Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday Confessions



I confess...whoever sets appointments for 7:30 AM on a Monday morning has got to be *at least* half insane. (No, I didn't set one that early by choice, obviously.)

I confess...I started re-watching Lost at the end of last week and I'm still not sure whether doing so was a good idea.

I confess...I need to take my dogs for a run and this rain is really killing my desire to do so...

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The Past Four+ Months of Articles!

Though I haven't been the best at keeping up with this blog (thanks to a busy and very trying summer), I've written a lot over at The Geekiary...so even though it's not that much of a 'throwback', here's a long list of the articles I posted there!

Convention Coverage

Selfie with Norman Reedus at SDCC!














Editorial Articles



TV Series Recommendations






Interviews



Summer Cosplay Series!


Episode Reviews


Game of Thrones

The Leftovers


...so as you can see, I *was* quite busy writing...and yes, part of the reason I've been so quiet here on this blog is that I simply didn't have the energy to keep up with both. But as I said Monday, I hope to have time to write some real posts on here fairly soon :) Pin It

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday Confessions



I confess...I feel really bad about how I've practically abandoned my blog lately, but I've been busy trying to get healthy. I hope to be back soon with some more interesting and timely entries ;)

I confess...this morning we put two fundraising packages up for sale on the Ice & Fire Con website, and even *I* was surprised when they sold out in less than an hour. Yay!

I confess...despite having what seems like a million ideas for articles for The Geekiary, I'm having trouble finding the time to actually work on/complete them :-/ Hopefully the fact that my Summer Cosplay Series is finally wrapped up will help...

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Book Review: The Great Grisby by Mikita Brottman

It's no small secret that I'm a dog lover, so when The Great Grisby popped up in my Amazon Vine queue, I had to give it a go.
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I was actually the first meanie to rate this book below three stars on Amazon (I rated it two, to be exact), but I'm honestly surprised at how well received it had been so far. Is it a terrible book? No. It's a bit dry. The author jumps around a lot (from writing about one dog to another) and her transitions are, more often than not, quite weak.

Though Ms. Brottman makes some pertinent observations (about dogs, people, and our relationships with each other), I just feel that this book could do with some reorganization. In addition to her weak transitions from talking about one historical/literary dog for another, the chapters seem mostly nonsensical and her insertions of the story of her own dog (Grisby, of course) are often jarring. Perhaps instead of trying to write a book that was part memoir and part historical/literary study, Ms. Brottman should have focused on one or the other.

Why two stars instead of just one? Well, besides the aforementioned pertinent observations, it is clear that The Great Grisby is well-researched and I enjoyed learning a lot about these "literary, royal, philosophical, and artistic dog lovers and their exceptional animals". 2/5 stars.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Suicide Prevention/Awareness Day

I wasn't going to write today, but as it's World Suicide Prevention Day and I've been dealing with some pretty hefty issues lately, I wanted to make a quick update and link back to my recent blog entries regarding my mental health.

Even more difficult things have occurred in my life since I wrote about seeking help for my severe depression and anxiety, and I've had some really bad days and nights. Really bad. But I'm still working on myself. Some days are harder than others, and I'm not even sure I can say some days are good...but sometimes I am able to breathe and accept things for what they are. To, as I was taught, do some "opposite action".

Today is one of those days. I'm cleaning! I'm doing work! I even put some laundry in! I have fun - and likely therapeutic - plans with friends later!

Tomorrow may not be so easy, but again, I'm trying to listen to what I was taught and take things day by day, one day at a time.

I'll say this - I have more amazing people in my life than I could ever be worthy of, and every one of them has participated in making my state of well-being more positive.

And considering the day, I just wanted to say that if you are experiencing anything difficult - whether it be suicidal thoughts, a personal trauma, general depression and/or anxiety, even if you're just 'in a rut' - don't ever be afraid to reach out. To someone. To anyone. To your pet - I've done that more times than I can count, now. Go to the hospital if you have to - I've been there.

All that said, I'm going to leave you with a recent photo of myself when I was having a great time with some great friends, and hopefully I'll be back soon with some Dragon Con updates!


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Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Confessions



I confess...that I only just now remembered it was Monday and that's why these are getting posted so late.

I confess...I got home from Dragon Con a week ago tomorrow and still haven't unpacked a single thing. Seriously.

I confess...I love that I have two awesome friends who live halfway around the world - in Australia, specifically - and are both named Natalie. And that we're planning New Year's Vegas trips and summer 2015 Eurotrips with each other because that's how we roll.



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