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    Play With Me! – Favorite Mobile Games (PT. 1)

    Ever since I moved to Chicago, I’ve found myself needing more to do. Weird, right?

    I don’t mean in an overall sense- there’s more to do in Chicago than there ever has been anywhere in my life.
    But, I have a lot more passive time that I need to fill with things I like.

    For instance, when I was in college, my commute was about 5 minutes, and I was driving. The most I needed was a playlist, or even single song to make my commute. Now, even though I’m relatively close to my work downtown, I still have at least a 10-15 minute commute in the morning. I also use public transportation, or ride-sharing, since my neighborhood’s parking is so crazy (I don’t want to give up my spot to get to work). This means I have at least 1/2 hr every day where I’m just sitting waiting to get to or from work. I didn’t used to have to fill that same kind of time. Before, I was able to stay home longer, and continue whatever it was I was doing there (sleeping), and I didn’t have to worry about it. Now, I have to spend a decent amount of passive time that needs filling.

    So, I’ve taken to playing some games on my phone. Ha. I do other things- listen to music and audiobooks, answer emails, do my work, get on pinterest, etc. But, sometimes nothing beats a fun game I can turn to. I’m pretty

    Without further ado, here’s the games that I love the most to play on my way to/from work!

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    5 Fandom Friday: 5 TV Shows I Can’t Wait To Watch in 2017

    I don’t want to admit how much tv I watch (lest you say I have a problem), buuuut the 5 Fandom Friday prompt this week calls for baring my soul and admitting what I’m super in to (I’ve never done that before *COUGH COUGH*).

    I guess I’ll just have to use this opportunity to talk you ear off.

    This week’s 5 Fandom Friday post is 5 TV shows I’m stoked for this year, and lemme tell you– IT’S GONNA BE BIG.

     

    1) ATTACK ON TITAN [April 2017] – Absolutely numero uno for me. Good lawd I can’t even begin to tell you. Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve been obsessed with AoT since the first season came out in 2013. We’re finally getting the second season (4 YEARS LATER) and I feel like I’m dying I’m so excited. Part of me is still suspicious (they’ve announced the second season in 2015, twice in 2016 and now again in 2017), so I feel like I”ll believe it when I see it. Buuuuut, Funimation themselves put out a release date and official trailer, so I’m feeling lucky this year…. although, the date is April 1st for release, and if it was an April Fool’s Day prank, I wouldn’t even feel mad. I would just accept it at this point. If it does happen, happy birthday to me! (Shameless plug- my birthday is in early April).

    UPDATE: Here’s another funimation confirmation (say that 5 times fast) post. OH GOD IT’S HAPPENING.

    [GIFS: Property of NBC and The Office]

    2). The Walking Dead [Feb. 2017] –  I’ve been watching the Walking Dead for a few years now, but almost always as an ‘afterthought’ I’d say. I’m a big fan, but I haven’t had cable after moving out from my parent’s place, so I haven’t been able to keep abreast of the series until this past season. Now that I can steadily watch it on a particular day (due to dating someone with cable), I’m STOKED. I mean, I remember watching the first episode live with my little brother, and being super excited about it, so I love being able to watch live now. This past year The Dude and I would watch Westworld and then TWD and it made for amazing Sundays. It’s a shame Westworld won’t be back until 2018, though.

     

    3.) Orange is the New Black  [June 2017] –  BRUH. OITNB has gotten DEEP and I FEEL IT. Season 4 ended on a MAJOR CLIFFHANGER with the entire season being one of the most tense situations as a whole yet. There is some serious social commentary going on, on so many levels, and I honestly almost cannot wait any longer in this situation. I hope it picks up exactly where it left off. The aftermath is going to be so serious. It’s really going to be great television, for one, but also showcasing the deep human emotions in the show continually motivates me to keep volunteering and donating and trying to improve lives. Silly to get it from a TV show, but it reminds me of little things (like women in prison need good books and things to help get out of the vicious cycle). Anyways.

     

     

    4.) Z Nation [At some point in 2017] – I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Asylum is like…my favorite tv show and movie producing people (They’re the geniuses behind every clever knock-off film , and even the sharknado series). They’re ridiculous and I love them. That applies because the SYFY channel and Asylum have teamed up to make a zombie show, and I love it. It’s full of the ridiculousness that I enjoy from Asylum, with sheer genius coming from SYFY. It returns this year, and I’m so excited! It’s actually really good, and the pace is great. Forget TWD where it takes several seasons to move cities- they people go ALL OVER and it’s great.  If you’re interested, seasons 1 +2 are on Netflix, and 3 is on the internet if you’re crafty (definitely *~*~*don’t*~*~* do illegal things).

     

     

    5.) Bob’s Burgers –  There’s only two more episodes in season 7 this year, which means we’ll have to wait until September for season 8. Bob’s Burgers is one of my absolute favorite shows, and I NEED these fresh episodes. I’ve rewatched all the past seasons so many times I can recite them with my eyes shut while only being given the first line of the episode. I’m almost 100% serious. But, I do love the episodes so much, and can’t wait for all the new ones this year. If it’s anything like the past few season, we’ll get a solid chunk of episodes before the year’s end.

     

    STOKED.

     

    So, those’re the main shows I’m hyped up for this year. It’s gonna be BIG.

     

    Annnnnnnnnd that’s this week’s 5 Fandom Fridays!

     

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    This is the creator, and where all the subjects are posted! She’s a great gal!!

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    5 Fandom Friday: 5 Films I’m Excited For in 2017

    Guuuuuuuuys.

    This 5 Fandom Friday prompt is hard for me, because I have to be forced to watch movies.

    Not that movies aren’t great, because they are amazing, but because I feel guilty sitting down and paying attention to just one thing for a solid two hours when I’ve got so much going on all the time.

    But, with that being said, I still have some movies I look forward to.
    Here are mine for 2017.


    0.) Split – The reason this doesn’t count on this list is because I’ve got tickets for tonight and I’m already seeing it. Haha. Super excited though!

    UPDATE – AMAZING. Go watch it.

     

    1). Guardians of the Galaxy 2 [May 5, 2017] – Believe it or not, I didn’t see the first one until THE OTHER DAY. Not quite sure how I put it off for so long (especially considering how great it was), but like I said- I feel guilty just watching movies. So, judging from the fresh excitement having just the first one, I’m really stoked that there is a second this year! I’ve been told it comes out in May, and I’ve planned some DIYS just in time for the movie’s release. I’ve become a superfan out of nowhere.

    2). New/Updated Superhero movies – This is just a category, since there’s several this year, but here they are.

    Thor Ragnarok [Nov. 3 2017] – I won’t lie, not sure how I feel about this one, only to say that I know I’m going to see it. As some may know, one of my cosplay characters is Lady Loki, who functions into the timeline around Ragnarok (although I don’t believe she’ll be in it at all). I won’t say I’m stoked to see this, but I know I will be seeing it.

    Wonder Woman [June 2, 2017] –  I am stoked for this though.

    Justice League [Nov 17, 2017] –  I’ve got high hopes, and have no reason to feel Marvel will let me down at all.

    Logan [Mar 3, 2017] –  I’ll be forced by my significant other to watch this one, but I’m also sure I’ll like it.

    Spider-Man Homecoming [July 7, 2017] – eeeeeeeeeee. We’ll see. I’m STOKED for Zendaya, but kinda unsure about another spider man movie.

    3. STAR WARS Ep. VIII [Dec. 15, 2017]   – Not sure why I made this number three?? What the heck. I am stooooooked for this, though. ENough said there.

    4. A Cure for Wellness [ Feb. 17, 2017] – Now, for this one, I’m legitimately excited. My friend Marka sent me over the trailer the second she saw it, and we’ve been stoked to go ever since( We’re also stoked to see Rings, which may give insight to the types of movies we like, ha). I may see it opening weekend. I’m a horror fan, as we know. As of now it has a 50% on Rotten Tomatoes, which means it could go either way, I guess.

    5.) Get Out [Feb 24, 2017] – I [in] love [with] Jordan Peele, and I’m super excited for this movie that he’s directed, especially since it’s horror. I’ve heard some complaints that white people are being made the villain, but that’s like… the entire premise of the movie, so I’d suggest not watching it to those people. I think it’s a very interesting premise that will play both on real social commentary as horror and genuine thriller/horror standard moves (jump-scares, etc.) , and I think combined it will be a great watch.

    Honorable Mentions: The Circle [Apr. 28], World War Z 2 [June 9], Amityville: The Awakening [June 30], Alien: Covenant [May 19], Saw: Legacy [Oct. 27 (perfect for Halloween!)

     

    ANNNNNNNNNND that’s where we’re at now. Seeing all those titles makes it look like I’m way more into movies than I am, especially  since I probably won’t see everything on this list.

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    5 Fandom Friday: 5 Nerdy Places I Want To Travel To

    This week’s 5 Fandom Friday prompt asks for Nerdy places to travel to. I’m taking this as places that either have a nerdy/geeky background, had something filmed there, etc. Keep that in mind when you read my choices – when I saw Hawaii, I don’t mean all of Hawaii is a nerd. In fact, the people are quite lovely. It’s for other reasons, explained below.

    1.) Hawaii –  As mentioned above, Hawaii in itself is not a collective nerd. However, Hawaii is an awesome shooting location for several things I’ve loved, and I want to visit again so that I can do the tours. For instance, Lost was shot there, and they have a Lost tour on the islands that show the different shooting locations and what not. Also, Jurassic Park. Hawaii 5-0. Think of the great tours!! I’m lucky, because (when not deployed, as he currently is), on of my little brother’s is stationed there, and it makes it a do-able visit (since I can stay on base). So essentially, when he’s back, I can visit for the price of a flight and a tour. NICE.

    2.) London –  I’ve never been to the UK, and I’m pretty sure London would be the best place for me to visit for a good shot of geekdom culture. In between all the BBC shows, and the general like-mindedness of geeks between the UK and the US, I’m sure it would be amazing. Not to mention to the tea.

    3.) DISNEYWORLD – Honestly, this one almost doesn’t even count, since I get my first visit there at the end of March, but I’m SO STOKED. I’ve never been, even as a child. I’m gonna selfie with every princess, visit everything I can and buy too much merch that I hopefully don’t regret later. Also, I want a Dole Whip. I’ve never even had one, and I can already tell it’s going to be the best thing in my life.

    4.) Japan –  Does an entire country count?? Honestly, growing up, I was OBSESSED with Japan and Japanese culture. I’ve even had several years of language classes, to boot. I want to visit Japan so bad, mostly for geeky reasons. I’m still big into Anime, and I obviously love cosplay, and I just think Japan would be a wonderful, mindblowing place for me to visit. It’s super expensive (because I’d buy everything), though, so I have to put it off a bit. But, one of my younger brothers was deployed there once and grabbed me a souvenir for the meantime.

    5.) San Diego Comic Con –  I feel like this is almost a given. I love cosplay and geek culture so much that I almost can’t believe I’ve never been. My older bro even lives in San Diego already, but neither of us have been able to snag a ticket for years. Registration should be coming up soon, however. Maybe it’s my year??? MAYBE.

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    5 Fandom Friday: Goals for 2017

    I’ve decided to try out 5 Fandom Friday posts again, annnnnd I picked a rough topic. Just because 2016 was awful.

    This week’s 5 Fandom Friday prompt kind of hits home for me.

    Honestly, 2016 was rough for me. Most of the year was ‘meh’ or ‘ok’ personally, but I’m very politically alive, and 2016 beats me to shreds. I feel like I cried a lot, and was very emotionally drained all the time.

    However, like a phoenix from the ashes, I hope to arise this year in higher spirits.

    My theme for the year is just getting better. I wanna get better (which is also a good song).

    Currently, I work in a combo university/hospital system, and recently the hospital system’s motto change. They mention that ‘best’ is a destination, but ‘better’ is a quest. I feel like it was a bit pandering, since they’re one of the best in the nation, but they’re right. You should always strive to do more, be more than you were, in whatever capacity that means. I’m taking a queue for their marketing campaign (which, I’m sure is exactly what they want people to do), and having that apply to my goals for 2017. I want to get better, you know?

    1.) Time Management – This may seem like a blanket goal, just too vague to work, but I know exactly what I mean. There’s so many things that I want to do, but I can never get anything done, and I feel guilty all the damn time. When I try to catch up on TV, I feel bad that I’m not sewing for my side project (GET EXCITED FOLKS). When I’m sewing, I feel bad that I haven’t cleaned. When I clean, I feel bad that I haven’t worked on my blog. When I work on my blog, I stay up late and am too tired at work. It just goes on and on and it never lets up and I just feel horrid all the time. So, time management is something I need to use. I’ve signed up for a course through my work, called ‘Getting Things Done‘ with the book shown and it’s supposed to help you prioritize things you need to do, either by the amount of time you have, the energy you have, the deadlines for things, etc. I’m hoping to one day stop feelings guilty, but for now, I just want to get better at controlling my time. I want to be able to actively realize that if I only have 20 minutes for something, I’m obviously only going to be able to do a little, and need to be able to stick to my choice. Otherwise, I flit around and end up getting nothing done. This is a big goal for me.

    2.) Health –  weirdly enough, I prioritize health in a weird way. What I mean is that I always assume I’m dying in some manner, and I’m terrified of dying, but  I also do nothing in particular to avoid that feeling. Kind of a self fulfilling prophecy. This year, I want to focus on my health more, including my mental health. I want to get my fillings done, get back on medication, and start going to the gym again. That’s just a start, but it’s more than I’ve been doing. I just have a problem continually doing things and keeping up the habit. Once I’ve done a bunch, I feel like I should be let off the hook for a while, and that’s where I run into problems.

    3.) Reading –  I always say I love to read, but when I take a book tally at any point, I’m always disappointed. I really want to get back into reading more, but like I said, there always seems to be something else I need to do. I want to read so much more this year, and I need to start with a goal. I think a simple goal, because of the ease of readability, that I’ll start with 100 manga books. I’d say regular novels, but then I’d get discouraged if I was behind and stop all together (I know how I am) and I’d rather stay the course. Maybe that can be a new series post for me this year? The 100 mangas.

    4.) Travel – Again with the vague goals, but I’m serious. I LOVE traveling. I love everything about it. Driving, flying, staying in hotels, hanging out in airports, not understand transportation. I seriously love all of it, and I want to do it more. I have a few trips planned this year, but they often don’t flesh out. This year, I want 3 trips to places I’ve never been before, even if they’re small. Like, I live in Chicago, and Milwaukee is like 2 hours away, and I’ve never been there , even. 3 Trips to places I haven’t been to before, for sure. Otherwise, I’d use travel to my fam. as a crutch and not go anywhere new.

    5.) Career stuff –  I’ve had a full time job for about 1.5 years now (which isn’t long, but I did just finish grad school in mid-2015). WHen I first got hired, it was as a contractor, so I was just focused on getting hired. Once that happened, I figured I was set, at least for a little while. But, now I’ve grown a little starved at my job. I feel underutilized in some areas, and overutilized in others. Since I’m in IT, interacting with users (although they’re just regular people) can really wear on your state of mind. I really liked my job, but now I feel like I dread Mondays the same as everyone else, and I’ve lost a lot of motivation. So, I want to do better there, too. More career trainings, more certifications, maybe even turn my side project into a second job. Who knows.

    Who knows where the year will take me.

    I just hope it’s a good one.

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    Strong Women Series – Lt. Roberta Warren (Z-Nation)

    IT IS WEDNESDAY, MY LADIES.

    My strong woman for today is a helluva gal- Lt. Roberta Warren of SyFy and The Asylum’s Z-Nation.

    Warren, played by the mega-babe Kellita Smith, has been a Boss Bitch since day 1.

    Z-Nation is a  apocalyptic, zombie-themed series show on SyFy where a small group of survivors, led by Warren, try to get the only known survivor of a zombie bite to the Center for Disease Control in hopes of producing an antidote.

    I started watching the show because The Asylum is my favorite production company every, but I stayed for the kickass women (mostly Warren, for sure). Read more

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    DIY FRUIT MAGNETS

    My DIY Space Invader Magnets inspired my to make some other magnets as well.

    Mostly, because I bought sparkly glue gun sticks and wanted to test them.

    This time, I’ve made glittery, fruit magnets!

     Fruit Magnets

    Honestly, I can say the sparkly ones were a TOTAL PAIN, but okay to look at. They aren’t 100% clear, which was a bit of a bummer. They do, however, junk up your glue gun, so luckily I bought a separate one for this projects ( I was hoping to use the glittery ones again, but I’m not so sure after the project).

    I probably wouldn’t use these much again (it took several sticks for each magnet! Even using clear ones for the bluk of the inside), but that could also be the new hot glue gun I got. Maybe it smaller or something? I got a new one so the glitter wouldn’t get stuck in my other ones.

    In any case, this is just like the Space Invader magnets – you just use a fruit mold instead!

    First, grab your goods.
    Mold, glitter glue sticks, glue guns, magnets.

     What you need

    Then, use the special glue sticks to fill the bottom of your mold. You may need to dip your finger in water, and use it to smooth the glue throughout the mold for the base layer, so you get all the details in the side. If you’re using multiple colors, you may need to take turns (as shown below). For instance, fill all the parts that need green first, rather than taking the stick out, switching colors, which ends up mixing, etc.

    After that, fill with clear glue gun sticks (so you don’t waste the more expensive ones).

     Fill the mold

    Then, add a magnet, just like last time.

    I used big magnets for these, and they didn’t work as well as the tiny, strong ones from the Space Invader ones.

    Oh well. They’re still pretty cute!
    Now you know to use the tiny ones from HERE instead.

     Finished Products

    There you go!

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