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TWITL – week three – jumble of days

I woke every day this week not remembering what day of the week it was. I woke up on Monday thinking it was something like Thursday and so on. The only reason I knew it wasn’t Friday was because I wasn’t wearing jeans. When it was finally Friday, the morning passed like a Monday morning (super fast). All in all, a freakin’ confusing week.

one foggy morning
I do like the fog…

MOVIES

In The Shadow of the Moon (Netflix) – This movie caught my eye so many times (mostly because of the title) and the hubby pressed play on it. It was an interesting take on time travel along with crime work, etc. The time travel aspect, especially the ending, was certainly a head scratcher and for me it didn’t quite stick. Did the time travel create a new timeline? Is this why she had to keep going back, so as not to affect her actual existence?

Niner gear
wearing my Niner gear

FOOTBALL

The San Francisco 49ers are NFC Champions!!! We watched at our friends’ house so I paid more attention than I did for last week’s game. I even wore my Jimmy G. jersey! I was so glad they won. It took me a moment to realize that THEY’RE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL. WOOHOO!!!

episode 6
The Witcher

I’ve screencapped Henry Cavill as Geralt on The Witcher through six episodes. I’ve started posting some of them to my IG, breaking up the Jack Whitehall love fest I have going on there. It brings me joy doing screencaps of one of my favorites and even better that it’s a fantasy show. After I sceencap all the episodes, I’m going to watch the series over again. Yes, I like it that much…

RANDOM MUSINGS – bullet style

  • My nails are getting too long to type yet I’m going with them for now. I wonder when one of them will break. It’ll happen…
  • I had the Impossible Whopper at Burger King and I actually didn’t mind it. I found it tastier than the Beyond Burger offered at Carl’s Jr. but the Impossible Whopper doesn’t taste like a regular Whopper. I would probably order an Impossible Whopper again.
  • I had sushi on Monday night and it was so good! I need to eat sushi more often because when it’s good, it is so good…
  • The weather was cold again this week and I rather liked it. We had a storm one day that lasted until just before the end of my work day. I didn’t mind the gloom…
Christmas with My Father
Jack, just because…

Originally published at Kiari's Corner. You can comment here or there.

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TWITL – week two – a long winter week

It was the first week after winter break and lo, it felt like the longest week EVER. For some reason, the cold I thought I’d beaten during break came back to spend time with me as the routine of work once more began. Thankfully it was more annoying than anything. Oh, and I could still taste my food. So important!

The fangirl melodrama that I promised myself I would post…

I finally posted that break up letter to one of my fellas. I spent a lot of time on it and I felt it was time to go ahead and publish it. I have no idea if he will read it (how could he, unless someone points it out to him) but I like that it’s out there.

I wouldn’t normally so publicly “break-up” with one of my fellas (and though he’s unnamed in the letter, it shouldn’t take too much to figure out who he is), but in this case, because of the personal aspect of the situation, I felt I needed to say something even though I’m still part of the fan group mentioned in the letter. At this point, I still do my part for the group because the fans appreciate it…

This Particular Muse
no, not breaking up with this one…

My thing for Jack Whitehall is still going strong. His tour just ended the other day so I wonder if that means a slow down of seeing him or things related to him online. I hope his Stood Up tour ends up being a special on Netflix because I want to hear the new jokes. I have lots to screencaps so that I can continue my Monday through Friday with optional weekend postings of him on my Instagram. I should seriously just create a fan IG for him but I am not ready to do such a thing.

Pattern 9
the usual pattern

BOOKS

The Tyrant’s Tomb – Rick Riordan
The fourth book of the Trials of Apollo series was a good installment. This one was set in the Bay Area, so it was nice to have a bit more context about the places mentioned. I’m glad that I’ve read the other series in the same universe as it gives me more background on the places and secondary characters. Poor Lester, he’s so exhausted and really feeling quite mortal. I wonder if Apollo, should he regain his godhood, will keep the lessons to heart…

TV

Dracula (Netflix) – BRILLIANT mini-series! We watched all the episodes in one sitting and I really liked it! I loved that they brought Dracula to the modern world but I wasn’t too keen on some of the story in that third episode. I really just didn’t care about the Lucy character and found her to be less fleshed out than the other characters. Maybe that was the point?

FOOTBALL

The 49ers won their game over the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday. Super sweet! I know, I don’t talk about football much, but I do support the 49ers and have supported them since I was a kid. I am looking forward to next week’s game. Not sure who they’re playing yet but I think the Niners can take either of them…

Friday evening
Friday night

WRITING

“I’ll Dream of You Again” – The re-write is a slow process but I’m working on it. I’m trying to be a bit more organized with the story, along with the whole changing of the point of view. Part of me wonders why I’m so focused on this particular story but I consider it a good thing to still feel inspired to write it. But will I let anyone read it?

Originally published at Kiari's Corner. You can comment here or there.

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I’m breaking up with you – a fangirl melodrama

Some knowledge of our fan group kerfuffle will put the following in context:

After much contemplation, I have decided not to name Listworthy5. Readers, you are all smart enough to know who he is but if you’re still not quite sure, you can ask me privately. Even though I don’t want anyone to lose love for him (this is all about me and my reaction to things you might not think are that noteworthy and that’s cool), I think it’s important for this to be out there if only for my own selfish reasons. He’s human with his flaws and unfortunately for me, the particular flaw of trusting the wrong person has affected my regard for him. So this post will not explicitly name him. Out of respect? Well, for my fellow fans more so than for him.

I would not be offended if he somehow found his way to this letter so if you, my gentle reader, feel the need to point out this post to him, you have my permission to do so. (Just be sure you point it out to the right fella. If you’re not sure, you can ask me.)

Just because I’m “breaking up” with him doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t still like to meet him someday. (I know, probably won’t happen, especially after I hit publish on this entry!) He seems like a really cool person in general. I encourage everyone to read the interviews he’s done with that other fan site as they are rather enlightening. You’ll have to find them on your own because I’m not so good-hearted to point you to the site of the person who tried to steal from us.

As for the one I call “hypocrite” in this entry, I stand by my words. She actually believes that what she tried to do was righteous but most people I know see it for what it was– a betrayal and an outright attempt at thievery.

So if you’d like some wordy fangirl melodramatics, read on. If you make it to the end, good on you!

Dear Listworthy5,

I’m breaking up with you. It’s mostly you and just a little bit of me. I wrote a version of this letter a few months ago that insisted it was all you but now I think it’s both. After all, I’m the one doing the breaking up, right?

Let me start by saying that I truly believe that you’re a good guy. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t waste my time trying to express my anger, disappointment, and, ultimately, my resignation in regards to you. I’ve read the words you’ve spoken in the fan interviews and you are warm and gracious and articulate and appreciative. Normally, these are things that warm my fangirl heart and would make me love you more. You have shared so much of yourself in those fan interviews and I’m struggling with getting past the person who’s asking the questions.

And therein lies my quandary– you have entrusted details of your life and thoughtful insights to a person who utterly betrayed the trust of fellow fans. Is it melodramatic to say it like that? Hell yes. But it doesn’t change the fact that this person is an unethical, backstabbing hypocrite who dares call herself a “fan.”

Maybe it doesn’t bother you how she got to her place of trust in your life. She cultivated your good will based on our long-standing fan account, using years of our support and calling it her own. We had made first contact with you and unfortunately for us, we trusted her to nurture that connection into the interviews that were conducted under our auspice. Maybe she spun you a tale of how she wanted to branch out of our group, that she made the decision on her own. Perhaps she left out the part where she changed the password and contact information on the twitter account in an attempt to take it for herself. She just wasn’t clever enough to cover all the bases, which is why she had to create a whole new fan account after we regained control and locked her out of all our group accounts. And because she couldn’t build a whole following on her own, she has to have you pimp out her fan site so that YOUR followers might check out her account and perhaps follow.

For this long while, I let myself believe that you didn’t know any part of the more unsavory details of her separation from our group. Even now, there’s part of me that wants to believe you’re basically “innocent” in all of this. But I think you’re smarter than that. So either you condone her actions or she didn’t tell you all the details. None of us in the group will ever publicly detail the incident with names (although if asked, I will tell exactly who I mean). I might not name you or her but hopefully there are enough clues in this letter for people to figure out things. (And if one of those people want to point you to this letter of mine, I’m absolutely cool with it. Permission granted!)

It HURTS that you chose such a hypocrite as your “fan” voice. If she had just branched out on her own without trying to steal our account, perhaps this would feel differently. But she did attempt to steal our account and if she tries to spin it a different way, WE HAVE HER WORDS. She told us of her intentions and insinuated that you approved. Did you? Maybe you did. Maybe you felt that whatever she needed to do to wrest OUR fan account from us was what needed to be done. It pains me to even consider it.

This shouldn’t feel personal but it really does. My friends and I have been supporting you and your work for several years and the hypocrite was brought into our group because of how supportive she was of you. She was certainly more active and started to hoard control over the twitter account. Please know that even though we split the duties of the social media accounts, we individually also had access to each account. As long as we posted about you and were respectful of our fellow moderators, no one really cared if someone else posted on one account or another. Except for her. I remember more than one time when a photo cross posted to the account she moderated and even though it was YOU (unlike half the posts she was posting), she deleted the photos. She wanted that particular social media account to be seen as HERS even though it belonged (and still belongs) to all of us.

So yes, it feels extremely personal to me (and to my friends as well) that you chose the backstabbing hypocrite’s sites as your official fan accounts. It’s a slap to the face to not just us but to all the other fan accounts out there that have been around for a long time. We all share our love of you and promote your work but you chose the person who insinuated her way into your good graces from the connection we created. Saying she has a “kind heart” and “gentle spirit” is such utter and complete BULLSHIT because we absolutely know better. She thought she was doing all the work in our group and we weren’t doing enough and therefore we shouldn’t get any credit at all. She used us to get to you all the while accusing us of only wanting attention from you. You probably don’t even know all of our names but you sure as hell know hers. So who exactly was wanting attention from you?

Your support of her legitimizes her “official” fan accounts. Allowing her to use the designation tells your fans that you trust her and we should too. I cannot. Our group cannot. We have held our tongues because we don’t want to shine negativity on the fandom but damn it, it really hurts that you chose her. No matter how amazing the interviews with her are, she’s still the one who attempted to break our group, to steal our account. Yet she’s the one with access to you. Your ever constant praise of her is like daggers to the heart. And because you praise her, our fellow fans follow suit because they don’t know better. And that might hurt even more.

I’ve been stubborn enough to keep chugging along with our fan group because I don’t want the hypocrite to think she’s “won.” But maybe she has already won. I don’t feel the same about you. I’ve actually lost some respect for you. The fans who follow her account think she’s great, a lot of it because you think the same. All of this uneasy energy is mine to bear. The practical side of me asks, why waste my time on someone who doesn’t appreciate it? Then I remember that the fans still appreciate our work promoting you. They are the ones who keep me going at this point. I don’t want to disappoint them even though I think they deserve the truth. I suppose if they find this letter, they’ll know some of that truth.

I do wish you well in your future endeavors. If your next project looks worthy, I might even watch it (I didn’t watch your last gig as it wasn’t my cup of tea and they utterly wasted your talent). I’ll probably still watch your past work because that one show is still one of my favorites. I hope someday I can just watch you again and appreciate your talent and forget the man. Are you that good an actor? Probably. If we ever meet in the future, I promise to be polite and adoring. I hope someday you remember that there are more fans out there than the hypocrite and that those fans deserve some praise as well. I don’t expect it for myself.

So thank you for sharing your talent. Thank you for sharing your time with the fans. Thank you for opening yourself up to that hypocrite because at least we could get some insight into you. And thank you for inspiring creativity in me, in us, in your fans. We spend our time screencapping, combing the internet for stories, posting edits, and promoting you because we care about you and want you to do well. So thank you for all of that. Even with this particular melodrama, I would never take any of it back. This was a great lesson in trust and betrayal. So I suppose I should thank you for that as well.

I wish you amazing roles and great work. I wish you long life and happiness. You seem like a really good guy and that does go a very long with me as a fan. But from me as a fangirl to you– I hope one day the hypocrite’s true character reveals itself to you. I hope it weighs on you even just a little bit that supporting her meant losing our respect for you. And just a thought– if she could betray us, what more could she do to you?

Best always,
Valerie

Originally published at Kiari's Corner. You can comment here or there.

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TWITL – week one – Happy 2020

Happy 2020! Our New Year’s Eve was rather lowkey. I had fallen asleep but woke up about ten minutes before midnight. Two minutes before midnight, all the noise started (hopefully just fireworks) then it was 2020. A new year, a new decade– what does the future hold?

It’s been wonderful being on winter break. Working a day and a half both weeks was rather lovely. It might have helped that when I was at work, it was quiet in my building. Good times!

Happy New Year/Decade!
Happy 2020!

MOVIES

Jumanji: The Next Level – Friday after a half day of work, I walked to Zephyr’s and had lunch then went to the 1:15 showing of the movie. I liked it! I had enjoyed Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle so I figured I’d like this next installment. It started off a little slow with some necessary catching up with the characters but once they got to Jumanji, the movie moved along. I thought it was funny and adventuresome and pleasingly heartwarming. If you saw Welcome to the Jungle then of course you have to see The Next Level.

Anna – It was on sale digitally so we bought it and watched it. I liked the action and fractured storytelling. I didn’t mind all the flashbacks and such. I thought it made the movie interesting.

TV

Messiah – (Netflix) – We binge watched this show and I found it fascinating. Is it considered a faith based series? It felt too balanced for that designation to me. I don’t usually go for faith based shows/movies so I thought it was a little odd that I actually started paying attention when the hubby pressed play. The interesting thing for me was that the show made me realize that there’s still a believer lurking in me… The whole series was intriguing and I recommend it.

For All Mankind (Apple TV+) – We finally finished this show and I really liked it. It was well done on all fronts. I’m curious what the next season will bring for the characters, especially with the time jump. Are the same actors going to play their older selves? It will be interesting to watch…

MUSIC

“Sinning with You” – Sam Hunt – Sam’s latest song release is one of moments that just squeezes your heart. Someone asked me how I would describe the song in five words and I answered, “Soft, sweet, soulful, beautiful, heavenly.” It took a couple of listens for me to really dig the vibe of the song but now it’s seeped into my soul. How does he do it?

The Witcher
Henry as Geralt in The Witcher

Toss a Coin to Your Witcher
Music Composed & Produced by Sonya Belousova & Giona Ostinelli
Lyrics by Jenny Klein, Sonya Belousova & Giona Ostinelli
Performed by Joey Batey

So this song is from the Netflix show The Witcher. It’s a total ear worm and I can’t stop listening to it. You can only find it on that Soundcloud page for now but I can tell you that once I can actually buy it, I’m buying it! Give it a listen and try not to start at least humming it after a couple of listens.

RANDOM MUSINGS

I’ve started an offline (well, I keep it online but I won’t post it) sort of journal. Just something to keep track of the days and maybe use as a guide for my weekly posts. Sometimes when I’m sitting here trying to think of something to write, I draw a blank. The private journal is a bit mundane and long ago I might gone ahead and posted those details on my blog. Now I’m just happy to post once a week.

Other people’s pictures of Jack’s tour
shots from Jack’s Stood Up tour

And apparently I’m going to keep saving photos that I see of Jack Whitehall’s Stood Up tour. And sometimes I might make collages like the one above because I need to do something with the photos I save, right? I wish I could watch one of his shows live but that’s not in the cards right now. If he ever makes his way to my side of America, remind me that I should go and see him, eh?

Last nine of 2019
my last nine of 2019

I’ll probably still keep doing the pattern on my IG. (You see it, right?) It guides me and keeps me constant in my posts there. It can be a bit of a pain when I want to do certain things (do you see that too?) but it’s a fun challenge as well.

And it’s back to work tomorrow, back to the routine. Happy 2020 indeed!

Originally published at Kiari's Corner. You can comment here or there.

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TWITL – week fifty-two – when you don’t know what day it is

It’s that time of year when you’re not sure what day of the week it is. Or at least for me. I decided that instead of one whole big chuck of time off during winter break, I’d make two long weekends of five days each. As I begin this, I’m at the first day of my second long weekend.

trees in the park
Xmas trees at the park

I last posted on Christmas, which was a lazy sort of day that ended at one of our locals for drinks and dinner. Going in to work the next day was odd but I had plenty of time to do my work. I worked a half day on Friday, which was even odder. We were pretty much a skeleton crew both days and it was nice and quiet in my building. After work on Friday, I went to see a movie!

Knives Out – I very much enjoyed this movie. I love murder mysteries and trying to figure out what actually happened. The performances were all stellar and of course, I loved watching Chris Evans. I used to have a big thing for him and now it’s quite settled. I still think he’s dreamy and in this movie, he was rather dreamy. Lovely Chris Evans aside, the movie was a great watch and a definite recommendation…

this 1888 design piece
my latest piece from 1888 Design

Much to the chagrin of the hubby, I went on a sort of online shopping spree during this winter break. Among my recent purchases: another lovely piece from 1888 Design (I cannot resist a sale), a Tyler Rich t-shirt (to complete my current collection of Tyler t-shirts), a t-shirt and tour book from Jack Whitehall‘s online store, a new computer, a pendant that’s The Witcher themed, and Bath and Body Works stuff. The first three orders were made before Christmas and the first two arrived before the holiday (joyous!). I didn’t expect the Jack stuff to arrive too soon because they were coming from Great Britain and I had no idea how long it would take to get to me. I had no way to track the order, having only gotten notification when it was sent off. So imagine my great surprise when the mail arrived on Friday afternoon and my Jack stuff was one of the deliveries!

My buys from Great Britain arrived!
new stuff

The t-shirt fits nicely and the tour book is super lovely. It’s bound like a graphic novel and the pages are thick. I was so delighted for the delivery and it arrived sooner than I expected, which was a wonderful surprise. The tour book is a fun read, filled with pictures from Travels with My Father and other things, an interview with Jack, and writings from his parents.

Medallion
something new

RANDOM FANGIRL THOUGHTS

I never did post that “break up” letter to that one Listworthy of mine. Do I just not want to post that kind of negativity? Has my regard finally turned to a sort of indifference? I’m not sure. Maybe so. My better nature has finally soothed away enough of the bitterness and I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t care if my former Listworthy has decided to trust a backstabbing hypocrite. Okay, maybe I haven’t quite gotten over it.

The following resonated with me (emphasis mine):

“I don’t need to tell anybody here, we live in a moment where everything immediately seems to default to outrage,” Abrams continued. “There’s a kind of M.O. of just either ‘It’s either exactly as I see it or you’re my enemy.’ … It’s a crazy thing that there is such a norm that seems to be devoid of nuance and compassion — and this is not about Star Wars, this is about everything. Compassion and acceptance … We knew, starting this, any decision we made—a design decision, a musical decision, a narrative decision—would please someone and infuriate someone else.”

JJ Abrams responds to criticism of The Rise of Skywalker, says you can’t please everyone

I know the notion that I fangirl over shows and artists can be considered an odd thing at my age but I’ve accepted the fact that this is what I am. So I do understand when fans are protective over the characters or stories that they love. What I do not understand is the venom spewed by these so called “fans” when an adaptation or plot course has deviated in some way from their own personal vision of the characters or stories. Do they think the version they conjured in their head is the only true version? Do they think that others cannot have just as valid a version? What if the actual creator of the stories actually approves of the adaptation, do the fans dismiss and disregard this? I understand a thoughtful debate on quality and comparison of source material vs an adaptation. What I don’t understand is the default to outrage and the blind insistence to not see another side.

And then it’s hard when you love something someone you know has decided to hate.

I’ve found myself self-censoring my social media and to some extent my blog in regards to showing love towards something new I’m fangirling because someone I know has been vocal to hating it. I don’t directly engage but I’ve been trying not to post too much about loving it in consideration of this person who quite vehemently and quite venomously HATES this new thing that I love. I feel that if I post this thing that I love, the person who hates it will take it as a personal attack when it’s not. It’s just me loving this new thing. The hateful venom saddens me but I don’t take it personally. So then why don’t I just share my love? Why am I putting so much thought into not offending this one person when this one person obviously doesn’t care who is offended?

Jack in Brighton
Jack in Brighton

WRITING

“I’ll Dream of You Again” – The re-write is going SLOW on this story but it is plodding along. It’s a bit hard to add new bits and then try to re-write previous bits that end up contradicting the new bits. I still love the story A LOT so I’m going to keep writing it. Maybe I’ll even let people read it someday. It’s utterly ridiculous so it might just be for me for awhile…

episode 1
already time for a re-watch or at least lots of screencaps…

RANDOM OTHER THOUGHTS

It’s a little strange to think we’re heading in to the 20s. When I was growing up, I used to think, “How old will I be when 2000 hits?” or “How old will I turn in 2000?” Now, it’s very strange to realize that 2000 is nearly twenty years ago. I can’t remember every turn of the new year but I do remember what I was doing when it went from 1999 to 2000– I was walking down the hall to leave work as I had to work swing shift that December night, 1600 hrs to midnight. A few weeks later, I’d be in Pasadena for a Hercules/Xena convention and I’d meet Ryan Gosling again. It would also be the last time I’d see Kevin Smith (“Ares”). Twenty years ago seems like a long time and then not…

Kevin Smith
Kevin Tod Smith… such a beautiful man…

What adventures await in 2020? Will I finally declare Jack Whitehall a Listworthy? What story will I write for November? What concerts will I attend and will I get a photo with someone I adore from afar? Will Tyler Rich get that number one song? Will I finally get my next tattoo and if so, what will it be? Will I finally post that “break-up” letter? Will another fella catch my eye?

I’m not one for resolutions but this time of year, I do take the time to assess where I am in life and what I might want to adjust to achieve better balance. Even though there’s an abundance of negativity out there and reality is a bit of a crap show, I believe there is enough beauty and light out there to see us through and that’s my focus. I’ve learned not to react or engage directly with certain things, instead opting with venting privately with people who are of the same mind. When I post on social media, I prefer to keep it light and happy and loving. Of course, that doesn’t mean I’m not aware. I am. I just choose to ignore it because life is too short to dwell on other people’s negativity. It’s fun to talk shit about it but those are for private moments. Just because someone wants to spew venom doesn’t mean I must engage. So I don’t. I turn instead to the things that make me happy…

Rey & Superman win!
Rey & Superman – last ones standing…

If you made it this far, cool beans! Thanks for reading my rambling thoughts. Now go on and do something that brings you joy. Here’s to a lovely end to 2019 and a 2020 filled with amazing adventures. CHEERS!

Originally published at Kiari's Corner. You can comment here or there.

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TWITL – week fifty-one – Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

The last two weeks of the year always seem to blur as we’re really in the middle of the last week of the year. I’ll probably post again next week since I have another long weekend ahead of me. Joyous!

The nine
the nine

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – I’ve seen it twice already! No spoilers from me, just impressions. I enjoyed the movie but it felt like a lot of delicious little morsels as opposed to the fulfilling meal. We had all these tastes in these moments that were filled with emotion or action then on to the next without time to feel for even for just a moment. So much happens in the movie but there were moments that deserved more focus. We meet new characters but don’t spend enough time with the ones we actually know. In the end, this end tied up a lot of main threads. I don’t know where I’d rank this last movie but I will say it was better than any of the prequel trilogy but not better than any of the original trilogy…

episode 1
Henry Cavill as Geralt in The Witcher

The Witcher – This Netflix show dropped on Friday and we finished it over the weekend. I was always going to watch it because HENRY CAVILL. I read the first book (THE LAST WISH) after he was cast, so in my head, Henry was always Geralt. I haven’t played the games (and I’m not a gamer so that’s not going to happen). I went in watching with relatively fresh eyes and an open mind. I know that folks who’ve played the games or read all the books were likely wary of the whole production but hopefully they’ve given the show a chance or just put it out of their mind.

The show is amazing. Henry is fantastic as Geralt. He is so good and that’s not my adoration for him talking. If the show was utter and complete crap, I’d say so (well, in gentle terms). I have watched so many shows out of love that I will admit are not good but The Witcher is not one of them. The production is stellar, the acting is good, the story intriguing. Is it perfect? No. Would I watch this show if Henry was not in it? YES.

See, that’s how I know I actually like the show and am not just loving Henry in something new. I would watch The Witcher if Henry was not in it but I AM SO GLAD he’s in it. I am so glad that he stars in a fantasy show because I love watching good fantasy shows. Between the action and intrigue and magic, I am duly hooked.

Anya Chalotra as Yennefer and Freya Allan as Ciri are both so good too. I loved watching their stories as much as Geralt’s. I cannot wait to see what season two brings.

episode 1
once more, Geralt

One last thought– Geralt’s gear reminds me of Ares (from Hercules and Xena), except Geralt wears more clothes. In one particular scene, Geralt looked like a cross between Ares and Legolas… IN A GOOD WAY…

Jack Whitehall
Jack Whitehall lost the food challenge so…

Our Christmas was lovely and lazy. I hope everyone had good times with lots of love and laughter…

Originally published at Kiari's Corner. You can comment here or there.

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TWITL – week fifty – riding along with the flow

sometimes it’s nothing
riding along with the flow
watching scenes roll by

the pattern
the most recent nine

I’m late posting this because we had a busy weekend that really started on Friday night. We had a holiday dinner for the hubby’s work at Sweeney’s. Great food, good drinks, and lovely company. I had a good time and walked away with a cool gift from the white elephant exchange.

us
Friday night

Saturday was the holiday parade downtown. Good times, lots of fun floats. We sat at our usual spot in front of the wine bar. It was pretty brisk outside and thank goodness the weather held up and the rain fell AFTER the parade was over.

the holiday parade
during the holiday parade…

Sunday we headed out on a party bus for a day at the race tracks. More fun times! The weather was clear but very cool. We watched a lot of the day’s races and even got to down and see the horses. We didn’t win anything but it was a fun day spent with lovely people.

horses racing
Sunday at the races

Now it’s Monday and Christmas is just over a week from today. I’m watching While You Were Sleeping right now and it’s still one of my favorites even if I’m not quite paying attention to it…

us
Sunday at the track

Originally published at Kiari's Corner. You can comment here or there.

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TWITL – week forty-nine – here we are in December

the long nights beckon
cold except in misty scenes
caught between our dreams

the pattern
my IG is ridiculous

I feel like I’m just grinding away for Winter Break. The week just seemed to drag a little but I got to end it with a meeting away from the office (and then we ended up locked down for a bit for reasons but we were released before the work day ended).

TV & Movies

  • Watchmen – One more episode until the season finale! I am so really digging this show. Can’t wait to see who the season ends.
  • Brides of Blood – This movie is from 1968 and a total B-movie but I oddly enough couldn’t stop watching it. It’s part of a set of movies, apparently, that were made in the Philippines. We found this movie on Amazon Prime and I don’t know that I could recommend it but it’s a fun and ridiculous watch…
  • Prodigal Son – The fall finale ended with a cliffhanger. How long before it comes back? Another show I’m very much enjoying. So yes, network shows can still figure a way to get viewers like me, I suppose.
my latest piece from 1888 Design
my latest piece from 1888 Design

I bought another piece of 1888 Design. I’d been eyeing this piece for awhile and I pulled the trigger because I wanted to use my discount code. As always, such a lovely piece…

this face
Jack

Yes, still Jack Whitehall. He’s on tour and I’m jealous of all the people who get to see his show. So lucky! His Netflix special comes out this week and I am so excited! I’m still not sure why I’m so fangirl for him (like so much) but it’s fun so I’ll go with it…

Henry
Henry talking The Witcher

I predict that I will be on a Henry Cavill thing again in a couple of weeks because of The Witcher. He’s been out there doing the press thing for the show and I am so excited for it to drop on Netflix on December 20th. It’s already getting a second season (WOOHOO!) so it had better be good. I’ll be watching!…

Originally published at Kiari's Corner. You can comment here or there.

walelia

TWITL – weeks 45, 46, 47, 48 aka TMITL November 2019

Welcome to December! National Novel Writing Month 2019 was a success for me. I hit the 50k word count on November 25 and finished the story the next day. It was a little strange to write a prequel but it does give me more background and direction to the main story (the one I started in June). I enjoy the characters so much and now I’m going to go through the main story and do a re-write because I wrote the prequel in third person and the main story in first person. The re-write includes changing from first person to third person. I also need to work on refining the timeline.

NaNoWriMo 2019

The random things I remember from November (besides writing every day):

  • We went to the Apple Store in Walnut Creek early in the month to buy a new Apple Watch (but not for me!) and there were so many people there! I love checking out the new stuff though and holding the devices in hand. I’m glad that I don’t want the new iPhone because I know I’ll want the next one and I’m trying to hold on to my devices for longer…
  • During our jaunt that way, we stopped at the Fry’s store in Concord and WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?! The store looked like it was on its last legs. The merchandise looked like leftovers. Nothing was where I remembered it and it absolutely looked like they would be having a clearance sale. On our way out, we asked the fella at the exit if the store was closing and he gave an absolute negative. It felt like lies but apparently that’s the company line. I felt a little sad about Fry’s. I remember going to that store in different locations and always being rather enthralled by the experience. Now, it just seems like the dying shell of the store. Alas.
  • We attended the birthday party of our friend and his one year old (his boy was born on his birthday!) and it was fun. It was a good time and I think the little one had fun.
  • We had a quiet Thanksgiving at home then a second Thanksgiving this past weekend at my cousin’s house. It was great! I love hanging out with my cousins and chatting and eating (so much eating).
This pattern
still making the pattern

TV

  • The Mandalorian – This show is pretty much the reason why we have Disney+ right now and it’s worth it right now. The Child is pretty much my reason for watching the show. SO CUTE!!! The pace of the show works for me and it looks great and I’m hooked.
  • Watchmen – A rather amazing show and I don’t think I can recommend it enough. I’ve read the graphic novel but it was so long ago and I have watched the movie but the show is such a great adaptation of the source material. I look forward to every episode. (ETA: OMG, episode seven!!!)
  • Prodigal Son – Still digging this show. I love mysteries and crime stories and this one has a great arc as well. It sort of sucks to be hooked by a network show but there it is.
  • Emergence – The little girl creeps me out but I am duly hooked by this show as well. It’s rather intriguing and I wonder where the story will lead us.
mmm, lumpia
lumpia for second Thankgiving

RANDOM MUSINGS

  • I’m finding it slightly annoying to be tagged on IG by strangers when they mean that rapper whose real name is Kiari. But I suppose it’s better than being threatened by entitled children who want my profile name?
  • Totally still fangirling for Jack Whitehall and absolutely jealous of all the people who get to see him while he’s on his comedy show tour. If I could, I’d go to a Jack Whitehall show.
  • I just realized the other day that we’re heading toward the end of the 2010s. WHERE HAS TIME GONE?!
with baby boy K
with baby boy K

Originally published at Kiari's Corner. You can comment here or there.

sunset twins

TWITL – week forty-four – first time camping

Me, camping?!

camping face
camping face

So, I’m heading towards the half century mark and I managed to NEVER go camping in all that time. It just never seemed to be for me. I like modern conveniences like indoor plumbing, hot showers, internet access, phone service— you know, the things I think we all take for granted. So camping just never seemed that appealing to me. I know, go out in nature and enjoy earth’s beauty. All well in good but for me, I like sleeping indoors and having the bathroom close enough to bed where I don’t have to bundle up and walk outside to handle my business.

So when we got invited to camp, I wasn’t too keen on it. It wasn’t just the adventure of it that I minded, it was the fact that the weekend of the trip would be the start of National Novel Writing Month and my gentle readers, you all know how much I love to devote all my free time to writing my November novel, right? So you can understand my hesitation in saying yes to 1) camping for the first time and 2) trying to reconcile that with somehow writing during the experience.

the beach
beach view

I was eventually convinced (I’d call it gently coerced because I did say yes while having drinks) and so began the adventure. I got excited about buying a sleeping bag (that’s right, I’ve never slept in a sleeping bag!) and trying to figure out what clothes I’d be wearing. I wondered if my Anker power bank would be enough to power my phone for a couple of days. Oh, and I had to bring my iPad because the RUGBY WORLD CUP final was our first night of camping and I HAD TO WATCH IT.

(Aside – Even though my All Blacks were not in the final – ALAS-, I still had to watch it. And watch it I did and what a joy to witness South Africa win over England. Sorry, I’m never going to cheer for a Northern Hemisphere team over the tri-nations Southern Hemisphere team. Well, if the USA team ever makes the final, I’ll cheer for them. Anyhoo, yah Springboks!!!)

RWC 2019
The Springboks win the Rugby World Cup!

We packed our things Thursday night and the hubby loaded everything into the truck while I was at work for half the next day. When I came home, we headed out for the long drive to Anchor Bay. It wasn’t too bad a drive but lo, I was quite glad for taking the Dramamine because some of those curves probably would have called up that lunch I had. We arrived in Anchor Bay in the late afternoon. Our friends had already pitched their tent and inflated their air mattress for us (yah!) so all we had to do was haul our stuff into it.

good morning
Saturday morning shot

Anchor Bay Campgrounds is pretty spiffy. They have indoor plumbing, hot showers, and WiFi (which is great because there’s no cell service for me out here). The evenings are a sort of pot luck where everyone brings some kind of food and the day’s catch is cooked up for all to enjoy. Our friends fish and crab so the first night we had fish along with a lot of other yummies. Saturday night was fresh crab as well as a lot of other yummies again. It was so good! We brought some cheese and salami with crackers for the Saturday night potluck but otherwise, we haven’t had to worry about food because our friends have fed us, which pretty cool!

Sunday haul of crab
Sunday’s haul of crab

From our campsite, it’s a short walk to the beach and what a beautiful beach it is. It’s private and really only accessible from this campground and from above down these crazy steps from town on one side and from an inn on the other. I can hear the water from our tent, which is a little wild because it sounds as if it’s just right outside the tent. Since it is November, the water is pretty chilly on the toes but with the sun shining warm from that clear blue sky, it’s not so bad.

this leads to the beach
the beach is down that way…

The toilets are a slight walk from our campsite but as we’re one of the closer ones to it, it’s not so bad. The showers are coin operated and they’re hot, so that’s a grand thing right there. Tent sleeping is interesting but definitely not too bad with a heater keeping us warm through the night. Our sleeping bag is pretty warm too. I love being able to hear the water hit the beach while I’m falling asleep. Living the dream, my lovelies.

little waves
little waves

Even though I don’t wear a lot of makeup in general, it took me a moment to not care about being out and about without any makeup on at all. My hair is a mess but that’s why I brought my cap and beanie. I do sort of wish I had gotten my eyebrows done before this weekend but oh well!

camping face
walking the beach face

I have been able to write my November novel, but as I’m handwriting it for now (to be transferred to a Google doc later), I have only written in the day time and probably not even close the word count I should have. It doesn’t matter as I will likely make up for it later. If I can write 120K words since June 10th, I think I can get 50K or more this month. It helps that I made that 9 point outline.

So how would I rate my first camping adventure?…

different view
a different perspective

Now we’re home and I’m glad. I unpacked stuff then took a shower. I’ve been looking through my photos and I am glad I got some good shots.

I liked being out there on the beach, listening to the waves crash, letting my eyes see more than my phone or my tablet or my computer. Even though I was taking pictures with my phones, I still felt a bit disconnected from regular life and that was a good thing. I was glad we had WiFi so that I could check on stuff (like poor Jack Whitehall and his disappointment in England losing in the Rugby World Cup finals). I enjoyed very much hanging out with our friends and just drinking and eating and relaxing. Walking along the beach was probably my most favorite thing. When I saw the ocean while we were on our way, I felt its pull. It had been so long since I’d seen the ocean and I didn’t realize how much I missed it.

a view from town
a different perspective

I know that I was very lucky that this was my first camping experience. Our friends made it a great time for us. But man, camping is WORK. Okay, we didn’t really have to do much but have a good time and look after ourselves in the most basic way. I am grateful that the campground had modern amenities because even though I could rough it a little, it’s not my ideal situation. Tent sleeping wasn’t so bad. I like our sleeping bed! Our friends were pretty non-stop and I’m glad we got to camp with them. And I’m very very glad that this camping trip was beach side because the beach was so very lovely.

warm fire
warm fire…

I don’t think I’ll ever want to camp on our own. I’d be pretty hopeless with it. But once in awhile, camping at Anchor Bay? Yeah, I suppose I could hang with it. I just wish the drive wasn’t so winding (and I wasn’t even the one driving!). All in all, a very cool experience at Anchor Bay.

Originally published at Kiari's Corner. You can comment here or there.