Fresh & Easy

Made my first trip to our new Fresh & Easy grocery store. I am fairly impressed (although Albertson’s is still my favorite grocery store). I had a coupon and got another at the store, so I ended up saving $12, making my total purchase of 4 big bags of food only $54, score! so here are the things I found interesting:

– Way more brand name stuff than Henry’s, but not all the brand names you might want.
– Tons and tons of pre-made foods, made in house I think.
– Sampled the Tomato Basil Soup, lovely!
– Some sale prices are outrageously good…Lean Cuisines for $1.50
– Not a ton of fancy cheeses, to which I am partial.
– Produce is all pre-packaged, boo. Sometimes I just want 1 apple.
– Produce selection was a bit scant.
– Bakery section was a bit small.
– All self-checkout, good and bad.
– Good: I was able to do it all and pay without help.
– Bad: Bagging my own groceries and trying to get out of the way for the next guy.
– Also Bad:Left my pancake mix behind because I was trying to get out of the way.

All in all, cheaper than Ralph’s or Henry’s overall, better selection on most items than Henry’s, produce is the real loser here. I will be going back, but I am still not sure that this will be my regular grocery store.

Anyone else have input?

Tangerines

The past few days our lovely landlord at the office has been bringing in tangerines from her tree. I must say they are wonderful! The sweetest little tangerines I have ever had. I’ve been averaging about 4 per day and they have completely subdued my sweet tooth. The best part is that I have been craving citrus fruit for over a month, but every time I buy some from the store it is dry or sour or over-ripe. A perfect little treat, at just the right time.

The Disneyland Annual Pass Strategy

If you are looking to buy an annual pass for Disneyland, I’ve found a method that potentially saves money. So here goes.

1. You don’t buy a pass until you are planning to go to the park anyway. This starts your 365 countdown as late as possible.
2. You buy a regular one-day admission ticket to one park and upgrade to an annual pass once inside. This way you avoid all the “black-out day” non-sense for your first visit. You will only have to pay the difference between your one-day ticket and the annual pass of your choosing.
3. Choose the lowest level annual pass available to you, so your upgrade will be less expensive. Note: you can add parking to any annual pass for $60-ish. If you are a couple or family, try just adding parking to one of your passes since you will most likely be together.
4. If you want to return to the park on a “black-out day”, simply upgrade your pass again to whichever pass will allow your visit. Again, you will only pay the difference between the pass you have and the one you are purchasing.

With this method, you may be able to avoid the cost of upgrading to a Premium pass, since you may never end up going to the park on a day that is blacked-out anyway.

Disclaimer: I do not work for Disney, nor do I have insider knowledge regarding their policies. I’ve just had an annual pass for the past 8 years. As far as I know this will work just fine, but there are no guarantees in life. So happy trails!

For ticket prices etc, visit the Disneyland website: Disneyland.com

New Years 2009

On to another year…they just keep coming, don’t they? I guess that’s better than if they stopped.

2008 was an interesting year:

– Started Twittering
– Tackled the most projects ever in one year
– Ate escargot (not bad at all)
– Joined Facebook
– Went to Chicago, Napa and Austin
– Programmed my first ENTIRE website with web standards
– Installed my first vinyl signs
– Experience the coldest weather of my life (14 degrees)
– Discovered Gelato, namely Frati Gelato
– Witnessed 9 double-yolked eggs in one carton
– Lost a dear family member
– Made my first trip to the OC Fair
– Got a skin biposy, benign
– Witnessed the greated economic downturn since the great depression
– Participated in my first election since moving to SoCal
– Laughed
– Cried
– And all the rest, thank God.

Happy New Year, everyone…the beat goes on.