Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Disneyworld Advice

{Fanny packs may look dumb, as pictured here, but they are lifesavers!}

  • Buy a poncho before you go. Mine was under a dollar from Emergency Essentials.
  • Carry a poncho with you at all times. You never know when you'll get caught in a Florida rainstorm.
  • Do more than one park per day. We liked doing one in the morning, breaking around noon for either a nap or a visit to a water park, and then a different one in the evening.
  • Make sure to do some rides at night, they are way fun that way (like splash mountain, tower of terror, and big thunder mountain railroad).
  • Don't end up in Magic Kingdom directly after the firework show more than necessary. You will get stuck in a mob, seeing as you have to take a ferry or monorail ride to get from car parking lot to the park.
  • Fanny packs are the best ever, and can go with you on every ride.
  • Bring sandwich baggies for electronics to use on the water rides for protection.
  • Download an app that tells you what the ride wait times are.
  • GET A TOY STORY MANIA FAST PASS FIRST THING WHEN YOU GO TO HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS! Then go ride the Tower of Terror and Rock'n'Rollercoaster, which will have practically no wait time.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

When in Animal Kingdom...

{This is what I call the "tree of life."}

Do eat the BBQ ribs.

Don't eat the Chinese food.

Do ride Expedition Everest, many times.

Don't wait for an hour for the Kali River Rapids.

Do go on the Dinosaur Ride.

Don't be surprised if your neck hurts afterward.

Do go on the Safari and the train up to the conservation center, hike the trails to see the bats and gorillas and tigers, and definitely go see the Lion King show in Camp Minnie Mickey!

Monday, May 23, 2011


I really did graduate, or at least I think so. Still haven't gotten my diploma in the mail, but I did the whole pomp and circumstance thing.

Graduation day, I skipped the morning commencement. Instead I slept in, and watched all the shows I'd missed from being busy on Hulu. Then I got dressed in this super amazing dress, which wasn't what I thought I wanted for graduation, but when I saw it I knew instantly it was the one:

{Dress: White House Black Market; Shoes: Target; Necklace; F21}

Then I headed to school with A and my mom, where we found the ideal parking spot, and I put on my cap, gown, and honor cord (for getting an honors degree in Urban Planning). We walked up to the Union, where I went off with my graduating classmates, and A and my mom found seats and met up with A's parents too. I was happy to see that I actually knew some of the other graduates, including a good friend Kelsey, who went on the same Germany trip as I did. We sat together, and rolled our eyes at all the speeches. And then I walked, to the tune of a jazz band (no actual pomp and circumstance) and received my empty degree folder from a professor I didn't know.

My dad, who teaches at the University, made it to the end of convocation, where we snapped some pictures. Sadly, the one of me and A is blurry. Then we went to the CA+P building for refreshments, ,and then my dad's college for lunch. I skipped convocation for my second degree, Environmental Studies, which was in the evening.

And then A and I went home, finished packing, and headed off for the airport to catch a plane to Florida!

PS: I graduated Magna Cum Laud! Totally unplanned, but a pleasant surprise.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I love job.

{In Italy/Epcot.* Roman Holiday, anyone?}

Things I love about my new job, so far:
  • I get a new phone! It will be super awesome! I know it is silly that I'm so excited about this, but I have never had a "smart" phone or a data plan or anything, so this feels like a real step up for me.
  • I get to dress up, meaning wear business clothes. I did some thrifting for new stuff last week (picked up a linen chambray banana republic skirt, crisp white shirt, and pretty silk blouse, as well as two new pairs of awesome jeans!) and now I get to go find some new basics, like a pencil skirt and some new pumps. I really want a suit, but can't find that perfect balance between quality and cost. Ideas?
  • My commute is shorter. Navigating downtown actually takes a long time. Now my drive is almost all freeway, and it goes super fast because I'm going off hours (because of the 4-tens schedule).
  • I'm actually going to have great health care! With dental and optical!
  • I get to help people, which makes me feel good.
  • The people I work with are fun and funny.
  • Often there is food (maybe last week was unusual, but I love free food at work!).
  • I have a name badge/key card.
  • We're shopping for a new car now that I am out of school actually earning something, and driving everyday (I love/hate this part. Hate car shopping, but will love having a new car).
*I'll be sharing random pictures from our trip for the next while!

Saturday, May 21, 2011


{Our first day in Florida, at Animal Kingdom. I'm wearing my new shades, which I adore.}

Okay, I admit it. I've been avoiding you. Well, not you, but this blog.

A few weeks ago I was offered a new job. I accepted this job, and gave my notice at work. Then I graduated from University, and promptly went to Florida with my best friend and husband A. It was amazing. I had some anxiety that I would regret spending a week+ at Disney World, being a grown up with no kids who has gone to Disneyland every year since 2007, but it really was a great vacation. I'll post more about that later, with pictures.

So anyway, we got back last Saturday, and I started at my new job on Monday. I am the administrative assistant to the city manager of North Salt Lake City, plus I'll be managing all of the social networking for the city. The schedule is 7am-5:30pm Monday through Thursday, plus city council meetings twice a month. The benefits are wonderful, the work (so far) engaging, and the people enormously kind. I feel very blessed to have this opportunity. I may not be working in Urban Planning, but I have a job, and I'm working in city government, and have already had opportunities to be "in" on some cool things. I have extremely high hopes about this.

Meanwhile, I'm still sort of part time at USEE. Since I took off for Florida shortly after giving notice, which seemed a little unfair, I worked out with new and old job to work part time at both until next Friday. Also, I'll continue doing accounting for USEE on Fridays, which is exciting because I'll be able to still be in touch with the people I've grown to love there, and with the important work they do.

So I hadn't blogged about the job because I didn't want to say anything until it was for sure, and then life just got super crazy with graduation, vacations, and new jobs. Plus, with this new schedule I feel like four days a week I wake up, go to work, come home, eat, and go to bed, leaving not much time for blogging or anything else. But there's the scoop! I'm happy!
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