The first major league baseball game that I attended this season was actually a spring training game at Disney's Wide World of Sports. I'm really glad that I got to attend this game because it was awesome to see the Atlanta Braves train at a facility that they had been playing at. Word is that they're leaving after this season, and hopefully another team will come in.
While the game itself was incredibly slow, and not the best (the Braves lost), it was still a great time. My friend Katy and I had gotten there just as the first inning started, and stayed the entire time (the only way to do it, if you ask me). The facility itself is absolutely massive, and considering the sheer amount of events that take place at ESPN's WWOS (wide world of sports) it should be. While we were going in for the baseball game, there was a cheerleading competition and a baseball tournament as well.
We had really great seats, and while we may have gotten a little sunburnt (#palegirlproblems) even with the massive amounts of sunscreen we put on, I wouldn't have traded it for the world. Katy is one of the people who feeds into my baseball obsession (ever since my boyfriend introduced his love to me, I can't get enough). She's always down for a road trip to a game, or a night in with sunflower seeds, diet coke, and baseball (as long as her beloved basketball team The City isn't on).
If you have a chance, I would definitely say to go to a training game if you have the chance. Because the facilities are a lot smaller than normal stadiums, it has more of an intimate feel to it. The players seem to be more relaxed, probably because they know it's just for training, and the people seem to be incredibly supportive. While I'm sad that the Braves probably won't be with ESPN WWOS next year, I'm excited to see if they get a new team (and who it may be).
I'm a member of Influenster, which is a site where you can go and review products, and they also will sometimes offer products to you to review. Recently, they sent me the TRESemme hair care products and challenged me to Reverse My Routine by using conditioner first, and shampoo afterward. I was extremely skeptical at first because I'm so used to washing my hair with shampoo and then conditioner, so I was unsure of how this would work. I have really fine and thin hair - and not a lot of it - so I have to be very careful not to weigh my hair down.
After using these products for about a week, I would say that I like them a lot. They smell really good, and I've found that they actually do help give my hair a bit of volume. I feel like they help a lot because by using the shampoo after the conditioner, it doesn't weigh your hair down as much. The only negative thing that I can come up with that I didn't like is that the conditioner bottle is a pump bottle, while the shampoo bottle is a squeeze bottle. I prefer pump bottles because then I don't have to pull them down from my shower caddy very often.
I received these products for testing purposes, but all opinions are my own.
I quit working for Disney in March 2016 after working for the company for about a year and a half, and if I'm being honest it's the best decision I could have ever made for myself. While I wouldn't take anything I did back, it was amazing to leave.
My senior year of college, I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life so I applied for the Disney College Program. I loved my friends that I made on the program, but wasn't really in love with the position. I worked in Attractions at the Sum of All Thrills in Epcot. I helped to open the enlarged Fast Pass Plus area for Illuminations, and loved every minute of it. My living situation was rough, much like everyone else on the DCP, but thankfully I found two best friends who I'm still in contact with today.
As my program began to come to a close, I still didn't know what I really wanted to do, so I applied for both an extension and a transfer. Well, I got both. I could either stay at Walt Disney World and continue on into any attraction, or I could transfer to Disneyland and work attractions there. I decided to transfer to Disneyland to work at Autopia with some of the best people I could have ever met. It was there I met my boyfriend, and some of my best friends.
Halfway through my DLRCP, I flew back to Orlando to look for an apartment with my best friend and one of my other roommates. We didn't really find a place that trip, but later signed a lease. My fate was sealed - I had to move back to Orlando when my program ended. If I were to do it again, I don't think I would have signed a lease even though it was probably the best thing I could have done.
August came and I had to leave California, my best friends, and my boyfriend. It was the hardest decision, but I had applied to Disney World and gotten a position at the Starbucks in Epcot. This is where things started to go downhill fast. I wasn't thrilled with the position, or how things were handled for the most part. Don't get me wrong, I love Disney and I think it's a great company however in any company things can be mishandled.
After quitting at Disney, I feel like my mental state soared through the roof. My roommate, her boyfriend, my boyfriend, my friends and family all saw a massive improvement from me. I wasn't unhappy every day. I didn't feel like I was getting run over by a truck every day. I didn't dread waking up to go into work. I didn't understand how things could be so different, just working at a different location in the same company but things were not the same.
I am thankful for everything that Disney had to offer for me, and that I was given as many opportunities as I was. However, the best thing for me was to leave. Disney provided me with a chance to see what I enjoyed doing, and what I didn't. To see that I really wanted to go back to school and work more in the department of History, doing something that I actually love.
I bought an annual pass, so you'll still see me around.
If you ever get a chance to work for Disney, and you are unsure if you should take it or not, I would say go for it. You never know until you try.
But really...I cleaned out my closet and it was quite the event. I had a ton of stuff to go through, because much like everything else in my room I held onto everything in the event that "WHAT IF I WANT IT." Seriously, as I've gotten older I like to think I've gotten "wiser." Granted, I don't know how true that is, but I've definitely let go of more and more as I've gotten older.
The strategy that I used for this was take everything out: color by color, put it in the bathroom and try it on, piece by piece. I wouldn't say that it was the quickest way to get things done, but it's the most effective. By doing this I really had to look at what I owned, and how it fit. If I wasn't happy with how it fit now, did I think that was really going to change in the next month/six months? If the answer was no, it got put on the bed to be given away.
By hanging all the clothes on my shower rod, I got to see how everything looked and I could see clearly what I had. There were some pieces that I knew right away that I hadn't worn in forever, and that I wasn't going to wear. Those got the boot first. As I went through my clothes, I half watched the Angels vs Yankees game, half watched the kittens roam around.
All in all, it took about two hours, and I ended up getting rid of 4 sweaters, 8 skirts, 4 dresses, and 26 shirts. So, while it's not a crazy amount of clothes it definitely cleaned up a decent amount of space in my closet, which is what I was aiming for.
While I was cleaning, my curious kitten Binx (who adores the closet) decided she would hide in the very back behind my winter jackets, little to my knowledge. After I finally finished, I swept the ground quickly to see if there was any little ones. Granted, I didn't see any kitties so I closed the door. Probably about five minutes later, I see little paws coming out from under the closet door. After a lot of cuddles and apologizes (quite the theme here), she couldn't have cared any less and went on doing her own thing.
Gone Girl was the first book that I picked up written by Gillian Flynn and I was instantly hooked. Once I got this book, I couldn't put it down. I read it on the bus, in the break room, and whenever I had free time. Any show I was "religiously" watching on Netflix was pushed aside. Then, once I finished the book I immediately found the movie online and watched it. While I wasn't completely thrilled with the movie adaptation of the book, I was okay with it. I loved the book so much, I kind of wasn't ready for what the movie was. I would give the book a 5/5 and seriously recommend it to anyone who is looking for something thrilling.
This novel starts out on the anniversary of Nick and Amy Dunne. Every year for their anniversary, Amy creates an almost impossible scavenger hunt for Nick. Something that he's supposed to think back on his relationship, think deeply about Amy, to figure out. This year, he's even more aloof than usual because he doesn't really care for his wife anymore. Then, on the morning of their anniversary Amy goes missing.
Gone Girl follows the investigation done by the police, as well as the reports that the media puts on. Much like her other novels, you see this book through two different narrators - Amy, and Nick. Throughout the course of the novel, you meet different characters who have just an interesting back story as Nick and Amy do. Nick's sister plays a very large part, as does Amy's parents. There are more twists and turns that happen in this story than I ever thought would be possible. At each turn, there are new shocking details that come up and that seem unbelievable.
If you haven't already picked up this novel, I would say run to the nearest bookstore and pick one up. This is most definitely a psychological thriller, that is extremely well written. This was the novel that made me want to read more of Gillian Flynn's work, and I would say that if you haven't read any of her other books yet, you should pick this one up first.