Ghostbusters – The 2016 Movie

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*Save your money.

Melissa McCarthy is always Melissa McCarthy and the her sense of comedy has gotten old and the humor was lacking, even with Kristen Wiig at her side, who I usually expect to be very hilarious. Kate McKinnon’s character was probably the one that lucked out with the best lines, I mean best if you had to choose from all the bad ones. She had like one good scene, and then it was over and I was watching the time again. Leslie Jones’ character also had potential. She was your know it all New Yorker, knowing all the ins and outs and history of every corner of the city. I thought they could have really used that to make the plot just a bit more interesting. Seriously, even Chris Hemsworth couldn’t salvage the movie for me. I cringed for him. There’s even a dance scene with him after the end credits, but I was already so disgusted I opted to walk out of it.

I don’t think I’ve felt this strongly about not liking a movie in a very long time.

Furnishing an Apartment on a Budget

I’ve resided in the same apartment going on 2 years now. I rarely ever have visitors so I was not in an immediate hurry to furnish it. My first priority was a bed to sleep in, which I already owned.

I started with chairs from Mom’s old office which made my living room look more like a waiting room, (I wish I had pictures.) But when I first moved in I was working 50 to 60 hour weeks and was barely home, so still, the bed was my only necessity. As work settled, and I got into Pinterest more, I decided to tackle a DIY pallet furniture. Luckily, I had a friend that was willing to help. I posted the chairs I got from Mom on a Facebook group page for selling furniture and got about $70 for all of them. That helped go towards the project. My friend’s initial design was this:

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I told him to lose the back support, and after I got the measurements for my apartment he brought the pallets over to the vacant lot at Mom and Dad’s for me to work on.

First thing about pallet work, you have to power wash them and get rid of any possible insects, wait for the to dry and sand them down to prevent possible splinters.

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I got cheap paint, roller, brush and cloth drop from WalMart and got to work.

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Granted I got lazy and cut corners with the painting, but I figured it wouldn’t really show once the everything was put together. I think the hardest part was loading 4 pallets into the back of my CRV and hauling them up the stairs to my apartment by myself. I was so proud and exhausted.

And my apartment looked like this for a while.

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I did a lot of research on foam. I wanted something comfortable enough to sleep in. I chose to have the pallets 4ft deep so it would be comfortable to lay on. After a lot of asking around, and shopping around, I found an online store that would cut to spec any foam they had in stock. Basically, the foam was made of the same material they use in baby cribs. (I have napped on my sectional many a times now, it really is similar to sleeping like a baby.)

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Now, prior to the pallet project I had already bought new bedding for myself. The older bedding was stored and using space in my laundry room. I freed up that space by deciding to use the sheets as cover for my foam mattress, I used binder clips underneath to keep them snug instead of sewing them. This makes it easier for me to wash the sheets when I need to. I used the pillows, and comforter as backing. Losing the back support from the original design also made the electric outlet on the wall easily accessible.

The finished product:

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BTW, in that same Facebook group page I sold the chairs to I found a dresser drawer with mirror posted for $20. This time my friend helped me pick it up and bring it up to my apartment. I took off the mirror, and the hardware, sanded it a bit, and used left over paint from the pallet project.

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I’m pretty darn proud of myself.

The tally:
Pallets – Free
Drop cloth – $5
Paint – $8
Roller/brush set – $7
Custom Foam – $120
Dresser – $20

Welcome Back Vlog

This ended up being longer than 2 mins. Please excuse….

So the last post was back in February and even then, I was already slacking. Life got hectic. I had work, some health concerns came up, bowling league, ended a work contract – started a work contract, and basically everything in between.

I do intend to keep this as regular as possible again, starting with this video. I have not stopped reading books, I have not stopped watching movies, and most definitely I am still learning new crafts and new recipes. So long, story short, I’m still alive.

The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies by Susan Wittig Albert

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Going to be very honest, this book was a lot harder to get through than I imagined. I picked it from the recommended reading because it was catalogued as a “Mystery” novel. The biggest mystery was how one small town set in (I think) the 20’s can find cause for so much gossip.

The setting and the characters reminded me of the TV Show the Hart of Dixie, although because of the decade it was set in the rules of being a Southern Belle was much much stricter.

I do have to hand it to the author though, I had to look up when the book was published (2011) because the characters and mannerisms of, was just so believable. The only reason it was a hard read for myself was because I am not so used to reading pages upon pages of small town gossip.

There is an upside to having read this book, however. The author did so much research that at the end of the book it includes The Darling Dahlias Housecleaning Tips and Recipes, which I did take notes of.

Link: Wichita Public Library Tour de Wichita
Link: Botanica

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

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*via Tour De Wichita of The Wichita Public Library – Animals Genre for the Sedgwick County Zoo Site

Old longings nomadic leap,
Chafin at custom’s chain;
Again from its brumal sleep
Waken the ferine strain.

Starting the reading challenge I thought to pick up an “easy read” and being a classic I have never read before, it served as two birds, one stone.

I thought of it more of a children’s book but as you get deeper into the storyline, and as Buck (the protagonist) finds himself becoming more savage, you realize it is not a book for the very weak of heart. The book follows Buck from being stolen from his domestic life in California and sold from one master to another all the way to the cold Yukon, where “insticts long dead became alive again.” It was to be a story of survival when out of nowhere the story becomes a story of Love and Loyalty. The two not-so-secret but often forgotten ingredient to a great character…in man or beast.

The story seems simplified at first, but the reader gets swept into the narrative soon enough and cannot help but start to empathize with Buck with every turn in the story.

Link: Wichita Public Library Tour de Wichita
Link: Sedwick County Zoo – also look up Winter Wednesdays where admission is only $2.50 per person through February.

“Tour De Wichita” by the Wichita Public Library

Since I always challenge myself to read at least one book a month, when I saw Wichita Library’s Twitter post about a “Literary Journey Through Wichita” back in December I automatically took note.

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There are fifteen genres inspired by Wichita sites. One book from each genre, five different books for each tour and three tours. A total of fifteen books to read from January 4th to March 18th.

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I left work today and immediately visited the Rockwell Library Location. I had to get a Wichita Public Library card. I’m so glad they don’t discriminate based on city of residence or anyone from Derby. 🙂

So I’m ready and set for the challenge, and I’ve asked my sister to join in as well. I will try to update everyone on my progress. Wish me luck.

For anyone wanting to join as well, link for Wichita Public Libary below, as well as the link to their Twitter account in case you want to start following them to keep updated on other fun events.

Wichita Public Library Website: http://Www.WichitaLibrary.Org
Follow Wichita Public Library on Twitter: https://twitter.com/wichitalibrary

Younger – TV Show

Younger Season 1 was release March 31, 2015. I fell below my radar, until recently when I saw a trailer for Season 2. I immediately searched an consumed, without much effort, 12 episodes.

Liza Miller (Sutton Foster) is a 40-year-old divorced mother of a college aged child pretending to be 26 years old to land a job in publishing. The amount of awkward is just enough to forget that the story can never be believable. (Who hires someone without an appropriate ID that shows date of birth?) Liza is able to snag a job and a younger boyfriend without ever having to reveal her true age.

Hilary Duff plays Kelsey Peters, Liza’s new friend and colleague. Somehow I think her acting might have gotten a bit better since she got older, or maybe I’m just blinded by my new love of the series. Nico Tortorella as Josh, Liza’s much younger boyfriend, is cute enough to make you consider the possibility of dating someone 14 years younger, until either bad writing or bad acting (who’s to blame) makes him seem like a stereotypical former frat boy. (Not all 26 year old males smoke weed and play video games all night, you know? Maybe a majority, but not ALL.)

It was an easy series to get through. I wouldn’t call it riveting. It definitely kept my interest as I simultaneously watched and cooked or washed dishes. It had enough sarcastic jabs at millenials to make it funny without being bitter. I am officially ready and waiting for Season 2.

ALERT: Do not watch the Season 2 Trailer if you do not want to spoil Season 1 for youself.

Star Wars – Waking Up The Force

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I had not intended to watch The Force Awakens. I had watched Episode I and II, and I think lost interest after. Star Wars being so firmly fixed in American pop culture, I was able to easily fake understanding whenever there was a Jedi or Vader reference thrown my way, even without doing any other research, and with only the image of Hayden Christensen as true representation of The Force in my head. Until this year, when true fandom sat in the other cube from me at work.

One of my coworkers breathes Star Wars. It was merely a quirk easily shrugged off at first. (He wondered if he could wear a collared shirt with Vader’s helmet embroidered on the chest for Casual Friday.) Then it slowly became part of his work identity as the cubicle decorations came up, and the Star Wars trivia occurred. It was inevitable, I would eventually verbalize to the man I had no clue what the heck he was talking about. But I had to, he insisted because the new movie was coming out. Yes, yes, I will put the movies on queue. No, not this weekend, next weekend maybe. And then, the excuses ran dry and even I felt lazy and ashamed so I buckled down and prepared to focus.

Episode IV (the fact that I’m even doing these in Roman Numerals make me feel icky geeky.) The acting was horrible! I could not ignore the novelty of actually being introduced to legendary characters I have heard about for so long, but the awkwardness of them all was still hard to take. I wrote commentaries as I watched just to keep me going, but near the end, comical or intriguing I still had to continue.

Episode V. Prepared for horrible scripts and awkward over-acting, I was more able to listen and learn about the story unfolding. And I emerged with so many questions. I was starting to become a student. Gag!

Episode VI. Can I just for now say there is absolutely no way I should have to yell SPOILER ALERT? I do believe I’m the last person on the planet to hear about this. Darth Vader dies! Does he? Is he dead? Or is the Emperor dead? I saw Skywalker do a fall like that too and he survived. Maybe the Emperor also landed on something, slid down a shoot and escaped. Who knows? My coworker does I’m sure, and I wait until Monday to pose these questions to him.

Episode VII – I think I have learned enough about the Star Wars fandom not to even recap my thoughts until much later.

But my mom saw through social media posts that I had been watching Star Wars and decided to treat myself and the kids to a night at the movies. It was amazing!

The theatre was full of cheers, and laughter and comradery. My son and I bonded over details we noticed that we could tie to the other episodes and those we couldn’t (he’s not very knowledgeable about it himself, though I believe he is the nerdier of the two of us) and we discussed what we wanted and expected for the next episode, to which he said “You think you can wait?” You know what, I don’t think I can.

Now, I’m going back to start from the beginning (The Phantom Menace) so I can go back to work having done all the research possible.

 

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