Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Day 2 - Motionsickeness? FML.

We were up bright and early on Monday morning. DH headed off to the conference around 7:30am. So, kid and I went to California Adventure.

We headed for Carsland and looked at the 1.5 hour wait to get fast passes for the Radiator Springs ride. We decided to wait 20 minutes to ride it then instead. By the time we were getting off the ride the wait was 120 minutes. It was pretty awesome.

We waited 10 minutes to ride Mater's Junkyard Jamboree - reminded me of the teacup ride. Then, we headed over to Paradise Pier. We went on The Little Mermaid (walk on), Golden Zephyr (walk on), Jumpin' Jellyfish (walk on), Goofy's Sky School (2 minutes - and awful). We went on Mickey's Fun Wheel which both the kid and I hated - because we chose the one where the gondola moves around and it is not the best. They even provided air sickness bags which is never a good thing. Then, we went on King Triton's Carousel.

We were going to get fast passes for California Screamin' but someone had a fast pass that was good for 6 people so they asked us to join them. We did. We shouldn't have. Hailey was fine. I was not. It is a good thing that I had not had breakfast.

So, we had breakfast. At Ghirardelli's. Ice-cream is the breakfast of champions. We then went on Grizzly River Run (someone gave us a fast pass) and went back to the hotel. It was not quite 11am.

We spent hours at the pool. I even ordered food there. Not that she ate any of it. Finally I called an end to the pool and we went to Disneyland.

We walked through Sleeping Beauty Castle and Tarzan's Treehouse. Then we had a snack/drink at Jolly Holiday Bakery. Cherry Lemonade, Orange soda and a giant cinnamon roll that kid devoured. It was stupid busy so we went back to the hotel for a rest. DH came back at 5:15 and we went for dinner.

At at a yummy Mexican restaurant in Downtown Disney and then went to Disneyland. It was packed so we checked out Innovations, lined up for It's a Small World for a good 30 minutes. But the ride was fantastic!!!! We then rode the Disneyland Railroad to the front of the park and went back to the hotel. We were in our room before 9 pm. Gave the kid a bath and waited for her to pass out. It's 10 now and everyone but me is fast asleep. Goodnight!

Our California Adventure - Day 1

Our morning started at the crack of dawn. With a 8:20 a.m. flight out of Pearson we had a driver pick us up at 5:45. Being that we are us, we were ready way earlier and watched some Olympics before her arrived - exactly on time.

When I woke up the kid she actually groaned, "You've GOT to be kidding!" Didn't take her long to jump out of bed and in to her clothes.

The airport wasn't as easy, breezy as flying out of Buffalo. We had to wait in line to check out bags, then drag our bags through customs. The finally get rid of our bags and actually locate our gate. We did. And everything was fairly uneventful.

We booked separately because this trip is for DH's work. So, he wasn't sitting with us. Interesting his coworker was sitting in our row! He offered to switch with DH but it didn't happen. I thought I had booked a seat with extra legroom for him but while nobody could push a seat in to his knees he also couldn't watch movies during the 5 hour flight. Poor hubby. Switching would have been a jerk move.

The kid watched tv shows and part of the Hunger Games on the flight. She also read some Archie comics. Me, I watched Crazy. Stupid. Love. and laughed like crazy and Contagion. Probably not the best choice on a plane headed to a heavily populated area. But, it helped pass the time.

When we arrived, I had a text from our next driver. He ended up meeting us and our baggage right outside the door. I was a little late in noticing the test or he would have helped us with all of that.

The drive to Anaheim was uneventful. After dropping coworker off at the Disneyland hotel (Where the conference is being held) we were taken to our hotel, Grand Californian. It is swanky. Check in took some time because he wanted to tell us all sorts of tips, etc... And he had a room ready for us - despite it being no where near 4pm. We dropped our stuff off and headed out for food.

Disneyland resort is all packed together. Our hotel actually has an entrance directly in to California Adventure. And California Adventure is directly across from Disneyland. When we walk out the main entrance of the hotel we are in the middle of Downtown Disney. Talk about convenient.

We had lunch at La Brea bakery (or something like that). Good avocado!

Then we argued with customer service about our tickets. They changed ticket styles recently (eliminated the 8 day park hopper) but I had bought one of the discontinued tickets so that had to do extra work. And they weren't thrilled about it. Disney World wouldn't have given me that attitude. But, things got done and so we went on in to Disneyland.

Our first ride - Pirates of the Caribbean - awesome! Then we got Fast Passes for Indiana Jones. Went on Haunted Mansion - pretty much the same as the Magic Kingdom.

Then we walked into Critter Country and actually walked on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. This ride is better at Disneyland than Magic Kingdom. We wandered around a bit and ended up at Main Street for ice-cream. Got it at Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor and ended up seated outside the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe. And then the parade happened and we had decent seats! Yeah us!

It was time for our Fast Pass so we went over to Indiana Jones. The que theming was exceptional. The ride, a bit less so. Mainly because the ride suddenly stopped and we were stuck for about 10 minutes. Although we did get to see some behind the scene stuff. The ride restarted and it took some time before the lights went back down. Luckily, they let us ride it again to get the full effect. Snakes, why'd it have to be snakes?

We went back to the hotel so that DH could get everything organized for conference day. The kid and I went to the pool. She had a blast. Loved the slide! After an hour or so, we went back in. Because hubby was still going over notes she and I went out to find him a drink.

Somehow we ended up in California Adventure (seriously, made a wrong turn and went out the hotel entrance into the park). We walked around and went on the Silly Symphony Swings. And then we looked for something for her to eat. Really, we just scoped the park. Ended up back in Downtown Disney where I finally got her a Wetzel dog. She didn't really eat it. And we found hubby a Powerade for the morning. We went back to the hotel and jammied up. After all it was 8:30 p.m. Which would be 11:30 at home!

end of day 1 (Sunday)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The things that matter

This week the kid is at art camp at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. She hasn't told me much about what she is doing. Apparently, she wants to surprise me with her work on Friday.

When I picked her up today she insisted we take a detour. Why? So she could show me the bathrooms.

Apparently they "are like a palace" and "really clean. It's like they clean them everyday."

I humoured her. And you know what?

The bathroom looked like a normal public bathroom. I have no idea why she was so impressed. There were toilets, stalls and sinks. No sofas or flowers. Heck, I saw fancier Wal-mart washrooms on our road trip to Texas.

Don't worry. I didn't rain on her parade. Although now I want to show her an impressive bathroom.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Preemptive offence

I made the kid cry today.
It had nothing to do with her being over tired. Nope, it is because I told her to stop acting like a baby.

I caught her balancing on the vacuum hose. She promptly fell off and knocked a bunch of stuff down. And then there was a fun "discussion."

"Kid, you know you're not supposed to walk on that!" I exclaimed.

"I didn't do it on purpose."

"I saw the whole thing."

"I didn't do it on purpose!"
"I really don't like your attitude..."
"I didn't!" (bursts into angry tears)
"Kid, stop acting like a baby..."
She ended up chilling out in her room for a little bit. The teenager in her has been making guest appearances lately. Hours later she informed me that the only reason she cried was because I had insulted her by saying she was a baby. She must be psychic.

July? Why would you want to buy a bathing suit?

This week did not run as planned. The kid was supposed to be at the cottage with my dad. Alas, on Sunday he was admitted to the hospital. He'll be okay but it did mean we had to find emergency child care.

We were lucky. The kid's best friend was at camp and they had an opening! It was a pretty great program too. They went to the movies, African Lion Safari and the beach. Somehow between the beach and the bus, the kid lost her bathing suit.

I wasn't too worried. It was annoying but, whatever. We can always buy a replacement.

Famous last words.

Did you know that it is next to impossible to find a bathing suit in the middle of July? After looking in various stores at the mall I finally found some in Sears. Can you say inappropriate? Why do they make string bikini's for 7-year-olds? We did finally find one bathing suit in her size that wasn't awful. It is still a two-piece but it is good enough. At least it was 55% off. I guess because only fools go bathing suit shopping in the middle of July.

But, I could have bought her a great back-to-school wardrobe.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Treasure hunting

Since the kid is away, I decided it was time to clean her room. Really, clean it.

This is the worst scavenger hunt imaginable. The things I have found and in the oddest locations.

✓ underwear (found stuffed in with the Barbie accessories. I think it is clean)
✓ chocolate with a bite taken out of it (in with the stuffed animals)
✓ used bits of cotton covered with icky, sticky pink lipstick/gloss
✓ pajama top (stuffed between the desk and the wall)

There is a reason why I try and do the cleaning and organizing when she isn't around. Although, she probably could still hear me yelling. After all, she is only an hour away.

I wonder if she'll even notice all the things that are now gone?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Like tea used to be.

It is possible that the evil cat has a problem. It has been ridiculously hot lately. Yet, she still wants to go outside.

For about 2 minutes at a time. Just long enough to have a long drink of the hot water on the porch. Despite the nice, chilled water in the air conditioned house.

All she wants is a hot drink of water. Seriously?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Missing the kid

It is summer and the kid is out of school. So, she is spending a lot of quality time with her grandparents. She spent last week at the cottage and is in Niagara this week.

Last year she told us not to call her everyday because it made her homesick. This doesn't seem to be the case now. She told us that we can call her every time we miss her - up to three times a day.

So, when we called her tonight she announced that, "you must, really, really, really, really, really, really miss me!" I don't think we have to worry about her self esteem just yet.