Saturday, 2 January 2016

042. The Royal Wedding+Downton Abbey Series finale+ the Starbucks planner quest


It's day 02 of 366, and I can't wait to see how the year unfolds!

The past year was a roller coaster indeed. For one thing, the days flew by! It may sound totally cliche, but it's true. I'll tell you more about it in a separate post, since there are things I am excited to share. 

After a three-day stay in the hospital, and getting a good laptop despite battling flu and asthma, I must say that the week was good. Really good. For one thing, my dad is on the mend, me and my mom watched the season finale--mentioned in number 2--on the telly--the hospital room has a TV--and I was touched at the ending.

1. Meg Cabot's Royal Wedding

I bought this book a few days ago, while I was buying presents for my godchildren and parents, and curled up with it after a long day.

Mia Thermopolis is back, and she's better than ever! This is the first adult installment of the series, as the story is set eight years after Forever Princess, and five years after college graduation. If you've been following the series as I did, no doubt you'll have fun reading this! 

Mia has never been so happy. And busy. She runs a teen community center, attending royal engagements...

And speaking of engagements, Michael Moscovitz, the love of Mia's life, finally popped the question!

The fun starts from there. I loved reading this installment because it showed a more rounded Mia, who still hasn't stopped being such an adorable worrywart. But it shows that she's human, and trying to cope with her public and private life as well as she possibly could. 

Oh, and here's the cover! 

2. The Downton Abbey final ever series finale.

It's official. My favourite period drama after Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman has finally come to an end. 

The final installment to the widely popular TV series ended on a very touching note. Below are the highlights--I must admit I shed a tear or two in some moments!

A surprise meeting leads Lady Edith Crawley to realise she hasn't gotten over split with her land agent-turned-marquess beau; which reveals that he hasn't gotten over her as well--which is pretty apparent--Bertie Pelham is pretty much transparent. His eyes state the obvious. Still, both get the happy ending they both deserve, as well as a ready-made family.

Henry Talbot, Lady Mary Crawley's Husband Number Two has his own problems. He's given up racing, which leaves him with no occupation whatsoever. Henry's bothered about being supported by a rich wife, as he is, as mentioned before, without a job. 

Thomas Barrow finally receives news that he has a new position. Butler in a small household-- a geriatric couple, a cook, and a maid. However, his attendance to the wedding of the second daughter of his former employers, will actually lead him back there.

Finally, Baby Bates is born.

Ah, Daisy. Don't torture poor Andy so. He likes you, the poor lad, however, he has a strange but still sweet way of showing you. Helping your father-in-law around the farm is the surefire way to speed things up. Remember, you could do worse, as your surrogate parents (hello Mr. Mason and Mrs. Patmore!) keep telling you. Since there's no more war, the very worst thing that this dark-haired, dark eyed, non-piano playing, watered down reincarnation of your late husband could do is give up, throw in the towel and go off you.

Ah, so you came to your senses? Good.

The winning quote belongs to Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, brilliantly portrayed by Dame Maggie Smith: "It always makes me smile, the way every year we drink to the future, whatever it may bring."

3. The Starbucks planner quest.

Well, that one surprised me as well. The people worrying about stickers on their stub to get a planner baffled me year after year as they queue up in a Starbucks store buying Christmassy drinks, all for a planner.

Since I use another planner, I don't share in the obsession that has been shared by many a person, possibly in the whole Philippines.

All that changed when one of my dearest friends at work told me that the 2016 Starbucks planner would be made by Moleskine. If we haven't met before, I'll tell you now. I love Moleskine. If I had pots and pots of money, all my notebooks for school would be by Moleskine. But of course, we don't always get what we want. 

Since I intend to go back to law school in June, I would have to have a planner that would help me compartmentalize my work. personal and academic life (harhar). I have seen the 2016 planner, and there's plenty of room for me to write lists, assignments and stuff! Perfect for a student. 

Alas, I still have 10 stickers to go. I will need help. Haha.


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