Saturday, January 16, 2016

Find The Fun

This has certainly been a rough week.  What started out for me as a bit of sadness from Disney attractions closing (including Aladdin- a personal favorite of mine), turned into a wave before the week was over.  It seems like loss is everywhere I look at the moment.  This past week alone, we have lost so many to cancer: David Bowie, Alan Rickman, René Angélil (Céline Dion's husband and manager) and Brian Bedford (the voice of Robin Hood in the Disney movie).  It's really depressing.

Alan Rickman is the one that hurts the most for me personally.  And I don't think it's even fully hit me yet.  I heard his voice during the "Alice Through the Looking Glass" preview Thursday night and it was like a punch in the gut.  For me, Alan will always be Professor Snape.  He was an amazing actor and he brought Snape to life for me.  It's hard to think about seeing him in the Harry Potter movies.  And I don't think I'll ever be able to watch that one scene in the boathouse again without tearing up.

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One of my favorite Harry Potter book quotes is "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." said by headmaster Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  In other words, you may be going through a rough time, but you should still try to "find the fun" and look for the positives like Joy from Inside Out would.

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As long as this week has felt, there have definitely been some positives over the past few days.  While I was home for Christmas, I discovered that Burlington Coat Factory had the Cinderella bracelet I'd been looking for forever.  I ordered it and long story short, they didn't have it in stock.  I finally ordered the necklace instead, with the intention of making one into a bracelet.  They came in the mail this week!  I'm so happy I found it.  My Grammie loved butterflies and I thought of her as soon as I saw it.  I also love the "never underestimate magic" quote on the back.  It's perfect!

About a week ago, I discovered tsum tsums on JCPenney's website.  I finally was able to get a few of the original ones that haven't been sold in a while.  They came the other day and I'm excited to add Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and friends to my growing tsum family.  They also had a few exclusive pink Valentine tsums!

Speaking of tsum tsums, my Disney Store package arrived the other day.  I opened it yesterday and it's always like opening a little bit a of magic.  I love the ShellieMay plush!  The Valentine's Day chocolate set and Dumbo are cute too!

I had a little bit of birthday money left over, and I was excited to find a few holiday Hallmark itty bittys on sale.  The Star Wars holiday plush were 50% off!  I ended up getting three of them along with Ariel.  It was a great deal!

Work has kept been keeping both Eliot and me busy lately.  I enjoy my job and talking with our patients.  Another perk of work is playing with Bear.  Lisa works down the hall in our office (we share a space) and she brings her black lab dog, Bear, to work.  On Thursday, I watched him for about an hour and I loved every minute of it.  I pet him and he brought me his toys.  We played with "Hedgie" his plush hedgehog and I rolled his ball back and forth with him.  I admit, I really miss having a dog to play with.

I've also been busy with a few Happily Ever Hatter orders.  Yesterday was National Hat Day and I worked more to get my shop name out there.  I'm hoping to set my sights on getting new designs together once I get my office organized!  Hopefully Eliot and I will be able to tackle it this weekend!  I need to re-arrange some furniture!

Speaking of Eliot, he's a sweetheart.  Last week, he showed up to my work with a Wal-Mart bag and insisted that I open it.  He'd found some Disney slipper socks and bought them for me as a surprise.  I have a weird obsession with socks!  They're awesome!

Then, this week, Eliot came home from work on Tuesday with another surprise.  He'd seen a tsum tsum poster posted online and went to the store to investigate.  He came home with the poster, along with Inside Out stickers, and two door greeters!!!  We love door greeters and we've never seen Valentine's Day ones!  Now, we have Minnie and Elsa- who I think also works for Easter/spring!  Yay!  (We later went back to the store to buy Mickey.  Minnie needed Mickey.  It is for Valentine's Day after all!)  He's the best!

After this long week, I'm looking forward to spending today and tomorrow home with my husband.  We don't have any huge plans, other that watching the Patriots play off game later on this afternoon.  At some point, we'll have to clean off the driveway since we're having another winter storm today.  There's something peaceful and serene about it though, so I don't mind.  I'm excited to spend time together working on our house.  Eliot started putting his Vinylmation away and he's going to have me help him arrange them.  Hopefully we can work on my office a little bit too!

This was a long week, and I'm relieved that another new week is just around the corner.  Sometimes you just have to be wiling to find the good things in life in order to be truly happy.  I'm thankful that I've always been able to find the fun.  °o°


  1. Thought of you yesterday, 1/17/16. I was looking at coloring books for adults and saw they have The Disney Princess Adult Coloring Book" I know you have said in the past that you love to color and since this is very popular right now I thought this was perfect for you. They have them on also

    1. Yes, I've seen some! They're incredible. I got two Disney ones for Christmas and I saw that they're already releasing a few more Disney adult coloring books on Amazon too! They're so popular that there's also Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who coloring books. I hope this trend continues because I'm loving it! Thank you so much for letting me know! :-)