Here’s another post (one of two actually) written while en route from Los Angeles to Washington, DC. Once again, I decided that it wasn’t worth it to pay for internet access on my flight so this was posted from the comfort of my hotel room instead. Plus, writing these posts kept my awake for the entire five-hour flight. That might not sound like a good thing, but it’s a very important weapon in fighting jetlag.
I need to learn to stop giving excuses for my infrequent posting because they all stem from the fact that I work full time. OK, more often than not I work more than full time, but that’s not the point. The point is that I have very little free time and I’m stingy with it. Not long ago I said work was eating me alive, and that hasn’t stopped since I first wrote that. When I get home from a 10 to 12 hour workday all I want to do is lie on the couch and watch TV so hopefully that explains why my posts have been few and far between, and sometimes lacking in substance. I’m attempting to change this (hopefully writing this post on my transcontinental flight will back me up), but I can’t make any promises. For now I will attempt to entertain you with the events of the past couple of weeks.
Last weekend Dan and I planned to go to Disneyland so that we could enjoy Halloweentime at the park before it was over. We made these plans before Dan got back from his last business trip, but after an insanely crazy week of work, I wasn’t sure I was going to have the energy to get up and go on Saturday. Nevertheless I bought us a couple of discounted Disneyland tickets on Friday in the hopes that I would feel differently the next morning. We had an alarm set for around 6:30 AM since the park opened at 8 AM, but we both ignored it and slept for a couple of more hours before me actually got up and started getting ready to go. We arrived at Disneyland at 10 AM. And what was our first order of business when we got inside the gates? Scouring the shops for Halloween items, of course! A couple of years ago Dan bought an illuminated Haunted Mansion tombstone there and we’ve been trying to buy more of them ever since. Unfortunately we haven’t had any luck, and this year was no different. We were disappointed at the selection of Halloween offerings at the shops on Main Street and the first place wevmade a purchase was at The Mad Hatter in Fantasyland where Dan and I both got Mickey Ears – Dan’s looked like a jack-o-lantern and mine were decked out in Haunted Mansion décor. We were fully aware that we looked like dorks, and don’t worry, we look plenty of pictures to share, but that will have to wait until I get them off Dan’s phone. The first ride we went on was the Enchanted Tiki Room, if you can even call it a ride. It’s more like a show, but we decided that it counted towards our ride count since we had to wait for it. We didn’t have to wait in a line, but we hung around for the next show to start in a little holding area with a Hawaiian atmosphere. We really enjoyed that because of to our upcoming trip to the island state. We ate delicious Dole pineapple spears (one of the best snacks in the park) while watching the cheesy Tiki Room show, but it made me very excited for our vacation. Our next stop was the Haunted Mansion where we picked up Fast Passes so that we wouldn’t have to wait in the 60 minute line for the ride, but then we had to find another way to entertain ourselves until the passes were valid. Lunch was a couple of hand dipped corn dogs since we couldn’t get a table at the Blue Bayou restaurant that overlooks the entrance to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Instead we sat in the Walt Disney statue area in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and enjoyed the delicious corn dogs. They were really good. Dan decided that the corn dogs counted as a ride because we had to wait in a really long line for them. I never realized that the corn dog truck existed, but evidently my friend Enrique is right about it being the best place to get lunch at Disneyland based on its popularity. After going back to the Haunted Mansion following lunch to use our Fast Passes (and marvel at how my green and black striped Mickey Ears fit in there), our next stop was Tomorrowland where we planned to get Fast Passes for Space Mountain. Unfortunately the Fast Pass return time was after 10 PM and line was 80 minutes long so we gave up on that possibility. It was OK to miss it this time around, though, because we experienced the Halloween version of the coaster last year when we went with Jim and Melissa. Dan and I did, however, go see Captain EO, which is showing in the old Honey I Shrunk the Audience auditorium. We both saw Captain EO at Disney World when we were kids so we had to see it again for old time’s sake. It was much cheesier than we remembered, but still fun to watch. I love Michael Jackson’s rainbow t-shirt. By this time it was early afternoon and Disneyland was pretty busy so before we left the park for the less crowded California Adventure we got a couple of Fast Passes for Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters. There’s something about shooting an imaginary laser gun that makes the ride irresistible to Dan. Or maybe it’s the chance to beat me that he likes so much (especially since I beat him last year). California Adventure was certainly less crowded than Disneyland, but the park was preparing for a TRON movie preview that evening so there was a lot going on. Our first stop was the California Screamin’ roller coaster which required Fast Passes to avoid waiting in line for an hour. So until the Fast Passes were valid, we walked around the park taking in our surroundings. We sat down at the wine-tasting area of the Vineyard restaurant where Dan had some wine and I enjoyed some sparkling apple juice. It was nice to relax for a little while in the middle of a busy theme park. Our last hurrah at the parks that day was making use of our remaining Fast Passes – California Screamin’ at California Adventure and Astro Blasters back at Disneyland where, of course, Dan beat me. I made a really poor showing this time around so there was no question who was a better shot. We left Disneyland and headed over to Downtown Disney for dinner and some more shopping. Our new favorite restaurant at there is Catal and we had a delicious dinner there while watching part of the Giants vs. Phillies playoff game. Just before we drove home we stopped at a shop at Downtown Disney to pick up a couple more Vinylmations – two more Nightmare Before Christmas figurines and one more Muppet figurine. Yes, I know I was gambling when I picked up that Muppet Vinylmation box, but I was lucky enough to get another new character this time – Bunsen Honeydew! By the time we got back to the car it was 8 PM so it was a long day at Disneyland, but it was a lot of fun. Dan and I usually only go to Disneyland once a year so we try to get a lot out of each visit. And spending quality time with my husband is great in any setting.