Yummy Banana…. check!

We escaped some moving responsibilities today and made it over to Balboa Island.  If you are ever in Orange County, definitely take a day trip over there.  Balboa Island is part of Newport Beach and is a cute little beachy town. We are still a few weeks away from tourist season so it was pleasant.  We walked around the town and I got to eat my frozen banana… hooray!  They were all out of heath crunch (boo), but I did get to order my 2nd fav… rainbow sprinkles with oreo pieces… yum!

Our favorite Balboa bar / Frozen Banana shop is the Sugar & Spice.  A balboa bar is a square chunk of vanilla icecream on a stick… when you order they dunk it in chocolate and then put your toppings on it… super yum!  When you order the banana you first have to pick what size.  I find that extremely funny.  They then unwrap your frozen banana and dunk that into the chocolate and roll in your toppings… yummy!

They have this one and another shop called Dad’s on the same block… each one claiming to be the ‘original’ frozen banana.  We are partial to S&S.  Everyone here has their loyalties… you are either a Sugar & Spice fan or a Dad’s fan.

We might need to make another trip back before we leave… I consider these yummy treats fruit so its ok.  😉

Super

What a surprise, we did more paper sorting! I can’t believe how much paper can build up over 3 years. Good thing for the scanner.

I kinda slacked with the research today… but it’s still early, its only 12:40am… we are making some last leg adjustments so some plans are going out the window.. nothing final just yet… but the trip is still 17 days.. aah!

I did sneak out to get a picture of the super moon. I admit it was bright, when I walked out on the patio I could see the light from behind the building… but it wasn’t as big as I expected. I walked around to the path area to get a clear shot. Its my first real moon shot, I’m proud it actually came out 😉

Now that I know how to photograph the moon, knowing me, I’ll probably start getting obsessed with it. I’m already looking at our itinerary to see where along our drive I could look out for cool shots of the moon…

It was more complicated than I expected… did you know that the moon moves relatively fast so you should use a higher shutter speed? I looked up tips before I attempted it, and it was true. So now that’s my new fun fact. I’ll probably start telling people that during times of awkward silence…

Tomorrow we will make more of an effort to cross some things off out must do before we move list. Hopefully there will be bananas involved… 🙂

Mine mine mine mine

More sorting today.  Sounds boring… but you try sorting papers while tending to a curious 6 1/2 month old and his curious Welsh terrier.

More planning underway.  I’ve got the first 3 or so cities done.  My workflow for picking out where to eat is check food network map, compare to route.  Cross check reviews with yelp.  Then do a yelp check to see if food network missed something.

What I’ve learned so far.

1- Guy goes to a city and eats in lots of places, but makes different episodes out of it.

2- about 75% of the places only got around 3-4 stars on Yelp.

3- People on Yelp either love the place, giving it 5 stars, or hated it and also hate guy for sending them there, giving it 1 star.

So pretty much if a place has 4 1/2 – 5 stars and has over 100 reviewers, I’m betting its pretty good.  Any other ratio and its a gamble.

Weekends here in southern cali are dwindling.  Of course May grey is back… cause its May and all.  May Grey June Gloom.  I had never heard of that phrase prior to moving out here.  It’s no joke.  Please don’t waste your $ going to ‘sunny’ southern california in May or June.  Unless you are going to Palm Springs… It’s always sunny there it seems.

Things we still need to do in Cali-

1- Go to Huntington Library Gardens

2- Santa Barbara. We would love to go there again, but realistically that won’t happen, but I’m keeping it on my list just because.

3- Eat another frozen banana (I like mine 1/2 rainbow sprinkles and 1/2 Heath crunch fyi – yum!)

4- Go to the Ritz in Laguna Niguel – its pretty

That’s all I can think of at 1:05 am… wow I really do pretty much post at the same time.  Probably because DS decides 12:30am is the ideal baby bed time…

Luckily we aren’t staying in some hotels more than 2 nights… they are going to hate us, haha.  We are going to be one of ‘those’.  If you see people with a baby and a dog checking into a hotel, be afraid. Heck, I’m afraid for myself 🙂

On the River…

I have been doing lots of scanning and saving to the external hard drive and stumbled upon some old hoboken pics…

Here is one from when we first got Sophie.  I can’t wait to see her reaction when she notices she’s back in Hoboken!

Wasn’t she the cutest puppy ever?! ( but shhhh, don’t tell her she’s not a puppy anymore, she is 4 1/2 now. Crazy how fast time went! 😦   )