First Impressions

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp | Nintendo Direct Thoughts


As soon as I heard about the Animal Crossing mobile Nintendo Direct I knew that 140 characters was not going to be enough to express my thoughts and excitement. I also realised that some people would not appreciate a one hour video of me fangirling and talking about Animal Crossing either. So I decided to go for a blog post. This way I can say everything I need to say, you can read it or not and things will make a lot more sense. When I make videos when I'm excited they tend to be all over the place and I talk really fast so can be hard to understand. So here I am trying to be comprehensive and more structured.
I've decided to base this off of the way the Nintendo Direct flowed and also throw in additional comments about other things I've seen online. Like I said I have a lot of thoughts so, let's not waste any more time!

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

First of all - the name. It's not the best spin-off name. It kind of follows along the lines of Animal Crossing: Let's Go To The City. Very literal. It would have been nice if they had gone along the lines of New Leaf or Wild World but I don't know what else they would have called it.
Not that I can really be annoyed at something like the name. If anything everyone will probably just call it Animal Crossing Mobile anyway.

Camp Manager

In this spin-off, we are not going to be mayors. We are taking on the role of Camp Manager. Which makes sense, I mean I hardly expected them to give us a full Animal Crossing game on mobile. So when I saw the concept of decorating your own campsite I thought that would be it, kind of a watered down version of things like the Mario mobile app. And the way you decorate the campsite is the same as you would in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer which I am already very familiar with so I thought that would be okay. Definitely something simple and easy to do for mobile phone.
But finding out that this is only part of what you can do with this app is amazing. If anything, I feel like this is the kind of thing Happy Home Designer should have been because it gives you so much more gameplay than just designing a campsite.
So I am very excited to take on my role of camp manager and to design a campsite - especially if it means it's not the only thing we get to do.

Helping Villagers

Something that every Animal Crossing player is familiar with. I like the idea of doing quests for villagers in exchange for crafting materials. I also like the new friendship level that they have added to the game. This way you know exactly how friendly you are with a villager and it's easier to see the friendship progress over time. In the other games, you kind of just guessed how close you were with a villager.
Not sure if your friendship level can decrease with a villager like it does in other games though. I mean it would be interesting if it did so you would have to keep in contact and talk to the villager to keep the friendship level up. Although I don't know how interested people would be in that feature, but I think I would like it.

Also, I noticed in the video that when the villager shook the fruit tree, it told you a time for when the trees would replenish with fruit which is interesting. In other games, normally fruit would just reappear the next day but it's good to know the waiting time is a lot less for this mobile game. Although I guess it would have to be to get those materials.

Crafting furniture

Instead of buying all our furniture from Tom Nook, we have to craft our furniture by gathering materials. Something that I think will be very time consuming, as items of furniture take time to craft. Also, I don't know how many items Cyrus can craft at a time so this is something that could be very frustrating for me.
I have never been the most patient of people, especially right now. I mean I can't contain my excitement for this mobile game. Every time I look up things about it or think about it, I just get super hyped up. So waiting for furniture to be built is going to be kind of annoying...but I guess that brings us to the next topic.

Leaf Tickets

People are very divided about this. But honestly, how can you expect a mobile app not to have in-app purchases?
I guess it does suck though because it's not something we ever had in Animal Crossing. You just paid for the price of the game and that was it. But this game, is free to download, so essentially free to play. They gotta make money somewhere...
And of course, Tom Nook is the one to be handling your real life money transactions. That was definitely on purpose. I've spent years paying off debt to Tom Nook so it makes sense he would be after real money now.
On a serious note though, I don't know how to feel about the Leaf Ticket thing. I mean you can use them to have things completed faster and everything but will they become a requirement the further you get in the game?
If so that would be a serious turn off for me. As an avid player of mobile games, I have always refused to make in-app purchases for things such as lives in Candy Crush. So I probably won't be spending money just to have something built quicker for my Animal Crossing campsite. I would rather pay an up-front price and not have to pay again.
So, as long as you can get plenty of gameplay without the purchase of leaf tickets then it's fine. But I definitely think it should be left as an optional thing. I don't like paying real money for virtual currency. It just feels wrong.
However, if they added certain features that you had to pay for it may be different. But I guess we just have to see what happens...

Villagers Move Around?

This isn't actually talked about in the Nintendo Direct but I noticed it while watching it - the villagers move around? I think this is great because it means you don't have the same five villagers around. And I was wondering how you attracted more villagers to the campsite.
I'm not sure how many villagers you can have on a campsite at one time either but I know I will be constantly checking my app to see what villagers are around.

Throw Nets and Honey

I have to admit I was pretty excited about these. Not that catching fish or bugs in Animal Crossing has ever been hard, but finding the particular one you need for a quest can be annoying. So this makes things easier, as you can catch large amounts of fish/bugs in one go.
But I'm pretty sure this is something that you have to pay for. So something I think I could probably live without.
I am excited to see if they are used in a new console version of Animal Crossing in the future though. Because not only was I watching the Nintendo Direct and getting excited about the mobile game, I was also watching and getting excited on what they could bring to Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Switch. So I think these would be cool additions to the game. But instead of paying for them you could only use them once a day or something. Would be something to think about.

Play Real Time

This is one of the reasons why I got hooked on playing Animal Crossing so much. Playing in real time means you wanna play every hour of the day to see what changes and things you can do at different times of the day. Obviously, you could just cheat and change the time of your device, but where's the fun in that? So for sure, playing in real time on mobile means I'll be playing morning, noon and night.
Not to mention HOLIDAYS! This has always been a huge thing in Animal Crossing for me. I love the holidays in Animal Crossing. They are always super cute. And it was only really with the release of the 3DS game that we got to experience the most holidays. So I am excited to see what they will be like in Pocket Camp, especially because we will get mobile app updates regularly so they can always create new things for all the events in the world.
It's just one of those extra things that makes Animal Crossing special. So I am super excited to play all year round, and basically forever...


I would have been surprised if this was something that was left out of this mobile app. Shopping is a big thing in Animal Crossing. And dressing up your character and customising things is also a big part of it. So I am super glad we have this.
Plus the marketplace and all the camper vans are super cute so I am definitely a fan of this.

Designing Your Camper Van

I was waiting the whole video for this. I needed to know if we could decorate the camper van. It's a necessity. Like, if you're going to be driving it around all the time we have to be able to personalise it. So yes. We can. All is well.
Not only that but we have NEW characters! (Honestly surprised that Tom Nook just didn't get into the vehicle business). But yes, new characters! This is always exciting. I don't know a lot about them but they upgrade your van.
They also bring loans back into the game, something that we are familiar with because of Tom Nook. But we don't need leaf tickets for these upgrades. As far as I know, these are strictly bell loans. Which means we can pay them off by selling things in the game. Which has been something I have gotten really good at in Animal Crossing. So I am not worried about some loans if it means I can have a really fancy camper vans.


Want to be my friend on Animal Crossing? I'm all for it.
The summer that Animal Crossing: New Leaf came out I made so many new friends. And I don't have any people in my real life that share my love for Animal Crossing so I need people like that in my life.
So yes, I am open to having all the friends on Animal Crossing and visiting people's campsites and all the other things we can do with that.
And as soon as I get the game, you can be sure I'll be posting my friend code online :)

Customising Your Character

This is something that they introduced in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and I am here for it. Mainly because ever since Wild World, I use the same character and it's annoying looking up face guides haha. So being able to choose whatever you want your character to look like is great.
It also means we can choose a skin tone which is also great and I approve of that very much. So no complaints here. All is well.


I got super excited about these! Mainly because it brings us more animations of villagers interacting with items and it's super cute. Honestly, the main appeal of Animal Crossing for me is that it is super adorable.
But yes, so amenities are bigger items you can add to the campsite and take a lot longer to build. I don't know how easy it will be to swap amenities out or how many we can have but I want to be able to have all of them at least once to see the villagers use them. And again, it gets me excited to see what they could bring to Animal Crossing for the Switch.

The final thing I want to talk about, that wasn't in the videos is controls! So okay, I know it's a mobile game, so all the controls are just going to be touching the screen.
But I think this is going to be weird. Mainly because Animal Crossing has always been on console so I'm very used to using buttons for all my Animal Crossing actions. Apart from the occasional use of the DS touch screen.
It will be strange to only use touch screen with the game. Especially when the instinct will be to press A to talk/interact with anyone or anything. And also to use the joystick to move your character. So I think it'll be interesting to see how that goes. But I also think it will take away a bit of the playing experience just because tapping everything could get in the way of things. But I guess we just see what it's like. Not that something like this could ever stop me from playing this game.

That brings us to the end of all my thoughts on the Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct. (Way more than 140 characters).
As you can see 99% of this blog post was positive. I really don't think I could have said a bad thing about this mobile app if I tried. Obviously, as a lover of the Animal Crossing franchise, I was going to be all for anything new Nintendo wanted to bring out to do with it. And this mobile application is definitely worth the wait.
It doesn't even feel like it's a mobile app. This is a full Animal Crossing game in its own right. And I can't wait until I have it. I know they've released it early in Australia and it's killing me because all I want to do is download it right now.
But I will be patient. And I guess I will have to be even more patient and wait to see if they are going to be releasing a new Animal Crossing console game in the future. I just know that they can go above and beyond with Animal Crossing if they brought it to the Switch and that is what I'm really hoping for.
In the meantime, I'll probably be torturing myself by watching gameplay videos and looking at the Animal Crossing tag on Tumblr. And also playing the other Animal Crossing games to keep me satisfied until the release of the new game. They say it'll be released late November but how late in November is what I wanna know. An exact date would be ideal but I guess we just see what happens.
If you guys are interested in following me and my adventures in Animal Crossing then feel free to follow my Animal Crossing Tumblr blog! I haven't been very active recently but I will definitely be posting more when the new Animal Crossing game is released. And as always, find me on Twitter for all my real-time up-to-date fangirling.
~ Courtney x


Working Gal - Two Months In


This year, instead of going back to classes and assignments, I am entering the world of work. This is the start of my placement year at university. Which means for the next nine months I am going to be working full-time.

So, to go along with my placement year, I thought I would have a mini blog series kind of thing. Basically, just sharing my thoughts and experiences, maybe even giving advice if I have any. I think it would be fun, and also a great way to keep the blog alive since I haven't really been blogging lately.
Now where to start?
Well, I've decided not to name the place where I work, why? Mainly because I don't think it matters? I won't be going into too much detail about actual work anyway, I think I'll talk more about general things. Because let's be real, when anyone talks in specific detail about what they do, you're not really interested unless you also work in that field. At least from my experience, that's what I know because when I talk about code with my friends they look at me like I'm speaking another language, which I guess I am. But anyway, the point is I am not going to take you through and talk about the things I work on in detail.
I have been working now for almost two months and I would say I am now well adjusted. I know a lot of people say it's a shock to the system, going from the university lifestyle of sleeping most of the day and going out all night, but for me, I'm really glad to have some more routine in my life. That's not to say that I don't struggle to get up in the morning because I do, especially now that it's colder in the mornings, bed just seems too good. But my fear of sleeping in and being super late stops me from sleeping in too much, so I always make it to work on time.
As for working hours, I work 9-5, Monday to Friday. Which I really enjoy because like I said, there's routine there and also I get weekends off. My other friends that are on placement have flexible hours where you can work 8-4 or 10-6 if you want to but to me, 8-4 is too early and 10-6 is too late so 9-5 works the best for me.
I should also say that I study Software Engineering at university and so, my placement is technology based. I was super nervous about going into placement because we work on real applications that real people use and I was super worried that I was going to break the programs and people would be angry. But that hasn't happened (yet) and I've been kind of easing into work at a good pace too. So it's not like they were throwing me in the deep end with a bunch of new things that I didn't know anything about.
I'm really glad that I have been going at a steady pace of getting work to do because it has allowed me to familiarise myself with the things we use at work and programs and things I have never heard of. It's a lot different than sitting at uni and writing code that they tell you too. But it's good, and that feeling when you finally get your code to work is always a favourite of mine. I mean, I remember how excited I got when I could print "Hello World" on my computer screen haha. It also makes you feel like you could actually do this job and it's not impossible.
Aside from the actual work, there are the people you work with, your team. I am still getting to know mine. When I joined the team I was given a "buddy" who is the person on the team that looks out for me and gives me work. So my buddy is the person I talk to most on the team, and he's really great. He's really helpful and easy to talk to, so I didn't feel like I was bugging him with my 100 questions a day haha. That really helped with settling in, because I usually hate asking questions, especially ones that sound stupid but if I didn't ask the questions then I probably would still be sitting at my screen feeling useless. As for the other members of my team, I still haven't talked to them very much. So I still have to get to know them, but I'm sure I will get to know them more over time.
Along with the team, there are also the other placements. I joined with 17 other placements and so I never felt like I was alone in being the newbie. And even though I didn't know the other 17 placements before coming into work, I am so glad that I met them. Before coming to university, being thrown into a room with people I didn't know was my worst nightmare because I hated talking to new people. But on the first day of work, I was so glad to have been thrown into a room with these people.
Having other people in the same position as you is good because it means you have people to talk to that are your age and you also have people to sit with at lunch. It also means you get to make new friends and you can kind of compare how your placement is going compared to others. Everyone is on different teams and so you also get to learn what the other teams in the company do from talking to those people. So all in all, everyone at work is really nice, don't have any complaints.
And then there are extra things I have been involved in. Such as organising lunch for the whole floor. Sounds kind of crazy and I guess it was but also it was fun. Never in your life would you ever wonder how many slices of bread were in a loaf of bread until you have a budget and have to cater for around 80 people. And of course I didn't do this alone, I did it with some other placements, which made it easier.
Then there are volunteer things, social things and things outside the office which help make work feel a little bit more enjoyable. I think we are actually going on a Segway tour at some point so that should be lots of fun. I've never used a Segway so I don't know if it'll be good or bad, but I guess we see.
And so yeah, all in all, I would say that the past two months have been pretty good. I don't really have any complaints. Obviously, at the beginning, things were going kind of slow because of training and just adjusting to a new environment but I feel like this is where I'm meant to be.
I always worried about going into working in software development because I felt like I would not know what to do at all, but now I know I can do it and it's not that scary. And I'm also really glad I get the experience because as someone who has never had a job before, I was definitely worried about going out and getting a job. Especially one in technology, with no previous experience. So I'm glad that I've got this job and as for it being my first ever one? I would say I chose a pretty good one.
I think that's all I wanted to cover in this first blog post in this mini-series. I feel like this is a good start. I don't really know what else I will update with or how often I will do one of these but I feel like every few months should be good. Even though I will only be working for a total of 11 months, I know I will get a lot out of it and hopefully a lot to share with you? Who knows, but I'm excited to take you along on the journey. Until next time,
~ Courtney x


Trisha Paytas on Celebrity Big Brother!


My original plan was to write a blog post talking about how excited I was that Trisha was on CBB, and how I was looking forward to seeing what kind of housemate she would be. Unfortunately, Trisha decided to call it quits on Big Brother last Friday and has since, headed back to LA. So instead, this will be a post about my thoughts on her short time in the house.
I was super excited to find out that Trisha was going to be on Celebrity Big Brother, she is one of my favourite YouTubers and I have wanted to her to enter the house ever since two years ago when Tila Tequila was kicked out of the house.

A tweet from 2 years ago...

It was definitely going to be a change from seeing her on YouTube, sitting on her kitchen floor, talking to the camera. This time, she would just be living her life and everything would be filmed and edited for her. Which can be scary, especially for someone that is used to controlling what people see of them online. That being said, Trisha has never been one to shy away from showing us her true self on YouTube, so I was looking forward to seeing some of YouTube Trish in the house.
I think we did see some of YouTube Trish come out. Anytime she was in the diary room it felt like she was just vlogging at home. Spilling T on the other housemates and even having a little mukbang when she chose pizza over immunity. Those were definitely some of the highlights for me, as this was the Trisha that I knew.

“Sex will give you STDs, friendships are fake, relationships will cheat on you, family will disown you… Pizza is forever.” — Trisha Paytas, 2017

We also got to see some glam Trish which I was really excited about. I knew she would pack some fabulous outfits, especially to wear on eviction night, so I am glad we got to see some of that. And the outfit she wore when she entered the house was fabulous. I would have loved to see what other clothes she had brought with her to the house. We did often see her in her comfy clothes, which I imagine she brought a lot of too. But I think if I was in the house I would bring more pyjamas than real clothes too.

Trisha entering the house

Then there was Trisha interacting with the other housemates. This was a major thing as Trisha lives alone and isn't used to being around people all the time so it was going to be a big change for her being around people a lot.
Trisha had a lot to say about all the housemates being fake and wanting attention. She was so sick of them all being fake around her and she didn't really get along with any of them. Apart from maybe Chad and Jemma. Two very different people.
Although I feel like Chad tries to be nice and get along with everyone. He was kind of in the middle of the whole Sarah/Trisha thing and I felt bad for him in that. Not to mention he's basically having an affair with Sarah in the house now. I don't have much to say on the situation other than they should just come out and say they have a thing going rather than "just being friends".
Moving on to Jemma's relationship with Trisha. It wasn't great. Mainly because Trisha's hate was kind of fuelled by Jemma. So when they were together it wasn't the best, I definitely don't think that Trisha would have had such an issue with Sarah if it wasn't for Jemma helping. And I think the same thing happened a few days ago with Jemma and Brandi. So Jemma is definitely one to watch, she makes the house interesting.

Trisha and Jemma gossiping

We didn't really get to see Trisha interact that much with many people, aside from Chad, Jemma and Jordan and Sam. Although with Jordan and Sam, Trisha was mainly arguing with them and saying how they were immature children. Which I understand, their behaviour in the house was a bit crazy at times, and they loved to wind people up. Although I feel like there was less of that as they settled into the house.

Trisha telling Sam how it is

But it wasn't all doom and gloom with Trisha in the house, she was shown having some good times in the house with the other housemates. It's always nice when you get to see the housemates getting along, it doesn't happen a lot but when it does it's always a good time. It was especially great to see Trisha having a good time in the house. I would have loved to see her do more tasks while she was in the house, I feel like she would have been great in the cheerleading one.
I do wish we would have seen a reel of Trisha's "best bits" although I'm sure there are plenty of videos on YouTube that people have put together already.
When Trisha decided to leave, after Karthik left I was devastated. I know she was saying how she was going to leave if Sarah stayed because she couldn't stand being around her, but I didn't think she actually would. I mean, maybe it was a good thing she got out as at the time, the Sarah drama had only just begun.

The night Trisha decided to leave the CBB house

Obviously, none of us really know what it is like to be in the Big Brother house unless you have actually been there. But I can imagine it was really tough for Trisha to be shut away from the outside world as she was so used to being online all the time. I also imagine it was tough because she was living in a place she wasn't used to, and things aren't as luxurious in the house as they are back home. Especially because Jordan and Sam broke the rules and they were living on basic rations for a while.
So while I am sad that Trisha decided to leave, I do believe she made the right decision for her. I did watch the videos she made when she left the house and I think her feelings are valid. She explained how she felt in the house and that it wasn't good for her and so she needed to get out. Of course, she will always regret it but at the same time, she can't go back. Not that I think she would want to go back after she found out what the housemates really thought about her.
I feel like I am missing lots of things about Trisha being in the house. I mean, she wasn't there for very long but I felt like I had a lot more to say. Maybe it's because I waited too long to finally make this blog post haha. But yeah, I am sad we didn't get to see more of her in the house. I always got excited to see clips of Trisha, even though there aren't very many, although the first few episodes are pretty Trish-filled.
Oh well, I guess it doesn't matter that they didn't show much of her on TV because you can see so much more of Trisha on her YouTube channel. Which I think is great, I mean you never really hear from people after they leave the Big Brother house, but with Trisha, we heard things ASAP because she was already online and ready to post. I like that she is real and isn't afraid to express her feelings.
I also liked that before Trisha even went into the house you knew the type of person she was going to be because she puts her real self on YouTube.

Trisha's YouTube video after she left the house

I admit that in the house we got a more toned-down Trish in the sense that she wasn't always lively and out there, talking to people. But that's to be expected, when you put yourself on camera you do kind of pep yourself up a little bit more. Aside from that, I think she was mainly her real self. True Trish.
And so, I guess that brings us to the end of this blog post. I admit it probably isn't one of my better posts. I just felt like I had so much more to say before, but now when it actually comes to writing this post I don't even know what to write. I do apologise if this doesn't feel like my usual style of blogging, but I wanted to put my thoughts out there, even in a
I love Trisha, she is a great person, and very entertaining to watch. I think she made the right decision for her when she decided to leave Big Brother. Maybe if she had been in the house with other people it would have been better but at the same time, every season of Big Brother I have seen always has conflict and fights. You're never gonna get along with everyone because that doesn't make for good TV. But yeah, I was hoping Trisha would have stuck it out, I know she tried and I love her for that but sometimes you just gotta go when you gotta go.
Luckily, we will still see more Trisha on her YouTube channel. And if you haven't checked out I recommend you do, because there is more of Trish than what we saw on Big Brother.
As for who I want to win now that Trisha has "sashayed away", I don't know. It's still very much the Sarah-show right now and so it's hard to really think about who could win. Although honestly, I want it to be someone like Helen because she never causes any drama haha. But I guess we see what happens...
~ Courtney x

First Impressions

Stardew Valley First Impressions | My First Year in Pelican Town


At the start of June, my brother asked me what I wanted for my birthday and so I asked him to buy me Stardew Valley. The reason why I asked him to buy it for me as a present was because, one, it was the only thing I could think of that I kind of wanted. And two, because I wasn't sure if I would like it or not but I thought I would give it a go. So the purchase was made via Steam and I was playing it within five minutes.
The reason why I was unsure of whether I would like the game or not is because the game is heavily influenced by the Harvest Moon series and the one Harvest Moon game I played, I was not a fan of. So it only made sense that if I didn't like Harvest Moon, I wouldn't like a game heavily based off of it.
Well, I was wrong.
You start off in a farm which you inherited from your grandfather, it is an overgrown farm so you have to clear the land in order to plant any crops. Which, was the first thing that I thought would turn me off of the game. I tried to watch a Let's Play of the game to get an idea of it, but when I saw the player start with a huge farm they had to clear, I thought it would be super boring to watch and therefore super boring to play.
However, clearing up the farm didn't end up being too bad. You just need to clear a little patch at first to get going and then over time you can clear the whole land.

Planting my summer crops!

The farming aspect of the game is actually quite enjoyable, for me anyway. (I think it has something to do with the Farmville addiction I used to have). Every time a new season starts I go straight to the store to get seeds for that season. In the first year, I didn't do much farming because at the time you had to water each and every crop and it became tedious. For the longest time, I didn't know that when you upgraded your tools it allowed you to water and hoe more than one piece of land at a time. So that probably would have saved me a lot of time haha.
As the game goes on you can also craft sprinklers which makes it a lot easier to farm, you just have to plant things and let the sprinklers take care of the watering. You can also craft scarecrows to help scare away crows from the farm.
Of course, there are also animals which you can get on the farm which comes with building coops and barns for them, they are also pretty easy to take care of as long as you have long grass on your farm. During winter though you have to keep them indoors and stock up on hay.
Winter was probably the hardest month for me to play through because you can't grow any crops during the winter unless you have the greenhouse. In the first winter, I hadn't unlocked it yet so I had to find other things to do. But I definitely missed planting my crops.

Meet the villagers!

Aside from that, you also have a whole town full of people to meet when you first arrive which I struggled with at first. When you start a game and they give you a task like "meet everyone in town" you think it's going to take about two minutes. It took me about two hours. There are so many people to meet and it's such a big town so it was a bit of a struggle. Luckily, as the game goes on you begin to recognise villagers and their routines so it's a lot easier to track them down.
My main problem at the beginning was trying to talk to people who were in their rooms. You can only get into their rooms if you have enough friendship hearts with them. So building relationships in the game is also important.
However, if you are like me, and your focus in the game is anything but talking to villagers, then you can slowly build relationships by giving presents on people's birthdays. I missed the first few birthdays in the Spring, but other than that I made sure everyone got a present on their birthday.
Although it is beneficial to build relationships with the villagers as they can help you as the game progresses and there are several villagers that you can marry and start a family with in the game. I have not decided who I want to marry yet though, there are a lot of eligible spouses and they all have their own charms about them. So I guess I just see who I end up with.

A Linus heart event

When gaining friendship hearts with villagers you will also get to experience heart events. I didn't know what they were until I stumbled into one without knowing. They are little cut scenes that you have with the villagers and you get to learn more about them. This adds a lot more depth to the game because even though it's a cute game on the outside, a lot of the villagers are dealing with real problems. So I do recommend befriending the villagers to learn more about their story.

The Feast of the Winter Star (Winter Event)

You also get to spend time with the villagers during special events. I make sure to go around and talk to everyone at events because they are all in one place. I imagine the special events get boring after the first few times you experience them but the first time around it's interesting to see what goes on. Every season has two special events, and each is different but take up the whole day which means farming and other ventures have to be put on hold.

Completing a room in the community center

One thing I really got into during my first year in the game was completing the community center bundles. You have to collect certain items and bring them to the community center to restore it. I know there is a different way you can do this where you buy a Joja Mart membership but if you do that, you just have to pay a lot of money to restore the community center. Which, doesn't seem as fun.
Plus, I feel like you feel more accomplished when you get a certain item needed for a bundle. I have completed three sections of the community center so far, so I just need a few more to go. It can be a little frustrating having to check the community center bundle list every time you pick up a new item, so my solution was to write down the ones I needed on a piece of paper. That way, when I played the game I could always have the sheet in front of me, rather than trying to navigate back and forth from the menu.
When you complete a bundle in the community center you also receive items or unlock special things which will help you in the game, such as the beloved greenhouse that I need to grow crops in the winter.
Another thing which I really enjoyed in my first year of the game was going into the mines. It was the thing I would do when it rained because that's when I didn't lose any energy watering crops. The mines are procedurally generated each time you enter, meaning each floor is different each time. You make your way through mining for ore to turn into bars which help craft items. You also have to be wary of monsters lurking in there too.

Reaching the bottom of the mines

One of the tasks you get in the game is to reach the bottom of the mines, it's not that difficult, however, the further you go down the mines the more you have to be careful of losing all your health/energy and passing out. If you pass out, you lose items, money and "forget" previous levels in the mine which you have to revisit. I was usually good at making it down there without passing out, but towards the end, it happened a few times and it was so frustrating because I was so close to a checkpoint.
By checkpoint, I mean that every five levels in the mine was an elevator, and when you unlocked that elevator you could travel directly to that level in the mine the next time you went there. I didn't know this was a thing for a while so every time I went into the mines I started at level one, which meant I hardly got past level 10 before I had to leave before I ran out of energy or health. It's good to know little things like that.

Trying to catch that fish!

I also was really determined to get the hang of fishing in the game. It was difficult when I first started because it's not something I had experienced before. Basically, when you go fishing you have to keep the fish within the green bar to catch it. Sounds easy, but not when the fish is moving and never staying in one place haha.
Usually, when I go fishing in Animal Crossing it's super easy, you just gotta press a button when the bobber goes down. So, fishing in this game is a bit of a challenge. But I think it makes it fun. My advice is to use your mouse when catching fish and just slowly click and release it and you should be able to catch most fish with ease. I still have no chance of catching fish that jump crazily up and down the bar but, one day I'm sure I will get them. I hope haha.
After I played the game for the first time, I found myself looking up videos about it on YouTube to find out useful information about starting a new game. The game has been out for a year, and so there are lots of useful videos and resources out there to help. I still always play the game with the wikia page up in case I need to know something. It really helps, especially with villager locations and finding out what the best thing is to give someone on their birthday.
You can also download mods which can allow you to basically cheat or just little ones that can enhance gameplay and change appearance of things in-game. I am familiar with using mods and things like that because of playing Sims, I can't play Sims without some nice custom content clothing. So when I found out there were mods to make things in Stardew Valley cuter, I was all over that. I only started using mods recently, as I thought I would play my first year in the game without any mods. So I could experience it without any help.

I used mods to change the appearance of my farm buildings, cows, horse and hairstyle

I now use mods mostly to change the appearance of things. But I also use a UI mod which gives you more information in the game, I mainly got it so I would know what area scarecrows and sprinklers cover. I didn't realise scarecrows covered such a big area in the game, but I still overlap a few areas because I want to protect my crops.
There are lots of other mods out there that I don't even know how to begin to get into. I don't want to mod the game too much because I do think it can take away from playing it. Although I know a lot of people prefer it that way. At the start, I did consider downloading a fishing mod because there are loads out there that make fishing a lot easier, but I was determined to be able to catch the fish on my own. So I guess mods are really just a player's preference.
It's recommended that you back up your files before you mod so you can always switch them back. Modding in this game is different to modding in the Sims. With the Sims, you just need to have a mods folder, but game mods for Stardew Valley require you to replace game files. So be careful, and make sure you follow install instructions on your desired mod.
I think that wraps up everything that I wanted to share about Stardew Valley now. I knew I had a lot to say but I didn't realise just how much until I started to write this blog post haha. I just wanted to share my thoughts in case it would help other people. Although, like I said, I have only completed my first year so I might not be the best person to get advice from, but this is just what I have experienced so far in the game.
I am excited to see what other things the game has in store for me as I continue to play. I also look forward to playing in the other farm layouts you can choose from when you start the game. I didn't mention it earlier but when you start the game, you can choose a farm layout that focuses on building a particular skill. But because it was my first time playing the game, I decided to go with the default farm. Although the other farms look kind of cool too.
Anyway, I'm sure I have more things to say about Stardew Valley but I will leave it here for now.
If you guys are interested in more updates of how my Stardew Valley life is going you can follow me on Twitter or Tumblr. You can also add me on Steam, my username is fangirl1901.
~ Courtney x




After thinking about it for a couple of days I decided to give this blog a little makeover. I explained in my last blog post that every so often I get these bursts of inspiration and this one happened to be about my blog.
Normally when I get these bursts of inspiration I want to start new, which means starting a new blog. Which I was conflicted about because I have had this blog for so long that it seemed a waste to toss it aside for something new. This is probably the longest I have ever kept one blog.
So instead of starting new, for no other reason than I wanted to, I decided to just change how the blog looked. Because that is usually the problem to begin with. I don't like how I designed the blog and I don't like the content I have been posting recently so I feel like I should just start from scratch.
This time though, I decided to be rational and not do that. I recently read the first post I made on this blog again and in it, I said that I would post whatever I wanted on this blog and not be confined to just one thing. Which is exactly what I still want to do.
For the past few months I have just been posting the same thing over and over and it was getting boring and I wanted to do something else, that doesn't mean a need to start a new blog to do it. The way this blog started was just a way for me to be myself, so I should just keep doing that and see where it takes me.
And that brings us to the redesign. The last theme I had for the blog was very dark, which kind of just went with the fact I like to wear a lot of dark clothing. But it felt really "doom and gloom" to me when I visited my blog. So I decided to go with the complete opposite. White and clean.
It's simple and it also probably makes the blog posts a lot easier to read. I know with the last blog I had, the design was pretty awful. It was very pink and girly and the font was hard to read...which again, was just the style I wanted at the time, but as soon as I wanted to change it I just decided to go with a whole new blog.
The design I have now, I really like. Especially because it is basic and so I feel like my blog posts really can be about everything and anything. I felt like the design I had before wasn't really allowing me to do that. I don't really know how that makes sense but it does to me haha.
With the new design, I also hope to be posting different blog content. Less about TV shows and more about other things. I didn't really intend to post a lot about TV shows when I started the blog, but it was just the thing I wanted to talk the most about and it kind of took over the blog.
I also used to do a lot of book reviews, which I didn't mind so much but I haven't been reading much lately so I don't think there will be a lot of those anytime soon.
I don't really know what other things I will post about but we just see where it goes. I don't want to put pressure on myself over something that is supposed to be a hobby, so I won't be having a schedule to when I post or anything like that. I just want to go with the flow and see where it takes me.
So I hope you guys like the new design and are excited about some new blog posts hopefully coming in the future! And of course, you can still find me other places on the Internet such as YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and all that jazz. Luckily, I have been able to keep those accounts the same over the years haha.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you come back to see my new blog posts!
~ Courtney x


30 Things I Did In June


This month was definitely a busy one. That's why I thought that I would finally be able to post one of these and say I didn't struggle to get 30 things but even when a lot of things go down in a month, I still seem to struggle. I got to about 20 and then I was stumped.
That being said I think this might be the end of these type of blog posts. Which is kind of sad because I wanted to keep doing them to see it through to the end of the year. But at the same time, I want to do a bit of redesign on the blog. Every so often I get these bursts of inspiration for things like writing and it makes me want to drop everything and start fresh.
But instead of deleting yet another blog, I have decided to just change this one. I have now had this blog for about 3 years and I think that's a pretty big accomplishment so I want to keep it going, but change up the style. Hopefully this means that I will post more often but I have no idea. Let's just see where it goes.
Anyway, for the last time, here are 30 things I did in June:

  1. Played a lot of Sims 4 with the new Parenthood game pack. It's just so great. I haven't been this excited about a game pack since Dine Out was released last year.
  2. Got annoyed at the bugs that came with the new Sims game pack. With every new addition of course things aren't going to run perfectly but still, experiencing bugs aren't great.
  3. Enjoyed seeing the return of Nashville. It was on a super long hiatus and I almost forgot about it. But it's back and it's fabulous.
  4. Got sucked into playing Stardew Valley after my brother bought it for me as a birthday present. I resisted for a while because I didn't think it would be my thing, it is heavily based on Harvest Moon and the one Harvest Moon game I played, I didn't like. But I have been really enjoying Stardew Valley.
  5. Played through my first year in Stardew Valley. Kind of sad that during winter we can't actually plant any crops. Makes for a very long month.
  6. Attended my third hackathon. We threw together a team last minute and powered through from 4 p.m to 4 a.m. Definitely a challenge but I had a lot of fun. We didn't win but we did come close, another team just had a better idea.
  7. Went to England to visit my friend Jasmine at university. I flew on a plane by myself for the first time and I survived so I think that's pretty great. It was also great to see Jasmine again.
  8. Had Stardew Valley withdrawals when in England. I missed the farm life.
  9. When in England, at the amusements the ticket prize people were super nice and one of them gave us a free wonder woman bobble head haha. It was worth 2000 tickets but we got it for free.
  10. Died in the heat in England. So much warmer than I'm used to and trying to sleep was next to impossible. How people wear jeans in that weather I will never know.
  11. Crashed a 7 year old's birthday party with Jasmine. She was invited by her boyfriend's family but we literally knew no one else there haha. Still had fun though.
  12. Played Overcooked with Jasmine and her boyfriend's family. I really liked the game and decided to buy it when I came home from England. It's definitely not as fun to play by yourself but it is twice the challenge haha. Definitely something to play with friends and family.
  13. Celebrated my 20th birthday. I made last minute plans when coming back from England so basically no one was available because they are all working. Such is the struggle when all your friends are growing up but I still had a good time.
  14. Went to the ballet for the first time with one of my best friends. She had to review it for a magazine and got a plus one and who was I to turn down such an offer? It was interesting and I enjoyed it as my first ballet.
  15. Went to Dublin with my boyfriend for the weekend as a birthday surprise. He's so cute. I love him.
  16. Celebrated pride in Dublin. It was my first time ever going to a pride parade and I loved every second of it.
  17. Got rejected entry from a bar in Dublin as you had to be 21. It was kind of a bummer because it wasn't something I was expecting but we found somewhere else to go.
  18. I was sad that another year went by that I was not able to attend Vidcon LA. I will one day though.
  19. Freaked at the PLL finale. 7 years of my life and it's over. It's just kind of hard to believe. I mean the finale lacked in some areas for sure but I am content enough with the finale to let the show go. Hopefully the show I find to replace it is just as good.
  20. Made a lot of Pretty Little Liars videos coming up to the end of the show. I had to get my thoughts out there into the world and with so little episodes left there was so much to say.
  21. Loved the crowning of America's Next Drag Super Star on RuPaul's Drag Race. This season they did the finale differently and I wasn't sure how to feel about it but when I saw Sasha lip sync I knew she was the clear winner.
  22. Binge-watched Orange is the New Black in 2 days. Guys, this season was kind of crazy and I found it hard to believe everything that happened in the riot only lasted a few days. Also hate how they ended on a cliffhanger. I just need to know what happens now.
  23. They finally announced the release of Dr. Kawashima's Devilish Brain Training: Can You Stay Focused? In Europe. I have been waiting for this game basically since I found out there was one. I have the other two Brain Training games so naturally I was excited for this one. So I got to preordering and I can't wait to get it.
  24. Started an Instagram for Sims 4 gameplay. I'm not really sure why but I had all these pretty screenshots from a Sims wedding and thought, yes Sims needs Instagram haha. I don't post anything different than what I post on my Sims Tumblr but I thought why not? Just something a little extra to do.
  25. Turned my Snapchat map off. There's something not right about knowing the exact location of someone all the time. Although I did see a meme about it trying to be the next Gossip Girl spotted map and I totally agree.
  26. Showed my family my Echo at my birthday and now they all want one. I honestly didn't think they would be that interested but apparently I was wrong.
  27. Unsuccesfully tried to make plans with people now that I was off for Summer break. Everyone is working and then there's just me... 
  28. Celebrated my 4th year being mayor of my Animal Crossing: New Leaf town. Can't believe the game is 4 years old now. I can remember how exciting it was to get a new Animal Crossing game. I'm patiently waiting for them to announce the game for the Switch. At least I hope they will make one.
  29. Slept a lot. Basically just enjoyed not having to stress over uni work for once haha.
  30. Became obsessed with the song One Last Time by Ariana Grande after the One Love Manchester concert. I never properly listened to the song until then and I really love it.
Overall I had a really great month. I kept myself busy and got to rest after another crazy year at university.
Now that this is my last list, I can't promise monthly updates on the blog. But I will try to post more often. I also want to stop posting so much about TV Shows. I didn't mean to get so into posting about TV Shows here but that became a really big thing for a while. So did YouTuber book reviews which I liked because it meant I was reading. These days, not so much. So I need to get back onto that.
So yeah, here's to looking forward to a (hopefully) new redesigned blog!
~ Courtney x


20 Things I Did In May


Another month where I tried to get 31 things and failed. It was hard this month because most of my time was spent stressing over deadlines. But it's fine. I'm not mad. I still accomplished a lot. At least I think so. Whether all things were productive or not is another story. Anyway, as always, please enjoy 20 things I did in May:
  1. Went out with a friend for drinks for the first time in ages. Sometimes it's just nice to get together and gossip.
  2. Got sick. I feel like I get sick a lot, I think it has to do with stress weakening my immune system...
  3. Pulled an almost all nighter finishing off a project before the deadline. Sometimes you just need to do that last minute refactoring.
  4. Had some issues with my tablet. It kept restarting itself so I left it for a week and it reset to factory settings. Not sure what that's about.
  5. Finally set up my Amazon Echo and kind of fell in love with the speaker. The Amazon Dot is great for most Alexa functions but if you want a music player the Echo is where it's at.
  6. Made several videos talking about PLL because with the final 10 episodes, of course, I have a lot to say.
  7. Spent so much time revising for exams. Tis that time of year.
  8. Stressed a lot about the exams. They all went well but that didn't stop me from freaking out jus ta bit.
  9. I didn't cope well with the random heat wave we had when I was trying to study for my exams. As a computing student I need to see my laptop screen so sitting outside wasn't an option, so I just tried not to melt in my flat...
  10. Played Sims for the first time in a month and it felt great. I kind of abandoned it for Another Brick In The Mall...
  11. Started to get back into writing again. I go through phases where all I do is write and then I don't do it for months. Uni usually keeps me busy and I usually forget about it. But when I'm in the zone I love it. I used to write all the time when I was younger, fictional work and blog posts. It was great.
  12. Watched a season of Project Runway: Junior and a season of Project Runway: All Stars. While I like the spin-offs no one can replace Hiedi Klum and Tim Gunn as hosts for the show.
  13. Was surprised when one of the best queens from season 9 was sent home from RuPaul's Drag Race after a terrible lip sync. If you don't know the words you're going home, we all know the rules.
  14. I bought a capture card to try my hand at recording console games. Specifically Sims for the PS2. I have never completed a single Sims game for PS2 but I have about 5 of them so I want to do it. It'll make me feel accomplished. So watch out for my Sims channel this summer.
  15. Got excited for a new Sims 4 game pack being released this month - Sims have just been doing some great things lately and I'm excited for more.
  16. Started playing Magikarp Jump and fell in love. It's a really simple game but I love how it's designed. Just so cute. If I could have made that my game for uni I think I would have had so much fun.
  17. Went out for drinks with some people on my course. I was hesitant at first just because I am not the best at socialising with new people but it actually turned into a really good night. I definitely think since coming to uni I have become more confident.
  18. Left it too late to make plans to go see Latrice Royale whenever she was in town. I always want to see the queens from RuPaul's Drag Race when I'm in town but it usually never works out. The only queen I have been able to see and meet is Bianca Del Rio. Which I have to say was one of the best experiences of my life. So I hope to meet plenty more drag queens in the future. It's a magical experience.
  19. Tried to go to a cool bar twice but the first time I went, it was dead and the second time it was packed and so I didn't end up staying long both times. It was kind of disappointing because the place sounds so great. Too bad I haven't really been able to experience the awesomeness.
  20. Started posting on my Sims YouTube channel again after finishing exams. I am motivated to get back into making videos, I always do when I have a lot more free time.
There you have it. My month in a nutshell. It's so weird to see it written out like this because honestly half the time I don't remember what I do in a month so looking back at this is kind of interesting. I try to write the post as the month passes so I don't forget things.
But now that another uni year has finished I am back to having a lot more free time. Well, only for a little while because I start my work placement in a couple of months. It'll be interesting though as someone who has never worked before, I think jumping into work like this is definitely going to be a change. But I'm up for the challenge and I am sure that I will adapt to it over time.
In the mean time I'm just going to enjoy the freedom I have left haha.
As always, feel free to come back to see what I get up to next month!
~ Courtney x


15 Things I did in April


Well...This month I really struggled to get 30 things. Mainly because I really didn't do much over April. It was a lot of me sitting in my room coding or watching something or sleeping or playing Another Brick in the Mall. I mean I try to update these posts as the month goes along so I can keep track of things I did but definitely not a lot of things going on. But yeah, I'm proud I was able to get at least half a list of things I did in April, so without rambling anymore, here is a list of things I did in April:

  1. Watched 13 Reasons Why. I normally don't jump on things as soon as they are released and while everyone is talking about them but I wanted to watch this because I read the book it was based on. It broke my heart. It was really good and had a great message but I only recommend if you are in a strong state of mind because it is a really heavy show.
  2. Bought the Sims 4 Bowling Stuff pack and didn't use it. I bought it to check out over Easter but got sucked into playing Another Brick in the Mall instead...
  3. Bought and started to play Another Brick in the Mall. I decided to buy it after watching Conflict Nerd's Let's Play on it and I'm obsessed. I could let it run and watch the little people running around all day.
  4. Was off for Easter for 3 weeks and it was wonderful to catch up on all the sleep.
  5. Went on a road trip with my friends to the coast for the day. Was successful as we did not get lost but at the same time it wasn't a very nice day but at least the rain stayed away.
  6. Prepared to say goodbye to Pretty Little Liars as the second half of the final season premiered. I have dedicated a lot of time to this show and I will be sad to see it end. At the same time, I am dying to find out who A.D is.
  7. Bought a new colouring book and fell in love. I found it very relaxing. Until I coloured a tiny bit outside the lines...
  8. Went to the amusements with my family and won a lot of tickets. Too bad I couldn't find any prizes that I wanted. But I have the tickets for another day.
  9. Regretted not getting tickets for Vidcon Europe. It looked like a blast...maybe next year!
  10. Spent a lot of time staring at code trying to get my uni assignment finished. You think it would be easy to make your own mobile application but it's really not haha. I don't know how people do it for a living.
  11. Watched Girl Boss on Netflix. Not my favourite thing. Took a while to get into because the main character was not my favourite. Felt like the story was missing a lot.
  12. Was a little bit disappointed by the Snatch Game on this season of RuPaul's Drag Race. It felt shorter or maybe the characters weren't as strong as previous years which is sad. But there's always next season!
  13. Started watching Gossip Girl yet again. It's become one of those shows I stick on TV when I don't know what to watch. It's something fun and good to tune into when you want some scandal in your life haha
  14. Attended a hackathon with my boyfriend. It was my second hackathon and we actually ended up joining up with a team sitting next to us with a similar idea. It all turned out for the best though because we came second!
  15. I won an Amazon Echo at the hackathon in the raffle. It was totally unexpected. I usually never win things like that.
And there you go. That was my April. Even though I didn't have as many things as I usually do on the list I do think this month I was the most busy. I had a project deadline looming so I spent a lot of time coding but I also made time to see my friends while they were home from uni and on top of all that I attended a hackathon. Not too shabby if I do say so myself haha.
May brings us into exam season so I can't imagine I will be up to anything exciting there other than you know, revising haha. But I guess we see what happens. I do have to take study breaks after all....
Anyway I hope you enjoyed reading, and as always, I will see you next month to share my adventures in May!
~ Courtney x


31 Things I Did In March


Another exciting month of things. It's crazy how fast time passes. I feel like this month had a lot going on. :)

  1. Made pancakes from scratch for the first time in my life. It went okay. Made them a few more times after that and am slowly getting better. I'll be a domestic goddess in no time lol.
  2. Updated my dream suite on Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the first time in forever. When I updated my game for the amiibo update my dream address got removed. Had to create a new one and I wanted my town to look great. Come visit!
  3. Became obsessed with the Hillywood Show's parody of Suicide Squad. I love all their parodies they are so amazing. I discovered them through their Twilight parodies. I definitely recommend you check them out.
  4. Caught a Pikachu with a party hat on Pokemon Go. I love when they have themed Pikachus. They're really cute.
  5. Cried at the Vampire Diaries finale. Hard. The show ending was something I was just not prepared for. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. I am still really sad that it's over but I am also really glad the ending was good. If the ending wasn't good then I feel like the last 8 years would have been wasted.
  6. Got tickets to see Steps in November with my sisters. I used to love them when I was younger. Who didn't love them?
  7. Had a week off from uni and spent a majority of it playing Sims and Animal Crossing. My two true loves. It was great.
  8. Talked to an old Animal Crossing friend for the first time in a long time. We've known each other about 3 years. So weird. But also really great.
  9. Caught up with my friend to talk about her ENGAGEMENT. I still feel too young for such a thing to happen but yes, that's happening. I am so happy for my friend, the wedding won't be for a few years yet there's still no time like the present to get excited!
  10. Was surprised by my boyfriend as he came over to surprise me. It was just something simple as showing up at my house because I hadn't seen him in a while. It was a great surprise. We cuddled and watched TV and it was wonderful.
  11. Rewatched my KCon videos for the 100th time. Sometimes I get sad or bored and I like to remember that time. It was such a fun time with one of my best friends. I hope we can go again.
  12. Cried at Nashville because they know how to pull at the heart strings. Rayna passing away was so emotional but the way the show has been handling it has been great. Though part of me will always wish it hadn't happened.
  13. Got excited that McDonald's Monopoly is back again. I have never won anything super fantastic from it but I still have fun. Plus, who doesn't love an excuse to go to McDonald's more than normal lol?
  14. Made chocolate Rice Krispie buns on a whim with my boyfriend. My flatmates were appreciative of the treats. :P
  15. Started watching Project Runway, I like it. I love fashion things and I know RuPaul's Drag Race was partly inspired by this show so I decided to give it a go. They only have two seasons on Netflix and I've watched them already so looking for something else to watch now.
  16. Was outraged when Mondo didn't win Season 8 of Project Runway. Can you believe they chose Gretchen?
  17. Started to struggle with Korean. It's a busy semester, I have a lot of uni work to be doing so I don't focus on Korean as much because I am not being graded on it. Definitely a step up from level 1. Don't know how well I will hold up as weeks go on but I am remaining hopeful.
  18. Went to see Beauty and the Beast. It was a really great movie, I enjoyed it. Although I felt like Emma Watson was lacking something as Belle.
  19. Studied a lot of one test. It was not the most fun thing in the world but I feel it took up a majority of my time this month, so there was that.
  20. Spent St Patrick's Day sober, spent time playing Animal Crossing and Sims instead - the story of my life haha. Still a really great day though.
  21. Spent the afternoon with The Sim Supply and Conflict Nerd at their impromptu Belfast Meetup. They are really nice guys. And they are the first YouTubers I have ever met so that's cool.
  22. Finished my first ever essay for uni. As a computing student we don't tend to write essays, we write code. So to say it was a challenge was something else.
  23. Filmed a video to go along with my essay. It was a group thing and I have never filmed something with other people in the room so it was kind of awkward but I made it through and we made a complete video so, that's an accomplishment.
  24. Went shopping and actually got some cute dresses for work placement. You can never have too many dresses.
  25. Enjoyed the little bit of sunny weather we had and went to play mini golf with my boyfriend. He likes to say he won but I think I did. We don't tend to keep score so who really knows...
  26. Freaked out about who the returning drag queen would be on RuPaul's Drag Race. My heart will always hope for Shangela to come back. But I did love Cynthia, so it's good to see her again!
  27. Built my own house on the Sims 4 because why not? I feel like everyone tries to make their own house at least one time playing the game.
  28. Watched iJustine compete on Chopped. I discovered Chopped when flicking through channels one day, I got really into it even though cooking competitions aren't really my thing haha. But when I found out Justine was going to be on it I was super excited. It's sad she didn't make it past the appetiser round but I believe she will go one to cook some great things.
  29. Decided to cancel my Glossybox subscription because I wasn't really using the products. It had been a great treat over the past year but sometimes you can have too many beauty products and it seems like a waste. Especially when you aren't using them.
  30. Had a weird time adjusting to the clocks going forward. I was just playing my DS, looked at the clock on my wall that said 2, but my phone said 3, I was super confused for a minute lol.
  31. Rewatched all of DaveDays old music videos about his Miley Cyrus cardboard cut out. These were some of the first videos I ever watched on YouTube and I loved them a lot. And DaveDays even got to meet Miley Cyrus because of the videos. So great.
There we have it. 31 Things I did in March. In case you haven't noticed, sometimes I do have random little things in these lists so I actually get 31 things. I try to always keep note of the big things, but I know big eventful things don't always happen. And if they did, they wouldn't be a big event would they?
Anyway, that's it for another month. We still have 9 months to go. So crazy.
But on the bright side, only a month or two left of university and then summer break, and then my venture into the real working world. Ooh. Scary yet exciting times ahead! I'm excited to share the journey with you.
~ Courtney x

Pretty Little Liars

My Current TV Shows


Today I thought I would talk you through my current TV shows. I felt the need to do this because I feel like I am posting about a lot of TV shows lately and sometimes it is hard to keep track haha. So if you were ever interested to know what shows I am following and currently watching then this is the blog post for you. Although, if you follow me on social media right now you probably think the only show I watch is How To Get Away With Murder...but that is only the tip of the ice burg with the shows I watch.
So yeah, these are all the shows I am currently watching that are still on air. I am also going to put them in the order I started watching them because that might help me remember them all. I swear I don't think I watch that much TV until someone asks me what I watch or I am talking about the shows to someone else...

The Vampire Diaries (2009 - 2017)

This was one of the first TV shows I really got into and started following. I think Glee was the first. But Vampire Diaries came up behind it. At first, I didn't want to watch it because I thought that it was going to be similar to Twilight. You know, a vampire falls in love with a human, there's a bit of a love triangle, they have werewolves...But no. Completely different.
I'll admit when I first started to watch it I couldn't get past the similarities because I was hardcore Twilight fangirl at the time but as the show progressed I realised it was so much more than I originally thought.
I got into this show around the time it was halfway through season 2. My friend would not stop talking about it and so one night I caved and finally decided to watch it. From then I was hooked. I fell in love with the Katherine - Elena's doppelganger - and everything about the show and the characters.
And now, I am dreading the end of this series. I was sad to find that season 8 was going to be its last season. I was hoping for more. I wanted the show to go on forever. But I guess all good things must come to an end. All I hope is that everything works out because from the last episode that I saw, things were not going well. I hope we get the ending we deserve.

Pretty Little Liars (2010 - 2017)

I started this show on a whim. Didn't really know much about it. Started watching it after I had finished watching Gossip Girl because I love my high school drama shows.
I quickly realised this show was more than just about high school drama haha. But I fell in love. I'm not quite sure what it was about the show that made me fall in love but once I was hooked I was all in. I needed to know who A was.
And when we found out that Alison was alive - that was a big shock to me. The show just kept stepping up its game so how can you not love it? I even got so into the show I started making YouTube videos about it, talking about my own theories on who A might be and sharing my thoughts on the show.
When the show was put on Netflix, it wasn't long before my entire school year at the time was talking about it, which made it very hard to avoid spoilers if you didn't keep up with the show. Luckily, I always did. It was always interesting coming into school to hear about people's theories on who  A was.
It was safe to say we were all disappointed in the last A reveal but it's now at the point where we are 10 episodes left from the show ending and so, we might as well stick it out and see who the real big bad A is. I haven't read the books, but I do know who was revealed to be A in them. But something tells me the TV show is not going to end the same as the books so, who is A? I have no idea. But I'm dying to find out.

Nashville (2012 - 2017)

I started this show after Glee ended and my friend suggested it to me. They said it was similar to Glee because they also had original songs. Definitely not like Glee but I do like the songs haha.
Honestly, it took me a while to get into this show. I only really stuck around for Juliette in seasons one and two but then season three hit and that's when I really fell in love. I think I started watching this show during season 2. I seem to always find good shows when they are in their second season haha.
But what I didn't expect from this show was just how quickly I actually fell in love with it and how attached I would become to the characters. I have been through quite a few emotional ups and downs with this show but none can compare to the latest episode with Rayna. I made a video on my feelings on that one.
I just was not expecting her to go that way or that the actress wanted to leave the show. But I will forever be glad that the show got picked up for season 5 after it was cancelled. I don't know how I would have coped knowing it had ended on a cliffhanger.

Orange is the New Black (2013 - )

This show might be the reason why I decided to start up a Netflix subscription. I started it on a whim during the summer 2 years ago and since then I have been hooked.
Basically, when season 3 was released everyone online wouldn't stop talking about it so I finally wanted to see what all the fuss was about. And now I know, it's a really good show.
Like everyone I have my issues with Piper but everyone else on the show is great. As it is a Netflix Original, the show is highly binge-watch worthy but also it is agony waiting every year for a new season once you finish the current one.
I am still not over how they ended the latest season and so, I need the next one ASAP.

RuPaul's Drag Race (2009 - )

I never intended to actually get into this show, it just kind of happened haha. I was at a sleepover one night with my friends and one of them put it on for something to play as background noise and suddenly we were all paying more attention to it than anything else.
This was definitely the show I didn't realise I needed into my life until it came into it. It is fabulous. I have made blog posts talking about it before. I have met Bianca Del Rio, winner of season 6.
This show is amazing. I can't say enough good things about it. Meeting Bianca was a dream come true, and finding out that drag queens come to the UK on a regular basis is also a dream come true. I mean forget meeting other celebrities, drag queens are who you really wanna meet.
Also, the last All Stars season was definitely something that's not to be missed. And season 9 is right around the corner. This is one of those shows I can see going on forever and I need it to, because I'm not sure I am going to find something equally as fabulous to replace it with.

Suits (2011 - )

This was a recommendation from my boyfriend. I wasn't really sure if I would be into it but it turns out lawyers are something that I can be into.
I'm not really sure what it was about the show that got me into it, I think it was mainly just the whole thing of Mike being adorable and also how they were managing to get away with Mike being a fraud for so long.
Part of me does wonder how long this show can go on though. It's one of those things where it's based on something and then once that thing is gone, what direction can the show go in?
That being said, the season 6 finale was everything I needed it to be. I am so excited for season 7. But please can we let Louis find love? That's my main concern right now.

How To Get Away With Murder (2014 - )

My newest love. I have probably talked about this show enough for you to know how I feel about it and how I got into it. So I'll just not say anything more.
If anything I just wanted to know how they would progress after season 1 because they got away with the murder. But hey, they pulled it off and we are now gearing up for season 4. Am I prepared? Definitely not.

And those are all my current TV shows. To be honest I did think I had more shows than that, but I guess not haha. I guess in my head I was also counting shows I rewatch and ones that I tune into from time to time. But these are the ones that I watch every week without fail and can't wait for new episodes of.
I know some of them are ending really soon which is why I need to work on finding some more shows. Or maybe I need to take a break from TV shows and do something else. Maybe read more or something. TV has just become a really easy thing to turn to at the end of the day. Even though I did make a New Years' Resolution to read more this year.
But no matter what I always have time for a little TV, especially if it's for one of my favourite shows.
Anyway, I think that's everything that I had to say. Well, I could probably talk more about these shows if you wanted but I feel this blog post is getting a bit long so I will leave it here. Let me know what your favourite TV shows are below, and if you have any suggestions for shows I might like that would also be great. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some more TV to watch.
~ Courtney x