Day 6: Jump Scares & Sore Feet (Islands of Adventure) 

The truth is in the name, Islands of Adventure always proves to be some kind of adventure or another. We went in with the energy of someone who knows they’re in the last leg of a race. That is, with great enthusiasm only barely covering the masked pain. 

I checked our Health vitals on my phone, and we’d been basically covering 8.5 miles a day. And that’s considering my phone was in a locker for a good portion of time. 

Once we entered (on time, I might add), we headed straight to the new attraction in town. 

Skull Island


As of now, Skull Island only has one attraction: The Reign of Kong. Its a pretty great ride! There’s 3D goggles involved, and you get to ride an “expedition vehicle” (which basically looks like a huge jeep). 

The 3D effects are quite impressive and there’s also some really cool animatronics involved near the end. 

My only complaints about it were: 1. I hate giant worms, 2. The Skull Island natives scared the shit out of me, and 3. Did I mention I hate giant worms? 


If you hate giant worms like I do, I’d recommend sitting on the far left side of the tram, where I thankfully happened to sit. As for the natives, the people at Universal decided it would be a good idea to hide scare actors in the queue. As you’re walking through the darkness, at any moment a “Skull Island Native” could jump out and scare you. 

I may or may not have let out a blood-curdling scream. I got really scared ok! 

Jurassic Park

I love this area, its such a classic. The Jurassic Park River Adventure is always one of my favorites, although this time around we kept getting told off for taking pictures while the ride was in motion? 

 

 I really wouldn’t have a problem with this, but their only rule had been no flash photography, beforehand. Our phones were in a plastic protector! Nothing would’ve happened. It kind of harshed my mood while on the ride, but it was still lots of fun like always. 


My favorite newish attraction in this area is the Raptor Encounter, where you can meet with a raptor trainer who lets you pose for photos with an animatronic velociraptor. 

I knew that it was an animatronic but somehow it was still scary? The raptor reacts in real time to anything you do and the noises are so lifelike! For a moment I was genuinely terrified. 

Seuss Landing


This area is great for kids! As a teacher I kind of went wild buying things in this area, because, well, finding good Dr. Seuss merch is nearly impossible. 

All the rides are geared towards children in this area, so it would be a great destination for little ones. 

The Lost Continent

 This area used to be a lot bigger before the integration of the Harry Potter area, so The Lost Continent now boasts a total of two attractions: The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad (a live stunt show) and Poseidon’s Fury (a walk-through show). 

Both of these are great but haven’t been updated in a very long time. I’d say Poseidon’s Fury is my favorite of these two, just because the effects are super cool. 

Marvel Superhero Island

 

A part of me loves seeing the old comic book heroes come to life in this area of the park. There’s something very nostalgic about the cheesy, old-fashioned, original superhero costumes that makes me happy. 

The Hulk is the must-ride roller coaster in the park, its so good! Fast and thrilling, the coaster never stops being a favorite. 

We also happened to eat in this area, we did lunch at Captain America’s Diner, where sure enough, Captain America was hanging out for photo ops. 

Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hosmeade

The crowning glory! Who doesn’t love seeing the Hogwarts castle in the distance? It made me all kinds of emotional. 


The Forbidden Journey is the ride inside of the castle. We did the whole queue despite single rider being available because, well we wanted to walk through the whole castle! 

I think its possible to do the walk through without having to do the ride, but I love the ride so I didn’t actually bother asking. 


After a quick ride in the Twiwizard Tournament Dueling Dragons, we sat for a quick frozen butterbeer. It did wonders to combat the Florida humidity. 


We did a bit of shopping and saw the Twiwizard Tournament Pep Rally, where you get to see Drunstrang and Beauxbaton students perform on stage, much like their intro in Goblet of Fire. 


Like I said before, I really do love the performances over in Diagon Alley much more, but both of the ones in Hogsmeade are still worth a look. The second performance is the Hogwarts School Choir performing various acapella songs, complete with frogs! 


It just so happened to be International Ice Cream Day on the day we were in Hogsmeade, so I nipped in to The Three Broomsticks to get a bit of ice cream to celebrate. I got Strawberries and Peanut Butter while my little sister opted for a Butterbeer Ice Cream. I liked mine but I really wish I had gotten the Butterbeer flavored one, it was delicious. 

The biggest issue with Hogsmeade is space. While it is technically rather big, it always feels so cramped with space! There’s never anywhere to sit. Thankfully, this year I discovered a bit of a hidden nook! 


Next to the Girl’s Restroom, where Moaning Mrytle lives, there’s a small passageway that leads to the back of the Hog’s Head. 


Tables galore! And with wonderful shade no less. We spent a good half hour here. This seating area has wonderful views of the lake and of Hogwarts! It seems like most people don’t know about it because it was practically empty. 

I love that I can still find secrets at Hogwarts, no matter how many times I’ve visited. 

We called it quits rather early. Not only we’re our feet insanely sore and bruised up from so much walking, but my inner thighs had a rash from so much rubbing together. Thick thigh girl problems, eh?

Either way we were able to finish this park surprisingly early, considering how long it took us to finish Universal the day before. Not that I’m complaining, I needed a rest. 

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My Summer Bucket List

Hello everyone! Bit of a simpler post today, I’m thinking about things I want to do in the next month and a half and thought I’d write down a to-do list of stuff I want to do in the limited time that I don’t have already planned out. I have a few trips planned in the coming weeks, like I mentioned in my Coming Up – Summer 2017 post, so time is already kind of booked up, but I think it’s still good to plan out short/small goals.

Some of these were nabbed off of @theobsessionbegins’s Self Care Mini Challenge (like one or two things) but hopefully I’ll be giving her challenge a proper go in August when there’ll be a bit more time to focus things. July is going to be a whirlwind!

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Photos by Me (from my Instagram: @thefroghat)

Things To Do In July Before The Texas Heat Kills Me:

  1. Have a picnic. I recently bought a really neat picnic basket from Target and it has yet to have a proper debut, so I’ll be planning a picnic this summer, hopefully in a massively shady park somewhere… I’m sure there’s one around here.
  2. Have brunch with friends. Can you believe I’ve never had brunch? Because it’s true, I’ve never had brunch. Not the proper kind with mimosas and guac on toast at least, it’s always been frijoles recalentados in my sweet ol’ Mexican household. I want to actually do this one though, it’s on my Life Bucket List. (If you guys are interested in hearing about that, then let me know I have it written down in a notebook somewhere)
  3. Try a new restaurant. I’m guilty at always sticking to the same places, my taste buds need a change!
  4. Have a proper mani/pedi. (Salons scare me, so this will have to require a bit of courage)
  5. Wear a two-piece in public. Do I even have to explain why this is terrifying? It’ll definitely be a step forward in the self-confidence game, so let’s hope I have the cajones to pull this off.
  6. Read three books. This is being really light on the load, I want to read more than three but I’ll set the bar low. Slowly but surely getting back to my bookworm roots.
  7. Meet somebody new. You probably wouldn’t know this, but I’ve had the same friend group since middle school. That’s more than ten years. I honestly don’t know how to even go about making new friends, but I want to give it an good ol’ fashioned try this summer!
  8. Watch one TV show. I don’t have time for TV during the school year! Or at least I didn’t during my first year, I have a feeling my second might be a bit less chaotic. Either way, it’s high time I catch up with some faves, I’m so behind on everything!
  9. Send snail mail. I have a few online friends that I’ve been meaning to write to for ages, but lets be honest: internet has made instant gratification so much more appealing. I want to get back to the roots of things, send letters with cute messages and stationary. I have the supplies, just need to get my ass into gear and actually do it. (Sub-section to this would be to mail a friend a mix cd, because how cute is that!)
  10. Enjoy nature. Texas heat is unforgiving! It’s so bad, it feels like the earth is melting. Nonetheless, I don’t want this to stop me from going outside. I’ve noticed that staying indoors most of the day doesn’t help my mood, so I really want to go on some nature walks and enjoy the fresh air.
  11. Do something Adventurous. Specifically, I’m thinking of zip-lining or scuba diving in Mexico when I visit later this year, but who knows, I’m not limiting this to only one adventurous experience!
  12. Take photos of myself. Another one dealing with self-confidence. I hardly take photos of myself, I want to be comfortable doing that this summer. I’m hoping keeping this blog will help with that as well.
  13. Campfire movie night. I’ve did this once! The photos below are from my instagram, it was so beautiful and such a nice way to spend time with friends at home, I’m itching to do it again!
  14. Visit the beach with friends. I’m trying to put together a trip to a water park with friends at the beach near the end of July, but we’ll see how it goes. Not really sure if it’ll happen or not, but here’s to hoping!
  15. Take a pottery class. Another one from my Life Bucket List! I recently found a local place that offers one-off classes and I really want to go, hopefully it can happen at some point!
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That’s my list! Have you guys ever done any of these? Please let me know in the comments below, and also let me know any of your own summer bucket list ideas (link me to the post if you’ve made one! I love reading about bucket lists.)

Cheers lovelies, thank you so much for reading, and have a fantastic first of July. xx

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The Dye Job

I’ll be the first to admit that I do things on the fly. I went skydiving for the first time on a whim. “Fuck it” is kind of my philosophy in life for the most part, particularly with doing things that make me nervous to begin with. My hair… that’s a different story.

My natural hair is Black. I don’t mean dark brown, cute in the sunlight, black. I mean BLACK. When I was little my hairdresser would go on and on about how my hair was a gift. But honestly, I’d had enough. 25 years of the same hair? Time for a change. Last summer I decided to dye my hair blond. It’s like they say, the best laid plans of mice and men-

What ended up happening is this:

  • Cosmo-student friend drove me to store to buy copious amounts of bleach and dye.
  • A guy friend went first and bleached his whole head Draco Malfoy blond.
  • My turn, I freaked out, demanded an ombre instead.
  • Got a hacked up dye job and split ends to match.
  • Kept this “ombre” for a long time regardless, until I chopped it off in January.

I think there’s just something about the summer I think that keeps me wanting to make drastic changes. Usually I’d just cut a fringe on my hair or something, but this time around I had an Actual Adult Job that pays Actual Adult Money with which I could pay for an Actual Adult Hair Dye.

And… well that’s what happened.

new hair

I’m still not sure if I like it, to be honest. For starters, this is nothing like the photo that I showed the hairdresser. I went to her because a friend recommended, but maybe I should’ve done a bit more research. I think I might just not suit the blond life though, my hair didn’t bleach as well as it “should have”, according to the hairdresser. But oh well, what’s done is done. I just need to go get some box dye for my eyebrows, because SHE DYED MY EYEBROWS.

My eyebrows are off-limits to anyone that I’m not paying to touch them, thanks.

I’m considering whether or not I should stick to this for vacations though, I’m sad at the thought of not liking photos of me in them because I feel awkward with the hair. Thoughts?

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Coming Up – Summer 2017

Summer! Summer’s here! I have my life back. After nine months of being at the beck and call of forty three-year-olds I’m back to being an independent, autonomous human being!

Here’s a list of things that I’m looking forward to this summer. Everything from films and music to trips and escapades.

movies

FILMS:  

  1. Atomic Blonde (JULY 28) – Charlize Theron is a badass with a gun. If that wasn’t enough Sofia Boutella looks amazing as well. I read a synopsis of this film months ago and have been piqued since. An awesome film with a female lead? Sign me up.
  2. Baby Driver (JUNE 28) – I’ve seen every single thing that Edgar Wright has ever been a part of and I’m not about to stop now. I almost feel as if he’s an old friend for some reason. I would’ve been all in for this film with Edgar’s name attached alone, but the trailer is also incredible and the soundtrack is a banger.
  3. Dunkirk (JULY 21) – A war film, based on a true story. The story of Dunkirk is fascinating, from what I’ve discovered with minimal research. I saw the trailer while watching another film at the cinema, and it’s so heart-stopping and hair-raising, I know the film is going to be an emotional rollercoaster and I’m looking forward to it. Plus, the exceptional casting, as always with Nolan films, is a plus.
  4. Spider-Man Homecoming (JULY 7) – This is a bit of a guilty pleasure. I know there’s been more than enough Spider-man films, but as always I’m hooked once more. I’m intrigued by Peter portrayed as much younger than usual. I love Zendaya to pieces. This is definitely my 100% block-buster, enjoy-at-face-value film of the summer. I’m predisposed to love it already, and nobody can tell me otherwise.

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MUSIC:

  1. Melodrama // Lorde (JUNE 16) – This is already out, but I haven’t given it a go.
  2. Everything Now // Arcade Fire (JULY 28) – Great singles so far, one of my fav. bands!
  3. Lust For Life // Lana Del Rey (JULY 21) – A second-hand love, but a love nonetheless.
  4. Soft Sounds From Another Planet // Japanese Breakfast (JULY 14)
  5. Something To Tell You // HAIM (JULY 7) – Another favorite band!

There are way too many things happening in the music world currently, and I’ve felt a bit overwhelmed by it all recently. I might make another post about it soon, but I’ve narrowed my summer list to five albums that I’m really looking forward to listening to.

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TRAVEL:

  1. San Antonio – Trips to San Antonio are usually not seen as holiday. It’s a short four hour drive from home, and the closest big city to us. But this year our family has planned our first family reunion! There is so much family in San Antonio that I have yet to meet and I’m very excited to meet them all.
  2. Disney World/Universal Studios – Do I even have to explain my excitement for this trip?! I’ve been a few times before, but it never stops being exciting and alluring as the first time. I’m especially excited to experience the new Pandora area in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
  3. Cancun – This trip came out of nowhere! I decided to piggyback on my friend’s family trip. I was invited, but last minute, three other friends have decided to go as well. I’ve been friends these people since middle school so this should be one hell of a trip and I am so excited to go! Expect a post about each one of this trips, as well as the other, both before and after, with lots of photos!

LIFE:

  1. I’m starting a journey of heading towards a more healthy life this summer. I’m not being too strict about it, but the goal is more about feeling better than losing weight. I might make a post aboout this later, when I feel more confortable with the whole blogging platform.

 

That’s all from me for now! Thank you so much for your comments on the last post, I feel like starting this blog, away from the eyes of most of my friends, is the way to stick to my motivation and strive for a more positive way of life. Leave a comment, let’s be friends!

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June Favorites

Favorites

I’ve had a bit more time to sit down and enjoy things since work ended for the summer so I thought I’d jot down everything that I’ve been loving since the end of May! Most of these have been excellent de-stressers and generally make me feel a bit more human after my first year of teaching preschool.

  1. Maison Marigela Replica Scented Candle “Beach Walk” – (Sephora $60) I’ll be the first to admit that this purchase was a complete mistake. I bought it around March, originally thinking that I was buying the actual perfume scent, and only realized my mistake after I’d gotten home. Obviously life decided to get super harried at that time, especially involving work, and by the time I knew it, it was May and I hadn’t returned it yet. I figured I’d just cut my losses and burn the candle one evening when stressing about paperwork and … it is just amazing. I immediately felt like I was already on vacation, despite having about two weeks left of paperwork to tackle. In any case, I’ve been burning it this month every so often..  just not too often– the scent might be lovely but I can’t get over the guilt of the price I spent on a damn candle!
  2. Essie Nail Varnish “Mooning” – (Essie $9) This polish was an impulse buy months ago at Target, but I’ve really gotten into it this month! I hadn’t used this shade yet at all actually, you know how it is: they look gorgeous in store but then at home there’s a weird hesitation to use the polish. Or at least that’s how it is for me. Absolutely love how this color looks though. Nearing the end of the month, I might veer off into the nude nail look that seems to be so popular now. I’ve got myself OPI’s Samoan Sand lined up ready for a try, whenever I can work up the courage to do my nails.
  3. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer(Sephora $28) I’ve never owned a single Urban Decay product and I’m so glad that this was my first purchase from them for myself. It’s great, it’s light, it covers up my extraordinarily large eye bags, and it looks amazing. I got mine in Medium Neutral. I’d recommend it highly if anybody is in the market for a good concealer, absolutely worth the money.
  4. OLLY Goodbye Stress Dietary Supplement (Target $14) I LOVE THIS. Honestly, I cannot with certainty say that these gummies were so good at the cause of some weird placebo effect but I honestly don’t care. They taste like berries and lemon and super easy to include into your life. They taste so good you wont forget to take them! They were a god send during the last weeks of work and during the first weeks of June when I had to figure out where to put a years worth of supplies in my tiny room. Yikes.
  5. Theo Raspberry 70% Dark Chocolate(Sprouts $4) My nearest Sprouts store is about 20 minutes away from my house and I occasionally drive there just to get this chocolate bar. I love it. Plain and simple. It’s delicious! The bits of raspberry really come through in the flavor and 70% Dark Chocolate makes for a bit of a guilt-less snack when I take a bite of it midday. Also it’s NON-GMO Verified and Fair Trade certified, so what’s not to love.
  6. Wrinkle In Time Quintet Book Series (Amazon Kindle $29) At the end of the school year, I felt the need to go back and enjoy something simple and non-stressful. Something nostalgic and beautiful at its core, but something different that I hadn’t seen in a very long time. I ended up rereading A Wrinkle In Time. An excellent book that I’d read as a kid (and that is, apparently, soon to be getting a major motion picture that I am EXTREMELY excited about). I’d never known the book was actually part of a series, so I bit the bullet and bought all five at once. I’ve been powering through them and have nearly reached the end with “A Swiftly Tilting Planet”, which means I’ve only got very little left to go. I highly recommend them if you want to visit a bit of a more nostalgic time. They’re written absolutely beautifully and I fell in love with them all over again!
  7. mon soleil et mes étoiles: a zine by abbe granbeg(Tictail €8) Occasionally I like to buy zines and prints from artists that I’ve been following online for a while. This was a rather impulse buy, but the zine itself is Beautiful. It’s got everything from Star Wars fanart to Book of Life fanart. It’s even got the Prologue to Abbe’s new slice-of-life comic Aspera, which I am looking forward to reading as well! The zine itself is printed on very good material and I love it to pieces. Definitely check him out if you’re interested.

That’s all I can think of as of now, I’m sure I’ll kick myself in the head for leaving something out later but oh well. Also this is my first post so future me can look back on what I used to like. If you’re reading this hope you enjoyed!

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