I’m Back From Hiatus, So Here Are Some Life Updates!! // ft. no reading, meeting chris colfer, & pizookies

Hi, it’s me again!

I can’t tell you how happy I am to be typing these words again. It’s been over two months since I last wrote a blog post, and I hope I don’t go that long without writing a post ever again, or at least not for a very long time. I also haven’t interacted in what feels like years, and I missed reading posts and talking to everyone just as much as I missed writing posts. Moral of the story, I’m so excited to be back!!

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I wanted to ease back into blogging with a life update post of sorts! It will serve as somewhat of an October and November recap post, since I don’t want to do full separate posts for each of those especially since I didn’t read or blog in either month.

The past couple of months have been the most stressful and busy months that I can ever remember having (thank you, school), but there have also been high moments, happy memories, and a lot worth sharing. So get a cup of hot cocoa, settle in with some blankets, and let’s catch up!

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So, reading wasn’t my priority, and I’m sad about it.

I always underestimate just how much school and dance takes out of me, and I feel like every year I have a little less time to dedicate to reading. Case in point, I only read three books in the last two months, and they were all in October!

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Two out of three of these were additions to series I loved in my childhood, which was very comforting to return to amidst school stress. I can’t tell you how happy I was when I found out there was a new Mysterious Benedict Society story, and it really filled my heart with so much nostalgia and joy when I read it! The Riddle of Ages was a perfect conclusion that I would highly recommend if you were a fan of the MBS growing up like I was.

Chris Colfer also came out with a new Middle Grade novel, A Tale of Magic, and it’s a prequel series to his famous Land of Stories series. One of the most exciting events in October for me was that I actually got to meet Chris Colfer, and I’m still in shock that it actually happened??

When I saw the dates for his A Tale of Magic book tour release months ago, I couldn’t believe that out of all the cities he could have gone to all over the country, one of his locations was a Barnes & Noble less than an hour away from my house. My friend and I both went, and it was an amazing experience. I was so starstruck when I met him, but I still don’t know how I managed to speak at all.

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The last book-related thing that happened recently was that I exceeded my Goodreads challenge! By one book so far, but still, that’s exceeding, right? It’s a good thing that I read a lot over the summer because that made it possible for me to read very little in the fall and still hit my goal.

At the moment, I’m very slowly reading Anna Karenina (I love it, but can only take small doses of it) and I have plans to go to the library today to get some YA novels that can get me back into reading. I’m sure I’ll keep you all updated on how reading goes in December. 😉

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A lot of life things happened.

When I was trying to figure out what to include in this post, I looked back through my camera roll and realized that I did have a lot of happy memories over the past few months. Sadly, I can’t exactly share a lot of those pictures on here since they mostly all have my face in them, but I will talk about them anyway!

  • I’m another year older. My birthday is in October (one of the reasons why it’s usually my favorite month) and so I had a party with my closest friends, which was a lot of fun. Also, hey, I can do magic legally outside of Hogwarts now.
  • I visited my sister at college! In October I got to stay with my sister in her apartment and go to a football game with her and I even went to one of her classes with her, which was terrifying because I definitely was not supposed to be there.

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I have to say, one of the best parts of my visit (besides, of course, seeing my sister) was eating this really delicious skillet cookie with ice cream on it. I highly recommend trying a pizookie if you never have, because I don’t know how I went so long without it in my life.

  • We had homecoming! I had the best homecoming of my high school years so far. Two of my very best friends and I dressed up pretty fancy (I even did eyeliner, which is when you know you’re going all out) and got cupcakes and Italian food and took pictures together. It was pretty perfect.
  • I had my fall concert for dance. One of the sources of my stress over the past couple of months was definitely this concert, and thankfully it ended up going really well. I’m a shy person, but I thrive off of performing, and I love it. The whole second act of our show was all Queen songs (we pretty much danced nonstop, I danced for four dances in a row) and it was so!! much!! fun!!
  • My best friend and I dressed up as Max and Eleven from Stranger Things for Halloween. I couldn’t help but include a picture of our costumes in this (I just cropped out our heads) because we were just way too proud of them, especially since we only used clothes we both already had.

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Please disregard the bruise on my leg, I have no idea where it came from, but that’s a dancer’s life for you. Bruise aside, we had our own little Halloween party by dressing like El and Max, watching our favorite episodes, and having a dance party to our 80s playlist.

  • I saw Frozen 2! This happened just a few days ago, and it was so good. I thought the music from the first one is better, but the plot and overall enjoyment factor of the second one were better. The next movie I’m desperate to see (it comes out on Christmas day) is Little Women! It looks amazing.
  • I became addicted to Jane the Virgin. Knowing me, after I finished Stranger Things, I needed a new show, and now I’m really loving Jane the Virgin. It’s a strange mixture of heartwarming-but-also-sobbing-your-eyes-out-and-it’s-also-a-little-scary-and-lots-of-crime. I’m only on season three right now, but since it’s my Thanksgiving break right now, I’m planning to watch a lot.

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My goals and plans for the upcoming month!

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I’m so happy to be back, and I genuinely hope I can get back in a solid routine of reading, blogging, and interaction. My plan is to go easy on myself at first because it takes time to build a habit and I do know that I have higher priorities, like school, dance, and my health.

This hiatus was scary for me to take. I’ve never taken a hiatus for this long, and it was frightening to step back and let everything I’ve worked so hard for on my blog unravel a little bit. It’s hard to know that I might not reach some of the yearly blogging goals I set for myself back in January because I wasn’t around for two whole months.

But I know it was something I needed to do, and I’m don’t regret taking it. I feel refueled with my passion for blogging, and that’s a wonderful feeling to have.

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I just want to take a moment to thank you all for being so supportive, kind, and understanding! I feel very sad to have missed so much while I was gone, but I will be doing my very best to read and comment on all your lovely posts again so you can all be shown the proper amount of love.

My main goals for blogging next month is to consistently post each week, blog hop at least three times a week, reply to comments within five days, and to start reading again. I feel like these are realistic goals for someone who is currently on a week-long break from school and has a two-week-long winter break at the end of December??

I’m looking forward to seeing what this month brings.✨

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Thank you all so much for reading this post! I’ve been gone for quite some time, so it means a lot to me if you’re still around. *virtual hugs for everyone* I hope this life update post wasn’t too unorganized, and that it served as a transition from my hiatus to being an active blogger again.

I hope you all have a lovely day, and if you celebrate, I hope you have the most amazing Thanksgiving with family and friends. 🤗

How have you been? If you want, link your favorite post that I’ve missed in the comments and I’ll go check it out. What was your fall like? Do you have a Thanksgiving or fall break? I’d love to talk with you in the comments.

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45 thoughts on “I’m Back From Hiatus, So Here Are Some Life Updates!! // ft. no reading, meeting chris colfer, & pizookies

  1. YOU MET CHRIS COLFER AHH I LOVED HIS BOOKS SO MUCH 🤩 so cooool
    I’m looking forward to reading the last MBS book!! HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY :)))
    oh my goodness i love the costumess <33
    welcome back! Sounds like you had a good break 😀

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    • I DID! I STILL CAN’T BELEIVE IT- same! Have you read his newest book? It’s so good and if you enjoyed Land of Stories I think you would definitely love it.
      Ahh, yay! It’s SO CUTE, I never realized how much I missed Reynie, Kate, Constance, and Sticky until I got to spend time with them again.😌
      THANK YOU, ISABEL!
      Aww, thank you, we were so proud of ourselves for those, haha. I hope you’re doing well! ❤

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  2. OLIVIA!! GURL!! WELCOME BACK!! Happy belated by the way!! I think it’s really good of you to know to take a step back and just enjoy the outside world. As much as I love blogging, I don’t think people realize how much work goes into it! And it’s not like it’s our full-time jobs (maybe for some people … but not the majority that I talk with ha-ha). Awe man … school days … I miss those days ha-ha! I’m glad to hear you’ve been having so much fun! Welcome back, love!!

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    • HI JENNA! Thank you so much, I’m really happy to be back.💓That’s so true, I can only wish book blogging was my full-time job (not that it wouldn’t be stressful, but imagine all the posts you could write and the interaction you could do?!!). Haha, knowing I’ll look back with nostalgia on the school days helps me get through them now! Thank you so much, Jenna, I hope your past couple of months have been going well.

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  3. Hey, my birthday’s in October, too! Ooh, your costumes are great. I was the Evil Queen from the Snow White fairytale, and my friend was Little Red Riding Hood.
    So….school was good but since I’m homeschooled I have less hours of school but it’s year-round. So, yeah, I got into photography, started taking a martial arts class, and have gotten ridiculously obsessed with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Once Upon A Time, and Lucifer (#Team Maze for Life).
    Anyways, great recap. I’M SO EXCITED YOU’RE BACK. Also, apparently after taking numerous ‘Which Hogwarts House Are You In’ quizzes I have determined that I am a Gryffinclaw.

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    • Happy belated birthday, McKayla! Haha, thank you- ooh, that’s so cool, I bet it was a really awesome costume.
      Ahh, that’s so fun. Oh yes, I remember you telling me about Agents of SHIELD, I will probably check it out after I finish the shows I’m watching right now. I watched the first few seasons of Once Upon a Time and I really enjoyed it! (Until I got bored. But at first I loved it. 😉 )
      THANK YOU!!
      Yay, you figured out your house! 💙❤️(Red and blue hearts for Gryffinclaw, haha.)

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      • Thanks! You too, Olivia.
        Yeah, it was a lot of fun.
        Yes. It’s a great show. You should totally check it out.
        I’ve only seen the first few seasons but I really like it so far.
        No problem!
        Ooh, cool. Yeah, it’s fun being a combo house.

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  4. Welcome back! Sometimes real life gets a bit too crazy and we end up having to neglect some things we enjoy (like reading and blogging) but I’m so happy that everything has settled down enough for you to be posting again 🙂

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  5. Welcome back!! Looks like you’ve been up to a lot of fun things even if reading hasn’t been your priority 😀 That’s so cool that you met Chris Colfer!! And I love your Stranger Things Halloween costumes! I haven’t seen Frozen 2 yet but I’m planning on seeing it this weekend – so excited, and glad to hear that you liked it so much. Good luck with getting back into the reading and blogging routine! ❤

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    • Thank you, Margaret!!💖Ahh, I’m still internally screaming (and probably always will be) over meeting Chris Colfer, haha. Thank you! 🙂 Ooh, I really hope you enjoy it. I think it’s definitely worth a watch and I kind of already want to go see it again…that’s a sign of a good movie for sure! Thank you again!

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  6. SO glad you’re back ❤ I actually wasn't dying because of school…but now, it's the end of the semester, I have three term papers to write, one big final, and a writing project to do, so I'm feeling it. Oh girl, you are not even READY for the rest of JTV!!! It's too good though ahhhh. I've been watching it since it came out, so when it ended this summer, I was very emotional :') Omg Anna Karenina!! I've been meaning to read that for yeeeeeaaarrrrs. I want to get to that sometime next year. Okay, I'll quit writing an essay, but I'm so happy you're blogging again!! xxxx

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    • Aww, thank you, Macey!☺️ Good luck with everything you’ve got going on- I luckily don’t have finals yet, but we do have a lot of things due for the end of the semester coming up, so I know it’s going to be rough. Aww!! I watched a part of JTV this weekend that hit me REAL hard- it was the part right before it goes forward three years, if you know what I’m talking about. I’m pretty crushed at the moment. Ahh, so far I’m really loving Anna Karenina! It’s slow going for me, and I can’t read too much of it at one time, but it’s genuinely a great story. Thank you so much!! I’ve missed chatting with you.

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  7. Ooh omg you got to meet Chris Colfer!! So lucky!! How did it go? Also, how was A Tale of Magic? Did you love it? I’m planning to listen to it on audio with my mom and sister if it comes out and my library gets!!

    And the pizookie looks SO GOOD!! I really want to try it sometime!

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    • Ahh! It went well- I wish I had said more to him, but I was just so nervous. I did thank him for writing such amazing books though, and he thanked me for reading them, so that got me on cloud nine. 😉 I really loved A Tale of Magic! I think I liked Land of Stories better, but it was still very magical and I would reread and recommend it to all.

      IT WAS. I feel like it would be pretty easy to make at home too. Thank you for your comment, Miri!

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  8. y-y-y-you, you met chris colfer? what the heck this is amazing!!!!! I’m so happy!! and jealous as ever. and those costumes from ST look amazing!!! absolutely in love. and don’t worry, I’ve been super absent as well so it’s nice to have a buddy!!! I look forward to replying to your comments – I read them, they’re amazing, I cannot wait to fangirl.

    love you!!! xx

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    • I honestly can’t believe I did?? He was so sweet in real life.😭Thanks, Rhi! Aww, I’m glad we are hiatus buddies too, though I wish we weren’t hiatus-ing, if that makes sense, haha. How’s school and life going for you? Also, I can’t wait for the fangirling…

      ILY VERY MUCH XX

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  9. Hey Olivia!! Welcome back!! I’m so happy you are back and that your hiatus went well. I agree that is can be scary to do but it can be so refreshing and give you a new energy for blogging. Plus sometimes it is necessary!! I look forward to seeing your posts again though!! ❤
    That is so cool that you got to meet Chris Colfer and I'm so happy you had a wonderful time!! I've never met an author but I think it would be so cool!!
    It sounds like you've had some exciting times– pizookie (yum!) and visiting your sister is amazing, the concert sounds incredible and well done on performing it!! Also dressing up as Max and Eleven is so cool, your outfits are great!!
    I need to see Frozen 2 but I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it!!
    I hope you have a great rest of the year!! ❤

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    • Hi, Sophie! Thank you so, so much. You are always so sweet and your comments never fail to motivate me to blog more and put a smile on my face.💓
      Thanks! It made me want to meet more authors, even though it’s scary for me to meet my role models. The excitement is worth it, though!
      The pizookies are definitely yum. 😉 Thanks, Sophie! We were very proud of our costumes, haha. (Our families were a little confused, though.)
      It’s SO good, Olaf honestly made the whole thing because he was just hilarious.
      Thank you so much again, you too!!

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      • Aww… that’s make me so happy to hear!!! 💕💕 and you’re welcome, I love your posts!! 😊
        Yes I imagine it is quite nerve wrecking but I’m glad it is worth it!!
        Yay!! I need one!!
        Haha you definitely should be!! Aww.. I get that when I’m talking about books my family doesn’t get what I’m on about!! 😂
        Aww.. that’s great!! I can’t wait to see it!!
        Thank you!! ❤

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  10. WELCOME BACK!
    Oooh, that’s so cool you got to meet Chris Colfer! I need to finish up his first series (I just need to get my hands on that last book) and then I need to see about reading his new release! AND THAT PIZOOKIE *hungry heart eyes* I mean, I had no clue such a thing existed until now but I NEEDS.
    (have you ever heard of Rolled Ice Cream? I discovered it on a trip the other month and WOW, it is SO COOL and yummy and if you haven’t tried it you need to XD)

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    • THANKS, JULIA!
      Ooh, I hope you get to finish the series soon. I really love all the Land of Stories books and they’ll always have a special place in my heart- plus, his new book is set in the same world (just years before) and some characters have cameos. IT’S GREAT.😛
      I have had rolled ice cream! I need to try to have it again sometime though, because it’s been a while. I do remember it being delicious, though… ice cream of any kind is my weakness.

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  11. It’s okay if you haven’t been reading much lately, you’re doing other things, it’s alright to be busy! It’s great you’ve been enjoying your time too! I really want to go watch Frozen II but I don’t I’ll be able to anytime soon. Here in Germany, I doubt they’ll release it in English and besides, the tickets are too expensive. I’m gonna wait until I go back home for the holidays and hope it’s still available in the theatres.
    Have a lovely December!! ❤

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    • Thanks so much, Marta!❤️Aww, that makes sense about Frozen 2. I really do hope you’ll get to see it when you get back home, I think it will be in theaters for quite a while, it’s been having a lot of success so far!
      Thank you, I hope you have a wonderful December!

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  12. HI I’M BACK TOO.
    Honestly every year I completely underestimate how much time that school and hobbies take up but I am happy to be back?!
    Loved reading this post (and am glad that’s one less bloggers posts to catch up on haha) and it seems like you had such good months! Your Halloween costumes were so good?!
    Also YOU MET CHRIS COLFER WHAT

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    • HI EMME! I’M SO GLAD YOU’RE BACK. (Even though I think I was gone the whole time you were gone so I did not know you were gone…I’M STILL GLAD.)
      That’s exactly how I feel! I always *think* I’m going to be able to handle everything, but joke’s on me because I never can.
      Haha, thank you so much! (Oh my gosh, I feel you with “one less blogger’s posts to catch up on,” I will never catch up at this point and it’s a little sad.)
      I DID?!? I still can’t even believe it.

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  13. oliviaaa, you’re back, and we missed youuu! the last few months def sound interesting– your birthday, legal magic, and meeting chris colfer?? so surreal. i am so digging the stranger things costume! i’ve been super obsessed with the show… oops. have you finished the show? i have a theory that i want to share! anyway, welcome back to the blogoverse!

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    • Thank you so much!! I have missed blogging and talking with all of you immeasurably.💞Surreal is such a perfect way to describe the last few months! Ahh, thank you. Yes, I have finished the show (sadly, I miss it dearly)- what’s your theory? I’d love to hear it!

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  14. Ahh, Olivia, I missed you so much 😭😭 I’m so glad that you’re back from hiatus, and I hope that you’re able to meet all your goals, but please take all the time you need ❤
    I'm so glad that you enjoyed Jane the Virgin and Frozen 2!! I really wanna watch both of them because I've heard such amazing things! Also, I'm so happy that you had fun in your concert. A whole segment dedicated to Queen sounds phenomenal
    Ok, I’ve never heard of pizookies, but I need one RIGHT NOW

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    • I’ve missed you too!! I really hope we can get back on our routine of chatting in comments because it’s one of things I’ve been missing the most when I was gone.💗Thank you so, so much, Caitlin!! Your kind words never fail to make me smile.
      They’re both AWESOME, though I’m currently mad at Jane the Virgin and have decided to ignore it for a few weeks while I get over the plot twist it threw my way recently, haha. Thank you!! The Queen section was my favorite, especially our dance to Bohemian Rhapsody.
      I KNOW, RIGHT? I wish I could have one right now too…ice cream and cookies are very necessary to get through school weeks with.

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  15. I LOVE JANE THE VIRGIN! My sister got me to start watching it, and I am so obsessed and sad now that it’s over. I’m glad you’re loving it so far! And welcome back from your hiatus! It sounds like you had a great break, and I can’t wait to see what you have planned next for your blog 🙂

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