Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #5

1. So I finally finished reading The Book of Strange New Things, and my thoughts are kind of all over the place. For about 3/4 of the book I was really into it, because even when stupid things happened (which was pretty often) I still really wanted to finish because I just knew something crazy was going to happen eventually (spoiler alert: nothing did). As I closed the book on Monday morning, my first thought was, "wow, that kind of sucked" because there are SO many loose ends. ((I mean we never even learned what USIC stands for, did this bother anyone else?!)) I still want to write a full review on it, but I'm having trouble forming my thoughts into complete sentences and paragraphs and may very well just write a long post listing things I liked/didn't like. Does this make me a bad book blogger??

2. I have a new computer coming!!! Aaaahhh!!! No more lowering graphics settings on games! No more closely examining system requirements before getting a new game! No more computer crashing whenever I try to listen to Pandora while editing photos for the blog! So yeah, I'm very excited. I've been truckin' along with a laptop for quite a long time, and it's on it's last leg (I guess this is goodbyyye 'ol paaal...). I've been hesitant to get a desktop computer, even though I've really wanted one. Then the day before my birthday, Andrew surprised me and said he wanted to get me one, and wanted my input on what kind I'd want. It's being shipped shipped now and should hopefully arrive tomorrow! It looks kinda like The Matrix which I think is really funny.

3. Although my new computer means I finally have to learn how to use Windows 8, which I don't really care for >_> and NO I don't want Windows 10!

4. Yesterday was my moms birthday! But we celebrated on Friday. Since our birthdays are so close together we decided to share a birthday cake this year...which meant finding one we could both agree on. So we decided that instead of a cake we'd make BROWNIES! We got lots of different toppings (and ice cream of course) so everyone could do whatever they wanted with their brownie. It was amazing. Except I bought a little too much chocolate toppings (Rolo's, mini Hershey bars, etc...) so now there's all this chocolate around me that I keep snacking on >_<

5. One more thing about birthday stuff! Here's a picture of me at CAS NightLife on by birthday last week! The rain forest dome was sooo hot inside, but luckily you can't see me sweating, hahah. There were so many butterflies inside! The lighting was really funky, which is why I look weird and bright ._.

6. I'm working on a fun little project with my blog buddies Amanda and Pam! I can't tell you what it is yet, but I think it's pretty cool. I don't think I've said this before, but working on blog stuff with other people always makes me SO NERVOUS. Even though it shouldn't. But I'm always like, what if they think my ideas are stupid? Or what if I'm the weakest member in the group? Also, since I'm pretty busy, what if they think I'm being lazy or not putting in enough effort? But Amanda and Pam are the sweetest and I know we're all going to do an awesome job!

7. This week I started doing closing shifts at work. At first I thought I'd hate it, but it's actually pretty chill. Every night as we're cleaning up and getting ready to leave I think of this scene from The Office.

8. Today I decided that anything and everything feels a little more badass if you're listening to the Dynasty Warriors 8 soundtrack while you do it. Eating Taco Bell like a badass! Drinking tea like a badass! Writing this post like a badass!

...ending this post like a badass! Hahah.

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is hosted every Wednesday by Bookishly Boisterous :)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Super Ultra Liebster Award x 3!

Liebster Award

Happy Monday! Awhile back, like, waaaaayyy back (well April/May I think so however you see it) I was tagged for THREE Liebster Awards! By some super badass ladies, too! I'm so lucky to know such cool bloggers <3 Anyway, I was finally able to sit down and do ALL of them! If you're confused or don't know what I'm talking about, here's the gist -

1. Link back to who nominated you.
2. Answer the questions the nominator asked you.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers (preferably with less than 200 followers)
4. Create 11 questions for the 11 bloggers you nominated.
5. Notify your nominees! 

So let's do this! Here's the questions from Gladys, of Usagi in Wonderland!

1. If you got the chance to hang out with one character (movie, book, tv show, comic, etc) who would it be and why? Probably Scully, from The X-Files! I'd take her on a fun girls night out, because she really needs one. Hahah!

x-files scully gif

2. Favorite amusement park snack? Deep friend Oreo's! SO GOOD. I can't eat too many or I'll feel gross though :( Which I guess is probably for the best.

3. What book are you currently reading/just finished and should I read it? Right now I'm slowly reading The Book of Strange New Things. I'm STILL not sure if I like it, BUT it has aliens!!!

4. Besides Jurassic World and Star Wars, what movie are you excited for this year? I am suuuper excited to see The Martian!

The Martian gif

5. What is your favorite quote? Don't make me pick one ;_;

6. What would be the opening song for the soundtrack of your life? POWER by Kanye West. Hahah...hah...haaa >_>

7. What 3 wishes would you ask for if you found the lamp? A fun/chill job with books, a house (paid off, of course), and not be so scared of driving! :(

8. If you watch them, what's your favorite horror film? I really like all the SAW movies! 

9. Which is the most used app on your phone? I don't have a smart phone, but I do have an itouch and tablet so I'll go with those. Instagram for my itouch, and Komik Reader for my tablet!

10. Non Marvel/DC comic that you are currently reading? Last week I finished everything that's out so far of Rat Queens! It was awesome! Highly recommend if you're into badass/action/girl power comics.

11. What's something fun that is coming up for you? My friend and I are planning to go see Rocky Horror soon! There's a place in SF that does live performances of it all year long. We just haven't picked an exact date yet because of our work schedules and things, hahah.

Now for Angie's questions, from A Life More Kawaii!

1. Quick! There's a zombie outside. What household item do you brandish as your weapon?! Ummmm, I have a taser! Do tasers affect zombies?! Otherwise how about a baseball bat?! Hahah.

2. What would your RPG class be?
 Hunter or Shamen (I'm using WoW classes, lol).

3. What is your dream pet?

Jellyfish gif

4. Do you have a favorite superstition? I'm not particularly superstitious!

5. What color represents you?

6. What is your favorite myth?
Does Lovecraft mythos stuff count? That shit's craaazy.

7. If you could perform one act in a circus, what act would you perform?
 Can I be a contortionist?! I think that would be fun! And useful!

8. Who is your current favorite fictional character?
Mulder and Scully <3 <3 <3

9. Stealing this from Joie... What Pokémon are you?

Pokemon Snorlax Gif

10. If you could bend one element (air, earth, water, fire, energy), which would you bend? Probably water. Just brings me that much closer to Aquaman.

11. What is your favorite moment, so far, from this year?
Too many to chose from! But maybe The night I met Lemony Snicket, which you can read about right here!

Last (but certainly not least) here's Stephanie's questions, from my sidebar buddy The Foxy Geek!

1. Who is your favorite villain? Right now it's Jughead from Afterlife with Archie =O

2. What is your favorite collectible you own? My autographed copy of A Series of Unfortunate Events: The End! I don't get a lot of collectibles because I don't have much space for them :(

3. ___________is my number one fandom! This is hard one. Umm...Saints Row?! X-Files?! Book fandoms in general?! 

4. What is one piece of technology that you couldn't live without, and why? My laptop! I wouldn't be blogging if it weren't for my trusty laptop. Also because Netflix.

5. Transporter, Time machine, or Cloak of Invisibility? Transporter! All the way!

6. What would you do with $20,000? Well...

Parks and Rec gif

7. What is your favorite App? Instagram and Komik Reader :)

8. What is your all-time favorite game, why? Saints Row III! It's badass and silly and on the Volition livestreams I've learned they have lots of awesome ladies that work with them, so I don't feel like the company is full of chauvinistic, sexist dude gamers.

9. What/Who would be your spirit animal? Panda or jellyfish :3

10. Which fictional world would you want to visit? See #1 in the first set of questions! ;)

11. Which con (comiccon, gencon, E3, etc.) is your favorite and why?
I haven't been to many, but so far Anime Expo! I REALLY want to go to BlizzCon as well as Book Expo America someday!

So that's it! I decided not to tag anyone this time around. I've seen these floating around alot lately, and all the bloggers I can think to tag have already done it recently! Anyway, if you got this far, thanks for reading! :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #4

1. Thanks to everyone here and on Facebook who helped me find a purple book cover last week! I ordered a handful of your recommendations from the library, and the plan was to read whichever one came in first. So of COURSE two showed up at the same time. For my book with a purple cover I'm going to (hopefully) read Tolstoy and the Purple Chair. Since it has a color in the title it will also count for another book challenge I'm doing! I've read mixed reviews on this, so hopefully I like it well enough. The other book that came in was Etiquette and Espionage. I also needed a YA book for my challenge, so I'll be reading this too! Also it's a good fallback in case I don't want to finish Tolstoy for whatever reason.

2. Season 2 of BoJack Horseman is on Netflix!!! Rejoice! If I had known it was going to be here so soon I would have re-watched the first season.

BoJack Horseman

3. I got to do a little role play with Turtle while Andrew cleaned out his tank on Friday. Turtle really seemed to like my Walter White Funko and kept trying to eat his glasses! Maybe he has trouble seeing and wanted a pair of his own. Do animals have eye problems, too? Which reminds me of that video floating around Facebook lately, with the baby seeing through her glasses for the first time. How can we tell when a baby needs glasses?! Even more confusing, how would you know what prescription to give them?! Science is crazy, guys.

Walter White Funko

4. Who's finished reading Armada already? What did you think? I have a copy for my Nook but I haven't started it yet because I'm in between other things right now. Honestly, the premise doesn't really intrigue me. I REALLY liked the writing style of Ready Player One, so I plan to read it anyway and see what happens!

5. My birthday is tomorrow! I am turning 24 on the 23rd, hahah. To celebrate, Andrew and I are adventuring out to San Francisco for NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences! I've been wanting to visit for a long time. The last time I went was shortly after it reopened and they had added the indoor rain forest, aquarium and other things, but it was SO crowded I didn't actually get to see any of the things I really wanted to see! Recently I learned that every Thursday night they host NightLife, a 21+ event where you can explore the museum while listening to live bands and they serve drinks and things! Each NightLife is themed, and in addition to the regular exhibits they also host special activities connected to that nights theme. The theme tomorrow is dinosaurs! But honestly, I just want to explore the museum with a drink in hand and no kids running around. I'm SO excited! (No offense to those of you with kids. I'm sure they're great!)

CAS NightLife

6. Maybe it's just the heat, but lately I've been craving froyo CONSTANTLY. I love pomegranate yogurt but the only place in town that has it is in the mall! There's another place on the other side of town that has a good mixed berry yogurt though, and they have more toppings to choose from! What do you put on your yogurt?

7. I was thrift store hunting the other day and scored a black lace kimono cardigan thingy. I actually decided I needed one last month after reading this post on XO Mia, but didn't want to buy a new one so I put the thought on hold until I saw one calling to me at the thrift store. Success!!!

8. Have you seen the Jurassic Park: High Heels Edition parody video? I love it! Two weeks ago I wrote about how weird it was that Claire was running around in heels the entire time. Since I hadn't read many reviews of the movie (to avoid spoilers) I didn't know everyone else had the same problem! Hahahah.

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is hosted every Wednesday by Bookishly Boisterous! :)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Tales from the Bookshelf: Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye

During Armchair BEA back in May, I was lucky enough to win an ARC of Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye, by Tania Del Rio! When you win a prize during ABEA, you get to pick from a long list of books that were kindly donated from the sponsors. You guys know I'm a sucker for Quirk Books, so it didn't take much thinking for me to decide which book I wanted ;)

Warren the 13th and the All Seeing Eye review

"Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who’s terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren’s pride and joy is his family’s hotel, but he’s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she’ll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family’s legacy, he’ll need to find the treasure first—if the hotel’s many strange and wacky guests don’t beat him to it! This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery."

Warren the 13th and the All Seeing Eye review

The first thing that drew me into this book were the illustrations. I like the classic/creepy Victorian feel, but it's not dated and still looks tremendously fun. My favorite part of the cover was a tentacle poking out of a serving tray that Warren was holding; unfortunately that part didn't make it to the final cover design so it's not shown in the cover above! There are illustrations and fun typography throughout the whole book, which keeps it visually interesting and made reading it a fun experience. Since I received an early ARC of the book it didn't include ALL the illustrations just yet, but the first twenty-four pages were fully illustrated and I'm certain the rest of the book will look amazing!

Warren the 13th and the All Seeing Eye review

Warren isn't in the best situation; he has no parents, an evil aunt, pushover uncle, and is incredibly funny looking, yet he remains kind, positive and cheerful. He makes a perfect hero and leading character. That's why I was so excited to learn that this is going to be a SERIES! I can't wait to read what the next book will be about (especially considering how the first one ended)!

Warren the 13th is classified as a middle-grade book, but it's still very smart and interesting. I never felt that it was dumbed-down. It reminded me of A Series of Unfortunate Events books (which I LOVE), but, you know...less depressing. I can also picture it being made into a Tim Burton-esque claymation movie!

The author of Warren the 13th is Tania Del Rio, who I think is just as interesting as her book! She's worked with Archie Comics (!!!), Marvel, Dark Horse, and other badass companies! She wrote a popular webcomic called My Poorly Drawn Life, which is now available in book form. In 2003 she wrote a manga entry called Lovesketch, which was selected to be published in TOKYOPOP's Rising Stars of Manga Anthology, Volume 2! So basically she's everything ;)

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye will be available in November, so keep an eye out!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #3

1. Last Thursday I saw...Magic Mike XXL. Aaah! I'd promised my friend I'd take her to a movie as part of her graduation gift when she came home! And since Mad Max wasn't in the theater anymore, that's what she wanted to see. I was kind of embarrassed (not hating, just not my regular kinda thing), but I actually had a lot of fun! I haven't seen the first movie, so my friend filled me in on the story (though I figure most people aren't seeing XXL for story continuity). It was much funnier than I thought it'd be. It also had a lot less naked dudes than I thought there'd be. Like, I'd watched the movie Crank (also called Jason Statham can't CTFD) earlier that day, and that movie had more butt than Magic Mike. Just sayin'. Hahah. Oh, and Jada Pinkett Smith KILLED IT!

2. I want to read the new A-Force comics, but since there's not much of it out I'm not sure if I want to start it yet. I like reading comics in book form!!! :(

3. (...more about comics) I finally got my hands on the last three Afterlife with Archie issues! Issue #6 delved into some Lovecraft craziness and was super creepy. These issues still aren't in book form, but I wanted to read them so bad that I wanted to get the individual issues (for my e-reader) anyway! If you're not familiar with the series you can check out my review of issues 1 - 5 here!

4. Can anyone recommend a book with a purple cover? And don't say something like Harold and the Purple Crayon! Hahah. I need a purple book for my summer reading bingo card :)

5. I finally have my own desk, and I think it's a lot more exciting than it needs to be! For the last few years my computer/writing setup has been at my dining room table. It worked alright, but with blogging and gaming and other questionable things, I spend a LOT of time at my computer, and it's nice to have a little space that's all mine. Even better, I got it brand new for $20! Yippee!

Hope no one minds but I'm cutting this weeks post short! =P I'm typing this at 11:50pm on Tuesday night and falling asleep. Lame! I know! But I woke up too early this morning. Normally I'd just hit "save" and finish writing later, but if I don't queue it now then it won't go up until tomorrow night! So there you have it. Happy Wednesday, everyone!

P.S. Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts was originated by Christine of Bookishly Boisterous! She's awesome so you should stop by sometime.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Kawaii Box Unboxing!

May Kawaii Box

Happy Monday! Today I'm sharing what's inside my most recent Kawaii Box! Kawaii Box is a monthly subscription service, filled with hand-picked kawaii goodies from Japan and Korea! They offer free worldwide shipping, and every item you receive is 100% original and licensed. Yay! I wasn't sure what month to call this box. On the website it says it's the May box, but it didn't arrive until the very end of June! I imagine it has something to do with it traveling all the way from Singapore. Oh well, hahah. The last one of these I received was the February box, and as much as I loved it, I have to say I love this box even more! Let's take a look :)

May Kawaii Box
There's one item missing, but we'll get to that later.

1. Banana mini plush keychain - Sorry his head got cut off a little in the photo! Rest assured he is still a happy smiling banana.

2. Alpaca and sheep puffy stickers - Is that the right term for these? They're those raised up stickers. You know what I mean, right? They're SUPER adorable! I want to stick them on everything, hahah.

3. Meiji Petit Gum - The packaging is cute, but otherwise this is just regular gum (which isn't a bad thing, I love gum). The pieces are really tiny, so you need to eat a few to get it to the same size as a regular piece. It's a nice big box of them, though!

4. Okitoki Notebook Set - Is Okitoki the name of the bear, or a brand name? I don't know. I put it in Google and the hits were either entirely unrelated or linking back to someone else's Kawaii Box. Anyway, this is a cute little notebook that comes with a pen. I like that the back of the notebook is hard, so you don't have that awkward "can you turn around so I can use your back as a writing surface" moment. It also has a little slot to put the pen in so you don't lose it. Nifty!

5. Panda(?) Pen - Alright, so the little "what's in your box" card says this pen is covered in pandas and called it a "Panda Pen," but I am quite certain these are cats, not pandas. Hahah. Maybe there were a few different variations in the boxes and other people got pandas? Or maybe a translation error? Luckily I looove kitties so this is still awesome <3

May Kawaii Box
Super zoom! I know I have my dim moments but I'm pretty sure these are cats.

6. Alpaca Eraser - I love him and his little bow tie!!! Erasers are always useful, because I always use up the tiny erasers at the end of my pencils.

7. Hello Kitty Squishy Doughnut Charm - It feels like a stress ball!

8. Rilakkuma Mini Letter Set - This mini stationary set will be perfect for attaching notes onto gifts! I also love things that are mini. Hahah.

9. Crepe Charm - Another charm?! This tiny little crepe is really cute and made out of a strange rubbery texture. Yum, crepes <3

10. Chocolate Bar Comb - On the outside this looks like a pink bar of chocolate, then a mini comb and mirror swing out of it like a pocket knife (or a razor - I may have had a short Sweeney Todd moment once I figured this out). In the picture you can't really tell the middle part's a mirror, because when I uploaded the photo I noticed my nose was shown in the reflection and I got embarrassed and blurred it (sorry). I'll be keeping this in my purse for all those times I leave the house without combing my hair.

11. Alpaca Card Holder - With the tiny alpaca, the cat ears and the pretty mint color, I think this is THE cutest item in the box. Unfortunately I can't think of when I'll ever need to use it. I carry all my cards in my wallet, and I can't use this as a wallet because it's too small!

12. Neon Bow Hair Band (Not Pictured) - This isn't shown because I couldn't find it when I took the picture! Turned out it was in my purse the whole time :( I've been wearing it a lot and have been getting tons of compliments! If you're curious, here's a picture of it from the Kawaii Box website!

Overall - I really like this box! Aside from the three charm/keychain things, I know I'll put everything to good use. Don't get me wrong, the charms are adorable, but I already have so many and unfortunately most of them just sit around. My last box also came with three charms, none of which are being used. So if you're really into keychain and charm collecting, subscribe to Kawaii Box! Hahah.

I won this box in a giveaway hosted by Kawaii Box and Sammy from Synthpop Circus! Stop by and say hi! :)

Friday, July 10, 2015

Tales from the Bookshelf: Holy Cow, by David Duchovny

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I started reading Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale. If you've been hanging around my blog for awhile then you won't be surprised that I ordered it from the library simply because David Duchovny wrote it. And because cows.

Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale David Duchovny

"Elsie Bovary is a cow, and a pretty happy one at that—her long, lazy days are spent eating, napping, and chatting with her best friend, Mallory. One night, Elsie and Mallory sneak out of their pasture; but while Mallory is interested in flirting with the neighboring bulls, Elsie finds herself drawn to the farmhouse. Through the window, she sees the farmer’s family gathered around a bright Box God—and what the Box God reveals about something called an “industrial meat farm” shakes Elsie’s understanding of her world to its core." -

Our protagonist and narrator of Holy Cow is Elsie, a sassy, witty cow with very human thoughts and ideas. Throughout the book she goes off on tangents about how she went about writing this book, complaints from her editor, and how she's hoping for a movie deal (and hopefully with Jennifer Lawrence).

After seeing a documentary on TV (the "Box God") Elsie decides she needs to travel to India, where'll she'll be treated like a goddess rather than killed for a delicious hamburger. As she slowly plots her escape, she attracts the attention of Jerry (a pig) and Tom (a turkey). Jerry wants to go to Israel, where he assumes he'll be safe because everyone will be Jewish and kosher. Tom wants to make it to Turkey, because in a country named after him, nothing could possibly go wrong. As they encountered one road block after another I started to think "there's no way they're going to make it, there's no way a cow, pig and turkey will be able to do this/that/the other thing," except they DO! I guess humans are really dim in their world. Or maybe that's how David Duchovny sees the human race, hahah.

The book also has pictures. Pictures! I love when non-children's books have pictures. The illustrations, by Natalya Balnova, first come off as really crude, yet the further I read the more I realized that they were actually perfect for the story. It kind of gives the vibe that Elsie drew them herself. I hope that doesn't sound like an insult, because I thought it was really neat so I hope that's the look they were going for! [Awkwardly looks away.]

Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale David Duchovny

Something I started to notice while looking for reviews on this book was that a lot of people that hadn't read it yet were calling it a children's book. Most of the time it feels like it is, but every now and then you can definitely tell that it's sort of...not. Like, on part of their journey one of them decides to get a circumcision, and there's "bad" language throughout. Even if you don't mind your kids reading that, there's a lot of political and religious humor that younger kids just won't get or care about. So I don't know what category to put this in. I don't know where it was supposed to be in the first place! If you've already read this book, I'd really like to hear your opinion?!

Reading this book also taught me a little more about David Duchovny as an actual person, rather than a fictional FBI agent looking for aliens. Long before his acting career, he earned a B.A. in English Literature from Princeton University, and later a master's in English Literature from Yale. So even though plenty of actors try writing their own book at one point or another, maybe this was something Mr. Duchovny had been wanting to do for a long time. But maybe about something other than cows next time ;)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #2

1. After checking way too many stores and magazine racks, I FINALLY found the Entertaiment Weekly X-Files issue! I love that there's a little alien head in the "e," hahah. So happy <3

The X-Files Entertainment Weekly

2. I got to see Jurassic World today! It was really fun and exciting, but not quite as amazing as I was lead to believe. Also, how did Claire run in those shoes the whole time? She'd probably have been better barefoot, just sayin'.

Jurassic World Shoes
How 'bout a pair of flats next time.

3. This week I learned how to embed Instagram photos on my blog! At first I was really excited, but then I realized that it posts the photos REALLY HUGE and I don't know how to make them smaller. I don't want them to take up the whole page!

4. One of my new favorite things right now are teggings from Re/Dress! Teggings are these awesome, magical things that are a combination of tights and leggings, except they are made for chunkier gals such as myself. They only come in one size, but they're meant to fit sizes 14 through 30. Whaaat?! Even though I'm on the smaller end of that scale, I was hesitant to order. I thought their claim very questionable and to be either a lie or crazy voodoo witchcraft, but after reading a million reviews throughout the blogosphere it seemed like neither of those were the case. I got a pair in the color eggplant and they are AMAZING. Highly recommend. They come in tons of fun colors, too! Ever notice bigger clothes tend to come in black, navy or grey? LAME. Technically you're not supposed to wear them as regular leggings, but when I put mine on I saw they weren't being stretched enough to be see through (so basically I'll be living in them). It really depends on how big yo booty is. I got mine in the capri length, but they also come in regular and tall length!

Teggings Re/Dress

5. Last week I said I would finally finish reading The Sweet Far Thing, and I just want everyone to know that last night I FINISHED IT! I didn't really want it to end (why Kartik, why?!), but carrying around all 819 pages of it to work and the gym has been quite a task.

6. I hope everyone had an awesome 4th of July. With that said, if you still have leftover fireworks laying around please stop setting them off. Because guess what? They'll still be there next year, and then you won't have to worry about buying more! And also because the 4th was four days ago and you're getting really annoying :)

7. Yesterday I learned that Kevin Smith's 2014 mega-flop Tusk is only the first in a trilogy?! But how?! And I guess this news has been out forever, but I only just heard. I can't imagine how two more movies would work, but I hope they're not trying to go all Human Centipede on me. Have you seen Tusk? What did you think?

8. BTW I haven't seen The Human Centipede 3 but I don't think I'm going to. I watched 2 against my better judgement and that was a huge mistake.

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

An X-Files Themed Etsy Roundup!

The other day, since I still have a long grueling wait until the return of The X-Files, I decided to start rewatching the old episodes (even though I only finished watching them for the first time a couple months ago). I thanked the Netflix Gods for still having all the seasons and made a silly little bracelet while I watched.

A photo posted by Natalie Patalie (@natalie.patalie) on

While I love a good DIY, being crafty isn't something I'd say I'm good at. So if I'm looking for something fun, unique, and perfectly representing my favorite fandoms, I turn to Etsy. Here's a few things that caught my eye!

Full disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Any income earned goes towards feeding my turtle and paying for a place to live :P

The X-Files Rainy Day Activity Book - I think this looks so silly and fun! Check out the listing to see some of the inside pages! They also have these books with Dexter, Lost, and Twin Peaks themes!


"I Want to Believe" Necklace - Honestly I like almost anything with Mulder's poster on it.

X-Files I want to believe

"Mulder, It's Me" Embroidered Hoop Art - I actually didn't realize how often Scully said this until the very end, hahah!

X-Files needlepoint

"I Want to Believe" Bunting - So festive =P I would leave it up year round! When I live in a home with more wall space maybe I'll look into getting one of these.

X-Files bunting

"Hello Agents" Hello Kitty x Mulder and Scully Stickers - How cute are these?! Two of my favorites things together at last~! I also found these Lego stickers!!!

X-Files Hello Kitty

Bubble Bath T-Shirt - Ok, last one! This is from one of my favorite scenes in one of my favorite episodes! I actually just typed out this long description of the scene only to realize that it sounds really stupid if you're not watching it :( So just take my word for it, alright?

X-Files bubble bath

Friday, July 3, 2015

5 Fandom Friday - My Favorite Aliens!

Hosted every Friday by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick ;)

Happy Friday! Today's #Fandom5 topic is our favorite ALIENS! Five years ago if you had asked me who my favorite alien was I'd have probably just shrugged my shoulders; but the older I get the more I'm getting into a lot of things that I wasn't before. Like Aliens. And Chinese food. Anyway, here's my top five!

1. Zinyak (Saints Row IV) - Not only is he an extraterrestrial warlord that blows up the planet earth, but he's also a fan of classic literature. He particularly loves Jane Austen novels, but you can also hear him quoting Shakespeare and Edgar Allen Poe.


2. William (AKA Scully's baby) - So I know this wasn't fully explained, but I think William's half alien. Poor Scully though. I get sad thinking about it ;_;

3. E.T. - Because obviously.

E.T. gif

4. Dr. Frank-N-Furter - Another obvious choice.

5. Leela - Alright, is Leela an alien or a mutant? Or are they the same thing? Can we talk about this? Either way Leela is badass and I love her. At one point I dyed some of my hair purple, but it didn't look nearly as awesome as Leela's so it wasn't worth the upkeep.

Leela gif

So there you have it. Who are your favorite aliens?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts

1. So I guess Summer's in full swing now. It's insufferably hot and it's almost my birthday, which is about when I hit full "summer mode" every year (meaning hot and grumpy and no I will not go berry picking with you).

2. Although speaking of berries, I've been buying some every Thursday from the farmers market and it's been awesome. Luckily I live just a couple blocks away from it, otherwise this probably wouldn't be happening.

3. Do you ever start a book, get halfway through, kinda just let it hibernate while you go read other things, and then eventually pick it back up to finish? Because that's what I'm doing right now. I started reading Libba Bray's The Sweet Far Thing back in January. JANUARY! Then I got distracted and swept up in the crazy world of ARC books and left The Sweet Far Thing sitting on my nightstand for six. whole. months. I'm so embarrassed. Anyway, last night I picked it back up and I WILL finish it! It's really good, so I don't know what my problem was.

4. I also started reading Geek Love back in April. I think I read about 50 pages and dropped it because I was so bored. If you've read it, please tell me if it gets better. Or tell me if it doesn't and maybe I won't feel bad about not liking it. I want to try and finish it though, because a friend loaned it to me. I like reading the same books as my friends, otherwise I won't have anyone to talk about books with except my internet friends (meaning you, hi friends!) and my mom (hi mom!).

5. This week I became the proud owner of a pair of "Star Gazer Heels" from ASOS. They're kind of obnoxious and got a raised eyebrow from my boyfriend (but he's used to it) and I LOVE THEM. They remind me of 90's jelly shoes minus the awkward foot sweat. The best part is that I got them on Poshmark with the credit I had saved up. Wooooo! If you're on Posh link me your closest, because I'm nosy and love looking through peoples closets =X

ASOS Star Gazer Heels
Awe, yeah.

6. Does anyone have tips on staying cool in a tiny upstairs apartment? I hate running the AC so high all day, but sometimes it just gets SO HOT in here. We bought a (bright purple) box fan which has helped some, but...ugh.

7. This is the shirt I'm wearing today (#CantStopMe)

8. I'm writing this today in lieu of my regular monthly "currently..." post, because I see Bookishly Boisterous do it every week and I think it might be more fun. Also I'm stopping at #8 because it's my lucky number :)