Fall and NWM

Well, my absolute favorite season is here – FALL! The delicious comfort food (mostly desserts), the beautiful colors outdoors, and the crisp air without it being too cold… OHH YEAH!! I am currently sitting here with a Maple Pecan Frappuccino from Starbucks. For the record, I usually get the fall flavors once or twice during the season, and then go back to my classics. Sometimes, though, I get obsessed and order it five times in a row. 😉 I am also watching some post-season baseball! My team is not in it this year, but it’s always exciting to watch no matter what. I just love baseball! Football is back, too, and what a downer that has been for our household. Our team just can’t get it together! Next week, we are going to our basketball team’s home opener! Go Kings! See? Lots of good things this time of the year.

In case you are wondering why I am posting in the middle of the day on a Monday, well… it’s an observed holiday for our company. NWM = No Work Monday! But even if it weren’t, I think they might have sent us home early today anyway. You see, I work in the Napa Valley, and what is going on over there right now? A massive fire! It has gone rapidly through other counties as well, and some of my coworkers have either evacuated or are on alert. They have also been without electricity since about two this morning. Please keep the residents, visitors, animals, and businesses who are affected in your thoughts and prayers. Last time I checked, two hospitals have already been evacuated. This really hurts me because many of my favorite people and sceneries are in that immediate area.

Other than that… I am looking forward to next week! Other than the Kings game, my nephew and his parents (my brother and sister-in-law) are coming back from their vacation in the Philippines! I miss him so much. Haha! I also get to see my optometrist for my annual check-up, and hopefully, she has good news for me.

Have a great Monday, y’all!

Engagement’s 2nd Anniversary

At the beginning of June, I booked a round-trip plane tickets to Burbank for Mike and myself, not knowing if the trip would actually happen. However, just in case, I also booked a hotel room for a four-night stay a few days later. I was confident in my booking because Southwest Airlines has an amazing cancellation policy and DoubleTree By Hilton allows for a 24-hour cancellation. What’s great is that I booked my hotel at the right time, because I checked again a week later, and the prices was almost doubled! Phew!

Anyway, the mini vacation happened! We arrived in Burbank on a Saturday morning, and had breakfast at Grits Fullerton. I got Pork Belly & Grits and Mike ordered Bone Marrow & Waffles. Both were delicious! Then, on a whim, we drove to San Diego while monitoring StubHub. We watched our SF Giants play the Padres. Who knew that finding Giants shirt would be so hard in So Cal? LOL. We eventually found a Sports Fever store, where I got a nice shirt for 50% off! We made our way to Petco Park, and their parking price of $15 still amaze us because that is so much cheaper than what we are used to, especially with the garage being across the street from the ballpark! We had Phil’s BBQ right before the game, and we were happy to have set next to a pair of Giants fans. Our team lost, making us 0-2 when in attendance at Petco Park. On the bright side, it was fireworks night! We watched the fireworks show before heading back to Anaheim.

We spent Sunday, most of Monday, and Tuesday at Disneyland & California Adventure. We dined at Carthay Circle and Carnation Cafe, and we also did the on-the-go dining package for Fantasmic. This was mainly because we wanted to celebrate our engagement’s second anniversary. Silly, but it makes us nostalgic thinking about the day of! While waiting for Fantasmic, we sat in a circle talking with a family from Georgia and a local lady (of So Cal). They were really nice people, and made the wait bearable. One thing that we got a laugh out of was when the lady mentioned how folks from the East Coast or anywhere but the West Coast say “Disney” when referring to Walt Disney World, while West Coasters actually say “Land” or “World.” That is so interesting, but I also found some truth to it when I look at my Disney forums! Haha.

We flew back home on Wednesday, and of course, we had to bring back some pastries from Porto’s! Our families love it and they appreciate whenever we bring those boxes of happiness back. Now, I am gearing back to go to work… tomorrow… on a Saturday! But only for four hours. Ha!

If there is anything different from this past vacation, it’s the fact that we were more budget-conscious than we have ever been on a vacation. We also ate a whole bunch of popcorn because we remembered to bring the AP popcorn bucket we bought during our last visit to Disneyland. What was cool is that we were able to get refills for just $1! We must have refilled it 4 or 5 time during the trip. 😛

What’s new everyone?!

Breakfast at Grits Fullerton
Petco Park







Sleeping Beauty’s Castle! & a bunch of people


Thank You, Vin!

Baseball is a big deal in my household. Opening Day is always anticipated and festive, but Game #162 is just as important and special… whether or not we’re in the postseason! With that said, you may be able to guess that yesterday was a very important day for us. After all, we are San Francisco Giants fans! #BeliEVEN No, I definitely do not want to get my hopes us. I also do not want to jinx our playoff run. However, I do want to express how excited I am to see my team in the postseason once again. We are probably spoiled with the every other year championship, but I would not mind another one.

But hey, let’s take it back one time. Yesterday was a special day. Vin Scully, the GOAT, has turned off his microphone. He has retired. And there was no better place to be than inside the park that houses his favorite MLB team (the Giants) 😉 playing against his beloved team (the Dodgers).

Front and back of the signs handed out at the entrance.

The Giants handed out Thank You Vin cards as fans entered the park, and you could feel that the day was going to be something else for many reasons and emotions. Although I heard his commentating only while visiting or road tripping to and from the Los Angeles area  and through the replays of The Catch, I will forever remember his poetic narration and voice. The park was quite emotional as everyone sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and the finale montage with Frank Sinatra’s “I Did It My Way” as the background song. It was fantastic, and I am glad I could be there. And I think no matter your fandom in the major leagues, you have to appreciate someone who has dedicated 67 years of their lives to the sport, the team, and the fans. What a phenomenal individual.


I’m also thankful for whoever bought our Cowboys vs 49ers tickets through Ticket Exchange. ;D