Thursday, March 27, 2014

Scary or not scary?

Hey guys. Remember how I recently wrote a post about all the drafts I have sitting in my draft folder? This was one of them. I wrote it before Halloween last year and I don't know why I didn't publish it. Maybe I got too scared. (Probably.)

Anyhoo, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love getting scared - temporarily and in a controlled environment. Like watching a scary movie, or going on a haunted hayride. I'm not interested in being scared for real - like being stalked or attacked by a serial killer. Just to be clear.

Scary movies tend to have common themes, and some are more scary to me than others. I would say the scariest things to me are intruders (cause they're real!) and ghosts (because they MIGHT be real!). Other things... not so much. Here's a little list I made:

Zombies - Not scary. Silly. Ridiculous. I don't understand how these are scary. ALL they do is run into things and make grunting noises.

And eat brains.

Ghosts - Scary. Ghosts really scare me. Especially kid ghosts. No wait, women ghosts. Old women ghosts. AHHHH! Ghosts don't listen to logic. They're usually carrying grudges which for some reason are YOUR fault and even though you're not the one who killed them (I assume), they're going to treat you like you are and make your life a living H-E-double hockey sticks. Or they might just kinda watch you from the closet. Either way, I'm not a fan.

Witches - Kind of scary. It depends. Most of the time they're not scary, but the more wicked ones are. Still, I'm not going to lay in bed at night worrying about witches.

Aliens - Aliens are fine when they're just doing their thing. Saving the universe, exploring the universe, destroying Earth, living with the Tanner family and eating cats - fine. But when I hate them is when they're supposed to be scary. Just NO. They're not scary. Any time an alien is supposed to be scary, I have to let out a huge sigh and eye roll. They're usually a cop-out for when the writers didn't know how else to end the movie. They annoy me to no end.

Ghouls - no one even knows what ghouls are.

Demons - If they're meant to look like humans, they're scary. But if they're meant to look like animals, they're silly.

Vampires - No. And it's worth noting that they're usually super hot which of course, makes no sense since they have no access to viewing their reflection/grooming. I read Dracula by Brahm Stoker last year and it had some spooky elements. It seemed to be more of a comment on the life of women at that time and virtue vs. worldliness. Best vampire? Spike.

hands down best vampire.

Werewolves - Ridonculous.

Intruders - Intruders are way scary. Even scarier than ghosts. Because intruders are real and they are breaking the rules. Anything goes with intruders. They are living by their own rules. Your best option is to fake dead if an intruder comes into your house. In fact, that's your only option. Unless you have a panic room, in which case, you're my hero.

Mothmen - Yeah, kinda scary. Not going to lie. I watched this movie by myself when it first came out on video because I got it mixed up with the movie "Dragonfly" which someone had recommended to me. I totally got my insects mixed up. It was a scary evening. How does the Mothman know you're holding chapstick!? And why does he/it say "chapstick" in such a scary way!?

Chapstick - scary when the Mothman says it.

Frankenstein - Only scary when know-it-all Facebook friends say, "it's not Frankenstein, it's Frankenstein's monster. Gosh!"

Boogedy from the Disney Boogedy movies - the only scary thing about this is that those movies aren't for sale on DVD because they're the best movies EVER (ish).

I guess I can't think of any more scary things. What am I forgetting? And which of these things do you find the scariest?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday Thoughts

I'm feeling all fired up this morning. Like I just want to walk into a room like Frank Costanza on Festivus and yell, "I've got a lot of problems with you people!!" (Something I yell a lot even when I'm not angry - it's just a fun mantra.)

I'm not trying to be cryptic - there are just some things I can't talk about on here. Don't you hate that? When people are cryptic? It's one of the most annoying things about social media.

Things aren't that bad though. I'm not "so sad" and it's not a terrible day. I just got kinda worked up this morning over some work stuff.

But there are good things about today too  - like, I'm getting my hair done today. I love getting my hair done. The shampoo is the best part, am I right? And I'm having a cooking night with the Beehives (the girls from church) tonight. That'll be fun. Wild, I'm sure, but fun. And it's Wednesday! That much closer to the weekend. So today isn't a total bust, by any means.

I am pretty furious about the weather though. Not just annoyed. Furious. Will spring ever come? It will, right? It's come before. It has to come. It will come.

Whoa. This post is turning into therapy.

Tonight is the series finale of Psych and I am not emotionally prepared. Do you guys love Psych as much as I do? What will we do without Gus and Shawn? And Lassy? And Henry (I totally have a crush on Henry)? And the Blueberry? And Pluto? 

What will you miss the most about Psych?

Happy Wednesday!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Slip and Fall Survey

"Your grandma broke her coccyx, Napoleon."

This winter I slipped and fell on the ice twice. Before this winter, I don't even remember the last time I slipped and fell on ice! Slipped, yes. Fell, no. Even this morning as I was walking down a hill, I started sliding on some ice. I locked my legs and just rode the ice down the hill like a surfer, hoping for the best at the end. (I'm still sliding down that hill - send help.)

The first time I slipped and fell this winter, I was shoveling. The snow was still coming down and there was so much ice under it that it was all very precarious. Still, I was caught off guard when I fell flat on my bum. Luckily my bum is well suited for this type of fall and I was fine.

The second time, I was rushing out to my car to get something, and I slipped and fell down on my knee. I was fine, just annoyed. And to make matters worse, two little girls were walking by and asked me if I was ok. So humiliating (but sweet).

So now that today is the first day of spring and we can start to laugh about how bad things were this winter (right....? Or is it too soon?), I want to know: how many times did you slip and fall this winter? Can anyone beat my high score of two?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday Thoughts

In movies and storybooks, spring looks like this:

(a little painting I did tonight)
But in reality, at least in this part of Michigan, it starts like this:

Tomorrow is the first day of spring. Yesterday I saw the first crocuses of the season! They'd been buried under the snow until it finally started to melt. In the past I've seen them as early as January! I can't wait for the snow to melt and the grass to turn green and the flowers to bloom.

Tonight we had a painting activity with the young women from church. The girls were supposed to paint a selection of fruit. This one made me laugh:

My computer is being totally wacky and weird and it's driving me crazy so I'm going to wrap this up before I punch the screen and bruise my knuckles. (I wouldn't really do that. I would just slip into madness. I'm halfway there right now.)

Happy Wednesday and Happy Spring!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


I know I haven't been posting a lot, but I have been writing a lot of posts. I just haven't been posting them for whatever reason. Most of the time I just don't finish writing them. Sometimes the posts seem too weird or ornery. Here are some summaries of some of the drafts I have sitting in my draft folder. Hopefully this post doesn't become one of them.

Chatty Kathy - 
This is a post about how I've often been told I talk too much, or more gently that I'm a chatterbox. This post contains a list of random thoughts I just HAVE to get out. Thoughts like: Why do ghosts always hide in closets? Do they have any control over how transparent they are? If they do, just be invisible all the time, jerks. And Why do I always feel like I'm betraying Halloween when I say my favorite holiday is Christmas? Does Halloween care? Why do I care? There's also something about how I wonder if I'll ever be stabbed. Not that I want to be. This post kind of makes me look like a lunatic.

Fun with tweens - 
This is a post about working with the 12-13 year old girls at church and how I listened in to some prank calls they made at a party we held. Then I talked about things I did at sleepovers and parties when I was that age. And I how I always closed my eyes just in case when we played "Bloody Mary" in the bathroom mirror. I don't know why I didn't post this one. I think I just didn't think it was that interesting.

A Superbowl Story - 
This was the brief story about how I threw up during the Superbowl this year. It's an unfinished post for obvious reasons (it was gross and I knew I wasn't going to post it).

Things I heard in the dentist's chair - 
This was just quotes from the conversation between my dentist and her hygienist while I was having some work done on my teeth back in January. Snippets like:

"Have you seen commercials for the Lego movie?"
"That movie is truly life imitating art."
"I don't think I'll be seeing it."

For whatever reason, I found this conversation amusing.

An untitled post in which I renamed Downton Abbey because of how depressing the show became -
This post only contains three lines:

Downer Abbey
Downton No-bey
Dow-no Abbey

Nailed it.

Office Offenders -
A list of names for annoying people in the office. I didn't post this because I was afraid people at work would read it and identify themselves. Titles included: The Loud Cruncher, The Nose Honker, and The Hummer.

A REALLY LONG post about how I hated the weather coverage during the Polar Vortex
I didn't post this because it was super ornery.

Scary or not scary - 
I wrote this one around Halloween of last year and I don't know why I didn't post it because it's kinda fun. Maybe I just never got back to it. Anyway, it's a breakdown of (mostly) mythical creatures like werewolves and zombies and witches and whether or not I find them scary and why or why not.  I kinda like this one. I might post it.

Family Ties notes (part one)- 
This is from when I started watching Family Ties on Netflix. There's only like two thoughts in this post. Why I thought I would be writing more than one part, I have no idea. That show is so good though. I should go back to this one.

Ok, I think that's enough for today. There are plenty more drafts but this post is getting pretty long. Are there any on this list you'd like to see posted?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wednesday Thoughts

I have been sitting here for a few minutes debating about talking about the weather in my Wednesday Thoughts. It's such a boring topic yet it is huge in our lives, you know? So I'll just say ONE thing. Yesterday everything was thawing and melting and water was running through the streets. People were wearing t-shirts and shorts with no coats. It felt like spring!

Then today we got about eight inches of snow. But I am not complaining because I got a snow day out of it which was just so wonderful. I won't rub it in case you did not get the day off but let's just say, it involved sleep. Sleep and cookies. It was wonderful.

In other thoughts, the funniest guy on Twitter, Bridger Winegar, posted this video yesterday and I just had to share it with you:


So anyway, what's new with you guys?

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Remember me?

I'm baaaaaaackkk!

That is definitely the longest I've gone without blogging. I came down with pneumonia so bad I pretty much dropped off the face of the earth for the past two weeks!  It was a long recovery, with periods where there seemed to be no improvement whatsoever. But I'm feeling a ton better now and am back to life.

While I was sick, I slept a lot, watched a lot of Netflix, read some, and tried not to feel too stressed out. Being sick is stressful! Life goes on without you when you're sick, as it should, but it's stressful to not be a part of it. Especially because parts of it demand you continue to participate.

I had to avoid watching anything too funny while I was sick because even laughing a little bit would cause a coughing fit. Adele Dazeem almost put my recovery back several days. Remember that? When John Travolta announced Idina Menzel and called her Adele Dazeem? I laughed about that for at least two days.  It was really bad. The coughing was too much. I had to just stop thinking about Adele Dazeem. That was no small task but I eventually managed it.

Since comedies were out of the question, I watched some drama series on Netflix to pass the time in bed. One is called "Call the Midwife." Lots of friends had recommended this to me and they were right - the show is so good.

It takes place in the late 1950's in London and follows the lives of the nuns and midwives who attend to a bad section of town. It's completely charming and funny and sweet and sad. And the babies! There are so many cute babies! My heart melted.

The next show I watched is called "Hell on Wheels." It's about a mobile community by the same name that built the first transcontinental railroad after the Civil War. This show might not be for everyone (violent and kind of raw) but I loved it. I was completely hooked and now I can't wait for the new season.

Once I finished this series, I started looking for another, and based on the reviews I thought I'd give The Walking Dead a chance. I'm not the slightest bit interested in zombies, but I'd heard good things so I thought why not. And honestly, even though I watched several seasons, I do not get the appeal of this show. I just kept watching to see if it would get better. The characters, in my opinion, are not the slightest bit interesting. And any time you think a new character might be interesting, they get killed off.

Another frustration with the show is that it's basically only about the characters constantly running from zombies. There's no real research or understanding about why people are turning into zombies, and there's no global look at how the plague is playing out in other areas. It's just a nightmare. Running running running. And the guts. Guts everywhere. Very little character development. And the people we're supposed to care about are hard to care about. Basically only two people on the show are even kind of likable.

Ok, I'm done. I give The Walking Dead a big "meh."

And there you have it. My reviews of three non-comedies. Now that I'm healthier and it's getting warmer (in theory), I will probably be watching less tv. But I'm always open to more recommendations, so if you have any, please pass them on!

Thank you so much to all of you who checked in on me, sent me cookies and other surprises, and took care of me while I was recuperating. It meant so much to me! I am blessed.

And now that I'm feeling better, be prepared for more frequent blog posts. I still have a lot to say on the important issues in life (like Full House, crafting, and Buzzfeed articles)!