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Kiddie cool-off fountain on the promenade, EPCOT

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IMG_1707-WDW-EPCOT-promenade-fountainThis little fountain is located on the promenade between FutureWorld and the World Showcase in Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park. The colorful, swirly pattern painted on the concrete includes both blue and yellow. During a day of touring under the hot Florida sun, the refreshing fun that such cool-off spots provide is very much welcome. As the kids run through, the fountains start and stop; you never know when you’re going to get sprayed. In the background, you can see a couple of misters have been set up for the adults. As you stand there, a fine mist dampens your skin and your clothing, and the breeze comes along to cool you off. I have occasionally seen adults running through the fountains and kiddies getting misted. Nobody minds, they just want to cool off!

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A little bit of Provence in Walt Disney World

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IMG_1733-WDW-EPCOT-France-Provencal-dry-goods:) There are two parts to to the EPCOT theme park in Walt Disney World. The front of the park is known as “Future World”; there’s lots of stuff there related to the sciences and new technological advances. The other part of EPCOT is known as the “World Showcase”. Pavilions are arranged around a lagoon. Visiting these pavilions is known as “doing the country walk. If you go left coming from Future World to walk around the lagoon, you will start with Mexico. But if you go right, you start with Canada, cruise through the United Kingdom, cross the International Gateway and then you are in France.

This is pretty much my favorite pavilion to visit on the country walk. Great food and wine can be had here, not to mention the almighty Grand Marnier slushie! Look, we’ve arrived at the little shop that sells wine by the glass or by the bottle, and also French cook books, kitchen utensils and dry goods. Let’s go inside!

IMG_1959-WDW-EPCOT-France-Provencal-dry-goodsPerhaps this is yet another reason why I like the French pavilion in EPCOT. Blue and yellow are my favorite color combination. Unfortunately, this stuff doesn’t really go with anything in my house. My yellows are more Tuscan, and my blues are more cobalt I do still love looking at these ProvenΓ§al patterns. There is something about them that speaks of the aroma of fresh bread and the sound of the rooster crowing. Oh, and the entire shop smells like lavender! Can you imagine going to Provence and driving past those fields brimming with orderly rows of bushy, blooming lavendar – with the windows down? Heaven!

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Rockin’ at EPCOT’s Outpost

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:) I took some photos at EPCOT recently that I thought would be great for Blue Monday and Mellow Yellow Monday. I thought I’d just tuck them away in the vault somewhere, hoping that an appropriate prompt for Manic Monday would someday be declared, and then I could use them for my Monday Meme Trifecta.

Well, I must have ESPN πŸ˜‰ or clairvoyance or something. Either that, or I’m very, very lucky, for Mo declared that today’s prompt is “ROCK” – w00t!

About two weeks ago, I stood in the Outpost, a little African section of the World Showcase at EPCOT, browsing the hats and jewelry and carved objects, when my eyes fell on this bin of rocks and semi-precious stones.

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So what, you say? Well, check out what was in upper-middle bin!

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Three of ’em, cause it’s a TRIfecta, after all. πŸ˜‰ Hearts mean love, so this is ME, sending lots of LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to all of YOU who read here. Now, run along with you all, have a FABULOUS Monday and don’t forget to pay the LOVE forward <3 <3 <3 Visit these wonderful Monday memes:

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Disney’s POP Century Resort

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For the Monday Meme Trifecta this week, we start with the word “pop” as a prompt, and add a little yellow and a little blue. That’s how we play all three memes at the same time!

IMG_3165-WDW-Pop-Century-signHere’s the entrance to Disney’s POP Century resort in Orlando, Florida. This is one of Walt Disney World’s “value” resorts – the least expensive of the Disney resorts. The Pop Century resort is themed in sections that represent the decades of the 20th century. The entire resort is decorated in colorful representations of the popular culture of the times, represented in music, art, film and even the dominant news items of the times. I’ve stayed there twice – once in the 1950s section, and once in the 1970s section. These photos are from the 1970s visit.

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Here’s a shot of one of the standard rooms at the Pop Century resort. As you can see, the decor is dominated by color, with blue and yellow both well represented in both the quilts on the beds as well as in the border up near the ceiling.

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And look – there’s even a “Hidden Mickey” in the decorative border! πŸ˜‰

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Sanibel sad lane sideview

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:) BLUE sky? check
YELLOW line down the center of the road? check
SunSHINE on the water? check!

We have trifecta :)

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A colorful and spicy display at EPCOT

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:) A delicately blue sky and SPICY-scented yellow marigolds help to frame a scenic view of the butterfly tent at the 2009 Flower and Garden Festival. And there we have it – this week’s entry in the Monday Meme Trifecta!

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Walt Disney World Dolphin resort decor

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NOTE AFTER POSTING:
After checking Manic Monday’s page, I have discovered that the prompt is NOT “UP”! I could have sworn I saw a tweet on Friday that said it was “UP”. It does actually say that –

“~ the theme word for 5/31 is up ~ http://bit.ly/Zr5XM Have a wonderful weekend!

Well, I never followed the link – I just read that “the word for 5/31 is up” and I assumed that the words was up! But I think Mo might have meant that it was posted and I should have followed the link to see that the word is actually “memorial”.

Anyhow, I guess I don’t have the trifecta this week after all, because I have the wrong word. And I was SO excited to use my yellow and blue elevator-that-goes-UP stuff. Well you know what, I’m just going to let it ride. And next time, I’ll follow the link!

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I’m back! After a few week’s worth of hiatus, I have returned to participate in the “Monday Meme Trifecta. Manic Monday tells us the prompt is “UP”. As always, the prompts for Blue Monday and Mellow Yellow Monday are blue and yellow, respectively. Have I got blue and yellow to show you!

This is the lobby of the Walt Disney World Dolphin resort, where I stayed the week before last. I have stayed here zillions of time and did not really notice the decor in the elevator banks until this trip. The tile, the art work and walls are all sprinkled with a healthy dose of blue and yellow.

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The lobby at the Walt Disney World Dolphin resort in Orlando, Florida is actually a rotunda, lined on the outside with shops, exits, the front desk and concierge, the escalators down to the restaurants and pool, and three elevator banks – East, West and Central. I found this blue and yellow painting hanging at the entrance to the East elevators.

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Here’s a close-up sample of the floor tiles and the walls. Love that “mojave” colored tile – makes the blue ones “pop” (don’t I sound like I watch HGTV? πŸ˜‰ ). Also love the trim detail on the walls that separates the blue from the yellow.

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See, even the elevator is decorated inside with blue and yellow! And of course, and elevator goes UP, so we’ve got the Trifecta once again (deafening roar of approval from the crowd πŸ˜‰ )

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Florida rainbows and pines

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IMG_2356-Backyard-double-rainbow 😯 Whew! I nearly didn’t post for the Monday Meme Trifecta because I was having trouble fitting it all together. We need yellow, we need blue, and according to the Manic Meme, we need “pines”. It’s tough to find yellow and blue things amongst the pines, you know? But finally – and once again – my very own backyard came riding to the rescue. Some yellow houses. Some blue sky. Not to mention, there’s yellow and blue in the rainbow. And if you look closely, you will see that there’s actually a DOUBLE rainbow. Now where the heck are those pines? Well, you see those dark shapes behind he houses? Yup, pines! Yay! The Monday Meme Trifecta has been saved πŸ˜‰

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Fun, fun, fun at the Flower and Garden Festival

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IMG_5714-WDW-EPCOT-surfboards :) In just two weeks, I’ll be packing my bags in preparation for my next trip to Walt Disney World. I plan to spend a lot of time at EPCOT, taking in the Flower and Garden Festival. Here’s some signage from last year’s Festival. The theme was “Fun In The Sun”. That phrase reminds me of a couple of Beach Boys tunes, most notably “Fun, Fun, Fun” and “The Warmth Of The Sun”. In fact, up front at the gates, with Spaceship Earth as a background, there was a giant topiary of Goofy surfing on a topiary “wave”, with Beach Boys music playing in the background.

Here, I found the video I posted last year – check it out!

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The trouble with Tinker Bell

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IMG_5857-Tinker-Bell-topiary 😑 This is probably the last photograph I will be able to take of a Tinker Bell topiary at the International Flower and Garden Festival, which takes place each spring in Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park. The reason for this is that the Walt Disney Company, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to mess with the Tinker Bell character in order to cash in on her popularity, and I don’t think I’m going to be able to be brave enough to visit the Tinker Bell section of the festival ever again. Disney’s gone an made a movie filled with grave inaccuracies and a computer-generated effigy of the true Tinker Bell, and I could not be more upset! 😑 grrr!

Did you know they’ve actually got her TALKING in the film? Tinker Bell should NOT speak – ever. And nowadays, they’ve got her running around the parks – as a FACE character! You know, an actual PERSON. Hey, isn’t she supposed to be able to fit in the palm of your hand?

My childhood dreams are shattered. I’m traumatized, I tell ya! This is no way to treat Tinker Bell. Her entire mystique is being destroyed.

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I hear this year in EPCOT they’re having a Tinker Bell fairy garden (she is not a fairy, she’s a PIXIE – sheesh! :roll: ) The face characters will all be there doing autographs. Well, I guess I’m going to have to stay away from that part of the park. I cannot bear the prospect of coming face to face with these imposters, these… these… these POSERS! It’s going to be difficult, though, because the next time I go to EPCOT, I will probably be in the company of a certain 4-year old – Niece No. 5 – who really loves Tinker Bell, and probably loves the fairies too. She’s cute, this 4-year old. I may not be able to resist a request to go visit Tinker Bell…

Oh, and this has been yet another victory in the Monday Meme Trifecta. The prompt for Manic Monday today is “plant”, and I’ve got Tinker Bell’s yellow hair and blue wings to cover Mellow Yellow Monday and Blue Monday.

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Sanibel Island’s Over Easy Cafe

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02-21-08_0855-Over-Easy-Cafe-Sanibel :) Last time I ate at the Over Easy Cafe on Sanibel Island, I took a picture of the menu. The Over Easy is decorated with a country motif featuring chickens and roosters; you can see that this one here has both blue and yellow going on, befitting the themes of Blue Monday and Mellow Yellow Monday. And since we’re in a restaurant, it’s easy to cover this week’s prompt for Manic Monday, which is taste.

The Over Easy is on Tarpon Bay Road, right at the foot of Periwinkle. If you read up at the various travel review sites about the Over Easy Cafe, I think you will find that the one thing they are most famous for is their giant homemade sticky orange rolls; I hear they taste great. However, the one thing on the Over Easy menu that stands out most in my mind is their Summer Salad. It’s a healthful mix of greens, fruits and nuts, with a pecan raspberry vinaigrette and crumbles of bleu cheese. Talk about taste – it’s truly awesome!

The decor at the Over Easy has lots more blue and yellow stuff – visit the Over Easy website to have a look at additional pictures and the menu.

Well, it looks like I’ve squeaked out yet another victory in the Monday Meme Trifecta – we’ve got blue, we’ve got yellow, we’ve got taste. Wondering how many more weeks I’ll be able to pull this off? Me too! Guess we’ll all just have to tune in again next week to find out :)

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Cruising the Sassagoula River

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We’re taking a cruise down the Sassagoula! All aboard the river boat, and let’s see where it takes us.

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The Sassagoula is a man-made waterway that connects several Disney resorts with Village Lake, around which Downtown Disney and the Saratoga Springs resort are clustered. Guests can embark from Port Orleans Riverside, Port Orleans French Quarter, Old Key West or Saratoga Springs to get to one of the other resorts or to Downtown Disney.

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Guests are transported to and fro in blue and yellow flat-bottomed river boats. There are actually three routes – one for the Port Orleans resorts, one that services Saratoga Springs and Old Key West, and one that taxis guests back and forth between two Downtown Disney docks (the West Side and the Marketplace). The boats play a soothing mix of instrumental-only Disney tunes, many of them having to do with boats and waterways. It’s not unusual to hear Just Around The Riverbend from Pocahontas followed by Candle on the Water from Pete’s Dragon.

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Aside from going back and forth between Downtown Disney and the resorts, you can also resort-hop. Over the years, I have read the same question over and over on many internet boards – “What can we do at Walt Disney World that’s FREE?“. Well, you can take a trip on the Sassagoula River! For instance, you can park at Downtown Disney and hop aboard the boat that goes up to Port Orleans Riverside. You can get off there, take a stroll around the scenic grounds, grab a bite to eat at the Riverside Mill food court or even go shopping at the market. There’s also a table service restaurant called Boatwright’s Dining Hall.

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Suppose you prefer the ambiance of historic New Orleans – in that case, make your stop at Port Orleans French Quarter. This is a small, quaint resort styled after “the Big Easy”, featuring authentic Mardi Gras theming, beautifully landscaped “neighborhoods”, and humorous street signs. If you stop to have lunch at the Sassagoula Floatworks, be sure to have the chicken Caesar salad – my family really loves it, but if you are calorie conscious or just don’t like your salad drowned, be sure to ask for the dressing on the side.

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I’ve stayed at the French Quarter a few times, and during one of those trips, one of my co-workers and his wife were also in Orlando, staying at the Old Key West resort. So one afternoon I set out on the river boats to go and visit them. As mentioned, there are several different routes; Old Key West and the French Quarter are not on the same route, so it’s necessary to change boats at Downtown Disney. The boat dock is right near the Rainforest Cafe, within sight of the Saratoga Springs resort across the lake. I didn’t have a long wait at all, and before I knew it, the Old Key West boat arrived to take me the rest of the way to my destination. It probably would have been faster to drive, but it would not have been nearly as pretty or relaxing!

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The trip along the river is very pleasant and uneventful except for the occasional “water mouse” that speeds by. “Water mice” are little, two-person boats you can rent at Port Orleans Riverside, Downtown Disney and various other places throughout Walt Disney World. Once we docked at Old Key West, I walked a short way up to a bench outside the restaurant, called Olivia’s, to wait for my friends. As you can see, it was autumn when these photos were taken; Olivia’s is all decked out with cornstalks, hay stacks, and pumpkins. But the pastel pinks, greens, blues and yellows that cover the resort buildings are definitely designed to evoke the sub-tropical “old Florida” atmosphere of Key West.

I hope you enjoyed our trip up and down the Sassagoula River today. Remember, if you are ever in Orlando and looking to kill a few hours just relaxing, consider climbing aboard one of these charming boats and touring the resorts that are “just around the riverbend”.

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Colorful birds from Orlando, Florida

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Probably what makes my Monday Meme Trifecta so much fun is that I never know until the Friday before what sort of prompt Mo is going to serve up for Manic Monday. It’s fun and easy to come up with something for Blue Monday and for Mellow Yellow Monday, but to make it fit with the “Mo factor”, well that takes some strategic maneuvering! πŸ˜‰

Mo has prompted us with “birds” this week, so without further ado, I bring you two specimens – you guessed it, one blue and one yellow – from Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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I found this little guy in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. In the spring of 2004, I was walking the paths in the Pangani Forest and some splashing to the left startled me. There he was, splish-spalsh, takin’ a bath :) I think I’ve blogged this photo before, or one close to it, but no matter – he’s a cute little guy, and I’m happy to have him on the front page again.

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Fast forward to October of 2004. The sun was going down, and it was a bit overcast, too. I was walking that promenade between the fountain and the World Showcase Plaza at EPCOT, and stopped to check out the turtle action in the lagoon. After watching them a while, I looked up and saw an egret hanging out with some moorhens, and then a little further off, this beautiful little blue heron. He stood still just long enough for me to get this one shot, and then he took off into the gathering dusk.

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Florida’s Aquatic Preserves

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IMG_0258-SW-Florida-aquatic preservesAnother week, another edition of my Monday Meme Trifecta, where I compose a post that’s appropriate for Manic Monday, Blue Monday and Mellow Yellow Monday. Today we’re going to talk about aquatic preserves, specifically the ones that are located off the Florida Gulf coast in Charlotte and Lee counties. I found this sign posted at the boat ramp on the east end of Sanibel Island – when you come across the causeway and finally make land on Sanibel itself, you’ll see the parking lot for the boat ramp immediately to the left. I snapped the photo to remind myself to do some research about the aquatic preserves pictured, and find out exactly what an “aquatic preserve” is.

Aquatic preserves can be composed of a variety of community or habitat types. The yellow parts on the map are dry land, the edges of which border mangrove forests, seagrass flats and salt marshes, all of which are wet. The green parts are where the seagrass communities are located. These areas make a fine hatchery and nursery for a wide variety of aquatic life. The aqua-colored parts of the map define the extent and boundaries of each preserve.

One of the more interesting things I discovered about the aquatic preserves is that they often encompass sites of historical interest, specifically encampments and settlements of both Native Americans and European explorers and settlers. Quite a few of these are represented by shell mounds, the purposes of which are not clearly understood; perhaps they really are just kitchen middens/refuse piles, or perhaps there was some ritual reason for building them. Due to rising sea levels, many of these sites are now completely submerged under water – talk about wet!

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Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade – Blue and Yellow Edition

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IMG01413-Mickeys-Jammin-bannerHey there, hi there, ho there! Ready to start another week? ME NEITHER! But Monday always comes whether we want it to or not, and with it comes my own personal challenge in the form of the Monday Meme Trifecta. I use the prompt for the Manic Monday meme (this week, it’s “party”) and the missions of Blue Monday and Mellow Yellow Monday and try to make ONE post that fits all three. This week, we’re going to do that by watching Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade go by, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This parade is full of energetic music and fun Disney characters – a true PARTY in the streets. Ready? Here we go!

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A blue crocodile cruises by…

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A guy rides along on a blue and yellow woven camel, providing some back-beat for the festivities

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Here’s another drum dude, this time riding on a blue and yellow elephant – all of this percussion guarantees that this PARTY‘s jumpin’!

Blue and yellow aren’t the only colors in this parade. Tomorrow, the parade continues; guess what color will be featured? πŸ˜‰

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Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter

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IMG_0935-Port-Orleans-French-Quarter-RoomThat’s right folks – I’m going for it again! It’s the “Monday Meme Trifecta” – Manic Monday, Mellow Yellow Monday and Blue Monday.

Isn’t this a nice room? This is a typical room at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter resort in Orlando, Florida, and there’s an awful lot of blue and yellow going on. The walls of the main room are a pale blue with a blue border around the top, while the walls of the dressing area are pale yellow. The artwork on the wall has shades of blue and yellow, too.

IMG_0937-Port-Orleans-French-Quarter-RoomIn the previous photo, you’ll notice that the curtain for the dressing area is a golden yellow. In this photo, we can see that the drapes at the front window of the room are a brilliant blue. There are two queen-sized beds in the room (you Manic people thought I was going to say FULL-sized, didn’t you? πŸ˜‰ Fooled ya!). They are covered with quilts that have scenes from Mardi Gras on them. Each quilt has a pale yellow field upon which the scenes are set, and there’s a lot of blue going on as well. But wait, what’s this I see?

IMG_0050-Port-Orleans-French-Quarter-bedspreadThe quilts are actually FULL of Hidden Mickeys! This is just one instance, where you can see that one of the Mardi Gras beads is shaped like a Mickey head (in case you could not find it for yourself, I’ve inserted a handy arrow pointing to it). As I recall, there were depictions of balloons and I think even lamp posts in the shape of Mickey heads, too.

Well, it looks like I’ve done it again – got the blue, got the yellow, got something FULL. I wonder how long before I run out of blue and yellow pics that match the Manic prompt? Stay tuned to find out on the next chapter of the Monday Meme Trifecta! πŸ˜€

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Mickey Mouse Chillaxin’ In Paradise

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Mickey Mouse Chillaxin'Third week in a row, and once again I’m going for the “Monday Meme Trifecta” – Manic Monday, Mellow Yellow Monday and Blue Monday.

Here we have Mickey Mouse, that most beloved of all Disney characters, lounging around in a hammock, diggin’ the sunshine. He’s wearing blue swim shorts, and surrounded by soft yellows that were used to depict the sand. This is actually a beach towel that I found in a shop in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World last October.

The scene reminds me of an idea I’ve been waffling about for a few weeks. Before I lived in Florida, I used to take my “ahhhh!” vacation each year on Sanibel Island. I would do nothing all day but eat, sleep, read, and go looking for shells on the beach. The world of work and other worries was left behind.

But ever since I’ve moved here, although I spend lots of time on Sanibel, I don’t get to have my week of unplugging any more. So, I’ve been thinking of booking myself a vacation… on Sanibel Island! Yes, 30 minutes from my house. Is that weird? Is it silly? It would not be the same if I took a week off and drove out to the beach each day. There’s something about being on the island for a week – it’s an insular experience, similar to going when you enter the gates of the 42 square miles in Orlando that makes up Walt Disney World, and don’t leave until a week later. Also, there’s something very appealing about being able to roll out of bed, walk out the door and set foot on the beach, all in less than a minute.

So, what’s YOUR opinion – should I do it? Should I book myself into a condo or hotel on Sanibel Island for a week? Please leave a comment with your thoughts!

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Fire, yellow, blue, MAGIC! on Disney’s Yacht Club beach

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For the second week in a row, I take it as a personal challenge to use photos from Disney that meet the requirements for all three of these Monday photo memes – Manic Monday, Mellow Yellow Monday and Blue Monday.

IMG_6726_crop-Disney-Yacht-Club-beach-yellow-moonLast October, I attended a geek conference at the Walt Disney World Dolphin hotel. I stayed next door at Disney’s Yacht Club resort. Conference weeks are totally exhausting. You arrive full of vim and vigor on Saturday and go to the parks. Sunday you ease into the conference thing by attending your first session at 11:00 am – the “soft opening” of the conference, if you will. When you’re done, you go to EPCOT to get some dinner at the Food and Wine Festival and stay late, eating and drinking – and blogging! You wander back to the hotel after the park closes and in the morning, the fun begins in earnest.

Monday morning comes and *BAM* – 7:00 am breakfast tent/industry networking opportunity, then the keynote address, followed by an insane mixture of sessions, seminars, logging into work to check email, picking up voice mail, returning calls, averting crises, rinse and repeat. At the end of the day, you might go down to the Expo floor and see what goodies the vendors are giving away (the conference hosts themselves had uncommonly decent ballpoint pens last year!). And then you head off to EPCOT again, because you are in Disney World, and it’s just a short walk away, and your Florida resident annual pass is burning a hole in your pocket, and food and wine as yet unknown are calling AND the park is open until 9:00 PM.

IMG_6727_crop-Disney-Yacht-Club-beach-fireworks-blue-moonAlong about Wednesday, I was starting to get tired, and actually left the park before Illuminations even began. As I ambled up to the Yacht Club, I realized it was movie night! There was a screen set up with parents and kids snuggled down on loungers watching Cars. I dallied to watch a scene or two and suddenly there were popping sounds and people running out to the beach to see. I turned around and there was the moon, high over the Beach Club resort, with the colorful fireworks from Illuminations visible above the rooftops.

So, there we have it – fire, yellow, blue, MAGIC! :)

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EPCOT at Walt Disney World – blue, yellow, CANDY!

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05-24-08_1639-EPCOT-Pocky-candy“Candygram… Landshark!” OK, who besides me is old enough to remember where that line came from? πŸ˜€ No googling now, that’s cheating!

My oldest niece LOVES Pocky. Last May I picked some up in the Japan pavilion at EPCOT and mailed it to her. I guess you could say I sent her a candygram. Unfortunately, it melted in the heat, but she says it was still edible! Don’t tell her but I think it might have been melted BEFORE I mailed it and not enroute. I did make a stop at Downtown Disney on the way home, with the candy in my luggage, and it was pretty hot that day…. Since then, she has discovered a local place where she can buy Pocky unmelted. I bet she’s relieved!

IMG_7147-EPCOT-Universe-of-Energy-geosphereUniverse of Energy Ellen Degeneres stars in this attraction, along with Bill Nye The Science Guy. It’s an informative show, and I like the message about different ways to produce energy besides fossil fuels.

It’s my big ambition in life to get this same shot, only with the monorail going by. And everything is in focus. Well a girl with no schooling or skill in photography can dream, can’t she? I love the cobalt blue of the Universe of Energy icon contrasting with the yellow of the flowers. Blue and yellow together have to be one of the world’s best color combinations.

IMG01482-EPCOT-festival-center-trash-can-artBut ma, I swear, it SPOKE to me! This festive-looking trash receptacle is primarily a teal blue and a golden yellow. It was found in the 2008 Food and Wine Festival center, which was located in the former Wonders of Life building.Β  It’s fun, but at the same time a shock, to walk into an attraction that used to be all about little kids, and find it filled with racks and racks of international wines!

Some of the trash cans at Walt Disney World talk – this isn’t one of them, but there IS one in EPCOT. Can you name the places in Walt Disney World where you can find a talking trash can?

IMG_7130-EPCOT-Wonderland-geosphere-fountain-show2008 Food and Wine Festival Disney went for an Alice In Wonderland tea party theme for last year’s Food and Wine Festival. It was lame. I’m not saying Alice In Wonderland is lame; the execution of the theme for the festival was lame. It was so painfully obvious that Disney did it on the cheap. Totally not up to their standards, IMO.

I waited for this shot and I’m happy with it. The fountain show was going on and I caught the spray in front of the geosphere/Spaceship Earth, with the scene from Alice In Wonderland in the foreground.

THIS HAS BEEN:

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What shall I wear? My closet needs an overhaul!

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What Shall I Wear? My Closet Needs An Overhaul!
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IMG_0232-what-shall-I-wearIt’s 61 degrees F here in Southwest Florida today, and I’m fixin’ to take a run out to Sanibel Island to do the Sunday Sanibel Bar Crawl with friends. Unfortunately, I’m having a couple of wardrobe issues, none of which can quite be termed a “malfunction”, yet troubling none the less.

First off, it would seem that I have clothing for extremes – shorts, or LL Bean flannel-lined jeans – but nothing for these 61-degree-in-between times. Secondly, it would also seem that things are not pristine within the hallowed walls of the walk-in closet in the master suite. There are empty hangers, which means either a) I don’t have enough clothes, or b) there’s stuff in the dryer that I never hung up. I have a lot of blue clothes and a lot of yellow too, don’t I? My fave colors are blue and yellow, so that’s a good thing! :) Also, a lot of them are Disney clothes. Yes I know how old I am, you don’t have to remind me. I draw the line at Pooh, ok? Tinker Bell and Mickey Mouse are fine, but there is NO POOH in this closet!

IMG_0236-shoe-disaster-closetDisarray abounds. There are shoes on the floor, conveniently located next to the shoe rack, which has empty cubby holes…. The luggage is supposed to nest, but it appears that it has not only nested, but given birth as well, for pieces of it have sprawled over what remains of the visible floor after the shoes. I am embarassed to show you the rest of the closet. Crap, none of this is solving my dilemma – WHAT SHALL I WEAR?

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SNOW White at Walt Disney World

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<h2>SNOW White at Walt Disney World</h2>
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Time for another Manic Monday post! This week’s prompt is “SNOW”. Well, I live in Florida, and I don’t have to deal with that stuff on a regular basis any longer! So, here’s Florida’s version of “Snow” – White, that is πŸ˜€

EPCOT, April 22nd, 2004 – alone –

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and with Dopey

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DISNEY-MGM STUDIOS, April 24th 2004

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Love the waves in her skirt on this one –

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With a few of the Seven Dwarfs –

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November 5th 2004 – a mural in the queue for the Snow White ride at Magic Kingdom –

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May 28th 2005, EPCOT, Flower & Garden Festival –

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May 12th 2007, EPCOT, Flower & Garden Festival (and I’m afraid I chopped off her hair bow) –

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May 24th 2008 – EPCOT, Flower & Garden Festival. Those of you who have been reading here for a while should recognize this as “Sky, Ho! Sky, Ho!”, a Skywatch post –

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A tour of my home office

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A tour of my home office

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ClutterCentralToday’s Manic Monday prompt is “office”. I haven’t had an office in an office building in quite some time. As mentioned in the About Tink *~*~* tab, I’m fortunate enough to be a full-time telecommuter. One of the stipulations of my telecommute agreement with the firm is that I have a dedicated space free from distruptive influences and distractions in which to work. When I lived with my brother prior to building this house that I live in now in Florida, my office was upstairs in what I called “The Suite At Chez Bro” – basically, I had the run of the whole upstairs of his house. In fact, a photo of my office at Chez Bro was the first photo I ever uploaded to Flickr! If you click the photo to the left, you will be brought to Flickr in a new window, where you can view the clever tags I placed all over the photo.

Once the new house was completely built and I moved to Florida, I converted one of the bedrooms in my house into a home office. It took me a while to get it all set up. I don’t believe in credit card debt and therefore it took me a while to acquire all the furniture. Now I spend most of my work day in there, and I am glad that I took the time to put together a room that is both comfortable and functional.

Woven Mickey Mouse throw from Walt Disney World Orlando, May 2008

This oversized, overstuffed chair folds out into a twin bed; you have to roll the ottoman away to do that. I got it from the JC Penney catalog. I like to sit here with my laptop and work, or drape myself all over it with the headset on during conference calls. That lamp is ancient – it used to stand beside the upright piano in my grandparents’ house, and was one of the few things I actually requested when they passed on. Those particular shelves hold books, jars of sea shells and some loose seashells too. Also, one shelf is a shrine to Tinker Bell and also holds a few other Disneyana-type objects. The bottom shelf has all my childhood books; although many of them are in sad condition and falling apart, I cannot bear to part with them.

IMG_4444-Home-Office-Book-Shelves-2Sitting on the love seat in my home office, this is what’s right in front of you. That fan on the shelf was used by me in many productions of The Merry Widow (in which I played Valencienne) and La Traviata (in which I played Flora). On the shelf below that, you can see that the final Harry Potter book is not on the shelf with its brethren. That’s because it was not published until July 2007 but the photo was taken in May 2007. The bottom two shelves are devoted to my DVD collection. Most of the very bottom shelf are Disney DVDs.


IMG_4445-Home-Office-Closet-Windows-ShuttersStill lounging in the chair, if you look to the left of the book shelves, there’s a closet followed by a north-facing window. Even in the summer, the north light is cooler than in the rest of the house, but I still appreciate having the plantation shutters to shut out the heat if need be. Plantation shutters are all the rage in Florida, and they really do help to keep the place cool.

IMG_4446-Home-Office-DeskNot much changes over the years – as you can see, I still have a "clutter central" of sorts. A couple of things have changed. The fax machine/phone base has been relocated, and that cell phone sitting by the computer is about three or four phones back – since then, I’ve had a Motorola RIZR, a Blackberry Curve 8310 and currently a Nokia E71. I still haven’t put up all my diplomas, although I did buy frames for them. So the photo of downtown Manhattan, complete with World Trade Center "twin towers" retains its singular status on the wall above my desk. It serves to remind me of my roots, every day. Not only does it depict the place where I worked for many years, but I can tell that the photographer was standing in Brooklyn, city of my birth, when s/he snapped the shot.

By the way, this really IS a dedicated space for work. The house came with a built-in desk in the great room, which is where I use my own personal laptop. I’m sitting there right now, typing away at this post. Perhaps someday I’ll share pics of that space, too.

Do you work from home, too? Are you comfortable working from home, or do you find it too distracting? Tell me your story!

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Got a new coffee pot on SALE!

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Got a new coffee pot on SALE!

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IMG_0038-Old-Coffee-Pot Ah, what word strikes more fervent pleasure in the hearts of inveterate shoppers than “SALE”? My old coffee pot is from 1997 or so. It was a Christmas gift from my friend Grace, who lives in Maine. It’s a 4 cup Black and Decker. Before this coffee pot, I was using one of those aluminum top-of-the-stove drip pots that you pour boiling water into and wait forEVAH.





IMG_0040-New-Coffee-Pot-In-Box Well, I was at Tarzhay (that’s how the French would pronounce “Target”) and they were having a sale on everything and anything. I found this cute little 5-cup model. Coincidentally, it is a Black and Decker, same as the old coffee pot. You can read about it here at Amazon Black & Decker DCM675BMT 5-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Carafe, Black/Stainless




IMG_0041-Please-Wash-Me-New-Coffee-Pot While deboxing, I discovered that the new coffee pot comes complete with a scoop (it’s a perfect tablespoon – I measured) and an admonishment on an orange card in three different languages to “Please Wash Me”. I would never ignore such instructions. I don’t even remove the tags from my pillows. I’m a “rules” type of person.





IMG_0042-New-Coffee-Pot-Deboxed Here are all the pieces-parts of the new Black and Decker coffee pot, completely deboxed. The instructions say that we must run a pot of clear water, with a filter in place, through the post in order to remove any dust from the manufacturing process. Okay….



IMG_0046-New-Coffee-Pot-Has-A-Timer Oh, looky – the new coffee pot by Black and Decker has a timer! I’m going to have fun with this. I think this will make me get out of bed. I won’t want my coffee to get stale or have a burnt flavor, so I will get up on time to drink it.







IMG_0053-Old-dejected-coffee-pot The old coffee pot sits dejected on the pantry floor near the trash can. I won’t put it in the can yet, because I want to be sure that the new coffee pot is up to my rigorous standards first.





IMG_0058-Crap-stuck-to-electrical-plugI don’t understand why someone is paid to do this to the plug – put something on it to prevent it from being plugged in. It’s sort of creepy – what do they think will happen?






IMG_0062-Set-the-time-on-new-coffee-pot I need to set the time – right now it is blinking “12… 12… 12…”. I also copied down the steps for setting the auto program. We shall find out in the morning if it works or not!






IMG_0064-Usurper-Coffee-Pot Usurper coffee pot takes the place of the old one on the counter. I think this unit is actually smaller than the old white one. I will miss the white one, but it’s time has come and gone… will report about the quality of the coffee in the morning!





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Osborne Lights, Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Osborne Lights, Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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There’s one in nearly every neighborhood. You know the one I’m talking about. The house that goes WAY overboard every year. So it was with the Osborne family of Arkansas. Their hobby of doing bigger and better Christmas lights each year caused lots of traffic, which displeased the neighbors enough to seek a legal remedy to the problem.

Somehow, Disney got word of this and decided to relocate the Osborne family’s lights to their then-called Disney-MGM Studios. The lights now live in the Streets of America area, and Disney actually starts putting them up in the early fall, since there is so much to hang.

Without further ado, I present some photos I took of the Osborne lights on December 8th 2006. Click any photo to see a larger version on Flickr (choose All Sizes, then Original)

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Cyber Monday – SHOPPING!

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Cyber Monday – SHOPPING!
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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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Colorful! from Disney’s Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT

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Colorful! from Disney’s Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT
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IMG_6383-Disney-Epcot-Food-Wine-Festival-Tabasco-10-11-2008This very Colorful basket full of tiny bottles of Tabasco sauce was found in the Louisiana demo area while I was making the rounds at Disney’s Food & Wine Festival in Epcot this past October. The bottles were no more than one inch tall, and very effective at livening up the gumbo and Γ©touffΓ©e served there.

Yes, I realize that this would have made a smashing Ruby Tuesday post; however, when I saw that the prompt for today’s Manic Monday was “colorful”, I immediately thought of the striped fabric lining this basket.

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Turning Over A New Leaf

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Turning Over A New Leaf

(This week’s Manic Monday prompt is “leaf”)

I turned over a new leaf this past February. Started a new life on my new leaf, as a non-smoker. As the smokeless months wore on, the pounds piled on. This necessitated more leaf turnage, and I vowed to sweat a lot more in order to avoid those pounds. Alas, merely sweating was not enough to take off what was put on; it was barely enough to stop further pileage of poundage.

So leaves number 3 and number 4 needed some turning, those being a) taking up the use of free weights to put on a little lean muscle, for better more efficient fuel-burning, and b) the limiting of caloric intake, aka dieting. Ugh, I have NEVER had to do this before! How did I get to be 48 years old without gaining ANY experience *le gasp* DIETING?dunno

I started the epic sweating and calorie counting at the beginning of September. A month later, I have lost 7 pounds, and the sweating thing is really starting to get on my nerves. It does not come naturally to me. In fact, I freakin’ HATE it. I’ve worked my way up to 4/4 minute intervals of run/walking. I’ve worked up to 5 pound hand weights for curls, 3 pounds for lat raises. I can do 30 squats in a row without stopping, and believe me, my butt burns when I’m done.

Why do I have to work so hard to keep the pounds off? Why is nicotine so addictive and harmful when it clearly can keep people from getting fat? I mean, I had the normal middle aged spread before quitting, but I had NOTHING like the serious weight gain that occurred during the 7 months and change since nicotine left the building. How much weight gain, you ask? Let’s just say that in addition to the 7 lbs. I’ve already lost, I could probably stand to lose 10 more. AT LEAST.

But now, I am faced with a week of “last chance workout” because as of Saturday October 11th, I’ll be in Walt Disney World attending a conference by day and the International Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT by night.

Oh, you didn’t think it was time for another leaf, did you? Um, no. It’s the Food and Wine Festival, baby! Brings back fond memories – it was the very FIRST thing I blogged, and mobile at that! Yes, I started this blog a year ago, hooked up my camera phone to it, and ate and drank my way around the World for a week. It was heaven.

Of course, I was still smoking back then, so it was all good. Wasn’t any need to worry that I’d gain 5 pounds just LOOKING at the food. Oh, and I keenly remember the night I drunk-dialed Debbie Photobucket after discovering where the banana daquiris were being sold. That was epic!

You know, there’s got to be a few leaves available at this thing. I know they serve the salmon (seared with maple syrup!) on a bed of arugula at the Canada pavilion. So, arugula is leaves, right? So maybe I can find stuff to eat that has leaves, and only eat those dishes. I’ll make sure I turn ’em over before I eat ’em, too. This might ward off the poundage.

I just have this remarkably nagging fear that the entire 7 pounds that I lost during September is going to come and attack me in the night, adhering itself firmly to my thighs and tummy. OK, that’s a lie. Technically, it SHOULD adhere to my boobs. That’s where I lost it from, so that’s where it should re-adhere, right? Yeah, I know. These things never work the way we want them to. I mean, if I have to gain 7 pounds, would I mind so much if it was boobs instead of tummy? Probably not. So naturally, it will be tummy.

OK, enough of this. Those 7 pounds are NOT going to come back. I’m just going to have to sweat HARD this week plus while I am away. There’s a gym at the Disney Yacht and Beach Club (that’s where I am staying). And there’s a path all around the lake. I can do this. I can sweat! I will hate every minute of it, but I will do it.

The alternative is “comfy pants” and deprived boobs. We can’t have that!

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Formula: The Quest For Strawberry

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Formula: The Quest for Strawberry
from a Manic Monday prompt

Once upon a time, I lived on The Loverly Isle of Long, and I would get my roots done every 4 weeks with the PERFECT shade of strawberry blond. Not too blond, not too red, not too dark, not too light, the formula was the product of several years of trial and error with my hair stylist/colorist, Nancy. The final formula is comprised of three different shades from L’Oreal‘s professional line called Majirel, using 20-volume developer.

To say that I was obsessive about the appearance of gray brown roots is to understate the anxiety that would grip the core of my very being at the least whisper of new growth. I did some unusual things in order to preserve the color as much as possible until it was time to get it done again. I would refrain from using actual shampoo for 2 or three days after coloring. I used a conditioner called “Strawberry” every day (made by ARTec, which had been bought by L’Oreal). I would only use COLD water on my hair to discourage fading from heat, and would not use shampoo more than every other day. All of this, because red hair color shades are notoriously difficult to maintain. I did everything I could to ensure that the color remained fresh until it was time to beat the roots into submission once more.

Just prior to moving to Florida, I went to see Nancy for the last time and she wrote down my formula for me. Clutching this sacred slip of paper in my feverish hand, I also entered it into my Palm Pilot for posterity. Four weeks later, I walked into a local salon here in Southwest Florida, showed them the formula and asked them to replicate it.

Problem #1 – they don’t use L’Oreal Majirel and in fact, they never heard of it. When I said “L’Oreal”, they thought I’d been buying hair color kits over the counter in the supermarket. I had to educate them.

Problem #2 – I had to look at the color board and figure out for myself what might work. They were not at all willing to make a decision and then be accountable for it. Apparently, no one in this shop was the color genius that Nancy had been, and they lacked the confidence that goes along with such a level of genius.

Problem #3 – over the next two years, the stylists in that salon wracked their brains, played mad chemist, adjusted the formula time and again, but it was fruitless. They could not get it right. The color never looked even close to my old shade, and it also never looked natural. Sometimes it was too yellow, other times too burgundy. Yet other times, it appeared that my hair color had come from a box that said “Crayola” on it – amazing shades, but totally inappropriate for the hair of a grown-up businesswoman.

A “woe is me” post I made on a discussion board this past spring was read with sympathy by one of my Sanibuddies (that’s a buddy I met online who loves Sanibel Island as much as I do), who happens also to be a wonderful hair stylist and colorist. She had a vacation already planned for May, so I emailed her the formula and she picked up the supplies as soon as she landed in Fort Myers. Then one sunny spring afternoon, I drove out to the island to see her and she worked her magic. I cannot describe the happiness I felt when I looked in the mirror and saw my old familiar shade of strawberry beaming back at me. Yay!

We decided that I would figure out how much stuff I needed to do my hair for a year, and my colorist buddy would pick it up for me before she left. You have to be a licensed professional to buy the materials – I have no idea why that is but that’s the way it is. So she called ahead to put in the order before picking it up, and tragedy struck. One of the three L’Oreal shades required to make my color was discontinued! No more! THE END! I was horrified. After all this time struggling, to finally reach Nirvana only to have all my hopes dashed to hell. Not fair, not fair, not fair!

My friend did some research, consulted with some professionals and sent me a package when she got home. Inside the package were tubes of what she hoped would be a suitable replacement for the L’Oreal formula. The new company name was Pravana. I called Tootie and we made a Hair Day appointment. We were both plenty nervous. After following the proportions originally set out by Nancy all those years ago, it seemed like we had a ton of formula – too much just for a root job. So we decided that, since I was changing formulas, we might as well do whole-head, to avoid getting a stripe, and I made a mental note to halve the formula next time.

I will never forget leaning over the kitchen sink to wash it all out, and hearing Tootie remark calmly, “well, it looks exactly like a bright copper penny”. OMG, that’s not strawberry!, I thought frantically. What have we done? I could scarecely wait to see in the mirror, but tried to remain calm as the shampooing and conditioning proceeded. Finally, I was standing before the mirror with a comb in my hand trying to detangle. It was definitely REDDER than I was used to seeing after coloring, but it wasn’t horrible or unnatural. It looked even better after blow-drying; something about being wet had made it really bright, but the dryer it got, the better it looked. I took a picture with my Blackberry and emailed it to my Sanibuddy colorist friend, who by this time had long since returned home from her Sanibel vacation.

The next time we decided to have Hair Day, I discovered that althought I still had plenty of color left in the tubes, I didn’t have enough developer to get the job done. This is because we made so much formula the last time; if I had realized and cut it in half, there still would have been enough developer left. I had figured out that a tube of L’Oreal hair color is about half the size of a tube of Pravana. So when Nancy’s formula said, “half a tube of this and a quarter tube of that”, and I follwed it for the Pravana, it actually made double the amount of formula – and took double the amount of developer. A few emails back and forth with my colorist buddy, and we finally had a shopping list for a year’s worth of supplies.

So I sit here typing with 6 week old roots, waiting for my shipment. When it arrives, Tootie and I will have another Hair Day. What amazes me is that I have not fallen over from root anxiety yet, even though my roots are definitely beyond the point of screaming. The net result of this new formula is, as Tootie points out, the roots are not as noticeable when they come in. The contrast isn’t as sharp, so they’re not screaming quite as stridently as they used to. We’ve also discovered that after about a week and a half, the color fades a bit to where I want it to be, an extremely close approximation of the L’Oreal shade.

The quest for strawberry led to copper, and not without angst – but all’s well that ends well. These little trials and tribulations are necessary in life. They keep our minds occupied, and keep us off the streets and out of trouble!

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Atlantis Marine World – Long Island’s Aquarium

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Atlantis Marine World – Long Island’s Aquarium

Atlantis Marine World is in Riverhead, Long Island (New York). It’s a nice little place to spend the day with children who like animals. It made a wonderful outing for me and Bro. No. 2’s family during my recent visit to Long Island. My youngest niece, who is three and a half years old, had a good time. Today we’re going to take a look at some photos I took of this aquarium’s shark tank. This gives me an opportunity to participate in TWO memes – Camera Critters, and Manic Monday with an “iron” theme. Oh, actually, THREE memes – Wordless Sunday/Monday edition, too!

The shark tank is themed as the place where some of the pieces of the “lost city of Atlantis” landed when it sunk into the sea. There are lots of columns and pieces of statuary etc. for the fishes to swim amongst. Yes, fishes – there are many more types of sea creatures in there than just sharks! In addition to sharks, we saw manta rays, eels, and a few of the characters from Disney’s “Finding Nemo” – most notably, a boatload of blue Dory fishes! Dory fish The shark tank actually spans multiple levels of the aquarium. You can stand on the top level and look down into it, or else you can go downstairs and look through the glass wall at all who swim there. Here, we’re entering the lower level; hold onto your little one’s hand, because it is very dark, mysterious and cave-like down here!


Here we come to the part that satisfies both memes. We’ve got Critters and we’ve got Iron. Behold, I bring you all manner of fishy goodness, plus off to the right, there’s the cage with the iron bars which is used if you feel like suiting up and descending into the depths of the lost city to spend some quality time with the sharks, up-close and personal-like shark circling


Look, it’s a sea turtle! I sure hope Tootie is reading this, and my friend Dale/TurtleTrax too. And maybe Bobbie will come by and tell us what sort of turtle this is.

Due to the fact that I needed to pay attention to a very active 3 and a half year old during this little adventure, I took lots of pictures but did not mobile photo blog very many of them as the adventure happened (August 16th). So I still have other photos of this charming little aquarium to share in future posts.

If you have little children and find yourself on Long Island with a free day ahead of you, I can recommend this place. It’s in a pleasant, if out-of-the-way section of the Island, and if you go early and leave pretty much after lunch, the little kidlets will have the opportunity to fall asleep in the car on the drive back, getting a much-needed nap after a busy morning with the animals. Older children/teens and even adults might like to be adventurous and try the shark cage – hey, it could be fun, you never know!

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Disney’s Big-Ass Hat

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Manic Monday

Disney’s Big-Ass Hat
at Disney MGM oops I mean Hollywood Studios
Orlando, Florida
May 26th 2008

There are actually two things in this photograph that are “BIG”, which is the theme for this week’s Manic Monday.

First, and most obviously, we have the Big-Ass Hat, or to put it more genteelly, the BAH. Some look upon it as an abomination; one used to be able to stand near the front of the park and look down the main drag at the Chinese theater, which is an infinitely more pleasing and artistic structure. You can see a roof ornament of the Chinese theater peeking out from behind the BAH in this photo, just above the crescent moon.

The other “BIG” thing represented in this photo is Disney’s High School Musical franchise. The original production was an unexpected hit for Disney, and they moved quickly to secure the continued services of the original cast for sequel productions. That’s actually a float that paraded down the avenue and stopped in front of the BAH to entertain the crowds

Hope you all enjoyed my “big” submission for this week’s Manic Monday!

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Storm!

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While walking through EPCOT in Walt Disney World one day this past May, my family and I saw this STORM approaching.

A storm approaches EPCOT – as seen hovering over The American Adventure

We decided it was a good time to have dinner – INSIDE somewhere!

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