I am currently working on two cross stitch projects. The first I have been working on since August, the other I started in February this year. Below are some photos of my progress.
The Weasley Family This is my first ever cross stitch project, and I’m really enjoying the process! Although it was a slow going to start with, I am really enjoying stitching this design (unfortunately I don’t have any progress pictures). In my opinion it’s a great pattern for learning how to cross stitch, as there is satisfaction after completing each character. I only have Charlie and Bill left to do, as well as ‘The Weasleys’ text above the family, so I’m hoping to finish this project soon. After completion, the next challenge will be removing the mystery stains that have appeared and framing the design!
Sherlock I only began stitching this design in February, but I’m working to a deadline as it will be a gift for a friend. I still have a long way to go but already it’s starting to come together! The hair and coat will probably be the most challenging to stitch due to the number of colours, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. Next step – finish the face!
I had a an absolutely amazing time at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter last summer. Universal Orlando Resort was a great holiday destination before the addition of the two Potter Parks, but now it has become the prime destination of many Potterheads around the globe!
I went on the holiday with my mum, and we enjoyed the sites, sounds, and incredibly oppressive heat of Orlando for just over a week at the end of May/beginning of June 2016. Below are some of the pictures that I feel best represent the Harry Potter part of my time there (which lets face it, was pretty much the main bulk of the holiday). You might say it’s a review in photos…
Diagon Alley Day
Diagon Alley Night
Gringotts queue experience is stunning.
The level of detail in every shop!
Stan and I laughing at a Dre Head joke.
Snow when it was 30 degrees Celsius…
Hufflepuff on Holiday!
This Guard wins 10/10 for authenticity.
There are so many memories that I will take from this trip and not all of them are captured on camera. Encounters with other lovers of Harry, talking to the people working there about living in the UK and using my interactive wand. These are just some of the things that I will hold on to forever. I am particularly thankful to have shared this experience with my mum, who first read Philosophers Stone to my brother and I all those years ago.
As it is now July, I thought I would post an update on my first six months of reading in 2016. To achieve my goal, ideally I would have completed twelve books at this point in the year, although I’m not too annoyed with myself. I think eight completed books and two currently reading is still a great mid-point, considering that the first six months of this challenge were also my last semester of university! Although I did not read books cover to cover for my dissertation, if I added together the total pages of chapters, extracts and journal articles that I did read, I would be well on my way to completing the challenge!
Here are the books I have read so far this year in the order at which I finished them:
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair – C.S Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle – C.S Lewis
Career of Evil – Robert Galbraith
Call the Midwife – Jennifer Worth
Make Gentle the Light of the this World – Robert F. Kennedy
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
A Gathering of Shadows – V. E. Schwab
Blacklands – Belinda Bauer
At the moment I am currently reading:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling
Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
In all honestly I should be at ten books by now, but for some reason I’m getting through Prisoner of Azkaban unusually slowly! But like I mentioned before, I’m not too dispirited because I worked hard this last semester, and will be graduating with an amazing grade as a result of that.
I only have a few books on my TBR at the moment, but I am moving home this week so I will have easier access to my collection. Any recommendations for things to read in the second half of my challenge would be appreciated, and happy reading!
Last Friday, I received the welcome news that I could move back into my room after an incident in which a sprinkler went off and flooded our hallway. Luckily, none of my personal belongings were damaged, but from Thursday the 22nd of January I was room-less along with about 30 other people. While we were all re-homed for the week, I ended up spending most of it crashing on an air-bed on my friend’s floor, as the room I was given was on another campus that wasn’t ideal for my 8.45am classes.
The upside to this week of uncertainty and and de-humidifiers is the bond that developed between all of the girls in my hallway. We spent a week sharing the same experience, talking to each other more and lending a hand when things were needed. Living out of a bag in a dishevelled manner is by no means ideal, but it is certainly something to write home about and a change from routine (yes I’m a silver-linings kind of person). I wouldn’t recommend a burst sprinkler as a community building exercise, but there are always positives to take from a situation, be it good or bad.
It’s like J.K. Rowling said, ‘There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll dealing with a burst sprinkler is one of them.’
A big thank you to all the Residence staff for dealing with the situation so efficiently and getting us back into our rooms as quickly as possible. Also a huge thank you to my friends for lodgings, blankets and just general awesome friendliness. I am awarethat I still owe you chocolate for this service. 😛
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I am so glad that my exams were all at the beginning of the exam period. Not only does it mean that they are over and done with quickly, it also means I have more time to write an essay that’s due on the 18th. My plan is to submit it before then, because I would definitely prefer not to drag it out.
There is nothing much in the way of updates I’m afraid, as the afore mentioned exams and essay have been taking up so much of my time. I did take my snow boots out for their first adventure in the snow yesterday which was fun. Montreal is so nice when it snows, until the snow turns into grey slush at the side of the road that is. Either way it’s something of a novelty right now, which I’ve been told to enjoy while I can, as come January I’ll be sick of it.
Today I’ve spent the morning working on my essay, which has been slow but productive, and this afternoon I’ll be attempting a Harry Potter movie marathon with my friend Eunice (and whoever else wanders in while we’re watching them). We’ve had to start late in the day which already means we wont be done until late tonight/early tomorrow, but that’s all part of the challenge!
I’ll let you know how that goes, and I may even be able to provide you with some tips when we’ve finished. I can give you one tip right now though, start as early as you can!