As those of you who read my author blog know, I'm at the ALA conference this week (the American Library Association). Of course, in between running around meeting library folks and signing a few things here and there, I'm also having a lot of fun. And it only got better the other night.
My aunt, who is Deputy Director for the St. Louis library system, was able to snag us tickets for an ALA event in Disneyland. I haven't been to a Disney park since I was seven years old. Then came the big surprise.
Here's my aunt and I as we were getting ready to leave the hotel room for Disneyland:
Aunt Diane: You're wearing that?
Me (in my kicky skirt and heels): Sure
Aunt Diane (talking slowly, trying to be nice): It's Disneyland.
Me: Well, but it's a networking event (translation: standing next to a fun ride at Disneyland while sipping wine and chatting).
Aunt Diane: This isn't a planned event, Angie. We're going on rides.
I was in shorts and a t-shirt quicker than you can say "Space Mountain."
Because, let's be honest, there's nothing better than a surprise, fun trip. Plus, I hadn't been on any of these rides since I was a kid: Pirates of the Carribean, the Haunted Mansion, Star Tours. It was So. Flipping. Cool.
We rode the new Indiana Jones ride (loved it), wondered why they had a band playing classics like Boogie Wonderland in Tomorrowland (still don't have an answer for that) and snapped pictures inside a twirling tea cup.
And while Disneyland is always going to be amazing, what made it truly perfect is that I wasn't expecting it. So what about you? Have you encountered any unexpected pleasures lately?