March Wrap-Up! || 2017

Welcome one and all, it’s finally time for my March wrap-up! Once again, it’s going to be a small one. Time is not my friend here at Disney but I have managed to squeeze one or two things in. To make up for it, I’ve lots of exciting things to tell you as to what I’m getting up to here and I’m even slowly writing a post about what I’m actually doing at Disney with plans in the pipeline for a more detailed break down of the how-to’s for Disney World.

I’m going to try harder over the next couple of months to get more reading and more blogging done, for sure. I miss talking to you guys and reading what you write! I can’t wait to throw myself back into the blogging world.

I’ve mostly stuck to listening to audiobooks because that is the most convenient way for me to read at the moment. I’ve been doing my best to get to the physical books that I brought but I don’t even know where the time is going – and e-books are a similar issue. I did actually read two books this month so that’s double what I did in February, sounds impressive but it isn’t. So! Let’s jump into what books I managed to polish off during March.


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

by J. K. Rowling

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Genre: Children’s Fiction, Fantasy
Author: J. K. Rowling
Published: July 1999 {audiobook: November 2015}
Publisher: Pottermore
Length: 13 hours {audiobook}

Will I continue the series? YES

If you’ve been keeping up with my reading then you’ll know that my current project is re-reading the Harry Potter books. It’s honestly ridiculously rewarding and I’m enjoying it so much. I’m repeatedly shocked by how much I’ve forgotten and loving every second. I do intend on reviewing these by my list of books to reviewing is doing anything but shrinking.

review to come

// GOODREADS // BUY //


Rising From the Ashes

Caren J. Werlinger

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy [mythology: Celtic]
Author: Caren J. Werlinger
Published: February 2016
Publisher: Corgyn Publishing, LLC
Pages: 306 {kindle edition}

Will I continue the series? YES

 I’d been meaning to read this book for the longest of times. It was one I received for review about (no joke) a year ago and I’m so pleased that I finally read it. Miraculously, this is one book I actually have a review for so you can skip along and read that with great enthusiasm if you wish to. Hopefully I can get to even more books for review whilst I’m away but we shall see!

My review

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 What else did I blog about this month?


The Statistics

Genres Read:

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Pages Read:

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Total: 741

Progress Towards Goodreads Challenge:

13%, or, 5/40 books

I’m currently six (!!) books behind my reading schedule which is a bit of a bummer. Not much I can do about it now though so I’m just going to cross my fingers that I’ll catch up in the second half of the year.


What about me?

Well, even though I can’t say I’ve read much I can say that I’ve been incredibly busy. Today marks the halfway point in my travels – I’ve now been in Florida for three months and have two months left of work and one to travel in! How exciting. I have been incredibly busy working and making sure I have food to feed myself with most days and thus have little time for much else.

Working for Disney is definitely one of the most tiring things I’ve done. It’s going to be very strange to come home and have a regular sleeping pattern, that’s for sure! I’ve be doing my best to swap shifts lately and try working in as many different locations as I can. So far I’ve worked at:

  • Marketplace, Disney Springs (my home location)
  • Discovery Island, Animal Kingdom (twice)
  • Frontierland, Magic Kingdom (once)
  • Hollywood Studios (thrice)

And I hope to at least tick off Epcot before my program finishes. Speaking of which . . . I’m officially coming home in July. During March extension offers came out and I decided that I won’t be extending after all. Six months is the perfect amount of time for me to get done what I want to do so I’m very excited to be preparing to go home in July and SUPER excited that I’ll be spending Christmas at home too. Plus I miss my bookshelf and can’t bear to be separated any longer from it.

I’ve been trying as many experiences as I can whilst at Disney – it’s really difficult for me to go anywhere that is not a Disney location because of not having a car and it’s difficult to get the time off to do anything more than a day trip. Nonetheless, I’ve had a few fun days over at Universal Studios where I’ve enjoyed the crazy rides they have on offer there. I’ve also managed to get out to Kennedy Space Centre which was great fun and honestly was a lot more enjoyable than I was anticipating it to be. I also might have bought a good amount of merchandise from there . . .

I’ve eaten at a few cool Disney locations too! One of my goals whilst I’m here (because it’s something that I can do) is to try these food locations and see what’s on offer because they’re fun to eat at! This is one of the things I will definitely be blogging about in the future. It’s also one of the things I’m really enjoying doing here. Apart from anything it involves eating food but being at Disney for so long means I have the time to try all these things out! SO:

The Whispering Canyon:
This is located at the Fort Wilderness Lodge and is one of the many restaurants and cafes they have there. On their menu there is an item called the “All-You-Can-Enjoy Skillet” (for USD$23.00) and it’s literally a gigantic dish of food that they refill to your heart’s content. I’ve never been so full in my life. The staff there are hilarious and sassy but whatever you do, don’t ask for ketchup.

Bongos:
Bongos is the Cuban restaurant located at Disney Springs. It’s lively and packed with dancers entertaining you through the night. If you want to go somewhere loud where people randomly get up and dance then this is definitely for you. I had a share platter, called “Estefan Cuban Combo”, with lots of delicious items on it that were to die for. This costs USD$24.00 and serves two people.

Les Chefs de France:
This is located at France in Epcot and is a fancy and lovely restaurant – although not as fancy as Monsieur Paul’s which is adjacent to it. Being the poor college student that I am, my friend and I experienced this in the cheapest way we could – by only having an appetiser, dessert and a drink. I had the French Onion soup (USD$8.99), a Cygne au chocolat – a chocolate mousse puff pastry dish – (USD$9.75), and a Shirley Temple drink. If it’s your birthday here they will bring you a little cake and sing Happy Birthday in French.

50’s Prime Time Café:
This is a must-do experience at Disney Word. It’s located in Hollywood Studios near the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular. Both this and The Whispering Canyon are entertaining eats because of the way the cast members are meant to treat you. Prime Time is famous for the way it’s set up to be like eating at home – you get a TV to watch – and the way the cast members will tell you off for not eating vegetables or having your elbows on the table. And they do a mean fried chicken! So make sure this one’s on your list. I had “Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken” (USD$21.00) and the “Traditional Warm Apple Crisp À la Mode” (USD$8.00).

Yak and Yeti:
This is one of my favourites that I’ve been to. It’s located in Asia at Animal Kingdom and is to die for. Deceptively big, the restaurant is a two story mansion of a place and serves all sorts of Asian cuisine. I was definitely in my happy place here and the service was really good. I think this will be making my list of places you absolutely have to go to when you come to Disney. Here, I had the “Crispy Honey Chicken” (USD$18.99) and a Mango Pie for dessert (USD$8.99) – which was large and difficult to demolish after a big meal!

I have plenty more experiences lined up ready to try out, too, and I can’t wait to try them all!

Movies I watched:

Beauty & the Beast, 2017: 9/10 stars
I loved this enormously. It turned out to be way better than I was anticipating it to be and I might’ve cried quite a lot towards the end. Gaston and LeFou were absolutely hilarious and perfect!

Pete’s Dragon, 2016: 7/10 stars
Funnily enough, this was actually the first time I’d seen this film in any adaptation. It was just one of those Disney stories I missed as a child. Whilst it was good and entertaining it was also quite slow going for a children’s film and I felt like a few more things could have happened.

The Road to El Dorado, 2000: 7/10 stars
This was fantastic and I can’t believe I hadn’t seen it until now. The animation very much so reminded me of The Prince of Egypt and I thoroughly enjoyed the story line. So underrated!!

Step Up, 2006: 6/10 stars
Another classic that I’ve now ticked off the list. This is just sort of one of those stories I never got around to. Whilst it was good, I wasn’t blown away by the story line and probably wouldn’t jump to watch it again.

TV shows I watched:

Call the Midwife, series 5:
Because when will I ever not be watching this? I’m slowing coming up to the end of series five however so perhaps the answer to that question is quite soon.

The Secrets of Great British Castles, series 1:
I’m still slowing plodding my way through this one and really enjoying it. I love learning all the little facts about these castles and the whole series has just been done really well.

Dragons: Riders of Berk, series 1:
I’m a big How to Train Your Dragon fan and so you can imagine how excited I got once I finally sat down to check out this series. I’ve just watched the first two episodes so far but I’m really enjoying it. It’s fun to have a few more stories from this world.


Tick! March done! 

What was your favourite book that you read in March? 


End Note

~~ Kirstie ~~

5 thoughts on “March Wrap-Up! || 2017

  1. Ahhh to be a young college student again! Love reading about your escapades through Disney World! out of all the restaurants you listed, I’ve only eaten at the 50’s Prime Time Café which we loved.

    Happy to hear you are enjoying your HP re-read. I am definitely long overdue for a series re-read. I want to re-read in the audiobook versions AND the illustrated versions…. perhaps I will do that around Christmas time.

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    1. Haha prime time is awesome!! I’m glad you liked it there 😊

      Definitely do the audiobooks!! I can’t believe how much I’m enjoying them! Stephen Fry is the perfect narrator for it, loving it so much!

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