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Year in Review and Days Off

I’ve not done a year in review before, so I’m going by a few templates of other bloggers!

Life in General

2014 was a huge year for me. The biggest thing being that I finished my Disney International Program and returned home to New Zealand, starting a new job. There were ups and downs, with the ups being Disney and the downs being leaving Disney. But that’s not to say there’s not the good things about being back home.



Obviously, travel was a huge part of 2014 for me, because most of it was spent overseas. Once I finished in Orlando I went to visit my brother in Guelph, Ontario, just outside of Toronto.


I also went to New York City with my friend Courtney and managed to see pretty much everything I wanted to in the course of a few days, crossing off a lot from my bucket list, including seeing Wicked on Broadway!

I also went to Los Angeles again and had a fantastic time catching up with another friend before heading home.

Finally, back in New Zealand, I went to Hobbiton with Courtney and Chelsea; something I’d been wanting to do ever since I saw the first Lord of the Rings film!



2014 wasn’t such a huge year for my usual hobbies of cosplay, gaming and reading. Mainly because I tried to make the most of my remaining time in Orlando by doing all the things, instead of playing games and cosplaying characters that would be there later. I aim to change this in 2015, with costumes and reading being high on my priorities. More about the reading part in another blog post shortly…


Like I said above, there wasn’t too many games I played in 2014, but I did manage to finish the WindWaker HD and Mario Kart 8 when I was visiting my brother and I started Twilight Princess for the first time. Having a WiiU when I got back helped kickstart my gaming bug again. Once I got back, I also got back into Star Trek Online and now I have a Federation and Romulan character.

I really want to start a gaming blog, but I have way too much on my online to-do list, so we’ll see…

Days Off

I managed to meet up today with a good friend of mine who will be returning to Japan soon. We went to high school and university together, but we haven’t seen each other in about three years. A bunch of high school and uni friends met up over the holidays and it was so nice to see everyone again after so long.

I’ve been going out with my parents a bit into Frankton for coffee. Queenstown has really expanded in the time I’ve been away, but it’s nice to see our favourite coffee shop/restaurant still here after a while. It’s a Thai restaurant open for lunch and dinner. They do the most divine BBQ pork buns and doughnuts!

I went to see the final Hobbit film again today (and now have bookmarked all the fix-it fic for reading tonight!) and went for a walk after we got home to try out some settings on my new camera.

The golden hour doesn’t really hit until about 9.30pm for us at the moment due to our location on earth and daylight savings time. So while I really want to get out there during that time, it’s not really feasible when most of my family have work early the next day.

The dog followed me most of the way home! Such a cutie.

I took my Thorin figurine out for an adventure. My mum got him for me when the first Hobbit film came out to match the Lord of the Rings figurines I had from when I was younger and the original films came out. I tried taking my Legolas one out with him, but the wind was too strong and he kept falling over. Damn elvish waifishness.

Now that the crazy busy time at work seems to be coming to an end, I hope to be posting a little bit more. See ya soon!


Blog Challenge: Introduction and a Recent Photo

1714 My name is Evelyn, I’m 24 years old and I was born in Australia and now live in New Zealand.

In August 2014 I completed my Disney College Program in Orlando, Florida. I can honestly say this experience changed my life so much; meeting the most amazing people, experiencing living overseas again and, of course, working at the most magical place on earth!

I’m a geek, a bibliophile and an ardent feminist. I believe in social, political and economic equality for everyone.

I have been online since I was a young teenager, starting out blogging on Livejournal where my white teenager-ness really shone through. I’ve come a long way since then, but I still love the same tv shows and books I was writing about then, so maybe I haven’t changed that much.

I taught myself HTML through the Neopets tutorials for my petpages and it all kinda grew from there. I now have a whole collection of websites, all unfinished, and I’m struggling to teach myself Bootstrap, perfect my CSS and get a better grasp on PHP. This is why I regret studying hospitality instead of computer science.

Speaking of which, I currently work as a guest services agent at a five star resort, which is not nearly as fancy as it sounds.

So, my question for this week; How would you introduce yourself at a dinner party? This is one of those situations where you have to sum yourself up into a sentence to a total stranger, which can be super daunting.

For myself, I usually go with, “Hi, my name’s Evelyn and I work at the [name of hotel].”

One day I hope to be able to say “Hi, my name’s Evelyn and I’m an author,” but we’ll see how it goes.


31 Day Blog Challenge

I found this great challenge over on Cherie’s blog, Like a Lady, and thought I’d give it a go. It’s probably the worst possible timing as I’m planning to participate in NaNoWriM again this year (and have done a grand total of 0% planning so what the hell?) but I might take it a little slower than 31 days and plan to get it done by the end of the year to usher in 2014.

(I’ll update this list with links as I go, or you can browse via the tag.)

  1. Introduction and recent photo
  2. 20 facts about you
  3. Your favourite quote
  4. What are you afraid of?
  5. 10 songs you love right now
  6. Your five senses right now
  7. Your pet hates
  8. What’s in your handbag?
  9. What are your worst habits?
  10. What’s your best physical feature?
  11. List 15 of your favourite things
  12. What’s inside your fridge?
  13. What is your earliest memory?
  14. If you won the lottery…
  15. Timeline of your day
  16. Whats at the top of your bucket list?
  17. What is your most proud moment?
  18. The meaning behind your blog name
  19. What do you collect?
  20. A difficult time in your life
  21. Your 10 favourite foods
  22. The best thing to happen this year
  23. Your dream job
  24. Your favourite childhood book
  25. Your 5 favourite blogs
  26. An old photo of you
  27. Post your favourite recipe
  28. What are you looking forward to?
  29. Where have you travelled?
  30. What’s in your makeup bag?
  31. Why do you blog?

Things I would do if I won the lottery

(Hopefully I can use this as a reference one day so I remember what to spend all my money on!)

1. Make a fandom bar: An idea spread around tumblr. So y’know how bars play sports? Why not one that plays TV shows and movies? Doctor Who in one corner, Supernatural in another, maybe the Marvel movies in the lounge? Discounts to cosplayers, themed nights, premiere parties, themed drinks, season finale specials with tissues provided, DnD areas, etc. I know you have to have rights to play tv shows and movies in a public area, but… I can dream.

2. Set up a trust: Make sure a kid who wouldn’t usually have the opportunity can go study languages or fashion design or whatever floats their boat.

3. Fix my parents’ house: It’s not actually that bad, but they haven’t finished everything they’d like. So I’d do that.

4. Have a billion sponsor children: I have a sponsor child in Zambia and I love getting letters from them. It’s really wonderful and I’d love to help out families all over the world.

5. Go to the airport and buy the next flight out: Don’t care where, I just want to go.

6. Travel everywhere: No, really. Set foot on every continent, see all the places I’ve read about in books and seen in movies. Take a river cruise on the Danube, touch the Great Wall, eat spaghetti in Italy, go to Grenoble. Whatever and wherever I wanted.

7. Buy Tony Stark’s house: Alright, at a heafty $25, 000, 000 this one might be a little much. If everyone in Australia gave $1 we could all just afford it. But the plan would be; buy this house and sell it off in a timeshare type of manner for fans of the movies. I mean there’s 11,000 square feet of space here, you can book out the house or just one room, depending on how much you buy in or want to pay. And maybe have a charity weekend where kids come and can meet Marvel characters or something. Either way, I think a giant Marvel fandom party would be so much fun, especially if it was in Tony Stark’s mansion. Just remember to lock the suits up.

8. Pay off my debts, like student loans. *creys*

9. Grant wishes for people. If someone made an awesome cosplay, but didn’t have the money to go to SDCC? Or if their favourite band was doing a farewell tour everywhere but in their country? Or if someone (anyone) had never been to a Disney park??

10. Save, invest, budget and do all the other important things.

What would be some of the things you would do if you won the lottery?

Daily Life

I hate computers

I didn’t have the energy to post something in the last week.

I just started a new job as a guest services agent (GSA) at a nearby hotel. The atmosphere is great, the leadership team seem like good people (one I actually worked with at the previous hotel I worked at) and the opportunities for inter-company transfers and promotion seem wonderful. So I’m excited to get started.

However, and I’m sure I’m not the only one, I hate this period of work.

I hate hate hate going to a new job in the first few weeks because I usually have no freaking idea what I’m doing. At all.

It’s frustrating to know that you will eventually learn your way around the building, and everyone’s names, and the computer system. But for those two or three weeks, I’m stuck looking stupid in front of guests as I’m not entirely sure where their room is.

Nevertheless, I’m really looking forward to working with this company and perhaps even carving out a future with it, provided I can move overseas first!

So here’s to new careers!