Recent Media Favorites: Television, Music & Books

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I’m an admitted home body, I love being at home but I also liked having the option of not being at home when I wanted. With what is gearing up to be a long, long winter ahead & having even more quiet time at home, I have definitely been consuming more than my fair share of media. Books, music, television, movies – sometimes I have the radio on while I am reading a book – madness, I tell you. Really anything that will distract me from shopping online, eating or watching the news πŸ˜›

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I missed out on this classic during my youth but have made up for these past few weeks. It’s just fun, wholesome, 90’s entertainment. Sarah Michelle Gellar was such a teen queen & David Boreanaz is still my ultimate dream boat. I’m a big fan of Agent Booth in Bones & didn’t realize he played such a major role in Buffy. I don’t get why the vampires are all so hideous but I have enjoyed every episode so far. I think I might check out Charmed next as I never watched that one before either.

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I am a repeat offender of watching comfort shows instead of checking out new ones, I am trying to break this habit. The Office takes me back to college & my dorm mates hunkering down to watch new episodes when we had spare time. Even though I’ve watched so many of the episodes dozens of times, they still crack me up. I think that my favorites are the Christmas episodes but I will elaborate more on that during Blogmas πŸ˜›

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This show has been surprisingly tough for me to get into even though I have a keen interest in the royal family. Not the newest generation, my interest stops with Diana but Queen Elizabeth & Princess Margaret are some of my favorite royals to read about. I felt inclined to dive back into the show when Gillian Anderson was announced as Margaret Thatcher – I cannot wait to get to the most recent season.

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New folk, old folk, all the folk. I’ve been enjoying The Decemberists, Simon & Garfunkel, Joan Baez, The Traveling Wilburys, John Denver – you name it, I’ve been rocking out to it. The Mariner’s Revenge Song has been my favorite to drive around & scream sing too. Also, I can’t carry a tune so I mostly scream sing everything πŸ˜€ The live version of My Back Pages sung by most of the members of the Traveling Wilburys has also been a repeat. I never understood the chorus but it makes a lot more sense to me in my adulthood.

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This series is so good! I had the first book on a recent To Be Read & am so glad that I did. It’s not as good as the world of Harry Potter but it is still a very fun & if you have any interest in the darker, youth fantasy genre I would recommend checking it out. I have been listening to the series on Audible & I think the narrator is fantastic all around but would definitely pick up a hard copy too. The storyline of cursed children is dark but the main character is saved from her demise & that’s where the adventure begins.

I have a lot of time on my hands so if you have any recommendations, let me know! I’m not looking for anyting super heavy right now but open to most anything else 🀍

It’s Friday the 13th✨

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And we’re going back into lockdown – dun, dun, dun. Not full lockdown but it definitely feels like we are going back to pre-summer COVID regulations. We are battening down the hatches at work which has me stressed out. We are still following most of the guidelines that were put in place during the stay at home order so it won’t be a big change & hopefully it is enough to see us through the flu season. I’m not holding my breath because I feel that the situation is going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

Aside from the day to day general feeling of dread & melancholy, I’ve never given much thought to Friday the 13th. My mother on the other hand was very superstitious about the date. She wouldn’t make any appointments & sometimes even pulled us out of school if she had a feeling. What she was feeling, I never knew but good thing my teachers were pretty good humored about it her eccentricities. I honestly cannot recall anything happening that I could chalk up the this dreaded day but now watch, something happens πŸ˜€ Instead of manifesting myself a flat tire or other calamity, I’m sharing 13 things I am particularly thankful for this Friday the 13th.

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I think that this is something to feel especially good about right now, aside from the trip to the dentist – I have been feeling pretty good lately.

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Seeing so many of my neighbors move out in one go really made me sad, I’m still sad about it. The parking lot being half full, seeing fewer families out & about, how strangely quiet the building has become – it’s been wearing on me. I am one of the lucky ones though that has still been able to work & keep my home through all of this & it feels like a tremendous blessing.

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The complete absence of a social life these past few months has meant a whole lot more attention for my cats & I’m loving it – I suspect they aren’t as much πŸ˜› They are endless entertainment as well as endless mess makers so I always have something to keep me busy. No, they are lovely companions.

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Now, it is certainly possible that all of this new snow will be melted by Monday but new snow always cheers me up. I love how it makes everything look fresh & new, also it makes me feel less nutty having all my holiday dΓ©cor up when there is snow on the ground. I also enjoy snowshoeing & snowboarding, the season is fast approaching!

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I think that this is the 7th week that I have been using this service & it’s awesome. It’s really cut down on my trips to the store & when I do go, it is just for essentials like coffee, oil & other bits. It’s perfect for a small household because nothing goes to waste. Back when we were supposed to be shopping for two weeks, I was constantly throwing out food or eating the same thing for days. Hello Fresh is perfect because I get two sittings in one meal, I usually make one for dinner & have the leftovers for the next day’s lunch. I do the plant based box & use substitutes when needed, it works really well.

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Who are often underpaid & overworked – you are the real stars of this show. I like to think that I am a pretty independent person but back when this all started & I was depending on essential workers to pick my groceries or deliver necessities to me – I was often hit with overwhelming gratitude for these folks & I can’t thank them enough.

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I’m a big cartoon watcher but I’ve really upped my cartoon watching recently. Currently I have been watching Scooby Doo, The Jetsons, A Charlie Brown Christmas πŸ˜€ There is just something cozy about settling down for some cartoon binge watching.

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I’ve said it numerous times & I am tremendously thankful to have my job. It’s just baffling to me that friends of mine who only just got back to work are now being put out of work again. I suspect that there will be no further relief until 2021 & to that I say – stop paying all of the people in office until they make something happen.

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Daylight savings time is still kicking my ass & I feel that coffee is the only thing sustaining me at the moment. Coffee & Jesus.

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I’m actually a bit hesitant to take my upcoming vacation, I haven’t taken any time off this year aside from a long weekend. Reason being that I get nervous about being going & then my employer realizing they don’t need me – no, but it does seem a bit risky given everything that is going on. I am taking an entire week but technically we are closed Thursday & Friday for Thanksgiving anyway. That being said, I am looking forward to the extra days off – I’m not doing anything but that’s the point I guess.

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I am not one to wish time away but I am irrationally excited for 2020 to see itself out. Will everything be sunshine & rainbows on January 1? No, we are a long way away from any rainbows but it will feel good to close the book on this long slog of a year.

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Even though we probably won’t be seeing one another any time in the near future, it’s nice to know that they are there. I can’t with the Zoom calls or drive by celebrations anymore, listen, I know what you look like – just text me.

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I work tonight…& tomorrow…& the next day but Friday always tends to feel celebratory πŸ™‚

What are you thankful for right now? Let me know if you have any Friday the 13th feelings, are you superstitious. I hope you’re well, thanks for stopping by ✨

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 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 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 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).

Blogtober Day 12: Favorite (Spooky) Podcasts

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In 2020, just about anyone can have a podcast regardless of whether they have anything compelling to offer society (Trisha Paytas). In addition to this, just about everyone has some type of true crime podcast & they aren’t all winners. I think this is such a tough category because it’s equal parts doing the research & being a good storyteller. Anyone can regurgitate a bunch of facts but these podcasters have mastered the art of telling a heart stopping story.

Southern Fried True Crime: This podcast exclusively focuses on true crime tales from the deep south. It’s not for the faint of heart, many of the stories are incredibly gruesome even for true crime. Erica Kelly delivers the facts & human side of these tragedies in her charming southern drawl. The cases that are directly tied to the aftermath of Katrina fascinate me the most. When you are so far removed from an event like that it is easy to think that things just go back to normal after the clean up but that’s not the case for locals left rebuilding their lives. Brothels, corrupt police, crimes of passion – this one has everything.

Serial: I’m sure that everyone has listened to this one after their deep dive into the Adnan Syed trial in the first season, The second season was a bit different as the subject matter wasn’t necessarily traditional true crime but still very good. I like the format of this podcast, the research that is dedicated to each segment is incredible, I was hooked from the start. I have not yet listened to season three but will soon. I’m not interested in their new podcast Nice White Parents, as a teacher, I don’t want to hear about public education reform from someone who hasn’t been a teacher. And that’s on period πŸ˜›

Coast to Coast AM: Is this really a podcast, no but it’s a pretty fantastic radio call in show even though it is a bit hokey πŸ˜€ I love the host, the bizarre callers, the fact that it’s live at 1 AM pretty much everything about this one is right up my alley. If you aren’t up at 1 AM, you can catch the show recordings on their website & Spotify but there is something extra spooky about listening to the show live.

Death in the Afternoon: Brought to you by my favorite mortician, Caitlin Doughty (Ask a Mortician) this podcast touches on human mortality in a not sad way. They discuss a lot of topics around death & answer questions that one may not admit to having a morbid curiosity about. I’m not sure if the podcast is just on hiatus but I need some new episodes! Luckily, Doughty also has a YouTube channel where she talks about similar topics, historical tragedies & some current events.

Up & Vanished: Missing persons cases are some of the most compelling, it’s hard to imagine how someone can just go missing. Payne Lindsey does a fantastic job analyzing and discussing both famous & more obscure missing persons cases. It’s in a similar format to Serial, numerous episodes are related to one case which allows for detailed accounts from witnesses, family members & people who worked the cases. I’m not crazy about his voice at times, it’s very blockbuster narrator – THIS SUMMER, ONE MAN…he mellows as the seasons progress πŸ˜€ While Lindsey started as an amateur podcaster, he is a pro television personality & director, his ability to get insider info is crazy. It’s fascinating to hear details from the police & detectives who worked these cases, how they’ve never stopped working the cases & the passion they have for finding out what happened to these individuals. Lindsey has a new collaborative podcast coming out soon, Dead & Gone – it chronicles the deaths & disappearances of Dead Heads. I am a huge Grateful Dead fan & am looking forward to this new podcast.

Leave your podcast recommendations below, are you a true crime fan? Thanks for stopping by 🧑

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Louis, a wealthy plantation owner finds himself losing his will to live after the death of his wife & family when he is attacked by Lestat, a vampire. He offers Louis eternal life which he accepts but soon regrets. This movie has everything, costumes, sexy vampires, a beautifully gothic setting. Interview with the Vampire (1994) is a film adaptation of an Ann Rice novel that I have never read because it was boring but I would give it another try to see if it stacks up to the film.

Blogtober Day 8: Fall Reading List

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I’ve been slacking on my reading because: Vine. Have we talked about how I only recently discovered Vine & I’m obsessed. My head is packed with Vine content & I’m not ashamed, well, maybe a tad. Shout out to all of the people out there doing god’s work & supplying me with endless hours of Vine compilations. Seeing Ted Cruz being heckled with Zodiac Killer accusations will never get old. I’m sure that he is real over it at this point but it makes me cackle like a maniac. But seriously, I need to at least read a couple of books this month πŸ™‚

Autumn Killing: Mons Kallentoft – I have read part of this book before, the plot is good but for some reason I just can’t seem to finish it – this is the year. This is the third book in the Malin Fors book series, I believe it is considered a Nordic Noir. When a body is found floating in the moat of a very posh estate, a family’s dark deeds spanning lifetimes are uncovered. The atmosphere is very ooky-spooky & I like Malin Fors as the tortured, burnt out DC who is also brilliant at solving complicated cases. My goal is to finally finish this one, I know that once I get into it I will fly through it.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow – I’ve heard that this series is almost as good as Harry Potter. Aside from that, it sounds fascinating – Morrigan Crow is destined to die on her eleventh birthday but somehow escapes her fate with the help of Jupiter North. I think it’s a YA novel but I’m always game for a fun read now & again.

The Witches: Roald Dahl – Have I read this book at least a million times? Yes. Am I going to read it again so that I am primed for the release of the new adaption. Absolutely. I’m so excited for this film, it looks like such a fun, modern version of this already beloved classic.

Empire of the Wild: Cherie Dimaline – Another YA novel but listen, apparently this is the only genre cranking out spooky books! I’m most interested in this because it centers around a Canadian Metis legend of a werewolf’esque being called the Rogarou.

October is quickly slipping away but I think this a good, fun list of books to get through this month. I also want to get a copy of Katya & Trixie’s book but I don’t know if that is a book that one truly reads πŸ˜€ Do you have any spooky book recommendations? No Dan Koontz, he’s a lot for me even being a horror fanatic πŸ˜›

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Misery (1990) Popular novelist, Paul Sheldon is rescued from a car crash by his biggest fan, Annie Wilkes. Wilkes promises to nurse him back to health but not before inflicting physical & psychological wounds that he may never recover from.

Blogtober Day 7: Monster Mash Playlist

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Have you ever heard a song while you’re out & about, don’t think it’s that great but then you get home just to spend hours obsessively trying to find it. Me, last night at about 2:30 & I still haven’t found the damned thing. Probably because what I think the lyrics are aren’t actually what the lyrics are…anyway, I have some seasonal favorite songs that I do actually know all of the words to πŸ™‚

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Does anyone remember when MTV aired a Halloween special with Elvira & Alice Cooper? I don’t officially remember seeing as how I wasn’t born yet but I have watched the live Detroit concert almost every year on Halloween. Anyway, this song is such a classic but the lyrics are appalling. You know how sometimes you’ll just be sitting there really listening to a song that maybe you like but never really listen, listened to? This happened to me at a stoplight & I was pretty shocked but also love this song as well as Alice Cooper. Those skin tight leather pants, *chef’s kiss* Also, just a total rock legend & complete badass – my intention is certainly not reduce him to his ability to wear pants πŸ˜›

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I feel like this is a good mingling song with a funky beat but people could still be getting to know each other over a cheese platter. The lyrics aren’t overly dark, it’s just a fun teaser of what’s to come. The vocals are pretty awesome, I think there’s a trumpet in there, an unexpected crowd pleaser I have found.

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First of all, Eddie Van Halen’s passing is a total bummer & just the cherry on top of this 2020 shit cake we’re all currently partaking in. This is always a Halloween classic although, I have one friend who hotly debates this with me almost every year. Maybe it does not overtly scream Halloween but when else is it socially acceptable to be running with the devil?

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Another one with really odd lyrics, was he eating beef chow mein or was this code for human meat chow mein? Also, who is Warren Zevon?! For ages I thought this song was by Steppenwolf but honestly know idea why I thought that. Again, just another funky banger good for dancing, everyone knows it, total crowd pleaser. If you have not watched the music video, please do so immediately.

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I am begrudgingly including this because I’m just not a fan of this song. I have found that even though we’ve collectively heard this one a number of times that is not quantifiable in this universe, people expect the mash. Can someone remix the mash, could we get an updated version? I mean, it’s fun but just so played out.

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If you show up to my Halloween party & you can’t bust out a half way decent Time Warp – you better just get out. No, I’m kidding & we’ve played it so many times now that everyone can Time Warp.

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This classic, sultry, jazzy hit given a makeover by the Sanderson Sisters is my party closer. I love Nina Simone, her voice is pure honey & I never tire of this one.

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Oddly polarizing, people either love it or think it’s too much. I am on the love it side of the spectrum but the Talking Heads are certainly an acquired taste – I’ll only play it once, promise πŸ˜›

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He could have been talking about the FBI but also, Dracula because he could have totally been hanging outside of Rockwell’s bedroom window waiting to drink his blood.

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I think this Creedence classic is especially fitting since this year’s Halloween coincides with a full moon.

That’s just a taste of the fabulously spooky tunes that I spin at my Halloween gatherings, which won’t be happening this year because #covid. I listen to most of these outside of Halloween though too so it’s not like I’m totally missing out but it’s not as fun when I’m just driving to work howling to Werewolves of London (still happens though). Let me know what your favorite Halloween tunes are 🧑

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Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) A young couple gets more than they bargained for when they stop to use the telephone inside of Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s delightfully eccentric mansion. Little do they know that they’ve crashed the Annual Transylvanian Convention, Brad & Janet are in for a night of murder, mayhem, debauchery & all around fun.