Sunday, June 27, 2010

toy story 3

So, since there is still well over a month until I head down to Disney, I figure this blog thing will not be updated often. Because really, right now my life is pretty dull. But just in case you were wondering what I was up to all summer...

Class 3 days a week and work 3 days a week. So Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I sit in physics 2 lecture and learn all about electric fields, circuits, capacitors, batteries... and the list goes on. Monday is lab day, so I get to play mad scientist and press buttons. Well, really I'm doing a lab, I promise, I'm learning something. In addition to lab, I also have recitation on Mondays, which is always a total blast. Well, something entertaining did happen in recitation a couple weeks ago. The TA forgot about us. So he had to run across campus to make it to class. About 30 minutes late. Did I mention that recitation lasts 50 minutes, and in that time we have to work a practice problem (~25 minutes), then work a problem of our own (~25 minutes)? so yeah, that was fun. Speaking of class... I still have that MasteringPhysics assignment to finish. For those that are wondering, that's our online homework. I know, thrilling. so, brb.

Good thing I remembered, turns out that assignment is due in about 2 hours. Well, anyways, where was I? Oh yes, my thrilling summer. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday I go to work. From about 8:30 in the morning until about 5 PM I sit in front of a computer. scanning. and scanning. and typing. and then some more scanning. Have you picked up the little hint that I scan a lot? Ok, so I do more than that... I work for a trucking company in the dispatch office, we transport produce all over the south. I do a lot of filing, inputting loads, scanning in bills and receipts, that kind of thing. I like it, the people I work with are super nice, it's a family business.

That means Saturday is my one day off a week. And this is where Toy Story 3 comes in. Well, not yet, but almost there. This past weekend I got to head up to Snellville, GA and visit one of my baller friends. We basically had a blast, ate way too much Waffle House, watched Pride and Prejudice, and just chilled. Now that I think about it, most of my Saturdays have been pretty awesome... took a trip to Lenox with a good friend...slept all day...went to this awesome place called Serenbe... yeah, Saturdays have been legit.

Now to Toy Story 3. My friend Mallory and I decided that we both finally had the ten dollars it costs to see a movie, and we were going to see the new Toy Story gosh darnit. Being poor college students, we decided on Mexican food for dinner, since tacos are cheap. I had a taco left over, so I put it in my purse and took it to the movie. Food is food, and my purse looks like it could carry a small pet or child, so there was plenty of room for a taco. And it totally went along with the movie. I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but there is a part when Buzz speaks Spanish, and my taco came in handy. Let's see how many more times I can fit the word "taco" into this story. taco.

Back in October, there was the Toy Story double feature in 3D, which I got to see, and it was awesome. Now we have Toy Story 3, and woah dang I was excited. Now that I have succeeded in jumping around all willy nilly with this adventure..focus Brooke focus...

Toy Story 3. Awesome. I cried. Multiple times. Pixar always seems to do that... make me cry. It was so sweet and adorable and I loved every second of that movie. I mean, Andy is off to college, and I was off to college 2 summers ago. Wait. 2 summers ago. Woah. That's weird. Anyways, back on topic. So there was that fun fact. And there were little hints back to the first movie, like in the beginning of the movie. Go see it if you haven't and you'll know what I'm talking about. Ken will make you laugh. A lot. Just the whole movie... oh how I love it. Maybe I'll go play my Sega Genesis game for the first Toy Story.... maybe another time.

This got me to thinking about what my favorite Disney movies are, and I really don't know if I can pick a number one. I mean there's Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Lion King, Hercules, The Great Mouse Detective... and that isn't even including the Pixar movies. Up, Finding Nemo, Toy Story 1, 2, and 3, The Incredibles... really, the list never ends. I know which one's I really love, and I cannot rank those at all. But really, I like pretty much every Disney movie.

I'm not kidding. I really do like them all. Some more than others, but I like all of them. I do remember always liking Belle more than the other princesses because she could read and had a mind of her own, which I thought (and still think) was awesome.

Honestly, I could go on and on and on about my opinions on all the different movies, like how awesome the Great Mouse Detective really is (I know, forgot about that one didn't you), Pete's Dragon... yeah, I'll save that for another day. This is only the surface of just how much I really do love Disney... Again, saving the rest for another day.

Anywho, that was really a bunch of rambling. But that is allowed, since I'm a ramblin' wreck from Georgia Tech. Maybe I'll update next week of so... eh.. who knows. I'll be more legit about updating when packing begins. Maybe that's when I'll start a vlog...

Friday, June 18, 2010

there is a job aspect to this adventure

This is an internship, so even though it is Disney, there is work to be done.

When filling out the application, you list all the different jobs you would be willing to take. You know, the ones that you would enjoy doing almost everyday for a few months. There are a ton of options, both on and off stage. In fact, here's a list:

Onstage Roles
  • Attractions
  • Bell Services/Dispatch
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Hostess
  • Concierge
  • Character Attendant
  • Custodial
  • Full Service Food and Beverage (Hey that's me)
  • Hopper
  • Hospitality
  • Housekeeping
  • Lifeguard
  • Main Entrance Operations
  • Merchandise
  • PhotoPass Photographer
  • Quick-Service Food and Beverage
  • Recreation
  • Resort Hopper
  • Transportation
  • Vacation Planner
And the Backstage Roles....
  • Costuming
  • Quick-Service Restaurant-Kitchen Only
Instead of being called an employee, we are cast members, and the jobs are called roles. I know, the awesomeness that is Disney. It's all apart of the magic. There are two types of roles: onstage and offstage. The onstage roles are the ones that involve interaction with the guests, since it's like we're on stage. The offstage roles involve little to no guest interaction.

Me being me, I knew I wanted an onstage role. I mean really... think about it for a minute. If you know me at all, you know I would pick onstage. Anyways, like I said, you list the roles you would enjoy on your application. I think I listed Attractions, Character Attendant, Merchandise, Hospitality, Recreation, Lifeguard, Main Entrance Operations, Full Service Food and Beverage, and Quick-Service Food and Beverage. Yeah, my list was long, but hey, I'm flexible. During the interview they ask you to talk about a few of them. You know, why you want that role, why you would be good at it, etc...

I ended up getting one of the roles I talked about, Full Service Food and Beverage. I think I also talked about attractions and merchandise... but I really don't remember. That was back in April, and I really don't remember half of what was talked about because I was a tad bit nervous for the interview.

What is FSFB you wonder? Here is a list of the responsibilities:
  • Greeting and seating guests
  • Managing a seat chart and resolving Guest situations
  • Using a computerized reservation/seating system
  • Cash handling
  • Rolling silverware, folding napkins, keeping area stocked
  • Light cleaning, multi-tasking
  • Standing for long periods of time
So nothing to really do with polymer and fiber engineering (my major), but I'm still super excited. I even started to try and find a list of the different places I could work. And I found one!

Well, at least I think I did. It looks like I could be working at one of these places, one of the sit-down style restaurants. And I'm really wondering what my costume is going to look like. That will be exciting.

Friday, June 11, 2010

so, funny story...

except it really wasn't that funny when it happened. It is now though.

I finally got my purple folder today! I know, I was supposed to get that ages ago. And by ages ago, I mean back in April, when it was originally sent.

I interviewed back at the beginning of April (April 11th to be exact, the day after TUG!) After interviewing, they say they'll give you some kind of notification within the next four to six weeks. Well for me, I heard nothing after the 4-6 weeks, so I sent an e-mail stating I hadn't received any notification (you know, following the instructions and what not). Well, a couple more weeks go by, and finally, an e-mail saying congrats, you're in! I flipped out, super excited and all that jazz. But I was still confused as to why I didn't have one of those baller purple folders. Because really, the purple folder is exciting and it's always fun to get snail mail.

So I waited, and waited, and waited some more. Still no folder. I even kept checking my school address, since it's summer and I moved back home (no rent and a kitchen with food? well, hot pockets? yes please.) Anyways, still nothing. So I called and asked, and it was sounding like I wasn't getting one of the fancy folders.

Until today, when I checked my school address again after physics class, and BAM. In my mailbox is a rather large envelope, and there is a mouse on the envelope. Finally, my folder! So in my excitement I rip it open and look at all the cool mail I had received. I start to read my letter, and it says I was in! Back in April. For Fall Advantage. And I was supposed to reply by May. Well, that didn't happen, but thank goodness for e-mail! I'm still in, arrival date August 9th.

In the end, everything worked out for the best and I am super stoked.

Monday, June 7, 2010

2 months away

Well, 2 months until I leave mcdonough (it's about 30 minutes south of atlanta, ga for the majority of people who have no idea where this is)

The plan is to head to Tampa. I lived there a few years ago, so the family wants to visit with some old friends. I can't complain, go to Florida early? With the potential of a trip to Busch Gardens? oh darn?

That being said, these next 2 months are probably going to feel like 2 years. And taking Physics 2 doesn't help much. Summer class... at least it's only 1 class this summer. And working. Pretty chill. It gets me out of the house, this whole living at home for the summer is different, last summer I lived in my sorority house on campus, so this is the first time I've lived at home since the summer before college. That, my friends, is a new experience.

So, back to something related to DCP. I think everything is squared away with school, thank goodness. Speaking of school, I still have MasteringPhysics homework. Oh well, I have until midnight.

These blogs will probably make more sense as I get closer to my departure date, like what I plan on packing and all that stuff. I need to work on my wardrobe for the whole Disney look. As in, I need clothes that aren't t-shirts and jeans. I have a feeling that's where the first paycheck from this summer job is going to go. Well, now that I've mentioned the "Disney look," I guess I should explain what that is.

Basically, it's the dress code. One rule that stands out for me: jewelry.

· Rings, earrings and a classic business-style wristwatch are permitted.
· Necklaces, bracelets and ankle bracelets are not permitted. A medical-alert necklace, bracelet or ankle bracelet is acceptable.
· Earrings must be a simple, matched pair in gold, silver or a color that blends with the costume. One earring in each ear is permitted. Earrings may be clip-on or pierced and must be worn on the bottom of the earlobe. Post earrings may not exceed the size of a quarter. Hoop earrings no larger than a dime are also permitted.

One earring in each ear. One. One. One. I'm used to the 11 that are in my ears. So those have got to go. Now. That's the one big rule that stood out, but here are the other ones for those that are curious:

In addition to those, there are guidelines for hair, nails, make-up, shoes, any pins you may want to wear, name tag, and facial hair for guys. Hair has to look natural, so no crazy styles or colors. Good thing I got that phase over with back in high school. Nails just have to be neat, clean, and no crazy colors, so no more black nails. Make-up...well, I don't wear make-up... but basically natural and minimal. Don't look like you're going out on the town. Look classy. Shoes are all determined by costume, so I don't know what mine are yet. There are certain requirements if you want to wear a pin on your costume, like which ones are approved and how many. Name tags are your first or middle name and your hometown. I'm different and will have my middle name, so Brooke will be on my name tag! There is a certain way to wear it too.

The clothes that I need to get are the professional looking ones. You know, slacks, dress pants, that whole deal. I really want to know what kind of costume I'm going to be wearing, but I won't find out until I get there. I'm sure it will be rather baller.

Well, would you look at that, I wrote a legit blog. Sort of. I guess I could make one about my favorite Disney movies or something like that. Maybe if I get bored or something.

Vlog update: I'm still planning on doing one, but at the moment my camera and I are fighting to the death. By that I mean it refuses to work and just won't listen to me when I tell it to work. Stubborn technology.