Monthly Archives: August 2013

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2013

The time is nearly upon us for the 2013 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival. The festival will run from September 27 until November 11, 2013.  Once again you can taste your way around the world showcase delighting in the cuisines of many countries.  You can hobnob with celebrity chefs, join a Party for the Senses, sample international marketplaces and receive a first-class education in wine.  

Or try out a sweet treat event. A trio of sweet treat events focusing on the most decadent deserts.  Yum!  Go to a demo or seminar, learn about wine, cheese, deserts and wine pairing. 


Be sure to stop by the Festival Center located way in the front of the park off to the side next to the Energy building and Mission: Space rides. Her is where you will find the culinary demos, the wine classes, wine school,  mixology seminars, cheese classes as well as celebrity cooking demonstrations.  The festival center also has unique souvenirs of the Festival in the gift shop area.  Also you can find any bottle of wine that is available at any of the kiosks or pavilions for sale right here in the festival center! (also some limited beers and spirits). Check out what’s coming here! (also see)

Besides the food, my favorite part of the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival is the Eat to the Beat Series. I’m excited about many of these.  Some I have seen before and some are new. Concerts this year are:

STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas (always great!)
September 27 to September 29, 2013

Go-Go’s* (New)
September 30 to October 1, 2013

Air Supply
October 2 to October 4, 2013

Sister Hazel
October 5 to October 6, 2013

Sugar Ray
October 7 to October 9, 2013

Edwin McCain*(NEW)
October 10 to October 11, 2013

The Manhattan Transfer* (NEW)
October 12 to October 13, 2013

Wilson Phillips* (NEW)
October 14 to October 15, 2013

The Pointer Sisters
October 16 to October 17, 2013

Night Ranger (still fabulous)
October 18 to October 20, 2013

Boyz II Men
October 21 to October 23, 2013

Survivor (Still rocking!)
October 24 to October 25, 2013

.38 Special
October 26 to October 27, 2013

Smash Mouth
October 28 to October 30, 2013

Spin Doctors* (NEW)
October 31 to November 1, 2013

Christopher Cross* (NEW)
November 2 to November 3, 2013

November 4 to November 5, 2013

Dennis DeYoung (original member of STYX)(Still amazing. saw him last year)
November 6 to November 8, 2013

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
November 9 to November 11, 2013


What to know before you go.

  • Admission to the Park is required.
  • All food samples are tasting size and will cost you anywhere from 2.50 to 6.50 for a tasting portion.
  • There are always several options at each kiosk for food and drink.
  • The park will be busy.
  • Pick up a festival brochure before heading to the kiosks.  Or look at the menu here
  • If you are worried about spending too much during your visit. Gift cards with wrist hangers are available at Guest Services outside or inside of EPCOT, The Magic Kingdom, Disney Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom as well as Downtown Disney (on the Marketplace side).  You can preload them with your budged limit and enjoy the food.

Whatever your situation is, come on down to the Epcot Food and Wine festival.  You won’t regret it.

Buddy update 8-13-2013

Buddy went back to the vet last week.


According to the vet report and what my husband told me the lymph nodes on the dorsal side are still present and enlarged but stable in size.   However there is a firm thickening at the site of the previously removed anal gland. I don’t think that’s good.  Buddy has been rubbing his glands on the floor an extraordingary amount lately.  I wonder if a tumor is growing back and it’s irritating him.  I will continue to monitor the poop and he will go back to the vet next month.

His lungs are still clear.


It is incredible the number of posers on Twitter! I had a very bad experience recently with a group of three people whom appeared to be very real in every way. That is, until they weren’t. Until they became aggressive, abusive and bullying. They were also bullying an alleged 10 year old girl. Until they were demanding retweets.

I even had a DM conversation with one of them. This person “confided ” with me or so I thought and then was later told when I “betrayed” them.

They duped me and several of my friends. There were many red flags.

    a person of their stature would not speak the way they did, much less harass as 10 year old girl.
    They demanded retweets in order to keep following.
    There would be the same tweet from the three and sometimes four accounts (one was for a baby) simultaneously.
    One of them was so aggressive it seemed out of character for that person, and was done in the name of protecting another one in the group.
    There were blocking campaigne initiated by this group.
    They all had the same background photo.

I’m do not want to feed the trolls so I won’t name them here and I also don’t know the legal ramifications of doing so so I will not.

I feel stupid because I wanted to believe that I was speaking to this person whom I admire. I wanted to connect with this one particular person. As, did many other twitter people who were following them.

Some continue to believe that they are the real thing. I feel sorry for them.

It is against twitter rules to impersonate someone else. In case you were not aware here’s a link.


What have I learned and what is the take away from this entry?

    If it seems too good to be true in twitter, it probably is.
    If a celebrity profile is not verified, it’s probably a fake. Don’t fall for a “Private” account of a celebrity who has a verified account or even if they don’t.
    If they become abusive or bullying report and block immediately.
    If they consistently ask for retweets in order for them to keep following you, they are likely fake. Report and block them.
    If they demand you follow someone else, report and block them.

I heard from another source which I believe now to also be fake, who told me to block the person impersonating HER that they all turned out to be one person according to a reputable source. I don’t know if that is true but I hope it is and I hope twitter takes care of these posers. And any other posers out there.

Link: twitter audit

Staying Alive!!

In honor of my Basic Life Support for Healthcare providers class today.

For the layperson, Remember hands only CPR! Don’t worry about the breath! The compression will allow air to enter the lungs with their natural recoil. Remember to press hard and fast! At least 100 compressions per minute.

You may save a life!

What this funny video that teaches CPR.