quotes Elisquared likes

"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green


Some Insight

(from A Softer World)

1. Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration all over, but there are some specific sites that I frequent to get ideas both for online and offline
And many more, but those 7 are my daily go to sites.

2. Have you got any hobbies or interests you’ve let lapse & wish you would take up again?

I really regret giving up the trumpet. I played for 8 years and was classically trained. I wish I would have pursued playing in college, but my life lead me to do more writing then music. I don't regret giving up band to do newspaper, and working on my writing through newspaper and writing group during college, but I sometimes have the itch to pick up the trumpet and blow.

3. One tea party. Ten invitations. Who do you invite?
This is such a easy and hard question. Easy for the first 5 but then hard for the last 5.
  1. My sister, Melissa
  2. John Green
  3. Mitchell Davis
  4. Nathaniel Fick
  5. Barack Obama + Michelle Obama (CHEATER! LOL)
  6. Gala Darling
  7. All of the 5 Awesome Girls (I'm a cheater again LOL)
  8. Rebecca Woolf
  9. Tony Blair
  10. Tessa (aka Meekakitty)
Yes I believe that is a suitably eclectic group for tea.

4. Who was your favorite teacher at school & why?
As I am still in school, I am going to say one of education professors, Professor Edge. She taught my High School Methods class, my High School Practicum class, my Grammar for Teachers class, and now my Teaching Reading class. She is my Educational Idol. I agree with her viewpoint on student involvement and teaching strategies. Her focus on community ans student-centered classrooms. I just am so extremely grateful that I have her as a mentor and professor.

5. Have you ever been in a long-distance relationship?
Nope, never. Unless you count the 2 months my boyfriend in high school was in Jamaica with his father over summer vacation (which I don't). I don't plan on ever having a long distance relationship. I'm not emotionally strong enough to be away from the man I love for that long.

Fail Whale

I failed at my whole BEDS idea, which really sucks. I think I'm never going to be one of those people who can force themselves to write. I can make all the declarations I want, but in the end unless I feel inspired/motivated I'm simply not going to write. But I'm not looking it as a flaw but as a learning experience about myself. So even though there is a fail!narwhal above, the birds keep him a float. Metaphor much?


I'm late!!

Eek! Already BEDS is kicking my butt! However I feel until I go to bed it is not the next day, therefore today is still September 4. But I am tiiiired, so I leave you with only this awesome video by Charlie McDonnell.


Disney's Backstage Magic Tour!

Here it goes: My Day on the Backstage Magic Tour!!!
  • Had to wake up at 5:30am to leave the house by 6:30am.
  • Got to EPCOT at 8:00am had a half-hour until tour, searched for bathroom.
  • Joined tour, received tour badge; got on the tour bus - our tours guides were Brian and Mary from the Disney Institute!
  • Went behind the scenes at the American Adventure Pavilion and learned about forced perspective which is used to make the building appear smaller than it is by making things, such as doors and windows, larger by comparison. This was done because it is larger than all the other world showcases, and Disney wanted to make things egalitarian.
  • Got to see the test run of the show, American Adventure, and saw the staging area where two elevators the size of freight cars are used to move around the sets for the show. They come up 5 inches below the seats of the audience and you can't hear a thing!
  • EPCOT is also the only place other than Washington D.C. to hold an Inaugural Parade. They hosted Regan's President’s Inaugural Bands Parade on Memorial Day weekend, 1985.
  • Back on the bus, already pooped from the heat.
  • Traveled to Magic Kingdom.
  • Toured Main Street USA, which uses forced perspective as well, but the flip. By making things smaller as the building moves up gives the appearance of height. Also in order to make the walk from Main Street to Cinderella's Castle seem longer they employ forced perspective, making the sidewalks bigger at the beginning and smaller at the ends.
  • Disney believed that "Guests could sense perfection" and as such used true to life props. The architecture on Main Street is take from all over America giving each person a taste of their hometown and the bricks used to create the American Pavilion are made from Georgia clay and laid with traditional masonry techniques concurrent with Colonial times.
  • Then went down into the Utilidors - the first level of the Magic Kingdom
  • Learned about AVACS (Automated Vacuum Assisted Collection System) which takes garbage from all over the Magic Kingdom and shoots it at a speed of 60mph to the collection site behind Splash Mountain. There the garbage is shifted through and either recycled or turned into compost which is later used throughout the park.
  • Learned Pin Collecting was created to help initiated a Guest/Cast Member experience.
  • Disney doesn't see Universal as competition because while Universal is in the roller coaster business, Disney is in the emotional connection business. They want you to make memories which will last forever.
  • Got back on bus, headed for Central Shops
  • Central Shops is where they make everything the parks need from ride vehicles to trash cans. It's cheaper to make it in-house and then they also have full quality control.
  • We saw the paint shop, the mold shop and the animation shop - this is where the animatronic figures are created; there are two different kinds: hydraulic and compression.
  • Back on to the bus, headed for LUNCH!
  • We ate at the Wilderness Lodge - Whispering Canyon Cafe. This was a family-style lunch, where we had coleslaw, mashed potatoes, baked beans, sausage, ribs, chicken, and cornbread. For dessert there was strawberry-peach cobbler. Oh god it was soooo good!
  • Back to the bus, headed to Hollywood Studios.
  • Toured Creative Costuming. This is where they design the costumes for all the cast members from the dancers on parade to Ariel herself. The difference is that some costumes are created to fit a general body type, such as for the Snow White who just signs autographs BUT then there are costumes for the Equity performers such as Tinkerbell in the fireworks finale. These costumes are custom-tailored to fit each actor's body.
  • Then headed to Tower of Terror. We could hear the screams when the elevator doors opened. We toured the staging area. There are 8 ride vehicles, four for each shaft. And there is a computerized series of drops which randomizes it for each ride so as they say it's "Never the Same Fear Twice!"
  • Back to the bus, even more tired from the sun.
  • Finally we headed to Animal Kingdom. We toured the warehouse for Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade. Each vehicle is run on electricity, and the extra "cast members" you see on the vehicles are guests who are usually a part of the Children's Miracle Network or Make-A-Wish Foundation. I cried when I heard that. To think that you might be grumpy watching this parade and complaining why YOU can't be in the parade while these kids are literally dying to be there.
  • After the warehouse, we went to the Tree Farm where they grow all the plants for around the parks. But the coolest thing they do there is make the topiaries. There are three different kinds: Bush, Boxed, and Frame. The Bush is just as it sounds, the figure is carved from a planted bush. They last the longest of all. The Boxed are like the bush but planted in a wooden box so they can be moved if needed. The Framed is the most fragile. Each is made out of a frame stuffed with compost then lain-over with the different plants. Because there is no root system the plants have to be constantly irrigated. These frames are also copyrighted and cannot be re-produced anywhere else.
  • And last but not least, we went and watched Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade. It was cool to see the huge animal puppets in action. You really see Africa in the design and colors which is another nod to detail.
  • Back on the bus for the last time, traveled back to EPCOT. Received commemorative Backstage Magic pin! YES! But I'm so tired by this time it is a miracle I even made it to the car.
There's the write up, including the few pictures we were able to take, of the tour. I thought, and so did my sister, that it was worth it for the real Disney enthusiast. To really love the care and time that is put into each thing at the parks, you have to love Disney. Also it's not for those who will freak out by seeing the off-stage stuff. You need to be able to separate the magic from the mechanics. So if you can do that, I really really recommend going the next time you're visiting Orlando!

***The thoughts and opinions expressed in this blog are my own. I am not getting paid by the Disney Corporation or it's subsidiaries to talk about or endorse this tour.


UNIVERSITY!!! (or why I hate being an adult)

1. I missed the first day of BEDS because of all my crazy homework.
2. 15 credits + job + scatt + literati = no sleep
3. Did I mention CRAZY homework? (like read 1,000 pages over the weekend)

(Even though I bitch, I do love college and all the great people I've met.)

As to not have this post be utter crap, I will share my excitement over what I am doing tomorrow!!!

For my sister Melissa's 27th birthday our parents got her tickets to this:

Discover some of the secrets behind the magic of Walt Disney World Resort! Get an in-depth look at the creative and technical operations used behind the scenes to bring innovative special effects, world-class entertainment and elaborate attractions to life.

At Epcot, we'll reveal some of the exquisite details that make The American Adventure one of our most popular attractions. You'll see Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom theme park in a whole new light after your guide leads you through a hidden world—the legendary underground "Utilidor" tunnel system.

From artistic accents to eye-catching designs, nearly everything that surrounds you at Walt Disney World Resort is created and maintained by the artisans of Central Shops whose masterpieces transport you to Fantasyland and beyond. Take a break with a family-style lunch at the Whispering Canyon Café at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. Then, see how horticulture and landscape design play a starring role in creating an endless variety of uniquely themed environments at the Walt Disney World Nursery & Tree Farm.

Head to Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park and see how Walt Disney Imagineers combined cutting-edge design with breakthrough technology to create the thrilling Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Here, as in every corner of Walt Disney World Resort, wardrobe is an integral part of the magic, so you'll learn how the Creative Costuming team outfits the performers in Disney parades and shows. Finally, wrap up a most wonderful day at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park with an up-close look at Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade.

So I'm really really excited about tomorrow. Which reminds me I need to go home.

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