Just a walk in the park..

I totally spaced and forgot to post these!!! The story behind the photos is that I knew I really needed to update my headshots after I had my surgery 2 years ago.  So, back in the beginning of the summer I reached out to a friend and we started talking about where we wanted to shoot and when. Unfortunately, about a week later my “new” car suddenly had a water leak in the engine, which  resulted in the head gasket cracking and breaking. In English, it was bad news and I was going to need to find a new means of transportation…

Thankfully, everything finally came together in the end and I am so happy with how these ended up coming out!! They were done by Revtar Photography and you can check out more pictures here! Thanks again Rev ❤

Let me know what you guys think!!

 

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March Update

Well hello there! I hope everyone is as ready for Spring as much as I am! If you haven’t already heard, I just recently celebrated my 24th Birthday! HOORAY!!  …there really aren’t many milestones for when you turn 24, other than being a year away from turning a quarter of a century old. So, I guess that’s exciting? …anyway


So here are some updates with my health and healing and all that.
Over the past infinity amount of weeks I have been to and fro between home and my endless amount of doctor’s appointments, most of which were located an hour away in Philly. This month alone I think I’ve been up and back at the very least 10 times each way.

I’ve mostly had to go up to see my surgeon. My arm still wasn’t fully healed from the last surgery. So, I had been checking in with my surgeon at least once a week.
However, I saw his Physician’s Assistant last Wednesday and she was happy to say that I’m finally doing a lot better!
Now, a week later, my arm is all finally healed up! (What a great birthday present, right?) She also told me that I won’t be needing to see them again for another 4 weeks!

Also among my many numerous amounts of Philly doctor visits, I was able to see my Hematologist (blood disorder doctor) and my Rheumatologist (lupus doctor). Both of whom gave great reports so far, but we are still waiting for some blood test results to come in.

If you’re squeamish, skip to the next paragraph =D.
My two doctor’s ordered so many test results that I ended up having to give 12 vials worth of blood -_- I’d say about half of them were a little smaller than the rest.. but still. That was a doozy.

Anyway, outside of my medical life, I have finally been able to get myself up and out of my house for extended amounts of time without feeling too tired! It ended up working out so that I was able to actually go out on my birthday weekend and even enjoy a few beers at our local Beer and Music Festival!

So, what have I been doing during my many many weeks of recovery? Well, I became best friends with HGTV and I also got a lot of writing and organization done for the book I’ve been working on, too.

And I made this little treat for all of you!

Being in the hospital is absolutely NO fun. But if I start to get a little stir crazy when I’m there, I’ll try to make the best of it and entertain myself in whatever way I can. So, since I was in and out of the hospital so much, I began to document what that kind of boredom looks like. So I hope you like it! If not, at least way down the line somewhere I’ll have it to remind myself of what this past year and a half of my life has been like!

November Update

Well quite a lot has happened since my last post.  If you didn’t play along with what I wrote, and you havent followed my new instagram and twitter accounts you should probably go and do that now… I’m also on vine too. Anyway, I last posted that I was heading on a nice little weekend getaway to the place where my crazy journey all began, Walt Disney World!!

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A few months ago, I stumbled upon an opportunity for a Disney College Program Alumni homecoming weekend–the very first of its kind– so I managed to sign up and off I went! They had a few events and behind the scenes tours available for us, so that was really cool.  There were also endless character meet and greets and also free food galore, but my interests were mostly geared towards seeing my friends and pirates who are still living and working in Orlando.

They were the reasons why I mainly wanted to visit at all.  It would be my first time being back in Florida in a little over a year, and I really wanted to spend some time with them.  Although I really had only worked in Disney for about 4 months before I was admitted to the hospital, I knew all of maybe 3 people working there when I started, but it now feels as though I’ve known my friends there for years.

Anyway my trip went really smoothly, I was away for 5 days (traveled for 2, then Disney/ Orlando for 3), I stayed at a friend’s house… who I almost barely got to see because she was working like a mad man at 2 parks with like 3 hours of sleep per night–Halloween, but I had also rented a car while I was there, and that worked out perfectly because I really only needed to worry about what I wanted to do and where I wanted to be.  #thatwaseasy

So I luckily got to see most of the friends on my “list”, give or take one or two because of work schedules of course, but it was so great seeing them especially because it felt like I’d only last seen them the day before.

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Over the course of my three full days in Orlando I had Mickey Mouse waffles for breakfast with my pirates, frollicked aroung Magic Kingdom with a friend from Rutgers, had high tea with my bffl and instagram/snapchat superstar (a.k.a. okayoliver), and I also got to ride the Haunted Mansion and Tower of Terror, and if those last two things hadn’t happened, my Halloween weekend would have been absolutely pointless.  Just pointless.

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I sadly did not get to ride the Seven Dwarves’ Mine Train or go see the new Harry Potter World, but time wasn’t really on my side seeing as three days really wasn’t very much time to get a lot of things done. Regardless, it was a great feeling to be back and to be with my friends.  The best part was that it honestly felt like I had never left, and other than the obvious, nothing’s really changed since then.

The downside was that I did have a small sense of restriction, but not in the ways you might think. I kept telling this to my friends when I was there, but is such a seriously different feeling transitioning from living in Florida and being a Cast Member to suddenly being a guest and only have a limited amount time to be able to do ALL OF THE THINGS you want to do.  Time is limitless when you’re a cast member.  Your privileges include unlimited park access for yourself, so if you and your coworkers are free after a certain time, not only can you wander over to Mexico in EPCOT and enjoy empanadas under the Illuminations fireworks display, but you can then just walk yourself (or ride a bus or boat) over to Hollywood Studios, hop on a ride or two and then still make it to see Fantasmic.  Even though at this point this will probably be the third time you’ve seen it this week.  That my friends, is considered an accomplishment. But you don’t think about the limits of time when you work there because it doesn’t matter.   I don’t think that it’s a bad thing at all, I just don’t think I had mentally prepared myself for it.  I am still really glad that I was able to go at all. I was also thankfullly able to spend some extra time with friends from home (in Jersey) who now live in Florida, too. I also squeezed in a nice late night happy hour with my friend who housed me and gave my weary dreary head a place to sleep, thank you Cassandra ❤  So even though I didn’t fully participate in the entirety of the CP Homecoming weekend’s events, it still was a homecoming to me.

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So for now I am once again back at home. I’ve taken quite a beating from my seasonal allergies, but I’ve been through worse before.

As for my next surgery, we have had a few recent developments. I’m still in constant pain and have known that surgery #13 is drawing nearer by the day.  I guess I’m as excited at one could be for my 13th surgery in a little over a year, but as my dad says “it won’t be forever”. So keep your fingers crossed that this might be my last!!  I am seeing my final doctor– my surgeon– on the 24th at which time my parents and I will officially schedule my procedure! So I’ll post once I find out when that will be.

In the meantime, I did just start a part-time position which is going really well so far (thank you Care.com).  Ive also been doing a lot of writing for my book and I’ve also been reading some autobiographies to kickstart ideas of structure, content and comedy. Books such as Lena Dunham’s “Not THAT Kind of GIRL”, Bethany Hamilton’s “Soul Surfer” and Tina Fey’s “Bossypants”.

I also got a whole lot of writing done on my ways to and from Florida, and I am basically drowning in my own material at this point, but I’m taking that as a positive thing!  So some of it will probably turn into a blog post or two here and there.  My only concern is that my dry and sometimes twisted humor may come off a little too harshly, but that’s just something for me to work on.  But that’s actually sonething I’d like to ask of you, if you think i should just say screw it and go for “the funny”, leave me some love in the comments!!! I’ll update sometme soon!

 

“Be good to one another”

-Ellen