Wednesday, April 30, 2008

World Market

Cost Plus World Market is one of my favorite stores. I like looking at the furniture and decor, but mostly I like the imported candy and other goods.

They have their own brand of chocolate hazelnut spread. I bought a jar but have not tasted it yet. If it's good I will continue to buy from them.

Mmm, Toblerone...

Panda bear cookies. I hope they aren't made from real panda bears.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

National Dance Day - April 29th

Do you like to dance? I do. Whether at a party or at home, I like to move. I make it all up as I go along. I don't have any formal training, but one night I did take a swing dance lesson.

I'm not a ballerina, I just play one on the internet.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Heading Home

Before leaving the hotel I wanted to take some photos on the property. I love that southern California has so many palm trees.

I really like where I stay and the location. The room is big and has a microwave and a refrigerator. I need to keep all my soda cold and don't like to constantly have to refill my ice chest. The bed is comfy, too, but the blankets aren't thick enough. I need to bring my own from home.

I ate some Cheerios in the room before heading home. I needed the quick energy for the long drive, or at least until I could stop at Starbucks.

I stretched my legs at the rest stop in Buttonwillow. They had a lot of California information like where all the state parks and points of interest are. The also had a mileage chart which was fun to look at.

Just hanging around for a bit, getting the circulation going before I drive hundreds of more miles!

It was not a very long weekend at all. It was too hot - about 90° on the drive. I checked the weather report and it says weather is supposed to be in the high seventies which is so much more comfortable. Now that I am home it is time to plan for my next great adventure.

Third Day At Disneyland

King Arthur's Carousel is an enjoyable ride. I like the calliope music and feeling the breeze run through my fur.

My mid-morning snack was a fresh, juicy fruit salad. I washed it down with an ice cold Diet Coke.

The wildest and craziest hats can be found at the Disneyland Resort.

I went to the Build-A-Bear Workshop in Downtown Disney to add to my wardrobe. I wasn't looking for anything in particular other than the Disney exclusive items only available at this location.

They did have some new Princess dresses and outfits. I also bought some pink "ears" and some sequin handbags.

Holy cow! These ladies graze in the Farmer's Market area at the back of California Adventure.

There are lots of new things to be discovered on every Disney trip. Until July...

Day Two

The Princesses are my favorite. I dream of being a Disney Princess. Until that day comes, I will just dress like one and make believe I live in a big castle.

Just thinking about Dumbo makes me cry. That is one of the saddest, sweetest movies ever.

The Mad Tea Party is a lot of fun, as long as I don't spin too fast. I have the song stuck in my head, which is not such a bad thing. I enjoy the sounds of the tea kettles piping.

HONEY!!! If there is a place to find honey it's where Winnie the Pooh lives, in Critter Country. The glass cases are full of things I love like fudge, things covered in chocolate, things covered in caramel, things dipped in peanut butter... anything that is sticky and sweet I want a piece of. Anything except maple.

Anyone can play a game of checkers in the Market House on Main Street. It's a good idea to play against someone, though.

I had another snoozle at the hotel then went into California Adventure in the evening. This is in the Engine Ears toy store, a giant train as the centerpiece for the shop.

I met a celebrity - Pooh! He is so sweet and cuddly.

I ran into another celebrity - Hopper in A Bug's Land. He wasn't too happy when I climbed up on him for a photo.

First Day

I went on the Astro Blasters and scored 21,000 points. After the ride I went in the shop.

A trip to Disneyland is not complete unless I have a pineapple float from the Tiki Juice Bar. Frothed pineapple swirled on top of fresh cold pineapple juice is the best treat - not just on a hot day, but on any day.

I found this great hiding spot in a tree in a Frontierland store. It would be great to hibernate there.


The Indian is one of the most photographed items in the park.

Look at this neat tshirt I found in the World of Disney! I just wish they had one in my size.

I can't travel somewhere and not buy a caramel apple. This month's special apple in Marceline's is a peanut butter cup apple. It is dipped in caramel, then chocolate, then drizzled in chocolate and peanut butter, then chopped peanut butter cups cover the top, and again is drizzled in peanut butter and chocolate.

After a good nap at the hotel I went to California Adventure. I really enjoy the Redwood Creek area. I feel right at home with the snow-capped mountains, redwood trees, and rivers. Climbing and walking across the rope bridges is such fun!

All the walking and playing made me hungry. I went to the new Cheesecake Factory at the Anaheim Garden Walk. I had the Evelyn's pasta, it was pasta with a mixture of veggies and pine nuts. It didn't have cheese and also no tomato sauce which I am not really used to as far as pasta dishes go. But it did have delicious artichoke pieces on it that were awesome.

Dinner was so filling I had to bring my cheesecake back to the room. I got settled in, put on my pajamas and ate my dessert. I had a caramel turtle cheesecake. Not to worry, it was not made with actual turtles.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Going Back To Disneyland

Disnyland is one of my favorite places to visit. I love the long drive on I5, I know where all the Starbucks stops are and I plug in my iPod and go. I have already planned my next trip!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Jelly Bean Day

Today is National Jelly Bean Day. It's not one of my more favorite candies, but I thought I would celebrate the day anyway. I found some vegan beans, ones without gelatin, resinous glaze, beeswax, or mysterious ingredients. I don't like the black, white, green or purple ones. I much prefer pink, red, and orange.

I am looking forward to the next national sweet day.

Happy Earth Day

Do you have environmentality?

This is my recycle bin. Anything that can be recycled should be. Check with your local recycle center for a list of things that can be recycled. It's amazing all the items they will take! Not just cans and bottles, newspaper and plastic, some cities will recycle fabric like old clothes and sheets, hangers, styrofoam peanuts, juice bags and more! You should aim to have no more garbage than what could fit in your shoe box.

Using green cleaners is not only earth friendly, but also safer and healthier for people and animals. Citrus in place of harsh chemicals is a great alternative. These environmental cleaners are becoming mainstream and are carried in regular grocery and discount stores. They are also a lot more affordable than in the past.

Growing your own produce gives off oxygen, cleans the air, and saves money. Imagine going into your backyard and plucking a fresh lemon off the tree when you want one. Growing an avocado tree is one of the best choices of going green. In addition to growing your own fruits and vegetables, buying locally grown and shopping farmer's markets are excellent choices.

Composting is a great way to help the Earth. Even if you don't grow your own produce, many cities will accept donations to help grow city trees and flowers. Some things that can composted include:
*Fruit and vegetable skins, peels, seeds, cored, pits, stems - any part of the fruit or veggie you don't eat (and even parts you do)
*Egg shells
*Coffee grounds. Many Starbucks locations offer free bags of used coffee grounds to add to your home compost
*Dried flowers - after you enjoy a lovely boquet you may have received as a gift or simply bought yourself to enjoy, adding these to the compost will give the soil variety
*Grass mowings and other yard clippings
*Newspaper and cardboard. First shred and add a bit of water before mixing in
*Waste from vegetarian pets.

For a bigger list, check out some green websites.

Be a vegetarian or vegan. It not only saves the earth, it saves animals. With so many delicious vegetarian items and an endless amount of veg cookbooks it is easy once you get the hang of it. many restaurants are now offering vegetarian and vegan options now. Getting all the protein, vitamins and very little cholesterol, if any, it can also save YOUR life.

Using canvas bags instead of plastic will help save money and all the production and fuels needed to make new bags. Using totes made of canvas or bamboo to haul groceries and other purchases is an easy way to contribute. Most stores have cnavas bags and a lot of those stores offer incentives for using them, such as a bag credit or other chances at prizes or discounts.

There are so many ways to do your part to save the world we share. Wearing layers when it is cold instead of using the heater; using energy-efficient appliances and lightbulbs; turning off electronics when not in use and turning off lights when you leave the room; using rechargable batteries; taking your own cup to the coffee shop and use it instead of paper cups; buy from second hand shops; and so much more!


Sunday, April 20, 2008

San Francisco Part 2

I like to travel by train, even when gas prices aren't high. Caltrain is a fun way to travel. I really enjoy sitting upstairs and watch the Peninsula pass me by.

Today I wanted to do "tourist" San Francisco. Behind me is "hook and cook" which is a pirate-themed restaurant. It would be a fun place to go, but "Fish are friends. Not food."

I chose a vegetarian sandwich on sourdough bread at Boudin, a San Francisco original. You can't go wrong with sourdough!

I visited the California Welcome Center. Why would I not? The lady working in there was such a sweetheart! She asked my name and was impressed when I told her "Califia, named for California." She gave me a Pier 39 totebag, maps, and some coupons and other fun things. She told me to have a great day, she complimented my flair and said that I was really cute. She is exactly the kind of person I want to represent California to out-of-state travelers.

After the 1989 earthquake, sea lions moved to Pier 39 for comfort. They have been there ever since and remain all year long.

Alcatraz, also known as "The Rock." Every time I see it, I always think of Phil Hartman in So I Married an Axe Murderer. That is a fantastic San Francisco comedy.

A friendly greeter I met in front of a souvenir ship.

After I saw everything at Pier 39 I walked to Fisherman's Wharf. There is a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory there. Of course I stopped in to pick up some treats. Bet you can't guess what I bought...

A caramel apple, of course! This one had a variety of nuts, so good!

I stopped in the Rainforest Cafe. Not for lunch, just to shop around and look at the scenery.

The famous Fisherman's Wharf sign.

After I was finished at Fisherman's Wharf I strolled to The Cannery. They have a fun pirate store filled with everything pirate. Anything you want with skull and crossbones, anything with the Jolly Roger, it's all there. This is one of the greeters outside the store.

After that quick trip through the Cannery it was time to take a stroll up to Ghirardelli Square. I stopped in the soda fountain and bought a dark caramel Quake Shake. Let me say it was so delicious. It's almost as good as a Malibu Mocha. Almost.

I sipped my shake as I walked to North Beach where I had to catch the bus back to the Caltrain station. That was a lot of walking, but not un-bear-able. I sat on the train looking at all the postcards I collected during my stroll through San Francisco. It was a sunny day but very windy and cold. I don't know when I will next get to the city again, but there will be a "San Francisco Part 3" in the near future.