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Felpata_Lupin

12 months of positivity - March

By now you know how this works, right? :P

Welcome to my March, fam! :wub: Yeah, I know, I'm a bit late... but Easter and aunt time... you know how it goes... It was definitely better than February, but I think we can still work on making things better... But let's just get started! ;)

 

MARCH 2018

1 - Peaceful day, the snow falling, tea in the morning, the great announcement of Secret Cupids.

2 - And waking up in the morning to find out that I'm Head Student. And then a carbonara and a nice movie with friends. And the best part is that it's Friday!

4 - Weekend maybe a little lazy, but some little step has been taken. And it's always lovely to find new ways to emotion yourself.

6 - Progresses with my reading, Harry Potter on TV, fairly good day at work. Sleepy but happy.

7 - The day at work goes slowly, but it's nice to be in a team that makes you feel at home. There's a lot to do, but there are always the small daily progresses. And the weekend is already approaching...

8 - Waking up and discovering that it's sunny, realizing that after all I didn't lose my phone, laughing about feasts and namedays and M&M's and technical support, celebrating women's day with chinese food and latin music. Andiamo a comandare!

10 - When Mathematics (actually more like the Settimana Enigmistica) helps you getting out of the pyramid and finally there is the time to judge challenge entries.

12 - Learning a new dance, receiving a new (wonderful) review, sitting at the piano (after ages), waiting with trepidation the Roman weekend.

14 - The translation proceeds, soon I'll be able to share my OF novel (well, those bits of awful first draft) with my beta reader of trust. And meanwhile the Roman weekend grows near...

16 - Friday night, tomorrow I'm leaving, ready and super pumped! Goodnight, world!

17 - The magic of Rome, always unmatched. The new experience of the Stadium and of Rugby and finding out that JK Rowling is in the stands too. Tiring day, but every moment has been wonderful.

22 - Spaghetti with clams, friends who get passionate about my stories, laughing in the office (because seriousness is overevaluated), the weekend approaching...

25 - A weekend of rest, feeling loved, a pizza and a game of cards with friends.

26 - HPFF closes. Strange, the news saddened me at first, but at the same time I'm feeling a happiness shrouded in melancholy remembering the stories, the friendships, the growth (both as a person and as a writer) that site has given me. And I'm so grateful that the community still exists in HPFT. Sad, yes, but a good kind of sadness.

28 - And here I am again, reflecting on the magic of books, on how you can get passionate to a story and feeling the characters near, real, friends. And wondering why on earth did the hen cross the road...

31 - A strange day, a bit melancholy, but a few steps forward have been taken and I'm happy at least of having shared some love through reviews. And tomorrow is Easter.

 

Credits/translations/explainations:

Carbonara is a "sauce" (not the right term, but I wouldn't know how else to say it) for pasta, made with eggs and guanciale (pork cheek), but you can use bacon (just don't let anyone from Rome hear you... :P)

Andiamo a comandare! (literally Let's go command) is a wacky song (and lyrics from that song) by Fabio Rovazzi, which was a Summer Hit a couple of years ago.

Settimana Enigmistica (literally puzzle week) is an Italian weekly magazine of crossword puzzles, rebus, riddles, logic games etc.

Day 10 refers to an Escape Room I did with a group of friends, and I solved the last riddle, so I was quite proud of myself... :P

In case you were wondering, my beta reader of trust is my little B @victoria_anne :wub:

The second half of day 28 is something that goes back to Uni days... I sent my friends a pdf that was going around, about a hen crossing a road and various historical figures (scientists, politicians, philosophers, etc.) giving their interpretation about the why. It was quite hilarious and after that my friends replied giving the reason our Professors and friends would give, which was ten times more hilarious. Now we are bringing it back while we are planning a gift for one of us who's getting married (we have this tradition of making a silly gift to accompany to actual gifts for graduations, weddings and various occasion)

 

And I think that's all! Hope you had fun reading! I noticed that my main happy thought was Weekend is coming and I'm not sure if that's a good sign... :hmm:

See you at the end of April, my loves! :freeze::grouphug:

Felpata_Lupin

12 months of positivity - February

Hi again, my loves!:wub:

If you saw my previous entry, you know what this is about, so I'll skip tedious introductions this time :P

I haven't been as good at following through with this in February as I'd been in January... then, again, this has been a bit of a difficult month, what with stress at work, car misadventures and just general low mood (and you'll probably notice that some of these happy thoughts are actually a bit on the melancholy side...) I'm hoping in a great March, though! :D

Anyway, here it goes! :greenstars:

 

FEBRUARY 2018

1. Since it's quite late, I'll just go with this: it's great to feel part of something.

2. Sometimes we feel inspired by someone and sometimes we are of inspiration for someone. And maybe sometimes a bit of both. And maybe the message of this day, come in many phases and many different ways, is that it's always worth fighting for what is right, also when surrender seems the most logical and simplest thing.

3. A wonderful day, made of little conquers and a lot of imagination, plus a pinch of cheeriness. Ed è subito sera.

5. Monday's fatigue can be overcome, letting go to the pleasure of dancing and being carried into the fantastic words of reading and writing. And then, finally, the deserved rest.

6. At times I get cross and I strike fear (so they say... I disagree, I'm cute and cuddlesome) and at the restaurant they give me a discount. And maybe for Sanremo's fault there's no Harry on TV, but also this has its bright side... more time for reviewing, for instance.

7. Lovely night with Claretta and Fabietto, remembering the old working (mis)adventures and telling each other all our news. Maybe we'll soon have a pastry chef among us. And maybe next meet-up will be earlier than two years...

8. Too tired and sleepy to actually remember the good things of today... but I'm smiling, so I imagine it was a good day. Maybe I'm just happy of existing.

9. Morning reflection on yesterday's happy thought in the twilight sleep: existence and unicity, the mathematical translation of the beauty of being human and being alive. And then there is the Forecast in the queue, waiting for the green light to go down the slide of the water park...

10. If the good day is seen at morning, today couldn't be but a proficuous day, since it started putting up the chandelier.

12. Happiness is: watching a fun movie in the morning, bachata notes on the bus, "But are you on the bus?", "Thank goodness there are buses!" Happiness is also: a message or a phone call from a friend asking how you are, a hot cup of tea in your hands, meeting someone you haven't seen in ages, "No, he doesn't send mails anymore, he only sends phone calls!"

15. The sun, the streets of the city center, the chatting of a child, the reviews that make you smile, feeling loved and appreciated... dinner ready once you get home (I think I said this somewhere already, anyway... even if we don't always agree, aunts are a great invention...)

16. The calm of Friday night after the storm of a week to forget... and the promise of a weekend without any worry (mostly) before me. Goodnight world, tomorrow is another day.

18. Sometimes a day in pajamas and sweet doing nothing is what is needed.

22. Laughing and joking and feeling a bit like children, despite the frenzy of these days and all the responsibilities of being adults.

24. My little pet (meaning my car) has finally come back home, all lucid and sparkling. My Justin story is almost finished (and it'll be an entry for three challenges at once... yes, I like easy win) and I managed to leave a few reviews I wanted to leave. In conclusion, a good Saturday, and tomorrow, I hope, will be a good Sunday.

26. The warmth of home when outside it's freezing, the tango notes, the time and inspiration to write.

 

Credits/translations/explainations:

Ed è subito sera (literally, And it's suddenly evening) is a poem (and a line from the poem) by Salvatore Quasimodo

Sanremo is a city in Italy, more precisely in Liguria region, that every year hosts the Italian Song Festival, also known as Sanremo Festival, or just Sanremo. It is a bit of a big deal here, which is why the TV programming tends to be influenced by it...

The second part of day 9 is obviously a reference to our silliness at work... the Forecast is an application that we developed, it's been scheduled in a way that makes it run a bit too often, so we put a control to avoid that it runs twice at the same time. And we've compared it to the light signals in water parks. We've compared it to a ton of other things, actually. Yes, we are crazy. :P

Day 12 contains bits of conversations that were hilarious for various reasons. I would go into details, but it's too late for it...

The calm after the storm (original title La quiete dopo la tempesta) is also a poem, by Giacomo Leopardi

Tomorrow is another day, instead, is a quote from the movie Gone with the wind by Vivien Leigh

Felpata_Lupin

12 months of positivity - January

Hello, my beautiful HPFT family! :wub:

January is over and I'm here with a blog post... :P

A little explaination: one of my new year's resolutions for 2018 was to keep a diary in which I would note a happy thought each day. Since I had the idea here (we had a thread for new year's resolutions in the Hufflepuff CR) and since I love you guys and since I've incredibly followed through with it and I'm proud (I've only skipped one day), I thought I'd share it with you.

I don't know if it'll be particularly interesting, and some things won't probably make much sense (a lot of my happy thoughts are HPFT-related, actually, so I guess you are lucky :P) and I will be translating from Italian, which is always a bit hard... :couch: 

Anyway, I will be making an entry each month and maybe you will enjoy reading it... (?)

So, here it goes! :greenstars:

 

JANUARY 2018

1. The start of a new year and a new adventure. Sit down around a table and spend hours of cheeriness with dear friends. Maybe a small damage can happen, like a paper bag that succumbs to rain, but the beauty of it is that for every small damage a solution can be found.

2. A bit of frenzy, but there's always space to exchange a laugh with the colleagues. And then old memories of a few years ago come to mind and you find yourself wondering: "Who knows if Nanterre is still in A league?"

3. Starting the day with 2 new reviews and a nomination for FROGS has no price.

4. When work isn't either too much nor too little and you can face it with a smile. Pamper myself with some good food and enjoy a night that is only for me: read, write, do what I love most.

5. Man shall not live by bread alone, where bread is a synecdoche for food and food is a metonymy for material good. But anyway food is important and it's always the right occasion for a dinner out with friends.

6. The best part of a Skywalker night with the Matematti? Going to bed at 2am and then staying awake another hour chatting about books and old memories.

7. And after such an intense intergalactic weekend, the fifth movie is a must, right? Hunger Games, here I come! And in the wait, one or two review I didn't have time to leave earlier.

8. Liar is in the voting round, something genial (even if I can't remember what) surely was said in the office and the promenade is hesitated in the Slow Waltz. Mezzanotte per sognar, fanta-sti-car... 

9. Giuliana changed her name in Giulia and the Due Diligence is harder to understand than the eleven dimensions in Subatomic Physics. At least our order of tea has arrived and my challenge had its first entry. The balance is always positive.

10. Getting misty over the emails between Simon and Blue and fantasising of future trips. Back to Sicily this summer? The answer is always the same: 42 CPD

11. Falling in love all over again with your own characters, while lying on the couch with a blanket and a cup of tea. What's better than that?

12. An email by [insert name of person who writes very ungrammatical, and hilarious because of that, emails], an unexpected review, new objectives and... the relax of Friday night. Everything else can wait tomorrow morning...

13. House tidied, new chapter of Jimmy posted, long owed review left. Proficuous day, I can feel proud of myself.

14. Another proficuous day, on the site but not only there. Ready to face a new week! (Okay, maybe not, but anyway satisfied with the weekend, even if on the [insert name of the company I work for] values there's still to work...)

15. Sometimes Mondays are hard, but finding myself sharing the wonderful love of my favourite online community is something that always makes me smile. And then there is the dancing, and nothing is better than dancing.

16. SVTHSA is probably the most adorable story I've ever read (and the first completed book of 2018), on Italia1 there is Harry Potter and the tea tradition in the office is by now established. Extremely happy in this moment.

17. In an emotionally exhausting day, the best part is finding yourself surrounded by your friends' affection and knowing that you are not alone.

18. Surely not a day when everything went smoothly, but at least the fanfiction gives great satisfactions. And tomorrow is Friday and that in its own is a great news, right?

19. Tiresome day closing a complicated week. The up side? Having a cheery dinner with my "adoptive family". And knowing that weekend has finally started.

20. Night out with friends like we hadn't had in ages. Laughing at old adventures and remembering the era of the "Can you make a coffee?"

21. And now the weekend is over and I haven't done half the things I wanted to... but at least the day was proficuous review-wise. Objectives for the week to come: start reading a new book, do the Appraisal, reviews like there's no tomorrow. And maybe finding the time to take the car to the tire repairer and change the burned out light bulbs. All absolutely manageable, right?

22. Right turn in Fox Trot and it finally seems to start dancing. And I also found the time for a little step forward in my FROGS reading. Monday gone, -4 to weekend.

24. Having fun at work when the servers are full of schifezze [filth] and you can run the proc onda(energetica); The tiredness is there, it can't be denied, but you feel it less if you can joke about it.

25. New book started - check, reviews - check, Appraisal... I tried but the server wasn't collaborating, migration... we are working on it. All in all, a productive day.

26. The to-do-list is still infinite and now the flu is advancing, too, but there still are upsides: an unexpected review, a message from [insert friend/possible romantic interest name here] and finally the weekend.

27. Health is what it is, yet the day was proficuous. Proud of myself. And now, goodnight.

28. That thrill of positive nervousness when posting a new story...

29. And then another Matematto announces that he's getting married and you find yourself re-reading old email trails and plannings of foolish graduation presents...

30. At home at 7.15 warming next to the radiator. Organizing an aperitif with ex-colleagues that had been thought more than two years ago. First reassuring review on a story I was/am full of doubts about. And tonight there's The Prisoner on TV. To hell "female little problems".

31. A day that starts with a lot of Hufflepuff pride and that ends more or less the same way (it's possible that I talk about Harry Potter in the office a bit too much...) The pleasant numbness of being on the couch in pajamas and with a pen in hand. The beautiful feeling of being home.

 

And now a few due notes (credits/translations/explainations) that you can feel free to skip:

Nanterre is a commune in the western suburbs of Paris. And a few years ago its basket team was promoted in A league (and I and some friends happened by chance to be there during their celebrations...)

Man shall not live by bread alone is a line from Matthew's Gospel.

Skywalker night = Star Wars marathon.

Matematti is the nickname of my group of Uni friends, coming from the union of matematici [mathematicians] e matti [crazy]. 

Mezzanotte per sognar, fanta-sti-car... is a line from Un bacio a mezzanotte, a 1952 Italian song composed by Gorni Kramer (music) and Garinei & Giovannini (lyrics) and popularized by the vocal group Quartetto Cetra.

Most of day 9 refers to work stuff and it would be too long to explain...

Simon and Blue are characters in Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (in brief SVTHSA) by Becky Albertalli.

The answer is always the same: 42 refers to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

CPD stands for chi può dirlo, which means who can tell, a recurrent line of a colleague of mine.

Italia1 is a channel of Italian television.

"Can you make a coffee?" has a story of its own (something regarding a boy I never went on a date with... :whistling:) and that, too, would be too long to explain.

proc onda(energetica); Proc stands for procedure and it's a command in the programming language I work with. Onda energetica is the Italian rendition of Kamehameha from Akira Toriyama's manga/anime DragonBall. So basically that's me and my colleagues being silly...

The Prisoner obviously means Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

 

PS - Now I'm nervous that I'm going to bore you all and I'm super scared of pressing that Submit Entry button... why do I do this to myself? :/

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