Saturday, February 6, 2016

Outfits of the Week (OOTW) #7: Freezing in January

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

40 before 40 update #3

We're days away from my 33rd birthday (note I said 32nd on my last update, I swear I know how old I am!), let's look at how I'm doing on my 40 before 40 list.


 1)      Become debt free: Getting there, we now have both cars paid off!
2)      Travel to England and France: Working on the plans
 3)      Participate in my first official RunDisney event DONE
 4)      Become a homeowner
 5)      Adopt at least one cat
 6)      Get more tattoos
 7)    Learn to drive a stick shift
 8)      Sail to Alaska: Planned for summer of 2018
 9)      Visit Disneyland and California Adventure DONE (and my trip report is coming, promise!)

Disneyland Diamond Celebration

 10)   See a show on Broadway
 11)   Run the Walt Disney World half marathon
12)   Become DVC owners
 13)   Go kayaking/tubing DONE x3
 14)   Get SCUBA certified
 15)   Learn a foreign language
 16)   Take tap dancing lessons
 17)   Get professional massage DONE
 18)   Visit a (non-Disney) castle
 19)   Go horseback riding
 20)   Learn to play chess
 21)   Attend a TED/TED X Talk: the one at IU didn't pan out so I'm back to waiting
 22)   See a Cirque de Soleil show
 23)   Ride a segway
 24)   Attend a music festival
25)   Run a (non-Disney) half marathon
 26)   Sail the Panama Canal
 27)   Go skiing: we've had a mild winter, so maybe next winter?

Donald Duck skiing

 28)   Renew my wedding vows
 29)   Launch a podcast DONE
 30)   Take a road trip around Michigan
 31)   Attend either San Diego or New York Comic Con
 32)   Sail on all the of Disney cruise ships at least once: Halfway there!
 33)   Meet Shaun, Keith and Glenn from Traveling the Vortex
 34)   Earn my first check from Google DONE
 35)   Gain full-time employment in my field: close, I did get a promotion but it's still part-time
36)   Visit Disneyland Paris
 37)   Meet my fellow Five(ish) Fangirls
 38)   Attend Gallifrey One
 39)   Walk a red carpet
40)   Visit a working TV or movie set

Monday, February 1, 2016

Dinner and a movie at Flix Brewhouse

Flix Brewhouse

Chauncey and I love going to the movies, and recently to celebrate his (belated) birthday, we went and saw the latest James Bond film 'Spectre'. But rather than going to a restaurant beforehand, we decided to give the new Flix Brewhouse up on Carmel a try. What sets Flix Brewhouse apart from other "serve you a meal while watching a movie" theatre, is that Flix also has an in-house microbrewery where they brew their own beer. Which for my beer loving husband, this was right up his alley.

The beer is a brewing!
microbrewery at Flix Brewhouse

Grabbing a drink at the bar before getting seated

We arrived a bit early so we sat at the bar till they called our row to get seated inside the theatre, Chauncey got himself a beer while we skimmed the menu (even though we'd already checked it out online).

Flix Brewhouse menu

Soon our row was called (you pick your assigned seats when you pre-purchase your tickets online) and our waitress took our order. The food arrived after the movie stared so we don't have any pictures, but we shared a big bag of popcorn, an order of fried pickles, Chauncey had the fish and chips, I had the chicken fingers. Everything was really good and hot, and neither of us left the movie hungry. Our waitress was slow in bringing us our drinks, but we were so engrossed in the movie and eating that we almost didn't notice. 

Flix Brewhouse theatre seating

The seats at Flix Brewhouse are these oversized leather chairs, and your table moves so that you can bring it closer to you and then push it back if you need to get up. Because of the nicer theatre setting, you do pay a bit more per ticket just for the movie, but it's totally worth it for the enhanced movie-going experience. It's not something we'd do on a regular basis, but for special events like birthdays or a movie that we really want to see and splurge a little, we'll certainly to go Flix Brewhouse again.





Monday, November 9, 2015

Our next Disney adventure!

Once again it's almost time for my husband and I's annual Disney-related vacation. Normally we go to Walt Disney World, although last year we went on a Disney cruise instead. This year we wanted to change things up a little, so instead of going to Florida......


Disneyland Diamond Celebration

WE'RE GOING TO DISNEYLAND!

Yes! We realized that while WDW is our "home resort", we really wanted to give Disneyland a try. And with the Diamond Celebration going on, it too exciting to pass up. This will be only my 2nd visit to Disneyland, the first time was when I was back in high school for a marching band trip. We went on Thanksgiving Day, and we weren't even there the whole day. And California Adventure didn't exist yet, so really this is pretty much a first visit for me. And it definitely is for Chauncey, he's never been, even though this will be his 4th trip to California this year. As you can imagine, we're super excited to see where it all began, all the amazing attractions and shows (and FOOD!) that isn't at WDW. I'll share more details as we get closer, but for now....the countdown is on! 

Disney's California Adventure