Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere Event 2017

It's that time of the year again. It's July and I really don't want to start thinking about Christmas, but Hallmark forces me to do so.

While my ornament purchases haven't been what they have in years past (due to the quality and size of their ornaments), I still am drawn into the feeding frenzy of the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere Event.

This year, there were two "limited quantities" I had to have: Ursula and the First Order Stormtrooper. Here are their pictures:

I know what the crowds are like for this event, so I got myself up early and headed to the Mall of America. Sadly, they have been closing a lot of the brick-and-mortar Hallmark stores, so we only have four left in the Twin Cities.

Around 7:30 AM CDT, I arrived at Hallmark and no one was to be found.

My choice was to wait in line here or to go back to Tim Horton's and grab a coffee. I did that. I should have just stood in line for coffee when I passed it. When I got back to Hallmark, I was 4th in line now. There were three people ahead of me. Not a big deal since I figured they would have enough of what I needed. (Note: Look over my left shoulder in the picture above, and you can see on the third shelf down a row of Ursula ornaments.)

Since the store didn't open until 9:00 AM, I kept to myself and played on my phone. I could hear the conversation of the people ahead me. As I figured, they were "Scalper Scum". These are the crooks who buy up all the limited quantities of anything and sell it on eBay for  a profit. I saw this all the time with our Walt Disney Classics Collection pieces.

The woman was instructing her daughter and husband which ornaments to grab when the doors opened. I knew I'd be safe with Ursula, but I couldn't see the Stormtrooper, and that's the one she was trying to get extras of. I always try and get an extra Star Wars one myself, but that's because my nephew has almost all of the Star Wars ones, so I want to give an ornament to someone who will appreciate it instead of someone who will be turning a profit. Capitalism is alive and well in America. I did notice the husband was reading a book I already read. If they grabbed too many Stormtroopers, I decided I'd tell him how the book ends, and it's part of a series, so he wouldn't be happy.

The doors opened, and I was lucky to be able to get the ornaments which I needed. Lucky for the guy, I didn't have to spoil his book. After the Mall of America, I had to go to another Hallmark which is closer to where I live and that's where I had turned in my Dream List. That's Hallmarks way of letting them know which ornaments you want, even though the quantities are already determined.

The nice lady got my bag with ornaments I had pre-ordered on my Dream List. She then informed me that sadly the had run out of Luke Skywalker. While it wasn't a limited quantities ornament, it had proven to be popular. I was a little disappointed. After I left, I noticed I didn't get Princess Leia, either. Double bummer.

When I got home, I went to the Hallmark website and saw I could still order Luke, so he'll be shipped to me. As for Leia, thankfully she's in the batch of ornaments that come out on October 7, 2017. I know she will sell out for sure. Here are their pictures:

To view the entire 2017 Hallmark Dreambook, click here.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Tiki Gods Are Smiling...So Is ThinkGeek

My wallet just said, "Ouch!" Last year, ThinkGeek released a set of Star Wars tiki glasses. Today, they not only released a second series, but they also released a limited edition set. I'm thankful they re-released the first set, but I wasn't about to let them all get out of my grasp this time! Now I just have to find a place to store them all.

Don't wait too long to get yours! Click here to shop ThinkGeek.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Hawaiian Shirt Day...Or Not

So someone at work decided it would be fun to have Hawaiian Shirt day. Everyone knows my taste in clothing, so my question isn't, "Do I have a Hawaiian shirt?" My question is, "Which Hawaiian shirt should I wear?" I opted for this beauty from the Dole Pineapple Plantation on Oahu.

To add to the ambience, I pulled up Subsonic Radio and pull up the Dole-Whip feed. Life is good!

A few people mentioned my cool threads, with matching socks and accessories, and I know I'm rocking the look. Then I had someone come up to me and called me out on my reading skills. Apparently, Hawaiian Shirt Day is next Friday, not this Friday! 

Oh well. Good thing I have a lot more Hawaiian shirts (Enough to make every Friday during the summer Hawaiian Shirt Day). Looks like I have one more week to figure out what to wear...again.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Spoiler: Only If You've Been Living Under a Rock

The headline is as follows:

Someone Edited the End of Rogue One Into the Start of A New Hope Because Star Wars is Awesome

We all thought about it when we were watching Rogue One, but thanks to one industrious fan, they helped us visualize what we only imagined. So, a great big thank you to Barre Fong!

Click here to see the clip.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Work of Art

I'm not going to apologize for my spending habits. And one day, I suppose I'll have to sell my goodies to pay for retirement. But in the meantime, I get to enjoy some eye candy of a different sort.

Today, my Britto Artist Mickey arrived. He's much bigger than I expected, but he looks great in my office at work! I placed him near some concept art, and I think it works well. What do you think?

I purchased mine from my friend, Febra, over at the Gift House in Lakewood, CO. Be sure to order your special treasures from her!

Click here to go to the Gift House website. Below are the details for Artist Mickey.

Artist Mickey
Disney by Britto Collection
Dimensions: 3.5"W x 9.25"D x 8.75"H
#: 4055227
Materials: Stone Resin

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Disney's March Madness - Not What It Used To Be

Many of us (and some of us who are not sports fans) have been looking forward to Disney's March Madness teams. This year, Disneyland isn't being represented. And the artwork is very lack-luster when compared to artwork in past years. Let's hope Disney gets back on track. And there isn't a Star Wars bracket this year, either!

Click here to see all the team art work as well as to download your own bracket.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Part of the Club

There is plenty to entertain you at the Denver International Airport (DEN). Being there at least once a month, I have my routine. Today, I needed to make a couple of conference calls, so I had to get to the airport really early. It shocks me to say this is the first time I've used the Delta Sky Club at DEN.

Other Sky Clubs that can learn a lesson from their customer service. Everyone is very friendly, but not only that, a nice gentleman came by to give me my coffee and Biscotti between calls!

There's even a nice view of Concourse A from up here. It looks so peaceful and quiet, but we all know better.

Of course, some people just make themselves at home in the lounge.

To read more about the Delta Sky Club at the Denver Airport, click here.