This I Did Not Know

disneyland-tips-tricksAs a someone who spent the bulk of my growing up years in Southern California, I went to Disneyland a lot.  I then worked there for 4 Summers and holiday breaks as what they called a “Seasonal Cast Member,” so I thought I knew most of the Disneyland rules and regulations.  According to Mandy Kennedy of www.twentytwowords.com, I was so wrong.  Hmmm

Apparently there are 24 very specific things you cannot do when you are a guest at Disneyland.

  1. You can’t fly a drone.  Well DUH! I would imagine you can’t even get one through the gate let alone think about flying one, running it into an unsuspecting guests head, crashing it into a ride or using it as part of any other nefarious plot.  As if…
  2. Adults can’t wear costumes.  Hello, creep much?  This is wrong for so many reasons: pedophiles, closet creep-os, wanna-be employees, nope.
  3. No folding chairs.  Back to explanation #1 – how would you even get one through the gate? I can’t see security being overly excited about chairs being able to be thrown into the middle of the parade, unfolded in the middle of a long ride line, or anywhere else for that matter.
  4. Give a speech or hold a demonstration. It’s the “Happiest Place on Earth” it’s no place for free speech, megaphones, or picket signs people. 😉
  5. You can’t blow up a balloon.  Deflated balloons are a choking hazard so only already inflated balloons are sold in the Park.
  6. You can’t bring a non-service animal into the Park. Too many people, too many opportunities for people to get entangled in your pet’s leash and trip/fall, or maybe your dog bites, or scratches, or causes some other injury that Disney might have to take financial responsibility for….it’s all about the legal liability here people.
  7. No wearing non-medical masks.  See #2 for explanation.  It’s all about the creep factor here.
  8. No large tripods.  If you have to ask, “how large is large?” you already know your answer. This is to ward off professional photo shoots in the Park that would impede the general public from access to and enjoyment of all areas of Disneyland.  People could trip over and be injured by the tripods and assume that Disney authorized the photography sessions, putting them at financial liability.  It also comes down to Disney controlling and collecting fees from anyone being professionally photographed on their property and protecting use of their copyrights.
  9. No profane language. It’s the Magic Kingdom not the WWE or a Raiders game.
  10. No outside alcohol allowed.  Disneyland wants to be able to control how much you drink and overcharge you for the drinks you are allowed to buy from their properties at the connected properties: Disney’s California Adventure and Downtown Disney.
  11. No skateboards, hoverboards or Segways. Self explanatory. The only non-foot transportation shall be via the rides in the Park.
  12. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service.
  13. No Weapons.
  14. Your stroller can’t be bigger than 36″ x 52″ even if you have a stroller made for 6.  The stroller can’t be wider than the sidewalks people.
  15. No running!  I’m talking to you 52 year old man pushing the children out of the way to beat them to Space Mountain! If you’re not participating in the Disney 1/2 Marathon you better slow down!
  16. No flash photography!  I’m sorry you can’t get a great picture in “Pirates of the Caribbean” but your flash gives away the behind the scenes Disney magic and ruins it for everyone else.
  17. No exposed inappropriate tattoos. We don’t need to see that when you bend over you send a cheeky hello to your Mom.
  18. No feeding the animals. America has an obesity problem, Disneyland would like their animals to continue to not be part of that epidemic.
  19. No bags, backpacks or coolers larger than 24″ x 18″ x 15″ allowed in the park. We live in a heightened security age, which we all know, but those large bags also take up space that makes it hard for people to move freely.
  20. Smoking only allowed in designated areas. Laws are not in favor of public smokers anymore, secondhand smoke and all.
  21. No glass containers, except baby food, allowed into the Park. It might break and hurt someone you know. DUH
  22. The no tripod ban also includes no student movies, commercials or any other non-home video type filming….Disney frowns on this bigly 😉
  23. No filming on rollercoasters.  Well that one sucks.  I’ve always wanted to scream and barf while filming on my iPhone so that I can share my embarrassment on YouTube! and, this one’s a biggy…
  24. No cutting in line, holding a spot for others or joining others further in front of the line.  People tend to get really crabby when they’ve waited over an hour and you waltz in front of them and jump right onto the ride.

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Dress up Holiday Hostess Gifts

8I love bringing wine when I am a guest for a meal or an evening of other treats and libations, but hate to bring the boring wine bag I grabbed on the way out of the grocery or wine store.  I know that they are cute and people don’t really expect more, but they are putting in a great deal more time and expense when hosting, so I like to make the effort when I can.

There is just one problem: I have very limited creative skills.  I can’t draw, paint or do any type of art.  I can build things and my grandma did teach me to sew, so when time (and fabric on hand) allows, I love whipping up a quick & fancy wine bottle gift bag to add that little personal touch.

Supplies

  • 1 piece 14″ by 16″ Holiday or other themed (if you want) fabric
  • 1 piece 14″ by 16 ” Contrasting fabric (of a heavier weight if you have it on hand)
  • 15″ to 18″ piece of Ribbon, Jute, or Fabric for tying the bag

Directions

  • On both pieces of fabric, press the right side of top raw edge about 3/8″ onto the3 backside (like a hem). You will be leaving this top part open.
  • Fold each piece of fabric right sides together the long ways so that each piece measures 7 x 16 inches. 1
  • Sew down the long raw edge and across the bottom using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
  • Trim to 1/4″ 4
  • Pinch in from the corners and sew across at about 1+1/4″ to form a box bottom.
  • Take a pair of scissors and clip both corners off making sure not to cut through the seam you sewed together earlier.5
  • Turn the fabric that will be the outside of your wine bag so that it is right side out.
  • Leave the inner fabric so that it is still wrong sides out (You want the right side to be the inner bag).
  • Place the inner fabric bag inside outer fabric bag making sure the seams match up6
  • Then fold each raw edge inward about 1/2 inch and pin together. I did this starting at the seam so that I knew they would be matched up as I pinned around the circle.
  • Topstitch along the edge – I stitched about 3/8″ down from the top and let a bit of the pleather inner fabric peek above the top.7
  • Insert your bottle in the bag
  • Tie your ribbon, jute or fabric around the bag.
  • Fold the inner bag down so the top of the bottle and your liner fabric are exposed

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Organize This Chaos

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This Blonde has had enough of the hateful personal attacks coming out of the woodwork, the attic, crawling out of the sewers and the swamps, falling from the skies, and everywhere else.

Many people who claim to be your friends aren’t. They hold racial, gender, sexual, and religious biases that differ with your beliefs. Deal with it, erase them from your life or learn to agree to disagree if that’s possible, but you are not going to change them anymore than they are likely to change you.

America, because tens of millions of people seem to need a refresher course in U.S. History, was founded on a few basic principles that are stated quite clearly in The Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The government of the people, by the people and for the people is clearly outlined in the Declaration of Independence, “governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

All that said, this Blonde has a few things to get off her chest:lamarch

  1. Peaceful protest is a First Amendment right
  2. Vandalizing property, assaulting citizens and committing other crimes of opportunity are not
  3. Peaceful protests and petitions can result in desired change: A Texas Electoral College Member (a state that was awarded to Trump) has publicly stated he is considering a change in his vote on December 19th, and a petition circulating on Change.org, asking the Electoral College #VoteYourConscience and follow the will of the Popular Vote to award the election to Hillary Clinton, has (as of 12:30 PST) gathered 3,620,136 signatures.
  4. Protests that stray from the intended purpose and spiral into lawless riots turn people against your cause

Police in the cities where days of protests have been happening are being supportive of Constitutional rights and doing what they can to keep the protestors safe, but when they turn the switch and become thugs and criminals they are playing right into the playbook of the voters whose votes they are protesting.

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Instead of inflicting damage which will cost cities money to clean it up, think about other ways to protest that may get the point across.

  1. If a company where you regularly shop, dine at or otherwise patronize supports values, laws and lawmakers that you don’t, then change your spending habits. Shop, dine and spend your money with companies that share your values.
  2. If the house of worship you pray in has deviated from the righteous path that you try to follow, then join another congregation that more closely aligns with your beliefs.

Major sports leagues, the NCAA, corporations, organizations, recording artists and others have moved their events away from states that enacted legislation that was Anti-LGBTQ. By doing so, hundreds of millions of dollars in spending was directed away from those economies. In the end the almighty dollar is a much greater sword to wield when the intention behind the loss of revenue is known.

The estimate in lost revenue to North Carolina alone was a HALF A BILLION DOLLARS. Several companies intending to move their corporate headquarters or build regional facilities canceled their contracts costing jobs, tax dollars and they still did not, and have not, changed their Anti-LGBTQ legislation.  In fact, they have diverted $500,000 from the state’s disaster relief funds (funds that are sorely needed to repair massive storm damage) to fight litigation against their Anti-LGBTQ legislation!  HMMM

If you don’t like that your City, County or State voted to elect a Councilman, Mayor, Commissioner, Assemblyman, Senator, Representative or yes, President, then let your money, as well as your voice and future vote do your talking.

  1. Enough with causing chaos in the very cities you claim to be speaking for
  2. Don’t contribute to your party the next time they come calling
  3. Write letters to your representatives
  4. Send letters to the editor of your local and regional papers
  5. Start a grassroots movement “Bernie-Style”
  6. Remember that mid-term elections are only 2 years away

In 2018, 33 of the 100 Senate seats are up for re-election. Currently Republicans hold 52 seats and 8 of those will be up for grabs: Arizona, Nevada, Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, & Wyoming.  If any Senators die in office or are otherwise unable to serve before that, there can be special elections, so there is no reason to wait until then to get involved if this really matters to you.

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Vitamin D Does What?

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When I was little my Mom told us we needed to drink our milk to grow big and strong.  And, over the years there have been catchy advertising campaigns asking if we, “Got Milk?” and reminding us that, “Milk, it does a body good.

But besides building strong teeth and bones with all of the calcium that I knew milk had, I never had a clue what other benefits came from getting the Vitamin D that dairy is a primary provider of.

  • Without adequate Vitamin D, your body cannot absorb calcium for building teeth and bones and keeping them strong
  • Scientists have linked low Vitamin D levels to certain cancers, heart disease and other chronic diseases
  • Obese men, women and children are 35% more likely to be lacking Vitamin D than normal weight people
  • A 2000 study in the American Journal of Obesity found that obesity makes Vitamin D deficiency worse because being obese limits the body’s ability to properly convert sunlight and dietary food sources into a useable resource
  • A 2015 Spanish study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism linked lower Vitamin D levels in those with Diabetes or considered pre-Diabetic, especially if they were obese
  • Lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease where the body’s immune system attacks  itself, is closely tied to a deficiency of Vitamin D that comes from the patient’s inability to absorb it naturally from the sun combined with the used of corticosteroids which further deplete the body of Vitamin D
  • Expectant mothers who maintain high Vitamin D levels are less likely to deliver pre-term babies
  • Patients stricken with Multiple Sclerosis who maintained higher Vitamin D levels at 6, 12 and 24 months saw a slower progression of the disease
  • Women between the ages of 27 and 44 with the highest intake of Vitamin D (in addition to higher calcium) see the lowest incidence of debilitating PMS symptoms
  • Some scientists believe that there is a link between low levels of Vitamin D and the occurrence of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Women who experience excessive hair loss often have an accompanying Vitamin D deficiency
  • Eczema symptoms worsen in the drier months of winter when there is less sun to get Vitamin D absorption and can be easier to live with if an oral supplement is taken
  • 80% of hip fracture patients are Vitamin D deficient
  • Children who took 1200 IU of Vitamin D each day for 4 months during the winter were 40% less likely to contract Influenza Type A
  • Nearly 1/3 of Americans are Vitamin D deficient

It is estimated that nearly 50% of adults worldwide suffer needlessly from Vitamin D deficiency.  The body can produce sufficient Vitamin D3 with sun exposure on bare skin for 5-10 minutes 2-3 times per week.  Those with darker skin tones and those who wear a SPV of 30 or more get 95% less Vitamin D from the sun.  In order for the body to make the maximum use of the UVB rays necessary to produce Vitamin D in the body, there needs to be direct skin exposure.  Another way to increase the body’s Vitamin D stores is to consume a daily Vitamin D3 supplement or any of the foods high in Vitamin D like:

  • Cod liver oil, 1 tablespoon: 1,360 IU
  • Herring, fresh, raw, 4 ounces: 1,056 IU
  • Swordfish, cooked, 4 ounces: 941 IU
  • Raw maitake mushrooms, 1 cup: 786 IU
  • Salmon, sockeye, cooked, 4 ounces: 596 IU
  • Sardines, canned, 4 ounces: 336 IU
  • Fortified skim milk, 1 cup: 120 IU
  • Tuna, canned in water, drained, 3 ounces: 68 IU
  • Egg, chicken, whole large: 44 IU
  • Vitamin D and Calcium Fortified Orange Juice

The ideal daily levels of Vitamin D are currently set at:

  • Infants 0-12 months – 400 IU (10 mcg)
  • Children 1-18 years – 600 IU (15 mcg)
  • Adults to age 70 – 600 IU (15 mcg)
  • Adults over 70 – 800 IU (20 mcg)
  • Pregnant or lactating women – 600 IU (15 mcg).

d3My doctor has me take 2000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily and also has me take 250 mg of Magnesium to help my body absorb the Vitamin D.  The limit recommended for vitamin D is 4000 IU per day. National Institutes of Health (NIH) says that vitamin D toxicity is unlikely at daily intakes below 10,000 IU/day.

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