I Have Been Remiss – 200 Post Hooray!

I’ve been looking at past blogs, and have just realised that:

  • 2 posts ago, I passed the 200 post mark,
  • and that in 3 days, I will have been blogging for AN ENTIRE YEAR!

I think that these are two landmark points, and deserve recognition.

During this time, I’ve had 8,861 hits on my blog, as well as 30 comments – and 64 followers!! – so thanks to everyone who has been reading my posts.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed them, and continue to offer your opinions and ideas!

– Let’s call me Lily

So, I thought that in this post, I’d look back and reminisce about something I haven’t really been talking about so much – my hair!!

On the 30th March 2012, I shaved all of my very long hair for the Shave For A Cure project, where people all over New Zealand have a haircut/shave, and fundraise money through this act to go to the Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Foundation. This is an annual event, and so, inspired from my act last year (I was so happy to hear about this, since I hadn’t known it made such an impact), two of my friends have decided to shave! They’ll be doing this in July – after the school ball, so if you’d like to donate to them, here are their links below:

Or, if you feel inspired and brave, feel free to check out the website and sign up – you can shave any time you like, or you can just have a hair cut if you don’t want to go all the way…

What is really amazing is how much my hair has grown! It’s been through the short-fuzzy stage, the annoying everyidirection stage, the not-quite-long enough stage, the that-looks-nice stage, the argh-I-just-want-to-shave-it-all-off-again stage, and now it is in the almost-ponytail stage!! Over 10 cm long, my hair is darker and curlier than it was before the shave, because it is so much lighter now that the waves have turned into proper curls! I’m looking forward to what it does next 😛



Birthday Salutations!

This is for you, birthday celebrators of the 30th and 31st of July

Yesterday was the 30th of July here in NZ, and Neville Longbottom’s birthday! Today was the 31st of July, and it was J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and Richard Griffith’s birthday, as well as the one year anniversary of the beginning of the magical journey to Pottermore – the creation of the quest to find the magical Pottermore Quill. A chock-full of glorious things to celebrate. Coincidentally, it has also been exactly 4 months since I shaved my hair off to fundraise for the Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Society of New Zealand. My hair has been growing extremely quickly – it is quite a dark brown (it hasn’t had the chance to lighten yet, as the winter sun doesn’t get to it often), very thick (I’m heading into the afro stage soon) and just over 4 cm long!

So, to celebrate, my friends and I greeted each other with a Deathly Hallows high-five, a “Happy Harry Potter Day!” (If you remember, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, in The Boy Who Lived Professor McGonagall says “…I wouldn’t be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter Day!” and we decided that it should be his birthday, not the night Voldemort murdered his parents ), and spent the day doodling inspirational quotes when we should have been learning maths.

I’d like to share a couple with you now:

Or rather, Tuesday!

“The stories we love best will live in us forever”
– J.K. Rowling

“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends”
– Albus Dumbledore, about Neville Longbottom

“You will never hurt any of them, ever again”
– Harry Potter, to Voldemort

“No post on Sundays…no damn letters today -“
-Vernon Dursley, to the Dursleys and Harry Potter

Oh, and look for my owl on the weekend – I’ll be watching the opening ceremony of the Olympics with a friend…I hear there was a giant Voldemort float, and a Rowan Atkinson skit…I can’t wait!