I’m pretty sure I’ve stated before that I didn’t grow up being a fan of the fantasy or magic genres, but it all began to change once I started playing the Fable and Elder Scrolls video games in 2010. I made a post in early 2013 about me finally becoming a fan of the LotR world because of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Well, I’ve once again become a new fan of something that’s considered a geek staple: Harry Potter.
Despite everyone raving about it, and having a roommate ten years ago (omg😐) who was completely obsessed with it, I never managed to have any remote interest. That started to change last year, when I barely started to have the thought “maybe I should just give the movies a chance.” But, it didn’t happen until November.
The first one was OK — a bit slow, but I didn’t let it affect my continuing to watch the rest. They finally began picking up, and I think I experienced my first bit of feels at the end of The Goblet of Fire. The Order of the Phoenix was great. I’d quickly grown to love Sirius Black, only to end up with even more feels there. I just kept waiting for the moment when Ron and Hermione would finally realise they liked each other. And omg, Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Just take me now 💀 — the feels!
*SPOILERS* I never believed for a second that Snape was evil — or maybe I did, but I didn’t want it to be so. And then, BAM! Feels, followed by the truth, further causing just the worst feels.
*SPOILERS* However, the biggest thing on my mind when the last movie ended — I still absolutely do not ship Harry and Ginny. I mean, like, no. I was so relieved to find out from that former roommate that I’m not crazy for thinking that way. I mean, sure, they got married, they have children, and they’re happy, so I’ve accepted it as fact. But I still just don’t get it.
Anyway, those were just a few thoughts from a brand new Potterhead. No promises that I’ll ever read those massive books, but it’s not off the table.
Favourite Characters (in no real order):
-Hermione, Harry, Ron (probably in that order?)
-probably others I’m forgetting 😬
Favourite Ship: Lupin & Tonks ❤️
Where would the Sorting Hat put you? Who else here is a Hufflepuff?
I still plan on writing about this some on my travel/adventure blog at a later date, but I’m such a fangirl I can’t wait that long.
This past Friday, 7 October, was amazing! Actually, there was a lot of bad stuff that happened, too, but it’ll forever be remembered as a great day. I’m sorry, whatever else happens in my life, but I met Alton Brown!
I may have mentioned before, but I couldn’t cook before I got married. My mum wasn’t a bad cook or anything, but I stayed clear of the kitchen; cooking just didn’t interest me at all. (Now baking — that’s another thing.) Hubby’s family loved to cook, and Food Network often played on their TV.
A little funny side story: when Hubby and I first got together, I asked what his favourite TV show was. I’ve always been obsessed with science fiction (especially Star Trek) or other script-based fiction shows, and was hoping to hear him answer with something I loved so this fangirl could let go and express herself. His answer? “Good Eats.” Keeping in mind that I hadn’t had cable since I was six, my thought was, OMG, his favourite show is a cooking show? How boring is this guy? I didn’t even know how to respond. After watching my first episode, though, I completely understood.
Long story short, it’s pretty much all due to Hubby and Alton Brown that I can cook now (despite most of the time still disliking to do so).
It was really great to get to meet him at the signing of his new cookbook in Kansas City, even though the moment seemed to come and go so fast after hours of waiting, and I hardly remember a word he said directly to us. I know when we first walked up, he thanked us for coming and waiting out the line (there were at least 800 people in front of us, no exaggeration). Hubby responded with something like, “hey, I’m doing this for her.” Mr. Brown looked up at him and said, “good answer!” (The only thing I remember distinctly.) I watched him write our names in the book, hoping he’d ask about the pronunciation of my name (I had this whole humorous answer planned out), and he talked some more. He even put his hand on my shoulder and spoke directly to me for a moment, but I don’t remember a word he said. Then, we posed for a picture on Hubby’s phone (the guy holding his phone took pics the whole time, though), and then it was over.
Have you ever met a celebrity (at any level of fame), and it turns out they’re a bit of a jerk? Or you’re at least disappointed by meeting them in some way? I have, but not this time. Even after signing books for and interacting with over 800 people, he was still lively, funny, and friendly — just as you’d expect Alton Brown to be.
A big thanks to Alton Brown, his team, and everyone at Rainy Day Books for making this happen. I’m so thankful. And cooking like crazy 😁.
It still doesn’t quite seem real.
After nine years of loving their music, admiring how cute they are, and adoring their outfits, I finally saw A-Chan, Kashiyuka, and Nocchi in person!
There were SO many people there! I knew they’d grown in popularity in America, but I really had no idea! There were so many people in line; so many dressed in their outfits, some even performing their choreography for others in line, and I honestly didn’t expect to see so many men in attendance, haha.
The girls were so energising, and interacted with the crowd a lot. They were sweet and funny, even when they didn’t speak in English. (For instance, when A-Chan wasn’t sure how to express in English just how full they were from eating so much Chicago deep dish pizza beforehand; and at one point, they recruited an interpreter from the audience.) The best part, of course, was that the stage was only about thirty feet from us!
I wish I could have taken any video or pictures during the concert, but of course, it was forbidden. I figured there would be plenty of official content released later, or that someone else would break the rules and publish it to YouTube (which they have).
There’s even a moral to be learned from the trip. In the recent past, I’ve passed up opportunities to try new things and go new places because travelling is hard on my body. I lived in New Mexico for almost four years, a state that has observatories almost everywhere, and I never visited one. All the ones I found were still at least a four-hour drive away, but I knew that even being in the car that much would leave me in some sort of pain or illness; so I didn’t go.
When Perfume’s trailer was released for their American tour, I decided that memories and adventure are more important than avoiding physical inconvenience. About a day after returning home from the trip, I got a terrible head cold. You know what? It was worth it. I went on a road trip with my sister. We shared a vegan cupcake at my favourite coffeehouse in Uptown Normal. We stayed at an Airbnb spot in Chicago. We were in Chicago for the first time. We hung out with Hubby’s grandparents, and saw places in Bloomington-Normal we otherwise wouldn’t have. And darn it, we saw Perfume live.
Back in 2007, I came across this little trio of Japanese singers via YouTube who called themselves Perfume. After watching about ten of their music videos, I was hooked. I obtained some of their music and soon shared it with my sister, who immediately became a fan as well.
Since then, her fandom has surpassed mine, and she makes sure I stay in the loop with any new songs, albums, music videos, and concert footage.
This year, Perfume is making a tour stop in America close enough that we’re finally going to see them live! The entire trip is going to be quite a bit more driving than I can usually handle, but we’re breaking it up enough that hopefully it’ll be OK 👍.
Another exciting part is that we’ve booked a room through Airbnb, and it’ll be my first experience with it. I’ve heard so many good things about it, it’s so much cheaper than a hotel, and the particular room I booked has SO many great reviews!
As of the publishing of this post, we’re probably reloading our stuff in the car to set out for Illinois. I won’t give a lot of details about the trip until it’s over, but I’m glad the planning is finally done.
Nine years of fandom leading up to this. Perfume is bigger than ever as the most popular Jpop group in Japan. Even Pentatonix posted a music video just last week with their Perfume medley!
I’ll leave you with the videos to two of my favourite new songs of theirs (one fast and one slow):
Day 30: The First Movie You Remember Seeing
Beauty and the Beast
I guarantee this isn’t the first movie I saw, but it’s the first one I remember seeing in the cinema. My dad took me to see it when I was old enough to sit still and shut up in a theatre.
Beauty and the Beast has always been my favourite fairy tale, Disney or otherwise. I’d nearly forgotten it until I saw a play at Disney World, Orlando, Florida, when I was in high school. It’s also my absolute favourite story in “my fairy tale book.”
What’s the first movie you remember seeing?
Day 20: Last Movie You Saw In a Cinema
Captain America: Civil War
Before this movie, I knew nothing about the civil war from the comics except that there were FAR more superheroes involved than in the movie. I’d chosen to be #TeamIronMan, simply because he had more heroes on his side that I would consider favourites, haha.
While watching, I was understanding of both sides, so I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, choose a side.
*SPOILER IN THIS PARAGRAPH* My only thing about Iron Man’s reason for not wanting to fight anymore was, in a way, negated in this fight. There was still a lot of destruction being caused during the battle, even though there weren’t any people around. The destruction during any superhero fight has always bothered me, though.
Anything I wasn’t thrilled about in the movie was partially made better by the fact that I do like this version of Spider-Man/Peter Parker. Also, this Aunt May didn’t seem agonisingly worried about her nephew. Finally.
And Martin Freeman was in it (what little screen time he had). That was just a little icing on the cake for this fangirl.
What’s the last movie you saw in a cinema?
Day 16: Favourite Chick Flick
Made of Honor
A man and a woman have been best friends since college. Enough said. That’s the best kind of set up for romance <3.
ARGH! I don’t know what to say without giving away any spoilers.
Well, anyway, I love it. It’s probably the only chick flick I could watch on repeat. The story’s great, and the casting is perfect. Not to mention New York City AND Scotland!
What’s your favourite chick flick?
Day 15: Favourite Animated Movie
I’ve seen this movie soooooooo many times. This was still the time when Bro and I would watch a movie, rewind it (VHS, baby!), and immediately rewatch it. Perhaps several times per day! Every now and then, something will be said that will match, or be close to, a line in Toy Story and the rest of the scene will play out in my head, line by line. Usually, it’s the scene at the filling station when Woody and Buzz get left behind.
I won’t sit here and prove that I’ve memorised the movie, but I will go watch it now. And enjoy the musical creations of Randy Newman.
What is your favourite animated movie?
Day 11: Your Favorite Director
Catch Me If You Can
aaaaand so many others…
How can I pick just one Steven Spielberg movie to watch today?
This man is a legend 😍.
He’s great at what he does.
We also share a birthday. I was born on his 40th. 😇
You know what? I’m going to pick War Horse to watch. Because Tom Hiddleston in uniform.
Who’s your favourite director?