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I just watched my critique from last week and my lecture for Week 4. There is always always always room for improvement. My work is seriously lacking in weight and timing. I need a LOT more practice. Ad all these animators on these lectures just make it seem so easy. Le sigh. I’ve just got to stay motivated and keep moving forward. All this talent comes from practice and experience, and really, I’m only about four months into my animation journey. These guys have been working for 10+ years. It won’t happen overnight. I just can’t get too frustrated. My first shot for this class is still going to be awesome.

My heart strings have been getting pulled more so than usual, especially in the area of Florida. Don’t ask me why. I guess after living there for five years, you sort of grow attached to a place without even realizing it. Right after waking up and having these thoughts, I realize that I’m actually going home to Orlando in just under three weeks! AND what’s even better is this article that Disney Blogs posted on Facebook right after this:

For the summer, they have NEW Mickey Key Lime Pie treats! YUMMMO!!! I can’t wait to get one of my own in a few weeks. I hope they are as yummy as they are cute! Of course this doesn’t help with me also obsessing over wanting to go back to the Florida Keys desperately…

Mickey Key Lime Pie!!

I’ve got tons of work to do this week. I’ve got to finish my first shot as well as start planning out my next shot. For now, I’m just gonna turn on some Glee and jam out whilst I get ready for work. And YOU can enjoy this terribly awesome article I found about Sharpie art!

Happy Tuesday everyone! 🙂

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What a glorious last couple of days I’ve had.

This is Week 12 of Basic Foundations, Class 1, at Animation Mentor. The last three months have gone by SO FAST. I can’t even believe it. I’ve had such a great time and I’ve learned SO much! I cannot wait to begin Class 2, the Psychology of Body Mechanics. So fancy! I did well in this first class. I got all my assignments in on time, some better than others. I need to submit a progress reel of everything I’ve done by tomorrow at noon. I will eventually put it up here, but I’d like to get a lot of revisions done on my work before I do. And that’s what my week off is for! My goal for my next class: Become even MORE of a hermit (if it is even humanly possible). I spent about 10-15 hours every week on average on my work during Class 1. My assignments turned out good, and there were definitely a few that some students were impressed by, but I know my stuff could have been a hundred times better if I had just spent more time doing them! So, the goal is to try and hit at least 25 hours of work every week. I really want to squeeze EVERYTHING I can out of this class!!

Yesterday, Chuck and I did a tour de Bellport. We drove out to visit his grandfather and my aunt, who coincidentally live about six blocks away from each other. Small world. We got lunch at this place called Spicy’s. Now this place is basically a tiny hole in the wall, with a HUGE cardboard chicken on front beckoning you to come on in and have some fried chicken. It’s right next to the railroad and on the wrong side of them, if you catch my drift. The boyfriend SWEARS by their collard greens, so in we went to buy us some chicken with “spicy” sauce. Now, the sauce wasn’t at all spicy, but it sure was yummy. After 23 years of driving by the place I sure am glad I finally stopped in. Next time we go, I am gettin’ the wings!!

We met up with his grandfather, a self-proclaimed “hustler”, and heard some interesting stories about his dancing days in the Navy and meeting Frank Sinatra in a club. Old people sure are great and full of wisdom. Haha.

Today is an altogether INCREDIBLE day because it is the eve of the US opening of Toy Story 3!!! It has been 11 years since the last Toy Story, and tonight at midnight I will be going to see the third installment of this beloved trilogy in IMAX 3D. I think I just wet myself. For real.

Our plan tonight is to stop by Buffalo Wild Wings and then head over to this movie. This make me think of all those nights at B-Dubs with my CP friends, and about when we saw At World’s End at midnight the day before a bunch of them left the program. I miss them.

Anyway, I’m sure I will be back soon with a raving review of the amazingness that is Toy Story 3. For now I’m just gonna hang out with one of the big guys himself until it’s time to get moving!

Chillin' with Buzz. It's ok to be jealous.

You may or may not know that I am absolutely in love with all things Disney. So much so, that I even took a semester off from school in 2007 to do an “internship” there (aka Disney paid me next to nothing to work 30+ hours a week). That sounds crappy, you say? Hell to the no. These seven months were some of the best of my life! Working all day and then going into the parks at night to play with all your friends. Watching fireworks almost every night. Being amongst the last of the public to ride Back to the Future at Universal Studios. FINALLY celebrating my birthday in the happiest place on earth! Winning a “free” cruise to the Bahamas. Becoming best friends with a waiter at Friday’s and convincing his manager you were married to get free drinks. I made some of my most favorite memories while on the Disney College Program. I feel like everyone should do it. As miserable as it can be, the amazing experience that comes out of it far outweighs the drama and long hours of work.

Why am I so sickeningly reminiscent all of a sudden? Well, while on my program, I worked at the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I drove an oversized truck and gave tours of our African reserve. In the reserve were zebras, elephants, lions, cheetahs, and giraffes. We had a super tall male giraffe named Asante, which is Swahili for “thanks.” And today he passed away from a serious neck injury. So so so sad 😦

If you want to read more, here is the link: Giraffe dies with broken neck

So this got me thinking of all the wonderful times I had while on my program, and I wanted to share some of them with you!

Here I am with my ill-fitting khakis costume and my truck!

Jambo everybody! Are you ready for a safari?

Just hanging out on show in costume!

Breakfast at Ohana, Ohana means family

Bryly and Kitty ❤

My hubby and I with our friends from Fridays!

Blue Man Group with some of my favs, Ry Ry, Jaclyn and Erin!

Ry Ry, my bestest friend on the program, we did everything together!

We were the second to last group of guests to ride Back to the Future before it closed!

Ry Ry and I on our cruise to the Bahamas!

We even jumped on hotel beds! haha

With the girls at graduation!

Hope you enjoyed this stroll down memory lane with me. I wish I could go back every day and be with my friends again working at safaris, but I know, just like Walt said, we have to keep moving forward and learn new things. I have been so blessed to have so many incredible and life-changing experiences, and I can’t wait to have so many more!

Love to all my safari friends. Kwaherini Asante, you will be missed out on the savannah. See you in two weeks.

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