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Old 01-23-2013, 04:24 AM   #106
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Oops! I meant the BART. I know you used to live up there so you'll be familiar with this. We parked in West Dublin/Pleasanton station and we ended up as far as Walnut Creek! It took us forever to get back!



I've been to Walnut Creek! That's really funny! (Sorry.....it was too funny for me to sit here and laugh quietly!!)
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Pfftt haha when you put both of those situations in the same sentence, we look like an utter mess!
That will be funny to tell Calvin all about!


























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My precious effort was just ok. This time I did a combination of a Bobby Flay seasoning (slits in the meat and stuff the garlic right in) with salt and pepper but then went for the cook on high for a short amount of time and let rest in the unopened oven for 2 hours versus the lower heat for a longer time that his called for, and then used his Au jus recipe. So good! And easy

Your studded garlic made me paranoid I hadn't saved my notes. So nice when you find something that works!
I've tried the stuffing the garlic in the meat and I found that the garlic flavor was not distributed evenly. I like to cook mine for 1/2 an hour at 350-400, let it cool completely and then cook it at 200 for another hour or so. Gets it nice and red throughout and not raw in the middle.

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I can understand this. Graham is pretty much of the school "Let me know when and where I need to be." I picked out excursion that I thought we both would enjoy for our back to back cruise and emailed the descriptions to him. I seem to have hit the jackpot as he wants to do all of them. Still, it would be nice if we could do this together. Having said that, for our Hawaii cruise, it was him who suggested one of the excursions and that one was amazing.

As to your excursion in Cozumel, up to yesterday morning, I was not even aware that there are Mayan ruins in Cozumel. Then you posted that you had booked this excursion and then somebody whose trip report I am following did this excursion on her cruise and was writing about this.

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I've been to Walnut Creek! That's really funny! (Sorry.....it was too funny for me to sit here and laugh quietly!!)
I've been there too....more than I would care to remember.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:36 PM   #108
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The Jameson reserve is amazing, it is so smooth, and slightly smoky. Yummy, I could for some right now, but I am a bit from home...
Mmm, that does sound amazing

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I've been to Walnut Creek! That's really funny! (Sorry.....it was too funny for me to sit here and laugh quietly!!)
At the time it wasn't funny, but now it's something i'll always remember and can laugh about now!

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That will be funny to tell Calvin all about!
























Yes maybe when he's old enough...like 30
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So here's a mini update. We weren't planning on doing this until we were at WalMart Sunday and found all kinds of stuff. Normally we don't shop there very often, but Fran had some pants to return that she had bought online.

I really like the frozen food section of this particular one as they have lots of quick meals for family style serving for when I am too busy or tired to cook. To save time we had decided that since we were here and they have a produce section, I would just bring my grocery list along and we would get everything while we were there.

This caused us to walk down nearly every aisle of the grocery section. Now Fran was hit hard by the Hostess fiasco. Not twinkies, but she loved those little Donettes. Often times when popping in the store she would ask me to grab a pack for an afternoon snack, and we would often split them. Our local grocery store has no replacement product. Well at WalMart they had "Little Debbie" donettes. Plus they had glazed (my favorite!) So we started stocking up. Then I saw the Honey Buns, she found cookies, then pop tarts....well you know how that ends up going.

Pretty soon we had more than a suitcase worth of stuff. I was planning on stuffing some wine into my suitcase, and with all the groceries we ended up buying, I decided just to ship them to Kidani. So here is the package that shipped out yesterday.

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Oh my that's a fun box of treats! What are those Skinny Cow chocolate things? I don't think we can get them here. I think I might want them! We Love grocery shopping in America so we can try all the stuff we don't get Canada for some reason.
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Ha! This update was like a different language to my little English brain

I haven't heard of half the snacks you mentioned but I'm sure they are all yummy!
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Alison, if you don't mind me asking, how much did you end up paying for shipping? I've never had to ship anything bigger than a calendar before so I have no idea how this works.

I was thinking about shipping things to Kidani on this last trip, but thought it may be too much of a hassle (and too expensive) so I just resorted to buying from Walmart and having them ship things to Kidani.
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Ship those snacks to me.....you don't need them at Kidani.


YUM! Looks like you're going to have a great time snacking at WDW.
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Can you point me in the direction of this report? I would love to read about another Galveston cruise!
Sure, here you go:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3002322

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Oh my that's a fun box of treats! What are those Skinny Cow chocolate things? I don't think we can get them here. I think I might want them! We Love grocery shopping in America so we can try all the stuff we don't get Canada for some reason.
I was wondering why there was skinny cow stuff in the box anyway, I am surprised the other items did not kick them out...
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Oh my that's a fun box of treats! What are those Skinny Cow chocolate things? I don't think we can get them here. I think I might want them! We Love grocery shopping in America so we can try all the stuff we don't get Canada for some reason.
Skinny Cow is a diet brand that we have in the states, their stuff is pretty good, they have ice cream, other treats and stuff, sorry you don't have them in Canada

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Ha! This update was like a different language to my little English brain

I haven't heard of half the snacks you mentioned but I'm sure they are all yummy!
Wow! Not even the whole Hostess thing? I know PIO down Under hadn't had some hostess stuff. They were the American mainstay for bakery items for years. I'm sure you must have heard of Twinkies. That was their big thing. The others I can understand why you wouldn't know them.

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Alison, if you don't mind me asking, how much did you end up paying for shipping? I've never had to ship anything bigger than a calendar before so I have no idea how this works.

I was thinking about shipping things to Kidani on this last trip, but thought it may be too much of a hassle (and too expensive) so I just resorted to buying from Walmart and having them ship things to Kidani.
Since our music business was all about shipping we are wizards at that. Not to mention that with our eBay sales we know about how to ship things from 1 500 lbs! That box cost $23+ which is fine since the bottles of wine cost more than that each. We have a Fed Ex account and have been using that to ship between here and Fl for years. Back in 2007 we had battery problems and we shipped our dead batteries back via Fed Ex and used the GF Business center to create labels. It's always good to have USPS and FedEX or UPS online accounts so that you can ship things from anywhere!

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Ship those snacks to me.....you don't need them at Kidani.


YUM! Looks like you're going to have a great time snacking at WDW.
HA! I will probably eat only few of the snacks....I will probably consume 110% of the wine!

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I was wondering why there was skinny cow stuff in the box anyway, I am surprised the other items did not kick them out...


The Skinny Cow stuff is good, you just have to eat twice as many!
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Now I know you all are expecting a trip to WDW, but today we had a little side trip. We are in the process of redesigning a house that used to belong to Fran’s FIL. There are several design elements that we have found at Disneyland that we want to incorporate into the design process. We decided to meet our contractor out at Disneyland and show him the elements that we want in the new house. He has an AP so we could all meet up there at no additional cost.

We met up at the Disneyana shop.



This is a cabinet that we would like in some format in our house. We need display space for all our figurines, and this one is ideal. We wanted to show him this….



Of course Fran couldn’t resist shopping and bought this. The reason? I said that I really liked it and it was one of my favorite scenes from Tangled. She said that since I wasn’t objecting to her buying it and I liked it she was going to take it! I do like it That was one of my favorite scenes from the movie.



While she was using multiple gift cards for this purchase I couldn’t resist taking some pictures.





The train station seems to be under construction, I couldn’t resist this picture.



Our next spot to show the contractor was in DCA



So we headed over there



The feature we wanted to show him was in Off the Page



I had to hit the little girls room while they all headed there. By the time I arrived they had already checked out the movable walls that Fran wants in our new house and I just had time to capture some of the figures that she was purchasing.

She got this one modeled after John Lasseter and the Cars Series Title Emblem.



After that we just decided to walk around the park. We headed from the Hollywood Backlot to Cars Land











We saw the wait time (which was actually amazing!)

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And declining to wait and ride we decided to go take a look at the over looks for cars. Fran was the one who noticed these hilarious signs which were designed to be California State Parks Informational Signs.



















As we were leaving the park we noticed that the poor grapevines were suffering terribly.







We stopped to watch this show.





We decided to ride Soarin, and on our way I saw one of those Feral Cats that they say are on Youtube. Fran tried to adopt it.





We Went on Soarin and then left the park for World of Disney…..





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