Thursday, November 15, 2018

POTTERHEAD CHRONICLES OCTONOVEMBER: CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD SEASON

UK PREMIERE OF FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD! EVERY BIT IS TO DIE FOR!


NOVEMBER 1ST: VERY FONDLY I HONOR PROFESSOR GILDEROY LOCKHART

HP BOOK COVER PIN BADGES!!! FOUND AT FIVE BELOW SELLING LIKE HOT CAKES!

⚡️✨ Harry Potter Merch!!! Found these beautiful book cover pin badges at Five Below They’re the first four only though, we need the remaining three don’t we!?
2 DAYS TO GO UNTIL FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD HITS THEATRES!!!

FINDING A FELLOW POTTERHEAD
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Finding a fellow Potterhead is such a treat! My dental hygienist had this in her room and I found out she’s a Gryffindor waiting for the new ride to start next year so she can go back to Hogwarts! Also, she’s planning HP elements in her wedding!
BESTIE SURPRISES ME WITH AN EARLY BIRTHDAY GIFT: NEWT SCAMANDER FUNKO MINI KEYCHAIN

Early Birthday Gift from Sara ••• I have wanted this for a very long time. Ever since I have gotten the Newt Scamander Funko Pop I have wanted this mini keychain version to keep with my pencil case at all times. I found one on eBay and some “usual” seller mishap caused the purchase to cancel! Heartbreak! ••• I believe Sara found my birthday to be the perfect opportunity! Thanks Sara my mischief partner!
ANOTHER EARLY BIRTHDAY GIFT, LUCIUS MALFOY FUNKO POP MAGICALLY APPEARED ON MY DESK

🐍 LUCIUS MALFOY has arrived, Potterheads. I found him waiting for me in his outstanding poise and charm on my desk this morning! I’d gone in after the morning Chai to start a yet another loaded day. I adore this Funko Pop SO much! The intricate details on the robe, the serpent on this cane! WOW!

LORD VOLDEMORT WAND PEN!!! BA-BA-BOOM!!! ANOTHER EARLY BIRTHDAY GIFT


πŸ’€VOLDEMORT WAND PEN!!! OMG! Another early birthday wish from my sisteroonz Sara ••• I had pulled into Target’s parking lot when she handed me this! This gorgeous gorgeous mini wand ball point is going to earn its place among my daily favorite stationery items.

THE QUESTION: WILL I OR WILL I NOT WATCH CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD IN THEATRES? 

 
Will I or will I not go see Crimes of Grindelwald in the theatre? That’s the question? Such seemingly small dilemmas are mammoth feats of incredible emotional / physical struggle at Abbiesville. Bribing a relative, emotional blackmail everything’s fair in Potterhead love.
HOGWARTS IS MY HOME PILLOWS FROM HOT TOPIC! BAGGED WITH HOT CASH!
Bagged these beauties from Hot Topic on Hot Cash that ended yesterday! I’m crazy for pillows and cushions! They’re SUCH great displays and comfy commodities. The Hogwarts skyline won my heart and bonus points for the gold foil writing.
FANTASTIC BEASTS CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD PAJAMAS! HOT TOPIC TREAT TO MYSELF ARRIVED THE NIGHT BEFORE THE RELEASE OF THE MOVIE

 Just in time! On the night before the release of #CrimesOfGrindelwald ••• I received my Hot Topic Crimes of Grindelwald pajamas! I’m throwing a dance fit. This is the MOST perfect pajama in the Muggle and Wizard world combined! I LOVE you Hot Topic!
QUIDDITCH WATCH & DANGLE CUFF EARRINGS SET --- PERFECT POTTERIFIC JEWELRY PIECES FROM HOT TOPIC
Gorgeous burgundy gold tone Quidditch watch with a Golden Snitch on an arm. And a dangle cuff earrings set featuring silver tone Deathly Hallows symbols, rose gold lightning bolts, and golden Snitch symbols. All this from Hot Topic! Grab them while they sell quick at Hot Topic.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

QUALITY IN A MAN, QUALITY IN A WOMAN

This is a world of spineless men and women with the devil's horns! 'Nuff said? Nope --- a bit needs to be said here. November Journaling Month's question is: "What is the quality you most like in a man? In a woman?" --- That brings me to a colossal expression of ideology! --- The quality I most like in a man is the presence of strong character and a SPINE! He should be fair, sound of mind, and fierce in honoring his word. This is coming from observing mamma's boys who become unfair to their wives, and wife worshippers who are unfair to their mothers. It also comes from gutless losers who cannot stand for what is right and cannot safeguard those under their protection. There's also the kind that changes colors like a chameleon to fake being part of specific social circle. In a woman, the quality I most like is tolerance of other women. Only a woman of strong moral fiber accepts the talents, skills, and abilities of others. Normally I feel the majority of women function like lionesses that mark their prairie and would kill to keep others of similar calibre enter their territory. Women are territorial. A social queen bee, for instance, often end up making life a nightmare for someone who gives her a good competition. I have yet to see a woman of strong character who does not get insecure to the extent of lunatic from another woman. I have yet to see a woman who mixes her friends circles together without worrying about which face she will put on with each different kind, someone who welcomes others with an open heart clean of jealousy and competition, someone who does not resort to bullying or groupism simply because she cannot stand another woman to share the limelight! 
THIS ENTRY IS WRITTEN FOR NOVEMBER JOURNALING MONTH 2018. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Abbie's 3 Pet Peeves

INSTRUCTIONS BEING ISSUED AT ME FIRST THING IN THE MORNING
Okay --- I have not had my Chai, my stomach is rumbling, and acid is coming up my throat. I am hungry! My muscle spasms are at their best early morning, I have not stretched. My joints are creaking. I am dealing with setting the Chai to boil on the stove - getting the kitchen started. And --- someone begins to shoot instructions at me at 9000 per minute! This could be anybody! A tenant needing the thermostat fixed, a bill screaming to be paid sneaking up on me from my bag, my mom telling me the to-do list I already wrote last night, or my sister stressing on jobs left undone! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRGGGHH! I know I know I know! But let me LOAD first! I hang just like your PC / laptop (that you are more sensitive about) when it's trying to boot and you click open multiple apps and folders and then hit Google Chrome!
WHEN SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T KNOW A THING ABOUT ME / MY LIFE RECOMMENDS A SUITOR
πŸ’© A poop emoji is MUCH needed here! A specific breed of people exist in the Desi (Indian and Pakistani) community. These are aunties or married females to be precise. They live to poke their schnoz into people's lives. The most favorite question on their plate of cynical criticism (towards me) is about if I am single. The reality of the fact becomes clear to them when they see me quite independent, working the works, and well --- making an entrance with my blood family and not a spouse. Next up --- they serve a platter of unwelcome life advice and if I am lucky they offer my mother a catalogue of suitable suitors. It is always a treat to go through these 'bios' or 'profiles' as they call them. Instead of being a portfolio of eligible bachelors it appears more of a suspected illegal immigrants brochure that I could always submit to Homeland Security and win brownie points! And when my mother politely refuses (me having uttered vile abuse upon viewing the 'profiles') these free and self-proclaimed matchmakers hit us with 'useful' life advice and insist we consider the eligible dudes. Such life advice has directed me to consider abandoning my business and moving to a new geographical time zone and pop babies with a stranger. At other times, I have been asked to wed a 5 years younger immigrant who was 'ready and willing' just to get the dark blue passport. Alas, there have been recommendations made to rip off my hijab! Who wants Emmanuel Macron for a husband?
WHEN I AM SPOKEN TO WHILE IN THE SHOWER / ON THE TOILET
Facepalm! What exactly CAN I do about the doorbell ringing when my hair is foamed up with Biotin shampoo and the rest of me is covered in Softsoap Pink Peony and Sea Salt exfoliating body wash?! And what difference can I make if I am in the middle of a bowel movement and USPS dropped a parcel on the front porch in the pouring rain!? 
THIS ENTRY IS WRITTEN FOR NOVEMBER JOURNALING MONTH 2018. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Something That Gives Me The Feeling Of Success

My blog - ABBIE'S ADVENTURE DIARIES - my darling, darling blog gives me the feeling of success. I have been blogging since 2001. Long time! Each entry, each piece, each graphic, gives me a sense of accomplishment. I am not a commercial blogger so there are no mass promos I am running after. I do not check analytics and stats and comps running behind the blog's framework. It is plain creative expression. My life's pretty hectic. At times I am unable to steal even 2 hours from a weekend for myself. So, when I manage to get through a piece of writing, put together a neat graphic to go with it, and then float it in the cyber sphere for an unknown audience, that's when I feel like I have reached the summit of Mt Everest! 
I do not set unrealistic benchmarks --- that is something I have started this year. Earlier, I was too hard on myself and kept forcing entries to follow up and fill the gaps. But I realized I am my best judge, my best audience, and I am mostly writing for myself. This is all summing up towards being one big memoir that I would read in my old years sitting in elderly care. Perhaps, my favorite audience would then be the hospice care nurse HAHA! 
THIS ENTRY IS WRITTEN FOR NOVEMBER JOURNALING MONTH 2018. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

THE BABBLING ABBIE: MAD NOVEMBER

3 months! Repairs and construction seem to have no end.
 
Writers block is not always caused by lack of inspiration. Drag of mundane life, lack of time for oneself, and tiredness also cause it.
 
The stuff you want to yell out when instructions are being called out at you from all directions and you haven’t had breakfast and you haven’t been to the toilet!
 
I see these at doctors offices and hospitals. I could use this in my life ••• for when I’m in the kitchen. This could be the perfect portable desk.

THE VOICE OF ABBIE: NOVEMBER - MAGICAL NOVEMBER 2018

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Frankly folks, I would like January to come with full speed. Yes, I'm speaking of fast forwarding the Fall and birthday season now. Storms and extreme chills have washed away a greater chunk of Fall colors.  Yet, I am out almost every alternate day hunting for Fall photographs to capture. And, no! I go out for grocery, doctors' appointments, and other people's businesses, not mine! So they are non-romantic excursion I try to inject with romance.
A lot of construction and repair work marks November. December is no less panicky! So, I would appreciate the passing of 2018 since there's nothing much left to this cursed year of trouble and losses. I'd be happy to close the coffin on this one!
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Let's talk about October that flew away! It was the start of the family's birthday season. I get a cake bake and decorate gig in October, you know that! That's the month's highlight.
Catch the kitchen and cookery updates in October's Food Journals (down below). Dad was visiting and the Madhouse kitchen was buzzing with cooking. 
Food Journals October 2018 - The Month Of Awesome Cakes, Rolling Flatbreads, & Vegetarian/Seafood Goodness at The Cheesecake Factory

October Photography Month! That's my annual Fall tradition! I stuck to it. Well, a couple of days at the end of the month slipped but did the rest! I love the photos I was able to take. It was a spooky ordeal owing to the Halloweeny happenings of the month with bits and pieces of Fall festivities and cakes! Enjoy the show! 

Fall Diaries are back! O, well, I didn't write too much in October so it is a wee little page I wrote to welcome the crispy leaves and chilling chills of the season. It features an itty bitty Fall Bucket List which would mostly get done through November, God Willing!

--------------------------------- NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS ---------------------------------
November is The Abbie's month. CHAPTER XXXii is about to begin, November 19th! And I am attempting to make the very best of it. Sara is planning an awesome fo shawsome birthday cake which is aimed at blowing my toasted brains away. 
To begin, I am writing the November Journaling Month 2018. There's a heavy duty prompts list - actually two from two different people - and it comes from Prosebox. I will infuse my own Abbiness into some of the days because I am not too interested in some of the prompts. Catch the deal down below! Index links become active as I write daily.


NOVEMBER JOURNALING MONTH 2018 - "WORDS MEANT TO BE WRITTEN"
The BIGGEST highlight of November - besides my birthday - is Fantastic Beasts: Crimes Of Grindelwald hitting the big screens on the 16th! The biggest life challenge at this point would be to be able to catch it while it's on the big screen. It is no less than an emotional conquest for me and Sara to get out there and do something for the sake of our own souls! POTTERHEAD CHRONICLES would be an OctoNovember entry next month, and it would be a BOOM!
STAY TUNED! SEE YOU SOON! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Abbie "An Autobiographical Drama Of My Life"

Today's November Journaling Month prompt asked: "Who would you have play you in a movie? What movie genre would your movie fall into?"Katherine Langford (Hannah Baker from 13 Reasons Why) will play me in the cinematic screenplay based on my life. The movie will be called The Abbie and it has got to be the Drama genre. By definition "Drama Films are serious presentations or stories with settings or life situations that portray realistic characters in conflict with either themselves, others, or forces of nature. A dramatic film shows us human beings at their best, their worst, and everything in-between." --- So The Abbie will be an autobiographical drama.
Why Katherine Langford to play me? Her portrayal of Hannah Baker, a conflicted individual, was amazing! No wonder she earned her way to becoming a Golden Globe Award nominee. Hannah's character changed many colors and I need some of those shades to portray my life's story. I need her to play the positive shades: solitude-lover, creative, selfless, ambitious, a great friend to anyone, and kind. And then the negative emotions: pain, vulnerability, and sadness. 
THIS ENTRY IS WRITTEN FOR NOVEMBER JOURNALING MONTH 2018. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

ABBie's ROOM OF REQUIREMENTS

Ah! Finally I get to design a dream room ... hypothetically, as part of a November Journaling Month prompt. Pottery Barn Teen's Potter merchandise is all going to furnish my room! It would essentially look like a Gryffindor Common Room but with a special accommodation for me *RON WEASLEY SILLY SMILE* --- I do need a dedicated room for my Potterhead lifestyle.
Presenting --- the Mirror of Erised! I have my eyes set on this beauty for a long time but guess what? I have no room! There's a wall space in my study that could potentially accommodate this but --- it would maybe destroy the look of a collage on an adjacent wall so I haven't pulled this stunt as yet!
This is what I want the sitting room to look like --- windows and floating candles part in particular. Red walls, wooden paneled walls, carpet pieces, and those expensive Harry Potter cushions! 
The bed needs to be a four poster, draped, and lit up, and cozied up in Potter bedding! I like those windows but they need to be curtained up. 
There needs to be a snacking/conversation table in there somewhere where I can have meetings (with my imaginary friends *WINKS*). 
The writing desk has to be the one from Albus Dumbledore's office! I envied the Headmaster for the perfect desk he had. Of course I'd clutter it madly but yes this is the one I want! 
THIS ENTRY IS WRITTEN FOR NOVEMBER JOURNALING MONTH 2018. 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

3 Things I Can't Go Without

THE INTERNETI believe that the worst thing that can happen to a human being of a 'specific' kind in this day and age is the absence of Internet! I go through the disconnect/slow speed when I travel back to Karachi and stay for a while. It is common for the portable wifi device I am given there to lose connection with the ISP service or to experience maddeningly slow speeds due to bandwidth issues. It is a rip-my-hair-out situation. It is one nightmare not to have Internet at all --- the other catastrophe is to see Netflix struggling to load. Sam and Dean were stuck midway exorcising a demon out of a poor woman begging for death.
THE iPHONEO dear it crashed once! I was traveling and some power mishap occurred while the phone was charging overnight! I woke up and my soulmate lay dead besides me! *TRAGIC POSE* It breathed its last sometime during the grim hours of the night and everything in it was lost. I had to wait until I got back home in about 2 weeks and some more until I got a highly busy family member to take it to the Apple store and get a new one. I had turned to stone in those few days --- like a prisoner in solitary confinement! When I am on the daily run, my iPhone is my lifeline because that is how I kill wait times at doctors' offices, that is how I kill time waiting in my car while work goes on at a rental property, and the like! My Starbucks app for collecting rewards, my Giant app for discount coupons and gas rewards, my online banking --- everything just disappeared from my hands.
THE STUDY --- MY CREATIVE DENAgain! I hate being displaced too long from my creative hub. My desk, my magnetic adventure board, my Harry Potter merchandise, my stationery and crafts items, everything --- I need to be there, my home base!
THIS ENTRY IS WRITTEN FOR NOVEMBER JOURNALING MONTH 2018. 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

National Toilet Day - A Girl Is Born

What “holiday” falls on your birthday? Would/will you celebrate it?
I had a "gut feeling", pun intended, when I Googled for holidays/events on November 19th that something like this might pop up. It did. And why wouldn't it? Me, toilet, and toilet humor date way back. Explosive diarrhea (possible food poisoning) landed me at the hospital when I was in my first time eating stages. At 7 months of age I pooped on top of a mountain! No kidding. Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France! I dropped the load. That's when my babymooner parents concluded great things about their firstborn. On my 5th birthday they decided to film one of those "a day with the birthday kid" movies and a vhs tape and all was made. The responded to a call of doodie there as well --- nobody was attending to my "needs" so I let the dogs out! So I know exactly the part in the video where I "rebelled" and then onwards I roamed around with a great secret!
I have been dealing with a lot of "crap" ever since and I am skilled to do that.
"The best way to handle it is to flush it without smelling it!"
Funny though that constipation has always been the hot topic when it comes to me. I've been trying hard to make things work. There are horror stories pertaining to that as well. So many remedies have been tried and tested --- tablespoon of olive oil first thing early morning *PUKES*, bran cereals, prune/grape juice, figs, etc. etc. The only thing that's worked is oatmeal, honey, and a date every morning.
Am I celebrating? Well, everyone around the world will --- first thing in the morning everybody will do just that! Drinks all around!
 THIS ENTRY IS WRITTEN FOR NOVEMBER JOURNALING MONTH 2018.