You can probably take a quick glace at my blog and see what inspires most of my posts: games, cosplay, fashion, and anime, but what do I draw inspiration from when I sit down to actually write out these blog posts? What do I think about? How do I shape my writing? How do I organize my thoughts?
I enjoy making lists. I’d probably love having a bullet journal if I could spare the time. I make lists for groceries, to do’s, budgets, schedules, blog posts, gifts, projects, wedding expenses, goals, weight loss rewards, etc. I can go on all day! It helps me organize myself and carefully think through each bulleted item.
Motivation, body positive, movies, shows, celebrities, writers: I love all kinds of quotes. Especially when they strike a cord with me or make me feel something. If they really affect me, I write a blog post about whatever it made me think or realize. A lot of my personal blog posts have come out that way.
I listen to all kinds of music depending on my mood. Sometimes I don’t want to listen to anything at all. When I had long commutes I quickly got tired of the radio and started making my own playlists with Amazon Prime Music. You have music at your fingertips and can find just about anything to fit your mood. I don’t often to listen to music while writing anymore, but I’m still inspired by music and lyrics.
Speaking of long commutes, I spent many days listening to Harry Potter. It was comforting and made the drive go by faster. I still find myself reaching for my phone to listen to books when I can’t stand to listen to another song. It definitely helps me with my writing, and it helps my mood.
Is anyone else obsessed with bath bombs? No? Just me? If you haven’t tried one you really should. I love LUSH’s bath bombs. I always feel like I’m treating myself when I take a bubble bath. It instantly boosts my mood and melts my stress away. I can lay in the tub and just breathe and go over my day, or not go over my day and write up drafts for blog posts. The choice is mine.
It’s only fitting that my first post for Spoilers be my engagement story!
The Fiance (I’m so happy I can finally call him that!) and I have been friends for over ten years now. We met online via a 3D chat room (with avatars and the like). A mutual acquaintance introduced us, and we were quickly best friends after that. A boy from a small town in Ireland and a girl from a small town in Alabama of the USA.
It surprisingly didn’t take much to convince our parents to allow him to visit me Alabama for a few weeks. We packed as much as we could into his brief three week visit, and we both cried when he had to leave. As soon as his plane touched down back in Ireland, we started planning his next visit.
The Fiance (then best friend/boyfriend) had visited Alabama a total of three times. The first time was for three weeks; the second time was for two months, and the last time was for one month. The last time he visited, we had finally decided to give a long distance relationship a chance. I’m so glad we did.
I finally managed to save enough money (and got a killer deal on my flights) to visit him in Ireland in February 2017. We were both excited to have me meet his family in person and spend some much needed time together. We had been in a long distance relationship for over two years, but it felt so much longer than that. It’d been about a year and a half since we’d seen each other.
We planned to see the sights, eat good food, see his family, and go on date nights to spend as much time together as possible. I told him there were a few things I really wanted to do: the Dublin Zoo, a real date night, a movie on the couch kind of night, and of course, a CASTLE!
Alec at Ross Castle | Photo by Megan Price at A Geeky Gal
Me at Ross Castle | All rights belong toA Geeky Gal
We both knew he would propose on this trip, but I had no idea what he had planned. I told him to surprise me, but I had very low expectations. Both of us are low-key, pretty introverted people. I had figured it’d be a low-key proposal, and I was perfectly happy with that. Alec had other plans though.
His grandmother messaged me and told me she was excited to be taking us to Bunratty Castle! I got very excited of course after not being able to take a proper tour of Ross Castle (pictures above). Alec said we’d tour the castle then go for dinner. Sounded like a great plan to me!
After a bit of a lengthy car ride, we got to the castle and its grounds. Saying the castle is beautiful would be an understatement. If you ever find yourself in Ireland, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park needs to be on your to do list. I had an amazing time taking pictures, exploring the grounds and cottages, enjoying the animals, and experiencing a real castle.
Of course, Alec and his grandmother had a surprise. They told me we were going to have dinner in the castle! With a medieval show! Complete with people in costumes, singing, story telling, and music! I was so excited; I couldn’t wait until it was time to go in.
After getting inside, having honey mead and listening to the harpist and violinist, Alec and I were approached by one of the ladies in costume. She told us we would be Earl and Lady of the castle for the night, and we’d be crowned before going down to the dining hall. I was extremely nervous about doing anything in front of a room of strangers but Alec’s grandmother gave me a hug and told me to have fun with it. She was the one who had arranged it of course. 😉
After a brief introduction about the castle and its grounds, the woman in costume took our hands and brought us on the little stage in the middle of the room and crowned us Earl and Lady. I think we were both pretty nervous! We were the first to enter the dining hall, and Alec had a throne. I sat beside him and his grandparents sat with us at our long table. The butler, who would be our waiter for the night, came over and filled us in on what our roles would be. Thankfully Alec had the hard parts! I didn’t have to do much but sit there and laugh.
The food was delicious, the waiters and waitresses were hilarious, attentive and insanely talented singers and musicians. The night was absolutely amazing. His grandmother even told me this was were they came on their honeymoon, and they were also crowned Earl and Lady of the castle. That probably should have gave me a hint about where the night was going but I thought Alec would propose to me when we were alone… and I was right.
After the activities and dinner concluded, we were directed down to the ground floor for tea and coffee. They had a nice bag pipe player playing after everyone came down. It was relaxing and a great end to a great night… I didn’t know it was about to be a life-changing great night.
Alec asked me if I wanted to head outside to get a few pictures of the castle lit up before everyone floods back outside. I said of course. I knew it’d be beautiful. We got outside after dodging several people and walked around to the side to see the magnificence of this old castle. We were alone with the castle.
I snapped a couple of pictures after admiring it and turned around to see Alec down on one knee with a ring box in his hand… I said yes.
I love to hear engagement stories! Little or big! Please share your story with me in the comments!
This is the very first installment of Spoilers: the Geek Diaries. Essentially, this where will where all my personal posts will be categorized. Personal posts may consist of happiness, sadness, my past, my future, my relationships, my career path, my family, my journey with immigration, trips taken near and far, my hopes, my insecurities, my dreams, and my fears.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, back when I first started blogging, everything I posted was deeply personal. From my relationships to my deepest of insecurities to my hopes and far-flung dreams. I want to get back to that. There is a person behind this blog, a real genuine person who has thoughts and feelings and a crazy life. Things are changing for me. I want to share that with you.
This is me introducing myself to the internet and to you, my readers. This goes beyond the “About Me” page and beyond my usual comfort zone. This is beyond the basics of demographics.