Friday, July 30, 2010

Test E-mail Blog

I just want to see if this works. It might be how I blog during my first four days in Florida before check-in.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tales of a Disney College Program Hopeful -- Vlog #27

Savings Update (Probably My Last One)

(11) Days until check in
(7) Days until I leave for Orlando
(2) Days until Charlie St. Cloud

Just added to my Disney savings! :)

New Total: $671.56

I deposited my last paycheck from the job in the bank the other day. I originally thought I was going to be needed next week, but I've been told I won't be. So, Friday is my last day at work. I didn't reach my goal of $800, but I'm still proud of what I did manage to save.

Tomorrow is my last day of my internship, and then I've got a farewell lunch with my cousin. Then Friday I'm working, and then Friday night after I get off work I've got two friends coming over to hang out one last time before I leave, Saturday is my family send off party, Sunday I have my cousin's bridal shower, and then all I have left to do is pack for Florida (which I've already pretty much done.)

The countdown is winding down, folks! It's very exciting!

That's all for now! Until next time, have a magical day! :)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Tales of a Disney College Program Hopeful -- Vlog #25


That's all for now! Until next time, have a magical day!

To-do/Top 5 List Update!

(17) Days until check in
(13) Days until I leave for Orlando
(8) Days until Charlie St. Cloud
(0) Days until Ramona & Beezus

1. Buy a car. I'm really close on this one guys. Ruby is being totaled. So I must find something else. The insurance company is only giving my 6,000 so I need something affordable but quality. I've found something I like. I just need to convince my dad to like it too.

2. Find an apartment in Boone for Spring 2011. So far I've had no luck. I've only found two real possibilities and neither one of them got back to me. But I'm going to keep looking until I leave and after I leave (if I haven't found anything by then). (Now to be done in October while I'm in Florida).

3. Finish filling out my W4. This is all I have left of my on boarding paperwork.

4. Find my birth certificate or have a Passport made. This is for check in. I either need a passport or my driver's license and birth certificate.


5. Buy a pair of dress flats for my "Non-costumed" Disney look. I need a pair of black flats to go with my Disney professional clothing. 

 6. Apparently I have to add "Get renter's insurance" to this list. Ugh. (To be done as soon as I move into one of the CP apartments).


Find My Birth Certificate:

So my adventure today was ALL about getting this done. Only Forsyth County's court and government buildings are so spread out that it took us FOREVER to find the Office of Deeds. We walked in the heat (and in circles) for HOURS. I, however, learned that Forsyth County has a "Hall of Justice" which really made the comic book nerd in me happy. But I'm now sunburned from all the outside walking. (And exhausted).

Tomorrow I plan on filming and editing a vlog about the classes I plan on taking, and I'm also going to start filming things for packing vlog. :)

We're into crunch time now, people! I'm so excited!

Next Wednesday will be my last day for my internship, and then next Saturday will be my Send-Off part with my family friends (which I am BEYOND excited for!) My friend Holly is now coming with us to Orlando. She's going to be hanging out with me while I get settled at Disney and then leaving with my parents on the morning of August 11th. She's never been to Disney and I can not wait to get her down there! We're also going to go to Islands of Adventure and pay a visit to Hogsmeade as we're both HUGE Harry Potter fans. (I fully intend on buying a wand).


That's all for now!


Until next time, have a magical day!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Savings Update!

(18) Days until check in
(14) Days until I leave for Orlando
(9) Days until Charlie St. Cloud
(1) Days until Ramona & Beezus

Just added to my Disney savings! :)

New Total: $501.56

I have one more full paycheck and then probably a partial paycheck after that. Hopefully those two paychecks will put me up around $800 before I leave.

That's all for today! Until next time, have a magical day! :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Disney Bucket List

(19) Days until check in
(15) Days until I leave for Orlando
(10) Days until Charlie St. Cloud
(2) Days until Ramona & Beezus 

 1. Ride all the rides I've never ridden before! This goes for any walk through attractions and shows as well! Which is a total of 23 MK attractions, 10 Epcot attractions, 7 Studios attractions, and 11 DAK attractions.

2. Visit both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach as I've never been.

3. Take any and all tours that I can.

4. Go to Beaches'n'Cream with 3 other people and order "The Kitchen Sink"

5. Eat at as many Disney restaurants as I can afford.

6. Visit all the Disney Resorts (And visit them all again around the Holidays).

7. Attend the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, Spirit of Aloha, and Mickey's Backyard Barbecue

8. Be a part of a Character Dining experience. :)

9. "Drink" around the world. When I say drink I don't mean alcohol, lol. Maybe I'll try something at some point during my journey "around the world" but for the majority of it I will be "drinking" non-alcoholic things.

10. Eat around the world. Eat at at least one stand/restaurant in each World Showcase.

11. Get pictures taken with all of my favorite characters.

12. Eat the Thanksgiving meal sandwich at Earl of Sandwich.

13. Go to Disney Quest and Characters in Flight at Downtown Disney.

14. Ride Star Tours as many times as I can before it closes for "Re-imagining"

15. Experience as much of "Summer Nightastic" as I can within my first week there.

16. Tour the park with my friend Beth on my day off. ;) (I know many Beths so if you're reading this and you've never talked to me about touring WDW with me then it's not you, haha.)

17. TRY A DOLE WHIP. Finally. I've never had one, and I really really want to try one.

That's all for today! Until next time, have a magical day!

Monday, July 19, 2010

To Do List Update

(21) Days until check in
(17) Days until I leave for Orlando
(12) Days until Charlie St. Cloud
(4) Days until Ramona & Beezus

1. Buy a car. I'm really close on this one guys. Ruby is being totaled. So I must find something else. The insurance company is only giving my 6,000 so I need something affordable but quality. I've found something I like. I just need to convince my dad to like it too.

2. Find an apartment in Boone for Spring 2011. So far I've had no luck. I've only found two real possibilities and neither one of them got back to me. But I'm going to keep looking until I leave and after I leave (if I haven't found anything by then).

3. Finish filling out my W4. This is all I have left of my on boarding paperwork.

4. Find my birth certificate or have a Passport made. This is for check in. I either need a passport or my driver's license and birth certificate.

5. Buy a pair of dress flats for my "Non-costumed" Disney look. I need a pair of black flats to go with my Disney professional clothing. 

 6. Apparently I have to add "Get renter's insurance" to this list. Ugh.


Finish filling out my W-4:

DONE! My on boarding paperwork is done! Woooo! One less thing to worry about!

I was going to go to the courthouse today to get a few copies of my birth certificate, but mom told me to wait until July 30th (her day off) so she could go with me. Now I just have to go to the bank tomorrow and nag dad to check on renter's insurance. :)

That's all for today! Until next time, have a magical day!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Updated Top 5 (6) Things to Do

(23) Days until check in
(19) Days until I leave for Orlando
(14) Days until Charlie St. Cloud
(6) Days until Ramona & Beezus

1. Buy a car. I'm really close on this one guys. Ruby is being totaled. So I must find something else. The insurance company is only giving my 6,000 so I need something affordable but quality. I've found something I like. I just need to convince my dad to like it too.

2. Find an apartment in Boone for Spring 2011. So far I've had no luck. I've only found two real possibilities and neither one of them got back to me. But I'm going to keep looking until I leave and after I leave (if I haven't found anything by then).

3. Finish filling out my W2. This is all I have left of my on boarding paperwork.

4. Find my birth certificate or have a Passport made. This is for check in. I either need a passport or my driver's license and birth certificate.

5. Buy a pair of dress flats for my "Non-costumed" Disney look. I need a pair of black flats to go with my Disney professional clothing. 

 6. Apparently I have to add "Get renter's insurance" to this list. Ugh.

Buy a Car -

I FINALLY got a car. A 2009 Kia Rondo. I love it!


Buy a Pair of Black Flats -

Bought these at Payless. I ADORE THEM!

I'm working on the rest of the list. Monday I have to go to the courthouse and get a copy of my birth certificate (we don't have one apparently). Mom is also going to call our Insurance guy to see if our home owner's insurance covers renter's insurance next week. And I'll be filling out my W2 for my on boarding paperwork this week. We also found out that no apartments will be available in Boone until October at the earliest so that one will not end up being crossed off before I start packing.

Anyway, that's all for today!

Until next time, have a magical day!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Savings Update :(

(25) Days until check in
(21) Days until I leave for Orlando
(16) Days until Charlie St. Cloud
(8) Days until Ramona & Beezus

I had to use $30 dollars of my savings for gas. Poo.

New total:

$343.76

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Savings Update, Vlogs, and Crunch Time

(26) Days until check in
(22) Days until I leave for Orlando
(17) Days until Charlie St. Cloud
(9) Days until Ramona & Beezus
Psych premieres TONIGHT!

 Alright guys, it's time for another savings update. Today I added $71.01 to my Disney savings. So here is my new total:   

 $373.76

I've worked four extra hours this week so my paycheck should be around $240 next week which will mean I'll get to put $201 into my savings. So that will help a lot.

In other news, I still don't have a car. The insurance guy is not taking my dad's calls, apparently. So we can't buy a car until we talk to him and get our money.

I've only accomplished one thing on my "Top 5 things to do before I pack list", and I realized last night that I need to make it a Top 6 list. I need to add "Print Direct Deposit form" to the list.

Mom is also planning a send off party for me on July 31st. That should be a good time.

We're in crunch time now here, folks. The stress is starting to get to me (especially with all the drama of buying a car). I have to finish my top 6 list, I would also like to buy a few more things that I need, I've got to start trying to pack (I don't even know where to begin). Like a lot of other people I'm beginning to feel like I'm behind on everything even though I've been preparing for this since February.

Expect a new vlog this weekend sometime about the classes I want to take in Disney. If it doesn't come this weekend then look for it early next week. I should start my packing vlog in a couple of weeks. It might take a while as I plan to spread out my packing so I'm not doing it all at one time.

But that's all for today!

Until next time, have a magical day!

Friday, July 09, 2010

Top 5 Things to Do Before I Pack!

(31) Days until check in
(27) Days until I leave for Orlando
(23) Days until Charlie St. Cloud
(15) Days until Ramona & Beezus
(6) Days until Psych  

1. Buy a car. I'm really close on this one guys. Ruby is being totaled. So I must find something else. The insurance company is only giving my 6,000 so I need something affordable but quality. I've found something I like. I just need to convince my dad to like it too.

2. Find an apartment in Boone for Spring 2011. So far I've had no luck. I've only found two real possibilities and neither one of them got back to me. But I'm going to keep looking until I leave and after I leave (if I haven't found anything by then).

3. Finish filling out my W2. This is all I have left of my on boarding paperwork.

4. Find my birth certificate or have a Passport made. This is for check in. I either need a passport or my driver's license and birth certificate.

5. Buy a pair of dress flats for my "Non-costumed" Disney look. I need a pair of black flats to go with my Disney professional clothing.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Savings Update: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

(33) Days until check in
(29) Days until I leave for Orlando
(25) Days until Charlie St. Cloud
(17) Days until Ramona & Beezus
(8) Days until Psych 

Exciting news! I made a HUGE payment on my credit card yesterday.


MY CREDIT CARD IS PAID OFF!

*FIVE SECOND DANCE PARTY*

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Now I can focus on Saving for Disney!

I no longer have to give you guys two totals! YAY!

Savings total for this week:

$302.75

Now for other updates.

I've been unable to find an apartment in Boone so far. I've found a few good options, but I've had a hard time getting in touch with any of these people looking to sublet. I have a feeling I won't be able to find anything until closer to the spring semester. But I'm going to keep looking until I leave and hopefully something will be nailed down.

Sad news about Ruby. We have to get her injuries appraised again. They may have to put her down. Our initial adjuster-man missed several things, and now it looks like the repairs our going to cost over the limit the insurance company will spend. So I will more than likely have to get another car (I would say new, but we can't afford new). Today, I'm going to a lot that we like a lot. We got mom's van there. I'm going to test drive several cars and see what I like. I'm trying to keep the price some where around or below 8,000. Which limits my options severely. But I'm going to go look around the lot and drive somethings and see what I like. Right now, there's a Toyota Camry that I'm very interested in, but we'll see what happens.

Right now I'm driving a rental car. It's REALLY nice. It's a 2009 Toyota Camry, and it's BLUE. Really blue! So I nicknamed it Geenie. I really like Geenie. I want to keep Geenie, but that's not going to happen. Geenie is spoiling me with her smooth driving self.

I kinda feel like I'm cheating on Ruby.

Also this past week, my cousins, and one of my aunts started trying to plan a trip to Florida to visit me in September! I'm so excited! I was so afraid that I wouldn't be able to see any one other than my parents during my time in Florida, but that is hopefully not going to be the case! My dad's side of the family is so close to me that in order to describe how close we are I usually tell people that when I say cousin what I really mean is sibling. My cousins are essentially my siblings. I love them dearly, and I'm so excited that a few of my sisters/cousins are trying to work out a visit!

My parents are also trying to plan a visit in the middle of December. Mom wants to do late Thanksgiving/late Birthday/Early Christmas. Which means I'll have to have my Christmas shopping done WAY early this year. But that's perfectly fine with me. I'm an early Christmas gift shopper anyway.

I'll be posting a real detailed post about my summer internship soon. I haven't really told you guys much about it. And I need to do another vlog sometime soon. Any suggestions on what it should be about? It's now been a month since my last vlog which is just sad.

But that's all for right now! Until next time, have a magical day!