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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Night of the Living Moths

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This story begins at midnight on August 28th. I was the last person awake in my household and decided that reading a crime novel would be a great stimulant for sweet dreams. I happened to glance up and see something on the wall. I immediately knew it was a bug and what looked like a moth. Even though I know that they’re harmless, they still make me anxious. While deciding how the heck I was going to dispose of him without disturbing my sleeping family, I didn’t dare move or breathe. In a heart-stopping moment, the moth flew to a new spot on the same wall. Simultaneously I dove off the couch and ran down the stairs, making a beeline (get it?!) for the bug spray & fly swatter. Armed with weaponry, I slowly made my way upstairs. The moth had now moved even lower down the wall, low enough for me to see him up close. Even though I was scared out of my mind, I inched closer until I was halfway behind a wall but still about a foot away from my foe. I thought my fear couldn’t possibly get worse, but then I saw it. This was no ordinary moth. It was the Moth From Hell a.k.a. Mothra. I had never seen a moth with a head like this, if it was actually a moth. It had wings like a moth but a big head that appeared to be red, although I cannot defend the accuracy of what I saw since I had been reading a crime novel. The only thing I can compare it to is the round, red nose of a fighter plane; I’m not even joking.  I couldn’t swat him because my brother was sleeping right behind the wall and had to be up early for work. I knew I had to risk it and use the spray even though Mothra could potentially fly into my face. I’m sure it’s not hard for you to believe that it took me several moments to summon up the courage. Thank God he didn’t move!! I finally pulled up my big girl pants and inwardly commanded myself to JUST DO IT. I assumed the proper stance for quick reaction, said a quick but heartfelt prayer, and sprayed Mothra with the vengeance of Godzilla. Of course he moved so I naturally ran and hid. Big mistake!! When I inched back around the wall, he was G-O-N-E. I thought his movement had been downward due to the lethal spray, but I wasn’t quite ready to search just in case he still had enough life left to fly at me. It was now 1am, and I was panicking. Unfortunately my mom saw the lamplight and decided to see who was still up. She was now part of my late night soap opera episode. We spent the next fifteen to twenty minutes searching the entire house for Mothra. We never found his body. Also, my fear became too much for me, and I cried. I don’t mean pitiful tears; I mean my body was shaking and water was leaking out of my eyes like the California drought was at stake. I calmed down a little bit, but nerves still ruined my night. I shut my bedroom door, which I never do, and after a few more hours of reading because I didn’t want to shut my eyes, I tentatively turned off my light. I had a difficult time falling asleep and woke up several times but did eventually get some rest. It still upsets me that Mothra disappeared. I know what I saw was real, but that’s hard to explain when you’re the only one awake and you’ve been reading a crime novel which amps up imagination. If Mothra reveals himself again, dead or alive, I will add an update. Hopefully tonight is uneventful because I am exhausted. 😭

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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.

– Lauren Michele :)

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