“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.

 

Blue Over You

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Ever feel like a change? I big change! A social experiment sort of change. I went blue. Lots of thanks to my friend Rachael for helping with this. Usually, I get the “are you sure?” “but your hair is so pretty?” Well, it’s my hair, and it grows back. I said, blue, she said, ok. I told her, “Look, I’m about to make a mistake, let’s make it a big one.” And I think the wine also helped in persuading her.

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So, I got a box of Splat Envy and she started bleaching. Yes, we are having way too much fun. I believe some Snapchats and Periscope feeds were involved.

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I do not look as good blond.

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She went in with the blue and I found out much later there is a reason that people wear gloves.

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Right after I tried to rub in more blue all around my head myself. I blame the wine.

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After washing, immediately happy with the results.

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The next day on the way to work, feeling good! Hahahaha! Yes, it was a drastic change and I still get smurf jokes and such, but I love it. Enjoying every minute, (except my early grocery shopping event this morning when random stops to say “you must be cold, your hair turned blue” I just smiled and kept walking. I’ll murder you with your own shopping cart, Creepy! JK. No murders occurred.

There’s a bigger change in the horizon. Wait for it… Yes, Rachael is coming back, this time I know we need more than one bottle of wine. Learn by experience.

DIY Matching Office Supplies

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Everyone has seen this nice catalog picture above, and if you are as in love with office supplies as I am, you think “I want those” and If you have my kind of budget, you think “but I can’t.” So, I decided to do this instead.

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$3 Adhesive Drawer Liner from Target. You can pick other designs, but I heart pink and it’s my supplies so you start dealing with it. Why, drawer liners? Because you can peel them off anytime: if you make a mistake, you change your mind, or change your theme. Duh!

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First, how about an empty tin can. Washed, and make sure to check the edges for anything sharp you might run into in the near future.

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Voila, pen/pencil cup. So cute!

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My work binder had a clear insert in the front so I went lazy and just cut to size and inserted. Why? Because I can. It’s my stuff. You do what you want.

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My journal got the cover too. I am all the way matching.

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And so did my lappy toppy! I swear, this is like when I discovered Mod Podge. (I do not recommend using Mod Podge on your laptop. But since it’s your stuff you can do what you want.)

After all is said and done, I still have much of the drawer liner roll left over. I got a photo album from Goodwill yesterday that I will also be turning pink and white, to use for my Jamberry sets, and I think I’m going to seek out a business card holder and also make it match. I’m going pink and white crazy up in here!

Exploration Place

So sad to confess, but I had never been to Exploration Place before. I was glad I had an excuse to go. It was so much fun!

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The above photos were during the lesson on sound effects. I think I really got more into it than the kids. I’m thinking of making a home movie just to try it out.

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There was a Medieval area. Lots of photo ops.

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This one, I wish was a better photo. It was an exhibit of fear, and how it spreads, socially. Very educational. I actually, read and watched more than took pictures.

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My favorite is this survival simulation. You walk in, and your shadow enters the screen. The tiger/phanter/something minds its own business. When it looks your way, you’re supposed to freeze, and if it doesn’t notice you it carries on, and you’re supposed to continue this way until you can pass the course. I made the mistake of inviting Michelle. She decided to jump up right as the cat was about to turn back around. Yeah, we died. She sucks. I’m going back without her.

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Mini town. I love mini towns, just because of the work involved in them, and because they’re cute.

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And the rest is just more fun photo ops, because this was the most fun. Most definitely requiring a visit again soon.

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