Showing posts from June, 2012

Day 182 of 365

I can't believe I have stuck with this blog for 6 whole months. I started looking through my past blogs and seeing the changes in not only me but my writing as well. I am loving hearing from my readers when something really touches them or that they are supporting me in my crazy adventures, or they totally agree with my rants and raves.  If you would have told me that by the last day in June I would have over 4800 hits to my blog I would have laughed in your face. Plus that number doesn't include everyone that is reading my blog via email (and I don't know how to even know what that number is).

So please oh please don't stop reading and I will promise to keep writing what I hope will be fun, exciting, insightful, tear jerking, self realizing, mischief making, smile creating stuff.

(I know, it's a cheap shot using the picture of the cute kittie...but a girls got to do what a girls got to do)

To all of you I know outside of the web, thank you for your words of encour…

Day 181 of 365

This post really spoke to me tonight. As I look back over the past six months that I have been writing this blog, I have experienced all of these things.

I am trying to learn from my own mistakes and not focusing on the mistakes of others. I can't fix anyone else, I can only fix how I view others and except them and their differences.

I am working on allowing the wounds I have received from loved ones, realizing that holding on to the hurt doesn't make my life any better.

I am learning to set rules for my life and try and follow them, and when I slip up, I don't give up.

 Many years ago I learned that you never want to miss the opportunity to tell someone you love them, because you never know when it could be the last time.

And I never want to give up on my dreams, no matter how crazy they may seem to others, they are mine and no one else's.

Love, peace and don't give up...

Day 180 of 365

A great way to jump start a diet is, if you haven't drank milk in almost a year, gulping down a big ice cold glass of it could bring tummy troubles most assuredly; thus you won't feel like eating the rest of the night.

The best ailment to a sad spirit is fun with a friend or two; especially if the fun is having your friends watch you get stuck with like 10-15 needles and then you get to see their faces when they get stuck with just one. (true story, made me giggle a little to see their reactions)

The best advice I learned today came at of all places, the Osceola County Clerks Office.

As soon as I saw it I had to whip out my phone a snap a picture so I could remember it. There is just so much truth in this quote. I feel like I need to post it on my bathroom mirror and on my fridge and in my car and in my cubicle (when I get one). I have been talking about moving towards my dreams and goals a lot lately and the big thing this has taught me is that the only reason we give up on d…

Day 179 of 365

I hate having a friend that needs help, either emotionally or financially, and there is nothing I can do. My hurt aches for the frustration and sadness they are going through. All I can do is pray for them and be a shoulder for them to lean on or cry on if they need to.

I know that is why God came up with friends. He knew that we wouldn't always have our family around to help us when we are down or when we need to celebrate, when we need to cry or when we need a good laugh. So he created friends. They are those people that know you almost better than you know yourself. They share you secrets, your jokes, your ups, your downs and everything in between. They are better than family sometimes because you get to chose them and if you are really lucky you get to hang on to them for a lifetime.

Sometimes they come to be from the weirdest situations and other times they just happen. No matter what a true friend is the best thing you can have.

Love, peace and keep your friends close

Day 178 of 365

Last week I received a text from a friend asking me if I would write a character reference for them, my first thought was, crap I've never written one of those, but in the next second, I typed back sure when do you need it? So, tonight I wrote my first character reference and I have to say I was truly honored to be asked. So, I would like to share what I wrote for her.

Dear Sir or Madame,
I am writing you on behalf of my friend and co-worker, MU When I met M almost five years ago, I was immediately impressed with her work ethic, passion and commitment to her job at Walt Disney World.  Our leaders really respect M’s abilities in handling Hotel Delivery; from the time she clocks in until the time she goes home she is dedicated to her job, no matter what is asked of her.  She leads by example, showing up on time and in costume, ready to work.  Keeping the location clean and organized is a priority to her and when time is getting tight or the work load gets heavier she works that much …

Day 177 of 365

I almost think we may need to build an ark. The rain is just relentless and so is my head ache is as well.

I have something to grieve about today and I am sure my friends that work in other parts of the travel industry will agree with me as well. Before any of you start thinking, oh no she is talking about me, I have been talking with my co-workers recently so chill out, but if you think it's something you have done to friends or family maybe you should take some of these suggestions as a wake up call the next time you think of calling or emailing or facebooking.

1. Please don't ask me for discounted or free tickets...I am only given so many each year and I save them for my family and close friends.
    - If I haven't seen you in years, plan on paying your own way and for your own stay. (again unless I offer)

2. Family: If you need help with planning your vacation travels don't do it at the last minute. Most of the time we can't help you on such short notice.

3. If…

Day 176 of 365

Blast you Debby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are the reason my head is aching and I am chilled to the bone. If you live in Florida or any state along the Gulf you know who Debby is, for those of you that don't have the NHC (National Hurricane Center) as a bookmark on your computer Debby is the trouble making Tropical Storm cruising through the Gulf and is causing tons of rain to fall and my head to hurt. :-(

Other than that it has been a great day. I was able to reunite with members of my team that I haven't seen in weeks. It was so fun to get to spend the day with them dodging rain drops, we weren't very successful with that, and getting to see many of our friends in the countries and in the future.

Even though today was rainy and nasty we managed to get some work done and have some great interactions along the way. This could have been a day where the three of us just gave up and said. let's go home, instead we hung in there and ended up having a good time. Someti…

Day 175 of 365

I always told myself I would never go on another Diet. Diet's just don't work in my opinion. What works is changing what you eat. Monitoring what you are putting in your body and how your body reacts to it. I have noticed after I eat some foods I feel fatigued, or my tummy hurts, or congested in my chest or I feel great. I think what I need to do is do what I do best, not eat, but write about what I eat and how it makes me feel. So, I am going to attempt that and maybe along the way I will discover which foods work best for my body and which ones need to put aside, even if it means giving up some of my favorites, like....CHEESE. :-(

I'm not saying I can't eat these "bad" foods but for now I need to try and avoid them as best as I can and see what happens to my body. I think the worst thing we do to ourselves is not listening to what our body is telling us. I learned a cool thing from a friend. She said when she has dessert or a snack, she will take a bite and …

Day 174 of 365

I'm going to be totally honest, not that I have ever lied here but, it's nice to have friends come and have a mini staycation, but I am really looking forward to going back to work tomorrow. I miss my work family and friends. I miss the magic and fun each day brings. Besides I think I need to go back to work to get some rest. ;-)

Tomorrow is d day... I will be starting a daily walking program and monitor my eating habits. No soda between now and my trip home on July 20th for the 20th High School reunion. I am too exhausted to write anymore but guess what? Tomorrow is a new day of new adventures at the Most Magical Place on Earth, and guess who is training her favorite Safety class all day tomorrow? That's right, ME!

Love, peace and happy early morning weigh in to me!

Day 173 of 365

I had a nice day with Mom, BFF and BGF  having breakfast, then visiting Gatorland and then having Lunch. This evening BFF, BGF, LTBGF and I took a trip to the beach. We were able to reminisce about High School and have our own pre-reunion reunion. It was nice to just hang together like we did all those years ago and be ourselves. No one was anyone's mom, or wife, or employee, or boyfriend, or girlfriend, or son, or daughter. It was just four fantastic friends from high school getting reacquainted after many many years of separation.

It was so nice to walk along the sand and run in and out of the waves taking funny pictures of each other and laughing and joking. As we sat in a beach side bar/restaurant I asked everyone, "Did any of you ever think back when we were in High School, that we would be sitting in some random bar in Florida all together 20 years later?" The only thing I knew back then is that BGF and I were going to be going away to college together in the fall …

Day 172 of 365

I love getting to spend time with old friends...I don't mean age in this instance I mean friends I have known for a long time...And when I mean long time I mean like more than half of my life. BGF and I have known each other since the 7th grade, where as LTBGF (Long Time Best Girl Friend) and I have known each other since like 3rd or 4th grade. 
We all met up tonight and went to dinner and than a walk around downtown visiting Ghiradelli for a free chocolate caramel square and than ice cream (which we had to pay for) and a trip to the Lego store! There was a lot of laughing and reminiscing of the old days back when we were all in Junior High and High School. Chatting about different people we all knew and wondering who we would see next month at the reunion. 
It was nice to realize that all those years ago when be wrote things like FF (friends forever) or I'll never forget you in each others yearbooks, that they were actually true. No matter what we have gone through over the …

Day 171 of 365

It's scary watching What Not To Wear sometimes, because I can see myself and I can see some of my friends as well in the anbushees. I would love to meet Stacy and Clinton and of course Carmondy! When most people on the show are asked if they want to hand over all of their clothes and go to New York to get a new whole wardrobe they pause and kind of hesitate, if  were asked I would jump up and down and say please make me over!!!!!

I don't know what inside of me makes me want to constantly change my hair or my room decor or my living room set up. I know some people that never change anything, they are constantly stuck in the same style, the same fit of clothes, the same home layout and decor. To them they fear change. I want to change and look different, I want to look better but than I get on the scale and I look in the mirror and say why. But then that little voice in the back of my mind says, why not. Why not do something to feel better about yourself, why not do something to…

Day 170 of 365

I tried to put on a pair of my shorts from last summer this morning...they didn't fit. Which means the other 3 pairs hanging next to them will not fit either. When are things going to give? When will my body start working for me instead of against me? I want to lose weight and be healthier but there is still something there keeping me from doing it.

I need to retrain my body and my mind to get serious about making better choices. What I don't need is a bunch of people telling me, do this and don't do that. I need cheerleaders to give me positive reinforcement, not a bunch of advice. The soon someone tried to give me too much advice I turn my back and start doing the opposite and I end up back where I am now.

I have 32 days until my 20th High School reunion and my first time singing at Church since moving to Florida. I want to be able to take last years shorts with me on my trip and be able to wear them. I want my brothers and sisters in law to see a difference when they see…

Day 169 of 365

Today is Father's Day. We celebrated our last Father's Day with my Dad in 1998. In just three short months (September 1998) we said our goodbyes until we see him again in heaven.

My Dad was a great Dad, He called me Zelda; I was his favorite daughter. (I'm his only daughter) I have so many fond memories of my Dad, especially if they involve bowling, softball or picking me up from Six Flags. My dad was a longtime bowler, just like my Grandma and Grandpa. I remember going to the bowling alley with him throughout my early childhood.

The most memorable time was when Dad had to take me with him to Bowling and Mom was going to pick me up after she flew back in from a trip to Texas. Dad fed me my favorite dinner, Corn Hotdish and than we headed to Red Bird Bowling Alley. I was sitting in front of the bar on the floor when without warning my tummy rejected my dinner in a neat pile in front of my Indian style legs. The next thing I know I am flying through the air in the arms of m…

Day 168 of 365

So very often we feel sorry for ourselves and the things we go through in our lives... Today when BGF and I were out on an adventure of Outlet proportion I was talking about my blog and how ever since I started writing and opening up about myself to the world, others I have met have been opening up to me, which some of those stories I have already shared in the past few months. 
I love that others want to share their stories with me, just as I have been sharing mine with all of you. I believe God has others share these stories to help them get through things but also to teach me things I may need to know about myself or maybe to tuck away for a later time. 
One of my favorite movie lines, besides, "Quick, take off my Van Halen t-shirt before you jinx the band and cause them to break up." - The Wedding Singer, is from Evan Almighty. 
"Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be pat…

Day 167 of 365

The sun, the sand the smell of the rain? If you have never been to Madeira Beach it's one of my favorite beaches to go to since moving down to Florida. They have clean beaches, clean bathrooms and just down the street is John's Pass, a shopping and dining area right on the Gulf.

Mom, BFF, BGF and I made the trip this afternoon. It was a rough start due to the fact that we hit traffic as soon as we hit Tampa and an hour and a half trip turned into an almost two and a half hour trip to get to the beach. Thank you Floridiot drivers! (Slowed down to watch an accident on another part of the highway get towed, REALLY?!)

The beach was beautiful, the weather was beautiful, the water was fantastic up until the giant black clouds started getting precariously close. So we changed into our shopping clothes and headed to John's Pass for some shopping and some belly stuffing. BGF tried Oysters on the half shell for the first time, she also tried Conch fritters and chocolate covered baco…

Day 166 of 365

A long three + weeks is finally over and my favorite mom has returned home. Along with one of my best girlfriends off all time (from hence forth shall be known as BGF)!!! She will be here a week of fun in the Florida sun!

I have had a rough week, today was no exception trying to rest my back and yet still needing to make sure everything was ready for their arrival. So, now my back is still a little sore and my car is in the shop until who knows when hopefully tomorrow morning and then I will get her back. But through it all my BFF was there to help me get things done and to calm me down when I was freaked out over my car, and even though he yelled at me (Don't worry he has apologized a million times already, even though you know in the movies when the person is freaking out and they are out of control and they just won't stop freaking out and then someone slaps them and then they stop and realize that is just what they needed? That's kinda what his yelling did for me) wher…

Day 165 of 365

I have to say a Big Giant Happy Birthday to my bff! I had the pleasure of getting to make for him a special birthday dinner consisting of Spaghetti, salad and garlic cheese bread, topped off with a home made chocolate cake with chocolate icing! We watched Captain America the First Avenger also. It was a nice relaxing evening with a fantastic friend.

The only thing that would have made it better is if my back weren't killing me. It has been hurting since I woke up this morning and ironically enough I had to facilitate the safety classes at work today and teach cast members on how to NOT injure themselves. Lol!

Thankfully both my classes weren't horrible, in fact in both classes I had cast members that enjoyed the class and learned some new things. But on the flip side I had a cast member in class this afternoon that is normally a 5th grade teacher and I wonder if his own class understands what he is teaching because when he answered one of my questions about leverage I asked hi…

Day 164 of 365

Sometimes you just need a change, whether it's a change of clothes, or hair style or just a change of scenery. I am one of those people that needs to switch things up now and then and for me, moving furniture of pictures or nick knacks is therapy. And maybe it's just something we all need once in awhile. There are times I look at myself in the mirror and think, girl what are you thinking? You are looking rundown and it's time for a change. Don't worry the blogging isn't ending. It's only the beginning. I realized everything I have been doing for myself lately has just been that, things for me...I am changing, growing, learning and appreciating. Changing: My mind about the person that is looking back at me...Growing: To like that person I see in the mirror...Learning: That there is more to me than just the fat girl looking back...Appreciating: The talents God has given me....Love, peace and changing me Musicsongbird

Day 163 of 365

I am so exhausted. The heat today just sucked my energy out of me completely. As much as I love my job, there are some people that make it so hard for me to want to do my job. You know those people that get an attitude with you even though you are there to help bail them out. It would be different if this was their first time acting like that but it is becoming more and more of a regular occurrence. All I can do is just do my job and ignore the negative. Did I mention how much the sun has wiped me out today? I hurt in places that I haven't hurt in quite awhile. Standing on concrete is never good for you and not being prepared to be working outside is never good for you. I feel very blesses that I didn't end up with heat stroke. My water bottle is now going to become my best friend once again. Why do older people think it's ok to talk about other peoples weight and then point out your problem as well? I know they think they mean well but at some point they are really go…

Day 162 of 365

I think there were a few misunderstandings to my end post last night. I am not planning on stopping writing any time soon. I am just saying after the 365 I don't know where this will go, maybe 366 or maybe a new blog? I really never thought I would enjoy writing like this as much as I am . Each morning I check for comments and then I start thinking about what I am going to write. I make the time to write, which I deem "me time."
I worked with an extraordinary young woman today. She is very well spoken, a little shy, but excited to be working for the Mouse. We have a lot of things in common like favorite shows and our love of Disney, but she has a super power. She has Magic ears. Due to hearing loss from birth she wears hearing aids. Unless you see them you would not be able to tell. It's crazy because when she was a baby and the doctors realized she has moderate hearing loss her mother wanted to put her in school for the deaf; the school informed her mother that if …

Day 161 of 365

I love training Safety to a class when I have an older cast member in the room. I know that it sounds strange but generally the older cast really sees the importance of the class and they genuinely give you their full attention. I would be lying if I said that the class is fun to attend. The information given is extremely important but the expectations of how we are required to deliver it could put an insomniac to sleep. I had the honor of having one of our Entertainment Cast in my class today, he has been playing the piano for Disney for well over 15 years. Sometimes it hard to read cast as your teaching, especially when a few are continuously trying to keep themselves awake, or when you ask questions no one answers. At the end of class my entertainer came up to me and thanked me and told me that he really learned some things he didn't know and he invited me to come see him perform and he'd have me come up and lead the Hokey Pokey, ;-) (you have to have been in one of my clas…

Day 160 of 365

It's been a bit of an emotional day, but it's also been a long few weeks. Being by myself for the past few weeks has been nice but it has also been a bit lonely. I have friends that crave being alone and I will admit it is nice now and then, but I am ready for Mom and my BFF to home again. When you get used to a schedule of sorts it's hard when things change. I have come to many realizations about myself, I am a homebody by nature. Even though I like traveling and exploring, it isn't so fun when you are alone. It's always nice to share those adventures with someone else, to share those memories. I also realized I like doing projects when I have a deadline to meet. I know it bugs my mom to no end but that's how I feel. I am a planner of sorts but when it comes to cleaning, I have mentioned this before, when I clean I also have to organize along the way. I can't do one then the other. Kind of like when I create rice krispee creations. I can't say, I am …

Day 159 of 366

So, the phonelines are down at my house so no internet but thamlfully my phone is cooperating with me. so this may come as a shock to some but I started seeing an acupuncturists last week to help me with my sinus problems. I can hear some of the critics now saying I'm going against my beliefs but I believe it takes just as much space to trust in eastern medicine as it does in western medicine, besides I believe that God led me to a place that can finally help me feel better without having to take all of those medicines all the time. since december I have been to the doctor every month at least once a month for a sinus infection, in the past week I have slept so well and I am finally breathing better. I thank God everyday for bringing this place to my attention and for allowing me to trust this was the right move for me. what I am learning from this is that when you focus on taking care of 1 party your body many times it will also help another part of your body. just like when …

Day 158 of 365

Sometimes when we make simple changes in our lives, a new hair style, a new outfit, a temporary change of scenery, it really opens our eyes in a new way. We may be more relaxed or feel a little more confident, it may even add another spring to our step. Don't you just love that feeling?

As I make small changes in my life I am noticing those tiny joy bubbles, where I just feel a little better each time I realize the steps I have taken to better things for myself.  I get a joy bubble when I mark something off my to do list, or when I see a comment about my writing. You probably thinking, she has gone off the deep end again, what the heck is a joy bubble? Well, it's something I just put a name to. It's that feeling you get when you feel that happiness just bubble up inside you. It makes your heart smile, so I call it a joy bubble.

Be sure to acknowledge and celebrate your joy bubbles, don't just dismiss them and push them aside. A little self appreciation never hurt, in …

Day 157 of 365

My sweet Mom sent me this email today and for once I feel like I am out of words today, especially after reading this. It makes me stop and truly think about, how I will use this today in my own life. Even if you have read it in the past it rings so true again today. What have you put off trying to accomplish because you are waiting for the right time to do it?

The Daffodil Principle 
Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, "Mother, you must come to see the daffodils before they are over." I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead "I will come next Tuesday," I promised a little reluctantly on her third call.

Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and reluctantly I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn's house I was welcomed by the joyful sounds of happy children. I delightedly hugged and greeted my grandchildren.

"Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in these clouds and fog,…

Day 156 of 365

Passion, what a powerful word. Each of us says it and it evokes a different feeling within us. I can be passionate about a person, or a place or something I do. As I prepare to go home for my 20th High School reunion next month I remember a time when I was passionate about so many different things. New Kids on the Block is definitely towards the top of the list. I ate, drank, slept and breathed the New Kids. From collectibles, to music, to writing stories about them, You could definitely say I was passionate about them. The other thing kids from class would say is that I was passionate about my religion. The other music I listened to, the shirts that I would wear, the words I would speak would show my passion for my beliefs.

As I look back on those days I can see where in some ways I was so right on target and others where I was so far off.  I can totally see with clearer vision now how even though my motives were pure, my actions weren't always what Jesus would do. Now I am afrai…

Day 155 of 365

Not a day goes by that I don't miss my dad. Especially today as I was driving back from buying the "World's Best Cat Liter," yes that is the actual name and it lives up to that name for sure. My car wasn't driving right and then I think I saw a little smoke coming from out of the hood. So as soon as I could pull over I checked the oil and ran into Walmart and bought some and then popped the hood again and put it in. The whole time all i could think of was how my dad didn't teach me a lot about cars but he did teach me how to check the oil and how to put it in.

 So very often I hear kids and teenagers say such awful things to their parents even after they just spent a ton of money to bring them into Disney and are buying them everything they look at, it just makes me sad. I am going to sound a little old but back in my day we didn't talk back to our parents and scream at them in public because it would get us a whole heap of trouble. Also, when I was old en…

Day 154 of 365

I am so bad at making lists..Well, scratch that...I am good at making them just bad at completing the tasks I made for myself on them. Sometimes I think the only way to accomplish things is for me to post the things I need to get done in my blog so that I have all of you to hold me accountable... So, I am not doing very well with my weight. I doesn't see, to matter with my body what I eat, it doesn't want to let go of the weight. So, I think I need to take the focus off of the weight and focus it back on making simple changes in my diet and exercise routines, maybe then I will start to see changes in my body. People always say when you stop looking that's when you find things, maybe when I stop looking to loose weight I will find I actually am loosing. Love, peace and just stop looking... musicsongbird

Day 153 of 365

What a crazy day this has been. And as you can read I am back online!!!! I just love internet companies... So I really enjoyed my first Midnight showing of an opening movie, so that is another check mark off my to do list for 2011/2012. Yipee!!! Snow White and the Huntsman was quite good, however I wish Kristen Stewart would learn how to smile once in awhile, she can't always play every part as Bella from Twilight. Bravo to the special effects and the costumers and loved seeing Chris Hemsworth in another summer flick! (Loved him as Thor) MegaKutos to Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost, Eddie Marsan, Toby Jones, Johnny Harris and Brian Gleeson, you will be blown away at these special effects and their fantastic acting. I won't say it's the best movie ever, but I will say it did a great job of bringing a fantastic fairy tale to the screen in live action. Only getting roughly 4 hours of sleep before waking up was not so magical but I to get a special proje…

Day 151 of 365

My internet is back!!!! See here is Wednesday's Blog! I think I am an extremely tolerant person, but sometimes there are those people you come across that you just lose your patience from the moment they open their mouth. The kind of person that claims to know it all but every five minutes they are coming over to ask you questions that don’t relate to anything in particular or in my case they come over and try to “help” me train MY trainee. I know this makes me sound like a heartless person but the truth is when I am trying to a new cast member, don’t try and do my job for me. I have been doing this job for 4 years and if I have a question about something I don’t have a problem asking for help. So until I do so, please don’t interfere or I may not be so magical when I pull you backstage and tell you in no uncertain terms how you are bothering us. Oh, and if I am having a conversation with a guest and you can see it is very involved don’t interrupt because no one is paying atten…