Orlando Day 4: Magic Kingdom on New Year’s Eve!

*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.

Someone left their pelligrino (or perrier?)
You can see a little of the lake out the window.

 

We had reservations at Chef Mickey’s.

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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!

This is the emptiest the park was and we were still getting shoved.
One of my favorite parts of Disney: close encounters with egrets.

We didn’t have any fastpasses or reservations for a while, so we decided to just waste our time and went to take pictures…

With Merida!

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.

can you believe there are no filters on these photos!?

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.

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There were huge screens that you could draw on with honey. I tried to draw a heart for you, but it’s kinda wonky.
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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.

The wait was 120 minutes. At like 10:30…
We got onto our boat with only about a 10 minute wait, thanks fast passes.

“Everybody who seen the leprechaun say yeah!” “yeah!” *Smiles into news cameras*
Some of my favorite animatronics: geese!!! (although I’m not sure they’re animatronics, they might just be statues on lazy susans, I still love them though)

Step on the bottle already!!!

sweet sheep babies and a pan flute
We’re in the Asia room at this point.

I love all of this scene. The shadow, the tiger, the costumes.

I’ve been told that this is supposed to be Cleopatra. I don’t believe it, wouldn’t she be in Africa?
I have a tsum tsum of this hippo. It’s a lot less creepy than the real one. The everglowing eyes are kinda ominous.

So cute my eyes are bleeding.
noot noot x1000
I just really like the bull.

It’s like impossible to get a good picture of the koala. Luckily it’s not that cute though (sorry koala).
Is the boomerang and dingo thing charged? I guess the whole ride is just cute-ification of stereotypes so…  ¯\_(´・ω・`)_/¯

Kiwis! You know kiwis have a crazy egg to body ratio. Google kiwi with egg if you want your crotch to hurt.

White room!

My favorite costumes in the whole ride. Too bad I couldn’t get a good picture.

They show your name on these screens. That’s a new addition and it made me really happy.

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.

A great view of my bandage.

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…

It’s like 11:00 in this photo.

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…

Adventureland! YAY!

The tiki room was just opening up for another show, so of course we had to go in.

The boys in the back are called macaws.Because of their claws? No because they’re macaws!

A multitude of Audrey 2’s

When I was a kid, when the tikis started singing I screeched. It still kinda freaks me out.

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!)

I quite liked the Skipper Canteen. I ate 2 servings of falafel and a lot of my noodle dish. I couldn’t finish the noodles because they were too spicy 😦 weak.
My mom and I both got the slush but he doesn’t like boba of any kind so I got to have hers. heheheh

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)

I don’t know anything about Snow White but I’m like 95% sure that this is her and her 7 man-friend’s house.

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…

the parade.

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).

It was still the christmas parade, btw. If you look at the former photos, you’ll notice the princesses are wearing their winter outfits. Those are nutcrackers. I don’t know why I’m including these photos, you can’t see anything.
This is another favorite of mine.

A fashion icon

YOU GOTTA LOOK AT THIS

This is my favorite merchandise at any store. They’ve had this badge for sale since I was 8 so someone must be buying the “Sheriff I Love Horses” badge. (I would if I had unlimited funds, tbh)

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).

Crowd check.

This photo looks crazy, but it’s crazier at eye level. I feel bad for the little kids walking in this.

Dinner was nice. They had really good bread and a pesto pasta dish that was labeled vegan! Exciting!!!

I ate a ton of pasta…

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I took this during our chaotic walk around the premises earlier.

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…

still pleasant though
the epcot model

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.

Thanks for reading! (all 1800 words hopefully)

See you soon!

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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!

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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

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There’s a better view of the hat.

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

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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.

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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.

 

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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

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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.

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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.
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Mickey Mouse. You can’t escape him.
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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

 

Last Entry of 2018

Hi everyone!

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.

So there.

That’s my last entry of 2018.

Let’s end this with what- in my opinion- is the best photo of me this year.

I don’t think I ever posted this on here

Hi From The Airport

Our flight got delayed.

Not by a super long amount of time, but a little over an hour (although I wouldn’t put it past them to delay it further).

I feel like a real jet setter, typing on my laptop in the airport.

I took a 35 minute walk in this airport to go get a pretzel earlier. It’s like 15 minutes from my terminal over there.

Not a lot else to say…

But I took a picture!

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ignore my stringy hair

God bless the webcam.

I’ll update you again tomorrow morning probably.

Tomorrow’s Hollywood Studios!!!!!

Get hyped for pictures!!!!!!!!!

Late Christmas Entry

I wish I wrote a Christmas post, but honestly I didn’t feel good enough to do anything yesterday.

I just got back home from the doctors office and I have a sinus infection, a respiratory infection, and costochondritis!

woo hoo!

Love that for me!

I guess since I’m not supposed to go to work and I have the day to myself, I’ll write an all encompassing Christmas post.

I’m Back Home

So as you may have noticed, I was out of town with my dad’s section of the family for a few days.

I’m home now.

It was nice meeting everyone.

I expected there to be a lot of arguing, because that’s what I’ve seem happen on TV whenever a bunch of related people see each other around Christmas. That didn’t happen, so that was cool.

I don’t have much to say.

Christmas Day

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before, but every Christmas day my mom and I go to the movie theater and see a movie.

This year we saw Mary Poppins Returns and Vice.

It was probably irresponsible for us to go to the movie theater when I’m sick, but… No turning back now I guess.

Mary Poppins was amazing!

The second animation sequence was so astounding, it makes me sad that I’ll probably never see something so cool again. I think not only did they do the original Mary Poppins justice, this movie (in my opinion) is as good as the original.

And Vice was amazing too!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie where I wasn’t bored for even a single second, but Vice did that.

I don’t think people who aren’t interested in politics would like Vice though.

Also, I got to see the Us trailer for the first time in a theater. That’s so cool!

When we left the theater and I looked on twitter everyone was talking about it and I felt so special having seen it on a big screen the first time.

Weird aside, but have you noticed a few people online talking about how rabbits scare them in response to the Us trailer? That’s so weak. They’re rabbits….

It’s like how people are just mortified by rats… like… why?

Maybe I’m just too in tune with animals to be scared.

I’m just too Pocahontas-y.

Announcement

Well…

There’s gonna be some interesting posts on my blog coming up…

(i’m not pregnant don’t worry)

My mom and I are going to Disney World!

We’ve been planning this for a long time and I’m super excited!!

I’m gonna do everything in my power to take as many pictures as I can and put them all up on my blog quickly!

So excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So that’s about it…

I may write on here again today, who knows.

I’ll see you all later though.

Not At Home

Hi again!

I’m not at my house for once.

It’s probably been like 5 months since I spent the night somewhere other than my house.

I’m spending pre-christmas festivities with my dad’s area of the family.

I don’t know exactly what to talk about and I haven’t take any pictures yet…

But there are horses here!

So hopefully I’ll get some horse pictures for you all.

I’m gonna be reclusive for a while today and try to finish my college orientation and other posts.

I just got onto the wifi so I’m just trying to actually put some work into my blog.

The grind never stops.

I hate the word grind.

The italics imply a tone of disgust.

Um…

I’ll probably be back on my blog later today so I’ll see you then.