Hello, and happy Monday! I apologize for ghosting this blog the past few days. Remember how last Monday I started complaining about problems with my car again? Well, earlier this week my car officially died, so I spent most of my time dedicated to new car research and stress crying. My mom was kind enough to loan me her car for the next couple of weeks until I go purchase a car this Saturday, so that was extremely helpful, but the whole process of car shopping, especially I am brand new to the game, has proven to be a tad overwhelming, so I put the blog and social media on hold for a bit so I wouldn’t stress myself out even more. Oh and then to top it off my phone died on Saturday, so I guess 2018 is my year to replace everything that I own! Oh well. Now that I am little better versed in car shopping and talking to Jake and my Dad a lot about the process, I’m starting to feel a little better, and I am quite certain of what car I will be getting (Small hint: Subaru!) so excitement is starting to overshadow stress. I am hoping that this week will be a little gentler and I can resume my hobbies again, but I apologize in advance if I fall off the face of the earth again! While I have wishful thinking on the back burner, let’s recap this past weekend, because it was actually really really good and I’m hoping it bleeds into a really good week!
Jake and I enjoyed a really low key Friday with a home cooked Hello Fresh dinner and watching the Olympics opening ceremonies. Actually, let me back up a bit. I surprised Jake with an early Valentine’s Day present with a customized Hogwarts acceptance letter, and little Harry Potter knick knacks sorted around it, while Hedwig’s theme played in the background. The real surprise was that I purchased tickets to a Harry Potter festival, A Day of Magic Managed, in Dallas for that Sunday (more on that later). I wish I could include photos of the letter, but it has our address on it, but here’s a sample of what I purchased on Etsy, and I can confirm that it looked very real! He was so surprised, and it was so much fun setting up his present! After the Hogwarts hype, I spent the rest of the evening with a cup of hot tea and a book, while Jake played video games!
I woke up on Saturday to 46 degrees, and an hour later it was 30 degrees with light winds. Perfect running weather (*Borat voice* “NOT!”). My Dad swung by my place around 7:30 am and then we were off to Denton (my college town!) to meet up with my good friend Abby for the Denton Honey Run 5k! I ran this trail race last year, but it was MUCH warmer and a lot less miserable. Abby made it fun though, and thankfully we survived the freezing temperatures! Sadly I won’t be able to do a race recap post on this one because my phone battery died when I finished the race. Womp. Womp. Womp. After our run, we enjoyed a post-race breakfast at Egg House Cafe, and I ordered the most delicious avocado eggs benedict with a side of hash browns! They were quite generous with the hollandaise, which I most appreciated. If you’re in the Denton area, I highly recommend it!
After breakfast and heading home, Jake and I ventured to the AT&T store to trade in my phone and I upgraded to the iPhone 8 Plus! So far I am really liking it, but I must say due to its size I definitely feel like Zach Morris talking into a giant brick phone. After the phone upgrade, we made a quick stop at Michael’s crafts for some materials I needed for a gift exchange I’m working on, and then we decidedly stayed put for the rest of the day to avoid the freezing temps outside! We made it a bit of an impromptu movie night with The Shining, 10 Things I Hate About You (a great Jack Nicholson palette cleanser), and then No Country for Old Men.
Jake and I had a quick breakfast of Einstein bagel sandwiches before dropping Brinkleigh off at my parents and then heading into Dallas to enjoy a very Harry Potter-centric afternoon at Day of Magic Managed! The event took place at Southfork Ranch, which for any of you 70’s and 80’s TV buffs out there, is where they shot and filmed the show, Dallas! Sadly I did not run into Patrick Duffy, but there were several super Harry Potter activities that we got to enjoy! Jake and I first started off by being sorted into our Hogwarts house by some animatronic version of the Sorting Hat. Jake was sorted into Gryffindor (despite being very much a Ravenclaw), and I was sorted into Hufflepuff (which I most identify with!).
Afterwards, we spent quite a bit of time perusing the HP merch that several vendors were selling, and then we ventured into a ballroom designed to act like the Great Hall, with several rows of tables with activities taking place. There were owl adoptions (stuffed animals obviously), potion classes, and face painting. Those seemed mostly for the kids, but it was a really cute setup complete with cardboard cutouts of the Night Bus, pretend cauldrons, and several people dressed up in character. Jake and I ended up finding a makeshift trolley cart and purchased a couple of chocolate frogs before getting in line to purchase wands!
Jake opted for Voldemort (Why???) and I ended up getting Luna’s one. Ideally, I would have preferred Lupin’s since he is my favorite, but his wand wasn’t available, so I went with my second favorite! After our wand purchases, we picked up a couple of travel mugs that represented our houses, walked around a bit more and took photos, and then left for lunch! The rest of our day was spent catching up on chores and errands, and I capped off my night by folding laundry and watching Paddington!
What would be your ideal fandom convention to attend?