(Almost) Wordless Wednesday 9/28/11

A package arrived on Monday with Dan’s name on it so I put it on the dining room table for him. When he got home he asked me to open it, which was a little odd. As I pulled the brown construction paper off the top I uncovered the box containing these adorable Gonzo and Camilla Vinylmations. Aren’t they precious? I was coveting this set before it was released, but I decided it was too expensive. But Dan knew how much I wanted it so he bought Gonzo and Camilla for me as an “I love you gift,” as he put it. Don’t I have a wonderful husband?

P.S. I went to work today not because I was feeling that much better, but because I wanted to get out of the house!

Miss Piggy

Yesterday Dan and I went to Downtown Disney to exchange some of the extra Vinylmation figurines that we have more than one of. Per the rules of Vinylmation trading, we were only allowed to exchange one each at the Downtown Disney D Street store, but luckily one of the ones we got in return was Miss Piggy from Pigs in Space. I was thrilled to get a Missy Piggy Vinylmation to add to our collection. When I was living in Tallahassee I used to get laughs by leaving a room Miss Piggy style, meaning I would toss my hair behind me and make a high-pitched “haurmph” noise when I walked out the door. It always made my parents laugh so I did it a lot. It helped that my blond hair looked a little bit like hers – after she ditched the 80’s perm, of course. Miss Piggy is such a great character. She’s a combination diva, feminist, hopeless romantic, and all around tough cookie. You don’t want to get on her bad side or you’ll get karate chopped! One of my favorite movies when I was growing up was “The Muppets Take Manhattan.” It had music, it had laughs, and most importantly it had Muppets. Who doesn’t love the Muppets? I don’t know how many times I watched that movie, but it was quite a few. Check out this scene where Miss Piggy and Joan Rivers are cosmetics salesgirls in a fancy department store. It’s absolutely hilarious!

Vinylmation signing

The following paragraph was written yesterday afternoon on my iPhone
Right now I’m outside the D Street store at Downtown Disney and it’s surprisingly hot for April, but much cooler in the shade where I’m sitting. I never remember how far inland Disneyland is and how hot it can get in Anaheim in the middle of the year. And to think I was running the heater in my car on my way to work this morning because I was cold! I guess it’s only about 80 degrees here now, but my Gator sweatshirt is way too warm and I can’t take it off for fear of getting sunburned. Anyway, I came to Downtown Disney this afternoon for the release of the Muppets #2 Vinylmation series and artist signing. I managed to escape from work at lunchtime even though I left way too many tasks unfinished. I’ve already worked way too many hours this week so I took the afternoon off and headed to Downtown Disney to pick up some new Muppets Vinlymations. I have two reasons for being here today rather than waiting until the weekend – 1) The Muppets Vinylmations are very popular and might be sold out after today, and 2) The artist, Monty Maldovan will be here to sign them starting at 2 PM.

The rest of this post was written today in the comfort of my own home
I didn’t get to write any more on my iPhone yesterday because at 1:30 PM I got in line for the artist signing. As soon as I arrived at Downtown Disney I went into D Street and bought six Muppet #2 Vinylmations boxes and opened them to determine which two I wanted Monty Maldovan to sign. The six figurines I ended up with were Dr. Teeth, Janice, Floyd (yes, I got three of the four Electric Mayhbem band members), Scooter, Pepe the Prawn, and Dr. Julius Strangepork (from Pigs in Space). I decided to have Monty sign Dr. Teeth and Dr. Strangepork because I liked them the best. Unfortunately the line for the signing was out in the sun and, as I mentioned before, I was wearing a sweatshirt. It was very uncomfortable. It didn’t help that I had my hood up, but that was the only way to keep my neck, ears, and scalp from getting burned. For someone as pale as me, fifteen minutes in the sun without some form of protection is enough for me to burn. At the time I wished I had brought my earphones with me so I could have watched TV shows on my iPhone to pass the time, but it was hard to see the screen in the direct sunlight. We ended up waiting for 45 minutes, which seemed like forever. By the time Monty Maldovan arrived I was overheated and glad that the wait was almost over. I got my two Vinylmations signed quickly and headed back to my car where I had a large Coke Zero left over from my lunch at Carl’s Jr. waiting for me. I didn’t care that it was unpleasantly warm after sitting in the hot car for over an hour because I was so thirsty. I drank the whole thing in just a few minutes. I didn’t think the heat and sun would have affected me that much in such a short period of time, but I didn’t feel right for the rest of the day. Although it wasn’t a particularly fun experience, I’m glad I went to Downtown Disney yesterday and got two of our new Muppets Vinylmations signed. Dan and I are starting to amass quite a collection!

P.S. I feel so guilty about that pitiful three-sentence post from last night that I’ve vowed to make up for it with two decent posts this weekend, neither of which will be a recipe. I promised something worthwhile today so hopefully this post counts.

Pleasant Valley Sunday

I love Sundays. I usually spend the morning reading in bed, trying to make as little noise as possible so Dan can sleep as long as he wants, until I’m shamed into getting up and doing something outside of my bedroom. Then I manage to fill the rest of my day with cooking, watching TV, maybe a little cleaning, and generally enjoying time with my husband. It’s wonderful. Yesterday was a little different, though. I still read quite a bit of City of Fallen Angels on my Kindle after I woke up, but at 10:30 AM I snuck out of the house to go see “Jane Eyre” while Dan was still sleeping. I was dying to see the latest theatrical version of the Bronte novel, but I didn’t want to make Dan sit through what is essentially a chick flick, even though it’s a classic story. The movie was brilliant so I’m glad I went. It made me want to read the book again, and luckily for me I brought my high school copy of Jane Eyre with me to California all those years ago. Too bad I’m in the middle of City of Fallen Angels right now, and I also I picked up the second and third Hunger Games books at the library today. Charlotte Bronte is just going to have to wait for a little while. Late yesterday afternoon Dan and I headed to Downtown Disney to grab an early dinner and hopefully do some Vinylmation shopping. Dan completed his “Nightmare Before Christmas” Vinylmation collection yesterday while I searched in vain for the wildly popular Star Wars series. But they were sold out, just like at Downtown Disney in Orlando last month. Darn. I did pick up a single box from the Animation #1 Series, though. Our next stop was Catal Restaurant for dinner. In our experience, this is the best place to eat at Downtown Disney because it’s about as close to fine dining as you can get in the vicinity of Disneyland (unless you’re lucky enough to eat at Club 33, that is). Dan and I had a great meal, including a fantastic cheese spread for dessert. Before we left the restaurant I opened my Vinlymation in case it turned out to be one we already own because there are trade in options at the store where I bought it. But when I saw what was inside that box I knew I wouldn’t be exchanging it. It was a pink elephant. If you’re not familiar with Vinlymations, each series had a mystery figurine called the “chaser” that is rare and highly coveted. The pink elephant is the chaser for the Animation #1 Series (well, one of three colored elephants) and I got it! Very Cool. It was a good way to end a lovely Sunday. Too bad the weekend had to end!

Swedish Chef

Look what I got at Downtown Disney this afternoon! It’s the Swedish Chef Vinylmation I’ve been wanting! I first mentioned these hot new collectibles in my Labor Day weekend post, and there have a been a couple of developments since then. After we got Rizzo the Rat and Bean Bunny the first time we bought Vinylmations, I decided to go back and buy a couple of others while Dan was out of town a couple of weeks ago. I was hoping that one of them was a character Dan liked. And it was – Fozzie Bear. Waka waka waka! Unfortunately the other one was Fozzie as well. What are the odds? Sheesh. So when I picked up another Muppets Vinylmation box at Downtown Disney today Dan thought I was crazy, but that particular box stood out to me amongst all the rest. And what did I find when I got home and opened it? The Swedish Chef! Bork bork bork!