Greetings fellow Earthlings... For the explanation of what is going on here, please do click here and have a quick read. Other than that, in short, I am answering 7 of these 365 thought provoking questions each week until I complete the year. I already did this in 2013 and am revisiting them to compare my answers.
What's something you don't like to do that you are still really good at?
I'm not sure that I'm 'really good' at anything. I tend to be a jack of a few trades and master of none.
What type of person angers you the most?
Oh so many! hahaha Liars, litterers, hunters, animal abusers, sexual predators, drug addicts who roam the streets and make you feel unsafe, people who use their phone/smoke/eat etc while driving,
What is missing in your life?
More pets and a house I own...in the middle of nowhere...with no neighbours.
What is your most striking physical attribute?
Striking? My jacked up teeth? haha Or the fact I have no hair.
What has fear of failure stopped you from doing?
Going near butterflies. The more serious answer would be - a lot. My 'fear' or social anxiety and stress has limited many things for me. I haven't been to a gig/concert in over 8 years and I haven't been for a night out for 6 years. I rarely go many places alone and if I do it's a huge deal, luckily my Mam is my best friend and we do a lot together.
Who would you like to please the most?
No one. The dog? My Mam and Dad I guess? I dunno.
If you could go back in time and change things, what would you change about the week that just passed?
Nothing. Have we learned nothing about movies involving time travel, changing the past and the domino effect?!
Make sure to look back on this same post from 2013/14 here, and see the differences in my answers! (I completed writing this before checking back to my old answers by the way). You can also see the series in whole from last time here and of course last week's Weekly Wonderinghere.
I love my little town and often blog about it, but in case you don't know I am from the beautiful, historical town, based on the east coast of very border of England and Scotland - Berwick Upon Tweed. We have a rich history and many attractions that draw tourists in such as our 'walls', bridges and ruins. However, in my whole life I have never known a sight like this...
...especially 2 minutes from my front door.
From around the 29th of September to the 10th of October we were transported back to the 14th century when actors, horses and crew alike began work shooting for the upcoming Netflix movie, Outlaw King starring Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce. And yes, Chris Pine was here. As was Stephen Dillane - aka Stannis Baratheon - playing the role of Edward I, and of course many others. Photos weren't meant to be allowed and I didn't want to be that person, however it's just typical that loads of people got super good photos without getting told off. It was still super cool to see in person, as I passed it all multiple times a day on my way to work and it drew a lot of crowds from locals watching all of the goings on. A huge thing for our little town and I can't wait to try and spot our little old bridge in the final movie.
Has anything like this happened where you live? We also had a few tiny bits filmed here for The Railway Man a few years ago but no where near this scale.
I really enjoy doing Q&A's, despite not being a celeb or anything, especially Disney focused ones so thought it was about time for another since the other was back on the very 1st of May! I asked on both Facebook and Twitter numerous times but only got responses on twitter, so the questions below will have the 'ask-er's Twitter handle and blog link if applicable. Thanks to those who asked stuff! There were yet more great questions this time around.
Any time that it is warm! haha I have only visited during the end of February / start of March, May, October and the end of November / start of December but May and October have been the best for me. What with all my ailments the cold weather isn't great and puts a proper downer on my trips. However, I do love when it rains at Disneyland because it is usually a lot quieter with less locals and people with kids staying indoors.
Is there a fairy tale or type of story you'd love to see Disney transform into a film?
Dracula. Not really, ha, I'm just reading that just now so it came to mind. Hmm... After the BFG I'd really like to see more classic books from the likes of Roald Dahl, Edith Nesbit, Enid Blyton, Frances Hodgson Burnett and way more turned into beautiful live action pictures. Of course I also wanted to see the full Narina series but we know what happened there...
What is the number one item on your Disney bucket list?
This is such a difficult question. There were two things at the very top but they are 100% impossible and will never happen for me (going to the WDF museum and doing the Walk in Walt's Footsteps Tour) so I'll choose something a little more realistic. You know what, probably just to meet Oswald (and get a nice photo which is easier said than done with my mug) and to finish my mission of staying in all of the DLP Disney hotels. After I stay at New York next year that only leaves Davy Crockett Ranch which will be for my 30th and Newport Bay.
I haven't really tried many because I'm not a huge eater when I'm at Disney. Probably the most basic chocolate muffin from Cable Car bake shop, the Mickey head muffin thingys and slush!
What do you always buy as a souvenir?
Every year since 1996 I've gotten a soft toy - usually something specific to the season or a limited edition one if available. Since 2010 (my first adult trip) I have always gotten a pin of the year and hotel I stayed in. And lastly, the only other thing I have gotten every single trip is a magnet! haha
(FYI, there are a couple things I need Pin and Soft Toy wise, so if you are selling or know anywhere I can get my hands on them check out this blog post)
Favourite parade (ever)?
Main Street Electrical Parade. Sadly I only saw it once, when I was 6, but watched it many a time on our home video after that. I love the music, the 90's -ish-ness, just all of it. I wish they'd bring it back, although I dunno when they'd do it with Illuminations.
Favourite counter service place?
Like I said I'm not the biggest food fan, however, if I had to choose I'd say Pizzeria Bella Notte, Restaurant en Coulisse and Café Hyperion! Mainly for the details of themeing and the atmosphere.
All of them!! haha Urm....in particular I find myself drawn to the likes of Sir Mickey's Boutique, Flora's, Thunder Mesa Mercantile Building and Les Légendes d'Hollywood - again, like above, mainly for their themeing but I think these tend to be the main places I spend money in really.
Favourite DLP season?
This is Halloween, this is Halloween, Halloween, Halloween!! I have never been for actual Halloween because I purposely avoid the busiest times but as my Birthday is October 12th, I've been during that week in both 1996 and 2014 annnd will be back in 2020 for my 30th. I love everything about it. The weather, the parade, the decor, the meets, the colours, yaasss.
My least favorite is Christmas because it's just so cold it takes out all of the enjoyment of a trip, the Christmas fireworks sucked (I would have rather gotten to see Dreams one last time) and I'm just not a huge Christmas fan. The parade and meets were cute though.
Vinylmation or Funko?
Neither! Nor Tsum Tsums. I've never been a fan of any of them!
Would you ever marry into the Disney family to be a part of the amazing legacy that is Disney?
Haha, I guess if the opportunity arose? I wouldn't do it just for the sake of becoming a Disney, if you get what I mean, I would have to actually 'love' the person obviously!! It would be amazing. Just to have the name more than anything...maybe it'd help get me a foot in the door of making movies.
Are there any stories you would like Disney to do that they haven't already?
So many! I am a giant fan of the 'Oz the Great and Powerful' movie they did and they also have 'Return to Oz' so although many will disagree, I would really love to see a Disney version of the original 'Wizard of Oz'...goodness knows who'd play Dorothy though, Judy's shoes are pretty special ones to try and fill.
Are there any stories they have done that you'd change?
I don't think so. I usually trust all of the Walt Disney Companies decisions and have adored every 'remake'/re-imagining they have done and there are very few from the whole movie canon that I dislike.
What cartoon would you like to become live action? And vice-versa.
I hope to see the whole of the animated classics canon turn into live action re-imaginings at some point. I think those that have been done so far have been beyond epic and to see the vast majority of them, (especially, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Sword in the Stone, The Black Cauldron, Tarzan, Atlantis, Brother Bear and Bolt) in a similar fashion would be wonderful.
As for live action to animation that's a little more difficult. Maybe a Herbie movie? Or something like Narnia? I dunno. I prefer the live action canon, that isn't a secret and I think it's much easier to convert an animation to LA than the other way around. You could say Homeward Bound, Greyfriars Bobby, That Darn Cat etc but I don't know how much they would stand out with there being movies like Oliver and Company, Aristocats and the like which may compare too much? What do you reckon? This could be a whole post just discussing that haha!
Thank you so, so much to all who asked such brilliant questions! It was a lot of fun answering these as of course I love to think and talk about anything and (almost) everything Disney. My next trip is in June 2018 and there will probably be another of these posts around April/May so if you have anything to ask about how we plan trips, specifics of the trip or anything else please do pop me some Q's!
Good day all. Hope your Sunday is a good one. For the explanation of what is going on here, please do click here and have a quick read. Other than that, in short, I am answering 7 of these 365 thought provoking questions each week until I complete the year. I already did this in 2013 and am revisiting them to compare my answers.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Don't spend what you don't have! In other words don't take on any debt - credit cards, store cards, getting things on finance etc. If you can't save up money and buy whatever it is outright, then think hard why. Nothing is worth getting into debt over!! (Minus the obvious like a mortgage...)
If you could live forever, would you want to? Why?
Yes. Because I am petrified of death. Not exactly the whole being dead part of it, but the actual passing away.
If you had to be someone else for one day, who would you be and why?
Someone who has a life completely different to mine. Someone outgoing and confident, popular and fun. A talented person, probably an entertainer of some sort, who doesn't spend their whole life cleaning and sitting at home alone with their dog watching movies haha.
What positive changes have you made in your life recently?
Who makes you feel good about yourself?
I don't know :/
What is your biggest regret?
I don't do regrets because anything that should be regarded as one has taught me a lesson, and I assume they do for most people. Learn from your mistakes and put that into practise in the future instead of just dwelling on the past, wishing it didn't happen.
Which one of your responsibilities do you wish you could get rid of?
Feeding Jake and cleaning my own house, purely because I work 3 cleaning jobs as it is. ha
Make sure to look back on this same post from 2013/14 here, and see the differences in my answers! (I completed writing this before checking back to my old answers by the way). You can also see the series in whole from last time here and of course last week's Weekly Wondering here.
Yay! Back at it again with the day in my life - successfully :) I was so gutted to miss August after having already missed one earlier in the year, because I love looking back on them so much! Admittedly, it was the 29th before I remembered and so here is a boring Friday (where I am at all 3 of my jobs) in September!
1 // By 8am I'm already home from job 1 and getting ready for 40 winks.
2 // A nutritious breakfast.
3 // Covering the Zombie. Obviously that's not the brush I use for powder...
4 // Arriving at job #2!
5 // On the way to job #3, two hours later.
6 // Also taken on the 10minute walk to job #3 but was too cute not to include.
7 // Clear blue skies walking home for the day!
8 // Trying to catch the last of light/wind and hanging the washing out with my little pal.
9 // I ate 'fake meat' for the first time in years and I think I'll just stick to no type of 'meat' at all thanks!
10 // Having a bit of a laugh with some Queen compilations before bed.
11 // Book and bed!
When you see it all in only 11 photos it looks like I did nothing! But in reality I got up at 5.30, finally got in from all 3 jobs at 4.30 and went to sleep at 8.30. Meh, not a long day for many but it is for me. I'm glad to say that as I write this I already have October's day in photos done and so don't have to worry about missing another this year just yet.
I'd love to see what you got up to in September so leave me links to your posts below!
One of my all time favorite things at Disneyland Paris is the Molly Brown Paddle Steamer and the Rivers of the Far West in general. They encompass everything I treasure at home (nature, wildlife etc) but have that Disney flare...obviously.
On each trip (well, most trips) I like to make sure I hitch a ride on the back of good old Molly at least once, and seeing as this visit was in May - therefore blessing us with beautiful weather - we made it our second attraction of the day.
Here are some shots I snapped along the way.
How exciting it was to witness the rivers during birdy breeding season. I will be doing a separate post of all the birding images I took at DLP over my previous two trips, however I just had to pop a couple in here. Just look at them! Canada Geese with chicks, Mallard chicks, a Coot with her babies, a georgous Heron and even a Canada Goose on her nest of eggs! I could go round and round on that boat all day, waving at people on Big Thunder Mountain and taking photos. Although I have to admit I was a little dissapointed the gysers weren't working. I was under the impression that they had been repaired during all of the refurb and was looking forward to seeing them in action for the first time since 1996. One day maybe!