Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Bookish (and Not-So Bookish) Thoughts #20 (Sick & Grumpy Edition)

1. I've been sick with the flu for almost three weeks now. That's kind of exaggerating, but if I never got fully better then is it really? What happened was, I got sick during the second week of March, and stayed that way for a few days, eventually getting Andrew sick (living with your loved ones is both a gift and a curse). As he got more sick, I started to slowly feel better, until I got to the point where I felt sort of alright (alright enough to go see The Book of Mormon, thankfully) aside from sniffles and a cough...except before I was able to fully recover Andrew gave the flu BACK TO ME, and this time it's even worse! So I've been kind of an irritable grump lately. I'm not trying to, but I'm just so over it right now. It's especially a bummer because I had Thursday though Monday off from one of my jobs (I didn't ask for it off, it just happened, which normally would suck but I had a lot of things I wanted to catch up on so I thought it would be fun). So on my last day of work I was like, "Yeah! I'm going to get so much blogging done! And reading! Maybe I'll even turn in my library books on time! I'll reorganize the kitchen and go through my closet to find Goodwill donations! I'll schedule an eye exam! So! Much! Productive!" Obviously that didn't happen. I did some reading, but every time I sat down with a book I ended up falling asleep. Those books are totally overdue now, though.

Me rn.

And to make things even more exciting, I got PINK EYE two nights ago! I'd never had pinkeye before, but I did what any brave soul with a mysterious illness does - looked it up on WebMD. Although before that I accidentally Google'd under the "images" setting, so that was fun. Before I went to bed my eyes were a little itchy but I didn't think much of it and tried going to sleep. But because lately all I've been doing is coughing and going pee (due to all the water and Gatorade I'm drinking because my throat is sore and dry), I haven't been able to get much sleep lately. So during one of my many late night bathroom trips I notice there's GUNK coming out of BOTH my eyes. Yeah, I know, nasty. But I'm like whatever, and gently wash it off and get back into bed. Later in the night I wake up again. "Ugh, time to go pee again. Let's go. Wait, why is it so dark in here? Why aren't my eyes opening? [touches eyelid] WHAT is this crusty BULLSHIT ON MY FACE?" Bodies are gross, you guys.

After reading the WebMD description and realizing that my fate was sealed.

3. So I didn't do much blogging and I didn't return my library books. Something I am really good at doing while sick though, is watch a lot of TV. I'm all caught up on Gotham (SO GOOD) and watched seasons 1 and 2 of The Fall,which I enjoyed at times, but overall I'm kinda unsure about. I didn't know much about this show before starting, just that Gillian Anderson was in it. I think I'd like it more if they were investigating a different person each season, because I don't feel like watching Paul anymore (who will be back for season three). Gillian Anderson was amazing, obviously, but the murderer they're after has a lot of weird sex stuff going on, and his story is often uncomfortable to watch. I can't even imagine what they're going to do in the third (and final) season if they're keeping the same cast. (Spoilers) They already arrested Paul, they found Rose, so what else is left to do? Sure, Paul gets shot and is literally bleeding out as the final episode ends, but to be honest I don't really care if he makes it or not. I guess season three could move the focus over to Jimmy (aka angry tall guy that shot Paul), but his appearances in the series have been so scattered that it's hard to be interested in him.

4. One more complaint about being sick. Why do medicines have to be so expensive?? Andrew and I have both been taking Dayquil about twice a day, and between the two of us the bottle disappears SO FAST. The people at Walgreens know us as "the sick people" now, because every few days we go in and buy a Dayquil+Nyquil combo pack, four boxes of Puff's Vick's tissues (THE BEST) and a few bottles of Gatorade (blue for me, red for Andrew).

After I've emptied all my accounts buying Dayquil. Was it even worth it?!

5. I forgot to mention it before, but I saw Deadpool last week. It was so fun! Negasonic Teenage Warhead is the best. A lot of the people I knew thought she was made up just for the movie, simply because they hadn't heard of her before. Like, I'm sorry it hurts your bro-feelings because you were unaware of one out of the THOUSANDS of Marvel characters. I hadn't heard of her before either, but I used it as an opportunity to learn more about her! Sorry...sickness grumpies coming out.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Book of Mormon!

Hi friends~! Last year my mom got tickets for her, my little brother and I to see The Book of Mormon in Sacramento, and we'd been anxiously awaiting it ever since. It's a musical written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park! I'm a big South Park fan, so the idea of two of my favorite things (on of my fav shows + musicals) coming together was really exciting for me! The day finally arrived on March 18th, so I thought it'd be fun to share some pictures of our night with you :) They were all taken either inside, or outside when it was already dark - so please excuse the poor lighting!! Darn, yellow street lights!

We found this giant Book of Mormon truck outside the theatre and had to have a mini photo shoot!

The Book of Mormon is about Elder Price, a young Morman that's sent to Uganda for his two year mission. He's a little bummed, because he thought if he prayed enough he'd get to spend his two year mission in Orlando, home of Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. Instead he's going to a third world country with Elder Cunningham - an insecure, geeky, compulsive liar who hasn't even read the Book of Mormon.

As they arrive in Uganda, their suitcases are stolen by soldiers of the local warlord, General Butt F*cking Naked (I won't tell you why he has that name, but I swear I'm not making this up!) Shortly afterwards they're greeted by a group of villagers, where Elder Price learns he has quite the challenge ahead of him as all the villagers struggle with poverty, famine and AIDS. They try to cheer him up by teaching him the phrase "hasa diga eebowai," which translates into "f*ck you, God!" The horror!!! The villagers have no interest in learning about Mormonism, except for one young girl named Nabulungi, who thinks if she becomes a Mormon that her and her people can start a new life in Salt Lake City. But that's all I'm going to tell you about the story! I know we can't all go see the show, but I still really recommend checking out the soundtrack!

The man next to Jesse looks like Tony Hale, AKA Buster Funke??!

We all had a lot of fun and I laughed throughout the entire show, although sometimes you're sitting there like, "what the hell am I watching right now??!" Even though I watch a lot of South Park and am used to Trey Parker and Matt Stone's type of humor, I was still a little thrown off guard sometimes. A few times during the show they'd say something especially vulgar and I'd start laughing and suddenly think, "Wait, I can't believe they just said that! My mom and baby brother are sitting next to me!!!" I mean, he's far from a baby at this point, but when you remember someone being one day old it's hard to get past that sort of thing, I guess.

At intermission my mom and I headed straight to the merchandise booth. We're huge theatre-stuff junkies! When we saw Wicked in 2010 (woah it didn't feel that long ago until I went to go look up the date just now) we decided to wait until after the show to buy stuff, but when we went back after the show they had already packed everything up!! So we learned our lesson, and this time made sure to go at intermission. I made a Polyvore collage of what I got! It was easier than taking photos, hahah.

The shirt is a dolman style tshirt; I'm glad those are so popular right now because I always hated how most women's shirts are designed to be worn skin tight, which isn't the most forgiving style for us bigger ladies >_> The "hello" letters are filled with the doorbell from The Book of Mormon logo! The set of buttons I ended up getting because I only needed to spend $10 more to get the tote bag for free :P I love buttons, though! I added two pictures of the bag because it has a different image on each side. I'm obsessed with collecting purses and bags! I convinced my mom to surprise Jesse with these "I have maggots in my scrotum" boxers. That was his favorite line in the show ;)

After the show some of the elders came back onstage and told us about an organization called Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a nonprofit that raises funds for AIDS-related causes across the United States. If you donated certain amounts you would receive various Book of Mormon/Broadway Cares merchandise in return. I wish I had realized before I bought all that other stuff, whoops >_< I was really interested in the cause, so the next day I looked them up and found out they have their own shop that donates the proceeds as well. I really love this Broadway Cares charm bracelet! It even has a Book of Mormon charm on it! You can also make a tax-deductible donation here :)

Couldn't reach the doorbell :(

I had so much fun and would definitely see it again if I had the chance. I find it so unfortunate that seeing "big" theatre productions is so expensive and not very accessible to so many of us. My mom was only able to get these tickets because her friend gets season tickets and we were able to purchase them through her! Since I work in a theatre obviously I see lots of the shows that go on THERE (and it's awesome, not gonna lie), but you know what I mean. I'd be at The San Francisco Orpheum every weekend if I could! In reality I've been there four times, which isn't much, but I'm always thankful for every opportunity to see ANY show, big or small. How do you feel about theatre? Have you seen any fun shows lately? The theatre I work at is currently putting on Jesus Christ Superstar, another show I love! So let's chat! Tell me what shows you like :)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Weirdathon Update: Through the Woods

Happy Saturday! I hope you're all having a great weekend :) This weeks Month-Long Weirdathon pick is another graphic novel! It wasn't intentional. I already had the book checked out from the library, but it turned out to be not was I expected (also weirder than I expected), so it turned into a Weirdathon book! I'll try to make next weeks book different. Anyway, Through the Woods is a collection of short stories, written and illustrated by Emily Carroll!

'It came from the woods. Most strange things do.'
Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss. These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll. Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there... - Goodreads

I picked this up on a whim. I saw it on the shelf at the library and liked the cover, so into my bag it went. Because of the title I thought it was just a collection of darkly illustrated fairy tales or something, but they're actually original stories by Mrs. Carroll herself.

What's weird about it?
Mysterious abductions, eerie singing coming from the walls, communicating with spirits, and creepy worm face monsters.

Other Weird Thoughts?
The creepy artwork (primarily in red, black and white) plays a big part in all the stories. I mean, the stories are weird and creepy on their own. but don't tell me you don't find this slightly unsettling:

Weirdness on a scale of 1 - 10?
This was more spooky than weird, so maybe like a 6...with the exception of the final story, "The Nesting Place," being an 8. That one was my favorite! The illustrations throughout the whole book are definitely weird, though!

You can read one of the stories in the book, His Face All Red, for free on Emily Carroll's website! If you're into it there's lots of other goodies on her site, too :)

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Weirdathon Update: Sex Criminals

FYI: While this isn't really a NSFW post (like, no nudies or anything, hahah) we're still talking about a series with super sonic sex powers, so you've been warned.

My first readings for the Month-Long Weirdathon may not seem that weird, seeing as it's an incredibly popular comic book series that pretty much all my friends have already read. But even if you've already read it then you have to admit that this series is weird, ok?! So, this week I read volume 1 and 2 of Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky.

"Suzie’s just a regular gal with an irregular gift: when she has sex, she stops time. One day she meets Jon and it turns out he has the same ability. And sooner or later they get around to using their gifts to do what we’d ALL do: rob a couple banks. A bawdy and brazen sex comedy for comics begins here!" - Image Comics

What's weird about it?
The story is based on Suzie and Jon's ability to STOP TIME every time they have sex?!

Other weird thoughts?
I don't normally read things so heavy with sexual content. I don't think I'm a huge prude, but I might have felt myself blushing a few times while reading this. I'm kind of torn, because I'm all for sex positivity and all that, I'm just not really interested in stories that are SEX SEX SEX all the time. To be clear, our protagonists don't spend every page having sex (they also rob banks!), but even when they're not getting it on there's still an overall "sex" theme hovering over the whole story.

Weirdness on a scale of 1 - 10? 
Maybe like a 6. While it was pretty weird, I've read much weirder. When you're reading books specifically because you're looking for something weird, it's hard not to compare them to other weird books you've already read (I'm a big Harlan Ellison fan, so...)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Bookish (and Not-So Bookish) Thoughts #19

1. I'm seeing The Book or Mormon this month! I'm so pumped! We actually got the tickets months ago, but now that's it's happening so soon I can't help but tell everyone I know. I'm going with my mom, brother, and two of our family friends. My mom and I are huge theatre fans, while my brother is just so-so. I'm really excited for him to see it though, because I'm certain that he'll love it! Andrew was a little bummed that he can't go, but I'll be buying him an (overpriced - blah!) Book of Mormon t-shirt ;)

2. This month Outlandish Lit has a cool reading challenge going on called the Month Long Weirdathon! Basically you just read weird books during the month of March and write about them! What counts as "weird?" Anything you want! For me this means topics I don't normally read about or find generally strange. Maybe something that makes me uncomfortable, or in a format I've never experienced. I only have one of the books picked out so far, so I guess we'll see what happens. Technically it's too late to "officially" sign up, but if you want to unofficially join in I don't think there'd be anything wrong with it! I'd love to have some blog friends doing this with me! As far as I know, the only difference is that you won't be able to enter the giveaway. I don't have a set goal of how many "weird" books I want to read (because PRESSURE and all that) but I'll get though as many as I can! Or maybe I just thought this would be a good excuse to get weird here on the blog ;) I'm HOPING to post Weirdathon updates on Saturdays, so keep an eye out :)

3. On the 5th I wrote about some of my small goals for March, and I'm happy to report that I'm already making fairly decent headway on them [knock on wood]. I'm almost caught up with Ms. Marvel (I just have volume 4 left to read). I've been exercising (for very short periods of time, but still). I already finished playing Firewatch, which is a two part goal because the Indie Game Gang discussion hasn't started yet. I've sort of been cooking in like, making rice with some random meat thing or frozen lasagna with a side of veggies...which doesn't sound like much, but compared to getting fast food or sitting around while Andrew cooks (hahah) it's a step up. Now I just need to buy a new slow cooker!

4. Although of COURSE a few days after making that list, I got myself sick. How?! I've been so good(ish) lately.

5. I just wanted to show off these badass Cute But Deadly magnets that Ashlee sent me after I drooled over her own set. HOW CUTE ARE THEY?! All of them are characters from Blizzard games (World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo). Chibi angry Illidan is to die for. Blog friends are the best!

6. I think I need a new keyboard. All my keys keep getting all janky and stuck, even after popping them off and giving it a real good clean out! How often do you clean out your keyboard? That shit gets nasty. It sounds like a stupid question, but you'd be surprised by how many people have never even thought about it. A few months ago when I was at work, my coworker was complaining about the F key not working, so she just started shaking it around. I was like, "you need to flip it upside down and shake it out!" So she did, and by the amount of CRAP that fell out of the keyboard (because maybe we spend a lot of time eating in front of the computer at work) you'd think it had never been cleaned since coming out of the box. So go ahead and flip your keyboard over and give it a good shake.

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

March Goals

Lately I've noticed in the blogosphere that the cool thing to do is write monthly goal posts! So I'm going to try writing monthly goal posts. Some are "just for fun" things I want to do this month, while the others are things I actually want to work on and improve. Maybe it will help keep me accountable for doing...well, anything. I'm so lazy, you guys. Also I just really like making lists, so let's give this a go!


1. Catch up with Ms. Marvel. I think there's only 4 volumes so far, so this should be easy. Lately every time I start reading (not just Ms. Marvel, but anything) I find myself getting distracted really easily. I think reading is an important hobby so I don't want to slack on it!

2. Exercise every day for at least ten minutes. (#DreamBig) Because getting tired when you walk up five flights of stairs is for bitches kind of embarrassing.

3. Play through Firewatch and participate in Indie Game Gang! I've already started Firewatch and am really enjoying it so far! Indie Game Gang is run by Mariko, aka Gamer Wife, and is sort of like a book club but for video games! It's been going on for a couple months already, but this is the first time I've been able to join in. I don't have many girlfriends to talk games with, so I'm really excited to get to know everyone!

I spend most of the game lost in the woods, but I'm getting better. It's such a pretty game!

4. Use less coffee creamer. I'm not trying to ease my way into drinking black coffee, because what fun is that?! But I could definitely cut back. Today, instead of buying the big jug of hazelnut creamer (Andrew and I drink a lot of coffee, ok?) I bought a box of those small individual creamer cups which should hopefully help.

5. Cook more often. Even if it just means putting something frozen in the oven. I know this is a goal I make ALL THE TIME, but I (hopefully) really mean it this time. I'm bad at cooking, which over time has just resulted in me not liking to make ANYTHING. I'm turning 25 this year, this shit isn't cute anymore. As my good friend Walter White would say...

Walter White Let's Cook

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Geek Girl Bloggers Valentine Exchange!

Last month I participated in a card swap and lived to tell the tale! Heheh, just kidding about that last part. It was a lot of fun :) I haven't done a Valentine exchange since I was a kid. When I heard that Dina was interested in putting together a card swap for the Geek Girls x Bloggers group I was sort of intrigued, but also a bit like, "that's going to be a lot of postage stamps." Hahah. Buuuutttt I thought it would be a fun to get to know my bloggy friends a little better, so I went ahead and signed up (and the book of stamps was under $10, so I just skipped the Dutch Bros run for the day).

I LOVE Valentines Day. I don't always say so, because we all have a friend or two (or three or four) that's super bitter about it. I try to explain that the things I love about Valentines Day don't actually have anything to do with being in a romantic relationship, which usually doesn't really help because then people are like, "yeah well that's easy for you to say, you're not single" and don't care about what I have to say because they're hellbent on being bitter about it. Here's just a few things I love about Valentines Day (and then just TRY telling me I only like Valentines Day because I'm not single).

1. Heart shaped candies (I'm a sucker for holiday themed candies, they're so cute)
2. Cheesy Valentines Day cards (because they're SO PUNNY YOU GUYS)
3. Lots of glitter (that's a nightmare to wash off, but #priorities and all that)
4. Being able to find literally any object imaginable, but with A FACE ON IT, because everyone knows that when you add a face to something it's automatically more cute (some of the valentines I sent out featured anthropomorphized slices of pizza).
5. Finding uber kawaii pictures and valentines of your favorite TV/video game/movie characters being all cute and in love and shit.

Heroes of the Storm Lt. Morales
This Heroes of the Storm Lt. Morales valentines fits items both 2 and 5.
She's talking about prescriptions and vitamins because she's a healer. GET IT?! So punny.

So yeah, I love Valentines Day. Getting all the little cards in my mailbox for two weeks straight was a lot of fun, and each day I'd add it to my little valentine gallery wall I have going on by my desk. I do this with Christmas cards every year, but this was my first time doing it with Valentines Day cards. Unlike the Christmas cards, I think I'll leave them up for awhile. Looking at hearts in the middle of July is not as weird at looking at Santa Clause and polar bears in the middle of July (I don't know if I'll actually leave them up all the way through July, but you get the idea). Anyway, check out some pics of my wall!

Sorry the photos didn't turn out so great. Apparently I hung them in the perfect spot to view from my desk, but the absolute worst spot to photograph. Next time I'll hang them closer to a natural light source! Live and learn. Anyway, I love all the valentines I received! I was also glad that I wasn't the only one that used a set of boxed children's Valentines, hahah :P