Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Survival International + X-Files

Omaze X-Files shirt
Awkward sleepy eye + X-Files appreciation photo.

Back in August, I saw a photo posted on Gillian Anderson's facebook page! It showed her and fellow X-Files cast mates in matching "the truth is out there" t-shirts. The post said she started a campaign with Omaze to raise money for Survival International. The deal was that there needed to be 500 shirt orders for the goal to be funded, with 18 days to reach the goal. I didn't know what Survival International was at the time, but I was already sold on the idea tbh. Getting a cool shirt while supporting a good cause? Count me in. While I was excited to donate, part of me just wanted to be in their club and have the same shirt as them >_>


"The truth is out there, and when you go searching for it, you should be wearing this shirt. Designed for the ultimate The X-Files fan, this exclusive t-shirt seeks out not only the truth, but justice too. Funds raised from support Survival International, a nonprofit preventing the annihilation of tribal peoples. Survival gives them a platform to speak to the world; they investigate atrocities and present evidence to the United Nations and other international forums; they support legal representation; they fund medical and self-help projects; and they educate, research, campaign, lobby and protest, helping to make a world where tribal peoples are respected and their human rights protected. Maybe you can trust someone after all…" - source

So I ordered a shirt...then I had to wait for the campaign to end...then I waited for the shirts to be printed, and finally mailed out. Then! It showed up at my house. THE TRUTH WAS WITH ME. Everything was right in the world.

That's better.

However there's one part I left out of the story, and that's when my shirt arrived...I was sent the wrong size. I was pretty bummed, but shit happens, it's ok. I double checked my order conformation, and then I e-mailed customer service. Luckily they were SUPER nice; another shirt was sent and I got it within the week! As for the original shirt, they told me to keep it and pass it along to someone else that would enjoy it. So that's what I'm going to do! Enter below to win your own Survival International/X-Files shirt! It's a unisex size L, and super soft! If the winner sends me a picture of them wearing it, I'll even add you into our family photo up there :P

International giveaway! Please be aware that the shirt you will receive is a unisex size L. This post isn't sponsored by Omaze or anything - winner does not get to choose their own size. Please no giveaway-only accounts. Winner will be notified by email ASAP and has one week to respond. If there is no response in that time, another winner will be chosen.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Bookish (and Not-So Bookish) Thoughts #27

1. If you haven't signed up for Litsy, stop reading this post, go find it in the app store, and sign up. Go! It's been available on IOS for awhile, but recently it was added for Android users as well. Hallejuia! Litsy is like if you took Goodreads and Instagram and smushed them together. I using Goodreads to keep track of books I've read (or want to read), but I've never thought it was particularly fun. There's not much to look at. On Litsy you're encouraged to take pictures of books you're reading, or just share a quote or thought about a book. You can mark books you've read (or want to read), but the process is simplified. There are no stars to rate with. NO STARS! I'm ok with this. Instead you can rate books as pick, pan, so-so or bail. I really like the bail option, hahah. So get your Bookstagramming butt over to Litsy and send me a friend request :) My username is NataliePatalie!

2. I finally watched the new Ghostbusters movie! I really liked it. The story was a lot more solid than I thought it'd be, and all the actors were great. The only part I thought was weird was in the beginning, and Kristin Wiig is all mad at Melissa McCarthy about the ghost book and stuff, and she loses her job? But then right after she loses her job it's like she forgot she was mad and is all of a sudden YEAH GHOSTS about everything. I mean, it's good that she changed her tune about ghosts, or else we wouldn't have a movie, just the way it played out seemed weird to me.

3. For the most part I'm usually pretty ok with not having cable. But then fall rolls around and UGH. Also was I the last person to know that Hulu doesn't offer free streaming anymore? I know there are tons of other places to stream, but Hulu was so convenient. Right now I'm watching GothamAmerican Horror Story (Evan Peters where u atttttt) and The Fall. I'm really looking forward to People of Earth at the end of the month, and obviously Gilmore Girls (which luckily isn't on cable TV anyway) next month. I also want to pick up that show about the cowboy robots? I can't remember what it's called...

4. Kind of a stupid rant, but I think there are too many Facebook fan pages out there. I probably get invited to "like" pages made by my friends (or my friends friends) multiple times a day. Sometimes I accept, sometimes I don't. Not everything NEEDS a Facebook page, you know? (Facebook groups are different, however the same rule applies I guess.) Also, if you're not going to update it very often, then it definitely DOES NOT need its own Facebook page.

5. My Fitbit band has been broken for over a week now, I feel so empty without it (#firstworldprobs). Sometimes I'll keep the Fitbit pepple in my pocket so it can still track my steps, but 1) It's not the same, and makes checking the time not convenient at all, and 2) I keep misplacing it. That is EXACTLY WHY I didn't get one of those clip-on Fitbits, even though I wanted one - because I knew I'd lose it all the time. Anyway, I have a new band on the way. After my band broke I contacted customer service, and after a few questions they so nicely offered to send me a new band. My only complaint is that their shipping is slooow (also I'm just impatient). But, I'm getting a $30 band replaced for free, so I'm a very happy camper.

The answer is no.

6. I ordered a Jansport Half Pint from Zappos earlier this week, and I'm sooo pumped for it to get here...hopefully tomorrow? It's just like a regular Jansport backpack, but smaller and cuter. So you have all most of the luxury of using a backpack, but no one will be like "bruh why you carry a big ass backpack everywhere you go?" Because I DON'T FEEL LIKE CARRYING A PURSE RIGHT NOW, OK? Sometimes my hands have more important things to do, like play Pokemon Go. Also I'm going on a trip next month and I thought it'd be super nifty for that.

Leave me a comment with what other Fall shows I need to be watching!

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Monday, October 3, 2016

October Goals / September Check-In

Last month I only made two goals - so i'd be really embarrassing if I didn't do them. Lucky I NAILED IT and did them both. Wahoo :)

1. Continue doing yoga: Yeah! I haven't been doing it every day (I didn't think I'd be able to anyway, so it's not a huge disappointment or anything), but I've been doing it about four times a week. Sometimes I have to opt for shorter yoga videos...buuuttttttt....that's not the point! I've still been doing yoga regularly, hahah! Go me :) I'm really interested in this Yoga for Weight Loss series, maybe I'll tackle that this month.

2. Write about books. Three times! Boo yah. I recapped my summer reading in three different posts. Summer Reading Bingo really got me reading this year! I don't know if I'll be writing much about books this month though, my reading has already slowed down!! I've been so busy with both of my jobs, and every night as soon as my head hits the pillow I am OUT. I've been reading during my lunch breaks, but that isn't very long :(

1. Make/gather the pieces for my Halloween costume. Like the last couple years, I'll be working on Halloween night. But since I work at a performing arts theatre and we put on The Rocky Horror Show every October (including Halloween, at midnight), it's actually pretty fun. But I still like to wear a Halloween costume, even if I'll be working in it! This year I decided I want to be be Jughead, from the Archie comics :) He's definitely my favorite character in the series. While all eras of Jughead are similar, I'm going off of the 2015 Fiona Staples version. I already have the vest, but I need to make the red "S" shirt, unless I find a cheap one online (I haven't yet). My mom is knitting me my own Jughead hat! I'm so excited. But since it's so casual I'm worried that not many people will realize who I am, and just wonder why I'm wearing a funny hat. Even though they're not something Jughead would wear, I'm thinking about getting some Archie/Riverdale pins to put on my vest as a little "hint hint." Or maybe a Josie and the Pussycats button?! Not as obvious of a hint but probably something Jughead might actually have. Idk. We'll see.

2. Get back to drinking more water. I used to be really good at this, but I've been slacking lately. I've been drinking a lot of caffeine @_@ I'm aiming for at least 72oz a day. Ideally it would be more, but it's a good start.

3. Host a giveaway?! I won't get into the whole story right now, but by next week I'll have ended up with two of something that I only need one of - so my online ordering error is your gain!

What are your goals for the month?!