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2018 in Review

2019 is here and I am having a hard time believing it. It feels as if 2018 just started. If I am honest, it feels like 2016 just started. I don’t know where any of this time went. This year has been a crazy one, to say the least. A year filled with a lot of new changes and frustrations and good things too. But I find in myself that when the year starts to come to a close it takes a lot more work for me to focus on the good, instead of the negative things of the year or the things I have already started stressing about for next year.

In order to start the year right, writing a post about some of the best things from my 2018 seemed like the perfect thing to do.

January

The very start of the year I flew back to school only to get in a van with others from my Theatre department and drive to Indianapolis for KCACTF (Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.) KCACTF is a theater conference held every year that has workshops to attend, productions put on by other colleges and different categories to compete in. I was really hesitant to attend because I was worried about being overwhelmed especially with it being the first week of the semester. But I am so glad I made the decision to go. It was really fun to hang out with other people in my department I don’t get to interact with much, as well as attend a ton of workshops put on by people who work in my career field. I had never been to Indianapolis before so I had a nice time visiting somewhere new and having it be my first real trip without my parents.

February

Last minute I signed up to Assistant Stage Manage this year’s Fyoo Zh En production, that is a cultural dance production put on at my school with a different focus every year. Late nights, long hours, and some puddles along the way allowed this production to be something I would never forget. It is always nice to be a part of an aspect of art and theatre that I am normally not associated with. Our dancers were amazing and my co-ASM and I had a lot of fun putting it on and having our routines of getting a juice and sweeping before the show. It was also my first time working with a fly system and boy were my arms sore after.

March

For the beginning of my spring break my grandma made a girls trip for us to Chicago. We both flew into the city (her from California, me from Ohio) and met at the hotel to spend about three days of exploring the city together. We did a double-decker bus tour seeing things like buildings Ferris Bueller’s Day off was filmed at and the historic buildings. I wanted to go to the Art Institute to see the pieces they have of Monet (who is my favorite painter) as well as have my Ferris Bueller montage moment, but instead of going there while I was getting ready my parents face timed me to surprise me with the fact I had tickets to  *wait for it* Continue reading

Navigating Disneyland at Christmastime

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“When you wish upon a star…”

Disneyland. The Happiest Place on Earth is always a place filled with magic but during Christmastime, it is really something extra special. The lights and the parades and the stylized baked goods make everything feel more magical than usual.  The past few years my family has been making a trip out of Disneyland at Christmas. So if you are up to sharing the park with an excess of people you have to visit during Christmas Time. Just make sure you have a plan when you go. Read on to see some of my favorite things to make a Disney trip great.

My family likes to get to the park right when it opens to maximize our time in the park. When you get there earlier the parks are also less crowded which means wait times will not be as crazy as they will be later into the day. This also gives you a chance to head to rides that hold the longest wait times throughout the day. We like to do Star Tours (probably our favorite ride in the entire park) or Space Mountain first as those do tend to get more crowded . Especially Space Mountain which is known for it’s up to three hour wait times.

Another thing we do to maximize what we are able to do throughout the day is to get fast passes for our ‘must ride’ attractions. Fast passes are probably the best way to utilize your time well. With a fast pass, your wait time can go from the would be an hour(s) to around 15 minutes. Just remember you can only hold one fast pass at a time until you use it, or until the time at the bottom of the pass has passed. Be warned that fast pass times for popular rides go fast. Continue reading

Christmas Traditions

The Christmas season has always been a time that I spend with my family. Since I could remember there was always certain traditions my family has done every year. I remember writing a paper on my favorite traditions in 3rd grade instead of writing about one single favorite Christmas memory. What can I say I’m an overachiever. (Though my grade did not reflect that… oops) Christmas isn’t about presents but the presence of being with family and having fun together. So here are my favorite, simple, Christmas traditions.

Tamales

Instead of turkey or ham for Christmas Eve dinner, we have Tamales! We typically have Chicken, Beef, Jalapeño and Cheese, and sometimes sweet ones that are pink. Though I don’t like those at all. My grandpa mixes the masa, which is like dough made of corn, and usually, it is my grandma, mom and I spreading it onto dried corn husks and adding the filling.  My favorite way to eat them is the next day when my mom warms them up on the comal and they get a bit crunchy.

Secret Santa

Another of our traditions is we do a Secret Santa Gift Exchange. One with the kids and one with the adults. At Thanksgiving, we pick names out of a hat so we know who to shop for. Us kids write down a list of things we would want and put that with our names. As we have gotten older most of our lists now say things like “socks” or “gift cards for food.” 3 of us are in college now and practicality is starting to overrule more fun items. Though you can never go wrong with having too many pairs of fluffy socks. Continue reading

Halloween in Review 2018

“Boys and girls of every age Wouldn’t you like to see something strange? Come with us and you will see This, our town of Halloween”

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I have always loved Halloween. It gives an excuse to dress up for a day without anyone judging you, and then at night you get free candy during trick or treating. And who doesn’t like free candy? As you get older, things start to change and trick or treating is not really something done in college, but that doesn’t mean the day can’t be just as fun.

Last year my roommate and I threw a small Halloween gathering where we watched Halloween movies (like Mostly Ghostly and The Corpse Bride) and ate snacks and candy. This year was a bit different. Continue reading

3 Perfect Everyday Comfy Outfits for School

School is five days a week and when you spend up to 10 hours a day going to classes and extracurricular activities you want to be comfy. I know one of the things I hate most is sitting in a class and starting to feel uncomfortable in what I am wearing. It takes all your focus and at that point, you don’t want to be in class and you most certainly don’t want to be sitting there in your uncomfortable clothes. So today I am going to share with you 3 perfect everyday outfits for school that are sure to keep you stylish, but most importantly COMFORTABLE.

I will link my pieces down below!

A Tee Shirt and Jeans

Tee and JeansThere is nothing better than the good ole tee shirt and jeans. Cute, casual and oh so comfy. This combination is a win every time, and it is incredibly versatile. Any tee will work; a graphic tee, oversized, or just your favorite plain tee. Not to mention that same shirt can be worn different ways to change up the look. Try it tucked in, tied, or leave it loose to accent your comfort. Pair it with a jacket, flannel or cardigan, plus your favorite pair of shoes and you are all set to go. My go to is always my trusty Converse, but you could always pair it with booties or heels for a more put together look too. The shirt I’m wearing is from American Eagle. It is super soft and one of my favorite tees. Continue reading