Posted by Lauren and Nicole
N: Saturday morning, I woke up at 7 AM to get some coffee and sell shirts at the Dance Force table. I got back to my apartment at 9, woke Lauren up, ate breakfast, popped champagne, and then met up with friends on campus.
L: Nicole’s forgetting that she made me breakfast (again). I’m a spoiled guest. :) Eggs, carrots, cauliflower, and marinara sauce with a morning Shock Top in honor of game day.
N: The fanny pack sure came in handy once we got to the quad!
N: Because it was homecoming weekend, houses paired together for the game day festivities. We roamed around to various fraternity/sorority tailgates before heading towards the coliseum.
L: I’m slowly building up a a collection of USC gear. What has Nicole done to me?
N: We made it into the Coliseum a little bit after the game started. It was a fun game and the Trojans ended up beating the Sun Devils 38-17!
L: I loved hanging out with Nicole’s friends – Lindsey, Arj, Natty… good people! Plus, Lindsey shared part of her ‘dirty dog’ with me and that’s friendship.
N: FYI, a dirty dog is a hotdog wrapped in bacon and covered with sautéed onions and peppers. After the game, Lauren and I met up with my best friend from high school, Cassie. She was visiting from Pepperdine and she gave us a ride back to my apartment… hey, we had to save our energy for the half marathon on Sunday!
L: As soon as we got back to Nicole’s apartment, I quickly changed, and hit the road. First stop, Starbucks. I needed a medium coffee and egg wrap, stat. With the proper fuel, I drove about 35 minutes to Cypress so I could visit my college roomie, Fran! We went to the happiest place on Earth…. Disneyland!
L: I can’t remember the last time I visited Disneyland or California Adventure – big shout out to Randy (Fran’s dad) for sharing his guest passes with us!!!! :) Fran and I started in CA Adventure at Car’s Land….
L: I kept hoping that the Christmas decorations would be up, and they were! Now I’m in a holly jolly spirit and can’t wait for Thanksgiving/Xmas! Disney does holiday cheer better than Starbucks does red cups, ya know?
L: After Cars, we walked over to Disneyland and posed for the obligatory castle photo:
L: We continued on through the park, chatting our way in and out of the Star Tours line, Snow White’s Scary Adventure ride, and Thunder Mountain’s coaster. Around 6:30 we caught the tail end of the parade.
L: We walked back to California Adventure just in time to catch the Tim Burton-esque Mad T Party nighttime dance party. Mad Hatter creeped us out with his intense ‘eyes’ for Alice. Yikes.
L: We rounded out our night with a free sample of Ghirardelli chocolate, Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, and the awesome “World of Color” water fountain spectacle. It was beautiful!!! See for yourself:
L: BRB. Tracking down all of the recent Disney movies I have yet to see:
- Princess and the Frog
L: Question: What Disney flick should I watch first? When did you last ‘tailgate’ for something? Which do you prefer, theme parks in summer or winter?
-Lauren and Nicole