Monday, September 28, 2015

The Best Baseball Stadium Ever...PetCo Park

The first time that Christian and I went to San Diego, I fell in love with PetCo Park. We walked all over, and I fell in love with the city. But it was as we drove by that I fell in love with the park. It's in the middle of downtown San Diego, and the views inside the stadium are absolutely stunning. Since Christians sister and brother-in-law live near San Diego, we always had a reason to go and visit. 

The park opened in 2004 and is the current home to the Padres. Now, I don't know a ton about baseball, but my favorite team is the Padres. Partially because the stadium is beautiful, partially because their colors are blue, and lastly because Christian's favorite team is the angles and I had to choose a different team. He said that I couldn't be a Dodgers fan, and the A's and the Giants were too far away. So, the Padres it is! 

One of my favorite things about the park is that, even if the tickets are sold out (or the tickets are crazy expensive) is that you can still get in. Instead of buying a ticket to the game, you can get access to this little grassy park area right next to the stadium. Even if you buy a ticket to the game, you can still have access to the area. 

Before I left, Christian had promised to take me to a Padres game. I had been wanting to go to a Padres game since I first saw the stadium and the second Friday before I left, he made it happen. A ton of stuff had been going on, and I was working crazy hours, but we made it happen. He drove the four hours (because hey, traffic), and we made it in time to see the second inning. We walked around, and he showed me the sights. It was bittersweet because it was our last game at a stadium while I was in town. It was a good game, and something I'm glad that I was able to experience while I was still there. I can't wait to go to more when I go back to visit.
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Friday, September 25, 2015

Breakfast Dates: Steakhouse 55

One of Christian & I's favorite things to do is go to breakfast. Breakfast food is the best food, hands down in both of our books. So while I was in California, Christian pretty much made it a point to make sure that I ate at all the best breakfast places he could think of. We ended up going to a place that was one of his family's favorites, and one of his favorites, Steakhouse 55. Steakhouse 55 is located in the Disneyland Hotel, nestled away in a back corner. We had gone there for dinner a few weeks before but this time he wanted to show me breakfast.

The atmosphere in general is worth it, and the breakfast isn't that expensive. It was so delicious, and definitely a place that I would like to go back to whenever I go back to California to visit. We both ended up getting the same thing, with different sides. I got the fruit and he got the potatoes, but we ended up sharing (typical). The breakfast was amazing, and the service was fantastic. There's honestly not much I can say otherwise besides that if you have the chance to go for breakfast, you should take it.
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Take Me Out to the Dodgers Game

Since Christian's favorite team is the Anaheim Angles, and my best friend's favorite team is the LA Dodgers, I had to check out both. I had been to a couple of games with Christian, so it was finally time to go to the LA Dodgers Stadium to "get the full experience." Let me just say it was quite the experience. Eerin and his brother picked me up from my apartment, with snacks in tow, and we went on our way to the game. 

I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but the second that I got there, I was ecstatic. We were there super early, so we waited outside the gate for about 15 minutes. Once we got in, we got a free t-shirt since we were there insanely early, and I ended up buying an all black flat billed LA dodgers cap. After watching a few innings, we walked around and I got some nachos. Now, here's the thing. I love nachos. Every stadium that I go to, I get nachos. It's a new tradition, you could say.

After the game, which was a really good game, we went to get some hot dogs and just talked all the way home. It was such a good game, and something i'm glad that I experienced. I loved seeing the scenery (which is way better than Angles stadium, if you ask me), and the company was just way too good to pass up.  
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Pluto Meets A Service Dog

One of the most magical things, and probably the sweetest thing, that I saw while I was in Disneyland was the day that Pluto met a Service Dog. I'm not sure why the service dog was there, or what was happening, but it was so cute. Some friends and I were just walking into Disneyland to hang out for a little bit, when on Main Street we spotted a little bit of a crowd gather. We, being the nosy people that we are, wanted to see what was going on. So, we scooted our way over to see what was happening. Then out of no where, we see Pluto on the ground posing for pictures with a huge service dog. I honestly think the pup was a great dane. It was so cute. 

Working in Disneyland gave me some access to some of the most creative and magical moments that happen all over the park, and even gave me the opportunity to create some of my own. I was able to talk to families during the parades, and fireworks, and get to know them. I had the power to make a decision to do something, if I wanted to. It was such a great feeling creating something special for families when they didn't expect it. It was so great to get families and walk them to the front of the line when there were crazy lines, or even something as simple as giving the young ones a sticker or a drivers license. 

My most memorable magical moment that I created was for a little boy. He was about seven years old, and he had lost his one of a kind, create your own, droid from the Star Tours store. He lost it somewhere on our ride, and after about 20 minutes of having other people searching for me, and searching as much as I could, I wanted to do something more about it. So, I talked with my lead, and they gave me permission to replace it for him. I was able to give the gift of another, one of a kind, droid to this little boy, who spent his own money on it. His mom was so grateful and he gave the biggest hug in the world. It's the little things like that, that meant the most. It wasn't super expensive, and it brightened this little boys day.  
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Throwback Tuesday: Bowling with the Disney World CP's

This is one of the first pictures that I have with some of the people who have changed my life for the better during my first college program in Walt Disney World. We had gone bowling at Splitsville in Downtown Disney to just hang out and get to know each other better. It was the first time we went there, but definitely not the last. They had a great deal for $5 bowling with shoes after a specific time, and we figured why not. 

The people in this picture helped me, for better or for worse. I laughed and cried with them, they were there for my 17 hour days, and my 6 hour days. When I got the flu they were there for me, and since we celebrated pretty much every holiday together, they were my family. We may not all talk as often as we would like now, and it's hard to keep in touch when everyone leads such different lives, but we try. We've still got a group text message going on, and we still follow everyone on snapchat. It's not the same, but it's something. It's good to see how everyone is doing on Facebook and see who's planning on coming back and when.

I was originally going to post this on Thursday, but it's only right that I post it now, as I start my career back with Walt Disney World down in Orlando. Today I'm going through traditions, and it brings back all my old memories from my first program that got me started down a path where I wanted to be going. I'm not sure how the people are going to be at my new location, or even if we'll get along. While I'm nervous about beginning this new path with the company, I'm excited to see where it will take me.
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