75 Reasons to take me to Harry Potter World

This is a special blog dedicated to my boyfriend:

  1. because when I googled “100 reasons to take me to Harry Potter,” the first result was 100 reasons why Harry Potter is better than Twilight and I like that!
  2. It will make me like you more
  3. You deserve the title, best boyfriend of the year and this would get you that title
  4. I really want to go
  5. I heard Hermione hugs everyone as they enter the park
  6. I’m much nicer when doing something Harry Potter related
  7. I won’t stop asking
  8. I really really won’t stop asking
  9. You are such a beautiful person to look at, I want to bring you somewhere public and share your beauty
  10. Harry Potter is awesome
  11. In Harry Potter world, unicorns exist
  12. We can put in an application for your best friend Reardon to be Hagrid
  13. I really want my own magical wand
  14. I will return control of Netflix queue to you
  15. You can go to space camp next summer
  16. It could inspire me to write a novel and who knows, make the bestseller list?
  17. I might start calling you King Daniel
  18. There is an animal in Orlando unnamed (maybe Sir Jonathan the Third’s cousin?)
  19. I will stop trying to wax your eyebrows
  20. I’ll build you an arc next time in rains… just in case
  21. I heard the park was made out of pasta
  22. I will cancel my wedding dress order
  23. Every night before bed, I’ll recite a poem to you
  24. I will stop trying to sing and/or whistle
  25. When we buy a house, you can fill it with puppies
  26. Because I hid a self-destruct chip inside you and will not share the ways to deactivate it
  27. I will listen to you talk about your day at school without sighing
  28. I hear there’s a spell that silences loud mouthed girlfriends
  29. I will go see any/all paranormal activity movies they release into theaters
  30. Will start to make you tiramisu every week
  31. Every day will be fort-building-day
  32. I will stop adding bits of glass to your meals
  33. You can start having nacho’s for breakfast
  34. I won’t smash the pumpkin you carve this weekend
  35. For every day we don’t go to Harry Potter world, our youth slowly dies
  36. I will break into your WOW account and sell your character/things
  37. Because I made this funny list
  38. If you don’t take me, Voldemort wins
  39. I will buy you a waffle maker
  40. Because I make you laugh a lot and often
  41. I won’t start a new project like translating Harry Potter into made-up languages
  42. My feet don’t have enough blisters on them
  43. I promise to leave my Harry Potter costume at home
  44. I will stop asking for a pet owl
  45. You can start eating Nutella straight from the jar
  46. I will let you listen to “Sexy and I know it” as much as you want
  47. I’ll stop pointing out your grammar mistakes
  48. I will stop my addictive behavior like buying 5 used books a week
  49. Next time you want to pick up a drifter, I will not complain
  50. I will start shaving my legs more often
  51. I won’t try to get you to do yoga with me
  52. Because Hagrid needs a hug
  53. I will find a new ringtone that isn’t the Scooby Doo theme song
  54. I will stop chasing squirrels in parking lots
  55. I promise to not become a crazy cat lady
  56. The sorting hat needs new people to sort
  57. I will no longer give you crude and offensive middle names
  58. I want to try Butterbeer or do you think they’ll have firewhisky?
  59. I will stop pointing out ironies and alliterations
  60. I promise to not make fun of your back hair around strangers
  61. I’ll stop singing “Single Ladies” and giving you significant looks at weird moments
  62. I will stop translating spell names by discussing their latin roots
  63. I won’t explain the deep sociological meaning behind commercial and TV sitcoms
  64. Because your eyes are beautiful
  65. The entire flight to Orlando can be spent arguing over which house we’ll be sorted into
  66. For every admission, a hipogriff gets their wings
  67. I promise to stop faking a British accent
  68. I love you like Snape loves Lily
  69. Because future world leader JK Rowling says to go there
  70. I will tickle you to death if you don’t take me
  71. Dumbledore has an opening for a Defense Against the Dark Arts teaching positions
  72. I really won’t stop asking… just finding new ways to do it
  73. Poop!
  74. Because I tricked you into picking the number 75 so you can’t be mad at me
  75. I will stop making you lists

Time flies when you’re really busy

I wish I could say it’s been so fun that I’ve neglected my blog. But I’ve been really crazy busy. My thesis is at a full draft and on the second round of revisions. I also started a new job about a month ago. This adds to the busy level because it’s been more stressful of a transition than I estimated.

So far, I love the new position even though I feel like they expect a lot from me. It’s more of a marketing position than I intended, but the marketing is geared toward education. I still plan to apply to teach community colleges but may only do that at night.

There are a few other awesome things I want to do post graduation.

1) get back on a healthy track

I hate to admit such things, but I’ve taken an extended break from my previous focus on getting healthy in so many ways. For the record, I didn’t take up heroin. But stress from the new job and the final stages of my thesis have put me on this new diet called I Need Ice Cream Right Now.

Though I know better than to relieve my stress with food, it still happens. Life is never a straight and well-defined path, and ice cream just happens to be that shortcut that turns out to take way longer.

2) Hitting up the gym

This is a must. It relieves stress, increases metabolism, and helps me sleep at night. But time constraints happen and I had to prioritize my Masters Degree for a short period of time. I always knew that it would happen with the Fall Semester, but  I have to focus on not allowing that break to be longer than is needed.

3) Have Some Fun

To be fair, I never stop having fun. Even when stress is on me, I crack a few jokes and laugh until I cannot breath. It happens more than I should admit. But I need to start doing fun stuff like bowling or board games with friends and family.

Speaking of family, I have a niece or nephew on their way into this world. I don’t have much to prepare for… not to the extent that Shawn and Diane do at least. But I mentally need to take aside more time to spend with them. I’d like to be a big part of their lives… I’m going to be that awesome Aunt that teaches him or her fun pranks and so forth.

4) Catch Up on my Reading

Am I crazy? You can be honest right now and tell me what you think. I know most people don’t see reading as relaxing or fun, but I have a stack of books I’ve wanted to read for years. I think I’m going to make a habit of going to the gym every Sunday and walking on a treadmill and reading a book.

5) Get Crafty

I really would like to some day have my own home. With that, I don’t want to pay corporations to make it feel like home. I never dreamed I could cook or bake, and I’ve already become quite amazing at whipping stuff together (though never perfect). So now would be the time to try some new things: sewing, crafting, organizing, and really get creative.

In fact, I blame pinterest for this interest. I keep finding neat things I want to try! But let me fully disclose… I’ve never knitted, sewed, and done more than think about making things on my own. So any future post boasting about this ugly scarf I knitted is an accomplishment regardless of how crappy it looks!

6) Meditation

I know that my occasional meditations aren’t very effective. I haven’t mastered the exact art of meditating or making a habit of it. But I need to dedicate more time per week towards it. Meditation 1 a week, then 2 a week, then 0 times for 3 weeks isn’t exactly habit-building. So putting more time and effort into this would be great!

7) Give Back

Isn’t 7 the most magical number? According to the Wizarding World, there is something special about the number 7. So I wanted to make this one meaningful. I chose to put more effort into giving back. Writing this thesis about Harry Potter was truly an amazing experience, and I got to learn about Rowling’s amazing message for the world. The number 1 thing I’ve learned from Rowling is that we all have the capacity to make the world better even in the smallest ways.

Rowling never wanted to be famous or rich. She only wanted to write books and never thought it could change the world. Reading about the charities Rowling has maintained is inspirational. I may not have money to give, but I do have compassion and time (well I will soon enough). It’s time to finally volunteer and do something rewarding that benefits other people.

-So that’s my list of things to focus on post Thesis and Graduation. Once my thesis is filed on November 1st, I only have to sit for an Oral Defense of my paper and then walk across the stage (expect a strut or dance).