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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.

 

Travel

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!

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Hobbies

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…

Gaming

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!

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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.

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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?
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Spring cleaning

Spring is I’m the air! At least, it would be if it hadn’t snowed for the last few days.

And so, with that in mind, as soon as I got back from the USA (after I had the best sleep-in ever) I cleaned out my room with the help of my mother. I can’t honestly remember the last time I purged my closet, so it was clearly long overdue.

We first attacked the wardrobe. I find it really hard to make a decision on weather or not to throw something out, so I usually just end up keeping it. If you’re anything like me, get someone to help you go through your stuff. I needed someone to help make snap decisions and ensure I didn’t make choices based on sentimentality over my stuff. Reading Brittany’s post on purging her closet over at Va-Voom Vintage really helped out!

I realised I needed to be a lot more honest with myself about what to keep and what not to keep. Did I still wear it? Clearly being away for a year and not missing 90% of the items in the wardrobe was answer enough. Was it my style? I’ll get to that shortly, as I’m purging my closet with a… refit in mind. So no, to most of it. Is it flattering? Most of my clothes were hoodies, “comfy” pants and tshirts. Comfortable, yes. Flattering, not so much. I’m one of the girls who deals with Busty Girl Problems and about 98% of all tshirt designs end up looking distorted. So sadly, most of them are now becoming a tshirt quilt.

Next was the bookshelves. I went through all my books and am selling any books I either haven’t read, or probably won’t read again. Getting an ereader has helped cut down on shelf space. I adore books, but I don’t have the space to justify two groaning bookshelves in my room alone. There’s another few bookshelves in the study and my brothers room. Yeah, I have a problem.

So, as a result, I now have a much lighter wardrobe (the re-theming of which I’ll post about later) and much, much lighter bookshelves.

Clearing out a whole bunch of manga, old Doctor Who books and other fiction I’m probably not going to read again gives me room to display all the books I do want to keep. I have a buttload of Bleach manga, as you can see! Getting rid of all my old CDs has left me with a CD display case my grandmother painted for me. So, instead I’ve put all my Nintendo DS game cases in there, whereas they were previously shoved away in a box somewhere.

These are all the books I’m selling. Some will be on TradeMe and others on the New Zealand Cosplay Forums; I have a few manga items that need to go.

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When was the last time your wardrobe got a good clean out? Do you have any special methods for being ruthless, or do you find it easy to spring clean?