited for the fireworks in front of Small World.

These were taken with my iPhone...still learning how to use it!

Back to the regular camera so you can see how minimal the crowds were.

This would be a great place to sit and relax if it wasn't a smoking section.

I really don't know what possessed me to take this photo, LOL!

Dare I say it? The backside of Walt...

 My idea of how to end the evening. By the way, this chocolate chunk brownie was quite good.

As I was about to leave the Park, I was asked if I wanted to answer a few questions about food and beverages so I said yes. Then I found out I was going inside this building!

We're going in the side door...

I sat at one of these computers and took a six minute survey.

And now it was time to leave but I was stoked that I got to go inside.

 And that, my dear friends, was how I spent my evening!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Fathers Day!

To all of you that are dads, I extend a heartfelt wish for a wonderful day. 

Last night I was thinking about my dad, trying to remember little things about him that I could share. He was very old fashioned and according to my sisters, very strict while they were growing up. I came along a few years later (surprise!) and by the time I was 6 or 7, he had mellowed out quite a bit.

I owe my love of Disneyland to my dad. I remember asking him if he could remember when we first went to Disneyland. Without hesitation, he told me that we had gone in September of 1955. I was 4 months old, LOL. I asked him if he was the one that wanted to go or my mother - no, it was him. He said that after watching the Disney show on TV he was excited to see all the wonderful new things that Walt Disney had created. He really must have loved Disneyland or I was an super spoiled kid because I can remember that EVERY time I asked him to take me, we went. EVERY time. My friends would always tell me how lucky I was but I thought it was normal to go to Disneyland so often!  On the flip side, every time we went, it was an all day affair. We would stay until closing time.  I never got to join the Mickey Mouse Club because my dad always made a beeline for Aunt Jemima's Pancake House to start the day. Every time I asked if we could stop so I could  join up, they said we would do it on the way out. I would complain and moan and groan to my parents that the Mickey Mouse Club closed early and sure enough, by the time we would leave the Park, they would be closed. To compensate, my dad would always buy me a balloon. Oh well....

My dad loved the fireworks and he would pick a spot in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle about an hour before the show. Of course, being a little kid, I had to stay with my parents and it got pretty boring standing there waiting and waiting. I would eventually start to complain and my dad would say that the fireworks would be starting in a minute...just a minute. I wish he had just said "We've got 20 more minutes"! Even when I got older and was allowed to roam the Park on my own, I had to meet up with my folks in front of the castle an hour before the fireworks, LOL. Nowadays I never wait for the fireworks but I do think of my dad every time I see them.

When I bought my first annual pass back in the early 80s my mom looked at my dad and said, "It's your fault!" LOL!!! Ya, I got "the disease"!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Vintage Disneyland - 2005

Please allow me to remind everyone that I'm doing the CHOC walk again this year. I originally blogged about this back in May so I thought it was time to mention it again. Just click here. Thanks!

OK, now on to Disney stuff. I was feeling nostalgic but unfortunately, I don't have a scanner so I can't share my old photos with y'all. However, I did go back and pull some from 2005. Let's go back and celebrate Disneyland's 50th, shall we?

I loved, loved, LOVED this floral Mickey!

This was the artwork on the photo holders that year.

Check out the chicks wearing the 50's outfits!

This is what the castle actually looked like. GORGEOUS.

From our perch on the Mark Twain, we see the Disneyland Marching Band.

This little beauty was at Innoventions. (The car, not me)

Look at this - BEFORE Cars Land.

And finally, I thought I'd share with you my fashion ensemble for the day...

Friday, June 17, 2011

Video Friday!

Greetings, Earthlings!  I'll be at a graduation today so while I'm roasting away in the heat, y'all can sit back and enjoy these two videos. But first...
This isn't a video but it's kinda cool so if you like the Haunted Mansion, you might like THIS!

Here's something a little different...

And now, a little something from The Disneyland Gazette:

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Whew! It's been a busy few days!

I feel so guilty for neglecting y'all but I haven't gone anywhere "blog worthy". I'm going through withdrawals because I haven't been to the Park. I haven't been to the beach, either. BUT! I have been filling out job applications so keep your fingers and toes crossed for me. In a perfect world, I'd find a job doing something with photography. Doesn't anybody out there want a personal photographer? LOL...

Planning to take a sandwich to the beach today so maybe I'll have something interesting for you soon.

In the meantime, enjoy this.

Saturday, June 11, 2011


I'll be back in a couple of days with new posts. But in the meantime...

I was informed that people were not able to leave comments....so I hope I've fixed the problem however, it will only apply to new posts going forward. So you'll have to make all of your comments here. (That is, IF you have anything to say about the past two days/posts!) Sorry about that. I don't know what happened - ain't technology grand? LOL.

I'll leave you with some pictures you haven't seen....a shot of my birthday cake and a VERY cool car my brother-in-law recently purchased that he plans to restore. Since I love vintage cars, I will document the restoration process here on my blog.