Thursday, February 21, 2008

I just woke up....from a seven hour nap. I laid down to read when I got home from class, and apparently was out like a light. Oops! Good thing I had no plans tonight!

Since I know that some of you are using my blog as a way to keep up with me (Hi, Jaimie & Rhonda! Come visit already!), I thought I'd use my weird hour awakeness to catch you guys up on my work transfer, and other goings-on!

Saturday was my last day at Speedway! Leaving was a little bittersweet, since I've really grown to like a lot of the people who work there. But since I can always visit, and still plan to pick up some shifts, it's not like I'll never see them again, which makes it easier! I celebrated my last day of Speedway at the Adv Club Saturday night with some friends (thanks for the drink, Lexi dear!). Okay, so I had been planning on going anyway, but it being my last MK day was a nice excuse!

I have most of my MK costume stuff turned in, just one turtleneck that I still need to hunt down. I lost a belt somewhere that I'll have to pay for, but I'm *really* thankful that's all I lost, because a belt is like $2. On my last day, I had costuming print me a list of the stuff I still had out, and dude, costumes are EXPENSIVE. A Tomorrowland Speedway shirt will cost you $42, and a vest from the Pirate Princess Party is $52! OUCH!

I thought that 4 days in a row of spending 8 hours in the classroom would be fairly boring, but it really wasn't bad at all. We only had two people in our class, as opposed to the usual large class of up to 30, which was really nice. The front desk system is incredibly user-friendly and easy to use. What's really cool, though, is that they have a lab attached to the classroom that's set up like an actual front desk for you to practice in. You take turns playing guests and checking people in, which is fun. I actually ended up having a little *too* much fun getting into character of the guests I was playing. After the four days, I feel really prepared for front desk. They gave us a ton of info, but also plenty of time to practice using it. Now if I can just remember to give people their IDs back (my worst problem!), I'll be fine!

Since there were just two of us, class went faster than usual, so we ended up with really long lunch breaks. It was SO nice to have time to relax for a change! On the first day, the Disney U. cafeteria was close, so I went over to MK, planning to grab something from the Mouseketeria. At the last second, I decided I'd rather head up to the park, so I went upstairs and wandered around. After some wandering, I decided that something sweet from the MS Bakery sounded amazing, so I headed for Main Street. Once I got there, I found a yummy-looking brownie, but when I went to pay, my bank card was declined! The lady at the register kept asking me for an alternate way to pay, but given that I was just in class today and didn't plan to be spending any money, that was all I had on me! (Apparently my account was $2 negative. Oops! Um, have I mentioned I'm REALLY poor right now?) I only had like $1.50 in cash with me, and my brownie was something like $4, so I had to leave it behind, and head back to class with no lunch. SAD!
The other days were better- I spent the second day down in the DU cafeteria reading (I've been reading "Savage Beauty" about Edna St Vincent Millay for MONTHS now- I'm finally almost finished, thanks to long lunches!) On Day 3, I decided to grab lunch at the Wilderness Lodge, and spent my time out on the balcony overlooking the courtyard. LOVE it there! Today, I spent my final lunch break with a brownie from Roaring Forks (one of my favorite Disney treats!), curled up in the lobby of the Villas at Wilderness Lodge with my book. I think my lunches are the most downtime I'v had in WEEKS- I'm constantly going! Just getting to sit and eat and read was AWESOME.

When I woke up tonight, I found that I had a voicemail from my sister and an e-mail from my mom. Turns out my mom was in a car accident today. She was driving through town and someone pulled out of Taco Bell *right* into her. She's okay- a little sore, but her car isn't so okay. She's only had that car a few months, so I'm really sad that it may not make it! MUCH better than mom being the one to need major repairs, though!!! I am SO glad that she's ok! I can't imagine what I'd do if anything happened to her right now! I talked her into going to the chiropractor tomorrow to get checked out, just in case anything is worse than it feels. It's scary to be 1000 miles away when something like this happens!

In MUCH happier news, Kelly will be here tonight!!! (ie Thurs night) She's flying in late tonight, and gets to stay for a few days to play at Disney! I am mucho excited! Plus my schedule even worked out that I get one whole day off during her weekend, and one day I'm off by 2pm, which is SO much better than I expected! Huzzah! There's been SO much going on lately that it will be great to kick back and have fun for a few days! (And did I mention that I get to sleep in a BED for two whole nights? Yay for the CM Disney resort discount! I miss furniture!)
I'm picking her up from the airport tomorrow/today night (It's 5am, so technically today, but tomorrow in my mind. Whatever!) Sadly, the rest of my day is incredibly dull: Do laundry, clean house, do taxes. All the stuff I've been needing to do for ages, but haven't actually gotten to. Whee!

I'll try to update after the Kelly weekend, but if nothing else, I'll have eight zillion new photos of our shenanigans to post. Until then, Kungaloosh!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Updateyness!

I'm still not used to being back to a life where actually having a night at home is rare. (And I'm still not 100% sure I'm staying home tonight. I may go get groceries, or go to the Club...or both...) (Case in point... I started writing this on Friday, got two paragraphs in, and am now finishing on Tuesday!)

I got home from work last Friday and was grabbing a bite to eat before the nap I had been looking forward to (since I knew I'd be out late that night). While I was eating, I noticed my tooth felt funny, and went to look in the mirror. I'd lost a filling! D'oh! And of course, I'd lost it at 4pm on a Friday afternoon.

I called over 15 different dentists, and NOBODY had an opening that afternoon. I was stuck for the weekend, so I ran to Wal-Mart and picked up some temporary filling stuff, popped it in, and was good to go. I got the abbreviated version of my nap, and set off downtown to catch Black Ship Sky's gig. Despite living here almost 2 months now, I had yet to venture downtown. I was fairly proud that I managed to make it there easily (Get on I4 and stay there for a while isn't that complicated...), but I did do a few circles around the general vicinity of the bar before I both found parking and a way to get there on the evil one-way streets.

The show was awesome, and if you live in the Orlando area, you seriously need to catch the next one, if only for the Quidditch song, which I love possibly a little too much. (See myspace.com/blackshipsky for your listening pleasure)

Some of us had to work early the next morning, so the plan was to leave fairly quickly after the band played, but you guys know the chances of me actually leaving *anywhere* early are slim to none. Fun wins out over sleep anytime!


Some of these people are in a band, some are not! Hint: the chicks are not. You can't tell, but we're sitting on a chair shaped like a tongue sticking out of a giant mouth.

We decided to be responsible little workers and call it a night around 12:30, and I followed some of the people I was with out to the parking garage, only to get inside and announce, "Hey, I don't think I'm in the right garage!" Not funny now, but at the time, (ahem, alcohol.) it was hilarious. I waved goodbye, and set off towards the garage where I had actually parked.

Or thought I did.

After a couple of blocks, I realized I had turned the wrong way. Oops! I usually have a surprisingly good sense of direction (surprising only if you've ever gone anywhere with my mom or sister..), but I think walking the wrong way to begin with totally threw me off. I remembered that when I walked to the bar, I made a mental note of "Okay, when I leave, I just turn right on Street X, and then left on Street Y. Easy!" Totally simple... if only I could remember what X and Y were! D'oh!

And that's how I found myself wandering around downtown Orlando alone for half an hour at 1am. Oh, poor security guards who were on their very first night on the job, thank you for being vaguely reassuring, if clueless, the three times I stopped to talk to you. And oh, lovely homeless man who wished me a happy birthday (a month late, dude.), I hope you are well.

After more than half an hour of wandering, I was starting to get a little freaked out. I'd been going in circles for so long that I'd totally lost all sense of direction, not to mention the fact that I think some of the people on the street were starting to notice that I'd passed them four times, I decided to head back to the bar to see if anyone I knew was still there. Luckily, I ran into a friend the second I walked in, and he pulled a knight in shining armor thing and walked with me until I found my car, which was much easier once I had him with me, because I was able to stop freaking out and think clearly.

Is anyone else noticing a theme of my car ending up in random locations around Orlando, and me having to set off on a quest to get it back? Let's hope that's the last time for a while!

So, that was last Friday! Which at least brings me up to date as of two weeks ago- woo! Let's try to be a bit quicker about the rest, eh?

Oooh, slightly out of order- the Tuesday before that, I had my interview to concierge. As you can guess, it was awesome. When the basic requirements are knowing how hotels work and knowing Disney World, I'm IN. I think that's the first time I've ever walked into an interview 100% confident that I'd get the job. (Although imagine the blow to my ego if I hadn't! Hah!) They told me it would be about three weeks before I would transfer (A few days to process the paperwork, and then 2 weeks of notice to my current position), which if you do the math, means I am transfering SOON! I have three days of Speedway left, and one Pirate Princess Party, and then I am no longer working at MK! Crazy!

There are things I will miss, a lot. And I don't just miss the addictive tangerine slushie things from the Mouseketeria that I am fairy sure contain crack, because I am hooked. Mostly, I will miss people. I plan to pick up an occasional extra shift there just to visit, because otherwise leaving would be much more sad.

I will not miss exhaust fumes, smelling like car, really hot days, really rainy days, or my tan lines of evil.

Think I'm kidding about how bad the tan is? Observe:



Um, yeah. And that is WITH slathering on SPF 70 every day. I didn't even know they MADE SPF 70 until I moved here!

Remember the tooth issue I mentioned about eighty paragraphs ago? THAT has been fun! Since I lost the filling on Friday afternoon, I was stuck till Monday. However, when Monday rolled around, I was feeling sick and didn't want to deal with it, so I made an appointment for Wednesday. To make a long and sucky story short, I waited nearly an hour and a half just to be seen, got an x-ray taken, waited another half an hour, was momentarily peeked at by the dentist, and promptly told that I need two crowns. Um, what? No, I just need you to replace the filling. I would get needing a crown if my tooth was worse, but this is a tiny filling that fell out, there's no way I need a crown. Nor does the tooth next to it.

We went around in a few circles of "You need crowns" "I just want the filling replaced", "There's no point, it needs a crown", "Dude, no, and also, I don't have insurance till April", "Fine, whatever."

So, I was planning to just have them fill it, until I got the estimate. $600 for two fillings. Dude! I'm not sure if dentists are more expensive here than in Missouri, or if they were just seriously trying to screw me, but there is no way I was going to pay that much. I've had more than my share of trips to the dentist (acid reflux is not so good on the teeth!), so I have fairly realistic expectations of what things cost by now. To get the filling replaced and take care of the tooth next to it should have cost (at the very most) around $350-$400.

So, $94 later, I left. ($94 for ONE x-ray and a thirty second exam!) I haven't yet decided if I'm going to try another dentist soon, wait till April 1 when my insurance kicks in, or wait until I'm home for a visit in April and go to my regular dentist (who hopefully takes my insurance!). I'm sure the temporary filling stuff I have in was inteded to be used for days, not weeks, but there's really not much else I can do right now. Luckily, I'm not in pain- I don't even notice it- but if that changes, I'll have to figure something out!

This is long, so I shoud shut up and post. Funny enough, the only way I actually found a chance to sit still long enough to write is that the sprinklers outside my apartment woke me up at 4am. It's now 6, and I want to try to sleep another hour or so before getting ready for an 11 hour day at work. I'm getting really good at working long hours on no sleep, but I'd really rather avoid it if I can!

Coming up in the week ahead: A day off! Which through awesome synchronicity coincides with a last minute Black Ship Sky show, so I'm totally going. (And drawing a map of where my car is!) Also, I'm picking up a Pirate & Princess Party shift, for which I get to wear a costume that is actually feminine for once! No steel-toed boots or anything! Squee! Then my last day at Speedway, followed by my resort orientation, several days of training, and Kelly coming to visit!
It's going to be a busy couple of weeks!