Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Unofficial Stitch Day is June 26!

I can't believe this year marks ten years since I watched Lilo & Stitch in a theater. I only watched it in theater once and the same day I watched it in theater, I got my first Stitch plush. The Stitch plush is five inches tall and has his red jumpsuit. I bought him at a Wal-mart my mom stopped at on the way to taking my siblings and I to see Lilo & Stitch and I brought Stitch into the theater with me. Hee. I still have that plush!

Stitch, you are my favorite Disney character.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Peanut butter, Owls, Rabbit, Venus Fly Traps, Snake, Bamboo, Winged Monkeys

Friday, September 2
My mom made peanut butter pie. I had never eatten it before and it's so good! My mom grew up in Hamburg, Arkansa and at school, the cafeteria ladies served peanut butter pie for dessert at lunch. Back in August, my mom found the recipe on a website where people reminisce about their lives in Arkansa. My mom and I had been so busy and tired from our jobs, making the pie kept getting put off till this day.

I walked to Rite Aid in my town to browse the aisles. The weekend before last, I browsed in there hoping to find scrapbook stuff or a cool notebook with blank pages because I want a non-virtual log for my toy drops for The Toy Society but there wasn't scrapbook kits and none of the notebooks appealed to me. This Friday, I was in luck and found my toy drop log book! An adorable blue hardcover notebook with owls in rainbow colors all over it. The pages are lined (with an owl in one corner on each page) but the notebook is so cool I don't mind about the pages being lined instead of blank.

Saturday, September 3
On our way to the Windsor fair, my mom and I stopped at a Goggins IGA so mom could browse the wine section for a specific wine for the inn she works for. Her job at the inn is making registrations, showing boarders to their rooms, setting out tea and cookies, making cookies if there isn't any in the cookie jar for tea time, washing the used tea cups and saucers, setting out a bottle of wine and glasses for boarders to help themselves to, running around shutting windows when it starts raining, and I'm sure there's more she has to do. The couple running the inn do this stuff on her days off. My mom didn't find the wine at the store. We saw Venus fly traps in the plants and flowers section near the entrance and I wanted one! I'd never kept a Venus fly trap plant before. We stopped at a favorite ice cream shop in Dresden that's closing for the season on Sept. 11. I tried their raspberry milkshake for the first time and it was yummy. I don't recall drinking a raspberry milkshake before then. Mom wanted to stop at her favorite tanning place in Augusta for a quick tanning session. I sat out in the car and spent the wait drinking my shake, looking at my new Venus, and making its traps close.

After we entered the fair, my mom and I bought corn dogs to munch on. We love corn dogs at fairs. My mom and I looked at many varieties of cows, ducks, chickens, pigeons, goats, and sheep. I petted and fed goats and sheep in the barns where customers are allowed to do so. We also saw some alpacas and a serious lack of horses. I think the only horses I saw were a pair of black draft horses used for carriage rides. The only amusement ride my mom and I did was the bumper cars once. She shared a bumper car with me and I was appointed the driver. My mom pretends to be nervous sharing a bumper car with me because of my wild driving. ;)

More stuff we ate was a baked potato with chili and cheese (me), a sweet italian sausage in a roll with spicy bell peppers and onions (mom), and both of us have apple dumplings with vanilla ice cream and fried dough sprinkled with cinnamon. At a booth selling toys and children's books, I found Rabbit for my TY zodiac Beanie Baby collection. I'm missing only Monkey, Dog, Snake, Rat, and Pig. There was a barn selling maple ice cream and maple cotton candy. I love maple cotton candy. Last time, I had some was at the Cumberland fair last year. I bought two bags of maple cotton candy. We walked around in the exhibition hall where there was all kinds of stuff that had went through judging including crocheted goods, sewn goods, homegrown vegetables, artwork, photographs, taxidermy animals, and baked goods. It was cute seeing little kids' Pokemon card and Star Wars toy collections on display there.

I saw the guy who offers people a photograph taken with his boa constrictor for $5. He was doing the same thing the first time my mom and I saw him at the Topsham fair in August. In fact, I had my picture taken with the boa constrictor twice at the Topsham fair. The first time was with my mom. When the photo was taken, the snake's head had slipped behind mom's head because my hold on its body was too loose and its body slowly tightened on my neck. In the photo, I appear apprehensive with my eyes looking sideways in mom's direction while my mom smiles nonchalantly at the camera and the snake's head is hidden. I was disappointed in the photo because I wanted to be smiling at the camera and the snake's head to be exposed so I returned to the guy for another picture take. For the second picture, I sat with the boa constrictor by myself and smiled at the camera while holding the snake properly so its head could be seen. I was very pleased with the second photo and having it helped me like the photo I wasn't satisfied with. My mom kept the first photo and I kept the second one. I wanted to ask the guy what his snake's name is but was shy to ask. I was shy to ask at the Windsor fair too. At both the Topsham fair and Windsor fair, the guy's booth is across the path from a zoo tent with goats to pet and feed and exotic animals only for admiring: a toucan, an armadillo, baby alligators from Florida, and tortoises. My mom and I think the boa constrictor guy is a friend or relative to the people running the zoo tent.

Sunday, September 4
I made a video of Victoria Wood's "Return to Oz" song with subtitled lyrics. Back in August, I posted about discovering the song. I couldn't find the lyrics anywhere on the Internet so the subtitled lyrics are what I thought I was hearing and there may be misheard words. I caught a flying ant on my window and stuck it in the Venus' container. It took ten minutes before a trap claimed it.

Monday, September 5
After my horse riding lesson, my mom and I went to Augusta so she could buy lattice at Home Depot. After we got the lattice at Home Depot, we went to Red Robin for supper. I ordered the sauteed 'shroom burger (I love mushrooms :)) and a peach milk shake. I'd never tried a peach milkshake in my life and the one I had there was awesome. I made sure to finish the shake because it came in a tall glass and I didn't think they had carry-out cups but I knew they had carry-out boxes so I could leave with my burger and fries. After our meal,  I suggested to mom that we stop at Wal-mart to look for small, live lucky bamboo that's woven into the shape of a gate because I want one. I was positive it was at the Wal-mart in Augusta I saw such things at. The Wal-mart in the Brunswick didn't have them when we went there three weekends ago. We only go to those two Wal-marts and the one in the Augusta is a deluxe version and offers more things. I did find the lucky bamboo "gates" in the flowers and plants section and chose one to take home.

I learned there's a Youtube video with a large chunk of the Princess and the Frog section of the "Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream" show. The video was filmed by a mother (?) who attended the show with a couple of kids.

Facilier's intimidating friends turned out funny-looking. They look like winged monkeys! lol But I want to see that show! It seems wonderful!
I'll post pictures of the peanut butter pie (and share the recipe!), my mom and I with the boa constrictor, my Venus fly traps, my lucky bamboo gate, my toy drop log book, and my TY zodiac Beanie Baby set. Also I'll post the "Return to Oz" video I made!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Geek zodiac signs for me and my family

I'm Sky Syndrome at the forum "Ultimate Disney" and someone posted a link to a Geek zodiac in the off-topic section a couple of days ago: http://graphjam.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/funny-graphs-year-of-the-supes.jpg

I'm a wizard, my dad and sister are time travelers, my mom is the undead, and my brother is the Daikaiju. It's funny that that is what my brother is. As a kid, my brother was a fan of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and had toys of the Zords (animal-shaped vehicles) and they attach together to make a Megazord, a humanoid robot. Often the climax of the show's episodes is the Rangers using their gigantic Megazord to fight a gigantic monster.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Spirited Away adoptables

A little while back, I talked about a lady named Lavonia who owned a Whisper the Winged Unicorn fan site with a complete list of the Whisper books. She had other fan sites and none of them are up anymore. One of the sites named "Little Colorful Candies" was a tribute to the anime film Spirited Away. The best part of the site was the adoptable soot sprites (aka Susuwatari), which she drew and colored herself.

Fortunately, I have the whole set of the adoptables.





She requested that people adopting a soot ball(s) and placing them on their own websites add this button with a link in it back to the LCC site.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

I'm a Toy Dropper!

I've joined The Toy Society and today I dropped my first toy. The Toy Society is a group of toy makers who leave their hand-made toys in public place for strangers to find and keep. A letter containing an explanation of The Toy Society and contact information for the group is included with the toys so strangers finding the toys can send their find stories if they want and the stories will be added to The Toy Society's blog.

A picture of the yarn doll for my first drop on a shelf in my bedroom. I wrapped a piece of cardboard with jungle-themed paper and taped the The Toy Society letter on one side and on the other side I taped a tag stating "Take Me Home, I'm Yours". When I bagged the gift-wrapped cardboard and the toy, the toy would sit right under the tag.

Dropped: Super China Buffet in Waterville, Maine

My mom and I wanted to go to Waterville for lunch at Super China Buffet (a favorite restaurant of ours. Going to Waterville is a rare treat because it's an hour drive from home) and watch Fright Night at the cinema theater a little down the road from it. I thought the Super China Buffet was a great place for my first toy drop. When we came into the restaurant, I decided right away to leave it at the vending machines when it was time to leave. After a wonderful lunch, we stopped at the vending machines to leave the toy and I took pictures of it with my digital camera. We left the restaurant and as we headed toward our car, we saw a little boy with his parents going to the restaurant's doors. In the car, we drove by the doors and the toy was still sitting among the vending machines and the family was gone. I wonder who collected it and if they'll send a message that they found it!

Last Wednesday night, I looked through all the toy drops done in the USA recorded on The Toy Society blog for Maine toy drops, which took several hours (The drops are not divided into state labeled categories. The USA has 990 toy drops today and was about a handful less on Wednesday night) The records go back to November 2008. When I finished looking through the records, I had five Maine toy drops. California and Washington are the states with the most drops (I didn't count what they had but I saw their names for drop locations far more than other states' names). In May two years ago, someone else had made their first toy drop in Waterville and the drop site was a playground.

I'll be keeping records of Maine toy drops on my blog for my interest (and the interest of anyone else who cares).

Drop #323 left at the North Street playground in Waterville on May 21, 2009
Reply from finder: No

2009 Christmas Drop #177 left at a McDonald's in Winslow on December 24, 2009

Drop #1258 left at Buker Community Center playground in Augusta on July 3, 2010
Reply from finder: No

Drop #1362 left at the Common playground in Gardiner on August 30, 2010
Reply from finder: Yes (They replied in the comments section of the toy's drop entry)

Drop #1363 left at the Lou Buker Community Center playground in Augusta on August 30, 2010
Reply from finder: No

Wow! Till I made my drop, Maine hadn't seen a toy drop for a year! I can't believe there wasn't a toy drop in Maine for The Toy Society's Christmas Drop 2010 (on the last weekend before Christmas, toy makers drop their toys and hope to break the previous year's record of drops made on the last weekend before Christmas)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011