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This is… 27… What?!? A Birthday Recap

Hey Internet! How goes it? Just dropping by to do a quick birthday weekend recap… from two weekends ago… I may not be good at this… Anyway, two weeks ago I turned 27… I’m officially in my late twenties and it may possibly be freaking me out a bit… To celebrate I had a fun filled weekend of shopping and eating and dranking.

Sunday Adorableezle Winterpop and I went shopping – we hit up Charming Charlie’s and Home Goods and Ulta – I got myself some fun birthday treats and it was a fun morning. On the way home we grabbed some Pei Wei and then my friend from high school and college came up from Sarasota to visit! We spent the night at Trader Sam’s – my favorite bar on Disney property. Its a tiki bar with a lot of fun themeing and special effects. I maybe forgot to take pictures, but here are some instagram pictures from my last trip to Trader Sam’s:

 

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Sunday morning a small group of us got together and got breakfast at The Wave… of American Flavors at the Contemporary Resort . They have a great breakfast buffet with refillable mimosas. I basically ate All. The. Cheesy Grits. After breakfast we headed over to Epcot to ride Ellen’s Universe of Energy one last time before it closed on the 13th. It was bittersweet. The we rode the Gran Fiesta Tour and got a birthday margarita. Here is a quick Snapchat snapshot of the day:

And also a pretty group picture:

After that we were all feeling pretty tired, so we went our separate ways and I took a really nice birthday nap… did I mention I may be old?

To cap off the weekend Adorabeezle and I got dinner at The California Grill, also at the Contemporary Resort. I hadn’t been to California Grill since 2010, but it was just as AMAZING as I remembered it. I mean…

 

It was a really great weekend, and I’m excited to see what 27 has in store!


July Slightly Mastered

Hey Internet! It’s been a hot minute… clearly I’m still re-figuring out this blogging thing. To be fair, it’s been a crazy few months around these parts. I’m thinking maybe a quick monthly recap will help me keep this blog more up to date. So let’s try this!

July was a rough month for a few reasons I’m not going to get into on the internet, but there were a lot of great things too. I’m going to focus on those today. So a few highlights from July:

  • I didn’t go to fireworks or do any of the traditional 4th of July festivities (when you live close enough to the Magic Kingdom to hear their fireworks every night, the need to see fireworks on the fourth becomes less dire). But I DID get to partake in my yearly bomb-pop-the-champagne, and that was delightful (as always).
  • My bestie visited for a weekend! … I was so busy soaking in the moment that I forgot to take pictures, but we went to Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios and had brunch at The Wave… of American Flavors and went to Disney Springs and it was so needed for my heart.
  • I got a new (to me) car! My old car (Hildegard) was getting OLD and TIRED and my mom was ready for a new car so she and my aunt drove her car down to FL and I bought it! It’s very exciting mostly because my check engine light is not coming on all the time anymore! It’s the little things, internet.
  • (Related) My mom and Aunt visited! We stayed in the Port Orleans riverside and it was amazing…. and tiring… I was working during the day and going with them to the parks at night… and that is how I ended up taking a six and a half hour nap last weekend… true life story.

    I couldn’t go to Port Orleans Riverside without getting a cupcake with my girl Tiana on it!

    Got some new Up tsums and took them to The Music of Pixar Live

  • My mom and aunt brought down my new wine cart from Etcetera Home and I LOVE IT! I am so excited to fill this baby up with ALL THE WINE. It came just in time fore my first box of wine from Winc (thanks dad!)

  • Speaking of wine, CAN WE TALK ABOUT MY NEW WINE STOPPER? I am obsessed.

  • I’ve been listening to ALL THE PODCASTS. I’m spend my work days sitting at a computer and I have been listening to podcasts while I work. My coworker told me about My Favorite Murder and I cannot get enough of it. I’ve listened to about 20 episodes in a week… and most episodes are about an hour and a half… I may have a problem… BUT IT IS SO GOOD.

And… I think that’s basically July in a nutshell. Also CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW IT IS AUGUST ALREADY?!? I simply CANNOT.

Anyway, hope you are having a great week Internet! Hopefully I’ll be talking to you soon. (We are really at a point where I should not be promising any sort of posting regularity… but I will try. If I’m not napping.)


Life Maybe Slightly Less Mastered

Hey Internet! I know what you are thinking – no, I didn’t intend to return to blogging to rebrand, write two posts, and then disappear. That’s totally what I did, but it wasn’t my intention. I jumped back into blogging at the end of a one month break in between graduation and starting my new job. After my last post I started said job, my mom flew in for two weeks, I single handedly planned a bachelorette party to take place in a different state, and flew home to be in a wedding.

I’m tired is what I am saying.

And I am writing this on the floor of an airport. Like the classy broad I am.

The last two weeks have been NUTSO and I just barely survived. But instead of telling you about my exhaustion level, I’m going to paint you a picture with my words and tell you about one specific incident.

At the end of my first week of work I wore a dress with some ties on the front. Olly, ever the attention whore and string lover, decided the best way to help me get ready for work was to jump for the strings with his nails out while I was getting dressed. I ended up with what basically amounted to a puncture wound on my stomach. It hurt like a mother but I had to get to work, so I walked it off and kept going.

This whole thing is his fault.

Jump to the next morning, my puncture wound is bright red and hurts a bit. I do the responsible thing my mom taught me to do – lots of Neosporin and a Band-Aid – a fun Oh Joy! For Target Band-Aid. I was wounded but I could still have fun!

The next few days I maintained the same routine. Everything was going fine, except I had this new longer sore right next to my puncture wound – I wasn’t sure where it came from, but it hurt a but so I added some Neosporin and an additional Band-Aid to the situation.

Cut to last Wednesday. I am staying the night in my mom’s hotel room because I am meeting her straight from the airport the next day and we had a lot of stuff to distribute between our suitcases. I am EXHAUSTED. I had been working long days to make up some of the hours I was missing Friday, I had been meeting up with my mom for dinner at theme parks and resorts all week. We had stayed in the Magic Kingdom to watch the new (AMAZING) firework show that night. I had dragged my heavy bags from my car to the hotel room (a bit of a trek when you are weighted down) and I just didn’t want to move ever ever again. I needed to wash my hair, but I could just not muster the motivation. I helped my mom pack while I ate some Nutella gelato (thank you Port Orleans- French Quarter!) and then all I had left to do was shower.

As part of the shower preparation process I ripped off one of the Band-Aids I was wearing on my stomach, and with it came off a not an insignificant amount of skin. (And suddenly I knew where that mystery wound had come from). It is hard to drive home how painful this was and how much skin it removed – it was bad. You know when you lose so many layers of skin that the wound kind of starts to ooze? Not puss, but just… body liquid? That’s what it was. It hurt. A lot. (I’m trying to emphasize this because nobody has seemed to take this story seriously until I lift my shirt or send them a picture, and then the universal reaction has been “OH MY GOD HOW DID THAT HAPPEN??” And I’ve had to be like “I literally just told you.” I would show you pictures, but the internet is forever. If you know me well enough to have my phone number text me and I may send you the photographic evidence. If not, you are just going to have to take my word for it.)

Anyway. I’m in pain. I’m exhausted. The act of washing my hair already seemed daunting without the added element “if this wound gets hit by streams of water I will literally scream.” I STILL HAVE ONE BAND-AID ON MY STOMACH AND IT IS EQUALLY AS STUCK. Everything in the world is horrible and it will never be ok ever again.

So that is how I ended up walking around a hotel room, pretty much naked, crying while I shoveled half-melted Nutella gelato into my mouth… I may not actually have my life even slightly mastered is what I am saying.

Epilogue: I ripped the other Band-Aid off after holding a wet washcloth over it. It took off less skin, but still a good amount. I used some dry shampoo instead of washing my hair and I went to bed without doing basically anything else. My wounds are scabbing over and itch a bit but I will survive… I am such a brave soul.

Anyway, have you ever been practically maimed by something that was supposed to help you? How did you deal with it?


Poppin’ Those Bubbles | A Disney-esque Cocktail

Hey Internet!! Today I am going to start a series about Disney-esque Cocktails – these are drinks I create at home based on my favorite drinks in the parks! Disney (especially Epcot during Festival Season) serves up a mad (yet expensive) cocktail – when I find one I REALLY like (especially if it is a festival drink) I try to recreate it at home – it is cheaper and that way this hermit introvert doesn’t have to leave the house to enjoy a good drank!

 

The cocktail I’m sharing today was featured at a booth at the First Annual Epcot Festival of the Arts! A note about “festival season” – Epcot currently hosts three annual festivals – International Food and Wine Festival in the Fall, Flower and Garden Festival in the Spring, and new this year (and now my all-time favorite!) Festival of the Arts in January/February. The festivals are great! They have special merchandise, entertainment, and (most importantly) food and drink booths. It is not uncommon for Adorabeezle and to hit up Epcot just for festival food – no rides, no shows, just get some food and some drank and then go home to the cats.

 

The Festival of the Arts had some of my all-time favorite festival food.

 

There was the Choriqueso Taco served with Chihuahua Cheese, Red and Green Peppers over a Corn Tortilla and garnished with Poblano Peppers and Micro Cilantro with the Mandarin Ginger Margarita

 

 

 

Then there was the Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings and Zinfandel with a Classic Sidecar with Chocolate Twist

 

 

 

There was the Flank Steak Guarache with Black Beans, Salsa de Chile de Arbol, Frisee Lettuce, Queso Fresco, Shredded Carrots, and Chipotle Mayonnaise with the Passion Fruit Coconut Margarita (My FAVORITE… but alas, I haven’t figured out quite how to recreate it yet…)

 

 

And the Braised Beef Short Ribs with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes, and Aged Balsamic with the Port Wine-poached Pear, Vanilla Panna Cotta and Pistachio Crumbs

 

 

Then the Sous Vide Venison with Butternut Squash Purée, Pomegranate Reduction, Pickled Turnips, and Juniper Berry Powered with the Popping Bubbles Cocktail.

 

 

Also with the Popping Bubbles Cocktail was the Almond Frangipane Cake with Raspberry Jam and Chocolate (also AMAZING – plus it made me feel like I was on the Great British Bake-off)

 

 

 

Basically every time I went to the festival I was like:

 

 

Did I mention there was also a lot of actual art? there was. I really liked this Donald picture – painted by Donald himself!!

 

So today I’m going to teach you how to make the Popping Bubbles Cocktail! This one was a lot of fun, and is super easy to make (but it does take a bit of an investment up front – also fridge space). The only things you need for this drink are:

 

  • Popping Boba (I like strawberry – at the festival they started with strawberry and then switched to peach. Both were good!) – You can get popping boba on Amazon (with Prime!… sometimes…) but most of them are sold in 7 lb tubs… I know what you are thinking. You are thinking “Liz you did NOT buy a seven pound tub of popping boba!!” and the answer is no! I didn’t!… I bought two… The first one lasted like four months, but I just got my second tub a few weeks ago. No Shame (Guys it’s so good!).
  • Sparkling Wine – The festival used a dryer wine, but a pink Moscato also works great, whatever kind you like!
  • Bobo Straws

To make the drink just spoon some boba into a glass and top it off with the sparkling wine! This would be a really fun cocktail for a party – it’s more whimsical than regular wine, and then if you didn’t want 7 lbs of boba sitting in your fridge, you could make a big dent in it! Plus your friends will think you are fancy AF.

See? Fancy AF.

 

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the (VERY long overdue) recap of Epcot’s Festival of the Arts, and a fun idea for an easy to make cocktail!

 


A Re-Introduction | Welcome to Life Slightly Mastered

Hello Internet and Welcome to Life Slightly Mastered!!!!

I am so excited to get back to blogging! After graduating with my Master’s degree, Baby Got B.A. no longer really fit (Sad. I love that name.) So after some thought and A LOT of texting various people for advice, I came up with Life Slightly Mastered. The new name speaks to me at this point in life because while I now have my master’s degree, I definitely don’t feel like a real grown up. So my life is just slightly mastered.

With the new name (and the new design, which I love), I thought I would re-introduce myself!

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My name is Liz. I am recently out of grad school and working in Orlando (I love you, Orlando! Sea World and Disney and putt-putt GOLFING… Book of Mormon (the musical) anyone?) I love Disney, coffee, shopping, lipstick, wine, and rambling parentheticals. I have two cats, Ellie May and Olly (short for Ollivander) and live with a roommate, herein refereed to as Adorabeezle Winterpop.  I am addicted to my Erin Condren planner (and all the stickers that go along with it), but I wish the simple act of keeping a planner would actually make me a real adult (apparently life doesn’t work like that).

Here is a bit of the highlight reel of my life from my instagram:

 

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Most of the things I write about have to do with living this Disney Life, mostly because all the fun stuff I do seems to take place on Disney property. I also dedicate a lot of time to cat-related material, fun food/drink in Orlando, and just life updates in general. I hope to add more recipes and/or crafting to that list, but I make no promises.

I am still adjusting to post-grad school life (it would be great if the school related anxiety dreams would stop), so I will be experimenting with and learning what kind of posts and schedule work for me. Basically I make no promises is what I am saying.

If you are coming back to this blog after a couple of off years (did I mention I was in grad school?), thanks for sticking with me! I’m excited to be back!