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Valerie
03 November 2019 @ 09:02 pm

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.

 
 
Valerie

you’re just this dream I had
a notion, a perception
a breath I took
among countless breaths
you’re just this dream I had
perfection that wouldn’t last
a memory, a glow
the last thing to remember
you’re just this dream I had
the first hello
the last good-bye
the longing in a kiss
you’re just this dream I had

a pattern in the nine
you see it, right?

Sometimes the poems just come to me and I can only write them. Maybe the words mean nothing to me but perhaps they mean something to you, dear reader.

MUSIC

So apparently favorites of mine decided October 25th was the day to make me a little bit lighter in the wallet. Two I knew and two were a surprise! I recommend them all because I love these artists/groups and music is magic.

“Rather Be Us” – The latest from Tyler Rich has such a great feel musically and the lyrics are once again right to the heart. I love it already because how could I not?

“Trouble Town” – This one from Jordan Davis didn’t make the cut on his debut album, Home State, but it’s out in the world now and what a song! I’m loving it!

Old Dominion – Old Dominion’s self titled third album is finally live with all the tracks. I pre-ordered it because I just had to have it and I knew I’d love every song. They released a few songs ahead of time and I loved them all and now I’m listening to the album and all the new songs I haven’t heard before sound so good! This is an album that’s going on repeat.

True Love – Harry Connick Jr. has released a whole album of Cole Porter songs and I am so there for it! I pre-ordered this one as well because Harry is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES. He just got his Hollywood star right near Cole Porter’s– how awesome is that? Yes, big band type jazz is my most favorite music. The old soul in me loves that kind of music and if I’m not listening to country, jazz always is the choice.

other music of note:

“Kinfolks” – Sam Hunt – Have I mentioned this one yet? This song came out a couple of weeks ago and it’s pretty good. I like it but I’m pretty much conditioned to like all of Sam’s songs.

“Sounds of Someday” – Radio Company – I pre-ordered the album Vol. 1 by Radio Company because I’ve always liked Jensen Ackles and this will be his debut album with Steve Carlson. The first song available has a good vibe and I look forward to the rest of the album…

the leather bracelet is pretty old
this leather bracelet is from the late 90s…

WRITING

“I’ll Dream of You Again” – I might be almost finished with this one! I think in my head I need to feel as though I’m finished with it because I should really be prepping for National Novel Writing Month. I’m nearing a natural end to the novel although I do know what happens to the characters after this end. So maybe it’s not really the end? Maybe I’ll write a sequel to it…

National Novel Writing Month – At this very moment, I’m planning on my November novel to be the prequel to my current story. I adore the characters so much that I want to write more of them. It will be a challenge because the characters won’t be in physical proximity to one another for most of the story and it will end on an ambiguous note of sorts. Part of me wants to frame the story with the present so that it’s not as ambiguous as it’ll end. We shall see…

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Valerie
20 October 2019 @ 07:34 pm

Saturday was my 30th high school reunion. Class of 1989, Arroyo High School!

First of all, it’s been 30 years since I graduated from high school?! Seriously, where has time gone? It just doesn’t seem like that long ago but the years are really thirty between graduation and now. Crazy! I’ve gone to all my reunions and it’s always, “Where has the time gone?!” I don’t keep in touch with but a few of my former classmates but we have FB , which is one of the very few blessings of FB at this rate. So it’s not totally surprising to see everyone in person again but it’s still crazy to consider how we all knew each other when we were all young pups.

Reunion
with Frank

I haven’t seen my friend Frank for DECADES. This was his first reunion and he’s one of the ones I’m glad is on FB. It was so wonderful seeing him! He was my best guy friend when we were in high school and I remember talking with him about all kinds of stuff back then. I adore him so much and I’m glad we had a few moments to talk.

It was so lovely seeing everyone at the reunion and I was a little impressed with myself for knowing a lot of names with the faces. Ha! What was even better was being remembered by a lot of my classmates. It was great talking with everyone and hearing more about their lives besides what they post online. I had some heartfelt moments with a few and I was glad we could talk a bit more in depth about stuff.

we've basically known each other forever
with Larry

I am so thankful that my friend Larry organized the event for us. It was perfect to me– casual and easy with drinks and food if we wanted. The night air was lovely and the company was even better. I have known Larry since elementary school, so that means basically forever, right? I still remember the little boy, the teen, the young man. Oh wow, he could remember me the same way, eh? Ha!

To my fellow Dons– it was amazing seeing everyone and having a chance to talk and catch up. I hope we do these more frequently because it’s very cool seeing friends and classmates. And it’s wonderful we all made the time to get together and share some memories while making new ones…

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Valerie

time flies and flutters
drawing close then floating out
connecting in dreams

in memory
Uncle Jim

My uncle’s funeral was on Friday. It was sad, of course, but also joyful too. I loved seeing a glimpse of his life and how his family remembered him. When we could laugh, I think it helped soothe some of the grief. I loved seeing my family and spending time with them. Even though we were brought together because of death, we could find some solace in catching up and sharing memories.

I remember my Uncle Jim with his beer and cigarette. I remember him at the poker table with my cousins, my dad, my uncles, my aunt. I remember riding on a motorcycle with him around the block (I think my only time on a motorcycle). I remember him as a good guy and a Raiders fan. I remember him with love and joy and know that his spirit lives on in his family and in all of us who knew him…

the nine
this pattern

TV

Prodigal Son – I am really digging this show. It’s a bit crime of the week with an important layer of the father and son dynamic. I’m a little surprised we’re watching it because we tend to wait for shows to go a whole season but I suppose this show is one that we both like well enough to watch the next day (thank you, Hulu).

Emergence – The little girl on this show creeps me out a little but when we watch the show, I’m hooked. I like the lead of the show because she’s a normal looking person (and age appropriate).

the Oktober Fest crowd
Oktober Fest crowd

Saturday (yesterday) was our Oktober Fest. We were VIP for the event (neat!), which meant we had an express line for the beer. Pretty nifty! I had a brat, corn, and a couple of beers. It was fun! So many people. I guess our town loves their beer.

Jack
Jack, just because

WRITING

“I’ll Dream of You Again” – Why don’t I want to finish this story? I keep thinking of more things to write. I bet when I get to the “end,” I’ll think of more things to write. As it is, I think I’m seriously planning on doing my National Novel Writing Month piece as a prequel to this story. But I would definitely like to figure out the end of this one first. Well, I know how it ends but I just need to get there. Why can’t I get there?! (Probably because I just love the characters so much…)

it's his fault
his fault, btw

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Valerie
06 October 2019 @ 11:47 pm

maybe now it’s time
to step away, let you go
say good bye to you

this nine
a pleasing pattern

I was going to post a “break up” letter for this week’s TWITL but I think it’s going to be a separate post because it’s a lot of words and deserves its own entry. The “break up” is with one of my fellas, specifically the one I called Listworthy5 in a previous post. I’ve had a few people read it and one of the things they all agreed on was that I should actually name Listworthy5. Even though I’m leaning towards doing so, a little part of me hesitates because it seems a little unnecessary. But truly, I do want him to know. He probably won’t read it but perhaps someone he knows will. Better yet, maybe fellow fans of his will read it and gain just a touch of insight.

I was compelled to write the break up letter after his “official” fan page published the first part of another interview with him and he promoted it, complimenting the interviewer as someone with a “kind heart” and “gentle spirit.” This is utter and complete BULLSHIT and my anger just sparked again about the whole situation. The letter is utterly melodramatic but feelings are feelings and I’m feeling them. I am definitely feeling some wonder at why I waste my time posting anything on him but I’m at the stubborn stage, trying to stay on the high road…

Jack
I love how Jack makes me laugh...

NO, YOU CAN’T HAVE MY @ NAME

I’ve been “Kiari” online for over twenty years, starting on AOL then eventually buying kiari.com. Whenever something new starts online and we’re allowed profile names, my first choice (after my actual name) is always Kiari. I wasn’t quick enough on Twitter (where I’m “walelia”) but I was quick enough for Instagram, back in March 2011. In the last year or so, I’ve had people direct message me on IG, asking for the profile name because they are actually named Kiari. Of course, they are not happy when I decline to change my IG name so that they can have it. The latest Kiari, some young woman from New York, asked me the other day if she could have the profile name. I declined. She offered me $500 and I declined. She told me to name my price; I told her the name was not for sale. She said that now she’d have to do it the hard way. When I asked her why she would do that, she replied, “Because. KIARI is my actual name. I deserve that @.” I advised her that it’s first come, first served in social media and she replied:

there can not be multiple of the @ name “Kiari” I want that one. I asked politely and I offered you money. Like I said the hard way it will be. Thank you for your time

as messaged to me on IG

So, does that sound like a threat to you? Also, what is the “hard way” to get an IG name?

A quick internet search narrowed the possibility to a young woman who is either a high school student or recent graduate. If this is indeed her, I have been “Kiari” online for longer than she’s been ALIVE. I’m curious, what makes her think I should say yes just because she asked politely and offered me money? The name is not for sale. How hard is that to understand? I wonder a bit what her next step will be. Also, if she is really that young, where exactly was she getting $500 to pay me for the name? (I know, she was probably not actually going to pay me.)

me in that jacket vest
OMG, love this jacket vest!!!

FANGIRL STUFF

Yes, it was cool enough early in the week for me to wear my jacket vest! OMG, I love it so much. I love the story of how I got it (THANK YOU, CC!!!) and I love all the pockets. I love that it fits and I love that it matches my clothes. I love that it came from a place that served as the filming location of two shows that had such an impact on my life. I love that the person who sent it to me was so very kind to do so in the first place. I don’t think I can ever thank him enough.

Rugby World Cup – I was able to watch the All Blacks this weekend. YES! They won and with a side shuffled around in terms of players. Namibia played a great 30 minutes but then the All Blacks got their stuff together. They won 71-9. Yah!

Speaking of rugby… I followed a link from World Rugby Shop regarding a sale and saw that the Crusaders jersey was half off. How could I resist? Well, I couldn’t resist— I bought it! Yes, I’m going to have a Super Rugby jersey. So excited! It’ll be my first Super Rugby gear.

new hair cut
new hair cut

Got the hair cut today (Sunday). She styled it rather nicely and I’m sure I won’t be able to duplicate it but I’m glad to have a new cut.

WRITING

National Novel Writing Month – I *think* I know what I’m going to write for next month. Since I adore my current characters so much, I’m going to write about them. I’ve been trying to figure out how to insert the main male character into the story since I’ve been envisioning the story as more about her than him and I might have figured it out. He won’t be as active a character but he’ll be there, just out of reach. Or maybe I’ll write his part as well, have it be two separate stories of sorts. Hmmm…

FAMILY

My Uncle Jim died last week. His services will be this coming Friday. I’m sad that he’s gone but also feel that he’s free from pain. I imagine he’s smoking a cigarette and having a beer while playing poker. He was a big Raider fan and had one more chance to watch them win before he passed. I hope that being surrounded by his family eased his way from this world…

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

 
 
 
Valerie

I will break your heart
promising you forever
as I walk away

The Nine this week
the pattern this past week

The calendar says it’s autumn and the weather is almost complying. I’m looking forward to wearing my boots and finally sporting that cool jacket vest. Maybe it’ll happen in couple of weeks…

Graham Norton Show
Jack on The Graham Norton Show

WRITING

National Novel Writing Month 2019 – I’m starting to plot my November novel and I think it’s going to be a prequel to my current story. It’s going to be the main female’s story but I might make the main male be the frame of the story. We shall see. I want him to be part of the story even though he’s not (so far) an active character for it. I took a quiz on what kind of plotter I am and ended up with a nine point outline template. It’s not going to be quite a happy ending sort of story, so that could be interesting. The working title of the story right now is “Never Be Sorry,” which is the title of an Old Dominion song on their upcoming album. I’m wondering if I want to write the story in third person or first person. Would it be weird to write the story in third person when its sequel is in first person?..

“I’ll Dream of You Again” – This story might be close to its end. I have a lot of ideas for how I want the whole story to look and even when I think it’s over, it might not be. If I do anything with it, it’s going to end up getting divided into a few stories that are connected by the characters. I really do love the characters so much and I just want to keep writing them…

MUSINGS

Happy Birthday Sabina
HBD Mrs. Rich

Saturday the 28th was Sabina’s birthday and I posted to my IG because I just adore her so much. She really is the sweetest ever and I always love when we see each other. When we take pictures together, it’s always a cute shot (mostly because of her). I’m so glad that she and Tyler found each other because they are just so adorable together. Love her!

This past week I didn’t have to stay up past my bedtime to watch Pearson and I was a little sad about it. I rather liked my weekly dose of Simon Kassianides. I hope the show gets a second season because I want to know more and I want to see more Simon on my tv.

Jack Whitehall finished filming his latest movie and is back in England to prep for his UK tour. I am rather jealous of all the people who will get to see him in the next few months. He was on The Graham Norton Show the other night and thank goodness for YouTube because I was able to watch the show. As always, he’s a treat to watch. I love how he makes me laugh. He’s often quite ridiculous.

Ed Quinn (when was the last time I mentioned him?!) is next on a show called The Oval. He plays the President in this BET show and I think I might have to watch it. I mean, if I watched Pearson for Simon, shouldn’t I watch The Oval for Ed?

RUGBY WORLD CUP 2019

My upcoming days off coincide with rugby matches that I can watch on tv. I’ve watched two matches so far and I’m looking forward to watching more. I think I’ll be able to watch my All Blacks next week. We shall see! I wish I could have watched the match between Japan and Ireland. Ireland is ranked number one in the world standings and Japan beat them in their match. I would have loved to have seen that!

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

 
 
 
Valerie
22 September 2019 @ 07:18 pm

when forever calls
heed the whisper of its song
beckoning your hear
t

Pearson
Simon Kassianiades as Nick D’Amato on Pearson

TV

Pearson – “The Fixer” – The last episode of the season planted the seeds for more drama and we don’t even know if we’re getting a second season! Fingers crossed that we do because I want to know what happens to Nick D’Amato (Simon Kassianides). If you haven’t watched it yet, go on and stream it at USA Network, spread the love on social media, and say hey to the actors to show your support. I’m obviously a Simon fan but I think all the actors have done a fantastic job with their roles. I want a second season!

Cape Town – You can find this show on Amazon Prime. The hubby pressed play on this one and it’s rather intriguing. It’s set in Cape Town (hence the title) so we get lots of South African accents. Boris Kodjoe is one of the cast (he’s the only one I recognized). The show is from 2016 but it’s pretty interesting. It’s also pretty cool watching a show set in Cape Town.

this week's nine
apparently I posted a lot of Jack Whitehall recently…

RUGBY WORLD CUP

NBC Sports is charging an exorbitant amount of money for the whole RWC 2019 streaming package so I’m going to depend on watching different matches on cable. I was able to watch Australia vs. Fiji the other night. Of course the match I wanted to watch was not available on cable and if I wanted to pay to watch it, it would have cost me $30. As amazing as the match was (New Zealand vs. South Africa), I wasn’t going to pay that much. My best hope for watching the All Blacks is for them to run deep into the RWC (which should happen). The USA team will play their first match against England. Hopefully the Eagles can hold their own. We shall see…

Travels with My Father
Jack

WRITING

Out of curiosity, I decided to tally the word counts of the stories I’ve written. I have a spreadsheet from stories since 2006 and it was easy to add a column for word counts. After a little bit, it looks like I’ve written almost 1 million words for my stories. Is that a decent number of words? I feel like it is considering I’m a free time sort of writer.

“I’ll Dream of You Again” – I keep thinking of more I want to write for these two characters and I think it’s really going to end up being more episodic than anything. I figure I’ll keep writing until I’m at a good place to end.

National Novel Writing Month 2019 – I’m not sure what I’m going to do for my November novel. I’m really leaning on using the characters I’m currently writing and doing their prequel. I need to figure out if I’m going to write the prequel in third person or first person. It’s something I need to really ponder…

BEST WISHES SABINA & TYLER!

Tyler Rich married his love Sabina Gadecki on Friday, September 20th. I am so very happy for them and posted on my IG:

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Valerie

do you dream of me
a figment calling to you
just out of your reach

this week's nine
nine IG posts this week

WRITING

“I’ll Dream of You Again” – I have hit the 100,000 words on this story. This is just a little crazy. It’s probably close to finished but I’m taking my time on it because I know that I’m going to end up going back to clean it up. The beginning is going to have to have a serious re-write (I didn’t have names for the characters for a lot of the beginning, so that was pretty interesting). Not sure if anyone is going to read the story but I think that wouldn’t really happen until I do a big edit on it.

Pearson
Simon Kassianides in Pearson

TV

Pearson – “The Rival” – Another good episode but oh so light on Nick D’Amato (Simon Kassianides). His storyline, admittedly secondary, will have repercussions on the other characters so why are we spending so little time on him?! Also, why is he always in bad lighting? (I say this as a fangirl who likes doing screenshots.) Can’t wait to see how the season ends and I do so hope that there is a second season because if the season ends with a major cliffhanger, I’m going to scream. Just sayin’.

MUSIC

Old Dominion – self-titled album (to be released October 25, 2019, available for pre-order) – So yes, I pre-ordered Old Dominion’s upcoming album because I seem to love every song they put out. This week, they released the song “Midnight Mess Around.” Holy sexy song alert! I am digging it. So let me say, give the song a listen and maybe go ahead and pre-order the album. The other songs that have been released from the album are pretty good too.

Leave Her Wild” – Tyler Rich – Still high on Tyler’s latest single. Give it a spin, add it to your favorite music streaming playlists, request it on your local radio station.

these two
these two make me laugh

In just a couple of weeks, it will be Fall Break for our district. Even though I don’t get days off during break unless I take them, I still look forward the breaks because work usually (hopefully) calms down a bit. I’m also looking forward to cooler days because I’d really like to wear my vest jacket. I’m ready for summer to give way to autumn…

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Valerie
08 September 2019 @ 05:11 pm

when I say always
to me that means forever
this will never end

I know you see it
this week’s nine

Even though it was only a four day work week, the week just seemed to DRAG. It wasn’t too stressful, just a little wearying. The weather stayed under triple digits, which is pretty much a win these days. Now if we can just get under 80F most days, I will be quite content.

Travels with My Father
The Whitehalls – Jack and his father Michael

Travels with My Father – The third series of this Netflix show dropped on Friday and it’s such a hoot! It’s only two episodes (my only complaint, really) but it was a great watch. I love how ridiculous Jack is, how sharp Michael is, and how the comedy balances with the touching moments. Jack is such a man child but he’s so sweet too and it’s heartwarming to watch him with his father. I definitely recommend the whole series and if you’ve already watched the first two series, you MUST watch this third one. Some of my favorite moments:

  • Naked yoga – The first episode starts almost immediately with this. When Michael tell Jack that the others are better endowed than Jack, I had a serious giggle fit.
  • Wrestling – Jack getting thrown around while wrestling was a sight. And lo, his outfit!
  • The senior living community – Jack and Michael stopped by to check things out. I giggled when Michael mentioned that Jack liked older women. He seemed right at home tap dancing with the ladies and then later calling the bingo game.
  • Old west – Michael looked pretty classy in his sheriff’s uniform but Jack looked so awkward in his cowboy gear. He didn’t look too bad in the hat but the shirt? Oy!
  • Magic Mike – Probably my favorite part of series 3. When Michael realized it wasn’t a magic show, he didn’t stay. Jack stayed and had to watch his mother Hilary get taken on stage for a more interactive experience. Mrs. Whitehall was livin’ the dream! It was FANTASTIC!
Travels with My Father
the Whitehalls

I came home from work on Friday and I watched Travels with My Father, had dinner, then watched the All Blacks score a whole heck of a lot against Tonga. Definitely a great way to start the the weekend!

Another Life – The hubby pressed play on this Netflix show and we finished it early today. The show ended with a cliffhanger so I hope they have a second season. What did I think of this season? I thought it was well produced and well acted. I think my favorite character might be the AI, William, but I thought all the characters were well done and complex. Plot wise, it fell like two different shows– on earthbound and one space faring and sometimes the disconnect between the parallel storylines was a bit disconcerting to reconcile. I read a review or two when the show first dropped and they put me off. Now, after having watched it, I don’t feel like it’s the waste of time some might have said. Still, would I recommend it? Mmmm, I don’t know…

Pearson – “The Political Wife” – This episode was light on Nick D’Amato (Simon Kassianides) but a compelling chapter nonetheless. The mayor’s wife threw down some harsh truth on her husband’s mistress and got a bit of it back as well. Jessica was amazing, as always, and her assistant had to face some truth as well. I really do like the show a lot, much of it due to Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson. The characters are infuriating and sympathetic at turns but I find that most of my frustration stems from the female characters (other than Jessica, whose journey is fraught with complications but she faces them in her awesome way). I don’t feel emotionally connected to the women of the show. Most of the time I want to smack them and tell them to get their shit together. Am I supposed to feel this way? Maybe I am. Will these women break out and claim their power? Maybe my frustration is how the female characters won’t HELP EACH OTHER. You have Jessica’s cousin who pushes her away because of her pride. You have Keri, the mayor’s side chick, who doesn’t need him yet sticks by him because of love. You have the mayor’s wife, who’s struggling with her illness as well as her husband’s infidelity who also stick with him because of what? You have Yoli, Jessia’s assistant, who won’t ask for help until it’s utterly dire. They’re all fighting against the system and each other and I have no sympathy for them because they frustrate the hell out of me. The one character who’s moved me the most is Nick and we don’t even know all of his backstory yet! I’m glad I’m watching the show because I feel like all of this will come together in the end. If it doesn’t, I don’t know what I will do…

Travels with My Father
Winston is kinda creepy, isn’t he?

WRITING

“I’ll Dream of You Again” – I am so very close to 100K words on this story. I really don’t know how I’m going to have enough in me to write 50K or more words for November but I am determined so there’s that. As for this story, I’m still trying to figure out what kind of story it really is. Will I break it into three parts or more? How about short stories? I already know of parts that I want to either take out or flesh out. I adore the main characters and really love writing them…

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Valerie
02 September 2019 @ 06:13 pm

the days will soon cool
but summer will not let go
without heated lulls

Yes for the long weekend! Yes to the lazy days! It’s September now, which signals cooler days to me but I know that living where we live, the cooler days will be lucky to happen before the end of the month.

Pearson
Simon Kassianides on Pearson

TV

Pearson – “The Immigration Lawyer” – Who knew that I’d like this show enough to watch it in real time with commercials and all? (The only other show I watch in real time is Blindspot and that’s definitely because Sullivan Stapleton is my top favorite.) This past Wednesday’s episode was another good one, especially on the Nick D’Amato (Simon Kassianides) front. Every time Simon is on screen, he makes the most of it. He might not speak much but when he does, his words have weight. I would definitely recommend this show and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for everyone in the coming episodes…

Travels with My Father
I must know why the Whitehalls are thusly dressed…

Travels with My Father – The trailer for the third series of this show dropped this week and it looks like a freakin’ hoot. Jack Whitehall and his father Michael travel the US and I will freak out if they came close to my part of the California. Seriously. The third series is live on September 6th. Guess what I’ll be doing next weekend!

Jack Whitehall
Jack Whitehall on A League of Their Own

A League of Their Own – I have the British game show on my list of things to watch because (surprise) Jack Whitehall was on that latest episode. I will be doing screencaps, of course, because doing screencaps of Jack Whitehall is my fangirl life right now.

The new chromebook
my new Chromebook

ACER CHROMEBOOK R 11

So, it was time for a new Chromebook. My first one was getting rather long in the tooth. First the keyboard’s space bar worked only if one side was hit just the right way. Second, the Chromebook warned me that the current security update was the last update it would be receiving and that it might be time for a new Chromebook. Yes, my Chromebook suggested that I get a new Chromebook. At least it was honest?

A bit of research and an eye on price led to my new Chromebook. I’ve had it for about a day and I am liking it quite a bit. I can download Android apps to this device, which so far has been a hit and miss sort of thing. For instance, I can download Instagram but I can’t log in to the app. I’ve deleted it and tried at least five times now and no go. Alas!

My new Chromebook can bend around to become a tablet, which I don’t really need since I have an iPad but it’s pretty handy nonetheless. And yes, that means that my Chromebook has a touchscreen, which of course will mess me up when I use regular computers that are not touchscreen. Ha!

As much as I’d love a fancier laptop, the Chromebook does exactly what I want and need it to do. I have other devices to round out my digital life. (Probably too many devices?) This one fills the need with writing on the go with a keyboard and more desktop experience. Plus the battery is supposedly 10 hours (which I should never really need)…

Tablet tent
tent style

WRITING

“I’ll Dream of You Again” – Yes, I’m still writing this story. It’s over 90,000 words (my longest story EVER) and I’m not even finished yet. I think when I get to the editing stage, I’m going to end up breaking the story into two or three acts. It’s a super ridiculous story but I am so enjoying writing it. It does make me wonder if I’ll have enough to write the 50,000 words for National Novel Writing Month, which is just two months away. I am thinking of writing a prequel of sorts to this current story because I do adore the characters a lot and I’d love to explain their backstories. Can I stretch their stories before they meet (again) to 50,000 words?

my last nine IG posts
my last nine IG posts

LASTLY

So I’ve taken to posting my IG with a pattern. You see it, don’t you? My IG is unabashedly fangirl centric at this point. I cannot help it. I will say that as much as I post Jack Whitehall (and it’s pretty much every day except one weekend day), I get the most hits for Sullivan Stapleton. He gets more likes than Jack and Simon and even Henry. It’s interesting to me. I almost forgot that if I want a little lift via social media, post a shot of Sully…

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Valerie

We saw Tyler again on Friday! As always, a good time not just seeing Tyler but seeing my friends and spending a bit of time with them. There’s just something about sharing the good times with friends, eh?

the band
the band

The show was at the Foothills Event Center in Grass Valley. The main ballroom served as the event venue and a small stage was set up at the far corner. Not sure if it sold it out or not but the capacity would have been 299 or so if they had.

with these beauties
with these beauties

We met up with our friends before the show for a bit. We were in the venue before everyone we knew though and I went straight for the stage and planted myself near the front. During the wait, I got to chat with Tyler’s grandfather (@tylerrichgrandpa on IG). We talked about how he was called out on The Highway about not having official Tyler gear. (Of course, he has official Tyler gear!)

Temecula Road opened up for Tyler. They were very good– great harmonies and stage presence. I didn’t take any pictures of them but suffice to say they’re a pretty good-looking trio with a great sound so that should do them well. I’m going to keep an ear our for them for sure.

Temecula Road at Green Valley
Temecula Road after their set (can you find me in the crowd?)

After Temecula Road, it was time for Tyler and the band! I was pretty close to the stage and it was great! Tyler sound great, the band sounded great, and it felt good being so close and being part of the crowd with my friends and with fellow fans.

Tyler & the band
Tyler & the band

After the show, we waited out the crowd. Tyler met with the fans and we hung out chatting with his grandpa and with each other. When it was time, we all got our moment with Tyler and get our pictures with him.

the lovelies!
love this crew!

As always, it was wonderful to see Tyler again. He’s great on stage and the band is stellar. I hope he releases an album very soon. I want more songs to memorize! I’m always glad we get the time to chat a bit and I know the day will come where I might not be able to get that selfie with him. So I treasure the ones I’ve already gotten and I’ll always be grateful for any chance I get to at least say hello. (It would have been great to have seen Sabina too…)

with Tyler Rich
doing the #TylerRichValerie hashtag…

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Valerie

yes, so long ago
so much time has truly passed
fading memories

the haka
the haka before the All Blacks/Wallabies game

I stay up late on Friday night to watch the All Blacks play the Wallabies. Thankfully, the All Blacks won and I went to sleep quite happy. The Rugby World Cup is in September, which I think is why The Rugby Championship didn’t go as long as it usually does…

Pearson
Simon Kassianides in Pearson – episode “The Former City Attorney”

TV

Pearson – “The Former City Attorney” – Another good episode of this show but not enough Nick D’Amato (Simon Kassianides). Good thing he did an Instagram Live because we were treated to about 40 minutes of Simon chatting and answering questions (he answered one of mine!) and just being all around fantastic. He is rather lovely and I hope he does more IG Live sessions. He was fun to watch!

Fangirl musings

Michael & Jack
Michael & Jack

Jack Whitehall added a new video to his YouTube channel this week in his Tales with My Father series. This one was “How I Got Into Boarding School” and it was rather entertaining. Jack’s father Michael is funny in that dry way and the two of them together is rather a treat. Of course, I watched and took screencaps because that’s where I am in this whole Jack Whitehall thing. I’m doing all the easy screencaps (those that I do on my phone) before moving on to doing screencaps from Travels with My Father and Good Omens and Bad Education and whatever else I find on the streaming services. I still have Bounty Hunters to go through as well as Decline and Fall. I don’t think I’ll go far back as to do screencaps of Fresh Meat but who knows at this point. I’m trying not to go overboard but I will say that I am really enjoying this fangirl thing for him. It keeps me occupied and I sort of love that I haven’t gotten his attention at all. (Although his mother has liked two things of mine and that makes me a bit anxious.)

Pearson
Simon again

Simon Kassianides has fallen back into my good graces mostly by being so amazing on Pearson and liking my comments on his posts. I know he’s trying to nurture whatever fan attention comes his way but I’m still a bit giddy whenever he does notice my comments. He doesn’t go so far as to actually like my posts but I don’t mind. When he answered my question during his Instagram Live, I was dutifully excited by hearing him say my online name. It would have been even better if he had called me by my real name but I’ll take what I can get.

Frankie and his human
Frankie & his human Sully

Sullivan Stapleton posted the above picture of him and his puppers Frankie. How freakin’ cute are they?! Too cute. I sort of miss Sully and his show Blindspot. They have one more season left. I wonder what Sully will do when the show is off the air. Will he do some movies? Will he get another show? Maybe someone will cast him with his Strike Back buddy, Philip Winchester and they’ll be two totally different kinds of characters. Like teachers or something like that. Or maybe a sci-fi story. I’d love to see that!

Oh, Listworthy5, my regard is sinking into indifference. I don’t have that fangirl passion for you anymore. When I post, I do so out of duty. My words of support feel empty. Or maybe I’m trying to convince myself that I still care. Do I still care? It drives me a little mad that you have thrown your support towards someone who is a hypocrite and a phony. Is the attention from that “fan” really worth it? Why have we been so polite as to not air out our grievances? Even trying to muster that anger is a chore. I still do what I do because I adore the people in my group. They are my friends. Part of me hopes I will get through this and find that spark again for you but right now, my heart just isn’t in it…

Other things I could say

I had other words for this week’s posts but I will save them for another time. A sort of melancholy has taken hold of me and my mind lingered on the past a bit this week, specifically of my time working for the sheriff’s department. I found my page recounting my last days there and it’s amazing how much I detailed. I’m glad that I wrote about it even if I don’t remember everything about those days. I can’t believe it’s been 15 years since my last day there. I don’t miss it (who would miss working at a jail?!) but I do miss some of the people (and the money)…

I've turned Jack Whitehall into a watch face
Jack as a watch face

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Valerie

maybe this will stop
maybe you will fade away
maybe you will stay

Jack Whitehall
From “Who Do You Who Think You Are”

This week I learned that I can send files from my computer to my phone or iPad through wifi using VLC. I know, how did I not know this sooner?! Well, now I know and now my mobile and tablet are going to suffer from all the stuff I end up sending to them. Ha!

Pearson
Simon Kassianides on Pearson

TV

Pearson – “The Deputy Mayor” – This episode saw some great Nick D’Amato moments. Simon was so fantastic, especially in that confessional scene. I don’t think I’ve ever felt that kind of emotion from him in a role. I cannot wait to see more. Yes, this show is worth 1) staying up past my bedtime and 2) watching ads. Watch it!

The Boys – We are slow watching this Amazon Prime show. It’s good! Karl Urban looks like he’s having so much fun. It’s a crazy show to be sure. Watch it!

WRITING

“I’ll Dream of You Again” – I’m still writing this but it’s a slow go now. I’ve written almost 80k words. Yowsa! I might use the female character for my November story. She has some good back story that could possibly go 50k words. I’m still having fun writing these characters, as ridiculous as the story is.

LIFE AND SUCH…

August is such a hard month at work. NO DAYS OFF! Well, I’m taking a day off for a concert but this month is still a chore work-wise. Such a drag sometimes…

I found out that someone I worked with died. Not sure how, she was found. I hadn’t talked to her in a long time but it makes me sad to think she’s gone from the world. What had her life been after I left our common work place?…

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Valerie

the rush of the thrill
shifting the moment to this
perfection so still

St. Louis Cardinals World Series Championship ring
World Series ring

We went to our first baseball game of the season yesterday. A’s vs. Cardinals. I actually thought about which jersey to wear (I have a Mulder jersey for both teams) but I settled on my A’s jersey since it was an A’s game. Plus it just didn’t feel right wearing a Cardinals jersey in an American League ballpark (or so I thought to myself). We had suite tickets and it was our first time in one of the football suites. It was pretty cool. We had a great view of almost everything but the outfield. It was a good time watching baseball.

Oh, and the World Series ring? That one belongs to Aaron Miles of the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals. I asked him if I could take a picture of it and he obliged. Thank you, Aaron!

And yes, the A’s won!

Play ball!
Let’s Go A’s!

School started out this way. I know, so early! But after August (the only month of the school year that doesn’t have a holiday in it), it’ll get better. It was a challenging first week in a few ways.

Pearson
Simon in Pearson

TV

Pearson – I stayed up on Wednesday to watch the latest episode. Yes, the show is that good. Gina Torres is fantastic to watch and I very much enjoy how kickass she is. Not nearly enough Simon for me but every week they show a bit more and hopefully by the season’s end we have a better sense of his character. So far, I am intrigued…

these two
it’s fun watching these two

Jack Whitehall has a new video up on his YouTube where his father talks about the day he was born. It was kinda hilarious. They’re so much fun to watch…

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Valerie

how the memories
flutter in sweet reverie
with just a gesture

so wonderful & unexpected!
so wonderful & unexpected

The above vest jacket was delivered to me this week. I was expecting a package but had no idea of its contents until I opened the box and took it out. When I unrolled it, I seriously squealed then tried it on. I was overwhelmed by such excitement and utter delight, then humbled that something from the days of Young Hercules had found its way to me.

How do I say thank you to the person who sent it to me? Words seem a little inadequate but THANK YOU SO MUCH! I was just happy you thought of sending me anything but this just filled my heart. It reminds me of my convention going days and meeting you. It reminds me of those days hanging out with my friends and having fun talking about the shows and our favorites (of course, you were one of our favorites). The shows inspired me, entertained me, and I made lifelong friendships because of them. I was just a fan but now I have something from the other side, the side that created the shows. This vest jacket crossed an ocean and time to become mine so again, THANK YOU. I love it and will treasure it. I’m also going to wear it once the weather cools down.

the buttons say Xena Hercules
Xena Hercules on the buttons

TV

Perpetual Grace LTD – Get to watching this show! It’s the reason I started a subscription to EPIX. And to be perfectly honest, I was set on watching it for Chris Conrad but OF COURSE the show is rather excellent. It is so well done all the way around. I’m behind a few episodes but what I’ve seen so far has me utterly hooked…

Pennyworth – Another EPIX show! And lo, a rather good one. I’m digging the show a lot and I’m dutifully intrigued. Since I don’t care about the canon of Batman, if there are things that aren’t quite right to the Batman stuff, I don’t really care because Alfred Pennyworth and his youth are more interesting to me than any adherence to any of that.

The Boys – We’ve watched a couple of episodes so far and I’m hooked! Of course I am, Karl Urban is in it and you know how I adore my favorites. It was funny, while we were watching the second episode, I commented on one of Karl’s IG posts and he ended up liking the post. It’s amazing how I can still feel a thrill over something like that. I think it keeps me young, eh?

Pearson – I must really still like Simon Kassianides to watch this show with ads. Well, the show is worth watching the ads, I’m glad to say. I hope he appreciates the love, ya know? (Okay, maybe he does. He actually RT’d me the night it aired and I lamented about having a bedtime.) I am enjoying this show. Gina Torres is a force and I love watching her command that screen. Oh yes, and Simon’s accent for show is starting to grow on me…

how cute are Frankie & his human Sully?
Frankie & his human Sully

Sully posted a little video of riding his bike with his doggie Frankie on his back. HOW FREAKIN’ CUTE ARE THEY?! So damn cute!!!

a screenshot of Jack
one of too many screenshots of Jack Whitehall

I posted the above pic to my IG on Friday and got a like from his mother. Oh dear. Well, I suppose that’s what happens when you hashtag a person, eh? People will find you.

LASTLY

I changed my IG bio a bit, taking out reference to Listworthy5 and adding Simon Kassianides and Jack Whitehall. At least I know the fellas I mention in my bio appreciate me (or don’t know me at all, which is fine to me). I don’t need to mention Listworthy5 in my personal bio.

After receiving that pretty cool vest jacket, I realized that my time is better spent on people who appreciate the fangirl love. I know I say that I don’t care for the attention back but I do appreciate even the slightest of notice, especially in light of a group effort. At the very least, it would be nice for our group to be noticed by the subject of our adoration. It really irritates me that he bestows attention upon the person who tried to steal our years of work and effort. The irritation is starting to turn to indifference and at this point, I wonder how long I can hold on. I’m tired of the negative energy and trying not to focus on it but part of me also likes the balance of it.

The vest jacket reminds me that I am lucky for the fantastic fangirl moments I’ve experienced in my life, whether back in the Xena/Herc/Young Herc days or the days now with social media and concerts. The happy moments make great stories. The sad disappointments by the hands fellow fans are the cautionary tales.

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