It’s Valentine’s Day!

Hello!

Today’s my favorite holiday and I’m quite enthusiastic.

I have always had a tough time with holidays because I’ve never celebrated them the way I felt was “normal”, but as I get older I’ve come to realize that (a) there is no normal way to celebrate and (b) a lot of the ways of celebrating that I’ve deemed normal would be quite unenjoyable for me. I don’t think I’d want to go to a big mass on Easter (I’m good with my pastel excitement), I don’t do scary stuff so I wouldn’t want to do that on Halloween, Thanksgiving seems like an emotional bloodbath, etc.

The one holiday that I can totally get down with is Valentines Day.

It’s such a good sentiment, I like the aesthetics, It’s not too marred by traditions, and I got Peanut and Poptart on Valentines Day (10 years ago!!!).

So… I did what I normally do when I feel good… Take pictures!

Here they are:

sparkles added in line camera

woohoo! best day of the year! (not content wise, just date wise ya know?)

Ok, that’s all I needed to mention.

Thanks for reading!

Advertisements

Making Faces

*warning: gif ahead*

I have I bit of a bad habit in that I make pretty much the same face in every photo.

I really enjoy taking pictures of myself and being photographed, so I’m trying to initiate a change in that habit.

So to start, the other night I did “face practice” for about 40 minutes.

Here’s the photos:

smiling like a first grader, i know it’s unattractive.

+ a few of my regular face for posterity.

*tip so that this post has even the slightest bit of purpose*

in google photos, you can make gifs like this where it’ll rotate through your photos. you can use up to 20 pictures too. i found this out today and i’m gonna abuse it. 🙂

thanks for looking at my face!

Rickety

My bones are not happy with me.

I’ve always had a tough time with my bones. I have to wake up in the middle of the night to change positions so my hips don’t get sore, my joints pop and crack, I’ll often find myself having to do things differently so I won’t feel a grinding sensation in my wrists. It’s kind of a life time situation.

But as of lately it’s been pretty intense. My neck has been in actual pain (not just discomfort) for probably 2 months and my hips have been completely stiff.

I hate it!!!!

I’m gonna try to fix it so maybe I’ll tell you if I find something that helps.

Another short, meaningless post out! Thatnks for reading!

My Winter Wonderland Day

*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.

IMG_6031
The drive was pretty uneventful, but I was intrigued by this truck.

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.

exif_temp_image-13
My bangs look greasy but I swear they’re just wet.

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.

exif_temp_image-14
This succulent wreath was like $65.

exif_temp_image-15
This wasn’t $65

IMG_6028
 I love the fact that I’m only a little over an hour from a concrete artichoke when I’m in my home. It’s comforting.

exif_temp_image-16
Less comforting concrete produce.

IMG_6033
I have an odd obsession with photos that are edge to edge.

There was a photo area set up outside the store, so being the camwhore I am, I had to take pictures.

IMG_6036exif_temp_image-17

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.

exif_temp_image-18
overjoyed

IMG_6035
The dryer is the big flat grey bit. It was super cool in the moment, I swear.

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.

exif_temp_image-19

exif_temp_image-20
Sorry for the ugly picture, Ree Drummond.

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,

IMG_6146
I thought the giant blue parkas they gave us were actually really cute… I think I was alone on that one.

IMG_6177IMG_6178

IMG_6156
I didn’t get a good picture of the snowman, this is all I got.

IMG_6157IMG_6155

IMG_6195
People are animals, they broke his hand off 😦

IMG_6159

IMG_6184
In the gift shop, they were selling little notebooks with characters on them, but all they had left was him. All the Rudolphs and snowmen and other characters were all sold. I kinda felt bad for him.

IMG_6185
Painfully cute. I bought a stuffed polka-dotted elephant, don’t tell anyone.

IMG_6187

IMG_6186
This was in the room with the giant ice slide. I felt like a giant dork sliding down the ice slide with all the toddlers. The staff glared at me :/

IMG_6164
The reindeer look like Pingu from the front. noot noot.

IMG_6166IMG_6165

And much to my surprise, my favorite sculptures actually came at the end.

In the nativity scene.

IMG_6192
I love him. I want to take him home with me 😦

IMG_6191

IMG_6193
The ice was upsettingly clear. It was kinda breathtaking

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!

IMG_6194

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.*

Orlando Day 3: Animal Kingdom

Hello again!

I just got home from work and I want to blog so…

Next disney post!

*warning, lots and lots of photos ahead*

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!

Christmas stuff is still out!

img_6673.jpg
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

When you enter the park there’s a long stretch of mostly foliage that make great backdrops for photos. Just fyi.

Waiting to get called in to eat.

I really like the “Africa” area in Animal Kingdom. It feels like an actual place rather than an artificial theme park (which it is).

First POG juice of the trip!

They’re keeping it from me because they know I’ll drink like 40 dollars worth of juice if I had full access to it.

My futile attempts at capturing the decor.

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.

Do you see the sign that says end of line? The line for Flight of Passage was 5 hours long. The line goes into the Africa section of the park.

I didn’t think that the floating mountains would be as cool as they are but they’re so cool!

All of the real and fake botany in this area is so scene setting.

self centered.

This is the view of the floating mountains from the fast pass entrance to… Navi River Journey!

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.

There’s a navi dude back there (I think he’s in the movie, but I’ve never seen avatar).

these leaves jiggle like there’s something hopping on them. That terrified my mom.

These dudes are so cute!!! (they’re called hexapedes) I seriously considered buying a stuffed animal one.

This is like the coolest animatronic ever. Shes like 10 feet tall and the movements are like there’s a giant human in body paint.

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.

And with this we exit Pandora.

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.

When I walked up to the okapi viewing are I heard a full grown lady, probably 40-something years old exclaim “I didn’t know there were brown zebras!” Sometimes I forget there are people who know nothing about animals.

I wish I got a good picture of this mouse. He was so cute. I want pet mice again 😦

Naked mole rats!

There were a load of these african cichlids all over.

These 2 are giving a concert to…

All of these babies!

I call Peanut my meerkat so looking at them made me miss her even more 😦

It made me super sad to see the gorillas in captivity. I have really conflicted feelings about animals in captivity but I very specifically have a distaste for primates in captivity. I don’t know, sometimes I think they could have an opportunity to live a better life under human care in cases like rhinos and fish but… ugh this is supposed to be a fun post so I’ll talk about animal ethics another day.

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.

img_6826
It’s so so so cool. When I was a kid this tree terrified me, though. I just don;t like things that are too big. When the Honey I Shrunk The Kids playground was still open at disney I burst into hysteric sobbing because big stuff just terrifies me. I still freak out when I think about living in a big house.

More pun posters. I really wanted to get a picture of the “Little Shop of Hornets” poster but I couldn’t get into this corner.

Ceiling of the theater.

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.

Take note of the wait time.

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…

img_6831.jpg

img_6832.jpg
DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

So we had the first dole whips of the trip.

And then we went over to the Maharaja Jungle Trek. My mom sat outside while I went through, her feet were hurting.

So this is a Komodo Dragon. I have a story about Komodo Dragons. 

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.

big ass tree number like 26

The animal Kingdom Lodge is gorgeous. I bet it’s even prettier during day time when you can see out of the giant window.

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.

img_6913
I think I had raspberry sorbet like 5 times on this trip. Not complaining about that.

After Boma we just went back to our room.

Next is the Magic Kingdom!

And New Years Eve… *dun dun dun*

Talk to you later!

Orlando Day 2: Hollywood Studios

Hi there! I’m in the airport waiting to fly back home and I’ve got about 3 and a half hours until we’re even allowed to check our bags then another 4 hours until our flight so I figured I should post.

So from where we left off, my mom and I spent a night at a motel and watched animal planet instead of sleeping.

In the morning we got ready and headed out to our shuttle back to the airport at 5:10. Once we were at the airport, we had a shockingly short wait for our magical express to Disney!

IMG_6380

IMG_6385
You know that episode of South Park where Kyle goes to “Jewbilee” and there’s a scene where Moses appears as a giant dreidel? That’s what I think my face looks like in this photo.

IMG_6384
There were only a total of 5 people on the bus: the driver, my mom, me, a very tired looking father, and the daughter of the aforementioned father. My mom and I got to be alone for a while because they were dropped off first.

exif_temp_image-2
If you didn’t notice our pants.

We arrived at the resort really early. I think it was like 5:55. It was too early for us to put our bags in the room so we gave our bags to the staff to hold until our check in time. The people at Disney give amazing service so they put our bags in our room before we got back.

There were still christmas decorations up for our whole time there which is nice.

Here’s a quick photo set of the decorations at the hotel.

IMG_6394IMG_6395

The people who work there did a wreath decorating contest. I think the toy story one was the winner, although I can’t remember. My personal favorite is the It’s A Small World one.

So after checking in and having a box of vanilla soy milk, we left for Hollywood Studios! When I was a kid, Hollywood Studios was always my favorite. I liked thrill rides and the most intense rides at Disney are both at Hollywood Studios (Tower of Terror and Rock and Rollercoaster).

SO when we got there we had a pretty good amount of time until our first fast pass and our first meal, so we looked at all the christmas decorations and did our first round of shopping.

IMG_6400IMG_6401

IMG_6407
Do you see the little hat on Gertie (the dinosaur)?

IMG_6408

IMG_6413
There’s a better view of the hat.

IMG_6415

The little deer remind me of Peanut 😦 I miss her so bad.

IMG_6419IMG_6421

The Pixar store had these cute little minimalist illustrations of Pixar characters on each section. It was really cute.

SO after wasting some time, we came to our first fast pass, one of my mom’s favorite rides ever: Tower of Terror. It’s one of my favorites too because I love the theme.

IMG_6422IMG_6425

We were in line behind a family who had never ridden it before and I think they thought it was like a haunted house because the son kept asking if stuff would “pop out at him”. I hope they liked it.

 

IMG_7077
I posted this on instagram but I don’t like this picture of me at all.

IMG_6431

After the Tower of Terror, we went to our first official Disney meal! It was at the 50’s Prime Time Diner.

IMG_6429

IMG_6433
We were the first people to show up, so we got to take a picture with all the people who work there and they kept our picture on the refrigerator all day.

We sat around for a while after because my mom got charged on her credit card twice at the motel so we had to sort that out.

After that we went t my favorite place in Hollywood Studios….

 

Muppet Courtyard!!!!!!!!!!!

I love the muppets.

If Disney ever get rid of Muppetvision 3D and don’t release it to be owned at home, I’m rioting in the streets. To my knowledge, Muppetvision is the last thing Jim Henson worked on before he died (correct me if I’m wrong). Jim Henson is like my idol and I hope some day I get to visit the creature shop.

But anyways, we saw Muppetvision.

This show has my favorite queue in all of Disney because it’s so detailed.

The fake posters were entertaining me far more than they entertained just about everyone else. My favorite quote is “with a mercifully brief appearance by The Great Gonzo”. It’s not trying too hard.

All of the hardware had faces drawn around them.

IMG_6463

IMG_6448

After Muppetvision, we went to what was my favorite ride for my whole childhood: Rock n’ Rollercoaster. We luckily had a fastpass because the line was 3 hours long.

IMG_6449IMG_6450

After Rock n’ Rollercoaster, we had our third fastpass of the day: Toy Story Mania (when I was a kid, it was called Toy Story Midway Mania, a vastly superior name).

IMG_6469IMG_6470

 

We figured we need to pose near the Alien Swirling Saucers ride since we’re wearing alien pants, so we stopped over there, took some photos and reapplied our sunscreen. We didn’t ride it because the line was like 2 hours long and honestly I don’t like Toy Story enough to wait in line for a Toy Story ride any longer than about 25 minutes.

img_6461
Me being concerned as a father lets his toddler run wildly right towards the crowd of people.

img_6462
posing. (my eyeliner is not standing up to the sun induced squinting and increased oil secretion caused by being at Disney)

After the photoshoot we actually got on the ride.

Don’t murder me for this, but I like the decorations in the queue more than the ride itself…

IMG_6472IMG_6473

IMG_6478
For once I beat my mom!!!!!! I won a rabbit!!!!!!!!!!!!! (You don’t actually get a prize but it’s the principle that matters)

We left Toy Story Land for our dinner. It was at Hollywood and Vine. They were doing a special holiday dinner where the characters (Mickey, MInne, Daisy, Donald, and Goofy) wear christmas outfits so of course we had to go. The food isn’t anything to write home about but the service is really good and the outfits are cute.

img_7521
This is the best photo from there. My mom when she saw Goofy, turned to me and said “That’s a black guy in there”. Apt observation.

So we had a few hours until Fantasmic so we figured out what to do. Is it weird that I kind of wanted to take a picture with Doc McStuffins? I know the show is for toddlers, but I think it’s quality child entertainment.

When I saw that the Doc McStuffins line was like an hour long I decided to not do that.

We chose to see the Voyage of the Little Mermaid.

First we went to the restroom and while I was waiting outside for my mom, A parade of Star Wars characters just strolled past me. I’ve never seen Star Wars so I’m just gonna make up their names in a crude attempt at comedy.

*blurry photo warning for the rest of this post*

Yeezy Szn 3 Stormtrooper

Personified Nightmare

Shiny Stormtrooper and Stormtrooper Who Feels Inadequate By Comparison

Darth Vader 9000

Bronze Age Emma Watson and Chewbacca

We then watched the Voyage of the Little Mermaid. I don’t particularly care for The Little Mermaid (I prefer the musical), but I do love puppets so I really liked this show because just about every character was controled by a puppeteer.

 

the Ursula puppet was like 18 feet tall. Ariel is on a big tall rock setpiece.

Next (and last) we crossed the park to go see Fantasmic! Since the last time I saw it they’ve improved some parts of it a lot! I love the dragon still and the snake (which I think is new)

The people in charge of crowds kept trying to hype the audience up while we waited. They did like 20 variations of the wave, the did the stomp stomp clap thing from We Will Rock You, They encouraged us to hold up our phone flashlights like it’s a concert. My mom and I just laughed because it felt like everyone was trying to hold onto to momentum for far too long.

The show begins!

good god this picture is awful. It was really cool in real life though, there were a bunch of black light safari animals for “Just Can’t Wait To Be King”.

Can you guess what this scene is about?

Pocahontas!!!!!!!!! It is straight up impossible to find Pocahontas in the parks. This is the only time I even saw a hint that she exists other than her being on like 2 pages in a princess coloring book, in the Ralph Breaks The Internet princess box set, and 1 mug with her on it. By comparison you could not escape sleeping beauty and as much as i love her, lets be honest: nobody really watches Sleeping Beauty anymore (nobody watches Pocahontas either but you get my point).

The snake puppet was sick as hell. 

The dragon used to be a full body puppet but now it’s a head and projected wings. Both are cool but the original puppet was jaw dropping.

IMG_6666
Mickey Mouse. You can’t escape him.

IMG_6638
The boat had some really rare characters on there. There was even a Steamboat Willie version of Mickey Mouse (he’s up at the top).

After Fantasmic, we dealt with the rush and left for our hotel

We went to the concierge so we could get our Hoop Dee Doo Revue tickets printed out and we had to wait like 30 minutes because there was a family who I guess had never visited Disney before because they were frantically making dinner reservations at the front desk. They had a daughter who I thought was my age but it turns out she’s 12! I was in disbelief and then she spoke and I saw her braces and I got it better.

When we got back to our room, my bag with my laptop was missing and I almost lost my mind. I walked back up t the front office and the guy in charge of bags had a tough time finding it. It turns out they put my bag in a separate cage since I told them it’s fragile. Service!

After that I kinda just went to bed.

I got amazing sleep though.

Tomorrow is Animal Kingdom!

Orlando Day 1: Getting Flewed Out

Hi again!

My mom and I left Disney yesterday and we’re at a hotel near the airport for a few days, so I’m gonna try to make my posts while we’re here (we’ll see how that goes).

So we left for Orlando on December 28th, 2018.

We took a shuttle to the airport and the driver was a pretty aggressive maneuver-er. He was switching lanes like crazy and just whipping that van around.

We got to the airport about 6 hour before our flight. We expected to spend like an hour waiting for security, but it actually only took like 20 minutes. Our flight was delayed like 3 times, so we sat at the gate.

We made some new friends waiting. There was an older couple next to us, a lady with a 2 year old, a girl who was in the Disney College Program, and a therapist from Puerto Rico. To my mom’s credit, they were all talking to her, not me. I don’t really interact with strangers. I don’t think I said a single thing to like 3 of them. I wish I was sociable.

IMG_6364
there’s a suitcase missing from this photo. Oh wait, it’s in the corner.

The plane boarded about 2 and a half hours after we planned.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before but I have a bit of a fear of flying. By a bit of a fear, I mean I stay on the verge of tears for the entirety of every flight I board. Lucky for me, this flight had a ton of turbulence. My butthole didn’t unclench for almost 3 hours.

exif_temp_image
Taken before we got in the air. When I find cool lighting, I take advantage of it.

IMG_6343

After being in existential terror for a few hours (and watching the first 4 episodes of season 4 of Curb Your Enthusiasm), we landed.

The Orlando airport is really cool. It’s giant, so you have to take a train from one side to the other. We waited for our luggage for a while and much to our luck, some dudes duffel bag got caught on the edge of the conveyor right in front of my moms suitcase, so we had to wait an extra 10 or so minutes while they fixed the machine. It was kinda cool to see the guys moving stuff around though.

exif_temp_image-1
Christmas decorations have been up the whole time we’ve been here.

We then took an uber to get to the motel we stayed at overnight before we checked in to our disney hotel.

If you ask my mom about it, she’ll give you a 10 page single-spaced essay about everything wrong with the motel. The greatest hits include: broken mini fridge, staff didn’t know where the room was located, no elevator, right next to a nice hotel (bad juxtaposition), and many more. I guess I’m a pretty easy to please person because I didn’t particularly care. We got there at like 1:00 and had to leave at about 4:30, so I just didn’t sleep and watched animal planet instead.

I’ll end this post by telling you about one of my top 5 dumb moments of the last half of 2018. So before we left the airport I got some little soft pretzel bite dudes to eat at the motel. When we got to the motel, I decided I wanted to eat them warm… Well in the time between buying them and putting them in the microwave, I forgot that I put the change in the bag they gave me my pretzels in.

If you haven’t figured it out yet… I microwaved a quarter.

I didn’t start a fire though, so I think I did fine.

It’s fine.

I’m fine.

Ok. More posts coming up soon.

Thanks for reading!