Saturday, January 14, 2017

Legoland Marathon Mile

After 20+ years of living by Legoland, even watching it get built, I finally stepped inside the park courtesy of the Kids Marathon Mile.

Legoland is expensive. $90 to get in, sometimes a $15 discount for SoCal residents. Once a year during the weekend of the Carlsbad Marathon, Legoland has a 1 mile Kid's Run through the park. For $20 you get a glimpse of what the park has to offer and a free day ticket for Kid's 12 and under. Adults get a 50% discount.  That's a great savings for anyone who wants to bring a family to Legoland and save a bank account of money.
For me, the walk/run was enough. The course was roped off and fast paced. Stopping to take pictures wasn't easy with the large crowd of runners. We didn't go by the Star Wars area which was what I had hoped to see. It's a charming park but truly meant for small children and even at 50% off, I decided to pass on the offer just to take pictures for a few minutes.

Note to parents - lay off the kids.  Just because it's called a Run, it's not timed and is only for fun. Too many parents were pushing their children to run, run, run, when the little tykes obviously were not in shape for running a mile. Tears happened.
This glamorous Lego Lady and her little dog were near the finish line. That was my only Lego photo op. I'm glad I woke up early and did this. Legoland - been there, done that.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Wonderful Weekend

Sunny skies, great temperatures, San Diego was the place to be this weekend. This was a great weekend to support local so links included to these places that are great for friend meet ups.

Fathom Bistro is on the pier at Shelter Island. Not only do they sell bait and tackle for fishing but you can get decent food and local draft beer. Low prices, great setting, especially on a sunny day.

Barrel Republic has three locations in North County. There are over 50 taps of mostly local beer, some wine, cider, and non-alcoholic offerings.  You open a tab with a credit card, get a wrist band, then scan your band to the tap and pour. Pricing is by the ounce. It's a great way to sample until you're ready to commit. Food is also available.

Tip Top in Carlsbad is all about meat, a German market, and a restaurant. The restaurant can be hit or miss but when it's a hit, the food is great.

Those were my local supports this weekend. I had to work it all off by hitting the beach to burn the extra calories. With a day like today, it was easy!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

2017 - Year of Invisalign

Why? After 10 years of watching my lower teeth bend in and looking at a future me being annoyed at my younger self, I decided to do Invisalign. I've never needed braces and still have fairly straight teeth. I figure why wait until there's a floss and bite problem to fix it when it can be done now with minimal (hopefully) discomfort. Plus anything done today will cost less than 10 years from now. So impressions were taken, trays were ordered and now I find myself on Day 4 of a 42 week plan to straighten my teeth. 

What I didn't know was that both top and lower teeth have to be done so that the teeth and your bite are not off kilter. My top teeth which I considered great are the ones getting the most tightness from the aligner. The lower aligner is hardly noticeable. I also wasn't expecting so many attachments to hold the aligners in place. I guess my teeth needed more work than I though, or at least more help since the 42 weeks in less than the projected 52 weeks.

The recommendation of keeping the aligners on for 22 hours a day is nearly impossible if you're used to eating 5 times a day like I do. You have to take them out every time you eat or drink (anything but water) then brush and floss your teeth before putting them back in. Otherwise cavities result and the aligner gets discolored. 20 hours I can do and that's the minimum allotment to stay within the 42 weeks. Putting less time in can lead to extra weeks added to the program. 

A new tray starts every two weeks. Today I am on Tray 1 of 21, Day 4. I'm not going to take pictures of my teeth because no one really needs to see that. Instead, I'll update my progress each month with Yertle.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

San Diego Safari Park

Continuing the tourist weekend, I went to the Wild Animal Park (now known as Safari Park) for a few hours. Surprisingly the animals decided to show off for us. I haven't made up my mind if I like the park changes but a lot of people do and it's bringing in money, so hey. Who am I to miss the old park? It's still a great place to wander about and see the wild life.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Jingle Cruise - Disneyland

Renamed and decorated for Christmas, Disney's Jungle Cruise was a bit more fun, the guide a bit more wacky and everyone was laughing. In the best of time, the Jungle Cruise is out dated animatronics from the 60's but you have to go with it and enjoy. Here's a taste of the holiday treat.
Fruit Cakes - abandoned!
Fruit Cakes - used as bait for Hippos!
I'm sure the elephant was not amused.
The predators on the loose. Sadly I was on the wrong side of the boat and couldn't get a picture of the reindeer carnage.
Piranha's taking bites out of Christmas presents. If you look on the left there's one flying out of the water.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Thursday Goodness

Rain! Twice in a week and more coming. Most welcome for SoCal. Well it's a slow time for work so after the day was wrapped it was off to Karl Strauss, where I haven't been in a while. New beers to try even new food on the menu. Not much else is going on. Other than ROUGE ONE greatness! I've seen it once, liked it and now that I know what to expect I'm looking forward to seeing it again on Christmas. New Doctor Who this weekend and a Who marathon on BBC right now. Cheers!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Ocean Beach Christmas

O.B. California. Everyone says it's a place like no other and it's true. Today was sunny and perfect, you could walk out on the pier without being blown away by the wind, and all was good.
 The swells were coming in but due to the recent storm no one was surfing today.
 Instead, most people were hanging out by the Christmas tree.