Sunday, May 31, 2015

Day 881: Two Years Ago

How fast time goes by will never fail to amaze me. It's weird to think that I'm almost on Day 900 of Everyday Disney, and looking back two years to my own Graduation is a sort of weird feeling. Of course, remembering everything that's happened since then is both happy and sad, but I figured that in honor of one of my best friends graduating from High School today I'd take a look back two years. 

Some of  you might remember my Graduation Hat, which I have no idea where it is, but it definitely still rings true, and Carousel of Progress has continued to play an important and interesting role in my life, especially when it comes to Megan and the fact that she managed to sneak the reference into her speech without me noticing the first time. I'm never going to live that down. Graduation hats are one of those terrifying things that you don't necessarily have to do, but if the fact that I'm talking about mine two years later has anything to say about it, make for a great memory. 

I figured I would share Ashley's hat as well, because I think it's a great quote that sums up the other half of what Graduation is: 

When you leave High School, so much of what happens is about the future. You're an adult, going out into the real world, but I think what was hardest for me when I left was wondering what my legacy would be. Did I really impact people that stayed behind? Did I really make a difference? Will I be forgetten faster than I am remembered? All valid questions, and it's a terrifying combination of future hopes and dreams, and the worries that those we leave behind will forget everything we faught for. That's why I love Ashley's hat, which includes signatures from those who have impacted her around the outside as well. It's a brilliant idea, and I was honored to be one of the signatures that she carried with her as she got her diploma. 

These past two years have been one of the greatest adventures of my life so far, as they should be. College is a whole new animal, and while sometimes the future might seem as big and as scary as a bear, as love as we are brave, we'll get through it. Those we leave behind have a choice on whether or not to remember us, but I think if you put enough time and energy into something, a part of you will always stay there. You can be remembered for the good things or the bad things, it's up to you, but ultimately, even when it seems like we won't be, we will be remembered. Our legacy will live on long after we leave, or in this case, graduate, and what we have learned will follow us into our futures as well. 

Congrats to the entire class of 2015, but especially to one of my best friends, Ashley (or Frank, whichever you prefer). It's been an amazing journey so far, and I can't wait to see where this next one leads you. 

Have a magical day!

(Note: This blog post was written on June 4 due to Computer Issues).

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Day 880: Tinkerbell

When one of my friends realized that I've never seen the Tinkerbell movies, that needed to be immediately changed, and it was once she informed me that most of the films are actually on Netflix. I tell you...Netflix is the greatest thing in the world. And so the other day I set out to watch the original Tinkerbell movie and start on my journey to watching these films. My friends here in Wisconsin kind of thought I was crazy, but that's alright, because I actually really enjoyed the first one, and I can't wait to watch the next one in the lineup tonight!

I figured that this occasion warranted a few of my favorite parts of the movie as seen through another edition of Lizzie Live Tweets Something!

Apparently my love of Pirates and Captain Hook has grown and gone further than intended...I now love all Pirate things. This is a problem.

I think this one and it's adorableness speaks for itself.

Do you know how many tries a bun like Tink's would take me? Lots. She must have the same hair powers as Jennifer Morrison and Elsa and Colin O'Donoghue. Also, my standards for hair are apparently set really high. 

Cheese is actually my favorite character. 

I'm honestly not really sure what my Talent would be, but music seems like a pretty good possibility. I do have this sad feeling that I'd be in Tink's boat though. The music fairies probably don't get to go to the main land...hence my next tweet: 

It's just not fair!

I don't think I appreciated Jesse McCartney until he was on Young and Hungry. Now I can't wait to see more of Terence!

I was so confused by this one. Like is it Neverland, yes, no? This was eventually clarified for me though, as apparently everything takes place canonically before Peter Pan. However...I'm still kind of uncertain as to whether or not it's actually Neverland. Anyone have an explanation?

I had a lot of feels about Wendy being in the movig. 

Overall I actually really loved the movie, and I'm looking forward to watching the next one tonight. So if you happen to read this before my Live Tweet Tonight (June 4), join me when I watch Tinkerbell and then share my thoughts on Twitter! 

Have a magical day!

(Note: This blog post was written on June 4 due to computer issues).

Friday, May 29, 2015

Day 879: The Gang's All Here

After the terrifying adventures HAL9000 and I have had over the past half year or so, I'm happy to announce that he's finally back. A little worse for wear, but overall alright, and the majority of my files were saved in the process! When he died completely (corrupt Hard Drive...I'm not joking around), I thought it was the end of the line, but somehow he managed to pull through. Maybe the giant bill and two week long hiatus have something to do with that, but I don't think I've ever appreciated sitting at my college working on my laptop more. There's something satisfying about using a keyboard that you're used to typing on. Things go much faster.

But that's not all that's gone on in regards to Technology. I've made a bit of an upgrade this summer when it comes to my tech family. With HAL going in and out of comission constantly over the last few months, things have gotten scary, and trying to work from devices that weren't mine got pretty difficult. Plus, I wasn't planning on taking HAL to Florida on my next trip. Which left me with a problem: How in the world would I blog or work on anything?

Granted, I rarely blog while on my trips, usually saving those posts to be made up as soon as I get back. But with everything going on over the next few weeks, I'm going to be pretty busy, and that extra time I have sitting in the airport sounds like the perfect time to get something done.

And so, I introduce to you...Honey Lemon!

That's right, an iPad named after the Big Hero 6 Character is now a part of the team, and I'm already loving how much easier she makes things. Blogging from my phone was virtually impossible, and while blogging from an iPad isn't like blogging on a laptop, at least it works, and it'll provide me with a great opportunity to work on things while traveling this summer and into the next school year! 

Is HAL a little jealous? Probably. But at least this way maybe there will be a little less wear on both HAL and my phone, affectionately now named Rosie by one of my friends from college. As for why I named my iPad Honey Lemon, I really have no clue. It just seemed right in the moment and that's how I come up with all of the names for objects in my life. Don't question it. 

Have a magical day!

(Note: This blog post was written on June 4 due to Computer Issues).

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Day 878: The Disney Tag

When it comes to YouTube videos, I've tried to do the Disney Tag several times and it never works. The good thing? I finally realized why! I'm an English Major and there's just too many words for me to say them all in a short enough amount of time! So instead of filming a video, I've combined a few different Disney Tags for a total of 50 questions, which I'll now attempt to answer in as short of a period as possible. Also, since we all know I love Star Wars and OUAT as well, there may or may not be a few answers from those fandoms in here as well. They're all sort of connected, right?

  1. Favorite Disney Movie?

We’ve been through this, but if I have to pick just one, it’d probably be Tangled.

2. Walt Disney World or Disneyland?

Walt Disney World.

3. Favorite Disney Character?

Flynn Rider for Disney Movie, Han Solo for Star Wars, and Hook on OUAT.

4. The FIrst Disney Movie You Remember Seeing in Theaters?

I think Brother Bear, but I know I saw ones before that. That’s just the first one I remember clearly.

5. What type of Disney item do you collect the most?

Probably Spaceship Earth Memorabilia or Mugs.

6. Favorite Disney Song?

Out There from Hunchback of Notre Dame

7. Favorite Attraction in the Parks?

Spaceship Earth at EPCOT.

8. Dream Job at Disney?

In the Parks? I really want to be a Jungle Cruise Skipper. Overall, I’d love to be an Imagineer.

9. Character you never want to miss in the parks?

Flynn Rider. I met him once. It was amazing.

10. Most treasured Disney item?

My Epcot Starbucks You Are Here Mug.

11. Disney Voice Actor You’d like to Meet?

Does Ginnifer Goodwin count even though her movie hasn’t come out yet? Otherwise Ellen I think.

12. If You could say anything to Walt Disney right now, what would you say?

Thank you.

13. Favorite Disney movie that’s not famous?

The Great Mouse Detective.

14. Favorite Snack in the Parks?

Churro, Dole Whip or Turkey Leg. Don’t make me choose just one.

15. Favorite Parade/Show in the Parks.

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth for Show, Festival of Fantasy for Parade.

16. Flounder, Sebastian or Scuttle?

Max. I pick Max.

17. Favorite Disney Memory?

Marching down Main Street U.S.A. with my High School Band.

18. Favorite Pair of Mickey Ears?

I actually...can’t find them…

19. What “forgotten Princess” would you add to the lineup?

Maid Marian from Robin Hood or Meg from Hercules.

20. Favorite Disney Princess Outfit?

I’m in love with the red ballgown Emma Swan wears in the Season 3 finale of OUAT.

21. Favorite Disney Soundtrack?

I’m a music major...this is hard...but I have a deep connection to the music of Epcot, if that counts.

22. Genie, Abu, Carpet or Rajah?

Carpet all the way.

23. Favorite Disney Restaurant?

Be Our Guest in the Magic Kingdom  or Citricos at The Grand Floridian.

24. How’d you first discover the magic of Disney?

Going to the parks with my family.

25. First attraction when you go to the parks?

Spaceship Earth, always first and last.

26. Favorite “iconic” moment?

Cinderella running from the ball.

27. Saddest moment in a Disney film?

The beginning of Up or like half of Fox and the Hound. That movie is sad.

28. Best Disney kiss?

Flynn and Rapunzel probably, at the end, but can we talk about CaptainSwan and OutlawQueen on OUAT?

29. What “Disney World” would you like to live in?

I’d love to live in Storybrooke.

30. Favorite Disney musical?

Mary Poppins.

31. Which Disney Princess has the best sidekick?

Mulan. Mushu is freaking awesome.

32. What would your theme be for a Disney party?

Star Wars! I’d love to have a Star Wars party!

33. Are you the only one obsessed with Disney in your family?

Oh no...not by a long shot.

34. Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth or Chip?

He’s just a chipped cup!

35. Top 5 Favorite Disney Blogs?

I expanded a bit...DisneyBound on Tumblr, MrCheezyPop on YouTube and everyone from Thingamavlogs on YouTube. Yes, I know that’s 7. Too bad.

36. If you could choose the plot/adaptation for the next Disney movie, what would it be?

How about a CaptainSwan movie? Just kidding. While that’d be great, I’d love to see something based on little known fairy tales.

37. Favorite Disney Hotel?

Old Key West is my home resort! DISNEY VACATION CLUB!

38. What Disney movie do you turn to when you’re sad?

When I have a really bad day I always watch my Millennium Celebration VHS from Epcot.

39. The Aladdin or Little Mermaid show?

Indiana Jones. I don’t have to follow the rules. This is my blog post.

40. Do you plan to Honeymoon at Disney?

I do, yes. Or at least in some Disney-inspired way.

41. Favorite piece of Disney/clothing accessory to wear?

*puts on Monsters University hat slowly*

42. A Picture of yourself that’s Disney related?

Ummm...if you haven’t already had enough pictures of me... here...

43. Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck?

It’s like picking a favorite child...but I always favor Donald a little bit.

44. Favorite Disney Couple?

Flynn and Rapunzel, Hook and Emma or Han and Leia. Hands down.

45. Favorite Disney Villain?

Hades if we’re talking classic, but I obviously have a soft spot for Captain Hook.

46. If you were stuck on a Disney attraction, what would you want it to be?

Spaceship Earth.

47. Which Disney movie, even if it’s not your favorite, will always have a special place in your heart and why?

The Hunchback of Notre Dame because it’s one of the films I really grew up with.

48. If you could experience any scene from a Disney movie, what would it be and why?

The lantern scene from Tangled. It’s just absolutely beautiful.

49. First time you went to a Disney park?

I don’t remember it, but I was 15 months old when my parents took me to Disney World.

50. What Disney character has your personality or dream personality?

I really identify with Tiana because of her hard work and Rapunzel because of her love of life.

There! We made it! I think I did a pretty good job with keeping things short, right? If you haven't done any of the Disney tags before, pick a couple of the questions from above and answer them in the comments below! I'd love to hear some of your answers!

Have a magical day!

(Note: This blog post was written on June 4 due to Computer Issues).

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Day 877: One Galaxy Over

I'm almost to my very first Star Wars Weekend and I don't think I could be more excited. When mom called me to ask if I wanted to go to Disney in June, it didn't even register that I'd be able to attend one of the events, finally, and to a point, I still don't believe I'm going.

So what am I excited for the most? That's a hard question, but I think right now it's definitely a tie between meeting the characters (CHEWIE!) and the fireworks at the end of the day. But just to up the excitement a bit more, I figured I'd write a quick post on the things I'm really excited for when it comes to attending Star Wars Weekends in just a few days!

Meeting Chewbacca: 

Obviously I'm pretty excited about this one, as I talk about it just about every time I mention Star Wars Weekends. I've always been incredibly jealous of the people that get to go to Star Wars Weekends and meet the various characters, but none more than Chewie. Since I can't really meet Han Solo (he tends to be frozen in carbonate more often than not...), Chewie is definitely at the top of my list, but I'm greatly looking forward to hanging out with Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers and all of the other characters as well! It's not an opportunity you have every day!


I can count the number of times I've seen fireworks at Disney's Hollywood Studios on one hand...not including Fantasmic of course. The total comes up to one, which was part of a special presentation I attended as a kid and am really too young to remember clearly. So fireworks at HS sounds like just about the greatest thing ever...and the fact that they're Star Wars themed? Even better!

The Rebel Hanger: 

My mom mentioned to me a few weeks ago that she found a reservation for the Rebel Hanger, and at this point I think she's even more excited than I am about it. Star Wars themed food, a Star Wars themed restaurant (At least temporarily), AND trading with Jawas? I think yes.

Everything Else: 

I think this list could go on forever, mostly because I'm simply excited for every part of Star Wars Weekends! Of course, when I get back there will most certainly be a report on how much I enjoyed it all! Probably in the form of a YouTube video actually!

Now I just need to figure out how not to spend all my money on Star Wars Weekends Merch.

Have a magical day!

(Note: This blog post was written on June 4 due to Computer Issues).

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Day 876: Picture Frame

I asked Megan what this blog post should be on today, because in a world where I've somehow come up with hundreds of blog post topics, I just couldn't find one more to fill in the empty slots a broken laptop and no time left. Luckily for me, Megan came up with a topic almost immediately, and it only took one try for my mind to form at least a short post on what she told me!

The other day she happened to see a photograph in one of the other offices on campus, as she works at our college, and the picture was of one of the ladies from the office and one or two other people (I'm a bit fuzzy on what she said at this point, but it's not essential to the post, as you'll see in a minute). There weren't any children in the photo, although it was definitely taken at Walt Disney World, and it got me thinking about just how often photos like these pop up.

Of course, I always have a supply of Disney photos around me. I have several that sit on my desk at school and my bedroom and home is filled with them as well. The way I see it, the more pictures I have, the more I'm reminded of the positive memories I have, even when things get rough. The trips I've taken to Walt Disney World with my best friends have been amazing, so of course I have photos from our travels everywhere, even on my desk at work!

But I'm definitely not the only one to have photos from Walt Disney World around. My band director obviously has several of them placed around the band room in our High School, reminders that we accomplished something great and had the spectacular opportunity to perform at the most magical place on earth. One of my best friends, Ashley, has Disney photographs all over her house, many of which feature me (actually they all do I think...). Even Megan has some Disney photos around, specifically on her desk, or rather, she did have some on her desk in our dorm room. We're moved out that awkward summer period before we move into our next housing.

Finding pictures from Walt Disney World scattered around the world make me incredibly happy. After all, they make for a great conversation starter, but they're also one of those little things that's able to bring me a simple smile in the middle of a hard day.Not everyone may love Disney the way I do, but those photos are symbols that there are happy memories there for so many people, and that's what I like to see. Happy memories.

And if it leads to conversation about the magic of Disney in the process? Well then...all the better!

Have a magical day!

(Note: This blog post was written on June 4 due to computer issues).

Monday, May 25, 2015

Day 875: So Inspiring

I don't think I truly understood the importance of Memorial Day until two years ago, during my senior year of high school. The blog post I wrote that day was short, and you can read it HERE, but it's still absolutely true. On this Memorial Day I happened to think back to that day, which is probably one of the most memorable days of my life. I even wrote about it in my memoir at the end of my senior year, talking about how it would be pictured as a scene in a movie, simply because that was the only way to describe how it felt.

Our High School Band has a long tradition of performing in both the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony in our little city, something I participated in for 7 years, both as a Middle Schooler and High Schooler, and now for the last two years as an alumni volunteer. Why am I always there, helping with uniforms and carrying a banner and filming the band? Well, for one, my Mom is in charge or the uniforms so it kind of comes with living in this house, and secondly I am a music major, so it definitely makes sense. But beyond that, helping on Memorial Day is important to me because of that realization I had two years ago, and it's certainly a realization and appreciation that has come with a little help from Disney.

But first let me tell you a story. It's not a terribly interesting story, but I do believe it helps get the point across here. Back when I was in Middle School, I honestly didn't like marching in the Memorial Day Parade. It took a lot of effort, keeping people in line and everything that came along with it. It meant getting up early on my day off to go and march down the street with my instrument. Everyone else got to sleep in or have the entire day off of school but no, my friends and I had to be downtown at 8 in the morning, ready for the parade. When I reached High School, it meant getting into our terrible uniforms and marching in the heat. Still on our day off, only now it was also now unbearably hot. Wonderful. I lived that way until my senior year, when I stood at the top of my ladder as drum major and looked around to see how many people it was really impacting. Sure, I had to pay attention to directing, but as members of the service stood during our performance of Armed Forces Salute, including the five main service themes, I couldn't help but glance at the crowd. We were making so many happy, just by being there and taking part in the service. Of course, at that point I'd already decided to pursue music in college, so I have a greater appreciation for music in elements like this already, but something still clicked in my head.

And that's why I still go back and volunteer for the band, even if it means getting up at 7 in the morning to be on time. The band has provided me with countless opportunities that I'll forever be grateful for, and Memorial Day is one of the moments the band has a chance to give back to the community that supports them. And if I learned anything in my time as Drum Major and President of that band, it's that a marching band is nothing without support from the community.

There was one other thing that came to mind as I sat in this year's Memorial Day Ceremony, however: a quote from John Steinbeck. "We now face the danger, which in the past has been the most destructive to the humans: success, plenty, comfort and ever-increasing leisure. No dynamic people has ever survives these dangers."

I like to remember that quote, which you may recognize from The American Adventure at Epcot, when I feel like I'm pretty successful in whatever I'm doing. Yes, I may find success, but with that comes the danger that I will forget where I come from and push the important things aside. I could have a leisurely day at home instead of running around leading a drum line through a high school hallway, resulting in some hearing loss, but what would the fun in that be? And more importantly, is that really the right way to honor those who have served our country and made my success possible?

Oh, and just for old times sake, here's an old picture of me from my senior year in band. As you can see, I was really photogenic.

Have a magical day!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Day 874: Anything Is Possible

The beginning of the summer for a college student comes with all kinds of new possibilities. You suddenly have tons of free time (at least in comparison to the amount of time you usually have to spend doing homework or going to class), and at least in my experience, you have so many things you want to do that you can't figure out what to do first. This summer is no different, and if the fact that I'm currently typing this on my mom's iPad because she left it sitting on the table on our deck as we discuss new paint options for said deck has anything to say about how I'm kicking my summer off, then I would say things are going pretty well.

This summer is filled with tons of new adventures, Florida and California included, but that's not all I have to look forward to. I actually have gotten a great start on several of the projects I want to accomplish over the next few months, including a bucket list that seems to grow longer by the day. Oh yes, that bucket list is getting full, and as a matter of fact, there's several items on that list that are very Disney inspired!

For instance, and you may or may not see these items later in the summer, we've got fly a kite and sidewalk chalk art and feed the birds all on the list. Pretty Mary Poppins inspired, huh? And then there's a whole list inspired by the Disney Princesses, like read a book for Belle or paint a picture for Rapunzel, not to mention the gumbo for Tiana.

But that's not all the Disney inspired things I have ready for the summer. Oh no. There's plenty more to come. And while I'd really like to continue telling you about it all, mom's looking to have her iPad back, so I suppose I should comply. Either way, this summer is sure to be interesting and boy am I ready to experience everything it has to offer!

Have a magical day!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Day 873: Tomorrowland

Well, I finally got to see a Disney Movie NOT three months after it came out! Impressive, right? What's even more impressive is I saw it OPENING DAY, and I definitely have a few thoughts on Tomorrowland that I'm ready to share! To be honest, I was really skeptical of this movie, and I sat in the theater confused for the majority of the two hours I was there. But that doesn't mean I didn't love it, and while I'll be sure not to reveal any spoilers, here's a short recap of what I loved and what I didn't:

What I Loved: Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow! 

I absolutely adored that the film started out with "There's A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" from the Carousel of Progress. It was this little bit of nostalgia to kick things off, and from there it just got better. From the fact that it begins at the 1964-65 World's Fair to the inclusion of a very familiar attraction, I had to control my flailing around.

What I Loved A Bit Less: The Confusion

As I mentioned a minute ago, I was very confused the majority of the film, although by the end I finally got the meaning. Then, all of a sudden, the point becomes clear, sort of like when they finally solve the case on Psych or something. I suppose that's how most movies are, but at the same time I felt more confused during this film than I have in a theater in quite some time. I think the same runs true for the trailer, which I got more questions about than I had answers. Going into the theater, I really had no clue what the film was about, aside from the fact that I knew that, as a Disney fan, this was one I needed to see.

What I Loved: Originality 

We definitely live in a world of sequels these days. Just look at the films coming out in the next few years, even just from Disney. There's very little original material, and Sequels bring in the most money. It's hard to go against that grain, so to see a film like Tomorrowland was sort of refreshing.

What I Loved A Bit Less: The Constant Movement

This kind of goes along with the confusion point, but there were just so many elements that you had to keep track of to understand the story. There's the pin, obviously, this hat, the robots, this other city, a bunch of different characters, multiple locations, and several plotlines that seemed, to me, only half there. Of course, this is in addition to the never ending action scenes that are so popular with audiences today, although I felt that many of them were appropriate considering the topic.

What I Loved: The Point

Regardless of how long it took to get there, the meaning of the film shines through like the beginning of a new day and boy, is it ever powerful. No Spoilers, but as a college student with two majors that often lead to difficult career paths, I found a lot of comfort in the end of the film, and the speech that's made about our society near the end? Brilliant and spot on.

Overall, I think I like Tomorrowland a little more with each passing day. When I first left the theater I felt a bit disappointed, but as I believe the film intended to do, as I examine the society around me, I understand where the film is coming from a bit more. With everything else aside, though, it does provide a great motivational tool for those of us who dream to do great things for more than money or popularity, because sometimes we just want to have a little bit of fun.

If you've seen Tomorrowland, let me know what you thought!

(Note: This blog post was written on May 24 due to computer issues).

Friday, May 22, 2015

Day 872: 24 Hours

Spend 24 Hours in a Disney Park?

I can't decide if the concept is brilliant or crazy, although I know I'd do it either way, regardless of how busy things might get. However, while many of my Disney friends were off having fun for 24 hours in the parks, was sitting at home, doing work, like I do any other day. My turn at Walt Disney World isn't that far off though, and neither is a shot at Disneyland, so I'll just live in the excitement of that instead, right?

But let's be honest here. Aside from the crazy that probably went on in the Disney Parks the other night, attending 24 Hour Day at Disney sounds pretty great, and it's something I hope to do in the future. It's like the ultimate challenge, right? 6 A.M. to 6 A.M. And here's a few reasons why I definitely wish I could have attended:

Photo Via Sarah Sterling
You might recognize these guys from a previous blog post, as they're the Thingamavlogs Crew! I've been following their adventures over the past few weeks, and they too headed out to the 24 Hour Event at Disneyland. Of course, they managed to provide me with a double reasoning as to why Disney 24 Hour Day would be a spectacular opportunity! One, you get to wear PJs and still look classy in the parks, certainly something you don't get to do every day, and you also get to spend the whole 24 hours with your best Disney friends!

But actually...can we talk about how great Keith's PJs are?

Photo Via Tom Bricker

Of course, this one is a huge bonus! Getting to see the sunrise from inside a Disney Park! I can't even imagine how awesome that would be, as I know I've seen my fair share of Sunsets and every single one of those has been amazing!

But most of all, the fact that, for 24 hours, you get to experience a Disney Park is pretty amazing. I can't wait to head to both coasts this summer, and while I won't have a Disney 24 Hour Day and I might not get to wear my PJs, I do know my experiences will be filled with friends, dancing, sunsets and lots and lots of magic.

For another fun look at Disney 24 Hour Day, here's a video from D23!

Which leaves us with just one question: Would you be willing to brace 24 Hour day? Let me know in the comments! 

Have a magical day!

(Note: This Blog Post was written on May 24 due to computer issues).

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Day 871: A Few of my Favorite Things V6

It's been a while since I shared some of my favorite Disney things, but when I had a post idea in mind, I figured I would make the most out of it and add it to the collection, especially since it fit in perfectly. So here we are, exploring A Few of My Favorite Things That I Don't Yet Own!

Custom Minnie Ears: 

Vintage Minnie Ears from ShopHouseOfMouse

Spaceship Earth Minnie Ears from EarsComeTrue
I mentioned the other day that I'm definitely in love with the custom Minnie Ears you can now find all over Etsy, and I certainly have a few favorites so far as I debate which ones I might actually want to get. Currently these two are at the top of the list, but I'm also toying with the idea of making my own DIY Minnie Ears before my trip in a couple of weeks! 

Hand-Painted Toms:

Custom Hand-Painted Shoes By The Enchanted Brush
Time is ticking away until I finally decide to order a pair of hand-painted Toms from this wonderful Etsy shop. I discovered The Enchanted Brush through another Instagram Account (or five), and instantly fell in love. What you see above is only one example of the beautiful work from this shop, and while the shop is currently closed, I definitely look forward each day to seeing what new creations are in progress. Follow The Enchanted Brush on Instagram to see all of the amazing work and get updates on when you can get shoes of your own!

OUAT Captain Hook Necklace: 

Necklace from FanVictory
As a huge fan of Hook on Once Upon A Time, this is something that's been rolling around in my head since Christina Perri wore her own reproduction of the necklace in The Words Music Video. Then again, there's any number of great Once Upon A Time pieces out there, but since a friend of mine already has an Emma Swan necklace and Hook is more on my radar, I think this would be a perfect addition to my collection! 

Disneyland Decades Mug: 

Mug from Disney Parks

I think I've had this one on the blog before, but it's definitely worthy enough to share again. I love my Disney mugs, and it's going to be mighty difficult to narrow it down to which ones I want...especially since there are some Starbucks You Are Here Mugs with my name on them.

Of course, I'm sure I could go on for ages with different products I really want at the moment, but I'm a Disney fan, and if there's a struggle we all understand as Disnerds, it's the continuing struggle between our Disney Obsession and Paycheck. So much to get, so little to get it with, so for now I think I'll have to put off buying a few of these.

Then again...I do have a birthday coming up...

Have a magical day!

(Note: This blog post was written on May 24 due to computer issues).

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Day 870: Immortals

Because I'm absolutely a music major and definitely addicted to this song, I figured I would do a quick spotlight on one of my favorite songs at the moment: "Immotals" by Fall Out Boy. And you know what that means, time to listen while we chat!

I remember watching the trailer for Big Hero 6 and just loving the music, which is actually a completely different song ("Top of the World" by Greek Fire), but for some reason, "Immortals" has really stuck out to me over the past few weeks since seeing the film. 

And really, I think this is a theme we've seen with Disney over the past number of years. Whoever is behind choosing the music from pop culture to go into these films and trailers is doing a spot on job. I fall in love with just about every song they use, one of the huge reasons that I'm actually thrilled to see Paint the Night when I head to Disneyland in August. For those of you that don't know, the entire parade is based on the song Owl City recorded foe Wreck It Ralph, "When Can I See You Again." It happens to be one of my favorite songs, as Owl City is one of my favorite artists, so to have my worlds collide once again is pretty awesome. 

But until August, I'll be avoiding full recordings of Paint the Night and instead sit here and enjoy some more Fall Out Boy. 

Have a magical day!

(Note: This blog post was written on May 24 due to computer issues).

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Day 869: A Different Computer

As I mentioned in the last blog post, I've had a few computer issues over the past week. Actually, a few doesn't even begin to describe it. HAL, my beloved laptop, is currently at a repair shop because otherwise it might just be the end of the line for him. He's been through a lot over the past couple of years and, at this point, I'm just tired of technical difficulties. However, that's part of the job description, right? And at this point I just hope to have him back in some form or another, because trying to work on three other computers, none of which actually belong to me, isn't really working out for me very well.

Coming back to the home desktop computer has been strange. I've been typing with this keyboard for hours now and I'm still not really used to it (although thankfully I've always been decent at keyboarding so it doesn't get to me too much), and the fact that my files are absolutely all over the place isn't exactly comforting.

I have, on the other hand, made things a little more homey, this time with a new background from the Disney Parks Blog:

Via The Disney Parks Blog
I had a few other backgrounds I considered, but once this one appeared on the blog, that was it for me. I'm in love with the color and the simplicity of it, perfect for a larger screen like my computer here at home. As for Captain Hook here, it looks like he'll just have to wait for HAL to come back from the shop to have more fun.

Via The Disney Parks Blog
What does this mean? Well, it does mean that I'm several days behind on Everyday Disney, even if I'm working on remedying that as we speak. It doesn't, however, slow me down too much. While it's absolutely frustrating to be without my own computer, I'm making the best of the situation, working on pre-production for several projects, all of which I'm thrilled that they're finally coming together, slowly but surely. You'll know the second I have my laptop back though...or rather, Twitter probably will, as yes, I still have my phone and will be around social media!

In other words, I'm not taking any sort of hiatus from Everyday Disney as I wait for repairs. The only lapse that will officially occur is during my trips this summer, occurring June 6-10, June 17-20 and August 11-20. Other than that, it's full steam ahead!

Have a magical day!

(Note: This blog post was written on May 24 due to computer issues).