Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Day 570: Vlogs are Up!

You all know how I don't like to make a blog post about my Disney trips until all the vlogs from said trip are finished, right? Well I have some great news. All 5 vlogs from my March trip to Walt Disney World are finished and live on YouTube. With everything going on it always takes a bit of time to get around to actually editing them, and then because of my lack of internet at home, I have to make around a half hour drive to get to internet that I can use to upload the video (I go to my college, because I could use the internet at the local library but I don't want to make it slow for everyone else by sitting and uploading a video. That would be super rude).

The point is, they're all finally up and ready for you to watch now, if you so wish. They get kind of long, but when you have six hours of video from a five day trip, of course it's going to be hard to narrow that down. Plus, I always try to put a variety of stuff in for my friends.

Next up? The vlogs from the band trip, and then the giant project that is the Seymour High School 2014 Band Trip Video. It'll be interesting to say the least.







So there you have it, my adventures from five days at Walt Disney World this spring. I'm currently in the process of working on another YouTube series as well, which just went up on my channel, so be sure to check that out too! 

Other than that, work progresses slowly on the front of catching up on the blog. I don't even know how many days I have left to write before the end of the summer, but it's a ridiculous number. Hopefully I'll be able to get it all done! 

Have a magical day!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Day 569: Welcome Aboard Mate

Yes, I do LOVE Once Upon A Time, and Yes, I AM trying to get everyone I know to watch it because I want it to continue for a very long time (or at least for like...Season 5...but let's get through Season 4 first). So of course I'm trying to catch one of my close friends up on the entire series. It started several months ago, when we began at the beginning of the show and slowly made our way through seasons one and two. Back then she swore she would never like Captain Hook or ship CaptainSwan like I do, but it seems those days are over.

Now we're over halfway through Season 3, and she's been going crazy. I regularly check the #CaptainSwan tag on Instagram, and I generally know most of the spoilers for the upcomming season, although I'm trying to be better about it this time (it's not working). All else aside, I'm a huge CS shipper. No doubt about it.

What I didn't expect was for a front row seat for the "This is what Lizzie looks like when freaking out" show.

My friends are always teasing me about how much I am addicted to this show, but we've previously discussed why that is. About how in reality this show is like my constant and I need it to survive and it gives me something to look forward to each and every week and so on and so forth. And when we watched the season finale, my friends debating videoing me just so I could see what I look like when I freak out.

Turns out we don't need that at all, because my friend is going to show me anyways, only it won't be her pretending to be me. No, she's freaking out all on her own. Megan and I, both of whom are caught up on the show and have been patiently waiting for Season 4 for the past however many days, are kind of evil though. When she wants to watch Once we spend as much time as possible doing random crap just to make the "hiatus" for her longer, which is generally only a day or two. But boy is it going to be a good time when we get to the end of Season 3 and she still has to wait at least a little bit of the hiatus that's left until Season 4.

My biggest accomplishment here though is the simple fact that I got one of my friends super addicted to Once Upon a Time, just like I am. And it really is entertaining to watch her flail around because she ships CaptainSwan so much. It's a new experience for me since I'm generally the one doing the flailing and freaking out. Some of it is real, most of it is acting, but one thing is for sure: it's seriously entertaining.

Have a magical day!

(This blog post was written on July 23, 2014).

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Day 531: Basically Famous

So I'm still no where the level of famous that some people are, and I certainly don't want to be. It sounds like a lot of work.

But let's review. Since I've become such a huge fan of OUAT (which really started in 2011, but didn't get bad until this last year), I've had just about one goal. Since we got into Disney for and I had to put my dream focus somewhere else, right? I set it on tweets from the cast and crew of Once Upon A Time.

As you all know, I've previously gotten tweets from several cast members. There's been favorites and retweets as well, and I have to simply give special shoutouts to Adam Horowitz for those two tweets and Gabe Khouth for being awesome all the time. Of course, the tweets I've gotten are not limited to that. In fact, prior to July 15, I've gotten notifications from 10 cast and crew members (not including multiples for a couple of them). That's a whole bunch!

But as you can imagine, there's a couple cast members that I set my sights on, most notably Colin O'Donoghue and Jennifer Morrison. As two of my top three favorite actors, of course they're going to be at the top of the list. I've been trying for months to get a tweet, and I decided that my birthday was going to be my goal. If I could get a tweet from Colin on my birthday my life would basically be complete.

Not that I thought any different of that day from any other day I had tweeted him. It's not exactly something I just started recently, and we all know how absolutely difficult it is to get a tweet from this guy.

My birthday started out right at midnight as some of my closest friends, who are awesome, texted or Facebooked me. Now, my friend Emily talked about how she wished she could get Colin for me for my birthday, and my best friends said the same. Then, my friend Allie sent me this:


And then one of my roommates for this next year, Ashley, sent me a picture of Colin as well. So I guess you could say that Colin was a popular theme on my facebook wall for my birthday this year. 

So I figured, well, I might as well tweet about it. Megan had sent Colin a tweet earlier in the day saying that a happy birthday would make my life, and then I tweeted and when a few minutes later my phone buzzed I HONESTLY THOUGHT IT WAS A JOKE. 

But nope...this happened: 


COLIN O'DONOGHUE TWEETED ME. HE ACTUALLY TWEETED ME. HE TOLD ME HAPPY BIRTHDAY. BLOODY HELL THIS REALLY IS THE BEST THING SINCE FINDING OUT WE WERE GOING TO DISNEY FOR BAND. 

Literally you guys have no clue how happy this makes me. Last night, I was trying to go to bed when I checked twitter and I ended up on his profile and the tweet is still sitting there obviously and then I got all smiley and was just WAYYYYYY too happy to sleep. BECAUSE COLIN TWEETED ME. 

And then, of course, everyone asked me what I'm going to do now. I've marched down Main Street, I've gotten a tweet from Colin, one of my favorite actors. Basically, my dreams have been fulfilled. So what's next? Well...there's always JMo. And now that this actually happened I have my sights set on thanking him in person someday. 

Because let's be real here. We all know I'm going to meet him someday. Whether or not I'll faint in the process though, that's another story. 

Have a magical day! 

(This Blog post was written on July 17, 2014).



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Day 555: Updates Galore

If my internet was slow at the beginning of the summer I don't even know what to call it now. Lately I've taken to spending my afternoons at the local library so I can make some use of my time and the internet they provide there. It works, but only until my laptop dies. By that point I'll have been sitting here for a number of hours, and it's not as if I can literally sit here all day. Plus, I honestly have no clue where an outlet is in this place, nor do I want to awkwardly walk around looking for one, but I'll let you know if I do end up locating one.

Either way, as you can imagine, having such a limited internet access has made life pretty difficult, and I've taken more to writing in the privacy of my own home than anywhere else. Because of that, it's not like I go anywhere, and while I do have several blog posts ready to go and upload, when I am at the library, I have other work to be getting done before I focus on my own stuff.

The last month has been pretty darn crazy. The band trip was a huge success, although it's not as though the drama from it has calmed down. In fact, I think it's gotten worse since we returned. But either way, I've got all of that to deal with, not to mention the band trip video, which is already approaching the 10 hours of work line...and I haven't even started the editing. But there will be plenty more on that some other day. This is about updates.

Sadly though, because of such a limited internet access, I'm going to have to extend my hiatus. But don't worry, as I progress through the rest of the summer I'm going to do my best to continue writing each day. Then, at the end of the summer, once I'm settled back into my new dorm room at St. Norbert, I'll upload all of the days that I've missed, and as far as I know right now, that DOES include the missing month from June to July 4! But I just thought that I would give you all another update. I am alive, thankfully, I'm busy, with no internet, and pretty much no way to continuously update the blog (because let's be real here...I can't sit at the library every single day and they're not even open on the weekends so yeah).

But I'll be back soon, just as I always was, and everything will go back to normal. Gosh, I can't wait for that to happen either. I want to go back to my daily blogging!

Have a magical day and I'll see you as soon as possible!


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Day 520: A Real Masterpiece

Now, I mentioned that while I'm watching all the Disney animated movies in order, the chances of me blogging about every single one are pretty bad. And that's very true. As much as I love all the Disney films, blogging about every last one seems like a ton of work, especially since when I watched I'm generally also working on something else at the same time, whether that be writing on another project I'm working on or tagging pictures or editing video. Whatever it may be, I sort of half watch the movie and half work on whatever it is I'm doing. Of course, I still am paying attention, and this is all really beside the point other than the fact that I'm saying I'm generally not blogging while actually watching the movie. If I did that, honestly the whole blog post would just end up being really jumbled and such anyway.

However, when I come across a film that gives me a fair topic for a blog post, I can't help but share with you. Tonight's film, the first one in several days because I've been so busy, was Fantasia. To be honest, most of my friends don't really like the movie, and after a little while it can be a bit of a bore to watch. It's not quite like the action movies we see today where everything is one thing onto the next. It runs at a much slower pace, and you have to sit and stop to appreciate the beauty that is in it. Which is kind of what I half did. For a while in the middle I wasn't paying the closest attention, but towards the very end I really got thinking about the film.

You, first of all, have to remember that Fantasia was made in the year 1940. That was a LONG time ago. Second, look at the length of the film, just over two hours. Compare that to Snow White or Dumbo, both clocking in at around an hour, and compare that to other films of the time as well. A full film with synchronized sound that was over two hours wasn't the most popular thing at the time, and when you compare that to the animated movies of today, many of those don't even beat that length, falling at least several minutes short of that two hour time span. So, while not everything in the film is actually animated, one could still point out the fact that for an animated movie, it's actually quite long. In addition, we must remember that everything is in color, also a newer basis at the time. Granted, films had been in color for several years, but each frame of that movie had to be hand painted at the time, while many of the animated films we see today are created with a computer. Now, I'm not saying that these computer animated films are any worse or took less time, because I very well know that computer animated movies can take years to create. Just look at Cars, which took four years alone! But hand painting is a daunting task. If you make a mistake on a computer you can just erase it. But a mistake in real life on a real board? That's not quite as easy to reverse.

Add all of this to the spectacular soundtrack that backs it, and maybe that's just the music major in me, and you have a true masterpiece. Maybe it is partly because of when it was made, but even today an undertaking like that would be crazy, and I honestly can't wait to watch Fantasia 2000 to see how it compares. I don't think I've ever watched them both within a close amount of time, so it shall be interesting to say the least.

But for now, I'll continue all my work, whether that be blogging or writing or video editing or just sitting down to enjoy one of these classic Disney films.

Have a magical day!


(This blog post was published on July 23, 2014).

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Day 519: Questions

It's kind of difficult, to be honest, trying to make up over a month of blog posts while continuing to blog while also having very limited internet. Honestly, the only time I really get any work done on my blog is when I come back to St. Norbert and sit in the music lobby just so I can use the internet here. It's a million times faster than my internet at home (and that's when that internet actually works), so at least I can make some progress.

But with a busy schedule alongside that, it makes you wonder, what if I took an official break? There are some ups and downs to that idea, so let's go through the pros and cons, and I guess at the end of this particular post, I'll decide once and for all if I'm going on hiatus.

First off, I currently have 34 blog posts I could write, or should write rather, in order to catch up. A good portion of these actually have topics already placed with them, but at the same time, many of those topics are now a month old. Between finals and moving home and all the work I was doing, it just wasn't happening in those last few weeks of school, despite the fact that there's plenty of Disney to talk about. The issue here isn't WHAT to talk about, but rather the time it takes to talk about it. I've made up a week of blog posts in about five hours before, several times. Depending on the topic it can take more time, or less time. But that's only 7 posts. We're talking 34. That's about 24 hours of work, and since I can only work so much at home (because unfortunately all of my blog information is neatly organized on GoogleDocs and I don't really wish to download it all to my laptop), that's work I can only do, for the most part, here at SNC.

Plus, if I went on hiatus, I feel like I wouldn't know where to stop or start. Like, would I go through and mark a stop date and then a start date later in the summer? How would the Day numbers work? And how angry would I be at the end of the year when I don't have 730 blog posts? That's a HUGE question. And there's the fact that I really DO love blogging, and I would certainly miss my opportunity to talk about Disney on a daily basis. And, once you stop it's not all that easy to get back in the habit, trust me. There's also the small problem that is these sort of random posts in the middle. What do I do with those?

However, I do have other summer projects. I still have three vlogs to edit from my March trip to Walt Disney World, and in just a few short weeks I'll be returning with my high school band, meaning four new vlogs and a GIGANTIC Band Trip Video (It's going to be seriously awesome). And, very soon, (because I can finally make this announcement), I'm going to be doing weekly Disney vlogs on my YouTube channel, mostly as a kind of trial and error thing. If I happen to really enjoy it I'll continue into the next year hopefully, but if it doesn't work out then I won't (although I'll still always have my Disney trip Vlogs). On my Instagram I'll be doing Disney photo challenges almost all summer as well, meaning there isn't a lack of Disney there.

I guess, after all of this debate I HAVE come up with a decision.

Starting tomorrow, June 4th, 2014, I will go on Hiatus for a month, meaning I'll be back on the most wonderful Fourth of July. Over the next month, I'm going to go back and work on the posts from the missing month, therefore working up to the current number of 519 blog posts. I can't guarantee when each one will appear, but they will over time.

This is a super tough decision for me, and it IS possible that once I return I will make up the month of June as well. I do, after all, have a 24 hour bus ride to Florida that I could use to work on stuff (and a 24 hour bus ride back).

Either way, I will return for sure on July 4 with Day 520 (unless I do later decide that I am able to make up the month of June). Until then I wish you all magical days, safe travels and a very happy month of June. See you in July!


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Day 517: IT'S HAPPENED!

It's funny, because this is one of those things where I knew about it, but I couldn't really tell you guys until I knew for sure and it actually went through, but now that everything's done with, I can finally share some super exciting news with you!

If you follow me on Instagram, this might already be old news (in fact it should be), or if you're friends with me on facebook, where I released the news a number of weeks ago when I first found out. But for those of you in neither category, it's time for me to share something really awesome!

One of my instagram photos was chosen to be features on the official Walt Disney World Instagram and as you well know, this is a pretty big deal for me. I LOVE Instagram. In fact, it's probably my favorite form of social media, and I LOVE Disney, obviously, so putting the two together is just about my favorite thing ever. But to be featured on the official instagram? That's crazy, even for me. It's like one of those things where you really really wish it would happen, but you know the chances of it going down are super small so you just kind of push it to the back of your mind and then all of a sudden it happens and surprises you like no other.



The story behind how it all went down is pretty funny though. I actually took the picture while half walking. It was on my March trip, and my brother and I like to walk the back route between Tomorrowland and Storybook Circus. You know, the pathway that goes beyond Space Mountain's Gift Shop, past the speedway and the train, as well as the little dog park that sits over there, leading right up to the Barnstormer (Oops, Great Goofini), and the Train Station? That pathway. Along there, you can find the target that's in the picture, and we were about to walk by it when I told my brother to hold up for a minute while I snapped a quick picture with my phone. That tends to be how things work out. I'll have the video camera in one hand and my phone in the other, both of them on and taking pictures. It gets pretty crazy to tell the truth. So I catch a picture and I don't think anything else of it. Then, a while later (I believe it was actually after I got home), I posted the picture on Instagram and again, didn't think much of it. I post Disney pictures all the time, so why should this one be any different?

Fast forward like a week or so. I'm sitting at my desk in my dorm room working on homework (I think it was sociology, but I could be wrong), and my phone is sitting there in case someone texts me and so on and so forth. Out of the corner of my eye, I happen to see a notification pop up on the screen, since I get Instagram notifications only when people follow me, comment, or tag me (doing it for every favorite would just be ridiculous at this point). All I read was "@WaltDisneyWorld commented on your phone:" and I was like OH MY GOSH. So I'm sitting there at my desk and I'm freaking out and my roommate is like "What's going on?" because I was literally flailing around and jumping off the walls and the only time I ever get like that is when a member of the Once Cast tweets me or something, but I think I was more excited than when that happens (Although, having now experienced it, the tweet from Colin O'Donoghue on July 15 takes the cake in the freak out mode). I tell her, continue freaking out, reply yes to the official instagram and patiently wait for my picture to be used.

It must have been about a month later when it finally went through and was featured, during, of all times, my High School's 2014 Graduation. I'm sitting up in the bleachers of our Field House freaking out because my Instagram notifications are going absolutely insane and, in the end, I was just really happy.

I mean, let's be real here, it's not every day the official Instagram likes your photo so much that they're going to feature it. Let's just check "Be Featured by Walt Disney World" off the bucket list and move onto the next one: "Be Featured by Disneyland!"

Have a magical day!

(This blog post was posted on July 17, 2014).