When I reflect back on October, so much has happened and yet so much stuff hasn't happened :P It's a crazy combination of the two.
But let's begin anyway!
(And yes, we are 19 days into November. I am so late. Blogging has become so hard recently, just due to the coming of the end of the year and scrambling to make everyone gifts and to actually do things on my to-do list :D Stop reminding me of my responsibilities)
You know when you look back over something, and you come out on the other side just thinking - 'How the heck did that all happen? Did I even think that was going to happen a month ago?' -
October was that for me, for many reasons.
I wish I had way more photos of October, but I wasn't going out very much during this month so I didn't feel the need to :( Tragic!
1. Mummy's Birthday!
Something that really sucked was that I wasn't here to celebrate my mum's birthday. I know. I'm the worst daughter out there and I didn't deserve to be birthed by such a wonderful and miraculous specimen of kindness and love.
*Looks over shoulder as the door shuts*
Awesome, she's gone. Whoo! Freedom. But it's true, I wasn't here. I was on Trek which went from September till October, so when I got home her birthday had passed by a day or two, but I love celebrating birthdays of those who are close to me and to the extreme. So I spoiled her at home (I cleaned the house even MORE so than I clean the house now. I mean some deep scrubbing of things I always try to leave and pretend I didn't happen to see it was dirty ;D) and wrote up a cute birthday post about her. The photo I posted was a kind of throw-back photo of my first floriade with my mum as a baby and the most recent Floriade that I went to. Otherwise, it was a quiet one to celebrate how far we've come and what we've accomplished, and to enjoy that time together :)
2. Savannah's Birthday!
October sucks for me, someone who poor and is awful at buying gifts because of that so I hand-make everything like a child who has been unleashed on macaroni and glue. Unfortunately I couldn't spend Savannah's birthday with her because she's in Melbourne, so we did the best with what we had and I called her, texted her all day, and then made a post about her with 19 reasons of why I loved her and different ugly photos of hers that I absolutely love and it brings joy to my life to have it. Whenever I'm feeling sad, I just pull out my collection of ugly photos of Savannah and laugh tears of hilarity and then I'm all good again :)
True friendship, right there.
My baby is 19, and I was eagerly looking forward to things that I could do to help her realise how special she is to me, and how much I love and adore her :) Distance is hard guys!
Normally I'm not the biggest halloween fan. I do things last minute, and that definitely includes Halloween preparation. This year I wasn't very keen on doing anything for it, perhaps just sitting and watching some Halloween movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Casper, Halloween Town, and Hocus Pocus...or even just blog and treat it like another day - people come over to my house, knock on my door, and I hit the floor harder than the bass drops as I scurry to turn off all the lights and squeak out a 'No one's home!' -
BUT! A surprising thing happens when you have friends who love it, and a community/church that organises activities for it. It's called you have to go to the activities now.
The first Halloween activity was a YSA Halloween dance. I love dances. When I'm dancing with my closest friends, I just let loose. I don't give a care in the world if the music is that bad, I'll still dance and sing to songs that I normally would never CONSIDER singing out loud (Unless it's poly music, then this white/asian girl can't do it. I'm sorry. I can't dance or break down or do any of those moves that the islanders do that look so amazing. I will break something of mine that I need). So, Elyse and I sat and plotted what our outfits could be on just two days notice. We couldn't buy costumes so we had to do with what we had. We had plenty of 50's styled dresses because we love those and there have been many opportunities at dances to dress up, so we grabbed two of our 50's dresses and thought...okay...I can make fake blood pretty darn well and even edible. So what we can do with 50's dresses and fake blood?
Zombies? 50's pin up zombies?
That was our original plan, but when we realized that we didn't have that much time and we also wanted to look NICE but also SCARY, Elyse suggested going as 50's vampires and so that's what we did :P
With our blood smears and splatters, we left towards the dance and got there on time...just for everyone to start coming 2 hours after the dance originally started.
Oh, that mormon time.
Regardless though Elyse and I still danced together and I had a ball of a time. I even spoke to some people that I never thought I would have talked to, and it was surprisingly insightful. I loved the music, I loved the opportunity to go to a dance when I haven't been in so long. It was immense fun because I LOVE to dress up and have these experiences.
The second activity was a Ward Trunk-Or-Treat
We had decided to also go to the Ward Activity, but because there were young children there being Princesses and all kinds of characters that they loved, so it had to be much more appropriate and not bloody.
We decided to go as Minnie Mouse (Elyse) and a Princess (Me! The tiara was literally bought a few hours before the actual activity) and it was surprisingly fun! I loved seeing the children in their little costumes that had a lot of thought put into it by their parents, and even the parents in their costumes. I was really surprised at how many people were there, and even though it was raining (So that we couldn't do the trunk-or-treat outside) it was still such a hit with everyone.
I even got to help my uncle Van with his Olaf costume that made some of the kids go absolutely wild, though some of the kids did cry because it was pretty intense to see a giant Olaf walking around and something you can even hug!
Halloween was so much fun this year, and it was on such a spur of the moment decision :) Sometimes you just gotta throw in the towel and hope that it ends up being fun.
1. A Red Ball Gown
Yes, in November I'm going to a YSA ball!
I absolutely love fancy dressing up parties/balls/events, and fortunately in the Church we get to have a lot of those as YSA. There's something enchanting about getting all dolled up to go to a dance and to get to dress completely different from what you'd usually wear. You get to be fancy! <3
I finally managed to pop out two fairly short novels, but that's better than what I've been doing for the past few months :P I think I may be in a lull, but that's because my focus and priorities are elsewhere.
1. The Introvert's Way by Sophia Dembling
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm an introvert - it doesn't take me very long to get my energy drained from being around people, I'm often in my own head, and contemplative - and they know that I love to read books ABOUT introversion and all forms of it. My favourite book on the topic was by Susan Cain, 'Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking' which explained it so well and very factually. I found that The Introvert's Way was a much more personal and in depth look towards the feeling side of being introverted, as opposed to the logical matter-of-fact side. There were so many things in that book that resonated with me and I just found myself nodding and thinking
'Yes! I completely and totally understand that feeling. I thought it was only me though!'
and that's how you know you've written a great book, when it connects to someone on a level they never realised they could be touched on.
2. All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
I don't honestly know how I stumbled across this book, perhaps it was a 3 for 2 sale at Dymocks and it just happened to have a captivating cover, but it was also one of the shorter books I own, only containing around 240 pages. It was a strange book that I found myself sitting there frowning at and trying to piece together my thoughts and feelings about it into something tangible.
It follows the story of Jake Whyte who is running away from her past in a tiny British island to run her own farm. As we follow her story, in a backwards and alternating timeline, you get to see bit by bit of why Jake is the way she is and what she is truly running away from.
I'm a sucker for a song with a catchy trance-like beat. Who isn't?!
I must have replayed this song more than 15 times a day, it was getting clearly obsessive because of just how good it is and how the lyrics for once in my playlist aren't dirty! They don't have a message of murder, drugs, alcohol, sex, or any innuendo of any of those things. It was just a nice beat with a nice message and a really fascinating music video.
2. Magnets by Disclosure ft. Lorde
This is the weirdest song. Honestly. The lyrics are kind of....vapid of any real meaning, the music video clearly condoning some form of assassin murderesque adventure, and Lorde does this really hilarious dance during it...and yet I couldn't stop listening to this song. It nearly won my favourite of October but Zara Larsson has my heart. She's fantastic <3
3. Love Me by The 1975
I have a thing for bands who like to make their sounds very unique to a different generation. The 1975 like to describe their sound as something that would be played at an 80s prom, and normally they are generally darker and grungier sounding, but with an upcoming second album on the way The 1975 have decided to switch up their music style to more of an 80s pop instead of indie rock, which I support completely and am loving the new sound just from this one song.
4. Hello by Adele
Oh my gosh. Oh. My. Gosh. Ohmygosh.
Adele, my Queen, is back. I can't even stand it and my heart is bursting for her and her music and life is good and great and fantastic. Adele went on a two year hiatus after her second album, and went to raise her first child with her partner.
It's been a while, but hello Adele...hello once again. *Grabs bucket of chocolate and sits in a dark room with just Hello on Spotify* I'm ready for you and the tears.
5. Love Me like You by Little Mix
I don't know why this is on my playlist, or why I listened to it so much, but I did. I know all the lyrics, I know when I can belt it out and my best parts...
no regrets. None. It's catchy and sassy and I like it
This show has probably been the show that I've watched THE most passionately and continuously. It's practically become a family tradition at this point to sit down and watch it together as a family (Or just myself and my parents) and watch our chosen Survivor try to win against all the competition. It's gets pretty intense. This show was my favourite so much, my brother and I used to have competitions in the backyard that we'd invent that were similar to things in the show like all the balancing challenges for hours - My brother and I would set up a rock each and on the count of 3, we'd step up and try to out-do each other. It was the best fun, and one of my favourite things to do as a kid.
And that hasn't changed now, except that I watch more of the show and make my own commentary instead of going outside and trying to start a fire in a challenge or have to swim all the time when in reality I just sink, it's not swimming anymore.
But my passion for TV shows has subsided quite a bit, with a lack of quality or time to do really invest into any new shows. Sherlock BBC will finally release season 3 when I'm married with my fourth child, The Walking Dead is starting to get to the point of me eye-rolling instead of any actual emotional attachment. I'm losing my zest for TV Shows because, sometimes, Survivor is more important :P
1. Dressing Up!
I particularly enjoyed this month just how much I got to get dressed up or be prepared to dress up. Now, this isn't a sign of me, but I do like to dress up and feel like a different person or to play a different part. Be it a Princess, an elegant ball attendee, a Vampiress, or anything else...I just love being able to try something different with how you look and play a part :) Being a Princess was super fun, especially seeing the little girls and their eyes light up when they saw my tiara and wanted to touch it and try it on. It was very cute :)
2. Catching Up with Returned Missionaries
With a new influx of missionaries returning home from their 18-24 month missions, it's been absolute craziness catching up with them all and seeing how they all are. Reminiscing and hearing their stories are always uplifting, especially the hilarious ones that you just couldn't imagine would happen or that you'd guess :)
3. So. Much. Skype
I love Skype, but I also hate it at the same time. Skype is like that fickle friend that is all good one second, having fun and doing its thing...and then something will happen and it will freak out and break down and communication gets cut and you have to sit there and try to figure everything out.
But I've been doing a lot of Skype this past month with Sav and other close friends who are super far away.
Distance in relationships SUCKS but hey, if you want to work hard at it then you can make it work :) It just takes a lot of work and diligence and not falling asleep on each other on Skype, or playing fun games with each other on it.
I'm sure EVERYONE and their dog knows how much I love this band. I talk about them all the time, my Spotify is usually showing me listening to them nonstop, and I listen to them while doing everything; Reading, sleeping, walking, cleaning, etc.
But for October they became a particular obsession when my best friend, Savannah, bought us tickets to one of their concerts in Melbourne
I am so excited it's physically painful. I know that when Sav and I are standing there, watching Oh Wonder play live on stage, I'm going to be digging my nails into Sav's skin and possibly trying to climb her so that I can get a better view of them and just cry - cry from excitement, cry from shock that they're in front of me, and cry from the beauty of the music. Tears everywhere, basically.
“In friendship...we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years' difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another...the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting--any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you," can truly say to every group of Christian friends, "Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another." The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.”
― C.S. Lewis