Summary of 2014

Hello and welcome to the summary of 2014. 🙂

This might be a bit of a weird layout but hopefully you guys are behind it. As I’ve successfully managed to follow my “resolution”, I’ve decided to do a kind of run through of each month? For some months there might not be a respective post, so I’ll write a memory that I meant to do a post about. That way you guys get posts that were probably promised but were never written about. Okay, that was really rambly. Oops.

January –

The definite highlight of January was releasing the cards I had designed and then promptly selling out of them. I’m not usually one to be proud of myself but that was something that still makes me happy to look back on!!

February –

With February came my birthday, which was pretty damn cool for the history lover inside of me!! I still can’t believe I own a CC41 item, even though I’m too scared to ever bring it out of my wardrobe in case I ruin it!

March/April –

At the end of March/beginning of April I reached another achievement by staying over at my grandparents’ house for the first time in absolutely ages. Sure I didn’t cope well with it (partly due to me overdoing it insisting I was fine *coughs*), but I’m still so pleased I managed it! 😀 I also went out with our neighbours first time, which I’m also proud of due to my anxiety of being out with other people!

July –

July was a little bit of a busy month what with going out to a local 1940s event and towards the end of the month having my pal up to stay with me, as it had been nearly 2 years since we’d seen each other!! It was so lovely to spend proper long time with each other (we’d never been able to do so before due to both of us having M.E) and we both can’t wait to do that again!

August –

As I recovered (kind of) from the visit from my pal, I whipped out this blog post on a wall hanging I made to commemorate WWI and a couple of days later I made another post on just a few of the people I knew at that time to have fought in the First World War. Again, not one to be proud of their own work, but those two I’m extremely pleased with! I also discovered a love in Lord of the Rings which, ya know, I believe to be a very good thing. I also began writing exciting things. *evil laughter*

September –

In September I made out on a good adventure like any proud Hobbit would. Even though parts of it were rough and I definitely suffered payback afterwards, I’m still really happy with it. Especially as it’s given me confidence to attempt another holiday next year (but I’m getting ahead of myself now).

October –

In October I turned appreciative, which is a thing I needed to do to sort my mind out. Although it was a bit of an iffy month, that most makes me happy because of the walks I went on. I keep proving my Hobbitness!

November –

November became exciting. After I’d got back my writing, I got back my violin-ness (new word). That was pretty cool. Understatement there . . . A few weeks after that we went out on a trip out to see Noel Fielding, which was awesome. November seemed to be the month I got a lot of me back. I really love theatres!

December –

Now we arrive in December! This month has been pretty quiet but the major thing was definitely going to the cinema and seeing The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. That was really cool. Apart from the crying at the end of the film. That was a bit uncool. xD

Wow this was much lengthier than I had imagined! It’s nice to have written this out though, because I’d seemingly forgotten the good stuff amongst a lot of the bad stuff. Very uplifting. 🙂 I hope you enjoyed this too, it’s like a masterpost of good things!

Well that’s all from me now. I end this year on a happy post and it is also my 100th! A very happy bonus! 😀 Thank you to everyone who made 2014 awesome!
I will see you all in 2015,
Jess x

Room tour (part two)

Hello all 🙂

I’m back after the short Christmas break and I hope you had a lovely Christmas (if you celebrate it). Mine was interesting to begin with and then pretty great, much laughter was had. 🙂 I’m now onto this post which (although I said was going to be about something entirely different) is basically an extension of part one. It’s a bit of a cheaty way to do it, but hey, you know me. 😉

First off, dad built the bookcase that I mentioned in said post a little while ago and it looks pretty fab! I still need to put a few more books on the shelves (like ones I got for Christmas and some that are yet to be bought) but it’s a big improvement on the last one!
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I also need to figure out a better way to organise them all but I’ll do that soon. Maybe. 😛

On holiday I bought a Middle Earth map which we finally got a frame for yesterday. It now sits next to my Sherlock Holmes poster! At the moment the frame kind of blends into the wall, but once I decide on what to paint the room, it’ll hopefully stand out more!

Not the best picture, eh?

Not the best picture, eh?

I’m so glad it’s up, now it won’t get dusty or damaged from lying on my desk! 😀

For Christmas I received a Rivendell poster which I’m really in love with! We also bought a frame for that yesterday and put it up.
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My room now has a kind of magical (not sure how else to describe it. Immersed in the realm of fantasy seems a bit too lengthy :P) feel to it alongside the history posters, which I need to rejig now as they had to be taken down to fit the map in!

That concludes the rather short room tour! As a little bonus I’ll add a couple of pictures from a walk I went on with dad this morning. I feel you need more pictures to make up for many posts without them!
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On that note I shall leave you. I have scheduled a post for the 31st as I’ll be busy, so hopefully I’ve done that right and everything will work smoothly! 😀
See you soon,
Jess x

It’s Christmas! (nearly)

Hello!

I just curled up on the sofa, in front of the tree, watching The Muppet Christmas Carol. I ended up having a little nap but once I woke up I saw this and now I feel excitement building up! 🙂
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The photo doesn’t quite do the glowyness justice, but there we are! This is the tree that mum decorates as dad and I aren’t allowed near it. Thankfully we do get our own one to pop in the kitchen and I think this year we did pretty well (no need for supervision!).
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Things still aren’t exactly ready for the 25th, presents aren’t finished or wrapped, but hey. That’s the fun of leaving things to the last minute because you thought you had plenty of time left. *coughs* At least the international gifts were sorted and arrived when they meant to!

On that note I shall go back to organising things and will (hopefully) see you before the year is out.
Best wishes to all you readers,
Jess x

Adventures

So I know I promised a post on Christmassy decorations (which will be coming soon, once I’ve finished decorating) but something else got in the way! 😀

If you are a fan of Tolkien – or Peter Jackson, actually – you will have probably heard about The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies coming out. It is the final film in The Hobbit series and the final (so they say, I’m wary after the Lord of the Rings “never again” proceeds to do The Hobbit scenario) film of Middle Earth. It was released over here on the 12th and my twitter feed was going slightly crazy over the fact.

Now, I don’t particularly like cinemas (theatres are more my kind of thing) but I was very tempted to say “sod it” and just go, purely because I don’t think I could’ve waited until the DVD, especially knowing that everyone else will have seen it. So I booked the tickets and the next day we were seeing the first 2D showing of it on release day. 😀

I obviously won’t spoil anything to do with the film, but I assure you I ended up crying and we were the last two in the cinema (there were about 8 other people with us and they left when the credits started rolling) listening to the beautiful song by Billy Boyd. I now can’t wait to get all the extended editions and have a marathon of them, very exciting!

Obviously after sitting through a very long film and having anxiety over it, then a very busy weekend it has made me one poorly person. I still have several things to do before Christmas (and a few blog posts actually! Want to cross the ones I’ve promised off the list before the new year) so I’m trying to rest as much as I can before finishing off those little bits. Fingers crossed I manage it!

I don’t think I have anything more to add but I’ll be sure to start sorting out the blog posts. 🙂
See you soon!
Jess x

Preparations

As much as I’d like to believe that there is plenty of time before Christmas to get things organised, there isn’t (sorry to those who may have already been freaking out!). I’m trying to remain as calm as I can but it’s proving difficult. Probably in comparison to most people’s lists of things to do, mine is relatively short, but it doesn’t feel that way!

My biggest focus is trying to get camera things organised. Who knew it’d be such a task to get film ready?! I know it’ll be worth it in the end, after all, having pictures you can hold in your hand pretty much instantly is wonderful. Plus it’s lovely to be able to put them in your photo albums (which mum and I keep meaning to do, but forget. Oops). I’m pretty much the chief photographer at big times of the year, so it generally lands on me to get handed the cameras and do my best. It is a little stressful making sure my own cameras are set up, though! Over on my Instagram I’ve been doing one of those daily photo challenge things, a relatively festive one which is quite nice. If you want to check it out you can do so here. It might tide you over until more photo filled Christmassy blog posts!

My other kind of preparations that need doing are decorating. It’s only the 4th of December and I want to decorate my room right this minute and take all the pictures ready for a blog post. I have promised myself that I’ll wait until this weekend, which is only a couple of days away, but even so, the temptation is there and it’s proving very hard to resist!

I still need to do a bit of Christmas shopping which I think I might do this weekend as dad is home. I’m sure he’ll be delighted to take me around the shops! 😀 Hopefully I won’t catch another viral something off somebody else, though. It seems to be going round at the moment, which is kind of good for boosting immune systems but not good so close to Christmas. Sigh!

You’ve probably noticed that there is now snow on the blog (which you can’t see very well due to the theme, oh well). It’s nice to know that it snows everywhere and not in real life, at least, not England. We’re due a cold winter though apparently, so maybe I’ll be able to dig out the teaspoons once snow falls!

As an added little note, we’re nearing 100 posts now, only four away! I’m thinking of doing a giveaway so if anyone is interested in that just let me know and I’ll see what I can do. 🙂
With that said, I’m off now!
See you soon,
Jess x