Monday, January 26, 2015

Home Sweet Home



I love where we live. The city we live in, the apartment complex, the apartment itself... I think it's pretty darn near perfect, and it's not even nearly completed yet!

At Christmas, both of our families were incredibly generous with giving us homewares/money for furniture. My parents gave us some money with the intention that we purchase some more furniture (which we stretched as far as possible at Ikea!) and Matt's family gave us a beautiful set of turquoise dishes, a Magic Bullet (amazing) and a crockpot. Ever since, our home has been coming together more and more, and I have to say, I'm starting to feel a little more like an actual adult just because of that! Felt a lot like getting wedding gifts, if I'm honest... Ha!

Most of my resolutions this New Years were home-related, like keeping the place neater, furnishing it, figuring out how to decorate and really make it ours. I feel like we're truly off to a good start!













Plus, it's been a wonderful place to lie around having all our various colds (or, in my case, laryngitis and bronchitis since New Years... yeah.) the past few weeks. HA. So glamourous. (Look at Oswin's poor ripped up tent that she loves so much.) (Also you can sort of play Where's Waldo with Oswin in this picture, hehe.) But hey, that's real life, and that's something I never want to try and pretend doesn't exist here.

A few weeks ago I had a little rant about how frustrating the "blogger mentality" had been for me... I sort of took a break from even reading blogs because I was tired of seeing everyone's perfectly neat houses and their perfect (and very expensive, good gravy) furniture and color schemes and yadda yadda. I don't know why it irks me as much as it does... maybe because I felt like in order to be a blogger I needed to do all those things (because a lot of bloggers seem to perpetuate that idea). The internet can be a little dangerous that way: it's easy to look at people's highlight reel and think you're seeing the whole picture because that's what they want you to see. Taking a break sort of brought me back down to earth: of course I want our place to look nice, but it's also a place where human beings live (and a kitty cat), so it's not going to look like a magazine (or, God forbid, a hotel) all the time. And that's okay. That's real life! Although, kudos to you if your house is always super neat and perfect... lend me your powers.

I hope you're having a great day!

xo,
Jesse

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Disneyland Christmas


Okay, okay, so I know I'm like a month late on this, but Disneyland at Christmas was as incredible as usual, and even more incredible since I got to work there. I can even safely say that after working quite a lot during the holiday season, I am still not sick of the Christmas Fantasy Parade song (or that absolutely gorgeous gazebo the princesses go by in).



I got to go play in the parks at least a few times during the holidays, although next year I would like to go a lot more as a guest. These were just a few highlights from days I went! The best one was definitely the day Matt and I went with my parents, and they got to go to the Blue Bayou for the first time. And I had my first Monte Cristo, too! And they tried Dole Whip! It was just the best day.


Man, do I love my Disney food.

Anyhoo, that's all I wanted to share... I'd had those pictures sitting in my phone and only just now got around to uploading them to my computer... I was that busy at Christmas! I already miss the holiday season soooooooo much.

xo,
Jesse

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello, Old Friend


Well, I haven't posted in about a thousand years... Disneyland cast member life has taken over! Well, it did from September-New Years... lots of hectic holiday schedules and also personal time spent running all around Southern California. The holiday season was wonderful, really: I did everything I wanted to do and made it most of the way through a very very hectic time at work. The park was crowded and we all worked longer hours. I had family to see, both my dad's side in my hometown, my mom's side in LA, and Matt's family in the Pasadena area. I got to see some friends, too, which was great!

Unfortunately I was left very very tired... but still, I seem to be doing a pretty darn good job at work! I got that little award up there one of the Halloween party nights (yes, all the way back in October... eek), my manager said the leads reported that I'd come out of my shell a lot more and was good about helping the newer cast members, and just the other day I "earned my ears" which means I am off probation. This means I can go work anywhere in the park or switch departments... but I learned over Christmas that I want to stay in Main Street. I was all over the park during Christmas, worked in Pooh Corner, Pioneer Mercantile, and all around New Orleans Square, even dabbling in guest control for Fantasmic for four days. Honestly, I think the nicest people work in guest control because they probably have the crappiest job and get yelled at more than anyone else. Every guest thinks they know best, and that is just not the case! Sillies. That being said, please listen to and be nice to guest control. We aren't idiots, Disneyland is a well-oiled machine, and we are trying to help, and we make exceptions for those who need them (especially so if you're polite about it rather than just being RUDE! You catch more flies with honey, you know. Is that the expression? This is derailing fast... haha)!

Yeah, I'm not really patient enough to do guest control for very long if you can tell. But I had a TON of fun those days because generally I worked with friends and we would all dance along to the choreography in the show... I actually had a few guests stop to dance with me when I was just dancing around trying to keep warm!

Now hours are slowing down, and I really want to come back to this little blog. I really enjoy posting on it! And I swear the posts will be about more things than just my job, hehe! More homey things, maybe some book/film/tv posts, things like that!

I hope you are doing well! I can't wait to get back to posting here!

xo,
Jesse