Better Late Than Never!

Good bye 2019! This past year was definitely my renaissance (which happened to be my word of the year. I chose well). So much happened!

  • Got my CPA license
  • Got the job offer from Disney
  • Left public accounting
  • Moved to Orlando
  • Bought a house
  • Went on an Alaskan cruise
  • Surpassed my reading goal
  • Basically made playing in theme parks my new hobby
  • Started going to OrangeTheory Fitness
  • Survived our first travelling Christmas with very few casualties (only 5 presents left in Orlando. I had a 10 minute freak out about it but what are you going to do when you are 8 hours away?)

I can’t wait to see what 2020 brings. I am not going to go into all of my current goals and projects in this post as this is just a “Oh crap, I haven’t updated in months” thing, but I promise to post my 2019 reading list the hope for the future soon.

I will get better about posting on a schedule, I promise!

Girls, Let’s Talk About the Girls

Okay, this is going to sound like a straight up advertisement because I want to talk about Ruby Ribbon, a company I discovered this summer that I am absolutely in love with.

I do not sell Ruby Ribbon. My mom does for full transparency purposes, but she did not ask me to write this post.

So what is it? RR is a company that sells shape-wear and other clothing. It’s not spanx, though. The tag line of Ruby Ribbon is “Ditch your bra” and be comfortable. Because, let’s face it: bras are uncomfortable. The underwire pokes at you and you constantly have to pay for new ones. If you hate that life, then check out the camis and demiettes Ruby Ribbon has to offer.

I wear my demiette every other day, mostly because the grippers that keep the girls up where they need to be need a day of rest between wear. I am fully covered, and the demiette gives you lift without an underwire. Full disclosure: it looks like one of those sports bras that give you a uni-boob. I’m here to tell you that I do not have a uni-boob. I do not have a cami, so I can’t speak to those, but I did wear my demiette at the beach and no boob sweat. Ladies, it’s awesome.

I have a couple other non-shape-wear items from Ruby Ribbon that I adore, but the demiette is where it is at. The prices are about what you would see at Soma (maybe a tad higher in some cases), and the pieces are totally plus size friendly.

Yes, the company is ran like Mary Kay, which means you can buy from a consultant or online. A consultant is good to have in the beginning to make sure you buy the right size, but returns and exchanges are super easy (that I can say from experience. I suggest you go up a size if you choose to get the boy shorts that are fantastic to wear under running shorts and to theme parks to prevent that lovely thigh chafing we get sometimes).

Okay, my advertisement time is up. I promise not to post about this often (unless something new comes out that I am dying for like the new racerback demiette they just released as part of their active line). We will return to our normal random schedule.

The Ultimate Disney Broadway Top 20

Broadway is amazing. Disney is life. It’s only fitting that the Disney Broadway shows are nothing short of magical. While The Lion King will always be the number one soundtrack as a whole, I have made a top twenty list of the best Disney original cast renditions. Feel free to add your own or tell me why I’m wrong:

  1. Circle of Life- The Lion King (I mean, duh)
  2.  Friend Like Me- Aladdin (the whole section where the genie sings other Disney songs is just the best.)
  3. Step in Time- Mary Poppins 
  4. King of New York- Newsies 
  5. If I Can’t Love Her- Beauty and the Beast (Perfect song if you need a good cry.)
  6. Shadowland- The Lion King
  7. He Lives in You- The Lion King
  8. Beauty and the Beast- Beauty and the Beast
  9. Out There- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (This whole soundtrack is gorgeous.)
  10. She’s In Love- The Little Mermaid
  11. Two Worlds- Tarzan (I actually just discovered this one recently.)
  12. Be Our Guest- Beauty and the Beast
  13. Seize the Day- Newsies (Get pumped. We’re doing the thing.)
  14. Be Prepared- The Lion King (Iconic villainy)
  15. God Help the Outcasts- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Can any song be more beautiful?)
  16. Once and For All- Newsies
  17. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious- Mary Poppins
  18. I Want the Good Times Back- The Little Mermaid (It’s like Ursula met Mama from Chicago. I love it.)
  19. Monster- Frozen (They gave Elsa character depth!)
  20. Hellfire- The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Now, I have not seen all of the shows on stage. The rankings are based off of the soundtracks alone. I know that seeing the choreography and context in person changes things, but I am on a strict “barely one touring show a year” budget when it comes to musicals as a whole.

There are rumors that Hercules is the next to get the Broadway treatment, so I expect this list will change because “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” is one of my favorite songs ever. Also, I can only imagine how sassy a Hades song will be and I am so ready for that.

Obligatory Ice Breaker

Thanks for joining me! My name is Karissa, and this is that awkward first post to introduce myself. Much like those annoying first day of school activities where the teacher makes you tell everyone what’s weird about you.

I am an accountant working in one of the major cities of the United States. I am in my mid-twenties, been at my current job for a three and a half years, and am on my fifth go on the C.P.A. exam. You will probably see a lot of posts complaining about the exam. I technically only have one section to pass, but I am waiting on my score for a section I had previously passed and lost the credit on. Yeah, the C.P.A. exam is timed and conditional. If you don’t pass all four four-hour sections within 18 months, you start losing your passing scores. And if that expiration falls within tax season, you’re pretty much guaranteed to lose that score. Studying and tax season do not mix well. At all.

Back when I had free time, which was when I was in college and not working, I loved to write. I mainly stuck to fantasy and fan-fiction, and I am a pro at failing NaNoWriMo. I did win in 2013, but I never finished that book. So, half victory there. I still write when I can, mostly one-shots of my various characters from role-plays that I have with my cousin. A lot of those characters have been with me for over a decade, so I tend to use them when I need to get some emotions out.

I read the same stuff I write: fantasy. Lately I’ve been in a Star Wars extended universe kick, but I do take breaks with other stuff. Harry Potter and Wheel of Time are my favorite series, and I love anything to do with mythology. I have dabbed in the Stephen King world with non-sleeping results, and classic novels like Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice are a couple of my go-to titles when I need an escape. Yes, I read Game of Thrones. Yes, I am mad that we still do not have Winds of Winter.

Nerd confessions: I wish I had time to cosplay. I have a sewing machine with no time to make anything. Video games bore me before I finish them. I have only completed the Batman: Arkham games and Dishonored. I want to re-try Kingdom Hearts before the third one is released, but I know I won’t. If it is Disney or Broadway related, odds are I know it. I used to work at Disney World as part of the Disney College Program, and I just really freaking love theater. I cannot sing or dance, but I will rap Hamilton like the white girl I am. Marvel movies are better than DC, but I am a Batman girl when it comes down to it. He has the best villains (I don’t care it’s cliche, the Joker is the best).

I have been married two years come October and have been with my husband for seven years this month. We have two adorable cats who are assholes, and we will probably get more cats when we finally move into a house. I am very type A whereas he is type B, but we love each other and he gives me plenty of heads up when plans change (HAHAHAHAHAHAHA I wish). He’s teaching me about soccer and Warhammer, and I’m trying to teach him baseball and there’s more books than Warhammer in the world. I must preclude that last bit with the fact we started our relationship with him letting me borrow the Wheel of Time series. I like to tell people it was a con to keep me around. It’s a fourteen book long series. It took up the first three years of our relationship. Now, he’s just really picky when it comes to books because nothing lives up to WoT. I get it, but I don’t at the same time.

OH! I have two planners: one for daily life and one for fitness tracking. They are covered in stickers and I have spent way too much money on Etsy getting things to decorate them with. I also have three different sets of colored pens, but I need more. This kind of goes with the whole “I am type A” thing. Planning is one of the ways I relax. I love it. It soothes me.

Um, I guess that’s a good start for now. Let’s do this thing.