Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My Rankings: Disney World Parks

Since I'm going to work in Disney World at the end of August, I thought I would rank the parks in order of my favorite to least favorite. Now, don't get me wrong, I love all the Disney parks. I don't have a super favorite, and I don't hate any specific theme park. However, I do have a ranking in my head. It took me quite some time to actually sit down and come up with this list, and the reasons behind it, but I've finally got it down. 

The parks, at least in my mind, are as follows: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios. Now, hear me out for the reasons why: 

1. Magic Kingdom 

For me, Magic Kingdom brings back childhood memories. Magic Kingdom is the first real memory that I have of a Disney park. Seeing Cinerella's castle, and stopping dead in my tracts. Being obsessed with the different lands within the kingdom, and wanting to search further and further into them. Magic Kingdom will always hold a special place in my heart. 

2. Epcot 

Next up on my list is Epcot. Now, I know a lot of people are probably looking at this being like.. "really....Epcot?", but yes, and here's why. As I got older, I began to travel and become more interested in different cultures and different places. Epcot is a way for me to see a little bit of other cultures, without the hefty price tag that usually comes with traveling to Europe and other places abroad. I can spend hours upon hours in one country alone. Plus, now that I'm 21, I can drink around the world. Hell. Yes.

3. Animal Kingdom 

Growing up, I was a huge fan of zoos, and aquariums, and any other kind of animal-related place, so for me, Animal Kingdom (which is basically like one giant safari) is up there for me. Now, I don't really like a lot of the rides...well, they don't have too many that I can think of off of the top of my head. I do love Everest, and Kali River Rapids, as well as the cultural aspect that you get there. The reason it's third? I could probably see everything I wanted in a full day . 

4. Hollywood Studios

And last, but certainly not least, we have Hollywood Studios. Now, here me out, there are some awesome things about Hollywood Studios, aka MGM Hollywood Studios whenever I went for the first time, but it's not my favorite. I like Star Wars weekends, Hollywood Tower of Terror, and Rock and Roller-coaster, but that's really all I can think of. I've not ever really spent much time there. I'm going to give it another shot whenever I head down, but right now it's at the bottom of the barrel for me. 

And that's it! Those are Walt Disney World's parks in my personal preference order.

Monday, June 16, 2014

My Blogging Beginnings

I've been blogging, on blogger format, since about 2010. But honestly, I've been blogging on myspace, livejournal, and xanga for as long as I can remember. In all honesty, I've forgotten most of the blog names that I've had on myspace, tumblr, livejournal, and xanga. However, I remember my old blogger account like it was yesterday. 

I started it as A Day in the Life of Ria, then created Peppermints & Pixie Dust, which finally transformed into From The South, my current blog. I recently was reading some of my old blog posts on my original blog and am kind of astounded with some of the posts that I had written. 

One that really stuck out to me was around the time my last serious boyfriend and I started dating. It's written the day after my birthday, and all about holding hands. While it may bring back some memories that aren't so great, it also reminds me of the good times. I was so happy, and still am, and reading back brings back really great memories as well. 

My favorite quote, that apparently I wrote, says this: 

After the first time you hold hands with someone, comes the kissing and nicknames and all that other cute stuff. When you hold hands with someone, it’s like you’re telling them “I like you. I trust you. I’d like to show the world that you mean something to me”. Holding hands is such a small gesture with a big meaning.
It's kind of funny to me because it's still something that I believe today. I still think that holding hands is the greatest feeling in the world, granted it doesn't happen to me as much now, and that it's one of the most serious displays you can have. 

Remembering where I came from, and the people who have been along with my journey reminds me to stay true to myself. The past holds a great deal of meaning to me, and I do like to revisit it. It's crazy to see how wise I was whenever I was younger. It's odd to see how far I've come, but I couldn't be happier. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Fashion Friday: Emma Stone in The Amazing Spider Man 2

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What: The Amazing Spider Man 2 

Who [Designer]: Deborah Lynn Scott: known for her costume design in Titanic 
Who [character]: Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone)  

Whenever I went see the new Spider Man movie the other night, by myself, one of the first things that sucked me in was the wardrobe. Mainly, the wardrobe of Gwen Stacy (played by Emma Stone). After the movie was over, and the emotions that came with the ending, my mind immediately started racing about how I could get some of the clothes in her wardrobe. 

Over the next few weeks I'm going to try and find some of the clothes she wore in the movie, and see if I can make an outfit or two out of them. I love the fact that her outfits look so sophisticated and put together all the time. She is a character that has a great head on her shoulders & knows what she wants and how to get it. 

My favorite look of the entire movie is her look in the upper right hand corner of the collage. If memory serves correctly, it's the outfit that she wore to her interview with Oxford (it is Oxford, right?). There's something about her outfits that call to me. Maybe it's the way they're all so fitted, or maybe it's the way she looks so effortlessly put together and girly. All I know is that I want to recreate these. Badly. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The End of An Era

The last day of my internship at Oakley Plantation was interesting to say the least. One of my professors wanted to see what it was like at my internship, and the director of my internship suggested taking pictures in one of the dresses that I would wear on some days. It was so much fun, and exciting. I absolutely loved dressing up and taking pictures. Above is the outcome of that day. 

Working at Oakley Plantation in St. Francisville was an absolute dream. The people who work there were amazing, and the other girl that I interned with made it even more fun. There were days that were tiring, and stressful that's for sure, but in the end I learned so much from it. People often ask what I can do with history & anthropology degrees, but the thing is, I can do anything. Working at Oakley showed me what it was like to not only work at a state park, but a historical site, and a plantation.

Although the kind of work they do there isn't necessarily the kind of work I want to do, I now know that I can do it. One day I did some curatorial work, and fell in love with it. Although it was somewhat boring, it was more interesting than giving the tours (or so I thought). It furthered the idea that I want to work in a museum later on. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Are You Divergent?

I was a history & anthropology major (wow does that feel weird to type out), and I've been obsessed with reading for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, I used to get in trouble for staying up wayy too late past my bedtime reading books. As a punishment, my parents wouldn't send me to my room or ground me, they would take away my books.

Shortly after I graduated, I decided to pick up reading for fun again. There's something about being able to choose your own books to read that's so liberating. For the last four years, I've been told what to read, when to read it, how many pages, what book, what genre, etc. Finally, after graduating, I'm able to choose what I want to read.

With all of the books being turned into movies lately, I decided I should probably start with those books. First on my list: Divergent. The main reason that I chose it was because it's a dystopic novel that focuses on a post apocalyptic society. The premise: You get to choose what faction you're in, after a certain age, as long as you pass the initiation test. The book follows Tris and her group of friends, as well as her instructor Four.

Now, keep in mind that I'm a quick reader, but this book only took me about five hours (total) to finish. It was a quick and easy read, which I really enjoyed. I found that once I started the book, it was impossible for me to put down. Now, I haven't read the second (or third) book of the trilogy, and I've heard that the first book was the best and it went down hill from there. However, I can't really comment on that.

I found the story to be really easy to follow, and really enticing. I wanted to know more about the characters, and even small background characters. I found myself wondering what faction I may be in, certainly not Dauntless. Would I be Divergent? I would recommend the book if you're looking for something non-taxing, and easy to read. If you love Dystopian novels, like myself, you should also definitely pick it up!


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