Diamond Celebration Video

Here are some of our pictures set in the Disney Celebration video. This was fun.

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Diamond Jubilee

Disneyland 60 Year Celebration

Disneyland
Imaginative
Adventurous
Mickey Mouse
Overjoyed
Noteworthy
Dream vacation

We are back from our trip to California. We left Saturday July 11 and spent a couple nights at Newport Beach. I made the mistake of putting sunscreen on while I was wearing shoes. Sunday night, I had very crispy red feet. We had dinner at the Crab Cooker that night. Gretchen was brave enough to try some clam chowder. She is not a seafood lover. Her meal consisted of the tomato slices that came with my crab cakes.

Monday we drove over to Laguna Beach and then San Juan Capistrano Mission. In the evening we checked into the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Yes, my hubby spoils me. He knows I’m not good at walking long distances and the Californian has its own private entrance to California Adventure. They also have a viewing balcony for the light show in the park. Monday night we checked out the Lego store in downtown Disney; had dinner at the Storyteller Cafe and then went up to the balcony to check out the 10pm light show. Shawn rented a wheelchair. I let Gretchen sit in it on the balcony (it has no seats) and by the end of the show, my foot was throbbing. Back in the room we found out why as I took off my shoes and socks, my right foot had a huge bulbous pus blister where it was burned.

Needless to say, Mom was in the wheelchair come Tuesday morning and we hit the parks for the first day. Last time we went to Disneyland happened to be a week before Carsland opened. We headed over there first and lucked out with only a half hour wait for the racers ride. We spent the morning and early afternoon in California Adventure and then went back to the hotel to rest. Then in the evening we spent time in Magic Kingdom. The first night there we got some great seats for the Fantasmic Show. Since my blister popped, I let Gretchen use the wheelchair. It was nice to have a bench to sit and rest my feet during the show. Wednesday was a repeat – California Adventure, hotel, Magic Kingdom. We lucked out again. After we got off the river cruise, the girls wanted more Bengal barbecue and as we were eating Indiana Jones opened up again and we were able to walk right on.

Wednesday night we went over to the Matterhorn. It’s never been open the other two times we were in Disneyland. Gretchen did not want to go on. We set up to watch the Electric Parade instead before heading back to the hotel. Thursday morning Rachael and Dad woke up early to tame the Matterhorn, extra magic hour hotel guests have we haven’t used because Gretchen doesn’t wake up early. Then we all went to the Magic Kingdom and we finished off our three day park hopper in California Adventure. We made the last Grizzly run and got soaked. The private hotel entrance is right across from the ride. We went back to the hotel. Shawn wanted to sit by the fire and dry, but the girls were tired. We brought them up to the room and then Shawn and I went back down to the lobby to enjoy the fire, a glass of wine and some alone time for our last night.

Sonic Association – Exercise 10

Sound

Sit and chop
Onomatopoeia
Utter – POP
Novel idea
Dice up potato

How Writers Write Poetry posted the video for lesson 10 – Sonic Association. The assignment was to write a poem off a word list. Larissa Szporluk gives her undergraduate class the word ventriloquist to work from. She read a few of the poems her students turn in. They all had their own unique flavor. We could generate a word list from the same word or use rhyming word pairs Carol Light discussed at the start of the video. Since it was a lesson on sound and I love onomatopoeia, I decided to generate my word list from it.

Onomatopoeia to write sound poetry what a great idea.

Oh wow! There’s a rhyming pair already. As I’m still trying to find my footing after my vacation, I decided to make an acrostic poem – Sound. Yesterday I had to deal with a plumber to change the cartridge in my shower. When I got home Thursday I noticed the constant drip. Don’t know how my hubby didn’t hear it. But that sound annoyed me till Sunday when my hubby took off the shower handle to change the cartridge only to find our hard water foiled the cheap fix and we had to call a plumber.

Needless to say I got a couple good tweetkus out of it for the haiku challenge words on twitter.

Buffalo journey
Shower constant drip counts days
One man left alone

Money poured down drain
Finally peace of mind comes
Plumber fixes drip

Fortunately despite the fact hubby torqued the pipes somewhat trying to remove the cartridge Sunday, the plumber was able to get it out, replace it and put the fixture back on (slightly skewed) instead of having to go through the wall to replace the whole fixture assembly. Then this morning, I was hit with a couple new snafus. My mind is all diced up at the moment and not exactly concentrating well on poetry. I’m hoping everything is straightened out now because Gretchen’s open house is Thursday; school for her starts Monday and Rachael starts on Wednesday. I need to start concentrating on back to school supplies and getting back on school routine. I may never go on vacation without my hubby again. 😉