Saturday, July 27, 2013

Two weeks of really important people

Quick work update: Working in Disneyland is amazing. I'm learning so much about myself, about the company, and about how to plan and execute events and activities. Right now we are doing Disneyland Canoe Races, and I'm loving every second of it! Well, except for the second where I have to wake up at 3:00 am and I can't function well for the rest of the day. It's a little strange trying to make a good impression on coworkers when all I can think about is how much I want to sleep on anything around me. Should I use this wagon to move all the equipment, or should I just crawl inside and use this pile of safety waivers as a blanket?

Quick fame update: I was in the audience for the taping of the Men Tell All episode of the Bachelorette with my best friend. We were pretty serious about reacting to everything, so apparently we made it on TV couple times (I haven't seen it yet). Friday, a stranger asked me if I had been on the show. Yeah. Fam. Ous. Before you even have to ask, I do have autographed headshots upon request.

Quick forever alone update: My roommate just got two kittens for our apartment. So, while my journey making friends in a new city is slow and painful, the beginning of my journey to crazy cat lady status is more enjoyable than I imagined.

Last week my mom and sister visited, and this week my cousins are in town. It has been AMAZING to have family in town. I try to convince myself that someday, the beautiful weather and amazing job will conquer my homesickness, but hanging out with everyone has just reminded me that my whole life my family has meant everything to me. I love chasing dreams, but oh MAN, I fantasize about the day I can live down the street from all my family again.

Now, as I am 100% sure everyone has already noticed, I deactivated my Facebook (I know you're morning ritual hasn't felt complete without looking through my 74 albums of pictures in Disneyland). Unfortunately for anyone who hates picture overloads, the cousins I mentioned are adorable beyond all reason, and I have nowhere else to share all this preciousness.

I know it's out of focus, but that face!

I hope they never leave

Saturday, July 6, 2013

A Small Town 4th of July

For the last three years, I spent my 4th in Disney World telling very large crowds of tired, hot, grumpy people that they couldn't stand in the walk way during incredible fireworks exploding over a castle. Needless to say, for the most part I was just ignored. And it was great. I really like working. Especially on Holidays. So when I realized my new gig gave me the day off I was stressed out. How do normal people celebrate Independence Day?

Lucky for me, one of my best friends, Emma, invited me to her aunt and uncle's mountain home in Idyllwild, CA. It was the best! It was so great to go to this tiny, tiny town. It was so quiet compared to the constant sound of traffic where I've lived for the last year, and the sky was so clear, and the town so dark, you could see millions of stars! 

There was a small town parade. It mostly just involved people wearing a lot of red white and blue and driving their cars down the street. OH! And they threw candy. I've gotten so used to only seeing Disney parades I forgot that sometimes there's no choreography, or soundtracks. It was wonderful.

Back at the house, we discovered a 70's magic organ. And magic was made...
It's so embarrassing that it's funny, and I have no choice but to share it.

We spent all our time with Emma's cousin Gary, who does a lot of freelance work in film (and has a great youtube webseries... that I cannot find right now, or else I'd post a link). Emma also works in the film industry. And who knows what I'm doing with my life. We all have similar dreams. Our conversations would be about the things we want to create, what we love to do, and where we want to live. Then it would go silent, and you could see each of us staring off into space trying to figure out what is next for us. I've never experienced that kind of group pause before! It was pretty neat.

Anyway, I'm up WAY to late. I have to be in to Disneyland every weekday morning at 4:00 am for the next month, and I have to train my body to go to bed at 7:00 pm tomorrow night... yikes.