What's Up Wednesday (23) & Giveaway Winner

First thing's first: the winner of the ROOMIES giveaway is...


Yay! I'll email you to confirm your info and then will forward that to the publisher, and they will send out the book! Thanks everyone else for entering!

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First What's Up Wednesday of 2014! Woohoo!

Uh, everything I said I was last reading. My reading slump is on-going, so I've been making very slow progress. There are a few books I'm excited to get to though! Hopefully, that'll push me back on track.

Also, nothing. But my word for the year is FOCUS, so I need to get back to this soon. I just need 2014 to settle down already!

My friends! I kind of freaked out last week and the support I received from friends (new and old) was inspiring and humbling. Hugs all around!


Quite a few things, actually! We took a break at the end of the year, so we didn't do a year-end review. But to summarize it, 2013 was pretty awesome for me (not sure what the level of awesomeness for Alz was - probably pretty good?). It was overwhelming at times, but a lot of that had to do with the cool things that happened: weddings and concerts and geekery! But I'll save that for Friday's 2013 in Review. For now, have this flipagram.

Since the new year, things have been busy and kind of stressful (not always in a bad way), and I kind of wish it would slow down a little. As I mentioned above, I had a bit of a freakout last week because I let myself get overwhelmed by drama llamas in various aspects of my life. So there's that, which I didn't expect thanks to my optimistic spirits from January 1st.

Though one of the drama llamas was trip-planning, which will ultimately be a fun thing. The Sister and I are going to the UK in February, and it is SO SOON and we are SO EXCITED! It's even more exciting because we'll be meeting up with my old Cal roomie, M (yes, the one from my Roomie Story post) over the weekend and going to the Harry Potter Studio tour! After that, we're going with her back to Paris and staying there for a couple days. I CAN. NOT. WAIT. even though I know I will likely also be freezing. Literally.

Also, after 2 years of waiting (I watched S2 when it originally aired), we finally got Series 3 of BBC's SHERLOCK. I'm sorry; I was going to wait for the PBS air date (this weekend), but to quote Sirius Black...

I was actually at the point where I wasn't even excited until I was about to watch the darn episode because the long wait had basically numbed me to the anticipation (if that makes sense). Anyway, Series 3 just ended and my friends and I are once again lamenting the fact that there are only 3 EPISODES A SEASON. But it was fun while it lasted.

Continuing some of the geek chic outfits.
Took my sister to my company's annual New Year's Party. I won a raffle prize, and there was a photo booth, which needless to say is like crack to the Sister and me. We took more than we should have, but these 2 were our best.

And we were reminded of the movie DRIVE when we walked out on to this blue-neon-lit terrace.

Also, this past weekend and adding to the drama of the week was Loki became scar-faced Loki! Friday night, he heard a noise in the backyard, went charging into the darkness, and basically ran into a wheel barrow. We heard a yelp and a clang, and then Loki ran back to us sneezing blood!

We rushed him to the pet hospital, where the nurses told us he was actually okay- just a bad scrape. He had a huge red gash on his forehead and a smaller one on the side of his face, but he was no longer sneezing blood. We realized later it was because he had a bloody nose (like a person), and it had stopped by the time we got him to the vet.

In happier news though, puppy!Loki now has his own Tumblr: Dog Days of Loki. It's life from Loki's particular point of view. He'd love for you to give him a follow!

And if you are so inclined, vote for Loki in our local Animal Hospital's photo contest playoffs! All the winners of the months of 2013 are now in the running, so Loki's in since he won for November 2013 (thanks if you voted then)! Here is the page with all the contestants: TC Pet Photo Contest "Playoff".

This is Loki's entry!
To vote, send an email with subject "Pet Photo Contest Vote" to templecityanimalhospital[at]gmail[dot]com and say you're voting for Loki!

OR if you are on facebook, go to the post linked below and comment with Loki's name to vote for him there!

Thanks, everyone! Come back Friday for 2013 in Review!

What's up with you?


Miss Cole said...

At least one of those drama llamas is a trip to the UK! :D Pack lots of warm clothes! Seriously, February over here can either be wet and cold, dry and cold or snowy and, er, cold. Whereabouts are you going? ^_^ Have an amazing time!

Katy Upperman said...

Oh, Loki! His photos always make me smile. He looks like the happiest dog ever! I'm glad to hear that this week is going better than last week, and I'm rooting for you to reclaim your focus. I've been all over the place for the last few weeks too, but I'm hoping things will chill out a bit now that the New Year craziness has pretty much ceased. Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Jaime Morrow said...

Happy to hear that Loki's okay. What a cutie he is. :) I'm so envious that you're headed off to the UK next month. So much fun! I really hope things slow down a bit for you so you can get back to doing the things you love. Believe me, I know what that feels like. Have a wonderful week!

Rebecca Barrow said...

UK! UK! Although I can't believe you're leaving the sunshine to come to our cold and gloomy weather. Can we trade instead?! Love those Photobooth shots!

Unknown said...

Wow, you have been busy. I hope you have a great trip to the UK. Have a great week!

prerna pickett said...

Friends are very inspiring! Hope 2014 settles down soon so you can get back to writing. And I hate reading slumps, but sometimes we run our brains ragged with all the words.

Carrie-Anne said...

I hope your Loki feels completely better soon. Enjoy your travels. I've never been to Europe, except for the time my plane home from Israel made an emergency landing in Vienna in the middle of the night.

Erin L. Funk said...

Oh, poor Loki! I'm glad to hear he's okay and I wish him luck in the photo contest! Who could resist a face like that?

Love those fun New Year's photos and that amazing blue neon terrace. It looks all Tron-ish (the reason for my crow-like attraction to all things blue and glowy).

I hope 2014 starts being nicer to you and a whole lot less stressful. I'm sure your trip to the UK will help with that! Have a great week!

Lola Sharp said...

Awww, poor Loki! I'm glad he's fine though...and he's such a smiler. :)

DUDE, UK AND PARIS! I am green with envy. Paris is my favorite city on Earth. I'm also jelly you're going to HP tour! One of these days I'm gonna have to go back to England just to go there. (I have been to HPWizarding World in Fla, though...twice. Morgan is about to go a third time with her senior trip, the lucky duck)

You can "Focus" after your exciting trip. For now revel in the excitement. :D (half the fun is the planning and anticipation)

You two are adorable in the pictures, as always. <3


Unknown said...

Wow! You have a lot going on. It makes up for your reading slump. I too am reading the same book as I mentioned last week :(
I WAS SO HAPPY when Sherlock came back, but then that last episode? I was like: nah-uh, it can't be over already. BUT IT IS. It's painful. I'm not a fan of Mary though, but whatever. I hear that they aren't going to make us wait that long for the fourth season. There's rumors (that I hope so much are true) that the fourth season will be released this year.

Crystal said...

Aww, your poor dog! I'm glad to hear that he's okay, though.

Colin Smith said...

How cool you're going to the UK next month. Say hello to my home country for me. It's been 8.5 years since my last trip back.

It is sad they only make 3 Sherlock episodes, but the consolation is that they're 90 mins, so each one is almost a movie. And they have clearly gone with quality over quantity. :)

Have a great week, Krispy! :D