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We’re finally out of the ridiculous heat wave in Los Angeles, but sadly it did not lead straight into the gorgeous fall weather the above photo makes me think of. Instead? It’s raining today. Dreary, glum, chilly weather that brings with it myriads of people that have either never known the east coast or forgotten what it’s like to live there, because every time it rains people Freak. The Heck. Out. It would be funnier if it wasn’t mildly terrifying when I got in the car.

Today was also just a weird day. The bosses are still out of the country, and so it has been very slow in the office. Not always a bad thing, but often makes for some bizarro-time-warp type days where I can never keep track of what time it is or what’s going on.

The weird-day icing on the cake though, was that three different friends, who were not in the same location, each using different social networks (text message, FB, twitter) asked that I get married in Disneyland or Walt Disney World, when the time comes. This is not the first time this has come up, seeing as how I AM the ginormous Disney nerd among my non-Disney-friends. But THREE different people on the same day was a little ridiculous. Actually, despite the fact that it is completely the nerdiest thing ever and that if it was anyone else she would mock them for it endlessly, my best friend has been pushing for thisย since I went off to Florida my sophomore year of college. Still, this did result in me spending at least half an hour on the Disney Weddings website ย  — looking at ridiculous things like the fact that you can have your reception in the Disney California Adventure Magic Of Animation building (squee!) and this admittedly gorgeous new line of Disney Wedding Dresses that Arden showed me (I like Sleeping Beauty’s):

So thanks, friends, for keeping my Disney Geekdom burning bright on this rainy day. All this talk DID get me more excited to go to Texas in a month for my other best friend Erin’s wedding. So there’s that ๐Ÿ™‚

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Stress Reliever

I’m not entirely sure of the cause, but I can tell I’m getting stressed about something going on lately. I’ve been excessively tired the past few days. I can feel myself sort of clenching my teeth, and occasionally my jaw hurts when I wake up. Both of those can also be affected by caffeine, but I’ve really been working to limit myself to on average 1 caffeinated beverage a day (sometimes 0, very occasionally 2), so I don’t think that’s really the issue.

I’ve been working on a couple of ways to unwind, though, that have definitely been helping a little bit.

My very good friend from college, Arden, was huge on manicures, especially during “talky” tv shows (i.e. Gilmore Girls) where you didn’t have to necessarily WATCH the show (like you do for, say, Lost, especially) to enjoy it. So, extra Fall-esque manicure it is!

I’ve also started sketching pretty regularly again, which was always a favorite hobby of mine growing up, and something that fell by the wayside (which I’ve talked about some before). As I’ve mentioned before though, nothing makes me happier at a Disney park than doing an art class at the Magic of Animation (a carousel is a close #2) so I’m glad I’m getting back into it, much like this blog partially started as a kick in the pants to write more. Some recent sketches:

Office Doodles...

...More Office Doodles

Ariel sketch

A more detailed sketch - Ariel!

Between these little things, a renewed effort to work out, and a bubble bath in my future, I’m hoping I get out of this funk soon! Grey’s Anatomy should help tonight too! And maybe I’ll dig out more of my old drawing books … ๐Ÿ™‚

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A pleasant surprise this weekend, I ended up in Disneyland on Saturday to see some of my very favorite people. I believe I’ve said this before, but living in California has been a blessing versus NC — as a bigger tourist destination there is a higher likely hood people I know will be stopping through and I can stalk them until they hang out with me ๐Ÿ˜‰

Kidding aside though, it’d been about 6 months since I’d seen Ryan and Alex, and a whole three years since I’d seen Beth. THREE YEARS since the end of my Disney College Program, since all the friends I made there went back to living nowhere close to each other (except the lucky ducks in Florida). You know what’s great about these people I met at the best summer-camp-that-was-actually-a-paid-internship? It can be 6 weeks, or 6 months or 3 freaking years, and we all easily slip back into catching up and goofing off like we did back then. Ryan still insists on 27 hour days if we’re in the parks (not that anyone really complains…), and we just have fun whether it’s an all day event or a quick meal between trips.

February 2007, on our program!

Spring Break 2008 - Kellie's 21st ๐Ÿ˜‰

Break room time (Tracy, Erin, Alexis, Max, Marva, Me) - 2007

Houston, January 2008

Successfully watched all 4th of July fireworks in 1 night - 2007

Erin visiting LA, while Max lived here with me too! - 2009

TIGGER! - 2007

Laguna Beach with Tracy - 2009

My "Ohana" - 2007

Space Mountain (Beth, Me, Alex, Ryan) - Last week (2010)

I know I posted about this when I saw Matt a couple of weeks ago, but reunions make me so smiley that I had to expand upon that post with this one full of nostalgic pictures. I’ve been told next time it’s MY turn to go see people, so hopefully I can get on that soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

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