Where I’ve Been

Hello my lovelies!

Wow, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? I’ve really neglected my little corner of the Internet and I won’t bother making up excuses why. Things have just been crazy and I’ve not been terribly good at time management as of late. But I’m back! And I promise to be more diligent. I thought today I’d just kick off with a bit of an update post, to let you all know where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to recently.

(Also, I’ve spent a chunk of time lately going through and revising my old book review posts. You can now find them all under the tab, Books > Book Review, or right here, if you’re interested in giving those a read.)

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At the end of August, I made my bittersweet return home from Florida. On the one hand, I was so sad to be leaving Florida, my home away from home but on the other hand, I was eager to get back to my proper home and get back into the swing of things. My journey home was actually a bit of a milestone moment for me, as it was the first time that my boyfriend and I travelled by plane without my parents. Taking a flight alone just the two of us was huge - if you suffer from travel anxiety like me, then you’ll get why. I was so nervous about the flight, but it all went very smoothly and I’m glad to have finally gotten it out of the way.

Coming home was also a pretty big deal as it meant returning to uni. As I mentioned this summer in my ‘Why I Took A Break From University’ post, I decided to take a year-long break from school after my first year, to sort things out and put the focus on my mental health. Returning to uni was so. freaking. nervewracking. But it went quite well! I’m only taking 3 courses this term - a Jane Austen literature course, a Women’s History course, and a Mental Health & Addictions course - so my course load has been lightened a bit and I can put more of an equal focus on my studies and my mental health. If you didn’t already know, I’m working towards my Honours BA in English & Cultural Studies (a four-year program I’ve completed a year of so far) and I’ve recently added onto that a Minor in History!

Unfortunately, being back in school means less time to spend with my boyfriend. Even though we live together, we have very opposite schedules. Most days, as he’s pulling up into the driveway in his car, I’m pulling out in my own and we just wave at each other through the window. He’s also got a far heavier course load than I have, what with being a Psychology major and all. Needless to say, it’s been difficult to make time for our relationship lately. That being said, it was recently our 5-year anniversary! We’ve been together for a quarter of our lives. Time really does fly. We had a lovely anniversary dinner at a local restaurant, had a few drinks, and just enjoyed some time alone. For our anniversary, my bf gifted me the Enchanted Disney Belle diamond promise ring. It’s absolutely stunning!! I was completely speechless about how thoughtful and genuine of a gift it was.

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I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that this past weekend was my town’s annual fall fair! I love these fairs, you guys. They’re so wonderful and autumnal and nostalgic. My town is extremely small (at least to my standards, 10,000 is small) and very proud of our history - the fair has been running since 1873 so the historic aspect of the fair is really important. As my town is in the country, it’s only right that our fair is a typical county fair, complete with a demolition derby, midway, and tons of competitions of farm animals, food, needlework, and even pumpkins and hay! I never imagined I’d live in such a small town, coming from somewhere like Mississauga, but I could never leave the small town life now. I love the country sooo much.

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On a very exciting note, I finally got my hair done! Early this year (like maybe February?) I got a tiny bit of blonde put into my hair, but decided that I wanted some real blonde highlights for the summer, to lighten up my hair. I’d gotten the blonde highlights put in last summer as well, but after I had it done again this year, I just wasn’t feeling the blonde as much as before *shrugs*. So when I came home from Florida, I got my hair dyed back to a solid colour for the fall, except this time I went a shade or two darker than my natural shade and now it’s a dark chocolate brown. I LOVE IT. It feels sooo good to be a brunette again. I feel very autumnal, indeed.

So that’s really it for me. I’ve babbled on for quite a bit here haha, but oh well! In the next few weeks I’ve got a lot going on, including another trip to Florida for my reading week! We’ll be heading to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and, as usual, I’ll be sure to post about those - especially my super-secret costume for Not So Scary!! So keep a look out for that :)

Hope you’re all doing well!

Felicia x

Chit-Chat Update

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Hello lovelies! As I'm writing this, it is 8 o'clock on a Monday morning and I'm awake, which is something that hasn't occurred in a very long time, possibly not since high school. Typically, when it's up to me, like it is today, I'm in bed until at least ten o'clock, sometimes even noon when my boyfriend has to come upstairs and drag my sorry ass out of bed. Yes, he even does the 'pull the covers off me and yank me by the legs' bit. I'm NOT a morning person. But for some reason, I've been up since seven and oddly enough.... now don't quote me on this.... but I'm enjoying it!! I've got my coffee, I've done some reading, and I'm ready to get on with my day.

With all this free time to sit and stare out the window from my fav chair and ~think~, it occurred to me for the first time that I have not written a Friday Thoughts post in uhhhh ages. Hell, I can't even remember the last time I posted one?? As it turns out, my life isn't especially exciting and I can't justify posting weekly updates anymore. Only so many ways you can say, 'This week, I drank a lot of coffee and read a bunch of books'. Sooooo instead, I thought that today I'd do a bit of a chit-chatty post to update you all with what's been going on with my life recently. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, and get cozy!

My family has been busy as ever with booking our triad of mini vacays for the summer. Lately, it's been all talk about flights, and hotel bookings, and all that jazz. As usual, we'll be spending the summer in our vacation home in Florida, but we like to take one or two - or three!!! - little trips while we're down there. When in Rome, am I right??? As a travel agent, my dad gets pretty awesome hotel rates for my family, so we like to take advantage of that. My mum and I are actually the ones starting off with our own short mother-daughter trip to Nashville in June. I love Nashville. Have ever since I first visited last summer. But this time is going to be even more special because I'll be seeing the great Paul Simon perform on his farewell tour - a literal once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I cannot wait for that. And then in August, my whole family, including my bf, are doing a two-part trip for my 20th birthday. We'll be starting off with a stay at Walt Disney World's Port Orleans French Quarter resort for a few days, over my birthday. My bf and I loved our staycation there last summer so much that we decided to return again, this time with my parents! After that, we'll be off to Miami to spend a few days at my fav, the Grand Beach Hotel which is right by the ocean. I stayed there in 2014 and fell in love. I'm sooooo ready to get back there and just soak in the sun for a few days!!

The Oscar's are coming up very soon, as you probably know. For the first time like ever, I've been trying to watch as many nominated films as I can before the awards air. This year, I'll actually watch the Oscar's with an opinion instead of rooting for films because I like the actors in it. So far, I've watched Lady Bird and I, Tonya, which were both at the top of my must-see list. I quite liked them both, although I'd probably be more likely to watch I, Tonya again, than Lady Bird. I thought Allison Janney was FANTASTIC in it. Though I mayyyy be biased. She is one of my fav actresses, after all.

February is my bf's birthday month and on the 24th, he turned 20!!! We celebrated at home, watching films and having some pizza - his idea of a perfect evening, which got ZERO complaints outta me. He got full discretion of movie selections, so he chose Hercules and The Fate of the Furious which I just bought him for Christmas. We ended the night with an Oreo Blizzard bday cake from Dairy Queen - his fav - and the finale episode of The Office (which I had serious FEELINGS about, ok!?!?). I can't believe he's already in his twenties. Whereas I'm still in my teens. How strange is that? I've still got 6 months till I catch up to him!

I've been listening to Taylor Swift's Red album a lot lately. Unlike basically the entire world, I'm not into her new album. Don't hate me!!! But god, do I love Red. My returning obsession started when I was doing a reorg of my bookcase the other day - I had the vinyl of Red on in the background. I'm loving it just as much as I did when it first came out when I was in high school. So I'll prob be listening to that for the next, like, three months haha

My boyfriend and I have been working on a special project of sorts lately. It sounds SO bizarre, but we've been working on collecting Disney film dvd's.... For our future kid. Right??? It's so weird. I'm buying dvd's for a person that won't even exist for, like, ten years. It's not as weird as collecting baby clothes, which I've been told is too weird and that I'm not allowed to do that (lol). But it's still pretty high up there. My parents did it for me before I was born, with Disney VHS tapes. And I got to thinking - with Disney putting their movies away in the vault so often, who knows when the classics will come out again?? What if my kid doesn't see The Little Mermaid or Hercules all because I left things up to chance?? As a Disney fanatic, I ain't letting that happen. So, with that in mind, we've just ordered The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Lilo & Stitch, Moana, and Tangled. It's gunna take a long time to get them all, but I'm willing to wait and I'm so glad we thought of it!! No kid of mine is growing up without access to all the Disney films their heart desires!!

Well, that's all for now. I certainly think I've rambled on long enough, don't ya think? These past couple months have been busy, but I have a sneaky suspicion that things won't be slowing down anytime soon. Hope all is well for you guys!!!

Felicia x