ProjectTwentyNine: Weeks 14 and 15

Hello Lovely Readers! And welcome to my Weeks 14 and 15 update. I apologize for how short it is, and for the bit of a lull that I am going through – I have been very busy with various London things since I am now in the “less than 3 weeks left” stage of my adventure. Can you believe it? Now if only I could get all of my things to organize and pack themselves within the appropriate weight limits…

1. Geeky Things (#3)

  • Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour – yes, I went to this last year as well… but I guess that just makes it super geeky since it was the second time within a year right?! I have to say, this time was just as magical, and it was made special by getting to see the Hogwart’s Express, which was not there yet the first time I visited. There were also many death eaters roaming around trying to scare people.

2. TV Shows (1 Completion)
I know there’s not a lot on the list from the last couple of weeks, I’ve been of a one show girl lately. Eventually I will get back to watching a variety of shows. I have a lot of catching up to do!

  • Ghost Whisperer – though I didn’t watch this show from the time it started, I was watching it as it aired by the last season (and was very disappointed that it was cancelled. I really enjoyed the various story lines, and yes, I loved Melinda Gordon’s vintage shop and clothing style. This is the first show completion of ProjectTwentyNine, and this one took the form of a substitution/swap out. I watched 5/5 seasons.
  • CSI: New York

 

3. Impulse Reads (#7 and #8)

  • Virals by Kathy Reichs (Auidobook)
  • Seizure by Kathy Reichs (Audiobook)

4. Video Games (#3 ?)

  • Don’t Starve. I played this game once before for a little while when it was still in Beta. It is so much fun, and so frustrating. I am good at dying just about the time I start to get into the swing of things and get a rhythm going.  I’ve only died once from starvation though…  normally I get killed by hounds.

5. Unique Meals (#1)

  • Turkey Dinner – A group of Canadians and friends got together on Thanksgiving Monday to have a Turkey Dinner (with all the trimmings) at a Canadian pub here in London. Though the pumpkin pie was disappointing, the rest of the meal was terrific.

I think that is all for this week. Join me next week. Same place. Same time.

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Megra12

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ProjectTwentyNine: Weeks 12 and 13 | Audiobook sprint and Phantom of the Opera

Hello Lovely Readers! And welcome to my Weeks 12 and 13 Update. What do you all think of the biweekly updates instead of weekly? I’m thinking of continuing this pattern unless I have a particularly busy week.

The last couple weeks have been relatively uneventful and slow on the ProjectTwentyNine front, though I did manage to catch up a bit on my reading through an intense Audiobook weekend last weekend. I also managed to finally go to the British Museum – after almost a year of living in London. Less than a half an hour away. Oh well, better late than never, right?

1. Life Experiences/Adventures (#5)

  • The 29th Anniversary Showing of Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London. What better way to complete an item on my ProjectTwentyNine list, than by celebrating the 29th anniversary of an amazing show. This was actually the first time I’ve seen Phantom performed, and it was absolutely amazing. The end of the opening scene, where the chandelier is lifted and the show goes from the present to the past, is absolutely breathtaking and definitely gave me goosebumps. Such an amazing musical with an amazing score. It was even more amazing to see it performed in the theatre where it made it’s official debut. And at the end, the John Owen-Jones (the Phantom) had the audience stand (those that weren’t already) and he led everyone in singing Happy Birthday to the show. So much fun!

3. TV Shows (1 completion – yay!)
I have been a bit distracted with watching shows that are not actually on my list, and probably won’t end up on the list. That being said, I did catch up on some current shows and came close (see next week) to my first show completion (though that show is a substitution/swap)

  • Random shows I’ve been watching? Bones (I’m finally all caught up on the current season), CSI: New York, Ghost Whisperer, and I’ve also been watching the newest season of Doctor Who as it airs. One or two of theses might end up as part of my list, but that is still yet to be decided.

4. Children’s Reads (#6 and #7)

  • Stuart Little by E.B. White. This was not a new read; I read Stuart Little as a child, but I haven’t read it recently. As much as I still enjoyed it this time around, I have to say that I did not enjoy it as much as when i was younger, and it is not one of my favourite children’s works. In many ways it reads more like a collection of short stories, and I think if I had gone into it thinking that it would have been a bit more enjoyable. Especially the ending, which does not come to conclusion, and makes the reader feel like they’re missing the last couple chapters. The stories are enjoyable, but I definitely wish there was one more chapter to wrap things up.
    Genre: Children’s Fiction. Verdict: If it’s your first time reading E.B. White, try Charlotte’s Web instead.
  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. For whatever reason, I never read this book as a child, and I think I would have enjoyed it. Though I suspect, based on the other girl detective type books that I read, that Harriet would have gotten on my nerves a bit, even as a child. As much as I loved reading about a young girl who loved writing, and loved pretending to be a spy, it bothered me that she wrote such terrible things about her peers. And it bothered me more that, even when she was ostracized by her friends, they never really explored the idea that it was her own fault and that she should apologize; Harriet was allowed to continue to believe that she was wronged.
    Genre: Children’s Fiction. Verdict: Recommend, but with the caveat that it will never make my list of ‘childhood books you just have to read.’

7. Impulse Reads (#4, #5, #6)

  • Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon. This book is very recently published (this year I think), and it was an impulse read based on the recommendations from my library. And I have to say, I am so glad that I stumbled across it. This was one of the books I listened to on Audiobook, and the first 10-20 minutes I was not totally sure I was going to enjoy the book, but after that point I enjoyed it more and more with every minute.
    Genre: Children’s Fiction/Fantasy Verdict: Highly Recommend.
  • Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene. Though I do have two Nancy Drew books listed on my “Re-reads” list, I currently have these two listed in impulse reads, because I would still like to re-read the two books listed specifically. I’m not going to comment on the books themselves, because I’m sure you’ve heard about Nancy Drew before. But I will say that, even though they can be formulaic, I always enjoy re-reading them.
  • Nancy Drew and the Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn Keene.

I think that is all for this week. Join me next week. Same place. Same time.

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Megra12

ProjectTwentyNine: Weeks 10 and 11 Update | Cambridge, Movies and The Globe Theatre

Hello Lovely Readers! And welcome to my Weeks 10 and 11 Update. I have just entered into my last 7 weeks in London, and I admit that I am feeling a bit of a lull in motivation for working on Project Twenty Nine lists. And, even though I have read a bit, I have finished no books in the last two weeks… which is really pathetic considering how many books I have to read this year. But have no fear! I will persevere past this point, and reclaim my lost motivation. In the meantime, have a look see at what I have managed to accomplish in the last couple weeks.

1. Life Experiences/Adventures (#4)

  • Cambridge, England. As a partner trip to the Oxford adventure last weekend, I went with a group from Britbound to explore the rival: Cambridge. The day was absolutely beautiful, and made all the more beautiful from the knowledge that now that it is fall there may be a limited number of beautiful weekends left. Cambridge was also enjoyable, and the best part was when we went on a punting (boat) ride down the River Cam. Overall the Cambridge adventure was enjoyable, and there are some really beautiful views throughout the city. But can I tell you a secret? I think I preferred Oxford… shhhh… don’t tell Cambridge.

2. TV Shows (No completions)
I’ve kind of being watching a strange variety of shows the last couple of weeks, and I feel like I have not made a whole lot of progress on my lists, that being said looking back at my notes suggests that I did make a bit of headway.

  • New Watch: Gossip Girl. Okay, here’s the thing. This show is on my list, but I suspect it’s going to be one of the shows that I swap for something else, because I’m really not enjoying it. I don’t so much dislike it, as just not care. I’ve watched a few episodes of the first season, and I just can’t get into it. Unfortunately, I’m starting to read the max number of swap outs I’ve set for myself, so if I can tolerate a season or two this one might need to stay.
  • Dexter Season 2.
  • New Watch: Gotham. This show wasn’t on my list largely because I hadn’t even really come across it until recently, and it’s only going into the second season. I am really enjoying it though, and look forward to catching up and possibly even watching it while it’s airing. I know… shocker.
  • Bones. This show is not technically on my list, but I have a gap space that is intended to be taken up by a show that I re-watch frequently. It might end up being this show. We shall see.

3. Comic Books/Graphic Novels (#Not sure, I have to figure this out)

  • This week I’ve been reading an webcomic that I am really enjoying, called The Phoenix Requiem. I only started it this past weekend, but I look forward to reading more. I need to look into reading it on a device other than my laptop though, because it is not ideal.

4. Movies (#1)

  • Up!. So… I have a confession, dear readers. This was the first time I had seen Up. I know, I know, what kind of self-respecting Disney lover am I? Truthfully, I was kind of avoiding watching it, because I had heard that it was sad. And sometimes I’m a wimp. In the end I really enjoyed it, even though it made me cry… more than once.

5. Childhood Movies (#3, #4)

  • Thumbelina – I’m not going to get into it here, but I have determined that this is a weird movie. Even though I have it listed as one of my childhood movies, it wasn’t one of my favourites or one of the most watched, but my sister and I went through a phase where we watched it a bit. Watching it again as an adult though? It is seriously strange. With one great scene/song.
  • Angels in the Outfield – I actually had this movie planned for later in the year I think, but those Blue Jays are doing so well that I was in a baseball mood. I still really love this movie, and there are a lot of memorable funny parts. Also – young Joseph Gordon Levitt… enough said.

6. Video Games (#2)

  • The Sims 3 – The Sims 3 is not a new game for me, but it’s the type of game that I won’t play for months, and then I’ll marathon it for awhile, before getting bored with it again. This past weekend has been a marathon period… even though I’ve had other things that I wanted to work on.

7. Friend Outings (#1)

  • A play at The Globe Theatre. One of my friends from Canada was temporarily in London and, since I had not checked this off my London list yet, we decided to give it a go. And it was a fantastic experience (even though there was something of a post in front of our seats). We didn’t end up seeing a Shakespeare play, but the one we picked (Nell Gwynn), was a terrific choice, as it was funny and also gave a bit of an idea of how theatre worked back in the days when The Globe Theatre first existed.

8. Impulse Movies (#3, #4, #5, #6)
What can I say? It was a “watch all the movies that aren’t actually on your lists” kind of feeling for the last couple weeks.

  • The Backup Plan – I watched this movie on a whim because both of the other movies that I was hoping to watch had recently been removed from Netflix (don’t you just love when they do that). Because of that, I’m not sure if the reason I didn’t enjoy it was because I had become set on watching a certain movie. But I didn’t really enjoy it, and probably won’t ever watch it again. I didn’t find the characters or the story believable, and though it had funny moments, I just did not care about the couple’s relationship. Which is never great when you’re watching a RomCom.
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic – you know how I mentioned that I had myself set on watching a different movie in place of the previously mentioned movie? Well this is that movie. I ended up finding it elsewhere online, and it was so satisfying. Like satisfying a long held food craving, or scratching that hard to scratch spot.
  • The Emperor’s New Groove – I don’t really know why, but I have had this movie on the brain all summer. And I finally succumbed to the internal pressure and watched it (not really sure why I was resisting). And the verdict? All of the funny parts were just as funny, and there were a few funny parts that I had completely forgot about. Such a fun movie.
  • Clueless – here’s another one that I had not seen before, and watched as the result of a Netflix browse. I had recently become more interested in watching this movie when I learned that it is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma (not one of my favourite Austen reads, but I love the adaptation Emma Approved). As a RomCom it was okay, and as an adaptation it was not bad, though I would say that it did not even come close to doing the story justice. At least now I can say that I’ve watched this somewhat iconic nineties flick.

One final point, that has absolutely nothing to do with this week’s update… how ’bout those Blue Jays? I cannot believe that the year that the Jays make it to the Post Season, I am out of the country with limited access to games (not to mention the time difference complications…). Go Jays, Go!

I think that is all for this week. Join me next week. Same place. Same time.

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Megra12

ProjectTwentyNine: Weeks 7 – 9 Update | Edinburgh, Oxford, and Television Shows

Hello Lovely Readers! And welcome to my Weeks 7, 8 and 9 update. Now, you’ve probably been wondering what where the update posts have been for the last week, and possibly even whether I am still working on my ProjectTwentyNine lists. Well, I am here today with an answer to both of those questions. First off, yes I am still working on my lists, I’ve just been a bit terrible about keeping track of what I’ve done throughout the week. This is related to me falling behind on my update posts. The first week I just completely forgot to write a post, and then last week I was away on the Monday and made the decision to just write a joint post this week. So, there’s the explanations – you may or may not see more joint posts throughout the rest of the year, so do not be alarmed!

1. Life Experiences/Adventures (#2 and #3)

  • Edinburgh, Scotland. The first weekend of September I went to Edinburgh, and I absolutely loved it! I also loved the glimpses I got of other parts of Scotland during the train journey, and it made me wish I had planned time to see more of Scotland before returning to Canada. As for Edinburgh itself, it was definitely one of my favourite cities so far, and I did not want to leave at the end of my trip. I will try to post a more complete post as to why I loved Edinburgh, and stay tuned for photos (either here or on my other blog). I also vlogged during this trip, and will hopefully get this posted within the next couple weeks.
  • Oxford, England. This past Saturday I went on a day trip to Oxford with a small group of fellow Britbounders, and it was pretty great. We went on a 2-hour walking tour with a fantastic guide who provided some fascinating history about the various colleges and the city some of which date back to the thirteenth century. After walking around this university town for the afternoon, I definitely was missing being a student.

2. Geeky Things (#2)

  • The Harry Potter Walking Tour – Edinburgh, Scotland. This was a really fun tour, and the guide was fantastic. I saw a couple of the cafes where Rowling worked on writing, and walked around the graveyard where she got many of the names for her characters – including McGonagall, Tom Riddle, and Peter Pettigrew. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I saw the grave of Tom Riddle and his son, Tom Riddle.

3. TV Shows (No Completions)
Though I watched a lot of shows this month (there were a couple weeks of really terrible weather at the end of August, which made for a number of TV watching days), I did not complete all of the allocated episodes of all the shows I had planned. That being said, I did add a couple of shows, so all in all I think it was a fairly successful month.

  • Friends. Not much to say here. I have finished the set number of episodes for this month, and I think that brought me to the end of Season 2, or just about anyways. I am hoping to write a bit more about the First and Second seasons in my new series, so that is all I will say for now.
  • Community. This is a new watch, and I am completely loving it. I finished the first season, and it leaves me wondering why I never watched it earlier. Definitely looking forward to watching more, though I have been warned that the second season takes a bit of a dip before picking up again in the third season.
  • The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I watched the first 4 or 5 episodes of this, and though there are aspects of that I enjoy (can you say amazing opening credits score), I did not enjoy it enough to continue watching it. There were just a number of aspects of the story line that I did not like, and that I did not think were handle very well. This is the first show that I will officially be dropping from my list.
  • Buffy. I watched my allocated number of episodes for the month and them some (I was on a bit of a Buffy roll). I am really enjoying the show and the character development. I’m not going to go into this much further here, as I am hoping to start a new series to talk about the shows and movies I’m watching.
  • The Originals. This is not a show on my list, and I’m not really sure what made me start watching it, but I’m enjoying the story line and the take on the classic vampire and werewolf stories. This may be a show that I swap into my list. Apparently I’m on a vampire, and supernaturals kick.
  • Ghost Whisperer. This is another show not on my list, and unlike the previous one, this is a re-watch. I watched Ghost Whisperer while it was on television, and was so upset when it was cancelled after the fifth season. It seems likely that I will watch this to the end, and it will either be a substitute show or will get added to a list of impulse shows. I love the characters – Melinda especially – and the way that the show is tied together.

4. Children’s Reads (#4 and #5)

  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. Though I am familiar with the story (yes, from the Disney version), I had never actually read the book. This is one that I listened to on audiobook, and the narrator was a bit distracting as he had a habit of pausing at the most awkward points. Overall, though, I enjoyed the story, and there were actually times I was shocked by the descriptions used of the pirates’ actions.
    Genre: Children’s Literature Verdict: Take it or leave it. Not my favourite children’s story.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snickett. Now, I have seen the movie, which covers stories from the first few books, but I still really enjoyed this book. I loved the writing style, and the way that the author would give the definitions of unfamiliar and big words by incorporating them into the story. It was a really unique way of introducing new vocabulary. At some point, I will try to read the rest of this series.
    Genre: Children’s Fiction. Verdict: Recommended.

7. Impulse Reads (#4)

  • A Nation Worth Ranting About by Rick Mercer. I really enjoyed this book, which is a collection of some of Rick Mercer’s rants along with more detailed explanations of some of them. I really enjoyed the writing style, and the topics covered. It was definitely nice to read a book about Canada, and Canadian problems, while being far from home.
    Genre: Non-Fiction. Verdict: Recommended.

21. Impulse Movies (#2)

  • Star Trek (2009). This is a re-watch, and one that I have re-watched a number of times. I really do love the Star Trek re-boot, though I admit that I have not watched much of the original series. I especially love sassy Spock, and sarcastic Bones. Bones is without a doubt my favourite character.

One more update before I sign off for the week. You may have noticed that I have not been posting my photo challenge updates… this is because I have not been doing all that great at staying on top of this. Technically that means that I’ve failed the challenge, but I’m going to continue taking photos and do my best to take pictures as close to everyday as possible.

I think that is all for this week. Join me next week. Same place. Same time.

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Megra12

ProjectTwentyNine: Week 6 |Paradise Bay, The Secret Garden and Garlic Shrimp Zucchini

Hello Lovely Readers! And welcome to my Week 6 Update.

1. TV Shows (No completions)

  • Supernatural – I finished watching season 1 this week. I’m not going to comment on my thoughts here, because I am thinking of starting to writing posts about my thoughts on shows at the end of each season. So stay tuned!
  • Dexter – I finished watching season 1 of this show this week, and will share more of my thoughts in a season 1 thoughts post in the upcoming weeks.
  • Chuck – I am not yet at the end season 1 for Chuck, but this second set of episodes has left me more positive about the show, and I am enjoying it more with each episode.
  • Golden Girls – As is the theme for this week, I finished watching season 1 of Golden Girls. I will attempt to write a post about my thoughts on the first season for this one as well.

2. Children’s Reads (#3)

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This was a re-read of a book that I really love. This is not one that I read as a child, and though I have known the story through the movie, I only read it for the first time in University. I really enjoy the writing of this story (and obviously the story itself). One of my favourite things about this story is the vivid description and the way the author is able to capture the process and the feel of spring and of a growing garden and the way that it parallels the development of two cranky and spoiled children who learn how to smile and do things for themselves.
    Genre: Children’s Fiction  Verdict: Highly Recommend.

3. Video Games (#1)

  • Paradise Bay (Ipad) – I started playing this on Saturday, and I am currently hooked on it. I know in a lot of ways it’s not a typical “video game” but I really like simulation games, and so I’m counting it. Even though this one is similar to games such as Farmville, it has enough of a twist, and a small story line to keep it interesting and keep it moving along. It also has the cutest little island animals that can help you out with your tasks.

4. Unique Meals (#2)

  • Garlic Shrimp and Zucchini Bowl

5. Impulse Movies (#1)

  • Rewatch: Star Trek: Into Darkness. 

I think that is all for this week. I know I have mentioned this before, but I am thinking of ways that I can switch this post up a bit and make it unique. I considered switching to a monthly update, but I find that this weekly setup helps keep me motivated, so I don’t think that’s the best option. But I might start just listing some items (such as books and movies) and making separate posts throughout the week to talk about them in more detail. Thoughts? I’d love to hear them down in the comments!

Join me next week. Same place. Same time.

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Megra12

 

ProjectTwentyNine Week 5 | New Girl, The Secret History and Doctor Who Comics

Hello Lovely Readers! And welcome to my Week 5 Update. For those of you who are just now tuning in, I am one month into ProjectTwentyNine, which is a year long challenge I set for myself when I turned 29. I am attempting to complete 29 lists of 29 things, and I am sharing my progress with you here weekly. If you’d like to read a bit more about ProjectTwentyNine, you can check out the introduction post here. 

3. TV Shows (No completions)
I actually did not watch many of the shows on my list this week. I had a bit of a cold all week, so I ended up watching a lot of crime show re-runs (NCIS, CSI:NY) on the actual television while I was working on other things and relaxing. I am on my second month of show allotments, and I am completely on track so far.

  • New Girl. This week (let’s be real, Saturday), I watched a lot of New Girl. I have been really enjoying this show, and I’ve found it good when I want a bit of a pick me up, so I’ve been “binge watching it” to a certain extent. This week I watched S1 Episode 19 – S2 Episode 11. This, of course, is way more than my allotted number for this month, and I suspect this show will end up finished before earlier than I set out in my planning. Though there are some shows that I’m intending to spread out over the whole year, this isn’t one where that’s necessary, so I’m not concerned with my pace.

4. Children’s Reads (#2)

  • The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. I absolutely loved this book. This is one that I found months ago while browsing my elibrary shelves, and I am so glad that I added it to my wish list. Basically this story is about two girls who are kidnapped from their village and taken to a school where children learn how to be fairy tale characters – either good ones or bad ones. I loved the concept, and I loved how it was executed. I also really appreciated the way the author dealt with the questions around good and evil, and what defines a character in that way. This is the first book in a series, and I am looking forward to reading the sequels.
    Genre: Children’s Fiction. Verdict: Highly Recommend

5. New Reads (#4)

  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I’m not really sure what I thought of this book. I know, I know, that is extremely unhelpful. Overall I think I liked it? But I also found it very strange and very long. I did not hang on every word, and I did not really have a sense of satisfaction when I finished it. In many ways I had to force my way through the audiobook on a faster speed. There were elements of the story that I enjoyed, and I liked how it was set up, in that the main plot point around which the rest of the story hinges is outlined at the very beginning. I also liked how the focus was more on the reaction of the other characters, and the effect the event had on their lives, instead of the event itself. Overall, I feel like it was a book I should have enjoyed, and I’m glad that I read it, but it’s not a favourite and I’m glad I listened to it sped up, because it is long.
    Genre: Adult Fiction Verdict: Recommend if you’re a fan of long, drawn out reads. Not recommended if you get stuck on meandering stories.

7. Impulse Reads (#3)

  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. This is the second book in a series I came across and began a couple months ago. And, unlike the traditional pattern of “second books,” I found that this book was better than the first book. The characters were more well developed, and the story just read better. The main twist at the end was a bit predictable for the genre, but it was well done, and I am looking forward to reading book 3. (If you want to read a bit of an extended version of this review, and see what else I’m reading, come visit me on goodreads)

8. Comic Books/Graphic Novels (#2?)
Why the question mark? I still haven’t figured out how to classify when a comic book read entry is completed. For trades, and graphic novels it’s obvious, but not so much when you’re reading single issues. If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments!

  • Doctor Who (10th, 11th, and 12th Doctors). A few months ago I came across a monthly magazine that includes a single issue comic of each of the 10th, 11th, and 12th Doctors, and I have managed to pick up each months issue. I’ve been reading it gradually, and was mostly up to date for awhile until I wasn’t. So this week I’ve been working on catching up on these issues. Unfortunately this magazine is only available in the UK, so when I go back to Canada I won’t have access to these. There’s a chance these are issues which have already been previously released in North America, though, so I will need to look into that.

I think that is all for this week. Join me next week. Same place. Same time.

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Megra12

 

ProjectTwentyNine: Week 4 Update

Hello Lovely Readers! And welcome to my Week 4 Update. Can you believe we’re already at Week 4? I certainly can’t. It always amazes me how the weeks can go by so quickly and so slowly at the same time. Wibbley Wobbley, Timey Wimey. At least that’s what I’m going with.

I have a little additional update for this week that’s related to ProjectTwentyNine, but not something that will be included in any of the following categories. This week was the 2 year anniversary of me blogging here, and it just so happened that I have been working on clarifying the focus for my blog and the direction I want to take for the next year. I have many new ideas I have been thinking about this week, so stay tuned for a more detailed update and a few changes coming in the next few months. Don’t worry, though, I’m not talking about a complete overhaul here! Anyways, to the update!

1. TV Shows (No completions)
This week I finished the allotted shows and episodes I set for this month (yay for being right on schedule!). My next allotment technically does not start until August 12th, so I am now trying to catch up on reading, but I might end up starting next months shows a bit early.

  • Continuation: Gilmore Girls. This week I finished watching Season 1 Episodes 9-13, which completed the set # I had laid out for the month. Can I just say that watching Gilmore Girls, especially the first couple seasons, always makes me want to eat junk food. All the time. It was good that I finished my allotted episodes early in the week because I am trying to get a hold of my junk food eating (which has got a bit out of control while travelling and living in London).
  • Continuation: Cheers. I only had a few more episodes to watch this week to complete the allotment for the month. I watched Season 1 episodes 19-22, which also concluded Season 1. I really do enjoy this show.
  • New Show: This week I started watching New Girl, which is almost completely a new watch for me. I did start watching the show when it first started, but only managed to watch a few episodes because the night really didn’t work for me, and we did not yet have a PVR and what not. I actually went over my allotted number of episodes for the month, I am enjoying it that much. I watched Season 1 episodes 1 – 18. Have I mentioned that I love the Deschanel sisters?

2. Impulse Reads (#2)

  • Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz. As much as this is in the “Impulse Reads” category, this book has been on my personal reading list for a few months. I enjoyed this book, and I would like to read more books from this author, but at the same time, I wouldn’t necessarily call it a “page turner,” because I didn’t have any trouble putting it down after reading sessions. If you want to read a little bit of a longer excerpt about this book, come visit me on Goodreads here.
    Genre: Adult Mystery Fiction. Verdict: Recommend.

3. Childhood Movies (#1 and #2)
I managed to watch both of the Childhood movies I set out for myself to watch this month. Which is more than I can say about my regular moving watching list…

  • Disney’s 101 Dalmations. Just for clarification, I watched the cartoon version of this, not the real life version, though both are good. I tend to forget how much I like this movie in between watches, and my favourite part is definitely when Roger first writes the Cruella DeVil song. This movie also has an opening credit sequence that I love to watch. Spots all around!
  • Disney’s Aladdin. This is one of my Top 5 favourite Disney movies (I think. Top 10 for sure). I have not watched it as much recently as I used to (yes. I frequently re-watch movies that I like), because we somehow misplaced the DVD and are waiting for it to be re-released. While in London, however, I discovered that this is available on Netflix. Yay! Despite having watched Aladdin close to a million times, I found the part at the end where Aladdin tells Genie he is going to miss him, super-duper sad. It just has such a different subtext now.

4. Video Games  (No completions)

  • Final Fantasy Record Keeper (For Ipad). I haven’t played enough of this to actually count it on my video game list yet, but I thought I would mention that I started playing it. I haven’t even really played enough to comment on whether I like it or not, so stay tuned for more information in the next few weeks (probably).

5. Drinks (#1)
I still haven’t completely decided what types of drinks can be included in this section, but for the moment I’m going with “Hot Drinks,” with a focus on tea.

  • Twinings Vanilla Chai Latte. This is one of the new teas I got last week during my Twinings adventure, and it is so yummy. It would be even better if I had a foaming device for my milk, but it is still yummy with just regular milk.

I think that is all for this week. I’d love to hear what you are thinking of these updates and if you have any suggestions for future weeks.

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ProjectTwentyNine: Week 3 Update

Hello Lovely Readers! And welcome to my Week 3 Update.

Overall this was a pretty low key week, but I watched a lot of television, read a bit, started a knitting project, and just generally did life in London. I didn’t really go on any adventures, though I did go on a walk in the City of London, which included a stop at Twinings. I did vlog this adventure, but since I didn’t go on any other adventures, I’m not sure I have enough footage for an actual vlog. Anyways, rambling over, onto the list!

1. TV Shows (No completions)

  • Continuation: Supernatural. As I mentioned in my previous update post, by the time that went live I had finished watching my allotment for the month, and I watched episodes 9-11. So far I’m enjoying watching this show, though all the episodes I’ve watched recently I’ve seen before.
  • New Show: This week I started watching Golden Girls. I watched episodes 1 – 12 of Season 1, which completed the allotment set for this month. This show is mostly a new watch, but like Supernatural, that’s a complicated statement. I first watched it with my Grandma when I was little, though not in any order, or with any real recollection of the substance of episodes. Anyways – enjoying it so far.
  • New Show: This week I started watching Boy Meets World. I watched episodes 1 – 14 of season 1, which completed the allotment set for the month. Now obviously I watched this show when it was initially on, but it was sporadic and inconsistent. Now I am enjoying watching it in order, all the way through. This really is a fantastic show.
  • New Show: This week I started watching Gilmore Girls. This is mostly a re-watch, though again, only partially. I’ve seen the first few seasons all the way through, and then the rest of the seasons I’ve seen sporadic episodes.
  • New Show: This week I started watching Cheers. Because this seems to be the theme for this week, I’ll state that Cheers is mostly a new watch, but I used to watch it with my Dad, so I am familiar with the show and have vague remembrance of the episodes. And I love the theme song.

5. New Reads (#2 )

  • Emma by Jane Austen – Prior to starting this book, I already new the story from watching the YouTube adaptation series Emma Approved (which is really good and I highly recommend you check it out). In some ways I feel that in this case that made the read more difficult. I really like Mr Knightley, and there are parts of the story I enjoyed, but Emma is definitely not my favourite Austen book. Even though I know that it is the point, Emma really got on my nerves, and I think that was enhanced since I knew what was coming and how badly she was misjudging situations.
    Genre: Adult Fiction/Romance. Verdict: Don’t start with this one. Or, if you’re having a difficult time with it (and I never say this), watch the YouTube adaptation.
  • Is Everyone Hanging out without Me (And other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling. When I first started reading this, I thought that I was really going to enjoy it. I liked the style of the introduction/first few pages, and I thought that it had good voice and good flow. But as I continued reading, I found myself getting more and more frustrated. It kept the good flow and voice throughout, but I was constantly wondering what her point was and where she was going with her points. Turns out she was never going anywhere with it. All her stories just stood alone, with very little tying them together. By the time I finished reading this book, I was even reconsidering my decision to watch The Mindy Project this year. I know they’re not connected, but I was that annoyed with the book.
    Genre: Autobiography. Verdict: Don’t Recommend.

7. Impulse Reads (#1)

  • Nightmares! By Jason Segel and Kristen Miller. (Audiobook – narrated by Jason Segel). This was another book that I stumbled upon while browsing the shelves of the elibrary, and I really enjoyed it. It took me awhile to get through, but that’s only because I wasn’t really listening to books for a bit. I really enjoyed the way the book explored topics of nightmares and fear.
    Genre: Children’s Fiction. Verdict: Recommended.

14. Unique Meals (#1)

  • Fajitas – No, it’s not an overly exciting meal, but it is more of a “meal” than some of the other ones I’ve made lately, so I’m going to count it.

I think that is all for this week. Join me next week. Same place. Same time.

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Megra12

ProjectTwentyNine | Vlog # 2 | Regent’s Park and Greenwich

Hello Lovely Readers!

If you read my ProjectTwentyNine update post yesterday, you’ll know I went on two adventures last week – one to Regent’s Park and one to Greenwich. What I didn’t include there was the vlog I made of the adventure.

Have you ever tried vlogging? Do you enjoy watching vlogs? Let me know in the comments!

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ProjectTwentyNine: Week 2 Update

The Prime Meridian

Hello Lovely Readers! And welcome to my Week 2 update. I did a bit  of adventuring this week, a good amount of television show watching, and not a whole lot of reading (oops!). So let’s get to the update!

1. Life Experiences/Adventures (Not numbered)
I’m not really sure if I’m going to count either of this week’s adventures as their own entries, or if they will just end up grouped together under the category of “exploring London.” That being said, I thought I’d let you know what I was up to this week.

  • Regent’s Park, London. It was a beautiful day last Sunday (19th July), and it was a perfect day for the park. I was a bit worried that I would need to change my plans for the day, because just as I was getting set to go… it clouded over! I decided to press on with my plans, and am I ever glad that I did as it turned out to be a wonderfully, beautiful day. Regent’s park is a big more difficult to navigate than, say, Hyde Park, but the rose garden is gorgeous!

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  • The Royal Observatory, Greenwich London. (Saturday 25th July). Again, I almost changed my plans for the day because of the threat of rain. It absolutely poured all day Friday, and the weatherman was calling for the same on Saturday. Luckily, when I woke up it was cloudy, but less chance of rain, so I decided to risk it. I had a great time at the observatory (and got my picture taken on the prime meridian line!). One of my favourite parts was definitely seeing all of the clocks, since I am a huge fan of clocks.

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2. Geeky Things (#2 – maybe)
I completed my first vlog this week! (fully edited) I haven’t quite decided yet whether this will be an entry on my Geeky Things list (I know, I am quite the indecisive one today for someone who has so many lists to complete). But here me out. I can’t quite decide if this counts as a “geeky thing.” At one time, vlogging would have definitely fit into a category of geeky things, but my question is whether it’s now more common. I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject! Let me know in the comments or on my Facebook page. For those of you who haven’t seen last week’s vlog yet, you can find it here.

3. TV Shows (No completions)
I watched quite a few shows this week, more than I read for sure. It was just one of those weeks that seemed to lead itself more to watching shows than reading, I guess.

  • Continuation: Buffy. As I mentioned in my previous update post, by the time that went live I had finished watching my allotment for the month, and I watched episodes 11 and 12. I think this also brought me to the end of Season 1. I will definitely look forward to picking this show up again next month.
  • New Show: This week I started watching Chuck. I watched episodes 1-4 of Season 1, which was the allotment I set myself for this month. Chuck is one of the new watch shows on my list, and honestly, the verdict is still out as to whether or not I am enjoying it. I like the concept (Geeky guy suddenly finds himself with a great deal of government intelligence, which subsequently draws him into the spy life), but so far I’m not completely sure about the execution. I’ll definitely give it at least to the end of the season, but we’ll see.
  • New Show: This week I started watching Dexter. I watched episodes 1-6 of Season 1, which was the allotment I set myself for this month. Dexter is one of the new watch shows on my list, and so far I am enjoying it. I really like the concept, and am enjoying the way the writers have executed the concept. The first few episodes are really weird, but I’m enjoying it.
  • New Show: Supernatural. I watched episodes 1-8 of Season 1. Like Buffy last week, this is almost the allotment I set for myself for the month, and by the time you read this update, I’ll have finished for the month. This show is a partial re-watch, but it’s mostly a new watch. Confused? Years ago (around the time when there were only a few season out), I started watching Supernatural, and then for one reason or another, stopped. I’m going to try it out again.

7. Comic Books/Graphic Novels

  • The Lumberjanes Issue 2-3 by Grace Ellis – Still not quite counting this one as a completion, but I have read more and I am definitely enjoying the story and the art. Unfortunately, I’ve come to the end of the issues available from the e-branch of the library, so I’m at a bit of a pause. Yes, yes, I could buy the first trade, and I probably will. But I don’t want to have to cart it home with me in November, so I’ll wait until I’m home to buy it.

I think that is all for this week. Join me next week. Same place. Same time.

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Megra12