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TWITL – week twelve – sheltering in place

We have been sheltering in place since Monday. When the order came in, it felt so numbing but we had already been self isolating so it also didn’t feel so drastic. It’s stressful and lo, reading things on the internet and watching the news DOES NOT HELP. Yes, let’s be informed with the facts and recommendations on what we can do to mitigate the situation but the conjectures and the rumors and the out and out lies DO NOT HELP. Well, it doesn’t help me. I’m trying to find that balance. I don’t want to ignore what’s going on but I don’t want it to be the only thing on my mind, especially if so much of it is something I cannot control…

So what did we do this past week? Well, we did do another grocery run and our refrigerator and pantry are well stocked at this point. If people would stop hoarding and just buying what they need for a couple weeks, things would be fine. After all, no one has said you can’t go buy food and other household items. Be smart people. Be diligent. Be safe. BE KIND…

I did go in to work for a couple of hours. Not sure if I’ll be able to go in again but I do have lots of work on my desk that need tending. But since nothing can be done at this point, I’m not really in a hurry. No one can really do anything right now. It was weird to be in the office without anyone there but it was great too. No germs spread by me!

this pattern
the pattern

In this confinement, there are some bright spots. Let’s go bullet style on this:

  • Tyler Rich & his virtual Rather Be Us Tour. The real tour has been postponed (not cancelled!) and for now, Tyler has been gracing us with IG live “shows.” Wednesday was “Jammin” with Tyler and his friend Hunter Hill (music and drinks and funny stories), Friday was the live acoustic concert (so good!), and Sunday was Day Drinking with Tyler and Sabina (so fun with their various guests). The IG live sets have been a wonderful reprieve from the stress of this current situation…
  • Simon Kassianides and his daily poetry reading. Simon started reading one poem a day for his followers and I AM LOVING IT! First of all POETRY. Second of all, poetry recited in an English accent. Third, Simon reading poetry in his lovely English accent. It might just be that I’m still sweet on him (and I am, admittedly) but I love that he’s sharing his favorite poems with us. Hell, I love that he likes poetry!…
  • I’ve started writing a poem a day (again). I was inspired by Simon reading poetry every day and thought I’d do one better by writing a poem every day. I’ve been posting them to my IG story (so they disappear every day) but as I wrote this, I realized I should have highlighted them so I did! I loved writing a poem every day when I did it all those years ago so it’s interesting to start up again. Of course, the poems are super rough and when I’m a little desperate, I’ll do haikus. Maybe I’ll try other forms. I freestyle most of my poems but sometimes, if I’m particularly inspired, I rhyme…
  • Video chatting and technology in general. I was able to video chat with my sister and cousins this past weekend. Thank goodness! It was good to actually talk, as opposed to just texting or posting on social media. We talked about how our days were going, touching a little on our respective situations. It was good to touch base and I hope we do more of it during this shelter in place and then of course after this is over.
11:11
11:11

Oh yes, Jack Whitehall’s May 2nd show has been postponed. Am I bummed? YES. Did I expect it? Yes indeed. I hope that when it gets rescheduled it’s on a Saturday and I can still attend. I do so want to see him live and maybe, just maybe even meet him. Maybe?

TV

Star Trek: Picard – We just have one more episode. I can’t wait and yet I wish it wasn’t already almost over! I have enjoyed every single episode so much and I am so glad that there is a second season in the works. If you can, watch it!

Westworld – I’ve decided that I like any episode featuring Maeve and the amazing talents of Thandie Newton. She is a treat to watch and utterly mesmerizing…

The Mentalist – The hubby has been watching this show and I’ve watched a fair share of the episodes. I’m almost sorry we didn’t watch it during its original run but I am glad we can go through them at our own pace. Last night we got to Charles Mesure’s episode and we’ll be seeing William Gregory Lee’s episode soon as well. It was actually rather nice seeing Charles and thinking, oi, I’ve shaken hands with him! Such a sweet guy. And of course, I’m very much looking forward to Greg’s episode. I might have to do screencaps. Who am I kidding? I’m going to do them.

looking outside
view through the bathroom window

I hope everyone out there is being safe and diligent. Stay home so we can flatten that curve. The sooner we flatten that curve, the sooner we can get back to a more normal life. While you’re sitting home, maybe take the time to learn something new about yourself and the world. I’m striving for balance. I hope you’re doing the same…

Be well. Be diligent. Be safe.

Oh, and stop hoarding stuff like toilet paper!

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

walelia

TWITL – week eleven – the world keeps spinning

Let’s get this out of the way– I am freaking out about COVID-19. I read too much stuff on social media (some of it comforting, some of it alarming), my personal chats online range from conjectures to practical advice, I’m worrying about the local businesses out there. Our schools are on spring break, something that was already on the books, so for the time being, our district can take a breath and make a plan without worrying about the routine concerns of usual school days. If school stays closed, we’ll still be expected to work and that’s actually not a bad thing. I’m very grateful that I’ll still have something to do even if other people might not.

On the personal front, Tyler’s show was postponed and a refund was issued for my tickets. We cancelled our hotel reservation. The whole thing is such a bummer but it must be done. My next concern is the Jack Whitehall show in May. Will that show get postponed as well? The next few weeks will give us a clearer picture, I’m sure. I hope it doesn’t get postponed but I won’t be surprised if it does.

Now, what brought me some pleasure this past week?

a still from Star Trek: Picard
Santiago Cabrera on Star Trek: Picard

TV

Star Trek: Picard – “Broken Pieces” – I am so captivated by this show. It’s as if it’s seeping into my soul and I am lulled by everything about it. Every character has moved me in so many different ways. It’s much too easy to focus on Santiago Cabrera and his portrayal of Rios and his EH crew. He is a joy to watch whichever character he’s playing and I am so hooked. One of my friends calls him “riveting” and that is a perfect description of him. Truly though, the whole show is amazing. I cannot recommend it enough…

Westworld – The show is back! It’s been awhile and we had to watch a couple of recaps to get into the groove. The season premiered offered some interesting bits and I’m duly impatient for the next episode. I’m very curious about Aaron Paul’s character…

MOVIES

Joker – It’s on sale digitally so we clicked “buy” on it. I’m not sure how I feel about the movie. It was interesting. I had read much about it when it was released. I knew I would eventually watch it but I wasn’t sure that I would like it. Joaquin Phoenix was good in it but the story was disturbing and dreary.

Hobbs & Shaw – This one was also on sale digitally. I didn’t mind this movie. Lots of action and such plus IDRIS ELBA. Isn’t that enough to make you want to watch? It is for me! I liked the movie well enough. It was a fun couple of hours.

BOOKS

Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman – I am slowly going through Neil Gaiman’s books and I finally got to this one. I enjoyed it! I love the weaving of old stories into modern times and I am always intrigued by the gods living amongst us…

the latest pattern
this pattern

WRITING

“I’ll Dream of You Again” – I am still doing the re-write on this one. The plot needs to be tightened and perhaps the story broken up into distinct parts. I tell you, it’s not easy going back over a story and changing the point of view but it does give me a chance to take out bits that don’t work. I do love spending so much time with these characters. I wonder if the coming days will give me opportunities to really delve into the story…

Jack in an ad
Jack in an ad

END OF THE POST MUSINGS

I am striving for some balance but it’s a little difficult right now. I don’t like this unsettled feeling and it’s taking a lot to keep the panic at bay. I don’t like the stress. It’s annoying and uncomfortable. So if I want to concentrate on the positive, I will. I want to focus on my writing or watch shows that will take my mind off of what’s going on in the world. There’s nothing to be done. We’re supposed to stay home, to isolate ourselves. It’s natural to worry but if there’s nothing we can really do about it, why let it paralyze us?

I keep telling myself this– we need to take care of ourselves so that we can take care of each other. Be kind, be diligent, be mindful. We will get through this…

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

smokin' greg

TWITL – week ten – the drag of the days

On Wednesday, I thought it was Thursday. Don’t you hate that? It made my week drag, leaving me rather resigned. But now I realize that my Friday went by in splendid fashion so I can’t really complain…

the pattern
sometimes the pattern is tweaked…

TV

Star Trek: Picard – My favorite Star Trek character is Deanna Troi, so I was so happy to see her and Riker in “Nepenthe.” It wasn’t exactly happy times but it was nice seeing where they are in this “present” day. The action is moving along along with so many character moments. I just love it…

And do people like Star Trek: Picard or Santiago Cabrera or just both? I posted another filtered screenshot of Santiago and it has become the most liked post of mine for 2020 (so far). I think I’ll have to post him sparingly if I don’t want my best nine to be all him and Sully.

FANGIRL STUFF

Jack Whitehall - The Orpheum Theatre
Jack Whitehall is headlining The Orpheum Theatre on May 2nd

Jack Whitehall – On Monday, Jack posted about the Netflix is A Joke Fest and when I saw that he would be headlining the May 2nd show, my interest was definitely piqued. What were the chances that he would be performing in California the day before my birthday? I know, total coincidence, but I like to think that Fate is nudging me. When the tickets went on sale the next day, I was of course tempted to take a look at the prices and they were relatively affordable. Why did they have to be affordable?! Of course, I clicked on the “buy” button and now we have plans for my birthday weekend. I am so very much hoping that Jack is doing a meet and greet and that I get to meet him. Wouldn’t that be icing on my birthday weekend? ICING.

RANDOM MUSINGS

new hair cut
new hair cut!

My salon posted an IG story offering a complimentary hair cut from a trainee stylist and I offered my services. I didn’t hear anything for a couple of days and then on Friday a DM came through, asking if I was available that day. I was not so they offered me Saturday afternoon with Simone. How could I say no to a complimentary cut? She did a great job and was so sweet about how easy my hair was. I love the fresh cut! Hopefully I can somewhat replicate the style when I have to fix it myself…

It’s Sunday evening and we lost that hour overnight. The good thing about napping and not having a schedule during the weekend is that it’s harder to notice things like the time change.

One more week and then it’s two weeks of spring break for the kids out this way. I’m going to take some time off during the break AND in the middle of it, we get to see Tyler! Can’t wait, should be fun times.

Would you rather...

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EQ as Stan

TWITL – week nine – the extra day

Let’s see if I actually post this on the 29th of February. I can’t seem to post on Saturdays but I’m going to at least start this post on the extra day of the year.

Why does it feel like spring already? Well, perhaps not today, but this past week the temperatures went up to the 70s and one day, I didn’t wear boots. (Boots are part of my winter wear, especially since I wear skirts to work.) I’m not ready for spring! But it’s coming, even if it’s early according to the calendar. And I am looking forward to the Farmers Market opening up next weekend. I want to try and go more often than we did last year. It’s good to get out of the house, walk, buy a zombie, then eat it with a mimosa or two.

TV

Star Trek: Picard – I am very much enjoying this show and the latest episode offered the most awkward set up to steamy time that I have ever witnessed. I’m very glad they didn’t show the actual steamy time because upon further reflection, I don’t think that was the point of the whole exchange. I think it was to show how this one character could offer comfort as they did in a different way later in the episode. (I’m keeping it neutral in case anyone actually reads this and doesn’t want spoilers too detailed.) The hubby asked me after we finished watching the episode why I had to watch this particular series and not, say, Discovery. Why did I need to watch Picard?

I thought about it and answered in inelegant terms that Star Trek: The Next Generation is my Star Trek, therefore Picard is “my” captain. As much as I like the other series, from TOS to even Enterprise, TNG holds a very place in my heart for various reasons. I read a lot of TOS novels (I think I prefer them to the show, TBH) but I also read a lot of TNG novels and even if they didn’t quite tie into the action on the series, they still offered a bit more insight to the characters I watched and adored. As much as I enjoyed that free episode of Discovery (so well done on all fronts), I felt like (and still feel) that CBS is doing a great disservice to the whole philosophy of Star Trek (as I see it) by making the show exclusive as opposed to inclusive. You can only watch Discovery and Picard on CBS All Access or wait until their respective seasons are over so that you can purchase the shows. They are not streamed on any other services, even after they’ve been aired. It’s such a money grab that I’m sure is working for them but it rankles me as a Star Trek fan.

I make the effort, however, for Picard. What began as part nostalgia and part curiosity has turned into true regard for the show. I think everyone should watch it. It’s not like any other Star Trek show before it and that’s a good thing…

Bonus – a cool crew on Picard

Bonus on Picard— his crew is pretty cool. Michelle Hurd is always amazing, Allison Pill makes me want to hug and punch her at the same time, Evan Evagora as the young Romulan is a treat, and Santiago Cabrera gives me hope that I can still fangirl over age appropriate men. (Not that I’m super fangirling him. At the moment. I’m just… appreciative…) On the Artifact, I am digging Harry Treadaway and Isa Briones is rather captivating…

MUSIC

Southside – Sam Hunt (pre-order)
I thought about holding off on pre-ordering this album but when I saw that I already have half of the album as singles and my cost for the album was reduced because of that, I clicked that pre-order button. How could I not?

Star Trek: Picard – Jeff Russo (soundtrack)
The music from the series is haunting and I give it a listen in quiet moments. I’m listening through Apple Music but I might just have to bite the bullet and buy the soundtrack because I really do dig the music…

OTHER FANGIRL THINGS

Jack as Newt
Jack as Newt Pulsifer on Good Omens

I finished screencapping Jack Whitehall on Good Omens, which means I can re-watch the show! The whole time I was screencapping, I looked at Jack and wondered how his goofy but adorable portrayal of Newt Pulsifer hooked me enough to do the whole fangirl thing for him. I mean, look at him. He’s so awkward as Newt and yet I thought he had something enough to pique my interest. And here we are.

the pattern
the latest pattern nine

RANDOM MUSINGS

I’m not ready for spring. I want to shiver a little still in winter, wear my sweaters and my boots and my jackets. I want to drink my Pinot Noirs and stouts. I want to relish the feel of being warm in my blankets. I am so not ready for spring…

drank my Pliny

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walelia

TWITL – week eight – didn’t feel like a short work week

maybe you’re waiting
convinced I’m not just a dream
until our paths cross

the pattern
the pattern slightly tweaked?

FANGIRL MUSINGS

Have you ever been a fan of something, of someone only to be disappointed by something about them? But you stay with that something, that someone, because you’ve invested so much of your time and effort and love and you think letting go means it was a waste? Yes, I’m at the point right now. I don’t want to let go because I don’t want to accept the feeling of failure. But is it failure to feel disappointed by something that feels so utterly personal? I like my fandoms, my fellas because they bring me joy but I like to think I’m not such a blind follower that I’ll just overlook or ignore that personal stab. I keep thinking that I’ll get over it, that I’ll rise above it, but it just hasn’t happened yet. I think if it was just me in this thing, I would have let go a long time ago. But it’s not just me so I continue with half a heart. Maybe I don’t want to be the one to walk away. Maybe I’m just stubborn by keeping up with it all the way I do. Maybe knowing that what I do brings someone some kind of joy is why I keep doing it. I really don’t know…

Jack Whitehall contemplating this outfit to open the BRITs this week…

Jack Whitehall – My List went through an update the other day and there was a re-ranking of the four fellas. (Yes, my list is only four fellas deep, officially.) Everyone but Henry Cavill gets their turn to be my Number One so there it is. I know, poor Henry, right? Well, I’m sure he’s Number One for plenty of other fans. Does this mean Jack will be my first Listworthy of the new decade? Maybe. Maybe not. Let’s wait until his next birthday…

TECH CHICK STUFF

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip – No, I’m not going Android. I am quite loyal, probably to a fault, to my iPhone. But damn if I’m not utterly intrigued by the Galaxy Z Flip. I love that it’s out there and there are people using it. I doubt that anyone I know will buy one (I don’t know any early adopter types and those days are long behind me now) but I would love to hold one in my hand and flip it a few times.

I’ve watched a few reviews and I liked this one out of the bunch:

I like that there are companies out there trying out new things. I wish I had the means to try out all the devices out there but since I don’t, I must live with the reviews and such out there. Wouldn’t it be fun to have that as your job? Livin’ the dream!

The home computer – I’m spending more time on my home desktop, especially now that I’ve imported my iPhone photos and videos. I started to copy those files to one of my external drives and lo, I hit capacity! So of course I had to buy another external drive. I’m thinking a 2 TB drive should tide me over for awhile? Of course, I copied a lot of what was on my other drives to the new drive because you can’t have your files saved in too many places, right?

TV

Picard – I am super digging this show! If you haven’t watched it yet, I encourage you to do so, especially if you’re a TNG fan or a Star Trek fan in general. Picard is so well done in so many ways and I am utterly entranced by it. I love the new characters and can’t wait to see what the next episode will bring. The show is well written, well acted, well directed and beautiful in so many ways…

Friday wine
Friday wine

RANDOM MUSINGS

I can’t believe we’re almost to February’s end. I know it’s a short month but for me it’s felt like the longest ever and yet here we are. I’ve gotten to a point in my work where I know how to manage my time so when I come out at the end of it and actually run the numbers on how much data entry I’ve inputted, it stops me for a moment. Have I really done that much? Maybe it doesn’t sound like a lot to other people but reading and logging about 300 transfers in a few weeks is a bit tedious. Then again, when I worked for the Sheriff’s Department, I’d process those kinds of numbers in one shift. I suppose it’s a matter of perspective, eh?

2001
my first dog Meggie

I had a dream about my black Labrador, Meggie. In the dream, she was a bit puppy like, smaller and wanting to run around and jump on things. I miss having her and the other doggies. The picture above was taken about 18 years ago. She was the best dog ever and I’m glad she decided to visit me in a dream…

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

walelia

TWITL – week seven – long weekend goodness

I’m heading towards the last day of my four day weekend. Why do I always wait until Sunday night to write my blog? At least I can take my time and not worry about going to sleep because I have work in the morning…

the pattern
this pattern actually features all of my fellas!

I actually waited two months before posting a pic of Sullivan Stapleton and now it’s my most liked IG post of the year. Somehow I must keep my Sully posting at the minimum otherwise he’ll be my best nine of 2020. Not that I mind. I love how much love my Sully posts get because it means people who love Sully find my posts. It’s a wonderful thing.

Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog

MOVIES

Sonic the Hedgehog – T-Mobile Tuesday offered up a $4 movie ticket for this one so I took advantage. I chose the first show on Valentine’s Day in the Dolby Cinema auditorium because I love watching movies in that one and those tickets are pricey. Instead of paying $12.99 (goodness, is that the matinee price for that auditorium?!), I paid a mere $4. BARGAIN, I tell ya! Anyhoo, I was open to seeing the movie but I had absolutely no expectations on its quality. I never played the game so all the inside fans stuff went over my head and I was able to enjoy the movie as it was presented. And enjoy it I did! I thought it was a cute movie, definitely on the kids side of things but still interesting enough for someone like me to watch. I did figure out the end (it was pretty easy to foretell) but I still enjoyed the journey of the characters. Jim Carrey was so good and I just wanted to punch his character, especially when he was interacting with others. I thought James Marsden was utterly perfect as the straight man to Sonic’s antics. The movie was well done and rather sweet and I would definitely recommend it.

Snowpiercer (Netflix) – I know, this movie has been out forever. My friend is on a Chris Evans kick, which reminds of my old regard for him. I’ve always enjoyed him in movies (not just Captain America) so it was inevitable that I’d finally watch this one… It was nothing I expected and I liked it. It was bleak, intriguing, and compelling. Chris Evans was good in it. It’s nice watching him plays someone other than Captain America…

Jack
Jack’s Valentine’s Day post

WRITING

“I’ll Dream of You Again” – The re-write on this story is going slow. I know it’s because I want to change some things and so it’s taking me a bit longer to try and work things out. I don’t want to lose too much of what I originally wrote but perhaps throwing out chunks of the old stuff is what I need to do to tighten up the story or at least give it more cohesion. I do so love writing it though. Spending so much time with the characters is allowing me to get to know them better. Hopefully it comes through in the story…

“The Little One” – I started this story a couple of years ago and for some reason I’m looking back at it and adding to it. I hadn’t gotten to the end of it and I’m not sure how it ends so before I lose the thread, I think I’d like to try and finish it. Maybe it’s just a novella, which would probably work best for that story. If I want to expand it later, I suppose I can…

“In My Bed” – This story actually has an ending! It also has a sort of beginning. The middle is muddled, however, so if I feel like working on another story, I could go back to this one. It’s written in the first person, which would be a change from how I’m currently writing…

sushi for lunch
sushi for lunch on Friday

After the movie on Friday, I had lunch at Enishi Kitchen. Sushi just for me! It was delicious and so prettily presented…

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

walelia

TWITL – week six – the blur of the week

Work just seemed a grind this week. So much data entry and such. I don’t mind it so much but at the end of the day, it was just nice to not do anything. And the hubby was away for work, so the nights at home were quiet. I took advantage and had sushi one night. I was so glad for the weekend…

this pattern
how long can I do this pattern?

MUSIC

Sam Hunt announced his new album Southside and a tour! Tickets go on sale this coming week and I would like to buy tickets but…

Tyler Rich announced his first headling tour! It’s a west coast swing and of course I had to buy tickets when they went on sale on Friday. I am so excited!

Okay, yes, I am very excited about Sam Hunt’s album and tour. It feels like FOREVER since I’ve felt that wonder and excitement about his music. In a few days, it’ll be five years since the first time I noticed Sam. His song, “Take Your Time,” was playing and I just had to Shazam it. And so it began. I had finally “discovered” Sam Hunt and the world opened up in countless ways…

episode 8
it’s time for that rewatch of The Witcher

I finished up my screencaps of The Witcher, which means it’s time for a re-watch of the series. After my re-watch, I’m probably going to read the next book while listening to the soundtrack on random. That’s my plan and I’m sure it’s not even going to hold me over until the second season but such is life…

Tyler on tour!
Tyler’s tour dates…

If you live on the west coast, check out Tyler’s show!

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

walelia

TWITL – week five – winter days

I can’t believe January 2020 has already come to an end. Now begins my busiest month of the year at work. Transfers and transfers and more transfers! I’ll have to say the same thing every day at least ten times a day if not more. Oh, and I must not sound as if it’s the umpteenth time I’m saying that same thing. So challenging but something I don’t really mind. For all the people who think I don’t do anything (because apparently judging my work load when one doesn’t know what my actual work load is something that happens), if they’re paying attention, they’ll get a glimpse of what I do. Here’s to a busy February!

The Nine
I cannot stop with the pattern…

BOOKS

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
I’m not sure why I borrowed this book from the library but I’m glad I did because it was a lovely and magical read. I enjoyed it very much and would definitely recommend it.

TECH CHICK STUFF

Flickr – I have been a Pro subscriber to Flickr for the longest time and at the original $24.99 year, it was a steal. The price went up last year to $49.99 and it’s still a good deal. The prices have gone up yet again this year but I can lock down the previous price if I renew now. It’s getting annoying but I still believe that Flickr is a great photo site and it would be such a pain to move all my photos to another site and then have my blog show broken links if I cancel my Flickr subscription. I’m going to renew but I am so not happy about it…

GroupMe – Since Google Hangouts is set to end by summer, my friends and I decided we should try a new chat service. It needed to be cross platform and web browser accessible. We switched to GroupMe, which serves its purpose of keeping us connected whether we use the computer to chat or our phones. This chat service is rather simple and bare bones…

Telegram – I am enjoying this chat messaging service more than GroupMe and I was hoping our group would use it. It offers a bit more customization and just looks nicer (to me). I was able to get two of my friends to try it out and when we want to talk one-on-one, we usually end up using Telegram. I’m trying to figure out how to get my sister and cousins to use it for our group chat because I find it a pain to type on the phone. I’d rather use a keyboard (which yes, I could do if I used the iPad for our chats but I’m not always on the iPad but I’m likely to be on the computer).

iPhone woes – Apparently I’m getting close to using most of my phone storage and much of it is because of the amount of photos I have saved on it. Yes, I know, back it up! So I’m attempting to do that now and for some reason my home computer was not readily reading my iPhone for photos and videos but now it is and I’m going to try and import my media over when I actually don’t have the time to do so. How annoying is that? Why didn’t I try this yesterday (Saturday) when I was home not doing much? Alas. I think I’d better hold off until later…

FANGIRL MUSINGS

Henry and a sword from The Witcher

Henry Cavill – I’ve liked Henry since I saw him in Man of Steel. I’ve followed his career since then and have enjoyed him in much of his work. He’ll never be one of my Listworthy (he’s too popular for that) but he is on my List. He’s been such a constant in my fangirl life– I’ve used him in so many of my stories as the main male character. He’s the best book boyfriend! My friend has met him and found him to be down to earth and gracious and I trust her judgement of him. For some reason (well, I know the reason but I’ll leave it to your imagination), my fangirl eye has focused on him a bit more intently in recent days. Was it The Witcher? Perhaps so. Or perhaps it was just time for me to actively adore him. And adore him I do. I love that he has geeky tendencies and he’s easy on the eyes. (Like so very damn easy on the eyes.) I’m very glad there is a second season of The Witcher for our viewing pleasure and I’ll probably end up watching the first season at least two more times.

Jack is down under
Jack is down under…

Jack Whitehall – I am so close to declaring Jack as one of my Listworthy. He’s on my List to be sure but I hesitate to actually write all the reasons I adore him. Isn’t it enough that I post a shot of him every weekday (and sometimes once during the weekend)? Isn’t it enough that I retweet his tweets? Isn’t it enough that I do screenshots of him whenever I see new videos online? Isn’t it enough that I’m doing a slow watch of his show Bad Education before moving on to the other stuff I have of his to watch? Isn’t it enough that I’ve listened to his live album on iTunes several times over and I still laugh at the same parts? And isn’t it enough that he’s the main fella of the current story I’m writing, which I’ve been writing since June of last year? (He was also the main fella in my November novel, which was a prequel of my current story.) I think all of that is enough. Maybe if I’m still into him so fervently at the year mark, I’ll make him my first Listworthy of this decade. We shall see…

this beautiful sky

SPORTS

Super Rugby – The Super Rugby season has begun! I was so excited about it that I wore my Crusaders jersey on Friday to work, albeit under my hoodie. The Crusaders won over the Waratah, 43-25, on (our) Friday night/(their) Saturday. I was able to watch it (THANK YOU, ESPN) and there are a lot of new faces for me this season. They’re off to a great start and I’ll be watching as much as I can…

Super Bowl LIV – It’s the San Francisco 49ers vs. the Kansas City Chiefs. I am, of course, cheering for the 49ers because they’ve been my team since I was a kid. I know I don’t talk about football much but I do enjoy the game well enough to sit there on Sundays watching the Red Zone while the hubby keeps track of his fantasy football league and the players’ stats. I am so stoked for the 49ers as well as nervous. I think it’ll be a good game (and I’ll probably post this after the game so either my next paragraph will be super hyped or bummed and resigned. Let’s hope for super hyped!)

And alas, bummed and resigned I am. I am so disappointed but I know that later I’ll be proud of the 49ers for giving us such a fantastic season. Only one team was better than them. Yes, it was hard watching that last quarter. I felt so stressed then dejected. Now, a couple of hours later, I just feel utterly resigned. It’ll get better, I know. The playoffs were so exciting. I’m grateful they were in the Super Bowl. They just need to be a little bit better next season because they were so close this time around. This won’t be the last time they’re in the Super Bowl…

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

walelia

TWITL – week four – when it’s time

It’s Sunday as I write and the news today was the helicopter crash that took the lives of nine people. Such heartbreaking, gut wrenching news. I cried as we watched the early reports. All these thoughts whirled but putting them to words seems so inadequate. My heart to the families who lost their loved ones…

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I have too much fun with the pattern…

TV

October Faction (Netflix) – We binge-watched this show today and wow! We were hooked hard with this one and just kept watching until we got to the end. I’d definitely recommend it. I hope it gets a second season!

Star Trek: Picard – As much as I love the Kelvin reboot of Kirk’s crew for Star Trek, TNG is my Star Trek and Picard is my Captain. The first episode of this new series had just enough of everything in it for me to want more. It had the right mix of nostalgia and intrigue and I cannot wait to see where this goes…

The Outsider (HBO) – I’m enjoying this series a lot. I love the mystery and intrigue and I don’t mind waiting a week between episodes.

MOVIES

Freaks – The movie was on sale and we bought it. I mostly wanted to see it because of Aleks Paunovic (he had a small part but a good one!) and I was glad that the movie was a good watch. We seem to be on a supernatural bend and I do not mind at all.

#DollyPartonChallenge
#DollyPartonChallenge

I had to play the Dolly Parton Challenge. It was fun finding the pictures to use and since the group shot playing “Facebook” turned twenty-one on Friday, I just had to share it in something besides my IG story. The other shots are semi-recent selfies, all filtered because of course they are.

It’s time to go to bed and rev up for the week ahead. What thoughts will go through my head as I try to sleep? Perhaps death’s melancholy and the sorrow in its wake will lull me. I’ll probably try to counter with the stories I have in my head that I want to write. Maybe I’ll focus on the music I’ll play, letting the notes drift into my dreams…

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

walelia

TWITL – week three – jumble of days

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

one foggy morning
I do like the fog…

MOVIES

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

Niner gear
wearing my Niner gear

FOOTBALL

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

episode 6
The Witcher

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

RANDOM MUSINGS – bullet style

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

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