Took a picture of a girl picking her nose Took another picture of a boy picking his nose Dealt with a lot of annoying parents Developed a rash from my costume Discovered that the lens on my camera was a piece of trash And to end the day, I took a picture of a very small child (still in diapers small) whose pants were totally undone. (In my defense, I was stuck to a tripod and couldn't see that far- I amn't allowed to wear my glasses at work.)
To make up for all the annoying bits, though, my lead kept sending me encouraging messages. It was very nice of him.
If you are wondering, your stake/ward website (on lds.org) will be unavailable to you when your records are in transit. You won't even be able to log in. I know this from experience. But, good news! My records have been officially moved to California! Sacrament meeting is going to be really hard for me to get to like... oh, probably always, but I think I can at least go to RS and part of Sunday School on Sunday. I am well pleased about this.
Last night I was working at the view station on Main Street. We had periods of rush and quiet, so during the quiet times my coworkers and I would talk. Since I'm new, I naturally don't know many (well, any) of them very well. So I'm talking to one of them and he mentioned that he's terrified of whales. "That's OK," I said. "I'm terrified of water." We then proceeded to have a long discussion about why whales and water are frightening.
And then I was sleeping (after I got home) and had dreams about, for lack of a better term (and because I coined it as such in my dream), whale surfing. Yes, in my dream people would climb on top of these killer whales (which actually weren't that big- more like manatee size but much more whale shaped) and then ride the whale to the shore where it would beach itself. Somehow I got washed ashore next one of these whales and it was really scary in my dream. Now it sounds funny, not to mention incredibly dumb, but I tell you what. That was a terrifying dream.
If you don't like big crowds, don't come to Disney on a Sunday, long weekend, holiday, or any combination of the above.
In other news, I did at least get to pet a dog today. A guy came to view his photos and had a service/companion dog with him named Cookie and he let me pet it. I felt really bad for this guy, though. His wife (of several years) cheated on him, they got divorced, he went on a business trip (like just this past week or so) and came home to find all the furniture had been moved out, and today was his birthday. But at least he got to spend it at the Happiest Place on Earth with his dog. And they got their picture taken with Pluto.
I am currently getting a dang awesome discount off merchandise at my place of employment. If you've been following my blog for any length of time, this should mean something to you. Anyway, yesterday my roommate and I went around and shopped the parks and spent a load of money (but much less than we would have spent without this discount!). For the moment, I am pretty well satisfied with my purchases and there's not much else that I want for myself. However, this dang awesome discount made me wonder if now might not be the perfect time for a blog giveaway! I'm not totally convinced, though, so it is up to you readers to convince me by the 20th. Ready, and go. And if I'm not convinced by that date, there will be no giveaway in the near future.
Tonight on the Cast Shuttle back to the parking lot, the radio was playing "Sexy Back" (by Justin Timberlake) and I started snickering because all I heard was "I got a sexy stache." Thank you, Divine Comedy.
Also yesterday someone who is leaving in a week gave me his really, really nice neck-strap, saying that they were hard to come by and he wanted me to have it (even though we've never met!).
And I'm perfect more often than not when it comes to Primary shots (which are the portrait ones). I think this is because I prefer to shoot portrait as opposed to landscape (we're talking format here, not like actual portraits/landscapes). My secondary shots (landscape) are usually perfect, but not as often as the Primaries. And my trainer says I've caught on too fast. All of us in TK (team [my trainer's name]) have caught on too fast, actually, and we ran out of things to do tonight so we had a long... discussion about the college program.
Man, you guys. I love my job so much. Tomorrow we shoot Characters!
The other night, after training, I got home from a very unsuccessful round of shoe shopping. My roommate was sitting on the couch and said, "Did you feel the earthquake?"
My first California earthquake and I missed it! I must have been driving around in my car or something. It was a ways away, but I guess some people were still able to feel it near Disney. (This actually explains why my bed was no longer against the wall and why my ethernet cord wasn't under my bed anymore.) I am actually kind of bummed out about this, but oh well. I'm sure there will be plenty more earthquakes in California before my life is over. Maybe I'll be here (and not driving around) for one of them.
Who on earth wants to be awake this early? Oh, not me. But I am and have been since 5 when my roommate's alarm went off. I kept having panic that it was almost 6 (when my alarm was supposed to go off) and it never was almost 6, but because of the panic I could not fall back asleep.
This is completely normal.
Yesterday was pretty not exciting. There was trying to sleep in, but house keeping knocked on the door way early (I spent the night at the hotel with The Mom and The Dad), so getting dressed happened. Then we came to my apartment, found my roommates, and we all went grocery shopping. Yea! At 1:15 there was checking-in for New Hires and all the fun stuff that goes along with that (such as paperwork and talking about scheduling) and I learned 2 things: 1) Mormons are weird. I missed why Mormons are weird, but they're weird. Something about liquor stores. I wanted to ask the kid who made this announcement why, but didn't have the guts. Plus that would have required moving, and I was tired. 2) My school is sneered upon by more people than I thought. When asked which school I went to, I either got a sneer or a blank look (several people have never heard of us and at least one had no idea where School is, but had heard of us). So, whee, right?
Oh, here is some great news that I had yesterday, though. Disney is a very union-oriented company. This should be no surprise to any of us. I thought for sure I was going to have to join a union and there would go $15 out of every pay check (at least!), but PHOTO IMAGING PEOPLE DON'T HAVE A UNION!!!!!! I am so happy about this, I can't even tell you. It's like being a scab, but with nobody hating me for it. I think. (I don't actually know because I've never had to deal with unions before)
Anyway, that was yesterday. Today training things start at 8, but we have to be to TDA* by 7:30 to check-in which means leaving in about an hour. We go until 4 this afternoon! Tomorrow is training free unless I start work. Then there is on-the-job training. So much! I will be tired tonight.
Well, the good news is that I have an apartment now. Granted, I stood in a line for six hours yesterday to get said apartment, but at least now I have one. It wasn't all bad times, though. Yes, the hallway was crowded and I'm pretty sure we were breaking at least 10 different fire codes. Yes, it smelled like dorm rooms. And, sure, I didn't get to eat at all until about 4:30 (pm) due to the whole standing in line thing, but it wasn't all bad. I met some cool people in that line and, I swear we were best friends by the time we all got into the housing office. One of the guys behind me had this game called "Pass the Pigs" and we played that several times. Weirdest game ever, yet strangely fun. We even played for prizes, but I didn't win anything. First prize was the extra McDonalds french fries (gross- I was actually winning this round and then they announced the prize and I purposely kept shaking the pigs until I was sure to loose all my points from that round), second prize was this talking baby Shrek figurine and the third prize was a wrist laser pointer thing (happy meals- they don't do Barbies and Hotwheels appartently anymore). I also had a headache by the time we started playing for prizes and was losing interest in being social. Also that many people around me causes Vast Tensions inside of me and I was clenching my jaw so bad that by the time last night rolled around, I couldn't even open my mouth (remember those fun times how my jaw locks up really bad ever since I got my wisdom teeth out?). My mouth stil doesn't open very wide right now, but it opens enough that I can eat and talk and drink liquid and that is all tha matters.
Other fun things that happened in line yesterday (but that I had too much dignity to participate in- I know, party-pooper, right?) was a napkin eating contest. Dr. Suess, one of the three people that played Pigs with us (the game actually belongs to him) pulled out some napkins. The object of the game is to see who can get the napkin completely into their mouth the fastest without using their hands. Dr. Suess won. He says he has lots of practice and after watching him, I believe it. Some girl's mother video-taped it and is going to put it up on youtube. So, if you are really bored, you can try finding it. I have no idea how.
Getting the internet here is like playing musical chairs. Ever time the music stops, you have to find a new internet. Problem is, we don't know what the music is or how to make it keep going, so instead my roommates and I just keep switching to different internet connections. For some reason, the connection in our apartment is.... lacking to say the least. We've tried everything we can think of (short of going up to the housing office, but none of us actually want to put shoes on or call them, we're just all complaining about it instead), and it still doesn't work. So instead we are mooching off all the other Disney connections (it's all the same, really, and doesn't matter). But I can't get the connection that my two roommates are getting and they can't get the connection I am getting and it's "What signal are you using right now?!" ever 5 minutes until we are all able to get connected. So, I guess, just don't expect too much internet time from me for the next little while. We are still trying to get settled in, anyway, and there are all kinds of training things going on this week, so that keeps us quite busy and doesn't allow for a lot of down time.
Speaking of training things, it's time to leave for one right now.
Tib is awesome and I might want to be like here when I grow up (minus that gym/running thing... not into that so much), and she posted this, so I thought I'd play along, too.
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
I worked TWO jobs! Also, one job lasted 7 months and I'm not usually around long enough for a job to go on that long.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't make resolutions, but I shared Chilly's theme last year ("All is Woe"), and that seemed to work out pretty well for us. This year's theme is Living for Excitement (paraphrased, I said it differently when she first decided that was the theme), but I haven't decided if I will share it again or not. I may have to take up the company theme (something about Celebrating) out of obligation for my workplace, but we'll see. 3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My Rochelle did, but she was 260-ish miles away at the time.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
In 2008? Umm... I don't remember going to any funerals this year.
5. What countries did you visit?
The United States of America. Also, a whole lot of other countries (in Epcot)
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
All the outrageously expensive things, mostly. But I did by the flatware off of my Anthropologie wish list the other night.
28. What was your favorite film of this year?
I think Wall-e wins out this year.
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was the same age I am right now (well, a few months younger). Mom and Dad came up and spent the morning with me and then I went to work. 30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Oh, I don't know. Disney makes up for a lot of it. 31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Umm.. It's just very... Me, I guess. 32. What kept you sane?
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Johnny Depp. Like always. 34. What political issue stirred you the most?
I don't get involved in politics much. 35. Who did you miss?
My Love Duck. But now she is back!
36. Who was the best new person you met?
All those fun co-workery people. 37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
I don't know that any life lessons I learned were exactly accurate.
Granted, it is morning now and has been 2009 for a number of hours, but I didn't want to be one of Those People who overload your reader at the strike of midnight (I actually didn't get that kind of overload- thanks, guys).
I celebrated the coming in of the new year with a little excitement this year. I was lying in bed, stretched out a bit, and touched Drawly's paw. Scared the kitty half to death and he about jumped out of his skin. Actually, it was really funny, but then I was afraid he'd stay awake and I spent a very. long. time. getting him to fall asleep (I swear, sometimes that cat is worse than a baby!) and didn't want to have to go through the whole process again. He slept through all the fireworks that were being set off in town. Blessing.
Anyway, don't really know what I've got going on today, but I'm going to get started on doing it now.
P.S. I move in 4 or 5 days (depending on your counting). Scary.
"I think I know how it is to be grown up; it's when you feel how someone feels that isn't you." -Frances Griffiths