It’s a 4-Year-Blogiversary!!!

Looking back at 4 years of blogging, I am astounded that there was never really a time where I wanted to quit. Sure, I had some lows and went on (un)planned hiatus ever now and then, but never once did I think about stopping altogether. I appreciate this little community way too much to truly step away for good. I’ve made some amazing friends who I wouldn’t want to miss for the world and I even got to meet some people in real offline life who’ve mostly been pictures and words on my screen before. My appreciation goes out to all of you who visit this blog, not just those who I’ve become close friends with, but all of you who comment, share, like or simply read the things I write about.

So often blogging has felt like me simply shouting into the void. I know that I don’t talk about life-changing subjects. There are people out there who do incredible work, blogging about important topics such as diversity and equality in conjunction with TV and books. Every day I find myself learning from them and seeing all the ways my discussion are still lacking substance. I am a simple girl. I am mostly content with mainstream media and sometimes that means I still make mistakes, but just sharing a common passion can connect people so much. I have received so many deeply personal responses to posts that might seem trivial to others, but spoke to a couple readers and that makes it all so worth it.

I hope to continue this journey for many more years to come. Even if the amount and topics of my posts vary over time, I can’t see a future where Life and Other Disasters isn’t part of my life anymore.

I want to thank you all, but due to a tight travel budget, I can’t really do a proper giveaway at the moment. However, if you would like to receive a post card while I am still away on my “little vacation”, you can send me an email with your full name and address to:

impossiblegirlblog@gmail.com

Please make sure you are allowed to send me your info if you are not yet 18+ years old and please also refrain from posting your address in the comments or I will have to delete said response. To make things easier for me to organise, put “I want a post card” in your subject line. Depending on how many requests I get, I might not be able to do them all or I might have to space them out over time. I’m still in Canada for a couple more months, so it shouldn’t be too much of an issue. If for some reason I am not able to send you a card, I will still let you know.

Again, thank you so much for your continued support! TIME TO CELEBRATE!

Kat’s Adventure: Week 3 – Ottawa

I had the nicest welcome in Ottawa, with someone giving me their day pass for the bus upon my arrival. However, that sentiment didn’t really reflect what was happening for the rest of the week. Let’s break it down.

Tuesday – Getting Organised

The weather wasn’t exactly nice, but I had the room at my hostel all to myself the night before so I was at least well rested. I thought I should do some recon and got a bit of a feeling for the area. There was a lot of sitting around at Starbucks involved (which you can find like three times on any given street) and then I just wrote some post cards and bought some food for the hostel. It’s so much cheaper to prepare food yourself, instead of eating out all the time. Come evening, the hostel was almost full and there were so many new people to meet. I seriously just don’t have anything exciting to say about this day.

Wednesday – Parliament Hill/ByWard Market

Everything essential was in walking distance from my hostel, which was amazing. I teamed up with my roomie and we explored Parliament Hill in the morning. You can get free tickets for a tour of the parliament itself, in both French and English language, so we did that as well, but only in the evening. To kill some time until then, we went to go see ByWard market. It’s a very touristy area, but it’s great if you have no idea what you want to eat, because there’s a restaurant for almost everything. We also got some maple-leaf shaped cookies with Trudeau’s face on it. There’s just no way you can pass on that if you are willing to take hilarious photos in front of the Ottawa sign.
The tour later on was interesting, but I am not much of a stickler for politics. However, we did get to see the House of Commons still in session and the building itself is really beautiful too. It’s a free and I got to meet some nice solo-travelers there as well, so it’s definitely worth a recommendation.

Thursday – Ottawa Museum of Nature

This day was kind of the one where everything started to go South. I scheduled a Skype call with my mum to discuss my further travels after Montreal. I knew I wanted to get to Vancouver, but I didn’t really know how. So, my obvious options were bus, train or plane. I finally settled on plane and my mum sent me link for a place I might be able to stay at for the first weeks. Innocent me goes on the websites to book the plane ticket and accommodation and what happens? My credit card does not work. Naturally, I freaked out. It’s the most annoying and maddening feeling when something that should be fine just isn’t and there is very little you can do for the moment. I wasn’t sure if it was just an online thing, so I needed to somehow test if the card worked in a shop.
Every Thursday a majority of the museums in Ottawa offers free entry to their general exhibitions. My roomie and I went to the Museum of Nature. I have to admit, I was terrible company. I was in such a foul mood because of the credit card situation, but the museum was still very nice. They did their best to make the exhibitions interactive and fun, having quite the variety of subjects spread out on three floors. I was so tired on the way back from there, I just wrote a quick email to my credit card company, asking them about the easiest way to fix this mess. Let’s just say I didn’t sleep easy that night.

Friday – Still Freaking Out

I wake up to the glorious email that my card is active again. There was some kind of problem with a data transfer from a previous purchase, so they temporarily deactivated it for security reasons. I get my laptop, try to book on the same site I did the day before (only accommodation and not the plane, because my mum was kind enough to purchase that for me and I’ll pay her back when I get home again) and IT. DIDN’T. WORK. I was so pissed and worried. However, then I tried it in a shop and on other websites and it was just fine. Conclusion of this ordeal, do not book anything on 9flats! Now I have to monitor my credit card balance closely for the next weeks and I am NOT happy about that.

Saturday – National Gallery of Canada

There’s a vast variety of museums in Ottawa, but I like art. I studied it and they had a lot of artists I recognised as well as a bunch of stuff I have never seen before. You get a discount if you are a student or below 24 years of age, which was awesome, because 7 Dollars for an entire day pass is not a lot at all. I was pretty beat from the previous days, had a massive headache and was quite glad to get back to the hostel at that point. I was just innocently making a toast, which neither smoked, nor got charred or burned, and suddenly the smoke detector went off. It was so loud, it even affected my vision. I hated that week so much at this point.

Sunday – Feeling a Little Dead

I wouldn’t say that any of the bad stuff that happened to me had something to do with Ottawa, because it so obviously didn’t, but at that point I was just over it. I was tired of always having to lock up my stuff, I was tired of walking around all day, I was tired of not really having a place that was really my own. It didn’t feel like homesickness, because I didn’t want to be home in that moment, but I was kind of over the whole traveling aspect of my experience. I just wanted to get to a place and stay there.

Monday – Montreal, Here I Come

Traveling days always make me anxious, because I am afraid of forgetting something. I met a nice girl on the bus to chat with and Montreal is the current home of my best friend, so I was just so ready to get there. I was greeted by tons of rain that drenched me, but nothing could overshadow my happiness upon seeing my bestie after almost a year. I have high hopes for my time here, although I can already tell you that the French language and I will never become friends.

How was your week? Tell me all about it!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (May 29-June 4)

Another week in Canada has come and gone. I will tell you more about that in a couple days, but here are some trailers for you first!

Movies

Murder on the Orient Express

I LOVE the look of this and the casting! I didn’t know Sergei Polunin (my favourite male ballet dancer) was going to be in this. And then there is Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr. AND Willem Dafoe. I am fangirling so much right now.

Victoria and Abdul

It made me way more emotional than I thought it would.

Logan Lucky

Adam Driver and Channing Tatum as brothers just somehow doesn’t go into my head, but it’s Adam … so I want to watch it.

Paddington 2

Uhm … so I haven’t seen the first one yet.

Voldemort – Origins of the Heir

Can you believe this is a solely fanmade movie? I mean … the narration kind of gives it away, but other than that? It looks really professionally made.

Feed

Proud of Troian for writing and directing, but that movie is creepy af! Tom as her twin kind of works for me though.

The Mountain Between Us

The casting of this has me intrigued, but survival stories scare me.

TV Shows

Poldark (Season 3)

I thought this would come back so much later. GO DEMELZA!!!

The Last Tycoon

A 100 TIMES YES TO THIS! I loved the pilot so much and cannot wait to get a full season of it. My favourite era, my favourite setting – bliss!

Room 104

This is so strange.

Still Star-Crossed

I surprisingly loved the premiere of this so much, like I am here shipping Rosaline and Benvolio SO MUCH! I don’t care that they hate each other.

What are you watching? What are you doing? Let’s talk!

May 2017 Book Haul

So, I obviously haven’t bought much, but I do have a couple books worth mentioning that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet. As per usual, the book/comics that have made it on the monthly wrap-up won’t be mentioned here.

  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
    I got this one at the Jenny Han signing I went to a couple weeks back. I haven’t read anything by her yet, but I am looking forward to reading it. It’s my only physical book (comics excluded) that I have with me on my travels now.
  • Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
    I actually have this as a physical book and an ebook. One is at home and one is on my kindle that I have with me.
  • Mindwalker by A.J. Steiger
    I actually just bought this because I was approved for the sequel on NetGalley and it wasn’t marked anywhere that it was a sequel. Like … WHY? I sometimes wish you could cancel approvals or delete them or just do something.
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
    This is my most anticipated release of the year. I pre-ordered it a while back. Again, physical copy is going to be delivered to my home address, while the ebook will be readily available on my kindle!

eARCs:

  • Mindstormer by A.J. Steiger

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1) Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2) Mindwalker (Mindwalker, #1) Mindstormer (Mindwalker, #2) Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)

You can find out more about the books by clicking on the covers! What are you currently reading? 

May 2017 Wrap-Up

  • Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith (3.5 stars)
  • Lumberjanes, Vol. 2 (5 stars)
    I still think this series is hilarious and bold. I enjoy it very much.
  • Jughead, Vol. 1 (4 stars)
    It was alright and I love Jughead, but his dream sequences are weird … as was the general overarching story.
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (4.5 stars)
    I’d be more than happy if this was the last of the series. I know it is flawed, but it was a fast and engaging read to me.
  • Jughead, Vol. 2 (5 stars)
    Sabrina’s introduction was PERFECT! I loved seeing her life intertwine with Juggie’s. Also, the dream sequences are gone!
  • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley (5 stars)

Windfall Lumberjanes, Vol. 2:  Friendship to the Max Jughead, Vol. 1 A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) Jughead, Vol. 2 Words in Deep Blue

Click on the titles to get redirected to the reviews and on the covers to get to the respective Goodreads pages! I am not reviewing all my books anymore, so if I haven’t posted a review on the blog, you can find a couple sentences below the title to read my thoughts!

So, it’s been a little quiet on the blog, but Canada has been fun so far and left me little time to blog. However, I did try and keep you updated with posts about Week 1 and Week 2 in Toronto! I’ll try my best to keep writing and hopefully not just updates but also some new chapters for Arcadia. That will probably work best as soon as I’ve settled down in Vancouver, but we will see.

TRAILERS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

DOCTOR WHO REVIEWS

How was your month? Let’s talk about it!

Kat’s Adventure: Week 2 – Toronto

I think the format went quite well last time I did this. As I am writing now, I am already in my new residence for the week in Ottawa, but there is still so much that happened in Toronto that’s left to tell you. Again, here are the highlights!

Tuesday  – Blogger Meet Up!

Patty, Jesse, Joey and Maria all met up with me for dinner at Louis Cifer (how would you pronounce it? Maybe … Lucifer!?!?). It was a fun evening with talk about books and TV shows and the weirdest chicken pot pie I have ever ordered. Beforehand we even went to Dollarama to make sure I got my fill of Canadian snacks. Still not sure how I feel about Dill & Pickle chips to be honest … Anyway, I hope we can somehow manage to all get together again when I return in October/November!

Wednesday – Pastry Crawl/Art Gallery of Ontario

While I didn’t book my room for Toronto with Airbnb, I still checked their page for so called “experiences”. It’s a fairly new feature and not yet available in all cities, but I was lucky and found the pastry crawl! Mackenzie, our host, was a super knowledgeable guy, showing us most awesome spots in the Queen West area. Since there was only one other person with me on the tour, it felt like such an intimate experience and like I just met up with old friends to talk and eat sweets. I don’t want to give away Mackenzie’s entire tour, but here are some impressions: (the pastry crawl is Wednesdays from 3.30 until around 6-ish)

Afterwards I was pretty beat, but from 6-9 (also only on Wednesdays) the Art Gallery of Ontario can be visited for free and I couldn’t pass up that chance. It was fun to just walk around everywhere, but I think my favourite part was the contemporary exhibit (even though some of that stuff is what nightmares are made of).

Thursday/Friday – Relaxing and Laundry

It was rainy, it was cold, I was tired – I didn’t do much. I think I walked to the Lakeview Restaurant, because it was one of the places I wanted to check out and the staff was absolutely lovely. Also, I did my laundry, because despite having basically my entire wardrobe with me, it’s not enough clothes to last me more than 2 weeks.

Saturday – Casa Loma

Everyone told me Casa Loma was one of the main tourist attractions in Toronto and I can attest to that, because it was packed! I have troubles keeping the days straight in my head, so I didn’t intentionally mean to visit it on the weekend, which could have been part of the problem, but there was also a wedding there and just so many people. I seemed to have gotten in at a decent time though, because I only had to wait like 5 minutes to get a ticket, while there was a line halfway around the parking lot when I left the building.

The history of the place was very interesting and it gave me the strangest sensation of being back home. While the interior and the furniture weren’t exactly the same style, the general look of things reminded me of some of the royal residences I had seen back home, just on a much smaller scale.

There was this one part where you could go up an extremely narrow staircase to get to the top of the towers. There was only one way up and down, which created a massive delay once a little child tried to go down and took forever to do so. When my group finally got to go up, I took like three steps, freaked out and then had to excuse myself and go back down again. I am really not the best with dealing with heights and I saw myself freaking out on the way down from the top and I didn’t want to be stuck in the middle of a group of people, terrified to move. So, I was angry with myself, but I left that tower, just to get to the other one (which I didn’t realise even existed) and there was absolutely NO ONE. I got to take my time, fight my demons and go up there. The view was nice, but I am not sure it was worth the thunder in my heart.

Sunday – Downtown Toronto (one last time)

I knew I had to pack and since my suitcase was pure chaos, I also knew it would take some time, but I still wanted to just go and walk around one last time. I went to the Metropolitan United Church, which serves as the backdrop for the Shadowhunter Institute on the TV show. I simply could not leave without going to at least one filming location I would actually recognise as such.

Monday – Off to Ottawa I Go

I opted to go to Ottawa by bus, but since I wasn’t quite sure how to get to the Greyhound Station, I left excessively early. I met some great people on the way, who were super helpful with public transport and just generally nice to talk to. I am always a little flabbergasted when people call me wise and/or brave for what I am doing, but it also kind of validates me in what I am doing. Now I am here and I am taking it slow.

How was your week? What all were you up to?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (May 22-28)

I am going to keep this really short, because I have to pack my suitcase for my departure from Toronto tomorrow. Let’s get started!

Movies

Wonder

I knew I would cry. I cried. But I had no idea Daveed Diggs was going to be in this AND NOW I WANT TO WATCH IT EVEN MORE!

Spider-Man: Homecoming

I am so excited for the casting of this one. It looks so fun.

Despicable Me 3

It looks hilarious.

Wind River

I just see undercover Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch solving crime together.

Shimmer Lake

I am going to skip that one.

TV Shows

Wynonna Earp (Season 2)

How screwed am I seeing Wynonna as a role model?

Game of Thrones (Season 7)

I mostly just want to know what happens with Sansa.

Shadowhunters (2B Sneak Peek)

Sebastian, my beloved psycho, better not be messed up. They already did the Yin Fen story ALL WRONG!

Flaked (Season 2)

I surprisingly enjoyed Season 1, so sign me up for this.

Castlevania

Netflix, you already had my attention but I am so happy you are trying your best to keep it.

OZARK

I am intrigued.

Friends From College

They’re definitely not acting their age …

That’s it for this week! How are you doing? What are you watching?