We're on our way heading to the Aquarium of the Pacific for kids performance with the International Peace Choir first thing this morning, and we managed to leave the house just a bit earlier than necessary because I found what is hopefully a lovely little coffee shop that we'll be stopping at before call time. It's called Fox Coffee House in Long Beach and I am actually here right now!
It's a cute little place and they have all sorts of vegan things on the menu and in the bakery case including Quiche, Bagel and other Breakfast and Lunch Sandwiches, and then some really yummy sounding pastries. One goodie that came fresh out of the oven and that I just couldn't resist - Guava Rolls! OMG mmm I can't wait!
We've got 15 minutes until call time and about a 7 minute drive to the Aquarium - so I think we are looking pretty good!
After the show Jet, Chaplin, and Andrew will be showing up. Yes I did say AFTER the kids performance! Ya see, my sis and the rest of the fam bam really enjoy their sleep ins.
Anyhow, I'm expecting to have a lovely afternoon exploring the sealife at the Aquarium. The only thing is that if anything like years past - this event brings the masses and it gets quite crowded! But maybe the rain will scare people off - yup that's what happens here in SoCal - people hide in the confines of their home or if they do hit the road - they drive like a bunch of idiots! Oh well - that's another subject...
After the Aquarium, we'll all go and enjoy a nice Korean lunch and then part ways as my group heads to do a little retail therapy. Ohhhh yeah :)
We'll be off to one of my very favorite stores - REI. While my favorite location is their Flagship store in Seattle...it's like just soooo so amazing! Today I'll have to make do with our local Tustin location.
On today's shopping list is one of the most if not the most important item for a cyclist...or at least this cyclist - A good pair of Bike Shorts!
We've got 2 main rides that I'm prepping for - one being next weekend - The Sea Otter Classic up in Monterey, CA - it's the world's largest cycling festival and it attracts cyclists from around the globe!
And if my booty is sore - I'm gonna be an unhappy rider. So even though I have plenty of cycling shorts, I need to up my game and get the very best available. Because this ride will be one of my longest...until the Hebridean Trail (240k) which is happening in August!
So in addition to a good pair of shorts, I've got more on my list. We'll also be shopping for some additional replacement items, and a new backpack especially for the Hebridean Trail - I need one that will work as both a cycling and a camera bag - since you know that I'll be clicking away and that you can expect some incredible and super awesome pictures from the amazing Outer Hebridean islands of Scotland.
I'll let y'all know how things work out tomorrow, and exactly what we find!
As far as yesterday went, it was a bit drizzly and wet, and I took Cosette to go see Dream and checked in on dear little orphan Al - who is growing up so darn fast. He is getting so tall. Look at those long legs!
Aside from the stables and some shopping, I found myself being rather Domestic. LOL
I needed to handle some of my secretarial duties for the Board of Directors at the International Peace Choir, and I had sooooo much ironing to do (it was kinda ridiculous). With that and my regular daily routine I just felt super Domestic! Oh well.
But the nice part was that while I was being all busy I did get to enjoy my little nieces being all cute and coloring. Such sweeties.
Okay guys, I'm keeping it short today. Be sure to check out the great cycling packing list from REI that Elisa posted in her column.
Elisa's Daily Scoop NEXT TOUR IN: 3 DAYS
Weekend Cycling Trip Packing List
Good day to you! Happy Shopping Saturday!
Before, I tell you about my day and get into the topic at hand, I wanted to ask you if you noticed the way we changed the format of The Daily Scoop?
Tanya and I thought it might be more enjoyable to our individual followers to focus on one main theme each day whereby each of our respective blogs complement one another.
Therefore, whether one of us is on a trip or home-based or if we are traveling together, our blogs will, in some way, cover a similar topic for more in-depth information and twice the reading pleasure for you!
So let's get down to it...today is Shoppin' Saturday here on "the cousins."
To be completely honest, Tanya set the tone for today's blog topic since she is going on a shopping excursion to REI, the recreational equipment and gear retailer.
Tanya's next little travel adventure will be a bicycling trip, so she will be workin' it today to get suited up and prepared.
As she gives you the lowdown on her shopping fun, I thought I would shoot the breeze with a list of Cycling Trip Necessities.
Now, funny enough, REI has one of the most comprehensive and well-organized checklists for the cycling enthusiast.
What I love about their list is how they broke it down into categories, making it less overwhelming and easier to follow.
Now, I'm sure this list has nothing on Tanya, with the many cycling trips she has under her belt, but I'm willing to bet, even she thinks this is a kick-ass checklist!!
There's even links to specific products and additional lists for categories like first aid.