March 19, 2011

Disney - Clouds & Sunshine

I feel like I'm failing a little at the whole blogging thing, and I love blogging. But there are so many things that I love that I'm still trying to find the time to fit into my life right now that blogging has slipped into the background a little. My life has become crazy busy, just trying to juggle long hours of working, running, and sleep...which I guess you could say are my priorities. Oh, and eating. That's become a really big one too. 

This week has been killer for me, I've been so exhausted mentally and physically. Last night my shift was extended from getting off at 9:45 to getting off at 1:15, so I pulled in a twelve hour day, which seems to be happening a lot. It's crazy though, because I drag my feet to work, I moan and groan about how I don't want to go, but once I'm there, I love it. I seriously love it. Yesterday turned out to be probably the best day of work I've had so far. It was so awesome because as I was standing in Frontierland, just talking to guests as they headed out of the park (because it was a lil late) I had one lady come up to me and say thanks because everyone at Disney was so great, then I had a family come up and when they saw that my name was Mandy the husband broke down into a full rendition of Barry Manilow, and the wife looked at me and said, "My name's Mandy...I've had to put up with this for thirteen years of marriage." That started a ton of teasing going around, and I probably talked to them for ten minutes, just laughing. Oh! And then there was the guy who lives in Yukon, about ten minutes away from where I grew up! We had the full, "Do you know where the Xerox plant is? Okay go down the road from here, turn right, and I live..." conversation. You wouldn't think that it's a big deal, but every time I meet an Oklahoman we get super excited. It's like the further away from Oklahoma we all get the more like neighbors we become. Which is awesome because I've met a TON of neighbors this week. 

Anyway, this week has had it's ups and downs. Tuesday was a really bad day, this may sound crazy but it was the first bad day I've had down here. There are good things and there are bad things here, like anywhere else I suppose, and trying to navigate through the bad things without getting my heart burned in the process is tricky. It makes me a little sad, but I am having to learn how to be callous, to not trust people as easily as I have in the past, and to be on my guard more. I don't like that. I don't like knowing that I need to be more cautious and jaded. I like being innocent. I like being friends with everybody. So I called home and had an overflow of emotions and after I vented I was able to go to work, chill out a little, and then gear up for the hard thing to do... which always tends to be the right thing. Tuesday was rough. Wednesday was better. Friday things were back to normal. Funny how that always happens. 

Now today, today is going to be awesome, do you want to know why? Well, there are two of my favorite people in the whole wide world coming to visit me. Ma famille! :) Except for Jenni, who is stuck at home because of this little thing that they call college. I am SO excited to see them. At first, when they were planning this trip, I thought that they'd be coming a little bit early, because honestly I haven't been homesick since I've gotten here, but after some of the events of this week I'd say that the timing is perfect. Here's the crazy thing, on Monday I will have lived in Florida for one month. One whole month. WHOA. I am 1/6th of the way through this program...how crazy is that?! 

Time is flying by here in Florida, the days are long, the weeks are short, and the friends are good. That pretty much sums up everything. So much is happening, so many things that I want to write about now that I actually have a computer in front of me and a few minutes of free time, like getting to see some good friends from back home last Monday, or the chase for the counterfeit money man across the Magic Kingdom, or snorkeling with sharks & stingrays with Christy last week, but getting ready for work is in my near future so I need to cut this short. I'll try and be more diligent with my blogs, pinky promise.

 So that's all from my side of the world today, as I get ready to head off to Liberty Square and dish out the Mickey Mouse ice creams, and maybe, just maybe, see some famliar faces walk past me as I'm working. It's going to be a good day in the Sunshine State, I just know it.