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Friday, August 28, 2015

My Favorite Things ~ Week #18


My Favorite things… Episode 32
And we’re back holy crap peps I’ve been away for about 2 weeks and it feels like forever (first time in forever from frozen is what is going on in my head) so I will move on… to it’s been like forever since I’ve seen/heard from ya. So anyway welcome back to My Favorite Things I’ve missed you guys!

Let’s jump right in

NERD: (dum dum dum)
So Stargate Con was during my vacation as was Wizard World Comic-Con which was last weekend. I had the lovely opportunity to meet some actors and actresses that I’ve been dying to meet literally dying. I mean not literally but metaphorically... alright took that too far.
Needless to say I met Peter Williams, Rainbow Sun Francks, David Blue, Peter Kelamis, Suanne Braun, Chuck Campbell, Michael Shanks (again), Rachel Luttrell, and others. I managed to actually take pictures with a few of these people and got autographs from others (see below for pictures or go to other places to get pictures AKA Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook).
It was a fantastic weekend full of fun times, lots of laughs, good stories collected, voice lost and new friends made. That being said I would do it again in a heartbeat (hint, hint, wink, wink all those who listen and those who would like me to help with volunteering b/c I LOVED it I think I got bitten by the volunteering bug)
 
 
 
 

 

I then spent a few days with 2 good friends just relaxing, buying things and sitting back and watching TV/Movies and being nerdy before Wizard World actually hit which was last weekend. There I met some fun people and I can’t even go into how AWESOME it was. The true nerd in me came out full throttle I actually “no kidding here people” had a fan girl moment while talking to someone (yes that someone was an actor and no I have never done that before I either manage to keep cool as I am talking, during the talk, before the talk and then fan girl out after words but never during the actual freaking moment). Needless to say the person I totally fan girl over Milo Ventimiglia…. Let that sink in for a moment we are talking about Jess from Gilmore Girls, Peter from Heroes, The Ogre from Gotham and will be on Conman he’s also on a lot of other things. But my goodness it was Jess from Gilmore Girls that was the end all be all for me and he succeeded (see photos below)
 


Then I moved on to see other fantastic actors such as…
Stephen Amell

Nathan Fillion

Brett Dalton


Michael Rooker

Sean Patrick Flannery
And A Boondock Saint’s duo with Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus
Jeremy Freaking Renner


Can you freaking believe it? Cause I loved every second of it especially the selfies I love that more and more actors are doing those. I really didn’t get any autographs other than Sean Patrick Flannery, but I am not an autograph kind of girl. I have learned over the few years of doing cons that autographs are just not worth it to me. I mean other than my name (if I even get that for the cost) you get the same phrase that everyone else gets and then well what’s the point. I understand it but let’s be honest at that point it isn’t personalized and I get it I truly do but goodness not worth the money for me.
Moving on…

PERSONAL
So I found a couple of wonderful things at Wizard World and in Chicago itself. On the one hand I got some cool Pop Funko stuff and then I got some games: Borderlands, Shadow of Modor for my Xbox and then Darkest Dungeon for the laptop and computer. Which unrelated side nerd note Darkest Dungeon is AMAZE BALLS love this game. Lots of fun playing, characters are interesting, character development so cool you are assigned negative character traits such as hopelessness, misery and the only way to help them is to drop them off at a brothel, pub or abbey depending on your character. 

Besides the funko pop and games I also got a bunch of amazing artwork while at Wizard World b/c I thought hey eating Ramen is fun and Artist Alleyway was calling my name it was like, “Sara you need this, oh Sara look here, OMG how can you not buy me, look at how cool this will be in your house,” yes it did say all that to me. So my Firefly, Sherlock, and Captain America collection grew in art and then I added David Tennant and the 10th Doctor to my collection. Thanks to my lovely sis for getting me hooked on that stupid rabbit hole that never ends. (Unless you’re me and refuse to watch pass Donna’s storyline b/c you are a little bitter about how they treated her, but I digress). Needless to say please enjoy the artwork and if you are just listening head over to the reading blog to see the pretty pretty pictures I bought and took.
 

 

 

 


TV/MOVIES
So when I was in Chicago I was able to catch up on some new shows *cough X-files cough* and helped my sis get introduced to Kill Joys (come on folks I have to help save this show it is amazing) and if you would like to help you can save the petition here. Moving on… I also watched stupid Joe Dirt TV thanks JDay (ugh)

I watched Debug (Stargate Actors David Hewlett wrote and directed and Jason Momoa starred in it) and re-watched Friday
 

Also managed to Watch Man from U.N.C.L.E it was actually better than I expected going into it so that was a bonus plus Henry Cavill so win win right...


MUSIC
So this week we are going to listen to:
Never Forget You by Noisettes

And
Pretty Wicked Things by Dawn Richard

And b/c you know I love me some fanvids here’s a fun Supernatural fan vid by VideosFromNicolee      Enjoy


















BOOKS
I am going to go with


Title: Devil In Winter
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Release Date: 2006
Summary:
Four young ladies enter London society and band together to each find a husband. Has the third "Wallflower" now met her match?

A Devil's Bargain

Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition: marriage!

Sebastian's reputation is so dangerous that thirty seconds alone with him will ruin any maiden's good name. Still, this bewitching chit appeared,unchaperoned, on his doorstep to offer her hand. Certainly an aristocrat with a fine eye for beauty could do far worse.

But Evie's proposal comes with a condition: no lovemaking after their wedding night. She will never become just another of the dashing libertine's callously discarded broken hearts—which means Sebastian will simply have to work harder at his seductions... or perhaps surrender his own heart for the very first time in the name of true love.
 

Thoughts:
I really love this book. I love all the Wallflower books. What I love about this book was the characters it's what this author does best. Seb is a bastard and he doesn't just act like one he truly is one. Evie is a stuttering weak woman in the first 2 books, but when you put them together they both change and want to change. It is awesome to watch. Hands down the favorite of the series. You don't have to read all of them to understand this one but it does help. If you love romance and historical romance then this is it. 

ACTOR/ACTRESS

Man I met so many wonderful actors and actresses these last 2 weeks so this is hard, but it did give me a lot of selection to help promote. But I am going to stick with my fan girl moment of Milo Ventimiglia so he’s going to be my favorite actor this week. You can follow him at @MiloVentimiglia on Twitter

 

 

 


That's it for me folks this week its been real thanks for joining me for yet another awesome week on my favorites. As always I would love to hear from you on what you thought about this week, as well as, what some of  your favorite things are. Please feel free to leave a comment on some of your favorite items here below or come over to Twitter and let me know your thoughts. You can also join me on the dark side at Tumblr or over at Podbean where I record the podcast at. Until next time stay safe and enjoy the weekend and shake that groove thing. 



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Train ride to Chicago from KC


So I rode my first train in this country on the 13th of this month. It was my first time on a train that didn't require me to squeeze into a seat with someone I didn't like b/c of the picture above. My train ride had a dinner cart, snack cart and a wonderful observation car which was fantastic for someone like me who didn't want to be trapped next to a kid who refused to trade seats but wanted to talk over me to his grandparents across the aisle. So off I wondered to the observation deck and saw beautiful grass, corn, and well flat land.
And then out of the clear blue we saw the beautiful Mississippi River which was a nice break before continuing our journey to Chicago. I have to say if you are going to take a 7 hour train ride up north than a train is the way to go. That being said I didn't care for the dinning experience that was unique. I
If you've never rode a train before than you may not know that the dinning cart is a community experience which means you eat with random strangers and can I just say that sometimes that isn't a good thing. Especially if you get an orthopedic surgeon who doesn't want to talk about anything except how successful he's been and how horrible his ex-wife has been. Needless to say lunch was very stressful to this young gal who didn't enjoy listening to any of it and just wanted to eat her cheese sandwich in peace. Needless to say that wasn't happening if this guy had his way. He also was weird.
The only downside beside community eating is of course the bumpy bumpy ride it was never still unless we were stopped which I have to say was a rare thing indeed. That being said I have to admit the view is to die for it was a comfortable ride with (no wi-fi) but fun none the less. I sat back and listened to music, read my kindle drank my drink and relaxed. A great way to start off a vacation.
Monday I get to do it again because I am going home the same way.

What about you? Have you ever taking a train anywhere? Did you love it? Hate it? What should I do next on my train journeys?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Still on Vacation


Still here will be back next week... if you don't hear from me that's why! Talk to you all soon!

Review ~ The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

Title: The Zombie Survival Guide
Author: Max Brooks
Copyright: 2006
Type: fiction
Pages: audio
Series: no

Reason for Reading: It sounded fun and hey I like zombies anyway I can get them

Summary:
From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, World War ZTheZombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.

Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack 

1. Organize before they rise! 
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don’t need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it. 
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer. 
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on. 

Don’t be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset—life. This book is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now without your even knowing it. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is a book that can save your life.

Thoughts/Opinions
I have to say that while at first I wasn't too impressed it was a very good how to guide which equals boring for someone driving. I mean you are telling me what type of weapon and how to shoot it and then how to go to the second floor and save water. It felt like a guide book that was step by step which is exactly what it is. However, when one is driving in a car it means that a person is very bored listening to it and let's be honest I don't have the best attention span when it comes to reading how to guides.
The reader was good but there was no way to make this book interesting unless you were really trying to prepare for a zombie attack and then well by all means take notes b/c I am sure that this will save your life at some point. That being said it was not something that I want to listen to. There were some laugh out loud moments of course like taking a bicycle over other transportation (if I could do that I wouldn't have to get in shape  as the book constantly reminded me to do) but all in all it was just kind of boring to listen to. Definitely not a sit down and read for enjoyment kind of book which is why it got such a low score from me. If you truly want to learn how to survive an attack by all means check it out but it is a how to guide nothing more. 

Goodreads Grade: 3 out of 5 stars


Would you recommend this book to others? Yes if you want to prepare for the future of zombies running around. 

Challenges

Thursday, August 13, 2015

On Vacation in Chicago



I am gone for 2 weeks ... I may or may not post some reviews but keep in mind I will see you very soon!

And boy will I have some stories. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

My Favorite Things ~ Week #17


Week 17 episode 31 of my favorite things and I just realized that I missed last week. I would love to tell you it was because I was doing something AMAZING but sadly I was not. I did put in a window unit and well played my last game of sand volleyball so I did do something but alas nothing super duper cool like go somewhere LOL so sorry folks for those of you holding your breathe weekly for this AMAZING podcast I didn't mean to disappoint or leave ya hanging. I will throw in this side note now and again at the end I won't be doing another favorites next week or the week following as I will be in Chicago unless I can sucker someone into doing it for me (takers are welcomed) or can have someone do it with me while I am in Chicago (hint, hint and wink, wink). We shall see what I come up with. Maybe you will get a special episode. If not I will be back in 2 weeks with a long catch up of 2 cons that I attended while away which leads me into my first topic.

NERD:
So August 14-16 and August 20-23 I will be in Chicago attending to conventions. The first is a Stargate Convention where actors and actresses from the show Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe come together to meet fans and so forth. I've been attending this con for 2010 which has been cool and in 2012 I even went to Vancouver to see them thinking it was the last the one. They are advertising that this is the last one but then again they did that last year as well so we shall see. I do feel that it will be the last one for me though.
Some of the guests going to attend are:






On August 20-23 I will be attending Wizard World Con in Chicago getting to smooze with some lovely handsome and pretty people I will get to take some pictures and maybe get a few autographs with them. I will either post the pictures I take or at least I will post the actors I take pictures with at some point! I am super stoked and excited.


So some of the people I will be taking a photo with are: 


Brett Dalton from Shield


Emilie De Ravin from Lost and OUAT


Jeremy Freaking Renner from well EVERYTHING


Matt Ryan from Constantine


Milo Ventimiglia from Heroes and Gilmore Girls and Conman


Nathan shut your mouth Fillion (this will be my second photo with him) Firefly & Castle

Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery from Boondock Saints we are doing a duo with the 2



PERSONAL
Travel oh how I love thee sort of. However this time I am traveling by TRAIN! Sheldon Cooper be jealous! So over the next 2 weeks I shall be traveling to Chicago to stay with my good friend and sister Courtney which I am super excited about. There while at the first con I will see some good friends that I have made at the con and keep in touch with thanks to social media. Theresa from Canada will also be staying with us during that time so it will be like one GIANT slumber party. There will be laughter, later nights, giddy giggles and over eating. I can't describe to you how bad I need this vacation.

Also while at the con there are tons of opportunities to buy and purchase really cool and unique gift ideas and fun things such as
story scarves for that hard to buy for person in your life that also happens to be a reader. You can actually pick that one up here.

Or


Okay honestly you probably can't find them at a con but who knows if you look hard enough you can. After all I find a Serenity/Firefly charm bracelet at the last Wizardworld Con I went to. You can find the last two picture here and here

TV SHOW
So I've been watching a new Netflix show and I'm once again waiting for series 2 hoping it comes soon because I'm dying...
This show was aired in English and Welsh it is a great show if you like Wallander and I did hence why it was recommended to me. I love the main character and the fact I know nothing about him other than he either has 2 daughters that he either can't see or has died (can't tell but I know he has 2) he has an ex-wife named Meg or a current wife named Meg that has abandoned him or left him. Otherwise I got nothing except that he lived in London and oh in the last episode


he slept with the victim's mother who was then killed so SPOILER but that doesn't give too much away I don't think and if it did sorry.

Anyway I love this show. It is beautifully shot the stories can be cliche at times but then at others there is a  nice twist. They are an hour and a half long so I feel like I get a full freaking movie out of them again I LOVE the BRITISH for that. But at the same time I am tired of having to split them up. Also I would love more than 4 freaking episodes a season... just saying.

Otherwise I haven't even had that much time to watch more than anything else. I did catch up on some Crossing Lines and have only 2 episodes left of that but good night can we please for the love of God get some new ones of that I need season 3 now as well!
The more I watch this show the more I start to fall in love with Sebastian Berger played by Tom Wlaschiha I just heart him immensely and his character


I also started X-Files 

Now keep in mind as soon as I started season 1 episode one Momma G comes in and ask if I like it. Before I could answer her she goes on about how she has always been curious about the show but never had gotten into it and has always wondered about it. So I had to start the episode over. She has not requested it since LOL so I will probably be watching it on my own.

MUSIC
I am going to go with a slow song this time
Losing Your Memories by Ryan Star

And because we know how much I love me some fanvideos here's one done by catminolte


Mainly because I haven't cried enough in my life over the Doctor and Donna so there you go. Now I shall pick a happier song because dang yo we need one after that shit. So I went with
Starships by Nicki Minaji



And here's a fun music fan video with Tom Hiddleston dancing to the same song



This was complied by Ems sorry for poor quality it maybe more my fault than Ems so don't hold that against her. And that's our music selection for the week.

BOOKS

TITLE: You Slay Me
AUTHOR: Katie MacAlister
RELEASED: 2004
SUMMARY:
The author of The Corset Diaries returns to the realm of the paranormal in this sexy, funny romance that pits Seattle-based Aisling Grey against Drake Vireo, a seriously handsome Parisian dragon in human form. In her job as courier, Aisling is to deliver a precious demonic artifact to a Mme. Deauxville in Paris, but she finds Madame freshly dead, surrounded by a circle of ash. The artifact is then stolen by the fast-talking Drake, who claims that Aisling is no mere courier but in fact a demon lord and his destined mate. Determined to play detective, Aisling summons up a demon only to find herself saddled with one, in the form of a slobbering Newfoundland who wants to go walkies. Drake wants to show her the way dragons mate, and then bodies seem to pile up all over Paris, making Aisling a corpse magnet and top suspect. It's going to take every screwy new ally she's got to solve this murder and adjust to her new life in a strange new world.

THOUGHTS
Aisling is 31-years-old, newly divorced, strapped for cash and working as a courier for her uncle's company, which deals in rare artifacts. Her first assignment is to deliver a dragon statue to an eccentric woman in Paris. But when Aisling arrives at the woman's house, she discovers that her contact has been murdered in a bizarre demon ritual. And as if that wasn't bad enough, the priceless dragon statue was stolen by a handsome man. Aisling then hits a very slippery slope downwards into the Otherworld of Paris, finds out she's now a murder suspect and conjures her first demon. 
Aisling is a great character; she's the girl you want to be friends with but also the girl you want fighting on your team. Even though she had the hots for Drake ever since he sauntered in all his dark and sexiness, she still doesn't take any crap from him. Drake's this dragon guy in human form that everyone fears because of his power but Aisling refuses his advances with a swift knee to the groin, a poke in the eye and a good whacking round the head with a solid gold and priceless artifact. But all is made up later against the wall 
The supporting cast was great. Jim the talking demon-dog sidekick was such a kick, with his particular brand wry humor. 

FAVORITE ACTOR/ACTRESS
This week I am going to go with the lovely and talented NATHAN FILLION mainly b/c I am going to meet him in 2 short weeks for the 2nd time in hopes of actually talking to him for more than a split second and begging for a Nathan hug during our photo op this time... here's to wishful thinking. Also for those who don't know he is from Firefly, Castle, Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog and soon to be Conman!! And more but mainly those!!!







That's it for me folks this week its been real thanks for joining me for yet another awesome week on my favorites. As always I would love to hear from you on what you thought about this week, as well as, what some of  your favorite things are. Please feel free to leave a comment on some of your favorite items here below or come over to Twitter and let me know your thoughts. You can also join me on the dark side at Tumblr or over at Podbean where I record the podcast at. Until next time stay safe and enjoy the weekend and shake that groove thing.