Cyber Monday – SHOPPING!

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Cyber Monday – SHOPPING!
(a Manic Monday post)

Hey, so the theme for this week’s MANIC MONDAY is “Shopping”. I am SO down with that! I thought it would be fun to show you a few items from my Amazon wish list. I’ve been fiddling around with Amazon Associates widgets and plugins and stuff for the last couple of days and I could not get a lot of cooperation out of them (translation: I have a lot to learn about Word Press!), so I’m leaning toward just picture links to stuff that’s on my list.


And, in the interest of complete disclosure – yes, if you click one of these links and buy something from Amazon, my account will probably be credited with a whopping thirty cents :) – however, they probably won’t mail me a check for thirty cents, and they’ll make me wait until I have fifty bucks or something. So that means something like 166.6666667 people have to click and buy before I make my fortune on Amazon Associates. Since that’s not likely to happen, I think I’ll keep my day job.

On with my Wish List! Here’s what I would have Santa bring me, if only I was a good girl….

MUSIC
David Cook – I have to confess, I downloaded and listened to this self-titled album already, but not from Amazon! I pre-ordered it from iTunes and then I got an email letting me know when it was available for download. I do want to mention that when you download from Amazon instead of buying the CD, it is a bit cheaper, by around $3 plus whatever your shipping charges are. Anyway – I loved this guy on American Idol last year, and was really pulling for him to win, so naturally I could not wait to listen to his first album. I wanted to be sure that he’s not just a really good cover artist. On his debut album, David Cook performs 14 songs and maybe 5 of them are standouts. David had a hand in writing most of them. My favorite by far is a tune called “Bar-Ba-Sol”. After the 5 or so standouts, the rest of the songs just sound like each other. The album is a little bombastic, and David needs to understand that less is more when it comes to rock screaming – take it down the octave more often, dude. It’s more interesting that way, and your throat will thank you!

GEEKERY AND GADGETRY
Canon SX110IS – OK, so you know that I already have this, too. Gee, I think I should probably make some time to edit my Amazon Wish List a little! Anyhow, I’m very excited to finally have a camera that has more than 4x optical zoom – this one has a whopping 10x. Now yeah, there are cameras out there that have more optical zoom that that, but they were not within the price range I wanted to spend. Ten is good! My old Powershot G5 served me well all these years, but it was time to move on, optical zoom-wise. Can’t wait to start messing with this! You can be sure that I won’t be making the same mistake I made with the G5 – the SX110IS will have a screen protector adhered to it before I even put the batteries in it.

BOOKS
Kindle: Amazon’s Wireless Reading Device
Nope, I have not succumbed to the charms of the Kindle yet – although I do own a number of e-books in PDF format, I still like to touch my books and turn the pages and look at them on my shelves. However, if I were still commuting on mass transit for a couple of hours each day, I would definitely be sporting one of these. So much lighter and easier to carry than books, and that’s not even the half of it – you can read newspapers, magazines and even your favorite blogs with the Kindle.

This would be a godsend for anyone who travels a lot and doesn’t want to lug all that reading material with them. But since I don’t travel like that any more, I’ve still got good old fashioned books on my list. Here are just a few –


The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch – The author is a former Disney Imagineer who died earlier this year. When he found out he was going to die, he hit the road with this, his “last lecture”, which is all about how to remove the obstacles that prevent us from reaching our childhood dreams. He delivered part of this lecture on Oprah‘s show, which I was fortunate enough to stumble upon while flipping channels one day. You can probably find snippets of Randy Pausch delivering “The Last Lecture” on You Tube. It’s remarkable to me that, upon being told he was dying, this man had the presence of mind to develop a lecture that imparts the wisdom he’d collected during his relatively short life (when he was on Oprah, I was struck by how young and strong he looked – he did some one handed push-ups, even!). I’ve very much looking forward to delving into this book.


The 4-Hour Work Week, by Timothy Ferris – Do I have to tell you why I want to read this book? Look at the cover – it has PALM TREES on it, for cryin’ out loud! I know that I am already a very fortunate woman. I get to work from home, and home is in paradise. I realize that makes me really, REALLY lucky. Now, I want more. I want to work as little as possible, but still have the same amount of money. I’m not greedy. I’m not going to say I want MORE than I have now. I don’t really NEED more. What I have now is just fine. Now, if only I could get that for 4 hours a week! When someone asks me, “What do you do?”, I want to be able to reply, “I’m a slacker!” Hopefully, reading this book will teach me how to achieve such a lofty goal.

DVDs
Harry Potter years 1-5 – I hesitate to add this, because you just know when the rest of the story comes out on DVD, something perhaps cooler in the way of “special edition” packaging will emerge, and then I’ll be kicking myself for getting years 1-5. But I kinda like the idea of the trunk. Whenever Harry comes home to those horrible, beastly Dursleys for the summer, the trunk and its contents are his link to Hogwarts and his true world. I hope it’s not cheap and flimsy – that would be awful, and I’d send it right back, I would! Hopefully, it’s nice. Now, notice I’m not picking the Blu-ray version. I don’t have Blu-ray, and I’m really not in the mood to race right out and put a Blu-ray device on my Wish List. But I do have an HD television, so I did select the HD version. Is there anyone else who can hardly wait until July when the Half-Blood Prince comes out in theaters? Me too!

Well, there you have it – a smattering of my Amazon Wish List. I will need to hit Amazon and other online shopping sites today to do the last of my Christmas shopping for the family. I think I’m going to get some gift cards for my nieces so they can download whatever songs they want for their iPods. I discovered that you don’t have to actually order a physical card – you can have an email sent to you with a code on it that they can use to make the purchases online.

Yes, I’m going to do my part to stimulate the economy. Happy Cyber Monday, everyone!

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Favorite Critters from Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Favorite Critters from Disney’s Animal Kingdom

(a Camera Critters post)

Here are some of my favorite animals that are “must see” whenever I visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

(You can click any picture to go to the original in Flickr; when you get there, click “All Sizes” and then select “Original”)

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This is an African elephant; looks like that might be Paw, as opposed to Maw. Elephants have a remarkable capacity for emotion. When a member of the herd passes on, they have been known to behave in ways that mimic our own death customs, including mourning for several days (waking or sitting shiva) and throwing branches or grass clumps on the carcass (dropping clumps of earth into the grave). To read more about elephant emotions, visit the Public Broadcasting (PBS) page for the TV show “Nature – Unforgettable Elephants”

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I’ve featured pink flamingos here at My Mobile Adventures *~*~* several times in the past. That’s because I love them! Oh, when you pass by where they hang out, they absolutely STINK, to be sure. But they are so beautiful, I don’t mind the stench too much. Some of them have wings that are sort of outlined in black, which is stunning when set against the deep pink of the flamingo’s other feathers, and which you can only see when they stretch their wings. The sometimes overwhelming odor near the flamingos in zoos and theme parks is probably from their diet. Flamingos eat a diet based upon an algae known as spirulina. The Nature site has a page on flamingos too, which goes into greater detail about why some flamingos are pinker than others.

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Here’s an Asian tiger, looking pretty bored. I think these are actually Royal Bengal tigers. The environment that Disney has built for the tigers is very similar to what “Nature” calls the “temple of the tigers” – the Bandhavgahr Preserve in India. Mythology meets archeology in this place, which consists of an ancient fort (est. 2,000 years old), statues of some of India’s gods, a series of man-made caves complete with hieroglyphics, and a pleasing biodiversity that includes some members of India’s “Project Tiger” at the top of it’s food chain. I think the setting Disney has created for these tigers is the reason why I like visiting them so much. It’s as though the tigers themselves are the gods, slipping in and out of the ruins like ghosts; we are fortunate to catch glimpses of them now and then, frolicking in the crumbling remains of ancient walls and fountains.

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I saved my very, very favorite for last – it’s the river otter! There is no visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom that’s complete without making a stop, probably several stops actually, to watch the otters play and swim and tumble about and BARK. Yes that’s right, they BARK, like little prairie dogs. In fact, it would not surprise me if I found out that they were related – otters and prairie dogs, i mean. These are gray; native Floridian otters are more of a chocolate brown color, I believe, but have the same sleek coat that helps them to glide and dodge and weave through the water effortlessly. Sometimes the otters aren’t there, or you see them off in the distance, sleeping in a little cave, all piled up on top of one another. When they sleep in a pile like that, it gives one the impression that someone is going to have to go in there and unknot them, but then they slither around and voila, no more pile o’ otters.

Well there you have it – some of my favorite critters from Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I’ve got lots of critter photos that I took the last time I was there, and I’m happy to be able to share them on Camera Critters over the next few weeks. Please DO leave your link in the comments, so I can visit you back and see your critter posts.

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Sanibel Island Causeway on a Blue Sky Thanksgiving Day

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The view from the “happy lane” looking toward the lighthouse and Fort Myers Beach. Sanibel Island Causeway, Lee County, Florida. November 27th 2008 (Thanksgiving Day).

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Thanksgiving Dinner at the Old Captiva House

To those of you in the United States, hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and may your turkey be golden and moist!  I’ll be driving out to the islands today to have dinner with friends at a restaurant called The Old Captiva House, which is at the Tween Waters Inn.  I’m a little excited because I’ve never eaten there before, so this should be new and fun.  Will be sure to mobile blog a little while I’m out there!

Pointing The Way, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Pointing The Way, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

(a Wordless Wednesday post)

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Why is this couple facing in opposite directions?

What could be the reason for that?

Perhaps they’ve had a quarrel?

Or possibly, it’s a dance move.

Oh, I know – perhaps they are smitten, but shy!

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None of the above – they are merely pointing the way to the restrooms. Ladies to the right, men to the left!

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Maharajah Jungle Trek RED Stuff, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Maharajah Jungle Trek RED Stuff, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
(a Ruby Tuesday post)

There is a section along the Maharajah Jungle Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom that features a good amount of the color RED. Perfect for Ruby Tuesday!

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This sign invites guests to continue on through the “Red Pavilion”

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The pavilion is indeed constructed of pale red stones. There’s also a curious little red vehicle sitting before it.

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I want to say it’s a rickshaw, except every picture of a rickshaw that I found on Google has the driver PULLING it, not pushing! So I don’t know what it is, but it’s red. :) Anandapur is the name of the little town we’re in, here in the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  It’s very close to the Himalayas.

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Quite a few signs on the trek, many of them in red. This one promises Birds of the Royal Forest are lurking somewhere.

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Now, the bird painted on this sign was red in person, not the pink that this photo would have you think it is. But what’s pink anyway, besides red with a little white thrown in? I say it’s red – let’s have a closer look.

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Eh, closer is not really an improvement in the redness department. Well, you’ll just have to take my word for it that it was red in real life!

Also, the shape of the bird is somewhat reminiscent of the logo for the Partridge Family.  So what do you think – could be an exotic pink cousin, right? 😉

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Well, now this is strange! All of the signs thus far have been friendly. This one is polite, but clearly not welcoming. I wonder what’s in that forest, and why someone doesn’t want us to enter and explore? Hmmm, the plot thickens…  😀

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Wind surfers on the Sanibel Causeway



Wind surfers on the Sanibel Causeway, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*. 23 Nov ’08, 12.08pm EST PST

Yep, I am making the perilous crossing today over to Sanibel Island. Gonna visit with Tootie for a bit over some hair dye, and then we shall commence bar hopping. Not sure what the cast of Crawlies will be like today, but whomever it is, I’m looking forward to seeing them!

A gem of a Disney site: DisneyAnimation.com

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A gem of a Disney site: DisneyAnimation.com

I came across this site several months ago and bookmarked it for exploration “someday”. Well, today’s the day! This is the official site of Walt Disney Animation Studios, located at http://www.disneyanimation.com

The landing or index page for Walt Disney Animation Studios is currently featuring scenes from the latest Walt Disney Pictures release BOLT. Every time the page is refreshed, a different scene is displayed. Of course, there is a link to the official site for BOLT, which features a lot of fun activities for children of all ages 😉

The Walt Disney Animation Studios site features three sections that are full of interesting facts, photos and links related to the history of the studio and its output as well as facts about planned future releases and career advice

Here are some of my favorite highlights from this site:

ABOUT US – on this page there are different animation drawings displayed, depending upon which link you hover over. The Tinker Bell drawing is adorable. Under the ABOUT US tab you can find out about the studio in Burbank, check out links to all of Disney’s animated films and learn about what an aspiring animator can do to prepare for a possible career in the world of animation.

PROJECTS – This is the good stuff! Here you’ll find links to current projects that are being developed and implemented by the Walt Disney Animation Studios. The projects listed as of the time of this writing are –

  • BOLT – this is the most complete of the projects sites – lots of goodies here.
  • The Princess and the Frog – Thank you, Disney. Thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing hand-drawn animation back! The stories and the characters that Pixar comes up with are amazing, but there’s something about them that leaves me cold, as compared to traditional hand-drawn animation. There’s an initial trailer posted here, featuring snippets of the soundtrack by Randy Newman. This one is due in 2010. I am looking forward to it. I am so happy that hand-drawn is back, I cannot even muster up the righteous indignation necessary to rant about Yet Another Princess character :)
  • Rapunzel – no date given, just a synopsis of the story.
  • The King of the Elves – same here, no dates, just a brief outline
  • Shorts – there are three short films described, and one of them, featuring Goofy, provides a snippet of video plus some stills. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m kind of excited that it looks like Disney wants to bring back the short film.

CAREERS – in this last section, there’s some valuable information about the types of careers one can have in animation, paid internships at Walt Disney Animation Studios, and instructions about the application process.

All in all, I think it’s a pretty neat site. I’m so happy that Disney’s animation studio seems to be flourishing and thriving. I miss the studio in Orlando, you know, the one that had actual animators in it. Perhaps someday I’ll make the trek to Burbank and get a tour. In the meantime, you can be sure that I will be checking back with the Walt Disney Animation Studios website frequently, to see if they’ve added any music or video from the upcoming projects, or even if they’ve added any new projects.

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Clouds Rolling By Cinderella’s Castle

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Clouds Rolling By Cinderella’s Castle

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Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Photo taken 10-17-2008, while standing outside the boat house in the rose garden. It was a blue sky day with puffy clouds drifting by.

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Holy cow, I was quoted in an article on BlogHer!

Check out the article, Dreaming Of The Modern Tenement on BlogHer. Author Maria Niles used some comments I made on my blog regarding multi-generational living.

The Lodge Ladies will fondly recall my Valentine Essay on this subject. I also referenced multi-generational living in a Ruby Tuesday post back in September. I used a photo of the red stained glass door to the Moroccan pavilion in EPCOT, explaining that inside is a replica of a multi-generational Moroccan home. Click here and scroll down to the third photo.

I am thrilled to have been mentioned on BlogHer! Thank you, Maria Niles. 😀

The Red Caboose

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The Red Caboose
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This caboose was at the Strawberry Festival in Plant City, Florida this past spring (2008). The caboose actually served as the “lost and found” for the festival. I went with my friend Christene, and we had an excellent time.

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