Weekly Round Up – 10/24/14

24 Oct

Here’s some cool stuff from this week…

Scary Mommy Thanksgiving

The Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project is one of my favorite causes to donate to every year. Can you help make Thanksgiving happen for a family in need?

Run Hard Rock Cafe

The Run Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood 5K is upon us! There’s still time to register for this fun race to benefit My Friend’s Place. Plus, I’ll be there. So that’s an added incentive.

NoHo Lit Crawl

My friend Danielle and I went to the NoHo Lit Crawl on Wednesday and had a great time. My favorite part? Dramatic readings from childhood favorites like Goosebumps and The Babysitter’s Club.

Pit Fire Pizza

After the Lit Crawl we had dinner at Pit Fire Pizza, where we were given modeling clay for reasons I don’t understand. But while we waited for our food Danielle made me a beautiful rendering of the Little Mermaid.

AlertID

Last night I went to the launch party for AlertID, a new app that keeps you up to date on happenings in your neighborhood with public safety alerts and the like. I got to meet the lovely founder and eat some amazing food, so all in all it was a pretty great night.

CHOC Walk

22 Oct

I can’t believe the CHOC Walk has already come and gone! I dilly dallied in writing this post. Partly because I didn’t want the fun to be over, and partly because the idea of going through my 300+ pictures from the walk made me want to take a nap.

First, I gathered my essentials. I put the Blogging While Walking logo on a tee shirt, added Mickey Mouse ribbons to my shoes, painted my nails a sparkly blue, wore my adorable With Love From OC necklace, and of course had my Blogging While Walking team sign. Then I was ready to go!

At the start of the walk, in the pre-dawn hours in Disneyland, Main Street was solid people as far as you could see, and more. This year there were more than 16,000 walkers!

Mickey and Minnie themselves kicked off the walk, with fireworks and confetti that I wasn’t able to get a decent picture of. And then we were off!

But first, let me take a selfie.

And then another selfie. Because look who was outside of Sleeping Beauty’s castle! The fairies!

I ended up not needing my sign to rally the team, but I didn’t want to carry it around for nothing, so I took “sign selfies” in front of Disneyland and California Adventures landmarks. My favorite is that center image. Disneyland’s third shift custodial cast members stayed late to cheer on walkers and thank us for being a part of the CHOC Walk. Honestly, this is one of the things that choked me up. All of these people who had worked hard all night stayed even later just to wave and offer encouragement. It was amazing.

It was so great to see thousands of people who had woken up in the middle of the night to walk for the kids CHOC serves. There were teams of patients, teams of survivors, and teams in memory. I have pictures of some of the teams, but posting them feels like an invasion of privacy, even though they were in a public place waving signs. I don’t know, it just didn’t feel right to post them. But to say it was inspiring and emotional to see all of these families celebrating the care their children received at CHOC would be a massive understatement.

There were favorite characters all along the route, and walkers had the opportunity to stop and pose for pictures. I don’t care how old you are, there’s still a rush of excitement from seeing your favorites in the park. Or maybe I’m just a big old kid inside. It’s probably that one.

As an aside, this is the best photo of Sleeping Beauty’s castle that I will ever take.

And then, all too soon, the finish line was in sight. There was a party at the Downtown Disney finish, with announcers offering encouragement and congratulations to all the teams finishing the 5K walk.

I even got my first 5K medal! (And yes, I am totally counting it.) Granted, it was for my fundraising efforts and not finishing the walk, but I think that just makes it even more exciting.

The CHOC Walk was so much fun, and such a rewarding experience. I had such a great time, that I’m doing it again next year! Let me know if you want to be a part of the 2015 Blogging While Walking team! As of this writing, our team has raised $1,888, and you can continue donating to Blogging While Walking until October 31!

About Last Night – 10/20/14

21 Oct

Here’s what I watched and caught up on last night…

Nashville

Oh, Nashville, you never disappoint. I had microwave popcorn for dinner and I am still better at being an adult than anyone on this show. It’s amazing. Meanwhile, teenage girls around the country are going, “Avery, man, pull yourself together, it’s just a breakup, you’ll be fine.” Even Taylor Swift is writing him a song called, “Let it Go, Dude.” And Glenn has been wearing a hairpiece for this whole time? Is that a thing we were supposed to know about? It seems like a really weird thing to insert now. Did they run out of time to get Ed into hair and makeup, so they just threw a bald cap on him?

The Big Bang Theory

I usually don’t care for Raj, but I did love his Miley 101 lessons for Sheldon. These are important facts that everyone needs to know. I’m still baffled by Leonard and Penny’s relationship, and while I usually enjoy Bernadette and Howard, it was just too much in this episode. They went too far with Howard being a man-child, and instead of being funny it was just annoying.

Mulaney

I’m losing interest in this show real fast. I like the opening stand up, but the show itself just falls flat. I’ll give it one more week, then it’s getting axed from the DVR.

Ayers Hotel Orange

20 Oct

I received a complementary night’s stay at the Ayers Hotel Orange to facilitate my review.

Okay, so let’s say you’re going to Disneyland. Or Knott’s Berry Farm. Or any of Orange County’s many attractions. You need a hotel room. But you want a place where you relax and unwind. You don’t want to be right in the middle of things. You want a sanctuary where you can recover from one crazy day and prepare for the next. Enter Ayers Hotel Orange.

The Hotel:

Ayers Hotel Orange
200 N The City Drive
Orange, CA 92868

The Lobby:

Warm and inviting, elegant and refined, walking into the lobby makes you let out a breath and relax instantly. There are plenty of spaces to relax and regroup, and an atmosphere that encourages gathering. Oh yeah, and there are free cookies. Winning!

The Dining Room:

In the morning, it’s a place to enjoy the complementary breakfast. (I didn’t have the breakfast, because I was in Orange County for the CHOC Walk and was at Downtown Disney well before breakfast was being served. Not because the hotel is lacking, but because I was at Disney at 4:30am and they serve breakfast at normal human hours.) At other times, it’s a place to sit with friends, catch up on some work, or eat a nice meal.

The Room:

The first thing you notice is how BIG the room is. I adore the soft neutral color palate – it’s even making me rethink my own all white bedroom. Bright, clean, serene, basically everything you want in a hotel room.

The Bathroom:

I’m a pretty harsh critic of hotel room bathrooms, and this one passed. I really love the inset shelf in the sink area, because it frees up counter space for all the junk that invariably clutters your hotel room counter.

Forget Something?

There’s a convenient store in the lobby stocked with things you may have forgotten (deodorant, razors, and the like) or things you just might have a hankering for (chips, ice cream, wine). And they have Ayers Teddy Bears, which are probably my favorite offering.

Anything Else?

Super random, but I LOVE this wooden sphere thing in the lobby. I know, it’s a weird thing to call out, but I really love it!

Book It!

Make your reservations at the Ayers Hotel Orange now, and get your very own slice of serenity.

About Last Night – 10/20/14

20 Oct

Here’s what I watched last night:

On the Menu

Tonight is all about California Pizza Kitchen. Oh man, I love that place. One of the contestants does this annoying thing where every time she talks, she shouts with an upward infliction. So in all of her interviews it sounds like she’s screaming really perky questions.

The Simpsons

Treehouse of Horror!! Also, next Sunday FXX is airing twelve straight hours of every Treehouse of Horror ever. I think the first sketch was my favorite, but I also liked the second one. I didn’t really get the third one.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Another year, another Halloween bet. I love Jake’s crazy antics. But no Jake and Amy stuff, so sadface. But Captain Holt was phenomenal. Like, out of this world on his game. And I continue to adore Terry Crews.

Family Guy

I know it probably shouldn’t have, but Peter’s punchline during the bit with Connie Britton made me legit LOL. I really liked the sub-plot with Brian and Stewie. In fact, I think this whole episode was some of the best writing in a while.