Friday, November 30, 2018

Random Friday thoughts

Hi all! Happy last day of November. I don't know about you, but I am so ready to say goodbye to 2018. 2017 sucked donkey balls but 2018 has made 2017 seem like small potatoes. Basically, 2018 has been shit and I am ready to say bye felicia. I realise that bad things happen regardless of the year, but I've said several times, I love clean slates. January 1st won't make the pain of losing my nan go away, not to mention all the other shit 2018 rained down on me and other people, but it feels nice and fresh and I am ready.

Moving on. I don't blog a whole lot anymore because I feel like I don't have much to say, nothing important anyway. I have random thoughts and ideas to share, but then I forget and don't post unless it's a link up. So today I thought I would word vomit everywhere just to show my face in an attempt to be more active on here again.

Have I ever shared the story of how I fell on a bathtub on my wedding night? Fell right on the edge, right on my butt, and cracked it. Like, my tailbone. I couldn't sit down properly or without pain for days. Even now, if I sit down too long, it hurts.  Nothing doctors could do. Fun times.

If I have free time, which let's face it, is all the time I am not at work, I will choose a book first, internet second, movie third and TV show last. I almost never watch normal TV, though sometimes instead of Netflix I might put on HGTV. Not so much anymore, I feel like I've seen all the episodes  of everything already.

Speaking of TV, we had Sling for a year (before it got as popular as it seems to be now), switched to Playstation Vue for a couple years and now we are on Spectrum - not full on cable, but a little package thing that is like $20 a month for 10 channels. We don't really watch TV, though KC watches a lot of sports (which is TV, but you know what I mean). It's not available everywhere, but it's handy. Playstation Vue was getting up there in price, seems we get on things when they are cheap and then they go up and up and we look elsewhere. I won't pay more than $50 for TV we don't watch.

I also don't have the patience or attention span to watch a TV show once a week. I lose interest when I have a whole season at my disposal, I would never watch more than 1 episode of a show if I had to wait a week for a new episode. I watched both seasons of Great News the other week and thoroughly enjoyed it and am very sad it was cancelled. This episode made me laugh.

As I've mentioned before, I am a grinch and proud of it. We don't have our tree up yet, I don't decorate besides the tree, I don't like christmas music except for like 10 songs and I can only listen to them for about a week before I get stabby, I'm not doing christmas cards (I never do, but I always pretend I'm going to try). I'm going through some medical shit right now - not trying to be vague, just not talking about it because I'm dealing by being detached and not thinking about it - and you can't really remove most of the stress that comes with the holidays (being away from home, holiday parties, family get togethers) so I removed what I could - buying presents. Except for KC, everyone in my life is getting gift cards, if they get anything at all.

I have some very lofty financial goals next year which means my shopping has to go way, way down. Which is another reason I'm not doing proper christmas presents - I can plan and plan, but I always go overboard (not to mention end up buying things for myself).

Speaking of Overboard, I refuse to watch the remake. The Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell movie is a classic and should not be touched. Plus, I don't like Anna Faris. Just look at how adorable they are. I heart them.

I feel like I saw a lot of people dress up as the Sanderson sisters this halloween (can you tell I started this post last month?), which is all good and fun but then I also saw a lot of Billy costumes and that is not good and fun (kidding, people can dress up as what they want, I just don't like looking at him, real or costume). I like Hocus Pocus as much as the next girl but I fast forward through his parts. When I was younger, I used to get scared at super weird things - Gremlins, Poseidon and Billy from Hocus Pocus were the big ones. I still can't handle any of those things as an adult - I can watch them and feel fine and like an adult, but then I will have nightmares for months. I am not even kidding or exaggerating. Billy was the worst, I had recurring nightmares of him chasing me through an airport for a good 15 years. Not every night obviously, but at least once a week. They went away when I was like 23 or so, but I don't care to bring him back thank you very much.

I used to be really scared of pirates as well, but pirates of the caribbean helped rid me of that fear. 

How's that for random. Anyone have any irrational fears like that? Or just me.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Books Lately

Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! I've been kind of so-so on books lately. I go up and down and I like to just let those phases run their course. I was reading The Clockmaker's Daughter and don't want to say I DNF'd it, because I don't even remember the first 2 chapters, but I am pausing it for now. Just not in the mood for a Kate Morton book. Once I finally admitted that, I got back into reading but mostly romance so I don't have a whole lot of 'normal' books to share.

Jane Doe - Victoria Helen Stone
mystery thriller with sociopath
This one is near impossible to talk about or describe without spoilers. Basically, the main character is a nutjob but this is one of the times that you like them/agree with them/want them to succeed... Kind of like Joe from You, but even more so. I knew I liked this author's writing because she writes romance under another name but I was hesitant because this isn't my usual genre. I was pleasantly surprised because I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
Nine Perfect Strangers - Liane Moriarty 
nine strangers go to a health resort
I really, really, really liked this. I am so glad I read it as soon as it was released, unlike Truly Madly Guilty where I waited a bit and then the hype was too insane and there were negative reviews and I ended up waiting a couple of years. I will say, this one is nothing like what I've read from her previously and I think she is a super versatile writer. It does get a bit weird and it's hard to explain why without spoilers. I loved the characters in this book and while it's not exactly compelling in a must find out all the things way, it is a very easy quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course, as always, biased because I love all the Australianisms in her books but doubly biased this time because our book club went to go see her talk about it last week and it was everything and now I adore her even more.
Pride - Ibi Zoboi
modern YA diverse P&P retelling
I was insanely excited for this and ridiculously disappointed. I should have DNF'd it but the idea was so fantastic and I kept hoping it would get better. I didn't click with the writing, I personally don't think it should be called a P&P retelling, but mostly the characters are what ruined this for me. I think I am eve more bummed because I was so excited, so sure I would love it. Womp.
Eh, even romances were a bit lacklustre for me lately. A couple of great ones but for the most part everything was very fine but forgettable.

Bad Habits Trilogy // Butterface // Fall // I started the Immortals After Dark series finally, very behind the times at least in the paranormal romance world, and I'm currently up to book 6.
Kingdom of Ash - well, I've read the first chapter a couple of times but this book is almost a thousand pages so I keep putting it off even though I'm excited for it.

Linking up with Steph & Jana

Life According to Steph

TL;DR - I recommend both Jane Doe and Nine Perfect Strangers. Hopefully my reading mojo will be up before the next link up.

Read anything decent lately?

Thursday, November 1, 2018

October 2018 Recap - What's New With You Link Up

Hello all, time for another what's new with you link up! Thanks again if you join me, I always appreciate it. You don't have to display the button if you don't want to, but don't forget to mention it somewhere in your post and check out some of the other posts! I'll be doing a monthly recap like I do every month.

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So October was a very quiet month.

KC randomly got a hankering to make some bread, so we did. First we made it after following a recipe from a youtube channel that makes things like in the 'olden days' and then we made one I found on pinterest because some things are better modern. Ha. I also figured I'd try and make some muffins, they turned out pretty well too. First time I've ever made muffins (baker, I am not).

My friend invited me to a craft night her friend was hosting, and we made these cute little nail art things and they are way harder than they look. Seriously.

My favourite Heather sent me some goodies that I didn't take photos of besides the crunchie that I demolished immediately. She also sent me these fancy night lights that her husband made on his 3D printing thingy. I need to take a photo of those to share because they are so lovely!

And then there was Halloween - well, Halloween eve. We got all our trick or treaters on Tuesday evening and ran out of candy. No photos, we didn't dress up either. I get kind of overwhelmed and feel a lot of pressure so I only hand a bit of candy out and then I make KC do the rest.

Other than that, I read a lot, nothing new there. I also started watching Riverdale one night when I didn't feel like reading, I think I made it 10 episodes and I'm not over it or anything, but when I felt like reading again I did. I just have a horrible attention span when it comes to TV shows because they take so much longer for me to watch than for me to read a book... You know?

My sweet Pacey died and even though I've been gone for 6 years, I still got regular updates and photos and she definitely remembered me both visits. She lasted a year longer than mum originally thought she would and she wasn't in pain, so that's what matters. I wish I had more photos of her, but when we got her I didn't have a digital camera, so I'm sure photos exist somewhere.. on film ha.

And now here we are in November - this year has definitely flown by. 2017 and 2018 have both been hard years emotionally for me (and lots of other people). I am feeling the same about 2018 as I was 2017 - I am ready for it to be over so 2019 can be better. I know that's a silly way to think, but a new year is a fresh clean slate and always makes me feel better. I honestly feel like I've been under a cloud since November 2016, anyone else? It's funny, my reading went up 50% in 2017 and another 50% in 2018 (so far). Not bragging or trying to be like, look at me I read so much, but reading is 100% my coping mechanism and it shows over the past 2 years.

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So, what's new with you?