Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Very Potter Spring Break

Pretty much everyone I know that is around my age grew up with Harry Potter. I know that the novels are supposed to start out in the '80s, but Harry, Ron, and Hermione were of age with me when the books came out. Because of the age factor, it felt like I could've gone to Hogwarts and befriended the three characters.

So, when I heard Universal Studios was going to be home to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I knew that I MUST make a, well, a pilgrimage. This year, I completed my journey and my parents and I went to Harry Potter World in March during my spring break (unfortunately I went before the new portion, Diagon Alley opened, though it might be fortunately because that means I just have to go back).

We left our home on a Sunday and had tickets for the Universal parks Monday through Wednesday. With our ticket package we were able to "park jump" from Islands of Adventures to Universal Studios. We also had fast passes and a special breakfast at The Three Broom Sticks.

Monday. 

Harry Freaking Potter all day. Well, really from like 9am-2pm due to rain, but still ALL DAY! As I previously mentioned, my parents and I had a breakfast at The Three Broomsticks. My parents both had the full English breakfast and I had the American breakfast (due to not wanting blood sausage...because I know what's in it). Now, a brief mention that I will be posting most of the photos from this trip in a slide show down below, so check that out, it's fun.

We continued our foray into this amazing place by going up to Hogwarts. Inside Hogwarts you follow a winding queue that shows off some of the more important parts of the castle, like the entrance to Dumbledore's office, the talking portraits, and of course the Fat Lady portrait that serves as entrance to the Griffindore common room. You eventually make it to a classroom where Harry, Ron, and Hermione speak to you and their portion ends with telling you that they are going to sneak you out of the castle on broomsticks. And now it's time for the ride.

The ride isn't really a roller coaster, but none-the-less, I'm not a huge ride person. I went on this one though. My eyes might have been shut during most of it, but I can say I rode it and didn't die...or get sick..mostly. I was warned by my friend Patrick that the screens used in the ride made him a bit queasy, and the same happened to me. Once I realized I was secure in the seat and wasn't going to fall out, I opened my eyes just to get nauseated by the screens. Whomp.

After Hogwarts, my parents and I enjoyed butterbeer and a did a bit of shopping. Purchases included, chocolate frogs and other sweets from Honeydukes, and a Hermione wand for me. The day ended with us barely making it to a taxi before the sky opened up.

Tuesday.

After spending the previous day in Islands of Adventures, we decided to hit up the Universal Studios side. Over here there were more attractions my dad can enjoy, since he cannot really go on many rides due to a heart condition. We started off with the I Love Lucy museum because my mom is the I in I Love Lucy.

Then we went to two shows. The first was a 3D/live action terminator show. It was pretty cool and at one point fog enveloped the entire audience, which was very unexpected. The second show was horror movie make-up. It was quite cheesy, but also informative and funny. I mean, c'mon, who doesn't like cheese? Speaking of cheese, between the shows we ate at Mel's Diner.

After the shows we went on the new Transformers ride. My mom and I convinced my dad to go on this with us, which in the end wasn't the best idea. He hates spinning and this ride had a good bit of spinning involved. Then we made our way through Krusty Land and ended up on the Men In Black Ride. My mom will be proud of me for admitting this, but she beat me in score on this ride. I still and will always maintain that my gun was broken. The last ride we went on was Disaster!, which puts you into a film. It was long, kind of boring, but at the same time a lot of fun.

Wednesday.

Well, since every other day was pretty long, good thing this one is short. We pretty much did nothing due to my mom's knee hurting, my dad not wanting to go back to the park, and me just saying "fine". I did however beat my dad mercilessly at air hockey.




And well, that was my amazing spring break! I hope you enjoyed my rather lengthy reliving.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Let Me (Re)Introduce Myself

Oh, hello!

My name is Jessica and I used to blog here. Remember me? No, yes? Either way I'M BACK. Y'all ready for this? Space Jam is just the best.

So, over the next few posts I'm going to attempt to relive my last two years. Be warned...it's going to be about five sentences detailing two years ago until March and then some fun posts because I finally did some super fun things.

This post is just to get you amped up and to do that I'm going to share with you something I've done over the past two year: grow out my hair. For a very long time my hair hovered right below my shoulders and I kept it that way. But, over these "missing years" I just let my hair grow.

About two-ish weeks ago I decided it was time to cut it. I had enough length to donate my hair to Locks of Love and summer is coming and it is already been brutally hot and humid here in Georgia. So, my hair stylist, Laura, put my hair into small pony tails and let the random customers in her shop cut my hair right above the elastic.


 I'm not sure exactly how much hair I cut off, but I have a photo of it. I kind of feel like a creep posting a photo of hair that is no longer on my head. I mean, hair is just dead cells anyways..so now they're extra dead cells? I don't know, I just feel creepy.

So, that was my triumphant return. Extra dead cells. Well, then again if you've read this blog previously, you shouldn't have expected much more than this. I'm hoping to get multiple posts out a week, but no promises. I'm done with promises, especially since most of my previous posts begin with an apology for not posting when I said I would.

I hope you'll join me for the next bit of my life and as I will come to tell you over the next few posts, it should be a pretty exciting ride!

Jessica
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Friday, May 18, 2012

Gone A While

I've been gone for a while. I've been down for a while. I've been sleeping at odd times for a while. That's what I've been doing. Right now I should be with some of my best friends in Alabama at Hang Out Fest, but due to the massive expense I'm not - and really thank goodness because it's my lady time and I would've felt horrible. Overshare? Oh well, you've been warned before that I share it all.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sorry I'm Not Sorry

Hello and welcome to Jessica says she's sorry for the millionth time EXCEPT this time she's sorry she's not sorry (phrase courtesy of Kelly Hayes).

It's been a rocky couple of weeks and as I explained last time they always kind of are. Do you have something that when you think about it or talk about it you start to tear up or even just cry? Well, my hip is that thing.

Last time I went to see a psychologist I had to give her my entire background aka my hip story and I just cried. I mean ugly cry with snot and doing that heavy gasping thing that you'd think help you get more air into your lungs, but in reality it just makes everything worse. Oh, I also turn extremely red when I cry (or sweat or laugh or whatever), but basically it looked like I was dying. And before I had to move home and stopped going we decided to try and figure out why I autocry with the hip. I mean, it might be obvious since it was a traumatizing event, but so was my mom's cancer or my dad's heart surgery or plenty of other things and I don't go into a ridiculous ugly cry fit that would scare Mussolini (yeah, Hitler always gets the credit, but Mussolini was a bad guy too).

So, I'm not sorry that I haven't updated. Plus, the updates you would've gotten were like "Fucking JoAnn is still out of the yarn I need to finish my blanket..so I started another one" or "I pooped too many times today".

But, I plan to start updating more. Mostly because I miss it and partly because I need to get a schedule and climb out of my Gilmore Girl's Luke-esque dark days.

I think the thing that's really going to get me going is the fact that I won a fabulous craft pack giveaway from Jamie at Scissors and Steam! I want to be the best winner ever and try and do something with everything in the prize pack. Now, I already have a plan for the embroidery hoop and thread...and let me tell you it's cross stitch..but not your grandma's "Home is Where the Heart is" kind of cross stitch. So, stay tuned for that (plus it's my first time doing cross stitch). If you click on the words "craft pack giveaway" it'll take you to the page that shows what I won. Any ideas for the rest?

I also need to lose weight because I gained weight. I'm not going to say how much because I'm really sad about it since I worked so hard to lose it.

I guess that's all I have for you? Oh, also that bumper sticker photo is because I LOL'd when I saw it. This is the second bumper sticker I've seen outside of Waffle House that was just awesome (see Dragon Sticker).

Hokay. Bye.

Jessica


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