Sunday, May 26, 2013

Trying to remember...

I read a lot of Disney cast member blogs and Tumblrs, since no matter what role someone has there are always things I can relate to. Plus, it's kind of like hearing news from "home." It makes me wish I'd done a better job of writing about the day to day things that happened at my job since let's face it- it's Disney World, weird stuff happens every day. The thing is, you become immune to weird pretty quickly, so it doesn't feel blog worthy after a while. When I go back I'm definitely going to make a point to write about more of the little things, if only so I can remember them. I know I had some awesome and not-so-awesome guest encounters over the years, I just wish I could remember them!  Here are a few I do remember:

*During one of my first weeks in Florida, while I was working at the Tomorrowland Speedway, someone in line said "I READ YOUR BLOG!"  Sadly it was super busy and I was so shocked I think I just said something like "Oh... hi!"  I mean, how do you react to that?

*A blind lady once ran over my foot. Not kidding. This was also at Speedway.  We always stood with our foot on the exterior brake of the car while guests got out so that if someone accidentally stepped on the gas as they were standing up, they weren't injured. I had some guests that had just ridden, a little kid and a lady who I'm guessing was the kid's grandma. She had one of those canes people use to feel in front of them if they can't see, which she had left with another cast member when she got on the ride since it wouldn't really fit on the car. I needed to get her cane for her before she got out of the car, so once they were at the unload spot, I asked them to stay seated for a second and took my foot off the brake to reach across the track for her cane.  A second later the lady started getting out of the car, hitting the gas pedal and totally running over my foot.  Fortunately we had to wear steel-toed boots there so I wasn't crushed or anything, but it still hurt like a mofo.

*I didn't see this one in person, but one group of guests set up a kiddie pool in their hotel room during the summer.  The best part? They had a room right by the actual pool.  Poor housekeeping.

*I miss telling the occasional orientation class of CPs that we were now going to take a 5 minute break so they could all update their FB status about how awesome I am.  I wonder if anyone ever did it.

*There was an awesome family from Chile... (I think it was Chile. Crap, my memory sucks.) that I somehow got into a discussion about their home country with. They actually wrote down their address and contact info and told me to let them know if I was ever in the country, they'd hook me up with sightseeing stuff.  Sounds kinda creepy in text, but was actually super sweet.

*I miss languages. I miss saying "Hi, Princess!" to a little girl in a Cinderella dress, and having one of her parents say "Oh, she only speaks French" (insert random language of choice here). I miss surprising the parents and girl by leaning back down and speaking to her in whatever language, even if it was one I only know a few words of.

*I once had some Japanese guests that were setting up dining reservations and had everything they wanted written out on really cute stationary. I commented on how cute the notebook was, and the lady tried to GIVE it to me! It was the cutest thing ever. I let her tear out one sheet, which I still have.

*I know this is mostly guest memories, but oh man do I miss the Adventurer's Club.  I can't even tell you how much.  I really can't.

*I miss telling guests that came to the desk freaked out that they lost their room key "Wow, this is the first time that has ever happened!" Every now and then, one actually believed me. "No, sir, this happens fifty times a day. Seriously. It's cool, give me 10 seconds."

I really hope I'm better at keeping track of the little everyday things next time around! I'm sure I've forgotten some pretty awesome stories.

e.l.f. Brightening Eye Color in Ethereal - Swatches

I was just going through the 90 posts in my blog's poor draft folder and came across this one, which I seem to have started way back in November 2010! I started to delete it, but figured that I might as well just publish it in case someone is curious about this eye color. I originally planned to do a tutorial to accompany this, but to be honest I don't think I've used this quad more than once or twice in the 2+ years I've had it!
Other than looking way too matte, the official photo is pretty close this time.

The Ethereal quad is a sort of shimmery twist on neutrals. The colors are very subtle, it was hard to get a swatch photo where they even really showed up.

Um, you will want to mentally flip this image upside-down to match the quad pic above! Sorry about that.

Given that this is only a dollar, it's not a bad buy (especially if you wear a lot of browns), but it's not something that I ever really use.  As you can tell from my photo, the colors aren't super pigmented. Maybe I should play around with this set a bit since I'll need neutral eye looks when I'm back working at Disney? The colors definitely fit that whole natural look. 

There you have it! Nothing earth shattering today, but hopefully this will be helpful to someone. 
(Post isn't sponsored; I bought this with my very own dollar.)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Current May Status

Wake up & be awesome. Words to live by!

Current Book: I just finished reading Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality . While it's not a great literary masterpiece, I totally enjoyed it because having worked in the hotel industry for around seven years myself, I could relate to a lot of the author's stories!

Current Music: I've been enjoying this song lately.



Current guilty pleasure: I'm totally struggling on this question this month! My TV died a couple of weeks ago, so I haven't been able to indulge in my usual guilty pleasures. OH! Next week is the season premiere of the Bachelorette, so you know I'll find some way to watch that trainwreck happen.

Current drink: I've been really into mixing Naked Juice's Green Machine with a bit of Lipton's bottled Passionfruit Mango green tea. Odd combo, but I like it.

Current food: I don't have one of them this very minute, but I've discovered that Hy-Vee in Springfield sells these mini loaves of flavored bread (banana bread, pumpkin, blueberry, etc). They are adorable and come in a little loaf pan, and they are a DOLLAR, and I am going to get very, very fat off of them.

Current favorite show: My trusty 12+ year old TV died a couple of weeks ago, so there hasn't been any viewing action lately! Thankfully most of the shows I watch are on break until fall.

Current wish list: I am still very desirous of a d-SLR. Alas, financial responsibility.

Current need: I *still* need to get this mofo tooth fixed. Being broke really blows.

Current triumph: I'm pretty proud of how many clothes I tossed into the "donate" pile while cleaning out my closet!

Current bane of my existence: This totally crazy weather. I FROZE all day. We had tornado warnings last night. It's supposed to be up near 90 in a few days, though. Go home, May, you are drunk. (What else should I expect from a month that started with snow??)

Current celebrity crush: Do I even have one lately? I think I've been too busy to crush on anyone!

Current indulgence: I bought (and ate) an entire $10 jar of Justin's almond butter. Like.. ate with a spoon. Within a period of maybe four days. I REGRET NOTHING.

Current excitement: 
Orlando, Florida

Going hoooooome in just a few months!

Current mood: Impatient

Current link: Adding Monsters to Thrift Store Paintings



Friday, May 17, 2013

The Nail Files: Sparkly pink nails and a giveaway!





I picked up this "Lil Lilac" by Hard Candy for $4 a couple of weeks ago, and I'm LOVING it. Despite the lilac name, it's a medium pink with gold shimmer. Two coats gives amazing color, and I keep getting compliments on it!

Since I've been going through all of my stuff, trying to downsize before I move, I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway for a couple of the not yet opened nail polishes I've had sitting around! Both are great brands, just not really colors that suit my taste.



That's "Live and Let Die" from the OPI Mini Skyfall Collection, and Mud Slide by Duri.

Enter via the Rafflecopter app below! All entries are optional, so do as many or as few as you please.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Who knew I had an oven? Getting my cook on with Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust (and a Giveaway!)

As most of you probably know, I do not spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Despite all of the delicious-looking recipes pinned to my "Tasty Things" board in Pinterest, it's rare that I actually eat anything that require more than a few minutes to put together.

When I got the chance to try out the new Artisan Pizza Crust from Pillsbury, though, my interest was sparked. I love pizza (like... a lot), but it's rare that I find a frozen pizza that really appeals to me. Either I'm not into the combination of toppings, or the crust is too thick, too thin, or just plain gross. I even recently tried out an idea for pizza croissants that I came across on Pinterest, but that just ended in disaster. Maybe I'd have better luck with a pizza crust dough?



I checked out the Farmer's Market Pizza Ideas from Pillsbury for inspiration, and found recipes including taco pizza, Philly cheesesteak pizza, and a Greek appetizer flatbread. (Yep, you can use this for things other than pizza! Who knew?) I also checked out their pizza crust FAQ, because let's face it, I need all the help I can get. One handy tip I picked up there is that baking the dough for a while before adding the toppings will make it crispier. OMG, all of the learning that is happening! THEN I saw the FAQ about how to make stuffed crust pizza, and I was totally sold on what to do with my tube-o-dough. Challenge Accepted!


Although I had great intentions after looking through so many fun recipes, I decided to stick with a classic (ie I got lazy and ended up mostly using ingredients I already had on hand) and did pepperoni and cheese!


I tried to take a pic of all of the gathered ingredients. I got this instead.


When you pop it out of the can, the crust is rolled up just like most canned dough. It was actually a little smaller than I expected!


Stuffed crust, baby!



The finished product! I got it a tiny bit too dark, but otherwise it was pretty tasty! All you have to do is bake the dough for about 8 minutes, then add toppings and put it back in the oven for about 6-10 more minutes. Easy!


Giveaway Time! If you'd like to try your hand at making your own pizza, this prize pack is perfect!



Your gift pack will contain:
  • A VIP coupon for one FREE Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust with Whole Grain
  • 15.5" Farberware Pizza Pan
  • Food Chopper with Storage Containers
  • Silicon-grip Oven Mitt
  • Retail Value: $64
You can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below! All entries are optional, so you can do as many or as few as you want. If you have any problems entering, just leave me a comment or shoot me an email, and I'd be glad to help!

I'm... going to Disney World?

I promised myself I would write this blog post today, because I've been procrastinating it for about a week now. Fear of jinxing things, maybe? Who knows. But here's the news...

I'm moving back to Orlando the end of this summer. 

Honey Boo Boo awesome

I KNOW.

I've been saying all of this year that I really hoped to move back this fall or winter, but I was never 100% sure I could make it happen. But now an old friend that I used to work with at Dixie Stampede decided that she'd love to move there, too, and plans came together pretty quickly. I'm nervous, but excited! And I have SO MUCH TO DO before then! Eep!

The awesome thing is, for those of you who have been visiting this blog for the Orlando/Disney posts, I'll now be able to write about moving/working there with a fresh perspective. And there's going to be a TON of posts about it!

I've been trying to kind of catch up on Orlando news now that I'm heading back, and so far, there are a few things I've learned are coming soon that I'm excited about:


  1. It was announced yesterday that Universal is adding Diagon Alley to its Harry Potter area in 2014. HELLZ YEAH! I haven't even been to the Wizarding World at ALL yet, so this is pretty rad news.
  2. Orlando is finally getting a light rail system! The first leg is supposed to open in 2014, and then expand from there. This is awesome news not only because I hate driving, but because it has to mean less traffic on I-4. 
  3. I'm going to let the Daily City's tweet tell you the third one:

    I've always thought it was a little silly that there was no Trader Joes in the Orlando area. (We do have Whole Foods, but still.) 


In kind of related (but not) news, my TV died last Friday. I've had it since I was 19 or 20, so it's had a nice long life, but ugh! Do I go pick up a super cheap one to get through the next few months or not even bother?

I'll try to keep you all in the loop as far as updates go, but I wanted to at least share the news! And if you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen that I said a new giveaway would be up today. Still working on that post, so hang tight! But there's also a Warner Bros blu-ray giveaway going on, so be sure to scroll down to that one!

Saturday, May 04, 2013

What's in your bedside drawer?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bedsider.org.

Now that I'm in my early 30s, it's crazy to see tons of Facebook posts from friends that I grew up with announcing that they're pregnant, often with a second or third child. I'm pretty sure that the whole having kids thing isn't for me, but I'm always kind of curious how many of those people that I see posting baby pics once thought the same thing. In fact, my family recently found out that my newly 18 year old niece is pregnant. It's crazy to think about how quickly someone's entire life path can change. 

I was contacted by a website called Bedsider.org and asked to help spread the word about their site, which is focused on helping women prevent unplanned pregnancy. To quote their about page, "Babies are great…when you’re ready for them. We think in the meantime women should have the right to a healthy, happy sex life without having to worry about unplanned pregnancy." Word! The site is aimed at women ages 18-29, but I feel like it could be useful for anyone that's sexually active (or is preparing to be). They have a snazzy "method explorer" that lets you research and compare different methods of birth control, as well as all kinds of informative articles. (My favorite article title was "Um, can I get pregnant if...?") Overall, I love that it's an informative site with no bias towards any particular method. 

A Fact-or-Fiction-inspired ad being featured on Funny or Die's website alongside a video we worked on with them! http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/dd1d6ee548/after-last-night-sunday-morning
Plus, they have a healthy sense of humor.

Right now, Bedsider is holding a fun contest via Pinterest! You can win gift cards to places like Amazon or Apple by pinning items you keep in your bedside drawer. Easy and fun! Here's the info on how to enter:

  • Create your own Pinterest board titled, “What’s in My Bedsider Drawer?”
  • Pin at least 5 additional images to represent your ideal bedside drawer. Tag each pin with the hashtag, #BedsideDrawer.

I've been checking out some of the entries, and it's kind of fun to see what other people like to keep in arm's reach! It also makes me wonder what the items we choose to keep close say about us. I don't have a drawer on my nightstand, but it pretty much always contains a book or three, lotion, lip balm and a scented candle. (Sorry, but you're going to at least have to buy me dinner first if you want to know the more personal items!)

I've almost finished my entry, fingers crossed I win something! (If you enter and win, totally let me know!)

Every girl has that bedside drawer that holds the bedroom essentials: their Kindle, a pair of reading glasses, sexy lingerie. – whatever fits their personality. No matter what your drawer says about you, there’s birth control that will fit right in. Find the best method for your routine and style at Bedsider.org.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bedsider.org.