I see below
people squint and shade their eyes,
I’m not hidden,
refuse to be bid
The noise behind,
a train comes rushing
the thrill of the chase
but I can’t keep running
It rushes by,
Battered and bruised
by a whomping tree
I still rock up
Millions against one
that’s damn not fair.
let’s get out of there.
I’ve been dangling,
but I’m not angling
for your pity,
Please consider sponsoring me and/or facing your own Boggart – intrigued to find out more click here.
The Boggart is the creature in Harry Potter that transforms into your worst fears – for Neville that’s Professor Snape, Harry a Dementor, and Ron a spider.
Urrrrggggghhh spider *shivers and checks the ceiling*. I share this fear.
Unfortunately in the Muggle world I don’t think I can conjure some roller skates for a spider with the spell Riddikulus. Although I have drawn a friendly spider (!).
Instead I am turning to another favourite book – Divergent by Veronica Roth – for inspiration for how I can face my fear. In Divergent as part of the initiation into the faction Dauntless, initiates enter their own fear landscape. But the challenge isn’t about conquering or ridding yourself of your fear but learning how to control it.
In May I will (gulps very very hard) hold a tarantula for a minute (an activity that was very much not on my Bucket List).
I will be doing this to raise money for Forest Holme Hospice. The link at the beginning of the post takes you to my JustGiving page.
I’m not the only one who will be taking part in ‘Face Your Boggart’ so do keep clicking on the team link to see who will be joining me – are you brave enough?
Just been reviewing the Happiness Jar (only officially did it Jan- Apr) and 2013 was the year of:
Harry Potter – and consisted of a:
Full re-read of all seven books
Movie Marathon themed weekend inc travelling by floo powder, homemade Butterbeer and all eight films. Even sleep was had.
Dressing up in Robes for World Book Day at work (for an hour)
LeakyCon inc Starkid, Wizard Rock concerts – Alex Carpenter, Whomping Willows, Lauren Fairweather, Hank Green and Harry and the Potters melted us.
Another two studio tour visits – one included snow.
Seeing Daniel Radcliffe in the Cripple of Inishmaan
Joining HOL virtual Hogwarts. Resorted into Hufflepuff. Taking classes.
Starting HPA Chapter – Phoenix Rising and helping Hope for Food as our first activity.
Getting Dumbledore’s (The Elder) wand for Xmas.
2013 was Potterific but here are some more highlights.
Geek Girl by Holly Smale – “You need to stop caring what people who don’t matter think of you. Be who you are and let everyone else be who they are. Differences are a good thing.” (Also got to go to my first blogger event and meet Holly who got eaten by a chair!).
Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace – “As a writer if you took away my paper I would write on my heart. If you took away my ink I would write on the wind…It wouldn’t be an ideal way to work!! (Need to get this into my PhD).
Kirigami – Clarissa I never did make an origami nappy like Miranda.
Failing miserably and entertainingly at Laser Quest with Cas.
Moving back on the chair rather than moving the chair back (and other hilarious haircut adventures).
The fun and giggles while making up a very special gift package. OTGeeks!
Attending and Presenting at Conferences:
Occupational Science in Cork
Driving challenge – lots of new vehicles
Musicals – top of the bill Matilda
Reading and achieving my reading challenge to read 52 books (I managed a few more too).
“We lose ourselves in books, we find ourselves there too.”
Winning NaNoWriMo for the second time and finishing a whole 0.5 draft (i.e. needs editing and additing but the story’s all there) of Tetrana.
Lots of my happy memories revolve around family (especially spending time with my sister) and friends (both bestie school chums and online geeks) so thanks to you all for the happy moments of 2013.
It was also a very sad time because it was the year I lost my Taidy. But I hope my sister and I did him proud by reading a piece for him at his funeral. He is still missed.
What were your happiest memories of 2013?
Plan to think a little more about what I want from 2014 – post to follow at the weekend.