Day 92

*Short post*

Work started at 9:45, so I got to sleep in a little. Work went by pretty quickly this morning, because I got my break a little late. Then, I got to go to a Keeper Seminar about Meerkats. It was really interesting to hear their stories about the Meerkats. They’re all named after rockstars! The Eclipse happened while in the meeting, but nothing was too crazy in Florida. I looked at the sun using a coworker’s eclipse glasses. It was neat, but not as great as I thought it would be. From then on, the day flew by. I spent time tasking, and talking at Entrance, Rehab, Research, Birds, Safi, and Savannah before the day was up. After work, I came home and made dinner. I watched a little TV, and am now Facetiming Rachel. Once we hang up, I’m sleeping! Training at MJT starts tomorrow! I’m really excited about learning the trail and the new animals. Hopefully, I’ll have a good story to tell everyone tomorrow! That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!

Fact: Meerkats mark their territory by urination. Things can get pretty stinky in a Meerkat colony!

xo, B

Day 91

I slept in today! I was out of bed by 10, which I realize isn’t too late, but it’s earlier than usual, so I’ll take what I can get. I ran to the Sketchers outlet to get shoes for my MJT costume. From there, I headed back to the apartment to meet Shannon. We both needed to go grocery shopping, so we went to Walmart. It was busy, as usual. I spent a lot of money on groceries, but I have a lot of food! I spent my afternoon meal prepping. I got lunches and dinners ready for the week, so I don’t eat out as much! I spent some time Housepartying with Priv, Rachel, Aubrey, and Justice. It was so nice to see their faces! Part of me really hates that I’m missing the beginning of school fun stuff with all my friends, but I keep reminding myself that I’m at Disney, so it’ll be ok. I’ll be home for a visit soon enough! Since then, I’ve been hanging out in bed watching tv. Work starts at 9:45 tomorrow, so I don’t really get to sleep in, but I’ve got a pretty easy week ahead. I’ll be training for most of the week. Hopefully, that’ll be a nice break from the pace of the Trails, because I have 11 straight days of working ahead of me. We’ll see how optimistic I am at the end of next week. That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!

Fact: Behavior Training for the animals isn’t like training for the circus. Animals voluntarily learn behaviors to help keepers take better care of them, such as receiving an ultrasound or offering up an arm for injection.

xo, B

Day 90

This morning, I got up, got ready, and left the house at 8:05. I arrived at Animal Kingdom around 8:20. Once at the gate, I waited a little bit before the park opened. Once we were finally allowed in, I went straight to my first character spot. Today was PhotoPass Day. There were special character meet and greets at each park, and I had an elaborate plan to meet all of them. It’s funny how plans never work out right. When I was getting my stuff ready for pictures, my Polaroid camera wouldn’t work, so no physical pictures today. Anyway, I met Flik and Princess Atta from A Bug’s Life! IMG_3760I was so excited! They were so much fun. After that, I took the bus over to Hollywood Studios to meet a villain or two. The lines were crazy long, but I still met the Evil Queen!IMG_3762Mom loves Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, so I got a little video of The Queen saying “Hello” and sent it to her. After The Queen, I met Shannon at the Magic Kingdom for lunch at Be Our Guest. IMG_3765It was yummy! While at MK, I got a pair of silver castle earrings. They’re super cute! After lunch, I went back to Studios to meet Maleficent. The wait was supposed to be 2 and a half hours. I figured I could make it, but I was wrong. Half of the queue was outside and it was 94 degrees and I was beginning to get dehydrated, so I ended up leaving. Courtney and I have tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, so I can meet her then. I came hope and have been lounging ever since. Tomorrow, I have a grocery trip planned, but not too much else, so I’m going to rest and prepare for my week. That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!

Fact: The alpha female Meerkat can have a litter every 70 to 80 days!

xo, B

Day 89

I got to sleep in today! Work didn’t start until 12:45, so I spent the morning being lazy. I left a little earlier than usual, so I could stop by costuming for some new costumes. I got Asia costumes for my Maharajah Jungle Trek training next week. They’re not as bad as I thought they would be. The pink shirt is growing on me. (Pictures to come.) I parked almost at the very back of the Cast parking lot, so I had quite a trek into work. I spent time at Entrance, Rehab, Viewing Blind, Research, Savannah, and Outpost. I spent plenty of time tasking as well, but it was a nice break from talking. After work, I went by Chick-fil-a for dinner, and came home. I hung out with my roommates for a little while, and got my bag ready for tomorrow. I have a long day planned. It’s the 20th Anniversary of PhotoPass at the parks, and there will be rare character meet and greets at all 4 parks. I’m planning on making it to all of them. I’m starting at Animal Kingdom at 9, and don’t planning on being done until I meet all the rare characters. Hopefully, I’ll have plenty of pictures to post tomorrow. That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!

Fact: Monkeys and Apes are different. The easiest way to tell the two apart is by seeing a tail. Monkeys have tails, and Apes do not.

xo, B

Day 88

*Short post*

Work started at 9 this morning, so no sleeping in for me. On the way, I stopped by Panera for a free bagel. I started my work day tasking. There wasn’t too much going on at the trail for most of the morning. I got rotation a couple of times, so I got to spend a fair amount of time at Entrance. Throughout the day, I spent time at every position except Safi, Savannah, and Outpost. My tasking was broken up throughout the day, so I had a few little breaks in talking. The trail went 101 for a little while, but it didn’t really rain until the trail closed. After work, I came home, ate dinner, and hung out with my roommates. Now I’m ready for bed. I have a late start tomorrow, so I’m sleeping in. Hopefully, I don’t get called in early like I did earlier this week. Sorry for the boring post, but I’ve committed to this blog, so you all get to experience my boring days! That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!

Fact: Naked Mole Rats have been known to bury their dead. Isn’t that neat?!

xo, B

Day 87

Work started at 8:45 today, so no sleeping in for me! I started my day at Savannah with a few Zebras and Meerkats. I made my way to Outpost, and had some great conversations. The guests were really interested in the Gorillas and kept asking questions. Once one talkative family left, one of my coordinators came over to tell me that I had done a really good job. I’m pretty bad about giving a conservation message during my conversations, so I figured I would’ve been something about that, but I was pleasantly surprised! She walked off for a minute, came back up to me, and gave my a Four Keys Card. Basically, it is a little note stating that you did something really well! It was for Show and Courtesy! I was over the moon. I got my first ever Four Keys Card! After that, my day was pretty normal. I didn’t spend any time in Birds! I hung out with a very active Hippo for a little while, and I welcomed guests at Entrance. For the most part, the day flew by. It’s always after my last break that the day starts to drag by. I’m tired and have usually been standing for at least 8 hours. Plus, the trail will close in about 2 hours. Finally, work was over, and I made it home. I made dinner, talked to my new roommate for a little while, and now, I’m getting ready for bed. Work is from 9 to 7:45 tomorrow, so I’ll need my sleep. That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!

Fact: On land, Hippos can run about 20 miles per hour! Never get into a race with one, because you’ll lose!

xo, B

Day 86

My work day started a little earlier than anticipated. One of the Trails managers called me around 9 asking if I could come in early, because we were understaffed. I ended up going in at 10:45 instead of 12:45. The two extra hours weren’t too bad though. I started my shift at Entrance and didn’t make it past Birds until the very end of the day when I went to Savannah. I got pooped on by a Weaver. It’s all mom’s fault. Yesterday, she mentioned that I hadn’t gotten pooped on in a while, so of course it had to happen today. It rained for a little while, but the trail never closed. Sorry, nothing too exciting for today, but I’m getting closer to my MJT training, which is super exciting! I’m pumped to see all the new animals and experience a little bit of Asia. We found out that Emily will be playing percussion in band. I’m a little preferential to the French Horn, myself, but I think she’ll be great at it. I’m really excited to see how she likes everything! After work, I came home and ate dinner. Now I’m getting ready for bed. Tomorrow, work starts at 8:45. I work open to close again, so I’m going to sleep. That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!

Fact: Emperor Scorpions have a mating ritual where the male and female will dance. The ritual can last from a couple of minutes to a couple of days.

xo, B