I’m hoping that after giving it over a month for bug fixes, the new wordpress editor may be useable.
I’m not super into this, honestly. My opinion on web design is kind of skewed though, because I miss the older days of web design when everything was — for lack of a better word– cluttered.
I like tons of widgets, moving elements, custom cursors, unnecessary design elements (i.e heart shaped buttons and confetti), and music player bars to name just a few of my favorites.
I really don’t like minimalist design most of the time.
As an example, I saw a photo of a house that was renovated and they removed all the personality. The house before renovation was a beautiful blue with iron details and molding around the roof, and after renovation it was all white and sleek lines with no details in sight. It was a box.
Why are people into that? I get super minimalist design with no frills and all function, but these designs seem like they’re going for at least some aesthetic value.
I don’t like sleekness. I like fuzz.
I hope the late 2010’s style fades soon. I don’t like a lot of common aesthetic aspects that I see a lot of now. (not that they’re bad, I just don’t wish to partake) Stuff like smooth minimalist-esque web design, super warm toned photos, pounds upon pounds of cheekbone highlighter, a gallon of lip filler, etc.
I actually quit back on the 18th, but I had to wait for my 2 weeks to finish off before I felt comfortable doing this.
I have a handful of reasons as to why I quit, but basically I didn’t feel I was being paid enough for the amount of responsibility I was given and the prospect of a raise was not in sight among other things.
I’m gonna take some time to be a full time student while I adjust to college life and I’m quite enthused about it. I feel like when I was working at my former job, my growth as a person was being stunted.
I felt like I didn’t have anywhere to be fully expressive for fear of a coworker being upset by me (even though I don’t say anything about them) or that I literally didn’t have time.
Since I put in my 2 weeks notice, I’ve been adjusting my inner clock to times where I’m most productive. I’m my best from about 8:00 to 11:00 in the morning, so staying up until like midnight every night because I had to eat dinner, do my skincare, and generally do the things I can’t do during the day was making me feel like garbage.
I’ve also found that with the shorter class times and fewer work hours, college isn’t quite as awful as high school academically speaking. Socially speaking I’m still in purgatory, but what’s new about that?
If you’ve been around since the summer, you may remember when I would take a walk every morning. I think I’m gonna do that again. I quite enjoyed the time outdoors and the motion, so I think that’ll be enriching.
I think telling the world all of my plans may hinder my ability to actually reach my goals, so I won’t be publicizing all the moves I have planned, but I have some hopes.
I’d like to post every day on here like I did in September, try to get back into photography, hopefully study more (I’ve stagnated), and just generally get back to my productivity level of the past.
*We’re back on track with the Disney posts. I’m gonna try to be better about posting, I swear.*
Woohoo! It’s December 31st, New Years Eve!
Today, we’re going to spend about 17 hours out and about (that’s my way of warning you that I think this post has over 100 photos in it).
We woke up at about 6:00 and made our way to the gates of the Magic Kingdom so that we could take the monorail to the Contemporary.
We had reservations at Chef Mickey’s.
We ate pretty quickly because we were terrified of them closing the park for capacity while we ate (they did eventually close for capacity at like 11:30).
While we were sitting, I broke the hell out of my nail adjusting my tripod in my backpack. Luckily they had bandaids.
So after eating, we took the monorail back to the Magic Kingdom!
We didn’t have any fastpasses or reservations for a while, so we decided to just waste our time and went to take pictures…
You don’t really see her anywhere except her meet and greet.
I don’t know what happened, but I can’t track down my photos with her 😦
But, we went into Fantasyland through the Tommorowland/Fantasyland passage right near where Merida hangs out. I mention this to give context for my egregious photos of the neon Tomorrowland flowers.
Next up, Winnie the Pooh!
Surprisingly enough, the line was just about as entertaining as the ride. The ride wins though because Kanga and Roo are in there.
It’s really tough to get clear photos on that ride, so I saved you the eye strain and didn’t upload my horrifficly blurry images.
After that, we went to the Philharmagic.
No photos of the show because the screens are 3d, sorry.
Have some posters!
We noodled for a bit, and then it was time for our first fast pass: It’s A Small World!
Have you ever noticed that the sign has the ride name in quotation marks? It makes me uncomfortable.
There’s like 50 photos from this ride so maybe scroll for like 25 seconds? If you don’t wanna see, of course.
After that, we had more free time.
So we got peter pan floats! To my knowledge they’re vegan aside from the white chocolate feather.
We then went up to the front of the park to see Tinker Bell!
My photo with her doesn’t look great so I’ll keep that one for me.
You won’t believe what you’re about to see though…
The line to get a drink at Starbucks was like 30 minutes. I know that because I waited in it…
My mom needed coffee, am I supposed to say no?
We were back in the hub and had reservations at the Skipper Canteen relatively soon, so we went to my favorite part of the Magic Kingdom…
The tiki room was just opening up for another show, so of course we had to go in.
I don’t know if I’ve said it before, but the tiki room is my favorite thing in all of disney world. Followed closely by the China pavillion in Epcot, the Tower of Terror, and Festival of the Lion King. (I have a favorite in each park! I never noticed!)
We noodled about more and then it was time for another fast pass across the park.
The 7 Dwarfs Mine Train!
(yes, it’s dwarfs not dwarves. I didn’t make that choice)
The ride was a roller coaster, so I didn’t get any pictures, but the mine scene was super cool. Highly recommend if you have a fastpass. I don’t know if I’d wait in a more than 1 and a half hour line though (the line was 4 hours when we rode it).
After this we decided to go to Fronteirland and watch the Country Bear Jambouree, but we were foiled by…
It took forever to walk. The people trying to walk were completely stagnant because the parade viewers weren’t doing us any favors and the cast members were directing traffic in a pretty nonsensical way (this will be a theme today).
YOU GOTTA LOOK AT THIS
They were giving out free hats and “tooters” (that’s what my mom and I call them, they’re just paper horns) and because of that, I flipped off a stranger for the first time.
There was a line where they were distributing the goods and I was in it when suddenly a lady with a stroller rams into my ankles and tells me to move. I tell her I’m in a line and she makes a face at me and says “act like it”. What’s that supposed to mean? I’m just standing. You know, like one does in a line? And she pushes her stroller into me again to get her point across, so I flipped her off…
I feel kinda bad about it.
So something really interesting that they did was a New Years fireworks show at about 18:00. I thought that was nice so that the people with little kids don’t have to keep their kids in the park so late. They must feel exhausted after doing 2 huge fireworks extravaganzas…
You know how I mentioned the way crowds were being directed? Here’s where we call back to that.
My mom and I had reservation at the Crystal Palace which was semi-near where we were if we cut through Adventureland. We walked all the way through Adventureland (the Crystal Palace is like 20 feet from the sign) and right a we were about to exit, they changed the crowd direction. The thing is we were literally the last people walking in that direction, so the guy directing crowds made specifically the 2 of us turn around and not just walk around but walk a specific path through the back of Adventureland, past Pirates of the Carribean, OUTSIDE the park, through the staff parking lot back to the front of the park and down Main Street to get to a restaurant that was 30 feet away at most. We weren’t the only people walking that route, but we were the only people who were stopped and turned around. My mom was livid.
We barely made it to our reservations on time and later in the evening my mom went to guest services to complain (the gave us 6 all purpose fast passes though so yay for that).
Dinner was nice. They had really good bread and a pesto pasta dish that was labeled vegan! Exciting!!!
I ate a ton of pasta…
After our dinner, my mom went to guest services and told me to go do something (she felt like she was ruining my fun, she wasn’t), so I decided to ride the peoplemover since it pretty much never has a wait. Well… It did today. The wait for the peoplemover was 35 minutes long. To give you context for that, the average wait time year round is 5 minutes…
After all that, we were in the home stretch. We found a spot for the fireworks.
They were letting us sit until we had to be packed like sardines, so I sat on the ground cross-legged and fell asleep… hahaha.
I normally go to bed at like 21:00.
I hope you can tell what’s happening in the video. They shot off fireworks 360 degrees all around the park. It was amazing. It was like it was sunset for a little because of all the light.
That can’t be good for the environment though…
But yeah, after that we left. It took about 40 minutes to walk out of the park because of the bottleneck of all the people leaving from the same exit.
We took the bus back to our hotel and pretty much fell asleep the second we entered the room.
*authors note: I wrote this post about a month ago and never posted it, but I put in a lot of effort to edit and watermark these photos. Plus this was a really nice day, so I’d like to share it with you anyway.*
I think I say it every 5 minutes, but winter is my favorite season.
Every year I pretty much just count down to winter and then when winter is over I get super sad.
About a week ago, I had a really nice winter day.
I wanted to share my photos and some commentary with you!
We woke up pretty early in the morning because my mom had a doctors appointment about an hour from our house at 8-ish. So we left the house at about 6 and took a nice drive.
I just sat in the lobby at the doctors office while my mom got checked out, so I took a selfie with the tree. They were playing a lot of christmas music I’ve never heard before. Did you know Kelly Clarkson has a christmas album? Maybe I’m the weird one for not knowing that.
After visiting the doctors office, we had a few hours to waste until a dentist appointment, so we went to one of our favorite places: Central Market.
There was a photo area set up outside the store, so being the camwhore I am, I had to take pictures.
After spending some time (and about $14) in central market, we went to have an early lunch. I was so excited because we were right near my favorite restaurant, but they were closed :(((((
So we went to a pizza place that, much to my joy, offered vegan cheese.
I didn’t take a picture of my food because I generally don’t photograph my food, but I DID get a picture of the cool sink in the restroom.
After eating, we went to the dentist. It was pretty uneventful, but they had the food network on so I got to watch The Pioneer Woman.
After that was the main event of the day… ICE SCULPTURES!!!!!!
I have a very intense love of ice sculptures and I’d been hoping to see these for like 2 months, so enthusiasm ahead.
We took a pretty long drive up to the Gaylord Texan,
And much to my surprise, my favorite sculptures actually came at the end.
In the nativity scene.
Not much else to say, but I was amused by how huge the Gaylord Texan is (I’ve never been there before). They have their own FedEx!
After this we kinda just went home.
Well thanks for reading!
Bye for now!
*P.S. I’m sorry I haven’t blogged in a while, I’ve actually been trying to but wordpress has been giving me an error message every time I try to post, schedule, or save ANYTHING. I’m mad about it. Love you guys though.*
I really like it when my blog posts have short, original titles. I have a weird fear of running out of names for my blog entries, so it’s… comforting.
I got a library card today.
I think I would have gotten one earlier, but I’d be a liar if I said I knew where my nearest public library was before last week. I thought it was like a 20 minute drive away, but it’s nearer!
I went to the public library today because I needed to do an online quiz for my math course and the system they use doesn’t run on Chrome OS. So I needed to track down a windows or mac computer.
My mom and I were out anyway because we had appointments at the optometrist (new glasses soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), so we went to the library.
To use the computers at the library they charge you a dollar for each use, but you have free access with a library card and the library cards are free so I figured I’ll get a card and use my dollar for maybe… I don’t know… A bag of twizzlers at the dollar tree? I’ll figure it out later.
I was riding the high or being an intellectual with a library card, but then my day was stifled because the PCs at the library weren’t compatible with the quiz software. 😦
So we went home and thank god for my moms friend because she logged onto my account on her computer up in MAINE and put in my answers for me while I told her which ones over the phone! YAY! (thank you if you’re reading this, i didn’t use your name because i like people to have anonymity unless i get their permission)
Today was over all a success.
I had a nice study session, I took selfies with Maddie, I had a wonderful conversation with the optometrist, and I got a library card! Plus I got a 100% on my quiz!
Oh you wanna see my selfies with Maddie? Here’s one!
BTW: I’m feeling better. Haven’t puked in a few days. Still feel weird inside my head, I feel residual fever for like 2 weeks.
Edit: I forgot to mention it in the entry at first, but I’m still very satisfied with my labrary card because guess what? They have a big anthology of Junji Ito’s Tomie!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I’ve only ever read it online! I wanna read it on paper so bad!!!
Do you ever just sit down, think about your life, and then say “screw it”?
I did that today.
As I mentioned yesterday, I have a tendency to develop paranoia around work (and school). I don’t know where this fear came from, but I envision people from work or school seeing me do anything other than work or study and responding by going on a witch hunt for me.
If that’s ever gonna happen, I may as well encourage it.
So I’m gonna write whatever I want, even if people may think I use my time incorrectly.
I’m not gonna bash anyone of say anything mean, in fact I’m just gonna write about my day and how I feel.
I woke up at a decent time today, much to my surprise. I stayed up until 1:00 last night for reasons I don’t know. Part of it I think is because I was excited about the lunar eclipse.
Today is Martin Luther King Jr day, so I don’t have classes. (woohoo!)
I pretty much just studied and planned all day.
I also looked at my youtube analytics for the first time in like 3 months today and one of my videos has over 400 views!? I can’t believe it! I thought my videos would all stay under 100 for at least my first year, but look at that! Too bad I look terrible in the video
I really don’t have much to talk about at the moment, but for some reason I was scared to even write this.
I think I just associate constant things with hostility because of my overwhelmingly awful experiences in school.
I’m gonna finish writing my disney posts in the near future, by the way. I’m hoping they’ll all be written before the end of January.
February is hopefully gonna be a landmark month for all of us.
I have some plans for February that I’m hoping will aid me in building a future that I want and y’all should be getting some good content out of it too.
We pretty much sped from our room out to the park this day. We had an early reservation at one of me and my mom’s favorite restaurants in all of disney: Tusker House!
When you enter the park there’s a long stretch of mostly foliage that make great backdrops for photos. Just fyi.
Our meal was really great. The food there is wonderful and it’s a really comfortable environment.
We were seated next to this japanese family that kept making my mom and I laugh. When we entered the restaurant I heard one of them say (in Japanese) “if this is supposed to be in Africa why is nobody black?” A valid question. They also had like 7 cameras between them and it was funny to see them take 4 pictures and you think they’re done, then they pull out 3 more cameras.
After finishing up at Tusker House we went over into Pandora for our fast pass. Pandora is a new addition since the last time I visited disney and it’s super cool.
Please excuse the upcoming blurry photos, the boat is in constant motion but I wanted to get some photos on the ride to show you guys.
We sadly didn’t get a fast pass for flight of passage so we didn’t get to ride that on our trip 😦 I don’t think there’s much I’d wait 5 hours for. Maybe if I could meet Li Shang from Mulan… He’s cute… Maybe not 5 hours in line cute, though.
The next thing we did was the Gorilla Falls walking trail. My mom mainly waited for me to fully observe everything while giggling at me.
After we finished the walking trail, we didn’t really know what to do so we walked over to the tree of life to go watch It’s Tough To Be A Bug.
When we were on our way there, they were letting the macaws do their flight and when one flew over our heads, a guy walking in front of my mom and I said “look a toucan!” and now my mom and I call every bird we see a toucan.
After that we had another fast pass for Expedition Everest! To my knowledge Expedition Everest is the first roller coaster I ever rode. I get really nostalgic when I think of it.
No ride photos, sorry. But after this ride, we went to eat. We went to Yak and Yeti because we didn’t have any reservations for lunch. We sat there for a pretty long time and I made some new friends…
I pet one of the ducks… I know that’s irresponsible but I can’t help myself.
Next thing on the docket: Festival of the Lion King!
This was our 3rd fast pass and it’s one of the best uses of a fast pass in my opinion.
We didn’t really have much else to do until Rivers of Light. We kinda strolled about for a while. We wanted to see the Finding Nemo musical, but the last show of the day started just as we started making our way over to see it. That sucks, I wanted to see the puppets.
And then we went over to the Maharaja Jungle Trek. My mom sat outside while I went through, her feet were hurting.
I’ve never been any of my teachers favorite student, mainly because I have a tendency to correct them. When I was in fourth grade we were talking about reptiles and my teacher asked us for examples of reptiles and I raised my hand and said Komodo Dragon. My teacher asked me what a komodo dragon is and I described a Komodo Dragon, to which she said something along the lines of “oh honey, those are fantasy creatures” to which I replied, “no they’re not, google it”. (admittedly rude, but who could blame me? It’s not my fault you’re a teacher yet you don’t know about southeast asian reptiles) She then googled it and saw that they’re real and seemed upset for the rest of the class period. I don’t think she liked me ever again after that. But I digress.
I didn’t take many photos on the Jungle Trek because most of the animals weren’t out and the birds in the aviary move to fast to get a good picture of.
After I walked through the Jungle Trek it was about time for us to go to our seats for Rivers of Light. This is a new addition for me as well. I’m gonna give you the photos with no commentary so you can just observe.
We then made our way out of the park because we had dinner reservations at Boma in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. On our way out, we got to see the Tree of Life lit up.
We then took the long walk to the bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge. We waited for like 20 minutes and I got to see a sight I’ve never seen. A little boy pissing. He was like 4 years old and he was very urgently telling his mom how bad he had to pee and his mother was clearly at the end of her rope because she dragged him by the arm into the bushes and pulled down his pants and told him to pee. It was kinda funny. It reminded me of when a lot of stories came out of people in Shanghai Disneyland not knowing there were public bathrooms and pissing in the planters. I have a sneaky suspicion the boys mom told him to go to the bathroom and he argued that he didn’t need to because his mom was for real fed up.
Boma was pretty good. It’s generally tough to be vegan at disney but there was a good amount of stuff and the chef made me a special dessert. I nearly had a panic attack about talking to the chef though. I felt like a gigantic burden.