Archive | August, 2012

That Awkward Moment When….

24 Aug

That awkward moment when you slip into the Disney Cast Member mind set when you aren’t at Disney and haven’t been a cast member in over a year.

This past weekend, my work put on a 5K Twilight walk/run as a fundraiser for one of the organizations we work closely with. Leading up to this event, it has been my responsibility to register runners as the applications came back to us, track the sale of memory shirts (different from the shirts runners get for participating), track the sale of honor signs that were to be placed along the route and to track the total amount of outright donations we received. Then there was also the sale of raffle tickets, where people were entered to win a $500 cash prize. In essence, if it involved money, chances are high I had something to do with it.

That being said, I have been a nervous reck trying to make sure all of the totals are correct. I believe I’ve mentioned before that my strength does not lie in numbers, but in words. However, these last few weeks have boosted my confidence in this area of professional development tremendously.

But…. That’s besides the point, you want to know about my awkward moment, right?! Okay, so it’s race day (and it happened to fall on the 2 year anniversary of when I first checked-in for my Disney College Program, so I was a bit sad and really missing Disney), but it turned out to be my lucky day because I got to act as event photographer (another love and strength of mine is photography). So there I am, taking pictures at the registration table and I notice this cute little family signing up for the race…. Mom, dad, and a couple of kids both under the age of 5. (side note: kids 10 and under could sign up to run the 1K.)

Picture this, happy family, just signed up for the race. Now they aren’t guaranteed t-shirts since they didn’t pre-register…but it’s okay, that’s why we ordered extras. However, we had already run out of kid shirts and I could tell the little girl was starting to get upset. So the mom, thinking she would be able to sooth her daughter with the promise of a bib number looked expectantly at the lady registering them. It broke my heart to see the look on the little girl’s face when she was told only runners in the 5K got numbers. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Here they come, right in the corners of her eyes, the beginnings of big crocodile tears. And then there’s me and my Disney Cast Member training kicks in. I kneel down to the girl’s level and ask why she’s sad. Her mom explained that she ran another race the previous weekend and the kids got numbers like the adults and she was expecting a number here, too. Well, I thought being upset over the lack of a number was something I could fix… So without really thinking about what I was doing, I drew her a number on a piece of paper (#3 because that was her age!) and her dad pinned it to her shirt. You would have thougt I’d handed her the world! She light up!!

A few minutes later, she returned with her little posey of siblings, cousins and friends. They also wanted numbers. (Look what I started!) So I did what any normal person would do in that situation, I got down on my knees and drew more numbers. I think in total there were 6 numbered kids and they were thrilled!! I may or may not have called one or two Princess. I can’t help it… It just slips out sometimes. Just like I can’t point with one finger without it feeling weird now, I will FOREVER do the Disney Point (2 fingers)!

When the race started, the numbered kids were so cute to see. I wonder if the other kids were jealous or if they even noticed at all. I bet they didn’t.

All in all, the event was a lot of fun for me. It was the first time since I’ve been home from Disney (and it’s been over a year now), that I’ve felt confident in myself and been comfortable approaching and talking to strangers.

I am a VERY shy person when meeting people for the first time, but as a cast member I had to get past that. Finally it came down to training myself that if I was wearing my work “show” shoes, I could pretend to be someone who wasn’t shy. And I became a social butterfly with guests and loved it! Durning this event, I felt like I had my “show” shoes on again. For a few hours, I honestly felt that was were I needed to be at that moment in time. And it was nice to make my own “magical moments” for those kids. The magic didn’t end just because I left Disney, it is here in me and hidden in my everyday life, I just have to take the time to find it!

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Things That Make Me Smile

16 Aug

Tonight as I’m getting ready for bed, I wanted to share a list of things that have really made me smile in the last couple of days.

It’s been an emotional week. Prince Taylor went back to Disney, graduation and searching for a full time job in a much warmer state, has me feeling like I’ve been living on an emotional roller coaster.

So here’s my list:

1. Phone calls and text messages from my favorite guy! I love him so much, and today we just happen to be celebrating our 1 1/2 year anniversary! Where has the time gone?!
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2. Cards in the mail. I love getting snail mail! (when it’s not bills!) and today I got the sweetest graduation card from Prince Taylor’s mom. I am also very grateful for the other cards and gifts I have received for graduation. I will be writing my thank you cards sometime this weekend.

3. My co-workers and supervisor. I started working at this job as an intern in April and was hired as a full time temporary hire in June (covering for 2 different maternity leaves) and they have been so welcoming. I don’t think there has been a day where I have not laughed AT LEAST once while at work. They are a great bunch of girls and I feel so blessed that they have taken me under their wings and taught me so many things I didn’t have the opportunity to learn at school.

4. Sister bonding time!! I love my little sisters with all my heart, and as we have gotten older, we have gotten closer. Tonight we had some bonding time after I got home from work. And while they just needed someone to vent life’s frustrations to, I’m glad they choose me to listen. I would do anything for my little sisters, including attempting to lighten the mood with my terrible drawing abilities.

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It’s suppose to be a pig and I have decided to name him Pickles. ๐Ÿ˜€

5. Finding hearts in nature. I found this PERFECT heart leaf on a tree at work last Wednesday… The same day Prince Taylor moved into his Disney apartment. I sent it to him. It made me smile, wanted him to know I was thinking of him and that I was missing him terribly.

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6. My bed. And on that note, I think it’s time for sleep. 5:36am (yea, I know I’m weird, but we all have our quirks!) comes way to early!! Sweet dreams fellow bloggers! ๐Ÿ™‚

Zzzzzz……… ๐Ÿ˜€

Happening Now!!!

11 Aug

Sitting in graduation RIGHT THIS VERY MOMENT!!!

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This is my view…..

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More to come! Stay tuned dear readers! ๐Ÿ™‚

UPDATE

Waiting to walk….

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I walked at 2:50pm!!!

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Turning the tassel!!

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My family!!!!

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With my sisters!

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I’m a GRADUATE!!!

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Hoppin’ a ride back to the car with Papa!

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Party time!!!! Here’s only SOME of the yummy food!!

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And my cake!!!!

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And look!! A new monkey to add to my collection! He sings “school’s out FOREVER!!!!!” I think we will be very good friends!

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Overall, it was a great day! Thank you to everyone who helped me get to this point! For being my rock, my teachers, my leaders, my friends, an encourager, a helping hand along the way. I didn’t achieve this on my own, I have had a wonderful support system of family and friends pushing me to reach my goals and to never give up on my dreams.

Betty Crocker Wanna-Be to the Rescue!

8 Aug

I have felt so stressed lately. Graduation is Saturday, followed by a [going to be small because everyone has plans or is out of town] party.

Then there’s trying to find a full time job. And not just anywhere, but somewhere that gets less than 5 inches of snow a year.

And today Prince Taylor and my friend Beth from high school checked in for the start of their Disney College Program. All day long my heart flip-flopped between excitement for them and this adventure, jealousy because I wasn’t with them, and sadness because it has been over a year now (by 4 days) since I worked my last shift in Magic Kingdom. But mostly, I was anxious to hear what’s changed in a year.

Then my little sister texts me during lunch to inform me that she is getting a pay raise at my old college job. She will now be making $0.10 more/hour than I am at my current job. How is that possible? I thought a college degree was suppose to help with that somehow? Did I mention I’m looking for another job?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Add to this the stressful phone call I had to make 30 minutes before my work day was over. Needless to say, because I was the messenger bringing the bad news, I also got the individual’s anger. This was my first not so pleasant experience at this job and I think I handled it well. It was nice to know my co-workers were on my side, too!

So when I got home, I wasn’t in the best of moods. I was feeling sorry for myself, which is stupid when so many people are dealing with issues much worse than mine. Sometimes, you just need to throw a pity party and get over it.

Enter my little sister, Princess Megan, carrying this deliciousness!!! She made these last night on a whim.

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They are called Frosty S’more Cups. Check out the recipe here!!

It’s like tasting Heaven on a spoon!! Rich chocolate, cool temperature, crunchy crust.

Just the pick-me-up I needed tonight! Thanks little sis!