Disney+ Marathon Day 19 | November 30

10am – Rise & shine! 🌞

10:30am – Blogging + Meet the Robinsons 💻 

When Wilbur takes Lewis to the future, they fly over an amusement park called Todayland which looks an awful lot like Tomorrowland. 😉

👂 Heard: Tom Kenny as Mr. Willerstein | Aside from his very VERY long resume, Mr. Kenny is best known as the voice of Spongebob Squarepants. 🧽

👂 Heard: Adam West as Uncle Art | For older generations, he is Batman from the 1960s. For younger generations, he is Mayor Adam West from Family Guy. Since I previously mentioned Spongebob, it feels right to ackowledge Mr. West’s role as young Mermaid Man in the episode “Back to the Past.”

When Lewis doesn’t know what Mr. Robinson looks like, Wilbur tells him he looks like Tom Selleck. Tom Selleck is the voice of Mr. Robinson. 🗣️

I want to acknowledge & applaud the character Mildred. She runs the orphanage where Lewis was left as a baby. She stands by & believes in him no matter how many families walk away from adoption because they think he’s strange. What an angel! 😇 She is voiced by Angela Bassett. You might know her as Queen Ramonda from Black Panther. Wakanda forever! 👑

“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We Keep Moving Forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”  – Walt Disney

SPOILERS: This movie took me by surprise. I saw it in theaters when it first came out in 2007, but I can’t remember how emotional I was. When I say I sobbed, I mean I literally couldn’t stop crying for most of the movie. Lewis is abandoned as a baby on the front steps of an orphanage. All he wants growing up is a family. Unfortunately no one wants him because he likes to invent, & apparently that’s too weird for “normal” families. Through a series of events, he ends up in the future & falls in love with the Robinson family. Right when he’s found what he’s always wanted, they tell him he can’t stay. He still hasn’t met Mr. Robinson which is the key to the puzzle. He & Mr. Robinson are the same person! The Robinsons are his family, but in the future. He has to leave so that future doesn’t change. This story hits close to home for me. I appreciate that Disney touched on such a difficult subject because abandonment & orphanages aren’t as uncommon as you might think. 💔

12:15pm – Blogging + Treasure Planet

👂 Heard: Tony Jay as The Narrator | He is the voice of Judge Claude Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, among other Disney projects such as Beauty and the Beast, House of Mouse, Recess: School’s Out, & Talespin.

Other cast members include David Hyde Pierce as Dr. Delbert Doppler, Emma Thompson as Captain Amelia, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jim Hawkins, Martin Short as B.E.N., & Roscoe Lee Browne as Mr. Arrow. Laurie Metcalf, the voice of Sarah Hawkins, is Lucille Krunklehorn in Meet the Robinsons.

I forgot how cool the concept of this movie is! It’s a sci-fi adaptation of the book Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Captain Amelia’s ship is a nod to the author; it’s called the RLS Legacy.

Fun Fact: Deep Canvas, an animation technique used in my favorite Disney movie Tarzan, was used in Treasure Planet.

When the song I’m Still Here started playing, I recognized the singing voice immediately but couldn’t place the name. My first instinct was the Goo Goo Dolls so I looked them up. I was right! The song was written & performed by their lead vocalist John Rzeznik. It’s actually a really good song. Give it a listen! 🎶

2:40pm – Getting Ready For Work + Wall-E 💄 

3:15pm – Driving To Work + Wall-E 🚗 

4pm – Work 🛍

7:40pm – Break + Wall-E ⏰ 

11pm – Driving Home + Wall-E 🚗 

Disney Plus on the go! This was actually my first time watching this movie. I thought the whole idea of earth becoming uninhabitable due to trash & humans getting lazy was interesting & thought-provoking. There were some adorable parts, but overall it was a bit boring. Sorry to Wall-E fans! I wanted to like it, but it just wasn’t my taste.

Final thoughts for the day: After a jam-packed day like today, would you believe I have to be up for work at 7am?? 😱 If Black Friday was bad, tonight was hell on earth. One of the worst shifts I’ve had in awhile! Praying that tomorrow morning flies by so I I can go home, climb back into bed, have a good cry, & reevaluate my life decisions. 😂 😭 I hate to end on a negative note so I’ll repeat the wise words of Walt Disney: Keep Moving Forward

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Disney+ Marathon Day 6 | November 17

7am – Rise & shine! 🌞

8:30am – Work 🛍

2:30pm – Lunch + Phil of the Future 🍔 

S1E1 – Meet the Curtis

S1E2 – Unification Day

I totally forgot Brenda Song was on this show! 🥰

S1E3 – Your Cheatin’ Heart

You know how the Diffys, a family from the 22nd century, use instamorph for disguises?? Today we have social media filters that change our faces. We’re still making our way through the 21st century. Mind blowing! 🤯

4pm – Blogging + Pixel Perfect 💻 

In this movie you will spot Raviv Ullman, a familiar face from Phil of the Future, & Tania Gunadi from Go Figure. Also, another awesome soundtrack! 😭💕

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmmfRnUMk4M

5:45pm – Blogging + Cow Belles 💻 

This movie stars Aly Michalka, another familiar face from Phil of the Future. She is joined by her sister AJ. Aly Michalka. AJ Michalka. Aly and AJ Michalka. Aly & AJ. YES, THAT ALY & AJ!! 🎤

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3_8Uutd584

Final thoughts for the day: I was supposed to end the day with a hot bath & Now You See It, another movie starring Aly Michalka. Unfortunately I got distracted with work, & now it’s 1am. I’m off to bed so I can wake up & head straight for Disney+. Tomorrow this marathon hits the one week mark. Hopefully you’re enjoying my blog posts every day! If you’re not, don’t tell me. 😉

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Show Your Colors

July 4th, the day that Americans put the flag on display and shout their pride from the rooftops in honor of freedom.  Now is the perfect time to share what makes me feel patriotic.  I love my country, but I’m not the most vocal about it.  However, there are two things that make my blood run red, white, & blue.  Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I respect that.  But, I can’t help feeling rage when someone born and raised outside the American borders feels the need to judge.  I am American-born and American-raised.  I can count the number of times I’ve left this country on one hand.  I speak English with an American accent.  I received education and now work as an adult here.  I can criticize this country because I am a citizen and know what I’m talking about (for the most part 😉).  Think of it this way.  As a brother or sister, you can tease your sibling(s) to your heart’s content, but God help the outsider who feels led to do the same.  Suddenly you’re on the defensive!  Perhaps that paints a clearer picture of my point.  Moving on.  I see or hear stories about soldiers every day, but nothing compares to seeing or meeting them in the flesh.  As a retail employee, I meet military personnel of all races and ages and feel an indescribable level of honor and pride to serve them.  I respect the diverse group of people willing to train and fight for this country.  If any soldiers, past or present, are reading this, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Go out & have fun readers!  I wish you a safe, happy holiday.

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Moving On

Moving On

On Monday I left Texas, my home of 13 years. My family’s 6-bedroom house provided shelter to 26 people, not including me, my parents, and my brother; I always had extended family around me. On Tuesday I arrived in California, my new home; my family currently lives in a one-bedroom apartment above a garage. Quite the adventure we are on!! The picture you see above is my room, an empty room bursting at the seams full of memories. It is amazing to recall all the things that took place in that space: Babysitting, beauty transformations, concerts, counseling, dance practice, dreams, doll shenanigans, dramatic dress up, DVD viewings, emotional breakdowns, exercise sessions, fashion shows, fights, hide-and-seek, 2+ hour phone calls, illness rehabilitation, internet browsing, late night reading, outfit planning, schoolwork, and sleepovers. One last thing: Me and my best friend Gabby officially became friends in that room thanks to “Lord of the Beans.” I moved to Texas when I was 8, and I am now 21. My middle school, junior high, high school, and college years took place in that state. Many different struggles and transitions took place in that house; perhaps now you have a better idea of why it is so special to me. It is bittersweet to move on, but I will always carry the memories with me in my heart.

Treasure each moment readers! You never know when you will be uprooted and replanted.

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