Back to the 50's!

Whenever my mom & step dad were visiting me in Florida, we made it our mission to try and squeeze in as much Disney goodness as we could. One of the first stops on the list that my mom really wanted to go to was 50's Prime Time Cafe. There's a picture of my brother, my mom, and me in 50's Prime Time from when I was about 7 years old and we had come to visit Disney World. I wish I was at home so I could find that picture, but it's serious gold. 

One of the memories that I had from the first time we were at 50's was going to the restroom and whenever I came back, the waiter asked me what color the soap was when I washed my hands. I  froze...I didn't know what color the soap was, how was I supposed to know I just washed my hands. So I went back, washed my hands again, and looked at what color the soap was. 

This time there were many more fun moments as well. It was a trip for just me, my mom, and step dad, and it was super special to be able to spend time with just them. Since there were only three of us, the waiter sat down at the table. He was so much fun and just played along with us throughout the meal. He fussed at us for not eating everything, and fussed at us for putting our elbows on the table. The waiters and waitresses here basically act like you're part of the family, back in the 50's and I absolutely love it. 

All of the food that we tried here were absolutely delicious, and I would honestly recommend anything here. It tastes like my moms/grandma's cooking.  However for desert, which of course we had to try, I had to have the peanut butter and jelly milkshake (to-go, of course). It was seriously the best decision and I would recommend that to everyone as well. 
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Even the Bad Days, Aren't Really Bad

At times, working at Epcot was a bit challenging. That's not to say I didn't adore every second though. Working in Orlando was the most challenging and rewarding jobs I've ever had. However, wherever you work, you're going to have bad days and good days. I can honestly say that even though some days were bad, they were never really that bad. You see, working for Disney has amazing perks, one of them being that you can go into the parks whenever you'd like. 

I loved working in Epcot because when I'd have a really off day, I would just go into Epcot (either before work, or after work if they were open) and head straight to the Nemo ride. You see, not only do they have the Nemo ride inside the building, they also have an amazing aquarium. Sitting there and just staring at the fish, and the dolphins, and they even have manatees. It was so therapeutic to just sit there and watch all the different types of fish interacting. 

Working in the happiest place in the world has it's days. It's hard to stay so happy and positive whenever your job can be very trying, but sometimes all it takes is taking a moment and realizing how lucky you are to work in such an amazing place, for such an amazing company. It's the little moments like this that also remind me how lucky I am, because I can take time and just sit there for two hours if I want to. It's crazy for me to think that I'm able to do things like this whenever some people save for months/years to visit and I got to live and work there for six months. It's an experience I'll always hold near to my heart, and I wouldn't trade it for the world.
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The Stardust Cafe

Any chance to get out of the Orlando/Walt Disney World area that I could get, I took it. One of these adventures that I decided to take was with my friend Kelsey. We decided one day that we were sick of all the chain restaurants and coffee places around Orlando, so we were going to find a different place. After a little bit of searching, we found a place called the Stardust Cafe. 

It was a 45 minute drive from Kelsey's apartment, which was a 30 minute drive from my place, so we were in the car for quite a bit of time to say the least. But when we got there, it was completely worth it. To say that Stardust Cafe is a coffee shop would be selling it short, to say the least. There was a bar at night, food during the day, and coffee. Really, really, really good coffee. 

The atmosphere is what really stuck with me the entire time we were there. There were three different rooms, that were vastly different from each other. The first room that we walked into was very cozy - it had books and movies with long tables throughout the entire thing. The second room that we walked into had the coffee bar with a couple tables, and the third room had the actual bar with more tables. It was crazy to see how everything was separated, and interconnected at the same time. 

We sat there for two hours, sharing two dishes of food, each with our own coffee. We sat there and talked for hours upon hours about everything that we could think of. We talked about our future and what we were scared about. I had known at this time that I was going to be moving, and she was going to be staying. It would be the first time since we became instant best friends that we'd be living apart from each other, and that's a terrifying thought.

There was tons of art on the walls, some terrifying and creepy, some breathtaking and beautiful. We fell in love with the place, and the drive that it took to get there. Seeing the sights of Orlando was perfect, and the best way to get me to slowly but surely fall in love with the city.

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During my college program in Disney World, in Florida, I worked in a building called Innoventions. At the time, they had Innoventions East and Innoventions West. I worked in Future World West, at Innoventions East. There is a ride inside of there called Sum of All Thrills. This is where I gained my so many friends who became family. However, there is one girl who I became especially close with, partially because of the fact that we looked so similar. 

On my first day of training at SOAT (Sum of All Thrills), I was walking around with my trainer and a girl named Haena came running up to me and goes 'ANNE YOU'RE BACK.' This was the first sign of things to come - call it foreshadowing, if you will. I nervously shook my head and laughed and introduced myself. She felt bad about it for a hot second, but we quickly became friends. 

The funniest moment happened a few days later, when my now best friend Thomas was walking by Test Vehicle and I was standing there. He was standing behind me and goes 'Wow, Anne you cut your hair.' I turned around and his face turned bright red. He was so embarrassed that he literally went 'You're not Anne, sorry', turned around and walked away. I laughed so hard, after being a little embarrassed as well. Needless to say, he never mixed the two of us up again.

It took me a few days, but I finally met this mysterious Anne who I supposedly looked like. We looked at each other and just laughed, we're both tall, blonde, and about the same size. So it was easy to see why people would mistake us for each other. Plus, there were only three blondes at Innoventions, so we could understand the mishap. Anne and I became best friends really quickly, and became inseparable. It was easy because we literally lived in the same apartment complex, in buildings next to each other. 

We began to hang out so much, and even were saying the same things and spending so much time around each other, and looked so much alike (according to others), that one of our friends came up with #twinnoventions (yes, with the hashtag). It was great, and we began to tag all of our pictures with that, and we began to celebrate our best friend-iversary. Whenever we talk, we still use the hashtag, and we still tag our pictures like that. It truly was foreshadowing on my first day of work of what was to come.
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Believe in Magic, Be Our Guest, and Never Grow Up

Hello, this is me. See, I'm still alive. I'm a little bit older, and I'm a little bit wiser (jokes). But I am alive. This is my new apartment in California. I'm trying to get my life together, and I've got a lot planned out for the next couple of weeks/month. I've written down a lot from my time in Orlando, and want to mix it in with my time here in California. Which I can do, because this is my little blog. Some of the posts are about the holidays, and some are not. Some are about the people I met, while others are about places I went, or experiences I had. 

So, it may take a little bit to get back to a normal posting schedule, whatever that may be to anyone. But I'm going to try to at least post 3 times a week. This blog began as a way to keep my family updated, and document my interests (well, when I began blogging freshman year of high school) and how they changed. So that's basically what you'll see here. I've moved from Louisiana to Florida and now to California. It's been a crazy journey, but a great one nonetheless. 

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It's Christmas Time (in Disney World)!

Well, not anymore, but a few weeks (or you know, about a month or so ago) it was Christmas time and I was still in Walt Disney World. One of the most special things about Disney World is how the holidays take over and transform the resort and parks. They go all out for Halloween and Christmas, but Christmas especially. It takes over and they really do try and make it the happiest place on Earth. 

Christmas time hit Disney World back in November and stayed until January 5th(ish), and I wouldn't have it any other way. It was so happy and festive, it was hard not to be overjoyed when looking at all the decorations or see how everything was decorated for the holidays. Being away from home was definitely hard, but so worth it. 

One of my roommates and I went with my two best friends resort hopping. Little did I know they were all planning a giant surprise for me for Christmas behind my back (it was possibly the greatest Christmas present ever). We went to as many resorts as we could in one night, and were pleasantly surprised with the decorations (and how many we could actually get to in one night). 

We visited The Contemporary, The Polynesian, The Grand Floridian, and The Wilderness Lodge.  Four different hotels in one night, with a ton of time spent at each. We walked around, talked, looked at the different hotels, and grew closer as friends. We looked for each gingerbread house or gingerbread building type thing. Looking at the Christmas decorations with the people who have become family to me means the most to me. It's a memory that I will forever hold in my heart. 

The awesome thing about it, is that most of the hotels have a different Christmas tree in front of them or inside of them, and they're decorated in theme. Not only that, but each theme park had a Christmas tree outside of it decorated to the theme parks as well. My favorite theme park had to be Animal Kingdom's Christmas tree. It was done so beautifully and had all my favorite characters around it. 

If spending the holidays in Disney, or even part of the holidays, is something that's feasible for you to do, I would suggest you do it. Even if it is for only one or two days. It was beautiful and something I'm so glad that I was able to experience. 

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How to Stay in Touch

One of the hardest things about moving away from your friends and family, who are now all spread out all over the country, is that you never know when the next time you're going to talk to them is. Yes, you can text and call but there's nothing like seeing that person face to face. For me, that's where FaceTime, or Skype, comes in. 

For my parents, it's easiest if I just talk to them on the phone. I am able to set aside different days and times to talk to everyone that I want to talk to, though it takes a lot more planning then I thought it would originally. You see, living in California, I'm at least two hours behind everyone. Everyone that I try and keep in touch with either lives in the Central or Eastern time zones. Sometimes it's a three hour difference, sometimes it's a two hour difference. 

Not only that, but I have to remember what day it. This is probably the hardest part. You see, I don't work normal days. My weekends are normal weekend days, so my Monday isn't necessarily a real Monday. It's sometimes difficult to think about, and there isn't really a day go by that I don't go without asking "Wait, what's the real day today?" But I wouldn't change it for the world. 

Being able to see my friends and family, even if I can't give them a hug, is literally the best thing in the world. I can see how happy they are, if they've changed their hair, watch them roll their eyes as I say something completely ridiculous, or see how they're doing by the look on their face. That's why FaceTiming them means so much to me. My favorite dates will be these FaceTime Dates.

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