#StarWars #ForceAwakens #NoSpoilers

23 hours. That's how long I spent in a theater, counting down to the Star Wars The Force Awakens Galaxy Premier. AMC theaters started the celebration at 1:00 AM with Episide 1 and showed all 6 episodes before releasing Episode 7. And, let me just say, seeing the original 3 on that big screen was amazing! After watching the 6 out of the 7, I made this proclamation on Facebook:

  1. I need Queen Amadala's Wardrobe
  2. Solo is my favorite character
  3. Still not clear where we stand on using  feelings and being a Jedi  
  4. I should probably have an EWOK
  5. I could not be more excited for The Force Awakens   

I won't share my opinions on the movie yet, as I don't want to deny anyone the experience I had. All I will say is, go now and see it! And I want a BB-8.  




Let's Catch Up

I've been updating other parts of this website, and realized I haven't posted a blog entry since February! Where does the time go? 

I've begun a whole new chapter of my life - self-employment. Yes, at the young age of 25, I have experienced a department elimination and subsequently, a layoff. It's a life experience not many 25-year-olds can say they've had and I'm happy to venture these uncharted waters. 

Turns out, I was good at my job. My clients wanted me to continue delivering social media services and word has spread. So now, I'm figuring out this whole "working-for-myself" situation. It's been quite exciting! I think I finally have the rhythm down and can now get back to blogging regularly for myself. My priority list goes to where the money is, so clients get blog posts before I do ;).

I launched a Facebook page for my business. I hope to use Facebook ads to draw in more clients. You can check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jordan-Alyssa/384994355040331

Feel free to give it a "like"... I really want to change that URL and I can't until I get enough "likes." :)

In other news, as you may recall, I've decided I want to be familiar with html coding and developing in general. I've chosen Django as my learning platform and will be beginning tutorials from the codeacademy within the next week or so. I was recently featured at DjangoCon and you can see the slides here: https://speakerdeck.com/annaoz/django-tales-how-django-and-its-community-can-change-lives 

And finally, I am making progress on the learning to sew front as well. I've purchased a pattern and found someone who will begin walking me through the process. I'm starting with children's clothes... so if you know any... 

And that about wraps up my catch up. Baha! I'll be back soon with my next Top 5!

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Top 5 - Disney Edition

You might recall a previous blog I posted about wanting to do regular segments that summarize my current Top 5 favorite things. Here is the second installment and it happens to all be Disney related. Because, well, you can’t have too much Disney. (Click the links for more info on each topic!)

disney top 5

1.     At the top of my bucket list is to take a voyage on a Disney Cruise. The need to check that item off the list has never been greater than it is today. Disney Cruise Line announced STAR WARS DAY!!! Can you just imagine Chewbacca on a cruise ship? I’m most excited about at-sea screenings of the Star Wars movies as well as “unique food and beverage offerings.” For more information about planned events and dates, click here.

2.     I can resist a lot of shopping urges. Shoes, however, don’t make the cut. I have no will power and I wish I were kidding when I say I buy a new pair of shoes at least once a month. So, when I saw that the top designers had partnered with Disney to design real life Cinderella Glass Slippers, I was beyond excited! (Plus, lately I've had a major shoe crush on Stuart Weitzman and his Cinderella ankle boot is simply stunning. Too bad I don’t have an extra $3500 lying around… ) Some of the crystal pumps look better as sketches, but Stuart and Jimmy don’t disappoint. Which ones are your favorites? Are any of them better than the Louboutin & Disney colab of 2012?

3.     Disneyland announced the plans for its 60th Diamond Celebration. That’s right people. DIAMONDS. Fireworks will be bigger, shows will be bolder, and they are bringing back favorites such as the Mad T Party. My favorite announcement, however, are the plans to cover the castle in sparkling diamonds. The mockups of what this will look like leave me speechless (see above) and I may have to splurge on a trip to see it in person. The artwork for merchandise is also, of course, fantastic, and you can check it out here.

4.     A guy hired an artist to draw his girlfriend as her favorite Disney characters for Valentine’s Day and the world agreed it was the second greatest Valentine’s Day gift of all time. (Mine was the first – I got the Disney Pandora Bracelet!!!)

5.     It’s sort of old news now, but Disney announced Emma Watson would be starring as Belle in the live-action film of Beauty and the Beast. While I saw a few people leery of the decision, the majority vote seems to be in favor. Personally, I could not be more pleased with this announcement. I squealed in the office when I read the news! Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie, my name is Jordan, and I approve of this casting.  No official word on who will play Emma’s Beast, but the hottest rumor is Ryan Gosling. Which just begs the question… how do you turn that man into a hideous beast?  

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Wish List 3 - Disney Edition

If this is your first time visiting my blog, let me first say Welcome! Thanks for stopping by! I hope I can entertain you a bit while you're here. 

Next, I should inform you that I’m a huge Disney fan. I’m not even sure if “fan” is a strong enough word - It’s more of  a lifestyle. I was able to spend Christmas 2014 at the Magic Kingdom and it was quite literally a dream come true. (To read about that excursion, click here.) However, I wasn’t counting on the incessant need to buy everything… I wanted it all. But, turns out, when you over-pack to begin with, it leaves very little room to bring new things home. And you most definitely won’t be under that 50 lb luggage weight limit.  So at some point, you just stop yourself from going into a gift shop – only to be left wishing you had purchased that charm bracelet with no hope of doing so because you’re stuck in Kansas.

Yes, most of the products can be found online, but quite a few can’t. For example, the Lumiere figurine can't be found online, and the one my bf bought me broke on our trip home. How was I going to replace him? (The Lumiere, not the bf. I'll keep the bf.). Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the reason I will be perpetually broke… Pixie Purchases with April. This wonderful Disney Pixie and her family will go to the parks and make purchases on your behalf. All you need are Facebook and a PayPal account. Oh, and a list.

So, in addition to the new Lumiere, I present to you my newest Wish List – Disney Parks Edition.

Disney Wish List


1.     Disney Pandora Charm Bracelet – The regret I have of not getting a charm bracelet while I was at Disney World is extreme. I didn’t think the Pandora Charm Bracelets were for me... then I joined April’s Facebook group and now I want all the charms. I just saw the sneak peak of Spring 2015 collection and there aren’t enough words to describe how magical they all are. This just has to happen. *fingers crossed boyfriend reads blog and remembers that Valentine's Day is really soon. * 

2.     Charm Bracelet Option 2 – So apparently, all throughout Disney Parks gift shops, there are charm stations. Hundreds of charms waiting to join your collection. I like the idea of this cheaper charm bracelet to go along with our Pin Trading addiction. Every time I go to the parks, I’ll get a few new charms for my bracelet and a few new pins for my lanyard. But did I remember to get the charm bracelet? No. So I’ll probably have to have April grab me a bracelet and a few charms to get me started.

3.     Dooney and Bourke Disney – I don’t think an explanation is needed. This one you actually can buy online, but if you already have a list of things for April to get, might as well add this to it.

4.     Disney Starbucks Tumblers and Mugs – Starbucks and Disney announced these Disney Parks themed Mugs and Tumblers, and half of them went on sale January 20, 2015. I can technically take these off my Wish List, because April already picked up the clear tumbler for me, but since I still need the white tumbler (which hasn’t been released yet) I’m keeping it on here. Starbucks was the longest line I waited in while at Disney, and I almost saved the cup because I loved the design on it. Glad I didn’t, this option is much more sanitary and permanent. (I didn't include a picture of the mugs, but you can click here to see them.) 

5.     Disney Gourmet Dishes – How do you know when you are officially an adult? Is it when you want things like dishes? I’m not sure if this counts… the only reason I want them is because they have Mickey on them. Also, there was a brief moment when I wondered aloud if this was like picking out wedding china… I’m not ready to be an adult. Those bowls look like they will hold my spaghettios quite nicely.  (These are available to purchase online ).

6.     Precious Moments Disney Princesses – I used to collect Precious Moments dolls as a kid. My mom had all my “Baby’s First's” themed with precious moments figurines. So, when I saw the Precious Moments Disney Princesses at the Christmas store in Epcot - USA, my heart melted a little bit. However, I had no idea how to get them home, so I thought I would order them online. I can’t find them anywhere! Once again, I find myself thanking Sorcerer Mickey I found Pixie Purchases with April.

If you’d like to find out more about how Pixie Purchases with April works, visit her Facebook page. It’s a delightful experience, you wont be disappointed! 

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