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Twilight, Travel, and Treats

Reflections of a Twihard on all things twilight, travel, and treats.

My deepest apologies for being absent for two months. My friend DQ even asked me if I'd just unsubscribed her to my blog. Since my last post I've been to Asia twice - once for fun and the second for family medical stuff. I've decided that as much fun as it sounds to fly around the world that I won't do it if I have to keep flying economy.

So what's with the title of this post? Well it's been roughly two years since I picked up a copy of Twilight. Since then I've developed some health issues so I thought I'd reflect for a bit.

Now this is a doctors opinion but I'm also a crazed Twilight fan so the medical advice is a bit biased.

Health Hazards of Twilight (anyone who has lived with a Twilight fan could write this section...)

- reading Twilight or any related fanfiction for hours on end can't be good for you - no one should forgo food, sleep, or even using the washroom for a sparkly Edward
- it's possible the health of your family suffers when you're too busy reading to actually buy groceries and cook a proper meal
- your marriage could potentially break down because you refuse to acknowledge the actual man in your life since fictitious beautiful dark and brooding men are so much better (or the opposite could happen - see Benefits below!)
- eventually the dust bunnies that build up while you're reading instead of cleaning could rise together and kill you in your sleep

Health Benefits of Twilight?

- with obsession comes the feeling of purpose and drive. I know that our roles as wife, parent, and working woman should be enough but sometimes it's not.
- I'm sure my close family and friends will not want to hear it but Twilight obsession can improve your love life. It helped me open my eyes to my real life Edward minus the obsessive tendencies and constant need to kill me. Lemony fanfic definitely puts one into a mood in search of necessarily sexual tension relief.
- for those of us who have made new friends through our Twilight obsession it feels wonderful to find acceptance and understanding
- finally having an outlet for writing has averted my brain from potentially exploding with unused creative energy

I will treasure these last two years as a time that I've discovered myself and made new friends. It's been a time of personal growth which I don't think I've had the chance to experience since I've been too busy expanding my professional and family life.
It seems that real life now needs me more than I need Twilight. I feel like I've woken up out of a fog that was Twilight madness and suddenly my kids are a bit older and I have more wrinkles. But my marriage is much better than before I went in.

I'm having minor heart surgery in a couple of weeks. I'll be going back to work after only a few days so it really is a small thing. But I thought I should post once more just in case. Don't blame me for being morbid - I have spent the last two years reading about vampires and immortality. I highly doubt that Carlisle would be waiting for me in the unlikely event something were to happen though.

Love to all the Twilight friends I've made and to my family who have been so supportive of my Twilight obsession. I'm sure many of us Twihards are guilty of the sins above but I'm hoping that, like me, the benefits have outweighed the cons and you are happier for it.


Dangrdafne said...

Oh my sweet friend. I have missed you. I hope the family issues are better now. I am sorry you had to travel so much ... and on economy (the horror). I am shocked by your own health news and will trust you that it is minor but as you are writing as a just on case I will add mine. You are a wonderful woman, amazing friend and great human being. Your capacity to give is enormous and you are greatly loved for it. This post is right on the money especially about finding the friendships. I hold a special place in my heart for you, one that never fails to bring me both comfort and joy when I think of you. You started me in the blog world. You got Peter Facinelli to tweet me!! You diagnosed and cured many ailments I had from tummy issues to marriage issues. You consistently showed me what it was to be a strong woman and excellent wife and mother. I love you and I will be forever indebted to Twilight for introducing you to me. Please take care of yourself and know I am always here for you for anything. Thank you for everything.

fanficzombie said...

Is it coincidence that this blog post was at the top of my feed the first time I logged into blogger in over a month? I think not. I could mirror a lot of what you say here.

I have lost/missed so much the last couple of years, but have gained so much too.

But I do definitely find myself 'winding down' on it all. I check into twitter a couple of times a month. (Of course, you know my Kindle is still full of twi-porn...that will never change! And I will always pop in to check the recs and refill my library.)

Thank goodness for all our lovely die-hards that will keep this fandom going so we can always stop by to say hi!

Wishing you and yours all the best and good luck with your surgery.

TwiKiwi50 said...

Well written, sweetie.

Good luck with your surgery. I'm sure you will be fine.

Be safe!

Twired Jen said...


I have missed you, but I know the feeling. As hard is this is to admit, my days don't revolve around Twilight. I know a lot of it has to do with the fact that my new job keeps me busy and I often don't have time feed my addiction. Truth be told, the less we feed our addictions, the less addicted we become. I'm not over it, but it's definitely not on my mine 24/7 like it used to be. It was however a great distraction for me while I was in a funk over my relationship...being upset that DG hadn't proposed yet and seriously re-evaluating my life. Needless to say we're getting married, so I wouldn't trade any of it for anything. It came into my life for a reason. Ok, not I feel another post coming on.

Anyhoo, I have missed you my dear frined, but I know you have two beautiful boys to watch after & a big girl job ;)

I will be thinking of you on Monday and sending hugs and positive vibes. Please let us know you're ok once all is said and done.

Love you!



Twired Jen said...

Sorry for the typos, I'm typing in the dark!

twilightcupcake said...

@DD - you are always so sweet. Right back at you for all the lovely sentiments. I will treasure our friendship and thanks for the well wishes. I'll let you know when things are done.

@fanficzombie - so glad that I popped up first on your feed. I still have ff updates as my #1 read these days as well but the oldies are always good for repeats too.

@TwiKiwi50 thanks for stopping by. Let us know when you're coming through town.

@Twired Jen - what typos? :) I'm glad that Twilight helped fill a void while you were waiting for your guy to get his butt in gear. Best wishes for all the wedding stuff - I love hearing your updates. Those of us long married still like the dresses etc so we can live vicariously!

TongueTwied said...

TC, I'm sure everything will go very smoothly with your surgery.

You've been missed!

The benefits of Twilight are a double edge sword, but I try to concentrate on the positive ones.

LuvsMeSumEdward said...

TC! Hey girlie...I miss seeing you in my feed! So glad to hear that everything went well and you're ok ♥