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Inside the Theme: Time Travel

The theme for December is Time travel, some real tough ones in there this month. You can see the original post, with the rest of the prefect answers here. My answers are below.

1) You’re a time traveller, what is your chosen vehicle or device that allows you to cross the continuum?

I would have an elaborate pocket watch as my time travel device, there is something magical about pocket watches – I’ve always wanted one.

2) What historical event would you choose to go back and witness in person?

I would go to 28th June 1838 to watch the coronation of Queen Victoria, I remember being fascinated by the whole of the Victorian era when I was in school, and my town is very proud of its Victorian heritage.

3) Do you, like The Doctor, take along a companion? Tell us why, and if applicable, who.

Normally when I go places I like to take a companion with me, but I think if I was travelling time I’d have too much other stuff to worry about, so I’d go solo, unless it was a time travel expedition for a birthday present for a friend or something.

4) If you could travel to any point in time, would you try to change anything or do you think that altering the course of history is even possible?

This is such a hard question, all I know is that your villagers in Animal Crossing get real mad if you disappear for 2 years and come back to town full of weeds.

5) What is your favourite book about time travel?

I really want to say HP: Prizoner of Azkaban for this, because Harry Potter – but I feel like that doesn’t count somehow. So my other pick for this is Outlander by Diane Gabaldon – have you seen Jamie Frazer in the show? Who wouldn’t want to get lost in that time period!

– girlinthenerdshop

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A Year In Review: 2015

So, I just re-read my ‘Goals post’ for the start of this year, what an eye opener… if you want to read that post in full, you can find it here.

I chose three main categories to focus on this year: Upgrade, Organise and Share. Just looking back on that it seems incredibly vague…

The first category UPGRADE: I specifically mentioned new trainers here. I did that, so that is one job off the list. We did buy some new bookshelves this year, but I wasn’t replacing any old ones, we are just short of shelves / have too many books.

Next we had ORGANISE: I still leave things to the last minute, that hasn’t changed. Although I have been keeping on top of things like groceries and appointments and the like. I bought a different box for my Postcrossing cards to live in, it’s prettier than the last box they were housed in. My cloffice is still in exactly the same state as it was when I wrote that post, if not worse. Yikes, fail.

Final category was SHARE: As you can likely tell from my massive blogging hiatus this year, I didn’t manage to do much of the sharing online. I did do my fair share of swaps and sending of happy post to my friends. I think I lost focus with the blog, and I didn’t really know what I wanted to achieve, I’m working to get back on top of things.

We can’t forget the obligatory reading challenge, that was a success. I’m very good at reading, it is my go to hobby when I need something to do. I always have a book on me, never leave home without one.

So, what did I do this year that is noteworthy? I was made a prefect over at IGGPPC in October, so I have done a lot of stuff for my favourite online community. I have even learned some new skills through this, like making graphics to make monthly challenges look a bit more exciting. I have a few more months left in this role, so I will continue to do all I can to make fun things for my iggles to do on a monthly basis.

I guess that we have been focusing quite a lot on the business this year as we grow and change. We have been running a lot more events this year, and getting our name out into the gaming community in general. We have run regional level events for multiple card games, and these have been incredibly successful. We do have some potentially very exciting news coming up for this business next year – so please keep your fingers crossed for this. I am hoping that it all works out, as the stress is really ramping up.

Looking back on this year it doesn’t really feel like I have achieved a great deal, my goals were very vague. I think I wrote them like that on purpose as the year before I picked specific things and when I didn’t achieve them it was a little disheartening, I think I will have to re-evaluate [again] how I choose the things that I want to do in the year.

I have had a couple of ideas already for some challenges that I want to set myself, but we shall see how they pan out.

How was your year? Did you achieve all of the things you aimed to?

– girlinthenerdshop

My Year In Books

Goodreads are very wonderful at this time of year and they have given me stats for what I have achieved reading wise. My initial reading goal for the year was 100 books, to match my total from the year before. I smashed it this year! I had read 100 books by the middle of July, so I upped my total a couple of times, until I stopped at 130. Goodreads informs me that I have now read 154 books. I’m not sure that I will finish any more books this year, it would be nice to add another to the total to make it a nice multiple of five.
If you look at the breakdown of books, most of the things I read this year were trade paper backs or graphic novels… I don’t really know how this makes me feel. Sometimes it makes me feel like I am cheating to increase my total – as a trade paperback will normally only take me an hour or so to read so I can get through several in a day quite easily. Less than 50 of the books I read this year were actual novels, so I’m going to try and rejig how I work my reading challenge next year. I still want to record the graphic novels I read, but I want to make more of an effort to read more novels.
How do you factor comic books into your reading goals for the year?
Below is my year in books.

Img totallargel 2x 154 books, 35,477 pages

SHORTEST BOOK
36 pages
The Dark  by Lemony Snicket
LONGEST BOOK
766 pages
Harry Potter and the Order of th…
by J.K. Rowling
AVERAGE LENGTH
235 pages
 
MOST POPULAR
4,050,573 people also read
Harry Potter and the Philosopher…
by J.K. Rowling
LEAST POPULAR
19 people also read Hero Cats Volume 1 by Marcus Williams
MY AVERAGE RATING FOR 2015

3.6
HIGHEST RATED ON GOODREADS
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
by J.K. Rowling
4.57 average
MY 2015 BOOKS
really liked it
it was amazing
 – girlinthenerdshop

 

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Getting To Know You Holiday Edition

So, it’s nearly Christmas… and to try and get myself more in the festive spirit, I thought I would fill out the questionnaire I found over at IGGPPC. Go over there to check out some of the other answers.

1. Favorite holiday movie? I think Home Alone is the quintessential Christmas movie for me, it’s on every year. And I’m a sucker for romantic comedies too, so you can’t go wrong with bit of Love Actually. [As a side note when all of the Harry Potter movies came out on DVD in December, I got them each year, so I consider them rather Christmassy too!]

2. What are 3 things on your wish list this year? The bag I’ve been using every day for 3 years is starting to wear out and the strap is slowly falling apart; so I’m dreaming of an identical replacement so I don’t get new bag stress [totally a thing]. I’m also hoping for some sort of fancy chocolate and some comics.

3. Does it snow where you live? It does snow on the coast, but it doesn’t normally last very long. I’m told it’s something to do with the salt in the air.

4. Which winter holiday do you celebrate? Christmas all the way.

5. Worst gift you’ve ever gotten? I couldn’t possibly comment on the internet as to what that was – but there have been some very bizarre picks over the years.

6. Biggest pet peeve about the holiday season? My biggest pet peeve is the people that go out in clothing inappropriate for cold weather, and then complain about how cold they are. That is not cool.

7. Favorite seasonal song? Can’t go wrong with a little Mariah Carey at this time of year.

8. Would you rather it be cold and cloudy, or be kind of warm out? I like it to be actually cold in the Winter, because that is what I’m used to. Either cloudy or rain is fine, but I hate it when it’s windy.

9. Hot chocolate or eggnog? Hot chocolate, especially the minty kind.

10. Favorite thing to wear during the holiday season? Last year I introduced a new family tradition of wearing silly knit hats. I wore a Christmas pudding. My mother doesn’t know it, but this year I got her a singing Christmas Tree. I cannot wait to see her in it!

11. Anybody you’re hoping to bump into under the mistletoe? There is a certain someone I’d like to meet there, and I’m sure he’d like to meet me there too.

12. Embarrassing holiday story? Every year since I moved into this house something has happened that has made it a story worth telling. Some are traditional stories, like the year I forgot to defrost the turkey, or the year that the weather destroyed my roof and it started raining inside the house.

13. Favorite holiday treat? Anything chocolate orange.

14. Latest you’ve stayed up on New Year’s Eve? Back in the days of yore when I was but a young woman in my prime I’d manage to stay up until 2 or 3 in the morning. Lately, you’re lucky if I make it all the way to midnight. I’m not a massive fan of NYE.

15. Favorite holiday character? I have a thing for gingerbread men being printed on stuff this year… does that count?

16. What are you doing for the holidays this year? We’re having 2 Christmases this year. One with each set of parents. I am hosting for my parents and brother. Let’s keep all our fingers crossed that nothing worth noting happens.

17. Favorite pie flavor? erm… this isn’t a holiday tradition we do. So pass!

18. Your favorite holiday tradition growing up? I have always loved decorating for Christmas, we and my mum would get the boxes of decorations out and spend all day making the house sparkle. I decorate my tree in the same order to this very day.

19. White lights or colored lights? White lights

20. What tops your tree? A star

21. Candy canes – Yum or Yuck?  Yuck, I don’t like peppermint on it’s own.

22. Favorite gift ever received? When I was about 8 I got a Playmobil townhouse, my grandparents helped med build it and I played with it everyday for years. Even after I moved out of my parents place, the house stayed build until a couple of years ago. It’s now in a box in my house waiting until I have space to have it built again.

23. Favorite seasonal activity? I like spending time with people, and sharing treats with them. It’s nice to see the smile on their faces.

24. Favorite seasonal story? The Jolly Christmas Postman it was a favourite of mine since I was a tiny one.

25. Which of the “12 Days of Christmas” would you most like to receive?  I will take some ladies dancing if I can please. Ready made party.

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Inside the Theme: Dark Fairy Tales

This was the first edition of Inside the Theme that I took part in, I thought that as my blog has been fairly quiet lately, I should use things that I have already written to inspire me to get back into the swing of things. If you want to see the full post including all the other prefects answers… here is where that happens

  1. Your favourite dark fairy tale and why?

Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s Beauty and the Beast , has Belle kept captive like in the Disney version, however, the original beast proposes marriage every night and she constantly turns him down. She is allowed a reprieve and goes to visit her family – she finds out that the beast is dying from a broken heart and she goes back to him.

  1. If you were a member of the Sidhe (or part of the fairy folklore world) what kind of fae would you be?

I would be a water nymph, as I always feel more at home in the water. I could imagine making a nice lake my home.

  1. As a child, what was the spookiest part of October for you?

The scariest part of October was always the shortening of the days. By the end of the month it would be dark on the way home from school – I’ve always hated that about the winter – the cold and the dark.

  1. You are planning a feast for fairies, what do you serve?

I would serve a lot of sweet things, like berries, tiny morsels of cakes, a whole table full of different things.

  1. What artist best captures your image of what a dark fairy tale looks like?

The artwork from the video game Alice Madness Returns really captures what a dark fairy tale is for me. It’s so vibrant, yet you can see the dark and twisted undertones. If you haven’t played that game I can highly recommend it.

– girlinthenerdshop

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Inside the Theme: 90’s Edition

So, a little bit of an introduction here: Each month at IGGPPC there is a theme for the penpal pairing round, and they give questions for people to use as blog fodder. The prefects are joining in with the fun now, so if you want to see this blog post in context then you can go over here

On with the questions:

1. Tell us your favourite memory from the 90’s:

Toys! Beanie babies – I loved those things. I had hundreds of the damn things, from jellyfish to bears. And Polly Pocket, back in the day when the whole playset fit in your pocket not just the little figures.

2. What album best captures the spirit of the 90’s for you?

I think the Spice Girls album Spice covers it all, as a tiny human being – me and all of my friends wanted to be one of the Spices (I was always Posh Spice if you were wondering)

3. What is your favorite 90’s TV show?

During the 90’s I would have to say it was the cartoon Rugrats, there was something about those babies and all the mischief they got up to. I loved their adventures, and looked forward to them every day after school.

4. Summarize your experience of the 90’s in one sentence.

I was very short, and grumpy.

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“Look how short my legs are!”

 

5. If you could be a fictional character from the 90’s who would you be and why?

I would be Clarissa. She always had all of the answers, and she had the best bedroom I have ever seen.

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2015 Goals

Goals… goals, goals, goals. Indeed.

It’s hard to think what I want to be doing with myself this year… Running a business takes up a lot of time and effort, and in the evening and at weekends [when we have them spare] I don’t really want to be pushing myself to be doing all that much.

The things that I came up with for this year fall into three main categories. Upgrade, Organise and Share.

The first category UPGRADE: what I mean by this, is finally getting around to all the things I’ve been meaning to do for yonks. It includes buying a pair of trainers to replace the Nikes I’ve had for 6 years, they have holes all over and I have a bad feeling that they will soon be able to talk back to me. I’m very picky with footwear, so it takes me a long time to let go of such a trusty pair. I will do it though. I deserve a treat. I also intend to replace some of the tired looking things for the house.

Next  we have ORGANISE: Lately I’ve been leaving things until the last minute to deal with. Or letting things mount up until it feels like too much of a job to deal with. My main goal in this category is to sort out my postcards from PostCrossing, I want to display them in such a way that they are nice to look at, and pleasing on the eye. There must be a better way than shoving them in a box. I also want to make the most of my cloffice space. There is a lot that needs to be done here … I need to get a boit creative with the space, as it is mainly a wardrobe room. We’ll get there.

Final category is SHARE: This covers a multitude of things. Part of this will be sharing with you guys, I want to talk more about my hobbies on the blog. Be this showing off swap goodies, writing about subscription boxes or crafty things that I’ve been getting up to. I want to tell you about it. So that is a thing I’ll be adding this year. I also want to do more happy mail projects this year, you know, spreading a little bit of love to the world in the form of trinkets and notes to people that make me smile, or that deserve a smile.

There is also the obligatory reading challenge, I’m sticking to the same format as last year for now. I plan to read 100 books again, if not more. I hope that I get there, but if I don’t at least I’m back reading again after a couple of months off books at the end of this year.

Last year I took on too many swaps and projects at the same time, so I plan to spread them out better this year. I don’t want to overcommit. I’m going to try to limit myself to two swaps a month. Princess Penpals is currently on the back burner, but I am hoping to get back on this and get my second letter out soon. If you don’t know what that is… then go and check it out here!

That’s all for now, I know that a lot of this isn’t groundbreaking, but these are what we have to work with. My constant attempts at healthy eating and being more active still toddle on in the background, I’m finding food a chore right now, and I dislike winter greatly, so these things will come back with time.

What are your goals for this year? Did you make any resolutions this year?

– girlinthenerdshop

 

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My Postcrossing Stats 2014

What follows is my stats from postcrossing this year, I didn’t really do all that much, I am going to make more of an effort to do more this year.

In 2014 my mailbox was happy 29 days!

Your numbers
2014 Ever
Postcards sent 45 72
Postcards received 37 74
Country ranking
Rank
By sent 1618th
By distance 1622nd

Country distribution

In 2014 you sent postcards to…

postcards sent

Country Sent Travel (avg)
Germany 9 4
U.S.A. 7 8
Netherlands 5 3
Russia 5 25
Ukraine 4 22
Belarus 3 35
China 2 46
Czech Republic 2 5
Finland 1 9
France 1 4
Hong Kong 1 67
Japan 1 97
Macao 1 15
Poland 1 3
Portugal 1 14
Taiwan 1 11

In 2014 you received postcards from…

postcards sent

Country Received Travel (avg)
Germany 8 9
Netherlands 7 3
Russia 5 21
Finland 3 21
Belarus 1 17
Belgium 1 3
Canada 1 5
Czech Republic 1 7
Japan 1 10
Latvia 1 9
Portugal 1 18
Romania 1 6
Rwanda 1 36
Spain 1 4
Sweden 1 9
Taiwan 1 14
U.S.A. 1 8
Ukraine 1 9
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2014: Year in Review

Howdy folks

In the traditional fashion, it’s time to look back on what happened last year.

These were the goals that set for myself at the beginning of the year:

1. Stop buying books until you get through the backlog

1a. Only buy a new book when you’ve finished reading one

1b. Read lots *sigh*

2. Be more crafty

3. Complete Lego Marvel Superheroes to 100%

4. Bake more

5. 365 Day Photo Challenge

I was very successful in my reading lots goal, I read 103 books… you can see that on goodreads. I read widely in the YA fiction and fantasy areas of books. I also started reading graphic novels for the first time in July. This really does boost the numbers, as you can get through those bad boys really quickly.

Be more crafty… this is a pretty vague goal. I did complete a few craft projects, I made a felt Lumpy Space Princess, I made stationery for a swap, I have made things with Hama beads. I know that I could have done more, and there were lots of things that I had planned, but I commited to too many swaps last year, so my time was spread too thinly across too many projects.

Lego Marvel? I didn’t complete this one. In my 6 month update I had managed about 33% of the game, and since then I didn’t really play it that much more. I think I got to about 40% and not much more. I think this one was just too big, and a lot of the races were in the sky, so I was really struggling to complete them. I’m not sure if I’ll go back to this game, it’s unlikely. I am in a reading phase at the moment … so it could be worse.

I wonder why I picked baking as a goal for the year. I baked less this year than I have done in previous years. I baked courgette cake, and I made cupcakes for Halloween – that is the extent of that culinary endevour. I miss baking… but I’m not going to stress out about it.

The last goal was the Photo-A-Day challenge, which I surprised myself by completing. I got rather behind in the last few months of the year in uploading them on a regular schedule, but we got there in the end. It’ll be really cool to be able to look back on those photos and the memories that they have.

So, those weren’t the only things I did last year. I achieved things outside of those goals. And I’m even going to tell you about them.

I really got my iggle on this year, I took part in a tonne of swaps this year, from Christmas in July to stickers an Advent Calendar swap. Through these swaps I have made so many new friends, people that I talk to everyday [as well as writing].

I also did a moderate amount of postcard sending through postcrossing, this is something that I’m going to continue, and hopefully do more of this year… I love to travel the world through the postcards I get. [I’m going to do a post with my stats for the year from postcrossing]

As I said above, I started reading grapic novels. I started a collection too, I have acquired a great number of trade paperbacks this year. At the rate the collection is growing I’m going to have to get some new shelves sorted out!

I got a Ranger to level 80 in Guild Wars 2. I started playing in Novemver, and now my main character is top level, with pretty good gear. I’m not a massively serious player [honestly, even though I levelled fast]. I enjoy this game for how pretty it is, I could just log on and run around the map. I aimed to complete an area at a time, which was incredibly satisfying. My favourite part so far has been the Wintersday event, which has had an extra set of daily mission to do in a snow filled wonderland.

We had a substanstial amount of work done at the house, we had to have the roof replaced after storm damage last winter. This took a long time, and having the workmen in the vicinity was quite draining. We also got some prep done for other rooms in the house, but no other major projects were completed. We have some plans to get the book room sorted out soon, and fingers crossed we might get something else done this year too [no promises!]

I can’t neglect the fact that we had a busy year in Acme either. It is quite a challenge to run your own business, but we made it through another year [looking over the numbers on New Year’s Eve was such treat!]

I’m sure there were some other things that I was going to mention here too, but I think I’ve talked for long enough now.

What are you proud of achieving this year?

– girlinthenerdshop

 

Photo 365 Update

Hello folks,

I know it’s been an awfully long time since I did a picture post for my 365 challenge, don’t fear – I am still going. I just got behind [again] on uploading the pictures to my laptop… and then once you do get behind – it’s a rather daunting task to get back on top of things again.

Here is a picture of Noodle not caring to tide you over [bonus picture not from my dailies!]

 

Party over where?

Party over where?

– girlinthenerdshop

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