Love, Lust and Links

I have started to realise how much I love writing this list. I initially was going to do a Love and Hate thing, but making it entirely positive makes you see everything in a different light, and it's so nice to flip something negative into something positive.
Here are the things keeping me smiling this week...

1. Halloween, of course
Happy Halloween everyone!! I never miss an excuse to dress up, usually three of four times a year. Last night was no exception. Unfortunately I just looked through my pitiful 11 photos and they looked much better after a few drinks, so I will see what facebook throws up throughout the day. If you didn't read my last post, I dressed up as Sue Sylvester, from Glee.

2. A Thousand Acres
This is my Book Three of my 52 Books in 52 weeks, and okay, it is for class but I refuse to count this as cheating!! It's based on King Lear so I'm reading it for my Shakespeare class but I absolutely love it so far!!

3. Cooking
I love to cook. A lot. And being meat-free is damn hard here in America, eating out is a nightmare, so I'm eating in. This week I've made sweet potato and spinach curry and my amazingly easy and completely delicious butternut squash soup. Speaking of which...

4. More post!!
My lovely friend Briony sent me an amazing cupcake book this week. I can't wait to try it out!! :]]]

5. Positive thinking
I did a couple of posts here and here on the fact that I'm trying to think more positively. I am definitely the kind of person who can experience one bad thing and just fall into a downward spiral. From now on it's my responsibility to be happy. Because I know I can't let other people own my emotions.

6. Being busy
This is what I was talking about at the start of this post. I am completely buried in homework for the next few weeks now, which is killing me. I am spending my life in the library every morning and every evening now. But hey, at least I'm not bored...

7. Work experience letters
Eek I sent some more emails out this week and my letters to Glamour, Vogue and Grazia. Eeek!!

8. Apparently understanding feminism
If you read my blog you will probably know I absolutely hate my feminism class. Nothing against feminism at all, but feminist theory... isn't what I expected. But I've had 100% on both my essays so far so I must be doing something right!!

9. Being half-way through the semester
I have been here for two months tomorrow. How insane is that? And in seven-and-half weeks I'll be home!! Which means less than eight weeks til christmas!!

10. This jumper
And knowing that it's on it'll be on its way to me very soon. Thanks, mum!!

11. Being asked last night if I'm from Superior, Wisconsin
I was out last night in Superior, which is just over the bridge from Duluth (oh yeah, I partied in two states last night!!) and I got talking to a woman in the toilet queue. We'd been talking for a couple of minutes when she asked me "so are you from Superior too?" She nearly fell over when I said I was from England. Have I assimilated that much?!

12. Getting organized for next semester
I've picked my classes (Reporting and Writing II, Victorian Literature and American Literature II) and asked one of my teachers to be my Independent Study advisor. Just to register for classes and choose my 6000 word essay topic!!

13. Making new friends
This has been a lovely week of hanging out and talking to people I was acquainted with and being hopeful that it is going to lead to friendship :]] As I've said before, I'm awful at making friends so this is a big deal for me!!

14. My friends at home
I've been looking at my photo wall and thinking about all the good times I've shared with the amazing people in my life. I love you all :]]]

15. The travel bug
I really, really want to go to the Twin Cities before the end of the semester. Anyone want to volunteer to take me? I'd also like to go to the West Coast, thanks. :]]]

16. The clothes swap!!
I am sending out my first few things tomorrow!! I am so excited about the swap taking shape- yay!!

17. This:

18. You guys!!
I have doubled the number of views from September to October. Thank you so much. It means so much to know that you read my blog and care about what I have to say. Please keep reading!!

Have a lovely Sunday!!

Charlotte xxx


  1. what a lovely post, I too am excited about the clothing swap!


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