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Good morning!!! [Apr. 1st, 2004|12:15 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Or, well, afternoon.

Yesterday we had a wonderful time - we ended up staying out all day, lol. We went to the Animal Kingdom (the animal park at Disney World) and had such fun! It was VERY crowded (spring break), but most of the attractions at the Animal Kingdom are just walk-throughs rather than things you have to wait in line for, so it didn't make that much of a difference there. We saw so many animals, as usual, hehe. The Komodo Dragon was having a wonderful time - usually they look pretty laid back, sitting in the shade, but this time one was swimming all over the place in his little river, playing in the waterfall, etc. Very cool! The monkeys were all being cute and wiley and adorable, and we saw all of the gorillas and tigers and all kinds of other animals.

We went to a little outdoor bar in the in Africa section and I got a "Blue Nile" which was a yummy coconut rum & blue Curaco type drink. Matt had a virgin pina colada, which was very good too. We went to the Tusker House restaurant there and had vegetable sandwiches with hummus, also very good.

We checked out the construction of "Expedition Everest" which is a HUGE mountain they are building there which will have a neat ride with Yetis and things (kind of like a Himalayan themed Matterhorn, perhaps, like at Disneyland in California), but it doesn't open until 2006, lol, so that'll be a bit of a wait....

After the Animal Kingdom we went out to Disney's "Old Key West" resort, and we had some snacks on their little boardwalk area - it's a beautiful, very laid back resort. THEN we went to Disney's Port Orleans resort which is a huge network of New Orleans themed hotels and little restaurants and stuff. One side of the resort is called "French Quarter" (where the hotels and surrounding resort areas are themed to the French Quarter) and the other side is "Riverside" which is themed to the large plantation homes - the hotels look like grand Southern Greek Revival mansions, with oaks and magnolias - all so pretty! We walked around the little river there, watched people having parties on their pontoon boats, etc.

We had a lot of fun! It was nice to have a day off.

But now, it's time to work =) I'm going to be multi-tasking - working on wobblesnorts' commission (the peach coloured painting on my webcam now), and some hand-embellished prints. I will be offering my "Alice" series in the limited edition canvas print format next!

You can watch me work HERE! I'm going to be doing some computer stuff first, but I'll be on there painting shortly!
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[User Picture]From: sunkachina
2004-04-01 09:42 am (UTC)
Your day sounds like so much fun. Was that the same kind of sandwiches you and I had at the Tusker House that one time? They were so good. How is the mountain coming along? Is it going to be as big as the Matterhorn? Also, have you heard about the possibility of Disney putting in a new ride at Epcot, Soaring over California (like at the California Adventure Park)? I heard or read that somewhere.
I've never been to the Old Key West or Port Orleans resorts. Did you drive there or ride buses or boats? You should go to Carribbean Beach resort sometime. It has lots of neat trails for walking, kind of reminds me of Celebration, actually! I miss the Animal Kingdom. I think Theodore would like seeing it soon.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-04-01 09:55 am (UTC)
Hi Chi!!! Oh - we had so much fun!!!!! Yep!!! Those were the same sandwiches that we had when we went there, hehe. We got mashed potatoes too, which were yummy (without the gravy they are vegetarian!).

Man - it looks like Expedition Everest will be HUGE! Probably as big as the Matterhorn even. You can just see the big steel girders and stuff, but you can see part of a track in there! It looks kind of like a roller coaster track, but only about 100 feet of it, just going off into nowhere on both sides straight through the middle. It looks like it twists really good too - I don't think it looks like it will go upside-down, but very sharply on its side.

Port Orleans is really cool! Matt & I decided that will be the first resort we stay at (next month they are running cheap special rates for Florida residents, so we are going to take a little vacation {yeah, I know, it's only like 4 miles from home, lol}). It's HUGE! Of course part of the reason it's so big is since it used to be Port Orleans and Dixie Landings both, and now it's all one big place. There were horsies there giving fancy carriage rides too, hehe. Old Key West is very pretty as well - it really reminds me of Celebration a lot too - and of course it reminded me of the actual town of Key West too. It feels less like a resort, and more like a little city (since it's a "Home Away From Home" I guess). The actual buildings look like fancy apartment buildings more than a resort - I kept thinking we were just walking around a nice neighborhood or something.

I still haven't been to Caribbean Beach yet! We'll probably go visit there soon. We just love riding the Disney buses around to all of the different resorts, hehe. I like going to the little bars and foodcourts and stuff, it always feels like I'm on vacation!!!!

I have heard rumours that Epcot might be getting a ride LIKE Soaring Over California, but it was just a rumour - I wonder if it would be the same ride, or themed differently? That would be really cool!!
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[User Picture]From: sunkachina
2004-04-03 05:15 pm (UTC)
Hey, with regards to the new ride at epcot: I did some research and got some verification that they are putting in soarin over califorina, same as the one at disneyland! I read it in several different places so i think it is accurate. It is supposed to go into the Land pavillion and will open in 2005. They say it will be the same as the one in california but it is a programmable ride and they can change the "movie" part if they want, so they might after time change the theming.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-04-04 09:17 am (UTC)
Aha!!! Hehe, I heard some people talking about it yesterday in the bathroom at Port Orleans, lol!!! It sounds like it's probably for sure then! How cool!!!!!!!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: sunkachina
2004-04-03 06:34 pm (UTC)
I also read that Food Rocks is gone! Is that true? If so, how sad!
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[User Picture]From: wickedshadows
2004-04-01 10:25 am (UTC)
Awww it sounds like you had soooo much fun!! Im jealous, LOL!! There is never anything fun to do around here. :( I wanna go to FL, hehehe.
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[User Picture]From: heatherica
2004-04-01 12:54 pm (UTC)
That sounds like so much fun!! I had a dream the other night with you and Matt in it! Isn't that weird? I don't remember anything other then you two were there (wherever "there" might be!) lol!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-04-01 03:06 pm (UTC)
Lol! That is funny!!!
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[User Picture]From: elsenorchichi
2004-04-01 04:38 pm (UTC)
Well - I think besides going to Canada to next year, I believe our Fall Trip is to Disney World, which is way cool 'cause I've never been and I really want to go. You'll have to come, because you'd be able to hear us. It would be my quintet (Bassoon, Horn, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe) and possibly another quintet from my school. It would be way cool!!!! Plus, I'd be eighteen, so I could leave the group and go sightseeing! I am so excited! I tell everyone, being a band nerd for ten years REALLY pays off. Well - I can't wait to see more art and I hope that you are having a great week. Talk to you real soon.

Phillip
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-04-01 06:52 pm (UTC)
How awesome!!! So you'll be playing AT Disney World?! Wow - I never did cool stuff like that when I was in band, hehe!!!
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[User Picture]From: elsenorchichi
2004-04-01 07:52 pm (UTC)
Yea - we played at Six Flags, Magic Mountain! YOU WERE IN BAND??????!!!!!! What did you play?!?! I am so excited now, hehehe
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-04-01 08:27 pm (UTC)
Of course! I'm an utter and complete nerd, lol - how could I not be in band? ;) I played the French Horn, and sometimes subbed in on the Baritone, lol!!! Not from choice really, we were just very poor growing up and the school district would only supply "loaner" instruments in French Horn and Baritone. I had to walk a good long ways to school too, dragging that big thing for years, lol. I used to spend a great deal of time tricking my sisters into carrying that bloody instrument for me! I rather liked the French Horn, but once I got into my mid-teens I was more interested in electric guitar, etc. and kind of drifted away from it (that, and the school asked for the instruments back, hmph!).
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[User Picture]From: elsenorchichi
2004-04-01 08:30 pm (UTC)
LOL - do you have an e-mail address where I could send a 3mB mp3 sound file. It is my quintet with a lot of french horn in it! I USED TO PLAY FRENCH HORN TOO!!!! Cool people rule!

Band Nerd Forever -

Phillip
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-04-02 09:37 am (UTC)
Sure! Just send it to my jasminetoad@aol.com address, hehe!!! =)
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2004-04-01 07:11 pm (UTC)
hey band geeks rock. i played for only 8 years though before having to give it all up. oh wells-have fun with it. (sorry to jump in there)
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[User Picture]From: elsenorchichi
2004-04-01 07:56 pm (UTC)
lol - no problems. BAND GEEKS UNITE... (crickets chirp) What did you play? Feel free to jump in any time.

Phillip

PS - You are on my friends list.... hope you don't mind
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2004-04-02 05:01 am (UTC)
i played alto/tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, and attempted the flute but really i was very poor at it. I used to just borrow instruments from the school and take them home and practice with the books.

I played the sax for 7 years though...that was my silly instrument because it was loud. jazz band was my favorite too.
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