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Team Blue Pants!

February 6, 2011

Yesterday I had my first stocking shift.. Since my regular costume is a long skirt, we’re not allowed on the ladders in the stock rooms. It’s a safety thing, you know? So when the women of the Emporium have stocking shifts, we have to wear a different costume. One that includes pants.

Really, really flattering pants.

/sarcasm

So Cori and I were stocking women’s apparel yesterday.. We decided that we’re Team Blue Pants now. But whenever you say “Team Blue Pants!” you have to put your hands on your hips and lunge.

Don’t ask. We were really tired. It was past midnight.

Then when we were done working, Cori, Lindsay, and I went to T Bell. Freakin’ delicious :]

Today I work 7pm – 1am.

I need new shoes. The Dr. Scholl’s I got from Walmart don’t fit me right, and they hurt the sides of my feet by my pinky toes. I wish we could wear Crocs, because I’m seriously at that point in not even caring what my shoes look like, as long as they’re comfy (and follow The Disney Look).

I got a package in the mail from the Valentine’s Day Fairy yesterday :]]

This is a really random post. Sorry about that.

-K

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Catching up with the past month…

February 4, 2011

Yeah, so, all the CP blogs I read before coming here didn’t lie. I really am too busy working or too busy sleeping to ever update this, let alone keep up with my emails or Facebook or anything. I am so tired all the time, but work is so much fun :]

So let’s start off with a brief recap of check-in and training.

I checked in on Monday, January 10th at the Vista Way apartments. After checking in and getting our housing assignment (which there was a mix-up with, but it got fixed the next day), we were bussed to Casting where we found out our location. I officially found out that I would be working Main Street West, AKA The Emporium!

Tuesday we had off to unpack and go grocery shopping and whatever.. I had stayed at Pop Century with Mom and Shelby Monday night, so we made our way back to Chatham Square (where I’m living) and got my housing stuff fixed and then I started to unpack. While I was unpacking, Mom and Shelby went to Downtown Disney for a bit, and they went up in the Characters in Flight balloon. They also went to the Polynesian and watched Wishes from there. After Wishes, they picked me up and we went to Publix for groceries.

Wednesday morning Mom and Shelby picked me up and we went to Waffle House for breakfast. It was super delicious.. I don’t know why we don’t have a Waffle House at home. I had a chocolate chip waffle and a hashbrown patty thing.. Yummm. I had Traditions that afternoon, and Mom and Shelby’s flight was leaving that evening while I was at Traditions. Back at my apartment, we said our goodbyes and they drove off.

Traditions was informative, but a little long. Getting my name tag was super cool :]]]

In the days after Traditions, I had a sort of Magic Kingdom tour day, where a bunch of us who would be working in MK learned about the park. On that day, we saw a proposal in Town Square :] That day was really fun. We also got to ride Haunted Mansion and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. At the end of that day we all went to Costuming and checked out our first set of costumes. I love the winter coat that’s part of my costume :]

The day after that, I was in costume in the Emporium. It was a sort of Emporium-specific tour-ish day, with some training videos and whatnot thrown in. On that day, we were allowed to watch the 3 o’clock parade, since our trainer said we’d never be able to watch it since we’d always be working while it was going on. We also watched the flag retreat at 5pm. During the 3 o’clock parade, we were waving at the characters.. Tiana and Naveen waved back at us, and Naveen mouthed the words, “Welcome to the family,” at us! It was so awesome :]]

Let’s see.. After that I had a class at Disney University all about working in merchandise. We got to practice on training registers, so that was helpful.

Then I had two days of on the job training with Helen. She was a really good trainer :] However, the training days really only included register work, not really door greeting or merchantaining. So when I got my first door greeter assignment, I was like, “I guess I just stand here and wave and say hi to people…?” So I wish the training at least went over the other assignments we can receive.

I worked for about a week and a half.. Nothing too exciting. I did go to Epcot and Animal Kingdom by myself somewhere in there, on my days off.

Wednesday, January 26th, I trained in baby care and stock. Kenethia was my trainer that day.. She was a really good trainer too :] The hardest thing about stock is just knowing where all the stock rooms are and knowing what is in each stock room.

So since then I’ve just been working and going to the parks on my days off. It’s pretty much super fun :]

Speaking of going to the parks…

On January 24th, Margot (one of my roommates) and I had a Day of Adventure! We started off at Animal Kingdom in the morning, and then went to Hollywood Studios that afternoon/evening. We accomplished Kilimanjaro Safari, Expedition Everest (I think twice?), Flights of Wonder (the bird show.. which wasn’t actually super creepy like I thought it would be), and Dinosaur at AK. We ate lunch there, at Pizzafari. At HS we saw Beauty and the Beast, the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, and Rock N Roller Coaster like twice. Before Beauty and the Beast we got Mickey on a Stickies (…Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars.), and then later that night we went to 50’s Prime Time Cafe for PBJ milkshakes! Yummm!

On February 1st, I went to MK with Lindsay (an Emporium CP), so we could basically experience “the rest of the park”. I won’t talk about the rides we did, ’cause that’s kind of boring. We did get hats at The Chapeau first thing in the morning! I got the ones that look like Mickey’s pants, haha, and I also got my name embroidered on the back. In Castle Couture, we were sprinkled with pixie dust :] And in Fantasyland, Peter Pan asked us if we wanted to play a game with him.. We ended up playing follow the leader with Peter and about four little kids, hahaha :] Splash Mountain had opened up that day from its January refurb.. They added lap bars. It adds some time to the loading/unloading process, but I think it’s a good change. Space Mountain’s stand-by time was listed at 20 minutes, but it was basically a walk-on. We made our way back up to Town Square for the 5pm flag retreat.. Then we headed over to Studios to ride Rock N Roller Coaster, haha :] We rode it 4 times (it was also a walk-on..), and then got in line for Toy Story Midway Mania at 6:59, right before they closed off the queue. It was a really, really productive day.

Today I’m working at 3:30pm. I’ve basically been working afternoons and nights, but I’ve gathered that’s when most of the CPs work. It’s fine though.. It works with my internal clock. I’m fine with staying up late and waking up at 10:30am :]

In conclusion, I was making those Pillsbury holiday sugar cookies last night, and burned my hand on the cookie sheet. Good story, right? :]

-K

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Dear Joey

January 25, 2011

I’m sorry I haven’t updated my blog since I’ve moved to Florida. Things have been crazy busy. That is why your Google Reader has no alerts for Castle Party Kaleigh.

-K

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Ohhboy. :(

January 6, 2011

So if anyone actually follows my blog closely enough, you’ll notice that I posted two Disney 30 Day Challenges today and none yesterday. I actually have a super-legit reason for missing a day.

My community experienced a tragedy yesterday, in one of the high schools. My former high school. The high school my sister currently attends.

Yesterday afternoon, a student shot two of our administrators, assistant principal Dr. Vicki Kaspar and principal Dr. Curtis Case. Dr. Kaspar passed away last night. Dr. Case is currently in serious, but stable condition. He is expected to recover.

Essentially, over the holiday break, this student drove his car on the high school’s track (and possibly football field, I can’t remember right now). Wednesday was the first day back from the winter break. Dr. Kaspar called the student into her office in the morning and suspended him for 19 days for his acts over the school break. He was escorted out of the school. He returned later Wednesday, I believe shortly before 1pm, and went to the main office, signed in, and requested to speak with Dr. Kaspar. Once he got back to her office, he shot her twice in the torso. Dr. Case came out of his office across the hall, and ended up being shot three times in the back. The gunman then shot twice (or maybe three times, again, I can’t remember) down the hallway. He missed a janitor who was in the hall, however, debris from the bullets hitting something injured the school nurse. The student then left the school, drove his car about 3 or so miles away to a business park, where he shot and killed himself inside his car.

While this was happening, a code red was issued throughout the school. This means that there is a dangerous person inside the school, and that all classrooms need to shut and lock their doors, turn off the lights, and basically hide all the students away from the doors and windows. The students who were eating lunch in the cafeteria, which is the student area closest to the main office, were all hiding back in the kitchen.

Students were released from the school starting at about 2:45-ish, on a class-by-class basis. All students had to basically sign out (with police or administrators, I don’t know). The area outside the school looked like a disaster movie. There were police cruisers -everywhere-, there were SWAT trucks, there were police directing traffic, there was a news crew from every local news station as well as from the local newspaper, there were even National Guard members.

There have been several events that have already been planned and have taken place to memorialize the tragic events of January 5th. There was a gathering at noon today with (I’d say) about 150 students. There was a candlelight vigil tonight at 7pm, which was first organized through Facebook. On the 6 o’clock news, though, I saw it being announced. I’d say that there were -easily- 500 people there tonight. Students, alumni, parents, community members, everybody.

My emotions about this tragedy in general are really, really similar to my feelings when the attacks on September 11th took place. I feel incredibly violated. I can’t believe somebody can just walk into my school, my second home for four years of my life, and take a life like that.

I’m glad I’m no longer a Millard South student. I don’t think I could ever walk into that school and feel safe again. Tomorrow the students are going back. At 7:30am they’re all going to meet in the front of the school and walk in together, that way nobody has to walk into school alone. That is quite possibly the best idea I’ve heard in a long time.

Throughout this whole tragedy, I’ve been constantly impressed with everyone involved, from the teachers taking action first to protect the students, to the police and other law enforcement for making everything calm and orderly, to the parents for remaining calm (at least on the outside) and to the community as a whole. As with September 11th, I feel a great sense of patriotism after this horrendous tragedy. However, unlike September 11th, it’s not American patriotism I’m feeling. It’s Millard South Patriotism.

We are, and forever will be, Millard South.

-K

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Disney 30 Day Challenge: Day Ten

January 6, 2011

Day Ten:  Your Favorite Song

Goshhhh, I have -so many- favorite Disney songs. Seriously. The one that first comes to mind, however, is The Gospel Truth from Hercules. The Muses crack me up. They are one of the best parts of this movie. Actually, the whole movie’s pretty amazing, haha :]

-K

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Disney 30 Day Challenge: Day Nine

January 6, 2011

Day Nine:  Your Favorite Original Character

My favorite original character is probably Minnie Mouse. I love when you meet her in the parks and she sort of gestures to her eyes, then draws a heart in the air with her fingers, then points at you :] I also love her wardrobe.. She has an outfit for seriously every occasion. Look at this cute little nautical outfit for the arrival of the Disney Dream in Florida :]

-K

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Disney 30 Day Challenge: Day Eight

January 4, 2011

Day Eight:  Your Favorite Villain

I’m interpreting “favorite” as “most creepy” for the purposes of this blog post. Because the most creepy villain -ever- is Dr. Facilier (aka The Shadow Man) from The Princess and the Frog. He is seriously scary. I wonder how the little kids in the theater were okay with him, when I most certainly was not, haha.

So, if you’ve never seen The Princess and the Frog (which is an excellent movie, by the way :] ), here’s a taste of Shadow Man’s creepiness.

-K