Fall Tag

Anyone from the Midwest knows that Winter is coming. Fall is my favorite season and always goes by way too fast. I was doing my annual blog reading and found this cute Fall tag from The Blended Blog. I haven’t done a blog tag on here in a little while so here are my fall themed questions and answers. Feel free to do this tag on your blog and link it in the comments.

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Favorite Fall Sweet Treat

This isn’t really a “Fall Sweet Treat”, but I love going to a local coffee shop during the Fall season. Walking outside and seeing the leaves change with a hot cup of coffee in your hands is bliss.

Red, Yellow or Green Apples?

Yellow if I’m looking for a sweet apple, green if I’m doing baking and Red apples to take with me for my lunch at work.

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Favorite Fall Sport to Play?

I don’t play sports, but I love to go on long Fall walks before it gets chilly.

Must Have Fall Purchase?

This season I bought a new plaid shirt to wear. I ordered a size up because I love having it fit loosely on me. Also I like to buy longer cardigans. They are a great way to make my geek t-shirts more fashion forward.

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Pumpkins Pick Your Own or Store Bought

Store bought this year. Living in the cities, there isn’t really a great place nearby to go pick a pumpkin. My college town had at least 3 orchards with apples and pumpkins.

Real of Fake Pumpkins

Real pumpkins to carve, fake pumpkins for home decoration.

Favorite Halloween Costume

I was Waldo this year, but my favorite Halloween Costume is Robin.

College Football or NFL? Neither. I am not a fan of Football.

Fall or Halloween Decor

Halloween Decor of course. We are still using my Halloween hand towels in the kitchen.

Raking or No Leaves to Rake

No leaves to rake sadly.

Favorite Soup

Chicken Wild Rice Soup!!

Fall Candle Scent

I have 2 pumpkin spice candles at my apartment right now. Clearly, that’s the best fall scent.

Love or Hate Pumpkin Spice

Love the Pumpkin smell in candles, hate the pumpkin spice lattes.

Short or Tall Boots

Both! I love short ankle boots with a slight heel. Tall boots if there’s a slight snow fall on the ground. Also rain boots are needed where I live. They are perfect for the rain and the snow.

Favorite Halloween Candy

I used to love Halloween candy, but now I look at all the candy I put in my freezer, and none of it sounds appealing to me. I will say Pretzel M&M’s are my downfall. I don’t buy them because they are too tempting for me to eat.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Yes or No

Hell no. I like my coffee black with almost little flavor in it. Pumpkin to me is too sweet in coffee. I like black coffee with some coconut milk in it.

Hayride or Corn Maze 

Neither, Haunted Houses are always fun along with an apple orchard.

Favorite Fall TV Show

I don’t have a Fall themed TV show I watch every year. I usually just watch my usual Fall TV which is Arrow, The Flash and Riverdale. 

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Justice League Review

Honestly, I have always preferred DC Comics over Marvel. Marvel makes excellent movies, but DC Comics has superheroes I enjoy reading about. With the failure of Batman vs. Superman, I was worried about how good Justice League would be. Wonder Woman was everything I wanted it to be and more, but that didn’t mean Justice League would be on that level. I am happy to say Justice League didn’t suck, it wasn’t a perfect movie, but it has potential to grow into something better.

Spoilers. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justice League sets the scene in the darkness of Gotham where Batman finds one of Steppenwolf’s parademons. Batman soon realizes that shit is about to go down, so he calls Wonder Woman to help him form the beginnings of the Justice League. Batman recruits the Flash which has been detailed in the movie trailer while Wonder Woman meets with Cyborg. Eventually the League teams up to stop the destruction of the earth and bring Steppenwolf to his knees.

My first positive thought I had was noticing that Superman’s suit is brighter in this movie. It’s refreshing to see Superman becoming more aligned with his comic counterpart. He’s funny and his priority has shifted into saving lives instead of destroying whole buildings like in Man of Steel. The after credit scene with Superman and the Flash racing each other to the Pacific Ocean was lighthearted and helped me appreciate Justice League more. Speaking of the Flash, Ezra Miller didn’t do too bad in the role. When the announcement hit the internet of him being in Justice League, I was skeptical. I love Grant Gustin on the CW TV show and Ezra didn’t seem to be right. Ezra’s portrayal of the character was geeky, goofy and overtly klutzy which worked in the film.

Can we take a minute and talk about that after credit scene? Holy Shit Deathstroke appeared!!!!! He is one of my favorite comic book villains and I wasn’t expecting him to be at the end. It’s a perfect tie in to the solo Batman film.

Ultimately, Justice League is a flawed, but fun film to see on the big screen. Many other internet bloggers and movie critics are slamming Justice League for a variety of reasons. However, I wanted my review to be all positive because I loved Justice League and I’m glad it wasn’t awful.

 

Scooby Doo Apocalypse Vol #1 Review

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Image Taken by Me!

Scooby Doo is that guilty pleasure cartoon I will always enjoy. When I was young, me and a neighbor would hang out and play Scooby-Doo Mystery of the Fun Park Phantom during sleepovers. I would usually played as Velma because she was quirky and weird like me. Scooby Doo will always make me think back on my childhood and playing that addicting PC game. DC Comics happens to also own Hanna-Barbera for years and decided to release titles with the Scooby Doo characters, Flinestones and the Wacky Races. After a trip to the comic book store, I picked up the first volume of Scooby Doo Apocalypse. It’s a flawed comic book, but it’s fun.

Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, Scooby and Fred all get a makeover in this updated comic. Something awful has hit the world the gang are apart of, people are being transformed into cannibalistic creatures and food becomes scarce. Can these pesky kids uncover the reason for this atrocity!?

One flawed part about this comic is the writing. It often felt repetitive at times especially in the way Daphne and Velma interacted. In every issue was there an argument between Daphne and Velma about the cause of the epidemic. I don’t need to read about the same fight between two characters in multiple issues. Another flaw I found is in Daphne’s revamped personality. She was constantly abusive to Velma and Fred which seems so unlike her cartoon counterpart. Daphne can still be a bad ass female without punching or throwing things at other people. I hope in the future trades of this series that Daphne is improved upon and develops more as a character.

I do happen to like each character’s revamped look. Daphne may be obnoxious, but I like her purple camo look. Shaggy even looks a bit more hip along with Scooby who’s a technologically advanced super dog. Velma is the only character that didn’t really receive that treatment, but I feel her character is fine on her own.

I wasn’t expecting much from this comic, but it did surprise me on how enjoyable of a read it was. There were elements I certainly wasn’t a fan of, but it didn’t completely turn me away from this series. DC Comics made a valiant effort in creating an interesting twist on my favorite childhood cartoon.

 

Life is Strange Before the Storm Episode #2 Review

Currently, I’m playing Deadpool, the game by High Moon Studios & Activision along with episode #2 of Before the Storm. Episode #2 was available for download on October 19th 2017. I only was able to finish the episode a couple days ago due to my limited availability for gaming. Before the Storm is a prequel to Life is Strange which is one of my all time favorite games I played this year. This prequel is told from the perspective of Chloe Price, Max Caufield’s punk best friend from their younger years. These episodes explain Chloe’s relationship with Rachel who if you played Life is Strange, know that Rachel disappeared in that episode. I do like to include spoilers in my video game reviews so please avoid them if you’re planning on playing Life is Strange or Before the Storm. 

SPOILERS 🙂

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Chloe on the left & Rachel on the right. *Image from Youtube*

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chloe Price and Rachel Amber are in Principal Well’s office due to their actions for skipping school from the previous episode. Rachel claims ditching school was her idea which was the truth to avoid Chloe having to take the blame. One of the biggest actions you can make here is to decide to go along with Rachel or say she’s lying and take the blame. I chose to go along with Rachel because it was her idea to ditch school which Chloe went along with.

Chloe avoids her mom and David to hang out at the junkyard where she finds a beat up truck. She tries to repair it as she would love to leave Arcadia Bay for good. Frank Bowers, Chloe’s drug dealer calls her about a possible way to escape her debt that she owes him by stealing drug money from Drew, her classmate. She searches Drew’s dorm and finds the money, but his younger brother Max arrives with Drew as she is leaving Drew’s dorm. Suddenly, Max is left in the dorm with Chloe as Drew is beaten by a fellow drug dealer looking for the money. Another crucial decision in the game is to decide to intervene even though Drew specifically said not to, or to stay silent. I chose to stay silent to protect Max. After Drew’s beating is over with, you can choose to keep the money or give it back to Drew. I chose to give it back to Drew because I couldn’t bear to keep the money after watching the beating.

Rachel and Chloe attend the Tempest which is a play Rachel was supposed to play the lead in, but Principal Wells banned her from performing after ditching school. Rachel ends up being the lead in the play along with Chloe and they perform the play together. It’s a huge bonding moment for the two of them. After the play, they agree to leave Arcadia Bay and move to LA.

Rachel and Chloe go to Rachel’s house for dinner. This is a huge deal because Rachel’s father was seen by Chloe and Rachel making out with another woman. Rachel is confused and heartbroken over her father’s actions and Chloe thinks he’s an ass. A fight erupts after dinner where Rachel’s father reveals that woman is Rachel’s biological mother. [insert drama music here]

End of SPOILERS!

Before the Storm is fun especially if you really enjoy Life is Strange, but the story feels more character driven, than plot driven. The game doesn’t really have a plot to it, it’s more to tell Chloe Price’s story outside of the little knowledge we knew about her. I think that makes this version much weaker than Life is Strange, but again I am enjoying playing each episode. I can’t stress enough how much I recommend Life is Strange and if you haven’t played it, you’re missing out.

 

 

Halloween / Call of Cthulhu D&D

Halloween was almost two weeks ago, can you believe how fast time is passing? Halloween as I probably have mentioned numerous times on my blog is my favorite “holiday” even though it’s technically not a holiday. This year, I was able to get together with a D&D group and play Call of Cthulhu 7th edition and I had a blast. I wanted to briefly recap my 3 hour gaming episode for Halloween on my blog.

Before summarizing the story, I wanted to share a couple details about the Call of Cthulhu game play. When you roll, you always want to roll low, rolling high is considered a failure typically. For example: If I wanted to fight a creature, rolling a 20 is better than rolling 90. Also when players start the game, they don’t know their own skills. To reveal your skills, you have to roll close to your skill. For example: my character had to pass the spot hidden check, I rolled a 67 and the GM revealed that my character had at least 67 to the identify / listen skill. Anyway, now onto the recap of the campaign.

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Character sheet

My character started off in a locked room in an asylum. I glanced into the mirror to realize my head had been shaved. I was let out of my cell and followed the other players to a room where we could hear jazz music. The GM forced us to this room because of creatures chasing us down the hall. My character was in the jazz room where I picked up a saxophone, nicknamed “Johnny” to use as a weapon. Unfortunately, another player failed an insanity check after looking at herself in the mirror and bashed me in the head with a cornet. I was now bleeding from the back of my head. We followed this old lady to a library where a little girl was sitting and reading a book. She was a girl who was probably not right in the head as she would chant weird phrases to herself. I used my library check to discover a map of the asylum so all the characters could leave. Another character ended up staring into a statue, went insane and attacked the other players. I was able to calm him down because apparently, I’m also good at using psychology. After that ordeal, we headed down to the morgue for medical supplies. Suddenly, the dead body lying in the middle of a table grabbed one of my other player by the arm and was squeezing him. I kept rolling too high so I would try and smash him with Johnny, but I missed every single time. More bodies came back to life in the morgue forcing the players to go to patient records where we found out why we were locked in the insane asylum in the first place aka. revealing our character’s names and abilities. My name was Dr. Tamela Wissler, a scientist put away in the asylum due to my religious ramblings. I’m also an above average brawlers so I should have been easily been able to use a saxophone as weapon, but failed miserably. Our group neared the end of the session with knowledge of our characters, but still a long way to go to escape the asylum.

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Waldo Costume

I tried to keep the recap brief without missing anything in the campaign. To celebrate Halloween, I also dressed up as Waldo from Where’s Waldo for fun. Call of Cthulhu was the perfect game to play on the spookiest night of the year.

 

Chicago Road Trip!

If you have been keeping up with my blog, I spoke about how I was driving to Chicago to visit a friend from college. I acted like a tourist taking pictures of everything while she took me around the city. When you visit Chicago, you walk everywhere! On Friday alone I walked about 10 – 12 miles and Saturday probably at least 7 according to my iPhone.

Chicago has a lot of really good food. My friend took me to Portillo’s which is a chain featuring Chicago style hot dogs with no ketchup and plenty of pickles. Deep dish pizza is all the rave as well and we ended up picking Giordiano’s and it was heavenly. We also went to this cute little cupcake shop in the “richer” side of town. I knew it was the richer side because the shops were all designer / name brand clothing. My red velvet cupcake was small and sweet.

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As far as this trip, my main goal was to see all the museums. Museum campus is right along Lake Michigan and it features the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum and the Planetarium. Shedd Aquarium was breathtaking! My favorite part of the aquarium were all the otters because otters are the cutest. The Field Museum has Sue right in the middle of the first floor which is an almost complete T-Rex. Unfortunately, we did miss the planetarium as it closed early, but we also saw the MSI which was the Museum of Science and Industry. My favorite part of the exhibit was the human body portion and the storms portion.

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Beluga Whales!

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Sue the T-Rex

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Science Rules.

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Tornado!

Overall, it was a nice getaway from my normal routine on weekends. I am glad I got to see her and catch up. I am considering making another trip down to Chicago for C2E2.? Don’t know if that will happen, but I have always wanted to go.

November Small Goals

Happy Friday! As I sit typing away writing up my goals for this month, snow is steadily falling onto the grass and coating the tree branches. It looks like Narnia outside my window and to be honest, I’m enjoying the snow. October has been one hell of a busy month, but one to remember. I cannot believe Thanksgiving is already in three weeks,  this year has been flying by. Let’s recap the wonderful fall month that was October:

Watch the Classic Horror Movies – NOPE 

Me and the boyfriend were planning on watching the classic films, but I ended up participating in a Call of Cthulhu D&D session on Halloween instead. Eventually, I will sit down and have a marathon with these movies.

Yoga Once Per Week – Sort of. 

I usually would plan my yoga days to be on Monday because that’s when I work my 12 hour shift, but sometimes I’m just too tired from work so I come home and crash. Yoga is important to me, so I need to make it a priority every week.

Participate in D&D Sessions – SUCCESS 

As I mentioned, I did play D&D this past month. I was super excited I was able to fit it into my schedule. It ended up being a great time and my character found an old saxophone in the asylum which I would beat people with, it worked out well.

Carve a Pumpkin – Nope 😦 

Unfortunately, this fall activity slipped by me. Maybe next year.

Plan a Trip with the Family – SUCCESS 

I think we all decided to travel to Arizona in February of 2018? It’s not confirmed, but my mom used to have a friend who lived there and she says it’s gorgeous up by the grand canyon. By February, I’m done with Minnesota’s winter which means Arizona would be much needed.

Now onto November’s goals:

Read before bed on most nights (around 5 – 10 minutes)

Reading helps me fall asleep and stay asleep at night. Plus I have piles of books to read, I’m behind on getting through that pile.

Buy kitty / pet supplies

Me and the boyfriend are starting the process of getting a cat for the apartment. We finished saving for the down deposit required by our apartment building, now we need pet supplies. I am hoping for sure by December we will have a cat roaming our apartment.

Yoga Once Per Week

I decided to set less goals this month so I could put my attention on reading more before bed, saving for a cute kitty and making time for yoga.