Friday, December 12, 2014

Look At The Size Of That Thing!

A coworker brought in donuts today for Friday Treats that are outrageous. I'm using my work iPhone 6 as a size comparison. These are some monstrous pastries!


I knoshed on the giant apple fritter. However, it's not as gigantic as this guy's apple fritter! It's from a place called Voodoo Donuts in Portland, OR. You can read all about it on this blog: My Own Little Women: Idleness and Dissipation

Me thinks a trip to Portland may be in order.

Time Tracking

Thanks, Google, but I do not wish to be reminded how far behind I am this year. I said behind.



https://santatracker.google.com/?utm_source=VillageHPP#village

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

'We're in This Together' Giclée by Manuel Hernandez

I have eyed this work for some time and I still hope to get it one day.



We Are in This Together is a hand-embellished Giclée on Canvas.  It's limited edition, signed and numbered by the artist, Manuel Hernandez. The edition size is 195. Given all that, I really shouldn't wait too long. I think it would look great with my other Jessica.

To read more about Manuel Hernandez, visit Disney Fine Art by Collectors Editions and clicking here.








Wednesday, December 3, 2014

What a Crock of Hooey

Here's a follow-up on that UPS package fiasco. I received an email from a customer service. Rep. No apology, but only a horrible copy and paste job.

Apparently we shouldn't bother with putting on stickers or writing, "Fragile", "Handle with Care", "Breakable", "Do Not Bend" or "This End Up". The proof from their email is they don't bother paying attention to those signs. Click on the image below to see a larger version of the email.

I almost feel sorry for Abdule G. when I blast him with a rebuttal. But I got over it. I think it's a sin that we keep giving money to companies like this who treat customers without any respect. I have heard lots of horror stories from my friends about delivery fiascoes from UPS, USPS and FedEx, so these companies are a necessary evil and they know that we are subject to their lack of concern. It still doesn't make it right.

I know. Life's not fair. Thanks, Scar.


Monday, December 1, 2014

She's Drawn That Way

During my vacation at Walt Disney World, I was looking for that special work of art that I could take home as my memory of the trip celebrating my 50th birthday. I looked at many pieces, and my friends who were on the trip with me will tell you how long my list was of potential contenders. But I kept coming back to Mulan or Merida at the Art of Disney in EPCOT. Han Solo at Disney's Hollywood Studios was also in the top three.

The day before my last day, I took another spin into the Art of Disney, and my mouth dropped wide open. It did! For now I saw Jessica Rabbit. Oh the agony of making me choose! As much as I was leaning towards Mulan, I was 'drawn' to Jessica.

Today Jessica arrived in pristine condition. I'm thankful given the mishap I had with my Christmas ornaments, but in the end they turned out to be fine (see previous post).

I'm thankful to several friends who, over the past four years, have given me a Disney gift card for either a birthday or Christmas gift. I hoarded them away in my safe and to be honest, forgot about them until I started looking in my safe for this trip. But thanks to them almost the entire work of art was paid for by their generosity. I've always said my friends are the best, and this is just one of many examples.

Every time I look at Jessica, I'll think of them!


And I'm thrilled with the signed and numbered work!


Here's the CoA. I'm sorry. Certificate of Authenticity for non-collectors. 


 To see more of William Silvers' work, click here and click here.

UPS: Utterly Poor Service

My packages from Walt Disney World have started arriving. I had my Christmas ornaments sent to work because I figured they were light and could transport them easily home.

Today the box arrived via UPS. Here's what the outside of the box looked like when it dropped off in my office.



Apparently those orange "Fragile" stickers mean nothing to UPS. Call me crazy, but if you have a box that size that only weighs six pounds, you'd say to yourself, "Gee. Maybe I shouldn't use this box as a base for all the other packages in my truck."

After I opened the box and removed the packaging, this is what I found inside.


I continued to pull out each box, my anger increasing at what I would find inside.


I couldn't even open this one from the bottom.






After spending over $130 on Christmas ornaments, I was about to see how many arrived broken, or should I say how many made it unscathed.

To my shock and disbelief, not one ornament was broken! Even Snow White and Merida kept all their parts.


But really, that's not the point. The point is thankfully the Disney Cast Member(s) wrapped and packed the box well for travel. It even stood up to the monkeys at UPS who mishandled the box. Shame on them for their poor customer (lack-of) service!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Disney's PhotoPass is great. You don't have to worry about taking pictures. They do it for you. Not only that, you also receive some professional pictures along with the ones of you.

So today after the Magic Kingdom closed was Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (Separate Pass).


Of course the Park is all decked out for the Holidays, and included with this special entry are fun things like a parade, fireworks, character greetings and of course, free cookies and hot cocoa. 

I didn't get to do everything I wanted to do and I missed out on some of the character greetings, but I was able to see the fireworks at a prime new location. If you stand behind Cinderella's Castle and near the Seven Dwarf Mine Ride, you can see the fireworks shoot off above Beast's Castle too. It was really cool.

And speaking of the Seven Dwarf Mine Ride, the wait times were outrageous during normal Park hours, but at the Party, it was only a 30-minute wait. It went pretty quickly, and the interactive queue helped distract people. Imagineering did a great job with that.

The new Fantasyland is looking sharp, and they did a fantastic job bringing the animated worlds to life. This was taken outside of the Voyage of The Little Mermaid by PhotoPass photographer, Timothy. I told him his name meant "perfect".

Some of the characters I did meet were Wendy and Peter Pan. For some reason, they asked a lot of questions about how I flew from Minneapolis to Orlando.
Overall, the Party was fun and it was a good night. If you haven't checked out Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, hoof on over to the Magic Kingdom for some fun times!