Jess. Twenty-five. Nerdy. Auburn graduate.I work play at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.

Very Good Things

  • My skin is approaching a color that might be described as “tan” in the right lighting
  • Karaoke nights with best friends
  • A Pandora station that is so fine-tuned, I never have to skip a song
  • My male roommate was gone for a week so I didn’t have to wear pants around the apartment
  • Beach days with best friends
  • I started watching Veronica Mars two days ago and fifteen episodes later, I’m hooked
  • Day off requests getting approved so I can see my family in a few weeks and go to Savannah next week
Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Very Good Things

  • My dad lost his job when the government shutdown happened and he got a call today saying he finally got his job back.  He doesn’t actually start working for another month, but still!  Such good news!
  • I requested the 20-26th off of work so I could go home for Christmas and I didn’t think it would all be approved but yesterday I found out that I got every day off!
  • I’m in Tampa right now with my family and I have to work tomorrow so we celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday.
  • My sister Abigail is staying a few extra days with me so I’ll get to see her all weekend.
  • The fam jam is going to see Catching Fire today.
  • Ginger Lemongrass chapstick from Rinse.
  • Aunt Lola’s homemade cookie dough.
  • Getting my entire family hooked on the pilot episode of Chuck.
  • Watching the Doctor Who 50th Special in 3D at the theater!
Saturday, 12 October 2013

Very Good Things

I’m going through this very difficult phase at work where I’m working insanely odd hours and at the same time not getting enough hours to feel comfortable. Halloween Horror Nights is ruining my sleep schedule.  The rule against getting any overtime is ruining my bank account.  I’m feeling blah.  In an attempt to counteract my Debbie-Downer mood, here are some very good things from the past week or so:

  • seeing Sugar Ray perform at Food and Wine
  • the new Panic! cd
  • my mom is coming to visit in a week
  • I was able to finagle my schedule for the four days she’ll be here so I’ll be off but still have 38 hours for the week
  • This is a really short list but I’m too tired to think right now… um, getting a decent amount of sleep tonight for the first time in a week?
Wednesday, 14 August 2013

This has been an extremely bad week for me at work, so in an attempt to move forward, here are some Very Good Things:

  • I still have a job
  • Clean sheets and a freshly made bed
  • The O.C. marathons
  • Game nights with nerdy board games
  • No Chocolate August is almost halfway over and my will power is holding out
  • Vanilla chip granola bars
  • New Panic! songs

Not a very long list, but it’s all I’ve got right now.

Friday, 31 May 2013

Very Good Things

  • Sunday Night dancing for Oscar’s 26th birthday
  • Private ride-through on Pteranodon Flyers at Universal after-hours on Wednesday
  • Attraction Operation Awards last night for work
  • Good hair days
  • My availability was approved and I’ll have the same days off every week from now on (for the first time ever!)
  • Red hair with purple shirts
  • Cryptic-but-positive hints from my lead at work
  • I’m just REALLY HAPPY all the time again and I love life so much right now
Monday, 20 May 2013

Very Good Things

  • I am now a full time employee at Universal!
  • French manicures
  • Raspberry iced tea
  • Sandwiches from the Publix deli
  • Compliments from strangers
  • Using Moroccan oil consistently and having soft, shiny hair
  • Going home tomorrow for my sister’s high school graduation!
Thursday, 18 April 2013

Very Good Things

  • Beach weekend with Mom, Aunt, and Cousin starts tomorrow morning!  Five days of vacation!
  • Narcotics.  I would not be functioning right now if it weren’t for the kindly doctor at the ER on Saturday night who took pity on my bronchitis, pleurisy, hyper-inflated lungs, bruised ribs-having self and gave me cough syrup with hydrocodone in it (along with numerous other drugs)
  • Hair will be red again after this weekend!
  • My tax return and paycheck were both deposited today and while I’m still broke, I am at a more comfortable level of broke-ness.
  • The new Fall Out Boy album
  • Drinking ridiculous amounts of water and feeling super hydrated
  • Positive observation reports from my leads at work
  • VIP ticket to see Marianas Trench!
  • Sandwiches from the Publix deli
Friday, 1 February 2013

January was kind of a terrible month for me, but a bunch of amazing things have happened over the last two days and I have a super good feeling about February.

  • My old roommate Kylie happened to be in Orlando so we got to catch up and lay by the pool in 80 degree weather and hit the town later that night.
  • I borrowed a pair of her jeans when we went out and I fit into her size 6 skinny jeans.  I wore a 7 in high school and a 10 in college, so it was a really awesome, tangible example that showed me just how much my body shape has changed since I started running even though I weigh roughly the same amount.
  • I finally have a job!!  I interviewed with Universal today and was hired on the spot.  This is such a relief, even though I’ll only have part-time hours.  And I’ll be working at the Revenge of the Mummy ride, which is based on The Mummy remake, which is one of my favorite movies.  I am so excited I could burst!
  • In even more fantastic news, I went to puppeteer auditions for Disney yesterday and made it through all the rounds without being cut!  The entire process lasted eight hours, and went from ~100 people down to 25 or so.  I’m super excited and hopeful and I really hope I hear from them soon.
  • My apartment complex called me yesterday and said our three-bedroom apartment will be ready to move into sometime this week!  Which means the three of us will no longer be on top of each other in the temporary two-bedroom we’ve been in for the past month, and I’ll be able to bring the rest of my stuff/furniture down soon.  I’m so ready to sleep on a bed again instead of an air mattress.
Friday, 30 November 2012

It’s been a week since my last run.  I was traveling, and then I was really sick earlier this week (still kind of am), so I missed last week’s long run and a maintenance run on Tuesday.  I’m trying to work up the motivation to go for thirty minutes today, and then on Sunday I’m facing seven miles.  I’m not really sure how things are going to go, considering my body is currently a phlegm factory (phactory?), but I’m hoping for the best.

I’ve been making an effort to stay positive, so here are some good things that are happening:

  • I had my last official day in the office at my internship yesterday!
  • My final report/paper was deemed satisfactory (my internship grade is just satisfactory/unsatisfactory) so I’m officially, 100% graduating.
  • Graduation is next Saturday!
  • I’m going to another tv taping on Monday
  • I watched season 4 of Being Human (UK) while I was sick and it was really, really good.
  • I haven’t found a dress for graduation yet but I ordered this one from Express and it should be here by Tuesday
  • My roommate finally got a new filter for her turtle tank (after a month), so the house doesn’t stink anymore
  • I have a golden ticket for two free meals from Cracker Barrel so I know what I’ll be eating for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow.
  • The golden ticket includes desserts
Thursday, 22 November 2012

Running and Other Very Good Things

I think running six miles was an important turning point in my development as a runner because I actually look forward to running and am bummed when I have to postpone a day due to work. Back in August when I started this journey, I had no idea just how much it would impact my life. I eat healthier, I feel healthier, and I am healthier. Although I haven’t lost any weight, I have redistributed and I like the new shape my body is making. I drove back to my parent’s house today for the holiday, and the first thing I did after saying my hellos was eat a salad and go for a run. I don’t know long this new attitude/feeling about running is going to last, but I certainly hope it stays for a long time.

Here are some other very good things:

  • spending Thanksgiving with my family for the first time in three years!
  • Rolo-filled chocolate cookies
  • Homemade tomato shaak
  • many, many games of Euchre
  • over a month without Diet Coke and my cravings are finally gone!
  • Christmas decorations
  • sleeping in my California king instead of a twin bed
  • my wonderful, amazing sisters
  • yoga pants and waffle knit sweaters
  • beautiful running weather
  • an abundance of hot water
  • graduation in less than three weeks!
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