Blogtober Day 28: That One Time I Dabbled in the Dark Arts

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Or…just purchased some pagan statues because I thought they were cool πŸ˜› I’ve always had a healthy fascination in the occult, witches, familiars, tarot – I studied a lot of this as part of my Theology curriculum & loved it. I don’t think I have any abilities, personally. I have a tarot deck that I occasionally bust out but I don’t think I’m any good at it. A psychic told me that I’m an empath which total eye roll & I think my ability to read someone else’s energy has more to do with being a teacher than any special abilities. People do exhaust me but that’s a whole other issue. Anyway, my vibe is very open to anything – maybe we’ll have a sΓ©ance later.

Late last year I decided that I wanted to add some pagan pieces to my collection of religious relics. I collect a lot of religious pieces not because I am particularly religious but because they’re just beautiful to look at. Also, they’re kinda creepy which also fits in with my vibe. I found this fascinating etsy shop Master Dubrovich that primarily sells stunning hand carved figurines. Most of which are Celtic, pagan, Norse & the like. I loved how eerily beautiful they were & ordered two that most closely resembled these that he currently has for sale.

They were just as beautifully crafted as these but I’m pretty sure they were haunted & it just serves me right for poking around pagan idols πŸ˜› Here’s what happened, I received these lovely pieces in the mail & had the perfect spot for them on a floating shelf in my hallway. I don’t know if it was just me being superstitious but I definitely felt something from the figurines – not bad but something. For pieces that didn’t have traditional faces, they had so much personality & expression. They were perfect additions to my curio collection until one morning at 3 AM’ish (the witching hour) I heard one of them drop on the floor. I was actually more worried that it had been damaged at that point rather than thinking it jumped to floor of its own accord. Now, the bottoms weren’t totally flat so I just assumed it toppled over & placed it back on the shelf. Until the next morning when I walked into the hall to see it on the floor yet again. It didn’t happen every night but often enough nights that it started to spook me & depending on what mood I was in, could keep me up at night. I mean, I wasn’t losing my mind but it was odd. At this point, I called a friend who is actually into the whole wiccan thing who came over immediately to check out my statues except she kept calling them dolls which I am sure they found very insulting. She agreed that they definitely had a feeling to them but that they were inhabited not haunted to which I say – same difference. Her recommendation was to smudge them & I would love to say that we stayed up all night driving away potentially malicious spirits but we didn’t. I just gave them to her because I’m such a good friend πŸ˜› No, I figured that I had dipped my toe too far into the waters of paganism & was more suited for my rosaries & gothic idols. She loves them & has never experienced any issues, I do get a little weirded out though when I’m her place & they’re just sitting there.

Since I relinquished these mysterious figurines, I found a crystal gargoyle that now sits on the same shelf…and constantly falls off. I’ve since chalked it up to some movement in the building that must be strong enough to rattle the wall but not make an audible noise. Like, someone on the first floor slamming a door & it travels up the walls. Is that possible?! Is the shelf haunted?! I mean, I got it from IKEA so it seems unlikely πŸ˜› I own some weird, old stuff that I’ve never felt anything from & do really think there was something special about those particular pieces. I was a little sad to part with them but definitely think they found a good home. What are your thoughts on idols or figurines like this? Do they inherently have a vibe because of the subject matter or could they be inhabited? 🧑

Blogtober Day 27: Dressed to Kill (1980)

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De Palma does Hitchcock in this thriller from 1980 starring a very foxy Michael Caine, stunning Angie Dickinson and a fresh-faced Nancy Allen. A housewife’s (Dickinson) lunch time tryst turns deadly when she is slashed to death leaving her mysterious lover’s apartment. Liz Blake (Allen) witnesses the aftermath of the gory murder and catches a glimpse of the statuesque, blonde murderess fleeing the scene with a straight razor. Michael Caine plays Dr. Robert Elliott, who was Dickinson’s therapist whom she tried to seduce prior to her untimely death and who has a former patient named Bobbi who becomes the main suspect for the murder. Peter, son of the victim, teams up with Liz who is apparently a sex-worker (I didn’t realize this until the 20th or so time that I had watched this film) team up to track down Bobbi and solve the murder. We find out that Bobbi is angry with Dr. Elliott for not approving her gender reassignment surgery and could be using this as a reason to kill off his patients. Liz and Peter concoct a plan where Liz tries to seduce the good doctor but this man is not easily seduced. While Liz is stripped down to her lingerie and digging through his Rolodex trying to get information on Bobbi, Dr. Elliott is in the back throwing on a wig and sharpening his straight razor. Yup, he turns out to be Bobbi, another shocking reveal! He attempts to murder Liz but is thwarted by Peter who bursts in and maces him.

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This film is visually stunning, from the atmosphere to the costumes – it is a delight for the eyes. The cast is brilliant and the plot, while it doesn’t totally make sense, keeps you guessing until the end 🧑

Blogtober Day 26: Best of October Lifestyle

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I can’t lie, as soon as my plastic storage bins arrive in the mail – the Halloween decor is coming down. We had a good run but I’m over it. Watch, all of this snow will melt & then I will be back in a fall mood – I’m just flaky like that πŸ˜› I anticipate spending a lot of time at home this winter, I am guessing that most everyone is. Actually, I was watching the news & apparently instead of food shortages – home goods are the next target of American panic shopping. Specifically luxury sheets, sounds pretty American. Not the luxury sheets. Anyway, I only have a few favorite things this month, enjoy!

Remember that Casaluna Comforter Set that I was all, will I, won’t I about? Well, I did & love it. One of the main reasons that I was waffling on it was because I don’t like a lot of weight on me when I’m sleeping & generally just use a knitted blanket. This comforter was described as heavyweight & I have no idea why I was drawn to it aside from it being beautiful πŸ˜› It is heavy but also very comfortable, the underneath is a soft polyester blend & the top side is a coarser linen – it’s a unique sensory experience. It’s so cozy, I don’t know how it will wash but so far so good.

I may have already talked about the cauldron mugs that Target recently had, I purchased a second one to contain my newest obsession – incense! I threw out all of the boxes so unsure of what the different flavors are but I know there is a jasmine, sandalwood & something to do with patchouli. Incense reminds me of Christmas morning, it always puts me in a good mood! I’ve never burned it since I’ve lived on my own, my mother always had something burning though & it’s such a nostalgic scent. I don’t know if all of the sticks touching will make them smell the same…?

I have a very celestial theme going on in my bedroom, it makes sense to me considering I do all of my sleeping in here. Urban Outfitters is good for some new age, moon decor for not terrible prices. This moon shelf is my newest addition, it’s really beautiful & well-made. I did not do a fantastic job of hanging it & need a brace or something at the top to keep it flush with the wall – it could have used a couple more brackets. My only complaint is that this is the second shelf I’ve purchased from them & there aren’t any screws! Drive me nuts.

I’ve been looking for a pair of black, casual boots that I can wear inside & outside. Doc Martens are my usual go to but the salt really tears up the stitching around the soles & I think I might be getting too old to be wearing Docs all of the time anyway. I dunno, is there an age limit? Anyway, I found these Keds that are super cute & very comfortable. They don’t look too snow boot-like & can be worn with most anything. I’ve so far worn them with skirts & leggings, they hit at about the same height as my Docs & have the same ankle cinching appearance. Definitely not as stiff & don’t require a break in period.

That’s it! I’m out of my favorite tea at the moment but when my order gets here, might post about it then. David’s Tea released a pumpkin chai, it’s delicious but really requires a picture to convey its full beauty. Let me know what you’ve been loving this month. Are you ready for winter or still in a fall mood 🧑

Blogtober Day 25: Best of Treehouse of Horror

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I saw this Britney Broski meme & it was choosing between a new television show or rewatching a comfort show. I’m a comfort show person all the way & The Simpsons are my ultimate pick. The Simpsons have been on television a loooooooong time, too long in my opinion. I stopped watching them probably 10 or so seasons ago, aside from their annual Halloween Treehouse of Horror specials. I remember waiting patiently each year to watch these as a kid and getting screwed a few times because of that pesky mountain time. Those were the days when you actually had to be physically home at the time  your favorite show aired to watch it. If you aren’t familiar with these episodes please leave there are three horror stories, that sometimes parody well-known horror films or are otherwise just creepy stories. These are the episodes that I appreciate the most. I am doing these by air date since I own the actual seasons of only Treehouse of Horror episodes so I’m unsure of where they fall in the regular seasons and I’m lazy.

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Hands down my favorite episode – it has everything from Satan to der vampyr. In the first story, Homer sells his soul to Satan (played by Ned Flanders) for a donut. Bart is terrorized by a gremlin trying to wreck the school bus in the second story and Mr. Burns plays Dracula with wig a la Bram Stoker’s Dracula for the conclusion. There isn’t a bad story in this episode which isn’t always the case.

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This one parodies I Know What You Did Last Summer with a twist that was just as ridiculous as the original movie ending. It has a weak filler story about Bart and Lisa acquiring superhuman powers but ends on a strong note with Homer failing to prepare the plant’s computers for Y2K and causing the crash of the technological world. Remember when we all thought that the world was going to end because computers couldn’t compute zeroes? Good times.

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Homer goes insane in The Shinning, then travels back in time in an attempt to fix a toaster and Springfield Elementary cafeteria starts eating misbehaving children. I think  this episode has the most comical Marge line of any episode, when Bart and Lisa try convincing her that they are going to be eaten she responds with; Kids, you’re 8 & 10 years old, I can’t keep fighting all of your battles for you. Classic parent response.

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Homer is attacked by an evil Krusty the Clown Doll, the middle episode story is a lame King Kong parody and ends with Lisa turning the residents of Springfield into zombies while trying to bring her cat back to life. I also love that this episode takes place during a Halloween party at the Simpson’s’ house and Bart is rocking the classic A Clockwork Orange costume.

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This one starts out strong with the Simpsons moving into a haunted house that just so happens to be on the site of an ancient burial ground. The second story is lame, something to do with aliens overfeeding them but not wanting to eat them…? And finishes with a parody of Poe’s The Raven narrated by James Earl Jones.

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There are so many good ones but these are classic introductions to these specials. I think the only reason I will be sad to see The Simpsons retire from television is that there won’t be anymore Treehouse of Horror episodes. Did you watch these as a kid? Let me know what your favorite episodes are 🧑

Blogtober Day 23: Mary Reilly

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This movie was bizarre, not just with a capital B – all caps, underlined, exclamation point. We are all familiar with the Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde story – I’ve been banging on about it for the last two days. I decided that I wanted to watch a couple of newer film adaptations & stumbled upon Mary Reilly (1996) starring Julia Roberts as Mary & John Malkovich as Jekyll & Hyde. This was a freak show from start to finish.

Mary is Jekyll’s maid who might be Welsh or possibly Irish… I’ll just say that Roberts’ talents don’t include accents. It’s obvious that she has experienced something particularly traumatic in her life & the doctor is curious about Mary. He presses her on how she received various bite marks on her arms & neck. Eventually, Mary tells the doctor that her father let a rat chew her up as punishment for breaking a tea cup. After that, her mother put her into service & she never saw her parents again. It’s close to this point that Jekyll informs his staff that he is taking an assistant who will have the run of the house. Mary has noticed odd things about the doctor’s coming & goings but nothing terribly alarming.

One evening though Jekyll sends Mary on an errand to see a Mrs. Farraday who obviously runs a brothel. He requests that Farraday accommodate Hyde in her boarding rooms which she agrees to. Shortly thereafter, Mary is awoken by the crying of a girl & when she sneaks into the doctor’s study sees a note for Blood Money. She starts to suspect something is wrong with the doctor but she has yet to encounter the elusive Hyde.

Jekyll dispatches Mary once again to Farraday’s with a note but this time she’s much less benevolent. It is clear that Hyde murdered one of the girls at the brothel & Farraday is asked to keep it hushed up. From here on, Mary encounters Hyde a number of times even accompanying him to a meat market for the doctor. Malkovich does a tremendous job of altering his mannerisms just enough to appear as two completely different personalities. Even so, the house staff start to suspect there’s something not quite right going on. He tends to go in & out of character around Mary in particular & she starts covering for his odd behavior at times.

Eventually, Farraday comes to collect more hush money from the good doctor & Hyde murders her. As if things weren’t weird enough, Mary’s mother dies & she encounters her father at her funeral. On her way home, Mary encounters Hyde running from the police after committing yet another murder. He kisses Mary & says she will never see him again.

Cue downward spiral, running out of the secret chemicals & death by poisoning. This time though, Jekyll manages to revert back to himself only to find that Hyde laced the antidote with poison thus killing them both. Mary witnesses the final transformation affirming what she had already mostly concluded.

This film was…off-putting. From the dank atmosphere to the the tragedy of Mary, it really was horrific. I didn’t enjoy the addition of a love story to the original plot. I think what made this so bizarre was that it was really a love triangle. Mary was infatuated with Jekyll & he obviously had some feelings for her but could only express this when he was Hyde who was abhorrent. Glenn Close as Farraday was brilliant even if her character had very little screen time. I just didn’t care for Roberts’ performance, she was overly snivelly & that accent…

Have you seen this one? It was certainly unique 🧑

Blogtober Day 22: Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Novella Review

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Yesterday, I touched on my favorite classic monsters & watched about four vampire movies. I got time on my hands. When deciding on whether or not to add Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde as part of my werewolf section, I realized that I don’t know nearly enough about these fellow(s) & immediately had to remedy this. First off, I had never read the novella, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – yea, the Treasure Island guy. Since it’s only about 50 pages, I knocked that out yesterday afternoon.

It was exactly what I expected & I guess not quite as I recall. Granted, I have only watched the very old film adaptations but I though that Hyde was visibly monstrous which isn’t the case. The story is told from the point of view of Gabriel John Utterson, a well to do lawyer & friend of the brilliant, well respected Dr. Henry Jekyll. On a walk with a good friend of his, Utterson is regaled with a tale about an evil, sinister, ugly little man who stomped on a child & then paid the family as retribution with a cheque from Dr. Jekyll’s account. This is worrisome to Utterson as he knows who the evil little man is & that Jekyll had recently changed his will to include this sinister character, Edward Hyde. He also discovers that Hyde has free access to Jekyll’s laboratory & Utterson is worried that his good friend is being black mailed, or worse by Mr. Hyde. One night, Hyde attacks & murders a close friend of Dr. Jekyll and Utterson’s. Hyde, given his distinct, evil appearance is immediately identified as the murderer. Utterson is fetched to identify the dead man’s body & again is worried about his friend Jekyll & thinking that he must be next on Hyde’s list of murders. Through a fairly convoluted back & forth, we of course discover that Jekyll & Hyde are one & the same. His ability to change character & appearance is the result of one of his experiments & ingestion of a potion that transforms him. As time progresses Jekyll finds himself transforming into Hyde without using the potion & finds it increasingly difficult to revert back to his good, better personality. Eventually, Hyde runs out of the chemicals to concoct his special mixture & drinks poison.

So, the obvious theme is the internal struggle of good versus evil. As human beings, we generally want to do good but there’s so much temptation. In Jekyll’s case he couldn’t reconcile with the duality of his personality so was determined to create two completely separate beings that could revel in extreme good & extreme evil. I got to reading various essays about the underlying themes & social context of the novella. Many of them alluded to the duality of Victorian era society – all lady in the streets, freak in the sheets – those weren’t the exact words but you get the idea. Utterson is extremely worried about the preservation of his friend’s reputation & this certainly does make sense. However, in the novella, as Jekyll is spiraling he continuously complains about the pureness of the chemicals that he needs. This got me thinking about some of the prescription drug abuse of the era & was there social commentary on addiction to opioids? I believe that Stevenson was quite ill for most of his life, did he have some experience with treatment that left an impression on him? Even more modern interpretations allude to personality disorders or mental illness being the reason for Dr. Jekyll’s transformation into Mr. Hyde, interesting reading all around. Maybe it is just a short story about a guy who wanted to be bad sometimes & took it too far, whatever the case, I am glad that I read this one. Even though I know the general storyline, reading the finer details of the story has certainly piqued my interest. Also, Mr. Hyde wasn’t a monster in appearance, apparently he just looked particularly evil. I’m picturing a shorter, Rudy Giuliani (and now you are too). Not saying that he is evil but he has a nefarious look about him. I have a few movies to watch now since I’ve probably only watched 1-2 of the older ones.

Does anyone else find themselves down these rabbit holes sometimes? Probably with more interesting topics but I can’t help who I am. I have a list of Jekyll & Hyde movies to work through, I will report back with tomorrow’s 31 Nights of Horror. I have been slacking on watching movies (aside from my vampire marathon) but mostly because I’ve been needing to go into work very early as of late. Thanks for stopping by 🧑

Blogtober Day 21: My Favorite Classic Monsters

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Ask me how excited I was about all of that snow this morning? Not at all. Listen, how do people forget every single year that it snows & the roads get bad so instead of driving cautiously, they just slam into one another then my 15-minute commute turns into a 45-minute commute because of stupidity. How?! I’ve had it, to anyone who cannot drive in the snow – please move, immediately. I hope that it all melts because I cannot deal with that crap on my way home. Aside from all of the morons on the road this morning, lets talk monsters – specifically my favorite, old school monsters. Not homicidal maniacs, Michael Myers wins that spot, no contest πŸ˜› We are talking classic monsters here, the tragically misunderstood abominations that haunted but certainly enriched my childhood.

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Raise your hand if you read every horror/gothic novel listed on the permissible classics reading list in AP English. Bram Stoker’s Dracula was not my first introduction to the character but certainly the most disappointing. I blame this on the litany of modern Dracula interpretations that I had been exposed to prior to reading this classic. It is a classic, I think it’s fantastic reading but it wasn’t sexy or alluring & the story of Dracula is a lot more tragic than beautiful creatures that live forever. I’m not a fan of Nosferatu which is probably the most accurate adaptation of the original Dracula if you consider how slow it is. I don’t care for the original or the remake featuring Eddie Izzard which still cracks me up. I much prefer Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula which took some liberties but captured the tortured, oddly alluring creature that I am drawn to. Aside from his more modern appearances, the story of Vlad the Impaler while horrific is very interesting. I love that this classic monster, cloaked in black magic has some crossover to the mortal world as it makes him seem so much more tangible. The scope of interpretations of Dracula is also what keeps me interested, he can be placed in any time period, at any age, from very sinister to more congenial & it just works. Always classic. Overall, I’m just a big fan of the vampire genre, child vampires, teen punk vampires (not Twilight), wealthy southern vampires…

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OK, by now we all know that the monster is not Frankenstein, that’s the name of the doctor – if not, now you do. The story of this unnamed monster is a tragedy but Mary Shelley’s life is also pretty tragic. Read more about that elsewhere but it isn’t shocking that this abomination was the creation of an 1800’s scholarly lady once you know more about her. Frankenstein is about a grad student, Victor Frankenstein who pieces together a monster from parts of dead bodies & reanimates it using alchemy & chemistry. Finding his creation so abhorrent, he pretty much loses his mind & flees. The monster, now having no creator sets out on his own, he is hated by everyone he encounters & commits two murders to wreak vengeance on his creator. What I found most sad about the story is that the monster is more repentant for his misdeeds than Frankenstein is. Everyone says that I am wrong on this but I think the book was about Frankenstein being the actual monster & less about the monster, hence the reason he wasn’t given a name. Apparently it is more widely accepted that Shelley did not name the monster because it was more titillating for audiences, it just seems like a really trite reason considering the events that transpire. I appreciate this monster because he turned out to be more human than the other humans he encountered, I wish that there were more adaptations & think that while everyone knows who he is, he is a bit overlooked.

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From Little Red Riding Hood to Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, the werewolf is another creature that has survived countless reinterpretations & just tends to work. The historical references of a werewolf like creature can be found in various legends from numerous different cultures & regions. It’s another tale rooted in the mystical that human beings seemingly believe exists. Werewolf lore is so far reaching that we attribute odd behavior in humans to a full moon. Again, I just appreciate a creature that has some significant historical context that transcends generations & remains relevant even in modern, less superstitious time periods.

I’ve always been confused about the Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde creature, he doesn’t turn into a werewolf but I do think that he is close enough to be in the same species. I think that Mr. Hyde is a sociopath, not really a monster though – let me know your thoughts on that. I guess he’s an honorable mention along with the Phantom of the Opera…dun, dun, dun.

Let me know who your favorite monsters are, are you a fan of the classic monster movies? I’m in an ooky-spooky mood now & ready to binge some classics πŸ§‘πŸ–€

Blogtober Day 16: Worry Dolls

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My boss: STELLA, it’s snowing!! Me: Leaps up from desk chucking coffee all over my keyboard. I don’t know if this counts as the first snow seeing as how most of it won’t stick but it’s still pretty exciting. A blanket of bright, white snow just makes the whole world look new. I think this year especially, I’m just looking forward to it being over & we are slowly getting there. Anyway, so let’s just get right to Blogmas πŸ˜› Not quite yet, today we are talking about something from my childhood that I recently stumbled upon at World Market of all the places. It shocked me for a minute seeing a little basket of worry dolls because they were such a deep memory that came flooding back, it was overwhelming but also delightful to recall my pocketful of worry dolls and how I tormented my mother with them.

What are worry dolls? They are teenie little dolls made of bits of wire, paper & colorful fabric that can fit in your pocket. They originate in Guatemala & are given to mostly children to tell their worries or troubles to. You can tell them your fears, nightmares, anxieties – then put them under your pillow & the worry dolls take it from there. I was a morose child, I had a pocketful of worry dolls but not because I recall feeling particularly worried about anything, it was just my personality. I’m just a quiet, calm, perhaps melancholy person who doesn’t enjoy the company of most people but there isn’t anything wrong with me. I also went through a phase of answering the house phone as ‘city morgue’ which really freaked my mom out but I was doing it mostly to freak her out πŸ˜€

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There was one event that sticks out in my mind after which I recall receiving my first pouch of worry dolls. We were going to visit my great grandmother, I was 8’ish & she was probably 80’ish. She lived in town so we saw her all of the time & were just stopping in after grocery shopping. Well, we walk in & she’s sitting at the kitchen table – she had one of those old houses where you could come in through the kitchen. So, she’s sitting there, I’m coming in behind my mom who said something to my grandmother & then my mom starts screaming. She’s dead, she’s dead! I had a bad feeling about today. Now, my mom had a bad feeling about most every day but I guess that day she was vindicated. I don’t recall being terribly upset about my recently passed grandmother, she was very old & I knew that. I was sad she was gone but for some reason my mom really thought that seeing a dead body had an impact on me. She made me sit outside on the porch until the police got there, then she had the police talk to me to see if I was OK. I told them I was but that wasn’t good enough – my mom sent me to the school counselor who then sent me to an actual child psychologist. That’s where I got my worry dolls, he told my parents there wasn’t anything wrong with me aside from being a bit anti-social. That’s when I started the ‘city morgue’ thing but mostly because I was annoyed with my mother for insisting that there must be something wrong with me when I was fine. Also, my grandmother had an open casket funeral which was infinitely more upsetting than seeing her just sitting at her kitchen table – talk about irony.

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Anyway, I loved my worry dolls because they were just so freaking cute & played with them like I would other dolls. They were better than other dolls because I just put them in my pocket & could take them anywhere. Apparently, this was a problem because my parents started to think that I had so many things to worry about that I had to have my dolls with me all of the time. If I caught them looking at me when I was playing with my worry dolls, I would maintain eye contact & whisper nonsense to my dolls like some kind of voodoo. Honestly, this was a bit far but it really burned me that my parents were so worried about me. Eventually, I outgrew my worry dolls & moved onto activities that were apparently less concerning to my parents. I developed an eating disorder, funny that they missed all of those red flags but was mostly a normal adolescent.

What’s the point of this story? I think that worry dolls can be an effective tool for kids coping with some type of trauma but that parents shouldn’t look for trauma because that’s pretty traumatic for a little kid. Honestly, I think I might order myself another set, they really are adorable little dolls. Maybe if any of my siblings recall the ‘Worry Doll Years’ it will give them a little scare 🧑

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The Vanishing (1988) or Spoorloos as the Dutch film I own is titled, is a psychological thriller that is just as terrifying as the goriest slasher flick. Rex & Saskia are on a trip through France when they run out of gas. They have this huge fight, there is so much build up that I almost thought that the story would be about Rex murdering Saskia. Not the case, they stop for fuel & Saskia is abducted. Rex goes on a quest to find her even making a public appeal for any information regarding her whereabouts. Eventually, a man named Raymond comes forward (the viewer has known that he is the kidnapper for some time) & reveals himself as having been the one who abducted Saskia. Rex agrees to go somewhere with Raymond so that he can find Saskia but ends up becoming the victim of a second abduction. Missing persons cases terrify & fascinate me, in this case, Rex was scared of not knowing but it makes you wonder if the knowing is just as bad. I think that this one has or is being remade but this film is fantastic.

Blogtober Day 15: All Black Everything

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I touched on my transition to wearing all black a few posts ago & thought it was a spooky topic to talk about since black is closely associated with Halloween. I wear limited color at home but it’s all black, all of the time as soon as I step outside. Why? Because it makes me look like a total badass but seriously I have a litany of reasons for my recent wardrobe change so let’s get started.

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Back when I started wearing all black, it just matched how I was feeling on the inside. There was a lot going on, it seemed like we were on the brink of something amazing…or disastrous. I feel like I’m in mourning for a lot of things; my pre-COVID life, Minneapolis, just society in general. It’s not that deep but reaching for all black just made sense – now I’m a little more upbeat about it but that’s truly where it all started. Now here are some fun reasons πŸ˜›

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Legit though, if you want an outfit that makes you feel empowered but also lets you blend into your surroundings – go black. Two words – pleather leggings. Everyone can kick ass in pleather leggings. All black ensembles kind of feel like a catsuit without the whole…catsuit part πŸ˜›

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Well, usually – there are different tones of black so that whole Does this black match is actually a quandary I find myself in from time to time. You have your red black, your blue black, purple black, etc. Sometimes clothing fades over time so you get your faded black – I have my closet separated into different blacks so I usually always match but it’s not a day ruiner if my black doesn’t match. I’m not sure anyone else notices but me.

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I could care less about being fashionable but black lends itself to being appropriate for most any event. A simple black dress or stovepipes can be very chic, I always feel put together when my outfits are really very simple. Black is also universally flattering so I just feel more confident in my black wardrobe.

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The planning of the outfits, the coordination, the wondering if you look good in a color – it’s all very distracting. As opposed to waking up and just grabbing anything knowing it’s going to work. Fine, fine I’m also lazy. But seriously, I think being a teacher really tested my cute, quirky outfit skills & I wasn’t ever very good at it.

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Clothing trends come & go but black is forever πŸ˜€ Seriously, while I might switch up the cuts of my pants or length of the skirt, I know that my wardrobe doesn’t ever look dated even if some of the stuff is seasons old. If you take care of it, black clothing can last a long time but I really recommend investing in some Woolite to keep everything look crisp.

I do get asked if I am goth…a lot – no, this is my natural skin tone πŸ˜€ Now, I do wear color at home because I don’t mind feeling a little chaotic in my own space & black is more my uniform for the unpredictable real world. I recommend all black everything, it’s fun & a lot more versatile than one would think 🧑

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This movie is nuts, when a sleazy party boy solves a puzzle box he is dragged to an underworld. His brother’s wife resurrects him & starts killing people to keep him alive & regain his strength. The puzzle box opens a portal though allowing other worldly beings to pass through & wreak havoc on the living. I say this every time I watch this one, have you seen Pinhead out of the pleather? He is a total dweeb, should have stuck to the all black thing πŸ˜› Hellraiser (1987)

Blogtober Day 14: Fall Anti-Haul

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How about a bit of a throwback style post today with a good ol’ anti-haul?! Today is a dreary, dark fall day & I’m loving it but my bed was feeling particularly cozy this morning & I rolled into work a little less than totally put together. Not like anyone would notice since we are still only at half capacity & I see about five people on my in-office days. I could have rolled in wearing sweats & my boss would have never been the wiser. Anyway, I should not be doing any shopping aside from food for the foreseeable future because I have been on a shopping bender. Home goods, makeup, some clothing, shoes – you name it, I’ve been splurging but I am set to start saving my shekels again for the rest of the year. The pandemic has cut down on some of my spending, I don’t get my nails done, I don’t go to the movies as often or find myself heading out for casual shopping trips. But just in case I’m tempted, especially by all of the holiday releases, here is my anti-haul list!

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I don’t even know what she is releasing yet but I don’t want it. Jennifer Lopez famously uses La Mer products, in an interview a few years ago she stated that she uses the cream all over her body in fact. So – if she isn’t selling La Mer then she isn’t honestly selling consumers the products that she uses to attain her flawless complexion. This is my issue with all celebrity skincare lines, it’s not just what they are slathering on their faces – it’s their lifestyles, diets, expensive beauty treatments, supplements, etc. It’s false advertisement at its worst & I’ve fallen for it a few times but not this time. I will say that her collaboration with Inglot was awesome & are still some of my favorite products but she can keep her skincare line.

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This one will be difficult because I just love the tiny little products & the winter themed components but aside from the Lashtopia duo pack that BareMinerals always releases, I am trying to steer clear of holiday sets. I find with holiday sets that there are 1-2 products that I really want & then the rest is just filler that I usually end up throwing out. The Best of Sephora sets are a good example, I will use several of the products but then toss out just as many. I think skincare & fragrance sets can be pretty good but I’m not looking for any new skincare or fragrance at this time so shouldn’t purchase any! I might add advent calendars to this category as well but again, I just love the tiny little products. Good thing that most of the calendars that I had any interest in are already sold out πŸ˜›

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The only experience I have with this brand is their Gypsy Water which in my opinion, does not smell great & is way overpriced. As is their makeup plus it’s boring. If the most interesting thing about a makeup line is the Dr. Seuss packaging then I don’t need it. We’ve seen it, it’s been done & I’m not paying $42 for a lipstick.

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If you read my rant about their botched release of the Hocus Pocus collection then you already know my qualms with this brand. I think that their products are boring & recycled until they slap some nostalgic theme on them to get consumers to buy it. Obviously, given the Hocus Pocus insanity – this formula works. I own quite a few Colourpop palettes & rarely use them, I think you get what you pay for in this case – cheap makeup. For me, I would rather own a couple of investment palettes that I enjoy using over a dozen palettes that perform so-so & are boring. In addition, I find that the products I do have an interest in will sell out immediately & I’m left with half a dozen brown palettes to choose from.

I think that’s it for…now…I keep eyeing that Too Faced pumpkin themed palette but can’t support their brand, really. Why didn’t any other brands do a PSL palette?! That’s the real question, take the money that I am already trying to give you. This is mostly just for fun & not just to shit on brands πŸ˜› Tell me your thoughts on celebrity skincare & makeup lines – do you support them? I’m definitely more inclined to purchase from their makeup lines, myself. Even not being a Selena Gomez fan (I’m too old), I have tried a bit from Rare Beauty because it looked interesting. Anyway, thanks for stopping be 🧑

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If you have ever driven by a power line & felt a little nervous about the number of birds on it or speed walked by a lawn full of geese, you might have watched this classic Alfred Hitchcock film a little too young like yours truly. The gorgeous Tippi Hedren plays troubled socialite, Melanie Daniels who meets dashing Mitch at a pet store. An attempt at making amends leads to Melanie hand delivering a pair of love birds to Mitch’s little sister’s birthday party at their family seaside home. All the birds in the area have gone mad & are killing everything in their path. The Birds (1963).