This list will be updated periodically and I'm really only putting it here for my own reference. Not a complete list because sometimes I get a little tipsy and forget to write things down. The beers are sorted alphabetically with newest beers in bold. Typical, generic beers/brands (Budweiser, etc) are usually omitted from the list. Also, I know hard ciders aren't technically beers, but I'm putting them in here too.
Today around midnight marked my one year anniversary of moving to San Francisco! And what an excellent year it's been. Been to a lot of cool events and seen a lot of cool things, not just in the Bay Area, but all over! And the best part was: NO SNOW!
I celebrated by having a normal day at work, buying cat food, finishing Week 8 Day 3 of C25K and then losing my voice.
Not having a voice is so frustrating. Rich keeps asking me questions and then following my response up with "What?" I can't friggen talk! Stahp!
I swear if I'm getting sick right before my Myrtle Beach trip I will be so gotdanged angry. Not to mention that I'm already a bit miffed that my trip isn't going to be as warm as I'd hoped. I planned the trip in May figuring that it would be about 80-85 and not be too deathly hot like the 95+ weather that normally happens in June/July/August. Instead they're experiencing some weird freak spring and it's ten degrees below the average.
So basically I'm leaving San Francisco temps to go to...San Francisco temps. Got. Dang. It. Maybe that 10 day forecast will start to look up. If not then at least I'll still get to see my friends and family!
This past weekend I treated Rich to a Disneyland trip for his 30th birthday! He's been plenty of times, and even used to have an annual pass, but this was only my second time going. I've been to Walt Disney World a good few times before too. My first trip to Disneyland was the day after Blizzcon in 2011 with Cathy and we only had a few hours to spend there before our flight, so this weekend was like my first real Disneyland trip.
We flew into Orange County late on Friday night, checked into our hotel and grabbed a quick bite to eat at The Cheesecake Factory down the street in the Anaheim GardenWalk before heading back to the hotel and sleeping.
We were going to get up super early, but after finding out that the friends we were meeting up with didn't get in till 3am and were sleeping in a bit, we decided to do the same. When we did get up around 9:30ish we decided to continue with our Couch-to-5k schedule and do our Day 1 run around the GardenWalk block. It was pretty rough, but we finished it, headed back to the hotel, showered up and headed to Disneyland!
I'd never been to California Adventure before, and we spent most of our first day there. Wandered around and scouted the place out a bit before meeting up with our friends and having an amazing lunch at Carthay Circle Restaurant. Now, I didn't know this, but you can buy alcohol at a lot of places in California Adventure and even walk around with it in the park, but in Disneyland there's only one exclusive place, Club 33, that you can get alcohol. This place apparently has amazing cocktails, but I opted for a beer instead. Also, if you ever go there be sure to check with the bar downstairs to watch how they make their perfectly round ice...spheres that they put in the drinks. So. Friggen. Cool. I regret not making a video of it!
We rode most everything that we could in California Adventure that day. Tower of Terror, Radiator Springs Racers, The Little Mermaid ride, The Bugs Life Show, Muppets 3D theater, Midway Mania, probably more that I forgot. We did miss out on California Screamin' since it closes when they start doing World of Color at night, plus our friends weren't going to be around the next day, and Rich doesn't like roller coasters, but there's always next time.
I'm on the left, is that a good score for my first time doing Midway Mania?
We headed over to Disneyland later in the day to ride Indiana Jones and Pirates before going to Blue Bayou for the dinner reservations we had made there and then headed back to California Adventure for World of Color!
California Adventure closes an hour earlier than Disneyland on weekends, so back to Disneyland we went, where we mostly just wasted time walking around and window shopping and eating Dole Whip. We did get to ride/play Astro Blasters, which I have to say I like a lot more than Midway Mania. Oh, and played Fix It Felix Jr.!
Back to the hotel, so much walking, so much sunshine, and so tired, especially after running that morning. Rich didn't even make it under the covers at first. He just fell asleep after laying down on the bed!
Original plan was to run again on Sunday, but there was no way in hell we were doing that. Slept in a bit more on Sunday before getting ready and heading back for another day, this time just the two of us really. First order of business was get a FastPass for Indiana Jones, which was probably my favorite ride of the weekend, before heading straight to Big Thunder Ranch BBQ for an early lunch.
So, I really love roller coasters, and I already explained that we missed out on California Screamin', but Rich will actually do Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain since they don't go upside-down Unfortunately, Thunder Mountain is closed for renovations until October and Space Mountain is closed due to a safety review. Bah. Next time next time next time. Luckily I knocked out Space Mountain and Matterhorn on my previous trip (and Space Mountain and Thunder Mountain in Disney World too!)
Sunday also consisted of lots of shopping, and I finally found a pair of mouse ears for myself! Tried to find some for Rich too, but didn't find any good fits. I think I might just buy mouse ears and a new black cap for him and sew the ears on.
Checked out the Iron Man exhibit at Innoventions, which was really just all the Iron Man suits lined up. Not as cool as we'd hoped.
We met up with Rich's parents for an early dinner in Downtown Disney, headed back to the hotel to drop a few things off and change into warmer clothes for the evening, then back to the park for a delicious dessert of ice cream! Nom! Butter Pecan is seriously such an under appreciated ice cream flavor!
Now off to ride more rides and do more shopping! We decided to go to the later showing of Fantasmic since it was after the fireworks and we figured it would be less crowded. We went back to play more Astro Blasters so I could try and get a better score. I don't think I did too bad for only being my second time playing ever!
Hopped on a quick ride of Star Tours before going back to the Fantasmic viewing area and managing to score a pretty sweet spot to sit! I was too entertained to think of taking any pictures of it though!
I can't decide if I like World of Color or Fantasmic more. World of Color is so beautiful, but the opening/ending song is kinda lame, where Fantasmic I felt had better original music and I loved the cast presence in the show.
Bought another thing of ice cream and started the trek back to the hotel.
We only bought a two day park hopper pass, so Monday was pretty relaxed compared to the previous days. We slept in before checking out of the hotel and went to wander around Downtown Disney all day (and buy more stuff, I got a plush Scar!) before heading to the airport and finally back home.
Was an excellent trip and I'm super excited to go back sometime soon, partially for rides, but mainly so I have another reason to wear my awesome mouse ears!
As fun as this weekend at Disneyland was, I'm happy to be back home in San Francisco. Back with my laptop in my spot on the couch, my cat stepping all over my keyboard while trying to lay on my lap.
I would do a Disneyland trip recap tonight, but I don't think twenty minutes is enough time to finish it up, and it would be silly to fail BEDA when tomorrow is the last day. So expect a post all about that coming tomorrow!
I know I say this all the time, but I'm really going to try and keep updating my blog more often. I know I don't always have interesting things to blog about, but who cares right? It's my blog, I'll write about all the pointless shit that I want! I feel it's better to write up a few boring things than not write at all. Hell, sometiems you even type something up thinking nothing of it, but then having more feedback on it than you expected. That Nintendo post was something that had been bouncing around in my head for a while and the pressure of BEDA just finally made me write it up! And people liked it!
Will I try BEDA again when it rolls around in August? Assuming I remember to start it up on August 1st I believe I will! Actually, I think I'll go set a calendar reminder right now!