Around The Internet #20

Hello!  I hope you had a great Christmas.  Here are some of the cool things I’ve found recently.

Have a great day!

Adventures In Park Hopping: The Theme Park Recap

I recently mentioned I had a trip to Disneyland planned, and it is time to take about my trip!  It’s been quite a while since I’ve taken a vacation (or any significant period of time off), and it’s been really fun so far.  I did a bit of parkhopping- between Disney, California Adventure and Universal Studios, I’m pretty theme-parked out.

Let’s start off with Disney!

I spent quite a bit of time at Disneyland, which is always fun.  It’s so pretty this time of year, because everything is decorated for Christmas.  Christmas decorations are everywhere, from It’s A Small World, to a gigantic Christmas tree to poinsettias planted everywhere…this is a great time of year to go, especially if you’ve never been to Disneyland before.

I think we set some sort of ride record, because my family and I were at the park around 8, and did Indiana Jones, Pirates, Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain and the Mattherhorn in about 2.5-ish hours.  We pretty much walked on to Indiana Jones, Pirates, Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain, which I’ve never done before, and I’ve been to Disneyland a few times over the years.

The Haunted Mansion and Pirates are easily my favorite rides, and The Haunted Mansion is cool this time of year because The Nightmare Before Christmas is incorporated into the ride.  It’s one of my favorite Christmas movies, and it was fun to see Jack and Sally on the ride.  Even cooler was the fragrance you got in the ballroom.  It was unexpected but also really cool and a nice touch.  I got to do all of the rides I wanted, and the lines weren’t too bad- the Matterhorn and the Millennium Falcon were the longest lines I had to wait in.

Star Wars Land was pretty cool!  There’s a lot to look at, and the Millennium Falcon ride was really fun.  Standing in line wasn’t horrible at all, and it didn’t feel like I was in line for just under an hour because there was a lot to look at.  Even if virtual reality rides aren’t your thing, standing in line is cool enough to just stand in line.  I can’t believe I said that, but it’s true!  It’s pretty much just the one ride, at least for now, but there’s still a lot to look at, and they did pretty well with making you feel like you’re in Star Wars.

Then there’s California Adventure…

It was my first time at California Adventure, but we didn’t spend a lot of time there.  The roller coaster was really fun, and so was the Guardians Of The Galaxy ride.  All of the rides I went on were fun but I don’t know that I would go back.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked walking around and seeing everything- there is a lot to look at, and I had fun, but if I had to choose Disney or California Adventure, my choice is Disney all the way.  California Adventure is new-ish, especially when compared to Disneyland, and I just don’t have the same level of attachment to California Adventure.  I grew up going to Disneyland, and that is where my heart lies.  Still, I think it’s a cool park to check out at least once, even if it isn’t the park for me.

And my final theme park adventure was Universal Studios!

I’m not going to lie, I went solely for the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter.  It might be fun to go back and see everything else, but at that point, I hit my limit with theme park adventuring.  I was fine with doing some shopping, heading into Ollivander’s and going on a couple of rides.

 

No trip to Hogsmeade is complete without butterbeer.  It was actually delicious, and if I were actually hungry, I would have stopped at the Three Broomsticks for some food and warm butterbeer.  It’s decked out for Christmas, which wasn’t a surprise, considering the time of year.  A lot of the shops were connected, so I ended up making my way through all of them.  It was cool, because each section had its own entrance/storefront, but wandering around led you to each store.

Since it’s Universal Studios, I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to grab some Hufflepuff merch, because Hufflepuff is pretty underrepresented as far as house merch goes.  I was bummed they didn’t have any Hufflpueff Christmas stockings, but I was fine with a Ravenclaw one since I’m pretty sure I’d be a Ravenclaw if I weren’t such a Hufflepuff.

Right now, I feel like I’m setting a record for how many times I can say Hufflepuff in one paragraph, but it was nice to actually feel like I had a lot of options for what I wanted to get.  I wanted all the Hufflepuff things, of course, but there was no way that was going to happen, so I settled for a few things.

It wasn’t a big section of the park, but I loved wandering around Hogsmeade for a couple of hours, just taking everything in.  Honestly, a lot of the fun was just walking around and looking at everything.  I was a happy camper but after I was done walking around, I was ready to hit the road and go home.

I had a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to just hanging out for a few days.  Have a great day!

Around The Internet #19

Hello and Happy Monday!  I hope it’s a good one for you.  Here’s some really interesting stuff I’ve found over the last few weeks.

That’s all for today, and I hope you have a great day and a great week!

Around The Internet #18

Hi!  It’s definitely time to share some of the cool things I’ve come across over the last few weeks on the internet.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

That’s all for today, and I hope you found something you needed!

Around The Internet #17

Hello and Happy Friday the 13th!  I’m back with more cool things I’ve found on the internet.  I hope you enjoy them!

That’s all for today, and I hope it’s a good one!

Around The Internet #16

Hey there!  I hope this week has been treating you well.  I’ve found some pretty cool things for this edition of Around The Internet, and it’s pretty photo heavy this time.  Enjoy!

That’s all for today, and I hope it’s a good one for you!

Around The Internet #15

Hello!  I hope everyone’s doing great.  Here’s some of the things I’ve come across lately that I thought were really cool.

That’s all for today, and have a great Monday!

Craft Corner: Current Crochet Projects And Journaling

I’ve been meaning to talk about some of my crochet projects because it’s been ages since I’ve talked about some of the things I’ve made.  Hopefully I’ll talk about them a little more, but I don’t want to make any promises about how regular these posts will be.

One of my current projects is an Elf Hat, and the pattern can be found here.  I haven’t gone with traditional Christmas colors, but I wanted something really fun for it, and the yarn I used fit with that really well.

I’m also working on some slipper socks, and the pattern I’m using is super easy!  I really love the Caron Cake yarn, so the color blocking on it means the slippers are mismatched, but that’s okay with me, since I’m going to be wearing them at home anyway.  I’m pretty sure I can get at least one more pair out of the yarn I’m using.

I’m also working on a mermaid tail blanket, and while I can’t find the link to the pattern, it’ll be fun to work on.  I’m not very far with the pattern (as you can tell) because there’s a lot of counting in this part of it, and I haven’t had the mental energy to count.  At least for what I’d need to do for the pattern.  It’s going pretty slow right now, because I’ve been working on other things but hopefully I’ll be in more of a counting mood soon.

I also wanted to talk about journaling!  I really love journals and notebooks, and I have more notebooks than I know what to do with.  I’m really excited about this new journal I got at Mysterious Galaxy called The Severed Moon.  It’s from Leigh Bardugo, and there are prompts and quotes from all of her Grishaverse novels.  I’ve only done a couple of the prompts from it, but I’ve really enjoyed it so far.  Plus, it’s really pretty and there’s something very magical about it.

Even if it ends up being a sporadic thing, I also feel like I’ll get a lot of inspiration from it, so it might be good during NaNo when I’m stuck and need a break.  Or if I need some inspiration in my day to day life.  I’m really good at buying journals and starting them but I’m terrible at keeping up with them.  But I also really miss it because I used to do it all the time in high school and college, and then it just dropped off.  Maybe this journal will get me back into journaling more regularly.

Oh, back to crocheting really quick!  The backdrop I used for all of the photos is a blanket I made a few months ago.  Usually I just use my dining room table if I need to take pictures for the blog, but I decided I wanted to do something different.  Plus, it’s pretty and colorful and a lot easier then clearing off a table every time I want to take a picture.  I really do need/want a different set-up every time I want to take some pictures.  It’s something to think about.

That’s really of the crafting I have going on, so that wraps up today’s craft talk!

Around The Internet #14

Hey there!  I’m having a pretty good weekend so far, and there’s been a lot of podcast listening, reading and crocheting.  I wanted to take the time to share some of the really interesting reads, photos, and recipes I’ve come across lately.

That’s all for today, and I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday!

Around The Internet #13

Hello and happy Friday!  Here’s this month’s edition of some interesting stuff I’ve come across on the internet.

I’ll leave it there, and have a great Friday everyone!