Countdown to Halloween- 1

Day seven of the Halloween Costume Countdown! Tomorrow is the big day!!

A reminder: not all costumes will be Halloween costumes because I just love any excuse to dress up. On Halloween, I will post what I decided to wear for my annual work appropriate costume.

The last costume of the countdown was for a Halloween party last year. While I still wanted to do Beetlejuice (as evidenced by my makeup, wig, and shirt choice), we decided to do a group costume of Cards Against Humanity. It was super simple to have the t-shirts made, and we brought previously selected white cards for people to play when we got to the party. My husband has a shirt as well, but he could not get off work that day. I don’t remember what his black card was, but it is somewhere in his dresser. It was a lot of fun and a great way to do a group costume if anyone needs ideas!

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Let’s Go Down to the Ozdust Ballroom

So, I’m trying to figure out how to share some of my memories of seeing the show on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/AccountantDreams/about/?ref=page_internal so go like it on there to see if I do.

ANYWAY, Wicked has been around for 15 years. It is the 6th longest running show on Broadway. I am not staying up late to watch the celebration tonight on NBC because I have a strict bedtime and work in the morning, but I will be making my husband watch tomorrow on Hulu.

If you have never heard of the show, then you are living under a rock. It has everything a musical needs to be just amazing, including a book series. Wicked is the tale of Glinda the good witch of the north and Elphaba the wicked witch of the west. It has love and hate and sorrow and humor. You will feel empowered and you will cry. The sets and costumes are gorgeous. I routinely put on one woman shows with the soundtrack (all off key as I will be the first to admit that I cannot sing).

Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth gave Wicked life 15 years ago, and they will live on forever as Elphaba and Glinda. However, so many other amazing actresses has graced the Wicked stage like Megan Hilty (if you didn’t love her in Smash, you’re lying), Cassie Levi (currently starring as Elsa in Frozen), Laura Bell Bundy (the o.g. Elle Woods on Broadway), and so many more.

THEN you have the guys who have played Fiyero: Taye Diggs, Aaron Tveit, Adam Labert, Joey McIntyre. Yes. Joey freaking McIntyre from New Kids on the Block. This show is iconic.

And while “Defying Gravity” is the most well known song from the show, you cannot tell me you have not once belted “No Good Deed” on a really crappy day. Or that “For Good” was not one of your graduation playlist options. The soundtrack guys. You will never not have a song to go with your mood.

I was able to see Wicked in Atlanta 7 years ago. I was a month into my freshman year of college, and it was the first broadway tickets I ever purchased with my own money. We were at the very back of the balcony. Worth every penny. I want to see it again so bad. If it is still playing in five years, we’re planning a big birthday trip to New York so it is on my top three list to see.

I wish they would do a movie or recording like Phantom of the Opera did for their 25th anniversary. Someone make that happen please.

Happy 15 years and may there be many many more!

Countdown to Halloween- 2

Day six of the Halloween Costume Countdown! Happy Monday!

A reminder: not all costumes will be Halloween costumes because I just love any excuse to dress up. On Halloween, I will post what I decided to wear for my annual work appropriate costume.

I love this picture because my cousin and I are SUPER adorable. She helped me plan a 50’s diner themed 31 Gifts party a couple of years ago. I was using the party to help me get my bridesmaid gifts (personalized pillows with a thing relating to each of my girls’ favorite Disney lady), and we had milkshakes and yummy snacks. The skirt is still in my closet, and I almost Pink Lady-ed it this year with my pink fake leather jacket.

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Countdown to Halloween- 3

Day five of the Halloween Costume Countdown!

A reminder: not all costumes will be Halloween costumes because I just love any excuse to dress up. On Halloween, I will post what I decided to wear for my annual work appropriate costume.

Since yesterday was Star Wars Saturday, today is Slytherin Sunday. My robes and scarf are from Universal Studios. Not pictured is my wand that I received from Olivander’s after being chosen for the wand ceremony my first trip to Hogsmede. I wear this get up randomly throughout the year and to Fantastic Beasts movie releases. Last time I was the only one dressed up in the theater, so hopefully this year more people will be in the spirit.

Only a few more days to go! Anyone have any guesses of what my costume will be this year?

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Countdown to Halloween- 4

Day four of the Halloween Costume Countdown!

A reminder: not all costumes will be Halloween costumes because I just love any excuse to dress up. On Halloween, I will post what I decided to wear for my annual work appropriate costume.

It’s Star Wars Saturday. Both outfits were worn to work on the release dates of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. I guess Rey’s buns were a lot more subtle than Leia’s as my coworkers really didn’t think I dressed up when they really should have known better.

Countdown to Halloween- 5

Day three of the Halloween Costume Countdown!

A reminder: not all costumes will be Halloween costumes because I just love any excuse to dress up. On Halloween, I will post what I decided to wear for my annual work appropriate costume.

In honor of Sabrina being uploaded on to Netflix today, I’m going to be a little witchy. This was probably just me being dumb and having fun around the house, but every witch needs a cat. Getti is the perfect choice as he’s got the sass and attitude of the Salem us 90 kids know and love. I’m really excited for the new series, and I really hope it doesn’t suck.

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Countdown to Halloween- 6

Day two of the Halloween Costume Countdown!

A reminder: not all costumes will be Halloween costumes because I just love any excuse to dress up. On Halloween, I will post what I decided to wear for my annual work appropriate costume.

Today’s is more of a Disney Bound outfit than costume (there are a few of those actually). I have had this Flounder since I was like two, and he’s actually sitting next to me on the couch now 23 years later. The dress was a gift from my now-husband, then boyfriend, and I actually wore this to my mom’s preschool class to sing with them and teach them some sign language (after all Ariel did have to communicate without her voice). I may bring this back one day, but I need a better wig.

Countdown to Halloween- 7

We’re a week away from my favorite holiday of the year, so I have decided to count it down by posting past costumes of mine. Not all of them will be Halloween costumes because I just love any excuse to dress up. On Halloween, I will post what I decided to wear for my annual work appropriate costume.

The first one is from Halloween a couple of years ago, and I am choosing this one because today is my amazing mom’s birthday. She was dressed as Honey Lemon from Big Hero 6. My brother was Reptile from Mortal Kombat, and I was zombie Cinderella (live action movie). My brother did my and his makeup. He is extremely artistic and creative and I am a little jealous.


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The Best of WDW

I’m feeling a little homesick this week, and I am more than ready for our Disney World vacation in April. So, to try to relieve some of this homesickness, I give you my rankings of various WDW Resort things. I welcome all opinions and arguments to these lists as they are my personal opinions. Also, I have only stayed at three resorts on property, so I’m not ranking those. BUT Animal Kingdom Lodge has been the best so far.

The Parks in Order of Amazingness 

Disclaimer here: the last time I went to WDW Great Movie Ride was open and Pandora was barely doing soft openings. It’s been a hot second. The water parks are not listed as I have not been to them.

  1. Hollywood Studios. I worked here, but even before that MGM was my favorite park.
  2. Magic Kingdom
  3. EPCOT
  4. Animal Kingdom

Top Five Shows to See

  1. Fantasmic (Forever will be my ultimate favorite show on the resort.)
  2. Festival of the Lion King
  3. Wishes (RIP)
  4. Illuminations
  5. Beauty and the Beast
  6. Bonus: the Jedi Training at Hollywood Studios. I’m not sure if it counts as a show, but I loved working that ice cream stand watching the kids fight Darth Vader (especially on the busy days when Darth Maul came out to “Duel of the Fates” and kids always screamed. It was great.)

Top Ten Rides (of all parks)

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean
  2. Haunted Mansion
  3. Rockin’ Roller Coaster staring Aerosmith
  4. Jungle Cruise
  5. Space Mountain
  6. Mount Everest
  7. Tower of Terror
  8. Star Tours
  9. Great Movie Ride (SUPER RIP)
  10. Universe of Energy (also RIP)

Top Character Dining Experiences

I’m going more by location here. I don’t remember all the exact names of the dining experiences.

  1. Cinderella’s Castle with the princesses
  2. Polynesian Resort with Lilo and Stitch
  3. Chef Mickey
  4. Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh
  5. Tucker House at Animal Kingdom

Best Time to be at the Parks

  1. Halloween. Hands down.
  2. Not Spring break.

Best Parades

  1. Boo to You (see above. You shouldn’t be surprised here.)
  2. Pixar Play Parade (I miss this one. Saw it everyday during my DCP.)
  3. Spectro-magic (My whole life was basically this parade until a couple years ago.)

Best Snacks

  1. Jalapeno cream cheese pretzel (honestly I don’t know if this is still available. I sold them on the Streets of America during my program. The best pretzel ever.)
  2. Mickey Pretzel
  3. Popcorn
  4. Funnel cake
  5. Mickey ice cream bar

Best Sit Down Restaurants

  1. Si-fi Drive in
  2. Be Our Guest
  3. That place in Norway in EPCOT
  4. T-REX (Okay, that one is in Disney Springs, still counts)

Best Character Meet and Greets

  1. Gaston. Hands down. Best interaction of all time.
  2. Mickey. Tears every time.
  3. Peter Pan
  4. Tiana and Naveen
  5. Rapunzel
  6. Merida
  7. Chip and Dale
  8. Mary Poppins (I love her, and she’s my husband’s favorite so she makes top ten)
  9. Kylo Ren. He scared me.
  10. Belle. My favorite Disney gal and the princess I most relate to.

 

There is so much more I wish I could include, but I have to stop at some point. Like I said earlier, these are my personal opinions based off of my experiences. I know people will disagree on some things (not Gaston though. If you don’t think he’s perfect then you’re just wrong.), and I would love to hear your own lists!

NaNoWriMo Prep

I know it’s not even October yet, and I most likely will not be able to do much writing in NaNoWriMo this year because of finishing up the CPA exam, but I did a thing I don’t usually do. I outlined my story idea before starting to write it.

Okay, so it’s a rewrite of a story I wrote in high school. A lot of the stuff is changing though- I’m just keeping the basic story line idea. But it is outlined (very roughly) from start to finish. That is huge for me.

I’m a write on the fly type of girl. Which usually means my plot lines are not organized (shocking coming from the one with three planners) and my characters do not have a clear path. It’s one of the things I am trying to focus on when it comes to my writing.

I hope to have some time to do character sheets next, but, to be honest, this is probably as much prep I will get done before November first. This CPA thing has got to come first right now. Next year I’ll be more focused on hitting that 50,000 words target.

Anyone else preparing for NaNoWriMo? Add me as a buddy! My author name is DestinyDalma (I joined NaNoWriMo the same time I joined fanfiction.net, so most of my usernames around that time are the same). Fun fact: Destiny actually gets a role in my story this year! I’m excited to make the changes to make her less of a fanfiction character and more of a Disney won’t come after me if I use her character.