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I thought I said everything that needed to be said when I wrote my original post on the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse. What I didn’t realize is that the photos I posted of various anniversary stuff (ranging from cookies to waffle irons) was just the beginning. I went back to Target last week and I saw that the store had more 90th anniversary Mickey Mouse stuff that I hadn’t seen before, starting with this 90th anniversary remote control Mickey car.

Target had a special box of small Mickey Mouse plushes that depict him in the various stages of his long and distinguished career.

The box even had a cute handle shaped like Mickey Mouse heads.

There were small vinyl 90th anniversary Mickeys that I hadn’t seen before.

Plus there were 90th anniversary Mickey Mouse Christmas ornaments.

There’s one surprise I found out about a Mickey item I had previously blogged about. I saw Mickey Mouse Steamboat Willie plushes at Target. What I didn’t realize is that this particular plush is also animatronic. If you press one of his hands, he’ll rock side to side and sing Steamboat Willie‘s opening theme song. I shot a short video showing this.

I wouldn’t be surprised if more 90th anniversary Mickey items will arrive in stores in the near future. In any case, I’m not going to write any more posts about the 90th anniversary Mickey Mouse unless I see something that’s incredibly unique and interesting. One could easily spend 40 hours a week trying to keep track of all of the 90th anniversary Mickey items that are out there and I just don’t have the time to do that at the moment.

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Here are some miscellaneous random photos I recently took, starting with a couple of shots I took at Target.

What do you get when you mix LEGO with the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park? This DVD.

DVD I Saw at Target

And here’s Barbiezilla next to her normal-sized counterpart.

Two Barbie Dolls

This next one was taken at Third Eye Comics in Annapolis, Maryland. Here are some DC superheroes as sex symbols.

Vinyl Figures at Third Eye Comics in Annapolis, Maryland

And last, but not least, here is a dragon head wall decoration hanging inside Third Eye Games, also in Annapolis, Maryland.

Cool Wall Decoration

Last Saturday I went to this event at Tanglewood Works in Hyattsville, Maryland, which was hosting a vintage pop-up event featuring clothes, jewelry, and other items made from vintage items by local artisans. When I arrived at the store, I noticed that it has recently gotten a new colorful paint job.

Tanglewood Works, Hyattsville, Maryland, August 13, 2017

The next few photos show just a few of the vintage items that were available for sale last weekend.

Tanglewood Works, Hyattsville, Maryland, August 13, 2017

Tanglewood Works, Hyattsville, Maryland, August 13, 2017

Tanglewood Works, Hyattsville, Maryland, August 13, 2017

After I went to Tanglewood Works, I walked across Route 1 where Franklin’s General Store is located. The only photo I took while I was there was for this line of wine known as Mommy’s Time Out. I have plenty of friends who are moms who could use this, especially when their children become challenging at times.

Mommy's Time Out wine

Third Eye Comics has been around for a few years. The store had simply moved to larger quarters just around the corner from its former location. The store decided to have a grand opening event to celebrate this. Here’s a look at the entrance to the new facilities.

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

This is a really cool example of trompe l’oeil.

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

As you can see in the next few photos this event was well attended.

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

There were all kinds of items available for sale, such as this Weeping Angel tote bag from the Doctor Who TV show.

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

There were comic books, graphic novels, vinyl toys, coffee mugs, and other kinds of related merchandise available for sale.

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics also has a games store, known as Third Eye Games, whose entrance is located next to Third Eye Comics’ space.

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

As you can guess from the name, Third Eye Games have all kinds of card games and board games available for sale, such as this Ghostbusters game.

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

There were plenty of people playing games when I was there.

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

I took advantage of the store’s special 20% discount on graphic novels to make my one and only purchase from that store. As you can guess by the cover, Deadpool the Duck is a mash-up between Howard the Duck and Deadpool. Having read it, I can tell you that it’s definitely hilarious. I would recommend picking it up if you have the chance.

Third Eye Comics Grand Opening, July 8, 2017

I spent the Fourth of July holiday attending a party at a friend’s home whose backyard overlooks Greenbelt Lake. Here is what the view looks like.

The View From a Friend's Home at Her Fourth of July Party

It was really cool seeing the fireworks being shot over the lake with the reflection in the water. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get a short of the fireworks. Like I wrote the other day, my smartphone camera is starting to act erratic lately. Sometimes it’ll work perfectly while other times I get this dreaded “Camera Error” message along with “Please restart camera.” I restart the camera only to get that same error message. I leave my smartphone camera alone for a while and the camera starts to work normally again. That problem has gotten so bad that I now take the older and heavier Canon Digital Rebel EOS DSLR camera with me if I’m going to a place where I really want to take pictures.

That day I left the Canon camera home because I didn’t feel like lugging it around and my smartphone acted up after I took my one and only photo on the Fourth of July. While I would’ve loved to have gotten some fireworks photos, I’m not too bitter because I had previously taken photos of Fourth of July fireworks in Greenbelt Lake in 2013, 2014, and 2016,

Here’s a gorgeous sunset photo I took on July 11, 2017.

Gorgeous Sunset

And last, but not least, I was visiting a friend at his job at the Takoma Park Public Library on July 14, 2017 when I saw this customized Bart Simpson vinyl toy that was on display there.

Customized Bart Simpson Vinyl Figure

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During the recent Memorial Day holiday weekend I was invited to a party that was held at the home of a woman I know from my support group for people who are separated or divorced. Since the party was held in Crownsville, I decided to head to Third Eye Comics, which is located on the outskirts of nearby Annapolis since I was going to be in the area anyway. I took a couple of quick pictures of some of the items they have in their store besides comic books.

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Ever since I did some serious downsizing in the wake of my husband’s sudden walkout on me five years ago, I’ve been making do with limiting most of my Christmas decorations to a coffee table in my living room. I basically celebrate something I call a Tabletop Christmas. Here’s a picture of my setup that I took in 2012 but it’s still the same this year so I have no problem with reposting it.

Christmas tree in 2012

I’ve written previous blog posts about some of my decorations that I’ve put up, which you can read about at these links below:

Angel Christmas Tree Topper

Christmas angel treetopper

Hippie Merman Ornament

Ginger Cottages Incense Burner

Behnke's Nurseries, December 14, 2012

A Small One-Piece Peruvian Nativity Set

Nativity made in Peru

A Small One-Piece Wooden Nativity Set

My new nativity scene I purchased from Valley View Farms

Two Hedgehog Ornaments That I Originally Purchased When I Owned Spike, My Late Pet Hedgehog

My new hedgehog ornaments I purchased from Valley View Farms

Befana the Witch Glass Ornament

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Ornament Resembling a Stuffed Teddy Bear in a Traditional German Outfit

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A Snowman Bell

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A Robot Nutcracker

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A Fused Glass Gingerbread Man That I Made in a Workshop

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A Fused Glass Tree-Shaped Ornament That I Made in a Workshop

Fused Glass Christmas Ornament

A Vintage Elf That I’ve Owned Long Before the Elf on the Shelf Became This Annual Big Marketing Juggernaut

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Animatronic Mickey’s Clock Shop

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Tangled Reindeer Which I Customized Myself

Rudolf the Red-Nosed Tangled Reindeer

Steampunk Snowman Which I Customized Myself

Steampunk Snowman

Macy’s Christmas Ornament Featuring a Mickey Mouse Balloon and the World Trade Center

2000 Macy's Christmas Ornament

Lace Moose Ornament

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Owl Made From a Tiny Gourd

Owl Gourd Christmas Ornament

A Delftware Style Ornament

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There’s only one other place where I also make a token observation to Christmas besides my living room coffee table. I have a wooden Santa Mickey Mouse puppet that hangs outside throughout the holiday season. That’s my only outdoor decoration I have and it’s one that I previously wrote about back in 2014.

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And now, for the first time in this blog, here’s a selfie of me wearing a Santa Mickey hat and a red Christmas sweater posting next to my Santa Mickey puppet.

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For added measure, here’s another selfie.

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This morning I went to church (Christmas fell on a Sunday this year) then I went to a local Chinese restaurant where I ate lunch at its usual special-priced weekend buffet. Here is what I got in my fortune cookie: A message that said “You will pass a difficult test that will make you happier.”

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Hmmmm. I’ll see about that. It would be cool if that fortune came true because I can use some happy times right about now.

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Here are a few things I found in the stores this holiday season, starting with the dinosaur-themed items I found in Target.

Dinosaur Stuff

Dinosaur Stuff

Dinosaur Stuff

Then there are the games that you can literally play while you’re on the toilet, which I found on sale at Five Below.

Games You Can Play on the Toilet

Meanwhile Safeway was selling these specially marked foods, such as the special Baltimore Ravens edition of Utz potato chips.

Specially Marked Package

Then there is this special version of Cheerios where one can easily make pumpkin spice part of a regular meal. (LOL!)

Specially Marked Package

You can now purchase Cthulhu, Chucky, Regan from The Exorcist, and Freddy Kruger as cute and cuddly vinyl figurines.

Pop! Vinyl Figures

Sometimes, when shopping gets overwhelming (especially this time of the year where I have to deal with more crowds than usual), I like to simply step outside. One day, while I was in a mall parking lot, I happened to catch this nice looking sky.

Nice Sky

Even though I’ve gotten back into reading comic books over the last few years, I’m still very picky as to what I’ll buy mainly because each issue costs a whopping $3.99. (I can remember when comic books used to cost 25 cents but I was a child at the time. I got into reading them for a few years as a young adult when my then-fiancee who later became my ex-husband was a big comic book fan and they cost around 75 cents per issue then prices went up to $1 per issue before going even higher to$1.25 per issue. We stopped reading them as a married couple when prices shot up to $1.50 per issue. Now they are even more expensive than ever before.)  These days it would be so easy for me to drop $100 if I were to pick up every comic book with an intriguing cover that’s currently on sale so I have to limit myself very strictly.

I learned via Facebook that Third Eye Comics in Annapolis was having a comic book signing for this new comic book that has just released its first issue of a new comic book known as Kim & Kim. Since my real first name is Kim (short for Kimberly), I was attracted to that comic book based on just the name for the same reasons why I was previously attracted to the early 1980’s arcade game Space Ace (where the hero had to rescue a kidnapped woman named Kimberly) and the Disney Channel cartoon series Kim Possible.

Here’s a photo of the all-female team who is currently working on the Kim & Kim series: Magdalene “Mags” Visaggio (writer), Katy Rex (editor), Claudia Aguirre (colors), and Eva Cabrera (pencils and inks).

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I introduced myself by my first name and they were pretty cool about it. They said that this comic book would be called Kim & Kim & Kim. Here is what my signed comic book looked like.

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I really liked it so much that I decided to I purchase another copy of Kim & Kim #1 the following day so I could have a second copy just to read while shopping for a frame for the signed copy. I found this shadowbox frame on sale at A.C. Moore last week and it looks really good.

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As for the comic book itself, the first issue seems promising. The two Kims are a team of bounty hunters in outer space and there is not only subtle lesbian hints but one of the Kims admitted that she’s transgender as well. Wow! Of course there’s plenty of action as well (meaning the kind of action one usually sees in comic books, not anything sexual). It’ll be interesting to see if it can maintain its momentum over the next several issues.

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I took a few other photos at Third Eye Comics, including these interesting looking vinyl figurines.

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Then there are these two vinyl figures based on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

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Nearly one year ago I wrote a rant (along with providing pictures) on why I rarely visit a bookstore like Barnes & Noble. That post briefly received attention from other blogs, which resulted in more visits to this blog than usual. I hadn’t been back at Barnes & Noble since I wrote that post until recently.

I was searching for a certain book because I had wanted to take part in a book discussion group that members of my support group for people who are separated or divorced decided to try as a separate program from the usual Thursday night support group meetings. I didn’t find the book I wanted to buy (I ultimately had to resort to purchasing it online through Powell’s Books) but I found something else that one would not expect to find in a bookstore of all places.

Would you associate with a store that calls itself “Barnes & Noble Booksellers” with selling 3-D printers? I wouldn’t myself so imagine my surprise when I found this printer on display.

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The next photo shows the sign for the printer. It’s a da Vinci Jr. printer from XYZprinting and it retails for $349.95. Having seen it in person, I can say that, compared to other printers of its ilk, it doesn’t take up a lot of space. But the price is pretty steep for something that churns out small sculptures and toys.

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It’s still easier to find a vinyl figure, a jigsaw puzzle, or a board game at Barnes & Noble than a book since non-books still outnumber books in each of the different stores that I have visited over the past few years. The next two photos prove it. If I didn’t mention in this post where these photos were take, you probably would’ve concluded that I took them in a toy store or novelty shop.

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In a way maybe it was a blessing that I didn’t find the book that I was looking for because Barnes & Noble still pushes that $25 per year membership, which is pretty crappy considering that the online booksellers offer lower prices without pushing any kind of pricey membership.

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