Favorite Five Friday (74th Edition)

17 Jul

Y’all, it has been a crazy couple of weeks. Last week I didn’t post because I was up at 4:30 AM for work. Then I came home and went immediately to sleep! That is pretty much what the last few weeks have looked like. Here is a visual…

This is what 6 AM looks like....

This is what 6 AM looks like….

Summer time is busy but fun!  So, I spaced (and ran out of time) posting yesterday, but here are a few of my favorite things from the last two weeks…

FAVORITE FIVE FRIDAY

1.  I am loving my new shampoo and conditioner from Beauty With A Twist. My ah-mazing hair stylist, Angela, introduced me to them. They are paraben and sulfate free, and my hair is feeling super healthy. I also love that these products are not tested on animals. Plus, they smell delicious!

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2.  Dan and I got to squeeze in date night this week! We went to The Federal to see our buddy, Jon, do some stand up. It was a very funny show, and we laughed through the entire thing. Such a great night.

3.  I have been wearing cheap shoes with no support to work for the last year. Well, I am over it. I do far too much standing and walking to wear shoes that don’t feel good. I finally invested in a great pair of shoes! I love my new Sketchers – they have memory foam! Light weight, comfy, and perfect for a Tour Guide. Yes, one of my favorite things this week is a pair of shoes. ;)

Just in case you were wondering what they looked like...

Just in case you were wondering what they looked like…

4.  I am working on being brave…

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(I’d also love to give credit to whoever put these encouraging memes together. I love seeing  these all over the place, and I wanted to share. Spread that positivity! Of course, credit to C.S. Lewis and Anne Lamott for their inspiring words.)

5.  On July 15th the Studio Tour celebrated its 50th Birthday! 50 years of guided tours of the Universal lot… Pretty incredible. The original Studio Tour was the start of a theme park, and now there are Universal parks all over the world. I am so proud to be a part of this legacy, and I am thrilled to share the history of Universal with guests every day.

Happy 50th Birthday!!!

Happy 50th Birthday!!!

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!

Favorite Five Friday (73rd Edition)

5 Jul

Hello! Welcome to FFF on Saturday… Yesterday was a holiday so it’s okay to be late, right? I hope you all had a happy and safe 4th of July! I love living in the land of the free. Now, feel free to enjoy… (see what I did there?)…

FAVORITE FIVE FRIDAY

1.  I got a notification that I have been writing on this blog for two years! Two whole years of blogging under my belt. I have really enjoyed the journey so far. It’s fun to have a writing outlet and to update friends and family that want to keep up with this crazy life of mine. Thank you for reading.

2.  The latest Studio Tour Event I was able to help put together was a work out around the Universal back lot. Twenty awesome guides showed up to sweat it out. We covered a lot of ground, worked hard, and everyone made it to the end! The best part was they all wanted to know when we were going to do it again. Success. :)

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3.  Game Night with friends is the best. We are considering making this a weekly thing. Too much fun.

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4.  Yesterday I helped out at the Studio Tour 4th of July BBQ. We got to keep the crew well fed and happy on a hot summer day. I love getting to celebrate even when I’m on the clock. There aren’t many jobs where I would want to be working on a holiday, but Universal makes it fun.

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5.  Confession: before last night I had never seen Independence Day. Dan and I decided to remedy that by watching it in honor of the 4th. I so needed the night at home to relax, and I really enjoyed the movie. Happy Independence Day!

Have a wonderful weekend, y’all!

Favorite Five Friday (72nd Edition)

27 Jun

Is it just me, or are the weeks getting shorter? I must be getting old. ;) Oh well, TGIF!

FAVORITE FIVE FRIDAY

 

1.  Jurassic Park… in the park. Watching movies on the big screen is the best. Watching movies on the big screen outside is kind of magical. This is a phenomenon I have only been a part of a few times. Maybe that’s why it seems so magical? The city councilman in my neighborhood decided to set up a movies in the park series for this summer… with a little help from Universal. :) They are screening several Universal films throughout the coming months in the park two blocks from our apartment. They picked Jurassic Park for the first film, and many a tour guide came out to see it under the stars. It was the perfect way to kick off a fun and busy summer!

I make the same face in every photo.

I make the same face in every photo.

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Movie Robot. (He didn’t bring me popcorn)

 

Case in point.

Case in point.

2.  I met a really wonderful woman this week who happens to be a casting director. “Casual” conversations with people in the industry are such a complicated thing… it’s like there are all these unwritten rules you should follow. Lucky for me, she was super candid and open. It was refreshing to say the least. I feel like I learned so much about the business and myself as an actor in such a brief period of time. I wish there were more ways to network with such ease. Something to work on, L.A. Or maybe that’s on me. Food for thought. Anyway, I met a CD who now knows who I am, and also happens to be totally cool. It was one of the best parts of my week.

3.  Meal planning is not easy. I have tried it multiple time with not too much success. This week I buckled down and got very specific. Planning with so much detail can be tedious, but I think this is the way I have to do it. At least for now! All that to say, I successfully meal planned this week. We knew what we were going to eat for each meal, and we were prepared. It felt like such a relief to not worry about it. Plus, it made skipping the fast food so much easier. We’ve all been there… You are driving home from work… starving… but you have no clue what you will be able to eat at home. So, you decide just to order Chinese food or stop at The Habit, or Little Caesar’s, or The Habit (again)… I am so over that being my life. I want to save my money and not feel sick to my stomach because all I’ve eaten is pizza and cheeseburgers. (Again, I must be getting old) It felt so good to accomplish this. I am going to keep at it! One week at a time.

4.  Disney, Disney, Disney. We took our June trip this week. Y’all, working in a theme park has ruined us. Having to wait in line or stand in the heat for so long just feels so… unnecessary. Haha. It’s so silly. It was hot and lines were long, but we still had a great time. I must say, having the annual passes is the best because we know that if we don’t get to everything, we will be back soon. It makes the trip so much more relaxed – even when there is chaos all around us. And who am I kidding? I will always brave heat, crowds, and lines to go to Disney. It’s the happiest place on earth. :D

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5. 

10348356_10152248843419952_4925843575559056868_nThis is something that I am working on. I want to share a sincere smile (teeth included) with everyone I see. I’ve noticed when I smile without my teeth it just feels less honest… like I am giving the minimum I can. It doesn’t reach my eyes. In reality, kindness costs me nothing. I can do more. I am choosing not to be afraid or ashamed to make eye contact. Sometimes I feel scared that if I smile, the other person won’t smile back. I feel nervous about drawing the attention to myself. I worry that someone won’t want what I am offering. There have been times that I have smiled at a stranger and immediately averted my eyes because I was too timid to see their reaction. And yet… I can honestly say I have never felt upset or displeased with someone for smiling at me. Who knows how many returned smiles I have missed? I have made a start this week, but I plan to continue. I want to be vulnerable enough to smile at the world with my eyes open. I want to be a source of positivity. Time to be brave.

Okay, love you, bye! Have a great week!

 

 

Favorite Five Friday (71st Edition)

20 Jun

Another Friday, another week to share. Thanks for stopping by for…

FAVORITE FIVE FRIDAY

1.  I am a person who creates chaos. There are so many things that I want to be and do… and I want to do all of them right now. Typically, I am not known as a laid-back, patient kind of person. I like to cross the finish line. Well, I am working on taking my time. I believe it is possible to do all of the things I want, but it can’t all happen at once. A friend told me that I should just work on getting from A to B instead of trying to get from A-XYZ in a single swoop. Baby steps. It’s hard for me, but I am working on it. It’s possible that I will get more done this way, and I might just enjoy doing it.

2.  Summer is here, and I wanted my hair brightened up to match!  Thank to the fabulous Angela at Twist by Oliver salon. She is a rockstar stylist!

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3.  I read a funny Buzzfeed article this week called 27 Things People In L.A. Love Talking About. Honestly, it is all pretty much true. I most certainly agree with the hiking one! So, this week I hit one of my favorite trails with my girl Stephanie. It was the perfect morning hike. I can’t lie, it’s pretty great to live in a place where I could hike, hit the beach, and hang out in the city all in one day. I love you, L.A.

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4.  My awesome husband passed his the test and has officially joined the ranks as a VIP Tour Guide! He gave his first two VIP tours this week. His guests had a great time, and I know he did too. I am super proud! :)

5.  We finished binge-watching Parks and Recreation this week. I am happy and sad at the same time. Seriously, what a great show. I can’t wait to watch the final season when it starts airing this fall. Also, I am officially obsessed with Amy Poehler. She and Tina Fey are two of my heroes… I am fairly certain I will watch, read, devour anything they put out into the world. I’m also feeling a little inspired… I might just have to be brave and try out an improv class. ;)

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Have a great weekend, y’all! I hope your summer is starting off right! 

Favorite Five Friday (70th Edition)

7 Jun

Friday is here again! This has been such a spectacular week…

FAVORITE FIVE FRIDAY

1.  I got to cross another couple of movies off my Summer Blockbuster list this week. I fell in love with The Fault in Our Stars all over again. The book is so touching… it makes you laugh out loud and ugly cry… pretty much at the same time. I don’t know how John Green does it. This incredible story translated to the screen just beautifully – I laughed out loud and ugly cried. It was visually stunning, and I was really impressed with the actors. Shailene Woodley is the perfect Hazel Grace. I just feel like she is so real. Ansel Elgort matched her every step of the way. His charisma radiated throughout the film (the fourteen year old girls were literally swooning). The other characters were brilliantly cast – Laura Dern was heartbreaking as Hazel’s mom, Nat Wolff was good fun as the sidekick, and Willem Dafoe made Van Houten a real (insane) person. I think this is one of the best book to movie adaptations I have ever seen. Okay?

2.  My gorgeous friend Sarah came to take my tour! It makes me smile when I think of all the friends and family that have been able to come and explore Universal Studios with me. I love getting to share what I do with so many people. 1797436_10152216981584952_500979575886761383_n 3.  More movies! Our latest Tour Guide Event took place this week. We all took a tram to the Bates Motel to get a new Guide photo. (No one took a shower. We all made it out alive). Then we went down to the newly remodeled screening rooms (where actual filmmakers screen their movies) to watch Psycho on the big screen. It was so fun getting to see this classic film in a way that isn’t normally possible. I am thrilled that so many guides came out for the event. We had such a great time! The camaraderie and love in the Tour Guide Family is pretty special. photo 2 (3) photo 1 (3)

4.  This week marker my 2nd anniversary in Los Angeles. I have been a resident for two whole years, and I kind of love it. I might just stay a while. :) Speaking of staying a while… for the first time in eight years (EIGHT years, people!), I am staying put. Dan and I are keeping out little Junior One Bed in NoHo for the foreseeable future. I have moved every year around this time for so long… that I can hardly believe this is real. It has felt so bizarre not to be looking for a new place, writing down numbers off of for rent signs, researching places online. BUT I am so relieved. Moving is such a pain. Now, I can sit in my cozy apartment that we have made our own and just relax. :)

5.  I celebrated another very special anniversary this week. As of yesterday, Dan and I have been married for four years! I have so many wonderful memories from that day, and every day I am thankful that we both said “I do.” Life is a lot of fun when you are married to your best friend! We had a great time celebrating this week…

Maleficent at the El Capitan

Maleficent at the El Capitan

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Dinner at Ca Del Sole (Thanks for the Rec. Miss Sami!)

Dinner at Ca Del Sole (Thanks for the Rec. Miss Sami!)

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I don’t know how next week can beat this one, but I’m gonna give it my best shot!

Have a great weekend, and Happy Friday!

Favorite Five Friday (69th) Edition

6 Jun

Heya!  This week sure flew by…

FAVORITE FIVE FRIDAY

1.  I have reached my one year mark at Universal (I can’t believe it!). This actually happened a couple of weeks ago. I was so busy enjoying my job that I don’t think I even posted about it. Well, it happened. It has been a wonderful year of growing, challenging myself, and building connections and friendships. I now have about seven different jobs that I do, and it is so much fun! I love having the opportunity to mix things up. I worked five days this week, and I did something different every day. It certainly keeps things exciting. My newest position is as a Premiere Producer. Basically, I get to be one of the first people to welcome new hires into the Universal family and guide them through their orientation day. It’s great getting to meet new people, and getting them excited about the awesome opportunity they have just been given.

2.  We finally got to see X-Men: Days of Future Past this week!!! If you had the chance to read my post about The Summer Blockbuster, you know that this was the movie I was most excited to see this summer. I was not disappointed. It was pretty awesome, and I can’t get over how many actors I love were in it. They did a really wonderful job melding the original trilogy into the world of this new one. Go check it out if you haven’t seen it!

3.  Reading is definitely in my top five things to do. I haven’t been doing as much of it lately because A) I am busy and B) It feels like it took me nine years to finish Wuthering Heights. The story was compelling, but Emily Bronte has such an interesting writing style. Obviously, some of that was just the time period it was written in (also, how cool is it that we can read books that are more than a 160 years old?). Part of it was the accents she wrote some of the characters voices in. More than once I found myself reading it out loud so I could hear what it sounded like. Bronte also used a pretty unique framework to tell her story. The main narrator is an outsider who wants to know the family history of his new landlord, and he learns it from the maid. Most of the story is told from the maids perspective to the narrator. (So, I guess she becomes the narrator?!) Intermittently, the narrator interjects or brings the story back to what is currently happening. There is a lot of hopping back and forth between past and present, lots of different perspectives. It’s a little chaotic! It was interesting to read the story of some darker characters until their end. I know lots of people read this back in high school, but I was not one of them. I’m glad I finally got the chance to read it. Complicated story-telling and all.

4. Parks and Recreation is the latest show I’ve been binge-watching. I am a little bit obsessed. Dan was already a fan, but I was never interested. I love Amy Poehler, but the little bits of the show I had seen made me angry. There are so many dumb characters just doing dumb things. Well, I decided to give it ago… And I fell in love with those dumb characters. And now I just want waffles all the time. So, watch this show. And remember, “There is nothing we can’t do if we work hard, never sleep, and shirk all other responsibilities in our lives.” -Leslie Knope (My hero)

5.  Getting packages in the mail is the best! We just got an early anniversary gift from my cute Grandma (she is always so on top of things). Don’t worry, I’m gonna get him to make me some cookies ASAP.

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Awe, even our forehead wrinkles match. HA!

 

Happy weekend, one and all!

(BONUS: Did you know that today is National Donut Day?!  So, hurry up! The day isn’t over yet. Go eat a donut. :) I know I did!)

XOXO

Favorite Five Friday (68th Edition)

30 May

Heya! I hope you have had a good week, friends. Let’s get to it…

FAVORITE FIVE FRIDAY

1.  So, I have yet to put up a Pinterest post about it, but I have been super crafty as of late. I’ve painted canvases, I’ve painted tables, I’ve painted myself. It’s been quite fun, I must say. I am not necessarily an artistic person, but I’ve really enjoyed trying my hand at this. I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been up to! Look for that this week.

2.  Memorial Day was this week. A day to honor those who gave their lives to protect our country and our freedom. I am so thankful to be reminded of courageous heroes who made this country what it is today. It also meant there was a long weekend and lots of barbecues. The Studio Tour was no exception! We were treated to a fantastic barbecue catered by Lucille’s. (If you are in L.A. check them out!!) the food was so good. I was so happy to help out with this event, and to take the ladies who catered on my tour afterward.

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3.  P90X3. That should be enough said. Tony Horton has done it again. A couple years ago I completed P90X – a super challenging three month long work out program. Well, I decided to give his 3rd installment a shot. I should have known better. ;) I have sore muscles that I didn’t even know existed. I’ve made it through the first week, and I am ready to keep going!

4.  The brilliant and wise Maya Angelou passed away this week. This event makes me terribly sad, but I was so moved to see her words cover every social media outlet I came across. What a powerful thing! I was so encouraged and inspired by all that I read. I wish we would share things like that more often.

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5.  We have not been to Disneyland at all in May. We just haven’t had a chance! This is the first month where we weren’t going to be able to go since we became annual pass holders. I can’t tell you how sad this makes me. Well, today Dan and I both had the idea to just make a break for Anaheim when we got off work tonight. It was insane (and totally normal) that we were both contemplating this idea. A spur of the moment trip to Disney for the evening sounded like just what we needed. I am in the car as we speak… uh… as I type. I am so excited!!! This is the perfect end to my week. Pictures to come, I’m sure. :)

 

Pictures are here:

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Happy Friday!!

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