Steph and I are attempting to travel somewhere once a month this year, so for July, we headed down to Orange County/Los Angeles. And like real adults, we didn’t take Friday off to enjoy a longer weekend (which was a first!). On the plane, I started diving into Street of Eternal Happiness. I had high expectations for this book because Starr really enjoyed it. And she definitely didn’t lie – it is pretty good! I wish my flight was longer so I could’ve read more. I ended up forgetting my copy on Jason’s car, so I was scrambling to find a kindle version when I got back to the bay. I ended up just borrowing it from my library. The librarian I chatted with also put it on her list of books to read cause she thought the book sounded really interesting!
After we arrived at the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Jason picked us up, and we headed over to Anaheim Packing District to meet up with Kat. We had reservations at The Blind Rabbit, but since we still had a little bit of time, we decided to get some food to fuel up before the drinking began.
After brunch with Ashley & Co., Steph and Kat joined us at The Fat Dog to watch the Warriors game. That’s right, even on vacation, we make time to cheer on our team. 🙂
It’s fun going to new places with these two (+ Tina!) because they’re always down to eat, drink, and explore! We will be in San Diego in two days, and we have a lot planned. Definitely looking forward to all the fun!
I was stoked when Ashley sent out an evite (cleverly named Ashley’s Chamber of Secrets) for her birthday this year. We were going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood! For some reason, Tina and I ended up on different flights to Burbank on Friday night. 🙁 Fail whale, but since she landed an hour before me, she waited for me before we headed over to the airbnb.
I’ve flown to Bob Hope Aiport before, but I totally forgot how small it was! Once we de-planed, we were basically at the pick up area after getting through the door.
We were feeling a little dehydrated, and I really wanted to get some butterbeer, so we headed back to Hogwarts. Instead of waiting in line at the butterbeer carts, we headed over to the Hog’s Head Pub which is located next to (and connected to) Three Broomsticks.
The regular butterbeer is a tad too sweet for my liking, but frozen butterbeer is so freaking delicious. It’s a sugar bomb for sure, but I’d be down to get a butterbeer belly. :3
I’d be lying if I said I’ve been a Harry Potter fan since 1997, when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published. I mean, I watched all the movies just last year and read all the books this year. So no, I didn’t “grow up” with Harry like most, if not all, my friends. But hey, better late than never, right?
When I watched the movies, I thought they were all fantastic. I mean, what’s cooler than seeing wizards fly around on broomsticks and seeing students practice magic in classrooms? It wasn’t until I re-watched them all after reading the books that I thought the movies were just mediocre. Like popular opinion, the books were better than the movies! The brain’s imagination is definitely more creative than what can be portrayed on the big screen.
I shared my slight disappointment in the movies after reading the series to Ivana, and she told me to imagine how they felt growing up, reading the books, and getting disappointed by the movies. As kids! (I’d like to take the time to thank past-Christine for not setting myself up for disappointment seven times.)
For Ashley’s birthday this year, she planned a trip to Universal Studios so we could check out the newly opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter. My yearly-birthday-goal this year was to finish reading the series, which I successfully accomplished. And re-watching all the movies afterwards was a good refresher for the trip. It definitely got me really hyped up!