Archive for January 2011

Living the Magic

January 31, 2011

The latest installment in my Disney World endeavors.

Also I forgot to mention that my birthday is coming up on Sunday. I’m going to be 20 years old. Dear God.


Celebrate Today

January 26, 2011

So our apartment provided us with lockers that we could stow important personal belongings in if we brought out own combination lock. I was a little worried about my beautiful computer, so I had been locking it away in the locker for like the first week. Well that got old really fast because every time I wanted to use it I would have to go find the combo, figure out how to get the lock open (because this is not an area I excel in) and just get really irritated. Plus none of my roomies are gonna steal my business. I decided to stop putting the lock on the locker, but I still put my laptop in there because it was a convenient place given the fact that we have zero storage space.

I guess I was on the phone or distracted last week because one evening when I was dumping the laptop in the locker, I absent-mindedly locked the combo lock. When I went to get the laptop out the next day, I couldn’t find the combination for the lock. I tore apart all of my stuff but I couldn’t find it. I have a feeling I threw it away or something when I decided I didn’t want to use it anymore.

The laptop was stuck in the locker for like a week. It was mega mega extra safe.

I had training pretty much everyday last week from like 8:30 to 5:30 or 6, so I had to wait until Saturday when I was home to have maintenance come cut the lock. It was great.

Also last week I forgot my dumb name tag for the first day of training, I was literally held back because I could not master a certain skill necessary for my job (that was a grand old-time) and my first real day of work was a complete and total disaster where I lost some more important things (like my Disney I.D.) and even forgot a part of my costume. Also I got lost more times than I can count; all I can say is that Disney World is a very large place and each park does things differently.

However, I am apparently the only one to ever make a 100% on the assessment we took after training, and I did receive several compliments from my trainers about my animation skills.  I have gotten much better at the whole work thing and have been in the morning show at Magic Kingdom twice. I went to Animal Kingdom and Epcot as guest on Saturday, which was awesome and we had dinner in China the other night. I have met more characters than I can count and I still really like four out of my five roommates. I got a box from my parents with all kinds of goodies (like oven mitts) and I finally managed to get to the post office where I sent out three packages and like 20 postcards, so be on the look-out.


I told Pluto I liked his bandanna, so he let me wear it.



I am starting to get homesick because it no longer feels so much like summer camp or a temporary workshop kind of thing. Also I have a cold now, which sucks. On top of that, I am getting worried about what I’m going to do when May comes along. I would love to stay here, but the whole insurance, apartment, money situation might be an issue (when is it not?), especially since I am going to have to start paying off student loans. Also, the Internet still sucks, the buses (or beezeys) piss us off and the beds make my back hurt.

Overall I am doing just fine and despite my complaints I am still having a good time. The magic has  definitely not worn off, as I still get giddy every time I see Cinderella’s castle (even if its from the bus at 6:30 in the morning). Reality is just setting in and logic starting to override the happy little dream life I was starting to plan out.

But moving on,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Shout out goes to my brother who turned 14 on January 21st. YAY ROBERT!!! I was pleased with myself because I think I got him some good presents.


Photo by J. Nicole Images



And my birthday  is in 11 days. And I get to spend it in the happiest place on earth. So you better believe I’m excited. (Just not excited to turn 20.)

Till next time, HAVE A MAGICAL DAY!

The Magic Continues

January 17, 2011

So I’m still alive and well in Orlando. Actually I’m thriving. (Except for the fact that our Internet mega sucks.) Nevertheless,

These are most of my roommates. Kimberlee (my actual roommate, like in my room) is not pictured.


Pictured, from left to right, in front of Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kingdom, are Shanna, Maureen, Courtney, Me (Dana), and Hannah.


And in the video I neglected to mention that last night we saw Fantasmic! at Hollywood Studios (a.k.a. MGM) and  it really was fantastic.  I cannot wait to go see it again. If you get the chance to come down here, definitely make an effort to see this show. It has been running successfully for about 10 years and there is something for everybody in it. There are too many characters to count, villains, water works, fireworks and more. Just get there early because the lines are long for seating since so many people have the same idea.

Dana takes on Disney (The Magic Begins)

January 13, 2011

One of my favorite 30 Rock lines is when Jack realizes Tracy Morgan is right about something or another and Tracy says “I hate to say I told you so. So, Welcome to Miami!” That’s just what I felt like on the plane when the stewardess said “Welcome to Orlando!”

College Recap

January 11, 2011

Before I forget and because I  have been meaning to do this since before graduation, I though I would just do a quick little college recap to convince myself and everybody else that college actually happened. Here we go:

Fall 2009: I went to orientation and then cried in my car for almost an hour because I hated UHCL and was much too good for the likes of them. How could this happen to my life? The agonies. I decided I didn’t want to talk to anyone because I was better than them all. I had a crush on my Basic Texts professor – Chad Peavatuex. I met Anthony, Victoria, and Brad  and decided maybe I could talk to them a little. My favorites courses were Theories of Personality with Dr. Dinardo and Basic Texts. I met Kirk Sides for Computer Imaging and decided I wanted to take all my graphics classes from him.

Spring 2009: Corey Benson and I met. My life was forever changed. Editing with Paul McGrath meant ice cream, Corey, getting third place in the news quiz contest, first place on the AP style exercises, Le Centre’, basically winning everything in sight. My first A- by Leo Chan in Web Design (my life was forever ruined). Photojournalism ended up being a lot of staged photos and unnecessary photo shoots. Project management with Johnny Soreson equals the easiest A known to man. Global Issues in Film involved a lot of movies I had to stay awake through.

Summer 2010: Understanding Advertising equals second A- (damn it). Gathering Information – FML. PR Writing with Anthony and the professor with crazy 70s hair equals second easiest A known to man. Internship meant fun with Febe at the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, but also zero dollars.

Fall 2010:  Newspaper was a combination of –  Rockin a 3.6 (like a G6) GPA, 50s, Perceived Disconnect, Quotes in Boxes, FML, 20 minute editorials, David, Happy Office, Not-So-Happy Office, Bedbugs, Losing all of my friends, my jobs and everything else for Students I’d then F’d, Who took that picture on the front page?, PBS Kids (or portable beating shacks for kids), Dirty Jokes, You’re a Nurse, You Make a Difference, Mexican food,  Poppin Chicken, Worst Dressed Contest, Britta Water Filters, Mixed Signals, Taleen-e-leen, Stripper Poles. Ethics with 23 Flavors, a.k.a. Ashley, a.k.a Ms., Not eating spaghetti in ethics, B’s, One more A-, With God, Videos we couldn’t sit through, Winning more contests, You two stop gloating, Final Project the day before, endless un-proofread summaries. More Kirk Sides. Leadership, which I liked but still managed to skip (and be excused for it) more than once.  Marketing equals A-. Graduation with ridiculously unnecessary slide shows. Even less fanfare. 3.9333 GPA (are you f-ing kidding me? Can we round this shit please?)

Here’s even some proof that some of it happened/a video I kept forgetting to post: