The Weekly Hufflepuff #64 | I Really Can Stay Because It’s Cold Outside*

What did I even do this week I’m not joking I don’t remember anything from before Thursday???

* Honestly can’t relate to that song it’s freezing hell no am I going anywhere

I continued to reread Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and am almost done. I’ll probably finish it tonight. I’m tempted to continue my reread after, but I’m also very very tempted to read some new books that I’ve gotten for Sinterklaas – OH YEAH THAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK TOO. I remember something that happened before Thursday. My memory didn’t completely fail me yay

DID ANY OF YOU WATCH BROOKLYN NINE NINE THIS WEEK BECAUSE NO SPOILERS BUT I’M SO HAPPY IT’S FINALLY CANON AND THAT THEY ACTUALLY DID THAT. DURING THE 99TH EPISODE

Like my revelation in the previous section revealed, it was Sinterklaas (a holiday) this week. I needed to go to the bank and my mom needed to buy a gif for my cousin, so I didn’t really have the time to do much else since once we got back we immediately ate dinner and then left for my aunt’s house. My cousin no longer believes in Sinterklaas (he’s like our Santa) but it was still fun. I mean, a holiday with lots of chocolate and presents, how can that not be fun?

I didn’t take any pictures because I’m incredibly lazy* but I got: Pokemon Ultra Sun; Eliza and her Monsters; None of the Above; Always and Forever, Lara Jean; Girls Made of Snow and Glass; Marie from The Aristocats slippers; Wonder Woman thights and a chocolate letter (it’s tradition to get a chocolate letter during this holiday, usually the first letter of your name but sometimes you’re out of luck and your letter is all sold out)

* And very comfy underneath my Eeyore blanket

So I know I said I didn’t remember anything before Thursday, but Thursday wasn’t that special so I’m skipping that one. On Friday I met up with a friend from secondary school who know lives in Rotterdam where she’s also studying. While I had a lot of fun with her, the weather was horrible. There was a strong wind (my friend had brought an umbrella so she was almost Mary Poppins), rain and hail which made it even colder than it already was. It was such a relief whenever we got inside haha.

And now it’s snowing and it probably will tomorrow too so guess who’s not leaving the house

I didn’t write this week, but I might later today? I want to write some blog posts for this week first, so I’m not sure if I’ll feel up for it later, but who knows.

💛 I started a new feature for the holidays: Merry Christmas Ya Beautiful Bloggers, in which I highlight some amazing bloggers
💛 I did the All Hallows Write tag, in which I answered Halloween related questions about my characters
💛 I reviewed Vengeance Road, which had a lot of potential but I was bored

It’s so easy to get behind again haha. Earlier this week I was on top of all the blog posts I needed to read* and now?? Very, very behind. Oh well, here are some posts I liked:

💛 Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talks about how to find and read only books you love 
💛 Aentee @ Read at Midnight created another fun readathon, this time inspired by Animal Crossing Pocket Camp
💛 Jackie @ Too Much of a Book Nerd shares 4 reasons why The November Girl should be on your TBR
💛 Julianna @ Blots of Ink and Words thought of some great inventions that all us bookworms need in our lives asap
💛 Em @ Yellow’s the Word shares her favourite things about Christmas
💛 Elm @ Just Call Me Elm or something wrote a beautiful poem called ‘Side Characters in My Own Story’ 
💛 Kat @ Life and Other Disasters created the fun Winter is Here Write Tag
💛 Holly @ Nut Free Nerd talks about Christmas at Oxford 
💛 Sarah @ Written Word Worlds shares some pretty special editions

* At least that’s how I felt haha

How has your week been? Is it really cold where you live too? DID YOU WATCH BROOKLYN NINE NINE?

Sinterklaas, food and whipped cream in my eye

Last Saturday was Sinterklaas, a Dutch holiday. I won’t give you guys a detailed explanation about it (since it’s pretty long haha), but basically on December 5th it’s ‘pakjesavond’ (‘presents nights’) and Sinterklaas visits all the children in the country and leaves a lot of presents and candy.

I ate so much food (if some of it even counts as food haha), which is no surprise unless you’re new here (in that case: hi!) because if you’ve been around for a while you should know of my love for food.

Basically I was really full and a bit nauseous (but content!) when we went home haha. But of course the evening wasn’t just us eating! (it may sound that our family gatherings are always me and my family stuffing ourselves with food, but really, it isn’t!)

To keep my six-year old cousin occupied we played some games when all of a sudden we heard a few loud knocks on the door! But when we opened it, there was no one there except for presents! My cousin remained very calm as he dragged his presents inside haha. He had a cool image to keep up of course.

He was really spoiled, but he wasn’t the only one who got presents!

Sinterklaas

How did Sinterklaas know I wanted all of this?! *cough picked all of it out myself cough*. I ordered the illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone when it had just come out, but since it’s rather expensive I got it for Sinterklaas (though I was really lucky to already find it with a 50% discount!). I now own two Harry Potter POP! Funkos (I already owned Dumbledore), more Tsum Tsums have joined my Tsum Tsum family and I finally have Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (if you’re a fan of Animal Crossing, I definitely recommend it. It’s very cute and fun to play!). I mentioned the Jigglypuff hat in my post about POPCULT. I thought I’d get it for Christmas, but since it’s cold already my mom decided to give it to me now (I mean, Sinterklaas decided that).

I actually wanted to take a picture including the chocolate and the gingerbread man I got, but most of the chocolate is gone already (I doubt any of you are surprised to hear that). My six-year old cousin’s father always buys the gingerbread men, and when my mom unwrapped hers the six-year old cousin was like ‘that’s Dad’s!’ so naturally we all looked at each other like ‘oh shit, how does he know that?!’, but he was referring to the chocolate  letter ‘M’ that my mom had also gotten (both my mom and his dad’s names start with an M). It was a moment of panic haha.

The rest of the evening we played the games he had gotten, including the new ‘pie face game’ (at least it’s new here). If you’re not familiar with it, here’s a link. I was very lucky to not get whipped cream in my face (*cue evil laugh every time I escaped the cream*), but of course everyone insisted that I’d play until I got some too (why do they have to be so mean?!). That’s how I ended up with whipped cream in my eye.

That was my ‘pakjesavond’! If you celebrate Sinterklaas, did you have fun? If you don’t, what’s on your Christmas wish list? Let me know in the comments!

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I Have Been Spoiled by Sinterklaas

Yesterday evening I celebrated Sinterklaas with my family. Sinterklaas is a lot like Santa Claus, as Santa is based on Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas always arrives in the Netherlands about two weeks before December 5th and children are allowed to set their shoe in front of the fireplace and the next morning they’ll find a present from Sint. Obviously you can’t set your shoe every day before December 5th, as Sinterklaas and his helpers have to visit a lot of children! On December 5th it’s ‘pakjesavond’ and Sinterklaas and his helpers will leave jute bags full of presents in front of the door. Sometimes he actually comes inside, but usually he doesn’t as he’s a busy man, especially on December 5th.
My five-year old nephew obviously got the most, as he – his own words – is the sweetest of us all. I also got some presents, three of which were a surprise.

Panda thights, Bloomsbury’s new Harry Potter box set, The Fault in Our Stars mug and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. I had been playing from eight o’clock this morning until around three this afternoon, so I decided to take a break as I don’t want to finish it too soon! I’m so in love with this game, just like I was with the original when it came out. Sapphire was the first game that I kind of new what I was doing, as I could read a little bit and I just love the Hoenn region and the story. You have no idea how excited I was when they announced the remake. I could talk for hours about the remake, even though I’m not that far in yet, but I don’t want to bore you guys, haha. This time I’m going to try to catch them all, so wish me luck!

Hogwarts T-shirt and Thumper socks! I’m already wearing the socks. They’re so soft and warm and cute! I didn’t expect these gifts.

Nor did I expect this one! Here’s a close-up, as you can’t really see the pandas in the first photo. And here are some more photos of my Harry Potter box set, as I couldn’t resist:

I now own all books in English, so I’ll be reading them all in English for the first time! I’ll probably reread them this year, after I’ve finished Waistcoats and Weaponry and Let it Snow.

I had a lot of fun last night and laughed a lot; I can’t wait till Christmas!

– The Writing Huffelpuff