Isilian

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from Mission Viejo, CA

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    • Total Exhaustion

      12 years ago

      Isilian

      I don't think I've ever been quite as tired as I am now. I've done nothing but cook, and sleep, and watch some football or a movie while cooking (I'm a woman, I can multitask) for the past two days. Let me explain. About a month ago my roomies came to me and said, "Hey, we're gonna have Thanksgiving the weekend before the actual day." I was totally fine with that, so I said I'd make some pies, chocolate and apple to be exact. Yummy. So moving forward, we finally figured out that no one knew how to cook a turkey. Enter the resouceful Engineer of the house. I say I'll do it, which then leads to hours of research on how to cook a turkey and phone time with my grandmother. Moving right along, it comes to yesterday (that would be Friday) and I make my pies. Great, other than the fact that I spent four hours in the kitchen, on my feet. My poor feet. So then today I had to go through the whole process of roasting a 24 pound turkey, starting at the waking up at 7 am so I can shower, eat breakfast and pull the bird out of the refridgerator to warm up before cooking. Oh yeah, and a run to the store cause no one knew how to do gravy, so I had to pull that out of nowhere. So I spent all day with Howard (that's the turkey), basting him every 20 minutes for five, yes count them five, hours. THEN came the gravy, which took another 45 minutes to make. By that time our guests had arrived and I was frantically carving Howard so that we may feast. But in the end it all turned out wonderfully and I got my perfect drumstick. My pies were tasty, and the crust on the apple pie was perfect and flakey, and unburned. I am Queen of the Kitchen!!

      So other than this little Thanksgiving shindig, life is pretty much the same. I'm just a little miffed about my birthday, seeing as how none of my aunts and uncles seemed to remember that I exist and didn't call or send a card or anything to say 'Oh, we still care about you.' Some family I have. I guess blood isn't thicker than water. But I guess I should be used to this. I'm the 'old one' of the cousins. Most of the time they don't pay much attention to me anyways, unless they need a babysitter. Whatever, I'm on my own now.

      But I still need a hug. I haven't had a hug since my birthday, which makes me sad and isn't all that good. Research has shown that those that have more physical contact with others (meaning those who get hugged more) are acutally healthier, menatlly and physically. Of course I'm so used to not having contact with other carbon-based organisms, on the account that I'm an anti-touchy-feely type person, that I think I've adapted to it. But that doesn't mean that I don't like having a hug every once in a while.

      Well, that's enough of my tired ramblings. I think I should go pass out so I can watch football tomorrow. Yeah, football.... Tune in next time to see me psyco-analyze myself.

      Jonelle
      --She's just somebody's daughter looking for somebody to love her.

    • Another Year...

      12 years ago

      Isilian

      Big fucking deal. What does another year mean? Nothing. I'm a year older, who cares. I know I sure as hell don't. I think I've nearly reached the point where birthdays are irrelevant. I wait for one birthday and one only. That would be 21, nearly two years from now. After that I could really care less, because you know what, nothing's going to change in my life. A year ago I was the same girl I am now and in a year I'll still be the same. The only two things that are going to change me is turning 21, and thereby being fully legal everywhere, and getting my degree, thus providing me with an occupation and the means to support myself for the rest of my life. I don't see that I have much of an alternative to that. Seeing as how I was called 'The Last 18 (now 19) Year-Old Virgin' by one of my friends and, like I said, nothing's changed in the past year and nothing's going to change in the next year, well, I don't really see any relationships for me. No love for Jonelle, no romance, no marriage, no kids. Meh, I'm over it. I've spent my 'mature' life around people who went through signifigant others like toilet paper, those who were so naive that they believed that they would be with their 'love' forever and everyone who only wished to speak of their damn relationship with the <insert odd number here> wheel.

      So other than that.... well, the actual celebration of the Day of Birth sucked. I had to be around my family the day before, and that was really boring and really depressing. My grandparents paid more attention to my cousin than they did me, my aunt couldn't make it to dinner and she and my uncle didn't even bother to get me a card or anything to say 'we care'. The day itself wasn't too much better. I spent the day at Disneyland, had one of my Piratey Friends take me out to dinner at a really good Italian place not far off property, but no one really bothered to call and say they cared. Mom and Dad did, and so did Grandma in Washington, and Drew. Thank you Drew. You saved my day. But I got hugs for once, and I saw some of my friends. So the day wasn't a total loss, but it was just another day.

      So it's back to school with me, just wanted to give an update of the Birthday-ness, or lack there-of. Maybe next year will be better, maybe not. We'll just have to see, but I don't hold out hope. Hoping for the best always seems to bring out the worst of the situation for me. Whatever. I'll keep you all informed.

      Jonelle
      --Go ahead and throw my life away

    • Best Week Ever

      12 years ago

      Isilian

      I am having the best week of my life! Well, it's probably my life's way of making up for the lame weekend.

      Well, it went something like this: I went to my grandparents' house, mainly to go to Disneyland to obtain records of all the new Halloween decorations for my mother, but then I said to myself, "Self, you want a cloak for your Halloween costume. You cannot find one that's long enough. Let's make one this weekend." So that's what I did, along with visiting a friend of the family who had just had knee surgury, going to another highschool football game and watching my cousin at this little cheer camp thing. So that was all fine and dandy, so I headed on my merry way on Sunday morning, but got about five miles from my grandparents' place when things went horribly wrong. I was just driving, doing my thing, when the check engine light came on in my car, and it was flashing. Flashing lights are bad. So I was getting over to get off the freeway, when there was a loud thudding, popping sound and my engine started to and die. So I had to pull over on the side of the freeway (scary!) and my car, though I tried to restart it, wouldn't go. So I had to call my grandparents and AAA and get my car towed back to the shop we always take it to. Basically, I had to take my grandpa's car and go on my way. Of course, I wasn't very happy about all that, but going to Disneyland helped. I love my Disney friends. I miss working there.

      But on to this week. First, I'm deffinately not sick anymore, but I still wasn't really looking forward to the fact that I had two tests and two quizzes in three classes, but whatever. I basically rock. Yep, I have finally realized that I rock. After pretty much owning every test and quiz this week, I found out that my car is getting fixed, maybe in time for my birthday, which would make me really happy. So yes, in short, I have come to the realization that I basically rock and I have the mental capacity to take over the world. Yep, world domination is in my future.

      Well, as you can see, the best week ever has deffinately made me random. Random is good. Food is deffinately a good idea right now. I'll be keeping you all updated. Take care.

      Jonelle
      --Dancing time!

    • I Live!!!

      12 years ago

      Isilian

      Yes, I know it's been forever since I posted an update, but things got really hectic in me-land. There's something about working at Disneyland that you have no time for anything but Disneyland and sleep. Oh well.

      So I've finished my summer as a Pirate, which was rediculuos fun, despite all the stressful parts and two or three crappy co-workers I had. You know, you always think that people must have so much fun working at Disneyland when you come as a guest, but now having been a Cast Member I learned otherwise. Granted, we do have a lot of fun, a rediculuos ammont of fun, but it gets stressfull especially when the ride breaks or you have to go into the ride to prepare for an Evac. Evac = Pure Evil. Luckilly I never had to actually evac, but I got to do fun things like push boats over Drop 1 and go running down to PR and BS to the people stuck by the Well Sceen and explain to them that they'd be moving soon. Good stuff.

      But that's all over and done with. Now, it's all school. I moved back up to San Luis Obispo last thursday and started school on monday. It was sad to leave my Piratey friends behind, and really had for me to leave the dog, Indy, behind, especially when we had to put down the other dog not long before and my grandparents were out of the country. Actually, they're still out of the country, but I'm going down to their house this weekend to get the rest of the crap I need to live, and fun stuff like my Harry Potter coloured yarn. Yes, I make Harry Potter scarves (Drew should take a picture of his, preferably with him as the modle, and give it to me so I can have an example to show people). Actually, I make lots of things. Knitting, crochet, chain maille, you give me an idea and I'll probably try it, and most of the time it comes out fairly well. So if you want me to make you something, feel free to request said object. I do not make garuntees about objects and it is likely that it will not be made for a while as I'm working on two commissions to start of the making of money by my crafts, mainly the maille. People seem really interested in handmade maille jewelry and purses. Yep, purses. I created a one-of-a-kind purse for myself, complete with hand-crocheted lining, and everyone wants one. So I've been commissioned by one of my Pirate friends to make a purse for his mother and a hat for him, as well as a pocketwatch pouch like the one I wear with my costume. I have a lot of maille. I like my watch pouch though. It's the "'X' Marks the Spot" edition, now I've been commissioned to make the "Skull and Crossbones".

      But I'm rambling. I guess my world isn't entirely school, but it's a lot of it. Speaking thereof, my homework calls so that I may go to Disneyland this weekend and ride my second most favourite ride: The Haunted Mansion Holiday. YAY!! I'll try to keep you all posted on my status, but I get busy, as I'm sure you can tell. Take care!

      Jonelle
      --I'll be home tonight, take a breath and softly say goodbye

    • Tales of the Happiest Job on Earth

      13 years ago

      Isilian

      Well, I've been employed by the great and mighty Mouse (that would be Mickey) for a week officially and have worked three killer eight hour shifts on Parades. We'll get to that in a second. I was supposed to be doing my training on Pirates as well this week, but I had something com up, so it was moved until next week. Don't expect to see or hear much of me, seeing as how I have today and Monday off before having six days of work.

      So on the the Parade shifts. The Parade shifts are essentially that: we set up ropes and direct traffic and generally control the crowds for the Parade of Dreams at 1515 and 1900 as well as working crowd control and directing traffic for the Wishes... Dreams Come True Fireworks Spectacular at 2125. The Parades are fun to work, Parade 2 being nicer because it's not so stinking hot and sunny out. I usually get to tell the people that they're in a sitting only seating area and they have to put their strollers and wheelchairs in certain places or fold them up, so I have fun with that. I like telling people what to do, but doing it as nicely as humanly possible. Not to say that there aren't problems with Parade 2. I've had more than one woman snap at me durring or after my little speech and we've been having internal issues as well. You see, I'm one of six new trainees for this week and we've been working together, three of us on the Hub three on the Plaza, but apparently on the Hub (where I work) the older staff members are expecting us, the newbies, to do all the work. Under normal conditions I could see how this would be expected, but when our Lead (our supervisor) has assigned them tasks and they're not doing it because they expect us to do it I have a problem with it.

      Continuing our story to the Fireworks. What a pain in the ass they are. As mentioned earlier, they go up at 2125 but we start our setup and crowd control at 2015 at the latest. Unfortuantely the last two shifts I've been assigned the possition right next to the Tomorrowland people. For those of you that don't know, I'm a Critter Country worker. We're the nice people in crowd control. Tomorrowland is all biches and assholes, both to other castmembers and to the guests. But I'm over them. They rub me the wrong way, but I don't have that much direct contact with them. No, my big issues have been within Critter Country. I've been partnered with another trainee all week (his name is Frankie) and we've been working well together, but yesterday we had to split up for the Fireworks just because I'm the one with the big voice that has no problem making thousands of people stand up. So I was teamed up with two older Cast Members, Eric and Canoe Chris. So we go out to work the crowd control and I look around and see that there's no one around. Now, I knew that Eric was helping deal with the equipment issues we were having (mainly that we lost our rope to block off a walkway) but I was supposed to have stupid Canoe Chris helping me. When I finally did figue out where he was I was more than slightly pissed off. He, and a bunch of the other senior cast member were just standing around talking while the three new hires in the area were doing setup and traffic control. Then later when I finally got Canoe Chris to get his ass to the area next to mine I asked him to actually do his job and he basically blew me off. To be completely honest, I nearly lost it. I basically let it go until later. Of course I talked to Lead Chris about all of this later and it went into last night's report, so I felt better.

      So those are the Cast Member stories, but that's just a mere fraction of the game. I also have to deal with the guests. Now, most of them are extremely cooperative, but there are some that are stubborn assholes. My first night I nealy got into a physical confrontation with a man who had lost two children. Of course I could not have known this but he had already assumed that I could read minds or something. But I was trying to help him as soon as I knew what the problem was, mainly trying to tell him where we take the lost children we find, but he was getting in my face and whatnot, so I basically had to let it go. My seccond shift was actually really good as far as the crowd, They were nice and cooperative like all good little guests should be. But last night, what a different story. I had so many people that would not listen to me or would listen, then ignore the instruction. The incident that was the theme of the night was a goup of teenage guys. They were sitting on my railing, the railing that guards the flowerbed and defines the edge of my walkway. So I went to these boys and told them that they couldn't stop there because it was a part of our active walkway, so they snapped back at me, trying to tell me that sitting on the railing wasn't in the walkway, but I told them that those were our rules and that I couldn't have them sitting there all the same. Of course, they being boys, not to mention teenagers, one of them said that it was his birthday, as if that would change the rules of Disneyland. Finally I gave up trying to get them to move and was going to go find Lead Chris to get them to move when I was stopped by another guest who needed some directions, and by the time I was done with them, I turned back to go find Lead Chris and he was already there, getting the stupid teenage boys to move. Oh, and did I mention that this was all happening in the area stupid Canoe Chris was supposed to be covering? Yeah, it was a bad night last night.

      So those are a few tales from the Disneyland Job. Don't get me wrong, I love the job, but it's slightly frustrating sometimes. Later this week I'll have some Pirates tales for you all.

      Jonelle
      --When it doesn't rain it snows.

    • DISNEYLAND!!!

      13 years ago

      Isilian

      Well, yesterday was my overall orinetation day for the Happiest Job on Earth (that would be me working at the Happiest Place on Earth, better known as Disneyland) So today begins the first day of one of my two jobs at Disneyland. Today I do my training for Crowd Control, that is the monitoring of the people coming to watch either of the showings of the Parade of Dreams, either of the Fantasmic showings or the Remember, Dreams Come True Fireworks. Talk about a stressful job. but that's only one of my jobs. I also work on a ride. Can you Guess which one it is?

      Hmmm, a little hard, isn't it. Well, here's a little riddle to help you out: What do Johnny Depp and Disneyland have in common?

      That's right!! I'm working on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride! ARRRGGG!!! I get to dress like a swashbuckler ever day.

      Well, that's all I have time for right now. I still have to go get my shoes for the job. I'll give another update later in the week, I hope. I'll be a busy little bee this week and for the rest of the summer. So I'll update when I can. You guys take care!

      Jonelle
      Yo ho, Yo ho, a Pirate's life for me.

    • Disneyland!!!

      13 years ago

      Isilian

      Well, it is official! I am a Disneyland Cast Member. I took the job this morning, working on Attractions. *Does happy dance* WOOH!!! More to come later.

      Jonelle
      --To all that come to this happy place: welcome. Disneyland is your land.

    • Oh the Blessed Quiet

      13 years ago

      Isilian

      Ah, this has been the best weekend ever! We have the day off from school tomorrow, seeing as how it's Memorial Day here in the States, so my roomie went home, leaving me to myself and the rest of the dorm seems to be leaving me well enough alone. Actually, I haven't seen any of them since Friday. As odd as it may seem, I've never been more content. I know, it seems like I'm disagreeing with myself, me, who so often complained about being alone. But I've come to realize that these people, the people I've been forced to live with, they don't really care about anyone different from them, the people like me.

      Not that it still isn't painful to be alone. I've come to understand that humans are fickle beings, as likely to turn on another as they are to help them. I had thought that these people were my friends, but it was just another facet of human nature that I've known my whole life. And you'd think that I would learn. But no, I'm a stubborn person, unwilling to learn my lesson. So this weekend has been a good thing for me, three full days of isolation, just me, my pliars and my rings. It was a good thing that I could sit and create things this weekend. It gave me time to think.

      As you can see, my thoughts are a little jumbled, I'm in a little bit of pain, but it will be all for the better. It's a comfort for me to know that soon, very soon, this first year of college will be over, my being forced to be with people who I don't truly like and who don't truly like me will finally come to an end. These people will join all other, the people who I used to know, the people who have done nothing to help me, the people who cause pain. It's the way of things.

      Well, it's late. I should sleep, even though there's no school tomorrow. Maybe I'll have another update later this week, maybe not. Who knows.

      Jonelle
      --Something's getting in the way, something's just about to break

    • The Rain Rain Rain Came Down Down Down

      13 years ago

      Isilian

      God, I love the rain. It's something that comes from being raised in the Seattle area, something that draws a lot of criticism from my Californian counterparts, but I don't care. I'm like a plant that likes partial sun and a lot of water. Today is the kind of day that I've missed so much. It was dreary, dark and it rained all day, plus we're supposed to get some thunder later on. Oh blessed rain, how I've missed thee.

      So, on with the update. Every day that passes brings me closer to the end of my first year of college. It's hard to believe that a year ago I was still stuck in a dead-end school in an insignifigant corner of the globe. It's sad to think that most of the people I was in school with didn't know what they were going to do with their lives, and they still don't. But now, now I'm at the best school for Aerospace Engineering in the entire US, if not the world. I feel very blessed, even though it has been anything but a perfect fit for me. I have no problem with classes or location, even though California is a little toasty for me, but the social life hasn't been the greatest. I do my best to get along, but being forced to be around certain people hasn't been the best for me.

      But anyways, E3 was a blast. There was so much there, so many awesome games to play, and great new systems to look at. It was an orgy of geekiness. That sounds horible, seeing as it's 95 to 98 percent male. In any case, there was much swag to be found and a lot of spreading of the news of my father's company. It was a great experience and I can't wait to do it again next year. It was good to see my daddy too. I hadn't seen him since Christmas, so it'd been over five months. It was kind of odd, after having lived at home my entire life to not see my father for so long, but I think the sepparation has made my relationship with my family much better. Such is the way of things.

      So, there isn't too much new in the life of Jonelle. Maybe next time there will be something exciting to tell you. Until then.

      Jonelle
      --With all this darkness round me I feel less alone.

    • E3, Here I Come

      13 years ago

      Isilian

      WOOH!!! Just a quick update here. I may be out of touch for the next day or so. I'm going to be at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3. I promise I will spill secrets.... eventually. So if you need to talk to me, call me. Cheers

      Jonelle
      -Don't hate me because I'm cooler than you

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