Blogsterdam: Q&A Announcement

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I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while now, and I got a positive response when I asked if I should do it on Twitter, so here we go! If you have a question about Amsterdam (or The Netherlands in general) let me know! It can be ANYTHING. I won’t answer the questions next month, so there’s quite some time to ask them!

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Hogwarts House Cup!

Okay so this announcement has been due for a while now, but it turned out I did have/still have a concussion so YAY. I had to rest a lot and stay away from laptops/phones as much as possible, but ay it’s finally here! Anyway, while we were planning this, we found out there was something similar going on hosted by A Very Awkward Blog, so sorry for the confusion! It started out as a readathon and then became a bigger event.

So what is the Hogwarts House Cup?

It still is a readathon at the core, just with loads of non-reading challenges added. You’ll join your own House and the amount of pages you’ll read during the readathon is the amount of House Points you collect for your House. So if you read two 500-pages books, you’ll earn 1000 points for your House. The House with the most Points at the end of the readathon wins the House Cup. Sadly there’s no actual cup but ay honour am I right

How will this work?

The readathon will start on October 10th, until November 6th. During this time you’ll have plenty of time to read and accomplish additional challenges. And participate in the weekly Twitter chats. These will be hosted by the four Heads of Houses: Angel (Slytherin), Aoife (Ravenclaw), Allie (Gryffindor) and myself (Hufflepuff). We will also check if you’re following all the rules of course.

The chats are on each Friday at 6 PM in our own timezones

Friday 14th: Allie UTC+8
Friday 21st: Michelle CEST
Friday 28th: Aoife GMT
Friday 4th: Angel EST

 

They will be hosted on @CupHogwarts so be sure to follow that account, also because of all the information and announcements of course! We also have an Instagram: cuphogwartshouse where we’ll post examples of the photo challenges (hopefully haha) and repost our favourites.

The Hashtags

HASHTAG: #HHCup, #SHHCup (for Slytherin), #GHHCup (for Gryffindor), #HHHCup (for Hufflepuff) and #RHHCup (for Ravenclaw)

The Challenges

There are different kind of challenges: reading challenges, non-reading challenges and a photography contest

Reading challenges

These are without the Points you’ll get for the amount of pages. So let’s say you’ll read a red 100-pages book, you’ll get 105 Points

  1. Read at least 7 books – 35 Points
  2. A red book – 5 points
  3. A blue book – 5 points
  4. A green book – 5 points
  5. A yellow book – 5 points
  6. Read an orange book for Halloween – 5 points
  7. Read a book every day of the month – 155 points
  8. Read 3 books featuring magic (NOT Harry Potter) – 15 points
  9. Read a book with a clown in it – 5 points
  10. Read a book you don’t want to read at night – 5 points
  11. Read a book featuring a ghost/ghosts (NOT Harry Potter) – 5 points
  12. Read a book that came out this October – 5 points
  13. Read a book that came out in 1997 – 5 points

Non-reading challenges

Pictures can be posted on either Instagram or Twitter, you CAN post them on both platforms, but that won’t give you any extra Points. Your Head of House will check. To ensure you can get points for your house, tag any pictures & tweets with #HHCup and your House’s hashtag!

  1. Draw or act out your most favourite scene from Harry Potter (books or movie, doesn’t matter), or make a photo comic! Be as creative as you want – 20 points
  2. Draw, act out etc. your least favourite scene from Harry Potter (books or movie, doesn’t matter), maybe parody it!  – 25 points
  3. Make your very own wand – 15 points
  4. Wear your House colours as a normal, everyday outfit for the entire day! – 15 points
  5. Watch one scary movie (post a picture of your screen to prove that you’re watching!) – 5 points
  6. Watch all 8 Harry Potter movies (again, post proof please) – 40 points
  7. Write a short story featuring magic, pumpkins and the word ‘clutterbucket’. Minimum of 200 words? – 30 points
  8. Write your own Wizard Rock song – 10 points
  9. Tweet about your favourite hero and baddie – 2 points
  10. Pick a side, good or evil? And who is your partner in awesomeness/crime? Post your answer to Twitter! – 2 points
  11. Cosplay as one of the characters – 10 points
  12. Make TWO food items/recipes inspired by Harry Potter (example: Butterbeer!) – 15 points

Photography contests

There will be two contests every week and you can participate in both if you want of course. Winner gets 20 points, will be determined on Sundays
Pictures can be posted on either Instagram or Twitter, you CAN post them on both platforms, but that won’t give you any extra Points. Your Head of House will check. To ensure you can get points for your house, tag any pictures & tweets with #HHCup and your House’s hashtag!

WEEK 1: 
1. Post a picture of your Halloween outfit (or for those who don’t wear costumes anymore, post a TBT!)
2. Post a picture featuring feathers

WEEK 2:
1. Post a picture of a book and a Halloween themed snack
2. Post a picture featuring a subtle nod to Harry Potter

WEEK 3:
1. Post a murder-themed picture
2. Post a picture featuring your House colours

WEEK 4:
1. Make a Harry Potter themed art project and post a pic of it! – everybody gets 15 points for creating something, the winner gets an extra amount of points of 20 (and all the honour and glory of course)
2. Show off your Harry Potter collection

It’s totally up to you which challenges you participate in, if any! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

In summary:

Don’t forget to follow  @CupHogwarts on Twitter and cuphogwartshouse on Instagram. Don’t forget the hashtags (especially #HHCup!) and most importantly: If you want to participate, please sign up here.

 

I really hope I didn’t forget anything, but if I did blame it on the concussion/business/stress. Sorry I’ve been MIA the past two weeks! I’ll hopefully get to your comments soon, but I’m so busy with school right now that I just can’t afford to make it a priority. Also shameless self promotion but if you speak Dutch and are interested in feminism and Disney/Marvel/DC Comics please follow I’ll Make A Feminist Out Of You, my blog for school haha

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It’s Time for ANOTHER Late Award: The One Lovely Blog Award

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Thank you Samantha for tagging me and sorry it took me so long! When this goes up it will have been roughly a year – oops. Anyway, if you haven’t yet, go check out her lovely blog!

The rules:

  1. Thank the nominator and link them
  2. List the rules 
  3. Add seven facts about yourself
  4. Nominate seven other bloggers and notify them of the nomination

I won’t be nominating anyone today, since I know a lot of people have already done this and while I tend to do these kind of awards over and over again, I know not everyone likes to do that.

SEVEN FACTS ABOUT ME

  1. Not too long ago I thought of a fact about myself and thought: hey, I could use that for one of those tags! Naturally I’ve forgotten what that fact was
  2. I’m really starting to prefer We Heart It to Pinterest – gasp!
  3. I’m in love with my new My Melody phone case (though by the time this is posted it’s not that new anymore) – it’s adorable. One day I shall post a picture of it
  4. If I could bring one Pokemon into our world, it’d be Arceus because it’s said that it created the entire Pokemon race. Which means that if I were to bring Arceus into our world it could create the entire Pokemon race here #score
  5. Ouran High School Host Club will forever be my favourite manga
  6. I tend to just reread my favourite manga all the time and occasionally read a new one
  7. Speaking of which, my most recent new read was Orange and it was brilliant and made a huge impact on me. I can’t stop thinking about it. Definitely recommend it

Since I’m not tagging anyone, what are some facts about you? Which Pokemon would you bring to our world? What is your favourite manga? Let me know in the comments!

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In Which I Judge My Own Writing XV

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It is time to judge the book I wrote when I was ten again! This book is called Spy Academy and the Secret of Ethelbertha Harrison, so as you can tell it takes place at a spy school. In this weekly feature I recap a chapter and provide you with sarcastic commentary. 

Part I | Part II | Part IIIPart IV Part VPart VIPart VIIPart VIIIPart IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV


The conversation between Bryan and Chris Leblanc, Ethelbertha’s old teammate, continues. Bryan asks if he thinks if Edmund Sheffield, the grandson of Ethelbertha’s archenemy could be behind her disappearance. It turns out that there’s something Sheffield wanted, but Ethelbertha managed to get her hands on it before him: a brooch that’s worth 100 million. It was a very special brooch: it belonged to…

Mona Lisa

Bryan wonders what Sheffield would want with it. Chris says he thinks he wants to sell it. ”Lots of criminals do that with valuable things they steal.” Update: I’ve died of laughter.

After the conversation the friends talk about what they’ve just learned and wonder where the brooch could be. Then Zoey has a breakthrough: she opens Ethelbertha’s medallion (which they had found in the locked room in a previous chapter) and finds the brooch behind the picture of Ethelbertha. Reane is impressed: ‘That really belonged to Mona Lisa. I read about it!’ That’s impossible Reane, because ‘Mona Lisa’ is not a person, it’s the name of the painting. Damn Reane you’re supposed to know stuff.

Then Zoey has another breakthrough: she realises that she’s the girl falling through the trap door on the tarot card, because Sheffield knows she has the medallion. But Zoey how does he even know the brooch is in there #logic. Zoey tells Reane to keep the medallion for her, because he can’t get his hands on it. PEOPLE IT’S JUST A BROOCH IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD IF HE DOES GET HIS HANDS ON IT. IT’S AN EXPENSIVE BROOCH THAT’S NOT GOING TO DESTROY THE WORLD.

Sometime later Reane is looking up information about the Sheffields in the library. Conveniently she finds a book called ‘Criminals of The Netherlands’. Oh boy this man meant business. When he was a smol baby, he stole cookies from the cookie jar. The book’s like: ‘all criminals start small’. PRETTY MUCH EVERY CHILD STEALS COOKIES FROM THE COOKIE JAR BOOK. When he was a bit older he started to steal money, went to juvie at 13, escaped a year later and then two years later he tried to freeze the country. See? business. He ended up in juvie again, but this time escaped after two months. They found him again in Mexico, where he tried to flood the country #what. He tried to blow up the prison in which they kept him afterwards, but Ethelbertha stopped him. He was already dying in 1990, but he still tried to steal Mona Lisa’s brooch (*screaming*). Like Chris already mentioned, Ethelbertha found it before he did and hid it. But she disappeared in 1991. Sheffield died a week later. Reane concludes that it had to be Sheffield who made her disappear, but where was she know? (I love how it doesn’t occur to anyone that she could have been murdered – the innocence of a ten-year old author)

Did you steal cookies from the cookie jar? Are you know a criminal mastermind? Let me know in the comments!

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The Wacky (and Once Again Late) Blog Tag

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Thank you for tagging me Veronica and sorry it took me so long!

Weird – The Weirdest thing you have read

Introductions (click here for my review). It just… It felt like reading the beginning of a very bad otome game and there’s just no story. Like what even. I’m still having trouble believing that this is an actual published book.

Amazing – The most amazing book that you can’t find any other way to describe

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but also The Chaos Walking trilogy (seriously how do I review those books? Answer: I don’t)

Crazy – A kind of insane character

I’m going with Levana. She’s definitely a bit insane (and when I say a bit I mean a lot)

Kick-Butt – Your favorite strong side character

While I love Hermione, I’m going to give Ginny some love.

Ying-Yang – Two books that are different, but somehow connected

Umm Harry Potter and The School for Good and Evil (that sounds like Harry Potter title lol). They both take place at magical schools

Books – The number of books you have read so far this year

As I’m writing this (back in July) it’s 57.

Love at first sight – Your OTP

Books or tv? Or both? Because I’m seriously so high on Stydia feels right now. Malec as well. My Tumblr dash is full of Malec whenever I log in and it’s beautiful.

Original – The most original book blogger or BookTuber you read/watch

I have to agree with Veronica and say Christine as most original BookTuber. Blogger I’d say Cait

Giddy – A book that makes you extremely happy

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Giddy is the perfect word to describe how I felt while reading it and after I finished it.

Tick-Tock – A book you read extremely quick

I read all the Selection books really quickly. Each one took less than a day.

Abracadabra – Your favorite book that has magic

How can I not go with Harry Potter?

Gecko – The most random blogger/ YouTuber you watch/read

I don’t think I have an answer for this one!
I tag whoever wants to do this!
What’s the weirdest book you’ve read? And who’s your favourite BookTuber? Let me know in the comments!
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In Which I Judge My Own Writing Part XIV

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It is time to judge the book I wrote when I was ten again! This book is called Spy Academy and the Secret of Ethelbertha Harrison, so as you can tell it takes place at a spy school. In this weekly feature I recap a chapter and provide you with sarcastic commentary. 

Part I | Part II | Part IIIPart IV Part VPart VIPart VIIPart VIIIPart IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII


Last chapter was completely pointless, but chapter 11 is called ‘the secret room’ so surely some important stuff happens in this one right? Let’s dive in.

They’re all in the mysterious no longer locked room, pondering about what Door said about Ethelbertha being locked inside a secret room in a secret room, when Laila accidentally finds one of said secret rooms by pulling a torch on the the wall (don’t ask me why there is a torch in a modern 21st century school). There was now a hallway and a stairway leading up. Pictures of Ethelbertha are hanging on the walls. Why. That makes no sense. I should really rename the book to ‘Spy Academy And It Makes No Sense’. Upstairs they find themselves in a dome entirely made out of glass (HOW HAS NO ONE NOTICED THIS FROM THE OUTSIDE THIS ISN’T HOGWARTS)

After an hour of ~investigating~ Tim finds a diary. Zoey decides to read it later that evening after dinner (Tim can’t read the handwriting). They also find more pictures, in which they also see Heyligers. Reane just happens to carry the yearbook she had found in the library with her (doesn’t she have to return that at some point soon) and it turns out that Heyligers and Ethelbertha were classmates. They also deduce that they were friends.

Once Zoey is back in her room she starts reading the diary. Turns out that Ethelbertha and Heyligers were in the same team along with a guy named Chris LeBlanc (nah I didn’t come up with that last name because of Friends *cough cough*). On her second day of school Ethelbertha went to explore the school and found the same locked door as our protagonists, which she immediately opened because she is prepared and always carries a bobby pin with her, unlike some ‘spies’. She claimed the room as hers, because #logic. She put up her dresses there, because she’ll ‘know they’ll be safe there’. What. Why wouldn’t they be safe in your room. She writes about how some other students can’t stand her because she’s ‘always wearing dresses’?? ‘But it’s who I am. And I won’t change for them!’

After a week Ethelbertha has really claimed the room as her own, stating that it’s like she’s living there. She’s been busy exploring it, because she feels ‘as if there’s more to it’

A few weeks later she and Heyligers have found a secret room (the same one the protagonists just found). But after that entry Zoey was done and fell asleep.

Like true spies the friends decide to try and find Chris LeBlanc’s phone number and call him. They are very good at being spies of course, and they go to Heyligers’ office to take a look in her planner. Sure enough, his number is in there. So Zoey starts calling and a woman, with the same last name as Chris, picks up.

”Hello, this is Zoey Lamour. I go to Spy Academy and I have a few questions for your husband.”

Zoey your parents aren’t even allowed to know where you actually go to school what do you not understand about ‘secrecy’. Once Zoey tells Chris that she’s investigating Ethelbertha’s disappearance (girl you need to work on your keeping things secret skills what if he’s got something to do with it) and he immediately freaks out and asks if she spoke to the police. Apparently they had him down as a suspect, at least years ago. Suspicious. (spoiler: he had nothing to do with it, but I feel like that’s a lost opportunity). Zoey puts Bryan on the phone to tell Chris about his kidnappers and he describes them as ‘tall, thin, black hair and brown-green eyes’ and ‘short, fat, bald and grey eyes’. This is enough for Chris to deduce that the tall one is most likely Edmund Sheffield, the archenemy of Ethelbertha

Did you dream of having your own secret room as a kid? I feel like everyone did, but maybe I’m wrong. Also who am I kidding don’t we all still dream about having one? Preferably in a big library. Though it would be annoying if you just want to grab a book to read and BAM. You’re on the other side in your secret room. 

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Mini Reviews: Unremarkable One-Star Reads

Genre: Fantasy | possibly middle grade since it’s meant for younger readers
Series: Chronicles of Dragon #1
Goodreads rating: 3.70
My rating:  ★

summary

Nath is a special ~snowflake~ warrior. He is a man destined to be a dragon. In order to become a dragon, he must save the dragons.

For countless years Nath has been on a quest to become a dragon, but his meddling with the other races tends to get in the way. The way of men is not the way of Nath Dragon (yes he’s a dragon/about to become a dragon and he’s literally named Dragon) his father has warned him. Yet, Nath, unable to control his fascination of the world men, elves, dwarves and even the despised orcs, tends to get caught up in their affairs. To earn his scales, there is a high road he must follow.

With his close friend and ally, Brenwar the Dwarf, Nath, armed with a magic sword he calls Fang (not to be mixed up with the cute dog), travels to the Mountain of Doom (not inspired by LotR at all), the Free City of Narnum and to Orcen Hold where nothing but trouble awaits.

Will Nath Dragon, hero of the realm and protector of dragon kind choose the right path or wind up on a dark one? (Goodreads. Mostly. With my sarcastic commentary)

review

I didn’t know anything about this when I downloaded it (come on it was free on Amazon how could I not give it a shot) except DRAGONS. I love dragons, but I haven’t read that many dragon books let alone good ones (maybe it’s really time to give Eragon a try but those books are HUGE. And COMMITMENT. GAH). As you can tell from my rating, this one wasn’t good either.

The protagonist was unbearable.

”Just do what you always do, Dragon.” That’s what I call myself, and I talk to myself a lot.

Lame much?

Nath Dragon is my name; saving dragons (and other things) is my game.

The heat didn’t bother me; I was used to that, but it wrought damage on my glorious mane of recently mangled hair.

Okay look, I love characters like Apollo that are in love with themselves, but Apollo is hilarious (and Rick Riordan gave him beautiful character development) but this made me want to gauge my eyes out. He was full of himself and I’m not sure why. It was super annoying.

Ooh and let’s talk about the sexism! Except for one, all of the female characters are just there to confirm how handsome our protagonist is and being sexual objects. At one point the protagonist describes how difficult a language is by saying ‘more difficult than women’ excuse me. There is one scene in which all the women are just fawning over him and it was disgusting to read. It sounds like they may have been siren instead of regular women, but it was still degrading and just ugh. As soon as the protagonist has passed they’re already all over the next guy. Just no. And it’s not funny how many times the women were described by just their frickin’ hips.

Also the writing is just… bad. And awkward

”What? I can’t come back?”
An impatient tone took over his voice like a dam about to break.
”NO! Take with you that which you need.”

It happened quite a few times that dialogue was written in caps lock out of nowhere, not making sense at all. And the sound effects oh my god. This is such a pet peeve of mine. Sometimes it’s done right. This is not the case. ‘Clang! Clang! Clatter!’ No. And how the hell is ‘THAAAAAAROOOOONG’ supposed to sound like? What the hell is that?

Just this book man. The blatant sexism everywhere, the annoying protagonist, the plagiarism (Mountain of Doom can you at least try to be original), bad writing and there’s just nothing memorable about it (I marked quite a few things and made some notes)

Genre: YA | Fantasy
Series: Legends of Dimmingwood #1
Goodreads rating: 3.50
My rating:  ★

summary

In a province where magic is forbidden and its possessors are murdered by the cruel Praetor, young Ilan, born with the powerful gift of her ancestors, has only one hope for survival. Concealment. In the shadow of Dimmingwood, she finds temporary protection with a band of forest brigands led by the infamous outlaw Rideon the Red Hand.

But as Ilan matures, learns the skills of survival, and struggles to master the inherent magic of her dying race, danger is always close behind. When old enemies reappear and new friendships lead to betrayal, will her discovery of an enchanted bow prove to be Ilan’s final salvation or her ultimate downfall?

review

What was the plot? Don’t ask me. Cause I have no clue. Who knows what the Praetor’s motives are? What living in that world is like? Not me. The entire thing was just pointless and everything was just meh about it. What a great review *pats self on shoulder*

Genre: YA | Fantasy | Post-apocalyptic
Series: Tales of Nevaeh #1
Goodreads rating: 4.07
My rating:  ★

summary

Welcome to Nevaeh— a world where technology no longer exists, but magic does.

Long ago, the violence and radiation of the terrorist wars killed America. Those left dwell in a world of ritual and magic where ten dominions struggle for supremacy and a dark power rises to claim all.

Areenna, the only daughter of the King of Freemorn, is barely eighteen, yet her psychic ability is strong. She is summoned to ‘The Island’ and learns that the fate of her world is in her hands. She must undertake a perilous journey to save Nevaeh from destruction. But she will not travel alone.

Mikaal, the son of the High King of Nevaeh, has as much at stake as Areenna. Their quest takes them through haunted wastelands filled with mutants while an evil force does everything in its power to stop Areenna and Mikaal—for it wants Nevaeh as its own.

review

Okay so I loved the concept of this one. I thought it would be pretty interesting to see the aftermaths of nuclear wars and radiation, which led to magic. But it was super confusing. They’ve got a new language and they have new animals (because of radiation) but the animals are never described so I’m just supposed to guess what they look like? Some point later one character does kind of describe them, but I felt like it should have been explained sooner. Also there’s this time jump, where we went from the future to the past back to the future which was a bit confusing.

And the names. Not all of them, but a lot of them are regular names but backwards. The name of the world, Nevaeh? Heaven. One Kingdom is named Tolemac, which is Camelot backwards. A queen is named Enaid, which is Diane backwards etc. It was annoying once I noticed it, and lazy.

It was boring, the writing was meh, the characters were meh. Everything was just meh. The worldbuilding could’ve been so interesting, but since except for one character, no one knows what the world used to look like, I had no idea where they were supposed to be and what happened to a place we now know pretty well. I wanted to know more about what happened to our world, but that’s not what I got. Also it’s super vague, but terrorists became some weird creatures called ‘The Dark Ones’ and I have no idea what they can do really. I mean they control people? But the rest? It was all just vague and confusing. The concept was interesting, but the execution not so much.

Guys the theme of these reviews is just MEH. Originally I was also going to include Darkness Reigns, but I just don’t have anything to say about it? Except – guess what – MEH. Have you read any ‘meh’ books lately? I sure hope not! Let me know in the comments

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The Weekly Hufflepuff #43

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Hey guys! Well this week flew by. I’m going to try and do this wrap up as fast as possible, so if there are some typos you’ll know why. I have homework to get back to. I haven’t been active in the blogosphere at all; I really need to get back into my school routine, since I left most of my homework until the weekend even though I could’ve easily done some things before yesterday. Once I’m back into it (hopefully I will starting this week), it will be easier for me to respond to your comments and read your blogposts. Boy am I glad I scheduled posts for the coming weeks!

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I’ve been reading Timekeeper by Tara Sim and am really enjoying it. If it weren’t for school I would’ve finished it already. Oh and you know, I’ve been reading stuff for school. But it’s okay because it’s really interesting so yay!

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Soooo I hit my head last Friday. Yep that was FUN. I was on the bus and it abruptly stopped, so I flew forward and hit my head. At first my face just heard and I was annoyed because I knew it would result into a headache, but it only got worse and now pretty much my entire body hurts? And I’m dizzy and nauseous… I might have to go the doctor *sigh* Why the hell are there no seat belts on public busses

Besides that, I had an okay-ish week. My anxiety played up, but all my classes seem to be fun and interesting and my teachers so far are nice. I will have to do a lot of work, but I’m going to be on top of things starting tomorrow *nods* Unless my body decides differently because of all the pain *fingers crossed that that won’t happen*

Uuuh my memory is failing me again. OOOH OH OH. HOW COULD I FORGET. I GOT A JOB GUYS (I mean I didn’t forget this, but I forgot that I got the call this week haha). I’m starting this Thursday and I’m so excited. It’s at the Stedelijk Museum (modern art museum) where I’ll help organise events, workshops, hold tours etc. I’ll work every Thursday late afternoon/evening and one Saturday in the month, which is perfect because that way I’ll be able to combine it with school (and blogging and writing of course. Speaking of which I really really want to write but homework *cries*)

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And I’m afraid I’ll have to skip ‘elsewhere on the Internet’ since I didn’t read anything (I think? My memory is fuzzy. If I did read something it was like one post. Hopefully I’ll have loads to share next week, but no promises). So how was your week? Did you start school? How’s that going? Let me know in the comments!

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