This Weekend (aka that time I secretly went to Disney World)

So do y’all remember that time I went to Disney World and was super upfront about doing it? Yeah me either. 😉

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bf and myself being touristy

I know what you’re thinking “Hey, don’t you have $14,000 in student loan debt??? Disney is EXPENSIVE!!!” Well, one of my friends began working there as a business analyst, which means perks, so for my birthday, he made magic happen! I had a really fantastic time. At some points it was stressful, but I really wanted to finally take a trip with bf and visit Disney as an adult (without children!). Plus we got to beta test the new Disney bands, which were really convenient and I really love!

Total Savings: $453.75

  • Admission to the park (2-day parkhopper): $258.80 (gift)
  • One night in the resort: $90 (gift)
  • Free night in his aparment: $90 (gift)
  • Splash Mountain Picture Pack: $14.95 (gift)

Total Cost: $120.15

  • Gas per person (4 – we made the 12 hour drive twice): $40
  • Stamped Penny (my favorite souvenier): $0.51
  • Food (trip there/back, Epcot Showcase Festival, dinner in Morocco, lunch at the Coral Reef, & dinner at a sports bar): $75
  • Purse to carry into the park: $5

So it was an incredibly inexpensive trip to Disney World thanks to a dear friend that I was so pleased to see again! 🙂

Thursday: I got off of work at 4:30pm, my roommate got out of class at 6:30pm, and we ended up officially leaving Baton Rouge at 8pm. We drove for a million miles. I didn’t drive the way up and mostly just cuddled with bf.

Epcot Showcase!

Epcot Showcase!

Friday: We arrived around 8:30am to find that my friend had gotten us a huge baker’s dozen of bagels from the glorious Panera bread. We slept all day, then went to the All Star Sports Resort to then take the bus to Epcot. We spent the rest of the night exploring, sampling new foods (Irish seafood & lobster shepherd’s pie, escargot, venison sausage, pickled mushrooms, kimchi, South Korean wine, creme brulee) and then we had Moroccan food at Morocco where they told the people it was my birthday…so free birthday baclava!

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Seafood Bastilla at Marrakesh in Epcot!

Saturday: We got up super early (not actually that early) and headed to the Magic Kingdom! We went through the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse, rode the Pirates of the Carribean (and got stuck), then I got to meet Chip and Dale, then we rode the Haunted Mansion, and then wandered around Fantasy Land. Then we did the Splash Mountain (yes we did get the digital package) where the guy who checked us out gave me a Dale “nerd” pin because it was my birthday! We then hoofed it to Epcot to have dinner at the Coral Reef, which was pretty, but I wish their menu was bigger! We split up and bf, friend, and I rode the Finding Nemo ride, Mission Space, and went to shop at Italy, England, and tried haggis (pretty good). We went back to the Magic Kingdom to ride Space Mountain, and then split up again to ride the Stitch ride and shoot things with Buzz Lightyear (and rode the People Mover). We left around 8:30 to go get food and watch my university play football at a sports bar (probably the best food I’ve had in a while). We then hung out and went to sleep.

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I did something I’m sure

Sunday: We woke up and went to Downtown Disney! They had the Lego store and a ton of other things. bf got lots of goodies for his family and friends. We then drove the eight million hours (12) home.

Fancy magic bands! #betatesting

Fancy magic bands! #betatesting

So all-in-all a really fun, albeit exhausting trip. And don’t y’all feel special – this is the debut of mah face on BoF. #yolo. Or something like that 😉

Wishlist – December 2011

December 2011 Wishlist

  • Kindle Fire: Books, web-browsing, Netflix, Hulu, Android Aps…at $200…I’m in love. Maybe Santa will see that I’ve been pretty okay this year? Maybe? Or maybe a sale…
  • Electric Kettle: I’ve been drinking a lot more tea lately, and it gets tiring to microwave it cup by cup (I never drink it fast enough to brew an entire pitcher – I have a teacup with a strainer in it). I had an electric kettle in Canada, which was pretty handy.
  • Graduate: I know this isn’t really a “thing,” but I am so ready for May 19, 2012.
  • Boots: I’d like a good pair of brown boots (I really dig flat boots, but they’re kind of hard to find).
  • Puppy: Look how cute! I want a puppy (although A. My apartment complex will not allow it and B. I cannot afford it right now).

This is actually one of my shorter lists haha! I actually don’t have too many things on my want list. I got my bicycle for my birthday (one of my big wants). The more I read the news, the more I read magazines, and the more I see of what the world lacks, the less I want. Not only does it make me feel guilty to want more-more-more, but I live a little more simply now, which I guess makes my needs smaller. I suppose I could have added knitting needles (maybe in January). I’m pretty loaded on projects already!!!

-L.

Wishlist – October 2011

October2011 WishlistOctober 2011 Wishlist: 

  • Yoga: Yoga classes. I loved doing it when I took classes through school; however, classes are really expensive and classes offered at our recreation center are really full. I have a Wii Fit, and I do those, I just want to incorporate it into my life more.
  • Haribo Raspberries: These are my favorite candy, hands down. My mouth is now watering. I want some!!!
  • Ipad 2: I have been pining after one for the last few months (and it’s exacerbated by all of my coworkers whipping them out during meetings). The simple fact of the matter is that I bought my laptop (which is still working wonderfully) almost exactly a year ago, and it is still going strong. I haven’t had a single problem with it. I highly recommend Asus (my new laptop) over Toshiba (my old laptop). Oh, and I also cannot justify a $600 purchase like that, especially not when I’m supposed to be clearing out my debt. Maybe I’ll get one for my birthday or Christmas. I’ll cross my fingers. [This is still on my list from August]
  • Bicycle: I am dying for a bike. A friend lent me his; however, he is a 6’4” gentleman, and I am 5’5”. I can’t really ride it…safely. I may get one for my birthday in a few weeks! I’m crossing my fingers.
  • Graduation Cap: Won’t get this until May 2012, but now that I’m applying to graduate school…I want to just get this over with! I’m getting severe senioritis.
  • Money Tree: Is there any necessary explanation? 😛

I will hold out! I will hold out! 

-L.

Wishlist – August 2011

August 2011 Wishlist: 

  • Money Receiptable: I can’t get over how cute this is. I was perusing Chapters, and it was all I could do to not buy it. I’m not, because I am fairly sure I can find one for cheaper (albeit not as cute) at the Dollarama. Plus, if I’m not spending my money, I won’t have receipts (although I do need a better method than the “Shove all my receipts into a Ziploc bag for years”)
  • Haribo Raspberries: These are my favorite candy, hands down, and it has been months since I’ve had any. My mouth is now watering.
  • Ipad 2: I have been pining after one for the last few months (and it’s exacerbated by all of my coworkers whipping them out during meetings). The simple fact of the matter is that I bought my laptop (which is still working wonderfully) almost exactly a year ago, and it is still going strong. I haven’t had a single problem with it. I highly recommend Asus (my new laptop) over Toshiba (my old laptop). Oh, and I also cannot justify a $600 purchase like that, especially not when I’m supposed to be clearing out my debt. Maybe I’ll get one for my birthday or Christmas. I’ll cross my fingers.
  • White Leggings: I haven’t been able to find a pair I like, but so many of my outfits would look so much better. I tried American Apparel today, but 20$ for something that looks like it would tear if I breathed on it? No thanks.
  • Freakonomics: I’ve been dying to read this book. I’m going to check it out of the library when I get back to the states.
  • Long Life Oolong: My favorite (so far) of David’s Tea. I’m going to get a tin before I leave. And probably some watermelon. Oh, and cherry. But that’s it!!!
  • Puppy: I am dying for a puppy y’all. I live on campus (and bf’s apartment is not pet friendly), so there’s no chance of me getting one (at least through May). I really love dogs, so I am pretty ready to eventually have one of my own.

I will hold out! I will hold out! (I hear my new mantra)

-L.