Friday, July 23, 2010

Life of a Cast member

So today is July 23rd I have been in Orlando, Florida for 4 days... and it feels like it has only been one... I can just tell how my whole 6 months are going to be like....

Alot of things I have done and seen with my eyes and heard with my ears I have experienced the unbelieveable durring this short time here. Even though many of these things I cannot share with the public but I can say this.. Its the simple things that have the biggest impact in others lives and those are the things that matter..

I have been over the top crazy busy since the day I got here... and a gained a new appreciation for my Nanna and moms cooking... I learned the hard way how bad my cooking is.. I will practice hard at making the best foods but right now.. its hard cause everything I cook.. tastes horrible lol mind you I ate the rest of that nasty spagetti tonight (yah thats right... I was able to find a way to ruin spagetti) tomorrow I can actually try cooking a decent meal.. maybe.. haha..

My job here at Walt Disney World is Merchandise and Operations/Attractions my first job is from now till October 10th I am placed in Magic Kingdom on Main Street East (you all know that song... Walking on main street USA yah I am working there... if you dont know what the heck I am talking about youtube that song Disney Main street USA and watch it...)

So far my journey has been exciting, busy, and hot!. I look forward to seeing my costume tomorrow and finding out which store I will be working at :)

Until next time


Friday, July 16, 2010

Been to long and I am sorry!

So I haven't really updated my posts.. its been almost the whole trip to California since I wrote on this blog I do appologise..

The last two weeks in Riverside, California have been good. Yes it has had its ups and downs but what person doesnt experience that... I definately felt what one of my teachers back in Canada said I would.. I have gone into first stage depression. According to research many if not all exchange students will suffer from whats call "three stages of depression". The first stage is I am not in my comfort zone, left all my loved ones, and everything to be expected doesnt happen.. I begin to become home sick... Stage one is me dealing with new surroundings and missing my old ones.. its totally correct.. California is beautiful and warm.. but not green and full of nature like most of British Columbia. I miss my friends, family and Nicholas.

Second stage of the "depression" is I get used to being in Orlando, Florida and I am set into my new routine, nothing to really worry about school has just started.. and then it hits me.. again.. I miss home.. but this time its harder.. because holidays are coming up and yes I (hopefully) will have made friends to celebrate them with... but not who I am used to.. I am in culture shock, its hot instead of freezing, the weather itself is different, I am doing what I do everyday.. so the question that taunts me is now what...

Lastly the third stage and apparently the hardest for all exchange students.. The week after I get home.. I want to go back. I am not used to my home town, the time change, I am not used to having certain things back again nor the snow.. which I know there will be.. the winter back home will be the worst winter I have ever had because of me living in 40s temperatures. It will take time to adjust and I know that I will be able to.. I look forward to coming home and at least with this stage I will have the people that love me around me..

My weeks have flown past me at a quickend pace which shows me how fast this journey will be.. on the days I have nothing to do I feel the days drag on an on.. but I only have four of those kind of days left.. Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Monday is last day in California, and its busy busy, Tuesday is my day to fly and get house things for my appartment (my first independant home). I am looking forward to having this experience and I cant wait to meet my roomies.. I pray that they like me and that we can become friends :)

Today was my final exam for my two weeks course.. and it was supposed to be easy, and for the most part... it was. However there are strict rules... 73% is a proceed to Disney World.. and any less.... well you go home.. your time here was a well wasted expensive "educational vacation".. I feel stressed as I hate waiting for my fate to be decided either way.... I am going to Orlando.. I am pretty sure no one will get sent home but if anyone does I feel sad... all I have to say to us UCR students is that we have done our best and that we shall meet up in Orlando!!

Hows my health? sick....not really, it was today that I really started to feel sick.. I mean I had a cold or flu last week but it was today with the 85% humidity and the 43 degrees celcius that caused me to feel a little sick but nothing a nice weekend cant fix.. keeping as cool as I can even if it means indoor all day..

What time do I leave Tuesday? my airplane is the 6:55am United Airlines from LAX arriving at MCO at 2:55pm (11:55am Pacific time)

Do I miss you guys?? pssh no... JUST KIDDING!!! yes I do everday, but I know you guys are there for me whenever and wherever I am. Just like I am for you!

Will I actually keep posting on this or forget like last time? I would say I will but maybe not an everyday post.. all depends on the work load I definatley will be updating for sure to let you all know how I am and where I am at with school and work what my full role at Disney World is :)

Hugs and squishes hopes and wishes from me in Sunny California to back home to you guys in sunny Canada!


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Embarkment day!!

I would definately have to say that today was a long day........ Wake up call at 4:30am this morning catching the 5:30am shuttle to the YVR airport, checking my baggage and having to say see you later to my mom before going through security and customs... That was hard.. I tried hard not to cry cause I didnt want to cause her to cry even though it was pretty evident that she was about to.. I cried later so that it was a to myself sort of deal... Going through customs and security was interesting... I had to empty my carry on into a tray because I had a laptop... it was there they searched for drugs or harmful substances... I was like (in my thoughts) Yup you got me... I hid my crack in the mother board.... after my laptop was throughly inspected.. I had to remove my boyfriends sweater and my flippin flip flops... cause I would hide a knife in my flipflops.... haha they are silly people.. I am quite thankful that the metal detector did not go off cause I was wearing my jewlery and my bra contained metal underwiring.. I just remembered the flight from Comox to Vernon and the freakin metal detector went off... now the difference from YQQ and YVR is that when the metal detector went off in YQQ the swiped me with the bar and asked me if I had change I just could tell them no and that it was my bra... Now if it had beeped in YVR... I would have been searched... there was a scary looking guy waiting for me on the otherside I was scared for the "2 finger pick up"..... I was praying and it worked no beep and the guy smiled and told me to proceed to my gate... What a relief that was... haha only 2 more times with that worry haha maybe I just will wear a sports bra next time so I dont have to worry about that haha... My flight arrived 30 minutes early due to good weather conditions which was nice except for the fact that I had no idea where to go... LAX is HUGE!!!! I got laughed at when I went and asked where the customs office was from the baggage claim.. the international traveler aid was like you came on the AC550 flight from Vancouver right... and I was like yah... he said you should have already gone through customs.... and I was like oh... right... haha I was so tired and misinformed by the email I got from UCR about pick ups... Eventually our rides found us with there neon coloured signs.. they picked us up in this HUMONGUOS bus... there was 6 Candians on this 50 seat bus... hmmm makes me wonder who they where expecting to get off the planes... First time on a bus that size let me tell you.. We drive east of LA for about an hour on this drive we saw a biker gang chase.. pretty funny.. they where called the Los Angelas Hooligans and labled group was the Clowns haha pretty funny they where chasing this one biker who was showing off by doing stupid stunts on the freeway like pop a wheelys near our bus... after all that excitement we got to the Comfort Inn where we are staying for 2 weeks.... its nice and quaint my roomate and I are satisfied enough with the exception to the lousy internet connection... haha I had lunch at a greek food place and tried Taboule and really liked it... but have no idea what that herb was... parsley maybe.. it was delicious none the less.. now I am in the hotel waiting for 6:45pm to come so that I may walk to my supper at the college for 7pm I might stay after to watch the fire works which is at 8:30pm cause thats when it gets dark here.. I know right.. so early.. I would have to say today was long but well balanced I definatley miss home and everyone.. including my boyfriend Nicholas.. so weird not having him around I wont get used to it either... I miss the GREEN grass and trees but I know I will get used to the brown colours soon.. cause well I will be brown soon :) Nicholas better watch out and tan cause I am coming home dark haha :) well this is the end of my blogging for today... look forward to pictures when I learn how to put them up here.. and be on the look out for new posts MISS YOU GUYS!! Keep rocking the Canadian soil and the longer sunny hours... haha ~ Love Meaghan

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Goodbyes aren't always that easy to do, luckily for me this isn't goodbye. Goodbyes are forever I am just leaving for six months and then coming home right afterward..... Still as easy as going and coming sound its really not... Procrastination thou art a heartless witch... I am financially ready to leave but mentally and packing wise not really I will be by the time I leave I hope that it is within the 50 pound weight :)

Last night with my family and animals and it is so hard for me... I am trying to stay strong cause tomorrow I will be tired and sleeping all the way... I hope that things will perk up as I am used to be away for a little while.... :)

Friday, July 2, 2010