Sunday, October 14, 2018

Fall Diaries of October 2018: It Starts ...

••• PANIC ••• CHAOS ••• OVER WORK ••• DRAMA ••• The most awaited time of the year is celebrated at Abbiesville and this year it has arrived amidst bucket loads of panic! My state has been as charming as the zombie gentlemen above. I was in a panicked robot mode multitasking between cooking in the kitchen, burning tire grease on the roads; getting people to appointments, getting errands done, and trying to keep my sanity. October crept in silently, and I am still grabbing things by their horns now because it has only taken off.   
O well ••• that is me up there as Bilbo with my Fall high ••• This year's bucket list is in my head and I'd just go with the flow ••• impromptu this year because planning only gives me unchecked items on the list. Some of the sure shot things are: Starbucks Fall Favorites, Fall photography (the colors!), Fall crafts, and this year's BIGGEST Fall sensation - Crimes of Grindelwald releasing in November •••  
 Join me in Fall 2018!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Voice Of Abbie: October 2018 "Something Wicked Abbie's Way Comes"

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*GRINDELWALD TONE*


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Fellow mad people! A long awaited, magical quarter of the year has begun! Perhaps this shall be a healing to the many wounds inflicted by 2018. Amen to that! There's so much on the plate piled up to end this year ••• sadly, there will be no trip this year to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - I won't be going home to Hogwarts because Sara and I are going to wait for the new ride to get going and Globus Mundi to come to life before we decide to revisit! No-Potterheads please Google your way through the terms alien to you. 
The teasing chill in the air will continue to getting crisp and dead women will be crawling out of vents and crawl spaces in movies on TV! Aha! October is when things get crazy my friends! 

<<<<<<< SEPTEMBER REWIND <<<<<<<<<


September's been a cruel month of overwork, brain kill, emotional challenges, and severe exhaustion and uncertainty. I was in the kitchen from morning till night, cooking and cleaning. It's SUCH a pathetic story I do not even wish to talk about it. Check it all out in "Food Journals: September 2018 - Heaps of panicked cooking and dining out"
 
September was madness in the Wizarding World. It was Back To Hogwarts time when September began. Next, Hot Topic opened its Hot Cash cashing in session. There was so much HP loot! Check out POTTERHEAD CHRONICLES OF SEPTEMBER: King's Cross Back To Hogwarts, Newt Funko Pop, & Hot Topic Loot
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------------ OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS ------------
OCTOBER PHOTOGRAPHY MONTH 2018

OctoPhoMo is my most beloved Fall project. One photo every day is what's going to happen! Follow it HERE.  
Fall Diaries are now being written. My mind's a mess, time's running, the season's to be celebrated! Catch it HERE.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

POTTERHEAD CHRONICLES OF SEPTEMBER: King's Cross Back To Hogwarts, Newt Funko Pop, & Hot Topic Loot

BACK TO HOGWARTS! >>> SEPTEMBER 1, 2018.

SEPTEMBER 1st: It was Back to Hogwarts! *tears of magical joy* ••• I woke up to a busy ruddy weekend and a boring as anything work list ••• then my partner in crime, Sara walked into my office and said it’s Back To Hogwarts Day today and my brains were rattled pretty good when she showed me an Instagram video of the gathering at King’s Cross and the appearance of Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law!!! ••• we discussed how we would have fallen down on our knees and broken down into HUGE bawling crying fits had we been there! ••• hahaha! 😁 And I can only laugh at the thought of what non Potterheads would be going through at Kings Cross station when the lot gathered there and there was even an announcement on the microphone about Hogwarts Express leaving!!! 😭 ••• EMOTIONS OUT OF CONTROL!!! ••• I set up a little Back to Hogwarts display in my office/room myself! ••• It’ll be a very long time before I get to revisit Hogwarts so I can only cry!


YouTube VIDEOS OF THE KING'S CROSS STATION EVENT


SHOOING THE DAILY DEMONS AWAY WITH A CUPPA

••• we all need some courage to combat the monsters of daily life. It was a happy Sunday (in my head!) and I started the day with a cuppa Chai in the Gryffindor mug. It makes a big difference to me what I drink my Chai in and when it's a wizarding world merch mug then it adds to the awesomeness!
WELCOMED NEWT SCAMANDER TO THE FUNKO FAMILY


••• welcomed the Newt Scamander special edition Funko Pop to the family last month. It arrived with the package damaged and the head wobbling and accents chipped. It was so heartbreaking ••• fortunately the seller refunded the money •••
 "BAGGED" SOME NEAT DEALS ON HANDBAGS, NIFFLERS, & FUNKOS FROM HOT TOPIC


••• Hot Cash πŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’° ••• it came like an early birthday gift from Hot Topic and Sara and I flocked to our Potterhead shrine and swooped some seriously awesomesauce merch! ••• We found 2 Hogwarts handbags! *faints* ••• picked up Niffler plushies which we were dying over since a long time ••• AND!!! Grindelwald Funko Pops ••• oh oh!!! Dark Mark πŸ’€ badges to sow on our DIY denim bags! •••
ORDER OF THE PHOENIX READING CONTINUES


Mornings (7 am-ish) are for a warm bowl of oatmeal and reading HP. I am catching up from where I left off in the 10th grade (shame on me!). My return to HP fandom is the core part of reclaiming my life after it fell prey to worldly pursuits. 
So, I am reading the bit about Harry's stay at the Black House. I am instantly taken back to the Wizarding World where I stand before Grimmauld Place and look up at the curtained windows waiting for the sulky faced Kreacher to peak at me. Alas! There shall be no visit this year. 
WIZARDING WORLD CANDY IS ABOUT TO HIT THE STORES! JELLY BELLY IS THE NEW HONEYDUKES!

The more candy they make available in the Muggle world the more magic goes around. We cannot have Honeydukes everywhere and Lolli & Pops has been my only other go-to for Chocolate Frog minis and 3D cartoonish wizard cards. It would be a treat to have these come out in common.
FANTASTIC BEASTS TRAILER STUNS THE WORLD!


Friday, September 28, 2018

October Photography Month (OctoPhoMo) 2018 "Something Wicked This Way Comes!"


Hear ye! Hear ye! Something wicked this way comes!
Here comes October Photography Month (OctoPhoMo) 2018, announcing the coming of Fall.

First off, a bit about the gig ...

"OctoPhoMo was started in 2012 by Stitch & Cat Mommy on Open Diary (the original OD 1998-2014). In 2013 the event was held on both OD and Prosebox with only Cat Mommy as host from then on. In 2014 it ran solely on PB as Open Diary had closed by October. The guidelines are very simple; one photo, every day, for a month." (Check the deets HERE).

I'm running the challenge on my Instagram @abbiesadventures and posting the dailies down below. So this entry updates daily! Follow me on Instagram to catch it there.



πŸπŸ“ΈOCTOBER PHOTOGRAPHY MONTH 2018πŸŽžπŸ‚ October and start of Fall is incomplete without OctoPhoMo. I’ve been doing this since 2010 and 2018’s no exception. There’s always healing needed as the closing quarter of the year begins and more now than ever.
OctoPhoMo is a celebration of a lot of things for me. ▪️ It celebrates my moving to the East Coast that’s home to the most beautiful Fall season. ▪️ It commemorates the “rising from the ashes” that happened for me through years spent on Open Diary getting to know unique people, different people, people who stood out from the world’s normalcy and rejoiced it! ▪️ And finally, it rejoices the coming to end of another year!
OctoPhoMo was started in 2012 by Stitch & Cat Mommy on Open Diary (1998-2014). In 2013 the event was held on both OD and Prosebox (PB) with only Cat Mommy as host. In 2014 it ran solely on PB as OD closed. Currently it’s running on Prosebox.net
DAY 01 - BLACK
“Black” ••• I’m undertaking possibly the most serious, yet funny, project of my life. “Black In My Rainbow” is going to be the name of the book I’m writing. No details no promises.

 DAY 02 - TRUTH
“Truth” - Newt Scamander’s anti-panic philosophy has got to be the biggest truth!
DAY 03 - OUTDOOR
It was this one spot in time when someone else grabbed the wheel and I got a treasured break from driving ••• that gave me some time to look at the sky ••• The electric poles kind of depict the way life’s all complicated in the foreground!
 DAY 04 - CANINE
Playing Paw Patrol with the niece. My hand is a gigantic spider πŸ•· and Skye is in combat mode.
DAY 05 - TOOTH
O well, this gentleman has to be the beat Halloween animatronic I’ve seen so far! 
DAY 06 - SMILE OR SNARL
Whatever you make of it. This is my shirt of the month!
DAY 07 - FICTION

DAY 08 - SOMETIMES LIFE GIVES LEMONS
DAY 09 - CAR
••• The Black Pearl, my ride, my capsule home, my escape pod!
DAY 10 - DEATH
••• Served with love.

DAY 11 - BOO DENIM

DAY 12 - WATER

DAY 13 - AT FALL'S DOORSTEP

DAY 14 - FRIEND


DAY 15 - TEMPORARY / PERMANENT "ME AND MY MESS


DAY 16 - THEME PARK

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

September At Hogwarts

Through September, I am doing the September At Hogwarts Photo Challenge hosted by @Pygmypufffluff --- o'course I have missed 3 of the beginning entries (shall make up later somewhere) --- and Merlin's Beard!!! This is going to be fun!!!
THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED DAILY!!!

Day 04: DIAGON ALLEY

••• I adore Diagon Alley! ••• It’s Harry’s first encounter with the workings of the Wizarding world! The shops, the shopping, and the hustle bustle of it all! ••• Even in Orlando at the Wizarding World I love the Diagon Alley side better because of the ice cream and the dragon breathing fire!
The photo features the 3D art book I purchased on a very good $18 deal from Wordery.
Day 05: MAGICAL PETS

Magical Pets ••• These are my sweethearts! Fawkes the Phoenix, Jellybean the Pygmy Puff, and Pigwidgeon
Day 06: HOGWARTS



••• Another majestic 3D pop-up! Paper engineering at its best •••

Day 07: WANDS AT THE READY



My work is the dreary line of property management and mixing it with bits I love from HP is the only way I get through •••
Day 08: HOUSE PRIDE


••• Gryffindor forever ••• I got this sew on patch from Etsy. I’ve made my house pride a part of my daily carry around bag ••• This is the positivity I carry around and when I’m having a down in the dumps kind of day (every other day), one glance at this just replenishes the good vibes! ••• I’ve always drawn positive energy from material objects, and my bag is the biggest impact item!