Wednesday, July 20, 2022

My Covid Blog


Logging my Covid experience as I stay isolated in my room. I talked in detail about how I caught Covid in my last post. In short, parents went to a dinner at bro's in-laws place where guests showed up badly sick and insensitive about infecting others. Dad got symptoms the very next day but decided to hide them because ... ego and stubbornness. I fell sick and tested positive and suffered because of all these idiots.

Saturday July 02
Parents went to the darn dinner that started it all.

Sunday July 03
Dad got symptoms but decided to hide them. Walked around the entire house instead of isolating, spreading Covid to the one and only poor soul ... ME.

Thursday July 07
Woke up feeling like seasonal allergies were acting up. Had my morning Chai, took Allegra, and got about the usual routine and felt fine again.

Friday July 08
Seasonal allergies again in the morning. Felt tired but spent the entire day vacuuming, mopping, and cleaning the kitchen/living room to prep for Eid the next day.

Saturday July 09
Eid day! Woke up feeling tired and with allergies. Took Allegra. Nothing unusual. Diarrhea began around noon. I thought it was just my usual IBS episode. Continued to get ready to celebrate Eid with the fam over dinner. Diarrhea continued too. Had a great dinner and Eid celebration despite the raw stomach and feeling feverish. Got more diarrhea afterwards at night. Total seven poops and then two more that barely had anything left for me to count. This wasn't unusual because I do get bad IBS episodes so I slept thinking it would be okay.

Sunday July 10
Felt tired. Really tired. I thought it was the pooping. Got two more poops. Decided to take Immodium to stop it because IBS usually didn't get this bad. Stayed dead and feeling pathetic all day like I'd come up with a fever. Allergies continued. Slept horribly that night. My neck had severe pain so I couldn't lay down properly. I felt all choked up in my nose and head. It felt like I couldn't freely breathe, like I would need to sit up in bed and open my mouth wide to try and breathe fully.

Monday July 11
Woke up feeling really badly nauseous. I thought I'd throw up and even ran to the washroom to try but nothing happened. Felt foul. Really foul. Slept some more. Woke up and knew something wasn't right. I decided the right thing to do was to take the test but I really wasn't expecting it to be Covid, I guess. Test was a solid positive! Instant, solid, jet black T line stared back at me. Instantly masked myself in double masks and went to Dad to test him. He protested but I forced it this time. He came out positive too. Surprise surprise *rolls eyes* ... grabbed my laptop bag and other stuff and shut myself inside my room to isolate. Felt completely dead and drained all day. Had a stuffy nose on and off, nothing in my throat yet. Body aches were killing me and it took all of my strength to get up and go to the bathroom even. Got a bit out of breath walking inside the room but no breathing difficulties. Isolation felt horrible. I missed my sister terribly. No Abbie to hug! *heart break* We had dinner over video chat. Had to sleep in the room alone and kept half the lights on because I was horrified. Couldn't even sleep properly.


Tuesday July 12
Isolation continues. Body aches and feeling completely dead and drained. Nose and throat the same, nothing in the throat area but nose feeling stuffy on and off. Weird taste in mouth but no loss of taste or smell. Felt pathetic and alone when I needed an Abbie hug the most. Abbie tried passing me chocolates from under the door. Bad storm starts outside and we lost power. I was so dead and hurting all over that I couldn't even move. Stayed collapsed on my bed all day while the house became a hot oven with no AC running. We were saving the phone's batteries so we couldn't even video chat. Such a depressing time. No lights meant I was alone in the dark with a tiny night light that I was saving for emergencies. Another horrible night of being scared and alone and sad and sick. Couldn't even have lights on tonight because of the power outage.


Wednesday July 13
Body aches continued. Continued feeling exhausted. Isolating getting to my head. Feel all alone and sad. Cried several times while praying because of how horrible it felt to be sick, alone, and in a power outage. Had zero energy all day so I kept slipping in and out of naps. Had no idea when I was awake or sleeping. Power came back after 25 painful hours. Had dinner over video chat with Abbie that made me feel slightly better. Had a horrible sad and depressing night.

Thursday July 14
Woke up feeling ever so slightly better. However, a cough was now starting. Sometimes dry cough and sometimes it was choking me up. Stuffy nose on and off and slight body aches and tiredness but not as bad as the past two days. Isolation depression and frustration continued. Felt like slapping the people because of whom I was sick. I stay on video chat with Abbie all day. She just switches on the phone and keeps me somewhere while she goes about her day. Makes me feel a bit less lonely.


Friday and Saturday July 15 and 16
I could feel that I was on the mend. I could get up and sit up without getting exhausted. Cough came on and off sometimes really bad. Over all felt so much better. Isolation continued to eat my brain's happy parts. I got exhausted doing just a bit of work like cleaning up and disinfecting the toilet.

Sunday July 17
I woke up feeling much better than ever and ready to take the test now that it was the sixth day after I had initially tested positive. Test came out positive again though and that was major heart break. Cough and stuffy nose continued. Isolation continued. Sadness and frustration continued. It has faded compared to the last time I tested and it also took a minute to show up ... is that a silver lining? Tough to see the silver lining when all I see is a black T line.


Monday to Wednesday July 18 to 20
Isolation continues frustrating me beyond belief. It somehow feels even more pathetic now that the obvious Covid symptoms have improved. Now it feels like I was getting better but still positive so I just have to be stuck here so I can save mama and Abbie from getting infected. Dry cough in the morning sometimes bad enough to not let me talk. Back hurts. Legs hurt. Overall health improving though and much of my strength is back.

Thursday July 21
Tenth day rolling. One more day to finish before I can test again. Hoping with all my heart it comes out negative this time. I still have a stuffy nose and a dry cough so I'm horrified whether I'll test negative or not tomorrow. PRAYING REALLY HARD! May this be the last night I spend here by myself in isolation! Pleaseeeeee!

Friday July 22
I tested NEGATIVE! Finally! Finally finally finally! I am done with Covid and getting ready to get out of isolation! The rest of the day will see me cleaning and sanitizing like crazy before I can open the doors of this room like normal. Then I'll shower, change into everything clean, and HUG MY SISTER!!! Thank God! Thank God so much!!!

Monday, July 18, 2022

COVID! Isolated and Feeling Frustrated!

It finally happened. I got infected with COVID and this is my Covid story!

After running from it in the opposite direction, arms thrown in the air above my head, with double masks digging into my chubby cheeks, threatening to permanently dent the unusually soft-formed bone of my nose ... I finally got it. Two years into this pathetically sad pandemic ... I finally fell sick. Oh and just as I had expected, because someone else around me was careless. 

*Smacks her head*

Yes, it happened because someone else had no concern and didn't take Covid seriously enough. I know, it is a pandemic, and nobody can really truly be blamed. Trust me, several people are at fault in my case and this could easily have been avoided especially now that there are vaccines around and the worst variants are behind us (hopefully forever!). It irks me beyond imagination and angers me beyond control as I sit here isolated, all alone.

It all started with one phone call. A dinner invitation. From my brother's in laws. We had been avoiding socializing without masks ever since Covid began and I was still against the idea even though the world had eased up considerably about it. But I guess Desi parents can just not say no to in laws, right? I mean, that's such a HAWWWW thing to do right? I told mama not to go because it wasn't just the in laws who would be there, they'd called over a few random other guests. I say random because my mother didn't even know who all was invited. It was a PRE-EID dinner, they said and after much protesting I found nobody listening to my cries about how obviously Covid-catching this whole situation was. So my parents (both old, diabetic, and in Dad's case with concerning blood reports being evaluated by doctors) decided to go. Abbie and I stayed back that night. Bro, SIL, the kiddos, my parents, and their not-the-best immune systems went for this pre-Eid dinner. Mama came back telling us half the guests were sick. Their kids were coughing their lungs out, somebody was so bad they were shivering, and this while the ladies sat boasting about how they never stopped partying even before vaccines were available. Other topics discussed included why vaccines were useless and forced upon everyone. *Slow claps* If idiocy could be awarded, I'd be the one honoring these people on stage gladly.

I knew that night that it would be bad news. But the idiocy didn't stop there. My Dad got his first flu-ish symptoms immediately the very next morning but did he tell us? No. Let me pause again because ... *slow claps* The man hid his symptoms because to fall sick is to show human weakness right? He hid it for at least three days after which he called me over to his room to ask for an anti-allergy medicine. I insisted he tested and stayed in his room for a bit. He insisted they were just normal allergies that come and go and that he was a perfectly fine godly being descended straight from the heavens. The next few days he sneezed and coughed around the entire world while I went to get groceries wearing a tightly fitted mask thinking I was being such a good girl.

If your opinions match with those of any of the individuals mentioned above, this is your cue to leave and stop reading. If you're an educated individual like me who takes their health and the health of those around you seriously, please continue. I'm angry and frustrated, in case you can't already tell.

I woke up on Saturday's Eid morning, a week from THE dinner, feeling like I was coming up with seasonal allergies. Having zero clue that a man inside my very own house was hiding Covid symptoms, I took Allegra like I always do and continued about with my usual routine. Then began the diarrhea. Again, pooping is not much of an alarm when you have IBS. It was not uncommon for me to get stomach disturbances, especially hormonal related. I had fun that night, celebrating Eid with the kids and the rest of the fam. I slept okay through the night but the next day more diarrhea followed. I had to take medicine to stop it and kept on going feeling tired and drained from all the trips to the bathroom. 

That Sunday night was when I realized something was up that wasn't normal. I felt uneasy and weird throughout that night, feeling like I had to sit up in bed and open my mouth wide to breathe properly. It was an uncomfortable night and I woke up feeling queasy and nauseous. My neck hurt like crazy, my back hurt, my legs hurt. I decided to take the test because it was the right thing to do. I will not lie, I am not being dramatic even though I am usually a drama queen ... I have actual goosebumps typing this because I don't think I'll ever forget the stomach-sinking feeling of that moment. Much to my horror, it came out positive. I wasn't expecting it to, to be honest. It was a shocker. But it was a solid T line. Instant and so dark and solid, staring back at me.

The rest was all panic. I masked up and went straight to Dad to force him to swab because I was positive. Again, please get me the idiocy award ... he resisted. He kept insisting the test would be positive because I was doing it and my hands had Covid germs on it. (Like seriously, you've got to be kidding me, right?!) This, while he continued to cough and speak through a congested nose. And of course, he tested positive. He was banished to his room, something that should have happened on that first symptom showing up. Mama and Abbie both tested negative, thank God! That was a relief. But that also meant I was to isolate my positive-Covid-infested self. I locked myself up inside my room. Since then, I've been in here. Alone and feeling extremely frustrated. I'll save my Covid-blog for another time but it's not been fun. I tested again yesterday, on the sixth day of isolation, and much to my disappointment, I'm still positive! (CDC, I'm looking at your five-day isolation nonsense!)

This feels horrible, just pathetic. I don't know if I'll even test negative at the end of the tenth day or not and I don't care what the CDC says but I'm not leaving this room until I finish Covid without infecting the rest of the family. I just want to say that being sick and alone is not okay, it's just not okay. When I needed to be hugged by my sister the most, I couldn't, to save her from falling sick. Covid sucks. It just sucks. I've cried numerous times in this room just because I feel so stuck and lonely, I'm tearing up as I type too. And all this because some guests didn't take care and then didn't bother saving others from it. 

There's just one single thought that's keeping me going right now ... that somehow mama and Abbie tested negative, have no symptoms, and aren't sick! I'm so grateful for that! If there has to be one person in the family who suffers through this, I'm glad it is me and not them. I keep thinking of so many if-only things. If only the guests had taken care and masked up instead of boasting about being carefree and partying. If only they had informed others that they were sick instead of showing up to that dinner. If only they had cared that they'd infect somebody. If only my bro's in laws had taken care that half the guests were coughing and canceled it. If only my mother had listened to me and not gone to that darn dinner. If only my Dad had spoken up about getting symptoms and isolated in time. If only I had somehow not fallen sick and escaped it!!! IF ONLY I COULD END ISOLATION AND GIVE MY SISTER A TIGHT HUG RIGHT NOW!!!

Saturday, June 11, 2022

POTTERIFIC JULY Instagram Photo Challenge 2022


GRAB YOUR WANDS!
PULL UP YOUR SLEEVES!
IT IS HAPPENING!
POTTERIFIC JULY!!!
COMING TO INSTAGRAM FEEDS NEAR YOU!

Ladies and gentlemen, Potterheads and supportive Muggles and NoMajs I officially announce POTTERIFIC JULY 2022!!! The Instagram celebration challenge, loved by hundreds of Potterheads across the globe, is coming back for its FIFTH year!!! I can't believe what I started five years ago casually has become such a joy for Potterheads all around!

I'm so excited and looking forward to another brilliant magical awesome shawsome fantastic fabulous month of July with you all!!! Once again, my friends, lets come together for POTTERIFIC JULY to celebrate our beloved Potter's birth month!!! There will be magic, there will be fun, there will be SO much to love and enjoy! It shall be like one  month long virtual birthday party!

Picture prompts, magical reels, games and polls and quizzes and discussions and interactive stories! Find more Potterheads on the Pottergram, be found by others who share the love of this glorious fandom, celebrate with each other!!! THIS SHALL BE AMAZING!!!

 

First and foremost, a recap for those who need a refresher and some explanation for the Potterheads hearing of Potterific July for the first time!


What is Potterific July?
It's an excuse to come together with fellow Potterheads to celebrate Harry Potter's birth month! I initially began my own little celebration on my blog right here where I wrote about any and every thing Potter related before I started celebrating with everyone else. Throughout the month I discuss stuff from the books and movies, show off my merch, and live life Potterificly. Part of this awesome celebration is the Instagram Challenge!!! In 2018 I decided to celebrate with the awesome Potter community on Instagram and created the PotterificJuly Instagram challenge which has since been a huge hit!

What is the awesome PotterificJuly Instagram Challenge?
The Potterific July Instagram Challenge is one of the best decisions I've made in my life so far. It is thirty one days of posting Potter related pictures based on a prompts list I post on my Insta. It's very first year, it was received with such enthusiasm and it became a huge hit as hundreds of Potterheads joined in from all across the globe. On popular demand, I hosted it again in 2019 to witness another very brilliant year. In 2020 Potterheads eagerly awaited the challenge to get away from all the meh the pandemic had created. In 2021, last year, hundreds joined once again to have an epic month! So of course, I am back with another one for 2022! This will be Potterific's fifth year and I'm so excited!

What do you have to do for the PotterificJuly Challenge?
There are only and only two rules! First: Use the hashtag #PotterificJuly so we can all find you. Second: HAVE FUN! No commitments, no pressure. Join me on Instagram and follow along the prompts all month. If you miss a prompt here and there that's fine too! I'll be featuring as many posts as I can in my stories throughout the month (I end up sharing everybody!). We also have Potterific discussions, polls, questions, and what not in my stories every day! I share your responses too! It's very interactive and magical!

I wanna join! What should I do next?
So here's what to do:
Grab a copy of the prompts list by saving/screenshotting the picture above.
Find and connect with me on Instagram! @Saraallie where you'll find this list too!
Be there on the first of July with the hashtag #PotterificJuly shining on your posts!
Oh and don't forget!!! Have fun!


It would be awesome if you could somehow let me know you'll be joining me for the #PotterificJuly Instagram challenge. You can find me on Instagram and DM or comment on the prompts post there. You could also leave me a comment below this blog post and leave a link to your Insta for me to check out. I love meeting new Potterheads!

Lets make it bigger and even more awesomer this year!
Spread the word, bring fellow Potterheads with you!
The more Potterheads the better and the more fun our July shall become!
See you on the first on Instagram!
Remember: #POTTERIFICJULY
Without the hashtag we can't find you!

Happy Pottering,
Mischief Managed!

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

#IBelieveJohnnyDepp

“Veritas numquam perit.
Truth never perishes.”
“The best is yet to come …” - Johnny Depp

#IBelieveJohnnyDepp and I'm very proud of being on his side.


The past month saw the rather ugly court battle between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard which finally came to a victorious conclusion for Depp! I'm just so happy! It's like getting some kind of personal satisfaction; like justice was finally served somewhere in this messed up world!

I will be honest, I wasn't 100% blindly trusting Johnny from the start. I've had my unfair more-than-needed share of horrible people in my life and trusting people doesn't come easy for me. I did have the horrible sinking feeling in my stomach that maybe he had hit her. Maybe, the Johnny Depp I loved growing up had actually done something wrong. You know, how impossible is it for someone to get annoyed and hit someone when they're under the influence of drugs and not operating at 100% brain capacity? That's why drugs are bad, aren't they? I kept praying and hoping that this would all be false and that no, even in that kind of state, Johnny wouldn't resolve to violence. It just didn't go with him, you know? There was my gut feeling that just didn't want to believe he could have done something of the sort but my brain kept saying, WHAT IF?! That is when, thank God, the case was televised live for me to view!

With every passing day of watching the court sessions live, all my doubts were cleared away. Truth is always visible. Truth is always audible. Truth is always right there in your face. People just choose to ignore it. That's one of my strongest beliefs in life. That's what happened here too. Fakers can't fake forever. They break, they falter, they are exposed. Amber Heard was a fake face and as soon as she got on the stand to say her side of the story it all came crashing down. Evidence after evidence, witness after witness, statement after statement ... it only started becoming clearer and clearer that she was blatantly lying.

By the time the closing arguments were made by both parties and the case handed to the jury, I didn't even need a verdict. I knew the truth. I have hardly any hopes from the people of this world to do any justice at all and their opinions and judgment mean nothing to me. When news came of Johnny Depp having flown off to the UK for concerts I wasn't even waiting for the verdict anymore. For me, Johnny had spoken, Johnny had fought, and Johnny had already won because I believed in him. However, the day it was announced that the verdict would be out in an hour's time my heart did a somersault and landed somewhere in my stomach. I knew it didn't matter even if they ruled against him, I knew he wasn't waiting for them either, but even then ... it made me nervous. 

The first of June, year 2022! The day justice - for once - was served! A man had to lose six years, his self respect, his career, and his finger to gain his confidence to fight for the truth. A man had to spend six long years to prove to the world that he - a man - could also be a victim. A man had to go through immense emotional damage to counter the malice of this world.

The world may be cruel and harsh and unjust. But truth, in the end, always wins and so do those who stick with it! Haters, open your eyes and ears and take this in today. You may be laughing now but you shall not have the last laugh.

Amber Heard. What a shame. What an absolute embarrassment to the human kind, especially us women! What a complete hoax, scam, fraud! What a disaster to the real victims of abuse. What a liar. What an absolute disgrace. I feel disgusted by her. Actual disgust. This is the face of true evil and thanks to people like her this world is full of malice and toxicity. Thanks to people like her I have my trust issues. Thanks to people like her those who know the real truth stay silent and suppressed.

I feel ecstatic for Johnny Depp. I don't know him. He doesn't know I exist. Yet, I personally feel happy for him. I personally feel like a burden's off my shoulders now that he has won the case. Imagine, if I can feel this way just by witnessing the lies on the internet, how must he be feeling having gone through all of it for more than six years of his life?!

Friday, May 20, 2022

Watching The Secrets of Dumbledore At the Theater! (Spoiler Free!)


In an unexpected turn of events, I found myself sitting in front of the big screen, ensconced in a cozy recliner, my new Potter backpack on the little table in front of me, waiting for The Secrets of Dumbledore to begin. Complete disbelief. That's what I felt. Absolute disbelief. Like, you know, the kind of disbelief Uncle Vernon felt when he saw the cat outside his house reading a map.

To say it was impossible would be an understatement. The chances of me getting to watch the movie were just ... impossible. Mama would never allow Abbie and I on the highway by ourselves and bro basically refused to drive us when it released in April because he was too busy in Ramadan. There were rumors that the movie wouldn't do well and would be taken down from theaters sooner than normal. When I saw May begin and chances of watching the movie still looked bleak there even came a time when I convinced myself that I'd watch it when it would release on HBO Max or eventually months later on DVD. Yep, it was a pretty bad situation until one day ... everything suddenly changed.

You know how it happens when suddenly the clouds clear and the weather gets a total hundred percent makeover? It will sound dramatic (and I'm unapologetically dramatic! *laughs*) but that's how it happened. I swear! Bro texted and told us when he was available. I looked online to see if the movie was still there. Abbie booked the tickets. Next thing I know I was in the car and Bow Tie Cinemas was approaching and this was suddenly HAPPENING!?


OH MY GOD, IT WAS HAPPENING! Finally! It sank in at last when the doors of the elevator opened and we finally stepped on to the carpeted area that marked the entrance to Bow Tie. It was happeninggggggg! Yasssssss! Finally finally fin-uhhhhhhh-lyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! I was jumping with excitement in my heart, because thanks to my hurting ankle and foot jumping actually wasn't possible!


I'd picked my outfit for today to match the occasion and Abbie and I were twinning too. We wore a beautiful dress with magical creatures from the Wizarding World printed all over. Fantastic Beasts all over our dresses screamed our excitement for the next movie in this franchise. Oh and lets not forget our bags! Our beautiful new Hogwarts backpacks! It was the perfect day to bring these new babies out for a walk ... and a movie! I also had my Deathly Hallows sneakers on along with some Potter themed jewelry! Everything looked FANTASTIC!

The first thing we did was to look for the movie's poster display. However, just as I had feared, coming so late meant they'd taken it down. There wasn't even a single poster on display for me to get a good picture taken with. It was a bit disappointing. Of course with our kind of luck there was another little hiccup before we got to our seats in the theater too. Our food went missing! Hahahaha! I laugh now but back when our order mysteriously disappeared there and the clock kept ticking closer to the time stated on our tickets, it was stressful! We didn't know if our order was taking extra long (like majorly extra) or had it been canceled? Then we finally asked and one of the folks there pretended something went wrong and they were restarting making the entire order. We're pretty sure they'd never worked on it in the first place. Anyhoo, the food finally was brought to us and we proceeded to find our seats!

When the movie began I cannot tell you how it felt to actually have made it there. It wasn't real, it didn't feel real. When you live with the kind of muggles that I do, coordinating magical events like such is very difficult. Like, VERY difficult. I couldn't stop feeling grateful for every single second of the movie.


And the movie, my friends. THE MOVIE. I loved it. I simply loved it. I laughed, cried, I had SO much fun! Secrets were revealed! My theories were proving right, my theories were proving wrong. There was so much happening both on screen and inside me ... it was BEAUTIFUL! It was just FANTASTIC! Yessssssss, this sequel in the Fantastic Beasts series was FANTASTIC!

I will not be giving away any secrets in this post like I promised but instead I'll post a detailed review of the movie in another post. Of course it will be heavily loaded with spoiler warnings so if you're avoiding spoilers I'll totally be respectful of that. Because after all, a few days ago, I was the one avoiding spoilers while the entire world went on to watch the movie and post details. It was annoying! Hahaha!

So stay tuned for a detailed review of the movie, but for now I will say this: I do not know why there are people out there discouraging others from watching the movie. I do not know why people have so many negative opinions about it. It is not Harry Potter. It is a prequel spin-off thingy. It is in its own an entirely different movie and story and in my opinion it is great! There was humor, action, romance, fun, mystery, magic ... LOTS OF MAGIC! There was SO much to love and I loved all of it!


I was stunned out of reality by the time the movie came to an end. We ended this magical day out with a delicious loaded Sundae! Yummmm! Oh and you know what the best part was at the end of the day? We found a full size poster of the movie at Hot Topic's display! We squealed, literally! I finally got a good picture with the movie poster! It may not have been inside the theater but hey, it was literally everything I wanted!

Oh and before I go, once again, SO GRATEFUL I GOT TO WATCH THE MOVIE!

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

I Return With a Big Brain Block!

Look who it is! ME! Yet again making an entry back to my blog after shamelessly having completely ignored it. *sighs* Oh and I return with my head bowed down in shame because I'm coming back with a big brain block. I don't know what to start with. I don't know how to catch up. I don't know when to blog. I just am a big brain-mess right now.

I know! Lets start with the why? Why have I been missing in action? Well, easy. Nobody has given me time to sit down and blog in peace. When you're running around in panic meeting everybody's unneeded deadlines you just aren't in the mental state to be able to sit down and blog. So that is exactly what has happened to me. I am brain-locked at the moment because I just haven't given my brain the time to sit down, calm down, and relax.

Next, let me tackle the 'what'. What is happening? What should I start writing about now that I am trying to get back to my darling blog? Well. I am brain-blocked so I don't exactly know where to begin. So why don't I just dump it all and try and see how that goes.

For starters, I am halfway through Ramadan right now. My tummy grumbles as I type because Ramadan and IBS do not gel well together and I just had a big bathroom episode from which I'm trying to recover from. I know, TMI, but I am literally going to be brain dumping right now. Next important update is the room makeover. I have been missing from my blog so I haven't had the chance to talk about this yet but I have done a full makeover of my room. Everything has been moved and the entire look has completely changed. I sit here staring at my newly rearranged Potterific Corner behind my laptop's screen and I am just so in love with what I see. My desk space and a bit of my bed's makeover is still not complete and some little things remain unsorted on the floor in my room but I will be getting to those after Ramadan.

That's the last picture I took of my bed before moving everything!

Next big update is my heartbreak over not being able to go and watch The Secrets of Dumbledore right now. Bro refused, rather rudely, and mama will never allow Abbie and I on the highway by ourselves so we're stuck waiting for bro to take us. This is the most unfortunate and most helpless feeling ever. I'm trying to avoid spoilers as best as I can and I'm hoping that by the time bro's going to be done with his Eid socials, the theater will still have some kind of movie poster or display up for me to get pretty pictures taken against. It's just sad to not be able to go for no reason at all. It's heart breaking. Just ... so heart breaking.

Finally, third big update is that my foot is still not feeling well. I continue to go for laser therapy seshs though they have been spaced out to try and avoid going in Ramadan. I feel like I'm at a 95% kind of improvement but now the pain has become localized to specific spots under my foot and behind the ankle. I also feel like the pain has changed to like a stiff kind of ache instead of the terrible pain I had before. I keep feeling the need to somehow make my foot stretch and pull and 'click' into place. Not sure if I can explain that last one, but yeah.

Actually, I do have more updates ranging from BIG ones like the fact that I could go to Philadelphia and experience the Harry Potter Exhibition to small stuff like Johnny Depp currently sitting in a court house embarrassing himself further. *laughs* Yes, that last one doesn't really affect my life but I have been following the trial so I do care about it?

See? Brain dumping helps! I came up with SO much that I want to talk about and write about. I just need to find time and get my brain into that zone again where I can blog my heart out the way I want to. I thought about so many ideas where I wanted to return to my blog with a proper blog post but it just wasn't working out so I decided on a brain dump instead. And I'm so glad I did!

Now I am hoping that with the initial brain dump done, I should see some kind of improvement in my brain's block and hopefully I should be back to blogging regularly like I used to ... like I want to! I have so much to tell and so much to show. It's sad that I'm just not finding the time and the brain capacity to be able to do so! I need to fix that! ASAP. And I'm hoping this should do the trick!?

Friday, February 25, 2022

Winter 2022 AwesomeBoard and Desk Decor - Show and Tell!

Just about the last month left of Winter 2022! I am so not ready for the season to end. If you've been here a while you know Spring and Summer are just not for me. So I'm over here living as much of my darling Winter season as I can. I sit here, my laptop opened up in front of me, as I stare at my beautiful Winter AwesomeBoard behind it. This time I was very indecisive about how to style my desk because I keep feeling like I want to change the layout of my room and move my desk to entirely new spot. I'm bound because I've drilled holes in all the walls for the various collages and what not and I don't know anything about the P of painting walls so I'm pretty much stuck! *laughs* That is something I shall keep on thinking about until one day I can actually get to it. For now though, my desk looks like a happy Winter fest for the season!

This season's decor had a bit of old and new stuff. I got Target's famous new snow globe and did a DIY Winter scene with it which I enjoyed very much. At the same time I also got my long lost beloved snowman from the stuff Dad got shipped from my childhood home back in Pakistan. I was so happy when I saw it! It used to be my favorite back when I was a kid and I was delighted that nobody had destroyed or damaged it. He's so happy looking! I displayed all my latest Starbucks cups on the board to keep the happy memories of sipping hot chocolates with my bestie Abbie right here in front of me. There was a LOT of gingerbread men themed stuff all around too! I find it the cutest!

Check out the close ups and details!

One of the new things I got this season included this adorable little pocketbac holder from Bath and Body Works. SO CUTE! I know they're supposed to be holders for sanitizers but when has anyone ever been able to stop me from finding creative uses for stuff? Neverrrrrrrrrrr! I've been using their pocketbac holders as decor for my AwesomeBoard displays and they always look adorable!

That adorable Gingerbread man cookie from last year made an appearance again! Because I love it so much! Right next to it you'll see the new cutie pie sweater ornament I found at Target. I saw it and fell in love immediately! It was MADE for my AwesomeBoard! It is so cute with the authentic knitting all the way to the tiny little hanger it is on! Love it!

Doesn't that look adorable?! I really loved that this year my AwesomeBoard was giving such adorable vibes! It was such a happy sight to look at! Oh and the adorable vibe continued all the way to the desk decor too! Take a look at the cuteness!

THAT SNOWMAN! That's the snowman I am talking about! Super cute and still in perfect condition!

My beautiful DIY snow globe! My first ever DIY of Target's snow globe! I love it! I had a very difficult time keeping things in place when I tried shutting the globe on top! *laughs* But even with that annoying little bit happening I still loved this so much and I can't wait to do more DIYs with this in future! Check out the close ups!

Also! Check that adorable snowflake shaped mat I got from Target! So cute!

LOVE LOVE LOVE! I've thoroughly enjoyed my Winter decor all season long. I know there's a month left before Spring and technically that's a good enough time to enjoy this some more but I still feel sad that I'll have to take all of this down soon to change it up! I don't want to! Can I keep the smiley snowman and Gingerbread cookie and all of this through the Summer heat? *laughs* Then I can just directly fast forward to Fall when I won't be so sad changing the seasonal decor!? Hee hee hee hee!
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