Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Visiting anime convention Abunai!

Dear readers,

This Sunday my best friend and I went to an anime convention called Abunai! Those who have been following my blog will know that I have been going there for the past three years. This year, however, was my first time dressing up as an Elegant Gothic Lolita. For those of you who do not know what elegant gothic lolita is, please see my previous post on the topic I have had the dress and blouse for a very long time, but have only been able to wear the blouse in public once. It really isn't something you throw on and go to work in it... :D But I love it nonetheless.

Although Abunai always offers quite a range of activities, such as lectures, workshops etc. my friend and I decided just to check out the dealer room. ^__^" As such this blog post will mostly be a shopblog; sorry about that. :D But keep reading, as there will be a bit of a revalation at the end ;).

Thursday, 8 August 2013

100 POSTS! :D

Dear readers,

Today is a very special post! :D It’s my 100th post! Although updates have been slow and irregular I still made it! So for today’s post I would like to look back at the changes that have occurred since I first created this blog. I started this blog a little over three years ago, so there is definitely a lot to look back on.

A major thing that changed is that I was still together with my ex-boyfriend when I created this blog. About 3 months after the blog was created, however, we broke up and I fell in love with someone truly amazing. And as you all know, we got engaged pretty soon after that. I am still very grateful to have my fiancé by my side. Really, going out with him was one of the best decisions I have EVER made.

Another thing that changed is that I had just gotten my bachelor degree when I started this blog. As my dedicated readers know, I have now also completed a research master in Literary Studies and have made it through to my first year as an externally funded PhD student! :D I sometimes complain a bit about all the work I have to do for it (who doesn’t complain about their job once in a while?), but I am still greatly enjoying it! I am currently working on a chapter on detective fiction… I read Sherlock Holmes for research! I honestly believe it doesn’t get much better than this! Though I have to admit that I miss having a summer holiday T_T. Anyway, for those of you who are interested, I have created a tumblr account on which I post some stuff on what it is like to be a PhD student. Most of it is just me poking fun at myself, so it’s pretty exaggerated (again: being a PhD student isn’t all THAT bad). Here’s the link: 

Just after I created this blog I was accepted for an internship at the Athenaeum bookstore. This internship made it clear to me that editing is not for me… I am simply too slow of a reader. So partially thanks to doing the internship that I decided to go for a PhD instead. After the internship had ended I went to search for another job, and I ended up at WoningNet. I still love working there. My colleagues are simply awesome (everyone is sooooo nice!) and the company really looks after their employees. Last week when it was super hot, they had someone get lots of fruit for us, just to cool us down and make everything a bit more bearable. :D How awesome is that?! Also, although I have been hired as a call center agent, I have been mostly doing a lot of other tasks for the past year. So that really keeps things interesting.

Something that has not changed AT ALL is my love for Victorian literature, cutestuff and Disney! Well, it is good to have some constant factors in your life right? ;) Hahaha I honestly think that some people would believe the end of the world to be near if I suddenly stopped liking Disney or Victorian literature for that matter.

Anyway, I really want to thank all the readers that have stuck with me for such a long time! I really hope that I will be able to keep you interested in my blog. :D I will most definitely try!


Saturday, 3 August 2013

Trip report Shrewsbury (with pictures!)

Dear reader,

Long time no see! A lot of things have happened since my last update; some really great stuff, and some not so great stuff. Today’s post, however, will be dedicated to my six day trip with my fiancé to Shrewsbury.

The first thing people have been asking me when I told them I want to Shrewsbury was “why Shrewsbury?” Well, my fiancé has a friend who lives in the vicinity and he really wanted to visit him. At first my fiancé wanted to go to Birmingham… As you might remember from my Birmingham trip report, I did not like that city at all. So I pretty much vetoed that we would not be staying there. So he asked his friend which nice towns were near Birmingham and we settled on Shrewsbury.  

My fiancés friend, who I will refer to by his nickname Beswick from now on, promised to pick us up at the airport when we arrived. He was such a lovely person! As many of my readers know I am a very shy person and don’t usually say a whole lot when I meet someone for the first time. However, Beswick is a very open and kind person, so it didn’t take long for me to open up to him. Perhaps it was because he greatly resembles my fiancé, characterwise… Anyway, we stopped for some drinks and dinner, had a chat and stocked up on some much needed water and sunscreen in a humongous supermarket. ^__^” Although they had not had a heat wave in 7 (freaking) years, we ended up right in the middle of one. >.> Just our luck.