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.

 

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.

 

 

 

October Goals!

October is probably my favorite month because Fall is my favorite season. I love the beautiful colors of Fall and being able to wear a cozy cardigan with cute ankle boots. With the end of September, I wanted to reflect on my month and my goals I set:

Planned Out Harry Potter World Vacation – NOPE

My second job took over my life and I was unable to do this. I wanted to go to Orlando in February, but me and my family have also talked about an Arizona trip or a quick Vegas weekend trip. So we shall see what we decide on doing.

Rent Two Books from the Library – SUCCESS! 

Unfortunately both books I rented I didn’t like getting through. One was a mystery book that took place in MN which you would think would be exciting, turns out it was incredibly boring. The other was an Iron Fist trade paperback, but I still am not a fan of Iron Fist.

Participate in D&D One Shots – NOPE 

No D&D for me this month. However, I joined an all women led D&D group meeting at a comic shop in the cities while also being interested in other Facebook D&D events. I’m thinking this will be a way better month to get more D&D in.

Yoga once a week – SUCCESS 

I am actually very glad I included this in my goals. I use the Yoga with Adrienne video’s and I have a couple on my favorites list that I enjoy. Once my ankle is better (I sprained it pretty bad), I will get back to this.

50% of my goals achieved! I would say that’s not too bad. Now here are my Fall / October goals:

~Watch the Classic Horror Films

I have this collection of the classic Dracula, Werewolf and Mummy movies from the early 1900’s. It was a collector’s edition I found at my house that my mom wanted to get rid of. This would be the perfect month to crack open the case and watch them.

~Yoga Once a Week

~Participate in more D&D Sessions

~Carve a Pumpkin

~Plan a Trip with the Family next February.

 

 

Podcasts I’m Loving Right Now

The joy of being an adult is driving home to & from work in rush hour traffic. Listening to a podcast while I drive helps make traffic less stressful and allows me to get lost into the episode. Sometimes I learn something new or I get a new recommendation on a book to read. Plus I just cleaned the bathroom and the kitchen while listening to a podcast so I can be productive while hearing about Ixalan the new Magic the Gathering set.  I wanted to give you a couple podcast recommendations to get through rush hour traffic.

Panels & Pizza:

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Panels & Pizza is hosted by Adam Vermillion a local Minnesotan comic book fan. He recruits local Midwest comic writers/illustrators on to his show to promote their work. This podcast is the reason I am able to support indie comics and become more of a comics fan. Typically, pizza is also ingested while talking about comics hence the pizza portion of the title. Even if you’re not from MN this podcast will introduce you to comics you didn’t know had existed.

Once Upon a Crime

This podcast should be downloaded if you’re a true crime fanatic. Esther Ludlow is a fantastic story teller as she describes the murderer, the suspects and the towns in which horrific crimes took place. Sometimes it’s so detailed that I cannot even listen to this podcast in the dark because it freaks me out. I usually am listening to this podcast in daylight when the boyfriend is home in the apartment with me. My favorite episodes include the series which detail the murder of musicians such as Marvin Gaye and John Lennon. Also the Rebecca Shafer murder episode is especially creepy.

Dorky Diva’s Podcast

Savannah Kiefer is an adorable Star Wars fan with a geeky sense of style. She writes her own blog which includes Star Wars fashion and does monthly episodes on her podcast. I admire her devotion to Star Wars and she is such a cute fangirl.

Coffee With Kenobi:

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Coffee with Kenobi is another podcast for Star Wars die-hard fans. What I like about Coffee with Kenobi is that it breaks down the Star Wars fandom into different themes. For example, I like the Comics with Kenobi series along with Lattes with Leia because of the female co-hosts. Also if you’re a Star Wars Rebels fan, there are episodes that discuss the Rebel’s season. It took me some time to get caught up with this podcast since the first episode debuted in 2014. This podcast will keep you busy for sometime.

Magic the Amateuring

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Magic the Amateuring is hosted by Megan and Maria and they talk about Magic the Gathering. It’s a great podcast for new players to turn to if they’re starting to play Magic. I like the two female co-hosts as they are energetic and passionate about the game. It’s helped rejuvenate my own Magic the Gathering fandom.

How We Roll

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How We Roll is a D&D based podcast with a couple guys from England and Ireland getting together with alcohol and Cthulhu. The DM creates an intricate story for the players and I enjoy hearing the players laugh whey they epically fail a roll. It’s also a great podcast to learn the vocabulary of D&D if you have always wanted to play.

These couple podcasts should keep you busy for a while. I am a podcast fanatic now and I can’t believe it took me so long to use the podcast app on my phone. What other podcasts are you enjoying right now? I always could use recommendations 🙂

 

September Goals!

September is a weird month for me in a couple ways. I’m not going back to college for the first time in five years and I’m actually making enough money to support myself in an apartment. I used to write monthly goals on my blog, but then stopped for some reason. I’m bringing this back for my blog because I love reflecting month to month on everything I have accomplished.

~Planning Out My Harry Potter World Vacation

Me and my family are prepping a Harry Potter World / Orlando vacation in the month of February. Why February? Living in Minnesota for the winter means I need a break from the harsh cold weather plus it’s before spring break so I’m hoping to beat the rush. In addition to Harry Potter World, I would like to do some of the Star Wars stuff too.

~Rent Two Books from the Library

Libraries are often beautiful buildings I forget exist which is sad. I buy many books a month and I’m trying to do less of this. Ever since moving a couple weeks ago, I got rid of a stack of books I wasn’t planning on re-reading. To save money and limit clutter, I will be borrowing books from the library.

~Participate in D&D One Shots

Thanks to Twin Cities Geek, I was added to a local D&D Facebook group. Events are always happening for one shot D&D campaigns. I always make excuses to why I can’t go play D&D, but I do want to dabble more in dice rolling RPG’s. Also check out my article about my one shot campaign, Monsters & Other Childish Things

~Yoga once a week

Most of my workouts are either cardio or strength training and yoga gets forgotten. I might save my yoga for Sunday’s since those are lazy days anyway.

These goals are ambitious, but I like being busy. I would love to hear your goals for the month in the comments.

Minnesota Fan Fest *haul*

Last weekend I attended Minnesota Fan Fest for free because I was technically press. I write for Twin Cities Geek on the side and I was writing various articles about the convention. My first article was about Minnesota Fan Fest’s controversial cosplay policy while also covering local creators thoughts about Fan Fest. Minnesota Fan Fest overall was a fun convention, the only down side being the attendance was low. This puts stress on the creators because they want to make money at this convention. Knowing this information, I wish I would have budgeted more money to spend, but I still left with some fun accessories, so check out below what I bought at Fan Fest.

Tee Turtle Octopus T-Shirt

 

Crafting Tee Turtle Shirt Minnesota Fan Fest

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I would have posted an actual picture of my shirt, but it’s in the laundry and has coffee stains on it. When I walked the convention floor, Tee Turtle was the first booth I noticed because I didn’t realize Tee Turtle would be tabling at MN Fan Fest. I probably would have bought more than just the shirt, but I know that I already own too many geeky t-shirts, so I only bought one.

DC Comics Bombshell Figure

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I don’t actually need to buy anymore toys or trinkets, but I still do. I was hoping for Black Canary or Killer Frost, however I pulled Lois Lane. She isn’t my favorite character, but I’ll still keep her next to my Leonard Hofstadter bobble head toy on my book shelf.

Through the Darque Gates book

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I volunteered to be a beta reader for Christopher D Schmitz’s sequel to Wolf of the Tesseract. I was able to score this book for free and I encourage anyone who hasn’t read Wolf of the Tesseract to buy it.

Severance Lost by J LLoren Quill

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This book combines elements of Game of Thrones with Lord of the Rings. The kingdom Malethya needs a hero to stop the blood mage from wiping out villages. Slate Severance is the protagonist of the story, devoting his life to protecting Malethya. I was entranced as I listened to J. Lloren Quill describe to me his story. I haven’t read it yet, as it has been added to my book stack.

Madame Xanadu

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Madame Xanadu is a beautiful psychic private detective living in New York with her black cat investigating a murder scene with supernatural elements. It’s a graphic novel that’s great for mature readers as apparently there may be graphic violence in some of the issues. I love independent comics and this one sounded decent.

Whenever I attend a convention, I always have to budget money for spending. I tell myself not to spend money, but then I walk the floor suddenly I’m handing someone my credit card. Minnesota Fan Fest will be a convention I attend next year and I’m hoping it will grow into something as big as C2E2.