Harry Potter Would You Rather

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My Harry Potter themed shelf with the Harry Potter Would you Rather cards. 

I love visiting my childhood home. My dad never threw out anything even cardboard boxes our toys came in. Every time I drive to see my mom, my mom finds something in our house for me to reminisce. The latest discovery was a “Harry Potter: Would you Rather” card game I made. To be honest, I think I made this in college when I became the president of the Harry Potter club on campus. I don’t believe this can be linked all the way back to my childhood. Since this initial discovery, I decided to turn this into a blog series. Every week, I’m going to upload a picture attached to a post of this “Would you Rather” question and answer it. I’m going to do my best to do this weekly, but there’s at least 20-30 cards, so this will go on for a while.

The first card is:

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Would you Rather. . . Be a Werewolf (spelled Wereworlf apparently?) like Professor Lupin OR Only Have One Eye Like Mad-Eye Moody? 

This question makes me sad. It makes me think of the ostracization of Professor Lupin in the books. He was made to feel less than especially by Umbridge. In answering these questions, I’m assuming I’m answering this question as if I lived in the Wizarding World.

Being a werewolf would be difficult, but there is the wolfsbane potion. If I could retain my thoughts, I could be a regular wolf wandering around. I would like both of my eye balls though because reading would be easier if I had two eyeballs.

I think I’m going to pick. . .

Only having one eye like Professor Moody. I picked this choice because if I wanted to transform into an animal, I would become an animagus. I wouldn’t want to not have control of myself as an animal. 

Let me know in the comments which one you would pick! I’d love to know your answers. Be on the lookout for weekly “Harry Potter: Would you Rather” posts.

 

 

Friendsgiving & Being Sensitive Around the Holidays

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we are all thankful for. I’m thankful for having a family who respects me and encourages me to be my best every day. However, it’s crucial to be sensitive of how we talk about this holiday. Family members can be abusive or judgemental and it’s okay to not want to spend time with them. Sometimes this holiday gives this forced impression how our family is by blood, but there’s also chosen family as well.

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Friendsgiving 2019. 

Last weekend, I celebrated friendsgiving with a group of us. All of the ladies sipped on our glasses of wine, played party games and talked amongst the group. It puts into perspective how beneficial my friends are to my wellbeing. They allow me to vent while still giving me advice I need to hear. I’m fortunate to say my friends accept me for who I am and allow me to grow as a person.

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Happy Friendsgiving!

Thanksgiving can be tough for many because of a loved one who has passed on. My dad has been dead for 13 years and I have noticed myself being more emotional this time of year. I know I would feel a sense of loneliness if most of my family members have passed on.

My purpose for writing this post is to promote being sensitive around the holidays. This includes not assuming everyone you meet has the best family / home life. Offer to host a friendsgiving for those friends who are struggling. There’s no reason we can’t make someone’s day by being kind and inclusive.

 

 

 

Halloween Tag

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When I saw this Halloween Tag appear on A Geek Girl’s Guide, I knew this would be right up my alley. I always say Halloween is my favorite holiday that’s not an actual holiday. Why do I love Halloween so much?? Hopefully this tag gives you some insite into my spooky brain.

When does the Halloween season start for you?

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My favorite Pumpkin sweater. Photo taken Fall of 2018

I started wearing my Pumpkin sweater on the last weekend in August. Many coworkers felt this was too early, but I disagree. The fiance doesn’t let me put up any decorations before October 1st.

Do you have any Halloween traditions?

When I was younger, my dad would always take a ton of pictures before we went trick or treating. Halloween was fun in my family as we would gather around the kitchen table carving pumpkins. My mom would stay at home and watch horror movies and pass out candy. As I reflect on my childhood memories, Halloween will always be a pleasant memory of mine thanks to both of my parents.

What is your favorite Halloween memory?

This is a tough one. There was one memory where my dad drove me and my brother around to trick or treat. I remember going with my friends as we all lived in the neighborhood. There was a time where I would have a sleepover with one of my best friends if Halloween happened to fall on the weekend.

Do you decorate for Halloween?

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YES! All of the Halloween decorations. We picked up a couple of antique decorations at an apple orchard near our apartment. There are Halloween window stickers, a purple velvet skull and several hanging decorations as well. All of it will probably come down November 1st, but I will attempt to keep them up for as long as possible.

Favorite Halloween Costume?

I loved being Belle from Beauty and the Beast. My brother was Steve Irwin that year for Halloween. Besides Belle, I remember dressing up as Jesse from Toy Story and I had an orange and black witch costume.

If you could be in a Halloween movie (horror or not) which would you choose?

My favorite type of Halloween movie to watch is a slasher film, but I wouldn’t want to be chased by a serial killer. I would probably pick It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown because the Peanuts are cute and I would love to see myself animated in the style of a Peanuts character.

How do you plan on celebrating Halloween this year?

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Halloween 2017: Dressed as Waldo & played Call of Cthulhu One Shot DnD. 

I could either play a Call of Cthulhu DnD one shot session or in year’s past I would go to a brewery and have a pint while being in costume. It all depends on what I’m in the mood for this year. Personally, if I do go to a brewery, I want to find an animal onesie, so I stay warm in the cold.

Have you ever carved a Jack-O-Lantern?

HECK YEAH! I don’t think I will carve one this year, but I have done so in the past.

What is something you want to do to celebrate Halloween one year?

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Inside a spooky shop in Salem, MA. Photo taken May of 2018. 

Visit Salem, MA. My family & I drove up to Salem when we went to Boston in May of 2018. I have heard Salem goes all out for Halloween and I think it would be a dream come true to go. Otherwise visiting Tokyo or New Orleans during Halloween would probably be fun too.

What is your Halloween costume this year? If you don’t have one, what would you like to be?

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Catwoman & her Bruce Wayne. Halloween 2018. Fiance (then boyfriend) wore his batman onesie out to a brewery. 

No idea! I haven’t had time to go costume shopping. I’m going to check goodwill, but I also have a Spirit Halloween coupon to use. I try not to shop at Spirit because the quality is cheap and expensive. Sometimes I’ll pick up accessories I can use in cosplay because that way I can use whatever I buy multiple times. It comes down to what’s affordable or what I can thrift for what my costume will be this year.

Super Scary Halloween or Lighthearted Spooky Halloween?

A little mix of both. I enjoy watching various horror movies, but I also like little kids in costumes. I would love to get a costume on Athena, but I’m not sure if that will work out this year.

How would you spend a Halloween at home versus going out?

I personally want to go out on Halloween. I like being around people who like Halloween as much as me! If I were at home, I would probably read more of the Deathly Hallows or play a scary video game.

Why Do You Love Halloween?

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Another reason why I love Halloween? Snapchat filters. 

Reasons why I love Halloween: autumn colors, spooky decorations, cute costumes, little kids in costumes, candy corn, pumpkin carving etc. Need I say more? 🙂

 

Laurie Strode is fierce in Halloween (2018)

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Halloween (2018) Promo Poster Image. 

I drove 14 hours to get back to Minneapolis from Denver and I’m happy to be home. Colorado was breathtaking with the sight of the snow capped Rocky Mountains. I do plan on writing up a little post about my trip specifically with all the hiking we did. During my time, I stayed with a friend that I grew up with. We decided to watch some Halloween themed movies because he also appreciates a good slasher flick. He suggested we watch Halloween, the newest movie starring a PTSD torn Laurie Strode (played famously by Jamie Lee Curtis). I went into watching this movie with little expectations, so I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie.

Halloween is a modernized take on the slasher genre. True crime podcasters Aaron Korey and Dana Haines go to see Michael in the Sanatarium to try and talk to him about his murders. Flash forward to Laurie Strode who’s living an isolated life away from her family. She has redesigned her home to be a safehouse which gives her a little ounce of safety away from Michael. Laurie has trained herself in the off chance that Michael does become free to kill again. Unsurprisingly, Michael does escape from the Sanitarium where he heads to Haddonfield to kill again. The difference is Laurie’s grand daughter lives there and Laurie will do whatever it takes to protect her family.

As I mentioned, Halloween feels modern despite the fact that it’s still an old fashioned, slasher horror movie. The addition of the true crime podcasters feels updated and believable. There are many various true crime podcasts to pick from nowadays (my favorite being Once Upon a Crime). It helps make the Halloween franchise feel relevant with the current wave of horror movies.

Another positive note with this movie is how it’s filmed. There are scenes where Michael is seen walking around as more of a background image and then he reappears behind his victims making it more scary to watch. I felt this movie was scary, but I’m also a “jumpy” person. As I was driving home, there was a creepy rest stop I drove by that I didn’t stop into based on a certain sequence in this film I had watched earlier.

This Halloween movie gives a girl power vibe that I’m definitely down for. Horror in the past hasn’t always treated it’s female characters with deceny and respect. This film felt like a team up with Laurie, Karen (Laurie’s daughter played by Judy Greer) and Allyson (Laurie’s granddaughter played by Andi Matichak). It’s all the generations coming together despite each other’s differences.

I’m not sure how many horror movies I will watch by the time Halloween comes around, but if you’re a slasher movie fan, I do recommend checking out the latest Halloween film. It’s entertaining, modern and a fresh look at slasher films.

 

Joker is Remarkably Good

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Yesterday, the fiance convinced me to see Joker with him at our nearest cinema. I didn’t watch the Joker trailer when it was released because I wasn’t sure if I was interested in hearing Joker’s backstory. The Joker is one of Batman’s villains that takes his treachery a little too far i.e. the Killing Joke story line which I pretend isn’t canon. There’s also been controversy based on statements from director Todd Phillips leading me to want to stay away from seeing this film. However, Joker is surprisingly good and Joaquin Phoenix does an excellent job bringing Joker to life.

Joker opens with Arthur Fleck (played by Joaquin Phoenix) being beaten up by a group of teenagers. Additionally, Arthur is mocked for his laughter at inappropriate times and how he lacks comedic timing. A stand up comedy clip is picked up and played on the Murray show where the host, Murray Franklin (played by Robert De Niro) mocks him openly on live TV. These scenarios along with his personal battles with being a caretaker to his mentally ill mother, are what contribute to Arthur’s descent into madness.

Joker’s release doesn’t come without controversy. As I mentioned, Todd Phillips made a statement about why he chose to abandon comedic movies to direct Joker. He said, “go try to be funny nowadays with this woke culture.” If your comedy is utilized in a way to be homophobic, transphobic or being offensive to a group of people, it’s not funny. There are plenty of comedic movies that don’t poke fun at a group of people. I disagree with what Phillips said and I think his point of view represents a growing group of people. The social justice movement is all about making people feel welcome to be themselves, yet there are opponents to this and Todd Phillips comment’s are appealing to those individuals.

The other controversy surrounding the Joker movie is the graphic violence. There are many white men in society who have committed mass shootings, so is it worth it for this film to be made? Showing a white man losing his grip on his sanity? My response is I believe this Joker film isn’t representative of this idea. The white, male shooters in these mass shootings are motivated by Donald Trump’s white supremacist rhetoric. The Joker helped create a political movement surrounding how the poor citizens in Gotham aren’t being taken cared of versus the rich who live lavishly. I’m not saying he’s correct in his ways, but I don’t believe the Joker is a white supremacist which is more along the political views among these mass shootings in our society.

Another point I want to discuss is how the Wayne family is portrayed. Usually, the Wayne family is seen as philanthropists and how they are one of the nicest families in Gotham. In the Joker movie, Thomas Wayne is a jack ass. He wants to “fix” the city, but also condemns poor people for being poor. It’s another side to the Wayne family that’s worth exploring. It’s not meant to make the Joker a nice person, but to demonstrate how rich people are profiting off poor people and not paying a living wage. This addition into the movie is something I liked because it has real world meaning with the divide between the upper, middle and lower class.

Joker is a movie I never thought I would like. I wish DC had their shit together when it comes to their movie universe. Both me and my fiance think Joaquin would be able to hold his own going up against Batman even if it’s Robert Pattinson. Despite the controversy, I do recommend seeing this in theaters to determine your own opinion on the film. Let’s discuss in the comments once you have seen it. 

 

Birds of Prey Trailer Reaction

When I heard DC was filming a Birds of Prey movie with Harley Quinn leading the charge, I was skeptical. Suicide Squad was a fun movie, but had inconsistencies including the over the top performance by Jared Leto. I didn’t mind Margot Robbie’s version of Harley, I hated how she was dressed in the movie. It’s ironic because I have cosplayed Suicide Squad Harley multiple times this year. However, I bought the “Daddy’s Little Monster” crop top at good will for $3 and if that’s not thrifty cosplay, I don’t know what is. The first trailer of Birds of Prey was released in the beginning of September. Here are my thoughts when I watched the trailer.

As I was ten seconds into the trailer, I realized they used the same “clown”? trailer music as It Chapter #2. That was probably intentional as this trailer was shown during the previews when I went to see It Chapter #2 yesterday.

I will admit Harley’s new neon outfit is fun. It’s a departure from the “jester” origins, and it doesn’t look as hyper-sexualized like the Suicide Squad movie portrayed her as. She has her mallet which is certainly Harley’s weapon of choice, and I still like the eyeliner black heart on her cheek. She comes into camera saying, “I’m so  f****** over clowns.” I’m glad the DC cinematic movies are bringing her into their universe, while allowing her to get away from being the Joker’s side kick.

We see a short clip of Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress who I think looks bad ass. She takes off her hood and we can see the cross bow being unleashed on an unseen enemy. Right after the appearance of Huntress, there’s a clip a clip of Black Canary in golden leather pants. Ewan McGregor was cast as Black Mask and I adore him, so I’m into it. He looks like a douche bag, spoiled rich boy and even though it doesn’t seem like Black Mask from the comics, I’m still interested in how he plays his role.

The Bird’s of Prey logo appears and that’s when we can see some of the cast members walking around in what appears to be an abandoned warehouse. Towards the end of the trailer, Harley is sucking on a lollipop with the words “see you soon” flashing on screen which signals the end of the trailer.

As a fan, I do my best to reserve judgement. I have been proven wrong on casting choices too many times to count. As a prominent DC fan, I can’t wait for this movie. It screams girl power while also adding diversity to the casting choices. Birds of Prey is one of my most anticipated movies in 2020.

 

Building the Gen Con Exclusive Robin GlowBot

When I attended Gen Con, I scored some exclusive goodies. In addition to being able to test board games from both Goliath Games and Games by Bicycle, I was also given a couple freebie items to take home with me. One of these items was an exclusive at Goliath Game’s booth. This item was a GlowBot specifically a Robin GlowBot. GlowBot’s are a line of figures created by Goliath that have glowing beads. These beads when plugged into their character, allow the character to light up in the dark. I was given the Robin version, which was the Gen Con exclusive. It reminds me of a Funko, light-up, collectible figure. After putting it together last weekend, I’m excited to share with you all about this GlowBot.

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Time to put my GlowBot together. 

Even though I received the Robin GlowBot a month ago, I waited to put it together because me and the fiance were moving into our new two bedroom apartment. I didn’t want to put it together only to take it apart for packing. When I first opened the box, I saw there were the beads packaged in a plastic baggie, along with the cord to plug the GlowBot into the wall. There’s also a sheet which demonstrates which color beads goes in which hole. It took me about forty five minutes to put all the beads in the correct places. Mainly the reason why it took me a while to put this GlowBot together was because my kitty kept stealing the beads from me because she’s naughty.

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Thanks Athena! :/ 

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Contents within the GlowBot package. 

After putting Robin together, I was impressed by the appearance of Robin when he lights up. Usually I’m skeptical about figures like this because when put together, they often don’t look like the character they’re supposed to be. However, I was happily surprised to see Robin glowing and actually looking like Robin.

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Look at how happy he is!

These GlowBots are adorable. They’re perfect to act as a night light or it would work great as a desk accessory at work. Besides Robin, they had Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Joker and Harley Quinn. Robin is one of my favorite DC characters, so I’m thrilled to have his figure plugged in our bedroom. Thanks to Goliath Games for allowing me to take one home, it helped make my Gen Con experience memorable.