Saturday, November 27, 2010

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas...

in 8108. Yes, we have already decorated the apartment. But hey, we're at Disney, and Christmas started the week after Halloween. It was a whole 2 days before Thanksgiving when we decorated. Which is strange for me, I am usually so anti decorating before my birthday.

This is how it went down. Target is a wonderful store. We bought a fake tree (something I also usually refuse to do, but we have someone who is allergic here), some ornaments, lights, decorations, bows, and even a Christmas music CD. We woke up at the crack of dawn (around 10 AM, which is the crack of dawn if we don't have work before noon), got in the car and headed to Target. The day started with Starbucks, the first time I've had Starbucks since being here. Goodness gracious how I have MISSED Starbucks. And there is one right down the road and everything.

Anyways, we started with Starbucks. Because it is in the Target and all. It is a Super Target. We found our cute 6 foot tree that was one sale and put that in the buggy first. Then it was off to play in Christmas Land. I love shopping for decorations about as much as I love shopping for school supplies. Which is a lot. So much fun. Then we had to pick out ornaments. We went with some fun colors, all of our initials, and a star for the top. Granted, we aren't just rolling in the dough, so we got the cheapest stuff. But it is still super cute. And of course a few Disney ornaments have made their way onto the tree.

After ornaments it was time for lights and decorations. We couldn't go too crazy though, remember, we are on a budget. Which is why we hit up the dollar section. We spent well over an hour in the store, and loved every minute of it. There were roughly 2,856 giggles and lots of loudness. People really shouldn't take me in public when I'm excited and drinking coffee. It becomes very entertaining.

We got home around 12:30, and I didn't have work until 4, so it was time to decorate. We had to build a tree!

We were very excited.

Sam was very excited.

Amanda decided we should read the directions.

It was a group effort.

See, lots of hard work to build. After the building, it was time for decorating.

Did I mention that we were excited?

Let's have a video of the process. First came the lights, followed by the ornaments. Sam is going to give you a nice little tour.

The tree!

Ta-da!!! All done!

After the tree was finished, it was time for the rest of the apartment. The tables have wrapping paper and the doors have been turned into presents.

Speaking of presents, I got an early birthday present! It was perfect! Hand turkeys, cookies, and a nice tree with ornaments for my room. It makes it feel just like home. And a tad bit homesick. I love being here, but I'm ready to see some friends from home.

Anyways, after decorating was done, I had to go to work. I will say, it is very nice to come home to a decorated apartment. It just makes you feel a bit happier and cheerful.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

pins, pens, and pixie dust...

pretty much describes life here. Disney is all about the pin trading. I have about a billion pens from seating. And pixie dust... so. much. pixie dust. It is all over 8108, my car, my bag... just everywhere.

The Mickey Very Merry Christmas Parties have started, which are a lot of fun. Hot chocolate and cookies, and I get to work them! Sweet.

Harry Potter just came out, and yes I did go to the midnight premiere. It. was. AWESOME. So great, I want to go see it about a million more times. I went right after my shift to go watch, so I was about 2 and a half hours early. So yes, I did sit in a theater for roughly 2.5 hours waiting for the movie to start so I would have a good seat. I went with my roommate Sam and a girl from work, Krystal. So much fun. Just excellent.

Let's see, what else has been going on... work. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so it's getting busy at the parks. That didn't stop me from going to play before work one day! Tom Sawyer's Island is an attraction that does not get the credit it should. My friend Anna (works Fantasyland attractions) and I went before work and had a great time. There was a cave and a fort and a raft ride and trees and plants and paths and just total awesome. And you get a really great view of big thunder mountain, which is always fun to watch.

Tea Cups is open again, which is super exciting. Partly because it is one of my favorite rides in all of Disney. yay!

well, apart from the typical adventures that are being a CP (work and playing in parks), that's about it here. I have less than 2 months left, which is crazy to think. And my birthday is in just a few days, which is even stranger. The big 21. Nuts. Mom and Dad are coming to visit.

And coming up soon is the post about Christmas decorating. Yes, it is before Thanksgiving, and yes, we have started decorating. We're at Disney! Christmas starts the day after Halloween! And it makes the apartment super homey.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

2 months

Did you know that I only have 2 months left in Orlando? Because I didn't either until I looked at a calendar. It is so crazy how fast time has flown by. Not gone by. FLOWN by. It still feels like I just left Atlanta. It's just weird.

Now that the minor freak out is over, I've been working. I know, shocking. The halloween parties are over, which means it is already time to decorate for Christmas. I'm not kidding, you should see Main Street. And the parks in general. There is Christmas music playing in the Crystal Palace. It's just strange. It's already time for the holidays. The holidays that I will be working on. I'm still not sure if I've accepted this yet. I'll just be spending the holidays with my Crystal Palace and Disney family, right? And of course the 8108 family. Love them.

My old roommate, Tabbie, has moved out of 8108. So I've moved in with Amanda, and the room is just so home-y. There are even hand turkeys. And if you know me at all, you know how I love hand turkeys. It's a Thanksgiving tradition. I'm serious, ask anyone that knows me. This was our Halloween adventure. I went over to someone's apartment from work, watched Rocky Horror, and then came home to make hand turkeys and watch Nightmare Before Christmas with the roomie. I was surprised I got off work so early that day too. Good times. Good times.

Let's see, what else has been going on..... It was freezing yesterday. And by freezing, not the wonderful Florida warmth. I had to wear jeans and a jacket. I was in shorts just a week ago. And it's already warming up again today. It's supposed to be back in the 70s this week. And I thought Atlanta weather was crazy....

It's my birthday in about 3 weeks. I'm going to be 21. That definitely hasn't sunk in yet. My parents are coming to visit, and I'm trying for a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. They're coming down on my birthday, a Monday, and leaving that Thursday. So I'm thinking Tuesday at Disney and Wednesday at Harry Potter. Or Busch Gardens, that would be a lot of fun too.

Speaking of birthdays, it was my roommate Sam's birthday yesterday. The big 21. We started the day at Ohana's for breakfast, a family style buffet at the Polynesian resort. After that it was off to Epcot for the day, followed by Magic Kingdom that night. There were extra magic hours, and since we're all staying at Saratoga for her birthday, we could finally stay for magic hours. We were at that park until 2 in the morning.

It was a really fun day, great way to spend my day off.

That's about all that's going on in the 8108. Christmas parties start this week, class tomorrow, and inspections Tuesday. Well, at least there's never a dull moment.