Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Day 1135: Greater Kudu

Yes, I do realize that the animal above is an Okapi, not a Greater Kudu, and while the Kudu is not the "ghost of the forest" like the Bongo is, apparently I still have very few pictures. Of course, I have what seems like 12 zillion pictures of giraffes, but the second you need a picture of a Greater Kudu, you can't find one. Regardless, go find a picture, because they're definitely an animal that makes Animal Kingdom their home, and I should know, especially considering the day I had.

As I'm sure you know by now, I'm taking an Environmental Science class this semester, and during our lab session today, my professor shared some pictures of his trip to Africa with us. As one might expect, there were some lions and plenty of antelope and giraffes and elephants, but I was honestly surprised when I named many of the animals the second they appeared on the screen, and I even knew a few additional animal facts that I've learned along the way.

For instance, when a picture of the Kudu came up, I knew instantly what it was, the same way I knew all about the warthogs, lions, giraffes, elephants, sables, and elands, When my professor was commenting on the elephants as they appeared to eat dirt, I couldn't help but wonder whether or not they might be eating the clay or dirt for the minerals, and when he mentioned mice in relation to elephants, I almost made a comment about honey bees.

You know, this semester certainly seems to be filled with examples of how Disney has taught me more than I ever realized, and it's definitely making my geography and environmental science classes more interesting! And since we ended class with a picture of a lion, here's a picture of a lion for you guys too!

Have a magical day!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Day 1134: Why I Love Mondays

Before you get on my case, let me tell you that I most certainly still am not a huge fan of the first day of the work week. Mondays bring a whole new start to what will probably end up being another never-ending week of classes, homework, and projects to work on, and that is probably unappealing to everyone, no matter who you are.

However, this semester, Mondays have a certain charm to them. It's one of two days a week where my evening is, usually, blissfully free of meetings and practicing and work, as I attempt to get my readings for the week out of the way on the weekend, and since I have a bit of time open, I've dubbed Monday nights more or less "Disney Nights." Since I'm frequently busy on the weekends, Everyday Disney will often get behind, and with my weekly YouTube videos now going up on Tuesdays, Monday nights work perfectly for finishing touches on vlogs and other videos as well as catching up on blogging.

The result is a night that is filled with Disney this and Disney that, whether it be catching up on blog posts from across the internet, writing for Everyday Disney, editing a new video, sorting through pictures, watching a bit of The American Adventure on my computer, or finally drinking out of my Animal Kingdom Starbucks mug for the first time. I did something similar in high school, where one of my study halls was basically dedicated time to working on Disney related projects, as that was back when Everyday Disney was just starting out. These days, time to dedicated specifically to Disney is harder to come by, so something tells me I'm going to treasure these Monday nights more than I ever have before.

Here's a fun game though! How many references to Disney can you find in the above picture? I'll tell you right now that if you really look closely, you can probably find at least 10, and that's just a little bit of my desk setup in my new apartment, which I really need to photograph one of these days to share with you!

If you had a free night to dedicate to Disney though, what would you spend that time doing? Catching up on a Disney related show (I'm looking at you Agent Carter)? Would you watch an old classic Disney movie (I've been dying to watch Hunchback for weeks now)? Maybe you'd start a Disney blog of your own...or, you know, you could go back and read some more of mine! Whatever catches your fancy, let me know in the comments below!

Have a magical day!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Day 1133: United We Fall

If we're being honest, it only really takes a few seconds of a new movie to get us all excited, and the new Captain America film is no exception. While I'm not a lifelong Marvel fan like some of my friends, I'm definitely a part of the fandom now, and my reactions to the new Civil War trailer certainly showcase that fact. 

The Super Bowl TV Spot for Civil War was only 30 seconds long, but it had a lot of emotions at play already, and while some of us may have already been counting down to the premiere, I think a lot of us are definitely counting down to the premiere now. Of course, we're now all expected to pick a side, either #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan, and I, for one, have no idea which side I'm supposed to pick. It's really a problem when your two favorite Avengers are the ones going against each other. Then again, I suspect that that's the case for a lot of us.

Short blog post today, but a long and exciting weekend filled with Newsies and FBLA left me drastically behind on homework and life, so we'll wrap things up here. However, let me know in the comments which team you're on and why! Help me pick a side! 

Have a magical day! 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Day 1132: Before the Blog: FBLA

I realized that while I'm entering my 4th year of blogging, there's a whole lot of my life that came before Everyday Disney, and so much of it was focused on Disney. A while back I did a post titled "Before the Blog," where I discussed where I draw the line for what "Everyday" means for my blog. However, after chaperoning for FBLA this weekend I recalled that in all the blog posts I've written, I don't know if I've ever mentioned, or at least discussed in length, the Disney connection I have to FBLA.

In 2011, my FBLA adviser suggested to me that I should join Future Business Leaders of America, as it would most certainly benefit me professionally, but also for one key reason: nationals that year was in Orlando, and we all know what else is in the Orlando area. I obviously did end up joining FBLA, particularly participating in Public Speaking, although I had literally no clue what I was doing. I ended up writing a speech about public speaking, of all things, and it led me from Regionals and onto State. Much to my surprise, I took first place at State too, advancing me on to the National Convention in Orlando that had gotten me into the organization in the first place. We did head to Disney World on that trip, and you'll have to excuse young Lizzie in the picture above. Turns out I've changed a lot in 5 years or so...

That was a sort of odd trip for me though, as it was the first I'd taken in the summer, the first one I stayed (at least part of the time) at a hotel off property (that I remember), and also one of my first experiences with other Orlando area attractions aside from Disney. I loved every second of my FBLA Nationals experience, although I still definitely wouldn't trade my time at Disney for anything else.

But I think more than anything else, this trip holds a special place in my heart because I got to experience Disney with my Adviser's son and many of my friends from FBLA. That's not an experience you have everyday, and it's one of the reasons I love trips like these so much. Even though I wasn't going somewhere I'd never been before, I created memories that I'd never be able to create on a solo trip or a trip with my family, and that's what lasts in the long run.

I'm definitely hoping to do more of these "Before The Blog" posts in the future though! There's a lot of my life that's been filled with Disney long before I started blogging, and while those "everydays" may have been in the past, it doesn't mean they're completely irrelevant now!

Have a magical day!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Day 1131: Santa Fe

I still remember the day I met my freshman roommate Megan and she told me that she loves the Disney Broadway Musical Newsies, which I had never heard of aside from discussion here and there and the memory of seeing the advertisement in Times Square when I visited New York back in 2012. From there, she got me completely hooked on the story of the newsies of 1899, and then I got my best friend into it, and now it's become a huge thing.

So, as you can imagine, when we found out that Newsies would be visiting our local performing arts center, we knew we had to get tickets ASAP, and we did! My parents, Megan (best friend Megan, freshman roommate Megan is in Ireland...too many Megans!), and I went to see Newsies, and when we left I was tap dancing along to "King of New York" and humming "Santa Fe" all the way home.

It's pretty easy to say that I love the musical much more than I love the movie, especially since it has one of my favorite songs from the soundtrack: "Watch What Happens," and features some extremely elaborate dance routines that keep you on the edge of your seat. As for everything else, I don't want to give away too much because I highly recommend you go see this amazing show for yourself as it continues its tour around the United States!

This does bring my Disney musical total up to four though too, as I've previously seen The Lion King, Mary Poppins, and Beauty and the Beast. I've actually seen The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast twice, and I'd love to catch another showing of Mary Poppins, my personal favorite Disney musical, at some point in the future. What I'd really love, however, is to someday see a performance of the discontinued Hunchback of Notre Dame, which features some of my all time favorite Disney music in addition to new songs created for the musical adaptation. As of right now, it's not showing anywhere and it's not headed to Broadway any time soon, but it's definitely on my Bucket List!

In summary, Newsies was amazing, and you need to seize the day and see it for yourself!

Have a magical day!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Day 1130: John Muir

It's no secret that there's a lot to American History, and even more out there if you want to consider World History, but for some reason, it seems to keep coming up in my classes recently, and this time it brought me right back to one of the most referenced attractions I've had in my time in school: The American Adventure. In the past, we've talked about many other portions of our journey through American History, but for one of my favorite scenes, this is a first.

I suppose it's not a surprise that John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt came up in my Environmental Science class, especially considering the fact that the basis of the class is focused on the impact we have on the environment. However, it certainly wasn't something I expected, and when the name John Muir came up in class, I momentarily paused: "Is this the guy from The American Adventure with Teddy?" Just as I was about to look up the name on my phone, my professor mentioned that he was friends with Teddy Roosevelt and was a key influence in the creation and upkeep of Yosemite National Park. "Yep, it's the guy," I thought before writing down "You know about him!" in my notes.

The John Muir we see in The American Adventure may just be an audio-anamatronic, but the real man was pretty interesting too, and you can read all about his life HERE  Now, I'm not a history buff when it comes to John Muir, but after a bit of research, I've learned that his last effort for conservation was in a battle to save Hetch Hetchy Valley. While the effort failed, I can't help but wonder what valley Muir refers to in The American Adventure, the same valley that makes for the bully beautiful backdrop in the scene he shares with Teddy. Is it possible that he's referring to Hetch Hetchy Valley in his discussion with Roosevelt?

No matter what, it's always awesome having something I learned at Disney come up in class, and in fact, you're going to see even more of it over the next few weeks as I continue to relate everything I'm learning somehow back to Disney!

Have a magical day!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Day 1129: It Happened Again

Life works in funny ways sometimes...and often it's more ironic than we might expect too. There is a perfectly good explanation as to why I've started today's blog post with a giant picture of Josh Dallas, and it has everything to do with the autograph that's on it. Almost a year ago I received the above picture randomly in the mail, and it took me a while to figure out that it wasn't so random after all. Nope, it was actually a response to the letter I'd sent him about a year previous. In fact, I sent more than one letter...I sent one to all the main actors on Once Upon A Time, and following the picture from Josh, I figured it was all over.

I was wrong.

Today I was sitting at lunch with my roommates and friend Lauren and happened to tell them the story about how I sometimes get amazing mail from people like Josh Dallas. The topic actually came up because I was headed to the mail center to pick up a new wrist brace for my ever injured right wrist, and I checked my mailbox while I was there because I hadn't checked it since early January probably. I knew for sure that there was a certificate for the Dean's List in there, but when I opened the box and found a giant yellow envelope I was a bit thrown off. And then I noticed the name in the upper corner of the envelope: Robert Carlyle.

That's right, after almost two years, I got an autograph back from Robert Carlyle. Funny how that same paper, which I wrote them about for my fairy tales course, is now headed to a national convention, and while that weekend will mean a lot of traveling and logistic problems, getting this autograph in the mail seems like a sign that maybe, somehow, everything is going to work out just fine.

Have a magical day everyone!