Wednesday, March 21, 2018

friday full o'fun

so on friday, the bean got to skip school in the morning so she could attend a fun event at the local all-girls' high school.  she's part of their "lucy cubs" program for girls in grades K-8th, where she's pen pals with one of the seniors.  she's received a few super cute cards, including one on her birthday, and so she was pretty excited to attend the first "lucy cub day."  they were going to get to meet their pen pals, go through stations on campus where they'd do activities in science, dance and art and then have lunch together.

there was a super fun photo op when we got to the check-in:

guys.  class of 2026. holy crap.

she said they'd done some fun ballet moves during the dance class, worked on an art project that would be displayed at the school during their open house next month, and made some pink sparkly slime as the science activity.

and during lunch, she happened to run into a freshman who'd been her cheer sister when she was on the squad at school.  they got to sit together and she was so excited to spend some time with her.

i took her to school when the event was over so she could get caught up on her weekly tests and things, and then later on when her sister came home from work we headed out to catch a showing of "a wrinkle in time."

we loved that movie, by the way.  it's totally worth a trip to the movie theater.

later still, we were joined by the old lady's special friend for a trip out to K-1 speed - site of the bean's last birthday party.  we signed up to do a race together, and i was a little startled to learn that she'd grown so much since october that she was tall enough to drive the adult cars with us.

the headgear is so attractive.

we had a blast during our race and stopped for a couple of pictures on the way out.

for dinner we ended up at a brand-new dumpling house, stopped at a super popular boba tea spot and then went home to crash for the night.

i'm not sure we could've packed any more fun in that day if we'd tried.  good times.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

disney food & wine time!

on thursday, we decided to treat ourselves to a rare weekday trip to california adventure to check out the food & wine festival.  the bean had a special event happening the next morning that she didn't have to check into until a little later than our usual start time at school, so we figured it would be okay to stay out a little later than bedtime.  plus, we hadn't been since presidents' day and you know we were going through some major disney withdrawals by then.

after we parked, we found that there had been some changes in the security checkpoint and tram loading areas.  instead of being outside like before, we got off the elevator and were routed back around into the ground floor of the parking structure.

i think i read somewhere that either another parking structure or an extension of the existing one is being built, which is probably a good idea anyway even though the current one supposedly holds 10,000 cars.  at $20 a pop, that's quite the moneymaker.

the old lady was on the hunt for a specific jacket she'd seen people wearing last time she was there, so we slid through one of the shops on our way to the food kiosks.  as we walked through i noticed that those rose gold ears that were in such high demand just a couple of months ago are now everywhere - in the shops and on pretty much every other person wearing ears in the parks.  sheesh.

and we couldn't figure out what this logo was for.  do you know what this is?

we were pretty excited to eat.  these food festivals always have some fun stuff to try, and we'd already perused the menu beforehand to have an idea of what we'd want to grab.  we stopped at one of the merchandise kiosks to buy the annual passholder-exclusive pass, which gave us 8 little tickets to redeem at any of the stands for anything besides alcohol.  it's a great deal if you make sure you pick the priciest items on the menus.

the bean was excited for our first stop:

this is the citrus-brined pork roast, served with a lemon pepper slaw.  it was really delicious, and we were satisfied with the serving size.

the bean grubbed down on the crispy orange chicken and rice, which came with some housemade garlic crackers.  it was really tasty.

next up:

we were all intrigued by the popcorn lemonade cocktail (non-alcoholic, of course).  too bad it ended up tasting like feet.  OMG, it was so gross.  we couldn't even make ourselves drink it and tossed it in the nearest trash can after picking off the candy corn.

the caramel popcorn crispy treat was a'ight.  the bean liked it, but i wasn't a fan of the texture.  bummer.

the garlic kissed menu looked promising, and we got one of each item.

the creamy mac & cheese was exactly what it said it was, and we loved it.

the bean and i split the black garlic soy-braised pork belly banh mi.  it was super delicious.

while the old lady isn't a pork belly fan at all, she was happy to sit with us and wash down her share of the mac & cheese with her first bloody mary.

happy campers.

the pier looks so sad with everything being shut down and worked on for the transformation to pixar pier.

the bean surprised us by requesting the avocado ice cream pop here:

she said it just tasted like vanilla ice cream (not a bad thing).

at our last kiosk of the night, i enjoyed the goat cheese fromage blanc tartan with rosemary and hazelnuts.  it was creamy and delicious, and the bean took a bite and liked it.  the old lady leans more towards hard cheese vs. creamy, so she passed on it.

as i munched, we perused the little art gallery tucked away in the corner.  there were some really fun canvases and prints available, but i couldn't imagine where we'd put them if we bought any.

we found the annual passholders corner nearby, where we received our free button and got to take a(n extremely overexposed and uncentered) picture with daisy duck.

the last stop of the evening was the old muppet theater for a sneak peek of the new "a wrinkle in time" movie.  costumes worn by oprah, reese witherspoon and mindy kaling were on display in the waiting area.

we liked the preview so much we ended up going to see it the very next day.  it's a fantastic movie, and we loved it.

the food & wine festival goes through april 12th.  i'm really hoping we get to visit again before it ends - especially since we have a few tabs left on our festival passes to redeem.  mmmm, more pork belly for my belly.

Monday, March 19, 2018

doing a little antiquing

after running an errand with me one day last week, the old lady and i found ourselves with some time to kill before we had to pick up the bean from school.  we debated going to disneyland to try some of the treats at this year's food & wine festival, but we didn't want to have to rush back and potentially run late.  we'd both been craving some grub from urth cafe, and a quick check online told us that there was one in the old town area of orange.  it didn't take too long to get there, and we were pretty excited to have some delicious lunch and one of their delicious spanish lattes.

except that as we turned the corner, we were the worst way.  the damn place was still under construction:

even though we were super bitter about it, the ridiculousness of the situation was just so damn funny and we couldn't stop laughing.  gah!

instead of finding somewhere else to have some lunch, we ended up walking through an antique mall and browsing through all the stuff for sale.  i love crap like this...the place is divided into small stalls that are rented out to people to tag and display their items for sale.  you find all sorts of the most random stuff here, like this $30 bottle of obama jones soda:

we stumbled across a ton of disney collectibles and spent a ridiculous amount of time inspecting it all.  there were tons and tons of pins:

there were cast member uniforms:

this super random pinball game:

somewhat creepy vintage stuffed mickeys.

and even signage from around the park:

this one was particularly interesting - i knew that there had been just one disneyland full marathon, and it must've been in 1995.  vintage run disney:

there was a whole display case full of other fun stuff, like unused attraction tickets and old cast member name tags.

and look at the price on this miniature snow white set:

we were fascinated by lots of super random non-disney items too, like this whole booth that was all decked out with stuff from the 60s and 70s:

one booth had a bunch of these miniature toy sewing machines that looked like they actually worked:

want some 20+ year old soda?

how about bottle caps?

look at this unopened ouija board from 1972!

an original cabbage patch kid astronaut:

i was fascinated by the sets of old school nancy drew and hardy boys books that looked just like the ones i read when i was younger.

and the old lady squealed as she spied this set of classic books she read when she was little.

want a police badge from the old "hawaii five-o" tv series?

in the end, we headed back home and hit up the new blaze pizza that had just opened near the house.  i love pizza.

gotta love all of the random shenanigans we find ourselves in, right?
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