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!

I just wish it was easier...

... that's all I can hope for.

I'm not superstitious...

... but look what happened in the shower tonight! I've NEVER broken a mirror before, this was definitely a first. To top it all off, it's Alex's, so hopefully he won't be TOO mad.

I was just resting my head on the wall underneath the shower head, while the relaxing hot water poured over my neck, and BAM! My elbow moved an inch too far, I heard a crash, opened my eyes, and saw just what had happened.

So, now I've broken a mirror and Mercury's still in retrograde (see here, here, or here for more on that one)... things aren't looking too good at all.

I just hope the coming days don't spell disaster for me!

"Say what you need to say"

I know, I know. The proper title to John Mayer's hit single is actually "Say"... but whatevs.

Anyway, I've been thinking about a certain something for the past few weeks now. It's never good when I seriously think about something for more than a week, because it usually sends me spiraling into a rather pensive state (and that's never good).

Correction... I meant to say "a certain someone".  There. I said it. Right here, for all to see.

Whenever I get on this topic, John Mayer ALWAYS starts playing in my mind. "Say what you need to say" is resonating throughout, making me want to simply go out on a limb and... say.

But what I actually want to say scares me. What IF I say? What will they think? What will they do? What will they... say? That's the hardest part.

I don't want to make out. I don't want a hookup. I don't want to cause drama. Really, I don't.

I just want dinner. Or a movie. Or both. With him. Just once... maybe more. But that bridge will be crossed when, or if, I get there.

What do you do in a situation like this? Oh, how I wish "saying" was easier.


... and I'm really liking this new album I'm listening to right now. Thanks for the "recommendation", "a certain someone"!        Ugh.

The American Idol Experience

What can I say? I have had SO MUCH FUN over the past few weeks play testing, staying up late for a commercial shoot, and singing on the stage of The American Idol Experience at the Studios! It has been great to be a part of its opening process.

If you haven't had the chance to visit yet, just do it. Go check out a show or even get to the Park early to audition!

So much effort has been put into it to make it seem just like the real thing - and that feeling has been accomplished. The production, for those watching the show, is simply incredible. For those choosing to participate, it's one of the most interactive things you can do at Walt Disney World.

The attraction officially opens on Saturday, February 14th, with a rather large Media Event planned just a few days before. In the meantime (for all my CM friends), you can still play tomorrow (Sunday the 25th). On Monday, the coveted "Dream Tickets" will start to be awarded and we will no longer be able to participate on stage. However, it'll be neat to see people actually winning the prize.

So, get over there and have a good time with it! I sure have.

Oh, and one more thing

I REALLY want to learn how to play the piano. Well. Really well.

REALLY bad. I do. Really.

That is all.

I got cut...

... but wasn't that what I was expecting?

I had a glorious time learning the combination, but it was just way to freakin' hard. I'm DEFINITELY not a dancer, and today pretty much proved it.

But, it's okay. Everything happens for a reason. I had fun, really enjoyed the experience, and will definitely try again. So, no High School for me anytime soon, and we'll just have to wait and see what happens in the coming months.

On another note, I'm excited to be back at Idol this weekend, as it's the last time I'll be able to play around with it. Soft Opening on Monday!

Nervous

I do too much late-night blogging. I should be asleep.

Nonetheless, I'm kinda nervous about a certain something I'm going to tomorrow at 1. I don't wanna jinx it, so I'm not gonna talk much about it.

Just keep your fingers crossed, would ya? Strangely, I've begun to want it more and more since I got my callback last week. I'm only hoping for sub, definitely not a contract.

Okay, I've said too much. I'll be sure to let you know how it goes tomorrow.

Goodnight!

22... don't you just LOVE the alliteration?

Yep, it happened. It was inevitable. I... turned... 22 years old!

Crazy, huh?

I'm looking forward to this 22nd year of my existence on this planet (probably mostly because I really like the number 22). It has started out pretty well and promises some good times ahead. Let's hope it stays that way!

Anywho, to go into a bit more detail on what was previously mentioned, I had a pretty good time this birthday. As the clock struck Midnight on the 17th, I was actually in an online Chat Room with Ryan, Jimmy, and Kim. It was nice to have a few birthday wishes right at Midnight. Shortly thereafter, I went out to Pulse for a few drinks... some of which were free. That was fun.

Later that day, I awoke to a few birthday messages left by my roommate, Alex (thanks, A!), and headed off to Epcot to meet up with Chase and Matt. We had planned to drink around the world, but only managed to hit up two countries. That was okay, though, as I still had a great time... and got to play Kim Possible's World Showcase Adventure... twice! Hooray! We even ran into Allie at work.

We finished the day with dinner at Rose and Crown in the UK (which included some "Happy Birthday" singing and fantastically obnoxious yelling from Scot, our server) and watched the fireworks from the porch. It was a great time.

Tonight (well, yesterday now), Mom came up for a visit and we went to eat at The Turf Club Bar and Grill inside Saratoga Springs Resort. I had never been there before, but it was actually pretty good. Our meals were excellent and I even got a little (well, a lot) of "Happy Birthday" singing from the entire restaurant over my apple pie dessert.

We came back to my apartment and had cake that my Mom made while I opened up presents. Due to all our trips to Disney each birthday, I haven't had the chance to open a lot of presents for a while. It was nice, for a change.

Well, there you have it: my 22nd birthday. Now, only 363 days to go until my 23rd! Woo hoo!

Where I was on my birthday

Seeing as my birthday has just gone by (don't worry, that blog entry will be next), I started thinking back to my birthdays of the past, where I was when the clock struck Midnight, and what I did to celebrate...

... problem is, I really can only remember back to last year. Pitiful, I know.

Anyway, I've decided to start keeping track of just where I was and what I did each time the calendar rolls around to January 17th, and we'll start here.

From turning age 1 to age 8 (1988-1995)
Yea, don't think I really remember much of this at all.

From turning age 9 to age 20 (1996-2007)
Don't really remember where I was exactly each year, but my Mom and I always spent two or three nights at our favorite place to stay at WDW, the Caribbean Beach Resort.

Turning age 21 (2008):
Where I was at Midnight
Sitting on a bench alongside the fountain at Downtown Disney West Side, between Planet Hollywood and AMC Theaters, reflecting on the last 20 years of my life. It was nice.

What I did to celebrate
That night, I had my first legal drink at the now defunct Rock 'n Roll Beach Club on the now defunct Pleasure Island at the now full of shopping and dining Downtown Disney district. That weekend, Chase, Allie, and I had dinner at Spoodles at Boardwalk and Chase, Claire, and I partied it up at PI! Also, Mom was extremely generous and we had an amazing dinner at Victoria & Alberts, the up-scale, fine dining restaurant at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. THAT was an experience.

Turning age 22 (2009):
Where I was at Midnight
IMing in a Chat Room with Ryan, Jimmy, and Kim. Woot.

What I did to celebrate
That night, I went out to Pulse on my own for a few drinks. On the day of my birthday, I spent lots of time at Epcot with Chase and Matt drinking, playing Kim Possible's World Showcase Adventure (which is SUPER COOL), eating at Rose and Crown, and watching IllumiNations from its outdoor dining area. It was a good time.

Well, there you have it. An updated list as I remember it thus far. Expect a post each year about my birthday happenings!

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 2009

I'm up reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyy late, as usual, and thought to myself, "why don't I update my blog, since there's nothing else better to do at 3:30 AM!"

So, that's what I'm gonna do. Get ready... here come the super-posts!

Last weekend was the 16th Annual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. What fun it was, as always! This was my fifth year as a volunteer Team Leader. Not only did I get to volunteer at the Expo on Friday, but I also got to be a Team Leader for about 50 people on Saturday! That was cool.

My crew on Sunday out in Epcot's Wonder Lot consisted of a total of about 160 volunteers and I was lucky enough to have some of the same folks from last year again. I was in charge of Bag Check and Gate Control, as always, and it was a good time. A little more hectic than usual as the day progressed and I ended up with 24 bags to take to Lost and Found. Not the worst, but surely no record. As always, 14 hours in that parking lot was a long time, but well worth it. I love volunteering for the Marathon.

Next year may be a little different, as I think I'm gonna be crazy and actually run it... I'm already prepping my resolutions for 2010 - one of them being "run every Disney road race I possibly can". Keep your fingers crossed for me!

I shouldn't be awake

But I am. And I'm happy, nonetheless. I just finished setting up my new computer and printer in my room... so exciting!

I have class in 3 and a half hours... ugh. Off to bed for a power nap.

At least he was honest...

... that's more than I can say for some people.

Oh, well. Another time, I guess.

One of my favorites

I just re-discovered one of my favorite songs ever (and it happens to be playing in my playlist right now). The song is entitled "When You Come Back Down" and it's by the great Christian group Nickel Creek. I found this song rather accidentally in Spring 2006 while mixing songs for the current gradating class of my high school's Senior Slide Show.

It tells of a person being the foundation, the rock, the friend who will always be there, no matter the distance, no matter the change, no matter the time, and is one of the most powerful songs I've ever heard. Not only does it have a beautiful sound, but an equally as beautiful message that really touches me.

I like to think that, at some point in our lives, each of us are either that person flying high, thinking back to the one that is holding the line and waiting for us, or the one seeing our friend off to their journeys and successes, yet keeping their memory and love close to our heart.

Why not select the song on the right and read through the lyrics at the same time? Enjoy.


"When You Come Back Down"

You got to leave me now, you got to go alone 
You got to chase a dream, one that's all your own 
Before it slips away 
When you're flyin' high, take my heart along 
I'll be the harmony to every lonely song 
That you learn to play 

When you're soarin' through the air 
I'll be your solid ground 
Take every chance you dare 
I'll still be there 
When you come back down 
When you come back down 

I'll keep lookin' up, awaitin' your return 
My greatest fear will be that you will crash and burn 
And I won't feel your fire 
I'll be the other hand that always holds the line 
Connectin' in between your sweet heart and mine 
I'm strung out on that wire 

And I'll be on the other end, to hear you when you call 
Angel, you were born to fly, and if you get too high 
I'll catch you when you fall 
I'll catch you when you fall 

[Bridge:]
Your memory's the sunshine every new day brings 
I know the sky is calling 
Angel, let me help you with your wings 

When you're soarin' through the air 
I'll be your solid ground 
Take every chance you dare 
I'll still be there 
When you come back down 

Take every chance you dare, 
I'll still be there 
When you come back down 
When you come back down


Nice, huh?

New Year, New Things

Well, we're now one whole week into 2009 and I've found that this is definitely the year for new things:

-New Year (duh)
-New school semester
-New computer (yay!)
-New friendships
-New resolutions
-New celebration and attractions at work
-New outlook on life
-New boy (hopefully more on that one soon)
-New home in July
-New blog music! (hope you're enjoying it)

I just love new things. It's like Christmas all over again.

Oh, and thanks to Bry over at Myself In Center for providing me with some relaxing BGM while writing this post. You're awesome. =)