I'm excited to share with y'all that I've been offered a staff writer position at @mugglenet!
I've been using MuggleNet since elementary school, so this is so exciting for me!
(Also, I've had a lot of questions about this, but no, this is not an actual job. I still work at the University and do all my other stuff, but now I get to share my thoughts and feelings on Harry Potter around the world!)
Frenzied & manic, Elfer came in from the North Pole and hit up his drug of choice...hard. The new Juniper Latte must be something pretty hot among the elf set, because now he is simply sitting there shaking, eyes wide as saucers, and babbling nonstop.
I’ve never know Elfer to embrace moderation; he truly is an ‘all or nothing’ kind of guy...but for his sake, I hope he dials back his caffeine consumption. #elfontheshelf#elfshenanigans#elferreturns#mischiefmanaged
The last two years have been incredibly hard. The divorce was undeniably for the best, but it was still a rough road to travel - the hardest to date. I relocated and started life over again. Had to get Kalila settled in to our new life, make sure she was coping and okay. Had to fight depression and PTSD. Had to strip away the pain, anger, and bitterness to find myself again. Had to start rebuilding my self-esteem. Had to learn to trust again. Dealing with all this was overwhelming and nearly more than I could handle, so I retreated from nearly everyone, hid while I licked my wounds and tried to heal. It hurt so much that I decided I was done with love. Forever.
And then he came into my life.
My light in the darkness. He held me while I cried countless nights, still dealing with the trauma. He stayed up with me late into the night discussing ways to help Kalila. He always takes the time to include her and show her that he loves her too. He shares my passion for books and all things nerdy, and he takes the time to teach me football so we can watch together. Always together. He shares my love language and speaks it to me often. He stares at me with such intense love in his eyes that sometimes it’s hard for my damaged soul to even accept the love that I’ve always known I deserved and wanted. He’s proven to me that I never had to settle, that the seemingly impossible list of things I wanted in a man were, in fact, not at all impossible to embody in one person. He easily won over my whole family and I’ve fallen in love with his whole family, who have also welcomed me with love and open arms. Since the day I met him, and for the first time in the thirty years I’ve been alive, life makes sense. I’m forever grateful for his existence, and for the light and happiness he brings to my life.
Now, we’re ecstatic to announce that our love will be manifesting corporeally in a magical little bundle of joy.
The Patronus Charm - “Expecto Patronum” - is a defensive charm that protects from inhuman evil by summoning one’s happiest memories.
Logros y etapas cumplidas
Un sueño que muchas veces pensé abandonar pero estar allí, recibiendo mi diploma, me hizo agradecer enormemente haber luchado por él
Ingeniero de Producción de la Universidad Simón Bolívar
Firma del acta: 21 de noviembre de 2018
Acto de graduación: 6 de diciembre de 2018
Y para terminar como se debe: «Mischief Managed» 💛
The most daddy’s girl and his faithful little shop kitten. Missy is both our friendly and least friendly cat. She will gladly come up to great you, the claw the hell out of your hand if you look at her wrong. When @dertnutz is holding her, she makes me a liar! I love you, angry little trash gremlin.
It’s been 7 or 8 years since I’ve been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and so much has been added since then!! I was not disappointed!
Here are a few of my faves:
✷ The Hogwarts Express takes you between parks. The Village of Hogsmead is in Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley is in Universal Studios. The train ride between the parks is super magical with different “scenery” outside the window depending which way you’re riding and Harry, Ron and Hermione talking and walking around outside the compartment. ✷Disappearing through the barrier at Platform 9 3/4 (watch the video in my stories!!)
✷ Outside of Diagon Alley, you can talk to Stan and Dre Head, the shrunken head on the Knight Bus. The shrunken head is totally interactive and laughed when we said both of our names are Ashley and told us our Polyjuice Potion had worn off. ✷ Hot butterbeer!! Last time I was here, they only had cold & frozen. The hot was delicious and more authentic to the books. ✷ The food in the Wizarding World isn’t my favorite, but the fish and chips at The Three Broomsticks and The Leaky Cauldron is actually really good. The Butterbeer cream dessert was also delicious. ✷ The new Escape From Gringotts ride is fantastic!! I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting a roller coaster type ride (prob bc it’s inside) but I got a fun little shock at the first drop. ✷ Wandering around the shops in Hogsmead & Diagon Alley... they did such a great job with bringing them to life!! Olivanders Wand Shop is my fave.. def wait in line to go inside and watch Mr. Olivander help a lucky witch or wizard find their first wand!!
✷ The Forbidden Journey ride fixed the screen contrast issues from the last time we were there, and I loved it! I think we rode 3 times.
✷ The Christmas decorations made me so so happy!! They did not leave a shop or building undecorated. It’s so magical, especially at dusk when all the twinkle lights come to life!!
So fun! I’m not sad that my pass has 3 more days on it for next year! I already can’t wait to go back! Headband: @thepluckypeach