Three Weddings

This year and next three of my very best friends in this entire world are getting married!

First up, we have Monica.  
Monica and I became friends our freshman year of college.
We were suite mates so we shared a bathroom.  We quickly found out that we had lots in common.
Her birthday is in March, my birthday is in March.
She likes my ramen, I like my ramen. (yes I mean the noodles)
She loves Target, I love Target.
The list goes on and on.
We stayed roommates/best friends all the way through our junior year of college.
And I seriously cannot imagine what my college life would have been like without her in it.  
She is one of the most honest, stylish, fun, and caring people I know.  
Her wedding day is November 18, 2011 and I am one of the maids of honor.  She's got 3! lol 
But my main job is gonna be to speak at the reception so I need to come up with a killer speech!



Next up is Ashley.  
Ashley and I have known each other since elementary school but we didn't become best friends until after high school.  Strange I know.  See her brother and my brother became best friends when they were in high school.  Then on a school theatre trip we were all sitting in one hotel room chatting it up.
Ashley and I were both wearing our glasses and dare I mention this.....yes I will....our retainers! 
We're sitting there talking and that is when we realize that we both LOVE Harry Potter and we have the basically the same taste in EVERYTHING else.  So you can imagine the two of us sitting there lisping slightly because of out retainers and looking totally nerdy with out glasses.
That was when we first thought we had were sisters separated at birth or something.  
Then after we graduated we started hanging out and our brothers are best friends and our families are pretty similar.  
Ashley is fun, an amazing teacher, kind, and she is devoted to her family and friends.
Her wedding is March 17, 2012.  (the day before my birthday!)  And guess what? I'm the maid of honor in her wedding too.  So another amazing MOH speech must be written.



Last but certainly not least we have Jenny!  
Now Jenny and I have been friends literally since we were in the womb.  Our mom's worked at the same school and we pregnant at the same time.  We went to the same elementary school for a while (Jenny says I was mean to her, but I don't remember that at all).  Then she left and we saw each other every once in while until she came back to the middle school our moms worked at.  So in 8th grade we became best friends and even though we went to different high schools and different colleges, Jenny and I have stayed close ever since.  
She is that friend that no matter where we are or what we have been doing we can get together and it is like we've have been seeing each other everyday.  
Jenny has amazing fashion sense, she is hilarious, she's a great listener, and she is a great friend.
Her wedding is May 27, 2012.  Her wedding is gonna be in our home town.  I'm a bridesmaid in her wedding which will be super elegant yet simple.  





So there you have it.  Three weddings and me.  I am so unbelievably happy for my three friends.  
But it also makes me feel (just a tad) like I'm being left behind.  
Don't get me wrong, change is great, I embrace change, I even welcome it.  
But this is a lot of change all at the same time.  Three of my best friends are start a whole other chapter of their lives and while I'm in a new chapter too, it is on a whole other level.  Their husbands will be their best friends now. Which is the way it is supposed to be.  I'll just have to get used to being the single friend.  

For now anyway. : )

Ps. Sorry for the depressing end to this post.  

I wish 3 of my BEST FRIENDS all the happiness in the world!   Thank you so much for wanting me to be part of each of your special days! 
You three totally deserve it and I love you all!

Mad About Plaid

Time for a work update.

Things are still going great at work.  I'm finally getting into the full swing of things and have even made a little bit of magic here and there! 

I've also gotten yelled at.  Not for anything I personally did, but for random things that upset people while they're in the parks.  I had one lady come and complain to me that she thought it was unfair to charge an 18% gratuity at one of our dining locations.  Said dining location is a buffet and she said that they're waiter didn't do anything to warrant 18% gratuity.  I pointed out to her that he did come and clear their plates as well as bring and re-fill their drinks.  

She still thought it was unfair and just wanted to voice her complaint.  So she voiced it and moved on.

The entire time I just nodded and listened. Because honestly that is all most people want.  Is to vent. Then they're happy to go on their way.

Anyway, other than a few minor incidences, work is fantastic.

Over at Epcot, we interns have the opportunity to audition to give tours (this is something that the other interns in other parks don't get to partake in) so on Thursday, my fellow interns and I went on one of the tours we can audition for.

It was a Segway Tour of the World Showcase.
It was AMAZING. 

A segway is a machine that is used as a type of transportation.  You use your body weight to steer the segway and the segway itself uses some type of balance deal to help you stay balanced on it.  
(Sorry I don't know any of the scientific terms. Fail.)

I was super nervous and kept having this vision of putting too much weight on the back of my feet and totally falling off it and breaking something.  Thankfully that did not happen and the Segway turned out to be super easy to ride.

We went around the park, but spent most of our time in the World Showcase. 

I can't wait to audition to actually be the Tour Guide for this! 

Our Segway Group

Practice!





And we topped off a great afternoon with lunch in at Le Chefs de France! :)


Seriously sometimes I can't believe just how much I love my job.







Birthday Tea Party

I love afternoon tea.

There is just something about getting all dressed up, sitting at a table with a friend or group of friends and enjoying a nice cup of tea.  It's just so ladylike and fabulous.

It also reminds me of regency England and I have to say, I wish that it was still the custom to have afternoon tea at 3:00 o'clock every afternoon.

I got so into afternoon tea last summer that I went to two different tea rooms;
The St. James Tea Room in Alberqurque, NM and another tea room in Las Cruces, NM.

My friend Jenny and I hosted our own tea for Jenny's birthday.  We made all the food items, used my great-granmother's assorted tea cup set, and the vintage tea pot my Mom bought me at this vintage store back home.

It was fabulous.

But by far the best tea room I've been to is located in the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. 
If you've never been to Grand, let me tell you, you are missing out!
It is a beautiful hotel that makes you wish you lived in a different decade.

Suzanne shares my love of afternoon tea.  She said that all while she was growing up her mother always had afternoon tea waiting for them when they got home from school.  

Needless to say, part of our friendship is based on our mutual love of having tea and pretty much all things girly.

So it was only natural that my birthday gift to her be.....you guessed it....afternoon tea at the Garden View Tea Room at the Grand Floridian.

We had a delightful afternoon filled with yummy food, delicious tea, light hearted conversation, laughter, and it even rained! 


Birthday Girl! 




Our fancy little set up at tea.


Princess Breakfast Tea



Course 1: A selection of tea sandwiches.


Course 2: A strawberry tart and scone with Devonshire Cream.






Course 3: Strawberries and Cream for Suzanne.


Two pastries for me.


We are so fancy.



 I could totally get used to having afternoon tea each afternoon.



Laundry 101

Ok, let me just preface this post by saying that I have been doing my own laundry for a while now.
And by a while, I mean since I moved out my parents house when I was a freshman in college.  
That was 5 years ago.

In those 5 years I have been pretty awesome at doing my own laundry.  I'm proud to say I have never shrunk, discolored, nor ruined any item of clothing that I own. 

Until now.

See this dress.....

Yes, it is a dress.  A perfectly adorable green (though in this picture it looks more blueish) dress
that I bought at this super cute boutique called Francesca's Collections. (click the link to see just how cute and fun all their stuff is!)   

Well to make this semi short and sweet.  

I read the tag on the dress before washing it.  It said hand wash only, lay flat to dry.

  I just threw it in my closet along with another pile of clothes that I needed to wash, after I wore it to the beach one day.  
It got lost amongst the others and I may have accidentally washed AND dried it. 

I cannot tell you how sad I was when I found that it had shrunk.
And I mean shrunk A LOT! It used to come to just above my knees.  It now rests at my hips.  

On the plus side it is still an adorable item of clothing and I can totally still wear it (just as a shirt now).  

But I felt like I needed to share this with y'all because I want to warn you of the dangers of losing a brand new dress in a pile of dirty clothes.  

Keep hand wash only items SEPARATE from all other items.

Now my shirt looks like this: 


While it may still look like a dress. It is no longer a dress its a top. I plan on wearing it soon, so you'll see what happened.  


St. Augustine, Florida Part 2

One of the things St. Augustine is most famous for is their ghost tours.

They've been featured in several ghost centered TV shows (sorry don't watch them so I have no idea what they are called).  

They seriously have like 10 different places that you can take ghost tours and all over the place they have places where you can buy tickets to said ghost tours.


Now Suzanne and Amber had already taken a ghost tour.  Actually Suz had been on two up to this point and she had great things to say about both of them.  She said that on one of them, she was so scared that she got chills AND even got teary eyed.  So naturally I was willing to talk her word on which tour to take. 

So we stroll up to one of the many stations that you can buy tickets and have a chat with the lady behind the counter.  We ultimately ended up going on a tour that Suzanne had already been on, but again said was good.  

Here is what we were expecting the tour to be like:
(YES, you get to watch a video!) 

video

So yeah, that is what we were expecting.  Basically to be super scared and to see some ghosts. Because hello, we were on a ghost tour! 

(this is Amber and Suz before the tour, they were pretending to see a ghost)

Fast forward 90 minutes......

WORST GHOST TOUR IN THE HISTORY OF GHOST TOURS!

The entire tour was basically a history lesson of St. Augustine with one or two stories of people who are said to be seen either walking along the sea wall or in the fort.  

The kicker was when we were stopped in front of this house and our guide said we would be going into the house.  We expected to be able to wander around the house and look for ghostly things.  Nope.
Didn't happen.  We stood in a dark house while this lady (who looked exactly like Bellatrix Lestrange) babbled on and on and made jokes about "partying like a rock star," "dropping it like its hot," and "being saved by the bell."

Only pretty neat thing that happened was that in a couple (and by couple I mean 2) of my pictures those orb things showed up.  



Can you see them?  They are supposed to be ghosts. 

Anyway the whole tour was a complete waste of time.  
We had fun laughing about it later though! 

In fact we took a post tour video:

video

(I would post the video we took of what I thought, but Suz didn't take the videoing seriously and she pretty much just taped my body, not my face. FAIL.)

Moral of the story? Don't go on the ghost tour of St. Augustine that takes you through the Spanish military hospital and then for a special "ghostly encounter."  It's lame and totally not worth.

On the bright side we came away with some great stories and a good laugh.  And of course we all go to hang out!  

The next day was spent at the beach, but since I don't take pictures of myself in swimsuits (you're welcome) I don't have many pictures to share.  But I do have these:

We had breakfast at a diner that was right in front of our hotel.  It was adorable.




We had dinner at a place in the downtown area. We sat outside and there was this fun little band playing.



And ok, I lied, I did take a picture of myself at the beach.  But please note the one I took is from the chest up (again you're welcome, I didn't want to startle you guys.)





Over all we had a fantastic time eating, laughing, not being scared on ghost tours, and eating some more 
in St. Augustine.  


Best part?  I get to go back again in less than a week! :)



St. Augustine, Florida Part 1

Tuesday and Wednesday I found me, Suzanne, and our friend Amber taking a day trip to St.
Augustine, Florida.

St. Augustine is the oldest city in the US, founded in 1565 by the Spanish.  So the history nerd/teacher in me was super excited.
The city has the most adorable downtown area I think I've ever seen. There are nifty little shops and restaurants and of course historical sites.

We stayed in a hotel right in downtown. (thank you expedia.com)
According to the internet it was supposed to be one of their haunted hotels.  But when we asked the
front desk guy about it.  He just laughed and said, "Nope it's not haunted.  But I can come knock on your door in the middle of the night and then run away."

Yum, yeah no thanks. 




This was an old fashion tavern.  Exactly like what you would have seen when the town was first founded.  We had some yummy Sangria and played some old social drinking game (we just played for fun though).
  
This was the inside of the tavern. The bartender was dressed in old 16th century clothing and he had a piece of burlap covering the cash register.  Above the register was a sign that read:
"Tickets of credit excepted include"
Talk about authentic! :)


This was a vintage boutique with the neatest old Irish woman running it.
She told us stories about her 93 year old mother, showed us how to wear hats from different decades, and shared some other amazing stories about St. Augustine with us.  



The city also has an old Spanish Fort that still has portions of it standing today.  
We didn't go inside the fort but we did browse around the outside.


Entrance to the fort.



See those super thin windows?  Well we were told that at one time a group of Native Americans, 
(what their tribe was called I have no idea. fail.) were being held prisoner in the fort.
They starved themselves for months until they were just thin enough to fit through these windows.




These holes?  They're actually marks from a gun shot.  Several different areas around the fort were used as execution walls.  There were walls with hundreds of holes just like this.  


So after touring the cute little downtown area and before walking around the fort we realized we were starving.  We found a restaurant right next to our hotel and guess what kind of food they had?! 
I'll give you a hint:



That's right MEXICAN food!  I haven't had good Mexican food since I left Texas, and let me tell you,
I sure have missed it! 

Well I think that is where I'm gonna leave you.  Looking at pictures of that food has made this girl hungry!

But stay tuned for Part 2 because I have to tell y'all all about our ghost tour and trust me you don't want to miss that! 

:)







Seats to the Greatest Show on Earth

My camera decided to be awesome while we were at the beach on Saturday.

I was able to capture some AMAZING pictures of the ocean, the beach, and the sunset. 
Yes, all of those things together! 

Suzanne and I decided to have special album on Facebook that has nothing but pictures of the sunsets we watch when we go to the beach.

So here are the ones we took at Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island on the Gulf Coast:












It's ok to be jealous.  

I would be too! :)