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Sunday, August 26, 2012


Some of you may already know this but my unemployment benefits have ended and I am STILL unemployed. I will be focusing my attention (even more!) on finding a job so my blog posting will be sporadic at best. To say I am bummed is an understatement. You have no idea how much I enjoy blogging and sharing things with you. I am still going to the Annual Passholder Fantasmic event on the 28th so at least I'll have something interesting to blog about after that. Stay tuned...

Monday, August 20, 2012

Food Time!

Ever since I was a kid, I've loved Hamburger Helper. I know, I know, a lot of people don't like it but I do. I didn't buy it very often but I always had a box in the pantry for those times when I needed something quick.

Fast forward a few decades and now I'm in that time of my life where I have to watch my sodium intake. Bummer, man...major bummer. So many of the foods I like are now off limits!!!  Well the other night I was hungry and I wanted to make something quick so I look in the pantry and pull out the handy dandy Hamburger Helper. I was thinking that if I just ate a little bit, it wouldn't be so bad....

And then I looked at the ingredients. Ugh! If that wasn't bad enough, the amount of sodium nearly made me fall over.

So I went online and Googled "homemade hamburger helper" and found a cool site and got inspired to make my own low sodium version.

We finally got a break in the 3 digit weather so I ate outside on the patio...

...by candlelight, no less!

Whether you have to watch your sodium intake or not, I'm sure you really don't want to eat all of those additives that are listed in the ingredients above, right? That being said, if you are interested in making your own, here is a great site with lots of suggestions.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Disneyland Backstage

About once a year I like to peek over the back fence, I guess you could say. When I am in the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure I like to see if anything interesting is going on in the backstage area of Disneyland. However, before we do that, let's admire the tram loading area, shall we? It is a very fine tram loading area, me thinks.

OK, OK, let's get on with the good stuff. You'll have to enlarge these and examine them carefully. There's no telling what all you eagle eyed peeps might spot!

To be quite honest, I haven't really looked at these shots so if you see something, make sure you tell us about it in the comments section!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Poking around DCA Part 2

Yesterday we were checking out the details of Katz and Sons and now it's time to meander through yet another store. What caught my eye is that this built-in shelf unit is open! That means it's not really a true built-in but a storage area cleverly disguised as a built-in. Am I making any sense? I think I watch too much HGTV. Anyway....

On the wall there is a message board and you really should take the time to check out all of these messages! Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them.

This one made me smile....which Roy do you think they are referring to?

Next we see the candy shop and it is empty. I mean empty! But wait, so is the ice cream shop!

Maybe people don't want ice cream in the morning? Heck, it wasn't that early; approximately 11:00 a.m.

I had to go into Elias & Company....just had to!

Inside, I found a very cute Snow blouse.

When you visit DCA, take time and really look at the window displays. At first, I was admiring all of these silly mouse ears hats and then I noticed all the cool old stuff in the background!

Should I ride the trolley? It's too darn hot! Maybe next time.

Every time I come to the Park, I look up at that little balcony waaaay up there and I always expect to see somebody sitting up there. It could happen, ya know!

Just to be sure, I zoomed in, LOL!

 Well, there wasn't anybody this time around but I'll keep checking!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Poking around DCA

As I said the other day, I drove to the Parks to register for the AP Fantasmic event so while I was there, I had to go visit DCA, right?

The first thing that caught my eye was this! If I didn't know better, I'd swear it was 70 years old.

It was too hot to stay outside so I ducked into the first store on my right which was Julius Katz & Sons. I scanned the shelves for merchandise. So many pretty things and so little room to put them in, LOL!

If these are repeats, I apologize. I didn't feel like going through previous posts to check my photos. And if they are repeats, that means I now have doubles but hey, they were taken on different days!

I love the bright, vibrant colors.

A display in one of the cases behind the register is very interesting and I bet most people don't take the time to check it out.

Now this confuses me. A new line of merchandise clearly featuring Maleficent but it's pink? PINK???? It just doesn't seem right...

Still in the same store, I marvel at the wonderful collection of old stuff they have found to decorate with.

We'll continue this tomorrow, folks!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Disney Air Fresheners

I had heard about these a while back but had not seem them at the Parks until yesterday. LOL...which one would YOU get?

I drove down to the Parks for one reason - to register for the special AP presentation of Fantasmic. Actually, my son and I planned to go to Disneyland to watch the fireworks on August 28th in honor of my dad's birthday because he loved Disneyland and he loved the fireworks. When I found out that AP's were invited to register for a special event on that day I figured it was a no brainer; I had to register! Here's the link if you want more info.

Time to go home...

Friday, August 10, 2012

Big Girl Merchandise

Good golly, Miss Molly, there are some AWESOME purses in Cars Land for the ladies!!!

Feast your eyes on these!!

I was drooling all over the place. Both of these purses were priced at $79.95. Ouch! But somehow I have to find a way to get that blue and black purse!!

I don't know how much these wallets are but I'm sure that cost more than "regular" wallets.

The day I took these photos I was told that the purses had only been in stock for two days and that they were very popular. I hope they still have them by the time I'm ready to buy!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Honey Badger visits Disneyland

The rumors you've heard are true - the Honey Badger visited Disneyland. I first spotted him relaxing near City Hall on Main Street.

The Disneyland Gazette team is on the job doing research to keep YOU in touch with The Land!

Actually, Shawn told me that Luke was in the Park so we met up with him for a picture because the three of us hadn't been together since August of last year.

Next stop is the Matterhorn which I was eager to ride! I know a lot of people have said that it is really bumpy and rough now but to be totally honest, I didn't think it was any different. Oh and short me had no problem with the new vehicle, LOL.

Now I'm on the train, enjoying the view...

Lo and behold, the Honey Badger is on the train, too!

We did the Grand Circle Tour and decided to ride the Monorail over to the Disneyland Hotel for lunch. When we boarded, we were lucky enough to ride in the very front and guess who was with us? Yup, that pesky Honey Badger!

When we arrived at the Downtown Disney Monorail station, the driver asked us if we wanted to continue on to Disneyland so we all looked at each other in amazement and said "Oh yes!" I've never gotten to do that so it was very cool! When we got back to Tomorrowland we got back in line so we could go have lunch at Tongaroa Terrace but guess what? The Monorail broke down! That's when we decided on plan B: Cafe Orleans.

While we are waiting for our table, guess who else was in the neighborhood? I kinda get the feeling I'm being followed....

Waiting for our table still and hey! Where did he go? Don't tell me he got seated before we did???

Shortly thereafter, we were led to our table and I ordered a Monte Cristo. YUM!!!

Shawn ordered the garlic Parmesan fries and I had to steal a few. Double yum!

I ended my Disneyland visit with a ride on the Mark Twain and then headed home.