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knewton64
02-09-2012, 10:36 PM
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.....the story will unfold in approx 660 more days.:goodvibes



So until next time -

T.T.F.N.







"MY VERY 1ST TRIP 2 WDW / DISNEY WONDER" 01-07-09 to 01-15-09 (w/pics & video)
www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2062857
MY ADVENTURES by Disney "Spirit of America" Sept 2009 trip report ...
www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2201584 - Cached

DisneytheKid
06-28-2012, 02:18 PM
:thumbsup2 Cool! Looking forward to hearing more

knewton64
08-05-2012, 10:59 PM
......I am beginning to turn my attention towards this adventure.popcorn::



Hi everyone nice enuf to be reading my trip reports!!


My name is Kris and well.....I love all things Disney.:goodvibes
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(that's me on the back row....3rd from the right, TOTALLY freakin' out the 1st time I rode TOT 3 yrs ago);)
......and lovin every minute of it.



and this time, this adventure
means a lot to my heart as it will be taking me to see the Walt Disney Family Museum, a spa retreat to end all spa retreats & an evening sailing cruise in the S.F. bay, a tour of the Winchester House - among other things.:cloud9:



Lest we not forget the Golden Gate Bridge!!
( I am thinking about taking a bicycle tour of the bridge )






ANYWHO -

more to come -:goodvibes.....
.....esp pics of food (I am a foodie at heart) while out and about on the Wharf.......


......as there is more to this adventure as what I have listed above ONLY covers the first two days of this trek into the Golden State (now do you see WHY I always have a spa retreat???? IT'S cuz I am ALWAYS on my feet when I vacation).


IMO,
name of the game is to have fun while on vacation while taking lots of pics & video when/where I can; which I plan on a doin'.




Gotta run for now. Feel free to follow me if ya want on my below listed NYC adventure coming up in 752 more hours.:hyper:


BUT HEY -



WHOSE COUNTIN'??:laughing:





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Ok.......SO WHERE IS THE REST OF YOUR ADVENTURE?? WE WANT DETAILS!!;)






T.T.F.N.

podsnel
09-07-2012, 09:24 PM
Hey Buddy!

Hope you are having fun in NYC-

we are planning CA for next summer's adventure- San Fran (The GO card looks like a very worthwhile deal, and from a TR here I saw to buy it from the Alcatraz site- then it includes Alcatraz and the Disney museum was included too! Here's a link to the Go card- http://www.smartdestinations.com/san-francisco-attractions-and-tours/_d_Sfo-p1.html?pass=Sfo_Prod_Go. There is also a bike rental included- we will be riding over the Golden Gate TOO!) then Yosemite and Disneyland. :banana:

Interested to hear what you do!:goodvibes

knewton64
10-02-2012, 11:34 PM
Hey Buddy!

Hope you are having fun in NYC-

we are planning CA for next summer's adventure- San Fran (The GO card looks like a very worthwhile deal, and from a TR here I saw to buy it from the Alcatraz site- then it includes Alcatraz and the Disney museum was included too! Here's a link to the Go card- http://www.smartdestinations.com/san-francisco-attractions-and-tours/_d_Sfo-p1.html?pass=Sfo_Prod_Go. There is also a bike rental included- we will be riding over the Golden Gate TOO!) then Yosemite and Disneyland. :banana:

Interested to hear what you do!:goodvibes


Hey, thanks 4 giving me a shout out!!:goodvibes
Things are a beginning now to come together as I call this vacation "Part A" of my SO CAL adventure.


Part B?
Well, as of yesterday it's now offical & here is a clue to the what,when & in part where I will be going::woohoo:
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(I love to collect lanyard pins!)



I figure I will be getting up and running my 10 day "Adventures into San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and......thinking about Muirr Woods; Part B" trip report in about a month or so.



Until then, I am now taking aim at...
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....finalizing that dang elusive ticket to the Walt Disney Family museum (they dont sell tickets until 60-90 days out) for March 22nd.:upsidedow



Me visiting the Golden Gate bridge is all set for March 21st via a 3-hour guided bicycle tour of her & the surrounding area.
and
Me visiting the Winchester House is all set for March 23.:goodvibes



BUT HEY!!!!

Let's kick off this San Francisco, Sonoma Valley, Monterey adventure with a little somethin' here:
(I promise to take lots a pics & video)




How about a train ride from Dallas to Ft Worth Texas!!:goodvibes
......just to get a cheeseburger at of all places:


THE LOVE SHACK restaurant


AND......



followed by the next day a 4 hour wine tasting/dinner out at some local wineries (Grapevine, Texas).:upsidedow
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(YUMM!!)



Details coming up in about 3 weeks (over Halloween).



So, until then,


Here is a little Disney music to keep ya in the mood:
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** DOUBLE CLICK YOUR COMPUTER MOUSE OVER VIDEO 2 PLAY **




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Checking out the Tarantula Train (Grapevine, Texas) while headin' on over to COW TOWN


and



Why this "Child of Grace" ('Ladybug') is the love of my Life:
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("WHO ME? GET INTO TROUBLE?? **N-e-V-e-R**"):lmao:



** T-minus 170 more days **



T.T.F.N.

PrincessInOz
10-06-2012, 04:45 PM
Sounds like you have an eclectic trip planned. San Francisco is one of my favourite cities to visit.

And I love LadyBug!

knewton64
10-27-2012, 10:55 AM
Saturday Oct 27th:wave:
High of 55 and low of 37 degrees
(BBRRRRRRR)!!





I am at the Hilton Hotel DFW Lakes right now - about to begin my 4 hour wine tasting/dinner out at Grapevine, Texas.:cool2:


I view this as a
tuneup if you will for what I am expecting while out in San Fran.:goodvibes



I have done some initial 'research' on my wine likes/dislikes & from what I an tell initially, I like wines on the sweet side.
(I am soooooo new to the wacky world of wines).


And some of the wines I do know I like are
Honeymeade (or any variation of Meade) wine or a hot-toddy drink.:thumbsup2




ANYWHO -

So, this afternoon is bound to be quite adventerous for me as I will give an update on this as well as my 'review';) on "Frankenwienie" the movie.:upsidedow
- (I promise to take plenty of pics & video during the wine tasting) -



NOW "LADYBUG" ON THE other hand??
She is not too thrilled she can't go with me today but she does send her regards and thanks to her fans.:)





P.S. Sunday I have a train ride from Dallas to Ft Worth (so I can enjoy of all things a cheeseburger at "The Loveshack") and then Monday I am off to see the Titantic exhibit.


Until then -





T.T.F.N.popcorn::

knewton64
11-02-2012, 11:34 PM
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Ok - so where did I last leave ya??



So our motorcoach picked us up promptly @ 11:30am &
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along the way, we learned a few things about Texas wines and such.


From the didga know file:
Did ya know that Texas fourth in the nation in regards to making wine?:goodvibes
(California is 1st and Texas is fourth & Washington is fifth).


Soon, we arrived at our first stop:
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I tell you what, I learned so much about wines at this first stop as I must have drank approx 3 FULL toal glasses of wine!!:upsidedow
(their Prairie Rose wine I liked the best).


Mental note: I am sooooo glad I stopped off at Subway & grabbed a small sandwich cuz WOW!! That wine tasted good!!:thumbsup2
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Here is a short blip about the winery:
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** DOUBLE CLICK WITH YOUR MOUSE & THE VIDEO WILL PLAY **



But before we knew it,
it was time to head off for some much needed lunch as we soon all laughing and having a great time. Hmmmm.....wonder if the wine had anything to do with this??:lmao:
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SO what better way to 'loosen up';) the group by some more wine tastings:
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So while having fun trying out some more wine and checking out all the funny & outrageous Halloween costumes, I just had to have....what else but a Margherita pizza w/my wine:
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and their dessert was pretty good as well:
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ANYWHO -



By now, I was feeling quite happy as was everyone else as we did some serious window shopping with some stores close by. Soon, it was time to head off to our last stop:
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and -
to enjoy a little 'wine 101'-
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** DOUBLE CLICK WITH YOUR MOUSE OVER THE ABOVE VIDEO & IT WILL PLAY**




Here is a little more about the winery:
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** DOUBLE CLICK YOUR MOUSE & IT WILL PLAY **

IMO, their Texas Rose wine was the best.



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and before I knew it, it was time to head back to the hotel.:confused:


Man - I was having fun!!

Ah well, we said our goodbyes to our newly found friends as I was off to Grapevine Mills Mall to catch a late showing of "Frankenwienie" -popcorn::


I timed it just right (seriously) that I arrived at the Mall, got out of my car and bought a movie ticket........walked up to the snack bar....

Got some popcorn & a drink .......


and walked up and sat down in the movie theatre.......

JUST RIGHT when the movie was starting!!


COULDN'T have timed it better.:cool1:




Got home late -


Ladybug:hyper: was waitin' as I filled her in on all the wonderful memories I had for the day.





Loved the Homestead Winery & that Tim Burton movie.
Overall, I have become a:snooty:
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and am very appreciative of the learning of wines now that I am about 130 days out of heading to San Francisco.








UP NEXT:
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Catch a train ride with me (sittin' in the cab of the locomotive) as we head off to the Ft Worth Stockyards -






T.T.F.N.

knewton64
11-04-2012, 10:16 PM
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SO I am up in one of the stores in the city, checking out their hot sauces when I see this sign:





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That just made my day!!:lmao:







Ok, now on with the show -popcorn::





T.T.F.N.

knewton64
11-04-2012, 10:21 PM
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Sunday Oct. 28th:::cool2:
Sunny skies w/high of 58 degrees



Since I am on a course to see the Walt Disney Family museum in March,
today was quite a thrill for me as I was determined to put myself in Walt's shoes and get a feel for what life must have been like for him putterin' around with the Lilly Belle way back when.


I WASN'T DISASPOINTED::thumbsup2
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and -
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Well, I met Engine #2199 at the Grapevine RR and after having fun conversing with Iola at the depot -

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it was time to hop on aboard and have fun:
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Here we are just getting started leaving the depot and heading out to the Stockyards of Ft Worth::wave2:
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** DOUBLE CLICK OVER THE VIDEO W/YOUR MOUSE **



Here is a pic of the Engineer & crew -
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The hour ride on over to the Stockyards was fun for me as the train slowly rocked you back and forth as it went down the tracks and the scenery was beautiful:
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and -
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(okokok.....love the grafitti!!!!;))


And the two in the cab just really made my day bringing me up to speed on the differences between diesel and steam engines (very similiar) and such as before we knew it, it was time to disembark and go find "The Love Shack:"


Here we are entering the Ft Worth Stockyards train station -
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** DOUBLE CLICK ON YOUR MOUSE OVER THE ABOVE VIDEO & IT WILL PLAY **








COMING UP:

LOVE SHACK, OH LOVE SHACK.....where for art tho??popcorn::










T.T.F.N.










UP NEXT:

knewton64
11-10-2012, 08:11 AM
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I had fun talking with these two (I learned so much about locomotives on this day & would highly recommending doing this:cool2:) as one got out of the cab and went out to the roundabout to get #2199 ready for the return trip back to Grapevine -
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But soon I discovered something that just didn't make my day -
RATS!! :confused:


LOVE SHACK TOO FAR!!


and "Joe T Garcias" (Mexican restaurant)???
too far of a walk!!:eek:


Think!! Think!! Think!!


I think & I thunk;) too hard & soon my mind was craving a margarita
and I found one at this place:
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the inside of the place:
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and -
love those ritas!!:woohoo:
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Not bad food:goodvibes -
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ahhhh!! Choices, choices, choices....;)
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Afterwards, I did some 'serious' window shopping -
.....and some of the window displays were too funny:;)
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But - before I knew it, it was time to think about mozying on back to the train. Before I climbed back into the cab, I just had to peer into one of the pullcars to see where I was supposed to be but opted enstead to ride in the cab:
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I tell ya, riding in the cab was so much fun cuz it really gave me a sense of what it was like way back when when trains were THE mode of transportation and I can also just imagine that one had to BE seen as well; thus it makes ya wonder how it must have been like riding in the observation car of the Disneyland RR way back when.:goodvibes


kinda like riding in this (I miss those cabooses & wish they would make a comeback):
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ANYWHO -



6pm was quickly upon me as we returned to the Grapevine RR and I said my goodbyes to the Engineer & crew. I really didn't wanna leave I was having sooooo much fun today. But I knew that I had one more "pre-San Fran" day left in me and that would be the next day seeing the Titanic exhibit and checking out an area brick oven pizza restaurant.



Ladybug was glad to see me as I returned home with a Subway sandwich and some treats for her & soon I filled her in on all the details as we played quite a mean;) game of frisbee out in the backyard.


- It was a game of seeing who could wear the other 'person' out & I feel she won:lmao:.






UP NEXT:


Checking out the Titanic exhibit on Monday Oct 29th.
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T.T.F.N.

PrincessInOz
11-10-2012, 10:13 PM
WOW! Looks like a fantastic time in Fort Worth/Grapevine. Love the train ride. Thanks for sharing.

knewton64
11-16-2012, 11:15 PM
WOW! Looks like a fantastic time in Fort Worth/Grapevine. Love the train ride. Thanks for sharing.




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(a windmill out by the Grapevine, Tx RR depot)



The atmosphere inside the locomotive cab was fun, the conversation was very enlightening (I understood about 70% of what the Engineer and crew were saying) and seeing the world through their eyes was truely a life changer for me.:thumbsup2



ANYWHO -

From 'Maui Downhill" (in Hawaii October 2011) to now this, it is giving me the courage to add another item to my 'bucket list:"popcorn::




SKY-DIVING.





P.S. Be on the lookout for new adventures by yours truely as I have slated either a Paris/London vacation June 2014 OR a Mount Rushmore adventure...


but.........



definately a Disneyland adventure New Years Eve 2014.
(my birthday is December 30th):goodvibes





Hmmmmmmm........ that reminds me!!:confused:




I have GOT to get started on my "Rose Bowl" 10 day pre-trip report as the fun begins for that adventure in late December 2013:goodvibes





But about that Titantic exhibit....


T.T.F.N.

knewton64
11-16-2012, 11:31 PM
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(model of the Titanic at the very beginning of the exhibit)


Monday Oct 29thpopcorn::
Sunny Skies w/high temp of 62 degrees






Today got started quite early for me as L.B. & I went out to the neighborhood park for some serious jogging with her & I afterwards heading back home with her getting some much needed breakfast down her & me getting ready for my big day:


Seeing the Titanic artifacts @ the Ft Worth Science and history museum.
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And with a quick hug to LB, I was off in my car and to Cowtown.
No wait.........:rolleyes1



that was in my car WITH a Subway sandwhich, Dr Pepper and some CC cookies while DRIVING TO Cowtown.
(love their Subs).:woohoo:




ANYWHO -
After about an hour, I rolled on up to the place and gave the admissions person my ticket. Seeing what I saw (the Titantic picture in posting #11) really caught my eye as I knew I would be in for a treat.

As I entered the exhibit, I was handed this:
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(a boarding pass with a passenger's name on it)



As my name for the day was Mr. Thomas Andrews; which I recognized immediatly as one of the many who didn't make it that fatefull night.



From the Digda know file:

that Guests staying on the Titanic used skeleton stateroom cabin keys -
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(hallway representation of the 1st class section of the ship)



....just imagine how much money it would have taken to have had use of one of its 1st class cabins:
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ABOUT THE ARTIFACTS ON DISPLAY:



Whereas it was very insightfull to see them, it was also just a little bit creepy to know that what I was looking at came from people who met their demise in a very very awful way.


But.....


It was also fun to see:


1) Gold standard issued U.S. currency
2) playing cards from that era.
3) a boulder hat
4) reading glasses
5) a pair of p.j. s.
6) sheet music
7) a lot from the ship itself; like some of the components from the watertight doors.
8) one of the ship's horns.



All in all, it was truely amazing to see all that they brought up from the ocean floor. I really enjoyed seeing this exhibit as it really brought home for me what I experienced on my "Titanic Walk" while in Queenstown Ireland last year:
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It isn't like what you see in "the movie" over in Ireland.



For starters, if you were anyone other that 1st class, you had to wait outside to purchase your ship ticket.
and once through that process, you walked down a gangway (now in ruins) that lead to a tender that took you across the inland to where they picked up mail and from there, the tender took to to the entrance of the inland to the waiting "Ship of Dreams."


Glad I read the book, "Titanic Survivor," by Violett Jessup before I saw the exhibit.:goodvibes



Check out the difference here with a representation of what the 3rd class passenger cabin looked like:
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ANYWHO -



Afterwards, I decided to go check out the Imax movie -
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Pretty cool movie I say, even for it being filmed in the late 1990's!!:thumbsup2



Soon, I began to have a pretty bad case of the munchies


The answer???

BRICK OVEN PIZZA!!
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So I boogied on over to INZO's for a bit and had some FAB chese sticks for an apetizer:
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(and wine);)


Who knew I would really enjoy thin crust pizza but this one ROCKED!!:thumbsup2
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fresh! Tasted homemade - YUM!!!!:cloud9:



Their dessert hit the spot of what was really a fun fun fun day for me:
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I took home half of the pizza and half of the desert with me and hit that cruise control while driving back home; listening all the while to my San Francisco burned cd of music and the fresh smell of some awsome pizza.:)


WHAT MUSIC YOU SAY?????




Details coming up.popcorn::





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Doing the double digit dance and beginning to break out my suicase and putting some things in it, etc.






:wave2:**** T-MINUS 127 MORE DAYS ****:wave2:


P.S. Since I am a self-confessed 'foodie,' Now do you see why I had fun that am jogging??:lmao:










T.T.F.N.

knewton64
12-16-2012, 10:33 PM
......Make not only Lemon-aid but also save one to grow a lemon tree and sell the lemons to the general public!!;)



Ok.....what I am trying to say is that the booking agent that I went through for this vacation, Collette Vacations.com "just decided" to no longer offer this vacation!!:furious:
(SHAME ON YOU COLLETTE VACATIONS.COM)!!


So......what to do - what to do.:confused3



After taking about 2 weeks to decide what to do, I have made up my mind and I am also in the process of doing something so totally "rated G' insane with the money I would have spent on this vacation.:crazy2:



Also,
keep in mind this blog will now be used for my upcoming 10-day "Rose Parade & Coastal California" vacation; booked through YMT Vacations.com. And the fun for this vacation begins in approx 360 more days.:goodvibes



BUT...........what will I be doing in March (The time I have alloted for this now Collette Vacations.com canceled vacation)??


And what did I do with the money I would have spent on that vacation??





DETAILS COMING UP -popcorn::








T.T.F.N.

knewton64
12-22-2012, 12:21 AM
Well, after spending a few weeks deciding what to do . what to do, what to do...............



I decided to do something "totally" insane with the money -
and in the process celebrate -:cool1:



and move forward and away from the debacle over my newly March 2013 Collette Vacations.com canceled vacation that I didn't choose to cancel.
(TAKE NOTE HOW I HAVE NOW CHANGED THE TITLE OF THIS TR TO REFLECT MY NEW ADVENTURE)


I.......



er........


Well you see.........:upsidedow





I decided to pay (ahead) 14 months of my home mortage ALL AT ONCE!!:p
:cool1::thumbsup2

SIDENOTE:
- (I decided to go this route since approx 90 days out from any vacation is just IMO too soon of a turn around time to research, find and then plan any vacation & that moreover, I always have a 'bad habit' of turning vacations into adventures) -:goodvibes




ANYWHO -
Now, let me tell ya, it was funny getting my bank to reverse off the huge credit I had on my Disney credit card and apply it against my mortgage.




Meaning,
they told me there would be a '$XXX.xx' advance payment charge applied to my credit card if I did that.


HUH????:confused3





So I asked the bank rep if they could process me a refund check.
She said yes.

I then said
why not print one up now for me, I sign it and then give it right back to you to apply to my mortgage account.;)

She looked at me as if I had lost my mind.:rotfl2:




It took a few days, but I got the refund check in the mail, took it promptly to the bank and now have 14 months of my home mortgage all paid off @ once- which is good. :woohoo:
Hopefully now that will speed up how much I have left to pay on my mortgage.:cheer2:



THE BANK'S REACTION TO ALL THIS? :sad: followed very quickly by:crazy2:.




So,
I decided to celebrate and have a meal that would bust all meals; courtesy of SUBWAY (my fav place to visit):
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(a foot-long chicken sandwhich & 6 choc chip cookies) = YUM!!


and what meal just wouldn't be complete without -
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** that's a BLUE BELL cookies & creame chocolate milkshake with 'Manheim Steamroller' powdered cinnammon hot chocolate sprinkled in for good measure. **



I thought of adding whip creame to it but hey......since this meal was "0" calories , why add extra calories to it??:rotfl:




ANYWHO -



Along the way of all this celebrating, I finally figured out what to do with my vacation time coming up in March.









UP NEXT




Still keeping in the spirit of wine tasting 101 & other pre-trip assorted silliness AND as a side note, meeting up with my Disneyland vacation planner for an upcoming December 2014 adventure into Anaheim California.popcorn::
(okokokokok.....so I am getting a little ahead of myself)






T.T.F.N.

PrincessInOz
12-22-2012, 01:01 AM
......Make not only Lemon-aid but also save one to grow a lemon tree and sell the lemons to the general public!!;)



Ok.....what I am trying to say is that the booking agent that I went through for this vacation, Collette Vacations.com "just decided" to no longer offer this vacation!!:furious:
(SHAME ON YOU COLLETTE VACATIONS.COM)!!


So......what to do - what to do.:confused3



After taking about 2 weeks to decide what to do, I have made up my mind and I am also in the process of doing something so totally "rated G' insane with the money I would have spent on this vacation.:crazy2:



Also,
keep in mind this blog will now be used for my upcoming 10-day "Rose Parade & Coastal California" vacation; booked through YMT Vacations.com. And the fun for this vacation begins in approx 360 more days.:goodvibes



BUT...........what will I be doing in March (The time I have alloted for this now Collette Vacations.com canceled vacation)??


And what did I do with the money I would have spent on that vacation??





DETAILS COMING UP -popcorn::








T.T.F.N.

I totally missed this post!



But am all caught up now.


The bank was going to charge you an advanced payment fee??? Good to see that banks are the same all over the world.

Congrats on getting 14 months ahead on the home loan.

Now....where are you going on vacay again??? :confused3

knewton64
12-25-2012, 04:36 PM
popcorn::I totally missed this post!



But am all caught up now.


The bank was going to charge you an advanced payment fee??? Good to see that banks are the same all over the world.

Congrats on getting 14 months ahead on the home loan.

Now....where are you going on vacay again??? :confused3






Hi!!:goodvibes
I had fun the other day reading your TR ("Another Mad Dash") - loved it!!:)

I can tell that I need to 'save' it as a way to refer back to things as I get closer to my date of departure on this GUARANTEED vacation of mine.:thanks:




Me??
The fun begins December 29th 2013 -
as I will be heading off into: Los Angeles, Pasadena, Solvang, San Luis Obispo, Monterey & San Francisco.


Say, would it also be ok for me to ask you a few ?'s should I have any as I get closer in to leaving??




Until then, I am off again doing some mad planning for England June 2014 (through CIE Tours).popcorn::
(I was debating between 'Rick Steves.com' & 'CIE Tours' but I like CIE cuz I have been with them before & had no issues & they offer more places to see than Rick Steves.com)



That and finishing up planning a few things for March 2013 (that I will be doing locally) in keeping in the spirit of all things SO CAL.






T.T.F.N.

knewton64
12-25-2012, 04:38 PM
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(say hello to "Ladybug"):wave2:




....from Santa Beagle -


explaining that she has been a good girl all year.:goodvibes


So, per the letter, 'Ladybug' (who is now 16 months old) was informed to go look under the Christmas tree and find items with her name on them.
and what did she 'find' under the tree??


Why she found a gift certificate for a mani/pedi folowed by a bath
AND -
not one but three cases of wet Pedigree food
AND -
four boxes of treats
AND -
three chew toys!!:hyper:



Hmmmmmmm.......it must be the way she shows her emotions through her ears.;)




Dogs - gotta love 'em!!






T.T.F.N.

PrincessInOz
12-25-2012, 04:57 PM
Merry Christmas! Looks like the Beagle's been a good doggie. What about you?

Thanks.

Feel free to ask. Happy to answer if I can but there are a few locals that do hang out and lurk here as well. Ask and you never know who will chime in with local info.

I'm still updating that TR with updates from my November trip. Still have 5 days around San Francisco/Cabrillo to update.

knewton64
12-25-2012, 05:15 PM
Merry Christmas! Looks like the Beagle's been a good doggie. What about you?

Thanks.

Feel free to ask. Happy to answer if I can but there are a few locals that do hang out and lurk here as well. Ask and you never know who will chime in with local info.

I'm still updating that TR with updates from my November trip. Still have 5 days around San Francisco/Cabrillo to update.



I appreciate that as this will be my very first time into these cities.

As my things I will be doing in March to early April 2013 (locally) will center around food and wine & a few other surprises that will keep me in the mood for all things SO CAL.




That reminds me, I have got to tell you and others a San Fran comment that just had me laughing (from a Guest of ours @ work) - and it centers around of all things - PRAWNS.



Between that
& what's up with me and Christmas............
AND -

that I also have a birthday coming up
DECEMBER 30th.
**(now do you see why I am also planning a late Dec 2014 adventure into Disneyland Anaheim)?**:hyper:


I am suucchh tthhee ppllaannneerr.:rotfl:





DETAILS COMING UP -







T.T.F.N.

PrincessInOz
12-25-2012, 05:25 PM
Sounds like great plans. And Happy Birthday.

knewton64
12-27-2012, 12:08 AM
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(pic from inside a popcorn machine while visiting the FT Worth Texas Science & History Museum - Oct 2012)




Cuz we have FINALLY turned that corner in all things SO CAL.:woohoo:



First up, I finally finished putting together a cd of travel music to keep anyone in the mood for this adventure. :goodvibes


1) Bird Song" by Manheim Steamroller
2) "Country Idyll" by Mason Williams & Manheim Steamroller
3) "Classical Gass" by Manheim Steamroller
(#1, #2 & #3 are great for Spa retreats):cloud9:

4) "Enjoy It" by Maurice Chevalie
(just in case it rains):eek:

5) "Soul Basso Nova" by Quincy Jones
6) "California Dreaming" by The Mammas & The Pappas
7) "California Girls" by David Lee Roth
(#5, #6 & #7 for when I tour LA)

8) Mahna Mahna" by the Muppets
9) "Theres No Buisness Like Show Business" by Mary Martin
10) "Overture to Mary Poppins" ; from the Disney cd, "Mary Poppins"
(#8, #9 & #10 for when I tour Hollywood) :cool2:

11) "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere" by Alan Jackson
(what can I say?? I love 'ritas!!)::yes::

12) "Auld Lang Syne" by Manheim Steamroller
13) "I'm a Pepper" (the Dr. Pepper Theme song)
(#13 for the am on January 1st)

**** Hey.....I practically live off Dr Pepper while on vacation ****;)

14) "The Victors" by the University of Michigan Marching Band
(I can dream, can't I?):rotfl:

15) "Another one Bites the Dust" by Queen
16) "Double Dutch Bus" by Ravone Samone
17) "Pacific Coast Drive" by Doc Powell
(#16 & #17 for 'Motorcoach time' in between cities)

18) "Mission Theme" (theme for NBC NEWS)
(for when I tour Hearst Castle)


......and who can't forget -
19) "I Left my Heart in San Francisco" by Tony Bennett
20) "The Boudin Bakery"
(#20 & #21 came from a Disney cd I have)

21) "Seasons of the Napa Valley"
22) "So Long" from the Disney's 'Haunted Mansion" cd
23) "Happy Trails" by Roy Rogers



ANYWHO -


and looks like I have a 3 hour spa retreat (at a place nearby called Massage Envy) coming up 3rd week in February followed by a early dinner at a pretty cool seafood restaurant called Pappadeux; courtesy of good ol' Saint Nick.:woohoo:
(details forthcoming I promise)



Speaking of seafood (prawns)-
Got a good story to tell about a Guest of ours (where I work at).



Back a few weeks ago when I was feeling down :(about my canceled SAN FRAN trip, he came up to me one day & said to me:

SIDE NOTE: NOW KEEP IN MIND THAT I LIVE APPROX 8 HOURS AWAY FROM GALVESTON, TX & ALSO HAVE FAMILY THERE



SO -
with allllllll due deference to "Pepe":blush:



He (also from south Texas) said that a few years back, he went to San Francisco for the very first time and while visiting the Fisherman's Wharf area, he stopped off at a restaurant and had a wonderful seafood dinner that just really made his day.

Towards the end of his meal, he remarked to the Wait staff how wonderful that meal was.

Well, the Waiter approched him and replied with great pride:



WAIT FOR IT.......


WAIT FOR IT.............




NOW!!
"Why yes SIR! We just had these Prawns flown in yesterday from GALVESTON.":rotfl:




okokokokokokokok............I thought that was funny.:laughing:
as it DID cheer me up.




:bday:
With that, it
looks like I am off to Cracker Barrell this Saturday for a nice quiet birthday breakfast (that just can't be beat......pics forthcoming) followed by a movie.




I mean hey - it has been sooooooooooooooo long since I have out to Cracker Barrell. My mind is just saying:


Pancakes..................
Pancakes.......................








UP NEXT:



PIcs from Cracker Barrell &
just WHAT exactly am I doing April 12th-April 16th 2013 n relation to this December adventure??:scratchin





Details coming up.:3dglasses






T.T.F.N.

PrincessInOz
12-27-2012, 01:01 AM
Nice list of Californian theme songs!

I have Massage Envy too. I'm envious that you're getting one.

And I smell a fishy story coming up. You've left us hanging with a "gone fishing" sign on your thread. popcorn::

knewton64
12-27-2012, 11:48 PM
Nice list of Californian theme songs!

I have Massage Envy too. I'm envious that you're getting one.

And I smell a fishy story coming up. You've left us hanging with a "gone fishing" sign on your thread. popcorn::



Well, I figure it this way - I always do my best to open and or close any adventure with a spa retreat.
(PSSTTT!!!! the hotel where I will be staying at for this upcoming Dec 2013 adventure DOES HAVE an onsite SPA)!!:woohoo:



Meaning, it's like a feeling when seeing the Master bedroom section of the Dream Suite over in Disneyland (California).

Ya know.....when the picture behind the headboard is activated and the opening music to the Disney's movie 'Jungle Book' is softly playing in the background........it's just a really nice way to end such a nice vacation::cloud9:

Or as Disney Castmembers say -
'A goodnight kiss.'



Also,
I have now the burned cd of music (from my Ipod collection of 2,464 songs) in my car as I listen to it whenever I am driving to and from work.
It just puts me right in that "vacation sort of mind" & whatever was on my mind earlier.......just goes away.:cloud9:



NOW ABOUT THAT PESKY TOPIC CALLED "WINES.":blush:
From my very first experience in "wines 101" earlier this year, I discovered that I like sweet or semi-sweet wines; be it red or white.

BUT -


In preperation for Pappadeaux's Restaurant in or around Febr 6th area, I am discovering
that there are "sub-sections" of wines!!:confused:


Meaning - there are riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, blush (on the white side)..........

THEN
ya have Pinot Noir, Merlot, cabernet Sauvignon,etc of the Red side!!


RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!:crazy2:



ME?
I have tried chardonnay white wines before BUT.........
(it was ok.....didn't really grab my attention but was ok)



I am wondering what semi-sweet or sweet wines (RED?) would you suggest for a seafood meal while out in the SO CAL area (ultimately why I am trying to research this). The reason why I am asking this rather Goofy ? is that I have a desire to taste different wines that are local to the area; after all - California is the #1 ranked state in producing wines & I would like to be enjoying local assorted wines with local food.


I mean Gheesh la Weesh, I remember as a kid that whenever our whole family would go out to eat at a local restaurant......
say at a Mexican restaurant........


me?
I would order a CHEESEBURGER while there.:upsidedow



And I rreealllyyy wwaaaannnaaaa BREAK that trend.;)




Now
while looking at the Pappadeux's menu,
I have looked at (a white chardonnay) 'Cakebread', Napa Valley & (a white wine Riesling) J. Lohr "Bay Mist" ; Monterrey California & they seem to initially grab my attention.
BUT.......:confused3


Any others??:listen:





okeydokey -


I am off now to the wacky world of Cracker Barrel this weekend & plan on buying some chocolate malt balls afterwards from their gift shop........


boogying on home, (I decided NOT to go out to a movie), whipping up some fantastic instant hot chocolate with marshmellows drink
('cuz it's still COLD OUTSIDE):eek:

AND........


watching, "Scenic Napa Valley Sights & Sounds" dvd.
(by Ambiance Videoscapes)





Will let ya know my "review.";)








P.S. and speaking of 'fish stories,' there's nothing like just a kicking back on the edge of Galway Bay (Ireland) & watching the fish swim late in the afternoon while
listening to Celtic Woman's song, "Galway Bay" on your Ipod.:goodvibes





HAPPY EARLY NEW YEAR TO ALL
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(pic of the NYE ball in Times Square; from my NYC adventure TR; Sept 2012)







T.T.F.N.

PrincessInOz
12-28-2012, 12:56 AM
As far as wines go, I'm usually a one-glass screamer. One glass is as much of alcohol my body can consume before I pass out.

My general rule of thumb is white wine with seafood. You're looking for a sweet/semi-sweet red to go with the seafood? Maybe a zinfandel or a rose or even a lambrusco?


Hmmmm...I wonder if some of the other Californians might recommend a particular vineyard.



Happy New Year to you.

knewton64
01-02-2013, 11:39 PM
As far as wines go, I'm usually a one-glass screamer. One glass is as much of alcohol my body can consume before I pass out.

My general rule of thumb is white wine with seafood. You're looking for a sweet/semi-sweet red to go with the seafood? Maybe a zinfandel or a rose or even a lambrusco?


Hmmmm...I wonder if some of the other Californians might recommend a particular vineyard.



Happy New Year to you.




A HHUUGGEE thank you for some input as I have been busy on this issue myself these past few days.:thumbsup2

PPStttt!! I had fun the other day learning about you. It seems that on a local tv station that had a segment from one of your local speed boat operators (who were filming right in front of the Opera House) and one of the locals was trying to teach the tv Host how to say where there were from and how to say it if you are a local; which is

"stralia!" but......he kept on saying, "Australia."


Too funny.;)




ANYWHO -
about December 30th......



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(pic from the local Cracker Barrell restaurant; Dallas Texas)




Dec 29th (the day I chose to celebrate my B.D.) -


It has been a while since I visited a Cracker Barrell but for some dang reason, I was just cravin' some much needed pancakes so off I went to find some....and I wound up here::goodvibes
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SANFRAN-DEC13002.jpg




The interior of their gift shop had changed a little since the last time I was in but still, I felt right at home -
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While I was waiting for my B.D. meal, I decided to play this game (which by the way, I bought one from their gift shop to play now at home) -:yay:
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a pic from the interior of the restaurant side:
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and -

Love their fireplace!!:cloud9:
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Now DID I order some pancakes?? Well.....at the last second, this caught my eye:
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....and I tell ya what, those french toast just hit the spot JUST right!!:thumbsup2:thumbsup2



It was really fun to relax and unwind over a really nice meal w/no Dogs around, etc.
Just you, you and well...... you.:goodvibes




After a bit, I peered over my now empty plate of what was once some might nice French Toast and spied this menu:
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I never had a Baked Apple Dumplin before so I thought I would give it a whirl -
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Ok......THAT REALLY MADE MY MEAL COMPLETE!!:woohoo:




Soon, it was time to head on back to the ol' homestead (and to grab Ladybug) for a few laps around Duckcreek park.:hyper:

After a few hours of this, both of us were cold, wet, tired and well.....were in need of a small pick me up.


So, back to the home we both a went, she nibblin' off a few treats by her side
and me kicking back with some much needed hot chocolate and a few malt balls while we both took in watching a pretty good dvd called:

"Scenic Napa Valley Sights & Sounds" by Ambiance Videoscapes.
(learned a lot by watching it; wud highly recommend it)





AND SPEAKIN OF WINES -
Yes, I have been learning a lot about them these past few days. That's coming up in my next posting.popcorn::





T.T.F.N.

PrincessInOz
01-03-2013, 09:45 PM
A HHUUGGEE thank you for some input as I have been busy on this issue myself these past few days.:thumbsup2

PPStttt!! I had fun the other day learning about you. It seems that on a local tv station that had a segment from one of your local speed boat operators (who were filming right in front of the Opera House) and one of the locals was trying to teach the tv Host how to say where there were from and how to say it if you are a local; which is

"stralia!" but......he kept on saying, "Australia."

Too funny.;)





:scratchin And here I was thinking it was the Land of Oz! :rotfl2:

That segment would have been shot in Sydney. I live in Melbourne. That would be equivalent to the distance from LA to San Francisco.

knewton64
01-03-2013, 11:43 PM
;):scratchin And here I was thinking it was the Land of Oz! :rotfl2:

That segment would have been shot in Sydney. I live in Melbourne. That would be equivalent to the distance from LA to San Francisco.


OOPSIE!!:upsidedow
Oh well.....just goes to show ya about us Men & directions!!:laughing:




NOW, about that pesky 'wine 101' topic.........

I have this theory and it's just that - a theory about wines.
And it has to do with one's choice of beverage at breakfast time &
what is one's favorite soda to drink.




So depending of what one's answer is to either one of those two ?s will then set what kind of wine you like to drink.:stir:



For example, if one like to drink O.J. during breakfast time, then one is more apt to drink say either a red Full-bodied wine or possibly even a blush white wine.

Moreover, if one prefers a light colored soda (Sprite for example) over a dark (Coke or Dr Pepper), then IMO one wud prefer or lean towards a red colored wine.



BUT WAIT!!!!popcorn::



What happens if you drink tea???????:confused:


Well, IMO, one would have a prefential towards a light to medium red or white wine.




AGAIN......this is just a theory.:rolleyes1




ANYWHO -
I have been asking a lot of questions about wines these past few days &
from what I can see, I also can tell IMO that the enviornment also sets the mood for what kind of wine a person would want as well.


1) For example, IMO I would highly reccommend a Bunratty honeyMeade wine while over in Ireland.:drinking:
(you can taste the honey from the Meade & it has a slight after-kick)


2) and then a Mead (no 'e' at the end of Mead) while visiting the Scarborough Faire Festival
(makes ya feel like the 'bar scene' from the original "The Hobbit" movie!!) ;)




So, when I am over in SO CAL in these next few months, based upon my initial liking of semi to sweet wines (like the Texas Rose wine @ the Delaney Vineyards; Grapevine Texas) - I feel that my likes are more learning towards the Light to Medium side of red wines (a Merlot) followed closely behind by the Pinot Noirs.

and yes, I can handle the Chardonnay side of the whites ......



but I can tell that since I like Dr Pepper ALOT:faint:.........
(a dark colored soda)


Guiness on the beer side:cloud9:......................
(a dark colored beer)


This is why I lean towards the Red side of wines.:goodvibes




AGAIN......just a theory.:genie:






Now onto the rhealm of Napa Valley:

Looks like (unless they change it) YMT vacations will be visiting the Sebastiani Winery & Sutter Home Winery; which is good so my last day on this vacation is now settled.
and yes -
that was a pretty fun dvd about Napa Valley I watched the other night. Very informative and learned a lot about the area.




So now I am off the visit Massage Envy in about 28 more days followed by a wonderful meal at Pappadeux - looking forward to both as some much need R&R is needed for yours truely.::yes::






UP NEXT:



Getting envious at Massage Envy & just EXACTLY what wine did I order while visiting Pappadeux restaurant??:3dglasses






T.T.F.N.

knewton64
01-06-2013, 10:25 PM
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She & I are off on a small break.:goodvibes







Back in a few weeks.popcorn::






T.T.F.N.

PrincessInOz
01-07-2013, 12:02 AM
Have a great break and enjoy Massage Envy.


I wonder if you theory holds with me...

I don't drink OJ for breakfast but I like Cab Savs and Merlots. I also like Chardonnays.
I do prefer a Sprite and I do prefer a red to a white wine.

But wait....I drink tea....again, its the Cab Savs and Merlots for me.

:confused3

knewton64
01-07-2013, 11:32 PM
Have a great break and enjoy Massage Envy.


I wonder if you theory holds with me...

I don't drink OJ for breakfast but I like Cab Savs and Merlots. I also like Chardonnays.
I do prefer a Sprite and I do prefer a red to a white wine.

But wait....I drink tea....again, its the Cab Savs and Merlots for me.

:confused3




......so much for theories!!:lmao:




Ah well - I promise to be back after a much needed break.:goodvibes






Until then, just remember this VERY IMPORTANT PHRASE:



http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/th_PleaseStandClearoftheDoors.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/?action=view&current=PleaseStandClearoftheDoors.mp4)
(LOL)!!;)
*** DOUBLE RIGHT CLICK OVER THE ABOVE VIDEO W/YOUR COMPUTER MOUSE & THE VIDEO WILL PLAY 4 U ****





Ah......u can tell I miss going to a Disney park!!:cloud9:
(looking forward to my next DL adventure; NYE 2014)



T.T.F.N.

PrincessInOz
01-08-2013, 02:38 AM
Have a great trip and don't forget to stand clear of the doors. :thumbsup2

knewton64
02-05-2013, 11:18 PM
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(I received this in the mail the other day (my lanyard), now all I need is the ticket to the game & WOO-HOO!!:woohoo:)
** tickets go on sale in December **



Feels good to be back!!:goodvibes

So I receive my home mortage statement about 2 weeks ago and as I was reading it, I noticed something rather unusual in it as it appears my bank was attempting to 'be nice' to me by removing me from monthly auto bank drafting my home mortgage payment.:confused:

Hmmmmmm.........after a few days of thinking how to be creative in responding back to my bank, I have come up with a beautiful reply.popcorn::


Per se, in addition to me now (as of February) coming coming into my bank on a monthly basis to make the payment, I am also ADDING $100.00 onto it as a way to be 'nice' right back at them!!:lmao:


Banks......gotta love 'em!!;)





ANYWHO -



So I WAS all in the process in making a serious run at Sat Febr 9th via a request to enjoy a spa retreat date with my local Massage Envy location (Los Colinas, Texas)when all of a sudden, guess what I received in the mail:




:scared1:****** A JURY SUMMONS!! ******:scared1:


My emotion suddenly evolved into -
RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!:mad:



Hmmmm.....wonder if I could say I was:sick: or had to take care of my "dependent" 19 month old daughter.........who has 4 legs.;)



Rats!! I had to go!!:headache:


So I was off for some "fun and excitement":upsidedow a few days back attending thank GOSH only a 1 day jury summons.


Now, unbeknownst to me, this was what the case entailed as I found out the next day:
(JUST GOOGLE "CASA BLANCA TOWNHOME LAWSUIT TEXAS" & UP WILL POP UP SOME OF THE BACKGROUND ON THIS CASE)



----------------------------
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Feb 25, 2009 Russell Hoff bought his condo at Casa Blanca Condominiums in 2007 ... Hoff filed a lawsuit saying his problems started after his neighbor ... I'm not familiar with TX condo law, but in FL this guy would be going to jail. .... 2) Don't buy a condo, townhouse, duplex, or anything that's attached to another's home.----------------------------



Now
what made this day for me fun was a few pieces of observation:



1) I walked into a court room filled with 14 (YES....FOURTEEN) suits; 7 for each side.:crazy2:


YIKES!!!! I knew I was going to be in for a rather lloonngg day when I saw this. And sure enough, a long day it was.


2) Both sides kept on saying to us Jury Pool of people "to be fair and impartial" if we were chosen.

Ok.....wait a minute.......:rolleyes:

2a) If "we the People" were to be 'fair and impartial,' WHAT ABOUT THEM?? What prevented THEM from being 'fair and impartial?? If so, then "WE THE PEOPLE" wouldn't even be there.:goodvibes


okokokokok......possible imflamatory comment there BUT.....and I do say but - you will see where I am coming from in a few minutes.



Now not knowing anything about the case, we were being asked a lot of questions about construction, lawsuits and such with 'Yours Truly" not rasing his card a lot (we went from 48 jurors down to about 35 down to about 21 BEFORE the Viodiere process started).


And I was beginning to sweat bullets thinking, "GREAT!! Just what I always wanted to be on.......a jury trial that would last TWO FREAKIN' WEEKS!!"popcorn::

(that is what we were told) -


SO I had to think quick, and lo and behold, around 4:15pm (when the Defense STARTED their questioning of the Jury Pool), he asked us a question that FINALLY I could answer.


And I answered it with a twist.:rolleyes1


Not only did I answer it but I also remarked that I have had numerious situations in my life where I "lost" but for me to harbor/linger hurt feellings about it for say more than 180 days.....well I need (as I then shot a quick glance to the Priosecution) to GET OVER IT.


This started a small chain reaction to where a few more Jurors said this (the Prosecution was also claiming slander, defamation of character, emotional duress and the like and was seeking damages).

Multiple recesses were called.


Finally,
at 6:10pm, we were all called back into the courtroom (the remaining jurors in the pool were getting pretty upset over all this unnessary melodrama and just wanted to GO HOME) WHEN.........


We were told by the Judge that both sides "Have agreed to settle out of Court.":confused3
(now isn't that interesting, it took both sides dang near 7 years to be "Fair and impartial" to each other).:rolleyes:


Hmmmmmmmmmmmm........:scratchin


Me?
Hey....I was just glad to get out of there!!





Soon, I was back home asap and enjoying some home cooked jambayala and just calling it a day with L.B. nearby chewing on her chew rag.
- (she is a great Assistant in the kitchen; always wanting to "help me") -:laughing:

BUT WAIT!!




WHAT ABOUT MY APPOINTMENT WITH 'MASSAGE ENVY'?
and Pappadeux Seafood Restaurant????popcorn::




No worries.



I have it all confirmed for Saturday February 23rd.
(for the Massage Envy Location in Garland, Texas)


AND -


as an extra bonus, I know we ALL have heard of the 'Epcot Food & Wine Festival' right??


Well,
I'd figure I would do something like that but at Scarborough Faire (Waxachie, Texas) as well as some much needed wine tasting (Grapevine, Texas).......all to go down in about 60 days.
- (Pics & Video I promise where I can) -




UP NEXT:
Kickin' it while at Massage Envy & just enjoying a relaxing day.:cloud9:





T.T.F.N.

PrincessInOz
02-06-2013, 02:10 AM
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Feb 25, 2009 Russell Hoff bought his condo at Casa Blanca Condominiums in 2007 ... Hoff filed a lawsuit saying his problems started after his neighbor ... I'm not familiar with TX condo law, but in FL this guy would be going to jail. .... 2) Don't buy a condo, townhouse, duplex, or anything that's attached to another's home.
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Really??? This was the case??

:faint:



Congrats on the lanyard and I definitely have massage envy.

And I hate how banks are so nice to us these days. It is universal. :sad:

knewton64
02-07-2013, 11:24 PM
Really??? This was the case??

:faint:



Congrats on the lanyard and I definitely have massage envy.

And I hate how banks are so nice to us these days. It is universal. :sad:



Psstt!!popcorn::
The bank tellers have put in their 'requests' and it's universal:



They all want Red Velvet cupcakes once I pay off my mortgage!!:lmao:
**** TOO FUNNY ****




and
YES- about the Jury Duty?? that's what the dispute was all about. And I tell ya what, if there is one thing I have recently learned about "Life 101" is that Life is wwaayy ttooooo short and what is More important is to celebrate your life in simple and meaningful ways.

Hence the reason why I am going on this adventure; to have fun but to also pause and reflect on just how much there is in life to be thankful for.
:goodvibes




Besides......
Now I have one more lanyard to put up on display in my downstairs bathroom.;)
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SANFRAN-DEC2013012_zps370e77b7.jpg
(L to R): 1-DISneyland Dec 2014, 2-Rose Bowl, etc Dec 2103, 3-Hawaii 2011 & NYC 2012, 4-DCL 2012.
off camera is also a lanyard (w/pushback Disney pins) from WDW/DCL Jan 2009

ALLrightee - I am now off to see a good movie this weekend followed by dinner somewhere.......(haven't figures out where just yet)




T.T.F.N.:wave2:

PrincessInOz
02-08-2013, 04:28 AM
enjoy your dinner and movie.

Nice lanyards.

knewton64
02-14-2013, 11:27 PM
........I just paid $40 towards my home mortgage............popcorn::



wait for it -


wait for it.........



NOW -

in coins...
and -
I made my payment using the bank's drive-thru!!:lmao:
(I am currently in the mood to "spring clean" my home and ran across all these coins).



Ah my bank must JuSt love me but hey......
I now stand at paying 18 months ahead on my home mortage!!:woohoo:
In essence, I am finding out that for every one dollar I prepay, I am 'receiving' $4 off my overall mortgage balance that is left to pay.
- (Basically, "pay $1, get $3 free" = $4 total off my mortgage balance) -

Hence the reason why I am really getting into this and looking at it as a game I want to play for the rest of this year.




ANYWHO -
Looking forward to next weekend.



P.S.
and yes,
lanyards are a fun way to collect memories about one's adventures.:goodvibes
(thanks 4 the compliment) -



T.T.F.N.:wave2:

knewton64
02-25-2013, 11:42 PM
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/rosebowl-dec13002_zps5d62e4e3.jpg:goodvibes
(OK - I WILL ADMIT IT.....COOL PLACE!!)




SATURDAY
FEBR 23rd:drive:
COLD!!
High of only 53 degrees




Today started early for L.B. & I as we both headed out to Duckcreek park for an early morning jog. She is always the inquisitive type - always wanting to sniff everything but all was in good fun.

Before we both knew it, it was 9am and time for me to "go to work.";)
Ok, what I meant by that was, time for me to get ready for a fun day filled with fantastic little things to do..........


but..........


I had to 'fool' Ladybug into thinking that I was going to work!!

Yes, I will admit it, I had 'to go there" but ya know, she is soooooo used to me in that outfit that any other piece of clothing on me?........


SHE GOES NUTS!!:upsidedow






Soon, I was off in my car and off to the old Texas Stadium location for some good eatins:



I WASN'T DISAPPOINTED!!:thumbsup2
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/rosebowl-dec13006_zpsf1b35a83.jpg
(pic from inside the restaurant)


and the wine??
FANTABOLOUS!!



I even "did my homework" before hand & knew exactly what to order:
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/rosebowl-dec13021_zps6abbafa1.jpg
(a copy of their menu I got off of the internet)



and Andre (my Server) was very patient as I was thinking of what 2 order
(nice guy - never was 'in my way,' never made me feel rushed):thumbsup2:


ANYWHO -
(had me some Seaglass:drinking1
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/rosebowl-dec13009_zpsd4ed6de5.jpg




......that went well with........
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(Shrimp & Seafood FONDEUX......THIS 'MADE' MY DAY!! YUUMMYY!!!!!!



Now for the 'interesting part:laughing::


You know you are having toooooo much fun here;) when I am watchng my Napa Valley DVD on my portable dvd player (w/headphones) while I am partaking in all this wonerful food.:woohoo:




Soon, part two came -
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/rosebowl-dec13017_zps928a3b10.jpg
(Shrimp sandwhich and a cup of Gumbo)


Ok.....by now I was just lovin' it.



But.......now I just "had" to go there and switch DVDs and now watch my "Rose Bowl" dvd while chowing down on that sandwhich.



While I was 'grazing,';) I had fun also checking out the interior of the place:
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/rosebowl-dec13004_zpsc85bcdf7.jpg


and -

http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/rosebowl-dec13003_zps4c6a5a13.jpg



All in all , A very nice place, wonderful food and a great atmosphere.:goodvibes



ANYWHO -


Soon, it was time for me to leave and onto unbeknownst to me, a journey into HE**.:furious:
AKA: 'Massage Envy' a business establishment where you can go for massage treatments.

(EDITOR'S NOTE): I am going to be kind here and respectful to all parties involved below but I do feel that I do need to blog about this).




UP NEXT:
(as the "Massage Envy' Customer Service/front desk Rep.........
Whom I have never met before........
as I have never been to ANY 'Massage Envy' location before either........

..... is looking me up and down as I JUST ENTERED THE 'MASSAGE ENVY' BUILDING FOR THE VERY 1st TIME & SAYS....)





****"SO, just what kind of 1920's music do YOU (as she is bobbing her neck sideways) listen to??"****






T.T.F.N.
(it's going to get interesting)popcorn::

PrincessInOz
02-26-2013, 02:49 AM
Just catching up. WOW!!!! Great looking food. I love the shrimp and gumbo.

20's music? But it isn't 2020 yet......:rolleyes1

knewton64
03-03-2013, 10:47 PM
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/Hawaii-Oct2011pics113.jpg


Allrightee - so where did we last leave off??


Oh yes - :eek:


SO as I was digesting this rather blatent lack of respect to a Customer via an age discrimination remark, she futher shows off her CSR skill set by following it up by saying, "You know......Big Band music!"


By now, my mind was racing with soooo many ways I could have answered that opening remark of hers (I MEAN OMG....WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO "HI AND WELCOME TO MASSAGE ENVY ....HOW MAY I HELP YOU), but I was sincerely behaviorally/verbally at a loss for words since I was at this business establishment to feel pampered and every intention I had was to feel that way.


ANYWHO -
AS I was struggling for even FIND the right and appropriate words to say in response, she CONTINUES to show off her CSR skill set by saying, "Well....you know - 1940's music!"


OK......which way should I respond here........:rolleyes1



By then, something vaguely opaque popped into my head as I was attempting to be nice and not reply to her indirectly making fun of my age as I then remember something when I visited Ireland in June 2011 and it had to do with a song I just couldn't remember the words to but I knew I was Snoopy's (from the Peanuts Gang) favorite whenever he "gets" into his WWI Flying Ace mood:


"IT'S A LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY":goodvibes



And wouldn't ja know it, about 7 weeks ago, I ordered the "Titanic" cd of music and VIOLA!!


That song appeared on the 4-cd set of music!!:yay:

FYI to you (the Reader):
(and its also on my Ipod along with 2,800 other individual (not whole cd's) songs with genres ranging anywhere from Disney music, 1930's, 1940's music, 1950's music, 1960's music, 1970's music, 1980's music, 1990's music, musicals, Celtic Music, Country Music, Classic Country Music, Hawaiian Music, various artists singing USA Patriotic Music, College football team fight songs, "Dr Demento" songs, TV THEME songs, all the way to today's current pop, r&b, rock, Radio Disney, classic Disney, jazz, etc tunes) -



So know I know the words to the song," It's a Long way to Tipperary.........."

Just wish I knew them when we were in the motorcoach (while over iin Ireland) going from Castle to Castle and were all just a wee bit been nippin' on the Honeymead.;)



So - I meekly relayed this on over the the CSR intake rep who promptly looked at me as if I came from the Planet Pluto!!:rolleyes2


I then realized that enuf is enuf of this insipid game and for a 3rd time, I verbally relayed on over to her that I am their 3pm appointment and this time was sucessful in handing to her my gift card email info as she FINALLY gave me the 'clipboard' containing sheets of paperwork for me to fill out &...
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Ok..... I am choosing to stop it right there and just say that I had every intention of having a wonderful and enjoyable time at Massage Envy and can honestly say that for every 1 step forward I took towards that objective, I took 9 steps back.:headache:
So, to you the reader, if you want to see the body of my complaint letter, just do an internet Google search, "Complaints about Massage Envy Garland Texas" and up will pop up a search engine that looks like this:



Massage Envy - Garland, TX
www.yelp.com/biz/massage-envy-garland-2
5 Reviews of Massage Envy "I bought my sister a pregnancy massage. The table was so ... 5 reviews Rating Details. Category: ... Garland, TX 75040. (972) 675- ...



Enter that site and then sort by date......scroll down to the end and on the left hand side, double click on your mouse over the area that says,


(7 filtered)



....and you will see my complaint dated 02-25-13.



Moreover, by doing an internet google search, "Complaints about Massage Envy" (or any other associated word choice attesting to having an issue with them), I am allowing the words of the other previous victims of this company to speak also on my behalf as I have asked this Merchant for an explanation & have been met with silence over my issues of:



"A dispute right may potentially be available if the cardholder can document and support with corroborating documentation, a mischaracterization of the described goods or services or dispute concerning the established quality of goods or services provided to the cardholder."


Initially,
I have also asked this Merchant/company for an apoligy & a request to make this right & have also been met with the same silence.


Subsequently,
I have also asked this Merchant/company for a refund over the disputed amount (& apoligy) & have also been met with the same silence.




I am now asking for a full refund from the Merchant.

In addition to,
I am not saying publicly whether or not this Merchant is a place of business I would want to frequent, I am choosing to let your Google Search seach engines responses also speak on my behalf.
- (I am learning ALL about this A-F-T-E-R February 23rd via an internet search as this was my very first experience with this company) -



In short,
I am attesting both of these issues listed in the highlighted above paragraph via a 14 page email paper trail I have been keeping and have now submitted it on over to my credit card company for review.:goodvibes

- Same goes with the Better Business Bureau as they have also been alerted -




What upsets me the most (obviously) is those remarks that CSR made. She had NO BUSINESS making that kind of remark as I view that not only an afront to me but also to all CSR's who choose to be in the service industry.
And the quality of the overall product delivered I am also calling into question as well.


There is so much more that I can say, but I feel that this IS a positive travel blog and WILL REMAIN one.
I have every intention of quickly returning this blog back to its normal bouncy positive self. It is just I feel that it is necessary to blog about my adventures as I inch closer and closer to my date of departure.:goodvibes


Now, all this being said, it would be nice for any kind soul out there to "fax" me a smile, a group :hug: or some much needed words of encouragement as this whole entire mishap has left me feeling very distraught, sad and very frustrated.






T.T.F.N.

and


Caveat emptor ....

knewton64
03-10-2013, 10:35 PM
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/YummyMilkshake.jpg
(yes, this is one of many places I will be visiting during the San Fran part of this 10-day vacation):goodvibes





......this upcoming
adventure of mine and another mini one of sorts coming up in 30 days:
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/NYC-April2012196.jpg
("Scarborough Fair," located in Waxahachie Texas)



More about it in about 2-3 weeks, I promise.





ANYWHO -



:thanks:
Thank you to all who emailed me and pm'ed me these last few days as it has really helped me pick up not only my smile but also my drive to move on towards planning a confirmed run at Disneyland December 2014 (FYI - RATES & DATES OPEN UP IN ABOUT 60-90 DAYS....YYEEAA!!) and a potential run at England (June 2014). I say potential cuz I am very headstrong now about paying ahead on that pesky home mortgage of mine.:upsidedow

** Monthly mortgage totals (how many months have I paid ahead) coming up as well in about 2-3 weeks as well **


I tell ya,
I just love to say "those words" listed below to my bank when I arrive every Friday am to their lobby Tellers & say,
"I am here to make a 'Principle Reduction Payment' of........":woohoo:




And lastly,
had fun watching the movie, "Wreck it Ralph" this past weekend - LOVED IT.
popcorn::







UP NEXT:

Having fun at the 'Food & Wine Tasting festival' @ Scarborough Faire:drinking:







PSSTT!!! FYI -the theme for the 2014 Rose Bowl Parade is, "Dreams Come True." :wave:
T.T.F.N.

PrincessInOz
03-11-2013, 05:34 AM
I don't think I have Massage Envy anymore. :rotfl2:


Sorry it wasn't a good first impression for you.

knewton64
03-31-2013, 10:40 PM
I don't think I have Massage Envy anymore. :rotfl2:



Sorry it wasn't a good first impression for you.


Ya know, your above 1st comment took me a while but I got it - :rotfl:
But hey, "STUFF" happens - thank you tho for gently saying so.:goodvibes

Well......that is why I have this adventure; Rose Bowl parade, etc (and HOPEFULLY the ROSE BOWL afterwards) during the 1st half of the trip & then some pretty good wine tastings then on in, etc....:cloud9:
(LOOKING FORWARD TO NAPA VALLEY / SONOMA DURING DAY 9 'OPTIONAL TOUR').:drinking:

I am thinking I will have a wee bit of some time to pop in and grab a milkshake at the Disney Soda Shop (Day 3) but the really fun comes in on Day 2 when we all get to see the Rose Bowl Parade fload barn (pm) as well as the Reagan 'optional tour' during the am.

Promise to take pics and video where/when I can.:goodvibes


ANYWHO -

Ok......to 'let the cat outta the bag a bit' for me & Dec 2014:
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/MickeypaintingaPictureofWalt.jpg
got this picture hanging up in my spare bedroom -
(oh can you tell I am just giddy that 'rates & dates' for 2014 DL / DCA open up in about 60 more days??):yay:

AND.......
I am trying to put together a quick hop over to Universal Studios (2 days) in addition to the 6 day DL/DCA adventure; starting December 29th 2014.:woohoo:
(and......love that word "AND" I will be cramming as many backstage 'tours' of DL /DCA as well so this oughta be pretty good once it OFFICIALLY unfolds on paper in a few more weeks (courtesy of MEI MOUSE FAN TRAVEL).


AND.... OOPS there is that word again:laughing:

I am going to be seeing WOC for the very first time!!:love:
(AND Cathaway Circle for dinner as well)


okokokoko....getting a little ahead of myself.;)
Details coming up in about 60 days 'ish'.:goodvibes
as I will be starting up a new TR so be on the lookout for it in my below listed signature -



Now........
found out a bit more info on this adventure as it looks like quite a big tour group will be invading (and we thought those pesky cheerleader tour groups, etc were fun while out at WDW ;)) SO CAL late this year with approx 1,200 of us checking into the Hotel Marriott Los Angeles Airport on December 29th with two Meet & Greets scheduled for that day.

So, looks like my spa retreat at LAXDAYSPA is out that day (I WAS wanting to schedule it for early pm) as I really really value getting a heads up on whats up starting day one from the tour group leaders.

I am going to try to see what I can do on that issue during days 7, 8 or 9 while in San Fran but there is a possibility that the Wharf area may just grab a lot of my attention so this is really a "wait and see.":goodvibes
(first time visitor into the area & looking forward to it)



Now about that Rose Bowl Ticket.........:faint:
(PART 3 of 3 IN HELPING ME GET THROUGH THIS 'PAYING AHEAD ON MY MORTGAGE' THING)

I am beginning to encounter sticker shock.........:scared1:
Meaning......if its about $350 for appriox 10-30 yd line at the Cotton Bowl..........
I am thinking it's gonna run about $600 / $700 range for a Rose Bowl ticket!!:eek:


But -


I am bound and determined to take a few gulps of air & go forth with this as it has been soooooooooooooo long since I have been to a college football game and well......before EVERYTHING revolves around "Jerry's World":laughing: via Arlington Texas, I thought it would be soooo cool to attend the very last BCS college football game.


Details on this coming out in very very early December as I will let everyone know how those prices are looking as I plan on looking at them through reputable sites.popcorn::
Moreover, I feel that this would be a great way to not only celebrate my birthday (December 30th) but also one full year of busting my 'der-e-air' in paying ahead on my mortgage.



Besides - I am now at 21 months paid ahead :woohoo: on it & am really looking forward to part 2 of three of me getting through this onslaught:

:drive:- SCARBOROUGH FAIRE - April 12th-13th 2013
(wine tasting @ Scarborough Faire April 13th)
Psttttt!! I may 'opt in' for Beer tasting on April 12th:rolleyes1
:moped:- WINE TASTING & DINNER OUT AT GRAPEVINE TEXAS - April 16th 2013
DARE I SAY SUBWAY SANDWHICH SHOP April 11th, 12th, 13th, etc??



As I'd figure to slow down on this issue in mid-December & only pay monthly mortgage plus $60 Principle Reduction Jan on.



All rightee - Ladybug is barking @ me:hyper:.....looks like she has the leash in her mouth - I think she is telling me it's time for HER to take me out for a walk to the Post office and around the neighborhood....




See ya in about 14 more days.




UP NEXT:
Let the food & wine tasting begin out @ Scarborough Faire
(as I check out some knife throwing, Irish Harp music playing, etc)....


AND -

Just how sneaky is "Ladybug"?




T.T.F.N.

jenergy
04-02-2013, 05:23 PM
I'm a little late getting here but I just wanted to say that I'm sorry your vacation in March got cancelled - what a bummer! However, it's great to see your upbeat attitude through it all and wonderful that you've used it to get so far ahead on your mortgage! Making your money work for you was a fantastic way to make up for the vacation that was lost!

Oh and Ladybug is SO darn cute!! I love dogs!

PrincessInOz
04-03-2013, 04:49 AM
I hope you make it to the Rose Bowl.

knewton64
04-09-2013, 11:23 PM
I'm a little late getting here but I just wanted to say that I'm sorry your vacation in March got cancelled - what a bummer! However, it's great to see your upbeat attitude through it all and wonderful that you've used it to get so far ahead on your mortgage! Making your money work for you was a fantastic way to make up for the vacation that was lost!

Oh and Ladybug is SO darn cute!! I love dogs!




Welcome aboard to this zany but fun journey into SO CAL.:goodvibes
paw:
Ladybug is now aware of her small yet growing fan club & sends her regards via 2 paws up uppaw:paw:
She is a Blue Tick Beagle & had a very very outgoing personality. She will engage you in a "conversation" very quickly and loves to chase the ball, etc.
And.......she is bilingual.


***SERIOUSLY ***:goodvibes


It took me a while to get her & I to "get it" (switching back and forth between the 2 languages) in how it ties back into the commands ("do you wanna go outside??, "Night Night," "You Hungry??" ,"Kitchen," "Sit Down PLease", "Ball!," "Towell! (She loves to munch on a towel), etc etc....
But now, she & I inneract just great; especially whenever we have to go to see her "Doctor.";)
Then it's such a treat for me to converse with her in Spanish and English whenever we see her (For her shots, etc) as the reactions from the other people in the waiting room are just priceless.:lmao:


But......be aware cuz she sure has a sneaky side to herpluto:


More on her "sneakyness" on my next couple of installments I promise.popcorn::




I hope you make it to the Rose Bowl.


HHHHHmmmmmmm.........funny you make mention.popcorn::
I promise to roll out all what I am doing on that day asap but I do make mention that (as those twin Brothers said in the Harry Potter Movie, "Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix"):


"I solemnly swear that I am up to absolutely no good" in relation to that day.;)



ANYWHO -


Tweakin'
Dec 31st & January 1st is almost done (I have been emailing just about everyone's "Mother" & asking them a ton of ?s) and I do say that it is looking very nice & will let the ol 'cat outta the bag' shortly.




Tho......
I do say that Grapevine (Texas) Wine tasting (set for April 16th in the pm) WAS CANCELED DUE TO 'LOW OCCUPANCY'...........
(just found about it today)


only one person was signed up for it..........


ME:headache:



So......I just emailed the contact over there to see if we can reschedule it for any Saturday in October OR November; making the fun just a little bit closer to December 29th......the "Official Start" of this adventure.


Gotta love it ;)- I am thinking seriously about going in lieu of wine tasting....(of all things)......grocery shopping next Monday and just getting stocked up on some pretty long overdue things I need for my kitchen, home, etc.
Followed by a movie somewhere & some BBQ -

But.....I am now off to enjoy some much needed R&R south of Dallas Texas in a little sleepy town named Waxahachie Texas while enjoying some food, wine & entertainment at "Scarborough Faire.":wave2:




UP NEXT::moped:
My food & drink "reviews" like Fisherman's Pie, Sausage/Pretzel, Murphys Ale & such while having fun out at Scarborough Faire.
(I promise to take pics & video) -


T.T.F.N.

PrincessInOz
04-10-2013, 05:10 AM
HHHHHmmmmmmm.........funny you make mention.popcorn::
I promise to roll out all what I am doing on that day asap but I do make mention that (as those twin Brothers said in the Harry Potter Movies) "I swear that I am up to absolutely no good" in relation to that day.;)

( I think if I remember right that was their pledge they made to each character in the 2nd or 3rd movie when they were about to do something or.......)


Mischief Managed!

(3rd Book - Prisoner of Azkaban; Maurader's Map)

knewton64
04-17-2013, 11:23 PM
Mischief Managed!

(3rd Book - Prisoner of Azkaban; Maurader's Map)


But first, congrats on:
Adam Scott wins US Masters golf - The West Australian - Yahoo!
au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/.../-/golf/.../adam-scott-wins-us-... - Australia


3 days ago Adam Scott has become the first Australian golfer to win the US Masters.:thumbsup2




Now......about that Princess
that rules the house -


AKA: 'Ladybug'....;)




With me being so used to tri-color female Beagles, she sure has been quite a change for me as she always keeps me on 'my toes' with her always getting into things and well.......just being her.;)


But - with one catch.popcorn::


1) At first
during times when I would be eating MY FOOD,
she would be running to the front door just a freakin' out over something; as if to say, "WOLF!! WOLF!!"


So, I would be a runnin' to the door checkin' out the scene to see what was the matter.:confused:
.......as she runs to another part of the house.


Just for me to turn around & see her face down in MY FOOD in the dining room!!
Her reaction to all this??:rolleyes1




2) Then, one day (early on), I am eating some food on a tv tray in the living room.....decompressing from a long day at work,
I would get up from the recliner and go get something from the kitchen - all the while telling her DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT.

I am walking backwards to the kitchen mind you -


From the time I dipped my head into the Frig to to time I reestablished eye contact with her, she had MY FORK ......filled with MY FOOD in her mouth!!
No wait - it gets better.popcorn::


Now thinking "User error" here, I calmly walk back to her (my hand outstretched palm up) and kindly ask her to 'Give it here.'


She, thinking quick on her feet, spits the fork outta her mouth and shoves it underneath the living room coffee table......STILL in obvious plain sight for me to see.

I ask her, "WHERE IS THE FORK?"
She replies with her body language, "What fork?":littleangel:


I point to the fork underneath the coffee table and say while pointing at it, "THAT FORK!"

She 'says,' "I don't see any fork":rolleyes1 (thinking she has it hidden).

I then 'help' her "find" the lost fork and suddenly she now knows she has been had and then races around the house madly. :hyper:



3) This one was 'my fault';) - I should have known.
One day while sleeping, she jumps up on the bed and tries to wake me up. Me? I just wasn't 'feeling it', so I rolled back over and was trying to get some much needed sleep.

She wasn't 'feeling' my reaction to this, so she decided to carry on a conversation with me.

So, in a vain attempt to quiet her down, I decided to roll over off the bed and onto the floor - pretending to be a dead dog.

Ya know, on your back with both your arms and legs sticking up in the air.


But.....I made a fatal mistake.:duck:


I was facing the bed.
And within 2 seconds my life literally flashed before my very eyes as she:idea:
took this to mean and she could back up one step and then take a flying leap off the bed - spread eagled mind you - and do just one nice belly flop onto my stomach all the while just a talking away.:hyper:

I have never before in my life have had the wind knock outta me but yup, she accomplished that and before I knew it, she had jumped back on top of the bed and was trying to do it again!!:upsidedow




So, now that we have gotten to know each other better, I realize logically that she is only 20 months old and has a birthday coming up in August - so like treating a human child, I emotionally am realizing that I have to stay a few steps ahead of her in order for her to see that I "have the opposable thumbs" in the family.;)


That and I keep a lot closer of an eye on my food.:laughing:



The Coon runs deep within her as I had fun the other day watching her in action with her treeing a possum & three squirrels. I have a lot a respect for her -

She keeps me laughing, etc
and I truly appreciate her being a part of my life.:goodvibes




Ok........but how was my trek into Waxachie Texas and 'Scarborough Faire?"
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Stay Tuned -popcorn::






T.T.F.N.

PrincessInOz
04-18-2013, 05:04 AM
Adam Scott - You little ripper! ::yes::


ETA - Your little Princess Beagle sounds exactly like a cat I once had. She used to take flying leaps from a window ledge on the bed to get us out of bed to feed her. :lmao:

Looking forward to your RenFaire update.

knewton64
04-26-2013, 10:15 PM
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(map of where I was going today)




Saturday:drive:
April 13th
Mostly Sunny Skies w/high temp of 78 degrees
....& where is my glass of wine??





Today started out rather quiet (by design) as I slowly made my way to "getting dressed" for work;) taking care of L.B. followed by saying to her that I was 'off' to work & cya later......
.....only to quickly fast walk to the bathroom & changed into my 'play clothes' & viola!!

I was off to Subway sand which shop for some much needed road munchies for my trek into Scarborough Faire land via Waxachie, Texas was about to begin.:woohoo:


The 80 minute road trip was well worth it as I popped into the Car's cd player my burned San Fran adventure music (see posting #23) to put me in a bouncyish good mood.:music:

And before I knew, I had finished nibbling on my road munchies (foot long sub sandwhcih and some cc cookies......YUM!!) :cool: as I pulled up to the park's entrance & was ready (as the locals call it) to "step back in time for the time of your life."


The crowd was ready:
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and -
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but then......
there is always atleast ONE in every crowd:
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ANYWHO -


I decided to make a bee-line to the far right hand side of the park (The Pecan Grove area) and check out something I had read about on their website-
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and had a -
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gotta say, much different than a colache but with 2 glasses of apple cider, that really made my day!!:goodvibes
Little did I realize what wonderful things were about to come my way.



SO I chilled out for a bit, checked out some of the shops and such,
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then settled in to watch something I have never seen before:
knife throwing:duck:
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Really held my attention:thumbsup2


Rats!! It's almost noon!!
Time for the parade -

The parade was ok - didn't really 'WOW' me but was ok.....
hmmmmm.........


need to liven things up a bit me thinks.;)
So, I decided to meander on back to the Pecan Grove area and check out their bakery -


which was coincidently;) close by a pub.


Hmmmmmm.......
Now here is where it gets interesting popcorn:: -


It's approaching almost 80 degrees and I am ...well hungry - after all that walking around. So I approach the bakery and get me a big ol slice of:
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(yes, that's strawberries, blackberries?? blueberries???? whatever they were, they tasted yummy.
and ya can't forget whipped cream, chocolate syrup drizzle, strawberry syrup drizzle,creamed icing
and yes........RED VELVET CAKE......YUMM!!)


while washing it down with some Scottish ale:
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WHILE listening (at the pub) to some 'bawdy' readings from Shakespere.;)


The name of that slice of cake??
Well........


er.....


Um...........



That's for another blog; one that's N-o-T on a Disney website (LOL!!) -
but I can assure you all the cute women were clamering all over me asking me just where in the world did I get that, etc.


and speaking of cake,
Can't believe it but that cake and 2 tankards of that ale must have put a spell on me or something, cuz I was feeling no pain in no time as I was soon off again to catch some "Fool Hardiness" with the lady on the left:
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I hate ta say it, but I just wasn't in the mood for that kind of entertainment (pretty fun to see but I just wasn't in the mood for it) , so I was off again - this time to find that harpist; Sara Mullen.
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Now, THAT put me right back in a bouncy Tigger-ish mood again and with a few more pints up underneath me, I decided enuf of the commando attack of the park and enjoyed the rest of my day leisurely strolling around the park until they 'threw us out' at 7pm.


Decided to grab some french fries and a shake at a place called 'In n Out Burger' on the way home -
but for some reason, I wasn't all that impressed with their shakes as this place is soooooooooooooooo much talked about in SO CAL.
Mabey their burgers go better with a soft drink rather than a shake.

Ah well, I promise to give them another look.


**** FYI: NOW the 'Shake Shack' in NYC??? Their burgers & fries ROCK!! ****



made it home just in time to play a few mean games of nightime frisbee (in our backyard) with L.B before deciding to call it a day.


All in all it was a pretty good day.






UP NEXT:
Highlights from day '2' at Scarborough Faire & getting just a wee bit more educated (esp about Napa Valley) about the wacky world of wines........all at the same time.
Psssssstt!!!!!
the Napa Valley info is related to the Sebastiani Winery & Sutter Home Winery; places I will be visiting on my last day of this upcoming adventure of mine.



STAY TUNED -





T.T.F.N.

PrincessInOz
04-29-2013, 06:16 AM
Holy Velvet PlushPiles Batman! That cake is devi(l)ine!! Did it taste as good as it looks?

I like Apple Cider too.

And the buxom RenWenches.......sorry....they don't do a thing for me. :lmao:

knewton64
05-01-2013, 11:20 PM
Holy Velvet PlushPiles Batman! That cake is devi(l)ine!! Did it taste as good as it looks?

I like Apple Cider too.

And the buxom RenWenches.......sorry....they don't do a thing for me. :lmao:





......I discovered the wonderful world of red velvet cupcakes while in NYC last year - they were FAB!!:worship:


and here I was walking by the Bakery (April 13th while at Scarborough Faire)when 'it' was calling my name.;)
Ya combine that along with some pretty darn good Scottish Ale to go with it & it was pretty.......


well -

um.......

to borrow a phrase from the character of Ron Weasly in those Harry Potter movies..........


it was "WICKED!!":jumping1:


Ok.....just what is it with me and this fascination with WWOHP??;)
Well......
besides pretty cool theme music, characters & theming,
I guess that it is also that I have never been to Univ Studios (Hollywood) but that's about ta changepopcorn::

.......here's to the contruction of it being COMPLETED by the time I get there.:wizard:

ANYWHO -
I Got a major announcement to make -:mic:





It has been quite a challenge figuring out when DL (Ahaheim) rates & dates open up for 2014 via me going through MEI Mouse Fan Travel.com.


But -


It seems that it is fair to say R&D will be opening up around the July 15th area (approx 60ish more days) for the year 2014.
**I am planning a DL / DCA adventure for Dec 29th 2014 for 8 nghts/9 days & will be doing a lot of their backstage tours & such combined with a 2-day backstage tour and such of Universal Studios, etc........ More to come on this I promise.:santa:



AND..........................


DRUM ROLL PLEASE.............................:idea:



In about 60 "ish" more days as well -
I will be booking a 9-day adventure to check out the sights and sounds of Great Britain; courtesy of CIE Tours (Among other places, I will be seeing the Cotswolds, York, Lake District, Tintern Abbey, Roman Baths, Tower Of London, Beatles Liverpool, going to see a few musicals while in London, etc).
(this adventure will be slated for June 2014):woohoo:



I used them (CIE Tours) for my Ireland adventure a few years back and loved them so now
what I gotta do next, is begin getting some new blogs a going on these two new adventures of mine.:yay:

More to come on both of these I promise.





Ok.......
we return you to your regular scheduled tv programming.;)






UP NEXT : popcorn::
Highlights from day two while at Scarborough Faire





T.T.F.N.

PrincessInOz
05-01-2013, 11:47 PM
OOH! England? WOW! Your real modern day Ren Faire adventure. :thumbsup2

knewton64
05-14-2013, 11:42 PM
ooh! England? Wow! Your real modern day ren faire adventure. :thumbsup2


Ren Faire eh??;)

You took the cat right outta the bag as I often run into many an adventure as I venture out into new places I have never been to -


So yes, be on the lookout for a new TR on this vacation - slated for June 2014.popcorn::
I welcome DVD ideas (among other ideas on how to pass the time) on what to watch while I am taking the approx 14 hours flight (DFW to Newark then Newark to Heathrow), etc as the last time I flew across the pond it was toooo funny as I met a very nice young lady from Limerick and we were up ALL night having fun and talking, having a 'few';) drinks, etc).


Now in relation to just what KIND of across the pond vacation am I up to??
Well -
I have been 'plussing' it a wee bit these last few days.
Meaning, here I what I plan on a doing:

In addition to visiting England, I will also be visiting Scotland:woohoo:
via CIE TOURS, "English and Scottish Discovery" 8-day vacation.
(combined with a pre and a post day will be a 10-day vacation)


Looking forward to visiting Edinburgh Castle.:goodvibes




More on this I'd say in about 7-14 days.
ANYWHO -



Now.....about that April "Day 2" of my trek into Waxahachie Texas.:goodvibes





T.T.F.N.

knewton64
05-14-2013, 11:43 PM
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- (a pretty neat Scottish band named Tartanic I saw playing while visiting Scarborough Faire) -



SUNDAY APRIL 14TH
Sunny skies w/high of 82 degrees:moped:



Today was spent just a relaxing as I munched and a nibbled on my 2 six inxh Subway Subs (& some Dr Pepper:thumbsup2) on my way to Waxahachie for one last bit of 'Scarborough Faire' fun.


As I entered the park, I had fun talking to the guy on the far right of this picture. He is quite funny -
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From there, I just 'had' ;)to strike up a conversation with the lady on the left & asked her for some "advice" on what to see next:
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Her suggestion sent me on over to see:
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and -
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I tell ya, who or whatever he/she/it is = IT ROCKS!!:thumbsup2
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************* LOVED IT!!!! ********************


Soon, my throat felt it needed to be quenched so I decided on head on over to:
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and -


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Today, we would be tasting some Wines from all around the world:
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1) Neyers (Chardonnay) White wine from Napa.......IMO Pear taste but tasted dry.:)
2) Erath (Pinot Noir) Red Wine from Oregon.......IMO semi-sweet light red. NOT BAD.:thumbsup2
3) Gimenez Rilli (Malbec) Red wine from Argentina.......HHMMMMM IMO - I need to try this one more!! LOVED IT!!
** why? got a cracked peppery taste & IMO would go great with Southwest foods **
4) Armida Polzin (Zinfandel) red wine from Sonoma, Ca IMO ....... BLECH!!!:crazy2:
5) Marques De Casa Concha (Cabernet Sauvignon) Red wine from Puento Alto Chili NOT BAD - semi sweet.:goodvibes
6) Novelty Hill (Cabernet Sauvignon) Red wine from Columbia Valley AVA GREAT WINE IMO:thumbsup2 w/great after taste


with our host:
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Ok......."Flynn" was very helpful as he let me know that the two Napa/Sonoma wineries I will be visiting:

1) Sebastiani Winery: will be very top heavy on Cabernets & Zinfandels
2) Sutter Home Winery: will be heavy on Cabs as well.


What I didn't know about Nappa valley is that they are a fruit driven region
So.......


Looks like the hunt will be on for some Pinot noirs or Merlots when I am there.:upsidedow

Ah well - I am always up for the challenge as that looks like that just means more wine tastings for me when I get into SO CAL..:rotfl:




ANWHO -


"Flynn" 'threw' us all out after a bit so I was soon off to the far left hand side of the park & to visit the Rose & Crown Inn for some much needed:
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"Shepherd's Pie - Layers of meat and vegetables topped with potatoes and cheese. Baked until golden brown and served with Artisan Bread."

**** YUMM!! ****


But what would this be without some much needed Breckingridge Vanilla Porter Ale to go with it??:confused3


**** DOUBLE YYUUMM!!!! ****:cool2:



SO, with a few glasses of Ale to go along with my mumchies, Kendra (the person who waited on me) asked me how was my food -

Well, the food along with her smile just made whole day & just really was the icing on the cake of what was a pretty neat day.



Rest of the early evening was spent checking out the various shops and such (and walking off the wine) while just a kickin' back and enjoying the land called "Scarborough Faire."



Got home at a reasonable hour - grabbed Ladybug for some much needed walking around the neighborhood before calling it a day.



BUT WAIT!!

E GAGS (gags??) and GAZOOKS!!



Just checked my emails right before tumbling off to bed &


looks like.......



I just received an email confirmation from -
nancy@grapevinewinetours.com


saying that I am all set for Saturday October the 5th for a one last shot at some wine tasting (and dinner while visiting Grapevine, Texas) b 4 I head off to SO CAL in late December.
**** YYEEAA!!!! ****






COMING UP NEXT:
Updates & More Updates about all what I have listed above & more ( including the Rose Bowl, NYE, etc)



and........

the answer we have "all" been waiting for to the following question:


So just what is UP with Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher??





STAY TUNED -






T.T.F.N.:wave2:

PrincessInOz
05-15-2013, 06:09 AM
Great updates! I'll try and wander in here to see if you've updated more in the next couple of days.

knewton64
05-24-2013, 10:25 PM
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The next 3 pictures were shot while visiting the Irish Leprechaun area -

(nice person to talk with even though I swear he could have passed for the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot):rotfl:

** SERIOUSLY;) **
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(how many small objects can u find?? See the horse & buggy??)



and -

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(love the 'Guard Dog':laughing:)




and -
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- (yes, this is actually a bird house) -



I was very intrigued by the smallness of all the sets. Pretty well laid out and in design.:)






T.T.F.N.:wave2:

knewton64
05-24-2013, 10:26 PM
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(Pretty fun band to listen to)

** DOUBLE RIGHT CLICK OVER THE ABOVE VIDEO W/YOUR MOUSE & IT WILL PLAY 4 U **





AND -
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ANYWHO -


Got a pretty cool update on my fav topic::goodvibes
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That & 'slightly' :offtopic:
hmmmmm.........
I've been hearing/ reading a lot about this thing called "Catalina Island.":boat:

......thinking seriously about adding it to my adventures when I go to Disneyland December 2014.:santa:




Details coming up.







T.T.F.N.:wave:

PrincessInOz
05-24-2013, 10:40 PM
Catalina is great. You just need plenty of money. SherryE has a superthread on Catalina on the Dis. A few of us have posted pictures there.

knewton64
06-07-2013, 10:07 PM
Catalina is great. You just need plenty of money. SherryE has a superthread on Catalina on the Dis. A few of us have posted pictures there.



That place has me curious.popcorn::
Hmmmmm......ya don't suppose they - (Catalina Island Merchants) - accept Disney Visa reward dollars eh??:rotfl:



okokokokokokok.........GOOD POINT -:thumbsup2 -
thank you for the heads up & will do when I go off on my DISneyland adventure; December 2014.:santa:






Now.....about Me & the 'Gang"......ya see we are

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(tho I do say they don't 'say' much!!:lmao:)



....off doing some research for our next vacation.........




over a couple of burgers........
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and we are
beginning to get a general concept of it being a 'rider' of sorts complimenting my December 2014 DISneyland vacation.......but with a twist.:woohoo:


CLUE #1 on this one is the phrase, "CHOO-CHOO.":cool2:




Will let the cat outta da bag on this one before I head off this SO Cal adventure.....in approx 190 more days. ** I PROMISE **:goodvibes





ANYWHO -



I will be back in a few weeks -
and will roll out ALL what I am doing on the Dec 31st 2013 :santa:
thru Jan 2nd 2014 section of my upcoming 10-day adventure in SO CAL.........


CLUE #1: It involves A LOT of Dr Pepperpopcorn::
........and wine tasting.;)






T.T.F.N.:wave2:

PrincessInOz
06-07-2013, 10:10 PM
Those towel creatures are gorgeous!


Enjoy the research.

knewton64
07-02-2013, 11:21 PM
Those towel creatures are gorgeous!


Enjoy the research.



Thanks!:goodvibes
Yes they are but........
:tongue:
"Ladybug" has been told that she can not play with them;)
since she seems to have a knack for 'eating' pillows, towels of ANY size, you name it -

COUCHES, END TABLES....:upsidedow
(tho, I still can't figure out why she like to eat grass:confused3)




ANYWHO -
before I begin to let loose about what I am doing Dec 31 'ish' area of this year in SO CAL, I thought I would share some good news about the outcome of my incident with the Merchant, "Massage Envy."

(SEE POSTING #41 FOR THE BACKGROUND ON THIS)





So a few weeks ago,
after I went through my local bank and the B.B.B. for resolution, I found myself getting nowwhere except spun around in circles on this issue I felt needed to be resolved.



For example, after I felt my hand was forced by the above two institutions, I felt I had to go back through the local Mechant for dispute resolution.


Well.....
GUESS WHAT??



They at first seemed helpful but after they saw what I wanted, (1) a full refund due to me receiving good and services I never intended to purchase and 2) quality of goods and services), they acted conviently niave in their silence.

The local Merchant for Massage Envy even "R.T.S."ed my mail right back to me that I had sent them to review via my complaint.



Now beforehand, (while B.B.B. & my bank got involved), the B.B.B. ALSO got their mail "R.T.S."'ed back as well from the local merchant who in turn told me via email the essense of the following:


"This institution is either not in business or can't recieve mail therefore we are unable to help you. Perhaps if you have an alternative address you can provide us...."


***** HUH ?? ****:sad2:




So, I felt compelled to go through my bank & credit card company (VISA) and initially after receiving my 14 (YES) 14 page email document trail, they conviently mis-spoke back through the merchant that "I never received such good & services, etc."


Thus obviosuly a few weeks later =

CASE DENIED.



Meanwhile, my reply back though to the BBB was to provide them with the Merchant's Corporate Office address in New Mexico.
(REMEMBER, THEY WERE ASKING FOR AN ALTERNATIVE ADDRESS ON THIS MERCHANT)




GUESS WHAT????


The legal department of Massage Envy (in a very tersely worded document.....as if they have been deluged with complaints in the past) said the essence of:


"This is a matter that can only be resolved with the local Merchant. We are unable to help you."



*** HUH???? **** :upsidedow





Like I said, I just got spun around in circles the more and more I tried to amibiacably & professionally resolve this.



THEN....:idea:




Let's just say when people or businesses treat me this way, I choose to get verry very very creative in my response as I decided to not fight for what is right -


Enstead I fought on behalf of others for what is right & should.:cheer2:





Trust me, this will make sense in a few more minutes.popcorn::





So, BACK I went AGAIN through my local Bank branch office as well as my credit card company (all charges were placed on my Visa card), this time found a young bank Rep who was willing to LISTEN to the Customer (and not try to maximize their profit margin) and this time my case was re-filed with the local Merchant.




:thumbsup2****** AND I WON ****::cool1:




So, the settlement money that I won, combined with the adjustments my bank was willing to step out and provide back through to my accounts with them, helped me even more to see what I needed to do with the money.



I decided to give all the money that I won to -


"G.K.T.W.":)



.....and I couldn't have been any happier doing that.




After all, it was never about the money.

It all had to do with 1) the quality of life and 2) bringing a smile into someone's heart.:tinker:








UP NEXT:

Well,
it's about time I talk about the crown jewell of my SO CAL adventure - N.Y.E. and Jan 1st.popcorn::
(ok...and Napa Valley, San Fran, etc.)....






P.S.

Per my earlier comment of -
"beginning to get a general concept of it being a 'rider' of sorts complimenting my December 2014 DISneyland vacation.......but with a twist.


CLUE #1 on this one is the phrase, "CHOO-CHOO."





Well....... CLUE #2 is "There are 9 of them & I want #5 or #4 but NOT #9.






T.T.F.N.:wave2:

knewton64
07-02-2013, 11:22 PM
Ok..... so ya know me by now. I do a ton of research, reading up on the places that I will be visiting before I choose my adventures.



So..............



After some careful thought, and a few emails later from the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce:

(one example of many I received)



"There are usually vendors that have stands by the parade route and some of the coffee shops will be open. We post a list of places that will be open on our website www.visitpasadena.com in mid December.



In 2010, the Hospitality part of the pre-football game was held near Lot H at the Rose Bowl. You can check the Tournament of Roses website closer to the game at www.tournamentofroses.com and they will have that information posted."






ANYWHO -
..................I



er............




popcorn::*************DRUM ROLL PLEASE **************popcorn::





I decided to take the plunge and GO TO THE ROSE BOWL!!:yay: & :woohoo:
(Section 21, Row 8) by Gate F




Ok..........so what does all of this mean????

LOTS!!






So, to begin with - let me let that 'ol cat outta da bag and say that on December 31st, look for me to have lunch out at the Disney Soda Shop (Hollywood) while our tour group is visiting that area. We arrive back at the hotel early evening. I take a quick 1 hour nap, get up and then hotel hop overnight (checking out the NYE festivities).

Get in to my hotel room late.


GET UP around 3am (possibly 4am), leave the hotel at 5am for the Rose Bowl Parade.popcorn::
(will take plenty of pics & video I promise):goodvibes

......and looks like I will be munching on lots of donuts and O.J. while watching the parade.:upsidedow



Afterwards, leave straight for the game & .........



have fun enjoying the pre-game festivities at the Hospitality Suite (I opted in for this as part of the Rose Bowl game ticket price).
See the Rose Bowl (YES.....I AM ROOTING FOR THE BIG TEN CONFERENCE):woohoo:


Get back late back to the hotel.......
nibble on a few munchies (and spirits;)) back at the hotel sports bar



Throw myself into my room's bathtub for a hot bubblebath -
grab a few hours cat nap...


Then we leave on our motorcoach a few hours later

&

"Leave the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and depart for your tour through California to Santa Barbara, an upscale beach community that is a preferred weekend getaway for Angelinos. We will have a brief tour of the area and stop at the Santa Barbara Mission, one of the famous Camino Real Missions founded by Father Junipero Serra. Continue your tour to Solvang, a charming Danish Replica Village situated in the picturesque wine region of Californias Central Valley. Be sure to taste the famous Danish baked goods sold by many local bakeries in Solvang. The day ends in the San Luis Obispo/Pismo Beach area."




So.........looks like Dr Pepper, O.J. & donuts will be by my side during this time (am on Jan 1st) as I will also be enjoying some wine tasting & scrumptious food as well (late pm on Dec 31st).




Looking forward to all of this & more.:)






UP NEXT:

Enjoying some wine tasting & other fun stuff out at Grapevine Wine Tours
(Grapevine, Texas) - October 5thpopcorn::




Don't worry - I will pop in every now & then before then.:)






HAPPY JULY 4TH TO ALL
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(pic shot while I was visiting NYC last year)








T.T.F.N.:wave2:

PrincessInOz
07-06-2013, 05:15 AM
Catching up on your thread. I check whenever you post but there is usually a "Site under Construction" sign up......and then I never do the drive-by! :p


Okay. Firstly, congrats on winning the case with Massage Envy. I definitely do not have a case of Massage Envy there any more!

Secondly....you got tix to the Rose Bowl? WOW! I'm mightily impressed. Looks like you're in for a great trip over the New Year and I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures.

Thirdly.....Happy Independence Day. Naturally, we don't celebrate the day in Oz; but I hope you had a great day and caught some fireworks.


Give the Ladybug a cuddle and I hope she's left the towel pets alone.

knewton64
07-23-2013, 11:05 PM
......funny you should say about "Ladybug" -:tongue:


I have discovered something very unusual about her that I have never ever ever experienced with any Dog in my life........:confused3


and



that is that she responds to seeing other Dogs on the Television set!!;)paw:

Example: I have the tv turned to channel 5.2 on Sundays (am) while I am out and about running errands in the house or while watching tv & the Guest Host tells the dog (on tv) to 'SIT" or whatever he is doing with the dog and yup!!

Ladybug is responding BACK to the TV!!popcorn::


TTTTTOOOOOO STRANGE -


and.......


for some silly reason, she likes watching 'The Adventures of Wishbone" (on our local PBS station) -paw:
(i flipped around the tv channels by accident 1 day & saw this & her ears pricked up and she ran to the tv 'talking').....if flipped the channel and the literally "flipped out":hyper: -

so I flipped the tv channel back to "Wishbone" and all was well.:cloud9:


Looks like now I have stumbled into something new with her & will fill you in what's new with the many adventures of 'L.B."
(& nnooooooo!!!! those towel animals of mine are put up HIGH over my master bedroom queen bed bookcase /headboard so I can see 'em but she can't- therefore she can't get to 'em):goodvibes



HHmmmmmmmm........wonder how she will respond when I play for her (for the 1st time) "Jingle Bells" by the Singing cats over the upcoming Christmas holidays.:laughing:





ANYWHO -




I have been stirring up the airwaves recently & looks like I have come up with a pretty good companion piece to my wine tasting coming up in about 8 weeks -

and
it is..................


ROAD TRIP TO DUBLIN!!:woohoo:
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Dublin, Texas that is.;)



SO be on the lookout for me to see:

1) Ben Hogan Museum (I love golf)

2) www.dublinbottlingworks.com/
(to see how soda pop is made & bottled):yay:
and this is also where Dr Pepper was made until early 2012 when the Snapple beverage Corporation bought it / took it over.
2a) see the history of Dr Pepper soda in their annex part of the building & a huge collection of Dr Pepper stuff.

3) 'Chigger Ranch Food house' (to catch me some lunch)

4) Veldhuizen cheese Family Farm
(to do some cheese tastings, see how the cheese is made & then bring home some cheese to go with my wine):drinking1


*and lastly, I am on the prowl to find some good road munchies to go with this *
(it's a 2.5 hr drive each way)





So as I slowly work my way towards 160 days left & counting until I leave for SO CAL, Also be on the lookout for me to really "let loose and celebrate" me FINALLY stopping paying ahead on my mortgage sooooooo much and relaxing as I move on to bigger on more wonderful things:


Like DISNEYLAND - December 2014:santa:









T.T.F.N.:wave:

PrincessInOz
07-24-2013, 07:31 AM
How cute your LB is.....how obedient!

Just think......you can tape yourself and run it on the TV whilst you're out and maybe get LB to do a few chores around the house.

Looking forward to your roadtrip.

knewton64
07-29-2013, 11:22 PM
How cute your LB is.....how obedient!

Just think......you can tape yourself and run it on the TV whilst you're out and maybe get LB to do a few chores around the house.

Looking forward to your roadtrip.




popcorn::
She is is charge of wiping down the living room sliding glass doors....;)
Ah hmmmmm - cough cough........:rolleyes1


Meaning I USED to wipe them down (after SHE happilly "wiped" them down) with a paper towel........

BUT
many many daily cleaning of the doors & many many rolls of paper towels later - DUH!!
I finally realized - JUST LET HER CONTINUE TO WIPE THEM DOWN (from the ground to about 4 feet upwards).......with her tongue!!:confused:
(don't worry - once a week I do wipe down properly 'her' section of the sliding glass doors that for whatever reason she likes doing)

I don't get it but whatever makes her happy!!:lmao:
BEAGLES - gotta love 'em!!:goodvibes
(and yes, she picked up this rather 'unique' habit of hers all on her own; away from the tv program).

And speaking of that tv program -
Now if I could just get that TV announcer dog trainer dude to have a segment teaching a dog how to pick up their toys & put them away in 1 place once they are done using them....:laughing:
(I have got to get the name of that program and put in my next installment)



ANYWHO -
NOW.......about 'that ever dreaded topic of mine & yes.....it involves:

WEIGHT LOSS TOTALS:scared1:



I know I know BUT.....this is what I always do as a way to enjoy my adventures even more.


Example:
January 2009 - I lost 17 lbs heading into my 4-day land /4 day sea WDW /DCL adventure.

Now while at WDW, I lost an additional 14 lbs -
(I had to take in my belt on my shorts 2 whole 'notches')
But....
while on the DCL side, I GAINED 17!!:confused3

GO FIGURE.



So, I decided last Monday to start my diet and am VERY VERY proud to self report in that I have lost


Ending week one weight loss totals: :wishten10 POUNDS!!:thumbsup2


How am I doing this naturally?? Well, will reveal in a few weeks but lets just say that literally I stopped course in mid stream and sent this body of mine in a whole new direction & WOWZERS!! ** IT FEELS GREAT!! **:cool1:



This weeks total weight loss I would like to do is:

3 pounds.
(I am thinking/ guessing I will be eventually hitting a weight loss total plateau.... but until then....:yay: see that's me doing jumping jacks!!:woohoo:



So, I plan on blogging from now on approx. once a week to every 10 days as a motivational not only to me but to all who are kind enuf to be reading my blog and or who are also interested in losing weight.:goodvibes




Now, about my pm on day 7 -


THANK YOU - PrincessInOz:goodvibes
for helping me to see that there is more to San Fran than just Pier 39 (pm of my day 6) so yes, I do plan on taking a tour of Chinatown (pm/evening of my day 7)-

don't know just yet if it would be through YMT Vacations.com or through sffoodstours.com/pages/touirs/t_night.php - will know shortly through via an email repsonse thru YMT.


Also, A HUGE THANK YOU cuz your DIS thread about "all things San Francisco" combined with my adventures into seeing just how much total weight I can lose heading into this vacation .....has me now firmly in "VACATION MODE.":woohoo:




P.S. "Ladybug" just had a birthday:bday:
(July 28th) - SHE IS NOW 2 YRS OLD:goodvibes


T.T.F.N.:wave:

PrincessInOz
07-30-2013, 06:55 AM
Weight loss?????


:scratchin Are you sure you're a he-male and not a fe-male? I've given up on weight loss before holidays.


Definitely on a see-food diet (I see food, I eat food).



And I'm glad that San Francisco thread was helpful.

knewton64
08-05-2013, 11:10 PM
So it's August.
College & Pro football is starting up....:thumbsup2
The temperature outside is averaging 102 degrees.......:eek:




And me??


I am putting up fall decorations out on my front door & lawn.;)
Gotta love it!!


It also puts me in the mood for..........
Wait for it.......
Wait for it -

NOW!!


ONE WEEK FROM THIS THURSDAY - F-i-N-a-L-l-Y...........
finally my DISneyland adventure (Dec '14) gets booked!!
ANYWHO -




Lots to talk about and lots of fun things happening so I thought I would break it up into three sections with the first one being that ever dreaded topic of weight loss totals::crazy2:



What brought all of this about for me was the accident that happened out at Six Flags Over Texas amusement park a few weeks ago (on the Texas Giant roller coaster) & I strongly feel that that gave me the wake up call to see what I can do to really really tone up my body, lose weight and instead of yo-yoing back and forth with my weight - this time keep it off.


And I owe it all to a TV show called: "Live Big with Ali Vincent" that is on The Live Well Network.:goodvibes

THANK YOU ALI!!:goodvibes

So
my weight loss totals ending week 2 = 5 pounds:cool1:
Total weight lost overall = 15 pounds!!:cheer2:

and it feels great!!
I woulda had more but I 'flat-lined' over the weekend (had three slices of pizza one day) & WOW!! That took me over to the point that I actually GAINED two pounds - YIKES!!



But overall, I know that this is a journey (with highs, lows & to not get frustrated) that goes beyond any vacation & that even Ladybugpaw:
is getting into the act.

Even she is getting A LOT of definition to her body as well.
(remind me & I will tell ya what happened one morning when she & I spotted a family of 5 raccoons stealing dog toys from someone's backyard.... 2 FUNNY!!:rotfl2:)

What are we naturally doing that getting these kinds of results??


Can't say just yet -
(I'd figure give me about another 3 weeks)
but......


I do welcome any additional low fat /low carb meal suggestions either via on this blog or even via PM.




MY OVERALL WEIGHT LOSS GOAL THIS WEEK - 3 poinds.:goodvibes




ANYWHO -




NOW....
about those "clues" I was giving out in my earlier postings....:scratchin







T.T.F.N.:wave2:

knewton64
08-05-2013, 11:11 PM
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(sunset out on Key West, Florida - Jan '12)




Ok......there have been some of you asking me when/where am I going to be taking a rail vacation & after some wonderful suggestions, I still was stumped on the sense of WHEN.
(thank you to all who have given me suggestions on this):thumbsup2


When has me outta luck since I desire to go somewhere to celebrate my birthday somewhere (DECEMBER '15) , be entertained, pampered & to just live life to its fullest.
and what I wanna do , the rail just isn't coming thru for me and for the month of December.

So -
One thing lead to another & finally - VIOLA!!
Something else popped up that grabbed my attention that solved my rather juicy delima.



Something that's 'like' a rail journey; but different.....popcorn::

And it is:
Napa Valley Railway Inn
www.napavalleyrailwayinn.com/



So, that lead me back to thinking seriously about making a run at
doing the Viator.com's "Jail & Sail" sailboat excursion while out on the San Fran bay
but -


What about
I thought of something even better to add to all of this


What about a hot air baloon ride over Napa Valley?? How about seeing the Silverado Winery & visit/ do wine & food tastings @ 3-4 wineries daily ??
YES!!:thumbsup2


AND how about seeing the Walt Disney Family museum
AND


taking a bicycling tour over the Golden Gate bridge???:goodvibes
(I watched a dvd on her the other day & had NO IDEA she is 1.7 miles long)


AND......
(what?? there's more?? ;))


YES....also be on the lookout for me to be taking a 'little ride' of sorts.....
:woohoo:**ON THE NAPA VALLEY WINE TRAIN **:cool1:




So
all of this is a yes for me (December 2015:santa:) as I plan of combining it with a spa retreat somewhere in Napa Valley-

as I enjoy renting a car for the very first time while on vacation.:upsidedow
(I am lookiing at 3nghts/4 days in San Fran & then 3/nghts 4 days in Nappa Valley


Be on the lookout for to get this adventure blog of mine up & started by the time my DISneyland travel documents are mailed to me.:goodvibes





NOW -
about what's up with me & Chinatown on January 5th 2014......popcorn::







T.T.F.N.:wave:

knewton64
08-05-2013, 11:11 PM
SO, I received an email from "Local Tastes of the City Tours".com about me inquiring about taking an evening tour of Chinatown & Northbeach.


We got to talking quite a bit....:mic:
One thing lead to another you are now looking at me taking the following at 6pm on day two that we are in San Francisco::thumbsup2


Some of the places we will be seeing:

"Enjoy Dim Sum from Chinatown's Oldest Bakery
See How Fortune Cookies are Made
Explore the Real Chinatown
Savor Chinese Teas
Explore the Beat Generation Hangouts
Mosey into Authentic Western Saloons
Indulge in Delcious Pizza and Wine

We meet in front of the Chinatown gate at the corner of Bush and Grant streets. The tour is about three hours.":goodvibes
(afterwards, I am tempted to find a place and grab me a drink & a small snack & just walk around a bit checking out the sights).



ANYWHO -
looks like I will be taking (I have the paperwork at home) I believe the PM trolley line at Pier 39 on the early evening that day - to & from.
(allow about 45 minutes once there to be able to board)

:goodvibesTHANK YOU PRINCESSinOZ 4 THE WONDERFUL SUGGESTION.




Don't worry though, yes I do plan on having fun checking out all the eateries in the San Fran area - pics & video where I can.popcorn::




P.S.

and speaking of food tasting & such, my trek into Dublin, Tx (Saturday Oct 5th) conflicted with me wanting to attend a wine tasting that day so OUT is the wine tasting and Dublin is IN.:drive:

Hence more the reason why I will be making a return to wine country....in December '15.:cloud9:







T.T.F.N.:wave2:

PrincessInOz
08-06-2013, 08:06 AM
That Railway Inn looks amazing!

Sounds like your NorCal plans are really coming together.

Congrats on the weight loss.

knewton64
08-12-2013, 11:06 PM
That Railway Inn looks amazing!

Sounds like your NorCal plans are really coming together.

Congrats on the weight loss.





Thanks!!:goodvibes It is really a nice feeling to be doing this.....
tho I do say this past weekend, I added something new to what I am doing and OMG!!!! MY BODY HURT!! :faint:
But after a while, I am now getting more & more used to it.:thumbsup2

Details on this and more (I promise) in 14 more days.popcorn::


Reason why I am initially hesitant on just spilling the beans asap
on what I am doing (by natural means) is
this is all new territory for me but the more and more each day passes, I am seeing that YES, I CAN DO THIS.:woohoo:

AND I "ain't never looking back.":yay:



ANYWHO -
with my weight slowly coming off of me (and getting my body more toned up), I chanced it the other day & Googled "Zip-lining Catalina Island" as well as what they have for food tasting tours & VIOLA!!


A zip-lining tour really really really caught my eye as I have never done this before and it really looks like a whole lotta fun. So expect me to email my TA on over at MEI - Travel.com and see what she can can make happen as this will be my very first adventure on over at the island and I am confused over the time logistics pertaining to getting there and back (from DL's PP hotel) in relation to what I can see & experience all one day.

(psstt!!! I also saw a tv program the other day on the island and their Kelp ocean forest looks FAB!!)


I really really wanna zip-line AND go on a food tour of sorts but if I have to choose one it would be zip-lining. - It just looks like FUN -:cool2:

But.....
Speaking of TA's...... YYEEAAAA!!!!

I FINALLY GET MY DEC 2014 DISNEYLAND VACATION BOOKED LATE THIS WEEK!!:woohoo:




OK.......now about that pesky topic of weight loss totals::eek:



My weight loss totals ending three = 6 POUNDS!!party:

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST OVERALL = :wishtwenty pounds PLUS 2 = 22 TOTAL POUNDS!!::cool1:


MY OVERALL WEIGHT LOSS GOAL THIS WEEK - 3 pounds.:goodvibes

and yes, even Ladybug is getting in on the act as her whole body now is showing the results of all of our hard work.
It begins by me saying ""WATERS" (& I point to her water dish) and she KNOWS to get hydrated before we begin as we both remain well hydrated all throughout what we are doing with two 3-4 minute breaks - to take a small rest and then get re-hydrated.:)


Tho, I do say that she thought someone was 'getting strangled to death' the other day when she heard this (via my home theatre system) for the very first time:
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(From Scarborough Faire; April 2013)



** JUST DOUBLE RIGHT CLICK WITH YOUR MOUSE OVER THE ABOVE VIDEO & IT WILL PLAY 4 U **




So, I had to patiently explain to her what bagpipes are & well.....don't think she caught on to the concept as all I 'heard' outta her was a howl / yell that would have made any Gypsy proud!!:lmao:

So,
I am now beginning to gear up for my London/Scotland adventure by buying one of their cd's (the band is called Tartanic) as well as Edinburgh Castle's "Military Tattoo" DVD; going to watch that dvd on the way back from Heathrow airport.:goodvibes


And with that, I am off for more fun and excitement this week.:rolleyes1
(that's me whistling, "Hi -Ho, Hi-Ho, it's off to work I go...) LOL!!





Dublin, Texas is still on so no worries there.popcorn::
T.T.F.N.:wave2:

PrincessInOz
08-13-2013, 05:40 AM
I officially hate you.

I've been trying to drop some weight. Trying. :sad1:

knewton64
08-15-2013, 10:57 PM
I officially hate you.

I've been trying to drop some weight. Trying. :sad1:




I can't believe that with my SO CAL adventure ever so slowly creeping up on me (now 134 days away), that I completely forgot about a song to add to my burned cd of music that I listen to and from work (please see posting #23 for a listing of the songs that I feel are relevant to my adventure into SO CAL) and that song is............

THE TROLLEY SONG!!:cool2:


SO I went out the other day (via Amazon.com) and bought the "Meet Me in St Louis" movie soundtrack and put a few of its songs on my at home computer 'screen shot' of I-Tunes.:goodvibes

AND -
it now has been added to my cd of car tunes I listen to daily.

I know I know.....I am sooooooooooooooo:upsidedow 'old school' - don't have the capabilities to download songs off of I-Tunes onto my 8-gig I-pod & moreover, it now has over 2,400 songs on it -
AND.... GAG!! I can't put any vacation pictures on it anymore (I have about 7-8 gigs of pics) since it's only an 8 gig I-pod!!:eek:

But about that movie -
Yes, it has been sooooooooooooooooooooooo long since I have watched that movie - kinds reminds me a lot of MAIN STREET USA at a Disney park; especially how the movie illustrates the changing from gas lamps to electric ones.:)





ANYWHO -
normally I blog every Monday but since I am hearing you also talk about weight loss, I am thinking it is time to begin to come forth and give a pre-cursor if you will of what happened to me in mid -July 2013 that really shook me up emotionally and hopefully as you go along these weeks leading up to my vacation departure date, I am thinking that some of what I am doing just might be for you as well.:goodvibes



So.....without any further adieu, here I go.


Ok.....and just one more thing - PPPLLEEAASSEE.
What I am about to write may come across as pretty intense. AND - I am doing my best TO LEAVE MY OPINION OUT OF IT and just report what occurred that helped me significantly change as there was also something that occurred in MY life that also helped me to see it was time.popcorn::


Here goes nothing -:artist:





T.T.F.N.:wave2:

knewton64
08-15-2013, 10:57 PM
What caused me to choose to lose weight & tone up my body occurred on or about July 22 2013 which was two days after a very tragic fatality accident that occurred very close to where I live at an amusement park. And my incident that triggered the change in me happened while I was out walking with Ladybug.
But to back up a moment, let me give you a small back story that is very relevant to what happened to me two days after that tragic incident:


** INCIDENT #1 **
It was around mid- July 2013 when a Mother and her children visited an amusement park in Arlington, Texas and the children's Mother had never ridden a roller coaster before.
Her children got on the "Texas Giant" roller coaster (at The amusement park called 'SIx Flags Over Texas') with no issue and the Mother was seeming to have issues with the....for better lack of words - the lap bar.
To me, it looks like a big ol donut that is hanging over your head and you the rider of the roller coaster is supposed to bring down that donut-shaped steel lap (with padding) bar 'thing-ee' over your head and down firmly against your torso.

She did just that and at the first clicking sound, she had issues. It would not go any further down towards her torso.

She asked the park attendant for assistance and asked also if she was ok since she heard a clicking sound coming from the lap bar.

The Park attendant said that she was ok as long as she heard a clicking sound.

So off she and the rest of the roller coaster riders went to enjoy the ride.

Her lap belt was only at the first clicking sound position....................
It came undone..................
and she fell 14 stories to her death with her children right behind her witnessing the whole thing.


(PLEASE TAKE NOTE: I am choosing to stay out of this topic and let you the reader decide who is at fault). But I do feel that this incident is relevant to my story.


I continue -


*** INCIDENT #2 ****

And this one I don't feel that many know about. Flash forward to two weeks later and KXAS tv channel 5 here in the DFW area broke a story about an amusement park Guest, who 1 week prior to this incident, also attempted to ride the Texas Giant and was unable to get the lap bar to the very first clicking sound position nor any closer towards her torso.
And, the Ride attendant told her to (THIS IS A DIRECT QUOTE, I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP), "Suck it in Lady, suck it in."


She tried and tried but was unable to and at the last second, got off the ride before it took off.


AGAIN, I stress, I am choosing to not make a comment on these two incidents but let you the reader make your own opinion as to whom is at fault here.



Now please flash back to two days after incident #1....popcorn::





T.T.F.N.

knewton64
08-15-2013, 11:21 PM
** A RATHER LONG POST **


So, I normally go out with Ladybug :tongue:
for our daily walks around the neighborhood but on this day, it was different. She did something on this day that she had never done before.

So
as we were making our way on over to the Post office area, she's always intrigued by the reflection of 'another Dog' in the building's exterior walls that look like pexi-glass or something like that.

ANYWHO -paw:

On this day, she did the same thing and I always remark back to her "Say! Who is that Doggie in the refelction??" With her tail stright up in the air and her just a sniffing that Dog, it is always funny to watch her reactions.

I always now follow up on this by opening the door to the Post Office and saying loudly the word, "ECHO!"

She would then react by wondering just how in the world can my voice do that & her reactions are .....
well -

Priceless.:goodvibes


But......
on this day, she chose afterwards to look up in the direction of MY REFLECTION.

And -
I saw my reflection.:scared:



For the very first time in the longest of time.:faint:
I looked at myself very quizically titling my head sideways
as if saying, "Is that me?"


YES - THAT'S YOU.:blush:

And in the span of about 5 seconds,
I felt my heart literally drop to my feet......
a chill suddenly run down my spine......

and tears were silently running down my face.

**I knew then for the very first time right there that I was headed for trouble if I didn't change. **


I thought of those two above listed incidences at that amusement park......
and other thoughts since literally since I was born were flashing in and out of my mind that were all bad visuals (this occured in my mind for the next three days; fyi).

These thoughts were saying to me all at once
as if to say, "WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE YOU DOING ??"

and I just about lost it right there emotionally.


But the barking of Ladybug jolted me back into reality. I just wanted to hide but I couldn't. I wanted to scream but didn't want to - not in public.


So
we finished rather hurridly our walk and made it back home safely with me slumping down in our living room recliner.


And there I cried & cried & cried :sad:
for what seemed like about 15 or so minutes with Ladybug by my side on the floor. I could tell barely out of the corner of my rapidly blood shot eyes (cuz I was crying so much) that she looked concerend but I could also tell I was rapidly losing it emotionally.


I felt trapped.
IMHO, THIS WAS UNACCEPTABLE.:headache:
I wanted to vomit.:crazy2:

But with my nose also becoming more and more stopped up (OKOKOK....I KNOW we have had one way or another , this kind of a cry)......my eyes too blood shot to see, etc., I felt I needed to get myself cleaned up.

So I stumbled into the bathroom & got some cleen-ex and returned to the recliner & fliped on the TV.

I felt low.


I HIT BOTTOM.:faint:


As I was flipping around the TV, I chanced upon a TV show called "Live Big With Ali Vincent" which is on the Live Well Network.:scratchin
(I love that channel; especially the show, "Motion" & if I had one wish, it would be to be a Guest Hiker on that show one day cuz that program rocks!!:thumbsup2 )


No, wait a minute.......I take that back.


What I meant of say was if I had TWO wishes
it would be to not only be one of the Guest Hikers on the Living Well tv Network show, "Motion," my second wish would be to be able to meet Ali in person & sincerely let her know my gratitude in helping me to get this portion of my life turned around.:teacher:

Not only has she provided me with the tools of knowledge to do what Ladybug & I am doing, she has also changed our lives.


:tinker:**** THANK YOU ALI!! ****:thanks:

ANYWHO -
But in regards to the "Live Big With Ali Vincent" tv show that day,
I was instantly mesmerized. I felt like I couldn't move from my seat as I was watching what she and others were doing on that show.


It was as if she was my:littleangel:.



Just then, Ladybug jumped up on the recliner and got in my face.

I was annoyed. I wanted to see what Ali was up to because was she was doing looked like FUN.:thumbsup2

SO I moved to Ladybug's left........


SHE countered by moving to her right
AND..........


took her right 'hand' -
lifted it up and came down HARD on my forehead.


(ok......FYI - she would really make a GREAT SPOKESPERSON for the next V-8 juice tv commercial):lmao:



ANYWHO -


I immediatly looked at her......
She looked at me.....

I looked at her -
she looked at me.

I then looked at Ali...


THEN SUDDENLY -:idea:



And the rest is history.

Ladybug & I haven't looked back since & refuse to from that day forward as I explained to her, "GET YOUR SHOES ON CUZ THE FUN BEGINS IN 48 HOURS."



And I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Ali Vincent:littleangel:
with Ladybugpaw: also helping out in a supporting role as well.



Day one of our journey began for real on July 24th
(I gave myself 48 hours to clean out the frig, etc....., alter my diet...& to get ready for the FUN:thumbsup2)





Details coming up on what I was doing during my week one.:goodvibes






COMING UP NEXT:
WhY I feel that that the "Live Big with Ali Vincent" tv show literally saved my life.popcorn::,
my weight loss totals ending week 4 &
updates on my DISneyland adventure & other assorted silliness.



P.S. thank you all for listening.




T.T.F.N.:wave2:

PrincessInOz
08-16-2013, 06:57 PM
Sounds like that moment was a turning point in your life. If you can't love the person in the mirror, then it's definitely time for changes. :thumbsup2

Good luck with it all.

knewton64
08-19-2013, 10:35 PM
Sounds like that moment was a turning point in your life. If you can't love the person in the mirror, then it's definitely time for changes. :thumbsup2

Good luck with it all.


AHHHHHHH!!:goodvibes Ya just made my day! - THANK YOU -


....and so to think this past weekend, I went to my local area Walmart store and bought me (cuz I had to, my current work pants don't fit me anymore) a new pair of pants:


:cheer2:** ONE SIZE SMALLER **:yay:


I tell you what, I was just a laughing and had just one case of the giggles picking out that pair of pants. IT FELT GREAT!!


WHATZ THAT?? How many more size or sizes do I plan on losing u ask??:scratchin


Hmmmmmm..... well - let's just say
STAY TUNED ......

Cuz I might just surprise ya!!:goodvibes


Oh - and by the way -

YES, plan on me on or about December 27th (which is VERY VERY close to the date I will be leaving for SO CAl, the LA area & such) to post on this blog of mine what my weight is, approx. # of inches I lost & what I weighed before I started this journey that I really feel I owe it all to Ali Vincent and her tv Show because I really was beginning to feel that I was really heading towards some MAJOR issues (health related, possible stroke, etc - you name it & I feel that that WAS my future:sad2:

Also, look for me to post a few pictures (not NYC related) along with a video (more of my 'BEFORE' PICTURE look) that was shot of me while I was at NBC studios (New York City Sept 2012) and then look at my pics of me while on this adventure....


Since the last 4 weeks have elapsed,
I feel fantastic and YES, every time Ladybug & I head out for our walks to the Post Office (only now in the early am ....will explain I promise) YES - I make it a point to look at my reflection and.....


LOVE IT!!:cool1:


and the whole funnest - (that's the word for the day, "Funnest":lmao:) - part of all of this is that I am getting better gas mileage on my car!!

** SERIOUSLY **


Per se, I now have approx. 1/3 of a quarter tank of gas now left over in my car's gas tank at the end of every work week!!:thumbsup2

*** LOVE IT!! ***:woohoo:


THANK YOU ALI:littleangel:



ANYWHO -

And now for that pesky topic of my weight loss::crazy2:



My weight loss totals ending week 4 = 6 pounds:dance3:
Total weight lost = 28 POUNDS!!:dancer:

Total weight loss goal this week = 3 pounds.


Here is a small pre-view of my 'before pics' -
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/dclpics625.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/dclpics625.jpg.html)
(love those shorts!;)) - me out at Disney's Castaway Cay island; Jan '12


- I will post two more in December along with that video I've previously mentioned -

and here is Ladybug's 'before' pic:
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04025.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04025.jpg.html)
(please take note of the cotton all around her as that WAS parts from a queen-sized pillow she 'attacked' & 'killed')

SEE - THIS IS MORE THE REASON WHY I DON'T LEAVE MY TOWELL ANIMALS AROUND FOR HER TO SAY 'HELLO TO":rotfl:


Speaking of her,
approximately every other time she & I head out for our walks, she is given compliments about how she looks and such - (she is now sooo much more defined in all areas of her body) - but one questions always comes up:

WHAT is she??:confused3


When I say, 'A Blue-tick Beagle,' people often have that 'Deer in the headlight look' only until I kindly explain, "You know, a COON.":goodvibes
(and OMG, A Coon Dog she is!!)...will explain later I promise (I am referring to now how I am getting better at sprinting cuz of her).

Then their eyes light up as they are now remarking how well she looks & such.

To wit this past weekend when we got in from one of our evening walks, I replied to her that she looks like a "HoT lookin' Dog........

No wait.......you look like a HOT DOG.":goodvibes

She just gave me that look like I had lost my mind....:rotfl2:



More on Ladybug & I....popcorn::





T.T.F.N.

knewton64
08-19-2013, 11:02 PM
On July 24th 2013, I really didn't know what to do but what I did know was that I could walk and have Ladybug go out with me.

We had some ground rules to establish:


1) NO TREE SNIFFIN'.
2) NO TELEPHONE POLE SNIFFIN'.
3) NO TALKING TO YOUR FRIENDS - WE ARE HERE TO WORKOUT.
(part of the area that we walk has homes w/backyards - 3 of which have Dogs)

and most importantly,
4) YOU CAN CHASE AFTER OTHER CRITTERS OF THE WOODS BUT U R NOT ALLOWED TO CATCH THEM.


Now of course Ladybug :rolleyes:
goes out of her way and still goes out of her way to break every single above mentioned 'rules' but oh well, that just adds to the excitement cuz we don't just walk:


*** WE FAST WALK ***popcorn::
-(yes, we do make a stop for that "P" word every now and then as I always have with me my little green plastic bag and three paper towels) -;)


This fast walking is in addition to me doing what I consider to be average to intermediate Cardio (Monday through Friday) for anywhere from 4-6 hours daily. I say that wide time range because it varies daily depending upon my mood that day but nonetheless, YES - it's between 4 to 6 hours daily 5 DAYS A WEEK now.:woohoo:


But anyway, we fast walk....

(we both do stretching excercises for approx. 10-15 minutes before we go a flying out that door with me helping her as well 'stretch' - which usually consists of me throwing her chew toy around the house and up the staircase with her running after it, etc )



.... for 1 hour and 15 minutes with me switching back and forth between how fast walkers walk versus just walking as fast as I can with me thrusting out my legs as far as I can. I have an "attitude adjustment pole' I have in one hand (just in case we have to use it for any reason) and her retracto-leash in the other. We do this on weekends only.:goodvibes

Yes, she is on approx. 8 foot teather which just gave me fits when we first began all this (in relation to her trying to tree raccoons, squirrels, possums, foxes, stray dogs, stray cats and THANK GOSH we only have spotted one skunk!) but I am getting better in reacting to her as while all of this is going on, I am also trying to move my arms constantly while I am fast walking and she is for better lack of words, jogging.
- (she thinks she can fly and catch those things called "Birds" - TOO FUNNY TO WATCH) -

The terrain (course) I picked out has all kinds of surfaces; from level, un-even, downhill, uphill - no name it & it has it.
We stop half way through to hydrate (and to rest for about 2-3 minutes) and then we hydrate again at the end.:goodvibes


I have recently begun to massage her hands, feet, head and back at the end of the day that we do this (which is twice on Saturdays & Sundays) w/then a LEISURELY walk to & from the post office & its local surroundings close by in the am on both days as well & she just loves it - she gets what she wants & I get what I want.:thumbsup2
- (we still head out to the Post Office Monday through Friday (when I get home from work) but its not leisurely .....it's a REAL QUICK "up & back" to the Post office only as I am just wanting to get her some excercise at the same time I am doing my 'best' to decompress from work) - :upsidedow



Speaking of Ladybug, here is her favorite tv show:
www.companionsforlife.net/


and his program is basically centered around. ... The Bond Dogs & Kids Learning from Dog & Cat Training with Joel Silverman Personalities.:goodvibes


ANYWHO -


This went on for the first two weeks of my journey until I began to 'see' another one of Ali's pearls of wisdom from her show and I began to implement it during my week three & WOWZERS!! - did my body ever hurt!! but I am now to the point of increasing just a wee bit (in about another week or so) of what I am doing & I don't hurt as much...as its now a good hurt - hope that makes sense.


Now what additional wrinkle have I added??:confused3
(I think it would be termed a "core" workout /excercise)



STAY TUNED - popcorn::






UP NEXT: Getting Disneyland underway




T.T.F.N.:goodvibes

knewton64
08-20-2013, 10:45 PM
Here is a little blip from the files of yours truly to getcha back in the Disney mood that I feel will hold cha over until next Monday -
(meant for a giggle)

ENJOY -:goodvibes





January 2009 -


#1) I was just beginning to get immersed in All things Disney when I entered the middle elevator Deck 3 of the Disney Wonder.


My TR from the adventure:
"MY VERY 1ST TRIP 2 WDW / DISNEY WONDER" 01-07-09 to 01-15-09 (w/pics & video)
www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2062857
MY ADVENTURES by Disney "Spirit of America" Sept 2009 trip report ...
www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2201584 - Cached
__________________





ANYWHO -



and I see two people in the elevator w/one being a young man in a white turban w/ short cropped black hair wearing what looked liked white 80's parachute jump pants.


To me,
he just had that look like he was some Prince from overseas.popcorn::



WAIT!!

It gets better......
So,
me ...........:rolleyes1



wanting to continue to be in the Disney frame of mind -
and friendly too........



NOT REALIZNG WHO HE IS.....................


proceeds to strike up a conversation using what Arabic I knew.:headache:



HE meanwhile,
throw up his hands frantically & says,


"ENGLISH, ENGLISH!!"



So, dummy me switches languages (back to Engish) with he and I having the most 'funnest' 2 minute elevator conversation I have had in years (couldn't figure out WHY the other person in the elevator was trying sooooooo hard to surpress from laughing).:scratchin





FLASH FORWARD 6 month later -



......and I FINALLY watch 'that' Disney movie!!

......and slowly realize..........



WEll........



I will let you fill in the blanks!!:lmao:




MAN..................did I ever feel silly!!:headache:







BUT WAIT!! THERE IS MORE!!






#2: March 2010 ABD vacation out to Anaheim
(Disney related)


I asked Goofy one evening how big are his feet (implying what size shoe does he wear).
He threw back his hands with each out as far as he could, as if to say he caught a fish "this big."



I asked him again, he repeated.





FLASH FORWARD
later on that night at an ABD going away dinner




I asked the cartoonist (who was drawing him for me - my fav Disney character), the same ? since I thought Goofy was telling me "a fish story".....or two.:goodvibes




The Animator................
literally looked over her glasses and said to me ...........



(in a P.C. way of course as she said the essense of):

"DUDE.....HE IS A DOG........ THINK ABOUT IT."





***************** DOH !! *********************




ok......thanks 4 allowing me to confess -;)



Until next Monday -
T.T.F.N.:wave2:

PrincessInOz
08-21-2013, 06:26 AM
I need to catch up on your posts! Been busy with real life.

I did wander into one of your old TRs....you should warn me if cruise ships are involved. I get horribly seasick! :sick:

knewton64
08-26-2013, 10:12 PM
I need to catch up on your posts! Been busy with real life.

I did wander into one of your old TRs....you should warn me if cruise ships are involved. I get horribly seasick! :sick:



What is fun is to be jogging or walking on deck four of the ship extremely late at night and you hear thunder off in the distance but you can't see it as what's off on your right is just pitch black......

THEN you look back onto the deck of the ship.
Talk about testing one's sense of balance.popcorn::



ANYWHO -
my theme for the week of week 6 of my weight loss adventures is BELIEVE....
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/th_DSCF3914.jpg (http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSCF3914.mp4)
(video shot while out at DISneyland; March 2010)
** DOUBLE CLICK W/YOUR MOUSE OVER THE ABOVE VIDEO & IT WILL PLAY 4 U **


** "EDITOR's NOTE:" ** Yes, I did visit DL in the spring of 2010 via a well known tour group, but the overall presentation of her was IMHO, very hurried, rude & downright unprofessional & extremely un-DISney like.:mad:
Therefore, I have really blocked that 1st timer visit literally outta my mind - thus u can c why I really am looking forward to this visit to see her next December 29th.....:santa:
feel free to follow along with that adventure of mine in the below listed TR u willl c in my signature.



ANYWHO -

....since it was during the later portion of my week 5, I received my very first unsolicited complment from someone about my weight loss, I also learned PROPERLY how to........ 'do something' in relation to my weight loss & I also was DOING SOMETHING that even surprised myself during that week as well- such that it really has helped me significantly improve my game as I feel it has really taken me to the next level in my quest to be a better me.:goodvibes

But again, that was during week five.


What caused me to see that I could do this
was during week three that I feel I began to just stop reacting to what occured to me (being in shock over the series of events that occured in my life mid July) and I thus began thinking how to go about it via Ali's tv program.

Moreover, through a stroke of luck, I now have for better lack of words - an "old school" universal weight machine...........


well before I get into that, let me break a wee bit and post my weight loss totals for the week ending week 5::upsidedow


My weight loss totals ending week 5 = 6 pounds:woohoo:
(almost had it at 7 but ended the week at 6)


Total weight lost = :wishthirty PLUS 4 = 34 POUNDS TOTAL!!:cheer2:


Total weight loss goal this week = 3 pounds
Now, about that universal weight machine........


So, that machine is now sitting in my garage now turned into a rec room and this is what I use for my (hope I am saying this right) 'Core workout' on weekends with Ladybug decompressing out in the backyard - (after we do our twice a day fast walks) - doing her thing as I began to work out on it beginning at the 25 pound weight level.

The only negative thing about what I was doing was .....
well...........
um..................


I was working out at 30 minutes, not pausing in between stations and only doing 3 sets of 6 reps!!:crazy2:

I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW!!
I deserved to have all of you slap me on the wrist -:upsidedow

But hey, through watching "Live Big with Ali Vincent" show last week, I have now realized the 'error of way ways' :blush:
and corrected all but the 30 minutes issue.:thumbsup2
(more info on this in about 1 to 2 weeks, I promise)


I have slowly cranked up the time I spend on them and am very proud to say that I am up to 45 minutes with a homework assignment if ya will to slowly get it up to one hour in lenght.
I bring with me my I-pod and watch, set my I-tunes on medium sound level and just have fun out there as after the 2nd workout, I began to see my mind my wandering around the room and fixing itself on a Hollywood picture called , "Hollywood Drive-in" which is a framed picture of dead Hollywood stars milling about in a drive-in move theatre.


I use that as a motivating device
(Dec 31st I will be in the Hollywood area) as before I know it, my mind moves back and forth between that and the music I am listenig to via 'Shuffle."
(I also use a lot of mental imagery thoughts and just have a blurred focus if you will on the object in front of me) - hey whatever works.:woohoo:


and of course, we can't forget I also keep a very watch full eye on Ladybug to make sure she isn't getting in the way of me working out.


I wish I could bring in a small towel but I can't (to wipe off the sweat) since L.B. has her eyes set on 'pouncing upon, killing & hauling off to nibble on' any towels that she sees (LOL).

So, it's just me and that sweat.
(no worries as I also make sure the handles on the machines stay dry)


Afterwards, she & I play for a while out in the backyard before I mosey (another 'word for the day' :rotfl:) on up to the shower and set the shower head on "rain-forest" and just have fun duplicating the rainforest room on the Disney Wonder cruise ship.


But it was during on my core workouts during week three
that the Josh Groban song, "Believe" came on from the I-pod shuffle (from the movie, "Polar Express") and that made me pause and think.


I have come from outta nowhere to somewhere in just three weeks -:yay:

All because of Ali's tv show - **** WOW ****:goodvibes



Thus, this song is now on all of my burned cd's I listen to (in my car to & from work) as I feel it was during week three I stopped guessing and began believing -


Not only in Ali's message

but -

also in me.:)



So, what a more beautiful way to end this posting than to post some of the words from that song:



"Believe in what your heart is saying
Hear the melody that's playing
There's no time to waste
There's so much to celebrate
Believe in what you feel inside
And give your dreams the wings to fly
you have an inner beauty
If you just believe

if you just believe
Just believe
you'll have everything you need
if you just...
just believe."




Thank you Ali :littleangel:
Ali's Mom
YOU,

and of course, we can't forget -

Ms. Ladybug XXX11paw:
(yes, that is her legal name)





P.S.
Will keep you updated on my DISneyland plans (I may break in this week and quickly blog about it I dunno just yet), & just what in the world did I do during week 5 of my weight loss journey that surprised even myself??:confused3


HINT: To those of you watching Monday's tv episode that had the part about the Rose Bowl.......it has 'something to do with that.';)



DETAILS COMING UP - popcorn::




TTFN:wave2:

PrincessInOz
08-27-2013, 05:02 AM
Just.Believe.

Congrats on the weight loss.

Great clip. I'm sitting here being teary by the Wishes music.

knewton64
08-29-2013, 10:51 PM
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(pic of Goofy - my FAV)




Cuz something magical has happened!!:goodvibes



Read on and see.:smickey:






T.T.F.N.

knewton64
08-29-2013, 10:52 PM
Just.Believe.

Congrats on the weight loss.

Great clip. I'm sitting here being teary by the Wishes music.


All I know is that when I pass on from this great Earth, I am going to kindly ask for a rule to be implemented and that one is:

;)** ALL PLAIN M&M'S BE DECLARED 'FAT FREE' **;)
(I love those!!)




But about the theme of castles & music....


Seeing that evening for the very first time
the fireworks, the castle, EVERYTHING - I just stood there.......
mouth open...........
eyes wide....................
and crying.


It was so cool!!:cool2:




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(can't wait to see the movie, "Saving Mr Banks") - some 'old friends' of mine out at DL; March 2010:goodvibes


This is the day I have been longing for quite a long time as it has always been a dream of mine to make a return adventure into the land that Walt and friends built & it has now arrived!!::yes::



**** IT NOW HAS FINALLY BEEN BOOKED ****
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Pic shot while out at DL; April 2010


So to those of you who are wanting to know just about anything there is to know about Disneyland, DCA, Catalina island, tours of Disneyland & DCA, crowd levels at this time of year, Advanced dinner reservations (like Blue Bayou and some wine/food tastings, spa treatments at Disney's California hotel, Universal Studios backstage tour, celebrating a birthday, NYE at Downtown Disney, etc OR just wanna have fun following the antics of yours truly :upsidedow -

feel free to follow along in my below listed trip starting with "MY Adventures in Disneyland, Catalina Island...." in my signature area below.popcorn::


cuz I plan on a hittin' the ground a runnin' & enjoying all there is to see.:goodvibes




ANYWHO -



Have just added a little something new Monday through Friday while at work that involves adding a little more to my weigh loss quest. -


DETAILS COMING OUT MONDAYpopcorn::
along with end of week 6 weight loss totals.







T.T.F.N.:wave2:

knewton64
09-02-2013, 10:04 PM
Hmmm......I think Ladybug :tongue:
is also an avid watcher of the "Live Big With Ali Vincent" tv show cuz she sure is making sure I don't do that when we both are out and about.:thumbsup2


More on that in a moment.
But first, about that unsolicited compliment about my physical appearance from week 4 of my weight loss journey.:goodvibes


So, anywho - here I am at work answering some Hotel-related questions from a very nice female Guest of ours when suddenly in mid sentence she switches topics and blurts out, "Say....you look like you have been losing weight!":thumbsup2

MY INITIAL RESPONSE??

:blush:

But I quickly recovered and replied back to her a very heartfelt
:thanks: -

- as I relayed to her briefly what lead me to do this & who I owe it all to
(Ali Vincent's Tv show).



Hmmmmmm......note to self - when this occurs, I MUST BE onto something good!!::yes::



And so, that spurred me onto doing something completely different in my week 5 of my weight loss journey but before I get into that, here are my weight loss totals ending week 6::yay:



My weight loss totals ending week 6 = 6 pounds:woohoo:
(almost had it at 7 but something about me retaining a lot of water weight after a work out):confused3
- (YES, I remain WELL HYDRATED all throughout my workouts) -


Total weight lost = :wishforty:banana:
- (hey.....who knew that banannas can dance??) - :laughing:


Total weight loss goal this week = TWO to THREE pounds


** YES, I AM DISCOVERING THAT I AM LOSING WEIGHT TOO FAST SO I AM IN THE PROCESS OF INCREASING MY CALORIC INTAKE WHILE MAINTAINING MY 7-DAY WORKOUT ** HOPE TO HAVE MY WEEKLY LOSS TOTALS MORE IN LINE WITH 1-3 POUNDS A WEEK ** DETAILS TO FOLLOW BY NEXT WEEK'S INSTALLMENT **


ANYWHO -


So her compliment spurred me onto doing something different during week 5 as I was beginning to realize Ladybug is always walking just a little bit faster than my "fast walk" so............


.....why not begin jogging??:goodvibes


And jogging we began with me SLOW jogging (about 5 - 10% of a faster pace than our fast walk) during week 5 as it was also during this time that I also began to see another thing improve in my physical appearance:



90 to 95% LESS PUFFY EYES 'LOOK" & LESS 'DARK CIRCLES" LOOK UNDER MY EYES*:thumbsup2
- (okokokokokok.....I will admit it was the sodas getting CUT that has lead to my eyes looking soooooooooooo;) much better) -

Now THAT IMPROVEMENT really made my day!!:dance3:



BUT......here is where is gets a little 'unusual' about Ladybug & I jogging.
and it involves my ever wandering mental state of mind while I am working out.:confused:



DETAILS TO FOLLOW -popcorn::






T.T.F.N.:goofy:

knewton64
09-02-2013, 10:39 PM
Ok - so where did I last leave ya?:confused3


Oh yes - about my wandering mind while working out.


So here is was 2 weeks ago that L.B. paw:
& I began SLOW jogging while we were working out on our cardio part of our workouts when I decided (after receiving that compliment) to complete the whole 1 hr 15 min fast walk 'course' all while jogging!!:yay:


BUT - mind you part of the course entails jogging UPHILL for 30 minutes!!:scared1:


Hmmmm.......

Don't know why but with making sure L.B. & I didn't get tangled up with each other, watching out for evening critters from the woods, oncoming auto traffic, etc -

I found myself literally jogging flat footed on one section that has a particular steep incline IMO.


NOT GOOD:sad2:

When , suddently out of nowhere
popped (KID U NOT)

popped this circular floating head of.....
none other than Ali V :littleangel:
floating around in my mind.....
kinda like Madame Leota.:goodvibes

SERIOUSLY.

And she 'said' to me with her eyebrows down and frowning,
"STEP UP!":mad:

I immediately physically responded (and verbally)and I tell ya what -
that first weekend of me now doing squats (while weighlifting & working out) combined with jogging uphill for 30 minutes straight =

** WOWZERS!! **


Did that ever get my attention.


FYI - I think what "Ali" was trying to tell me what to step off with my toes rather than my heel while jogging. Whatever the case may be, it worked.


So, should you ever see me out jogging with Ladybug paw:and appear to be muttering to myself -
NOW YA KNOW:laughing:.

(hey - like I said earlier...whatever works)



But wait!! Now ladybug is getting in on the fun with what she has pulled during week 6 while we are out jogging our 1 hour and 15 minute course (I have added a little extra on it to still equal 1hr & 15 minutes).


More on that next week.popcorn::







UP NEXT:
Getting ready for a small road trip to Dublin, Texas (Saturday Oct. 5th)
pics & video where I can - I promise.:goodvibes

- Including some full shots of me so all of you so kind enuf to be readin' this blog can track my progress now visually -

and
my weight loss total for ending week #7
( :mic:I am trying to get it more in line with a 1-3 pound weight loss a week....who knew losing weight could be soooooooo confusin'?;) ) - I apolgize to all on this - hey I am new at losing weight and keeping it off.:o




P.S.
T-minus 118 more days & I am off to the ROSE BOWL!!:woohoo:



T.T.F.N.:wave2:

PrincessInOz
09-03-2013, 04:46 AM
great weight loss.


My participation is going to be spotty over the couple of months. I'm about 10 days away from my vacay and I don't like checking in when I'm away. Afterall, I spend so much time on electronic stuff that when I'm on holiday, I really want to get away from it all.

I expect you'll have hit the 60 lb mark when I get back. :thumbsup2

knewton64
09-05-2013, 10:05 PM
great weight loss.


My participation is going to be spotty over the couple of months. I'm about 10 days away from my vacay and I don't like checking in when I'm away. Afterall, I spend so much time on electronic stuff that when I'm on holiday, I really want to get away from it all.

I expect you'll have hit the 60 lb mark when I get back. :thumbsup2



Got back from the Doctor's office this week and got SoME:rolleyes1 good news and then some even better news about what I am doing. Read on for for info and by the way - def have fun on your adventures as I am also having fun reading your TR.:goodvibes



Hmmmmmm......there is something just over the horizon for me & I wonder what it is


So, as Captain Jack would say -

"NOW BRING ME THAT HORIZON!"
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/NYCPICS-SEPT2012382.jpg
(check out who is in the center of this pic!!)




I am choosing to post an update today about my weight loss quest and other things as my quest to get rid of it and maintain a healthy balance got modified a wee bit this week as I checked in with my family doctor to see what's up and to track my progress.:upsidedow


I received some great news and then some better news - which was 1) that I was doing great and just fantastic in my weight loss and to keep up the great work as my overall weekly weight loss goal is to be anywhere between a 1 to no more than 3 to 3.5 pound a week weight loss.

2) Everything 'checked out' as normal.:thumbsup2
3) NOW, I just need to increase my caloric intake above my normal daily caloric intake to keep up with the demands of my 7-day a week now cardio & core workouts.

(WHAT??:confused3 And I thought I was doing a fairly good job of doing this!!::yes::)


So.......I have put out a "A.P.B." or sorts on Ali Vincent's 'Live Big With Ali Vincent" Facebook page on getting suggestions on what to ingest (liquid and or food) after a workout - and yes I welcome suggestions from all as I really am having fun doing this - popcorn:: -
and still have a strong extreme desire to not only lose weight but to KEEP IT OFF while maintaining a healthy body.:cool2:


And yes - I also welcome other ideas / suggestions (on healthy quick and easy meals 2 prepare, etc) as well cuz I tell ya what, when I roll on over into the San Fran , Pasadena, etc area in a few more weeks, I really wanna celebrate!!:yay:



BESIDES.....even Ladybug pluto:
is now getting in on the act as even her food is now being measured.;)
(just to make sure that she is continues to be on par where she needs to be) -






ANYWHO -

SO, all in all - a MUCH better week for me in losing weight (hey, it's a learning process :goodvibes ) as I am continuing to watch what I eat while now actually increasing my daily caloric intake but at the same time, NOT WANTING to be eating 'bad foods / liquids' so I can maintain my quest which yes - u r close - I do expect to drop 2 more pants sizes before I leave for SO CAL.:cheer2:




ANYWHO -


More weight loss update on Monday while I am now preparing for a small road trip into the Dublin, Texas area (October 5th) -



So be on the lookout for me to see:

1) Ben Hogan Museum (I love golf)

2) www.dublinbottlingworks.com/
(to see how soda pop is made & bottled):yay:
and this is also where Dr Pepper was made until early 2012 when the Snapple beverage Corporation bought it / took it over.
2a) see the history of Dr Pepper soda in their annex part of the building & a huge collection of Dr Pepper stuff.

3) 'Chigger Ranch Food house' (to catch me some lunch)

4) Veldhuizen cheese Family Farm
(to do some cheese tastings, see how the cheese is made & then bring home some cheese to go with my wine):drinking1


*and lastly, I am on the prowl to find some good road munchies to go with this *
(it's a 2.5 hr drive each way) **



Hey - who knew with my weight loss and all, that I would be "living life on the edge?" AKA - visiting a soda factory and a cheese farm.:)


- (and I love jalapeno cheese OR Pepperjack cheeses) -





STAY TUNED -popcorn::
weight loss total for the week ending week #7 coming up on Monday & how Ladybug & I are doing, upcoming Disneyland plans, etc.






T.T.F.N.
&
CHEERS:smickey:

knewton64
09-08-2013, 10:04 PM
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(one of the many pictures I have in my rec room /close to my Universal Weight machine that I use as an motivational)



...it's off to Hollywood I go!!:goodvibes
Looking forward to it as this past week had many highs and lows - with the best part that YES
heading into Monday nights weight loss totals........


I AM AT A 3.2 pound weight loss = MUCH BETTER!!:thumbsup2
-(I feel much better as I have had to increase my overall caloric intake mainly on before & after workouts; will give details Monday) -



All this and much more coming up in Monday's update.popcorn::
(including what NOT to feed a dog when it comes to calories):confused:





P.S. - Ah.......to be on Pier 27 right now in San Francisco.:cloud9:
** GO TEAM USA!! **:woohoo:



T.T.F.N.:wave2:

PrincessInOz
09-08-2013, 10:47 PM
Great job on the weight loss.

4 days for me.

knewton64
09-10-2013, 10:05 PM
Great job on the weight loss.

4 days for me.



It hasn't come easy but the journey is fun, very enlightening and downright rewarding as I am beginning to see just how much dang fun life can be.


Read on for more details....popcorn::
(p.s. have fun on your upcoming adventures)





ANYWHO -



So, Ladybug & I are out jogging very early (3am) this past Sunday am and while we were passing the neighborhood library, I needed to properly dispose of shall we just say, the now very full green plastic bag.

Now the Library is built with 4 brick jagedy-looking columns to either side of the entrance followed by a trash can on either side of the entrance as well.

So, as we are jogging by, I decided to have some fun with this and play a little basketball with Ladybug's 'gift' and attempt to shoot a basket with her....... um....... you know........

** STUFF;) **


From about 12 feet away.popcorn::

Well, the 'basketball' of stuff went in the basket.....wait -
I meant to say trashcan.....

and -

promptly bonked a fox on top of it's head!!:lmao:
(I think he/she was trying to find a late night snack)


Well,
this sent the fox madly scrambling out of the trash can and when it was doing this, out popped its friend in the other trashcan and both of them were madly scrambling also not only outta the trashcan but also out of range from Ladybug's teeth.paw:


Now, me? I was freaking out and yelling while Ladybug promptly went after both of them who were now scrambling and wilding were running back across the street and back into the woods nearby.

Approximately 2 seconds later, I hear a rather LOUD "RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR" ing sound followed by a rather loud hissing sound coming from our left and I was beginning to be pulled into the direction of the escaping foxes.


IT WAS A CAT who was watching the whole thing unfold.popcorn::

Me and now in mid sprint - changed directions and went back to my left as I watched the cat try to climb the nearest tree.......

It was one of those brick columns of the library!!

The cat made it about 5 feet up off the ground before it lost its grip on the brick and fell back to the ground.


NOW-------here we are -


bad visual -


the two foxes are now in the lead running across the street to escape the cat
who has NOW PASSED US
and is chasing after the two foxes
followed closely behind a rather ticked off Ladybug :hyper:
who is trying to catch all of them
followed closely behind a rather confused but content me
who is enjoying all of this.



-WE DIDN'T CATCH THEM -


FYI - Now the only thing that was missing from this screwball comedy were the local city police who normally hang out in the library parking lot (in their cars) to run radar overnight....:lmao:


ANYWHO -
Later on, as we were jogging, I turned towards Ladybug & replied,




"See, this is why I always carry an 'attitude adjustment' pole" (pointing to the steel pole I carry in my right hand):rotfl:





T.T.F.N.:wave2:

knewton64
09-10-2013, 10:07 PM
** WOWZERS !! **


WHAT A WEEK IT HAS BEEN!!:eek:
Experienced not one but SIX freakin' very stressfull situations (most at work), literally have bloodied my nose in the process of my weight loss journey, put Ladybug on a weight loss program, treating her for an ear infection -

AND

to top it all off.....

:mad:HAVE HAD TO CANCEL MY OCT 5th TRIP TO DUBLIN TEXAS!!:headache:


WHY U ASK??


Because someone where I work at mis-calculated on her EDD date and now has pushed up her date BIG TIME!!

SO, me trying to do the gentlemanly thing, chose to step forward and in a quest to keep the peace in the office, chose to cancel my short day-trip to the land of "cheese and soda."

I AM JUST GOING TO BE -:sick:.
(I ALSO chose to step forward and fill in for her while she is out on maternity leave which means for the next 60 days, I AM GOING TO BE VERY VERY VERY busy!!). ah well - this just means more incidental $ for me when I go to SO CAL in 110 more days!!
:woohoo:


ANYWHO -


THEN, I was hearing it from all sides about do's and don't on weight loss (even from reading from the internet about tv shows that promote this) and such -

even from former contestants (Biggest Loser, Extreme Weight Loss, etc).



And even from well meaning people coming up to me at work ("don't drink this, be drinking that", etc).
- (no I wasn't refering to people who work where I work at) -:goodvibes


I got
to the point that I just wanted to bloody scream & to tell EVERYONE to SHUT THE 'H" UP!!:furious:


That and a gallon of BLUE BELL cookies and cream ice cream
AND a bag of plain m&m's would have helped.......


But I knew to logically calm down and logically think all of this through and remain focused on my overall objective who is to lose weight & keep it off.



Even came back from "Chilis" restaurant for lunch today & surprised myself by eating grilled chicken, broccoli with a side order of a mini-salad.


LOVED IT!!


So, anywho -
I am back on track (did not stress eat ONCE these last 7-8 days) , love what I am doing and hope that this weekly journal of sorts is providing real feedback to those to are trying to lose weight.

Ladybug has lost a pound of fat this week as well - which is good.


Hey - speaking of that - here is what NOT to feed a dog when it comes to calories.




COMING UP NEXT -popcorn::
MY weight loss total for ending week#7.





T.T.F.N.

knewton64
09-10-2013, 10:09 PM
SO here
we are at Ladybug's appointment with her 'Gynocologist' and during everything, she is advised to take better care of her teeth.

This sends me into a tailspin (since I love dogs and animals) so while out and about last Saturday, I see at out local Walmart dog food section a small bag of dog looking bones (I don't feel its appropriate to say the brand name) that are good to help clean a dog's teeth.


The only thing I will say about the bag of 'dog looking bones' is on the lowest part of the front of the package it clearly says, "DENTAL."


SO, niave me buys them -
Now here is Ladybug already at a pound weight loss IN 5 DAYS!!
(I didn't know that previous to last Tuesday, I was over-feeding her)


I feed/give her two of these things over a two day period (subtracting them out of her overall allotment/measurement of food) and in one FREAKIN' DAY, SHE GAINED A POUND!!:faint:


OK -
so lets just say that Monday am of this week, those things were thrown away!!



She is doing much much better and will also let all of you know how she is doing with her weight as well.


Speakin' of which, here are my weight loss total for week ending #7.



I am seeing that I have had to increase my daily caloric/fiber/starches/protein and what not by approximately 20% but mainly before and after my workouts, I have had to increase my intake of food/liquids 80% to bring me more in line with reasonable weekly weight loss.

It's tricky to understand what works and what doesn't as I feel that I am literally running blind on this topic but what IS IMPORTANT is that I am getting through it and have a wonderful support group where I work at and am very grateful for Ali Vincent's overall message.

There may be weeks that I go over my weekly weight loss objective -
some weeks I may "blow it" -
but I feel that I now have what it takes to take this puppy to its proper conclusion.:thumbsup2

Lookin' forward to showing all of you my NYC video of me (shot in the NBC Studios September 2012) that IMHO, best represents the "Before" picture of me -

Also, looking forward to showing you some pictures of me just before I leave for SO CAL.


ANYWHO -
about my weight loss total for ending week #7




My weight loss totals ending week 7 = 3.8 pounds:woohoo:



Total overall weight lost = :wishforty:banana:
PLUS 3.8 = 43.8 pounds!!




Total weight loss goal this week = upwards to 3.5 pounds.




Having fun doing this but still feel totally bummed out from not being able to take a small time-out of sorts in 3 weeks and celebrate; from aggressively paying ahead on my home mortgage since November of last year to my weight loss.......


Wish me luck in trying to find something and somewhere to celebrate before my Rose Bowl adventures - I welcome feedback/suggestions about this cuz I feel like I am gonna bust.:blush:



UNTIL NEXT MONDAY -
(will also update then on my Disneyland plans)




P.S.
Just heard over the radio that Six Flags Over Texas Officials are FINALLY re-opening the "Texas Giant" roller coaster after almost 60 days of a safety review and have officially concluded that the fatality that occured on July 22nd 2013 was NOT due to mechanical issues....:scratchin









T.T.F.N.:goofy:

PrincessInOz
09-11-2013, 04:54 AM
40 lbs! WOW!

I probably won't be checking in here again before I go. Will catch up when I return. Have fun!!!

Millie12591
09-17-2013, 03:06 PM
Wow Kris!! What a great job you are doing with your weight loss!!

I'm so impressed!! You are lucky in that you are a man and because of that you'll lose more weight, and faster than women do, due to the muscle to fat ratio. :thumbsup2

I know you are probably getting this from all sides, but I will mention a couple of things I've learned through research, trainer, and experience.

When you have more to lose you'll lose it faster at the start. Even more than the typical 2-3 lbs., caloric intake is a toughy, you have to figure out what works for your body, exercise level, and what will help you maintain enough muscle that you aren't hurting yourself. Sounds like you have that down pretty good. :thumbsup2

Also, and this is in no way trying to get you to quit working out as hard as you are, but it is important to have a days rest in there somewhere. It helps with your over all workouts during the week, and it also helps for your body to recover from all that you are doing, in turn it also helps with your weight loss. A lot of people wind up hurting their body when they don't rest it enough. I've had to find this out the hard way. :rolleyes:

I found, for my body if I didn't rest when it told me to, I'd pay for it dearly in the end.

You are doing such a great job!! I'm so proud to have another fellow Texan doing it!! And you are doing it, Kris!!! :yay: :dance3: :yay: :dance3:

Keep up the great work!!

knewton64
09-18-2013, 09:16 PM
40 lbs! WOW!

I probably won't be checking in here again before I go. Will catch up when I return. Have fun!!!



Ah.....I am soooooo jealous of ya!!:goodvibes Take plenty of pics and can't wait to read about your adventures -popcorn::




Wow Kris!! What a great job you are doing with your weight loss!!

I'm so impressed!! You are lucky in that you are a man and because of that you'll lose more weight, and faster than women do, due to the muscle to fat ratio. :thumbsup2

I know you are probably getting this from all sides, but I will mention a couple of things I've learned through research, trainer, and experience.

When you have more to lose you'll lose it faster at the start. Even more than the typical 2-3 lbs., caloric intake is a toughy, you have to figure out what works for your body, exercise level, and what will help you maintain enough muscle that you aren't hurting yourself. Sounds like you have that down pretty good. :thumbsup2

Also, and this is in no way trying to get you to quit working out as hard as you are, but it is important to have a days rest in there somewhere. It helps with your over all workouts during the week, and it also helps for your body to recover from all that you are doing, in turn it also helps with your weight loss. A lot of people wind up hurting their body when they don't rest it enough. I've had to find this out the hard way. :rolleyes:

I found, for my body if I didn't rest when it told me to, I'd pay for it dearly in the end.

You are doing such a great job!! I'm so proud to have another fellow Texan doing it!! And you are doing it, Kris!!! :yay: :dance3: :yay: :dance3:

Keep up the great work!!




** ANOTHER PIC FROM MY PAST **
Having fun on the TRILOGY II catamaran
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/Picture047.jpg
(me at the helm in 28 knot winds at a 'slow' 8.5 knots w/1/4 of the main up)
Nov 2011 in Maui

** AND LOVIN IT **
(POST SCRIPT: OUCH!! LOOK AT THAT STOMACH AND THAT ROUND FACE)



Flash forward now to 2013 -
I tell ya, there is nothing more "funner" than getting cleaned up after a long workout, throwing down a few gulps of Vitamim Water and a slice of chicken breast followed by just chillin' out with Ladybug on the living room recliner while listening to relaxing music.:goodvibes

And by the way, a huge
Thanks for the compliment and words of encouragement!!


Though
What got me emotionally & logically upset these last 2 weeks or so was alllllll these things I have been doing for years (thinking that it was ok) then seeing that I need to change......

changing and then seeing that what I thought was ok (while changing) STILL needed to be modified (NOT GATOR-AID but enstead drink this drink called Vitamin Water for example as Gator-aid has sugars, etc) just drove me up the wall.

Then all of this also transcended onto poor ol Ladybug - ie - what I thought I was doing all these years in relation to animals was also incorrect.

RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!:mad:



So, it has been one incredible nutrition/liquid learning curve for me these last few weeks but I am very happy I have busted through it (no sense in me harboring hard feelings about this against my Mother & Dad....LET IT GO) and let it go I have and feel that I am very shortly away from dropping another pants size.


This journey that I am on is not only a lifestyle change but a transformation of a better me and it just feels so dang nice. To look a life now from a completely different point of view, to have that extra extra bounce in my step, etc just really brings all of this to the next level.

AND to think, pizza and cheese sticks used to be a part of my vocabulary.;)
Now, it's chicken salads and substitutions whenever I cook.:yay:

It has even brought me so much more enjoyment when I cook as well.
But yes, again thank you for your kind support and I do welcome your continued support & input.



oh and yes.....
I DO PLAN on also taking me a picture of how much seat/lap belt is LEFT OVER when I get strapped into my airline seat on December 29th.
Now THAT OUUGHTA be cheap entertainment for me......
watching people's reactions to me taking a picture of myself - LOL -
(thank you for the suggestion via your TR)


ANYWHO -



Losing my 'top' was easy.....
......but what about my 'muffin'??;)




From what I am finding out and seeing, losing that ever dreaded "Pooh-Sized":eek:
look to my waistline is harder than it looks but after 8 weeks, I am SLOWLY seeing that my 'muffin' look to my waist is slowly starting to be reduced.


WHICH IS FANTASTIC!!
and, thank gosh I have FINALLY broken than elusive 1 hour mark in lifting weights. I believe what helped was Ladybug NOT;) "finding" anything more to chew in the rec room and bring it to me as a present.
Now she mainly plays in the backyard with her every now and then checking on me to make sure I didn't turn into a statue or what not. - LOL -


But hey, what about my weight loss totals ending week 8?



Without further adieu, here they are


My weight loss totals ending week 8 = 4.1 pounds:woohoo:
(through Monday September 16th)




Total overall weight lost = :wishforty:banana:
PLUS 7.9 = 47.9 pounds!!




Total weight loss goal this week = upwards to 3.5 pounds.



Biggest excitement from these last 7 days:
Nothing more fun than jogging at 3am Tuesday of this week and seeing a City Police Helicopter circling a 5 block radius followed by some cop cars sectioning off the streets - my best guess is they were trying to find someone.:3dglasses
Kept me and L.B. on our toes while we were out & about.

But hey, between escaping foxes from Library trashcans to humans on the run from Police, that just makes our workouts that much spicier.;)


Allrightee -


I am still on the lookout to see what I can pull together for a last minute whats-its if ya will before I head out to SO CAL in about 99 more days, will let ya know what comes of this.


L.B. got a bath today, mani-pedi, ears cleaned, flea sprayed
and a full body massage afterwards from yours truely. Anything for my jogging partner.:cool2:







UP NEXT:
Doing the double digit dance, weight loss totals for week #9 & hmmmmm.....could U of M make it to the Rose Bowl??:3dglasses


AND

AM I THE ONLY ONE 2 N-O-T YET SEE THE DISNEY MOVIE, "MONSTERS UNIVERSITY??"
(ok......I gotta see it)




T.T.F.N.:wave2:

knewton64
09-21-2013, 10:14 PM
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****from DCL; Jan 2009 I call, "BE PATIENT KRIS! .....BE PATIENT KRIS!" ****




ANYWHO -

ok.......I have HAD IT!!:mad:


SO in regards to the wacky world of what to eat or drink & what NOT to consume -:mic:
I had a big learning curve on it yesterday when in the rhealm of chips and cookies.


Per se,
I love chips! I love to bring the whole bag to the kitchen table and SLOWLY nibble on them along with my meal. Been doing that ALL my life.:upsidedow


AND.......


About these last 18 months or so, I go to a local sandwich shoppe (once a week) and grab me a 6-inch sandwich and 4 choc chip cookies.

I eat 2 cookies after the meal and then the other 2 the next day.



AND HERE COMES THE WORD BUT......


But.......



I am noticing that I am STILL eating approx. TWO TO SOMETIMES THREE servings of chips DAILY when I eat a meal that involves chips as a sidel!!:sad:
(RRRRRR!!!! READ THE BACK OF THE LABEL...READ THE BACK OF EVERY FOOD ITEM!!!!)


No wait!!


There's more.:upsidedow



I THOUGHT I was doing better by only eating 2 cookies twice a week for an after meal snack / dessert........
and.........
I just saw yesterday that JUST ONE
of those buggers IS 220 FREAKIN' CALORIES!!!:furious:


RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



1) So, after careful thought, I have decided to change course on this and start dare I say.......COUNTING OUT 10, yes 10 chips with each meal I eat that involves chips and if still need more, only count out 5 additional chips.:goodvibes
(max daily intake of chips now = no more than 200 calories)



2)and NO MORE visiting that sandwich shoppe once a week!:cool1:
Enstead, I will now make a (chicken) sandwich at home with 10-15 chips and something reasonalble to drink and NOT EAT a cookie or even two afterwards - I now will eat a 'little something' about 90 calories worth.........


So, this oughta shake up a wee bit not only to my lifestyle change but also my weekly weight ins.:)



I am also seeing that this is not the first time NOR the last that I will be experiencing this (this is a journey with highs and lows) but to acknowledge your feelings then move forward.:cool1:


And moving forward I am.::yes::
(just discovered the "Wish" sections of DISboards.com & love what I see):yay:






Allrightee all -



Thank you for allowing me to vent.:p





On a different note, in the wacky world of the Rose Bowl :cheer2:
is concerned - going to be fun to see who seperates themselves from the rest of the pack these next few weeks......



and
I kindly threw at ALI VINCENT'S Facebook page a challenge to see if she wants to post her weight on Facebook (she doesn't want everyone to know how much she currently weighs which IMHO, She lost 114 pounds on the 'Biggest Loser' competition 5 yrs ago (from 234 pounds to 120) and now she currently IMO, weighs approximately 140 to 145 pounds as I am taking also into account her marathon training these last 12 months or so....

(all you have to do is look at her pictures of her right after she won the 'Biggest Loser' competition to seeing her pictures now & take a fairly good educated guess)

All of this started on her most recent tv show where she wanted to zip line but didn't want the cameras (NOR YOU THE TV VIEWER) to see how much she weighed before hand........

So, IMO
she seems to have an issue with owning this; which is what in part of what she promotes inside her 30 minute tv shows...
IE: Being proud of who you are.

So, should there be enough support from others on her Facebook page
(and /OR even from this blog),
I have no issue posting my current weight, weight I was at at the height of alllllllllllllll my family unnessary melodrama, my waist size at my lowest pont in all this, how many inches I have now lost & if necessary, a week by week journal of my weight loss ever since I started this (which I was going to do all of this anyway in late December.....remember??)popcorn::


All of this is meant in good spirited fun and hopefully in the process, Ali will be a little more open about what she promotes as YES - I still support her.
:littleangel:






UP NEXT:




How Ladybug is even getting in on the game of weight loss.paw:
CYA WEDNESDAY -







T.T.F.N.:wave2:

knewton64
09-25-2013, 10:53 PM
So Tuesday of this week, I decided to head out to my local area Walmart to buy some groceries and such and while there -

I decided to buy
for the very first time in my life....

SOME APPLES.:thumbsup2
(I am now switching out every other after meal dessert with an apple instead of a 90 calories "little something")


FYI: BUY THE WAY, which one are 'better for you?"
Red ones or green ones or does it really make a difference??:confused:



ANYWHO -


So here I am with my 6 green apples, two Lean Cuisine meals and such -
all ready to check out and I proceeded to do what I thought was right....

IE - scan each apple.

** NO **

DON'T DO THAT.:headache:


I proceeded to not only confuse the self check-out scanner machine
but I also apparently made that Walmart Reps day
who
had to school 'little ol' me'
on how to PROPERLY scan the apples.:lmao:


Which by the way.......
I am VERY PROUD to say;)
that I now know that you put all the apples in a plastic bag
and set it on top of the scanner that weighs it -
you then input into the machine what it is &
viola!!
It calculates the price for you.:goodvibes

** TOO COOL **:cool2:



So, between that & me FINALLY SOLVING the mystery about RUFFLES potoao chips and chocolate chip cookies, I now feel as if I have been shot outta cannon in relation to my weight loss adventures.:goodvibes
(which is a good thing)



Per se, here are my weight loss total ending week #9:


My weight loss totals ending week #9 = 4.6 pounds:woohoo:
(through Monday September 23rd)




Total overall weight lost = ::wishfifty
PLUS 2.5 = 52.5 pounds!!party:



Total weight loss goal this week = upwards to 3.5 pounds.
AND

I can't even begin to tell ya how proud I feel to post my weight totals this week!!:cheer2:


It if such a relief to not only make this kind of a switch in my daily life
but to also have this much weight off my 'rear'!!:thumbsup2


Just makes me feel like dancing -




which is what L.B. :tongue:
& I did the other day while out at the park jogging & playing 'Fling & Fetch.'


She kept on trying to get the Frisbee outta my hand while I was dancing around to 'avoid her':goodvibes
(she has IMO a very impressive vertical leap)
while throwing it for her to chase.:woohoo:


Nice to see her catch on on how to retreive the frisbee.
just watching her watching me is so much fun to see -

kinda like a English sheepdog herding sheep.
only seen that once - ** WAY COOL. **:)


Speaking of her,
She is also doing muuccchhhhh better in the weight loss department.
After WEEKS & WEEKS of flat-lining, she has FINALLY lost one pound and is keeping it off.:grouphug:


Very proud of her.:cool1:





But on a different side of things -
About this SO CAL adventure of mine......


Here is a small blip of what I will be doing (courtesy of YMT Vacation's website)

"Now enjoy more time in the exciting "City of Angels," on this expanded itinerary featuring the same highlights as our original Rose Parade Tour and Coastal California Tour. You'll take a city tour and have the chance to see hand prints of famous stars at Grauman's Chinese Theatre as well as the Dolby Theatre, the home of the Academy Awards.
Next, get an insiders perspective of the famous parade when you attend an exclusive evening viewing of the magnificent, hand-decorated floats before watching the unforgettable spectacle of the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade from your personal grandstand seats. Continue on your way North along California's coastline to San Francisco. Your many breathtaking stops along the way, include: San Luis Obispo, Solvang, Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, Big Sur and Monterey. End your exciting vacation in the heart of San Francisco for a city tour, including Alcatraz Island. This trip will be a sure highlight of 2014 and start your year off right!"

(It's their 10-day vacation adventure but I will be off from work 12 days) = MAJOR WOO-HOO!!!!




ANYWHO -
I spoke with YMT Vacations today & requested that they please put down in the comments section of my vacation info that I will be celebrating a few things:


1) my weight loss.
2) my birthday (December 30th).
3) Me pre-paying ahead on my home mortgage (been doing this very aggressively since Nov of last year).
4) The bond that has really taken off & blossomed between Ladybug & I.
5) and just life in general.

and I owe #1 & #4 all to Ali Vincent, the Live Well Network, and Ali's tv show - THANK YOU ALI:littleangel:




All 5 just made my day cuz yes, epxect each day I will be doing a little something to mark my celebrations.::yes::
(the optional tours I be be seeing will be R.R. Prez Library on day 2, China-town <but w/a different vendor> on day 8, possible spa retreat but where don't know where yet, and of course Napa Valley on day 9).

BUY HEY, WHO CAN'T FORGET THAT I AM ALSO GOING 2 THE ROSE BOWL PARADE & .....GAME (game tic bought seperately; not from YMT Vacations) - WOO-HOO!!



FYI ABOUT THE ROSE BOWL:
Vin Scully will usher in 2014 as grand marshal of the 125th Rose ... As part of his
duties, Scully will flip the coin before the 100th Rose Bowl game later that day. ...
The 2013 Rose Queen and Court are seen in the 124th Rose ...



ANYWHO -
Lastly, who can forget the following:
(from USA today):boat:


SAN FRANCISCO "Now that Oracle Team USA has improbably retained the 34th America's Cup, what can Larry Ellison & Co. do for an encore?

Oracle's billionaire bankroller has many questions to answer in the weeks ahead after his team, under the never-say-die skipper Jimmy Spithill, staged the greatest comeback in 162 years of the competition.

Trailing 8-1 a week ago, Oracle sailed away from Emirates Team New Zealand by 44 seconds on Wednesday to retain the Auld Mug, the oldest trophy in international sports, in a winner-take-all finale on San Francisco Bay.

The American-backed team won eight consecutive races to win 9-8 in the first-to-nine series.

But in the oddity that is America's Cup, Oracle, the defender, gets to more or less call the shots for the next edition in three years.

What venue? What class of boat?

Will organizers stay with a multihull configuration or return to monohulls of the past? If they go with multihulls, will they stick with soaring 7-ton yachts fastened with 131-foot carbon fiber sails or something less imposing?

One thing seems certain: The 35th Cup will aim to cut costs to encourage more participants."
************* WAY TO GO TEAM USA *****************************





ALRIGHTEE -


Been real. Gotta head off for now.

What fun & excitement am I in for this week??




- T-minus 95 more days -
STAY TUNED -popcorn::






T.T.F.N.
&
Cheers:wave2:

knewton64
09-29-2013, 10:25 PM
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(Me visiting the Jim Henson Studios; March 2010)


Okokok.... I thought since now more of the Muppets are now out on display at the Smithsonian, I would post this pic of me being 'accosted';)
by Leonard the Muppet.




ANYWHO -


thought I would share a quick weight loss story before my 'Official update' on Wednesday about this and other wacky topics -



So
as I was fixing my sandwich & chips this am, up walked Ladybugpaw:
& she wanted of course whatever I was eating.:upsidedow

I proceeded to acknowledge her while not FULLY paying attention to her since I was counting out my 11 chips and putting them in my plastic reusable container.

She - upset that she wasn't being paid FULL attention to PLUS she WANTING whatever I was eating, had her 'hands' on the kitchen countertop watching me.........

Now dummy me, not really paying all that much attention to her......:rolleyes1

Suddenly saw her
lifting up her left hand and coming down hard with it onto the kitchen counter & most importantly, the edge of the chip container!

Which of course sent the whole dang container spiraling beautifully end over end and crashing onto the floor - thus we had chips all over the floor.:crazy2:


She made a mad dash to them and had one in her mouth when I replied,


"Of course you know if you eat ONE MORE, you will spoil your dinner!!
.....and NO DINNER for YOU!!"
(of course I was shaking my index finger at her with a 'mean' look on my face)


She just looked at me as if I was:crazy2:,
hesitated for a bit......


LOOKED forlornly at the chips -
looked at me.......


LOOKED again at the rest of her ill-gotten booty......

wimpered:flower3:
& then barked at me, paused & then turned
trotting off to go find something else to chew on.:lmao:



BEAGLES !! GOTTA LOVE 'EM!!:goodvibes





ALLRIGHTEE - I have been thrown a weight loss challenge all last week & am ready to post my numbers..........on WEDNESDAY.


That and where to go to celebrate my weight loss totals & such while in LA.:goodvibes






UP NEXT:

OK......so where in the world can I find a chicken waffle while on this vacation adventure???? I want one.
(THAT'S WHAT I GET FOR WATCHING "FOOD RUSH" ON THE LIVE WELL NETWORK):thumbsup2




Details coming up on this & more plus my weight loss totals ending week #10.




T.T.F.N.:wave2:
& Cheers

knewton64
10-02-2013, 10:41 PM
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(pic shot while visiting Hollywood for the first time, April 2010)




.....in just 89 more days!!:goodvibes






LOTS TO TALK ABOUT FROM THESE LAST 7 DAYS -
Hmmmmm.....just may have to check out their new menu as it seems as of Sept 2013, their name has changed to:

Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop

Meaning:
(from doing a Google search)
"The Disney Soda Fountain next to the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California will be transformed into the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop with an all-new Disney Studio Store.

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company announced the grand opening of its newest soda fountain and chocolate shop will be Friday, November 15th, joining The Walt Disney Studios El Capitan Theatre and Disney Studio Store on Hollywood Boulevard.

The El Capitan Theatre has always been about giving guests the ultimate entertainment experience. And now, with Ghirardelli, anextraordinary experience becomes even more unforgettable, said Lylle Breier, senior vice president, Worldwide Special Events for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Families and movie lovers from all over can come to the El Capitan, see a great Disney movie, and enjoy a memorable, delicious after-movie treat. Were thrilled to welcome Ghirardelli Chocolate to Hollywood, and to unveil our new Disney Studio Store.

The shop will give moviegoers, visitors and locals a chance to experience Ghirardellis world-famous hot fudge sundaes, shakes, floats, and delicious assortment ofchocolates and beautifully wrapped gifts. Each guest will also enjoy a free sample of Ghirardelli Squares chocolate.

Ghirardelli Chocolate will partner with The Walt Disney Company to feature a specially created sundae treat for the opening of the new Disney animated movie Frozen this November. In future months, Ghirardelli Chocolate will create original ice cream sundaes for select film releases, providing El Capitan moviegoers with a unique Ghirardelli experience.

In continuing with this partnership, the new soda fountain and chocolate shop joins the existing Disney Studio Store which offers an assortment of classic Disney character souvenirs, merchandise from current film releases playing at El Capitan Theatre, highly sought after collectible pins, and a large selection of Blu-Ray and DVD home entertainment.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Update: When asked how different the location will be when it re-opens in November, Ghirardelli Senior Marketing Manager Kym Hough replied, The entire look will change and the menu will be our classic Ghirardelli Soda Fountain menu. We will be offering the pin with any sundae from our menu and we will continue the pin releases. We will be working very closely with Disney to continue the wonderful traditions that the public has grown to love.

The existing Disney Soda Fountain will close on September 29th, reopening November 15 as the new Ghirardelli location.

In the meantime, the Disney Studio Store will continue pin releases and pin events at El Capitan Theatre.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



ANYWHO -


HHmmmmmm......Ok - I will give this change a good try and will have fun posting my review. popcorn::
(plus I had better bring my Disney Gift cards w/me on that day;))






T.T.F.N.:wave2:

knewton64
10-02-2013, 10:47 PM
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(Inside the Disney Soda Shoppe; April 2010)




And I tell ya, my pores were opening up BIG TIME all last week as I was thrown a weight loss challenge by someone on this website!!:)



I met this unique challenge by stepping it up one notch by jogging now at a medium pace all throughout our jogging......


AND -


increasing my lifting weights 10 pounds.:woohoo:



Decided also to 'sneak in";)
some paper towels in my shorts pocket & use them as a sweat towel.....
and thank Gosh Ladybug was too busy doing something else to not notice.:scratchin


Continued to limit myself to 10-12 chips whenever I would have a meal that involved me having chips -


Continued to substitute wherever I could when I would cook -
even had to change up a few things in relation to my overall caloric intake as I am now burning a lot of calories.:thumbsup2
(I love green apples now) -


AND.........


Am VERY PROUD TO SAY
that here are


My weight loss totals ending week #10 = 5.9 pounds:woohoo:
(through Monday September 30th)




Total overall weight lost = ::wishfiftyparty:
PLUS 8.4 = :tinker: 58.4 pounds!!



Total weight loss goal this week = upwards to 3.5 pounds.
AND

I can't even begin to tell ya how proud I feel to post my weight totals this week!!:cheer2:



Now......
I do stress that this was for ONE WEEK ONLY!
Per se, my opening up my body and seeing what & where I could take it while being aware of my overal daily caloric intake.



EX: We had fun one early morning last week as Ladybug spotted a rabbit and went after it BIG TIME with us SPRINTING UP "FREAKIN" HILL!!!!!


and the strangest part??

I didn't feel winded!!:cool2:


Moreover,
I do feel now a WHOLE LOT BETTER about my Body Mass Index & my overall physical appearance but again, it was fun it was nice but I am choosing to go back to my usual pace of a slow to slow to medium pace jog, etc (becuz I don't wanna lose weight too fast is the reason).





ANYWHO -




NOW ABOUT DEM 'CHICKEN WAFFLES'......;)




I am beginning to see that there should NOT be a problem with me finding (or in this case, DEM finding me!;)) a good thrown down of some much desired CHICKEN WAFFLES while on this upcoming adventure of mine.:lovestruc


What can I say?? Saw those on the 'Food Rush' tv show (with Ryan Scott ) a few months back & well........just gotta have one!!:goodvibes





So be on the lookout for yours truely to be on the hunt for one of those in ........"2,340 more hours".:lmao:




ANYWHO -
Had 'way too much' fun yesterday am trimming trees (in my back yard) with Ladybug paw:
of course playing my trusty assistant - trying to eat the freshly cut branches.

I tried to explain to her that they needed to go by the curbside for recycling but she WANTED to play tug of war with them!:upsidedow

** GO FIGURE **




Things are about to pick up even more for me at work so keep me in your thoughts over these next few weeks.....
EX: Comic Con is this weekend.
Next weekend is TX vs OU

and.....a worker at our hotel is now on maternity leave.

Normally when this occurs, I have been lucky these past few times and have been on vacation......




AH WELL - only 2,340 more hours & I WILL be on vacation.:woohoo:






UP NEXT:
Just how much room now do I have in my 26 inch suitcase now that I am almost 60 pounds lighter??:scratchin
(normally my suitcase weights at 38-41 pounds on the way up & approx 44 pounds on the way back from a vacation) -


and


my weight loss totals for ending week#11.






T.T.F.N.
&
Cheers:wave:

knewton64
10-03-2013, 10:50 PM
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(Stitch & I looking 'veerryyy' serious)




Ok -------the above picture is just a small.....
nay -;)



just a 'smidgen' of a preview of the new me:thumbsup2




and usually I only blog once a week but I seem to have started a trend at where I work.:yay:


Not only was I the talk of the office yesterday, but it seems that there are two people (high up) who are now strongly desiring to also lose weight and keep it off.:thumbsup2


People were taking pictures of me......
Others were trying to 'find' dates for me......


It was surreal.:goodvibes


AND SOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH FUN!!!!:woohoo:


LOVE IT - LOVE IT - I LOVE THE NEW ME!!!!!!!!!!!!:goodvibes



Ok.....just HaD to get that one out.;)




Lovin' every minute of the new me & can't wait to visit the Rose Bowl come January 1st.




Until next Wednesday.popcorn::




T.T.F.N.:wave2:

knewton64
10-09-2013, 10:11 PM
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Q: Ok.....So which came first......the chicken or the waffle??:laughing:




I received a nice reply back from the Food Rush tv show (that's on the Live Well Network) on their suggestions on finding that great chicken waffle while visiting the San Francisco area- which is good since for some dang reason, I just wanna try some.:goodvibes

Never tasted that combo together & just wanna try something different.
So a big THANK YOU to the cast & crew of FOOD RUSH for helping me see where to definatively find that perfect batch of chicken waffles.:thanks:



Kinda like went I went to Hawaii a few years ago & tried some chocolate covered...........Icka.


*** NOW THAT WAS AN EXPERIENCE **;)





But have no fear everyone about me - a Foodie at heart - going off on this adventure completely unhinged when it comes of food & drink.....


For ya see, in about a 6 weeks, I am going to begin to lose weight for this upcoming adventure (approx 10-12 pounds) that I know and understand that I 'may' put back on while enjoying the sights & sounds of SO CAL.:)



THEN - come January, I will finish losing that weight and seriously begin thinking about losing whatever else weight I want off (that I can't finish losing by then) - then begin my aftercare lifestyle if ya will of all what I am doing .........

as I inch closer and closer to leaving for Great Britain come August.popcorn::
(trip report / blog listed below to those of you who would like to continue 2 follow along w/the adventures of yours truely)



So there is my approximate timeline on what yours truely will be up to these next few months.



But.........
about that pesky subject of my weight loss totals::crazy2:


Am VERY PROUD TO SAY
that here are


My weight loss totals ending week #11 = 4.8 pounds:woohoo:
(through Monday October 7th)




Total overall weight lost = :wishsixty
PLUS 3.4 = :tinker: 63.2 pounds!!



Total weight loss goal this week = upwards to 3.5 pounds.
AND

I can't even begin to tell ya how proud I feel to post my weight totals this week!!:cheer2:



ANYWHO -
Now at around 3am Tuesday of this week, Ladybug & I got quite an experience while we were jogging by a creek.:confused3


It was pitch black outside with a crytsal clear morning sky with all the stars shining ever so brightly against a 1/2 moon.

As we were jogging by the thickly wooded area that leads to a creek, L.B.paw:
& I heard this Gosh awful LOUD.....and we mean LOUD RUSTLING sound coming from the bushes!!:scared1:

I felt the hair standing up on the back of my neck but I didn't let Ladybug know - I just froze trying hard to see what /who was making that racket but with no luck.


I looked over at Ladybug who 'like me'
also had one paw up and tail up as well - just frozen also like a statue.


We stood like that for what seemed like an hour (actually about 5 minutes) before I decided to let out a yell that would have woken up the dead -
and
she followed suit as we "argued" our way past this thing that we couldn't see but we made our way past the creek with BOTH of us turing around ever so often to make sure we were not being followed - (yes we have been followed b 4 by creatures of the night hence one of the many reasons why I always jog with our "attitude adjustment" steel pole but this one was different cuz we couldn't see it) - as we finished the cardio portion of our workout with no other issues.:upsidedow


And speaking of having no issues, I chose to go back (from last week) and continue to lift 35 pounds on my "old school" universal weight machine (the only thing that it can't do is bench & leg press). IMO, to go from 25 to 35 and then back to 25 is just too jarring on my body.
Besides, now the extra poundage is helping me tone up my stomach area.:goodvibes




Now -
onto the wacky world of college football:


Too many teams at 5-0 so really can't tell who is gonna be in it. One things 4 sure, and that is that I am really looking forward to the pre-game Hospitality festivities as I figure I will have about 2 hrs there before I need to make it back to my seat.



And to think, just heard on the radio that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish team used to be called the Notre Dame Catholics.....then they changed it to the Notre Dame Ramblers followed by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish name change in 1927.


NOW THAT'S DIFFERENT.





And lastly,
looked at my 26 inch suitcase the other day and began to move some things around in it and YUP, I anticipate having more room in it now that I have lost weight.:cool1:





All right - very busy down here in the Big D but keeping it real.







T.T.F.N.:wave2:

knewton64
10-16-2013, 10:16 PM
....Ladybug :tongue:
& I had fun jogging 3am Tuesday -
in a light rain / mist.


AT 52 degrees with a clear sky.:goodvibes



DIFFERENT, but fun because all the stars were out and Ladybug FINALLY realized 'that thing' sitting ontop of my head was NOT a Muscrat and wasn't out to do me harm (it was a stocking cap;)) but was there for a reason along with with me also wearing bicycle gloves - it was really one enjoyable 75 minutes of fun.:thumbsup2

The highlight of this was hearing the ever so soft landing of our feet onto the wet pavement - that's all we heard as the critters of the woods had to have been ALL asleep that morning.

And afterwards
while we were finishing up our core workout, Ladybug & I went back inside our home with her curled up on my lap (nibbling on her chew toy) and me nibbling on a cup of hot cocoa WITH one......

one malted ball (10 calories) while we both took in one of our fav tv shows ('Motion') which is also on the Live Well Network.


But.....there's just 'one catch':;)

To put L.B. & I in the mood for this program, I slid open the sliding glass doors to the living room & had the screen doors in their place while we were BOTH under the protection of a big ol' sleeping bag.:p





Not only is that a 'cool' program to watch but the Host of the show (Greg Aiello) really shows what getting back to nature is all about.:thanks:


Tuesdays show was all about Denali National Park in Alaska and


** WOWZERS!! **




I have always have had a hankering to go to Alaska ONE DAY (I am initially thinking through Disney Cruise Lines) but through watching that program.......
I AM NOW HOOKED ON ALASKA!!:goodvibes




So, be on the lookout for me to make a serious run at Alaska after I make this below listed idea of mine be turned into a reality:
(from my posting #71 from this blog)




"One thing lead to another & finally - VIOLA!!
Something else popped up that grabbed my attention that solved my rather juicy delima.



Something that's 'like' a rail journey; but different.....popcorn::

And it is:
Napa Valley Railway Inn
www.napavalleyrailwayinn.com/



So, that lead me back to thinking seriously about making a run at
doing the Viator.com's "Jail & Sail" sailboat excursion while out on the San Fran bay
but -


What about
I thought of something even better to add to all of this


What about a hot air baloon ride over Napa Valley?? How about seeing the Silverado Winery & visit/ do wine & food tastings @ 3-4 wineries daily ??
YES!!:thumbsup2


AND how about seeing the Walt Disney Family museum
AND


taking a bicycling tour over the Golden Gate bridge???:goodvibes
(I watched a dvd on her the other day & had NO IDEA she is 1.7 miles long)


AND......
(what?? there's more?? ;))


YES....also be on the lookout for me to be taking a 'little ride' of sorts.....
:woohoo:**ON THE NAPA VALLEY WINE TRAIN **:cool1:




So
all of this is a yes for me (December 2015:santa:) as I plan of combining it with a spa retreat somewhere in Napa Valley-

as I enjoy renting a car for the very first time while on vacation.:upsidedow
(I am lookiing at 3nghts/4 days in San Fran & then 3/nghts 4 days in Nappa Valley


Be on the lookout for to get this adventure blog of mine up & started by the time my DISneyland travel documents are mailed to me.:goodvibes
- (they will be mailed out Oct 2014) -





ANYWHO -
So, what I am trying to babble on about is YES, THANK YOU Greg & the 'Motion' tv show crew for finally getting me off my rear end and into the Alaska area.....slated for Summer 2016 for yours truely.:)



That & if I had the opportunity for two wishes of mine to come true, it would be:

1) Meet Ali Vincent (from the Live Well Network tv show, "Live Big With Ali Vincent") while out in LA on Dec 30th, 31st or the 1st of January & brieflly let her know THANK YOU.
2) Be a Guest hiker or in the group of Guest Hikers on the "Motion" tv show.




ANWYHO -

But.........
about that pesky subject of my weight loss totals::crazy2:


Am VERY PROUD TO SAY
that here are


My weight loss totals ending week #12 = 4.9 pounds:woohoo:
(through Monday October 14th)




Total overall weight lost = :wishsixty
PLUS 8.1 = :tinker: 68.1 pounds!!



Total weight loss goal this week = upwards to 3.5 pounds.
AND

I can't even begin to tell ya how proud I feel to post my weight totals this week!!:cheer2:




BESIDES.......

I have now dropped ANOTHER pants size!!:dancer:




It really feels nice to be doing this as I also feel less obsessive about that "evil & dreaded" weight scale and really look more now at what I am doing as now part of my everyday life.


I mean, to do things now that I have NEVER dreamed of doing (SKY DIVING ANYONE??) is just wonderful to think of the possibilities!! Yes, I am zip-lining over my birthday next December while out on Catalina Island so hey - ya just never know what I just may have up my sleeve when it comes to having FUN & enjoying life.


And lastly, speaking of having fun -
I am going to make a serious run at being off work for 3 days in about 3 weeks!!


keep yer fingers crossed if it happens.

WHY??

I would love to take a small break from all this just running at break neck speed in the game of life and just momentarily pause and CELEBRATE all what I have accomplished this year - which has been a lot.


**POSIBLE (evening) GROUP WINE TASTING OUT AT GRAPEVINE, TEXAS **
Mabey a dinner somewhere followed by a movie OUT AT A MOVIE THEATRE??????



STAY TUNED -





CYA NEXT WEEK -


T.T.F.N.:wave:
& Cheers

knewton64
10-18-2013, 10:12 PM
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(A picture of Maria Kang)



WHAT'S MY EXCUSE? - NONE BECAUSE I HAVE LOST NOW 70 POUNDS AND LOOKING TO LOSE 35 MORE. SO TO 'SUPER FIT MOM' I SAY KUDOS TO YOU AND TO THOSE OF YOU WHO WANT TO READ MORE ABOUT MY ONGOING WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY, FEEL FREE TO READ POSTING #68 FORWARD ON MY BELOW LISTED TRAVEL / WEIGHT LOSS BLOG: **KRIS** DALLAS, TX**
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2875727&referrerid=208040




Here is IMO some inspiration from her FB page as well:
https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/q72/s720x720/1231463_647632458601046_1935270932_n.jpg
(click the + zoom on your computer mouse to enlarge to fully see this)





ANYWHO &
ALLRIGHTEEEE -





CYA NEXT WEDNESDAY -popcorn::






T.T.F.N.

knewton64
10-23-2013, 09:22 PM
**** DON'T BE FRIGHTENED !! ****

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Cuz......LOOKOUT RUEBEN STUDDARD!!!! YOU MAY JUST HAVE SOME SERIOUS COMPETITION FROM "LADYBUG"!!
(He is appearing on this NBC tv season's show called "The Biggest Loser" & yes, I hope he wins)




I am thinking that since I am having so much success in losing weight & having fun at the same time in my lifestyle change, I thought I would break the tempo of this pre-trip report a bit and update everyone on how she & I are doing:





It hasn't come easy but I am very proud to announce:



1) I have now lost 75 pounds since July 24th 2013!:woohoo:
(but I am getting ahead of myself as I desire to post weight loss totals thru Monday of each week....)

2)) I have dropped 7 inches off my waistline!:woohoo:
3) I am now NO LONGER considered obese in regards to my BMI!:woohoo:
4) My current BMI? = 28.9!!:woohoo:
5) My blood pressure has dropped from "W.T.F.??" to normal!!:woohoo:
6) I have dropped now 3 pants sizes!!:woohoo:
(I was temporarily in my original pants size (for about a year) I just saw yesterday & **WOWZERS!*** WAS I EVER FAT!!)

7) PSSTT!!!!!! I still have 30 more to lose so............




and best of all.......

Ladybugpaw:
(my 2 yr old female Blue-Tick Beagle) has also lost.......

wait for it.......
wait for it.........

NOW!!


ONE POINT 6 POUNDS!!:woohoo:



And mind you, she is having to work really hard to remain on the scale (without falling off she is so long) while she is being weighed.

When I saw her weight last night, I got on one knee and gave her the biggest hug EVER!!!:goodvibes


I was so happy so just
cried and cried with her turning around and licking the tears that were just streaming down my face.



This has been such a journey for the both of us and to see all the changes that we have both have undergone have been so wonderful, enriching and very rewarding to see.:yay:

To have experienced all the highs and lows with Ladybug has made it all worthwhile and I just really really feel that I owe it all to
1). Ms. Ali Vincent and her tv show, "Live Big With Ali Vincent" (on the Live Well Network).:littleangel:

AS WELL AS
2). Mr. Greg Aiello and the crew of the tv show, "Motion" (also on the Live Well Network).
- (I love watching their tv programs) -

&

3) Maria Kang.
SO much so that I have decided to change up a few things in relation to this upcoming adventure of mine.:confused3


But first, my weight loss totals &
I am VERY PROUD TO SAY
that here are


My weight loss totals ending week #13 = 5.0 pounds:woohoo:
(through Monday October 21st)




Total overall weight lost = :wishseventy
PLUS 3.1 = :tinker: 73.1 pounds!!



Total weight loss goal this week = upwards to 3.5 pounds.
AND

I can't even begin to tell ya how proud I feel to post my weight totals this week!!:cheer2:




There is still so much more to explore on this topic - so much in fact that I am projecting that I will drop approx. 20 more pounds before I need to temporarily suspend this journey..........


WHAT YOU SAY??????!!!!:confused3




Well......the reason is I am thinking that I will be so deliciously close;)
in these next 60 days to dropping yet again another pants size...... which is good .....


BUT........

That would mean that I would have to DOUBLE PACK clothes for my adventure in SO CAL.....which is bad!!:headache:


SO, I am thinking....or should I say assuming that that would mean that around December 10th area is the approx. time frame I would have to suspend this.....go on my vacation - then come back and finish where I left off (cuz I am also projecting I will be gaining about 10 pounds while on this adventure).
Hence the reason why I am thinking I am going to have to suspend for 2 weeks what I am doing.

AGAIN, all of this is just a guess.




BUT HEY - what about these changes you are making to this adventure of yours??




DETAILS COMING UPpopcorn::






UP NEXT: HAVING FUN NOV 14th-17th - (to do a little bit of celebrating of my weight loss journey, paying ahead of my mortgage and knowing now that my health insurance premiums are now lower, etc), - and just what I am going to be doing ??:3dglasses






P.S.
Thank you all for listening as I hope my journey is inspiring some of you to also get out there and discover life and Mother Nature.:goodvibes


And
lastly, of course - lest I forget
where would I be without my jogging / workout partner and just all the way around....my best friend...


Ms LADYBUG XXXII.paw:






T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers

knewton64
10-23-2013, 09:24 PM
......that FINALLY!!



F-I-N-A-L-L-Y!!:idea:



An idea has popped into my head about what to do with all what I have been accomplishing these past 10 months or so.



From to what I have posted on this pre-trip report to:

1) that one particular hill I talked about earlier?? Well Ladybug & I (as of this week forward) are jogging up it at its most steepest part - which means I am jogging leaning my body FORWARD.

2) This week, I have been lifting 45 pounds - (when it comes to the last 30 reps I do on our universal weight machine) - on the lat pull downs & I tell ya what!!
That 45 lbs is just kicking my rear!! But I vow to contine lifting that weight & slowly incorporating it into my overall Core workout.



** And I hear exactly what Ali Vincent avocates - which is to CELEBRATE your milestone achievements.:cool2: **


So, with much thought and a slight delay but LONG OVERDUE delay -:idea:

I have found the time from my work to head out for some much needed "R & R" Thurs November 14th for 4 and a half days!!:cool1:


So - looks like I will be doing just that on that Thursday -
(gonna throw myself in a hot bubblebath folowed by a mani-pedi for both L.B. & I)
BUT......

on that Friday Nov 15th,
I will be heading out to celebrate all of the above by going to the Cavanaugh Flight Museum followed by a rather 'unique';) lunch out at a restaurant called "Magic Time Machine."........ya gotta take a WILD GUESS who I am going to choose as my Waiter!!:rolleyes1

(Both of these places are in Addison, Texas) - I promise to take pictures & viddeo where I can.:goodvibes

From there - FINALLY! Gonna go home and FINALLY watch the Disney movie, "Monsters Univeristy.":goodvibes




Saturday?? Nov 16th
Gonna head out to Grapevine Mills Mall for a .....desert of some sorts....where??? havent figures it out yet followed by playing some video games at their arcade -

head out to the local Hilton Hotel - update my blog and then viola!!

Celebrate my weight loss achievements, etc by
HEADING OUT FOR SOME EVENING GROUP WINE TASTING /DINNER!! - YUM!!:thumbsup2
(same company I am going thru for this tour you will see on page one of this travel blog which is
Grapevine Wine Tours via their lunch group tour / wine tasting)
www.grapevinewinetours.com/




* Pics & Video where I can I promise *




Sunday Nov 17th??
Now Sunday?

as with all days that I have off from work, I spend the time (twice daily) getting in some excellent cardio & core workouts and this day will no different but with a slight twist.....



in addition to the above, L.B. & I will also be playing a mean game of "Fling & Fetch" followed by a nice 90 minute fast paced walk out at Duck Creek Park followed by her and I finishing off this nice 4 day 'R&R' by whipping up a nice big ol' batch of Cajun Jambalaya in the kitchen w/her of course playing my trusty sidekick 'assistant'.:goodvibes



ANYWHO -
But what about those last minute changes I have decided to make in relation to my January 9th out in SO CAL??:confused3
(and for this, I have Greg Aielo & the cast/crew of 'Motion' to thank):thumbsup2




DETAILS COMING UP -

UP NEXT:
Last minute changes I am choosing to make on my upcoming SO CAL adventure.popcorn::





P.S.
and oh don't worry - I will be doing PLENTY of celebrating when I hit SO CAL.... in 1,960 more hours.;)


WHY?
Because
- just remember .......what happens in SO CAL -

Stays on the internet!!:lmao:



T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers

knewton64
10-29-2013, 10:02 PM
At the very beginning of my weight loss journey, I 'was so fat";)



OK.....on the count of 3!!



1...........;)
2......................;)


THREE!!;)



HOW FAT WERE YOU??:scratchin

I was so fat that when I first stepped on the weight scale, I had to lean to the right of the scale - just to see the numbers on the scale!!:crazy2:
(FYI - now I can put my feet together and see my toes WITH NO ISSUE!! And I can 'ALMOST" touch my toes in that position as well!!):cool1:


AND -

since the numbers kept on jumping up and down and wouldn't stop at a any certain number, so I had to put my right hand on the dining room wall JUST to keep the numbers from jumping around!


Little did I realize that later on when I didn't have to do this -
and
I removed my hand from the wall.......


I GAINED 4 pounds since by me doing all of this, I was actually weighing less on the scale IN ERROR!!!:headache:


**** DOH !! ****


Ah well -


But I have better news to say this week -:goodvibes
But first, my weight loss totals &
I am VERY PROUD TO SAY
that here are


My weight loss totals ending week #14 = 4.0 pounds:woohoo:
(through Monday October 28st)




Total overall weight lost = :wishseventy
PLUS 7.1 = :tinker: 77.1 pounds!!
- (got 28 more pounds to lose) -


MY BMI: Currently at 28.4:thumbsup2




Total weight loss goal this week = upwards to 3.5 pounds.
AND

I can't even begin to tell ya how proud I feel to post my weight totals this week!!:cheer2:



Even went out today & bought me a size smaller pair or running / jogging shorts - NOW THAT FELT GOOD!!
Just stinks that I can't find regular shorts to buy this time of year - but again feel that I really need to pick this topic up come around February ish but hey, again that's just a guess because I am losing this weight with no major issues; medical or otherwise.:goodvibes



NOW -
as an extra BONUS......


- LADYBUG -paw:


** SHE IS NOW AT A 1.9 POUND WEIGHT LOSS **party:


I am so so so soooooo proud of her in regards of her weight loss journey as well as what we are doing together to not only lose weight but keep it off as well.

She is a prey / high active Dog who knows a little bit about agility drills and I feel so blessed to have someone like her be a part of my life.:goodvibes




ANYWHO-
NOW ONTO JANUARY 9th & what I plan on doing:



Ok.....I have this upcoming 10-day SO CAL adventure booked through YMT Vacations.com and they will be having their optional tours part of this opening up in about 4 weeks and two such options that they have is on DAY 9 of this which is:

Choose either 1) day tour of Napa / Sonoma Valley.
2) tour Sausalito (giant Sequoia trees, etc) & Muir Woods.



Not at first, I was all in to book Napa Valley as I have never been there and thought I would make a nice way to end what I anticipate will be a very nice vacation adventure (possible spa retreat on departure day I don't know yet).

*** BUT ***:scratchin



With all this weight I am losing via my lifestyle change, etc.......


All that has got me a thinkin'.......



SO I have decided to opt in for the tour of Sausalito & Muir Woods.:thumbsup2
(should this book up, then I will opt in for the tour of Napa).



* NOW KEEP IN MIND THAT DEC '15 I WILL BE TAKING A 3 NGHT /4 DAY VACATION INTO S.F (TO SEE WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM) FOLLOWED BY 3 NGHT /4 DAY STAY AT NAPA VALLEY ANYWAY; HENCE THE REASON FOR MY DECISION *


I don't know what to expect from this as it is going to be a group tour of these two places but I do know that it gets me out into Mother Nature and I get to see trees that are bound to just amaze me as I will be a first time visitor into the area.

- (my definition of a big tree is what I have in my front yard at home.....
a tree that is 4.5 feet in diameter and 95 feet tall) -



Now, YYEESSSSSS, it would be nice if the "Motion tv crew" could be my Guide that day (or as part of a group)......but ah well - I am thinking that is just gonna have to remain as a dream.:sad:

And of course the other dream of mine is that how I wish that I could meet Ali Vincent while on this adventure - to me that would just be the 'icing on the cake' of what I feel is going to be a wonderful time out there in SO CAL.

I will get over it, I promise.



Besides.........
I can 'assure' all of you that YeS.........


I will be doing my 'fair share' of making sure that all California wines
meet 'the standards' of this Texan.;)
as I plan of doing a lot of wine tasting ALL THROUGHOUT this 10-day adventure.


That is, if Kathy Lee and Hoda don't beat me to it first!!:rotfl:



and with that, I am counting down the minutes........
until I have fun doing some much needed R&R -


The pre-fun begins on November 14th.:goodvibes





STAY TUNED -





UP NEXT:
What is am packing in my suitcase in preparation for high temps in the upper 50's and lows in the upper 40's and
what's this clothing material I am hearing about called Fleece??







T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers

PrincessInOz
10-30-2013, 05:31 AM
Great job on the weight loss! That's an amazing amount of weight to drop. Congratulations.

Sorry I haven't checked in here for a while. I need to go back and catch up.

PrincessInOz
10-30-2013, 05:34 AM
Your plans for NorCal sounds great. So many options! The Wine Train is something that I'd love to get on. We drove in Napa when we were there. The Wine Train would have been much more fun!!


Have a great 4 days away and enjoy your little R&R.

bigsis1970
10-31-2013, 11:55 AM
Wow what an amazing journey so far and Kudos to you for sticking with it..

Ladybug is soo cute! and lucky she has you to keep her nice and trim!

Looking forward to more..

knewton64
11-01-2013, 10:04 PM
Great job on the weight loss! That's an amazing amount of weight to drop. Congratulations.


Sorry I haven't checked in here for a while. I need to go back and catch up.





Oh hey - no worries!!:goodvibes I am havng a blast getting all caught up on yours - I tell ya what.....you take FAB pics!!:thumbsup2


Your plans for NorCal sounds great. So many options! The Wine Train is something that I'd love to get on. We drove in Napa when we were there. The Wine Train would have been much more fun!!


Have a great 4 days away and enjoy your little R&R.


It has been quite a journey for me these last 6 weeks of so & YES - I am loooooooooking sooooooooooo forward to a little bit of much needed R&R before I make that turn down the homestretch & onward to this adventure......that's now 1,368 hours away - but hey.....who is countin'?:lmao:


Wow what an amazing journey so far and Kudos to you for sticking with it..

Ladybug is soo cute! and lucky she has you to keep her nice and trim!

Looking forward to more..



Ladybug :tongue:
thanks you for the compliment -


She & I just have this wonderful bond that has really taken off now that we are really getting into cardio - with her trying to also get into Core excercises (lifting weights).
The only downfall is I have to momentarily stop my Core and remind her that its a safety hazard - to which she scampers off and finds something else in the Rec room to 'lift.' It's too funny to watch as I know she means well.
(don't worry - I ALWAYS make sure she is in front of me & away from the Universal Weight machine when I am doing my Core workouts)



And speaking of her & I and what we are doing.....


I have a surprise for all of you who are kind enough to be reading this travel / weight loss blog.:)


and that is -popcorn::



Starting DECEMBER 1st, she and I will HAVE 'THE BIG REVEAL'!!

DUM-DA-DUM DA!!:eek:


DUN-DA-DUM DA-DAAAAAAAA!!!!!:woohoo:




- We will BOTH be broadcasting our weight -
meaning how much we weighed at the very beginning of all this
as well as our current weight.


and the coolest part of all -
be on the lookout for both of us to begin in 60 days to start posting pics of us as I am also trying to have a few pics of us together as well.


Can't wait until the start of this adventure when you will also be seeing FULL LENGHT pics of me!!:woohoo:
- (it just feels like I have been literally re-born since I have lost all this weight - I have more energy & just feel so appreciative and humbled to be alive & given this opportunity now to see the world in a whole new way) -






Allrightee -
until Next Wednesday.





T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers

PrincessInOz
11-02-2013, 01:04 AM
Glad you're enjoying the TR. Thanks for the photo compliment. :blush:

knewton64
11-06-2013, 09:30 PM
Glad you're enjoying the TR. Thanks for the photo compliment. :blush:



Your pics just seems to POP and holds the reader's attention combined with your story - well......it feels like I am THERE with you.:thumbsup2:thumbsup2


Besides.........you know a lot about San Fran and I have learned a lot about that city from you - THANKS.:goodvibes



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(I can't wait to see this Disney movie!! Just approx. 5 more weeks & it opens up to theatres nationwide in the States!!)
Hmmm.....I just 'wonder' what movie I am referring to.......




ANYWHO -
Recently, I am noticing more and more people approaching me and asking me how I stay motivated in regards to my new lifestyle changes and such. I haven't really paid that much attention to it as it is so second nature to me know but -

since a lot of you are nice enough to read my travel / weight loss blog, I thought I would be kind enough to put some thoughts about this subject on paper.

And again, these are random thought that I thought I would piece together so here goes nothing.:artist:





Do you remember as a kid (the first 20 years of your life) and what you were doing?? Seriously - think back to that time.......from all the thoughts, sounds and smells.

What was it like for you?? What new things were you experiencing?? What new people were you inner acting with?? What were you eating?? Drinking??


Now -

flash forward a few years.
and into that 'bad';) thing called ADULTHOOD.

Married.
Job.
Career.:coffee:
Kids??
BUSY WORK SCHEDULE.:upsidedow


NO TIME.:mad:
EATING ON THE RUN.

POOR EATING / DRINKING HABITS.:sick:



Now, get that visual in your mind.:crazy2:



Before you know it, you wake up one day &
*** BAM!! ***


You see yourself in the mirror and the image that you see isn't what you saw of yourself as a kid.


You combine that with so many other things in your life and your visualness of your image just doesn't help the situation out one bit either.



SO what started out as me losing weight to improve the look of myself in the mirror has really blossomed into so many other reasons -


With the main one not only being for health reasons, but to also lose weight as a way to return to those fun filled days of the first 20 years of my life.


MEANING -
There are sooooooo many things now that I can do again or
in some cases -

do for the very first time.:thumbsup2

** AND IT FEELS GREAT!! **:cool1:


I mean, to NO LONGER:
1) feel frightened about having to face the real threat of having to ask an airline steward for an seat belt extender when I board that plane late next month.
1a) FYI - did you know that when I fly on a plane that I have NO SEALT BELT LEFT OVER when I snap it to my torso?? AND I had to really struggle to just get it to click together?? THAT'S how fat I was. ** UGH **

2) feel embarrassed in feeling CRAMMED into a Disney park attraction ride - like SPLASH MOUNTAIN or any other attraction.:thumbsup2
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** Yes, I was having fun that day but GHEESSH-LA-WEESH!! Was I EVER CRAMMED into that LOG!! **
Heyyy!!! PSSTT!!! I think the little kid & her Mother behind me were DEF freakin out wondering who WAS THIS person in front of them!! - LOL **
*
*

3) have to refer to myself as being "Pooh-sized," "Fluffy," "Husky," "Big-Guy," etc.

4) have to struggle just to find clothes that fit me.
4a) have to wear pants that have an elastic waist band.

5) feel bad when I eat something decadent like 1/2 a candy bar for dessert once a week with my meal instead of my usual healthy dessert.

6) can't keep up with Ladybug. :tongue:
6a) Who is VERY GRACIOUS in allowing me to use her as a live barbell now when I do lunges to the tunes of a song that you just gotta read on for more details it's too funny.;)


7) have to feel embarrassed about seeing myself in a full length mirror

8) feel embarrassed about having a FULL SHOT of me taken in a picture or video.



INSTEAD -
This is what I have in store for me over these next months:


1) being able to sit COMFORTABLY in an airline seat with plenty of room to spare next month.

2) being able to have fun on this SO CAL adventure since I would have budgeted 12 pounds vacation weight so if I gain back 10-12 pounds, the net gain would be ZERO.

3) Be able to see Edinburgh Castle's "Military Tattoo" in Aug.

4) Be able to ZIP-LINE while out in Catalina Island December next year.
4a) I am sooooo looking forward to this!!

5) Hot air balloon ride December 2015 while out in Napa Valley.

6) Take a bicycle tour of Golden Gate Bridge December 2015.

7) I have slated approx. May-July 2014 of buying me a Bicycle and beginning to bike ride with Ladybug.

8) other things I desire to experience are things like a future adventure into Alaska, sky diving, hang gliding, hiking and or camping in the mountains no higher than 11K feet, etc.
etc, etc, etc.:goodvibes


These are the reasons why I feel I owe a HUGE debt of gratitude not only to the LIVE WELL TV NETWORK, but also to Ali Vincent, her Mother and of course to Greg Aiello. :goodvibes


THEY are the ones who inspired me -:thanks:
(and of course where would I be without Ms. Ladybug) -




SO YES - fair to say, that be on the lookout now for my adventure blogs to change a little now a be more of the outdoorsy kind with yours truly seriously exploring whole new worlds and having fun meeting new people along the way.
(will I find my "Minnie Mouse" and have more people in my home?? Don't know) -


So, in short:rotfl2:
(ok.....did I write a novel here or what?? - LOL)


My lifestyle has changed and I refuse to go back to the old one. It was nice but I find it to be totally unacceptable to my body and I vow to better take care of my heart as well as my mind, soul and inner self.:)


and with that, how about the story about me holding up Ladybugpaw:
while I am doing lunges with her in our rec room.....all the while lip synching to her to words to the song I accidently tripped into on my I-pod and made all of this come together as one funny visual........


that and my weight loss totals, BMI & more.

STAY TUNED -





T.T.F.N.:wave:
& CHeers

knewton64
11-06-2013, 09:32 PM
So it was about a few weeks back when Ladybug was being her usual self in the Rec Room when all of a sudden, I had to get up and out of the Leg Press area and help her with an issue.

Just then, up popped a song on my I-pod shuffle........



Ok.....need to explain a little something here about my I-pod shuffle and the choice of music I have on it.:rolleyes1


I have a WIDE RANGE of music on it (2,400 songs) that rang anywhere from 20's, 30's, 40's, 50s, 60s, 70, 80's, 90's music, todays hits on up, to Musicals, Movie theme songs, top 40, Country, College football fight songs, International, Caribbean music, Jimmy Buffett, Classic Rock, Muppet music, Radio Disney,....you name it - it's on there.


SO anywho -
as I was picking up Ladybug (I was just dripping with sweat), lo and behold - up popped "Doin' the Pidgeon" by Bert.:goodvibes


** AS IN BERT AND ERNIE FROM SESAME STREET **:p

Just then , I got a visual of Bert singing 'that song' and ......
well.......

a fantastic idea POPPED into my head.:idea:



I.....
well.......



I proceeded to use Ladybug as a live barbell while lip synching the words to her of the song....all the while doing lunges!!:thumbsup2

She was such a good sport about this and allowed me to do this for about 5 or so lunges before she just gave me that look.......:rolleyes:


followed quickly by a look of "REALLY??? turning her head sideways as if to frown at me and say, "RREEAALLYYY":upsidedow


So, soon the joys of using a live barbell were over but not to give up so easily, she and I have now incorporated this into our weekly Core / Cardio workouts.:lmao:
...with me finishing up my lunges workout AFTER I set down my Live Barbell.:goodvibes


Hey.....don't knock it until ya try it.;)

(and afterwards, I get on one knee as she puts her 'hand' out into mine....which is her way of showing that all is well with what we are doing) -


THANK YOU LADYBUG & BERT!!:cheer2:




So between that and....
no wait!


I have better news to say this week -:goodvibes
(Psst!!!! I just dropped another pants size!!)
...surprised me as well!! Happened just 2 days ago.



But first, my weight loss totals &
I am VERY PROUD TO SAY
that here are


My weight loss totals ending week #15 = 5.0 pounds:woohoo:
(through Monday November 4th)




Total overall weight lost = :wish80
PLUS 2.1 = :tinker: 82.1 pounds!!
- (got 23 more pounds to lose) -


MY BMI: Currently at 27.9:thumbsup2




Total weight loss goal this week = upwards to 3.5 pounds.
AND

I can't even begin to tell ya how proud I feel to post my weight totals this week!!:cheer2:




NOW -
as an extra BONUS......


- LADYBUG -paw:


** SHE IS NOW AT A 2.2 POUND WEIGHT LOSS **party:


I am so so so soooooo proud of her in regards of her weight loss journey as well as what we are doing together to not only lose weight but keep it off as well.




So between all this and me buying some Pounds (OUCH - YA DON'T WANNA KNOW THE CONVERSION RATE!!) for when I head off to Great Britain in a few more months, it has been quite a busy week for yours truely.


Looking forward to next Thursday through Monday.:yay:
Will take pics and video where I can.



P.S. ** GO RUBEN STUDDARD!! ** STAY STRONG **I BELIEVE IN YOU**



T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers

knewton64
11-10-2013, 10:08 PM
***** KINDA A LONG POST *****
Ok....have you ever been in a situation to where at the last minute, things just suddenly begin to come together??:confused3


Well - this is what is occurring with my upcoming adventure into SO CAL.
So, what better way than to take a small break from the weight loss side of this blog than to swing back and talk about what Yours Truly will be up to when I venture out into LALA land and company in just 1,200 more hours.:woohoo:
(I WILL BE A FIRST TIME VISITOR INTO SO CAL) -


First up,
I just found out 2 FREAKIN' days ago that we are having issues with one of our workers and her pregnancy leave, etc. RRRRRRRRRRR!!!!
(I was under the assumption that her leave was Oct 12-th thru Nov 12th hence the reason why I opted to take Nov 14th-17th off)


Ah well.....
NO WORRIES -

So, I knew 'the handwriting was on the wall" about me taking leave late this week so instead, I fought to have my leave be increased late next month to........


14 DAYS!!!!!:yay:
AND THEY SAID YES!!:woohoo:

Now, this got me to a thinkin' about what to do and such, so without further adieu, here is a rough outline on what I will be up to:
(FYI - I am budgeting 12 pounds for this adventure so if I gain UP TO 10-12 pounds back, then next gain would be zero) -:goodvibes

Ok......let me back up a wee bit and explain about these last 23 pounds I wanna lose -


They consist of the following: 13 pounds actual I wanna lose &
10 pounds 'vacation weight"
-(I always lose 10-12 pounds right b 4 any vacations I go on....this way any weight I happen to gain back, the net effect is literally in essence zero) -


Hope that makes sense with whatever I should gain back (UP TO 10 pounds while on this adventure) plus whatever I have left to lose b 4 I head off to this, I will complete IN January /February with my 'after care' starting thereafter....which if you will I am already doing so I don't anticipate any issues.:goodvibes



ANYWHO -
1) 2-days prior - head out to Subway (love their sandwiches!:thumbsup2) OR I-HOP to grab some MUCH DESIRED pancakes, etc (I would considered that to be a treat if I wind up choosing I-HOP over Subway) - chill out /relax for the rest of the day while getting in both Cardio and Core workouts twice what I feel will be a very nice day.

I may slip in seeing the movie, "Saving Mr Banks" OR if not, then I will see it once I come back from this adventure and while enjoying my 2 POST DAYS relaxing and chillin' out back at home B 4 I have to go back into that dreaded word, REALITY.;)



2) 1-day prior - finish up my Cardio and Core exercises, fix a small bite to eat, drop off Ladybug at "her hotel" (she is scheduled for a mani-pedi, bath while I am away, etc), then head out to the Cavanaugh Flight museum, "Magic Time Machine" restaurant - then chill out back at home with a nice cup or two of hot cocoa while watching the Disney movie, "Monsters University."



** THIS VACATION IS BOOKED THRU YMT VACATIONS.COM AND SOME THINGS YOU WILL SEE I WILL PUT AN ASTERICK BY SAYING 'NOT BOOKED THRU YMT" **


3) DAY ONE -
Head off to where I work at & take a taxi in to DFW around 5:30am for a 7am 'ish' flight into LAX -

Get acquainted with the hotel and the general surroundings (believe my part of the tour group will be housed at Mariott LAX), relax over a nice cardio and core workout in their workout facilities followed by learning more about what to expect on this vacation at either YMT's 2pm or 7pm Orientation /briefing.

-(There will be approx 1,200 people on this tour; hence the reason for the above as we will be taking up 4 hotels throughout this vacation):cool2: -


Begin to celebrate a wee bit about paying ahead on my mortgage on my wieght loss later on that evening.



4). DAY 2 -
This will be the very first time IN THE LONGEST TIME I will be wearing pants as I anticipate all throughout this vacation, the temperatures will be highs in the upper 50's and lows in the upper 40's with a 15-20 MPH 'ish' wind.

Today will be spent having fun seeing my very first PREZ Library (YMT VACATIONS 'OPTIONAL TOUR')
followed by seeing the ROSE BOWL Float barns. Then I feel the evening will be spent being a pool rat, etc while celebrating my BIRTHDAY - where?? Back at the hotel but.....haven't yet figured out ALL the details.:scratchin
Wine tasting????? :p

Finish the day w/a good Cardio & Core workout in the hotel gym facility.


5). DAY 3 -
this day will have me be out & about having fun seeing the sights and sounds of LALA land before we 'head in' for an early evening.
(I hope to find a place to grab a bite to eat /drink there & celebrate my weight loss, etc).


ME??

well.......

I figure I just "nneeeddd" to do 1 or 2 hotel NYE party hoppin' b 4 I call it a day.....get in a 90 minute nap then get up, get ready for.......



6). DAY 4 -
*** THE GRAND DADDY OF DEM ALL ***
****** THE ROSE BOWL PARADE******* and......
the pre-Rose Bowl Hospitality festivities followed by .......

****THE ROSE BOWL GAME ****

(Psstttt!!!! GO STANFORD!!)


Get back to the hotel LATE
Chill out at the hotel Sports bar:p.........
Hmmmmm....wine tasting?????:scratchin

Unfortunately, no gym workout.


7). DAY 5 -

Wake up and feel like a Vampire.......
Not wait....
feel like a cement truck just ran over me:rotfl:
and
scramble out the door by 9:30am for a nice stroll up to see the sights and sounds of San Luis Obispo /Pismo Beach:beach:
via Santa Barbara (we will be stopping off for a while to see the Santa Barbara Mission).
Hmmmmm....wine tasting??:p
see Solvang; checkout their bakery and hmmmm.....mabey taste their wine as well??;)


Get in A LOT of walking around excercise this day.


8). DAY 6 -
** CITY OF MONTEREY **:goodvibes
** HEARST CASTLE ** YYEEAA!!
** HIGHWAY ONE ** YYEEAA!!

Cardio workout??


9). DAY 7 -
This day will be spent with me seeing the 17 mile drive area as we slowly make our way onto the city by the Bay -
**** SAN FRANCISCO **** YYEEAA!!!!

Upon arrival, we will have a city tour with me going just completely banannas (knowing me) actually treating myself to a milkshake at......

YUP - you Guessed it -


GHIRARDELI's via Pier 39
followed BEFORE hand of me LIGHTLY noshing here and there at various
restaurants.
Will I find my CHICKEN WAFFLE????


**Cardio / Core workout is a "must do" this day. **
get showered, cleaned up & then
Relax later in a nice hot bubblebath in my hotel room b 4 callin' it a day.


10). DAY 8 -
1)**AM ALCATRAZ TOUR**



* NOT BOOKED THRU YMT
2)PM TOUR OF CHINA TOWN; booked thru "Local Tastes of the City Tours"

FYI - I will be riding the trolley system for the very first time on this day as our tour group will be meeting in front of the Chinatown gate at the corner of Bush and Grant streets. The tour is about three hours.

Some of the places we will see -

Enjoy Dim Sum from Chinatown's Oldest Bakery
See How Fortune Cookies are Made
Explore the Real Chinatown
Savor Chinese Teas
Explore the Beat Generation Hangouts
Mosey into Authentic Western Saloons
Indulge in Delcious Pizza and Wine

Get back late and throw myself into my hotel room bathtub for a relaxing bubblebath b 4 calling it a day.




11). DAY 9:

OPTIONAL TOUR THRU YMT VACATIONS -
I am wanting to sign up for SAUSALITO & MUIR WOODS all day tour!!:thumbsup2
If not available, then I will opt in for all day tour of Napa Valley.


Cardio / Core workout in the hotel gym facility later on that day followed by some late night out at Fisherman's Wharf area
(Hmmmm....will I find that 'elusive' CHICKEN WAFFLE??????)............
STAY TUNED -




12). DAY 10
**** AKA , "DEPARTURE DAY" ****
:eek:........:sick:.........:headache:............ .:mad:....................


BUT WAIT!!!!



I have a habit of turning 'these days' into adventures as well






Take a wild guess what I am up to on this day??
and boy do I ever push it to the limits when it comes to wringing every drop of fun outta my vacations thus I always have a strange and unique way of turning them into adventures.


DETAILS COMING UP WEDNESDAY
along with have in store for L.B. & I when we see each other (back in the DFW area) after all of this while we enjoy our 2 POST DAYS without any thought of returning to that dreaded word.....REALITY just yet.



Travel Docs get mailed out to me in 16 more days!! WOO - HOO!!
and
yes.....I love to collect lanyard pins when I vacation so LOOK OUT vendors!! - LOL.



P.S.
My wine tasting out at Grapevine, Tx (for Saturday Nov 16th) is being rescheduled for late April / early May as part of my 3-day fun getting geared up for my adventures n London & Scotland & yes - feel free to follow along on that travel blog with the blog address you listed below.


FYI - My most fav #1 wine of dem all is:
(only in Ireland)
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/IRELANDPICS-JUNE2011021_zpsa5d3c71e.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/IRELANDPICS-JUNE2011021_zpsa5d3c71e.jpg.html)




T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers

PrincessInOz
11-10-2013, 11:15 PM
Good for you for sticking with your weight loss goals and having the motivation to do so.

I think you might need to post before and after shots. :thumbsup2


And it seems like swings and roundabouts in regards to your leave. Glad you worked it out.

knewton64
11-13-2013, 10:34 PM
Good for you for sticking with your weight loss goals and having the motivation to do so.

I think you might need to post before and after shots. :thumbsup2


And it seems like swings and roundabouts in regards to your leave. Glad you worked it out.



I KNOW!!;) The problem I am having is I have been soooooo camera shy these past few years - only taking pics of me from the waist up - that before pics are hard to come by!! But I am still looking....some of the before pics I have posted on page 6 & 7.....


** REST ASSURED though, that I WILL be posting my video taken of me while visiting the NBC studios last Sept up in NYC **
FYI -
I still cringe when I stop the video (of me doing a mock weather update) and see just how fat I was!! ** OUCH **!!



Ladybug's "before" pic (IMHO) would be best represented on posting #30
YOWZA!!
(she looks so much leaner now)


Yes - her before weight and after weight along with all my totals (including my starting weight and current weight, etc) will be broadcasted for all to see starting December 1st - I PROMISE.:goodvibes

P.S.
Had something rather strange happen to L.B. & I Tuesday night of this week.....
We were out jogging in 41 degrees with a 18-20 mph HEADWIND!!
(front was moving in)


WOWZERS!!
Did I ever feel we were BOTH jogging IN PLACE!!





ANYWHO -
OK RUBEN......so you have been given a reprieve on the NBC tuesday night tv show, "The Biggest Loser" eh???????


Think you can keep up with Ladybug & I??????:scared:
And how about the rest of the Red Team.........:upsidedow


Think you can beat Or match OUR TOTALS???:thumbsup2




My weight loss totals ending week #16 = 5.0 pounds:woohoo:
(through Monday November 11th)




1). Total overall weight lost = :wish80
PLUS 7.1 = :tinker: 87.1 pounds!!
- (got 18 more pounds to lose) -


2). MY BMI: Currently at 27.1:thumbsup2
3). MY BLOOD PRESSURE: 112 /67 = YYEEAA!!
4). MY PULSE: 57 = YYEEAAA!!!!



Total weight loss goal this week = upwards to 3.5 pounds.
AND

I can't even begin to tell ya how proud I feel to post my weight totals this week!!:cheer2:




NOW -
as an extra BONUS......


- LADYBUG -paw:


** SHE IS NOW AT A 2.6 POUND WEIGHT LOSS **party:


I am so so so soooooo proud of her in regards of her weight loss journey as well as what we are doing together to not only lose weight but keep it off as well.
Moreover, she is also getting in on the fun out in our Rec Room by being more of an active participant on our Core workouts.

What's this u say??:confused3


Since she was beginning to get in the way of me doing leg presses and such, I got up from the bench and asked her if she would really like a "good washing" down (I was mock 'threatening' her to wash her down...so she would leave me alone and go about HER bizness).
Well, she would have none of that and just stood there and started a talkin' up a storm.
I said "THAT"S IT!! and followed through on my 'threat";) which consisted me of getting into a squat position with her between my knees as I quickly massaged both sides of her using the inside flat part of my hand.

Well.....

My quads immediately felt the benefit of this......
next thing I know I had another one of those crazy ideas...:idea:


asked L.B. kindly:flower3:
if ok to "pickup" and she replied LOUDLY

so to which...
still in the squat position -

I picked her up and made a funny "WHOAHHHH!!!!" sound and
moved her from my right to left -
then set her back down.
(I was lifting her up as high as I could) -


I Repeated that 10 times -
then moved on back to the washer machine 'position'
and did that a few times
and VIOLA!!!


Ladybug:tongue:
gets what she wants
and my quads and my arms get one "H" of a workout!!:thumbsup2
(I also switch arms and move her from left to right) -

Afterwards when all done in the Rec room, we head out into the backyard for a mean game of Fling and Fetch with one of her many chew toys or better yet.....a rock.

Yes, she loves to chase rocks - GO FIGURE.

Hey....what can I say, don't knock it until ya try it!!;)
(just remember...SAFETY FIRST)!!


Besides....all I have to do now (to break up my routine for something different) while working out is say, "WASHER MACHINE?" and she runs to her place close by the weight machine, turns around and speaks as if to say, "HURRY UP!! MY TURN FOR SOME FUN.":goodvibes
So now this is a part of our workout routine.


THANK U L.B.!!


Rest assured,
I am always out for her safety, even when we go out for walks -
mine too.:yay:




ROSE BOWL UPDATE:
Just got an email from the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau
with Hollie Salinas giving me the impression that the Parade and Game 'people' really don't encourage backpacks - so looks like I get to be creative in lugging around me woolies, water bottle and such for the day.
Ah well, it is what it is.:goodvibes
I am still going to get in touch with VIP TOURS, (the vendor who will be handling my round trip ground transfers to and from the Parade as well as the Granstand seating for me) to see what they say on their end.



Quiet week - but things will pick up when I buy my Rose Bowl transpo per above next week then the following week, I will receive my travel docs from YMT VACATIONS!! - YYEEAA!!!!





UP NEXT:
MY plans for Departure Day -popcorn::





P.S.

** GO RUBEN!! **



T.T.F.N.:wave:
&
Cheers

knewton64
11-14-2013, 10:26 PM
Well......that z an excellent ?:scratchin


After thinking it over
and puttin' on my Pooh thinkin' capabilities......


I thinked,
thinked........
and thinked some more

until I winked
and did a double blink;)


and came up with the following:



A rousin' good breakfast at a nice restaurant that has some wonderful food to nibble on.:woohoo:


followed by a.......


** A 2 to 3 HOUR SPA RETREAT AT 'ROYAL THAI SPA" **
(located at 685 North Point Street):cloud9:
they open up at 10am.

......then slowly meander back to the hotel for a late checkout and a late flight back into the DFW area.:cool2:





So I figure this way, I will end this nice adventures w/a Disney-like 'Good night kiss' & will be leavin' SO CAL with a pocketful of wonderful memories.:goodvibes




Allrightee & ANYWHO

- beginning to gear up for a wonderful weekend; complete even with looking at vacation clothes (pants & shirts) as I get a feeling I will be dropping one more pants size, etc
(I am currently on belt loop #4 of 5 while wearing my current pair of pants & it feels loose) -

and this should be my last drop in size as I have now lost approaching -

****** 10 INCHES !! ******:thumbsup2:thumbsup2





Until Next Wednesday -





T.T.F.N.:wave2:
& Cheers

PrincessInOz
11-15-2013, 04:15 AM
That must have been one strong wind.

I hope you sort out the backpack question for the Rose Bowl. A spa is perfect for departure day.

knewton64
11-21-2013, 08:10 PM
that must have been one strong wind.

I hope you sort out the backpack question for the rose bowl. A spa is perfect for departure day.



It felt very very strange with the cold wind blowing hard against our faces as I was determined to get in a good cardio workout before the front really moved in and dropped temps below 39 degrees (the coldest I will go outside jogging w/Ladybug). Coolest part was it was fun seeing the wind work its magic of everything around us; from the leaves on the trees to the clouds in the sky - very few clouds in the sky but what were there were just a screaming across the pitch black overnight sky.



Still working out the details on that backback - will address it on about 14 days I promise.

AND........:cool1:
I am in the progress of reserving my spa departure day!!:thumbsup2
- LUV IT -
It is such a wonderful way to end any vacation adventure and am really looking forward to it. **YYEEAA!! **




ANYWHO -
Stepped on the weight scales this week and lo & behold....something wonderful happened.......

************************************************** *******
*** I FINALLY CROSSED A MAJOR THRESHOLD & INTO WONDERLAND ***
************************************************** ********
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/275_zpse67ee22d.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/275_zpse67ee22d.jpg.html)
(pic of one of the movie props from the Disney movie, "Alice in Wonderland" March 2010)



I just stood there dumbfounded........I must have weighed myself for atleast 5-10 minutes....stepping on & then off the scale before I FINALLY realized -


**** I DID IT!! ***:thumbsup2:thumbsup2


Now....what am I meaning my all this??:confused3

Can't say just yet but I promise to tell all in 9 more days during my "BIG REVEAL.":3dglasses


And speaking of "I did it!," here are

My weight loss totals ending week #17 = 4.1 pounds:woohoo:
(through Monday November 18th)




1). Total overall weight lost = :wish90
PLUS 1.2 = :tinker: 91.2 pounds!!
- (got 14 more pounds to lose) -


2). MY Body Mass Index: Currently at 26.7:thumbsup2
3). MY BLOOD PRESSURE: 112 /67 = YYEEAA!!
4). MY PULSE: 57 = YYEEAAA!!!!



Total weight loss goal this week = upwards to 3.5 pounds.
AND

I can't even begin to tell ya how proud I feel to post my weight totals this week!!:cheer2:
But.......


Keep in mind that I feel my body is starting to slow down in relation to losing these last few pounds!!:headache:


S0 ------ HOPEFULLY I can lose atleast 3.5 by next 'weigh in'.:goodvibes
I am doing what I have been doing - just that I can tell my body feels like it is saying back to me, 'There's not much left to lose Dude!"

Speaking of bodies, my arms are starting to really take on some nice defination - same with my quads...

I now have muscles where I never knew muscles even existed!!:lmao:



**** THANK YOU ALI VINCENT ******:littleangel:


Now....if I could only meet her while I am in LA on December 31st
(I really really really owe her a lot for her inspiring me to get out there and LIVE BIG) - YYEEAA!!


Same with the LIVEWELL NETWORK's TV Program, "Motion."
(when I head out to either Muir Woods or Napa Valley on January 6th).



NOW -
as an extra BONUS......


- LADYBUG -paw:


** SHE IS NOW AT A 2.7 POUND WEIGHT LOSS **party:


I am so so so soooooo proud of her in regards of her weight loss journey as well as what we are doing together to not only lose weight but keep it off as well. She and I work well together as a team on all factors in relation to Living Big and be on the lookout for some pictures of us to be posted on this travel /weight loss blog in approx 10-14 more days -

as I have asked a neighbor of mine if she wouldn't mind taking some pictures of us in our front yard - she said ok. (YEEAAA!!!)


Had some of me taken 2 days ago and WOWZERS!!


Do I ever look different:cool2:
in comparison to that NYC / NBC Studios video of me (Sept 2012) I watched that very evening.:crazy2:


Yes, I do have my opinion about 'that video' :upsidedow
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC043951_zpscefe53f6.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC043951_zpscefe53f6.jpg.html)
(the NBC Page picked 2 people out of the tour group to do an impromptu 'news & weather forcast')



but I will let my official before video speak for itself in relation to my after pictures that are being taken this month as well.





**** HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL ****
(Ladybug & I promise to behave all this week)





P.S.
:yay:** GO RUBEN & THE RED TEAM **:cheer2:


Until Next Wednesday -





T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers

knewton64
11-26-2013, 11:24 PM
Ladybug was giving me shall we say, "issues.";)


Playing 'in-door' whiffle ball didn't work at 2:30am.
Playing 'in-door' fling & fetch" didn't work either and the weather outisde was frightfull..........
(rain, drizzle, fog, cold cold wind....you name it , it was occuring):crazy2:


Push came to shove and she did the 'shoving" so FINE!!;)
She 'got on' her Woolies & Booties
and I got on my Woolies
(okokokokokok.....no pics here outta respect for us dressing up like the Michelin tire Snowman!!):rotfl:

and--------
we went outside jogging,:goodvibes


SHE LUVED IT!!


Now I can breathe a sigh of relief as I was more concerned about her being comfortable in that kind of weather but HEY!! ** NO ISSUES **


SO GAME ON!!:thumbsup2


Now, AFTERWARDS was a DIFFERENT story!!
We both got in about about an hour and I warmed up her feet & body via a hand massage (little cold even with all that wool on)


ME??
I made sure we got in a little bit harder of a Cardio workout beforehand as I then afterwards made a beeline for a nice HOT cup of hot chocolate and chilled out with her curled up in my lap fast asleep while I caught an episode of Motion on the Live Well Network -


Soon the Hot chocolate took its effect on me:
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/217_zps345981ec.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/217_zps345981ec.jpg.html)
(this is how I felt afterwards) :lmao:




We both caught a short "Dog-nap";) HEY....NO CATS ALLOWED!! LOL **....
...before we caught a mean breakfast later on in the am -


and with that, here are our weight loss totals for the week:




My weight loss totals ending week #18 = 3.1 pounds:woohoo:
(through Monday November 25th)




1). Total overall weight lost = :wish90
PLUS 1.2 = :tinker: 94.3 pounds!!
- (got 11 more pounds to lose) -


2). MY Body Mass Index: Currently at 26.6:thumbsup2
3). MY BLOOD PRESSURE: 112 /67 = YYEEAA!!
4). MY PULSE: 57 = YYEEAAA!!!!



Total weight loss goal this week = upwards to 3.5 pounds.
AND

I can't even begin to tell ya how proud I feel to post my weight totals this week!!:cheer2:
But.......


Keep in mind that I feel my body is starting to slow down in relation to losing these last few pounds!!:headache:

S0 ------ HOPEFULLY I can lose atleast 3.5 by next 'weigh in'.:goodvibes
I am doing what I have been doing - just that I can tell my body feels like it is saying back to me, 'There's not much left to lose Dude!"




NOW -
as an extra BONUS......


- LADYBUG -paw:


** SHE IS NOW AT A 2.9 POUND WEIGHT LOSS **party:


I am so so so soooooo proud of her in regards of her weight loss journey as well as what we are doing together to not only lose weight but keep it off as well. She and I work well together as a team on all factors in relation to Living Big and be on the lookout for some pictures of us to be posted on this travel /weight loss blog in approx 7-10 more days -




So, in good time and in bad, what keeps me motivated for this adventure??
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DCL-Jan2012127_zps566e00a6.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DCL-Jan2012127_zps566e00a6.jpg.html)
(pic from the early years of LALA land; taken while @ WDW Hs - Jan 2012)



Can't wait to see LALA land!!:)
and speakling of LALA land,
approx 21 more days and the Disney Movie, "Saving Mr Banks" opens up in the States!!:goodvibes
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DCL-Jan2012104_zps5a2b676b.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DCL-Jan2012104_zps5a2b676b.jpg.html)
(pic shot while at WDW HS - Jan 2012)





COMING UP:
FINALIZING PLANS FOR THIS ADVENTURE:woohoo:
(SPA retreat, optional tours.....I just got in the optional tours info via snail mail today - update tonight) -






T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers

PrincessInOz
11-27-2013, 04:38 AM
90 lbs!!! That's a whole person!

Well done and congrats to you and Ladybug.


Happy Thanksgiving.

knewton64
11-27-2013, 11:11 PM
90 lbs!!! That's a whole person!

Well done and congrats to you and Ladybug.


Happy Thanksgiving.





PPSSTT!!! ACTUALLY....my TOTAL weight loss equals 1/3 of my TOTAL weight.:scratchin
Will begin to reveal all in the next post below.:goodvibes




Ok....been a wild and crazy day today with me making a slew of phone calls but now that the dust is settling - here is what we have:


1) ** MUIR WOODS / SAUSALITO TOUR HAS NOW BEEN BOOKED!! **:woohoo:
(really looking forward to this on Monday January 6th)


2) ** SAME WITH RR PREZ LIBRARY TOUR **popcorn::
(will take pics & video where I can - I promise on Monday December 30th)
**** WHICH IS ALSO MY BIRTHDAY!! ****


3) my 2.5 hour spa retreat has also been booked as well for my Depature Day.
and for something that has caught me off guard (didn't know about this until just this morning)......



4) I have also booked a Group tour farewell dinner (Swiss Louis Restaurant @ Peir 39) on my last full day as well on Monday January 6th -:goodvibes



ALL THAT IS LEFT IS:
5) Purchase a Rose Bowl Parade ticket & round trip transpo to & from Parade & game...... this will be purchased Monday next week
(this is through VIP TOURS)



FYI -
-I have to go through VIP and not normally through YMT Vacations as VIP offers round trip transpo to & from the Parade & Game while YMT only offers transpo to & from the Parade. -





ALLRIGHTEE -
I think it's now TIME.:)



TIME FOR WHAT U SAY??:confused3



****************************
**TO BEGIN "THE BIG REVEAL"**
****.....part a.:goodvibes********
*****************************







** HAPPY THANKSGIVING Y'ALL **






T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
CHEERS

knewton64
11-27-2013, 11:11 PM
***** KINDA A LONG POST *****



Ok......so ya wanna know why I am such a Ruben Studdard fan??


Here goes nothing -:artist:
Well......it begins with me growing up in a family of 5; with me, my parents & my two older brothers.
and during that time, there was really no mention of such applicable words NOR behaviors coming from my Mother nor my Father about:


1) Portion control.
2) Serviing size when it came to either food or drink.


Now the other things I was able to understand on my own - 3) excercise and 4)eating / intaking fluids that would 5) fluctuate daily according to #3.


Problem was (unknown to me) was that without 1 & 2, I was 'dead in the water' and was destined if you will to constantly be approximately 45 pounds too heavy at any given time during my formative years.
So obviously, I was the 'last one picked' during school time recess, etc and that stung.:sad1:


You combined that with a Biological Father who with one hand eating a bowl of icecream OR drinking whiskey - would point his finger in my stomach and politically correctly state to me that , 'He is concerned about my weight," etc.:snooty:

Me, not really knowing what he was getting at, would go about my business totally oblivious to anything as what I was really needing at this time was a ROLE MODEL.
The ones I had in my life (my Parents) were IMHO approx 45-50 pounds also TOO FAT for their body height; thus I thought that what I was doing was acceptable.


So,
to get some traction in my teenage years,
I turned towards running but could never really make it turn for me professionally (personal best 26.2 miles in 4:40).:goodvibes




** HENCE the reason why I truely appreciate not only ALI Vincent:littleangel:
but also Greg Aiello & his brother for helping me to not only rediscover myself but to also believe once again in myself **



FLASH FORWARD now a few years ago & I was married.:rolleyes1
Made a huge mistake in marrying the wrong person &
VIOLA!!!!

STRESS weight of approximately 10 pounds during those 36 months.:headache:



THEN.............you combine that with the after effects of it (IMHO what I deem 60% uneccessary family melodrama) that adds 45 more unwanted pounds onto me and ...........



and............



You had me tipping the scales approx 18 months ago at IMO just a little over..........
304 pounds.
** I AM 6 FEET TALL **
(just imagine what my Body Mass was!!) ** YOUCH!! **



*** UGH!!! ****:upsidedow


Now while I feel that I should be patted on the back for broadcasting this (because I feel it IS NECESSARY to explain all & tell all so that others coming in behind me can feel motivated & inspired to get out and MOVE), I also feel that Al Roker is safe;) as the weather person for NBC's, "the Today show" as here is yours truely.......


in all his fat glory.......
from Sept 2012:
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC043931_zpsd1c2586d.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC043931_zpsd1c2586d.jpg.html)
** take note of the racoon eyes look due to all the soda I was drinking **

and -
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC043981_zpsad082e1f.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC043981_zpsad082e1f.jpg.html)




Here is part of 'that video' that was shot of me while up in NYC last year; courtesy of NBC's EXPERIENCE tour.
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/th_MOV043871_zps75a1dce7.jpg (http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/MOV043871_zps75a1dce7.mp4)
** DOUBLE RIGHT CLICK W/YOUR MOUSE OVER THE ABOVE VIDEO & IT WILL PLAY 4 U **


Here are a few more pics to give you an idea of what was happening to only to me but to my inner self




1)http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/WDWVACATION-OCT2010286_zpsdb80cec6.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/WDWVACATION-OCT2010286_zpsdb80cec6.jpg.html)
(Pic taken while at WDW, Oct 2010)


2)http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/IRELANDPICS-JUNE2011075_zpsc75c7a6d.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/IRELANDPICS-JUNE2011075_zpsc75c7a6d.jpg.html)
Yes, I was having fun out in Ireland BUT WOWZERS!! ** I WAS FAT **


FYI -
YESYESYES.....I have ALL NEW vacation adventure clothes so LOOK-OUT!! WOO-HOO!!



ANYWHO -
During these last 5-7 years of so, I was having fun in life, not realizing that I was inavertently putting my life in real great danger put slowly putting on the pounds like this and -

I tell ya, I am sooooo appreciative and sooooo thankful not only for Ali & Greg but for others as well who has offered me support through all this as well; esp when it came to forgiving my Parents who did ZILCH in the department of teaching me proper health and nutritution.
Much less stress management, etc.



**I can't express enough that the 2nd greatest gift you can give a child is proper health and nutrition with the 1st being an education.:thumbsup2:**



Without either one, a child will grow into an adult that will IMHO make poor eating /drinking habits that will innocently haunt them for a very long time.
I am very appreciative that with everyone's help, this train wreck was stopped before it occured -
AND....

as an extra bonus -
I am now back on the right track to the game of life and look forward to every bend in every turn that life brings me as well as Ladybug.:tongue:


Who knows.... possibly a 5K could be in my future......:goodvibes




So I hope you now see why
I can easily empathize with Ruben (he is recently divorced as well) and I really hope that he recognizes that all the coaches out there at "the Ranch" have ALL of their best interests at heart and only want them to ALL succeed -

AS I DO 2.:goodvibes

that & he has a fantastic voice and how I wish I could meet him in person and tell him *** BELIEVE **:woohoo:
....and I know that weight will come off of him, etc.




ANYWHO -
So now ya flash forward to this year as I for whatever means, found a way to slim down by accident to approx 294 pounds heading into late July.

From a size 50 pants.....

Yes - I said size 50 pants:scared1:
(I feel my waist was actually 51 inches at that time)....


....to then a size 48 pants.:sick:




THEN -
fate steps in and I meet my tv angel on July 22nd 2013:


:littleangel:***** ALI VINCENT ****:littleangel:






UP NEXT:


"THE BIG REVEAL" - part b
(my 'after pictures') & my weight loss total for the week
...still working on getting Ladybug & I in a few pictures together - hope to be up soon as well.





P.S.
THANK YOU ALL FOR LISTENING:goodvibes




T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers

knewton64
12-02-2013, 09:49 PM
With the Christmas holidays now approaching & my mind also now zeroing in on this upcoming SO CAL adventure, I thought I would take a small time out and say a short little holiday story of mine from the heart that is meant for a giggle.



Word of warning:
** DON'T "TRY THIS" AT HOME !! ** :laughing:



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

A few years ago, my Dad mailed to me my Christmas gift (from Michigan) and well....let's just say that it was ummmmmmmm nice but the word tacky would have been an understatement of the year.

Ok....I know he meant well but........:rolleyes1

He sent to me what looked like a wood carving of a oval shaped raised looking Donald Duck like meat platter......shelacked with some sort of a finish.
But the whole thing just looked like you could have placed it outside the entrance of a Tavern or bar in Colonial Philadelphia - advertising the establishment (I hope this gives a proper description of what that gaudy thing looked like).:scared1:

So...... me being the creative person that I am, decided to attend a local radio station's promotional after Christmas party called a "Regifting party."

.....and I bamboozled my wife partner to tag along with me.:rolleyes:

FYI: NEVER NEVER bring your maritial spouse along with you to a regifting party - GO ALONE.

That way you can pick out what Y-O-U want.:woohoo:
(I should have KNOWN our married was doomed from the start as we got married on HALLOWEEN NIGHT) -:eek:


I digress -

So, she and I went in to the local shopping mall and attended the event. I tell you what there were row after row of the most gaudy stuff I have ever seen! I dang near got just :sick:seeing these things!

From neon candles, pink Flamingos to Harley Davidson piggy banks....it was there!

No, wait a minute - I spied a Harley Davidson piggy bank! So I got to thinking.......:rolleyes1


Since the rules of the game was to put on the table what you were regifting.....one could pick up from the table a gift that you actually wanted.

So, with great pride - I showed the DJ's what gift I was giving back (the Donald Duck wood carving) and picked up what I thought woudl be just the ideal gift for a friend of ours....who just happens to like Harleys.

As I walked back to my beloved, I showed her my booty......just to have her give me a stern look as she points back to the umteen row after table row of regifted items and says, "Put that disgusting thing back!.".:headache:

I settled on some stationary for her (peace offering).;)


Long story short - we get home.


Later on that eveing, we were watching tv around 9:55pm.


THEN - "IT HAPPENED."popcorn::


The local news was about to come on. The tv announcer was giving a tease to lead into the 10pm news. It went something like this:

"Coming up next - a local radio station has a regifting party. Lot's attended. See what was regifted. your local news is next."



NOW MIND YOU, , this tv station is on the air on tv's in the WHOLE DANG STATE OF TEXAS ......and I have a brother who lives in Houston, Texas....popcorn::


And she has family locally....


Anywho -

The video of the 2 minute tease is what just dropped us to our knees.....





cuz.......

they had an establishing shot of the outide of the Shopping Mall (Grapevine, Texas).......

Then they did a quick cut to the food court (where the regifting party was held; thus showing the radio station & ALL the regifting tables)......

Then a did another quick cut to ALL the regifting tables.....

AND......


OF ALL THE TACKY REGIFTED GIFTS THEY COULD HAVE CHOSEN TO AIR ON STATE OF TEXAS WIDE TELEVISION..........

take a wild guess which one they chose to to cut to ??

And S-T-A-Y-E-D focused on for the WHOLE STATE OF TEXAS TO SEE??


:idea:
YUP - You guessed it!

That Donald Duck "Meat platter" thingee! (or atleast it looked like a meat platter... I really don't know to this day what it was).


I digress -

She & I looked at each other after what appeared to be about 2 minutes of video of that tv station showing our Donald Duck meat platter......

as we both did a great imitation of that kid from the "Home Alone" movies as we yelled something like "ACCKKKKKKKKKKK"!!!!!!! to each other while we held our hands to the sides of our face...just cringing in disbelief.


We both really hoped that both familes DIDN'T see that video clip......that played continously throughout the WHOLE DAY:3dglasses on that tv station.



Moral of the story??

1) NEVER TAKE your spouse to a regifting party.;)
2) be discreet when you regift:lmao: cuz if ya don't watch out....you may have to backpedal verablly back to the giver of the gift and or their offended families.....like a MIL OR FIL.:eek:

...and that would make you an ungiver of the attempted gifted gift as you tried to regift it and gifted an ungifted gift is ungift like if not discreet.:lmao:



3) and most importantly, tell your families who your favorite Disney character is cuz in my case......

MY FAV DISNEY CHARACTER IS - GOOFY.:goodvibes


P.S. Besides.....atleast I was able to keep the $25 shopping mall gift certificate for myself since I "gifted her" the stationary.....as I was singing Jeff Foxworthy's "12 Redneck Days of Christmas" (I participated in a fruit cake toss tossing it through a hole 50 feet away and won a gift certificate).:yay:






UP NEXT:

My objective social experiement.........:scratchin
visiting an area local Walmart to buy ONE THING (bleach).........on THANKSGIVING NIGHT (1st time visitor at a Walmart on a Holiday.......), my weight loss totals & me doing a positive double take on my Body Mass Index as I am now at 26.0, etc.
*** AND MY 'AFTER' PICTURES ***





CYA WEDNESDAY -
** T-MINUS 600 MORE HOURS.... **





T.T.F.N.
&
CHEERS YA'LL :earsboy:paw:

PrincessInOz
12-03-2013, 04:07 AM
I'm still waiting for the big reveal part B.

And I'm :lmao: at your re-gifting thing. I had almost a similar thing. Someone gave me some Swarovski crystal that I didn't like. Took it to the shop in the mall to see if I could change it. Turns out that item was "old" and they no longer stocked it. So, they wouldn't change it and I put it back into the Swarovski bag. And I guess I was the recipient of a re-gifting item. ;)

As I was walking around the mall and I bumped into the person who gave it to me. They obviously recognised the bag but we just ignored it as we chatted. :lmao: Yeah. Note to self. Always take things out of the bag it was given in if you're looking to exchange something.

knewton64
12-04-2013, 10:37 PM
I'm still waiting for the big reveal part B.

And I'm :lmao: at your re-gifting thing. I had almost a similar thing. Someone gave me some Swarovski crystal that I didn't like. Took it to the shop in the mall to see if I could change it. Turns out that item was "old" and they no longer stocked it. So, they wouldn't change it and I put it back into the Swarovski bag. And I guess I was the recipient of a re-gifting item. ;)

As I was walking around the mall and I bumped into the person who gave it to me. They obviously recognised the bag but we just ignored it as we chatted. :lmao: Yeah. Note to self. Always take things out of the bag it was given in if you're looking to exchange something.




After much thought and careful consideration..........
and since RUBEN STUDDARD got booted off the Biggest Loser tv show.....:sad2:
I feel and believe that the "Biggest Loser" Unofficial winner of this years TV competition should be -



**LADYBUG **:goodvibes
So.....without further adieu -
here is her 'before' picture:
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04019.jpg
- (The detail is in the neck area IMHO) -



BUT WAIT!!




Now........
here is her 'after picture'
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SANFRANPICS088_zps6007e0e0.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/SANFRANPICS088_zps6007e0e0.jpg.html)
(please take note how I.....the photographer....was TRYING to get this rreeallllyyyy nice 'REGAL' picture of her and lo & behold.....lookee what is just to her left!!:scratchin.......IT'S A PIECE OF COTTON!! Looks like 1 of L.B.'s "TOYS" snuck into the picture!! - LOL)

Between that and as u can see by my recliner, how I wish I could utilize the services of one Ms. LISA QUINN.....:littleangel:
as in:
that's another one of the LIVEWELL NETWORK Tv shows I love to watch as well.
"Home With Lisa Quinn" on The Live Well Network - pretty neat show.

Why I would just wish I could enlist her help??
Cuz u can easily tell that L.B. has made short work of the left armrest of the recliner (among other things she has chewed around the house, etc). ** OUCH!!**



Ladybug.....always trying to chew apart or tear apart something as she is a very high active prey dog - this is why I have chew towels lying around her house everywhere to nibble on as it's keep her away from nibblin' on the furniture.:upsidedow
Nontheless, she is my Best Bud & I really really so appreciate her.



Here is another of her "after" picures:
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SANFRANPICS101_zpsacff68de.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/SANFRANPICS101_zpsacff68de.jpg.html)
(NOW check out her neck area....looks a whole lot smaller & more defined.:woohoo:


and -
here is a small blip about her just right when we get in from doing some cardio:
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/th_SANFRANPICS107_zps575c9b7f.jpg (http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SANFRANPICS107_zps575c9b7f.mp4)
*** JUST DOUBLE RIGHT CLICK W/YOUR COMPUTER MOUSE OVER THE ABOVE VIDEO & IT WILL PLAY 4 U **



Now the detail is all around her & I can feel & see a HUGE difference in her -
WHY U ASK??:confused3



Well....it's like this:




LADYBUG'S WEIGHT LOSS TOTALS:

WEIGHT AS OF LATE JULY 2013: 31.6 POUNDS.
HER WEIGHT AS OF THIS EVENING: 26.0 POUNDS!!:cheer2:

She has dropped 5.6 pounds and I have to tell ya, I am very very very proud of her and all that she has accomplished. SHe is such much more agile and full of energy and always "on the go" with a motion speed of FAST - which keeps me even more on my toes.

It's almost to the point that her new nickname is 'Jillian' ;)as she is always in my face wanting to do things and explore new worlds which is perfectly fine with me.



AND SPEAKING OF EXPLORING NEW WORLDS.............




I FINALLY made the time for a little bit of 'me' time and headed out to the something fun and whimisical the other day:
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SANFRANPICS041_zps354ba349.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/SANFRANPICS041_zps354ba349.jpg.html)



Especially this segment of the exhibit:
**SAN FRANCISCO**:cool2:
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SANFRANPICS047_zps9987a399.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/SANFRANPICS047_zps9987a399.jpg.html)

and -
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SANFRANPICS049_zpsfa77ef5c.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/SANFRANPICS049_zpsfa77ef5c.jpg.html)


Here is a small video on San Fran -
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/th_SANFRANPICS013_zpsb65c4036.jpg (http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SANFRANPICS013_zpsb65c4036.mp4)



Other areas of interest:
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SANFRANPICS030_zpsf37835c3.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/SANFRANPICS030_zpsf37835c3.jpg.html)
The White House



How about New York City's 'Grand Central Station' -
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/th_SANFRANPICS025_zps11b0f9c1.jpg (http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SANFRANPICS025_zps11b0f9c1.mp4)
** DOUBLE RIGHT CLICK W/YOUR COMPUTER MOUSE OVER THE VIDEO & IT WILL PLAY 4 U **




Lest we forget -
*** THE TEXAS STATE FAIR ** (YEEAAAA!!)
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/th_SANFRANPICS032_zpsf6bf6bed.jpg (http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SANFRANPICS032_zpsf6bf6bed.mp4)
**DOUBLE RIGHT CLICK W/YOUR MOUSE OVER THE VIDEO & IT WILL PLAY 4 U **




ANYWHO -
The trains were so much of a delight to see as it gave me a MUCH NEEDED break from all the zaniness I have been experiencing these last few months at my place of work - even am thinking about headin' back there next week to where this exhibit is housed at (Northpark Mall) to see the movie, "The Book Thief."




Allrightee -
Now.....about my 'after pics.'







UP NEXT:
MY 'AFTER PICTURES'




T.T.F.N.:wave:
&
Cheers Ya'll

knewton64
12-04-2013, 10:43 PM
A few more pics & video from The Trains at Northpark Mall:
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/th_SANFRANPICS026_zpsa4e6fed0.jpg (http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SANFRANPICS026_zpsa4e6fed0.mp4)
** DOUBLE LEFT CLICK W/YOUR COMPUTER MOUSE OVER THE ABOVE VIDEO & IT WILL PLAY 4 U **



and -
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SANFRANPICS051_zps729fbe73.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/SANFRANPICS051_zps729fbe73.jpg.html)


and -
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SANFRANPICS029_zpsc3dd9f3e.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/SANFRANPICS029_zpsc3dd9f3e.jpg.html)




A very whimsical & cute adventure into the tiny world of toy trains - loved seeing the exhibit:



ANYWHO
Ok......MY TURN.:goodvibes
About my "after pics"......




My weight loss totals ending week #19 = 2.8 pounds:woohoo:
(through Monday December 2nd)




1). Total overall weight lost = :wish90
PLUS 7.1 = :tinker: 97.1 pounds!!
- (got 7.9 more pounds to lose) -


2). MY Body Mass Index: Currently at 25.8:thumbsup2
(I F-I-N-A-L-L-Y cracked the elusive '25' section of the BMI chart!! - WOO-WOO!!)
(I WEIGH 190 POUNDS AND AM 6 FEET TALL)
PPsstttt!!!! That's 190 as of Wednesday December 4th.....which ya know what that means!!


************************************************** *
**** I have now lost over 100 pounds!! **********************
************************************************** ***

But I don't wanna make this official until next week -



ANYWHO -
3). MY BLOOD PRESSURE: 112 /67 = YYEEAA!!
4). MY PULSE: 57 = YYEEAAA!!!!



Total weight loss goal this week = upwards to 2.0 to 3.0 pounds.
AND

I can't even begin to tell ya how proud I feel to post my weight totals this week!!:cheer2:
But....


Keep in mind that I feel my body is starting to slow down in relation to losing these last few pounds!!:headache:
I am doing what I have been doing - just that I can tell my body feeling that there just isn't a whole lot left to give.





REMEMBER MY "Before Pics?"
"BEFORE" July 2013
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC043981_zpsad082e1f.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC043981_zpsad082e1f.jpg.html)
(pic taken Sept 2012)


http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/th_MOV043871_zps75a1dce7.jpg (http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/MOV043871_zps75a1dce7.mp4)
** JUST DOUBLE CLICK ON THE ABOVE VIDEO & IT WILL PLAY 4 U **
FYI- The tour Guide picked 2 people outta the group for this & I am the 2nd one u will see on the video)



the above video was me 'attempting' to do an impromptu weather forcast while I was up in NYC last year....
Hmmm.....I do not think Mr Roker has any worries!! (LOL)



ANYWHO -
while I was in Ireland:
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/IRELANDPICS-JUNE2011075_zpsc75c7a6d.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/IRELANDPICS-JUNE2011075_zpsc75c7a6d.jpg.html)
(HEY....LUV THE HAT!!)



When I was at WDW 2012
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NOW.......
READY???
DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!




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and -
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(pic taken a week ago)



This adventure has been such fun & it still continues as I now have just under 3 and a half weeks to go & THANK GOSH I will be on a much needed adventure celebration as I haven't had the time to acknowledge:

1) my weight loss.:thumbsup2:thumbsup2
2) me aggresively paying ahead on my home mortgage these last 12 months.:woohoo:









*** FROM A WAIST LINE OF 51 INCHES AROUND TO PRESENTLY 39-40 INCHES AROUND.....LUVIN' EVERY MINUTE OF OUR LIFESTYLE CHANGE ***



This has and will continue to be quite an amazing thrill for me as not only has my lifestyle changed but the way I look at life has changed as well.:cool2:
I am so appreciative of what life brings to both Ladybug & I every day as yes, be on the lookout for late February for her and I to begin.......

*** BICYCLE RIDING ***


STAY TUNED ON THIS as you will see us in pics doing this during my "MY ADVENTURES IN ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND" Trip report listed below in my signature

&

lastly -
Got the Rose Bowl Parade ticket and round trip Rose Bowl game transportation reserved through VIP Tours.com yesterday......
So all that's left now is to just kick back and enjoy the ride.popcorn::




I am sooooo "stoked" and looking forward to this adventure.:woohoo:
** 540 MORE HOURS **






UP NEXT:
Finishing packing my Suitcase for this upcoming advenuture & my weight loss totals ending week #20.popcorn::





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T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers Y'ALL

PrincessInOz
12-06-2013, 12:32 AM
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and -
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(pic taken a week ago)



This adventure has been such fun & it still continues as I now have just under 3 and a half weeks to go & THANK GOSH I will be on a much needed adventure celebration as I haven't had the time to acknowledge:

1) my weight loss.:thumbsup2:thumbsup2
2) me aggresively paying ahead on my home mortgage these last 12 months.:woohoo:









*** FROM A WAIST LINE OF 51 INCHES AROUND TO PRESENTLY 39-40 INCHES AROUND.....LUVIN' EVERY MINUTE OF OUR LIFESTYLE CHANGE ***



This has and will continue to be quite an amazing thrill for me as not only has my lifestyle changed but the way I look at life has changed as well.:cool2:
I am so appreciative of what life brings to both Ladybug & I every day as yes, be on the lookout for late February for her and I to begin.......

*** BICYCLE RIDING ***


STAY TUNED ON THIS as you will see us in pics doing this during my "MY ADVENTURES IN ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND" Trip report listed below in my signature

&

lastly -
Got the Rose Bowl Parade ticket and round trip Rose Bowl game transportation reserved through VIP Tours.com yesterday......
So all that's left now is to just kick back and enjoy the ride.popcorn::




I am sooooo "stoked" and looking forward to this adventure.:woohoo:
** 540 MORE HOURS **






UP NEXT:
Finishing packing my Suitcase for this upcoming advenuture & my weight loss totals ending week #20.popcorn::





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T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers Y'ALL



CONGRATULTIONS!!! You look great. :thumbsup2

scrpbookr
12-06-2013, 08:20 AM
What an amazing journey! You look fantastic and have every right to be so, so proud! I'm looking forward to reading all about your California adventure!! Enjoy!

knewton64
12-11-2013, 11:05 PM
What an amazing journey! You look fantastic and have every right to be so, so proud! I'm looking forward to reading all about your California adventure!! Enjoy!



Ahhhhh!! Ya made my day!!:goodvibes
I have 'officially' 7 more days to go and after that, I will be 100% in vacation mode!!:woohoo:




ANYWHO -----



So it's 3am Tuesday morning and what are L.B.paw:
& I doing??
Why, we were out & about in our backyard raking leaves and playing in the ice (really bad ice storm thru the DFW area last Friday thru Wed of this week):eek:
as we bagged up a few bags of leaves and such followed by a 'mean game' of Fling and Fetch and instead of using rocks.....We used ICICLES!!;)

Ladybug didn't at first know what to think but slowly she caught on and afterwards, I had 1/2 cup of hot cocoa and 1/2 a Gingerbread cookie while watching her play out in the backyard........in 23 degree weather.popcorn::



And speaking of wishing for warmer weather......
The 'fun' officailly begins on December 27th (the first of my two pre-days here in DFW)
as I will be spending my last full day together with Ladybug, etc
followed by a rather 'unique';) lunch out at a restaurant called "Magic Time Machine."........ya gotta take a WILD GUESS who I am going to choose as my Waiter!!:rolleyes1


Head back home, grab L.B. and get in a few laps walking around the neighborhood (1 lap around = 1/4 mile) and
From there - FINALLY! Gonna go home and FINALLY watch the Disney movie, "Monsters Univeristy.":goodvibes
(over some hot chocolate and two Gingerbread cookies) - YUM!!




THEN -
On Saturday, December 28th....
Remember my wine tasting out at Grapevine, Texas??popcorn::
Going to FINALLY begin to enjoy having some much needed "ME TIME" by


In the am on the 28th,
** After I drop off L.B. at her 'hotel,' I will be heading out to Grapevine Mills Mall for a .....desert of some sorts....where??? havent figures it out yet followed by playing some video games at their arcade -

Then gonna head out to their movies area and see the Disney Movie, "Saving Mr. Banks"
(scored a comp movie ticket courtesy of Visa Credit card rewards program)-
then boogy back on over to the Hilton DFW Lakes hotel by about 4:30pm and.......


** HERE IS WHERE I F-I-N-A-L-L-Y WILL ACKNOWLEDGE /CELEBRATE MY...**
weight loss achievements, etc by
HEADING OUT FOR SOME EVENING GROUP WINE TASTING /DINNER!! - YUM!!:thumbsup2
(same company I am going thru for this tour you will see on page one of this travel blog which is
Grapevine Wine Tours via their lunch group tour / wine tasting)
www.grapevinewinetours.com/




* Pics & Video where I can I promise *




THEN (WHAT? There's more??):confused3
head back to my work (Intercontinental Hotels Group) and crash there for a few hours and................
on Sunday December 29th -

** HEAD OUT TO THE AIRPORT**
and onward to SUNNY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
(San Fran's high temp was 58 yeaterday!! - OH YYEEAA!!:banana:)




SPEAKIN' OF SO CAL -
Ok..........Michigan State Univertisty or Standard Univeristy in the Rose Bowl??
Who am I rooting for??

Hmmmmm......will let that one fly next week I promise.


& lastly as I almost forgot,
hey - I also got all my vacation adventure clothes all finalized and ready to put in my suitcase in about another 225 more hours.




Oh.....& on a different but upcoming topic I will cover in my London /Scotland travel blog........
I have been having fun looking at bicycle accessories this evening as I will be getting a bicycle in about 7 weeks.:yay:






Now onward to
MY WEIGHT LOSS TOTALS:

I NOW WEIGH 188 POUNDS.:woohoo:
(I wanted to be at 185 before I leave for SO CAL)



BUT.....I gotta suspend for a few weeks my weigh loss journey as I am anticipating a potential of gaining upwards to 10 pounds while on this adventure....then I will restart it up a week after I get back.:goodvibes

I mean hey, I work at a hotel very close by DFW airport and we have just been recently over-ran with inclement weather traveler issues, icy road conditions, me working A TON of hours the last 60 days due to a suborninate being off of maternity leave....she just returned yesterday FYI, now we have the upcoming Cotton Bowl, etc.....and I strongly feel I need some "ME TIME".....popcorn::


BUT -
No worries everyone - for I have bicycle fever on my mind and promise to return 100% to the land of Ali Vincent and Company when I return in early January.:goodvibes
(my target weight goal was to be 195 lbs with an additional 10 lbs off for vacation weight....go on vacation and if necessary - gain upwards to 10 back thus the net gain = 0)..........
**** I MEAN HEY........IT'S A VACATION ****

Then come back and lose upwards to those 10 pesky pounds in anticipation for my next adventure: LONDON & SCOTLAND.popcorn::


Besides, I love the new me and my lifestyle change is here to stay so please do not worry.:goodvibes

Right now,
I just strongly feel that it is now time to let the celebration begin!!:woohoo:




****************** 424 MORE HOURS ****************
:jumping1:






UP NEXT:
:woohoo:** DOING THE SINGLE DIGIT DANCE **:woohoo:











T.T.F.N.:wave2:
& CHEERS YA'LL

PrincessInOz
12-11-2013, 11:37 PM
Mental note to self. Keep randomly coming back here to check on past posts. Kris back-updates and I need to back-read.



Love your pictures of the Miniature Trains!

Enjoy your wine tasting. :thumbsup2

knewton64
12-17-2013, 10:50 PM
Mental note to self. Keep randomly coming back here to check on past posts. Kris back-updates and I need to back-read.



Love your pictures of the Miniature Trains!

Enjoy your wine tasting. :thumbsup2




The trains were so much fun to see - the displays were very well put together.:goodvibes

and that wine tasting?? Really lookin' forward to it - same with what I did yesterday. Details below.popcorn::



ANYWHO -
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(My Rose Bowl game ticket as I will be sitting on the HOME SIDE of the stadium hmmmmmmmmm.......
I wonder whom I will be rootin' for......):rolleyes1



HINT: THEIR CAMPUS SERVES WONDERFUL ICECREAM & IS KNOWN 4 IT.:goodvibes




Anywho....
IT'S BEGINNING TO HIT ME -



In approximately 236 more hours, I can leave all the silliness of everyday life and have TOTAL FUN!!:woohoo:



BUT.......the fun actually began yesterday as I went to:
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to kick off the celebrations.......


....& tried for the very first time some:
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The combination of the berries (forgot the name of the berries) with the berry butter just really made the whole crepes & meal ZING!! - LOVED THEM!! -:thumbsup2
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I tell ya, losing all this weight has really really really brought me a whole new appreciation & respect for food.
the Wait Staff at IHOP were very nice and friendly and overall, my experience there just really helped to kick off my celebrations as .....



GUESS WHAT????:confused3



Afterwards, I boogied on over to BIKE WORLD and bought all my bicycle accessories that I am going to be needing when..........


(as part of my December 30th Birthday present from Me to Me);
:bday:


.....I pick up my NEW BICYCLE JANUARY 15th - :woohoo:
(pics forthcoming but don't know if they will be posted here or on my England / Scotland blog)
and while I was out and about in the City of Garland, Texas.....someone recognized me from DISBOARDS.COM and from seeing me out jogging with Ladybug all these evenings. ** TOO COOL **:goodvibes

Feels nice to see all my hard work is paying off - ** THANK YOU ALI VINCENT **:littleangel:




Yesterday was the most productive day I have had in the longest of time when it comes to "ME TIME" and the coolest part is it's only gonna get better.
and you are along for the ride.:thumbsup2



BUT........
YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!:confused:


There is someone else who wants to send all of you a video message.......



DETAILS COMING UP NEXT WEDNESDAY -
along with my weight loss totals for the week as I am currently at 25.5 for a 'Body Mass index'.......
- (I am 6 feet tall) -

& Ladybug is now at 25.2 pounds!!
party:







UP NEXTpopcorn::
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My 'review' of the Disney movie, "Saving Mr Banks' & other assorted silliness.:goodvibes






T.T.F.N.:santa:
& CHEERS Y'ALL

PrincessInOz
12-18-2013, 09:40 AM
YAY for the Rose Bowl ticket!

knewton64
12-23-2013, 10:29 PM
**** KINDA A LONG POST ****



YAY for the Rose Bowl ticket!


Never been to that stadium - looking forward to the experience esp the pre-game hospitality festivities.:goodvibes



ANYWHO -
I took these last 3 days off from work and it felt GREAT!!:woohoo:
Also,
had fun the other early am going out jogging with Ladybug..... in 36 degree FREAKIN :crazy2:weather and while passing this big pond (that recently filled up big time with rain run off from a nearby subdivision), I heard the splish splash of something hitting the water.
So I slowed down a bit to see what was all the comotion and yup, sure enough - it was ducks coming in for a rather icy & very cold water landing.:)

All of this also caught the attention of Ladybug :tongue:
and I will admit that I slowed down to a crawl having fun watching Ladybug keenly watching the birds - ALL IN THE DARK - as she was even going to the point of pacing back and forth trying ever which way to see if she could 'only somehow jump over the 12 foot wrought iron fencing' that was the only method of keeping those poor ol' ducks from being her dinner.popcorn::

Alas, no dice so on the jogged with her and I heading back home in no time and warming up over a small treat for her and me having 1/2 a cup of hot Cider and 1 Gingerbread cookie.:cloud9:
FYI -
- (both of us are maintaining our current weight but will get back to being the 'Biggest Losers' again starting January 12th 2014) -


Finally got the chance to see the Disney movie, "Saving Mr. Banks."



Here are the total box office receipts from this past weekend:
the weekend of 12/20/2013 Source: Rentrak
no. 1 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
$31.5M Tickets Trailer
2. Anchorman 2
$26.8M Tickets Trailer
3. Frozen
$19.6M Tickets Trailer
4. American Hustle
$19.1M Tickets Trailer
5. Saving Mr. Banks
$9.3M Tickets Trailer
6. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
$8.8M Tickets Trailer
7. Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas
$8.4M Tickets Trailer


After seeing this movie, my reaction is ...............
and I feel rather strange saying this but.......

I felt very underwhelmed by the entire movie because I feel that this was an opportunity for the Disney Company to really make /authorize a classic that would stand the test of time; enstead I feel the re-telling was left so radically incomplete that going straight to dvd release (like Toy Story 3 was originally slated to be) is the route I feel this movie release should have experienced.:scratchin

Yes, It was nice to see the relationship of PL Travers (Emma Thompson) back to Walt (Tom Hanks), etc etc etc...... and yes, I feel that actor Paul Giamatti should win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (IMHO, I feel that he stole the show in the movie), YET..........


Here are just but a few examples IMHO of ideas that could have been inserted into the movie, thus "Plussing it" from a 'MEH' movie at best and enstead morphing it into a Disney Classic:
1) they could have shown Walt's relationship back to the 9 Old Men - example - the struggle to get the Penguin scenes shot.

2) They could have shown the movie viewer the the process of them "filming" a scene or 2 from the movie - thus giving us the emotional feel of them beginning to put the look and feel of the movie together.

3) They could have shown some basic full or medium shots of the Disney Studios and or they could have also shown Walt walking down Dopey Drive.

4) They could have brought in some actual props from the movie - like the snow globe from the "Feed the Birds" scene.


5) They could have also shown Walt in his apartment.....say for instance working at his desk.....getting ideas for his next project.....then suddenly looks up and out the window as you the viewer sees Disneyland from his point of view. I mean, what a cool shot to see and have it used as a segue in between relevant scenes. ** JUST SAYING **


6) They could have ended the movie (just before the tape recorder scene started) with a still shot of Diane Disney Miller and placed at the bottom of the screen something like, "Dedicated to the memory of Diane Disney Miller." ** This was not done either **


** THE DIRECTOR MISSED A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THIS ** ------ how sad ----:sad1:




Also, they could have "Pixar'ed" (since they own Pixar) the movie a little by say for instance opening up the movie with a brand new Disney cartoon.

And lastly, I feel that this movie should have been shot atleast 10-15 years earlier as what little Disney references were in the movie (Like when someone refered to Walt walking into the rehearsal room as "Bear Suit") went IMO straight over everyone's head as I feel that the Magic would have been there and it would have resonated with the audiuence more.

I mean,
I looked around the theatre during the "Let's Go Fly a Kite" song sequence and NO ONE was tapping their toes or swaying back and forth to the music or singin /mouthing the words to the song (or any other song from the movie) - how sad.
And yes, I will even go so far as saying that they could have also brought in Walt's personal imagination at work while this movie was being filmed, like for example - they could have shown him out in his barn and or riding the Lily Belle. Yes, this would have taken some imigination even to the point of CGI imagination but I feel with these kinds of qualities being added, YES.....then this film would be at the level of a Disney Classic from the late 1930's to the early 1950's.
Enstead, we have "Anchorman 2" and "American Hustle" beating this movie = OUCH!!


It is very rare to see a Disney dvd or film that shows the history of the company; enstead we are left to fidget over the "extras" section of many a Disney film dvd. Hence, I assumed that this film (they way is was being promoted) would to a stop to all this like the way the "Laughingplace.com" Disney dvds do (I like their dvd about the story behind the Disney trains or "Disneyland in the 50s'", or "Disneyland in the 1960's", "Disneyland in the 70's" & so on and who can forget the dvd that goes into the history of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion attraction ride? ** all these dvd's ROCK!! **


And I thought the same would be with Saving Mr Banks.
But -
IMHO, I am wrong.
So, I am left wondering if there will ever be a "Director's Cut" of this movie as I strongly feel soooooo much was left out of the storyline.:(
Perhaps I have been spoiled all these years by watching excellent Pixar movie production released movies as yes, there were some patches here and there of 'pleasant' scenes in Saving Mr Banks but overall I just felt underwhelmed by the Director's efforts to cull together one incredidble storyline that had so much potential that IMO just fell flat.


To digress, FLAT IT WASN'T as I sat next to the tour Guide on "Keys to the Kindgom tour" at WDW (see my October 2010 trip report listed below in my signature) during our HM tour and WOW!! I was totally blown away by how she told me everything & anything there was to know about that attraction and that is what I have come to expect from the Disney Company. Tour Guide Kate (I believe that's her first name) really made that attraction come alive yet the Director of Saving Mr Banks IMHO didn't when it came to the overall effect of the movie.


But again, I digress -

ANYWHO - overall still, it was an OK movie.:) - was nice to see .....my best guess.....Walt's limo and yes......my best guess...was nice to see the original Disneyland train as well.:goodvibes
The train scene was quick with so much to see - don't know if they showed the original pullcars from the train.:confused:


At the end of the movie -
was that actually Grauman's Chinese theatre or the one from WDW's Hollywood Studios??
Hmmmmm........ ok okokokokokok time for me to put away my claws.;)


ANYWHO -
Again, I stress, this is just my opinion as anyone here is more than welcomed to disagree.:goodvibes
(don't worry all - I just bought the movie audio cd soundtrack so all is not lost - the music to the movie ROCKS!!)
......that and a Cab Calloway cd......didn't know he used to play up at the Cotton Club.:cool2:

And speakin' of rocking, I did get to experience "movie dine-in" (I ordered a chicken wrap sandwhich = :thumbsup2:thumbsup2) at the Grapevine, Texas AMC Movie theatres that day I saw the 'Saving Mr Banks' movie.
Pretty fun experience as it def drives me away from the old standby AKA 'Popcorn & a drink.':goodvibes




Now, onward
to what's in store Wednesday ish as we seem to have someone else who is just wanting to jump in and have his say about what I am doing starting officially in 96 more hours.:thumbsup2

I am really tempted to head out to Magic Time Machine restaurant OR head out and see the "People of Middle Earth";) movie. Will know over the next few hours as my objective is to continue to celebrate my weight loss, etc.


Hmmmm......me thinks this uninvited Guest I have mentioned previously
wants his say as a warnin';) how I seem to turn vacations into adventures.......
Like hmmmm......will I find "Runyon Canyon??


From the Renaissance Hotel" Exit the hotel at Highland Ave and turn left. Turn left onto Franklin Avenue. Turn right onto Fuller Avenue and continue to Runyon Canyon..........Last time I was there (March 2010) I couldn't find it) ** DOH !!**:headache:





** VIDEO MESSAGE FROM 'HIM' FORTHCOMIN'!! **




UNTIL THEN -popcorn::






T.T.F.N.:santa:
&
CHEERS

knewton64
12-25-2013, 09:11 PM
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:santa:JUST DOUBLE RIGHT CLICK W/YOUR COMPUTER MOUSE OVER THE ABOVE VIDEO & IT WILL PLAY FOR U :santa:




But.....
The bewitchin' hour is now HERE!!:yay:

** ROADTRIP!! **:woohoo:
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(pic shot while visiting the Trains at Northpark Mall a few days ago in DFW)




Even Snoopy & Woodstock are getting in on the act by telling me....
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(pic shot while seeing the trains at Northpark Mall DFW; Dec 2013)



WEATHER FOR PASADENA CALIFORNIA For Wed
Jan 1st 2014::goodvibes

High Temp -76
Low Temp -48
Sunny skies:woohoo:
Chance of rain:
0%Wind:
NNE at 4 mph.


This will be the very first time I will be wearing pants while on a vacation as I am always a shorts & short sleeve kind of vacationer but hey, with all this weight loss and such, I wanna look nice.:goodvibes


1) Friday, it's a Subway sandwhich (luv their 6 inch turkey and ham on flatbread) while watching FINALLY the Disney movie, "Monsters Univeristy"



2) Saturday, gonna take in "The Hobbit" at my local AMC movie theatre followed by a stroll to the Mall's local Cinnabon World Famous Cinnamon Rolls store.....
www.cinnabon.com/location.aspx.......

BUT......
b 4 I check out their rolls I will be walking 4 laps around the Mall (1 lap = 1 mile):goodvibes


followed by
some Wine tasting through Grapevine Wine Tours
www.grapevinewinetours.com/........
(pics & video I promise):goodvibes



and then VIOLA!!
IT'S OFF TO DFW AIRPORT!!:thumbsup2




Now.....about this pesky uninvited Guest who has seemed to have made it onto this thread.....:confused3



He has a message for all of you who wanna proceed further reading and enjoying this Trip Report:;)
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** DOUBLE RIGHT CLICK WITH YOUR COMPUTER MOUSE OVER THE ABOVE VIDEO MESSAGE & IT WILL PLAY 4 U **
Hmmmmmm.....I 'just wonder' who this person is....






UNTIL NEXT TIME -popcorn::






UP NEXT:
LEAVIN' FOR DFW AIRPORT







T.T.F.N.:wave2:
& CHEERS

knewton64
12-28-2013, 03:19 PM
Well the other day I finally figured out how to solve my delicious delima of passing the time while I go from DFW Airport to Heathrow come late August.:scratchin

And it comes in the form of -


me buying a biographical book on P.L. Travers, "Mary Poppins She Wrote," as well as a dvd documentary about the Sherman Brothers "The Boys" in addition to the Cab Calloway cd.



So I figure as in with any relationship, there are always two sides to every story so it is going to be quite interesting to say in the least to read up on Ms Travers & see what made her write what she wrote, her reaction to seeing her Poppin's characters being protrayed in the way that they were portrayed in the Disney film we all love and enjoy seeing all the years to seeing what Walt's reaction was (if any) to her reaction, etc.
And that Sherman Brothers dvd has me curious as well.

I mean hey - with about a 10 hour direct flight to London, these two things (along with that Cab Calloway cd I am now loading up on my I-pod) outta keep me plenty busy and make for quite a tale to read up on as I plan to blogging about it in my below listed DISneyland Trip report u c listed in my below listed signature.:upsidedow


AND SPEAKIN' OF MOVIES.......



I am now near DFW Airport and just got out from a AMC Movie theatre presentation of "The Hobbit"......... THAT MOVIE ROCKED!!


From it's storyline, script, music, camera shots, etc - you name it it was WELL WORTH taking almost 3 hours to watch it!!:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

And to think, there is still a part 3 to this movie!! Don't know when it will come out nor be released but I plan on seeing it.



GOTTA though first see the Muppet movie that's slated to come out in 90 days............;)



ANYWHO -



Ladybug got dropped off ok and checked into her "hotel" (her Vet for boarding) ......say there's 'something wrong here' when her nightly room and tax is only a mere $18/nght!!!!


Hmmmmmm.......remind me next time to say something to the "hotel Manager" ...... :lmao:
cuz how much are we 2-legged Human Beings pay for OUR nightly room and Tax when we frequent a hotel??


So as I was droppiong her off,
She had that confused look of "DADDY.... DON'T LEAVE ME!! :sad:look on her face which I will admit I really had to hold back from crying as this is the first time in a long time we will be away from each other.
Yes, I had a long talk with her last night as well as this morning but I can tell it didn't help both sides as we obviously are gonna miss each other.



But with thoughts of a Cinamon roll in my head, I bid her a fond adieu and off I went to Grapevine Mills Mall......WOW!! Being there when the mall first opens up really helped as I was able to get in not 4 but 5 WALK FASTING laps around the Mall as that really helped out when at the end of the 5th lap wouldn't ya know it........I just 'had' to make that stop off at Cinabon and check out their cinamon rolls....... ** YYYYYUUUUMMMM!!!! ****


And the popcorn at the movie theatre hit the spot as well.



SO, now I have boogied on over to the Hilton DFW Area lakes hotel for a wee bit in time for some 5pm -10pm wine tasting out at Grapevine Texas followed by a rousing group dinner at a nearby restaurant.:)


Looking forward to the wine tasting (pics and video forthcoming I promise) as I can tell I am beginning now to get out of my 'business mode' and now am swinging full blown into my 'vacation mode.'
I get a feeling what has helped was the 11:10am Hobbitt movie was well over an hour LATE in downloading onto their main server so they offered us a few choices as alternative solutions and I was still able to see it AND receive a comped movie/popcorn and drink vouchers for my return!! ** WAY COOL **


So be on the lookout for me to def see the Muppet movie in mid April which is the next time I go on a small vacation as I will be seeing the Highlander games at Scarborough Faire (Waxahachie Texas), etc as part of me kicking off my London /Scotland adventure come August.




ALLRIGHTEE ----


updating my trip report will be spotty over the next 12 days of so but yes, do expect me from time to time to make a quite update.:goodvibes



Got plenty of gigs of film so that shouldn't be an issue.
Gotta a Employee rate room reserved at the hotel where I work at (near DFW Airport).......



Gonna get in very late tonight -:stir:




Flight 4 LaLA land leaves in 15 more hours......



Hmmmm.....
I'd say ** BRING IT!! **



** IT HAS BEGUN **popcorn::






T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers

PrincessInOz
12-28-2013, 03:31 PM
Catching up!


You heading off soon? Safe travels.


Is Davy Jones joining you????

knewton64
12-29-2013, 04:32 AM
Catching up!


You heading off soon? Safe travels.


Is Davy Jones joining you????



Hey....ya never know WHO I might bump into while out in SO CAL.;)

3 yrs ago, I met Randy Jackson as well as the Jonas Brothers while out visiting the Henson Muppet Studios.:yay:
(running a Muppet is like doing the weather on tv.....everything is backwards.....aka up is down right is left, etc.)



I also crashed a Time Magazine seminar one time while on the ABD's "Spirit of America" adventure........all while in search of some much needed Dr Pepper (at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC).;)

Besides.....I always seem to have this crazy habit of striking up converations with complete strangers while on my vacation adventures - makes for some quite interesting times.:goodvibes





LIKE LAST NIGHT -:rolleyes1
PRE-DAY #2 of 2:drinking1
Balmy temps here in Dallas, Texas with high temp of 61 degrees.




It was sooooooo much fun enjoying some different kinds of wines from http://grapevinewinetours.com/ with the highlight IMO being the place called Su Vino Winery - as they had a wild and fun assortment of Seasonal wines that were fruity in nature:
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1) "Peachy Keen," a Peach wine.
2) "Summer Rain," an Apple wine.
3) "Frankenwine", a Pumpkin wine.

Out of all their wines, I luved the Toasted Snowman" (a Raspberry White Zinfandel) which is quite not like me as I normally enjoy Merlots.


http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04625_zpsc8ef02ea.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04625_zpsc8ef02ea.jpg.html)



Here is a small blip from the tour -:goodvibes
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/th_RoaeBowlampParadeCoastalCaliforniaVacation-Jan2014015_zpsf60ae6a7.jpg (http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/RoaeBowlampParadeCoastalCaliforniaVacation-Jan2014015_zpsf60ae6a7.mp4)
**DOUBLE CLICK OVER THE ABOVE VIDEO W/YOUR MOUSE & IT WILL PLAY 4 U **




Another place we stopped off at was this little gem as
the Homestead Winery had some Chocolate Wine that I really liked as well -
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04617_zps54ab31c3.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04617_zps54ab31c3.jpg.html)


http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04619_zps3f6af71f.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04619_zps3f6af71f.jpg.html)
(an example of some of the wines they have to offer)





With the evening being capped off with a wonderful Chicken Alfredo meal and a big ol glass of red wine that couldn't be beat.
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and b4 hand, their salad really really hit the spot-
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But the after dinner desert was just exactly what 'the Doctor ordered';)
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Even met a bunch of wonderful couples from all walks of life; especially one couple just celebrating their 1 yr wedding aniversary who drive Harleys.:yay:

Converations were a plenty last night as the same with the wine. Realy enjoyed the evening.:cool2:


BUT..........
Who says ya can't teach an ol' Dog like me new tricks??:confused3


I learned from my days while visiting Ireland 2 yrs a ago and after I got dropped off back at the Hilton Hotel, I grabbed me a quick shot of..... H20;) back at the bar and then sauntered on up to my room back at where I work at (10 minute drive from the Hilton) with a nice bottle of Bunratty Honeymeade Wine (I ordered online) and some Irish chocolate to compliment it and just chilled out nibbling on the chocolate and wine while chilling out in a pretty cool hot bath while some Disney tunes were playing on my Ipod shuffle.

The bubblebath really helped
to get my body ready for the am with lights out for me arriving wayyyy too early around 1:30am.




AND SPEAKIN' OF TIME......
the Cabbie driver is here!:thumbsup2


I am off to DFW Airport.





UP NEXT:
DAY ONE OUT IN SO CAL
&
DID I RUN INTO ANY 'LEGALLY BLONDE' WANNA-BEES??






STAY TUNED -popcorn::





T.T.F.N.
&
Cheers

knewton64
12-29-2013, 03:39 PM
DAY ONE
in Pasadena California w/Sunny Skies
& high temp of 74 degreespopcorn::





So much to see & so much to do......



Got in to LAX ok.........
HEY!!!! ** LOOK HOW MUCH AIRPLANE LAP BELT I HAVE LEFT OVER AFTER ALL THAT WEIGHT I HAVE LOST!!:woohoo:
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04638_zpscc048a5b.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04638_zpscc048a5b.jpg.html)


Tho I will say that a lady sittin' next to me thought it was just a 'wee bit creepy' of me to be taking pics like that but after I explained to her why (my weight loss, etc), she warmed up ok to me and what I was doing.:goodvibes


Now, the moment I touched down into LAX,
it was too much fun seeing the women here wearing those what looks like snow boots for foot wear - don't get that ....esp in 78 degree weather but whatever.;)


My room (12 floor) is just FAB!!
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04642_zpsc6948f58.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04642_zpsc6948f58.jpg.html)



Pic of the hotel at night:
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04672_zps7c76d4ff.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04672_zps7c76d4ff.jpg.html)
Pics forthcoming I promise.


The room is
very spacious and very roomy.
Justine (YMT VACATIONS) - very nice and very informative Guide. I can tell I feel at home with her. Staying at Sheraton Gateway hotel next 4 nights.


Got group orientation in 15 minutes then I am off to Manhattan Beach Pier followed by a nice dinner there somewhere then back to the hotel for a good cardio /core workout at their fitness center...I checked it out - pretty good facility.:thumbsup2


Choosing not to read the news NOR watch PRO FOOTBALL..........:faint:
cuz I am on vacation.:cool1:



Allrightee - I am outta here 4 now.





Peace out.:goodvibes



T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers

PrincessInOz
12-29-2013, 03:48 PM
Enjoy.

knewton64
12-30-2013, 07:34 AM
Enjoy.



Ah enjoy I am as I promise to behave.;)




ANYWHO-
DAY 2
Sunny skies here in Pasadena California:cloud9:
and today is my.....birthday!! - YYEEAAAA!!:goodvibes



This is turning out exactly the way I wanted it 2b as this is a very complex adventure set forth with many complexities yet YMT Vacations and the Sheraton Hotel is really making this one incredible vacation that is just leaving me with one huge smile in my heart.:goodvibes

Example, I always tell the Guests where I work at if they travel at least once a year for leisure, to bring an extension cord so they can plug in all their plug-in portable devices and put the cord somewhere in the hotel room to where it's obnoxious and obvious to the eye.


** GET IT?? **

This was you won't lose things like -
I phones, I-pads, cell phones, cell phone chargers, etc
(Guests lose these things BIG TIME!!)



Well.....wouldn't ya know it, while enroute to LAX, my portable dvd player up and stopped working!! - RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR:sad2:


AND.........
Goofy me DIDN'T bring my I-pod charger!!
DOUBLE RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!:upsidedow


These two issues were really beginning to stress me out and heyyy.......
I AM ON VACATION remember??:mad:



Now here is where Greg (Front desk Sheraton) comes in......:scratchin
I relay on over to him via....no doubt a rant of sorts.......

being dressed like the front cover of GQ;) (I was wearing my long sleeve t-shirt from last night, pair of running shorts and tenny shoes as I was on my way to their fitness center overnight) -



Upon hearing from me that of all days, today is my birthday!!:goodvibes
Well -:idea:


He goes up and tells me to enjoy a full breakfast at the Sheraton and he will address the folio charges!!!:cheer2:


This came totally unexpected to me and I really have to say brought not only a smile back into my heart but helped me to chill out and smile......


Since on my end,
I will now be having a parcel awaiting for me when I arrive at the Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf in a few more days.......
** A BRAND NEW PORTABLE 9-inch SONY swivel screen dvd player **


AND -
to boot....
the overnight staff made sure my I-pod got fully charged back up and pointed me in the direction on where to go to get another one for my journeys into one pretty neat vacation.







HIGHLIGHT FROM LAST NIGHT -
While out at a French restaurant last night ("Creme de a Crepe"), a single Mother was having issues (to say in the least) with her Son (I am guessing Son was 3 or 4 yrs old).
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04670_zpsb8577d95.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04670_zpsb8577d95.jpg.html)


Their logo -
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04671_zps63e6f210.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04671_zps63e6f210.jpg.html)


and inside look into their place (pretty neat place to eat & unwind) -
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04646_zpsa4bb54cf.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04646_zpsa4bb54cf.jpg.html)
(interior shot of the restaurant)




Kid was being very very disruptive so I decided to take a negative here and turn it into a positive by.....

using what French I know and asked if him if I could use some of his crayons.....
he handed some to me & I proceeded to draw for him a cat.:goodvibes


Kid luved it!!
So did the Mother who didn't know any English.


Made her day -
made mine too.....

as I got to enjoy some French Onion soup and later on some scrum-de-lee-umptious Wheatberry mix Veggie crepes.:cool2:



http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04655_zps13866e5f.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04655_zps13866e5f.jpg.html)
(The soup was just FAB!!)



and of course, ya can't ferget about the Crepe!
YYUUMM!!
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04657_zpsc921256d.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04657_zpsc921256d.jpg.html)







Pictures forthcoming I promise along with more on an in depth daily Trip report.






ENJOYING SUNNY SKIES WITH HIGHS IN THE UPPER 70'S -:goodvibes






T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
CHeers

knewton64
12-30-2013, 09:17 AM
From French food last night, to Huevos Rancheos this am to now tonight of Italian food (hmmmm......gotta order some wine with this:goodvibes) -
WOW~~

Some Huevos Rancheos.....THEY WERE DELIC!!
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04676_zps48554fae.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04676_zps48554fae.jpg.html)



Here is a pic of the Beach we saw-
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04665_zps04d2e456.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04665_zps04d2e456.jpg.html)


But while there......
now if I only was quick enuf to snap a pic of a delivery person last night (while at the beach), taking his delivery on......


a skateboard.;).





P.S.
With a direct flight from DFW to Heathrow looming over the horizon, it sure feels great knowing now that I have a replacement I-pod charger and cord and will also be having a new portable dvd player shipped to me in time for when I arrive at Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf.


http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04677_zpsa5534892.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04677_zpsa5534892.jpg.html)
(some of the places we saw this am)

and -
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04699_zps7c8e4b77.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04699_zps7c8e4b77.jpg.html)




The history behind that plane -
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SANFRANPICS-January2014019_zps0a995b3e.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/SANFRANPICS-January2014019_zps0a995b3e.jpg.html)
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SanFranPics-jan2014037_zps3c20c5ae.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/SanFranPics-jan2014037_zps3c20c5ae.jpg.html)
(I reeaallyy wanted to take pics inside Marine 1 & Airforce 1 but NO - seriously - NO THEY DO NOT ALLOW THAT.) .


But to walk through all of this kind of history (no, I didn't say that I am a "R" or a "D", it's the history that I was after & YES, very emotionally moving the whole place. Really enjoyed my visit there.
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SanFranPics-jan2014035_zps7a9c170f.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/SanFranPics-jan2014035_zps7a9c170f.jpg.html)


http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SANFRANPICS-January2014022_zps4ffeb992.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/SANFRANPICS-January2014022_zps4ffeb992.jpg.html)



RR Prez Oval office -
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04733_zps2f8ace1e.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04733_zps2f8ace1e.jpg.html)
(FYI - just think of what the Oval Office 'looks like' in Washington's day at the "President's house in Colonial Phily to now this)-


with....
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04681_zps87985683.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04681_zps87985683.jpg.html)
(me just outside the Rose Garden) -




and lastly, here is a pic of a piece of the Berlin Wall that also have on display -
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SANFRANPICS-January2014032_zpsc42aab01.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/SANFRANPICS-January2014032_zpsc42aab01.jpg.html)



** THANK YOU YMT VACATIONS & SHERATON HOTEL **




T.T.F.N.popcorn::
&
Cheers

Dreaming of chocolate heaven when I arrive at "that Soda shop" across the street from the Kodak theatre tomorrow.:goodvibes

PrincessInOz
12-30-2013, 01:54 PM
Dreaming of chocolate heaven when I arrive at "that Soda shop" across the street from the Kodak theatre tomorrow.:goodvibes

Sorry to disappoint....but 'that soda shop' is closed. :(

knewton64
12-30-2013, 11:22 PM
Sorry to disappoint....but 'that soda shop' is closed. :(



No worries as yes, this is the same soda shop I will be visiting while also in San Fran's Pier area......so I feel that this just means I get to try more different things from their menu.;)


ANYWHO -
And speaking of that -
Day 2 Highlights:



Met my very first 'White Suitor" *** TOO COOL ***
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04762_zps49fb572c.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04762_zps49fb572c.jpg.html)


Later on that evening,
had total fun tonight talking up a storm with 4 of the Rose Bowl Parade Student Ambassadors and while conversing with them, I asked what was the 'funnest' food that have had catered and the majority of the answer came back as "In & Out Burger.":cloud9:




Here are some of this yrs Student Ambassadors -
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04782_zps11a17aee.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04782_zps11a17aee.jpg.html)


and -

http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04784_zpsf4015546.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04784_zpsf4015546.jpg.html)
(they are wearing id badges and ribbons to be easily spotted) -




I tell ya, it was so much dang fun seeing all those floats in their final stages of being prepped for their big day-
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04777_zps387e39db.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04777_zps387e39db.jpg.html)



and -
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04781_zps3a191e68.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04781_zps3a191e68.jpg.html)


Got one more for ya -:)
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04789_zps0cfd7e95.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04789_zps0cfd7e95.jpg.html)



and -
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SanFranPics-jan2014109_zpse4f84198.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/SanFranPics-jan2014109_zpse4f84198.jpg.html)
(me having fun) -




Allrightee - off to sip on a few "Dark and Stormy Nights' drinks at the another close by hotel while conversing w/some YMT Vacationers I met earlier today, etc followed by 'checking out' a few things left for me back inside my room by some special people acknowledging my birthday.......popcorn::


* cheesecake, m&m choc chip cookies & a nice bottle of local merlot wine. *




THAT &.......I met someone here (who has an annual pass to DISNEYLAND) who we will be seeing each other again for a pretty fun Disneyland time when she & I head out to the House of Mouse (Anaheim) in a few more months.
Details coming up when I get back into DFW.





Afterwards, we all went on over to the Pavilion for a nice dinner & learned a wee bit more about the Rose Bowl Parade:
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04764_zps5a4d2b20.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04764_zps5a4d2b20.jpg.html)


From the "I never knew this" file - :goodvibes
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04769_zps9008e556.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04769_zps9008e556.jpg.html)


and -
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/DSC04768_zps6fcd71f5.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/DSC04768_zps6fcd71f5.jpg.html)


P.S.
High temp in Pasadena on Jan 1st is 81 degrees w/sunny skies.:goodvibes





T.T.F.N.:goodvibes
&
Cheers

knewton64
12-31-2013, 06:09 AM
DAY 3:goodvibes
High Temp of 76 degrees w/sunny skies
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SANFRANPICS-January2014098_zps62f96b71.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/SANFRANPICS-January2014098_zps62f96b71.jpg.html)
(some of the places we saw today)




I can tell DAY 3
is now shaping up to be quite a treat for me as we will be taking in an approx. 7 hour tour of LALA land.:thumbsup2


And the funnest;) part is that I will be doing some various food and drink 'grazing' all day with just a few stops being for me:


1) to nibble on some Shepard's Pie at the PIG & WHISTLE (Hollywood)
2) be on a quest to find some Red Velvet cupcakes while at the Normandie Bakery (Farmers Market). hmmmm.....but what to drink w/it??:confused3 T.B.C.......
3) grab some produce for January 1st (am) and other things I will be wanting to nibble / drink (T.B.A. as well....) while also at the Farmers Market.

Then......
4). Make a stop off at 'that soda shop' and see all what they have. (Hollywood).
http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt165/knewton64/SanFranPics-jan2014129_zps024361fd.jpg (http://s608.photobucket.com/user/knewton64/media/SanFranPics-jan2014129_zps024361fd.jpg.html)



Thinking seriously about their "Treasure Island Warm brownie Sunday.":goodvibes

5) *** FIND RUNYAN CANYON!! **:goodvibes
(OUCH!! JUST FOUND OUT THAT THATS ABOUT A 15 MINUTE WAKLK FROM THE RENAISSANCE HOTEL SO THATS OUT since we only will have a wee bit over an hour 'on yer own time' in Hollywood!!)



But about my Foodie Run?
YYUUMM!!!!:cool2:
** PICS & VIDEO FORTCOMING I PROMISE **




and this is only through 4pm today -:upsidedow



Tonight on is when it gets crazy for the next 36 hours as I get a feeling orange juice, donuts and or Dr Pepper will be my best friend.:rolleyes1



ANYWHO -
Gotta chance to see the Rose Bowl pre game Hospitality Pavilion last night and was really impressed by it as well as the stadium. I can tell that place is gonna be rockin' very shortly.



Wish I cud have lunch at the Magic Castle but oh well...........





P.S. Yes, 2 very nice people from our tour group did say they saw Jay Leno.:cool2:

and yes, in preparation for today, I just pulled 4 miles on the hotel's fitness rooms tread mill at a 4.5% incline and 1 mile on the Elipitical (hope I spelled it right) at 16 for difficulty level & I tell ya, that machine really works your quads!!:woohoo:
Love to watch tv while I am on those machines.:goodvibes
(burned just a tad bit over 1000 calories fyi) -




Until Next time -
** HAPPY NEW YEAR **** & GO GREEN!!
now if Max Bullough will just behave for State.......


(Sunny skies today & I am thinking seriously about wearing shorts today while checking out the sights as well as the Legally Blonde Wanna-bees.) -:p
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(some of the stars I saw today while out in Hollywood) -





T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers

knewton64
12-31-2013, 07:12 PM
DAY 3:3dglasses
continued -



The Sheraton hotel is OVERsold out today and sold out New Years Day -:upsidedow
and the Michigan State Alum Association is hanging out at our hotel as well.:goodvibes
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There is like a sea of green EVERYWHERE at the Sheraton.
**** GO GREEN!! ****

ANYWHO -
Took a ton of pics & video today
with highlight being seeing all the changes at the El Capitan Theatre and the Ghiradeli Soda Shop.:goodvibes
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for some -
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And oh ya, a lot of people where jealous when they saw pics of what I ordered (the "Treasure Island).:woohoo:
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ANYWHO -
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(some of the stars I saw that day)




and who can't forget -
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Was able to get in all what I mentioned above in the previous posting (BUT NOT THE PIG & WHISTLE FOR SOME FISHERMAN'S PIE since we just ran outta time) , including picking up some apple fritters and beignets at the Farmers Market. And what made everything complete for me was a quick stop over at the Roosevelt Hotel for a Margarita. = YUM!!
and
also i also got an opportunity to pick up some Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey liqueur for the next few days.
(sorry but no Honeymeade).



But speakin' of the old Farmers Market -
Tho do have some fruit I bought there and will bring them along with some breakfast bars & bottled water to the Rose Bowl parade.:goodvibes
& while there, had my very first clam chowder (5 cups) bread bowl.......= DOUBLE YUM!!!!!:thumbsup2:thumbsup2
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Pretty cool day 3 with 4 almost upon me.
Allrightee -
been real ......

Off to hotel hop for a bit b4 I have thoughts of hanging out with VIP TOURS all day New Years day.:yay:
Overall, was a very nice day with a great bunch of people on BUS #18 via YMT Vacations.





CYA N THE EARLY AM.:surfweb:
(alarm set for 4:30am):crazy2:







T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers

knewton64
01-01-2014, 04:06 AM
DAY 4:hyper:
Sunny skies here in Pasadena w/high of 79 degrees




PIC#1
Complete fun & crazy -;)
better than NYC NYE partying...........:3dglasses
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Just broke my vacation wake up call request of '180 minutes' from when I need 2 get up......:rolleyes1



But hey it's a vacation & just remember:


** WHAT HAPPENS WHILE ON VACATION STAYS ON THE INTERNET **:lmao:




Made it ok to the VIP Tours Guest pick up locale (6:15am) at the Sheraton and WOW! VIP really took care of us with plenty of Muffins, assorted juices and such while we slowly made our way on over to the Parade route on Colorado Blvd (the East side of it as we were approx. 40 minutes into the parade) - FYI.
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(The Queen & Her Court)
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Never been to a live parade b4, it was really fun to see all those floats LIVE!!
My mouth just dropped seeing them like this cuz remember, I saw a lot of those the other night in their 'finishing up' phase and to see them now all finished.....TRUELY AMAZING.:thumbsup2




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Now some people in and around me were shall we say, very pretentious and or had attitudes when it came to attempting to tell other parade attendees what to do as I & a few others paid them no mind and just went about my business.:rolleyes1

Example: Like this person....
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She didn't like the kind of shirt I was wearing......;)



**SERIOUSLY **



ANYWHO -
The parade temps were just right and so was the atmosphere - overall luved it. Really made my day but WAIT!!
What's a parade without a few bands??;)
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Soon the parade was over &
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(me enjoying the Parade) -



we left the parade and made it back onto the VIP Tours motor-coach (not bus) in time to boogy on over now to the game &......
There is still more to come -:woohoo:





***** GO GREEN!! ******
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CYA @ THE GAME -
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(seeing the stadium on the dway over just sent chills down my spine cuz woo-hoo!!! - IT'S HAPPENING!! IT'S REAL!!) -







T.T.F.N.popcorn::
& CHEERS

PrincessInOz
01-01-2014, 04:49 AM
Happy New Year!

knewton64
01-01-2014, 10:15 PM
Happy New Year!
DAY 4
continuedpopcorn::



THANK U -:goodvibes
May your 2014 be fun -



ANYWHO
The right team won tonight's Rose Bowl game....
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ya know, the one with the cuter cheerleaders!!;)
THAT GAME ROCKED!!:thumbsup2:thumbsup2




Tho, I will say - at first it was a slugfest:



THE KICKOFF:
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But then trouble began & we fell behind......
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But just then....things began to change -
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and the halftime show was pretty COOLLLLLLL if ya ask me;)
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VIDEO#1




VIDEO#2





From the Stanford quarterback throwing up on the sideline to everyone in Tunnel 21 Row 18 all agreeing that no one really 'got' the concept of the dancing Stanford Christmas tree mascot......:confused3 -
OKOKOKOKOKOKOKOK..... all kiddin' aside here -;)

and the way it ended - TOO COOL!!
Just being part of the game and experiencing it from some pretty cool seats location - its was like you were IN the game!
And feeling the confetti cascade all around you with the fireworks going off = WAY COOL


Even had fun sitting next to some Ohio State Buckeye Fans w/them & I pretending to 'not get along w/each other' as a way to get on TV

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(THANK YOU - YOU WERE KIND) -



Before hand, had a total blast hanging out at the Hospitality Village for their pre-game festivities:
Food & drinks were a plenty there and so was the atmosphere just awash in a sea of green
(I made sure I stayed on 'the green side');)



Yes, there were a ton of people there for the game (approx 95k in attendance) but I chose to view it as a primer for how it is going to be for me when I go to Disneyland & Catalina Island in December.popcorn::


ANYWHO -
about the Hospitality Village -
Pic#1



Pic#2
Even made it on their video filming......considering what T-shirt I wore to the game.:rolleyes1



ANYWHO -
Took lots of video & pics today as this by so far has been the highlight of my adventure so far.:goodvibes





NOW EARLIER IN THE DAY -
AND THE ROSE BOWL PARADE?
LUVED IT!!


SUGGESTION OF THE DAY:
Just be patient and tolerant of others as you will be hearing and seeing opinions that may differ from yours; especially when you see what you see before & after the Parade.
(FYI - it's like seeing Cindy's castle on NYE or Christmas Day @ MK in Orlando) -




** pics & video will be up on my blog in about a week - I promise.



Pic#1



pic#2
(one float broke down & unfortunately had to be towed)






ANYWHO -
:smokin:** GO GREEN!! **::yes::





What's in store for tomorrow?? We are now on our way to Pismo Beach area, Slovang, etc.:)
But right now, I am in the mood for one incredible In & Out Burger:woohoo: as I have had nothing to very little to eat ALL FREAKIN DAY.
(everything is in easy walking distance from the hotel) -




CYA IN THE AM.:goodvibes






T.T.F.N.:wave:
&
GO GREEN

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knewton64
01-02-2014, 06:19 AM
DAY 5 -
Sunny Skies w/a high temp of 72 degrees.:drive:




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Feeling a little 'wobbly' this am (hhhmmmmm......wonder why:lmao:) as today will provide me a great opportunity to recharge me batteries a wee bit while leaving the fine city of Pasadena California and heading now towards Santa Barbara for a brief stop -


** AND LUNCH **:goodvibes


From there, it off to Solvang and then eventually, we will be headin' to the San Luis Obispo area.



So it should be a very pretty and very picturesque day as I have chosen to change tactics a bit on this trip report and use whatcha see so far.....just INSERT the pictures and video in the postings I have up so far.::yes::
That & elongate out my postings as well......

SO, please don't be surprised if ya see a "Work in progress" posting with very little in it.....I will fill it in when I get back.



Overall so far, this has been quite a fun and amazing adventure!!:smokin:
Gotta say out of all the vacations I have taken, this one group vacation ranks up there with my ABD's "Spirit of Adventure" Sept 2009 trip report.....
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2201584&referrerid=208040

.... as there is so much to do and see.....get on yer walkin' shoes cuz yes - you will walk.



Have met a lot of very nice people along the way - lots of stories to tell ya when I get back into DFW -:scratchin;)


Michelle and Justine (YMT Tour Directors) and the whole staff of the Sheraton Gateway hotel have really really made this vacation ** FUN **:goodvibes
(that & I luv the hotel's smoothies drinks at their Starbucks) = YUM!!
Promise to make some the Ali Vincent way when I get back into Dallas -

pic of Justine -
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PEACE OUT
looking forward to doing some shopping while in Solvang.:)
and
checking out their bakery cuz I am on the prowl for some red velvet cupcakes....:woohoo:






T.T.F.N.
&................
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:cool2::*** GO GREEN ****::cool2:

knewton64
01-02-2014, 06:30 AM
** THE ROSE BOWL PARADE (part of YMT VACATIONS)
....and ROSE BOWL GAME (BOOKED AWAY FROM YMT VACATION & ON YOUR OWN) - IMHO - 'a must do while in So Cal.':thumbsup2:thumbsup2

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Loved the atmsophere and the people......yes even 'Ms Grumpy Cat' from posting #152.;)





ANYWHO -



One last blip about the Rose Bowl parade -
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aLLRIGHTEE -
been fun - cya later.:goodvibes








UP NEXT:
Highlights from day 5




and......
of course.........;)



we can't forget.........
one last time......................popcorn::



:yay:*** GO GREEN ***:woohoo:
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T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers

PrincessInOz
01-02-2014, 02:44 PM
Looking forward to catching up on the pics.

knewton64
01-02-2014, 07:32 PM
Looking forward to catching up on the pics.


I hear ya & agree - hey.....just noticed that this hotel's bznes cntr has a mainframe that you CAN load up pics so hmmmmm.....I am thinking I CAN post a few tommorrrow early am just right b4 we head out to Monterrey, CA.:goodvibes





Our overnight stay at the Oceanfront Hotel-
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(the entrance to the hotel)


Very nice but IMO very dated.




T.T.F.N.

knewton64
01-02-2014, 07:33 PM
Day 5:moped:
High Temp while in Santa Barbara of 72 degrees
and sunny skies to boot! - YYEEAA -



Today was quite a visual treat 4 me as we all meandered on over to Bus#18 around 7:30am 'ish' for our trek up the PCH area with our ultimate stopover being Pismo Beach & The Seacrest Oceanfront Hotel.:goodvibes


But beforehand, we first had a stop over at
the city of Santa Barbara, an upscale beach community that is a preferred weekend getaway for Angelinos. popcorn::

Pic#1

Pic#2


Now I will admit at first, I was a little hesitant about this day as I initially thought it would be a 'MEH' day at best but I gotta tell ya, I was very pleasantly surprised by the overall day.:goodvibes
We had a brief tour of the area and stop followed by a 30 minute stop at the Santa Barbara Mission:

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Here was when I really got the concept of this day -
a very picturesque like day as the Mission really brought it all home for me with the statues Faith, Hope & Charity guarding the entrance to the Mission.

** Just like ours in San Antonio, Texas **:goodvibes



Pic#1


Video#1



While in Santa Barbara, we stopped for lunch & it was there I spied one of our hotels - "Hotel Indigo" (IHG Property) with a beautiful Cafe just adjacent to it called "The Blue Tavern."
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The curiousity got the better of me so I decided to fast walk it on over there and check it out.

** NICE PROPERTY AS I HAVE NEVER SEEN IT B4 **:thumbsup2

and the food at the Blue Tavern??

** FAB!! **:thumbsup2:thumbsup2
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Their Tomato Basil soup was just outta dis world!! - luved it -
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Even had fun doing some wine tasting b4 hand.
(Hmmm....I sense for foreshadowing here!! - :lmao: )


Now keep in mind while I was doing all of this, I was also talking to Ms Vasquez (DOS who was up at the front desk area @ the time) about their property w/her & I talking bznes (I also for for IHG) 4 a bit, etc.
But.....
Before I knew it, it was time to head on back to the Motorcoach and onto the city of Solvang.:)



Now....about the city of Solvang (a Danish city) THEIR BAKERIES ROCK!!
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(some of the quant buildings in and around the city)




Now while at Solvang,
I bought while at Ingeborg's: one order of their Famous Danish Chocolate....but not just.......'a few'.......


** I BOUGHT OVER A POUND OF ASSORTED CHOCOLATES!! = YUM!! **
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hmmm.....their toffee bars ROCKED!!
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2) and while at Solvang, I tastes some Ebelskues; which is
(hope I spelled it right)

and......also just 'had' to taste me some wonderful double chocolate malt shake.:cloud9:



Made it on over to our hotel in time for me to check out their area restaurants.



Had a very relaxing rest of my evening there before the Sandman finally caught up with me around 1am.





MORE TO COME -popcorn::






T.T.F.N.:smooth:
&
CHeers

PrincessInOz
01-02-2014, 08:46 PM
No rush. Enjoy your vacay.

knewton64
01-03-2014, 06:38 AM
No rush. Enjoy your vacay.



Hey, actually it's pretty fun going through them as I have only gotten "SOME" of them up on this Trip Report.:lmao:
(I have gone thru 3 gigs so far of film......)



More to be posted as the days progress I promise.:goodvibes
This blog will still look a little rough so please be aware but I do promise to get it cleaned up, edited properly and such when I get back to my 'home country' in about a week -


:rotfl:** REALITY-LAND **:lmao:





ANYWHO -


We are off today to the nice city of Monterey California - hmmmm....I think I have some WINE TASTING in my blood for today!!:thumbsup2
That & I want some seafood.




DETAILS COMING UP -popcorn::




T.T.F.N.:3dglasses
&
Cheers

knewton64
01-03-2014, 11:19 PM
************************************************** **********************************************
OMG!! I seriously cannot believe where YOURS TRUELY will be going tommorow!!:pixiedust:
************************************************** ***********************************************


Can't just say yet but with Ms. Jennifer Beardsall's - (Front Office Mgr @ Casa Munras...the hotel where we are staying at tonight here in Monterey California) - kind and TOTALLY UNEXPECTED assistance..........


She has.........


TOTALLY MADE MY WHOLE YEAR!!:woohoo:






DETAILS COMING UP -popcorn::







T.T.F.N.
&
T.B.C.:idea:

knewton64
01-03-2014, 11:21 PM
DAY 6:car:
High Temps in the upper 60's
here in Monterey California
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(map of just of some of the places we saw while visiting the Castle)


Today was a pretty nice and leisurely day spent strolling up the PCH while taking the scenic route - and along the way, we made a few stops w/the first one being the Hearst Castle 'compound' (imo).

And along the way, it was soooooo nice to slowly wake up while finishing nibbling on the just a tab bit over a pound of assorted chocolates with partaking in some much needed OJ and muffins......and dare I say OJOJOJOJOJOJOJOJOJOJOJ? :lmao:


Took me a bit but YYESSSS, I did wake up. I tell ya, without me being fully awake, I seem to act just a weeeee bit Goffier than Goofy; just a little FYI.;)


Anywho -
About Hearst Castle -
It is sitting high on a hill overlooking San Simeon, this private castle was once the home of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Very nice estate as I really felt emotionally overpowered by the overall granduer of the place:

and to think, I feel that the places we saw only barely scratches the surfaace as to what all he had built. Overall, IMHO - "A MUST DO.":thumbsup2:


The Tour Guide ROCKED!! and so did the Visitor's Center - very well organized.

We saw 4 rooms from the "Grand Room" tour. Afterwards, (on own your own time), we toured the lavish pools,
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The pool (the indoor one)
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and -
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(the architechure of the place is just jaw-dropping) -


... gardens, etc. There is an indoor Roman pool, a theater (The theatres faces on the Romanesque figures inside have no relavancy to Hearst's past unlike 'that DISney theatre in NYC' whose 1 individual face on of the areas DOES in relation back to Hearst; FYI) and while there, we even saw the remnants of his private zoo.


LUVED THE 'REC ROOM"
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FYI & FROM THE DIGCHA KNOW FILE:
That it costs approx. $30,000 a day to fully and properly maintain Hearst Castle - OUCH!!




ANYWHO -
and the "Great Hall" - took my breath away!
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Now of course, what's a tour without checking out the food that's being offered there - so ya know me....I just had to 'check out' the fudge they have for sale there = YUM!!
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So with a belly full of food & drink,
we all slowly made our way back to the motorcoach & headed on back up the coast -
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- chilled out for a bit while checking out the Sea Lions -
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(FYI - there is a coin operated telescope at the motorcoach stop u can use to see them upclose if ya want)



and the "Lone Cypress Tree"
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(saw this while visiting "17-Mile Drive" in the Pebble Beach area...pretty nice and relaxing drive IMHO)




On the way to San Fran, Justine (our Tour Director), read to us some info about the Golden days of San Fran that just left all of us in stitches -
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** JUST DOUBLE CLICK OVER THE ABOVE VIDEO & IT WILL PLAY 4 U **


** Thank you Justine....you really helped to bridge this vacation into one incredible adventure **:thumbsup2:thumbsup2





Very interesting to see them (the Sea lions) frolic in the waters like that tho I do add if that's their mating call......WHOAH!!



ANYHWO -

Then headed onto a pretty sleepy but cool looking town of Monterey around 4:45pm. Love the look and feel of the place and really felt right at home with her as we headed out to a nice Seafood restaurant;
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Very accomidaing place when it comes to ordering any food & drink from their menu -
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LUV SO CAL'S CLAM CHOWDER!! YYUUMM!!
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(I remember from past DISboards readings to eat the soup FIRST - lol )



Afterwards, I was in the process of heading back to my room when I spied some fellow travelers I had meet a few days earlier, so off I went to check out a nice Milkshake....
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(that's a Cookies & Creme milkshake = YUM!!)


....at a local restaurant - (I will say it...it was a Denny's but HEY!!!! DONT LET THAT NAME FOOL YA!! WONDERFUL FOOD IMHO)- :goodvibes
but wait! There's more -popcorn::
.........the waitress was nice and yes....COMPED me a nice big ol bowl of chicken noodle soup!!
**THANKUTHANKUTHANKU **





Headed on back to the hotel right about now & well, this here kid needs his 'beauty sleep' cuz I got me a big day a head of me






CUZ............ GUESS WHAT?????popcorn::



T.T.F.N.:yay:
&
CHEERS

knewton64
01-03-2014, 11:38 PM
DAY 6
Continued




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and -

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(one of the very last pictures taken of Walt shown in the very next to last section of the Museum) -





OMG!!!! I FEEL LIKE I AM WALKING ON CLOUDS!!:thumbsup2:thumbsup2
(I have never been to the WD Family Museum)


** WILL TAKE PICS WHERE I CAN AS I HAVE HEARD NOW U CAN DO THIS **



Jennifer helped put this together and I really really owe her a HUGE THANK U!!:goodvibes
Her hotel property IMO has spunk and personality that combined together w/ their Sano Spa facility really makes for one heck of an incredible / relaxing and very enjoyable hotel stay. ** Def a hotel worthwhile checking out ** :goodvibes



Overall, today was a very very well put together day & was fun to experience.:goodvibes

and speakin' of having fun -
had fun today nibblin' on an Angus cheeseburger (while visiting the Hearst Castle), Clam chowder bread bowl w/shredded cheddar cheese and chives (Montererey) , chicken noodle soup (also at Montererey) oh ......and a milkshake. = YUM!!:p



Gotta boogy 4 now. Need my sleep -
Nice hotel - the Casa Munras -:goodvibes





P.S.
and I also need to see what was left for me back at the hotel room. I seem to be having 'Elves' taking care of me all throughout this adventure. ** YOU KNOW WHO U ARE ** and well......a huge thank you for doing what u do as you have made all my dreams come true.:thanks:

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(view from my room last night - ** JUST DBLE CLICK W/YOUR MOUSE OVER THE VIDEO & IT WILL PLAY 4 U **



AND -
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(sunset along PCH on the way to Monterey CA) -





T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
CHEERS

PrincessInOz
01-04-2014, 01:55 AM
Isn't the WDFM great? I shed a few tears in that last room.

knewton64
01-04-2014, 06:55 AM
Isn't the WDFM great? I shed a few tears in that last room.



I am glad that I was not the only one crying when we all got to that room.:(


More on that in a moment -




ANYWHO -
Yes, boys and girls........
It's that time.......................:hyper:



YOURS TRUELY will be experiencing the Walt Disney Family Musuem (at the Presidio) for the very first time today.:banana:
(yes, it's ok to take pics there just NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY) -
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and -
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ANYWHO -


Lots to do and see -



So about today.....
Like I always say, expect the unexpected when I go on a vacation -;)








T.T.F.N.:yay:
&
Cheers Ya'll

knewton64
01-04-2014, 09:49 PM
DAY 7:moped:
Sunny Skies w/high temps of 67 degrees






Ok......today was rather a funky (that's the word for today;)) day BUT A GOOD DAY as I had 'DISney on the brain' all day today and it showed.:goodvibes



Was be-bopping to DISney music on my I-pod on our way from Monterey to San Fran on the tour motorcoach.







and ......well.....OOPS!!!! I forgot to NOT have my I-pod up loud and Justine had to tell me to turn DOWN my music!!:ssst:

SORRY ABOUT THAT -



ANYWHO -

we finally arrived into San Fran around a little bit past one pm near Pier 39 area for lunch w/me gently saying my goodbyes to the group and heading off onto my adventure of finding the Holiday Inn Wharf.:goodvibes
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(interior shot of my room at the Holiday Inn Fishermans Wharf)



Now getting acclinmated to the city via walking for the very first time can be challenging but I found the hotel in nothing flat - dropped off my carry on luggage and was off to the Presidio..........
and yes......I wanted to experience fast walking through Lombard street on my way to the WDFM...........
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and fast walking I did.:upsidedow






The adventure continues popcorn::
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** DOUBLE CLICK W/YOUR COMPUTER MOUSE OVER THE ABOVE VIDEO & IT WILL PLAY 4 U **




The above video was just one of the many things I saw while visiting the WDFM -:thumbsup2:thumbsup2






Having a total blast experiencing all what I am seeing - wish I had more time in the the day to see more things -
and the weather?? Cudnt be any more perfect -






T.T.F.N.:goodvibes
&
Cheers Y'all

knewton64
01-05-2014, 06:58 AM
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(IMHO, the best part of seeing the museum....) -



Oh yes - the walking bit on down to the Presidio.popcorn::
(I also had fun seeing Telegraph Hilll at night while walkign back to the Holiday Inn Wharf area) - telegraph Hilll?? Very nice and pretty dang picturesque at night.:thumbsup2:thumbsup2
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ANYWHO -
The walk was very nice BUT rather physically intensive - (please make sure you are wearing very strong and sturdy shoes that will withstand the up and down walking you WILL be doing while on the streets of San Fran) -


GOOFY TIP OF THE DAY-:idea:

What really helped me get through the Lombard street area was to 'get a DISney song' in your head mentally and just play it over & over in your head while you are walking and before u know it, you get your mind off of fast walking literally at an 45 degree angle -:3dglasses



ANYWHO -
But soon - I was there!!:cloud9:
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(the entrance to the museum) -




Once inside, it was like walking into a dream -
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(ok - I confess - seeing this really made me tear up)



ANYWHO -
Had fun talking for a little, the admissions people and soon, I was off to see Walt and Friends wonderful world.
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(pic of the Golden Gate bridge just while you are looking at the "True Life Adventures" section of the musuem)





T.T.F.N.:smooth:
&
Cheers Y'all

knewton64
01-05-2014, 07:40 AM
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My overall impression of the place was that of being appreciative of what Diane Disney did in creating this place in loving memory of her Father as NO I do not view it (after seeing it now) as a 'shrine' to her Father as some have noted in their opinions.


What struck me the most was the vast amount of awards, plaques and such that he was awarded throughout the years; as duely noted in the movie, "Saving Mr Banks."
I thought via the movie that he was coming across as a braggart but no - those awards are real and YES he has a lot of them being showcased in the museum that bears his name.:goodvibes


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Pic#2


Video #1




The WDFM building & its presentation of Walt's life is well designed and well put together. IMHO, another 'Must Do' while u are visiting San francisco.:thumbsup2:thumbsup2
I was really amazed as just how intensive and descriptive everything was and to think, to hear it from WALT himself and or from any of 'the 9 old Men'---- I mean WOW!!! ** TOO COOL **:woohoo:


and I mean, he really went into every detail for example on how the multi-plane camera works to his opinion of Snow White came to be to even how Mary Poppins was developed as well.





And yes & OMG!! The detail on the storyboarding!! WOW!!!
Words can't even begin to describe how I felt seeing the intensly detailed storyboards wherever I went while touring the WDFM.:goodvibes
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pic#2



But seeing her (less 2 cars that are housed on over at a WDW hotel) just really made the trek on over here all worth while:
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ANYWHO -

soon I was off the see the 2nd half of the place (approx quad#4 on )
while striking up a beautiful conversation with one of the WDFM volunteers who really made the place come alive with his presentation; esp in quad #9 (the 2nd to last place u see before the very last one that talks about his passing).





T.T.F.N.popcorn::
&
Cheers Y'all

knewton64
01-05-2014, 09:02 AM
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I am off now to change out my laundry out of the washer machine and now into the dryer........



Back in a bit.::yes::





:goodvibes**from the didga know file & from just right before u r taken to the "True Life Adventures" videos & the view of the GG Bridge*** :goodvibes
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I didn't know that Walt's fascination with little things is what lead to the creation of DL as this is just a small blip about what little things he collected from all around the world)




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(pic taken from inside of Walt's signed copy of Mary Poppins book) -




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(overhead view of their family home; including Walt's barn & rr track)


and -
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Sooooo many fond memories - having so much fun here in San Francisco - really liked seeing the Walt Disney family museum - IMHO ....a must do while visiting this area.







T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers Y'all

knewton64
01-05-2014, 10:52 AM
DAY 8popcorn::
Sunny Skies w/high temp in San Fran 0f 64 degrees





Today came rather quick for me as I was up and about & out the door around 5am to update my Tr, get ready for the day and then wham! - we were all off to see Alcatraz around 9am.:goodvibes


Pretty cool place but tho I do add very forboding and intimitading.:crowded:
I mean, within the first 5 minutes of me stepping onto that island, I felt totally creeped out and alone.:scared:
Not a place I would want to spent my time there but all was in good fun as I knew I was just 'passing through as a visitor' while seeing this jail in the game of Monopoly called life.:goodvibes
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(overhead shot of the place)




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and -
I could sense that when the prisioners were first brought here to the island, the process of processing them was meant to bust them down from a human being and into a number -
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(this is DEF one place I don't wanna live in)




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(cell where that breakout took place)




video#1


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(me looking a wee bit tired but having a blast)




Now
afterwards, we all enjoyed our ferry boat ride back onto "freedom";) land and onto a much needed lunch out a pier #39 -




But........I bid our group a fond audieu and was off to see Chinatown (not booked through YMT Vacations) and into a complete disaster of what was supposed to be a wonderful vacation adventure.:scared:


DETAILS COMING UP -







T.T.F.N.:wave2:

knewton64
01-06-2014, 06:29 AM
Ok.....here is where it gets weird.popcorn::


So I make my way via walking on over to the China Gate (Chinatown - corner of Bush & Grant) & waited and waited and waited..........:confused:
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(entrance to Chinatown) - pretty nice place IMO


While on the way, I encountered -

1) On the way to Bush & Grant, I walked by someone who was just dropping
off someone at an intersection and a Pedestrian felt that was wrong and was just verbally "reading that driver of the car the riot act".....

I am thinking that the Pedestian thought that it was wrong to do this....


Too funny to watch as the woman he dropped off & I both agreed that the Pedestrian was acting rather Goofy......:lmao:



2) That & awhile earlier as I was passing AT&T park, I smelled the sweet buttery smell of.......

some 'wacky weed."........"mary-jane".......etc::yes::


Ah.....only in San Fran.;)





Now, after a bit when I was waiting at corner of Buch & Grant,
I was approached by a SFFOODS.COM vendor rep who apoligzed to me but said in essence that I was the only one to sign up for this tour and that it was canceled due to low occupancy.:sad2:


Ok......I will admit that I understood but I will also admit that I wasn't happy at all over this. I have been tolerant of 'all things' while on this adventure since yes - YOU WILL RUN INTO A LOT OF 'EVERYTHING' AND YOU HAVE TO BE TOLERANT AND PATIENT - but this issue was wearing me down and I just "Wasn't feeling it.':headache:


He sensed this and gave me a verbal to go on WALKING to Northpoint and have a pizza and wine on them at IMHO a quant place called -

Cinecitta Ristorante & Bar:thumbsup2:thumbsup2 - located at North Beach/Telegraph Hill :
(approx 4 miles is what I walked tonight 'live' and not really knowing where I was going....RRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!):upsidedow




There was a very nice young lady behind the counter from Rome who really helped me with directions back to Holiday Inn (being new to any city and walking everywhere and literally doing the directions LIVE can be very duanting and yes.....I was feeling run down and upset by now) but she helped me get back the energy I was craving for to get back that smile -
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THANK YOU - YOU WERE KIND.:thumbsup2:thumbsup2



So yeeessssss, the Italian wine did go a long way while there in calming down my extreme disappointment in having this tour canceled but hey.....just wait until I get back home to the Holiday INN!!:crazy2:

**FYI - their pizza is just FAB!! ** YYUUMM!!!!!!:thumbsup2:thumbsup2 **




:scared:** THE DISTASTER CONTINUES **:crazy2:







T.T.F.N.

knewton64
01-06-2014, 06:52 AM
With feelings of being on the Titanic & its 2am on April 12th, I opened the door to my room (#1316) at the Holiday Inn and there on the ground in my room was a note from someone (NO I AM NOT BLAMING HER) stating that our luggage pickup will be at a certain time tommorow but then........


I see that shuttle will be at 9am? (the specific time is written down on that card and yes I know what it is but for sake of this TR, its the time conflict that I am stressing here!!:headache:)......


since.......
for a THIRD TIME now what I am being told by the YMTVACATIONS.COM call center COMPLETLY conflicts with what the tour is doing!!:headache::headache::headache:


and the end result is that it winds up with me looking rather stupid in the eyes of the tour Director of bus #18!!:sick:


Yes, I agree - I too am getting just:sick: over this as well!!:headache::headache:



WHY U ASK????:confused: & :mad:


Because I was assured by YMT's call center reps that IS WAS OK TO HAVE A 10AM SPA TREATMENT AT -

Royal Thai Spa: Thai massage in San Francisco:love:



AND THAT FURTHERMORE, they also told me to be back at the hotel approx by 1:30pm for an approx 2pm departure back to the airport!!:woohoo:



BUT.........
what about 'that index card' that was slipped under my door last night??:headache:




OH.....I can tell today is going to be very nasty:mad: as I have made my concerns KNOWN back to YMT's 1-800 phone number overnight .........
and today is supposed to be a FUN DAY with me seeing Muirr Woods & Sausalito!!:cloud9:


*** ALL DAY ****


Ah but just when you thought all of this stupidity would end.....it gets even more FUN!!:confused::furious:



Now, I just checked my emails & see that Royal Thai just emailed me wanting to know that I am confirming my appointment with them!!:headache:
(I was under the impression that it was already confirmed)



ANYWHO -
I tell ya what YMT Vacations, I am sooooo DANG (No this is a DISney website & I will not use 'fowl' language) disgusted with you:furious:

that I feel that I have no choice now but to cancel this much anticipated spa retreat and unfortunately now await to see what these "Children of Grace" have to say in attempting now to back pedal behaviorally /verbally while trying in their efforts in "SERVICE RECOVERY.":furious:


I sense that the blame is at the feet of YMT's Call Center and I would appreciate it that my appointment with Royal stands as is as well as an apoligy from YMT (whether they feel they erred or not) -

But again, I feel at this point, I have to cancel now my appointment with Royal - which is really bringing out great feelings of hurt and disappointment from me as I am trying my best to put forth a smile today and proceed onto Muirr Woods -:hug:



(a COPY OF THIS HAS NOW BEEN EMAILED ON OVER TO ROYAL THAI EXPLAINING MY SIDE OF THE STORY as well as YMT facebook page)



* YMT VACATIONS - YOU SCREWED UP - MAKE IT RIGHT - FIX THIS PLEASE *




Ok.....so where will all this take me???


Seriosuly, I don't know -


All I do know is I need one H of a :hug: from all of you.......
a lot of popcorn:: & pixiedust:


as I am sincerely not happy.:mad:




T.T.F.N.
&
T.B.C.

knewton64
01-06-2014, 07:50 AM
From an group email I just sent
(I also facebooked YMT as well)






emailroyalthaispa@yahoo.com, GUESTSERVICE@YMTVACATIONS.COM

From: kris newton (knewton64@live.com)
Sent: Mon 1/06/14 7:47 AM
To: Samantha Young (samantha.young@ymtvacations.com); royalthaispa@yahoo.com (royalthaispa@yahoo.com); GUESTSERVICE@YMTVACATIONS.COM (guestservice@ymtvacations.com)

Samantha AT ymt vACATIONS & royal thai spa / & ALL-


** ROYAL THAI SPA ***


PLEASE CANCEL MY APPOINTMENT LISTED BELOW AS WE NOW AWAIT TO SEE WHAT YMT VACATIONS WILL DO IN REGARDS TO THEM SCREWING UP WHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A VERY BLISSFUL TIME FOR ME VISITING YOUR BUSINESS FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. I AM NOT HAPPY AT ALL OVER THIS AND HOPE THIS SAD SITUATION WILL GET RESOLVED TO MY SATISIFACTION AS i WILL BE OUT ALL DAY ON A YMT VACATION TOUR AT SAUSALITO AND MUIRR WOODS AS I HOPE THERE WILL BE A NOTE UNDER MY HOTEL DOOR THIS EVENING WHEN I GET BACK STATING NO WORRIES AND THAT TO PLEASE PROCEED ONTO ROYAL THAI AND STILL ENJOY YOUR SPA THATS LISTED BELOW BUT AGAIN AT THIS TIME ROYAL THAI, I FEEL PUSHED VERY HARD BY YMT INTO HAVING TO CANCEL THIS - OBVIOSULY NOW AWAITING ON WHAT YMT IS NOW GOING TO SAY KINDLY BACK TO ME AS I FEEL THEIR CALL CENTER SCREWED UP.


KRIS



I am not having a nice time at all via my vacation through your company ymt & I need this issue resolved. I am asking that I still be allowed per your Call Center to go through with my 10am appointment with royal Thia -




Dear Kris Newton,
Thank you for reserving:
Date
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
10:15 AM

Service
10:15 am, Thai Foot Reflexology 30 min

Service
10:45 am, Traditional Thai Massage 90 min



Please confirm your reservation
Confirm Appointment


Royal Thai Spa




why you ask??

this is written from my travel blog - I need a kind rely please as I am feeling forced by your comany to cancel this appointment....sit out at the freakin aiport on departure day for 8 hours???? what gives?????

so I would heavily appreciate it for you to please GET ON THE PHONE WITH ROYAL THIA, APOLIGZE TO THEM AND THEN REBOOK THIS FOR ME ON MY BEHALF AND IF YOUR COMPNAY TRUELY GAVE A FLIP ABOUT ITS VALUED GUESTS, OFFER ME AN APOLIGY, ETC.



I AM NOT HAPPY - FIX THIS PLEASE!!



KRIS


** WHeN LIFE GIVE YOU LEMONS.... **

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

With feelings of being on the Titanic & its 2am on April 12th, I opened the door to my room (#1316) at the Holiday Inn and there on the ground in my room was a note from someone (NO I AM NOT BLAMING HER) stating that our luggage pickup will be at a certain time tommorow but then........etc...





WISH ME LUCK EVERYONE - PLEASE -:worried:



P.S. what's going to be interesting about the last 3 postings of so is to see which individual involved in this farce is going to dare attempt to defend their position and or company when in fact, a simple "we apoligize and will make this right' is sufficient as we should & ought to then ALL MOVE FORWARD.




ANYWHO -
Now.....onto Muirr Woods!
:thumbsup2 & :goodvibes
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(and I mean those tress are H-U-G-E!!) = WOWZERS!! :thumbsup2:thumbsup2




T.T.F.N.

knewton64
01-06-2014, 07:22 PM
DAY 9:goodvibes
Sunny SKies w/high temp of 61 degrees -





....and by the way, there IS a restaurant in the Grapevine, Texas area called "Love and War' - great place for chicken fried steak. YYUUMM!!:goodvibes



ANYWHO -


Everythng from earlier above postings got worked out and YYEESS!!:cloud9:
** I AM ONE HAPPY CAMPER **as we all moved forward and onto the day's activities at hand.
Me?
I am in the Hotel hospitality industry and I work hard but also play hard and to have a spa retreat on departure days during my adventures just really sends me off into a nice frame of mind while heading back into my home country -


;)** REALITY LAND **:rotfl:



and it sure was a very relaxing and enjoyable time spent by me out at Muirr Woods -
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** JUST DOUBLE CLICK OVER THE ABOVE VIDEO & IT WILL PLAY 4 U **






GOOFY TIP OF THE DAY -
While at Muirr Woods, take the green trail and you will have hardly anyone on the trail.:cool1:
I did that & I tell ya, it was soooooo peacefull seeing those Coastal Redwoods.:goodvibes

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Pic of me at Muir Woods:
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and while at Susalito - was fun having a milkshake at an area restaurant, etc


but b 4 hand, we stopped off at a Thia restaurant for some excellent Thia food - YUM!!
(just me & )






Soon, we were back on to Pier 39 and had a total balst watching the Sea Lions
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** JUST DOUBLE CLICK W/YOU MOUSE OVER THE ABOVE VIDEO & IT WILL PLAY 4 U **




Aftrerwards, we made a quick stop over at the harbor House for a small nightcap before our farewell dinner -
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(spiced apple cider with Caribbean rum = YUM!! )




But before hand, we made a stop on over at Pier 39 area and grabbed a pretty nice looking .......
chocolate crepe -
(never have one before... = YUM!!)
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and hey , can't forget about our Farewell dinner!!






UP NEXT -
Saying our goodbyes on what has turned out to be one incredible adventure -



***THANK YOU YMT VACATIONS **:thumbsup2:thumbsup2





T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers Y'all

knewton64
01-06-2014, 07:37 PM
Or as I call it -
Day 10 -:crazy2:
Sunny skies again w/high of 60 degrees
(hey it beats the high today in DFW!! - LOL)




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yes, today is the day that I have to go back to my home country (REALITY-LAND;)) , but what better way to send me off than a spa retreat -
(and to get out of my system the 1 1/4 bottles of wine I drank last night at the farewell dinner AND the 1/2 bottle of wine I drank back at the hotel) -:drinking:



Since my flight dooesn't leave until 6:30pm today, I thought it would be fun to stay up the night before and nibble on 7.....yes I said 7 pieces of cookies from Ms. Fields cookies I bought the night b4 after the farewell dinner while out and about at Pier 39.
(2 of which are fudge = YUM!!)


that & a full bottle of wine I have in my fridge from these past few days....:woohoo:

But about last nights dinner-
which I say it was pretty cool since I chose to have the steak. = YUM!!:goodvibes



ANYWHO -
Last night was
was such a treat for me cuz as you know, come january 10th, I am back to my normal intake of food and drink -:thumbsup2:thumbsup2


That & yes, I WILL be picking up my bicycle in about a week.:woohoo:



FYI - to those of you who are kind enuf to follow me on my next adventure (which also includes losing approx "x" amount of weight I gained while on this adventure, follow me on my next blog, "My Adventures n England & Scotland" you see listed in my below listed signature.

As yes, you will see me weigh in in about another week.


ANYWHO -
So......my plans for today are to have a nice but light (to be nice to the spa therapist) breaskfast followed by a light walking towards Royal Thai location (was told by Holiday Inn reps that its located inside the Mariott Hotel close by our hotel).:cloud9:






T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers Y'all

knewton64
01-07-2014, 07:44 AM
Day 10:wave2:
Continued



Looking forward to my flight back home into DFW as I will be watching a History Channell dvd about the Golden Gate bridge followed by a DISneyland Christmas parade dvd, etc as a way to look back a little on what has turned out to be one very nice and fun filled adventure via YMT Vacations....
(my new portable dvd player got shiped ok from Amazon.com to Holiday Inn Wharf w/no issues)



......while at the same time looking forward onto my next adventure - (after London /Scotland in August) -

:goodvibes** DISNEYLAND & CATALINA ISLAND **:goodvibes




ANYWHO -

The day started with a vengance as the alarm going off waaayyyy to early!! Hmmmm..mental note - I didn't wanna go home - I was having too much fun!!:goodvibes


But.....all good things must come to a close which allows new adventures to spring open - so off I boogied on downstairs to get me some much needed "Lumberjack special" down at our hotels' Denny's Restaurant.


After the pancakes hit the spot and woke me up, it was time to head slowly off to www.sfroyalthaispa.com and into the arms of an Angel - Ms. Nadia.:littleangel:
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(the room where they work their magic on ya) - :goodvibes


She is very tiny in stature but I tell ya, she had me in every which Lotus position imaginable!!

She kept on asking me, "You Stretch-ee??"
to which I replied, "MORE STRETCH-EE PLEASE.":thumbsup2


Too funny but WOW!! She even WALKED on my back!! - I have never in my life have been stretched and pulled in every which different direction......
She has very strong hands and will work you over in nothing flat - request her if ya get the opportunity.


Her technique?? EXCELLENT!!
AND IT FELT NICE - LOVED IT!!:thumbsup2:thumbsup2
** IMHO, A MUST DO WHILE VISITING SAN FRAN **



Gonna go back for more cuz I am thinking there will be a next time here in San Fran w/a stop over in Napa/ Sonoma. Still looking at what I had said earlier about this but tho I am looking at other areas - like a Woodsy / outdoorsy kind of an adventure. - So keep yer eyes peeled on my below listed signature as you will see another Blog / trip report pop up there in about another 180 days or so.:goodvibes



ANYWHO -



Soon, Nadia told me "That's it, you want tea or water?" I opted for water and relaxed even more in the waiting room a bit. I felt like warm rubber but I knew I needed to meander on over to Ghiradelli Square
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for a bit and grab me a "Sea-Cliff."
yyuumm!!!
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and why not? Lets' have a brownie to go!!;)




And off I went
again back on over to Pier 39 for a bit before ........
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DUM-DE-DUM DUM!!!


DUM-DE-DUM-DUm DAAAAAAA!!!!!:scared1:



It's now time for me to head to SFO and back into "Reality-land.":eek:






UP NEXT:



One Last look at my incredible adventure & what's up next for Yours Truely -:scratchin







T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers Y'all

knewton64
01-07-2014, 03:38 PM
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Well, this Trip report has been a labor of love as I have just recently put approx 50 pics & videos up on her (just within pages 10,11 & 12) as I am almost done with her and ready to move on to the next chapter in my adventures -
LONDON & SCOTLAND.popcorn::


This Trip has been a total blast - inneracted w/ a lot of fun people (including Roberta & Fran, etc:goodvibes) -



Now time for the "Good, Bad & Ugly" report about this adventure.







DETAILS COMING UP -popcorn::









UP NEXT:
FINAL THOUGHTS & OTHER ASSORTED SILLINESS &....
....DID I EVER FIND MY CHICKEN-WAFFLE??popcorn::






T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers Y'all

knewton64
01-12-2014, 07:43 PM
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(pic of Golden Gate Bridge by night):goodvibes



Well........Ladybug & I stepped on the weight scale this evening & ..........
I am thinking this would be a nice way to kick off the following in reghards to "the Good, bad & Ugly" about this adventure.





**** THE GOOD ****

1) Ladybug needs to GAIN 3 lbs!! :goodvibes
SERIOUSLY....she is now at 23.4 lbs (from 34.6) & I feel that she should be at approx. 25 to 26 lb range so I am out to change that
and of course, she just luvs this!!;)


2) The Rose Bowl parade, Rose Bowl game, RR Library, Rose Bowl float barn, NYE celebrations in Pasadena, Monterrey & of course EVERYTHING THERE IS TO SEE AND DO IN SAN FRANCISCO.:thumbsup2:thumbsup2
and of course - 17 mile road = luved it.


What I liked best about this adventure was the food and the atmosphere of the approaching new year via the game & the parade.:goodvibes





Now...... for
THE BAD


1) How shall I say this kindly - the 2nd hotel that we stayed at. IMO, there was approx. 1/3 of the total number of the people from bus #18 - (we had 29 total motorcoaches used on this vacation w/1,400 people in attendance) - who made various negative remarks about that hotel ('The Seacrest Oceanfront Hotel" located in Pismo beach) due to for example -

a) the surrounding area is extremely and poorly lit up at night & IMHO, is one incredible safety hazard anytime after dusk.

b) after getting lost trying to find a restaurant nearby for some clams, the front hotel desk's customer service is shall we say, very poor in the least.:headache:


c) The interior of the hotel rooms look like someone was really trying recently to renovate and redecorate the place and well......you see a mis-mash of things in the rooms that are trying to cover up a very dated 1980's looking hotel room (last time IMHO it was renovated) with 1990s dated things with this hotel being approx. 60 yrs old.


and

2) Really didn't like literally living out of an suitcase the last 3-4 days of this adventure as from Pasadena to San Fran just felt rushed to me; thus leaving me feeling (and others) exhausted and wishing for more time to see things (Like Hearst Castle, etc). Don't misunderstand, fun was had by all - just felt rushed 1/3 of the way through.



3) DON'T DEVIATE WHILE ON THIS ADVENTURE!!
EX - While in Sausalito, a few Guests didn't wanna wait for the 3:45pm ferry back to the pier and just left within 20 minutes from landing there.....not realizing that they wud have to pay themselves to get off the ferry once they get back to dry land.:upsidedow

Well -
this threw Justine off as she had to deal with this, etc......so lessons learned.....please please please.....keep you deviations down to a minimum and if you do, please make it very clear to your tour Director what u r doing should you decide to deviate away from the group.:goodvibes



4) I GAINED 11 POUNDS!! :rolleyes1
Hmmm.....I picked up my bicycle yesterday.........will post pics of her on my London / Scotland trip report in a few days........


So.....
** LEAN CUSINE HERE WE COME!! **:cool2:


So, I have set the bar at 15 pound weight loss........:goodvibes
Ladybug is gonna get ticked when she sees me headin' out the door with my bicycle and she's not goin' (i know I know....but her sense of respectin' cars is something less than desirable hence I need to leave her at home).:goodvibes




ANYWHO -
No "UGLY" to report as I feel overall and all the way around, that this vacation did indeed turn into an adventure (even when I got lost trying to find Northpoint from Chinatown):goodvibes
as yes......YMT Vacations ROCKS!!:thumbsup2:thumbsup2


Very glad I went on this - hope this trip report helps to anyone of you who wanna go on this vacation and or wants to lose weight.:goodvibes



I am now off to venture on over to my London /Scotland trip report.




CYA on over there as I tell more there where I will be December 2015 in regards to my vacation adventures.:goodvibes








T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers Y'all

PrincessInOz
01-12-2014, 09:28 PM
I'll come back and read it all when you've finished but just on the rough outlines you're posting, it seems like you had an incredible trip.

I'm envious. They didn't allow photography in the WDFM when I was there. I guess I'll have to make a trip back.

knewton64
01-21-2014, 10:31 PM
I'll come back and read it all when you've finished but just on the rough outlines you're posting, it seems like you had an incredible trip.

I'm envious. They didn't allow photography in the WDFM when I was there. I guess I'll have to make a trip back.




I FINALLY got an opportunity to taste those chicken waffles........back at an IHOP here in Dallas, Texas.:hyper:

Hmm........not the same if I would coulda shoulda had one in San Francisco.....but just ran oughta time.:)



Gonna have to be a next time - gonna have to make a return trip to the Golden Gate area sometime.popcorn::



Allrightee - all done with this blog -


A quick blip worthwhile seeing again one last time -:goodvibes
(video shot while attending the float barn viewing - dinner Dec; 2013)
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** DOUBLE RIGHT CLICK W/YOUR COMPUTER MOUSE OVER THE ABOVE VIDEO & IT WILL PLAY FOR YOU **




To those of you who wanna have fun seeing the continuing journeys of yours truly........

....feel free to follow along on my 'adventures n England & Scotland' blog/ trip report ya see listed below at the end of each of my blog's postings &......




T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
Cheers Y'all

knewton64
03-05-2014, 10:42 PM
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Thank you again YMT Vacations.com !!:goodvibes
This was a really fun adventure.







T.T.F.N.:wave2:
&
CHeers