NYE in NYC...

... has become New Year's Eve in New Jersey.

Random? Indeed.

I'm going to an annual party with Matt in his home state with a group of friends from Off Broad Street Players, et al.

Since plans to be in Times Square to watch the ball drop changed, we were kinda stuck between a rock and a hard place in finding something to do tonight. These new plans came to fruition around 12:30 this afternoon.

We just got off New Jersey Transit (a train) and are presently in the car being driven by his friends to Bridgeton. I'm not going to know a single person at this party besides Matt, but, since this entire trip has mostly been completely spontaneous, I figured what the hell. It'll be great for Matt to be home with his friends, so that makes me happy. Besides, "spontaneity" is my middle name (so is "heart on your sleeve", but that's for a different post), so this trip should at least be somewhat fun.

Back to the city in the morning, though, as I have to catch my flight back home to begin a new, hopeful decade in Orlando. Let's hope the weather doesn't delay me much (or at all), as that would be a dreadful way to begin 2010.

Full trip(s) report to come... Happy New Year, all.

Look what I found in NYC!

So, I was being lead through this fabulously cold city yesterday by my friend Matt (again, not me) and look what we came across...

Yes! It's World of Disney New York City!

Too bad it's closing next week and everything in the store is 75% off. Sadness. Made for some cheap shopping, though! It was like a SALSA sale but without all the junk!
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(SALSA [sahl-suh] (n) 1. Spend A Little, Save A lot; seasonal merchandise liquidation for Walt Disney World Cast Members and their guests; usually filled with a bunch of overstocked crap)--

I also came across snow in the city. It was rather disgusting. Definitely NOT snowball kinda snow. You couldn't pay me enough.

We then continued our journey through Central Park and saw lots more pretty things. (I'm not an English major, by the way.)

Oh, and I found an anorexic Block Party Bash cone! It was sad. Needed some Pixar Pals to help cheer it up and feed it NERF balls, or something.




Off to see this tonight! Woo hoo!

Well, that's my little update. Impressed? I am, too.

My loyal followers...

I know, I know. I haven't been the nicest to you recently. You come here for a laugh or two, some insight into my world, an explanation of the meaning of life... and I let you down. It's just not nice.

This past month has been extremely hectic with finishing the school semester, working like crazy, Christmahaunakwanzaka, visiting California and so on. There are so many things I need to talk about, but there just hasn't been the time.

To sum up real quick (as mentioned earlier), I just got back from Disneyland and San Francisco, which were awesome. I had such a great time visiting the Golden State with my Mom! Now, I write to you as I stand in line at Orlando International Airport, waiting to check my bag onto a JetBlue flight. Flying again so soon, you ask? Well, I'm now taking a daring journey on my own up to New York City for New Year's Eve! I'll be meeting my friend Matt up there (different Matt - not another version of myself) for 6 days of excitement and adventure. It's gonna be incredible.

It's also going to be freezing. I don't really do cold all that well, but I'm going to have to. When I land, it'll be 43 degrees - and that's the high. Brrrrrr!!! (My recent visit to ICE! at Gaylord Palms was prep for that.) What's really going to be fun is spending hours standing outside in Times Square for NYE. Hope I can stay all bundled up with my scarf and hand warmers! Look for me on TV!

It's going to be a busy trip, but I'll try to update you at least once while I'm up there. Or, for those of you in the know, follow my facebook! I just LOVE updating my status every 5-7 minutes.

A Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, as well! See ya soon.

I'm at DISNEYLAND!!!

More to follow...

iChat... no really, I do.



I have a Mac. I use iChat. I video chat on it.

It's one of the coolest things, ever. Enough said.


No, that's not me. I actually have no idea who either of those people are.
It's just for illustration. Deal with it.


First time paying RENT


I saw it. I finally saw it.

And it was INCREDIBLE.

Yes, it's true. I have never:
  • Seen the hit Broadway musical
  • Caught the movie version of the show
  • Heard more than two songs on the soundtrack
  • Really known anything in particular about the storyline
Until tonight. I finally crossed three of those four off that list. It was awesome.

RENT is currently touring across the country and has made a stop here in Orlando for the next few days. Featuring two of the original cast members, Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, the show is currently at the Bob Carr where I got to see it for the first time tonight. Chase and I went to see it (him for the second time) and it was spectacular. Chase didn't think I'd like it, but, to his surprise, I did (and he even liked it better than the first time he saw it).

The music was beautiful. The acting was great. The story was touching. I loved it.

That, and I really enjoyed seeing Anthony on stage, as I have loved him ever since he revived "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" back in 1999. Happiness all over.

As the show deals with the topic of AIDS, Anthony also talked briefly with the audience just after curtain call about fundraising they have been doing for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Partnered with their friends back in New York, they have raised over $200,000 to help people with HIV/AIDS in our communities get the help and care they so desperately need. So cool. They were even selling autographed posters and playbills and auctioned off a backstage experience right then and there to raise even more money!


Of course, I bought one.

If you haven't seen the show before, do it. Just do it. There is no way to regret that decision. This tour is making just four more stops and if you can get to the show, make it happen. No day but today, right?

Find out more at www.SiteforRent.com and www.BroadwayCares.org.

Oh, Michael!

Hi kids.



In case you didn't already know, there is this guy... named Michael Bublé... that is a singer... who is INCREDIBLE.

He just released his new album, "Crazy Love", featuring the hit single, "Haven't Met You Yet" (which I mentioned back in September) and the whole thing has been playing nearly non-stop around my house.

Now, I have been quite the fan for some time now. You can even here his version of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" in my music player to the right!

Even though his songs were always cycling through my playlists, I attended my first concert with him at the UCF Arena back in February 2008 and fell in love. He had such a beautiful voice and put on a great show! From then on, I knew I'd be going to see him each time he came to town...

... and this March, he'll be back. Stopping by Amway Area on March 10th, he'll begin his next tour, with me seated inside. I just bought a pair of great tickets in the venue's pre-sale and couldn't be more excited!

It will have been over two years since I last saw him live, but will most certainly be worth the wait. Will I see you there?

Tickets to the tour's opening night here in Orlando officially go on sale to the public this Friday at 10 AM. Don't forget!

Feeling the Holiday spirit

Thanksgiving has now come and gone, so that means...

IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME!

I always get excited when December comes along, as Christmas has been my favorite time of year ever since I was little. I guess it's because I always enjoyed getting and decorating a tree, going to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, receiving presents, staying warm and so on. Now that I'm older, I still enjoy many of the things I did as a little kid, but have found the joy of giving presents and making the holidays special for those that are special to me.

So, for starters, I'm giving YOU (my loyal followers) a nice little holiday playlist that you can keep open while you're browsing the web for holiday bargains, decorating the house, or doing whatever else you do. Music of the holidays ALWAYS puts me in the spirit and here's to hoping it does the same for you.

Tonight, to get myself in the holiday spirit, I went to Epcot to watch John O'Hurley read at the Candlelight Processional (which I am again performing in as part of the Cast Choir... more to come) and watch IllumiNations! Reflections of Earth's special Peace on Earth finale. If you haven't seen either of these, make it a point to do so! They are both a very special tradition for me and help to get the holidays going in full swing.

After, I came home, unpacked the Christmas decorations and went outside to put them up! It's my first Christmas in the new house and, although I don't have a lot of room to put up lights, I wanted to make it special. So, the decorations are rather simple, but they work for me. What do you think?

Here's to a happy December and a Merry Christmas!

Happy Turkey Day!


No. Wrong turkey.


Yes. That's better.

Today was Thanksgiving. I like Thanksgiving. For me, it's the one day of the year where I always stop and reflect on everything that has happened to me over the past year that I'm thankful for. I usually do the same on New Year's Eve, too, so I get two happy days really close together.

It's also a day for food, family and fun. For me, I always eat a lot of food, since my parents are divorced and I typically get to go to a dinner with each of them. This year was no different, but was more toned down... which was nice.

For the second year in a row, I kept the whole day off of work, which was good. Allie and I went to a friend's room at Kidani Village at DAK Lodge this morning for breakfast, watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and saw two zebras outside his room... um... "being thankful for each other"... if you get my drift. That was craziness. Good way to start the morning, though! After, I drove home to Lakeland for dinner with my Dad and two uncles, then went to a family friend's house with Mom for a bit, stopped by her house to pick up some Christmas things and drove back up to meet Allie at work as she closed Spaceship Earth.

The food was tasty. The weather was beautiful. The holiday was nice, as always.

I'm thankful for a lot of things and am certainly very blessed. Hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday, as well!

(and if you happen to have missed having a nice dinner today, just give me a call... I have enough leftovers for AT LEAST a week)

Sick. Bleh.

I'm just going to put it out there...

BEING SICK SUCKS.

I always hate getting that little tingly feeling in the back of my sinuses, like my head trying to tell me, "LOOK OUT! IT'S COMING!" That's the time I have to go out and buy a 24 pack of Tylenol Cold, a box of Sudafed, a gallon of orange juice and stand in a long line that takes forever before I can finally come home to prep my house with tissues and Afrin.

The fatigue started Monday night. The sniffles started yesterday after I got off work. I wasn't so thrilled to have to go in today, but I made it through. Now I sit, congested, headachy, blogging. What else is there to do?

Oh yea, class. I have to go to that tonight. Ugh.

This better blow over quickly - I gots me some turkey and mashed potaders to munch on tomorra'!

Painting a Garden State

Real quick... painting a house sucks. No matter as much fun as it "can be" and how good it looks when it's done, the whole process of it can really be a pain in the butt sometimes. From the taping, to brushing, spilling paint, to cleaning up, washing tools, to making a mess, removing tape, to noticing bleeding, having it dry and noticing missed spots, to having to go through the whole process of a second coat by doing it all over again... it just sucks.

I'm thinking of hiring a professional to come in and finish it, but I don't really have the money to do that. Oh, well. It'll all get done EVENTUALLY.

On a lighter note, if you've never seen the movie "Garden State", you're really missing out. Go buy it, or put it in your Netflix queue, or order it On Demand, or pick it up at Blockbuster (if anybody even does that anymore). It is my favorite movie of all time, hands down, even though I honestly couldn't tell you all the reasons why. Directed by and starring Zach Braff (of "Scrubs" fame), it has a remarkable soundtrack and is one of those films that will always make you think and feel better, no matter your mood. No, I'm not from New Jersey, but can certainly relate to how Zach's character tries escaping his small town there in an effort to find himself out in the real world.

Elissa (my friend from high school - love ya, girl!) gave it to me for my 19th birthday and I absolutely loved it. I'm not even much of a movie person, but this is one of those films I can't live without. Although I don't watch it all that often, it usually gets brought out after I've had a bad day or am just in "one of those moods".

Wanna watch it with me? I'm game, just let me know when. In the meantime, enjoy the film's soundtrack that I've posted, which you can shuffle through on the right.

It's almost been a month!

Friends, Romans, countrymen... my apologies. I know I said last month that I would keep you up to speed on here. I've just been busy. Very busy. But now I'm here, just shy of one month from my last post. Let's catch back up, shall we?

Well, can you believe it? Not even three weeks out of training and I got to swim under the sea with Sebastian and all the other fishes on October 22nd! IT WAS GREAT! Absolutely LOVED it. I've even filled two more schedule holes since then, so I got to do it again and again! Gah! I'm no spectacular puppeteer, but I don't think I'm all that bad. Hope I get to play with Ariel more often!

What else? Hmmm, let's see... as mentioned earlier, I ran the final Tower of Terror 13K on October 24th, which was so much fun! Sad to see it go, but it was fun while it lasted. I crossed the line in 1:19:49, right at the pace I wanted to be. I'm still debating running the Marathon in January... let's see if I actually decide to do so!

OH! And it was Halloween on October 31st, for those of you that missed it. I'm not really all that big on the holiday, but I DID manage to carve my first pumpkin in at least five years and named him Skip! He's gone up to the great pumpkin patch in the sky now, but was super-cute and kept me company when not a single Trick or Treater showed up on my doorstep that night.


I also got to be an Armadillo for the first time two weeks ago in Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade. Now, I've been in every unit! It was a lot of fun (after I remembered the correct choreography eight loops in). Downside? We're all required to walk on J-Walkers now (as opposed to the option to walk on Bigfoots, my preferred method) and I was a bit nervous. Surprisingly, it was good and I didn't fall... until I got backstage. You see, I'm used to being on Bigfoots and able to still walk around on them after my legs had been taken off. But, since the legs were tied on differently to these new stilts, that isn't exactly the safest thing to do. Up I stood. Down I fell. Long story short, the stilts weren't completely attached to my legs, so I fell in quite an unimpressive and rather messy way. However, this "incorrect" fall was actually good, as if I fell the "right" way, they would have came up and hit me in the back. So... yay?


Last week, I went and saw Tiana's Showboat Jubilee at the Magic Kingdom. Words can't describe... this show is absolutely AMAZING! It's celebrating our new movie, "The Princess and the Frog", coming out on December 11th. I can't wait for the movie, it's going to be awesome. In the meantime, though, go see the show. And meet Princess Tiana and Princes Naveen. So much fun.

Finally, I got to hang out with Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora for the first time in nearly a year and a half this past Friday at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Before you pull out your calendar, yes, Christmas parties have already started. It's Disney. It happens. But it was a lot of fun and I get to do it again this Friday. Easy night with a fun lady (and I mean that in a good way).

Soooooooo, that's basically it. I'm back... again... so yay.


Thank you, loyal followers, for still following. Love you bunches!

Oh, Starbucks, how you torment me so.

Memories are a special thing. They can remind you of both good and bad times. Sometimes, they get suppressed in attempt to make things better... but, that usually doesn't last too long.

As I sit here in Starbucks after a long group project meeting discussing FELICA and Bluetooth and Sonar and vacuum tubes (don't even ask), I am reminded of a special time in my life from over a year and a half ago. A time that, although short lived, was one of the best things that ever happened to me. Something I can't stop thinking about.

Yes, I've tried suppressing these memories for so long. But what now? Out they flow, like water down Niagara Falls or character development in a Danielle Steel novel. Really. Just like that.

Oh, Starbucks, stop having such good coffee and ambiance. That way, I'll never have to come back... but that's quite unlikely. Sigh.




My windows are OPEN!

Just thought I'd share with everyone the following...

First comfortable weather in quite a while. Yep, I could TOTALLY get used to this!


Thanks, Mama Nature. Love ya.

God must have not wanted me to eat these.


These "Oreo Cakesters" were in the vending machine at work today. I put in $1. Selected them. They got stuck. I shook the machine. Didn't come out. Put in $1 more. Selected again. Just the first one dispensed. I ate them. And they really sucked. I could have had two double cheeseburgers from Burger King for that price. Oh, well.

A 10K? Awesome. At Disney? Even better.

I'm just gonna say it... Disney races are where it's at. Now, I know, I know...
  • They don't offer monetary prizes
  • They're typically full of a lot of details and particulars
  • They're hella expensive. 
I got it. BUT... you get to run through Disney World! C'mon, how cool is that?

I've been volunteering with the Volunteer Services Team, a small part of Disney Sports and Recreation (the big department in the sky that is responsible for putting on all these awesome events every year), since 2004. From the Marathon to the Cross Country Classic, Special Olympics to Muddy Buddy, I've had the opportunity to volunteer in numerous capacities at all kinds of events. It's a lot of fun. But to actually PARTICIPATE? Now, that's something I don't get to do too often.

My first Disney race was on March 30, 2003, just a couple of weeks before I would start calling myself a Cast Member. The Walt Disney World Inline Marathon and Half Marathon was probably one of the coolest endurance events I have EVER participated in.

Imagine, putting on your pair of inline skates (something you've recreationally done for years) and BAM! There you are, blading through the Parks with a few thousand other people, no guests around, going so fast and having the time... of... your... life. It was honestly a dream come true (how cliche!); an event that was so refreshing and so rewarding. (oh, and that's me blading through Future World in Epcot during that inaugural race!)

Sadly, the race made it's final roll in 2007, losing it's place due to a lack of popularity and to make way for the new Minnie Marathon the following Spring. Although a few pros did make their way out to the event, low participant numbers ultimately caused it's demise. Walt Disney World Inline Marathon, how I miss you so.

I didn't participate in a Disney race again until this past February (as I had mentioned earlier), but it was great to be back. The ESPN The Weekend 5K was so much fun! True, it wasn't on inline skates, but was still fun to run through the Studios early in the morning.

Getting to the real point of this post... this past Sunday brought Disney's Race for the Taste 10K and 3K, inspired by the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival occurring during the event. However, like the Inline Marathon, it has now come to an end. Sad day. Fortunately, I was able to register and race the 10K (that's 6.2 miles for you non-runners) in this, it's final year. Although a somewhat popular race, I'd just have to assume that it hasn't been making the revenue Disney wants to keep justifying its existence. So, it will not be returning next year (along with the Tower of Terror 13K and 6.5K, which I'll be running in next week - stay tuned), but will be replaced with an all-new event in 2010. Check out disneyenduranceseries.com on Wednesday at 3PM for the announcement. (Yes, I already know what it is, but I don't want to get fired by revealing it on here). 

Anyway, the race was SO MUCH FUN! Matt and I ran it together, with him pulling ahead of me about 2 miles in. We wound in and out from Wide World of Sports Complex to the Studios, Yacht and Beach Club and finally, Epcot. I managed to finish it in 56:12, which is about a 9.5 minute/mile pace - just what I was hoping for! Mom was there to cheer me on at the finish line, as well as help me sample some of the food brought out from the festival. All the finishers even got a cool medal! I really wish it was coming back next year, but I'll always have the amazing memories.


To sum up... Disney races are incredible experiences full of magic in every mile! I can do it, so why don't you give one a try? If you're not into the whole "beating your body up for personal satisfaction" thing (and I mean that in a GOOD way), try volunteering as a Sports Enthusiast. Not only do you get to help out the participants as well as a deserving beneficiary, but you can make friends and earn credits towards free Theme Park tickets! Check out disneyenduranceseries.com and disneysportsenthusiast.com today.

Horror Nights!

So, for the first time EVER, I went to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal - this past Sunday was the evening of choice.


I have always decided against going because I don't like spending perfectly good money to get the crap scared out of me (the reason horror films and I don't get along). But, this year was different, as I have a bunch of friends working it and I really wanted to see them.


With Brendon's Team Member discount and Doug's additional support, the three of us went. I walked into it with the attitude that it was all just a lot of well-produced fun... which worked well. Thinking I'd be screamed at left and right, I was actually only a little bit scared one time!


I got to go through a bunch of houses and see Cory, Michelle, and Tiffany perform. They were awesome! The "frights" were even fun as I kept laughing them off.


TOTALLY didn't give HHN enough credit - I had a really good time! A little bit of fright can be a lot of fun, indeed.


Now, of course I won't spend full price for the thing, but certainly will be trying to get back once more before the season's done. If you've been putting it off because you don't do scary either, give it a chance! (just be sure to bring someone to hold onto as you go through the houses)

Oh...

... I'm approved! Yay.

Now let's see if I ACTUALLY get to play under the sea anytime soon.

Oh, and thanks to http://travel.webshots.com/photo/1291959847027916608RaXtHW for the lovely pic of Seby 2/3.

Life since May 22nd

Well, since my poor blog has nearly been left in the gutter since my last REAL post on May 22nd, let's see if I can do a brief overview on life since then. Fancy headings, maybe? Bear with me, there's a lot of stuff... here we go.

Life
Well, probably the biggest thing to happen to me in the last year is the fact that... I NOW OWN A HOME!!! A 3/3 town home, to be specific. Mom has really helped me out a lot with the down payment, as well as painting, outfitting, and all the other things necessary to make this work. It was quite the headache to make happen back in May, but was totally worth it. I'm so lucky to have had the economy, timing, and financials to be working in my favor to make this happen. Allie and Elisha are renting the two other rooms from me this year which, after a few "growing pains", is starting to work out pretty well. It's pretty crazy to know that I really am a homeOWNER instead of a home/apartmentRENTER. Although the thought of being "tied down" has crossed my mind, it really doesn't bother me all that much and I'm planning on making a move in five years or so. Hopefully, the cookies will be crumbling just right to make things work then, too.

This is Grandma. My Dad's mom. She was an amazing woman. She found home with God in the middle of July. It was hard. Really hard. Grammy, my Mom's mom, passed away around the time of Hurricane Charley in 2003. That was really hard, too, as she was the first person I can remember being close to that passed away. Grandma's death wasn't any easier. Probably even more difficult to accept in the fact that I had grown older and really learned the value of these relationships. Grandma was, by far, one of the most spiritual people I have ever known... and that was inspiring. She loved God, her family, her career, and the world around her. I may never truly realize the blessing she was to me, as the concept of death is something I still have a problem fully grasping. Maybe one day, though. Love ya, Grandma.

Not to harp on the previous theme too much, but 2009 really has been a rather sucky year overall. In particular, the number of notable deaths have been astonishing. From MJ to Farrah, Ed to Ted and Les to Patrick, it's just been insane. I've always hated odd-numbered years (weird, I know), so, hopefully 2010 will bring a lot of good things.

School
It's been quite the roller coaster. Spring > Summer > Fall > Now heading towards Spring. Starting with a full load, screwing up, not going to classes, making up for it, maintaining a good rhythm, withdrawing from classes, losing track of my schedule, and so forth. HOWEVER, as long as I stay on track (or whatever the hell you want to call it), I will walk in August 2010. Now that I can put a near-definite date on it, the thought of graduation seems a lot more plausible... which is good, very good.

Vacation
Okay, so I've only taken one trip this year (unlike last year's record), but it was a good one I figured it should have it's own heading. Back in August, I went to Utah to visit my friend Randall and had SUCH an awesome time! Randall was awesome hosting and taking me around to all these different places in a state I had never visited before. I learned about copper production at a mine that can be seen from space, went to a zoo, museum and aquarium for the first time in forever, climbed mountains, explored caves, saw beautiful gardens, went into Salt Lake City, saw the torch from the 2002 Winter Olympics and learned all about the LDS Church (which, surprisingly, was really interesting). I also got to hang with Amy, who I met on Randall's last visit to Florida, as well as a few of his friends from out there. They were all super-cool. I took 1,376 pictures, as well as uploaded a bunch of mobile pics from my phone to document the journey (in other words, picking just one for this post was rather difficult, nor can it even begin to describe the trip). The whole visit was just so amazing, I loved every minute. Hope I can get back out there again soon!



Work

I celebrated one year of "continuous" service in June, receiving my one year pin... finally. I'm not bitter after being employed by the Company since May 2003, it just seems like it's been quite the trek to this one little piece of metal. Nonetheless, I'm really happy to have it. So yay.

Also, in the little over a year that I've been in Entertainment (following my management internship that was in Spring 2008), I've actually learned a lot of different things. I was thinking this wasn't for me just a few months into the role, but, looking back, it sure has been a lot of fun and something that I'm certainly glad I made a step into. Here are just a few pics of some fun things I've got to be a part of so far... let your imagination run wild! 


That's just a small sampling of some of the exciting things that have kept work interesting and fun for me. Also, I'm learning how to swim "Under the Sea" right now and that whole process should be done by the end of this week. That has been the most challenging thing in this department so far, but will certainly be worth it in the end. More to come!

Relationships
Why don't we just skip to the air conditioning and Jacuzzi period, huh?

I know, I know. I'm a nerd. Stop judging.

Anyway, I just can't seem to get this right. I think I've made somewhat of a valiant effort four times in the past few months, but with no avail. Maybe I'm looking in all the wrong places - that idea has crossed my mind a few times, too. Maybe it's the fact that I'm just looking too hard... that, or I like crushing on straight boys, which NEVER works. Or, maybe I really do have an issue with commitment. This concept is really strange to me, though, as that's not who I know I am. I can commit. Perhaps it's just the issue with wanting to, but something in the back of my mind keeps telling me that the present situation just isn't right.

I think I'm back to the whole "enjoying the company of myself" stage. However, that thought never helps at night when I find myself being rather pensive. Oh, well. I'll keep my fingers crossed for 2010, but not fret if the chance doesn't pop up right in front of my face. We'll see what happens.

In Conclusion
Now, that wasn't all that bad, was it? Okay, don't lie. It was long. I barely scratched the surface to encourage you to read everything, so I hope that worked. (and this is why I keep everything in my iCal, so I can ACTUALLY remember some of these things) And if you made it all the way down here, I commend and thank you. Now that I've FINALLY jumped over the hurdle of bringing this thing back up to speed, I'll be posting more often. It's just been the odd-numbered year, I swear.


I'm glad to be back!

Music of my life

What is with me finding these amazing songs all of a sudden? This song speaks to me in the craziest of ways right now... and it's by Michael Bublé... making it all the better. I won't post the lyrics, as just listening and watching this promo video for the song is enough! (Be sure to pause the playlist on the right before enjoying)

So, from his new Album, "Crazy Love" out Oct 9th, here's "Haven't Met You Yet".


I sure know how to pick 'em

I'm just sayin'. Oh, well.

Wonderful

Hello wonderful world! Yes, I'm still alive and hoping to be back around more often. Just wanted to stop in real quick to tell you about an awesome song I stumbled across last month and keep hearing over and over again in my playlists.

The artist? Gary Go
The album? Gary Go
The song? Wonderful

No, really, that's the title, of this post AND the song. Kinda redundant, but not really.

Anywho, check out the song that has just been added to the bottom of my playlist on the right. It's such an uplifting and "feel-good" tune, particularly enjoyable after such a rough year... for everyone.

Here are the lyrics as well, for your listening pleasure.


The person that you were has died
You’ve lost the sparkle in your eyes
You fell for life - into its traps
Now you wanna bridge the gaps
Now you wanna bridge the gaps
Now you want that person back

And all your ammunition’s gone
Run out of fuel to carry on
You don’t know what you wanna do
Cause what you want does not want you
If what you want does not want you
And you’ve got no pull to pull you through

Say “I am”
Say “I am”
Say “I am wonderful"

Say “I am”
Say “I am”
Say “I am wonderful"

If what you’ve lost cannot be found
And the weight of the world weighs you down
No longer with the will to fly
You stop to let it pass you by
Don’t stop to let it pass you by
You’ve gotta look yourself in the eye

Say “I am”
Say “I am”
Say “I am wonderful”
Oh you are

Say “I am”
Say “I am”
Say “I am wonderful”

Cause we are all miracles
wrapped up in chemicals
We are incredible
Don’t take it for granted, no
We are all miracles
Oh we are

Say “I am”
Say “I am”
Say “I am wonderful”
Oh you are

Don’t take it for granted, no
We are all miracles
wrapped up, yeah we’re wrapped up
Oh we are wonderful 


=)

Some new stuff? It's like Christmas! (almost)

Ok, so, in recent months, I have sincerely sucked at updating this little lovely gem of a blog. I am fully aware of that fact. I've missed it and I certainly hope it has missed me.

But, as you may have noticed, there have just recently been a few changes in:
  • Layout
  • Color scheme
  • Music tracks
That's at least something, right? It is.

These past few months have been quite the whirlwind for me. But, after spending a couple of hours trying to make this new blog layout work for me, I've become rather tired. That, and I have school tomorrow, as usual. So I'm gonna go to bed now.

Lots to update everyone on! I'll get to it, I will! Have faith, the wait will be worth it (I hope).

Whoever thought having a blog could get you a grade?

Well, at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida it does! This post is for one of my classes. Can't forget my shout out to Dr. Kal! =D



Oh, and to all my loyal followers, I'll be back soon... PROMISE.

Tomorrow

I should really get to bed, as tomorrow is bringing the start of an interesting 4 weekends. I'll give you a hint...
Yes, it's just what you think. More to follow...

Under construction

I've decided to try something new around here... please pardon the dust.

Updates coming soon!

I know, I know.


It's been FAR too long. I know. All the cool kids aren't writing in their blogs, so I just had to join!
But now they've started writing again. Guess I have to, as well. =P Anywho, let's see if I can pull off a summary of the past, oh, 10 days.

This past Saturday (the 7th) was fun. I was super-desperate for hours, so I picked up work at the Sports Complex in Concessions. Figured it wouldn't be that difficult, maybe even fun, as I've worked there in the past. ("The past" is definitely right, as I first thought it was only 10-12 months ago. But, I looked it up and realized I hadn't worked there since, oh, October 21, 2005. Yea. That was over three years ago.)

I arrived around 11 AM and was immediately thrown into it. I stocked a few carts for about an hour then took over for another CM at a cart in the Jostens Center so she could go on break. I had the "pleasure" of watching a bunch of cheerleaders do their thing down on the stage, as well as seeing a bunch of both happy and extremely tearful ones. If I ever have a daughter and she expresses an interest in cheerleading, I'll be pointing her in the direction of karate.

After selling far too many pretzels and the like, I went on my hour break. About 15 minutes before I was finished, I went down to the office to ask if A) they needed me for another hour and B) if they needed more help that night, as I was soliciting Chase (he was off work at Magic Kingdom soon). They said "yes" to both accounts and the Ops Manager who was in there asked, "can your friend coming from Magic Kingdom bring us pretzels?" as we were selling them like crazy. I thought she was joking, so I just played along for a beat. After realizing she was actually serious in getting some from Stands West at MK, I offered to take a van to pick up both the boxes of pretzels and Chase. They were super-excited when I told them I was familiar with the area, immediately said "yes" to letting me go over there, handed me the keys, and I was off.

I picked up Chase, got him a generic costume, and headed into the Tunnels to get the goods. An hour and a half later, I was back with 7 boxes of frozen pretzels and one additional Cast Member. It was awesome.
On Sunday (the 8th), I managed to pick up an opening shift at Coaster from Brian and then went to DAK to drive parade. Mom came up that evening and we spent some time at Epcot. Later that evening, Allie, Elisha, and I went to Wal-Mart where I got to ride around in the cart, having tons of groceries piled on top of me. And yes, I was a good value, but not on sale. Good times.

Tuesday morning (the 10th) was rather exhausting, as I wasn't able to get any sleep the night before due to being a failure and sleeping in for most of the day. I went to a special Color Coding with the hopes of improving my colors (our "skill coding" system in Entertainment) and I did the usual Movement/Animation, as well as puppets and stilts. Although I'm already making progress with stilts (more to come on that one later), I wanted to try something more. It was alright, just long and mildly tiring. Wish I could have done a bit better, but we'll see what happens in time.

That night, Ryan, Jimmy, Allie, Dan, Elisha, and I went out to Logan's for dinner. I love Logan's. I kinda fell asleep and was a bit late (blame the day), but still made it for some food. After, we went to Dippin' Dots and I kidnapped them all to Old Town for a bit. It was a fun evening.
Finally, here I am at last night, something I had been waiting for for a long, LONG time... the "Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It!" Cast Previews! AHHHHHHH! It was amazing, to say the least. I went with my new friend Dan and met up with a bunch of people from work/school/etc.

What can I say? I REALLY loved that show! To join the opinion of the masses, I agree it's not all that original, but still wildly fun. My roommate even said he liked it, which, if you know Alex, is quite the complement. It's gonna be a lot of fun for our Guests, but will probably be quite the hot mess come Phase 4 closings. We shall see!

Since I'm talking so much about the show, I guess I'll go ahead and publicly admit it here... MISICI is the reason I'm still in Entertainment. Ever since it was announced back in August, I've wanted to do stilts in it. Badly. I didn't really even know all that much about it when it was first talked about, I just knew I wanted it. I've gone to the mover workshops, came back a day early from my vacation to Colorado in December to audition for stilts (as I had mentioned here) and, of course, went to a voluntary Color Coding on Tuesday. It's something I know I can do. It's something I know I want. Honestly, it's all I'm holding out for. I love Entertainment, it's fun, but I really want this show. With a passion.

I've definitely made the right step, as that stilt audition in December has landed me in rehearsals for stilts in my good ol' past time, Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade at DAK! It seems like I'll never get away from that thing. It's okay, though, as it still is something else I'm learning, which is a good start. Besides, who knows? It might just be the extra boost I need to get back to MK.

ANYWAY, Dan and I went to dinner at Steak 'n Shake after the preview, which was great. We talked in the parking lot until 3:30 or so before going home. We'll see where things go with that one...

Today was alright. Yes (Ryan and Jimmy), I DID go to class (most of them) and actually got caught up a bit. I TOTALLY missed the American Idol Experience Press Event today, which kinda bums me out, but I'll survive. I don't really like the show, just the attraction. It would have been cool to see Ryan Seacrest, though. Oh well, I'll just have to live vicariously through Chase, as he got to do and see SO MUCH MORE today than I could ever imagine! Lucky Production Coordinators.

Tomorrow is looking rather promising, as I'll be at MK bright and early to cheer on my friends Meaghan and Casey in MISICI's Grand Opening, followed by my usual day at MJJP. However, I'm scheduled to drive, wait for it... Rafiki! First time EVER since I was driver trained in July! Woot! If I get pulled, someone's gonna get stabbed. ;)

Sorry this one was so freakin' long, I just didn't want to miss anything! I'll be more punctual with my posts from here on out. Promise.

To all nametag-wearing CMs,

Please remove your nametag when you stop ANYWHERE after work... gas station, grocery store, and so on. It just needs to be done. It's bad enough to walk in with it on, even worse when buying alcohol.

And don't wear your costume into Ale House, or any other bar or bar-related locale. At least change your shirt, it doesn't take that much effort.

That is all.

A 5K? No way!

This past Saturday morning I participated in WESH 2's Run Around The Universe 5K at Universal. It was an un-timed "fun run" and I had a great time!

I finished in 26:45, which is surprising because I haven't ran in months and am WAY out of shape. Nonetheless, I was happy with that time. I did use an 8-year-old to help me pace for about a mile and a half, though... is that wrong?

The end of this month will be bringing the ESPN The Weekend 5K at the Studios, an all-new event for this year, which I also plan on participating in. It will be timed and you even get a cool medal after finishing! Races through the Parks are the best.

I'm using these to help me prepare for my New Year's Resolution in 2010: "Run every Disney road race... including the Marathon." We'll see how that one goes!

Go to bed!

I've been sitting here at my computer since I got home... which was three hours ago.

Blame the weather, as I've had my window open all evening (morning?), just listening to the rain falling down. I love it when it's raining outside.

I've been all over the Internet, blogging (as you can see here), playing with iLife '09 (which I just got in the mail), and relaxing.

Today wasn't the best of days, but tonight has been nice.

Despite the relaxation, I once read somewhere that "nothing good happens after 3 AM... therefore, you should just go to sleep", which is what I'm about to do.

BTW, that bed in the picture above DEFINITELY isn't mine, but I thought it was pretty funny.

Goodnight!