It would be easier to get over it if today had gone as planned. It didn't take long for us to realize that the weekend was taking a heck of a lot out of us, so we planned to take the day off to recover. The joke was on us, though, because we had another mini project to work on that we had been told would be due this week. Silly us, we thought that when they said "next week", they meant, like, a week from when we got it, but what they really meant was, like, when the weekend is over. That would have been fine if it had been as mini as the other mini-projects--we would have just done it last night when we got home from Disneyland, and had a stress-free day full of anime and relaxing. Instead, the project was not one little file, but three significantly larger files. So we spent the day working instead. At least we didn't need the whole workday.
Anyway, the point is we're frustrated because we were looking forward to an anime marathon and now we're not going to get it. We're going to make it up to ourselves by ordering an emergency pizza and promise ourselves a day off maybe next week.
In the meantime, we went to Disneyland! Tadah! This time, we were joined not only by Alice's parents (who are going to become regulars in our little Disneyland excursions), but her aunt, uncle, and grandfather from the East Coast. I'm not sure I remember a whole lot of the interesting details from Friday (there weren't that many; we were only there a few hours), but I do remember that we went to the Golden Horseshoe because Alice's aunt said we had to see the Golden Horseshoe Revue. We were like, "Um, they haven't been doing the Golden Horseshoe Revue or any derivative thereof in nigh on twenty years now...", but we went inside to check things out nevertheless.
And what do you know, they were doing a new 60th anniversary show that was kind of a derivative the Golden Horseshoe Revue...that was really more a derivative of the Laughing Stock Company shows that they've been doing since Billy Hill and the Hillbillies moved out. In fact, the only thing that really makes it like the Revue is that one of the main characters (Miss Rose) is the new owner of the Golden Horseshoe saloon, and they said explicitly that she is kind of a successor to Slue Foot Sue and Miss Lily.
Anyway, Miss Rose and Mayor Sam MacGillicuddy (or however it's spelled) were putting together a little pageant in honor of Frontierland's 60th anniversary, but the actors in the pageant kept missing their cues because, according to Sheriff Clem Clodhopper, they got arrested for fighting in the streets. So when someone was supposed to come up on stage playing Davy Crockett, they didn't have the actor, so they called somebody from the audience (Davyyyy! Davy Crockett♪ A guy from the audience♪). And so on with Paul Bunyan and Slue Foot Sue (who had coconut shells as she rode in on her horse, but we were like, "Guys, Slue Foot Sue rides a catfish; it's right there, etched in the glass on the door of this very establishment." Anyway, the story is Davy Crockett found the land and thought to build a town, so he got help from his pal Paul Bunyan and then Slue Foot Sue came along...and did something, I think? I don't remember.
They threw in some jokes, of course, and Clem would make comments on the audience volunteers. The guy playing Davy Crockett had a shaved head, so Clem pointed out that he looked like Lex Luthor, and the mayor told him not to say that because, "We [Disney] don't even own that!", to which Clem responded, "Not yet." Then when Paul Bunyan was chosen, they pulled out a soapbox for him to stand on (because Paul Bunyan is a giant) and apologized because "they're making budget cuts", to which Clem added, "We're trying to buy the rights to Superman," and the mayor said, "Stop that!"
And there was a song about Frontierland being the little town that could, but I can't really sing that in this format, and I'm too tired to figure out how to describe it.
So that was fun, and then we went with Gaston to make reservations at Big Thunder Ranch for dinner on Monday, and then we went home to work.
The next day, Alice's cousin was getting married at the local LDS temple, and Gaston said that if we wanted, they could drive us over there and we could do a session while he and Alice and Alice's family were doing wedding things. So that's what we did! And the local temple is very very pretty, and we had never been to it despite being here for almost two years. So I'm really glad we went.
After lunch, Gaston wanted to stop at his favorite hockey store, so Alice took us to the Jo-Ann's across the street, and we bought fabric for some costumes we've been thinking about for a few years now. (Not Hiyori, though. We didn't have reference pictures.) And then they went to the wedding reception while we came home so I could finish writing the talk I was supposed to give in church the next day. I was very unsure of the whole thing, so it was nice after sacrament meeting when people said my talk was really good. I may or may not post it in a future post, pending interest. (It's about keeping the Sabbath day holy.)
Other good news from church is that Athena decided to try using hand bells as a way to motivate the Primary kids to sing, and it worked! I don't know if I ever mentioned this, but we bought a set of hand bells (eight bells that each play a different note), and now that the kids are done learning songs for the program, there's time to do extra things like learn how to use hand bells. So Athena introduced them to the kids and had them each hold a bell while she'd point at them, and they'd play a song. Then she said we can only do that again if the kids are good in Primary and learn the Christmas songs we're going to sing in sacrament meeting next month. (Right now we're learning Picture a Christmas which is so pretty!)
And it worked, and the kids did a really good job learning the song, then begged to play with the bells some more! Yay! She even has the Sunbeam asking for them, and he used to just hate Sharing Time and Singing Time.
Finally, we went to California Adventure yesterday, and there were definitely some adventures, but I think this post is long enough, so I will tell about those later.
Today I'm thankful for the Primary kids liking the hand bells, having a nice time with everybody visiting and stuff, getting to see the local temple, getting to see the new Golden Horseshoe show, and finishing our work today without too too much trouble.