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Valerie

whispers softly sing
such sweet elusive secrets
drifting through the breeze

My vacation is over. As I write on this Sunday evening (why do I wait until Sunday to write my blog?!), I go back to work tomorrow after eleven days off. I was super lazy but it was great!

MOVIES

Spider-Man: Far from Home – I’ve actually seen this movie twice now. How could I forget to mention that last week? I obviously enjoyed the movie to watch it twice. I loved the locations and the plot (though I did figure out certain things). I would definitely recommend it!… For the second showing, I watched at our local AMC in the Dolby Cinema auditorium. So fancy! Definitely the way to watch movies. But lo, the price for a seat it expensive…

Shazam! – We bought this movie and I liked it a lot! I’m sorry that I didn’t watch it in the theatres. I adore Zachary Levi and he was so good in the movie. Definitely recommend it.

Too many photo edits of Jack Whitehall
Funny faces from Jack Whitehall

WRITING

“I’ll Dream of You Again” – Even though I had all this time off, the writing stalled big time. I miss the frenzy but now I’m trying to actually think of how I want to write the rest of the story. I think I’m in the second act of the story and I’m ready to get to the third act. I still very much adore the characters so very much…

RAMBLINGS

While on vacation, I did go out a couple of times. I had pho one day, sushi another day. Otherwise, I stayed in most days, tried to write, enjoy the a/c as the days were hot. Oh, I did go to the library one day, which I should have done more than once. Oh well!

One of these days, I'll tell the story
I should tell the story of this tattoo

I should write the story of this tattoo someday. Maybe after the first number one song?

Oh, and yeah, still totally on this Jack Whitehall thing. Watched a couple more episodes of Bad Education. The first episode of second season was HILARIOUS. And a bit revealing. Ha!… My IG is probably going to turn into a bit of Jack Whitehall appreciation account. I’ve already edited a bunch of photos that I want to post over the next week. I should probably add some Sullivan Stapleton pics so that it doesn’t look too lovefesty for one fella…

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

 
 
Valerie

let me savor this
the minutes languid and sweet
spinning lazy dreams

WRITING

“I’ll Dream of You Again” – working title – My writing pace has slowed, which isn’t surprising. I’m close to 60,000 words but the story is far from over. The story feels almost episodic, which confuses me a little but I’m going with it because the characters demand it. They want me to tell the story this way and I must oblige. I don’t even know how to describe it. It’s obviously a romance. The steamy scenes aren’t as descriptive as I’ve been writing, which I find interesting but it’s not a bad thing. No one else will probably read the story but I’m having the best time writing it. I’ve gotten quite comfortable writing in the first person and I think I’m starting to prefer it. Probably means I should switch to third person for my next story, eh? As written so far, “I’ll Dream of You Again” is probably about halfway finished.

Jack Whitehall
Jack Whitehall

FANGIRL STUFF

Jack Whitehall – Here we go. I’m admitting that this one is my current Muse. It started with Good Omens (if you have Amazon Prime, GO WATCH THIS SHOW)– Jack plays Newt Pulsifer and I thought he was simply ADORABLE. I told myself, no, you don’t think of him “that way.” I checked out some of his stuff on Netflix and he made me laugh. Then I started writing my current story and Jack just happened to fall into that character. So I’ll admit he’s my latest Muse but that doesn’t mean he’s going to a Listworthy or anything. He’s SO YOUNG! (Not that age matters but…) So there it is, Jack Whitehall is my current Muse…

Listworthy5 – I’m still in a strange limbo about this one. I’m still posting the IG photos and a little to the twitter but is my whole heart in it? Do I still adore him in the same way? Enough of my heart is in it but my adoration has certainly shifted. I’m still in it to participate in our group but a lot of it is because I’m stubborn and will not be run off by a challenging incident. I hope to learn and grow from the whole thing…

4th of July
4th of July Parade in Brentwood

I’m on vacation! My first day of vacation was July 4th. I thought I’d do something different and take the week AFTER 4th of July off from work. We had the 4th and 5th off (since they were Thursday and Friday, respectively) so extending my long weekend into a whole week was an easy decision.

We woke up early so that we could set our chairs in a good spot. The parade was a fun watch, a bit on the short side but that was all right. Later in the day, we headed to my cousin’s place in Pleasant Hill for dinner then fireworks. Good times, good times!

4th of July
Fireworks over Contra Costa county

TV

Stranger Things 3 – Yes, we binge watched this during the weekend. No spoilers! I will say that I enjoyed it more than the second season. I think knowing the characters and the world made it more enjoyable.

Blood & Treasure – This is a fun show! It’s adventuresome and intriguing and fun. The leads are good looking, OF COURSE, and the female lead is super kickass! I’m glad we started watching it and I’m also glad that it’s getting a second season. I love summer shows!

In the Dark – I’m reluctantly watching and reluctantly enjoying it. Is that weird thing to say? The lead actress has hooked me though and I’m digging the mystery of the show. What happened to her friend? Will we find out? I have my suspicions so we shall see…

Bad Education – This was a British show starring Jack Whitehall (hence me watching it). I’m almost finished with season one. I’m not sure how to describe the show. Jack plays a young teacher who has a good heart but terrible instincts. It’s fun to watch him stumble. He’s sweet but clueless. He’s probably the worst teacher ever…

Jack Whitehall
Jack once more….

I have a celebrity crush type, don’t I? Jack seems to be of the slightly dorky variety but he makes me laugh and I like that…

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

 
 
 
Valerie

Saturday night we saw Tyler Rich in concert! It had been almost a year since we last saw him so I was pretty excited for this show. It was made a whole lot more fun by getting to hang with the G Bar gang!

My Spell Breaker
my tattoo & Tyler Rich

We drove up to Lake County to visit with the G Bar gang at our friend’s house. It was a long drive for us (and super twisty!) and I was feeling pretty car sick for a portion of it. Not good times but the rest of the evening made up for it. Hanging out at our friend’s lovely place was fun! We got to catch up and play with kittens and have some food and drinks.

our group shot
the gang

The venue was the Cache Creek Vineyards and Winery. It’s a lovely spot and makes for an intimate concert experience. Tyler’s show was the first sold out show of the venue! SUPER SWEET!

Jackson Michelson on stage
Jackson Michelson

The opening act was Jackson Michelson. He was good! I got to meet him after his set but didn’t get a picture. Ooops! He was very nice. And he sounded great on stage.

Good time at the Tyler Rich concert
a snapshot of a very good night

Tyler came on stage just as the sun was setting. He began with “Just Like That” and we were off! He was on stage for over an hour and it just seemed to fly! Tyler’s stage presence has just gotten better and better. He sounded so great! I loved the new songs and sang along with the old songs. I was part of the “pit” crowd, almost at the front. It was fun being there with people I know. Everyone was so enthusiastic and it just made me more enthusiastic. Twas a joyful time!

Sabina joined us in the crowd and we shared the biggest hug. I missed her so much and told her so. She really is the sweetest person ever and I do love her. I know she (and Tyler) were super sad but they let our love for them comfort them, I think, if only for a little bit. She stayed in the crowd with us, taking pictures and watching Tyler. She still gets that loving look on her face when she’s watching him. So sweet.

I love her
with Beans

Tyler ended the show with “The Difference” and we all sang it loud! It was a great way to end the musical portion of the evening. Sabina was still with us but had to leave, promising to come back to visit with us. I took the opportunity to buy a koozie from Churro, who was working his ass off the whole time.

When I think of churros, I think of him...
when I think of churros, I think of him…

There were a few of us who had green room passes but we all ended up going up to see Tyler after the show because Sabina led the way. It gave me a chance to give Sabina her card and Tyler his letter. I also got pictures with Tyler, as is our custom. Sabina also took individual videos of us in regards to our thoughts on the song “Leave Her Wild.” I participated, of course, and she asked me about my Tyler tattoo and I told her the long story, which she loved.

with Tyler
with my favorite

It was a great night that ended with a long drive home and an ill advised stop at Taco Bell. We watched an episode of The 100 then basically crashed sometime in the 3 am hour. Good times, good times…

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

 
 
Valerie

you cannot deny
the sweet thrill awakening
this inspiration

pretty ring
a new ring

The Art Wine & Jazz Festival was this weekend here in town. We checked it out on Saturday and I just had to buy the ring above from one of the vendors. I love the colors. So pretty!

MOVIES

Always Be My Maybe – Finally got to watching this Netflix film. It was so good! I really enjoyed it. And OMG, Keanu Reeves’ bit was hilarious! I really liked the chemistry between Ali Wong and Randall Park. They did such a great job on the movie.

HARD FANGIRLING

  • Bought some Tyler Rich items the other day because he has new merchandise! When I bought the stuff, I thought, it’ll be awhile before we get to a show and I want new Tyler stuff, so let’s buy some. So buy I did. Then guess what? The hubby bought tickets to Tyler’s show next week! I wonder, will I end up buying more merch at the show? HA!
  • Give me a week or so and I’ll actually officially proclaim that I am fangirling hard for this one. I think I want to track my whole process of turning fangirl for someone new. I started a sort of essay about it (which will be more fun to share than the essay I posted during the week).
  • Speaking of the essay on Listworthy5, it seems that I could probably write another one about the hypocrisy of people and their condescension and how sometimes the “good guys” get a little screwed, even if it’s just for the moment. My lovelies, taking the high road will ultimately reap better rewards but it’s a bittersweet journey…
  • When Simon Kassianides’ new show starts, I bet I’m going to do screencaps at some point. It feels inevitable. And oh, he posted a totally beefcake photo on his IG and I just had to make it my lock screen. Gorgeous, super gorgeous.
  • Chris Conrad, now seen on the EPIX show Perpetual Grace Ltd., is a total sweetheart and everyone should follow him on twitter. Also, how do I get him follow me on twitter?! (No, he doesn’t have to follow me but it would ROCK if he did…) He’s one of the nicest people and I wish I had a picture with him. Maybe someday? Perhaps we’ll meet and talk Young Hercules and rugby and New Zealand. I think I’d just be happy to hear his stories…

WRITING

“I’ll Dream of You Again” – working title – My characters have names! The story is utterly and unabashedly ridiculous but I’m trying to ground it a little. The first layer of the story is definitely romance novel fodder fueled by a bit of fantasy. I’m peeling away now to make the conflict a bit more internal with only light external stuff. We shall see how it goes. I want it to be a fun story too and obviously being ridiculous is yielding results because my daily average of words written is insanely high. I often say that writing is a compulsion for me and this is a prime example of it. I have so far written 37k words. INSANE! But I’m so loving this flow of creativity. Thank you, Harry Connick Jr, for the soundtrack to the story and to you, my Muse, for somehow inspiring all these words from me.

I like when he likes my comments
his likes make me fangirl happy

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

 
 
 
Valerie
18 June 2019 @ 10:36 am

I started writing this a bit ago, maybe a week after the action all went down. I have hinted about it and I’ve finally decided to post it. I feel that it needs to be out there in the universe…

If you don’t know me…

Before social media, in the time of fan forums and fan created fan sites, I found myself hooked by the Herc/Xena fandom. I learned so much about interacting with fellow fans, how I wanted to portray myself online, and the perils of being part of a group as a fan. I attended various conventions and met my fellow fans in person along with the actors and actresses from our favorite shows. I befriended like minded fans who are still my friends to this day.

I stretched out my creativity by writing fan fiction (go on, ask me about the Temple of Ares) as well as maintaining fan sites for different actors or singers. I was one of many Kevin Smith (“Ares”) fansites and the one for Erik Thomson (“Hades) as well as William Gregory Lee (“Virgil;” he let me use his name as my URL). I even had a Ryan Gosling site! I gathered up articles, screencapped tv and movie appearances, even recorded sound bytes! All in good fun, of course.

I don’t know when I stopped updating my sites. It was a gradual slow-down. Kevin died. Erik’s work was in Australia and I didn’t have the means to watch some of it. Greg’s gigs were few and far between and I eventually let go of the URL. I switched web hosting providers and lost some of my site files that way. My site turned into a blog, which works better for me now, I think.

I don’t have active fan sites on my own domain now but I am still a total fangirl. I just choose to show my fangirl love via social media. I do screencaps of my favorites and show them off (hello, Sullivan Stapleton). I’ve written my Listworthy posts, which are basically love letters to my favorites. I’m part of the Jacob Davis Squad (spreading the word on singer songwriter Jacob Davis), I can be found in various Tyler Rich fan groups, I’m all in for Jordan Davis. The aforementioned groups are loosely organized and I’m more a member just doing my part to spread the word than an actual driving force. And I’m happy with it. (Although it helps that I’ve met Jacob, Tyler, and Jordan and seen them perform live.)

Behind the scenes of a particular unnamed fandom

Then there’s Fans of Listworthy5*. (This isn’t about publicly calling out anyone and I don’t want to affect any tenuous relationship we might have with Listworthy5 so I thought I’d not mention him by name even though if you know me and my affiliations, you know exactly who he is and what the group is…)

We are a group whose purpose is to spread the word on actor Listworthy5. We support him and his work. We interact with fellow fans, hopefully in a positive manner. We have a blog as well as accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and even Pinterest. The Twitter and Facebook accounts probably get the most interaction and traffic due to their function while the Instagram posts get a fair amount of likes.

My friend started the endeavor and almost five years ago, she asked me if I would like to be part of it. After some reflection, I said yes. Yes, I had to take some time to consider it because I knew it would be a commitment and it had been a long time since I’d actually set myself to be more active as a fan. I wasn’t sure I could keep up but I wanted to try because why the heck not?

The Kickass Show (starring Listworthy5 and Listworthy6) was winding down at that point and we wanted to keep the attention active on Listworthy5. The Twitter and Facebook accounts were steady but could use more attention. The IG opened up about six months after I joined. We brought in another person, then another. One of them left then we added two more. We were a group of five for a year and a half or so until very recently.

What does it take to be one of our group? First and foremost– trust. When my friend asked me to join her, she trusted me. When we expanded our group, we trusted those invited. This is supposed to be fun and informative otherwise why do it? Contrary to what people might think, we aren’t doing all of this just for his attention. Do we want his attention? Sure! Are we willing to sell each other out for it? Umm, no. Do we want meaningful dialogue with our fellow fans? Of course. We’re not in it to stroke our own egos. We’re in it to share with each other and with our fellow fans.

When you’re in a group promoting and sharing the love for the favorite, you operate within certain parameters. Who sets those parameters? In our group, for the big decisions, we defer the one who created the space. More often than not, if a majority of us feel the same way, she will defer to us. But it’s supposed to be a group effort, especially in terms of the big things. My personal philosophy is this– you shouldn’t know if it’s one person or fifty in terms of who’s posting from our accounts. We speak with one voice, perhaps bringing our own flavor now and then. But we do for the group because we respect one another, Listworthy5, and our fellow fans.

The incident aka it’s not all sunshine and roses

One of our members took the initiative and worked the connection already established with Listworthy5. She managed to score not just one but three interviews with him under our auspice. The interviews were long and full of information. His responses were thoughtful and personal– just what fans love to read to learn about their favorite. It was a great thing for our fan group– not just for us behind the group but for the fans who adore Listworthy5.

Just after the third interview was conducted, this particular member decided– without consulting any of us– that she was going to take full control over the Twitter account. She changed the contact information and the password in an attempt to lock us out, even though IT WAS NOT HER ACCOUNT TO TAKE.

Let’s stop right here for a moment. Let’s think about this. This particular member– not the founder, mind you, but someone who’d been with us for at most a couple of years– decided to take a part of our fan account for herself without consulting any of us. She didn’t reach out to the founder or any of us. She just decided on her own that she was going to take the fan account for herself. And she expected us to be okay with it.

We invited her into our group. We trusted her to do RIGHT in the name of the group. In her statement to us as to why she was taking over the account, she said, “Your motivation is attention from” Listworthy5. She accused us of not doing enough work. She took credit for the current status of the twitter account. And she ended thusly, “You’ve not been blocked from the page just from acting as an admin. Please do not choose to get ugly or hateful through the page. It will only reflect poorly on you and that would make this all the more sad.”

So the person who actually got personal time via interviews with Listworthy5 believes that WE are the ones only motivated by attention from him. The person who locked us out of OUR group account is telling us not to get “ugly or hateful” through the page. Isn’t the act of locking us out just a little ugly and and a touch hateful? Oh, and were we supposed to be happy that she didn’t BLOCK US from the account that she DID NOT create?

She banked on our own honor and civility, assuming we’d not call her out publicly for what she had done (we have not said anything publicly). She thought we would just swallow the bitter pill of her betrayal without action (we had plenty of words about it). She thought she could still be part of our group but have the twitter account all to herself (otherwise, where was she going to post the interview that rightly belonged to our group). She thought she could say nothing when we demanded the account back since it was not hers. She thought she could disrespect us and just get away with it.

The fallout

The lockout did not last long. We were able to take back the account the same day (she did not give it back– she just wasn’t as clever as she thought she was) and we changed all the passwords to the other sites. She thought she locked us out but we ended up stripping her of admin rights to our group.

So what happened to that third interview conducted under our group name, you might wonder?  Well, she posted on her other fan site as if it had been done for that site and not ours. She even re-posted the previous interviews to that particular fan site, the only concession noting that the interviews had been originally posted on a previous date but not WHERE they had been originally posted.

Here’s the thing– there were signs that she would go off the rails at some point. Re-reading the previous interviews, she injected a lot of her own personal experience into the questions. She conducted then posted the second interview without letting us know. She deleted photos (of Listworthy5!) that were cross posted from the IG to the twitter account because they did not go with HER vision yet she retweeted her other fan site’s posts when they had nothing to do with Listworthy5. She demanded that she be the only to post to the twitter account. For a lot of her time behind the twitter account, half of the posts did not DIRECTLY involve him. She accused us of not doing enough work yet we were too polite to tell her we weren’t comfortable with all the non-Listworthy5 posts on the twitter account.

Trying to shut us out by claiming an account that didn’t belong to her was a baller move, albeit one that backfired on her. From her statement to us, I could tell she thought she was doing the right thing by stealing from us. When we were trying to tell her to give back the account, we challenged her to create her own fan site. We didn’t care as long as we got our account back from her. She used her position as a group member to ingratiate herself into Listworthy5’s good graces. He will never take sides (and I don’t want that from him) but she framed her decision as one made *with* him. I’m personally suspicious of that notion but I’m a little naive at times.

(IMO, it just doesn’t seems like a good idea for an artist to choose sides in fan disputes, especially, if in his eyes, no one has done HIM wrong. You know what I mean? He doesn’t need to know about our “in-house” conflicts.)

What’s happening now?

Perhaps this is my way of getting my part of our side out in the open. Listworthy5 won’t read this but maybe the people who might have taken the former member’s side (and why are there even sides?) will see this and have a more complete picture of what went down.

Our trust was broken.

We were betrayed.

Respect was shattered.

Maybe it sounds melodramatic to state it as such but we were all genuinely hurt and angry by her actions.

What matters for our group is to continue to promote Listworthy5 and his work. We do this out of love and we want it to be fun as well. Knowing that we have even a sliver of his attention is enough (for me, at least). Knowing other fans appreciate our efforts is the best reward. Sharing our love and adoration for him– in fun ways, in serious ways, in thoughtful ways– is the important thing. We are a group because we want to bring different facets of fan adoration to the mix. The recent kerfuffle was merely a blip that could have been avoided if not for the ego and self righteousness of one who obviously believes there’s only one way to “fan” and that’s HER way.

Lesson here – there is more than one way to “fan.” There is no wrong way as long as there is respect for the artist, the fellow fans, and yourself. When you’re gathered into a group to promote a particular artist, there must be respect for your fellow group members. The artist appreciates it all if he’s worth anything. Making him choose between fans is disrespectful not just to him but to fans who have worked just as hard as you. Being a fan isn’t a contest– it’s enjoying the artist and your fellow fans. No fan is better than another. We’re all different. And that’s a good thing.

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

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Valerie

first you’ll deny it
dismiss the rush of the thought
falling all the while

What, a bit of poetry to start? What madness is this? I miss writing my bits of poetry. You’d think I’d be inspired enough at least once a week so perhaps this is my start to it. Yes, let’s make it my start of writing a poem (even the little haikus) with every weekly post. Shouldn’t be too difficult…

a frose
utter yummy

I started a new story on June 10th and I’m about 11,000 words into it. The main characters have no names yet. It’s a romance (but of course) about an older woman and a younger man. (It was inevitable that I’d write such a story.) My creativity seems to really kick in when I listen to old Harry Connick Jr songs (which stems from watching Harry in that Cheers episode he was in). I’m not sure why Harry is helping me with the story but I’ll take it! I love when I’m writing a story without knowing why. It just feels good to write. Now, if I can just figure out names for the characters! I *might* have a name for the main female character as well as the main male character’s parents (right, I don’t know why I have names for them already). I am not even close to granting a name for the male character but I might be close. (Perhaps I should call him Harry since Harry Connick Jr is influencing my writing of this story.)

I’m including all my other muses in the story in different roles which is a bit fun. I might have to change their countries of origin or ethnic backgrounds to hide their identities. Or maybe not. Who’s really going to know who they are unless they know me? (And none of those characters have names either so one is “the ex” and the other is “the Aussie.” I know, how original!)

Neil Gaiman posted this and I just had to save it
Neil Gaiman posted this in regards to Good Omens and I just have to share…

Everyone should watch Good Omens! Also, read the book.

So who is the inspiration of this latest story? A new Muse! It was time for a new one, which means that I’m fangirling a bit for a new fella. I don’t want to make a big deal about it since I have no idea how long it will last but since I am using him for my new story it might mean that it’s going to last long enough to finish the story (fingers crossed). As I don’t know if this is just flash thing, I’ll leave him unnamed (a bit like the character I’m writing) for now. Suffice to say he’s impressed me enough to have me write him as the main male character…

Go watch Good Omens!
No really, go watch GOOD OMENS!

On the other fandom front, I still have that essay I might share since I’ve spent so much time on it. I might need to go through it to make it more vague. Perhaps my fellow fan group ladies should read it. I want it vague enough for a passerby to not know what the heck I’m talking about but still to be able to get the gist of it, the feelings of it all. I feel as that it all needs to be said in some sort of detail. It just needs to be out there.

Happy Birthday Sully!
because how could I not share a shot of Sully & his puppers Frankie?

I still this it’s an odd coincidence that Sullivan Stapleton shares his birthday with my own dad. It’s weird, right? It’s weird. Anyhoo, hope that Sully had a lovely birthday and that all our wishes made him smile because the thought of him always makes me smile…

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Valerie
09 June 2019 @ 08:47 pm

School is over! I’m a bit envious of the kids who now have some summer days to enjoy. They’d better enjoy it!

they've known each other for a long time
old friends

The week ended with a high school graduation party for Amber. She’s the daughter of our friends and I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture of her! The picture above is one of the hubby and his friends. We hadn’t seen a couple of them in years so it was great hanging out with them. Good times! The weather was warm but lovely.

pretty skies
can you see the moon?

TV

Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father – So Jack Whitehall was in Good Omens and I got curious about him so of course, I checked out his screen credits. This particular series is on Netflix. I started with season two and I’m about to finish season one. He’s hilarious and his father is fun in a grouchy way. Their traveling destinations are rather beautiful too.

Random thoughts

I have an essay that I’m writing that I know I’m going to end up sharing. I just need to make it more general of sorts, if that makes sense. I might not post it as part of the TWITL series. We shall see…

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Valerie
02 June 2019 @ 09:08 pm

I just finished doing two episodes worth of screencaps of Sullivan Stapleton. If you can see the featured picture, that’s one of them. I suppose this is my cue to talk some TV stuff…

The Gang Gets Gone
Blindspot

Blindspot – The season ended with two back-to-back episodes on Friday night. It was exciting and infuriating and lo, the end! Cliffhangers are only fun when you know the show is going to have another season. Thank goodness it comes back for its fifth and final season. I wonder if it will be a full complement of episodes. I hope so!…

Good Omens – This Amazon limited series debuted on Friday and I cannot recommend it enough. It was so good! I enjoyed it so much. I’m probably going to watch it again. I’m in the middle of reading the book again (I bought the actual paperback but I bet one day I buy it digitally too because really, you cannot have too many copies of a good book).

Next on my list to watch is Perpetual Grace LTD. It’s done by the same folks behind the Amazon show Patriot and I have to watch it because Chris Conrad is in it and I’m a good fangirl.

how lovely as the sun goes down
Pretty skies

This past week was the last week of regular school hours for the kids out our way. Even though I work when school isn’t in session, I still love the thought of summer days. I’m sure the kids love it more, eh?

The weather is warming up and I’m trying not to dread it. We’ve actually had some cooler days than not but I can feel the warm days approaching.

One of these days I’ll put together my thoughts about fandom and its perils. I know I’ve hinted about it here but one day, I’ll either let it go and not say a word or just drop it without prelude. Let’s see how it goes…

A little Strike Back love to the boys
Feeling some Strike Back love…

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Valerie

We’re at the end of the long weekend and even though I was home for most of it, I didn’t even think to write my blog. Boo!

One of my favorite places
the library, one of my favorite places

The weather was chilly this week but rather nice. I liked the cooler days. It’s odd though, the way it’s been so cool and cloudy as we near the end of May.

I was sick for most of the week. I stayed home on Monday and went back to work on Tuesday. The whole week just seemed to drag, especially on Wednesday. I was so glad by the end of the week. It’s funny, I write throughout the week and I don’t ever really use any of it for the actual blog.

Everybody Hates Kathy
Blindspot is back!

Blindspot – The show came back on Friday! I caught up on the previous episode on Friday since I couldn’t watch the show live because it was preempted by baseball. UGH!

Anyhoo, I’m glad Blindspot is back! The season finishes up next week then they have one more season to wrap up. I wonder what Sully will do once it’s over. I hope he finds another project right away…

When Flickr was down
random panda

Flickr went down during the middle of the week. They thought it would only take twelve hours but it was more like two, almost three days? It was annoying but I knew it would happen. The mobile app isn’t going as fast as I’d like but hopefully it figures itself out…

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Valerie

So I’m in the middle of a slight fever, stuffy nose, plugged ears situation so if this post is addled, now you know why…

A cider at Brentwood Craft Beer and Cider
a cider at Brentwood Craft Beer & Cider

So wow, fangirl drama. How much do I wish I could just let it all out right now? SO MUCH. Suffice to say that yes, even with time and experience behind you, you will still meet people who will utterly betray you and your friends for their own selfish gains while accusing you of selfish intentions. Yes, that really happened. And just to be clear, this is not music oriented (most of my fellow music fans have been nothing but amazing). I suppose this is the risk of banding together with fellow fans to create a place for other fans– some people just aren’t in it for the same reasons as you.

Now I wonder what damage has been done to our endeavor. Will we be given the benefit of the doubt or has the person who began the drama ruined our good intentions? Only time will tell…

we shall see...
yes, we shall see…

I can’t believe I went all winter without getting sick and now I’ve got the whole plugged ears, stuffy nose, hacking cough thing now. I’ve spent the whole weekend trying to get better but we shall see how I feel tomorrow. I hope I’m well enough to go to work…

TV

Game of Thrones – So, it’s over. We watched the season finale and I’ve had a little time to process it and I will say that I thought it was a good ending. The whole season was an ending, wasn’t it? Looking at it that way, maybe those people complaining would re-think a few things… I think it ended the way it needed to end…

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my latest piece from 1888 Design
my latest piece from 1888 Design

My latest piece from 1888 Design arrived on this week. I can never resist a sale and the last one was a 50% deal. I still haven’t used my special code yet. Too bad I can’t combine it with the random deals. One or the other! I’ll have to use my own code one day just to show my appreciation for even having my own.

fallen
fallen

The weather is warming up but the winds had kept us on the cooler side most of the week. I suppose last weekend’s winds were a bit much because the tree above looked like that on Monday morning. Yowsa!

One more season of Blindspot!
One more season of Blindspot!

I’m happy that Blindspot is getting a fifth and final season because more Sullivan Stapleton on my TV is always a good thing! And I’m glad that they know they’re going to end so that it can get a proper send off. So congratulations to Sully and the Blindspot crew!

behind me, the nieces
the nieces behind me

Yesterday was my niece’s First Communion (yes, another First Communion). Fun times again! I really do enjoy spending time with my family and catching up with everyone. This time it wasn’t a usual mass (just one reading and no gospel), which made it a shorter time. I liked that bit. But lo, the kneeling portion was not fun at all. When did I find it intolerable to kneel?! Yowsa.

Hollywood stylin' cousins
cousins

I am super digging this photo with my cousin. I think we look a bit Hollywood, eh? It was warm and bright outside of the church. I think this is the first time in a long while that my hair is shorter than my cousin’s. Maybe?

There’s my friend Paula standing next to Henry Cavill again. I just had to show it off because I’m so happy for her and just a smidgen jealous. Just a tiny, itsy bit jealous. Mostly I think it’s amazing she got to stand there with him and have a few words. She said it was only 30 seconds but that’s still 30 seconds more than I’ve ever had with him.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there! In all your ways, you’re doing your best. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.

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05 May 2019 @ 08:59 pm

I had another short week at work because I took my birthday off! If you can take off from work for your birthday, I always recommend it.

bday cake at work
birthday cake

The lovely folks at work had a cake for me for an early birthday moment of celebration. So sweet…

On my actual birthday (May 3rd), I stayed up to watch the Crusaders end their game in a draw. I was actually happy because they had been trailing for all of it so a non-loss was good for me! Later, I headed out to watch Avengers: Endgame for viewing number two. After the movie, I went over to the library for a bit before meeting the husband. We had dinner at BJ’s then went home. I wanted to take a nap but it ended up being my bedtime. I guess I was tired!

I did troll from some birthday wishes from the fellas and a few of them happily obliged. Of course, makes me love them more. And one who didn’t respond at least LOOKED at my instagram story. I’ll count that as a win.

Saturday morning
Saturday morning

On May the Fourth (yes, I had to do it), I had a quick appointment at the salon then we went to watch Avengers: Endgame. Yes, my third time seeing it but the first time for the husband. Seriously, I enjoy the movie very much and why do I still cry at the same parts?!… We also did a little shopping. I bought a couple of books (yes, real books) and a Star Wars figure (Val from Solo).

church
church

Today (Sunday) was my goddaughter’s First Communion so we headed to church. It was a long mass and the children were too cute in their dressy clothes. It’s been awhile since I’ve been to church (probably another First Communion) and it always strike me a little how they’ve modernized some of the responses. I don’t mind. It’s just a little different. After mass, we had lunch at my cousin’s house. It was very lovely spending time with family…

Happy Anniversary!
we met four years ago

April 30th marked four years since I first met Tyler Rich. I couldn’t help posting the above collage. I have more shots of the two of us but those four are from the first four times we met. Did I know that he would be a star when I first met him? I knew that he had that special something, that he could go far and he proves it every day. He is so special and he’s living the dream. It’s amazing to witness… (Now go check out “Leave Her Wild”!)

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Valerie

Let’s start with the Make It Sweet concert!

Make It Sweet
my new baseball cap and my concert ticket

I had a VIP experience with Jordan Davis but it was cancelled due to illness. He was still able to perform for the concert and if I hadn’t known he wasn’t well, I might not have noticed.

Here’s my rundown of the concert:

  • Mitchell Tenpenny – WOW. Strong voice, great energy. I only knew a couple of his songs but I enjoyed them all, especially “Telling All My Secrets.”
  • Jordan Davis – I’ll admit that he was the main reason I wanted to go the concert and even though he was unwell, he gave it his all. I couldn’t help singing along to (almost) all his songs. He did a great job and I’m glad he powered through to perform. (He ended up cancelling Sunday’s performance at Stagecoach. Such a bummer!)
  • Old Dominion – They put on the best show! I LOVED every second they were on stage. I sang along to most of all their songs and at one point the microphone failed and the whole audience carried the song until Matthew got a new mic. It was funny and awesome. My favorite part was when Trevor, Matthew, and Brad sat and went through some of the hit songs they’ve written… I loved how most of the audience sang along to all the songs. It felt good singing along with everyone and the band.

This was probably one of my favorite concerts in recent days. I enjoyed it all so much. Everyone put on a great show…

Friday night movie
Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame – No spoilers from me! If you’ve invested your time and heart into the MCU, then you’re going to see this movie. I’m definitely going to need to see it again a couple of more times in the theatre… I saw the movie on Friday, deciding on going to see it about an hour or so before show time. The auditorium was pretty packed but the crowd wasn’t too rowdy so that was good. I did have to get up during the movie but I don’t think I missed too much (plus I was fast).

Leave Her Wild
“Leave Her Wild” – Tyler Rich

“Leave Her Wild” – Tyler’s new single is out! GO GET IT! It’s so good. I love it so very much. Could this be the one that goes to the top of the charts? I have a feeling it could be…

Game of Thrones – What can I say about episode 3? It was exciting and dark (not just in theme but visually quite dark) and gut wrenching and satisfying. I cried towards the end when Bran said, “You’re a good man.” The tears just streamed down at that point. Oh Arya! Such a freakin’ badass! “Not today.” Of course, the next question is now what?

LAST BABBLE

Monday I had the day off to go the DMV. I know, EXCITING, eh? (NOT!) But how’s this for efficient– I received my license in the mail on Saturday! After the DMV, we had breakfast at Katy’s Kreek then checked a bookstore and a comics book shop before having beer at Mike Hess. A good way to spend a Monday!… The weather was a little too hot for my taste. Why can’t we have temps in the 70s for like a month before hitting the summer heat?…

My birthday is coming up (on the 3rd) and I might troll my fellas for HBD wishes. We shall see. Already got an early one from Chris Conrad because I hinted in a tweet that my friend Rachel would appreciate a shoutout from him for her birthday since he was her favorite back in the day. He obliged (because he’s a total sweetheart) and assured me that he was sending me something autographed. I’m just happy at the prospect, he can totally take his time with it…

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Valerie

This past week marked our 25th anniversary. It’s rather amazing to be married this long. Marriage is love and joy and work. Yes, work. But it’s the best kind of work. We’ve had more good days than bad and I would not trade any of it. I seriously count myself as lucky to have such a wonderful husband. He puts up with a lot of my nonsense and he loves me. I do love him so very much. My one and only…

anniversary appetizers
anniversary appetizers

We had dinner at Black Angus for our anniversary. It was delicious and lowkey as we both worked that day. We had appetizers, salad, the main entree, and dessert– I was so full by the end of it!

pretty flowers
spring flowers

I’ve been taking pictures of the flowers I’ve been seeing during my day. So may pretty little blooms! I think it’s important to appreciate the beauty that exists in the world. It’s there if you just let it shine for you…

my new Tyler Rich cap
my new Tyler Rich cap

My latest Tyler Rich purchase! This is my third Tyler baseball cap. I like it! It’s sort of killing me not knowing when we’re going to see him again but I do know that we will see each other again. I’m so glad my friends/fellow fans are sharing their video clips and pictures. I miss him though. I want to be in the crowd singing his songs with everyone else. It’s such magic even just hearing it in those videos online…

TV

Game of Thrones – I’ve been laughing a lot more since the season opened. I think it’s because we know these characters so much. This second episode of this last season felt like a lot more placing of pieces for the next big action sequence. I know that all these characters will not survive to the end and I am savoring every moment with them. I hope we get an episode with more focus on the Night King, something more substantial than the hints here and there we’ve had in the past seasons. Who was he? What is his objective?… I did like the song at the end. So pretty…

WRITING

Just the other night, I started thinking of a scene for a story that I haven’t started writing. Why does this always happen? Why can’t I focus on the stories I’ve already started writing? So maddening!…

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Valerie

Ohhh, spring time. I do love the warmer air, the cool breeze, the bright sunshine. I like the cold morning, the slight heat of the day. I wish our springtime temperatures were our summer temperatures. Knowing this tolerable warmth will soon give way to the stifling summer just spoils it a little for me.

this is our album cover
our album cover – we’re so serious

We cooked dinner with our friends twice this past week! We’re all trying to eat healthier so we’re giving this a try. It’s a good thing to make dinner and hang out with good people. The food was delicious! First night we had chicken, second night we had seafood. Yum!

The Delta
The Delta

I ended the week with a meeting, which was rather nice. I liked getting out of the office and seeing folks from the other sites. Oh, and learning new things! I do like learning new things…

WRITING

“Layers of Entanglement” – I started this story ages ago and I went back to it for a re-read. I wish I had kept notes on what I had intended for the story. The story is one part sci-fi/fantasy, one part fangirl wishful thinking, and another part romance novel. I have an outline but when it comes to the sci-fi/fantasy part, I didn’t note anything. So frustrating! I want to start writing it again just for fun. Well, it could be fun if I can figure out the sci-fi/fantasy layer.

TV

Game of Thrones – OMG, it’s back! And OMG, it ends after the last episode. We didn’t watch the previous seasons as we intended but we did watch last season’s last episode for a little refresher. So Episode 1 of Season 8 was… long awaited! I’m still trying to process everything I saw. I loved it all! I’m trying to savor this last season and not feel so impatient for the next episode. It was great seeing the character come together. As one of the reviews I just read noted, this first episode set the players in place for what lies ahead. I laughed a little, I teared up a little, I gasped a little– I loved the tug of emotions… My favorite part had to be the dragon giving Jon Snow the look. You know what I’m talking about…

dinner at home
dinner at home

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