Currently… #3

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  • listening: To the girls from the Babysitter’s Club on Netflix. And unfortunately to my annoying neighbors who have family over, and they’re all ridiculous.
  • eating:  Actually nothing, but I think I’m gonna cook myself some pasta later.
  • drinking: Water. Water. And more water.
  • wearing: Leggings and a comfy hoodie. Also a blanket cause I’m always cold.
  • feeling: Pretty tired cause it has been a rather stressful week with not enough sleep.
  • weather: Better than the last few days but still rather cold. At least it’s not raining.
  • wanting: Another vacation by the beach.
  • needing: A not so stressful week.
  • thinking: About what I want to write about for my next Blogtober posts.
  • enjoying: Cuddling with my doggy on the sofa.

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The Get To Know Your Pet Tag

So today is my dog’s birthday, and I thought I would put together a little tag to get to know him better. And hopefully, other bloggers with pets will introduce theirs as well, cause I love getting to know other people’s animals.

There are no rules. If you want, just answer the ten questions I put together and tag me in your post, so I can read all your answers. Feel free to tag other bloggers, so they can share everything about their darlings, as well.

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01. What pet(s) do you have?
I have one dog, and he is a Havanese mix.

02. What is your pets name?
His name is Charlie, and he is the cutest.

03. How did you get your pet?
He belonged to my grandparents, and when they sadly passed away, my family and I adopted him. He’s been living with us for two years now, and since January, it’s just the two of us because I finally got my own apartment. I’ve always wanted to have a dog, again, but they’re a big responsibility. But then he was there, and we made it work.

04. Have you had other pets before?
I grew up with two dogs, and I loved it. When they were no longer with us, we had three cats, but to be honest, I’ve always been more of a dog person. And for many years, we also had some fish. I got my first aquarium when I was six or seven, and eventually, my parents got a big one and took mine away. I’m still mad about that. I’ve always wanted my own again and am still planning on getting one.

05. What fun things have you and your per experienced together?
While living with my grandparents, Charlie didn’t really have an active life. Not much contact with other dogs or walking, and no adventures. But the last two years have been rather eventful for him. Most of the time, I take him with me, wherever I go. He’s been in stores, restaurants, animal parks, has met lots of other dogs and people, and of course, we’re outside every day. The best thing we’ve done together was to go on vacation to the North Sea. We had the best time, and we’re definitely going again next year.

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06. What does having a pet mean to you?
That little fur baby is the love of my life. He gives me comfort when I’m sad and makes me laugh all the time. I’m so glad that he is with me because, even though I love living alone, I don’t get lonely. There is always someone there who needs me, and that helps a lot – especially mentally. He also gets me out of the house, which is a good thing.

07. How pet crazy are you?
Well, my dog still has to walk on his own. I don’t carry him around or push him in a stroller. I obviously get him everything he needs, and yeah, he is a bit spoiled. Let’s say, whatever happens, I’ve got it covered. And yes, we also have some things that he doesn’t necessarily need, like a tie or a fun costume, but whatever. He’s my baby, and sometimes, I’m a little obsessed. Maybe, I monitor him too closely. But better safe than sorry. However, I don’t phone the vet over every little thing.

08. What do you love most about your pet?
He is very chill, and I can take him pretty much everywhere. He adapts very quickly to new surroundings, and he’s a true heartbreaker. Everybody loves him.

09. What is your favorite thing to do with your pet?
Cuddle time. We love to sleep in on weekends, and before we get up, a good cuddle makes the day immediately better. And yes, he’s allowed in my bed. I never thought I would do that, but I don’t care. He’s my baby, and he can chill wherever he wants to.

10. Is there anything that annoys you about your pet?
He loves eating things he shouldn’t and is pretty quick. So sometimes, I can’t keep him from it fast enough. Unfortunately, he has a sensitive stomach, and then he has problems and barks me out of bed several times a night. Not fun at all. He also hates rain, so it’s a bit of a pain getting him out of the house when the weather isn’t good, even though he has a little coat.

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Growing Up With Disney

When I think about my childhood, I feel like Disney has always been right there with me. And it has truly made a lasting impression on me. I’m 33 years old and still pretty much obsessed.

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I’m pretty sure it’s because I spent part of my childhood growing up in the US, where Disney has always been pretty popular. Aside from watching Aladdin with my grandma at the movies in Germany and my uncle recording The Beauty and the Beast for me on VHS, I never really came across anything Disney in my home country. Neither have my friends. I kid you not, some of them never even so much as watched a Disney movie. How sad is that?!

When I was a few months old, we lived in the States for the first time. Sure, I can’t really remember anything, but of course, there are pictures, and I still have some things from that time. So back then, I had cute little Disney bathing bottoms, I had a huge Mickey Mouse stuffed animal and some others. I also had a cute little Daisy Duck which I still own and love. So having Disney in my life started early.

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When we moved to the US again, I was six, and soon, the madness began. My first English movie was the Lion King, and it was magical. And back in the late 90s, Pocahontas was also very big for me. And 101 Dalmatians. I had so much merchandise from these three movies. Comforter, pillow, backpack, folder, blanket, games, pencils, and whatever you can think of. When I look at pictures, most of the time, I’m wearing something with a Disney character on it. And I’m happy to say that I still have a lot of my childhood Disney toys. I cherish everything from the 90s a lot.

I watched the movies and of course the Disney channel. Mickey Mouse Club was a really big show that I enjoyed a lot. When we went on vacation in San Diego, we also visited Disneyland California, and it was magical. Toontown is the best. My first CDs were Disney soundtracks, and I also had a Disney singalong CD with a songbook which I enjoyed so much. You get the point.

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All of this had a big impact on me, which is still very present today. I adore Disney. I wrote papers about it at University – even my BA thesis. When I finished my A-levels, others went on fancy trips or got laptops or whatever. My mom took me to Disneyland Paris. I frequently order from the Disney Store because there are always beautiful new things I need to have.

After moving back to Germany many years ago, I don’t recall anyone being big on Disney. Gladly, today, you get things everywhere. Even though, there are no Disney Stores in Germany, anymore. So when I’m traveling to a city where there is one, I go completely nuts. Back in school, we went on a trip to Tuscany, and in Florence, I saw people walking around with Disney bags, and I gave it my all to hunt that shop down. It wasn’t so easy without smartphones, but of course, I managed. I’ve also spent lots of money in London, San Francisco, Copenhagen, New York, and Barcelona. And I’m sure, I’m even forgetting some other store locations.

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My dream was always to have a room where I display all my Disney memorabilia. Others maybe want a walk-in closet, but I wanted a Disney room. And since moving into my apartment this year, I have it. It’s my office and library, with all my Disney stuff everywhere. And I can’t even begin to explain how much joy it brings me. I will never be too old for it, and I will continue to grow my collection. A new order is actually on its way to me right now.

Anyway, I didn’t plan on writing this much, but when it comes to Disney, I can just go on and on about it. I’m glad that I had so much Disney in my life as a child because it always made me happy, and it still does today. There is nothing the 100th viewing of Pocahontas can’t fix.

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My Mid-Blogtober-Struggle – Happens Every Time

We haven’t even reached the middle of October yet, and I’m already struggling with Blogtober. Fab. I honestly don’t know why I always do this to myself. But I also don’t want to give up. I started out pretty good, but now, I’m sitting here, unable to write up something sensible, and I’m really annoyed at myself.

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I do have some ideas, but I just don’t feel like writing. I haven’t been sleeping well cause my dog has been having stomach issues and is constantly waking me up several times per night. It drives me insane. So I’ve been cuddling with him all afternoon, even though I wanted to write several posts. I just feel bad for him and want him to get better. I’m also pretty tired.

So it’s now close to 7pm, and I haven’t shared anything today. There are just not enough hours in the day for everything. But it’s my fault for never being properly prepared. And then, when I plan on writing, something always seems to be getting in the way. Lighting has also been incredibly bad. Therefore, taking photos is a bit of a pain. I also love moaning and feeling sorry for myself.

Anyway, I’m going to continue trying my best. I’m grateful for everyone who has stopped by for a read, left a nice comment, or shared my work on social media. It means a lot, and as long as some people read my outpourings, I’m happy. And if you know of any fun blogger tags, make sure to tag me. I would love to answer some questions.

My posts so far: Blogtober Round 3 – Here I Go Again // Goodbye Summer (July-September) 2021 // Learn From Mean Girls: Don’t Change Who You Are For Other People // Currently… #2 // The Post-Vacation-Blues // Photography: Ostfriesland – North Sea // Mixtape #26 – Late 90s/Early 00s Rock/Punk Music // “The Comfort Book” by Matt Haig: How It Actually Gives Me Comfort // Everything I Love About Fall // Goodbye Negative Nancy: Things That Make Me Feel Better On A Bad Day // Random Ramblings #6 // My Favorite Childhood Books

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My Favorite Childhood Books

For as long as I can remember, I have loved books. As soon as I was able to read, it became a great hobby. I grew up with German and American stories because I lived in both countries, so I feel like I got the best of both worlds.

I still have most of my childhood books, and what can I say: I still think they’re amazing. I can hardly find one that I didn’t put stickers on, though. There are just so many cute stories that give me lots of joy, and once in a while, it’s exactly what I need. So here are the three books I love the most.

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Treasury of Mother Goose Rhymes
This book is a collection of many wonderful rhymes, and it is one of my favorite possessions. The edition I have is beautiful, with gold on the sides and adorable illustrations. It includes famous rhymes like Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, or Three Blind Mice, and I’ve loved it as a child. Still do. English isn’t my first language. I started learning when I was six, so these rhymes were perfect to learn more and more.

The Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin
Oh, how I loved that series. Still do. The idea of organizing that club sounded like so much fun. I still have a notebook somewhere, where I put in pictures of kids with names and all, and I pretended to have a BSC as well. But only in my head. Anyway, the stories are so much fun. The TV series is awesome, as well – old and new.

Pipi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgreen
Well, I know her as Pippi Langstrumpf because these stories I read in German. How cool is she? A young girl who lives all by herself, with a monkey and a horse, and she has all this gold she can pay with. Her two best friends live right next door, and they go on crazy adventures together. And Pippi is also super strong. I mean, how can you not like that as a kid?!

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