Friday, October 24, 2014

spreading the disney magic

so do you remember last year, when i joined the thousands of hopefuls in applying for a highly coveted spot on the disney moms panel?

yup - i went for it again.

this was actually quite a while ago - early september, to be exact.  and apparently, there were so many applicants this time that it took them a month and a half to get through them all.  there were a handful of essay questions, and not only were they watching for content, but accuracy and spelling and grammar and all that kind of good stuff.  plus, i'm thinking they wanted to see some sort of personality come through on that screen.  like, here's one of the questions from round one - i pulled out all the cheese and dorkiness i could muster to answer it:

huh.  reading that again, i would have totally passed me over in a hot minute.  what a goober, man.

knowing the insane odds of actually earning a spot on the panel - and nobody knows how many openings there are - i pretty much tried to bury all thoughts of advancing further.  yeah, i'm still part of the closed facebook group comprised of "disney MP hopefuls," and it's fun to read everyone's excitement and anxiousness, but i just sat back and enjoyed the anticipation.

gary, the poor guy who pulled the short straw and had to manage the insanity of social media for the group last year, is still our go-to via social media.  he would tweet out cryptic clues and little bits of encouragement for the applicants, and it was fun to watch everyone run into the facebook board to share for those who aren't on twitter.  every tweet was dissected and discussed and ripped into about a million pieces in an attempt to decipher its meaning, and sometimes they were successful.  other times, hilariously way off.  and then finally, he was able to tell us this:

and later that day, the pixie dust was a-flyin'.  thank goodness the panel judges didn't agree with my assessment of my answers to the round 1 questions, because:

but now...another video.  ack!  how i hate seeing and hearing myself on video.  pictures, sure.  i'm a total picture whore, which i'm not sure if you knew or not.  and the applications are due on monday.

today, i'm off to work on that video.  i sure hope i can pull off a decent one.  it'd be fun to advance to the next round this year...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

be a leader

the journey to girl scouting continues!

this time, it was my very first official leader meeting with the rest of my local troop heads.  it's a once a month gathering for my service unit, with a representative from the greater los angeles girl scouts' office present.  the agenda i'd received via e-mail asked everyone to wear pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month, and would you believe it - despite the fact that pink is my very favorite color, my closet is desperately lacking.  luckily, i managed to find something that would work.

i was a little nervous, but at least it wasn't hard to find:

inside, there were a bunch of chairs formed in a large circle and i wondered if we were going to do the girl scout friendship circle.  haha, i thought that was just for the girls, but i'd go along with whatever.  and i was kind of secretly stoked to find that i had my own official nametag already.

before the meeting started, i perused the wares around the room.  a large binder full of local activities caught my eye, as did the catalog of official girl scout gear.

there was a display of free craft supplies to take and share.  i couldn't help but smirk at the clippers patches that apparently couldn't even be given away.

and they were finishing off a collection of feminine hygiene supplies for a local home set up for female veterans and their kids.

the meeting was interesting and informative, and didn't last too terribly long.  they typically last for about an hour, although this one ran a little later because we got to listen to a guest speaker.  a representative from the home benefiting from the collection of supplies was present to give us more information about it, and it was interesting and touching to hear.

they do a raffle at every meeting for some little girl scouts trinkets, and this month it was pink scarves and a fluffy blanket.  i didn't win, but i still have a chance next month.

afterwards, my fellow leaders and i helped ourselves to the table of nuts and snacks.  we hadn't formed our troop in time for the fall product sale, but at least we could sample them so we'd know what we had for next year.  i highly recommend the tomato basic-seasoned peanuts.  SO GOOD.

our first parents' meeting is next week, and we got to take a peek at the room we'll be using.

if i thought i was nervous for this meeting, just wait for that one where i actually have to speak in front of people.  oh shit.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

might as well jump. jump!

i know that ideas for cookie designs are pretty much endless, but it still amazes me when someone approaches me with a new idea to work on.  this time, it was a birthday party at a bounce house.  after  my usual google routine, i found something that looked like it would work.  bonus:  it was fairly simple.  check it out:

first, i flooded square cookies with plain white frosting as the base.  then i took the first color and drew a little rectangle in the middle:

with the next color, i added a line on top and on the bottom.

just a little off to the side went a triangle:

on the left with color number 2 went a column, and then a sliver of the top of the column on the right rear.

i picked up the the first color again to form the bottom step, and then i used the 4th color to make the "hat" on top of the first column and the base of the second column.  can you see the basic shape now?

one more time with that first color to create the illusion of the 4th column in the back:


final step - the net in the middle.

all done!  it was pretty easy, once i got the first few out of the way.  what do you think?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

celebrating halloween, disney-style

with some free time on sunday, the girls and i decided to head down to disneyland and check out the halloween activities at big thunder ranch.  but first, we stopped to watch the frozen pre-parade show since we'd managed to time our arrival just right.

that face just kills me.  i crack up every time i look at it.

so this "show" is really just a float that comes down the route before the parade actually starts.  it's got an animatronics version of olaf on the front of it, and then anna and elsa are perched atop, waving at the crowds below.

they play an instrumental version of "let it go" as the princesses glide down the street, so of course i had it stuck in my head for the rest of the day.  oy.

it was pretty crowded that day, being a sunday while a holiday overlay decorated the entire park.  we had just an hour and a half before the halloween carnival back in big thunder ranch was over, and we found a shitton of people when we got there.

there was a meet & greet area where you could take pictures with one of several different disney villains.

characters were roaming the area dressed in halloween costumes:

 and there were some really cool pumpkins on display.

the girls decided to head over and decorate some masks and finger puppets.

photobombed by minnie.

one more photo op on the way out:

in a little corner next to rancho del zocalo, the mexican restaurant in the park, there was a little display for dia de los muertos - the day of the dead.

and a rare disney freebie - face painting.

we caught the 4D preview of disney's next movie, "big hero 6."

and got to enjoy one ride of the bean's choice - buzz lightyear's astro blasters.  i always end up riding solo here because the cars only accommodate two at a time.  i don't look too unhappy about it, though, huh?

and then a couple of these wrapped up to go for dinner:

not bad for a 3-hour window of free time, huh?
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