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:
woohoo! best day of the year! (not content wise, just date wise ya know?)
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!
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.
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.
The little deer remind me of Peanut 😦 I miss her so bad.
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.
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.
After the Tower of Terror, we went to our first official Disney meal! It was at the 50’s Prime Time Diner.
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….
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.
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.
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).
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.
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…
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.
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*
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.
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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve been out and about from sunrise to sunset for the past few days so I haven’t taken the time to write out a blog entry, but my mom and I are waiting for a dinner reservation right now so I figured I’d write.
I really don’t like sentimental mumbo jumbo, so this probably won’t be some grand reflection on the year. I just wanna write out my thoughts.
I’m so happy to be where I am. I tend to not enjoy most things celebrational because I tend to have pretty unexceptional celebrations. But I’m at disney world right now!!
I’m 100% the type of person to make new years resolutions (which I already wrote out in october because duh), and I just thought of a new one.
I want to celebrate stuff next year.
This whole year I haven’t done anything to celebrate anything other than blog posts. I didn’t have a birthday party, I took a nap after my graduation ceremony.
Yeah, I think I want to get excited about stuff in 2019.
That’s my last entry of 2018.
Let’s end this with what- in my opinion- is the best photo of me this year.
So I don’t talk about it a lot because it doesn’t matter but I don’t have my drivers license yet.
I’ll give you a quick rundown of what one has to do to get a drivers license above the age of 18 where I live.
take a required 6 hour class
take a driving test
I think that’s a pretty short list.
In comparison, the teenagers have to take a class, have over 30 logged hours driving, have a drivers permit for 6 months, have very stringent restrictions on their license for a year, and then they can drive however they please.
So I took the first step to getting my license this past Saturday.
I took my 6 hour course and I’d like to tell you about it.
I came to the driving school at about 7:45 and sat waiting for the class to begin at 8:00.
The class did not begin at 8:00.
There were only 5 people in my class and 3 out of 5 of them were late.
So when they finally arrived, the class began.
My classmates consisted of a girl who moved here from New York (where they have worthwhile public transportation), a girl who has been driving illegally without a license for 3 years, a 20-something DJ who had an affinity for staring at me, and a 60 year old man who recently moved here from Nigeria.
We’re like a group of rejected X-men.
So what actually happened in the class is pretty expected. We read the DMV drivers handbook and got lectured.
I would like to tell you about a video they made us watch, however.
I wish I remembered the title of it, but I’ll give you a synopsis.
Long, drawn out footage of dead bodies hanging out of cars with the reason they crashed written on screen.
Just gore and “eating a cheeseburger while driving”.
After doing some mundane studying and watching the aforementioned snuff film, we took 2 tests.
I got a perfect score on both of them so I was able to leave an hour early while the people who didn’t score as well were offered retakes.
I took a bit of time to camwhore in the bathroom which was shockingly nice.
Another great post, Mikah.
I hope the readers liked it just as much.
*both Mikahs look into the camera and laugh in a very sitcom manner*
I tend to be pretty hesitant of coming up with a time table for my days because things don’t always go according to plan and I believe that the secret to good planning is having contingencies.
Today has had contingencies, but they’re great contingencies!
My big idea for today was to do laundry, study for 3 hours, finally put batteries in my computer mouse, make next weeks bullet journal spread, and take a- as I call it- full shower (a full shower is a shower where I not only do normal shower stuff but also do my less frequent body care stuff like putting on a body mask, dry brushing, doing a hair mask etc etc).
So far I’ve done 2 loads of laundry, studied for 2 and a half hours (I’m on a break as I write this), put batteries in my mouse, and (don’t gasp too loud) cleaned my room. (!!!!!!!!!!!)
My room isn’t as clean as I’d like it to be, but it’s far cleaner than it was so I’m happy.
I’ve decided that over the course of this month I want to do 1 cleaning project on each (or most) of my days off work.
My mom and I are going to go out of town toward the end of December, so I want Angel who’s petsitting to not be mortified.
I’m in a shockingly good mood right now, it’s honestly kind of concerning.
Tomorrow my mom’s gonna get Marshmallow’s ashes…
I don’t know how I’ll react when I get them.
I have a little urn necklace and I have someone who’s willing to put some of the ashes in it for me, so I’ve been able to save myself the grief of that. I think actually seeing the ashes themselves would have ruined me.
God I miss Mel.
I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about rabbits. Marshmallow really made me love the species. I was so scared that he’d be impersonal, but he turned out to be so affectionate and full of personality traits that just don’t come to mind when most people think of rabbits.
I’m thinking I’ll adopt another rabbit a little while after I’m settled in to college.
I don’t want to replace Mel, but I just really miss the presence of a herbivore in the home.
I sound like a crazy person when I talk about this; but I really, truly believe that I have a “spiritual” connection with herbivorous animals in general, especially rabbits and cattle. I don’t love to use the word spiritual because I personally associate it with hippy-dippy nonsense, but I can’t think of a less hippy-ish way of saying how I feel. I think herbivores and I just get each other. Like, I remember when my mom and I went to Custer State Park in South Dakota, people were tossing carrots toward the prairie dogs to try to get them to come closer, they just approached me. I think that was an awakening for me.
Since my prairie dog moment, I’ve noticed that all sort of animals like squirrels and such seem to be less tense around me.
I think I have a gift.
Some people have a thick skin, some people have super model proportions, I connect with herbivorous animals.
So who’s the real winner here?
the answer is me
Alright, I’ve gotta get back to studying so I’m headed out.
Thanks for reading!
oh! and I realized recently that I haven’t posted any new photos of myself on my blog for quite a while so here’s a picture of me: