Thursday, May 25, 2006

Disney fun!!!

Using the fancy new Silver Pass gifted to me upon becoming a "Disney wife," I escorted my sister and her friends to Disneyland. Or should I say the Disney complex in Anaheim since it now incorporates two theme parks and a shopping and entertainment area?

We went to California Adventures first since the entrance was closer and Tania, Dena, and I had never been. I haven't heard very many good things about it, besides from Megan, and after going, I think Megan's kind of right. Even though it's kind of small, I liked California Adventures A LOT. Here are the perks:
  • Tower of Terror and California Screamin' (the rollercoaster) are super super fun, and more adult than the normal Disneyland ride. It's on par with something you'd find at Six Flags. I didn't go on many of the other rides, but some looked pretty cool - like the ferris wheel.
  • There's hardly anyone in there compared to Disneyland. This means shorter wait times!
  • I didn't go on the Ferris Wheel, but that looked way more adult as well.
  • THEY SERVE BEER & WINE!!! Honest!

My sister, in fact, drinking a beer at California Adventures!!!

Jarrod said that Soaring Over California was great - it was neat but it made me a little motion sick, and we didn't see the Bug's Life 3D show. I did however go on the new Monsters Inc. ride, which I thought was really neat since it incorporated super duper new technology - holograms, digital imagery, etc. - to make the ride. We didn't go on all the rides since we wanted to get to Disneyland, but I probably could have just stayed at California Adventures and been fine.

The real revelation at Disneyland was the Buzz Lightyear ride, which I think is probably now a favorite ride of mine. There's Splash Mountain, "Honey I Shrunk the Audience," and now the Buzz Lightyear ride. It's like being a part of a video game. You get on the ride, and you shoot laser guns at targets! The ride keeps your score, and it takes a picture of you while you're playing - you can email your score and your picture home! I scored the second highest! Not bad for my first time!

Dena (left) and me (right)

Jarrod (left, high score!) and Kelly (right)

Tania, the Lone Space Ranger

I told Joel that we needed to go back to Disneyland soon, mainly cuz we didn't have enough time (or inclination) to get the 50th anniversary gold ears, but I'm gonna try to top my score next time!


Thursday, May 18, 2006

My puppy's gonna be on TV!

So this news is so exciting, it's on our family website, Romeo's website, and my own website! Today Romeo got a part in a Pedigree TV commercial! Go Romeo! The whole story's on Romeo's website, so check out the whole story there!


Gearing up for summer

Summer's coming! Summer's coming!

Last summer, I stocked up majorly on bikinis and sort of wasted the summer away by the pool. This summer, I'm on a concerted effort to take more advantage of LA and be more active. This includes the following activities that I've been wanting to do for a really long time but being lazy kind of interfered:
  • Skating along Venice, Santa Monica, and Malibu
  • Hiking with Romeo
  • Bicycling at Griffith Park, the Rose Bowl, and along the Pacific Coast

The first two I've always wanted to do but hadn't gotten around to doing. The third idea came from wanting to eventually bicycle through various parts of Europe, like bicycling through Tuscany or the French countryside or along the Danube.

All this, of course, means buying new gear. I have really cheap rollerblades (in-line skates, whatever) - the bearings are crap and the wheels are pretty small so there was never going any faster than 5 mph even with all the effort in the world. A better set of bearings would have cost more than the skates themselves. I gave my old bicycle away awhile ago because it was a heavy mountain bike and I hadn't used it in three or four years. So after thorough research and trying stuff on and everything, K2 seems to be the company of choice for my new blades and bicycle.

Here's what I'm planning to get:

K2 Athena 6.1

So the company also gives a portion of the proceeds to a breast cancer charity, which is nice, but the main reasons I've chosen to get this skate are:

  • Soft boot construction and high breathability will keep my feet more comfortable
  • There's a quick lace system which I really liked in the store
  • High quality bearings and larger wheels make for a faster ride
  • It's cute but not too strangely flashy

It's a lot pricier than what I was hoping to spend, but sometimes, you really do just get what you pay for. I was considering the Athena 2.1, but it doesn't have the quick lace system, the bearings aren't as good, and it wasn't as cute. Other brand ones didn't have all the features that drew me to this skate, so I guess this is it!

K2 T:Nine Whirlwind

Well, I decided that I wanted a road bicycle since I have never gone trail riding in my life and I don't think I want to start. I'm probably giving in to the hype a little about the K2 T:Nine line of bicycles being designed specifically for women by women, but I went to REI with Joel to check this bicycle out. I sat on another bicycle next to this one - a Novara Carema, which Joel said was a nicer bicycle. It was - better shifters and better seat were the two things I noticed, though Joel said it had better tires and rims as well. But the K2 Whirlwind just felt like it fit better. In particular, the handlebars on the K2 were smaller, and I could reach the brakes more easily (a definite plus!). The difference in shifters and seat and tires and whatever were probably worth the $300 difference in the two bicycles, but I'm not at the level where an upgrade in shifters is going to affect me much and changing out the handlebars would have been a big hassle and expense for a beginner like me. Plus the K2 Whirlwind has cute hibiscus flowers on it.

I've already started on hiking with Romeo. Hopefully I'll get started on the other two once I get the gear. The goal: a less lazy Tina!


Friday, May 05, 2006

A great cameraphone picture

Can I have another empanada?
Originally uploaded by Tina Pham.
I love this picture of Romeo. It was taken on my 1.3 megapixel Sanyo cameraphone that Sprint PCS made me get when my other phone broke. The nighttime/dim pictures are ass, but this photograph is great! I may even print this picture out and frame it somewhere in the house.

For more on where Romeo was, check out Romeo and Friends.