Monday, October 13, 2014

Newbie



Hello there!

I've been so busy with work that I haven't really had the energy to post here! Last week I picked up two extra shifts handing out candy at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and I'm still adjusting to having a job again, so I've been quite burnt out!

Working at Disney is great. My first real shift after training was a little hard, but I think it's just because it was the first day, and the middle of the afternoon. Being new sucks no matter what job you have! I always want to know how to do everything really fast when it takes time to learn how to do things, and I'm always so eager to stop asking so many dang questions. I know they'll make me a better cast member in the future though!

Almost all of my shifts from now on are closing shifts, which seem to be a lot easier despite the fact that we get off work at 2:45 am. :) It's so strange being in the park after everyone has gone home.

I've been itching to go into the parks as a guest again, this time with friends. A couple weeks ago I went by myself because I had no one to go with (it was a weekday) and I wanted to spend extra time in my store to get more acquainted with where everything was, as well as go on some rides and see a parade. I've decided that although it was fun, I'd prefer to not go by myself in the future... not as fun without people to share it with. But here are some pictures from that day!

My favorite ride in the parks!

Soundsational!


Snow had just seen a little girl who was dressed just like her.

Belle was so perfect. I took photos of Tiana's float too, but the sun messed them up! My pictures of Rapunzel didn't come out that great either.

Besides that, nothing too exciting. Upgraded my phone (from a 16GB iPhone 4S to a 32 GB iPhone 5s) and am waiting for it in the mail, getting all sorts of boring grown up stuff taken care of... you know, that sort of thing.

Hope you're having a great day! Have you done anything fun lately?

xoxo,
Jesse

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dream Job



Well, 48 hours from now I will be at Traditions! If you're unfamiliar, Traditions is an 8-hour orientation class that basically welcomes you to the Disney Company and really explains their core values and such, and it's also where you get your ID and nametag (which I am extra excited for: I've been dreaming of one of those nametags forever!). I believe that you can go into the parks as soon as you get your ID card, so after Traditions I may just have to go into Disneyland, grab myself a celebratory pumpkin spice latte or Dole Whip (depending on the temperature) and just walk around for a little while!

Of course, being so very close to learning all about this job is making me much more impatient about finding answers to all the things I want to know. I think it's a combination of my normal anxiety, and my urge to do everything perfectly for this job... I want to make them proud! I'm a little bit of a control freak when I really care about things.

Last night, I found myself scouring the internet for recently hired cast members who talk about certain things like what kind of hours you get when you're new (most information I got was conflicting: some people say you get a TON of hours if you tell them you're available [which I did] and other people say you're lucky to get five hours a week during non-peak season), how costuming works (I guess you rent out a costume and take it in when it needs to be cleaned?)... there's so many little questions like that that have turned from "little questions" to absolute BURNING curiosities!

Regardless, I'm very excited to start, and extra happy that I'm starting around the holidays: they're bound to utilize me. I've heard that in addition to working on Main Street, I can put my name in for "special events" and get called in for those as well. I'm totally game for all of it.

It's so strange being genuinely excited to start work because of the job (rather than just for the fact that I'll have income). It's so strange to work someplace I truly, truly care about, a place that holds so many fond memories, a place where I can help other people make their own fond memories (and maybe sell them a few trinkets as reminders!). I've been very lucky with everything Disney has brought to me, and now I get to return the favor as best I can.



This afternoon I believe I need to go to the union office and apply, but I have to call first and make sure I'm understanding their instructions fully... yet another question, but it's my first time working for such a huge company, being part of a union! Questions are forgivable.

I'm also really excited about all the fun content I'll be able to bring to the table here on delighted... fun park photos (I am definitely using this as a chance to brush up on my photography... and save for a new camera!), different things to do and eat at the parks, park events like Dapper Day, and just fun little anecdotes about what it's like to work in the park!  I'll have something exciting to blog about :)

I'm not sure how often I'll be able to post, of course, but I'll try to be somewhat regular and bring more quality to this blog. :) It's such a fun place to share things.

As a cast member would say, have a magical day!

xoxo,
Jesse

Monday, September 22, 2014

Baby, Let's Pretend it's Cold Outside

Beautiful Woodbridge Lake

Well, it's that time of year: the time where it's still 90° F (32.2°C) outside but all of us Southern Californians pretend that we are experiencing autumn.

Today is actually the Autumnal equinox, so actually this post is quite appropriate for the day!

If you aren't familiar with Southern California weather, we get very hot summers and, depending on where you are, either mild winters (most places) or very, very cold winters (the desert)! I grew up in the desert, with extreme hot and cold temperatures... no real in-between. Most places, the leaves turn gold, then orange, then brown... here, they just seem to turn brown and fall off instantly! One morning, you wake up and walk outside and the trees are bare and the ground is covered in brown leaves, no ceremony or elegance to it!

The dreaded summertime heat lasts until at least mid-October. One year the warmth lasted all the way until Christmas... it was horrible! If I wanted warm weather on Christmas, I'd move to Australia, am I right? Just a couple years ago I went to visit Matt at his parents' house in the Pasadena area... it was 90° in January! Just let that sink in.

This year, though, I've done a pretty fine job of pretending that the hot weather has finally left us for good. We have had a few gray days, which is helpful, but they're mostly just warm and very humid, so I stay inside with the air con running and drink hot tea and curl under blankets with a good book (Pride and Prejudice) like it's a cold winter day. Ha!

I know a lot of people like summer, but I am really not one of them, sadly. This summer was actually the first I've enjoyed in several years because we've lived in into apartments that have community saltwater pools and live in a place small enough to set the air conditioner on "auto" 24/7 without having to sell a vital organ to pay for it. But most of my summers in recent years have been spent in places that don't have air conditioner at all, sitting in one spot on my bed with three fans pointed at me... you're good if you don't move away from the fans! It's not all beach towns here in California unfortunately.

Holiday Season festivities at the Haunted Mansion


But in autumn and winter, I am truly in my element. I'm absolutely one of those annoyingly festive people. Right after my birthday rolls around at the end of August, and then Labor Day passes, in my mind it is fall, and time to start decorating for Halloween, listening to spooky playlists on 8tracks, and walking down the Seasonal aisles every single time I go to the store. And then after Halloween? THE HOLIDAY SEASON. Throw Christmas lights on everything! Get candles that smell like pine and pie! Start drinking apple cider and hot chocolate like it's going out of style! I love it all.

So, basically, my holiday schedule is much like Disneyland's. Handy that I will be working there, especially in what I think is the most holiday-decorated place in the park: I will have an outlet for all that amazingly festive energy that is forced to go dormant in spring and summertime. It's perfect.

I'm sure most of you live in places where Autumn is actually a thing that exists, and you get to pull our your cute fall clothes and layers and vampy lipstick, but here are some things that this girl has been loving for this season:



Baking. Last night, I made my first loaf of bread ever: nut bread! It was so much fun to make and Matt had three pieces of it last night so I think he may have enjoyed it! ;) I took this picture and sent it to Susan Branch, whose blog I've been reading for several years now and who wrote this cookbook (and many others, all beautifully ahnd written and hand watercolored!) and she actually responded and followed me on twitter! Tis a beautiful thing, this nut bread.




Cooking. I've started cooking dinner more often. One of my goals this year for the colder seasons is to learn how to make perfect Shepherd's Pie (so, perfect beef stew and perfect mashed potatoes)... Matt will be my very willing guinea pig. I'm scouring Susan Branch's cookbooks for more fun recipes to make.

Trader Joe's Harvest Blend Tea. If you don't know, a few years back I used to make custom tea blends on Adagio... I was very into it. I made Once Upon a Time teas when the show was first airing, and TJ's Harvest Blend tea was exactly what I wanted to make when I made the Red Riding Hood blend, although I had never had it at the time. It is truly autumn in a cup. So delicious, and the apple in it makes it sweet.

8Tracks playlists with sort of spooky music. My dear friend Alison made a great one. I've also really been loving this one that is entirely film scores, meant to be a soundtrack for an alternate telling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale... one that involves a pirate! Pirates make everything better... well, fictional ones do. (And it certainly doesn't hurt when they look like Colin O'Donoghue, am I right?)
Pumpkin streusel muffins from Costco. Trust me, just get them. They taste like pumpkin coffee cake (aka everything I care about).

Eerie movies. The genre is horror, but they're not all that horrible. Nothing to violent or gross, just "darker" movies with a creepy feel to them. I just watched a film called The Moth Diaries on Netflix and it had exactly the mood I was looking for. Actually, it reminded me a lot of a modern day Great and Terrible Beauty... it had the same feel to it: Catholic boarding school for girls, creepy old Victorian-era building, things that go bump in the night! Love it.

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The X-Files! Everyone loves the X-Files, right? Only yesterday morning I discovered that Matt had never seen the X-Files: not even a few seconds of it. Insane, right? I immediately mended that over breakfast, and then at dinner he asked to watch a few more. I have seen almost every episode of this show, but it's still just as great (and creepy!) as I remember.

I'm still figuring out what to do with this space, officially, once I start work, but I can guarantee that I'll keep posting! I don't know if I'll be able to have a set blogging schedule but I will try getting posts up in a timely fashion and make them worth your while!

Hope you are having a great day!

xoxo,
Jesse