Monday, November 22, 2010

Cruise!

Last month I went on a cruise with my roommates Dan and Logan. And it was awesome. I've now been on 2 cruises in my life and I still don't understand why I haven't been on more. I love them so much that I want to go on one at least once every single year.

Also, we had a veranda room this time, meaning that we had a little balcony. When I stayed in an inside stateroom I didn't even care about having an ocean view or seeing the sun come up or set or at all from my room. But I'm pretty sure I'm now officially spoiled. There are probably few greater things in this world than pulling up next to an island and waking up to steel drums coming from it to welcome you. That probably doesn't happen on most islands though. But it does on Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. I wish I could live on that island. Not forever, but for like a month. Maybe more like a week. Ok, more than 8 hours, which is all I got.

I'll leave you with some photo highlights:

a drink from the bar by the pool. mmmm


the nassau port as seen from our balcony.


captain jack sparrow next to the flying dutchman at castaway cay


look how cute mickey is with his pirate bandana at the pirate party.

isn't that beautiful? i took this from our verandah after we left nassau.

us with mickey on castaway cay

me and my konk kooler!




"Ships are the nearest thing to dreams that hands have ever made." -Robert N. Rose

"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist
expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." -William A. Ward

Sunday, June 6, 2010

nooook!


Let's just ignore that I haven't blogged in 2 months and get on with a new post!

I just got one of the greatest inventions ever. An e-reader. The Barnes & Noble nook to be exact. It. Is. Awesome. I never thought that I'd be the type of person to want an e-reader. I've always liked that I have a large collection of books. I think they look pretty on the shelves too. I've always dreamed of having a library of this caliber.
I could never understand why anyone would want to give that up. And then I saw a presentation about the nook at Barnes & Noble when I was in Edmond and I fell in love. I felt as if my life would not be complete without that little e-reader miracle in my possession. I came home and immediately nagged my family about how badly I needed one for my birthday and Christmas. Finally they caved.


Terry got it for me!!! He's the best. So far I've read 4 books on it. The best part about it is...well there are too many best parts. Here are some of my favorites.
  • I can put it down on the table while I'm eating breakfast and not have to worry about holding it.
  • It picks up cell phone wireless so it's so easy to buy books from anywhere!
  • I get free treats when I bring it into a Barnes & Noble
  • There are 95,000 free books
  • Classics are only $1.99
  • No more carrying giant hard cover books around
The one downfall about this awesome invention is that whenever someone sees me reading it they interrupt my reading time to ask me questions about it. I just want to read my book, people!

This post feels like I'm getting paid to talk about the nook by Barnes and Noble. But I don't care! I love it that much. But it is too bad I'm not getting paid for this...


"Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity." - G. K. Chesterton (the quote on my nook's cover)

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Elton John and Billy Joel...

...were amazing! Just so amazing! I'm taking this opportunity to finally blog about it because my lovely friend from work Natalie is straightening my hair. Which she loves to do. I'm not complaining about it either.

Anyway, the concert was just perfect. And being home for the first time in 6 months was fantastic. Norman was wonderful, even though I was there for such a short amount of time. Seeing my family at home was great too. I just wish that Terry could've been there too, but I saw him the week before (when I saw Laura!!!!!). I never whined more then when I had to go to the airport. I wanted to lay on the couch and watch movies with my mom forever.

Hopefully I'll make a blog about those adventures soon. I'm so behind! I suck!

Well here's a vid from my fave part of the concert.
video
In case you couldn't tell, Elton and Billy were playing the great song "Oklahoma" while the crowd sang along and then went straight in to "Piano Man." It was epic.

Also, my new goal is that I must learn all the words to "We Didn't Start the Fire" because it's so awesome and crazy.

"We didn't start the fire,
It was always burning since the world's been turning,
We didn't start the fire,
No we didn't light it but we tried to fight it"

"We Didn't Start the Fire" - Billy Joel

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Decisions!

For a long time I had already pretty much made up my mind about whether or not I want to live in Florida longer, but I've been really scared for a long time to say it definitely out loud.

Well, now that my (and Dan's) self imposed March 1st deadline has passed I guess I must now say it out loud.

I am going to stay in Florida for at least another year!

Wow, how anticlimactic was that?!

I'm very excited and also very scared. Right now I'd say 70% terrified 30% excited. We shall see. I did find out that I can extend my program again until August, so that helped me make the decision a lot, since for 2 extra months I'll be guaranteed full time hours. Then after that I'll just be poor while I wait for my status to change to full time. Plus, I plan on using this year to try and get in to the communication department here. Or find out how to do that. I've got to grow up sometime, right?

Dan is staying and Emily's coming back to live with us, so if nothing else at least I'll have two awesome roommates. The dates of our move in and where we are going to live are still to be determined, but hopefully it'll be all ironed out by the time Emily comes to visit in April!

I'm going to miss Oklahoma very much, but I'll be back for at least a week, hopefully more, to go to Peter's graduation and pack up my furniture to bring it down here.

So now that I've posted this, I guess it's official! This girl is on her way to being a grown up?
Psh, never.


The only thing that matters is just following your heart
And eventually you'll finally get it right.- The Ataris, "In This Diary"

Friday, February 12, 2010

Nerdy? or Totally Awesome?!

I got a new GPS for Christmas. A few days ago I was checking out all the free cool stuff that you can add to the GPS such as different voices or vehicles. Did you happen to know that my GPS can speak to me in Yeti? Or squirrel? Or that my car can be a sled? Or the Black Pearl? Or the upside down Black Pearl? After exploring all these rather exciting new options, that were also apparently available when I had my old GPS, I discovered something so awesome that I could not resist downloading it.

Prepare yourself for the awesomeness I'm about to bestow unto you.



I turned my car into a broom.

Which, of course, means that I am now just like Harry Potter.

I've decided. It's definitely not nerdy. It's totally and completely awesome.


Jealous?

"There was no point in worrying yet.... what would come, would come... and he would have to meet it when it did." -J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

An Epic February

I'm beyond excited for this month. I haven't been this excited in a long long time actually.

On February 14th I'll be going to New Jersey and New York to see my family and Laura!!! Terry and Peter and my mom will all be there. It was an impromptu decision to go, but I think it's going to mostly be awesome! I had the days off because I was going to go see Emily for Mardi Gras, but that was turning out so that I couldn't afford it. I was so looking forward to seeing her too. But I'll see her in April at the very least.

Then! On February 23 I depart for the Great State of Oklahoma! By then it will have been more than 6 months since I've been home. That's an unreal amount of time to me. Sometimes it feels like I've been gone for years, but most of the time it feels like weeks. I don't care what I do in Norman either. Except eat at Tarahumara's. Because Mexican food is awful in Florida! Then on the 25th I'll see Elton John and Billy Joel, which will be magnificent, of course.

The trip home also serves as the last step on my decision to continue living in Florida for at least another year or not. So expect a blog in March detailing my decision. And I'm not going to tell any of you any other way than via this blog!

Also, the Super Bowl is airing a commercial of Harry Potter world!!! And guess what?! The Super Bowl's in February too!


Dan and I have epic sword battles all over the place. And I always defeat him. This particular defeat happened in the Nerf aisle of Walmart. We've had battles in Germany, England and Adventureland. I wonder where our next one will be?!



This quote about sums up my life right now. I think I should make a gigantic poster of it just to remind me at all times.

“Don't let the sadness of your past and the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present.” - Unknown

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Encounters with Prince Charming

A little over a week ago Melissa, Dan and I went to go dine with Prince Charming and Cinderella at the Grand Floridian. Melissa and I have been before, but it was Dan's first time to meet Prince Charming. Prince Charming was a little cheeky though. I told him that I was excited to take a picture with him and not be blushing. He took that as a challenge and talked all sweet and Princely to me just as Dan was taking the picture. Look at that smug smile on his face! What a jerk!
A few days ago, at work, I had to use a Prince Charming stick, which I'm modeling for you below, to get guests to follow me from the restaurant to the front of the park. The next day the manager gave me the Prince Charming stick and told me to go out in Fantasyland and basically recruit people to come eat at the restaurant since we had cancellations. One guest asked me if it was a paddle? I should mention that Prince Charming is not the only character stick under employ at Cinderella's Royal Table. Gus, Jaq, Susie, Perla and the Fairy Godmother are available as well. Prince Charming's just the cutest one.

Last night a little boy who was about 4 came to eat at the restaurant dressed as Prince Charming. He had the shirt and the belt and the pants, but he opted to rock some flip flops instead of black shoes. I wish I had a picture of him for you, but I think that would be creepy if I just whipped out my phone and asked for one. Also, I'd get terminated for using my phone on stage... Anyway, he is also from Oklahoma! His mom was wearing a shirt that said "Boomer Sooner" and I, like any good Sooner fan, said "Boomer!" to her and the whole little fam (mom, grandma, aunt and Prince Charming) we got to chatting while they were waiting in line to take their picture with Cinderella. Apparently little Prince Charming was sooo excited all day to meet Cinderella. As soon as he came into the lobby he was waving to her and smiling like crazy. But when he got up to her he froze and wouldn't go near her.

So the little fam from Oklahoma sat down and waited for their table (this is in the same room Cinderella takes pictures with the guests). Little Prince Charming had to wait a while for his table to be ready, which turned out to be a really good thing. I let him ring the bells that I had to ring to announce when tables are ready. Cinderella cheered for him. The smile on his face was enormous. I asked him who his favorite princess was and he blushed, swayed his little body around like kids do when they're embarrassed, and pointed to Cinderella very quickly. While they were waiting, his mom pulled out a toy set from Snow White that included little plastic figures of Snow White, the Prince and the seven dwarfs for him to play with. I told little Prince Charming that maybe Cinderella would like to see his toys since she was friends with Snow White. Soon after, Cinderella came and sat on the floor with him to play with his toys. His fear or shock or whatever it was that he had was gone as he named all the dwarfs and explained their names to Cinderella. The PhotoPass people and his family were going crazy taking pictures. It was one of the sweetest things ever. And at the very end little Prince ran up to Cinderella and gave her a hug. Days like this make me love my job.
He basically looked just like this. (But with flip flops)
On to today! Today I had to stock. Which means I run all around the kitchen making noodles for the chicken noodle soup, heating up bread and moving it from one oven to another, taking things from the dishwashers to the servers, making butter balls and ketchup trays, filling giant red trashcans with ice, etc. etc. etc. I honestly feel like I'm working like Cinderella. It's by far the hardest job I've ever had to do, and the hardest job in the Castle. Today was my first time to stock alone, meaning that the only other time I had to do it I was with a trainer and 2 other trainees for the entire shift. Basically I was terrified. I'd been dreading today for a week. It turned out not to be that bad though. So many people helped me. I probably would've cried if they didn't.
We get a lot of marriage proposals at the restaurant. (Duh.) And part of the proposal package includes a special slipper dessert. It's so pretty and looks amazing. It's a chocolate slipper with icing inside on top of an angel food cake with raspberry sauce and berries. One of the chefs was bringing out the pretty dessert and I said something like, "Oh that's so pretty" or "That looks delicious!" A while later one of the servers said something to me about working hard like Cinderella and I said, "Does that mean that my Prince Charming is just right around the corner?" Well, he wasn't. But! The very chef who brought out the slipper I so admired earlier called my name from across the kitchen and pointed to a slipper dessert. And he said it was for me! Now maybe in other restaurants this would be a normal occurrence, but not in this one. The most we get usually is left over soup and bread. I seriously asked him three times if the dessert was really for me. He said yes, and that I should go downstairs and eat it! The other seaters were sooooooooo jealous. From what I could gather, none of them have ever gotten one before, and a bunch have worked there for years. I felt so special. And it honestly made the rest of my night go by so much faster.
And while a white chocolate slipper is no Prince Charming, I'll still take it!

"No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true." - Cinderella, "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes"
What a lovely thought, Cinderella. I want it to be true more than anything.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Answers filled with questions

Why is my life filled with questions I don't know the answers to? And why are the few answers I have filled with more questions?

Do you like your job?
Are you moving back to Oklahoma?
Are you staying in Florida?
What are you going to do with your degree?
Are you going to graduate school?
Do you want to work at Disney longer?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Scratch that, Where do you see yourself in 5 months?
What do you want do in this world?
Where are you going to apply for jobs?

I lied before. I have an answer to every single one of those questions. And it's the same one.

I. Don't. Know.

I'm tired of not knowing. It's not like I haven't thought about it. I've thought about my future obsessively. It's just that I can't decide what I want at all. It's awful and I wouldn't wish it on anyone.

Today I want to be in Oklahoma so badly and not come back to Florida ever. I love being surrounded by people who love me and understand me completely. Not that some people here don't understand me. It's just a different feeling. A different comfort level. I miss our sleepovers. I miss just climbing into someone's bed and talking about all our problems until it seemed like they didn't matter anymore. Maybe I should just move home in May and deal with everything else then. But I'm afraid of getting stuck. I didn't go to college to get stuck. I don't know really what I went there for, but I know it was to go somewhere. To not stay home with mommy. I feel like my life is passing me by. How do I get back on track? See! Another question! UGH!

"I don't know what I want, so don't ask me
Cause I'm still trying to figure it out
Don't know what's down this road, I'm just walking
Trying to see through the rain coming down
Even though I'm not the only one
Who feels the way I do

I'm alone, on my own, and that's all I know
I'll be strong, I'll be wrong, oh but life goes on
I'm just a girl, trying to find a place in this world"
"A Place in This World" - Taylor Swift

Why can't every day be like this day?
or this one?



Monday, January 11, 2010

Lords and Ladies of the Castle...

Cinderella has a royal invitation for the Royal Party Squad family!

That's what I would say if the OUPS came to dine at Cinderella's Royal Table. But first I would ring the royal bells. Plus now I wear a lady in waitingish costume. Photos will come soon enough, I'm sure.


I'm in a weird place right now. So much is the same, but even more is different. I'm still in Florida, but almost everyone I knew before has gone back home. I miss my old apartment and I really really miss my roommates and coworkers. I had to move apartments, but now I have 2 less roommates. I'm still in crappy Vista Way, but I'll just get over it.

I have a lot to think about in terms of the future. The scariest part is that I honestly have no idea what I want or what I want to do. I'll be in Florida for sure until May, but after that? Who knows. I've come to the conclusion that I should just win the lottery. That's my new life plan. And Brad's actually. Brad and I talk about winning the lottery at least once a week. We'd buy a big fancy house, go to cooking school, go on cruises all the time, go to all the various Disney parks, visit everyone we want to whenever we want to...oh that's the dream.

I'll leave you lovelies with some of my favorite friend quotes. Which means you said something funny and I wrote it down. Cause I'm creepy like that. If you're sad I don't have a quote by you, then maybe you should tell me funnier things...

"I know I say this a lot, but we should be billionaires." - Brad

"When you come back can me, you, and Brad have our own glee club and have performances for your mom and Peter?" - Kirsten, of course.

"When we live together
we'll have two couches
and sleep on them until the afternoon."
-Brad

"We'll make her get some fancy pharm job and make enough money to support our lavish way of life." - Brad about Kirsten when the 3 of us live together

"Callie! Move back into my time zone so I don't have to add! Pleeeeeeeaaaaassseee!" - Brad, of course.

"If we're not married by the time we're 45 I'll marry you. I'm sure it'll be legal by then." - Emily, when we chatted about marriage backups.


I miss her a lot :'(