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Janette and I got to use the first of our theatre tickets yesterday. At least the place wasn't hard to get there but there's always that anxiety of trying to find a new place for the first time. We were hungry when we got off the bus so we went to this Halal pizza place that was just across the street from the bus stop. Even before we went in, something told me it would be a bad idea, but there didn't seem to be much else around. First of all, there was this nasty patch of ice out in front of the shop. We really had to stretch our legs to cross over it without slipping. I told the proprietor about it but he just kind of looked at me blankly. I ordered Philly cheesesteak for myself and a Coke. Janette ordered a burger and fries and Pepsi. My Philly cheesesteak wasn't very good but at least it was edible, just barely. Janette took one bite of her burger and complained about it being spicy. Janette has more sensitive taste buds than mine, so usually when she complains about something being too spicy, I can barely taste it, but when I took one bite of her hamburger it was ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE! I almost felt like I was going to THROW UP!! And when I returned to my Philly cheesesteak, it just wasn't quite the same anymore. I wouldn't be surprised if that place spices their meat into oblivion to disguise the fact that it might very well be HORSE MEAT!!

My bowels were in an uproar pretty much ever since and I'm afraid they still haven't quite recovered!

When we got to the theatre, we were well over an hour early but there was some kids' program still going on so there were still lots of parents and kids, complete with the usual assortment of babies and toddlers, milling about in the foyer, so we took off to look around at the strip mall we passed along that street.

Funny thing about this strip mall. It was SO NOT VISIBLE from where we got off the bus so we didn't even KNOW it EXISTED until we'd already eaten that Horrible Meal From Hell. This strip mall has AT LEAST two or three half-decent eateries we COULD have gone to if only we had KNOWN! At least now we know where to go NEXT TIME we're in the area. We lingered over coffee in this one particular shop while we killed time before the show. We will probably go to this place next time. I'll probably have a WESTERN for lunch! :)

The play we saw was "Wait Until Dark" and it was great! :) This is with the subscription ticket series I won from the draw at the Outcomes Celebration back in October. There are two more plays; Blythe Spirit in February, and Rumors in April.

Still no word from Hugh at Adventure Balloons! Well SCREW IT! Janette actually Googled "Las Vegas Balloon Excursions" and found LOTS!!! So if Adventure Balloons won't get back to us, they don't even DESERVE our business. Jacke, our travel agent, may actually be able to help pull strings for one of these other companies and I will write a nice, smug message to Adventure Balloons, rubbing their faces in our victory!! :P 
Tonight was our Peer Group's last meeting, so we were supposed to go out for dinner at the Tatemono Sushi restaurant!

Janette and I were there over an hour early, so we, along with Kelly, ended up playing a bunch of games at the arcade at Putting Edge. I blew $20 on my card, but I did win three different rubber duckies and two balls at the claw games!

But when we made it to the restaurant and tried to order our meals, we got frustrated with those stupid iPad menus so we ended up leaving and doing our own thing....!!

We ended up going to the movie theatre and watching "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms"! It was FREAKING AWESOME! TOTALLY BRILLIANT! A VISUALLY STUNNING MASTERPIECE!  A Magical Carousel Ride into a Wondrous World of Fantasy and Enchantment!! I feel like my descriptions barely do this movie justice! It was just so beautiful and magical I didn't want it to end!! This movie has EVERYTHING! (Well ALMOST everything!) Mushrooms, hot air balloons. a CAROUSEL (which, spoiler alert, unfortunately gets destroyed by millions of mice!) and all in all SO MUCH ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS imagery!! I can hardly wait until this movie comes out on DVD because I want to OWN it! Heck! I wish I could LIVE IN IT!!

If they show it on the plane going to Vegas, I am TOTALLY watching it AGAIN! This movie evokes the kind of feelings I wish my own artwork could evoke!
It's been a great weekend so far! Yesterday I cam home from Janette's place and received Christmas cards from Aunt Anne and Aunt Jean. Aunt Jean sent Janette and I BOTH cheques for $300 to use for our Vegas trip! I plan on making a very special quilt for her. Aunt Anne sent me and Dave an envelope that says "Do Not Open until December 25th. I have a quilt I want to finish for her too.

Tomorrow I want to go downtown and do a bunch more errands. First I need to pick up my prescription, then I want to go to the bank so I can cash Aunt Jean's cheque. $200 is going toward my Visa bill since I used my Visa card to charge a great deal of this trip. I also want to go to Michael's or Wal-Mart to get quilt batting. There's these two quilts for my aunts, and Doo Doo's clown quilt for Wizard world. That seems to be an annual tradition every March.

Hard to believe that when the Vegas trip is over we still have Wizard World to look forward to and the KISS concert.

And I just happen to have two plain black T-shirts around the house to decorate for me and Janette to wear on our Vegas trip. I hav a very special surprise in mind for her birthday.

Tomorrow when I go to the drugstore I hope I can find those long corkscrew balloons! You can't take a proper "bunny ears" photo without them!!
Well, I'm a happy camper! Got my errands done! :)

Lorraine phoned me this morning. I asked if I could call back in a few minutes because I was right in the middle of getting dressed but she was on her way out the door. She asked if she could call back later but I was going out too!!

I had to charge my MP3 player before I went out so I tried to call Classique to book my airline shuttle for when Janette and I leave for Vegas in January!! But I either got silence or the phone just rang and rang and rang and rang. Fortunately, I was able to email them and explain my dilemma. They phoned while I was out and my husband answered. They said they were having trouble with their phones today, but it is officially confirmed that Janette and I will be picked up from my place between 6 and 6:15 in the morning. It seems to be tradition that she stays at my place the night before we go on a plane trip together.

Still haven't heard back at Hugh from Adventure Balloons. I've emailed twice and left a phone message. I've told him that I am REALLY SERIOUS about this!! Janette and I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to go for a Hot Air Balloon ride the day after her birthday!! It's something I've wanted to do ALL MY LIFE!! True, I've been up in balloons before, but they were just tethered in one place. This is an ACTUAL HOUR-LONG FLIGHT!! The first time I went up in a hot air balloon, a used car dealership was giving free rides in Lindsay. The second time was when I was helping out at Bayview Glen church when I was living in Toronto and I was wearing my RABBIT SUIT!!!! It was tricky getting into the basket because I was scared of my rabbit ears catching fire on the burner!! You could say it was a HARE-RAISING EXPERIENCE!

Then there was Para-Bounce at the CNE! It was a big, yellow, helium-filled balloon with a parachute-like harness. Best $15 I ever spent! It was an AMAZING experience! They also had double harnesses for parents and kids to ride together and I will never forget the look of pure joy on the children's' faces as they went flying up into the air!

Speaking of bringing joy to children, I dropped off several stuffed toys, mostly unicorns, at three different toy drives throughout my community. The first one was at my husband's chiropractor's office. Then there just happened to be a toy drive at the Bargain Store where I had to stop to buy myself new socks (They've all been disappearing lately!!! >:() and last but not least, I dropped off the remaining critters at the hospital. I also dropped off a few colouring books here and there.

And in the midst of all these errands, I went to the bank and exchanged a wad of my cash for American fund$!!

GUYEEEEEERE! 39 more days!!

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Margaret Franklin
Artist | Professional | Artisan Crafts
Canada
I am an artist who enjoys working in a variety of mediums, especially embroidery and creating dolls and soft sculptures. I have had a lifelong fascination with carousels and have traveled extensively through the years, usually with the National carousel Association, to see as many as possible.

My husband Dave and I have been happily married since July of 2002 and I am a full-time student who still manages to crank out and sell as many of my creations as possible in my spare time.

I have Asperger's Syndrome and the creative dream of somehow creating an "Autism Awareness" carousel with art and animals designed and created by people who are on the autism spectrum. My vision includes it as the centrepiece of a cultural centre which includes a toy museum, gift shop and Victorian Tea Room!

Current Residence: Oshawa, Ontario, canada
Favourite genre of music: rock
Favourite style of art: fantasy
Favourite cartoon character: Tigger
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Janette and I got to use the first of our theatre tickets yesterday. At least the place wasn't hard to get there but there's always that anxiety of trying to find a new place for the first time. We were hungry when we got off the bus so we went to this Halal pizza place that was just across the street from the bus stop. Even before we went in, something told me it would be a bad idea, but there didn't seem to be much else around. First of all, there was this nasty patch of ice out in front of the shop. We really had to stretch our legs to cross over it without slipping. I told the proprietor about it but he just kind of looked at me blankly. I ordered Philly cheesesteak for myself and a Coke. Janette ordered a burger and fries and Pepsi. My Philly cheesesteak wasn't very good but at least it was edible, just barely. Janette took one bite of her burger and complained about it being spicy. Janette has more sensitive taste buds than mine, so usually when she complains about something being too spicy, I can barely taste it, but when I took one bite of her hamburger it was ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE! I almost felt like I was going to THROW UP!! And when I returned to my Philly cheesesteak, it just wasn't quite the same anymore. I wouldn't be surprised if that place spices their meat into oblivion to disguise the fact that it might very well be HORSE MEAT!!

My bowels were in an uproar pretty much ever since and I'm afraid they still haven't quite recovered!

When we got to the theatre, we were well over an hour early but there was some kids' program still going on so there were still lots of parents and kids, complete with the usual assortment of babies and toddlers, milling about in the foyer, so we took off to look around at the strip mall we passed along that street.

Funny thing about this strip mall. It was SO NOT VISIBLE from where we got off the bus so we didn't even KNOW it EXISTED until we'd already eaten that Horrible Meal From Hell. This strip mall has AT LEAST two or three half-decent eateries we COULD have gone to if only we had KNOWN! At least now we know where to go NEXT TIME we're in the area. We lingered over coffee in this one particular shop while we killed time before the show. We will probably go to this place next time. I'll probably have a WESTERN for lunch! :)

The play we saw was "Wait Until Dark" and it was great! :) This is with the subscription ticket series I won from the draw at the Outcomes Celebration back in October. There are two more plays; Blythe Spirit in February, and Rumors in April.

Still no word from Hugh at Adventure Balloons! Well SCREW IT! Janette actually Googled "Las Vegas Balloon Excursions" and found LOTS!!! So if Adventure Balloons won't get back to us, they don't even DESERVE our business. Jacke, our travel agent, may actually be able to help pull strings for one of these other companies and I will write a nice, smug message to Adventure Balloons, rubbing their faces in our victory!! :P 

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Happy birthday to you and
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Greetings and hugs from cologne
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:iconrubcheeksplz: Thank you so much for adding me to your watch! :squee: It really brings a smile to my face which is more than I could've asked for. :D I hope that I can continue to impress with my future pieces! :heart:
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Happy birthday to you
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Greetings and hug from cologne
Ingeline-art ;-)))Undertale SOUL - Light Rose (Fanmade) (Not mine) Undertale SOUL - Light Rose (Fanmade) (Not mine) Undertale SOUL - Light Rose (Fanmade) (Not mine) Undertale SOUL - Light Rose (Fanmade) (Not mine) Undertale SOUL - Light Rose (Fanmade) (Not mine)
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:love: Thank you for the favorites, it really means ever so much to me that you enjoy my artwork! I invite you to add me to your watch so that you can see all the future beaded and stitched pieces I have planned! :blowkiss: Just think of the sparkles... :squee:
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Happy birthday! :D :hug: :party: :cake:
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Happy birthday to you and
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Thank you for adding my quilt to your Favorites and for watching, I hope you will enjoy my future art :) .
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Thanks for all the faves!  :) (Smile) 
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