Wooooo! It’s my second favorite month of the year guys. 😀
Michigan has jumped early into it’s autumn-like weather (aside from a day here or there) and I am DIGGING IT. I am ready for apples and pumpkins and to BASIC BITCH ALL OVER THE PLACE.
I may even begin decorating for Halloween here very, very soon.
What can you expect in the next two months of this blog? Well, after I finish my current book, I’m hopping into the horror/paranormal genres. Nothing sets the mood like spooky books. If we’re lucky, I’ll get some sweet baking in and come October, horror movie marathons.
Mr. C&M and I have a lot going down on the weekends until November, but those things are awesome. Like, visiting the Michigan Renaissance Festival, concerts and a Harry Potter themed Halloween party. It also means our 13 year dating anniversary and our 5 year wedding anniversary.
If there is one thing I would suggest to anyone considering a DIY chain-link fence project for their home, it would be, hire someone else to do it. Especially, if your property contained an amount of rocks under the dirt that you thought could only exist in the mountains.
I didn’t intend on an impromptu hiatus but let me tell you, even with 6 people tackling this project, it whooped our asses.
It’s a huge relief to have this finally done. Not only do the dogs get to wander freely about without a leash or myself wandering after them, but it will also keep any other dogs from wandering into our yard. (This has become a big fear since a recent dog attack on a family dog several months ago.) The dogs appear to approve and Ozzy has picked out several prime laying around locations.
Now, I’m going to go try to catch up on some of your blogs before I take off on a long weekend adventure with Ignited Moth and her beau.
I’m in one of those pissed at the world moods in which getting anything productive accomplished is a struggle. But somehow, it makes it the best time to catch up on at least one tag that a lovely blogger was kind enough to tag me in. I could use a little feminine appreciation to brighten my day so here we go ladies and gents:
The very awesome blog Livid Lightning is getting my ping back since she introduced me to this tag. 😀
Rules (I will try to follow, but no one’s the boss of me on my blog)
Answer the questions (That’s the point of these tags thingys, no? See below!)
Choose female characters from books, movies, TV, anime, webtoons, etc. (I’ll try my best)
Tag as many people (We’ll see…)
Have fun! (No doubt)
Name a heroine you like but whom you feel is always overshadowed by the male characters in the story.
Ka-Poel from the Powder Mage trilogy. She’s from a tribe and is essentially Taniel’s personal spotter and later servant but she’s so much more than that. She’s a force of her own with her own magic and tricks up her sleeve. She’s clever and feisty and never lets Taniel down.
For that matter, name a heroine whom you feel is always overshadowed by the other female characters in the story.
Peryn’s little monster sister. That’s right, she’s over shadowed enough that I don’t remember her name. But she’s a great character, she gets some show time but I would have liked to see her even more throughout the series.
Name a character who had potential but was greatly underutilized in her story.
Constance Stapleton comes more into focus in this installment of the Golgotha series, however, I still think she’s being underutilized though it appears that may change in the future.
Name a female character who you either find better in her book than her movie, find better in her movie than her book, or whose portrayals you find equal.
Offred (June) from The Handmaid’s Tale is SO much better in the TV series than the book. In the book, she’s actually rather bland and kind of hard to read from her point of view. In the show, her rebellion, her determination and her overall character keep me coming back again and again.
Name a character who you want more backstory on.
Adelia Reyes, the femme fatale assassin. I just want more of this whole universe in general!
Name a character with traits you feel are sadly overlooked by everyone.
Arya Stark is the very first that comes to mind. Although, it’s usually her enemies that overlook her traits and they pay the ultimate price. But,I feel her own siblings overlook her quite often as well.
Name a morally grey character. (Villain or anti hero!)
The Morrigan from the Iron Druid Chronicles. She does some pretty shitty things but a lot of the time she also tips off Atticus to danger. Sometimes, she’s the danger.
A character you’re stunned isn’t more famous.
Stealing this answer from Lightning. Hail is such a bad ass heroine, but somehow I don’t know that many people who have read this series. It’s a high recommend from me if you enjoy space operas.
A character from a piece of fiction you’re amazed isn’t more famous.
Temple grew up during the time of zombies. She’s been on her own for most of it. This is a great story of a teenager surviving the zombie apocalypse on her own, fighting both the dead and the living.
Fantastic Female Bloggers
I’m going to try to tag people Lightning didn’t already tag so we can spread this fun out a bit more, but don’t feel obligated to participate by any means. This is meant to be fun!
This week has been meh piled on top of a plethora of MEH. Right down to the very book I’m reading, (The Left Hand of Darkness), being pretty blah and I don’t know how much longer I might hang in there to see what happens. It might be slated to end up a lunch-at-work-reading book in order to actually finish it. I can see it now, it will be unpopular-opinion-of-a-classic-book time.
I’m pretty much just waiting for the weekend and my BFF to get here. August’s book club meeting is Saturday where we’ll have a potluck and discuss Girls Burn Brighter. Then, Ms. Moth and I will hopefully scurry off to see a movie together.
While Mr. C&M has been getting better, he’s also had some set backs. Healing is a process. An incredibly annoying one, but a process nonetheless. We’ve had to cancel some plans we’ve had for a long time which is a major bummer, but there is still plenty coming up in the next two months.
The one enjoyable thing this week has been binge watching the new season of Mindhunter. If you like true crime, and are fascinated by serial killers, this show is great and I highly recommend checking it out.
Has something really cool happened to you recently? If so, tell me! Let me live vicariously through you!
I didn’t intend to wait a whole week to answer questions but that’s just what happened and you know what? I am a-okay with that because you guys came up with some interesting questions and the blog officially hit 700 followers. Thanks for that!
Now let’s get to it.
Hot or Cold? (As in weather and beverages.)
A. For weather, chilly. That’s right, I commit to nothing but autumn weather! If there was somewhere that it was autumn 24/7, that’s where I would move to. Beverages, hot coffee. I like cold coffee drinks too but even during hot weather in the summer, I need hot coffee to start my day.
2. Why blog?
A. I wanted something different to do. I read all the time, I read the internet way too often. I started reading other people’s blogs and thought it might fun. It took me two tries but on the second try, when I changed topics, it was fun.
3. What are your opinions on thongs? And do you own many pair?
A. Damn Aussies, always gotta make fun of the difference of dialect. 😛 I still don’t 100% know whether this means the footwear or the underwear and frankly, I’m afraid to google it. The footwear, fine. I own a pair as I like to be as barefoot as possible in the summer. The underwear, well I don’t want to see anyone in their thongs to be honest lol. I’m sure there is a pair or two lurking in our house for sexy time with Mr. C&M. 😉
4. Which character (book, movie, or TV) do you identify with most and why?
A. Throw down the ultimate question gauntlet why don’t you? The first answer that springs to mind is Sabrina from the Netflix series. I like getting dark and spooky, but I’m nice and just want to enjoy life with my friends and loved ones even if there’s always someone trying to ruin it. Plus, I really wish magic was real.
5. Why did you start the blog, and why did you restart your blog?
A. Originally, I started the blog to vent my frustrations about the world and people at large. Although, I did it in an anonymous manner as I was paranoid that someone would figure out who I was and who I was talking about. When I restarted the blog, it was to focus on book reviews, random things I enjoy and still do a little bit of the same thing. However, I don’t hide behind anonymity anymore. I try to be a very honest person, even if people don’t like it.
6. What blog posts are you most proud of?
A. I enjoy all my book reviews but I think the one I love the most, just personally, is the one venting my frustration with Kathy Griffin when she did the stupid Trump pic that got her in trouble.
7. How would you describe your blog in 3 words to someone who is new to reading it?
A. Shenanigans, reading, and humorous. (I think I’m funny and that’s not up for debate.)
8. Do you own an actual machete?
A. I’m really surprised that no one has asked this until now. I don’t! But Ignited Moth does and she’ll loan it to me if I need to hack someone up. 😉
9. If you could only have one kind of cake for the rest of your life, what cake and why?
A. Cheesecake. I don’t have a good reasoning for this.
10. What genre would you never read?
A. ‘Never’ is a strong word. I like to think that I’m open to trying just about any genre at least once but if I had to pick one right off the top of my head to ignore forever, it would definitely be erotica. I like plenty of books that have sex in them, it’s just that sex isn’t the whole point of the book.
11. What is your unpopular bookish opinion?
A. I find it horrifying that anyone would write on the margins of pages in a book. Text books I’m a little more understanding of but you’ll never catch me doing it in a million years.
12. What do you love most about blogging?
A. The perfect question to end this Q&A. I can say with 100% certainty, the fun people I’ve met. I love chatting with people from all over the world about common interests and learning about fandoms that I’ve never been introduced to before. (I’m looking at all you Warhammer modellers out there.) It’s probably half of what keeps me going with the blog. I enjoy rambling about things I like and finding other interesting people to chat with.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to think up a question. I had a blast answering them and who knows, here’s to 7 more years of blogging!
Sometime in the last month, WordPress notified me that it was my 7 year blogging anniversary and I was just too busy at the time to do anything about it. Now you might be sitting there thinking, “Whoa damn! That’s a long time” but the truth of the matter is that this blog sat like a dead fish in the water for 4 years of that time. I don’t know why WordPress never deactivated it, but they didn’t. My actual blogging anniversary is actually more like 3 years.
I’m a little surprised that I’ve stuck with it that long to be honest. The difference this round being that I put in the effort to seek out other blogs and talk to people and I’ve met a lot of awesome people that way.
So, in celebration, let’s do a little Q&A session! There are a lot of new faces following this blog lately and maybe you have some questions for me that you haven’t been around long enough to know the answers to. Maybe, someone wants to ask something that we’ve never chatted about. Maybe, you just want to ask the most ridiculous question you can think of.
I’ll post in a couple of days the answers to any questions. Seriously, have fun with it!
Wooo! New York, you big beautiful city. We had a ton of fun but we are glad to be home. Nothing makes you appreciate your home state like going to city that thrives on chaos.
We had quite the debacle as our flight to NYC was canceled last minute, apparently due to the fact that they moved El Chapo through LaGuardia airport that night. So we were rescheduled for the next morning. I’ve never had a flight canceled before so it was quite stressful. Our rerouted flight flew us first class from Detroit to Cleveland. 4 hour layover in Cleveland and then finally flew us to NYC. Layovers are SO freaking lame.
Day One: Since we arrived later in the day, our friend picked us up from the airport and we went back to his place. Dined on some delicious pizza and then went out to Staten Island’s notorious punk/metal bar Mother Pug’s Saloon. Our friend’s friends made us feel hella welcomed and we had a great night with too much booze.
Day Two: We spent the next day recovering poolside at our friend’s wife’s family’s house. (That was a doozy.) We barbecued to celebrate our friend turning the big 3-0.
Day Three: Our friend took us into the city. He wanted to make it as New York as possible so we took the Staten Island Ferry, followed by the subway to our first goal: the Nintendo store. Now, if you don’t know, there are only two in the world. One in New York and one in Tokyo. Mr. C&M was completely overwhelmed and in awe. It was worth the whole trip just to see that.
We then made our way to the famed Trash and Vaudeville. A punk/metal clothing store that we’ve heard of for years and years. It was pretty cool but to be completely honest, not as sweet as we were expecting. We bought some patches and pins and it was fun.
From there, we had the New York taxi experience to get to China Town and our friend’s all time favorite Chinese food restaurant. Wo Hop. We’ve been forever ruined on Chinese food. There is nothing like it in Michigan.
We headed back to Staten Island to pick up our friend’s pregnant wife. We had Italian food and then went to Brooklyn in search of the ultimate metal bar, Duff’s. The rest of the night was spent meeting more awesome New Yorkers, chatting and enjoying good music.
Day Three: We went to the infamous Coney Island. It was a gray overcast day but that was refreshing because the previous days had been 90+ and humid as hell. We walked the boardwalk and then went to a pizza joint and had our first Sicilian slice pizza. ZOMG amazing.
Later, we went out to a nice little Mexican restaurant for our friend’s birthday dinner. It was followed up with a Smash Bros. session back at their apartment and then to bed since our flight was early the next day.
We had a great time and will definitely go back to visit our friend again and explore more of the city. The smog attempted to kill me though. I could not breath for most of the trip, to the point I thought that maybe I had picked up a bug. However, upon landing in Michigan and about 30 minutes into our drive home, I could breath out of both nostrils again.
If you have no other reason to go to New York City, just go for the food. We ate like Kings/Queens the whole time.
I know I’ve alluded several times to Mr. Cupcakes and Machetes being sick, for over a month now. After numerous doctor visits, labs and other tests, they still do not know what was wrong with him. No solid theory anyway, just a bunch of small things that happened all at once. They sent us on a wild goose chase to find an affordable MRI place when they told us he had a lesion on his liver during his ultrasound. Turns out it was a false reading thankfully. So needless to say, we’ve been worried, stressed and exhausted for some time now. However, he finally appears to be on the mend and we’re both looking forward to getting our lives back to normal.
That means more time for reading, baking and making things…….once we get back from our vacation next week. We’re both ready for it. After all the bullshit, we need a little escape. Then, we’ve got to get cracking on projects we’ve neglected around the house.
So this is just a post about the relief that my husband is finally starting to feel better and life should get some resemblance of normalcy restored.
Ello mates! Just dropping a post to inform you that the incorrigible Imperial Rebel Ork was kind enough to read one of my book reviews on his podcast, Fly on the Wall. His cohort Waz, reads it in a fun “Michigan” accent.
It’s a fun little podcast that is quickly gaining speed. So if you’re looking for something that will make you laugh, and may be considered slightly offensive at times, this is definitely the podcast for you.