Drinking Around the World

I love me some Disney. I also enjoy adult beverages. Drinking around the world has been on my bucket list for a while, but I finally got the opportunity to do it a couple weeks ago! 

My sister, who is seven years younger than me, and I finally went to Epcot together for the first time since she’s been of legal drinking age, so we decided to take the opportunity to complete the challenge! Now, it’s not an official Disney thing. In fact, I’d imagine they would rather you not drink nearly a dozen drinks on a hot, humid day…

Two things we did that are probably “cheating”:

  1. We skipped America, because we drink American drinks all the time. We also skipped the “African Outpost” but it’s not an official country, and they didn’t have any special “African” drinks that I could see 😜
  2. We shared each drink - so we totaled 10 between the two of us. (Also RIP half the delish grapefruit beer that spilled on the ground. You are missed, and never forgotten).

The whole walk around the world showcase is only about a mile, and you can either begin with Mexico or with Canada. Or I guess you could go in a weird random order, too. We chose to start in Mexico, but I’d imagine starting with a nice cold margarita is just as good as finishing with one. 😉

Frozen Avocado Margarita (Mexico)

Mango Wine (China)

Italian Sangria (Italy)

Sultan's Colada (Morocco)

Magners Pear Cider (UK)

Linie Aquavit Glacier Shot (Norway)

Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Beer (Germany)

Coconut Pineapple Sake Mist (Japan)

Rosé Côtes de Provence (France)

Ottawa Apple (Canada)

We had a lot of concerned friends making sure we were ok throughout this adventure, because we were both documenting the challenge on social media - and luckily we finished in the upright position, not too much worse for wear. I attribute a lot of it to sharing the drinks, but here are some other tips:

  • Pace yourself. I think we did this over a few hours, and even went on a couple rides in the process, which meant we weren’t just continually drinking.
  • HYDRATE - we brought a Camelback, which, honestly, I don’t know why I didn’t start doing this at Disney World sooner. Best idea ever, and you just wear it!
  • Eat if you need to. I got a pretzel in Germany, and just nibbled a little whenever I felt like it. It was great.
  • Don’t take it too seriously! We just goofed off, and made sure the other person was feeling ok throughout. And if you have to stop, STOP. I’d rather not finish the challenge than be pukey at Disney.

Cheers!

A Quick Renaissance Festival Outfit Refresh - Flower Crown:

On a bit of a whim, we decided to go to the Renaissance Festival in June. I ended up re-purposing fabric from a skirt I had made, but I decided I also needed a flower crown. Because, who doesn’t?

So I went off to Joann’s and got floral wire, floral tape, and a few different fake flower bunches (which happened to be on a crazy sale!), and for under $10 I was able to put together something I am really proud of.

I loosely followed Lauren Conrad’s tutorial on her blog, and I also used some hot glue, since I was using fake flowers with stiff plastic stems. I decided to just do the back half of the crown, because I liked that picture from her blog the best. I didn’t really want to figure out how to keep a half circle on my head, though, so I made a full circle. And I suppose I could wear it with the flowers in front, too!

Wrapping the floral tape around the entire circle before adding flowers was a bit tough because I couldn’t think of the right way to keep the tape from getting tangled. I ended up twirling the hoop rather than moving the tape roll around, and I think that’ll be my strategy for next time, too. Ripping smaller pieces off for attaching the flowers worked nicely.

It probably could have stayed on my head all by itself, but I decided to secure it with a few bobby pins. And I still have enough flowers to make another, or to replace any flowers that might fall off (it is my first attempt, after all) or get damaged.

If you’re looking for a good afternoon project (I did this while waiting on hold for hours), or for something to wear to any number of festivals (music, Renaissance, conventions), this one is very accessible to all skill levels, and can be totally customized based on your needs - you could use fall foliage, feathers, beads/gems, pom poms... Now I just want to make more!

Feeding my favorites at the festival. And this is probably the best shot of the back of my head so you can see the detail 

A Quick Renaissance Festival outfit refresh - Culottes

Over the years I’ve accumulated a handful of pieces to wear to the Renaissance Festival. I’ve got my jingly gypsy skirt/wrap, a red peasant top, a mask, a wand full of glitter (thanks to my hubby surprising me one time), a multi-purpose piece that can be worn as a hair accessory or a choker…I’m probably missing a couple, but you get the idea.

A few years ago when I first started sewing, I bought some purple crushed velvet and made a very simple circle skirt. Since I made it, my sewing skill level has improved, and I’ve lost weight. So I decided to redo this skirt entirely - it literally was just one big piece of fabric, turned into a donut shape, so I just ripped out all the seams, took out the elastic waist, and decided to use the Tania Culotte Pattern from Megan Nielsen to breathe life into this giant piece of fabric.

What are culottes? Well, I guess they’re a cross between shorts and a skirt, but the ones I’ve had in the past weren’t nearly as cute or skirt like. Literally no one knew this wasn’t a skirt until I told them, and I didn’t have to worry about major Marilyn Monroe moments. If it’s windy, it could fly up, potentially exposing the lower part of your bum (what do you call that crease below your butt cheek?), but because there’s a crotch, you won’t be completely exposed.

Yeah, people probably didn’t wear these exact things in the Renaissance period, but it is always flippin’ HOT at the festival, and the crushed velvet makes them feel Renaissance-y to me.

I bought the PDF from Megan Nielsen’s website, printed it out and taped it all together. It’s fairly straightforward and the box pleat that hides the fact that they’re shorts is super easy to follow.

Because the fabric was slightly stretchy and I decided to use a black knit jersey for the waistband, I saved myself a little time and didn’t have to insert a zipper. I didn’t use the pattern pieces for the waistband since my fabric was so stretchy. I just made sure that it was big enough to just stretch over my butt.

And I’m so, so happy with how they turned out. I was never worried I was exposed, I could sit down cross-legged on the grass and not worry about people seeing my underwear (though I did wear a matching purple just in case 😉). And I will definitely be making more Tania Culottes (I already made some Minnie Mouse ones for Disney!). They are so cute, and the pattern is super user-friendly.

San Jose & WWDC 2017

Several weeks ago I was fortunate enough to attend WWDC! This year it was in San Jose, rather than San Francisco, which I was a bit bummed about, but I decided to do some exploring!

As I was landing I noticed these gorgeous purple trees, called Jacaranda, that are the same as the ones Nathaniel and I discovered in Lisbon last year! I couldn’t believe my eyes. I guess these trees are pretty common in places with climates like Portugal and Southern California, but my Colorado heart was so happy to see them again!

I stayed very close to the convention center, and nearby was a beautiful Catholic church and a couple museums. I didn’t have the time to go inside because of the conference, but walking/running by them was lovely. There’s also a bit of street art (both the walls and ground) nearby.

If you can, walk along the Guadalupe River Walk a bit. I tried running down it and ended up hitting a dead end one way, but it goes pretty far through the town, and has nice street markers on the ground. One of the parks along it even has a giant Monopoly board on the ground!

As far as food, here are a couple good spots I’d recommend:

Get an interesting cocktail (I got the Habanero Matador) and the octopus at Firehouse No. 1.

If you need some Italian comfort food, go to Original Joe’s.

Happy hour at Mosaic is reasonably priced. I got tuna tartare, pot stickers, and a cocktail (Firecracker Sour).

If you need food late, try Cafe Stritch. This is the jambalaya.

If you want a silly-named Mexican drink, look no further than Chacho's. This drink was called "No Panties" 😂

Definitely get an ice cream sandwich at CREAM (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me), where you can choose 2 cookies and your favorite flavor of ice cream, and even get things like sprinkles around the circumference of the sammy.

Don’t forget more dessert at Milk & Wood, where they have interesting popsicle flavors that you can drizzle chocolate and other toppings on 😋

Now, because this isn’t a blog about technology or coding, I won’t go into crazy details about the conference, but here are some of the highlights:

  • The keynote is always fun, because they announce new technology. You can, of course, live stream it, but there’s just something about actually seeing Tim Cook in person and being there in a room full of nerds.
  • Michelle Obama came and spoke! I love that she’s encouraging women to keep working in STEM. Plus I got interviewed for the local news while waiting to see her speak. 😜
  • They have a series of lunchtime talks throughout the week. We got to hear from:
    • Hidden FiguresChristine Darden and how she excelled in a career at NASA.
    • The Quadfather - a man who became a quadriplegic at a young age, and how programming and technology makes his life so much better.
    • iLuminate’s Miral Kotb, who combined her love of coding and dance to create light up costumes for blackout dance performances.
  • On the Thursday evening, there’s always a big party with a concert. This year they got Fall Out Boy, so my inner high-schooler, One Tree Hill loving heart and Disney girl were all happy 😉
  • The swag was fun! Developers got black Levi's denim jackets, and pins! If you went to special events, they had extra pins to hand out, as well.