(Please excuse the horrible formatting/weird spacing in this post - I was having a hell of a time trying to get it right so i just gave up lol)
How are you doing on this fine day? I’m doing just splendid. So sorry I've been unable to post the past few days, I've been having some serious flu like symptoms, and I'm just now getting over it - thankfully. So I'm back! And it’s a beautiful afternoon here in Orlando, just beautiful. Do you know what’s coming up in a mere 6 days???
It is ‘Chronicles of a Curly Head’s one year anniversary!!! WOOOO FOR ONE YEAR!! WOOOOOOOO!!!!
I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since I started this whole shebang. I can’t wait to begin writing/putting together my 1 year anniversary post! This week is going to be pretty hectic due to my new job at Disney, but I’m going to do my best to make sure that my anniversary post is at least special J
Speaking of Disney....
I've been having a blast so far!! I've lived through several days of training, and Walt Disney has grown to be my favorite man to ever live. He is the bees knees for sure :D
While I was in my 'Traditions' class (which is Disney's form of first day orientation) I thought of my readers quite a bit. I wanted to take pictures ofEVERYTHING and share them with you guys, and I'm sure you guys were hoping/expecting that I was going to. Unfortunately I wasn't able to do this. Sure I took a few pictures of booklets/pamphlets/papers that I've been given, but not all of it.
When I step onto Disney property I am not "Jenna the blogger" I am not "Jenna the eager photo snapping tourist" I am "Jenna the chef and Disney cast member". I can't just run around snapping photos of every single thing like a crazy maniac person while I'm on the job. I'll leave that for my days off....oh wait...I didn't tell you??
I can get into Disney whenever I want! FOR FREE!!! Parks, resorts, etc. So whenever I have a day off, or whenever I'm done with a shift at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, I can just mosey on down to EPCOT and hang out for a while, or skip on over to the Magic Kingdom and watch a parade. Pretty cool hu? Not only do I get in for free, but 16 times a year I can take up to 3 other people with me -for free. I will definitely be using this perk to my advantage when my family and friends come down to see me :)
To sum up my beginning ramblings about not taking photos: I've come to truly appreciate the fact that the Disney empire does every single thing in it's power to "keep the magic alive" and "keep the disney image in pristine and magical condition" (a few quotes from guest speakers during orientation). What exactly do these phrases mean? Well for starters - when us new cast members were being given a tour backstage at the Magic Kingdom (which is the first time I've ever been to Magic Kingdom....or WDW in my life)- we weren't allowed to take photos. If photos surfaced of the backstage area of Disney - the magic would be ruined. I only took pictures of the booklets that I felt were appropriate, as for the rest of it.... it's all pretty top secret - for cast members eyes only.
I will be taking this policy/way of business very seriously and will not compromise the integrity of Disney by posting forbidden photos on my blog.(Haha I make it sound like there is crazy voodoo rituals going on backstage - or that Disney is like the C.I.A. don't I? Lol. Oh well.)
The most confusing map, and the most confusing area of Florida that I've come across thus far. Every single time I go to Disney I get lost. Everything is so spread out, there are at least 3 different ways to get to each destination, and GPS DOESN'T WORK ON THE PROPERTY ::gasp:: I know - it's horrible. I'm sure once I get a chance to drive around the area a bit more, I'll get the hang of it. Until then....I'll be driving in circles around EPCOT.
A few more things before we get started....
I can't bake in my cousins oven to save my life....
These "celebration" chocolate chip cookies were/are delicious. What's the celebration? My new job at Disney of course!!! Come on people get with it!
I went grocery shopping by myself for the first time today....
I feel like such an adult lol. Most of you are probably shaking your head right now whilst judging me, which is perfectly fine, but I am a 20 year old girl that's been living on her own for 2 weeks - what do you expect? Things are new. Things are exciting. Things are....scary lol. But I think I did a pretty great job grocery shopping on my own today. My mom is probably the most frugal/coupon clipping/deal seeking lady I've ever met. She saves tons of money on groceries every week, and I think I've learned quite a deal from her....not to mention I called her about 6 times while I was at Publix and Aldi lol. Nothing wrong with needing your momma every now and then :)
For a measly $41.42 I purchased :
Two cartons of eggs, hummus, one gallon of skim milk, low fat cottage cheese, 4 sticks of butter, a bag of baby carrots, a large bag of fresh flat leaf spinach, 8 bananas, 2 plastic ALDI bags, 10 red delicious apples, 8 small containers of activia yogurt, one loaf of Natures pride double fiber 100% whole wheat bread, Cover girl face powder, a large box of total cereal, febreze air freshener and 2 Lindt chocolate bars: 90% cocoa.
GO JENNA! :D
Speaking of dark chocolate....
For the past two or three years I've had a specific morning ritual. I don't know exactly when or why this morning ritual began, but it consists of: drinking coffee accompanied by a hand full of mixed nuts, and one square of extremely dark - dark chocolate (preferably 90% cocoa and preferably Lindt or Ghiradelli brand). There is seldom a day where my ritual isn't enforced.
It's quite instinctive. I walk into the kitchen, pour my coffee, add creamer and sugar, walk to the cupboard, grab a handful of nuts, open my chocolate box (yes I have a box I hand painted where I hold all of my dark chocolate) and then I nibble on this spread whilst I prepare my breakfast. This instinctive ritual makes me happy. I love dark chocolate, the darker the better, and by better I mean it has more nutritional value than your typical run of the mill chocolate.
My favorite part is the sneezing. I look forward to the sneezing.....you have no idea what I'm talking about do you? Lol. Unless you're a family member/friend you're probably unaware that I am allergic to very dark chocolate. So the first bite I take of my 90% cocoa dark chocolate - I ALWAYS sneeze. It's only during the first bite, and that's the only reaction I ever have. I don't break out in hives, I don't choke, I just sneeze. Even the scent of this chocolate makes me sneeze - I must get it from my father....he hates the taste though - and the sneezing - so he doesn't touch it.
But I love it.....I'm a weirdo - I know lol. You don't have to tell me.
I ate this while I made this....
Yogurt with cinnamon, blue berries, crumbled total cereal, and raisins - alongside
(1) JAMES BLAKE – LIMIT YOUR LOVE
(2) TOKYO POLICE CLUB – TESSELLATE
(3) MAYER HAWTHORNE – JUST AIN’T GONNA WORK OUT
ZINGERMAN’S BAKEHOUSE – ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
(1) DESIGNERS COOK UP FASHIONS MADE OF FOOD
Clothing made of food has taken off in culinary artistic circles with the growth of Le Salon du Chocolat, a trade show that takes place in eight countries and includes a fashion show, in which outfits must be made of chocolate. Designs have included a Xena Warrior Princess get up, gowns with enormous chocolate hoop skirts and carnival-style headdresses."
(2) RISING FOOD PRICES CAN TOPPLE GOVERNMENTS, TOO
The problem is one of the top concerns among economists, political leaders and corporate executives at their annual gathering in Davos, Switzerland. At the event, which ends Sunday, participants expressed worries that rising crop and meat prices will further contribute to political instability in developing and impoverished countries.
Rising prices are "leading to riots, demonstrations and political instability," New York University economics professor Nouriel Roubini said during a panel discussion. "It's really something that can topple regimes, as we have seen in the Middle East." And, the Davos experts warn, higher prices could hurt consumers and derail the economic recoveries under way in wealthier countries.
In large part, the food-price crisis reflects the simple law of supply and demand. The supply of food has been diminished by bad weather in many crucial crop-growing areas of the world. Russia, Ukraine and Argentina have had severe droughts, while Pakistan and Australia have had massive flooding. At the same time, demand for food has been rising as people in fast-developing countries, such as India and China, have been buying more groceries."
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(3) SOUTH CAROLINA SCIENTIST WORKS TO GROW MEAT IN LAB
It's a product he believes could help solve future global food crises resulting from shrinking amounts of land available for growing meat the old-fashioned way ... on the hoof. Growth of "in-vitro" or cultured meat is also under way in the Netherlands, Mironov told Reuters in an interview, but in the United States, it is science in search of funding and demand.
The new National Institute of Food and Agriculture, part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, won't fund it, the National Institutes of Health won't fund it, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration funded it only briefly, Mironov said. "It's classic disruptive technology," Mironov said. "Bringing any new technology on the market, average, costs $1 billion. We don't even have $1 million."
Director of the Advanced Tissue Biofabrication Center in the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology at the medical university, Mironov now primarily conducts research on tissue engineering, or growing, of human organs.
"There's a yuck factor when people find out meat is grown in a lab. They don't like to associate technology with food," said Nicholas Genovese, 32, a visiting scholar in cancer cell biology working under a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals three-year grant to run Dr. Mironov's meat-growing lab.
"But there are a lot of products that we eat today that are considered natural that are produced in a similar manner," Genovese said. "There's yogurt, which is cultured yeast. You have wine production and beer production. These were not produced in laboratories. Society has accepted these products."
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(1) LURPAK KITCHEN ODYSSEY
Is it just me…or do you feel like you were thrown into that omelet too??
This commercial is awesome.
(2) BEST WEDDING TOAST EVER
(from man of honor to the bride and groom)
I fully expect my friends to do this for me when I get married.
(3) SAMPLED ROOM
[[Today’s food clip]]
(1) WATERMELON CARVING