Saturday, March 24, 2012

Disney World Countdown: 58 days!

I am terrified of riding Splash Mountain. And Kali River Rapids. I love rollercoasters, but I hate rides with drops. And I hate getting wet.

On a canoe trip when I was three, we were going through some white water and it was raining. I was in the front of the canoe, my mom was behind me, my brother was in the middle, and my dad was steering in the back. According to family legend, I started crying. And saying repeatedly "No splash Anna! No splash Anna!" That might be why I hate water rides.

In all honesty, I'll probably grow some cojones and ride it in July or early August though.
I can't wait to move back!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

What's next?

At age 21, I spent the summer working at a local ice cream shop. I met 3 delightful men in that summer at my favorite bar-from England, Scotland, and Ireland. That doesn't generally happen in Montana.
I then spent a semester working at Disney World on the College Program. Working in Fantasyland was wonderful I met amazing people, went on some wonderful dates, and generally had a delightful time.
I returned to Montana, and went back to college.
I got to visit to New York City for a few days in May for my favorite cousin's wedding, where saw Daniel Radcliffe in 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying'- AND MET HIM.
I also got to meet the legendary Betty White.
At 22, I had another life-long dream realized when I traveled to England and France during my winter break. I got to tour the BBC Television Centre, visit Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace, watch the Royal Ballet perform 'The Nutcracker', tour the Globe Theatre, and walk across Abbey Road, among other things.
In Paris, I got to climb the steps to the top of Notre Dame and attend Gregorian mass there, visit Versailles, and spend a day at Disneyland Paris.
I also got hired to do another College Program at Disney World, beginning after graduation in May.
I'm working at Montana PBS. I modeled for an art class. I'm going to get my first tattoo next month. Oh yeah, AND I'm graduating from college in May!
Dreams come true! I can't wait to see what 23 has in store for me. Photobucket

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tattoo time

So! My friend Chelsey got a tattoo earlier this month. Last semester, we had talked about getting tattoos before graduation. I finally decided to go in and make my appointment on Saturday. I chose the same artist as her, Ian. While he was tattooing her, I sat for 2 hours, and we talked about Disney and life and other fun things. I liked his demeanor, and looking at his book, I was really impressed. I wanted to get a tattoo that would go with the Disney Look (nothing visible), and in a place that wouldn't stretch over time (pregnancy, weight gain, wrinkles, etc. ) I was thinking about my hip. Nope. So I chose the inside arch of my foot.

Then there was the conundrum of what I was going to get. When I was about 12, I wanted a star. Yikes. At 18, I wanted "The ones we love never truly leave us". Too long. As I was re-reading 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows', the last line struck me: "All was well." I loved it. It's a philosophy I have about life, because things do tend to work out for me in the end. I've been ending letters with "Hope all's well" for years. It's simple, it connects with my love of Harry Potter, and not everyone will get it.

What font? I scrolled through Microsoft Word, and decided on the Aladdin font. It's subtly Disney, and looks fantastic.
There it is! So pretty.

My appointment is scheduled for April 28, and should take less than 45 minutes. I'm excited! All was well.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Daniel Radcliffe's Bullett Interview

 Daniel Radcliffe seems preoccupied when he enters the Hudson Diner, an unassuming bistro in Manhattan’s West Village. Visibly frustrated, he heads straight to an empty table, where he fidgets with his iPhone. “Sorry about that,” he says, emerging from his tech-coma.

“I sent an e-mail and it didn’t go through, and I just got so angry! A hundred years ago, the person I was e-mailing would have needed to wait two years to get the message and now I’m pissed off because it didn’t go through the moment I sent it. It’s so stupid.”

“I hadn’t thought that I’d be sad at all when it came to finishing the films, but then it happened and I was weeping,” he says of his farewell to the character with whom he’s become synonymous.
“When you’re doing something for that long with the same people, you kind of start thinking, God, can I do anything else?” “To be honest, I’m kind of the broodiest young man in the world. I want kids. They’re just so much more honest and funnier than anyone else. And we watch the same TV.”
 ...Famous for its Freudian subject matter, Equus tells the story of a disturbed young man whose unconventional love for his horse borders on obsession. “It was a challenging production and I think it made people sit up and say, ‘Oh, well, he wants to do interesting work at least,’” says Radcliffe, whose performance earned him stellar reviews from the theater community.

"The young wizard," wrote Ben Brantley in The New York Times, “has chosen wisely.”

 ...“That was the least of my worries,” he says of his exhibitionism. “I’m an only child. We’ve always walked around the house naked. Some people find that weird, but I don’t. But some nights there would be some beautiful girl in the front row and I’d be like, Oh fuck, in two hours you’re going to have seen everything—there is going to be no mystery.”
 ...“Some people think that if you’re in film, you should be in film; if you’re on stage, you’re on stage; if you’re on TV, you should stay on TV. But I just don’t think that’s how it should work.”

Due to the demanding schedule of the Potter films, Radcliffe often worked with on-set tutors, trading classrooms for private one-on-one discussions about culture and politics.

 “It kind of takes you back to a purer form of learning, when it was one student who hasn’t got 20 other people to deal with,” he says. “If we talked about something that we found interesting, then we could go off on a tangent and learn about that for a while—it was a lovely way of learning where curiosity was instilled rather than fear, like, I have to learn this to pass the test.” His education wasn’t limited to coursework; it bled into trailer tutorials with fellow artists and technicians.
...“There is a huge amount of pressure placed on young men to go out, get fucked up all the time, and fuck a lot of women,” he says. “That’s what teenagers think they have to do in order to become men, which is so untrue and such a horrible idea. That’s what all my friends did—what I tried to do, with mixed success.”

...“In America, you are treated as an actor first and a child second, but it’s so important that kids remain kids. Had I come over here, I think I would have been different.”

He describes the adult-ification of today’s children as “fucking tragic—the fact that kids want to wear designer labels? I didn’t give a fuck about that. My parents were just trying to get me to not eat insects when I was 9. I didn’t know what the fuck AllSaints was. When did kids stop eating mud? The whole point of being a kid is that you get to do shit you can’t do when you’re an adult. It’s downhill from here. I’m 22 now and I realize that my best years are behind me.” 
..."A lot of odd stuff happens,” he says of his frequent run-ins with overzealous fans. “Somebody in South America adopted my mother as his mother, for example. He’d seen my mom in some photos on the red carpet and wrote to her saying, ‘Dear Marcia, my name is so-and-so and I’m from Argentina. I’m just letting you know that you are my mother now. How is my brother Daniel?’"

"We also had a guy who sent a lot of pictures of me from when I was between the ages of 13 and 15, and he circled my crotch in all the photos with an arrow to it and the words, ‘Do you have an erection here?’ It’s funny shit."
...“I’ve been obsessed with people and fads and things. I don’t think I would ever faint or scream when somebody walked out of the theater or something like that though,” he says, obliquely referring to the throngs who greeted him nightly as he exited the theater after each How to Succeed performance.

...“Look at all the comments that came out of the Twilight films,” he says. “I can’t remember their exact words and I am not going to try to quote them, because if I misquote them, Twilight fans will kill me. But the point is, those kids are kind of ready to be done with it. [Harry Potter] went on for 10 years and we had a fucking great time. I loved every second, and I learned so much.”
...“I love the notion that you can meet somebody when you’re young and stay with her forever,” he says. “My mom is the only girlfriend my dad has ever had. I look at them and I see how they’ve built their own mythology together. That’s what I want, to build a universe with someone. Everything that happens prior to finding that one person is kind of bullshit. You’ve got to find somebody who you love and who loves you, and then cling onto them.” 

He insists that monogamy with the right partner can be very exciting. “I have such a nice, happy life now,” he says. “I don’t go out all that often, especially to bars and clubs, just because it’s no longer as much fun for me. I like to stay at home with my girlfriend. We have a lovely time just with each other.”

...To hear him tell it, every song, every project, and every person has the potential to change his life. “I think people should try to mix it up as much as possible,” he says. “That’s what makes us better.”

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Meryl Streep love

After winning her Oscar for 'Iron Lady':
She's so classy! I love her

Friday, March 2, 2012

Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue!

This is from the first time I met Buzz, in Tomorrowland. I was pretty thrilled, he's one of my favorite Toy Story characters. My Buzz action figure is currently standing on my bookshelf, waiting to rescue any lost toys. You can meet Buzz in Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom, and at Hollywood Studios.