Just Not My Night

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen! Or, it’s 2am here, I don’t know how you greet people at 2am… Anyway, story time! 

Today was supposed to be a good day. I watched some TV, called my boyfriend, ordered plane and train tickets to visit him, and then I was supposed to visit a friend who turned in her Master’s thesis today. 

On my way out of the door, however, my beloved Hedwig key chain from the Platform 9 3/4 shop at Kings Cross Station in London, broke. 

And now I can’t get my key back on it at all. I’m considering putting it all in a ziplock bag and taking it with me when I go there at the end of the month, since I only bought it a few months ago, and ask if it would be possible to exchange it for a new one, since I’ve not been abusing it and it just snapped, which it shouldn’t, considering their stuff is quite pricey. Can’t hurt to ask anyway, worst they can do is say no… 

All was well at my friend’s house, we made cupcakes and had a lovely time. She gave me a present for helping her proofreading: a bottle of Riesling white wine with butterflies on the bottle, and three books she knows I’ve been wanting for over a year: The Selection, The Elite, and The One. I’ve read them on my Kindle, but I really enjoyed them and they’re so pretty. I really didn’t expect it – I would’ve been happy with a tub of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. But I’m beyond happy with my present! As I was packing my stuff to leave, she asked if I wanted a plastic bag, but I said I was alright because I had my handbag. In hindsight, I should’ve accepted the bag. 

I’d only walked a few houses down her street, when the shoulder strap on my handbag snapped. The bag hit the ground, and the wine bottle smashed, all over the stuff I had in it. Since it was nearly 1am and not a soul was in sight, I left my stuff and ran back to my friend’s house, knocking frantically on her door. I briefly explained what had happened and she gave me a plastic bag. I ran back. My handbag was full of wine and broken glass, but I managed to get all of my stuff out and into the plastic bag. I carried the handbag all the way home, stopped under a street lamp to make sure I’d got all my stuff out, and then threw it in the trash. 

The books my friend gave me were mostly intact – just a little bit of damage to the edges, mostly due to the other wet stuff in the plastic bag, as they had been wrapped in the wrapping paper when the bottle smashed. Everything else, however, was soaked. My wallet, the little bag I keep my most essential essential oils in, a pack of ibuprofen, sunglasses, powerbank (portable charger), and the bullet journal I’ve only been using for a month. My oils were fine, it’s been proven before that it’s apparently not easy to smash Young Living bottles! My compact powder looked completely untouched, I threw out the powder puff thingy though – it was cheap and from H&M so no huge loss there. Everything else has been rinsed out, and I didn’t have any cash, only cards. It remains to be seen if they will work tomorrow. My powerbank will probably need to be thrown out as I’ll need to get a new one, but I’ll consult my brother tomorrow. I once had an iPod that survived a washing machine and worked for years after, so we’ll see. 

Worst off, then, was my bullet journal, especially this week’s spread and next week’s, that I only made earlier today. 

The following two pages don’t look so great either, so I guess I’ll just skip those, or write this story on them, or something. 

The strap of my handbag was already one being shared by two different bags, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that it broke. But I guess it was about time to get a new one now, then, anyway. It sucks that I’ll probably need a new powerbank, and that I lost a bottle of wine and one of the two CapriSuns I had in my purse, but my books are okay and and the rest of my bullet journal isn’t so bad – it’s mostly just the few pages around where my pen had been left inside it. My pen still works. Everything else will be fine. Depending on the wine smell, I might need to get a new wallet, but that one was old anyway. 

And I’m okay, and thats what’s important, my boyfriend said. Poor thing, I woke him up by calling him after this happened, and he didn’t sleep much last night or today. I feel bad. But I also feel grateful to have someone like him in my life, someone I want to call while walking home in the middle of the night, being upset and annoyed, carrying a handbag full of broken glass and wine. Someone who answers when I call because they know I’m calling because I need to talk to them. Sure, some crappy things happened in the last few hours, but I also spent it with and talking to wonderful people, and for that I am grateful. 

Until next time, 

~ Julie 

My First Bullet Journal 

Hi! Today I wanted to talk about this new project, my new hobby: bullet journaling!

Bullet journaling is basically a homemade planner/calendar book that you tailor to fit your own needs. It can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. The goal is to organize your time and mind and become more focused and productive. And also to have fun!

I first heard about this from a friend well over a year ago, but at the time I was perfectly happy with the planner system I’ve been using, which is pre-made and school year based, so they go from June until June the following year. Late last year I started voicing my interest in bullet journaling through, and my friend added me to a couple of Facebook groups. I’ve been scrolling and lurking for a long time, and my plan was to start this summer when my planner runs out. However, with the recent stress of applying for an extension for my thesis and my mental health in general I decided to start early. For a couple of nights now I’ve been working in this Nuuna notebook I found a while ago and fell in love with but never used because I thought it had to be saved for something special. Basically, with this post I wanted to show you my progress so far!

This is the notebook, it’s quite big, about two or three times the thickness of regular Moleskins, but it’s the same thickness as my last two planners so for me it’ll be fine. Isn’t it beautiful?

I made a very simple cover page, using faux calligraphy, on the first page which is always a bit weird in my opinion. I decided to go for a more minimalist style, as I’m not the most artistic person. I like writing, like creating letters, but I’m not much for drawing or doodling or anything like that. I’m adding some color here and there though.

I taped a key card to the inside difference the first page, with my symbols and color codes. A box is just for me (like my to-do lists), a circle involves other people (meetings, girls’ night etc), a check for complete, an arrow for migrated, an x for canceled. Red is school, blue is work, yellow is free time, purple is birthdays, and green is other (I’ve used it to underline holidays for instance). And then there’s my index, which I sat aside two double spreads for. I should probably start writing on every line instead of every other line though…

My future log. It goes from April 2017 until July 2018! I’m just showing you my first and last spread here. I made a calendar on top, followed by a list, and then there’s a section for notes at the bottom. As you can see, I mostly have stuff for this month so far, but because I do get some things months in advance (I’ve known about my work weekend later this month since early February, same with work training next month) I decided to make the spread for over a year into the future. It also lets me note down important birthdays! I could create a separate birthday spread but then I have to make sure I know them all in advance to get them in order (just a pet peeve thing). I made at least one mistake that I need to fix but I don’t have functioning white-out at my parents where I am in writing moment so I’ll do that when I get back to the city!

My next spread is a tracker. I’m currently rewatching Grey’s Anatomy, and I have them on my hard drive, got them from a friend, and it made it hard to keep track of where I am without having to go on imdb, so I made this! All the seasons are across at the top, the episodes go down, black means there’s no more episodes in that season, blue means I’ve watched the episode! Again, I decided to add some air in between the lines, but at the expense of space at the top, which I’m not too happy about, but lesson learned I guess!

This is my favorite spread so far. My blog spread! On the left we have my tracker for scheduled posts, but I learned from my last mistake and put the lines together. I also experimented a little with using different fonts, slightly more successful on this tracker than the last one,  I think.

On the right side is my ideas spread, for when I need to schedule a post but I don’t know what to write about. I kept a list from before, but because I’d done a few and I want to get rid of random lists lying around the place I wrote down the ones I’ve not done yet and I’m gonna keep adding to it if I get an idea but don’t have time to write the entry at that time. Any blog ideas for me? Let me know! 


That’s all I have so far. I haven’t added a habit tracker, because I’ve been doing that for 3 months and I  just feel guilty for all the stuff I don’t do on any specific day, so I’m skipping that for April. I’m going to start my spreads for April soon; they’ll be incomplete but oh well, the only way to start is to start, right?

Anyone else do bullet journaling? 

~ Julie