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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Disneyland 12-28-11 Part 2

If you followed along with us yesterday, you know that we are now making our way back to Disneyland. The entrance to DCA looked so pretty to me.


Just a moment later, glancing across towards Disneyland.


Oh yes, it was VERY crowded.


First stop - the Blue Ribbon Bakery. Oh decisions, decisions!


Yup, I got a Gingerbread Man.


While the "kids" went to stand in line for Star Tours, I planted myself at the Plaza Inn to enjoy my Gingerbread Man and Pumpkin Spice Latte. After devouring my goodies, I had to entertain myself...



So when did that "guard rail fence thing" go up???


La dee da....I'm getting bored...


Once the kiddos returned to fetch me, we walked by Santa's sleigh on our way to the Stage Door Cafe to grab a yummy corn dog.


I apologize for this lousy photo but while standing in line for Indiana Jones, I noticed just how much the plants have grown since this attraction opened.


I remember when you could clearly see the Temple of Doom. I actually like the overgrown look.


I was surprised to find that Indy has his very own trash can style!


If you missed my previous report on Disneyland trash cans, you can catch it here.

We had Fastpasses for the Haunted Mansion but still had some time to kill so I walked around the empty fountain area...


...while the kids took a churro break. And then the young'uns decided that they were tired! (So was I but I wasn't about to admit it!)


Two very tired but happy ladies taking a quick break on Main Street before walking back to our car.


But before we leave, I've gotta take a couple more pics!



It's been YEARS since I've spent the entire day (and night) at the Parks, LOL! And wouldn't you know it, I woke up sick the next day. Sheesh! By the time you are reading this, I will be on my merry way to...where else? My friends and I are staying at the Disneyland Hotel to ring in the New Year. Happy New Year everybody!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Disneyland 12-28-11 Part 1

My son's roommate, Debby, is moving away and she expressed a desire to visit Disneyland before leaving California. She had not been to the Park since before Indiana Jones opened. I can't even begin to imagine not seeing the Park in all that time! Naturally, I wanted to be a part of her Disney day. Try to guess which one is me, LOL.



First on the agenda, go to DCA to get a Fastpass for Soarin', and then have lunch.


I love this sign and it made me sooooooooo excited for all the new stuff on the horizon!



You can see much more of the Carthay Circle Theater now and it is BEAUTIFUL.



We grabbed our Fastpass...




...and then made our way to the Pacific Wharf area for lunch. Along the way, we spotted a kitty!


Looking back...I can already tell, this is going to be one of my favorite things in DCA to photograph.


See what I mean?


After a nice relaxing lunch, we made our way through Bugs Land towards the Tower of Terror.



We decided to wait in the 90 minute line to give our lunch time to digest, LOL.





hee hee hee!


After TOT, we made our way back to Disneyland but you'll have to come back tomorrow to see those pics!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Using Disney books in a new way!

Today I am sharing a cool "new" book I bought a couple of weeks ago. What makes it so special? First of all, it's a Disney book. But not just any Disney book. No, this little puppy was rescued from the unwanted heap and re-purposed as a journal. Let's take a look, shall we?

Here I have laid out the book so that you can see both the front and back covers.


As you open the book, you see that the previous owner thoroughly enjoyed his book.


Interesting artwork is saved to make the journal interesting.





I think this is the neatest idea!!






Here's some info on these books, from the site:
Not unlike a snowflake, a soft puppy, or a slice of warm pie, every journal we make here at ex libris anonymous is one-of-a-kind, unique, and completely unrepeatable experience. we start by exhaustively searching for the most interesting recycled books we can find, and after carefully curating our favorites, we salvage the covers (and selected pages) of the lucky book.

Our next step is to fill the journal with around 75 pages of blank, 24/60#, acid-free paper (which makes for great journaling or sketching paper). we then interleave actual pages from the book right alongside the blank journal paper.  you’ll be amazed at all the lovely stuff in these old books -- beautiful cover pages, delightful illustrations, half-filled library cards, cool old maps, personal inscriptions for mysterious previous owners -- with every page you turn, it’s like getting the prize at the bottom of the cereal box. (so really, it’s like getting a whole bunch of prizes from a whole bunch of cereal boxes).

Because each book is unique, each journal is a slightly different size. we do our very best to make journals that are of an average or reasonable size (if exact dimensions are important to you, e-mail us your question, and we’ll get back to you promptly).

To complete it’s formative journey, we collate and drill the journal with holes, and then bind it with plastic coil. voila! the metamorphosis is complete, and the new journal is ready to be scrawled, scrapped, brushed and glued upon by it’s lucky owner.

ex libris anonymous has been building delightful handmade journals since 2000. currently located just off the banks of the muddy Willamette, our studio can be found in the lovely and damp city of Portland, Oregon.










I've always wanted to keep a journal but I kept getting caught up in the "what ifs" - what if I make mistakes? I can't erase. What if I get too busy to keep a daily journal? I finally decided SO WHAT? It's no big deal. Just do it and have something neat to leave for my son. There is no law that says I have to write in the book daily, right. So from time to time I will enter whatever is rattling around in my brain and I'm sure he will get a kick out of it some day. I sure wish I had something written by my mom other than the signed birthday cards I've kept through the years.

These cool recycled books can be used for anything, really. I bought one a year ago for my son and he uses it to jot down ideas for songs. I highly suggest you explore their site if just for fun. You would be amazed at the different books they have!  If you want the book in its original state, click here.