Week 20: Disneyland!

Welcome to my grown up spring break long weekend! My friend and i went to Disneyland for two full days and i am EXHAUSTED.  i mean we did so much. and whoever says you can do Disneyland in a day (cough, laura, cough) is clearly on crack.  I’m not even sure how to approach this entry because there is too much to fit in.  so i think i’m gonna do day by day.

Day1: really night 1, we arrived late and strolled over to downtown disney to do some drinking.  and it was grad night.  we had to have someone escort us through the hoardes of kids to get to the bars.  and by escort, i mean a hopped-up-on-disney employee who insisted on making a path for us by throwing her arms out wide all crossing guard style, while telling us the very best disney secrets. we were enthralled. until the secrets were some hidden mickey crap on rides and the fact that if you hear a clicking on main street it’s walt’s speech in morse code.  who cares? i mean we don’t know morse code. lamest secrets ever.  it’s ok, we drowned our sorrows in beer.  also we saw a young woman lurching down the sidewalk talking to herself.  what could we say except: “drunk or special?”

Day 2:  Our main focus that day was the Disneyland park, basically fantasyland from Disney world.  we got there bright and early, decked out in our very finest matching outfits.  i jest. sort of. poor guy did wear a turquoise shirt and i did have on turquoise sneakers but it was totally a “coincidence”. i swear. i hardly ever put my sneaker up to his shirt to better admire the matchy.  anywho we stopped upon our entrance to gaze at the castle…the really small castle. the not-like-disneyworld-castle. fun fact: d-world gets the giant cinderellas castle, d-land has the teeny sleeping beauty castle.  sleeping beauty really got the shaft. but you can walk thru that csatle which was cool.  first things first we got a few fast passes and then scouted out the perfect first ride: the matterhorn (or matador, or himalayas, for whatever reason we couldn’t remember the name of it all trip). and thus began the ride extravaganza.  we did nearly everything. and all the rides were super fantstic.  and we walked, and walked, and walked.  according to my fitbit (wicked awesome pedometer thingy) we walked almost 12 miles that day. i’m guessing closer to 10 because of my habit of getting excited and doing a little dance or running in place. lots of steps, very little distance.  after we had tuckered ourselves out with rides and food and some ridic people watching (seriously almost blind from a terrible plumbers crack at lunch) we went over to World of Color light show at California Adventure park.  and holy crap.  it was AMAZING.  it’s fountains, and colors, and lasers, and music and they project short scenes from movies on the mist.  i mean it made the bellagio fountain show look like a kid with a sprinkler and a flashlight.  after the show we realized the park was open for like 10 more minutes so we RACED to do a ride on our way out.  and my friend accidentally roofied himself.  note to self: beer + dramamine + beer =roofie.  never before have i seen a guy fall asleep while eating chicken fingers at ESPN zone.  it was an event. (worst part was, the ride wasn’t even spinny, so he didn’t even need to roofie himself)

Day 3: Woke up in the morning and thought the Hulk had been bench pressing me using my hips and thighs.  BLACK & BLUE all over. thanks to my crack detective skills i figured it out.  note to self: don’t wear dark denim shorts from the gap outlet without washing them first. TERRIBLE.  lesson learned.  so we hit disneyland just for one ride: the Indiana Jones Extravaganza.  AND we scored by being nice and harmless looking and a woman gave us her extra fast passes! great start to the day.  SO FUN. and then we zipped over to California Adventure for the bulk of our day.  their rides are fun as well, more movie themed. Toy Story Mania is especially cool, you basically go through playing 3D interactive shooting types games and try to get a high score.  had an apple slushie for the first time, it was pretty good.  more crazy walking.  i’ll let you in on a little secret.  i’m not a great walker.  i can’t walk straight.  if you walk with me, i will bump into you.  well guess what? my friend is the same way. oh he will deny it, but we were bumping into each other every 3 minutes and i swear it was only my fault like 65% of the time.  then back to disneyland for the only ride we rode twice: Space Mountain.  i mean it’s a classic for a reason, it’s AWESOME.  hot tip: wear your sunglasses, it makes it cooler cause you can’t see the outlines of the structure then. i have to give my friend credit for not making fun of my woo’ing and screaming on every ride (although he hooted and hollared as well), AND because he didn’t make me go on tower of terror due to my extreme anxiety over not knowing when we fall.  literally the one time i went on that i almost gave myself a heart attack. AND because i got him to say ridonkulous.  i think i’m gonna integrate ridic into his vocab next.  sucka!  after another 10 mile day, night 3 called for no walking: we went to an Angels game (what better place to be for the rapture than ANGELS stadium?) which was fun and a nice break from themes and kids.  then BACK to downtown disney to see Pirates 4! i only thought it was good, not great.  that could have been my massive exhaustion talking, but i think it lacked the fantastical parts of the other ones.

sidenote- on the first night we saw a midget dressed up like Jack Sparrow.  Pirate Midget!  all in all it was a fantstic trip.  i was unsure about how D-land would compare to D-world, but it is a pretty even match.  if you have a week go for D-world, if you have 3 days, go for D-land. and do yourself 2 favors: go with someone who likes theme parks (my friend gave me a real run for my money on enthusiasm) and take a pedometer (you just feel cool knowing how much you walk). also anyone who thinks we are still in a recession- go to a Disney park, you will eat your words.

*don’t have my camera today, so if you really need the visual (stalker!) wait till tonite and ill post some pics on my facebook.
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Week 19: The Dirty 30

What young girl doesn’t dream her whole life about turning 30? a whole day where all the attention is on them and it is the highlight of their young life… oh wait.  that’s not right. that’s a wedding!  30 is a whole different kettle of fish. but i digress…

i actually did enjoy turning 30, a whole new decade, all the potential and possibilities in front of me. the presents and cake. blah blah blah. but i did have to consciously silence that damn little voice that was moaning and groaning and persistently pointing out all the things i had NOT done, that i thought i would have by 30.  but if you are always looking back you can’t see what is coming up, so i ignored the voice and looked ahead to the Wine Tour!  i turned 30 on monday and then had the whole week to wait for my b-day party on saturday: an all day birthday extravaganza to Seneca Lake on a fancy limo bus with 11 of my friends and family. oh yeah!

the wine trip was great.  everyone got along well (not surprising, since half of us were related to each other, awesome or both) and we had lots of fun on the way up and on the way home in the limo bus.  mimosas in the morning and Pirates of the Caribbean on the way home (had to prep for the 4th!) dina gets a special shout out for being a fantastic preggers photographer, every time we looked up she was behind whatever bar (or screen!) taking pictures of all of us. and it was super nice to not have to take a single picture and return home with a full memory card 🙂 plus i’m in a vast majority of the pics which never happens when you take your own pics.

and i also have to mention the present boni and scott got me.  not the super awesome rolling cooler of goodies.  the other one.  the bag of things i “need now that i’m 30”. metamuecil, corn pads, ben-gay, reading glasses, arthritis tylenol, hemmroid creme, depends, and a seriously frightening pair of granny panties.  it was a little bag of horrors. although all the funnier to me, since i was the youngest one on the bus. (suckers!)  and boni did alert me that “gift receipt is in the bottom, return all that to target and buy something fun” which i will.  except my reading glasses cause my mom liked them 🙂

We managed to hit a total of 5 places:

1. Red Newt- far and away the star of the trip.  winery with some very nice wines, gorgeous tasting room with a nice view, and best of all an awesome cafe with a very fun and sophisticated menu.  including everyones favorite: the Wine Flight! they had like 8 different samplers of wine where you got three tastings of each, and by “tasting” they mean basically a full glass of wine.  and these were the fancy, expensive, delicious wines.  all the food looked good, i can vouch for the chicken and avocado sammy. so basically we started with a bang.

2. Caywood- much more rustic and the wines were way too sweet for me, but all that is moot because they are known for their Champagne.  mmm, didn’t even matter that we drank out of glorified dixie cups.  their champagne was worth it, and they are also the people that make Great Western! but they were all out of stock.  but several of us did buy the “millennium” champagne for $10.45 which used to sell at the Plaza in NYC for $325.  what up mark up. they also have a very nice Rose that sells at some club in the Hamptons that P Diddy and JLo go to.  fun fact.

3. Penguin Bay- This winery had a very nice tasting room, great view, kind of lacking on the delicious wine though.  not my favorite. but i did like that they had a list of your choices and you marked off what you wanted to try.

4. Wagner- had a psycho swan.  and mutant koi carp.  seriously, we were all standing by the pond (behind the fence) looking at the freak fish, and the swan glided over and started attacking the fence.  vicious.  this one is a winery and brewery, and methinks they should just stick to brewery.  the wine was not my favorite plus they paired it with some very bland popcorn for snackys.  sub-par.  but the brewery was great and you could get pitchers of beer and retire to their HUGE deck and chill.  totally worth it.

5. Roosterfish- our last stop, is a brewpub and restaurant.  great beer, you can do a sampler which i always like, and the food was just what we needed by then, hearty and filling, their ham & grilled cheese was fantastic. good place to end your tour, because unlike the wineries they don’t close 5.

so we made it home safe and sound, wine happy, a full year older and a wine rack fuller.  thanks to everyone for helping me turn 30!

Week 18: The Bachelor Party

so this was actually my third bachelor party. of course the first two i wasn’t technically invited to, more like made friends with… the first was a Fliers bachelor party that a bachelorette party i was in made friends with in Philly: positive- got VIP bottle service, negative- watched the groom-to-be make out with our maid of honor. trashity trashy.  the second was at a localish casino: positive- fun guys, lots of dancing, negative- the whole bachelor party including me and my cousin got kicked out of the casino.  oops. so the third one was this weekend and the first one that i was actually invited to, and the first one where i knew the bachelor. and there were no real negatives! besides my hangover of course.  unsurprisingly we were That Group.  very loud, taking up half the bar, doing giant group shots, and there may have been some dancing and inappropriate pictures.  not of me of course.  and i wasn’t the only girl there which was a bonus.  and the other girl wasn’t a stripper which was a double bonus.  ha.

this weekend was also the Kentucky Derby! hats, bourbon, and horses.  had some fantastic mint juleps, but no one at the party bet on the winning horse. or the second place.  we are clearly terrible at betting. 

earlier this week was another first.  my very first wedding cake tasting.  of course it was for my sisters wedding, but, semantics. it was not everything i hoped and dreamed it would be.  i pictured plates of different cake slices, little bowls of potential fillings and icings and the lovely ability to mix and match and create any cake we wanted.  and champagne.  but what we got was a few cupcakes with filling, one icing, no drinks, a plastic fork and no napkins.  this cake maker was clearly not in it to win it.  of course the Radisson has this bakery included in the price so i guess she didn’t feel the need to wine and dine us.  but the cake was yummy and we got what my sister wanted so it worked out. 

another thing that wasn’t all i hoped and dreamed it would be? the stationary bike at my gym that has like a video game mode where you have to steer to hit targets and such.  it was fun, but man those bikes are uncomfortable on the tush.  sheesh. 

two things that exceeded my expectations: MOVIES! Fast Five was great, basically Gone in 60 seconds and The Italian Job mixed up.  very exciting and with lots of pretty people.  and THE ROCK!  also saw Thor. Really good.  super fabulous it could even be said.  the guy that plays Thor is one of the few superhero guys that can wear a costume without looking ridiculous.  and makes me very excited for the Avenger movie.

and the very bestest thing? My lawn guy is back from college and wants to mow lawns for another summer! thank the gods cause i suck at lawn mowing.  and it’s exhausting.  and it took me like a half an hour to fill it up with gas.  i mean really. ridic.

tomorrow i turn 30.  joy. perhaps Thor will get exiled from Asgard again and end up in my backyard.  naked. 

that would make turning 30 worth it.

Week 17: Healthier

Welcome to my week of attempted healthy living! 

Monday: for exercise i walked the lake and it was the perfect weather, warm but not hot with a nice breeze and no bugs.  if only we could have no bugs all the time. and i took my little hand weights, which made me look dorky, but oh well.  for healthy eating i had a smoothie (banana, yogurt, fruit, and oj) and a salad for dinner.  for house stuff i spread more vole-b-gone.  for indulgences i had smidgens (hey it is easter season after all!) and some gossip girl.  and then we had a thunderstorm.  i mean a ‘woke me out of a dead sleep, scared the crap out of me’ thunderstorm.  the lightning and thunder were so impressive i got out of bed twice to make sure my house (or anyone around me) had not been struck by lightning. vicious.

Tuesday: homemade parfait for lunch! yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, granola and almonds.  delicious.  and a boring salad…  for my body i went to the chiropractor for a tune-up.  like a car, ha.  my back is very finicky and every so often tightens up on me so i hit up the chiro to get realigned.  if anyone needs a good chiro in Tunk i go to Tunk Chiropractic and see Dr. Morris, and he is GREAT.  super effective at fixing my back.  after that i headed home and boni and i went kayaking for the first time this year! we have decided we are going to be kayakers now and i have to say, we are pretty great at it.  of course we went on a super windy afternoon so one way down the lake was super easy, barely had to paddle, and then we turned around.  and FOUGHT our way back down the lake.  we had to paddle so hard we could barely take a break to drink our beer lest we get blown back down the lake.  then we finally got back to her moms dock and the wind died.  the lake was totally still.  sheesh.  but at least we got a good arm/ab workout 🙂  so if anyone is selling a nice kayak let me know, i’m in the market.  for my indulgence i watched The Voice.  it was super good! made me love adam levine more and christina aguillera less.  on the whole, much better than anticipated.

Wednesday: Healthy eating- more parfait.  i really really like it.  and combined with a spicy chx snack wrap from Wendys, makes for a pretty satisfying lunch.  was going to get up early and do yoga this morning, but there was an epic battle and my bed won.  again.  i made my hair healthier today by getting a haircut, just a trim and some layers. then the healthy kinda stopped.  i guess today was more indulgences- pizza for dinner and popcorn, soda, and candy at the movies 🙂 no exercise, although i did look at kayaks before the movie!

Thursday: these nightly thunderstorms are really killing my motivation to work out in the AM.  not that i ever really have any, but i did want to try this week.  5 AM wake up call of wind and rain and thunder and lightning just made me snuggle into my bed and be glad i wasn’t outside.  back on the healthy eating wagon today, fruit for breakfast, parfait and chx wrap for lunch, smoothie when i get home and pierogies (baked) and sweet potato fries (baked) for dinner. tried something new for exercise, circuit training.  my sister does this with her trainer and i found a routine in Shape magazine that i’ve been wanting to try.  they had 3 different circuits, with 3 exercises each.  out of the 9 i think i did 6 so for each circuit i picked the 2 i liked best/ had the accessories for, and tried them.  you do each exercise 8-10 reps, then do the next one in the circuit, and repeat the sequence 5 times, then move onto the next circuit.  it was pretty interesting.  and i’m a little sore which is always a good sign.  this would be fun to get a friend and do on the dock in the summer.  indulgence: Vampire Diaries, wine and a cookie.  i am so addicted to this show, it moves so fast and is so great.  go watch it.  the eye candy alone is worth it. 

Friday: parfait for breakfast.  gym after work. where i found my new favorite machine! thanks to a friend talking about it, i tried the rowing machine.  and man is it fun. and a calorie burner. and an ass kicker.  it could totally be improved by making it an interactive game like the tvs on the bikes have.  at my gym you can set a program on a bike and you have to pedal faster to get points, kind of like you are in a video game. literally you aim for stuff like green dragons to get points.  it looks awesome. that may be my next new machine.  but they should add it to the rowing machine as well.  loch ness monster, 50 points!  indulgences: mexican food at the new mexican cantina and tequila bar at Bellissimo.  thats right, an italian restaurant diversified by adding a mexican place onto their building.  pretty awesome.  and it wasn’t too shabby, probs better for happy hour than dinner though.  then Friday Night Lights.  best. show. on tv.

Weekend: this post is way too long.  i’m condensing.  healthy: mowed my lawn. still sore and it’s tuesday, thanks push mower! smoothies, and made a killer caprese salad with avocado and lemon for a BBQ.  unhealthy: ate 2 hot dogs and drank lots of beer at said BBQ.  unrelated: played a super fun game, Hoopla, at the BBQ (it got chilly so we had to head inside). it’s like cranium, but everyone is one team and you have to beat the clock.  super fun. also watched Salt with a friend, very good movie. it’s on instant netflix, so watch away.