The perfect level of creepy

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This past year Anne has been smothering her lawn in order to start fresh this coming year. I just found one thing she really really needs to put as a center piece. Its a little expensive since its a tree but seriously, I would get one in a second if I had a yard to put it in…and lived in a zone it could survive in.

Presents

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I haven’t been in much of a Christmas mood. I put up the tree in hopes that it would help…not so much. I think that living in a place that the weather at Christmas feels more like late September-October has something to do with it. Also, that because I don’t live near family anymore, I don’t have a years worth of gift ideas stocked up also doesn’t help. So I turned to Etsy to hopefully give me inspiration. In that pursuit I also found some other stuff I really liked…for me 🙂

This little guy is so cute and he’s a jewelry box!

I really like this necklace…something about the acorns.

It would be cool if they had one of these with a girl sewing…but this one is great because the trees are very home-ish.

Pesky Gnomes

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Anne mentioned she was looking for potential yard art. I recommend some metal yard art from a guy named Fred Conlon. I particularly the Gnomebearers and the Flamingoaway.

Postcard

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Postcard
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I was using a new camera this past trip and this picture turned out absolutely awesome!

Susan Diving

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Susan
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Sadly Anne and Karl had to leave the next day. They left pretty early so we bid them farewell the night before. Jason and I had plans to dive the next day at the Living Seas, while Roland had reservations for one at the Coral Reef (the restaurant that looks into the aquarium). He was debating between getting an appetizer or a dessert. He went with dessert. He tried to take some pictures through the acrylic, but they didn’t turn out too well. I was trying to stay back because earlier pictures were too dark, but I think I should have come closer since there was no ledge above to block the lights. Ah well. Guess we’ll have to go back and try again 🙂

On thing I’m very excited about is that the new camera I bought has a underwater housing available for it. I couldn’t use it for this dive because they don’t allow it, but for other dives I’m totally stoked. I think I’m going to ask for it for Christmas!

The gang at the Sci-Fi Dine In Theater

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We met up with Anne and Karl later for dinner at the Sci-Fi Dine in Theater. I hadn’t been there in a long while and was sad to see they don’t wear roller skates anymore. We had a lovely dinner (I’m happy to say the menu has improved leaps and bounds since I last ate there) and enjoyed some oreo shakes.

With Todd English

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With Todd English
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We left Anne and Karl to their own devices on the next day to attend one of the Food and Wine Festival events. It was a Kitchen Conversation with Todd English. He demonstrated cooking two dishes which we got a tasting of. He made a beef with mushroom riboletta and a beet risotto (which was outstanding). It was very high tech, with lots of cameras in the ceiling and cameramen running around. There were a bunch of screens around the room so everyone could have a great view. After, he did a book signing. Since a copy of his cookbook was included in the price of the event we went over and had them personalized.

Flights of Fancy

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Beer Flights
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The next day we went to the Animal Kingdom in the morning and Downtown Disney in the afternoon. We took in some safari action and saw the Flights of Wonder show and came very close to winning a day fast pass to the Animal Kingdom through the Year(s) of a Million Dreams thingy. We played at DisneyQuest for most of the afternoon and Jason met up with us for dinner at Raglan Road. This is arguably our favorite restaurant and we always make sure to take people there. We like to go late to catch the Irish band and dancer. Most everyone enjoyed a beer flight (or three) with dinner and Karl *really* liked his shepherd’s pie!

Funnel Cake ‘splosion

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Funnel Cake ‘splosion
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When you are at Disney you must partake of the funnel cakes at one park or another. This time it was the Magic Kingdom and powdered sugar fun ensued.

Teacups

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Teacups
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Anne, Karl, and Roland went on the teacups. I wasn’t up for it and decided to take pictures. Apparently getting three adults into one teacup is pretty dicey, especially when two of them are over 6 feet. They really went after it too and were by far the fastest spinning teacup on the floor. Anne got some great shots from within the teacup, but mine came out noisy because of the setting I was using.