Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Moved in!

For some reason I was having difficulty writing on the last post with the pictures. But anyhoo, I'm all moved in! The drive down didn't seem that long and it was cool spending time with Dad. Uncle John and Todd came out and helped us move everything in. Even though technically we are the first story of the apartments... we are still up one flight of stairs, since all the parking is underneath. Another problem we ran into is that the doorway to the kitchen is not standard doorway size... and we had a standard size fridge. So it didn't fit, and we didn't even bring it up. The only way it was getting in the Kitchen is if it was put over the pass through... which probably wasn't a good idea. So we left it outside... and depending on if it stayed through the night I planned on putting it up on craigslist the next day and selling it. Went to dinner at El Torito for dinner and it was all starting to sink in... it's strange.

Next day the fridge was still there and I posted it up on craigslist. Got a couple of calls instantly so we hung around to meet up with people. Which of course, there ended up being 2 flakers, then another woman called for her daughter and started to set up the timing but finally was able to sell it after sitting out there all day and also shooing away some guys that came and tried to steal it when we were sitting right there! The girl who came and got it was really nice and told us to call her if we wanted to party and she lives in Costa Mesa, so that was nice and we talked to some neighbors too. I think the neighborhood will be ok, it's a little sketchy but since there are a bunch of families it  makes me feel a little better about it.

Things have been a bit boring for me lately, but I will have more fun stories once I start working in the park!

Missing home and people that I know... walking around and not seeing one familiar face is kind of depressing. But things will get better once I start working and starting meeting people!

Love you all! <3

Friday, October 16, 2009

Pictures that Jes sent me!

Living Room & Dining Room

My room and closet! 

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Next weekend is the move!

We got it!

Jessica is up here right now but that means I can get her my cashier's check to take down with her and so she's able to move in this weekend. I was thinking about going down this weekend but there is still some family in Grass Valley that I would like to spend some time with. Saturday should be the day.

My move in cost is going to be $758.25 With the $400 I had in savings, the $280 I made from my yard sale plus getting caught up on my paychecks I will be good to go. I will just need to get a second job ASAP when I get down there so I don't have to worry about money. I had been planning all along to get a second job, I didn't think I could even live down in that area without one.

Judy and Dad were recommending that I get into some sort of Sunday champagne brunch thing because I could make a good amount just on tips on a Sunday morning. I googled a bunch of those plus looked up the restaurants in the new Anaheim Garden Walk plus Downtown Disney so I have a nice list of places to call and go into once I get down there.

I made the reservation for the Uhaul, got the 14' one with the tow dolly for $231 that I will pay when I pick it up on Friday the 23rd.

I talked to Jessica about her first days working and she says there is a lot involved, but I'm ready for the challenge. Plus she has to learn multiple rides inside Fantasyland and I will be learning just one, I think. I'm really crossing my fingers for Star Tours or Space Mountain! Even the Buzz Lightyear one would be fun!  

Talked to Mom last night and started to try and make plans for Saturday. They are having dinner with Ashley and Anthony on Saturday night so I will probably do something with Aunt Denise and Uncle John, Mom is going to talk to everyone and figure out a plan.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Let's get down!

Went to dinner with Dad and Judy Friday night and got things figured out for getting down there. They asked me what might be an obvious thing that I hadn't really thought of yet.

"Who's helping you move?"

LOL, whoops.

I had looked up Uhauls the other night and it'll be about $224.00 to rent a 10' truck and a tow dolly for my car. I think the 10' would be ok, but I'm not sure, but the 14' would be $231.00 so it's not as bad as I thought it might be. Includes up to 3 days 517 miles plus I need to pay for gas. 

The apartment we are living in is called Sunset Plaza in Anaheim. We were deciding between 2 different ones and almost with the Monticello. This one has 2 baths and subterranean parking.  New hardwood floors, granite countertops and tile in the baths I believe and it's a downstairs unit, which will be nice to move into. Especially if we need a fridge. Jessica felt good about both of them and I am going off her judgment, but we seem to be on the same page with most things, so I don't think I have much to worry about. The place doesn't have a website though and I would like to see the floorplan...I wonder if he could fax me a copy of one. 

These are the pics that Jessica sent to me 

I appreciate the granite :)

Back to the moving... Dad offered to help me move the weekend of the 23rd, drive with me down and be able to fly home. So that's when I'm actually moving! I might be going down this weekend to help Jessica move in if we get the apartment and we can move in this weekend. Getting the apartment shouldn't be a problem, but you never know. We are supposed to know today or tomorrow.

It's so crazy how everything is coming together and I am actually doing it! It's surreal. 

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Just a speedbump

Well I'm down to one roommate.

The first and original girl decided to back out on me yesterday. We really need to find a place anyhow so this will help speed up the process since she decided to stop communicating with me anyhow. She thinks unrealistically about living right next to the beach and trying to pay for a place that we can't afford. She already tried to get me into a house that I wasn't comfortable with paying that much for, she may be upset about that still, or about how I didn't bring her down with me when I went down for my interview. I didn't want to have another person, especially one with a different agenda than my own, to mess things up. And then she also asked if I could drive to her old place in Huntington Beach to pick up some stuff for her. I didn't. It was way out of the way and I had to work the next day. So she might have some bad feelings towards me but she wasn't really making me feel very confident that she wanted to live with me, or us, or anything. She just moved back up to Roseville with no warning and no explanation and wouldn't answer my calls or texts. Something about her sister having surgery but nothing more than that, if it was a personal issue I would understand, but she just blocked me out and wouldn't explain herself.

I wanted to be able to focus on finding a house, and now I can with much more ease. She was being picky about everything and wouldn't look for anything when she was down there.

Moving on, up and atom!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

It's only just begun!

Aunt Denise wanted to know how all the interview went down so I copied this from the email that I sent her and added some bits and pieces

The interview day was very nerve racking. Well I went down there the other weekend (9/11) and a week and a day later I got the email to schedule the interview. I got to schedule it myself with the automated thing, I took the first available 10/5. @ 9am. After going through all the days I almost was thinking there wasn't even going to be an interview until November or something crazy like that.

I couldn't believe it was happening! So I got there about 20 minutes early and filled out some paperwork. Waited a bit, then had to watch a little movie about the Disney look and the hours and the expectations. And basically said, if this isn't what you want, then don't bother going any further. Then there was the personality test! I hate tests. I finished 15 minutes before the others in my group and waited some more. When they were finished we all sat a little while longer. A woman then walked up and called for the 2 people in my group pulled them aside and told them something I couldn't hear then they sat back down. Then I started to become so nervous after that my hands were about to start dripping in sweat! I couldn't live with myself if I didn't pass a personality test! About 15 minutes later the same woman called me up and asked if I was able to stay a while longer and I said no problem at all! LOL.

So the others were called into rooms and came out and called back in as I was still waiting to get called again and of course it made me nervous again. When the woman finally called 'Erica' I couldn't have been happier to hear my name! The woman took me into her office and she was super friendly and commented on my necklace and how much she liked it. So we were chit chatting and I felt instantly comfortable with her, so that was nice. Before I realized it, I was getting asked interview questions when I didn't realize I was in the actual interview! She asked what I do at my current job, why disney, what I would do in certain situations, how I liked working at a pizza place. She also asked if I got to choose what land I would want to work in (Something I had been thinking about since I was at the park the day before) I told her Tomorrowland. I looked at everyone's outfits and liked theirs.... LOL.

She started to look at her paperwork a little more but just very casually and then said to me "well this is really easy because you are so awesome, you got the job! and you get to work in Tomorrowland" So I read over the job description and was super giddy and could barely sit still! She wanted to schedule me an appointment to fill out my paperwork again but I told her I was driving home that day after we were done so she was able to squeeze me in at 2:00 and gave me a huge packet and a huge stack of paperwork to fill out.

I met up with Nicole and Laura and we went to lunch and I filled out all my paperwork and had to be back there by 2. We walked around Downtown Disney until I had to leave and went back. They took my paperwork I had to sign a couple of more pages and he took my picture and set up my training days! It was amazing...! We got outta there by like 2:30 and got back home around 10-10:30.

So needless to say it was a crazy 48 hours after leaving Saturday night from Loomis at about 10-10:30ish!


This is a blog that I plan on keeping updated so my family and friends or whoever wants to listen can see what I'm up to.

Things are getting started for me, soon I will be in a new city, starting a new job at Disneyland and having all sorts of fun (hopefully) new adventures!

I might be taking pictures from my cell phone since that is the only camera  I currently have...

Anyhoo, enjoy!