Listaliciousness: Captain Jack Kindness, Dog Bucket List, and Prank Apology

Me with a sundae in an ice cream pail

My friend and I ate this at Blizzard Beach. It was a great sundae!

I am trying not to freak out right now. For the most part, my two days off – today and yesterday – were lovely. Having my hand kissed by Goofy, relaxing in the sun with my friend Daniela on Blizzard Beach, eating a pail of ice cream, faking my way through Star Wars weekend despite not seeing any of the films, meeting new friends from around the world in Epcot…it was all great.

However, I just had a mix-up in my scheduling, my computer mouse is still not working, and my phone has just stopped working too. All of this makes life so much more stressful. I do not know how to fix this all on my own.

Anyway, here is a brighter note: my top ten links! Let me know something that interested you.

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One Thousand Thanks: 1033 – 1043. Narnia

Me as a dryad in Narnia

I am a dryad in Narnia.

Lately, my loneliness and fear of the future has been growing. However, I am trying to stay grounded in reality. There are so many wonderful friends that I have and so much support from numerous people.

Thus, being thankful instead of miserable is a wise decision. Some days, taking the time to even do that seems pointless and impossible. However, we need to count our blessings even at the darkest of moments. There is always a light that can be found.

So, here is a list of thanksgiving for the play Narnia, which I am in right now. This story has enchanted, haunted, depressed, and overjoyed me at different points in life. Now, I will honor what I love about it.

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Listaliciousness: Weird Al with “Yoda,” Amateurs, and Jealous Batman

Break is officially over for me. Tomorrow, classes begin. I feel mixed about starting on this last part of my journey at this university. Leaving will be bitter sweet although the bitterness has brown lately.

Anyway, here are the links like every Sunday. Enjoy!

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Recovery in the Media: #69. Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle has a beautiful voice and spirit that is shown in her music.

69. Selected Susan Boyle songs

I still remember the first day that my mother showed my sisters and me the video of Susan Boyle singing on Britain’s Got Talent. Her stage presence, raw talent, and emotional connection with the song touched me and millions of others deeply. Since that moment, she has continued to prove to the world that judging someone based on appearance is wrong. Another remarkable story broke when she was diagnosed with Aspergers. My connection to her grew even stronger. Because of these facts as well as her uplifting themes in music, I decided to feature her for Media Monday.

Selected Songs:

  • “I Dreamed a Dream” from her I Dreamed a Dream album
  • “Both Sides, Now” from her Someone to Watcher Over Me album
  • “You Raise Me Up” from her Hope album
  • “This is the Moment” from her Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from Stage album
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Listaliciousness: Tea around the World, Logic vs. God, and Monster Traps

Mom and Mario in a cell

My mom and Mario went to visit a police station and sat in a cell.

Well, another week is beginning. This weekend was long but had some lovely moments. Seeing my family was wonderful although short. Mom, you are my hero. Dad, thanks for always making me feel happy and safe. Mario, you are my favorite ever.

Also, a huge shout out to the cast of Shrek the Musical. You are all so talented, and the show was in my top 10 that I have ever seen. I loved having a break to go back to the theater that is still my home in a way.

So, here are some links for you. Enjoy!

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One Thousand Thanks: 988 – 994. Powerful Plays

Boys in The Yellow Boat

Most of the boys who were in The Yellow Boat with me last spring

In my playwriting class, we have to not only study how to write a show by reading but also by seeing. If you are interested in any part of theater, viewing other performances is extremely helpful.

However, you will sometimes find a show that really disturbs you. That happened to me tonight. Other people might be compelled by the show or love it. Even so, you are allowed to find it troubling or uninteresting. For example, A Street Car Named Desire left me sickened. When the woman loses her heritage and sanity at the end – after being molested by her sister’s husband – I was furious. Other people love that show; I cannot stand it, and that is fine.

However, there are many wonderful, inspiring shows that you can be in or see. Here are some of the ones that I am most thankful for on this Thankfulness Thursday.

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Listaliciousness: WW2 Christmas Ad, Prison Dance, and the Cinderella Movie

It's Not You, It's My PTSD

Memories haunt, words remind, fears remain, but I will survive.

Today was extremely stressful. Work has highly triggered my PTSD to the point where I feel almost unable to cope. However, I am hanging in there and trying to remain calm. Wonderful friends helped today to be better as well as my managers. Still, others do not understand mental illness and grow frustrated with my inability to be “normal” or just take a joke.

Anyway, here are some links for you. Finding them was a bit more difficult this week for some reason. Instead of looking at the rest of the web, I focused on WordPress. Most of them are from bloggers that I greatly respect. Hopefully you will enjoy the articles.

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Coping Skills: #68. Dance

Looking in the mirror after dance

I was so excited to dance that I even wore shorts which I have not done in years.

Last night, I had plans to go out with some artistic friends for an event. My excitement at not being alone faded into social anxiety and longing to be introverted. Talking with people and spending the evening out made my thoughts race into scary places.

So, instead I decided to stay at the dorms and join into the hall dance contest. Every hall in my dorm had choreographed a routine to an older song as well as a newer one. My only experience with my hall’s dance was from watching it a few times. However, the performer inside of me kicked into gear. While going out and viewing art while making small talk terrified me, grooving out in front of a huge crowd sounded like fun

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Listaliciousness: Women Bullies, Surprise Engagements, and Facing Phobias

Holding a cat at the pet store

Holding a cat at the pet store

Huge announcement: Big Hero 6 is an awesome film. I laughed so hard, more than at any movie I can recently remember. Tears also came to my eyes at certain moment. I guessed a few of the plot twists but was surprised by other parts. If you want to see a great film that any age can enjoy, check this one out.

Anyway, here are some more links to get your week started or finish your weekend. One is political which might seem strange especially since I am afraid of politics or offending people. However, the story is interesting no matter what party you support. Other links have to do with eating disorder and other mental health issues as well as some fun events concerning television and movies. Hopefully you will enjoy them.

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One Thousand Thanks: 755 – 765. Powerful Plays and Challenging Characters

The Yellow Boat cast

The Yellow Boat cast

On Tuesday and Wednesday, I auditioned for two different plays. One was Oliver! and the other is called Theater on Purpose. Although part of me wanted to do the musical, doing the second one was so appealing. The students work together to write a play on an important issue, research it, and then travel to schools and churches to perform it. How amazing is that?

Last year, the director stated how much he liked me but did not cast me. It was really difficult and rather saddening. Thus, I tried not to get my hopes up when auditioning. He remembered me, which was positive, and seemed excited to see me again. However, I was unsure what he thought about my audition.

“You have something really special,” he remarked before I left.

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