Thursday, December 19, 2013

Can't Sleep!

I went to bed earlier, got woken up by the cat kneading my thigh waaaay later and thought it was 5:50 a.m. only to realize that it was really 11:25 p.m. (lights were off and I didn't have my glasses on). Incredibly difficult to fall back to sleep when The Hubs smacks his lips every 2-3 minutes. I wonder if he's dreaming of food. Or making out. With someone else. Hey, I do it.

So here I sit, watching episodes of Hidamari Sketch on Hulu and suffering from insomnia and an upset tummy. We had dinner at a bbq place called Famous Dave's and I'm guessing it must have been something I ate, so I'm medicating myself with lots and lots of chamomile.

As of the moment, Luna is sitting out on the back porch, being all quiet and weird. We'd been trying to get her to go outside and acclimate herself with her new surroundings ever since we moved in but for the last two weeks the weather and occasional happy dog running around in the yard has kept her inside until now.

The Hubs decided to shell out for a slightly pricier cable+internet package this time around. We get a few more channels in addition to the regular basic line-up, plus all the HBO ones. At first I was over the moon when I found out that we finally have BBC America but the programming seems limited to reruns of Star Trek:The Next Generation and Top Gear. Even movies on HBO seem to be not as varied as I had thought, and I'm thinking that having worked in the video section of an entertainment store for nearly two years has something to do with it. At least we'll be able to watch the latest seasons of Louis CK and Game of Thrones instead of waiting for them to come out on dvd rental.

Ugh, tummy still upset! Damn that chopped pork deliciousness!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Greetings from Colorado Springs.


We found our new digs in Colorado Springs the day after we moved here. We're in the north part of the city near the Air Force Academy and near a LOT of things, so getting around for me won't be as big a pain in the keester as it was in Killeen, TX. There's public transportation as well. Hurrah.

It started snowing the day after we moved into our new apartment. The temperature has been in the single digits for the last 3-4 days. Until yesterday, The Hubs had been the only one to venture out in the snow. I stayed in, wearing the same flannel pj bottoms (I'm still wearing them.) and drinking endless cups of Earl Grey while gorging on episodes of Midsomer Murders.

Colorado_2013
I love our new place. It's definitely a huge upgrade from our old apartment, with higher ceilings and a bigger spaces. Don't get me started on the walk-in closet. Loads of new hiding places for Luna, who won't be going outdoors anytime soon. 

Lounge!kitty, not snow!kitty.
Colorado_Luna

I'm still working on hanging our wall art. The Hubs has his own little den area where he's put up his prints. I've banned him from putting anything up in the rest of the apartment. 
Colorado_Will


Yesterday we had to make a store run and I ventured out for the first time since we moved in. I had to wear a pair of thermal bottoms (The Hubs') under my jeans and two pairs of socks under my boots.
I thought I was ready. Didn't I look ready? 
Colorado_Me
It ended up being a race in and out of the car. Wasn't that bad, but...brrrrrrrrr!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Austin Wizard World 2013 pt. 1

It's been a bit hectic around here, with the move to Colorado and all. So far the only stuff we've packed are our books and little things. I haven't gotten around to watching last night's The Walking Dead, but judging from the snippets I've seen of last week's episode, it seems like a certain baddie with an eyepatch is behaving...not so badly? What gives, peeps? Eh.

The Dude and I have been in Austin this past weekend for the Austin Wizard World Con, our last hurrah in the fun part of Texas before we leave. I only wish it had been all that I had wanted it to be; the weather hasn't been good to us lately, going from a comfortable 70 degrees to a dramatic low of 34. Will decided that because he felt it was too cold to party on 6th St. that Saturday night, we didn't have to spend the night in Austin, so he canceled the swishy hotel room I had booked two weeks before. I spent the entire Saturday furious at him and pulling this face whenever he did or said anything I deemed stupid and beneath me.

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Attractive, yes? Way too early in the day to be this pissy. The line to pick up our wristbands wasn't helping my mood.WW13_line
Okay, it didn't seem that bad at the beginning because it looked single-filed and it moved really fast. The Dude kept making little jokes that I was determined not to respond to or laugh at.
And then confusion started to set in as soon as multiple queues for other things formed.

See Denim Ensemble here? This goober and his kid appeared out of nowhere in front of us in the line. We were originally behind two giggly teens dressed up as Robin and...some other superhero. I turned my back for a second and when I turned back I was suddenly was confronted with this light-washed denim nightmare. I fumed, and Will just brushed it off. I glowered at this guy's back the entire time we were in line.
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See that lovely bald spot on the right corner? That's him!
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Took us more than 45 minutes to get into the expo area. Soon enough, my phone was down to more than half its battery-power and I had to stow it away in favor of my digital camera. Our adventures for that day will continue in another entry, as soon as I get off my lazy ass and download the pictures. But I will leave you with the damage I had wrought upon my already bleeding wallet.

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Notable acquisitions: Magdelena Origins Vol. 2 (I couldn't find Vol. 1!) and Waston and Holmes, issues 4 and 5. I just discovered this brilliant take on our beloved Dynamic Detective Duo yesterday! How did this escape my radar?!

Now this is a modern-day adaptation I can seriously get behind. In this version, Jon Watson is a medical intern who served in Afghanistan and is a single father. Holmes (he isn't even called Sherlock in the comic and Jon doesn't even know his first name yet.) is still a private detective whose digs are at 221B Baker St. in Harlem. And yes, there's a Mrs. Hudson, and she runs a vintage book and vinyl store. Cool.
Watson and Holmes
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C'mon, how can you not feel the amount of swag this partnership exudes?
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Next entry, I'll have the pics from this year's cosplay contest! In the meantime...

WW13_tardis
I forgot my key.

Waking Up to Monday: GEMS 'Pegasus'


Monday, November 18, 2013

Waking Up to Mondays: Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter 'Recklessly Burning'

*sigh*  I wish I was a more prolific type of blogger.  Less youtube vids, more text!

Anywhoo, I've been reorganizing my cd collection (one of the many things that needed to get done before our move to CO) and purging it of some of the more meh sounds. Generic collection of ambient/chill and lounge sets I've clung to in the last ten years because of sentiment are now going in the trash. When I worked at Anthropologie and the store had upgraded to satellite radio for store music, the old cds went up for grabs and I managed to snag more than a handful of them, though most of them were artists and bands I had never heard of. My stereo's cd player is actually seeing more action now that it has in the last three years.




Monday, November 11, 2013

Waking Up To Monday: Yumeji's Theme from the film, "In the Mood for Love"


Everything is working in slow-mo today; my body, the internet connection...yeesh. I feel like this is the perfect tune to go with the pace.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

Waking Up to Monday: Case 'Missing You'

I was looking at an old mixtape yesterday and found this oldie-but-goodie on it.  Hurrah.  I though I forget the name of the artist.


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Snippets of random.

I love how Luna now wants to crawl under the blanket and cuddle next to me in bed. Ah, the end of Daylight Savings!
Oh yeah, and it's cold outside.

Funny story: I had a dream last night where I realized that I was hilariously late for work. When I woke up, I blearily looked at my phone, then the bedside Boba Fett clock on the nightstand and discovered that I had gained an extra hour to just loll in bed. Good times.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Waking Up (Late) to Mondays: Pogo 'Tunnels'

Funny story:  Pogo (Nick Bertke) remarked recently on Youtube that this old remix was badly done.  If this qualifies as 'bad' in his book, I'd love love love to hear all the other 'bad' mixes he's done.


Friday, October 25, 2013

Life Ruiners, they all is.

Urgh, giving myself a break from all the Tumblr-ing I've been doing for the past three days that I've been off. I'm actually looking forward to going to work tomorrow, if it gets me out of that comfy computer chair and back into society. I solemnly swear I will not go on Tumblr anytime tonight. Now Pinterest however...

Just kidding. And anywhoo, Pinterest is exclusively only for my inspiration boards and anything related to personal style and home decor, not my obsessive fangirlish notions. Sometimes. Oh look, Wallander is on Netflix!

Hey, Tom Hiddleston. Ooh, young Tom Hiddleston. I don't even fancy him. Yet. *cringe*

I really can't wait for The Dude to get back from Maryland soon, my libido is going psycho on me.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Waking Up to Monday: Kenny G's (AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!) 'Songbird'

Why subject ya'll to this? Because it was the first song in my head when I woke up this morning, and Gus from Psych likes grooving to it. ("Shawn, Interrupted")


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Don't talk to me, I'm chillin'.

The news is getting me waaaaaaaay down today. I'm gonna roll this vid out to remedy my mood.


Monday, September 30, 2013

Waking Up to Monday: Lewis and Clarke 'Bare Bones and Branches'



You know I will let you in
When your arms are broken branches
You leave the shedding skin
You know I will let you in
When your bare bones and branches lose their skin

- Bare Bones and Branches
Lewis and Clarke

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Saturday Night Viewing: Don Jon


I have the best peeps in the world, Gonzo and Steffers! They giggle at all the right and wrong moments, and dammit I wouldn't change it for the world. 

I spent the first 25 minutes of the movie disgusted with JGL's character Jon. It wasn't until after he hooked up with smokin' hot Barbara Sugerman that I started to feel bad for him and the fact that no matter how good he had it, he wasn't really fulfilled, even with the porn, because he kept going back to it.

Not gonna spoil it for those who haven't see Don Jon, but it is most definitely a movie to see with friends. We had a good laugh through it and lots of great discussion after it. I love Julianne Moore!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

I have the day off! A Saturday! Wow. Weekend driving music commence!

It's like the better part of the 80's all over again.

Okay, so I didn't put on Insidious after watching Possession last night. Instead I substituted one horror movie for another; The Awakening with Rebecca Hall. I'm a sucker for British haunted manors and such, and Rebecca Hall is flawless.

I did get around to watching Parade's End, and as much as I loathed the character of Sylvia, Rebecca Hall played her so well and not so one-dimensional. Didn't really make me hate Sylvia and her machinations less, mind you.

UGH, the ending of Parade's End is soooooooo romantic!!! I'm dizzy with feelings here!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Color Me Heh?

Let's watch Possession on Netflix, they said! It'll be fun, they said! You didn't want to sleep tonight anyway, THEY SAID!

Thanks goodness for Parade's End, disc 1! I had planned originally to indulge in a hot bath before settling down with a glass of chilled chamomile, but I just got Da Flowz this morning AND put on Possession, because I'm too curious for my own good. I have this sinking feeling that I'm going to cave and put on Insidious next.

And from far left field...

What fresh hell is this *uckery?!
Is that suppose to be Channing Tatum in the middle? I recognize the Joseph Gordon-Levitt thing on the left.




WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHT!?!?!?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Waking Up to Monday: Bobby Goldsboro's 'Honey'

I blame the MST3K where the gang's watching Tormented and doing their parody of 'Sessions Presents...'. You know what I mean, the old commercials advertising the cd collections.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

My Freddie Mercury Birthday Tribute

Here's my way of paying tribute to the late, great lead singer of Queen on his birthday;  the Freddy no Theme from the very funny Cromartie High, an anime with it's own Freddie Mercury double.



Thursday, August 29, 2013

Best recipe for surviving a tv binge without reaching for the Doritos.

I've definitely found my best green smoothie blend: pineapple chunks, spinach, and celery. The spinach blends smoother than kale (ech!), celery adds spice, and the pineapple sweetens the deal. Add less than half a cup of water, almond milk or pineapple juice for a thicker blend. Spoonful of Greek yogurt optional if not using almond milk. Look at me spouting healthy advice like a pro. The Gods Must be Cray-Cray.

Marathoning Elementary today, and it's so much better the second time around. An Aidan Quinn as Capt. Gregson is so much better the second time around RAWRRR. Oh Joan and Sherlock, please never go the way of all the other crime shows with their male-female leads falling out of platonic partnership and into a dull romantic relationship.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Monday Afternoon Viewing: You're Next

Urgh. Gonzo, I love you but we should have gone to see Elysium. I watched 99% of the movie behind my fingers. The only thing I enjoyed was at the waaaaaaaaaaay beginning, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt enthusiastically introducing the trailer for his own film, Don Jon.
Oh, and lunch was awesome too! I especially love how we tried to get to the bottom of Miley Cyrus's cray-cray at this year's VMAs.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Surprisingly tasty green smoothie!


Who needs a fancy juicer when you have a dependable (and old) blender at your disposable? Not this girl. I'm pretty sure the upstairs neighbors appreciate the vrrrrrrr! at 7 in the morning.

The basics: chopped spinach, 1-2 celery stalks - finely chopped - half an apple, also chopped (use the other half for later), some pineapple chunks, a spoonful of Greek yogurt. Since this is a blender I'm using, I add less than half a cup of water or pineapple juice saved from the can of pineapple chunks.
Throw the whole shebang into the blender and pulse on high until the concoction is blended smooth.
Pour it into your husband's beer glass that he got from Tilted Kilt (stoopid midriff-baring, tiny kilt-wearing underaged waitresses) and enjoy.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Well freakin' hell, finally a trailer!


I first heard about the actual Monuments Men when I watch The Rape of Europa on Netflix. It's a documentary based on the book by Lynn H. Nicholas about how the Hitler and the Nazis stole and looted art and treasures from private collectors and then the countries they conquered in WWII. In the last three or four years of the war, a small group of men with expertise in art and architecture was tasked by the U.S. to somehow protect and recover the art treasures and monuments.

I'm currently finishing up on Robert M Edsel's The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, the book the movie is based on. I have plans to buy the follow-up by Edsel, Saving Italy,which covers the Monuments Men in Italy, practically an open treasure trove disguised as a country.

I suggest watching The Rape of Europa on Netflix. It's one of my favorite docs, and I can't tell you how many times I've watched it.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I'm watching a Youtube vid of two Pinay make-up artists - Judy from itsjudytime and Say Tioco Artillero (I like listening to her Tagalog because it reminds me of my college years in Baguio) - and The Hubs comments upon seeing the both of them, "They're ugly.".

Scandalized, I reply, "Uh, no. They're make-up gurus."
Shrugging, he continues in his slacker-like monotone, "That's why they need make-up, 'cause they're ugly."

Wha-wha-what?! This from a guy who sports a farmer's tan and tank tops with flowers and fleur-de-lis on them while at the same time showing off his exuberant hairy chest like the gorilla he is.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Friday Afternoon Viewing: Despicable Me 2

I admit, back in the day, I didn't want to see the first movie. And when I did end up seeing it, I didn't think it was very funny. Its only saving grace were these guys:



Yay.

So I really couldn't say no when The Dude insisted we go see Despicable Me 2. And guess what? It's funnier than the first one! Go! Go see it now! But wait! Before you do...


...here's Joseph Gordon-Levitt.


Here's me on Joseph Gordon-Levitt.


Any questions? (pics courtesy of grumbling spouse.)

Friday, June 21, 2013

"Radioactive! Radioactive!"

So here's the dilly-o: I have hyperthyroidism. I was diagnosed in early 2011. I was on medication for a year, then I wasn't.
I took radioactive iodine to effectively nuke my overactive thyroid gland so that it'll gradually stop functioning. No, it's not like radiation therapy. I ingest a small dose of radioactive iodine that goes directly to my thyroid gland. The rest is expelled through my bodily fluids like sweat, urine, and tears.

For the next three days, I'm like that Imagine Dragons song. I have to keep at least 3 ft. away from people and pets. I have to use separate linens, eating utensils and cups. Hugging The Hubs isn't forbidden, as long as it's brief. After showering I have to thoroughly clean the tub. Same goes with using the toilet, and I have to flush twice with the lid down. Ugh, that's going to be a Class-A biatch considering that I've been advised chug water constantly to flush out the radiation.

The Hubs has been really nice about the whole thing. He stood by and trolled the doctor as he was getting my dose ready, asking him questions like, "So, can we still go to the movies today?" and "Will close contact with her give me super powers?". 
No, and man, do you wish.

I'm not really stressing though. Come Sunday, and most of the excess radiation will be flushed out. I'll still have some in my body, but it'll be in my thyroid. I'm still doing fine, but I'm expecting to feel like shit tomorrow. In the meantime, I have plenty of episodes of Hetalia: The Beautiful World and Hidamari Sketch on HuluPlus to watch. And that damn book pile.  The one that I keep passing up in favor of watching Bob's Burgers and Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Summer-summer-summertime, ooooooooh summertime!

Can't go back to work tomorrow without having had some poolside time, so I slathered myself in sunblock and yanked on my only swimsuit, grabbed my copy of John Bellairs' The Dark Secret of Weatherend and marched myself down to our apartment's pool. The gaggle of children out for summer and their mothers (UGH) have yet to invade, so it was very nice to be there with only one other gal.

There's nothing dorkier than feigning nonchalance on a lounge chair while frying slowly in Texas heat.


I lasted a little under half an hour before I decided to read in the pool instead. Muhhhhhh-ch better.
Later, I did a couple of laps - okay, four because my arms tired out quickly, then packed it up. I can only stand so much sun here in Killeen, TX. Makes me miss the weekends spent at Golden Gate Park, wrapped in a light sweater in cool 50 to mid-60 degree weather.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wednesday Afternoon Viewing: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead



"Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is a 2010 American documentary film which follows the 60-day journey of Australian Joe Cross across the United States as he follows a juice fast to regain his health under the care of Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Nutrition Research Foundation's Director of Research.[1] Cross and Robert Mac, co-creators of the film, both serve on the Nutrition Research Foundation's Advisory Board.[2][3]Following his fast and the adoption of a plant-based diet, Cross lost 100 pounds and discontinued all medications.[4][5]

During his road-trip Cross meets Phil Staples, a morbidly obese truck driver from Sheldon, Iowa, in a truck stop in Arizona and inspires him to try juice fasting"  
-Wikipedia

I first heard about juice fasting from The Hub's mom and older sister, both staunch (and glamorous) vegans and lovers of tiny temperamental chihuahuas that hate me. Years ago they treated us to dinner at a trendy raw food place called Cafe Gratitude, and since then, while I've retained an ambivalent attitude towards the vegan ideal, The Hubs has steered clear from it altogether. The closest to raw he'll ever have is a good salad.

"Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" is NOT about a vegan lifestyle. It's about a man looking to be healthy again by adopting a natural and healthy diet. As he travels across the U.S. and meets other people, he inspires them to take control of their bodies by pointing them in the right direction. I may not want to try a juice fast, but I'm inspired to make green juice here at home and include it in my daily consumption.

The documentary is available to watch on Youtube and on Netflix.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

2013 Renegade Craft Fair + Vintage Bazaar

This past Saturday, I dragged The Hubs with me to the Renegade Craft Fair and Vintage Bazaar in downtown Austin. I had heard about this shindig while looking up online vintage stores in and around Austin. I've never been to an event like this one before, not counting the numerous geekery fests The Hubs and I have attended over the years, I definitely welcomed the quiet mix of people with a love of quality handmade and vintage things over the usual nerdtastic and noisy crowds we're used to.

I want to avoid the label hipster here because I saw a great mix of people, from pretty young things rifling through the vintage dress racks to older people admiring the goods of a print & poster vendor. 


Before we got to the Palmer Event Center, The Hubs and I had spent a good half hour driving around looking for a Wells Fargo atm. Because I insisted. Will wasn't a happy camper, and by the time we arrived we were really parched and irritated with each other. Thank the Powers That Be for air-conditioning and the bar inside.

Yeah, he looks miserable. But see that? His first purchase! A handmade Star Wars-themed beer coaster!
And yes, he's a hairy-chested galoot. But I love him.

At the very back of the venue was the vintage area. I love the trailers!

Sadly, I didn't find anything I like in the vintage area, and being a size 12, the clothing selection was a bit limited.

However, there was no end to selection of handmade jewelry available! Check out this shop on etsy.com; it's called Topiary, and the owner sells both handmade lace and vintage brass jewelry. I bought a lovely pair of olive green stone earrings for $12.


Fox and Brie Haberdashery. Ugh, looks like candy!

Now this is new! I've never seen this before.

Teas! Love it! And this guy here...

...gotta love his smile! And he had tea samples mixed and ready in big whiskey bottles!
T-WE TEA is based in San Francisco. They come in many flavors, like Grumpy Dinosaur, Flailing Princess, and Sexpot. I ended up buying Flailing Princess (darjeeling, rose petals, coconut) and Sexpot (green tea, orange peel, elderflower). I actually told the guy, "Ah what the hell, give me a shot of Sexpot.".


Okay, now this awesome gal here. Her name is Serene and her shop is Leroy's Place.
She takes vintage paintings and hand-draws monsters and mythical creatures into the background.

Yes, that is a tentacled shark being attacked by penguins with lasers. The Hubs bought this one. If you want to see it clearly (and not a crappy pic of pic by me) check out her etsy store.

I bought this one.
It's called, "Jesus and his Fat-Assed Unicorns". *snorfle*
Mom, please don't kill me. It's The Lord and unicorns! Short, dumpy unicorns!

I ended up spend more money than I had planned. I had $50 in cash but it didn't help because every freakin' vendor had a card reader on their phones and ipads. Yeesh, I could have saved Will the mind-numbing 30 minutes of driving around downtown Austin for a Wells Fargo atm.

Other vendors to check out online:
Genevieve Santos at genevievesantos.blogspot.com. She does have an etsy shop, but it's closed until June 10 because she's on vacay.

Perfumer Josh Meyer's Imaginary Authors. Each fragrance is a different story with its own narrative, and each sample had it's own bookmark. My favorite is Violet Disguise.

MOCKINGBIRD DOMESTICS is based in Austin, and they have the prettiest, delicate ceramics I've ever seen. I visited this stall twice but I didn't purchase anything from them. I'm still thinking about the teacups I passed up!

And that's all she wrote. A couple of bucks poorer, The Hubs and I ended our day at Dave & Busters. I've never been to one, and dammit it's AWESOME! You can drink copious amounts of beer AND play arcade games all at the same time!


Thursday, May 2, 2013

'You know you've watched 'Black Hawk Down' too many times when..' and other ways to waste a day off.



Ever since discovering that Tom Hardy was in Black Hawk Down, I haven't stop marathon-watching it on Netflix streaming.

Tom Hardy as Twombly



Back in 2002, I marathon-watched this movie for Orlando Bloom!



His screen time was probably like 15 minutes tops. Now, if his scenes don't include the rest of the cast, I simply fast-foward.

I swear, there are more UK actors in this film than there are Americans. While a couple of them totally fooled me into believing that they were American (case in point, go back to the pic of Orly above. see the guy behind him with the book? totally British! he has two or three lines in the movie, but his American accent sounded legit.) the other guys' accents bled through a bit, and you could tell by the way talked.

The Hubs thinks I've taken a liking to military films now and recommended a couple for me to watch. Hehehe...if only he knew..

And now for something completely different; the rest of my book order came in today!








I love ex-library books! I said that already, right?






Back cover. Look how happy the mice are!






And then you turn to the frontpiece and see these little guys.



Delightful in that delightful Edward Gorey fashion, no?











Monday, April 22, 2013

Tackling The Evil Book Stack.

After many false starts, I've begun working my way through The Evil Book Stack in my bedroom. First book off the top: John Bellairs' The Hand of the Necromancer, by Brad Strickland.

Unfortunately, I don't own this edition with the Edward Gorey cover.

This is my copy.
At least it still has the E. G. frontpiece inside. Meh.

Written in 1996, this is the first Johnny Dixon story written entirely by Brad Strickland.

When Professor Childermass lends a bizarre collection of artifacts to the Gudge Museum, he secures a summer job for Johnny Dixon in exchange. Soon afterward the very strange Mattheus Mergal appears at the museum insisting that Johnny show him the objects, which were made by the evil wizard Esdrias Blackleach. Mergal is determined to steal the most powerful object of all: the wooden hand made by Blackleach just before his death. If Mergal posesses this frightful relic, nothing -- and no one -- can stop him from terrorizing the world. And as Johnny and the professor race to halt the demon, the wooden hand's force becomes ever stronger.... - Bellairsia

I give props to Strickland for recreating John Bellairs' writing style. Reading this book reminded me of Bellairs' first Johnny Dixon tale, The Curse of the Blue Figurine. There's a lot of attention to detail, and I love the little historical bits and pieces. There is plenty of creepiness abound, and Strickland didn't disappoint, although the villain did pull a Chatty Cathy towards the end. Isn't there some kind of trope out there, about villains confidently revealing their dastardly plans right before they get their asses served to them by the heroes?
A new character is introduced, a gal by the name of Sarah Channing. Her appearance fills in the gap left by Johnny's only other pal, Fergie, who has gone with his mother to Ohio for the summer. She proves to be able to hold her own when things start to get dicey.

After reading this book, I feel that my love for John Bellairs has been re-ignited again. I've just order three more Bellairs books from Amazon, used of course, and hopefully (crossing fingers here) with the original Edward Gorey covers. Well, two of them should. One of them is The Figure in the Shadows, the sequel to The House with a Clock in its Walls, and is illustrated by Mercer Mayer.

Next book I'm working on: The Haunting of Maddy Clare, by Simone St. James.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

"We'll send him cheesy movies. the worst we can find, LA-LA-LA!!!"

Five days off from work, and all I've done between cleaning and making the occasional meal is watch Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Sgt. Frog on Youtube.

The Evil Book Stack on my dresser judges me.  

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Yep, the trees are definitely evil. *clenches thighs tightly together*


Oh Heaven preserve me!  The Hubs just got back from watching The Evil Dead remake/reboot/redunit and now he's watching the original on Netflix streaming.  I refused to go with him.  I saw the original and The Evil Dead II way back when I was a young'un and for me they were scary enough.  I don't have the moxie for gory horror movies, and yet I can sit through The Walking Dead just fine.
Bruce Campbell was quite the hottie back in the day, eh?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Fuzzbox's 'Self'

OMG, THIS SONG, THIS VID, PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND WHILE I WAS DOING MY HAIR, GETTING READY FOR SCHOOL IN THE MORNING!  FREAKIN' JUNIOR HIGH, AND ALL THE GIRLS SHELLACD THEIR BANGS TO DIZZYING HEIGHTS WITH AQUANET HAIRSPRAY!


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patty's and all that stuff!

If ya'll haven't looked on the Google homepage yet, GO! They have the cutest animated logo ever. Seriously, I can watch this all freakin' day.

The Hubs is currently playing The Walking Dead game on the PS3. I'm kindasort playing with him, meaning I'm the one badgering him into making the 'right' decisions like saving people (even that douche bag old bastard) helping those who are nearest to him, protecting Clementine at all costs...but every decision you make is hard, and there is no right or wrong solution.
Well, if I see a loose cannon in the group, that person is getting left behind, but that's just me!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

My newest obsession: Pogo Remixes


WHAT IS THIS GORGEOUSNESS THAT TAKES AUDIO FROM THE DISNEY MOVIE UP AND TURNS IT INTO CHILLAXIN' PERFECTION?!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

"They're not toys, they're vinyl figurines!" Whatev.

Happy Early-ish B-Day to me! Various online orders have been trickling in this week. I've so far received 2 of the 3 books I ordered from Amazon and these newest additions to my Dunny collection.
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Cyborg!Geishas off of the latest Post Apocalypse Dunny line (released this past Feb. 28) by Huck Gee. I got them off Ebay for a reasonable price. I figured that my favorite comic store in Austin would sellout fast, so I opted to get them online instead. They also had a swap party that night, where fans could trade Dunnys with other fans, but it was a work!night for Will, and I was sure that my meager collection wasn't going to impress anyone.

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I love the getas on them! Artist signature on the bottom, of course.


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The bow at the back remind me vaguely of Hello Kitty.


I've run out of space on top of my mirror. Seriously need to dust up there tomorrow.
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