Orlando and Harry Potter

November 18, 2011

Hey, guys! I am back from my trip to Orlando and I’m wishing I was still there. 🙂 To start with, I reserved the trip a few months ago through a deal I received in an email from Universal Orlando. It was a special deal for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Islands of Adventure park. The deal included the hotel suite, two day tickets to the parks, early admission to Islands of Adventure, one blueray set of all of the Harry Potter movies, a set of commemorative pins, and City Walk passes. This was a great deal that I could not pass up! Especially at the price they were offering. I took my sister and we made a weekend trip of it.

We left on Thursday, the 10th, and drove down to Orlando to check into the hotel. We stayed at the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando and the hotel was very nice. I was impressed with the room considering the cost of the trip. Our room overlooked the pool and was just lovely. Personally, I would stay there again. That night we ate out at Joe’s Crab Shack. I’ve never been since we don’t have one where we live and now I’m mad that we don’t. lol I loved it! The random dancing is kind of fun. 🙂

The next day we woke up early to go to Islands of Adventure. It was packed! Probably due to the fact that some cast members where there. I saw not one, but both of the Weasley Twins! And it was freezing there! It had to be 50 degrees. lol But I loved it. Most of the park was closed, only the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was open since it was around 7 am. We got on two of the rides, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Flight of the Hippogiffs. My sister has a weak stomach we decided not to touch the Dragon Challenge.

Then we shopped! I got my very own wand. Instead of getting one of the wands from a character I got one that was based on my birthday. When I saw it I absolutely loved it and couldn’t say no. 🙂 I wanted some more souvenirs but those robes and scarves were so expensive! But I did get a cute mug from buying some Butter Beer. I also bought a bottle of Pumpkin Juice home. I haven’t drunk it yet. After all of this, we decided to walk the rest of the park. Part of this was to get away from the very, very, very crowded Harry Potter World and part since the rest of the park was opening up and I wanted to ride before it got too crowded. I finally got to ride the Incredible Hulk roller coaster after a bunch of missed opportunities in past years. It was great! The take off kind of freaked me out, but the ride was amazing. I went by myself of course but I still loved it. The guy manning the ride loved my Time Turner necklace. 😉

Meet the cast

So we rode the rides at the park and went back to Harry Potter later. We also had passes to a cast Q&A session which was very cool. It featured Katie Leung (Cho Chang), Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas), Jessica Cave (Lavender Brown), Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan), and Dom Gleeson (Bill Weasley). Seamus was my favorite character out of all of them but the session was very interesting. I learned some new things, including the fact that Alfred’s mother is Brazilian. 🙂 He speaks Portuguese beautifully. It was still around 2pm by the time we finished everything so we decided we still had time to shop in Orlando. So we left the park and went to the outlet mall. I managed to cross one person off my Christmas list by buying my brother a NorthFace jacket at 40% off. I could not pass by the deal, and of course I got one for me too. lol After shopping for a few hours we were tired and crashed at the hotel.

Universal Studios Globe

We got up later the next day since we were going to Universal Studios instead of Islands of Adventure. It was much less busy since everyone was at the other park. We got on every ride within like 5 or 10 minutes. I loved the Men In Black ride as well as The Mummy Inside roller coaster. We went to a few shows as well. Then we went shopping again! This time to the Florida Mall and it’s M&M World Store.

I absolutely loved this trip and honestly wish it had gone on longer. I was dreading coming back. 🙂 My sister and I are in fact planning to have another trip as soon as we can. We want to try Disney World next time. We haven’t been since we were children and we really want to go back again to all of the parks.


I’m Back!

November 14, 2011

Hey guys! I’m back from my trip! I actually came back Sunday night but I was so tired and had to unpack and everything. I still have to get all of my photos together so I can share my trip with you guys. 🙂 I’m so excited really. I didn’t take enough pictures to really capture the whole trip, but I can say that I absolutely loved it! It was an amazing weekend that ended way too soon for me. The above photo is one that I took at Universal Studios. That globe came around perfectly! lol I had a lot of fun and got some great souvenirs. Check back for that soon!


Going Away!

November 9, 2011

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I’m leaving tomorrow! I’m so excited for my trip down to Orlando and Islands of Adventure. I’ve been so busy trying to write as much as possible for NaNoWriMo (still behind) and packing for the trip. Of course, I left everything for the last minute. That’s not new at all. I’m going to try to take as many pictures as possible and share the best ones with you guys.


NaNoWriMo 2011

November 2, 2011

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It’s officially begun! Of course I’m getting a late start, but let’s be honest here. I’m not really all that surprised. NaNoWriMo has started and for the entire month on November crazy people from all over are now attempting to write 50,000 words for a novel. We are insane!

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I’ve scrapped the steampunk theme, unfortunately. I left the planning too late this year and have no time to do any real research. Maybe next year. However, I do have the beginnings of a plot in my head just waiting to come out. So, I’ll probably just start writing and hope to God it’s understandable, much less good. Anyway, let’s all stop procrastinating and write!!


Life Planner

October 27, 2011

I just received by Life Planner from Erin Condren. There have been a ton of posts about this planner all over the blogosphere, which is how I heard of it in the first place. I’ve gone through so many planners in my life and I have definite ideas about what I like and what I don’t like. Ironically, most school planners tend to a lot of the features I like but with necessary features that I don’t need. I was tempted to make my own, but I’m not a book binder and a three-ring binder is not my cup of tea. So, when I heard about this ‘Life Planner’ and then looked at it on the site, I was absolutely fascinated.

First, about Erin Condren. This site has a whole host of customizable and personalized items. Planners, gift tags, stationary, business or calling cards, and, most recently, iPhone cases. They come in many different designs and colors. Everything on the site looks like something I want in my life or would give to someone else. 🙂

Now onto the planner I just bought. I love the layout of this planner and all of the features. When it comes to a planner, I love a to have a month view, followed by the weekly view of that month. I don’t like to have the months all in one section, followed by all of the weeks of the year. (If that makes any sense at all.) This does exactly that. For the first month, October, I have a full month view followed by the weeks of October, Monday through Sunday, spread out onto two pages. There is also plenty of note space. It’s amazing how hard that can be to find in a lot of planners.

I also like to have a plenty of space to write in. My handwriting is pretty large and bubbly, so I can use up space quickly when I write. I don’t want to have to try and squeeze my writing into a tiny little space. This planner has plenty of writing space for me.

I also love how each month has it’s own color theme. I get bored easily so this esthetic is very nice for me. Plus it helps me remain organized. It’s pretty and functional. Speaking of pretty and functional, the outside of the planner is gorgeous! I love the color scheme I chose and the font of my name on the outside of the planner. The ring binding looks strong and since it’s clear plastic it’s not too distracting for me. The entire cover is laminate so it won’t get too messy. So it’s durable, yet beautiful.

In the back, after the all of the months there is more space for random notes and places to put important numbers. Then there is a section of stickers you can use for the planner. These are for event reminders that are pre-typed, as well as some blank stickers for your own use. They come in a lot of different colors to help suit your needs if you like to color coordinate. (Like me.)

Following these is a double-sided folder. You can keep important papers or lists or anything you need to take with you. There is also a clear zipper pack in the back that you can keep loose items in. (Erin includes some extra personalized labels for you to try out, as well as some round paperclips here. So generous!)

Overall, I’m really loving this planner! I’m going to be really using this hard to see if it works out for me. I really hope it does. I need to be more organized again and hopefully this will help me do it. Anyone else using this planner or something else to be organized?

Disclaimer: I was not sent this planner nor was I asked to review it by anyone. I bought it with my own money and for my own personal use. All opinions expressed here are my own and completely honest.


Busy November

October 24, 2011

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November is just around the corner and there is so much that will be going on! First of all, NaNoWriMo is next month. That is the National Novel Writing Month and I participate every year. Or at least I attempt to. I have yet to succeed in writing the full 50,000 words in one month, but I refuse to give up. As I mentioned before, I’m thinking about writing a steampunk novel. I recently have become obsessed with steampunk books and so I figure it’s best to write what I like. 🙂 So it’ll probably be end up being fantasy, but that’s about all I’ve got right now. I really need to start getting prepared this week. One more week to go!

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Next up is my trip to Orlando! This will be smack dab in the middle of the month, which will interfere with NaNoWriMo, but I refuse to not go. As I mentioned before, I’m going to Islands of Adventure to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’m so excited about this trip! I really need a vacation right now, so this is the perfect excuse to get out of here for a bit. I’m saving money for a ton of souvenirs! I want to try all of the food and drinks and want to get a ton of stuff for myself.

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And of course there is my birthday on the 14th of November. (That’s what this trip is for!) There is no need for me to post my age for the world to see. It’s enough to say that I’m just feeling really old right now. 😦 Let’s just say that I’m another year closer to 30 and it sucks. Anyway, that is my upcoming month. What are you guys doing in November?


WWW Wednesday

October 19, 2011

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Should Be Reading. All you have to do is answer three questions.

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?
I’m actually am between books right now, but I plan to start reading New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear. It’s actually a collection of short stories about Abigail Irene Garrett, a forensic sorceress, and Sebastien de Ulloa, a famous sleuth and vampire. I’ve recently become interested in the steampunk genre and now I’m officially obsessed. This is just the latest in a line of steampunk books that I’m devouring.

What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished reading The Steampunk Detective by Darrell Pitt. As is obvious, this was another steampunk book that I read. I really liked this one. It was very similar to Sherlock Holmes in that this duo solves crimes using the powers of deduction. However the assistant is a teenager that used to be from a family of acrobats. I hope the author plans to write more books in this universe, it’s definitely something I’d be interested in.

What do you think you’ll read next?
In wrapping up this weeks steampunk theme, I’ll be reading Writing Steampunk by Beth Daniels. This is actually in preparation for next month! Since I plan to participate in NaNoWriMo again, I wanted to do some research in advance. Since I’ve been obsessed with steampunk lately, I figure the best way to stay interested in what I’m writing it just to stick with what I like. So the plan for the moment, which is of course liable to change any second now, is to write a steampunk novel this year. So hopefully this book will get me in the mood for that. It’s supposed to have a really good historical context and some prompts for writing. Perfect!

What are you guys reading this week?