Monthly Archives: October 2011

Random Saturday

Nine random thoughts to get me through work today:

  1. Thursday night I ate 3 brownies, 10 mini Hersheys, and polished off the rest of the cashew butter. Last night I had 2 brownies and 5 more Hersheys. I could admit to a critical lack of impulse-control, but it’s easier to blame PMS.

    "It's the hormones, dammit!"

  2. Started watching Wilfred this morning. How did I wait this long?

    I can no longer deny my love for Elijah.

  3. Today was McDaniel’s homecoming. I didn’t go. My to-do list is way too long right now – I don’t need to spend 3 hours driving in the rain/snow/sleet/whatever just to eat soggy hotdogs, drink cheap beer, and then drive another 3 hours in the rain/snow/sleet/whatever + dark. Also, who has homecoming on Halloween weekend? Fuck that.

    Yeah, that's not worth sharing small talk with people I didn't even like back when we were students.

  4. It’s snowing today. Kinda. It’s melting fast, so it’s more like an extra-chilly rainstorm mixed with a bit of sleet. Everyone’s going bat-poo insane over it, but really, it’s not a big deal. Strange for October, but after the earthquakes and hurricanes this summer, people need to calm the eff down about it.

    "Where the hell is FEMA? We've got FROZEN RAIN!"

  5. Why do you need to wait for an invite to join Pinterest? I wanna start noooooow!

    "I just want to obsess over dumb crap!"

  6. I need these $200 shoes. My well-being pretty much depends on it.

    For fancy.

  7. Last night, Becky, Ashley and I watched Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus. Spoiler: the volcano wins.

    Also, Steve Urkel's a military scientist.

  8. I came up with a brilliant Halloween costume, but there’s not enough time to put it together this year. So you’ll all just have to wait until next to see it.

    Here's a hint.

  9. Jack-O-Lantern carving party with the family tomorrow night. I’ve been looking at some kickass photos for ideas, and decided I really hate creative/talented people.



Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2011

Sunday evening, I went back to the Magic Kingdom with the rest of the family for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Once again, the place was filled to the brim with people, but at least the crowds were thinning a bit as people who didn’t purchase tickets to the party were beginning to leave.

There were a lot of kids dressed up that night, but none of them held a candle to Laney in her Cave Girl costume.

"It was either this or Naughty Nurse."

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Disney Vacation Recap – Day 4

Read about Day 3 here.

Sunday was my “Alone Day” – I wanted to go big, and everyone else wanted to take it slow before hitting up Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party that night. I was actually excited to have my own plan and not have to make any compromises.

Soon as I was ready to go, I headed to EPCOT for the 3rd day in a row (because I’m a science/world-cultures nerd like that.) Right away, I saw Stitch and barely any line to take pictures with him! I guess few people even saw him since he was so close to the entrance, but either way, it meant I got to be a fool again!

We gangsta.

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Disney Vacation Recap – Day 3

Annie in her high-fashion firefighting gear. Fierce.

Previously, on my Disney Vacation.

Mom and I are the hardcore Disney World vacationers in the family (as is Annie, but she was too busy being awesome and becoming a certified firefighter to join us this year [trufax]) so we were the only ones ready for some Hollywood Studios action at 8 am Saturday morning. As soon as we were allowed entry, we raced for Tower of Terror Fast Passes then jumped in line for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Nothing wakes you up like going from zero to 60 in 2 seconds — except a shot of espresso, which I bought myself when we got off the ride.

Pro Tip: Do not ride the Tower of Terror after consuming mass amounts of caffeine.

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Dear 16-Year-Old O’Shady…

This morning on the Preston & Steve Show (the only radio talk show worth listening to even when you’re not driving,) they talked about how Stephen King wrote a letter full of advice for his 16-year-old self. This led to an open conversation about what kind of advice the show’s crew would write to their teen selves, and they took listeners’ calls and texts as well. It was really interesting, and got me thinking abut what I’d write to myself. I’m not entirely sure that at 23 years I’d have too much of value to say, but there are a few things I would want to mention…

  • Take care to really enjoy all of your friendships. Not all of them will last far beyond graduation, so make the most of them while you can.
  • Get over that crush. He’s never going to be interested, and once you lose your own interest in him, you’ll see that your behavior has always been pretty pathetic.
  • College is going to seem like a 24/7 party at times, and you’re going to drink. A lot. But please, don’t ever blackout at all. It’s not badass; it’s embarrassing. You don’t want to regret what could have been some really fun nights.
  • Do your homework; let your GPA to reflect your actual intelligence.
  • That super-speedy metabolism you’ve got is going to disappear when you hit adulthood. Start practicing some good eating habits now, and you might save your future self a lot of grief.
  • Get a flu shot every year as early as possible. This is the most important thing in the world to you, and you don’t even know it yet. Let’s hope you never have to learn why.
If you could write a letter of advice to your 16-year-old self, what would you write?

A Lesson Learned the Hard Way

No Disney Recap today – I actually did some stuff worth blogging about.


This morning was the annual Walk to Cure Diabetes charity event hosted by the South Jersey JDRF chapter, and I registered to volunteer. My friend Ashley works for the chapter, but her family has actually been participating in the Walk for a few years since her brother is diabetic. I’ve done the Walk with them before, but I was excited to participate in a new capacity. My other friend Becky registered as well and Ashley made sure we were assigned to the same area!

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Disney Vacation Recap – Day 2

(Read about Day 1 here.)

Animal Kingdom opened early on Friday morning, so we made plans to be ready to head out by 7. We arrived a little bit after they started letting resort guests in, but already it was PACKED. My parents, Caitlin and Josh wanted to buy a new outfit for Laney at one of the stores so they handed their park passes to the rest of us so we could snag some Fast Passes for Expedition Everest. We reconvened at a food stand for coffee and a short break before our Fast Pass time came up.

I like telling people I've conquered Everest multiple times in my life. Makes me seem much more impressive than I actually am, which is already "very (not.)"

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Disney Vacation Recap — Day 1

Thursday morning, Aunt Sue, Uncle Kenny, Kelly, Steve and I were headed for the airport at 4 am. It was ungodly early, but strong coffee and a breakfast parfait helped perk me up. Everything went smoothly, from security to boarding to the flight itself. I picked up a copy of Entertainment Weekly’s Reunions issue – so glad I did, because I didn’t know they had Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino do a Romy & Michele photo shoot! I also loved the articles on The Princess Bride, Office Space and Home Improvement. Perfect in-flight reading material.

"Have a Romy and Michele day!"

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2011 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

On Friday afternoon, I forewent lunch and dinner so I could instead enjoy all that EPCOT’s Food & Wine Festival had to offer with Caitlin and Kelly and their boys Josh and Steve. I’ve been really making an effort to open myself up to new and exotic foods recently, so I was excited to sample some dishes and drinks from all over the world. Unfortunately I didn’t get to try everything, but I still made out extremely well.

The first stand we hit was Australia. I got Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon and Shrimp on the Barbie with a Citrus Glaze. I’m not a big shrimp fan, but it was delicious with the glaze. I’d order a full entrée portion. The Cab Sauv was fabulous and I almost got a second sample before deciding to save my money. I also tried a bite of the Grilled Lamb Chop Josh ordered – I’ve never tried lamb before and wasn’t expecting to like it, but I didn’t hate it. It was very tender and not as gross as I find most red meat.

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What Happened to the Magic?

As an eternal pessimist, it is in my nature to dwell on the negative before I can fully appreciate the positive. So I feel I must warn you that what follows is an exhaustive rant about all the suck I experienced on my Disney vacation with little mention of the awesome.

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