Bloody CPs, leaving us last week. The schedulers have now lumbered us with beasts of schedules. My outlook for the next two weeks:

Sunday 12th: 13-23 (stock/ reg)
Monday 13th: 18.30- 2 (reg)
Tuesday 14th: 19 -2 (stock)
Wednesday 15th: OFF
Thursday 16th: OFF
Friday 17th: 16.30- 02.00 (reg)
Saturday 18th: 13-23.30 (stock/reg)
Sunday 19th: 13-23.30 (Stock/reg)
Monday 20th: 23.30- 09.00 (Heart of House. ie Inventory)
Tuesday 21st: 19- 02.00 (stock) Um. Nice.
Wednesday 22nd: OFF
Thursday 23rd: OFF
Friday 24th: 15.30- 02.00 (basics training/ reg)
Saturday 25th: 13.00- 00.00 (stock/ reg)

Question: Why do they feel the need to give me some Basics Training literally a week before I leave? After that day I'll have five days left. Worthwhile, eh..!

I think I feel a severe illness coming on...
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Alice in Wonderland

Long time, no update

Woah, long time no speak. It's been an eventful week, the parentals having dropped me off with a suitcase of clean laundrey and a big bag of shopping about an hour ago before making their way back to the airport and then rainy England. So might as well start with last Wednesday, which is when my last update was I believe. Not that much happened. 1-11 shift, can't really remember much of it. Was meant to go to Buffalo Wings that evening but Charlotte felt ill and I couldn't find Pierre for all ten hours, so decided sod it and went home to sleep instead. Getting home before midnight was good... And that was the excitement of that day.

Thursday= DAY OFF! Except of course it was the day that it decided to rain all day. Proper British rain too- cold and constant, rather than the hour of warm thunderstorms you usually get out here. So we (ie me, Heather, Charlotte T) thought better of our original plans to go to Mickey's retreat (a cast area with a beach/pool etc) and then Typhoon Lagoon (a water park, if you didn't guess from the name) and went to Epcot to meet characters instead. Also went on Mission: Space, which was not nearly as bad as I was expecting, but I'm still not a fan. I had to make myself breathe slowly at first because it was making me feel so claustrophobic and makes you feel really weird in the face and arms. Don't think I'll be doing it again. Also saw Turtle Talk with Crush, which was just ace (Crush- the turtle from Nemo for those fools who don't know) interacting with the audience- he's like an animation on screen, but all his movements matches what he says, and he can talk to everyone, etc. V. clever. Were going to do Test Track and Soarin', but Soarin'- unsuprisingly- had a massive wait time, and Charlotte wasn't a fan of the idea of doing Test Track in the rain so we decided we'd do them both another morning. Went back to Vista, got changed, then went to Downtown Disney in the evening to see Ratatouille which was suprisingly good. Some dodgy lines in there too- much more explcit than most Disney films! (You can get too acquainted with vegetables you know/ I only swallow what I love being too of the most shocking :P). Went for Ghiradellis afterwards (well, Heather and I were rubbish and just went for the milkshakes but oh well) before heading off home and to bed.

Friday: 10-4 shift. Not quite sure how I managed that one, but I do still prefer night shifts as that's when all the CPs/ICPs work, and a lot of the full timers are MEAN. Still, went quickly enough, even the two hours on the horrible credit-card only tablet registers in EDR, which are really hard to use because you need to press the buttons with a fiddly pen and they're really small. But meh. Still, got home by five, which is usually when I leave for work, so that was nice. And then of course was the arrival of the parentals. After they figured out how to use the Sat-Nav/ follow my directions that was. Went to Downtown Disney- where else- where we went to the Rainforest Café for dinner, and I introduced them to the delights of Goofy's Candy Co. and, my favourite, World of Disney. Apparently it's not that big. Whatever parentals. I then went back to their villa to stay the night with my OWN ROOM and a comfortable bed. And a tv! Aceness! And that was Friday.

Saturday was their first taste of Disney: Animal Kingdom. Got fastpasses for Everest, then went on Dinosaur and saw The Lion King before going on Everest. Which they loved so much we went straight back on again. Everest rocks so much. Especially at the back! Got some food then went on It's Tough to Be a Bug, before I had to leave for work at about 3. By this point they were all hot and tired anyway so we all left, Dad dropping me off at Downtown Disney (can't believe it's such a palava to get there if I need to use buses, when it's no more than a 10 minute drive from any of the parks. Grr. I want a car here!) before they went home and had Chinese Takeaway without me. Gits. Can't remember much of that shift. Was 4-11 so went by pretty quickly, and got picked up afterwards, which was even better. Not much to say about that day.

Sunday was my 1-11 shift, but before I departed for work I got them into MGM and had a bagel while listening to the High School Musical pep rally. Dad was nice and gave me another lift. And picked me up again after my 10 hour stint in the princess room. Seriously, they put me on 1-5 doing stock in zone 2, then I ended up doing registers in there for the rest of the evening. Was lovely and hot as well, as the sun comes through the windows and shines right on the registers I was on. Still, they all came to DTD in the evening to look around/ go to the stores on the West Side, etc, so at 11 I was treated with half a Ghiradelli's sundae (Hannah hadn't been able to resist the rest of it) and heard how they'd been on rock 'n' rollercoaster/ seen Beauty and the Beast without me before getting at lift back to theirs.

Monday: DAY OFF! Also the parentals 25th anniversary- awwness. They chose Magic Kingdom for the special day, which may have been a bad choice as it was PACKED. But it was still ace and we managed to do a fair amount also: Splash, Peter Pan, Buzz, Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor (like Turtle Talk, but funnier, and with Monster's Inc. characters. Funnily enough) and Pirate's- all the nostalgic and fun ones. Mum and Dad then left us to go and get ready for the meal we'd booked them at the California Grill in the Contemporary Resort (which looks HORRIFIC from the outside, but is so nice on the inside, and also very Star Wars-esque, in a pyramid style, with the monorails running through it...). Hannah and I stayed in the park and watched Dream Along With Mickey (so cute) before going to eat at a restaurant at the end of Main Street which was pretty alright for theme park food. We then did Thunder Mountain (which had been broken down when we tried to go on with parentals :() and It's A Small World (obligatory) before doing some shopping (well browsing in my case, but culminating in the purchasing of a Dumbo plsuh in Hannah's), then getting some Main Street ice cream and watching Spectromagic (the floats kept getting stuck because it was raining- not hard, but enough to make the ground slippery) and then Wishes. Which Hannah didn't believe could live up to how good I'd made it sound, and was proven wrong. Mwahaha. The parentals then text us telling us to join them for dessert, so we trapised up to the California Grill, looking oh-so-hot covered in sweat and dressed in theme-park clothing, in this posh restaurant. Still, it was worth it- the dessert was like the M&S advert. Better even. The chocolate properly oozed out of the cake when you just put your spoon into it. And the taste was pretty damn good either. Plus the view was amazing- you could see the whole Magic Kingdom and all it's lights from up there, I can imagine watching the fireworks was pretty spectacular, especially as they pump the music in as well. So I think we made a pretty good choice of reservation. And I think the parentals agreed, too!

Tuesday: Day of shopping at the Florida Mall/ Dad playing golf. Bought too much, as per, and my winter wardrobe still isn't complete. I don't even want to think about how I'm going to have to wear jeans and jumpers all the time when I go back home. I've been shivering when I've been indoors, in a/c, all week, and keep being reminded that I'm going to die when I get back home. I think I may shrivel up and die without my regular dose of sun. I am certainly not looking forward to turning my natural colour all over. Especially considering how shamefully white I am even with tan lines. Fake tanner here I come. Anyway. Work was 7-2 that night. Doing stock in the joyous Map Room. By joyous I mean hate. With a fiery passion. Magnets and keyrings are so not my thing and our go-backs would just not go down. Left the place in a bit of a tip but meh, if you are going to only have 3 people in there, none of whom are the room 'regulars' then you're going to have to live with a messy room. Was in a bad mood all night because I'd have rather been asleep in the villa. Got a taxi there so we could get up and out the next day, both of us not entirely sure where we were going (thank you mapquest directions), but got back safe and sound after hearing about how the taxi-man prefers living in Orlando to Sydney, Australia. I think he may have been mad. I could not live in Orlando, in fact as a city I really, really dislike it. You can't really walk anywhere, and all there is is restaurants, mini golf, outlet malls and theme parks. Which is perfect for a holiday but how people spend their lives here I don't understand. The summer is long enough for me. It's just... not nice. But different strokes for different folks and all that. And it does have it's up sides. Such as

UNIVERSAL. And Disney. But for the purpose of talking about Wednesday I'm using Universal. As this is where I went after taking a personal day at work. Sensitive time for the family, want to be with them as much as possible you see. Dad decided to splash out, and not only did he buy the two-park, one-day hopper, but he also paid the extra $30 for the express line pass and, damn, it was the best $30 (well, $120) he's ever spent I feel. That express line basically walks you onto all of the rides, so we did everything in Islands of Adventure by lunchtime (except Popeye, because we didn't feel like getting drenched quite yet, and Doomfall, because we're all chicken). I still love the Hulk and Spiderman and Duelling Dragons muchly. Disney really needs a park like IOA. Like proper rollercoasters. Rock 'n' Rollercoaster and Everest are ace, but that's two rides out of four theme parks that are really thrill rides (and Tower of Terror I suppose)... not quite the same as a whole park full of them!

We then headed over to Universal, where we did Shrek 4D (LOVED it), the new Mummy indoors rollercoaster (best. ride. ever. Oh my God, so good!), Earthquake, Jaws, and Men In Black. By this time it was only about 3:30, but we decided to have a late lunch. Unfortunately Margaritaville was closed for a massive party, so we went to the Hard Rock Café, which was num. Then walked around Citywalk for a bit before we felt our stomachs had gone down enough to go back on rides. It had clouded over at this point, though, so we thought Universal was our best bet and went to watch The Horror Make-Up Show (hilarious) and did the Mummy again (not quite so perfect when you know what's coming, but still brilliant) before heading over the Islands of Adventure (and literally JUST missing the rocket launch because Hannah had to buy Emily a birthday present. So unimpressed. We did see the trail though...) and re-doing the Hulk, as they had forgotten to cross it off our tickets the first time. And because Mum and Dad weren't big on the idea of going on again (backs hurt, apparently) Hannah and I got to do it twice in a row. Damn those express passes rock hard. We were all absolutely knackered by this point, especailly me having been functioning on 5 hours of sleep. Not recommended when you're walking lots in a day! Still, had an absolutely ace day. Definitely prefer Universal for a fun day out to Disney, even if it doesn't quite have the same old magic. I'd still go to Disney just to wonder around over Universal any day though.

Was going to go to Buffalo Wild Wings that night, but fell asleep on the couch after watching America's Next Top Model and some random Who-Wants-To-Be-A-Millionaire-style show, except it's karaoke and you have to sing the blanks in the lyrics to win cash. Americans can be so over-enthusiastic. Didn't stop me falling asleep to their programmes though! Anyway, that put a dampner on that plan and I was in bed by about 11.

Thursday: Actual day off, and the family's last day in Orlando. They wanted to go back to Animal Kingdom to do the safari which we hadn't had a chance to do the other day, so off we went, getting fastpasses for Everest along the way. Well, not really along the way as it's on the other side of the park but oh well. Safari was ace- got to see some baby elephants playing in the watering hole, which was super cute. After that I FINALLY got to meet Eeyore at the character landing, and then we got some PROPER frozen lemonade (none of the Minute Maid sorbet crap) before heading on over to Everest, which was brilliant as always. By this point we were dying of heat, and we needed to go home so packing could be done anyway. I relaxed in the pool with my book instead- mwahah. After this was all done we got re-dressed and headed out to Downtown Disney where we ate in House of Blues (SOOOOOO good. Had the best pasta EVER), then went to World of Disney to do the last bit of Disney shopping (a princess dress and some birthday bits for cousin Sarah (Mum wouldn't buy the Alice dress as apparently it's too boring for a 3-year-old, and she has Belle and Snow White, so we went for Ariel's wedding dress instead. Well, at least it matches her hair), a scrapbook for me so I don't have to fit it into my suitcase on the way home, Hannah bought some birthday presents, and Dad got a grumpy breaking his golf club cap and some Pirates of the Carribean playing cards to fit in). We then went to Cirque Du Soleil, which was mine and Hannah's anniversary present to Mum and Dad, which everyone seemed to like. It was soooo good too, I can't get over how these people can do those tricks and things. And how people can walk the tightrope without falling off because they're shaking too much from nerves! Crazy stuff! Was a pretty perfect end to seeing the parents too. Went back to theirs for one last night in the villa before they dropped me back here bright and early this morning. Only three weeks 'til I join them back in Sunny (haha) England now. I can't decide whether I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again, or whether I'll be sad to leave here more. But seeing as I've done most things I want to now (or at least have them planned for the next week- going to Seaworld with Charlotte T on Wednesday, and going to have breakfast with the princesses next Saturday in Norway. Yay!) I think I'll be ready to leave by then. Besides, now all the CPs we were working with have left, as have the Mexicans, I think, the French go next week and the Canadians the week after, so it'll just be us Brits left at work (and possibly the French who arrived later, but I'm not sure) so it's not going to feel the same anyway by then. Plus I'm starting to miss not feeling lazy if I don't make the most of my day, and being able to go to a bar for a quick drink (or two, or more...), and catching up with the friends, etc etc. I've started mentally planning my room next year at Cardiff which I think says that I'm just about ready to begin the last phase of the programme and then get on home. Just got to make sure I make the most of the next three weeks, really!

And now I should go and unpack all my clean clothes and maybe go to the pool to start work on the tan that WILL get browner in the next three weeks, dammit.
The Little Mermaid

The British Invasion

With the outbreak of the English school holidays (the Scottish ones were earlier, therefore they made up about 50% of my guests in the past two weeks), the English have taken over and familiar accents are everywhere. At the moment, WOD are doing this incredibly annoying thing where you have to ask every single customer where they're visiting from, then hit 'local' or 'visitor' on the MATRA screen, which just makes me feel stupid to be honest as I have no idea where most places in America are and so for the most part I either reply with an 'oh cool' then move swiftly on, or for places I may have heard of I add an 'Oh, I'd love to visit there someday'. But anyway, obviously when it comes to the English I have more of a clue (and look more stupid when my face is obviously blank), but most people are from up North, or the London area, which isn't so exciting.

Anyway, long explanation for the purpose of me having a rant about the local/visitor MATRA buttons cut short, I was line guiding in princess yesterday (my favourite job ever. Ha. Ha) and the next guy in line had a Manchester United shirt on. Having nothing better to do (and of course, because I am comitted to excellent customer service) I say 'I guess you're from England then?' Indicate the shirt.

They were from Blackbird Leys (10 minutes away from me), and he worked at the BMW plant! Woop!

Oh and Amy J served someone the other day who used to live in Portsmouth (where Charlotte T- also at WOD- is at uni/ her namebadge says she lives there), but now live in Oxford. It sounds so silly to get excited about such things, but when you're a long way from home and you get someone who knows about where you live and can talk about your hometown with you then it's all very exciting. Hey, I get happy enough when someone's from Reading, and the other day I met a builder who'd done some work in areas around Oxford.

What else has been happening in the life of Amy... Well, I did an 11 hour shift in Carnival and Snow White stock (the latter is baby clothes, which made me incredibly broody, just so I could buy it all for someone! Guys, take note, never take your girlfriend to Disneyworld if you want to remain childless! There are so many cute little babys here. Many utter brats here, but I try and block them from my memory, and the cute children generally prevail in numbers). Went to TGIs with Kate, Charlotte C and Kate's ex-workmate Camilla, and had my favourite Jack Daniel's steak on Monday, after getting caught in the rain which literally started the moment we walked out of the flat. You know the rain in Vietnam guys? That we saw in the airport and all took videos of? Yeah, that's like 2-3pm every day here. Getting caught in it... not fun. And of course, you can't use a brolly for fear of lightening. The other day it actually struck at Vista, gave us all a power cut for hours and the clubhouse (it struck right outside the front door of it) was out for a couple of days. I have never seen storms like I have here!

Yesterday went to Animal Kingdom with the intention of riding Everest. Somehow let myself get dragged onto Dinosaur again. I fricking hate that ride, it's actually the scariest thing ever. Why animatronic dinosaurs are scary I don't know, but still... Of course, when advertising to the parents (who come on FRIDAY! YAY!) it is 'kinda like Indiana Jones (in California), just with dinosaurs. You know, a bit bumpy...'. They better not be reading this from Washington now... ANYWAY, went to meet Minnie in her Safari outfit, and Goofy (who was ace), had a picture taken infront of the tree of life (which has not come out on my photopass folder, which I'm annoyed about, as it was one I'd possibly ever consider buying. Maybe Heather's has worked...). Anywaaaay, of course by the time our fastpass return window came up for Everest, it decided to have technical difficulties. I have absolutely no luck with that ride. Having to be at work for 4:30, I couldn't be waiting around for it, and the others decided to retire home too. Oh well, at least I have a souveneir fastpass for one of my favourite rides. And it says Cast Member ID at the bottom. Exciting stuff. Something for the scrapbook anyways...

Right, that was a fun way to kill some morning... Slept in until 11 today- 9 WHOLE hours sleep (I got to finish at 1 yesterday, instead of the 2 o'clock shift I've been doing for the past week... don't have to do it again until next Tuesday though, woop!). Back in at 5- 12 later, possibly going to Buffalo afterwards with work personages. Then DAY OFF tomorrow, which is supposedly going to be spent at Mickey's Retreat/ Typhoon Lagoon, but I'm sure the rain predicted by my Firefox weather chart may have a say in that... But then I only have to work 10-4 on Friday (God knows HOW I managed to get a daytime shift! And on the day when I really wanted one as well, as that's the day the parentals get here in the evening) and the family arrive! Yay!

And now I shalt be off.
Magic Kingdom Castle

I am a Disney Princess

Well, actually apparently I am the perfect Alice (because I am short, and slightly blonde :P), but that's not the point. She kind of beats princesses anyway. Except Ariel. Then again, in Disney all females are princesses. I love it.

Anyway, I'm in a damn good mood at the moment- this last week has been the best week ever. It all started on Tuesday with Heather, Charlotte T and my adventures in World Showcase in Epcot. For those who don't know, World Showcase is Disney's way of bringing some culture to America, and a number of countries (I couldn't tell you the exact number) have their own pavillions, which are supposed to be a representation of that country. Of course they're incredibly clichéd- the UK is like a very old school London, with cobbled streets, selling tea, and with wooden shops. Oh and of course there's a super-cool Victotriany/old-style pub- the Rose & Crown, which actually did make me feel quite homesick. Not so much as eating a Twirl did. I can't believe I paid £1 for a Twirl- this is how dire the chocolate situation is out here. But that said Twirl= one of the best foods ever, so there we go, even if it's not the same without being dunked into a cup of tea.

Anyways, we wondered around World Showcase for a few hours, which was just... nice. I prefer the parks now that the big rides (except in Epcot, but apart from Test Track and Turtle Talk with Crush, I'm not overly fussed about doing them. I'm sure I will at one point, but I can wait), the day is more about the experience of taking in the park rather than queueing up to experience a few thrills. So yeah, that was nice for a few hours, after which we returned home, where I made some lunch and then headed off into work. I think this was the night when I had a really good evening at work. Was on stock in Princess 3 which, because there was two of us, was really easy, and flew by because I was scanning for about two hours. (If I haven't explained what 'scanning' is before, basically you get a little machine and scan all the product you need more of, and eventually the stockroom will send it down to you. Much better than the constant list-writing malarky that we'd have to do in Smiths before trying to navigate the stockroom!) So that room got tidied really quickly which meant that I could do whatever, so ended up 'sorting out' the Build-A-Crown section (ie get a tacky looking crown and stick whatever little bits you want onto it), which eventually ended up with about four of us stood around there 'sorting it out' ie. doing a little bit of tidying, but mainly chatting and taking the piss out of the customers and how they just 'looooooove our accents', or think that because I'm English I'll know their cousin in Manchester (it. is. 3. hours. away!). Or the best one that Pierre (a French guy, if you didn't guess from the name) got from another Cast Member: [while counting out cash registers in French] "It must be really hard to count American money in French"


And obviously further banter ensued. I really do like my workmates- or the young ones at least. Anyways, waited until 2:40 for the bus home- always fun- and was off to beddy bies. Woop.

Wednesday: Wednesday was my lazy day, in which I read magazines/ pissed about on the Internet until it was time for my bus for the 5-2 shift of joy. Even better, I was Princess line guide for 2 1/2 hours of it. Did I explain the joys of line guiding to you? It involves telling imaginary people when the next register is open for their enjoyment. Well, in the evening those people tend to not be quite so imaginary, granted, but at 5 the store is pretty dead, and so there is absolutely no need for a line guide. Besides, it's good exercise for the cashier to jump up and down and shout to get someone's attention when they're free. And much more entertaining. Still, the rest of the evening went by fairly quickly and after being taught how to pull registers on what was probably Monday, I was then taught how to count the money and put it through the system, which, because I was concentrating hard on trying not to make too many mistakes (which I'm sure I did), meant the last few hours just flew by. Also managed to get an ER because of social security the next morning, and having to get up at 7- getting home at 3 would NOT have been fun, so they let me out at 1:30 instead, giving me a whole five, rather than 4, hours sleep. Woop! The journey back home was, of course, joyous at this hour- Millie and I were the only sober ones on the bus, as one of the stops on the way back is Crossroads, and everyone seems to go to this karaoke bar- Buffalo Wild Wings or something- on a Wednesday night. Oh how fun. At least this Wednesday I'm done by 12, so, fingers crossed, should miss them! But yes, that was my fascinating Wednesday.

Which brings me to Thursday and thus my DAY OFF! Except the first part of it was spent in social security, which went incredibly slowly as a) there were only two people sorting out the papers as opposed to the five they needed, and b) impatient French people from the second bus (who were supposed to wait until after us people who'd dragged ourselves out of bed early to avoid waiting too much) started trying to push in infront of us. Still, we were home by around 12 which wasn't too bad, and then, because we were all starving, we decided to treat ourselves to some munch. So Charlottes I and C, Kate, Amy J (who missed out on the delights of social security as she already got a number from working in the states the previous year), Karen (flatmate), Danielle, Kate and Amy J's flatmates- Sarah and Claire- and I are went along to Bahama Breeze, which is this absolutely gorgeous supposedly Carribean style restaurant. Had coconut shrimp (again) and season salad which was yum-as- one of the best places I've eaten so far, and super-cheap also! So that was always good. We had to walk home at a slow pace though, being absolutely stuffed! And then ended up sweating the whole dinner out again lying by the pool for a few hours.

Then came the evening, and possibly one of the best evenings I've had since being here. The plan was to go to Fantasmic at MGM, so we got onto the bus at 6:30, then wondered around MGM for a few hours, taking photos, looking in shops, eating ice cream, etc, until about 8:30 when we went to see Fantasmic, and miraculously (as people had started queueing for the 9 o'clock showing at 7...) got really good seats in the main, Mickey section because people don't want to budge up or sit near anyone else, so we found some gaps together. Fantasmic was really, really good- I loved it. Not nearly as much as Wishes, but it was still impressive all the same. I especially love how you can see Epcot's fireworks in the distance as it goes on.

Infact, it was so good that it made us not want to end our evening. So instead we decided to sprint to the entrance and hop on a bus to the Magic Kingdom, where we arrived just in time to watch Wishes on the ferry over. While you can only hear the music when you get near to the Magic Kingdom- and the music is what makes Wishes so special- seeing it from over the lagoon was, without a doubt, the perfect vantage point to see the fireworks themselves- you can see absolutely everything that goes on, and they all reflect into the water, and it's just quite beautiful really. Also, at one point, the driver stopped the ferry, just at the point where you could hear the music. Standing there, I felt like I was back in Cuc Phuong, on the night when all you could hear were the grasshoppers and all you could see were the fireflies and the stars; and you stand there and realise that moments like these are why you are here, and this is why you chose to do this all along.

We followed Wishes with some wondering around Magic Kingdom at night (up the stream of people departing after Wishes. Or more like at ocean), and then some Spectromagic, which was absolutely dead so we got an ace view of all the characters. I don't like it as much as the Dreams Come True parade, but it was still pretty damn good. And then we left, literally just missing the A bus which would take us home, so knackered we sat waiting for the next one (at least it's every 20 minutes, unlike the beloved F bus (my one) which, for some idiotic reason, only runs every hour), and then it was home and to bed. But despite the tiredness, the five hours of sleep, the missing the A bus, it really was the perfect evening.

Then there was Friday, when I spent most of the day sunbathing with the flatmates (minus Katie), and then we decided to go to Citywalk, in Universal, for some munch at the Hard Rock Café, where we had the best server ever. Wondered around for a while, lamenting the fact that I was working and a showing of Rocky Horror was on with people acting it out at the same time (I think how it was done originally, before it became a full-blown stage musical). Bah humbug, etc. Still, had an ace time- was nice to do something as a flat for once as well, as I rarely see Karen and Amy, but they're really nice girls. Was muchly fun.

Which brings me to yesterday, and another really good day. Charlotte C and I met Heather, who had just been to a character breakfast at Crystal Palace, in the Magic Kingdom, and we went on autograph hunting session. Started off in Fantasyland, where we went on the carousel and met Mary Poppins outside. Then we went on Dumbo (because we're cool) before meeting Alice and the Mad Hatter outside of the teacups. Our quest then took us to Toontown, where we road the Barnstormer- a 30 second kid's rollercoaster, much like the dearly departed Flying Fish or Caterpillar, but more painful (why would you put ridged plastic seats in a rollercoaster? Why?) before queueing up to meet none other than... the princesses! Met Aurora, Cinderella and Belle, which is slightly weird because they can talk to you. Then Cinderella goes and asks how much longer I'm here for, and not being able to think on the spot I say that 'I work here...', somewhat ruining the magic. Dammit. Still, they're so cute, and there was a little baby infront of us who was absolutely GORGEOUS, everyone was going nuts about here, she was so cute! We then went round again to meet Minnie, Daisy and Donald. Minnie was in a rather bad mood that day, getting a bit frustrated that our autograph books weren't open that very moment, so took them off of us then started signing. Minnie should never be in a bad mood... Still, Donald and Daisy were ace, as Donald kept kissing us on the cheek, so Daisy came round the corner when I was there and stood watching to make sure that he was good. And as soon as she was gone he kissed me. Brilliant.

After that we found ourselves in Tomorrowland, which meant, of course, we had to get fastpasses for Space Mountain. We then killed some time eating some munch (chilli and corn dog nuggets from Caseys for me), and went to watch the Castle Show, which got stopped really near the end because of rain (the characters are a little bit high tech, and because they have lots of things helping their eyes and mouthes move they can't really stay out in the rain. It really makes a difference that they can make facial expressions, etc, though). It annoyed me a little, though, as all they said to end the show was 'sorry, we can't continue with this show'. I mean they could have at least done something like 'Malificent has destroyed the stage! The characters have to go inside for safety' or something less frigtening involving Donald being in a grump, etc etc- they're so careful to preserve the magic with everything else (like when a character's friend needs to rest, it'll be because Minnie's cooking Mickey some tea, or Pooh needs some honey, or whatever- characters are never tired, or hurt, or hot, you see), so I don't understand why they're so lax with things like that. But still...

We then wandered back through Fantasyland, thinking we could do some indoor kiddy rides, but the queues for stuff like Peter Pan were all getting on 70 minutes, so we decided that was not going to happen, and hung around in Tomorrowland until our fastpass return time came up instead. Rode Space Mountain, getting our stupid poses on, before coming and and being reminded that the damn thing takes no photographs. Um. Lol. Still, was fun. And we escaped from Tomorrowland and Main Street just before the parade was beginning, hopped on the Monorail home and got back just as the bus was pulling away. Again. So when I eventually got back it was a super-quick change into my work uniform- sorry, costume- before heading of to WOD for a lovely 6:30-2 shift. Which went by suprisingly quickly considering they had me tasking for 1 1/2 hours (CDS had me with no proficiences for some reason, which left me collecting hangers and clearing lifts for ages until Chris was like 'um, we're 70 minutes behind on breaks, you are NOT clearing out B lift!'). So joyously I got put on line guide for Great Hall North, where they left me until 11:20, despite my asking for a break a number of times. Five hours without a break= not fun. But at least, because that one was so late, leaving me with no time for another one, I got an extra half hours pay for my second break. Woo for $3.30! Rest of the evening went by suprisingly quickly considering I was on doors in princess room (ie not letting people in, opening the doors for people leaving) for most of it, before they got me counting money... again... Wooop. Anyway, came out of work to witness a fight between some people over a TAXI. Oh dear Lord. You work for x many hours then are greeted by that. Fun fun fun. Waited the lovely 40 minutes for a bus home, got into bed about 3. Went straight to sleep, and now here I am.

Oh yeah, I forgot to say, I got to do my first bit of Disney lying yesterday. Basically, to preserve the magic of Disney, you don't tell anyone any boring stuff about the place. So when this little girl, all dressed up like Cinderella, asked me how they got the stars and the people on the ceiling of WOD, I was proud to say that my immediate reaction was 'Mickey does it all... by Magic'. But how, she asks. I don't know, I say, he doesn't tell us that, it's just magic. But maybe you could ask him the next time you see him. And then you have to come back at tell me, OK. And she left with a massive grin and a mission to find Mickey and to ask how the stars are on the ceiling of World of Disney. And I was proud, for this time I managed not to manage a little kid's dream. I'm finally a fully-blown Cast Member :P

A cast member who has to work from 3pm-2am today.

Alice in Wonderland


So about six weeks after I finished university, they finally decided to get my results to me. Thank you Cardiff. Got a 2:1 in everything, except Textual Analysis (I am an official first class bullshitter, woop) and the journalism essay I did last term. Apparently I'd designed for a career in media. Or perhaps getting a first with fairly minimal effort prooves just how much of a doss degree it actually is... Either way, I'm very glad never to have to look at another Philosophy/ Journalism textbook so long as I live... woop for a solid English degree from now on!

Also got 66% in the Addressing the Past exam, which was a total bitch and I thought I'd done miserably in so pretty pleased with that. And it also means there's room for improvement for next year. Woop!

Right, best go get ready- actually going to go and see Fantasmic later, I'm so excited! Proper update soon... maybe... :P
Alice in Wonderland

Escape from the Disney Bubble!

Once again it's been a bit of a busy week over in Florida, so no time for some good updates! I'm sure you're all dying for some reading material now Harry Potter has been and gone (HOW good?! And I managed to read it by yesterday afternoon, despite evil work getting in the way of usual one-day marathon, so I was quite pleased. Was expecting it to take a week or so to find some time to finish it off, which would be so wrong and there's no way you can avoid spoilers for that long!)... So here you go:

Tuesday: Evil 3:30- 2 shift at work. Even worse- they put me in Bird (men's) doing stock. Men's is the most boring place to work in the entire shop, because you get very few Brazilian tour groups/ kids in there so it stays tidy. Plus it's menswear, so there's nothing interesting to look at. Even better, I was working with someone who was definitely not Disney Happy! At one point I was folding, and had the t-shirts folded the same way as they were on the display- I hadn't completely finished yet and was talking to some guests, when she came up behind, picked up the t-shirts, dumped them in the folding box and was like 'That's NOT how you fold. I'm going to have to teach you how to fold' and then walked off again, to which the guests were just like 'errrrm, nice!'. They then asked her a question, which she gave a really blunt, rude reply to, and later heard her go 'right, I'll teach you how to fold', to which one half of the couple said, quite loudly, said "She's so MEAN! She scares me!" To which we shared a half smile, and the woman looked less than impressed. She continued to be a bitch for most of the rest of the evening, but then right at the end we were in the lift and she was like 'you did a good job today'... so at least she KNEW she was being a cow. But still... Anyway, luckily I got pulled to princess for the end of the evening as they kept pulling people from stock for register which left Zone 3 a tip, so a) I got to escape The Bitch, and b) I had something to do as princess was like a bombsite! Felt quite bad though as I left the guy I was working with (and thus laughing about The Bitch with, as there's not a lot else you could do!) alone with Her, but what can you do... Oh well, at least people like that are few and far between at the shop...

Anyway, finished at 2, got a taxi back with Amy J because we could not be arsed to wait until 2:40 for a bus, and flopped into bed.

Wednesday: 1-7 shift. Was on stock in GHS- woman's clothing- which I just loved (or not...). Was absolutely knackered today, it being my 9th day of working in a row, and kept feeling my knees bucking under me! So I was quite glad when people said they were coming home from MGM early because if they hadn't I know I'd've gone and over-exerted myself to extremes because I'm an idiot! Then the plan changed and Amy J, Charlotte C, Kate and myself decided to check out Downtown Orlando. Ended up in a slightly dodgy but fun bar- Makos (I think)- where the barstaff wore very little and people did shots off one another on the stage, and poured shots down people's throats/ encouraged them to drink off bars. A little bit like Coyote Ugly then really! So yeah, was good to get out of Disneyness for a while and just have a proper girly night out with muchos banter.

Thursday: BEACH! Set off for Cocoa Beach with Amy J, Charlottes C and I, and Stuart (from work. Sir-name McClean, by the way, Mike) at about 11ish, stopping off at Denny's on the way for some munch. Was a bit of a mission to find the beach we were supposed to be on as Jordan- in another car- seemed to be up and down the road like a yoyo. Eventually we just decided we wanted to get onto the beach, so parked and set up pitch, to which he told us he wasn't that far away and was in the direction of Denny's. So of course we walked down that way for a couple of miles (!) couldn't see them, gave up, and got a phonecall saying they were going to a bar (it was raining, but sod it, it's a beach... with a sea... we were going in!) so they'd meet us later...

The bar was where we parked the car, dammit :P

Still, muchos fun was had jumping in and out of the waves and just being kiddish again in the sea. And again, nothing to do with Disney. I think after eight days of work I just needed to get out of the Bubble, and a trip to the beach was the perfect solution really.

Oh, and did I mention they gave me the overnight shift off because of the stupid 15-day-week thing? Which gave me two (yes, TWO!) whole days off! Super excitement!

Anyway, after the beach I went home, showered, did the general shake all the sand off thing then went to see Harry Potter with Charlotte I, which I was actually pleasantly suprised by- fairly true to the book, and quite well done as well. Fell asleep at one point due to my somewhat disturbed night after Downtown Orlando (I blame red bull...), but still! Went home after and collapsed into bed!

Which brings me to Friday which meant... SHOPPING! At Florida Mall! Went with Amy D (flatmate) and her friend, Louise, and it turns out Amy and I are shopping soulmates- we have really similar taste in clothes, which meant we were attracted to all of the same shops, and we also both do the whole spending-ages-in-changing-rooms thing! Spent a fair amount of money ($200 or so, but that's including taxi and food), but when you convert that back to pounds and look at home much I bought (four tops, a really, really cute dress/top, Benefit makeup (it's the same in dollars as it is in pounds, and thus equates to the same price as Maybelline back home. How could I not?!?!) and a pair of jeans, I think that's actually rather impressive. But yes, was an excellent day. Got home, and then went to see Harry Potter again, as Charlotte T was meant to come on Thursday with other Charlotte and I, but because we were later back from the beach than we expected, she wouldn't have been able to make it because of the overnight shift, so I said I'd come again with her today as I didn't know if she had anyone else to go with. Maebh and Amy J also ended up coming along, but still the film is rather good, and I saw the bit I'd missed before, so all good!

Went to Wal*Mart afterwards, as Amy still had the car (God I wish we had a car here all the time... so convenient!), did my weekly shop then went home and slept!

Saturday... HP day! Got up early and went to wait in Downtown Disney for Virgin to open with many other people. Got my copy and it was straight back home on the bus to get started! Read for most of the day until worktime, where I continued to read in breaks because I'm cool. Work was 4:30-11:30 on registers, which wasn't too bad, except they felt the need to put me as line guide for GHN for two hours, when there were no lines to guide, so I spent my time telling people that yes, you can buy ponchos at all the tills. I mean reigsters. Nobody seems to understand tills, dammit, and it's the one word I haven't gotten myself saying automatically yet. That and I still say [x] past the hour, which people eventually get but not without some thought. Ghey. Still, went reasonably quickly so ho hum.

Sunday: Read some HP, went to Cici's for lunch with Heather and Charlotte T, which is a pizza/pasta/salad/dessert buffet (really nice food as well- prefer it to pizza hut's buffet anyway) for, like $6 (plus CM discount, woop!). Came home, finished off HP by the pool, then went to work for a lovely 6:30-12:30 shift which was OK, but seemed to drag a little. Had a mile long line of a Brazilian tour group though- it actually took me about an hour to get through them all, which makes time go quicker, but it also makes you exhausted as they don't understand English, chop and change their minds about what they want at the register, don't understand that you have to be the cardholder to use a credit card (I'm going by the book, ta!), that there's a line, that it's not particularly practical for six people to take up a fairly small counter at once, that it's really not helpful to sit in the middle of a walkway, and even less so to leave you food/drink/unwanted products all over the floor, etc, etc. Anyone who's worked in a customer service position in Disney will understand :P Basically, I'm slightly prejudiced against Brazilian tour groups now! Disney must practically live off them, though, they buy so much! Anyway, got out at 12:30 and because it's a Sunday, so all the lucky free people get to go to House of Blues, there was a bus waiting when I got out so it was to home and then bed.

Monday: Said I'd go with Charlotte T to cash cheques at Disney Uni (really needed to do that, I had $330-odd sitting around in cheques). Such a weird/cool banking system- the cashier talks to you through a tv screen rather than just through a plain old piece of glass. And my stupidty has reared it's ugly head- he asked me to put a thumbprint on each of my cheques to verify my identity. Thinking it was just a special piece of paper, I pressed my thumb down on each of them and was about to send them when Charlotte pointed out the inkpad beside me... Classic Blonde Moment! Still I got my money, and promptly spent it on a College Programme hoody in Company D (yeah, I know I'm not technically on the college programme, but the international programme merchandise was crap and the hoody is so soft and fluffy. I'm wearing it now seeing as our apartment for some reason was on the coldest AC setting which is coooold. And yesterday for some reason it was on the highest- someone in this flat has weird body temperature!

So, work 7-2 tonight, which could be worse (could be better), and again tomorrow. Going to Epcot tomorrow for a few hours which should be cool. Not sure about the rest of the week, apart from that Thursday= social security (ie 4-6 hours on a bus... can't wait!... but we're leaving at around 8, so hopefully will be back at a reasonable hour ready for me to utilise my own day off that week!). Off to the pool in a bit, so until next time I shall leave you with... More photos!

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'Everything The Light Touches...'

It's been a while

Time for another Proper Update, seeing as my body refuses to let me sleep more than six or seven hours at the moment- never good when you're working every hour God (or scheduling...) sends you, especially when falling asleep on the job is a terminable offence.

Anyway, when I last left you it was a Tuesday... My last day off, on which I went to Wal*Mart with the flatmates. Then, as Emily was planning to leave at the weekend and it was the last evening we all had off, we headed to the Rainforest Café for some munch, this time making sure we got there early and still had to wait for a while. This involved being dragged into World of Disney, as is always the case when we go to Downtown Disney- I can never escape! People just don't seem to get that, while it's a good shop and all, and I don't mind my job, I really would rather not spend every waking moment there. But meh. Admittedly, it was amusing seeing Amy (D, not J, the one I work with) and Emily try on the princess dresses, and actually fit into some of them!

Annyway, Rainforest Café was nice, had nachos to start (biggest nacho portion I've ever seen, but soooo good- had chilli with them as well), and Tuscan chicken for my main which was gorgeous. Anyway, after dinner, Emily decided she had souvenirs to buy from, of course, World of Disney, which was too much for me, so Karen, Amy and I headed back home as the other two were knackered and I was experiencing WoD overload! We had planned to go and see the fireworks at Epcot, but by this point it was absolutely pelting down, thundering and lightening, so it was unlikely that the fireworks would go ahead, and even if they did it wouldn't be all that fun if we were worried about being struck. Not such an irrational fear, by the way, one of Karen's friend's workfriends (a lifeguard) was struck that night- only on the arm, so he was alright, but still...

So, that pretty much sums up Tuesday. Wednesday it was back to work, 12:30- 8, on stock in Carnival (the "plush" room) which was alright, as that room gets really, really messy from people picking up plushes, taking photos, then putting them back down anywhere. And apparently soft toys are a good place to hide things you don't want from other shops. So yeah, that went reasonably quickly. Don't remember doing much in the evening apart from chatting with the girls.

Which brings me to Thursday. More work, 11-6, which is an alright shift really. Also got lucky as the bus must've been late getting to DTD, so it was waiting there right as I got out of my shift, and so I managed to get home at around 6:15 instead of 7, which was nice. Anyway, got home and someone told me it was Laura's last night. I hadn't even found out until the day before that she was probably going home, so that was a bit of a shock. Apparently they'd said to her that if she was leaving, and didn't want to go back to work, then she had to leave within 24 hours, which sucked majorly. (Basically she was feeling really homesick, and was expected to work 50-60 hour weeks in a job she really hated, so she'd had enough and left). That was really sad, actually, as there was no time for people to swap shifts to see her off that evening, or to go out with her to say goodbye or anything, so we just had to make do with a load of us going down to the pool instead. Was so sad saying goodbye to her, can't believe she's at home now :( And also, so many people are leaving, you'd think Disney or Yummy Jobs would sort out the problems with hours, or at least sort out the presentation which stated that you will get two days off a week, like a weekend, and that you'll be working 35 hours a week with the option to pick up more hours if you so wish, yadda yadda. Surely that counts as false advertising- I know nobody who's lucky enough to only have 30 hours a week, although on the other hand it's only us WoD folks who got unlucky enough to be on 6 day-weeks. Or 15 in my case. More about that later...

But yes, Laura is the latest one to have gone back to England :( And much as I hate my hours, I'm so glad I like my job and the general life here enough not to want to go home. Well, you get random moments, but for the most part I love it.

But yes, on that note we come to Friday. This was the day of the glorious 12 hour shift. But in actual fact, as aforementioned, it was the best shift I've had since being here. I started off in East Reg, in Adventure, which is the pirate room basically, so the boys' version of princess room. Ended up working there with Jordan, Charlotte and Jay (my trainer), so that was fun and banterous for the most part. Got moved to GHN, which I hate at one point (there's one register per side, with no room to do anything really, and nothing's in the place you would normally find it at other registers. Not fun. Luckily, though, they broke me (ie sent me on break, not actually broke me in half...) about 10 minutes later, which was much appreciated!). After break CDS was being a pain, and kept spitting out stupid tasks such as tidy and fill the 'make a wand' section (already tidy), redistribute baskets, etc, etc. Although I did get to do my first 'Magical Moment', which was exciting. Basically, Magical Moments are either little traditions almost every shop, hotel or park will have to make a kid or family feel special. Also, in our shop every hour someone has to perform a 'magical moment' in the form of playing some sort of game with a couple of children or families. They're all pretty simple things, like noughts & crosses (sorry tic-tac-toe) using Disney characters to make the line, or help to find the magnetic Nemo, but kids love to do them, seeing as they're getting special attention from someone, and they get a certificate with stickers at the end, bless 'em. Anyway, the one I had to do (the room you're told to perform the Magical Moment in determines which game you have to do) was technically race Car plushes to a finish line, people being allowed to move their car forward one space if they won rock-paper-scissors (trust me to get the complicated one, as opposed to word scramble or something like that!), but seeing as we only had one type of Car Plush, which could get quite complicated when determining the winner, I changed it into 'I've got some lost people who need some help finding Mickey and Minnie, and whoever gets there first gets a special prize from Mickey', using Mickey and Minnie as the finish line (the animals were a bit stupid, seeing as their brains are full of fluff, so they needed some help to find them) and plushes such as Stitch, Eeyore, etc as the 'animals in need'. So yeah, that was a fun way to waste twenty minutes or so.

Oh, and after that they decided they didn't really have any till stuff for me to do, so from 9-11:30 they put me as the outside greeter. Which is ace as you get to go and put on as much glowing/flashing stuff as you want, pick up anything that lights up (in my case a wand and some rotating Mickey head thing), go outside and talk to people, or welcome them to the store. I basically got paid to talk and play with light-up toys. Ace. So yeah, that was definitely my favourite day at work so far, even if it was 11 1/2 hours! (I asked for ER so I could get the 23:50 bus instead of waiting forty minutes, which would get me home at one, and I'd have to get up at 7 the next day which would not have been appreciated!). Good times all round.

Even better, however, was Saturday. Was in for 9:30, which means I got to experience the store's morning 'Magical Moment' for the first time- I didn't even know it existed! Basically, they open up Princess room to the masses, but rope off all the others, with a ribbon tied across the entrance to Plush. From the crowd, they pick one kid to officially open the store and to cut the ribbon- how sweet is that! I had no idea what was going on at first- the morning meeting finished, and everyone seemed to be heading over to princess room, clapping and cheering, so I was just like... oooooook, how is anyone this cheerful at 9:30am... but then I finally cottoned on to what was going on, so was just like 'awwwww!'. And then went off to tidy the make-a-wand section, yet again. Or in reality, stood around and do nothing for half an hour. All good.

Even better however, was that they'd managed to completely overstaff themselves for the day. So at 2:30 there was a massive crowd of us who'd been told to 'go see manager' (ie CDS co-ordinator), and we were all asked if we wanted to go home. Um, yes please. I like my job, but not enough to refuse that! So off Charlotte and I trotted, three hours early. Brilliant! The rest of the afternoon wasn't quite so ace as we (Charlotte T, her room-mate Maebh and I) took a trip to Disney Uni, just to find that Vista Bank was closed, and that Cast Connection (cheap CM merchandise) was closing in ten minutes, so all in all that was a fun bus trip around Magic Kingdom. But better than being in work. We then went home, got ourselves tidied up, and then joined Heather and Rachel on a trip to what was initially going to be TGI Fridays, but turned into one to Rainforest Café. Oo, and this time they were nice and bumped us an hour up the queue for flashing or CM cards. Ace! Wandered around DTD for a bit, bought a huge Eeyore plush and a cartoon-style bag, both of which I've had my eye on for aaaaaages. I am totally in love with both of them! We then returned to the Rainforest and ended up getting sat pretty much right next to the gorillas, which was both annoying and exciting in equal measure, as they come to life every ten minutes or so!

Absolutely stuffed myself silly that night! We shared mozzarella sticks to start, then I had coconut shrimp with VEGETABLES (:O :O :O, even if they were still salady ones- still haven't had proper veggies in ages!) which was absolutely amazing. And of course we had to finish off with the VOLCANO! Which is lots of slabs of brownie, with ice cream and cream in the middle, with various sauces, such as fudge and chocolate, drizzled all over the side. Sooo good. We ordered two, not quite realising how big they were, so didn't quite manage to polish it all off, but I feel we did a damn good job all the same seeing as there were only five of us. It was a really, really nice evening as well- completely different group of people (well, not completely, but you know), really good chat, was just generally lovely :)

And then came Sunday, which was another ace day! Earlier in the week, Charlotte T had found out that Magic Kingdom were running their 'Keys to the Kingdom' tour- a backstage look at the Magic Kingdom, information about Walt's family, a look inside the utilidors, etc- for free, instead of the usual $30 for CMs (or $100 for mere mortals), so she booked it off and seeing as I wasn't working until 6:30 I went along with her. SOOOO glad I did- I was getting so bogged down with work that I had sort of forgotten about the Disney Magic. Going into a park again made me so excited, and the tour was really interesting as well. Absolutely loved it! Afterwards we had a few hours to spare before I needed to go to work, so we wondered around for a while, saw Mickey's Philharmagic, which is AMAZING, I love it, then queued up to meet Winnie the Pooh and Tigger (:D), before going to watch the parade, which is ace! Especially the talking bin they used for PACtivities (Parade Audience Control) before hand! It also finished literally JUST as the heavens decided to open- you could tell the floats had sped up super-fast to get out of the impending lightening/ rain! Managed to get on a monorail back to the TTC though, and the A bus back to Vista turned up pretty soon afterwards, luckily. Got back at half four, so I went back to the flat, did a quick change and got back on the bus at 5:15, ready for some fun-fun 18:30-2am shiftness. Woop. And I was so tired by this point, and so not up for working after having had a great day out. So when I saw my schedule for the next week I was not impressed- they expect me to work 15 days straight, with my only day off being the day I have to spend hours in social security. Um no. So Ron- one of the managers- saw me looking less than impressed (ie tearing up as a mixture of frustration and tiredness) and would not let me get away with saying that nothing was wrong. So I showed him my schedule, he balked at it, and immediately phoned Lenny- our area manager- to get him to sort it out. Which they have done... kinda... ie they gave me this Thursday off, which supposedly means I'd come in at 4:15 am on the Friday to continue the overnight shift. To me, that's pretty pointless as I reckon I'd just feel worse for sleeping a little before it, so I'm going to try and sort out all of that later today and try and get a proper day off for this week, or at least two next week (which I'm entitled to anyway), but at least I know they're willing to at least try to sort it out. So hopefully I can get this ridiculous 15-day-thing sorted! Especially as I was so tired when I started work yesterday that I was mucking up easy transactions, pressing the wrong buttons here there and everywhere, and obviously that's not good for the company as it's bad Guest Service. So there's my reasoning :P Other than that though, yesterday was a really good shift- 4-11, was working with Amy most of the day, was pretty busy for most of the night so it went by quickly, so in general a good evening.

Working 15:30- 2am today. Do NOT want to do it, but I'm sure it'll be fine once I'm there. 1-7 tomorrow, then going to MGM in the evening for a few rides and to see Fantasmic (can't believe I still haven't gotten around to that yet! So excited!). Then... on Thursday... WE'RE GOING TO THE BEACH! Basically, the idea came from two of our Scottish workmates, Jordan and Stewart (the latter's at St. Andrews, parentals!) had managed to hire a car for $30 for the day, with $12 for insurance, and so it was suggested that we follow behind them as Amy's 22 so can drive over here. So we're off to Cocoa Beach, and out of the Disney Bubble for the first time in three weeks! Cannot wait! Then I think the plan is to get home, get washed and then go and see Harry Potter! Woop! Readying myself for the book release the next day! Think I'm going to go to the cast event at Once Upon a Toy for the midnight release, bag myself a copy, sleep for a few hours then read it until work at 4:30. Then on Sunday I'm not in until 6:30 so I can finish it then while lying by the pool i feel. Can't believe it's the last one! I am such a geek...

Anyway, that's my next few days planned out. Now I feel I'd best tidy my half of the room and a bit of the kitchen as we have a flat inspection tomorrow and my clothes are pretty much everywhere! Then some sunbathing action before work I feel. I need a tan, dammit! (I am getting tan lines, to be fair, but you wouldn't know there was any change in colour unless you saw them, seeing as I'm so pale naturally! Bah)

Guess I should post next week's schedule for posterity:

Sunday: 18:30-00:30
Monday: 19:00- 02:00
Tuesday: 19:00- 02:00
Wednesday: 17:00- 02:00
Thursday: OFF (social security)
Friday: 18:00- 01:00
Saturday: 18:30- 02:00

Could be worse, I suppose, as I get the whole day free to go and do stuff/ sunbathe, and everyone I know well at WoD has a similar schedule, so we can all be social retards together in the evening. Will hopefully be able to get some park (or shopping) action in on some of the really late shifts also.

Right, so after that epic entry you are all up-to-date in the life of Amy and I shall now leave you in peace! Tarah!

It's a world of peace and a world of joy (I know those lyrics are prolly wrong but shush :P)

Still not much time to update properly, but I thought I'd share a little story with you from work yesterday that may amaze you all. Well, maybe not amaze, but it was rather exciting!

Basically a conversation with a customer:

Them: So where in Oxford are you from then?
Me: (Thinking they wouldn't know Wheatley) Oh, just on the outskirts...
Them: Well we're in Bicester
Me: Oh OK! You know Wheatley then?
Husband: Yeah, I actually play cricket down in Horspath quite a bit...

Me: :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O

(For those of you who don't know, that would be the little village I live in!)

As the infamous ride goes: iiiiiiiiiiiiiiit's a small world after all!

Right, time to get ready to go out. Proper update soon, I promise!
Alice in Wonderland


My twelve hour shift was actually my favourite one I've done so far (and actually, it was 11 1/2 because I asked for ER so I could get home at 12 instead of 1... half an hour makes all the difference :P)

More later. For now... more work... Tarah!
Masters of Subtlety- BATB


I think I just ruined one child's vision of an innocent Mickey and Minnie forever...

Basically, there are 'baby' plushes of the more popular/cute Disney characters. I was stood by them tidying when a girl- maybe 8ish?- came up. Seeing as she'd just done the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique thing (believe me, it's hard to miss them when they've done that) there was the usual 'Hi Princess' greeting, which led to a conversation about how she'd just bought Chip 'n' Dale, how she had their film and everything. And then she asked why baby Mickey and Minnie's had blankets. Because they're newborn babies. So were they in love at this point, she asks. Of course the easy answer, looking back on it, would have been, nah they were best friends and then fell in love. But in my mind the baby versions are actually meant to be the character's 'babies', because then you can buy the whole family (not that you'd want to, the ugly versions of the animals are weird looking. Not so weird as the baby princesses though, which freak me out immense amounts). So my reply to was, without thinking, 'nah, they're like brother and sister here'.

"But that's wrong, you're not allowed to fall in love when you're brother and sister"

"No, I mean... they're like Mickey and Minnie's children... like a family"

But by this point it probably sounded like I was fobbing her off to hide the sordid, incestuous lives of Mickey and Minnie Mouse.


On the plus side, at least she knew that Incest = Bad.