A Link to the Past

Link to the Past WIP 1, originally uploaded by Charlotte Copper.

I’ve finished the lettering on my Link to the Past cross-stitch progress. The pattern I created using PC Stitch called for colors that are a lot more, ahem, vibrant than those I used, including a neon apricot, bright tangerine, and a light brown. I didn’t like the sharp contrast of those colors, so I chose darker, more muted shades in the same family, and I think the result has a lot more depth than otherwise.

I’m really happy with how it looks. Now for the Master Sword and background. Can I finish it before I leave to Spain on Saturday?


Zelda Cross-Stitch Update

My grandparents left yesterday, and so I don’t have quite as much progress as I’d like on the Link to the Past cross-stitch. I do have letters! and the beginnings of the Triforce! Here’s hoping I can finish this baby before leaving to Spain in a week. I’m also planning my next major cross-stitch design, this time with Super Mario!

Zelda Title WIP1

And a gratuitous close-up.

Zelda WIP close up

See you soon!

Splitting Personalities

What with the pace of the semester, writing in my normal journal, and keeping pace with my travel diary, my little online presence has faded some. I can make any number of excuses, but the reality is that I am frankly unable to manage my time properly. That, and writing/communicating essentially 4 different versions of a single adventure feels a bit like rotting my brain. (I tell my parents, Marquis, my travel journal, and any other inquisitors about my adventures).

But to anyone who is interested, I’ll lend you my travel journal with all my impressions and mundane observations (I’m being dutiful on that front, I promise!) so you can read all about it! I have yet to catch up to the present date, but I’m much closer than I was when I started. I’ve written all about my first month and a half in it, and all I’m missing are my trips to Newcastle and London, as well as the fabulous earthquake of 08 and other little trivialities.

Granted, the reason I’m posting this at all is because I simply, for the life of me, can’t figure out an essay topic for an essay due on Wednesday. I’m torn between writing about handwriting in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or tableaux vivants in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. It’s nearly midnight, I’m behind on my readings, and so after exhausting cross-links on blogs I like, I’ve resorted to writing.

Friends, I promise an email on Wednesday or Thursday. 🙂

And does anyone have any ideas about time management? I’m kind of frightened to google search, lest I be sucked in to a 5 hour vortex of links.


Living the British Life

Dear Friend,

Since coming to England to study, I’ve been amazed to find that things I didn’t expect to surprise me, did, and things that I expected to be really different really weren’t. For example, I thought I’d really get used to the cars coming on the opposite side of the road. It’s just a matter of looking right left right instead of left right left. The reality has been a whole lot more difficult to adjust to. One way-streets and intersections have proved the most confusing, and I find myself always looking the wrong way first!


I also expected there to be obvious differences in the language, such as slang terms and the obvious pants-trousers distinction, but there are so many more than I imagined! For example, they say “fruit and veg” instead of “fruit and veggies,” and “pavement” instead of “sidewalk,” and the terms we might use to describe college or university, such as “school” don’t apply: “school” is elementary and junior high, “college” is the final two years of high school, or your residential college at university, and “uni” is university.

york-minster-46-1.jpgI’m making a conscious decision while I’m here to do and see as much as possible. Even though it’s a bit pricey to travel, I want to see the home of the Bronte sisters, the Lake District, and Edinburgh. I want to eat treacle tart and make flapjacks with golden syrup (and take tins of it home). I’m drinking tea like I do back home, but all of a sudden it’s more British with the beautiful pieces of china I bought. Stuffed Yorkshire pudding, fish and chips, and beer are culinary treats I’ve tasted, and I look forward to trying more!


I’m so excited about this trip, and I’m so pleased to be here. Seeing York Minster the other day was almost surreal, as the sun shone through the stained-glass, and as Kelly, Julie and I looked out over the city from atop the tower.

It’s so beautiful, and I’m so happy. I think I have to come back again someday.



Blogger and York

Hi! I initially had a blog at http://chestnutandcopper.blogspot.com, but the University of York network won’t let me access it. So I’m skirting my inability to blog there by blogging here. As long as it’s free, I’m cool.

More fun to come!